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  • Ethiopia: AU ready to lead West African military battle against Nigeria's Boko Haram
    25 july 2014 18:41:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is prepared to take over the regional task force prepared by four West African countries to battle the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, a top official of the AU, said on Friday. Full text...

  • France: INTERPOL response team deployed over Air Algerie crash
    25 july 2014 17:54:49
    Lyon, France (PANA) – An INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) is to be deployed to help coordinate international disaster victim identification (DVI) efforts following the crash of an Air Algerie flight heading to Algeria from Burkina Faso with 116 passengers and crew on board. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes roadmap adopted by parties at inter-Malian peace talks
    25 july 2014 17:37:22
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Malian parties on the adoption of a roadmap at the end of the first round of peace talks, while expressing deep concern at the deteriorating security situation in parts of northern Mali. Full text...

  • Zambia: Civil society organisations condemn sentencing of prominent Swaziland activists
    25 july 2014 16:09:09
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Civil society organisations from southern Africa have condemned the conviction and unreasonable sentence handed down by Judge Mpendulo Simelane in the Mbabane High Court in Swaziland. Full text...

  • Kenya: Regional leaders meet in Nairobi to fight youth unemployment
    25 july 2014 16:04:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Outgoing Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region of Africa, Mrs. Mary Robinson, has asked the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to address the question of youth unemployment, and to make recommendations on how to mitigate its effects on individual countries or on the region as whole, where over half of the population is made up of young people, and unemployment rate is around 34%. Full text...

  • South Africa: Media company in major cost-cutting moves
    25 july 2014 15:32:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – It has been a bleak week for South Africa’s multi-billion dollar media industry, with some of the country’s publishing giants laying off staff, slashing titles and restructuring. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Jailed son of ex-Mauritanian president extradited from Morocco
    25 july 2014 11:52:23
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Jailed Sidi Mohamed Ould Haidallah, son of the former Mauritanian president, Mohamed Khouna Ould Haiddallah, has been extradited to Mauritania after serving time in Morocco, the private news agency, AL AKHBAR, reported on Friday, quoting Mauritanian judicial sources. Full text...

  • Benin: Benin mourns victims of Malaysian Airlines crash
    25 july 2014 09:17:44
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The government in Benin has declared Friday a day of national mourning across the country in memory of the victims of the plane crash involving flight MH 17 of the Malaysian Airlines in Ukraine last week, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: One killed, eight injured in Kano blast
    25 july 2014 07:01:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Thursday's bomb attack in Nigeria's northern city of Kano killed one person and injured eight others, the police said. Full text...

  • Mauritius: NGO condemns arrest of Malagasy journalists
    25 july 2014 05:47:32
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian rights group Human Rights Indian Ocean has condemned the arrest of Malagasy journalists Jean-Luc Rahaga and Didier Ramanoelina for publishing a letter from a reader in their daily 'Madagascar Matin'. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council happy with Central African Republic ceasefire
    24 july 2014 22:52:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Thursday welcomed the signing of an agreement on the cessation of hostilities by the parties in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN Human Index shows poverty decline slows down in Africa
    24 july 2014 21:04:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The rate at which poverty is being eliminated in Africa has slowed down due to food price increments, heightened political discontent and poor income spread in most towns and rural areas, affecting 585 million people in Africa, according to a UN report released on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Envoys welcome signing of Central African Republic ceasefire
    24 july 2014 20:52:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Two senior UN officials have welcomed the signing of an agreement on the cessation of hostilities by the parties in the Central African Republic (CAR) and stressed the need to follow this up with national reconciliation and reconstruction efforts. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA expresses concern about working conditions of journalists in West Africa
    24 july 2014 19:17:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional press freedom watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has expressed concern about the general working conditions of journalists in West Africa. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says editor attacked in Guinea
    24 july 2014 18:42:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional press freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Thursday disclosed that Joseph Siba Guilavogui, an editor in Guinea, was attacked and assaulted by some members of the country's Gendarmerie. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy condemns renewal of Boko Haram attacks on civilians
    24 july 2014 18:38:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Said Djinnit, the head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), on Full text...

  • UN: ICC says Al-Senussi case is inadmissible before the Court
    24 july 2014 18:36:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday unanimously confirmed ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I’s decision which declared the case against Abdullah Al-Senussi inadmissible before the ICC. Full text...

