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  • UN: UNESCO highlights freedom of expression, media development
    09 july 2014 19:55:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) says "tectonic shifts" in technology are having mixed results for freedom of expression and media development and sparking unprecedented creativity and dialogue. Full text...

  • Mali: Some 9,000 Malians to perform the Hajj this year
    08 july 2014 20:04:31
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Saudi authorities have granted Mali a quota of 9,000 pilgrims to perform this year's Hajj, sources told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mali: Main trade union protests against high electricity, water tariffs
    07 july 2014 20:09:24
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian National Workers' Union (UNTM), the country's main trade union, on Monday criticised the increase in the water and electricity tariffs announced by the water and electricity regulation committee (CREE). Full text...

  • South Africa: Striking metal workers run riot
    04 july 2014 11:42:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has rejected an increased wage offer and authorities on Friday reported "serious” outbreaks of violence with striking workers running riot in several parts of the country. Full text...

  • Mali: More than 1,000 public sector workers to be recruited in September
    03 july 2014 20:31:05
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian government will in September recruit 1,132 workers in the different categories of the country’s public sector, sources from the ministry of Labor, Civil Service and Relations with Institutions said on Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA faces another crippling strike
    03 july 2014 08:22:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Just days after a crippling five-month mining strike ended, South Africa is facing another major industrial strike which is expected to cost the economy about US$30 million per day. Full text...

  • Mali: UN reaffirms commitment to Mali as Muslim fasting begins
    01 july 2014 16:21:04
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – On the occasion of holy month of Ramadan, which has just started, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General to Mali, Albert Koenders, has pledged UN's commitment and that of the UN-led multidimensional mission to the stabilization of Mali in the efforts to achieve unity, security, stability and prosperity. Full text...

  • US: UN supports re-establishment of core public services in CAR
    28 june 2014 05:02:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and the World Bank, is working to re-establish primary public services in the Central African Republic (CAR), such as the payment of salaries of civil servants. Full text...

  • South Africa: Commission rebukes radio station over red-head comments
    26 june 2014 12:59:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s Broadcasting Complaints Commission has agreed with a radio listener who complained that a national radio station had ridiculed red-heads. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA opposition decries conviction of Al Jazeera journalists
    26 june 2014 12:18:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Thursday joined the global outcry over the sentencing of Al-Jazeera journalists by the Egyptian court and confirmed it will table the matter for discussion at the Pan African Parliament. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes release of woman on death row over apostasy
    24 june 2014 10:03:34
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has welcomed the decision by the Sudanese Appeals Court to order the release of Ms. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, who was sentenced to death for apostasy. Full text...

  • South Africa: Major relief as crippling strike ends
    24 june 2014 08:25:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s battered and bruised business leaders are relieved that the news that the crippling five-month strike in the platinum mining industry is over. Full text...

  • Cameroon: USAID supports CAR refugees in Cameroon
    20 june 2014 20:07:34
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has granted US$5 million (F CFA 27.5 billion) to the Cameroon office of the World Food Programme (WFP) to meet urgent food needs of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: President Ouattara receives UN official
    20 june 2014 17:14:32
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, who is visiting Côte d'Ivoire, was received in audience Friday by Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cameroon hosts 100,000 refugees
    20 june 2014 17:11:13
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroon, which Friday joined the rest of the world to mark World Refugee Day, hosts over 100,000 refugees, according to the Country Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ndeye Ndiougue Ndour. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNFPA seeks US$4 million for CAR humanitarian programe
    18 june 2014 22:22:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) has launched an appeal for US$4 million to meet a US$9 million budget planned for its humanitarian actions in support of those affected by the crisis in the Central African Republic, Benoit Kalasa, Regional Director of UNFPA in West and Central Africa, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges greater investment to tackle global epidemic of youth unemployment
    18 june 2014 18:37:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged governments Full text...

