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  • Kenya: UNHCR raises red flag on escalating Eritrean asylum seekers in Europe
    17 november 2014 11:58:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency has said the number of asylum-seekers in Europe from Eritrea over the first 10 months of this year has risen three-fold, compared to the same period in 2013. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma back home after attending G20 Summit
    17 november 2014 11:33:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - President Jacob Zuma on Monday returned to South Africa after attending the G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane, Australia. Full text...

  • Gambia: Arrested social activist freed, others remain in jail
    17 november 2014 11:05:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Social activist Sait Matty Jaw, who was arrested and detained along with two foreigners by Gambia's National Intelligence Agency (NIA) last week, has been freed on bail, sources close to his family told PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges leaders to protect people from persecution
    16 november 2014 21:10:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day of Tolerance, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sunday urged world leaders to protect people from persecution and to encourage tolerance for all regardless of nationality, religion, language, race, sexuality or any other distinction that obscures our common humanity. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief calls for recommitment to road safety
    16 november 2014 21:04:54
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a re-commitment to Full text...

  • South Africa: Remains of Lagos church collapse victims return to SA
    16 november 2014 20:55:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday said the tragic deaths of 81 South Africans in the Nigeria church building collapse two months ago has united the country. Full text...

  • UN: Malian activist wins 2014 UN prize for promoting tolerance, non-violence
    16 november 2014 17:11:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Two grassroots peace-builders and human rights activists, Mr. Ibrahim Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army 'retakes' Chibok
    16 november 2014 12:21:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army said on Sunday it has retaken Chibok in North-east Borno state, the home village of about 300 abducted school girls which was itself captured by the insurgent group Boko Haram Thursday evening. Full text...

  • Nigeria : Nigerian anti-drug agency arrests man with cannabis at Lagos airport
    16 november 2014 10:02:56
    Lagos , Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian anti drug agency has arrested a man carrying 665 grammes of cannabis in his luggage at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport of Lagos while on his way to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks G-20 countries on political responsibility, Ebola response
    15 november 2014 21:38:58
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says with the planet and its people Full text...

  • UN: 'Humanitarian situation in Mali demands urgent assistance'
    15 november 2014 18:13:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN relief officials have warned that Mali is at a critical humanitarian crossroads and failure to act immediately in response to the country’s urgent needs may ultimately jeopardize its path towards peace and stability. Full text...

  • Libya: Portuguese navy rescues some 200 illegal migrants off Libyan coasts
    15 november 2014 15:53:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A Portuguese navy ship on Friday evening rescued 201 illegal migrants who were attempting to reach Italy in a wooden boat, about 40 miles off the Libyan coast. Full text...

  • UN: Number of Eritrean asylum-seekers in Europe soars
    15 november 2014 05:39:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The number of asylum-seekers in Europe from Eritrea during the first 10 months of 2014 has tripled compared with last year, with large numbers of refugees from the country also fleeing to neighbouring Ethiopia and Sudan, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said. Full text...

  • UN: UN warns of human rights abuses, displacement in Libya
    15 november 2014 05:28:16
    New York, US (PANA) - In the wake of car bombings in Tripoli and deadly clashes between rival armed groups across troubled Libya, the UN human rights office has voiced alarm over escalating violence in the, while the UN's refugee agency has also warned that mounting insecurity is taking a toll on humanitarian operations. Full text...

  • Congo: US to help Gulf of Guinea countries on maritime safety
    14 november 2014 21:35:14
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The US secretary for maritime affairs, Ray Mabus, on Friday said that his country would work for the security of the maritime space of the Gulf of Guinea. Full text...

  • Sudan: FM deplores rape allegations campaign
    14 november 2014 20:37:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan on Friday deplored "a repetition of a campaign" by the United Nations in New York on an alleged mass rape of 200 women and girls reported by the Netherlands-based Radio Dabanga in Thabit village in North Darfur. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Opposition party condemns arrest of anti-slavery activists
    14 november 2014 19:43:49
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian opposition Progressive Forces for Change (PFC), formerly FLAM, a Black African nationalist group, has denounced the arrest of anti-slavery and human rights activists in the south of the country. Full text...

