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  • Mauritius: Europe shown to be main importer of monkeys from Mauritius
    09 april 2015 13:34:28
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The British Union Against Vivisection (BUAV) Thursday revealed that the number of monkeys imported into Europe from Mauritius has increased by 33% in 2014 – from 3,372 in 2013 to 4,486 in 2014, citing figures released by the Mauritian Finance and Economic Development Ministry, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Zambia: Most migrant children entering Zambia are from DRC, study reveals
    09 april 2015 12:32:22
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - A joint study commissioned by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), has found that most vulnerable children migrating to Zambia are originating from neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Judicial Council Chair makes pledge on regional platform for judges
    09 april 2015 11:21:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Chair of the ECOWAS Judicial Council Rene Francois Aphing-Kouassi has pledged to facilitate the establishment of a regional platform that will bring together judges from the community’s member states to discuss laws relating to regional integration and human rights, in order to promote greater synergy among courts in member states. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Presidential Adviser Oronto Douglas dies at 49
    09 april 2015 08:55:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Mr. Oronto Douglas, the Special Adviser to outgoing Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Research, Documentation and Strategy, has died at the age of 49. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission condemns bombings in central Darfur
    09 april 2015 08:45:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has confirmed Full text...

  • UN: UN says 4,500 people seek shelter at UN mission camp in South Sudan
    09 april 2015 08:40:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Around 4,500 people have recently sought shelter on the premises of the Full text...

  • UN: UN chief, ICC President hold talks in New York
    09 april 2015 08:37:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The newly-elected President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Full text...

  • Belgium: Belgium wants investigation into mass grave in Kinshasa
    08 april 2015 20:03:38
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Belgium wants "immediate investigation" to be opened into the discovery of more than 400 bodies in a mass grave in Maluku, a suburb of the DR Congo capital, Kinshasa, official sources said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Fifth Tunisian soldier dies of injuries from Jihadist ambush
    08 april 2015 17:34:39
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – A Tunisian soldier died Wednesday of injuries he sustained the previous day in an ambush that was attributed to Jihadists, bringing to five the number of soldiers killed in the attack that also left eight others injured, said Defence ministry spokesperson, Col. Belhassen Oueslati. Full text...

  • Mali: 2 kg of cocaine seized from 2 Sierra Leoneans at Bamako airport
    08 april 2015 15:02:16
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Anti-drug agents in Mali have seized, from two Sierra Leoneans, cocaine, weighing more than 2 kg and worth 150 million CFAF, at the international airport in Bamako, security sources told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mali: Freed Dutch hostage received by President Ibrahim Kéïta in Bamako
    08 april 2015 14:49:24
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Dutch hostage, Sjaak Rijke, set free Monday by French forces in Barkhare, northern Mali, was received Tuesday by the Malian president, Ibrahim Boubacar Kéïta, official sources told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Amnesty International to release report on 1st anniversary of Chibok girls' kidnap
    08 april 2015 11:54:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A new report that provides evidence of the scale and depravity of the Nigeria terror group Boko Haram's human rights violations is to be released by Amnesty International next Tuesday, to coincide with the first year anniversary of the kidnap of about 300 school girls from their school in Chibok in North-east Borno state. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN envoy hails Rwanda's 'resilience' on 21st anniversary of genocide
    08 april 2015 11:44:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Said Djinnit has hailed Rwanda's resilience and the manner in which the country has rebuilt itself to a prospering economy and a significant social reconciliation, 21 years after the genocide that left about 800,000 mostly Tutsi dead. Full text...

  • Sudan: Evacuation of Sudanese nationals from Yemen starts
    07 april 2015 18:56:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The first batch of 500 Sudanese who were stranded in Yemen have left the war-ton country by land to Saudi Arabia at the start of a government-coordinated evacuation operation, a senior Sudanese official said here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS, ECCAS Boko Haram summit postponed
    07 april 2015 15:35:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) on the fight against the “Islamist” terrorist group, Boko Haram, has been postponed, PANA reported here, quoting an official communiqué. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Int'l Day of Reflection on Rwandan Genocide celebrated
    07 april 2015 14:55:21
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Martin Kobler, the Chief of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), has called for tolerance across the world on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwandan Genocide. Full text...

