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  • Municipality requires shops in Tunis to have Arabic signs
    07 january 2019 15:01:49
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Seeking to prop up the Arab identity of Tunisia, the Mayor of Tunis on Monday ordered shop owners in the nation's capital to write business signs in Arabic language in order to counter the proliferation of foreign languages ​​and the abandonment of Arabic writing. Full text...

  • Mauritian gives birth to Siamese twins
    07 january 2019 11:10:17
    Rose-Belle, Mauritius (PANA) - A 36-year-old Mauritian woman, Marie Hélène Papillon, at the weekend gave birth to Siamese twins at the Jawaharlal Nehru hospital in Rose-Belle, the local media reported on Monday in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Siege ends at Nigerian newspaper, Army explains action
    07 january 2019 07:33:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The siege at four offices of Nigeria's Daily Trust newspapers has ended after the government on Sunday night directed the military to vacate the various premises. Full text...

  • Nigerian security operatives shut down leading independent newspaper
    06 january 2019 20:34:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Armed troops of the Nigerian Army and the Department of State Security (DSS) on Sunday shut down the operations of the Abuja-based Daily Trust newspaper. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunship kills scores of Boko Haram terrorists
    06 january 2019 19:49:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday said that one of its helicopter gunship destroyed some Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) gun trucks in air strikes conducted near Damasak in Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns intercommunal clashes in Burkina Faso
    06 january 2019 04:22:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned last week's intercommunal clashes in northern Burkina Faso in which more than 40 civilians were killed and “deteriorating security situation” in parts of the country. Full text...

  • Congolese leader deplores violence in CAR
    05 january 2019 18:19:18
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso on Saturday deplored the repeated violence in Central African Republic noting that the country was not yet peaceful. Full text...

  • Libyan Interior ministry condemns attack on journalists by security forces
    05 january 2019 12:03:42
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya's Interior ministry of the Government of National Accord on Saturday condemned attacks against journalists by security forces of the country. Full text...

  • Mauritius fixes 15 public holidays in 2019
    05 january 2019 08:00:38
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian government has approved 15 public holidays for 2019, including the first two days of the New Year. Full text...

  • Tunisia records over 10,000 deaths road crashes
    04 january 2019 20:02:49
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia recorded 53,500 road accidents between January 2011 and December 2018, resulting in 10,117 deaths and 81,235 injuries, the director of Tunisian National Road Safety Observatory, Mourad Jouini, said on Friday. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief calls for safety of media workers in Somalia
    04 january 2019 19:23:44
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has condemned the car bomb attack in the Somali capital that killed high profile television journalist Awil Dahir Salad, his driver, Abdiqadir Hassan Yusuf, and two bodyguards, Mohamed Dubad Gajaow and Ibrahim Mohayadin Ahmed, alongside more than 10 other people. Full text...

  • Ex-Islamist leader rejects charges raised by Libya's Attorney General
    04 january 2019 14:59:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A former Islamist leader opposed to the former regime of Muammar Gadhafi and and leader of the Libyan rebellion during the revolution of 17 February 2011, on Thursday rejected the charges raised in his arrest warrant by the Attorney General's Office. Full text...

  • For what purpose does Daech target state institutions in Libya? (By Youssef Ba, PANA correspondent)
    04 january 2019 14:11:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The 25 December 2018 suicide attack against the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tripoli, which has been claimed by Daech, follows a series of similar operations targeting state buildings and raise questions about the true motivations of the terrorist organization. Full text...

  • South African film producer to marry rock star's daughter
    04 january 2019 10:01:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former Cape Town model Jacques Naude has found fame by getting engaged to the daughter of rock legend Keith Richards. Full text...

  • First-ever World Braille Day underscores importance of written language for human rights
    04 january 2019 04:57:10
    New York, US (PANA) - To raise awareness of the importance of Braille for approximately 1.3 billion people living with some form of distance or near vision impairment, the United Nations is on Friday observing the first official World Braille Day. Full text...

  • Deadly Mali attack to be investigated by UN rights experts
    03 january 2019 20:15:12
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - An attack on a village in central Mali earlier this week in which at least 37 civilians died, is to be investigated with the help of United Nations human rights experts, the UN stabilization mission in the country (MINUSMA), announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Supreme Court upholds conviction of Dakar's former mayor
    03 january 2019 18:15:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Supreme Court of Dakar on Thursday upheld the conviction of former mayor of Senegal's capital, Khalifa Sall, to five years in prison for embezzlement of public money amounting to 1.8 billion CFA francs (euro 2,800,000) from the advance fund of the institution he had run since 2009. Full text...

