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  • Mauritius: Mauritians demonstrate against Israel
    18 july 2014 17:41:10
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Thousands of Mauritians Friday demonstrated in the capital, Port-Louis, under the banner of the "Free Palestine Mauritius Movement", in support of the Palestinian people, mainly those living in the Gaza Strip who are victims of aggression by the State of Israel, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt condemns Israeli aggression against Palestinians
    18 july 2014 17:27:42
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius on Friday viewed with great concern the escalation of violence in the Israëli-Palestinian conflict resulting in the killing of innocent people, including children, and the destruction of infrastructure. Full text...

  • South Africa: Millions mark Nelson Mandela Day
    18 july 2014 15:13:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Millions of people around the world on Friday marked the Nelson Mandela Day, according to a PANA report here. Full text...

  • Libya: UN Security Council condemns violence in Libya
    18 july 2014 15:04:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The UN Security Council on Thursday condemned the latest violence in Libya, particularly in Benghazi and the outskirts of Tripoli airport. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body faullts China for violating UN arms embargo on South Sudan
    18 july 2014 14:50:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council must impose a comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan, Amnesty International urged after receiving reports of Chinese small arms and ammunition proliferation amongst both sides in the conflict. Full text...

  • Libya: No casualty in Friday car bomb
    18 july 2014 11:39:26
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A car bomb exploded Friday morning in the district of Gargour in Libya's capital city of Tripoli, but there were no casualties, as rival militias persisted in perpetrating violence in the city. Full text...

  • UN: Ban expresses condolences after crash of Malaysia Airlines flight in Ukraine
    17 july 2014 22:46:25
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his condolences Full text...

  • UN: Envoy says recent turmoil in Libya threatens fledgling transition
    17 july 2014 22:40:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Tarek Mitri, UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), has warned that the risk of a major escalation of the recent fighting in the capital is high and threatens the fledgling political process in the country. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council briefed on roll-out of UN peacekeeping mission in CAR
    17 july 2014 20:55:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Herve Ladsous, UN Under Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, says the insecurity in the Central African Republic (CAR) remains a great concern, highlighting the need for airlift capacity and other logistical assistance to increase the number of "blue helmets" in the country. Full text...

  • Libya: Ex-Libyan MP killed
    17 july 2014 19:00:24
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Former member of the Libyan National General Congress (NGC, Parliament) Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA wants suspension of radio programme lifted in Sierra Leone
    17 july 2014 18:22:22
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Accra-based sub-regional rights body Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has appealed to Sierra Leonean authorities to lift a sixty-day suspension of popular radio programme. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Lower parliament urges President to ignore pressure on same-sex marriage
    17 july 2014 17:26:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's lower legislative chamber, House of Representatives, Thursday passed a resolution urging President Goodluck Jonathan to resist pressure from the European Parliament to repeal the law prohibiting same sex marriage in the country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Sudanese govt accused of forcing IDPs to leave camps
    17 july 2014 16:46:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An international refugee rights body has accused the Sudanese government of forcing thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to leave camps and return home to renewed Janjaweed atrocities.  Full text...

  • Tunisia: Govt. declares 3 days of mourning for terror attack victims
    17 july 2014 12:03:16
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia Thursday declared a three-day national mourning for the 14 people killed in a terrorist attack near the border with Algeria, according to a statement from the president's office. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 5 Tunisian soldiers killed near Algerian border
    17 july 2014 11:01:05
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Five Tunisian soldiers were killed Wednesday in two separate attacks by gunmen on Mount Chaambi, near the Algerian border, the official Tunisian news agency(TAP) reported, quoting military sources. Full text...

  • South Africa: Media group calls for release of Al Jazeera journalists
    17 july 2014 08:45:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has called on the Egyptian government to review the prison sentences of three Al Jazeera journalists. Full text...

  • Nigeria: German kidnapped in northeast Nigerian state
    16 july 2014 23:47:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen riding on motorcycles on Wednesday kidnapped a German national in Gombi in Nigeria's state of Adamawa, one of the three states in the north-east placed under a state of emergency because of the activities of the terror group Boko Haram. Full text...

