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  • Ghana: Bodies of nine holiday makers washed ashore
    23 april 2014 22:18:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Nine bodies have been washed ashore on two beaches around the Ghanaian capital, Accra, following the Easter holidays, police announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Report highlights potential of mobile technology to advance literacy
    23 april 2014 20:54:43
    New York US (PANA) - A new report released on Wednesday to mark World Book and Copyright Day says mobile technology can advance literacy and learning in under-served communities around the world. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA university honours Nigerian author, Okri
    23 april 2014 11:33:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Acclaimed Nigerian author Ben Okri will receive an honorary doctorate at the University of Pretoria’s Autumn Graduation Ceremony in South Africa on Friday, the university said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Work resumes after Easter holidays
    22 april 2014 12:31:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Public sector workers in Nigeria were back at their desks Tuesday after the Easter holidays, declared by the federal government to enable Christians to celebrate the festival. Full text...

  • Mali: ECOWAS to step up fight against organized crime
    19 april 2014 10:22:38
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has reaffirmed its commitment to step up the fight against organized crime by harnessing efforts of the police from different member States. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt declares holiday to mark Easter
    18 april 2014 09:08:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Friday (18 April) and Monday (21April) have been declared public holidays in Nigeria to mark Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. Full text...

  • Kenya: 46 Kenyans picked for US Young African Leadership Fellowship
    16 april 2014 17:55:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi has named 46 Kenyans to participate in the first ever Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellowship. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU to release 45m euro for South Sudan relief
    14 april 2014 09:59:23
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) is to release 45 million Euros for humanitarian relief in South Sudan, where the humanitarian situation has continued to deteriorate following an internecine war that has killed and displaced thousands in the country, the EU said. Full text...

  • Mali: Police chiefs from ECOWAS member states to meet in Bamako
    10 april 2014 20:19:58
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Police chiefs from ECOWAS member countries will meet on 16-17 April in Bamako, together with different other actors, to look at how to improve their capacity to fight trans-national crime in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo to reduce unemployment and underemployment
    26 march 2014 16:23:49
    Lomé, Togo ( PANA) - Togo has set itself the goal of reducing by at least 8% the combined rate of unemployment and underemployment over five years. Full text...

  • Mali: China gives Mali computers, office equipment for ICT park
    21 march 2014 19:12:05
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – China on Friday donated computers and office equipment to Mali to rebuild its ICT park that was damaged during the March 2012 military coup in the West African state. Full text...

  • Mali: Yacouba Katilé elected Secretary-General of national workers’ union
    19 march 2014 20:42:06
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali's main trades union, the National Workers' Union (UNTM), has elected a 48-member executive board and working committees with Customs Inspector Yacouba Katilé as secretary-general. Full text...

  • Benin: Education workers union urges members to continue strike
    16 march 2014 14:39:02
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - An education sector union in Benin has called on its members to continue with their strike following a failed negotiation with the country's President. Full text...

  • Benin: Opposition seeks end to social revolt
    16 march 2014 12:22:48
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Benin's opposition coalition has urged stakeholders to seek an urgent resolution of the social revolt which has wracked the West African nation since 7 Jan. Full text...

  • UN: Malians begin reconstruction of damaged Timbuktu mausoleums
    14 march 2014 21:38:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) says local masons in Timbuktu, Mali, on Friday started to lay down the first earthen bricks to reconstruct World Heritage mausoleums damaged when radical Islamists occupied the northern part of the country in 2012. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU announces Euro 81-million aid for CAR
    13 march 2014 20:51:19
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Commissioner for Development, Andries Piebalgs, is on Thursday beginning a working visit in the Central African Republic during which he will announce a new aid worth Euros 81 million to the country. Full text...

  • Mali: UNHCR to repatriate 25,000 Malians in 2014
    13 march 2014 20:41:23
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR ) is considering the repatriation of some 25,000 Malian refugees in 2014 and another 42,000 by the end of 2015. Full text...

  • Mauritania: NGO organizes free medical consultations for albinos
    13 march 2014 18:07:20
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian Association for the Social Integration of Albinos (OMAIA), in partnership with the National Association of Physicians and a Mauritania-based mobile phone company, on Thursday organized a one-day free consultations covering ophthalmology and dermatology for the albino population, organizers told PANA here. Full text...

