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  • UN: UN warns of growing humanitarian crisis in Somalia
    13 october 2014 22:36:11
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, on Monday expressed extreme concern over the unfolding humanitarian crisis in southern, central and north-eastern Somalia where numerous communities remain "desperately" in need of water, food and healthcare. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy, South Sudan govt agree on steps to tackle sexual violence
    13 october 2014 22:05:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Mrs. Zainab Bangura, on Monday warned that sexual violence is a consistent characteristic of the conflict in South Sudan, and is being perpetrated by all the parties. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials call for integrated, peaceful Africa
    13 october 2014 19:36:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials on Monday in New York said that although many African countries and communities have made great progress in peace and security, human rights, good governance and the rule of law, more remains to be done. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan tasks Nigeria's neighbours on sharing intelligence about Boko Haram
    13 october 2014 18:27:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has tasked countries sharing borders with Nigeria to work towards information sharing in order to curb the activities of Boko Haram insurgents operating on the fringes of their territory. Full text...

  • UN: UN marks World Disaster Reduction Day, stresses need to vulnerabilities of older persons
    13 october 2014 17:58:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking International Day for Disaster Reduction, the UN on Monday Full text...

  • Malawi: Legal activist faults appointment of Malawi's new anti-corruption head
    13 october 2014 16:19:01
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Although Malawi's law does not specify that only lawyers should head the country's Anti-Corruption Bureau, having a legal mind at the corruption-busting body would be ideal, top Malawian legal activist Justin Dzonzi has said . Full text...

  • UN: UN Somali envoy condemns Mogadishu bombing
    13 october 2014 14:48:29
    New York, US PANA) - Mr. Nicholas Kay, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Full text...

  • UK: Energy sector is key to powering prosperity in sub-Saharan Africa - Report
    13 october 2014 13:12:25
    London, UK (PANA) - Increasing access to modern forms of energy is crucial to unlocking faster economic and social development in sub Saharan Africa, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Africa Energy Outlook, a Special Report in the 2014 World Energy Outlook series. Full text...

  • South Africa: Sentencing procedures underway in Oscar Pistorius trial
    13 october 2014 12:23:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was a “broken man” after killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, his Psychologist told the North Gauteng High Court on Monday, as arguments in mitigation of sentencing got underway. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID welcomes North Darfur tribal leaders’ commitment to end use of child soldiers
    13 october 2014 11:58:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has welcomed a community initiative to stop the recruitment of children as soldiers from tribal groups in Darfur. Full text...

  • Libya: Trial of ex-Khaddafi regime officials adjourned
    13 october 2014 11:48:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The trial of former officials of the Khaddafi regime has again been adjourned till 2 Nov. 2014 at the request of defence lawyers. Full text...

  • Senegal: Trial of ex-Senegalese Minister resumes
    13 october 2014 11:38:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The trial of Senegal's former Minister of International Cooperation, Infrastructure and Transport Karim Wade resumed Monday in Dakar after a two-week adjournment. Full text...

  • Libya: 28 killed in renewed armed clashes in Libya
    12 october 2014 13:16:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) -At least 21 people were killed and more than 60 others were injured Saturday during clashes between the Libyan Army and Islamist militias in Kikla area, south-west of Benghazi, military and hospital sources said Sunday. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 27 Cameroonian, Chinese Boko Haram hostages set free in Cameroon
    12 october 2014 12:04:56
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - The wife of Cameroonian Deputy Prime Minister Amadou Ali was among 27 Chinese and Cameroonian hostages, abducted by Boko Haram rebels in May and July this year, who were released Saturday and taken to Yaoundé General Hospital for medical check-up, the Cameroonian government has confirmed. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ex-head of Nigerian lawyers' body, OKey Wali, kidnapped
    12 october 2014 11:34:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The immediate past president of the umbrella Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Okey Wali, was kidnapped by unknown persons in the oil city of Port Harcourt on Saturday night, the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres Jonathan congratulates Malala over Nobel Peace Prize
    11 october 2014 23:27:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Saturday congratulated the joint-recipients of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, Pakistani girl-child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian children’s rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges Libyan parties to move ahead on dialogue, restore stability
    11 october 2014 15:48:16
    NewYork, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Tripoli on Saturday to urge Libyan parties to press forward on peace talks and restore stability to their crisis-ridden country. Full text...

