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  • Senegal: Dakar to host international forum on peace and security in Africa
    09 december 2014 20:27:19
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Crisis management, the fight against terrorism and maritime safety and security will be high on the agenda at a two-day international forum on peace and security in Africa which opens next Monday in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in South Sudan destroys weapons seized from IDPs camps
    09 december 2014 19:35:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has destroyed a deadly assortment of weapons confiscated from internally displaced persons (IDPs) living at its civilian protection sites, in order to defuse tensions in the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says two Somali journalists killed, three injured in bombings
    09 december 2014 17:07:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Two Somali journalists have been killed and three wounded in a twin bombing that targeted a restaurant frequented by journalists and officials in the south-central Somali town of Baidoa, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said late Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: SAF repulses 2 SPLM-N attacks in S. Kordufan
    09 december 2014 14:40:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) said that its forces have repulsed two simultaneous attacks on two positions in South Kordufan, about 700 kms west of the capital, Khartoum, carried out by the Sudan People Liberation movement-North (SPLM-N). Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says journalist charged for interviewing musician in Guinea
    09 december 2014 14:10:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional press freedom watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Tuesday said a Guinean journalist, Saidou Barry, is facing charges for interviewing a musician. Full text...

  • South Africa: Honeymoon murder accused leaves South Africa
    09 december 2014 14:06:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just 24 hours after being acquitted of murdering his wife, Anni, on their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010, UK resident Shrien Dewani has left South Africa. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF declares 2014 "devastating year" for millions of children
    08 december 2014 18:43:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Never in recent memory have so many children been subjected to unspeakable brutality as in 2014, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said, describing it as "devastating" for some 15 million children caught up in violent conflicts around the world. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in DRC condemns massacre, urges action against terrorists
    08 december 2014 18:30:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), Mr. Martin Kobler, on Monday condemned Sunday night’s massacres committed in DRC's North-Kivu region and called for immediate actions to eliminate terrorists. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian authorities release intercepted Russian aircraft
    08 december 2014 18:26:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria Monday announced the release of a Russian Antonov 124 aircraft seized in Kano on Saturday for allegedly being laden with weapons, saying the French helicopter on board the aircraft was not conveying any equipment that violated any agreed international standard. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches US$16 billion appeal for aid funding
    08 december 2014 18:11:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Monday launched a multi-billion dollar appeal for critical funding as its humanitarian arm and relief agencies prepare to tackle an unprecedented level of crisis around the world in 2015. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Somalia condemns deadly terrorist attacks, calls for political unity
    08 december 2014 17:46:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has condemned Friday's terrorist attacks in Baidoa, which killed at least fifteen people with many more wounded, and called for political unity following the country's parliamentary vote of no confidence in its Prime Minister. Full text...

  • Libya: Three killed in air raid on camp near Libya-Tunisia border
    08 december 2014 17:01:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Three people believed to be supporters of "Fajr Libya", a coalition of armed groups controlling Tripoli and other cities in western Libya, were killed and several others injured in air strikes launched Monday by the Libyan Air Force. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ's new report says legacy of Rwanda genocide includes media restrictions
    08 december 2014 15:26:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Monday released a new report saying legacy of Rwanda genocide includes media restrictions and self-censorship. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: 70 Ethiopian migrants die in tragic Yemeni shipwreck
    08 december 2014 14:14:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia is mourning 70 migrants, who drowned after the boat in which they were traveling sank off the coast of Yemen, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa: British honeymoon murder accused acquitted
    08 december 2014 11:53:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - British businessman Shrien Dewani was on Monday acquitted of murdering his wife Anni while on honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2010. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Over 200 prisoners escape in Nigeria jail attack
    08 december 2014 11:11:03
    Lagos, Nigeria - (PANA) - Some 270 inmates were set free on Saturday evening when gunmen dressed in police uniform stormed a prison in the Tunga area of Minna, capital of Nigeria's central Niger State, the local media reported Monday, quoting the police and eyewitnesses. Full text...

