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  • South Africa: Oscar Pistorius pleads not guilty as trial starts
    03 march 2014 10:07:41
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius Monday pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, as his trial over the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp started at the North Guateng High Court in South Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa: Thousands of sex workers to protest Monday
    02 march 2014 21:05:37
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - A group representing thousands of South African sex workers will Monday take to the streets across the country in commemoration of International Sex Worker Rights' Day. Full text...

  • Sudan: Scores killed in Abyei tribal clashes
    02 march 2014 18:10:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese Ambassador to Sudan Mayan Dot has said the clashes that have claimed dozens of lives in oil-rich Abyei Area have nothing to do with Khartoum or Juba governments. Full text...

  • Libya: Sirte Military Council Leader murdered
    02 march 2014 17:35:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The head of the military council in the Libyan city of Sirte, Makhlouf Ben Nasser Al-Ferjani, was shot dead Sunday morning, the Libyan news agency, LANA, reported. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Family of missing policeman protests in Nouakchott
    02 march 2014 17:29:14
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Members of the family of a Mauritanian policeman who disappeared since 14 Dec. 2013, Sidi Mohamed Ould Yetna, organised a protest on Sunday in front of the presidential palace in the capital city of Nouakchott, PANA correspondent reported from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Gunmen kill French national in Benghazi
    02 march 2014 17:03:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Gunmen killed a French national in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on Sunday, in the latest slaying of a foreigner in the restive area, a security source said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Dozens killed in blast
    02 march 2014 09:51:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Dozens of civilians are feared to have been killed on Saturday night in a double explosion in Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria's northern Borno state which is regarded as the epicentre of the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abductors of President's adopted father 'demands 500m naira'
    02 march 2014 09:27:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The abductors of a man who has been described variously as President Goodluck Jonathan's cousin, uncle and adopted father are insisting on their earlier demand of 500 million naira (US$2.9 million) before he can be released, the local Punch newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • South Africa: All set for “trial of the century”
    02 march 2014 09:04:49
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - South Africans as well as a global television audience are gearing up for the Oscar Pistorius trial which is due to start on Monday and is widely expected to be the most riveting murder trial since that of former US professional football player O.J. Simpson in California almost two decades ago. Full text...

  • UN: Official warns on 'ethno-religious cleansing' in CAR
    01 march 2014 20:08:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Philip Leclerc, the officer-in-charge of the protection cluster of the the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in the Central African Republic (CAR), has warned that "ethno-religious cleansing" is being carried out in the country. Full text...

  • UN: WFP says funding affecting food relief in DRC
    01 march 2014 19:28:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says a major funding gap is forcing the agency to scale back geographical coverage of its work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and to instead focus on "acutely-insecure, conflict-affected areas" in the country. Full text...

  • Libya: Another senior military officer gunned down in Benghazi
    01 march 2014 14:06:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Gunmen on Friday evening shot dead a Libyan army colonel in the restive eastern city of Benghazi as demonstrations were held in several cities to protest against the insecurity prevailing in city considered as the cradle of the revolution in 2001 that ousted former leader Mouamar Kaddafi. Full text...

  • Mali: 45 villages to give up female genital mutilation
    01 march 2014 13:42:09
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Forty-five Malian villages have given up female genital mutilation (FGM) under a convention signed on Friday in Bamako by the leaders of these villages and the Malian Minister for the Promotion of Family, Women and Children. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Editors call for action to save newspapers from bankruptcy
    28 february 2014 22:57:59
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The president of the Tunisian League of Newspaper Editors, Tabeb al-Zahir, has called for urgent measures to save newspapers from bankruptcy, stressing that successive governments since the revolution have ignored their pleas, leaving them with huge financial burdens. Full text...

  • UN: Expert tasks Guinea-Bissau authorities on better life for the poor
    28 february 2014 21:32:42
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Magdalena Sepulveda, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, on Friday called on authorities in Guinea-Bissau to address the critical needs of the poorest and most marginalized members of society. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military claims 13 more Boko Haram terrorists killed, others arrested
    28 february 2014 18:28:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military Friday said its specialised forces have killed a total of 13 Boko Haram insurgents in their make-shift camps, sited between Borno and Adamawa States in the North Eastern part of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military denies alleged terror attack on Gov.
    28 february 2014 16:29:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military Friday denied online reports that the convoy of the Governor of Adamawa State in North Eastern Nigeria, retired Admiral Murtala Nyako, was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...