  • Mali: Jihadist, 30 others, break jail in Bamako
    17 june 2014 20:27:54
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – About 30 prisoners, including Mohamed Ag Walhouseini, described as a dangerous jihadist linked to Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQMI), escaped from prison on Monday evening at the central prison of Bamako, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Torture still exists in Tunisia, says Amnesty International
    16 june 2014 12:22:15
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Global rights group Amnesty International has said torture still continues in Tunisia, even after the country's revolution. Full text...

  • Benin: Conference on youth employment to be held in July in Abidjan
    15 june 2014 18:52:42
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The Ivorian economic capital, Abidjan, will from 21 to 23 July host a ministerial conference on youth employment in Africa. Full text...

  • UN: Officials stress role of social protection in ending child labour
    12 june 2014 16:44:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials on Thursday marked the World Day Against Child Labour by highlighting the crucial role of social protection in keeping boys and girls out of a heinous practice that robs them of their childhood and threatens their prospects for a better future. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Prime Minister’s top priority is education
    12 june 2014 12:52:13
    Pamplemousses, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam said Wednesday night that education opens up a world of opportunities and has the capacity to change people's life for the better. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa 'elevates role of the disabled'
    12 june 2014 08:23:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa has elevated the role of the disabled in the country, Deputy Minister of the Department of Social Development Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu has told a New York Conference. Full text...

  • UN: ILO adopts treaty advancing global efforts to tackle forced labour
    11 june 2014 19:17:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Wednesday adopted a new legally binding protocol on forced labour, aiming to advance prevention, protection and compensation measures, as well as to intensify efforts to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery. Full text...

  • South Africa: 20 years of pro-abortion policies marked
    11 june 2014 07:24:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa has marked 20 years of pro-abortion policies with a conference entitled ''20 years of advancing access to safe abortion in South Africa". Full text...

  • South Africa: Minister denies abandoning wage negotiations to end strike
    10 june 2014 11:42:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Mining Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi on Tuesday denied that he “abandoned” wage negotiations with role players in the crippling platinum mining industry strike. Full text...

  • UN: ILO says majority of people lack proper social protection
    03 june 2014 17:43:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Intenational Labour Organisation (ILO) says following the aftermath of the global economic crisis, more than 70 per cent of the world population is without proper social protections, urging governments to scale up investment in child and family benefits, pensions and other public expenditures. Full text...

  • UN: Young people unite at UN forum to shape future development agenda
    02 june 2014 20:49:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Young people from more than 1,000 youth organisations have gathered on Monday at UN headquarters in New York to add their voices to the ongoing discussion about a new global agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Full text...

  • Mali: State agents return to northern Mali after ceasefire agreement
    29 may 2014 20:04:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Civil servants have returned to their posts in the north of Mali after the return of calm following the ceasefire agreement signed between the Malian government and the armed groups. Full text...

  • US: UN chief eulogises Maya Angelou
    29 may 2014 18:55:11
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, mourned the death of celebrated Full text...

  • Mali: Trades union and Club of China's friends sign partnership convention
    28 may 2014 20:12:03
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian National Trade Union of Retail Traders (Synacodem) and the Club of China’s friends on Wednesday signed a partnership agreement to develop and facilitate trade between Mali and China. Full text...

  • UN: ILO report says quality jobs leads to positive development
    28 may 2014 15:15:10
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) says developing countries that invested in quality jobs from the early 2000s grew nearly one percentage point faster every year since 2007 and were better able to weather the economic crisis than comparable economies. Full text...

  • Mali: Japan donates forage equipment to Mali
    26 may 2014 14:37:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Japanese government on Monday donated several forage equipment, worth 2.5 billion CFAF, to the Malian government, officials sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • US: UN experts call on governments to adopt treaty against forced labour
    23 may 2014 17:14:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Independent UN human rights experts dealing with the issues of slavery, migrants and trafficking, on Friday called on governments to adopt a legally-binding international protocol to respond to the scourge of forced labour. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Government adopts national social protection strategy
    21 may 2014 21:10:19
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian government on Wednesday adopted a national social protection strategy to protect the vulnerable as well as its action plan for 2014-2015. Full text...

