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  • Kenya: Over 300 perish in Mediterranean crossings
    26 august 2014 14:47:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - More than 300 people have died while trying to make "irregular" sea crossings from North Africa to Europe in the past week, bringing the death toll this year from sinking vessels on the Mediterranean to almost 1,900, including some 1,600 since June. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA media group plans major news expansion
    26 august 2014 13:43:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Sekunjalo Investment Holdings, which now holds the controlling stake in Independent Media, the largest newspaper publisher company in South Africa, has pledged to invest up to US$5 million to rescue the struggling South African Press Association (SAPA) and create a Pan African Multi-media news syndication service. Full text...

  • UN: Children living with albinism face human rights violations in Tanzania
    25 august 2014 18:41:22
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Human Rights Office says people living with albinism in Tanzania Full text...

  • UN: Mission in South Sudan condemns detention of ceasefire monitors
    25 august 2014 18:22:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned the detention of a team of six ceasefire monitors and three aircrew in Bouth, Unity state, on Saturday by forces allied to Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in opposition. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Defence headquarters denies troop 'defection' to Cameroon
    25 august 2014 18:17:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Defence headquarters Monday spoke on issues concerning Nigerian troops who found themselves in Cameroon during a fierce battle with Boko Haram terrorists, denying they defected to the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian road safety agency warns against overloading of cars, buses with commutters
    25 august 2014 18:04:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – In an effort to control the transmission of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the nation’s crowded road transport system, the Nigerian Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has directed all motorists and transporters nationwide against overloading their vehicles with passengers. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram declares captured Nigerian town 'Caliphate Republic'
    25 august 2014 12:35:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's insurgent group Boko Haram may have recorded the first success in its attempt to establish an Islamic Republic in the secular country, after sect leader Abubakar Shekau declared the captured Gwoza town in northern Borno state an 'Islamic caliphate'. Full text...

  • Libya: EU gives 215,000 euros for Libya's IDPs
    25 august 2014 11:26:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The European Union (EU) is to give 215,000 euros to cater for the Libyans who have been displaced because of the worsening security situation in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Civil societies urge African states to reject immunity for leaders
    25 august 2014 11:18:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African countries should reject immunity for sitting leaders for grave crimes before the African Court for Justice and Human Rights, some 141 organisations have said. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Demonstrators on rampage in Tunisian city over police killing of 2 girls
    24 august 2014 15:06:06
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Protesting the death of two girls, killed by security patrol team members, demonstrators went gone on the rampage in the Tunisian town of Kasserine, in the centre-west of the country. Full text...

  • Egypt: Cairo denies involvement in bombardment of Libyan militias
    24 august 2014 14:47:08
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Egyptian foreign affairs ministry has denied stories which said that Egyptian military planes were involved in the bombardment of several targets controlled by the Islamic armed militias in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Libya: Armed group attacks private TV station
    24 august 2014 14:10:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – An armed group from a coalition of Misrata militias of Islamic faith, on Saturday night attacked the private television station, al-Asseema TV. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police confirm 35 officers missing after Boko Haram attack on training school
    24 august 2014 12:05:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian police Saturday confirmed that following the deadly attack by suspected Boko Haram fighters on the Mobile Police Training School, Gwoza, in north eastern Borno State, last week, 35 of its officers were still missing, the privately-owned VANGUARD newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • US: UN says triumph over slavery, guide to build culture of tolerance
    23 august 2014 16:10:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Saturday said the struggle to overcome slavery "has strengthened awareness of the equality of all men and women, which we have all inherited directly". Full text...

  • Tanzania: Immigration officials turn back suspected human traffickers
    23 august 2014 07:07:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Immigration authorities in Tanzania have issued a prohibited immigrant notice to a Turk and ordered him to leave the country on the first available direct flight to his country, on the grounds that he was involved in human trafficking. Full text...

  • South Africa: A tale of three suicides (Feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent, Johannesburg)
    23 august 2014 07:03:03
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Days after popular American actor Robin Williams took his own life, a leading South African politician committed suicide and thrust the debate on assisted dying into the international spotlight. Full text...

