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  • UN Security Council condemns Somalia terrorist attack in which dozens were killed or injured
    12 november 2018 00:28:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The members of the United Nations Security Council have condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Friday’s car bomb attack in Somalia, in which dozens of innocent women, children and men were killed or injured, and reiterated that any acts of terrorism are "criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed". Full text...

  • UN Chief urges nations to work together
    12 november 2018 00:23:38
    Paris France (PANA) - From conflict and economic downturn to disease and climate change, global problems require “more than ever” a strengthening of international cooperation, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told world leaders at the Paris Peace Forum on Sunday, commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War. Full text...

  • South Sudanese marriage after auction sparks row over traditional practice
    11 november 2018 13:23:58
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - South Sudan's gender activists have gone up in arms over the marriage of 17-year old Nyalong Ngong Deng to a man who offered the highest price for her hand in marriage in what appeared to have been a marriage-by-auction competition. Full text...

  • Cameroonian refugee arrivals in Nigeria reach 30,000 - UNHCR
    10 november 2018 19:42:18
    Ogoja, Nigeria (PANA) - The number of Cameroonians fleeing violence and seeking refuge in neighbouring Nigeria has crossed the 30,000 mark, the United Nations refugee agency has said, highlighting that the needs on the ground are outpacing assistance efforts. Full text...

  • Somalis will not be deterred by Friday’s terror attacks – UN chief
    10 november 2018 19:31:35
    Mogadishu, Somali (PANA) - Following Friday’s bomb attacks and gunfire in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, UN Chief António Guterres has expressed his faith that Somalis “will not be deterred” in their pursuit of lasting peace and political stability. Full text...

  • Burkinabè President to participate in Armistice centenary celebration
    10 november 2018 11:52:06
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, will participate, along with the French President Emmanuel Macron, in the commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice on Sunday, according to an official statement in the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Sudanese humanitarian aid delivered to CAR
    10 november 2018 11:04:58
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A Sudanese convoy of humanitarian aid has been delivered in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), ahead of peace negotiations between the feuding CAR parties. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force jets destroy Boko Haram locations in Northeast Nigeria
    10 november 2018 10:26:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Saturday said that its fighter jets “neutralized" several Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in Talala, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigerian President Buhari leaves for Paris Peace Forum
    09 november 2018 18:52:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari departed Abuja on Friday for Paris, France, to participate in the first edition of the three-day Paris Peace Forum which kicks off on Sunday. Full text...

  • Reviving Lake Chad vital to basin countries' environment, conservation
    09 november 2018 18:20:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said his administration will continue to keep the issue of reviving the Lake Chad on the front burner and exert more commitment from the developed countries to do the needful. Full text...

  • 121 stranded Nigerians return from Libya
    09 november 2018 18:13:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday said it has received another batch of 121 stranded Nigerians from Libya. Full text...

  • Inheritance feud clouds anniversary of legend's death
    09 november 2018 15:09:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Friday marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Miriam Makeba, the first African music star to become a global celebrity, but a dispute over her estate has clouded the occasion. Full text...

  • Mauritanian president to attend the centenary of the 1918 armistice in Paris
    09 november 2018 15:00:12
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed ould Abdel Aziz, is expected in Paris, France, on Friday to take part in both the celebration of the centenary of the 1918 armistice and a peace forum, PANA learned from official sources. Full text...

  • International neglect of CAR will lead to new catastrophe, warns NRC
    09 november 2018 05:08:50
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - A humanitarian charity is warning that an international neglect of Central African Republic (CAR) will lead to new catastrophe in country where internal displacement, war and conflict have made life bearable for the citizens. Full text...

  • Cameroonian journalist detained on charge of spreading false news
    08 november 2018 19:52:09
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The editor-in-chief of Equinoxe Television's English-language channel, Mimi Mefo Takambou, has been detained since Wednesday at the New Bell prison in Douala, Cameroon's economic capital, for spreading false news and cyber crime, PANA learnt Thursday from the National Union of Journalists of Cameroon (NUJC). Full text...

  • Gendarme wounded in terror attack in northern Burkina Faso
    08 november 2018 19:24:46
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A Burkinabè policeman was wounded early Thursday in a terror attack on Namsiguian gendarmerie station, located 65 km from Kongoussi in the north-central region of Burkina Faso, a police source said. Full text...