  • Togo: Road accidents kill 524 people in Togo
    07 december 2014 08:47:58
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Togo registered a total of 4,943 road accidents that killed 524 people and wounded 1,338 others from January to end November this year, according to official sources in the Togolese capital. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes African Court’s ruling on criminal defamation
    06 december 2014 19:43:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The international press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has welcomed the ruling of the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights that criminal defamation should be used only in restricted circumstances and that imprisonment for defamation violates freedom of expression. Full text...

  • UN: Human rights experts express 'deep concerns' over US race cases
    05 december 2014 22:43:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Five senior UN human rights experts have expressed dissatisfaction with the US legal system after the decision not to bring to trial the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both African-Americans killed recently by US law enforcement officers. Full text...

  • UN: UN refugee agency concerned at sudden closure of IDP camp in DRC
    05 december 2014 22:32:44
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday voiced concern over the sudden closure of a camp for internally displaced people, or IDPs, located in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), exposing some 2,000 to potential lawlessness, banditry and sexual violence against women perpetrated by militia groups still operating in the area. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights expert calls for global response to Mediterranean migrant crisis
    05 december 2014 20:45:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The rise of migrants and asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean Sea in the last few months has resulted in a global crisis that calls for a global humanitarian response, a UN human rights expert urged on Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Burkinabe journalist wins landmark freedom of expression case
    05 december 2014 20:33:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Burkinabe journalist, Lohe Issa Konate, won a landmark case against the state on Friday, after the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) issued a ruling in his favour in a defamation case. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief applauds volunteers for service to humanity
    05 december 2014 20:02:03
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that volunteers are people who act with a spirit of giving, selflessly serving their communities and inspiring others to follow by example. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Italian Coast Guard retrieve 18 bodies of migrants from Mediterranean Sea
    05 december 2014 17:54:36
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  • Tanzania: UNHCR says CAR remains one of largest humanitarian crises
    05 december 2014 17:38:26
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The situation in Central African Republic (CAR) remains one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises, yet it is at risk of becoming overshadowed by other pressing crises if more support is not provided, according to UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler. Full text...

  • The Netherhands: President Kenyatta's case has not been 'permanetly terminated' - ICC Prosecutor
    05 december 2014 17:12:08
    The Hague, The Netherlands (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court ICC), Fatou Bensouda, has said the withdrawal of charges of crimes against humanity against Kenya's President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta does not mean that the case has been permanently terminated. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR urges voluntary return of displaced people in Eastern DR Congo
    05 december 2014 16:47:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN refugee agency said Friday it was concerned by the sudden closing of a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in DR Congo’s North Kivu Province. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group urges EU to scale up effort to curb sea deaths
    05 december 2014 15:47:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - European Union member states must urgently step up efforts to protect refugees and migrants trying to reach their countries by sea after it was revealed this morning that 16 bodies were found on board a rubber dinghy rescued off the coast of Libya Thursday, said Amnesty International. Full text...

  • Kenya: Pilot missing after Al Shabaab sets crashed warplane on fire
    05 december 2014 11:49:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Pilot went missing after his fighter jet crashed in Al Shabaab-controlled territory of Jamaame in Southern Somalia and the militants set the warplane on fire, the Kenyan military said here Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in Libya urges dialogue to end crisis
    05 december 2014 07:22:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly condemned the spiralling violence in Libya, including a recent round of air raids in the western part of the country, and urged all parties in the conflict to give dialogue a chance to succeed. Full text...

  • US: Ban calls for greater police accountability in US
    05 december 2014 06:52:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged US authorities to do anything possible to respond to demands of greater accountability by its law enforcement Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official says conflict "devastated" South Sudan
    04 december 2014 22:55:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang said Full text...

  • UN: UN says violence in Kenya linked to rising inter-communal tensions
    04 december 2014 22:42:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said inter-communal tensions in Kenya have sparked outbursts of violence across the nation, Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan army launches new air strikes against armed groups on Tripoli outskirts
    04 december 2014 22:25:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan fighter jets Thursday bombarded positions of armed groups in the district of Gasr Ben Ghashir in the nation's capital, Tripoli, but there were no casualties, security sources said. Full text...

