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  • UN: UN Special Envoy stresses need to combat Ebola stigma
    13 november 2014 08:38:16
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola David Nabarro has made a passionate appeal to combat stigmatisation surrounding the Ebola virus disease by calling for a global social media campaign to "express solidarity and to show we are anti-discrimination". Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: "Freeze assets of pro-Compaoré officials" - Anti-graft group
    12 november 2014 21:26:51
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso's National Anti-corruption Network (REN-LAC) has called for the freezing of assets of officials of ousted President Blaise Compaoré regime and investigations into "blood crimes" during demonstrations that overthrew him after 27 years in power. Full text...

  • Libya: Five die in two car bomb attacks in eastern Libya
    12 november 2014 19:25:42
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) – At least five people were killed on Wednesday in two separate car bomb attacks in Libya's eastern cities of Tobruk and Beidha, military and hospital sources said. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council urges UN member states to strengthen efforts against piracy
    12 november 2014 19:00:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council Wednesday reaffirmed its condemnation Full text...

  • Mauritius: Religious heads in Mauritius asked to keep free from election campaigns
    12 november 2014 17:51:45
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Religious leaders in Mauritius have been cautioned not to get involved in the ongoing campaigns for legislative polls due to be held in the island on 10 December. Full text...

  • Gambia: Social activist arrested
    12 november 2014 12:17:25
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A social activist, Sait Matty Jaw, has been arrested and detained by Gambia's National Intelligence Agency (NIA) over a research work on governance and corruption in the country, PANA learnt from reliable sources here Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma attends G20 Summit
    12 november 2014 11:00:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday arrived in Brisbane, Australia, for the G20 Leaders' Summit which gets underway on Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Parliament wants tribal affiliation dropped from nationality documents requirements
    12 november 2014 10:15:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Parliament has asked the Ministry of interior to remove any reference to tribal affiliation in the application for nationality documents. Full text...

  • UN: ICC prosecutor says insecurity hampers investigations in Libya
    12 november 2014 08:44:19
    New York, US (PANA) - International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has said deteriorating security situation and growing political instability in Libya are creating an Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Mauritius among 10 countries with highest population density'
    12 november 2014 08:29:24
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius is among the ten countries having the highest population density in the world with 653 persons per square kilometre in 2013 for a mid-year total population of 1,217,341, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • South Africa: Events to mark anniversary of Mandela's death underway
    11 november 2014 19:05:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – As the first anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death approaches, a number of initiatives are being planned to commemorate the anti-Apartheid struggle hero. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Maurititanian authorities arrest anti-slavery activists
    11 november 2014 18:29:04
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Activists of an anti-slavery non-governmental organisation in Mauritania were arrested Tuesday while conducting a caravan against enslaved labour on land in the south of the country, the NGO said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Continuing violence by Boko Haram in Nigeria forces 13,000 people to flee to Cameroon
    11 november 2014 18:00:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Violence by Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria’s northeast continues to send thousands of refugees across the border into neighbouring Cameroon, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Doctors go on strike protesting murder of their colleague
    11 november 2014 17:26:19
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Medical doctors working under the National Union of Physicians (SYNAMED) in DR Congo's Kasai Oriental province have threatened to go on a three-day strike from Friday protesting the murder of their colleague Thursday last week, the union announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Francophonie to help Senegal find peace in Casamance
    11 november 2014 16:38:45
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) – The Francophonie Ministerial Conference of Youth and Sports (CONFEJES) opened a five-day meeting here Tuesday on the theme 'Ziguinchor, youth actions, sports, peace and citizenship' in a bid to contribute to a definitive return to peace in the southern Senegal region of Casamance, which has been affected by civil war for over 30 years. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram captures another town
    11 november 2014 15:58:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's insurgent group Boko Haram has continued to expand the territory under its control after capturing another town in the country's North-east on Monday, the local media reported Tuesday, quoting residents of the town. Full text...

  • Zambia: African leaders pay tribute to Zambian late President as he is laid to rest
    11 november 2014 15:41:25
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who is also chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has eulogized Zambian late President Michael Sata, describing him a “brilliant African hero and man of the people”. Full text...

