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  • Cameroon: Two fishermen reported missing for three weeks
    31 may 2014 11:24:03
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Two Cameroonian fishermen have been reported missing for three weeks off the coast of Kribi in the southern part of the country. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Fire consumes construction material store
    30 may 2014 22:04:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Fire on Friday consumed a big construction material store located in Muhima, a popular district in the suburb of Kigali, the Rwandan capital. Full text...

  • UN: Bangui church massacre endangers CAR displaced persons
    30 may 2014 20:26:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency said on Friday that Wednesday’s deadly attack in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR) on a church that was sheltering thousands of people endangers some of the last havens for those fleeing rampant violence in the war-battered country, Full text...

  • Zambia: Amnesty condemns continued detention of 2 men charged with homosexuality
    30 may 2014 17:58:43
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The protracted detention of two Zambian men accused of having sex is an affront to all who believe in fundamental human rights, equality and non-discrimination and they should be released immediately, Amnesty International said Friday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 105 Rwandan Hutu rebels in eastern DRC surrender
    30 may 2014 17:21:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – At least 105 fighters from the Rwandan Hutu rebel democratic forces for Rwanda liberation (FDLR) Friday voluntarily laid down their arms before surrendering to the peacekeeping forces of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), currently operating under the aegis of the UN in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), local media reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military confirms abduction of 3 traditional rulers in Boko Haram enclave
    30 may 2014 17:14:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Monday confirmed that Boko Haram terrorists attacked a convoy of the Emirs (heads of traditional institutions) of Gwoza, Uba and Askira emirates in the insurgents’ enclave of Borno State, killing the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrissa Timta. Full text...

  • Libya: 1 killed, 2 injured in armed clashes in Benghazi
    30 may 2014 15:39:53
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – One person died and two others were injured in armed clashes between young men and the Ansar Asharia rebels on Friday in Benghazi even as fighter jets launched strikes against locations belonging to armed militias in the city, security sources said. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Abidjan to host int'l confab on audiovisual communication regulation
    30 may 2014 14:48:21
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – An international conference on the regulation of satellite audiovisual communication and the new broadcasting guidelines will be held 10-11 June in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, on the initiative of the Ivorian audiovisual communication regulation authority (HACA). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military alleges plot to discredit it over anti-Boko Haram operations
    30 may 2014 14:31:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters on Monday raised the alarm over an alleged plot by “apologists of Boko Haram terror group” to launch a renewed campaign aimed at attracting international condemnation and indictment of the Nigerian military and its anti-terrorist and anti-insurgency operations in the North Eastern part of the country. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt. pegs retirement age for workers
    30 may 2014 13:38:33
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government has pegged the retirement age for its workers, following the adoption, on Thursday, of a bill at the weekly council of ministers' meeting here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram gunmen abduct two top traditional rulers
    30 may 2014 13:21:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen suspected to be members of Nigeria's terror group Boko Haram have kidnapped two first class Emirs (traditional rulers) in the country's northern state of Borno, the local media reported Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Small Islands youth demand recognition
    30 may 2014 12:00:19
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The youth members of the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) have demanded to be recognised by the organisation through the inclusion in its activities. Full text...

  • South Africa: ANC protests defamatory cartoon
    30 may 2014 11:41:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Members of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) Friday protested outside a media company in Johannesburg over a cartoon published by the group. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS leaders meet on Mali, Nigeria
    30 may 2014 10:25:27
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders were billed to meet here Friday at an extra-ordinary summit to discuss the security situations in Mali and Nigeria, among other issues, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: AU campaigns against forced marriages
    30 may 2014 10:12:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has launched a campaign to stop forced marriages and the discrimination of under-age girls fleeing such marriages. Full text...

  • Sudan: Authorities bar media reporting on lawsuit against newspaper
    30 may 2014 09:58:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese authorities have barred the media from reporting on the lawsuit filed by security agencies against the Al-Saynah (The Outcry), an independent newspaper, for publishing reports which the authorities consider a security risk. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Ministers address small arms menace in east, central Africa
    30 may 2014 09:31:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - In order to address the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in eastern and central Africa, member countries of the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) need a more coordinated way of gathering information on illegally-possessed weapons, according to participants at the third extraordinary meeting of the RECSA Council of Ministers underway here. Full text...

