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  • UN: UN officials urge justice for grave crimes committed by M23 in DR Congo
    09 october 2014 22:12:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials appealed on Thursday for justice for crimes committed by the March 23 Movement (M23) in parts of the North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), on the heels of a new UN- backed report citing a raft of grave rights abuses committed by the armed group between April 2012 and November 2013. Full text...

  • UN: UN force commanders say peacekeepers face challenges
    09 october 2014 20:48:05
    New York, US (PANA - UN senior military officials on Thursday said from Mali to the Golan Heights, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UN peacekeeping missions are facing increasing challenges as they operate in some of the most difficult security environments around the world.) Full text...

  • Tunisia: Defence ministry denies talks with France on information centre
    09 october 2014 20:34:36
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia's Defence ministry on Thursday denied that the North African country is in talks with France to set up an information centre to gather intelligence on terrorist groups. Full text...

  • UN: Major challenges of landlocked developing countries to be tackled
    09 october 2014 20:23:50
    New York, US (PANA) - Governments, business leaders and civil society organisations will gather on 3-5 November in Vienna, Austria, to address major challenges of Landlocked Developing Countries, a UN statement said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt repatriates 82 ECOWAS nationals over illegal activities
    09 october 2014 19:26:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian authorities have repatriated a total of 82 nationals of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) from the crisis-torn north-central Jos city for taking part in activities adjudged to be dangerous to the country's security. Full text...

  • UN: UN official stresses need to abolish death penalty
    09 october 2014 18:05:54
    New York, U (PANA) - UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic said Thursday that as long as the death penalty exists, there will be a need to raise awareness on the abolition of capital punishment and advocate against it. Full text...

  • Kenya: Former Kenyan PM wants US varsities to expand Africa learning initiatives
    09 october 2014 17:25:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga is in the US to advocate for the setting up of university campuses in Africa to cater for the needs of African high school students who badly need career enhancing skills, his office said. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA updates on murder incident in Guinea over Ebola
    09 october 2014 17:14:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said that eight people, including three journalists, were murdered in Guinea while raising awareness on the Ebola Virus Disease. Full text...

  • UN: ICC to commence Ntaganda's trial 2 June 2015
    09 october 2014 15:50:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday scheduled the opening of the trial in the case of former Democratic of Congo (DRC) rebel leader, Mr. Bosco Ntaganda, for 2 June 2015. Full text...

  • South Africa: More dramatic testimony at trial of UK businessman
    09 october 2014 15:46:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Western Cape High Court on Thursday postponed the murder trial of British businessman, Shrien Dewani, after he complained of stomach problems. Full text...

  • UN: ICC Appeals Chamber dismisses Ruto, Sang appeal
    09 october 2014 15:33:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday dismissed appeals by the defence teams of Kenya's Deputy President, Mr. William Ruto, and former journalist, Mr. Joshua Arap Sang, against the Trial Chamber's decision of 17 April 2014. Full text...

  • Kenya: President Kenyatta receives heroic welcome after ICC appearance
    09 october 2014 14:28:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta received a heroic welcome back home Thursday after his appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC), where prosecutors accused his government of erasing crucial sections of incriminating evidence from his telephone data. Full text...

  • Gambia: EU charges Gambia to address institutional weaknesses
    09 october 2014 11:43:28
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has charged Gambia to address ''critical institutional weaknesses'' with a clear long-term commitment from the government. Full text...

  • UN: UN needs US$35 million for humanitarian support to Libyans
    08 october 2014 22:07:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN humanitarian wing has said it will need an estimated US$35 million in additional funding to continue helping hundreds of thousands of people affected by the ongoing crisis in Libya. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Defence chief accuses world community of abandoning Nigeria in fight against Boko Haram
    08 october 2014 18:50:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh Wednesday accused the international community of abandoning the country in its fight against the Boko Haram insurgency. Full text...

  • UN: Ban expresses sadness over attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali
    08 october 2014 18:28:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday voiced outrage at a fatal attack against UN peacekeepers in Mali, the second in less than a week, that left one 'blue helmet' dead and wounded another. Full text...

  • South Africa: Moroccan diplomat 'found dead'
    08 october 2014 11:54:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Police Services have confirmed that the Moroccan Consul in South Africa has been found dead at his Pretoria guest house. Full text...

