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  • South Africa: Glittering line-up for Africa's biggest jazz festival
    26 january 2017 14:13:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Organisers of Africa’s biggest jazz festival on Thursday announced several new artists who will perform. Full text...

  • US: UN Peacebuilding Commission to enhance regional partnerships in 2017
    26 january 2017 07:03:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Strengthening the United Nation’s partnerships with the African Union, empowering women and youth, and greater cooperation with the World Bank will be among the key priorities this year for the UN Peacebuilding Commission, its new chair said on Wednesday in New York. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official urges calm in Central African Republic town
    25 january 2017 19:02:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Following rising tensions in Central African Republic’s Ouaka prefecture and in and around its town of Bambari, the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR, Michel Yao, has appealed for calm and refraining from any act that could further increase the fragility of an already vulnerable population. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission condemns Al-Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel
    25 january 2017 18:37:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has condemned the coordinated suicide bombing attack on Wednesday at a hotel in Mogadishu for which Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility and which reportedly killed dozens of people. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's president names new police chief
    25 january 2017 17:05:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday named David Asante-Apeatu as the new Inspector-General of Police (IGP). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda reclaims third position in Africa at global Corruption Perceptions Index
    25 january 2017 16:23:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA ) - Rwanda's Minister of State in charge of Social Economic Development, Vincent Munyeshyaka on Wednesday welcomed the country's return to the third position in Africa and 50th at the global level in the latest global anti-corruption rankings. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia lobbies for its candidates for AU position at AU summit
    25 january 2017 15:49:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, who is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday, introduced two Zambian candidates vying for two positions at the African Union. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Twin suicide bomb attacks kill three in Maiduguri, Northeast Nigeria
    25 january 2017 15:42:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Borno State Police spokesman, Mr Victor Isuku, Wednesday confirmed that three persons died in two separate suicide bomb attacks that occurred in Maiduguri, North East Nigeria, on Wednesday morning, Full text...

  • UN: Guterres tasks UN member states on global challenges
    25 january 2017 15:37:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has stressed the importance of recognizing the links between sustainable development and sustaining peace, in order to deal with global challenges, such as inequality, protracted conflicts and climate change. Full text...

  • South Africa: New Mandela statue planned for Cape Town
    25 january 2017 13:34:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Western Cape government has set aside US$ 120,000 to erect a statue of former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Cape Town City Hall where he made his historic address to the world hours after being released from prison. Full text...

  • Mali: UN mission condemns attack on Kidal base that kills one peacekeeper
    25 january 2017 07:24:34
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has condemned the attack on its camp in the country’s restive northern region of Kidal, which left one ‘blue helmet’ dead and two others seriously wounded. Full text...

  • Nigeria: EU asks Nigerian govt to release detained Shiite Islamic leader
    24 january 2017 20:04:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The European Union on Tuesday asked Nigeria’s Department of State Security Service to release Shiite leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky from custody. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt reassures public on support for press freedom
    24 january 2017 19:30:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government said Tuesday said it would not do anything to stifle press freedom, because it is keenly aware that a free press is vital to the success of any democracy. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief approves updated UN whistle-blower policy
    24 january 2017 16:48:05
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has approved an updated UN whistle blower policy, which seeks to enhance protection for individuals who report possible misconduct or cooperate with duly authorized audits or investigations. Full text...

  • South Africa: Company linked to fake Twitter scandal
    24 january 2017 13:49:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Oakbay Investments, which has been linked to damning allegations of state capture, is being accused of launching a flurry of fake news reports aimed at protecting embattled South African President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US commends resilience of Nigerian military in fight against Boko Haram
    24 january 2017 12:20:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Director of Defence Intelligence Agency, Lt.-Gen. Vincent Stewart, has commended the resilience of the Nigerian Armed Forces "for defeating Boko Haram and chasing them out of their once safe haven, the Sambisa forest". Full text...