  • US: UN agencies welcome African-led push to end child marriage
    29 may 2014 22:54:51
    New York, US (PANA) - Two UN agencies on Thursday welcomed the first campaign by the African Union (AU) to end child marriage, a practice that robs over 17 million girls – 1 in 3 – across the continent of their youth. Full text...

  • Libya: Four more bodies discovered in Benghazi
    29 may 2014 19:47:28
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Four more bodies have been discovered by the Libyan security forces in different places of the restive eastern city of Benghazi, which has been rocked by violence since 2011. Full text...

  • Benin: 4,000 Beninese to perform 2014 Hadj
    29 may 2014 18:49:32
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Some 4,000 Beninese are expected to perform this year's pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, representing a 25% increase in the number (3,200) of pilgrims who were in Saudi Arabia last year, official sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban deplores recent attacks in CAR, urges end to "cycle of violence"
    29 may 2014 18:39:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Thursday strongly condemned Full text...

  • US: UN rights chief urges Morocco to expedite pending laws
    29 may 2014 16:50:00
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, says Morocco has made great strides towards the better promotion and protection of human rights, but urged officials to approve pending draft laws and more robustly implement and enforce new legislation. Full text...

  • US: UN honours peacekeepers, seeks to build modern peacekeeping force
    29 may 2014 16:38:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday in New York honoured men and women who lost their lives in their effort to bring peace and stability to the world's troubled zones. Full text...

  • Kenya: Appeal Court blocks extradition of journo to ICC
    29 may 2014 14:16:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Court of Appeal in Kenya Thursday blocked the arrest and extradition of former journalist to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's President orders 'full-scale offensive' against terrorism
    29 may 2014 12:17:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan said Thursday he had ordered the country's security forces to launch a ''full-scale'' operation to end terrorism in the country, amid growing daily attacks by the terror group Boko Haram Full text...

  • Sudan: Police raid offices of suspended daily, seize documents
    29 may 2014 11:01:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Accusing it of possession and circulation of confidential official documents, police have raided the offices of a suspended Sudanese daily Al Sayha (Arabic for Outcry) and confiscated what it said were numerous documents. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Canadian bishops appeal for release of Sudanese mother sentenced to death
    29 may 2014 10:34:55
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Human Rights Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has joined in the international outcry over the death sentence handed down to a Christian Sudanese woman for "apostasy." Full text...

  • South Africa: Football legend Isaac Kungwane dies at 43
    29 may 2014 10:28:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa is mourning football legend Isaac Kungwane, who died Wednesday evening after a short illness, aged 43. Full text...

  • Sudan: Woman on death row gives birth in prison clinic
    29 may 2014 10:09:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for apostasy has given birth to a healthy baby girl inside the clinic of the Omdurman prison for women in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital. Full text...

  • South Africa: Nelson Mandela Foundation eulogises Maya Angelou
    29 may 2014 09:54:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Nelson Mandela Foundation has paid a glowing tribute to poet and author Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday at the age of 86. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African ministers discuss plan to ease financial burden on vulnerable groups
    29 may 2014 07:00:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African ministers of social services Thursday kicked off a meeting in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, to discuss how to ease the financial burdens on Africa's most vulnerable groups. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram releases four sick school girls
    28 may 2014 21:46:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's terror group Boko Haram has released four of the over 200 girls it abducted in the northern town of Chibok almost one-and-a-half months ago due to illness, the local media reported on Wednesday, quoting Chibok Local Council Director of Personnel and Management Musa Kolo. Full text...

  • Libya: Fighter jets bomb barracks of Islamist armed group in Benghazi
    28 may 2014 20:41:08
    Benghazi , Libya (PANA) - Fighter jets on Wednesday bombed a barracks belonging to an armed Islamist group, Ansar Al-Sharia, in the restive eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO voices concern over killing of Libyan editor
    28 may 2014 19:54:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on Wednesday expressed deep concern over the killing of newspaper editor, Mr. Meftah Bouzid, in Libya early this week. Full text...

