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  • UN: Mission provides platform for South Sudan students' final exams
    15 january 2014 18:15:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is assisting hundreds of students to complete their primary education this week by providing the platform for them to sit for their final examinations, disrupted when fighting broke out between anti- and pro-government forces. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Muslims mark Eid-el-Maulud
    14 january 2014 12:47:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerians were observing Tuesday as a public holiday in commemoration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad, otherwise known as Eid-el-Maulud. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Anti-gay bill passed into law
    13 january 2014 22:24:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has signed into law the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill outlawing same-sex marriage, following its passage by the bicameral National Assembly (Parliament), PANA learnt in Abuja on Monday. Full text...

  • Mali: More Malians repatriated from CAR
    09 january 2014 15:16:10
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A second batch of 250 Malians, living in the Central Africa Republic (CAR), returned home Wednesday, fleeing the religious conflicts in Central African State, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • UN: Ban tasks G77 nations on MDGs
    08 january 2014 22:54:07
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the bloc of developing countries known as the Group of 77 and China to work collectively towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Police disperse demonstrators
    08 january 2014 22:26:43
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian police on Wednesday fired tear gas to disperse angry demonstrators in Kasserine, in the midwest, protesting against alleged new taxes imposed by the authorities on transport vehicles, reliable sources told PANA in Tunis. Full text...

  • South Africa: Media industry salutes fallen TV presenter
    08 january 2014 09:47:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tributes have continued to pour in for popular television news anchor, Alice Chavunduka, who died Sunday after suffering an epileptic seizure in Johannesburg a week earlier, PANA reported from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Suspected murderers of two foreigners arrested
    05 january 2014 10:57:47
    Tripoli Libya (PANA) - The Libyan army has arrested four people who are suspected to have been involved in the murder of a Briton and a New Zealander last Thursday in western Libya. Full text...

  • South Africa: Cape Town in international spotlight as 'World Design Capital'
    01 january 2014 09:03:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's city of of Cape Town at midnight on New Year’s Eve became the World Design Capital (WDC) 2014 with a magnificent festival and fireworks display that was beamed around then world. Full text...

  • Zambia: Non-declaration of national mourning for Cardinal Mazombwe sparks debate (By Mildred Mulenga, PANA Correspondent)
    30 december 2013 11:33:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambians this year found themselves in a different kind of debate following the death of the country's first indigenous Cardinal Medardo Joseph Mazombwe 29 Aug. at the age of 81. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mandela’s death captures global attention (By Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent)
    30 december 2013 09:17:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - No event in 2013 captured the attention of South Africa or the rest of the world for that matter than the passing of global statesman Nelson Mandela. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Work resumes after Christmas holiday
    27 december 2013 12:10:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Work resumed throughout Nigeria Friday after the two-day public holiday declared by the federal government to enable Christians to celebrate Christmas, which marks the birth of Jesus Christ, as well as Boxing Day, the day set aside for exchanging gifts. Full text...

  • Suicide bombers kill 8 in Benghazi
    22 december 2013 15:42:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A suicide attack on a security check point in eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, the second largest in the country, on Saturday claimed the lives of eight people and injured many others, the Libya news agency reported, quoting sources at the security brigade of Benghazi. Full text...

  • UN officials calls for solidarity to achieve MDGs targets
    20 december 2013 16:34:50
    New York, US (PANA) – UN officials on Friday called for joint action to reach the globally agreed goals of reducing extreme poverty, hunger, disease and other social and environmental ills by 2015, and to create a more sustainable future for all. Full text...

  • 50,000 celebrate Mandela at Cape Town concert
    12 december 2013 07:15:20
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - An estimated 50,000 spectators Wednesday night attended Cape Town’s official memorial event for fallen icon Nelson Mandela. Full text...

  • American film critics rate '12 Years a Slave' best film in 2013
    09 december 2013 18:33:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) in the US capital city, on Monday declared "12 Years a Slave", a historical drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 autobiography by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free negro who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery. Full text...

  • West Africa optimistic about funding for road project linking cities
    09 december 2013 09:27:46
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - West Africa is optimistic about the prospect of securing requisite funding for its latest project to link some of its “vibrant and populated “cities through a 1,028-kilometre highway project, Cote d’Ivoire’s Minister of Economic Infrastructure Patrick Achi has said. Full text...

  • Minister calls for unity among youth
    05 december 2013 15:21:23
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Minister of Youth and Culture, Shaw Kgathi, has challenged young people to support rebuilding of the country’s apex youth body - Botswana National Youth Council (BNYC). Full text...

