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  • Nigeria's first five-star hotel opens in Lagos
    30 september 2013 09:56:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's tourism and hospitality sector has received a major boost with the opening on Sunday night of the 23-storey Intercontinental Hotel in the economic capital city of Lagos. Full text...

  • African leaders calls for more support to achieve MDGs
    28 september 2013 17:24:56
    New York, US (PANA) - As the UN General Assembly continues its annual high-level segment, a host of African leaders have stressed that while the continent’s progress is beyond doubt, consolidating social and economic gains requires international, regional and local approaches that better protect African livelihoods and ensure that agreed development targets can be achieved. Full text...

  • UN officials, experts seek ways to stop online child abuse
    27 september 2013 19:54:14
    New York, US (PANA) – UN officials and experts from the fields of law enforcement, research and academia are meeting in Vienna, Austria, to find ways to combat the exploitation of children online, which has become more prevalent due to technological advances, a UN statement said on Friday. Full text...

  • World leaders inaugurate new UN forum to boost sustainable development
    25 september 2013 07:59:19
    New York, US (PANA) - World leaders attending the ongoing 68th session of the UN General Assembly Tuesday inaugurated a High-level Political Forum that aims to inject new energy into the global effort to boost world-wide development that is sustainable for future generations. Full text...

  • UN mobilises innovative partnerships to achieve MDGs targets
    23 september 2013 21:28:03
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday mobilised heads of state, corporate organisations, business leaders and philanthropists into joint action against extreme poverty, hunger and disease. Full text...

  • Africa's top business leaders honoured at UN General Assembly week
    23 september 2013 17:43:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Leading African businessmen, Tony Elumelu and Edward Boateng, were amongst recipients who received accolades at the African Business Awards 2013, according to the African Business magazine, organizers of the event. Full text...

  • UN highlights power of education to build tolerant societies
    18 september 2013 17:07:47
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN on Wednesday marked the International Day of Peace with a call to invest in education that encourages children to embrace global citizenship based on values of tolerance and diversity. Full text...

  • Explosive device kills 2, injures 5 in Congo
    15 september 2013 15:24:56
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – An undetermined device which exploded Friday in a trash can in the south-western Congolese city of Sibiti left two persons dead and five others injured, the Congolese radio reported Sunday. Full text...

  • UN report says number of international migrants rises above 232 million
    11 september 2013 18:50:15
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the UN on Wednesday said the number of international migrants has risen in recent times, with Asia seeing the largest increase over the past decade, and the US remaining the most popular destination. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President meets ex-British PM Brown, commits to qualitative education for youth
    09 september 2013 15:38:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Monday met with visiting UN Special Envoy on Global Education Gordon Brown, using the opportunity to reaffirm his administration’s commitment to policies and measures to ensure that Nigerian youth receive qualitative education that will equip them with the skills required by employers. Full text...

  • UN officials stress literacy as foundation for more sustainable future
    08 september 2013 16:53:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN senior officials on Sunday stressed the role of literacy in achieving a more sustainable future, noting that knowledge can help combat poverty and improve people's livelihoods. Full text...

  • ILO treaty extends rights for domestic workers worldwide
    06 september 2013 07:04:35
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN treaty, which came into force on Thursday, will extend the labour and social rights of some 53 million domestic workers around the world. Full text...

  • UN marks first annual International Day of Charity
    05 september 2013 19:53:41
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked people around the world to donate time or money or act with kindness as the UN marked the first ever International Day of Charity, coinciding with the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa. Full text...

  • Mauritius spends 6.7% of GDP on social security
    04 september 2013 13:25:15
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius spent 27.3% of total government’s expenditure or 6.7% of its GDP - representing US$700 million - on social security and welfare of its population in 2012, PANA reported from Wednesday, quoting Statistics Mauritius. Full text...

  • UNICEF assists school children in Mali
    03 september 2013 16:06:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is scaling up efforts to assist half a million children in Mali whose lives were disrupted by conflict, flooding and a nutrition crisis, to get back to their books, UNICEF spokesperson, Ms. Marixie Mercado, said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya to deploy over 1,400 policemen in Benghazi
    01 september 2013 14:33:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government will deploy 1,435 police officers to Benghazi, Libya's second largest city, to enhance security in that city, according to a top security official, Col. Abdallah al-Zandini, who was speaking Sunday on Radio Libya. Full text...

