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  • Nigeria: Govt reorganising Ministry of Defence to defeat Boko Haram insurgents
    09 september 2014 16:33:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria is to reorganise its Ministry of Defence in order to hasten the achievement of the set goals of defeating the Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges facing the country. Full text...

  • Zambia: FODEP expresses concern over issuance of national IDs to Angolan refugees
    09 september 2014 14:49:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has denounced the issuance of National Registration Cards (NRC) by the Zambian Ministry of Home Affairs to former Angolan refugees in Zambezi, western Zambia, warning that this is a recipe for electoral confrontations ahead of the parliamentary by-elections in Zambezi West constituency. Full text...

  • South Africa: British honeymoon murder accused back in court
    09 september 2014 12:06:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - British businessman Shrien Dewani Tuesday appeared in the Western Cape High Court, where his lawyers indicated they were seeking phone bills and prison records to help them prepare for his high-profile murder trial next month. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy supports state formation process in south-west Somalia regions
    08 september 2014 22:50:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, on Monday urged political rivals in the south-western part of the country to take another step towards peace and stability with the establishment of a new interim regional administration. Full text...

  • Nigeria: EU gives 10m Euros for women's engagement in northern Nigeria peace
    08 september 2014 22:39:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The European Union says it is committing 10 million Euros to enhance the promotion of women's engagement in peace and security in northern Nigeria being terrorised by the insurgency of the Islamist Boko Haram. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials says children suffer indiscriminate, brutal killings in conflicts
    08 september 2014 21:50:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Leila Zerrougui says the multiplication of crises affecting children since the beginning of 2014 is creating unprecedented challenges that overshadow progress to date to protect them from the impact of war. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for urgent, collective action to protect civilians against atrocities
    08 september 2014 17:35:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says today’s crises, from the Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO says literacy not only improves lives, it saves them
    08 september 2014 16:13:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Monday said with one in four young people – 175 million adolescents – unable to read a single sentence, the International Literacy Day is an opportunity to remember one simple truth: literacy not only changes lives, it saves them. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Navy foils illegal migration attempt
    08 september 2014 15:29:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian navy units on Sunday night foiled an attempt by illegal migrants to sail to Italy from the coasts of the Tunisian city of Chabad, located in the region of Mahdia, Tunisian security sources said on Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 6 killed, 20 injured in road accident
    08 september 2014 15:23:56
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Six persons were killed and 20 others injured in a road accident early Monday, in the Tunisian city of Kairouan, security sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Zambia: Tutu, Dutch Princess to visit Zambia on anti-child marriage mission
    08 september 2014 12:04:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau in The Netherland will visit Zambia next week to learn about the country’s best practices in combating child, early and forced marriage. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram captures 13 towns - Paper
    08 september 2014 09:45:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's insurgent group Boko Haram has captured 13 towns and villages in two states in the country's North-east, marking a dangerous turn in the sect's violent campaign that started in 2009. Full text...

  • Burundi: Three Italian Sisters killed in Bujumbura
    08 september 2014 08:51:22
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Three Italian Christian Sisters were killed Sunday evening in a Convent at Kamenge, a popular district in the capital city of Bujumbura, PANA learnt from security sources in Burundi. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Defence Chiefs meet in Accra
    08 september 2014 08:27:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - West African military chiefs are due to meet in Ghana's capital, Accra, for three days starting Tuesday to review the general security situation in the region and determine adequate responses, the ECOWAS Commission said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan, Derby to discuss cooperation against terrorism
    07 september 2014 16:59:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - In continuation of his government’s efforts to forge a stronger alliance against terrorism and violent extremism with neighbours, Nigerian leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, will travel to Ndjamena Monday for talks with his Chadian counterpart, President Idriss Deby. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council welcomes release of Algerian diplomats in Northern Mali
    06 september 2014 22:30:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council Saturday welcomed the release, 30 Aug. in Gao, Mali, of the two Algerian diplomats who were taken hostage by the armed group MUJAO in April 2012. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Tributes pour in for Nigerian journo killed by hit-and-run driver
    06 september 2014 18:40:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan Saturday led growing tributes to top journalist Dimgba Igwe who was killed while jogging near his residence in the commercial city of Lagos by a hit-and-run driver, who escaped. Full text...

