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  • Libya: UN warns against war crimes in Libya
    09 august 2014 17:08:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The UN High commission for human rights (HCHR) has warned that perpetrators of the violent clashes in Libya could be committing war crimes, Libyan media reported on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says indigenous peoples 'powerful agents of progress'
    09 august 2014 16:27:25
    New York, US PANA) - Marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on Saturday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said indigenous peoples have a central interest in development and can act as "powerful agents of progress". Full text...

  • US: America reacts to Swazi PM's threat to labour, civil society leaders
    09 august 2014 15:10:56
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - Reacting to what it called "threatening remarks by Swazi Prime Minister, Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini, towards Swazi labour and civil society leaders who participated in the US-Africa Leaders' Summit in Washington this week, the US State government said "Such remarks have a chilling effect on labour and civil rights in the Kingdom of Swaziland." Full text...

  • Belgium: EU commits 3 million euros to fight counterfeit products in Africa
    09 august 2014 14:40:03
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has added 3 million euros to finance a programme designed to fight trafficking of drugs and other illegal prohibited products. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Dozens of illegal migrants rescued off Tunisian coast
    09 august 2014 14:25:13
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian marine forces on Saturday rescued dozens of illegal migrants of different African nationalities on board a boat from Libya bound for Italy, according to sources close to the Tunisian Red-Crescent. Full text...

  • South Africa: Massive pro-Palestinian march in Cape Town
    09 august 2014 14:19:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A massive crowd of tens of thousands of pro-Palestinian supporters on Saturday marched through Cape Town to Parliament in South Africa. Full text...

  • UN: Civilian conditions in Libya 'steadily deteriorating'
    08 august 2014 22:02:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday expressed deep concern over the situation in Libya, where a conflict between multiple armed groups has been raging primarily in Benghazi and Tripoli. Full text...

  • UN: Clashes in north-western CAR cause renewed displacement
    08 august 2014 21:56:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Jens Laerke, a official of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), says fighting from 30 to 31 July in Batangafo in the Central African Republic (CAR) has caused renewed displacement. Full text...

  • Senegal: Police destroy over 3 tons of illicit drugs
    08 august 2014 18:33:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese police in Dakar on Friday incinerated 3.87 tons of Indian hemp and 1.25 kilogram of cocaine which were seized between June and July this year in different crackdowns around the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • Tunisia: ADEA announces 2014/2015 education research competition
    08 august 2014 17:29:52
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Association for Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) on Friday announced the opening of the third and fourth editions of competition for the Prize of Education Research in Africa (PREA) with the aim of promoting quality education research by African universities, research centres and networks. Full text...

  • UN: Expert urges int'l community on humanitarian situation in Somalia
    08 august 2014 17:27:20
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN independent expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Bahame Tom Nyanduga, on Friday urged the international community to "act now" to avert a humanitarian disaster in the country. Full text...

  • Burundi: CIRGL secures US$3 million from IDA to fight gender-based sexual violence
    08 august 2014 16:00:08
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The executive board of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (CIRGL) announced Friday that it has secured 1.95 million Special Drawing Rights, equivalent to US$ 3 million, from the International Development Association (IDA) for implementation of a regional emergency project to fight against gender-based sexual violence (SGBV). Full text...

  • Cameroon: Charles Taylor's son arrested in Cameroon over fake travel papers
    08 august 2014 14:30:00
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Cornelius Taylor, son of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, was arrested on Thursday in Kumba, about 400 km from the capital, Yaoundé, in the Cameroonian south-western region, the country’s public television, CRTV, reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya identifies teenager behind military Twitter account hacking 
    08 august 2014 14:25:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan security services have identified a South American teenager, Manuel Herrera, as one of the possible hackers who took down the Twitter Account of the military and that of the Deputy President William Ruto. Full text...

  • Libya: UN opens consultations to end violence in Libya
    08 august 2014 13:49:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The vice president of the UN support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ismaïl Ould Cheikh Ahmed, will organize consultations in Tripoli for rival armed militias and other stakeholders in a bid to end the fighting in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, according to official statement. Full text...

  • Kenya: Graft watchdog wants partial repeat of police recruitment
    08 august 2014 13:34:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has called for the cancellation of police recruitment exercise in 12 centres marred by malpractices, including graft. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abuja to host 2-day MDG evaluation summit ahead of 2015 target date
    08 august 2014 13:27:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria will host a two-day presidential summit to evaluate the achievements, challenges and lessons learnt from the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ahead of the 2015 target date. Full text...

