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  • WFP chief warns of 'looming humanitarian catastrophe' in DRC's strife-torn Kasai region
    30 october 2017 21:19:42
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Some 3.2 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) conflict-ravaged south-central Greater Kasai region are severely food insecure, struggling to feed themselves and in urgent need of assistance, the head of the United Nations food relief agency warned on Monday. Full text...

  • Cameroonian military court frees 3 journalists
    30 october 2017 20:42:49
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Yaoundé's military court on Monday found three Cameroonian journalists, charged with non-reporting of terrorist acts to intelligence service, not guilty. Full text...

  • François Compaoré released in France
    30 october 2017 16:15:50
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Francois Compaore, younger brother of deposed Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore, arrested in Paris on Sunday morning following an international arrest warrant in the case of the murder of journalist Norbert Zongo, was released on Monday, according to sources. Full text...

  • Rights group asks France to extradite former Burkinabe president's brother
    30 october 2017 11:13:17
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A human rights group is asking France to extradite the younger brother of former Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore to answer questions on the unresolved murder of a journalist in the West African country in 1998. Full text...

  • Ghanaian wins West Africa Media Excellence Award
    29 october 2017 15:01:42
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Seth Kwame Boateng, a journalist from Multimedia Broadcasting Limited, won the Western Africa Media Excellence Award on Saturday night in Accra, Ghana, PANA reported. Full text...

  • UN chief pays tribute to courage, resilience of people of Central African Republic
    28 october 2017 14:23:45
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Addressing lawmakers in Central African Republic, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Friday stressed the international community's commitment to helping tackle the myriad challenges plaguing the conflict-torn country, and strongly defended the role of the UN peacekeeping force there. Full text...

  • Ethiopia begins civil registration for refugees – UN agencies
    28 october 2017 14:03:09
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - In a historic first, starting Friday, all refugees in Ethiopia will be able to register their vital life events, including birth, death, marriage and divorce, directly with national authorities, the United Nations refugee agency announced. Full text...

  • Air Force operation degrades Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria
    28 october 2017 10:06:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Air raids by Nigeria Air Force have caused heavy damage to the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast of the country, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar told journalists on Friday in Maiduguri, the epicentre of the insurgency. Full text...

  • Nigerian troops kill three Booko Haram terrorists, free five hostages
    28 october 2017 08:11:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Three Boko Haram terrorists were killed on Friday when troops of the Nigerian Army deployed in Dikes, northeast Nigeria, successfully ambushed a group of the terrorists attempting to cross into Sambisa forest through Lumda village, some few kilometres away from Maiduguri Borno State. Full text...

  • Lead defendant in failed Burkina putsch claims support of military brass
    27 october 2017 19:39:36
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - General Gilbert Diendéré, the main defendant of the failed coup d'etat of September 2015 in Burkina Faso, has claimed that a dozen military leaders were "in agreement with him", and must therefore be tried, his lawyer, Mathieu Somé, said on Friday. Full text...

  • Libyan officials report 36 unidentified bodies found alongside road to Benghazi
    27 october 2017 17:29:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Some 36 bodies of unidentified persons have been found along the main road linking Al-Abiar city to Benghazi, Libyan security officials said on Friday indicating the persistence of insecurity in the country. Full text...

  • 3 Chadian peacekeepers killed Thursday in northern Mali
    27 october 2017 14:42:11
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Three Chadian peacekeepers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed on Thursday when their vehicle struck a mine on the Tessalit-Aguelhok axis, northern Mali, according to a communiqué from the UN Mission. Full text...

  • Electoral body gets US$ 1.3 million support from gov't
    27 october 2017 13:23:59
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) – The National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced on Thursday that it has received US$ 1.3 million from the government of Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Rights group says Burundi's 'cynical' ICC withdrawal will not derail wheels of justice
    27 october 2017 11:21:26
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International on Friday described Burundi's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) as "a cynical attempt to evade justice". Full text...

  • Rights group says civilians targeted in CAR as violence surges
    27 october 2017 05:32:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Violence threatening civilians has surged in recent months in the Central African Republic’s (CAR) south-central and southeastern regions, a human rightswatchdog said on Friday. Full text...

