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  • Libya: Libyan human rights group officials abducted
    15 february 2015 13:41:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The chairman of the Libyan National Committee for Human Rights and his assistant were abducted on Saturday in Tripoli by an armed group, says a source of the organization. Full text...

  • Libya: 12 soldiers killed, 33 wounded in Benghazi fighting
    15 february 2015 13:31:45
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - A total of 12 soldiers have been killed and 33 others injured in the fighting in the last four days in Benghazi. Full text...

  • UN: UN calls for tolerance, acceptance after 3 Muslim Americans killed
    14 february 2015 19:16:17
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his deepest condolences to the families of three Muslim Americans who were killed in the state of North Carolina, US, earlier this week, a UN spokesperson said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 2 Nigerians, Indian arrested for drug trafficking in Mauritius
    14 february 2015 17:23:18
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Two Nigerians, aged 29 and 31 years respectively, as well as an Indian were arrested Friday by the police in Mauritius, PANA learnt from police sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes release of detained journalists in Egypt, urges fair trial
    14 february 2015 17:12:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded the decision by Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief, Sudan official discuss peace, security issues
    14 february 2015 17:07:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Jan Eliasson, has met with Mr. Ibrahim Ghandour, Deputy Chairman of Sudan’s National Congress Party, to discuss the National Dialogue called for by Sudan's President Omar Al-Bashir, and ongoing efforts to end hostilities in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns Boko Haram attacks on Nigeria's neighbours
    14 february 2015 16:55:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has condemned, in the strongest terms, the Full text...

  • Mauritius: Former Governor of Bank of Mauritius arrested
    14 february 2015 07:28:37
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The former Governor of the Bank of Mauritius, Rundheersingh Bheenick, sacked at the end of December last year by the new government, was arrested by police Friday night after an amount of one million rupees in foreign currency (about US$ 33,000) was found in his place, PANA learnt from police sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Libya: Benghazi residents demand resignation of Prime Minister al-Theni
    13 february 2015 22:22:55
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Hundreds of residents of Benghazi on Friday demonstrated to demand the establishment of a military council and the resignation of the internationally recognized government of Prime Abdallah al-Theni. Full text...

  • UN: UN stresses need to empower youth voices for a sustainable future
    13 february 2015 21:19:11
    New York, US (PANA) - As the international community marks the 2015 edition of World Radio Day, UN officials have called for a greater participation of young people in utilizing the medium as a critical tool for shaping a sustainable future. Full text...

  • UN: UN probes violent demonstration against peacekeepers in Gao
    13 february 2015 20:19:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has appointed a high-level team to conduct an Inquiry into the events of 27 Jan., 2015, when a violent demonstration against the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) resulted in the death and injury of protesters in the northern city of Gao. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AUC Chair congratulates ASEOWA Head of Mission
    13 february 2015 19:21:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Friday congratulated Major General Julius Facki Oketta, Head of Mission of the AU Support to Ebola Outbreak to West Africa (ASEOWA), for being awarded "Distinguished Service Order" (DSO) by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AUC Chairperson regrets disappearance of 300 migrants in Mediterranean Sea
    13 february 2015 18:57:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Friday expressed "deep regrets and sorrow" following the 10 Feb. 2015 disappearance of over 300 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, off Lampedusa Island. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID supports thousands of newly displaced in North Darfur
    13 february 2015 17:46:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Thousands of civilians, mostly women and children, have fled their villages following fighting between government forces and armed movements last month in North Darfur, the restive western Sudan region, the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR calls for urgent humanitarian access to populations displaced by Boko Haram
    13 february 2015 15:59:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - With the violence that has plagued northeastern Nigeria now spilling over into Niger, Cameroon and Chad, the UNHCR Friday called for urgent humanitarian access to refugees and internally-displaced people in these countries to provide much-needed emergency assistance. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: New chair of election commission inaugurated
    13 february 2015 11:48:31
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's new electoral commission chair Mohammed Nfa Alie Conteh has been sworn into office in the capital city of Freetown. Full text...

