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  • UN: Moroccan PM wants support for developing countries' progress
    26 september 2014 14:29:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane of Morocco, says unless the international community supports developing countries to help them achieve progress and ensure security and stability, the world will face more conflicts and greater fanaticism, violence and terrorism. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian state imposes curfew after street violence
    26 september 2014 12:57:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Governor Kayode Fayemi of Nigeria's South-west Ekiti State Friday imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the state after suspected political thugs took to the streets of the capital, Ado-Ekiti, burning houses and looting shops. Full text...

  • Nigeria: School girl freed by Boko Haram 'pregnant'
    26 september 2014 09:43:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A school girl believed to have been set free by the insurgent group Boko Haram, which abducted over 200 girls in April, is ''pregnant and mentally ill'', the local media reported Friday, quoting Pogus Bitrus, the National Chairman of the Chibok Community where the girls were abducted. Full text...

  • South Africa: Spectators injured in horrific rally crash
    26 september 2014 09:42:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Several people are being treated in hospital after a Lamborghini taking part in a rally outside South Africa's Western Cape town of Knysna spun out of control on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 13 soldiers to be tried for 'cowardice'
    26 september 2014 08:51:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's military authorities are set to try 13 soldiers for acts of cowardice in the ongoing battle against the insurgent group Boko Haram, less than two weeks after 12 soldiers were sentenced to death for mutiny. Full text...

  • UN: Kabila says terrorism, Ebola hinder development in Africa
    26 september 2014 07:21:44
    New York, US (PANA) - President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has warned the UN that global development was threatened by terrorism and the resurgence of the Ebola epidemic. Full text...

  • UN: Ban tells South Sudan leaders to 'heal suffering they caused'
    25 september 2014 23:00:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday in New York blamed the dire humanitarian situation in South Sudan on the country’s leaders, telling them: "You opened the wounds that have caused so much suffering. Now heal them." Full text...

  • UN: Officials call for end to death penalty
    25 september 2014 19:59:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The continuing application of capital punishment is a "primitive" practice which has no place in the 21st century, UN officials said here Thursday, urging global leaders to abolish the death penalty and advance a more progressive judicial agenda in their respective States. Full text...

  • UN: World leaders, organisations promise action on Zero Hunger Challenge
    25 september 2014 18:23:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Leaders of governments, businesses and international and civil society organisations on Thursday at the UN headquarters in New York promised to commit themselves to end hunger around the world. Full text...

  • UN: Secretary-General urges continuing support for Somalia's peace process
    25 september 2014 17:08:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said Somalia’s peace process is gathering momentum amid political progress and improving security, but "much work is still ahead" for the Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges global leaders to finish MDGs job
    25 september 2014 16:44:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Though great gains have been made in the global effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), more must be done to fully meet the targets Full text...

  • US: American govt provides US$145.7 million for humanitarian support in CAR
    25 september 2014 16:12:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Government has provided over US$145.7 million in humanitarian assistance to the Central African Republic (CAR), following the recent sectarian crisis that engulfed the country, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, David Gilmour said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Press Association urges govt. to waive tax money owed by media houses
    25 september 2014 15:47:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Press Association of Zambia (PAZA) has disagreed strongly with the position taken by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to harass print media houses to recover their dues without what it said is consideration for the unfriendly economic atmosphere in which they operate. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Prison Service launches “correction” model
    25 september 2014 14:15:15
    Beau Bassin, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritius Prison Service (MPS) Thursday released a ten-year plan devised by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to bring down the current rate of repeated crimes in the island by arranging for additional support structures and providing for a more structured form of release. Full text...

  • Libya: Ukrainian doctor, wife abducted in Benghazi
    25 september 2014 11:55:14
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - A Ukrainian doctor and his wife were abducted Wednesday by unknown men in Benghazi in eastern Libya, which has witnessed months of armed clashes, kidnappings and serial killings. Full text...

  • South Africa: Major blow to Africa's first Nobel summit as laureates withdraw
    25 september 2014 11:24:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Cape Town's plans to host Africa’s first summit of Nobel Peace Laureates have been dealt a major blow with the confirmation that three laureates have withdrawn in protest over Pretoria’s refusal to grant the Dalai Lama a visa. Full text...

