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  • Vital oilfield in southern Libya attacked
    22 november 2018 11:15:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The al-Charara oilfield in southern Libya was on Wednesday afternoon attacked by an armed gang, Akakus Company, a subsidiary of the Libyan National Company (NOC), has announced. Full text...

  • 8 wounded in Benghazi explosion
    22 november 2018 10:17:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Eight people were injured on Wednesday evening in an explosion in a district west of al-Salamani in Benghazi in the east of Libya, reflecting the persistent violence in the city, medical and local sources said. Full text...

  • Two killed in clash between self-defence militia and butchers in Burkina Faso
    22 november 2018 09:25:38
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least two people died and another seriously injured on Wednesday afternoon during a clash between members of "Koglwéogo" self-defence group and butchers in a market of Tanghin district in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • UN warns that more than 60% people now need urgent humanitarian assistance in CAR
    22 november 2018 06:11:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - People’s needs in Central African Republic (CAR) have increased significantly in recent months, the top United Nations aid official in the country warned on Wednesday, amid worsening localised violence that has included the recent torching of two camps for displaced people. Full text...

  • UN General Assembly President defends ‘landmark’ migration compact
    22 november 2018 06:01:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Addressing recent reports that some countries are backing out of the United Nations global migration compact set to be adopted in December, UN General Assembly President Maria Espinosa on Wednesday defended the accord as a tool that would ensure all migrants everywhere have their rights safeguarded. Full text...

  • UN police officer recognised for protecting vulnerable Somali women from abuse
    22 november 2018 05:54:34
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Police Officer Phyllis Osei has been awarded the 2018 UN Female Police Officer Award, in recognition for her outstanding work with the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). Full text...

  • Nigeria partners with UNWTO to carry out tourism masterplan
    21 november 2018 18:28:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria on Wednesday said it is partnering with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in the implementation of the National Tourism Development Master plan, in order to optimally harness the country’s tourism potentials. Full text...

  • Nigeria's secret police arrest three top ISWA, Boko Haram terrorists
    21 november 2018 17:30:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS), on Wednesday announced the arrest of a member of Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) and a close associate of Liman Maitukwane, the current leader of Ansaru Group. Full text...

  • ICRC assists 12,000 IDPs in the Sahel
    21 november 2018 13:42:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Armed violence in the province of Soum, Burkina Faso, since 2016, has pushed thousands of people on the roads to areas considered more secure, leaving everything behind, the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • NRC raises red flag on funds for emergency relief in Mali
    21 november 2018 11:34:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Humanitarian agencies, having run out of funds, are unable to provide emergency relief to starving women and children fleeing from inter-communal violence in central and northern Mali, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Boko Haram terrorists kill 53 soldiers, farmers in series of attacks
    21 november 2018 09:59:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Boko Haram terrorists have in a series of attacks in the last three days killed 53 soldiers and farmers in Nigeria’s violent northeast region. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for strengthening of peacekeeping in Africa
    21 november 2018 09:16:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Citing the “encouraging progress” achieved by United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa – which hosts half of all ongoing missions – UN chief António Guterres on Tuesday urged the international community to strengthen cooperation and commitment to peacekeeping, during an open debate held at the Security Council. Full text...

  • Refugee, migrant children face hardships accessing education – UN report
    21 november 2018 04:42:36
    Paris, France (PANA) - Migrant and refugee children face incredible hardships attending schools and accessing education, a new United Nations report released on Tuesday has revealed, highlighting also structural weaknesses in national systems that can sometimes exclude children on the move. Full text...

  • Cameroon violence condemned by UN human rights office
    21 november 2018 04:10:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Continuing insecurity in Cameroon has been condemned by the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) amid reports of killings by armed groups and State forces that has prompted mass internal displacement. Full text...

  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urges Cameroonians to stop acts of violence
    20 november 2018 19:52:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday urged all opposing sides in the Southwest and Northwest regions of Cameroon to refrain from acts of violence that have, for more than a year now, left the population in these regions living in fear, unable to access their basic human rights. Full text...

  • Africa loses billions of dollars due to child marriage - World Bank report
    20 november 2018 19:19:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Child marriage will cost African countries tens of billions of dollars in lost earnings and human capital, says a new World Bank report launched Tuesday ahead of the African Union Commission’s second African Girls Summit on Ending Child Marriage taking place in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • US Senators urge Gambian Truth Commission to investigate journalist Manneh case
    20 november 2018 18:36:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Six US Senators have urged Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission to investigate the case of journalist Chief Ebrima Manneh who went missing since July 2006 and he is now presumed dead. Full text...

