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  • UN mission in South Sudan, UNICEF condemn ‘brutal’ sexual assaults on roads to Bentiu
    04 december 2018 04:20:23
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) have condemned a series of brutal sexual assaults on women and girls, travelling on the road to Bentiu, a town in the north of the war-ravaged country. Full text...

  • UEMOA countries pledge to conserve their audiovisual heritage
    03 december 2018 18:26:02
    Paris, France (PANA) - Eight member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) have committed to the preservation of their audiovisual heritage by signing a directive establishing an audiovisual legal deposit, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • First-ever UN report on disability and development illustrates holes in inclusivity
    03 december 2018 17:39:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations is launching a first-ever flagship report on disability and development; published by, for, and with, persons with disabilities, in a push for a more accessible, and disability-inclusive living society. Full text...

  • Burkina government assesses national security situation
    03 december 2018 16:53:38
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso President Roch March Christian Kaboré on Monday chaired in Ouagadougou the High Council of National Defence (CSDN) as it discussed the security situation in the country marked by a resurgence of terrorist attacks. Full text...

  • Mandela tribute concert marred by violent crime
    03 december 2018 15:43:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The organisers of the Global Citizen Festival, held to celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela, have expressed deep regret at reports that many revellers were attacked and mugged outside the stadium on Sunday night and the early hours of Monday morning. Full text...

  • Thousands trek to work as PSVs are banned from Nairobi CBD
    03 december 2018 15:28:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Thousands of Nairobi County residents were forced to walk to their places of work or business on Monday after the city authorities started effecting the ban on Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) from the Central Business District (CBD). Full text...

  • Libyans worried about rising assassinations of leaders of armed groups, senior security officers
    03 december 2018 13:16:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - In the face of rising assassinations of leaders of armed groups and people in charge of official security in the Libyan capital, a question that is popping is: Are they to settle scores within the armed groups or the result of weak security arrangements? Full text...

  • Heavy rains wreak havoc in Benghazi
    03 december 2018 10:45:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Heavy rains in the past 24 hours in Benghazi have wreaked havoc in the eastern Libyan city displacing residents, paralysing traffic and forcing the closure of schools. Full text...

  • Over 40 million people still victims of slavery - ILO
    03 december 2018 01:57:26
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Slavery is still a very real and widespread phenomenon, affecting more than 40 million people worldwide, says the International Labour Organization (ILO), with children making up a quarter of the victims , despite the entry into force of the landmark Forced Labour protocol in 2016. Full text...

  • Mandela hailed at inaugural Global Citizen Festival
    02 december 2018 19:40:13
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – For a few glorious hours, Soweto was the centre of the universe on Sunday as more than 100,000 spectators and a global television audience of hundreds of millions celebrated the legacy of Nelson Mandela at the inaugural Global Citizen World Leader Prize. Full text...

  • Nigeria Army says 2 suicide bombers killed in Maiduguri
    02 december 2018 11:59:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday said that two persons died when two Boko Haram suicide bombers (male and female) on a mission to infiltrate Muna Garage Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, hurriedly detonated one of their suicide vests on siting troops of 195 Battalion on patrol on Saturday night. Full text...

  • Malagasy woman jailed 18 years in Mauritius for drug trafficking
    02 december 2018 06:24:05
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A Malagasy woman who was arrested in Mauritius five years ago for drug trafficking has been jailed for 18 years, PANA has learnt from a judicial source in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Half of Gambians perceive decrease in corruption over the past year
    01 december 2018 16:48:59
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Almost half of Gambians believe the level of corruption in the country has decreased in the past 12 months, according to Afrobarometer’s maiden national survey in the country. Full text...

  • Army dislodges Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria
    01 december 2018 13:48:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Saturday said that its troops have dislodged Boko Haram terrorists from their hideout in Gamboru Ngala local government area of Borno state in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • UNSMIL warns Libyans on extrajudicial killings in Tripoli
    01 december 2018 13:41:08
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Reports of armed groups carrying out extra-judicial killings in Tripoli continue to reach the UN Support Mission in Libya, according to a statement the Mission put on its website, explaining that the phenomenon has been on the rise over the past few weeks. Full text...

  • Five persons, including soldiers, killed in attack on army in eastern Burkina Faso
    01 december 2018 11:49:49
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – At least five people, including soldiers, were killed on Friday in an attack directed to two patrol vehicles of the Burkina army at Boungou village in the east of the country, local security sources told PANA on Saturday. Full text...

