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  • Nigeria: Death toll from Nigeria building collapse rises to 39
    14 september 2014 13:39:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The number of those who died in Friday's collapse of a five-storey building within the premises of the Synagogue Church, on the outskirts of Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos, has risen to 39 while 130 people have been rescued, the local Premium Times newspaper reported, quoting the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military plane battling Boko Haram missing
    14 september 2014 10:29:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian war plane deployed against the Boko Haram terrorist group has gone missing in the northern state of Adamawa, according to Nigerian military spokesman Chris Olukolade. Full text...

  • South Africa: Apartheid-era journalist reburied 49 years after his death
    13 september 2014 17:24:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Almost 50 years after his tragic death, anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa was reburied in Durban's Chesterville on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Rebels anticipate major escalation in South Sudan warfare
    13 september 2014 14:31:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese rebels received six air force defectors on Saturday and warned the rebel front was prepared for a major escalation in the eight-month-long civil war. Full text...

  • US: UN urges efforts to support South-South cooperation
    12 september 2014 22:08:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says cooperation between and among developing countries offers a path to balancing growth and equity, and encourages them to learn from emerging partners in the global South to promote prosperity for all. Full text...

  • Libya: 5,600 Libyans to perform Hajj this year
    12 september 2014 20:49:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Some 5,600 Libyans will perform the pilgrimage to Mecca this year, an official at the Libyan ministry of Waqfs (Religious affairs) said on Friday. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 15,000 Central African Republic refugee kids out of school in Cameroon
    12 september 2014 19:48:36
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – About 15,000 school-age refugee children from Central African Republic are in urgent need of primary education but their country of asylum, Cameroon, cannot cater for their needs, according to a representative of the Ministry of Primary Education in the Eastern region. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya human rights body urges ceasefire in Ouerchefana zone of Tripoli
    12 september 2014 15:34:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya's National Committee of Human Rights has called for a nationwide ceasefire, urging opposed groups to stop fighting particularly in the western Tripoli zone of Ouerchefana. Full text...

  • Zambia: Journalists from state-run Times of Zambia to go on strike
    12 september 2014 13:56:17
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Journalists from the state-run Times of Zambia on Friday announced that they have unanimously resolved to go on strike beginning 17 September to protest against their four months' unpaid salaries. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius' bail extended after conviction, sentencing fixed for 13 Oct
    12 september 2014 13:22:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Judge Thokozile Masipa on Friday afternoon granted Oscar Pistorius extended bail while he awaits sentencing, on 13 Oct., for his culpable homicide conviction. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt. establishes national committee to fight corruption, mismanagement
    12 september 2014 11:41:28
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government Thursday announced it would establish a national commission to fight against corruption and mismanagement. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide
    12 september 2014 09:35:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A day after being cleared on a main charge of murder, Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was Friday found guilty of culpable homicide in the death of model Reeva Steenkamp. Full text...

  • UN: Officials urge member states to craft 'bold, pragmatic' post-2015 agenda
    11 september 2014 19:14:55
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday stressed the need Full text...

  • UN: ICC issues arrest warrant against Sudanese
    11 september 2014 18:03:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Trial Chamber IV of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday issued an arrest warrant against a Sudanese citizen, Abdallah Banda, who is wanted to answer three charges of crimes. Full text...

  • Libya: Madrid to host ministerial conference on Libyan crisis next week
    11 september 2014 14:53:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Spanish capital, Madrid, will host a ministerial conference on stability and development in Libya on 17 September with countries from the region and international organizations participating. Full text...

  • Botswana: Gaborone warns Washington to keep away from Botswana's internal affairs
    11 september 2014 14:48:05
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has told the US Government to keep the distance from its internal affairs or follow protocol in registering concerns. Full text...

  • Libya: 5 soldiers killed, 25 others abducted in Benghazi
    11 september 2014 14:33:21
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Five Libyan soldiers have been killed, seven injured and 25 others abducted in an attack on a check point manned by a unit of the Special Forces in the city of Benghazi, scene of bloody armed clashes over the past few weeks. Full text...

