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  • South Africa: Scores injured in Johannesburg train crash
    18 july 2015 07:37:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A commuter train collision in Johannesburg on Friday night has left at least 326 people injured, according to Emergency services spokesperson Nana Radebe, who said. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns latest terrorist attacks in northeast Nigeria
    17 july 2015 21:53:56
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon on Friday condemned the terrorist attacks that killed over 60 people in the towns of Gombe and Damaturu, in northeast Nigeria over the last two days. Full text...

  • US: US Commission tasks Obama, Buhari on rising violence in Nigeria
    17 july 2015 21:50:57
    New York,US (PANA) - The 20 July meeting in Washington DC between US President Barack Obama and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari offers both nations the opportunity to re-invigorate their commitment to, and develop initiatives that would, help curb the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy envoy says South Sudanese people want peace
    17 july 2015 20:07:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The outlook for South Sudan is not completely bleak, the UN deputy envoy for South Sudan, Moustapha Soumare, has said noting that travelling throughout the country, he has repeatedly heard the phrase: "We want peace now." Full text...

  • US: American govt condemns bombings in northern Nigeria
    17 july 2015 19:36:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Friday offered deepest sympathy and Full text...

  • Zambia: Women groups in Zambia condemn President Lungu’s pardon to sex offender
    17 july 2015 16:52:33
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A group of civil society organisations in Zambia on Friday said it was disappointed by President Edgar Lungu’s decision to pardon a local musician who was convicted of defiling a minor. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Deadly ethnic clashes in South Darfur draw concern of UNAMID
    17 july 2015 16:26:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The African Union–United Nations Mission in Darfur on Friday expressed deep concern over reports of escalating tensions and confrontations between the Reizegat and the Habaniya ethnic communities in South Darfur. Full text...

  • Zambia: Post Newspaper managing editor, reporter granted bail
    17 july 2015 16:01:07
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Lusaka Magistrate court has released Post Newspaper Proprietor Fred Mmembe and his journalist Mukosha Funga who were detained Thursday after being arrested and charged for publication of classified information. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ demands release of 2 journalists in Zambia
    17 july 2015 15:58:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the arrest of Journalists Fred M'membe and Mukosha Funga in Zambia, saying the duo should be released immediately. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Buhari appoints new Commander for Civil Defence Corp
    17 july 2015 12:43:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari Friday appointed Mr. Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu as the new Commandant-General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). Full text...

  • (UPDATE 2) Nigeria: Army revises downwards casualty figures from suicide blasts
    17 july 2015 11:40:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army has revised downwards the casualty figures from Friday's suicide bombings in Damaturu, North-east Yobe state, saying only 9 people died, as against 50 that it announced earlier. Full text...

  • Nigeria: At Eid-el-Fitr, Pres. Buhari harps on lessons of Ramadan
    17 july 2015 11:29:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As Nigeria celebrates Eid-el-Fitr Friday to mark the end of the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan, President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined his compatriots to imbibe the lessons of self-denial and sacrifice for the benefit of the nation. Full text...

  • Libya: Over 36,000 illegal migrants arrested in Libya in 6 months
    17 july 2015 10:05:53
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) - Some 36,780 illegal immigrants of different nationalities were arrested in the first half of 2015 in the Libyan eastern city of Tobruk, the Director of Office for Immigration and patrols in the desert, Col. Mansour Said Al-Ravadi, said. Full text...

  • (UPDATE) Nigeria: 50 die in blast at Muslim praying ground
    17 july 2015 09:57:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 50 people were killed on Friday when two female suicide bombers attacked a praying ground in Damaturu, capital of Nigeria's North-east Yobe state, as Muslims gathered there to mark Eid-el-Fitr, the end of the Muslim's month-long fasting, Army spokesman Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Explosion rocks Muslim praying ground at Eid-el-Fitr
    17 july 2015 09:36:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - An explosion rocked a praying ground in Damaturu, capital of Nigeria's North-east Yobe State, Friday as Muslims converged there for prayers marking Eid-el-Fitr, the end of the Muslim's month-long fasting. Full text...

