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  • UN: Envoy stresses need for peace, stability for Libya's progress
    15 september 2014 22:47:07
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Mr. Bernardino Leon, says three years after the fall of their former regime, the Libyan people find themselves nowhere close to realizing their hopes and aspirations for a better future, noting the urgency to take advantage of a "small window of opportunity". Full text...

  • Malawi: Nation's first 'cashgate' sentencing slated for 2 October
    15 september 2014 18:40:04
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - High Court judge Ivy Kamanga in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, Monday set 2 October as the day she will sentence a senior government official in the first case of the so-called 'cashgate' trials. Full text...

  • UN: 43,000 cases of missing persons remain unsolved
    15 september 2014 17:06:22
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of UN human rights experts Monday expressed concern over the rising wave of enforced disappearances worldwide, under the guise of preserving national security, combating terrorism or organized crime. Full text...

  • Senegal: Botswana under fire over journalist's arrest
    15 september 2014 17:06:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Monday criticised Botswana for arresting a journalist, Outsa Mokone, saying the country's ''image as a bastion of press freedom and good governance has been dented.'' Full text...

  • UN: Rights office hails ratification of disability convention by 150 States
    15 september 2014 16:48:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Guyana became the latest country to ratify the UN Convention on Full text...

  • South Africa: Nobel Laureates urge Zuma to intervene over Dalai Lama saga
    15 september 2014 15:21:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A group of 14 Nobel Peace Laureates on Monday called on President Jacob Zuma to guarantee the Dalai Lama a visa to South Africa, after the Tibetan spiritual leader was once again blocked by Pretoria. Full text...

  • Senegal: Amnesty seeks full deployment of UN peacekeepers to protect civilians in CAR
    15 september 2014 13:20:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Amnesty International on Monday called for the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) to be urgently brought up to full capacity so it can protect the civilian population vulnerable to serious human rights violations. Full text...

  • Egypt: CAF mourns ex-Nigeria coach
    15 september 2014 12:39:33
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - President Issa Hayatou of African soccer's governing body, CAF, has expressed sadness over the death of Ntiero Effiom, a former coach of Nigeria senior women’s national team, Super Falcons. Full text...

  • South Africa: Judge under fire over Pistorius verdict
    15 september 2014 10:22:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The furore over Judge Thokozile Masipa’s acquittal of Oscar Pistorius has continued to reverberate around South Africa. Full text...

  • US: Security Council deplores 'heinous' murder of British aid worker by Islamic militants
    15 september 2014 07:24:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the "heinous and cowardly" murder of Mr. David Haines, a British humanitarian aid worker, by the armed group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Full text...

  • UN: Ban strongly condemns latest attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali
    15 september 2014 07:19:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned an attack on a military vehicle of the UN mission in Mali that resulted in the death of a Chadian peacekeeper and left four other troops wounded. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Death toll from Nigeria building collapse rises to 39
    14 september 2014 13:39:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The number of those who died in Friday's collapse of a five-storey building within the premises of the Synagogue Church, on the outskirts of Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos, has risen to 39 while 130 people have been rescued, the local Premium Times newspaper reported, quoting the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military plane battling Boko Haram missing
    14 september 2014 10:29:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian war plane deployed against the Boko Haram terrorist group has gone missing in the northern state of Adamawa, according to Nigerian military spokesman Chris Olukolade. Full text...

  • South Africa: Apartheid-era journalist reburied 49 years after his death
    13 september 2014 17:24:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Almost 50 years after his tragic death, anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa was reburied in Durban's Chesterville on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Rebels anticipate major escalation in South Sudan warfare
    13 september 2014 14:31:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese rebels received six air force defectors on Saturday and warned the rebel front was prepared for a major escalation in the eight-month-long civil war. Full text...

  • US: UN urges efforts to support South-South cooperation
    12 september 2014 22:08:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says cooperation between and among developing countries offers a path to balancing growth and equity, and encourages them to learn from emerging partners in the global South to promote prosperity for all. Full text...

