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  • Congo: International community tasked on CAR crisis
    10 july 2014 11:57:36
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Archbishop of Bangui Dieudonne Nzapalainga has urged the international community to act with more urgency and determination to help resolve the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Libya: 150 illegal migrants arrested off Libyan coast
    10 july 2014 11:52:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan coast guards Wednesday arrested 150 illegal migrants travelling to Europe on an inflatable boat off from the Libyan coast, the Ministry of Interior said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Notorious Apartheid-era killer denied parole
    10 july 2014 11:21:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s most notorious Apartheid-era killer was Thursday denied parole, 20 years after he was sentenced to two life terms, as well as a further 212 years in prison. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission in CAR condemns attack on civilians
    09 july 2014 20:57:43
    New York, US (PANA) - In what it termed a "brutal" attack, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Wednesday condemned the killing of dozens of displaced people at the site of Saint Joseph Cathedral and the Bishop’s residence in Bambari. Full text...

  • Burundi: Tribunal rejects request to release sick rights activist
    09 july 2014 20:06:52
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The tribunal of first instance in Bujumbura on Wednesday rejected the request for the conditional release of the chairman of the Association for Human Rights and Detainees (APRODH), Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, his lawyers said. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian poet Ali al-Aswad Marzouki dies at 70
    09 july 2014 19:42:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - One of the greatest Tunisian poets, Ali al-Aswad Marzouki, died Tuesday at age 70 in the Tunisian town of Douz after a long illness, PANA has learned in Tunis from reliable sources. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy condemns Al-Shabaab attack on Somali presidential palace
    09 july 2014 18:47:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Nicholas Kay, the UN envoy in Somalia, has condemned Tuesday night’s attack on the seat of the Federal Government in Mogadishu, the latest in a series of attacks by Al-Shabaab militants against the country’s political institutions. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. launches Safe Schools Initiative
    09 july 2014 18:31:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday decried the high percentage of school dropouts in Nigeria, saying the figure, which is as high as 70 per cent in some parts of the country, was “too high”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Politicians, leading opposition party linked to destroyed Boko Haram camps'
    09 july 2014 18:20:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government Wednesday announced that some unnamed prominent politicians are currently being interrogated following the discovery of their identity cards in Boko Haram terrorists’ camps destroyed inside the Balmo forest in Bauchi State last week. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan navy discovers 13 bodies in shipwrecked boat off Tripoli cost
    09 july 2014 17:34:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Members of the Libyan navy Special Forces have discovered a shipwreck wooden boat off the coast of Tajoura, eastern Tripoli, with 13 bodies in a state of decomposition, according to a Libyan naval officer. Full text...

  • Mali: Govt., UN sign MOU on security
    09 july 2014 17:12:28
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian Minister of Interior and Security, Gen. Sada Samaké, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Mali and Chief of the multidimensional UN Mission for Stabilization in Mali (MINUSMA), Mr. Bert Koenders, Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on building capacity of the security sector in Mali, PANA learnt Wednesday from official sources. Full text...

  • Mali: 2 top UN officials visit Mali
    09 july 2014 17:02:40
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Two top UN officials, Hervé Ladsous of the UN Peacekeeping Department, and Yury Fedotov, of the UN Office for the fight against organized crime, begin a working visit to Mali from Wednesday, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam appeals for world attention to Africa’s worst crisis in South Sudan
    09 july 2014 14:59:18
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Civilians caught up in the Southern Sudan crisis need generous international help to avert a famine and further suffering, Oxfam said Wednesday as the war-ravaged East African country marked the third anniversary of its independence. Full text...

  • Kenya: 69 suspects arrested in security operation
    09 july 2014 14:08:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 69 suspects were arrested on Wednesday in the ongoing security operation following deadly attacks in Lamu and Tana River counties in Kenya's coast region. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU worried over detained political activists in Sudan
    09 july 2014 12:15:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The EU on Wednesday expressed “deep concern” over what it called detention and conditions of opposition party leaders and student activists in the Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR reports boat tragedy off Libya coast
    09 july 2014 07:58:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said search and rescue operations are ongoing following a recent boat accident in the Mediterranean, off the Libyan coast of Tripoli. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy says West Africa facing daunting challenges, Boko Haram threat
    08 july 2014 22:45:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Said Djinnit, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, says while countries in West Africa are trying to promote development and consolidate democracy, they continue to face daunting challenges such as transnational organised crime and growing terrorist activities. Full text...

