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  • UN: UN Mission tasks Libyans on political solutions to crisis
    10 march 2015 08:23:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Libyan stakeholders must seize the momentum generated by the Full text...

  • Niger: Niger, Chad call for harmonized communication strategy
    09 march 2015 19:01:29
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Chadian minister of Communication, Hassan Bakari Sylla, on Monday called for coordination of actions between the communicators of countries engaged in the war against the Nigerian-based Islamic sect, Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria summons Indonesian envoy over executions, Nigerians on death row
    09 march 2015 18:18:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday intervened in the case of three Nigerian prisoners, currently on the death row in Indonesia, asking that the prisoners be released and allowed to serve out their sentences in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Libya: Islamic State ''Daesh'' executes abducted foreigners in Libya
    09 march 2015 17:16:56
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ''Daesh'' in Libya on Monday executed some of the nine foreigners abducted last week in an oil field, according to Ahmed al-Mismari, a spokesperson of the Libyan army. Full text...

  • Cameroon: France denies majority of France-made arms were seized from Boko Haram
    09 march 2015 17:03:26
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – The French embassy in Cameroon has strongly denied the allegations, made by the Chadian minister of Communications, Hassan Sally Ben Bakary, that 40% of the armed seized from Boko Haram fighters were made in France, according to a communique issued here Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU commends change in Sudanese criminal law on rape, sexual harassment
    09 march 2015 15:02:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union Mission in the Sudan has described as an important step the recent changes in the Sudanese criminal law that criminalize, for the first time, sexual harassment and rape. Full text...

  • Libya: Fresh air strikes launched on Tripoli airport
    09 march 2015 13:38:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A Libyan military jet Monday bombarded the air base located at the airport of Maitigua in the eastern suburb of the capital city of Tripoli. Full text...

  • Zambia: Doctors recommend specialised treatment abroad for ailing President
    09 march 2015 12:48:51
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Doctors treating Zambian President Edgar Lungu, who is currently admitted at the Maina Soko military hospital in Lusaka, have recommended that the President seeks medical attention abroad. Full text...

  • South Africa: Girlfriend in custody following leading rapper's death
    09 march 2015 10:57:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The police have confirmed that the girlfriend of leading South African rapper Flabba is in custody in connection with his death in the early hours of Monday. Full text...

  • UNICEF: Japan boosts Children’s Emergency in Sudan
    09 march 2015 07:41:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Japan on Monday donated US$6.5 million in response to the urgent humanitarian call launched by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Khartoum. Full text...

  • Zambia: President withdraws from women’s day celebrations after feeling unwell
    08 march 2015 13:41:56
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Sunday failed to deliver his speech at the International Women’s Day celebrations at Heroes Stadium in the capital, Lusaka, after he fell ill. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram pledges allegiance to ISIS
    08 march 2015 10:42:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has pledged the allegiance of his extremist group to the leader of the terror group, Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), Abubakr Al-Qurashi, the online Premium Times reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 58 killed, 139 injured in Nigerian city multiple blasts
    08 march 2015 10:30:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 58 people lay dead Saturday in Maiduguri, north east Borno State, after five coordinated bomb blasts in separate parts of the Sate, according to local media reports, which said that the attacks bore the hallmarks of the terror sect, Boko Haram. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns terrorist attack in Mali
    08 march 2015 07:54:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has condemned, in the strongest terms, the terrorist attack that took place on Saturday in Bamako, Mali, which killed five civilians and caused many injuries. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan denies presence of armed foreign groups
    07 march 2015 19:32:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The spokesman of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), Col. Sawarmi Khalid, has denied the presence of any armed foreign groups in the country, saying the Sudan would never tolerate the presence on its territory of any extremist groups affiliated to any power. Full text...

  • Sudan: Justice Minister admits possibility of rights violations in war zones
    07 march 2015 18:48:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Justice Minister Mohamed Bushara Dousa has admitted the existence of human rights violations, attributing this to ongoing armed conflicts in parts of the Sudan. Full text...

  • Mali: Govt. condemns 'criminal' Bamako attack
    07 march 2015 12:49:36
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian Government has strongly condemned the “criminal attack” perpetrated on Friday night in a bar in the capital, Bamako, by two masked people that claimed the lives of five people. Full text...

