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  • US: UN hails establishment of Tunisia's Truth, Dignity Commission
    06 june 2014 17:48:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Friday welcomed the upcoming launch of the Truth and Dignity Commission in Tunisia, calling it a step forward in addressing past human rights violations in the North African nation. Full text...

  • Senegal: 9th Conference of Francophone NGOs ends
    06 june 2014 17:40:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The 9th Conference of Francophone International Non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations (INGOs/CSOs) ended on Friday in Dakar with participants deploring the situation of the youth and women who they described as "peacemakers and development actors". Full text...

  • Nigeria: US, Nigerian military teams meet over Boko Haram
    06 june 2014 17:38:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military high command on Friday met with the leadership of the United States Interdisciplinary Team for Assistance to Nigeria in the ongoing war against terror, especially in the North Eastern part of the country. Full text...

  • Libya: Heavy explosion in Tripoli, no victim
    06 june 2014 16:32:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A heavy explosion occurred early on Friday in the Libyan district of Souk Jumaa, eastern Tripoli, leaving no victim on its trail, but causing huge material damage, said a source close to the safety department. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military search media vehicles, says it's part of anti-terror operations
    06 june 2014 14:24:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters Friday confirmed “a thorough search” and seizure of vehicles conveying newspapers and news prints across the country, saying the search was based on intelligence reports of the use of those vehicles by “anti-patriotic agents” linked to the Boko Haram insurgency for “movement of materials with grave security implications”. Full text...

  • UN: FAO boosts aid operations in South Sudan
    06 june 2014 14:13:41
    New York, US (PANA) - As the rainy season begins in South Sudan, the UN Food and Agriculture Full text...

  • Ghana: One confirmed dead in Accra floods
    06 june 2014 12:51:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - One person was confirmed dead on Friday after heavy rains caused havoc in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, the previous day. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Emir of Kano dies at 84
    06 june 2014 10:48:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Emir of Kano, one of Nigeria's most prominent traditional rulers and a revered Muslim leader, has died at the age of 84, the local media reported Friday. Full text...

  • Congo: UNDP to support Congo on land management
    05 june 2014 22:17:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The resident coordinator of the UN system, Anthony Kwaku Ohemeng Boamah, on Thursday in Brazzaville expressed the availability of his institution to back efforts made by the Congolese government in land management, an official statement said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: Navy arrests 185 illegal migrants off Tripoli coast
    05 june 2014 21:23:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan navy on Thursday arrested some 185 illegal migrants off the coast of Tripoli, the spokesperson for the Libyan navy, Colonel Ayoub Gacem, said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo supports probe against peacekeepers in CAR
    05 june 2014 21:01:31
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese government has said it will support any probe into allegations of the involvement of its peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) in the disappearance of 11 people in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Britain to host Ministerial summit on Boko Haram next Thursday
    05 june 2014 17:30:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Foreign Ministers of Nigeria and its neighbouring countries will next week Thursday attend a ministerial meeting, to be hosted by the British Foreign Minister, Mr William Hague, to discuss how to tackle the violence of the Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ruling party executive applauds Jonathan's handling of Boko Haram insurgency
    05 june 2014 17:23:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) held its 65th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting here Thursday, passing a vote of confidence on President Goodluck Jonathan for the "decisive steps" he has taken to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 200 killed in Nigeria attack
    05 june 2014 13:48:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 200 people were killed when gunmen dressed in military uniform and suspected to be members of the terror group Boko Haram invaded several villages in Nigeria's northern Borno state, the local Premium Times newspaper reported Thursday, quoting the MP from the area, Mohammed Ndume. Full text...

  • Libya: MP released hours after abduction
    05 june 2014 12:18:12
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan parliamentarian Aboubacar Mdawar has been released hours after he was abducted in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, by gunmen, the local media reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya/Africa: Africa gets first daily TV ratings service
    05 june 2014 09:50:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The first ever daily TV ratings service in Africa has been unveiled by GeoPoll, the world’s largest real-time mobile survey platform, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Police impound ivory consignment
    05 june 2014 08:29:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Police in Kenya's port city of Mombasa have impounded a consignment of ivory worth millions of shillings. Full text...

