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  • Nigeria: Jonathan pledges to rid Nigeria of terrorist camps before May 29 handover
    30 april 2015 20:04:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Thursday pledged in Abuja to do all within his power to ensure that territory still held by terrorists and insurgents are totally liberated before he leaves office on 29 May. Full text...

  • Libya: 31 Ethiopians repatriated from Libya
    30 april 2015 19:52:04
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Immigration Department on Thursday transferred 31 illegal Ethiopian immigrants from a detention centre at Al-Koueifiya in the eastern city of Benghazi ready for their repatriation through Labreg International Airport, said Walid Al-Arfi, the department's spokesman. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO condemns killing of journalist in DRC, calls for investigation
    30 april 2015 17:00:43
    New York US (PANA) - The head of UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova, on Thursday called for an investigation into the killing of a journalist in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on 16 April. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AfDB provides US$30 million budget support to social services in Malawi
    30 april 2015 16:30:08
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group meeting in Abidjan has approved a US$30million budget support grant towards the protection of basic social services in Malawi, the Bank announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns crackdown on media outlets in Burundi
    30 april 2015 16:10:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New-York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the harassment of journalists and news outlets in Burundi, while calling on authorities to allow the media cover protests ahead of the country's elections slated for May and June. Full text...

  • Libya: Army regains control of new zones near Tripoli
    30 april 2015 13:37:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan army and the allied forces have regained control of several zones of al-Maya, in the locality of Ouerchefana, near Bridge 27 which links the western city of Zaoui and the capital of Tripoli, which were seized by the "Fajr Libya" militias, military sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Togo: Two W/African leaders pay 'solidarity visit' to Togo after successful polls
    30 april 2015 12:52:06
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Two West African leaders have paid a solidarity visit to Togo following the country's presidential elections of 25 April, which the regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said were held under acceptable free and transparent conditions. Full text...

  • South Africa: Court grants patient right to end own life
    30 april 2015 11:21:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Gauteng High Court in South Africa on Thursday granted a terminally-ill Cape Town man the right to end his own life with the help of a doctor. Full text...

  • UN: Global education envoy welcomes release of 200 Nigerian girls
    29 april 2015 22:51:57
    New York,US (PANA) - The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, has welcomed the release of 200 girls from captivity by Boko Haram and called for the immediate release of all abducted girls. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for immediate cessation to hostilities in northern Mali
    29 april 2015 22:42:43
    New York, US PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called for an immediate end to hostilities in northern Mali and expressed concern over the ceasefire violations that have occurred in the country in recent days at a critical moment in the peace process to bring all parties to sign the draft peace agreement. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns executions in Indonesia
    29 april 2015 20:57:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday expressed deep regret over executions of four Nigerians, two Australians, one Brazilian and an Indonesian for drug-related offences, which were carried out in Indonesia late Tuesday despite numerous calls in the country and abroad for a reprieve. Full text...

  • Nigeria: PAP president flays xenophobic attacks in SA, calls for prosecution of perpetrators
    29 april 2015 18:50:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The president of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) Wednesday decried the recurrence of xenophobic attacks in South Africa and called on Pretoria to prosecute individuals responsible for perpetration of the crime in that country. Full text...

  • Kenya: State prosecutor orders probe on missing Kenyan presidential aide
    29 april 2015 17:35:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keriako Tobiko, has ordered the police to begin investigation into the disappearance of Albert Muriuki, a senior presidential aide at the State House in the capital, Nairobi. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius sets up solidarity fund for Nepal
    29 april 2015 16:51:58
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius announced Wednesday the setting up of a solidarity relief fund, with an initial contribution of US$500,000 in favour of the population of Nepal, following the massive earthquake that has killed more than 5,000 people in the South Asian country of the Himalayas. Full text...

