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  • Zambia: 8 African leaders to attend President Sata’s burial Tuesday
    05 november 2014 14:06:36
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Eight African Heads of State will attend Zambian President Michael Sata’s burial on 11 November, in the capital, Lusaka, the Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba disclosed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR moves to end statelessness
    05 november 2014 12:41:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency, with endorsement from high-profile supporters, has launched a global campaign to end the devastating legal limbo of statelessness, which affects millions of people around the world. Full text...

  • Sudan: Coalition calls for arms embargo on warring parties in South Sudan
    05 november 2014 09:39:33
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A coalition of more than 50 South Sudanese and international human rights and humanitarian organisations have urged South Sudan’s neighbors to urgently call for a UN arms embargo on South Sudan to stem gruesome violations in the country’s devastating conflict. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency expresses concern over refugee camp safety in Kenya
    05 november 2014 05:17:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a spate of deadly violence at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has voiced concern about the security situation in the camp, urging a return to calm for all the communities sheltered there. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian immigration agency steps up security at border
    04 november 2014 21:46:11
    Lagos , Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of the 2015 general elections, security at Nigeria's borders are being beefed up to check illegal immigrants and the smuggling of small and light weapons into the country, according to a senior official of the Immigration Service. Full text...

  • Zambia:Scott sacks, reinstates Zambia's ruling party secretary general
    04 november 2014 16:46:35
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Barely 24 hours after he sacked Defence Minister Edgar Lungu as Secretary General of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF), Zambia's acting President Guy Scott on Tuesday announced Lungu's reinstatement to the same position in the PF ranks as public pressure mounted. Full text...

  • South Africa: Key witness grilled by defence in honeymoon murder trial
    04 november 2014 12:06:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Lawyers representing British businessman Shrien Dewani on Tuesday questioned whether there was another person involved in the killing of his wife Anni Hindocha while they were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November, 2010. Full text...

  • Zambia: Scott's decision to sack Defence Minister from party post condemned
    04 november 2014 09:33:35
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Acting President Guy Scott’s decision to sack Defence Minister Edgar Lungu as Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary General has been widely condemned in Zambia and described as “un-African” especially that the decision has been taken when President Michael Sata has not been buried and is lying in state. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Over 10,000 displaced after insurgent captures town
    04 november 2014 07:31:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 10,496 people have been displaced and are now living in five camps following the recent attacks on Mubi town in Nigeria's North-east Adamawa state by the Boko Haram terror group, according to aid workers. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram imposes Sharia on captured town, amputates 10
    04 november 2014 06:17:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The insurgent group Boko Haram has imposed the Islamic Sharia law on Mubi in Nigeria's North-east Adamawa State, which it captured last week, according to local media reports quoting residents of the town Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights expert urges ratification of treaty against torture
    03 november 2014 19:44:26
    New York, US (PANA) - As the 30th anniversary of the adoption of an international legal framework to prevent torture and other types of inhumane treatment or punishment approaches, a UN rights expert has urged the committee charged with monitoring its implementation to use the momentum garnered in the celebrations to accelerate efforts to move towards universal ratification of the treaty. Full text...

  • UN: Ban establishes panel to review UN peacekeeping operations
    03 november 2014 19:07:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the establishment of a High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, which will draw together individuals with a wide range of experience and expertise, and be chaired by Mr. Jose Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste. Full text...

  • Libya: NGO demands sanctions against perpetrators of crimes against Libyan journalists
    03 november 2014 19:00:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan Centre for Freedom of the Press has demanded punishment for perpetrators of all crimes committed against hundreds of journalists and the media in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Suicide bomber kills many in Nigerian state
    03 november 2014 18:25:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – Many people are feared dead Monday in the northern Nigeria city of Portiskum, Yobe State, after a suicide bomber struck into a religious procession, according to local media report. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials urge greater assistance for landlocked developing countries
    03 november 2014 18:16:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the international community must aid the world’s landlocked developing countries (LLDC) in pursuing their goals for greater economic development to transition from being landlocked to "land-linked." Full text...

  • Niger: Niger's Communication Council warns errant broadcasters
    03 november 2014 15:33:08
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger's Communication Council warned Monday that it would not hesitate to ban any broadcaster that breaches ethics and regulations governing the local press. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan Army readies for onslaught on Islamist militias around Benghazi
    03 november 2014 15:04:58
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) - Residents of Hay al-Sabri neighborhood of Benghazi city in eastern Libya were advised to evacuate the area by late Monday as the Libyan Army prepared to launch an onslaught on extremist militias hiding there. Full text...

