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  • Senegal: 14 African nations on course to meet universal access to drinking water target
    27 may 2014 14:25:55
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Fourteen African nations are on course to meet the target of providing access to clean drinking water for their populations by 2030, according to a new interactive map published by the international development charity WaterAid. Full text...

  • Congo: CAR religious leaders want MISCA strengthened
    27 may 2014 13:06:40
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Religious leaders in the Central African Republic (CAR), led by Bishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of Bangui, have urged the CAR crisis mediator, President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo, to strengthen the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic ( MISCA) under Congo's command. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Somalis scapegoated in counter-terror crackdown'
    27 may 2014 12:14:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s Somali community is being scapegoated in a counter-terror operation which has seen thousands subjected to arbitrary arrest, harassment, extortion, ill-treatment, forcible relocation and expulsion, Amnesty International said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'Corruption on the rise in Tunisia'
    27 may 2014 09:07:03
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The level of corruption in Tunisia has gone up since the 2011 revolution in the north African nation, according to a poll by the Applied Social Sciences Forum. Full text...

  • UN: Officials urge Brazzaville to halt expulsion of DR Congo nationals
    26 may 2014 22:11:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials on Monday urged the Republic of the Congo to immediately stop expelling citizens from neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and called for an investigation into allegations of sexual violence and other human rights violations. Full text...

  • Sudan: Darfur Internal Dialogue and Consultation Implementation Committee launched
    26 may 2014 20:40:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Darfur Internal Dialogue and Consultation (DIDC) Implementation Committee was launched on Monday at a ceremony hosted by the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in Al-Fashir, North Darfur. Full text...

  • Libya: Journalists denounce murder of newspaper editor
    26 may 2014 20:30:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Dozens of journalists demonstrated on Monday in Tripoli to protest against the killing of the chief editor of the Bournik newspaper, Muftah Abouzid, in Benghazi, an act which has sparked an outcry in Libya. Full text...

  • Nigeria: We know the whereabouts of abducted girls, but..... - Nigerian military
    26 may 2014 19:53:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military said Monday it knows the whereabouts of the over 200 girls who were abducted in the northern part of the country 42 days ago, but would not use force to rescue them. Full text...

  • Sudan: Prosecutor bars press from reporting former PM's case
    26 may 2014 19:39:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A Sudanese prosecutor Monday issued an order barring the country's media from publishing anything about detained former Prime Minister Sadiq Al Mahadi. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD vows to continue fight against terror after Horn of Africa attacks
    26 may 2014 15:48:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), whose members have troops in Somalia, has vowed to continue the fight against terrorism after a series of attacks. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: South Sudan probe mission to meet victims of atrocities
    26 may 2014 14:23:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) probe mission is meeting victims of South Sudan’s war atrocities on its second leg of investigations into the six-month-old conflict, the African Union said Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC hosts luncheon as OAU/AU 50th Anniversary wraps up
    26 may 2014 13:40:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) on Sunday hosted a luncheon at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as part of the closing events of the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the OAU/AU. Full text...

  • Libya: Journo murdered in Benghazi
    26 may 2014 12:14:08
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - The Editor-in-Chief of Libyan newspaper Bournik, Muftah Abouzid, was shot dead on Monday by gunmen in the volatile city of Benghazi, witnesses said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius reports to psychiatric hospital
    26 may 2014 11:24:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Murder suspect Oscar Pistorius Monday reported to the Weskoppies psychiatric hospital near Pretoria, South Africa, where he will undergo a 30-day mental health evaluation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS member states urged to develop national security strategies
    26 may 2014 09:15:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Regional security experts have urged ECOWAS member states to develop National Security Strategies with developmental objectives where they do not currently exist, in the wake of increasing security threats in West Africa. Full text...

  • Benin: FAO gives US$300,000 to flood-hit northern Benin
    26 may 2014 08:21:48
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has granted US$300,000 to Benin to help the families who were affected by the 2013 flooding in the northern part of the country, PANA reported Monday, quoting official sources. Full text...