  • Nigeria: Mistaken Nigeria Air Force bombing of IPD camp killed at least 236 people
    24 january 2017 12:05:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – At least 236 people were killed after a Nigerian Air Force fighter jet mistakenly bombed an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp occupied by persons displaced by Boko Haram, insurgency. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission shocked by death of Cameroonian military personnel in copter crash
    24 january 2017 11:51:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Dlamini Nkosazana-Zuma said on Tuesday that she has been deeply saddened by the news of the tragic helicopter crash involving General Jacob Kodji and other senior military personnel of the Cameroonian Defence Forces, near the village of Bogo in northern Cameroon on Sunday. Full text...

  • US: Religious leaders deserve full support in quest for peace, says UN adviser
    24 january 2017 09:09:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Religious leaders and faith-based organizations have a responsibility to contribute to peaceful societies and the international community must support these grassroots peacemakers in their daily activities, the United Nations official mandated to fight genocide told an international meeting on religion in New York on Monday. Full text...

  • US: Seven million people in Lake Chad basin ‘living on the edge’ – UN relief official
    24 january 2017 07:44:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Spotlighting the desperate plight of millions in Africa’s Lake Chad basin, the top United Nations humanitarian official for the Sahel region on Monday called for international solidarity with the people in urgent need. Full text...

  • Zambia: Child abuse in Zambia worries Catholic bishops
    23 january 2017 18:50:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) president, Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu, has described the statistics on reported cases of abused children in Zambia as a tragedy. Full text...

  • UN: 500 youth to hold talks in New York on promoting SDGs
    23 january 2017 17:42:21
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 500 youth advocates from around the world will gather at the UN headquarters in New York from 30-31 January, to look at how young people can play a significant role in advancing implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Kenya: New AU chief must champion human rights - says rights body
    23 january 2017 15:39:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The next head of the African Union (AU) Commission must place human rights at the centre of the organization’s operations, said Amnesty International on Monday as leaders of the 54-member body prepare to elect a new chairperson at a summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • South Africa: Abducted South African journalist 'still alive' – Charity
    23 january 2017 11:08:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Gift of the Givers Foundation, a disaster relief organisation, on Monday said it had established through its networks that South African photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed, who was abducted in Syria earlier this month, was still alive. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 12 Burundians rescued from human trafficking ring
    23 january 2017 10:19:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Rwandan police on Monday paraded before the media 12 Burundian nationals, including 10 young ladies, who were rescued from a human trafficking ring in the country. Full text...

  • Botswana: Social media not to blame for poor Botswana examination results - Don
    23 january 2017 07:26:03
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - A University of Botswana (UB) professor has dismissed claims that social media is to blame for the poor performance of students at the country’s junior certificate examination. Full text...

  • Gambia: West African troops clear ground before President Barrow's takeover
    22 january 2017 18:20:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Moving to ensure a peaceful take over of office by Gambia's new President Adama Barrow, a contingent of West African troops on Sunday secured two military barracks in Gambia's North Bank without resistance from Gambian forces, reliable sources confirmed to PANA in the capital, Banjul. Full text...

  • Sudan: Quantities of weapons found in luggage of UNAMID departing members
    21 january 2017 11:25:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The AU-UN peacekeepers in Darfur said they have seized quantities of weapons and military-related items from the luggage of individuals of a departing peacekeeping unit. They failed to name the individuals' country or countries. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council stresses need to address root causes of terrorist attacks in West Africa
    21 january 2017 09:10:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council, strongly condemning all terrorist attacks in West Africa, particularly those carried out by Boko Haram militants in the Lake Chad Basin, on Friday stressed the need to combat terrorism in all its forms and to address the conditions conducive to its spread. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants charges against two Nigerian media workers dropped
    20 january 2017 16:36:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of the news website Premium Times, and reporter Evelyn Okakwu, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AfDB offers US$ 1m to mitigate earthquake effects in Tanzania's Kagera region
    20 january 2017 16:29:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - People affected by the earthquake which hit the Kagera region in northwestern Tanzania, in September last year, will get some relief from a US$ 1m humanitarian emergency grant approved by the African Development Bank Group’s Board last week. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR revises funding requirements to tackle Africa's refugee crisis
    20 january 2017 16:12:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has revised upwards its funding requirements for 2017 to address new needs of those who have been displaced in Africa due to conflicts, renewed fighting, increased violence and resulting food insecurity since July last year. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ denounces Gambian authorities for denying entry to seven journalists
    20 january 2017 13:35:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has denounced Gambian authorities for denying entry to seven international journalists into the West African country. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNHCR says some 45,000 people have fled Gambia to Senegal
    20 january 2017 11:46:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Some 45,000 people are now reported to have arrived in Senegal from The Gambia – according to the Senegalese Government, amid the ongoing political uncertainty as Senegalese and West African troops entered the country on Thursday to force out former president Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police raid Nigeria online newspaper office
    19 january 2017 22:35:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Thursday afternoon raided the head office of Nigeria’s top online newspaper, the Premium Times, in Abuja, arresting the newspaper’s publisher. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian military alerts public on new tactic of Boko Haram
    19 january 2017 22:18:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters on Thursday warned the general public to be alert at places of worship as Boko Haram terrorists are now targeting worshipers and other soft spots with suicide bombers, especially at dawn. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria Air Force sets up panel on accidental bombing of IDPs
    19 january 2017 22:11:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has constituted a board of senior officers to investigate the accidental air strike on 17 January at Rann, Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies, partners launch new plan to help refugees, migrants in Europe
    19 january 2017 15:42:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR), other migration agencies and a host of partners on Thursday unveiled a new strategy to help address the challenges confronting hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants in Europe. Full text...