  • Congo: Media regulatory authority highlights blunders in the local press
    28 february 2014 16:23:15
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The President of the High Council for Freedom of Communication (HCFC), the media regulatory authority in Congo, Philoppe Mvouo, has slammed the local media for, what he called, "blunders in your work". Full text...

  • Zambia: US slams Zambia for serious human rights violations
    28 february 2014 14:50:35
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The United States government says it observed serious human rights problems in Zambia in 2013, including arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings, restrictions on freedom of speech, assembly, and the press, government corruption and discrimination against persons with disabilities and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt. adopts stringent policy against slavery
    28 february 2014 12:43:34
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government will adopt an official policy for the eradication of all forms of slavery in the country, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Gulnara Shanian, said late Thursday at a press conference held at the end of her four-day assessment mission here. Full text...

  • Congo: WFP alarmed at the mass exodus from CAR since 2013
    28 february 2014 11:31:28
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The World Food Programme (WFP) has expressed concern over the consequences of the mass exodus from the Central African Republic (CAR) into neighboring countries, saying that some 102,000 Central Africans have deserted their country since the violence started in March 2013. Full text...

  • Morocco: Gunmen attack Moroccan diplomatic building in Tripoli
    28 february 2014 00:06:00
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – Unidentified gunmen on Thursday attacked the Moroccan consulate in Tripoli, Libya, according to a communiqué from the Moroccan foreign affairs ministry in Rabat. Full text...

  • US: UN marks launch of 'Kwibuka 20' to remember Rwanda genocide
    27 february 2014 22:53:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday honoured the launch of "Kwibuka 20", a series of events commemorating the tragedy. Full text...

  • Libya: Unknown gunmen torch parts of Defence ministry building in Benghazi
    27 february 2014 22:44:29
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Unidentified gunmen late on Wednesday night set fire to the Libyan Defence ministry in Benghazi causing huge damage to the building, reliable sources said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Seven charged with missing 'stillborn' baby
    27 february 2014 22:06:41
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Police have charged seven people for the disappearance of a "stillborn" baby at Ghana's second biggest teaching hospital in Kumasi, that triggered a violent demonstration by a mob and a one-week strike by doctors and nurses at the hospital. Full text...

  • UN: Official laments 'shocking' scenes in South Sudan hospital
    27 february 2014 21:15:23
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Mr. Toby Lanzer has described as "shocking" what he saw during a visit to a Teaching Hospital in the town of Malakal, South Sudan, where he encountered nothing but dead bodies. Full text...

  • Senegal: Police seize 96 kg of marijuana from Bamako train
    27 february 2014 20:19:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese police on Wednesday in Dakar seized 96 kilograms of marijuana in a freight train from the Malian capital, Bamako. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN commends resumption of direct Government-SPLM-N talks
    27 february 2014 18:51:03
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN on Thursday called on Sudanese negotiating parties in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to take immediate steps to ensure that humanitarian needs can be addressed while political dialogue continues. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military on new offensive against Boko Haram
    27 february 2014 17:27:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military on Thursday announced a new “elevated” phase of its counter terrorism campaign designed to further contain the Boko Haram terrorists and their activities in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanians demand release of four Al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt
    27 february 2014 17:10:02
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Several hundred Mauritanians, including media professionals and politicians, demonstrated on Thursday in front of the offices of Al-Jazeera television network in Nouakchott, asking for the release of the four journalists of the Qatar-based international TV channel who have been detained for many weeks in Egypt. Full text...

  • UN: Human rights office condemns Ugandan newspaper
    27 february 2014 17:06:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Full text...

  • Angola: "Lost" oil-ladden ship returns to Angola
    27 february 2014 16:13:28
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Angolan authorities have got back the oil tanker, MT Kerala, operating under a Liberian flag, after it disappeared on 18 January, 2014, with 60,000 tons of gasoil from the Angolan Oil giants, Sonangol, PANA reported Thursday from the Angolan capital. Full text...

  • Burundi: Illegal aliens hunted in Bujumbura
    27 february 2014 16:02:04
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Some 48 foreign nationals, staying illegally in Burundi, have been rounded up in the past few days in Bujumbura, the capital city, and in other parts of the country, the deputy spokesman of the Burundian National Police, Pierre Nkurikiye, announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan proposes development of 'African Human Security Index'
    27 february 2014 15:36:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has stressed the need for the African Union Peer Review Mechanism to pay greater attention to the issues of human security, peace and development. Full text...

