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  • UN peacekeepers 'concerned' about escalation of violence in CAR
    27 august 2013 21:34:35
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The UN Integrated Office for Peacekeeping in Central African Republic (BINUCA) has expressed "grave concern" about bloody clashes reported for a week in the capital, Bangui, and the other regions of the country. Full text...

  • Namibia's Dillish wins Big Brother Africa, gets US$300,000
    25 august 2013 21:38:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Namibian contestant Dillish Matthews Sunday emerged the overall winner of Season 8 of the reality show Big Brother Africa, tagged ''The Chase'', smiling home with the winner-takes-all prize money of US$300,000. Full text...

  • French President discusses CAR crisis with NGOs
    23 august 2013 22:47:18
    Paris, France (PANA) - French President François Hollande Friday held talks in Paris with the representatives of several French and international NGOs on the political and security situation in Central African Republic (CAR) since the Seleka rebels seized power, the French presidency said in a statement. Full text...

  • Ban tasks African govts on MDGs targets
    23 august 2013 19:57:49
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged African governments, development partners and the international community to boost action towards achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa. Full text...

  • Co-founder of Zimbabwe's ruling party dies
    21 august 2013 14:01:16
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - A co-founder of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU - PF) party, Comrade Enos Nkala, died Wednesday at the age of 81. Full text...

  • Nigeria health workers to begin strike
    21 august 2013 12:36:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Workers at Nigerian government's tertiary health institutions are due to begin an indefinite, nation-wide strike midnight Wednesday to protest government's failure to accede to their demand for better remuneration. Full text...

  • Nigeria's opposition seeks end to university teachers'strike
    20 august 2013 14:54:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) Tuesday urged the country's federal government to honour its agreement with the umbrella association of university teachers, the failure of which triggered the ongoing strike that has paralysed academic work in the nation's public universities. Full text...

  • Habre's trial: African extraordinary chamber sends team to Chad
    19 august 2013 20:53:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Extraordinary Chamber (AEC), which is trying the former Chadian president, Hissene Habre, for war crimes, torture and crimes against humanity, has sent a mission in Chad to conduct investigations on the ground on the charges. Full text...

  • Libya condemns attack on Egyptian Consulate in Benghazi
    18 august 2013 12:25:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya has condemned Saturday's bomb attack on the Egyptian Consulate in Benghazi, Libya's second city, saying it will not affect the excellent ties between the two North African countries. Full text...

  • Work resumes in Nigeria after Eid-eil-Fitr holiday
    12 august 2013 12:40:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian workers returned to their offices on Monday after four straight days off, two of them to observe the public holidays marking Eid-el-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Nigerian university celebrates top ranking
    06 august 2013 10:00:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria's South-west town of Ile-Ife are celebrating the ranking of the public university as the best in Nigeria and eighth in Africa by the Spain-based research group Cybermetrics Lab. Full text...

  • President Zuma challenges SABC to tell the story of SA, Africa
    02 august 2013 13:05:39
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has launched its 24-hour news channel, with President Jacob Zuma tasking the station to tell the full story of South Africa as well as the African story. Full text...

  • ECOWAS staff, Tony Luka Elumelu, excels at migration course for RECs
    02 august 2013 12:11:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - ECOWAS has again lived up to its reputation as a trail blazer in regional integration matters, with a staff of the ECOWAS Commission leading the pack of 16 participants at the just-ended intensive course on Migration Policy for Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • International Day of Friendship: UN chief urges people to inspire peace, build trust
    30 july 2013 21:40:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day of Friendship, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged the global community to use the potential of friendship to strengthen common bonds and inspire efforts for peace and sustainable development. Full text...

  • Nigeria plans housing census
    28 july 2013 21:15:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government is to carry out a housing census on a date yet to be announced as part of efforts to meet the housing needs of the country's 167 million people. Full text...

  • US agency urges Ethiopia to release religious freedom advocates
    22 july 2013 22:30:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Monday called on the Ethiopian government to release 29 individuals who it has detained and charged in court fir terrorism. Full text...

