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  • UN: UN officials welcome release by Somali pirates of longest-held hostages
    27 february 2015 19:18:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials have welcomed the release this week of four Full text...

  • UN: ICC Prosecutor reacts to DRC acquittal, says crimes committed
    27 february 2015 17:20:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, on Friday reacted to the ICC's Appeals Chamber decision to uphold the acquittal of a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) former rebel leader, Mr. Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui. Full text...

  • UN: ICC appeals chamber confirms DRC rebel acquittal
    27 february 2015 17:12:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday confirmed, by majority, ICC Trial Chamber II’s decision of 18 December 2012 acquitting a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) former rebel leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui of charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Full text...

  • Senegal: Journalist goes into hiding for fear of arrest in Sierra Leone
    27 february 2015 17:02:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Friday disclosed that Tamba Fanday, station manager of privately-owned Citizen Radio in Koidu Town, Kono District in eastern Sierra Leone, is currently in hiding for fear of being arrested and detained under a presidential executive order. Full text...

  • UN: West African states commit to ending statelessness
    27 february 2015 16:49:31
    New York US (PANA) - Delegates representing 15 West African nations have pledged to Full text...

  • South Africa: Tension high after another xenophobic attack
    27 february 2015 14:03:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tension remains high in the Doornkop suburb of Soweto on Friday after a foreign resident was set alight in what appears to have been a xenophobic attack the previous day. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya, Algeria to jointly work at combating terrorism
    27 february 2015 13:53:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya and Algeria will jointly work to combat terrorism and work at peace building in their respective regions, Kenya's Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ministry said in a news dispatch Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Court jails former Mines Minister for abuse of office
    27 february 2015 13:32:58
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A Magistrate Court in Lusaka has sentenced former Mines Minister Maxwell Mwale, to 12 months in imprisonment for abuse of authority of office. Full text...

  • UN: UN concludes probe into violent demonstration against Mali peacekeepers in Gao
    27 february 2015 07:25:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The high-level team appointed by the UN to investigate the events surrounding a violent demonstration against the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has concluded its visit to the African country, the UN announced here late Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Mandate of UN security force in Abyei extended to July 2015
    27 february 2015 07:18:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA) till 15 July as part of the organisation’s ongoing efforts to maintain peace and protect civilians in the disputed territory. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt says ISIS recruiting nation's youths studying abroad
    26 february 2015 17:58:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government Thursday expressed alarm that agents of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were trying to recruit and radicalize the nation's youth through social media and other sources. Full text...

  • UN: ICC Appeals Chamber to deliver judgement on arrest warrant for Sudanese rebel
    26 february 2015 17:47:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver judgment on 3 March on the appeal against the arrest warrant issued by ICC's Trial Chamber IV for Sudanese rebel Abdallah Banda. Full text...

  • Senegal: Two Commonwealth bodies agree to collaborate in education
    26 february 2015 16:57:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Commonwealth Foundation Thursday said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in London, signalling their renewed commitment to project collaboration and organizational learning. Full text...

  • Senegal: ICC Prosecutor says crimes must stop in CAR
    26 february 2015 15:48:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), has said that crimes must stop in the Central African Republic (CAR) and that those behind the murder, pillage, rape or other heinous crimes must be held accountable for their reprehensible conduct. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Member states adopt declaration on eradication of statelessness
    26 february 2015 12:21:18
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Following high-level consultations on 23-24 Feb., ECOWAS member states Wednesday adopted a Declaration on the prevention, reduction and elimination of statelessness in West Africa at a joint UNHCR/ECOWAS Ministerial Conference hosted by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Former personal physician of President Kagame shot dead
    26 february 2015 12:08:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A former personal physician of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame and one of the country's most prominent cardiologists, Dr. Emmanuel Gasakure, has been killed in a shooting incident at the Remera Police Station in a suburb of the capital city of Kigali city, where he was in detention, the police said here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials say curbing crimes important for sustainable development
    26 february 2015 09:18:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Mr. Yury Fedotov, has said reducing violent crime is critical to sustainable development. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Former presidential guard commander's trial postponed until March 2
    25 february 2015 21:40:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The trial of former Rwandan presidential guard commander, Col. Tom Byabagamba and his two co-accused, who are all charged with committing state security offences, has been postponed until 2 March by the Military High Court in Kigali, after all the defendants requested their immediate release from the custody, a judicial source said on Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • US: Obama nominates first US Ambassador to Somalia in 24 years
    25 february 2015 19:44:39
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has nominated the first US Full text...

