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  • UN: Lack of funds threatens relief efforts in Central African Republic
    11 june 2014 15:40:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Less than a week after an urgent funding appeal by the heads of the Full text...

  • Zambia: Unprecedented refugee emergencies exert enormous pressure on UNHCR’s resources
    11 june 2014 15:23:25
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The unprecedented refugee emergencies in many parts of the world - such as Syria and neighbouring countries, Central Africa Republic and Sudan - have exerted enormous pressure on UNHCR’s resources, hence the need for donors to come forth and help. Full text...

  • Libya: 10 tons of hashish seized in Libya
    11 june 2014 13:11:22
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Ten tones of hashish, a cannabis product, have been seized at the Khoms maritime port by the Libyan anti-smuggling unit, the local media quoted officials of the Libyan customs as saying Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU, religious leaders want apostasy verdict revoked
    11 june 2014 12:47:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has called on the Sudanese government to revoke what it described as “inhumane apostasy verdict” passed by a Sudanese court on Mrs. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim. Full text...

  • Sudan: Oxfam hails pact between South Sudanese foes on humanitarian access
    11 june 2014 12:36:14
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Oxfam South Sudan, one of the few active NGOs in the war-ravaged country, has welcomed an agreement between South Sudanese foes to form an interim government within 60 days and to allow unhindered humanitarian support to hundreds of thousands of civilians caught in the fighting. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body hails ECOWAS court decision on Nigerian forces
    11 june 2014 12:08:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Tuesday's ECOWAS Court decision against the Nigerian security forces, who indiscriminately opened fire on peaceful protesters in Bundu Ama in Southern Rivers state almost five years ago, is a victory against impunity, Amnesty International said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: 67,500 families affected by food insecurity
    10 june 2014 19:44:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The executive secretary of the Senegalese National Council for Food Security, Ali Mohamed Sega Camara, on Tuesday said that 67,500 families made up of about 655,000 individuals are affected by food insecurity. Full text...

  • UN: Pillay urges universal protections for all
    10 june 2014 19:34:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, on Tuesday stressed the need for all countries to ensure universal protection of individuals and groups from abuse. Full text...

  • Burundi: New youth community radio inaugurated in Burundi
    10 june 2014 17:48:31
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Burundian Head of State, Pierre Nkurunziza, Tuesday inaugurated a community radio for the youth, “Radio Colombe”, at the youth centre of Kamenge, in the western part of the Burundian capital. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Sri Lanka to strengthen cooperation with Nigeria in fight against terrorism
    10 june 2014 17:26:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Sri Lanka on Tuesday said it will strengthen bilateral relations with Nigeria in the areas of terrorism and maritime sector development. Full text...

  • Zambia: Human Rights Commission condemns harassment of journalists by police
    10 june 2014 12:03:48
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Human Rights Commission (HRC) is saddened by the latest reported violence against a reporter from the independent Post newspaper, who was allegedly beaten up over the weekend by police officers. Full text...

  • Sudan: Prominent African leaders urge S. Sudanese leaders to end war
    09 june 2014 22:56:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Many prominent African leaders, including 12 former heads of state and government, have appealed to leaders of warring parties in South Sudan to stop the bloodshed and engage in an all-inclusive peace process. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'Army clashes with rebels, over 100 killed'
    09 june 2014 22:42:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese army on Monday said it has clashed with the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North Sudan, killing over 100 and sustaining four casualties. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Women protest call to kill human rights activist
    09 june 2014 18:14:50
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Several dozens of women on Monday demonstrated around the Mauritanian Presidential Palace in protest against calls for the murder of the female human rights activist, Mrs. Aminetou Mint Moctar, who is the Chairperson of the Association of the Women Heads of Families (AFCF), PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt to align all data capture, identity verification, authentication
    09 june 2014 17:35:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government has begun the alignment of data capture, identity verification and authentication in the country, directing all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that require identity verification and authentication services or data capture activities to align their activities and to switch to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) infrastructure by December 31, 2014. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy appeals for end to clan-based fighting in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region
    09 june 2014 17:26:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Monday appealed to all parties in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region to refrain from violent actions, make immediate efforts to de-escalate the situation and resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue and compromise. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy tasks Nigerian authorities on abducted school girls
    09 june 2014 17:23:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Said Djinnit, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, on Monday renewed the world body’s commitment to supporting ongoing efforts by the Nigerian government to secure the safe release of the abducted schoolgirls from Chibok in northeastern part of the country. Full text...

