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  • Sudan: UK contributes additional US$11.3m to Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund
    10 november 2014 12:23:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations on Monday said the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) has contributed an additional US$11.3 million to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF), following DFID’s US$16.4 million contribution earlier this year, “in light of growing needs in the country”. Full text...

  • Zambia: Requiem mass for late Zambian President Sata held at parliament buildings
    10 november 2014 11:53:29
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - A requiem church service for Zambian President Michael Sata, who died on 28 Oct., was held at parliament buildings Monday in the capital city of Lusaka, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Many students feared dead in Nigeria school blast
    10 november 2014 09:45:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Many students were feared killed and injured Monday morning when an explosion ripped through the Comprehensive Secondary School in Potiskum, Nigeria's northern Yobe state, the local media reported. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa to attend Sata's funeral
    10 november 2014 09:27:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday morning departed for Lusaka where he will represent the government and people of South Africa at the state funeral of the late Zambian President Michael Sata on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Army denies rape in Darfur
    09 november 2014 19:51:27
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Army has denied accusations that troops in north Darfur have raped hundreds of women in the village of Thabit, 45km south of Al Fashir, capital of North Darfur state. Full text...

  • Sudan: First convoy of humanitarian relief leaves for South Sudan
    09 november 2014 17:00:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Hundreds of tones of humanitarian relief have left Sudan for the first time to South Sudan, to help thousands of conflict-affected civilians, the UN, Sudan and South Sudan said in a joint statement on Sunday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Police release six held hostage by human traffickers
    09 november 2014 16:39:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Police have released six persons held hostage by a human trafficking and smuggling gang in Kassala region, eastern Sudan. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia conducts large-scale operation against terror groups
    09 november 2014 14:17:16
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian army Sunday launched a major military operation involving units of the army, the national guard and other security elements against terrorists holed up in the Lahrichi mountain range in northwest Tunisia. Full text...

  • Zambia: UN flag to fly at half-mast Tuesday in honour of President Sata
    09 november 2014 14:13:23
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The United Nations flag will fly at half-mast worldwide on Tuesday in honour of Zambia President Michael Sata who died on 28 Oct. Full text...

  • Libya: 5 soldiers killed, 28 injured in armed clashes in Benghazi
    09 november 2014 11:22:55
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - At least five soldiers were killed and 28 others injured in armed clashes between Islamic militias and Libyan army units in the country's eastern Benghazi, medical sources said Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges South Sudanese govt to release UN trucks, cargo
    08 november 2014 22:35:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has urged the country's government to immediately release its trucks and cargo that were impounded by the National Security Service (NSS) personnel on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: 'Nigerian women become sex slaves after crossing Mediterranean to Italy'
    08 november 2014 22:29:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has said an unknown Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council marks 20th anniversary of Rwandan genocide tribunal
    08 november 2014 18:16:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the UN tribunal established in the wake of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, recognizing the court's role in fostering a process of national reconciliation and the restoration and maintenance of peace in the African country. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU says no military solution will work in Darfur
    08 november 2014 15:51:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) says following its field visit to Darfur, it has come to a conclusion that no military solution will work in Darfur. Full text...

  • Sudan: Madman kills 2 Sudanese presidential palace guards
    08 november 2014 14:19:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Two presidential palace guards were killed when an apparently mentally deranged man attacked them with a sword, but he was shot dead when he tried to force his way through the gate, the official Sudan news agency reported Saturday, quoting an official press statement. Full text...

  • Zambia: UN applauds President Sata’s legacy, commitment to the vulnerable
    08 november 2014 11:17:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The United Nations has applauded the late President Michael Sata’s legacy and commitment to addressing the needs of Zambians, particularly the vulnerable people. Full text...

  • Gambia: UN monitors denied prison access, condemn ‘consistent practice’ of torture
    08 november 2014 08:17:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The London-based rights body, Amnesty International (AI), has said that Gambia has again demonstrated its blatant disregard for human rights by stopping a UN team from investigating allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings in the west African country. Full text...