  • Sudan: FM criticises HRW Tabit rape report
    13 february 2015 10:26:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has expressed regret over a recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that government troops raped over 200 women and girls in a remote village in the country's Western Darfur region. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners seek US$2 billion to help millions of people across Africa’s Sahel
    12 february 2015 21:09:52
    New York, US (PANA - The UN and its partners on Thursday launched an appeal for nearly US$2 billion to provide vital humanitarian assistance to millions of people in nine countries across Africa’s Sahel region. ) Full text...

  • Sudan: Authorities investigate UNAMID rape report
    12 february 2015 20:15:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan says it is investigating report of a UN-AU peacekeeper allegedly raping a Darfuri woman, saying if proved to be true the authorities will bring the man to a court of justice. Full text...

  • UN: ICC to prosecute use of children in armed conflicts
    12 february 2015 19:27:35
    New York, US (PANA) - International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosector Fatou Bensouda on Thursday said the court will investigate and prosecute those conscripting, enlisting and Full text...

  • UN: UN welcomes Human Rights Watch report on mass rape in Darfur
    12 february 2015 18:15:27
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report on mass rape in Sudan's Darfur region produced by Full text...

  • Senegal: AMI, United Religions Initiative join forces to fight hate speech
    12 february 2015 17:50:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Media Initiative (AMI) and United Religions Initiative (URI) Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding to counter violent extremism, terrorism, hate speech among others in Africa. Full text...

  • UN: UN demands end to use of child soldiers in conflict
    12 february 2015 17:26:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday warned that the world's conflicts have become more brutal, intense and widespread, as children are finding themselves increasingly vulnerable to recruitment and deployment by armed groups. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AfDB awards US$1m emergency relief assistance for drought victims in Somalia
    12 february 2015 17:11:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) -The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) announced Thursday its award of US $1 million emergency relief assistance to Somalia where over one million people affected by drought and famine are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA calls for safer internet in West Africa
    12 february 2015 15:49:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - On the occasion of this year’s Safer Internet Day, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called on all stakeholders in West Africa to ensure the safer use of the internet for the betterment of society. Full text...

  • DR Congo: MONUSCO Chief condemns use of child soldiers by armed groups in DRC
    12 february 2015 15:35:56
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - "Thousands of children continue to be recruited by armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Child recruitment jeopardizes the future of these children and deprives the DRC of their vigour and strength," Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the DRC, said on the occasion of the International Day against the use of Child Soldiers. Full text...

  • Sudan: Situation in Blue Nile, South Kordufan worries EU
    12 february 2015 10:03:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has expressed its concern over the recent developments in two conflicts areas in South-east and South-west of the Sudan, where three humanitarian aid workers were killed and a hospital was reportedly bombed, frustrating humanitarian action there. Full text...

  • UN: 'Empowering youth key to bridging social divide in CAR'
    12 february 2015 06:17:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Head of the Africa bureau at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Abdoulaye Mar Dieye has said grassroots involvement and inclusion, especially of youth, is Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF celebrates demobilization of child soldiers in S/Sudan
    12 february 2015 06:00:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has applauded the release of another Full text...

  • UN: Report urges end to violence against children in Africa
    12 february 2015 01:10:05
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN-backed report said African girls and boys continue to be subjected to distressing levels of physical, sexual and emotional violence despite the significant legal and policy measures adopted throughout the region. Full text...

  • UN: Libya shifts venue of peace talks
    12 february 2015 01:03:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Libyan stakeholders have convened in Libya's western city of Ghedames for the latest round of United Nations-facilitated dialogue aimed at resolving the North African nation’s political crisis, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said. Full text...

  • UN: New Somali govt tasked on 'Vision 2016' agenda
    12 february 2015 00:57:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and its partners have urged the new Somali government to move quickly to deliver on its "Vision 2016" agenda, following the approval of a cabinet that includes enhanced participation of women ministers. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission evicts ex-rebels from public buildings
    12 february 2015 00:48:13
    New York US (PANA) - The UN Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (CAR) has retaken public buildings in Bria that were illegally occupied by ex-Seleka rebels, according to UN spokesperson Farhan Haq. Full text...