  • South Africa: Judge indicates Pistorius not guilty of pre-meditated murder
    11 september 2014 11:06:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - In a dramatic development in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, Judge Thokozile Masipa Thursday ruled that the State has not proven beyond reasonable doubt that the Paralympian is guilty of pre-meditated murder. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius Post launches Postcode Directory
    11 september 2014 10:30:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius Post Ltd Thursday launched its first postcode directory that will enable faster sorting and delivery of mails, packets and parcels, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Mauritius:14 Indonesian sailors arrested in Mauritius
    11 september 2014 09:57:25
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Fourteen Indonesian sailors were arrested at Trou Fanfaron in the port area of the Mauritian capital, Port Louis, Thursday morning, following violent clashes in which a hundred of them were involved, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Judgement underway in Pistorius trial
    11 september 2014 09:50:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Judgement is underway in the high-profile Oscar Pistorius murder trial in South Africa, with Judge Thokozile Masipa telling the North Gauteng High Court that the screams that neighbours heard on the morning that model Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead could only have come from the Paralympian. Full text...

  • Botswana: US condemns Botswana over journo's arrest
    11 september 2014 08:33:43
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The United States has condemned Botswana over its recent arrest of newspaper editor Ousta Mokone over alleged sedition charges. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Gabon to recruit a thousand teachers from Tunisia
    10 september 2014 17:39:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian National Education Minister Fathi Jarray announced Wednesday that Gabon will soon recruit a thousand Tunisian teachers to work in the west-central Africa country. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanian capital in temporary blackout
    10 september 2014 16:49:18
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania's capital, Nouakchott, was plunged into darkness from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm (local) on Tuesday due to what officials here explained as "a technical problem" at Manantali hydroelectric power station in Mali. Full text...

  • Mali: 300 young Africans participate in Int'l Peace Forum in Bamako
    10 september 2014 13:37:48
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - About 300 young leaders from Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Gabon, Niger, Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, Morocco, Cameroon, Mauritania, Mali and Malians in Diaspora will attend an international Sahel peace and security forum, scheduled for 16-18 September in Bamako, the Malian capital. Full text...

  • Kenya: Australia provides US$5m humanitarian assistance to Somalia
    10 september 2014 13:28:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Australian Government will provide a further US$5 million in humanitarian assistance to Somalia to provide Somalis in need with emergency food, water sanitation, shelter and medical assistance. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of detained South Sudanese journalist
    10 september 2014 13:13:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Tuesday issued a statement, saying authorities in South Sudan must charge journalist George Livio to a court or release him. Full text...

  • South Africa: Global wait for Thursday's judgement on Pistorius
    10 september 2014 12:21:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Millions of people in South Africa and around the world are eagerly awaiting Thursday’s verdict in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. Full text...

  • Kenya: Protesters barricade highway, demand release of policeman
    10 september 2014 12:08:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Residents of Githurai estate in the northern outskirts of Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, late Tuesday barricaded the busy Thika Superhighway as they demanded the release of a police officer being held for killing a suspect. Full text...

  • Kenya: Uganda denies justice to victims of protest killings, says HRW
    10 september 2014 10:37:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ugandan authorities have never investigated killings by security forces during two days of rioting in September 2009 that left at least 40 people dead, global human rights body Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: Peace cannot be decreed through treaties - UN
    10 september 2014 10:08:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials have stressed the need for concerted efforts to achieve the common vision of a life of dignity and well-being for all, saying peace is more than just the absence of war. Full text...

  • Botswana: Arrested editor released, trial date set for November
    10 september 2014 09:34:57
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Editor of the Sunday Standard, one of Botswana’s leading weekly, has been released from police custody, even as the trial date has been set for 28 Nov. 2014. Full text...

  • UN: UNODC urges prosecution to end impunity for drug trafficking on high seas
    10 september 2014 08:32:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is hosting a special event in Vienna, Austria, on the rise of narcotics trafficking on maritime southern routes, particularly the Indian Ocean, advocating that drug traffickers caught in international waters be prosecuted. Full text...

