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  • Switzerland: UNHCR adopts resolution on Libya technical assistance
    29 march 2014 20:05:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Friday adopted a draft resolution on "technical assistance to Libya in terms of human rights," presented by Morocco and backed by 98 delegations. Full text...

  • Libya: Judge, four soldiers escape assassination attempts in Benghazi
    29 march 2014 19:53:23
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – A Libyan judge and four soldiers on Saturday escaped assassination attempts in separate attacks in Benghazi, military and hospital sources said. Full text...

  • CAR: CAR combatants using 'sophisticated weapons' against civilians
    29 march 2014 13:45:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) special envoy to the Central Africa Republic (CAR) on Saturday called on the interim government there to arrest groups behind violence in the capital, Bangui. Full text...

  • Libya: Saadi Gaddafi apologises to Libyans
    28 march 2014 21:30:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Saadi Gaddafi, son of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has has apologised to the Libyan people, calling for national reconciliation and forgiveness. Full text...

  • Zambia: Govt. refutes opposition claim that Malawian judge is still in Lusaka
    28 march 2014 17:18:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian government has refuted claims by the opposition that Malawian judge Lovemore Chikopa, who was appointed to chair a tribunal constituted to probe a supreme court judge and two high court judges, is still in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN aid official says children wounded in Mogadishu camp shelling
    27 march 2014 22:27:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - At least 10 people have been wounded, six of them children, after mortar shelling of a densely populated Mogadishu neighbourhood, a UN relief official revealed on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Soldiers kill 11 Boko Haram terrorists near Cameroonian border
    27 march 2014 18:59:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Thursday said 11 Boko Haram terrorists were killed when troops launched an attack on them near the Cameroonian border. Full text...

  • Kenya: '5 sub-Saharan African countries conducted executions in 2013'
    27 march 2014 17:21:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Only five sub-Saharan African countries conducted executions during the year 2013, Amnesty International says in its death sentence report for 2013. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN, AU express 'deep concern' over security developments in Darfur
    27 march 2014 17:15:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations and African Union have expressed "deep concern" about recent security developments in Darfur region that have again forced tens of thousands to leave their homes. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty sees global jump in executions
    27 march 2014 14:54:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Iran and Iraq caused a sharp global spike in the number of executions carried out in 2013, backing the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty, Amnesty International found in its annual review of the death penalty worldwide. Full text...

  • Burundi: Public universities fail to re-enrol students on strike
    27 march 2014 13:34:45
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Less than 650 of the 18,000 students from the different public universities in Burundi have re-enrolled after 10 days of strike, following a decision by the authorities to restrict access to scholarships and training. Full text...

  • South Africa: Company launches technology to simplify travel procedures at borders
    27 march 2014 12:18:23
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - A company involved in digital security has introduced a new technology to simplify travel procedures at borders. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ivorian ‘street general’ makes ICC appearance (Update)
    27 march 2014 12:06:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ivorian youth leader, also known as the “Street General” who led protests in favour of former President of Cote d’Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo, has made an initial appearance before a single judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Côte-d'Ivoire: ICC confirmation charges against Ble Goude set for 18 August
    27 march 2014 11:58:48
    Abidjan, Côte d' Ivoire ( PANA) - The Single Judge of Pre-Trial Chamber 1 of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, has fixed for 18 August to hear confirmation of charges against former leader of the Ivorian Young Patriots, Charles Ble Goude. Full text...

  • Libya: US soldiers to train Libyan soldiers
    27 march 2014 11:49:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Two members of the first team of 11 US military instructors have arrived in Libya to work out details of a training programme for the Libyan armed forces in Bulgaria, the local media reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ultra-white extremist stabbed again in prison
    27 march 2014 10:36:19
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – The man who came dangerously close to plunging South Africa into a full-blown race war shortly before the election of Nelson Mandela as the first black President in 1994, is recovering after being stabbed in prison. Full text...

  • Senegal: IFJ launches new website
    26 march 2014 18:46:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Wednesday released a statement on the launch of its brand new website – www.ifj.org - which it says will prove to be a great source of information for its members, affiliates and journalists across the world. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria cooperating with US to repatriate Gen. Abacha's US$550 million loot
    26 march 2014 17:51:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria is cooperating with the United States to ensure that US$550 million and £95,910 in 10 accounts and six investment portfolios linked to the estate of the late Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha, is repatriated to Nigeria. Full text...

