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  • 'Youth education, employment key to global progress'
    03 april 2012 08:43:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday said providing education, employment and empowerment for young people were key factors in achieving global progress. Full text...

  • UN experts urge human rights' standards in development goals
    21 march 2012 14:49:58
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of independent UN experts on Wednesday urged member states to include universally-agreed international human rights norms and standards, as well as accountability mechanisms, in the goals that will emerge from a UN sustainable development forum in June. Full text...

  • Angolan, Mozambican news agencies to cooperate
    13 march 2012 11:10:09
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The Angolan Press Agency (ANGOP) and its Mozambican counterpart, AIM, are examining ways to cooperate in the information and technical fields. Full text...

  • UNODC tasks member states on tackling global drug trafficking
    13 march 2012 07:38:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has urged member states to intensify prevention strategies as part of a comprehensive response to drug demand, supply and trafficking. Full text...

  • UNIDO tackles youth unemployment in Guinea
    08 march 2012 10:29:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has said young people in Guinea will receive skills training that will help them find jobs, under a new project set up by the organization and funded by the Government of Japan. Full text...

  • Kenyan state broadcaster workers' strike paralyzes operations
    29 february 2012 13:44:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Workers at the state-run Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) went on strike Wednesday to protest low pay and poor work environment, after months of talks with executives failed to yield fruit. Full text...

  • Fire guts spare parts market
    23 february 2012 10:49:53
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Fire on Wednesday night consumed several shops and containers at a sprawling spare parts market in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city, Full text...

  • Ban calls for global economic model to promote greater social justice
    21 february 2012 10:11:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on people to tap into the spirit of recent public protests worldwide against inequality, corruption, repression and a lack of decent jobs, Full text...

  • Germany provides CFAF 8.5 billion to fight food insecurity in the Sahel
    16 february 2012 16:20:16
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Germany will release 8.5 billion CFAF (about 12.5 million euros) to help the drought-hit populations in the Sahel region, the German embassy in Bamako, Mali, indicated on Thursday. Full text...

  • UPU acquires world's first stamp issued in 1840
    16 february 2012 10:24:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has acquired what is probably the world’s best-known stamp, ``the Penny Black'', which was issued 172 years ago and shows a profile image of Queen Victoria of England on a black background. Full text...

  • Love in the air as Nigeria joins rest of the world to celebrate Valentine's Day
    14 february 2012 10:34:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerians on Tuesday joined the rest of the world in celebrating St. Valentine's Day, which has become increasingly associated with romantic love and an occasion in which lovers express their love for one another by presenting gifts, flowers and sending greeting cards. Full text...

  • UN to honour businesses contributing to sustainable development
    03 february 2012 15:49:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has invited businesses with innovative models that enhance commercial success as well as contribute to sustainable development to participate in its World Business and Development Awards (WBDA). Full text...

  • UNICEF appeals for US$1.28 billion to assist children in 2012
    27 january 2012 20:13:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday appealed for US$1.28 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to children in over 25 countries this year, with nearly one-third of the total amount earmarked for the crisis in the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • Transporters suspend strike in Senegal
    27 january 2012 12:18:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Senegalese National Union of Road Transport Workers (SNTTRS) has suspended its strike, at the request of religious leaders of the country's two main Muslim groups, union spokesman Fallou Samb announced on Thursday evening. Full text...

  • ILO report says 600m new jobs needed globally
    24 january 2012 07:50:28
    New York, US (PANA) - An annual report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) has said the world needs to create 600 million new jobs over the next decade to sustain economic growth and maintain social stability. Full text...

  • TrustAfrica gets US$ 1.5m grant to support early education in 4 African countries
    13 january 2012 17:30:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - TrustAfrica, an independent foundation that strives to secure the conditions for democratic governance and equitable development throughout the continent, has received a US$ 1.5 million grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to support a project entitled “The Learning Innovation Fund”. Full text...

  • Nigeria goes on strike over high fuel prices
    09 january 2012 08:36:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - An indefinite, nation-wide strike aimed at protesting high petrol prices in Nigeria started on Monday, following the failure of last-ditch efforts to avert the strike. Full text...

