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  • South Africa: Leading forensic policeman grilled at Pistorius trial
    13 march 2014 09:34:03
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - One of South Africa's leading forensic policemen is having a tough time in the witness box in the North Gauteng High Court, as Oscar Pistorius's defence attorney continues to pick apart the State's evidence. Full text...

  • Ghana: Hotel under construction in Accra collapses
    13 march 2014 09:26:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A hotel under construction in Ghana's capital, Accra, collapsed on Thursday morning, trapping at least 5 people under the debris, according to police. Full text...

  • UN: 'Western Sahara family visit flights resume next month'
    12 march 2014 22:09:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency announced on Wednesday that the family visit flights between Sahrawi refugees living in camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and their families in the territory of Western Sahara are set to resume next month. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy tasks DRC rebels on disarmament process
    12 march 2014 17:48:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mr. Martin Kobler, has urged rebel fighters in the country to "surrender without delay" and join the disarmament process or face consequences. Full text...

  • Belgium: Moroccan 'gangster' arrested in Belgium
    12 march 2014 17:39:53
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A Moroccan national, Hassan Belghi, who has been allegedly involved in robberies in the North African country, was arrested on Tuesday in Belgium, according to Belgian police. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy urges more int'l support for Somalia's stability
    12 march 2014 17:26:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, says the best hope for peace and stability in the country, the Horn of Africa and beyond remains a united, secure and federal Somalia. Full text...

  • Burundi: 'All-out strike' begins in Burundi universities
    12 march 2014 17:00:34
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Students from public universities in Burundi on Wednesday began an "all-out" strike to protest against the difficult access to bursary under new regulations, according to union sources. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS trains Senegalese journos on SALW
    12 march 2014 16:39:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - About 30 Senegalese journalists on Tuesday began a three-day workshop in Dakar aimed at sensitising and building the capacity of the media on the flow of small arms and light weapons (SALW). Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition defends decision to boycott Youth Day celebrations
    12 march 2014 15:28:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – United Party for National Development (UPND) leader, Hakainde Hichilema, has defended the opposition’s stand to boycott Youth Day celebrations on Wednesday saying that the opposition finds it totally heartbreaking that after almost 50 years of independence, the country still has politicians who lack basic understanding and urgency for a new constitution which they promised themselves. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan army takes control of Sirte airport, military base
    12 march 2014 13:52:42
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan army units tasked with lifting the blockade on oil terminals by armed militias in the eastern part of Libya late on Tuesday took control of the airport in Sirte, 450km from East of the capital city of Tripoli and the "Gardhabia" military base. Full text...

  • Togo: Road accident kills five, injures 21 in Togo
    12 march 2014 13:45:15
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Five people were killed and 21 others injured in a serious road crash Tuesday on the highway near the Defale Mountains in northern Togo, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Kenya: 16 perish in road crash
    12 march 2014 13:32:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The number of people who perished Tuesday after a passenger minibus plunged into a valley in Nandi Hills, western Kenya, climbed to 16 Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: 12 die in road accident
    12 march 2014 09:10:35
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Twelve people were confirmed dead while many others sustained serious injuries in a road traffic accident involving a minibus and a truck and trailer along the Kitwe-Ndola road, in Zambia's northern copperbelt province, Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Survey shows interest in Pistorius trial higher than 2014 World Cup
    12 march 2014 07:51:25
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - South African media monitoring group Data Driven Insight (DDI) has revealed that the ongoing Oscar Pistorius' murder trial is bigger than the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in terms of global media coverage. Full text...

  • Ghana: Five buried alive in illegal gold mining pit
    11 march 2014 22:29:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Five people, including a one-year-old girl, have been buried alive in an illegal gold mining pit in Ghana's Central Region, an Accra-based radio station has reported. Full text...

  • Guinea: France grants Guinea 100,000 Euros for mine-clearing operations
    11 march 2014 19:19:49
    Conakry, Guinea ( PANA) - France has granted Guinea 100,000 Euros, or 9 billion Guinean francs, to enable the West African country to clear anti-personnel mines, planted since 1970 at the military camp in Kindia, about 140 km from the capital, Conakry according to a press release from the Embassy of France sent to PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Officials urge immediate end to attacks in Darfur
    11 march 2014 19:02:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, on Tuesday voiced deep concern about the escalation of violence and its impact on civilians in Sudan’s Darfur region, and urged an immediate halt to hostilities. Full text...

