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  • Zambia: Tribunal probing former minister begins sitting
    24 february 2014 18:27:23
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The tribunal constituted to probe Zambia’s Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo for alleged interference in the operations of the Zambia Wild Life Authority (ZAWA) began sitting in Lusaka Monday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Parliament to get the freedom of information bill
    24 february 2014 18:14:16
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana government plans to table the Freedom of Information Bill in the next coming winter parliament session. Full text...

  • Mauritania: UN anti-slavery chief visits Mauritania
    24 february 2014 17:59:34
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The UN special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery Mrs. Gulnara Shahinian, on Monday began a four-day evaluation visit to Mauritania, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Togo: Auto accident kills 19 persons
    24 february 2014 15:18:05
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - A road accident involving a truck and a bus left 19 people dead and 53 others injured on Sunday in Togo, PANA learnt here on Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Organisation denounces land sale in Senegal's river valley
    24 february 2014 12:31:56
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A black nationalist movement, the African Liberation Forces of Mauritania (FLAM), has condemned the selling of prime land in Senegal's River Valley to Saudi businessmen. Full text...

  • South Africa: African Ombudsman Summit holds in Johannesburg Tuesday
    24 february 2014 11:48:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The African Ombudsman Summit, being hosted by the African Ombudsman Research Committee (AORC) under the theme: "Strengthening Good Governance in Africa Through the Role of the Ombudsman", will open in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, organisers said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tutu criticises Museveni over proposed anti-gay law
    24 february 2014 09:14:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa has criticised Ugandan President President Yoweri Museveni over his plan to approve a controversial anti-homosexuality laws. Full text...

  • US: Boko Haram attacks wrong, horrific, says the US
    23 february 2014 15:16:56
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has condemned last week's attack in Nigeria's village of Izghe, in which over 100 were killed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents, calling the attacks ''horrific and wrong''. Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: Meeting on zero hunger initiative for West Africa holds in Accra
    23 february 2014 09:53:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and other partners, will this week launch the West Africa Zero Hunger Initiative targetting the eradication of hunger in the region and adopting a new approach to the governance of agricultural, food and nutrition issues in West Africa during an inception workshop scheduled for Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • South Africa: Evidence links Pistorius to pornographic websites
    23 february 2014 08:45:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - In a dramatic development one week before the start of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial in South Africa, leaked evidence reveals that the famous Paralympian viewed pornography websites on his mobile phone on the night of the tragedy. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF appeals for US$2.2b to help children in emergencies
    22 february 2014 17:58:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has appealed for US$2.2 billion to help nearly 60 million children in crisis situations around the world. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appeals to people of Central African Republic to end conflict
    22 february 2014 17:49:41
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has again taken to the airwaves to deliver a personal appeal to the people of strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) to lay down their weapons, come together, and end the spiralling bloodshed and inter-communal violence that has plagued the country for months on end. Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama leads Ghana to say farewell for broadcaster Komla Dumor
    22 february 2014 14:50:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) –Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama on Saturday led the country to say farewell to broadcaster, Komla Afeke Dumor, who died in his London home on 18 January. Full text...

  • Mauritania: UN special sappoteur on contemporary slavery forms to visit Mauritania
    22 february 2014 13:48:49
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The UN special rappoteur on contemporary slavery forms, Mrs Gulnara Shahinian, is expected on Monday in Nouakchott for a four-day visit to Mauritania where slavery persists despite several bills against the practice, reliable sources told PANA on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban concerned about fresh South Sudan violence
    21 february 2014 22:15:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday expressed his deep concern at the recent reports of renewed heavy fighting in South Sudan’s north-eastern city of Malakal. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns attack on Somali presidential compound
    21 february 2014 22:07:54
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned in the strongest terms an attack on the seat of the Somali Government in the capital, Mogadishu, and urged the authorities and people to fight against extremism. Full text...

  • UN: WFP chief warns of malnutrition in Zimbabwe
    21 february 2014 22:01:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ms. Ertharin Cousin, on Friday warned that high levels of malnutrition could hold Zimbabwe back from reaching its full potential. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan official to help in investigations into crashed plane
    21 february 2014 21:46:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A senior Libyan civil aviation official has flown to the Tunisian capital, Tunis, to assist in investigations into the crash of a Libyan military medical plane in Tunisia on Friday, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Libya: Tunisia plane crash victim identified
    21 february 2014 20:26:49
    Tripoli Libya (PANA) – The Libyan authorities have identified one of victims of Friday morning's crash of a Libyan medical military plane in Tunisia. Full text...