  • UN: UN official warns Security Council on Darfur's ongoing insecurity, violence
    04 december 2014 20:28:21
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous on Thursday said the situation in Sudan's Darfur region remains precarious, with intermittent clashes, inter-communal violence and a dire humanitarian crisis. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Anti-slavery activists hold sit-in in Nouakchott
    04 december 2014 19:42:04
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Dozens of Mauritanian supporters of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA) Thursday took part in a sit-in outside the Ministry of Justice in the capital, Nouakchott, to demand the release of imprisoned activists, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief launches blueprint towards sustainable development
    04 december 2014 19:19:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday stressed the need for inclusive, agile and coordinated action to usher in an era of sustainable development for all. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Lack of logistic components halts Nigerian military training by US
    04 december 2014 18:58:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria Thursday finally broke its silence over the discontinued training of an Army battalion by the US military, stating that the decision was taken because of unavailability of logistic components required for effective execution of the programme. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Brazil President Roussef in solidarity with Cape Verde victims of volcano eruption
    04 december 2014 18:45:08
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – Brazilian President Dilma Roussef has sent a solidarity message to Cape Verde President Jorge Carlos Fonseca following the 23 November volcano eruption on Fogo Island, official sources in Praia said Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: US govt. condemns terror attacks
    04 december 2014 15:04:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United States has condemned the killing of 38 people by Al Shabaab terror group in Marsabit, north eastern Kenya, on Tuesday morning. Full text...

  • Sudan: Ministers from Libya's neighbours meet in Khartoum
    04 december 2014 14:34:18
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Senior officials from Egypt, Niger, Chad, Algeria and Tunisia, besides Sudan and Libya, started a meeting here Thursday on how to find a solution to the crisis in Libya. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya is 166th in Transparency International's corruption ranking
    04 december 2014 14:08:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya is ranked 166th out of 175 countries in the report made by the Non-Governmental Organization, Transparency International, on the corruption perception index (CPI) issued Thursday. Full text...

  • Belgium: Brussels condemns terrorist attacks in Kenya
    04 december 2014 13:34:40
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Belgium has "strongly" condemned the terrorist attacks in Kenya, particularly the one that was perpetrated on Monday night in which 36 workers of a quarry were killed by the Islamist Al-Shababb militia in Mandera, not far from the border with Somalia, official sources said. Full text...

  • Togo: Authorities ban importation, sale of fireworks during Christmas holidays
    04 december 2014 12:22:09
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese authorities have banned the importation, sale and use of fireworks during the Christmas holidays, the Ministry of Security and Public safety revealed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Mali: Malian singer Fantani Touré dies
    04 december 2014 12:00:40
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian international singer, Fantani Touré, 50, also promoter of the “Festival Voices of Bamako” is dead. Full text...

  • South Africa: World Social Forum on Migration kicks off in Johannesburg
    04 december 2014 10:45:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The World Social Forum on Migration (WSFM) which will be held in Johannesburg from Friday to Monday coincides with the first anniversary of the death of world statesman Nelson Mandela. Full text...

  • Senegal: Dakar to host international workshop on terrorist threats
    04 december 2014 10:38:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal will on 17-18 March, 2015 host an international workshop to reflect on the prevention of terrorist threats, organizers announced on Wednesday in Dakar. Full text...

  • UN: UN reports renewed fighting in South Sudan
    04 december 2014 06:19:55
    New York, US (PANA) - An outburst of heavy fighting between government and opposition forces in South Sudan represents the most recent sustained hostilities between the two parties since May, UN spokesperson, Mr. Stephane Dujarric has said. Full text...

  • UN: Ban 'outraged' by deadly terrorist car bomb attack in Mogadishu
    03 december 2014 22:54:58
    New York US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed outrage at a terrorist attack in Mogadishu on Wednesday, which damaged a convoy of UN vehicles and killed and injured several Somali bystanders and security personnel. Full text...

  • The Netherlands: ICC - Prosecute Kenyatta in one week or withdraw charges
    03 december 2014 21:36:18
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday gave the prosecution one week to prosecute Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for crimes against humanity or withdraw the charges. Full text...

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