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  • Gambia: President Jammeh returns to Banjul
    31 december 2014 18:14:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – As the dust settled down in the aftermath of Tuesday's coup attempt in Banjul, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has arrived in the capital from Chad, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Mauritius: State broadcaster gets new DG
    31 december 2014 14:38:01
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Government Wednesday announced the appointment of Vijay Pritam Purmessur as Director-General of the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), replacing Dhanjay Callikan who resigned, PANA reported from Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'Dangerous' terrorist killed in Tunisia
    31 december 2014 13:57:55
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A man described as a dangerous terrorist has been killed by the Tunisian special forces combating terrorism in the north African nation, the government has announced. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma angered by journalist's "defamatory" column
    31 december 2014 12:49:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Office of the South African Presidency on Wednesday said it is alarmed by a “personal attack” on President Jacob Zuma by leading journalist Max du Preez, who labeled him as South Africa’s “one-man wrecking ball”. Full text...

  • UN: UN report says South Sudan conflict 'devastating' for children
    30 december 2014 22:53:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The conflict in South Sudan has seriously hampered the protection of children, increasing their vulnerability dramatically, says a new report published this week by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in Libya condemns terrorist attack on parliament
    30 december 2014 20:06:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly deplored a terrorist attack against a hotel in the city of Tobruk where the country’s House of Representatives was in session just days after the mission had warned that further violence risked plunging the country into "all-out war". Full text...

  • UN: WFP appeal raises US$45 million to meet refugee food needs in Kenya
    30 december 2014 19:21:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Tuesday said that a strong Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for thorough investigation of Congolese journalist's murder
    30 december 2014 18:02:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ''to thoroughly investigate'' the murder of journalist Robert Chamwami Shalubuto and bring the killers to book. Full text...

  • Gambia: Alleged leader of coup attempt reportedly killed in Banjul
    30 december 2014 17:46:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - While the situation in Gambia's capital, Banjul, is still veiled in a cloud of uncertainty, the alleged ringleader of Tuesday's attempt to oust President Yahya Jammeh has been reported killed by forces loyal to the West African nation's strongman. Full text...

  • South Africa: Outcry over suspension of Hawks' boss refuses to die down
    30 december 2014 10:31:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The furore over the suspension of the head of the country’s top crime fighting unit refuses to die down, with the official opposition Democratic (DA) on Tuesday warning that “every incident of bizarre police decision-making points directly at President Jacob Zuma”. Full text...

  • Gambia: Attempted coup in Gambia?
    30 december 2014 08:59:24
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gun shots have been heard at the State House in Banjul, the capital of the West African state of The Gambia, but it is not yet clear those who are behind the shooting. Full text...

  • UN: Rocket attack against UN Mission camp in Mali condemned
    30 december 2014 07:58:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has strongly condemned Monday's rocket attack on its camp in the country's northern city of Tessalit. Full text...

  • UN: UN official hails humanitarian workers
    30 december 2014 07:52:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Director of Operations for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) John Ging has hailed UN humanitarian workers and their counterparts with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) for doing a "heroic job" in often dangerous situations and in the face of human suffering. Full text...

  • Sudan: US provided US$200 million aid to Sudan in 2014 - Embassy
    29 december 2014 20:28:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States on Monday said it provided 174,000 tonnes of food aid valued at US$200 million to the Sudanese people this year, for needy people, especially in Darfur Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum insists talks with Darfur rebels shoud focus on ceasefire only
    29 december 2014 19:50:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) -The Sudanese government has re-emphasised its stand that its negotiations with rebel movements in the restive Darfur region should focus on striking a ceasefire deal only. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN boosts food assistance as ‘very critical’ Nile corridor reopens
    29 december 2014 17:55:08
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - A barge carrying a shipment of food destined for thousands of refugees in South Sudan has crossed over from neighbouring Sudan, reopening a long-closed river corridor along the Nile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission says Libya risks "all-out" war
    28 december 2014 19:26:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Sunday condemned a series of air strikes on targets in the city of Misrata following an upsurge in fighting across the war-torn North African country, saying that any further escalation in hostilities could plunge the nation back into an "all-out" war. Full text...

