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  • Ethiopian Renaissance Dam negotiations inconclusive
    06 april 2018 14:39:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour, has announced the adjournment of the latest tripartite negotiations involving Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (ERD) without reaching an agreement or taking a joint decision. Full text...

  • AI hails release of Chadian activist
    06 april 2018 12:35:56
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The release of an online activist following a major global campaign should be a first step towards ending the repression of dissident voices in Chad, Amnesty International (AI) said Friday. Full text...

  • Former South African president Zuma back in the dock
    06 april 2018 09:03:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Jacob Zuma made his long-awaited appearance in the Durban High Court on Friday with the case being postponed to 8 June. Full text...

  • Liberia's media union confirms BBC correspondent seeks safety in US
    05 april 2018 17:35:23
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Liberia correspondent, Jonathan Paye-Layleh, has confirmed he is in the United States to seek safety after a recent statement from President George Weah the journalist deems a “threat” to his life. Full text...

  • Media watchdog calls for release of DRC journalist
    05 april 2018 09:36:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Media watchdog the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is asking the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to immediately release Eliezer Ntambwe, a journalist and presenter at the privately owned news outlet and YouTube channel Tokomi Wap. Full text...

  • Security Council condemns terrorist attack against AU mission in Somalia
    05 april 2018 05:38:48
    New Yorl, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on 1 April perpetrated by the Al-Shabaab group against the Ugandan contingent of the African Union mission in Somalia. Full text...

  • Continuing hostilities greatest challenge for South Sudan, says UN relief official
    04 april 2018 21:44:06
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - With the next phase of regionally-backed peace talks for South Sudan scheduled for later this month, a senior United Nations aid official in the country has urged the parties involved to find a political compromise and allow peace to take hold in the strife-ridden country. Full text...

  • Sudan's legislators call for abrogating of redemption article from law
    04 april 2018 19:17:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A Sudanese parliamentarian on Wednesday said the government should show no mercy towards persons who steal public money and try to pay it back when caught red handed, known in the Sudan as Tahul. Full text...

  • Malian national stands before ICC to face charges of crimes against humanity
    04 april 2018 18:16:04
    The Hague, The Netherlands (PANA) – Malian national Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud on Wednesday appeared before the single judge of Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at its seat in The Hague to face charges of alleged crimes against humanity. Full text...

  • South Africa's top artist slammed for performing in Israel
    04 april 2018 17:49:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Wednesday called for a cultural boycott of Israel following the controversial visit by top DJ Black Coffee. Full text...

  • UN demining agency promotes public awareness about explosive hazards in Somalia
    04 april 2018 16:21:10
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) - Many years of armed conflicts in Somalia have bequeathed a lethal legacy of explosive devices, including landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) which, according to the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), affect marginalized communities in conflict-affected areas and along border regions. Full text...

  • Intl Mine Awareness Day: UN chief says mine action is ‘concrete step towards peace’
    04 april 2018 16:13:02
    New York, US (PANA) - On the day set aside to raise awareness about the threat of landmines, unexploded grenades and other munitions that impede the return to normal life after conflict, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged Governments to provide political and financial support to keep up the vital work of mine action wherever it is needed. Full text...

  • Supporter of jailed Mayor of Dakar detained for contempt
    04 april 2018 10:24:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Former Senegalese MP Barthélémy Dias, a staunch supporter of the Mayor of Dakar, Khalifa Sall, who was jailed for five years last week, was on Tuesday charged and placed in custody for contempt of court, PANA has learned from a judicial source. Full text...

  • ‘Blue helmet’ killed in CAR; UN mission condemns attack
    04 april 2018 05:29:15
    New York, US (PANA) - One United Nations peacekeeper was killed and 11 others were wounded early on Tuesday morning when the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) was attacked by rebel fighters. Full text...

  • Grace Machel salutes Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
    03 april 2018 19:54:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Graca Machel, the only woman in history who was married to two presidents, on Tuesday released an emotional tribute to her “big sister” Winnie Madikizela-Mandela following her death in Johannesburg on Monday. Full text...

  • UNHCR 'regrets' Israel's cancellation of agreement on Eritrean, Sudanese refugees
    03 april 2018 19:37:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN High Commission for refugees on Tuesday expressed regret at Israel's cancellation of their agreement to resolve challenges of Eritrean and Sudanese refugees in Israel. Full text...

