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  • Nigeria: President Jonathan assures of strengthened security after deadly attack on Nigerian school
    17 september 2014 19:14:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with citizens and residents of the northern city of Kano on the loss of lives sustained Wednesday during the attack by terrorists on the Federal College of Education in the city. Full text...

  • UN: ICC reconstitutes Gbagbo's Trial Chamber
    17 september 2014 18:33:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The Presidency of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Full text...

  • US: Civil society leaders from Africa, Asia, Latin America to discuss restrictions on their work
    17 september 2014 18:27:55
    New York, US (PANA) - A delegation of civil society leaders from at least 18 countries around the world will be in New York from 23-26 September to take part in the 69th session of the UN General Assembly and to discuss issues relating to increased restrictions on the work of civil society worldwide. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 13 students, two gunmen killed in school attack
    17 september 2014 18:04:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 15 people were killed Wednesday when armed men stormed a Federal Government College in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, the police said. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA citizens' death toll in Nigeria building collapse may rise
    17 september 2014 09:29:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - As millions of South Africans try to come to terms with the horrific collapse of a church building on the outskirts of Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos, South Africa's High Commissioner to Nigeria Wednesday warned that the number of fatalities may still rise. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Rescue workers put death toll from building collapse at 63, contradict South Africa's figures
    17 september 2014 08:44:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian rescue officials have put the death toll from the building collapse within the premises of the Synagogue church, on the outskirts of the commercial city of Lagos, at 63 with 131 injured as at Tuesday night, contradicting South African President Jacob Zuma who said earlier that 67 of his compatriots died in the tragedy. Full text...

  • US: Refugee agency says 130,000 Somalis on forced displacement
    17 september 2014 08:22:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said alarming circumstances such as forced evictions, drought, conflict and lack of livelihood have forced over 130,000 people from their homes in Somalia so far this year, with the majority being internally displaced. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Teachers' union to boycott classes over Ebola scare
    16 september 2014 21:13:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) on Tuesday directed its members to boycott classes when schools reopen on 22 September in protest at inadequate preparations against the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Full text...

  • Congo: Christians, Muslims in Congo urged to help CAR find peace
    16 september 2014 20:20:29
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The President of Imams of France, Hassen Chaghoulmy, has urged Christians and Muslims in the Congo to assist the people of Central African Republic (CAR) find peace and security. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo to host world peace forum shortly
    16 september 2014 20:13:36
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A world peace forum will be held shortly in Brazzaville to find solutions to the security problems facing the African continent, the Archbishop of Brazzaville, Anatole Milandou, said at the end of talks on Tuesday with Congolese president, Denis Sassou-Nguesso and the president of Imams of France, Hassen Chaghoulmy. Full text...

  • UN: Refugee agency, partners appeal for US$34 million for Nigerian refugees
    16 september 2014 20:07:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners on Tuesday issued an urgent joint call for US$34 million to aid the more than 75,000 people who have since last year fled the violence in northeast Nigeria by crossing into Chad, Cameroon and Niger. Full text...

  • South Africa: 67 South Africans dead in Nigerian building collapse
    16 september 2014 19:46:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Office of the Presidency on Tuesday night confirmed that 67 South Africans are among the dead after a building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria, on Friday. Full text...

  • Niger: US grants military equipment to Nigerien Armed Forces
    16 september 2014 17:31:38
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Nigerien Armed Forces on Tuesday received a donation of military equipment including trucks, generators, ambulances, radio transmitters, water and fuel tanks worth 4 billion FCFA from the United States, PANA reported from the country's capital Niamey. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Senate asks President Jonathan to declare "full scale" war on Boko Haram
    16 september 2014 16:40:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate Tuesday asked President Goodluck Jonathan to declare a full scale war on Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • UN: General Assembly concludes 68th session, begins 69th session Tuesday
    16 september 2014 15:00:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Closing the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, the out-gone Full text...

