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  • Senegal: MFWA concerned over attacks against media, demonstrators in Niger
    26 january 2015 15:48:57
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has expressed concern over the ''numerous attacks'' on the media and demonstrators in Niger. Full text...

  • Libya: 11 killed, 44 injured in renewed fighting in Benghazi
    26 january 2015 15:04:06
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Two civilians and nine soldiers were killed while 44 others were injured in renewed fighting Sunday between the Libyan army and the Islamist militias in Benghazi, according to medical sources here Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Dlamini-Zuma calls for collective African action against Boko Haram
    26 january 2015 14:29:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Member countries of the African Union (AU) must act now and collectively against the progressing threat of terrorism perpetrated by Boko Haram in West Africa, AU Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said Monday at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition calls for AU intervention in DRC
    26 january 2015 14:26:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday called on the African Union (AU) to mediate with a view to ensuring an end to the bloody protests in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has claimed the lives of 42 people. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Dlamini-Zuma prods AU members to invest more in youth
    26 january 2015 14:21:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Africa's leadership must do more and better for African youth, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told the 26th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Amnesty International warns of humanitarian crisis from Boko Haram attacks
    26 january 2015 12:29:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Failure to protect hundreds of thousands of civilians from the escalating attacks by the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram could lead to a disastrous humanitarian crisis, Amnesty International warned Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia gets first female VP
    26 january 2015 11:57:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia’s new President Edgar Lungu has appointed a female Vice-President, Inonge Wina, who until recently was the Gender Minister. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Community judges seek amendment of courts text on enforcement of decisions
    26 january 2015 09:36:13
    Calabar, Nigeria (PANA) - The new judges of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice have called for the amendment of the Community’s law on the enforcement of its decisions to eliminate the bottlenecks militating against the effectiveness of the Court. Full text...

  • Sudan: Darfur Internal dialogue, consultation process launched in Fashir
    26 january 2015 08:07:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has facilitated the launch of the Darfur Internal Dialogue and Consultations (DIDC) process at Fashir University in North Darfur, a process that will take place in 64 localities across the five Darfur states, in addition to the capital city of Khartoum. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks key Nigerian city
    25 january 2015 14:08:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military and the insurgent group Boko Haram were engaged in a hot battle on Sunday after the terrorists launched an offensive to seize Maiduguri, capital of the north-east Borno state which is the base of the sect, the local media reported. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR seeks US331m to assist more CAR refugees (Correcting headline)
    25 january 2015 10:49:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners have launched a regional refugee response plan to assist more than 460,000 fleeing Central Africans. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief Ban nominates experts to review UN peace building architecture
    25 january 2015 06:26:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has nominated an Advisory Group of Experts to conduct a policy and institutional review of the UN peace building architecture and to develop recommendations based on this work. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission in Libya deplores deadly shooting in Tripoli
    24 january 2015 19:54:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Leon, Full text...

  • Mauritania: Detainees riot in Mauritania prison
    24 january 2015 14:24:11
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Violence broke out late Friday at Dar-Naim central prison of Nouakchott when Islamist detainees protested against extension of their detention for several weeks after the expiry of their sentence, judicial sources in the Mauritanian capital told PANA on Saturday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Algeria, Tunisia mourn death of Saudi monarch
    24 january 2015 14:09:36
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika late Friday announced a three-day national mourning following the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud on Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Second minister quits Tanzanian cabinet
    24 january 2015 13:24:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania's Energy and Minerals Minister, Professor Sospeter Muhongo on Saturday announced his resignation, denying doing any wrong that contributed to a loss of millions of dollars in taxes from payments made out of an escrow account that was kept by the Bank of Tanzania. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes release of six Eritrean journalists
    24 january 2015 11:04:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed the release from jail of six Eritrean journalists who worked for the government-controlled station Radio Bana. Full text...

  • UN: WFP provides succour for flood victims in Malawi
    24 january 2015 06:17:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Saturday said it has begun Full text...

  • UN: WFP delivers food to thousands of refugees on Nigeria-Chad border
    24 january 2015 06:04:58
    New York, US PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing food Full text...

  • UN: UN allocates US$100 million to bolster global relief efforts
    23 january 2015 22:53:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Poorly-funded UN humanitarian operations received a boost on Friday, Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights office wants excessive use of force in DRC protests probed
    23 january 2015 22:45:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: High Communication Council calls for training for journalists
    23 january 2015 22:03:07
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The chairperson of the Burkina Faso High Communication Council, Nathalie Somé, on Friday called for the continuous training of journalists so that they can play an effective role in the transition period after the overthrow of President Blaise Compaore. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU Commission Chairperson consoles Saudi Arabia's royal family
    23 january 2015 20:09:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Friday expressed condolences to the Royal family and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Full text...

  • Libya: Three Libyan soldiers killed in an ambush
    23 january 2015 17:00:53
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - Three Libyan soldiers were killed Friday by unidentified armed people in an ambush near the area of al-Mkheili in the eastern region of the country, said a statement issued by the Army's General Staff. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says DRC stops internet access, cellphone services amid protests
    23 january 2015 15:25:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has revealed that authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have shut down internet access and SMS service for mobile phones throughout the country following nationwide demonstrations that led to deadly clashes with the police. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia observes 3-day national mourning for 'departed' Saudi King
    23 january 2015 15:07:44
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia has decreed a three-day national mourning following the death of King Abdullah Ben Abdelaziz of Saudi Arabia, says an official communiqué issued here Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan laments death of Saudi King
    23 january 2015 13:28:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, has joined other world leaders in commiserating with King Salman Ibn Abdulaziz and the people of Saudi Arabia on the death of his predecessor, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR, partners renew appeal for support as more flee violence in CAR
    23 january 2015 13:07:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN refugee agency and 18 partners are presenting the Regional Refugee Response Plan to assist more than 460,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) who have fled to neighbouring countries, a spokesperson for the agency said Friday as a press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Sudan: MSF says hospital in war zone in south Kordufan bombed
    23 january 2015 11:02:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A French humanitarian medical organization operating in Kordufan region, South West Khartoum, has claimed that Sudanese armed forces bombarded a hospital it is running in the region, injuring one staff and one patient and damaging properties. Full text...

