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  • Libya: Prosecutor orders investigations into "war crimes" in Libya
    16 august 2014 18:29:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan public prosecutor has ordered investigations into "crimes" perpetrated during the armed clashes between rival militias in Tripoli and Benghazi, to determine whether they are war crimes, crimes against humanities or "freedom confiscation", according to investigating chief at the prosecutor’s office, Seddick Al-Sour. Full text...

  • South Africa: Reburial of Nat Nakasa puts spotlight on Apartheid-era exiles (News feature by Craig Urquart, PANA Correspondent)
    16 august 2014 09:49:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African government this week began the process of returning the remains of acclaimed journalist, Nat Nakasa, from the United States for reburial at his home near Durban. Full text...

  • Senegal: Teachers suspend lectures at public universities in Senegal
    16 august 2014 08:46:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegal's Autonomous Union of Teachers of the Tertiary Education (SAES) on Friday called all its members to boycott lectures in public universities until the resignation of the ministers of Tertiary Education and Home ministers, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyans demonstrate against foreign intervention
    16 august 2014 08:29:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Thousands of Libyans on Friday took to the streets in the capital, Tripoli, to demonstrate against calls, by the new Parliament, for international intervention in the violent crisis ravaging their country. Full text...

  • Senegal: Media watchdog commends Sierra Leone's Justice Minister
    15 august 2014 20:40:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based media watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has commended Sierra Leone's Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Frankly Bai Kargbo, for his intervention that saw the release of convicted journalist. Full text...

  • UN: Mission condemns clashes in South Sudan town
    15 august 2014 20:27:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned Friday's outbreak of violence in Bentiu which caused hundreds of people to seek shelter at the nearest airport. Full text...

  • UN: Rights expert calls for immediate release of political detainees in Sudan
    15 august 2014 19:56:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Mr. Mashood Adebayo Baderin, on Friday denounced the arrest and sentencing of political activists in Sudan, reiterating his call on the government to free all political detainees to enable the holding of an inclusive national dialogue. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir discharged from hospital after knee operation
    15 august 2014 18:36:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Al Bashir of Sudan on Friday left Khartoum’s Royal Care Hospital after undergoing a surgical operation on his left knee. Full text...

  • South Africa: Honeymoon murder accused fit to stand trial
    15 august 2014 13:24:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Western Cape High Court on Friday heard that honeymoon murder accused, Shrien Dewani, is mentally fit to stand trial, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Kenya: Airways faces public wrath over West Africa flights 
    15 august 2014 13:18:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Airways (KQ) is facing mounting domestic pressure to suspend flights to West Africa following the spread of the Ebola virus days after a World Health Organisation (WHO) warned of a potential importation of the virus. Full text...

  • Nigeria: '100 boys, young men abducted'
    15 august 2014 12:31:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - About 100 boys and young men have been abducted by suspected Boko Haram gunmen from the Doron Baga community in Nigeria's northern Borno state, the private Punch newspaper reported Friday, quoting a source in the state capital, Maiduguri. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Govt. orders local paper to apologise for false report on Ebola
    15 august 2014 10:12:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian authorities Friday ordered a local Kiswahili language tabloid, Sani, to apologise for publishing a false report on an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the East African country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: President Kikwete asks Tanzanian Diaspora to explore markets, investments abroad
    15 august 2014 09:32:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has challenged his compatriots in the Diaspora to scout for markets for the country's products abroad and for investors to make use of opportunities in the East African country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Cleric slams apathy over violence in Nigeria, Gaza
    15 august 2014 08:10:41
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town has questioned why Africa, the United States and the international community did not "erupt in outrage" at the violence being experienced in Gaza and in northern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Senegal: Journo gets 1-year suspended sentence over false news on Ebola
    15 august 2014 08:02:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Director of publication of the Senegalese daily “La Tribune” Félix Nzalé was sentenced to a one-year suspended sentence and a fine of one million FCFA (US$2,000) Thursday, after he was found guilty of publishing false news about the Ebola epidemic that is now ravaging parts of West Africa, PANA reported from Dakar. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID concerned about security raids in South Darfur
    14 august 2014 21:30:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on Thursday expressed concern over what it described as "security raids" recently conducted by the Government of Sudan in camps of internally displaced people (IDP) in Nyala and surrounding localities in South Darfur. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy condemns murder of family in eastern DRC town
    14 august 2014 19:42:54
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), Martin Kobler on Thursday condemned the murder of six members of the same family in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and urged those living in the town of Mutarule to practise restraint to avoid further escalation. Full text...

