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  • Kenya: Somali security arrest journo after speaking out against censorship
    04 september 2014 12:38:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali journalist Hassan Gessey, a radio director at the independent Dalsan Radio, is being held without charge by the National Intelligence and Security Agency after criticising a directive to restrict reporting on military operations, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Full text...

  • Gambia: Pro-govt newspaper editor freed of sedition charges
    04 september 2014 12:20:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the pro-government Gambian newspaper Daily Observer, Alagie Jobe, and his co-accused Mbye Bittaye were freed of sedition charges Wednesday by the Special Criminal Division of the High Court in Banjul. Full text...

  • Botswana: President Khama joins social media platform
    04 september 2014 07:37:57
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President Seretse Khama Ian Khama has taken his party’s campaign to the Social Media platform, as his party heightens its presence ahead of the country’s upcoming general election 24 Oct. Full text...

  • US: Obama to host meeting on terrorism 25 Sept. in New York
    04 september 2014 06:03:30
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama will convene a UN Security Council meeting Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Oil companies of not assisting in fight against crude oil theft'
    03 september 2014 20:36:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Jubrin Usman, on Wednesday accused International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in the country of not disclosing useful information needed to fight crude oil theft and other maritime crimes, and asked them to "shape up or be arrested". Full text...

  • Libya: 3 killed, 9 injured as Libyan jet fighter crashes in Tobruk
    03 september 2014 18:07:13
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  • Mali: UN Special Representative condemns attack on MINUSMA peacekeepers
    03 september 2014 17:17:06
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Mali, Albert Koenders, has strongly condemned the attack on Monday against a UN peacekeepers convoy of the Chadian contingent in the Aguelhok-Kidal corridor, said a statement issued Wednesday by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Full text...

  • Nigeria: International meeting urges action to cut off arms, funds supply to Boko Haram
    03 september 2014 16:45:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A one-day international meeting on global action against the Islamist sect Boko Haram ended here Wednesday underscoring the need to effectively address the its sources of funding and weapons, while reiterating the need for support to end the captivity of school girls the sect abducted in April. Full text...

  • Libya: Rockets pound Tripoli district
    03 september 2014 13:45:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Several rockets and other missiles Tuesday pounded the district of Enjila, western Tripoli, leaving several persons dead and injuring many others in a new sign of fresh outbreak of fighting after a few days of calm in the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Fire causes huge damage in Kigali
    03 september 2014 13:36:01
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – A huge fire Tuesday burnt down a two-floor building in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, destroying shops located within the infrastructure, sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 40 Boko Haram members killed in Cameroon
    03 september 2014 13:04:47
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Forty members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, were killed on Monday by Cameroonian soldiers in the locality of Fotokol, northern Cameroon, official sources told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Bring unlawful killers, torturers in Sudan to justice, Amnesty tells Sudan
    03 september 2014 10:49:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The brutal suppression of protests in Sudan must end, and members of the security forces responsible for killing, injuring, and torturing protesters must be held to account, two global human rights groups demanded Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: British diplomat slumps, dies at Lagos airport
    03 september 2014 09:47:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A top British diplomat Tuesday slumped and died at Nigeria's main gateway Murtala Muhammed International Airport in the commercial city of Lagos, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: New UN envoy in South Sudan urges national ownership of peace process
    03 september 2014 07:27:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The new head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ms. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns deadly attack against UN peacekeepers in Mali
    02 september 2014 21:47:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday condemned the series of recent attacks against UN personnel and contractors in northern Mali, noting that the latest incident, in which four UN peacekeepers were killed and 15 others injured, would not deter the organization’s determination to support the Malian government and people. Full text...

  • Kenya: African leaders agree sweeping security reforms against terrorism 
    02 september 2014 21:41:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African leaders have agreed on sweeping security reforms, including the introduction of a model anti-terrorism law, to be passed by all 54 countries and the implementation of an African arrest warrant against terrorists. Full text...