  • UN: UNAMID continues investigation into alleged mass rape in Darfur town
    14 november 2014 19:43:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Friday said the allegations of the mass rape of 200 women and girls in a town in North Darfur has continued to raise concerns in the war-torn Sudanese region as the UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) presses ahead with its efforts to shed further light on the reports. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Chibok, where nearly 300 girls were abducted, 'captured' by Boko Haram
    14 november 2014 17:46:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Chibok, the village in Nigeria's North-east Borno State where nearly 300 girls were abducted more than six months ago, has now been captured by the insurgent group Boko Haram that abducted the girls, according to local media reports. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR pleads for support to droves of Eritrean refugees, asylum-seekers
    14 november 2014 17:35:45
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - During the first ten months of 2014, the number of asylum-seekers in Europe from Eritrea has nearly tripled, the UN refugee agency said Friday. Full text...

  • Zambia: High Court adjourns case challenging power transfer to acting President Scott
    14 november 2014 17:12:10
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia's High Court in Lusaka on Friday adjourned to 28 November the hearing of a case in which a former deputy minister is challenging the transfer of presidential powers to Guy Scott following the death of Zambian President Michael Sata on 28 October. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Air force attack helicopter crashes, 3 crew members dead
    14 november 2014 13:58:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) ground attack helicopter crashed Thursday in Yola, capital of North-east Adamawa State, killing the three crew members on board, the military said. Full text...

  • Libya: Sudan to host meeting of Libya's neighbours 4 Dec
    14 november 2014 13:00:17
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - In continuation of efforts to end Libya's lingering violence, Sudan has offered to host the fifth meeting of foreign ministers of countries neighboring Libya, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Kenya: WFP cuts food rations to refugees in Kenya
    14 november 2014 12:32:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Around half a million refugees, mainly from Somalia and South Sudan, living in northern Kenya, will receive reduced rations from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a result of insufficient funding. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in Libya condemns bombings
    14 november 2014 05:58:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly condemned the rising violence in eastern and western Libya, including the bombings Thursday in Tripoli of the embassies of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the ongoing fighting in the city of Benghazi and in Jabal Nafusa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army Chief says 'lost territory will be regained'
    13 november 2014 20:59:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military has once again promised that territories taken by the Boko Haram terror group in northeastern Nigeria will soon be retaken by government troops. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Catholic Bishops meet President Jonathan over Boko Haram insurgency
    13 november 2014 18:32:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Catholic bishops under the aegis of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) Thursday held a closed-door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa in Abuja and demanding an immediate stop to the ongoing insecurity arising from Boko Haram terrorist attacks in the northern parts of the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI says Mauritania must end clamp down on anti-slavery activists
    13 november 2014 16:54:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Mauritanian authorities ''must stop the harassment, intimidation and repression of anti-slavery activists,'' the London-based rights body, Amnesty International (AI) has said following the arrest of a number of high-profile campaigners. Full text...

  • Libya: Car bomb explodes near Egyptian, UAE embassies in Tripoli
    13 november 2014 14:51:23
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Two car bomb explosions went off outside the embassies of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) here Thursday, causing some damage to buildings but left no casualties, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: SA gets green light to repatriate 54 bodies of nationals who died in building collapse
    13 november 2014 13:06:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - South Africa has been given the green light to repatriate 54 bodies of its nationals who died in a church building collapse in Nigeria 12 Sept. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Govt. to implement national programme on youth volunteering
    13 november 2014 12:58:49
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government plans to launch, with the support of the United Nations agencies, a national programme on youth volunteering, a spokesman of the government, Bruno Nabagne Kone, said here. Full text...

  • Kenya: Stop clampdown on anti-slavery activists, rights body tells Mauritania
    13 november 2014 11:35:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Mauritanian authorities must stop the harassment, intimidation and repression of anti-slavery activists, Amnesty International said Thursday following the arrest of a number of high-profile campaigners. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Local hunters rout Boko Haram, liberates town
    13 november 2014 11:28:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The town of Maiha in Nigeria's North-east Adamawa state has been liberated from Boko Haram by a combined team of local hunters and vigilante group who also killed 75 of the insurgents who captured the town on Monday, the local media reported Thursday, quoting some residents of the town. Full text...