  • Firecrackers wound 36 in Tripoli during Mahoulid festivities
    20 november 2018 16:24:12
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Thirty-six persons were injured in varying degrees due to the use of firecrackers on the eve Mahoulid Day celebrated Tuesday to mark the birth of Prophet Mohamed, the Health ministry's relief and emergencies office has said. Full text...

  • Tunisians celebrate Eid-el-Maulud in style
    20 november 2018 14:10:13
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisians, like other Islamic faithfuls across the world, celebrated the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from Monday night through Tuesday, Full text...

  • Malian Armed Forces destroy terrorist base near the Mauritanian border
    20 november 2018 12:08:57
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian Armed Forces (FAMA) last week carried out an operation at the Wagadou forest, near the Mauritanian border, in which they destroyed a terrorist base and neutralised 10 jihadists. Full text...

  • Malian President urges Muslims to pray for the country
    20 november 2018 11:19:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Tuesday urged the Muslim community to pray for the country and be aware of their common destiny. Full text...

  • Mali bans use of firecrackers for security reasons
    20 november 2018 11:08:30
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali has banned the use of firecrackers and other fireworks in the country for security reasons. Full text...

  • Ethnic violence in Oromia-Somali region displaces 200,000 people in Ethiopia
    20 november 2018 09:13:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethnic conflict along the Oromia-Somali region provincial boundaries in Ethiopia, has displaced over 200,000 people into camps within the region, an aid agency said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • EU extends military training mission in Somalia to December 2020
    19 november 2018 18:16:08
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union has extended the mandate of its military training mission (EUTM) in Somalia until 31 December 2020 and agreed on a budget of €22.9 million for the period 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2020. Full text...

  • European Union hails Ethiopia’s commitment to human rights, rule of law
    19 november 2018 17:51:52
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council on Monday welcomed the commitment of the government of Ethiopia to multi-party democracy, respect for human rights, the rule of law and gender equality. Full text...

  • Pope Francis appoints new Archbishop of Kigali
    19 november 2018 17:36:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Antoine Kambanda of the Catholic diocese of Kibungo in eastern Rwanda as the new Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kigali, according to an official statement issued by the Holy See in Rome. Full text...

  • Libyan declares Tuesday Mahoulid national holiday
    19 november 2018 16:51:31
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Presidential Council of the Government of National Unity has announced Tuesday as a national holiday for celebration of Mahoulid, the birthday of Prophet Mohamed. Full text...

  • 84 foreign hostages freed in Sudan’s Kasala region
    19 november 2018 15:29:54
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A joint armed force of the Sudanese army and other security services have set free some 84 foreign hostages, including 51 young women, and arrested 10 of their captors in a forest outside Kasala city, capital of east Sudan's Kasala State, half an hour drive from Eritrea and Ethiopia. Full text...

  • President Barrow declares Tuesday public holiday in observance of Maulud-nabi
    19 november 2018 15:21:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian leader, Adama Barrow, acting under section 76 of the 1997 Constitution of Republic of The Gambia, on Monday declared Tuesday, 20 November, 2018, as a public holiday throughout The Gambia, in observance of the Muslim feast of Maulud-nabi. Full text...

  • Burundian woman jumps to death from Kigali hotel's10th floor
    19 november 2018 14:21:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Belgium-based Burundian woman, who on Sunday jumped from the 10th floor of a hotel in down town Kigali, has been confirmed dead by the police. Full text...

  • 130 years of the advent of Church celebrated in Mali
    19 november 2018 14:06:00
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Celebrations marking the 47th edition of the Kita pilgrimage and the 130th anniversary of the advent of Church in Mali ended on Sunday in Kita, 180 kilometers from the capital, Bamako. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force destroys Boko Haram bases, workshops
    19 november 2018 13:48:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Monday said that its fighter jets destroyed Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) staging area and vehicle workshops on the outskirts of Tumbun Rego in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Kenya launches Coast Guard Service
    19 november 2018 13:09:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday officially launched the Kenya Coast Guard Service, saying it will play a pivotal role in unlocking the potential of fishing activities at the coast. Full text...

  • South African top lawyer seeks to keep paedophile behind bars
    19 november 2018 11:02:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Leading South African lawyer Barry Roux, who found international fame with his spirited defence of paralympian Oscar Pistorius during his murder trial, will fight against an early release for former Wimbledon champion and convicted paedophile Bob Hewitt. Full text...

