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  • ECOWAS: Centre launched to boost maritime security in Gulf of Guinea
    06 may 2015 18:18:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has inaugurated its Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre for Zone “E” in Cotonou, Benin, to respond to security threats and other maritime issues along the territorial waters of Togo, Niger, Benin and Nigeria on the Gulf of Guinea. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief deplores deadly attack on peacekeepers in DR Congo
    06 may 2015 16:40:22
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday strongly condemned the killing of two UN peacekeepers and the wounding of 13 others in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following an ambush in North Kivu region. Full text...

  • South Africa: Parliamentary committee to probe xenophobic violence
    06 may 2015 14:15:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's National Assembly on Wednesday pledged to establish a multi-party committee to investigate the recent spate of xenophobic attacks which left seven people dead and saw thousands of others fleeing. Full text...

  • Senegal: 6 African journalists emerge finalists for 2015 APO Energy Media Award
    06 may 2015 13:29:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Six African journalists have been selected as finalists for the 2015 APO Energy Media Award, organizers African Press Organization announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cameroon: US grants Lake Chad countries US$40m for security
    06 may 2015 13:19:15
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – The US Ambassador to Cameroon, Michael S. Hoza, on Wednesday announced a financial aid from the US, worth US$ 40 million, to back efforts made in the fight against Boko Haram and tighten security in the region of the Lake Chad Basin. Full text...

  • Botswana: Entrepreneurs launch platform to help fight crime in Botswana
    06 may 2015 13:08:16
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - A consortium of young entrepreneurs in Botswana -- Recoveri Botswana -- has launched the country’s first microdot security company. Full text...

  • DRC; UN Mission boss condemns deadly attack against peacekeepers
    06 may 2015 11:42:12
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Martin Kobler, head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), has strongly condemned the ambush of Tanzanian Peacekeepers deployed in the country's Beni region to protect the population. Full text...

  • US: Govt. to give South Sudan US$5m to promote justice, accountability
    06 may 2015 10:10:22
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US is to provide US$5 million to promote justice and accountability in South Sudan, Secretary of State John Kerry has announced. Full text...

  • UN: 'Liberia will be Ebola-free soon'
    06 may 2015 08:03:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Liberia and Head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Karin Landgren says Liberia is expected to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) within the week, if no more new cases of the disease are discovered before then. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official urges support for Niger, Chad
    05 may 2015 22:30:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Beset by multiple crises, Niger and Chad are making heroic efforts to cope with the impact of the turmoil swirling around them, but the international community is failing in its responsibility to share the burden, a senior official for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Some 15% Sudanese require humanitarian assistance in 2015 - UN
    05 may 2015 20:24:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN on Tuesday said Sudan’s projected humanitarian needs remain high, with a total of 5.4 million people, some 15 per cent of the population, estimated to require some form of humanitarian assistance. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights office launches website on albinism
    05 may 2015 20:03:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday launched a website dedicated to the issue of albinism aimed at debunking the myths of the rare condition which, it says, is "still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically". Full text...

  • UN: UN remembers World War II victims, reaffirms need for peace dignity for all
    05 may 2015 19:17:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The tens of millions of people who died during the Second World Full text...

  • UN: Armed groups in Central African Republic to release thousands of children
    05 may 2015 16:44:41
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday said leaders of armed Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: President Koroma 'won't lift state of emergency on Ebola until...'
    05 may 2015 14:13:06
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma has vowed not to lift the state of emergency imposed on the country in the wake of the Ebola outbreak, until the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the country Ebola-free, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Malawi: Mutharika confirms 6 Malawians died in South Africa xenophobia attacks
    05 may 2015 13:56:20
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Peter Mutharika has confirmed that at least six Malawians were killed in the recent attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa: Another South African university rocked by racism
    05 may 2015 13:47:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just weeks after a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, an ardent believer in British colonialism and founder of the southern African territory of Rhodesia, was toppled at the University of Cape Town, another university in the Western Cape province has become embroiled in racial tensions. Full text...

