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  • Rwanda: UN report calls for inclusive growth, well-being for vulnerable groups in Africa
    23 july 2014 16:48:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A new report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, still being described as the "unequal region in the World", need to intensify their battle against deprivation and prevent crises from setting back recent development advances recorded. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians want to adopt 100 Palestinian orphans
    23 july 2014 16:42:31
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – A group of Mauritians have asked their government to facilitate the adoption of 100 Palestinian orphans from Gaza, aged less than 12 years, PANA learnt Wednesday from members of the "Free Palestine Mauritius", a social movement that is pro Gaza inhabitants, who are victims of the latest Israeli aggression. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abuja, Washington sign MOU on enhanced training for Nigeria Police
    23 july 2014 16:33:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria and the United States of America Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the execution of Nigeria’s police training modernization project. Full text...

  • Gambia: MFWA calls for release of prisoners
    23 july 2014 16:26:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Wednesday called on Gambian authorities to release ''immediately and unconditionally" all prisoners of conscience. Full text...

  • Kenya: Somali singer, parliamentarian shot dead in Mogadishu
    23 july 2014 16:07:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Armed attackers shot and killed Prominent Somali musician and Member of Parliament, Saado Ali Warsame, in Mogadishu, Wednesday, the fourth such incident to target prominent figures this year. Full text...

  • Libya: Special forces on alert after double car bombing in Benghazi
    23 july 2014 15:56:50
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - Libya has placed the elite units of its special forces on full alert after a double car bombing incident killed seven people, including two suicide bombers, in Benghazi, military sources revealed here. Full text...

  • Botswana: Authorities continue fight against drunken driving
    23 july 2014 15:47:02
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Alcohol Industry Association (BAIA) is upbeat following recent data, released by the Botswana Police Service, indicating that offences of drivers caught while under the influence of alcohol are plummeting. Full text...

  • Botswana: Malawian begs for Botswana citizenship
    23 july 2014 15:30:20
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - A Malawi national is begging Botswana’s president to grant him citizenship after 46 years of staying in Botswana. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan military joins security patrols after Mombasa shootings 
    23 july 2014 15:17:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan military has joined the Police to conduct joint patrols in Mombasa's low-income areas of Majengo and Likoni, a day after hooded gunmen shot and killed two people and wounded others, Police said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Many feared dead in car bomb attack
    23 july 2014 14:13:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people were feared killed on Wednesday when a powerful car bomb exploded in Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna, the local media reported. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African Media Leaders launch campaign against hate speech
    23 july 2014 12:43:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Media Leaders’ Forum (AMLF) Wednesday launched an advocacy campaign for media leaders and operators in Africa to lend their full support to efforts to turn the tide against the rise of hate speech on the continent, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Gambia: Commission set up to boost anti-corruption battle
    23 july 2014 12:08:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The fight against corruption in The Gambia has been boosted by the establishment of an anti-graft commission by President Yahya Jammeh, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: ‘Boko Haram not patriotic Muslims’
    23 july 2014 11:49:46
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Members of Nigeria's terror sect Boko Haram and of all groups that are fighting in the name of Islam are not patriotic Muslims, Gambian scholar Sheikh Omar Jasseh said here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Fuel depot hit by rockets
    23 july 2014 11:31:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A fuel depot in Tripoli was Wednesday hit by a rocket after the resumption of indiscriminate firing of rockets by the rival armed groups which have been fighting around the airport in the Libyan capital since 13 July, the Libyan television reported. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA university slams Swaziland’s judiciary
    23 july 2014 08:41:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday urged the South African government to exert pressure on Swaziland to ensure that its former student, Thulani Maseko, is released from prison. Full text...

  • US: UN working group proposes ambitious future development agenda
    22 july 2014 19:42:59
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN working group, comprising member states, has forwarded to the Full text...

  • UN: WFP scales up humanitarian aid delivery by air
    22 july 2014 19:09:12
    New York, US (PANA) - UN World Food Programme (WFP) says the escalation of international conflicts in the first half of 2014 prompted a 50-fold surge in the amount of humanitarian cargo transported by the agency, compared to the same period last year. Full text...

