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  • 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...

  • UN: New UN rights report depicts 'turmoil, lawlessness' in Libya
    10 february 2015 17:14:47
    New York, US (PANA) - A report produced jointly by the UN High Commission for Human Rights and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has painted a bleak picture of the human rights situation in Libya. Full text...

  • Senegal: Africa launches platform on early childhood development programmes
    10 february 2015 17:04:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A regional platform to improve the provision of quality early Full text...

  • Togo: 2 kidnappers arrested in Togo for abducting a child
    10 february 2015 15:33:03
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Two men were arrested by the Togolese Police in Tsévié, a town 35 km away from Lome, the capital, while attempting to sell an 11-year-old child for US$207,600, PANA learnt Tuesday from official sources. Full text...

  • South Africa: Calls for Mining Indaba be to more inclusive
    10 february 2015 11:56:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Organisers of the African Mining Indaba, which is underway in Cape Town, South Africa, have been urged to make the event more inclusive by reducing the cost of admission. Full text...

  • Kenya: US pledges new humanitarian assistance for S/Sudan conflict victims
    10 february 2015 10:47:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United States has announced nearly US$273 million in new humanitarian assistance for those uprooted and imperiled by the conflict in South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: Leaders must listen to their people, says UN chief
    10 february 2015 06:41:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said leaders around the world must Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official says peace, stability and security vital for South Sudan
    09 february 2015 22:43:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Valerie Amos on Monday warned that continued conflict in South Sudan risks depriving the country of a generation of "lost" children. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights report says attacks on girls seeking education persists
    09 february 2015 21:40:59
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN human rights report seeking to analyse the problem of attacks against girls trying to access education has found that schools in at least 70 different countries were attacked in the five years between 2009 and 2014, with many attacks specifically targeting girls, parents and teachers advocating for gender equality in education. Full text...

  • Libya: One soldier killed, 26 injured in the latest clashes in Benghazi
    09 february 2015 21:21:24
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - At least one Libyan soldier was killed and 26 others wounded in clashes during an offensive launched by the army in "the final assault" to dislodge Islamist militias from Benghazi, said the military and hospital sources. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF, David Beckham launch new initiative to boost funding for children
    09 february 2015 20:50:51
    New York, US (PANA) - International football icon and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham, on Monday announced his latest fundraising initiative, launched in conjunction with the UN agency and aimed at boosting assistance for the world’s youth and offering support for humanitarian crises. Full text...

  • Libya: Italian navy rescues 284 illegal migrants from Libya
    09 february 2015 20:33:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A total of 105 illegal immigrants were on Monday rescued and transported to the port of Lampedusa, according to Italian security sources quoted by Libyan newspapers. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Lake Chad basin countries set up force to fight Boko Haram insurgents
    09 february 2015 18:11:12
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (CBLT) are setting up a multinational force 8,700 strong to fight the Boko Haram militant group, which is fighting to create an Islamic state in Northeastern Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon. Full text...

  • Sudan: 3 humanitarian aid workers killed, UN, Sudan condemn attack
    09 february 2015 15:05:55
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Three humanitarian aid workers were killed and a fourth seriously injured in central eastern Sudan, when an unnamed group attacked them while discharging their duties in the region. Full text...

  • Kenya: Peace conference raise the red flag on global refugee crisis
    09 february 2015 14:53:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global refugee crisis is a time bomb that will deal a deadly blow to venerable economies, a global security conference in Munich, Germany, has been told. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya donates US$1m to Malawi flood victims
    09 february 2015 08:11:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has donated US$1 million (KShs 91 million) to Malawi flood victims, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has said Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu to address special session of Angolan Parliament
    08 february 2015 13:55:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu is due to travel to Angola on 13 February for a two-day state visit, during which he is scheduled to address a special session of Parliament and witness the launch of the reconstructed Benguela railways, it was officially announced here Sunday. Full text...

  • US: Malala tasks Nigerian leaders, int'l community on abducted school girls
    08 february 2015 08:25:48
    New York, US (PANA) ) - 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and co-founder of the Malala Fund, Full text...

  • Libya: 12 soldiers killed in three days in Benghazi
    07 february 2015 17:46:32
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Twelve Libyan soldiers were killed and 52 others injured in clashes that broke out over the past three days between the Libyan army units and armed militias in the eastern city of Benghazi, hospital sources said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU urges Sudan to release political detainees
    07 february 2015 13:55:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has called on the Sudanese government to release all political detainees and to ensure freedom of expression and gathering, ahead of national dialogue. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights says jailing of Burundian journalist raises concerns
    07 february 2015 05:40:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The imprisonment of Burundian journalist Bob Rugurika raises serious Full text...