  • Libya: 5 killed, 24 injured in southern Libya violence
    16 july 2015 21:44:23
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Several families belonging to the Touareg and Toubou tribes in the district of al-Taiouri, in the city of Sebha, 800 km south of the capital, Tripoli, have fled their homes after clashes between members of the two tribes claimed the lives for five and injured 24 others, witnesses said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: 'Full-fledged UN mission in Somalia would be high-risk undertaking'
    16 july 2015 21:35:11
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Edmond Mulet, says a UN peacekeeping mission in Somalia would be a "high-risk undertaking", considering the threats posed by Al-Shabaab militants despite advances made by the African Union Mission in the country (AMISOM). Full text...

  • Guinea: Guinea Muslim to celebrate Eid El Fitr on Friday
    16 july 2015 21:25:55
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Eid El Fitr, or the Ramadan feast, marking the end of the Muslim fasting, will be celebrated on Friday in Guinea, the Secretariat for Religious Affairs said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UNAMID concerned over deadly tribal clashes in South Darfur
    16 july 2015 20:54:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on Thursday expressed deep concern over reports of escalating tensions and confrontations between the Reizegat and the Habaniya tribes in Al Sunta, about 150 km south-east of Nyala in South Darfur. Full text...

  • UN: Somalia diplomat stresses need to develop police service
    16 july 2015 20:31:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The charge d'affaires of the Permanent Mission of Somalia to the UN, Mr. Awale Ali Kullane, on Thursday in New York said it was time for the government to step-up the work to develop its police sector to facilitate security duties. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN officials hail outcome of financing conference as first milestone of 2015
    16 july 2015 18:16:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and senior United Nations officials Thursday hailed the outcome of the financing for development conference in Addis Ababa as the first milestone in a critical year in which major decisions are also expected on the future sustainable development agenda and on climate change. Full text...

  • Senegal: Oxfam says rich countries provide poor outcome at UN Financing for Development Conference
    16 july 2015 17:41:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Unresolved rigged tax rules and privatized development are the major drawbacks of the UN Financing for Development Conference outcome, international agency Oxfam said Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Ally of Kenyan Varsity attack mastermind killed in drone strike
    16 july 2015 15:30:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s Interior Ministry said 51 Al Shabaab militants were killed in a major drone offensive in Somalia’s Gedo region but a key suspect in the Garissa University killings, Mohamed Kuno, alias Gamadhere, was not amongst the four senior Al Shabaab commanders killed. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Kenya falls short on promises for press freedom
    16 july 2015 15:26:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Wednesday released a special report on Kenya, saying the country has fallen short on promises of press freedom. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts task UN Security Council on mounting violence in Burundi
    16 july 2015 14:12:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The escalating pattern of politically-motivated violence in Burundi demands a response from the UN Security Council before the hostilities can evolve into wholesale atrocities, a group of the UN experts warned on Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu substitutes death sentences
    16 july 2015 13:39:53
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu, has commuted the death sentences to life imprisonment for all the 332 inmates at the country’s Maximum Prison, Mukobeko, in Kabwe, central Zambia. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian police arrest Post newspaper boss
    16 july 2015 13:24:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Police in Lusaka on Thursday arrested and charged Post Newspaper proprietor Fred Mmembe and his reporter, Funga Mukosha, for publication of classified information under the State Security Act. Full text...

  • Libya: 2,700 migrants rescued off Libyan coast
    16 july 2015 11:26:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Italian navy on Wednesday rescued about 2,700 migrants on board of 13 boats near the Libyan coast, Libyan media reported on Thursday, quoting Italian sources. Full text...

  • Kenya: Italian PM offers electrifying lecture on terrorism
    15 july 2015 21:20:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi electrified the lecture halls at the University of Nairobi on Wednesday with a lecture on terrorism and how the world could unite to fight its spread. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan soldier, 7 Al Shabaab terrorists killed in AMISOM convoy attack
    15 july 2015 19:22:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan soldier and seven Al Shabaab fighters were killed Wednesday when the militants attacked an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) convoy on routine patrol in Somalia’s Gedo region in the latest flare-up of fighting, a military spokesperson said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ban says successful outcome at UN financing conference vital for future development agenda
    15 july 2015 16:56:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A successful outcome at the ongoing United Nations financing conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is vital for the future sustainable development agenda and could shape international cooperation for years to come, as negotiations on the draft text entered its final stages, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: First UN World Youth Skills Day emphasizes importance of empowering young people
    15 july 2015 16:24:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - On the first-ever commemoration of World Youth Skills Day, UN officials Wednesday declared that investing in developing the skills of young people can help build a more just and sustainable future for all and is one of the most important decisions any country can make. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 5 family members asphyxiated to death in Rwandan mine
    15 july 2015 15:24:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least five people from the same family were killed of asphyxia inside a wolfram mine in Burera, a district located about 100 Kilometres from Kigali, in Northern Rwanda, a senior local administrative official in the region said on Wednesday Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Monkey trade hurting tourism in Mauritius'
    15 july 2015 11:40:58
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius' monkey trade is having a negative effect on the Island's tourism sector, according to a recent survey. Full text...

