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  • Libya: Eight Libyan soldiers killed in Benghazi clashes
    14 august 2015 19:43:07
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Terrorist groups of Islamist militias Friday killed eight Libyan soldiers in an ambush on Al-Sabri road, in an area controlled by the army units, near Benghazi, military sources said. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body wants South African cops behind Marikana killings, cover-up suspended
    14 august 2015 18:22:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - All members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) implicated in the Marikana killings and subsequent cover-up must be suspended immediately pending the outcome of further investigations, said Amnesty International Friday. Full text...

  • UN: 'Month-long blockade of aid routes lifted in South Sudan'
    14 august 2015 17:22:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The month-long restrictions on the movement of goods by air and river routes in South Sudan have been lifted, allowing delivery of aid supplies in crisis-torn Malakal, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCH said Friday warning Full text...

  • Mauritius: Malagasy woman gets 13 years jail term for drug trafficking
    14 august 2015 16:34:57
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – A 40-year-old Malagasy national, Amina Houssen, was on Friday sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by a court in Port Louis after she was found guilty of importation and possession of drugs, PANA learnt from judicial sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkinabe central market gutted by fire
    14 august 2015 15:13:14
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Benfora central market, 450 km west of Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital, was gutted by fire on Thursday, PANA reported Friday, quoting the Burkina Faso News Agency (AIB). Full text...

  • UN: UN launches #ShareHumanity campaign highlights global humanitarian crises
    14 august 2015 14:42:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has launched a call for millions of people around the world to drastically change their social media feeds and share captivating tale of humanitarian heroism ahead of this year's World Humanitarian Day. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief, top UN peacekeeping officials discuss allegations of sexual abuse
    14 august 2015 14:00:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday evening in New York Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights office says Burundi crisis 'spiralling out of control'
    14 august 2015 13:53:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The situation in Burundi continues to deteriorate amid ongoing killings, Full text...

  • Libya: Libya complains to UN Security Council over crimes by Daech
    14 august 2015 11:53:59
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) – Libya's interim government has protested to the UN Security Council over crimes perpetrated by Daech (Islamic State) in Sirte, 450 km East of Tripoli, where at least 30 civilians were killed and hundreds others injured since Wednesday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: MINUSMA lauds Burkinabe soldiers on peacekeeping efforts
    14 august 2015 11:43:06
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The Commander of the UN multidimensional integrated mission for Mali stabilization (MINUSMA), Gen. Michaël Lollesgaard, on Thursday said he was pleased with the contributions made by Burkinabe soldiers to the peacekeeping operations in the sub-region. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA schools to offer Mandarin from 2016
    14 august 2015 11:21:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Department of Basic Education has confirmed Mandarin will be introduced as a subject in South African schools next year. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta tackles CNN over Obama coverage
    13 august 2015 21:21:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Uhuru Kenyatta met Tony Maddox, the Vice President of the Cable News Network (CNN), who paid a visit to offer a personal apology for the Network's July coverage of the US President Barack Obama's visit. Full text...

  • Senegal: CICC urges Ghana to prosecute atrocity crimes at home
    13 august 2015 18:20:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Coalition for International Criminal Court (CICC) has said Ghana should take steps to domesticate the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to allow for local prosecution of grave crimes. Full text...

  • Kenya: Seven school boys drown at sea in Kenya's coast
    13 august 2015 17:33:57
    Kwale, Kenya (PANA) - School authorities and government officials were late Thursday identifying bodies of seven pupils who drowned at sea in Kwale on the Kenyan coast, hours after a tidal wave surged on the Indian Ocean. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief appoints Afghan diplomat as UN envoy in Liberia
    13 august 2015 16:46:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment Full text...

  • UN: UN chief vows 'decisive action' on allegations of sexual abuse in CAR
    13 august 2015 16:32:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Vowing decisive action on reports of sexual exploitation committed by Full text...

