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  • Paris Peace Forum opens on Sunday
    06 november 2018 11:46:28
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Paris Peace Forum opens on Sunday in the French capital with thousands of participants including several African heads of State and government, representatives of international organisations and the civil society expected to attend. Full text...

  • Pro-Sudan gov't militia vows to 'liberate' Jebel Marra from rebels
    06 november 2018 11:30:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Commander of the Sudanese pro-government Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia, General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, has vowed that his forces will "liberate" Jebel Marra area, in North Darfur, from fighters of the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement of Abdul Wahid Nor (SLM/AW) in the next three months. Full text...

  • Nigeria's central labour union calls off planned strike
    06 november 2018 07:20:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s organised labour has called off the nationwide industrial action scheduled to commence on Tuesday to further press for workers’ demand for a new national minimum wage. Full text...

  • Rights group demands freedom for 70 schoolchildren taken in mass abduction in Cameroon
    06 november 2018 07:05:54
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International is demanding the release of at least 70 school children who were abducted on Monday in the the Anglophone region. Full text...

  • UN recorded 64 new allegations of sexual exploitation or abuse in past three months
    06 november 2018 05:47:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Across its various offices, agencies, and partner organisations implementing its programmes, the United Nations received 64 new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), involving 77 victims, between July and September, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said on Monday. Full text...

  • Kwese TV to close pay television channels in Africa
    05 november 2018 15:33:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African broadcaster, Kwesé TV, will begin shutting down its pay-television sports and entertainment channels after a torrid 18 months littered with missed payments and cancelled deals, the London-based media organization, SportBusiness, reports. Full text...

  • Dakar Forum on Peace and security in Africa opens in Senegal
    05 november 2018 14:49:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The fifth edition of the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa began on Monday in Diamniadio, a town 40 kilometers east of the Senegalese capital, Dakar. Full text...

  • Senegalese President urges African states to step up fight against terrorism
    05 november 2018 14:44:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese President Macky Sall, on Monday urged African governments to deploy the necessary means to ensure peace and security in their countries, and address the concerns of their youth, in order to prevent them from joining terrorist groups. Full text...

  • Three students killed in school attack in southern Libya
    05 november 2018 12:42:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan coastal region of Sabratha, 70 kilometres west of the capital, Tripoli, is now calm after a bloody attack on a school in the south of the city, which left three students dead and five others injured, hospital sources said. Full text...

  • Nigerian public university teachers embark on indefinite strike over poor funding
    05 november 2018 11:22:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – University teachers in Nigeria under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday began an indefinite and total nationwide strike to protest the poor funding of Nigerian universities. Full text...

  • Top South Africa school rocked by race row
    05 november 2018 11:04:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A fresh race row has rocked Cape Town after a black teacher at a predominantly white school says she was discriminated against and forced to resign. Full text...

  • 2 boys die in Zambia during circumcision as 39 are in hospital
    05 november 2018 09:27:07
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Two boys have died while 39 others have been admitted in Livingstone, southern Zambia, for suspected typhoid which broke out at a circumcision camp, the state-run Times of Zambia reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Armed robbers raid vehicles on Ziguinchor-Dakar highway
    04 november 2018 13:48:37
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) – Unidentified people, who were armed with army rifles, on Saturday night raided vehicles and motorcycle taxis near Badiouré village, on the main road linking Dakar to the southern Casamance region, some 40 km north of Ziguinchor, PANA learnt Sunday from military sources. Full text...

  • Mali to hold national conference in January to improve social climate
    03 november 2018 17:37:14
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government will organise, on January 11, a national social conference bringing together trades unions from the public and private sectors and civil society, to contribute to the improvement of the social climate that is characterised by a resurgence of tensions related to wage demands and laws, PANA learned on Saturday from official source. Full text...

  • 4 dead in Senegal River boat accident
    03 november 2018 17:26:29
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Four people drowned and several others were injured when a motorised canoe capsized on Friday on the Senegal River, according to eyewitnesses. Full text...

  • Germany, Netherlands give Niger Police 10 million Euros
    03 november 2018 14:51:39
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Netherlands and Germany on Friday released to Niger, through the European Union Civil Action Protection (EUCAP) Sahel Mission in Niger, a 10 million-Euro aid for the country’s national police, within the framework of the fight against organized criminality and illegal migration, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Rights group urges next Malagasy gov't to end human rights violations
    03 november 2018 04:25:32
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - The next government of Madagascar must bring an end to the brutal suppression of human rights in the country, Amnesty International said ahead of the island nation’s upcoming election. Full text...

