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  • Kenya: Amnesty appoints Muchena as Southern Africa Director
    11 march 2014 15:42:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) has appointed Deprose Muchena, former Deputy Director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), as head of its Southern Africa Regional Office, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Zambia: Applause for election of opposition MP to COMESA committee of elders
    11 march 2014 13:38:09
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia has described the election of former Trade and Commerce Minister Felix Mutati as a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Committee of Elders as a sign of the confidence which the member states have in the country's political and governance system. Full text...

  • Libya: 2 die, one injured as armed group attacks Libyan army unit
    11 march 2014 12:29:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Two persons were killed and one injured Monday as an armed group attacked a unit of the Libyan army in charge of Gharyane (South-West), PANA learned from reliable sources. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Minister warns tertiary students against drug abuse
    10 march 2014 21:09:39
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo warned university students on Monday against drug abuse, in the wake of a sensitization campaign against drug abuse presently going on in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ghana government urged to enact Access to Information law
    10 march 2014 20:46:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A group of nine civil society organisations led by Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has urged the Ghanian government to enact Access to Information law, MFWA said in a statement on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: Panel investigates human rights violations in CAR
    10 march 2014 19:15:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Bernard Acho Muna, Chairman of the International Commission of Inquiry in the Central African Republic (CAR), on Monday in New York warned that the spread of hate speech and the collapse of law and order in the strife-riven country might have caused grave human rights violations, including genocide. Full text...

  • Gambia: Two American citizens missing in Gambia
    10 march 2014 17:32:55
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The American Citizens Services office at the U.S. Embassy in Banjul, The Gambia, Monday announced that two American citizens are missing in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius retches over graphic evidence
    10 march 2014 12:45:37
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - There were disturbing scenes in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday when murder accused Oscar Pistorius retched loudly in the dock as evidence about the horrific wounds on his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp’s body were read out. Full text...

  • African Special Force: 'Congo deeply involved in resolution of CAR crisis'
    09 march 2014 19:36:28
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congo, a member of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), has been participating in the African-led International Support Mission in the CAR (MISCA), which is aimed at restoring peace and stability in its neighbour since the coup in the country in March 2013. Full text...

  • Cameroon/Special African Forces: Cameroonian Defence Force lacks modern equipment - Expert
    09 march 2014 16:01:49
    By Elizabeth Benkam, PANA Correspondent) Full text...

  • Kenya: 14 killed in horror road accident in Kenya
    09 march 2014 09:23:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Fourteen people have been killed in a grisly road accident in Salgaa, outside Nakuru town, after a heavy commercial truck lost control and crashed into two passenger vehicles, police said Sunday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ivoirian press agency to celebrate 50th anniversary
    08 march 2014 15:13:05
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian Press Agency (AIP), the first public service medium in Cote d'Ivoire, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on 20 March, organizers told PANA here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Leading law enforcement experts to meet in SA
    08 march 2014 11:29:04
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – Directors of Crime Stoppers International (CSI) meet this weekend in Cape Town with South African law enforcement agents with whom they will discuss global crime trends ahead of their annual conference to be held in South Africa later this year. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Return of jihadist fighters from Syria sparks fear in Tunisia
    08 march 2014 11:23:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - About 400 Tunisian jihadists have returned from fighting in the Syrian war, the Interior Minister, Lutfi Jeddou, revealed here, saying the development has sparked fears that the battle-hardened militants could fuel Islamist violence back home. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council moves to combat violations against children
    07 march 2014 22:03:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution setting out practical steps to combat violations against children in armed conflict, stressing the need to do more to ensure that children are protected and perpetrators are brought to justice. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Several Muslim charities banned in Mauritania
    07 march 2014 21:03:19
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government has decided to end the activities of several charity organizations claiming to be representative of the Muslim religion, reliable sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • US: ICC convicts former militia leader for atrocities in DR Congo
    07 march 2014 18:39:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday convicted former Congolese militia leader, Germain Katanga, of war crimes in relation to a deadly 2003 attack on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Mauritania: Authorities adopt 29 measures to end slavery
    07 march 2014 14:27:47
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The roadmap for the eradication of slavery, which the Mauritanian government adopted on 27 February, following a UN assessment mission on the illegal practice, will be carried out under 29 measures, the Mauritanian Minister of Justice, Sidi Ould Zeine, indicated here Thursday at the end of the nation's Council of ministers’ meeting. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU to assist Burundi after flash floods kill 64
    07 march 2014 12:27:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The EU is to provide assistance to Burundi to enable it cope with the recent flash floods disaster that killed 64 people and left 32 others missing. Full text...

