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  • UN: UNHCR wants more support for CAR, South Sudan refugees
    04 march 2014 21:42:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency on Tuesday appealed for increased support to meet the needs of people fleeing the crises in the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan, especially those who have arrived in Chad, Cameroon and Ethiopia. Full text...

  • UN: Official condemns spate of violence in Nigeria
    04 march 2014 20:18:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mr. Said Djinnt, on Tuesday strongly condemned the latest wave of violence in Nigeria and demanded an end to attacks targeting innocent civilians. Full text...

  • South Africa: 'South Africa now, an honest and reliable peace broker'
    04 march 2014 19:59:41
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – There is a great deal of irony in South Africa’s role as a recognised and highly respected peace broker on the African continent. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty Int'l tasks UN Security Council on Somalia
    04 march 2014 19:08:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Amnesty International says the UN Security Council’s relaxing of the international arms embargo on Somalia last year appears to have contributed to a rise in insecurity and human rights abuses that have resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths each month. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Air Force chief pledges end to Boko Haram insurgency
    04 march 2014 18:12:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – As Nigerians worry over the continued violence being perpetuated by the Boko Haram terror sect in the North Eastern part of the country, despite the heavy military presence in the area, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosun, says the Nigerian military has the capacity to end the insurgency soon. Full text...

  • Zambia: UNHRC commends Zambian women for being champions in hosting refugees
    04 march 2014 14:17:11
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has commended the pivotal role Zambian women have played in hosting refugees. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Households get 12,000 compost bins
    04 march 2014 13:42:05
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The second phase of a scheme under which 12,000 compost bins and a mixing tool will be distributed to households was launched here Tuesday by the Commission of Mauritius A Sustainable Island (MID). Full text...

  • South Africa: Witness breaks down at Pistorius trial
    04 march 2014 12:57:35
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - The second witness in the high-profile Oscar Pistorius murder trial Tuesday told the North Gauteng High Court that she was awoken by a woman shouting at 1 am on 14 Feb. last year. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Protest against desecration of Koran kills one
    04 march 2014 11:48:58
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A young student was killed here Monday during a protest against the reported desecration of the Koran in a mosque. Full text...

  • DR Congo: CAR interim president calls for attention on gender issue
    03 march 2014 21:34:22
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The interim president of the Central African Republic (CAR), Mrs Samba Panza, on Monday in Kinshasa called on the International Francophone Organization (OIF), as well as development partners, to pay particular attention to gender issues and the financing of programmes for women. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Judges suspend work in dispute with lawyers
    03 march 2014 20:55:33
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The disagreement between Tunisian judges and lawyers took a new turn on Monday with the Tunisian magistrates association suspending work in all courts for three days, according to judicial sources. Full text...

  • UN: Human Rights Council calls for protection of civil society activists
    03 march 2014 20:11:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Human Rights Council on Monday in Geneva opened its 25th session with calls for the protection of members of civil society who pursue justice in their countries. Full text...

  • UN: UNAMID calls for unhindered access to site of recent violence
    03 march 2014 19:21:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on Monday said it is deeply Full text...

  • UN: Mission deplores attack against lawmakers in Libya
    03 march 2014 17:59:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly condemned Full text...

  • Nigeria: 2,500 Nigerian National Park Rangers for military training over Boko Haram
    03 march 2014 17:53:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – As part of the collaboration involving the Park Service and the military and paramilitary agencies in the fight against insurgency, particularly in the border areas of the North Eastern part of the country, 2,500 personnel of the Nigerian Park Service are to undergo military arms training. Full text...

  • Mali: 180 Malians repatriated from CAR arrive home
    03 march 2014 15:45:36
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The first batch of 180 Malians, who had found refuge in Cameroon from the embattled Central African Republic (CAR), arrived home Sunday aboard an a private Italian aircraft, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Thousands demonstrate against desecration of the Koran
    03 march 2014 15:24:18
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Thousands of Muslim faithfuls took the streets of Nouakchott Monday, to protest against ''a desecration'' of the Koran, the Muslim Holy Book, after finding some pages torn and scattered in a mosque here Sunday evening. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius witness describes gunshots
    03 march 2014 12:33:38
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - The first witness at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial which started Monday has told the North Gauteng High Court that she heard "bloodcurdling" screams from a woman, moments before a volley of gunfire. Full text...