  • South Africa: 20 years after the Mandela miracle, SA still grapples with race issues (News Analysis by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent, Johannesburg)
    06 september 2014 12:33:42
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Twenty years after Nelson Mandela swept into power on a ticket promising racial reconciliation and Archbishop Desmond Tutu declared South Africa as the “Rainbow Nation”, the country is still grappling with race issues, PANA reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Terrorists arrested, arms seized ahead of elections
    05 september 2014 19:21:02
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian authorities Friday announced the arrest of 12 alleged terrorists who were planning attacks to disrupt the country's electoral process, less than two months before parliamentary polls are held on 26 October. Full text...

  • US: White House announces Al-Shabaab leader's death
    05 september 2014 19:01:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The White House confirmed Friday that Ahmed Godane, leader of Al-Shabaab, the Al-Qaeda linked militant network in Somalia, is dead as a result of a US military targeted airstrike in Somalia on Monday. Full text...

  • US: UN releases new guidelines for child online protection
    05 september 2014 17:51:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN agencies, together with partners of the Child Online Protection Initiative, on Friday released new guidelines to provide the most accessible online tools for teens as well as to enable them to seek help and advice when they need it. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges people to 'act on charitable impulse'
    05 september 2014 16:58:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day of Charity, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on people everywhere "to act on the charitable impulse that resides in every human being to start giving and to keep on giving." Full text...

  • Benin: EU extends Euros 450 million development grant to Benin
    05 september 2014 16:26:59
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Benin will receive Euros 450 million in development assistance from the European Union (EU) for the period 2014-2020 to support the West African country's governance, energy and agriculture sectors, EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs said Friday on his arrival in Cotonou for a two-day working visit. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya asks UK to triple scholarships funding
    05 september 2014 13:35:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Amina Abdalla, has appealed to the British Government to consider increasing the "Chevening Scholarships for post-graduate studies" to facilitate the development of new leaders in the African country. Full text...

  • Senegal: South Africa to host 7th edition of African media forum
    05 september 2014 12:08:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The 7th edition of the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 12-14 Nov., PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Malawi: Malawi's biggest cash heist foiled (Correcting amount in para 1 to US$1.25 million)
    04 september 2014 19:52:37
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Over half a billion Malawi Kwacha (about US$1.25 million) was recovered in the wee hours of Thursday after a gang of smartly-dressed robbers burst into one of the major banks in the northern city of Mzuzu. Full text...

  • UN: Report details serious human rights abuses in Tripoli, Benghazi
    04 september 2014 19:37:01
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN report released Thursday cited indiscriminate violence by Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF report says violence against children universal
    04 september 2014 19:24:16
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report on Thursday said violence Full text...

  • US: Saudia Arabia donates US$10 milion for Africa's fight against terrorism
    04 september 2014 16:11:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Saudia Arabia has donated US$10 million to help Africa fight against Full text...

  • Malawi: Malawi's biggest cash heist foiled
    04 september 2014 16:00:30
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Over half a billion Malawi Kwacha (about US$1.5 million) was recovered in the wee hours of Thursday after a gang of smartly-dressed robbers burst into one of the major banks in the northern city of Mzuzu. Full text...

  • Kenya: Somali security arrest journo after speaking out against censorship
    04 september 2014 12:38:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali journalist Hassan Gessey, a radio director at the independent Dalsan Radio, is being held without charge by the National Intelligence and Security Agency after criticising a directive to restrict reporting on military operations, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Full text...

  • Gambia: Pro-govt newspaper editor freed of sedition charges
    04 september 2014 12:20:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the pro-government Gambian newspaper Daily Observer, Alagie Jobe, and his co-accused Mbye Bittaye were freed of sedition charges Wednesday by the Special Criminal Division of the High Court in Banjul. Full text...

  • Botswana: President Khama joins social media platform
    04 september 2014 07:37:57
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President Seretse Khama Ian Khama has taken his party’s campaign to the Social Media platform, as his party heightens its presence ahead of the country’s upcoming general election 24 Oct. Full text...