  • Sudan: US Human Rights report angers Sudan
    07 march 2014 11:59:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Friday accused the US of applying double standards when dealing with human rights issues, saying Washington turns a blind eye to the progress made in the African nation while overlooking its own 'miserable standards' in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo and other areas of the world. Full text...

  • Guinea: Japan gives Guinea US$122,000 for education
    06 march 2014 22:53:02
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The Japanese government on Thursday granted Guinea US$122,000 to build a primary school block in Pita, central Guinea. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council discusses situation in CAR
    06 march 2014 22:22:28
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Valerie Amos, on Thursday stressed the need for urgent action to confront the challenges facing the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kigali to host Pan-African forum on Science, technology
    06 march 2014 21:15:47
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The Rwandan capital, Kigali, will on 12 March host the first Pan-African forum on sharing better practices in science, technology and innovation in higher education. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'Dozens of villages burned to ashes by rebels in Darfur'
    06 march 2014 20:56:54
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Chairman of Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), Dr. Tigani Sese, has called for a rapid intervention by the authorities to check current wide scale attacks in which scores of villages have been burnt in Darfur. Full text...

  • Congo: Chad, Benin presidents arrive in Congo
    06 march 2014 20:39:01
    Imfondo, Congo (PANA) – Chadian president Idriss Déby and Beninese president Boni Yayi, arrived on Thursday in Impfondo in northern Congo to attend the 3rd international Forum of Indigenous Peoples of Central Africa (FIPAC). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Humanitarian assistance convoy arrives in Bangui
    06 march 2014 20:10:51
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A fourth convoy transporting humanitarian assistance, including food from Cameroon, arrived this week in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui, under the escort of the Rwandan contingent of the African-led International Support Mission to Central Africa Republic (MISCA). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Religious structures built in Mauritian Prisons
    06 march 2014 17:31:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritius Prison Service has built four places of worship in the yard of the new prison at Melrose, in the centre of the island, to allow detainees practice their religions, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military kills 20 Boko Haram insurgents
    06 march 2014 17:15:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters Thursday announced that the military had killed 20 Boko Haram terrorists during a foiled attempt by the insurgents to attack Ajiri and Mafa as well as other communities in the outskirt of Maiduguri and Dikwa in North Eastern State of Borno State. Full text...

  • Mauritius: International Book Fair opens in Mauritius
    06 march 2014 15:36:09
    Pailles, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam on Thursday inaugurated the second edition of the “Confluences 2014 International Book Fair”, at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre, Pailles, near Port-Louis. Full text...

  • South Africa: Doctor testifies how he found Reeva Steenkamp dying
    06 march 2014 13:11:25
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - In a dramatic day of testimony at the Oscar Pretorius murder trial, a radiologist Thursday told the court how he saw the Paralympian’s model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dying moments after he had shot her. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council extends partial arms embargo on Somalia
    05 march 2014 22:40:27
    New Yrk, US (PANA) - The 15-member UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously agreed to extend a partial weapons ban on Somalia for eight months amid reports that Full text...

  • DR Congo: At least 173 cases of human rights violations registered in January
    05 march 2014 22:21:20
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - At least 173 cases of human rights violations were registered by the UN Joint Office of Human Rights in January 2014 in DR Congo, Scott Campbell, Head of the Joint Office, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Police arrest two Chinese for human trafficking
    05 march 2014 22:09:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Police in Ghana have arrested two Chinese nationals who are alleged to be involved in the trafficking of Vietnamese women to engage in prostitution in Ghana. Full text...

  • US: ICC dismisses Ntaganda's appeal for interim release
    05 march 2014 19:34:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday dismissed, by majority, the appeal of Mr. Bosco Ntaganda against the ICC's Pre-Trial Chamber II decision of 18 November 2013 rejecting his application for interim release. Full text...