  • Kenya: Jaywalkers to face attempted suicide charges
    08 august 2014 13:19:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Pedestrians crossing roads at non-designated areas in Kenya will be charged with the offence of attempted suicide, police have warned. Full text...

  • Kenya: EAJA seeks release of detained journo in Puntland, Somalia (Corrected)
    08 august 2014 11:47:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has urged the Puntland Government in Somalia to immediately set free a prominent female radio journalist, Faduma Yusuf, who has been in police custody since 6 Aug. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius' lawyer hits back at prosecutor in final argument
    08 august 2014 11:13:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Defence advocate Barry Roux on Friday labelled Paralympian murder accused Oscar Pistorius as a man who felt fearful and vulnerable and had experienced several years of “slow burn anxiety" due to his disabilty. Full text...

  • UN: Security situation in DR Congo still fragile
    08 august 2014 08:28:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Two senior UN officials have warned that the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has vastly improved since this time last year, though it remains Full text...

  • Cameroon: Central African journalists concerned about future of media
    07 august 2014 22:14:12
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – About 20 journalists from six Central African countries have expressed concern about the profession in the sub-region saying the media faces a bleak future. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: ICRC 'shocked' at killing of aid workers in South Sudan
    07 august 2014 21:13:52
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed shock and dismay at the killing of at least six aid workers since 4 August in the county of Maban, South Sudan. Full text...

  • Mali: At least 24 Malians drown off Libyan coast
    07 august 2014 20:05:51
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  • US: UN flags at half-mast to honour staff killed in Gaza conflict
    07 august 2014 19:42:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN flag is flying at half-mast on Thursday at the organisation's Full text...

  • UN: South Sudan on brink of a 'humanitarian catastrophe'
    07 august 2014 18:36:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Edmond Mulet, has warned that after just three years of independence, South Sudan is now on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe and a protracted internal conflict. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian military clears Boko Haram insurgents from northeastern communities
    07 august 2014 16:48:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military Thursday said its special forces involved in the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign against the Boko Haram insurgents in northeastern Nigeria have cleared Delwa, Mustafari, Manga, Wanga and Damboa communities of terrorists who have been rampaging in the communities for days. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military inaugurates DNA centre to identify bodies of personnel in multiple fatalities
    07 august 2014 15:35:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – To ameliorate the difficulties in the identification of its personnel in casualty situations, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Thursday inaugurated the first ever Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) Identification centre in West Africa for storage of Nigerian military personnel specimen. Full text...

  • Nigeria: NGO wants Education minister to probe teachers' stolen salaries, benefits
    07 august 2014 15:07:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian NGO, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has asked the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, to “urgently probe the alleged stealing of teachers’ salaries and benefits in several Federal Government colleges across the country, and punish suspected perpetrators.” Full text...

  • Senegal: AI says no law breaker should get govt. post in CAR
    07 august 2014 14:46:22
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Following the resignation of the Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (CAR) and his government, Amnesty International (AI) has called upon President of the transitional administration, Ms. Catherine Samba-Panza, to make sure that "no position in government is offered to individuals suspected of being involved in breaches of international law." Full text...

  • South Africa: 'Global infrastructure spending to hit US$9 trillion annually by 2025'
    07 august 2014 13:08:13
    Johannesburg, South-Africa (PANA) - Global capital project and infrastructure spending is expected to grow to more than US$9 trillion annually by 2025, up from US$4 trillion in 2012, according to a new report issued by the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Full text...

  • South Africa: Prosecutor presents final argument in Pistorius' case
    07 august 2014 12:05:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - State prosecutor Gerrie Nel Thursday presented his final arguments in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, saying the accused tailored his version of the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to cover his tracks. Full text...

  • Kenya: CPJ urges S/Sudan to ensure journalist's safety
    07 august 2014 11:56:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the authorities in South Sudan to ensure the safety of a freelance journalist who has been in hiding since late July. Full text...

  • US: Libya's neighbours, US call for ceasefire in Libya
    07 august 2014 09:23:31
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - Representatives of the governments of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and the US met Wednesday in Washington, DC, to express their deep concern about the political and security challenges facing Libya and the impact of these challenges across North Africa and the Sahel region. Full text...

