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  • Libya: Senior military officer killed in own car bomb explosion
    09 july 2015 14:58:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Col. Taher Al-Ouch, the head of Libya's military intelligent services in Misrata, 220 kilometres East of the capital, Tripoli, was killed Wednesday evening when his car exploded near a mosque of the city, security sources said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Media rights group demands release of Gambian journo
    09 july 2015 14:37:04
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called for the immediate release of detained radio manager Alhagie Abdoulie Ceesay, while expressing concerns over the safety of journalists and other media workers in the Gambia. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Terrorist threats against Tunisia 'permanent', says PM
    08 july 2015 21:19:55
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian Prime Minister, Habib Essid, declared on Wednesday that threats of terrorist groups against the North African country are permanent. Full text...

  • UN: Over 2.25m displaced in South Sudan in last 4 years
    08 july 2015 21:08:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Four years after South Sudan declared independence, the country remains beset by conflict and displacement on an huge scale, a UN humanitarian agency said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: More than 1,000 arrested since Bardo museum terror attack - Minister
    08 july 2015 20:19:50
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – More than 1,000 people have been arrested since the terror attack against the Bardo museum in Tunis, the Tunisian minister for Relations with Constitutional Institutions and Civil Society, Kamel Jendoubi, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI demands immediate release of land rights defender in Chad
    08 july 2015 19:43:59
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) Wednesday called for immediate and unconditional release of anti-land-grab campaigner Djeralar Minkeol jailed for exposing the truth in Chad. Full text...

  • UN: High-level political forum on sustainable development ends session in New York
    08 july 2015 19:23:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Preparations for reviewing and following up on the implementation Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian govt closes Copperbelt University
    08 july 2015 19:15:15
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian government Wednesday announced an indefinite closure of the country’s second largest university in the north-central city of Kitwe and ordered students to vacate the campus within 24 hours. Full text...

  • Senegal: AMI media forum to unpack digital strategies for media growth in Africa
    08 july 2015 18:10:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Media Initiative (AMI) Wednesday announced that this year's African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) to be held in South Africa in November will present a critical look at the changing nature of media in a digital environment. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Mastermind of latest Boko Haram attacks 'arrested'
    08 july 2015 17:31:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military said Wednesday its troops have arrested the mastermind of last Sunday’s bombing in Jos, central Plateau state, and Tuesday’s suicide blast in Zaria, northern Kaduna state, that claimed a total of about 70 people. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: No terrorist threat to Côte d’Ivoire - official
    08 july 2015 15:44:06
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The spokesperson of the Ivorian government, Bruno Nabagné Koné, on Wednesday declared that here are terrorist threat to Côte d’Ivoire, based on information made available by the country’s defence and security services. Full text...

  • Senegal: New report says civil society faces dire threats, funding crisis
    08 july 2015 15:34:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society organizations, Wednesday released a new report, saying "from Ebola to the bombing of Gaza", civil society was the first responder to humanitarian emergencies during last year, but faced dire threats and a funding crisis around the world. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ to release special report on press freedom in Kenya
    08 july 2015 13:27:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will release a special report entitled: "Broken promises: How Kenya is failing to uphold its commitment to a free press." Full text...

  • South Africa: Tensions soar over Uber taxi service
    08 july 2015 10:02:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa has become the latest country where the Uber taxi service is causing divisions in the country’s multi-million-dollar transport industry. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns Boko Haram attacks targeting Muslims, Christians
    08 july 2015 08:00:08
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned attacks by Boko Haram in Lake Chad Basin countries, including the deliberate targeting of Christian and Muslim worshippers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Nigeria's North-east states of Borno and Yobe, as well as in north central states of Plateau and Kaduna. Full text...

