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  • 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...

  • 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...

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