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  • UN chief urges world leaders to ‘breathe life’ into historic global migration pact
    10 december 2018 05:30:17
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - Leading Government representatives from more than 150 States have arrived in Marrakech, Morocco, with a view to adopting a ground-breaking UN-led global migration compact which is designed to make the growing phenomenon safer and more dignified for millions on the move. Full text...

  • Daesh execute six Libyan hostages kidnapped in October
    09 december 2018 17:29:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Daesh terrorists, also known as Organization of the Islamic State, on Sunday announced the execution of six of the nine hostages abducted during the 29 October attack against Libya's police station of al-Fouqaha, in the central region of al-Jufra. Full text...

  • Protesters close Libya's second oilfield in southern region
    09 december 2018 17:02:16
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Militias of Fezzan's Wrath in the southern area of Libya on Saturday closed a second oilfield at al-Fil, following the shutdown of the country's largest oilfield of al-Charara (350,000 b / d), causing a loss of US$32 million a day as the protested "the government's lack of interest in the southern region". Full text...

  • Sudanese State Governor, five companions killed in chopper crash
    09 december 2018 14:09:38
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Six government officials, including the Governor of Gadarif State in east Sudan were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, according to the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA). Full text...

  • Values, economic development under assault as trillions lost to corruption, says Guterres
    09 december 2018 06:56:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Every year, trillions of dollars - equivalent to more than five percent of global GDP - are paid in bribes or stolen through corruption, the United Nations reported on the International Day on Sunday which serves to highlight the pervasive crime. Full text...

  • Kenya Prosecution chief wants concerted effort in war on extra-judicial killings
    08 december 2018 15:03:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji, wants all stakeholders to redouble their efforts in the war against extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances by the police. Full text...

  • Benina int'l airport in Benghazi resumes activities after one-week interruption
    08 december 2018 13:00:58
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Normal flights have resumed at the Benina international airport in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city, after one-week of interruption due to heavy rains and floods that caused material damages to the facility, the interior minister of the interim government, not recognized by the international community, announced on Saturday. Full text...

  • Europe’s Future lies in the South and not the North, says Italian Minister
    08 december 2018 09:15:49
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - “Africa is a continent of great change and opportunities. However, Europe Full text...

  • Road injuries leading cause of death for the young, despite safety gains: UN report
    07 december 2018 21:31:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (ANA) - Latest statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) reveal that 1.35 million people die on the roads each year, while road traffic injuries are now the leading cause of death among young people, according to new statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • ‘Complacency is still strong’ over stopping genocide, says top UN adviser
    07 december 2018 21:18:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The current rise in hate speech, racial tensions and identity-based violence is alarming, the UN Special Adviser on preventing genocide said on Friday, highlighting his concern that ‘complacency is still strong’, when it comes to stopping the mass-killing or extinction of national, ethnic, racial or religious groups. Full text...

  • UN emergency relief fund has ‘never been more critical’: Guterres
    07 december 2018 21:12:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The mission of the UN’s Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), which enables humanitarian responders to deliver life-saving assistance whenever and wherever crises strike, is more critical than ever, said Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday, as a key pledging conference got underway at UN Headquarters in New York. Full text...

  • More than 30 Tunisian illegal migrants rescued off Tunisian coast
    07 december 2018 20:38:42
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian Navy units in the city of Nabeul, southeast of Tunis, have saved 31 people from drowning after their boat sailing to Italy capsized. Full text...

  • Founder of Senegal's Walfadjri Press Group buried
    07 december 2018 20:25:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The founder and CEO of the Walfadjri (Walf) Press Group, Sidy Lamine Niasse, who died Tuesday in Dakar, was buried on Friday in Kaolack, his hometown. Full text...

  • UNAMSIL holds seminar on improving conditions in Libyan Prisons
    07 december 2018 20:19:02
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Eighteen senior judges, prosecutors and judicial police officers from all regions of Libya have participated in a two-day seminar on improving conditions in Libyan prisons. Full text...

  • France to participate in beatification of Catholics killed in Algeria
    07 december 2018 20:11:55
    Paris, France (PANA) - The French Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, will on Saturday participate in a ceremony in Oran to beatify 19 Catholic leaders killed in Algeria. Full text...

  • UNHCR opens new refugee centre in Libya
    07 december 2018 14:16:32
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in coordination with the Libyan government and other partners, has opened a special centre for refugees in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, which will serve an alternatives to the detention centres where the refugees are currently kept, the UN information centre announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa Govt moves to proceed with apartheid-era murder trial
    07 december 2018 07:47:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former police officer Joao Rodrigues could be setting a precedent for victims of apartheid crimes if a court agrees to permanently halt his trial for the murder of liberation hero Ahmed Timol. Full text...

  • Guterres calls for collection action to halt terrorism
    07 december 2018 04:10:56
    New York, US (PANA) - More countries are experiencing violent conflict now than at any time over the past 30 years, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday, underscoring that the world has a responsibility to act “collectively”. Full text...

  • UN launches new framework to strengthen fight against terrorism
    07 december 2018 03:55:57
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres launched a new Organization-wide framework on Thursday in New York to coordinate efforts across the peace and security, humanitarian, human rights and sustainable development sectors. Full text...

  • Medical charity forced to end operations of search and rescue vessel in Mediterranean
    07 december 2018 03:50:38
    Marseille, France (PANA) – Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and its partner SOS Mediterranee, have been forced to terminate operations by the search and rescue vessel, Aquarius, in the Mediterranean, despite refugees, migrants and asylum seekers continuing to die in the deadliest migration route, MSF said in a statement on Thursday night. Full text...

  • 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...

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