  • US: Obama to host meeting on terrorism 25 Sept. in New York
    04 september 2014 06:03:30
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama will convene a UN Security Council meeting Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Oil companies of not assisting in fight against crude oil theft'
    03 september 2014 20:36:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Jubrin Usman, on Wednesday accused International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in the country of not disclosing useful information needed to fight crude oil theft and other maritime crimes, and asked them to "shape up or be arrested". Full text...

  • Libya: 3 killed, 9 injured as Libyan jet fighter crashes in Tobruk
    03 september 2014 18:07:13
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  • Mali: UN Special Representative condemns attack on MINUSMA peacekeepers
    03 september 2014 17:17:06
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Mali, Albert Koenders, has strongly condemned the attack on Monday against a UN peacekeepers convoy of the Chadian contingent in the Aguelhok-Kidal corridor, said a statement issued Wednesday by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Full text...

  • Nigeria: International meeting urges action to cut off arms, funds supply to Boko Haram
    03 september 2014 16:45:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A one-day international meeting on global action against the Islamist sect Boko Haram ended here Wednesday underscoring the need to effectively address the its sources of funding and weapons, while reiterating the need for support to end the captivity of school girls the sect abducted in April. Full text...

  • Libya: Rockets pound Tripoli district
    03 september 2014 13:45:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Several rockets and other missiles Tuesday pounded the district of Enjila, western Tripoli, leaving several persons dead and injuring many others in a new sign of fresh outbreak of fighting after a few days of calm in the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Fire causes huge damage in Kigali
    03 september 2014 13:36:01
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – A huge fire Tuesday burnt down a two-floor building in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, destroying shops located within the infrastructure, sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 40 Boko Haram members killed in Cameroon
    03 september 2014 13:04:47
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Forty members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, were killed on Monday by Cameroonian soldiers in the locality of Fotokol, northern Cameroon, official sources told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Bring unlawful killers, torturers in Sudan to justice, Amnesty tells Sudan
    03 september 2014 10:49:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The brutal suppression of protests in Sudan must end, and members of the security forces responsible for killing, injuring, and torturing protesters must be held to account, two global human rights groups demanded Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: British diplomat slumps, dies at Lagos airport
    03 september 2014 09:47:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A top British diplomat Tuesday slumped and died at Nigeria's main gateway Murtala Muhammed International Airport in the commercial city of Lagos, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: New UN envoy in South Sudan urges national ownership of peace process
    03 september 2014 07:27:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The new head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ms. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns deadly attack against UN peacekeepers in Mali
    02 september 2014 21:47:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday condemned the series of recent attacks against UN personnel and contractors in northern Mali, noting that the latest incident, in which four UN peacekeepers were killed and 15 others injured, would not deter the organization’s determination to support the Malian government and people. Full text...

  • Kenya: African leaders agree sweeping security reforms against terrorism 
    02 september 2014 21:41:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African leaders have agreed on sweeping security reforms, including the introduction of a model anti-terrorism law, to be passed by all 54 countries and the implementation of an African arrest warrant against terrorists. Full text...

  • Mali: Four Chadian MINUSMA soldiers killed by explosive in Kidal
    02 september 2014 20:42:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Four soldiers of the Chadian contingent of the UN multidimensional support mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed on Tuesday when their vehicle was hit by an explosive about 30 kms from the Malian far northern city of Kidal, security sources said in the Malian capital, Bamako. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum closes Iranian cultural centre
    02 september 2014 16:57:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan on Tuesday ordered the closure of Iran's cultural centre here and gave its staff, including a cultural advisor, three days to leave the country, saying the establishment has become a security threat. Full text...

  • Mauritius: French woman faces drug trafficking charges in Mauritius
    02 september 2014 13:47:21
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Twenty-five-year-old French woman, Aurore Gros-Coissy, is facing trial Tuesday in Mauritius on charges of possessing 1,680 tablets of Subutex, a banned drug in the island, PANA learnt from judicial sources here. Full text...

  • Libya: Gunmen storm government offices in Tripoli
    02 september 2014 13:00:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan gunmen Monday stormed the headquarters of the Post and Telecommunications Department, in downtown Tripoli, the Libyan capital, as part of their protest against the reappointment of the Abdullah al-Theni as prime minister. Full text...

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