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  • Senegal: Senegal makes higher drugs seizure
    27 june 2014 09:07:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The volume of drugs seized and incinerated in Senegal this year has increased four fold, according to the Director of the Central Office for the Repression of Illicit Trafficking of Narcotics (CORILN), Mame Seydou Ndour. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA makes massive drug bust
    27 june 2014 08:33:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Three men, who were arrested in connection with the biggest drug bust in South African history this week, will spend this weekend in jail after their scheduled court appearance in Durban was postponed. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Canada condemns bomb attack on shopping mall
    26 june 2014 22:58:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Canadian government has condemned Wednesday’s bomb attack which claimed 17 lives at a shopping mall in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Full text...

  • UN: Ban 'appalled' by deadly bombing in Nigeria’s capital
    26 june 2014 22:34:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday voiced his condemnation of the bomb attack that took place Wednesday at a shopping centre in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, which resulted in the death of at least 21 people. Full text...

  • US: UN condemns assassination of Libyan human rights advocate
    26 june 2014 22:29:58
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN on Thursday condemned the assassination of Ms. Salwa Bugaighis, a prominent Libyan human rights advocate and member of the Preparatory Committee for National Dialogue. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Four killed in freak accident
    26 june 2014 18:51:51
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Four people were killed and 27 others injured when the trailer of a tractor disengaged and crashed into a café during the weekly market day in the city. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU condemns heavy jail sentences on journalists in Egypt
    26 june 2014 17:46:50
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) on Thursday strongly condemned the heavy sentences handed to several Al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt. Full text...

  • Libya: Car-bomb explodes near Beidha parliament
    26 june 2014 16:49:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A car bomb exploded on Thursday at a car park opposite the Parliament of the city of Beidha, eastern Libya, which hosts the Constituent Authority tasked with drafting the country's Constitution, according to security sources. Full text...

  • Zambia: Mozambique honours Zambia’s first president, Kaunda
    26 june 2014 16:21:02
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda has been awarded the honorary citizen of Mozambique by Mozambican President Armando Emelio Guebuza. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Journalist among victims of Nigeria blast
    26 june 2014 13:41:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian journalist, Suleiman Bisalla, was among the 21 people who died in a bomb blast in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Wednesday, the local media reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US condemns Abuja shopping mall blast
    26 june 2014 12:33:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The United States Embassy in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Thursday “strongly” condemned Wednesday’s bomb blast at the Emab shopping mall in the highbrow Wuse II district of the city, in which 21 persons died and many others were injured. Full text...

  • Libya: Lawyer killed in Benghazi
    26 june 2014 12:27:39
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - Lawyer and human rights activist Selwa Aboukaikis was killed Wednesday night by gunmen in her home in Libya’s second city of Benghazi, located in the eastern part of the country, hospital sources said. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says UN will help Equatorial Guinea build better future
    25 june 2014 22:17:24
    New York US (PANA) - The UN will help Equatorial Guinea to reduce poverty and inequality, as well as promote food security, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged on Wednesday as he arrived in the country on the eve of the African Union Summit. Full text...

  • Mali: Workshop on money laundering and terrorism opens in Bamako
    25 june 2014 20:25:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – A workshop to sensitize non-financial companies and professions and non-governmental organizations on money laundering and terrorism financing opened on Wednesday in Bamako. Full text...

  • Libya: Armed clashes continue in Benghazi
    25 june 2014 19:36:56
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Armed clashes were reported on Wednesday in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi between several Libyan army units and an Islamist militia, security sources and witnesses said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 21 killed, 17 injured in Abuja shopping mall bombing
    25 june 2014 18:32:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police Wednesday announced that a total of 21 lives were lost while 17 were injured and 17 cars burnt in a bomb blast which occurred Wednesday at the Emab Plaza in the elite Amino Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA applauds ECOWAS Court's ruling on The Gambia
    25 june 2014 18:09:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Wednesday applauded ECOWAS's Community Court's ruling in favour of the slain Gambian editor, Deyda Hydara, against the government. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Explosion rocks shopping plaza in Abuja
    25 june 2014 17:40:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people were feared dead or injured Wednesday in an explosion that rocked a popular shopping plaza in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja. Full text...