  • Gambia: Calls continue to demand justice for Gambian journalist Chief Manneh disappears
    07 july 2015 21:09:39
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - As Gambia on Tuesday marks the ninth anniversary of the disappearance of Chief Ebrimah Manneh, a reporter for the Daily Observer newspaper, the Gambia Press Union is calling on the government to facilitate investigations into his disappearance by independent United Nations investigators. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'Tunisia working on anti-terrorism strategy'
    07 july 2015 20:52:24
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian national anti-terrorism and anti-extremism commission is completing a national anti-terrorism and anti-extremism strategy following terror attacks on the North African country in recent months, a senior official at the Tunisian ministry of Defence, Hakim Ben Soltane, told parliamentarians on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 4 die in road accident
    07 july 2015 20:15:14
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Four people died and a dozen others were injured on Tuesday in a road accident when a vehicle carrying passengers and goods burst a tyre about 60 km from the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief says education is human right
    07 july 2015 19:42:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The Oslo Summit on Education for Development is a chance to reaffirm Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in South Sudan deplores killing of civilian at its protection site
    07 july 2015 18:44:39
    New York,US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned the fatal shooting of an internally displaced person (IDP) at one of its protection-of-civilians sites in Full text...

  • Senegal: GPU calls for immediate release of radio manager in Gambia
    07 july 2015 15:50:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambia Press Union (GPU), an umbrella body for journalists in The Gambia, has called for the immediate release of Mr. Alagie Sisay, the station manager of Teranga FM radio station. Full text...

  • South Africa: Major cocaine find at OR Tambo Airport
    07 july 2015 14:56:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Police and customs officials have confiscated a bag of pure cocaine, weighing about an estimated 26 kilogrammes, at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo international airport in one of the largest drug busts in South Africa. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Community Court Judges call for amendment of rules of procedure
    07 july 2015 13:42:48
    Owerri, Nigeria (PANA) - Judges of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice have called for the amendment of the Court’s Rules of Procedure to take cognizance of its expanded mandate relating to the protection of the human rights of community citizens. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Community Court to rule 13 July in Burkina political parties' case
    07 july 2015 13:32:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has fixed judgement for 13 July 2015 in the case brought by seven of Burkina Faso’s political parties contesting the amendment to the country’s Electoral Act which excluded them from participation in the country’s political process, the court said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram threatens Nigerian journo
    07 july 2015 13:07:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has threatened to kill a Nigerian newspaper journalist over a story he did recently, with the group calling him an 'infidel'. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Chair condemns terrorist attacks in Nigeria
    07 july 2015 12:52:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Chairman and Senegal's President Macky Sall has strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Nigeria that left more than 150 dead and many others injured. Full text...

  • Tanzania: WB report says not all vulnerable people are covered in social safety nets
    07 july 2015 12:49:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A growing number of developing countries are investing in social safety nets to improve the lives and livelihoods of billions of poor and vulnerable people, yet around 55 percent of the world’s poor or 773 million people with acute needs still lack safety net coverage — especially in lower-income countries and in urban areas, said a new World Bank Group (WBG) report published Tuesday. Full text...

  • IFAD: World leaders gathering in Ethiopia urged to discuss funding for future development
    07 july 2015 12:18:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - In six days, world leaders will come together in Ethiopia at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) to discuss how to pay for the elimination of global poverty and hunger, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said Tuesday, noting that the world is “standing at a point of fateful decision”. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Gov. gives recipe for faster regional integration
    07 july 2015 10:26:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Governor Rochas Okorocha of Nigeria’s South-eastern Imo State has called for the adoption of regional laws that facilitate the realization of the objectives of the ECOWAS by contributing to the development and integration of West Africa. Full text...

  • Mauritius: President Gurib-Fakim issues wake-up call on Planet Earth
    07 july 2015 09:19:44
    Réduit, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has warned against complacency when it comes to the health of the planet, which is intrinsically linked to the survival of humanity. Full text...

  • Kenya: Quarry workers killed in Mandera Al Shabaab ambush
    07 july 2015 08:39:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Fourteen quarry workers have been killed in an Al Shabaab attack in Soko Mbuzi, Mandera, Kenya, while 11 others were wounded, government officials said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Police raise alarm over rising car theft
    07 july 2015 08:05:12
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The police in Botswana have raised the alarm over the rising cases of car theft in Botswana, with most of the stolen cars taken across the border to South Africa, PANA reported from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for more investigations into former UN chief death
    06 july 2015 21:33:21
    New York US (PANA) - UN member states are being asked to declassify or make available information related to the circumstances surrounding the death of former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold more than 50 years ago. Full text...

