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  • Rwanda: 3 bodies fished out from Nyabarongo River after shipwreck
    07 january 2015 13:11:56
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Three bodies have been found from the Nyabarongo River after a small boat capsized on 3 January, during which about 15 passengers went missing, police sources told PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Ex-VP passes on
    07 january 2015 11:51:01
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s former Vice President Mompati Sebogodi Merafhe has passed on, Carter Morupisi, Permanent Secretary to the President, announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR report shows more people forcibly displaced in first half 2014
    07 january 2015 06:22:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - With war raging across large swathes of the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere, an estimated 5.5 million people became newly uprooted during the first six months of 2014, signalling a further rise in the number of people forcibly displaced, the UN refugee agency reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghanaian woman jailed by London court for drug offences
    06 january 2015 20:39:07
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A 32-year-old Ghanaian woman who was arrested late last year in London after arriving by air from Accra with 12 kg of cocaine was on Tuesday jailed for 8 years eight months by a London court. Full text...

  • UN: UN, DRC army launch joint operations against armed groups
    06 january 2015 20:09:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Tuesday said that a joint operation by UN troops and the Congolese army (FARDC) has taken control of the main bases used by an armed group actively threatening security and stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s long-troubled eastern region. Full text...

  • UN: UN/AU peacekeepers attacked in Darfur Tuesday
    06 january 2015 19:12:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has reported that Full text...

  • UN: ICC regrets death of a witness on Kenyan case
    06 january 2015 18:46:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday expressed its deep Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan, governors, security chiefs meet over Boko Haram attacks
    06 january 2015 18:39:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Faced with recent successes by the Boko Haram insurgents, especially the takeover of Baga, a major fish-trading outlet on the Nigeria/Chad border, President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday held an enlarged security meeting with all heads of security agencies and political leaders from the troubled northeastern States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States to address the issue. Full text...

  • South Africa: Organisation calls for impeachment of judge in British honeymoon murder case
    06 january 2015 16:47:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A formal complaint will be laid against Western Cape High Court Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso over her handling of the high-profile Shrien Dewani murder trial. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Somali security forces arrest five journalists in two days
    06 january 2015 16:39:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Somali security forces arrested five journalists in two separate incidents over the weekend in Mogadishu and three of them were still in confinement Tuesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan oil company condemns bombardment of Liberian oil tanker
    06 january 2015 15:35:32
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan national Oil Company (NOC) has said that the bombardment of the Liberian oil tanker in the port of the eastern city of Derna will have a negative effect on the arrival of oil tankers in Libyan ports, and will affect the country's oil supply programme on the foreign market. Full text...

  • Gambia: Lawmakers, govt. officials march in support of Jammeh
    06 january 2015 15:13:50
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Following the failed coup attempt in the Gambia, more than 10,000 Gambians, mostly government officials and the ruling APRC party supporters, on Monday marched from the National Assembly building to the July 22nd square in Banjul to show their support for the Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • Libya: Turkish Airlines suspends flights to all Libyan airports
    06 january 2015 14:50:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Turkish Airlines on Tuesday announced the suspension of all its flights to Libya, saying the decision followed the deteriorating security situation in the north African country, according to a communique issued here by the airlines. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN mulls military intervention in DRC conflict
    06 january 2015 13:09:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - With the deadline for the unconditional surrender of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) having passed on 2 January, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is working to address the situation, a UN spokesperson said late Monday Full text...

  • UN: Investigations launched into ambush of UN peacekeepers in Mali
    05 january 2015 22:50:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Monday says bomb experts are examining the scene of an attack on pecekeepers with the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) to determine what kind of explosives were used. Full text...

  • UN: New round of UN-brokered Libya peace talks still pending
    05 january 2015 21:24:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Consultations continue with various Libyan political actors regarding the holding of a second round of peace talks, but talks to cement the initiatives are still pending, a brief UN statement said on Monday in New York. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in DRC ready for military operations against FDLR rebels
    05 january 2015 20:43:41
    New York, US (PANA) - With the deadline for the unconditional surrender of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) having passed on 2 January, and no significant additional surrenders of FDLR combatants registered since June, the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is working to address the situation, the UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Monday. Full text...

