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  • Kenya: Killer brew leaves 7 dead
    14 july 2014 11:35:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least seven people died Sunday after consuming a toxic brew in Eldoret, western Kenya, according to police and medics. Full text...

  • Libya: 6 killed, 11 injured in clashes at Tripoli airport
    13 july 2014 15:41:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Clashes between rival gangs on the outskirts of Tripoli airport have left six dead and 11 injured, TV channel, al-Nabaa, quoted sources at the Libyan Health ministry as saying on Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Malala seeks release of abducted school girls in Nigeria
    13 july 2014 15:03:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Pakistani girl education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, has called for the release of the over 200 girls who were abducted by the terror group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria over three months ago. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Libya’s neighbouring countries meet Sunday in Tunisia
    12 july 2014 17:59:16
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The third meeting of foreign affairs ministers from Libya’s neighbouring countries is due to open on Sunday in the Tunisian city of Hammamet, according to a statement from a statement issued by the Tunisian foreign affairs ministry on Full text...

  • Benin: EU, CARE International back Benin in potable water access
    12 july 2014 17:19:25
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - "CARE International Benin/Togo" and the European Union (EU) are supporting efforts in Benin to provide access to potable water for its people through the sinking of boreholes in several localities in Benin, according to EU sources Saturday. Full text...

  • US: UN envoy calls for global vigil for abducted Nigerian schoolgirls 22 July
    12 july 2014 16:44:17
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, has called for a global vigil to show support for the kidnapped schoolgirls of Chibok, Nigeria, on 22 July, which will be the 100th day of their captivity. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Polytechnic teachers suspend 10-month-old strike
    12 july 2014 16:38:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The 10-month-old strike embarked upon by Nigeria’s Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), the umbrella body of polytechnic teachers, which started in October 2013, was Saturday suspended by the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union held in Abuja. Full text...

  • Libya: EU welcomes Libyan initiative for regional immigration conference
    12 july 2014 15:39:49
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has said it is pleased with Libya's proposals to organize a regional conference on immigration issues and the way to deal with the movement of displaced people and refugees through the Mediterranean. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: National Assembly adopts bill on status for kings, tribal chiefs
    12 july 2014 13:35:50
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian national assembly on Friday adopted a bill on the status of the 8,000 kings and traditional chiefs in the country, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Sudan: Govt. threatens to end anti-terrorism bilateral cooperation with US
    12 july 2014 12:25:55
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Saturday said it sees no use in continuing anti-terrorism cooperation with Washington if the collaboration is not going to reflect on ending economic sanctions and removing Khartoum from the list of state the Americans consider sponsor of international terrorism. Full text...

  • South Africa: Deep divisions over South Africa's Apartheid-era killers (News analysis by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent)
    12 july 2014 09:36:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Few issues divide the South African society as much as the white Apartheid-era killers who are still languishing behind bars 20 years after the birth of democracy. Full text...

  • UN: Refugee agency scales up assistance for Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram
    12 july 2014 09:10:38
    New York, US (PANA) - With thousands of families being driven from their homes by the violence spreading through north-eastern Nigeria, UN refugee agence, UNHCR, and its partners are providing humanitarian aid to those who have escaped and crossed the border into Cameroon. Full text...

  • UN: Refugee agency seeks US$658 million for South Sudanese refugees
    11 july 2014 19:41:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) appealed on Friday for US$658 million Full text...

  • UN: ICC postpones confirmation hearing case for Ble Goude to 22 September
    11 july 2014 19:33:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday postponed the commencement of the confirmation hearing in the case of former Ivorian youth leader, Charles Ble Goude, to 22 September, to enable the parties to complete the disclosure of evidence prior to the hearing. Full text...

  • Senegal: Demonstrators protest Israeli raids on Gaza strip
    11 july 2014 17:34:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Dozens of people Friday demonstrated in Dakar in front of the Palestinian embassy to denounce the Israeli raids on Gaza strip, calling on Senegal to suspend diplomatic relations with Israel. Full text...

