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  • Nigeria: Military announces death of four suicide bombers
    01 april 2014 18:46:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military Tuesday announced that a joint operation by Nigerian and Cameroonian forces has seized large cache of arms, apparently meant for use by Boko Haram terrorists operating in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Kenya: Radical Muslim cleric killed in Mombasa
    01 april 2014 18:36:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Chaos erupted in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa following the shooting to death of controversial Muslim cleric Abubakar Shariff Ahmed, alias Makaburi, witnesses said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Tunis, Tripoli to re-open Ras Jedir border
    01 april 2014 18:12:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – After more than one month closure, Libyan and Tunisian officials Tuesday agreed to re-open the border post of Ras Jedir on Sunday, according to Tunisian local media. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria addresses impasse between ICC, Africa (News feature by Craig Urquart, PANA Correspondent)
    01 april 2014 16:50:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Africa’s testy relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC) is back on the spotlight this week as South Africa moves to formulate a proposal that will see justice delivered on a continent where there is a great deal of trepidation about “foreign meddling” in local affairs. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt to install cameras to improve road safety
    01 april 2014 14:26:47
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Deputy Prime Minister Rashid Beebeejaun told Parliament here Tuesday that a total of 50 Fixed Speed Cameras will be installed along accident-prone roads in a bid to improve road safety on the island. Full text...

  • Kenya: Somali police urged to release Sky FM journo
    01 april 2014 12:44:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Somali authorities to release a radio journalist who has been held without charge in the capital, Mogadishu, since Sunday. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Atrocities fuelled by inaction on Arms Trade Treaty promise'
    01 april 2014 12:39:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Millions of people around the world will continue to suffer the deadly consequences of the poorly-regulated global trade in weapons until many more governments take rapid steps to bring the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) into force, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's foremost online paper named finalist in prestigious media awards
    01 april 2014 08:36:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s leading investigative and online newspaper PREMIUM TIMES has been named finalist in the Special Award category of this year’s One World Media Awards, one of the foremost media award events in the world. Full text...

  • Tunisia: World strategy for UN youth programme launched in Tunisia
    31 march 2014 22:32:17
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) – The UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Monday launched the "UN World Youth programme" for the period 2014-2017 in the Tunisian capital, Tunis. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Five to die for armed robbery, illegal bearing of weapons of war
    31 march 2014 22:24:32
    Yaoundé, Cameroun (PANA) - A military court in Douala, Cameroon, Monday sentenced to death five people who were found guilty of armed robbery, illegal bearing of weapons of wars, organised pillaging and killing, the local media reported Monday. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Kenya: Twin blasts kill 6 people, 18 wounded in Nairobi
    31 march 2014 20:27:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Six people have been killed and 18 people wounded, nine of them critically, after twin blasts hit the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Monday, police and the state disaster body said. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Education minister arrested for alleged embezzlement of funds
    31 march 2014 18:53:20
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – The Cameroonian minister of Secondary Education, Louis Bapès Bapès, was arrested on Monday and placed in detention at the central prison of Kodengui for alleged embezzlement of public funds. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military, other agencies begin offensive against bandits in North Central Nigeria
    31 march 2014 17:32:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military has announced the commencement of a major offensive to stop the violence perpetrated by “armed men and criminal gangs” who have been engaging in wanton killings and destruction of lives and property in three States in the North Central part of Nigeria. Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament approves suplementary budget for Benghazi security
    31 march 2014 11:34:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The General National Congress (GNC), the highest political and legislative authority in Libya, on Sunday approved a supplementary budget of 252 million dinars (about US$201.6 million) for the provision of adequate security in Benghazi and Derna, Eastern Libya, the two cities where violence has escalated in recent times. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 21 insurgents died in failed jail break
    30 march 2014 22:08:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's secret police, the State Security Services, Sunday confirmed the death of 21 suspected Boko Haram insurgents during a shootout at the agency's headquarters overlooking the Presidential Villa in the capital city of Abuja earlier in the day. Full text...

  • Kenya: Improvised bomb explosion kills man assemblying the device
    30 march 2014 16:09:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - An explosive device exploded Sunday, killing a man who was assembling it inside a building housing a Muslim school in Nairobi’s Eastleigh neighbourhood, Police said Sunday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Commonwealth pledges support for Lusaka-based youth centre
    30 march 2014 14:36:36
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, has assured the Zambian government that the Commonwealth Secretariat will support it in the transitioning of the Lusaka-based Commonwealth Youth Programme Africa Centre into a national and regional youth development facility. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Sata for EU-Africa summit in Brussels
    30 march 2014 14:20:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Michael Sata is due in Brussels, Belgium, for the European Union-Africa summit, taking place 2-3 April. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Insurgents' attempted jail break triggers heavy gunfire near presidential villa
    30 march 2014 11:52:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - An attempted jail break by detained members of Boko Haram has triggered a heavy exchange of gunfire at the headquarters of the State Security Service (SSS) close to the Presidential Villa in the capital city of Abuja, the SSS said Sunday. Full text...

  • 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...

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