  • Nigeria's main opposition party backs labour unions on fuel strike
    08 january 2012 13:44:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Main opposition party Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on Sunday expressed its support for the country's labour unions, ahead of Monday's start of an indefinite, nation-wide strike to protest high petrol prices occasioned by the government's removal of state subsidy. Full text...

  • More groups, states join Nigeria fuel protests
    06 january 2012 08:58:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - More professional groups as well as states have joined the mounting protests against the New Year day's fuel price hike in Nigeria, even though the strike called by organized labour is still three days away. Full text...

  • Transporters return to work in Senegal after 2-day strike
    04 january 2012 12:23:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal's National Union of Road Transport Workers (SNTRS) has asked its members to return to work after a two-day strike, called to protest high cost of fuel and insurance as well as incessant police harassment. Full text...

  • UN workers mourn departed colleagues
    03 january 2012 20:12:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Staff Union on Tuesday in New York paid tribute to their colleagues who were killed in different parts of the world, while serving with the organization in 2011. Full text...

  • Transport workers' strike paralyzes Senegal
    03 january 2012 10:25:55
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A strike called by Senegal's National Federation of Road Transport Workers has left the capital city of Dakar and other cities paralyzed since Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritanian secondary school teachers begin nationwide strike 15 January
    27 december 2011 19:43:08
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian National Association of Secondary School Teachers (SNES) has served notice of a strike, effective from 15 January, 2012, to the Ministry of Public Service, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the SNES and sent to PANA here. Full text...

  • Road accidents kill 71 people in eight days in Angola
    27 december 2011 13:15:09
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - At least 71 people died over the last eight days from 296 road accidents in Angola, according to an official of the National Police Command, Carlos Salgueiro. Full text...

  • Senegalese army re-inforces positions in Casamance
    26 december 2011 19:44:48
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) - Determined to respond positively to attacks against its soldiers, the Senegalese military Saturday moved heavy re-inforcement of troops, arms and armoured vehicles to Bignona, about 30 kilometres northwest of Ziguinchor, in southern Senegal, according to a PANA report. Full text...

  • Road accidents kill six in Luanda on Xmas Day
    26 december 2011 12:29:28
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Road accidents in the Angolan capital, Luanda, claimed six lives and left 13 injured on Christmas Day, the police said. Full text...

  • EU to finance NGOs' social projects in Angola
    21 december 2011 13:50:59
    Dundo, Angola (PANA) – The European Union (EU) will finance projects by Angolan Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Lunda Norte Province, to the tune of 820,000 euros, the coordinator of the Angolan Humanitarian Support Technical Unit, António Manengo, indicated here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO condemns killing of Somali TV reporter
    20 december 2011 20:29:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova, on Tuesday condemned the murder of a Somali television journalist in Mogadishu. Full text...

  • SA sex workers to mark International Day
    16 december 2011 10:27:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - To highlight the physical and emotional violent impact of the criminalisation of the 250,000 plus sex workers in South Africa, SISONKE (the national sex workers' movement) will be hosting a series of events across five provinces leading up to the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ban stresses need to address social inequity
    14 december 2011 19:20:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday stressed that sustainable development cannot be achieved without addressing social inequalities and called for fresh ideas and international commitment to fairly share global resources. Full text...

  • UN Country Team, UNAMID collaborate to serve Darfurians
    11 december 2011 17:43:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN country team and the UN-Africa Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) are collaborating to help civilians in the region, arguing that they wanted services regardless of who provides them. Full text...

  • UN says developing nations vulnerable to cyber attacks
    10 december 2011 14:26:38
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-led forum on cyber attacks and development on Friday warned that developing countries were at higher risk of being the target of cyber attacks. Full text...

  • French MPs support RFI striking staff
    09 december 2011 17:02:17
    Paris, France (PANA) - Several French Socialist and Communist elected representatives have declared support for the strike action that was started 28 November by the staff of Radio France International (RFI) against the decision to merge France 24, RFI and TV5 monde under the French Foreign Audiovisual Policy (AEF), PANA learnt Friday from union sources in Paris. Full text...

  • Italy grants US$1m to Angola for rehabilitation of reception centre
    07 december 2011 22:25:33
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The Italian government has granted one million US dollars to Angola for the rehabilitation of a centre intended for the hosting of street children, the ambassador of Italy in Angola, Giuseppe Mistretta, announced on Wednesday Full text...

