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  • South Africa: Billionaire Afronaut wins US$25 million court case, gives it all away
    02 october 2014 14:44:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former Cape Town billionaire, Mark Shuttleworth, has won back a staggering US$25 million levy he had to pay to get some of his assets out of the country and announced that he would donate the entire settlement. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ex-NAN MD, Oluremi Oyo, dies at 61
    02 october 2014 14:40:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Mrs. Oluremi Oyo, a former Managing Director of Nigeria's official wire service, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), has died, the husband announced in a statement issued here Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tutu slams "lickspittle" Pretoria after Nobel summit is cancelled
    02 october 2014 08:07:41
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has slammed the “lickspittle” South African government for buckling under Chinese pressure and barring the Dalai Lama from attending Africa’s first global summit of fellow prizewinners. Full text...

  • UN: UN encourages full participation of older persons in society
    01 october 2014 22:44:10
    New York US (PANA) - The UN Wednesday encouraged governments and people throughout the world to ensure that older persons are able to fully participate in society and that their rights and dignity are protected. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns expulsion of second journalist from Congo
    01 october 2014 16:21:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) –The New York-based global press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Congolese authorities in Brazzaville for expelling a second journalist, Elie Smith from the country within a week. Full text...

  • US: 4 journalists to receive CPJ's Int'l Press Freedom Awards
    01 october 2014 15:42:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Four journalists from Burma, Iran, Russia and South Africa will be honoured with the Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ) 2014 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition for courageous reporting. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR renews commitment to Africa's refugees
    01 october 2014 13:34:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency's Executive Committee (ExCom) made a fresh commitment in Geneva on Tuesday to preventing humanitarian emergencies in Africa and ending protracted displacement situations on the continent. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Google celebrates with Nigeria on 54th independence anniversary
    01 october 2014 11:16:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Global search engine Google has joined Africa's most populous nation Nigeria to mark its 54th independence anniversary, which is being celebrated Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Govt considers donors’ conference for South Kordufan
    01 october 2014 10:43:33
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government is considering a proposal by the Arab League for an international donors’ conference to rehabilitate war-ravaged South Kordufan, according to the state-run Sudanese news agency, SUNA. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ names 2014 International Press Freedom awardees
    30 september 2014 17:53:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday named a South African journalist, Ferial Haffajee, as one of the four recipients of its 2014 International Press Freedom Award. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says Ebola outbreak leaves thousands of orphaned children
    30 september 2014 17:24:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday warned that the Ebola outbreak ravaging some parts of West Africa is leaving thousands of orphaned children in its wake. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNICEF, WFP missions deliver lifesaving supplies to over 500,000 in South Sudan
    30 september 2014 16:45:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF announced Tuesday they were wrapping up their 25th joint emergency mission to deliver lifesaving supplies and services in the most remote and conflict-hit regions of South Sudan. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius tops African governance list for 8th consecutive year
    30 september 2014 16:01:38
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius is ranked first in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) 2014 for the eighth consecutive year, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Imam jailed 5 years for money laundering
    30 september 2014 12:58:25
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – A Mauritian Imam, Moossa Beeharry, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to a charge of money laundering in the wake of a case of drug trafficking, PANA learnt from judicial sources. Full text...

  • Kenya: Detained human rights activist, Mbonimpa, freed in Burundi
    30 september 2014 12:36:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A court in Burundi has provisionally released detained human rights activist Pierre Claver Mbonimpa on medical grounds, according to information provided by Human Rights Watch (HRW). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Investigative Journalism manual launched in Mauritius
    30 september 2014 08:17:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Transparency Mauritius (TM) has launched a manual on investigative journalism which ''will help journalists go deep into their investigations to reveal what public figures and institutions hide from the population'', according to TM's Executive Director Rajen Bablee. Full text...

  • UN: Expert says human rights abuses persist in Eritrea
    29 september 2014 22:46:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Ms. Sheila Keetharuth, on Monday warned that amid forced conscription, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, the human rights situation in Eritrea continues to remain "dire". Full text...

