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  • Burundi: CIRGL secures US$3 million from IDA to fight gender-based sexual violence
    08 august 2014 16:00:08
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The executive board of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (CIRGL) announced Friday that it has secured 1.95 million Special Drawing Rights, equivalent to US$ 3 million, from the International Development Association (IDA) for implementation of a regional emergency project to fight against gender-based sexual violence (SGBV). Full text...

  • Cameroon: Charles Taylor's son arrested in Cameroon over fake travel papers
    08 august 2014 14:30:00
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Cornelius Taylor, son of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, was arrested on Thursday in Kumba, about 400 km from the capital, Yaoundé, in the Cameroonian south-western region, the country’s public television, CRTV, reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya identifies teenager behind military Twitter account hacking 
    08 august 2014 14:25:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan security services have identified a South American teenager, Manuel Herrera, as one of the possible hackers who took down the Twitter Account of the military and that of the Deputy President William Ruto. Full text...

  • Libya: UN opens consultations to end violence in Libya
    08 august 2014 13:49:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The vice president of the UN support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ismaïl Ould Cheikh Ahmed, will organize consultations in Tripoli for rival armed militias and other stakeholders in a bid to end the fighting in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, according to official statement. Full text...

  • Kenya: Graft watchdog wants partial repeat of police recruitment
    08 august 2014 13:34:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has called for the cancellation of police recruitment exercise in 12 centres marred by malpractices, including graft. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abuja to host 2-day MDG evaluation summit ahead of 2015 target date
    08 august 2014 13:27:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria will host a two-day presidential summit to evaluate the achievements, challenges and lessons learnt from the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ahead of the 2015 target date. Full text...

  • Kenya: Jaywalkers to face attempted suicide charges
    08 august 2014 13:19:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Pedestrians crossing roads at non-designated areas in Kenya will be charged with the offence of attempted suicide, police have warned. Full text...

  • Kenya: EAJA seeks release of detained journo in Puntland, Somalia (Corrected)
    08 august 2014 11:47:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has urged the Puntland Government in Somalia to immediately set free a prominent female radio journalist, Faduma Yusuf, who has been in police custody since 6 Aug. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius' lawyer hits back at prosecutor in final argument
    08 august 2014 11:13:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Defence advocate Barry Roux on Friday labelled Paralympian murder accused Oscar Pistorius as a man who felt fearful and vulnerable and had experienced several years of “slow burn anxiety" due to his disabilty. Full text...

  • UN: Security situation in DR Congo still fragile
    08 august 2014 08:28:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Two senior UN officials have warned that the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has vastly improved since this time last year, though it remains Full text...

  • Cameroon: Central African journalists concerned about future of media
    07 august 2014 22:14:12
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – About 20 journalists from six Central African countries have expressed concern about the profession in the sub-region saying the media faces a bleak future. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: ICRC 'shocked' at killing of aid workers in South Sudan
    07 august 2014 21:13:52
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed shock and dismay at the killing of at least six aid workers since 4 August in the county of Maban, South Sudan. Full text...

  • Mali: At least 24 Malians drown off Libyan coast
    07 august 2014 20:05:51
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  • US: UN flags at half-mast to honour staff killed in Gaza conflict
    07 august 2014 19:42:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN flag is flying at half-mast on Thursday at the organisation's Full text...

  • UN: South Sudan on brink of a 'humanitarian catastrophe'
    07 august 2014 18:36:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Edmond Mulet, has warned that after just three years of independence, South Sudan is now on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe and a protracted internal conflict. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian military clears Boko Haram insurgents from northeastern communities
    07 august 2014 16:48:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military Thursday said its special forces involved in the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign against the Boko Haram insurgents in northeastern Nigeria have cleared Delwa, Mustafari, Manga, Wanga and Damboa communities of terrorists who have been rampaging in the communities for days. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military inaugurates DNA centre to identify bodies of personnel in multiple fatalities
    07 august 2014 15:35:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – To ameliorate the difficulties in the identification of its personnel in casualty situations, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Thursday inaugurated the first ever Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) Identification centre in West Africa for storage of Nigerian military personnel specimen. Full text...

  • Nigeria: NGO wants Education minister to probe teachers' stolen salaries, benefits
    07 august 2014 15:07:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian NGO, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has asked the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, to “urgently probe the alleged stealing of teachers’ salaries and benefits in several Federal Government colleges across the country, and punish suspected perpetrators.” Full text...

