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  • Mali: Malian Association demands law criminalizing slavery
    14 april 2014 19:32:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Community of Kel Tamasheq, commonly called "Bella" in Mali, is demanding the passing of a law criminalizing slavery in the West African country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Casualty figure from Abuja bombing is 72 dead, 236 injured - Govt.
    14 april 2014 19:04:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Ministry of Health Monday evening released the main casualty figures of the bomb blasts at the Nyanya Motor Park, in the outskirts of Abuja, saying the official figure stands at 72 dead and 236 injured. Full text...

  • Zambia: Human Rights Commission condemns attack on opposition leader
    14 april 2014 18:56:28
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Human Rights Commission has condemned the attack by elements of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) on opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema at the weekend. Full text...

  • Libya: Dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on Zlitin
    14 april 2014 18:24:17
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan authorities on Monday imposed a night curfew on the city of Zlitin (180 km East of Tripoli), following the collapse of security there. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senate, ruling party, others condemn Abuja bombing
    14 april 2014 18:02:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Condemnations have continued to pour in following Monday's bombing of a popular motor park in Nyanya, an Abuja satellite town that shares a common border with neighbouring Nassarawa State. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Victims' families protest release of Ben Ali's men
    14 april 2014 15:41:42
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Saturday's decision of the Appeal Court of the Military Tribunal of Tunis to release former President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali's former interior minister and security chief, is raising "dust" in Tunisia, especially with families of victims of Full text...

  • UN: Children to lodge complaints with UN on rights violations
    14 april 2014 14:49:07
    New York, US (PANA) - UN child rights experts on Monday hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the world body about alleged violations of their rights. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan visits scene of deadly bombing (Update 3)
    14 april 2014 13:42:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has visited the scene of Monday's bomb attack in the capital city of Abuja, where the police said 71 people were killed and 124 others injured. Full text...

  • Libya: Trial of ex-Khadafi regime officials opens
    14 april 2014 12:58:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The trial of 30 top shots of Libya's former regime of Mouammar Khadafi, including two of his sons, over alleged war crimes during the country's 2011 uprising, opened in the capital city of Tripoli Monday, the state-run television station said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President orders heightened security in capital city after deadly attack (Update 2)
    14 april 2014 11:34:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered a heightened security in the nation's capital, Abuja, following Monday's bomb explosion that left scores dead at a popular motor park in Nyanya on the outskirts of the city, according to presidential spokesman Reuben Abati. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya holds conference on higher education reform
    14 april 2014 09:49:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A national conference aimed at outlining the strategy to reform the higher education sector in Libya has opened in the capital city, Tripoli. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Mangled bodies litter scene of deadly explosion (Update 1)
    14 april 2014 09:27:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Badly-mutilated bodies, blood-spattered buses and total confusion highlighted the scene of Monday morning's explosion at Nyanya motor park on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital city of Abuja, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Many feared dead in explosion in capital city
    14 april 2014 08:47:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people are feared to have been killed or injured in an explosion at a motor park in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja on Monday morning, PANA reported Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military continues ongoing offensive against terrorists, armed militias
    13 april 2014 17:13:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Sunday said it launched an assault on camps of armed militiamen who have been terrorising farmers in Northern Nigeria, saying that various stocks of arms and stolen livestock were recovered in the central Kaduna and Plateau States. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt sets up panel on killing of herdsmen, farmers in Northern Nigeria
    13 april 2014 17:06:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government has set up an inter-ministerial committee to find a lasting solution to the incessant clash between farmers and Fulani herdsmen which has killed hundreds of the citizens in Northern Nigeria. Full text...