  • UN: UN rights office urges release of illegally detained DRC protesters
    07 february 2015 05:35:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has raised serious due process concerns over the detention of at least 300 people, some for as long as three weeks and with no access to a lawyer, following recent demonstrations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council demands end to Mali violence, urges parties to reach peace deal
    06 february 2015 22:25:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday urged Malian parties "to engage with sustained political will and a spirit of compromise", and make the necessary concessions to engage in talks towards a comprehensive, inclusive peace deal that addresses the root causes of the years-long crisis in Mali. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights chief calls for better global leadership to curb atrocities
    06 february 2015 22:15:54
    New York, US (PANA) - World leaders too often choose to violate international law and set aside moral principles, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, said on Friday in Washington DC, US. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI criticises Spain over drowning of 14 African migrants
    06 february 2015 18:41:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) Friday said the Spanish authorities’ failure to properly investigate the drowning of 14 African migrants off the coast of Ceuta, after the Civil Guard opened fire with large rubber bullets, highlights the deplorable disregard for human life at Spain’s borders with Morocco. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Chadian, Nigerian defence chiefs sign MoU on partnership to stamp out Boko Haram
    06 february 2015 17:58:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian and Chadian Chiefs of Defence Staff Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on strengthening strategic partnership between their armies in fighting the menace of the Boko Haram insurgents ravaging Nigeria’s Northeast region and the neighbouring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says newspaper fined 1 million CFA in Cote d'Ivoire
    06 february 2015 15:46:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Ivorian authorities have imposed a fine of one million CFA francs on La Refondation SA, publisher of the daily newspaper Notre Voie, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said. Full text...

  • Morocco: Trial of 4 French "terrorists" begins in Rabat
    06 february 2015 14:07:20
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The trial of four French "terrorists" began Thursday in Rabat, PANA reported here Friday, quoting judicial sources. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA commends Liberian President for decriminalising libel, defamation
    06 february 2015 13:53:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has commended Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for reaffirming her government’s commitment to decriminalise libel and defamation. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says violations going on in South Sudan
    06 february 2015 11:56:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Mr. Ivan Simonovic, Full text...

  • UN: Guinea-Bissau situation remains 'fragile'
    06 february 2015 11:35:03
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in Guinea-Bissau Miguel Trovoada said despite the efforts of Guinea-Bissau authorities to move the country forward, the situation remains fragile and the country still needs the support of the international community. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns Boko Haram attacks along Chad-Cameroon border
    06 february 2015 11:26:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the Full text...

  • South Africa: Top cop wins another court battle against Police Minister
    06 february 2015 10:58:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Anwa Dramat, who is South Africa’s top policeman, won a significant court battle on Friday when the North Gauteng High Court dismissed Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's application for leave to appeal the overturning of his suspension was dismissed. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IMF sets up relief trust to enhance support to poor countries hit by disasters
    06 february 2015 10:46:08
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - In a new bid to enhance its support to eligible low-income countries confronting major natural disasters, including life-threatening, fast-spreading epidemics and other types of catastrophic disasters, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Friday announced the creation of a Catastrophe Containment and Relief (CCR) Trust. Full text...

  • Ghana: One prisoner dies in riots after fire outbreak
    05 february 2015 22:36:26
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - At least one inmate at the Central Prison, Kumasi, in central Ghana, has died, while five security officers sustained severe injuries following clashes on Wednesday night at the prison, according to media reports on Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda inaugurates first large solar power in East Africa
    05 february 2015 22:14:37
    Rwamagana, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's first ever large solar energy project comprising of 28,600 solar panels, has been inaugurated in Rwamagana, a district located km in eastern Rwanda, with a capacity of 8.5 megawatts over the next 25 years. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says development must be built on inclusive policy
    05 february 2015 20:20:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that development must be built on inclusive policy aligned with people’s needs and aspirations, noting that, the world’s current generation will be the first to be able to wipe out extreme poverty and the last that could address the worst impacts of climate change. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria denies frustrating foreign journalists requesting election coverage
    05 february 2015 20:13:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Information says media reports claiming that the Federal Government is denying accreditation to foreign journalists who want to cover the 14 February general elections is false. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UN envoy urges Great Lakes region to stamp out armed groups in DR Congo
    05 february 2015 19:20:45
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - UN Special Envoy Said Djinnit has called on countries of the Great Lakes Region to come together to “neutralize all negative forces” terrorizing the population in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

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