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  • Tunisia: Nine bodies removed off Libyan coast
    16 january 2015 20:38:45
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Coast guards of the city of Zliten in Libya have removed nine bodies of migrants and saved 27 others whose boat capsized off the coast near the city. Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama urges African states to synchronize strategies against terrorism
    16 january 2015 19:51:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president John Dramani Mahama on Friday called for the synchronization of strategies in Africa to fight terrorism and other atrocities. Full text...

  • Tanzania: MONUSCO chief voices ‘full solidarity’ as DR Congo battles armed groups
    16 january 2015 17:43:55
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The chief of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), Martin Kobler, has expressed ‘full solidarity’ and support for the country’s government as it continues in its fight against armed groups operating on its territory. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Upsurge in Libya fighting triggers new displacement
    16 january 2015 15:17:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - An upsurge in fighting since the start of the year across several towns and cities in eastern Libya, including the city of Benghazi, has sparked more displacement, the UN refugee agency said Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR raises concern over refugees returning to Nigeria from Niger
    16 january 2015 15:09:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN refugee agency Friday said it was very concerned about the fate of hundreds of refugees who returned to Nigeria from Niger on 14 January during a joint operation organized by the Government of the north eastern Borno State in Nigeria and the authorities in Niger. Full text...

  • Sudan: Anti-Charlie Hebdo demonstration staged in Sudan
    16 january 2015 15:01:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – An estimated 500 Sudanese Muslims Friday demanded the expulsion of the French ambassador to the Sudan in protest against what they termed as the French government allowing the French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, republish cartoons they consider anti-Islamic and defamatory to Prophet Mohammed. Full text...

  • Kenya: AI demands release of Mauritanian presidential candidate
    16 january 2015 14:08:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Mauritanian authorities must release three activists - including a prominent opposition politician - jailed Friday for holding anti-slavery rallies, Amnesty International said late Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. urges int'l community to help oust extremists from Tripoli
    16 january 2015 12:42:36
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government has asked the international community to assist it in ousting, from Tripoli, the extremist groups who have seized the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Amnesty demands release of jailed activists
    16 january 2015 10:14:56
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Amnesty International has called on the Mauritanian authorities to release three activists, including a prominent opposition politician, who were jailed Thursday for holding anti-slavery rallies. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Workers at main brewery issue strike warning
    16 january 2015 09:07:24
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Workers of Burkina Faso's main brewery Brakina Sodibo have announced they will embark on a 48-hour warning strike starting next Tuesday to press for better working conditions, among other demands, PANA reported from here Friday. Full text...

  • US: AI urges Mauritania to release jailed presidential candidate, activitists
    15 january 2015 20:09:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The Mauritanian authorities must release three activists, including a prominent opposition politician jailed on Thursday for holding anti-slavery rallies, Amnesty International has said in a statement. Full text...