  • Rights group lauds arrest of CAR militia leader
    19 november 2018 10:21:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Human Rights Watch says the International Criminal Court (ICC) has a new opportunity to deliver justice to victims in the Central African Republic (CAR) as it takes its first suspect into custody in its investigation of serious crimes committed in the country since 2012. Full text...

  • Late PANA Editor-in-Chief buried on Saturday in Togo
    18 november 2018 14:21:53
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The remains of Dominique Komi Biava Séyéna Séshie, the director of Communications and Editor-in-Chief of the Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS), Full text...

  • 'UN mission commits to protecting civilians, helping stabilize CAR, as violence flares'
    18 november 2018 11:32:14
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Amid a recent uptick in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Saturday said he stands in solidarity with the crisis-torn African country and warned that attacks against defenceless civilians and UN ‘blue helmets’ may amount to war crimes. Full text...

  • Malian President receives Vatican Secretary of State
    17 november 2018 14:16:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on Friday called on Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita, shortly after his arrival in Bamako, official sources told PANA on Saturday. Full text...

  • UNICEF raises red flag on children suffering from severe acute malnutrition across Sahel
    17 november 2018 08:49:32
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 1.3 million children under five years of age in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition across six Africa’s Sahel countries are expected to receive care in 2018. This is the highest number in at least a decade and a more than 50 per cent increase in the number of severely malnourished children compared to 2017 in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal. Full text...

  • Fare thee well, Biava Seshie (Tribute to the late Biava Seshie, Editor-in-Chief of PANAPRESS, by Kennedy Abwao)
    17 november 2018 07:27:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The saying adversity is the mother of invention applied best for Biava Seshie, who was the Editor-In-Chief of the Pan African News Agency until his eternal rest on 15 October 2018. Full text...

  • South Sudan’s women caught up in ‘futile man’s war’ UN gender equality chief
    17 november 2018 05:18:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The women of South Sudan are leading calls for political and militia leaders to honour the recent revitalised peace agreement, and end what they regard as a “futile man’s war”, the head of the UN gender equality agency, UN Women, told the Security Council on Friday. Full text...

  • 81 migrants stranded on freighter in Libya
    16 november 2018 17:47:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Eighty-one clandestine migrants were still stranded for the sixth consecutive day on Friday aboard a freighter off Misrata town, about 200 km east of Tripoli, said the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Full text...

  • Mali host int'l Forum on Action plan for the protection of Albinos
    16 november 2018 16:04:46
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The International Forum on the Adoption of an Action Plan for the Protection of Albinos in Mali, organized by the Salif Keïta Foundation, took place on Thursday in Bamako, the Malian capital. Full text...

  • Military tribunal to try detained Cameroonian journalist, cyber-activist, Michel Biem Tong
    16 november 2018 13:35:16
    Yaoundé, Cameroun (PANA) – The Camerounian journalist and cyber-activist, Michel Biem Tong, detained at the central prison of Nkodengui, in Yaoundé, will appear before a military tribunal on 5 December. Full text...

  • Killer of Nigerian diplomat jailed five years, payment of 'blood money'
    16 november 2018 11:33:54
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's Khartoum-east court has sentenced a Nigerian female student to five years in jail and a full diyyah (blood money) for killing a Nigerian diplomat. Full text...

  • Besieged Kenyan governor granted bail in gun possession case
    16 november 2018 10:41:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan county governor, arrested on Wednesday for illegal possession of firearms, was on Friday released by a Nairobi court on a US$5000 bond. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force destroys another Boko Haram camp in northeast Nigeria
    16 november 2018 10:13:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Friday said that its fighter jets destroyed a Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) Camp at Buk, along the Ajigin-Talala-Buk axis, near Alagarno Forest, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping chief says Sahel States need international support ‘now more than ever’
    16 november 2018 02:09:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Africa’s crisis-torn Sahel region needs support from the international community “now more than ever”, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, told the Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of ‘blue helmets’ in DR Congo
    16 november 2018 02:01:53
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Gutteres has condemned Wednesday's killing of seven peacekeepers serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which is also confronting a lethal Ebola outbreak. Full text...

  • EU puts Tanzania’s respect for human rights and rule of law on close watch
    15 november 2018 17:09:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Despite many years of close and fruitful relations with Tanzania, the European Union on Thursday said its Member States were getting concerned about recent political developments in the East African country. Full text...

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