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  • US grants US$ 50 million to UNFPA
    12 march 2009 18:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The US government has granted US$ 50 million to the Unit ed Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), said an official statement made available to PANA in Dakar, Senegal's capital, Thursday. Full text...

  • UN says world population to hit 9 billion in 2050
    12 march 2009 17:28:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The world’s population is projected to reach 7 billion ear ly in 2012 and surpass nine billion in 2050, according to UN estimates. Full text...

  • Egyptians celebrate “belated” jail term for ferry owner
    12 march 2009 16:29:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- In a shocking turn of events, an Egyptian court of appeal Tuesday overturned an earlier ruling and sentenced the owner of a ferry that san k in 2006, killing more than 1,000 people, to seven years in prison for involunta r y manslaughter. Full text...

  • UK contributes to Kenya’s anti-starvation kitty
    12 march 2009 13:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The British Government has donated 5. Full text...

  • Muluzi appears in court, seeks more time to take plea
    12 march 2009 13:11:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Former Malawi President Bakili Muluzi appeared in the High Court in Blantyre on Thursday, but his lawyers asked for more time before the 66-year-old politician could take a plea. Full text...

  • US deports 60 Nigerians
    12 march 2009 10:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As the deportation of Nigerians from various countries a round the world rises to a new high in recent times, the US Wednesday deported 60 Nigerians said to have committed offences ranging from drug trafficking to credit card fraud and immigration offences. Full text...

  • Nigeria's sextuplets lose 2 siblings
    12 march 2009 10:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two of the sextuplets who were delivered in Nigeria's So uth-west Ogun state two weeks ago have died, the local press reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambian opposition leader charged, remanded
    12 march 2009 06:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – Gambian authorities on Wed-nesday dragged Halifa Sallah, the detained opposition leader and publisher of pro-opposition Foroyaa Newspaper, before Brikama Magistrate’s Court on three-count charges relating to “sedition and spying,” authoritative sources in Banjul informed PANA. Full text...

  • Mano River Union youth meet
    12 march 2009 00:02:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Youth representatives from Mano River Union (MRU ) - Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone- governments officials, repr e sentatives of the private sector and the United Nations (UN) agencies have been g athering since Tuesday at the national stadium of Freetown, Sierra Leone, for th e first forum devoted to Youth contribution to the development of the region. Full text...

  • The Bible has been falsified - Kadhafi
    11 march 2009 23:13:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) – The Libyan leader -Mouammar Kadhafi on Tuesday af firmed the universality of Islam and said the Bible had been falsified with vers e s referring to Prophet Ahmad removed. Full text...

  • Kadhafi throws weight behind promotion of Islamic calendar
    11 march 2009 23:12:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) - – The Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi on Tuesday th rew his weight behind the Islamic calendar and urged all Islamic Umma to adopt i t . Full text...

  • Gambian convicted over anti-America protest in Banjul
    11 march 2009 22:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – Magistrate Abdoulie Mbake -sitting at Kanifing Magistrate ’s Court has convicted Momodou Bojang, a Gambian citizen, and sentenced him to a fine of 20 Gambian dalasis or in default one-month imprisonment for staging an a n ti-America demonstration in Gambia “without any authority”, sources informed PAN A on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambian opposition leader charged, remanded
    11 march 2009 22:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – Gambian authorities on Wed-nesday dragged Halifa Sallah, the detained opposition leader and publisher of pro-opposition Foroyaa Newspaper , before Brikama Magistrate’s Court on three-count charges relating to “sedition a nd spying,” authoritative sources in Banjul informed PANA. Full text...

  • Gambian convicted over anti-America protest in Banjul
    11 march 2009 20:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – Magistrate Abdoulie Mbake -sitting at Kanifing Magistrate’s Court has convicted Momodou Bojang, a Gambian citizen, and sentenced him to a fine of 20 Gambian dalasis or in default one-month imprisonment for staging an anti-America demonstration in Gambia “without any authority”, sources informed PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe PM buries wife
    11 march 2009 17:51:00
    Buhera- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Susan Tsvangirai, the late wife of Zimbabwe's Prime Mi nister Morgan Tsvangirai, was buried here Wednesday amid calls for the Premier t o be strong and help the country rebuild its shattered economy. Full text...

  • Kenya’s Justice Minister wants judiciary audited
    11 march 2009 17:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya’s Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Mart ha Karua wants an audit system in the judiciary as part of reforms to make the d e partment effective. Full text...

