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  • Nigeria: Bangladesh, Nigeria military to have closer bilateral relations
    23 august 2016 17:50:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Bangladesh Armed Forces on Tuesday lauded the success of the Nigerian military in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency, and solicited for cordial military bilateral relations with the Nigerian Armed Forces. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA wants Police in West Africa trained on journalists' safety
    23 august 2016 16:34:26
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called for the training of police and other security forces to protect journalists' safety and stop violent extremism in West Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa: Former South African Minister vows to clear his name
    23 august 2016 16:09:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils on Tuesday said he would fight for his life to defend his reputation as he launched his defamation lawsuit against Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO remembers slave trade abolition
    23 august 2016 13:48:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The courage of the men and women who in August 1791 revolted against slavery in Haiti has created obligations for us to remember that rebellion, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova, said on Tuesday, noting that, "all of humanity is part of this story and efforts to teach the history of the slave trade will help build a better world." Full text...

  • Rwanda: RwandAir Express set to enhance safety programme by December 2016
    23 august 2016 13:09:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan flag carrier, RwandAir Express, on Tuesday vowed to implement its safety programmes, in both airport and passenger operations, in line with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO), according to an official statement, obtained here by PANA. Full text...

  • Sudan: NGO appeals for urgent assistance for thousands of South Sudanese refugees
    23 august 2016 11:48:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - An International humanitarian organization has appealed for urgent assistance for thousands of South Sudanese currently fleeing to neighbouring Uganda. Full text...

  • US: US 'deeply concerned' by death of Gambian opposition member in custody
    23 august 2016 07:43:00
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States says it is "deeply concerned" by the death of Gambian opposition member Ibrima Solo Krummah, who reportedly died on 20 August while in government custody. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military says 3 top Boko Haram commanders killed, leader Shekau wounded
    23 august 2016 07:08:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Tuesday announced that the Nigerian Air Force has killed three top commanders of the Boko Haram terrorists and the wounded of its leader, Abubakar Shekau. Full text...

  • US: US gives US$146 million for humanitarian support in Kenya, Somalia
    22 august 2016 19:50:12
    New York, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday in Nairobi, Kenya announced that the US is providing more than US$146 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support refugees, voluntary returnees, and drought victims in Kenya and Somalia. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Liberian VP commends Nigeria for sacrifice in regional intervention force
    22 august 2016 19:29:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Liberian Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai on Monday met with his Nigerian counterpart, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja with Osinbajo urging African nations to work together in developing their economies for the benefit of their people. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian broadcasting authority shuts down TV, 2 radio stations
    22 august 2016 19:12:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia's Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has with immediate effect suspended broadcasting licences for privately-owned Muvi TV, community radio stations Komboni Radio in Lusaka and Itezhi Tezhi Radio in Southern province. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama pardons radio host, panellists
    22 august 2016 19:11:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - President John Dramani Mahama has remitted the remaining prison sentences imposed on a radio host and two panellists on an Accra-based radio station, Montie FM, for contempt of court on compassionate grounds. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian security service arrests man for threatening diplomats
    22 august 2016 18:50:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Department of State Security (DSS) on Monday announced the arrest of a man who allegedly threatened members of the diplomatic community in the country. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda, Lesotho aim to boost military cooperation
    22 august 2016 17:51:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda and Lesotho on Monday agreed to strengthen military cooperation following talks held the same day in Kigali between Rwanda's Chief of Defence Staff, General Patrick Nyamvumba and visiting Lesotho Defence Force commander, Lt.Gen. Kennedy Tlali Kamoli. Full text...

  • US: US concerned about torture, detention in Mauritania
    22 august 2016 15:01:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government is gravely concerned about the harsh prison terms imposed on 20 individuals who were arrested following the 29 June riots in Nouakchott, Mauritinia, due to deficiencies in legal representation of the defendants and the government's evidence presented against the accused, a statement from the US State Department said. Full text...

  • US: US announces US$138 million humanitarian support for South Sudan
    22 august 2016 14:44:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Monday announced US$138 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the South Sudanese people, who have suffered through almost three years of "senseless and brutal fighting". Full text...

  • US: US government condemns terrorist attacks in Somalia
    22 august 2016 14:31:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government has condemned the terrorist attacks carried out on Sunday against the Ministry of Transport in Mogadishu and government offices in Galkaayo, capital of the north-central Mudug region of Somalia. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns terrorist attack in Turkey
    22 august 2016 14:14:51
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Sunday's terrorist attack on a wedding party in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, which was was reportedly carried out by a suicide bomber and killed at least 50 people and wounded dozens of others. Full text...