  • Mali: UN Mission condemns attack of peacekeepers in Mali
    05 january 2015 19:08:59
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) Monday condemned the attack that wounded eight peacekeepers – three seriously – on Sunday in the Gao region. Full text...

  • Libya: Turkish citizen abducted in southern Libya
    05 january 2015 15:58:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Armed men have abducted a Turkish citizen in a restaurant where he worked in Sebha, 800 km south of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, local media reported Monday, saying that the abductors had demanded a ransom of 150,000 dinars (about US$ 100,000) from his family. Full text...

  • Libya: Turkish Airlines suspends flights to Misrata
    05 january 2015 14:54:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Turkish Airlines Monday announced the temporary suspension of flights to Misrata airport, 220 km east of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, following the bombardment of rebel positions at the airport by the Libyan air force, airport sources said. Full text...

  • Sudan: Ruling party-dominated parliament approves constitutional amendments despite opposition
    05 january 2015 11:55:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Constitutional amendments that give Sudan's President Omar al Bashir, if elected in April elections as expected, wide powers, have been passed by the ruling party-dominated parliament, local newspapers reported Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Opposition commiserates with Pres. Jonathan on sister's death
    05 january 2015 08:59:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition party Monday commiserated with President Goodluck Jonathan over the death of his younger sister, urging him to take solace in God ''for the unquantifiable loss''. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan loses sister
    04 january 2015 19:39:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has lost his younger sister, Mrs. Nancy Jonathan-Olei, the presidency announced Sunday evening. Full text...

  • Sudan:Govt insists on UNAMID's exit
    04 january 2015 17:00:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has reiterated its call for the departure of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) from Sudan, saying it is waiting for a meeting of a joint committee tasked with laying down an exit strategy for the Mission. Full text...

  • Sudan: Electoral body spells out guidelines for election
    04 january 2015 16:54:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese National Elections Commission (NEC) has announced it will start receiving, from next week, candidacy forms from persons interested in contesting Sudan’s presidential and legislative elections scheduled for April. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN steps in to avert execution of condemned soldiers in Nigeria
    04 january 2015 14:55:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN may have stepped in to avert the execution of the 54 Nigerian soldiers who were recently convicted and sentenced to death for refusing to fight against the insurgent group Boko Haram, if indications from a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) are anything to go by. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Insurgents attack base of Multi-National Joint Task Force
    04 january 2015 13:35:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Suspected insurgents of the Boko Haram group Saturday attacked the base of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in Baga, Nigeria's North-east Borno State, dislodging the soldiers, according to the online Premium Times newspaper. Full text...

  • Libya: Air force bombs terrorists
    03 january 2015 17:15:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Air Force has bombed three strategic points in Misrata, 200km East of the capital city of Tripoli, in an effort to root out armed groups, military sources said. Full text...

  • Zambia: 50% reduction in accidents during 2015 New Year celebrations
    03 january 2015 15:52:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia recorded about 50.4 percent reduction in the number of accidents during the 2015 New Year celebrations, compared to the same period last year. Full text...

  • Libya: Suspected US Embassy bomber dies
    03 january 2015 13:06:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Abou Anas al Libi, the main suspect in the 1998 bombing of the US Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, has died in a New York hospital. Full text...

  • Nigeria: '40 youths abducted in Nigeria'
    03 january 2015 09:38:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen believed to be members of the insurgent group Boko Haram have abducted at least 40 youths from the village of Malari in Nigeria's North-east Borno State, which is the epicentre of the five-year insurgency that has claimed over 13,000 lives, according to local media reports on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in West Africa condemns coup attempt in Gambia
    02 january 2015 21:44:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), on Friday condemned the recent attempt to seize power through unconstitutional means in Gambia. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners urge action against FDLR in DRC as deadline expires
    02 january 2015 19:09:56
    New York, US (PANA) - As the six-month grace period for full and unconditional surrender Full text...

