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  • ECOWAS: Mechanism for enforcing ECOWAS Court decisions advocated
    22 january 2015 12:48:43
    Calabar, Nigeria (PANA) - Judicial officers of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice have urged member states to comply with a ten-year-old decision of the Community's leaders for the designation of focal points in their countries for the enforcement of the court's judgements. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Schools to re-open in Sierra Leone in March
    22 january 2015 10:56:30
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Schools that have been shut in Sierra Leone since July 2014, over the Ebola epidemic in the country, are to re-open in March, the government announced on Thursday following a meeting with stakeholders and partners. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian prelate calls for Western military intervention to defeat Boko Haram
    22 january 2015 07:44:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A Catholic bishop whose diocese in northeast Nigeria has been hardest hit by Boko Haram extremists wants Western governments to commit military power to defeat the increasingly powerful and ruthless sect, church news service Zenit reported late Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN investigators want war crimes tribunal in CAR
    22 january 2015 06:44:39
    New York, US (PANA) - UN-mandated investigators have warned that war crimes are being Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa hails South Sudan's peace deal
    22 january 2015 06:30:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has returned to Johannesburg after a working visit to Tanzania where, in his capacity as President Jacob Zuma's Special Envoy to South Sudan, he witnessed the signing of a pact on the reunification of South Sudan's Sudanese People's Liberation Movement (SPLM). Full text...

  • UN: UN humanitarian office reports mass displacement in Sudan's Darfur region
    22 january 2015 06:09:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in Mali wards off rebel attack
    22 january 2015 06:01:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has confirmed it used force in response to machine gun fire directed at its troops and towards the town inhabited by civilians, on Tuesday in Tabankort, in the restive north of the country. Full text...

  • Libya: 1 soldier killed, 13 injured in new armed clashes
    21 january 2015 22:24:33
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – At least one Libyan soldier has been killed and 13 others injured in new armed clashes on Wednesday in the eastern city of Benghazi. Full text...

  • Ghana: Government says regained control of websites
    21 january 2015 21:46:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana says its IT experts have regained control of all the government websites which were attacked on Wednesday by Turkish hackers. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo Police to keep tabs on foreigners
    21 january 2015 19:07:34
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congo National Police Director-General Jean-François Ndenguet has launched in Brazzaville an operation called "Mbata ya bakolo" or "the edlers’ slap", in the local language, in a bid to check clandestine immigration and crime in the country's big towns. Full text...

  • Botswana: Govt computerizes driver testing grounds in Gaborone
    21 january 2015 18:43:14
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - In a bid to improve efficiency of testing prospective drivers, Botswana has announced its plan to introduce computerized driver testing grounds. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cameroonian army rescues German national abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria
    21 january 2015 18:33:09
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – A German national who was abducted in July last year by the Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria was rescued late Tuesday by the Cameroonian Army, the government announced here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: ICC to hold initial appearance for LRA commander 26 January
    21 january 2015 18:08:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has scheduled the initial appearance of Dominic Ongwen on 26 January before the single Judge of Pre-Trial Chamber II of the Court, a brief statement from the ICC said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Hackers of Ghana government website from Turkey
    21 january 2015 18:03:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Those who have hacked the Ghana Government website on Wednesday are from Turkey, Deputy Communication Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu has said. Full text...

  • Ghana: Criminals hack Ghana government official portal
    21 january 2015 13:50:12
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Ghanaian Government says its official website has been hacked by unknown persons. Full text...

  • Gambia: 'Charge or release family members of alleged failed coup plotters'
    21 january 2015 13:17:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian authorities should either charge or release family members of people suspected to be involved in December’s alleged failed coup, and grant them immediate access to lawyers, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 1m people flee their homes because of Boko Haram, says IOM
    21 january 2015 12:13:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the acts of violence perpetrated by Nigeria's terror group Boko Haram have forced at least one million people to flee their homes. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma in Davos for WEF meeting
    21 january 2015 08:41:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting, in which South Africa will promote the National Development Plan (NDP) which is designed to enhance inclusive growth and development. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief agencies ramp up aid efforts to flood-hit Southern Africa countries
    21 january 2015 07:43:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UN relief agencies are scaling up relief efforts to assist those affected and displaced by worsening floods in the southern African countries of Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar, according to Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official in CAR seeks release of kidnapped aid worker
    21 january 2015 07:37:08
    New York, US (PANA) - UN interim Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic (CAR) Mohamed Malick Fall has strongly condemned the abduction of a French aid worker by unknown people and called for her immediate release. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes transfer to ICC of LRA rebel commander
    21 january 2015 07:30:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the transfer to the Full text...

  • Sudan: DRA not affected by developments within LJM
    20 january 2015 22:32:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) has stated that its institutions will not be affected by the current differences within the ranks of the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) from which the DRA was formed. Full text...

  • Sudan: FM expects replacement for deported UN representative
    20 january 2015 22:23:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan says it will continue cooperating with the United Nations in accordance with international norms and conventions. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNICEF calls for end to Sudan conflict
    20 january 2015 22:16:28
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA) - The UN has expressed “grave concern” that children are increasingly becoming victims in the recent spike in conflict in areas around Jebel Mara in Central and North Darfur States. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission in DRC deplores loss of life as police, protesters clash in Kinshasa
    20 january 2015 20:54:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Martin Kobler, head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), on Tuesday condemned the deaths and injuries that occurred when protests turned violent on Monday in the country’s capital, Kinshasa. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says children suffering from Boko Haram activities in northern Nigeria
    20 january 2015 20:49:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday said women and children make up the vast majority of the latest wave of refugees fleeing violence in northern Nigeria, noting that, it is continuing its efforts to provide basic assistance, including safe water, nutrition, health, education and protection services to affected children in the region. Full text...