  • UN: Mali's Al Mahdi admits guilt - ICC
    22 august 2016 13:55:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Malian rebel, Ahmad Al Mahdi, on Monday admitted guilt in the destruction of historical and religious monuments in Timbuktu, Mali, between 30 June 2012 and 11 July 2012, the International Criminal Court (ICC) said. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI reacts to ICC's trial over destruction of cultural property in Mali
    22 august 2016 13:45:22
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) on Monday said the International Criminal Court (ICC)'s trial over destruction of cultural property in Timbuktu, Mali, has shown the need for broader accountability. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty International tasks govts on arms treaty implementation
    22 august 2016 06:56:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International (AI), on Monday urged governments to ensure that the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) lives up to its promise to save lives and protect human rights from the devastating effects of the international arms trade by taking concrete and transparent steps towards more effective implementation. Full text...

  • Somalia: Keating condemns terrorist attack in north-central Somalia
    21 august 2016 17:58:41
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, Michael Keating, has strongly condemned the twin explosions in the city of Gaalkacyo, capital of the north-central Mudug region of Somalia, early Sunday that killed at least 12 people and injured over 25. Full text...

  • Kenya: Former president Kibaki flown to South Africa for treatment
    21 august 2016 17:38:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has been flown to South Africa for further treatment, his family said Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: UN 'concerned' about rights violations in Ethiopia
    20 august 2016 14:11:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing concern over serious human rights violations in Ethiopia's Oromia and Amhara regions earlier this month, the UN human rights chief on Saturday urged the government to ensure access to independent observers to affected areas and work towards opening up political and democratic reforms. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 3 terror suspects killed in southwestern Rwanda police raid
    19 august 2016 18:41:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda National Police on Friday shot dead three suspected terrorists and arrested three others for their alleged involvement in terror activities in Bugarama, a small village in southwest Rwanda, the police confirmed to PANA in Kigali Full text...

  • Sudan: Arab League media gathering issues declaration on combating terrorism
    19 august 2016 18:22:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - League of Arab States conference on how media could play a role in combating terrorism and drying its sources ended here Friday recommending revision of Arab education curricula to avoid fundamentalism and violence. Full text...

  • UN: More people in Nigeria's northeast need humanitarian support - UNHCR
    19 august 2016 16:57:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday said it was alarmed at the unfolding situation in northeast Nigeria where the advancing military campaign against Boko Haram has exposed "catastrophic" levels of suffering among a population outside humanitarian reach over months or years. Full text...

  • Senegal: AMI Board approves package of services for public institutions in Africa
    19 august 2016 15:51:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The board of the African Media Initiative (AMI) has discussed and approved a series of important measures aimed at strengthening the organization's efforts towards improving the role of media in African development. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges compassion for refugees, migrants
    19 august 2016 15:32:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Friday stressed the need for compassion for the 130 million people worldwide now dependent on humanitarian assistance following conflicts and crises. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF urges South Sudan's armed groups to stop recruiting children
    19 august 2016 15:18:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNCEF) on Friday called for an immediate end to recruitment and an unconditional release of all children by armed groups in South Sudan, noting that more than 600 children have been recruited into armed groups since January this year. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Nigerian military threatens journalist
    19 august 2016 15:13:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Nigerian military should cease threatening freelance journalist Ahmad Salkida with prosecution for not acting as an informer, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army prepares for "war" against Niger Delta militants
    19 august 2016 12:51:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army is set to hold a military exercise in the Niger Delta as a way of preparing troops for possible war against militants in the region, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) the Second Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Kasimu Abdulkarim, announced Friday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia’s Referendum fails to meet required threshold
    19 august 2016 12:40:29
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s National Referendum on the Bill of rights, held alongside the general elections on 11 August, has failed after failing to attain the threshold of 50 percent of eligible voters who participated in the referendum. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian navy ship rescues merchant tanker from pirates
    19 august 2016 09:02:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian navy ship NWAMBA has rescued a merchant tanker vessel from pirates who attacked her 20 nautical miles offshore of Bonny in Nigeria, Navy spokesman, Commodore Christian Odogwu Ezekobe, announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari pledges quick reintegration of displaced persons in northeastern Nigeria
    18 august 2016 19:44:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ‎Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday pledged to restore confidence in internally displaced persons (IDPs) by fast-tracking their voluntary return, rehabilitation and reintegration into the society. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pakistani military delegation in Nigeria for closer cooperation
    18 august 2016 16:47:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Pakistani Armed Forces delegation led by Director General of Joint Staff, Lt Gen. Najib Ullah Khan is visiting Nigeria to call for enhanced cooperation with the Nigerian Armed Forces and share information towards defeating terror. Full text...

