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  • UN human rights council endorses global guide for businesses
    17 june 2011 16:26:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Human Rights Council has endorsed a new set of global guiding principles for businesses, designed to ensure that companies do not violate human rights in the course of their transactions. Full text...

  • Zim police woman sacked for having affair with opposition MP
    16 june 2011 14:33:19
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - A Zimbabwean police woman has been sacked for allegedly concealing a suspected affair with an opposition legislator, the local media reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Migiro urges nations to invest in poverty eradication
    14 june 2011 18:52:23
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Asha-Rose Migiro on Tuesday stressed the need to protect development gains achieved so far despite the fiscal austerity measures undertaken in the wake of the global financial crisis, saying great social benefits arise from investing in poverty eradication programmes. Full text...

  • Prolonged jobs crisis continues - ILO
    08 june 2011 07:44:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The prolonged jobs crisis, despite some promising signs of growth, continues to defy global efforts by governments and businesses to generate employment and end the growing hardships people are suffering in their search for work, the International Labour Office (ILO) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • ILO chief calls for "new era of social justice"
    02 june 2011 19:14:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Juan Somavia, has called for "a new era of social justice" due to unemployment, unfair globalization, turmoil in the workplace and extreme differences between rich and poor. Full text...

  • Niger launches extensive training programme for various professionals
    31 may 2011 17:58:46
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Nigerien government Tuesday launched a programme to train 1,500 apprentices and 500 teacher trainees on Cooperative Education, supported by the Fund to Support Continuing Professional Development and Learning (FAFPCA ), official sources in Niamey told PANA. Full text...

  • 'Gambian president will be 46 Wednesday'
    24 may 2011 19:28:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – All is now set in the Gambia for the 46th-year birthday celebrations of president Yahya Jammeh, PANA has confirmed from here. Full text...

  • Mauritanian secondary school teachers observe 3-day general strike
    22 may 2011 19:33:44
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania’s National Union of Secondary Education (SNES) is embarking on a three-day general strike from Sunday, sources close to the union told PANA. Full text...

  • Mauritanian miners go on strike
    19 may 2011 17:38:37
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Miners at the Tasiast Mauritania Limited on Thursday began a general strike to press for a wage increase of 15 percent, union sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Mauritania's striking doctors back to work
    18 may 2011 12:48:03
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Striking medical doctors in Mauritania were due to start work Wednesday, after they called off their strike that started 7 April. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe bans used car imports
    17 may 2011 12:07:05
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe Tuesday banned imports of second hand cars older than five years, saying the vehicles posed environmental hazards. Full text...

  • Mali, Italian group sign vocational training agreement for young Malians
    12 may 2011 16:07:36
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali’s National Agency for the Promotion of Employment (ANPE) and the Italian group, Andriano, on Wednesday in Bamako signed an agreement in the vocational training and employment sectors, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Mali university teachers call off strike
    09 may 2011 18:49:17
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Members of National Union of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Mali (SYNESUP) have called off their indefinite strike after the signing Monday of an agreement between the Malian government and the leaders of the organization in Bamako, according to a PANA report. Full text...

  • Strike paralyses Mauritania’s secondary education
    09 may 2011 12:36:14
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The three-day strike embarked upon Sunday by the National Union of Secondary Education in Mauritania (SNES) has been largely successful, thus paralysing teaching and learning at that level, according to a statement issued by the union and obtained by PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritania secondary education union declares 3-day strike
    07 may 2011 17:51:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The National Secondary Education Union of Mauritania (SNES) Saturday called for a three-day strike (8, 9 and 10 May), to claim "better living conditions" for teachers. Full text...

  • UNESCO, Nigeria sign pact on adult, youth literacy
    06 may 2011 19:18:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday signed an agreement with the Nigerian government to revitalize adult and youth literacy in the country. Full text...

  • UNESCO stresses importance of press freedom
    03 may 2011 16:37:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Tuesday stressed that freedom of expression remained as important as ever in the digital age, saying it served as a basis for democracy and human dignity everywhere. Full text...