  • Senegal: AI says no law breaker should get govt. post in CAR
    07 august 2014 14:46:22
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Following the resignation of the Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (CAR) and his government, Amnesty International (AI) has called upon President of the transitional administration, Ms. Catherine Samba-Panza, to make sure that "no position in government is offered to individuals suspected of being involved in breaches of international law." Full text...

  • South Africa: 'Global infrastructure spending to hit US$9 trillion annually by 2025'
    07 august 2014 13:08:13
    Johannesburg, South-Africa (PANA) - Global capital project and infrastructure spending is expected to grow to more than US$9 trillion annually by 2025, up from US$4 trillion in 2012, according to a new report issued by the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Full text...

  • South Africa: Prosecutor presents final argument in Pistorius' case
    07 august 2014 12:05:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - State prosecutor Gerrie Nel Thursday presented his final arguments in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, saying the accused tailored his version of the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to cover his tracks. Full text...

  • Kenya: CPJ urges S/Sudan to ensure journalist's safety
    07 august 2014 11:56:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the authorities in South Sudan to ensure the safety of a freelance journalist who has been in hiding since late July. Full text...

  • US: Libya's neighbours, US call for ceasefire in Libya
    07 august 2014 09:23:31
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - Representatives of the governments of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and the US met Wednesday in Washington, DC, to express their deep concern about the political and security challenges facing Libya and the impact of these challenges across North Africa and the Sahel region. Full text...

  • Rwanda: WB gives US$107 million to end gender-based violence in Great Lakes
    06 august 2014 22:43:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The World Bank has allocated US$107 million to support three countries of the Great Lakes region in their efforts to end violence against women, an official source said on Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Government pardons over 3,000 prisoners to mark independence
    06 august 2014 22:06:33
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) –The Ivorian government on Wednesday pardoned over 3,000 prisoners detained for minor crimes to mark the 54th independence anniversary. Full text...

  • Libya: Inferno controlled in 4 fuel tanks set ablaze in Tripoli
    06 august 2014 21:52:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Four out of the 8 fuel tanks set ablaze a week ago in an oil terminal on the road to Tripoli airport during clashes between rival militias fighting for its control, have been extinguished, the Libyan National Oil Company (NOC) announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: US$200 million commitments to support women, children programmes in Africa
    06 august 2014 21:40:58
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - More than US$200 million in investments will be committed to programmes to empower more than one million people in Africa, especially women and children, US First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama, said on Wednesday at the US-Africa Leaders Summit. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Five terorists killed, many injured by Tunisian army
    06 august 2014 21:10:36
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian army has killed five terrorists and injured many others in an operation conducted in mountainous Samama region, near the Algerian border, a security source said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan army asks militias to stop the fighting in Tripoli
    06 august 2014 20:56:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan army on Wednesday ordered all militias under its supervision and engaged in ongoing clashes in Tripoli to immediately stop fighting to allow firefighters to extinguish the raging fire at the fuel depot on the road to the airport. Full text...

  • US: US First Lady tasks African women on youth development
    06 august 2014 20:22:45
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - US First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama on Wednesday in Washington DC, stressed the need for African first ladies and women groups to embrace the youth in their countries in order to share and partake in their hopes and aspirations. Full text...

  • Malawi: Shooting victim in Malawi 'cashgate' testifies in court
    06 august 2014 18:23:09
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Former Malawi Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo, whose shooting on 13 September 2013 led to the unravelling of the systematic looting of millions of government money dubbed 'cashgate', has been testifying in his attempted murder case. Full text...

  • Libya: Authorities restore electricity to Libya
    06 august 2014 15:31:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Electricity is gradually being restored to Libya, after a huge power outage hit the country early Wednesday, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • South Sudan: EAJA expresses concern over fate of journalist in hiding in South Sudan
    06 august 2014 13:03:09
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) on Wednesday expressed concern over the safety and security of a South Sudanese freelance journalist who has gone into hiding following fears that security agencies wanted to arrest him. Full text...

  • Sudan: Humanitarian organisations in South Sudan horrified by killings in Maban County
    06 august 2014 12:06:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Humanitarian organisations operating in South Sudan have warned that their work in the country could come to a halt if their staffers, especially South Sudanese, continue to be targetted by unruly elements in the new nation's conflict, following the killing of at least six of their members in less than two days. Full text...

