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  • France: INTERPOL lends support to International Anti-Corruption Day
    09 december 2015 11:42:08
    Lyon, France (PANA) – INTERPOL is backing International Anti-Corruption Day as part of the Organization’s ongoing efforts to support law enforcement around the globe in combating corruption, it said in a statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Prime Minister calls for bold actions to tackle road accidents
    09 december 2015 08:54:00
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Wednesday told his countrymen that they have all "a big responsibility" of pulling together the right strategies to decrease the road accidents and ensure maximum safety to drivers and other road users. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council urges increased security steps, funds to uproot terrorism from Sahel
    09 december 2015 05:20:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Voicing grave concern at terrorist safe havens in Libya and the humanitarian crisis caused by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria, the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday appealed for greater international security cooperation and more humanitarian aid to bring stability to sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • UN: Armed groups pose ‘critical threat’ to stability in Central Africa - UN envoy warns
    09 december 2015 05:19:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The violent activities of armed groups such as Boko Haram and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have triggered a dire humanitarian and security crisis in Central Africa, the United Nations envoy on the region said on Tuesday, telling the Security Council the challenges faced by the affected countries should not be underestimated and ongoing vigilance and international support is needed. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Military will meet deadline to defeat Boko Haram'
    08 december 2015 16:16:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian government spokesman Lai Mohammed Tuesday assured that the country's military would meet the deadline set by President Muhammadu Buhari to defeat the terrorist group Boko Haram, which has killed thousands and displaced over 2 million people, mostly in the country's North-east. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IOM monitors Mediterranean arrivals, fatalities of migrants
    08 december 2015 13:41:43
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Over 909,000 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea so far in 2015 – four times the 219,000 recorded in all of 2014, according to estimates revealed Tuesday by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 'Charges against General Diendéré mark end of impunity'
    08 december 2015 10:53:24
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The Burkina Faso acting government on Tuesday welcomed the charges against General Gilbert Diendéré for complicity in the assassination of president Thomas Sankara in a coup in October 1987. Full text...

  • Botswana: Government denies sidelining private media in government adverts
    08 december 2015 09:58:01
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana government has denied allegations that private media have been blacklisted from getting government advertising for their operations. Full text...

  • South Africa: Oscar Pistorius granted bail
    08 december 2015 09:52:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius was granted US$800 bail in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday pending his sentencing next year. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Buhari 'won't' sign any legislation that stifles free speech
    07 december 2015 22:15:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid a growing debate about a bill proposed by the Nigerian Senate to clamp down on the Social Media, President Muhammadu Buhari has restated the commitment of his administration to the protection of free speech, in keeping with democratic tradition. Full text...

  • Ghana: 20 magistrates, circuit court judges removed from office
    07 december 2015 21:00:01
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Judicial Council has removed 20 magistrates and circuit court judges from office following their indictment in the recent judicial corruption scandal unearthed by an investigative journalist. Full text...

  • Ghana: Electricity, water tariffs go up
    07 december 2015 20:57:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Tariffs of electricity and water in Ghana have been increased by 59.2% and 67.2% respectively, the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) announced on Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: European Council appoints new EU Special Representative for Sahel
    07 december 2015 18:36:51
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Council has appointed Angel Losada Fernandez as the EU Special Representative (EUSR) for the Sahel until 28 February 2017, the Council announced Monday in a press statement made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches largest ever humanitarian appeal at US$20.1 billion
    07 december 2015 17:47:59
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Warning that global suffering has reached levels not seen in a generation, the United Nations and its partners Monday launched their largest ever humanitarian appeal, calling for US$20.1 billion life-saving for 2016, even as the 2015 appeal posts the largest funding gap on record - $10.2 billion. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zulu king under fire for pro-Apartheid comments in South Africa
    07 december 2015 13:41:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just days after being cleared by the Human Rights Commission of inciting xenophobia, King Goodwill Zwelithini, a traditional Zulu leader in South Africa, is under fire for allegedly praising the Apartheid-era government because it had “built a mighty army” and that the economy was stronger under its watch. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body decries arbitrary arrests, excessive force ahead of Uganda polls
    07 december 2015 10:18:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ugandan police have arbitrarily arrested political opposition leaders and used excessive force to disperse peaceful political gatherings, ahead of the country's presidential elections, Amnesty International (AI) said in a news dispatch on Monday. Full text...