  • Libya: Army warns against foreign intervention in Libya
    24 july 2014 18:25:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan army has said although the continuing violence in Tripoli and Benghazi has made the north African country a fertile ground for foreign intervention, such a development would make Libya lose its sovereignty and the dignity of its people. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU commends Sudanese govt. for allowing woman in apostasy case to leave
    24 july 2014 17:56:12
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Thursday commended the Sudanese government for allowing the cleared of apostasy charges, Meriam Ibrahim, to leave the country for Italy. Full text...

  • Sudan: Heavy fighting reported in South Sudan as humanitarian crisis spreads
    24 july 2014 17:46:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations on Thursday reported heavy fighting between government and rebel troops in the South Sudanese town of Nasser. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN says global pressure for release of Chibok girls slowing down
    24 july 2014 17:01:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United Nations (UN) Thursday expressed worry at the gradual reduction of global pressure for the release of about 276 college school girls abducted on 14 April, 2014, from Chibok, in north eastern Borno State, by Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Kano's central motor park bombed
    24 july 2014 16:50:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A bomb explosion has occurred at the central motor park on Nigeria's northern city of Kano, a day after another northern city was rocked by a twin explosion that left at least 85 dead Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia, Spain to strengthen efforts in terrorism fight
    24 july 2014 16:32:44
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia and Spain Thursday reaffirmed the importance to double their efforts in the domain of terrorism fight, according to Tunisian and Spanish authorities, Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanian NGOs denounce "massacres" in Gaza
    24 july 2014 16:03:56
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - In a statement issued on Thursday in Nouakchott, the national Forum of human rights organizations (FONADH), a coalition of about 20 Mauritanian NGOs, has condemned the "massacres", by the Israeli army, of civilians including women and children in the Gaza Strip. Full text...

  • Ghana: Workers protest rising cost of living
    24 july 2014 15:43:14
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Workers in Ghana on Thursday demonstrated across the country to protest against the rising cost of living and to demand immediate and effective action from the government to stop the deterioration in the economy. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU to convene PSC Summit on terrorism in Kenya
    24 july 2014 14:41:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council has resolved to hold a Summit in Nairobi on 2 December, 2014, to discuss terrorism and how to combat it through continental strategies, a Senior AU official told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia seeks release of abducted national in Darfur
    24 july 2014 14:33:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian government says efforts are being made to secure the release of a Zambian humanitarian worker, Felix Ngoma, who was abducted in the volatile Sudanese region of Darfur by suspected Janjaweed militia. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR urges Europe to curb refugee, migrant deaths
    24 july 2014 12:38:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency Thursday called for an urgent European action to stop rising refugee and migrant deaths at sea, after more than 260 people, mostly Africans, died or were reported missing while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to get to Europe in the last 10 days alone. Full text...

  • Libya: 250 illegal migrants arrested at Libyan/Sudanese border
    24 july 2014 12:09:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Some 250 illegal migrants aboard five vehicles have been arrested in the Libyan/Sudanese border area, in Libya's South-east town of Kufra, the Commander of the Sudan-Libyan joint forces and chief of the military council of the city, Col. Suleyman Hamid, said in a statement obtained by PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Bill Gates optimistic about Africa's progress in combating health challenges
    24 july 2014 11:43:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Visiting founder of global software giant Microsoft Bill Gates has hailed African countries for making progress in agriculture and health, but said African governments must do more. Full text...

  • Kenya: Four face terror charges
    24 july 2014 11:27:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Four terror suspects arrested in Nairobi last weekend for possessing explosive-making materials and US$1,121 worth of bhang, a derivative of cannabis, were charged to court in the Kenyan capital Thursday. Full text...

  • Burundi: Govt dismantles 56 armed groups
    24 july 2014 08:26:16
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi's Public Security Ministry has announced the dismantling of 56 armed groups during the first quarter of 2014 in different parts of the country, PANA reported from here Thursday Full text...

  • UN: Official says Ethiopia faces wave of refugees from South Sudan
    23 july 2014 22:18:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. John Ging, Operations Director for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), says South Sudan is the most rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the world today, and appealed for desperately-needed funding for Ethiopia, which hosts 180,000 South Sudanese refugees, mostly women and children. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council condemns ongoing violence in Libya
    23 july 2014 22:00:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday condemned once again the continued violence in Libya, including the fighting around Tripoli International Airport, and reaffirmed that violence must not be used to pursue political goals. Full text...