  • UN: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber commits Bosco Ntaganda to trial
    09 june 2014 17:10:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday unanimously confirmed 18 charges against Bosco Ntaganda and committed him for trial before a Trial Chamber on the charges. Full text...

  • Nigeria: African Youth leadership confab begins in Nigeria
    09 june 2014 16:05:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian capital city of Abuja is set to host the African Youth Leadership Summit on 10 June, according to a statement from the organisers, obtained by PANA here on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military kills 50 Boko Haram terrorists
    09 june 2014 15:38:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Monday announced that its troops killed 50 Boko Haram insurgents in their enclave in Borno State, North Eastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Kenya: Freedom fighter's grandson chains self to monument
    09 june 2014 14:50:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A man claiming to be the grandson of one of Kenya's top freedom fighters, Dedan Kimathi, chained himself to the late freedom fighter’s monument in Nairobi’s on Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Ten illegal migrants rescued by Tunisian navy
    09 june 2014 14:14:27
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian navy rescued 10 illegal immigrants overnight Sunday off the coast of Chabaa, security sources said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chair condoles with Mbeki on mother's death
    09 june 2014 13:25:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has expressed her condolences to the Mbeki family, following the death of Epainette Mbeki, a South African liberation icon and mother of former South African President Thabo Mbeki. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Gunmen Abduct 20 Fulani Women From Community Near Chibok
    09 june 2014 09:27:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have abducted 20 women from a nomadic settlement near Chibok, the town in Nigeria's northern state of Borno where over 200 school girls were abducted by the group about two months ago, the private Leadership newspaper reported Monday, quoting security sources. Full text...

  • South Africa: Honeymoon killer in critical condition
    09 june 2014 09:01:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Xolile Mngeni, the Cape Town man who shot and killed tourist Anni Dewani on her honeymoon, is fighting for his life at a city hospital. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma discharged from hospital
    09 june 2014 08:08:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma was discharged from a Pretoria hospital on Sunday night but will rest for a few days, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ex-CBN Governor is new Emir of Kano
    08 june 2014 17:40:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has emerged as the new Emir of Kano in northern Nigeria, making him one of the most prominent traditional rulers in the country and the second highest spiritual leader of the country's Muslims. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Female suicide bomber kills self, soldier
    08 june 2014 16:40:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A suspected suicide bomber Sunday blew herself up, killing at least one soldier and injuring many others in the process, in Nigeria's northern city of Gombe, the official News Agency of Nigeria reported, quoting military spokesman Chris Olukolade. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian boundary agency denies ceding territory to Cameroon
    08 june 2014 15:49:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's National Boundary Commission (NBC) Sunday denied it had ceded some communities and villages in southern Cross River State to its neighbour Cameroon. Full text...

  • Japan: Japan boosts UNICEF's efforts to battle child malnutrition in Benin
    08 june 2014 15:22:08
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Japan has given UNICEF 300 million CFA (US$600,000) to help the institution strengthen the fight against child malnutrition in Benin. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Somali pirates free crew of sunken ship after three years
    08 june 2014 08:27:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali pirates have freed 11 crew members of a sunken ship, MV Albedo, seized in 2010, UN Special Envoy for Somalia Nicholas Kay has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ex-Nigerian Information Minister, Akunyili, dies
    07 june 2014 21:10:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Former Nigerian Information Minister Dora Akunyili has died after a protracted illness at the age of 59, her political associate, Peter Obi, said in a statement on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy welcomes release of crew held by pirates in Somalia
    07 june 2014 20:12:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, has welcomed the release on Saturday of sailors on a ship hijacked by Somali pirates nearly four years ago, and has called for the release of all remaining captives they are still holding. Full text...

  • Libya: Navy arrests illegal immigrants off Tripoli coast
    07 june 2014 19:33:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan coast guards on Saturday arrested 102 illegal immigrants of different African nationalities in Al-Garbouli, located in the east of the coastal region of Tripoli, as more illegal immigrants attempt to sail to Europe because of the more favourable summer weather. Full text...