  • Morocco: High level delegation expected for African Development Forum
    08 october 2014 08:37:16
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - The Moroccan city of Marrakech will host a number of African leaders 12-16 Oct. as part of the 9th African Development Forum (ADF), which takes place every two years and is organised by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says civilian protection in South Sudan faces challenges
    07 october 2014 20:02:22
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in South Sudan, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Loj, says with a vast population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and ongoing ethnic tensions continue to remain enormous. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says sexual violence persists in South Sudan
    07 october 2014 19:47:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Zainab Bangura, has said the horrors of sexual violence in South Sudan did not end with the ceasefire agreement, calling on citizens of the world's youngest country to stand together and say "enough is enough". Full text...

  • UN: ICC Appeals Chamber to decide on Ruto, Sang appeal
    07 october 2014 19:42:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will hold an open court session on 9 October to read a summary of its judgment on Kenya's Deputy President, Mr. William Ruto and former journalist, Mr. Joshua Arap Sang defence teams’ appeal against the Trial Chamber's decision of 17 April 2014. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy welcomes recovery of Somali's port city from insurgents
    07 october 2014 19:37:12
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, has welcomed the recovery of the port city of Barawe from Al-Shabaab fighters, the first time it has been in Somali control for more than two decades. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya prepares mass casualty response plan based on terrorism attacks
    07 october 2014 15:50:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya is preparing a response plan to take care of future disasters, including terrorist attacks, leading to mass casualties based on lessons learnt from the 21 Sept. terror attack at the Westgate, PANA reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Niger: CBLT security summit opens in Niamey
    07 october 2014 13:56:06
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – A summit of heads of State and government from member countries of the Commission of the Chad Lake basin (CBLT) and Benin opened here Tuesday to discuss the security situation in the region. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Several terrorists arrested in Kasserine, Bengardane
    07 october 2014 13:30:43
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia's national guard have arrested two foreign terrorists in the city of Kasserine for attempting to get into the country to join the terrorist groups in the ''Châambi'' mountain, along the border with Algeria, the Tunisian Interior Ministry said in a statement issued here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Malawi: First 'cashgate' sentencing shifted again to Tuesday
    06 october 2014 19:16:29
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - High Court Judge Ivy Kamanga on Monday shifted the much-awaited sentencing of Malawi's 'cashgate' first convict to Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan to attend extraordinary summit of Lake Chad Basin Commiission in Niamey
    06 october 2014 18:47:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Goodluck Jonathan will Tuesday leave Abuja for Niamey, Niger, to attend an Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC). Full text...

  • Tanzania: Aid agencies warn of famine in South Sudan as upsurge in fighting likely
    06 october 2014 17:59:51
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A group of leading aid agencies warned Monday that parts of South Sudan – already the world’s worse food crisis – could fall into famine early next year if the nine-month long conflict escalates as expected. Full text...

  • Zambia: Britain asks Zambia to help improve situation in Zimbabwe
    06 october 2014 14:55:45
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Mr. Matt Baugh, Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Head of Africa Department responsible for Central and Southern Africa, has urged Zambia to continue playing its critical role in helping to improve the situation in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • US: Aid agencies warn of famine in South Sudan
    06 october 2014 14:39:29
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of leading aid agencies on Monday warned that parts of South Sudan could fall into famine early next year if the nine-month long conflict escalates. Full text...

  • South Africa: UK businessman docked for honeymoon murder
    06 october 2014 14:30:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – British businessman Shrien Dewani on Monday appeared before the Western Cape High Court charged with the murder of his wife, Anni, on their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram increasingly treads ISIL path (News Analysis By Segun Adeyemi, PANA Correspondent, Lagos)
    06 october 2014 11:42:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Boko Haram's recent video showing the beheading of an apparently-captured pilot of a missing Nigerian warplane in the country's North-east, if true, signals a dangerous tilt by the terrorist group toward the increasingly vicious and daring Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO calls for investment in teachers
    05 october 2014 16:41:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Sunday stressed the need for governments to invest in teachers, describing it as an Full text...

  • UN: Security Council condemns murder of British aid worker
    04 october 2014 21:28:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the killing of British humanitarian aid worker Alan Henning by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), describing it as "heinous and cowardly". Full text...