  • More than 10,000 seek refuge in medical charity's hospital in CAR
    03 november 2018 04:15:14
    Batangafo, CAR (PANA) - Following clashes between armed groups that took place last Wednesday in the north and centre of the Central African Republic (CAR), more than 10,000 people have fled to seek refuge in the compound of a hospital supported by medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Full text...

  • More countries partner to target ‘zero hunger’ in global south
    03 november 2018 04:05:10
    Changsha, China (PANA) - More than 20 countries committed to a new declaration on agricultural and rural development on Friday, in a bid to stamp out poverty and hunger. The commitment came at the end of a forum on international development cooperation in Changsha, China. Full text...

  • UN urges more protection for Nigeria’s most vulnerable after deadly attack on camp
    03 november 2018 04:00:36
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Hundreds of people already forced to flee their homes by violence in Nigeria’s troubled north-east have been uprooted once again after deadly attacks in and around a camp where they were sheltering, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN calls for swift implementation of security arrangements to stabilise Libya
    02 november 2018 20:15:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has called on the National Accord Government to promptly implement the new security arrangements in Tripoli that will replace armed groups with regular and disciplined safety military forces. Full text...

  • Security chief drops charges against journalists, media houses
    02 november 2018 16:08:03
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Director of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), Lt. Gen. Salah Abdulla Gosh, has announced the dropping of “all lawsuits” filed against journalists and newspapers. Full text...

  • Rights body slams Tanzania's planned crackdown on gays, lesbians
    02 november 2018 16:05:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International on Friday faulted Tanzanian government's plans following the announcement of plans to form a taskforce to hunt down and arrest people who are, or are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and inter-sex (LGBTI. Full text...

  • South African liberation heroes' relatives shot dead
    02 november 2018 15:53:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The nephew of liberation hero Ahmed Kathrada and his son, who was a Muslim cleric, have been shot dead during an attempted house robbery in Schweizer-Reneke in South Africa’s North West province. The incident occurred late on Thursday night. Full text...

  • Mali's judiciary unions call off indefinite strike
    02 november 2018 15:50:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Magistrates' Union (SAM) and the Free Trade Union of the Judiciary (SYLIMA), the two judicial unions in Mali, have called off their indefinite strike, embarked upon since 25 August, which effectively paralyzed the nation's courts. Full text...

  • Mbow, Keino honoured for supporting vulnerable children
    02 november 2018 15:35:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Senegal's Anita Mbow and Phyllis Keino of Kenya are among the five women honoured in New York on Thursday for their immense contribution to serving the needs of needy children. Full text...

  • More than 800 people killed in 2017 in road accidents in Mali
    02 november 2018 13:10:18
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Traffic accidents killed 801 people in Mali in 2017, Mali's Minister of Transport, Zoumana Mori Coulibaly, announced on the occasion of the 15th National Road Safety Week, launched last weekend in Segou (center), on the theme "Drivers, protect vulnerable users on the road, it is possible." Full text...

  • Family feud ahead of South African rapper's funeral
    02 november 2018 11:06:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – An ugly family feud has erupted ahead of the funeral of South African music legend Jabulani “Hip Hop” Tsambo who died late last month. Full text...

  • Nigeria denies rights group's 'cooked up' report of bloody suppression of protesting Shi’ite group
    02 november 2018 07:40:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Thursday night dismissed Amnesty International’s report that the military and police engaged in “horrific use of excessive force” that led to the killing of some 45 members of the pro-Iranian Shi’ite Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). Full text...

  • Medical charity denounces sexual violence committed by armed men in DRC's Kasai region
    02 november 2018 00:48:39
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says between May 2017 and September 2018, it treated 2,600 victims of sexual violence in the town of Kananga in Kasai Central province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Eighty per cent of these reported having been raped by armed men. Full text...

  • Killing of journalists ‘outrageous’ and should not be ‘new normal’ - Guterres
    02 november 2018 00:29:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The killing of journalists around the world for doing their job is “outrageous” and should not become the “new normal”, according to UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Full text...

  • US Embassy in Nigeria condemns killing Shiite group members in Abuja
    01 november 2018 17:32:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Embassy in Nigeria on Thursday condemned the deaths resulting from the confrontation between the Nigerian security forces and the pro-Iranian Islamic Shiite group, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Full text...