  • France: Interpol issues global alert for potentially-lethal illicit diet drug
    05 may 2015 12:12:25
    Lyon, France (PANA) - The international criminal organization, Interpol, has issued a global alert for 2.4-dinitrophenol (DNP), an illicit and potentially-lethal drug used as a dieting and body-building aid. Full text...

  • Botswana: Citizens urged to embrace water conservation
    05 may 2015 09:12:05
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Prevailing water shortages in the northern parts of Botswana have forced the government to advise citizens on the need to conserve water. Full text...

  • Kenya: US Secretary of State urges Kenya to keep refugee camps open till...
    05 may 2015 08:10:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said efforts to relocate Somali refugees in Kenya to their country should continue while the camps in the Dadaab refugee complex in North-east Kenya remain open until conditions for a dignified return of the refugees have been met. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in DRC condemns attack on UN helicopter
    05 may 2015 08:00:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), Mr. Martin Kobler, has condemned Monday’s attack on a UN helicopter near the city of Beni, calling it "unacceptable and Full text...

  • Libya: UN release list of Libyan personalities targeted by sanctions
    04 may 2015 20:37:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The UN representative in Libya, Ibrahim Dabbachi, has confirmed the existence of a list at both the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court (ICC) of those who have blocked the political process in the country. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches campaign to boost road safety for children
    04 may 2015 19:37:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Each day some 500 children die in road traffic crashes, thousands more are injured and the situation is only getting worse, the UN warned Monday as it launched Full text...

  • UN: UN officials, Museveni call for stronger cooperation of UN, regional agencies
    04 may 2015 19:28:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN General Assembly Full text...

  • UN: UN adviser says 2015 critical to setting world on safer, more prosperous path
    04 may 2015 18:44:37
    New York US (PANA) - "This year is a unique opportunity for our generation to set clear Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says gunmen kill radio journalist in Somalia
    04 may 2015 15:55:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA ) - The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has disclosed that unidentified armed men killed Somali journalist, Daud Ali Omar, and his wife while calling on authorities to identify the motive in the murders and apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAC foreign minister visit Burundi
    04 may 2015 15:51:23
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Bernard Membe, will on Wednesday lead his counterparts from member countries of the East African Community (EAC) on a fact-finding mission to Burundi in the wake of pre-election violence in the country, his ministry said here Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Media indispensable to anti-corruption battle'
    03 may 2015 16:21:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The media is indispensable in the war against corruption, which the incoming Nigerian government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has promised to make a high priority, the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has said. Full text...

  • UN: UN says free expression, press freedom vital for global sustainability
    03 may 2015 16:21:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Top UN officials on Sunday said freedom of expression and press Full text...

  • Tunisia: African countries stopping illegal immigrants from perilous trip to Europe
    03 may 2015 15:55:28
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Following the wave of accidents involving illegal immigrants seeking to use North African nations as a thoroughfare to Europe in recent times, the countries have intensified efforts to stop the migrants before they take to the sea on vessels that are not always seaworthy. Full text...

  • SUDAN: UNAMID wins Pan-African award
    03 may 2015 15:41:51
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has been declared the Country Winner for Sudan of the 2014 Saville Foundation Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education, UNAMID announced on Sunday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian opposition leader pledges free, vibrant press
    03 may 2015 15:06:35
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - As the world commemorates the World Press Freedom Day on Sunday (3 May), leader of Zambia's main opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Hakainde Hichilema has pledged his party’s commitment to a free and vibrant press which he said is an essential part of any democracy. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Authorities hail media's contribution to political transition
    03 may 2015 12:24:20
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkina authorities have praised the contributions by the media to the country's ongoing political transitional process, following the fall of Blaise Compaoré in October last year. Full text...

  • Libya: PM says Libyan govt. investigating abduction of Tunisian journalists
    02 may 2015 14:36:25
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan Prime Minister, Abdallah al-Theni, has reassured that his government was still investigating the abduction of the Tunisian journalists reported missing last year near the eastern city of Derna. Full text...