  • Mauritanian workers agitate for hike in salaries
    01 may 2011 20:09:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Celebrating the the International Labour Day here on Sunday, thousands of Mauritanian workers from different trade unions paraded the main streets of Nouakchott, the capital, calling for a hike in their salaries, PANA reported. Full text...

  • UN uses social media to enhance work - official
    28 april 2011 16:58:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Kiyo Akasaka, on Thursday said the organisation was increasingly harnessing social media and the Internet to disseminate key messages on its work and activities around the world. Full text...

  • ILO calls for preventive measures in workplaces
    28 april 2011 15:50:47
    New York,US (PANA) - The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Juan Somavia, on Thursday called for preventive measures to ensure people worldwide had safer workplaces. Full text...

  • UNESCO says sub-Saharan Africa spending more on education
    27 april 2011 17:50:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a report, unveiled Wednesday, that countries in sub-Saharan Africa have been increasing expenditure on education by six per cent every year over the past decade. Full text...

  • Moroccan workers get salary increases
    27 april 2011 16:52:01
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The Moroccan government announced an increase in the salaries of civil servants by 600 dirhams (50 euros), with effect from 1 May, following several rounds of meetings with the workers' unions, PANA learnt Wednesday from official sources. Full text...

  • Road crashes at Easter kill 82 in Zimbabwe
    27 april 2011 11:40:12
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Eighty two people were killed in separate road accidents in Zimbabwe over the Easter holiday, police said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Air Zimbabwe pilots end strike
    21 april 2011 12:21:53
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Striking Air Zimbabwe pilots and cabin crews returned to work Thursday after the government promised to pay their outstanding salaries and allowances which had prompted the strike. Full text...

  • Two Mauritanian secondary education unions call strike
    17 april 2011 15:12:06
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Two workes' unions in the education sector on Sunday announced a three-day strike from 8-10 May to support several demands aimed at improving working and living conditions of professionals. Full text...

  • 'More countries closer to MDG targets, but poorest countries need urgent help'
    16 april 2011 10:01:29
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Two-thirds of developing countries are on track or close to meeting key targets for tackling extreme poverty and hunger, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Saturday. Full text...

  • WFP gives 500 tonnes of cornflour to Mali schools
    08 april 2011 21:44:12
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The World Food Programme (WFP) has granted the Malian Ministry of Education, Literacy and National Languages, 531 tonnes of rich cornflour valued at 142.3 million FCFA for schools. Full text...

  • Mauritanian health workers in massive protest
    05 april 2011 15:45:56
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Determined to have their rist allowances restored, Mauritanian health workers protested Tuesday in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Malawi Varsity to be 'completely sealed' as stand-off continues
    04 april 2011 14:56:59
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The University Council, the regulatory authority of the University of Malawi, has ordered the complete sealing of Chancellor College and the Polytechnic, two constituent colleges of the university, by 5pm local time (15hrs GMT) on Wednesday following Full text...

  • University of Kinshasa teachers go on strike from Monday
    03 april 2011 20:36:24
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Teachers of the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN) in DR Congo will embark on an indefinite work stoppage starting Monday, following an extraordinary meeting Saturday by the Association of Teachers of UNIKIN (APUKIN). Full text...

  • UN launches annual Yearbook in digital format
    31 march 2011 18:57:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Thursday released the latest edition of its annual Yearbook, which for the first time is being made available in digital format for e-book readers. Full text...

  • Amnesty International says global death penalty drops
    29 march 2011 19:36:44
    New York, US (PANA) - An annual report by Amnesty International said that the use of the death penalty globally was falling due to the abolition of the practice in some parts of the world. Full text...

  • UN marks Int'l Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination
    22 march 2011 16:14:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Tuesday urged the international community to make efforts to address the plight of people of African descent, deploring the discrimination and social exclusion that many of them still endure, even as their historical contributions in all fields of human endeavour are ignored. Full text...

