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  • UN: UN chief condemns terrorist bombing in Cairo
    29 june 2015 22:01:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Monday's fatal terrorist attack in Cairo, which resulted in the killing of Egyptian Prosecutor-General Hisham Barakat and the injuring of numerous civilians. Full text...

  • UN: Maritime, migration chiefs pledge action on unsafe migration by sea
    29 june 2015 21:21:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN says more is being done to address the humanitarian crisis arising from the dramatic increase in unsafe migration across the oceans and seas. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council extends UN/AU Mission Darfur for another year
    29 june 2015 20:58:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing deep concern at the serious deterioration in the security situation in Darfur, the UN Security Council on Monday decided to extend for one year, until 30 June 2016, the mandate of the UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Full text...

  • Tunisia: Government says several arrested after Sousse terror attack
    29 june 2015 19:30:58
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – A number of people belonging to a "ring" have been arrested in connection with Friday's terror attack on a Tunisian beach resort town of Sousse, Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli, said here Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: State House restores press pass for DW Correspondent on President's orders
    29 june 2015 19:07:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian State House Monday restored the Press Pass for the correspondent of German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Ubale Musa, on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: ICRC takes aid to 250,000 people in northern Mali
    29 june 2015 17:51:38
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in collaboration with the Malian Red Cross and the country’s community leaders, has distributed 1,400 tonnes of seeds and basic foodstuffs to residents of Mopti, Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal areas where they live in an alarming situation due to widespread violence, the humanitarian organisation said in a press statement Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO report says US$2.3 billion needed to send children to school in war-torn countries
    29 june 2015 16:59:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Full text...

  • Tunisia: European Interior ministers pay tribute to victims of Sousse terror attack
    29 june 2015 16:46:57
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian, French, British and German ministers of Interior gathered Monday at a the beach resort town of Sousse, 140 km south of the capital, Tunis, to pay tribute to 40 holidaymakers killed Friday by a lone gunman. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 20 of 39 victims of Sousse terror attack identified
    29 june 2015 14:58:05
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Twenty of the 39 victims of Friday's terror attack in a big hotel in the Tunisian tourist city of Sousse have been identified, majority of them British (16), the Tunisian ministry of Health said on Monday in a communiqué. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Community Court hears Burkina parties' case Tuesday
    29 june 2015 14:01:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice will Tuesday hear a case brought by seven of Burkina Faso’s political parties, including the former ruling party, challenging the amendment to the country’s Electoral Act which excluded them from the political process, the court said Monday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 186 Burkinabe migrants repatriated from Gabon
    29 june 2015 13:38:15
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Some 186 Burkinabe migrants, arrested in the high sea by the Gabonese police in early June, were repatriated Sunday to Ouagadougou where they were received by the authorities, official sources said Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: 'How to end menace of street children'
    29 june 2015 13:03:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The creation of a legal instrument spurred by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, adapted to local socio-cultural realities, has been recommended as one of the measures to eradicate the menace of street children in the ECOWAS region. Full text...

  • Libya: Over 3,000 migrants rescued off Libyan coast
    29 june 2015 10:56:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Some 3,000 illegal immigrants aboard smugglers' boats were rescued off the Libyan coast, just one week after the European Union (EU) launched the first phase of a naval operation to stem the flow of illegal migrants to Europe, the Libyan media Monday quoted EU officials as saying. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says UN ready to build better future for all
    28 june 2015 16:56:59
    New York US (PANA) - The UN and the international community are experiencing an age of great difficulties and opportunities which will help define the future of the planet, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an address that touched on the myriad challenges from climate change to sustainable development currently facing humanity. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief expresses solidarity with Tunisian, Kuwait governments, people
    28 june 2015 16:50:51
    INew York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has telephoned both the President of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi and Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, expressing his deepest sympathies to the governments and people of both nations following Friday's deadly terrorist attacks. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to accede to Convention on Cluster Munitions
    28 june 2015 10:10:03
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has decided to accede to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), an international treaty that addresses the humanitarian consequences and unacceptable harm to civilians caused by cluster munitions, through a categorical prohibition and a framework for action. Full text...