  • Sudan: Rebel leader's property handed to daughter
    06 august 2014 11:32:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The court of appeals in Singa, central Sudan, has ordered the release of a car and a house in Ed Damazin, Blue Nile State, belonging to former Blue Nile Wali Governor Malik Agar, even though he is still leading a rebellion against the central government in Khartoum. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU allocates over 13 million Euros to prop up peace-building in Sudan
    05 august 2014 18:57:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union announced Tuesday that it is enhancing support to peace-building and stabilisation in Sudan by allocating 13.5 million Euros under its Instrument for Contributing to Stability and Peace over the next three years. Full text...

  • Botswana: Social media offenders irk Botswana Police
    05 august 2014 18:41:09
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Police Service (BPS) has warned the public on crimes committed through social media saying the arm of the law would in no time catch up with offenders who use insulting language, threaten others, criminally defame, blackmail, extort, and even distribute pornographic material through such media. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS Chairman responds to MFWA's demand on regional justice mechanism
    05 august 2014 15:35:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - John Dramani Mahama, the ECOWAS Chairman and President of Ghana, has responded to demands of ''resilient regional justice mechanism'' made by the sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), according to MFWA statement obtained here by PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Amnesty International footage implicates Nigerian military in war crimes
    05 august 2014 14:33:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Global human rights body Amnesty International has said that gruesome video footage, images and testimonies which it gathered provide fresh evidence of war crimes, including extrajudicial executions and other serious human rights violations, being carried out in North-eastern Nigeria as the fight by the military against Boko Haram and other armed groups intensifies. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo, Angola, DRC to form joint tripartite security commission
    05 august 2014 14:22:19
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The 8th tripartite security commission meeting between Congo, Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to promote a joint tripartite security commission (CCTS) has ended in Pointe-Noire, the Congolese ministry of the Interior and Decentralization said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR repatriates 120,000 DRC refugees
    05 august 2014 14:12:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has successfully completed the voluntary repatriation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of almost 120,000 refugees from neighbouring Congo. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ICRC provides assistance to over 2,000 displaced persons in CAR
    05 august 2014 13:56:09
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Central African Red Cross Society have donated household items to more than 2,000 displaced persons in Bambari, says an official statement received here by PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNHCR dismayed at killing of aid worker in South Sudan
    05 august 2014 13:35:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A humanitarian aid worker was killed in South Sudan when fighting broke in the Upper Nile state of Southern Sudan, where thousands of people flocked for protection, a day after peace talks between southern Sudanese foes started in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • US: AUC, African govts list concrete programmes for youth development
    05 august 2014 08:46:07
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) and some Africa governments have made commitments to increase investment in the next generation, as well as supporting opportunities for the youth. Full text...

  • Libya: One dead, four wounded in new armed clashes in Tripoli
    04 august 2014 21:23:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - One person was killed and four others injured in Janzour, western suburb of Tripoli, where new clashes broke out on Monday between rival militias fighting for the control of the airport. Full text...

  • Senegal: Wade's supporter jailed for 'disturbing court proceedings'
    04 august 2014 20:48:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A court in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, on Monday sentenced a supporter of former Senegalese Minister of International Cooperation, Transport and Infrastructure, Mr. Karim Wade, to two years' imprisonment for "disturbing the court's proceedings" during last Thursday's opening session of Wade's trial. Full text...

  • Tunisia: About 2,500 Egyptians evacuated from Libya
    04 august 2014 18:17:26
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  • Senegal: MFWA says incidents of FoE violations reducing in West Africa
    04 august 2014 15:24:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has released a report, saying ''analyses of incidents of Freedom of Expression (FoE) violations'' in West Africa show a ''marginal improvement'', PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal:Trial of ex-Senegalese Minister, Karim Wade, resumes
    04 august 2014 09:40:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The trial of Senegal's former Minister of International Cooperation, Transport and Infrastructure Karim Wade resumes Monday in Dakar at the anti-corruption Repression of Illicit Enrichment Tribunal (CREI). Full text...

  • US: Group tasks US-African Leaders Summit on rights abuses
    04 august 2014 08:02:17
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - A group of human rights organisations and activists has urged Full text...

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