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  • Supreme Court upholds conviction of Dakar's former mayor
    03 january 2019 18:15:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Supreme Court of Dakar on Thursday upheld the conviction of former mayor of Senegal's capital, Khalifa Sall, to five years in prison for embezzlement of public money amounting to 1.8 billion CFA francs (euro 2,800,000) from the advance fund of the institution he had run since 2009. Full text...

  • France criticises media censorship by authorities in DR Congo
    03 january 2019 18:08:00
    Paris, France (PANA) – The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Radio France International (RFI) have criticised the censorship imposed on the media by the authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the suspension of Internet access, the withdrawal of accreditation of an RFI correspondent and the cut-off of the main radio transmitters while the counting of the vote continues after the legislative and presidential elections of 30 December. Full text...

  • Three bodies of migrants found off Libyan coast
    03 january 2019 16:30:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Three bodies, suspected to be of illegal migrants, were retrieved on Thursday from the Libyan seaside, according to Red Cross officials in Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli. Full text...

  • Rights Commission condemns massacres in central Mali
    03 january 2019 12:39:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The National Human Rights Commission of Mali (CNDH) has strongly condemned last Tuesday massacres in the village of Koulhogo, about 30 kms from Bankass, in the region of Mopti, central Mali, that claimed 37 lives, and called for the disarmament of militias. Full text...

  • Mali mourns late writer, politician Kouyaté
    03 january 2019 12:07:34
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Flags are flying at half-mast in Mali on Thursday as the West African country pays tribute to writer and politician, Seydou Badian Kouyaté, who died last Friday in Bamako, aged 90. Full text...

  • Calm northern returns to Burkina village after ethnic attacks
    03 january 2019 11:46:40
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Calm has returned to a northern Burkina Faso village where at least 14 people were killed in attacks by two ethnic groups on New Year's day, according to several people contacted by PANA. Full text...

  • More than 200 Boko Haram terrorists killed by Niger defence forces
    03 january 2019 09:48:10
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - More than 200 Boko Haram fighters have been killed following air strikes while 87 others have been captured by ground troops in an operation against the terrorist organisation, according to a statement from the Niger defence ministry issued on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunship crashes on anti-Boko Haram mission
    03 january 2019 05:35:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it lost one of its helicopter gunships in combat against Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday evening. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso govt critic given temporary freedom from detention
    02 january 2019 17:46:42
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Safiatou Lopez, civil society actor and critic of the Burkinabe regime, was on Wednesday granted "temporary freedom" from detention to get medical treatment abroad, PANA learned from judicial sources. Full text...

  • Tunisia freezes assets of terrorist body and 40 alleged accomplices
    02 january 2019 17:34:20
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian National Counter-Terrorism Commission has decided to freeze assets of the "terrorist" organization Jund al-Khakifa and 40 other persons suspected of being linked to terrorism, the president of the Commission, Mokhtar Nasr, announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Less road accidents in Bamako during New Year celebration
    02 january 2019 15:43:21
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali's capital, Bamako, had fewer road accidents during celebration of the New Year compared to last year, according to Lieutenant-Colonel Bakary Dao, Regional Director of Civil Protection of Bamako District. Full text...

  • France calls for Malian govt response to violence in central Mopti region
    02 january 2019 15:19:54
    Paris, France (PANA) – Expressing its concern, the French Government on Wednesday called on Malian authorities "to take a strong reaction" to the resurgence of acts of violence that cost the lives of dozens of civilians on Tuesday morning in a Peul village in the centre of the country. Full text...

  • 13 people killed in attack against northern Burkina Faso village
    02 january 2019 12:32:47
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least 13 people were killed on Tuesday morning in a deadly attack against Yirgou village, northern Burkina Faso, PANA learned from local sources on Wednesday. Full text...

  • At least 37 civilians killed in central Mali
    02 january 2019 12:05:31
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – At least 37 civilians were killed on Tuesday in the village of Koulhogo, about 30 kms from Bankass, in the region of Mopti, central Mali, by gunmen identified as Donzos hunters, according to a Malian government communiqué. Full text...

  • UN hails release of 20 Libyans abducted by Daesh in the south
    02 january 2019 11:31:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN support mission in Libya has hailed the release of 20 Libyans abducted a few weeks ago by Daesh in al-Fouqaha and Tazerbou in southeast and south respectively. Full text...