  • South Africa: Two shark attacks reported in South Africa
    28 june 2015 08:13:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Two University of Cape Town students have fallen victims to shark attacks while surfing in the last two days, according to official reports. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh rescinds again expulsion of Lebanese businessman
    27 june 2015 20:21:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has again rescinded his decision to expel Hussein Tajudeen, a prominent Lebanese businessman, from the country. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for 'deeper cooperation' to deal with global challenges
    27 june 2015 18:53:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Dismantling colonialism, triumphing over apartheid, keeping peace in troubled places and safeguarding human rights are part of what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has described as the "proud record" of the UN during its seven decades of existence. Full text...

  • UN: UN celebrates 70th anniversary of UN Charter in San Francisco
    27 june 2015 18:11:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Charter, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says bringing the idea of the UN to life required huge leaps of statecraft to bridge differences. Full text...

  • Burundi: Somali Al Shabab attack kills 8 Burundian peacekeepers
    27 june 2015 16:46:59
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The attack on Friday on the position of Burundian contingent of the African peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) claimed the lives of 8 soldiers and injured 19 others, a senior Burundian military officer has said. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'Govt. must send strong message against terrorism'
    27 june 2015 15:36:03
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian government must send a "strong message" to all to show that it is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism, President Beji Caid Essebsi, said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Morocco: UN envoy calls for agreement to counter terrorism in Libya
    27 june 2015 15:10:37
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The UN envoy in Libya, Bernardino Leon, has urged stakeholders Full text...

  • Libya: 4 Fajr Libya fighters killed in southwest Tripoli
    27 june 2015 13:45:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Four Fajr Libya fighters have been killed and several others injured in clashes that broke out on Friday evening in Janzour, in the southwestern region of Tripoli, with the Libyan army. Full text...

  • Kenya: State weaknesses risking counter-terrorism war, warns Nigerian analyst
    27 june 2015 09:01:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African countries with unoccupied territory, largely unmanned by security personnel, are creating room for terror groups to establish training camps, experts attending a regional conference on fighting armed extremism said. Full text...

  • UN: UN condemns Al-Shabaab attack against AU mission base in Somalia
    27 june 2015 06:52:12
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials have condemned Friday's attack perpetrated by Al-Shabaab militants against an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns killing of former Lesotho military commander
    27 june 2015 06:47:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General has condemned the killing of Lt. Gen. Maaparankoe Mahao, former Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, on 25 June, near the capital, Maseru. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency welcomes EU measures on refugee arrivals, urges more action
    27 june 2015 06:43:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has welcomed a decision by European Union (EU) leaders to assist up to 60,000 refugees in need of international protection, but warns that much more will have to be done to address the root causes of a steadily increasing global refugee crisis. Full text...

  • UN: UN says efforts to combat illicit drugs must be linked to development
    26 june 2015 22:21:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, top UN officials have focused on the need for alternative development for farmers who cultivate illicit crops and for leaders to address drug trafficking and drug abuse that pose as obstacles to sustainable development for the world. Full text...

  • Sudan: 38 killed, others wounded in rebel attack on South Kordufan
    26 june 2015 21:09:52
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - At least 38 worshipers have been killed and many others wounded in an attack by rebels on a mosque in South Kordufan, some 700 kms southwest of the national capital, Khartoum. Full text...

  • US: African civil society tasks UN, ICC members on South African govt failure to arrest Al-Bashir
    26 june 2015 20:17:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The South African government’s failure to arrest fugitive Sudan's President Omar Al-Bashir should be strongly addressed by the country’s judicial system, International Criminal Court (ICC) member states and the UN Security Council, over 30 African civil society organizations said in a statement on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns terrorist attacks in Tunisia, France, Kuwait
    26 june 2015 20:06:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks carried out separately on Friday in Tunisia, Kuwait and France, describing them as "heinous incidents", that will only strengthen commitment to defeating all forms of terrorism. Full text...

  • UN: Transition in CAR needs international community’s support - UN expert
    26 june 2015 19:27:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The international community must redouble efforts to help the Full text...

  • UN: Ban stresses need to stop use of torture, calls for support for victims
    26 june 2015 19:19:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has renewed his call to UN Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID troops rescue ambushed WFP personnel, recover stolen vehicle
    26 june 2015 18:47:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The World Food Programme of the United Nations (WFP) on Friday commended the South African Unit serving under the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) for rescuing its driver from an unruly armed group in the restive Darfur region. Full text...

