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  • UN: 244 million international migrants living abroad worldwide - UN reveals
    12 january 2016 17:13:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The number of international migrants, persons living in a country Full text...

  • Ghana: British murder suspect remanded in custody
    12 january 2016 15:24:07
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A Magistrate's court in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, on Tuesday remanded in the custody a British citizen, Arthur Simpson-Kent, who is suspected of murdering his girlfriend and two sons. Full text...

  • Libya: 36 illegal migrants arrested in Benghazi
    12 january 2016 14:17:32
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Thirty-six illegal migrants were arrested over the past few days in Benghazi and its outskirts by the Libyan security forces, security sources said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: 289 Sudanese detainees in Algeria set to return home Sunday
    12 january 2016 14:11:54
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Some 289 Sudanese nationals, staying and working illegally in Algerian mines, will be flown home on Sunday, the Sudanese foreign ministry said. Full text...

  • UN: UN report says 24 million children deprived of school in conflict zones
    12 january 2016 13:59:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Nearly 24 million children living in crisis zones in 22 strife-torn countries are being deprived of a school education, threatening their own future and that of their societies, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa braces for more student protests
    12 january 2016 11:04:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The 2016 academic year has started off like it ended last year with students protesting over tuition costs. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Immigration Dept nabs illegal migrants at Dangote's factory in Tanzania
    12 january 2016 10:44:05
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - At least 162 foreign workers at the newly commissioned Dangote Integrated Cement Factory in Mrwara, southern Tanzania, have been staying in the country illegally, according to officials of the Immigration Department. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 133 Burkinabe migrants, expelled from Libya, return to Ouagadougou
    11 january 2016 13:43:44
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Some 133 Burkinabe migrants, expelled from Libya, returned home on Sunday, according to official sources here. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Russia condemns terrorist attacks in Libya
    10 january 2016 14:01:41
    Tunis, Tunisia ( PANA ) – Russia has strongly condemned terrorist attacks perpetrated in Libya, insisting on the need for urgent international action to end terrorist threats in the North African country and the Middle East region in general. Full text...

  • Ghana: Suspected killer of British actress arrested in Ghana
    10 january 2016 06:47:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Government of Ghana has confirmed that Arthur Simpson-Kent, the suspected killer of a British actress and her two sons, was arrested near the western sea port of Takoradi on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: UN provides emergency funds for tens of thousands displaced by Boko Haram violence
    09 january 2016 05:48:50
    New York, US (PANA) - With nearly 200,000 people in Chad in need of urgent aid – 50,000 of them uprooted by Boko Haram terrorists from Nigeria – the United Nations emergency fund today announced a US$7 million grant, the second in five months, and called on international donors to provide much more. Full text...

  • UN: Fresh violence in South Sudan uproots 15,000 - UN reports
    08 january 2016 19:18:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Fighting between armed groups and government soldiers and an apparent breakdown in law and order in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state, with hundreds of houses burnt down or looted, has uprooted 15,000 people over the past five weeks, and 500 a day are now pouring into Uganda, the UN refugee agency reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Cairo: Arab League Secretary General condemns Zliten terrorist attack
    08 january 2016 18:16:13
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Secretary General of the Arab League States, Nabil Arabi, has condemned the terrorist attack on the police academy in the Libyan city of Zliten, which claimed the lives for 65 persons and injured 127 others. Full text...

  • Botswana: Heatwave claims 3 lives in Botswana
    08 january 2016 17:40:16
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The massive heatwave which recently hit Botswana has claimed the lives of three elderly persons in Ramotswa, a village in South-East District of Botswana, southwest of the capital of Gaborone. Full text...

  • Mali: Workshop on joint Mali-Niger border patrol opens in Bamako
    08 january 2016 15:22:54
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – A workshop on the way forward for a coordinated and joint border patrol by Mali and Niger began here Friday. Full text...

  • Brussels: OIF condemns massacre of civilians in DRC
    08 january 2016 13:57:31
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organization (OIF), Mrs Michaelle Jean, has "strongly" condemned the massacre of several civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by armed groups on 6-7 January. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges South Sudan to release detained journalist
    08 january 2016 12:43:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on South Sudanese authorities to immediately release journalist Joseph Afandi. Full text...

