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  • Sudan: UNAMID organizes First Job Fair for laid off Sudanese colleagues
    05 march 2015 14:15:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) held a one-day job fair for its Sudanese staff, according to a UNAMID press release, obtained by PANA here. Full text...

  • Sudan: Four die in Abyei rebels' clashes
    05 march 2015 12:32:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Four fighters of the Darfur rebel movements have been killed and others wounded in clashes in the contested Abyei region, according to the UN Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA). Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia’s ex-President Banda to attend inauguration of new Namibia President
    05 march 2015 11:46:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia’s former president Rupiah Banda has been invited to attend the inauguration ceremony of Namibia’s President-elect Hage Geingob. Full text...

  • UN: 'Situation in Libya deteriorating rapidly'
    05 march 2015 07:49:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy demands release of child soldiers by all parties in South Sudan
    05 march 2015 07:41:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Leila Zerrougui, has demanded the release of hundreds of child soldiers forcibly recruited by militias and groups aligned with the warring factions or the South Sudan government. Full text...

  • Libya: Army launches offensive to retake control of southern cities
    04 march 2015 21:55:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – At least 4 members of armed militias affiliated to the city of Misrata, in southern Libya, have been killed and several others injured in the city of Barak, in clashes with Libyan army units who have launched an offensive to retake control of the region. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Sankara's widow denies deal to reopen dossier on his death
    04 march 2015 21:30:36
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The widow of Thomas Sankara, former military leader of Burkina Faso, has denied any deal with the new authorities on reopening of the dossier of his death, following a statement by the country’s acting president, Michel Kafando, that efforts are being made to “help his family identify the body”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military says collaborators 'downplaying' its Boko Haram successes
    04 march 2015 19:12:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria military on Wednesday accused some local and foreign media of seeking "to drive a wedge" between it and the supporting military formations or contingents under the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) from Niger, Chad and Cameroon Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says journalist detained, three others fined in Somalia
    04 march 2015 15:10:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) has said that Mohamed Bashir Hashi, a journalist in Somalia, is being detained while three others faced heavy fines. Full text...

  • Libya: Radical Islamist groups seize two oil fields
    04 march 2015 14:00:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Gunmen, suspected to be members of radical Islamist groups linked to the Libyan branch of Daech (Islamic State), have seized the oil fields of al-Bahi and al-Mabrouk (south-east) after overpowering government security men guarding the fields. Full text...

  • Malawi: Fear grips Asian community as abducted businessman is found brutally murdered
    04 march 2015 13:51:21
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Fear has gripped the Asian community in Malawi as a prominent businessman was abducted and later found murdered with his mutilated body stuffed in his car boot in the commercial capital, Blantyre, police and a human rights activist confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS institutes another award at FESPACO
    04 march 2015 12:40:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission is instituting the award for the Best film Producer at this year’s Pan-African Television and Film Festival (FESPACO), which opened on 28 Feb. 2015, as a way of boosting the organisation’s involvement and visibility at the popular continental cinema event held in Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian Navy rescues 81 illegal African migrants
    04 march 2015 12:30:10
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian Navy has rescued 81 illegal migrants from different African nations off the coast of the city of Zarzis in the country's South-east, according to the spokesman of Tunisia's Ministry of Defence, Lt.-Col. Belhassan Oueslati. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency supports Sudan govt to register, document South Sudanese living in Sudan
    03 march 2015 22:53:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Under a UN-backed initiative, South Sudanese people living in Sudan are being registered by the Government of Sudan and issued with identity cards that give them the right to work and access to basic services, a UN statement said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency says Nigerian refugee crisis continues
    03 march 2015 21:19:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday reported that the exodus of Nigerians fleeing violence in the country’s north-eastern region continues, with an influx of 16,000 refugees into neighbouring Cameroon. Full text...

  • Sudan: IOM to improve human security of IDPs and mobile populations in Darfur
    03 march 2015 19:50:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - International Organization of Migration (IOM) says it has received US$1.11 million from Japan to be used to help internally displaced persons in Darfur as well as other people affected by the civil strife in this remote war-stricken region bordering Chad, Libya and Central African Republic. Full text...