  • Zambian named Africa’s Best Female Philanthropist
    02 january 2019 07:38:12
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian Justina Mutale has been named Africa’s Best Female Philanthropist in the ChangeMakers Powerlist's latest release by Tropics Magazine of South Africa obtained by PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Twenty inmates escape from Zambian correctional facility
    02 january 2019 07:25:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Twenty inmates at Chinzombo Correctional Facility in Mambwe District, eastern Zambia, have escaped from lawful custody through an air vent. Full text...

  • UN Envoy in Somalia condemns fire attack on UN compound in Mogadishu
    01 january 2019 18:37:47
    Mogadishu, Somali (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Somalia, Nicholas Haysom, has condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Tuesday’s indirect fire attack on the main United Nations compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Al Shabaab shells Mogadishu airport, UN Compound, staff injured
    01 january 2019 18:24:24
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Three people including two UN staff members and one contractor have been wounded after the Al Shabaab militants shelled a UN Compound and several rounds of mortar ammunition were directed at the Mogadishu International Airport, a UN official said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Armed terrorists kill six people in north Burkina Faso
    01 january 2019 16:27:36
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least six people, including one village leader, were killed by armed raiders on Tuesday in Yirgou locality of Soum province in northern Burkina Faso, local sources said. Full text...

  • Ivorian President announces government social programme for all
    01 january 2019 14:32:52
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday announced a government programme that "will address all social issues with greater scope and pragmatism, in order to ensure immediate and lasting results for all" in the country. Full text...

  • South African authorities to charge protesters over sheep slaughter
    01 january 2019 11:57:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The City of Cape Town on Tuesday confirmed that it will lay charges against three protesters who last week slaughtered a sheep at the famous Clifton Beach during the peak tourist season. Full text...

  • Ghanaians welcome New Year with church services, parties and hope for a better life
    01 january 2019 09:17:43
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghanaians on Tuesday welcomed the New Year with church services and festivities with celebrations travelling until day break as they hoped for a better life. Full text...

  • UNHCR presses States to aid 49 refugees stranded on Mediterranean
    01 january 2019 02:22:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), on the last day of 2018, called on UN Member States to urgently offer safe ports of disembarkation for 49 refugees and migrants, including young children, aboard rescue vessels in the Mediterranean Sea. Full text...

  • Sudan marks independence anniversary in pressing economic circumstances
    31 december 2018 19:00:52
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir on Monday said Sudan is devoting the year 2019 to strengthening its African bonds and to giving more attention to relations with African neighbours. Full text...

  • Public riots die down in Sudan as security service frees detainees
    31 december 2018 15:46:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese security services said Monday they have released “most” of those arrested during the past ten days of riots, but some were still in detention pending completion of investigations. Full text...

  • Kenya teachers to embark on strike this week
    31 december 2018 14:06:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) insists its members will embark on a strike as planned in the first week of January that could once again throw education into disarray. Full text...

  • South Africa President Ramaphosa delivers New Year message
    31 december 2018 12:39:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday called for camaraderie and non-violence in his New Year’s message to the nation. Full text...

  • Zambian President fires Army Commander
    31 december 2018 12:37:15
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has fired Zambia Army Commander Lieutenant General Paul Mihova and replaced him with Brigadier General William Sikazwe. Full text...

  • Zambia truckers stuck at DRC border
    31 december 2018 12:03:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Hundreds of international truckers who go in and out of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through Zambia are stuck at the border after the Central African country shut up for Sunday’s elections. Full text...

  • 45 African migrants rescued off Tunisian coast
    31 december 2018 11:50:54
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A Tunisian navy patrol on Sunday rescued 45 migrants from sub-Saharan countries off Kerkennah island. Full text...

  • Egyptian court slammed for upholding sentence on woman for sexual harassment video post
    31 december 2018 06:38:58
    cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has slammed an Egyptian court for upholding a two-year prison sentence against a woman human rights defender convicted over a video she posted online criticising the Egyptian authorities for failing to tackle sexual harassment. Full text...

  • 'Boko Haram terrorists neutralised near besieged Nigerian town'
    30 december 2018 20:44:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday said one of its its fighter jets "neutralised several Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters" at their hideout near Baga, Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army: Operation to retake Baga town continuing
    30 december 2018 20:36:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday said that operations to retake Baga, the headquarters of the 7 Brigade of the Nigerian Army and the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF), which was overrun by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State last Wednesday is still ongoing. Full text...

  • South African city rocked by major race row
    30 december 2018 13:23:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions are running high in South Africa ahead of Monday's New Year celebrations following a racial row which has broken out on Cape Town’s famous Clifton Beach. Full text...