  • Zambia: Nigerian firm denies attempting to bribe Zambian Labour Minister
    16 september 2014 12:31:48
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Dangote Industries Zambia Limited (DIZ), a Nigerian firm operating in Zambia, has denied allegations by Zambia’s Minister of Labour Fackson Shamenda that the company’s Human Resources Manager Bala Zango attempted to bribe him. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military court sentences 12 soldiers to death for mutiny
    16 september 2014 10:00:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A military court sitting in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Tuesday sentenced 12 soldiers to death by firing squad for mutiny, another soldier to one-month jail while five others were freed. Full text...

  • US: Security Council extends Liberia's mission mandate
    16 september 2014 07:48:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution extending until 31 Dec. 2014 the mandate of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), and urged the mission to support the Ebola response mechanism in the country. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes official deployment of UN mission in CAR
    15 september 2014 22:53:01
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed the official transfer of authority from the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Full text...

  • UN: Envoy stresses need for peace, stability for Libya's progress
    15 september 2014 22:47:07
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Mr. Bernardino Leon, says three years after the fall of their former regime, the Libyan people find themselves nowhere close to realizing their hopes and aspirations for a better future, noting the urgency to take advantage of a "small window of opportunity". Full text...

  • Malawi: Nation's first 'cashgate' sentencing slated for 2 October
    15 september 2014 18:40:04
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - High Court judge Ivy Kamanga in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, Monday set 2 October as the day she will sentence a senior government official in the first case of the so-called 'cashgate' trials. Full text...

  • UN: 43,000 cases of missing persons remain unsolved
    15 september 2014 17:06:22
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of UN human rights experts Monday expressed concern over the rising wave of enforced disappearances worldwide, under the guise of preserving national security, combating terrorism or organized crime. Full text...

  • Senegal: Botswana under fire over journalist's arrest
    15 september 2014 17:06:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Monday criticised Botswana for arresting a journalist, Outsa Mokone, saying the country's ''image as a bastion of press freedom and good governance has been dented.'' Full text...

  • UN: Rights office hails ratification of disability convention by 150 States
    15 september 2014 16:48:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Guyana became the latest country to ratify the UN Convention on Full text...

  • South Africa: Nobel Laureates urge Zuma to intervene over Dalai Lama saga
    15 september 2014 15:21:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A group of 14 Nobel Peace Laureates on Monday called on President Jacob Zuma to guarantee the Dalai Lama a visa to South Africa, after the Tibetan spiritual leader was once again blocked by Pretoria. Full text...

  • Senegal: Amnesty seeks full deployment of UN peacekeepers to protect civilians in CAR
    15 september 2014 13:20:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Amnesty International on Monday called for the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) to be urgently brought up to full capacity so it can protect the civilian population vulnerable to serious human rights violations. Full text...

  • Egypt: CAF mourns ex-Nigeria coach
    15 september 2014 12:39:33
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - President Issa Hayatou of African soccer's governing body, CAF, has expressed sadness over the death of Ntiero Effiom, a former coach of Nigeria senior women’s national team, Super Falcons. Full text...

  • South Africa: Judge under fire over Pistorius verdict
    15 september 2014 10:22:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The furore over Judge Thokozile Masipa’s acquittal of Oscar Pistorius has continued to reverberate around South Africa. Full text...

  • US: Security Council deplores 'heinous' murder of British aid worker by Islamic militants
    15 september 2014 07:24:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the "heinous and cowardly" murder of Mr. David Haines, a British humanitarian aid worker, by the armed group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Full text...

  • UN: Ban strongly condemns latest attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali
    15 september 2014 07:19:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned an attack on a military vehicle of the UN mission in Mali that resulted in the death of a Chadian peacekeeper and left four other troops wounded. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Death toll from Nigeria building collapse rises to 39
    14 september 2014 13:39:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The number of those who died in Friday's collapse of a five-storey building within the premises of the Synagogue Church, on the outskirts of Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos, has risen to 39 while 130 people have been rescued, the local Premium Times newspaper reported, quoting the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military plane battling Boko Haram missing
    14 september 2014 10:29:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian war plane deployed against the Boko Haram terrorist group has gone missing in the northern state of Adamawa, according to Nigerian military spokesman Chris Olukolade. Full text...

