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  • Malian politician and writer Seydou Badian Kouyaté is dead
    29 december 2018 15:39:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian politician and writer Seydou Badian Kouyaté died on Friday in Bamako at the age of 90, according to sources in the Malian capital. Full text...

  • Demonstrators clash with youths again in suburban Tunis
    29 december 2018 13:06:24
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Youths again clashed with law enforcement officers on Friday night in two suburban Tunis districts, Intilaka and Ettedhamen, as the night demonstrations against high cost of living continued in the North African country. Full text...

  • Security directors of Tripoli, Benghazi hold first meeting to unify operations
    29 december 2018 12:53:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Security directors of Libya's two biggest cities, Tripoli and Benghazi, on Friday met in Benghazi in an initiative to unify operations of security bodies to fight crime and terrorism in the North African country. Full text...

  • Sudan security forces raid 'rebel hideout' in Khartoum amid riots
    29 december 2018 10:22:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Government security authorities on Friday raided a house in a Khartoum suburb and captured a cell of 10 rebels, killing one of them, as Sudan experienced a 10th day of demonstrations against price hikes, lack of cash and general economic hardships. Full text...

  • 'Fighter jets lead efforts to uproot Boko Haram from military base in northeast Nigeria'
    29 december 2018 05:13:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force on Friday said that its fighter jets are leading “allied Air Forces” to uproot Boko Haram fighters who overran the Headquarters 7 Brigade of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in Baga, northeast Nigeria, on Wednesday night. Full text...

  • Police say limited number of riots took place in Sudan on Friday
    28 december 2018 18:51:03
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - While demonstrators protesting, for the 10th day running, price hikes and economic hardship in general, decreased on Friday, the Sudanese government accused foreign elements and armed opposition of fueling the unrest in the country. Full text...

  • Attack on Burkinabe army is "cowardly and ignoble" - President Kaboré
    28 december 2018 16:43:41
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on Friday described as "cowardly and ignoble" the attack against the Burkinabè army that on Thursday killed ten gendarmes in Toéni location in the northwest of the country. Full text...

  • China to hand over modern service centre to AU Commission
    28 december 2018 15:41:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will on 4 January 2019 visit the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to hand over a new four-storey building to be used as the Integrated Service Centre of the African Union Commission. Full text...

  • Boko Haram overruns Baga Multinational Joint Task Force base in northeast Nigeria
    28 december 2018 05:04:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – There is confusion on the status of Baga, the headquarters of the 7 Brigade of the Nigerian Army and also the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF), as Boko Haram terrorists overran the military base in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, on Wednesday. Full text...

  • ‘Repeated attacks’ could close down key hospital in eastern Libya, warns WHO
    28 december 2018 04:34:56
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has strongly condemned an armed attack in Al Jala Hospital in Libya’s second-largest city, Benghazi, which took place on Tuesday, warning that further assaults could shutter the key facility. Full text...

  • Newly displaced fleeing attacks in northeast Nigeria, top 2,000
    28 december 2018 04:25:56
    Maiduguri, Nigeria (PANA) - More than 2,000 newly displaced Nigerians have arrived in an already over-stretched camp known as Teacher’s Village, in Maiduguri, the capital of the country’s Borno State, after fleeing terrorist attacks, as well as clashes between Government forces and militia. Full text...

  • Malian journalist jailed six months for defaming constitutional court
    27 december 2018 17:59:43
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian journalist Boubacar Yalcouyé, editor of the private newspaper 'Le Pays', was on Thursday sentenced to six months in jail by Commune III court of Bamako, which found him guilty of defamation of the Constitutional Court. Full text...

  • Army officer killed, 11 other ranks wounded in attack against barracks in southern Libya
    27 december 2018 12:26:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A Libyan Army officer was killed and 11 other ranks wounded on Thursday when armed Chadian opposition groups attacked the headquarters of Libya's 10th Battalion in Targuane, southern Libya, military and hospital sources said. Full text...

  • Tunisia commits to bring to justice killers of Ivorian community leader
    26 december 2018 19:12:21
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian government has pledged to reveal the circumstances under which the head of the Ivorian community in Tunisia, Falikou Coulibaly, was murdered on Sunday by a group of delinquents in the suburbs of La Soukra near Tunis. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso sets free 219 prisoners
    26 december 2018 18:49:17
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso will set free 219 prisoners before the end of this year and 683 others will be granted a partial remission of sentence ranging from 3 to 8 months, it was officially announced after a session of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tunisian journalists' union calls strike from 14 January 2019
    26 december 2018 18:02:49
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) has called a general strike starting 14 January 2019 to denounce "the deplorable conditions of Tunisian journalists" following the death of a journalist-photographer who set himself on fire in Kasserine, as an expression of indignation of his precarious social condition. Full text...

  • ROUNDUP: France condemns IS attack on Libyan foreign ministry
    26 december 2018 14:18:03
    Paris, France (PANA) – France has joined the chorus of countries and organisations "strongly" condemning the attack carried out on Tuesday against the Libyan foreign affairs ministry in Tripoli and reaffirmed that it is available to help Libya restore stability. Full text...

  • 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...

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