  • UN: Human rights expert tasks Sudanese govt. on 2013 protests report
    21 february 2014 18:21:24
    New York, US (PANA) – Mr. Mashood Adebayo Baderin, the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, on Friday urged the Sudanese government to release its report on the 2013 oil subsidy protests, which he said, resulted in killings, injuries, arrests and detentions and destruction of property. Full text...

  • South Africa: Prosecutors deny leak in Pistorius case
    21 february 2014 09:46:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Friday denied leaking documents on Oscar Pistorius who goes on trial for murder in just two weeks. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Libyan military plane crashes in Tunisia
    21 february 2014 09:23:28
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A Libyan army medical plane crashed south of Tunis early Friday, killing all 11 people on board, the Tunisian emergency services said. Full text...

  • Togo: Senior UN human rights official praises "good cooperation" with Togo
    20 february 2014 22:22:34
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The deputy commissioner of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs Flavia Pansieri, ended a visit to Togo on Thursday with a commendation of the “significant progress” made in human rights activities and the “good cooperation” with the Togolese government. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Govt accepts UN request to deploy peacekeepers to S. Sudan
    20 february 2014 21:46:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania is readying a battalion to be deployed to South Sudan on a peacekeeping mission following an agreement the authorities have reached with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Bernard Membe, said in Dar es Salaam on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army, Air Force chiefs storm Boko Haram enclave
    20 february 2014 18:54:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen Kenneth Minimah, and his Air Force counterpart, Air Marshal Adekunle Amosu, Thursday ended a three-day operational visit to units within the 7 Division Area of Responsibility executing the ongoing military operations against Boko Haram terrorists and insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'Hundreds of South Sudanese injured in violence in Malakal'
    20 february 2014 18:46:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Hundreds of civilians have been injured as a result of the fighting in and around Malakal, the second largest town in South Sudan, between the government and rebel forces. Full text...

  • Niger: Mali-Niger border residents meet in Niamey
    20 february 2014 14:05:28
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Niamey, the Nigerien capital, will host a meeting of residents of the Niger-Mali border area on 9 March, the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Zahabi Ould Mohamed, announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo: World Bank, Congolese authorities partner to help the poor
    20 february 2014 13:50:45
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The World Bank and the Congolese government have signed an agreement to set up a project called "Lisungui", designed to help about 5,000 poor households, including pregnant women and children aged under 14 years, according to an official communique issued here Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal: UN Special Rep. reaffirms UN support to peace, security in Sahel
    20 february 2014 13:28:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General in West Africa, Said Djinnit, has reiterated the support of the UN to the Nouakchott process, initiated by the African Union (AU) to create a working framework among member countries, PANA reported Thursday, quoting a statement from the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram leader, Shekau, threatens oil region
    20 february 2014 09:05:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Leader of Nigeria's violent Islamic sect Boko Haram, Ibrahim Shekau, has released a new video in which he threatened to attack Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria rocked by xenophobic violence
    20 february 2014 08:11:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Tension remains sky-high in Pretoria’s Refiloe township in South Africa Thursday following an outbreak of xenophobic violence which has seen Somali and Pakistani shop owners fleeing the area. Full text...

  • DR Congo: CPJ calls for safety for journalists
    19 february 2014 14:54:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), on Tuesday called for the safety of journalists in the troubled DR Congo, according to a CPJ statement, received here Wednesday by PANA. Full text...

  • Guinea: Authorities to probe Tuesday's violent protest
    19 february 2014 14:31:39
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – The Guinean Prime Minister, Mohamed Said Fofana, has pledged that the government will punish all the trouble makers following clashes Tuesday between angry protesters, demanding the restoration of electricity to their neighborhoods, and the security forces. Full text...

