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  • 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...

  • South Africa: Struggle hero Ayesha Dawood dead at 88
    02 june 2014 09:49:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's liberation hero Ayesha Dawood died at the age of 88 at her Cape Town home this weekend after a long illness, PANA reported Monday Full text...

  • Nigeria: 14 killed in Nigeria bombing
    01 june 2014 23:57:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 14 people were killed and 12 others wounded when a bomb went off at a drinking joint in Mubi, Nigeria's northern Adamawa state, on Sunday night, as the joint's patrons watched a televised football match, the state police confirmed. Full text...

  • US: We are helping Nigeria to rescue abducted girls, tackle Boko Haram - Obama
    01 june 2014 22:46:01
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has assured Nigerians in Diaspora that the US is providing assistance to their country to rescue the over 200 abducted girls and also root out the terror group Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Cleric preaches peaceful co-existence on World Communications Day
    01 june 2014 18:38:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – As activities marking this year’s World Communications Day is being rounded off, a Catholic Priest, Rev. Father Femi Adetunji, wants Nigerians to demonstrate love and live peacefully with one another in order to have a better society. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Armed gang release 2 priests, 1 sister abducted from northern Cameroon
    01 june 2014 15:43:08
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – Two Italian priests and a Canadian Reverend Sister, abducted in April in Tchéré, a village in the locality of Méri, near Maroua, the regional capital of the country’s far-north, were released on Sunday morning, military sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Court jails Djibouti-based kidnappers, human traffickers
    01 june 2014 11:46:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An Ethiopian court has jailed members of an international human trafficking ring that specializes in hostage-taking for ransom, according to the private weekly, the Reporter. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: ECOWAS marks 39th anniversary amid security challenges
    01 june 2014 07:57:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The series of Boko Haram terror attacks in Nigeria has put a new strain on Africa's most effective regional body, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan condemns Emir's killing
    31 may 2014 23:08:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the killing of the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrissa Timta, in the country's northern state of Borno Friday and condoled with the government and people of the state. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council condemns latest wave of violence in CAR
    31 may 2014 15:29:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the latest wave of fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR), including Wednesday's deadly attack in the capital, Bangui, on a church that was sheltering thousands of people. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Two fishermen reported missing for three weeks
    31 may 2014 11:24:03
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Two Cameroonian fishermen have been reported missing for three weeks off the coast of Kribi in the southern part of the country. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Fire consumes construction material store
    30 may 2014 22:04:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Fire on Friday consumed a big construction material store located in Muhima, a popular district in the suburb of Kigali, the Rwandan capital. Full text...

  • UN: Bangui church massacre endangers CAR displaced persons
    30 may 2014 20:26:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency said on Friday that Wednesday’s deadly attack in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR) on a church that was sheltering thousands of people endangers some of the last havens for those fleeing rampant violence in the war-battered country, Full text...

  • Zambia: Amnesty condemns continued detention of 2 men charged with homosexuality
    30 may 2014 17:58:43
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The protracted detention of two Zambian men accused of having sex is an affront to all who believe in fundamental human rights, equality and non-discrimination and they should be released immediately, Amnesty International said Friday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 105 Rwandan Hutu rebels in eastern DRC surrender
    30 may 2014 17:21:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – At least 105 fighters from the Rwandan Hutu rebel democratic forces for Rwanda liberation (FDLR) Friday voluntarily laid down their arms before surrendering to the peacekeeping forces of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), currently operating under the aegis of the UN in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), local media reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military confirms abduction of 3 traditional rulers in Boko Haram enclave
    30 may 2014 17:14:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Monday confirmed that Boko Haram terrorists attacked a convoy of the Emirs (heads of traditional institutions) of Gwoza, Uba and Askira emirates in the insurgents’ enclave of Borno State, killing the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrissa Timta. Full text...

  • Libya: 1 killed, 2 injured in armed clashes in Benghazi
    30 may 2014 15:39:53
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – One person died and two others were injured in armed clashes between young men and the Ansar Asharia rebels on Friday in Benghazi even as fighter jets launched strikes against locations belonging to armed militias in the city, security sources said. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Abidjan to host int'l confab on audiovisual communication regulation
    30 may 2014 14:48:21
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – An international conference on the regulation of satellite audiovisual communication and the new broadcasting guidelines will be held 10-11 June in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, on the initiative of the Ivorian audiovisual communication regulation authority (HACA). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military alleges plot to discredit it over anti-Boko Haram operations
    30 may 2014 14:31:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters on Monday raised the alarm over an alleged plot by “apologists of Boko Haram terror group” to launch a renewed campaign aimed at attracting international condemnation and indictment of the Nigerian military and its anti-terrorist and anti-insurgency operations in the North Eastern part of the country. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt. pegs retirement age for workers
    30 may 2014 13:38:33
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government has pegged the retirement age for its workers, following the adoption, on Thursday, of a bill at the weekly council of ministers' meeting here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram gunmen abduct two top traditional rulers
    30 may 2014 13:21:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen suspected to be members of Nigeria's terror group Boko Haram have kidnapped two first class Emirs (traditional rulers) in the country's northern state of Borno, the local media reported Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Small Islands youth demand recognition
    30 may 2014 12:00:19
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The youth members of the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) have demanded to be recognised by the organisation through the inclusion in its activities. Full text...