  • 'Tackle drugs, crimes for sustainable development'
    22 july 2013 20:07:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Mr. Yury Fedotov, on Monday stressed the links between combating these two significant threats for sustainable development in the world. Full text...

  • UN rights office 'concerned' over draft law on press freedom in Somalia
    20 july 2013 19:12:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has expressed concern over a draft law in Somalia that would require journalists to reveal their sources and prevent them from disseminating information against Islam or Somali traditions. Full text...

  • UNESCO condemns killing of Egyptian photojournalist
    17 july 2013 19:09:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN agency, tasked with defending press freedom, on Wednesday Full text...

  • UN aims to improve employment, living standards for persons with disabilities
    17 july 2013 18:30:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN member states on Wednesday kicked off a three-day meeting Full text...

  • Malala rallies youth to stand up for universal education
    12 july 2013 20:59:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Full text...

  • World Population Day: UN spotlights teen pregnancy, need to empower girls
    11 july 2013 20:28:22
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN marked World Population Day on Thursday by spotlighting the issue of adolescent pregnancy, and calling on governments to take measures to enable girls to make responsible life choices and realise their potential. Full text...

  • UN members agree on high-level forum to boost sustainable development
    10 july 2013 07:56:08
    New York, US (PANA) - UN member states on Tuesday agreed to establish a new High-Level Political Forum to boost efforts to achieve global sustainable development that will improve people’s economic and social well-being while protecting the environment. Full text...

  • Ramadan: Nigeria's President urges Muslims to pray for peace, security
    09 july 2013 12:55:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of this year's Ramadan fast starting in Nigeria on Wednesday, President Goodluck Jonathan has urged all the country's Muslims to offer special prayers during the period for greater peace, security, unity and rapid socio-economic development in the country. Full text...

  • UN officials stress need to address social, economic inequalities
    08 july 2013 20:34:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials on Monday emphasised the need for the international community to tackle social and economic inequalities between regions and within countries, noting that this is crucial to achieve sustainability and avert future crises. Full text...

  • UNICEF condemns deadly school attack in north-east Nigeria
    08 july 2013 19:43:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday condemned the recent attack on a school in north-east Nigeria that resulted in the deaths of a number of students and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. Full text...

  • Agreement on visitation for separated Sahrawi families reached - UN
    04 july 2013 07:29:15
    New York, US (PANA) - A meeting involving the UN refugee agency, Morocco, Frente Polisario, Algeria, and Mauritania ended on Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland, with an agreement to expand a programme of family visits between Sahrawi refugees living in camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and their families in the territory of Western Sahara. Full text...

  • Mali’s judges denounce moves to free convicted coup plotters
    03 july 2013 17:01:27
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Judges in Mali on Wednesday condemned a statement credited to the Malian interim president Dioncounda Traore, over his intention to pardon convicted coup plotters, the umbrella Union of the Malian Judges (SAM) revealed in a communique here. Full text...

  • Nigeria's oil workers begin strike Monday
    30 june 2013 16:08:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The powerful Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) announced on Sunday it will begin a three-day ''warning'' strike on Monday to protest a rash of issues, from unfair labour practices by some oil firms to the state of the nation's roads. Full text...

  • I have drug addicts in my cabinet - Nigerian state governor
    28 june 2013 09:47:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gov. Kashim Shetima of Nigeria's northern Borno state has disclosed that there are drug addicts in his cabinet, as he inaugurated a panel on drug abuse in the state that is regarded as the spiritual base of the Islamic sect Boko Haram. Full text...

  • UN chief commends Africa's progress, stresses need for accelerated growth
    27 june 2013 21:50:37
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended African countries for their continuous progress over the past 50 years, while stressing that many challenges remain in the continent and that accelerated action is needed to tackle them. Full text...

  • Stevie Wonder urges UN forum to sign treaty for the visually impaired
    22 june 2013 16:33:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Music icon, Stevie Wonder, has appealed to more than 600 negotiators at a UN forum in Marrakesh, Morocco, to finalize a new global treaty easing access to books for the blind, visually impaired and other print disabled people. Full text...