  • US: US condemns Kaduna twin bombings
    23 july 2014 21:52:28
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States has condemned Wednesday's twin bombings in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna and urged the authorities to investigate the attacks. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Opposition leader says he is target of ''assassination'' attempt
    23 july 2014 20:50:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition leader and former military head of state retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday he was the target of one of the two bomb attacks in Kaduna, capital of the eponymous central state of Kaduna. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Danish national to head UN operation in South Sudan
    23 july 2014 20:07:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday announced the appointment of Ms. Ellen Margrethe Loj of Denmark as the UN Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), replacing Ms. Hilde Johnson, who completed her assignment on 7 July. Full text...

  • UN: Ban observes vigil for abducted Nigerian school girls
    23 july 2014 19:16:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking 100 days since the abduction of school girls in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram terrorists, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his call for their immediate release, while expressing his full support for the worldwide vigils taking place on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: UN allocates US$75 million to boost aid operations in the Sahel, Horn of Africa
    23 july 2014 18:27:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Valerie Amos, on Wednesday announced the allocation of US$75 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to bolster desperately needed relief operations in two of the world’s most neglected regions, namely the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • South Sudan: EAJA holds investigative journalism training in Juba
    23 july 2014 17:53:06
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) Wednesday launched an Investigative Journalism and Corruption Reporting Training in Juba, the South Sudanese capital, as part of its efforts to build the capacity of journalists in 11 East African countries to report more effectively and contribute to fighting corruption in the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: "Missing" Air Force aircraft technician found alive after helicopter crash
    23 july 2014 17:27:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military Wednesday announced that the engineering crew member of the crashed Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter, who was earlier declared missing has been found alive. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 24-hour curfew imposed on Kaduna following bomb blast
    23 july 2014 17:04:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Mr. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, the Governor of the North Central Kaduna State, which Wednesday was hit by a twin bomb attack by suspected suicide bombers of the Boko Haram sect has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the Kaduna metropolis. Full text...

  • Rwanda: UN report calls for inclusive growth, well-being for vulnerable groups in Africa
    23 july 2014 16:48:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A new report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, still being described as the "unequal region in the World", need to intensify their battle against deprivation and prevent crises from setting back recent development advances recorded. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians want to adopt 100 Palestinian orphans
    23 july 2014 16:42:31
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – A group of Mauritians have asked their government to facilitate the adoption of 100 Palestinian orphans from Gaza, aged less than 12 years, PANA learnt Wednesday from members of the "Free Palestine Mauritius", a social movement that is pro Gaza inhabitants, who are victims of the latest Israeli aggression. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abuja, Washington sign MOU on enhanced training for Nigeria Police
    23 july 2014 16:33:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria and the United States of America Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the execution of Nigeria’s police training modernization project. Full text...

  • Gambia: MFWA calls for release of prisoners
    23 july 2014 16:26:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Wednesday called on Gambian authorities to release ''immediately and unconditionally" all prisoners of conscience. Full text...

  • Kenya: Somali singer, parliamentarian shot dead in Mogadishu
    23 july 2014 16:07:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Armed attackers shot and killed Prominent Somali musician and Member of Parliament, Saado Ali Warsame, in Mogadishu, Wednesday, the fourth such incident to target prominent figures this year. Full text...

  • Libya: Special forces on alert after double car bombing in Benghazi
    23 july 2014 15:56:50
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - Libya has placed the elite units of its special forces on full alert after a double car bombing incident killed seven people, including two suicide bombers, in Benghazi, military sources revealed here. Full text...

  • Botswana: Authorities continue fight against drunken driving
    23 july 2014 15:47:02
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Alcohol Industry Association (BAIA) is upbeat following recent data, released by the Botswana Police Service, indicating that offences of drivers caught while under the influence of alcohol are plummeting. Full text...

  • Botswana: Malawian begs for Botswana citizenship
    23 july 2014 15:30:20
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - A Malawi national is begging Botswana’s president to grant him citizenship after 46 years of staying in Botswana. Full text...

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