  • South Africa: ANC protests defamatory cartoon
    30 may 2014 11:41:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Members of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) Friday protested outside a media company in Johannesburg over a cartoon published by the group. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS leaders meet on Mali, Nigeria
    30 may 2014 10:25:27
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders were billed to meet here Friday at an extra-ordinary summit to discuss the security situations in Mali and Nigeria, among other issues, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: AU campaigns against forced marriages
    30 may 2014 10:12:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has launched a campaign to stop forced marriages and the discrimination of under-age girls fleeing such marriages. Full text...

  • Sudan: Authorities bar media reporting on lawsuit against newspaper
    30 may 2014 09:58:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese authorities have barred the media from reporting on the lawsuit filed by security agencies against the Al-Saynah (The Outcry), an independent newspaper, for publishing reports which the authorities consider a security risk. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Ministers address small arms menace in east, central Africa
    30 may 2014 09:31:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - In order to address the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in eastern and central Africa, member countries of the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) need a more coordinated way of gathering information on illegally-possessed weapons, according to participants at the third extraordinary meeting of the RECSA Council of Ministers underway here. Full text...

  • US: UN agencies welcome African-led push to end child marriage
    29 may 2014 22:54:51
    New York, US (PANA) - Two UN agencies on Thursday welcomed the first campaign by the African Union (AU) to end child marriage, a practice that robs over 17 million girls – 1 in 3 – across the continent of their youth. Full text...

  • Libya: Four more bodies discovered in Benghazi
    29 may 2014 19:47:28
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Four more bodies have been discovered by the Libyan security forces in different places of the restive eastern city of Benghazi, which has been rocked by violence since 2011. Full text...

  • Benin: 4,000 Beninese to perform 2014 Hadj
    29 may 2014 18:49:32
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Some 4,000 Beninese are expected to perform this year's pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, representing a 25% increase in the number (3,200) of pilgrims who were in Saudi Arabia last year, official sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban deplores recent attacks in CAR, urges end to "cycle of violence"
    29 may 2014 18:39:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Thursday strongly condemned Full text...

  • US: UN rights chief urges Morocco to expedite pending laws
    29 may 2014 16:50:00
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, says Morocco has made great strides towards the better promotion and protection of human rights, but urged officials to approve pending draft laws and more robustly implement and enforce new legislation. Full text...

  • US: UN honours peacekeepers, seeks to build modern peacekeeping force
    29 may 2014 16:38:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday in New York honoured men and women who lost their lives in their effort to bring peace and stability to the world's troubled zones. Full text...

  • Kenya: Appeal Court blocks extradition of journo to ICC
    29 may 2014 14:16:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Court of Appeal in Kenya Thursday blocked the arrest and extradition of former journalist to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's President orders 'full-scale offensive' against terrorism
    29 may 2014 12:17:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan said Thursday he had ordered the country's security forces to launch a ''full-scale'' operation to end terrorism in the country, amid growing daily attacks by the terror group Boko Haram Full text...

  • Sudan: Police raid offices of suspended daily, seize documents
    29 may 2014 11:01:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Accusing it of possession and circulation of confidential official documents, police have raided the offices of a suspended Sudanese daily Al Sayha (Arabic for Outcry) and confiscated what it said were numerous documents. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Canadian bishops appeal for release of Sudanese mother sentenced to death
    29 may 2014 10:34:55
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Human Rights Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has joined in the international outcry over the death sentence handed down to a Christian Sudanese woman for "apostasy." Full text...

  • South Africa: Football legend Isaac Kungwane dies at 43
    29 may 2014 10:28:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa is mourning football legend Isaac Kungwane, who died Wednesday evening after a short illness, aged 43. Full text...

  • Sudan: Woman on death row gives birth in prison clinic
    29 may 2014 10:09:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for apostasy has given birth to a healthy baby girl inside the clinic of the Omdurman prison for women in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital. Full text...

  • South Africa: Nelson Mandela Foundation eulogises Maya Angelou
    29 may 2014 09:54:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Nelson Mandela Foundation has paid a glowing tribute to poet and author Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday at the age of 86. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African ministers discuss plan to ease financial burden on vulnerable groups
    29 may 2014 07:00:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African ministers of social services Thursday kicked off a meeting in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, to discuss how to ease the financial burdens on Africa's most vulnerable groups. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram releases four sick school girls
    28 may 2014 21:46:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's terror group Boko Haram has released four of the over 200 girls it abducted in the northern town of Chibok almost one-and-a-half months ago due to illness, the local media reported on Wednesday, quoting Chibok Local Council Director of Personnel and Management Musa Kolo. Full text...

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