  • Islam and Muslim Support Group claims deadly attack on Burkinabe army
    29 december 2018 18:50:37
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Islam and Muslim Support Group, led by Malian Iyad Ag Ghali, has claimed responsibility for the attack that killed 10 Burkinabe gendarmes on Thursday in Toéni, Surou province, northwest Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • DR Congo voters urged to maintain peace at the polls
    29 december 2018 17:41:00
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - A key civil society group has urged Congolese voters to maintain a climate of peace and prioritise national cohesion as they head to the polls on Sunday. Full text...

  • Nine trafficked Burkinabe children in Côte d'Ivoire returned to their country
    29 december 2018 16:24:01
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Nine young Burkinabes aged between 14 and 18 years, who were trafficked to Cote d'Ivoire, have been handed over to the Burkina Faso authorities. Full text...

  • Malian politician and writer Seydou Badian Kouyaté is dead
    29 december 2018 15:39:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian politician and writer Seydou Badian Kouyaté died on Friday in Bamako at the age of 90, according to sources in the Malian capital. Full text...

  • Demonstrators clash with youths again in suburban Tunis
    29 december 2018 13:06:24
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Youths again clashed with law enforcement officers on Friday night in two suburban Tunis districts, Intilaka and Ettedhamen, as the night demonstrations against high cost of living continued in the North African country. Full text...

  • Security directors of Tripoli, Benghazi hold first meeting to unify operations
    29 december 2018 12:53:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Security directors of Libya's two biggest cities, Tripoli and Benghazi, on Friday met in Benghazi in an initiative to unify operations of security bodies to fight crime and terrorism in the North African country. Full text...

  • Sudan security forces raid 'rebel hideout' in Khartoum amid riots
    29 december 2018 10:22:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Government security authorities on Friday raided a house in a Khartoum suburb and captured a cell of 10 rebels, killing one of them, as Sudan experienced a 10th day of demonstrations against price hikes, lack of cash and general economic hardships. Full text...

  • 'Fighter jets lead efforts to uproot Boko Haram from military base in northeast Nigeria'
    29 december 2018 05:13:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force on Friday said that its fighter jets are leading “allied Air Forces” to uproot Boko Haram fighters who overran the Headquarters 7 Brigade of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in Baga, northeast Nigeria, on Wednesday night. Full text...

  • Police say limited number of riots took place in Sudan on Friday
    28 december 2018 18:51:03
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - While demonstrators protesting, for the 10th day running, price hikes and economic hardship in general, decreased on Friday, the Sudanese government accused foreign elements and armed opposition of fueling the unrest in the country. Full text...

  • Attack on Burkinabe army is "cowardly and ignoble" - President Kaboré
    28 december 2018 16:43:41
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on Friday described as "cowardly and ignoble" the attack against the Burkinabè army that on Thursday killed ten gendarmes in Toéni location in the northwest of the country. Full text...

  • China to hand over modern service centre to AU Commission
    28 december 2018 15:41:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will on 4 January 2019 visit the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to hand over a new four-storey building to be used as the Integrated Service Centre of the African Union Commission. Full text...

  • Boko Haram overruns Baga Multinational Joint Task Force base in northeast Nigeria
    28 december 2018 05:04:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – There is confusion on the status of Baga, the headquarters of the 7 Brigade of the Nigerian Army and also the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF), as Boko Haram terrorists overran the military base in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, on Wednesday. Full text...

  • ‘Repeated attacks’ could close down key hospital in eastern Libya, warns WHO
    28 december 2018 04:34:56
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has strongly condemned an armed attack in Al Jala Hospital in Libya’s second-largest city, Benghazi, which took place on Tuesday, warning that further assaults could shutter the key facility. Full text...

  • Newly displaced fleeing attacks in northeast Nigeria, top 2,000
    28 december 2018 04:25:56
    Maiduguri, Nigeria (PANA) - More than 2,000 newly displaced Nigerians have arrived in an already over-stretched camp known as Teacher’s Village, in Maiduguri, the capital of the country’s Borno State, after fleeing terrorist attacks, as well as clashes between Government forces and militia. Full text...

  • Malian journalist jailed six months for defaming constitutional court
    27 december 2018 17:59:43
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian journalist Boubacar Yalcouyé, editor of the private newspaper 'Le Pays', was on Thursday sentenced to six months in jail by Commune III court of Bamako, which found him guilty of defamation of the Constitutional Court. Full text...

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