  • Libya: No casualty as bomb explodes near Egyptian Embassy
    13 november 2014 10:48:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A car bomb exploded Thursday morning near the Embassy of Egypt, located in the district of Zaouiet al-Dahmani in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, but there were no casualties, according to eyewitnesses and residents. Full text...

  • UN: UN Special Envoy stresses need to combat Ebola stigma
    13 november 2014 08:38:16
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola David Nabarro has made a passionate appeal to combat stigmatisation surrounding the Ebola virus disease by calling for a global social media campaign to "express solidarity and to show we are anti-discrimination". Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: "Freeze assets of pro-Compaoré officials" - Anti-graft group
    12 november 2014 21:26:51
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso's National Anti-corruption Network (REN-LAC) has called for the freezing of assets of officials of ousted President Blaise Compaoré regime and investigations into "blood crimes" during demonstrations that overthrew him after 27 years in power. Full text...

  • Libya: Five die in two car bomb attacks in eastern Libya
    12 november 2014 19:25:42
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) – At least five people were killed on Wednesday in two separate car bomb attacks in Libya's eastern cities of Tobruk and Beidha, military and hospital sources said. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council urges UN member states to strengthen efforts against piracy
    12 november 2014 19:00:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council Wednesday reaffirmed its condemnation Full text...

  • Mauritius: Religious heads in Mauritius asked to keep free from election campaigns
    12 november 2014 17:51:45
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Religious leaders in Mauritius have been cautioned not to get involved in the ongoing campaigns for legislative polls due to be held in the island on 10 December. Full text...

  • Gambia: Social activist arrested
    12 november 2014 12:17:25
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A social activist, Sait Matty Jaw, has been arrested and detained by Gambia's National Intelligence Agency (NIA) over a research work on governance and corruption in the country, PANA learnt from reliable sources here Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma attends G20 Summit
    12 november 2014 11:00:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday arrived in Brisbane, Australia, for the G20 Leaders' Summit which gets underway on Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Parliament wants tribal affiliation dropped from nationality documents requirements
    12 november 2014 10:15:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Parliament has asked the Ministry of interior to remove any reference to tribal affiliation in the application for nationality documents. Full text...

  • UN: ICC prosecutor says insecurity hampers investigations in Libya
    12 november 2014 08:44:19
    New York, US (PANA) - International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has said deteriorating security situation and growing political instability in Libya are creating an Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Mauritius among 10 countries with highest population density'
    12 november 2014 08:29:24
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius is among the ten countries having the highest population density in the world with 653 persons per square kilometre in 2013 for a mid-year total population of 1,217,341, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • South Africa: Events to mark anniversary of Mandela's death underway
    11 november 2014 19:05:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – As the first anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death approaches, a number of initiatives are being planned to commemorate the anti-Apartheid struggle hero. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Maurititanian authorities arrest anti-slavery activists
    11 november 2014 18:29:04
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Activists of an anti-slavery non-governmental organisation in Mauritania were arrested Tuesday while conducting a caravan against enslaved labour on land in the south of the country, the NGO said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Continuing violence by Boko Haram in Nigeria forces 13,000 people to flee to Cameroon
    11 november 2014 18:00:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Violence by Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria’s northeast continues to send thousands of refugees across the border into neighbouring Cameroon, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Doctors go on strike protesting murder of their colleague
    11 november 2014 17:26:19
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Medical doctors working under the National Union of Physicians (SYNAMED) in DR Congo's Kasai Oriental province have threatened to go on a three-day strike from Friday protesting the murder of their colleague Thursday last week, the union announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Francophonie to help Senegal find peace in Casamance
    11 november 2014 16:38:45
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) – The Francophonie Ministerial Conference of Youth and Sports (CONFEJES) opened a five-day meeting here Tuesday on the theme 'Ziguinchor, youth actions, sports, peace and citizenship' in a bid to contribute to a definitive return to peace in the southern Senegal region of Casamance, which has been affected by civil war for over 30 years. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram captures another town
    11 november 2014 15:58:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's insurgent group Boko Haram has continued to expand the territory under its control after capturing another town in the country's North-east on Monday, the local media reported Tuesday, quoting residents of the town. Full text...

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