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  • Togo: Police seize 125.1kg of ivory
    14 june 2014 13:24:24
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The Togolese police have arrested two suspected ivory traffickers with 125.1 kg of ivory in a taxi in the capital city of Lome, police sources told PANA here on Saturday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Epainette Mbeki laid to rest
    14 june 2014 13:05:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Epainette Mbeki, widow of South African liberation struggle stalwart Govan Mbeki and mother of former President Thabo Mbeki, was laid to rest following a moving funeral service in Dutywa in the Eastern Cape on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: Human Rights Office concerned by 'harsh sentences' on Egypt activists
    13 june 2014 22:05:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN human rights office says Egypt’s judicial system has again come up short following a criminal court's harsh jail sentence handed 25 activists, including prominent blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah, reportedly for "breaching the protest law, illegal gathering, theft, and attacking officials on duty." Full text...

  • UN: Envoy reiterates commitment to stability of Nigeria, Lake Chad basin region
    13 june 2014 19:39:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in West Africa, Mr. Said Djinnit, on Friday reiterated the UN's commitment to help stabilize Nigeria and the Lake Chad basin region following the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • UN: Refugees agency appeals for safe haven for CAR civilians
    13 june 2014 19:27:37
    New York, US (PANA) - As ongoing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to drive civilians to seek safety elsewhere, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) is appealing to neighbouring countries to keep their borders open and allow access to safe haven for people on the run. Full text...

  • Burundi: Civil Society expresses solidarity with detained human rights activist
    13 june 2014 17:34:09
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Some 100 Civil Society organizations, under the umbrella Forum for the Strengthening of Civil Society (FORSC), on Friday urged its members to attend Monday's protest march aimed at securing the release of Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, President of the association and protection of human rights and prisoners (APRODH). Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia, Italy reinforce security cooperation
    13 june 2014 17:20:42
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Saying that Italy is satisfied with efforts by the Tunisian government in terms of security and the fight against terrorism, the Italian Defence Minister, Mrs. Roberta Pinotti, declared here Friday that her country would assist Tunisia in its security efforts. Full text...

  • Malawi: New Malawi president, Mutharika, to wed ex-legislator
    13 june 2014 17:04:30
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi's newly-elected President, Prof. Peter Mutharika, will marry his long-time lover and confidante, Gertrude Hendrina Maseko, at a private ceremony on Saturday, 21 June, 2014, the State House has revealed. Full text...

  • US: Official tasks UN General Assembly on strategy against terrorism
    13 june 2014 16:54:19
    New York, US (PANA) - As the UN General Assembly began a review of its overall counter-terrorism strategy, Acting Assembly President Michel Tommo Monthe of Cameroon, has urged member states to take advantage of the opportunity "to make the UN more relevant" in the international effort to fight what he called "a destructive and deplorable malady". Full text...

  • Libya: Gunmen attack bank in Tripoli
    13 june 2014 16:30:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A security guard was injured during an exchange of gunfire when an armed group attacked a bank Thursday in the Gorgi district of Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Libya: Al-Jazeera office in Benghazi ransacked
    13 june 2014 16:01:37
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Some disgruntled residents of Benghazi, eastern Libya, on Thursday attacked the office of the Qatari satellite channel, Al-Jazeera, in protest against the action of the director of the channel’s office in Libya. Full text...

  • Congo: WFP, HCR warn CAR refugees in Congo in alarming situation
    13 june 2014 15:54:05
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The World Food Programme (WFP) representative in Congo and the UN High Commission for Refugees (HCR) say refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) here are in need of assistance following a joint survey carried out in Likouala, northern Congo, where they are about 16,000 refugees, local media reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Al Qaida claims responsibility for attack on Interior minister's residence
    13 june 2014 15:35:17
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Al Qaida in Islamic Maghreb (AQMI) has claimed responsibility for the attack in May on the residence of the Tunisian Interior minister, Lotfi Ben Jeddou, according to a statement Friday on its website. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Half of abducted Nigerian school girls may never be found - Obasanjo
    13 june 2014 13:28:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's former President Olusegun Obasanjo warned Friday that half of the over 200 abducted Nigerian school girls may never be found, in comments that will surely raise fears among the parents and guardians of the girls. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID staffer released after nearly 100 days in captivity
    13 june 2014 12:10:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - An international contractor working for the UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur, UNAMID, was released Friday after 94 days in captivity, the mission said in a statement. Full text...

  • South Africa: Amnesty slams Pretoria's failure to tackle xenophobia
    13 june 2014 09:12:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Amnesty International has slammed the South African government and police for not doing enough to protect Somali refugees. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy calls for calm on DR Congo-Rwanda border
    13 june 2014 08:01:51
    New York, US (PANA) - Following clashes on Wednesday between the armed forces of the Full text...

  • Mali: Bamako delighted at moves by armed groups to partake in inclusive dialogue
    12 june 2014 18:53:42
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian government Thursday issued an official statement, welcoming the 9 June, 2014, joint declaration by the three rebel movements in northern Mali which will create the room for all-inclusive dialogue. Full text...

