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  • Nigeria: Jonathan condemns Sunday's Boko Haram attacks on churches in Chibok
    30 june 2014 16:59:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, Monday described as “callous” Sunday’s attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on churches in villages near Chibok, north eastern Borno State. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: African leaders outraged over Boko Haram kidnappings
    30 june 2014 16:54:24
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The 23rd African Union Summit, which concluded in the Equatorial Guinean capital, Malabo, expressed outrage at the kidnapping of more than 200 school girls in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Libya: Soldier killed in Benghazi
    30 june 2014 12:45:32
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - A Libyan Army Officer, Col. Moussa al-Majbri, was killed Sunday night in the country's second city of Benghazi by unidentified men as he left a mosque, PANA learnt from security sources. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius murder trial resumes after psychological assessment
    30 june 2014 10:00:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius on Monday returned to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria following a month of psychiatric observation aimed at determining his state of mind on the night that he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. Full text...

  • South Africa: Graca Machel returns to work after mourning Mandela
    29 june 2014 21:36:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Graca Machel, widow of former South African President Nelson Mandela, will Monday resumes her public duties after ending six months of mourning following her husband's death. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan condemns Bauchi bomb attack
    29 june 2014 16:32:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned Friday night's bombing in Bauchi State and the recent mass killings in Southern Kaduna State, both in the northern part of the country. Full text...

  • Congo: Over 300,000 DRC nationals repatriated from Congo
    29 june 2014 14:46:22
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Over 300,000 DR Congo nationals have been repatriated to their country by the authorities in Brazzaville following a clampdown on criminals and illegal immigrants. according to Congolese police boss Gen. Jean-François Ndenguet. Full text...

  • Libya: Khatala pleads not guilty before US court
    29 june 2014 11:40:12
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Ahmed Abou Khatala, the main suspect in the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi in September 2012, Saturday pleaded not guilty before a US federal judge in Washington DC., the Libyan media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 13 die in Nigeria hotel attack
    28 june 2014 14:44:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 13 people were killed and 34 others injured on Friday night when gunmen detonated explosives and fired sporadically at a hotel in Bauchi, the eponymous capital city of Nigeria's northern Bauchi State, the police said Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: Renewed CAR fighting displaces thousands of civilians
    27 june 2014 20:50:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says thousands of people are fleeing new violence and reprisal attacks in and around the town of Bambari in Central African Republic (CAR) that have already left at least 45 people dead and scores more wounded. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Fire guts ammunition depot in eastern Mauritania
    27 june 2014 18:34:14
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Fire on Friday gutted an ammunition storage depot in the town of Nema, 1,200 km east of Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Zambia: Graca returns to active role after Mandela's death
    27 june 2014 17:10:09
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Graça Machel is returning to her active role as a global advocate for women’s and children’s rights, following her six months of retreat, mourning the death of her husband, Nelson Mandela. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo urged to criminalize torture, fight impunity and protect victims
    27 june 2014 16:52:22
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Several human rights organizations have called on Togo to criminalize torture, fight impunity and protect victims of torture. Full text...

  • UN: Human rights official tasks Burundi on freedom of expression
    27 june 2014 15:27:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Mr. Ivan Simonovic, on Friday expressed deep concern about growing restrictions on freedom of expression in Burundi, calling on the authorities there to ensure that human rights are fully protected ahead of next year’s presidential elections. Full text...

  • UN: Ban announces start of "UN70" worldwide anniversary
    27 june 2014 15:19:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the start of the global commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the organisation, which will aim to celebrate its work in development, peace and security and human rights, among others. Full text...

  • Sudan: Family not happy with acquittal of woman convicted for apostasy
    27 june 2014 13:05:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - In a bizarre twist to the acquittal of a woman who was sentenced to death for apostasy in Sudan, her family members have expressed their sadness at her acquittal and vowed to take the law into their own hands to restore the dignity of the family Full text...

