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  • Banjul court acquits two women rights activists
    12 november 2012 22:36:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Banjul court on Monday acquitted and discharged two women rights activists charged with stealing 30,000 euro belonging to a non-governmental organisation. Full text...

  • Theme of World Toilet Day 2012: I give a shit, do you?
    09 november 2012 12:18:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The theme of the 2012 World Toilet Day, to be observed 19 Nov., is "I give a shit, do you?", according to organisers Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the World Toilet Organisation (WTO). Full text...

  • Death toll in collapsed Ghana building climbs to 9
    08 november 2012 12:18:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The death toll in the collapsed shopping centre in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, has climbed to nine, a senior military officer said Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS seeks comprehensive action plan for regional infrastructure development
    08 november 2012 09:40:58
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - ECOWAS has called on member states and other stakeholders to evolve a comprehensive and concerted Action Plan to advance the development of infrastructure programme and projects in the region. Full text...

  • SA concert tragedy: Band condoles with dead fan's family
    08 november 2012 08:15:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Top US rock band Linkin Park has expressed its "condolences" to the family of a fan who was killed on Wednesday night when a branding tower collapsed in heavy winds outside the Cape Town Stadium where the band held its concert. Full text...

  • Botswana reduces alcohol consumption levels
    08 november 2012 08:10:30
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The introduction of Alcohol Levy in Botswana has reduced the level of alcohol consumed in the country, Assistance Minister of Health Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri has told parliament. Full text...

  • At least one dead, undisclosed number trapped in collapsed building in Accra
    07 november 2012 14:04:11
    Accra , Ghana (PANA) - At least one person is dead while an unknown number is trapped under the rubble of a collapsed five-storey building in Accra that housed a shopping centre, Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Botswana’s vehicle ratio among highest in the world, says President Khama
    05 november 2012 17:10:28
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s motor vehicles figures have doubled on the roads over the past five years, putting immense pressure on the country’s road network, President Ian Khama said here Monday. Full text...

  • Ph.D, Master's degrees holders apply for driver's job in Nigeria
    05 november 2012 10:54:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Highlighting the high unemployment rate in Nigeria, six Doctorate and 704 Master's degrees holders are among the 13,000 people who have applied to work as drivers in the country's largest industrial conglomerate, the Dangote Group. Full text...

  • Anti-corruption workshops held in SA
    30 october 2012 11:22:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The International Bar Association (IBA), Organisation for Economic and Cultural Development (OECD) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Monday hosted anti-corruption workshops in Cape Town, South Africa. Full text...

  • African artists to close ADF VIII concert in style
    25 october 2012 08:37:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), a major actor in the 8th African Development Forum (ADF VIII) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has brought Pan-African artists together in an effort to convey to the wider public the theme of the forum, due to round off Thursday. Full text...

  • Free bus ride for Lagos at Muslim festival
    24 october 2012 09:52:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Residents of Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos are to enjoy free bus rides during the Muslim Eid-el-Kabir celebration Friday, according to the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA). Full text...

  • Zanzibar expects Nigerian teachers to staff secondary schools
    24 october 2012 08:17:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Zanzibar is awaiting the arrival of 15 Nigerian science teachers to ease the shortage of academic staff in government-run secondary schools, Education and Vocational Training Minister Ali Juma Shamuhuna, has told the ongoing session of the Isles’ House of Representatives. Full text...

  • SA risks uprising - union
    18 october 2012 12:24:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Rising tension between big business and trade unions in South Africa have triggered a warning from the leader of the country's biggest trade union federation that the country could face an uprising. Full text...

  • Kenya's top Muslim cleric charged over pro-separatist remarks
    18 october 2012 08:01:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's top Muslim cleric and politician Sheikh Mohamed Dhor was charged Thursday with incitement after his weekend remarks calling for the funding of the separatist Mombasa Republican Council (MRC). Full text...

  • African leaders, others to discuss Africa's social diversity
    16 october 2012 11:31:25
    New York, US (PANA) - African leaders, international organisations and civil society representatives Tuesday in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, began a three-day meeting to discuss Africa’s diverse social fabric and how it can serve as an asset for democracy and Full text...

