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  • South Africa: Why the Charlie Hebdo attack hit a nerve in South Africa (Feature by By Craig Urquhart, PANA correspondent)
    10 january 2015 12:34:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – This week's horrific Paris attacks that left 17 innocent people dead have struck a nerve in South Africa, which has also had an uneasy relationship with radical Muslims in recent years. Full text...

  • UN: ICC prosecutor condoles Kenyan family, clarifies issues
    09 january 2015 22:02:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday sent its condolences to the family of Mr. Meshak Yebei, who was a defence witness for Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto, in his case before the ICC. Full text...

  • Tunisia: UN Human Rights Commission 'concerned' about situation in South Sudan
    09 january 2015 20:59:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The UN High Commission for Human Rights has expressed concern about the delay in finding peace in South Sudan, stressing that there are real dangers linked to the continuation of the fighting in the country. Full text...

  • UN: UN receives reports of 'significant' civilian displacement in Darfur region
    09 january 2015 20:40:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that it has received reports of significant civilian displacement in Sudan's North Darfur and South Darfur states. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission condemns attack that wounded 7 peacekeepers
    09 january 2015 20:09:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has condemned the attack on its peacekeepers near the Kidal airstrip on Friday morning, when one of its vehicles struck an explosive device. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy meets with Libyan stakeholders, stresses need to resolve crisis
    09 january 2015 20:01:56
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Libya, Mr. Bernardino Leon, has warned that time is running out to put an end to the political and security crisis in the country, stressing that it is extremely important to "freeze fire", so that political dialogue can begin. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UN probe says S. Sudan attacks 'nadir' of conflict marked by rights violations
    09 january 2015 17:01:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Human Rights Division of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) issued a report Friday saying there are reasonable grounds to believe that at least 353 civilians were murdered and another 250 wounded in attacks in the capitals of Unity state and Jonglei state between 15 April and 17 April last year. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AWF helps tackle food insecurity, flooding, droughts in Uganda, South Sudan
    09 january 2015 16:29:03
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The African Water Facility (AWF) announced Friday a €1.97 million grant to the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme (NELSAP) to increase water availability for multiple purposes in the Nyimur region of Uganda and South Sudan. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius condemns attack on French magazine
    09 january 2015 14:06:19
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has condemned the "outrageous" attack on the French magazine, “Charlie Hebdo”, that was perpetrated Wednesday in Paris, the French capital, killing 12 people, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Congolese media condemn attack on french magazine
    09 january 2015 14:01:42
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Congolese National Press Union (UNPC) has condemned Wednesday's terrorist attack on the headquarters of the french satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which killed 12 persons and seriously injured eight others. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Chad seeks assistance for thousands of Nigerian refugees
    09 january 2015 13:51:17
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Some 7,300 Nigerian refugees have arrived in western Chad in the past 10 days, fleeing attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on Baga town and surrounding villages in northeast Nigeria, according to the UN refugee agency. Full text...

  • Sudan: Defence lawyers demand release of 2 colleagues
    09 january 2015 13:04:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A lawyers' group has appealed to a Sudanese Prosecutor to release two of its members, Farouq Abu Eissa and Amin Mekki Medani, detained for over a month, local Sudanese newspapers reported Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum jubilant after retaking Fanga region
    09 january 2015 12:42:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese military leaders hailed the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) for recapturing Fanga region of East Jebel Marra which they say was under Darfur rebel movements for the last 13 years, according to a report by the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) from there. Full text...

  • Togo: Media organisations condemn French terror attack
    09 january 2015 12:02:13
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Media organisations in Togo have condemned Wednesday's attack against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Pres. Kafando condemns French terror attack
    09 january 2015 11:48:58
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Interim President Michel Kafando has condoled with the French government and people following Wednesday's attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead and many others injured. Full text...