  • Libya: 7 killed, 11 injured in car bomb attack on Libyan security check point
    08 january 2016 12:38:01
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Seven persons were killed and 11 others injured on Friday in a car bomb explosion at a security check point near the gate of the oil port at Ras Lanouf, in eastern Libya. Full text...

  • Botswana: Many Botswana citizens travelled to Zimbabwe over festive season
    08 january 2016 09:58:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s immigration officials have reported that the country’s border crossing to Zimbabwe at Ramokgwebana was the busiest over the festive season. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR chief says solutions needed to stem global refugee crisis
    07 january 2016 20:50:28
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi on Thursday urged greater diplomatic efforts to find solutions to the conflicts and abuses driving people from their homes. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy deplores latest deadly terrorist attack in Libya
    07 january 2016 18:17:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Libya, Martin Kobler has condemned the "reprehensible" deadly terrorist attack on a security training centre on Thursday in Libya’s coastal city of Zliten, noting that the incident again showed the urgent need for all stakeholders to press ahead with forming a recently-agreed unity government. Full text...

  • Sudan: Armed group ambushes UNAMID convoy in North Darfur
    07 january 2016 18:09:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A peacekeeper was injured and a quantity of weapons stolen Thursday in an ambush of a convoy of the AU-UN peacekeeping mission in North Darfur, in the first incident this year. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ reports 71 journalists killed, 199 others imprisoned in 2015
    07 january 2016 17:37:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Some 71 journalists were killed worldwide in direct relation to their work in 2015, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) revealed Thursday, describing the year as the fourth deadliest since the media watchdog began keeping records in 1992. Full text...

  • Belgium: Guinea, Belgium sign cooperation deal
    07 january 2016 17:12:05
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Belgium and Guinea on Thursday signed a bilateral cooperation deal for 15 million euros covering the 2016-2017 period, said a press statement issued by the Belgian government. Full text...

  • Mauritania: NGO denounces 'restrictive measures' against its detained leaders in Mauritania
    07 january 2016 16:42:13
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – A Mauritanian anti-slavery non-governmental organisation, Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist (IRA) movement on Thursday denounced what it called "restrictive and punitive measures" by the government against its detained leaders, Birame Ould Dah Ould Abeid and Brahim Ould Ramdhane. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA calls for rights-based internet policies in West Africa
    07 january 2016 14:40:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Thursday urged policy makers in the subregion to adopt internet policies and regulations that respect established human rights norms and principles. Full text...

  • South Africa: Television presenter suspended after mocking South African minister
    07 january 2016 13:44:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A national television presenter has been suspended after mocking Education Minister Angie Motshekga live on air. Full text...

  • Libya: 45 killed in car bomb attack in western Libya
    07 january 2016 13:37:31
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – At least 45 people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack early Thursday at a training centre for coast security guards in Zliten, in western Libya. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for immediate release of detained Somali journalist
    07 january 2016 13:04:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Somalia to ''immediately release'' journalist Abdirisak Omar Ahmed or disclose any charges against him. Full text...

  • Ghana: Editor of pro-government newspaper in Gambia quits
    07 january 2016 09:59:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Lamin Njie, editor-in-chief of the pro-government newspaper, The Standard, has resigned his position saying he has been pushed to take the action over "professional disagreement". Full text...

  • Botswana: Union, government in dispute over wage negotiations
    07 january 2016 08:17:43
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Federation of Public Sector Union (BOFEPUSU), the country’s apex body of public workers' unions, has alleged that government is exhibiting bad faith in the 2016/2017 wage negotiations. Full text...

  • US: 'Somalia intelligence agency detains journalist for weeks'
    06 january 2016 23:50:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Somali authorities should immediately release journalist Abdirisak Omar Ahmed or disclose any charges against him, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: 2015, fourth most deadly year on record for journos
    06 january 2016 21:59:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 71 journalists were killed in direct relation to their work in 2015, making it the fourth deadliest year since the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) began keeping records in 1992, the organization said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty Int'l welcomes UN decision to probe fresh sexual abuse in CAR
    06 january 2016 15:39:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday welcomed UN’s decision to investigate new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), and stressed the need for further reform and for perpetrators to be brought to justice. Full text...