  • Nigeria: Muslims in Nigeria celebrate Eid El Kabir
    04 october 2014 16:20:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Muslims joined their counterparts from across the world Saturday to observe this year’s Eid El Kabir, otherwise known as the festival of sacrifice, with Islamic clerics calling on the political leaders to promote good governance, justice, fairness and equity. Full text...

  • South Africa: Why South Africa leads global euthanasia debate
    04 october 2014 10:26:11
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Euthanasia is back in the headlines in Belgium where a convicted killer has been granted the right to die, in Holland where there has been a surge in the number of reported cases and in South Africa where a prominent academic has defied the law by carrying out a second assisted suicide. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram insurgency pushes ram prices through the roof
    03 october 2014 22:32:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As Nigerians make last minute preparations for Saturday's Eid-El-Kabir, there are concerns that some Muslims may not be able to slaughter rams because of their high prices due to activities of Boko Haram terrorists in the country. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council calls for "swift neutralization" of Rwandan armed group
    03 october 2014 22:20:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday reiterated that the "swift neutralization" of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) armed group is a top priority in bringing stability to and protecting the civilians of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region. Full text...

  • UN: UN confirms nine Niger peacekeepers killed in Mali
    03 october 2014 18:13:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) confirmed Friday that nine peacekeepers from Niger have been killed in an ambush in eastern Mali. Full text...

  • Mali: Rural youth vocational training project launched in Mali
    03 october 2014 18:06:42
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta Thursday launched the Rural Vocational Training and Support to Entrepreneurship Project targeting 100,000 unemployed rural youth, half of them women aged between 15 and 40 years. Full text...

  • UN: UN, ICC mark 10th anniversary of relationship
    03 october 2014 17:07:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and the International Criminal Court (ICC) Friday recommitted to their decade-long relationship calling it "indispensable for a strong international community and the protection of the interests of humanity." Full text...

  • Niger: Thousands of Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram war find refuge in eastern Niger
    03 october 2014 16:33:52
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Thousands of people fleeing from clashes between the Nigerian Army and insurgents of the Islamic sect Boko Haram have in recent weeks flocked to Niger's easternmost region of Diffa, the International Red Cross Society (IRCS) said in Niamey Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN confirms situation back to normal at South Sudan protection site
    03 october 2014 15:36:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has confirmed that an incident involving troops from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and internally-displaced persons seeking refuge at a UN camp in South Sudan has "returned to normal". Full text...

  • Togo: Muslims to celebrate Eïd El Kébir in Togo Saturday
    03 october 2014 09:20:02
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Muslims in Togo will celebrate Eïd El Kabir or the Tabaski festival on Saturday, according to a statement issued here Friday by the Muslim Union of Togo (MT). Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR raises alarm on high casualties among migrants to Europe
    03 october 2014 09:14:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has said new data on irregular crossings of the Mediterranean in the third quarter of 2013 show an alarming increase in the numbers of people perishing while attempting to make the journey to Europe. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council welcomes meeting to resolve Libya's conflict
    02 october 2014 22:44:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Thursday welcomed the UN-facilitated meeting between members of Libya’s House of Representatives in the town of Ghadames on 29 September calling it an important step towards a peaceful resolution of the current political stalemate in Libya. Full text...

  • NIgeria: Nigerian military insist insurgent leader Shekau is dead
    02 october 2014 18:52:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Following the emergence of a purported video released by the Boko Haram terrorist group dismissing the killing of their leader, Abubakar Shekau, the Nigerian military has described the video on YouTube as a hoax, stating it was possibly manipulated. Full text...

  • UN: ICC ends confirmation hearing on former Ivorian youth leader case
    02 october 2014 17:33:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) Thursday said the confirmation of charges hearing in the case of former Ivorian youth leader, Charles Ble Goude, came to an end before Pre-Trial Chamber I. Full text...

  • South Africa: Billionaire Afronaut wins US$25 million court case, gives it all away
    02 october 2014 14:44:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former Cape Town billionaire, Mark Shuttleworth, has won back a staggering US$25 million levy he had to pay to get some of his assets out of the country and announced that he would donate the entire settlement. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ex-NAN MD, Oluremi Oyo, dies at 61
    02 october 2014 14:40:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Mrs. Oluremi Oyo, a former Managing Director of Nigeria's official wire service, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), has died, the husband announced in a statement issued here Thursday. Full text...

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