  • UN: Ban tasks African govts, development partners on social, economic inequalities
    25 may 2014 16:18:22
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Sunday urged African leaders Full text...

  • UN: Ban, Security Council condemn attack on Somali parliament
    25 may 2014 14:49:30
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his special representative Full text...

  • Libya: UN Chief calls for reopening of dialogue in Libya
    25 may 2014 12:39:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has expressed serious concerns about the latest developments in Libya, particularly the military actions in Tripoli and its suburbs, calling all stakeholders to reopen dialogue. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Suicide bomber dies in Jos blast
    25 may 2014 08:58:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - An attempt by a suicide bomber to kill football fans in Nigeria's northern city of Jos on Saturday night failed as the bomber was instead killed in the blast. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mandela’s legacy alive and well (News feature by Craig Urquart, PANA Correspondent)
    25 may 2014 08:20:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Six months have passed since South Africa and the rest of the world mourned Nelson Mandela, but the prisoner-turned world statesman remains firmly in the spotlight, thanks to the numerous initiatives that continue to highlight his legacy. Full text...

  • Zambia: Sata’s testimony in court generates public interest (News feature by Mildred Mulenga, PANA Correspondent)
    25 may 2014 08:11:55
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Some legal experts in Zambia have expressed bewilderment at President Michael Sata recent appearance in court to testify in person in a matter he has sued the privately-owned Daily Nation newspaper for defamation, saying it is unprecedented. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'Army prepared for anti-rebel offensive'
    24 may 2014 19:50:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese army says it has completed preparation for a new offensive, code-named "Decisive Summer", to clear South Kordufan of rebels. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID peacekeeper killed, three injured in North Darfur
    24 may 2014 19:33:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A peacekeeper was killed on Saturday in North Darfur, bringing to 58 the number killed in the region since the force was deployed seven years ago. Full text...

  • Libya: Tension still high in Tripoli
    24 may 2014 11:57:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Several missiles slammed into the district of Salaheddine, in the southern suburb of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Friday night, as tension remains high in the city which has openly expressed support for former army General Khalifa Haftar, who last week waged a campaign against terrorists and extremist groups. Full text...

  • UN: Refugee agency tasks international community on CAR children's sufferings
    23 may 2014 21:58:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency on Friday confirmed that nearly 30 children, the youngest a baby died in the past month fleeing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UN: Envoy, rebel leader discuss peace for South Sudan region
    23 may 2014 21:13:19
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Mission in the South Sudan (UNMISS), Ms. Hilde Johnson, has met with rebel leader David Yau Yau to discuss peace efforts in Greater Pibor County, Jonglei state, which was once the epicentre of instability in the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian: Government denies underfunding military
    23 may 2014 20:12:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government on Friday denied reports that the military is underfunded in its war against the Boko Haram terrorism. Full text...

  • UN: Fresh violence in northern Mali uproots hundreds of civilians
    23 may 2014 19:16:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Friday said deadly clashes between Tuareg rebels and Malian government forces in northern Mali have sent a "small but growing" number of terrified civilians fleeing southward and into neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military denies fresh mutiny report, discovers RPG production facility in Kano
    23 may 2014 18:53:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military Friday denied online media reports that there was a second mutiny at the Maimalari barracks at the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency in north eastern Borno State. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council blacklists Boko Haram
    23 may 2014 17:09:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has added Boko Haram, the Nigerian militant group that has claimed responsibility for the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in mid-April, to its list of Al-Qaida associates subject to financial sanctions and an arms embargo. Full text...

  • Zambia: SADC, UNODC pledge to make region safer from crime, drugs
    23 may 2014 16:48:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A special high-level session of the Annual General Meeting of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO), representatives from UNODC and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have confirmed their commitment to make the SADC Region safer from crime and drugs through their Joint Regional Programme for 2013-2016. Full text...