  • UN: Rwandan President tasks public, private sector on climate change
    25 september 2014 07:36:26
    New York, US (PANA) - President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has said the success of the Millennium Development Goals framework illustrated the ongoing strength of international cooperation and called on the public and private sectors to follow a similar method to worked together on climate change. Full text...

  • UN: Ban saddened at passing of ex-UN official, Margaret Vogt
    25 september 2014 07:32:49
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his "profound sadness" over the passing on Wednesday of Ms. Margaret Vogt of NIgeria, who served as UN Special Representative in the Central African Republic (CAR) from 2011 to 2013. Full text...

  • UN: Jonathan says Nigeria will triumph over terrorism
    25 september 2014 07:28:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan said Nigeria will triumph over terrorism to guarantee peace and security in the country, as well as enhance its stability. Full text...

  • UN: Kenyatta calls for building strong nations to tackle health, social challenges
    24 september 2014 22:59:09
    New York, US (PANA) - President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya on Wednesday in New York said the Full text...

  • UN: Security Council high-level summit tackles terrorism
    24 september 2014 22:52:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Responding to an unprecedented flow of foreign terrorist fighters and the growth of facilitation networks fuelling conflicts around the world, the UN Security Council on Wednesday adopted a resolution to resolutely address this growing threat to international peace and security. Full text...

  • UN: South Sudan civilians fleeing violence near 2 million
    24 september 2014 19:11:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Gross violations committed by all parties to the conflict in South Sudan have declined, but the number of civilians forced to flee the violence now nears 2 million "with no likelihood that people will return to their homes soon," the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Flavia Pansieri said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: ICC opens second probe into Central African Republic violence
    24 september 2014 18:22:11
    New York, (PANA) - International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor, Ms. Fatou Bensouda, Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges leadership to move from 'turbulence' to peace
    24 september 2014 17:39:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called for decisive Full text...

  • UN: Kutesa urges world leaders to improve people's livelihoods
    24 september 2014 17:25:08
    New York, US (PANA) - UN General Assembly president Sam Kutesa on Wednesday appealed to world leaders to improve the livelihoods of all people and set them on a path to achieving sustainable development. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ethiopia urged to set free jailed journalists
    24 september 2014 16:44:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) Wednesday called on Ethiopian government to free all journalists in jail and create conditions for tens of journalists in exile to return home and ''work for their country’s development.'' Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria’s regional commission stresses law, order, security
    24 september 2014 16:37:19
    Lagos , Nigeria (PANA) – Peaceful coexistence, security, law and order are crucial elements for socioeconomic development in Nigeria, the Director General of Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, Dipo Famakinwa, said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Congo: Congolese police expel journalist to Mali
    24 september 2014 13:50:29
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese Police on Wednesday announced they had expelled, to Mali, Journalist Sadio Kanté because she did not have a residence permit, but the journalist said she is a Congolese national, denouncing what she called "a manipulation by the government to deal with her". Full text...

  • South Africa: Journalist released after being held for more than 2 years in Somalia
    24 september 2014 12:49:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed the release of German-American journalist, Michael Scott Moore, who was kidnapped by Somali pirates in the city of Galkayo in January 2012. Full text...

  • Kenya:European firms reap from 'blood' minerals trade, says Amnesty
    24 september 2014 11:41:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The European Union (EU) is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of rights groups including Global Witness and Amnesty International warned Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Political party to approach UN over plight of Apartheid-era prisoner
    24 september 2014 08:18:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The saga of one of Apartheid South Africa’s most notorious politicians has taken a fresh turn with news that the right-wing political party Front National will approach the UN Human Rights Commission over the handling of Clive Derby-Lewis' medical parole application. Full text...

  • US: Indigenous Peoples’ World Conference ends in New York
    24 september 2014 08:00:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The first ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples wrapped up Full text...

  • UN: Experts urge 'real dialogue' with children about their rights
    23 september 2014 22:08:56
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of UN experts on Tuesday called on governments to make renewed efforts to ensure that children’s views are heard and taken into account. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for decisive action against terrorism
    23 september 2014 21:36:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of Wednesday's UN Security Council summit on terrorism, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for decisive action in support of efforts to confront extremists. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR relocates 5,000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroon
    23 september 2014 20:01:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesay announced that it is stepping up efforts to relocate some 5,000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroon away from a border town amid ongoing cross-border attacks by insurgents. Full text...

