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  • Sudan Govt, rebels sign pre-negotiation agreement
    06 december 2018 17:26:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government and Darfur rebel organizations, the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) of Minni Menawe and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) of Jibril Ibrahim, on Thursday signed a “pre-negotiation agreement” in the German capital Berlin. Full text...

  • Tunisia launches first digital reading platform
    06 december 2018 17:13:47
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian Prime Minister, Youssef Chahed, on Wednesday instructed Tunisia's Chief Executive Officer, Telecom (TT), Mohamed Fadhel Kraiem, to launch the first digital newspaper reading platform, '' the digital kiosk'', with aim of allowing newspapers and magazines to market their contents via mobile phones. Full text...

  • Rights group hails acquittal of Rwandan opposition figures on 'baseless charges'
    06 december 2018 15:22:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has hailed Thursday acquittal by the High Court in Kigali of Rwandan opposition leader Diane Rwigara and her mother Adeline of all charges, saying they should never have been charged at all. Full text...

  • Media watchdog condemns assassination attempt on chairman Somalia journalists
    06 december 2018 12:04:44
    Paris, France (PANA) - Media watchdog Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the attempted assassination of Ismail Sheikh Khalifa, the president of the network of journalists and human rights in Somalia (HRJ), and called on the authorities to immediately "open serious and independent investigation" to identify the perpetrators. Full text...

  • Clashes between police and youth groups continue in Tunisia's Sidi Bouzid governorate
    06 december 2018 11:47:09
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Clashes between youth groups and Tunisian police officers in the governorate of Sidi Bouzid, in the central-west of Tunisia, continued on Wednesday, a security source said on Thursday in Tunis. Full text...

  • Online newspaper launched in Mauritius
    06 december 2018 11:34:42
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Consumer Advocacy Platform (CAP), consumer rights NGO in Mauritius, on Thursday launched an online newspaper Consom'Acteur for consumers. Full text...

  • Sustainability, peace, security ‘best guarantee against instability’, says Guterres
    06 december 2018 06:29:03
    New York, US (PANA) - “Peace and development are indivisible,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday, encouraging a stronger push along what he dubbed “the peace continuum” as the “best guarantee against instability and insecurity.” Full text...

  • A safer, more dignified journey for all migrants, tops agenda at global migration conference
    05 december 2018 22:32:43
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - Top politicians and officials from across the world will gather in Marrakech, Morocco this weekend, ahead of a major conference convened by the UN, to formally adopt an all-inclusive, extensive global agreement aimed at making migration safer, and more dignified for all. Full text...

  • South Sudan military ceasefire monitors outraged by rape of women in Bentiu
    05 december 2018 20:08:40
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Peace monitors have confirmed incidences of rape and other sexual violence against women of South Sudan in Bentiu, a city in the northern region. Full text...

  • Founder of South Africa's Truth, Reconciliation Commission dies at 87
    05 december 2018 19:42:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Alex Boraine, who played a key role in South Africa’s transition from Apartheid to democratic rule, died at his Cape Town home on Wednesday. He was 87. Full text...

  • Burkinabe president due in Nouakchott for G5 Sahel summit
    05 december 2018 17:21:43
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's President Marc Christian Kaboré, was due in Nouakchott, Mauritania, on Wednesday where he will take part in a meeting of G5 Sahel heads of state. Full text...

  • Number of migrants to Italy drops by 83%
    05 december 2018 17:00:41
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Italian Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, announced on Wednesday that the number of migrants to Italy's coastline dropped by 83 percent in the last six months (June to November), compared to the same period last year. Full text...

  • Three gendarmes wounded in armed attack in northern Burkina Faso
    05 december 2018 16:12:01
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Three Burkinabe gendarmes were wounded and a vehicle burned late Tuesday, in the attack on a gendarmerie post on the Dori-Seytenga axis, in northern Burkina Faso, which has become a regular target by terrorists, PANA learned from an official source. Full text...

  • Bad weather persists in Benghazi; public holiday extended by two days
    05 december 2018 12:02:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The interim government in Benghazi has extended for two days the public holidays it declared on Monday following flooding of several areas of the city as heavy rains continue to wreak havoc. Full text...

  • Zambian President Lungu condoles with US over former president Bush’s demise
    05 december 2018 11:40:23
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu expressed his condolences to US President Donald Trump and the Bush family on the passing away of former President George H.W. Bush on 30 November. Full text...