  • US: New York restaurant named after Mandela seeks financial support
    06 january 2016 14:56:03
    New York, US (PANA) - A popular restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, named in honour of the late South Africa leader, Nelson Mandela, has appealed to its customers and the general public for financial support to keep its doors open for business. Full text...

  • UN: 'Fresh allegations of sexual abuse made against UN peacekeepers in CAR'
    06 january 2016 14:04:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is investigating new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse and other misconduct by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), this time by forces under the UN flag, UN envoy in CAR, Mr. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: NGO wants Burkinabe transition leaders to declare their assets
    06 january 2016 13:53:03
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The Burkinabe national anti-corruption network (REN-LAC) on Wednesday issued a communiqué, demanding that members of the transition committee, who were in power for 13 months, should declare their assets. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria Football Federation official shot dead
    06 january 2016 13:10:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Head of Protocol of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Ibrahim Abubakar has been shot dead by suspected armed robbers, the federation announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban names Special Adviser on 2016 refugee and migrant summit
    06 january 2016 09:26:22
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday announced the appointment of Karen AbuZayd of the United States as Special Adviser for an upcoming UN summit on managing large-scale movements of migrants and refugees, according to a UN statement obtained by PANA. Full text...

  • CAR: Fresh sexual abuse allegations emerge against blue berets in CAR
    06 january 2016 09:19:17
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The United Nations is investigating new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse and other misconduct by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), this time by forces under the world body’s flag, the top UN official in CAR said on Tuesday, as further steps are being put in place to combat the scourge. Full text...

  • South Africa: Race row continues to grow
    06 january 2016 09:00:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A race row sparked by comments posted on social media sites by two white South Africans continues to escalate with the ruling African National Congress stating that it will push for legislation to criminalise any act that perpetuates racism or promotes apartheid. Full text...

  • Botswana: Road fatalities drop during festive season
    06 january 2016 06:53:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana recorded a decline in road fatalities during the last festive season, police spokesperson Dipheko Motube said in Gaborone on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Main opposition spokesman arrested over graft allegations
    05 january 2016 23:59:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The spokesperson for Nigeria's main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Olisa Metuh, was Tuesday arrested by the anti-graft Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged corruption. Full text...

  • Botswana: High court halts deportation of Namibian refugees
    05 january 2016 10:32:47
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s High Court has temporarily stopped the repatriation of Namibian refugees, local media reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: New UN refugee chief takes up post
    05 january 2016 07:37:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Filippo Grandi of Italy, a veteran of United Nations efforts to help refugees, took up his post on Monday as head of the UN refugee agency at a time of unprecedented challenges, with record numbers of people worldwide forced to flee war and persecution. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa rocked by major race row
    05 january 2016 06:34:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Durban estate agent has sparked a major race row after referring to black South Africans as “monkeys” in a Facebook message. Full text...

  • Politics: AU invites Sudan government, Darfur rebels for informal meeting
    04 january 2016 22:58:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government says it has received an invitation from the African Union (AU) for an informal meeting with the rebel movements of Darfur in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on a date yet to be fixed. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama reshuffles top military hierarchy
    04 january 2016 22:33:42
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama on Monday announced changes in the top hierarchy of the Ghana Armed Forces. Full text...

  • Libya: 11 killed, 6 injured in clashes between Libyan army, Daech
    04 january 2016 14:09:19
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Fierce fighting broke out on Monday between military guards of oil installations and Daech terrorists in the residential district of the oil and gas complex at Lanouf, 600 kilometres East of the capital, Tripoli, leaving 11 persons dead and at least six others injured, reliable military sources said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Fowl pecks buyer into coma
    03 january 2016 10:49:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In a bizare occurrence over the weekend, a fowl pecked a man who wanted to buy it into coma around Konwea Plaza in Asaba in Nigeria's southern Delta State, sending passersby fleeing to safety, the local Punch newspaper reported on Sunday. Full text...

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