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  • 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...

  • Togo: 12 students arrested while trying to demonstrate
    15 february 2014 10:53:40
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Twelves students, among them the leader of the Movement for the Togolese Student's Fulfillment (MTSF), Komlanvi Kondo, were arrested Thursday and Friday, following their confrontations with gendarmes who wanted to prevent them from holding their general meeting in the campus of the Lome University. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Authorities award 20 scholarships to African students
    15 february 2014 10:42:27
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius has awarded 20 scholarships, at tertiary level, to African students from Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Namibia in 2013, a PANA correspondent reported from here. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy tasks DRC govt on lasting peace
    14 february 2014 22:50:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Ms. Mary Robinson has called on authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to fulfil their commitments to achieve lasting peace in the country. Full text...

  • Guinea: US trains Guinea peacekeepers
    14 february 2014 22:17:10
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Guinean president Alpha Condé on Friday lauded 900 Guinean soldiers who have completed a two-week training progamme at Samoriya camp in Knadia, about 130 km from the capital, before their deployment to peacekeeping missions in Mali and other African countries. Full text...

  • US: UN advises against forced returns to Sudan Sudan
    14 february 2014 21:58:07
    NewYork, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday warned against the return of 130,000 South Sudanese who have fled to neighbouring countries due to the continued violence despite last month's ceasefire accord between te government and opposition forces. Full text...

  • Zambia: Ex-president Banda’s son, Andrew, jailed for corruption
    14 february 2014 17:00:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Andrew, the son of Zambia’s former President Rupiah Banda, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for corruption. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Another group of 250 Cameroonians repatriated from CAR
    14 february 2014 15:35:24
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – Another batch of 250 Cameroonian, living in Bangui, arrived home Thursday, PANA learnt Friday from police sources. Full text...

  • Kenya: WFP begins airlift of food to CAR
    14 february 2014 14:00:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has began airlifting food into the Central African Republic (CAR) as the country faces a deepening hunger crisis with its roads too insecure to move in enough food for 1.25 million people affected by violence. Full text...

  • Libya: 5 killed, 15 wounded in armed clashes
    14 february 2014 11:43:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Fiver people were killed and 15 others wounded in armed clashes Thursday between tribes in Zaouïa in Western Libya, reports the Libyan television station "al-Nabaa". Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius expresses “sorrow” as murder trial looms
    14 february 2014 09:31:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa Paralympian Oscar Pistorius Friday marked the one year anniversary of the fatal shooting of his model girlfriend on Valentine's Day by expressing his “sorrow” at the tragedy which sent shock waves around the world. Full text...

  • Mali: ECOWAS assures of continued assistance to Mali
    14 february 2014 00:05:00
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - ECOWAS will continue to offer assistance to Malians affected by the multidimensional crisis faced by the country, the regional bloc's Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, Mrs Fatimata Dia Sow, said in Bamako Thursday. Full text...

  • US: UN officers discover serious damage to cultural sites in northern Mali
    13 february 2014 22:57:30
    New York, US (PANA) - UN cultural officials on Thursday said some 90 per cent of the 11th century archaeological site of Gao Saneye in northern Mali was pillaged by Islamic extremists during their seizure of the region in 2012. Full text...

  • US: UN allocates US10 million to CAR relief efforts
    13 february 2014 21:56:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has allocated an additional US$10 million from its emergency humanitarian fund to support the most critical relief operations in Central African Republic (CAR), where hundreds of thousands have been uprooted by violence across the country. Full text...

  • Gambia: Prosecution amends charges against journalists
    13 february 2014 21:33:49
    Banjul,Gambia (PANA) - The prosecution on Thursday amended charges brought against two journalists for allegedly publishing false news. Full text...

  • Niger: Niger launches literacy and apprenticeship programme to combat poverty
    13 february 2014 20:40:09
    Niamey, Niger ( PANA) - Niger on Thursday launched a literacy and trades apprenticeship programme to fight poverty aimed at giving a second chance to school children and improving the standard of living of illiterate women workers. Full text...

  • UN: Ban, envoy condemn attack in Mogadishu
    13 february 2014 18:31:01
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Mr. Nicholas Kay, have strongly condemned an attack near the airport in Mogadishu that resulted in a number of deaths and injuries, as well as damage to a UN vehicle. Full text...

  • Libya: Reporters without borders condemn violence against media practitioners in Libya
    13 february 2014 15:15:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Reporters without borders on Wednesday condemned the violence targeting media practitioners in Libya, four of whom were abducted recently in the capital, Tripoli. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Peacekeepers fail to prevent ethnic cleansing in CAR'
    13 february 2014 07:15:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - International peacekeepers have failed to prevent the ethnic cleansing of Muslim civilians in the western part of the Central African Republic (CAR), Amnesty International said in a report issued here late Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Indian national gets 26 years for drug trafficking
    13 february 2014 07:10:14
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - An Indian citizen, Ishtyaque Ahmed Mushtaque Ahmed Shaik, has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for drug trafficking in Mauritius, PANA learnt from judicial sources Thursday. Full text...

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