  • Congo: Self-declared anti-Balaka coordinator arrested
    27 february 2014 14:12:04
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The self-proclaimed political coordinator for the anti-Balaka militia, hostile to Muslims in Central African Republic, Patrice Edouard Ngaïssona, has been arrested along with two of his companions in Likouala, in northern part of Congo, local media reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo: Congolese private newspaper, Talassa, banned for 4 months
    27 february 2014 13:38:58
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese private newspaper, Talassa, has been banned for a period of four months by the Superior Council for the Freedom of Communication (CSLC), PANA reported from Brazzaville. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council tasks Malians on sustainable solution to crisis
    26 february 2014 23:01:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Members of the UN Security Council, who recently visited Mali, saiy that any sustainable solution on the security, political and development challenges facing the country must be agreed and led by Malians themselves. Full text...

  • UN: UNDP promotes peaceful coexistence in CAR
    26 february 2014 21:30:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday launched an initiative to promote peace-building and social cohesion among the Central African Republic’s (CAR) communities. Full text...

  • Libya: Reporters Without Borders concerned about press freedom in Libya
    26 february 2014 21:05:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Insecurity in Libya has strongly and negatively influenced freedom of the press in the country, the Paris-based media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), has said. Full text...

  • Libya: Gunmen kill 2 in Benghazi
    26 february 2014 19:27:29
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Two people, including a former police officer, were shot dead Wednesday in Benghazi in two separate attacks by unidentified gunmen, PANA reported here, quoting security sources. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNESCO says education sector is in crisis
    26 february 2014 18:35:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Some 10% of the world expenditure, devoted to primary education, are lost in bad quality education and therefore children are unable to learn, says the 11th world report on monitoring of education for all (EPT), released Wednesday by UNESCO. Full text...

  • Niger: ECOWAS meeting on biometric national identity card holds
    26 february 2014 17:53:53
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Security ministers from ECOWAS member states met here Wednesday to discuss the entry into circulation of the biometric national identity card in the Community. Full text...

  • UN: Ban deplores brutal slaying in north-eastern Nigeria
    26 february 2014 16:53:05
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has strongly condemned the brutal slaying on Tuesday of dozens of students at a college in north-eastern Nigeria and voiced the hope that the perpetrators will be swiftly brought to justice. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senate wants Army chief to relocate to Boko Haram enclave
    26 february 2014 15:58:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate committee on Defence on Wednesday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to direct the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, to relocate his office to the 7 Division of the Nigeria Army headquarters in Maiduguri in order to tackle rising activities of the Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • Nigeria: NGO drags Coca-Cola to UN over 'harmful' drinks
    26 february 2014 12:56:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian NGO Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged the Nigerian subsidiaries of global soft drink maker Coca-Cola Ltd and the Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights over “serious breaches of corporate responsibility to respect the right to health of Nigerians and the failure to provide effective remedies to victims”. Full text...

  • Senegal: Senegal, Mali to fight trans-border gas trafficking
    26 february 2014 12:54:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal and Mali have announced that trucks carrying goods between Dakar and Bamako will not be allowed to have a third gas tank as from 3 March in a bid to prevent gas trafficking, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Force claims crushing 70% of rebel forces
    26 february 2014 12:28:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's Rapid Intervention Force (RIF), hitherto unknown, said it had crushed 70% of the rebel Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in South Kordufan’s Western Nuba Mountains. Full text...

  • Sudan: MSF reveals scenes of horror during rebel-govt clashes in South Sudan
    26 february 2014 12:13:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - An international medical charity operating in South Sudan has raised the alarm that hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese are currently denied life saving assistance because of the inter-tribal and government-rebel fighting in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'S/Sudanese fleeing into Sudan displaced, not refugees'
    26 february 2014 11:36:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) -The Sudanese government regards South Sudan citizens who have fled the war at home into Sudan as “displaced” persons, not refugees, and are treated as Sudanese citizens, the local media Wednesday quoted Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Suleiman Abdul Rahman Suleiman as saying. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt to strengthen security around federal schools after attack
    26 february 2014 09:35:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Federal Government has said security will be tightened around federal colleges to prevent a repeat of Monday night's attack that claimed the lives of at least 43 students of the Federal Government College, Buni-Yadi, in northern Yobe state. Full text...

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