  • ILO says 10.5 million children in domestic labour
    13 june 2013 18:44:33
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) has called for an end Full text...

  • Nigerian state legalises voluntary cremation
    11 june 2013 07:38:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's South-west Lagos State has legalised voluntary cremation, following the signing into law of the Cremation Bill by Gov. Babatunde Fashola on Monday. Full text...

  • 'Number of out-of-school children dips slightly, remains high'
    11 june 2013 06:08:19
    New York, US (PANA) - New figures from the UN Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have shown that the number of children out of school dipped Full text...

  • UN chief ‘regrets’ new Burundi media law
    06 june 2013 22:15:19
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed regret that a new media law in Burundi was promulgated with provisions that may have a negative impact on the freedom of the press. Full text...

  • UN Panel releases report for post-2015 development agenda
    30 may 2013 21:13:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda on Thursday in New York released a report that sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty from the world by 2030, and deliver on the promise of sustainable development. Full text...

  • Ex-Nigeria Works Minister dies, President mourns
    30 may 2013 12:48:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Former Nigeria's Minister of Works, retired Maj.-Gen. Mamman Kotangora, has died at the age of 69, a local radio station monitored by PANA here said Thursday. Full text...

  • Local govts, regional organisations to meet in New York on poverty alleviation
    24 may 2013 19:37:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Local and Regional organizations from different parts of the world will gathered at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday to address commitments made to end extreme poverty and sustainable development. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for more push to achieve MDGs target
    21 may 2013 07:26:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasised the importance of countries stepping up their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) before the 2015 deadline. Full text...

  • UN official urges stronger global governance to achieve MDGs' target
    17 may 2013 13:09:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) President Nestor Osorio has called for a more effective and inclusive global governance system to ensure that the international community achieves the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and establishes an actionable post-2015 agenda. Full text...

  • ADEA to present awards to African education researchers
    10 may 2013 14:07:54
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) will present awards to African scholars who have published distinctive research in the field of education, at a ceremony in Sevres, near Paris, France on Tuesday, the association said in Full text...

  • Ghana doctors' strike ends
    07 may 2013 19:57:50
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghanaian doctors on Tuesday announced the end of their crippling strike that disrupted services in government health facilities and brought suffering to patients for about one month. Full text...

  • UN rights chief hails new treaty on economic, social, cultural rights
    06 may 2013 19:55:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, on Monday welcomed the birth of a new mechanism which will empower individuals to seek out justice when their rights to food, adequate housing, education or health are violated. Full text...

  • Press Freedom Day: Nigerian editors seek correction of misconception against media
    03 may 2013 07:55:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As the World Press Freedom Day is observed Friday, the umbrella Full text...

  • Freedom of expression under threat in Burundi - Amnesty International
    30 april 2013 12:48:33
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Global rights body Amnesty International said Tuesday that Burundi's new law, which will severely limit the activities of journalists in Burundi, poses a grave threat to freedom of expression. Full text...

  • Nigerian Polytechnic teachers on strike
    29 april 2013 09:00:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Teachers in Nigerian polytechnics have commenced an indefinite strike over pay and the poor work conditions, the local media reported Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt declares 1 May public holiday
    27 april 2013 13:50:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has declared 1 May as a public holiday in observance of Workers' Day, Minister of Interior Abba Moro announced in a statement Friday in the capital city of Abuja. Full text...

  • National Labour Commission takes doctors to court over ‘illegal’ strike
    25 april 2013 09:35:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's National Labour Commission (NLC) has filed a writ at the High Court seeking the powers of the court to compel striking doctors to return to the hospitals as conditions in the public health facilities continue to deteriorate. Full text...

  • SA TV station gets permission to broadcast pornography
    25 april 2013 09:29:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - In an unprecedented move, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has granted a television station, TopTV, permission to broadcast pornography in the country. Full text...

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