  • Kenya: Dozens of Burundi soldiers killed in Somali AU military base attack
    26 june 2015 17:17:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Dozens of African Union (AU) troops were killed Friday in a dawn raid on the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Base situated in Leego town, 130 km south of Mogadishu, when an Al Shabaab terror group attacked the camp using a car bomb, an AU official confirmed. Full text...

  • UN: ICC urges global support for justice, accountability against crimes
    26 june 2015 17:03:13
    New York, US (PANA) - International Criminal Court (ICC) president, Judge Silvia Fernandez Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ concerned about violence against journalists in Burundi
    26 june 2015 16:40:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Friday expressed concern about growing violence against journalists in Burundi in the run-up to the country's general elections. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 27 killed in terror attack on two hotels in Tunisia
    26 june 2015 14:00:00
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – A terrorist attack perpetrated Friday morning in Sousse, a tourist city in the centre of Tunisia, has claimed the lives for 27 persons, a spokesperson for the Interior ministry, Mohamed Ali Aroui, said, indicating that 20 other persons were injured. Full text...

  • Niger: Niger launches project for quality education
    26 june 2015 13:53:05
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger on Friday launched a project to support quality education in the country in the next five years, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • South Africa: Police commissioner on the ropes over mine massacre report
    26 june 2015 11:58:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, who has come under fire for her role in the Marikana massacre, has received a letter from President Jacob Zuma informing her of the outcome of the Commission of Inquiry into the tragedy and she has until 31 July to respond. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Sharia court sentences 2 to death for blasphemy
    26 june 2015 00:09:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - An Islamic Sharia Court in Nigeria's predominantly-Muslim north has sentenced two persons to death for blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed. Full text...

  • Niger: 15 members of Boko Haram killed by Niger army
    25 june 2015 22:11:37
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger says 15 members of the Nigerian-based Islamist sect, Boko Haram, were killed and 20 others captured by the Defence and Security Forces (FDS) of Niger in a series of clashes between the 19 and 23 June in the town of Gueskérou in the Diffa region, on the border with Nigeria. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo to investigate 'misconduct' allegations against peacekeepers in CAR
    25 june 2015 22:00:04
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese government has sent to the Central African Republic (CAR) an investigator to gather evidence on allegations or misconduct against its contingent of the Multidimensional Integrated Mission for CAR Stabilization, Congolese national radio reported on Thursday quoting a communiqué issued by the Defence ministry. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Terrorist cell shut down in Tunisia
    25 june 2015 21:29:10
    Tunis, Tunisie (PANA) – A Tunisian anti-terrorism unit has shut down a terrorist cell in the region of Kef (167 kms northwest of Tunis), a statement released by the Tunisian ministry of the Interior said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Detained Rwanda intelligence chief released on bail in UK
    25 june 2015 20:13:36
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwanda intelligence chief, Lieutenant General Karenzi Karake, who was detained last week by the British authorities over a controversial arrest warrant issued by a Spanish judge has been released on 1 million-pound (US$1.6m) bail and on condition he remains in UK, reliable sources confirmed to PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Senegalese parliament ratifies ECOWAS protocol on corruption
    25 june 2015 19:50:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The National Assembly of Senegal on Thursday ratified a bill relating to the Memorandum of Understanding of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the fight against corruption. Full text...

  • Zambia: COMESA immigration ministers to decide on visa relaxation
    25 june 2015 19:37:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Ministers in charge of immigration in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states are expected to make a policy decision regarding the slow progress on the full implementation of the Protocol on Gradual Relaxation and Eventually Elimination of Visa Requirements (Visa Protocol). Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'New date soon for ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit on Boko Haram'
    25 june 2015 17:18:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A new date will soon be agreed for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) Security Summit on Boko Haram, as part of a broader war against terrorism, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said. Full text...

  • Senegal: Pressure group wants Zimbabwean mayor to defend informal traders
    25 june 2015 16:23:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Zimbabwean pressure group Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) has called on the Mayor of Bulawayo city in southwestern Zimbabwe, Martin Moyo, to stand by the group so that government will not evict vendors from pavements and streets of the city. Full text...

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