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  • Kenya: Protect ICC witnesses, rights body urges DRC
    07 july 2014 08:52:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Congolese authorities and the International Criminal Court (ICC) must do everything in their power to ensure that three men due to be returned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) do not face the death penalty or torture, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya sends mixed signals over terror attacks
    07 july 2014 08:47:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Even though Somali terror group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for Saturday night's attack on Kenya's coastal region which left 22 people dead, the government insists the attack was carried out by a local separatist group, Mombasa Republican Council (MRC). Full text...

  • Benin: Four securty agents sacked for extortion
    06 july 2014 20:41:56
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The Beninese government has ordered the sack of four security agents accused of extorting passengers at the Cotonou airport, according to a decision from the Council of Ministers. Full text...

  • UN: Refugee agency warns Sudan over forced return of Eritrean asylum seekers
    06 july 2014 19:09:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says Sudan has forced dozens of Eritrean refugees and other asylum seekers to return to their home country, warning that the recent deportations are "an act of repression" and could place the lives and liberty of those expelled at risk. Full text...

  • US/UN: Envoy deplores attacks on Somalia's parliament
    06 july 2014 17:46:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay has condemned Full text...

  • South Africa: TV channels airs dramatic Oscar Pistorius footage
    06 july 2014 14:03:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Lawyers for murder-accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius have warned they will take legal action over a leaked dramatic television footage that shows him re-enacting the moment he shot his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Full text...

  • Kenya: Terror attacks on Kenyan coastal villages leave 22 dead
    06 july 2014 13:58:54
    Mombasa, Kenya (PANA) - At least 22 people have been confirmed dead in overnight attacks in the Kenyan coastal villages of Hindi, where 65 people were killed mid-June, and in Gamba, in the Tana River Delta, Police said Sunday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Russian tourist killed in Mombasa
    06 july 2014 13:51:45
    Mombasa, Kenya (PANA) - A female Russian tourist who was shot and wounded in an attack in Fort Jesus, in Kenya's port city of Mombasa, died later in hospital Sunday, Police and medics said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military ''kills'' 53 insurgents
    06 july 2014 10:14:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military has said it killed 53 insurgents and lost six troops during an attack by the terrorists on military and police formations in Damboa town in northern Borno state on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Deputy Presiddent Ramaphosa to attend WWI ceremony
    05 july 2014 08:42:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Deputy South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has flown to France to attend this weekend’s commemoration of the 98th anniversary of the battle of Delville Wood, which occurred during World War I. Full text...

  • South Africa: Cape Town hosts international mathematics olympiad
    05 july 2014 08:22:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Young mathematicians from around the world are attending the 55th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Cape Town this weekend. It marks the first time the event is being held in Africa. Full text...

  • Mozambique: 'Pupil/teacher ratio higher than recommended figure'
    04 july 2014 22:14:50
    Namaacha, Mozambique (PANA) - The pupil/teacher ratio in Mozambique is still higher the recommended average, despite a reduction of 7% between 2010 and 2013, the Mozambican Education Minister, Augusto Jone, has said. Full text...

  • Mali: Government subsidises meat prices during Ramadan
    04 july 2014 20:54:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government has released FCFA 200 million to subsidise meat prices during Ramadan. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Several convicted terrorists transferred to Nouakchott prison
    04 july 2014 20:03:54
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Several jihadists sentenced to heavy prison terms for terrorist activities were on Thursday night transferred to a prison in Nouakchott, the local media reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military arrests 3 female members of Boko Haram recruiting wing
    04 july 2014 14:46:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military Friday announced the arrest of a three-member female unit of the Boko Haram terrorists who specialise in recruiting ladies into the female wing of the group. Full text...

  • Nigeria: CPJ 'alarmed' at seizure of Nigerian journo
    04 july 2014 14:26:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed shock at the abduction of a Nigerian journalist by armed men Tuesday, and warned that nothing bad should happen to him. Full text...

