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  • South Africa: Ultra-white extremist stabbed again in prison
    27 march 2014 10:36:19
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – The man who came dangerously close to plunging South Africa into a full-blown race war shortly before the election of Nelson Mandela as the first black President in 1994, is recovering after being stabbed in prison. Full text...

  • Senegal: IFJ launches new website
    26 march 2014 18:46:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Wednesday released a statement on the launch of its brand new website – www.ifj.org - which it says will prove to be a great source of information for its members, affiliates and journalists across the world. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria cooperating with US to repatriate Gen. Abacha's US$550 million loot
    26 march 2014 17:51:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria is cooperating with the United States to ensure that US$550 million and £95,910 in 10 accounts and six investment portfolios linked to the estate of the late Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha, is repatriated to Nigeria. Full text...

  • Libya: Attorney-General denies release of Morning Glory crew
    26 march 2014 16:54:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Attorney-General of Libya, Adelkader Radhouan, on Wednesday denied that the crew of the North Korean-flagged oil tanker, Morning Glory, which loaded crude oil illegally from an eastern oil terminal in Libya have been released. Full text...

  • Niger: UNFPA urges Niger to control its population growth
    26 march 2014 16:22:11
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Regional Deputy Director of UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Ms. Beatrice Mutali, on Wednesday urged Niger authorities to control its population growth through family planning. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo to hold national media conference between May and June
    26 march 2014 14:24:37
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The Togolese Government is to hold a national conference on the media between May and June, the Council of Ministers said in the statement in the Togolese capital on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. releases US$ 45m to enhance security in Benghazi, Sebha
    26 march 2014 12:52:12
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan government has released 45 million dinars (about US$ 40 million) geared toward restoring safety in Benghazi (east) and Sebha (south), two cities currently being plagued by violence. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zimbabwe rape ruling welcomed by SALC
    26 march 2014 07:54:02
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – The Johannesburg-based Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) on Tuesday welcomed Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court ruling that Harare is liable for failing to provide a rape survivor with emergency contraception. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius to testify at resumed own murder trial Friday
    26 march 2014 07:45:36
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – Oscar Pistorius’s defence team has confirmed that the paralympian could testify in his own defence when his murder trial resumes in the North Gauteng High Court on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Central bank building gutted by fire
    25 march 2014 22:57:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) building in the commercial city of Lagos was on Tuesday gutted by fire, according to state-owned Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). Full text...

  • Malawi: Runaway prisoner killed, inmates claim he was "shot twice"
    25 march 2014 22:35:33
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Mystery surrounds the death of an inmate at Zomba Maximum Prison in Malawi's eastern city of Zomba on Tuesday with fellow inmates claiming he was shot twice by prison warders while prison authorities suggest the runaway serial burglar tumbled to his death as he tried to scale a tall wall. Full text...

  • Libya: Two rival tribes Libya sign reconciliation agreement
    25 march 2014 21:50:16
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Two rival tribes in Libya - Toubou and Ouled Sleiman - on Tuesday signed a reconciliation agreement in the Libyan southern city of Sehba, focusing on peaceful coexistence, the website Al-Wassat reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Emergency agency counts cost of Boko Haram insurgency
    25 march 2014 20:33:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Tuesday announced that the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeastern States of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, has left a total of 1,000 civilians dead and displaced another 250,000 from their homes between January and March 2014 alone. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Defence minister says operation against Boko Haram 'going very well'
    25 march 2014 19:26:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Minister of Defence, Lieutenant General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau, on Tuesday expressed the satisfaction of the federal government over ongoing military operations against the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • Burundi: President Nkurunziza deplores religious extremism in Africa
    25 march 2014 19:11:03
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, on Tuesday strongly deplored religious extremism in Africa and the world. Full text...

  • Sudan: '75 rebels, four govt. soldiers killed in fighting'
    25 march 2014 08:10:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese army said Tuesday that 75 rebel soldiers and four government troops were killed in recent fighting in the country's North Darfur state. Full text...