  • Kenya: Minority rights group wants Sengwer eviction stopped
    07 march 2015 11:01:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A human rights body, Minority Rights Group International (MRG), on Friday asked the Kenyan Government to stop the illegal eviction of the Sengwer Community from Embobut forest to pave the way for a World Bank conservation project. Full text...

  • Sudan: Oxfam 'regrets' failure of S. Sudan meeting
    07 march 2015 09:10:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A charity organization with wide activities among war affected Southern Sudanese, Oxfam, has expressed regret that South Sudanese leaders meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have failed to reach a peace agreement saying this would further complicate the lives of millions of South Sudanese already suffering from the conflict. Full text...

  • UN: ICC to hold confirmation of charges for LRA rebel commander 21 January 2016
    07 march 2015 05:45:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has postponed the commencement of the confirmation of charges for an alleged brigade commander of the dreaded Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), Dominic Ongwen, to 21 January 2016 in order to allow the prosecutor to prepare adequately for the hearing and to comply with the Chamber’s instructions. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes 'important step forward' towards Mali peace
    06 march 2015 23:03:05
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the progress made towards the establishment of an inclusive peace in Mali in an effort to resolve the country’s ongoing crisis. Full text...

  • Libya: 9 foreigners abducted in Libya oil field attack
    06 march 2015 20:51:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Nine foreigners were on Friday abducted in an attack on the oil field of al-Ghani, in the south-east, in which eight guards were killed. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Garango, first mediator in Burkinabe crisis, dies
    06 march 2015 16:12:20
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Gen. Tiémoko Marc Garango, a key figure in the mediation of the Burkinabe political crisis, died here on Friday morning, aged 88, family sources said. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Red Cross denounces violence against personnel
    06 march 2015 14:20:22
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Red Crescent have expressed concerns over the recent wave of attacks against their staff and volunteers. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Arms cache discovered near Tunisia's border with Libya
    06 march 2015 13:29:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian security forces have arrested eight suspected terrorists following the discovery of an arms cache Thursday in the border region with Libya, security sources said here Friday. Full text...

  • UN: Congo calls for unity to defeat Boko Haram
    05 march 2015 17:18:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Congo's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Basile Ikouebe, on Full text...

  • UN: UN official urges countries to uphold human rights in fight against extremism
    05 march 2015 15:55:30
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, Full text...

  • South Sudan: “Snapshot book” helps children find missing loved ones
    05 march 2015 14:25:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Using a Snapshot book, the International committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has managed to reunite over 100 families and their children, separated by the current civil strife. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID organizes First Job Fair for laid off Sudanese colleagues
    05 march 2015 14:15:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) held a one-day job fair for its Sudanese staff, according to a UNAMID press release, obtained by PANA here. Full text...

  • Sudan: Four die in Abyei rebels' clashes
    05 march 2015 12:32:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Four fighters of the Darfur rebel movements have been killed and others wounded in clashes in the contested Abyei region, according to the UN Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA). Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia’s ex-President Banda to attend inauguration of new Namibia President
    05 march 2015 11:46:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia’s former president Rupiah Banda has been invited to attend the inauguration ceremony of Namibia’s President-elect Hage Geingob. Full text...

  • UN: 'Situation in Libya deteriorating rapidly'
    05 march 2015 07:49:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy demands release of child soldiers by all parties in South Sudan
    05 march 2015 07:41:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Leila Zerrougui, has demanded the release of hundreds of child soldiers forcibly recruited by militias and groups aligned with the warring factions or the South Sudan government. Full text...

  • Libya: Army launches offensive to retake control of southern cities
    04 march 2015 21:55:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – At least 4 members of armed militias affiliated to the city of Misrata, in southern Libya, have been killed and several others injured in the city of Barak, in clashes with Libyan army units who have launched an offensive to retake control of the region. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Sankara's widow denies deal to reopen dossier on his death
    04 march 2015 21:30:36
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The widow of Thomas Sankara, former military leader of Burkina Faso, has denied any deal with the new authorities on reopening of the dossier of his death, following a statement by the country’s acting president, Michel Kafando, that efforts are being made to “help his family identify the body”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military says collaborators 'downplaying' its Boko Haram successes
    04 march 2015 19:12:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria military on Wednesday accused some local and foreign media of seeking "to drive a wedge" between it and the supporting military formations or contingents under the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) from Niger, Chad and Cameroon Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says journalist detained, three others fined in Somalia
    04 march 2015 15:10:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) has said that Mohamed Bashir Hashi, a journalist in Somalia, is being detained while three others faced heavy fines. Full text...

