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  • UN: UNHCR agency reports on growing number of Nigerian refugees
    17 october 2014 21:46:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Amid an intensifying campaign of violence committed by insurgent groups in north-eastern Nigeria, the number of refugees fleeing the conflict into the West African country’s neighbouring states has steadily increased significantly, the UN refugee agency warned on Friday. Full text...

  • Malawi: Malawi Assets Director arrested
    17 october 2014 20:52:09
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The Anti Corruption Bureau on Friday arrested the newly-appointed Assets Director, Christopher Tukula. Full text...

  • UN: Militia in CAR urged to respect medical facilities
    17 october 2014 19:16:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Armed groups in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, have been urged by the UN to protect civilians and to leave health facilities alone. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief says funding gap looms for Ebola, ISIL
    17 october 2014 18:50:50
    New York, US (PANA) - Combating the "twin plagues" of Ebola and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), while addressing the largest number of forcibly displaced people since World War II amid budget cuts, is like being asked to use a boat and bucket to cope with a flood, the UN human rights chief said. Full text...

  • UN: 'More asylum-seekers from Africa died trying to reach Yemen in 2014'
    17 october 2014 18:40:28
    New York, US (PANA) - More migrants and asylum-seekers are dying in attempts to get to Yemen, mainly from the Horn of Africa, this year than in the last three years combined, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN demands safe release of abducted personnel in South Sudan
    17 october 2014 18:29:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Friday strongly condemned the recent abduction of UN personnel at the airfield in Malakal, South Sudan, and demanded the safe release of those still being detained. Full text...

  • UN: Ban declares eradication of poverty a 'most fundamental obligation'
    17 october 2014 18:24:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Friday marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, with calls to accelerate efforts in eliminating poverty in all its forms. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt, Boko Haram agree on ceasefire
    17 october 2014 16:52:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government and the terrorist group Boko Haram have reached a deal for an immediate ceasefire, the Lagos-based, private Channels TV reported from here Friday, quoting Chief of Defence Staff Alex Barde. Full text...

  • Malawi: Court convicts second suspect in Malawi's 'cashgate' scandal
    17 october 2014 16:40:57
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - A magistrates' court in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, Friday convicted the second suspect in what is now known as 'cashgate' scandal, which was actually a systematic plunder of government money. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria govt, Boko Haram 'reach ceasefire deal'
    17 october 2014 15:57:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government and the terrorist group Boko Haram have agreed on an immediate ceasefire, the local Channels television station reported Friday, quoting Chief of Defence Staff Alex Badeh. Full text...

  • South Africa: State calls for 10-year jail term for Pistorius
    17 october 2014 13:02:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The sentencing procedures in the high-profile Oscar Pistorius trial ended on Friday with prosecutor Gerrie Nel urging Judge Thokozile Masipa to ensure that the Paralympian serves a minimum of 10 years in jail. Full text...

  • Burundi: Burundi prepares against terror threats
    17 october 2014 11:03:52
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Some 48 officers from the anti-terrorist unit of the Burundian National Police (PNB) will be positioned at the international airport of Bujumbura after receiving specialised training from the French gendarmerie and police, airport sources said in the Burundian capital on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in DRC condemns deadly rebel attacks in eastern territory
    17 october 2014 06:07:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mr. Martin Kobler, has condemned a recent upsurge in deadly attacks in the eastern territories linked to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy calls for more funding, govts' action to tackle Sahel challenges
    17 october 2014 06:03:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The African Sahel region needs more resources, more governments' joint action and faster ways to deal with the structural challenges, like climate change, and successes on peace processes in Sudan's Darfur region, northern Mali and Libya, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Mr. Robert Piper, said. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief deplores attacks on Darfur peacekeepers
    17 october 2014 05:50:28
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Thursday's deadly attack against the UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which claimed the lives of three peacekeepers. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says journalists banned from Ebola Treatment Units in Liberia
    16 october 2014 19:25:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Thursday said authorities in Liberia have banned journalists from entering Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), thus preventing them from reporting freely on issues related to Ebola. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian revenue agency says NGOs in business must pay tax
    16 october 2014 19:16:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's Federal Government is to begin enforcing tax compliance by non-governmental and religious organizations involved in profitable activities without filing returns to tax authorities, according to officials of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy condemns deadly terrorist attack in Mogadishu
    16 october 2014 18:28:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in Somalia, Nicholas Kay on Thursday condemned the latest terrorist attack to hit the country's capital, Mogadishu, leaving a number of people dead and many more injured. Full text...