  • UN: 'Nine killed in eastern DRC by suspected Ugandan rebels'
    11 october 2014 15:42:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) says nine civilians, including children, have been killed in the eastern DRC. Full text...

  • South Africa: Arms deal scandal continues to cloud South Africa's post-apartheid democracy (A feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA correspondent)
    11 october 2014 06:23:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The 1999 multi-billion-dollar arms deal has become the biggest political controversy since the advent of democracy 20 years ago, and the Seriti Commission of Inquiry which is charged with investigating the scandal has heard explosive testimony in recent days. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges end to violence against women, girls, as it marks Day of the Girl Child
    10 october 2014 22:58:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has paid tribute to the almost one billion young and adolescent girls living around the world as many of them continue to face daily challenges to their development and overall diminished potential due to the enduring scourge of gender discrimination and violence. Full text...

  • UN: UN issues strong calls to end death penalty
    10 october 2014 22:08:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said that the continued application of the death penalty is a "cruel practice" that undermines human dignity, urging UN member states to reaffirm "faith in fundamental human rights and impose moratoriums on executions". Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns deadly attack on UN peacekeepers in CAR
    10 october 2014 21:06:51
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning the recent deadly ambush of a convoy of UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN Security Council on Friday deplored all attacks and provocations by armed groups against the UN stabilization mission in the country, known as MINUSCA, and underlined that such attacks may be considered war crimes. Full text...

  • Libya : Four killed in car explosion in Benghazi
    10 october 2014 18:28:23
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - At least four people were killed and several others injured Friday when a bomb exploded in a car near Tibesti Hotel in east Benghazi, according to the Libyan Office for Civil Protection. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Citizens of 3 West African states repatriated for 'nefarious activities'
    10 october 2014 12:58:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has repatriated 82 citizens of three West African states over alleged ''nefarious activities'' that are capable of undermining the country’s security. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR says over 100,000 people displaced in Libya in 3 wks
    10 october 2014 12:49:03
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - With fighting among rival armed groups intensifying in a number of areas of Libya, the North African nation is seeing a growing displacement, now estimated at 287,000 people in 29 cities and towns countrywide, the UN Refugee Agency said Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: UN needs US$35m for Libya's IDPs
    10 october 2014 11:08:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Libya has said a total of US$35 million is required to support those affected by the ongoing crisis in the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: President Deby urged to scrap homophobic Bill
    10 october 2014 09:14:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Amnesty International has warned that if a homophobic bill currently before the Chadian parliament is passed, President Idriss Deby will be showing ''a blatant disregard'' for the country’s human rights obligations. Full text...

  • UN: MINUSCA head condemns attack on CAR peacekeepers
    10 october 2014 08:02:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Lt.-Gen. Babacar Gaye, the UN Special Representative and head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Full text...

  • UN: UN officials urge justice for grave crimes committed by M23 in DR Congo
    09 october 2014 22:12:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials appealed on Thursday for justice for crimes committed by the March 23 Movement (M23) in parts of the North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), on the heels of a new UN- backed report citing a raft of grave rights abuses committed by the armed group between April 2012 and November 2013. Full text...

  • UN: UN force commanders say peacekeepers face challenges
    09 october 2014 20:48:05
    New York, US (PANA - UN senior military officials on Thursday said from Mali to the Golan Heights, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UN peacekeeping missions are facing increasing challenges as they operate in some of the most difficult security environments around the world.) Full text...

  • Tunisia: Defence ministry denies talks with France on information centre
    09 october 2014 20:34:36
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia's Defence ministry on Thursday denied that the North African country is in talks with France to set up an information centre to gather intelligence on terrorist groups. Full text...

  • UN: Major challenges of landlocked developing countries to be tackled
    09 october 2014 20:23:50
    New York, US (PANA) - Governments, business leaders and civil society organisations will gather on 3-5 November in Vienna, Austria, to address major challenges of Landlocked Developing Countries, a UN statement said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt repatriates 82 ECOWAS nationals over illegal activities
    09 october 2014 19:26:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian authorities have repatriated a total of 82 nationals of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) from the crisis-torn north-central Jos city for taking part in activities adjudged to be dangerous to the country's security. Full text...