  • South Africa: 3 African countries classified as "Red Countries", need strict security measures
    07 april 2015 12:32:09
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Three African countries, Sudan, South Sudan and Djibouti, have joined the growing list of red nations classified as "Red Countries", a classification which results in strict security measures being imposed on goods transported across the countries' borders. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ex-national soccer star killed in car accident
    07 april 2015 11:31:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Tributes are pouring in for former South African national striker Richard Henyekane who was killed in a road accident in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Full text...

  • Mauritius: PM laments pervasive global poverty
    07 april 2015 09:13:04
    Pointe-aux-Piments, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth has lamented the pervasive poverty, systemic unemployment, inhuman inequalities, heartbreaking malnutrition and deprivation for millions of people, especially in some parts of Africa and Asia. Full text...

  • Botswana: Scheme to reduce graduate unemployment launched
    07 april 2015 08:30:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana government has unveiled a new programme, dubbed ‘Graduate Volunteer Scheme (GVS)', to reduce graduate unemployment in the southern African nation. Full text...

  • UN: UN official calls for more action on disarmament push
    06 april 2015 18:26:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN disarmament affairs chief, Ms. Angela Kane on Monday urged UN member states to work actively and seek common ground on disarmament issues related to nuclear weapons and conventional arms due to increasing global tensions and violence. Full text...

  • Sudan: Election commission sets voting dates for Sudanese abroad
    06 april 2015 17:09:34
    Khartoum, Sudan ( PANA) - Sudan National Election Commission (NEC) has adjusted the general and presidential elections timetable for Sudanese working abroad to vote on April 17-19 while residents in the country will vote on 13-15 April as originally planned. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO, South Sudanese women set up radio listener clubs for women
    06 april 2015 15:56:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Monday said it is working with South Sudan Women's General Association and a local radio station to promote freedom of expression for women in the country through the use of radio. Full text...

  • Libya: Military offensive to retake Tripoli leaves many dead
    06 april 2015 12:28:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Monday's joint military offensive in Janzour, near Tripoli by Libyan government forces and forces affiliated to them, has left several people dead and many others injured, according to security sources which did not specify the exact number of those who died. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Italian navy rescues 1,500 illegal migrants
    06 april 2015 12:04:20
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Italian navy has rescued about 1,500 illegal migrants over the past 24 hours, the Italian Coast Guard said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Another statue defaced in South Africa
    06 april 2015 11:56:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's opposition political party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Monday claimed responsibility for defacing a statue of former Prime Minister Paul Kruger in the centre of Pretoria. Full text...

  • Kenya: Govt. slow on security response to Garissa University attack
    05 april 2015 20:56:19
    Garissa, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government on Sunday fought off accusations that top officials used airlifts meant for security teams that were required to end a 16-hour siege at the Garissa University campus, where 147 students were killed in an attack on 2 April. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly President saddened by Al-Shabab attack on Kenyan university
    05 april 2015 06:59:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Sam Kutesa, has condemned the terrorist attack carried out by Al-Shabab in Garissa, Kenya, in the strongest terms, describing it as a "heinous" attack. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for more support to eradicate explosives threat
    05 april 2015 06:50:22
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world marks the 10th anniversary of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pointed to a decade of much progress in efforts towards eradicating the threat of anti-personnel landmines. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum-based diplomats gather for friendship, brotherhood parade
    04 april 2015 20:12:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Dozens of foreign diplomats accompanied by hundreds of members of their communities in Sudan late Saturday walked from the confluence of the Blue Nile and White Nile to Friendship Hall in downtown Khartoum in what was dubbed “Parade of Friendship and Brotherhood among Peoples.” Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military frees detained Al Jazeera journos
    04 april 2015 17:42:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military has released two Al Jazeera journalists who have been detained in the northern city of Maiduguri for over a week after they were accused of “loitering” around areas of military operations. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns Al-Shabaab attack against Kenyan university
    03 april 2015 21:57:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist attack perpetrated by Al-Shabaab that took place on Thursday on a university in north-eastern Kenya and expressed solidarity with the people and the Government of Kenya. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AfDB approves US$ 26 million for Mahe water project in Seychelles
    03 april 2015 18:02:19
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Friday announced allocation of a loan and a grant amounting to US$ 25.9 million dollars to finance a water project in Mahe in the Seychelles. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council downsizes UN peacekeeping force in Liberia
    03 april 2015 14:57:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution authorizing the third phase of a drawdown of the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia to 3,590 military personnel and 1,515 police personnel, deciding that the Mission’s mandate would no longer include electoral support. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana condemns Kenya terror attack
    03 april 2015 13:47:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Government of Ghana has condemned Thursday's terrorist attack and murder of 147 university students in Kenya. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria condemns Kenya terror attack
    03 april 2015 13:01:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has condemned the Al-Shabaab attack that left 147 people dead at the Garissa University College in Kenya on Thursday Full text...