  • Libya: Supreme court appoints Attorney General
    04 july 2014 11:51:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya’s Supreme Court has appointed Ibrahim Anis Bechiah as acting Attorney General, the Libyan media reported Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: Home of Libyan Minister attacked
    04 july 2014 10:27:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Unidentified gunmen Thursday evening attacked the home of Libya's Minister of Culture Habib al-Amine and left him a threatening message, the Libyan press agency, LANA, quoted the Minister as saying. Full text...

  • UN: 'Number of South Sudanese sheltering at UN bases to remain high'
    03 july 2014 22:33:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says that the number of conflict-displaced persons sheltering at its bases is likely to remain high over the coming months in light of insecurity and the projected worsening of the food security situation. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says death penalty has no place in the 21st century
    03 july 2014 18:23:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, says the death penalty has no Full text...

  • UN: Envoy condemns murder of Somali parliamentarian
    03 july 2014 18:10:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission Full text...

  • Nigeria: 2 Formula 1 drivers step up "Turn Back Crime" campaign
    03 july 2014 16:54:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two of the world’s best known Formula 1 racing drivers – Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen – have added their voices to the "Turn Back Crime" campaign, Full text...

  • Senegal: Senegal to host conference on International Criminal Justice
    03 july 2014 15:27:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegal will host a conference on the theme ''International Criminal Justice, Reconciliation and Peace in Africa: the ICC and Beyond'', to be held from 10-12 July, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Army denies rebels down military helicopter
    03 july 2014 11:38:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese army has described as a “mere allegation” a rebel report that a military helicopter operating east of Kadugli, South Kordufan state capital, was downed by their artillery. Full text...

  • Botswana: First Braille resource centre opens
    03 july 2014 10:06:08
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana Association of the Blind and Partial Sighted (BABS) has announced plans to open the country’s first resource centre for the blind. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Libyan diplomat commits suicide
    03 july 2014 08:39:26
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Investigation is underway to establish the circumstances surrounding the apparent suicide by Libya’s acting Ambassador to Tanzania Ismail Nwairat, according to Dar es Salaam Special Zone commander Suleiman Kova. Full text...

  • UN: Urgent efforts needed to avert further crises in Somalia
    02 july 2014 22:45:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director of Operations at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Mr John Ging, has warned that urgent action is needed to prevent a worsening of the humanitarian crises in Somalia, urging donors to help the country to step up its response as well as to consolidate the recent gains made. Full text...

  • Angola: SADC special force to undergo training
    02 july 2014 20:50:51
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – The Angolan army has presented a schedule for the training of a special force for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) aimed at enhancing security in the region. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Four soldiers killed in mine explosion in north-west Tunisia
    02 july 2014 19:27:22
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Four soldiers of the Tunisian army were killed on Wednesday in a mine explosion at Mount Wargha, near the border with Algeria, in the northwest of Tunisia. Full text...

  • Libya: Muezzin of Benghazi mosque shot dead
    02 july 2014 19:09:58
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – A muezzin of a mosque in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city, was shot dead on Tuesday evening, as rockets were fired on several districts for the second consecutive night since the beginning of Ramadan, security sources said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Ghanaian General to head UN observer mission in India, Pakistan
    02 july 2014 18:58:46
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Major-General Delali Johnson Sakyi of Ghana, as the head of the UN mission tasked with monitoring the ceasefire line between India and Pakistan. Full text...

  • Nigeria: MPs move to regulate activities of CSOs, NGOs, FBOs
    02 july 2014 17:55:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian House of Representatives Wednesday began formal moves to regulate the activities of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NG0s) and Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) in the country. Full text...

  • Burundi: Luanda hosts ICGLR-SADC joint meeting on Security in DR Congo
    02 july 2014 17:23:39
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs of member countries of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and those of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) meet Wednesday in Luanda, the Angolan capital, as part of efforts aimed at analyzing the political and security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), PANA learnt here from diplomatic sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria: MPs calls for transit refugee camps for victims of Boko Haram violence
    02 july 2014 16:31:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian House of Representatives Wednesday asked the Nigerian government to establish refugee transit camps in the country to cater for the needs of Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are victims of the Boko Haram attacks. Full text...

