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  • ILO says 10.5 million children in domestic labour
    13 june 2013 18:44:33
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) has called for an end Full text...

  • Nigerian state legalises voluntary cremation
    11 june 2013 07:38:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's South-west Lagos State has legalised voluntary cremation, following the signing into law of the Cremation Bill by Gov. Babatunde Fashola on Monday. Full text...

  • 'Number of out-of-school children dips slightly, remains high'
    11 june 2013 06:08:19
    New York, US (PANA) - New figures from the UN Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have shown that the number of children out of school dipped Full text...

  • UN chief ‘regrets’ new Burundi media law
    06 june 2013 22:15:19
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed regret that a new media law in Burundi was promulgated with provisions that may have a negative impact on the freedom of the press. Full text...

  • UN Panel releases report for post-2015 development agenda
    30 may 2013 21:13:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda on Thursday in New York released a report that sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty from the world by 2030, and deliver on the promise of sustainable development. Full text...

  • Ex-Nigeria Works Minister dies, President mourns
    30 may 2013 12:48:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Former Nigeria's Minister of Works, retired Maj.-Gen. Mamman Kotangora, has died at the age of 69, a local radio station monitored by PANA here said Thursday. Full text...

  • Local govts, regional organisations to meet in New York on poverty alleviation
    24 may 2013 19:37:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Local and Regional organizations from different parts of the world will gathered at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday to address commitments made to end extreme poverty and sustainable development. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for more push to achieve MDGs target
    21 may 2013 07:26:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasised the importance of countries stepping up their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) before the 2015 deadline. Full text...

  • UN official urges stronger global governance to achieve MDGs' target
    17 may 2013 13:09:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) President Nestor Osorio has called for a more effective and inclusive global governance system to ensure that the international community achieves the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and establishes an actionable post-2015 agenda. Full text...

  • ADEA to present awards to African education researchers
    10 may 2013 14:07:54
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) will present awards to African scholars who have published distinctive research in the field of education, at a ceremony in Sevres, near Paris, France on Tuesday, the association said in Full text...

  • Ghana doctors' strike ends
    07 may 2013 19:57:50
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghanaian doctors on Tuesday announced the end of their crippling strike that disrupted services in government health facilities and brought suffering to patients for about one month. Full text...

  • UN rights chief hails new treaty on economic, social, cultural rights
    06 may 2013 19:55:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, on Monday welcomed the birth of a new mechanism which will empower individuals to seek out justice when their rights to food, adequate housing, education or health are violated. Full text...

  • Press Freedom Day: Nigerian editors seek correction of misconception against media
    03 may 2013 07:55:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As the World Press Freedom Day is observed Friday, the umbrella Full text...

  • Freedom of expression under threat in Burundi - Amnesty International
    30 april 2013 12:48:33
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Global rights body Amnesty International said Tuesday that Burundi's new law, which will severely limit the activities of journalists in Burundi, poses a grave threat to freedom of expression. Full text...

  • Nigerian Polytechnic teachers on strike
    29 april 2013 09:00:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Teachers in Nigerian polytechnics have commenced an indefinite strike over pay and the poor work conditions, the local media reported Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt declares 1 May public holiday
    27 april 2013 13:50:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has declared 1 May as a public holiday in observance of Workers' Day, Minister of Interior Abba Moro announced in a statement Friday in the capital city of Abuja. Full text...

  • National Labour Commission takes doctors to court over ‘illegal’ strike
    25 april 2013 09:35:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's National Labour Commission (NLC) has filed a writ at the High Court seeking the powers of the court to compel striking doctors to return to the hospitals as conditions in the public health facilities continue to deteriorate. Full text...

  • SA TV station gets permission to broadcast pornography
    25 april 2013 09:29:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - In an unprecedented move, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has granted a television station, TopTV, permission to broadcast pornography in the country. Full text...

  • '100 political prisoners remain in detention in Sudan'
    25 april 2013 09:26:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Sudan continues to hold 100 political prisoners, even though it has recently released 24 others, according to a coalition of human rights organisations. Full text...

  • Teachers stage protest marches in South Africa
    24 april 2013 08:58:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Thousands of disgruntled teachers in South Africa on Wednesday morning embarked on protest marches in Cape Town and Pretoria. Full text...

  • Japan gives Togo CFAF 5 billion to fight poverty
    23 april 2013 17:28:45
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – Japan on Tuesday granted Togo CFA F 5.6 billion to assist the West African nation in its struggle to end poverty that is adversely affecting the population, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • NGO, partners launch project for underprivileged children
    22 april 2013 18:10:01
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Mali-based NGO, SAMU-Social, and partners, Bamako Town Hall, have jointly initiated a project aimed at protecting children in difficult situations and reinforcing the technical capacities of the social services at the local level, PANA learnt here Monday. Full text...

  • UNAOC, IOM call for video entries on migration, diversity
    22 april 2013 17:29:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Full text...

  • Gambia bans online dating, calls
    22 april 2013 15:21:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambia's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has banned online dating services and the use of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services offered by cyber cafes, PANA confirmed Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana doctors’ strike enters second week
    15 april 2013 10:30:18
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The strike by doctors in public health facilities in Ghana entered its second week on Monday, but with doctors rescinding their decision to intensify their action, at least for a week. Full text...

  • Togo students protest teachers’ strike
    12 april 2013 21:26:03
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Pupils and students in public and private schools in the Togolese capital, Lome, and some cities in the West African state on Friday held demonstrations to express their anger at the handling of on-going strike called by teachers. Full text...

  • South African politicians eulogise Thatcher
    09 april 2013 06:18:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Leading South African politicians have paid tribute to former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday at the age of 87. Full text...