  • 90 mass graves uncovered across Libya
    01 september 2013 14:26:16
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Over 90 mass graves have been discovered across Libya, according to the Libyan ministry in charge of the families of martyrs and the dead. Full text...

  • Nigeria to make French language part of tertiary matriculation exam
    30 august 2013 11:30:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - French language will be part of Nigeria's Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for interested candidates from 2014, as part of efforts to popularise the language in the country, the local media reported Friday, quoting Education Minister Ruqayyatu Rufa’I. Full text...

  • US urges Nigeria to end university teachers' strike
    29 august 2013 09:18:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The US has urged the Nigerian government to end the two-month-old strike embarked upon by teachers in the country's public universities. Full text...

  • UN peacekeepers 'concerned' about escalation of violence in CAR
    27 august 2013 21:34:35
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The UN Integrated Office for Peacekeeping in Central African Republic (BINUCA) has expressed "grave concern" about bloody clashes reported for a week in the capital, Bangui, and the other regions of the country. Full text...

  • Namibia's Dillish wins Big Brother Africa, gets US$300,000
    25 august 2013 21:38:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Namibian contestant Dillish Matthews Sunday emerged the overall winner of Season 8 of the reality show Big Brother Africa, tagged ''The Chase'', smiling home with the winner-takes-all prize money of US$300,000. Full text...

  • French President discusses CAR crisis with NGOs
    23 august 2013 22:47:18
    Paris, France (PANA) - French President François Hollande Friday held talks in Paris with the representatives of several French and international NGOs on the political and security situation in Central African Republic (CAR) since the Seleka rebels seized power, the French presidency said in a statement. Full text...

  • Ban tasks African govts on MDGs targets
    23 august 2013 19:57:49
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged African governments, development partners and the international community to boost action towards achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa. Full text...

  • Co-founder of Zimbabwe's ruling party dies
    21 august 2013 14:01:16
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - A co-founder of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU - PF) party, Comrade Enos Nkala, died Wednesday at the age of 81. Full text...

  • Nigeria health workers to begin strike
    21 august 2013 12:36:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Workers at Nigerian government's tertiary health institutions are due to begin an indefinite, nation-wide strike midnight Wednesday to protest government's failure to accede to their demand for better remuneration. Full text...

  • Nigeria's opposition seeks end to university teachers'strike
    20 august 2013 14:54:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) Tuesday urged the country's federal government to honour its agreement with the umbrella association of university teachers, the failure of which triggered the ongoing strike that has paralysed academic work in the nation's public universities. Full text...

  • Habre's trial: African extraordinary chamber sends team to Chad
    19 august 2013 20:53:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Extraordinary Chamber (AEC), which is trying the former Chadian president, Hissene Habre, for war crimes, torture and crimes against humanity, has sent a mission in Chad to conduct investigations on the ground on the charges. Full text...

  • Libya condemns attack on Egyptian Consulate in Benghazi
    18 august 2013 12:25:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya has condemned Saturday's bomb attack on the Egyptian Consulate in Benghazi, Libya's second city, saying it will not affect the excellent ties between the two North African countries. Full text...

  • Work resumes in Nigeria after Eid-eil-Fitr holiday
    12 august 2013 12:40:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian workers returned to their offices on Monday after four straight days off, two of them to observe the public holidays marking Eid-el-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Nigerian university celebrates top ranking
    06 august 2013 10:00:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria's South-west town of Ile-Ife are celebrating the ranking of the public university as the best in Nigeria and eighth in Africa by the Spain-based research group Cybermetrics Lab. Full text...

  • President Zuma challenges SABC to tell the story of SA, Africa
    02 august 2013 13:05:39
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has launched its 24-hour news channel, with President Jacob Zuma tasking the station to tell the full story of South Africa as well as the African story. Full text...

  • ECOWAS staff, Tony Luka Elumelu, excels at migration course for RECs
    02 august 2013 12:11:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - ECOWAS has again lived up to its reputation as a trail blazer in regional integration matters, with a staff of the ECOWAS Commission leading the pack of 16 participants at the just-ended intensive course on Migration Policy for Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • International Day of Friendship: UN chief urges people to inspire peace, build trust
    30 july 2013 21:40:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day of Friendship, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged the global community to use the potential of friendship to strengthen common bonds and inspire efforts for peace and sustainable development. Full text...