  • Sao Tome and Principe: Brazil helps Sao Tome and Principe enhance maritime security
    02 july 2014 14:15:55
    Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) - Brazil has offered two vessels and a patrol boat to Sao Tome and Principe to help the African country strengthen surveillance on its territorial waters, PANA learnt here Wednesday from official sources. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzania’s Diaspora return to roots
    02 july 2014 14:10:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Thousands of Tanzanians from the Diaspora will hold their first-ever conference here 14-15 August 2014 with the aim of establishing an inclusive agenda for their participation the country’s development, organisers of the event said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Framework to harmonise human rights reporting in W/Africa sought
    02 july 2014 13:56:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The General Assembly of West African Network of National Human Rights Institutions (NNHRI), which has just rounded off in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, has called for the establishment of a framework for the harmonisation of human rights reporting in the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Media watchdog asks Gambian police to stop harassing journalist
    02 july 2014 11:20:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has asked the Gambian police to stop harassing a journalist over a story highlighting human trafficking in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Four perish in cargo plane crash
    02 july 2014 10:44:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Four crew members died on Wednesday morning when a cargo plane crashed into a building a few minutes after taking off from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body faults AU for granting African leaders immunity
    02 july 2014 08:15:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The decision by the just-concluded African Union (AU) Summit in Equatorial Guinea to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity is a backward step in the fight against impunity, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • UN: Child rights being violated in conflict situations with total impunity
    01 july 2014 22:11:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Leila Zerrougui, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict, says the rights of children are being violated in conflict situations with total impunity. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abuja Court refuses request to extradite Nigerian to the Netherlands
    01 july 2014 18:56:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Nigerian court in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, Tuesday turned down a request by the Nigerian nfederal government to extradite its national, Mr. Kingsley Edegbe, to the Netherlands for trial over alleged human trafficking offences. Full text...

  • UN: Relief agencies issue urgent appeal for 800,000 refugees in Africa
    01 july 2014 18:40:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The heads of two UN Nations humanitarian agencies on Tuesday issued an urgent appeal as food shortages hit nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa, threatening to worsen already unacceptable levels of acute malnutrition, stunting and anaemia, particularly in children. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns explosion in northern Mali
    01 july 2014 15:59:23
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned an explosion in northern Mali which killed a UN peacekeeper and injured six others. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senate mandates panel to probe alleged ceeding of Nigerian territory to Cameroon
    01 july 2014 15:47:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate Tuesday mandated its committee on States and Local Government Affairs to investigate alleged attempts by agencies under the executive branch to cede parts of Cross River States of Nigeria to Cameroon. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Many feared dead in Nigeria explosion
    01 july 2014 11:55:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people were feared killed and injured Tuesday in an explosion that rocked a popular market in Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria's northern Borno state, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Key suspect in abduction of school girls 'arrested'
    01 july 2014 11:39:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military said it had arrested a key suspect in the abduction of over 200 school girls over two months ago in Chibok in northern Borno state. Full text...

  • Libya: Ex-Libyan army officer, son killed in Benghazi
    01 july 2014 11:10:06
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - A former Libyan army officer and his son were killed in the country's second largest city of Benghazi Monday evening by gunmen, security and hospital sources said. Full text...

  • UN: Experts urge Egypt to overturn largest confirmed mass death verdict
    30 june 2014 21:24:11
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of UN human rights experts has said the credibility and integrity of the Egyptian justice system has become "deeply compromised", urging the government to impose a moratorium on the death penalty and to offer new and fair trials for Full text...

  • UN: Ban strongly condemns new attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria
    30 june 2014 21:09:21
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the ongoing "horrific attacks" against civilians being carried out by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, noting that such violence has become an almost daily occurrence. Full text...

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