  • US: UN relief chief calls for US$60 million emergency funding for Somalia
    04 june 2014 22:49:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Valerie Amos, on Wednesday called for US$60 million for the next three months to prevent Somalia from slipping back into a major humanitarian crisis as it did during the 2011 famine. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cameroonian Bishop Ateba dies in South Africa
    04 june 2014 21:00:29
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Bishop Joseph Befe Ateba, Bishop of Kribi in southern Cameroon and also National President of the Cameroonian National Council of Communication (CNCC), has died in South Africa following an illness, PANA learned on Wednesday from ecclesiastical sources. Full text...

  • UN: Senior UN relief officials call for crisis funding for CAR
    04 june 2014 19:30:07
    New York US (PANA) - UN senior relief officials say thousands of women and children fleeing the Central African Republic (CAR) for Cameroon arrived in a shocking state, malnourished and dangerously ill. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Archibishop of Canterbury meets Jonathan over violence, bombings in Nigeria
    04 june 2014 18:00:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday met with the visiting Archbishop of Canterbury, Rev Justin Delby, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where they discussed the continuing violence and bombings in the country, particularly the bombings in Jos, central Plateau State. Full text...

  • Senegal: OIF Secretary General praises Francophone CSOs
    04 june 2014 17:09:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), Abdou Diouf, on Wednesday hailed the role of Francophone civil society organizations and urged them to be more ambitious and creative. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: UN chief urges collective action against security challenges in West Africa
    04 june 2014 16:39:13
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa, Saïd Djinnit, Wednesday stressed the importance of collective regional action to face the increasing insecurity threats in the West African sub-region. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian women schooled in Criminal Code
    04 june 2014 13:49:23
    Goodlands, Mauritius (PANA) - The Criminal Code (Amendment) Act and the Legal Aid Act are the focal point of this year’s Legal Literacy Programme for Women, organized by the Mauritian National Women’s Council to increase women’s awareness, knowledge and understanding of laws relating to the rights of women, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Senegal: Conference of francophone CSOs opens in Dakar
    04 june 2014 13:42:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The ninth conference of the international non-governmental organizations and francophone civil society organizations (OING/OSC) opened here Wednesday, with Senegalese president, Macky Sall, and the Secretary-General of the International francophone organization (OIF), Abdou Diouf, in attendance. Full text...

  • South Africa: Temporary reprieve for evicted squatters
    04 june 2014 11:48:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Despite a bitterly cold front that has brought snowfalls and flooding to the Western Cape, South Africa, tension is sky-high in an informal settlement outside Cape Town where residents have been evicted by force. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Agreement to restart community radio in Cameroon signed
    04 june 2014 08:26:18
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroonian Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary and Posts and Telecommunications Minister Jean Pierre Biyiti Bi Essam have signed a partnership agreement for the restart of community radio stations in Cameroon. Full text...

  • UN: Insecurity, funding shortfall leaves millions hungry in DR Congo
    04 june 2014 08:03:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says fighting and decrease in financial resources are causing millions of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to go hungry, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Morocco: Sierra Leonean, Nigerian arrested with 3 kg of cocaine
    03 june 2014 21:13:34
    Rabat Morocco (PANA) - The Moroccan authorities have arrested a Sierra Leonean and Nigerian on their arrival at the Casablanca airport from Sao Polo, Brazil, with more than three kilograms of cocaine, PANA learned in Rabat on Tuesday from reliable sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military deny alleged trial of Generals for aiding Boko Haram (Eds: Refiling to correct headline)
    03 june 2014 21:06:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters on Tuesday denied media reports that an Army General Court Martial (GCM) has tried and found 15 senior officers, including 10 Generals, guilty for aiding Boko Haram terrorists in the military’s campaign against counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Terror group dismantled in Tunisia
    03 june 2014 21:02:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters on Tuesday denied media reports that an Army General Court Martial (GCM) has tried and found 15 senior officers, including 10 Generals, guilty for aiding Boko Haram terrorists in the military’s campaign against counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police reverse ban on #Bring Back Our Girls protests
    03 june 2014 20:33:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Tuesday overturned the ban slapped on protests by the public in the capital, Abuja, to demand the return of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terror group Boko Haram 50 days ago. Full text...

  • Burundi: Civil society calls for probe over illegal arms distribution
    03 june 2014 16:20:43
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Burundian civil society organizations Tuesday issued a public petition, demanding an investigation into the distribution of the arms to the population ahead of the general elections to be held in less than a year, sources close to the organizations confirmed. Full text...

