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  • Family feud ahead of South African rapper's funeral
    02 november 2018 11:06:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – An ugly family feud has erupted ahead of the funeral of South African music legend Jabulani “Hip Hop” Tsambo who died late last month. Full text...

  • Nigeria denies rights group's 'cooked up' report of bloody suppression of protesting Shi’ite group
    02 november 2018 07:40:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Thursday night dismissed Amnesty International’s report that the military and police engaged in “horrific use of excessive force” that led to the killing of some 45 members of the pro-Iranian Shi’ite Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). Full text...

  • Medical charity denounces sexual violence committed by armed men in DRC's Kasai region
    02 november 2018 00:48:39
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says between May 2017 and September 2018, it treated 2,600 victims of sexual violence in the town of Kananga in Kasai Central province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Eighty per cent of these reported having been raped by armed men. Full text...

  • Killing of journalists ‘outrageous’ and should not be ‘new normal’ - Guterres
    02 november 2018 00:29:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The killing of journalists around the world for doing their job is “outrageous” and should not become the “new normal”, according to UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Full text...

  • US Embassy in Nigeria condemns killing Shiite group members in Abuja
    01 november 2018 17:32:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Embassy in Nigeria on Thursday condemned the deaths resulting from the confrontation between the Nigerian security forces and the pro-Iranian Islamic Shiite group, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Full text...

  • 8 confirmed killed in the Boko Haram attack on IDP camp in Northeast Nigeria
    01 november 2018 17:32:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Eight persons, including children, were confirmed killed in Wednesday's attack by Boko Haram terrorists on one of the largest Internally Displaced (IDP) camps in Dalori, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Pro-Iranian Islamic group puts death toll from Shiite/Military clash at 48
    01 november 2018 14:08:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The pro-Iranian Islamic Shiite group, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), said Thursday that the joint security force made up of Nigerian Police and the Nigerian Army killed 48 of its adherents during the four-day clampdown on them in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja from 27-30 October 2018. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army foils Boko Haram attack on IDP camp in Northeast Nigeria
    01 november 2018 13:29:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says its troops foiled an attempt by scores of Boko Haram terrorists to attack one of the largest Internally Displaced (IDP) camps in Dalori, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • 'Spike in violence in Somalia forces 21,000 people to flee their homes'
    01 november 2018 12:03:44
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Multiple regions in Somalia have seen a rise in fighting in October, pushing thousands of families into crisis, a humanitarian charity said on Thursday. Full text...

  • South African suspect in high-profile rape case sent for mental observation
    01 november 2018 10:18:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The man accused of raping a child in the bathroom of an upmarket Pretoria restaurant in broad daylight in September will be referred for mental observation. Full text...

  • Prominent women rights activist named Supreme Court President in Ethiopia
    01 november 2018 09:05:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Ethiopian Parliament has confirmed prominent women rights activist, lawyer and banker, Meaza Ashenafi, as the new President of the Federal Supreme Court. Full text...

  • EU underlines media safety and security to promote democracy
    01 november 2018 08:31:47
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - There is, in many countries, a worrying tendency to erode and shrink the space for free journalism, often by putting indiscriminately in question the credibility of media to discredit and weaken their work, the High Representatives of the European Union has said. Full text...

  • Rights group slams Nigeria security forces for 'killing' of at least 45 peaceful Shi’a protesters
    01 november 2018 05:31:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says its investigation shows that the horrific use of excessive force by soldiers and police led to the killing of at least 45 supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) over two days, as the Shi’a Muslim group held a peaceful religious procession around Abuja. Full text...

  • Political incitement to violence against journalists is ‘toxic’: UN experts
    01 november 2018 04:53:17
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of independent, UN-appointed human rights experts has called on world leaders to stop inciting hatred and violence against the media, citing the hundreds of journalists killed or forcibly detained because of their work, and ensure that those responsible are held accountable. Full text...

  • South African Police probe apartheid-era paedophile ring
    31 october 2018 14:33:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A notorious paedophile ring, dating back more than 30 years and allegedly involving senior members of the Apartheid-era government, is under police investigation. Full text...

  • Another batch of 141 Nigerians return from Libya
    31 october 2018 14:19:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – One hundred and forty one (141) Nigerians, including 11 pregnant women, have voluntarily returned to Nigeria from Libya with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • Constitutional Court overturns High Court judgement nullifying election of Zambian Finance Minister
    31 october 2018 14:14:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Constitutional Court in Zambia has ruled that Finance Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe was duly elected Lusaka Central constituency Member of parliament, overturning the High Court ruling which nullified the election. Full text...

