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  • ICRC President arrives in Niger
    15 january 2019 21:06:12
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, has arrived in Niger for a visit during which he will have several meetings with the Nigerien authorities and undertake field visits. Full text...

  • Unidentified gunmen kill 3 villagers in northern Burkina Faso
    15 january 2019 20:29:31
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Unidentified gunmen on Tuesday killed 3 people and wounded several others in Gasseliki village, located in the commune of Arbinda, in northern Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Kenyan Special Forces cornering attackers at Nairobi hotel
    15 january 2019 19:40:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan Police have deployed a security back up force at the Dusit Hotel complex, where a group of terrorists stormed, shooting indiscriminately before attacking hotel guests using a suicide bomb, the Police Inspector-General said Tueaday. Full text...

  • More than 5,000 IDPs registered in northern Burkina after terrorist attack
    15 january 2019 18:46:38
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A total of 5,525 people fled their homes after a terrorist attack on January 12 in which 12 people were killed in the village of Gasseliki, 18 km from Arbinda in the province of Soum, northern Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Khalifa Hafter launches military operations against terrorist organisations in southern Libya
    15 january 2019 17:44:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan National Army General Command, based in eastern Libya, has announced that the army commander, Marshal Khalifa Hafter, has ordered a huge military operation in the southwest in an attempt to protect the population from terrorist organizations and criminals and to preserve the unity of Libyan soil. Full text...

  • 'Terrorist attack underway in Nairobi office, hotel complex' - Police
    15 january 2019 15:37:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Terrorists believed to be members of the Al Shabaab stormed the Dusit D2 Hotel in Nairobi on Tuesday, using explosives, grenades and heavy gunfire, Police said. Full text...

  • Boko Haram attacks two towns in northeast Nigeria
    15 january 2019 14:50:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) terrorists on Monday verran the town of Rann in northeast Nigeria and also attacked another community of Damasak in Borno State. Full text...

  • South Africa minister to rule on fate of apartheid-era assassin
    15 january 2019 14:24:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Justice Minister Michael Masutha has until Friday to give reasons why apartheid-era assassin Janusz Walus must remain behind bars, after spending 25 years in a high security prison in Pretoria for killing South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani. Full text...

  • Libyan Interior minister calls for enabling environment to enforce police compliance
    15 january 2019 14:03:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Minister of the Interior of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fethi Bachagha, has said the creation of a model police station in Hay al-Andalous district is a step towards consolidating the rule of law in the country. Full text...

  • Rights body says Gbagbo acquittal 'crushing blow to post-poll violence victims'
    15 january 2019 13:49:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The acquittal of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and co-accused Charles Ble Goude by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday was described as a crushing disappointment to victims of post-elections violence in the West African country by Amnesty International. Full text...

  • Breaking News: Explosion rocks Nairobi upmarket business complex
    15 january 2019 13:23:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A bomb explosion rocked an upmarket business complex in Nairobi on Tuesday, with several cars set ablaze, PANA reported. Full text...

  • World ‘not yet on track’ to ensure children a better future: UN rights chief
    14 january 2019 20:12:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Some Member States have fallen short of offering a better future to children who continue to die prematurely or fall victim to poverty, trafficking and slavery, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday. Full text...

  • Burkinabe president calls for social cohesion after inter-communal conflict
    14 january 2019 19:45:16
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on Monday received a delegation of Fulani community leaders, two weeks after a reprisal attack that left some 49 members of this community dead in the north central area the country. Full text...

  • One killed in explosion in Ouagadougou
    14 january 2019 19:21:34
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - One person was killed when stored explosives went off in a residential villa in Silmiyiri district of Ouagadougou on Monday, the ministry for security confirmed in a statement. Full text...

  • Kenya court rules Westgate Mall terror attack suspects have case to answer
    14 january 2019 14:34:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Nairobi court on Monday ruled that three people accused of carrying out the Westgate Shopping Mall terror attack in 2013, in which 67 people were killed and many injured, have a case to answer. Full text...

  • One dead in clash at Mali gold mine
    14 january 2019 13:33:09
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - One person was killed and four others seriously injured on Saturday in Sadiola, in the Kayes region of western Mali, during a clash between the population and security forces over mining in a disputed area, the Mali Press Agency (AMAP) reported Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda recruits 3,300 teachers to ease shortage
    14 january 2019 13:00:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan government on Monday confirmed the recruitment of 3,300 teachers to address shortages that have badly impacted the education sector. Full text...