  • Sudan: Spanish diplomat stabbed to death in Khartoum apartment
    29 september 2014 19:27:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A Spanish diplomat was Monday found dead, apparently stabbed, in his apartment in a high-class neighbourhood of Khartoum, and the police said investigation was already underway to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident. Full text...

  • UN: African leaders say new development agenda must reflect local realities
    29 september 2014 18:26:30
    New York, US (PANA) - African leaders in New York on Monday called on the UN to take into consideration the continent’s specific realities and challenges in its drive for a new sustainable development agenda. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR warns on humanitarian crises in Africa
    29 september 2014 17:58:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres has called for a renewed commitment to preventing conflict and ending protracted displacement especially on the African continent. Full text...

  • UN: IOM says 40,000 migrants died attempting to reach 'greener pastures'
    29 september 2014 17:39:50
    New York, US (PANA) - Over 40,000 migrants have died worldwide since the year 2000 trying to reach countries where they hoped to have a better life, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: SERAP seeks UN intervention over attack on courts, judges
    29 september 2014 13:32:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian non-governmental organization, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has asked Ms Gabriela Knaul, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, to use her position to urgently investigate recent reports of attack on courts and judges in Ekiti State, south west Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for global unity to address challenges
    28 september 2014 15:15:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Surrounded by a roaring crowd of an estimated 60,000 people, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday night in New York kicked-off the third annual Global Citizen Festival, with a call for global unity and a reaffirmation of the will to address the planet's most pressing issues. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO condemns killing of Guinean journalists on Ebola campaign
    27 september 2014 22:41:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova Saturday deplored the deaths of three journalists killed while reporting on an Ebola aid mission in south-eastern Guinea. Full text...

  • UN: Ban seeks sustained int'l support for Mali
    27 september 2014 22:21:44
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday said the international community must continue to support Mali as it embarks on its path towards peace, stability and development, particularly as the country’s security situation continues to remain precarious amid ongoing clashes between armed groups. Full text...

  • UN: CAR leader appeals for support to tackle peace, reconciliation challenges
    27 september 2014 18:34:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Catherine Samba-Panza, Interim President of the Central African Republic (CAR), says while the country would need assistance, she is firmly determined to tackle the nation’s myriad of challenges on the road to peace, reconciliation and stability. Full text...

  • UN: Mali's leader calls for global approach to Sahel’s regional challenges
    27 september 2014 17:25:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, whose country the UN helped Full text...

  • UN: Transatlantic slave trade memorial in New York receives more support
    27 september 2014 15:55:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The construction of a Permanent Memorial, to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, at the UN headquarters in New York, received a boost on Saturday, with more financial support from six UN member states, PANA reports. Full text...

  • UN: Officials urge concerted efforts to promote common humanity
    27 september 2014 15:16:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Jan Eliasson, on Saturday reminded Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges more int'l support for Central African Republic
    27 september 2014 15:04:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has called on the international community to assist the Central African Republi (CAR), in order to "chart a path to reconstruction, reconciliation and the rule of law." Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Commission laments Margaret Vogt's death
    27 september 2014 10:03:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission says it learnt with deep regret, the death of Dr. Margaret Vogt, in New York on 24 September, 2014, according to an ECOWAS Commission press statement, received here by PANA. Full text...

  • UN: Human Rights chief says justice remains elusive for Guinea stadium killings
    26 september 2014 22:44:07
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has urged the government of Guinea to take immediate and concrete steps to advance the investigation and prosecution of human rights violations, including killings, rapes and enforced disappearances, allegedly committed by security forces against peaceful protestors at a football stadium five years ago. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: US gives US$500,000 to 23 associations in Cape Verde
    26 september 2014 21:04:11
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – The US Embassy in Cape Verde is to give US$500,000 to back development projects by Cape Verdian associations in several areas, including justice and education. Full text...

  • Congo: Police deport Cameroonian journalist
    26 september 2014 20:13:29
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congo on Friday deported Elie Smith, a Cameroonian journalist working for the private pro-government TV channel MNTV, for subversive acts, according to a communiqué issued by the country’s national police in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • UN: Ban announces review of UN peacekeeping operations
    26 september 2014 19:25:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says UN peacekeepers (blue helmets) will have to quickly adapt to the demands of the 21st century’s crises and conflicts. Full text...