  • Niger: US$390m needed for humanitarian issues in 2014
    03 march 2014 11:38:45
    Niamey , Niger ( PANA) - Niger needs US$390 million in 2014 to help vulnerable people cope with food insecurity, according to the Humanitarian Response Plan developed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Full text...

  • South Africa: Oscar Pistorius pleads not guilty as trial starts
    03 march 2014 10:07:41
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius Monday pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, as his trial over the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp started at the North Guateng High Court in South Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa: Thousands of sex workers to protest Monday
    02 march 2014 21:05:37
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - A group representing thousands of South African sex workers will Monday take to the streets across the country in commemoration of International Sex Worker Rights' Day. Full text...

  • Sudan: Scores killed in Abyei tribal clashes
    02 march 2014 18:10:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese Ambassador to Sudan Mayan Dot has said the clashes that have claimed dozens of lives in oil-rich Abyei Area have nothing to do with Khartoum or Juba governments. Full text...

  • Libya: Sirte Military Council Leader murdered
    02 march 2014 17:35:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The head of the military council in the Libyan city of Sirte, Makhlouf Ben Nasser Al-Ferjani, was shot dead Sunday morning, the Libyan news agency, LANA, reported. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Family of missing policeman protests in Nouakchott
    02 march 2014 17:29:14
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Members of the family of a Mauritanian policeman who disappeared since 14 Dec. 2013, Sidi Mohamed Ould Yetna, organised a protest on Sunday in front of the presidential palace in the capital city of Nouakchott, PANA correspondent reported from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Gunmen kill French national in Benghazi
    02 march 2014 17:03:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Gunmen killed a French national in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on Sunday, in the latest slaying of a foreigner in the restive area, a security source said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Dozens killed in blast
    02 march 2014 09:51:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Dozens of civilians are feared to have been killed on Saturday night in a double explosion in Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria's northern Borno state which is regarded as the epicentre of the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abductors of President's adopted father 'demands 500m naira'
    02 march 2014 09:27:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The abductors of a man who has been described variously as President Goodluck Jonathan's cousin, uncle and adopted father are insisting on their earlier demand of 500 million naira (US$2.9 million) before he can be released, the local Punch newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • South Africa: All set for “trial of the century”
    02 march 2014 09:04:49
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - South Africans as well as a global television audience are gearing up for the Oscar Pistorius trial which is due to start on Monday and is widely expected to be the most riveting murder trial since that of former US professional football player O.J. Simpson in California almost two decades ago. Full text...

  • UN: Official warns on 'ethno-religious cleansing' in CAR
    01 march 2014 20:08:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Philip Leclerc, the officer-in-charge of the protection cluster of the the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in the Central African Republic (CAR), has warned that "ethno-religious cleansing" is being carried out in the country. Full text...

  • UN: WFP says funding affecting food relief in DRC
    01 march 2014 19:28:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says a major funding gap is forcing the agency to scale back geographical coverage of its work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and to instead focus on "acutely-insecure, conflict-affected areas" in the country. Full text...

  • Libya: Another senior military officer gunned down in Benghazi
    01 march 2014 14:06:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Gunmen on Friday evening shot dead a Libyan army colonel in the restive eastern city of Benghazi as demonstrations were held in several cities to protest against the insecurity prevailing in city considered as the cradle of the revolution in 2001 that ousted former leader Mouamar Kaddafi. Full text...

  • Mali: 45 villages to give up female genital mutilation
    01 march 2014 13:42:09
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Forty-five Malian villages have given up female genital mutilation (FGM) under a convention signed on Friday in Bamako by the leaders of these villages and the Malian Minister for the Promotion of Family, Women and Children. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Editors call for action to save newspapers from bankruptcy
    28 february 2014 22:57:59
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The president of the Tunisian League of Newspaper Editors, Tabeb al-Zahir, has called for urgent measures to save newspapers from bankruptcy, stressing that successive governments since the revolution have ignored their pleas, leaving them with huge financial burdens. Full text...