  • Senegal: Survey shows Africa assigns more blue helmets than other regions
    16 october 2014 16:12:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Good Governance Africa (GGA), a research organization, said Thursday that going by its recent survey, Africa's contribution of troops to UN peacekeeping missions is more than any other region of the globe. Full text...

  • Libya: Benghazi calm after Wednesday's armed clashes
    16 october 2014 13:51:53
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – The city of Benghazi remained relatively calm Thursday after the violent clashes on Wednesday between the units of the Libyan army and the Islamist militias, witnesses say. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Mother of ex-Ivorian president Gbagbo dies
    16 october 2014 12:00:59
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The mother of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo died Wednesday while returning from exile in Ghana, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: New approach paves way to manage violence in cities of global South
    16 october 2014 09:37:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Violence in cities across Africa, Asia and Latin America is here to stay and can no longer be seen as a problem which can be challenged and overcome through development programmes, said a new research in the October issue of Environment and Urbanization published Thursday in the UK and made available to PANA here by the Full text...

  • US: New York imams denounce extremist acts
    15 october 2014 22:24:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Muslim clerics, known as imams, from mosques in New York, have denounced violent extremist acts around the world, describing the actions as "unIslamic" and a complete negation of what Islam stands for. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Federal Executive Council approves first policy on labour migration
    15 october 2014 20:54:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved a draft national policy on labour migration aimed at effectively addressing the movement of labour across national and international borders. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 59 Nigerian soldiers arraigned for mutiny, conspiracy
    15 october 2014 20:34:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Fifty-nine Nigerian soldiers led by Corporal Andrew Alabi were on Wednesday arraigned at a Military Court Martial sitting at the Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja, for mutiny and conspiracy to commit mutiny. Full text...

  • UN: Report stresses security sector reform in DR Congo
    15 october 2014 19:13:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The Government of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must Full text...

  • Nigeria: Cameroonian, Nigerian defence chiefs discuss trans-border military operations
    15 october 2014 18:45:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Top military delegations from Nigeria and Cameroon Wednesday began a three-day inaugural coordinating conference in Abuja on trans-border military operations. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Federal govt. to amend firearms legislation, block flow of illicit weapons in Nigeria
    15 october 2014 17:58:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Faced with a serious flow of illicit firearms into the country, the Nigerian government said Wednesday it intends to improve its legislation on arms control in a bid to block weapons feeding the Boko Haram insurgency. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ to release new report on impunity, press freedom
    15 october 2014 17:00:57
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Wednesday it will release a new report on impunity and press freedom on 28 October 2014. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNICEF says handwashing important tool in fighting Ebola
    15 october 2014 16:49:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – As the world celebrated the seventh Global Handwashing Day, UNICEF said the fight against Ebola further underscores the practice of handwashing in disease prevention. Full text...

  • Chad: UNICEFencourages hand washing in Chad to avert diseases
    15 october 2014 16:35:42
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - UNICEF representative in Chad Bruno Maes has advised the general public to wash their hands regularly with clean water and soap, saying it is the cheapest and most effective way to protect themselves against many diseases. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: US issues Addis Ababa terror warning
    15 october 2014 14:31:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The US has issued an alert of a potential terror attack in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, targeting places frequently used by foreigners. Full text...

  • UN: UN spotlights rural women as 'force' to drive global progress
    15 october 2014 14:18:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN says rural women are key agents for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya's response to terrorism blamed for worsening youth radicalism 
    15 october 2014 13:08:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya government’s response to terrorism, involving the assassination of top Muslim clerics and mass arrests, is making the problem worse, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) said in a new research paper Wednesday. Full text...