  • Libya: "Ansar Asharia" threatens Libya with Syrian-like war
    28 may 2014 18:03:35
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The “Ansar Asharia”, a salafist-jihadist group classified by the Libyan government as a terrorist group, has threatened the country with a Syrian-like war, 12 days after former Gen. Khalifa Haftar launched “Operation Karama” to fight terror in Libya, PANA reported Wednesday from here. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisians mourn 4 security officers killed by terrorists
    28 may 2014 16:24:16
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisians Wednesday mourned the four security officers killed by a terrorist gang in Kasserine, where security forces are hunting terrorists in that mountainous area, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Senegal: 22 Dakar University students acquitted over unauthorized protest
    28 may 2014 16:23:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The criminal tribunal of Dakar Wednesday ordered the acquittal of 22 students of the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD), accused of destroying public properties and participating in unauthorized demonstrations, among other accusations. Full text...

  • Congo: Acting CAR President sees "significant progress’’ in CAR's security situation
    28 may 2014 15:30:53
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Speaking on the first day of her 48-hour visit to Congo, the acting president of the Central African Republic (CAR), Catherine Samba Panza, Wednesday said that the security situation in her country has undergone "significant progress", but insisted that the situation still remains worrisome. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: Madiara Ouattara to be buried Friday in Cote d'Ivoire
    28 may 2014 14:56:01
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Lady Madiara Ouattara, who died on Tuesday following her attempt to set herself on fire on 21 May in the perimeter of the presidential palace in Abidjan, will be buried on Friday in Ouangolodougou, in the northern part of Côte d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • Belgium: Congolese children adopted by Belgian families finally arrive in Belgium
    28 may 2014 14:35:49
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – After being held up in DR Congo since November 2013 following the government's moratorium on exit visas for adopted children, the Belgian families, who adopted them, finally arrived here with their children, PANA reported Wednesday, quoting official sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria: National Conference adjourns as wife of Chair dies
    28 may 2014 12:47:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's National Conference has adjourned till next Monday following the death of the Chairman's wife early Wednesday, PANA reported. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council extends UN mission in South Sudan
    27 may 2014 22:32:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday extended the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and revised its mandate to give priority to the task of protecting civilians and to address the security, humanitarian and political crisis that has gripped the country for the past six months. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies scale up relief measures in northern Mali
    27 may 2014 22:22:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN says its relief agencies and their partners are scaling up relief assistance in northern Mali following a ceasefire agreed between the government and three rebel groups, but warned that recent deadly violence in the flashpoint city of Kidal has displaced some 4,000 people who now desperately need food, water and other necessities. Full text...

  • UN: Thousands of South Sudanese continue to flee renewed fighting
    27 may 2014 20:35:29
    New York, US(PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday said about 70,000 more people have fled their homes in South Sudan since the 9 May agreement signed to end the fighting that has ravaged the world’s youngest nation for over six months. Full text...

  • Zambia: Former Defence Minister arrested for assault
    27 may 2014 18:55:09
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Police in Lusaka on Tuesday arrested and charged former Defence Minister, Geoffrey Mwamba, for assaulting Collins Mundai, his operations manager at Arizona Marketing, a company he owns. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU condemns attack on Djibouti restaurant
    27 may 2014 17:00:45
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has condemned Saturday's attack on a restaurant in Djibouti, frequented mainly by expatriates, PANA learnt from an official source. Full text...

  • Mali: Fact-finding ICC mission in Mali
    27 may 2014 16:55:21
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A mission of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrived Monday in Bamako to assess all the atrocities committed in northern Mali since 2012, the Malian press reported Tuesday . Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ivorian govt. confirms death of woman who attempted suicide in Abidjan
    27 may 2014 15:42:02
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The young woman, who tried to immolate herself near the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, has died, according to the Ivorian government spokesperson, Bruno Nabagné Koné. Full text...

  • Libya: 1 killed in armed attack on residence of new Libyan PM
    27 may 2014 15:37:08
    Tripoli , Libya (PANA) - One person was killed when assailants on Monday attacked the residence of the new Libyan Prime Minister, Ahmed Meitig, a security source said on Tuesday . Full text...

  • South Africa: 2 legal bodies address Sudanese death sentence, Malawi polls
    27 may 2014 15:35:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Two South African legal bodies on Tuesday addressed two major African issues – the sentencing of a pregnant Sudanese woman and the disputed Malawi polls. Full text...

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