  • Libya: PM urges Libyans to shun violence
    19 february 2014 14:21:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, has called on his compatriots to shun violence in the pursuit of their legitimate demands, while pledging to prioritize policies likely to quickly meet the aspirations of the people. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU condemns killing of over 100 persons in northern Nigeria
    19 february 2014 14:01:53
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has condemned, in very strong terms, the massacre perpetrated on 15 February in the village of Izghe, located in the north eastern Borno State of Nigeria. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 1,000 march against violence in Port Louis
    19 february 2014 11:19:43
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - One thousand people marched on the streets of the Mauritian capital, Port Louis, Wednesday to protest violence against women, after four women were killed by their partners in one week. Full text...

  • South Africa: Media houses apply to broadcast Pistorius trial
    19 february 2014 06:24:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Several major media houses will Wednesday argue in the Pretoria High Court for the Oscar Pistorius criminal trial to be broadcast live. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights office condemns attacks on Nigerian villages
    18 february 2014 22:31:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN human rights office on Tuesday strongly condemned the attacks on several villages in north-eastern Nigeria on Sunday that led to the death of more than 150 people. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan peacekeepers attacked in CAR
    18 february 2014 19:22:44
    Kigali , Rwanda (PANA) - A convoy of vehicles of the Rwandan contingent in the African-led International Support Mission in Central African Republic (MISCA), came under attack from the mainly Christian anti-balaka militia at the weekend as it escorted a group of Central African refugees to Cameroon, the Rwandan army said in a statement obtained by PANA Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigeria: MPs want Jonathan to relocate Army HQ to Boko Haram base
    18 february 2014 17:29:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Irked by the incessant attacks by the Boko Haram Islamist sect, the Nigerian House of Representatives Tuesday asked President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately relocate the headquarters of the Nigerian Army to Maiduguri, capital of the North East State of Borno, which is the major base of the insurgent group. Full text...

  • Benin: Six drug dealers arrested
    18 february 2014 15:24:54
    Cotonou, Bénin (PANA) - Six indian hemp dealers, among them two women, were arrested by the police in Tchaourou, near Cotonou, PANA learnt from police sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 3 suspected homosexuals face prison terms over Valentine Day's tryst
    18 february 2014 09:54:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Three suspected homosexuals who were allegedly caught in the act on Valentine's Day last Friday and charged to court each faces 10 years in jail under Nigeria's new tough anti-gay law, if convicted. Full text...

  • Senegal: 'Some 13,000 Mauritanians still reside in Senegal'
    17 february 2014 21:36:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - There are some 13,000 Mauritanian refugees still residing in Senegal after the repatriation of 24,333 of them a couple of years ago, Barry Ousmane, former coordinator of the Mauritanian Refugees Associations in Senegal, said in Dakar on Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: IFJ publishes report on media workers, journalists killed in 2013
    17 february 2014 17:09:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has published its latest report on the number of journalists and media workers killed across the globe in 2013, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Congo: Voluntary repatriations from DRC to Congo ends June
    17 february 2014 13:46:42
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Voluntary repatriations for DR Congolese refugees from Congo's northern town of Likoula will end 30 June, according to a statement issued after a meeting involving the two countries and the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Journalist killed in North Kivu ambush
    17 february 2014 12:33:09
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - A journalist working with the Radio-TV Muungano in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Germain Kennedy Muliwavyo, died Sunday from the injuries he sustained Sunday in Oicha (North-Kivu) during an attack suspected to have been carried out by the Ugandan rebel Alliance of Democratic Forces (AFD), Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende said. Full text...

  • Libya: Ex-security officer shot dead in Benghazi
    17 february 2014 12:26:24
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Gunmen have shot dead a former security officer and wounded his companion in Libya's restive city of Benghazi, the spokesman for the city's security cell, Ibrahim al-Charaa, said Monday. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council welcomes resumed Sudan's peace talks
    16 february 2014 19:19:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council has called on the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) to reach an accord on ending nearly three years of conflict in strife-torn South Kordofan and Blue Nile, as peace talks resumed in Ethiopia late last week. Full text...

  • US: UN report stresses need to respond to crises
    15 february 2014 16:05:39
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN report says rising scale of needs, a collective inability to resolve protracted crises, and the interplay of new factors such as climate change, are making it harder for governments and aid workers to effectively respond to humanitarian challenges. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for more action to check atrocities in CAR
    15 february 2014 15:35:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for solidarity and concerted action by the UN and regional organisations to help the people of the Central African Republic (CAR), warning that "dark clouds of mass atrocities" are looming over the country. Full text...

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