  • Japan donates 2.5 billion CFAF food assistance to Niger
    04 december 2018 18:02:37
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Japan has donated a total of 500 million yen, or about 2.5 billion CFA francs, in food assistance in Niger. Full text...

  • Global aid appeal targets more than 93 million most in need next year
    04 december 2018 17:55:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Conflict has pushed tens of millions of people into a situation where they are in urgent need of help, the UN’s relief chief said on on Tuesday, in an appeal for funds that could top $25 billion to support life-saving aid projects in over 40 countries next year. Full text...

  • 15 illegal migrants drown off Libyan coast
    04 december 2018 17:25:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - At least 15 illegal migrants have drowned when their boat sank off the town of Sabratha, 70 km west of Tripoli, as illegal immigration continues, a survivor said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • President Buhari calls for calm as dozens killed in communal clash is Cross River State
    04 december 2018 16:32:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Dozens of people have been killed and many more injured as violence broke out in four communities in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River, eastern flank of the Niger Delta region, with President Muhammadu Buhari calling for calm and restoration of peace in the affected communities. Full text...

  • South African top lawyer selected to head National Prosecuting Authority
    04 december 2018 16:11:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday appointed a senior legal adviser at the International Criminal Court as South Africa’s new national director of public prosecutions (NDPP). Full text...

  • Nairobi governor lifts ban on PSVs after outcry
    04 december 2018 15:22:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Nairobi County Governor, Mike Sonko, on Full text...

  • Founder of WalFadjri press group dies in Dakar
    04 december 2018 13:47:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The founder and director general of WalFadjri press group, Sidi Lamine Niasse, died on Tuesday in Dakar following a heart attack , PANA learned from the press group. Full text...

  • AEC 2018: Africa must focus on its big resource - young people, experts urge
    04 december 2018 13:02:16
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - One of the world’s most influential Full text...

  • Italy gives Libya 15 million euros to improve situation in detention centres of migrants
    04 december 2018 12:05:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Italy has granted Libya 15 million euros to improve the humanitarian situation at migrant accommodation centres under the National Union Government as well as for the benefit of municipalities that house them. Full text...

  • Security forces and youths clash in central-western Tunisia
    04 december 2018 10:14:06
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian city of Menzel Bouzeyane in central-western Tunisia, on Monday evening saw clashes between protesters and security forces that led to injuries to people on both sides and the burning of a vehicle. Full text...

  • Buhari directs emergency procurement of critical military equipment for war against Boko Haram
    04 december 2018 10:07:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the emergency procurement of critical equipment for the Nigerian Armed Forces to enable them to effectively fight Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Russia sign treaty on legal assistance in criminal matters
    04 december 2018 09:38:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Nigeria and the Federation of Russia have signed a treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters. Full text...

  • Nigerian president Buhari again pledges to rescue remaining Chibok girls
    04 december 2018 09:27:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has again pledged that his government will not rest until the remaining Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in April 2014 are safely released. Full text...

  • Boko Haram terrorists kill 8 Nigerian soldiers in fresh attack on Army base
    04 december 2018 08:21:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Boko Haram terrorists have killed eight Nigerian soldiers in an attack on a military base in Buni Gari, Yobe State, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Rights group accuses Mozambique security forces of abusing suspected insurgents
    04 december 2018 05:55:33
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – An international human rights group has accused the Mozambique security forces of being implicated in serious abuses while fighting an armed Islamist group in the northern province of Cabo Delgado. Full text...

  • UN mission in South Sudan, UNICEF condemn ‘brutal’ sexual assaults on roads to Bentiu
    04 december 2018 04:20:23
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) have condemned a series of brutal sexual assaults on women and girls, travelling on the road to Bentiu, a town in the north of the war-ravaged country. Full text...

  • UEMOA countries pledge to conserve their audiovisual heritage
    03 december 2018 18:26:02
    Paris, France (PANA) - Eight member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) have committed to the preservation of their audiovisual heritage by signing a directive establishing an audiovisual legal deposit, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • First-ever UN report on disability and development illustrates holes in inclusivity
    03 december 2018 17:39:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations is launching a first-ever flagship report on disability and development; published by, for, and with, persons with disabilities, in a push for a more accessible, and disability-inclusive living society. Full text...

  • Burkina government assesses national security situation
    03 december 2018 16:53:38
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso President Roch March Christian Kaboré on Monday chaired in Ouagadougou the High Council of National Defence (CSDN) as it discussed the security situation in the country marked by a resurgence of terrorist attacks. Full text...