  • Libya: 5,600 Libyans to perform Hajj this year
    12 september 2014 20:49:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Some 5,600 Libyans will perform the pilgrimage to Mecca this year, an official at the Libyan ministry of Waqfs (Religious affairs) said on Friday. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 15,000 Central African Republic refugee kids out of school in Cameroon
    12 september 2014 19:48:36
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – About 15,000 school-age refugee children from Central African Republic are in urgent need of primary education but their country of asylum, Cameroon, cannot cater for their needs, according to a representative of the Ministry of Primary Education in the Eastern region. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya human rights body urges ceasefire in Ouerchefana zone of Tripoli
    12 september 2014 15:34:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya's National Committee of Human Rights has called for a nationwide ceasefire, urging opposed groups to stop fighting particularly in the western Tripoli zone of Ouerchefana. Full text...

  • Zambia: Journalists from state-run Times of Zambia to go on strike
    12 september 2014 13:56:17
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Journalists from the state-run Times of Zambia on Friday announced that they have unanimously resolved to go on strike beginning 17 September to protest against their four months' unpaid salaries. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius' bail extended after conviction, sentencing fixed for 13 Oct
    12 september 2014 13:22:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Judge Thokozile Masipa on Friday afternoon granted Oscar Pistorius extended bail while he awaits sentencing, on 13 Oct., for his culpable homicide conviction. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt. establishes national committee to fight corruption, mismanagement
    12 september 2014 11:41:28
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government Thursday announced it would establish a national commission to fight against corruption and mismanagement. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide
    12 september 2014 09:35:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A day after being cleared on a main charge of murder, Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was Friday found guilty of culpable homicide in the death of model Reeva Steenkamp. Full text...

  • UN: Officials urge member states to craft 'bold, pragmatic' post-2015 agenda
    11 september 2014 19:14:55
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday stressed the need Full text...

  • UN: ICC issues arrest warrant against Sudanese
    11 september 2014 18:03:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Trial Chamber IV of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday issued an arrest warrant against a Sudanese citizen, Abdallah Banda, who is wanted to answer three charges of crimes. Full text...

  • Libya: Madrid to host ministerial conference on Libyan crisis next week
    11 september 2014 14:53:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Spanish capital, Madrid, will host a ministerial conference on stability and development in Libya on 17 September with countries from the region and international organizations participating. Full text...

  • Botswana: Gaborone warns Washington to keep away from Botswana's internal affairs
    11 september 2014 14:48:05
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has told the US Government to keep the distance from its internal affairs or follow protocol in registering concerns. Full text...

  • Libya: 5 soldiers killed, 25 others abducted in Benghazi
    11 september 2014 14:33:21
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Five Libyan soldiers have been killed, seven injured and 25 others abducted in an attack on a check point manned by a unit of the Special Forces in the city of Benghazi, scene of bloody armed clashes over the past few weeks. Full text...

  • South Africa: Judge indicates Pistorius not guilty of pre-meditated murder
    11 september 2014 11:06:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - In a dramatic development in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, Judge Thokozile Masipa Thursday ruled that the State has not proven beyond reasonable doubt that the Paralympian is guilty of pre-meditated murder. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius Post launches Postcode Directory
    11 september 2014 10:30:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius Post Ltd Thursday launched its first postcode directory that will enable faster sorting and delivery of mails, packets and parcels, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Mauritius:14 Indonesian sailors arrested in Mauritius
    11 september 2014 09:57:25
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Fourteen Indonesian sailors were arrested at Trou Fanfaron in the port area of the Mauritian capital, Port Louis, Thursday morning, following violent clashes in which a hundred of them were involved, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Judgement underway in Pistorius trial
    11 september 2014 09:50:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Judgement is underway in the high-profile Oscar Pistorius murder trial in South Africa, with Judge Thokozile Masipa telling the North Gauteng High Court that the screams that neighbours heard on the morning that model Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead could only have come from the Paralympian. Full text...

  • Botswana: US condemns Botswana over journo's arrest
    11 september 2014 08:33:43
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The United States has condemned Botswana over its recent arrest of newspaper editor Ousta Mokone over alleged sedition charges. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Gabon to recruit a thousand teachers from Tunisia
    10 september 2014 17:39:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian National Education Minister Fathi Jarray announced Wednesday that Gabon will soon recruit a thousand Tunisian teachers to work in the west-central Africa country. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanian capital in temporary blackout
    10 september 2014 16:49:18
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania's capital, Nouakchott, was plunged into darkness from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm (local) on Tuesday due to what officials here explained as "a technical problem" at Manantali hydroelectric power station in Mali. Full text...