  • Libya: Scores feared drowned as boat carrying illegal migrants capsizes
    22 august 2014 22:43:59
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A boat carrying hundreds of illegal migrants, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa bound for Europe, sank on Friday off the coast of Tripoli, with 170 passengers missing, the Libyan coast guards were quoted by the local media as saying. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAJA lauds Tanzanian journos for engaging in constitution review
    22 august 2014 12:49:06
    Dodoma, Tanzania (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) Thursday lauded Tanzanian journalists for their active engagement with the ongoing constitution review process to secure guarantees for media freedom in their country. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Somali authorities arrest three journalists
    22 august 2014 12:39:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ), has expressed ''grave concern'' over the continued detention of three journalists in Somalia, PANA report from here Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Port-Louis administrative authorities to organise fund raiser for Gaza residents
    22 august 2014 10:03:55
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The administrative authorities of the Mauritian capital, Port-Louis, have announced they would organise a fund raiser in support of the NGO Islamic Relief in Gaza, a city that has been subjected to massive bombardments by the Israeli military in retaliation for the firing of rockets at Israel by Hamas. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Premier harshly criticises local media
    22 august 2014 09:35:45
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam has harshly criticised the local media, at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Islamic cultural centre in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Mobile-based tools bringing education to millions in Africa - Report
    22 august 2014 08:36:37
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The ubiquity of mobile phones is providing a new low cost tool for teaching in some of the poorest communities, according to a news update published Thursday by global telecoms industry monitor Pyramid Research. Full text...

  • UN: Sec. Council urges UN system-wide approach to early warning, conflict prevention
    21 august 2014 22:43:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Thursday expressed its commitment to consider and use the tools of the UN system to ensure that warning signals about potential conflicts trigger "early, concrete preventive action", as senior UN officials urged the body to take up the challenge of helping move the organization from a culture of reaction towards one of prevention. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA urges Senegalese Police to respect students' rights
    21 august 2014 19:29:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Thursday urged Senegalese Police to respect students' right to demonstrate, the body said in a statement obtained here by PANA. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 75 illegal migrants rescued by Tunisian maritime guards
    21 august 2014 19:06:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Units of the Tunisian marines early Thursday rescued 75 African illegal migrants including Ghanaians, Nigerians, Nigeriens, Liberians and Gabonese who were on their way to Italy, sources close to the Tunisian navy told PANA here. Full text...

  • Libya: One killed, eight wounded in Tripoli, Benghazi armed violence
    21 august 2014 18:03:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - One person was killed in Benghazi and eight others injured in Tripoli following the resumption of armed clashes in both cities from Wednesday night, eye-witnesses said Thursday. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 15 killed in road accident in Cameroon
    21 august 2014 15:40:04
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - At least 15 persons were killed and several others injured in a road accident early Thursday on the Bafoussam highway, about 30 kilometres from Douala, police sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. warns TV channels against incitement to violence
    21 august 2014 15:02:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government has called on private TV channels broadcasting inside and outside the country to stop their campaign of inciting and fuelling violence in eastern Libya. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: East Africa ministers agree open-border policy for Somali refugees
    21 august 2014 08:41:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ministers in charge of refugee affairs in the Horn of Africa region have agreed to maintain a policy of open borders to Somali refugees until the conditions are ripe for their return to their country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Govt boycotts South Sudan peace talks
    21 august 2014 08:28:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The South Sudanese peace talks, running behind schedule after missing the 10 Aug. deadline for the formation of a unity government, has been delayed further by a four-day government boycott. Full text...

  • US: Family raises the alarm over missing pilot in Africa
    21 august 2014 07:22:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The family of an American pilot who went missing in Africa two months ago has asked the US government to step up efforts to find him. Full text...

  • UN: 'Restoring dignity for returning Nigerian schoolgirls critical'
    20 august 2014 22:05:01
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Population Fund (UNFPA) representative in Nigeria, Ms. Rati Ndhlovu, on Wednesday said that restoring the dignity and integrity of returning schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Chibok, north eastern Nigeria, is instrumental in reintegrating them into a "safe space" in society. Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama receives West Africa drugs report
    20 august 2014 21:40:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The West Africa Commission on Drugs (WACD) has recommended that drugs use should be treated as a public health issue rather than a criminal justice matter. Full text...