  • UN: UNAMID expresses concern over security raids on Darfur camps
    14 august 2014 19:10:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Thursday expressed Full text...

  • Nigeria: National conference ends amidst celebration by delegates
    14 august 2014 17:05:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's national conference, inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan on 17 March 2014, closed Thursday amidst fanfare laced with solidarity songs. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA concerned over constant fines against Ivorian Journalists
    14 august 2014 15:37:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional press freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Thursday expressed concern over ''the constant fines'' imposed on media organizations and journalists by Ivorian press regulatory body. Full text...

  • Kenya: Curb rights violations in southern Africa, Amnesty tells SADC
    14 august 2014 13:51:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should address human rights violations among its member states, as part of measures to improve the lives of its people, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, said Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Irish national as new deputy envoy for Guinea-Bissau
    14 august 2014 07:42:22
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment Full text...

  • Nigeria: Defence spokesman defends military
    13 august 2014 22:08:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Defence Spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, on Wednesday defended the Nigerian military on a wide range of issues, declaring that the military is well equipped to fight and win the war against the Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • DR Congo: MONUSCO chief urges youth mobilization for DRC development
    13 august 2014 21:56:55
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General in DRC, Martin Kobler, has called called for the mobilization of youths who are stakeholders of change for DR Congo's development. Full text...

  • Libya: 5 killed, over 10 injured in continuing Tripoli clashes
    13 august 2014 21:33:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Missiles that hit the neighborhood of Ghout Al-Chaal in Tripoli, as fighting between rival militias continues for the control of the airport, have killed 5 and injured over 10 people, according to revised figures from the Ministry of Health. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan appoints new head of Nigeria's civil service
    13 august 2014 21:18:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday appointed Mr Danladi Kifasi as the new Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF). Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA wants Burkina Faso to do more for journalists' safety
    13 august 2014 17:53:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based subregional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Wednesday called on authorities in Burkina Faso to do more for the safety of journalists in the West African state. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian navy rescues illegal migrants sailing to Italy
    13 august 2014 16:43:02
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Ten Tunisians were rescued Tuesday night by the Tunisian Navy after an inflatable motorboat on which they were travelling appeared to be in urgent need of assistance about 16 kilometres off the coast of El Haouaria city, the Ministry of Defence here said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Police arrest Djibouti journalist covering demonstration
    13 august 2014 14:39:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for the release of Mohamed Ibrahim Waiss, a radio journalist who was taken into custody on Friday in a suburb of the capital, Djibouti City, and accused of incitement and publishing false news. Full text...

  • Senegal: Two leaders charged in Gambia for disobeying Presidential order
    13 august 2014 12:59:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Gambia has charged two community leaders to court for allegedly disobeying a presidential order by celebrating the last Eid el Fitr on 29 July instead of the officially-sanctioned date of 28 July, PANA reported from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: 1 dies, 9 wounded in new bombings in Tripoli
    13 august 2014 12:50:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - At least one person was killed and nine others injured in bombings targeting the district of Ghout al-Chaal in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, as the violence ravaging the north African nation continues unabated. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU calls for immediate release of opposition leader
    13 august 2014 12:29:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) Wednesday called for the immediate release of Dr. Mariam Sadiq Al Mahdi, daughter of opposition leader Sadiq al mahadi, who was detained upon her return from Paris, France, where her father signed an agreement with armed opposition, to the chagrin of the government. Full text...

  • Kenya: Police body cancels hiring at 36 centres over irregularities
    13 august 2014 08:40:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Thousands of young Kenyans eager to join the National Police Service will have to wait longer before realising their ambition, after the police commission nullified recruitment at 36 centres, citing irregularities, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Rights experts concerned by postponement of Gambian visit
    13 august 2014 07:57:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Two UN human rights experts said the last-minute postponement of a visit to Gambia by the authorities is "extremely worrying" and casts doubt on the West African country’s commitment to human rights. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 5 killed, 2 injured in road accident
    12 august 2014 22:36:33
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Five members of a family on board a tourist car on Tuesday were killed in a collision with a truck near Edea, about 60km from Douala, on the Yaounde-Douala road. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'Government unconcerned with UN investigation into UNAMID performance'
    12 august 2014 20:36:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government says it is not concerned with a probe the United Nations is launching into the performance of the peacekeeping mission in Darfur, UNAMID, which it runs jointly with the African Union. Full text...