  • Mandela tribute concert marred by violent crime
    03 december 2018 15:43:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The organisers of the Global Citizen Festival, held to celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela, have expressed deep regret at reports that many revellers were attacked and mugged outside the stadium on Sunday night and the early hours of Monday morning. Full text...

  • Thousands trek to work as PSVs are banned from Nairobi CBD
    03 december 2018 15:28:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Thousands of Nairobi County residents were forced to walk to their places of work or business on Monday after the city authorities started effecting the ban on Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) from the Central Business District (CBD). Full text...

  • Libyans worried about rising assassinations of leaders of armed groups, senior security officers
    03 december 2018 13:16:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - In the face of rising assassinations of leaders of armed groups and people in charge of official security in the Libyan capital, a question that is popping is: Are they to settle scores within the armed groups or the result of weak security arrangements? Full text...

  • Heavy rains wreak havoc in Benghazi
    03 december 2018 10:45:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Heavy rains in the past 24 hours in Benghazi have wreaked havoc in the eastern Libyan city displacing residents, paralysing traffic and forcing the closure of schools. Full text...

  • Over 40 million people still victims of slavery - ILO
    03 december 2018 01:57:26
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Slavery is still a very real and widespread phenomenon, affecting more than 40 million people worldwide, says the International Labour Organization (ILO), with children making up a quarter of the victims , despite the entry into force of the landmark Forced Labour protocol in 2016. Full text...

  • Mandela hailed at inaugural Global Citizen Festival
    02 december 2018 19:40:13
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – For a few glorious hours, Soweto was the centre of the universe on Sunday as more than 100,000 spectators and a global television audience of hundreds of millions celebrated the legacy of Nelson Mandela at the inaugural Global Citizen World Leader Prize. Full text...

  • Nigeria Army says 2 suicide bombers killed in Maiduguri
    02 december 2018 11:59:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday said that two persons died when two Boko Haram suicide bombers (male and female) on a mission to infiltrate Muna Garage Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, hurriedly detonated one of their suicide vests on siting troops of 195 Battalion on patrol on Saturday night. Full text...

  • Malagasy woman jailed 18 years in Mauritius for drug trafficking
    02 december 2018 06:24:05
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A Malagasy woman who was arrested in Mauritius five years ago for drug trafficking has been jailed for 18 years, PANA has learnt from a judicial source in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Half of Gambians perceive decrease in corruption over the past year
    01 december 2018 16:48:59
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Almost half of Gambians believe the level of corruption in the country has decreased in the past 12 months, according to Afrobarometer’s maiden national survey in the country. Full text...

  • Army dislodges Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria
    01 december 2018 13:48:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Saturday said that its troops have dislodged Boko Haram terrorists from their hideout in Gamboru Ngala local government area of Borno state in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • UNSMIL warns Libyans on extrajudicial killings in Tripoli
    01 december 2018 13:41:08
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Reports of armed groups carrying out extra-judicial killings in Tripoli continue to reach the UN Support Mission in Libya, according to a statement the Mission put on its website, explaining that the phenomenon has been on the rise over the past few weeks. Full text...

  • Five persons, including soldiers, killed in attack on army in eastern Burkina Faso
    01 december 2018 11:49:49
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – At least five people, including soldiers, were killed on Friday in an attack directed to two patrol vehicles of the Burkina army at Boungou village in the east of the country, local security sources told PANA on Saturday. Full text...

  • Niger commemorates 5th edition of national press freedom day
    30 november 2018 18:33:30
    Niamey Niger (PANA) – Nigerien press on Friday commemorated the 5th edition of the national press freedom day on the theme: ‘Media contribution for the promotion of the culture of peace and good governance’’. Full text...

  • Army says troops foiled another Boko Haram attack in Northeast Nigeria
    30 november 2018 13:48:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army said its troops on Wednesday repelled another Boko Haram Terrorists attack on Arege after hours of heavy gun battle with several of the terrorists killed and high caliber weaponry and ammunition recovered after the shootout. Full text...

  • Kenyan Court denies Chinese nationals bail in rail ticket scam case
    30 november 2018 12:55:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A court in the port city of Mombasa on Friday denied three Chinese nationals bail after they were charged for attempting to bribe officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. Full text...

  • Sudanese president Bashir says war in Darfur is 'a question of the past'
    30 november 2018 11:28:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The people of Darfur have left conflicts behind, as they have tasted the bitterness of war and learned their lessons, Sudanese President Omar Bashir has said. Full text...

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