  • Rights body raises the red flag on rising deaths in Guinea protests
    31 october 2018 13:14:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As Guinea is facing a new round of political demonstrations, the authorities must take all necessary measures to protect the right to peaceful assembly and ensure that no more lives are lost, Amnesty International said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Poroposed law threatens Zimbabwe sanctions proponents - HRW
    31 october 2018 13:04:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global human rights body, Human Rights Watch (HRW), says a call by an influential group from Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF for severe punishment of proponents of targeted sanctions against top government officials is an attack on free speech. Full text...

  • Alternative Learning and Skills Development Project launched in Tanzania (An AfDB Feature)
    31 october 2018 12:57:15
    Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania’s alternative learning and skills development centers were constructed with African Development Fund (ADF) loan and grant totaling US$32.7 million. Full text...

  • Nigerian traditional ruler urges Africa to put education, the poor at the centre of development
    31 october 2018 12:52:35
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - One of Nigeria’s foremost traditional rulers has challenged Africans and development experts to rethink development financing to reach the poorest communities on the continent, to give them access to markets, education and healthcare. Full text...

  • Kenya de-registers seven Public Service Vehicles
    31 october 2018 12:15:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's transport safety regulator has de-registered seven Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operators as it enhances road safety. Full text...

  • Executive director of UN terrorism committee received by Mali president
    31 october 2018 12:03:30
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The executive director of the UN committee against terrorism, Mrs Michèle Coninsx, also deputy UN Secretary General, was on Wednesday received in Bamako by the Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita. Full text...

  • G5 Sahel and Sahel Alliance sign partnership protocol
    31 october 2018 11:34:54
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - G5 Sahel group and the Sahel Alliance on Tuesday signed a partnership protocol in Niamey on the collaborative framework and operating modes of implementing their joint projects. Full text...

  • Nigeria police say 400 adherents of Shiite group arrested, unnamed number killed
    31 october 2018 11:12:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria police say that 400 members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), a Shiite group aligned to Iran, have been arrested in connection with violent protests in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the last few days. Full text...

  • EU gives 58 million Euros to Sahel countries
    31 october 2018 10:53:30
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The European Union (EU) on Tuesday released an extra 58 million Euros for seven Sahel countries to alleviate their humanitarian crisis, food, nutritional and emergency needs. Full text...

  • Sudan to join South Sudan in celebrating peace
    31 october 2018 10:40:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir is on Wednesday leading a high-level delegation of his government to take part in a celebration in the South Sudan capital, Juba, for the achievement of peace in the war-ravaged country. Full text...

  • Gulf of Guinea security vital for food supply in Africa - Nigerian Maritime chief says
    31 october 2018 10:33:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Gulf of Guinea is very important to food security for the West and Central African sub-region and therefore the region must be properly secured to avert illegal activities that may hamper food supply in the African region, Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has said in Lagos. Full text...

  • Weekly migration of 1.4m to cities can contribute to ‘disasters’
    31 october 2018 02:14:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The migration of some 1.4 million people every week to cities around the world “can strain local capacities, contributing to increased risk from natural and human made disasters’” according to the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. Full text...

  • IOM launches awareness-raising radio show on perils, opportunities of migration
    31 october 2018 02:08:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A radio series was launched on Tuesday in Nigeria by the UN migration agency (IOM) to sensitise vulnerable people seeking to pursue economic opportunities abroad on the perils of irregular migration – migration done outside the regulated frameworks – and provide information on pathways to migrate legally and safely, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • 80,000 youngsters at risk in DRC after forcible expulsion from Angola: UNICEF
    30 october 2018 19:13:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Tens of thousands of children who have been forcibly returned from Angola to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) need help urgently, UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Police watchdog probes killing of 18 suspects in Kenya
    30 october 2018 18:43:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan Police human rights watchdog has launched investigations into the weekend killing of at least 18 people, mostly under unclear circumstances, the spokesperson of Kenya's Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Buhari visits crisis-torn city of Kaduna
    30 october 2018 14:51:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday visited Kaduna in the northwest of the country and said the Federal Government will take "strongest measures possible to punish perpetrators of the latest killings in the city" which has witnessed sectoral violence for the second week running. Full text...

