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  • Libya: Navy arrests 218 illegal immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa
    09 april 2014 18:26:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan navy on Wednesday arrested 218 illegal immigrants aboard two inflatable dinghies bound for Europe, according to Lt.-Col. Mohamed Abd Dhaher, an official of naval base in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Demonstrating students arrested in Mauritania
    09 april 2014 17:52:55
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Some students were arrested Wednesday while participating in a strike called by the National Union of Students of Mauritania (SNEM), PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma slammed for failing to condemn anti-gay laws
    09 april 2014 17:45:32
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – A war of words broke out on Wednesday between South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), after President Jacob Zuma failed to condemn Uganda's anti-gay laws. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. approves new anti-smoking bill
    09 april 2014 17:27:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government Wednesday approved a draft Tobacco Control Bill, 2014, which prescribes a fine and jail term for smokers in non-designated public places. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius grilled over "zombie stopper" remark
    09 april 2014 15:11:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – An explosive exchange between state prosecutor Gerrie Nel and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday saw Judge Thokozile Masipa intervening on several occasions to retain order in the court. Full text...

  • Zambia: Canada contributes US$2.7m to integrate former Angolan refugees
    09 april 2014 13:15:54
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Canada has announced a contribution of US$2.7 million to support Zambia, in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), in the implementation of the local integration programme for former Angolan refugees and Zambians. Full text...

  • Libya: Air force officer killed in Benghazi
    09 april 2014 12:06:45
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - A non-commissioned officer of the Libyan Air Force was killed while his wife and daughter were injured Wednesday after his car exploded in eastern city of Benghazi, according to security and hospital sources. Full text...

  • South Africa: New Mandela book chronicles extraordinary friendship
    09 april 2014 08:49:24
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s Penguin publishing firm has confirmed that it will be publishing a book, “Good Morning Mr Mandela”, which chronicles how a young woman had her life and everything she once believed in transformed by South Africa's greatest leader. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan commissions Police peacekeeping centre
    08 april 2014 20:43:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Dr Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday commissioned the Nigeria Police Force International Peacekeeping Centre and the Force Museum in Abuja with a commendation of the security agencies for their sacrifices. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Air Force shelves celebrations over Boko Haram, other challenges
    08 april 2014 18:47:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The ongoing war against the Boko Haram terror group and other security challenges have forced the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to shelve a "planned elaborate celebrations" to mark its golden jubilee with an expo to showcase its capacities and capabilities. Full text...

  • Kenya: 4,000 arrested in Kenya terror crackdown
    08 april 2014 18:35:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Over 4,000 suspects have been arrested in the ongoing crack down on terrorism in Kenya. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria launches emergency response to cyber security
    08 april 2014 17:32:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government Tuesday launched a Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team (CERRT.ng) Ecosystem, aimed at providing support in responding to computer, network and related cyber security incidents. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military denies targetting Muslims, Fulanis for extra-judicial killings
    08 april 2014 17:18:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters Tuesday said the military does not operate along religious or ethnic lines, denying accusations by the Secretary General of Nigeria’s umbrella Muslim group, Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI), Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, that Nigerian troops are involved in extra-judicial killing of Muslims and people of Fulani ethnic group. Full text...

  • Libya: Free flow of traffic returns to Tripoli streets
    08 april 2014 16:25:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Normal traffic flow returned to Tripoli, the Libyan capital, Tuesday after the removal of the barricades built by several youths who were expressing their solidarity with the three-day-old civil disobedience movement launched in Benghazi. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU to assist in the fight against counterfeit drugs
    08 april 2014 14:12:51
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) is considering financing, to the tune of 4 million Euros, a project to support the fight against the production of and trafficking in counterfeit drugs, according to a statement here from the Council of member states. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Govt. tasked to protect journalists, media houses
    08 april 2014 13:56:29
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The South Sudanese government should urgently put measures to enhance the safety and security for journalists and media houses operating in the country, the Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has said. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 172 Mauritians repatriated from UK in 2013
    08 april 2014 13:40:34
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam told Parliament Tuesday that a total of 172 Mauritians were repatriated from the United Kingdom in 2013. Full text...