  • US: Ban condemns triple suicide attacks in Chad
    07 december 2015 07:36:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the triple suicide attacks carried out on the island of Koulfoua on the Chadian side of Lake Chad on Saturday, which left more than 30 dead and many more injured, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon condemned the brutal attacks stating that these “despicable acts demonstrate yet again the brutality of Boko Haram”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Editors kick against bill to stifle freedom of speech
    06 december 2015 18:17:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The umbrella Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has demanded the unconditionally that the country's Senate suspends all proceedings with respect to a proposed Bill, "FRIVOLOUS PETITIONS (PROHIBITIONS ETC) BILL, 2015." Full text...

  • UN: Ban says volunteering fosters creativity
    06 december 2015 08:08:11
    New York, US (PANA) - To celebrate the power of the volunteerism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is marking the International Volunteer Day by emphasizing that volunteering fosters creativity, “draws strength from our passions and connects us to those who need us most”. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA urges Mauritania to allow dissemination of information on slavery
    04 december 2015 16:00:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called on Mauritania to open spaces for civil society actors, including journalists, ''to raise awareness about slavery as an unlawful and de-humanising institution.'' Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Somali journalist killed in car bomb
    04 december 2015 12:44:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has disclosed that a Somali journalist, Hindia Haji Mohamed, was killed in a car bomb attack on Thursday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 3 traffickers arrested with 77kg of gold
    04 december 2015 12:37:16
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Three French, Canadian and Belgian nationals have been arrested at the international airport of the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou, with 77 kg of gold, estimated at 2.3 million Euros, official sources said on Friday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunis-Carthage airport closed to Libyan planes from 5-25 December
    04 december 2015 11:08:09
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian authorities have decided to close the Tunis-Carthage International airport to the Libyan planes from 5 December to 25 December. Full text...

  • Tunis: INTERPOL chief visits Tunisia
    04 december 2015 10:33:01
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock has met with Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid and Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli to discuss cross-border crime and terrorism threats, and how INTERPOL's global policing capabilities can support the country's police. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges inclusion, access for people of all abilities
    03 december 2015 15:26:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is marking this year's International Day of Persons with Full text...

  • South Africa: Oscar Pistorius convicted of murder
    03 december 2015 12:15:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on Thursday overturned Oscar Pistorius’s culpable homicide conviction and replaced it with murder. Full text...

  • US: Ban calls for urgent humanitarian aid for areas hit by Boko Haram atrocities
    03 december 2015 11:32:32
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has called on the international community to provide urgent support for humanitarian aid to communities hit by the Nigerian-based Boko Haram, deploring its latest “appalling” attacks in Cameroon. Full text...

  • UN: Top peacekeeper calls for increased support for South Sudan peace process
    03 december 2015 11:24:20
    New York, US (PANA) - With both sides repeatedly violating the ceasefire, endangering progress so far made towards a political transition, the South Sudan peace process is at a critical juncture and in need of increased international support, the top United Nations peacekeeping official has warned. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Oscar Pistorius found guilty of murder
    03 december 2015 09:54:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on Thursday found Paralympian Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder after overturning the 2014 culpable homicide conviction by the High Court. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief warns of enslavement, trafficking risks for refugees, migrants
    02 december 2015 16:25:48
    New York, US (PANA) - With over 60 million people driven from their homes and millions more Full text...

  • UN: UN expert urges countries to review unilateral sanctions on Sudan
    02 december 2015 15:34:39
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and international Full text...

