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  • UN: Amnesty Int'l welcomes UN decision to probe fresh sexual abuse in CAR
    06 january 2016 15:39:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday welcomed UN’s decision to investigate new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), and stressed the need for further reform and for perpetrators to be brought to justice. Full text...

  • US: New York restaurant named after Mandela seeks financial support
    06 january 2016 14:56:03
    New York, US (PANA) - A popular restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, named in honour of the late South Africa leader, Nelson Mandela, has appealed to its customers and the general public for financial support to keep its doors open for business. Full text...

  • UN: 'Fresh allegations of sexual abuse made against UN peacekeepers in CAR'
    06 january 2016 14:04:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is investigating new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse and other misconduct by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), this time by forces under the UN flag, UN envoy in CAR, Mr. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: NGO wants Burkinabe transition leaders to declare their assets
    06 january 2016 13:53:03
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The Burkinabe national anti-corruption network (REN-LAC) on Wednesday issued a communiqué, demanding that members of the transition committee, who were in power for 13 months, should declare their assets. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria Football Federation official shot dead
    06 january 2016 13:10:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Head of Protocol of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Ibrahim Abubakar has been shot dead by suspected armed robbers, the federation announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban names Special Adviser on 2016 refugee and migrant summit
    06 january 2016 09:26:22
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday announced the appointment of Karen AbuZayd of the United States as Special Adviser for an upcoming UN summit on managing large-scale movements of migrants and refugees, according to a UN statement obtained by PANA. Full text...

  • CAR: Fresh sexual abuse allegations emerge against blue berets in CAR
    06 january 2016 09:19:17
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The United Nations is investigating new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse and other misconduct by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), this time by forces under the world body’s flag, the top UN official in CAR said on Tuesday, as further steps are being put in place to combat the scourge. Full text...

  • South Africa: Race row continues to grow
    06 january 2016 09:00:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A race row sparked by comments posted on social media sites by two white South Africans continues to escalate with the ruling African National Congress stating that it will push for legislation to criminalise any act that perpetuates racism or promotes apartheid. Full text...

  • Botswana: Road fatalities drop during festive season
    06 january 2016 06:53:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana recorded a decline in road fatalities during the last festive season, police spokesperson Dipheko Motube said in Gaborone on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Main opposition spokesman arrested over graft allegations
    05 january 2016 23:59:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The spokesperson for Nigeria's main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Olisa Metuh, was Tuesday arrested by the anti-graft Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged corruption. Full text...

  • Botswana: High court halts deportation of Namibian refugees
    05 january 2016 10:32:47
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s High Court has temporarily stopped the repatriation of Namibian refugees, local media reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: New UN refugee chief takes up post
    05 january 2016 07:37:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Filippo Grandi of Italy, a veteran of United Nations efforts to help refugees, took up his post on Monday as head of the UN refugee agency at a time of unprecedented challenges, with record numbers of people worldwide forced to flee war and persecution. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa rocked by major race row
    05 january 2016 06:34:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Durban estate agent has sparked a major race row after referring to black South Africans as “monkeys” in a Facebook message. Full text...

  • Politics: AU invites Sudan government, Darfur rebels for informal meeting
    04 january 2016 22:58:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government says it has received an invitation from the African Union (AU) for an informal meeting with the rebel movements of Darfur in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on a date yet to be fixed. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama reshuffles top military hierarchy
    04 january 2016 22:33:42
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama on Monday announced changes in the top hierarchy of the Ghana Armed Forces. Full text...

  • Libya: 11 killed, 6 injured in clashes between Libyan army, Daech
    04 january 2016 14:09:19
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Fierce fighting broke out on Monday between military guards of oil installations and Daech terrorists in the residential district of the oil and gas complex at Lanouf, 600 kilometres East of the capital, Tripoli, leaving 11 persons dead and at least six others injured, reliable military sources said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Fowl pecks buyer into coma
    03 january 2016 10:49:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In a bizare occurrence over the weekend, a fowl pecked a man who wanted to buy it into coma around Konwea Plaza in Asaba in Nigeria's southern Delta State, sending passersby fleeing to safety, the local Punch newspaper reported on Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Africa's richest man, Dangote, and ex-Defence Minister to lead committee to rehabilitate IDPs
    01 january 2016 23:16:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote and former Defence Minister Theophilus Danjuma are to lead a committee to oversee the rehabilitation of the over 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east, the presidency has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Presidency says no decision yet on Hijab ban over Boko Haram attacks
    01 january 2016 22:57:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian presidency said the government has not yet banned Hijab, the Muslim women's dress that symbolizes modesty, after President Muhammadu Buhari's comments on the issue triggered a firestorm. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council stresses improved dialogue between UN and troop- and police-contributors
    01 january 2016 09:00:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Thursday, noting “frustrations on all sides,” highlighted the need to improve dialogue between the United Nations Secretariat and the countries that provide troops and police personnel for the numerous peace operations deployed around the world. Full text...

  • UN: UN tribunal on Rwandan genocide formally closes
    01 january 2016 08:52:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations tribunal set up 21 years ago to judge those guilty for the genocide in Rwanda of more than 800,000 people – overwhelmingly Tutsi, and also moderate Hutu, Twa and others – formally closed on Thursday after delivering 45 judgments as part of the Organization’s efforts to stamp out impunity for crimes against humanity. Full text...

  • Nigeria: I 'll keep every promise I made to Nigerians - Buhari
    31 december 2015 22:28:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday assured Nigerians that he would keep all the promises he made to Nigerians during the electioneering campaign Full text...

  • Sudan: Obama congratulates Sudanese people on independence day
    31 december 2015 07:42:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - US President Barrack Obama on Wednesday sent a congratulatory message to the Sudanese people on the occasion of the country’s 60th national day anniversary. Full text...