  • Rwanda: More Burundian soldiers on official mission abroad defect from regular army
    18 august 2016 15:55:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Following alleged extrajudicial executions being carried out by the intelligence services and members of Burundi ruling party’s youth league, known as "Imbonerakure" (Those who see from far), on some members of the regular army, another group of Burundian soldiers, under training in Ethiopia, has defect to foreign countries in Africa, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UN's failure to provide security in Juba may affect aid workers everywhere
    18 august 2016 15:34:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The impact of the Terrain Hotel attack in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, on 11 July will be felt far beyond borders of the restive East African country, according to the South Africa-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Full text...

  • Libya: 10 pro-govt forces killed, 71 injured in Daesh clashes in Sirte
    18 august 2016 11:39:26
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Ten Libyan pro-governmental security forces were killed and 71 others injured on Wednesday in clashes with terrorists of the so-called Islamic State (Daesh) in Sirte. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda police kill suspected terrorist
    18 august 2016 10:16:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan police on Wednesday night killed a terror suspect who injured a policeman in a shootout. Full text...

  • UN: WFP, Uganda govt cut food rations for South Sudan refugees
    17 august 2016 22:37:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Appealing to donors to urgently help bolster the humanitarian response in Uganda following an influx of thousands of people fleeing violence in neighbouring South Sudan, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ugandan government on Wednesday said they will be forced to halve food rations or cash assistance in Uganda and put priority focus on those refugees most in need. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudan rebels deny rape, indiscriminate shelling in Juba
    17 august 2016 18:02:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese rebel forces have denied their fighters raped women during an assault on Juba, the South Sudanese capital earlier in July, a spokesperson of the rebel movement said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns killings in eastern DR Congo
    17 august 2016 17:27:04
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN Security Council on Wednesday condemned the 13 August killing of at least 50 civilians in a village in the restive North Kivu province of DR Congo (DRC) by suspected members of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Minister eulogises late Nigerian Information Director, Justin Abuah
    17 august 2016 16:08:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A delegation of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, led by the Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Director of Information in the State House, Mr. Justin Abuah, who passed on recently. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Stop using the President's name to solicit favour - Minister warns fraudsters
    17 august 2016 15:56:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Federal Government has warned fraudsters using the name of President Muhammadu Buhari and those of his family members and senior government officials to solicit favour or contracts from Ministries and other government establishments to desist from the criminal act or face the wrath of the law. Full text...

  • Zambia: 'Zambia’s election marred by systematic bias in media, other problems,' says EU
    17 august 2016 15:49:15
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The European Union Election Observation Mission, in its preliminary assessment after the 11 August election in Zambia, says the elections were marred by systematic bias in the state media and restrictions on the campaign. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief orders investigation into hotel attack in Juba
    17 august 2016 14:28:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Alarmed by preliminary findings on the 11 July attack on a hotel in Juba, South Sudan, in which one person was killed and several civilians were raped and beaten by men in uniform, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has ordered a UN special investigation into the incident and other abuses, and the evaluation of the overall response by the UN mission there. Full text...

  • Rwanda: UN findings, a wake-up call for action against torture in Burundi, says AI
    17 august 2016 13:13:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI), a global non-governmental organisation campaigning to end abuses of human rights, has said that persons perpetrating torture since Burundi's current crisis in April 2015, should be held to account for their crimes. Full text...

  • Sudan: Tribunal rules hand, leg of Darfur bandits be amputated
    17 august 2016 11:34:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A Darfur Special Criminal Tribunal has ordered the amputation of the right hand and left leg of each of three highwaymen who attacked and looted a convoy of a contractor working with the UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Full text...

  • US: UN releases US$50 million 'lifeline' in emergency funds for people in urgent need
    17 august 2016 08:49:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The top United Nations relief official released on Tuesday US$50 million for severely underfunded aid operations in six neglected emergencies around the world from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which supports urgent, life-saving humanitarian responses. Full text...

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