  • Guterres strongly condemns deadly attack against UN mission convoy in Mali
    27 october 2017 04:57:25
    New York, USA (PANA) – Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned Thursday's attack against a logistic convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which left three peacekeepers dead and two injured. Full text...

  • UNHCR expresses concern over humanitarian needs of South Sudanese refugees in Khartoum
    26 october 2017 19:14:26
    Khartoum, Sudan, (PANA) – The UN refugee agency on Thursday expressed concern over what it described as “the inadequate response to the humanitarian needs of South Sudanese refugees in Khartoum” Full text...

  • Refugees can be a driver of development in Morocco, says UNHCR
    26 october 2017 19:06:09
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - UNHCR’s protection chief, Volker Türk, has praised Morocco for its efforts to protect refugees, on a visit to the capital, Rabat. Full text...

  • Int'l fair against counterfeiting opens in Abidjan
    26 october 2017 15:31:08
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The third edition of the International Anti-Counterfeiting Exhibition began in Abidjan, the Ivorian capital, on Wednesday under the theme: "Raising awareness about the originality of products and services as the driving force behind development for an emerging Africa ". Full text...

  • Apartheid Museum salutes Mandela's lawyer
    26 october 2017 08:33:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg on Thursday saluted liberation hero George Bizos by launching a new gallery in his honour. Full text...

  • Boko Haram attack on Army base in Nigeria leaves several soldiers dead
    26 october 2017 07:23:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military has said that a Boko Haram attack at a military base in Sasawa town of Damaturu Local Government Area in Yobe State, northeast Nigeria, has left several soldiers dead. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force on new offensive against Boko Haram terrorists
    25 october 2017 13:41:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has launched a special operation as part of its efforts to eliminate the ability of Boko Haram terrorists to freely operate in the country, according to NAF Spokesman, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya. Full text...

  • Apartheid-era policemen face charges over activist's 1971 murder
    25 october 2017 10:05:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed that three perjury dockets will be opened against former security policemen who gave evidence at the re-opened inquest into apartheid activist Ahmed Timol. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army kills 11 Boko Haram terrorists
    25 october 2017 09:31:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says its troops on Tuesday killed 11 Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • AU, US Mission to AU to hold 1st-ever Counter Violent Extremism Week
    25 october 2017 04:50:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The United States Mission to the African Union and the African Union are putting on their first ever Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Week at the African Union Commission from 25 - 27 October, 2017. Full text...

  • UNESCO calls for synergy in education management
    24 october 2017 19:52:21
    Paris, France (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has warned governments against blaming teachers for poor performance of students in examinations, saying quality education is a result of complex processes. Full text...

  • Widespread militia activities, political unrest drive millions from homes in DRC - UN
    24 october 2017 19:44:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Some 3.9 million people across several regions of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been displaced from their homes, and amid growing violence and unrest, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Tuesday that the number could rise even further. Full text...

  • Mandela's grand daughter reveals she was raped
    24 october 2017 12:26:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Less than a week after South Africa’s top football administrator was accused of rape, Nelson Mandela’s eldest grand daughter says she was also raped. Full text...

  • Three multinationals join UN global network on disability inclusion
    24 october 2017 04:33:53
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Three multinational enterprises – Capgemini, Legrand and the Savola Group – on Monday became the latest members of a United Nations global network that promotes equal opportunities for persons with disabilities in the workplace. Full text...

  • Famine can be a war crime and should be prosecuted - UN rights expert
    24 october 2017 04:28:09
    New York, USA (PANA) – Famine can constitute a war crime or crime against humanity, an independent United Nations human rights expert on Monday said, noting that more civilians die from hunger and disease related to conflicts than in direct combat. Full text...

  • UNICEF urges speedy action to end child marriages in West, Central Africa
    23 october 2017 19:39:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Unless progress is seriously accelerated, it will take over 100 years to end child marriage in West and Central Africa, with far-reaching, life-altering consequences for millions of child brides and crippling impact on the region’s prosperity, UNICEF said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN official says road accidents in Africa among deadliest worldwide
    23 october 2017 19:25:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Some 650 people are killed each day in road accidents throughout Africa, a senior United Nations official said on Monday, calling for more to be done to keep drivers – as well as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – safe. Full text...