  • Libya: Attorney-General denies release of Morning Glory crew
    26 march 2014 16:54:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Attorney-General of Libya, Adelkader Radhouan, on Wednesday denied that the crew of the North Korean-flagged oil tanker, Morning Glory, which loaded crude oil illegally from an eastern oil terminal in Libya have been released. Full text...

  • Niger: UNFPA urges Niger to control its population growth
    26 march 2014 16:22:11
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Regional Deputy Director of UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Ms. Beatrice Mutali, on Wednesday urged Niger authorities to control its population growth through family planning. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo to hold national media conference between May and June
    26 march 2014 14:24:37
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The Togolese Government is to hold a national conference on the media between May and June, the Council of Ministers said in the statement in the Togolese capital on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. releases US$ 45m to enhance security in Benghazi, Sebha
    26 march 2014 12:52:12
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan government has released 45 million dinars (about US$ 40 million) geared toward restoring safety in Benghazi (east) and Sebha (south), two cities currently being plagued by violence. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zimbabwe rape ruling welcomed by SALC
    26 march 2014 07:54:02
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – The Johannesburg-based Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) on Tuesday welcomed Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court ruling that Harare is liable for failing to provide a rape survivor with emergency contraception. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius to testify at resumed own murder trial Friday
    26 march 2014 07:45:36
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – Oscar Pistorius’s defence team has confirmed that the paralympian could testify in his own defence when his murder trial resumes in the North Gauteng High Court on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Central bank building gutted by fire
    25 march 2014 22:57:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) building in the commercial city of Lagos was on Tuesday gutted by fire, according to state-owned Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). Full text...

  • Malawi: Runaway prisoner killed, inmates claim he was "shot twice"
    25 march 2014 22:35:33
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Mystery surrounds the death of an inmate at Zomba Maximum Prison in Malawi's eastern city of Zomba on Tuesday with fellow inmates claiming he was shot twice by prison warders while prison authorities suggest the runaway serial burglar tumbled to his death as he tried to scale a tall wall. Full text...

  • Libya: Two rival tribes Libya sign reconciliation agreement
    25 march 2014 21:50:16
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Two rival tribes in Libya - Toubou and Ouled Sleiman - on Tuesday signed a reconciliation agreement in the Libyan southern city of Sehba, focusing on peaceful coexistence, the website Al-Wassat reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Emergency agency counts cost of Boko Haram insurgency
    25 march 2014 20:33:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Tuesday announced that the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeastern States of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, has left a total of 1,000 civilians dead and displaced another 250,000 from their homes between January and March 2014 alone. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Defence minister says operation against Boko Haram 'going very well'
    25 march 2014 19:26:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Minister of Defence, Lieutenant General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau, on Tuesday expressed the satisfaction of the federal government over ongoing military operations against the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • Burundi: President Nkurunziza deplores religious extremism in Africa
    25 march 2014 19:11:03
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, on Tuesday strongly deplored religious extremism in Africa and the world. Full text...

  • Sudan: '75 rebels, four govt. soldiers killed in fighting'
    25 march 2014 08:10:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese army said Tuesday that 75 rebel soldiers and four government troops were killed in recent fighting in the country's North Darfur state. Full text...

  • Libya: Assassinations continue in Benghazi
    24 march 2014 20:07:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Two soldiers were on Monday killed in separate incidents in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, security and hospital sources said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police to engage forensic experts to investigate suspected ritual killings
    24 march 2014 19:55:46
    Ibadan, Nigeria (PANA) - Police in Nigeria's city of Ibadan said Monday they would engage forensic experts to unravel the mystery surrounding the discovery of dying men and women, human parts and decomposing bodies in an abandoned building and nearby forest in the South-west Oyo state capital. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Soldiers kill 18 Boko Haram terrorists, destroy camps, equipment
    24 march 2014 19:39:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Monday announced that its troops killed 18 Boko Haram terrorists over the weekend during its encounter to dislodge a band of terrorists who were about to attack some settlements in the outskirt of Bama and Ngurosoye in the terrorists’ enclave of Borno State, northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: Blé Goudé to appear before ICC judge on Thursday
    24 march 2014 19:22:43
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The former leader of the Ivorian Patriotic Youth, Charles Blé Goudé, will on Thursday appear before the judge of the first preliminary Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mrs Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, according to a statement from the court. Full text...