  • DRC to check for illegal aliens
    11 march 2009 17:40:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Immigration Department in the Democratic Republi c of Congo (DRC) says it will, on 16 March, carry out a check on aliens with a v i ew to indentifying those who possess legal stay documents. Full text...

  • Kadhafi leads dusk prayer in Nouakchott
    11 march 2009 16:08:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Libyan leader and chairman of the African Un ion (AU), Mouammar Kadhafi, Tuesday evening led the dusk prayer at the Olympic S t adium in Nouakchott before thousands of Mauritanians and several other guests fr o m the African continent While in the Mauritanian capital, Kadhafi would, among other activities, interce de between the protagonists of the Mauritanian crisis. Full text...

  • Shell sacks 1,800 workers in Nigeria
    11 march 2009 12:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Faced with dwindling oil production due to the rising violence in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region, Anglo Dutch oil giant Shell has fired 1,800 workers as part of its strategy to stay afloat, local newspapers reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN reviews 300 new missing persons cases
    11 march 2009 07:52:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN is reviewing over 300 new missing persons cases sus pected to be forced disappearances. Full text...

  • US to build new embassy in Liberia
    11 march 2009 07:46:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The U. Full text...

  • Mauritius celebrates birth of Prophet Mohamed
    10 march 2009 22:58:00
    Phoenix- Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Muslims on T-uesday celebrated Maouloud, th e birthday of Prophet Mohamed, with a religious gathering at Phoenix in the cent e r of the island. Full text...

  • UN reviews cases of 300 new missing persons
    10 march 2009 21:48:00
    New York- US (PANA) --- The UN says it is reviewing the cases of over 300 new missing persons suspected to be forced disappearances. Full text...

  • Former Congolese warlord sentenced to death
    10 march 2009 21:47:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The military court of the Upper-Katanga's garrison i n Kipushi has sentenced Congolese warlord Kyungu Mutanga, also known as Gédéon, t o death. Full text...

  • MFWA calls for “immediate” release of Gambian Publisher
    10 march 2009 18:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – The Accra--based sub-regional media freedom watchdog, Med ia Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has condemned the arrest and detention of H alifa Sallah, Gambian politician and publisher, calling for his “immediate and u n conditional release”. Full text...

  • 'Slain' Guinea Bissau President Nino Vieira buried
    10 march 2009 18:17:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- President Joao Bernardo Vieira of Guinea Bissau, assassinated 2 March in his Bissau residence, was buried Tuesday at the municipa l cemetery in the Bissau Guinean capital, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • University students protest civil rights activists' killing in Kenya
    10 march 2009 17:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Demonstrating University of Nairobi students Tuesday eng aged the police in running battles as they stoned cars and looted shops. Full text...

  • Two Mauritanian journalists in court over 'false publication'
    10 march 2009 15:20:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Two Mauritanian journalists, Moulay Najim Ould M oulay Zeine and Ezza Mint Moulay Zeine, will appear in court here on 18 March ov e r what prosecutors called “infringement of morality” and “breach of rules on pub l ication”. Full text...

  • Women outnumber men in Mauritius
    10 march 2009 14:47:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- There are more women than men in Mauritius, accor ding to figures released Monday by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Full text...

  • Nigeria president's convoy 'attacked'
    10 march 2009 09:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A motorcade bearing Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua a nd host northern Plateau Governor Jonah Jang was attacked by irate youths in the state capital, Jos, on Monday. Full text...

  • Tension high in Zimbabwe as PM wife's funeral starts
    10 march 2009 09:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Emotions were expected to run high on Tuesday (10March ) at the funeral of the wife of Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who was killed in an accident many suspect to have b een an assassination attempt on her husband. Full text...

  • 11 killed in Nigeria road crash
    10 march 2009 08:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Eleven passengers were killed in an accident involving a commercial bus and a truck along the Kobape-Siun-Sagama expressway in Nigeria's South-west Ogun state, local newspapers reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Foreign delegations expected in Bissau for Nino Vieira's funeral
    09 march 2009 18:58:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Many foreign delegations are still being expected in Bissau for the funeral of President Joao Bernardo “Nino” Vieira, scheduled f o r Tuesday, members of the the organising committee of the ceremony told PANA Mon d ay. Full text...

  • UNICEF chief condemns sexual violence, trafficking
    09 march 2009 17:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman has strongly conde mned domestic violence and sexual exploitation of women and girls in DR Congo an d other countries grappling with conflict Veneman, speaking as the world marked the International Women's Day, Sunday, des cribed as shameful, the sexual trafficking of women and girls around the world. Full text...