  • US: UN condemns Mali suicide attack
    19 january 2017 06:19:57
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the suicide-vehicle attack on Wednesday perpetrated against a military camp in the northern Mali city of Gao that reportedly left at least 50 people dead and dozens injured. Full text...

  • US: US condemns 'cowardly attack' on Malian town
    19 january 2017 06:09:59
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has strongly condemned Wednesday's "cowardly attack" on a military camp in Gao in northern Mali that houses government forces and members of the primary armed groups that signed the Malian peace accord. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US pledges support for religious tolerance in Nigeria
    18 january 2017 16:16:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States on Wednesday pledged to support programmes geared towards the promotion of religious tolerance in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Gambia's political crisis fills Rwandan media
    18 january 2017 16:08:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The media in Rwanda on Wednesday gave wide coverage to preparations by West African states to possibly invade Gambia to force out president Yahya Jammeh who is refusing to quit despite losing the 1 December election to opposition leader Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN offers humanitarian assistance to bombed Nigerian camp
    18 january 2017 15:52:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) and emergency medical personnel are in north-eastern Nigeria following a military airstrike that hit a displacement camp killing dozens of people, including aid workers, and wounding a reported 100 others. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopia launches humanitarian appeal for US$948 million in 2017
    18 january 2017 09:19:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - On the heels of failed rains and a calamitous El Niño in Ethiopia, the country's Government on Tuesday launched an appeal for US$948 million to urgently address food and non-food needs, while the United Nations agriculture agency warned that a new drought may put the East African nation's hard fought gains at risk. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari regrets accidental bombing of civilians in northeast Nigeria
    17 january 2017 19:56:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday led Nigeria’s top political and military leaders in expressing deep sadness and regret over the accidental bombing of civilians by the Nigerian Air Force, engaged in fighting Boko Haram insurgency in an internally displaced persons camp in Rann, Borno, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army offers cash reward for information on suicide bombers
    17 january 2017 19:49:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Tuesday announced a N500,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of a suicide bomber in the Boko Haram prone violence region of northeast Nigeria. ($1=N305) Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Vice President leaves for Davos World Economic Forum
    17 january 2017 19:41:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo left Abuja Tuesday heading the Nigerian delegation to this year's World Economic Forum holding in Davos, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Dozens killed in military airstrike in northeastern Nigeria
    17 january 2017 19:33:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A military airstrike targeting Boko Haram location in the northeastern part of Nigeria has mistakenly killed dozens of civilians, the Nigerian Army admitted on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Seven foreign journalists expelled
    17 january 2017 19:22:13
    Banjul,Gambia (PANA) - Seven journalists, who are in The Gambia to cover the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow, were on January 16, 2017 prevented from entering the country, according media body Media Foundation for West Africa Full text...

  • UN: One journalist killed every four days in 2016, UNESCO says
    17 january 2017 17:38:56
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 100 journalists were killed in 2016 while doing their jobs, according to the UN agency tasked with defending press freedom. Full text...

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