  • UN: Escalating violence in Central African Republic threatens aid delivery
    08 july 2014 22:36:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday warned that the violence in Central African Republic (CAR) was threatening humanitarian assistance and creating major difficulties for relief workers in the field. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for end to 'man-made crisis' in South Sudan
    08 july 2014 22:26:28
    New York, US (PANA) - On the occasion of the third anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the country’s leaders to live up to the expectations of their people, lay down their arms and return immediately to negotiations to end the ongoing crisis. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Police start tracking down bomb blasts perpetrators
    08 july 2014 18:45:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania’s Police Force has launched a nationwide search for gangsters linked to a spate of bomb blasts that in recent weeks rocked the northern city of Arusha and left several persons injured, police sources confirmed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Highest advisory federal body raises hope on early rescue of Chibok schoolgirls
    08 july 2014 18:33:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s highest advisory body, the National Council of States (NCS), rose from its meeting in Abuja Tuesday, raising hopes of the impending release of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted from the Government Secondary School (GSS) Chibok in north eastern Borno State in 14 April by Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...

  • Congo: Central African episcopal conference opens in Brazzaville
    08 july 2014 15:42:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The 10th plenary session of the Association of Central African episcopal conferences (ACERAC) opened here on Monday with the theme "The family in Africa today". Full text...

  • Rwanda: 5 die, 64 injured in Rwandan fire
    08 july 2014 13:48:44
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The fire that broke out on Monday night at the central prison of Rubavu, in North-east of Rwanda, has left five dead and 64 others injured among the detainees, according to an official death toll. Full text...

  • Togo: Togolese holding foreign passports exempt from visas
    08 july 2014 13:10:08
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Starting 21 Aug., Togolese holding foreign passports will be exempt from visas when they are travelling to the country, with the exception of those who have legally given up their Togolese nationality, the Togolese Foreign Affairs Ministry has said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Defence team wraps up case in Pistorius murder trial
    08 july 2014 13:00:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The defence team in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on Tuesday wrapped up its case with Judge Thokozile Masipa adjourning until 7 August to allow both legal teams to prepare their closing arguments. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Troops kill 44 Boko Haram insurgents, capture 2 foreign mercenary fighters
    07 july 2014 18:34:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military Monday announced that it killed over 44 Boko Haram terrorists in the Borno State town of Kerenoa and its adjoining communities when Nigerian troops repelled the attack by the Boko Haram insurgents on the communities. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. says Chibok schoolgirls will soon be rescued
    07 july 2014 18:14:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government on Monday raised hopes of the rescue of the over 200 school girls abducted on the night of 14 April at the Government Secondary School, Chibok, north western Borno State, by Boko Haram terrorists, saying it is getting nearer to finding and rescuing them. Full text...

  • UN: MDGs scorecard highlights successes, gaps
    07 july 2014 17:13:06
    New York, US (PANA) - With the 2015 deadline for achieving the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) less that 550 days away, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Monday in New York launched the final push towards achieving the MDGs' targets. Full text...

  • Libya: Cairo to host confab on border security for Libya’s neighbours
    07 july 2014 17:05:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Mohamed Abdelaziz, announced here Monday that an international conference on the border security with Libya’s neighboring countries has been scheduled for September in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Full text...

  • Libya: Armed men release 2 of the 3 abducted foreign engineers
    07 july 2014 16:49:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Armed men have released two of the three European engineers they abducted on Saturday in the coastal city of Zouara, western Libya. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunis to host meeting on political dialogue in Libya
    07 july 2014 16:15:11
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia will on 13 and 14 July, host a meeting of Foreign Ministers of countries neighboring Libya (Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger and Tunisia), PANA learnt Monday from sources close to the Tunisian Foreign Ministry. Full text...

  • Libya: Three foreign engineers abducted in Libya
    07 july 2014 10:02:23
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Three European engineers working in Libya for an Italian company were abducted on Saturday in the coastal town of Zouara, Western Libya, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Sunday in a statement quoted by the Libyan media. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 63 Abducted women escape
    07 july 2014 09:26:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 63 out of about 70 women who were abducted by suspected Boko Haram gunmen last week have escaped from their captors in the northern state of Borno, the local media reported Monday, quoting security sources. Full text...

