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  • Chad expels Cameroonian-born journalist after Nobel Peace Prize story
    17 october 2009 12:15:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Chadian authorities summarily expelled a Cameroonian-born journalist from the country on Wednesday, a day after he wrote an op-ed in respo n se to a government officialâ?s suggestion that the Nobel Peace Prize should have been awarded to Chad President Idriss Deby. Full text...

  • Chad expels Cameroonian-born journalist after Nobel Peace Prize story
    17 october 2009 11:12:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Chadian authorities summarily expelled a Cameroonian-born journalist from the country on Wednesday, a day after he wrote an op-ed in respo n se to a government officialâ?s suggestion that the Nobel Peace Prize should have been awarded to Chad President Idriss Deby. Full text...

  • US Embassy to hold college fair for Nigerian students
    04 october 2009 19:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) â" The United States Embassy-â?s Educational Advising Cen ter (EAC) in Nigeria will hold its 11th annual College and Career fair from 6-7 O ctober in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city, according to a statement on Sunday f r om the Embassy. Full text...

  • Chad road transport union threatens strike
    05 september 2009 11:51:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- The Chadian road transport trade union is threatening t o go on strike to denounce â?the anarchic tariffsâ? in the sector. Full text...

  • At least two killed in communal clashes in Accra
    25 august 2009 21:22:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) - â" At least two men were killed on Tuesday in bloody clashe s between two feuding groups at a sprawling slum in Accra inhabited mainly by pe o ple from northern Ghana, police said. Full text...

  • Chadian traders set to go on strike
    24 july 2009 12:00:00
    N’Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- The chair of the Chadian traders' union, Mahamat Abakar , said Friday that the union would go on strike soon to demand the government's payment of a d ebt, amounting to CFA F20b, owed to the union. Full text...

  • African ministers told to “shelve” diplomacy when discussing crisis
    16 july 2009 12:20:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- World Bank (WB) Africa Region Vice President Obiageli Ez ekwesili has urged African ministers to put diplomacy aside and engage in a fran k dialogue on efforts to counter the global economic slowdown. Full text...

  • UNHCR hails Burundi's role in refugees' repatriation
    20 june 2009 18:56:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The UN Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Saturday hail ed the progress achieved by Burundi in the repatriation of the country's refuge e s, in a press release issued here on the occasion of the celebration of the Worl d Refugee Day. Full text...

  • Gambia’s intelligence agency arrests 3 more journalists
    16 june 2009 17:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gambia’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has arrested three more journalists, bringing the number of arrests to seven, competent sour c es in Banjul informed PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambian intelligence agency arrests editor, 3 journalists
    15 june 2009 21:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Personnel of Gambia’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA) on Monday arrested and commenced the interrogation of three leaders of the Gamb i a Press Union (GPU) and the editor of Banjul-based Point Newspaper, Pap Saine, s o urces confirmed to PANA. Full text...

  • Gambians pay last respects to Dr Lenrie Peters
    03 june 2009 22:53:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambians on Wednesday paid their last respects to Dr. Full text...

  • Niger investigates fire in Niamey's Grand Marché
    29 may 2009 23:21:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) - – The Niger government on Friday announced an enquiry into a fire that gutted Niamey’s Grand Marché (Big Market) destroying goods and more t han 1,500 shops. Full text...

  • Mali gets US$14 million for road projects
    28 may 2009 21:36:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The West African Development Bank (BOAD) has loaned Mali a bout US$14 million for the partial financing of road projects in the capital, Ba m ako. Full text...

  • Gambia, Morocco to jointly fight illegal migration
    06 may 2009 22:27:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Speaker of the Gambian Parliament, Fatoumatta Jahump a Ceesay, said on Wednesday that the Gambia and Morocco have agreed to curtail t h e menace of the illegal migration of youths to Europe through North Africa. Full text...

  • Japan grants DR Congo US$7 million food aid
    05 may 2009 22:36:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) – The Japanese governmen-t has granted about USD$7 mill ion to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as food aid, according to a communiqué issued by the Japanese Embassy in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Nigerian journalists want speedy passage of information bill
    04 may 2009 22:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Journalists in Nigeria have called on lawmakers to pass the freedom of information bill before the House as a way of deepening democracy and providing greater access to information for the practitioners, as activities marking World Press Freedom Day in the country reached a climax on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambian minister’s claim baseless, lie, says MFWA
    25 april 2009 19:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Prof. Full text...

