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  • Tunisia: Tunisian navy rescues illegal migrants sailing to Italy
    13 august 2014 16:43:02
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Ten Tunisians were rescued Tuesday night by the Tunisian Navy after an inflatable motorboat on which they were travelling appeared to be in urgent need of assistance about 16 kilometres off the coast of El Haouaria city, the Ministry of Defence here said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Police arrest Djibouti journalist covering demonstration
    13 august 2014 14:39:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for the release of Mohamed Ibrahim Waiss, a radio journalist who was taken into custody on Friday in a suburb of the capital, Djibouti City, and accused of incitement and publishing false news. Full text...

  • Senegal: Two leaders charged in Gambia for disobeying Presidential order
    13 august 2014 12:59:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Gambia has charged two community leaders to court for allegedly disobeying a presidential order by celebrating the last Eid el Fitr on 29 July instead of the officially-sanctioned date of 28 July, PANA reported from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: 1 dies, 9 wounded in new bombings in Tripoli
    13 august 2014 12:50:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - At least one person was killed and nine others injured in bombings targeting the district of Ghout al-Chaal in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, as the violence ravaging the north African nation continues unabated. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU calls for immediate release of opposition leader
    13 august 2014 12:29:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) Wednesday called for the immediate release of Dr. Mariam Sadiq Al Mahdi, daughter of opposition leader Sadiq al mahadi, who was detained upon her return from Paris, France, where her father signed an agreement with armed opposition, to the chagrin of the government. Full text...

  • Kenya: Police body cancels hiring at 36 centres over irregularities
    13 august 2014 08:40:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Thousands of young Kenyans eager to join the National Police Service will have to wait longer before realising their ambition, after the police commission nullified recruitment at 36 centres, citing irregularities, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Rights experts concerned by postponement of Gambian visit
    13 august 2014 07:57:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Two UN human rights experts said the last-minute postponement of a visit to Gambia by the authorities is "extremely worrying" and casts doubt on the West African country’s commitment to human rights. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 5 killed, 2 injured in road accident
    12 august 2014 22:36:33
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Five members of a family on board a tourist car on Tuesday were killed in a collision with a truck near Edea, about 60km from Douala, on the Yaounde-Douala road. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'Government unconcerned with UN investigation into UNAMID performance'
    12 august 2014 20:36:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government says it is not concerned with a probe the United Nations is launching into the performance of the peacekeeping mission in Darfur, UNAMID, which it runs jointly with the African Union. Full text...

  • UN: Mission condemns ongoing fighting in Libya despite calls for ceasefire
    12 august 2014 18:32:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Tuesday condemned the battles in the capital, Tripoli, which continue despite repeated international calls for an immediate ceasefire and appeals to refrain from the use of force to resolve political differences. Full text...

  • Gambia: Government postpones visit of UN experts on torture
    12 august 2014 18:02:57
    Banju, Gambia (PANA) - UN Special Rapporteurs on torture and summary, extrajudicial and arbitrary executions have expressed deep disappointment with the unilateral decision taken by the Government of Gambia to put off their country until 18 August 2014. Full text...

  • Mali: AU provides food aid to 500 families in Kidal region
    12 august 2014 17:50:42
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The African Union Mission for Mali and the Sahel (Misahel) has distributed several tons of relief food to over 500 families in Kidal region of northern Mali in the first phase of an operation dubbed 'Basket of the heart', the Mission said Tuesday in a statement sent to PANA here. Full text...

  • UN: General Assembly president tasks member states on youth development
    12 august 2014 15:16:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. John Ashe, on Tuesday encouraged UN member states, civil society and other stakeholders to recognize that youth participation will be essential for the successful implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 147,000 flee fighting in Libya
    12 august 2014 14:42:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - More than 147,000 people, of 74 nationalities, fleeing the fighting in Tripoli and other Libyan cities have crossed the Tunisian-Libyan border crossing of Ras Jadir and landed in Tunisia, PANA learnt from security sources. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ fears for DRC Journalists ahead of elections
    12 august 2014 14:23:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has released a statement, expressing fear over the fate of the media in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ahead of the country's election, PANA reported from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Deputy President on the firing line at investigation commission
    12 august 2014 14:04:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African's Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Tuesday spent his second day on the firing line at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the August 2012 clashes at the Marikana Mine, which left 44 striking workers dead. Full text...