  • Rwanda: WB gives US$107 million to end gender-based violence in Great Lakes
    06 august 2014 22:43:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The World Bank has allocated US$107 million to support three countries of the Great Lakes region in their efforts to end violence against women, an official source said on Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Government pardons over 3,000 prisoners to mark independence
    06 august 2014 22:06:33
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) –The Ivorian government on Wednesday pardoned over 3,000 prisoners detained for minor crimes to mark the 54th independence anniversary. Full text...

  • Libya: Inferno controlled in 4 fuel tanks set ablaze in Tripoli
    06 august 2014 21:52:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Four out of the 8 fuel tanks set ablaze a week ago in an oil terminal on the road to Tripoli airport during clashes between rival militias fighting for its control, have been extinguished, the Libyan National Oil Company (NOC) announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: US$200 million commitments to support women, children programmes in Africa
    06 august 2014 21:40:58
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - More than US$200 million in investments will be committed to programmes to empower more than one million people in Africa, especially women and children, US First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama, said on Wednesday at the US-Africa Leaders Summit. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Five terorists killed, many injured by Tunisian army
    06 august 2014 21:10:36
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian army has killed five terrorists and injured many others in an operation conducted in mountainous Samama region, near the Algerian border, a security source said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan army asks militias to stop the fighting in Tripoli
    06 august 2014 20:56:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan army on Wednesday ordered all militias under its supervision and engaged in ongoing clashes in Tripoli to immediately stop fighting to allow firefighters to extinguish the raging fire at the fuel depot on the road to the airport. Full text...

  • US: US First Lady tasks African women on youth development
    06 august 2014 20:22:45
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - US First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama on Wednesday in Washington DC, stressed the need for African first ladies and women groups to embrace the youth in their countries in order to share and partake in their hopes and aspirations. Full text...

  • Malawi: Shooting victim in Malawi 'cashgate' testifies in court
    06 august 2014 18:23:09
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Former Malawi Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo, whose shooting on 13 September 2013 led to the unravelling of the systematic looting of millions of government money dubbed 'cashgate', has been testifying in his attempted murder case. Full text...

  • Libya: Authorities restore electricity to Libya
    06 august 2014 15:31:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Electricity is gradually being restored to Libya, after a huge power outage hit the country early Wednesday, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • South Sudan: EAJA expresses concern over fate of journalist in hiding in South Sudan
    06 august 2014 13:03:09
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) on Wednesday expressed concern over the safety and security of a South Sudanese freelance journalist who has gone into hiding following fears that security agencies wanted to arrest him. Full text...

  • Sudan: Humanitarian organisations in South Sudan horrified by killings in Maban County
    06 august 2014 12:06:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Humanitarian organisations operating in South Sudan have warned that their work in the country could come to a halt if their staffers, especially South Sudanese, continue to be targetted by unruly elements in the new nation's conflict, following the killing of at least six of their members in less than two days. Full text...

  • Sudan: Rebel leader's property handed to daughter
    06 august 2014 11:32:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The court of appeals in Singa, central Sudan, has ordered the release of a car and a house in Ed Damazin, Blue Nile State, belonging to former Blue Nile Wali Governor Malik Agar, even though he is still leading a rebellion against the central government in Khartoum. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU allocates over 13 million Euros to prop up peace-building in Sudan
    05 august 2014 18:57:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union announced Tuesday that it is enhancing support to peace-building and stabilisation in Sudan by allocating 13.5 million Euros under its Instrument for Contributing to Stability and Peace over the next three years. Full text...

  • Botswana: Social media offenders irk Botswana Police
    05 august 2014 18:41:09
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Police Service (BPS) has warned the public on crimes committed through social media saying the arm of the law would in no time catch up with offenders who use insulting language, threaten others, criminally defame, blackmail, extort, and even distribute pornographic material through such media. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS Chairman responds to MFWA's demand on regional justice mechanism
    05 august 2014 15:35:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - John Dramani Mahama, the ECOWAS Chairman and President of Ghana, has responded to demands of ''resilient regional justice mechanism'' made by the sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), according to MFWA statement obtained here by PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Amnesty International footage implicates Nigerian military in war crimes
    05 august 2014 14:33:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Global human rights body Amnesty International has said that gruesome video footage, images and testimonies which it gathered provide fresh evidence of war crimes, including extrajudicial executions and other serious human rights violations, being carried out in North-eastern Nigeria as the fight by the military against Boko Haram and other armed groups intensifies. Full text...

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