  • Tanzania: World Bank report says policy makers can create new jobs for citizens
    25 june 2014 15:41:05
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania could create large numbers of new, productive jobs for its people, especially young adults, if policy makers fostered industrial and business policies that cater for the country’s booming cities and urban populations, according to the World Bank. Full text...

  • Senegal: US urges Gambia to help in locating missing Americans
    25 june 2014 14:38:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The United States Embassy in The Gambia has issued a statement, urging Banjul to help in locating two American citizens who have gone missing in the tiny West African state. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Govt. drafts tough law to stem drug trafficking
    25 june 2014 12:32:00
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania intends to amend its law on curbing illicit drugs and set up a task force that will be empowered to investigate and take into custody drug trafficking suspects, a senior cabinet minister has said. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia needs leadership in tackling hunger, under-nutrition
    25 june 2014 08:46:57
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia, which has been very active and vocal within the global community on the high rates of hunger and under-nutrition, needs leadership to bring these issues higher up on domestic political and policy agendas, a new research says. Full text...

  • UN: Ban inaugurates UN House in Windhoek, hails cooperation with Namibia
    24 june 2014 21:10:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday inaugurated the UN House in Windhoek, Namibia which, he said, would help enhance the coordination of the world body’s activities and agencies working in the country. Full text...

  • UN: Deputy UN chief urges generous support for Peacebuilding Fund
    24 june 2014 19:36:03
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Jan Eliasson, on Tuesday appealed to member states for continued support towards meeting the annual US$100 million target of a UN fund that helps post-conflict countries build lasting peace. Full text...

  • UN: ICC, World Bank strengthen cooperation
    24 june 2014 18:46:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) and the World Bank Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea: Special Summit on Africa’s security situation scheduled for Malabo
    24 june 2014 18:06:53
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - A Special Summit on Africa’s security challenges and the conflicts in South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the terrorist attacks in Nigeria and Kenya is scheduled to open in Malabo, Wednesday, officials said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU elated at release of woman accused of apostasy
    24 june 2014 17:34:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Tuesday commended the acquittal and subsequent release of a Sudanese woman, sentenced to flogging and death by hanging on charges of apostasy Full text...

  • Malawi: Mutharika picks editor as Press Secretary
    24 june 2014 17:22:05
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi's newly-elected President, Peter Mutharika, has named the country's oldest weekly Malawi News editor, Frederick Ndala, as his Press Secretary, State House confirmed Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: CPJ wants death of Somali Journo in car explosion probed
    24 june 2014 12:06:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Authorities in Somalia must immediately investigate the murder of a Somali journalist in Mogadishu on Saturday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Senegal: Court sets free Senegalese rapper accused of defaming police
    24 june 2014 12:02:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A court in Senegal's capital city of Dakar Tuesday set free Senegalese rapper Malal Almamy Talla, popularly known as Fou Malade, over charges of defaming the police. Full text...

  • South Africa: CPJ demands release of detained Zim editor
    24 june 2014 11:45:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Zimbabwean authorities should drop charges against the editor of the state-controlled Sunday Mail and release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: FM stresses independence of judiciary, wants economic sanctions lifted
    24 june 2014 08:30:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Foreign Ministry has cited Monday’s acquittal of Mariam Ibrahim and the repeal of the death and flogging verdict against her by the Court of Appeals as a clear evidence of the independence of the Sudanese judiciary. Full text...

  • Libya: Some 5,600 Libyans to perform this year's Hajj
    23 june 2014 22:23:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Some 5,600 Libyans will this year perform the pilgrimage to the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca, the deputy minister of Islamic affairs, Abdelrazek Serguen, said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: Officials express concern about Egyptian court's jailing of journalists
    23 june 2014 20:01:22
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay have expressed deep concern over a string of recent court decisions in Egypt, including heavy jail sentences handed down on Monday to three Al Jazeera journalists, as well as 11 other defendants who were tried in absentia. Full text...