  • UN: ICC Appeals Chamber amends order for reparations to DRC victims
    03 march 2015 18:24:03
    New York,US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday delivered, in open court, its judgment on the appeals against the ICC Trial Chamber's decision establishing the principles and procedures to be applied to reparations in the case against Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rebel, Mr. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Full text...

  • UN: ICC Appeal Chamber confirms arrest warrant for Sudanese rebel
    03 march 2015 17:54:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday rejected an appeal by Sudanese rebel, Abdallah Banda, against ICC Trial Chamber IV's decision for an arrest warrant. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Japan donates US$8.29m for IDPs in Nigeria, troops
    03 march 2015 16:37:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Japan Tuesday announced a grant of US$8.29 million towards assisting the Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria's North East and capacity building in the country's war against Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan assures of respect for human rights in fight against Boko Haram
    03 march 2015 15:13:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, Tuesday assured the international community that utmost care was being taken by the Nigerian military to avoid any human rights abuses or collateral damage to the lives and properties of civilians in the on-going war against the Boko Haram sect in the North Eastern part of the country. Full text...

  • Libya: Maitigua, Misrata airports attacked by Libyan fighter jets
    03 march 2015 13:49:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan fighter jets Tuesday attacked the Maitigua airport in the Eastern suburbs of Tripoli and that of Misrata, 220 km to the East of the Capital, Tripoli, according to a Libyan military source. Full text...

  • Sudan: AU to send pre-election assessment mission to Sudan
    03 march 2015 13:19:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Tuesday announced it is sending a pre-election assessment mission to Sudan ahead of the country's general elections on 13 April. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Opposition spokesman dies
    03 march 2015 12:52:17
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The National Publicity Secretary of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Mr. Musa Tamba Sam, has died at the age of 52, PANA reported from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: US, Djibouti launch Bi-national Forum for Cooperation
    03 march 2015 07:56:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The US and Djibouti governments have launched a Bi-national Forum Full text...

  • UN: UN mission welcomes draft agreement on peace, reconciliation in Mali
    02 march 2015 22:44:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has congratulated the parties involved in reaching a draft agreement on peace and reconciliation, which was signed in the Algerian capital, Algiers, on Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: 'Hundreds of kidnapped children in South Sudan heading to front line'
    02 march 2015 20:08:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Representative in South Sudan, Mr. Jonathan Veitch, says hundreds of children seized by armed men from a village in South Sudan is generating fears that they are going from the classroom to the front line. Full text...

  • Sudan: Denmark continues provision of humanitarian aid to refugees
    02 march 2015 17:58:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Government of Denmark has contributed DKK15 million (US$2.3 million) to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) for 2015. Full text...

  • UN: `Early efforts to protect human rights can avert catastrophes'
    02 march 2015 17:49:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said human and political catastrophes can be averted if the UN addresses human rights violations without delay. Full text...

  • Senegal: Road accidents claimed 578 lives in 2014 in Senegal
    02 march 2015 15:11:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A report from the Directorate of Civil Protection, published here Sunday, on the Word Civil Protection Day indicated that Senegal registered a total of 15,109 road accidents that caused 578 deaths in 2014. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Parliament orders detention of Ebola Coordinator for contempt
    02 march 2015 15:07:22
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Public Account Committee (PAC) of Sierra Leone’s Parliament Monday ordered the detention of the Coordinator of the National Ebola Response Committee, Mr. Stephen Ngaojia, for contempt. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 5 killed, several injured in tragic road accident in Rwanda
    01 march 2015 18:52:28
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least five people died and several others seriously wounded on Sunday in a road accident that occurred near Kamonyi, a district located about 40 kilometres from Kigali, Southern Rwanda, police sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'Japan helping refugees, asylum seekers in Sudan'
    01 march 2015 17:01:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Japan has donated some US$ 7 million to help over 85,000 refugees and asylum seekers in the Sudan, according to the UN Higher Commission For Refugees (UNHCR) on Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: UN marks Zero Discrimination Day, urges tolerance for diversity
    01 march 2015 16:48:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN agency leading the world's HIV/AIDS response (UNAIDS) has kicked off the 2015 global edition of Zero Discrimination Day as part of the UN's wider effort to spur solidarity towards ending discrimination. Full text...