  • Niger: Boko Haram kills 46 soldiers in Niger
    29 april 2015 12:30:11
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The entire Niger Republic is in a state of shock after the government officially announced the death of 46 officers of the defence and security forces (FDS) in a surprised attack on 25 April by the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, in the island of Karamga, near Lake Chad. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. probes wire service boss over corruption allegations
    29 april 2015 10:42:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has ordered a probe of the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr. Ima Niboro, over allegations of corruption and high handedness, the private Premium Times newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • UPDATE: 'Rescued Nigerian girls not Chibok girls'
    29 april 2015 09:20:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Chibok girls who were kidnapped over a year ago are not among the 293 women and girls who were rescued by the Nigerian military Tuesday, the Nigerian military said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR easing dire conditions in Libya’s immigration detention centres
    29 april 2015 08:31:45
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN refugee agency in Libya and its partners have been assisting some of the 1,242 people rescued at sea from boats that were either not seaworthy or intercepted by the Libyan Coast Guard in waters near Tripoli over the past 10 days. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Mali urges parties to 'immediately cease hostilities'
    29 april 2015 07:52:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Following an upsurge in violence in Mali, the UN Special Representative Full text...

  • Rwanda: Number of Burundian refugees in Rwanda hits 20,500 - Official
    28 april 2015 22:14:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - New waves of civilians fleeing Burundi to Rwanda over recent weeks for fear of possible violence related to the forthcoming elections, have reached 20,500, the Rwandan Ministry of Refugees and Disaster Management said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN peacekeeping chief says CAR mission reaches full operational capacity
    28 april 2015 22:02:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN peacekeeping chief, Mr. Herve Ladsous, on Tuesday concluded a four-day visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), which coincided with the UN Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) achieving full operational capability for the first time. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in South Sudan urges release of remaining child soldiers
    28 april 2015 21:56:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Representative for South Sudan, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Loj, has urged a militia group in Pibor town, located in the eastern part of South Sudan, to release the remaining children still being held as child soldiers. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief, Pope Francis discuss climate change, Mediterranean migration
    28 april 2015 21:50:51
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Pope Francis on Tuesday at the Vatican, held talks on climate change and the Mediterranean migration, which recently claimed hundreds of lives. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 293, girls rescued in Nigeria
    28 april 2015 20:04:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military said on Tuesday that 293 women and girls have been rescued from the Sambisa Forest stronghold of the Boko Haram terrorist group. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir warns South Sudan against hosting Darfuri rebels
    28 april 2015 18:46:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir has strongly warned the government of South Sudan against continued animosity and hosting Sudanese rebels from the restive Darfur region, stating that his forces would otherwise fight the rebels inside South Sudan. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA decries rise in unprofessionalism, sanctions in the media
    28 april 2015 15:41:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has decried a rise in cases of unprofessional media conduct and consequent sanctions by the judiciary or media regulatory bodies in a number of West Africa countries in recent times. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR calls for release of detained migrants in Libya
    28 april 2015 15:35:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday called for the release of migrants detained in Libya following a spike in the number of migrants held in detention centres in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'ICC to probe President Zuma, Zulu King over xenophobia'
    28 april 2015 12:31:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has decided to probe the xenophobic attacks against African immigrants in South Africa that have left many dead and displaced, according to Nigerian NGO Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP). Full text...

  • Libya: Bodies of 5 abducted journos found
    28 april 2015 11:40:59
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - The remains of the five journalists, four Libyans and an Egyptian, who were abducted in Libya in August 2014, were found on Monday, according to government spokesperson Hatem al-Areibi. Full text...

  • Congo: Govt. bans Muslims from wearing veil
    28 april 2015 10:16:30
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Muslims in Congo have been banned from wearing veil while foreigners have been barred from spending the night in mosques across the country, as part of efforts to fight terrorism in the central African nation. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN condemns attack on peacekeepers in Darfur
    28 april 2015 09:04:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations has expressed “deep concern” about the recent clashes between peacekeepers and a Darfuri armed group, and urged Sudan to identify and bring the perpetrators to justice. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges European govts to address causes of migrants' crisis
    28 april 2015 07:50:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Mediterranean Sea has sadly become "a sea of tears, a sea of misery" and called on the European governments Full text...