  • Mali: Advanced journalism school to be opened in Mali
    12 june 2014 17:52:43
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian authorities will establish a school of Journalism and Communication sciences (ESJSC) to train professional journalists for specialization in fields of economy, democracy and environment, according to a communiqué issued Wednesday at the end of a meeting of the council of ministers. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns car bombing resulting in death of UN peacekeepers in Mali
    12 june 2014 16:36:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned Thursday's car bomb attack on a UN camp in Mali that resulted in the death of four peacekeepers from Chad. Full text...

  • US: UN experts denounce detention, trial of human rights defenders in Swaziland
    12 june 2014 16:31:49
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of independent UN experts on Thursday voiced serious concerns at the arrest, detention and prosecution of human rights lawyer, Mr. Thulani Maseko, and the editor-in-chief of The Nation magazine, Mr. Bheki Makhubu, in Swaziland. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body urges SA police to stop attacks on Somalia refugees
    12 june 2014 14:21:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Attacks on Somali-owned shops in and around Mamelodi township over the last six days have cost lives and livelihoods and are part of a disturbing trend of violence against refugees and migrants which the police and government are failing to address, Amnesty International said Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: USAID invests US$8million in languages, maths initiative
    12 june 2014 13:49:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has invested 680 million Kenyan shillings (US$8 million) in the Kenya Primary Mathematics and Reading Initiative (PRIMR). Full text...

  • Belgium: Illegal immigration to feature prominently in EU Summit agenda
    12 june 2014 11:32:21
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The summit of European Union (EU) Heads of State and government, scheduled for 26-27 June in Brussels, will be devoted, among others issues, to illegal immigration, the council of member states said in a statement issued here Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: 1 dead, 6 wounded in suicide attack in Benghazi
    12 june 2014 08:38:47
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - A suicide bomb attack at a security checkpoint in Berses, 50 km from Libya's second largest city of Benghazi, has killed one soldier and wounded six others, security sources said on Wednesday evening. Full text...

  • US: UN urges reparations for victims of sexual violence in conflict
    11 june 2014 22:29:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Wednesday launched a set of guidelines on reparations for the individuals and the communities affected by sexual violence, noting that the victims of conflict-related sexual violence need help rebuilding their lives. Full text...

  • Senegal: Report by West African commission for drug to be launched
    11 june 2014 21:58:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The West African Commission for drug (WACD) will on Thursday launch its final report on the situation of drug trafficking in the sub-region, says a statement issued by the organization on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Officials stress need to counter appeal of terrorism
    11 june 2014 21:50:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says critical to defeating terrorism and making the world a safer place is addressing conditions that give rise to this scourge, stressing the need to better support the victims of such heinous acts. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for more investment in peacekeeping operations
    11 june 2014 19:53:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said that the international community must be prepared to invest in peacekeeping and peacebuilding at a "key moment for this flagship UN activity", whose budget is approaching US$8 billion. Full text...

  • UN: 'Safety of journalists essential to vibrant, democratic societies'
    11 june 2014 19:42:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, says sound, bold and independent journalism is vital in any democratic society, stressing the need to ensure the safety of media workers, who have come under increasing attacks, harassment and intimidation over the past few years. Full text...

  • Mali: Interpol delegation calls on Malian PM
    11 june 2014 18:27:05
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian Prime Minister, Moussa Mara, Tuesday received a delegation from Interpol, led by the Director of the Interpol anti-terrorist committee, Pierre Saint-Hilaire, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's office here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police alert operators, users of football viewing centres on security
    11 june 2014 18:21:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – As the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins Thursday in Brazil, the Nigerian Police have called on operators of public-viewing centres across the country and football-loving fans to be security conscious and report any suspicious movements and objects conspicuously placed in public places to security agencies. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Court bars Police from preventing rallies by #Bring Back Our Girls' campaigners
    11 june 2014 18:06:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Nigerian court in Abuja Wednesday ruled that the Police lacked the powers to outlaw rallies and peaceful demonstrations in the country, saying that under all Nigerian laws, the Police are bereft of powers to prevent or stop rallies or processions with regards to the over 200 school girls abducted from their school, Chibok, north eastern Borno State. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senate insists Nigeria will lose land to Cameroon in UN territory delineation
    11 june 2014 17:56:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate Wednesday shrugged off claims by the Nigerian Boundary Commission that the country will not lose any inch of its land in the ongoing delineation of territory between Nigeria and Cameroon, expressing concern over the likely loss of huge revenue from the exercise. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military organizes seminar on new options in fight against Boko Haram
    11 june 2014 17:48:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military Wednesday began a three-day national security seminar to work out new options towards the Boko Haram insurgency and other criminal activities in the country with the Minister of Defence, retired Lt.-Gen. Aliyu Gusau Mohammed, saying that in a matter of time, the forces against the Nigerian state will be brought to their knees. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Detainees take care of the environment in Mauritius
    11 june 2014 16:25:11
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – For the first time in the history of Mauritius, two dozens detainees, not considered high-risk by the Mauritius Prisons Department, Wednesday participated in road cleaning and planting of the trees and other decorative plants at Pointe-aux- Sables, near the capital, Port-Louis, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS court rules Gambia failed to investigate journalist's murder
    11 june 2014 16:08:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed Tuesday's ruling by a West African regional court, which found that the Gambian government failed to conduct a meaningful investigation into the murder of journalist Deyda Hydara. Full text...

  • 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...

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