  • Sudan: VP escapes death in chopper crash
    01 march 2015 16:19:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Vice President Hasabo Abdul Rahman, and his delegation returning from a trip to the Gezira State capital Wad Madani, 184 km southeast of Khartoum, escaped death when their helicopter caught fire while trying to park in a hanger. Full text...

  • Gambia: Govt. bans lotteries, casinos and all forms of gambling
    01 march 2015 15:54:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government Sunday announced that it had banned lotteries, casinos and all forms of gambling in the West African nation, with effect from Monday, 2 March, 2015. Full text...

  • Libya: Authorities slam British diplomat over comments on terrorism
    01 march 2015 12:29:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A senior Libyan army officer and delegate to the United Nations, Ibrahim Dabbachi, has condemned a statement credited to the British ambassador to the United-Nations, Mark Grant, "that only the Fajr Libya, a coalition of armed militias and Islamists, is capable of fighting Daech (Islamic State) in Libya. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID to retrench staff
    28 february 2015 22:36:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Saturday announced that it has reduced its staff strength in Dafur, axing over 700 workers, both local and international. Full text...

  • Sudan: US ties improved relations with Sudan to respect for human rights, democracy
    28 february 2015 20:00:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - At the end of his five-day visit to Sudan, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour, Steve Feldstein, has said that improved relations between the US and Sudan is dependent on Khartoum bettering its human rights record and respect for democratic principles. Full text...

  • UN: ICC prosecutor says LRA rebels will be brought to justice
    28 february 2015 19:49:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms Fatou Bensouda, said that justice will ultimately be dispensed for crimes committed by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in Uganda and other parts of East and Central Africa regions. Full text...

  • UN: UN needs US$377 million for Mali relief work
    28 february 2015 17:34:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), says malnutrition and food insecurity are threatening 1.5 million people in Mali and US$377 million must be found to help them in 2015. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian security forces ward off terrorist attacks at Algerian border
    28 february 2015 14:47:13
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian security forces Saturday repelled a terrorist attack on a control station at Babouche, on the border with Algeria, PANA learnt from security sources in Tunis. Full text...

  • Libya: "Enemy" fighter jet gunned down near border with Tunisia
    28 february 2015 13:59:32
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A fighter jet belonging to "Fajr Libya", a coalition of armed groups and Islamists, was gunned down Friday evening in the west of the country by troops allied to retired Gen. Khalifa Haftar, local media reports quoted eye witnesses as saying Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban reiterates condemnation of Boko Haram attacks
    28 february 2015 04:49:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his strong condemnation of the continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks by Boko Haram against civilian populations in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: IMO helps 125 Ethiopian mine workers return home
    27 february 2015 21:04:40
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The International Migration Organization (IMO) has assisted in the repatriation of 125 Ethiopian mine workers from Tanzania and Yemen, says a communiqué issued to PANA by the organization on Friday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners launch humanitarian appeal for Mali
    27 february 2015 20:35:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has joined with partner agencies to launch a multi-million-dollar appeal for urgent funding for aid operations in Mali following the country’s ongoing crisis, a UN humanitarian official said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials welcome release by Somali pirates of longest-held hostages
    27 february 2015 19:18:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials have welcomed the release this week of four Full text...

  • UN: ICC Prosecutor reacts to DRC acquittal, says crimes committed
    27 february 2015 17:20:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, on Friday reacted to the ICC's Appeals Chamber decision to uphold the acquittal of a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) former rebel leader, Mr. Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui. Full text...

  • UN: ICC appeals chamber confirms DRC rebel acquittal
    27 february 2015 17:12:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday confirmed, by majority, ICC Trial Chamber II’s decision of 18 December 2012 acquitting a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) former rebel leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui of charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Full text...

  • Senegal: Journalist goes into hiding for fear of arrest in Sierra Leone
    27 february 2015 17:02:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Friday disclosed that Tamba Fanday, station manager of privately-owned Citizen Radio in Koidu Town, Kono District in eastern Sierra Leone, is currently in hiding for fear of being arrested and detained under a presidential executive order. Full text...

  • UN: West African states commit to ending statelessness
    27 february 2015 16:49:31
    New York US (PANA) - Delegates representing 15 West African nations have pledged to Full text...

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