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  • Calm prevails in Tunisian cities rocked by demonstrations
    26 december 2018 13:25:02
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Calm returned late on Tuesday evening in several districts of the Tunisian central-western city of Kasserine rocked by two days of clashes between the security forces and demonstrators who hurled Molotov cocktails at policemen. Full text...

  • IS claims responsibility for Libyan Foreign ministry attack
    26 december 2018 12:15:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's bloody suicide bombing of the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the National Unity Government in Tripoli, which left three dead and 24 wounded in a stark reminder that the terrorist organisation has "nuisance capacity" with dormant cells operating from time to time in the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Acting Mauritian president warns youth against drugs, alcohol
    26 december 2018 10:02:55
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Acting Mauritian president Barlen Vyapoory on Tuesday urged his country's youth not to harm themselves by using synthetic drugs and alcohol. Full text...

  • 13 soldiers, 2 policemen killed in Boko Haram ambush in northeast Nigeria
    26 december 2018 07:19:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says 13 soldiers and two police personnel were killed in a Boko Haram ambush on Monday in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • African students in Tunisia stage sit-in over murder of Ivorian community leader
    25 december 2018 19:30:18
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - African students in Tunisia held a sit-in on Tuesday at the Municipal Theater of Tunis on Bourguiba Avenue to denounce the murder of the head of the Ivorian community in this north African country, Falikou Coulibaly, on Sunday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso beefs up security force in Ouagadougou for end-of-year festivities
    25 december 2018 18:52:30
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A total of 1,440 policemen have been detailed in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, to ensure public security during the end-of-year festivities, the city's Chief Police Commissioner Bonswidé Sankara told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tunisian rights group condemns assassination of Ivorian community head
    25 december 2018 18:12:56
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian League for Defence of Human Rights on Tuesday strongly condemned the assassination of Falico Coulibaly, head of the Ivorian community in Tunisia, on Sunday by attackers who wanted to steal his cell phone. Full text...

  • Three killes, 11 wounded in suicide attack on Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    25 december 2018 17:37:02
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Three people were killed and 11 others injured on Tuesday in a suicide attack that targeted the Libyan Foreign Affairs Ministry headquarters in Tripoli, according to a report released by the Ministry of Health. Full text...

  • Mauritius archbishop pleads for suffering population on Christmas day
    25 december 2018 17:14:48
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Apart from faith and individual opinions, the spirit of Christmas "penetrates the heart of every family" in the Mauritian population, Archbishop Ian Ernest of Mauritius said Tuesday in his Christmas message. Full text...

  • Burundian Speaker shares Christmas meal with thousands of villagers
    25 december 2018 12:56:23
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The president of the Burundian Parliament, Pascal Nyabenda, on Tuesday shared a Christmas meal with more than 2,000 villagers from Bubanza, his native province in the west of the country, public radio reported. Full text...

  • Libyan foreign ministry in Tripoli attacked; suicide bomber detonates explosive - sources
    25 december 2018 12:34:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The foreign ministry of the Libyan national union government came under attack on Tuesday with a suicide bomber detonating a device in a stark reminder of the prevailing insecurity in the capital, Tripoli, a source at the ministry said. Full text...

  • Bashir says economic measures will remedy current crisis situation in Sudan
    24 december 2018 18:26:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir on Monday spoke for the first time about the recent riots in Sudan protesting price hikes saying economic measures were underway to remedy the situation. Full text...

  • Buhari "strongly condemns" killing of citizens in northwest Nigeria by bandits
    24 december 2018 18:12:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday “strongly condemned” the killing of dozens of Nigerians in Birnin Magaji and Magami communities in Zamfara State in the northwest of the country by armed bandits. Full text...

  • Head of Ivorian community in Tunisia murdered in burglary
    24 december 2018 15:30:14
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Ivorian community head n Tunisia, Falico Coulibaly, was killed Sunday night in a robbery perpetrated by a group of thugs who stabbed, a source close to the community said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN mission in Somalia condemns bombings in Mogadishu
    24 december 2018 03:33:12
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Saturday’s twin bombings in the nation’s capital, Mogadishu, which claimed a number of lives. Full text...

  • Senior member of Senegal's rebel Casamance independence movement dead
    23 december 2018 16:32:20
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) - The death is reported in Paris on Saturday of a key member of Senegal's rebel Movement of the Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC), Lassana Goudiaby, after an illness, the movement said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Thirteen perish in Kenyan road accident
    22 december 2018 14:36:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Thirteen people were killed on Friday night when a 14-seater minibus collided head on with a petrol tanker in Kaburengu area, Kakamega County of western Kenya. Full text...