  • UN tasks nations on persons with disabilities
    02 december 2013 19:08:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Monday called for global action to ensure that persons with disabilities can reap the benefits of development and fully participate in all aspects of society. Full text...

  • IOM calls for global efforts to check life-threatening migration
    01 december 2013 19:37:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has called for global concerted efforts to address the situation of migrants attempting life-threatening journey across seas and deserts in the hope for a better life. Full text...

  • Nigeria's opposition tackles govt on sack threat against striking lecturers
    01 december 2013 13:52:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has sharply criticised the country's government for threatening to sack striking public university teachers if they failed to resume work on 4 Dec. Full text...

  • Amnesty hails Zimbabwe rights activist acquittal
    23 november 2013 15:07:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Friday's acquittal of a key Zimbabwean human rights defender is encouraging, but the fact that it comes after three years of harassment is further confirmation that the police continue to abuse the law to hamper the work of human rights defenders, Amnesty International said. Full text...

  • New African magazine releases list of 100 Most Influential Africans
    22 november 2013 15:05:57
    London, UK (PANA) - The New African Magazine, the world's biggest-selling, English-language pan-African magazine, Friday released a list of those it called 100 Most Influential Africans. Full text...

  • UN chief says job creation, entrepreneurship can reduce poverty in Africa
    20 november 2013 16:14:49
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said that accelerating industrialization in Africa requires a focus on job creation and entrepreneurship, stressing that these are key aspects that will fully capture the potential of Africa’s dynamic work force and boosting inclusive sustainable development on the continent. Full text...

  • UNFPA calls for post-2015 development agenda on youth
    16 november 2013 15:59:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), has called for a youth-centered goal in the Post-2015 development agenda, saying that young people are a vital force that must be front and centre in global development efforts. Full text...

  • Nigeria grants citizenship to 179 foreign nationals
    07 november 2013 14:59:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has granted citizenship to 179 foreign nationals from countries within and outside Africa, according to government ministers. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President appoints new head for National Intelligency Agency
    07 november 2013 14:56:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed Ambassador Ayo Oke as the new Director-General of the country's National Intelligence Agency (NIA), the presidency said in a statement issued here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN officials call for partnerships to address sustainable development challenges
    07 november 2013 07:21:50
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials have said partnerships are vital if countries are to reduce poverty and advance economic and social progress, as well as address challenges and accelerate the achievement of the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Full text...

  • ILO sharing knowledge, boosting green jobs
    28 october 2013 16:44:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says sharing experience for the promotion of green jobs can play a key role in helping countries to advance towards a greener and a more sustainable future. Full text...

  • UN launches essay contest to celebrate multilingualism
    15 october 2013 18:22:30
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN and US-based ELS Educational Services have signed an agreement to foster multilingualism among the youth, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Muslims mark eid-eil Kabir with prayers
    15 october 2013 17:46:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Muslims in Nigeria Tuesday joined their counterparts from across the world in celebrating Eid Eil-Kabir, otherwise known as the feast of sacrifice, with a call from clerics to remain steadfast, obey and abide by the injunctions of the Almighty God. Full text...

  • Nigeria declares 15-16 October public holidays for Sallah
    10 october 2013 23:52:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Federal Government on Thursday declared 15-16 October as public holidays to mark Eid-el-Kabir, the Muslim feast of the sacrifice. Full text...

  • ITU projects 40% of world's population to be online by end of 2013
    08 october 2013 15:39:31
    New York, US (PANA) - An International Telecommunication Union (ITU) report, released on Tuesday, projects that by the end of the year, 40% of the world’s population, about 2.7 billion people, will be online, as mobile broadband has become the fastest growing segment of the global information and communications technology (ICT) market. Full text...

  • Libya declares 3-day national mourning for 16 slain soldiers
    06 october 2013 13:31:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government on Saturday declared three days of national mourning, beginning Sunday, in honour of 16 soldiers who were killed at a check point between the cities of Beni Walid and Tarhana. Full text...

  • UN agencies say world needs more teachers, quality education
    05 october 2013 17:17:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Some UN agencies said on Saturday that the world would need to recruit more than five million teachers if the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of universal primary education is to be achieved by the 2015 deadline. Full text...

  • UN member states adopt Declaration to address migration challenges
    05 october 2013 08:13:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The 193-UN member states have, for the first time, unanimously adopted a Declaration calling for the respect of human rights and international labour standards for migrants, while reiterating their commitment to fight human trafficking and strongly condemning racism and intolerance. Full text...

  • 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...

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