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  • Sudan: Khartoum denounces terrorist attack on Istanbul nightclub
    02 january 2017 16:42:46
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Monday condemned the terrorist attack that killed nearly 40 people at a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, on New Year's Day. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian govt. cracks down on opposition voices, media
    02 january 2017 14:39:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government has launched a massive crackdown on opposition voices, arresting opposition members and closing down an independent radio station, Tanraga FM radio, PANA reported here Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian Bishop calls for 'fortitude, courage' to overcome challenges
    01 january 2017 12:19:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The chairperson of the Gambia Christian Council has said Gambians need fortitude, courage and resilience to overcome the challenges they face. Full text...

  • Sudan: Joint Chief Mediator underlines reconciliation in Darfur conflict
    31 december 2016 12:31:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) - Emphasizing that there is no military solution to the conflict in Sudan's restive Darfur region, the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has vowed to continue promoting reconciliation and peace initiatives. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Angola to drop charges against two journalists
    30 december 2016 15:56:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged Angolan authorities to immediately drop charges against two journalists charged with "crimen injuria", a crime defined to be the act of "unlawfully, intentionally and seriously impairing the dignity of another." Full text...

  • UN: WFP assists one million people in northeast Nigeria in December
    30 december 2016 15:07:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday said it delivered food or cash to more than a million people in conflict-affected zones in northeast Nigeria in December, noting that over half of those in need of urgent humanitarian assistance have now been reached. Full text...

  • US: UN experts laud US decision on 'discriminatory' counterterrorism programme
    30 december 2016 07:30:06
    New York, US (PANA) – Two United Nations human rights experts have welcomed a decision by the United States to dismantle a national registry programme targeting people visiting from countries that are home to active terrorist groups, a programme that the experts labelled “discriminatory and ineffective”. Full text...

  • South Africa: Luxury yacht docks in Cape Town
    30 december 2016 07:13:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's multi-million dollar yacht My Octopus has docked in Cape Town following a trip down the west coast of Africa. Full text...

  • UN: UN expresses concern over attacks on relief workers in CAR
    30 december 2016 07:10:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday voiced concern at the resurgence of attacks against humanitarian workers in crisis-torn Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army says Shekau's new video 'mere propaganda'
    29 december 2016 17:45:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The "purported" latest video of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is "is nothing but mere terrorists' propaganda aimed at creating fear in the mind of people and to remain relevant," the Nigerian Army said Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram leader Shekau appears in new video
    29 december 2016 17:25:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has appeared in a new video to debunk Nigerian government's claim that the group has been crushed and flushed out of its Sambisa forest stronghold. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan judicial police want increased budget to care for prison inmates
    29 december 2016 17:02:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya's judicial police department has asked the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord to allocate more funds in its budget to facilitate protection of 8,000 inmates kept in the country's 32 prisons. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Church alleges 808 killed in tribal attacks by herdsmen in northwest Nigeria
    29 december 2016 16:42:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Incessant raids by alleged Fulani herdsmen have claimed 808 lives in southern Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria, according to the Catholic Archdiocese of Kafanchan which said Thursday that 1,422 houses, 16 churches, 19 shops, and one primary school were also destroyed. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 187 people die, 1,000 injured in road accidents during Christmas weekend
    29 december 2016 14:42:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's road safety agency, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Thursday said a total of 187 people died in road accidents during the last Christmas celebrations across the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Secret police confirm arrest of 3rd most wanted terrorist in the world
    29 december 2016 14:20:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's secret police, the Department of State Security Services, on Thursday confirmed that the factional leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, AbuMusab Al-Barnawi, has been arrested. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army arrest 1,240 Boko Haram suspects in Sambisa forest
    29 december 2016 06:32:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army says it has arrested 1,240 suspected Boko Haram terrorists and their families in the Sambisa forest following a mop-up operation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Israeli embassy in Abuja sets new visa rules
    28 december 2016 19:47:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Embassy of Israel in Nigeria has introduced a new visa application procedure for Nigerians with effect from 1 January 2017 that requires applicants to visit the mission's website and fill in appropriate forms. Full text...

