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  • Int'l fair against counterfeiting opens in Abidjan
    26 october 2017 15:31:08
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The third edition of the International Anti-Counterfeiting Exhibition began in Abidjan, the Ivorian capital, on Wednesday under the theme: "Raising awareness about the originality of products and services as the driving force behind development for an emerging Africa ". Full text...

  • Apartheid Museum salutes Mandela's lawyer
    26 october 2017 08:33:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg on Thursday saluted liberation hero George Bizos by launching a new gallery in his honour. Full text...

  • Boko Haram attack on Army base in Nigeria leaves several soldiers dead
    26 october 2017 07:23:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military has said that a Boko Haram attack at a military base in Sasawa town of Damaturu Local Government Area in Yobe State, northeast Nigeria, has left several soldiers dead. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force on new offensive against Boko Haram terrorists
    25 october 2017 13:41:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has launched a special operation as part of its efforts to eliminate the ability of Boko Haram terrorists to freely operate in the country, according to NAF Spokesman, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya. Full text...

  • Apartheid-era policemen face charges over activist's 1971 murder
    25 october 2017 10:05:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed that three perjury dockets will be opened against former security policemen who gave evidence at the re-opened inquest into apartheid activist Ahmed Timol. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army kills 11 Boko Haram terrorists
    25 october 2017 09:31:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says its troops on Tuesday killed 11 Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • AU, US Mission to AU to hold 1st-ever Counter Violent Extremism Week
    25 october 2017 04:50:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The United States Mission to the African Union and the African Union are putting on their first ever Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Week at the African Union Commission from 25 - 27 October, 2017. Full text...

  • UNESCO calls for synergy in education management
    24 october 2017 19:52:21
    Paris, France (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has warned governments against blaming teachers for poor performance of students in examinations, saying quality education is a result of complex processes. Full text...

  • Widespread militia activities, political unrest drive millions from homes in DRC - UN
    24 october 2017 19:44:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Some 3.9 million people across several regions of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been displaced from their homes, and amid growing violence and unrest, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Tuesday that the number could rise even further. Full text...

  • Mandela's grand daughter reveals she was raped
    24 october 2017 12:26:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Less than a week after South Africa’s top football administrator was accused of rape, Nelson Mandela’s eldest grand daughter says she was also raped. Full text...

  • Three multinationals join UN global network on disability inclusion
    24 october 2017 04:33:53
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Three multinational enterprises – Capgemini, Legrand and the Savola Group – on Monday became the latest members of a United Nations global network that promotes equal opportunities for persons with disabilities in the workplace. Full text...

  • Famine can be a war crime and should be prosecuted - UN rights expert
    24 october 2017 04:28:09
    New York, USA (PANA) – Famine can constitute a war crime or crime against humanity, an independent United Nations human rights expert on Monday said, noting that more civilians die from hunger and disease related to conflicts than in direct combat. Full text...

  • UNICEF urges speedy action to end child marriages in West, Central Africa
    23 october 2017 19:39:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Unless progress is seriously accelerated, it will take over 100 years to end child marriage in West and Central Africa, with far-reaching, life-altering consequences for millions of child brides and crippling impact on the region’s prosperity, UNICEF said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN official says road accidents in Africa among deadliest worldwide
    23 october 2017 19:25:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Some 650 people are killed each day in road accidents throughout Africa, a senior United Nations official said on Monday, calling for more to be done to keep drivers – as well as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – safe. Full text...

  • Red-faced over racist employment advertisement in South Africa
    23 october 2017 16:50:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Nearly 25 years after the fall of Apartheid in South Africa, leading African television network M-Net is under fire over an employment advertisement noting that it is looking to employ a “white, English speaking commissioning editor”. Full text...

  • Boko Haram suicide bomber kills 13 in Maiduguri
    23 october 2017 07:18:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Boko Haram suicide bomber on Sunday night killed 13 people in the restive northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency. Full text...

  • Darfur UN peacekeepers hand over 11 sites to Sudan Government
    22 october 2017 17:44:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations-African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur (UNAMD) has handed over 11 team sites across Sudan's Darfur region to the government of Sudan. Full text...