  • Nigeria: Lion escapes from zoo in Nigeria
    02 december 2015 15:21:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A lion escaped from the Jos Wild Life Park in central Nigeria on Wednesday morning as it was being fed, the local media reported. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA Supreme Court of Appeal to rule on conviction of Oscar Pistorius
    01 december 2015 17:16:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal will on Thursday rule on whether the 2014 culpable homicide conviction of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will be replaced with murder. Full text...

  • UN: UN engaged 250 peacekeepers for Pope's security in CAR
    01 december 2015 16:40:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Tuesday said it brought in 250 additional peacekeepers from Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns attack on UN base in DRC
    01 december 2015 15:58:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for swift action to Full text...

  • Switzerland: IOM, UNICEF raise concern about separated kids among migrants arriving in Europe
    01 december 2015 13:20:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The high number of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) arriving in Europe is a matter of concern, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Government to increase monitoring of public infrastructure works
    01 december 2015 11:17:59
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s government has announced plans to raise the bar in fighting delays in building of public infrastructure. Full text...

  • Botswana: 'Plans underway to legislate Indigenous Knowledge Systems Act'
    01 december 2015 10:24:06
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s parliamentarians are to discuss policy on indigenous knowledge systems, minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Nonofo Molefhi, said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Survey finds corruption on the rise in Africa
    01 december 2015 09:34:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A majority of Africans say corruption has risen in the past 12 months and most governments are seen as failing in their duty to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals, according to a new opinion poll from Transparency International. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Minister urges broadcast media owners to shun divisive elements
    30 november 2015 21:06:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed Monday appealed to the private broadcast media owners in Nigeria not to allow their platforms to be used to propagate ideas that can hinder national unity. Full text...

  • Botswana: Police warn Botswana citizens of hoaxers on social media
    30 november 2015 17:39:44
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Police Service (BPS) has warned the public against hoax promises now rampant on social media. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says millions of children need urgent assistance in CAR
    30 november 2015 17:15:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Nearly three years after the devastating conflict began in Central Full text...

  • Kenya: Scores injured during University terror drill in Kenya
    30 november 2015 15:30:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Scores of students suffered injuries after a stampede at the Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, ensued during a mock terrorism drill at campus, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN condemns attack on its base in northern Mali
    29 november 2015 17:12:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has strongly condemned a mortar attack on a UN camp in restive northern Mali on Saturday, which left two peacekeepers and a civilian contractor dead, and 20 others injured. Full text...

  • CAR: Pope Francis arrives in CAR
    29 november 2015 17:06:10
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Pope Francis arrived in the Central African Republic (CAR) capital, Bangui, for a two-day visit on the final leg of his three-nation African tour that has also taken him to Kenya and Uganda. Full text...

  • 2015 CHOGM: Why terrorism thrives - Buhari
    29 november 2015 16:10:51
    Valletta, Malta (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari declared on Sunday in Malta that violent extremism and terrorism can only thrive and endure if good people remain idle and complacent. Full text...

  • 2015 CHOGM: Buhari seeks international support for anti-graft effort in oil sector
    29 november 2015 11:24:34
    Valletta, Malta (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the international community to do more to support his Administration's efforts to curb corruption in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. Full text...

  • Uganda: Pope honours Martyrs of Uganda
    28 november 2015 19:08:08
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Pope Francis on Saturday honoured the Martyrs of Uganda, saying that they shared the same faith in Jesus and offer a witness to "the ecumenism of blood". Full text...

  • Sudan: AU welcomes meeting to monitor, evaluate South Sudan peace agreement
    28 november 2015 18:17:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has welcomed the successful convening of a meeting of the Commission set up to implement a peace deal signed by the warring parties in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Uganda: Pope Francis says Africa is 'land of hope'
    28 november 2015 07:34:06
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Declaring Africa a “land of hope”, Pope Francis has urged Uganda to invest in its young population and use the country’s “abundant” natural resources to benefit both current and future generations. Full text...

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