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  • UN: UNHCR supports CAR refugees in Cameroon
    16 march 2014 10:00:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and its partners said they are stepping up efforts to help the growing numbers of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees arriving ill in Cameroon due to hunger and exhaustion during their arduous flight from their war-torn country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 11 confirmed dead in Nigeria job stampede
    15 march 2014 21:06:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A total of 11 people were confirmed dead and over 40 injured on Saturday in job stampede in two cities in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Troops capture Boko Haram ammo dump, kill scores more
    15 march 2014 16:46:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Defence Headquarters said here Saturday that federal troops have seized a massive arms and ammunition dump belonging to the violent Boko Haram terrorists sect in one of the camps that fell Friday night in the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the North East part of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Several feared dead, injured in Nigeria job stampede
    15 march 2014 14:10:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Several people were feared dead and over 40 injured on Saturday during a stampede at the National Stadium in the capital city of Abuja, one of the centres for a recruitment test by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), eyewitnesses said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Govt. fends off barrage of criticism over societal lapses (News Analysis by Craig Urquart, PANA Correspondent)
    15 march 2014 10:53:50
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – The South African government has come under "fire" following the spate of societal and political lapses which occurred in the country, widely regarded as the Africa's powerhouse, PANA reported from here Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Former minister arrested over land fraud
    14 march 2014 20:01:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Former Kenyan minister Amos Kimunya has been detained shortly after the state prosecutor declared there was adequate evidence to prosecute him and others over fraud. Full text...

  • Senegal: UN official advocates "shared responsibility" in fight against organized crime
    14 march 2014 17:30:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Said Djinnit, the UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), has said that the prevention and fight against drug trafficking and abuse are pivotal to any strategy aimed at preventing conflict and ensuring peace in West Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN body asks Nigeria's neighbours to aid in fight against Boko Haram
    14 march 2014 16:44:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The United Nations Office on Human Rights (UNHR) has called on Nigeria's neighbours to collaborate with Abuja in fighting the Boko Haram insurgency in north east Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: Ban receives 3 religious leaders from CAR
    14 march 2014 16:29:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has received three religious leaders from the Central African Republic (CAR), describing them as "powerful symbol of their country’s long-standing tradition of peaceful coexistence". Full text...

  • Senegal: Uganda targets 50% reduction in traffic accidents
    14 march 2014 14:06:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ugandan authorities say they are determined to scale down the rate of road traffic accident by 50% by the year 2020, according to Dr. Steven Kasiima, Uganda's Director for traffic and road safety. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abuja to host Africa conference on FOI implementation
    14 march 2014 13:38:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Non-Governmental Organisation Media Rights Agenda (MRA) will host a two-day Africa Regional Conference on Freedom of Information (FOI) Implementation 18-19 March in the nation's capital, Abuja. Full text...

  • Libya: New waves of violence rocks Libyan cities of Bengazi, Derna
    14 march 2014 13:09:02
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Ten people were killed in separate attacks on the cities of Benghazi and Derna in Eastern Libya and Sirte in central part of the country Thursday, medical sources said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: AUC Chairperson mourns death of ex-Sierra Leone Pres. Tejan Kabbah
    14 march 2014 12:55:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said Friday that she received with great sadness news of the death of Sierra Leone's former President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, who died Thursday in Freetown, his country’s capital. Full text...

  • Sudan: Rebels sentenced to death, life in prison
    14 march 2014 12:44:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Former Blue Nile State Governor and leader of the opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), Malik Agar, his deputy Yassir Arman and 16 other leaders of the SPLM-N have been sentenced to death by hanging. Full text...

  • Nigeria: military 'repels' Boko Haram attempt to overrun key city
    14 march 2014 12:28:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Defence headquarters Friday confirmed attacks on the northern city of Maiduguri, saying it was an attempt by suspected Boko Haram insurgents to overrun a military detention facility in the capital of Borno, the sect's spiritual base. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Journalist's kidnappers demand 10 million Naira
    14 march 2014 11:33:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The gunmen who abducted a radio journalist in Nigeria's oil city of Full text...

  • Nigeria: Many feared dead as bombs rock Maiduguri
    14 march 2014 10:53:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's northern city of Maiduguri was rocked by three bomb explosions Friday morning, as insurgents suspected to be members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect invaded the city, residents said. Full text...