  • US: UN expert hails US move placing atheists on equal footing with faith groups
    28 december 2016 16:41:51
    New York, US (PANA) - A United Nations human rights expert on freedom of religion or belief has welcomed the United States' legislative amendments aimed at protecting non-believers and atheists. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkinabe Jean-Baptiste Natama, among winners of the Mandela Pan-Africanism Prize 2016
    28 december 2016 14:40:30
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The former chief of staff of the African Union Commission chair, Jean-Baptiste Natama, is one of the winners of the Mandela Pan-Africanism Prize 2016, media sources reported Wednesday in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Egypt: PPF concerned over detention of Al Jazeera journalist in Egypt
    28 december 2016 14:35:21
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Pakistan Press Freedom (PPF), in a letter to Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, expressed concern over the arrest and detention of Al Jazeera journalists, Mahmoud Hussein, in Cairo, the Egyptian capital, on 25 December. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes Sudan's efforts to improve humanitarian access
    28 december 2016 07:01:27
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the Government of Sudan’s recent efforts to improve humanitarian access following the amendment of the country's “Directives and Procedures for Humanitarian Action” last week. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa's most notorious prisoner dead at 41
    28 december 2016 06:44:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Ananias Mathe, South Africa’s most notorious prisoner, died at Durban’s King Edward VII Hospital on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Prison under lockdown after deadly riot
    27 december 2016 09:19:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The government has launched a probe after three people were killed and 26 others injured in a riot involving prisoners and wardens at a prison in Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape on Monday. Full text...

  • Uganda: Nine drown, 21 missing in boat mishap on Uganda's Lake Albert
    27 december 2016 08:55:52
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Nine people have been confirmed dead and 21 others are missing after a small boat ferrying a football team capsized on Lake Albert on Christmas Day, Uganda's Daily Monitor reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma expresses sorrow over Russian air crash
    26 december 2016 12:27:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has sent his condolences to family members of victims of the Russian military plane that crashed into the Black Sea at the weekend. Full text...

  • Ghana: Death toll in Ghana LPG filling station climbs to 11
    26 december 2016 11:17:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The death toll last Thursday night's fire at a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) filling station in Accra has climbed to nine. Full text...

  • Libya: Rights group calls for medical care, safety for civilians fleeing Sirte
    26 december 2016 07:50:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A human rights group, Human Rights Watch, says Libyan authorities should ensure the safety of and urgently provide medical care for more than 120 women and children being held in a Misrata prison after recently fleeing fighting in Sirte. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights groups 'disappointed' at failure to impose arms embargo on South Sudan
    26 december 2016 06:50:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council’s failure to approve a 23 December, 2016, resolution that would have imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan and placed a travel ban and asset freeze on three senior South Sudanese leaders was deeply disappointing, seven non-governmental groups have said. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Somalia expresses concern over violence in Gaalkacyo
    25 december 2016 18:17:45
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating has expressed concern over renewed violence in the Somali city of Gaalkacyo, and called on all parties to honour the ceasefire agreement. Full text...

  • Ghana: Christians celebrate Christmas
    25 december 2016 06:43:58
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Christians throughout the world are on Sunday celebrating Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ more than 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem. Full text...

  • US: Security Council extends UN Mission in Liberia for the final time
    24 december 2016 09:57:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council has decided to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), for the final time, until 30 March 2018. Full text...

  • Libya: IOM helps 140 stranded Nigerian migrants return home from Libya
    23 december 2016 19:30:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has assisted 140 stranded Nigerian migrants, including 83 women and 57 men, three migrants in need of medical assistance, and six unaccompanied child migrants to return home to Nigeria from Libya this week. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR reports over 5,000 persons perish in Mediterranean Sea crossing
    23 december 2016 19:15:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Highlighting that the number of casualties in the Mediterranean Sea this year has crossed 5,000 with the latest reports of about 100 people feared to have drowned, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday called on countries to increase pathways for admission of refugees. Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN cautions on heavy-handed, irresponsible response to protests in DRC
    23 december 2016 18:11:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Amid reports that dozens of people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in recent days, the top United Nations human rights official has warned that repression of dissenting voices and a heavy-handed and irresponsible response to the protests risk provoking more violence and could cause further conflict in the country. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Acting UN chief in South Sudan appeals for end to fighting
    23 december 2016 17:58:16
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The Acting Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Mr. Moustapha Soumaré on Friday called on all those engaged in conflict, be with organized forces, armed groups, militias, youth groups with arms and others, to "stop all fighting and silence the guns immediately." Full text...