  • Mali opens centre for citizens living abroad at Ivorian border
    22 december 2018 13:03:13
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – An accommodation, information and orientation centre for Malians living abroad was opened on Friday at Zegoua in Mali, close to the border with Côte d'Ivoire, official sources told PANA on Saturday. Full text...

  • Dozens of migrants dead and missing, add to mounting toll off Spanish coast
    22 december 2018 07:04:01
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A group of migrant boats stranded at sea, was rescued off the Spanish coast on Thursday, and at least 25 people are believed to be dead or missing, including a pregnant woman, the UN Refugee Agency, UNCHR, has reported. Full text...

  • More Tunisians fall victims to human trafficking
    21 december 2018 17:21:20
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The number of human trafficking cases has risen in Tunisia, said the chair of the national anti-human trafficking organisation, Mrs Raoudha Laabidi. Full text...

  • Three people shot dead in northern Burkina Faso
    21 december 2018 17:07:14
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Three people, including two elected local fficials, were shot dead on Thursday night in Manssifigui village, 12 km from Tin-Akoff in Oudalan province of northern Burkina Faso, security and local sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Regional confab in Tunis debates changing nature of work, need for better education systems
    21 december 2018 16:39:36
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Decision makers along with representatives from civil society and the private sector from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and other Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries are meeting in Tunis on Friday to debate the findings of two recently-released World Bank reports that call for more investments in people to prepare for the economies of the future. Full text...

  • Niger gov't renews state of emergency in Tillabéri Region
    21 december 2018 13:33:53
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Niger government on Friday renewed the state of emergency in the departments of Tillabéri and Gothèye in the west of the country which were recently targets of organised attacks. Full text...

  • al-Sarraj demands investigation into discovery of arms cache in Libya
    21 december 2018 11:47:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The president of the Libyan presidential council of the government of national accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, has asked the security services to open an investigation into the seizure of two containers loaded with arms and ammunition in the port of Khomes, in southeast Libya. Full text...

  • UN report sheds light on ‘unimaginable horrors’ faced by migrants, refugees in Libya
    21 december 2018 05:53:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Migrants and refugees are being subjected to "unimaginable horrors" from the moment they enter Libya, throughout their stay in the country and – if they make it that far – during their attempts to cross the Mediterranean, according to a report released on Thursday by the United Nations political mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN human rights office (OHCHR). Full text...

  • Instability in Sahel, spreading outwards, Security Council told
    21 december 2018 05:33:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Efforts to address the multiple challenges facing Africa’s Sahel region should be driven by local, regional and national leadership, with the support of international partners as required, the United Nations Special Adviser for the region said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Libyan presidential council condemns escalation of violence in centre-east Libya
    20 december 2018 17:27:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The presidential council of the Libyan government of national accord has strongly condemned the military escalation in al-Sadad, near Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli, saying it rejected "any unjustified provocation that could lead the country to a new cycle of violence". Full text...

  • Man arrested for sending Burundians to Qatar for unavailable jobs
    20 december 2018 13:29:55
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Burundian national police announced on Thursday that it has arrested of a man for sending 93 Burundians to Qatar for unavailable jobs. Full text...

  • Assassination of two foreign tourists in Morocco might be a 'terrorist act'
    20 december 2018 13:05:31
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - This week's assassination of two foreign tourists in the mountainous region close to the city of Marrakech might be a terrorist act, after the arrest of one of the alleged perpetrators, who is and member of an extremist group, the Moroccan judicial authorities said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN General Assembly officially adopts roadmap for migrants to improve safety, ease suffering
    20 december 2018 04:35:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations General Assembly officially endorsed the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration on Wednesday, a non-binding agreement adopted in Marrakech, Morocco, on 10 December by 164 Member States, and described by UN chief António Guterres as a “roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos”. Full text...

  • New UN rights report paints bleak picture in eastern DR Congo
    20 december 2018 04:34:55
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - A new United Nations human rights report has documented “hundreds” of extra-judicial killings and cases of torture and sexual violence against civilians over the last two years in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Security Council highlights 'new alarming trends’ in drugs, crimes in West, Central Africa
    20 december 2018 04:18:44
    New York, US (PANA) - West and Central Africa face “disruptive and destabilising” new trends regarding drug trafficking, drug use and other crimes, according to Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), who briefed the UN Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ambassadors endorse EU's internet domain name .eu
    19 december 2018 19:12:54
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – European Union (EU) member states' ambassadors on Wednesday endorsed the provisional agreement on adoption of .eu as the EU's top-level internet domain name. Full text...