  • UN: UN working to help relocate Burundians fleeing election-related violence
    27 april 2015 21:41:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Monday appealed for US$11.6 million dollars to plan a response for the influx of Burundians seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: WB launches essay competition for students in Côte d’Ivoire
    27 april 2015 18:40:45
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – To mark the 50th anniversary of its presence in Côte d’Ivoire, the World Bank country office here Monday launched an essay writing competition on "Youth and Development" for junior and high school students. Full text...

  • Senegal: Sierra Leone fines nine media outlets
    27 april 2015 17:35:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Sierra Leone's media commission has fined nine media houses over unprofessional conduct, the Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said in a statement obtained by PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa: New Mandela bust unveiled in Cape Town
    27 april 2015 15:14:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A bust of former president Nelson Mandela was unveiled in Cape Town on Monday as part of South Africa’s Freedom Day celebrations. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Police clash with protesters
    27 april 2015 14:04:43
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Police have clashed with protesters in two cities in Sierra Leone, following demonstrations on Monday against the sack of Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana by President Ernest Bai Koroma, PANA reported from here Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR says CAR problem at risk of becoming forgotten humanitarian crisis
    27 april 2015 13:55:29
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - With nearly 900,000 people from the Central African Republic (CAR) forcibly displaced since the outbreak of violence in December 2013, the CAR crisis is quickly becoming the largest forgotten humanitarian crisis of our time, the UN High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Decomposing bodies found in liberated Nigerian town
    27 april 2015 12:47:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Hundreds of decomposed bodies, including those of women and children, were discovered by a government committee in Damasak, in Nigeria's northern Borno State over the weekend, the local Daily Trust newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: World Bank launches 2015 journalist prize for development
    27 april 2015 11:56:05
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The World Bank office in Côte d’Ivoire on Monday launched the 2015 edition of the 'Journalist Prize for development' contest. Full text...

  • Libya: 3 militiamen killed in clashes with Libyan armed forces
    27 april 2015 10:09:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Three members of the "Fajr Libya" militia, who seized Libyan capital Tripoli and several other cities in western Libya, were killed on Sunday in a fierce battle with the Libyan armed forces in the city of Gharyane, 80km southwest of the capital, military sources said on Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Former executive of African liberation committee passes on
    27 april 2015 09:03:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – A Tanzanian icon in the African liberation struggle, Brig.-Gen. Hashim Mbita, died on Sunday at Lugalo Military Hospital in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian President’s Office has announced. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS unveils operational manual for use by national offices
    26 april 2015 17:13:41
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has officially unveiled an Operational Manual for use by National Offices to engage Member States in the effective implementation and monitoring of Community programmes and activities at national level. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID denies attacking civilians, says UN peacekeepers responded to attacks
    25 april 2015 18:06:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has strongly denied Sudanese newspaper reports on Saturday that its peacekeeping forces were engaged in massacre and man-slaughtering in Darfur two days ago. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief voices concern over series of targeted attacks against UN mission in Mali
    25 april 2015 16:42:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern over a series of attacks targeting the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) which have resulted in numerous casualties, a statement issued by a UN spokesperson said Saturday. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU boosts South Sudan humanitarian aid with 50 million euros
    25 april 2015 14:13:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Saturday said it will provide 50 million euros in humanitarian aid to conflict ridden South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF welcomes final release of child soldiers by armed group in South Sudan
    25 april 2015 04:40:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Militants in South Sudan have handed over to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) a final group of 283 children in what the agency described as "a small piece of good news in what is otherwise a terrible situation for children in other parts of the country", where many boys and girls have been abducted and forcibly recruited as child soldiers. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights office condemns violations, violence in Libya
    24 april 2015 18:33:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Full text...

  • Zambia: 3 German doctors, Zambian journalist killed in road accident
    24 april 2015 16:41:35
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Three volunteer medical doctors from Germany, a local television journalist and a driver have died in road crash in Zambia's Southern Province while travelling on duty, Information and Broadcasting Minister said here in a statement Friday. Full text...

  • US: UN-backed forum highlights role of religious leaders in preventing atrocities
    24 april 2015 16:19:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Full text...

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