  • Niger commemorates 5th edition of national press freedom day
    30 november 2018 18:33:30
    Niamey Niger (PANA) – Nigerien press on Friday commemorated the 5th edition of the national press freedom day on the theme: ‘Media contribution for the promotion of the culture of peace and good governance’’. Full text...

  • Army says troops foiled another Boko Haram attack in Northeast Nigeria
    30 november 2018 13:48:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army said its troops on Wednesday repelled another Boko Haram Terrorists attack on Arege after hours of heavy gun battle with several of the terrorists killed and high caliber weaponry and ammunition recovered after the shootout. Full text...

  • Kenyan Court denies Chinese nationals bail in rail ticket scam case
    30 november 2018 12:55:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A court in the port city of Mombasa on Friday denied three Chinese nationals bail after they were charged for attempting to bribe officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. Full text...

  • Sudanese president Bashir says war in Darfur is 'a question of the past'
    30 november 2018 11:28:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The people of Darfur have left conflicts behind, as they have tasted the bitterness of war and learned their lessons, Sudanese President Omar Bashir has said. Full text...

  • 'Collective amnesia’ over causes of global financial crash - Rights expert
    30 november 2018 04:42:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Ten years on, governments are experiencing collective amnesia towards of one of the biggest factors behind the 2008 global financial crash –the housing crisis – which has not been addressed and is only getting worse, said Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, in a statement on Thursday. Full text...

  • Armed groups threaten every child in Central African Republic, UNICEF warns
    30 november 2018 04:35:21
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - A new study released by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shows that the deteriorating crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), five years into the latest civil conflict to hit the country, has left practically every child needing protection from armed groups, which now control four-fifths of the country’s territory. Full text...

  • Lake Chad Basin leaders to collaborate on new onslaught against Boko Haram terrorists
    29 november 2018 19:52:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) ended their one-day consultative meeting in N'djamena, capital of Chad Thursday, resolving to change modus operandi and collaborate more to a fresh onslaught against terrorists, particularly the Boko Haram group. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso ready to receive its cultural property from France
    29 november 2018 19:19:38
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso is ready to take back 1,088 cultural objects from France, the Ministry of Culture said in a statement on Thursday in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Thousands of Burkinabe protest rising fuel prices
    29 november 2018 19:12:44
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Thousands of people took to the streets of Ouagadougou and several other cities in Burkina Faso on Thursday protesting a 75 F CFA rise in gasoline and Super petrol, effective November 8, PANA reports. Full text...

  • RSF protests insults and threats to newsmen by SA opposition figure
    29 november 2018 19:02:52
    Paris, France (PANA) - Reporters sans frontières (RSF) has strongly condemned the incitement of hate against journalists in recent weeks by Julius Malema, a prominent opposition leader in South Africa, who it claims is multiplying insults and threats to journalists and the media. Full text...

  • Neighbours' meeting concludes: 'Libyans have to find solution themselves'
    29 november 2018 18:39:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Foreign Ministers from countries neighbouring Libya on Thursday said the resolution for the Libyan crisis has to emanate from within the political choice made by the Libyans themselves. Full text...

  • Oprah Winfrey reflects on Mandela's legacy
    29 november 2018 18:31:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Global icon Oprah Winfrey on Thursday reflected on her extraordinary friendship with Nelson Mandela ahead of this weekend’s Global Citizen Festival in his honour. Full text...

  • Greek Parliament pays tribute to Nelson Mandela
    29 november 2018 16:53:30
    Athens, Greece - (PANA) - Nelson Mandela will forever remain a guide and source of inspiration for future generations, Greek Parliament Speaker Nikolaos Voutsis said Wednesday at a ceremony in Athens to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the late African leader. Full text...

  • Former Gambian editor-in-chief of PANA passes on
    29 november 2018 16:42:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A former Editor-in-Chief of PANA, Suwaebou Conateh, passed away Thursday at his residence in Serrekunda, about 15km outside Banjul, after years of illness. He was in his late 70s. Full text...

  • Rights body seeks justice for 'Kasese Massacre' victims in Uganda
    29 november 2018 13:46:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Human Rights Watch (HRW), has called on the Ugandan government to ensure that those behind the Kasese Massacre, which left more than 100 people dead, are brought to book. Full text...