  • Senegal: PR wire service rebrands
    14 march 2014 10:46:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - African Press Organization (APO), Africa's sole press release wire service and the global leader in media relations related to Africa, Friday unveiled a revamped corporate brand identity. Full text...

  • South Africa: Defence picks holes in Pistorius case
    14 march 2014 10:38:59
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - Leading South African defence attorney Barry Roux on Friday continued to pick holes in the State’s case against Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who is charged with murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in Pretoria last year. Full text...

  • Zambia: Pres Sata reaffirms govt’s commitment to fight corruption
    14 march 2014 08:00:40
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - President Michael Sata has assured the nation and cooperating partners of his government's resolve to fight corruption. Full text...

  • Zambia: 23 Zim sex workers nabbed in Zambia
    14 march 2014 07:54:16
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Immigration Department in Chirundu, southern Zambia, has arrested 23 Zimbabwean women suspected to be commercial sex workers for unlawful entry and stay in Zambia. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abuja protests assault of Nigerian by SA police
    13 march 2014 22:38:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government has demanded appropriate administrative and legal action by the South African government following the assault of a Nigerian by two South Africa police officers in Cape Town. Full text...

  • Libya: Public prosecutor denies arrest warrant against ousted PM
    13 march 2014 21:51:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The chief of the investigation department at the Libyan public prosecution office, Al-Sadeek Al-Sour, has denied that Libya has requested International Police (Interpol) to arrest dismissed Libyan Prime minister, Ali Zeidan, the Libyan news agency (JANA) reports. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN pressures Nigerian on same-sex marriage but government refuses to budge
    13 march 2014 20:28:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United Nations on Thursday called on the Nigerian government to reverse the anti-gay law signed by President Goodluck Jonathan into law because it contravenes the fundamental human rights council mandate of the United Nations. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty Int'l says violence intensifies in Darfur
    13 march 2014 19:35:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Amnesty International in a report published on Thursday says almost half a million people have been forced from their homes over the last year as violence intensifies in war-torn Darfur Full text...

  • DR Congo: Bensouda reaffirms cooperation between DRC, ICC
    13 march 2014 18:23:31
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Relations between DR Congo and the International Criminal Court (ICC) have not turned sour even if Congolese authorities failed to arrested Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir during his visit to Kinshasa for the 17th summit of Heads of State and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Some 105 Mauritanians repatriated from CAR
    13 march 2014 16:22:00
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A group of 105 Mauritanians, fleeing the disturbances in the Central Africa Republic (CAR), were flown into the Mauritanian capital Wednesday, PANA leanrt from official sources Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: NGOs condemns detention, stripping of girls
    13 march 2014 15:29:49
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) in Lusaka has strongly condemned the detention of over 40 youth by the Zambia police and the subsequent stripping of young girls of their T–shirts during a demonstration on Youth Day on Wednesday demanding the release of the country's final draft constitution. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police rescue Pres. Jonathan's kidnapped relation
    13 march 2014 14:42:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria police have rescued the kidnapped relation of President Goodluck Jonathan, the online Nigerian newspaper, Premium Times, reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns attack on private radio in Ghana
    13 march 2014 14:09:02
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Accra-based rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Thursday condemned an attack on a privately-owned radio station, ''Radio Justice'', by angry youth in Tamale in the Ghana's Northern Region. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya seeks Arab countries' help in bringin fugitive ex-officials to justice
    13 march 2014 13:22:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya has asked for the assistance of Arab nations in bringing to justice the ex-officials of the ousted government of Mouammar Kadhafi, who are currently on the run. Full text...

  • Ghana: (Update) One dead as hotel under construction collapses in Accra
    13 march 2014 11:53:02
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - One person has been confirmed dead following the collapse of a hotel under construction in Ghana's capital, Accra, on Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Leading forensic policeman grilled at Pistorius trial
    13 march 2014 09:34:03
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - One of South Africa's leading forensic policemen is having a tough time in the witness box in the North Gauteng High Court, as Oscar Pistorius's defence attorney continues to pick apart the State's evidence. Full text...

  • Ghana: Hotel under construction in Accra collapses
    13 march 2014 09:26:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A hotel under construction in Ghana's capital, Accra, collapsed on Thursday morning, trapping at least 5 people under the debris, according to police. Full text...