  • SA mine workers threaten murder charges over colleague's death
    08 october 2012 11:37:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Representatives of 12,000 Anglo American Platinum workers who were fired this weekend Monday confirmed they will lay murder charges after a colleague was killed in clashes with police. Full text...

  • UN report says population of over 60-year-old people growing
    01 october 2012 09:38:56
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and HelpAge International, released on Monday to mark the International Day of Older Persons, said the number of older persons is growing faster than any other age group, Full text...

  • 3 Zimbabweans in court over boxing champion's murder
    28 september 2012 11:41:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Three Zimbabweans arrested in connection with the murder of former heavyweight world boxing champion Corrie Sanders will appear in the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Monday, the police confirmed to PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • UN MDG Advocacy Group calls for more efforts to achieve targets
    26 september 2012 20:31:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Millennium Development Goals eminent personalities from the private sector, academia, governments and civil society have urged the international community to intensify efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the final three years until their 2015 target date. Full text...

  • Eight South Africans dead in terror attack in Afghanistan
    18 september 2012 12:41:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Eight South Africans were among those killed in Afghanistan when a suicide bomber rammed her car into a minivan travelling to Kabul airport, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation confirmed on Tuesday. Full text...

  • More Liberian refugees in Nigeria opt for repatriation
    17 september 2012 14:23:12
    Oru, Nigeria (PANA) - After staying in Nigeria for close to two decades as refugees, many Liberian citizens have opted to return to their homeland under the voluntary repatriation programme of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • SA mine workers' strike: Army to help restore order
    17 september 2012 11:57:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa is to draft the military to join the police in restoring order at South African mines, after weeks of violence and intimidation involving mine workers and law enforcement agencies. Full text...

  • Asian Football clubs to raise funds for FAO-led projects
    17 september 2012 10:57:56
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The "Asian Football against Hunger" campaign is returning to stadia across the continent for the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC's) Champions League knockout stage matches from 19 September to the final in November. Full text...

  • 40 injured in clashes between pro-govt militia, opposition activists in Togo
    16 september 2012 13:09:39
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – Many people were injured Saturday in Lome in an opposition rally that resulted in clashes between a pro-government militia and opposition activists, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Court quashes Zim premier's wedding
    14 september 2012 19:09:06
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PAAN) - A Zimbabwean court Friday blocked Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's planned weekend wedding to fiancee Elizabeth Macheka, on grounds the Premier was already married to another woman. Full text...

  • Renowned author Ben Okri laments SA's mining tragedy
    13 september 2012 13:00:41
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Renowned Nigerian author Ben Okri on Wednesday night delivered a stirring and poignant speech to commemorate the death of leading anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko 35 years ago. Full text...

  • Zim premier wins wedding case
    13 september 2012 09:05:58
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has won a court case in which a woman had petitioned the High Court to block his planned weekend wedding to another woman. Full text...

  • African leaders to lay wreath at African burial ground in New York
    11 september 2012 12:24:11
    New York, US (PANA) - African Presidents, Heads of Governments, Foreign Ministers, Ambassadors and others from the continent who will attend the 67th session of the UN General Assembly in New York are to pay homage to their ancestors in Lower Manhattan in New York City, the US-based South African Arts International Ltd said in a statement Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN releases new edition of its annual Yearbook
    06 september 2012 07:54:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Wednesday released the latest version of its annual Yearbook, showcasing the world body’s activities in 2008. Full text...

  • Soweto to host food, wine festival
    05 september 2012 10:37:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The sprawling township of Soweto on the outskirts of Johannesburg in South Africa will host a major food and wine festival starting Thursday, organisers have announced. Full text...

  • Former Togolese minister being held by police over alleged fraud
    02 september 2012 16:05:14
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese prosecutor on Sunday explained that former Interior Minister, Pascal Akoussoulèlou Bodjona, is being held for his alleged involvement in a case of fraud. Full text...

  • IOM Forum Theatre tours rural villages in Ethiopia
    28 august 2012 14:57:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Determined to highlight the negative consequences of irregular migration in rural Ethiopia, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday said it is working with the local government authorities in Amhara, Oromia and Tigray National Regional States of Ethiopia on a forum theatre, entitled "Mutach" (The Last One). Full text...

  • Families of slain miners to press legal charges against SA police
    21 august 2012 12:51:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The families of the 34 miners who were gunned down when they failed to heed police warnings outside the Marikana Mine in South Africa's North-west province are to press murder charges against the police. Full text...