  • IFJ wants suspension of talk shows lifted in Togo
    24 april 2009 00:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The global media rights body, International Federation o f Journalists (IFJ), has called on authorities in Togo to "lift the suspension o f talk shows on radio and television stations", IFJ said in a communiqué receive d in Dakar by PANA on Thursday). Full text...

  • African Fund to sack 34% of its staff
    12 april 2009 20:10:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The African Fund for Guarantee and Economic Cooperation (FAGACE) in the forhtcoming days will lay off 19 workers, about 34. Full text...

  • Six perish in Ghana Good Friday accident
    10 april 2009 21:17:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) – Six members of a popular cha-rismatic church in Ghana, the Fountain Gate Chapel, died on Friday when the vehicle in which they were travell i ng was involved in an accident in the north of the country They included two daughters of the head pastor, the Reverend Eastwood Anaba, acc ording to eyewitnesses. Full text...

  • World Vision pledges US$50 million for Zimbabwe
    09 april 2009 15:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- World Vision, an international aid agency, Thursday pl edged to give Zimbabwe US$ 50 million to tackle a range of humanitarian difficul t ies. Full text...

  • WOZA intensifies campaign for “affordable education” in Zim
    04 april 2009 01:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – A leading pressure group i-n Zimbabwe, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), on Wednesday intensified its campaign for “affordable education for all children” in the southern African country by visiting some 12 more schools across Harare and Chitungwiza, as part of its “community-based demonstrations”, WOZA said in a statement received ion Dakar by PANA. Full text...

  • Madonna to maintain 'cultural' links of adopted Malawian son
    17 march 2009 17:02:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Pop diva Madonna has spoken of her desire to "maintain [the] cultural heritage" of her three-year-old adopted son David Banda. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe man, 80, files for divorce over conjugal rights
    16 march 2009 10:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- An 80-year old man in northern Zimbabwe has filed for divorce in court over the reluctance of his wife to have sex. Full text...

  • Malian leader inaugurates Bamako's 2nd orphanage
    11 march 2009 13:05:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure has inaugurated Bama ko's second orphanage at a cost of over FCFA450 million, provided by the Maltese Ecumenical Order. Full text...

  • UNHCR helps repatriate thousands of Rwandan refugees
    10 march 2009 21:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Thousands of Rwandan refugees like widow Marie have been registering for repatriation since the launch of a joint Rwandan-Congo lese offensive in January against a rebel militia group in North Kivu province, t he UN refugee agency UNHCR says. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Court says WOZA leaders’ trial must proceed
    09 march 2009 23:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Magistrate Msipa sitting at Bulawayo Magistrate’s Court on Monday ruled that the trial of Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu, leaders of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) must “proceed” despite a pending appeal at th e Supreme Court on the merit of their charges, WOZA said in a statement received i n Dakar by PANA. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe PM's statement on accident 'calms tension'
    09 march 2009 13:51:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The statement by Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsva ngirai on Monday, in which he ruled out any foul play in a car crash that killed his wife and left him injured, is sure to calm the growing anger among his supporters who had suspected the accident was an attempt to kill him, analysts said. Full text...

  • Backlog of court cases shrink in Mozambique
    03 march 2009 23:05:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The backlog of cases awaiting trial in Mozambican co urts is gradually declining, according to statistics announced by the President o f the Supreme Court, Mario Mangaze. Full text...

  • 'Investigate attacks on media in Gaza'
    21 february 2009 21:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – Media workers under the ba-nner of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Federation of Arab Journalists (FAJ) have called for investigations into the "premeditated and precise" attacks on the media by Israeli military during last month's offensive in the Gaza Strip, the two bodies said in a report issued on Friday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean court frees four WOZA members
    21 february 2009 21:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) - – The Bulawayo Magistrate's Court has unconditionally released four members of the pressure group, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), after the prosecutor refused to entertain the charge of "criminal nuisance" against them by the police, WOZA said in a statement received in Dakar by PANA Saturday. Full text...

  • Media watchdog condemns attack on Sierra Leone’s female journalists
    13 february 2009 21:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – The Accra--based sub-regional media watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Friday condemned at attack on four female journalists by pro-Female Genital Mutilation activists in Sierra Leone as “barbaric” saying it “defies all civility”. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Court grants bail to protesting WOZA members
    12 february 2009 20:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) - – The Harare Magistrate's Court on Thursday granted bail to 10 detained members of a Zimbabwe pressure group, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), who had staged “Valentine’s demonstration”, the pressure group said in a communiqué’ received in Dakar by PANA. Full text...