  • NGOs express concern over suspension of humanitarian flights to Mauritania
    19 december 2018 16:48:59
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – A network of food security organisations (ROSA) in Mauritania has on Wednesday expressed concern over the suspension of UN flights to several cities of eastern Mauritania for humanitarian causes. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso bans explosives during holidays
    19 december 2018 15:52:46
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkinabe Ministry of Commerce has banned the sale of firecrackers or explosive toys during the Christmas and New Year holidays because of the security situation in the country marked by terrorist threats. Full text...

  • General Bassole pleads 'not guilty' in failed coup trial in Burkina Faso
    19 december 2018 14:38:41
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso's former minister of foreign affairs, Gendarmerie General Djibrill Bassolé, pleaded 'not guilty' on his first appearance before the military court of Ouagadougou on Wednesday for trial with regard to the failed coup of September 2015, in Burkina Faso, the sources said. Full text...

  • South Africa police seek Interpol's assistance to arrest Grace Mugabe
    19 december 2018 14:16:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Rights group AfriForum on Wednesday confirmed that an arrest warrant has been issued for former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe. Full text...

  • Angolan arrested in Morocco with 230 grams of cocaine in his stomach
    19 december 2018 12:34:48
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Moroccan Border Police at Casablanca's Mohammed V airport have arrested a 35-year-old Angolan for allegedly attempting to smuggle cocaine into the country. Full text...

  • Congo MPs adopt bill creating High Authority against corruption
    19 december 2018 11:55:29
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese National Assembly has passed a law creating a High Authority to fight corruption in the country. Full text...

  • Congolese gov't to solve pensioners' problems
    19 december 2018 11:18:48
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government has pledged to implement Full text...

  • Kenya teachers' union issues 2 January strike notice
    19 december 2018 11:04:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) on Wednesday vowed to mobilise its members to boycott work from 2 January, next year, in protest at massive transfers of headteachers, among other grievances. Full text...

  • 'Cameroon conflict leaves over 400,000 people displaced'
    19 december 2018 10:32:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) says it is deeply worried by the number of people displaced as a result of the crisis in Cameroon's Anglophone regions which has spiked to more 430,000. Full text...

  • UN rights chief welcomes new text to protect rights of peasants, other rural workers
    19 december 2018 03:39:55
    New York, US (PANA) - As the most basic rights of rural people continue to be trampled on in many parts of the world, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has welcomed the adoption on Monday by the UN General Assembly of a new declaration to help safeguard them. Full text...

  • South Sudanese refugees need $2.7 billion, as safe return remains elusive
    18 december 2018 20:28:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) launched a US$2.7 billion appeal on behalf of South Sudanese refugees on Tuesday, to address Africa’s largest displacement crisis, where millions have been uprooted by years of brutal civil war. Full text...

  • Top CSOs condemn "incessant" attacks, criticisms of humanitarian bodies by Nigerian govt
    18 december 2018 19:28:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s top civil society organisations (CSOs) on Tuesday warned President Muhammadu Buhari against the incessant attacks and criticisms of human rights and humanitarian organisations by Nigerian military and security services. Full text...

  • League of Arab States chief calls for respect of migrants' human rights
    18 december 2018 18:45:46
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - League of Arab States (LAS) Secretary General Ahmed Abou el-Gheit on Tuesday said there is need for the international community to respect the human rights of migrants and to deal with all forms of racial discrimination and xenophobia. Full text...

  • Rwandan court to deliver verdict on journalist facing terrorism charge
    18 december 2018 14:35:36
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's intermediate court at Nyarugenge in the capital, Kigali, has set Friday to deliver its verdict in the case involving a freelance Rwandan journalists working for British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Focas Ndayizeye who is accused of being found in possession of a package of explosives. Full text...

  • Benin minister calls for social dialogue that promotes development
    18 december 2018 13:16:02
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The Beninese minister of Labour and Civil Service, Mrs Adidjatou Mathys, on Tuesday called for a social dialogue that promotes development. Full text...

  • Unidentified assailants in deadly Rwanda ambush 'fled to Burundi' - Rwandan Army
    18 december 2018 12:46:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan Army says a group of unidentified gunmen who last weekend ambushed three passenger vehicles in southern Rwanda in which two persons were killed, escaped to Burundi during a military operation in which three of the assailants were killed. Full text...

  • Niger vows to continue fight against terrorism, organised crime
    18 december 2018 12:06:28
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The president of Niger, Issoufou Mahamadou, on Monday renewed the country's commitment to the fight against terrorism and organised crime on all fronts. Full text...

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