  • Sudan: UK, US, Norway call for resumption of Sudanese peace talks, condemn opposition arrest
    28 december 2014 17:50:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The US, Norway and the UK have issued a joint statement, calling on the warring Sudanese parties in Darfur, the Blue Nile and Nuba mountains, to immediately engage in peace talks that will end the suffering of people on the ground. Full text...

  • Libya: Car bomb explodes near diplomatic missions in Tripoli
    28 december 2014 12:07:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A car bomb exploded Saturday in the area housing diplomatic missions at the Libyan Interior ministry in Tripoli, signalling a fresh outbreak of violence in the Libyan capital, security sources said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Boko Haram abducted 592 persons in 2014'
    28 december 2014 10:23:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 592 persons were kidnapped by the Islamic fundamentalist group, Boko Haram, in 2014, most of them girls, boys and women, according to the local PUNCH newspaper. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission urges end to 'senseless cycle of violence' in Libya
    27 december 2014 21:11:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Saturday strongly Full text...

  • US: US condemns Christmas day attack on AU base in Mogadishu
    27 december 2014 15:37:17
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has strongly condemned the Christmas Day attack on the African Union (AU) forces in Mogadishu, Somalia, that left at least three soldiers and one civilian dead. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 1,250 illegal African migrants rescued by the Italian navy
    27 december 2014 14:56:45
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Some 1,250 illegal African immigrants have been rescued and the remains of five others brought ashore in four operations carried out between Northern Africa and the Italian Island of Sicily in the Mediterranean during the Christmas season, according to the Italian Navy. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa's judicial system in international spotlight (Feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent, Johannesburg)
    27 december 2014 09:45:36
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - A number of high-profile court cases in 2014 have put South Africa’s judicial system in the full glare of the international spotlight. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan regrets UN's 'hasty' reaction to expulsion of senior officials
    26 december 2014 23:02:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Friday expressed regret about the UN's reaction over its decision to deport two senior officials of the world body saying it has failed to appreciate the reasons behind Khartoum's decision. Full text...

  • UN: UN condemns deadly attack on AU peacekeepers base in Mogadishu
    26 december 2014 22:36:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has condemned an attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which resulted in the death of a number of AMISOM soldiers and civilian contractors. Full text...

  • South Africa: Archbishop calls for new struggle against inequality
    26 december 2014 08:21:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has called for a "new struggle" in South Africa against economic and other inequalities. Full text...

  • UN: UN offcial says South Sudan needs "massive" literacy campaign
    25 december 2014 17:06:43
    New York, US (PANA) - South Sudan would not go very far in the future because 80 percent of its people cannot read and write -- "an unfortunate development", according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Toby Lanzer. Full text...

  • LIbya: Libyan government suspends international flights from Maitigua, Misrata airports
    25 december 2014 16:45:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's interim government Thursday announced suspension of international flights from Maitigua and Misrata airports in a bid to check transportation of extremists and jihadists from abroad through the two gateways. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Trial of Mauritanian anti-slavery activists begins
    25 december 2014 15:48:28
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The trial of anti-slavery activists in Mauritania began Wednesday in Rosso, 200 km South of the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, PANA learnt from Judicial sources. Full text...

  • Libya: Armed men kill 20 Libyan soldiers guarding power station
    25 december 2014 14:32:24
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Twenty Libyan soldiers were killed on Thursday when armed men attacked a power station they were guarding in Syrte, 450 kilemetres East of Tripoli, according to a military source. Full text...