  • UN: Chinese soldiers set for UN peacekeeping in South Sudan
    15 january 2015 20:03:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The first ever deployment of a Chinese infantry battalion in a UN peacekeeping mission is expected in South Sudan, a UN statement said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Court jails three Mauritanian antislavery activists
    15 january 2015 19:49:19
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritania's Correctional Tribunal at Rosso, 200 km south of Nouakchott, on Thursday sentenced three antislavery activists to two years imprisonment "for belonging to a non-recognized organization and offence related to public order," judicial sources told PANA. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official says humanitarian workers face 'increasingly complex' situations
    15 january 2015 18:49:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos on Thursday said humanitarian actors were working in increasingly complex environments, as they deal more and more with the consequences of crises whose roots lie in poor governance, political paralysis, underdevelopment, and rising levels of poverty and inequality. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Nine killed in Burkina Faso road crash
    15 january 2015 18:29:52
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Nine persons including a girl and a boy were killed late Wednesday in a collision that involved a public transport vehicle and a truck on the Ouagadougou–Kongoussi road, Burkina Information Agency (AIB) reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: AI demands probe into Burkina violence during popular uprising
    15 january 2015 18:17:03
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) has denounced the use of "excessive and bloody" force during the popular uprising of late October 2014 that ousted the regime of President Blaise Compaoré, and demanded the opening of an independent and impartial investigation. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Thousands of migrant minors disappear from outreach centres in Italy
    15 january 2015 15:34:54
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Italian Foreign Affairs Minister, Alfano Angelino, Thursday announced that thousands of migrant minors, not accompanied by their parents, have disappeared from outreach centres in Italy without leaving any trace. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Death toll from Baga much higher than 150 - Amnesty International
    15 january 2015 14:12:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As the controversy over the exact number of civilians killed in the deadly insurgent attack in Nigeria's northern town of Baga continues, global rights body Amnesty International has described the attack as the 'largest and most destructive' yet. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma in Mozambique to attend inauguration of new President
    15 january 2015 11:37:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Thursday arrived in Mozambique to attend the inauguration of President-elect Filipe Jacinto Nyusi. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA military to assist Mozambique's flood victims
    15 january 2015 11:27:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has confirmed that it will send troops to assist Mozambique which has been hit by violent flood, especially in the Zambezia province. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Amnesty International wants shooting of protesters' investigated
    15 january 2015 08:24:54
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Amnesty International has urged Burkina Faso’s transitional authorities to investigate the use of excessive and lethal force by the military, including the presidential guard, against largely peaceful anti-government protesters, which left at least 10 dead and hundreds injured last year, the rights body said in a report published Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Assembly President stresses need to improve people's lives
    15 january 2015 07:35:46
    New York, US (PANA) - UN General Assembly President Sam Kutesa has said the next several months will present a historic opportunity to agree on an "inspiring" agenda that will directly improve the lives of people around the world. Full text...

  • UN: WHO probes beer poisoning deaths in Mozambique
    14 january 2015 22:21:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) is assisting in an Full text...

  • Cameroon: Rights network protests against killing of DRC journalists
    14 january 2015 20:59:22
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) – The Central African Human Rights Network (REDHAC) has denounced the killing of journalists in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Cameroon: Former minister sentenced to 25 years imprisonment
    14 january 2015 20:51:16
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) – The former Cameroonian minister of Economy and Finance, Polycarpe Abah Abah was on Wednesday sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by the special criminal tribunal (TCS) which found him guilty of embezzling about 5 billion CFAF. (US$1=557 CFAF) Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council stresses importance of peacebuilding
    14 january 2015 19:51:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday reaffirmed that the importance of peacebuilding as the foundation for sustainable peace and development in countries emerging from conflict. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian religious council condemns attack on French magazine
    14 january 2015 19:06:51
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Council of Religions in Mauritius Wednesday condemned last week's attack on a French satirical magazine during 12 people, including journalists, were killed in Paris. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO holds debate on press freedom
    14 january 2015 18:18:21
    New York, US (PANA) - In the wake of last week’s attack against French satirical magazine, Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan says moles within military sabotaging war against Boko Haram
    14 january 2015 17:04:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday publicly admitted the existence of moles within the ranks of the Nigerian military, who are sabotaging the current war against Boko Haram insurgency, and called for the immediate redeployment of such personnel. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU loses its first female defence attache in Addis Ababa
    14 january 2015 16:42:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said Wednesday that she has "learned with great shock of the untimely death" of Zimbabwe's Defence Attaché to the AU, Colonel Kutandakwenkosi Mamane Donga, who passed away on 8 January in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Gambia: Sacked Justice Minister reappointed
    14 january 2015 12:14:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has reappointed Mama Fatima Singhateh as Attorney General and Minister of Justice, according to the Gambia Radio and Television Services. Full text...

  • South Africa: AU tasked on Boko Haram crisis
    14 january 2015 09:12:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday urged the South African government to place the massacre of thousands of people by Boko Haram forces in northern Nigeria firmly on the agenda of the African Union (AU) Summit taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 23-31 Jan. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights office deplores latest Boko Haram attack in Nigeria
    13 january 2015 19:02:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Full text...

