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  • Libya: Reporters Without Borders concerned about press freedom in Libya
    26 february 2014 21:05:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Insecurity in Libya has strongly and negatively influenced freedom of the press in the country, the Paris-based media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), has said. Full text...

  • Libya: Gunmen kill 2 in Benghazi
    26 february 2014 19:27:29
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Two people, including a former police officer, were shot dead Wednesday in Benghazi in two separate attacks by unidentified gunmen, PANA reported here, quoting security sources. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNESCO says education sector is in crisis
    26 february 2014 18:35:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Some 10% of the world expenditure, devoted to primary education, are lost in bad quality education and therefore children are unable to learn, says the 11th world report on monitoring of education for all (EPT), released Wednesday by UNESCO. Full text...

  • Niger: ECOWAS meeting on biometric national identity card holds
    26 february 2014 17:53:53
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Security ministers from ECOWAS member states met here Wednesday to discuss the entry into circulation of the biometric national identity card in the Community. Full text...

  • UN: Ban deplores brutal slaying in north-eastern Nigeria
    26 february 2014 16:53:05
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has strongly condemned the brutal slaying on Tuesday of dozens of students at a college in north-eastern Nigeria and voiced the hope that the perpetrators will be swiftly brought to justice. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senate wants Army chief to relocate to Boko Haram enclave
    26 february 2014 15:58:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate committee on Defence on Wednesday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to direct the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, to relocate his office to the 7 Division of the Nigeria Army headquarters in Maiduguri in order to tackle rising activities of the Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • Nigeria: NGO drags Coca-Cola to UN over 'harmful' drinks
    26 february 2014 12:56:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian NGO Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged the Nigerian subsidiaries of global soft drink maker Coca-Cola Ltd and the Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights over “serious breaches of corporate responsibility to respect the right to health of Nigerians and the failure to provide effective remedies to victims”. Full text...

  • Senegal: Senegal, Mali to fight trans-border gas trafficking
    26 february 2014 12:54:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal and Mali have announced that trucks carrying goods between Dakar and Bamako will not be allowed to have a third gas tank as from 3 March in a bid to prevent gas trafficking, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Force claims crushing 70% of rebel forces
    26 february 2014 12:28:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's Rapid Intervention Force (RIF), hitherto unknown, said it had crushed 70% of the rebel Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in South Kordufan’s Western Nuba Mountains. Full text...

  • Sudan: MSF reveals scenes of horror during rebel-govt clashes in South Sudan
    26 february 2014 12:13:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - An international medical charity operating in South Sudan has raised the alarm that hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese are currently denied life saving assistance because of the inter-tribal and government-rebel fighting in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'S/Sudanese fleeing into Sudan displaced, not refugees'
    26 february 2014 11:36:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) -The Sudanese government regards South Sudan citizens who have fled the war at home into Sudan as “displaced” persons, not refugees, and are treated as Sudanese citizens, the local media Wednesday quoted Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Suleiman Abdul Rahman Suleiman as saying. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt to strengthen security around federal schools after attack
    26 february 2014 09:35:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Federal Government has said security will be tightened around federal colleges to prevent a repeat of Monday night's attack that claimed the lives of at least 43 students of the Federal Government College, Buni-Yadi, in northern Yobe state. Full text...

  • South Africa: Outcry over Oscar Pistorius cookies
    26 february 2014 08:57:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A Cape Town, South Africa, bakery has sparked a national outcry by launching an array of Oscar Pistorius-themed cookies ahead of the South African athlete's murder trial next week. Full text...

  • UN: Mission expresses concern over continued violence in Libya
    25 february 2014 20:18:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) says ongoing violence in the country is a violation of human dignity and urged authorities to end instability in the country which runs counter to the values of rule of law and respect for human rights to which Libyans aspire. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan condemns killing of school children
    25 february 2014 19:31:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the killing by Islamic insurgents of at least 29 students of the Federal Government College in Buri-Yadi in the country's North-east Yobe State on Monday night, describing it as ''heinous, brutal and mindless''. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID, partners review Doha peace implementation progress in Darfur
    25 february 2014 19:23:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A continued commitment to the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), particularly the Final Security Arrangement, was the focus of the Third Meeting of the DDPD Joint Commission Tuesday in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital. Full text...

  • US: UN condemns anti-homosexuality law in Uganda
    25 february 2014 16:17:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the UN High Commissioner Full text...

  • Cameroon: Ex-minister, French accomplice freed after 17 years in jail
    25 february 2014 14:50:37
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - A former Cameroonian minister, Titus Edzoa, and his French accomplice, Michel Thierry Atangana, who were jailed 15 years in 1997 on corruption charges, were freed Monday, PANA reported from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram insurgents kill 29 students
    25 february 2014 13:15:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed 29 students of the Federal Government College in Buri-Yadi in Nigeria's North-east Yobe State on Monday night, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Judge allows partial broadcast of Pistorius trial
    25 february 2014 12:24:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The North Gauteng High Court Tuesday ruled that media houses will be permitted to broadcast parts of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, due to start Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Court’s acquittal of HIV activist, 'major boost for free speech in Zambia'
    25 february 2014 11:37:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The acquittal of renowned Zambian human rights and HIV activist Paul Kasonkomona, by the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court on charges relating to comments he made on television in support of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, is being seen as a major boost to freedom of expression in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Burkina PM urges effective regulation of electricity sector in W/Africa
    25 february 2014 09:29:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Prime Minister of Burkina Faso Luc Adolphe Tiao has called for an effective regulation of the electricity sector in West Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President's cousin kidnapped
    25 february 2014 08:43:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A cousin of Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has been kidnapped by gunmen in his hometown of Otuoke in the country's oil-rich Bayelsa state, the local Punch newspaper reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: PM to visit Iraq over death sentence against Libyan national
    25 february 2014 00:02:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan is planning a visit to Iraq in an effort to stop the impending execution of a Libyan citizen, Adel al-Chaalali, Culture Minister al-Habib al-Amine said on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Government open to dialogue with terror sect Boko Haram - Jonathan
    24 february 2014 20:34:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday reiterated that his administration was still open for constructive dialogue with members of the Boko Haram Islamist sect in order to end it terror and insurgent attacks in the northeastern part of the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: S. Sudan clash leaves hundreds of bodies in Malakal - UN
    24 february 2014 20:15:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations says its staff visiting the South Sudan town of Malakal have seen scores of bodies scattered in the town following clashes between government troops and rebel forces. Full text...

  • Gambia: EU says it is opposed to discrimination of sexual orientation
    24 february 2014 18:49:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - European Union (EU) has condemned Gambian president Yahaya Jammeh's warning that homosexuality in his country would attract "the ultimate penalty", saying it is opposed to discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says youth storm radio station in Ghana
    24 february 2014 18:37:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based rights body, Media foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has disclosed that angry youth, numbering about 30, stormed the premises of Gift FM, a privately owned radio station at Dormaa Ahenkro - a town in the Brong Ahafo region in Ghana. Full text...

  • 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...

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