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  • Rwanda: About 30 Congolese M23 rebels arrive in Rwanda
    30 january 2017 09:43:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A group of some 30 unarmed people claiming to be combatants of Congolese M23 rebel group crossed into Rwanda over the weekend through the Rwanda-DR Congo border, the Rwandan army said in a statement made available to PANA on Monday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Leaders arrive for AU Summit to discuss youth progress
    28 january 2017 19:00:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders are arriving in Addis Ababa, the venue of the 28th Heads of State Assembly, where the discussions about the future of the African youth is expected to take place amid concerns the radicalization of the youth and the flight of Africa’s best trained experts pose risks. Full text...

  • UN: WFP chief lauds efforts to check hunger in north-east Nigeria
    28 january 2017 14:40:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has welcomed the progress made by the humanitarian community and the Government of Nigeria in fighting hunger and malnutrition in the country’s north-east. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma salutes fallen gospel star
    28 january 2017 07:23:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma has saluted gospel star Lundi Tyamara who died Thursday following a short illness. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN official welcomes progress on anti-hunger programmes in north-east Nigeria
    27 january 2017 20:28:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The head of the United Nations food relief agency on Friday welcomed the progress made by the humanitarian community and the Government of Nigeria in fighting hunger and malnutrition in the West African country’s north-east. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian military warns of new Boko Haram antics by female suicide bombers
    27 january 2017 19:54:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Defence Headquarters on Friday alerted the public to the new tactics of female Boko Haram terrorists of who carry babies on their back to avoid detection or search by security agents. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria to evacuate nationals from Libya next month
    27 january 2017 19:46:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said Friday the Federal Government is to evacuate another set of Nigerians from Libya in February. Full text...

  • Belgium: European Council extends freeze on assets of 48 Tunisians for another year
    27 january 2017 17:59:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council on Friday extended until 31 January 2018 a freeze on the assets of 48 persons deemed to be responsible for the misappropriation of state funds in Tunisia and those persons and entities associated with them. Full text...

  • Rwanda:Kagame suggests "common standards" in assessing SDGs progress in Africa
    27 january 2017 17:38:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework of the United Nations should be applicable and relevant to all countries not just the so-called developing ones, according to Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia assures UN of its contribution to UN peacekeeping missions
    27 january 2017 17:08:53
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia Army Commander Lieutenant General Paul Mihova has assured the United Nations of Zambia’s continued contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security, and deployment of personnel to UN Peace keeping missions. Full text...

  • US: 'Amid hate speech, negative media spin ‘real stories’ of refugees, migrants must be told'
    26 january 2017 21:25:01
    New York, US (PANA) - With hate speech and rhetoric against migrants and refugees on the rise in various parts of the world, and the increased role of media in shaping perceptions towards them, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) today co-sponsored with the European Union (EU) a symposium drawing attention to this growing challenge and explore efforts to combat it. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says journalists among wounded in Mogadishu hotel attack
    26 january 2017 18:39:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - At least four journalists were wounded in Wednesday attack on a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU vows to protect social media from state meddling
    26 january 2017 16:18:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has vowed to protect democracy and keep the social media open for use during elections while expressing serious concern over the regular social media shutdown during elections as happened in The Gambia and Uganda recently. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana Government dismisses reports of refugee camp closure
    26 january 2017 14:21:17
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has dismissed claims that government intends to close the Dukwi Refugee Camp with the ministry of Defence, Justice and Security on Thursday describing the reports as "unfounded". Full text...

  • South Africa: Glittering line-up for Africa's biggest jazz festival
    26 january 2017 14:13:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Organisers of Africa’s biggest jazz festival on Thursday announced several new artists who will perform. Full text...

