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  • US school reading project targets 15 million school children in Ethiopia
    08 november 2018 16:27:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ethiopia's Ministry of Education have launched a project to improve reading and writing skills of 15 million children in primary school, officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal opens cyber security training centre
    08 november 2018 16:17:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A National Cyber security School will open in January next year in Dakar, according to a statement issued here Wednesday following a session of the Council of Ministers that was chaired by President Macky Sall. Full text...

  • Sudan declares military cooperation with neighbours
    08 november 2018 11:00:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Defence Minister, Lt. Gen. Awad Ibn Oaf, has revealed the existence of military coordination between Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt and Libya to maintain security on their common borders. Full text...

  • AU calls for arrest, prosecution of school children abductors in Cameroon
    08 november 2018 10:15:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union has condemned the abduction of children in Cameroon, saying it constituted a major violation of human rights, the right to safety and education. Full text...

  • Rwandan church building collapse kills two
    08 november 2018 09:46:16
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Two worshipers at a church in northeast Rwanda died on Wednesday when their makeshift church building collapsed on them during a rainstorm. Full text...

  • Pretoria addresses detention of prominent journalists
    08 november 2018 09:34:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) on Thursday expressed deep concern over the detention of South African journalist, Angela Quintal and her Kenyan colleague, Muthoki Mumo, in Dar es Salaam. Full text...

  • 'International crime gangs amass ‘staggering’ profits in conflict zones'
    08 november 2018 06:33:33
    New York, US (PANA) - During a Tuesday briefing to the Security Council, Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, described the problem as a “global and accelerating phenomenon, and a threat to international peace and security”, that, in conflict areas alone, is generating around $31.5 billion in illicit profits. Full text...

  • Nigerian Navy hosts UK Prince Charles in Lagos
    07 november 2018 16:57:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Navy on Wednesday hosted visiting Prince Charles of Wales in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, as part of the continuation of the Prince’s three-day business and cultural tour of Nigeria. Full text...

  • Malian association cries out against mistreatment of foreigners in Angola
    07 november 2018 16:47:06
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian Association of Expellees (AME) has expressed concern about the recent wave of arrests, detentions and expulsions of hundreds of thousands of African migrants, including Malians, from Angola. Full text...

  • Expulsion of Congolese from Angola aggravates dire crisis in Kasai - NRC
    07 november 2018 14:14:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The expulsion of an estimated 360,000 Congolese from Angola in October is aggravating an already dire humanitarian crisis in DRC, says the Norwegian Refugee Council. Full text...

  • Rights body faults arrest of 10 'gays' in Zanzibar
    07 november 2018 13:58:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International has faulted and strongly condemned the arrest of 10 men suspected to be gays by Tanzanian authorities. Full text...

  • World Youth Forum ends
    07 november 2018 11:59:00
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Egyptian city of Aswan, 800 km from the capital Cairo, has been declared 2019 African Youth City, at the end of the second World Youth Forum in Sharm Sheikh, attended by the Egyptian and Sudanese presidents, Abdel Fatteh Al-Sissi and Omar al-Bashir respectively. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Rwanda to drop charges against former presidential hopeful and her mother
    07 november 2018 10:50:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, on Wednesday asked the Rwandan authorities to drop the expression-related charges against a would-be presidential candidate and her mother ahead of the resumption of their trial. Full text...

  • Death toll on Mediterranean this year crosses 2,000-mark
    07 november 2018 10:10:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The number of lives lost on the Mediterranean this year has exceeded 2,000 with 17 people having been found dead this week off the Spanish coast, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has reported. Full text...

  • Dakar forum on peace, security in Africa ends
    07 november 2018 09:48:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Fifth International Dakar Forum on Peace and Security in Africa ended on Tuesday in Diamniadio, about 40 km east of the Senegalese capital, with a call on African countries to strengthen cooperation between their intelligence services. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping official calls for more women UN police
    07 november 2018 06:51:30
    New York, US (PANA) - More women officers are needed at UN Police, to make the work of the Organization more efficient and reach the whole population they are meant to serve, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Tuesday, adding that, “to reach our full potential, we must bring more women police officers into the fold”. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns student abductions in north-west Cameroon
    07 november 2018 06:04:12
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Monday’s reported kidnapping of students and staff from a secondary school in Bamenda, North-West region of Cameroon. Full text...

  • EU Council removes Namibia from list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions
    06 november 2018 20:42:10
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union on Tuesday removed Namibia from the its list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, stating, “this is a positive development.”. Full text...

  • Khartoum welcomes South Sudan's initiative to help end conflict in Sudan
    06 november 2018 20:01:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has welcomed the good offices offered by South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit for resolving the remaining conflict in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains areas. Full text...

  • Sudan and Turkey discuss military cooperation
    06 november 2018 19:54:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) Sudanese Defence Minister Awad Ibn Oaf and his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, on Tuesday discussed bilateral cooperation emphasising military collaboration between the two countries. Full text...

  • Buhari says he is "distressed and depressed" by the atrocious ethno-religious killings in Nigeria
    06 november 2018 15:49:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday spoke on the spate of killings in Nigeria, saying he is distressed and depressed by the atrocious ethno-religious killings in the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force fighter jets destroy Boko Haram camp in Northeast Nigeria
    06 november 2018 15:43:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday said that its fighter jets destroyed a Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) camp and “neutralized” several terrorists at Ngwuri Gana in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • 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...

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