  • Red Cross calls for greater protection, recognition of volunteers
    04 december 2011 11:25:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Drought, hunger, violence and conflict, discrimination, climate change are some of the challenges being addressed daily by volunteers around the globe but according to a news report launched by the Red Cross Red Crescent, little is being done to ensure those volunteers are adequately protected. Full text...

  • UN Field Support chief visits Darfur
    30 november 2011 21:36:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Susana Malcorra, on Wednesday visited UNAMID’s headquarters in Fashir, North Darfur, to meet with the Mission leadership and assess the situation on the ground ahead of a review of uniformed personnel due to take place in the coming weeks. Full text...

  • Renowned Nigerian author, Achebe, set to release book on Biafra war
    29 november 2011 09:55:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Renowned Nigerian author, Prof. Chinua Achebe, is set to release his latest book, which will chronicle his personal experience during the 30-month civil war in Nigeria, the private Guardian newspaer reported Tuesday, quoting the book's publishers. Full text...

  • At least 21 dead in Ghana bloody road accident
    26 november 2011 17:06:21
    Tamale, Ghana (PANA) – At least 21 passengers died on Saturday morning at Savelugu, near Tamale, Ghana's Northern Region capital, when the vehicles on which they were travelling were involved in a head-on collision. Full text...

  • Senegal works on regulatory framework for voluntary service
    24 november 2011 20:43:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The government of Senegal is working towards the establishment of a legal and statutory framework for voluntary service in Senegal, the Technical Assistance Director, Papa Birama Thiam, announced at a news conference on Thursday in Dakar. Full text...

  • UN workers honour fallen colleagues
    21 november 2011 21:24:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN workers, led by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Full text...

  • Report reveals influx of illegal North African migrants in Europe
    18 november 2011 18:48:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The political crises in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt triggered an important increase of illegal North African migrants into Europe, according to a report issued by the European Agency of Control at the External Borders (FRONTEX) issued on Friday in Brussels. Full text...

  • Ban says economic, social disparities affect children's right
    18 november 2011 16:14:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Friday said that increasing economic and social disparities posed a threat to children’s rights, stressing that much more needs to be done to safeguard millions of young people around the world. Full text...

  • Migiro tasks youth on sustainable development
    17 november 2011 16:16:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose-Migiro on Thursday exhorted young people to use their skills and energy to encourage leaders at next year’s UN conference on sustainable development in Brazil. Full text...

  • ICC President wants more synergies between int'l justice, development
    15 november 2011 16:01:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Sang-Hyun Song, Tuesday called for more synergies between the spheres of international justice and development. Full text...

  • Opposition leader calls for action against famine in Mauritania
    09 november 2011 21:17:57
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian opposition leader, Ahmed Ould Daddah, on Wednesday appealed for national and international action against famine in the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian Muslims in last minute shopping for eid
    05 november 2011 20:52:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Few hours to the celebration of the muslim festival of Eid-Eil-Kabir, faithfuls of the religion in Nigeria engaged in last minute shopping, as prices of ram, transportation and other commodities such as clothes, shoes as well as condiments shot up, fueling fears that many might find it difficult to slaughter the significant animal. Full text...

  • UN human development ranking places DRC, Niger, Burundi last
    03 november 2011 17:47:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Niger and Burundi Full text...

  • UNAMID chief greets Darfurians on Muslim holy festival
    03 november 2011 13:30:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The chief of the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Ibrahim Gambari, on Thursday expressed the hope that Darfuri people would witness peace and love in their region, on the occasion of the Eid-al-Adha, the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice. Full text...

  • Bean meal kills seven in Ghana
    02 november 2011 15:13:44
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – What was to be a happy dinner for a family in northern Ghana has turned into a tragedy with seven of them dying after eating a meal prepared from beans. Full text...

  • Angolan diplomat bags title in South Korea
    31 october 2011 18:19:55
    Seoul, South Korea (PANA) - Angolan diplomat Alfredo Dombe was 28 October decorated with the title "Honorary Citizen of Seoul City", for his contributions to the co-operation between Angola and South Korea, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

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