  • UN: UN Peacebuilding Commission commends Liberia over peaceful elections
    25 december 2014 08:15:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Peacebuilding Commission has congratulated the Government Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission in Libya condemns sectarian murder
    25 december 2014 07:58:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly condemned the Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians celebrate Christmas under heavy rains
    25 december 2014 07:46:51
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritians are celebrating Christmas under heavy rains which started on the island Tuesday and is expected to continue until Friday, according to the Meteorological Station. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Malagasy citizen arrested in Mauritius for drug trafficking
    25 december 2014 07:36:23
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A Malagasy citizen, Hervé Michel Randriantsara, has been arrested at the island’s international airport while trying to import heroin into the island, the Mauritian Police announced Thursday in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Libya: Tunisia-Libya border reopens
    24 december 2014 18:54:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The movement of travellers crossing the Libyan-Tunisian border resumed Wednesday after Tunisian authorities removed a temporary blockade they had imposed on Ras Jedir and Dhiba-Wazen border posts ahead of the 21 December presidential election. Full text...

  • South Africa: Legal threat over suspension of top South African crime fighter
    24 december 2014 18:23:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) warned Wednesday that the controversial suspension of the head of the country’s top crime fighting unit could head to court as questions arise on whether or not his suspension was legal. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan urges Nigerians to pray for victims of insurgents
    24 december 2014 16:02:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, has called on all Nigerians to remember and offer special prayers "for all of our countrymen, women and children" who have suffered and continue to suffer untold hardship, deprivation and death at the hands of terrorists and insurgents. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo, CAR media councils sign cooperation agreement
    24 december 2014 15:14:52
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The media councils of Congo and the Central African Republic (CAR) Tuesday signed an agreement under which both organizations will cooperate, official sources told PANA here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Preparations for christmas reach fever pitch
    24 december 2014 14:58:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – As last minute preparations for this year’s Christmas reach their climax in Nigeria, there are strong indications that many households may not serve chicken and live turkey, a popular delicacy associated with the festive period in their menu due to the economic downturn. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 16 soldiers jailed for refusing to fight Boko Haram
    24 december 2014 10:45:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As Nigerian military authorities get tough on mutinous soldiers amid a deadly insurgency battle in the country's North-east, 16 soldiers, including three officers, have been sentenced to two years' imprisonment each for the 14 April 2014 abduction of nearly 300 school girls in Chibok, Borno State. Full text...

  • Tunis: Egypt condemns murder couple in Libya
    23 december 2014 21:07:10
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has condemned the assassination of an Egyptian couple and the abduction of their son in the Libyan city of Sirte. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Group of 96 illegal immigrants arrive in Italy
    23 december 2014 20:27:48
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A group of 96 illegal migrants arrived on Monday night at the coast of Ragusa in Sicily, Italian security sources said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights chief hails entry into force of global arms trade treaty
    23 december 2014 18:55:51
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein Full text...

  • UN: UN report warns of human rights violations in Libya
    23 december 2014 18:44:25
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN human rights report on Tuesday warned that Libyan civilians Full text...

  • Tunisia: Three terrorists killed in Algeria's Boumerdas region
    23 december 2014 18:18:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A unit of the Algerian armed forces late Monday eliminated three terrorists in the city of Yasser, Boumerdas region, the Algerian Ministry of Defence announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Niger: Japan grants food aid worth US$3.8 million to Niger
    23 december 2014 18:03:50
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Japan Tuesday granted Niger US$ 3.8 million worth of rice as part of its food aid project for fiscal year 2014, the Nigerien News Agency (ANP) reported. Full text...

  • Niger: Niamey works out emergency relief plan for Nigerian refugees
    23 december 2014 17:02:39
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Prime Minister Brigi Rafini of Niger Tuesday presented the Council of Ministers here an emergency plan for relief assistance to thousands of Nigerian refugees and other displaced people, currently facing a severe food shortage, in the eastern region of Diffa. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR seeks relocation of besiged Peuhl minority of CAR
    23 december 2014 13:37:05
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tuesday expressed concern over the deteriorating situation for 474 Muslims from the Peuhl ethnic minority, trapped for several months in the town of Yaloke, some 200km North-west of Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • South Africa: Court overturns ban on MPs who ridiculed Zuma
    23 december 2014 13:00:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Western Cape High Court on Tuesday lifted the suspension of 20 Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) MPs who were barred from Parliament following a near-riot in August. Full text...

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