  • IREX honours teacher for championing girl child education in Kenya
    08 november 2018 18:25:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global development and education organization, IREX, on Thursday honoured Kenyan teacher Alice Sayo for starting a girls school with a view to up-scaling education among the pastoralist Maasai community. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army “successfully foils” Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria
    08 november 2018 16:43:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Thursday said its troops “successfully foiled” Boko Haram terrorist attacks at its base in Katarko town, located 20 km to Yobe state capital, Damaturu in northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • US school reading project targets 15 million school children in Ethiopia
    08 november 2018 16:27:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ethiopia's Ministry of Education have launched a project to improve reading and writing skills of 15 million children in primary school, officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal opens cyber security training centre
    08 november 2018 16:17:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A National Cyber security School will open in January next year in Dakar, according to a statement issued here Wednesday following a session of the Council of Ministers that was chaired by President Macky Sall. Full text...

  • Sudan declares military cooperation with neighbours
    08 november 2018 11:00:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Defence Minister, Lt. Gen. Awad Ibn Oaf, has revealed the existence of military coordination between Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt and Libya to maintain security on their common borders. Full text...

  • AU calls for arrest, prosecution of school children abductors in Cameroon
    08 november 2018 10:15:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union has condemned the abduction of children in Cameroon, saying it constituted a major violation of human rights, the right to safety and education. Full text...

  • Rwandan church building collapse kills two
    08 november 2018 09:46:16
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Two worshipers at a church in northeast Rwanda died on Wednesday when their makeshift church building collapsed on them during a rainstorm. Full text...

  • Pretoria addresses detention of prominent journalists
    08 november 2018 09:34:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) on Thursday expressed deep concern over the detention of South African journalist, Angela Quintal and her Kenyan colleague, Muthoki Mumo, in Dar es Salaam. Full text...

  • 'International crime gangs amass ‘staggering’ profits in conflict zones'
    08 november 2018 06:33:33
    New York, US (PANA) - During a Tuesday briefing to the Security Council, Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, described the problem as a “global and accelerating phenomenon, and a threat to international peace and security”, that, in conflict areas alone, is generating around $31.5 billion in illicit profits. Full text...

  • Nigerian Navy hosts UK Prince Charles in Lagos
    07 november 2018 16:57:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Navy on Wednesday hosted visiting Prince Charles of Wales in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, as part of the continuation of the Prince’s three-day business and cultural tour of Nigeria. Full text...

  • Malian association cries out against mistreatment of foreigners in Angola
    07 november 2018 16:47:06
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian Association of Expellees (AME) has expressed concern about the recent wave of arrests, detentions and expulsions of hundreds of thousands of African migrants, including Malians, from Angola. Full text...

  • Expulsion of Congolese from Angola aggravates dire crisis in Kasai - NRC
    07 november 2018 14:14:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The expulsion of an estimated 360,000 Congolese from Angola in October is aggravating an already dire humanitarian crisis in DRC, says the Norwegian Refugee Council. Full text...

  • Rights body faults arrest of 10 'gays' in Zanzibar
    07 november 2018 13:58:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International has faulted and strongly condemned the arrest of 10 men suspected to be gays by Tanzanian authorities. Full text...

  • World Youth Forum ends
    07 november 2018 11:59:00
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Egyptian city of Aswan, 800 km from the capital Cairo, has been declared 2019 African Youth City, at the end of the second World Youth Forum in Sharm Sheikh, attended by the Egyptian and Sudanese presidents, Abdel Fatteh Al-Sissi and Omar al-Bashir respectively. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Rwanda to drop charges against former presidential hopeful and her mother
    07 november 2018 10:50:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, on Wednesday asked the Rwandan authorities to drop the expression-related charges against a would-be presidential candidate and her mother ahead of the resumption of their trial. Full text...

  • Death toll on Mediterranean this year crosses 2,000-mark
    07 november 2018 10:10:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The number of lives lost on the Mediterranean this year has exceeded 2,000 with 17 people having been found dead this week off the Spanish coast, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has reported. Full text...