  • Nigeria plans housing census
    28 july 2013 21:15:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government is to carry out a housing census on a date yet to be announced as part of efforts to meet the housing needs of the country's 167 million people. Full text...

  • US agency urges Ethiopia to release religious freedom advocates
    22 july 2013 22:30:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Monday called on the Ethiopian government to release 29 individuals who it has detained and charged in court fir terrorism. Full text...

  • 'Tackle drugs, crimes for sustainable development'
    22 july 2013 20:07:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Mr. Yury Fedotov, on Monday stressed the links between combating these two significant threats for sustainable development in the world. Full text...

  • UN rights office 'concerned' over draft law on press freedom in Somalia
    20 july 2013 19:12:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has expressed concern over a draft law in Somalia that would require journalists to reveal their sources and prevent them from disseminating information against Islam or Somali traditions. Full text...

  • UNESCO condemns killing of Egyptian photojournalist
    17 july 2013 19:09:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN agency, tasked with defending press freedom, on Wednesday Full text...

  • UN aims to improve employment, living standards for persons with disabilities
    17 july 2013 18:30:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN member states on Wednesday kicked off a three-day meeting Full text...

  • Malala rallies youth to stand up for universal education
    12 july 2013 20:59:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Full text...

  • World Population Day: UN spotlights teen pregnancy, need to empower girls
    11 july 2013 20:28:22
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN marked World Population Day on Thursday by spotlighting the issue of adolescent pregnancy, and calling on governments to take measures to enable girls to make responsible life choices and realise their potential. Full text...

  • UN members agree on high-level forum to boost sustainable development
    10 july 2013 07:56:08
    New York, US (PANA) - UN member states on Tuesday agreed to establish a new High-Level Political Forum to boost efforts to achieve global sustainable development that will improve people’s economic and social well-being while protecting the environment. Full text...

  • Ramadan: Nigeria's President urges Muslims to pray for peace, security
    09 july 2013 12:55:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of this year's Ramadan fast starting in Nigeria on Wednesday, President Goodluck Jonathan has urged all the country's Muslims to offer special prayers during the period for greater peace, security, unity and rapid socio-economic development in the country. Full text...

  • UN officials stress need to address social, economic inequalities
    08 july 2013 20:34:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials on Monday emphasised the need for the international community to tackle social and economic inequalities between regions and within countries, noting that this is crucial to achieve sustainability and avert future crises. Full text...

  • UNICEF condemns deadly school attack in north-east Nigeria
    08 july 2013 19:43:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday condemned the recent attack on a school in north-east Nigeria that resulted in the deaths of a number of students and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. Full text...

  • Agreement on visitation for separated Sahrawi families reached - UN
    04 july 2013 07:29:15
    New York, US (PANA) - A meeting involving the UN refugee agency, Morocco, Frente Polisario, Algeria, and Mauritania ended on Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland, with an agreement to expand a programme of family visits between Sahrawi refugees living in camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and their families in the territory of Western Sahara. Full text...

  • Mali’s judges denounce moves to free convicted coup plotters
    03 july 2013 17:01:27
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Judges in Mali on Wednesday condemned a statement credited to the Malian interim president Dioncounda Traore, over his intention to pardon convicted coup plotters, the umbrella Union of the Malian Judges (SAM) revealed in a communique here. Full text...

  • Nigeria's oil workers begin strike Monday
    30 june 2013 16:08:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The powerful Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) announced on Sunday it will begin a three-day ''warning'' strike on Monday to protest a rash of issues, from unfair labour practices by some oil firms to the state of the nation's roads. Full text...

  • I have drug addicts in my cabinet - Nigerian state governor
    28 june 2013 09:47:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gov. Kashim Shetima of Nigeria's northern Borno state has disclosed that there are drug addicts in his cabinet, as he inaugurated a panel on drug abuse in the state that is regarded as the spiritual base of the Islamic sect Boko Haram. Full text...

  • UN chief commends Africa's progress, stresses need for accelerated growth
    27 june 2013 21:50:37
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended African countries for their continuous progress over the past 50 years, while stressing that many challenges remain in the continent and that accelerated action is needed to tackle them. Full text...

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