  • Mali university teachers continue strike
    22 march 2011 14:35:13
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The strike action, commenced Saturday by members of the National Union of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Mali (SYNESUP), continued Tuesday, paralyzing activities at the University of Bamako and other schools across the country, PANA noted. Full text...

  • 'Nearly 30,000 Rwandan refugees still live in North-Kivu'
    14 march 2011 21:39:31
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Nearly 30,000 Rwandan refugees still live in the North-Kivu province in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the head of the provincial unit of the National Refugee Committee (NRC), Laingulia Njewa, said on Monday. Full text...

  • Zim minister appears in court for corruption
    11 march 2011 14:15:29
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's Minister of Energy Elton Mangoma appeared in court Friday, accused of involvement in a US$6 million fuel scam which has shaken the country's two-year old coalition government. Full text...

  • UNICEF calls for US$ 115.3m funds for DRC children
    09 march 2011 16:08:19
    Kinshasa, DR of Congo (PANA) - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has launched an appeal for funds to the tune of US$ 115.3 million, to cover the needs of children and women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), affected by the various armed conflicts in the country, a press release by the institution, made available to PANA here Wednesday, said. Full text...

  • UN chief counsels students on internet use
    04 march 2011 15:44:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday in New York advised students to use information technology and the Internet ``creatively'' to chart a better Full text...

  • UNICEF report calls for more investment in adolescents
    25 february 2011 19:51:37
    New York, US (PANA) - A report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for increased focus on the world's 1.2 billion adolescents, in order to break "entrenched cycles of poverty and inequity". Full text...

  • Zim magistrate husband, brother nabbed for robbery
    24 february 2011 09:55:12
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - In a bizarre case, the husband and brother of a top magistrate in Zimbabwe has been arrested on robbery charges. Full text...

  • Burundian Teachers on strike over welfare
    22 february 2011 12:19:06
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Academic activities remain paralysed in Burundi's public primary and secondary schools Tuesday, the second day of the strike embarked upon by some teachers in the country to press for better working conditions. Full text...

  • Magistrates' strike paralyses justice system in Burundi
    18 february 2011 13:32:39
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - A strike by magistrates, who are demanding improved welfare, has paralyzed Burundi's justice system since Thursday, PANA learnt from union officials in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Zim finance minister orders diamond probe
    16 february 2011 08:32:32
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Tendai Biti Wednesday ordered a probe into diamond sales in the country, saying revenue figures were sharply conflicting. Full text...

  • Red Cross stops Zim prison aid
    16 february 2011 08:18:01
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday it would gradually stop feeding prisoners in Zimbabwe due to an improvement in food supplies in the country. Full text...

  • Petrol bomb hits Zim market
    07 february 2011 11:19:54
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - A petrol bomb extensively damaged a market in Zimbabwe's capital Harare Sunday night, and authorities are blaming the main opposition party which they accused of trying to stir up Tunisian and Egyptian-style revolts against President Robert Mugabe's 30-year rule. Full text...

  • Blatter, Jordaan names newsmakers of the year
    07 february 2011 10:36:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter and 2010 World Cup local organising committee Chief Executive Officer Danny Jordaan were named as South Africa’s National Press Club's news makers of the year on Sunday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe bans SA meat imports
    03 february 2011 11:07:08
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe Thursday announced a ban on meat and livestock imports from neighbouring South Africa, following the outbreak of the rift valley fever in parts of that country. Full text...

  • Beninese health sector workers to end strike
    01 february 2011 12:18:55
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Striking health sector workers in Benin are expected to resume work in the next few days, after the government agreed to improve their risk bonuses, the main reason for the strike, PANA learnt Tuesday from official sources in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Six candidates seek to succeed Diouf as FAO DG
    01 february 2011 11:07:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Six candidates are seeking to succeed Senegalese Jacques Diouf as the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), according to a statement from the Rome-based organisation. Full text...

  • Zim's apex bank fires 1,400 workers
    28 january 2011 12:57:26
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's central bank announced Friday it was laying off 75 percent of its workforce to save money and streamline operations. Full text...

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