  • Kenyan Journalist jailed 10 years for killing wife
    29 november 2018 12:54:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Nairobi court on Thursday slammed journalist Moses Dola a 10-year jail sentence after finding him guilty of manslaughter. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire adopts National Identification Strategy
    29 november 2018 10:28:24
    Abidjan, Côte d 'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government has adopted a national civil registration and identification strategy aimed at establishing a system for collecting and registering all civil events throughout the country, at health centres, as well as in consulates and diplomatic missions. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army says Boko Haram now uses drones, foreign fighters
    29 november 2018 07:39:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army High Command says Boko Haram terrorists have of late been deploying foreign fighters and drones to attack its frontline troops in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria president Buhari tells top Army commanders to end Boko Haram threats
    29 november 2018 07:28:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the military to eliminate all threats of Boko Haram, declaring that the war against terrorism must be won. Full text...

  • Cape Town to host next International Jazz Day
    28 november 2018 17:57:41
    Paris, France (PANA) - The next edition of the 2020 International Jazz Day will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, for its first celebration in an African city, UNESCO said. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army foils Boko Haram invasion of community in northeast
    28 november 2018 17:09:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said its troops repelled Boko Haram terrorists’ attack in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno state in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • Buhari summons emergency meeting of Lake Chad Basin Commission countries
    28 november 2018 17:02:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday called a consultative meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) to be held Thursday in N’Djamena, Chad. Full text...

  • 26 Senegalese villages get drinking water
    28 november 2018 13:35:32
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) - Twenty-six villages in Casamance, southern Senegal, have been connection to the drinking water network, thanks to the support of the Italian NGO, Rural Cooperation in Africa and Latin America (ACRA), according to a PANA report. Full text...

  • Beyoncé salutes Nelson Mandela
    28 november 2018 13:25:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Beyoncé has penned a moving tribute to former world statesman Nelson Mandela ahead of her performance at a concert in Johannesburg, South Africa, to celebrate his legacy. Full text...

  • Global Counter-Terrorism Forum addresses threats in West Africa
    28 november 2018 13:11:26
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - The need to strengthen the capacity of West African countries to deal with terrorism has been the central focus of the second session of the Global Counter-Terrorism Working Group which continued on Wednesday in Algiers. Full text...

  • Sexual violence rampant in Kenya's 2017 General Elections - Report
    28 november 2018 09:58:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Sexual violence was extensively used as a tool of conflict during the 2017 General Elections, a Kenya National Human Rights Commission (KNHRC) report released on Wednesday says. Full text...

  • ‘Dire consequences’ for a million children in the Middle East, North Africa, as funding dwindles
    28 november 2018 03:11:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Amidst a US$33 million funding shortfall, plunging temperatures in the Middle East and North Africa pose a major threat to children in the region, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said. Full text...

  • G5 Sahel countries plan joint police force to meet needs of member countries
    27 november 2018 19:26:31
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The G5 Sahel Joint Force Assistance Coordination Conference was held Tuesday in Niamey to highlight the support of technical and financial partners for the operationalization of the joint police force component and respond in a coordinated, effective and inclusive way to the needs expressed by the five G5 Sahel states. Full text...

  • Italy, Sweden contribute to Sudan's reintegration programme for demobilised soldiers
    27 november 2018 18:39:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Hundreds of Sudanese former military and rebel elements will receive rehabilitation thanks to funds and training provided by Italy and Sweden, the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South African rap legend's former lover dies
    27 november 2018 11:55:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Exactly one month after South African music legend Jabulani Hip Hop Pantsula took his own life, the mother of his only child has died. Full text...

  • European Drug Addiction Prevention Project to be implemented in Mauritian schools
    27 november 2018 08:55:06
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius will implement the European Drug Addiction Prevention Project in January 2019 on a pilot basis. Full text...

  • UN Somali mission head condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Mogadishu, Galkayo
    27 november 2018 03:35:09
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The top United Nations official in Somalia has “strongly condemned” terrorist attacks in the north-central city of Galkayo and in the Somali capital on Monday, which left a prominent cleric and a number of other civilians dead. Full text...

  • EU expresses concern over 821 million starving people worldwide
    26 november 2018 20:01:26
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - While recognising that some countries continue to make good progress to address food and nutrition insecurity and chronic child malnutrition, the European Council on Monday said it is extremely concerned that global hunger has been on the rise for the past three years, with 821 million people suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Full text...

  • Zambian President Lungu hosts Prince Harry of Britain
    26 november 2018 17:32:33
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Monday held private talks with visiting British Prince Harry at State House in Lusaka. Full text...

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