  • Libya: Assassinations continue in Benghazi
    24 march 2014 20:07:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Two soldiers were on Monday killed in separate incidents in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, security and hospital sources said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police to engage forensic experts to investigate suspected ritual killings
    24 march 2014 19:55:46
    Ibadan, Nigeria (PANA) - Police in Nigeria's city of Ibadan said Monday they would engage forensic experts to unravel the mystery surrounding the discovery of dying men and women, human parts and decomposing bodies in an abandoned building and nearby forest in the South-west Oyo state capital. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Soldiers kill 18 Boko Haram terrorists, destroy camps, equipment
    24 march 2014 19:39:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Monday announced that its troops killed 18 Boko Haram terrorists over the weekend during its encounter to dislodge a band of terrorists who were about to attack some settlements in the outskirt of Bama and Ngurosoye in the terrorists’ enclave of Borno State, northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: Blé Goudé to appear before ICC judge on Thursday
    24 march 2014 19:22:43
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The former leader of the Ivorian Patriotic Youth, Charles Blé Goudé, will on Thursday appear before the judge of the first preliminary Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mrs Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, according to a statement from the court. Full text...

  • Niger: Forum on demography starts Tuesday
    24 march 2014 16:01:25
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – A forum on the “Challenge of the demographic dividends in Niger”, meant to evaluate the demographic situation of the country, is due to begin Tuesday in Niamey, the capital, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Trial of pro-Kadhafi officials postponed to 14 April
    24 march 2014 15:57:31
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The trial of officials who served in the ousted regime of the late Mouammar Kadhafi, including his Prime minister Baghdadi Mahmoudi, son Seif al-Islam, and his former intelligent services chief, Abdallah al-Senoussi, has been postponed to 14 April by the Court of Appeal which began sitting hear on Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: African Press Organisation opens office in Dubai
    24 march 2014 15:25:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - African Press Organisation (APO), the continent's sole press release wire service and the global leader in media relations related to Africa, has announced the opening of an office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to serve the Middle East. Full text...

  • Pistorius Trial: Witness contradicts defence
    24 march 2014 14:56:13
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - Following a five-day adjournment, the Oscar Pistorius murder trial resumed in South Africa's North Gauteng High Court Monday with harrowing testimony about the night Reeva Steenkamp was gunned down at the Paralympic’s luxury Pretoria home. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: MISCA chief condemns unprovoked attack on peacekeepers in Bangui
    24 march 2014 14:33:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A finance officer and a nurse, both attached to the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA), were seriously injured late Sunday when unidentified armed assailants attacked their vehicle in Bangui, the head of the peacekeeping mission said Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN expresses concern over increasing violence in Darfur
    23 march 2014 16:46:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN office in Khartoum on Sunday expressed concern over what it describes as the displacement of tens of thousands of people as a result of increasing violence in the region Full text...

  • UN: Refugee agency expresses concern on friction in South Sudan state
    22 march 2014 16:39:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissoner for Refugees (UNCHR) says it is gravely concerned about new tensions rising in South Sudan's volatile Upper Nile state following what it described as "tit-for-tat" attacks between locals and refugees sparked by food shortages. Full text...

  • UN: Official says sexual violence persists in CAR
    22 march 2014 16:13:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Zainab Bangura says despite some improvement in the security situation of the Central African Republic (CAR), especially in the capital, Bangui, conditions remain grave for civilians and sexual violence continues to be used by all parties during attacks, particularly against women and children. Full text...

  • Togo: EU releases 1.24 billion CFAF for potable water project in Togo town
    22 march 2014 13:49:40
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The inhabitants of Anié, about 200 km north of the Togolese capital, Lomé, on Friday inaugurated work on a 1.24 billion CFAF project financed by the European Union (EU) to supply the town with potable water. Full text...

  • DRC: Teachers’ Union welcomes “100,000 teachers for Africa” project
    21 march 2014 16:49:44
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The General Secretary of the Teachers’ Union of Congo (SYECO), Jean Pierre Kimbuya, has welcomed the project called "100,000 Teachers for Africa", launched by the French government Thursday on the occasion of the celebration of the International Francophone Day, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA expresses worry over attacks on Ghana media
    21 march 2014 16:33:04
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based rights watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Friday expressed worry over the ''sudden rise in attacks'' on Ghana media following the detention of a privately-owned TV Africa crew in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Kenya: Bomb experts detonate terror suspects' explosives
    21 march 2014 16:25:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Explosives intercepted by police in Kenya's port city of Mombasa on Monday have been detonated by bomb experts at quarry at Kanamai in the northern fringes of the city. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 7 judges recruited for ECOWAS court of justice
    21 march 2014 16:02:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Judicial Council, comprising the Chief Justices of Member States, has approved the recommendations of its ad-hoc committee on the recruitment of seven new judges to replace those whose terms have expired at the Community Court of Justice. Full text...