  • Dakar forum on peace, security in Africa ends
    07 november 2018 09:48:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Fifth International Dakar Forum on Peace and Security in Africa ended on Tuesday in Diamniadio, about 40 km east of the Senegalese capital, with a call on African countries to strengthen cooperation between their intelligence services. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping official calls for more women UN police
    07 november 2018 06:51:30
    New York, US (PANA) - More women officers are needed at UN Police, to make the work of the Organization more efficient and reach the whole population they are meant to serve, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Tuesday, adding that, “to reach our full potential, we must bring more women police officers into the fold”. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns student abductions in north-west Cameroon
    07 november 2018 06:04:12
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Monday’s reported kidnapping of students and staff from a secondary school in Bamenda, North-West region of Cameroon. Full text...

  • EU Council removes Namibia from list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions
    06 november 2018 20:42:10
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union on Tuesday removed Namibia from the its list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, stating, “this is a positive development.”. Full text...

  • Khartoum welcomes South Sudan's initiative to help end conflict in Sudan
    06 november 2018 20:01:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has welcomed the good offices offered by South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit for resolving the remaining conflict in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains areas. Full text...

  • Sudan and Turkey discuss military cooperation
    06 november 2018 19:54:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) Sudanese Defence Minister Awad Ibn Oaf and his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, on Tuesday discussed bilateral cooperation emphasising military collaboration between the two countries. Full text...

  • Buhari says he is "distressed and depressed" by the atrocious ethno-religious killings in Nigeria
    06 november 2018 15:49:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday spoke on the spate of killings in Nigeria, saying he is distressed and depressed by the atrocious ethno-religious killings in the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force fighter jets destroy Boko Haram camp in Northeast Nigeria
    06 november 2018 15:43:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday said that its fighter jets destroyed a Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) camp and “neutralized” several terrorists at Ngwuri Gana in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Paris Peace Forum opens on Sunday
    06 november 2018 11:46:28
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Paris Peace Forum opens on Sunday in the French capital with thousands of participants including several African heads of State and government, representatives of international organisations and the civil society expected to attend. Full text...

  • Pro-Sudan gov't militia vows to 'liberate' Jebel Marra from rebels
    06 november 2018 11:30:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Commander of the Sudanese pro-government Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia, General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, has vowed that his forces will "liberate" Jebel Marra area, in North Darfur, from fighters of the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement of Abdul Wahid Nor (SLM/AW) in the next three months. Full text...

  • Nigeria's central labour union calls off planned strike
    06 november 2018 07:20:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s organised labour has called off the nationwide industrial action scheduled to commence on Tuesday to further press for workers’ demand for a new national minimum wage. Full text...

  • Rights group demands freedom for 70 schoolchildren taken in mass abduction in Cameroon
    06 november 2018 07:05:54
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International is demanding the release of at least 70 school children who were abducted on Monday in the the Anglophone region. Full text...

  • UN recorded 64 new allegations of sexual exploitation or abuse in past three months
    06 november 2018 05:47:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Across its various offices, agencies, and partner organisations implementing its programmes, the United Nations received 64 new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), involving 77 victims, between July and September, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said on Monday. Full text...

  • Kwese TV to close pay television channels in Africa
    05 november 2018 15:33:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African broadcaster, Kwesé TV, will begin shutting down its pay-television sports and entertainment channels after a torrid 18 months littered with missed payments and cancelled deals, the London-based media organization, SportBusiness, reports. Full text...

  • Dakar Forum on Peace and security in Africa opens in Senegal
    05 november 2018 14:49:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The fifth edition of the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa began on Monday in Diamniadio, a town 40 kilometers east of the Senegalese capital, Dakar. Full text...

  • Senegalese President urges African states to step up fight against terrorism
    05 november 2018 14:44:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese President Macky Sall, on Monday urged African governments to deploy the necessary means to ensure peace and security in their countries, and address the concerns of their youth, in order to prevent them from joining terrorist groups. Full text...

  • Three students killed in school attack in southern Libya
    05 november 2018 12:42:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan coastal region of Sabratha, 70 kilometres west of the capital, Tripoli, is now calm after a bloody attack on a school in the south of the city, which left three students dead and five others injured, hospital sources said. Full text...

  • Nigerian public university teachers embark on indefinite strike over poor funding
    05 november 2018 11:22:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – University teachers in Nigeria under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday began an indefinite and total nationwide strike to protest the poor funding of Nigerian universities. Full text...

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