  • UN: Expert tasks Guinea-Bissau authorities on better life for the poor
    28 february 2014 21:32:42
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Magdalena Sepulveda, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, on Friday called on authorities in Guinea-Bissau to address the critical needs of the poorest and most marginalized members of society. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military claims 13 more Boko Haram terrorists killed, others arrested
    28 february 2014 18:28:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military Friday said its specialised forces have killed a total of 13 Boko Haram insurgents in their make-shift camps, sited between Borno and Adamawa States in the North Eastern part of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military denies alleged terror attack on Gov.
    28 february 2014 16:29:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military Friday denied online reports that the convoy of the Governor of Adamawa State in North Eastern Nigeria, retired Admiral Murtala Nyako, was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...

  • Congo: Media regulatory authority highlights blunders in the local press
    28 february 2014 16:23:15
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The President of the High Council for Freedom of Communication (HCFC), the media regulatory authority in Congo, Philoppe Mvouo, has slammed the local media for, what he called, "blunders in your work". Full text...

  • Zambia: US slams Zambia for serious human rights violations
    28 february 2014 14:50:35
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The United States government says it observed serious human rights problems in Zambia in 2013, including arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings, restrictions on freedom of speech, assembly, and the press, government corruption and discrimination against persons with disabilities and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt. adopts stringent policy against slavery
    28 february 2014 12:43:34
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government will adopt an official policy for the eradication of all forms of slavery in the country, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Gulnara Shanian, said late Thursday at a press conference held at the end of her four-day assessment mission here. Full text...

  • Congo: WFP alarmed at the mass exodus from CAR since 2013
    28 february 2014 11:31:28
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The World Food Programme (WFP) has expressed concern over the consequences of the mass exodus from the Central African Republic (CAR) into neighboring countries, saying that some 102,000 Central Africans have deserted their country since the violence started in March 2013. Full text...

  • Morocco: Gunmen attack Moroccan diplomatic building in Tripoli
    28 february 2014 00:06:00
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – Unidentified gunmen on Thursday attacked the Moroccan consulate in Tripoli, Libya, according to a communiqué from the Moroccan foreign affairs ministry in Rabat. Full text...

  • US: UN marks launch of 'Kwibuka 20' to remember Rwanda genocide
    27 february 2014 22:53:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday honoured the launch of "Kwibuka 20", a series of events commemorating the tragedy. Full text...

  • Libya: Unknown gunmen torch parts of Defence ministry building in Benghazi
    27 february 2014 22:44:29
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Unidentified gunmen late on Wednesday night set fire to the Libyan Defence ministry in Benghazi causing huge damage to the building, reliable sources said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Seven charged with missing 'stillborn' baby
    27 february 2014 22:06:41
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Police have charged seven people for the disappearance of a "stillborn" baby at Ghana's second biggest teaching hospital in Kumasi, that triggered a violent demonstration by a mob and a one-week strike by doctors and nurses at the hospital. Full text...

  • UN: Official laments 'shocking' scenes in South Sudan hospital
    27 february 2014 21:15:23
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Mr. Toby Lanzer has described as "shocking" what he saw during a visit to a Teaching Hospital in the town of Malakal, South Sudan, where he encountered nothing but dead bodies. Full text...

  • Senegal: Police seize 96 kg of marijuana from Bamako train
    27 february 2014 20:19:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese police on Wednesday in Dakar seized 96 kilograms of marijuana in a freight train from the Malian capital, Bamako. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN commends resumption of direct Government-SPLM-N talks
    27 february 2014 18:51:03
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN on Thursday called on Sudanese negotiating parties in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to take immediate steps to ensure that humanitarian needs can be addressed while political dialogue continues. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military on new offensive against Boko Haram
    27 february 2014 17:27:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military on Thursday announced a new “elevated” phase of its counter terrorism campaign designed to further contain the Boko Haram terrorists and their activities in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanians demand release of four Al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt
    27 february 2014 17:10:02
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Several hundred Mauritanians, including media professionals and politicians, demonstrated on Thursday in front of the offices of Al-Jazeera television network in Nouakchott, asking for the release of the four journalists of the Qatar-based international TV channel who have been detained for many weeks in Egypt. Full text...

  • UN: Human rights office condemns Ugandan newspaper
    27 february 2014 17:06:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Full text...

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