  • Libya: Kidnapped son of Libyan special forces Chief released
    05 march 2014 17:55:57
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The son of the Libyan army special forces chief, Ali Ounis Boukhamada, abducted over two months ago, was released Wednesday in Benghazi, Eastern Libya, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Mali: EU donates observation aircraft to Mali's National Civil Aviation Agency
    25 february 2014 20:23:58
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The European Union ( EU) has donated to Mali's National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) an observation aircraft for the security of airport hubs throughout the country, PANA learnt Tuesday from official sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS, Benin promote regional integration with Caravan
    25 february 2014 12:26:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission and the Government of Benin Republic will use the 9th Benin National Caravan, which opened Monday, as a collaborative platform to sensitise the citizens on the ECOWAS-led regional integration process, the Commission said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mali: US grants Mali 26b CFAF for health, education and food security
    25 february 2014 00:08:00
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali and the US Monday in Bamako signed three financing agreements worth 26 billion CFAF (US$54.4 million) and covering health, education and food security, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • US: UN marks World Social Justice Day
    20 february 2014 16:17:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday marked the World Day of Social Justice with Full text...

  • CAR: UNAIDS boss alarmed at looming CAR 'humanitarian tragedy'
    19 february 2014 22:45:10
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – UNAIDS executive director, Mr Michel Sidibé, on Wednesday expressed concern at the looming “humanitarian tragedy” in the Central African Republic (CAR), characterised by the unprecedented political, social and security crisis. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Terrorists kill four in ambush
    16 february 2014 15:32:01
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Four persons, including three members of the Tunisian security forces, were killed early Sunday in the town of Jendouba, north-west Tunisia, in an ambush by a group of gunmen suspected to be terrorists, the Home Affairs Ministry announced. Full text...

  • US: UN reports highlights challenges faced by young migrants
    15 february 2014 19:59:30
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN report on Saturday spotlighted the significant impact of young migrants on origin, transit and destination countries and communities, as well as the challenges they face, as told in their own voices. Full text...

  • Nigeria: AIDS control body warns Valentine Day's celebrants
    14 february 2014 09:55:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has warned against activities that could heighten the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), as the country joins the rest of the world to celebrant Valentine's Day, which is observed annually 14 Feb. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: Pan African University recruiting rectorate staff
    13 february 2014 14:27:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Pan African University (PAU), a continental academic network of higher education institutions of excellence for postgraduate studies and advanced research, is currently recruiting staff in various senior positions. Full text...

  • Benin: Police order registration of motorcycles
    12 february 2014 22:03:51
    Cotonou , Benin (PANA) - Benin police on Wednesday announced that all motorcycles in the country should be registered by 1 August 2014 to guarantee ownership and check theft. Full text...

  • South Africa: Group to push for access to information for African citizens
    11 february 2014 09:23:06
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is to embark on 'joint actions and campaigns' to ensure access to information for African citizens, promote journalists' safety, challenge impunity in the killing and other forms of attacks against journalists, and bring about the repeal of repressive and obnoxious laws that curtail freedom of expression. Full text...

  • Tunisia: ''Dangerous terrorist" killed, three others arrested in Tunisia
    09 february 2014 17:31:52
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A suspected terrorist was killed and three others arrested during a security operation carried out overnight Sunday near the Tunisian capital, Tunis, Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said. Full text...

  • Benin: Social unrest threatens achievement of MDGs
    09 february 2014 13:07:31
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The Non-Governmental Organisation Social Watch Benin has warned that the social unrest in Benin could prevent the country from achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'Social problems account for 48.3% of divorce cases in Tunisia'
    08 february 2014 15:47:57
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Divorce cases between couples have been on the rise in Tunisia in the last five years following what officials called "social crisis and disruptions", according to a study by the Tunisian Women Affairs and Family Ministry. Full text...