  • Zambia:Anti-corruption Commission probes Sports Minister
    08 april 2014 13:31:16
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has disclosed it is investigating Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili for alleged abuse of office. Full text...

  • Guinea: Ebola scare ruins business for butchers
    08 april 2014 12:45:05
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Business has nosedived for Guinean butchers following wild rumours that beef consumers risk contacting the Ebola Haemorrhagic fever, which has affected a part of the country, PANA reported from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Tunisia, Libya border post re-opens
    08 april 2014 12:06:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Ras Jedir, the main border crossing between Libya and Tunisia, was reopened on Monday evening after more than one month's closure by Libya for security reasons, the Libyan media reported. Full text...

  • South Africa: Dewani appears in SA court for honeymoon murder
    08 april 2014 11:48:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - British murder-accused Shrien Dewani appeared in the Western Cape High Court in South Africa Tuesday morning, just two hours after he landed in South Africa at the end of a grueling three-year extradition process. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Group accuses military of genocide against Muslims
    08 april 2014 09:43:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's apex Muslim body has accused the country's military of trying to wipe out the entire population of Muslims in the country under the guise of fighting terrorism. Full text...

  • Khartoum: Switzerland provides humanitarian assitance for children, mothers
    07 april 2014 21:37:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The government of Switzerland has provided humanitarian assistance that will improve the poor nutritional status of children, pregnant women and nursing mothers in Sudan. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID protects newly displaced in North and South Darfur
    07 april 2014 21:08:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) says it has provided protection for hundreds of newly displaced persons in Darfur region, Western Sudan, when armed men attacked by an armed group and they had to flee their home areas. Full text...

  • Congo: Police launch operation against crime
    07 april 2014 19:28:44
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese Police have launched an operation to crack down on criminals involved in burglaries, rape and other crimes in the Congolese capital this year. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Human rights body declares killing of 8 alleged Boko Haram suspects "unlawful"
    07 april 2014 18:10:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued a damning report on the killing, in September 2013, of eight tricycle riders, labelled as Boko Haram terrorists, near the Apo legislative quarters in Abuja, declaring it “unlawful”. Full text...

  • Niger: President Issoufou hails his country’s army
    07 april 2014 14:36:15
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou Monday paid tribute to his country’s army for its efforts to rein in the ever-present threats in the sub-region and to protect Niger's people and borders. Full text...

  • Kenya: US, Kenya join hands to improve children's lives
    07 april 2014 14:04:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Monday launched the Wezesha Project for orphans and vulnerable children, under a United States/ Government of Kenya partnership to improve the lives of Kenya’s children. Full text...

  • South Africa: Emotional Pistorius takes stand
    07 april 2014 13:04:22
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - An emotional Oscar Pistorius on Monday took the stand in a North Gauteng court to apologise to the family of his slain girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, as his murder trial resumes after as 10-day break. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Death toll in Nigerian state attack rises to 105
    07 april 2014 09:53:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The death toll in Saturday's attack on a village in Nigeria's northern state of Zamfara by Fulani herdsmen has risen from 30 to 105, the local Punch newspaper Monday quoted the traditional ruler in charge of the area as saying. Full text...

  • Libya: 2014 Int'l Defence show opens in Tripoli
    06 april 2014 18:47:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – An international Defence show opened on Sunday at the military academy in Tripoli, with some 50 international companies, specialized in military industry and representing 11 countries, participating. Full text...

  • Bénin: Cotonou Archbishop calls on public workers to resume full work
    06 april 2014 17:28:34
    Cotonou, Bénin (PANA) – On the occasion of celebrations marking President Boni Yayi's third year in his second term, the Archbishop of Cotonou, Antoine Ganye, on Sunday asked public workers in Benin to resume full work, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia Union of Journalists urges govt. to bail out 'Times of Zambia'
    06 april 2014 16:32:12
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambia Union of Journalists (ZUJ) has called on the government to bail out the Times Printpak Zambia Limited and save the nearly 170 workers there from their current hardships. Full text...

  • Mali: Govt condemns attack on former president’s home
    06 april 2014 14:06:06
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian Government on Saturday condemned the attack on the home of former of President Alpha Oumar Konaré, in Titibougou, east of Bamako. Full text...