  • Rwanda: Veteran journalist died from suspected heart attack - Autopsy report
    13 august 2015 13:13:53
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Preliminary autopsy results have indicated that one of the longest-serving journalists and former director of publication of the Rwandan Catholic Church-owned newspaper, Kinyamateka, Rev. Father Dominique Karekezi, suffered a heart attack, a source close to his family told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: North Korea threatens to withdraw its medical staff from Libya if nationals not released
    12 august 2015 22:10:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The North Korean embassy in Tripoli has threatened to withdraw all their medical staff operating in Libya, if their nationals abducted three months ago in the city of Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli, are not freed, Libyan media report on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Six survive chopper crash, 4 dead
    12 august 2015 21:34:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Six persons survived Wednesday's horrific helicopter crash in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos while four bodies have been retrieved from the wreckage of the chopper, according to rescue workers and officials of the Lagos State Government. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali selected to benefit from quality education programme
    12 august 2015 21:12:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali has been selected to benefit from a support programme to quality education initiated by the international NGO "Right to play, which has released 1.5 billion CFAF to support quality education in nine African countries, sources told PANA on Wednesday at the launch of the programme in the Malian central city of Segou. (US$1=595 CFAF) Full text...

  • Belgium: EC releases 2.4 billion euro for member States to host migrants
    12 august 2015 20:56:57
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Commission (EC), the executive body of the European Union, has released 2.4 billion euros to be shared between member states to enable them to host the hundreds of migrants who arrive in Europe after crossing the Mediterranean Sea, says a communiqué issued by the European Commission on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: '12 IS fighters killed in Sirte'
    12 august 2015 20:46:46
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – At least 12 fighters of the terrorist group, Islamic State (IS), have been killed in fighting on Wednesday in Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli. Full text...

  • Mali: CMA armed groups condemn terrorist attacks in Mali
    12 august 2015 19:55:26
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The union of armed groups (CMA) in northern Mali, which are signatory to the peace and reconciliation deal in the country, has condemned the terrorist attacks perpetrated recently, particularly on Byblos Hotel of Sévaré, and offered its condolences to families of the victims. Full text...

  • Developing story: Helicopter crashes into Lagos Lagoon
    12 august 2015 18:03:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A helicopter crashed into the Lagos Lagoon on Wednesday, but details of the crash and the casualties are yet unknown, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns sentencing of journalist in Burkina Faso
    12 august 2015 17:47:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has condemned authorities in Burkina Faso for sentencing a journalist to a three-year jail term over defamation charges. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials urge UN member states to make young people 'drivers of change'
    12 august 2015 17:34:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking International Day of Youth, UN Secretary-General Ban Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu launches youth policy, action plan
    12 august 2015 15:31:16
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has launched the 2015 Youth Policy and first ever Action Plan for Youth Empowerment and Employment, expected to result in the creation of more than 500,000 jobs for the youth by the end of 2016. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNFPA marks International Youth Day
    12 august 2015 15:24:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Wednesday commemorated te International Youth Day, under the theme, “Youth Civic Engagement,” by celebrating the actions young people around the world take to improve their well-being and that of their communities. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief expresses dismay with allegations of abuse by UN 'blue helmets' in CAR
    12 august 2015 14:56:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his consternation Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Buhari hails 'exemplary patriotism' of ruling party chair
    12 august 2015 14:54:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday hailed the ''exemplary patriotism, selflessness and dedication to the progress and well-being of Nigeria'' of John Oyegun, Chairman of the country's ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on the occasion of his 76th birthday. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights office alarmed at release of human rights abusers in Mali
    12 august 2015 13:30:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN human rights office (OHCHR) has expressed deep concern over the reported release of detainees in Mali, suspected of involvement in or formally charged with serious abuses, including war crimes, terrorist acts and gross human rights violations. Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ calls on Gambia to free journo, drop charges against him
    12 august 2015 09:57:37
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has written a letter to Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to express its concern about a journalist who has been held by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) since 17 July. Full text...