  • Gambia: Pres. Jammeh sacks Head of Civil Service, Justice Minister
    09 january 2015 11:09:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has sacked two top officials of his government, Head of Civil Service and Presidential Affairs Minister Kalido Bayo as well as Justice Minister Basirou Mahoney, the State House said in a statement. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mandela's former wife moves to block meeting over his estate
    09 january 2015 11:01:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, has filed papers in the Mthatha High Court to stop a meeting by the abaThembu royal family to resolve a bitter feud in the Mandela family. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana 'appalled' at terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo
    08 january 2015 22:51:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Government of Ghana says it is appalled by Wednesday’s terrorist attack at the offices of a French satirical magazine in Paris that claimed 12 lives describing it as senseless and an attack on democratic values. Full text...

  • UN: UN honours its fallen heroes in 2014
    08 january 2015 19:20:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday in New York honoured hundreds of its Full text...

  • US: OIC condemns terrorist attack on 'Charlie Hebdo'
    08 january 2015 19:08:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned Wednesday's terrorist attack against the office of 'Charlie Hebdo' magazine in Paris, which claimed lives of 10 media workers and two police officers. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire : Ivorian opposition leader condemns attack on French magazine
    08 january 2015 16:38:18
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – The president of Ivorian Popular Front (FPI, Pascal Affi N’guessan, has described Wednesday's attack on French satirical magazine 'Charlie Hebdo' in Paris as a "threat to freedom of expression and freedom itself." Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan condemns terrorist attack on French magazine
    08 january 2015 16:30:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria Thursday joined the growing list of countries and organisations condemning Wednesday's deadly attack on the offices of a magazine in France that left 12, including two policemen, dead. Full text...

  • Kenya: IFJ condemns media staff killings in Paris
    08 january 2015 15:14:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined its French affiliates – SNJ, SNJ-CGT and CFDT – in condemning the shooting that took place Wednesday at the offices of the French satiric magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, in which at least five journalists were killed. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ivorian president condemns attack on French magazine
    08 january 2015 13:27:42
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara, in an official communications with his French counterpart, François Hollande, has expressed his "deepest sympathy" to France following Wednesday's attack on French magazine, "Charlie Hebdo", that killed 12 and injured 11 others, said an official statement. Full text...

  • Sudan: Guard killed, another wounded over dispute within LJM
    08 january 2015 13:18:19
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A guard with the West Darfur Governor was killed and another wounded over a dispute that erupted within the ranks of the former rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM). Full text...

  • Mauritius: IOC expresses solidarity with France over magazine shooting
    08 january 2015 11:11:27
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), of which France is a member, has expressed its profound emotion and indignation following the murderous attacks against the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris Wednesday that left 12 people, including two policemen, dead. Full text...

  • France: INTERPOL Chief condemns terror attack on magazine offices in Paris
    08 january 2015 11:01:55
    Lyon, France (PANA) - The head of the world's largest international police organisation INTERPOL has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the offices of a magazine in Paris in which 12 people were killed. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria condemns Paris attack
    08 january 2015 10:18:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African government on Thursday condemned the attack on French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris during which 12 people were killed. Full text...

  • Kenya:Rights body wants Ugandan war crimes suspect hauled to ICC
    08 january 2015 08:49:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Following reports that Dominic Ongwen has surrendered to the US forces, Amnesty International is calling for his immediate transfer to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face trial. Full text...

  • UN: Ban, UN officials condemn attack on French magazine
    08 january 2015 08:20:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the ''appalling and cold-blooded crime" committed by terrorists who attacked the French magazine 'Charlie Hebdo', which left 10 media workers and two police officers dead. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges 'decisive action' against armed group in DRC
    07 january 2015 19:22:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday appealed for decisive action against the armed Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), after the group failed to surrender on deadline. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says peace process in Mali at 'crucial stage'
    07 january 2015 19:12:58
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous has said progress in the political process in Mali over the last three months has been "fairly modest", noting that talks in Algiers marked the first occasion when armed groups and the government engaged in direct conversation. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Registration of ship carrying illegal migrants revoked
    07 january 2015 15:49:45
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) has revoked the registration of the vessel 'Ezadeen' that was found abandoned with over 400 illegal migrants on board last week. Full text...