  • Mali: 300 young Africans participate in Int'l Peace Forum in Bamako
    10 september 2014 13:37:48
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - About 300 young leaders from Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Gabon, Niger, Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, Morocco, Cameroon, Mauritania, Mali and Malians in Diaspora will attend an international Sahel peace and security forum, scheduled for 16-18 September in Bamako, the Malian capital. Full text...

  • Kenya: Australia provides US$5m humanitarian assistance to Somalia
    10 september 2014 13:28:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Australian Government will provide a further US$5 million in humanitarian assistance to Somalia to provide Somalis in need with emergency food, water sanitation, shelter and medical assistance. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of detained South Sudanese journalist
    10 september 2014 13:13:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Tuesday issued a statement, saying authorities in South Sudan must charge journalist George Livio to a court or release him. Full text...

  • South Africa: Global wait for Thursday's judgement on Pistorius
    10 september 2014 12:21:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Millions of people in South Africa and around the world are eagerly awaiting Thursday’s verdict in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. Full text...

  • Kenya: Protesters barricade highway, demand release of policeman
    10 september 2014 12:08:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Residents of Githurai estate in the northern outskirts of Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, late Tuesday barricaded the busy Thika Superhighway as they demanded the release of a police officer being held for killing a suspect. Full text...

  • Kenya: Uganda denies justice to victims of protest killings, says HRW
    10 september 2014 10:37:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ugandan authorities have never investigated killings by security forces during two days of rioting in September 2009 that left at least 40 people dead, global human rights body Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: Peace cannot be decreed through treaties - UN
    10 september 2014 10:08:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials have stressed the need for concerted efforts to achieve the common vision of a life of dignity and well-being for all, saying peace is more than just the absence of war. Full text...

  • Botswana: Arrested editor released, trial date set for November
    10 september 2014 09:34:57
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Editor of the Sunday Standard, one of Botswana’s leading weekly, has been released from police custody, even as the trial date has been set for 28 Nov. 2014. Full text...

  • UN: UNODC urges prosecution to end impunity for drug trafficking on high seas
    10 september 2014 08:32:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is hosting a special event in Vienna, Austria, on the rise of narcotics trafficking on maritime southern routes, particularly the Indian Ocean, advocating that drug traffickers caught in international waters be prosecuted. Full text...

  • UN: Preliminary probe shows helicopter was shot down in South Sudan
    09 september 2014 22:44:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Tuesday said its initial investigation has revealed that UN helicopter that crashed near Bentiu late last month was shot down. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy condemns latest terrorist attacks in Somalia
    09 september 2014 22:04:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Tuesday called for reconciliation and an end to violence in Somalia, and condemned the terrorist attacks in several locations in country on Monday that resulted in the death and injury of many innocent civilians. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Belarus pledges assistance to Nigeria in fight against Boko Haram
    09 september 2014 19:42:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Belarus Foreign Minister, Dr Vladimir Makei announced here Tuesday his country's commitment to enter into military and technical cooperation with Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents, stating that the problem cannot be overcome by one country. Full text...

  • Senegal: African Media Leaders Forum postponed due to Ebola crisis
    09 september 2014 18:29:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Due to the Ebola virus disease epidemic in West African countries, the African Media Initiative (AMI) announced Tuesday the postponement of the 7th African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF), which was scheduled for 12-14 November 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt reorganising Ministry of Defence to defeat Boko Haram insurgents
    09 september 2014 16:33:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria is to reorganise its Ministry of Defence in order to hasten the achievement of the set goals of defeating the Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges facing the country. Full text...

  • Zambia: FODEP expresses concern over issuance of national IDs to Angolan refugees
    09 september 2014 14:49:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has denounced the issuance of National Registration Cards (NRC) by the Zambian Ministry of Home Affairs to former Angolan refugees in Zambezi, western Zambia, warning that this is a recipe for electoral confrontations ahead of the parliamentary by-elections in Zambezi West constituency. Full text...

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