  • Sudan: Security agents arrest activists to prevent commemoration of September uprising
    23 september 2014 17:03:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Scores of political activists have been reportedly arrested by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in a campaign aimed at preventing commemoration of the first anniversary of wide-scale protests against fuel subsidy cuts, in Khartoum and other cities in central Sudan. Full text...

  • Tunis: Report says unemployment rises in 'Arab Spring' countries
    23 september 2014 17:02:12
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Unemployment rates have significantly shot up in so-called 'Arab Spring' countries including Tunisia where the number of jobless people is estimated at 800,000 among whom 70 percent are youths aged between 24-29 years, the fourth Arab report on employment and unemployment said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana opts for arbitration over border maritime disagreement with Cote d'Ivoire
    23 september 2014 08:27:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana says it has sent a maritime disagreement with Cote d'Ivoire, its western neighbour, for arbitration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), as the Ivorians are laying claim to parts of areas where it has discovered oil and gas. Full text...

  • US: Ban urges recommitment to peace framework in DRC, region
    23 september 2014 07:05:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Addressing the root causes of the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region requires a national and regional re-commitment to the peace framework, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID welcomes conviction of attackers of peacekeepers in North Darfur
    22 september 2014 18:54:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on Monday welcomed a court sentence on attackers against female peacekeepers in North Darfur, noting that it was the first time ever an attacker was brought to court of justice and tried. Full text...

  • Togo: Togolese police break up ring of cyber-criminals
    22 september 2014 18:22:43
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) –Togolese police have broken up a ring of cyber-criminals who included nationals from Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea, law-enforcement sources told PANA Monday in Lomé. Full text...

  • UN: Ban pledges to support indigenous peoples
    22 september 2014 17:29:06
    New York, US (PANA) - It is critical for indigenous peoples and their institutions to participate more directly in UN activities, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday promising to do everything possible to support indigenous peoples. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says 3 journalists killed in Guinea
    22 september 2014 15:19:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Monday disclosed that a mob of villagers killed three journalists and six others who were raising awareness about Ebola in Womey, a village about 900km from Guinea’s capital, Conakry. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cameroonian soldiers kill 50 Boko Haram members
    22 september 2014 13:55:58
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – Responding swiftly to a series of attacks by the Islamist sect Boko Haram, in the localities of Fotokol and Ashigashiya, in the northern part of their country, Cameroonian soldiers killed 50 insurgents, according to military sources. Full text...

  • US: Protests herald UN General Assembly in New York
    21 september 2014 22:29:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Protesters have besieged the UN headquarters in New York, as businesses and New Yorkers brace up for this week's gathering of world leaders attending the 69th session of the UN General Assembly. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan consoles South Africa on collapsed Nigerian church building
    20 september 2014 20:13:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday commiserated with his counterpart from South Africa, Jacob Zuma, whose citizens formed the bulk of those who died in the collapse of a church building in Lagos last week. Full text...

  • UN: Rights chief condemns sinking of migrant boat in Mediterranean
    20 september 2014 13:46:49
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, has urged Egypt and other North African and European countries to help bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly sank a boat causing the deaths of hundreds of refugees and migrants in last week’s incident in the Mediterranean. Full text...

  • South Africa: Why thousands of South Africans flock to Nigeria's famous prophet (A feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA correspondent)
    20 september 2014 11:31:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Until a week ago, few South Africans had ever heard of Nigeria’s Synagogue Church of All Nations or, for that matter, its spiritual leader TB Joshua. Full text...

  • South Africa: Number of Lagos building collapse fatalities still unclear - aid group
    20 september 2014 10:36:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African aid group Gift of the Givers (GOTG) said the number of South African fatalities from last week’s building collapse in Nigeria is still unclear. Full text...

  • Ghana: IMF talks, anger at assault of journalists, opposition politics played up by media
    20 september 2014 06:35:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week fed on the commencement of talks between the International Monetary Fund (IMF), from which the government, which is almost half-way through its term, is seeking assistance to quickly put the economy back on track. Full text...

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