  • UN: WHO unveils step-by-step guide to safe, dignified burials for Ebola victims
    07 november 2014 22:16:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Involving family members of people who have died from Ebola and encouraging religious rites are essential elements to ensure safe and dignified burials for victims of the virus, according to a new protocol by the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Sudan: UN demands access to investigate rape reports in Darfur
    07 november 2014 19:27:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Expressing deep concern about press reports that dozens of women were raped last week in the restive Darfur region of Sudan, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, Friday called for immediate access to investigate those reports. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda offers more helicopters for UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan
    07 november 2014 18:49:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda is set to offer two more helicopters to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) before the end of November 2014, bringing the number of its choppers on peacekeeping operation in the country to eight, local media reported Friday quoting a military source in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigeria: At least 16 feared killed in Nigeria blast
    07 november 2014 16:39:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Not less than 16 people were killed and over 20 badly injured when an explosion went off in front of a bank Automated Teller Machine (ATM) as many queued up to collect money at Azare in northern Bauchi state on Friday, the lawmaker representing the area in the state parliament has said. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia’s first President Kaunda supports push to end statelessness
    07 november 2014 16:34:01
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  • Monaco: INTERPOL gets new Secretary General
    07 november 2014 14:29:55
    Monte Carlo, Monaco (PANA) – INTERPOL’s General Assembly on Friday unanimously elected Jürgen Stock as the new Secretary General of the world’s largest police organization. Full text...

  • Kenya: Man fined for attempting to jump off plane
    07 november 2014 12:01:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan man who attempted to jump off an airborne plane has been fined US$112 by a Nairobi court. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ruling party hails conviction of right-wing extremists
    07 november 2014 11:25:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Friday welcomed the conviction of two members of a right-wing group convicted of high treason for plotting to kill President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Federal government moves students from Boko Haram areas to safe schools in Nigeria
    06 november 2014 17:02:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Federal Government of Nigeria announced Thursday it has moved over 2,400 secondary schools students from its schools in the three northeastern states constantly under threat of attack by Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian court acquits suspected Somali pirates
    06 november 2014 16:24:39
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Twelve suspected Somali pirates, aged between 20 and 45, were Thursday set free by a court in the Mauritian capita, Port Louis, due to lack of sufficient evidence to prove their guilt. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI says UN credibility at stake in CAR
    06 november 2014 14:27:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The London-based rights body, Amnesty International (AI), Thursday raised concern in the Central African Republic (CAR), saying that the United Nations (UN)'s credibility is at stake amid rising attacks against civilians in the country. Full text...

  • UN: 'Over 51m people displaced by conflict, persecution in 2013'
    06 november 2014 08:05:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN refugee agency UNHCR said the number of people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution rose to more than 51 million at the end of 2013. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns deadly violence in South Sudan, urges peace
    06 november 2014 08:00:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council late Wednesday expressed outrage at the eruption of hostilities in South Sudan over the past week, which left numerous civilians dead and injured. Full text...

  • UN: 'Police arrest 200 over recent DRC attacks'
    06 november 2014 07:54:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) said that more than 200 people have been arrested over the recent attacks against civilians around the town of Beni in the long-restive eastern part of the DRC. Full text...

  • Tunis: Forum on migration opens in Milan
    05 november 2014 21:34:43
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - An international forum ''Metropolis 2014”, which will deal with migration issues, opened on Wednesday in Milan, Italy, under the auspices of the Foundation “USMO” that focuses on initiatives and studies on diversity. Full text...

  • Libya: 5 Libyan soldiers training in Britain seek asylum
    05 november 2014 21:07:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Five 5 Libyan soldiers training in Britain have sought political asylum while the British authorities have decided to suspend the training of 300 others because of the involvement of a number of them in sexual abuses in Cambridge, the Libyan media reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UNAMID investigates alleged rapes in Darfur town
    05 november 2014 18:33:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has expressed its "deep Full text...

  • Tunisia: Three killed, 12 injured in Tunisian terrorist ambush
    05 november 2014 17:06:18
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – A gang of armed terrorists Wednesday killed three persons and left 12 others injured, two of them seriously, in an ambush on a military bus in Kef Region of northwest Tunisia, according to Ministry of Defence spokesperson Rachid Bouhoula. Full text...