  • Libya: Parliamentary candidate killed in southern Libya
    23 june 2014 19:40:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A candidate in the Libyan parliamentary elections scheduled for 25 June was killed on Monday in Sebha, 800 km south of Tripoli, security sources said. Full text...

  • Senegal: Prosecution seeks six months prison term for rapper accused of defaming Police
    23 june 2014 19:28:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The public prosecutor on Monday requested a six-month prison term for Senegalese rapper Malal Talla Almamy, nicknamed "Fou Malade" (Mad Sick), for contempt of the police as an institution. Full text...

  • Sudan: Appeal court orders immediate release of accused in apostasy case
    23 june 2014 16:40:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese court of Appeal on Monday ordered the immediate release of the Sudanese lady sentenced to death by hanging on charges of apostasy, after dropping all charges against her, a defence lawyer said. Full text...

  • Zambia: Southern Africa is most unequal region in Africa, reveals UN report
    23 june 2014 16:23:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The higher the country's income, the higher the levels of inequality, this is the preliminary findings of a new report on economic growth and income inequality in Southern Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Many feared dead in bomb attack on school
    23 june 2014 15:29:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people are feared to have been killed or injured Monday in a bomb attack on a school in Nigeria's northern Kano State. Full text...

  • South Africa: Remains of exiled SA journalist to be repatriated from US
    23 june 2014 12:59:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African government has confirmed that the remains of acclaimed journalist Nat Nakasa will be repatriated from the US for reburial at his home in South Africa. Full text...

  • Sudan: US commends Sudan's role in combating human trafficking
    22 june 2014 13:44:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States on Sunday commended Sudan’s efforts in combating human trafficking which, the US embassy in Khartoum says, is a type of modern slavery. Full text...

  • Libya: Six killed, 17 injured in armed clashes in Benghazi
    22 june 2014 12:55:37
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Six people were killed and 17 others injured in armed clashes on Saturday night in Benghazi after an operation was carried out to burn a huge quantity of hashish seized on a boat at the city’s port, sources at hospitals said. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy denounces killing of journalist in Somalia
    22 june 2014 06:16:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, has condemned the killing on Saturday of radio journalist Yusuf Keynan in the capital, Mogadishu, and urged that the perpetrators of the crime be brought to justice. Full text...

  • Libya: 300 Libyan soldiers end training in Italy
    21 june 2014 14:20:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Some 300 soldiers and officers, composing an infantry unit of the Libyan army, have ended their training in Italy, Libyan national television reported on Saturday. Full text...

  • Malawi: President Mutharika weds in colourful ceremony
    21 june 2014 14:09:05
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Scores of ululating and cheering Malawians Saturday thronged Blantyre's historic Henry Henderson Institute (HHI) of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) to witness their newly-elected President Peter Mutharika marry his long-time lover and confidante, Gertrude Hendrina Maseko. Full text...

  • Libya: Army officer shot dead Saturday in Benghazi
    21 june 2014 12:11:03
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – A Libyan army officer was shot dead Saturday in the Libyan eastern city of Benghazi, security sources said here. Full text...

  • South Africa: New Mandela book "flying off" the shelves (News Analysis by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent, Cape Town)
    21 june 2014 09:54:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Apart from Nelson Mandela’s internationally-acclaimed best-seller, the “Long Walk To Freedom”, released a few years ago which set the literary world "alight", a new book on Mandela this week from his former secretary Zelda la Grange is "flying off the shelves". Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Police arrest 4 smugglers from Guinea-Bissau
    21 june 2014 09:10:39
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – Cape Verde police said Friday they have arrested four people from Guinea-Bissau and seized an important quantity of medicines and cigarettes following two raids in the capital, Praia. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Belgium to convert part of loan to Tunisia into investments
    21 june 2014 08:56:21
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Belgium will convert part of its loan to Tunisia, worth 26 million Tunisian dinars, into investments, Belgian Prime Minister Elio De Ripo, announced Friday at a meeting with his Tunisian counterpart, Mehdi Jomâa, in Brussels. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria calls for release of kidnapped teens in Israel
    21 june 2014 08:52:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African government has called on the kidnappers of three Israeli teenagers to release them, PANA reported Saturday, quoting official sources. Full text...

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