  • UN: 'Use of cargo ships to transport migrants worrying', says UNHCR
    02 january 2015 16:54:49
    New York, US (PANA) -The use of larger cargo ships to illegally transport migrants across Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO chief deplores killing of broadcaster in DR Congo
    02 january 2015 16:44:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova, on Friday deplored the killing of journalist Robert Chamwami Shalubuto in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • South Africa: Zimbabweans flock to South Africa, seeking residence permits
    02 january 2015 13:37:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that it received 207,000 applications for special dispensation permits from Zimbabweans out of a potential 245,000. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan, UN to strengthen cooperation despite expulsion of 2 UN officials
    02 january 2015 12:12:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan and the UN have said they will continue to cooperate in the various domains, despite the recent expulsion of two senior UN officials by Khartoum and its call for the phasing out of the UN-AU Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army to court-martial most senior officers to date over insurgency battle
    02 january 2015 11:54:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria Army is to arraign before a military court its most senior officers to date, including a Brigadier-General and Colonels, in the spate of court-martial arising from the war against the Boko Haram insurgency in the country's North-east, the local media reported Friday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Pres. Jammeh describes State House attackers as ‘terrorists’
    02 january 2015 07:59:42
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has described those who attacked the State House in the capital city of Banjul on Tuesday as dissidents based in the United States, Germany and Britain. Full text...

  • US: IOC expresses concern over plight of muslims in CAR
    01 january 2015 19:53:04
    New York, US (PANA) - ​The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Thursday said it was gravely disturbed by the recent escalation ofsectarian killings in Central African Republic (CAR), with the minority Muslim population, once more, the target of attacks by the Christian anti-Balaka group. Full text...

  • UN: UN Office in Burundi officially closed on last day of 2014
    01 january 2015 17:01:41
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN mission in Burundi which was set up to promote dialogue, Full text...

  • Nigeria: 2 suicide bombers die in failed church attack
    01 january 2015 12:18:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two suspected suicide bombers died Thursday when the explosives they were carrying apparently blew up before they could reach their target, a new generation church in Nigeria's northern city of Gombe, according to local media reports. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Workers talk tough in election year
    01 january 2015 10:53:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With many federal workers as well as their state counterparts in 11 of the 36 states celebrating the holidays without salaries, Nigerian workers have threatened to vote against politicians who failed to pay their salaries, in next month's general election. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma salutes South Africa's progress in New Year's message
    01 january 2015 08:47:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has hailed his country's celebration of 20 years of freedom and its continued progress in building a united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous nation. Full text...

  • UN: UN member states want independent panel to probe death of former UN chief
    31 december 2014 22:36:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The 193-member states of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday approved by consensus a resolution that requested UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint an independent panel of experts to examine new information that has emerged on the death of former UN chief Dag Hammarskjold. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy 'hopeful' over prospects for peace in CAR
    31 december 2014 21:16:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Mr. Babacar Gaye, says the country is showing signs of moving towards broad national dialogue, in order to ensure lasting peace Full text...

  • Gambia: US condemns coup attempt in Gambia
    31 december 2014 18:55:55
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The United States has condemned Tuesday's coup attempt in Gambia and urged all parties in the West African country to refrain from more violence. Full text...

  • Gambia: Coup attempt in Gambia raises AU concern
    31 december 2014 18:45:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said Wednesday she was closely following the situation in Gambia following reports of an attempted coup in the West African country's capital, Banjul, on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: UN chief urges respect for rule of law following reports of coup attempt in Gambia
    31 december 2014 18:27:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his “principled condemnation” of all attempts to seize power through unconstitutional means following reports of an attempted coup in Gambia. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Jammeh returns to Banjul
    31 december 2014 18:14:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – As the dust settled down in the aftermath of Tuesday's coup attempt in Banjul, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has arrived in the capital from Chad, official sources told PANA. Full text...

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