  • Ghana: Death toll in Ghana LPG filling station fire climbs to 9
    23 december 2016 14:25:32
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The death toll in Thursday night's fire at a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) filling station in Accra has gone up to nine, the state-owned Graphic newspaper reported. Full text...

  • Ghana: At least five burned to death in Ghana LPG filling station fire
    23 december 2016 06:05:30
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - At least five people are reported to have been burnt to death when a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) filling station went up in flames in Accra on Thursday night. Full text...

  • UN: WFP may end assistance to 150,000 IDPs in Central African Republic
    22 december 2016 21:05:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Due to a lack of funding, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) may soon halt its aid to 150,000 people in crisis-torn Central African Republic (CAR) who have been displaced by violence. Full text...

  • UN: UN allocates US$3 million to Somali refugees for pilot project
    22 december 2016 20:57:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Peacebuilding Fund on Thursday allocated US$3 million on a pilot project that will provide peacebuilding and professional skills to Somali refugees volunteering to return from Kenya to Somalia. Full text...

  • UN: UN report says most trafficked victims are women, girls, children
    21 december 2016 21:01:03
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said the vast majority of all human trafficking victims – some 71 per cent – are women and girls and one third are children. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 20 killed, 10,000 displaced in herdsmen, farmers violence in northeast Nigeria
    21 december 2016 18:16:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 20 persons have lost their lives and about 10,000 others were displaced in the recent communal clash between herdsmen and farmers in Dan-Anacha village of Gassol local government area, Taraba State in northeast Nigeria, the Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian government to reward corruption whistle-blowers
    21 december 2016 16:35:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Federal Government on Wednesday approved a new policy on whistle-blowing that aims to encourage Nigerians to report financial and other related crimes to relevant authorities. Full text...

  • US: US designates Mauritanian as global terrorist
    21 december 2016 16:25:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Department of State has designated a Mauritanian, Saleck Ould Cheikh Mohamedou as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT)" under US Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign individuals determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of Americans or the national security, foreign policy, or US economy. Full text...

  • US: New York records 60.3 million visitors in 2016
    21 december 2016 15:05:30
    New York, US (PANA) - New York City has welcomed 60.3 million visitors in 2016, surpassing the forecasted 59.7 million visitors by 600,000, according to a statement obtained by PANA in New York on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Police warn public to remain vigilant as festive season approaches
    21 december 2016 14:21:31
    Nyamagabe, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan police on Wednesday reassured the public of their safety and security during the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations and appealed to the general population to maintain the spirit of partnership and take the lead in ensuring their own safety, as the festive season approaches. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 140 Nigerians deported from Libya
    21 december 2016 10:42:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 140 Nigerians, deported from Libya for immigration and sundry offences, were flown in on a chartered aircraft that has landed at the cargo section of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief stresses need to tackle root causes of human trafficking
    20 december 2016 20:41:11
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday stressed the need to ensure justice for victims of human traffcking and accountability for perpetrators, as well as to address underlying factors by focusing on human rights and stability. Full text...

  • Gambia: Bar Association demands resignation of Gambia's Chief Justice
    20 december 2016 17:42:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia Bar Association (GBA) has called on the country’s Chief Justice, Emmanuel Fagbele, to step down with immediate effect, charging that his conduct during the recent presidential campaign was "legally inappropriate" as he showed loyalty to the outgoing APRC government. Full text...

  • Sudan: Government says 'ready for talks' with Sudanese rebels
    20 december 2016 17:22:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has assured African Union's Chief Mediator, Thabo Mbeki, its readiness for resumption of negotiation with the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) and rebel movements in the restive Darfur Region in order to attain peace in South Kordufan and Blue Nile as well as in Darfur. Full text...

  • Sudan: West Darfur officials secure abducted UNHCR workers
    20 december 2016 17:04:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Security officials in Sudan's West Darfur State have freed three workers of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from capture by unidentified abductors, State Governor Fadul Moula Al-Haga said Tuesday. Full text...

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