  • France criticises media censorship by authorities in DR Congo
    03 january 2019 18:08:00
    Paris, France (PANA) – The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Radio France International (RFI) have criticised the censorship imposed on the media by the authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the suspension of Internet access, the withdrawal of accreditation of an RFI correspondent and the cut-off of the main radio transmitters while the counting of the vote continues after the legislative and presidential elections of 30 December. Full text...

  • Three bodies of migrants found off Libyan coast
    03 january 2019 16:30:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Three bodies, suspected to be of illegal migrants, were retrieved on Thursday from the Libyan seaside, according to Red Cross officials in Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli. Full text...

  • Rights Commission condemns massacres in central Mali
    03 january 2019 12:39:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The National Human Rights Commission of Mali (CNDH) has strongly condemned last Tuesday massacres in the village of Koulhogo, about 30 kms from Bankass, in the region of Mopti, central Mali, that claimed 37 lives, and called for the disarmament of militias. Full text...

  • Mali mourns late writer, politician Kouyaté
    03 january 2019 12:07:34
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Flags are flying at half-mast in Mali on Thursday as the West African country pays tribute to writer and politician, Seydou Badian Kouyaté, who died last Friday in Bamako, aged 90. Full text...

  • Calm northern returns to Burkina village after ethnic attacks
    03 january 2019 11:46:40
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Calm has returned to a northern Burkina Faso village where at least 14 people were killed in attacks by two ethnic groups on New Year's day, according to several people contacted by PANA. Full text...

  • More than 200 Boko Haram terrorists killed by Niger defence forces
    03 january 2019 09:48:10
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - More than 200 Boko Haram fighters have been killed following air strikes while 87 others have been captured by ground troops in an operation against the terrorist organisation, according to a statement from the Niger defence ministry issued on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunship crashes on anti-Boko Haram mission
    03 january 2019 05:35:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it lost one of its helicopter gunships in combat against Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday evening. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso govt critic given temporary freedom from detention
    02 january 2019 17:46:42
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Safiatou Lopez, civil society actor and critic of the Burkinabe regime, was on Wednesday granted "temporary freedom" from detention to get medical treatment abroad, PANA learned from judicial sources. Full text...

  • Tunisia freezes assets of terrorist body and 40 alleged accomplices
    02 january 2019 17:34:20
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian National Counter-Terrorism Commission has decided to freeze assets of the "terrorist" organization Jund al-Khakifa and 40 other persons suspected of being linked to terrorism, the president of the Commission, Mokhtar Nasr, announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Less road accidents in Bamako during New Year celebration
    02 january 2019 15:43:21
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali's capital, Bamako, had fewer road accidents during celebration of the New Year compared to last year, according to Lieutenant-Colonel Bakary Dao, Regional Director of Civil Protection of Bamako District. Full text...

  • France calls for Malian govt response to violence in central Mopti region
    02 january 2019 15:19:54
    Paris, France (PANA) – Expressing its concern, the French Government on Wednesday called on Malian authorities "to take a strong reaction" to the resurgence of acts of violence that cost the lives of dozens of civilians on Tuesday morning in a Peul village in the centre of the country. Full text...

  • 13 people killed in attack against northern Burkina Faso village
    02 january 2019 12:32:47
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least 13 people were killed on Tuesday morning in a deadly attack against Yirgou village, northern Burkina Faso, PANA learned from local sources on Wednesday. Full text...

  • At least 37 civilians killed in central Mali
    02 january 2019 12:05:31
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – At least 37 civilians were killed on Tuesday in the village of Koulhogo, about 30 kms from Bankass, in the region of Mopti, central Mali, by gunmen identified as Donzos hunters, according to a Malian government communiqué. Full text...

  • UN hails release of 20 Libyans abducted by Daesh in the south
    02 january 2019 11:31:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN support mission in Libya has hailed the release of 20 Libyans abducted a few weeks ago by Daesh in al-Fouqaha and Tazerbou in southeast and south respectively. Full text...