  • South Africa: Two more miners die
    07 february 2014 09:45:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Two more miners have died in accidents at two gold mines in South Africa’s North West and Free State provinces, bringing the total number of mine deaths in recent days to 10. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Humanitarian organizations to mobilize US$ 107 million for Mauritania
    06 february 2014 15:56:06
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Representatives of several international humanitarian organizations ended their two-day mission here Thursday with a resolution to mobilize US$ 107 million with which to assist some 530,000 Mauritanians affected by food insecurity, malnutrition and floods. Full text...

  • Ghana: 'ECOWAS committed to bright future of community children'
    05 february 2014 11:56:45
    Akosombo, Ghana (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission is committed to ensuring the brightest future for Community children through the implementation of various child protection, education and development programmes, ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo said in Akosombo, Ghana, Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ex-Nigerian athlete, Monye, gets life for murder
    05 february 2014 10:48:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A South African court Wednesday sentenced former Nigerian athlete Ambrose Monye to life imprisonment along with co-accused Andre Gouws. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mandela's estate worth US$4.6m
    03 february 2014 12:37:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The provisional assessment of former South African President Nelson Mandela's estate has put its worth at about US$4.6 million, according to Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke. Full text...

  • South Africa: UK businessman, Dewani, fails in bid to stop extradition
    31 january 2014 12:39:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - British businessman Shrien Dewani, who is accused of masterminding the 2010 murder of his wife Anni in Cape Town, South Africa, has lost his appeal against an earlier ruling that he can be extradited to the African nation for trial. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: New AU chair wants international conference on migration
    31 january 2014 07:49:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania has assumed office as the new African Union (AU) chairperson with a proposal for the holding of a “major international conference” on migration and its impact on African economies. Full text...

  • UN: '125 million school children globally lack quality education'
    29 january 2014 21:40:54
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN report says some 125 million school children around the world are unable to read a single sentence, even after four years of attendance, leading to a waste of US$129 billion a year. Full text...

  • Senegal: Africa Progress Panel gets new deputy director
    28 january 2014 16:30:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Africa Progress Panel (APP) Tuesday named Max Bankole Jarrett as its new Deputy Executive Director, the panel revealed in a statement received here by PANA. Full text...

  • Special Security: Nigeria counts on regional support to end terror (By Abudu Babalola, PANA Correspondent, Lagos)
    23 january 2014 22:39:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As the fight against terrorism intensifies at the national level in Nigeria, the link between the internal and international terrorist groups, has made it imperative for regional co-operation and support to win the war. Full text...

  • Senegal: Bill Gates Foundation supports "Plan Senegal Emergent"
    23 january 2014 20:56:41
    Davos, Switzerland, Senegal (PANA) - The president of Bill Gates Foundation for Global Development, Christopher Elias, on Thursday expressed support for an ambitious development plan mooted by Senegalese president Macky Sall to be a basis for sustained growth and to fight poverty. Full text...

  • South Africa: Miners on strike over wage dispute
    23 january 2014 08:26:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Tensions are running high in South Africa’s North West province where tens of thousands of miners have gone on strike over a wage dispute. Full text...

  • Mali: Monument for fallen soldiers commissioned
    21 january 2014 18:00:44
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, on Monday unveiled a monument built for the remembrance of Malian soldiers who died during the war with the North-based Islamist armed groups, PANA has reported. Full text...

  • South Africa: US$3,000 Mandela book to be published
    20 january 2014 08:29:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Following the recent death of global icon Nelson Mandela, UK publishing brand Opus, in association with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, has announced the publication of an enormous book that chronicles his life and times. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama leads broadcaster Komla Dumor tributes
    19 january 2014 08:01:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Mahama has led the country in paying tribute to broadcaster Komla Dumor who died in London on Saturday, calling him one of the most illustrious sons of Ghana. Full text...

  • Togo: First group repatriated from Bangui
    16 january 2014 21:53:59
    Lomé,Togo (PANA) - About 40 Togolese living in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, have arrived back home from the troubled country where bloody clashes between Christians and Muslims have claimed more than 1,000 lives. Full text...

  • UN: Mission provides platform for South Sudan students' final exams
    15 january 2014 18:15:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is assisting hundreds of students to complete their primary education this week by providing the platform for them to sit for their final examinations, disrupted when fighting broke out between anti- and pro-government forces. Full text...

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