  • Mali: Four Chadian MINUSMA soldiers killed by explosive in Kidal
    02 september 2014 20:42:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Four soldiers of the Chadian contingent of the UN multidimensional support mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed on Tuesday when their vehicle was hit by an explosive about 30 kms from the Malian far northern city of Kidal, security sources said in the Malian capital, Bamako. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum closes Iranian cultural centre
    02 september 2014 16:57:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan on Tuesday ordered the closure of Iran's cultural centre here and gave its staff, including a cultural advisor, three days to leave the country, saying the establishment has become a security threat. Full text...

  • Mauritius: French woman faces drug trafficking charges in Mauritius
    02 september 2014 13:47:21
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Twenty-five-year-old French woman, Aurore Gros-Coissy, is facing trial Tuesday in Mauritius on charges of possessing 1,680 tablets of Subutex, a banned drug in the island, PANA learnt from judicial sources here. Full text...

  • Libya: Gunmen storm government offices in Tripoli
    02 september 2014 13:00:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan gunmen Monday stormed the headquarters of the Post and Telecommunications Department, in downtown Tripoli, the Libyan capital, as part of their protest against the reappointment of the Abdullah al-Theni as prime minister. Full text...

  • South Africa: Buses attacked during transport protests
    02 september 2014 13:00:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tension ran high in Cape Town on Tuesday after eight public buses were set alight on the outskirts of the city on Monday and Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Lightning kills two school children in Rwanda
    02 september 2014 12:58:00
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least two Rwandan school children were killed and several others injured by lightning that struck late Monday on a primary educational institution in Mushenyi, in the district of Rutsiro, located in western Rwanda, PANA learnt Tuesday morning from the administrative authorities in that region. Full text...

  • Zambia: High poverty levels in Zambia worry civil society
    02 september 2014 12:57:30
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) here has called on government to embrace joint action plan which was developed by government itself and the organization to address extreme poverty in the country. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 'Large influx of Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram into Cameroon'
    01 september 2014 22:26:48
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - The Cameroonian authorities are worried about the arrival of about 40,000 Nigerians who have fled their country because of the activities of the Islamist group, Boko Haram, between July and August, PANA learned on Monday from humanitarian sources. Full text...

  • UN: Human rights experts urge greater protection for journalists covering conflicts
    01 september 2014 18:57:55
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of UN and international human rights experts on Monday said journalists covering conflicts must be accorded the highest degree of protection, stating that the recent attacks, ongoing kidnappings, and arbitrary incarcerations of media professionals around the world must be condemned. Full text...

  • UN: ICC postpones confirmation hearing in case of former Ivorian youth leader
    01 september 2014 16:52:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday postponed the commencement of the confirmation hearing in the case of former Ivorian youth leader, Charles Ble Goude, to 29 September, at the request of the defence, in order for it to complete preparation for the hearing previously scheduled for 22 September. Full text...

  • Belgium: Belgian lady jailed for "illegal adoption" in Kinshasa returns to Brussels
    01 september 2014 16:42:32
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – After a four-month detention at the central prison in Kinshasa on accusation of attempting to illegally get her adopted daughter out of DR Congo, Laurence Sénéchal has returned to her native Belgium and she was received late Sunday at Brussels airport by a senior official of the Belgian Foreign Affairs ministry. Full text...

  • Sudan: ICO calls for anti-Israeli measures
    01 september 2014 15:50:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The Islamic Cooperation Organizations (ICO) that groups many African countries, has said that Israel must account for serious violations of humanitarian and International Human Rights in Gaza, Palestine, according to the official Radio Omdurman and the Sudanese News Agency (SUNA) Monday. Full text...

  • Nairobi hosts AU terrorism summit
    01 september 2014 11:52:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Six Presidents are due in Nairobi for the one-day African Union (AU) Peace and Security summit on terrorism, slated for Tuesday in the Kenyan capital, the country's Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued here Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Groups asks ICC to prosecute alleged Boko Haram sponsors
    01 september 2014 10:00:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian non-governmental organisation Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked Ms Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC) to urgently investigate allegations that certain high ranking public officials and politicians are among the sponsors of Boko Haram that has continued to engage in unlawful killings and destruction of civil property. Full text...