  • UN: 'More people fleeing deadly attacks in north-east Nigeria'
    11 march 2014 17:49:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tuesday said it is increasingly alarmed at the humanitarian impact of continuing violence in North-eastern Nigeria and stressed the importance of protecting civilians. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty appoints Muchena as Southern Africa Director
    11 march 2014 15:42:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) has appointed Deprose Muchena, former Deputy Director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), as head of its Southern Africa Regional Office, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Zambia: Applause for election of opposition MP to COMESA committee of elders
    11 march 2014 13:38:09
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia has described the election of former Trade and Commerce Minister Felix Mutati as a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Committee of Elders as a sign of the confidence which the member states have in the country's political and governance system. Full text...

  • Libya: 2 die, one injured as armed group attacks Libyan army unit
    11 march 2014 12:29:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Two persons were killed and one injured Monday as an armed group attacked a unit of the Libyan army in charge of Gharyane (South-West), PANA learned from reliable sources. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Minister warns tertiary students against drug abuse
    10 march 2014 21:09:39
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo warned university students on Monday against drug abuse, in the wake of a sensitization campaign against drug abuse presently going on in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ghana government urged to enact Access to Information law
    10 march 2014 20:46:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A group of nine civil society organisations led by Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has urged the Ghanian government to enact Access to Information law, MFWA said in a statement on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: Panel investigates human rights violations in CAR
    10 march 2014 19:15:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Bernard Acho Muna, Chairman of the International Commission of Inquiry in the Central African Republic (CAR), on Monday in New York warned that the spread of hate speech and the collapse of law and order in the strife-riven country might have caused grave human rights violations, including genocide. Full text...

  • Gambia: Two American citizens missing in Gambia
    10 march 2014 17:32:55
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The American Citizens Services office at the U.S. Embassy in Banjul, The Gambia, Monday announced that two American citizens are missing in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius retches over graphic evidence
    10 march 2014 12:45:37
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - There were disturbing scenes in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday when murder accused Oscar Pistorius retched loudly in the dock as evidence about the horrific wounds on his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp’s body were read out. Full text...

  • African Special Force: 'Congo deeply involved in resolution of CAR crisis'
    09 march 2014 19:36:28
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congo, a member of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), has been participating in the African-led International Support Mission in the CAR (MISCA), which is aimed at restoring peace and stability in its neighbour since the coup in the country in March 2013. Full text...

  • Cameroon/Special African Forces: Cameroonian Defence Force lacks modern equipment - Expert
    09 march 2014 16:01:49
    By Elizabeth Benkam, PANA Correspondent) Full text...

  • Kenya: 14 killed in horror road accident in Kenya
    09 march 2014 09:23:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Fourteen people have been killed in a grisly road accident in Salgaa, outside Nakuru town, after a heavy commercial truck lost control and crashed into two passenger vehicles, police said Sunday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ivoirian press agency to celebrate 50th anniversary
    08 march 2014 15:13:05
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian Press Agency (AIP), the first public service medium in Cote d'Ivoire, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on 20 March, organizers told PANA here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Leading law enforcement experts to meet in SA
    08 march 2014 11:29:04
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – Directors of Crime Stoppers International (CSI) meet this weekend in Cape Town with South African law enforcement agents with whom they will discuss global crime trends ahead of their annual conference to be held in South Africa later this year. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Return of jihadist fighters from Syria sparks fear in Tunisia
    08 march 2014 11:23:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - About 400 Tunisian jihadists have returned from fighting in the Syrian war, the Interior Minister, Lutfi Jeddou, revealed here, saying the development has sparked fears that the battle-hardened militants could fuel Islamist violence back home. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council moves to combat violations against children
    07 march 2014 22:03:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution setting out practical steps to combat violations against children in armed conflict, stressing the need to do more to ensure that children are protected and perpetrators are brought to justice. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Several Muslim charities banned in Mauritania
    07 march 2014 21:03:19
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government has decided to end the activities of several charity organizations claiming to be representative of the Muslim religion, reliable sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • US: ICC convicts former militia leader for atrocities in DR Congo
    07 march 2014 18:39:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday convicted former Congolese militia leader, Germain Katanga, of war crimes in relation to a deadly 2003 attack on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Mauritania: Authorities adopt 29 measures to end slavery
    07 march 2014 14:27:47
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The roadmap for the eradication of slavery, which the Mauritanian government adopted on 27 February, following a UN assessment mission on the illegal practice, will be carried out under 29 measures, the Mauritanian Minister of Justice, Sidi Ould Zeine, indicated here Thursday at the end of the nation's Council of ministers’ meeting. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU to assist Burundi after flash floods kill 64
    07 march 2014 12:27:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The EU is to provide assistance to Burundi to enable it cope with the recent flash floods disaster that killed 64 people and left 32 others missing. Full text...