  • Tunisia: IMO worried about dangers facing migrants in the Mediterranean
    07 january 2015 14:41:42
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The bodies of five illegal migrants from Algeria were discovered Wednesday off the Spanish coasts, the spokesperson for the International Migration Organization (IMO), Joel Millman, said, indicating that the IMO was heavily concerned about the dangers facing the thousands of migrants on the Mediterranean Sea. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Bodies of Air Algeria crash victims to be repatriated 13 Jan.
    07 january 2015 14:25:26
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The bodies of the 28 victims of the Air Algeria crash in July in Mali, will be repatriated on 13 January and not on Wednesday as initially planned, according to a statement issued by the Burkina Faso ministry of Security. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 3 bodies fished out from Nyabarongo River after shipwreck
    07 january 2015 13:11:56
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Three bodies have been found from the Nyabarongo River after a small boat capsized on 3 January, during which about 15 passengers went missing, police sources told PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Ex-VP passes on
    07 january 2015 11:51:01
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s former Vice President Mompati Sebogodi Merafhe has passed on, Carter Morupisi, Permanent Secretary to the President, announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR report shows more people forcibly displaced in first half 2014
    07 january 2015 06:22:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - With war raging across large swathes of the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere, an estimated 5.5 million people became newly uprooted during the first six months of 2014, signalling a further rise in the number of people forcibly displaced, the UN refugee agency reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghanaian woman jailed by London court for drug offences
    06 january 2015 20:39:07
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A 32-year-old Ghanaian woman who was arrested late last year in London after arriving by air from Accra with 12 kg of cocaine was on Tuesday jailed for 8 years eight months by a London court. Full text...

  • UN: UN, DRC army launch joint operations against armed groups
    06 january 2015 20:09:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Tuesday said that a joint operation by UN troops and the Congolese army (FARDC) has taken control of the main bases used by an armed group actively threatening security and stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s long-troubled eastern region. Full text...

  • UN: UN/AU peacekeepers attacked in Darfur Tuesday
    06 january 2015 19:12:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has reported that Full text...

  • UN: ICC regrets death of a witness on Kenyan case
    06 january 2015 18:46:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday expressed its deep Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan, governors, security chiefs meet over Boko Haram attacks
    06 january 2015 18:39:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Faced with recent successes by the Boko Haram insurgents, especially the takeover of Baga, a major fish-trading outlet on the Nigeria/Chad border, President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday held an enlarged security meeting with all heads of security agencies and political leaders from the troubled northeastern States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States to address the issue. Full text...

  • South Africa: Organisation calls for impeachment of judge in British honeymoon murder case
    06 january 2015 16:47:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A formal complaint will be laid against Western Cape High Court Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso over her handling of the high-profile Shrien Dewani murder trial. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Somali security forces arrest five journalists in two days
    06 january 2015 16:39:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Somali security forces arrested five journalists in two separate incidents over the weekend in Mogadishu and three of them were still in confinement Tuesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan oil company condemns bombardment of Liberian oil tanker
    06 january 2015 15:35:32
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan national Oil Company (NOC) has said that the bombardment of the Liberian oil tanker in the port of the eastern city of Derna will have a negative effect on the arrival of oil tankers in Libyan ports, and will affect the country's oil supply programme on the foreign market. Full text...

  • Gambia: Lawmakers, govt. officials march in support of Jammeh
    06 january 2015 15:13:50
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Following the failed coup attempt in the Gambia, more than 10,000 Gambians, mostly government officials and the ruling APRC party supporters, on Monday marched from the National Assembly building to the July 22nd square in Banjul to show their support for the Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • Libya: Turkish Airlines suspends flights to all Libyan airports
    06 january 2015 14:50:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Turkish Airlines on Tuesday announced the suspension of all its flights to Libya, saying the decision followed the deteriorating security situation in the north African country, according to a communique issued here by the airlines. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN mulls military intervention in DRC conflict
    06 january 2015 13:09:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - With the deadline for the unconditional surrender of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) having passed on 2 January, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is working to address the situation, a UN spokesperson said late Monday Full text...

  • UN: Investigations launched into ambush of UN peacekeepers in Mali
    05 january 2015 22:50:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Monday says bomb experts are examining the scene of an attack on pecekeepers with the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) to determine what kind of explosives were used. Full text...

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