  • E. Guinea: AU, UNICEF launch landmark campaign to curb malnutrition 
    27 june 2014 12:41:09
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The African Union (AU) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) have launched a landmark campaign to curb malnutrition in Africa, warning that the continent's future was at risk unless the high malnutrition rate was checked. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo launches rural electrification project
    27 june 2014 11:32:20
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government Thursday launched a rural electrification project consisting of small hydroelectric power stations, in partnership with the UNDP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), an official statement said Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Senegal makes higher drugs seizure
    27 june 2014 09:07:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The volume of drugs seized and incinerated in Senegal this year has increased four fold, according to the Director of the Central Office for the Repression of Illicit Trafficking of Narcotics (CORILN), Mame Seydou Ndour. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA makes massive drug bust
    27 june 2014 08:33:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Three men, who were arrested in connection with the biggest drug bust in South African history this week, will spend this weekend in jail after their scheduled court appearance in Durban was postponed. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Canada condemns bomb attack on shopping mall
    26 june 2014 22:58:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Canadian government has condemned Wednesday’s bomb attack which claimed 17 lives at a shopping mall in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Full text...

  • UN: Ban 'appalled' by deadly bombing in Nigeria’s capital
    26 june 2014 22:34:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday voiced his condemnation of the bomb attack that took place Wednesday at a shopping centre in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, which resulted in the death of at least 21 people. Full text...

  • US: UN condemns assassination of Libyan human rights advocate
    26 june 2014 22:29:58
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN on Thursday condemned the assassination of Ms. Salwa Bugaighis, a prominent Libyan human rights advocate and member of the Preparatory Committee for National Dialogue. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Four killed in freak accident
    26 june 2014 18:51:51
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Four people were killed and 27 others injured when the trailer of a tractor disengaged and crashed into a café during the weekly market day in the city. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU condemns heavy jail sentences on journalists in Egypt
    26 june 2014 17:46:50
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) on Thursday strongly condemned the heavy sentences handed to several Al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt. Full text...

  • Libya: Car-bomb explodes near Beidha parliament
    26 june 2014 16:49:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A car bomb exploded on Thursday at a car park opposite the Parliament of the city of Beidha, eastern Libya, which hosts the Constituent Authority tasked with drafting the country's Constitution, according to security sources. Full text...

  • Zambia: Mozambique honours Zambia’s first president, Kaunda
    26 june 2014 16:21:02
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda has been awarded the honorary citizen of Mozambique by Mozambican President Armando Emelio Guebuza. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Journalist among victims of Nigeria blast
    26 june 2014 13:41:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian journalist, Suleiman Bisalla, was among the 21 people who died in a bomb blast in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Wednesday, the local media reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US condemns Abuja shopping mall blast
    26 june 2014 12:33:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The United States Embassy in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Thursday “strongly” condemned Wednesday’s bomb blast at the Emab shopping mall in the highbrow Wuse II district of the city, in which 21 persons died and many others were injured. Full text...

  • Libya: Lawyer killed in Benghazi
    26 june 2014 12:27:39
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - Lawyer and human rights activist Selwa Aboukaikis was killed Wednesday night by gunmen in her home in Libya’s second city of Benghazi, located in the eastern part of the country, hospital sources said. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says UN will help Equatorial Guinea build better future
    25 june 2014 22:17:24
    New York US (PANA) - The UN will help Equatorial Guinea to reduce poverty and inequality, as well as promote food security, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged on Wednesday as he arrived in the country on the eve of the African Union Summit. Full text...

  • Mali: Workshop on money laundering and terrorism opens in Bamako
    25 june 2014 20:25:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – A workshop to sensitize non-financial companies and professions and non-governmental organizations on money laundering and terrorism financing opened on Wednesday in Bamako. Full text...