  • 8 confirmed killed in the Boko Haram attack on IDP camp in Northeast Nigeria
    01 november 2018 17:32:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Eight persons, including children, were confirmed killed in Wednesday's attack by Boko Haram terrorists on one of the largest Internally Displaced (IDP) camps in Dalori, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Pro-Iranian Islamic group puts death toll from Shiite/Military clash at 48
    01 november 2018 14:08:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The pro-Iranian Islamic Shiite group, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), said Thursday that the joint security force made up of Nigerian Police and the Nigerian Army killed 48 of its adherents during the four-day clampdown on them in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja from 27-30 October 2018. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army foils Boko Haram attack on IDP camp in Northeast Nigeria
    01 november 2018 13:29:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says its troops foiled an attempt by scores of Boko Haram terrorists to attack one of the largest Internally Displaced (IDP) camps in Dalori, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • 'Spike in violence in Somalia forces 21,000 people to flee their homes'
    01 november 2018 12:03:44
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Multiple regions in Somalia have seen a rise in fighting in October, pushing thousands of families into crisis, a humanitarian charity said on Thursday. Full text...

  • South African suspect in high-profile rape case sent for mental observation
    01 november 2018 10:18:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The man accused of raping a child in the bathroom of an upmarket Pretoria restaurant in broad daylight in September will be referred for mental observation. Full text...

  • Prominent women rights activist named Supreme Court President in Ethiopia
    01 november 2018 09:05:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Ethiopian Parliament has confirmed prominent women rights activist, lawyer and banker, Meaza Ashenafi, as the new President of the Federal Supreme Court. Full text...

  • EU underlines media safety and security to promote democracy
    01 november 2018 08:31:47
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - There is, in many countries, a worrying tendency to erode and shrink the space for free journalism, often by putting indiscriminately in question the credibility of media to discredit and weaken their work, the High Representatives of the European Union has said. Full text...

  • Rights group slams Nigeria security forces for 'killing' of at least 45 peaceful Shi’a protesters
    01 november 2018 05:31:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says its investigation shows that the horrific use of excessive force by soldiers and police led to the killing of at least 45 supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) over two days, as the Shi’a Muslim group held a peaceful religious procession around Abuja. Full text...

  • Political incitement to violence against journalists is ‘toxic’: UN experts
    01 november 2018 04:53:17
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of independent, UN-appointed human rights experts has called on world leaders to stop inciting hatred and violence against the media, citing the hundreds of journalists killed or forcibly detained because of their work, and ensure that those responsible are held accountable. Full text...

  • South African Police probe apartheid-era paedophile ring
    31 october 2018 14:33:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A notorious paedophile ring, dating back more than 30 years and allegedly involving senior members of the Apartheid-era government, is under police investigation. Full text...

  • Another batch of 141 Nigerians return from Libya
    31 october 2018 14:19:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – One hundred and forty one (141) Nigerians, including 11 pregnant women, have voluntarily returned to Nigeria from Libya with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • Constitutional Court overturns High Court judgement nullifying election of Zambian Finance Minister
    31 october 2018 14:14:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Constitutional Court in Zambia has ruled that Finance Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe was duly elected Lusaka Central constituency Member of parliament, overturning the High Court ruling which nullified the election. Full text...

  • Rights body raises the red flag on rising deaths in Guinea protests
    31 october 2018 13:14:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As Guinea is facing a new round of political demonstrations, the authorities must take all necessary measures to protect the right to peaceful assembly and ensure that no more lives are lost, Amnesty International said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Poroposed law threatens Zimbabwe sanctions proponents - HRW
    31 october 2018 13:04:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global human rights body, Human Rights Watch (HRW), says a call by an influential group from Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF for severe punishment of proponents of targeted sanctions against top government officials is an attack on free speech. Full text...

  • Alternative Learning and Skills Development Project launched in Tanzania (An AfDB Feature)
    31 october 2018 12:57:15
    Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania’s alternative learning and skills development centers were constructed with African Development Fund (ADF) loan and grant totaling US$32.7 million. Full text...

  • Nigerian traditional ruler urges Africa to put education, the poor at the centre of development
    31 october 2018 12:52:35
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - One of Nigeria’s foremost traditional rulers has challenged Africans and development experts to rethink development financing to reach the poorest communities on the continent, to give them access to markets, education and healthcare. Full text...

  • Kenya de-registers seven Public Service Vehicles
    31 october 2018 12:15:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's transport safety regulator has de-registered seven Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operators as it enhances road safety. Full text...

  • Executive director of UN terrorism committee received by Mali president
    31 october 2018 12:03:30
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The executive director of the UN committee against terrorism, Mrs Michèle Coninsx, also deputy UN Secretary General, was on Wednesday received in Bamako by the Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita. Full text...

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