  • South Africa: Anti-Israeli march draws thousands in Cape Town
    16 july 2014 17:59:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – An estimated 10,000 protestors on Wednesday brought the Cape Town city centre, in South Africa, to a standstill, calling for an end to the violence in Gaza Strip in Palestine. Full text...

  • Nigeria: EU approve 750m Euros for security in African countries
    16 july 2014 17:54:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Against the background of persistent insecurity, insurgencies and terrorist threats, the European Union (EU) has granted new funding of 750 million Euros to support peace and security in some African countries, including Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria sends 50 technical volunteers to Uganda Islamic University
    16 july 2014 17:45:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Department of Technical Aid Corps (TAC) has sent 50 Nigerians as university lecturers in different academic fields to the Islamic University of Uganda as volunteers with a charge that they become good ambassadors of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan requests Senate approval for US$1 billion loan to fight Boko Haram
    16 july 2014 17:00:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, Wednesday formally asked for funds to equip the Nigerian military towards fighting the war against terror, requesting the National Assembly for urgent approval of US$1 billion external loan to combat Boko Haram activities in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Benin: Govt. donates 99,998.375 CFAF to Muslim community
    16 july 2014 16:04:12
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The Benin government has donated 99,998.375 CFAF to its Muslim community as a way of supporting them this Ramadan month, PANA learnt Wednesday from official sources in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan launches Fund to assist terror attacks' victims
    16 july 2014 14:15:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday launched a Victims Support Fund Committee to ''kick-start the process of providing succour to our people who have been directly affected one way or the other by acts of terrorism in the country''. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN says Sudan's humanitarian needs reach US$982m
    16 july 2014 10:10:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A significant increase in humanitarian needs in Sudan during the first six months of 2014 has necessitated a revision of the Sudan Response Plan, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians demonstrate in support of Palestinians
    16 july 2014 10:07:07
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A group of Mauritians, members of the Free Palestine Movement, Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of the US Embassy in Port-Louis to protest against the Israeli military attacks against the Palestinian territory of Gaza, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Kenya: US bolsters Kenya's aviation security
    16 july 2014 09:58:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United States has handed over 60 million Shillings (US$673,000) in aviation security equipment to the Kenya Government, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: UN envoy meets Malala Yousafzai
    15 july 2014 22:34:14
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 90 days after about 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists in north-eastern Nigeria, the UN Special Representative for West Africa, Mr. Said Djinnit, has met with education activist, Ms. Malala Yousafzai, who was spending her birthday in Nigeria to show solidarity with the girls and their families. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Parents of abducted Chibok school girls shun Jonathan
    15 july 2014 20:09:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Parents of about 200 school girls abducted three months ago by the Islamist group, Boko Haram, and some of the girls who escaped from captivity on Tuesday shunned a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan. Full text...

  • UN: GA President says human trafficking has no place in modern world
    15 july 2014 19:45:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. John Ashe, says human trafficking has no place in the modern world. Full text...

  • UN: Official tasks Security Council on conflict relapse
    15 july 2014 19:34:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), Antonio de Aguiar Patriota of Brazil, on Tuesday said that the recent crises in the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan are painful reminders that efforts to prevent relapse into conflict remain insufficient and tools are not fully adequate. Full text...

  • Sudan: State of emergency declared in Nyala
    15 july 2014 18:09:46
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Governor of South Darfur has declared a state of emergency in the state capital, Nyala, controlling movement of vehicles and possession of arms in the city. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges respect for media freedom in South Africa
    15 july 2014 16:30:59
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for respect for media freedom in South Africa, the press freedom body stated in a letter obtained here by PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Alleged Abuja terror mastermind extradited back to Nigeria
    15 july 2014 16:11:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The alleged mastermind of the 14 April bombing in Nyanya, near Abuja, Abubakar Sadiq Ogwuche, which killed about 80 people was Tuesday successfully extradited back to Nigeria. Full text...