  • US: UN Peacebuilding Commission to enhance regional partnerships in 2017
    26 january 2017 07:03:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Strengthening the United Nation’s partnerships with the African Union, empowering women and youth, and greater cooperation with the World Bank will be among the key priorities this year for the UN Peacebuilding Commission, its new chair said on Wednesday in New York. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official urges calm in Central African Republic town
    25 january 2017 19:02:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Following rising tensions in Central African Republic’s Ouaka prefecture and in and around its town of Bambari, the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR, Michel Yao, has appealed for calm and refraining from any act that could further increase the fragility of an already vulnerable population. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission condemns Al-Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel
    25 january 2017 18:37:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has condemned the coordinated suicide bombing attack on Wednesday at a hotel in Mogadishu for which Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility and which reportedly killed dozens of people. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's president names new police chief
    25 january 2017 17:05:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday named David Asante-Apeatu as the new Inspector-General of Police (IGP). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda reclaims third position in Africa at global Corruption Perceptions Index
    25 january 2017 16:23:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA ) - Rwanda's Minister of State in charge of Social Economic Development, Vincent Munyeshyaka on Wednesday welcomed the country's return to the third position in Africa and 50th at the global level in the latest global anti-corruption rankings. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia lobbies for its candidates for AU position at AU summit
    25 january 2017 15:49:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, who is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday, introduced two Zambian candidates vying for two positions at the African Union. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Twin suicide bomb attacks kill three in Maiduguri, Northeast Nigeria
    25 january 2017 15:42:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Borno State Police spokesman, Mr Victor Isuku, Wednesday confirmed that three persons died in two separate suicide bomb attacks that occurred in Maiduguri, North East Nigeria, on Wednesday morning, Full text...

  • UN: Guterres tasks UN member states on global challenges
    25 january 2017 15:37:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has stressed the importance of recognizing the links between sustainable development and sustaining peace, in order to deal with global challenges, such as inequality, protracted conflicts and climate change. Full text...

  • South Africa: New Mandela statue planned for Cape Town
    25 january 2017 13:34:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Western Cape government has set aside US$ 120,000 to erect a statue of former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Cape Town City Hall where he made his historic address to the world hours after being released from prison. Full text...

  • Mali: UN mission condemns attack on Kidal base that kills one peacekeeper
    25 january 2017 07:24:34
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has condemned the attack on its camp in the country’s restive northern region of Kidal, which left one ‘blue helmet’ dead and two others seriously wounded. Full text...

  • Nigeria: EU asks Nigerian govt to release detained Shiite Islamic leader
    24 january 2017 20:04:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The European Union on Tuesday asked Nigeria’s Department of State Security Service to release Shiite leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky from custody. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt reassures public on support for press freedom
    24 january 2017 19:30:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government said Tuesday said it would not do anything to stifle press freedom, because it is keenly aware that a free press is vital to the success of any democracy. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief approves updated UN whistle-blower policy
    24 january 2017 16:48:05
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has approved an updated UN whistle blower policy, which seeks to enhance protection for individuals who report possible misconduct or cooperate with duly authorized audits or investigations. Full text...

  • South Africa: Company linked to fake Twitter scandal
    24 january 2017 13:49:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Oakbay Investments, which has been linked to damning allegations of state capture, is being accused of launching a flurry of fake news reports aimed at protecting embattled South African President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US commends resilience of Nigerian military in fight against Boko Haram
    24 january 2017 12:20:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Director of Defence Intelligence Agency, Lt.-Gen. Vincent Stewart, has commended the resilience of the Nigerian Armed Forces "for defeating Boko Haram and chasing them out of their once safe haven, the Sambisa forest". Full text...

  • Nigeria: Mistaken Nigeria Air Force bombing of IPD camp killed at least 236 people
    24 january 2017 12:05:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – At least 236 people were killed after a Nigerian Air Force fighter jet mistakenly bombed an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp occupied by persons displaced by Boko Haram, insurgency. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission shocked by death of Cameroonian military personnel in copter crash
    24 january 2017 11:51:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Dlamini Nkosazana-Zuma said on Tuesday that she has been deeply saddened by the news of the tragic helicopter crash involving General Jacob Kodji and other senior military personnel of the Cameroonian Defence Forces, near the village of Bogo in northern Cameroon on Sunday. Full text...

  • US: Religious leaders deserve full support in quest for peace, says UN adviser
    24 january 2017 09:09:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Religious leaders and faith-based organizations have a responsibility to contribute to peaceful societies and the international community must support these grassroots peacemakers in their daily activities, the United Nations official mandated to fight genocide told an international meeting on religion in New York on Monday. Full text...