  • US: UN lines up events to celebrate World Humanitarian Day
    12 august 2014 09:39:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN said this year's commemoration of the World Humanitarian Day will feature events ranging from a 5-kilometre run/walk in Mogadishu, Somalia, a wreath-laying ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey, and a radio talk show with disaster management experts in Papua New Guinea. Full text...

  • UN: Inter-communal violence, banditry threaten civilians in Darfur
    12 august 2014 09:27:13
    New York, US (PANA) - African Union-UN Special Representative for Darfur (UNAMID), Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, says although fighting between Sudanese government forces and armed movements ebbed considerably during the past months, inter-communal violence and acts of banditry continue to be a challenge for the people of Darfur. Full text...

  • Belgium: Eritreans top asylum seekers in Belgium
    11 august 2014 21:07:50
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Eritreans were the biggest group of Africans seeking asylum in Belgium in July, according to a report by the Commission for Refugees and Stateless Persons (DGRA), a Belgian government organ in charge of controlling political refugees. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir has second knee surgery in three months
    11 august 2014 19:48:19
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir has undergone a second knee operation in three months in Khartoum’s Royal Care Hospital, the official Sudan News Agency reported. Full text...

  • Malawi: Blantyre clears vendors off streets
    11 august 2014 19:32:30
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) -There was an eerie atmosphere in the streets of Malawi's commercial capital, Blantyre, Monday as city authorities, backed by armed police officers, cleared the streets of vendors. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan special forces lose 63 soldiers in action in Benghazi
    11 august 2014 17:16:32
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Libyan special forces lost 63 soldiers and over 200 others were injured in fierce fighting with armed militias in the eastern city of Benghazi between 21 and 30 July 2014, sources in the Special Forces disclosed Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'Terrorism has no place in Tunisian society,' says PM Jomâa
    11 august 2014 15:29:56
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Terrorism has no place in Tunisia, the North African country's Prime Minister, Mehdi Jomâa, said here Monday, adding that overcoming the violence is only a matter of time. Full text...

  • Sudan: South Sudan's rebel leader consults Bashir on how to end conflict in Juba
    10 august 2014 17:30:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese rebel leader, Dr Riek Machar, who is leading a rebellion against the government in Juba, met in Khartoum Sunday with Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir as the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) intensifies efforts to end the conflict. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Seven killed in northern Rwanda road crash
    10 august 2014 16:43:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Seven people were killed Sunday when a public transport minibus on which they were travelling collided with another vehicle and plunged into a channel along the highway linking Rwanda's capital, Kigali, and the Northern Province, the police confirmed. Full text...

  • South Africa: Eight months after his death, Mandela remains front page news (News Analysis by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent)
    10 august 2014 12:16:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Eight months have passed since the death of former world statesman Nelson Mandela, but he remains front-page news in South Africa and many other countries. Full text...

  • Sudan: Eleven Sudanese "accidentally" killed in Libya
    10 august 2014 12:00:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Eleven Sudanese have been accidentally killed and five injured in the ongoing fighting in Libya since June, the independent Akhbar Al Youm (News of the Day) reported here Sunday. Full text...

  • Libya: UN warns against war crimes in Libya
    09 august 2014 17:08:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The UN High commission for human rights (HCHR) has warned that perpetrators of the violent clashes in Libya could be committing war crimes, Libyan media reported on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says indigenous peoples 'powerful agents of progress'
    09 august 2014 16:27:25
    New York, US PANA) - Marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on Saturday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said indigenous peoples have a central interest in development and can act as "powerful agents of progress". Full text...

  • US: America reacts to Swazi PM's threat to labour, civil society leaders
    09 august 2014 15:10:56
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - Reacting to what it called "threatening remarks by Swazi Prime Minister, Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini, towards Swazi labour and civil society leaders who participated in the US-Africa Leaders' Summit in Washington this week, the US State government said "Such remarks have a chilling effect on labour and civil rights in the Kingdom of Swaziland." Full text...

  • Belgium: EU commits 3 million euros to fight counterfeit products in Africa
    09 august 2014 14:40:03
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has added 3 million euros to finance a programme designed to fight trafficking of drugs and other illegal prohibited products. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Dozens of illegal migrants rescued off Tunisian coast
    09 august 2014 14:25:13
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian marine forces on Saturday rescued dozens of illegal migrants of different African nationalities on board a boat from Libya bound for Italy, according to sources close to the Tunisian Red-Crescent. Full text...

