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  • Nigeria: Many feared dead in bomb attack on school
    23 june 2014 15:29:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people are feared to have been killed or injured Monday in a bomb attack on a school in Nigeria's northern Kano State. Full text...

  • South Africa: Remains of exiled SA journalist to be repatriated from US
    23 june 2014 12:59:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African government has confirmed that the remains of acclaimed journalist Nat Nakasa will be repatriated from the US for reburial at his home in South Africa. Full text...

  • Sudan: US commends Sudan's role in combating human trafficking
    22 june 2014 13:44:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States on Sunday commended Sudan’s efforts in combating human trafficking which, the US embassy in Khartoum says, is a type of modern slavery. Full text...

  • Libya: Six killed, 17 injured in armed clashes in Benghazi
    22 june 2014 12:55:37
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Six people were killed and 17 others injured in armed clashes on Saturday night in Benghazi after an operation was carried out to burn a huge quantity of hashish seized on a boat at the city’s port, sources at hospitals said. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy denounces killing of journalist in Somalia
    22 june 2014 06:16:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, has condemned the killing on Saturday of radio journalist Yusuf Keynan in the capital, Mogadishu, and urged that the perpetrators of the crime be brought to justice. Full text...

  • Libya: 300 Libyan soldiers end training in Italy
    21 june 2014 14:20:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Some 300 soldiers and officers, composing an infantry unit of the Libyan army, have ended their training in Italy, Libyan national television reported on Saturday. Full text...

  • Malawi: President Mutharika weds in colourful ceremony
    21 june 2014 14:09:05
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Scores of ululating and cheering Malawians Saturday thronged Blantyre's historic Henry Henderson Institute (HHI) of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) to witness their newly-elected President Peter Mutharika marry his long-time lover and confidante, Gertrude Hendrina Maseko. Full text...

  • Libya: Army officer shot dead Saturday in Benghazi
    21 june 2014 12:11:03
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – A Libyan army officer was shot dead Saturday in the Libyan eastern city of Benghazi, security sources said here. Full text...

  • South Africa: New Mandela book "flying off" the shelves (News Analysis by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent, Cape Town)
    21 june 2014 09:54:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Apart from Nelson Mandela’s internationally-acclaimed best-seller, the “Long Walk To Freedom”, released a few years ago which set the literary world "alight", a new book on Mandela this week from his former secretary Zelda la Grange is "flying off the shelves". Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Police arrest 4 smugglers from Guinea-Bissau
    21 june 2014 09:10:39
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – Cape Verde police said Friday they have arrested four people from Guinea-Bissau and seized an important quantity of medicines and cigarettes following two raids in the capital, Praia. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Belgium to convert part of loan to Tunisia into investments
    21 june 2014 08:56:21
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Belgium will convert part of its loan to Tunisia, worth 26 million Tunisian dinars, into investments, Belgian Prime Minister Elio De Ripo, announced Friday at a meeting with his Tunisian counterpart, Mehdi Jomâa, in Brussels. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria calls for release of kidnapped teens in Israel
    21 june 2014 08:52:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African government has called on the kidnappers of three Israeli teenagers to release them, PANA reported Saturday, quoting official sources. Full text...

  • Malawi: Rookie MP gets lessons in parliamentary dress code
    20 june 2014 20:12:05
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - A rookie legislator in the newly-elected Malawi Parliament on Friday got impromptu dress code lessons. Full text...

  • Cameroon: USAID to give US$5m for CAR refugees in Cameroon
    20 june 2014 17:06:24
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) will give US$5 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) for Central African Republic (CAR) refugees in Cameroon, the US embassy in Cameroon said Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt panel says 219 Chibok school girls still missing
    20 june 2014 16:43:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Presidential Fact Finding Committee on the Abduction of Female students of Government Secondary School, (GSS) Chibok, Borno State, has confirmed that a total of 219 students still remain unaccounted for since their abduction on 14 April. Full text...

  • Malawi: President Mutharika to wed ex-legislator Saturday
    20 june 2014 15:57:29
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - All roads Saturday lead to the Ndata Farm in the Malawi tea-growing district of Thyolo, some 30 kilometres outside the commercial capital, Blantyre, where the southern African country's newly-elected President, Prof. Peter Mutharika, will marry his long-time confidante, Gertrude Hendrina Maseko, at a traditional ceremony. Full text...