  • Kenyan Catholic Bishops' Conference Chairman installed Archbishop
    12 january 2019 18:41:53
    Kisumu, Kenya (PANA) – The Chairperson of the Catholic Bishops' Conference in Kenya, Bishop Philip Anyolo, has been installed the Archbishop of Kisumu Archdiocese in Western Kenya, replacing Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth, who retired after serving the church since his priestly ordination in 1978. Full text...

  • Libyan prosecutor's arrest warrants raise outcry in Chadian rebellion
    12 january 2019 16:24:26
    Paris, France (PANA) - A series of arrest warrants issued by the Prosecutor General in Libya against several individuals, including members of the Chadian political-military opposition based in the south of the country, accused of abuses on Libyan territory, have been strongly rejected by Chadian rebel leaders. Full text...

  • Two police officers, woman killed in western Burkina Faso
    12 january 2019 16:04:44
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Two police officers and a woman were killed on Saturday during an attempt to arrest some suspects at Nafona, in the province of Comoé on the Ivorian border. Full text...

  • Burkinabe march against inter-community violence
    12 january 2019 13:54:29
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Several thousand people marched on Saturday in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, and Dori, in the north of the West African country, against inter-communal violence that erupted on New Year's night after a terrorist attack that left about 50 people dead. Full text...

  • 12 people killed in terrorist attack in northern Burkina Faso
    11 january 2019 18:22:44
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least 12 people were killed in a terrorist attack in Gasseliki village of northern Burkina Faso, the Ministry of Security said on Friday. Full text...

  • IOM seeks urgent humanitarian assistance for migrants displaced in northern Chad
    11 january 2019 16:00:39
    Niamey, Chad (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Chad requires US$ 1.2 million to urgently assist more than 950 migrants and Chadian nationals displaced by inter-communal fighting around two gold mines near the Libyan border at the end of December 2018. Full text...

  • Malagasy nationals nabbed with illegal gold at Mauritius airport
    11 january 2019 15:42:12
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) on Thursday seized 25.5 kg of gold ingots at the SSR International airport on three passengers, aged 58, 22 and 59, respectively, on landing from Madagascar but transiting in Mauritius, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • IOM reports 30,000 irregular migration deaths, disappearances from 2014-2018
    11 january 2019 15:20:11
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) – At least 30,510 people died during irregular migration between 2014 and 2018, the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Missing Migrants Project has reported. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso gets new Armed Forces Chief of Staff
    11 january 2019 13:41:23
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Colonel Moise Miningou has been appointed Chief of Staff of Burkina Faso's Armed Forces and promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General, according to a presidential decree received by PANA on Friday in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • UN chief urges Libyan gov't to protect detainees against torture
    11 january 2019 11:52:12
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – UN Secretary General António Guterres has urged the Libyan government of national accord to take measures to protect Libyan detainees against torture and ensure that they are well treated. Full text...

  • More attacks, ‘persisting security challenges’ threaten progress in West Africa, Sahel
    11 january 2019 03:04:16
    New York, US (PANA) - A rising number of attacks by extremist groups, using more sophisticated tactics, risk undermining progress in West Africa and the Sahel, the region’s UN envoy told the Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • Several terrorists killed as Army routs Boko Haram from Baga in northeast Nigeria
    10 january 2019 20:04:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Thursday said that troops of its newly formed Nigerian Army Special Forces Command (NASFC), Operation LAFIYA DOLE, have given Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists “bloody nose,” killing “several terrorists” in Baga, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • 164 illegal migrants repatriated from Libya to Niger
    10 january 2019 19:06:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A total of 164 Nigerien irregular migrants have been repatriated from Libya to Niger from Misrata airport, about 220 km east of Tripoli, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Thursday, indicating that the voluntary return programme for trapped migrants in Libya continues in coordination with the Libyan authorities. Full text...

  • South Africa's leading rapper charged with murder
    10 january 2019 16:17:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Leading South African rapper Pitch Black Afro on Thursday appeared in a Johannesburg court on charges of premeditated murder and defeating the ends of justice. This after his wife, Catherine Modusane, was found dead at a city lodge on December 31. Full text...

  • Rights body demands release of detained Mozambican journalist
    10 january 2019 15:47:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International has called on the Mozambican authorities to immediately release journalist Amade Abubacar from arbitrary detention by military forces and end the escalating crackdown on media practioners. Full text...