  • South Africa: Soweto tense following attacks on foreigners
    23 january 2015 09:09:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tension remains high in Soweto following four days of looting in the sprawling township outside Johannesburg, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges calm in Kinshasa; UN official backs gradual drawdown of mission
    22 january 2015 22:04:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Amid the deteriorating situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the capital, Kinshasa, is gripped by clashes between demonstrators and security forces, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday stressed the need for maximum restraint on all sides. Full text...

  • Gambia: Senior journalist of state-owned newspaper sacked
    22 january 2015 21:18:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Deputy Editor-In-Chief of the state-owned Daily Observer newspaper, Mr. Hatab Fadera, has been sacked. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission condemns attack on Libyan Central Bank branch in Benghazi
    22 january 2015 20:31:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Thursday condemned an armed attack against the Libyan Central Bank's branch in Benghazi. Full text...

  • Libya: Public safety chief of Sirte murdered
    22 january 2015 20:14:32
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The public safety director of the city of Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli, Colonel al-Sanoussi Kaïbah, was shot dead on Thursday in the city, security sources have said. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council renews sanctions in Central African Republic
    22 january 2015 19:29:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned the resurgence of deadly violence across the Central African Republic (CAR), and reinvigorated its sanctions against those individuals implicated in the country’s ongoing sectarian tensions which have pushed it to the brink of all-out conflict. Full text...

  • Tunisia: US renews travel warning to Libya
    22 january 2015 19:28:09
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The US State Department has renewed its warning to American citizens not to travel to Libya and advised those present on Libyan soil to leave "immediately". Full text...

  • Sudan: Human rights organizations want AU to publish inquiry report on South Sudan (Corrected)
    22 january 2015 19:15:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Amnesty International on Thursday urged the African Union (AU) to publish a report on atrocities committed by the two warring parties in South Sudan, the government in Juba and the rebel group led by former vice president Rieck Machar. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID concerned over impact of fighting on civilian population in Darfur
    22 january 2015 19:05:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Thursday expressed concern over displacement of thousands of civilians in the restive region of western Sudan as a result of recent clashes between government and opposition forces. Full text...

  • Sudan: Human rights organizations want AU to publish inquiry report on South Sudan
    22 january 2015 16:24:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Amnesty International on Thursday urged the African Union (AU) to publish a report on atrocities committed by the two warring parties in South Sudan, the government in Juba and the rebel group led by former vice president Salva Kiir Mayardit. Full text...

  • Sudan: Al-Bashir agrees to release political detainees
    22 january 2015 15:12:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, has agreed, in principle, on the release of four prominent political and Human Rights detainees, detained since 6 December, 2014. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Burundian journalist arrested, charged for not revealing source
    22 january 2015 14:56:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that authorities in Burundi have imprisoned the director of the privately-owned Radio Publique Africaine (RPA) for not revealing his source. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Schools to re-open in Sierra Leone in March (Full report)
    22 january 2015 14:05:54
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Schools that have been shut in Sierra Leone since July 2014, over the Ebola epidemic in the country are to re-open in March, the government announced on Thursday following a meeting with stakeholders and partners. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius Islamic Society condemns attacks on French magazine
    22 january 2015 13:50:26
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Islamic Society of Mauritius (ISM) Thursday condemned the attacks on the French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which caused several deaths two weeks ago in Paris, France, estimating that "the use of violence will not erase the affront against Prophet of Islam". Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Mechanism for enforcing ECOWAS Court decisions advocated
    22 january 2015 12:48:43
    Calabar, Nigeria (PANA) - Judicial officers of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice have urged member states to comply with a ten-year-old decision of the Community's leaders for the designation of focal points in their countries for the enforcement of the court's judgements. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Schools to re-open in Sierra Leone in March
    22 january 2015 10:56:30
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Schools that have been shut in Sierra Leone since July 2014, over the Ebola epidemic in the country, are to re-open in March, the government announced on Thursday following a meeting with stakeholders and partners. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian prelate calls for Western military intervention to defeat Boko Haram
    22 january 2015 07:44:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A Catholic bishop whose diocese in northeast Nigeria has been hardest hit by Boko Haram extremists wants Western governments to commit military power to defeat the increasingly powerful and ruthless sect, church news service Zenit reported late Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN investigators want war crimes tribunal in CAR
    22 january 2015 06:44:39
    New York, US (PANA) - UN-mandated investigators have warned that war crimes are being Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa hails South Sudan's peace deal
    22 january 2015 06:30:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has returned to Johannesburg after a working visit to Tanzania where, in his capacity as President Jacob Zuma's Special Envoy to South Sudan, he witnessed the signing of a pact on the reunification of South Sudan's Sudanese People's Liberation Movement (SPLM). Full text...

  • UN: UN humanitarian office reports mass displacement in Sudan's Darfur region
    22 january 2015 06:09:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in Mali wards off rebel attack
    22 january 2015 06:01:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has confirmed it used force in response to machine gun fire directed at its troops and towards the town inhabited by civilians, on Tuesday in Tabankort, in the restive north of the country. Full text...

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