  • South Africa: Newspaper also labels Pistorius “a liar”
    13 april 2014 12:21:29
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – The Oscar Pistorius’s problems continue to mount with the Sunday Times newspaper backing State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel’s assertion that the double-amputee is indeed a “liar”. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN, international organizations warn of hard times for refugees in S. Sudan
    11 april 2014 21:55:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have warned in separate reports about hard times for thousands of refugees or people displaced by the current conflict in South Sudan, particularly with the approach of the rainy season. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNODC says West Africa is one of the largest producers of cannabis
    11 april 2014 20:48:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - West Africa is one of the largest producers of cannabis and it is also a transit point for drugs trafficked from Latin America and the Caribbean into Europe, Pierre Lapaque, representative of the UN Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said in Dakar on Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal: 1,724 kg of illegal narcotics seized under COCAIR IV operation
    11 april 2014 18:30:22
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The COCAIR IV operation, targeting cocaine trafficking from South America and Africa into Europe, led in 2013 to 98 seizures for a total of 1,724 kilos of drugs and over 10 tons of counterfeit drugs, 35 kilos of rough and worked ivory as well as laundered money to the tune of 1,433,000 Euros, PANA learnt here Friday from official sources. Full text...

  • Mauritius: New training session on human rights for citizens
    11 april 2014 17:18:47
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Prime Minister’s Office in Mauritius will launch a new training session for Mauritians with the objective to sensitize 1,750 people by October on human rights and respect for other people’s rights. Full text...

  • Zambia: Council of churches dismayed at President Sata’s hostility towards Catholic Bishop
    11 april 2014 17:05:52
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has noted with dismay the hostility exhibited by President Michael Sata, who issued threats against a Catholic Bishop, the Rev Bishop George Lungu, for allowing prayers for the release of the constitution to be conducted in his diocese. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt. reassures, cyber-criminality bill will not affect press freedom
    11 april 2014 16:08:15
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The bill on cyber-criminality "will not have effects on press freedom which is an essential option for the Mauritanian authorities and people”, the Mauritanian Minister of Employment, Vocational training, Information and Communication technology, Ismael Ould Bedda Ould Cheikh Sidya, said here Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: Another group of illegal immigrants arrested off Libyan coast
    11 april 2014 15:55:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Another batch of illegal immigrants, this time 400 in number, has been arrested in the past two days off Libyan coasts while attempting to get to Europe on board of several small boats. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of Swazi editor, lawyer
    11 april 2014 15:45:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Friday called on Swazi authorities to ''immediately release'' detained editor Bheki Makhubu, and human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, Full text...

  • Libya: Kidnapped judge released
    11 april 2014 15:20:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Judge Kamel al-Bahri, Deputy Director of Libya's Higher Institute of the judiciary, who was kidnapped Thursday from his office here, was released Friday, according to the Libyan news agency (LANA). Full text...

  • South Africa: Human Rights Commission to probe Pistorius trial prosecutor
    11 april 2014 14:03:42
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – Following a week of brutal cross examination in the Oscar Pistorius trial, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday confirmed that it has been asked to probe the manner in which State prosecutor Gerrie Nel had questioned the Paralympian. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo expels over 1,300 DRC citizens
    11 april 2014 13:16:44
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo has repatriated from Brazzaville 1,326 nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following an operation aimed at cleaning up the neighborhoods and controlling illegal aliens in the state capital, the state-run radio announced Friday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Justice sought for victims of student killings
    11 april 2014 11:58:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A victim of the 2000 bloody students demonstration in the Gambia has called for justice for the 14 students who were killed by state security forces during the protest. Full text...

  • Libya: Gunmen kidnap Judge in Tripoli
    11 april 2014 09:10:36
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Judge Kamel al-Bahri, Deputy Director of Libya's Higher Institute of the judiciary, was kidnapped from his office in the capital city of Tripoli by unknown gunmen Thursday, security sources in the Libyan capital said. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Mediterranean annual audiovisual conference opens in Tunis
    10 april 2014 20:59:32
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – About 100 participants on Thursday began the 21st colloquium and 20th conference of Mediterranean audiovisual organs in Tunis. Full text...

  • Vatican: Pope Francis vows to hold pepertrators of human trafficking accountable
    10 april 2014 17:25:15
    Vatican City, Vatican (PANA) - The Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis I, has pledged to develop partnership between the Church and civil society to bring to justice those responsible for crimes of human trafficking and alleviate the suffering of the victims. Full text...

  • Ghana: Businessman jailed for 2006 cocaine import
    10 april 2014 17:13:21
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A businessman was on Thursday jailed 22 years by an Accra High Court for his involvement in the importation of cocaine into Ghana in 2006. Full text...

  • Libya: Navy arrests more illegal migrants
    10 april 2014 16:33:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan navy on Thursday arrested 108 more illegal immigrants off the the coast of Tripoli, while 50 others were arrested at the border with Sudan, Libyan security forces said. Full text...