  • South Africa: Police address investigations into death of South Africa's national goalkeeper
    03 november 2014 14:31:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Senior South African police official Vinesh Moonoo on Monday said investigations into last week’s killing of national goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa were ongoing but only one suspect is in custody in connection with the crime that sent shock-waves around the world. Full text...

  • Sudan: Norway increase contribution to humanitarian needs in Sudan
    03 november 2014 12:18:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Norway on Monday said it has provided an additional US$ 1.6 million to help address Sudan’s growing humanitarian needs, raising its contribution to US$ 8.4 million. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'EU looking forward to constructive cooperation with Khartoum'
    03 november 2014 12:01:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Sudan, Ambassador Tomas Ulicny, said here on Monday that the EU is looking forward to a constructive cooperation with Sudan as a new European Commission took office in Brussels, Belgium. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID concerned over possible raid on IDPs' camp
    03 november 2014 00:46:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has expressed concern over a possible raid on the Kalma camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) outside Nyala, South Darfur, by government security outfits Full text...

  • UN: UN urges end to impunity for crimes against journalists
    02 november 2014 21:03:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Protecting the safety of journalists and ensuring that crimes committed against them do not go unpunished is ever more important in today's changing times in order to build transparent societies and keep citizens around the world informed, the UN said on Sunday marking the first-ever International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Full text...

  • US: Obama urges governments to protect journalists, ensure freedom of speech for all
    02 november 2014 20:28:09
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama on Sunday said all governments must protect the ability of journalists to write and speak freely, as well as ensure their societies enjoy unfettered freedom of speech. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission welcomes DRC govt request to boost presence in east DRC
    02 november 2014 19:50:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mr. Martin Kobler, has welcomed the government's request for more peacekeepers to support the Congolese troops in protecting civilians from armed rebels that have carried out a spate of attacks in and around the eastern town of Beni over the past month. Full text...

  • Gambia: UN independent rights experts on working tour of Gambia
    02 november 2014 19:07:32
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Two UN special rapporteurs for human rights are on five-day tour of Gambia at the invitation of the government to examine the legal framework and existing practices related to imposition of the death penalty and assess the country's level of conformity with international law. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia's poor see their hopes dashed in passing of President Sata (Analysis by Mildred Mulenga, PANA Correspondent)
    02 november 2014 18:08:54
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – He was a visionary leader, a true patriot, a firm supporter of equality and his tolerance ranged across all diversity, religion, class and gender. But, above all, President Michael Sata was known for his empathy for the extremely poor. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia's acting President Scott sheds tears for Sata
    02 november 2014 13:27:30
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s acting President Guy Scott on Sunday broke down as he led the First family, members of his Cabinet and diplomats in paying last respects to the body of President Michael Sata, now lying in state at Mulungushi Conference Centre in the country’s capital, Lusaka. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: ‘Tackling vulnerabilities should be at centre of Africa’s development efforts’ - report
    02 november 2014 13:16:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - While an increasing number of Africans enjoy higher living standards, sub-Saharan Africa countries should redouble efforts to ensure crises such as the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa do not reverse development achievements, according to a report released here at the ongoing the African Economic Conference (AEC). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Experts say Africa needs knowledge, skills relevant to local needs
    01 november 2014 17:35:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Several innovations reported in recent years from across Africa bode well for the continent striving to get skills that meet its industry requirements in the 21st century, economic and labour experts meeting in Addis Ababa said on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed forum pledges to develop, implement youth policies
    01 november 2014 16:37:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies, which brought together over 700 participants from over 165 countries, has launched an outcome document pledging to support countries that are in the process of developing and elevating national youth policy. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Red Cross President warns S. Sudan humanitarian disaster deteriorates
    01 november 2014 16:21:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The South Sudan conflict is risking millions of lives and requires urgent political intervention to stop it from becoming a much worse humanitarian crisis, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, has said at the end of visit to Ethiopia. Full text...