  • UN: ILO report calls for eradication of forced labour
    20 may 2014 21:54:20
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report released on Tuesday by the UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) says of the millions of people under the yoke of modern slavery, more than half of them, women and girls primarily in commercial sex trade or domestic work, are generating some US$150 billion a year in illegal profits for the people who are exploiting them. Full text...

  • Mali: Switzerland grants Mali F CFA 5.5 billion for employment
    13 may 2014 20:47:59
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and International Cooperation, Abdoulaye Diop, and the Ambassador of Switzerland to Mali, Muriel Berset Kohen, on Tuesday signed in Bamako two Memorandums of Understanding for about F CFA 5.5 billion for two programmes. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau: World Bank to pay salaries of teachers, health workers
    10 may 2014 06:40:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The World Bank is to disburse US$14 million to pay for the salaries of teachers and health workers in Guinea Bissau. Full text...

  • Benin: France grants Benin 4 million Euros for youth training
    08 may 2014 21:28:42
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – France has granted Benin 4 million Euros, or 2.6 billion CFAF, to finance a project to back vocational training and integration of youth, official sources told PANA on Thursday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO urges inclusion of free expression in post-2015 development goals
    08 may 2014 19:43:36
    New York, US (PANA) - A world conference convened by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has adopted a declaration highlighting the contribution of free expression to contemporary democracy, sustainable and human rights-centred development and economic growth. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan courts paralyzed by striking admin officers
    07 may 2014 11:19:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A strike by administrative officers in the Libyan court system, which began 10 days ago in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, has spread to other major cities of the north African country, PANA learnt here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Killer brew leaves 33 dead, several blind
    06 may 2014 16:35:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 33 people died in Kenya on Monday night and Tuesday after drinking illegal liquor, Kenyan media local and government officials said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: ITU says internet users globally to hit 3 billion
    06 may 2014 14:00:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has announced that by end of 2014, there will be nearly three billion internet users – two-thirds of them from the developing world with mobile-broadband penetration approaching 32 per cent. Full text...

  • DR Congo: MONUSCO head deplores loss of lives in Lake Kivu boat tragedy
    06 may 2014 12:02:08
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The head of the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO), Mr. Martin Kobler, has deplored the loss of lives in a boat that capsized on Lake Kivu Monday. Full text...

  • Benin: The Netherlands grants Benin about 13 billion CFAF for transport
    01 may 2014 19:23:25
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The Netherlands is to give Benin 12.9 billion CFAF to partially finance the country's programme to support rural transport for 2014-2016, official sources said on Thursday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • UN: Officials say accountability key to development goals
    01 may 2014 17:14:26
    New York, US (PANA) - As UN member states continue work on a new post-2015 development agenda, UN officials on Thursday stressed the need for a robust and accountable framework to assess progress and achieve results, as well as ensure that all actors honour their commitments. Full text...

  • Mali: AU gives US$50,000 to Bamako flood victims
    30 april 2014 21:25:36
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the AU Commission, on Wednesday made good the pledge of the AU to flood victims in the Malian capital last year. Full text...

  • Togo: Govt launches financial product to fight poverty
    27 april 2014 12:44:22
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Togolese President Faure Essozimn Gnassingbé Sunday in the capital city of Lomé launched a financial product, called “Access of the poor to financial services” (APSEF), to assist poor and vulnerable people, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • UN: WIPO celebrates movies, filmmaking
    26 april 2014 16:48:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) on Saturday celebrated the World Intellectual Day 2014 by supporting filmmaking through this year's theme: "Movies - A Global Passion." Full text...

  • South Africa: Prize-winning author accused of misrepresentation
    24 april 2014 08:44:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's popular radio personality Redi Tlhabi is at the centre of a storm of controversy following revelations that the events in her best selling book, “Endings and Beginnings: A Story of Healing”, may have been made up. Full text...

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