  • Top South African lawyer shot dead in Cape Town
    30 october 2018 10:17:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A major manhunt is underway after one of South Africa’s most prominent criminal lawyers was killed on Tuesday morning outside an upmarket Cape Town school. Full text...

  • Sudanese government pledges to fight poverty
    30 october 2018 10:13:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Prime Minister and Finance Minister Mutaz Yusuf has pledged to fight poverty in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan is one of the world’s largest protracted humanitarian situations - UN
    30 october 2018 09:55:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has described Sudan as among the world's "protracted" humanitarian situations due to conflicts within its territories and in neighboring countries. Full text...

  • Rich economies not a promise of education equality, new report finds
    30 october 2018 06:00:36
    New York, US (PANA) - High national wealth does not guarantee equal access to a quality education, a new report released on Tuesday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) suggests. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Eswatini's new PM to ensure respect for human rights
    30 october 2018 05:52:48
    Mbabane, Eswatini (PANA) - Human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has urged the new Prime Minister of Eswatini, formerly Swaziland, Ambrose Dlamini, to ensure human rights in the southern African country. Full text...

  • 4 killed, several taken hostage in attack in central Libya
    29 october 2018 12:32:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Four people, including the son of the mayor of the city of al-Fouqaha, in the central region of al-Jafra, have been killed following attacks against a police station in city and clashes between the citizens and armed groups on Sunday night, the municipal authorities said on Monday on their Facebook page. Full text...

  • South African Jewish Board Board expresses shock over US massacre
    29 october 2018 11:31:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) has expressed shock over the weekend's massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh in the United States which left 11 dead and many others wounded. Full text...

  • Terrorists attack Burkina Faso police station
    28 october 2018 11:47:20
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Bagassi police station, located in the Boucle du Mouhoun area of north-west of Burkina Faso, was attacked on Saturday evening, according to security sources which said there were no casualties. Full text...

  • FW de Klerk stable in hospital
    28 october 2018 09:48:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s last apartheid head of state, FW de Klerk, is recovering at a Cape Town hospital after being admitted on Friday because he was battling to breath. Full text...

  • Two peacekeepers in Mali dead after dawn attack, several injured – UN Mission
    27 october 2018 17:39:37
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The UN Stabilization Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, reported on Saturday that two peacekeepers had been killed and several others wounded, following on from a coordinated attack at dawn, on a base in the north of the country. Full text...

  • Over 330,000 DRC migrants at risk after mass deportations from Angola – UN rights chief
    27 october 2018 03:31:40
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - The United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on Friday warned that the forcible mass expulsion of Congolese migrants from Angola has resulted in “serious human rights violations by security forces on both sides of the border” and left at least 330,000 returnees in an “extremely precarious situation”. Full text...

  • Libya is committed to finding lasting solution to migrant crisis, Foreign minister
    27 october 2018 03:23:14
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - As the world continues to grapple with challenges of migration, human smuggling and violation of the rights of migrants flowing from Africa to Europe, Libya's Foreign Minister Mohamed Eltaher Hamouda Sayala has reiterated the commitment of his country to be a key partner in finding a lasting solution to the crisis. Full text...

  • African Union vows to obey its laws, institutions
    26 october 2018 19:12:56
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has vowed to obey its own laws and institutions that it set up for itself, Justice Tujilance Chizumila of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, revealed this while addressing the 63rd session of African Commission on Human Peoples’ Rights in Banjul Friday. Full text...

  • Another 150 stranded Nigerians brought home through IOM help
    26 october 2018 14:01:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday said it has received another batch of 150 stranded Nigerians from Libya, brought by International Organisation on Migration (IOM). Full text...

  • Nigeria, Cameroon to conduct more joint operations along common borders
    26 october 2018 09:12:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian and Cameroonian armies have agreed to collaborate in the conduct of sustained joint military operations to end insurgency within the fringes of their common borders in Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Zambia's Intercontinental Hotel sues AfDB
    26 october 2018 07:53:23
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - A Zambian hotel has sued the African Development Bank (AfDB) demanding payment of more than US$12,000 as outstanding balances for hospitality services rendered to the bank in 2016 during its annual meetings held in the Zambian capital, Lusaka. Full text...

  • Zambian bank sues former First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa
    26 october 2018 07:49:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A Zambian bank has sued former First Lady, Dr Maureen Mwanawasa, demanding payment of more than K6.7 million under a facility agreement dated 14 March, 2013, the state-run Times of Zambia reported Friday. (1USD = K11) Full text...

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