  • SA mine workers gradually returning to work after massacre
    20 august 2012 10:51:12
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African miners Monday began returning to work after 44 people were killed last week in a violent strike at South Africa’s Lonmin mine, which is the world’s third biggest platinum producer. Full text...

  • Two killed in Tripoli car bombing as Libyans celebrate Eid-El-Fitr
    19 august 2012 11:23:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - At least two persons were killed when two car bombs rocked the Libyan capital, Tripoli, early Sunday as the nation celebrate Eid-El-Fitr, which marks the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan fasting. Full text...

  • International Youth Day: Ban warns on risk of creating a 'lost generation'
    11 august 2012 16:53:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the International Youth Day and amidst an economic crisis which has affected young people the most, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for greater and more meaningful inclusion of youth into decision-making processes around the world. Full text...

  • War-affected civilians in Sudan to receive humanitarian assistance
    09 august 2012 12:48:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Hundreds of thousands of civilians, mostly in Sudan's rebel-held areas of South Kordufan and the Blue Nile region, will now be able to receive humanitarian assistance after being cut off for over a year, the UN office in Khartoum said. Full text...

  • Beggars in Nigeria's most-populous city protest govt restriction
    07 august 2012 09:34:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Angry beggars in Nigeria's most-populous city of Lagos Monday stormed the office of the state governor to protest the restriction slammed on them by the government over the areas in which they can ply their trade. Full text...

  • Deadly attack on WFP vehicle in Sudan condemned
    06 august 2012 11:40:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan Pamela DeLargy has expressed her "profound shock" at the attack on a World Food Programme (WFP) vehicle in South Kordofan, in which one WFP staff member was killed and another seriously wounded. Full text...

  • 9 convicted for treason in SA after long trial
    06 august 2012 11:13:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Nine people have been convicted for treason after the longest and most costly criminal trial in South African history. Full text...

  • '3m Syrians need food, crops and livestock assistance'
    02 august 2012 12:18:31
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Around 3 million Syrians are in need of food, crops and livestock assistance, as the fighting between rebel and government forces rages on in the country, according to a recent assessment carried out by the UN and the Syrian government. Full text...

  • Ban appoints members for MDGs' high-level panel
    01 august 2012 08:14:35
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday announced the members of a High-level Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Full text...

  • War in Eastern DRC: Congolese nationals demonstrate in Brussels
    29 july 2012 13:22:02
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Hundreds of Congolese Saturday staged a protest outside the Embassy of Rwanda in Brussels to protest against the war in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Mauritania rights group denounces repression of copper mine workers
    20 july 2012 20:08:52
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Forum of National Human Rights Organisations (FONADH), an umbrella organisation of about 15 non-governmental organisations, on Friday strongly condemned the repression of a recent peaceful demonstration by workers of the Copper Mining Company of Mauritania (MCM) that led to the death of one worker and injuries to several others. Full text...

  • Intimidation of journalists in Ethiopia worries UN human rights official
    19 july 2012 08:18:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, has said she is ''seriously alarmed'' by the current climate of intimidation against journalists and human rights defenders in Ethiopia, due to an overly broad interpretation of laws concerning terrorism and civil society in the country. Full text...

  • World Heritage Committee seeks special cultural fund for Mali
    04 july 2012 14:10:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Heritage Committee has called for the creation of a special fund to help Mali conserve and protect its cultural heritage. Full text...

  • Alarm over illegal drug problem in SA
    02 july 2012 10:12:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A new UN report shows that South Africa has emerged as a key producer of Amphetamine-type substances, such as “tik”, for the Southern Africa region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Anxiety mounts as repair work on Africa's longest bridge begins
    29 june 2012 18:32:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Anxiety is growing among motorists and residents of the commercial city of Lagos, ahead of the 1 July commencement of maintenance work on the third mainland bridge, regarded as Africa’s longest bridge. Full text...

  • IOM provides safe drinking water for Sudanese refugees
    29 june 2012 13:02:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has begun drilling the first of four boreholes and installing two water storage tanks in an effort to provide adequate potable water to an estimated 42,000 Sudanese refugees at the Doro camp in South Sudan's Upper Nile State. Full text...

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