  • Libya: Radical Islamist groups seize two oil fields
    04 march 2015 14:00:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Gunmen, suspected to be members of radical Islamist groups linked to the Libyan branch of Daech (Islamic State), have seized the oil fields of al-Bahi and al-Mabrouk (south-east) after overpowering government security men guarding the fields. Full text...

  • Malawi: Fear grips Asian community as abducted businessman is found brutally murdered
    04 march 2015 13:51:21
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Fear has gripped the Asian community in Malawi as a prominent businessman was abducted and later found murdered with his mutilated body stuffed in his car boot in the commercial capital, Blantyre, police and a human rights activist confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS institutes another award at FESPACO
    04 march 2015 12:40:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission is instituting the award for the Best film Producer at this year’s Pan-African Television and Film Festival (FESPACO), which opened on 28 Feb. 2015, as a way of boosting the organisation’s involvement and visibility at the popular continental cinema event held in Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian Navy rescues 81 illegal African migrants
    04 march 2015 12:30:10
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian Navy has rescued 81 illegal migrants from different African nations off the coast of the city of Zarzis in the country's South-east, according to the spokesman of Tunisia's Ministry of Defence, Lt.-Col. Belhassan Oueslati. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency supports Sudan govt to register, document South Sudanese living in Sudan
    03 march 2015 22:53:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Under a UN-backed initiative, South Sudanese people living in Sudan are being registered by the Government of Sudan and issued with identity cards that give them the right to work and access to basic services, a UN statement said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency says Nigerian refugee crisis continues
    03 march 2015 21:19:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday reported that the exodus of Nigerians fleeing violence in the country’s north-eastern region continues, with an influx of 16,000 refugees into neighbouring Cameroon. Full text...

  • Sudan: IOM to improve human security of IDPs and mobile populations in Darfur
    03 march 2015 19:50:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - International Organization of Migration (IOM) says it has received US$1.11 million from Japan to be used to help internally displaced persons in Darfur as well as other people affected by the civil strife in this remote war-stricken region bordering Chad, Libya and Central African Republic. Full text...

  • UN: ICC Appeals Chamber amends order for reparations to DRC victims
    03 march 2015 18:24:03
    New York,US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday delivered, in open court, its judgment on the appeals against the ICC Trial Chamber's decision establishing the principles and procedures to be applied to reparations in the case against Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rebel, Mr. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Full text...

  • UN: ICC Appeal Chamber confirms arrest warrant for Sudanese rebel
    03 march 2015 17:54:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday rejected an appeal by Sudanese rebel, Abdallah Banda, against ICC Trial Chamber IV's decision for an arrest warrant. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Japan donates US$8.29m for IDPs in Nigeria, troops
    03 march 2015 16:37:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Japan Tuesday announced a grant of US$8.29 million towards assisting the Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria's North East and capacity building in the country's war against Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan assures of respect for human rights in fight against Boko Haram
    03 march 2015 15:13:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, Tuesday assured the international community that utmost care was being taken by the Nigerian military to avoid any human rights abuses or collateral damage to the lives and properties of civilians in the on-going war against the Boko Haram sect in the North Eastern part of the country. Full text...

  • Libya: Maitigua, Misrata airports attacked by Libyan fighter jets
    03 march 2015 13:49:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan fighter jets Tuesday attacked the Maitigua airport in the Eastern suburbs of Tripoli and that of Misrata, 220 km to the East of the Capital, Tripoli, according to a Libyan military source. Full text...

  • Sudan: AU to send pre-election assessment mission to Sudan
    03 march 2015 13:19:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Tuesday announced it is sending a pre-election assessment mission to Sudan ahead of the country's general elections on 13 April. Full text...

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