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  • 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...

  • Ghana: 'Pope's historic CAR visit must address sectarian conflict'
    28 november 2015 06:45:02
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) says Central African Republic (CAR) must seize the historic opportunity that Pope Francis’ two-day visit presents to place human rights and justice at the heart of national reconciliation efforts. Full text...

  • Uganda: Pope Francis arrives in Uganda from Kenya
    27 november 2015 19:17:31
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Pope Francis landed in Uganda Friday on the second leg of a landmark trip to Africa, with huge crowds, choirs and dancers celebrating as he touched down at Entebbe International Airport after three days in neighbouring Kenya. Full text...

  • UN: Child brides in Africa to double to 310 million by 2050 – UNICEF
    27 november 2015 18:23:39
    New York, US (PANA) - Nearly half of the world's child brides in 2050 will be African, if current Full text...

  • Kenya: Pope Francis speaks against slum poverty lords in Kenya
    27 november 2015 18:07:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Concluding his visit to Kenya on Friday, Pope Francis spoke strongly against the denial of basic services including water, overcharging of house rent and grabbing of land by politically-connected developers and entrepreneurs. Full text...

  • Egypt: Germany offers protection to refugees stranded in Egypt
    27 november 2015 11:55:43
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Nearly 600 refugees, half of them Syrians, were moved this week by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) from Egypt to Germany as part of the country’s Humanitarian Admissions Programme (HAP), IOM said on Friday, noting this was the last group of refugees who were stranded in Egypt. Full text...

  • France: INTERPOL operations target illegal timber trade in Africa, the Americas
    27 november 2015 11:47:06
    Lyon, France (PANA) - INTERPOL-coordinated illegal logging operations in West Africa and Central and South America have identified key trade routes used by criminal networks to traffic illicitly harvested timber and led to major seizures of protected and valuable timber species worth more than UAS$262 million. Full text...

  • Egypt: Egyptian govt passes new anti-human smuggling law
    27 november 2015 11:45:17
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Egyptian Cabinet has approved a new anti-human smuggling law that is in line with international standards, safeguarding the rights and addressing the needs of smuggled migrants, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday. Full text...

  • Botswana: 'Government committed to equality'
    27 november 2015 10:03:51
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana on Friday reiterated its commitment to equality among communities to avoid fragmentation and hostility over the country’s natural resources. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'Huge arms cache discovered in Sousse'
    27 november 2015 09:43:47
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian security services say they have uncovered a cache of arms in the city of Sousse, 140 km south of the capital, Tunis, Full text...

  • Tunisia; Suicide bomber identified
    27 november 2015 00:40:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian Ministry of Interior on Thursday announced that the suicide bomber who struck the presidential security bus, leaving many dead, had been identified by the DNA tests carried out on his remains. Full text...

  • Algeria: Algeria, Mali Army Chiefs discuss military cooperation
    27 november 2015 00:31:34
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - The Algerian Chief of Staff, Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah, Thursday met with his Malian counterpart, Gen. Mahamane Touré, to discuss bilateral military cooperation between the two countries, the Algerian Defence Ministry said. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'The God we serve is God of Peace'
    27 november 2015 00:23:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Pope Francis, currently visiting Kenya, Thursday told an inter-religious, ecumenical meeting in the capital city of Nairobi how important it is to realize that "the God we seek to serve is a God of peace." Full text...

  • Tunisia: AU condemns attacks on Tunisia, Egypt hotel
    26 november 2015 15:37:33
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The African Union Commission chairwoman, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has strongly condemned the two terrorist attacks perpetrators on a presidential security bus in Tunis and on a hotel in the city of Al-Arich in the Sinai peninsula in Egypt, which claimed the lives of many victims, according to a communiqué issued by the African Union (AU) on Thursday and received in Tunis. Full text...

  • Kenya: Pope celebrates first Holy Mass in Africa with calls for family unity
    26 november 2015 14:13:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Pope Francis called for respect for women and family valued when he led thousands of Christians in celebrating his first Holy Mass on the African soil on Thursday, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ honours Ethiopian journalists for courageous work
    26 november 2015 14:07:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has given an award to a group of Ethiopian journalists, known as Zone 9 bloggers, for their courageous work. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 20 arrested in security operations across Tunisia
    26 november 2015 14:02:39
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian security forces have arrested 20 persons across Tunisia since the terrorist attacks perpetrated Tuesday on a presidential security bus, security sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief deplores suspension of human rights groups in Burundi
    25 november 2015 19:34:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein on Full text...

  • Kenya: Pope begins Africa visit with plea for religious harmony, peace (By Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent)
    25 november 2015 17:37:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Pope Francis kicked off a three-nation African tour in Nairobi Wednesday emphasising the need for religious harmony, peaceful co-existence and environmental conservation. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda's senior rebel leader surrenders
    25 november 2015 16:32:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA ) -- A key commander of the Rwandan Hutu rebel group, the so-called Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), who has been an active member of rebellion for more than 21 years, has voluntarily gave surrendered, according to an official statement issued Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns latest terrorist attacks in Egypt
    25 november 2015 14:18:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Condemning Tuesday’s terrorist attack in the Egyptian city of al-Arish, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an overall approach to preventing and Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Pope Francis lands in Kenya to begin three-nation African tour
    25 november 2015 14:14:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Pope Francis, the leader of the 1.2 billion Catholics around the world, landed in Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday at the start of a historic tour of Africa. Full text...

