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  • Sudan: UNAMID says humanitarian workers released after over 30 days in captivity
    19 july 2014 12:03:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Three Sudanese humanitarian workers have been freed after over 30 days in captivity in North Darfur, the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said in a press release Saturday. Full text...

  • Sudan: 2 persons killed in rebel attack in Blue Nile
    19 july 2014 11:55:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A group of fighters of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) attacked an agricultural scheme in Bau Locality of the Blue Nile State, killing two workers, abducting a third one and looting sorghum, the Sudanese Media Centre (SMC) said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Publisher charged with defamation, refused bail
    19 july 2014 11:47:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian authorities should drop the charges against a publisher who has been held in police custody since Tuesday on accusations of defaming a state governor, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: Diplomat vows int'l community will help Libya out of violence
    19 july 2014 09:39:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – "The international community will not be spectators in what is happening in Libya," US ambassador to Libya, Deborah Jones, said, vowing that the perpetrators of those crimes will be punished. Full text...

  • South Africa: Cape Town to host Peace Prize summit
    19 july 2014 09:19:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cape Town will host the World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in October, marking the first time the annual event will be held in Africa. Full text...

  • US: UN, European officials concerned over attacks on civilians in CAR
    18 july 2014 20:08:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and European Commission emergency relief coordinators expressed deep concern on Friday over reports of alarming levels of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), including several cases in which armed groups deliberately targeted camps sheltering displaced people. Full text...

  • UN: WHO mourns spokesman killed in Malaysia plane disaster
    18 july 2014 19:29:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday mourned one of its staff, Mr. Glenn Thomas, a communications officer at its headquarters in Geneva, who was among the 298 passengers killed in the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN pledges acts of kindness and goodwill to mark Mandela's Day
    18 july 2014 18:34:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN pledged on Friday to promote "desperately needed" acts of kindness and goodwill and uplift poor and underdeveloped communities worldwide. Full text...

  • 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...

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