  • Red-faced over racist employment advertisement in South Africa
    23 october 2017 16:50:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Nearly 25 years after the fall of Apartheid in South Africa, leading African television network M-Net is under fire over an employment advertisement noting that it is looking to employ a “white, English speaking commissioning editor”. Full text...

  • Boko Haram suicide bomber kills 13 in Maiduguri
    23 october 2017 07:18:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Boko Haram suicide bomber on Sunday night killed 13 people in the restive northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency. Full text...

  • Darfur UN peacekeepers hand over 11 sites to Sudan Government
    22 october 2017 17:44:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations-African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur (UNAMD) has handed over 11 team sites across Sudan's Darfur region to the government of Sudan. Full text...

  • Campaign launched to bring exiled Gambian leader Jammeh to justice
    22 october 2017 15:46:43
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Victims of the government of Gambia's exiled President Yahya Jammeh have started a campaign to bring him and his accomplices to justice. Full text...

  • Liberia President Sirleaf condemns 'abuse, misuse' of social media
    22 october 2017 14:55:42
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed umbrage at displays on social media that are “extremely inimical” to the survival of the country’s peace and democracy. Full text...

  • Recovery efforts continue after Kenyan chopper crash
    22 october 2017 14:50:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Recovery efforts have continued on Sunday, at the site of a helicopter crash on Lake Nakuru, 165 km outside the capital, Nairobi, where five people are feared dead, Police said. Full text...

  • Continued instability likely to force more South Sudanese to seek safety elsewhere - UNHCR
    22 october 2017 04:27:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) — UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and humanitarian agencies are warning that without an imminent resolution in sight for the crises in South Sudan, more South Sudanese are likely to become refugees in 2018. Full text...

  • UN Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Egypt
    22 october 2017 04:14:46
    New York, USA (PANA) – Condemning “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attack that took place Friday in Egypt's El Wahat desert, the United Nations Security Council has underlined the need to bring the perpetrators and sponsors of such “reprehensible acts” to justice. Full text...

  • Army kills three Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria
    21 october 2017 17:47:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops killed three Boko Haram insurgents on Friday at Missini village of Dikwa local government area of Borno state in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Militants kill Egyptian security forces in desert shoot-out
    21 october 2017 12:11:36
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - More than 50 Egyptian security personnel have died during a clash with suspected Islamist militants on Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzanian youths win World Bank essay contest
    20 october 2017 19:44:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Two Tanzanian youths have been selected winners of the #Blog4Dev Contest 2017 launched earlier this year by the World Bank. Full text...

  • Former Mauritian PM to stand trial for money laundering
    20 october 2017 17:18:58
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Satyajit Boolell on Friday instituted criminal proceedings against former Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam for accepting payments in cash in excess of an amount equivalent to 500,000 rupees. Full text...

  • European Council calls for enhanced border management in Libya
    20 october 2017 13:12:32
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council has reiterated the importance of working with the Libyan authorities and all neighbours of Libya to enhance border management capacity and underscored the urgency of supporting the development of the local communities in Libya along the migratory routes. Full text...

  • South African court attaches property of Equatorial Guinea's Vice-President
    20 october 2017 10:49:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Western Cape High Court has attached the luxury Cape Town home of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Equatorial Guinea's Vice-President. Full text...

  • Orange rolls out Street Finder signage in Botswana
    20 october 2017 09:57:21
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s mobile operator, Orange, has financed the pioneering nationwide Street Finder project to provide street signs to over 500 locations across the country. Full text...

  • Africa's rapid urbanization can drive industrialization, says new UN report
    20 october 2017 05:32:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – A United Nations report out on Thursday has made concrete recommendations on how the right African policy framework can harness the continent's rapid urban transition to drive industrial development. Full text...

  • UN delivers coordinated humanitarian response in wake of Mogadishu bombings
    20 october 2017 04:59:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The United Nations family of agencies and programmes is continuing to roll out its response in support of the recovery and clean-up effort in Mogadishu following Saturday’s massive car bomb blast, which killed some 300 people, injured hundreds more, and is being called Somalia’s worst-ever such attack. Full text...

  • Unidentified armed men burn school, buildings in northern Burkina Faso
    19 october 2017 20:51:33
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Unidentified armed men on Thursday burned down several buildings, including a public primary school, in the village of Tem, in northern Burkina Faso. Full text...

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