  • Libya: Azerbaidjan to cooperate with Libya in fight against terrorism
    02 may 2015 14:26:42
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Mohamed Hadi al-Dairi, on Friday held talks with his counterpart from Azerbaidjan, Elmar Mamadiarov, in the Azerbaidjan capital, Bakou, on ways and means to strengthen their cooperation ties, particularly in the fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • UN: UN marks World Press Freedom, stresses journalists' safety
    01 may 2015 22:16:55
    New York, US (PANA - The UN on Friday commemorated World Press Freedom Day 2015 with a moment of silence for journalists killed in the line of duty, and drew attention to the need for greater gender equality in the media and the safety of journalists in the digital age, where protection from surveillance will become increasingly important.) Full text...

  • UN: UN rights commissioner expresses concern about Burundi situation
    01 may 2015 22:03:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has expressed its deep concern about measures taken this week by Burundian authorities to seriously curtail rights to freedom of expression and assembly, urging measures to ensure the space necessary for the conduct of free and fair elections in the country. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council demands end to hostilities in Mali
    01 may 2015 21:51:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday expressed deep concern at the outbreak of violence that has occurred in Mali this past week, which it says threatens to undermine the peace process, and demanded that the hostilities cease immediately. Full text...

  • UN: UN investigates sexual abuse allegations in CAR
    01 may 2015 21:43:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN says it is investigating events surrounding the release to a third party of an internal report on allegations of sexual misconduct by French military personnel in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UN: South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia top 200,000 – UN
    01 may 2015 17:16:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The number of South Sudanese refugees who have fled to Ethiopia Full text...

  • Mali: '9 soldiers killed in clashes with Tuareg rebels'
    01 may 2015 11:49:52
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian Ministry of Defence has announced the death of nine Malian soldiers in an attack perpetrated by the Tuareg rebels near the country's border with Mauritania, a big blow to the peace deal under the aegis of the UN. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief organ says unrest continues in Burundi
    01 may 2015 08:52:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says civil unrest continued for a fourth day in areas of Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, after current President Pierre Nkurunziza was nominated by the ruling National Council for the Defence of Democracy-Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party as its candidate for upcoming presidential elections. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian journalists urge gov’t to renew commitment to media development
    30 april 2015 20:52:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Press Union (GPU) has urged the government to renew its commitment to the growth and development of the media so that their contribution toward national development can be strengthened. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan pledges to rid Nigeria of terrorist camps before May 29 handover
    30 april 2015 20:04:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Thursday pledged in Abuja to do all within his power to ensure that territory still held by terrorists and insurgents are totally liberated before he leaves office on 29 May. Full text...

  • Libya: 31 Ethiopians repatriated from Libya
    30 april 2015 19:52:04
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Immigration Department on Thursday transferred 31 illegal Ethiopian immigrants from a detention centre at Al-Koueifiya in the eastern city of Benghazi ready for their repatriation through Labreg International Airport, said Walid Al-Arfi, the department's spokesman. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO condemns killing of journalist in DRC, calls for investigation
    30 april 2015 17:00:43
    New York US (PANA) - The head of UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova, on Thursday called for an investigation into the killing of a journalist in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on 16 April. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AfDB provides US$30 million budget support to social services in Malawi
    30 april 2015 16:30:08
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group meeting in Abidjan has approved a US$30million budget support grant towards the protection of basic social services in Malawi, the Bank announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns crackdown on media outlets in Burundi
    30 april 2015 16:10:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New-York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the harassment of journalists and news outlets in Burundi, while calling on authorities to allow the media cover protests ahead of the country's elections slated for May and June. Full text...

  • Libya: Army regains control of new zones near Tripoli
    30 april 2015 13:37:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan army and the allied forces have regained control of several zones of al-Maya, in the locality of Ouerchefana, near Bridge 27 which links the western city of Zaoui and the capital of Tripoli, which were seized by the "Fajr Libya" militias, military sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Togo: Two W/African leaders pay 'solidarity visit' to Togo after successful polls
    30 april 2015 12:52:06
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Two West African leaders have paid a solidarity visit to Togo following the country's presidential elections of 25 April, which the regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said were held under acceptable free and transparent conditions. Full text...

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