  • UN: ICC President calls for universal ratification of the Rome Statute
    01 november 2014 15:03:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Sang-Hyun Song, has called on all countries to join the ICC, by ratifying the Rome Statute, which established the Court, stressing that "the values of the Rome Statute reflect global solidarity and commitment to peace, security and international law". Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisians protest visit of French philosopher Henri-Lévy
    01 november 2014 14:30:32
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) – The impeding visit to Tunisia of a French philosopher, Bernard Henry-Levy, has sparked anger and protests Tunis on Saturday, after red flags were raised by several activists in France. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambians grieve as body of President Sata arrives home
    01 november 2014 12:18:58
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The body of Zambian President Michael Sata arrived on Saturday in the capital, Lusaka, accompanied by First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Sata was 'down to earth', former president Kaunda says
    01 november 2014 09:00:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s former President Kenneth Kaunda has described President Michael Sata, who died on Tuesday, as a "down to earth person" who interacted very well with people from all walks of life, including the poor and downtrodden. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram denies ceasefire deal with Nigerian govt, says girls "married off"
    01 november 2014 08:51:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's insurgent group Boko Haram has denied it entered into a ceasefire deal with the Nigerian government, dashing the hopes of many who were made to believe that the deal will lead to the release of the 218 abducted school girls. Full text...

  • South Africa: Suspect in court over death of national football goalkeeper
    01 november 2014 06:16:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Police have confirmed that a man who appeared in court on Friday in connection with the death of national goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa's murder has been positively linked to the crime which sent shockwaves around the world. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency accelerates efforts on Nigerian refugee transfer
    31 october 2014 21:44:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite mounting insecurity in border areas between Cameroon and Nigeria, where thousands of Nigerian refugees have sought refuge in the past weeks after fleeing from insurgent attacks, the UN refugee agency on Friday said it was stepping up efforts to continue to expedite their transfer. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials warn of worsening humanitarian conditions in CAR
    31 october 2014 20:31:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN humanitarian officials on Friday said fresh fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) has aggravated the humanitarian situation across the country. Full text...

  • UN: Ban 'notes' Campore's resignation, as envoy arrives in Burkina Faso
    31 october 2014 20:21:11
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday noted the resignation of Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore, saying he continues to follow events there with great concern. Full text...

  • AI wants charges against 2 Gambian journalists dropped
    31 october 2014 18:10:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The London-based rights body, Amnesty International (AI) has called on authorities in Gambia to drop charges against two journalists for allegedly intending to cause fear and alarm to the public. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt protests discrimination of Nigerians over Ebola
    31 october 2014 17:49:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria Friday said it is taking seriously the “unwarranted stigmatisation and discrimination against Nigerians” as a result of the isolated outbreak and control of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns renewed violence in South Sudan
    31 october 2014 15:31:58
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged an immediate Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for potection of media institutions in Burkina Faso
    31 october 2014 14:10:26
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Friday called for protection of the press in Burkina Faso in the wake of anti-government protests in the West African country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 30 feared dead in Nigeria blast (UPDATE)
    31 october 2014 13:38:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The death toll from Friday morning's blast at a popular bus station in Nigeria's North-east Gombe state could be as high as 30, the local Punch newspaper reported, quoting eyewitnesses. Full text...

  • Zambia: Requiem mass held in London for Zambian late President Sata
    31 october 2014 13:14:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A requiem mass, organised by the Diocese of Westminster in London, was held Friday in honour of the life of Zambian President Michael Sata at the Church of Our Lady in St. Johns Wood, North-West London. Full text...

  • Developing Story: Explosion rips bus station, many feared dead
    31 october 2014 11:39:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A bus station in Nigeria's northern Gombe State was rocked by an explosion Friday morning, and many casualties are feared, according to the local media. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Campaigner seeks release of abducted girls, 200 days after
    31 october 2014 09:37:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With hope fading of their imminent release, in the aftermath of the ceasefire deal between the Nigerian government and the insurgent group Boko Haram, the 218 abducted schools girls were Friday spending their 200th day in captivity. Full text...

  • US: US 'deeply concerned' by jailing of Ethiopian journo
    31 october 2014 08:54:58
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has expressed deep concern over the 27 Oct. sentencing of Ethiopian journalist Temesgen Desalegn to three years in prison for “provocation and dissemination of inaccurate information”. Full text...

  • Mauritius: UNESCO approves International Indentured Labour Route Project
    31 october 2014 08:46:46
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Arts and Culture Minister Mookhesswur Choonee Friday announced that the International Indentured Labour Route Project centered around "Aapravasi Ghat", has been approved by UNESCO. Full text...

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