  • Niger: African magistrates committed to the fight against corruption
    03 june 2014 16:15:12
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Nigerien Prime minister, Brigi Rafini, declared here Tuesday that development cannot be achieved in Africa if the fight against terrorism is not won. Full text...

  • Zambia: Times of Zambia staff down tools
    03 june 2014 16:01:45
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Unionized workers at the state-run Times of Zambia newspaper in the capital, Lusaka, have gone on strike, demanding payment of three months’ salary arrears. Full text...

  • Nigeria: NGO condemns ban on 'bring back our girls' protests in Abuja
    03 june 2014 13:08:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian NGO Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned the police ban on all protests in the capital city of Abuja demanding the rescue of the over 200 girls who were abducted from their school in northern Borno State 50 days ago. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN commends Sudan for keeping borders open to S/Sudanese refugees
    03 june 2014 11:19:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN on Tuesday welcomed Sudan's reaffirmation, at last month's Oslo Humanitarian Pledging Conference for South Sudan, to keep its borders open to South Sudanese fleeing violence and insecurity in their country. Full text...

  • Sudan: Ruling party slams Cameron's demand for release of apostasy convict
    03 june 2014 11:13:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has strongly condemned what it termed the intervention by British Prime Minister David Cameron in the case of the Sudanese woman who was convicted of apostasy. Full text...

  • Libya: 250 illegal migrants arrested in Zawiya
    02 june 2014 22:36:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Two hundred and fifty illegal immigrants on their way to Europe through Libya have been arrested by security forces in the city of Zawiya, west of the country, Libyan media reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Libya: Fresh fighting reported against Ansar al-Sharia militias
    02 june 2014 22:28:12
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The special forces of the Libyan army and an elite army unit known as Saiqa, which is led by the retired General Khalifa Haftar, have intensified their offensive against armed Islamist groups affiliated to the Islamist militia, Ansar al-Sharia, in the city of Benghazi, in eastern Libya, the al-Wasat newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • Libya: Death toll in Benghazi fighting rises to 10
    02 june 2014 21:34:43
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - Eight soldiers and two civilians were killed and five others injured on Monday in the restive eastern city of Benghazi in violent clashes between the special armed unit of the Libyan army and Islamist militants of Ansar Asharia, according to a new medical statement issued in Benghazi. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police ban ''bring back our girls'' protest in Abuja
    02 june 2014 20:43:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The police in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja have banned all protests over the abduction of more than 200 girls from their school in the northern town of Chibok some 49 days ago. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military arrests mastermind of Sunday's attack at football viewing centre
    02 june 2014 17:54:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Monday confirmed that “a key” suspect has been arrested in connection with Sunday's car bombing which occurred at a bar and football viewing centre in Mubi, north eastern Adamawa State. Full text...

  • Mali: 2 associations launch campaign against obstacles to free movement in ECOWAS
    02 june 2014 17:27:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian Association of Deportees (AME) and the Association of Central African Refugees in Mali (ARACEM) on Sunday launched an advocacy campaign for the abolition of obstacles to the free movement within the West African sub-region, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Zambia: UN honours 2 fallen Zambian peacekeepers
    02 june 2014 17:10:59
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The United Nations has honoured two fallen Zambian peacekeepers with the Dag Hammarskjöld medal for their gallantly. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan, OIC delegation meet over Boko Haram
    02 june 2014 16:31:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday met with a delegation from the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) with the group expressing outrage at the activities of Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...

  • US: UN, partners renew call for surrender of Rwandan rebel group
    02 june 2014 16:29:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and its partners on Monday renewed their call for the complete surrender of all leaders and combatants of the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, which has caused untold suffering in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo Full text...

  • Tunisia: Security forces, terrorists clash in northwest Tunisia
    02 june 2014 13:41:45
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Terrorists and Tunisian security forces have engaged in clashes since Sunday in the governorate of Jendouba, located in the northwest of the country, according to a security source. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU to blacklist troops with sexual violence records
    02 june 2014 12:34:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African countries with troops who have sexual violence records will be blacklisted from future African Union (AU) peacekeeping missions, the AU Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security said Monday. Full text...

  • Libya: Five soldiers killed in Benghazi clashes
    02 june 2014 09:59:47
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - Five soldiers were killed and eleven civilians wounded in violent clashes between the Anshar Asharia armed group and Libyan army’s special forces early Monday in the eastern city of Benghazi, the local media reported. Full text...

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