  • Niger: Forum on demography starts Tuesday
    24 march 2014 16:01:25
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – A forum on the “Challenge of the demographic dividends in Niger”, meant to evaluate the demographic situation of the country, is due to begin Tuesday in Niamey, the capital, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Trial of pro-Kadhafi officials postponed to 14 April
    24 march 2014 15:57:31
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The trial of officials who served in the ousted regime of the late Mouammar Kadhafi, including his Prime minister Baghdadi Mahmoudi, son Seif al-Islam, and his former intelligent services chief, Abdallah al-Senoussi, has been postponed to 14 April by the Court of Appeal which began sitting hear on Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: African Press Organisation opens office in Dubai
    24 march 2014 15:25:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - African Press Organisation (APO), the continent's sole press release wire service and the global leader in media relations related to Africa, has announced the opening of an office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to serve the Middle East. Full text...

  • Pistorius Trial: Witness contradicts defence
    24 march 2014 14:56:13
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - Following a five-day adjournment, the Oscar Pistorius murder trial resumed in South Africa's North Gauteng High Court Monday with harrowing testimony about the night Reeva Steenkamp was gunned down at the Paralympic’s luxury Pretoria home. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: MISCA chief condemns unprovoked attack on peacekeepers in Bangui
    24 march 2014 14:33:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A finance officer and a nurse, both attached to the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA), were seriously injured late Sunday when unidentified armed assailants attacked their vehicle in Bangui, the head of the peacekeeping mission said Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN expresses concern over increasing violence in Darfur
    23 march 2014 16:46:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN office in Khartoum on Sunday expressed concern over what it describes as the displacement of tens of thousands of people as a result of increasing violence in the region Full text...

  • UN: Refugee agency expresses concern on friction in South Sudan state
    22 march 2014 16:39:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissoner for Refugees (UNCHR) says it is gravely concerned about new tensions rising in South Sudan's volatile Upper Nile state following what it described as "tit-for-tat" attacks between locals and refugees sparked by food shortages. Full text...

  • UN: Official says sexual violence persists in CAR
    22 march 2014 16:13:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Zainab Bangura says despite some improvement in the security situation of the Central African Republic (CAR), especially in the capital, Bangui, conditions remain grave for civilians and sexual violence continues to be used by all parties during attacks, particularly against women and children. Full text...

  • Togo: EU releases 1.24 billion CFAF for potable water project in Togo town
    22 march 2014 13:49:40
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The inhabitants of Anié, about 200 km north of the Togolese capital, Lomé, on Friday inaugurated work on a 1.24 billion CFAF project financed by the European Union (EU) to supply the town with potable water. Full text...

  • DRC: Teachers’ Union welcomes “100,000 teachers for Africa” project
    21 march 2014 16:49:44
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The General Secretary of the Teachers’ Union of Congo (SYECO), Jean Pierre Kimbuya, has welcomed the project called "100,000 Teachers for Africa", launched by the French government Thursday on the occasion of the celebration of the International Francophone Day, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA expresses worry over attacks on Ghana media
    21 march 2014 16:33:04
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based rights watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Friday expressed worry over the ''sudden rise in attacks'' on Ghana media following the detention of a privately-owned TV Africa crew in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Kenya: Bomb experts detonate terror suspects' explosives
    21 march 2014 16:25:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Explosives intercepted by police in Kenya's port city of Mombasa on Monday have been detonated by bomb experts at quarry at Kanamai in the northern fringes of the city. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 7 judges recruited for ECOWAS court of justice
    21 march 2014 16:02:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Judicial Council, comprising the Chief Justices of Member States, has approved the recommendations of its ad-hoc committee on the recruitment of seven new judges to replace those whose terms have expired at the Community Court of Justice. Full text...

  • Libya: 5 wounded persons in Benghazi suicide attack for treatment in Turkey
    21 march 2014 15:24:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Turkish government has chartered a plane to airlift the five people wounded in an attack against a military barracks in Benghazi for medical treatment in Turkey, the state-run Libyan news agency LANA reported Friday, quoting a Turkish diplomatic source in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Sudan: First rains increase risk of disease in IDP camps in South Sudan
    21 march 2014 15:20:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The international humanitarian organziation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has complained that the first rains in South Sudan have complicated an already fragile situation among internally-displaced persons following the three months of fighting between government and opposition forces. Full text...

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