  • UN: UN condemns deadly attack on bus carrying Tunisian presidential guards
    25 november 2015 14:09:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council on Wednesday joined in the chorus of condemnation of the attack on Tuesday in Tunis against a bus carrying Presidential Guards, which resulted in many deaths and injuries. Full text...

  • UN: UN civilian staff in Mali killed in convoy attack
    25 november 2015 14:00:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Wednesday said a civilian staff member of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali was killed on Tuesday in an explosive device attack on a convoy. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana president Khama to attend CHOGM 2015
    25 november 2015 13:23:19
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President Ian Khama will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled for the 27-29 November in Valletta, Malta, a communiqué released by the Presidency on Wednesday said. Full text...

  • Botswana: Air Botswana terminates GM's contract
    25 november 2015 12:19:05
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The contract of the General Manager of Botswana’s national carrier, Tozivazvipi Dahwa, has been terminated and the board dissolved, the the airline announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya releases 15 Egyptian fishermen arrested for illegal fishing
    25 november 2015 11:54:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan authorities have released a second group of 15 Egyptian fishermen arrested on board their fishing boat, Princesse Mouna, for illegally fishing in Libyan territorial waters, the Libyan media reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Catholic pilgrims head to Nairobi for Papal mass
    25 november 2015 09:59:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Hundreds of thousands of Catholic pilgrims from across Kenya are heading to Nairobi to attend an open air mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis, who arrives in the Kenyan capital on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNDP Africa launches initiative to help prevent, respond to violent extremism
    24 november 2015 22:37:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa has launched an initiative to support African countries to prevent and respond to the growth of violent extremism through a development lens, the UN agency said Tuesday in a statement it made available to PANA. Full text...

  • Mali: OIF Secretary General condoles Mali following Bamako hotel terror attack
    24 november 2015 18:10:55
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organization (OIF), Michaelle Jean has expressed sympathy and support to Mali following last Friday's bloody siege of Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako by terrorists. Full text...

  • Eritrea: IOM Council to consider Eritrea’s application for membership
    24 november 2015 14:02:59
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Eritrea, one of Africa’s largest senders of migrants and refugees to Europe, is among five applicants for membership of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to be considered at the IOM’s 106th Council this week, it was officially announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Algeria: 18 African refugees die in Algeria fire incident
    24 november 2015 12:41:42
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - The Algerian authorities have instituted a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the death of 18 refugees from Sub-Saharan African countries in a fire incident early Tuesday, the Algerian civil protection services said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mine massacre documentary wins Emmy Award
    24 november 2015 09:38:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A hard-hitting documentary on the 2012 Marikana massacre when striking miners were killed by police has won the International Emmy award for best documentary. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR partners with IKEA Foundation to raise funds for refugees
    23 november 2015 22:09:14
    New York, US (PANA) - Amid the deepening global refugee crisis, the IKEA Foundation will restart its "Brighter Lives for Refugees" campaign between 29 Nov. and 19 Dec. 19 in 40 Full text...

  • UN: UN Police assisting Mali government's probe of terrorist attack
    23 november 2015 21:17:23
    New York, US (PANA) - UN police are providing Mali with support and technical expertise in the investigation of Friday’s deadly terrorist attack on the Radisson hotel in Bamako, the West African country’s capital, a UN statement said on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN expert urges Nigeria to halt evictions threatening tens of thousands with homelessness
    23 november 2015 17:48:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – A United Nations human rights expert Monday called on the Nigerian Government to immediately end unlawful large-scale evictions that threaten tens of thousands of people with homelessness even as the rainy season rages on, voicing alarm at the violence sometimes used by police. Full text...

  • Tanzania: President Magufuli cancels celebration of Tanzania’s Independence anniversary
    23 november 2015 17:11:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanians will mark the 54th Independence anniversary next month by work instead of festivities, President John Pombe Magufuli directed Monday urging the public to enkindle the nation’s original principle of “Freedom is Work”. Full text...

  • Botswana: 600 DRC refugees sent packing from Botswana
    23 november 2015 15:51:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has sent 600 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) nationals home, after denying them refugee status, local media reported here on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Corruption epidemic elevated to national security threat in Kenya
    23 november 2015 15:48:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said corruption was a national security threat and would now be monitored regularly by the national spy agency to speed up the arrest of culprits. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns arrest of Somali Journalist
    23 november 2015 12:18:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the arrest of a Somali Journalist, Jama Yusuf Deperani, by authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Germany prods AU, EAC to contain Burundian conflict
    23 november 2015 09:07:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Germany has urged the African Union and the East African Community (EAC) to expedite resolution of the ongoing conflict in Burundi in order to prevent a spillover effect into neighbouring countries. Full text...

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