  • South Africa: Massive pro-Palestinian march in Cape Town
    09 august 2014 14:19:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A massive crowd of tens of thousands of pro-Palestinian supporters on Saturday marched through Cape Town to Parliament in South Africa. Full text...

  • UN: Civilian conditions in Libya 'steadily deteriorating'
    08 august 2014 22:02:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday expressed deep concern over the situation in Libya, where a conflict between multiple armed groups has been raging primarily in Benghazi and Tripoli. Full text...

  • UN: Clashes in north-western CAR cause renewed displacement
    08 august 2014 21:56:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Jens Laerke, a official of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), says fighting from 30 to 31 July in Batangafo in the Central African Republic (CAR) has caused renewed displacement. Full text...

  • Senegal: Police destroy over 3 tons of illicit drugs
    08 august 2014 18:33:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese police in Dakar on Friday incinerated 3.87 tons of Indian hemp and 1.25 kilogram of cocaine which were seized between June and July this year in different crackdowns around the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • Tunisia: ADEA announces 2014/2015 education research competition
    08 august 2014 17:29:52
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Association for Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) on Friday announced the opening of the third and fourth editions of competition for the Prize of Education Research in Africa (PREA) with the aim of promoting quality education research by African universities, research centres and networks. Full text...

  • UN: Expert urges int'l community on humanitarian situation in Somalia
    08 august 2014 17:27:20
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN independent expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Bahame Tom Nyanduga, on Friday urged the international community to "act now" to avert a humanitarian disaster in the country. Full text...

  • Burundi: CIRGL secures US$3 million from IDA to fight gender-based sexual violence
    08 august 2014 16:00:08
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The executive board of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (CIRGL) announced Friday that it has secured 1.95 million Special Drawing Rights, equivalent to US$ 3 million, from the International Development Association (IDA) for implementation of a regional emergency project to fight against gender-based sexual violence (SGBV). Full text...

  • Cameroon: Charles Taylor's son arrested in Cameroon over fake travel papers
    08 august 2014 14:30:00
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Cornelius Taylor, son of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, was arrested on Thursday in Kumba, about 400 km from the capital, Yaoundé, in the Cameroonian south-western region, the country’s public television, CRTV, reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya identifies teenager behind military Twitter account hacking 
    08 august 2014 14:25:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan security services have identified a South American teenager, Manuel Herrera, as one of the possible hackers who took down the Twitter Account of the military and that of the Deputy President William Ruto. Full text...

  • Libya: UN opens consultations to end violence in Libya
    08 august 2014 13:49:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The vice president of the UN support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ismaïl Ould Cheikh Ahmed, will organize consultations in Tripoli for rival armed militias and other stakeholders in a bid to end the fighting in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, according to official statement. Full text...

  • Kenya: Graft watchdog wants partial repeat of police recruitment
    08 august 2014 13:34:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has called for the cancellation of police recruitment exercise in 12 centres marred by malpractices, including graft. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abuja to host 2-day MDG evaluation summit ahead of 2015 target date
    08 august 2014 13:27:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria will host a two-day presidential summit to evaluate the achievements, challenges and lessons learnt from the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ahead of the 2015 target date. Full text...

  • Kenya: Jaywalkers to face attempted suicide charges
    08 august 2014 13:19:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Pedestrians crossing roads at non-designated areas in Kenya will be charged with the offence of attempted suicide, police have warned. Full text...

  • Kenya: EAJA seeks release of detained journo in Puntland, Somalia (Corrected)
    08 august 2014 11:47:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has urged the Puntland Government in Somalia to immediately set free a prominent female radio journalist, Faduma Yusuf, who has been in police custody since 6 Aug. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius' lawyer hits back at prosecutor in final argument
    08 august 2014 11:13:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Defence advocate Barry Roux on Friday labelled Paralympian murder accused Oscar Pistorius as a man who felt fearful and vulnerable and had experienced several years of “slow burn anxiety" due to his disabilty. Full text...

  • UN: Security situation in DR Congo still fragile
    08 august 2014 08:28:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Two senior UN officials have warned that the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has vastly improved since this time last year, though it remains Full text...

  • Cameroon: Central African journalists concerned about future of media
    07 august 2014 22:14:12
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – About 20 journalists from six Central African countries have expressed concern about the profession in the sub-region saying the media faces a bleak future. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: ICRC 'shocked' at killing of aid workers in South Sudan
    07 august 2014 21:13:52
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed shock and dismay at the killing of at least six aid workers since 4 August in the county of Maban, South Sudan. Full text...

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