  • US: UN officials call for investment in young people
    11 july 2014 17:24:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Friday called for a renewed commitment to helping young people improve their lives and the common future, noting that this has become necessary with about 1.8 billion young people around the world, which is the largest generation of youth in history. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says 20 Ethiopian journalists dismissed, forced into hiding
    11 july 2014 15:48:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Thursday said 20 journalists from state-run Oromia Radio and Television Organization (ORTO) of Ethiopia were dismissed from work and forced into hiding after six years of service. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia appeals to Britain to ease economic sanctions on Zimbabwe
    11 july 2014 13:16:49
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia has appealed to Britain to relax economic sanctions against neighbouring Zimbabwe, saying the sanctions were also negatively affecting Zambia’s growth ambitions. Full text...

  • Kenya: Ethiopia urged to stop onslaught on dissent
    11 july 2014 10:23:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Ethiopian authorities must halt their continuing onslaught on dissent, Amnesty International said after the arrest of four more opposition party members this week, who are believed to be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns Gambian Police
    10 july 2014 18:17:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based media freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has condemned the Gambian Police Force for detaining and ''continued harassment'' of journalist Sanna Camara, MFWA said in a statement, obtained by PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • US: OIC condemns assault on presidential palace in Mogadishu
    10 july 2014 18:13:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Iyad Amen Madani, has strongly condemned Tuesday's armed assault on the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu, the seat of the Somali government, resulting in casualties. Full text...

  • South Africa: President Zuma slams striking workers
    10 july 2014 16:48:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma, on Thursday slammed workers who have resorted to violence during the crippling labour strike. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA releases report on monitoring of Ghana media
    10 july 2014 16:36:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based media freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has released its first report on ''media ethics monitoring'' of the Ghanaian media, the body revealed in a statement sent to PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Exiled former Gambian minister passes away in Senegal
    10 july 2014 16:04:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Alhajie Buba Baldeh, former Gambian minister in the deposed Dawda Jawara Government, Wednesday passed away in Dakar, Senegal, where he was living in exile Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan foreign affairs ministry transferred for security reasons
    10 july 2014 14:45:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government has moved the offices of the foreign affairs ministry to another place after they were taken over by an armed group in June. Full text...

  • Libya: '18 killed in Benghazi since start of Ramadan'
    10 july 2014 13:16:09
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - A total of 18 people have been killed in Libya's second city of Benghazi since the beginning of Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims, 10 days ago. Full text...

  • Congo: International community tasked on CAR crisis
    10 july 2014 11:57:36
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Archbishop of Bangui Dieudonne Nzapalainga has urged the international community to act with more urgency and determination to help resolve the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Libya: 150 illegal migrants arrested off Libyan coast
    10 july 2014 11:52:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan coast guards Wednesday arrested 150 illegal migrants travelling to Europe on an inflatable boat off from the Libyan coast, the Ministry of Interior said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Notorious Apartheid-era killer denied parole
    10 july 2014 11:21:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s most notorious Apartheid-era killer was Thursday denied parole, 20 years after he was sentenced to two life terms, as well as a further 212 years in prison. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission in CAR condemns attack on civilians
    09 july 2014 20:57:43
    New York, US (PANA) - In what it termed a "brutal" attack, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Wednesday condemned the killing of dozens of displaced people at the site of Saint Joseph Cathedral and the Bishop’s residence in Bambari. Full text...

  • Burundi: Tribunal rejects request to release sick rights activist
    09 july 2014 20:06:52
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The tribunal of first instance in Bujumbura on Wednesday rejected the request for the conditional release of the chairman of the Association for Human Rights and Detainees (APRODH), Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, his lawyers said. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian poet Ali al-Aswad Marzouki dies at 70
    09 july 2014 19:42:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - One of the greatest Tunisian poets, Ali al-Aswad Marzouki, died Tuesday at age 70 in the Tunisian town of Douz after a long illness, PANA has learned in Tunis from reliable sources. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy condemns Al-Shabaab attack on Somali presidential palace
    09 july 2014 18:47:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Nicholas Kay, the UN envoy in Somalia, has condemned Tuesday night’s attack on the seat of the Federal Government in Mogadishu, the latest in a series of attacks by Al-Shabaab militants against the country’s political institutions. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. launches Safe Schools Initiative
    09 july 2014 18:31:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday decried the high percentage of school dropouts in Nigeria, saying the figure, which is as high as 70 per cent in some parts of the country, was “too high”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Politicians, leading opposition party linked to destroyed Boko Haram camps'
    09 july 2014 18:20:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government Wednesday announced that some unnamed prominent politicians are currently being interrogated following the discovery of their identity cards in Boko Haram terrorists’ camps destroyed inside the Balmo forest in Bauchi State last week. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan navy discovers 13 bodies in shipwrecked boat off Tripoli cost
    09 july 2014 17:34:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Members of the Libyan navy Special Forces have discovered a shipwreck wooden boat off the coast of Tajoura, eastern Tripoli, with 13 bodies in a state of decomposition, according to a Libyan naval officer. Full text...