  • Malian national appears before ICC for crimes against humanity
    03 april 2018 18:26:23
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) – Malian national Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud is scheduled to make his initial appearance before the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday for identification and to be informed of the charges against him. Full text...

  • AU Border Programme marks 3 crossing corridors between Sudan, South Sudan
    03 april 2018 16:36:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Border Programme (AUBP), through its technical team (AUBPTT), has completed the first phase of marking three of the ten crossing points along the corridors of the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ) between South Sudan and Sudan. Full text...

  • Trapped Rwandan miners rescued after 4 days underground
    03 april 2018 16:07:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Four workers trapped inside a mine in Eastern Rwanda have been rescued after spending almost 4 days underground, a senior administrative official in the region confirmed Tuesday. Full text...

  • Israel 'suspends' deal with UNHCR for Eritrean, Sudanese refugees
    03 april 2018 06:50:47
    Jerusalem, Israel (PANA) - Israel says it has suspended an agreement signed on Monday with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to promote solutions for thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese living in Israel. Full text...

  • UN condemns attack on civilians in northeast Nigeria
    03 april 2018 06:31:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Denouncing an attack on civilians in Nigeria’s restive north-east region, a senior United Nations humanitarian official has called on all parties to the conflict to immediately cease hostilities and ensure the protection of civilians. Full text...

  • UNHCR, Israel sign agreement to find solutions for Eritrean, Sudanese refugees
    02 april 2018 20:48:04
    Jerusalem, Israel (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the State of Israel on Monday signed a Framework of Common Understanding to promote solutions for thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese living in Israel. Full text...

  • AU pays tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
    02 april 2018 19:28:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Expressing “great shock and profound sadness” following the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, described her as “an icon of the liberation struggle against Apartheid”. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa visits Madikizela-Mandela's Soweto home
    02 april 2018 19:23:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday visited the Soweto home of liberation hero Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who died earlier in the day. Full text...

  • IGAD congratulates new Prime Minister of Ethiopia
    02 april 2018 15:46:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has congratulated Dr. Abiy Ahmed for his election as the new Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Full text...

  • South Africa’s Winnie Madikizela-Mandela passes on
    02 april 2018 15:04:17
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, veteran of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) and ex-wife of former president Nelson Mandela, has died, it was confirmed here on Monday. Full text...

  • AMISOM troops repulse Al Shabaab terrorists from three AU bases
    02 april 2018 07:59:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, has lauded the AU troops in Lower Shabelle region for the gallantry they displayed, during a confrontation with Al-Shabaab earlier on Monday. Full text...

  • Rape-accused South African sports administrator quits
    01 april 2018 18:15:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Danny Jordaan, on Sunday announced the appointment of his deputy, Xolile Nkompela, as the association's acting president. Full text...

  • Malian surrendered to ICC for war crimes
    01 april 2018 10:23:28
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) says a Malian, Mr Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud, was surrendered to the Court on Saturday by the Malian authorities and arrived at the Court's detention centre in the Netherlands. Full text...

  • Christians celebrate Easter
    01 april 2018 10:17:11
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Christians are on Sunday celebrating Easter, the day of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Full text...

  • Bashir says peace achieved in Darfur
    31 march 2018 10:40:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) — President Omar Bashir of Sudan has declared that peace and stability have been achieved in Darfur region and will be reached in the "Two Areas" of South Kordofan and Blue Nile shortly. Full text...

  • Guterres welcomes successful wrap up of long-running UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia
    30 march 2018 19:59:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the successful conclusion of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), which officially closed its doors on Friday, and congratulated the West African country’s people and Government for turning the page on crisis and conflict. Full text...

  • South African president, Ramaphosa, flies economy class
    30 march 2018 13:20:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Two months after taking office, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa remains in the news – for all the right reasons. Full text...

  • Gambian Police question leading activist
    30 march 2018 11:49:44
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian police have questioned a leading activist, Dr. Amadou Scattred Janneh, over a saga involving a Chinese company accused of polluting the environment, PANA reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Christians mark Good Friday
    30 march 2018 04:53:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Christians throughout the world are marking Good Friday to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Full text...