  • Burundi: Govt. hails naturalization of Burundian refugees in Tanzania
    15 october 2014 12:53:33
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Burundian government has said it is satisfied with the issuance of Tanzanian citizenship to some 162,000 Burundians who had taken refuge in Tanzania since the 1970s. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abducted girls not any closer to home, 6 months later (News Analysis by Segun Adeyemi, PANA Correspondent, Lagos)
    15 october 2014 12:04:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As the level of mistrust between the Nigerian government and the group spearheading the campaign to free the over 200 girls who were abducted from their school in northern Chibok grew higher Tuesday, the six-month anniversary of the girls' abduction, indications are that the girls may not be any closer to home than they were six months ago, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: '1m Somalis at risk of starvation'
    15 october 2014 08:45:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite some political and security gains, the humanitarian situation in Somalia has deteriorated, with more than three million people now in need of assistance, including over one million Somalis who do not have enough to eat, UN envoy in Somalia Nicholas Kay has warned. Full text...

  • South Africa: Twist in Madikizela-Mandela's challenge against Mandela's estate
    15 october 2014 08:20:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - In a dramatic development in Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s legal challenge against the estate of Nelson Mandela, her defence is claiming that her divorce from the former world statesman was fraudulently obtained. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Journalists "shocked" by president Marzouki's media attack
    14 october 2014 21:08:08
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The national trade union of Tunisian journalists says it is "shocked" by a statement made by President Moncef Marzouki describing the media in general and the national television in particular as "liars and corrupt". Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR calls for unhindered humanitarian access to IDPs in CAR
    14 october 2014 20:24:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says it is alarmed at the recent outbreak of violence in parts of the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, targeting civilians, humanitarian workers and United Nations peacekeepers. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief condemns attacks against rights defenders, activists in Libya
    14 october 2014 18:49:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Full text...

  • UN: 'Violence in Bangui hinders humanitarian work'
    14 october 2014 18:04:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday Full text...

  • Nigeria: Cameroonian, Nigerian military officials meet on ways to tackle Boko Haram terrorism
    14 october 2014 17:28:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian and Cameroonian armed forces will hold their first ever three-day bilateral defence meeting Wednesday at Defence Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, officials said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Five Libyan soldiers killed in clashes in Benghazi
    14 october 2014 15:01:42
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - Five Libyan soldiers were killed Tuesday in Benghazi, two in violent clashes around the airport, and three others in separate operations, as violence continued in Libya's second largest city. Full text...

  • South Africa: Don't sent Pistorius to jail - Social worker
    14 october 2014 12:05:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A social worker has recommended that double amputee Oscar Pistorius should not be jailed over the killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, as arguments in mitigation of his sentencing continued Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niamey pact will curtail terrorism - Jonathan
    14 october 2014 09:31:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The agreement by the leaders of Nigeria and its neighbouring countries last week will soon drastically curtail the activities of insurgents and other cross-border criminals, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has said. Full text...

  • UN: UN warns of growing humanitarian crisis in Somalia
    13 october 2014 22:36:11
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, on Monday expressed extreme concern over the unfolding humanitarian crisis in southern, central and north-eastern Somalia where numerous communities remain "desperately" in need of water, food and healthcare. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy, South Sudan govt agree on steps to tackle sexual violence
    13 october 2014 22:05:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Mrs. Zainab Bangura, on Monday warned that sexual violence is a consistent characteristic of the conflict in South Sudan, and is being perpetrated by all the parties. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials call for integrated, peaceful Africa
    13 october 2014 19:36:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials on Monday in New York said that although many African countries and communities have made great progress in peace and security, human rights, good governance and the rule of law, more remains to be done. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan tasks Nigeria's neighbours on sharing intelligence about Boko Haram
    13 october 2014 18:27:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has tasked countries sharing borders with Nigeria to work towards information sharing in order to curb the activities of Boko Haram insurgents operating on the fringes of their territory. Full text...

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