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  • 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...

  • Society: WB says Ebola puts future prosperity of Liberia, Sierra Leone at high risk
    12 january 2015 17:26:10
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Job losses and food insecurity are among the far-reaching and persistent socio-economic impacts of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the results of two new World Bank Group surveys released Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 3 Spaniards arrested in Tunisia with drugs
    12 january 2015 15:10:13
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Three Spaniards from Madrid have been arrested in Tunisia with drugs weighing three tons, according to the Tunisian spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Laroui Mohamed Ali. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan issues directive on Baga massacre
    12 january 2015 15:03:01
    Ibadan, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid a global outcry over the reported killing of 2,000 civilians in Nigeria's North-east town of Baga last week, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan said Monday he had given a directive to the National Security Adviser to tell Nigerians what really happened. Full text...

  • Botswana: Civil servants mourn Botswana VP Tuesday
    12 january 2015 14:10:50
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s director of public service management, Ruth Maphorisa, on Monday announced that public service employees have been allowed to attend the memorial service of former vice president, Mompati Sebogodi Merafhe, on Tuesday afternoon. Full text...

  • Togo: Pax Africana preaches against discrimination, stigmatization after Charlie Hebdo attack
    12 january 2015 13:37:52
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Foundation Pax Africana, which works for peace, unity and development in Africa, Monday called States to ban any form of discrimination and stigmatization, following last Wednesday's terror attack on the French satirical newspaper, “Charlie Hebdo”. Full text...

  • Botswana: 11 Zimbabweans die in Botswana road crash
    12 january 2015 12:31:01
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - A road accident has killed 11 Zimbabweans in Botswana’s northern part of the country, the police here confirmed on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: US govt to host summit on countering violent extremism in February
    11 january 2015 19:23:57
    New York, US (PANA) - US government will host a Summit on Countering Violent Full text...

  • Tunisia: Road accidents claim over 4,500 lives in Algeria
    11 january 2015 13:38:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – More than 4,500 people were killed in road crashes in Algeria in 2014, the bloodiest year on record, the Algerian general security department has said. Full text...

  • UN: Mali armed groups urged to stop attacking UN peacekeepers
    10 january 2015 19:56:14
    New York, US (PANA) - Armed groups in Mali are being urged by the UN to respect their promise to not attack peacekeepers, a UN statement said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Crew of Ethiopian cargo plane discharged from hospital
    10 january 2015 19:20:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The three-man crew of a cargo plane belonging to Ethiopian Airlines that crash-landed at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on Saturday has been discharged from hospital, the private TV station, TV 3 reported. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief offers condolences to French govt over Charlie Hebdo attack
    10 january 2015 17:44:34
    New York US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has visited the Permanent Mission of France to the UN n New York City to offer, on behalf of the organization, his condolences to the families of the victims of the terrorist attack on the offices of French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in which 12 people were killed. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane crash-lands in Accra
    10 january 2015 17:16:15
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A cargo plane belonging to Ethiopian Airlines crash-landed at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on Saturday, according to aviation officials. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan plane banned from Cyprus air space
    10 january 2015 14:36:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Cyprus has banned a plane of the Libyan airline, Afriqiyah Airways, from flying in its air space, as it applies the orders of by the European airport authorities banning Libyan planes from flying in European Union air space. Full text...

  • South Africa: Why the Charlie Hebdo attack hit a nerve in South Africa (Feature by By Craig Urquhart, PANA correspondent)
    10 january 2015 12:34:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – This week's horrific Paris attacks that left 17 innocent people dead have struck a nerve in South Africa, which has also had an uneasy relationship with radical Muslims in recent years. Full text...

  • UN: ICC prosecutor condoles Kenyan family, clarifies issues
    09 january 2015 22:02:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday sent its condolences to the family of Mr. Meshak Yebei, who was a defence witness for Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto, in his case before the ICC. Full text...

  • Tunisia: UN Human Rights Commission 'concerned' about situation in South Sudan
    09 january 2015 20:59:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The UN High Commission for Human Rights has expressed concern about the delay in finding peace in South Sudan, stressing that there are real dangers linked to the continuation of the fighting in the country. Full text...

  • UN: UN receives reports of 'significant' civilian displacement in Darfur region
    09 january 2015 20:40:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that it has received reports of significant civilian displacement in Sudan's North Darfur and South Darfur states. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission condemns attack that wounded 7 peacekeepers
    09 january 2015 20:09:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has condemned the attack on its peacekeepers near the Kidal airstrip on Friday morning, when one of its vehicles struck an explosive device. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy meets with Libyan stakeholders, stresses need to resolve crisis
    09 january 2015 20:01:56
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Libya, Mr. Bernardino Leon, has warned that time is running out to put an end to the political and security crisis in the country, stressing that it is extremely important to "freeze fire", so that political dialogue can begin. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UN probe says S. Sudan attacks 'nadir' of conflict marked by rights violations
    09 january 2015 17:01:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Human Rights Division of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) issued a report Friday saying there are reasonable grounds to believe that at least 353 civilians were murdered and another 250 wounded in attacks in the capitals of Unity state and Jonglei state between 15 April and 17 April last year. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AWF helps tackle food insecurity, flooding, droughts in Uganda, South Sudan
    09 january 2015 16:29:03
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The African Water Facility (AWF) announced Friday a €1.97 million grant to the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme (NELSAP) to increase water availability for multiple purposes in the Nyimur region of Uganda and South Sudan. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius condemns attack on French magazine
    09 january 2015 14:06:19
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has condemned the "outrageous" attack on the French magazine, “Charlie Hebdo”, that was perpetrated Wednesday in Paris, the French capital, killing 12 people, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Congolese media condemn attack on french magazine
    09 january 2015 14:01:42
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Congolese National Press Union (UNPC) has condemned Wednesday's terrorist attack on the headquarters of the french satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which killed 12 persons and seriously injured eight others. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Chad seeks assistance for thousands of Nigerian refugees
    09 january 2015 13:51:17
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Some 7,300 Nigerian refugees have arrived in western Chad in the past 10 days, fleeing attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on Baga town and surrounding villages in northeast Nigeria, according to the UN refugee agency. Full text...

  • Sudan: Defence lawyers demand release of 2 colleagues
    09 january 2015 13:04:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A lawyers' group has appealed to a Sudanese Prosecutor to release two of its members, Farouq Abu Eissa and Amin Mekki Medani, detained for over a month, local Sudanese newspapers reported Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum jubilant after retaking Fanga region
    09 january 2015 12:42:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese military leaders hailed the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) for recapturing Fanga region of East Jebel Marra which they say was under Darfur rebel movements for the last 13 years, according to a report by the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) from there. Full text...

  • Togo: Media organisations condemn French terror attack
    09 january 2015 12:02:13
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Media organisations in Togo have condemned Wednesday's attack against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Pres. Kafando condemns French terror attack
    09 january 2015 11:48:58
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Interim President Michel Kafando has condoled with the French government and people following Wednesday's attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead and many others injured. Full text...

  • Gambia: Pres. Jammeh sacks Head of Civil Service, Justice Minister
    09 january 2015 11:09:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has sacked two top officials of his government, Head of Civil Service and Presidential Affairs Minister Kalido Bayo as well as Justice Minister Basirou Mahoney, the State House said in a statement. Full text...

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