  • UN: Refugees, migrants braving seas to flee to Europe in 2015 top one million – UN
    31 december 2015 07:36:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Refugees and migrants fleeing to Europe by sea this year have passed one million, according to figures just released by the UN refugee agency, many on perilous trips aboard inadequate vessels run by people smugglers, with at least 3,735 more believed drowned. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt ready to negotiate release of Chibok girls
    30 december 2015 23:13:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said his Administration is ready to negotiate the release of the 219 Chibok school girls who were abducted in 2014 by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda national football team midfielder docked over 'second degree rape'
    30 december 2015 15:59:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The High court in Kigali on Wednesday postponed until 6 January, 2016, hearing in a case against a Rwandan national football team player, Robert Ndatimana charged with second degree rape, judicial sources told PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: South African to head UN peacekeeping force in DR Congo
    30 december 2015 06:05:17
    New York, US (PANA) - A former South African special forces commander with previous United Nations peacekeeping experience has been appointed to lead the troops serving with the world body’s mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), it was announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Police save Eritrean victims from human traffickers in eastern Sudan
    29 december 2015 12:36:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese authorities managed to save 14 victims, including five women, from human trafficking gangsters in eastern Sudan. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says 69 journalists killed in 2015
    29 december 2015 11:20:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), on Tuesday said 69 journalists were killed in relation to their work in 2015, with Islamic militants responsible for 28, or 40 per cent. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Many feared killed in suicide attack
    28 december 2015 18:25:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people were feared killed and injured on Monday when two suicide bombers attacked a market in Madagali, Nigeria's North-east Adamawa state, the local media reported. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition leader demands apology, retraction of story by Times of Zambia
    28 december 2015 14:42:25
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Opposition leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND) Hakainde Hichilema, has demanded for an immediate retraction of an article published by the state-run Times of Zambia in which the UPND leader was quoted using tribal remarks. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Ethiopia arrests second journalist in 1 week
    28 december 2015 13:05:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Ethiopia to release journalist Getachew Shiferaw, who was arrested on Friday 25 December in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty International says Cameroon fails to account for 130 missing people
    27 december 2015 19:53:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Cameroonian authorities must come clean over the fate of 130 people Full text...

  • UPDATE: Police put death toll from Nigeria gas fire at 8
    25 december 2015 13:43:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria police said Friday that eight people died from the Christmas Eve gas plant explosion in the industrial town of Nnewi in the country's South-east Anambra State Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama thanks God for continuous blessings on Ghana
    25 december 2015 10:55:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has on Christmas Day thanked God for his continuous blessings and favour on the nation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari greets Nigerian Christians at Christmas
    25 december 2015 10:28:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with Nigerians, especially his Christian compatriots, as they celebrate their first Christmas under his leadership. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Many feared dead in Nigeria gas explosion
    25 december 2015 10:21:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people are feared dead and injured in a gas explosion that rocked Nnewi in Nigeria's South-east Anambra State on the eve of Christmas, according to residents of the town. Full text...

  • Ghana: Christians celebrate Christmas
    25 december 2015 06:15:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Christians throughout the world are on Friday celebrating Christians, the birth of Jesus Christ more than 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR seeks to protect displaced gays, lesbians as they face prejudice, violence
    25 december 2015 05:25:30
    New York, US (PANA) - With lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons in forced displacement facing discrimination, prejudice, violence and other hurdles as they seek asylum, the United Nations refugee agency has rolled out the most comprehensive training package of its kind globally to enhance their protection, a UN statement said on Thursday in New York. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese FM restates Sudanese commitment to fight against terrorism
    24 december 2015 17:36:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has declared that it will be committed to the fight against terrorism, specified by the recently-formed Islamic coalition that is led by Saudi Arabia. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President releases 502 prisoners
    24 december 2015 17:15:21
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu has released 502 convicted prisoners to commemorate Christmas Day. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief appoints Chadian to head UN mission in Mali
    24 december 2015 14:56:49
    ew York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mahamat Saleh Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari greets Muslims at Eid-el-Maulud
    23 december 2015 23:31:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the Islamic community in the country as they celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, the presidency said in a statement issued here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Rights groups calls for the establishment of special court in CAR
    23 december 2015 14:45:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Some 23 human rights groups Wednesday called for the intensification of efforts towards the establishment of a Special Criminal Court in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls on Ethiopian government to release journalist
    23 december 2015 11:36:19
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the authorities in Ethiopia to release journalist Fikadu Mirkana who was arrested after covering a protest. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Etisalat announces Prize for Literature 2015 shortlist
    23 december 2015 06:02:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Penny Busetto and Rehana Rossouw have been announced as the three shortlisted authors for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature, the first pan-African Prize that is open solely to debut fiction writers from African countries. Full text...

  • UN: Libya’s dire humanitarian situation requires prompt - UN official
    23 december 2015 05:35:42
    New York, UN (PANA) - The United Nations (UN) says its World Food Programme (WFP) trucks have begun distributing 1,300 tons of food to Libyans in dire need of assistance. Full text...

  • UN: UN says refugees, migrants fleeing to Europe in 2015 reach 1 million
    22 december 2015 17:25:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday said the Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Sudan to drop charges against two journalists
    22 december 2015 14:49:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Sudanese authorities to drop all charges against two newspaper editors, potentially facing the death penalty, on charges stemming from their work. Full text...

  • UN: Nigeria's Boko Haram forces one million children out of school – UNICEF
    22 december 2015 14:42:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Violence and attacks against civilian populations in northeastern Nigeria and its neighbouring countries have forced a staggering one million children out of school in a conflict that has dealt a huge blow for education in the region, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported on Tuesday. Full text...

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