  • UN: 'Western Sahara family visit flights resume next month'
    12 march 2014 22:09:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency announced on Wednesday that the family visit flights between Sahrawi refugees living in camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and their families in the territory of Western Sahara are set to resume next month. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy tasks DRC rebels on disarmament process
    12 march 2014 17:48:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mr. Martin Kobler, has urged rebel fighters in the country to "surrender without delay" and join the disarmament process or face consequences. Full text...

  • Belgium: Moroccan 'gangster' arrested in Belgium
    12 march 2014 17:39:53
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A Moroccan national, Hassan Belghi, who has been allegedly involved in robberies in the North African country, was arrested on Tuesday in Belgium, according to Belgian police. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy urges more int'l support for Somalia's stability
    12 march 2014 17:26:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, says the best hope for peace and stability in the country, the Horn of Africa and beyond remains a united, secure and federal Somalia. Full text...

  • Burundi: 'All-out strike' begins in Burundi universities
    12 march 2014 17:00:34
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Students from public universities in Burundi on Wednesday began an "all-out" strike to protest against the difficult access to bursary under new regulations, according to union sources. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS trains Senegalese journos on SALW
    12 march 2014 16:39:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - About 30 Senegalese journalists on Tuesday began a three-day workshop in Dakar aimed at sensitising and building the capacity of the media on the flow of small arms and light weapons (SALW). Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition defends decision to boycott Youth Day celebrations
    12 march 2014 15:28:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – United Party for National Development (UPND) leader, Hakainde Hichilema, has defended the opposition’s stand to boycott Youth Day celebrations on Wednesday saying that the opposition finds it totally heartbreaking that after almost 50 years of independence, the country still has politicians who lack basic understanding and urgency for a new constitution which they promised themselves. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan army takes control of Sirte airport, military base
    12 march 2014 13:52:42
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan army units tasked with lifting the blockade on oil terminals by armed militias in the eastern part of Libya late on Tuesday took control of the airport in Sirte, 450km from East of the capital city of Tripoli and the "Gardhabia" military base. Full text...

  • Togo: Road accident kills five, injures 21 in Togo
    12 march 2014 13:45:15
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Five people were killed and 21 others injured in a serious road crash Tuesday on the highway near the Defale Mountains in northern Togo, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Kenya: 16 perish in road crash
    12 march 2014 13:32:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The number of people who perished Tuesday after a passenger minibus plunged into a valley in Nandi Hills, western Kenya, climbed to 16 Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: 12 die in road accident
    12 march 2014 09:10:35
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Twelve people were confirmed dead while many others sustained serious injuries in a road traffic accident involving a minibus and a truck and trailer along the Kitwe-Ndola road, in Zambia's northern copperbelt province, Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Survey shows interest in Pistorius trial higher than 2014 World Cup
    12 march 2014 07:51:25
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - South African media monitoring group Data Driven Insight (DDI) has revealed that the ongoing Oscar Pistorius' murder trial is bigger than the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in terms of global media coverage. Full text...

  • Ghana: Five buried alive in illegal gold mining pit
    11 march 2014 22:29:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Five people, including a one-year-old girl, have been buried alive in an illegal gold mining pit in Ghana's Central Region, an Accra-based radio station has reported. Full text...

  • Guinea: France grants Guinea 100,000 Euros for mine-clearing operations
    11 march 2014 19:19:49
    Conakry, Guinea ( PANA) - France has granted Guinea 100,000 Euros, or 9 billion Guinean francs, to enable the West African country to clear anti-personnel mines, planted since 1970 at the military camp in Kindia, about 140 km from the capital, Conakry according to a press release from the Embassy of France sent to PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Officials urge immediate end to attacks in Darfur
    11 march 2014 19:02:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, on Tuesday voiced deep concern about the escalation of violence and its impact on civilians in Sudan’s Darfur region, and urged an immediate halt to hostilities. Full text...

  • UN: 'More people fleeing deadly attacks in north-east Nigeria'
    11 march 2014 17:49:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tuesday said it is increasingly alarmed at the humanitarian impact of continuing violence in North-eastern Nigeria and stressed the importance of protecting civilians. Full text...

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