  • Gambia: Detained journo freed
    15 july 2015 08:36:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Mr. Alagie Sisay, Managing Director of the Taranga FM radio station in The Gambia, has been released from detention by the state, Gambia Press Union (GPU) Secretary General Saikou Jammeh confirmed to PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tutu hospitalised with "persistent infection"
    15 july 2015 08:23:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 83, has been hospitalized in Cape Town, South Africa, for a “persistent infection”, his foundation said in a statement obtained by PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN negotiations in Addis Ababa on financing framework to advance global development
    14 july 2015 21:45:27
    New York, US (PANA) The UN on Tuesday said negotiations on a comprehensive financing framework for sustainable development are going on in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where UN member states have gathered for a UN conference aimed at securing the resources necessary for the well-being of all people and the health of the planet. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Call for inclusive sustainable industrialization dominates development financing conference
    14 july 2015 19:52:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The global community needs to move in a balanced and integrated manner to achieve inclusive sustainable industrial development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Govt. releases 60 million CFA for youth self-employment
    14 july 2015 12:53:55
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – To eradicate youth unemployment and under-employment as well as support the vulnerable groups, the interim government in Burkina Faso Tuesday gave out 65 million CFA Franc to 90 youth participating in a series of entrepreneurship training, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Kenya: Nairobi gears for nude protest march ahead of Obama tour
    14 july 2015 12:41:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan political party has notified authorities of plans to hold two days of protests with 5,000 naked women and men marching on the streets of Nairobi 22-23 July, in protest of US President Barack Obama’s “aggressive support for homosexuality”. Full text...

  • Senegal: Chadian witnesses to testify via video conference in Habre trial
    14 july 2015 10:42:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - With the trial of former Chadian leader Hissene Habre due to start here 20 July 2015, it has been revealed that Chadian witnesses who could not travel to Dakar for the trial will testify via video conferencing. Full text...

  • Libya: 4 killed in communal violence
    14 july 2015 10:30:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Three persons were killed on Monday evening in Sebha, 800km South of Libya's capital, Tripoli, in a fresh outbreak of communal violence between the Toubou and Touareg tribes. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IMF underlines partnership, commitment, flexibility in financing global development
    14 july 2015 08:43:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has committed to expanding access to all its concessional facilities by a full 50 percent in supporting developing and fragile countries. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns twin suicide bombings in Cameroon
    13 july 2015 22:50:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the twin suicide bombings that targeted the city of Fotokol in the north of Cameroon on 12 July. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya reports 31 cases of press freedom violation in second quarter
    13 july 2015 22:28:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan press freedom centre announced in a report released on Monday that 31 cases of press freedom violations were reported in the second quarter of this year in the country. Full text...

  • Mali: Malian govt condemns suicide attack on Ndjamena market
    13 july 2015 18:54:31
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali has reassured the Chadian government and people of its commitment to fight terrorism in order to restore peace and security in the sub-region, following Saturday's suicide bomb attack in the central market of the Chadian capital, Ndjamena. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Community Court paves way for Compaore's party to participate in Burkina election
    13 july 2015 17:12:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice Monday nullified the amendment to Burkina Faso's Electoral Act which excluded some people from participation in the country’s political process. Full text...

  • South Africa: Plans underway to open Mandela's gravesite to the public
    13 july 2015 16:05:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former president Nelson Mandela’s gravesite at Qunu in South Africa's Eastern Cape will eventually be opened up to the public in the future, his eldest grandchild Ndileka Mandela confirmed Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: MasterCard Foundation vows to promote girls’ education in Rwanda
    13 july 2015 14:01:35
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A high-level delegation from MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme is in Rwanda to assess the various programmes it supports in the education sector. Full text...

  • Botswana: Civil society bemoans corporal punishment
    13 july 2015 13:42:18
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Civil society in Botswana has challenged parents to desist from using corporal punishment as a means of disciplining their children. Full text...

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