  • UN: East African nations share tips on fighting poverty, inequality
    25 february 2015 19:27:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Wednesday said that representatives of East African nations are meeting in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to share best practices on fighting poverty and inequality. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN, AU support, new weapons aiding success in war against Boko Haram
    25 february 2015 18:24:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The string of successes being recorded by Nigeria's military against the Boko Haram insurgent group is a result of the African Union (AU) and UN approval of the multilateral task force and the acquisition of more sophisticated hardware by Nigerian military, the Federal Government said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Germany takes initiative to close ranks between government and opposition in Sudan
    25 february 2015 17:33:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Representatives of the Sudanese government and opposition delegates on Wednesday started consultations in Berlin, Germany, aimed at finding ways to create a new momentum for a peaceful solution of conflicts in Sudan. Full text...

  • Niger: Govt. extends state of emergency in Diffa region by 15 days
    25 february 2015 15:38:19
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Nigerien government has extended, by 15 days, the state of emergency imposed on the region of Diffa, Niger's far east border with Nigeria, where the Islamic sect Boko Haram, has been wreaking havoc, said an official statement. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says Nigerian Police move to redress violation against journalist
    25 february 2015 15:17:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Wednesday said that Tunde Ogunsakin, the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of police in Zone 6 in the south-south political zone of Nigeria, has assured that the attackers of Charles Erukaa, reporter with Channels TV, will be brought to book. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt. to set up Finance Crime Commission in Mauritius
    25 february 2015 14:45:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Tuesday told the Parliament that the government will soon set up a Financial Crime Commission (FCC) and a revised and enhanced Independent Commission against Corruption model, PANA learnt from parliamentary sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Senegal: Two newspapers suspended in Sierra Leone
    25 february 2015 14:06:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Wednesday disclosed that two privately-owned newspapers, Independent Observer and Prime Times, have been suspended by Sierra Leone's media regulatory body. Full text...

  • Zambia: Tanzanian President in Zambia for State visit
    25 february 2015 13:33:34
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete arrived in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on Wednesday for a State visit during which he will hold private talks with President Edgar Lungu. Full text...

  • Congo: Japan donates US$1.7m for DRC, CAR refugees
    25 february 2015 12:06:41
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Japan has donated US$1.7 million to the Congolese authorities and the officials of the World Food Programme (WFP) for the 33,500 refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR) residing in the country (Congo), a government statement said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: SA, Zambia Presidents harp on stronger bilateral cooperation
    25 february 2015 12:00:07
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia's President Edgar Lungu and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma have underscored the need to further enhance the strategic bilateral cooperation and partnership between the two nations, while pledging their joint commitment to these efforts. Full text...

  • South Africa: Football legends in hospital after health scares
    25 february 2015 09:44:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Two South African football legends are recovering in different hospitals following major health scares. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty International calls for more global action to check atrocities
    25 february 2015 08:39:30
    New York, US (PANA) - London-based human rights organisation Amnesty International on Full text...

