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  • Libya: Temporary closure of Ras Jedir border post affects Libya-Tunisia commerce
    04 february 2015 17:14:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Tunisian authorities have closed Ras Jedir post on the common border with Libya following an escalation of protests by residents of Benguerdane town, 30 km away from Ras Jedir, against taxes raised on Tunisian goods by Libya. Full text...

  • Mauritius: University of Mauritius launches Strategic Plan 2015/2020
    04 february 2015 15:31:06
    Le Réduit, Mauritius (PANA) - The University of Mauritius has launched a six-point strategic plan for the period 2015 to 2020, in a bid to provide quality education to students and promote knowledge creation and dissemination through research and innovative teaching while responding to the developmental needs of the country and the global community, PANA learnt Wednesday from official sources. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Police arrest fraudster whose targets are widows
    04 february 2015 14:12:39
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The Police in Ouagadougou Tuesday arrested a fraudster whose targets are widows and orphans, PANA learnt Wednesday from police sources. Full text...

  • Senegal: Senegal to host African Higher Education Summit
    04 february 2015 13:53:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal will play host to the African Higher Education Summit which runs here from 10-12 March, the country’s Minister of Higher Education and Research, Prof. Mary Teuw Niane, announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Commission tasks govt. on xenophobic attacks
    04 february 2015 08:32:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Human Rights Commission has called on the government to act on the ‘sporadic attacks’ on immigrants and the looting of their businesses across the country. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon
    04 february 2015 08:24:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda, DRC seek 'immediate' repatriation of former M23 rebels
    03 february 2015 21:43:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Officials from Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have stressed the urgent need to solve problems posed by the presence of former combatants of M23 rebels who are currently seeking asylum in Rwanda, according to an official communiqué released on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI says Egypt's confirmation of 183 death sentences ‘outrageous’
    03 february 2015 13:36:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) Monday described Egypt's confirmation of 183 death sentences as outrageous and a sign of the country’s disregard for national and international laws. Full text...

  • Botswana: Policeman shot in a foiled heist dies
    03 february 2015 12:30:43
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Police Service (BPS) has reported that an officer shot in a foiled heist in the south east of the country has died. Full text...

  • UN: Ban tasks youth on sustainable development agenda
    03 february 2015 08:23:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the present generation of young people, the largest the world has ever seen, has a historic opportunity to end poverty, combat climate change, create jobs and fight injustice. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes release of detained journalist, urges Egypt govt to release others
    02 february 2015 22:33:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded the decision by the Egyptian authorities to release the detained Al Jazeera journalist, Peter Greste, ending his 400-day imprisonment. Full text...

  • Tanzania: ICTR set to close down in 2015
    02 february 2015 20:31:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - After over 20 years of prosecuting persons who played leading roles in 1994 Rwandan genocide, the Arusha-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is primed to finally close down this year, according to a statement released on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military flushes Boko Haram out of five towns
    02 february 2015 20:18:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military announced Monday that it has flushed out Boko Haram insurgents from five towns in Nigeria's North-east Borno State, from where the insurgents launched a second attack on the key city of Maiduguri on Sunday before they were repelled by the military. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Bomb explosion rocks venue of Presidential rally
    02 february 2015 18:28:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A bomb explosion rocked the car park of a stadium in Nigeria's North-eastern city of Gombe, a few minutes after President Goodluck Jonathan addressed an electioneering campaign at the stadium on Monday, the local media reported. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana High Court rejects archaic adoption rule
    02 february 2015 18:19:56
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s High Court has ended discrimination enshrined in the country’s archaic Adoption of Children Act, following a constitutional challenge on the law. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa reflects on historic speech that ended Apartheid
    02 february 2015 16:55:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa on Monday marked the 25th anniversary of former President FW De Klerk’s speech to Parliament which led to the release of Nelson Mandela and the liberation of the country. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Downed UN helicopter crew returns safely to WFP office in South Sudan
    02 february 2015 16:49:05
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Six Bulgarian crew members of a UN-operated helicopter that was downed by gunfire in South Sudan have been returned safely to a World Food Programme (WFP) office, the agency said in a press statement Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu appoints ex-Barclays Bank boss as Commerce minister
    02 february 2015 16:30:03
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has appointed former Barclays Bank Managing Director Margaret Mwanakatwe as Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry and subsequently nominated her as a Member of Parliament. Full text...