  • Morocco: Customs officers seize more than 16.6 tons of cannabis
    07 june 2014 19:04:42
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The Moroccan authorities on Friday seized 16.659 tons of cannabis at the port of Casablanca destined for a Libyan port. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Presidency denies involvement in military's interception of newspapers
    07 june 2014 18:33:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian presidency on Saturday explained that the search of all media vehicles in the country was part of extra-ordinary measures being taken to ensure that they do not become conveyors of Boko Haram terror equipment and collaborators. Full text...

  • UN: Mission in South Sudan confirms looting of homes, hospitals
    06 june 2014 22:16:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN mission in South Sudan on Friday confirmed reports of intense small arms fire and shelling close to its base in Renk, Upper Nile state, where some of the 93,000 civilians sheltered by UN peacekeepers throughout the country are staying. Full text...

  • UN: General Assembly establishes prize in honour of Mandela
    06 june 2014 19:53:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly on Friday established the "United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize" as a tribute to the achievements and contributions of the late South African leader, who inspired not only his own country but the rest of the world. Full text...

  • US: UN hails establishment of Tunisia's Truth, Dignity Commission
    06 june 2014 17:48:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Friday welcomed the upcoming launch of the Truth and Dignity Commission in Tunisia, calling it a step forward in addressing past human rights violations in the North African nation. Full text...

  • Senegal: 9th Conference of Francophone NGOs ends
    06 june 2014 17:40:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The 9th Conference of Francophone International Non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations (INGOs/CSOs) ended on Friday in Dakar with participants deploring the situation of the youth and women who they described as "peacemakers and development actors". Full text...

  • Nigeria: US, Nigerian military teams meet over Boko Haram
    06 june 2014 17:38:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military high command on Friday met with the leadership of the United States Interdisciplinary Team for Assistance to Nigeria in the ongoing war against terror, especially in the North Eastern part of the country. Full text...

  • Libya: Heavy explosion in Tripoli, no victim
    06 june 2014 16:32:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A heavy explosion occurred early on Friday in the Libyan district of Souk Jumaa, eastern Tripoli, leaving no victim on its trail, but causing huge material damage, said a source close to the safety department. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military search media vehicles, says it's part of anti-terror operations
    06 june 2014 14:24:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters Friday confirmed “a thorough search” and seizure of vehicles conveying newspapers and news prints across the country, saying the search was based on intelligence reports of the use of those vehicles by “anti-patriotic agents” linked to the Boko Haram insurgency for “movement of materials with grave security implications”. Full text...

  • UN: FAO boosts aid operations in South Sudan
    06 june 2014 14:13:41
    New York, US (PANA) - As the rainy season begins in South Sudan, the UN Food and Agriculture Full text...

  • Ghana: One confirmed dead in Accra floods
    06 june 2014 12:51:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - One person was confirmed dead on Friday after heavy rains caused havoc in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, the previous day. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Emir of Kano dies at 84
    06 june 2014 10:48:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Emir of Kano, one of Nigeria's most prominent traditional rulers and a revered Muslim leader, has died at the age of 84, the local media reported Friday. Full text...

  • Congo: UNDP to support Congo on land management
    05 june 2014 22:17:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The resident coordinator of the UN system, Anthony Kwaku Ohemeng Boamah, on Thursday in Brazzaville expressed the availability of his institution to back efforts made by the Congolese government in land management, an official statement said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: Navy arrests 185 illegal migrants off Tripoli coast
    05 june 2014 21:23:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan navy on Thursday arrested some 185 illegal migrants off the coast of Tripoli, the spokesperson for the Libyan navy, Colonel Ayoub Gacem, said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo supports probe against peacekeepers in CAR
    05 june 2014 21:01:31
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese government has said it will support any probe into allegations of the involvement of its peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) in the disappearance of 11 people in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Britain to host Ministerial summit on Boko Haram next Thursday
    05 june 2014 17:30:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Foreign Ministers of Nigeria and its neighbouring countries will next week Thursday attend a ministerial meeting, to be hosted by the British Foreign Minister, Mr William Hague, to discuss how to tackle the violence of the Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

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