  • Mali: Govt., UN sign MOU on security
    09 july 2014 17:12:28
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian Minister of Interior and Security, Gen. Sada Samaké, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Mali and Chief of the multidimensional UN Mission for Stabilization in Mali (MINUSMA), Mr. Bert Koenders, Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on building capacity of the security sector in Mali, PANA learnt Wednesday from official sources. Full text...

  • Mali: 2 top UN officials visit Mali
    09 july 2014 17:02:40
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Two top UN officials, Hervé Ladsous of the UN Peacekeeping Department, and Yury Fedotov, of the UN Office for the fight against organized crime, begin a working visit to Mali from Wednesday, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam appeals for world attention to Africa’s worst crisis in South Sudan
    09 july 2014 14:59:18
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Civilians caught up in the Southern Sudan crisis need generous international help to avert a famine and further suffering, Oxfam said Wednesday as the war-ravaged East African country marked the third anniversary of its independence. Full text...

  • Kenya: 69 suspects arrested in security operation
    09 july 2014 14:08:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 69 suspects were arrested on Wednesday in the ongoing security operation following deadly attacks in Lamu and Tana River counties in Kenya's coast region. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU worried over detained political activists in Sudan
    09 july 2014 12:15:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The EU on Wednesday expressed “deep concern” over what it called detention and conditions of opposition party leaders and student activists in the Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR reports boat tragedy off Libya coast
    09 july 2014 07:58:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said search and rescue operations are ongoing following a recent boat accident in the Mediterranean, off the Libyan coast of Tripoli. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy says West Africa facing daunting challenges, Boko Haram threat
    08 july 2014 22:45:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Said Djinnit, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, says while countries in West Africa are trying to promote development and consolidate democracy, they continue to face daunting challenges such as transnational organised crime and growing terrorist activities. Full text...

  • UN: Escalating violence in Central African Republic threatens aid delivery
    08 july 2014 22:36:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday warned that the violence in Central African Republic (CAR) was threatening humanitarian assistance and creating major difficulties for relief workers in the field. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for end to 'man-made crisis' in South Sudan
    08 july 2014 22:26:28
    New York, US (PANA) - On the occasion of the third anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the country’s leaders to live up to the expectations of their people, lay down their arms and return immediately to negotiations to end the ongoing crisis. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Police start tracking down bomb blasts perpetrators
    08 july 2014 18:45:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania’s Police Force has launched a nationwide search for gangsters linked to a spate of bomb blasts that in recent weeks rocked the northern city of Arusha and left several persons injured, police sources confirmed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Highest advisory federal body raises hope on early rescue of Chibok schoolgirls
    08 july 2014 18:33:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s highest advisory body, the National Council of States (NCS), rose from its meeting in Abuja Tuesday, raising hopes of the impending release of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted from the Government Secondary School (GSS) Chibok in north eastern Borno State in 14 April by Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...

  • Congo: Central African episcopal conference opens in Brazzaville
    08 july 2014 15:42:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The 10th plenary session of the Association of Central African episcopal conferences (ACERAC) opened here on Monday with the theme "The family in Africa today". Full text...

  • Rwanda: 5 die, 64 injured in Rwandan fire
    08 july 2014 13:48:44
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The fire that broke out on Monday night at the central prison of Rubavu, in North-east of Rwanda, has left five dead and 64 others injured among the detainees, according to an official death toll. Full text...

  • Togo: Togolese holding foreign passports exempt from visas
    08 july 2014 13:10:08
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Starting 21 Aug., Togolese holding foreign passports will be exempt from visas when they are travelling to the country, with the exception of those who have legally given up their Togolese nationality, the Togolese Foreign Affairs Ministry has said. Full text...

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