  • Libya: 5 wounded persons in Benghazi suicide attack for treatment in Turkey
    21 march 2014 15:24:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Turkish government has chartered a plane to airlift the five people wounded in an attack against a military barracks in Benghazi for medical treatment in Turkey, the state-run Libyan news agency LANA reported Friday, quoting a Turkish diplomatic source in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Sudan: First rains increase risk of disease in IDP camps in South Sudan
    21 march 2014 15:20:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The international humanitarian organziation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has complained that the first rains in South Sudan have complicated an already fragile situation among internally-displaced persons following the three months of fighting between government and opposition forces. Full text...

  • Sudan: 3 anti-smuggling policemen killed in East Sudan
    21 march 2014 14:38:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Three policemen were killed and a number of others injured when their car somersaulted while chasing a group of smugglers in the harsh rocky areas of eastern Sudan, the Sudan media centre (SMC) reported Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: ICRC staff member killed in Darfur
    21 march 2014 12:36:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A staffer of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was killed in Darfur, Sudan's western region, Thursday, bringing to two the number of ICRC members killed in Sudan this year. Full text...

  • South Africa: Apartheid-era massacre commemorated
    21 march 2014 12:26:37
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - Millions of South Africans on Friday came together to mark the 21 March 1960 Sharpeville massacre, one the darkest days in the country’s history. Full text...

  • Italy/FAO: WB, FAO sign pact to prevent food crisis in CAR
    21 march 2014 11:35:57
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FA0) and the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) are joining forces to help prevent a full-scale food and nutrition crisis in the conflict-stricken nation. Full text...

  • Libya: Over 3,600 killed in traffic accidents in 2013
    21 march 2014 11:07:08
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Some 3,606 people were killed in traffic accidents in Libya in 2013, compared with 2,728 in 2012, placing the North African country among those with the worst road accident records in the world, the Ministry of Transport said in a statement. Full text...

  • Mauritius: New high security prison opens
    21 march 2014 07:16:51
    Melrose, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam Thursday inaugurated the newly-built high security prison at Melrose, eastern Mauritius. Full text...

  • Libya: One soldier killed, another injured in attack against Benghazi patrol
    20 march 2014 22:40:41
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – One soldier has been shot dead and another injured in an attack against a patrol of the Libyan Saiqa Special forces in Benghazi, in the east of the country, as the wave of bloody violence continues unabated, hospital and security sources said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Human Rights chief tasks int'l community on CAR
    20 march 2014 21:22:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on Thursday warned on deplorable and "dire" humanitarian situation facing the Central African Republic (CAR), calling on the international community to "dramatically step up vital aid efforts". Full text...

  • UN: Officials urge action to end poverty on Day of Happinness
    20 march 2014 20:58:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday marked the International Day of Happiness, with officials calling for the promotion of social inclusion and intercultural harmony. Full text...

  • Nigeria: MPs ask for military, police deployment to contain violence
    20 march 2014 18:18:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian House of Representatives Thursday asked Police and Army Chieftains to immediately send troops to contain the killings, occupation of land and the destruction of properties by nomadic herdsmen in the Moon Council ward of Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State in North Central Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senate mandates 4 committees to probe continuing violence in the North
    20 march 2014 17:24:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate Thursday mandated its committees on Security and Intelligence, Defence and Army, Police Affairs and Interior to investigate the recurring attacks and killings in some Northern parts of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Kidnapped Nigerian broadcaster regains freedom
    20 march 2014 15:05:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian broadcaster who was kidnapped by gunmen in the oil city of Port Harcourt last Thursday has been freed unharmed, the police said Thursday Full text...

  • Zambia: President Sata fires Tourism Minister
    20 march 2014 11:41:44
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia's President Michael Sata has sacked Minister of Tourism and Arts, Sylvia Masebo. Full text...

  • Tanzania: New wave of violence in Darfur forces 100,000 more to flee
    20 march 2014 09:06:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The escalating violence that has gripped Sudan's restive Western Darfur region in recent weeks has forced over 100,000 civilians to flee their homes and villages, international humanitarian agency Oxfam has reported. Full text...

  • UN: WFP chief calls for urgent action to tackle food crisis in CAR
    19 march 2014 21:57:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), on Wednesday stressed the need to act quickly to assist people suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition in the Central African Republic (CAR), after witnessing the alarming situation first-hand during a visit to the strife-torn nation. Full text...

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