  • South Africa: Apartheid-era journalist reburied 49 years after his death
    13 september 2014 17:24:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Almost 50 years after his tragic death, anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa was reburied in Durban's Chesterville on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Rebels anticipate major escalation in South Sudan warfare
    13 september 2014 14:31:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese rebels received six air force defectors on Saturday and warned the rebel front was prepared for a major escalation in the eight-month-long civil war. Full text...

  • US: UN urges efforts to support South-South cooperation
    12 september 2014 22:08:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says cooperation between and among developing countries offers a path to balancing growth and equity, and encourages them to learn from emerging partners in the global South to promote prosperity for all. Full text...

  • Libya: 5,600 Libyans to perform Hajj this year
    12 september 2014 20:49:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Some 5,600 Libyans will perform the pilgrimage to Mecca this year, an official at the Libyan ministry of Waqfs (Religious affairs) said on Friday. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 15,000 Central African Republic refugee kids out of school in Cameroon
    12 september 2014 19:48:36
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – About 15,000 school-age refugee children from Central African Republic are in urgent need of primary education but their country of asylum, Cameroon, cannot cater for their needs, according to a representative of the Ministry of Primary Education in the Eastern region. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya human rights body urges ceasefire in Ouerchefana zone of Tripoli
    12 september 2014 15:34:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya's National Committee of Human Rights has called for a nationwide ceasefire, urging opposed groups to stop fighting particularly in the western Tripoli zone of Ouerchefana. Full text...

  • Zambia: Journalists from state-run Times of Zambia to go on strike
    12 september 2014 13:56:17
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Journalists from the state-run Times of Zambia on Friday announced that they have unanimously resolved to go on strike beginning 17 September to protest against their four months' unpaid salaries. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius' bail extended after conviction, sentencing fixed for 13 Oct
    12 september 2014 13:22:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Judge Thokozile Masipa on Friday afternoon granted Oscar Pistorius extended bail while he awaits sentencing, on 13 Oct., for his culpable homicide conviction. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt. establishes national committee to fight corruption, mismanagement
    12 september 2014 11:41:28
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government Thursday announced it would establish a national commission to fight against corruption and mismanagement. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide
    12 september 2014 09:35:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A day after being cleared on a main charge of murder, Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was Friday found guilty of culpable homicide in the death of model Reeva Steenkamp. Full text...

  • UN: Officials urge member states to craft 'bold, pragmatic' post-2015 agenda
    11 september 2014 19:14:55
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday stressed the need Full text...

  • UN: ICC issues arrest warrant against Sudanese
    11 september 2014 18:03:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Trial Chamber IV of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday issued an arrest warrant against a Sudanese citizen, Abdallah Banda, who is wanted to answer three charges of crimes. Full text...

  • Libya: Madrid to host ministerial conference on Libyan crisis next week
    11 september 2014 14:53:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Spanish capital, Madrid, will host a ministerial conference on stability and development in Libya on 17 September with countries from the region and international organizations participating. Full text...

  • Botswana: Gaborone warns Washington to keep away from Botswana's internal affairs
    11 september 2014 14:48:05
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has told the US Government to keep the distance from its internal affairs or follow protocol in registering concerns. Full text...

  • Libya: 5 soldiers killed, 25 others abducted in Benghazi
    11 september 2014 14:33:21
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Five Libyan soldiers have been killed, seven injured and 25 others abducted in an attack on a check point manned by a unit of the Special Forces in the city of Benghazi, scene of bloody armed clashes over the past few weeks. Full text...

  • South Africa: Judge indicates Pistorius not guilty of pre-meditated murder
    11 september 2014 11:06:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - In a dramatic development in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, Judge Thokozile Masipa Thursday ruled that the State has not proven beyond reasonable doubt that the Paralympian is guilty of pre-meditated murder. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius Post launches Postcode Directory
    11 september 2014 10:30:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius Post Ltd Thursday launched its first postcode directory that will enable faster sorting and delivery of mails, packets and parcels, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Mauritius:14 Indonesian sailors arrested in Mauritius
    11 september 2014 09:57:25
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Fourteen Indonesian sailors were arrested at Trou Fanfaron in the port area of the Mauritian capital, Port Louis, Thursday morning, following violent clashes in which a hundred of them were involved, PANA reported from here. Full text...

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