  • Libya, WFP agree on vocational training programme for women, youths
    10 january 2019 15:28:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan minister of local authorities in the government of national accord, Milad Abdallah Al-Ter, has agreed with the director of the World Food Programme (WFP) office in Libya, Samer Abdeljabbar, on a vocational training programme for women and youth and the training on new information technologies. Full text...

  • Belgian NGO closes its mission in Burundi
    09 january 2019 18:38:35
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – An international NGO based in Belgium, RCN Justice Full text...

  • Zambian President meets with Ramaphosa over DRC elections
    09 january 2019 17:26:28
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday met with his South African counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa, in Durban, South Africa, over the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) elections and other related developments. Full text...

  • Schools close after terrorist threats in Burkina Faso
    09 january 2019 15:47:55
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – High schools in Kiembara commune of Sourou province in northwest Burkina Faso were closed on Wednesday following terrorist threats, Burkina News Agency (AIB) reported. Full text...

  • Mauritanians march against 'extremism, hate speech'
    09 january 2019 13:35:08
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and members of his government on Wednesday led a public march through the streets of Nouakchott to denounce extremism and hate speech. Full text...

  • Suspects found with dog meat, ivory in Kenya arraigned in court
    09 january 2019 12:58:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Nairobi court on Wednesday allowed the police to hold three Chinese nationals and one Kenyan for five days to conclude investigations after they were found in possession of game meat and ivory. Full text...

  • Suspected rapist in South Africa sent for psychiatric observation
    09 january 2019 12:49:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The 22-year-old man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in the toilet of an upmarket Pretoria restaurant in September will spend the next month at a psychiatric hospital to determine whether he is fit to stand trial. Full text...

  • Nigerian soldiers close only safe road to Maiduguri after Boko Haram attacks
    09 january 2019 11:43:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Following persistent attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist group in the last 48 hours in northeast Nigeria, the military has closed the only safe highway that leads into Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State. Full text...

  • President Barrow pardons five police officers
    08 january 2019 19:50:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow on Tuesday pardoned five police officers involved in the shooting and killing of 3 protestors and injuring ten civilians in 2018 in the town of Faraba Banta, 50km south of Banjul Full text...

  • Burkina Faso government agrees extension of state of emergency
    08 january 2019 19:27:49
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkinabè government on Tuesday sent a bill to Parliament seeking extension of the state of emergency in 14 provinces, following the resurgence of terrorist attacks, according to an official statement issued at the end of an extraordinary session of the Council of Ministers. Full text...

  • Traditional hunters rout suspected terrorists from southwest Burkina Faso village
    08 january 2019 19:01:59
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Traditional hunters, popularly known as 'Dozo' on Monday routed a dozen suspected terrorists who abandoned their fire arms in a forest near Trimbio village in southwest Burkina Faso, the Security ministry said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian plans "massive campaign" in support of military against Boko Haram terrorism
    08 january 2019 18:01:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government is to launch a massive national campaign in support of the military fighting against Boko Haram terrorism and insecurity, Information and Culture minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Boko Haram kill two, burn eight houses in northeast Nigeria
    08 january 2019 17:53:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Two people were killed and eight houses burnt on Monday when Boko Haram terrorists attacked Sajeri, a community near Maiduguri, in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria Air Force jets kill Boko Haram terrorists, destroy gun trucks
    08 january 2019 16:51:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday said that its fighter aircrafts killed “a number of” Boko Haram terrorists and destroyed some of their gun trucks in Auno, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Ethiopians lead in number of migrants to Yemen in 2018 - UN agency
    08 january 2019 16:27:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The bulk of the nearly 150,000 migrants who arrived in war-torn Yemen in 2018 were Ethiopians, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia 'finding truth and justice' - Chairperson of Truth commission
    07 january 2019 21:26:44
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Dr. Lamin J. Sise, chairperson of Gambia's Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC), says it is time to find "truth and justice" in Gambia by healing the nation and then move forward as one people. Full text...

  • Ex-Burkina foreign minister rejects 'wild' phone log at his coup trial
    07 january 2019 21:14:14
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Gendarmerie General Djibrill Bassolé on Monday denied telephone records presented by the prosecution at his trial for the failed September 2015 coup describing them "wild". Full text...

  • Almost one-third of victims of human trafficking are children - UN report
    07 january 2019 20:44:29
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN report published on Monday shows that human trafficking is on the rise and taking on “horrific dimensions”, with sexual exploitation of victims the main driver. Full text...

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