  • US: UN says global population of displaced tops 50 million
    20 june 2014 15:52:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is marking the World Refugee Day on Friday, with a new report revealing that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally-displaced people has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body faults UN over refugees plight
    20 june 2014 13:09:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Security Council is spectacularly failing to maintain international peace and security, Amnesty International said on World Refugee Day. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty bemoans plans to grant immunity to African leaders
    20 june 2014 13:03:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Proposals to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity will completely undermine the integrity of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Congo: CAR refugees in Congo sue for return of peace in their country
    20 june 2014 12:45:23
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) in Brazzaville, Congo, have called on authorities back home to restore peace to their country, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Provisional trial date set for British murder accused
    20 june 2014 10:39:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Western Cape High Court judge on Friday set 6 October as the provisional start date for the high-profile trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani, fingered as a suspect in the high-profile murder of his wife on their honeymoon in the South African city in 2010. Full text...

  • Burundi: Student, victim of attack, repatriated after 2 years in coma in India
    20 june 2014 00:05:00
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – A 24-year-old Burundian student, Yannick Nihangaza, studying at the university of Lovely professional, in the State of Punjab, has been repatriated to his country, after being in coma for two years, according to official sources here. Full text...

  • Libya: Military judge abducted in Benghazi
    19 june 2014 22:45:08
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – A military judge was on Wednesday night abducted in Benghazi, while three corpses were discovered on Thursday, as the security chaos engulfing the eastern city continues. Full text...

  • UN: Official tasks Malian authorities on ensuring lasting peace
    19 june 2014 21:12:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. John Ging, Director of Operations in the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), on Thursday stressed the need for "courageous leadership" by the authorities in Mali to tackle the country’s political issues, warning that the already grave humanitarian situation is likely to deteriorate unless peace and stability are restored. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy says tackling Sahel’s challenges requires regional, global cooperation
    19 june 2014 20:29:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Envoy for the Sahel, Ms. Guebre Sellassie, says countries of Africa’s Sahel region are struggling to cope with terrorism, weak governance and recurrent droughts and need assistance to lay the foundations for stability and sustainable development. Full text...

  • Nigeria: DFID to boost water, sanitation, hygiene in 6 Northern states of Nigeria
    19 june 2014 18:10:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United Kingdom Department of International Development (DFID) says it will provide a total of US$150 million to boost access to water, sanitation and hygiene in six states in Northern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Kenya: EAJA welcomes release of Rwandan journo from jail
    19 june 2014 10:41:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has welcomed the release from jail of a Rwandan journalist, Agnes Uwimana Nkusi, who was convicted of genocide denial, defamation of the President, and divisiveness. Full text...

  • Libya: Gunmen attack bullion van, make away with 2 million dinars
    18 june 2014 21:07:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Gunmen on Wednesday attacked a bullion van in Tripoli owned by the Central Bank of Libya (BCL) and made away with 2 million dinars (US$1.5 million). Full text...

  • US: UN official says progress on political process key to stability in Mali
    18 june 2014 20:29:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Herve Ladsous, says the time for peace talks in Mali is now, noting the importance of a successful political process to the country’s stability and reversing the sharp deterioration in the security situation in the northern town of Kidal. Full text...

  • Nigeria: DSS says Boko Haram plans to bomb Abuja with petrol-laden tankers
    18 june 2014 18:44:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian secret service, the Directorate of State Services (DSS), Wednesday said it has uncovered plans by Boko Haram terrorists to bomb Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, with petrol-laden tankers. Full text...

  • Togo: Angolan, with 8.96 kg of cocain, arrested in Togo
    18 june 2014 17:17:13
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – An Angolan, Pedro Patricio Makiese, in possession of 8.96 kg of cocaine, Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. drops corruption charges against Abacha's son
    18 june 2014 15:19:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government Wednesday dropped a nine-count corruption charge brought against Alhaji Mohammed Abacha, son of the late Head of State, Gen. Sanni Abacha, over alleged complicity in the theft of 446.3 billion naira (about US$ 3 billion) theft during his father's reign. Full text...

  • UN: Official lays out challenges, priorities for future of peacekeeping
    18 june 2014 14:47:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Herve Ladsous, says the organisation is embarkng on a major review of its peacekeeping operations to meet up with new challenges and priorities. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police confirm 14 dead in attack on football fans
    18 june 2014 12:51:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 14 people died when suspected insurgents detonated explosive devices at a television viewing centre in Damaturu, capital of Nigeria's North-east Yobe state, Tuesday night, the police confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Many feared dead in attack on World Cup viewers
    18 june 2014 10:07:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people were feared killed or injured when suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked fans who were watching a World Cup match at a television viewing centre in Nigeria's North-eastern Yobe state on Tuesday night. Full text...