  • Zambia: 8 African leaders to attend President Sata’s burial Tuesday
    05 november 2014 14:06:36
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Eight African Heads of State will attend Zambian President Michael Sata’s burial on 11 November, in the capital, Lusaka, the Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba disclosed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR moves to end statelessness
    05 november 2014 12:41:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency, with endorsement from high-profile supporters, has launched a global campaign to end the devastating legal limbo of statelessness, which affects millions of people around the world. Full text...

  • Sudan: Coalition calls for arms embargo on warring parties in South Sudan
    05 november 2014 09:39:33
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A coalition of more than 50 South Sudanese and international human rights and humanitarian organisations have urged South Sudan’s neighbors to urgently call for a UN arms embargo on South Sudan to stem gruesome violations in the country’s devastating conflict. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency expresses concern over refugee camp safety in Kenya
    05 november 2014 05:17:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a spate of deadly violence at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has voiced concern about the security situation in the camp, urging a return to calm for all the communities sheltered there. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian immigration agency steps up security at border
    04 november 2014 21:46:11
    Lagos , Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of the 2015 general elections, security at Nigeria's borders are being beefed up to check illegal immigrants and the smuggling of small and light weapons into the country, according to a senior official of the Immigration Service. Full text...

  • Zambia:Scott sacks, reinstates Zambia's ruling party secretary general
    04 november 2014 16:46:35
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Barely 24 hours after he sacked Defence Minister Edgar Lungu as Secretary General of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF), Zambia's acting President Guy Scott on Tuesday announced Lungu's reinstatement to the same position in the PF ranks as public pressure mounted. Full text...

  • South Africa: Key witness grilled by defence in honeymoon murder trial
    04 november 2014 12:06:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Lawyers representing British businessman Shrien Dewani on Tuesday questioned whether there was another person involved in the killing of his wife Anni Hindocha while they were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November, 2010. Full text...

  • Zambia: Scott's decision to sack Defence Minister from party post condemned
    04 november 2014 09:33:35
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Acting President Guy Scott’s decision to sack Defence Minister Edgar Lungu as Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary General has been widely condemned in Zambia and described as “un-African” especially that the decision has been taken when President Michael Sata has not been buried and is lying in state. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Over 10,000 displaced after insurgent captures town
    04 november 2014 07:31:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 10,496 people have been displaced and are now living in five camps following the recent attacks on Mubi town in Nigeria's North-east Adamawa state by the Boko Haram terror group, according to aid workers. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram imposes Sharia on captured town, amputates 10
    04 november 2014 06:17:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The insurgent group Boko Haram has imposed the Islamic Sharia law on Mubi in Nigeria's North-east Adamawa State, which it captured last week, according to local media reports quoting residents of the town Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights expert urges ratification of treaty against torture
    03 november 2014 19:44:26
    New York, US (PANA) - As the 30th anniversary of the adoption of an international legal framework to prevent torture and other types of inhumane treatment or punishment approaches, a UN rights expert has urged the committee charged with monitoring its implementation to use the momentum garnered in the celebrations to accelerate efforts to move towards universal ratification of the treaty. Full text...

  • UN: Ban establishes panel to review UN peacekeeping operations
    03 november 2014 19:07:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the establishment of a High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, which will draw together individuals with a wide range of experience and expertise, and be chaired by Mr. Jose Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste. Full text...

  • Libya: NGO demands sanctions against perpetrators of crimes against Libyan journalists
    03 november 2014 19:00:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan Centre for Freedom of the Press has demanded punishment for perpetrators of all crimes committed against hundreds of journalists and the media in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Suicide bomber kills many in Nigerian state
    03 november 2014 18:25:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – Many people are feared dead Monday in the northern Nigeria city of Portiskum, Yobe State, after a suicide bomber struck into a religious procession, according to local media report. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials urge greater assistance for landlocked developing countries
    03 november 2014 18:16:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the international community must aid the world’s landlocked developing countries (LLDC) in pursuing their goals for greater economic development to transition from being landlocked to "land-linked." Full text...

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