  • Botswana:Negotiations to end tax services strike continue
    12 august 2015 08:19:07
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Negotiations between the Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) and the Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) to end the ongoing strike by the Union's workers are expected to bear fruits soon, BURS officials said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Niger: ICRC continues to mobilise humanitarian emergency assistance in Niger
    11 august 2015 20:51:09
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent have continued to mobilise humanitarian assistance in Niger's Diffa region, at the border with Nigeria, where conditions have been critical. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian court acquits journalist of trumped up porno charge
    11 august 2015 16:59:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A Zambian journalist was Tuesday acquitted of an accusation of being in possession of pornographic materials two years ago, after the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove the charge. Full text...

  • Mauritania: EU gives US$ 438,000 to Malian refugees in Mauritania
    11 august 2015 14:59:00
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has given the World Food Programme (WFP) 400,000 euros (about US$ 438,800) with which the European Commission on Civil Protection (ECHO) will provide humanitarian aid, including food assistance, to 50,000 Malian refugees accommodated in the Mbera camp in eastern Mauritania, the EU delegation in Nouakchott said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty Int'l wants rape, indiscriminate killings in CAR investigated
    11 august 2015 14:39:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The rape of a 12-year-old girl and the indiscriminate killings of a 16-year-old boy and his father by UN peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic (CAR) must be urgently investigated, with those implicated in the crimes suspended immediately, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN releases US$13.2 million for humanitarian aid in CAR
    11 august 2015 13:34:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has allocated US$13.2 million for the immediate distribution of life-saving assistance targeting those affected by the ongoing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Nigeria: 4,915 barred from travelling abroad to join Islamic State
    11 august 2015 11:47:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) said it barred 4,916 Nigerians from travelling out of the country, on the suspicion that they were going to join international terrorist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), between January and March 2015. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso hosts Pan African youth conference Thursday
    11 august 2015 11:34:44
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso will host a Pan-African Youth conference 12-14 Aug. 2015, organizers said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda deploys special medical unit for UN Mission in CAR
    11 august 2015 10:54:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Some 51 Rwandan military medical personnel, including doctors and other specialists in various fields, have been deployed to serve under the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), the Rwanda military said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: US donates US$25m to Rwanda for school feeding programme
    11 august 2015 10:18:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The US government has donated US$25 million to support Rwanda to expand its school feeding programme over the next five years, the US Embassy in Kigali said Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights expert urges Mauritania to repeal bill threatening civil society
    11 august 2015 08:46:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN human rights expert Maina Kiai has called on the Mauritanian Full text...

  • Rwanda: Veteran Rwandan journalist passes away
    10 august 2015 21:05:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Long serving journalist and former director of publication of the Rwandan Catholic-owned newspaper, Kinyamateka, Father Dominique Karekezi, died suddenly on Monday, the Catholic Church said in a statement made available to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Buhari sets up advisory panel on anti-graft war
    10 august 2015 18:54:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has set up an advisory panel on his Administration's war against corruption - a major plank of his government's policy. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Detained Rwanda intelligence chief allowed to leave UK
    10 august 2015 16:39:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwanda intelligence chief, Lt.-Gen. Karenzi Karake, who was put under house arrest in London by British authorities since last June over a controversial arrest warrant issued by Spain, will be able to leave UK, after all charges against him were dropped, an official source confirmed Monday in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches report on 'State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples'
    10 august 2015 15:53:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Monday in New York launched a report, focusing on the health and well-being of the world's 370 million indigenous peoples. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian official responds to criticism over Obama ‘red-carpet’
    10 august 2015 15:45:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An Ethiopian official has defended the government over criticism that the state offered “below par” welcome to US President Barack Obama, who became the first ever American President to set foot in the East African nation late last month. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Editors hail govt's anti-corruption efforts
    10 august 2015 10:03:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The umbrella Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has hailed the federal government's fight against corruption, according to a communique issued at the weekend by NGE's decision-making Standing Committee. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in CAR investigates death of five Rwandan peacekeepers
    09 august 2015 19:52:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has launched Full text...

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