  • Libya: 2 Libyan airlines to repatriate 6,000 Libyans stranded in foreign airports
    15 july 2014 14:41:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan airlines and Afriqiyah Airways are to cooperate with a view to helping some 6,000 Libyans stranded in several airports across the world, following the suspension of flights to and from Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Kenya: CPJ condemns closed court hearings for 9 Ethiopian journalists
    15 july 2014 13:26:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Ethiopian government should end its politicized prosecution of nine Ethiopian journalists arrested in April. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU commends release of detainees, says more has to be done
    15 july 2014 13:17:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Monday commended the recent release of three political detainees in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, but stressed "this was not enough as more detained should be set free." Full text...

  • Libya: EU tasks new Libyan Parliament to end violence
    15 july 2014 13:13:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Tuesday called for a meeting, to be convened as early as possible, to put in place the new Libyan Parliament which will in turn ensure national consensus and get the country out of its current crisis. Full text...

  • Sudan: Darfur authorities critical of UNAMID's peace keeping mission
    15 july 2014 13:09:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) has rated the performance of the UN African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) as poor. Full text...

  • Malawi: Mysterious fire guts electoral body warehouse as recount fight rages on
    15 july 2014 13:04:32
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - A mysterious fire in the wee hours of Tuesday gutted a Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) warehouse in the capital, Lilongwe, reducing to ashes electoral materials worth millions. Full text...

  • Congo: Bishop wants all stakeholders to participate in CAR peace forum in Brazzaville
    15 july 2014 12:49:52
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Bangui Archbishop, His Eminence Dieudonné Nzapalainga, has appealed to fellow citizens of the Central African Republic (CAR) to massively participate in the Brazzaville peace forum, due for 21-23 July and meant to end the violence which the country has been going through since the coup of March 2013. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius involved in nightclub brawl
    15 july 2014 10:02:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Just one week after the defence closed its case in South Africa’s biggest-ever murder trial, the accused Oscar Pistorius is back in the headlines - for all the wrong reasons. Full text...

  • UN: Officials hail appointment of adviser on sexual violence, child recruitment in DRC
    14 july 2014 21:43:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura and Ms. Leila Zerrougui, the Secretary-General’s Special Representatives on Sexual Violence in Conflict and Children and Armed Conflict, have welcomed the appointment of a presidential adviser on conflict-related sexual violence and child recruitment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Libya: 5 dead, 9 wounded in fresh armed clashes in Benghazi
    14 july 2014 18:46:44
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – At least five persons have died and nine others wounded in fresh armed clashes on Sunday in East Benghazi, which featured Islamist militias against the retired Gen. Khalifa Haftar troops, helped by Libyan army units. Full text...

  • Mali: AU Mission donates 20 vehicles to Mali
    14 july 2014 17:49:09
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Head of the AU Mission for Mali and the Sahel (MISAHEL), Pierre Buyoya, on Monday presented 20 vehicles, valued at US$ 1 million, to the Malian Interior and Security Minister, Gen. Sada Samaké, PANA reported from Bamako. Full text...

  • UN: ICC to open Banda's trial 18 November
    14 july 2014 16:25:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The Trial Chamber IV of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday scheduled the opening of the trial of Mr. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain on 18 November 2014, for three charges of war crimes allegedly committed in Darfur, Sudan. Full text...

  • Mali: EU launches new security mission in Mali
    14 july 2014 15:57:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has launched a new security mission in Mali, called EUCAP SAHEL, Mali, to assist the Malian authorities in the training of their police officers, gendarmerie and the national guard, sources from the EU office in Mali told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army begins 4-day appraisal meeting of anti-Boko Haram operations
    14 july 2014 15:01:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Top operational commanders and leadership of the Nigerian Army Monday began a four-day meeting in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, to appraise their operational and administrative performances in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency against the Boko Haram terror group. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan assures Malala that abducted girls will be rescued safely
    14 july 2014 14:32:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Monday granted audience to visiting Pakistani girl education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, assuring her that his government is doing everything possible to ensure the safe release of the over 200 school girls who were abducted in northern Chibok more than three months ago. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius under fire over religious tweets
    14 july 2014 14:08:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Oscar Pistorius has sparked a storm of controversy by sending a Tweet to thousands of his followers, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Famous South African author, Gordimer, dies at 90
    14 july 2014 14:07:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Acclaimed South African author Nadine Gordimer has died after a short illness at the age of 90, her family confirmed Monday. Full text...

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