  • Zambia: Media institute condemns police interrogation of Hot FM manager
    18 june 2014 08:50:34
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has condemned the police for recording a “warn and caution” statement that could mean a possible charge against Lusaka-based FM Station Manager Changwe Kabwe for allegedly publishing false news about President Michael Sata’s health. Full text...

  • UN: ICC prosecutor tasks Security Council on justice for Darfur’s victims
    17 june 2014 22:05:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (IC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda on Tuesday in New York challenged the UN Security Council to take immediate action to protect victims in the ongoing Darfur crisis. Full text...

  • Libya: US captures Libyan suspect of 2012 Benghazi consulate attack
    17 june 2014 19:38:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – US Special Forces on Sunday captured Ahmed Abou Khatala, an Islamist suspected of being part of the 11 September attack in 2012 on the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, the media reported on Tuesday, quoting the US newspaper, The Washington Post. Full text...

  • Malawi: President Mutharika to deal with "cashgate" indicted individuals
    17 june 2014 16:41:01
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi's new President, Peter Mutharika, says his administration has formulated a comprehensive action plan to decisively deal with what has come to be known as 'cashgate', the worst plunder of public money in government in which politicians, civil servants and businesspeople colluded to loot public cash worth billions of Kwachas. Full text...

  • UN: Ban deplores deadly attacks on civilians in Kenya
    17 june 2014 16:23:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has condemned, in the strongest terms, the attacks that took place on Sunday in Mpeketoni, Kenya, which reportedly killed at least 48 people and wounded many more. Full text...

  • Sudan: Opposition attacks apostasy ruling, says it pulls Sudan back to Taliban era
    17 june 2014 15:31:03
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A Sudanese Islamist opposition party surprised observers on Tuesday when it said it was against the apostasy ruling imposed by a Sudanese court on a woman on charges that she has changed her faith from Islam to Christianity. Full text...

  • Libya: 1,180 illegal migrants repatriated
    17 june 2014 14:21:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Some 1,180 illegal migrants from various African countries, temporarily in Libya awaiting the onward journey to Europe, have been repatriated to their respective nations, the al-Wassat newspaper reported Tuesday, quoting a security source. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam says eliminating inequality, threat of climate change key to new UN development goals
    17 june 2014 08:52:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Overcoming inequality and slowing global warming are imperative for achieving a world free from poverty and suffering, said an Oxfam report released Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Ten more killed in fresh terror attack
    17 june 2014 08:35:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Barely 24 hours after gunmen allied to the Al-Shabab terror group attacked and killed 56 people in Kenyan coastal town of Mpeketoni, the Islamic militants have killed another 10 in Maporomoko village, also in Mpeketoni area. Full text...

  • Libya: Night curfew imposed on Benghazi
    16 june 2014 22:06:26
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The authorities in Benghazi on Monday imposed a night curfew on the restive city limiting the movement of vehicles from midnight to 0600 hours in the morning. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Study shows decline in childhood deaths in Nigeria
    16 june 2014 19:14:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government Monday released the 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), highlighting improvements in key health indicators especially a decline in childhood deaths but registered stalled progress in reproductive health. Full text...

  • US: UN education envoy urges focus on kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls
    16 june 2014 18:03:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the Day of the African Child, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, on Monday urged the world to remember the kidnapped schoolgirls of Chibok, Nigeria, while also praising young people around the world as they mobilise to demand education for all. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Arrangements for 2016 national census underway in Nigeria
    16 june 2014 17:35:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The process towards the conduct of the 2016 Nigerian national population census may have begun with Monday’s formal request by the Nigerian National Population Commission (NPC) on President Goodluck Jonathan to make a presidential proclamation to that effect. Full text...

  • Nigeria: '102 local govt. areas susceptible to flooding this year'
    16 june 2014 17:27:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency (NHSA) on Monday predicted that about 102 of the nation’s 774 Local Government Areas are at high risk of flooding in 2014. Full text...

  • Libya: 2 killed, 9 injured in new violence in southern Libya
    16 june 2014 17:12:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Two persons were killed and nine others injured in new wave of armed clashes on Sunday night in Sebha, 800 km South of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, hospital sources said here Monday. Full text...

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