  • Campaign launched to bring exiled Gambian leader Jammeh to justice
    22 october 2017 15:46:43
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Victims of the government of Gambia's exiled President Yahya Jammeh have started a campaign to bring him and his accomplices to justice. Full text...

  • Liberia President Sirleaf condemns 'abuse, misuse' of social media
    22 october 2017 14:55:42
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed umbrage at displays on social media that are “extremely inimical” to the survival of the country’s peace and democracy. Full text...

  • Recovery efforts continue after Kenyan chopper crash
    22 october 2017 14:50:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Recovery efforts have continued on Sunday, at the site of a helicopter crash on Lake Nakuru, 165 km outside the capital, Nairobi, where five people are feared dead, Police said. Full text...

  • Continued instability likely to force more South Sudanese to seek safety elsewhere - UNHCR
    22 october 2017 04:27:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) — UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and humanitarian agencies are warning that without an imminent resolution in sight for the crises in South Sudan, more South Sudanese are likely to become refugees in 2018. Full text...

  • UN Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Egypt
    22 october 2017 04:14:46
    New York, USA (PANA) – Condemning “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attack that took place Friday in Egypt's El Wahat desert, the United Nations Security Council has underlined the need to bring the perpetrators and sponsors of such “reprehensible acts” to justice. Full text...

  • Army kills three Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria
    21 october 2017 17:47:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops killed three Boko Haram insurgents on Friday at Missini village of Dikwa local government area of Borno state in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Militants kill Egyptian security forces in desert shoot-out
    21 october 2017 12:11:36
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - More than 50 Egyptian security personnel have died during a clash with suspected Islamist militants on Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzanian youths win World Bank essay contest
    20 october 2017 19:44:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Two Tanzanian youths have been selected winners of the #Blog4Dev Contest 2017 launched earlier this year by the World Bank. Full text...

  • Former Mauritian PM to stand trial for money laundering
    20 october 2017 17:18:58
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Satyajit Boolell on Friday instituted criminal proceedings against former Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam for accepting payments in cash in excess of an amount equivalent to 500,000 rupees. Full text...

  • European Council calls for enhanced border management in Libya
    20 october 2017 13:12:32
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council has reiterated the importance of working with the Libyan authorities and all neighbours of Libya to enhance border management capacity and underscored the urgency of supporting the development of the local communities in Libya along the migratory routes. Full text...

  • South African court attaches property of Equatorial Guinea's Vice-President
    20 october 2017 10:49:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Western Cape High Court has attached the luxury Cape Town home of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Equatorial Guinea's Vice-President. Full text...

  • Orange rolls out Street Finder signage in Botswana
    20 october 2017 09:57:21
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s mobile operator, Orange, has financed the pioneering nationwide Street Finder project to provide street signs to over 500 locations across the country. Full text...

  • Africa's rapid urbanization can drive industrialization, says new UN report
    20 october 2017 05:32:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – A United Nations report out on Thursday has made concrete recommendations on how the right African policy framework can harness the continent's rapid urban transition to drive industrial development. Full text...

  • UN delivers coordinated humanitarian response in wake of Mogadishu bombings
    20 october 2017 04:59:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The United Nations family of agencies and programmes is continuing to roll out its response in support of the recovery and clean-up effort in Mogadishu following Saturday’s massive car bomb blast, which killed some 300 people, injured hundreds more, and is being called Somalia’s worst-ever such attack. Full text...

  • Unidentified armed men burn school, buildings in northern Burkina Faso
    19 october 2017 20:51:33
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Unidentified armed men on Thursday burned down several buildings, including a public primary school, in the village of Tem, in northern Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone plans to shut down camps of Freetown mudslide victims
    19 october 2017 19:05:19
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's Office of National Security (ONS) intends to close down camps of the 14 August mudslide victims by15 November this year, Director of Planning and Inter agency Coordination, Francis Langumba Keilie told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo prods ECCAS members to stave off regional disasters
    19 october 2017 17:10:35
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese minister of Trade, Supplies and Consumption, Claude Alphonse Nsilou, has urged members countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to join their efforts in the prevention of disasters in the sub-region. Full text...

  • US announces US$ 4.4 million support for Sierra Leone election
    19 october 2017 13:58:23
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, John Hoover, has announced a financial support of US$ 4.4 million for the 2018 elections in the African country. Full text...

