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  • US: US First Lady tasks African women on youth development
    06 august 2014 20:22:45
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - US First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama on Wednesday in Washington DC, stressed the need for African first ladies and women groups to embrace the youth in their countries in order to share and partake in their hopes and aspirations. Full text...

  • Malawi: Shooting victim in Malawi 'cashgate' testifies in court
    06 august 2014 18:23:09
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Former Malawi Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo, whose shooting on 13 September 2013 led to the unravelling of the systematic looting of millions of government money dubbed 'cashgate', has been testifying in his attempted murder case. Full text...

  • Libya: Authorities restore electricity to Libya
    06 august 2014 15:31:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Electricity is gradually being restored to Libya, after a huge power outage hit the country early Wednesday, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • South Sudan: EAJA expresses concern over fate of journalist in hiding in South Sudan
    06 august 2014 13:03:09
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) on Wednesday expressed concern over the safety and security of a South Sudanese freelance journalist who has gone into hiding following fears that security agencies wanted to arrest him. Full text...

  • Sudan: Humanitarian organisations in South Sudan horrified by killings in Maban County
    06 august 2014 12:06:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Humanitarian organisations operating in South Sudan have warned that their work in the country could come to a halt if their staffers, especially South Sudanese, continue to be targetted by unruly elements in the new nation's conflict, following the killing of at least six of their members in less than two days. Full text...

  • Sudan: Rebel leader's property handed to daughter
    06 august 2014 11:32:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The court of appeals in Singa, central Sudan, has ordered the release of a car and a house in Ed Damazin, Blue Nile State, belonging to former Blue Nile Wali Governor Malik Agar, even though he is still leading a rebellion against the central government in Khartoum. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU allocates over 13 million Euros to prop up peace-building in Sudan
    05 august 2014 18:57:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union announced Tuesday that it is enhancing support to peace-building and stabilisation in Sudan by allocating 13.5 million Euros under its Instrument for Contributing to Stability and Peace over the next three years. Full text...

  • Botswana: Social media offenders irk Botswana Police
    05 august 2014 18:41:09
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Police Service (BPS) has warned the public on crimes committed through social media saying the arm of the law would in no time catch up with offenders who use insulting language, threaten others, criminally defame, blackmail, extort, and even distribute pornographic material through such media. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS Chairman responds to MFWA's demand on regional justice mechanism
    05 august 2014 15:35:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - John Dramani Mahama, the ECOWAS Chairman and President of Ghana, has responded to demands of ''resilient regional justice mechanism'' made by the sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), according to MFWA statement obtained here by PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Amnesty International footage implicates Nigerian military in war crimes
    05 august 2014 14:33:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Global human rights body Amnesty International has said that gruesome video footage, images and testimonies which it gathered provide fresh evidence of war crimes, including extrajudicial executions and other serious human rights violations, being carried out in North-eastern Nigeria as the fight by the military against Boko Haram and other armed groups intensifies. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo, Angola, DRC to form joint tripartite security commission
    05 august 2014 14:22:19
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The 8th tripartite security commission meeting between Congo, Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to promote a joint tripartite security commission (CCTS) has ended in Pointe-Noire, the Congolese ministry of the Interior and Decentralization said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR repatriates 120,000 DRC refugees
    05 august 2014 14:12:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has successfully completed the voluntary repatriation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of almost 120,000 refugees from neighbouring Congo. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ICRC provides assistance to over 2,000 displaced persons in CAR
    05 august 2014 13:56:09
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Central African Red Cross Society have donated household items to more than 2,000 displaced persons in Bambari, says an official statement received here by PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNHCR dismayed at killing of aid worker in South Sudan
    05 august 2014 13:35:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A humanitarian aid worker was killed in South Sudan when fighting broke in the Upper Nile state of Southern Sudan, where thousands of people flocked for protection, a day after peace talks between southern Sudanese foes started in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • US: AUC, African govts list concrete programmes for youth development
    05 august 2014 08:46:07
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) and some Africa governments have made commitments to increase investment in the next generation, as well as supporting opportunities for the youth. Full text...