  • Zambia: Govt. mourns AfDB resident representative to Zambia
    02 february 2015 15:27:49
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Ministry of Finance has expressed its deepest sorrow on the passing away of Dr. Freddie Kwesiga, who was the Resident Representative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) to Zambia. Full text...

  • Libya: Kidnapped Libyan oil chief released in Tripoli
    02 february 2015 15:20:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan delegate/representative at the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Samir Kamal, in captivity for more than 26 days, was released on Sunday by his abductors, family members said on Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI calls on Egypt to release Al Jazeera journalists
    02 february 2015 13:42:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) Sunday said the continuing plight of Al Jazeera journalists, Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy, must not be forgotten as their colleague Peter Greste was being deported from Egypt. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA calls on Niger to end harassment of journalists
    02 february 2015 13:36:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called on President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger to end the harassment of journalists by state agents. Full text...

  • Rwanda: ITU Scribe visits Rwanda
    02 february 2015 07:42:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The new Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Mr. Houlin Zhao of China, has arrived in Rwanda for a three-day working visit to the Central African nation, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes AU's decision to combat Boko Haram
    01 february 2015 18:09:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the decision of the Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius celebrates 180th anniversary of the abolition of slavery
    01 february 2015 16:55:17
    Le Morne, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth, on Sunday said that the government will soon introduce a Marshall Plan to combat poverty and social exclusion on the island. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Again, attack on key Nigerian city repelled
    01 february 2015 15:50:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military, backed by local vigilantes, on Sunday succeeded in repelling the second attack in as many weeks on the North-eastern city of Maiduguri by the terror group Boko Haram, according to local media reports. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI praises Senegalese for welcoming fleeing Gambians
    01 february 2015 13:32:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) has praised Senegalese for their hospitality towards fleeing Gambians, PANA reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks Maiduguri again
    01 february 2015 11:00:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's terrorist group, Boko Haram, on Sunday launched a fierce attack on Maiduguri, the capital of North-east Borno State, in the second attempt in as many weeks to seize the city, the local media reported. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: FPI wants Ivorian govt. to eradicate abduction, killing of children
    31 january 2015 12:34:48
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The ruling party in Cote d'Ivoire, the Ivorian popular front (FPI), has called on the government to take measures towards halting the abduction and assassination of children in the country. Full text...

  • UN: WFP appeals for funds to support Nigerian refugees fleeing to Cameroon
    31 january 2015 09:18:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is appealing for more funds to help address the recent exodus of refugees into Cameroon from Nigeria, saying that a risk in attacks on both sides of that border has made it increasingly risky for humanitarian agencies to operate there. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief, Security Council condemn terrorist attacks in Egypt
    31 january 2015 09:11:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the UN Security Council have Full text...

  • Sudan: Amnesty accuses AU of failing victims of violence in S/Sudan
    30 january 2015 14:43:33
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Amnesty International on Friday accused the African Union Peace and Security Council of standing in the way of Justice in South Sudan, having failed to make public the report of the Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan. Full text...

  • Zambia: Ghana President to visit Zambia in April
    30 january 2015 13:41:25
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Ghana President John Dramani Mahama will visit Zambia in April following the invitation extended to him by Zambian President Edgar Lungu. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI asks Sierra Leone to release 8 people arbitrarily detained after Ebola riot
    30 january 2015 13:27:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) has urged Sierra Leone to immediately release, or facilitate a review by a judicial authority, 8 people detained for over three months without charge following a riot related to the Ebola outbreak. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR says more Sudanese refugees arriving in South Sudan
    30 january 2015 13:21:38
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Fighting in the war-torn Nuba Mountains in Sudan has led to an increase in the number of Sudanese refugees fleeing to South Sudan in the last month, a UN refugees agency spokesperson said Friday during a press briefing at Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, quoting a report from the agency's teams on the ground. Full text...