  • Sudan: US Human Rights report angers Sudan
    07 march 2014 11:59:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Friday accused the US of applying double standards when dealing with human rights issues, saying Washington turns a blind eye to the progress made in the African nation while overlooking its own 'miserable standards' in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo and other areas of the world. Full text...

  • Guinea: Japan gives Guinea US$122,000 for education
    06 march 2014 22:53:02
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The Japanese government on Thursday granted Guinea US$122,000 to build a primary school block in Pita, central Guinea. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council discusses situation in CAR
    06 march 2014 22:22:28
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Valerie Amos, on Thursday stressed the need for urgent action to confront the challenges facing the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kigali to host Pan-African forum on Science, technology
    06 march 2014 21:15:47
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The Rwandan capital, Kigali, will on 12 March host the first Pan-African forum on sharing better practices in science, technology and innovation in higher education. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'Dozens of villages burned to ashes by rebels in Darfur'
    06 march 2014 20:56:54
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Chairman of Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), Dr. Tigani Sese, has called for a rapid intervention by the authorities to check current wide scale attacks in which scores of villages have been burnt in Darfur. Full text...

  • Congo: Chad, Benin presidents arrive in Congo
    06 march 2014 20:39:01
    Imfondo, Congo (PANA) – Chadian president Idriss Déby and Beninese president Boni Yayi, arrived on Thursday in Impfondo in northern Congo to attend the 3rd international Forum of Indigenous Peoples of Central Africa (FIPAC). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Humanitarian assistance convoy arrives in Bangui
    06 march 2014 20:10:51
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A fourth convoy transporting humanitarian assistance, including food from Cameroon, arrived this week in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, under the escort of the Rwandan contingent of the African-led International Support Mission to Central Africa Republic (MISCA). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Religious structures built in Mauritian Prisons
    06 march 2014 17:31:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritius Prison Service has built four places of worship in the yard of the new prison at Melrose, in the centre of the island, to allow detainees practice their religions, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military kills 20 Boko Haram insurgents
    06 march 2014 17:15:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters Thursday announced that the military had killed 20 Boko Haram terrorists during a foiled attempt by the insurgents to attack Ajiri and Mafa as well as other communities in the outskirt of Maiduguri and Dikwa in North Eastern State of Borno State. Full text...

  • Mauritius: International Book Fair opens in Mauritius
    06 march 2014 15:36:09
    Pailles, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam on Thursday inaugurated the second edition of the “Confluences 2014 International Book Fair”, at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre, Pailles, near Port-Louis. Full text...

  • South Africa: Doctor testifies how he found Reeva Steenkamp dying
    06 march 2014 13:11:25
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - In a dramatic day of testimony at the Oscar Pretorius murder trial, a radiologist Thursday told the court how he saw the Paralympian’s model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dying moments after he had shot her. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council extends partial arms embargo on Somalia
    05 march 2014 22:40:27
    New Yrk, US (PANA) - The 15-member UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously agreed to extend a partial weapons ban on Somalia for eight months amid reports that Full text...

  • DR Congo: At least 173 cases of human rights violations registered in January
    05 march 2014 22:21:20
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - At least 173 cases of human rights violations were registered by the UN Joint Office of Human Rights in January 2014 in DR Congo, Scott Campbell, Head of the Joint Office, said on Wednesday. Full text...

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