  • UN: WFP says Ebola affected communities need food assistance
    20 august 2014 18:59:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday said about 1.3 million people require food assistance in areas worst affected by the Ebola disease outbreak in West Africa. Full text...

  • Mali: Heavy storm claims lives of two Malian soldiers
    20 august 2014 18:14:52
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Two soldiers of the Malian Armed Forces (FAMA) were killed on Monday at Tessalit in northern Mali following a violent storm that hit Barkhane camp and brought down a wall, said a statement issued Wednesday by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Full text...

  • Senegal: Trial of Karim Wade resumes in Dakar
    20 august 2014 16:53:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The trial of former Senegalese Minister of International Cooperation, Infrastructure and Transport, Karim Wade, resumed here Wednesday before the Court of Repression of Illicit Enrichment (CREI). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Fire guts headquarters of Nigeria Football Federation
    20 august 2014 15:14:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The building housing the headquarters of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in the capital city of Abuja has been gutted by fire, in the latest trouble to hit the federation. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy warns of dire humanitarian situation in CAR
    20 august 2014 14:37:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Full text...

  • Botswana: Rehabilitation personnel training centre on the cards in Botswana
    20 august 2014 13:50:34
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s humanitarian centre, Thuso Rehabilitation Centre (TRC), has announced intentions to start a training institute for rehabilitation personnel. Full text...

  • UN: Committee presents report to UN General Assembly on sustainable development
    20 august 2014 07:42:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The Inter-Governmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) has forwarded to the UN General Assembly its report setting out options on ways to finance the sustainable development agenda, which will aim to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations. Full text...

  • UN: Ethiopia becomes Africa’s largest refugee host
    19 august 2014 21:14:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced on Tuesday that Ethiopia has surpassed Kenya in hosting the most refugees in Africa, sheltering 629,000 refugees as of the end of July. Full text...

  • US: Deputy UN chief urges protection for humanitarian workers
    19 august 2014 19:06:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Tuesday stressed the need to protect humanitarian workers caught in conflict. Full text...

  • UN: Mission in South Sudan condemns 'sustained gunfire' near Bentiu base
    19 august 2014 18:14:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Tuesday condemned the live gunfire by Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers near the UN base in Bentiu, that wounded a child. Full text...

  • Society: Remains of anti-apartheid journalist return to South Africa
    19 august 2014 17:03:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The remains of prominent anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa on Tuesday arrived at Durban's King Shaka International Airport, 50 years after he died tragically in New York. Full text...

  • US: UN honours sacrifices, celebrates spirit of aid workers
    19 august 2014 16:23:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is marking World Humanitarian Day on Tuesday by paying tribute to aid workers who carry out life-saving activities around the world, mostly in dangerous and difficult circumstances, while celebrating the spirit of humanitarian work worldwide. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ launches journalist security guide in Kenya
    19 august 2014 13:35:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), in collaboration with local media organizations , Tuesday launched a journalist security guide and protocol designed specifically for the Kenyan press. Full text...

  • Kenya: South Sudan closes radio station, arrests editor
    19 august 2014 12:06:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned South Sudanese authorities for shutting down the popular Catholic-run Bakhita Radio station in Juba, the capital, on Saturday and the continued detention of the station's news editor. Full text...

  • South Africa: Parliament salutes fallen marijuana-smoking MP
    19 august 2014 11:24:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s leading politicians on Tuesday paid tribute to former MP, Mario Ambrosini, after his family Monday confirmed that the Inkatha Freedom Party MP committed suicide in Cape Town at the weekend after a long battle with cancer. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body finger police for disappearances, killings
    19 august 2014 08:25:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) says there is evidence that Kenya's Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) has carried out extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNHCR, partners appeal for US$113m for fleeing South Sudanese
    19 august 2014 07:39:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN Refugee agency, UNHCR, has appealed for US$113 million to enable it respond to need of hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees who escaped the conflict in their country and took refuge in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda. Full text...

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