  • Nigeria: Electoral boss, family die in 'strange' fire
    03 april 2015 12:51:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - One of the top electoral commission officials who presided over the recently-concluded presidential election in Nigeria and his family have died in a tragic fire incident in the northern city of Kano, the local media reported Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA comedian hits jackpot in USA (Feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent, South Africa)
    03 april 2015 05:36:49
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The announcement that South African comedian Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as the new host of “The Daily Show” has been a major talking point and has raised the profile of black comedians worldwide. Full text...

  • UN: UN inquiry into violent Mali protests submits report, UN chief regrets civilian casualties
    02 april 2015 21:18:52
    New York, US (PANA) - An inquiry launched in February to determine the facts surrounding a Full text...

  • UN: UN, UNESCO chiefs condemn terrorist attack against Kenyan university
    02 april 2015 21:11:51
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Director-General of the UN Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in LIbya condemns air strikes on Zintan airport
    02 april 2015 21:05:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Thursday strongly condemned repeated air strikes on an airport in the western town of Zintan that it said have endangered civilians and seriously undermined attempts at securing a solution to the Libyan crisis. Full text...

  • Kenya: 147 killed as deadly campus siege ends, 179 wounded (UPDATE)
    02 april 2015 19:04:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 147 people, including police officers, have been killed Thursday in a terror attack on Garissa University campus in eastern Kenya which left 179 others wounded, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Launch of AfDB-CSO charter to intensify accountability
    02 april 2015 18:36:46
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A charter stipulating how the African Development Bank (AfDB) engages with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) will be launched at the Bank’s Annual Meetings in May 2015 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, it was officially announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President-elect Buhari asks Nigerians to embrace peace
    02 april 2015 18:15:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President–elect Muhammadu Buhari Thursday called on all Nigerians to embrace peace this Easter and celebrate the rebirth of the nation through his election as they commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says blog editor arrested in Guinea Bissau
    02 april 2015 17:01:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Thursday disclosed that authorities in Guinea Bissau have arrested Danilson Lopes Ferreira, a musician and editor of the blog Doka Internacional- O DENÚNCIANTE for “libel, slander and insulting language.” Full text...

  • Libya: Khalifa Haftar vows to 'liberate Benghazi in 6 days'
    02 april 2015 16:04:49
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan army chief, General Khalifa Haftar, has vowed to "liberate" Benghazi, Libya’s second biggest city, in the next six days. Full text...

  • US: Senegalese president, OIC scribe hold talks on regional, global issues
    02 april 2015 15:52:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Senegal's President Macky Sall and the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani, have held talks in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on regional and global issues . Full text...

  • Mauritania: Sahel G5 Youths and Sports ministers to meet in Nouakchott
    02 april 2015 15:14:53
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, will on Friday host a conference of the Youths and Sports ministers from member countries of the Sahel G5 Group on the adoption of a common platform aimed at promoting and appealing for funds to prevent conflicts, Mauritanian official sources said. Full text...

  • UN: UN official stresses more action to deal with mines (Eds: Refiling to correct headline)
    02 april 2015 14:59:25
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of the global mine ban treaty and commemorates International Mine Awareness Day, the Director of the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), Ms. Agnes Marcaillou, on Thursday stressed the need to look beyond the effects of just anti-personnel mines. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials stresses more action to deal with mines
    02 april 2015 14:55:44
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of the global mine ban treaty and commemorates International Mine Awareness Day, the Director of the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), Ms. Agnes Marcaillou, on Thursday stressed the need to look beyond the effects of just anti-personnel mines. Full text...

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