  • Zambian named Africa’s Best Female Philanthropist
    02 january 2019 07:38:12
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian Justina Mutale has been named Africa’s Best Female Philanthropist in the ChangeMakers Powerlist's latest release by Tropics Magazine of South Africa obtained by PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Twenty inmates escape from Zambian correctional facility
    02 january 2019 07:25:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Twenty inmates at Chinzombo Correctional Facility in Mambwe District, eastern Zambia, have escaped from lawful custody through an air vent. Full text...

  • UN Envoy in Somalia condemns fire attack on UN compound in Mogadishu
    01 january 2019 18:37:47
    Mogadishu, Somali (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Somalia, Nicholas Haysom, has condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Tuesday’s indirect fire attack on the main United Nations compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Al Shabaab shells Mogadishu airport, UN Compound, staff injured
    01 january 2019 18:24:24
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Three people including two UN staff members and one contractor have been wounded after the Al Shabaab militants shelled a UN Compound and several rounds of mortar ammunition were directed at the Mogadishu International Airport, a UN official said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Armed terrorists kill six people in north Burkina Faso
    01 january 2019 16:27:36
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least six people, including one village leader, were killed by armed raiders on Tuesday in Yirgou locality of Soum province in northern Burkina Faso, local sources said. Full text...

  • Ivorian President announces government social programme for all
    01 january 2019 14:32:52
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday announced a government programme that "will address all social issues with greater scope and pragmatism, in order to ensure immediate and lasting results for all" in the country. Full text...

  • South African authorities to charge protesters over sheep slaughter
    01 january 2019 11:57:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The City of Cape Town on Tuesday confirmed that it will lay charges against three protesters who last week slaughtered a sheep at the famous Clifton Beach during the peak tourist season. Full text...

  • Ghanaians welcome New Year with church services, parties and hope for a better life
    01 january 2019 09:17:43
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghanaians on Tuesday welcomed the New Year with church services and festivities with celebrations travelling until day break as they hoped for a better life. Full text...

  • UNHCR presses States to aid 49 refugees stranded on Mediterranean
    01 january 2019 02:22:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), on the last day of 2018, called on UN Member States to urgently offer safe ports of disembarkation for 49 refugees and migrants, including young children, aboard rescue vessels in the Mediterranean Sea. Full text...

  • Sudan marks independence anniversary in pressing economic circumstances
    31 december 2018 19:00:52
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir on Monday said Sudan is devoting the year 2019 to strengthening its African bonds and to giving more attention to relations with African neighbours. Full text...

  • Public riots die down in Sudan as security service frees detainees
    31 december 2018 15:46:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese security services said Monday they have released “most” of those arrested during the past ten days of riots, but some were still in detention pending completion of investigations. Full text...

  • Kenya teachers to embark on strike this week
    31 december 2018 14:06:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) insists its members will embark on a strike as planned in the first week of January that could once again throw education into disarray. Full text...

  • South Africa President Ramaphosa delivers New Year message
    31 december 2018 12:39:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday called for camaraderie and non-violence in his New Year’s message to the nation. Full text...

  • Zambian President fires Army Commander
    31 december 2018 12:37:15
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has fired Zambia Army Commander Lieutenant General Paul Mihova and replaced him with Brigadier General William Sikazwe. Full text...

  • Zambia truckers stuck at DRC border
    31 december 2018 12:03:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Hundreds of international truckers who go in and out of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through Zambia are stuck at the border after the Central African country shut up for Sunday’s elections. Full text...

  • 45 African migrants rescued off Tunisian coast
    31 december 2018 11:50:54
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A Tunisian navy patrol on Sunday rescued 45 migrants from sub-Saharan countries off Kerkennah island. Full text...

  • Egyptian court slammed for upholding sentence on woman for sexual harassment video post
    31 december 2018 06:38:58
    cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has slammed an Egyptian court for upholding a two-year prison sentence against a woman human rights defender convicted over a video she posted online criticising the Egyptian authorities for failing to tackle sexual harassment. Full text...

  • 'Boko Haram terrorists neutralised near besieged Nigerian town'
    30 december 2018 20:44:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday said one of its its fighter jets "neutralised several Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters" at their hideout near Baga, Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army: Operation to retake Baga town continuing
    30 december 2018 20:36:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday said that operations to retake Baga, the headquarters of the 7 Brigade of the Nigerian Army and the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF), which was overrun by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State last Wednesday is still ongoing. Full text...

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