  • US: Seven million people in Lake Chad basin ‘living on the edge’ – UN relief official
    24 january 2017 07:44:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Spotlighting the desperate plight of millions in Africa’s Lake Chad basin, the top United Nations humanitarian official for the Sahel region on Monday called for international solidarity with the people in urgent need. Full text...

  • Zambia: Child abuse in Zambia worries Catholic bishops
    23 january 2017 18:50:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) president, Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu, has described the statistics on reported cases of abused children in Zambia as a tragedy. Full text...

  • UN: 500 youth to hold talks in New York on promoting SDGs
    23 january 2017 17:42:21
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 500 youth advocates from around the world will gather at the UN headquarters in New York from 30-31 January, to look at how young people can play a significant role in advancing implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Kenya: New AU chief must champion human rights - says rights body
    23 january 2017 15:39:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The next head of the African Union (AU) Commission must place human rights at the centre of the organization’s operations, said Amnesty International on Monday as leaders of the 54-member body prepare to elect a new chairperson at a summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • South Africa: Abducted South African journalist 'still alive' – Charity
    23 january 2017 11:08:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Gift of the Givers Foundation, a disaster relief organisation, on Monday said it had established through its networks that South African photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed, who was abducted in Syria earlier this month, was still alive. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 12 Burundians rescued from human trafficking ring
    23 january 2017 10:19:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Rwandan police on Monday paraded before the media 12 Burundian nationals, including 10 young ladies, who were rescued from a human trafficking ring in the country. Full text...

  • Botswana: Social media not to blame for poor Botswana examination results - Don
    23 january 2017 07:26:03
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - A University of Botswana (UB) professor has dismissed claims that social media is to blame for the poor performance of students at the country’s junior certificate examination. Full text...

  • Gambia: West African troops clear ground before President Barrow's takeover
    22 january 2017 18:20:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Moving to ensure a peaceful take over of office by Gambia's new President Adama Barrow, a contingent of West African troops on Sunday secured two military barracks in Gambia's North Bank without resistance from Gambian forces, reliable sources confirmed to PANA in the capital, Banjul. Full text...

  • Sudan: Quantities of weapons found in luggage of UNAMID departing members
    21 january 2017 11:25:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The AU-UN peacekeepers in Darfur said they have seized quantities of weapons and military-related items from the luggage of individuals of a departing peacekeeping unit. They failed to name the individuals' country or countries. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council stresses need to address root causes of terrorist attacks in West Africa
    21 january 2017 09:10:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council, strongly condemning all terrorist attacks in West Africa, particularly those carried out by Boko Haram militants in the Lake Chad Basin, on Friday stressed the need to combat terrorism in all its forms and to address the conditions conducive to its spread. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants charges against two Nigerian media workers dropped
    20 january 2017 16:36:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of the news website Premium Times, and reporter Evelyn Okakwu, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AfDB offers US$ 1m to mitigate earthquake effects in Tanzania's Kagera region
    20 january 2017 16:29:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - People affected by the earthquake which hit the Kagera region in northwestern Tanzania, in September last year, will get some relief from a US$ 1m humanitarian emergency grant approved by the African Development Bank Group’s Board last week. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR revises funding requirements to tackle Africa's refugee crisis
    20 january 2017 16:12:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has revised upwards its funding requirements for 2017 to address new needs of those who have been displaced in Africa due to conflicts, renewed fighting, increased violence and resulting food insecurity since July last year. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ denounces Gambian authorities for denying entry to seven journalists
    20 january 2017 13:35:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has denounced Gambian authorities for denying entry to seven international journalists into the West African country. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNHCR says some 45,000 people have fled Gambia to Senegal
    20 january 2017 11:46:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Some 45,000 people are now reported to have arrived in Senegal from The Gambia – according to the Senegalese Government, amid the ongoing political uncertainty as Senegalese and West African troops entered the country on Thursday to force out former president Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police raid Nigeria online newspaper office
    19 january 2017 22:35:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Thursday afternoon raided the head office of Nigeria’s top online newspaper, the Premium Times, in Abuja, arresting the newspaper’s publisher. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian military alerts public on new tactic of Boko Haram
    19 january 2017 22:18:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters on Thursday warned the general public to be alert at places of worship as Boko Haram terrorists are now targeting worshipers and other soft spots with suicide bombers, especially at dawn. Full text...

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