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  • 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...

  • Malawi: Rookie MP gets lessons in parliamentary dress code
    20 june 2014 20:12:05
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - A rookie legislator in the newly-elected Malawi Parliament on Friday got impromptu dress code lessons. Full text...

  • Cameroon: USAID to give US$5m for CAR refugees in Cameroon
    20 june 2014 17:06:24
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) will give US$5 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) for Central African Republic (CAR) refugees in Cameroon, the US embassy in Cameroon said Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt panel says 219 Chibok school girls still missing
    20 june 2014 16:43:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Presidential Fact Finding Committee on the Abduction of Female students of Government Secondary School, (GSS) Chibok, Borno State, has confirmed that a total of 219 students still remain unaccounted for since their abduction on 14 April. Full text...

  • Malawi: President Mutharika to wed ex-legislator Saturday
    20 june 2014 15:57:29
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - All roads Saturday lead to the Ndata Farm in the Malawi tea-growing district of Thyolo, some 30 kilometres outside the commercial capital, Blantyre, where the southern African country's newly-elected President, Prof. Peter Mutharika, will marry his long-time confidante, Gertrude Hendrina Maseko, at a traditional ceremony. Full text...

  • US: UN says global population of displaced tops 50 million
    20 june 2014 15:52:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is marking the World Refugee Day on Friday, with a new report revealing that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally-displaced people has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body faults UN over refugees plight
    20 june 2014 13:09:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Security Council is spectacularly failing to maintain international peace and security, Amnesty International said on World Refugee Day. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty bemoans plans to grant immunity to African leaders
    20 june 2014 13:03:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Proposals to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity will completely undermine the integrity of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Congo: CAR refugees in Congo sue for return of peace in their country
    20 june 2014 12:45:23
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) in Brazzaville, Congo, have called on authorities back home to restore peace to their country, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Provisional trial date set for British murder accused
    20 june 2014 10:39:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Western Cape High Court judge on Friday set 6 October as the provisional start date for the high-profile trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani, fingered as a suspect in the high-profile murder of his wife on their honeymoon in the South African city in 2010. Full text...

  • Burundi: Student, victim of attack, repatriated after 2 years in coma in India
    20 june 2014 00:05:00
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – A 24-year-old Burundian student, Yannick Nihangaza, studying at the university of Lovely professional, in the State of Punjab, has been repatriated to his country, after being in coma for two years, according to official sources here. Full text...

  • Libya: Military judge abducted in Benghazi
    19 june 2014 22:45:08
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – A military judge was on Wednesday night abducted in Benghazi, while three corpses were discovered on Thursday, as the security chaos engulfing the eastern city continues. Full text...

  • UN: Official tasks Malian authorities on ensuring lasting peace
    19 june 2014 21:12:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. John Ging, Director of Operations in the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), on Thursday stressed the need for "courageous leadership" by the authorities in Mali to tackle the country’s political issues, warning that the already grave humanitarian situation is likely to deteriorate unless peace and stability are restored. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy says tackling Sahel’s challenges requires regional, global cooperation
    19 june 2014 20:29:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Envoy for the Sahel, Ms. Guebre Sellassie, says countries of Africa’s Sahel region are struggling to cope with terrorism, weak governance and recurrent droughts and need assistance to lay the foundations for stability and sustainable development. Full text...

  • Nigeria: DFID to boost water, sanitation, hygiene in 6 Northern states of Nigeria
    19 june 2014 18:10:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United Kingdom Department of International Development (DFID) says it will provide a total of US$150 million to boost access to water, sanitation and hygiene in six states in Northern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Kenya: EAJA welcomes release of Rwandan journo from jail
    19 june 2014 10:41:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has welcomed the release from jail of a Rwandan journalist, Agnes Uwimana Nkusi, who was convicted of genocide denial, defamation of the President, and divisiveness. Full text...

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