  • Niger: Humanitarian situation needs urgent funding
    05 april 2014 17:26:35
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The UN's Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Robert Piper, has warned that the humanitarian situation in Niger needs urgent funding to allow humanitarian organisations to continue saving lives. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA gears for another high-profile murder trial
    05 april 2014 13:41:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - With the Oscar Pistorius murder trial due to resume Monday after a 10-day break, South Africa is preparing for another major murder trial as British businessman Shrien Dewani is due to arrive in Cape Town to stand trial on charges that he arranged the murder of his 28-year-old Swedish bride on their honeymoon. Full text...

  • Mali: Road accidents killed 536 in Mali in 2012
    04 april 2014 15:09:32
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Some 536 people died in 6,090 accidents reported in Mali in 2012, Mrs Assa Sylla, director of the Malian national road safety agency (ANASER), announced at a conference here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Court admits text message accusing Zuma of theft
    04 april 2014 14:55:23
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – In another setback for South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday ruled that a “defamatory” cellphone text message sent by an opposition political party to 1.6 million potential voters was fair comment. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Amnesty's human rights violation allegation by Nigerian troops under probe
    04 april 2014 14:37:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military Friday said it will investigate allegations of human rights abuses, levelled by Amnesty International against its troops fighting the Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...

  • Libya: 9,000 graduates to be recruited
    04 april 2014 11:07:18
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan government is to recruit 9,913 graduates across the country in various sectors, including that of oil, Oil Vice-Minister Omar Chakmak announced. Full text...

  • Benin: Japan gives Benin FCFA 60m for water project
    03 april 2014 21:35:17
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Japan will grant Benin 60 million CFA francs to enable the West African country to improve access to drinking water in villages of the commune of Dassa-Zoumè in the central part of the country, PANA learned in Cotonou on Thursday from official sources. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan-Tunisian border crossing at Ras Jedir 'will not reopen Sunday'
    03 april 2014 20:49:58
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Ras Jedir border crossing between Libya and Tunisia will not be reopened on Sunday, a Libyan security source said on Thursday. Full text...

  • France: Nigerian, Senegalese journos win awards
    03 april 2014 13:06:13
    Paris, France (PANA) - Journalists from Nigeria and Senegal have won the first edition of a media award on electrical counterfeiting in Africa, organised by Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management. Full text...

  • Burundi: Public university students urged to strike
    03 april 2014 12:33:46
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Striking public university students in Burundi have been issued with an ultimatum to end their strike and enroll afresh by 11 April or face tough sanctions, including outright expulsion. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: AU probe panel begins assessing S/Sudan atrocities
    03 april 2014 12:18:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The panel set up by the African Union (AU) to probe war atrocities in South Sudan has kicked off its work by interviewing experts and will meet East African leaders involved in the search for peace in the country. Full text...

  • Libya:Two Libyan soldiers die
    03 april 2014 11:56:21
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - Two members of the Libyan special forces, Saiqa, have died in Benghazi, in the eastern part of the country, PANA learned from security sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Six feared dead in Lagos boat mishap
    03 april 2014 08:24:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least six passengers are missing and feared dead while 22 others were rescued when a passenger boat capsized in a lagoon in Nigeria's economic capital city of Lagos Wednesday evening, the local Punch newspaper reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN relief officials saddened witnessing starving S. Sudanese refugee child die
    02 april 2014 20:27:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A mother wailed terribly on Wednesday after her malnourished child died at a camp in Ethiopia’s western region of Gambella, where an influx of refugees fleeing the South Sudanese war caught the attention of visiting UN humanitarian officials. Full text...

  • Sudan: Gov't, UN agencies launch humanitarian plan
    02 april 2014 19:26:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Government of Sudan and aid agencies launched the Sudan 2014 Humanitarian Plan (SUHP14) on Wednesday seeking US$995 million to meet the needs of the most vulnerable 6.1 million people across the country in 2014. Full text...

  • Libya: UN Mission to visit pro-Kadhafi detainees
    02 april 2014 17:35:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The UN Mission in Libya plans to visit the Al-Hadhba prison in Tripoli where former allies of the late Mouammar Kadhafi, among whom his son, Saadi, and his former intelligence chief, Abdallah al-Senoussi, are detained. Full text...

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