  • Two Gambian army generals face charges of desertion
    29 march 2018 19:24:37
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Two Gambian army generals with strong ties to former ruler Yahya Jammeh are to be court-martialled for desertion following their return from Equatorial Guinea where the ex-president lives in exile, an army spokesperson confirmed to PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • ICRC mourns loss of staff member killed in bomb attack in Mogadishu
    29 march 2018 17:04:52
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Thursday it was devastated by the loss of one of its staff, Abdulhafid Yusuf Ibrahim, in Mogadishu who passed away on Wednesday after succumbing to injuries from an improvised explosive. Full text...

  • Rights group says Mauritania's administrative obstacles keep children from School
    29 march 2018 09:40:16
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Mauritania’s national civil registration process is preventing some children from attending public school and taking mandatory national examinations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Unrealistic demands on UN peacekeeping costing lives, credibility – Guterres
    28 march 2018 22:12:31
    New York, US (PANA) - As the United Nations continues to send peacekeepers to difficult or war-torn environments like Mali and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, those ‘blue helmets’ will need more and better coordinated support among the actors who authorise and deploy them, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Revamped UN strategy aims to address root causes of Sahel crisis
    28 march 2018 22:07:03
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The United Nations has reset its action plan to address the root causes of the complex crisis in Africa’s Sahel, a region now home to one out of five people worldwide requiring humanitarian assistance, the UN deputy chief said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Bashir announces three-month extension of ceasefire in conflict areas
    28 march 2018 20:05:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir on Wednesday issued a decree declaring a three-month extension of the current ceasefire in conflict areas in the country with immediate effect. Full text...

  • Media launch kicks off countdown to World Press Freedom Day 2018 in Ghana
    28 march 2018 15:50:15
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - UNESCO and the Government of Ghana on Tuesday kicked off the countdown to World Press Freedom Day 2018 (to be observed 3 May) during a widely-attended media event at the Ghanaian Ministry of Information in Accra. Full text...

  • Johannesburg woman jailed for racial outburst
    28 march 2018 15:04:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Johannesburg court on Wednesday jailed a white woman who sparked a national outcry for verbally assaulting a black policeman, the first time someone will be imprisoned for using racist language. Full text...

  • Security Council renews UN mission in DR Congo
    27 march 2018 22:45:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday extended for one year the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), making it a priority for the operation to protect civilians and provide support for implementation of a 31 December 2016 agreement on holding elections. Full text...

  • UN allocates $9 million to help thousands of people displaced in north-east Nigeria
    27 march 2018 22:40:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 60,000 people displaced by ongoing hostilities in Nigeria’s crisis-torn Borno state will receive life-saving aid thanks to an allocation from the United Nations-managed country-based humanitarian assistance fund. Full text...

  • ICC Prosecutor underlines cooperation with CAR authorities to restore justice
    27 march 2018 19:53:33
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) – Justice and accountability are necessary to successfully surmount the recurring cycle of violence in Central African Republic (CAR), International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has said, reiterating her Office's commitment to the pursuit of accountability for atrocity crimes in the country. Full text...

  • Army to bury 11 soldiers killed by bandits in northwest Nigeria
    27 march 2018 18:20:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A week after bandits killed 11 Nigerian soldiers in Kaduna, northwest of the country, the Nigerian Army on Tuesday said arrangements have been completed for their burial on Wednesday. Full text...

  • EU provides 50 million Euros humanitarian assistance to DR Congo
    27 march 2018 18:07:25
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - European Union's Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Conflict Management, Christos Stylianides on Tuesday announced an emergency aid of 49.5 million Euros to Democratic Republic of Congo to counter the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the country. Full text...

  • UN expert urges Niger to swiftly adopt strategy on internal displacement
    27 march 2018 17:16:26
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - A UN human rights expert has urged the Government of Niger to prioritise the adoption of a strategy to ensure the rights of internally displaced persons are respected following attacks by non-state armed groups in both the Diffa and Tillabery regions triggered a deterioration of the security situation and uprooted over 130,000 people. Full text...

  • Ethiopia arrests at least five journalists during state of emergency
    27 march 2018 12:37:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Ethiopian authorities to release five journalists who were arrested in the house of a magazine owner, Temesghen Desalegn. Full text...

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