  • UN: Humanitarian official warns on situation in South Sudan
    05 march 2014 19:06:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Mr. Toby Lanzer, on Wednesday expressed concern over the dire situation in the country, warning that the world’s youngest nation could collapse by the end 2014 if urgent action is not taken to help see its people through the current crisis. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Authorities release blogger jailed for mocking Islam
    05 march 2014 18:44:31
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian blogger, Jaber Mejri, imprisoned for more than two years for publishing online caricatures deemed "blasphemous" and "offensive" to the Prophet Muhammad, was released Tuesday evening, PANA learnt from his lawyer, Bochra Belhaj Hamida. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Media coverage of Quran's desecration deplored
    05 march 2014 18:36:18
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian High Authority of the Press and the Audiovisual (HAPA) has deplored the coverage, by several private television networks, of the recent events linked to the desecration of the Quran in a mosque in Nouakchott, the Mauritaian capital. Full text...

  • US: UN shifts to development-focused presence in Sierra Leone
    05 march 2014 17:44:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Wednesday launched a new phase of support in Sierra Leone with the transitioning of its political mission to a more development-focused UN presence. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Desecration of the Quran condemned in Mauritania
    05 march 2014 17:28:48
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Several Mauritanian political parties and organisations Wednesday condemned the desecration of the Quran at the weekend in a mosque in the outskirts of Nouakchott, the capital. Full text...

  • Rwanda: World police chiefs discuss cybercrime in Africa
    05 march 2014 16:52:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Some police officials from 40 countries across the world rose from a three-day annual general assembly of the International Association of police chiefs (IACP) here, agreeing to strengthen cooperation in the fight against cybercrime, money laundering, terrorism as well as the proliferation of light weapons, IACP said in a communique, obtained by PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Gunmen attack national TV station
    05 march 2014 09:21:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Gunmen on Tuesday attacked Libya's official television station "al-Wataniya", firing rocket-propelled grenades at the troops guarding the station before they were repelled, officials said. Full text...

  • Zambia: Catholic priest commits suicide
    05 march 2014 08:45:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - A Catholic Priest at Charles Lwanga College of Education in Monze, western Zambia, has allegedly committed suicide, PANA quoted the local media as reporting Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: 'Drug use increases in Africa'
    04 march 2014 22:53:19
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB ) says there has been an increase in drug trafficking in Africa. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR wants more support for CAR, South Sudan refugees
    04 march 2014 21:42:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency on Tuesday appealed for increased support to meet the needs of people fleeing the crises in the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan, especially those who have arrived in Chad, Cameroon and Ethiopia. Full text...

  • UN: Official condemns spate of violence in Nigeria
    04 march 2014 20:18:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mr. Said Djinnt, on Tuesday strongly condemned the latest wave of violence in Nigeria and demanded an end to attacks targeting innocent civilians. Full text...

  • South Africa: 'South Africa now, an honest and reliable peace broker'
    04 march 2014 19:59:41
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – There is a great deal of irony in South Africa’s role as a recognised and highly respected peace broker on the African continent. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty Int'l tasks UN Security Council on Somalia
    04 march 2014 19:08:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Amnesty International says the UN Security Council’s relaxing of the international arms embargo on Somalia last year appears to have contributed to a rise in insecurity and human rights abuses that have resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths each month. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Air Force chief pledges end to Boko Haram insurgency
    04 march 2014 18:12:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – As Nigerians worry over the continued violence being perpetuated by the Boko Haram terror sect in the North Eastern part of the country, despite the heavy military presence in the area, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosun, says the Nigerian military has the capacity to end the insurgency soon. Full text...

  • Zambia: UNHRC commends Zambian women for being champions in hosting refugees
    04 march 2014 14:17:11
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has commended the pivotal role Zambian women have played in hosting refugees. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Households get 12,000 compost bins
    04 march 2014 13:42:05
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The second phase of a scheme under which 12,000 compost bins and a mixing tool will be distributed to households was launched here Tuesday by the Commission of Mauritius A Sustainable Island (MID). Full text...

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