  • UN: 'New development agenda needs to address Africa’s concerns'
    26 september 2014 19:16:51
    New York, US (PANA) - African leaders gathered at the UN headquarters Friday said the UN agenda for sustainable development, now being drawn up, must address fully the continent’s specific concerns and other challenges facing Africans. Full text...

  • UN: NGO calls for arms embargo on warring parties in South Sudan
    26 september 2014 17:26:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Oxfam America, an international NGO based in the US, has called for arms embargo against the warring parties in South Sudan, in order to bring to end the fighting and "dire" humanitarian situation in the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns Congo over local journalist's expulsion
    26 september 2014 17:16:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Congolese authorities in Brazzaville for expelling local journalist Sadio Kante from the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia to observe Eid ul Adha on 4 October
    26 september 2014 16:53:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambia's Supreme Islamic Council (GSIC) has announced that the West African country will observe the Muslim's feast of Eid ul Adha on 4 October. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges total elimination of nuclear weapons
    26 september 2014 16:43:29
    New York, US (PANA) - "The world must move toward total elimination of nuclear weapons," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday insisting that the time has come for the total elimination of nuclear weapons stockpiles. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Oil workers in southern Tunisia on hunger strike
    26 september 2014 14:46:26
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) – Eleven workers, labourers and technicians at the oil field of Oued Zar, in southern Tunisia, Friday began an indefinite hunger strike, union sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia refutes foreign media reports that President Sata is hospitalized in New York
    26 september 2014 14:34:25
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Michael Sata’s son, Mulenga, on Friday assured the nation that President Sata is well, dismissing western media reports that the President who is in New York for the UN summit has been hospitalized. Full text...

  • UN: Moroccan PM wants support for developing countries' progress
    26 september 2014 14:29:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane of Morocco, says unless the international community supports developing countries to help them achieve progress and ensure security and stability, the world will face more conflicts and greater fanaticism, violence and terrorism. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian state imposes curfew after street violence
    26 september 2014 12:57:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Governor Kayode Fayemi of Nigeria's South-west Ekiti State Friday imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the state after suspected political thugs took to the streets of the capital, Ado-Ekiti, burning houses and looting shops. Full text...

  • Nigeria: School girl freed by Boko Haram 'pregnant'
    26 september 2014 09:43:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A school girl believed to have been set free by the insurgent group Boko Haram, which abducted over 200 girls in April, is ''pregnant and mentally ill'', the local media reported Friday, quoting Pogus Bitrus, the National Chairman of the Chibok Community where the girls were abducted. Full text...

  • South Africa: Spectators injured in horrific rally crash
    26 september 2014 09:42:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Several people are being treated in hospital after a Lamborghini taking part in a rally outside South Africa's Western Cape town of Knysna spun out of control on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 13 soldiers to be tried for 'cowardice'
    26 september 2014 08:51:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's military authorities are set to try 13 soldiers for acts of cowardice in the ongoing battle against the insurgent group Boko Haram, less than two weeks after 12 soldiers were sentenced to death for mutiny. Full text...

  • UN: Kabila says terrorism, Ebola hinder development in Africa
    26 september 2014 07:21:44
    New York, US (PANA) - President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has warned the UN that global development was threatened by terrorism and the resurgence of the Ebola epidemic. Full text...

  • UN: Ban tells South Sudan leaders to 'heal suffering they caused'
    25 september 2014 23:00:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday in New York blamed the dire humanitarian situation in South Sudan on the country’s leaders, telling them: "You opened the wounds that have caused so much suffering. Now heal them." Full text...

  • UN: Officials call for end to death penalty
    25 september 2014 19:59:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The continuing application of capital punishment is a "primitive" practice which has no place in the 21st century, UN officials said here Thursday, urging global leaders to abolish the death penalty and advance a more progressive judicial agenda in their respective States. Full text...

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