  • Top South African sports administrator accused of rape
    19 october 2017 10:54:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s top football official has been accused of raping a popular singer and politician 24 years ago. Full text...

  • UNICEF, partner agencies in South Sudan help reunite 5,000 children with families
    18 october 2017 22:08:59
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Since conflict broke out in South Sudan in 2013, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Save the Children and other partners have successfully reunited more than 5,000 children with their families. Full text...

  • Calm returns to Tripoli after Tuesday's bloody clashes
    18 october 2017 19:27:58
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Calm returned to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Wednesday after violent clashes in the eastern suburb of al-Ghararat and the seaport claimed three lives on Tuesday and left 14 persons wounded, one of them seriously, reliable sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Tunisian navy rescues 12 illegal migrants off Tunisian coast
    18 october 2017 18:38:32
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A Tunisian navy unit on Wednesday intercepted 12 illegal migrants who were on board a boat, about 70 km off the island of Kerkennah, in southeast Tunisian waters,said a communiqué issued by the Defence ministry. Full text...

  • Around 4 million displaced persons registered in DR Congo
    18 october 2017 18:21:39
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Between 3.8 and 4 million displaced persons were registered by 30 September in various DR Congo provinces, a UN country team spokesperson, Joseph Makamba, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • INTERPOL symposium addresses firearms threat to global security
    18 october 2017 10:42:39
    Dubrovnik, Croatia (PANA) – With guns used to kill as many as 1,000 people per day worldwide, the International Police Organisation (INTERPOL) Firearm Forensic Symposium (IFFS) is meeting to address the most pressing challenges facing police in global efforts to reduce and resolve firearm crimes. Full text...

  • 'Somalia drought, conflict force one million people to flee'
    18 october 2017 07:13:08
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Over 1 million people in Somalia have been forced to abandon their homes this year seeking food and water, mainly due to drought, an international humanitarian agency said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Smugglers holding refugees, migrants in deplorable conditions in Libya - UN agencies
    17 october 2017 20:33:23
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – After weeks of conflict in western Libya, United Nations agencies have been working around the clock to meet the urgent needs of the more than 14,000 refugees and migrants who had been held captive in numerous locations in the coastal city of Sabratha – approximately 80 kilometres west of Tripoli. Full text...

  • World Bank urges action to break generation-to-generation cycle of poverty
    17 october 2017 19:18:58
    Washington, US (PANA) - The social status of one’s parents is as influential today as it was 50 years ago in determining a person’s future, according to early findings from an upcoming World Bank report, ‘Fair Progress? Educational Mobility Around the World’. Full text...

  • Ministers seek ways to make African borders seamless
    17 october 2017 18:59:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Implementation of free movement of persons in Africa is one of the flagship projects of Agenda 2063 of the African Union (AU) but some countries are unwilling to embark on this initiative due to internal security concerns, a senior official of the continental organisation remarked here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria set to implement reciprocal visa policy
    17 october 2017 18:25:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria on Tuesday said it will adopt a reciprocal policy towards countries which delay the issuance of visas to its citizens. Full text...

  • Somali bomb attack medical evacuation flight lands in Kenya
    17 october 2017 17:57:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A medical evacuation flight from Somalia with 14 of the injured casualties from the weekend terror bombing, which killed 300 people, has landed in Nairobi, the Kenya Red Cross said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Thousands of children reunited with their families in war-torn South Sudan
    17 october 2017 15:53:19
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - An international humanitarian organization on Tuesday said it helped to end the suffering of thousands of children and minors after reuniting them with their families in war-torn south Sudan, since the outbreak of the war in that region four years ago. Full text...

  • Saudi Arabia condemns massacre of Muslims in CAR mosque
    17 october 2017 14:45:21
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (PANA) - Saudi Arabia has vigorously condemned the massacre of 26 Muslims by the anti-Balaka militias in a mosque in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Kenya condemns Somali terror attack, launches humanitarian initiative
    17 october 2017 13:47:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has strongly condemned the horrific terror attack on Saturday 14, Oct., 2017, in Zobe District, southern Mogadishu, which until now has claimed over 300 lives and over 350 more injured. Full text...

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