  • South Africa: Charges dropped against man suspected of killing national goalkeeper
    11 november 2014 11:27:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - In an extraordinary development in the Senzo Meyiwa murder case, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Tuesday conceded that there is insufficient evidence to successfully prosecute the suspect allegedly implicated in the killing of the South African national goalkeeper. Full text...

  • UN: UN official urges support to meet basic needs in CAR hard-hit province
    10 november 2014 23:01:28
    New York,US (PANA) - Continued violence and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR) are taking a vast toll on efforts to meet basic humanitarian needs, a UN humanitarian official said on Monday, following a visit to a province in the country’s north-east that has been particularly hard-hit. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Seven African countries to sign security pact to combat terrorism financing
    10 november 2014 21:23:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Senior army and police officers from seven East and Great Horn of African countries have begun a nine-day training programme in Rwanda after which the countries will sign a first ever security pact to combat terrorism financing across the region. Full text...

  • UN: Ban, UNICEF condemn deadly suicide bombing at Nigerian school
    10 november 2014 20:30:01
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the suicide bombing on Monday at a government boarding school in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Potiskum that killed dozens of students and wounded countless others. Full text...

  • Gambia: Court frees two journalists on ‘conspiracy’ and ‘false publication’ charges
    10 november 2014 20:28:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The magistrate's court in The Gambia’s capital, Banjul, on Monday acquitted and discharged two journalists on two counts of “conspiracy to commit misdemeanor” and “false publication”. Full text...

  • UN: WFP confirms food convoys arrives in South Sudan
    10 november 2014 20:27:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed that 18 trucks transporting 700 metric tons of food, enough to feed 45,000 people for one month, have arrived in South Sudan via Sudan on Monday marking the opening of a humanitarian corridor that is hoped will enable delivery of much needed assistance to the embattled nation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: No casualty as military chopper crashes
    10 november 2014 19:26:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter crashed in Damare in the country's north-east Adamawa state Monday, but none of those on board died, according to military spokesman Chris Olukolade. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy applauds sentencing of DRC militia leader for war crimes
    10 november 2014 19:07:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), Martin Kobler, has applauded the country's judiciary authorities for their resolve to effectively fight impunity. Full text...

  • South Africa: National football players visit grave of fallen Bafana Bafana captain
    10 november 2014 18:22:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's national football team on Monday visited the grave of their fallen captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa who was shot dead in a botched robbery two weeks ago. Full text...

  • UN: UNAMID finds no evidence on alleged mass rapes in Darfur town
    10 november 2014 17:59:45
    New York, US (PANA) - After being granted access on Sunday to investigate allegations of the mass rape of 200 women and girls in a town in North Darfur, Sudan, the UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has said that its team found no evidence confirming the claims and received no information regarding the purported acts. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Terrorist group Chieftain, 3 collaborators arrested in southern Algeria
    10 november 2014 15:24:07
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Algerian armed forces on Monday arrested Abdallah Ag, the Chief of the “Siria Al-Mujahideen'' movement affiliated to the Al-Qaeda organization in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and three other terrorists. Full text...

  • Australia: TI to G20: "Stop corruption, close loopholes in the financial system to help the world’s poorest
    10 november 2014 15:05:56
    Brisbane, Australia (PANA) - An open letter, published for the attention of the Group of 20 biggest economies, has called for concrete actions to stop corruption and make the global system more transparent. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. condemns car-bomb terrorist attack in Chahat
    10 november 2014 13:12:50
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government has condemned a recent car-bomb attack that occurred in the eastern city of Chahat, venue of a meeting between Libyan officials and the Chief of the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Leon. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 47 killed in Nigeria blast
    10 november 2014 13:11:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 47 students died while 79 others were injured when a suicide bomber Monday attacked a government secondary school in Potiskum, Nigeria's northern Yobe State, the police said. Full text...

  • Sudan: UK contributes additional US$11.3m to Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund
    10 november 2014 12:23:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations on Monday said the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) has contributed an additional US$11.3 million to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF), following DFID’s US$16.4 million contribution earlier this year, “in light of growing needs in the country”. Full text...