  • Kenya: Anti-gay sentiment gains momentum in Kenya ahead of Obama visit
    06 july 2015 19:38:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Political and religious leaders have stepped up a campaign to stop US President Barack Obama from advocating for the rights of gay couples during his visit to Kenya this month. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Two former Tanzanian ministers sent to jail for abuse of office
    06 july 2015 19:31:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – A resident magistrate’s court in Dar es Salaam Monday sentenced two former Tanzanian government ministers to three years in jail each after finding them guilty of abusing public office. Full text...

  • Senegal: ICC postpones opening of Ntaganda's trial to September
    06 july 2015 15:57:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has postponed the start of the case of DR Congo warlord, Bosco Ntaganda, from July to September 2015. Full text...

  • South Africa: Heavy jail sentences for plant poachers
    06 july 2015 14:57:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In a ground-breaking ruling, a plant poacher has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by a South African court, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army celebrates Day in Boko Haram heartland
    06 july 2015 12:27:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In a move aimed at sending a strong message to the Boko Haram terrorists, the Nigerian army is holding this year's Army Day Celebration in the North-eastern city of Maiduguri, the spiritual heartland of the terrorists. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 44 dead, 47 injured in Jos bombings (Update)
    06 july 2015 11:39:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 44 people died while 47 others were injured in Sunday night's twin bomb attacks in Nigeria's central city of Jos, according to an official of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mohammed Abdulsalam. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Many feared killed in twin blasts
    06 july 2015 08:57:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people were feared to have died in the two explosions that rocked Nigeria's central city of Jos late on Sunday, the local media reported Monday. Full text...

  • US: US 'stands with Nigeria' in war against terror
    06 july 2015 07:49:52
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has strongly condemned the recent wave of attacks in Nigeria's North-east by the terror group Boko Haram, which has claimed about 150 lives. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari condemns church attack that killed six
    05 july 2015 20:04:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness at Sunday's bomb attack at a church on the outskirts of Potiskum, North-east Yobe State. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Terrorist kills self
    05 july 2015 15:50:29
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - One of the most dangerous terrorists in Tunisia, Hassan Moez, has killed himself in his residence in Bengardane, a border city with Libya, the Tunisian Ministry of Interior said. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 19 illegal migrants rescued off Tunisian coast
    05 july 2015 14:18:45
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian coastguard early Sunday rescued 19 illegal Tunisian migrants whose inflatable boat engine failed and was about to capsize 26 miles off the Tunisian coast of al-Houaria, security sources said here. Full text...

  • Cameroon: French President sues for common front in fight against Boko Haram
    04 july 2015 12:17:46
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – The French president, François Hollande, on Friday called for a common front involving Cameroonian and Nigerian authorities in the fight against the terrorist group, Boko Haram. Full text...

  • ICC: CAR's justice minister seeks ICC cooperation on investigations
    03 july 2015 22:33:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The Minister of Justice of the Central African Republic (CAR), Mr. Aristide Sokambi, has called for cooperation between CAR and the International Criminal Court (ICC) on the ongoing ICC investigations in the country. Full text...

  • Mali: Govt condemns attack on MINUSMA convoy
    03 july 2015 19:06:08
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian government has strongly condemned Thursday's attack against a convoy of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on the road from Timbuktu to Goundam, said an official communiqué issued Friday in Bamako. Full text...

  • UN: Children bearing brunt of political instability, violence in Burundi, UN warns
    03 july 2015 17:55:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Children, some as young as four years old, are bearing the brunt of the Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian government sets up national poverty observatory
    03 july 2015 16:43:49
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius intends to set up soon a poverty observatory under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment to act as a repository for information on poverty in the country, a government official here told PANA Friday. Full text...

  • ICC: ICC postpones trial of DRC rebel leader Ntaganda to 2 September
    03 july 2015 16:31:15
    New York, US (PANA) - Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday Full text...

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