  • Libya: One dead, four wounded in new armed clashes in Tripoli
    04 august 2014 21:23:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - One person was killed and four others injured in Janzour, western suburb of Tripoli, where new clashes broke out on Monday between rival militias fighting for the control of the airport. Full text...

  • Senegal: Wade's supporter jailed for 'disturbing court proceedings'
    04 august 2014 20:48:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A court in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, on Monday sentenced a supporter of former Senegalese Minister of International Cooperation, Transport and Infrastructure, Mr. Karim Wade, to two years' imprisonment for "disturbing the court's proceedings" during last Thursday's opening session of Wade's trial. Full text...

  • Tunisia: About 2,500 Egyptians evacuated from Libya
    04 august 2014 18:17:26
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  • Senegal: MFWA says incidents of FoE violations reducing in West Africa
    04 august 2014 15:24:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has released a report, saying ''analyses of incidents of Freedom of Expression (FoE) violations'' in West Africa show a ''marginal improvement'', PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal:Trial of ex-Senegalese Minister, Karim Wade, resumes
    04 august 2014 09:40:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The trial of Senegal's former Minister of International Cooperation, Transport and Infrastructure Karim Wade resumes Monday in Dakar at the anti-corruption Repression of Illicit Enrichment Tribunal (CREI). Full text...

  • US: Group tasks US-African Leaders Summit on rights abuses
    04 august 2014 08:02:17
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - A group of human rights organisations and activists has urged Full text...

  • Sudan: At least four killed in clashes with rebels in Blue Nile
    02 august 2014 19:25:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Two rebels, a soldier and a civilian were killed and several others were injured in clashes between a group of rebels and the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF). Full text...

  • Morocco: Morocco sets up crisis committee to monitor nationals in Libya
    02 august 2014 17:41:53
    Rabat Morocco (PANA) – Morocco has established a crisis committee of monitor the conditions of its nationals in Libya following the deterioration of the security situation in the country, a statement issued by the Moroccan ministry of foreign affairs said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: ICRC 'concerned' about thousands affected by Libya violence
    02 august 2014 13:32:11
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The International Community of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Libyan Red Crescent on Saturday expressed concern about the fate of thousands of people affected by the fierce fighting in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and the eastern city of Benghazi. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Authorities urge parents not to promote child labour
    02 august 2014 11:17:00
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroonian Women and Family Promotion Minister Marie Thérèse Abena Ondoa on Friday called on parents not to send their children to sell on the streets. Full text...

  • UN: Clashes in Central African Republic take heavy toll on civilians
    02 august 2014 07:46:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN humanitarian staff working in crisis-torn Central African Republic (CAR) says that despite peace talks, civilians continue to be caught in crossfire in ongoing fighting. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Bar Association offers free legal help to families of Air Algerie crash victims
    01 august 2014 21:36:59
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkina Faso Bar Association is to give free legal assistance to families of victims of the Air Algerie crash who want to institute civil action in the case, according to a statement released on Friday. Full text...

  • Burundi: US donates outboard motors to Burundian armed forces
    01 august 2014 20:11:38
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The US government has donated 21 outboard motors to the Burundian armed forces to facilitate patrols on Lake Tanganyika. Full text...

  • Kenya: Fifth Somali parliamentarian killed in Somalia
    01 august 2014 16:54:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali Member of Parliament Sheikh Aden Madeer was shot dead Friday by armed attackers who blocked his car on the road in Mogadishu, becoming the fifth influential politician to be killed in cold blood in the last four months. Full text...

  • Kenya: National transport authority steps up road safety campaign
    01 august 2014 16:10:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Pedestrians using busy roads in Kenya, more so in urban areas, must use footbridges or face the consequences, the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) said Friday as it stepped up measures meant to reduce road carnage. Full text...