  • Society: MONUSCO boss welcomes launch of military operations against FDLR
    30 january 2015 11:58:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Head of United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Martin Kobler, has given his blessings to the launch of military operations against the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). Full text...

  • Senegal: AFCON 'peaceful protesters' must be released - Rights groups
    30 january 2015 11:46:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Equatorial Guinea must immediately and unconditionally release three men arrested two weeks ago, suspected of peacefully protesting against the country’s hosting of Africa’s top soccer competition, a group of leading international human rights and transparency organizations said on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Notorious Apartheid-era killer granted parole
    30 january 2015 10:10:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Notorious Apartheid-era killer Eugene de Kock will be released on parole, Justice Minister Michael Masutha confirmed on Friday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Businessman arrested over botched coup
    30 january 2015 08:18:16
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian businessman, Kebba Touray, has been arrested by state authorities in connection with the 30 December, 2014 armed assault on the presidential palace in Banjul, family sources said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban deplores violent protests against Mission compound, launches inquiry
    30 january 2015 07:09:39
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the deadly protests against a UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) compound in the northern city of Gao, which left several people dead and a number of others injured. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council renews DRC sanctions, extends mandate of monitoring group
    30 january 2015 06:57:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has renewed its sanctions on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to prevent the supply, sale or transfer of arms, training, and financing, to armed groups. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says malnutrition rates high in Somalia
    30 january 2015 06:51:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, says malnutrition rates are stubbornly high in Somalia with more than 200,000 children requiring emergency nutrition. Full text...

  • US: US condemns the terrorist attacks in Egypt
    30 january 2015 06:45:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The US has strongly condemned Thursday's terrorist attacks in Egypt’s North Sinai Governorate in which at least 29 Egyptian citizens were killed and dozens wounded. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Terrorist attack foiled in southern Tunisia, says Interior minister
    29 january 2015 20:17:28
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian defence forces have foiled a terrorist attack in southern Tunisia and arrested 11 people in a preventive security operation, a communiqué issued by the Tunisian Interior ministry in Tunis said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN chief concerned about hostilities in Darfur, violence in Mali
    29 january 2015 19:26:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Darfur following reports of an escalation of hostilities between the Government of Sudan and the Darfur armed movements in Central Darfur and the resulting displacement of civilians, according to the Secretary-General's spokesman. Full text...

  • Zambia: Electoral body challenges opposition leader to petition presidential poll results
    29 january 2015 18:51:58
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has taken great exception to persistent allegations by opposition leader of United Party for National Development (UPND), Hakainde Hichilema, that his votes at the 20 January 2015 presidential by-election were stolen. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO chief denounces killing of journalists in South Sudan
    29 january 2015 17:17:11
    New York, US (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Ms. Irina Bokova on Thursday denounced the killing of five journalists in South Sudan and an Iraqi broadcaster, who was killed while covering fighting in the north of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Commission chief meets UN Africa's special envoy on deepening cooperation with RECs
    29 january 2015 13:45:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo and other Chief Executives of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Africa Wednesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, met with the UN Under-Secretary and Special Adviser on Africa, Ambassador Maged Abdelaziz, for discussions on wide-ranging issues, particularly the ways and means of boosting cooperation between the UN and the RECs in the continent. Full text...

  • Tanzania: New African report underlines right to nationality
    29 january 2015 13:15:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African States should include a provision in their national legislation that all men, women and children have the right to a nationality, as a fundamental prerequisite for the enjoyment and exercise of the human rights recognized by the African Charter and the other African human rights treaties that they have ratified, a new human rights report has urged. Full text...

  • Sudan: UK contributes US$10.9m to Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund for 2015
    29 january 2015 11:43:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) has contributed US$10.9 million to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) for 2015, the UN said on Thursday. Full text...

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