  • UN: ICC sentences former Congolese militia leader to 12 years
    23 may 2014 14:35:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday sentenced former Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ remembers slain photo journalist
    23 may 2014 14:07:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Friday remembered the slain French freelance photographer, Camille Lepage, whose body was found in a car in the Central African Republic, a CPJ statement indicated. Full text...

  • Malawi: State-run radio, television chief on "forced leave"
    23 may 2014 13:48:38
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - State-run Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Director General, Benson Tembo, has been sent on "forced leave" for what authorities called "failure to take lawful instructions". Full text...

  • Uganda: Regional journalists union urges police, politicians to stop harassing journos
    23 may 2014 12:38:05
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has called on the security agencies and politicians in Uganda to stop harassing journalists. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS seeks reform of regional security sector, governance
    23 may 2014 09:33:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has called for profound and urgent security sector and governance reforms at national and regional levels for effective response to emerging security threats in the region. Full text...

  • Mauritius: E-prison software introduced to enhance prison systems in Mauritius
    23 may 2014 07:44:30
    Beau-Bassin, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Information and Communications Minister Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum Thursday night launched an e-prison software to cater for a broad range of issues, that will enhance prison systems in Mauritius, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy warns on challenges ahead in Somalia
    22 may 2014 22:13:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Nicholas Kay, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), says despite political, economic and security progress in the last 12 months, the country is approaching a "danger zone" in a number of areas. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS: Competent security sector helps reduce conflicts
    22 may 2014 21:06:19
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A democratically run, accountable and competent security sector helps to reduce conflicts, The Gambia’s Minister of the Interior said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan defends his handling of post-Chibok events
    22 may 2014 18:44:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Thursday made a strong defence of his government’s handling of events following the 14 April abduction of the over 200 female students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, north eastern Borno State. Full text...

  • Zambia: Public sphere under threat in Zambia
    22 may 2014 17:54:57
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Media institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has expressed concern that the existence of a public sphere is under threat in Zambia because of some acts of intolerance by some stakeholders and continued existence of archaic laws that continue to be used to suppress press freedom and freedom of expression. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt, broadcast organisations sign MOU on payment of royalties
    22 may 2014 17:48:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria (BON) and the Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (IBAN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreeing on new formalities for the payment of royalties for musical and recording broadcasts. Full text...

  • US: OIC condemns twin bomb blast in Nigeria
    22 may 2014 17:12:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has condemned the heinous killings of 118 people following a twin bomb blast on Tuesday at a market and a bus terminal by people suspected to be members of the violent sect, Boko Haram, in Jos, north-central Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military denies alleged genocide in Boko Haram enclave
    22 may 2014 17:04:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Thursday described as “diversionary but unfortunate” an allegation by a Muslim cleric in Kaduna, north central Nigeria, and published in an Abuja-based newspaper that the Nigerian military is committing genocide in the Boko Haram enclave of Borno State. Full text...

  • Senegal: University students clash with security forces in Dakar
    22 may 2014 15:35:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – For the second consecutive day, students of the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD) Thursday continued their battle with the Senegalese security forces, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Sudan: Govt. reitereates media must respect its "red lines"
    22 may 2014 15:22:03
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Thursday reiterated its resolve to close down any newspaper that crosses what it describes as "the red line" in dealing with security issues, while stressing that freedom of expression was for the "responsible medium”. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Authorities arrest 8 "terrorists" from Libya
    22 may 2014 14:39:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Eight "terrorists", suspected of plotting attacks in Tunisia, were arrested this week, the Tunisian Interior ministry said in a statement issued on its facebook page on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Journalists union condemns threat to female member
    22 may 2014 14:26:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has condemned threats to a local journalist over a story on terrorist threats in Kenya. Full text...

  • France: Interpol Chief condemns waves of violence in Nigeria
    22 may 2014 14:05:07
    Lyon, France (PANA) Interpol Secretary General, Ronald K. Noble, has condemned what he called the recent "callous" violence in Nigeria which has seen at least 118 people killed in bombings in Jos, the central Plateau State, on Tuesday, and many more fatalities during attacks in the northern part of the country. Full text...

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