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  • Mali host int'l Forum on Action plan for the protection of Albinos
    16 november 2018 16:04:46
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The International Forum on the Adoption of an Action Plan for the Protection of Albinos in Mali, organized by the Salif Keïta Foundation, took place on Thursday in Bamako, the Malian capital. Full text...

  • Military tribunal to try detained Cameroonian journalist, cyber-activist, Michel Biem Tong
    16 november 2018 13:35:16
    Yaoundé, Cameroun (PANA) – The Camerounian journalist and cyber-activist, Michel Biem Tong, detained at the central prison of Nkodengui, in Yaoundé, will appear before a military tribunal on 5 December. Full text...

  • Killer of Nigerian diplomat jailed five years, payment of 'blood money'
    16 november 2018 11:33:54
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's Khartoum-east court has sentenced a Nigerian female student to five years in jail and a full diyyah (blood money) for killing a Nigerian diplomat. Full text...

  • Besieged Kenyan governor granted bail in gun possession case
    16 november 2018 10:41:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan county governor, arrested on Wednesday for illegal possession of firearms, was on Friday released by a Nairobi court on a US$5000 bond. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force destroys another Boko Haram camp in northeast Nigeria
    16 november 2018 10:13:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Friday said that its fighter jets destroyed a Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) Camp at Buk, along the Ajigin-Talala-Buk axis, near Alagarno Forest, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping chief says Sahel States need international support ‘now more than ever’
    16 november 2018 02:09:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Africa’s crisis-torn Sahel region needs support from the international community “now more than ever”, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, told the Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of ‘blue helmets’ in DR Congo
    16 november 2018 02:01:53
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Gutteres has condemned Wednesday's killing of seven peacekeepers serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which is also confronting a lethal Ebola outbreak. Full text...

  • EU puts Tanzania’s respect for human rights and rule of law on close watch
    15 november 2018 17:09:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Despite many years of close and fruitful relations with Tanzania, the European Union on Thursday said its Member States were getting concerned about recent political developments in the East African country. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force launches new operation against Boko Haram
    15 november 2018 16:33:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Thursday announced a new operation against Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast of the country aiming at “further degrading” remnants of the insurgent group. Full text...

  • Two Malian soldiers killed by gunmen
    15 november 2018 13:41:42
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Two Malian soldiers were killed and another wounded in an attack on Wednesday by unidentified gunmen at a checkpoint in Diabaly, a town 60km away from Niono, in the Segou region of central Mali, online newspaper, Kibaru, reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou to host meeting on security in Sahel
    15 november 2018 11:58:00
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso will host the ministerial meeting of the "Nouakchott Process", initiated in 2013 by the African Union, to strengthen security cooperation and information exchange in the Sahel-Saharan strip. Full text...

  • South Africa marks 30th anniversary of racial massacre
    15 november 2018 11:09:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa on Thursday marked the 30th anniversary of a racial massacre in the Pretoria city centre that sent shockwaves around the world. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Angola to suspend deportation of DRC refugees
    15 november 2018 05:36:23
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Human rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch, on Thursday asked the Angolan government to immediately suspend the deportation of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into alleged abuses by state security forces. Full text...

  • 'More than 5,000 people sheltering in MSF-supported hospital after violent CAR clashes'
    15 november 2018 05:15:48
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Fighting between two armed groups in Batangafo, in the north of the Central African Republic (CAR), in late October drove more than 10,000 people to seek shelter in Batangafo hospital, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya's Interior ministry reports improved security situation in Tripoli
    14 november 2018 18:41:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Following the enforcement of the Common Security Plan in central Tripoli, the security situation in the Libyan capital has markedly improved, beefed up with street patrols by security agents, the Interior ministry of the Government of National Unity said in a press statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan governor arrested after police stumble upon eight guns in his homes
    14 november 2018 16:22:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan country governor, currently out on bail over a murder charge, was arrested Wednesday after police found eight guns in his various residences. Full text...

  • Students in trouble for kneeling during Israeli national anthem
    14 november 2018 15:59:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just days after a race row at a top Cape Town school in South Africa sparked a national outcry, a second upmarket school is in the headlines after two pupils at the Herzlia Middle School in the city knelt in protest during the playing of the Israeli National Anthem, a tradition at the predominantly Jewish institution. Full text...

  • Vatican Secretary of State expected Friday in Mali
    14 november 2018 10:33:27
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, is expected on Friday in Bamako where he will represent Pope Francis at the 130th anniversary of the Catholic Church in Mali. Full text...

  • New education approach needed to prepare MENA youth to shape the future
    13 november 2018 19:09:39
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Education has the potential to shape the development trajectory of nations, boost growth and spread prosperity, but in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) it is not achieving its potential, according to a new World Bank report. Full text...

  • Three civilians killed in a car bomb attack in Mali
    13 november 2018 15:51:40
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Three Malians were killed and two others wounded on Monday, as a car bomb exploded in the courtyard of a residence in the 8th district of Gao, northern Mali, according to a temporary report provided Tuesday by the Ministry of Security. Full text...

  • Haiti's First lady pays tribute to Genocide victims in Rwanda
    13 november 2018 15:45:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The First Lady of Haiti, Marie Etienne Martine Joseph, on Tuesday paid tribute to over 250,000 victims laid to rest at Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Gisozi, a small hill overlooking Kigali city. Full text...

  • Two people killed in armed attack in southern Senegal
    13 november 2018 11:02:01
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) - A chief of village in the restive Casamance region of Senegal and his nephew were on Monday afternoon killed by unidentified armed men, military sources have told PANA in dakar. Full text...

  • Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Amnesty International's highest honour
    13 november 2018 10:12:15
    London, UK (PANA) - Amnesty International has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, in light of the Myanmar leader’s "shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for". Full text...

  • Amnesty International hails arrests of Ethiopian security officials for rights abuses
    13 november 2018 03:59:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Amnesty International has hailed the arrest of at least 36 key security officials suspected to be responsible for gross human rights violations in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • UN holds forum to bring ‘big space data’ benefits to disaster response in Africa
    13 november 2018 03:34:06
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - Outer space and disaster response experts on Monday gathered at a United Nations forum in Bonn, Germany, to discuss how “big data” including social media, crowdsourcing and satellite imaging, can reduce the risk of natural disasters in Africa and support response efforts when they strike. Full text...

  • Over 1,800 persons killed in recent attacks in north central Nigeria
    12 november 2018 17:25:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A total of 1,801 persons were killed in recent attacks in the northcentral Nigerian State of Plateau, the state's Committee on Resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) said in the state capital, Jos, on Monday. Full text...

  • Gendarmerie repels armed attack in eastern Burkina Faso
    12 november 2018 13:45:43
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – A contingent of Burkinabe gendarmerie on Sunday night repelled an armed attack against its position, in the village of Partiaga, eastern Burkina Faso, where terrorists are attempting to establish a base in a forest, security sources told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • 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...

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