  • Kenya: Protect ICC witnesses, rights body urges DRC
    07 july 2014 08:52:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Congolese authorities and the International Criminal Court (ICC) must do everything in their power to ensure that three men due to be returned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) do not face the death penalty or torture, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya sends mixed signals over terror attacks
    07 july 2014 08:47:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Even though Somali terror group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for Saturday night's attack on Kenya's coastal region which left 22 people dead, the government insists the attack was carried out by a local separatist group, Mombasa Republican Council (MRC). Full text...

  • Benin: Four securty agents sacked for extortion
    06 july 2014 20:41:56
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The Beninese government has ordered the sack of four security agents accused of extorting passengers at the Cotonou airport, according to a decision from the Council of Ministers. Full text...

  • UN: Refugee agency warns Sudan over forced return of Eritrean asylum seekers
    06 july 2014 19:09:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says Sudan has forced dozens of Eritrean refugees and other asylum seekers to return to their home country, warning that the recent deportations are "an act of repression" and could place the lives and liberty of those expelled at risk. Full text...

  • US/UN: Envoy deplores attacks on Somalia's parliament
    06 july 2014 17:46:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay has condemned Full text...

  • South Africa: TV channels airs dramatic Oscar Pistorius footage
    06 july 2014 14:03:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Lawyers for murder-accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius have warned they will take legal action over a leaked dramatic television footage that shows him re-enacting the moment he shot his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Full text...

  • Kenya: Terror attacks on Kenyan coastal villages leave 22 dead
    06 july 2014 13:58:54
    Mombasa, Kenya (PANA) - At least 22 people have been confirmed dead in overnight attacks in the Kenyan coastal villages of Hindi, where 65 people were killed mid-June, and in Gamba, in the Tana River Delta, Police said Sunday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Russian tourist killed in Mombasa
    06 july 2014 13:51:45
    Mombasa, Kenya (PANA) - A female Russian tourist who was shot and wounded in an attack in Fort Jesus, in Kenya's port city of Mombasa, died later in hospital Sunday, Police and medics said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military ''kills'' 53 insurgents
    06 july 2014 10:14:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military has said it killed 53 insurgents and lost six troops during an attack by the terrorists on military and police formations in Damboa town in northern Borno state on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Deputy Presiddent Ramaphosa to attend WWI ceremony
    05 july 2014 08:42:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Deputy South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has flown to France to attend this weekend’s commemoration of the 98th anniversary of the battle of Delville Wood, which occurred during World War I. Full text...

  • South Africa: Cape Town hosts international mathematics olympiad
    05 july 2014 08:22:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Young mathematicians from around the world are attending the 55th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Cape Town this weekend. It marks the first time the event is being held in Africa. Full text...

  • Mozambique: 'Pupil/teacher ratio higher than recommended figure'
    04 july 2014 22:14:50
    Namaacha, Mozambique (PANA) - The pupil/teacher ratio in Mozambique is still higher the recommended average, despite a reduction of 7% between 2010 and 2013, the Mozambican Education Minister, Augusto Jone, has said. Full text...

  • Mali: Government subsidises meat prices during Ramadan
    04 july 2014 20:54:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government has released FCFA 200 million to subsidise meat prices during Ramadan. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Several convicted terrorists transferred to Nouakchott prison
    04 july 2014 20:03:54
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Several jihadists sentenced to heavy prison terms for terrorist activities were on Thursday night transferred to a prison in Nouakchott, the local media reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military arrests 3 female members of Boko Haram recruiting wing
    04 july 2014 14:46:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military Friday announced the arrest of a three-member female unit of the Boko Haram terrorists who specialise in recruiting ladies into the female wing of the group. Full text...

  • Nigeria: CPJ 'alarmed' at seizure of Nigerian journo
    04 july 2014 14:26:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed shock at the abduction of a Nigerian journalist by armed men Tuesday, and warned that nothing bad should happen to him. Full text...

  • Libya: Supreme court appoints Attorney General
    04 july 2014 11:51:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya’s Supreme Court has appointed Ibrahim Anis Bechiah as acting Attorney General, the Libyan media reported Friday. Full text...

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