  • Man charged for staging anti-America protest in Gambia
    09 march 2009 16:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Momodou Bojang, a Gambian citizen, is standing trial in Banjul for staging anti-America demonstration in The Gambia “ without any author i ty”, sources informed PANA Monday. Full text...

  • 3 Burundian army officers feared dead after plane crash
    09 march 2009 13:04:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Three Burundian army officers serving in the country 's contingent to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are feared dead following a plane crash at the Entebbe International Airport in Uganda on Monday morning, Burundi's defence ministry said in a statement. Full text...

  • Traditional ruler, Gbong Gwom Jos, dies in Nigeria
    09 march 2009 09:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- One of Nigeria's reverred traditional rulers, the Gbong Gwon Jos, Victor Pan Dung Pam, has died at the age of 73, the local press report e d Monday, quoting the Joint Council of Traditional Rulers in northern Plateau State, of which Jos is capital. Full text...

  • Nigerian-US firm converts waste to fertilizer
    09 march 2009 09:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Sanders, has hailed the management of 'Earth Care Nigeria Limited', a joint venture company between Nigerian and American firms, for creating jobs for the y ouths and improving the environment by converting municipal waste to fertilizer. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe PM to be released from hospital
    07 march 2009 13:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Doctors treating Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsva ngirai, who was injured in a car crash which killed his wife on Friday night, said he might be released from hospital l ater Saturday or Sunday. Full text...

  • US condemns killing of rights activists, offers investigators
    06 march 2009 19:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United States has offered to send a team of elite in vestigators to probe the killing of two prominent human rights activists fightin g against police executions in Kenya. Full text...

  • Kenya PM, govt spokesman differ on rights activists’ killing
    06 march 2009 19:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government Friday distanced itself from the g unning down of two human rights activists in Nairobi late Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudanese diplomat denounces Western powers over al-Bashir
    06 march 2009 18:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Ambassador of Sudan in Dakar, Khalid Mohamed Farah F riday accused Western powers of being behind the decision of the International C r iminal Court (ICC) to issue a warrant of arrest against Sudanese President Omar a l-Bashir. Full text...

  • Guinean Bissau names army chief shortly
    06 march 2009 17:54:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The Guinea Bissau authorities will shortly appoin t a new chief of staff, to replace General Batista Tagme Na Wai, killed Sunday i n an explosion that rocked the headquarters of the army here. Full text...

  • Network of regional HR bodies frowns at constitution manipulation
    06 march 2009 14:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Network of National Human Rights Institutions (NNHRI ) in ECOWAS member states has frowned at the tendency of “some governments in th e region to amend the constitution” of their countries to prolong the tenure of c e rtain political office holders. Full text...

  • TI-Kenya to launch national corruption perceptions survey
    06 march 2009 12:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Transparency International-Kenya (TI-Kenya) announced Fr iday it would launch its National Corruption Perceptions Survey on Monday in the capital city of Nairobi. Full text...

  • UN demands probe in fresh Kenyan assassination
    06 march 2009 09:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN top investigator on arbitrary killings said on Friday that two Kenyan rights officials assassinated on Thursday were key witnesses who gave testimonies on the police killings of sect members a ccused of beheading and skinning. Full text...

  • ECOWAS teams to assess ESF units ahead of military exercise
    06 march 2009 08:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two assessment teams from the Task Force Headquarters of the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) were billed to leave Abuja on Friday (6March) to undertake confirmatory missions of all the units designated to participate in th e first Field Training Exercise for the logistic component of the ESF in Burkina F aso in June 2009, an ECOWAS Commission statement said. Full text...

  • British aristocrat awaits final verdict in Kenyan murder trial
    06 march 2009 08:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan jury has returned a no-guilty verdict in a murd er case against Tom Cholmondeley, grandson of a British aristocrat and Kenya’s p i oneer farmer Lord Dalamere, setting in motion steps that could see him released f rom jail. Full text...

  • 'Militia leader, 6 others arrested in Nigeria'
    05 march 2009 22:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Seven persons, including a militia leader, were lured in to an ambush by the Rivers state government in Nigeria's Niger Delta region and then arrested, the Movement for the Emancipatio n of the Niger Delta (MEND) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan expels aid agencies in Darfur - UN
    05 march 2009 19:40:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The Sudanese government has ordered some aid agencies to l eave the country after an arrest warrant was issued for the country's president, a UN official said. Full text...

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