  • UN: UN official stresses need to abolish death penalty
    09 october 2014 18:05:54
    New York, U (PANA) - UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic said Thursday that as long as the death penalty exists, there will be a need to raise awareness on the abolition of capital punishment and advocate against it. Full text...

  • Kenya: Former Kenyan PM wants US varsities to expand Africa learning initiatives
    09 october 2014 17:25:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga is in the US to advocate for the setting up of university campuses in Africa to cater for the needs of African high school students who badly need career enhancing skills, his office said. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA updates on murder incident in Guinea over Ebola
    09 october 2014 17:14:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said that eight people, including three journalists, were murdered in Guinea while raising awareness on the Ebola Virus Disease. Full text...

  • UN: ICC to commence Ntaganda's trial 2 June 2015
    09 october 2014 15:50:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday scheduled the opening of the trial in the case of former Democratic of Congo (DRC) rebel leader, Mr. Bosco Ntaganda, for 2 June 2015. Full text...

  • South Africa: More dramatic testimony at trial of UK businessman
    09 october 2014 15:46:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Western Cape High Court on Thursday postponed the murder trial of British businessman, Shrien Dewani, after he complained of stomach problems. Full text...

  • UN: ICC Appeals Chamber dismisses Ruto, Sang appeal
    09 october 2014 15:33:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday dismissed appeals by the defence teams of Kenya's Deputy President, Mr. William Ruto, and former journalist, Mr. Joshua Arap Sang, against the Trial Chamber's decision of 17 April 2014. Full text...

  • Kenya: President Kenyatta receives heroic welcome after ICC appearance
    09 october 2014 14:28:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta received a heroic welcome back home Thursday after his appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC), where prosecutors accused his government of erasing crucial sections of incriminating evidence from his telephone data. Full text...

  • Gambia: EU charges Gambia to address institutional weaknesses
    09 october 2014 11:43:28
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has charged Gambia to address ''critical institutional weaknesses'' with a clear long-term commitment from the government. Full text...

  • UN: UN needs US$35 million for humanitarian support to Libyans
    08 october 2014 22:07:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN humanitarian wing has said it will need an estimated US$35 million in additional funding to continue helping hundreds of thousands of people affected by the ongoing crisis in Libya. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Defence chief accuses world community of abandoning Nigeria in fight against Boko Haram
    08 october 2014 18:50:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh Wednesday accused the international community of abandoning the country in its fight against the Boko Haram insurgency. Full text...

  • UN: Ban expresses sadness over attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali
    08 october 2014 18:28:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday voiced outrage at a fatal attack against UN peacekeepers in Mali, the second in less than a week, that left one 'blue helmet' dead and wounded another. Full text...

  • South Africa: Moroccan diplomat 'found dead'
    08 october 2014 11:54:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Police Services have confirmed that the Moroccan Consul in South Africa has been found dead at his Pretoria guest house. Full text...

  • Morocco: High level delegation expected for African Development Forum
    08 october 2014 08:37:16
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - The Moroccan city of Marrakech will host a number of African leaders 12-16 Oct. as part of the 9th African Development Forum (ADF), which takes place every two years and is organised by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says civilian protection in South Sudan faces challenges
    07 october 2014 20:02:22
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in South Sudan, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Loj, says with a vast population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and ongoing ethnic tensions continue to remain enormous. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says sexual violence persists in South Sudan
    07 october 2014 19:47:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Zainab Bangura, has said the horrors of sexual violence in South Sudan did not end with the ceasefire agreement, calling on citizens of the world's youngest country to stand together and say "enough is enough". Full text...

  • UN: ICC Appeals Chamber to decide on Ruto, Sang appeal
    07 october 2014 19:42:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will hold an open court session on 9 October to read a summary of its judgment on Kenya's Deputy President, Mr. William Ruto and former journalist, Mr. Joshua Arap Sang defence teams’ appeal against the Trial Chamber's decision of 17 April 2014. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy welcomes recovery of Somali's port city from insurgents
    07 october 2014 19:37:12
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, has welcomed the recovery of the port city of Barawe from Al-Shabaab fighters, the first time it has been in Somali control for more than two decades. Full text...

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