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  • Tunis: More than 100,000 illegal migrants listed at European borders in July
    18 august 2015 21:58:33
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – More than 100,000 illegal migrants arrived in Europe in July this year, according to a communiqué issued by Frontex, the European agency in charge of the surveillance of foreign borders within the Schengen space. Full text...

  • Mali: OIF Secretary General condemns attack on Malian hotel
    18 august 2015 20:16:19
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organization (OIF), Mrs Michaëlle Jean, has condemned the attack perpetrated on 7 August on Byblos Hotel in the Malian city of Sevare, near Mopti, which claimed the lives for 13 including. Full text...

  • Sudan: Mbeki invites disagreeing Sudanese groups to negotiating meeting in Addis Ababa
    18 august 2015 18:21:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - In furtherance of the efforts to bring all Sudanese disagreeing parties to the negotiating table, the Chairman of the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), Thabo Mbeki, has invited leaders of the Darfur rebel movements and political opposition for a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, next week. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges stronger UN-regional organisation partnership
    18 august 2015 17:54:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Since the United Nations increasingly shares responsibility Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council stresses 'zero tolerance' against sexual abuse by UN personnel
    18 august 2015 17:21:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council on Tuesday welcomed UN Secretary-General Ban Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights office alarmed by ISIL's recurring violence in Libya
    18 august 2015 15:43:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Tuesday expressed concern over violence in Sirte, Libya, involving militants claiming Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in CAR vows full investigation into allegations of abuse by peacekeepers
    18 august 2015 13:59:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) says it is determined to investigate fully all allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by its forces in the country and to hold to account perpetrators of such acts. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns assassination of senior army officer in Burundi
    18 august 2015 13:49:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has condemned the assassination of Burundi’s former Army Chief of Staff, Col. Jean Bikomagu, who was shot dead by unknown assailants in the capital, Bujumbura, on 15 August, which is the second killing of a senior official in the crisis-torn country this month. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mandela family embroiled in fresh scandal
    18 august 2015 11:41:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - In the latest saga to affect the family of the late South Africa President and global icon Nelson Mandela, police have confirmed that a grandson of the former world statesman is facing rape charges. Full text...

  • Mali: UN mission condemns violation of ceasefire in Kidal region
    17 august 2015 19:11:53
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – After eruption of fighting over the weekend in northern Mali’s Kidal region between armed groups, breaking the ceasefire, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country, known as MINUSMA, on Monday issue a firm condemnation of the ceasefire violation. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns South Sudanese president for threatening to kill journalists
    17 august 2015 18:46:13
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Monday condemned statements made by South Sudan's President Salva Kiir in which he threatened to kill journalists for reporting "against the country." Full text...

  • Mali: Bamako condemns ceasefire violation in Kidal region
    17 august 2015 17:26:22
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian government Monday has strongly condemned Saturday's exchange of fire between between armed groups linked to Azawad Coordination (CMA) and the pro-government self-defence GATIA groups in the far-northern region of Kidal. Full text...

  • UN: ICC President urges new relationship with African countries
    17 august 2015 15:55:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF provides support services for CAR's alleged raped victim
    17 august 2015 14:44:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Officials of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) have met with a young girl Full text...

  • South Africa: State to appeal Oscar Pistorius conviction
    17 august 2015 13:44:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The State on Monday filed its heads of argument in the Oscar Pistorius case at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Sudan: 16 injured in chopper crash
    16 august 2015 22:30:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sixteen passengers were wounded, some seriously, when a helicopter belonging to the UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) crashed-landed at Saraf Omrah airstrip in North Darfur, West Sudan, the official Sudanese News Agency, SUNA, reported on Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: '24 property worth billions seized from 3 corrupt civil servants'
    16 august 2015 11:11:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Against the backdrop of the anti-corruption stance of the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, one of the nation's anti-graft agencies has seized 24 houses and pieces of land as well as exotic cars from just three civil servants in only one ministry. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Air force bombards Boko Haram fortress
    16 august 2015 10:59:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A few days after President Muhammadu Buhari directed the new military chiefs to defeat Boko Haram in three months, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has started an aerial bombardment of the insurgents' fortress in the Sambisa Forest in North-east Borno State, the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission Libya condemns ISIL attacks in Sirte, urges Libyans to unite
    16 august 2015 07:14:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning attacks in Sirte by the so-called Islamic State (Daesh), the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has said it is high time that Libyans reach a consensus on a unity government to address the country's challenges. Full text...

  • Rwanda : 5 Rwandan pacekeepers killed in CAR laid to rest
    15 august 2015 15:22:55
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Five Rwandan peacekeepers who were killed by one of their comrade last week in a suspect "terrorist" act while under UN mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA), have been laid to rest at the Kanombe military cemetery, a suburb of Kigali city, military sources revealed Saturday here Full text...

  • UN: UN agency commends Cameroon, Chad, Niger for harbouring Nigerian refugees
    15 august 2015 15:12:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has expressed concern about the escalating violence in and around Nigeria and its impact on the situation of Nigerian refugees in surrounding host countries, including a shrinking humanitarian space in which they can seek asylum. Full text...

  • UN: UN humanitarian official urges sustained support for relief efforts in Mali
    15 august 2015 14:59:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Food insecurity in Mali will only grow if national parties fail to commit to peace and stability in the country, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Africa's Sahel region, Toby Lanzer, warned, urging the international community to remain engaged with the country’s urgent humanitarian needs. Full text...

  • 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...

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