  • UN: Mission condemns ongoing fighting in Libya despite calls for ceasefire
    12 august 2014 18:32:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Tuesday condemned the battles in the capital, Tripoli, which continue despite repeated international calls for an immediate ceasefire and appeals to refrain from the use of force to resolve political differences. Full text...

  • Gambia: Government postpones visit of UN experts on torture
    12 august 2014 18:02:57
    Banju, Gambia (PANA) - UN Special Rapporteurs on torture and summary, extrajudicial and arbitrary executions have expressed deep disappointment with the unilateral decision taken by the Government of Gambia to put off their country until 18 August 2014. Full text...

  • Mali: AU provides food aid to 500 families in Kidal region
    12 august 2014 17:50:42
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The African Union Mission for Mali and the Sahel (Misahel) has distributed several tons of relief food to over 500 families in Kidal region of northern Mali in the first phase of an operation dubbed 'Basket of the heart', the Mission said Tuesday in a statement sent to PANA here. Full text...

  • UN: General Assembly president tasks member states on youth development
    12 august 2014 15:16:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. John Ashe, on Tuesday encouraged UN member states, civil society and other stakeholders to recognize that youth participation will be essential for the successful implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 147,000 flee fighting in Libya
    12 august 2014 14:42:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - More than 147,000 people, of 74 nationalities, fleeing the fighting in Tripoli and other Libyan cities have crossed the Tunisian-Libyan border crossing of Ras Jadir and landed in Tunisia, PANA learnt from security sources. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ fears for DRC Journalists ahead of elections
    12 august 2014 14:23:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has released a statement, expressing fear over the fate of the media in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ahead of the country's election, PANA reported from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Deputy President on the firing line at investigation commission
    12 august 2014 14:04:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African's Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Tuesday spent his second day on the firing line at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the August 2012 clashes at the Marikana Mine, which left 44 striking workers dead. Full text...

  • US: UN lines up events to celebrate World Humanitarian Day
    12 august 2014 09:39:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN said this year's commemoration of the World Humanitarian Day will feature events ranging from a 5-kilometre run/walk in Mogadishu, Somalia, a wreath-laying ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey, and a radio talk show with disaster management experts in Papua New Guinea. Full text...

  • UN: Inter-communal violence, banditry threaten civilians in Darfur
    12 august 2014 09:27:13
    New York, US (PANA) - African Union-UN Special Representative for Darfur (UNAMID), Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, says although fighting between Sudanese government forces and armed movements ebbed considerably during the past months, inter-communal violence and acts of banditry continue to be a challenge for the people of Darfur. Full text...

  • Belgium: Eritreans top asylum seekers in Belgium
    11 august 2014 21:07:50
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Eritreans were the biggest group of Africans seeking asylum in Belgium in July, according to a report by the Commission for Refugees and Stateless Persons (DGRA), a Belgian government organ in charge of controlling political refugees. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir has second knee surgery in three months
    11 august 2014 19:48:19
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir has undergone a second knee operation in three months in Khartoum’s Royal Care Hospital, the official Sudan News Agency reported. Full text...

  • Malawi: Blantyre clears vendors off streets
    11 august 2014 19:32:30
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) -There was an eerie atmosphere in the streets of Malawi's commercial capital, Blantyre, Monday as city authorities, backed by armed police officers, cleared the streets of vendors. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan special forces lose 63 soldiers in action in Benghazi
    11 august 2014 17:16:32
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Libyan special forces lost 63 soldiers and over 200 others were injured in fierce fighting with armed militias in the eastern city of Benghazi between 21 and 30 July 2014, sources in the Special Forces disclosed Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'Terrorism has no place in Tunisian society,' says PM Jomâa
    11 august 2014 15:29:56
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Terrorism has no place in Tunisia, the North African country's Prime Minister, Mehdi Jomâa, said here Monday, adding that overcoming the violence is only a matter of time. Full text...

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