  • UN: WFP warns on food insecurity in Central African Republic
    13 january 2015 18:53:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The unpredictable and hostile security situation in Central African Republic (CAR) is having severe consequences for the country’s population still in dire need of humanitarian assistance, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS condemns sporadic attacks by Boko Haram
    13 january 2015 15:36:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has expressed 'grave concern' at the persistent attacks by the insurgent group, Boko Haram, in North-east Nigeria, following last week attack in Baga, Borno state, that some reports said left as many as 2,000 people dead. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Media to mourn Charlie Hebdo victims Wednesday
    13 january 2015 14:31:03
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Following an appeal by the National Union of Burkina free audiovisual (UNALFA) and the association of media editors (SEP), the Burkina Faso media will Wednesday observe a day of mourning in memory of the victims of the terror attack on the French satirical newspaper, “Charlie Hebdo”, in which 12 persons were killed. Full text...

  • Libya: PM appeals to "Fajr Libya" to down tools
    13 january 2015 14:15:58
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The head of the acting government in Libya, Abdallah al-Theni, has called on the leaders of "Fajr Libya", a coalition of armed groups and Islamists, to recognize the legitimacy of the Parliament and his government, recognized by the international community. Full text...

  • Sudan: Army declares victory over rebels in Darfur, South Kordufan
    13 january 2015 13:58:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Army Tuesday declared that it has defeated rebel groups in South Kordufan, near the borders with South Sudan, and North Darfur, near the borders with Libya, killing at least 100 of them and taking over four different strategic locations. Full text...

  • Sudan: Police free 40 abducted persons
    13 january 2015 13:29:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese police have freed 40 abductees, including five women, after a gun duel with their abductors in Gadarif State, East Sudan, near the borders with Eritrea and Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Congo: President Nguesso says France terror attack is horrible
    13 january 2015 13:06:14
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese president, Denis Sassou Nguesso, on Monday condemned the attack on the French newspaper “Charlie Hebdo”, describing it as “a horrible attack against France”, according to the condolence register he signed at the French Embassy here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Outrage over female hijacker's visit
    13 january 2015 12:17:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Pro-Israel South Africans have expressed their outraged over a tour organised by the pro-Palestinian group Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) which will include infamous female airplane hijacker Leila Khaled. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Archbishop denounces Boko Haram's use of children as human bombs
    13 january 2015 08:17:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Catholic Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos in central Nigeria has called on the international community to act swiftly against the insurgent group Boko Haram in the West African country, Zenit church news service has reported. Full text...

  • Rwanda: RwandAir Express staff arrested for alleged ticket sales fraud
    12 january 2015 20:35:44
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Three top managers at Rwanda's flag carrier, RwandAir Express, and one of their main travel agents have been arrested for alleged online ticket sales fraud. Full text...

  • UN: Ban tasks world leaders on global unity to tackle poverty, terrorism
    12 january 2015 19:59:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged world leaders to work together to face global challenges, including terrorism, poverty and the displacement of people. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police warn against pre-election violence in Nigeria
    12 january 2015 18:48:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria Police issued a statement Monday warning citizens to desist from pre-election violence or face the full-wrath of the law. Full text...

  • UN: UN condemns Boko Haram recent attacks, use of child suicide bombers
    12 january 2015 18:21:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Boko Haram's latest attack in northern Nigeria in the past week, and reports that suspected child suicide bombers attacked a crowded market in north-eastern Borno state. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN envoy assesses situation of children in conflict-torn Northern Nigeria
    12 january 2015 18:13:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Disturbed by the increasing killings in north-eastern Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms Leila Zerrougui, has arrived in the country for a seven-day visit. Full text...

  • Sudan: ECHO extends €1.3 million to address emergency levels of malnutrition in Sudan
    12 january 2015 17:54:03
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) has donated an additional Euros 1,335,000 to UNICEF, as part of the scale-up efforts at addressing the emergency levels of malnutrition in the most affected regions of Sudan. Full text...

  • Society: UN study finds increase in women managers, urges greater workforce equality
    12 january 2015 17:34:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The last 20 years has seen a surge in the number of women employed in senior and middle management positions, according to a new UN report, which noted that although all-male company boards were decreasing in number, more must be done to achieve gender parity. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African opposition threatens to disrupt Zuma's State of the Nation address
    12 january 2015 17:32:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions are already rising a month before President Jacob Zuma delivers his State of the Nation address on 12 February with the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) warning it "will disrupt the speech if Zuma does not appear before a special sitting of Parliament ahead of the speech." Full text...

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