  • Zim police arrest "Valentine demonstrators"
    10 february 2009 22:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) - – Ten members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) were arrested on Tuesday after taking to the streets of Harare as part of their "Valentine demonstration" the pressure group said in a statement received in Dakar by PANA. Full text...

  • IFJ decries press freedom violations in Sierra Leone
    01 february 2009 08:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has ur ged Sierra Leonean government to urgently address press freedom violations in th e West African country, while condemning a violent attack on a female journalist, Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, the global media freedom watchdog said in a statement to PANA Saturday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean Court remands WOZA leaders
    28 january 2009 23:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) - – The Bulawayo Magistrate's Court on Wednesday remanded Je nni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu, the embattled leaders of a pressure group W o men of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), the group said in a statement received in Dakar by PANA. Full text...

  • Libya donates two generator sets to Guinea
    25 january 2009 08:55:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) - – Libya has donated two generator sets to Guinea, which h as been struggling to meet its electricity demands. Full text...

  • Dr Congo financial sector workers launch strike
    21 january 2009 22:13:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) - – A number of financial sector workers in the Democrat ic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday launched an indefinite strike action to p ress demands for payment of their bonuses for 2009. Full text...

  • Authorities close down newspaper in Togo
    17 january 2009 18:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Togo's High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC), has revoked the licence and closed down "Focus Info", a monthly privatel y -owned newspaper. Full text...

  • Soldier detains cameraman in Conakry
    14 january 2009 21:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – Alpha Bah, a Guinean freel-ance cameraman, was recently a rrested and detained by a member of the country's military government, the rulin g National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD) for allegedly "working ag a inst the interest of the regime," the sub-regional media freedom watchdog, Medi a Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), said on Wednesday in a communiqué received i n Dakar by PANA. Full text...

  • Gabonese health workers on strike
    12 january 2009 13:00:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon's National Union of Health Workers (SYNAPS) embarked on a general strike on Monday to press for a better welfare for its member, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Labour Congress threatens strike action
    10 january 2009 00:16:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) - – The Sierra Leone Labour Congress has threatened a nationwide strike action if its demands for a reduction of market dues and rel e ase of detained executives are not addressed by the Freetown City Council in 48 h ours. Full text...

  • Slain Gambian journalist gets international award
    09 january 2009 22:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – Deyda Hydara, the slain Ga-mbian journalist has been name d as one of the winners of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for 2009 b y African People's Intercontinental Awards (APIA), sources in Banjul confirmed to PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Slain Gambian journalist gets international award
    09 january 2009 21:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – Deyda Hydara, the slain Ga-mbian journalist has been name d as one of the winners of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for 2009 b y African People's Intercontinental Awards (APIA), sources in Banjul confirmed to PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Government bans social clubs in colleges
    09 january 2009 21:55:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) – The Government of -Sierra Leone has slammed a tot al ban on all social clubs and cults in all educational institutions following t h e death a student during initiation into a club. Full text...

  • Gambia?s senior officials sacked over Hajj handling
    08 january 2009 17:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Alasan Jammeh, Permanent Secretary, the highest technocr at at Gambia?s Religious Affairs Department and the country?s ?Amir-Ul-Hajj?, (b o ss for pilgrimage), Alhaji Kebba Landing Sanyang, have been sacked from their re s pective positions, the government said in a statement received by PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • Migration: Protest against readmission agreement in Bamako
    07 january 2009 20:04:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Forum for Another Mali (FORAM), the Association of Dep orted People (AME) and the Malian Human Rights Association will here on Thursday hold a peaceful protest march against the signing of a "readmission" agreement b e tween Mali and France. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe municipality increases charges by 10,000%
    07 january 2009 14:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In a sign of growing economic hardships in Zimbabwe, municipal authorities in the country's capital, Harare, Wednesday increased rates by 10,000 percent. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe cancels school opening over exams
    07 january 2009 13:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Education authorities in Zimbabwe Wednesday postponed the opening of schools across the country over unmarked examinations of various grades written at the end of last year. Full text...

  • Jammeh hosts Jamaican reggae superstar in Banjul
    03 january 2009 17:28:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- As part of the celebration ushering in 2009, Gambian Pre sident Yahya Jammeh will Saturday host Jamaican reggae superstar Sizzla Kalonji a t the July 22nd Squad in Banjul, in a live musical performance to be attended by the president, cabinet ministers and other reggae fans. Full text...

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