  • UN: Ban Ki-moon condemns killing of UN partner in Guinea
    12 february 2015 00:41:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned, in the strongest terms, the killing of Mr. Thierno Aliou Diaoune, National Coordinator for the UN Peacebuilding Fund, in Conakry, Guinea, on 6 Feb. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Missionary says Boko Haram invasion in Niger spurs attacks against Christians
    11 february 2015 20:54:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - While several African countries have joined forces to combat the onslaught of Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, a missionary in Niger has said local Christians are fearing for their lives, church news service Zenit reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: AMI to train over 200 journalists on ICT, peace in Africa
    11 february 2015 18:26:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Media Initiative (AMI) and two of its partners Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding towards training of journalists in Information, Communication/Technology (ICT), and coverage of peace and conflict issues in Africa. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU, EAC launch 11th EDF Regional Electoral Support Programme
    11 february 2015 18:13:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and the East African Community (EAC) signed Wednesday a financing agreement committing € 5 million in support to a Regional Electoral Support Programme (RESP) for the Community to follow-up elections in its partner states between 2015 and 2018. Full text...

  • Senegal: GGA says South Africa had highest youth unemployment rate in 2014
    11 february 2015 16:57:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Good Governance Africa (GGA), a research and advocacy body working towards improved governance on the continent, Wednesday disclosed that South Africa had the highest youth unemployment rate in 2014. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns ban on newspaper in South Sudan
    11 february 2015 15:23:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the ban slammed against South Sudan's independent newspaper, Nation Mirror, a statement from the press freedom body issued late Tuesday disclosed. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Regional platform for quality early childhood development launched
    11 february 2015 15:10:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A regional platform to improve the quality of Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes in Africa has been inaugurated in Kigali, Rwanda, PANA reported Wednesday, quoting a statement posted on the African Development (AfDB) website. Full text...

  • Niger: Govt. declares state of emergency in Diffa region over Boko Haram
    11 february 2015 13:52:43
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Following the increasing terrorist attacks by Boko Haram in all the far-eastern region of Diffa, the Nigerien government on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in the area where the Islamic sect has caused panic within the populations. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Gambia lifts travel ban on Sierra Leone
    11 february 2015 13:03:08
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Gambian government has announced the lifting of the travel ban on Sierra Leone and the other countries worst hit by the Ebola virus disease, according to a statement from the Sierra Leone High Commission in Banjul. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR confirms major tragedy in Mediterranean Sea, 300 migrants missing
    11 february 2015 13:00:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN refugee agency said Wednesday it was shocked at new information emerging on the actual scale of the tragedy that befell migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean after Monday’s rescue attempts by the Italian Coast Guard. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Population projected at 30m in 2030
    11 february 2015 11:07:38
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The population of Burkina Faso is projected to reach 30 million by 2030, according to the results of the 2014 national report of the Ministry of Economy and Planning. Full text...

  • Botswana: China, Botswana mark 40 years of diplomatic ties
    11 february 2015 10:38:43
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana and China celebrated 40 years of diplomatic ties between them at a ceremony in the Botswana capital, Gaborone, on Tuesday evening. Full text...

  • South Africa: 25th anniversary of Mandela's release marked
    11 february 2015 08:49:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Wednesday marks the 25-year anniversary of Mandela's release from prison, an event that was celebrated around the world and which led to the liberation of South Africa following decades of Apartheid rule. Full text...

  • UN: 'Violence in northern Nigeria sparks major new exodus into Niger border region'
    11 february 2015 07:39:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The spread of violent attacks across the border from northern Nigeria into Niger is causing widespread displacement and hampering efforts to provide humanitarian assistance in the area, a spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Kikwete says Tanzania wants expanded relations with Iran
    11 february 2015 07:20:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania wishes to consolidate and expand its relations with Iran to include cooperation in transport, trade, investments, technology, oil, gas and communication sectors, President Jakaya Kikwete said Wednesday in a message to President Hassan Rouhani of Iran. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EALA mulls over post-2015 MDG Agenda
    10 february 2015 20:23:34
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Speaker Daniel F. Kidega has challenged national legislatures in the region to play a more central role in development as the globe charts its path on the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Agenda. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency calls for more search, rescue efforts for migrants in Mediterranean
    10 february 2015 20:08:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday urged European nations to ramp up search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea following the region’s first major maritime tragedy this year in which dozens of people perished, apparently from hypothermia. Full text...

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