  • Libya: Armed clashes continue in Benghazi
    25 june 2014 19:36:56
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Armed clashes were reported on Wednesday in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi between several Libyan army units and an Islamist militia, security sources and witnesses said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 21 killed, 17 injured in Abuja shopping mall bombing
    25 june 2014 18:32:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police Wednesday announced that a total of 21 lives were lost while 17 were injured and 17 cars burnt in a bomb blast which occurred Wednesday at the Emab Plaza in the elite Amino Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA applauds ECOWAS Court's ruling on The Gambia
    25 june 2014 18:09:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Wednesday applauded ECOWAS's Community Court's ruling in favour of the slain Gambian editor, Deyda Hydara, against the government. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Explosion rocks shopping plaza in Abuja
    25 june 2014 17:40:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people were feared dead or injured Wednesday in an explosion that rocked a popular shopping plaza in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja. Full text...

  • Tanzania: World Bank report says policy makers can create new jobs for citizens
    25 june 2014 15:41:05
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania could create large numbers of new, productive jobs for its people, especially young adults, if policy makers fostered industrial and business policies that cater for the country’s booming cities and urban populations, according to the World Bank. Full text...

  • Senegal: US urges Gambia to help in locating missing Americans
    25 june 2014 14:38:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The United States Embassy in The Gambia has issued a statement, urging Banjul to help in locating two American citizens who have gone missing in the tiny West African state. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Govt. drafts tough law to stem drug trafficking
    25 june 2014 12:32:00
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania intends to amend its law on curbing illicit drugs and set up a task force that will be empowered to investigate and take into custody drug trafficking suspects, a senior cabinet minister has said. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia needs leadership in tackling hunger, under-nutrition
    25 june 2014 08:46:57
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia, which has been very active and vocal within the global community on the high rates of hunger and under-nutrition, needs leadership to bring these issues higher up on domestic political and policy agendas, a new research says. Full text...

  • UN: Ban inaugurates UN House in Windhoek, hails cooperation with Namibia
    24 june 2014 21:10:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday inaugurated the UN House in Windhoek, Namibia which, he said, would help enhance the coordination of the world body’s activities and agencies working in the country. Full text...

  • UN: Deputy UN chief urges generous support for Peacebuilding Fund
    24 june 2014 19:36:03
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Jan Eliasson, on Tuesday appealed to member states for continued support towards meeting the annual US$100 million target of a UN fund that helps post-conflict countries build lasting peace. Full text...

  • UN: ICC, World Bank strengthen cooperation
    24 june 2014 18:46:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) and the World Bank Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea: Special Summit on Africa’s security situation scheduled for Malabo
    24 june 2014 18:06:53
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - A Special Summit on Africa’s security challenges and the conflicts in South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the terrorist attacks in Nigeria and Kenya is scheduled to open in Malabo, Wednesday, officials said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU elated at release of woman accused of apostasy
    24 june 2014 17:34:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Tuesday commended the acquittal and subsequent release of a Sudanese woman, sentenced to flogging and death by hanging on charges of apostasy Full text...

  • Malawi: Mutharika picks editor as Press Secretary
    24 june 2014 17:22:05
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi's newly-elected President, Peter Mutharika, has named the country's oldest weekly Malawi News editor, Frederick Ndala, as his Press Secretary, State House confirmed Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: CPJ wants death of Somali Journo in car explosion probed
    24 june 2014 12:06:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Authorities in Somalia must immediately investigate the murder of a Somali journalist in Mogadishu on Saturday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Senegal: Court sets free Senegalese rapper accused of defaming police
    24 june 2014 12:02:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A court in Senegal's capital city of Dakar Tuesday set free Senegalese rapper Malal Almamy Talla, popularly known as Fou Malade, over charges of defaming the police. Full text...

  • South Africa: CPJ demands release of detained Zim editor
    24 june 2014 11:45:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Zimbabwean authorities should drop charges against the editor of the state-controlled Sunday Mail and release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: FM stresses independence of judiciary, wants economic sanctions lifted
    24 june 2014 08:30:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Foreign Ministry has cited Monday’s acquittal of Mariam Ibrahim and the repeal of the death and flogging verdict against her by the Court of Appeals as a clear evidence of the independence of the Sudanese judiciary. Full text...

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