  • UN: ICC Appeals Chamber to deliver judgement on reparation for DRC victims 3 March
    24 february 2015 22:59:29
    New York,US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will on 3 March deliver, in open court, its judgment on the appeals against the ICC Trial Chamber’s decision establishing the principles and procedures to be applied to reparations in the case against Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rebel, Mr.Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Parliament commends Jonathan, military for victories over Boko Haram
    24 february 2015 20:21:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian House of Representatives on Tuesday paid a rare “glowing tribute” to President Goodluck Jonathan and the armed forces over the current positive tempo in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan condemns Kano suicide bombing by Boko Haram
    24 february 2015 19:27:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed disgust at the suicide bombing in the northern Nigeria city of Kano on Tuesday in which about 15 people were killed. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 12 killed in suicide bomb attack in Kano
    24 february 2015 17:44:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 12 people were killed on Tuesday when two suspected suicide bombers struck at a popular motor park in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, the police said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: American woman kidnapped in Nigeria
    24 february 2015 17:41:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen have kidnapped an American woman in Nigeria's central Kogi state, the police said in the capital city of Lokoja on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says Guinea's gendarmes assault journalist
    24 february 2015 15:31:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said that two gendarmes physically assaulted Abdoulaye Oumou Sow, a journalist in Guinea Conakry. Full text...

  • Senegal: Journalists to be trained in combating arms proliferation in Africa
    24 february 2015 15:19:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Media Initiative (AMI) and the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) have signed an agreement towards combating arms proliferation and promoting peace in Africa. Full text...

  • Tanzania: New CAR violence triggers new displacement into DR Congo
    24 february 2015 14:07:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - An upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has triggered fresh displacement inside the country and across the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the UN refugee agency reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Human rights activist murdered in Libya
    24 february 2015 13:58:02
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A young Libyan activist, Intisar al-Hassairi, was found dead in her car together with her cousin in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, PANA learnt Tuesday from security sources. Full text...

  • South Africa: Land ownership debate back in the spotlight
    24 february 2015 13:40:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Land Affairs Minister Gugile Nkwinti on Tuesday stoked South Africa’s land ownership debate by saying foreigners with property above the proposed cap of 12,000 hectares will need to sell any excess agricultural holdings. Full text...

  • UN: WFP photo competition spotlights 'family meal' in achieving UN zero hunger goal
    24 february 2015 09:55:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has announced that scenes of families eating together in Burundi, Laos and the Philippines have won a photo competition, which aims to demonstrate the simple yet powerful role provided by sitting together and eating as a family. Full text...

  • Nigeria: IPC, UNESCO to conduct survey on safety of journalists in Nigeria
    23 february 2015 20:24:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The International Press Centre (IPC) Lagos-Nigeria has commenced a survey on the safety of journalists in Nigeria as part of its project on safety of journalists and emerging issues in conflict in the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns continuous detention of two Nigerian journalists
    23 february 2015 20:16:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has condemned the ''continuous arbitrary detention'' of two journalists in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Sudan: Terrorism tribunal starts trying leading opposition figures
    23 february 2015 20:07:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A terrorism tribunal, which held its first session in Khartoum on Monday to try two leading opposition figures on charges punishable by death, has turned down a defence request that the accused persons be released on bail, considering their old age. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Congo, Equatorial Guinea leaders meet Jonathan on ongoing war against Boko Haram
    23 february 2015 18:41:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Presidents Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo and Theodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea on Monday held a “stop-over” meeting with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and appealed to the international community for more support to consolidate the ongoing war against the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency in northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF condemns abduction of children by armed group in South Sudan
    23 february 2015 17:43:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund ((UNICEF) has condemned in the strongest terms Full text...

  • Botswana: Govt challengea security firms in Botswana to adhere to regulations
    23 february 2015 17:24:55
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Defence, Justice and Security minister Shaw Kgathi on Monday challenged security companies in the country to adhere to regulations, bemoaning that majority of security companies do not comply with the laws and policies regulating the private security industry. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA concerned over attempts to silence media on Ebola issues in Sierra Leone
    23 february 2015 15:45:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) says it remains concerned at government attempts to silence press coverage of Ebola and related issues in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Libya: 47 detained foreign workers liberated from armed militias in Tripoli
    23 february 2015 14:47:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Some 47 foreigners, kept by armed militias in a detention centre for foreign workers in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, were liberated Monday following a search operation carried out by security officers. Full text...

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