  • Ghana: At least 21 die in Ghana road accident
    01 september 2014 08:01:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - At least 21 passengers have died in a gory road accident in central Ghana, the local media reported on Monday, quoting police and hospital staff. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan heads to Kenya for AU meeting on terrorism
    31 august 2014 16:46:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan is due to travel to Nairobi Monday to participate in a meeting of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council on terrorism in Africa, scheduled for the Kenyan capital Tuesday, the presidency announced Sunday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma reeling as enemies circle (News Analysis by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent, Johannesburg)
    31 august 2014 08:48:36
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The scandals that have clouded South African President Jacob Zuma’s administration for the past five years have mushroomed in recent days, leaving him and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) reeling while their formidable opponents continue to attack. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says enforced disappearances cannot be tolerated in 21st century
    30 august 2014 19:22:19
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that the enforced Full text...

  • US: OIC appeals for relief assistance for Somalia
    30 august 2014 14:56:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has appealed to its member states, friendly states, international organisations and non-governmental humanitarian agencies to provide urgent assistance to Somalia and prevent a food crisis of catastrophic dimensions. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council urges greater protection for aid workers
    30 august 2014 14:08:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Against the backdrop of increasing threats to aid workers, the UN Security Council has adopted a resolution calling for accountability for attacks and urging all parties to conflict to allow unimpeded access for humanitarian actors. Full text...

  • UN: Civil society issues declaration on shaping future development agenda
    30 august 2014 07:50:58
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN conference focusing on the role of civil society in shaping the Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges renewed commitment to world free of nuclear weapons
    30 august 2014 07:39:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day against Nuclear Tests, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called for a renewed global commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear tests. Full text...

  • Libya: Pilot killed in military plane crash
    29 august 2014 20:09:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A Libyan fighter jet crashed engaged in fighting against Islamist militias in the east of the country crashed on Friday killing the pilot, the al-Wassat newspaper reported quoting military sources. Full text...

  • UN: Memorial for helicopter crash victims held in South Sudan
    29 august 2014 18:46:53
    New York, US (PANA) - A memorial service was held Friday in Juba for the victims of a UN helicopter crash, according to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Full text...

  • UN: Officials hail role of cultural, religious dialogue in advancing peace, development
    29 august 2014 18:11:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials on Friday in Bali, Indonesia highlighted the important role Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia grants permanent residency to former Angolan refugees
    29 august 2014 14:37:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Zambian government on Friday announced that it has granted permanent residency permits to 11 former Angolan refugees, marking the start of a process that will lead to 10,000 Angolans allowed to permanently live in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Somalia sues Kenya over maritime boundary
    29 august 2014 13:50:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia has taken Kenya to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over a boundary dispute in the Indian Ocean. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Police arrest editor in DR Congo
    29 august 2014 13:29:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has said that Michael Mukebayi, an editor from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been arrested by the police, the body revealed in a statement obtained by PANA Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 10 die in Nigeria boat tragedy
    29 august 2014 12:10:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 10 persons died Friday when a passenger boat capsized during a trip between Bonny and Port Harcourt in Nigeria's southern Rivers State, a local government official told journalists. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt. adopts national anti-corruption strategy
    29 august 2014 10:58:08
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian government has adopted a national anti-corruption strategy, according to Economic Affairs and Development Minister Sidi Ould Tah. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram takes over Catholic church house in remote town
    29 august 2014 10:56:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Boko Haram insurgents who seized Nigeria's remote town of Madagali, in northern Adamawa State, have taken over the Parish Church House of the Catholic Church in the town, the local media reported Friday, quoting the Catholic Church in Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: Ban stresses role of young people in building peaceful, sustainable future
    29 august 2014 05:22:23
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the role of young people in building a peaceful, sustainable future and encouraged them to be solid global citizens and leaders of today. Full text...

  • Senegal: 1.9 kg of drugs seized at Dakar airport
    28 august 2014 20:36:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Nearly 1.9 kg of cocaine mixed with synthetic drugs has been seized at Dakar airport by customs officers, according to a statement made public on Thursday by the Public Relations and Communication Service of Senegal customs. Full text...

  • Tunisia: US donates two patrol boats to Tunisia
    28 august 2014 20:20:18
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The United States of America has donated two patrol boats to Tunisia to help it increase its marine operational capacity in terms of coastal surveillance and security of its territorial waters, the Tunisian Defence minister, Ghazi Jribi, said on Thursday. Full text...

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