  • Senegal: Finalists for 2014 Innovation Prize for Africa emerge
    10 april 2014 16:21:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) Thursday announced the finalists for the prestigious ''Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014'', the foundation said in a statement received here by PANA. Full text...

  • South Africa: Prosecutor to Oscar Pistorius, "You lied"
    10 april 2014 14:43:50
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – Oscar Pistorius on Thursday experienced another harrowing day in the witness box at the North Gauteng High Court with state prosecutor Gerrie Nel accusing him of lying about several key facts. Full text...

  • Congo:3 DRC nationals killed in police operation
    10 april 2014 11:52:26
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Three nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were killed and many others wounded in a security operation launched 5 April in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, according to DRC's Ambassador to Congo Christophe Muzunzu. Full text...

  • Libya: Khadafi supporters arrested in Tunisia over alleged destabilisation acts
    10 april 2014 09:03:59
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Tunisian security forces Wednesday arrested seven supporters of the ousted Khadafi regime on allegations of being involved in security problems along the borders between Libya and Tunisia. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum expels UNFPA official
    09 april 2014 22:12:19
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Khartoum says it has expelled the head of the UN Population Fund (UNPFA) from the country, accusing her meddling in the country's internal affairs. Full text...

  • Libya: Navy arrests 218 illegal immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa
    09 april 2014 18:26:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan navy on Wednesday arrested 218 illegal immigrants aboard two inflatable dinghies bound for Europe, according to Lt.-Col. Mohamed Abd Dhaher, an official of naval base in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Demonstrating students arrested in Mauritania
    09 april 2014 17:52:55
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Some students were arrested Wednesday while participating in a strike called by the National Union of Students of Mauritania (SNEM), PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma slammed for failing to condemn anti-gay laws
    09 april 2014 17:45:32
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – A war of words broke out on Wednesday between South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), after President Jacob Zuma failed to condemn Uganda's anti-gay laws. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. approves new anti-smoking bill
    09 april 2014 17:27:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government Wednesday approved a draft Tobacco Control Bill, 2014, which prescribes a fine and jail term for smokers in non-designated public places. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius grilled over "zombie stopper" remark
    09 april 2014 15:11:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – An explosive exchange between state prosecutor Gerrie Nel and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday saw Judge Thokozile Masipa intervening on several occasions to retain order in the court. Full text...

  • Zambia: Canada contributes US$2.7m to integrate former Angolan refugees
    09 april 2014 13:15:54
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Canada has announced a contribution of US$2.7 million to support Zambia, in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), in the implementation of the local integration programme for former Angolan refugees and Zambians. Full text...

  • Libya: Air force officer killed in Benghazi
    09 april 2014 12:06:45
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - A non-commissioned officer of the Libyan Air Force was killed while his wife and daughter were injured Wednesday after his car exploded in eastern city of Benghazi, according to security and hospital sources. Full text...

  • South Africa: New Mandela book chronicles extraordinary friendship
    09 april 2014 08:49:24
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s Penguin publishing firm has confirmed that it will be publishing a book, “Good Morning Mr Mandela”, which chronicles how a young woman had her life and everything she once believed in transformed by South Africa's greatest leader. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan commissions Police peacekeeping centre
    08 april 2014 20:43:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Dr Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday commissioned the Nigeria Police Force International Peacekeeping Centre and the Force Museum in Abuja with a commendation of the security agencies for their sacrifices. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Air Force shelves celebrations over Boko Haram, other challenges
    08 april 2014 18:47:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The ongoing war against the Boko Haram terror group and other security challenges have forced the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to shelve a "planned elaborate celebrations" to mark its golden jubilee with an expo to showcase its capacities and capabilities. Full text...

  • Kenya: 4,000 arrested in Kenya terror crackdown
    08 april 2014 18:35:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Over 4,000 suspects have been arrested in the ongoing crack down on terrorism in Kenya. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria launches emergency response to cyber security
    08 april 2014 17:32:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government Tuesday launched a Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team (CERRT.ng) Ecosystem, aimed at providing support in responding to computer, network and related cyber security incidents. Full text...

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