  • AU Commission alleges impersonation of its Chairperson on social media
    04 april 2013 17:42:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) has warned those Full text...

  • Mental disabilities ''like a death sentence'' in Ghana
    02 april 2013 10:36:43
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - People with mental disabilities suffer severe abuses in psychiatric institutions and spiritual healing centres in Ghana, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released here over the weekend. Full text...

  • Workers resume in Nigeria after Easter break
    02 april 2013 09:27:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Work resumed across Nigeria Tuesday, after the Easter holiday weekend. Full text...

  • My administration will protect Nigeria's unity, territorial integrity - Pres Jonathan
    30 march 2013 10:14:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has assured that his administration will protect the country's unity and territorial integrity, amid continued terror attacks that many have won could plunge the nation into another civil war. Full text...

  • Employers risk jail term in Nigeria over unpaid salaries
    25 march 2013 09:35:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Under a bill being considered by the Nigeria House of Representatives (parliament), employers of labour in the private and public sectors in Nigeria will be liable to a one-year jail term and the loss of 30 per cent of benefits due to employees if they delay or fail to pay their salaries Full text...

  • African experts tasked on harnessing demographic dividend
    24 march 2013 20:30:27
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - African experts meeting in the Ivorian economic capital city of Abidjan have been urged to mobilise local and global financial resources and technical expertise to harness the demographic dividend, as they strategise on policies needed to accelerate economic growth in Africa. Full text...

  • Africa urged to capitalise on economic benefits of demographic dividends
    24 march 2013 15:34:00
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - Africa has been urged to seize the opportunity to reap from demographically-driven benefits similar to what Asia experienced, resulting in accelerated economic growth as a result of population dynamics. Full text...

  • UN marks International Day of Happiness
    21 march 2013 09:48:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Wednesday marked the first annual International Day of Happiness, which has now been added to the global calendar. Full text...

  • Talks aimed at building on MDGs success round off
    20 march 2013 07:57:58
    New York, US (PANA) - UN member states on Tuesday in New York completed the first round of global discussions aimed at articulating a set of new sustainable development goals that will shape the UN development agenda. Full text...

  • UNDP chief calls for new development goals linkages
    19 march 2013 11:06:41
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark has called for new development targets that focus on how growth, poverty alleviation and sustainability can complement one another. Full text...

  • Gabon’s national oil union suspends strike
    18 march 2013 11:22:51
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - The Gabon’s national oil union, ONEP, has suspended its strike following a meeting in Port-Gentil to pave the way for talks with the government. Full text...

  • Ghana Teachers begin strike over pay dispute
    18 march 2013 11:03:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghanaian teachers on Monday began an indefinite strike to press for higher pay, despite a last minute attempt by the government to avoid a full-scale action that has been timed to coincide with the start of the West African Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE). Full text...

  • UN report says developing nations achieving growth
    15 march 2013 15:43:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The rise of the South is radically reshaping the world of the 21st century, with developing nations driving economic growth, lifting hundreds of millions of people from poverty and propelling billions more into a new global middle class, a UN statement said on Friday. Full text...

  • South African Magistrates may begin strike Monday
    15 march 2013 10:23:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa faces a crippling judicial strike if the country’s magistrates carry out their threat to down their gavels from Monday. Full text...

  • Gabon oil workers begin strike
    11 march 2013 11:53:32
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - Gabon’s oil workers’ union (ONEP) Sunday began an indefinite strike, following the failure of talks with the government on the situation in the oil sector. Full text...

  • Zambian soccer icon, Kalusha Bwalya, supports Queen Elizabeth Trust
    28 february 2013 10:01:30
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Zambia’s former soccer international, Kalusha Bwalya, is to officiate at a fund-raising match for Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee this weekend. Full text...

  • Top World Bank official visits Cameroon
    13 february 2013 18:07:15
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – The World Bank human development director, Mrs. Ritva S. Reinikka, will Thursday begin an official visit to Cameroon to evaluate the implementation of the bank's projects on human development, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Japan grants Togo 2.76 billion CFAF to buy rice and wheat
    12 february 2013 20:13:07
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Japan has granted Togo 460 million Yen (about 2.760 billion CFAF) to buy rice and wheat under a food aid project to ensure food security in the West African state, reliable sources told PANA on Tuesday in Lomé. Full text...

  • Saudi Arabia donates 200 tonnes of food supplies to displaced Malians
    12 february 2013 17:10:22
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Saudi government has donated 200 tonnes of food supplies to Mali intended for people in difficult nutritional situation and persons displaced from Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal regions, scenes of the war against Islamist rebels in northern Mali, PANA reported Tuesday, quoting sources close to the Ministry of of Humanitarian Action, Solidarity and the Elderly. Full text...

  • Kenyan govt sees poverty as main setback to free schooling 
    05 february 2013 07:50:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's education ministry officials have described poverty as one of the major hindrances to the achievement of universal free primary education. Full text...

  • UN sets up trust fund for youth volunteers
    25 january 2013 17:18:05
    New York. US (PANA) - A dedicated trust fund has been set up by the UN to boost youth volunteerism and harness the energy of young people around the world to contribute to achieving development goals while enhancing their own lives. Full text...

  • ICRC, Mali Red Cross assist 7,000 displaced persons in Central Mali
    24 january 2013 18:25:05
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Malian Red Cross are providing emergency assistance to some 7,000 displaced people in Diabali, central Mali, and the families hosting them. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President calls for peace as Prophet Mohammed's birth is commemorated
    24 january 2013 15:21:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has urged his compatriots to continue to pray for peace in all parts of the country, as they celebrate Eid-El-Maulud which commemorates the birth of Prophet Mohammed. Full text...

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