  • US: ICC to deliver appeal judgment on admissibility of Al-Senussi case on Thursday
    22 july 2014 19:00:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has scheduled a public hearing on 24 July at The Hague to deliver its judgment on the admissibility of the case against Abdullah Al-Senussi, the Libyan intelligence chief during the regime of Muammar Khadhafi. Full text...

  • UN: Refugee agency renews call on donors to support CAR refugees
    22 july 2014 18:24:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday called on donors to increase funding for programmes in neighbouring countries hosting refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Gambia: AI says fear rules in the Gambia
    22 july 2014 17:54:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – As President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia marks his 20 years in power on Tuesday, the London-based human rights body, Amnesty International (AI), has reacted, saying fear rules in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Niger: Govt. condemns mass crimes perpetrated on Gaza civilians
    22 july 2014 16:13:06
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Nigerien government on Tuesday strongly condemned "the mass crimes" perpetrated against the defenceless civilian populations in Gaza, says a statement issued by the ministry of foreign affairs, Cooperation, African integration and Nigeriens living abroad. Full text...

  • DR Congo: MONUSCO chief urges all to save DRC children from the scourge of war
    22 july 2014 15:53:52
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - More than 6,000 Congolese children were victims of violence between January 2010 and December 2013, reveals a UN report on the impact of the conflict on children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, launched Monday in New York. Full text...

  • Nigeria: EAJA urges Somali govt. not to push through anti-media legislation
    22 july 2014 15:05:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has expressed serious concern over the move by the Somali government, through the Ministry of Information, to push through media laws that could undermine media freedom and freedom of expression. Full text...

  • Kenya: ICC's German Judge who rejected trial of Kenyan cases dies 
    22 july 2014 14:51:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge Hans-Peter Kaul, who issued dissenting opinions on the trial of Kenyan President and his Deputy at The Hague-based Court, has died after a serous illness, the Court said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 15 killed in Rwanda's fatal road accident
    22 july 2014 14:36:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least 15 persons were Tuesday killed on the spot and 24 others seriously injured in a fatal road accident involving a bus and a van, PANA learnt from police sources here. Full text...

  • Libya: '16 die, over 100 injured in Benghazi clashes'
    22 july 2014 12:42:50
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - Sixteen people have died and more than 100 wounded in continuing armed clashes between the units of the Libyan Army's special forces and the Ansar Asharia militia group in the country's second city of Benghazi, according to the latest official toll. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'No military relations with Hamas'
    22 july 2014 12:12:14
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Tuesday denied it has any military relations with the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas, as claimed by Israel following current development in Gaza. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council condemns downing of Malaysian airliner, calls for international probe
    22 july 2014 09:26:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has called for an international investigation Full text...

  • UN: Ban tasks CAR on reconciliation talks
    22 july 2014 09:21:00
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the people of the Central Full text...

  • Tunisia: Bodies of 30 illegal migrants retrieved from boat off Lampedusa
    21 july 2014 21:59:18
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The authorities in Malta have retrieved 30 bodies from a wooden boat off the Italian island of Lampedusa located in the Mediterranean Sea, PANA reported on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: Report says recruitment, use of children remain endemic in DRC
    21 july 2014 21:41:41
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN report says the recruitment and use of children by armed groups remained endemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 2010 and 2013, citing impunity as a major factor in the ongoing abuses. Full text...

  • UN: 'Indigenous peoples must feature in new global development agenda'
    21 july 2014 21:21:55
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of UN experts said on Monday that the new global sustainable development agenda that UN members states are currently working on must include specific references to indigenous peoples and the challenges they face. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military plans to raid Damboa over hoisting of Boko Haram flag
    21 july 2014 18:41:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Defence Spokesman, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, on Monday said the military is preparing to embark on actions that will reverse current insecurity manifestations in the Damboa area of Borno State which the Boko Haram insurgent group overran and hoisted their flags. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian navy seizes Egyptian fishing boat
    21 july 2014 17:08:12
    Tunis,Tunisia (PANA) - A unit of the Tunisian navy has seized an Egyptian fishing boat off the Tunisian territorial waters, near the border with Libya, the Tunisian Ministry of Defence announced on Sunday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan condemns attack on Egyptian military post
    21 july 2014 16:26:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Monday condemned what it described as a terrorist attack on an Egyptian border point that killed a number of Egyptian soldiers and injured many others. Full text...