  • UN: Preliminary probe shows helicopter was shot down in South Sudan
    09 september 2014 22:44:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Tuesday said its initial investigation has revealed that UN helicopter that crashed near Bentiu late last month was shot down. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy condemns latest terrorist attacks in Somalia
    09 september 2014 22:04:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Tuesday called for reconciliation and an end to violence in Somalia, and condemned the terrorist attacks in several locations in country on Monday that resulted in the death and injury of many innocent civilians. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Belarus pledges assistance to Nigeria in fight against Boko Haram
    09 september 2014 19:42:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Belarus Foreign Minister, Dr Vladimir Makei announced here Tuesday his country's commitment to enter into military and technical cooperation with Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents, stating that the problem cannot be overcome by one country. Full text...

  • Senegal: African Media Leaders Forum postponed due to Ebola crisis
    09 september 2014 18:29:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Due to the Ebola virus disease epidemic in West African countries, the African Media Initiative (AMI) announced Tuesday the postponement of the 7th African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF), which was scheduled for 12-14 November 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt reorganising Ministry of Defence to defeat Boko Haram insurgents
    09 september 2014 16:33:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria is to reorganise its Ministry of Defence in order to hasten the achievement of the set goals of defeating the Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges facing the country. Full text...

  • Zambia: FODEP expresses concern over issuance of national IDs to Angolan refugees
    09 september 2014 14:49:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has denounced the issuance of National Registration Cards (NRC) by the Zambian Ministry of Home Affairs to former Angolan refugees in Zambezi, western Zambia, warning that this is a recipe for electoral confrontations ahead of the parliamentary by-elections in Zambezi West constituency. Full text...

  • South Africa: British honeymoon murder accused back in court
    09 september 2014 12:06:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - British businessman Shrien Dewani Tuesday appeared in the Western Cape High Court, where his lawyers indicated they were seeking phone bills and prison records to help them prepare for his high-profile murder trial next month. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy supports state formation process in south-west Somalia regions
    08 september 2014 22:50:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, on Monday urged political rivals in the south-western part of the country to take another step towards peace and stability with the establishment of a new interim regional administration. Full text...

  • Nigeria: EU gives 10m Euros for women's engagement in northern Nigeria peace
    08 september 2014 22:39:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The European Union says it is committing 10 million Euros to enhance the promotion of women's engagement in peace and security in northern Nigeria being terrorised by the insurgency of the Islamist Boko Haram. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials says children suffer indiscriminate, brutal killings in conflicts
    08 september 2014 21:50:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Leila Zerrougui says the multiplication of crises affecting children since the beginning of 2014 is creating unprecedented challenges that overshadow progress to date to protect them from the impact of war. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for urgent, collective action to protect civilians against atrocities
    08 september 2014 17:35:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says today’s crises, from the Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO says literacy not only improves lives, it saves them
    08 september 2014 16:13:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Monday said with one in four young people – 175 million adolescents – unable to read a single sentence, the International Literacy Day is an opportunity to remember one simple truth: literacy not only changes lives, it saves them. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Navy foils illegal migration attempt
    08 september 2014 15:29:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian navy units on Sunday night foiled an attempt by illegal migrants to sail to Italy from the coasts of the Tunisian city of Chabad, located in the region of Mahdia, Tunisian security sources said on Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 6 killed, 20 injured in road accident
    08 september 2014 15:23:56
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Six persons were killed and 20 others injured in a road accident early Monday, in the Tunisian city of Kairouan, security sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Zambia: Tutu, Dutch Princess to visit Zambia on anti-child marriage mission
    08 september 2014 12:04:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau in The Netherland will visit Zambia next week to learn about the country’s best practices in combating child, early and forced marriage. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram captures 13 towns - Paper
    08 september 2014 09:45:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's insurgent group Boko Haram has captured 13 towns and villages in two states in the country's North-east, marking a dangerous turn in the sect's violent campaign that started in 2009. Full text...

  • Burundi: Three Italian Sisters killed in Bujumbura
    08 september 2014 08:51:22
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Three Italian Christian Sisters were killed Sunday evening in a Convent at Kamenge, a popular district in the capital city of Bujumbura, PANA learnt from security sources in Burundi. Full text...

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