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  • 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...

  • CPJ calls conviction of journalists in Ethiopia ''affront to rule of law''
    28 june 2012 13:00:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has described as ''an affront to the rule of law and the constitution'' in Ethiopia Wednesday's conviction of six journalists on terrorism charges. Full text...

  • Regulatory body suspends part-time programmes in Nigerian universities
    26 june 2012 12:07:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's regulatory National Universities Commission (NUC) has announced the suspension of all part-time programmes run by universities in the country, according to local media reports Tuesday. Full text...

  • Outrage over horror crash in SA
    26 june 2012 10:23:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - There are growing calls for transport authorities to get to the bottom of the cause of a horrific bus crash that left 19 people dead and 55 others injured in the south of Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday. Full text...

  • Wife disables philandering hubby's manhood with hot water in Nigeria
    22 june 2012 12:55:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A jealous wife who poured hot water on her husband's manhood to stop him from going after other women has been charged to a magistrate court in Nigeria's economic capital of Lagos. Full text...

  • Reporter's life jail irks Burundi journalists' union
    21 june 2012 14:10:35
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi's journalists' union (UBJ) has expressed its dismay at the life jail slammed on a local reporter by a provincial court for allegedly participating in terrorist acts. Full text...

  • Bus crash claims 10 in Zimbabwe
    20 june 2012 12:14:42
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Ten people were killed and several others injured Wednesday when a bus collided with a truck in central Zimbabwe, state radio reported. Full text...

  • Angola, SA military teams meet
    13 june 2012 12:24:57
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Military teams of Angola and South Africa continued their bilateral meeting in Luanda Wednesday, as part of efforts to enhance their cooperation. Full text...

  • 'Over 100m children subjected to worst forms of child labour'
    13 june 2012 07:28:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Ms. Gulnara Shahinian, has said more than half of the 215 million children working throughout the world are subjected to the worst forms of child labour, including sexual and labour exploitation. Full text...

  • Amnesty tasks UN Security Council on protection of civilians in Sudan
    07 june 2012 11:37:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) has called on the UN Security Council to fulfil its duty to protect civilians in Sudan and take immediate action to halt the military’s indiscriminate airstrikes. Full text...

  • UN officials call for partnerships to create jobs for youths
    05 june 2012 07:37:54
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials have stressed the need for partnerships involving governments, the private sector and civil society to urgently tackle the challenge of job Full text...

  • 'Primary school students in Africa face challenges'
    01 june 2012 08:34:34
    New York, US (PANA) - A survey by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says primary school students in sub-Saharan Africa face numerous challenges in their education, including overcrowded classrooms, too few trained teachers, insufficient schoolbooks and few toilets, often without separation between boys and girls. Full text...

  • Two Senegalese soldiers killed in Casamance ambush
    27 may 2012 14:35:01
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) - Two Senegalese soldiers have been killed in an ambush by gunmen suspected to belong to the rebel Movement of Democratic Forces (MFDC), PANA learned from reliable sources on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN expert tasks Tunisia on right to education
    10 may 2012 07:34:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Mr. Kishore Singh, has urged the Tunisian government to ensure that human rights, especially the right to education, are kept at the heart of the historic reforms taking place in the North African nation. Full text...

  • ECOWAS volunteers for Liberia begin induction course
    07 may 2012 16:29:48
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The induction training for pioneer ECOWAS Volunteers, to be deployed in Liberia, kicked off in the capital, Monrovia, on Monday with the nation's Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs and Planning, Mr. Christopher Wallace, expressing immense gratitude to ECOWAS for assisting the country to end a civil war and accompanying it in capacity building to promote national development. Full text...

  • ECOWAS prepares regional volunteers for deployment in Liberia
    06 may 2012 13:59:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - To kick start its regional initiative to strengthen peace-building, national reconstruction and accelerated development in Member States, ECOWAS is organizing a week-long induction training in Monrovia, Liberia, from Monday, to prepare its pioneer volunteers, made of young specialists in various fields of human endeavour, for deployment in the West African nation. Full text...

  • UNODC, IOM partner to combat human trafficking
    18 april 2012 09:29:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have agreed to boost cooperation to tackle human trafficking and migrant smuggling, and to improve border management. Full text...

  • Mauritanian high school teachers threaten strike over pay
    11 april 2012 12:15:40
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Secondary school teachers in Mauritanian have threatened to embark on a nationwide strike 2-17 May over pay and other issues. Full text...

  • UN chief engages youth on developmental issues
    11 april 2012 07:49:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday engaged with young people from around the world on issues such as technology, youth unemployment and women’s rights during an online conversation hosted on the Google Plus platform. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief urges warring factions in Mali to safeguard Timbuktu
    03 april 2012 08:49:07
    New York, US (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has expressed concern about the risks posed by the latest fighting in Mali to the World Heritage site of Timbuktu and called on the parties to safeguard the country’s cultural heritage. Full text...

  • '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...

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