  • UN: ICC constitutes Trial Chamber for Bosco Ntaganda
    21 july 2014 16:09:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has constituted Trial Chamber VI, Full text...

  • Nigeria: Air Force Mi-35 helicopter crashes in Bama, Boko Haram enclave
    21 july 2014 16:00:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter Monday crashed at a location South of Bama, Borno State, the Boko Haram enclave. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'There are more women than men in Mauritius'
    21 july 2014 15:55:15
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Statistics Mauritius on Monday indicated that out of a total population of 1,258,653, there were 635,792 women against 622,861 men -- 98 men for every 100 women in 2013 in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Libya: '47 die, 120 injured in Tripoli airport clashes'
    21 july 2014 13:05:22
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Some 47 people were killed and 120 others injured in clashes between armed groups at the Tripoli international airport and its immediate surroundings, the Libyan Ministry of Health has announced. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ex-Nigeria Petroleum Minister, Rilwanu Lukman, dies
    21 july 2014 10:17:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's former Petroleum Minister Rilwanu Lukman has died at the age of 76, the private Leadership newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Car jackings involving children rattle SA
    21 july 2014 10:06:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa has been shaken by two separate car hijackings involving children, with police Monday confirming the horrific death of a 4-year-old boy who was trapped by his seat belt and dragged to his death behind a hijacked car in Boksburg near Johannesburg over the weekend. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Govt closes mosques accused of inciting terrorism
    20 july 2014 18:42:43
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian government has decided to immediately shut down all mosques beyond the control of the Tunisian Ministry of Religious Affairs, as part of the fight against terrorism, PANA learned from informed sources. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Navy intercepts 43 illegal immigrants
    20 july 2014 17:50:00
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian naval forces have intercepted 43 illegal migrants off the nation's coast as they were attempting to reach one of the Italian islands, PANA learned from sources close to the Tunisian navy Sunday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Editor beaten uncouncious by masked men
    20 july 2014 14:47:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Editor-in-chief of Sudan's independent daily Al-Tayaar was beaten unconscious by unidentified masked men who forced their way into the newspaper's offices in Khartoum Saturday night, eyewitnesses said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Libya: 5 die in fresh fighting at Tripoli airport
    20 july 2014 12:18:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - At least five persons were killed on Sunday in Gasr Ben Ghashir district in Libya's capital city of Tripoli, after fresh fighting broke out around the airport, which has witnessed a week of deadly clashes by armed groups, the local media reported. Full text...

  • Libya: 'Humanitarian disaster looms in Tripoli if oil shortage continues'
    19 july 2014 16:08:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan national oil company (NOC) on Saturday warned of a looming humanitarian disaster for residents of the capital city, Tripoli, should the current oil crisis continue. Full text...

  • UN: Mission condemns assassination of former Libyan parliamentarian
    19 july 2014 15:42:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly condemned the assassination of former member of the Libyan General National Congress, Fariha Barkawi. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID says humanitarian workers released after over 30 days in captivity
    19 july 2014 12:03:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Three Sudanese humanitarian workers have been freed after over 30 days in captivity in North Darfur, the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said in a press release Saturday. Full text...

  • Sudan: 2 persons killed in rebel attack in Blue Nile
    19 july 2014 11:55:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A group of fighters of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) attacked an agricultural scheme in Bau Locality of the Blue Nile State, killing two workers, abducting a third one and looting sorghum, the Sudanese Media Centre (SMC) said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Publisher charged with defamation, refused bail
    19 july 2014 11:47:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian authorities should drop the charges against a publisher who has been held in police custody since Tuesday on accusations of defaming a state governor, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Friday. Full text...

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