  • South Africa: Popular beach closed after shark attack
    01 august 2014 15:12:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s most popular beach has been closed indefinitely following a Great White shark attack on Friday afternoon. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Wounded son of Mauritanian president now out of danger
    01 august 2014 13:55:34
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Ould Abdel Aziz Badr's son who sustained injury from gunfire was Friday reported out of danger, informed sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ expresses concern over the detention of journalist in Ethiopia
    01 august 2014 13:43:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has expressed concern over the arrest and detention of Aziza Mohamed, a photojournalist, by Ethiopian authorities, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia deploys troops at border with Libya
    01 august 2014 12:28:43
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – There was massive deployment of Tunisian security and armed forces on Friday along their border with Libya, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Libyan soldiers kill 7 Egyptians at border with Tunisia
    01 august 2014 12:16:36
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) – Seven Egyptian were killed by Libyan security forces at the transit point of Ras Jadir, on the Tunisian border, reliable sources told PANA on Friday at the Tunisian city of Bengardane. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 80b naira raised to support terror victims
    01 august 2014 07:40:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Victims Support Fund Committee set up by Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan to provide succour to those affected by the terror campaign in the country raised 80 billion naira (US$490 million) at a fund-raising dinner in the capital city of Abuja Thursday night. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Gunmen kill 15 in Nigerian state
    01 august 2014 07:06:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen numbering about 12 killed at least 15 people when they invaded seven communities in Nigeria's oil rich Rivers state, the local media reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN: Least Developed Countries urge enhanced partnerships, aid commitments
    01 august 2014 05:51:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Participants at the end of a conference in Cotonou, Benin, have called on donor countries to fulfil their commitments and go even further by allocating at least 50 percent of their Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) and "aid for trade" disbursement to the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh condemns 'brutal killing' of Palestinians
    31 july 2014 21:43:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Thursday strongly condemned the current bloodshed in Palestine following Israel's sustained heavy bombardment of Gaza describing it as "excessive brutality". Full text...

  • Mali: French troops arrest jihadist leader Daha
    31 july 2014 21:08:55
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – French troops have arrested a leader of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), PANA learned on Thursday from reliable sources. Full text...

  • Burundi: Amnesty International accused of “biased stand” against Burundi
    31 july 2014 17:46:35
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Burundi said Thursday it has noted "with regret" the latest report by Amnesty International on the human rights situation in the east-central African country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Racism still rife in South Africa
    31 july 2014 13:21:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Twenty years since the advent of democracy and the birth of a non-racial South Africa, racism is still rife in the country, so says the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) which noted that it has received 500 racism-related cases over the past year. Full text...

  • Tanzania: 17 killed, 56 injured in Tanzania road crash
    31 july 2014 09:17:29
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A road crash that involved a bus and a lorry left 17 persons dead and 56 others injured Wednesday on a highway in central Tanzania, the police have confirmed. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Cameroonian general to lead UN peacekeeping force in CAR
    30 july 2014 22:58:22
    New York, US (PANA) - As the UN "re-hats" some of the African troops currently serving in the Central African Republic to a peacekeeping mission that will take over in mid-September, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday announced that the current African force Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria to raise funds for victims of Boko Haram attacks
    30 july 2014 21:46:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria will on Thursday kick off formal activities to raise funds in aid of victims of Boko Haram terror attacks in the country. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian army chief of staff resigns - Spokesperson
    30 july 2014 21:06:48
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The chief of staff of the Tunisian army, General Mohamed Salah Hamdi, on Wednesday resigned his post, the spokesperson for the Tunisian Defence ministry, Rached Bouhawla, said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Security forces arrest three Boko Haram suspects
    30 july 2014 20:12:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian security forces on Wednesday arrested three suspects including two women believed to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist group in the northwestern State of Katsina. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan condemns Boko Haram's attacks on schools, places of worship
    30 july 2014 20:00:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday severely criticized the terrorist Boko Haram for attacking places of worship, schools and other soft targets in their "mindless war" against the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Another female suicide bomber kills at least three in Kano Polytechnic
    30 july 2014 19:40:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A female suicide bomber Wednesday blew herself up at the Kano Sate Polytechnic, in northwestern Nigeria, killing at least three people and critically wounding another six. Full text...

  • US: UN calls for action to eradicate trafficking in persons
    30 july 2014 19:25:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN marked its first-ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons on Wednesday by calling on the international community to end impunity for perpetrators and help victims, especially women and children, who continue to be particularly vulnerable to the perfidious trade. Full text...

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