  • UN: LRA rebel commander transferred ICC's custody
    20 january 2015 18:32:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Alleged Commander of Sinia Brigade of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels, Dominic Ongwen, has been transferred to the detention centre of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, the Court said Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: ICC prosecutor expresses concern on large-scale abuses in north-eastern Nigeria
    20 january 2015 17:55:12
    New York,US (PANA) - International Criminal Court's prosecutor, Ms. Fatou Bensouda, Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in CAR captures militia leader in high-profile arrest
    20 january 2015 17:47:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic (CAR) Full text...

  • Tanzania: UN welcomes Somalia's ratification of children’s rights treaty
    20 january 2015 17:29:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN on Tuesday applauded Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a move regarded as an “important step” towards protecting and promoting the rights of all children in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation and an explicit commitment towards improving the lives of its youngest citizens. Full text...

  • Niger: ECOWAS foreign ministers discuss security situation in Nigeria
    20 january 2015 17:09:24
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Security in Nigeria was the main agenda of the conference held here Tuesday by Foreign Affairs Ministers from member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), top officials of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and representatives of international organizations. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Trade union hails cancellation of Ouagadougou airport privatization
    20 january 2015 15:39:17
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso civil aviation workers union on Tuesday welcomed the transitional government's decision to cancel a decision taken by the ousted regime to privatize Ouagadougou international airport, and warned future authorities against reactivation of that decision. Full text...

  • Mauritania: EU worried over imprisonment of anti-slavery activists
    20 january 2015 14:47:54
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The European Union (EU) delegation in Nouakchott has expressed concern over the imposition of heavy jail sentences on several anti-slavery activists by Mauritanian courts, it said in a press statement here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI wants Europe to act following US torture report
    20 january 2015 14:31:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) Tuesday released a briefing paper, saying that European governments that cooperated with the CIA’s secret detention, interrogation, and torture operations as part of USA’s global “war on terror” must act urgently to bring those responsible to justice following a US Senate report containing new details. Full text...

  • Libya: Warring parties violate ceasefire, resume fighting in Eastern Libya
    20 january 2015 12:56:46
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – The ceasefire announced by the warring parties in Libya, in support of the Geneva inter-Libyan peace talks, has been violated as fighting resumed between the Libyan soldiers and the Islamist militias. Full text...

  • Tunisia: UN welcomes deployment of Chadian troops in Cameroon
    20 january 2015 12:43:34
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Abdoulaye Bathily, the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), in Libreville, Gabon, has commended Chad for deciding to deploy forces to Cameroon to take part in the war against Boko Haram. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council strongly condemns escalating Boko Haram attacks
    20 january 2015 09:08:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the recent escalation in attacks by Nigeria's terror group Boko Haram, and expressed its deep concern that the activities of the group are undermining peace and stability in the West and Central African region. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief says development, security, human rights linked to post-2015 agenda
    19 january 2015 22:02:21
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that the UN is built around the three pillars of peace and security, development and human rights, stressing the need to pay attention to their interdependence. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy urges more regional response to combat Boko Haram
    19 january 2015 20:25:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama seeks international help to arm multi-national force to fight Boko Haram
    19 january 2015 20:01:56
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - Ghana's President John Mahama on Monday took his campaign for a multinational force to fight the terrorist group Boko Haram one step higher when he asked for Germany's help for the military force to end its atrocities. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI says arrest of Ugandan LRA militia leader a step towards justice
    19 january 2015 16:44:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) has described the arrest and impending transfer of Ugandan militia leader, Dominic Ongwen, to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a step towards justice for the victims who have suffered brutality in Uganda. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body hails LRA commander's impending transfer to ICC
    19 january 2015 15:53:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The impending transfer of Dominic Ongwen, alleged former commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), to the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a step towards justice for the victims who have suffered brutality at the hands of the LRA", Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • UK: Think Security Africa says structural challenges reaching crisis point in Africa
    19 january 2015 13:37:25
    London, UK (PANA) - The latest report from Think Security Africa, released Monday as the organisation’s fifth annual review on security in Africa, has said that changes in Africa’s security situation between 2013 and 2014 were in three main categories. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Knowledge and innovation for Africa’s structural transformation (Viewpoint by Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice-President at the African Development Bank)
    19 january 2015 11:57:52
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The African economy has experienced a notable trend break in recent years – the “average” story is now no longer that of abject poverty and escalating conflict, but rather of how best to attract investment, including in new technologies, to buttress growth and sustain and share its benefits with the population. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria addresses global terror threat
    19 january 2015 10:01:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African government has noted with concern recent terror attacks across the world and their impact on humanitarian and security institutions. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam says world's 1% richest will own more than all the rest by 2016
    19 january 2015 09:55:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The combined wealth of the world's richest 1 percent will overtake that of the other 99 percent of people next year, unless the current trend of rising inequality is checked, Oxfam warned Monday ahead of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy scribe stresses inter-faith understanding
    18 january 2015 22:04:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Sunday stressed the importance of improving understanding among faith-based communities in order to foster peaceful co-existence and unity. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Community Court promises better welfare for staff
    18 january 2015 12:55:53
    Calabar, Nigeria (PANA) - The new management of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has pledged a new era during which staff welfare will enjoy a “high premium” in order to create an environment conducive to the realisation of the regional court's objectives. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Think Tank fault planned census
    18 january 2015 10:40:29
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - A Sierra Leonean Think Tank has faulted the upcoming housing and population census in the country on the basis of inaccurate data by Statistics Sierra Leone (SSL). Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission in Mali records another attack on peacekeepers
    17 january 2015 20:01:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on Saturday condemned, in the strongest terms, a terrorist attack on the Mission's base in the town of Kidal, which killed a Chadian peacekeeper and wounded another. Full text...

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