  • Zambia: Requiem mass for late Zambian President Sata held at parliament buildings
    10 november 2014 11:53:29
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - A requiem church service for Zambian President Michael Sata, who died on 28 Oct., was held at parliament buildings Monday in the capital city of Lusaka, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Many students feared dead in Nigeria school blast
    10 november 2014 09:45:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Many students were feared killed and injured Monday morning when an explosion ripped through the Comprehensive Secondary School in Potiskum, Nigeria's northern Yobe state, the local media reported. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa to attend Sata's funeral
    10 november 2014 09:27:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday morning departed for Lusaka where he will represent the government and people of South Africa at the state funeral of the late Zambian President Michael Sata on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Army denies rape in Darfur
    09 november 2014 19:51:27
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Army has denied accusations that troops in north Darfur have raped hundreds of women in the village of Thabit, 45km south of Al Fashir, capital of North Darfur state. Full text...

  • Sudan: First convoy of humanitarian relief leaves for South Sudan
    09 november 2014 17:00:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Hundreds of tones of humanitarian relief have left Sudan for the first time to South Sudan, to help thousands of conflict-affected civilians, the UN, Sudan and South Sudan said in a joint statement on Sunday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Police release six held hostage by human traffickers
    09 november 2014 16:39:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Police have released six persons held hostage by a human trafficking and smuggling gang in Kassala region, eastern Sudan. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia conducts large-scale operation against terror groups
    09 november 2014 14:17:16
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian army Sunday launched a major military operation involving units of the army, the national guard and other security elements against terrorists holed up in the Lahrichi mountain range in northwest Tunisia. Full text...

  • Zambia: UN flag to fly at half-mast Tuesday in honour of President Sata
    09 november 2014 14:13:23
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The United Nations flag will fly at half-mast worldwide on Tuesday in honour of Zambia President Michael Sata who died on 28 Oct. Full text...

  • Libya: 5 soldiers killed, 28 injured in armed clashes in Benghazi
    09 november 2014 11:22:55
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - At least five soldiers were killed and 28 others injured in armed clashes between Islamic militias and Libyan army units in the country's eastern Benghazi, medical sources said Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges South Sudanese govt to release UN trucks, cargo
    08 november 2014 22:35:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has urged the country's government to immediately release its trucks and cargo that were impounded by the National Security Service (NSS) personnel on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: 'Nigerian women become sex slaves after crossing Mediterranean to Italy'
    08 november 2014 22:29:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has said an unknown Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council marks 20th anniversary of Rwandan genocide tribunal
    08 november 2014 18:16:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the UN tribunal established in the wake of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, recognizing the court's role in fostering a process of national reconciliation and the restoration and maintenance of peace in the African country. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU says no military solution will work in Darfur
    08 november 2014 15:51:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) says following its field visit to Darfur, it has come to a conclusion that no military solution will work in Darfur. Full text...

  • Sudan: Madman kills 2 Sudanese presidential palace guards
    08 november 2014 14:19:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Two presidential palace guards were killed when an apparently mentally deranged man attacked them with a sword, but he was shot dead when he tried to force his way through the gate, the official Sudan news agency reported Saturday, quoting an official press statement. Full text...

  • Zambia: UN applauds President Sata’s legacy, commitment to the vulnerable
    08 november 2014 11:17:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The United Nations has applauded the late President Michael Sata’s legacy and commitment to addressing the needs of Zambians, particularly the vulnerable people. Full text...

  • Gambia: UN monitors denied prison access, condemn ‘consistent practice’ of torture
    08 november 2014 08:17:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The London-based rights body, Amnesty International (AI), has said that Gambia has again demonstrated its blatant disregard for human rights by stopping a UN team from investigating allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings in the west African country. Full text...

  • UN: WHO unveils step-by-step guide to safe, dignified burials for Ebola victims
    07 november 2014 22:16:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Involving family members of people who have died from Ebola and encouraging religious rites are essential elements to ensure safe and dignified burials for victims of the virus, according to a new protocol by the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Sudan: UN demands access to investigate rape reports in Darfur
    07 november 2014 19:27:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Expressing deep concern about press reports that dozens of women were raped last week in the restive Darfur region of Sudan, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, Friday called for immediate access to investigate those reports. Full text...

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