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  • Sudan: State of emergency declared in Nyala
    15 july 2014 18:09:46
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Governor of South Darfur has declared a state of emergency in the state capital, Nyala, controlling movement of vehicles and possession of arms in the city. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges respect for media freedom in South Africa
    15 july 2014 16:30:59
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for respect for media freedom in South Africa, the press freedom body stated in a letter obtained here by PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Alleged Abuja terror mastermind extradited back to Nigeria
    15 july 2014 16:11:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The alleged mastermind of the 14 April bombing in Nyanya, near Abuja, Abubakar Sadiq Ogwuche, which killed about 80 people was Tuesday successfully extradited back to Nigeria. Full text...

  • Libya: 2 Libyan airlines to repatriate 6,000 Libyans stranded in foreign airports
    15 july 2014 14:41:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan airlines and Afriqiyah Airways are to cooperate with a view to helping some 6,000 Libyans stranded in several airports across the world, following the suspension of flights to and from Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Kenya: CPJ condemns closed court hearings for 9 Ethiopian journalists
    15 july 2014 13:26:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Ethiopian government should end its politicized prosecution of nine Ethiopian journalists arrested in April. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU commends release of detainees, says more has to be done
    15 july 2014 13:17:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Monday commended the recent release of three political detainees in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, but stressed "this was not enough as more detained should be set free." Full text...

  • Libya: EU tasks new Libyan Parliament to end violence
    15 july 2014 13:13:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Tuesday called for a meeting, to be convened as early as possible, to put in place the new Libyan Parliament which will in turn ensure national consensus and get the country out of its current crisis. Full text...

  • Sudan: Darfur authorities critical of UNAMID's peace keeping mission
    15 july 2014 13:09:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) has rated the performance of the UN African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) as poor. Full text...

  • Malawi: Mysterious fire guts electoral body warehouse as recount fight rages on
    15 july 2014 13:04:32
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - A mysterious fire in the wee hours of Tuesday gutted a Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) warehouse in the capital, Lilongwe, reducing to ashes electoral materials worth millions. Full text...

  • Congo: Bishop wants all stakeholders to participate in CAR peace forum in Brazzaville
    15 july 2014 12:49:52
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Bangui Archbishop, His Eminence Dieudonné Nzapalainga, has appealed to fellow citizens of the Central African Republic (CAR) to massively participate in the Brazzaville peace forum, due for 21-23 July and meant to end the violence which the country has been going through since the coup of March 2013. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius involved in nightclub brawl
    15 july 2014 10:02:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Just one week after the defence closed its case in South Africa’s biggest-ever murder trial, the accused Oscar Pistorius is back in the headlines - for all the wrong reasons. Full text...

  • UN: Officials hail appointment of adviser on sexual violence, child recruitment in DRC
    14 july 2014 21:43:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura and Ms. Leila Zerrougui, the Secretary-General’s Special Representatives on Sexual Violence in Conflict and Children and Armed Conflict, have welcomed the appointment of a presidential adviser on conflict-related sexual violence and child recruitment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Libya: 5 dead, 9 wounded in fresh armed clashes in Benghazi
    14 july 2014 18:46:44
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – At least five persons have died and nine others wounded in fresh armed clashes on Sunday in East Benghazi, which featured Islamist militias against the retired Gen. Khalifa Haftar troops, helped by Libyan army units. Full text...

  • Mali: AU Mission donates 20 vehicles to Mali
    14 july 2014 17:49:09
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Head of the AU Mission for Mali and the Sahel (MISAHEL), Pierre Buyoya, on Monday presented 20 vehicles, valued at US$ 1 million, to the Malian Interior and Security Minister, Gen. Sada Samaké, PANA reported from Bamako. Full text...

  • UN: ICC to open Banda's trial 18 November
    14 july 2014 16:25:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The Trial Chamber IV of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday scheduled the opening of the trial of Mr. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain on 18 November 2014, for three charges of war crimes allegedly committed in Darfur, Sudan. Full text...

  • Mali: EU launches new security mission in Mali
    14 july 2014 15:57:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has launched a new security mission in Mali, called EUCAP SAHEL, Mali, to assist the Malian authorities in the training of their police officers, gendarmerie and the national guard, sources from the EU office in Mali told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army begins 4-day appraisal meeting of anti-Boko Haram operations
    14 july 2014 15:01:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Top operational commanders and leadership of the Nigerian Army Monday began a four-day meeting in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, to appraise their operational and administrative performances in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency against the Boko Haram terror group. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan assures Malala that abducted girls will be rescued safely
    14 july 2014 14:32:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Monday granted audience to visiting Pakistani girl education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, assuring her that his government is doing everything possible to ensure the safe release of the over 200 school girls who were abducted in northern Chibok more than three months ago. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius under fire over religious tweets
    14 july 2014 14:08:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Oscar Pistorius has sparked a storm of controversy by sending a Tweet to thousands of his followers, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Famous South African author, Gordimer, dies at 90
    14 july 2014 14:07:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Acclaimed South African author Nadine Gordimer has died after a short illness at the age of 90, her family confirmed Monday. Full text...

  • 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...

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