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  • 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...

  • Nigerian Air Force launches new operation against Boko Haram
    15 november 2018 16:33:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Thursday announced a new operation against Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast of the country aiming at “further degrading” remnants of the insurgent group. Full text...

  • Two Malian soldiers killed by gunmen
    15 november 2018 13:41:42
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Two Malian soldiers were killed and another wounded in an attack on Wednesday by unidentified gunmen at a checkpoint in Diabaly, a town 60km away from Niono, in the Segou region of central Mali, online newspaper, Kibaru, reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou to host meeting on security in Sahel
    15 november 2018 11:58:00
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso will host the ministerial meeting of the "Nouakchott Process", initiated in 2013 by the African Union, to strengthen security cooperation and information exchange in the Sahel-Saharan strip. Full text...

  • South Africa marks 30th anniversary of racial massacre
    15 november 2018 11:09:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa on Thursday marked the 30th anniversary of a racial massacre in the Pretoria city centre that sent shockwaves around the world. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Angola to suspend deportation of DRC refugees
    15 november 2018 05:36:23
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Human rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch, on Thursday asked the Angolan government to immediately suspend the deportation of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into alleged abuses by state security forces. Full text...

  • 'More than 5,000 people sheltering in MSF-supported hospital after violent CAR clashes'
    15 november 2018 05:15:48
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Fighting between two armed groups in Batangafo, in the north of the Central African Republic (CAR), in late October drove more than 10,000 people to seek shelter in Batangafo hospital, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya's Interior ministry reports improved security situation in Tripoli
    14 november 2018 18:41:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Following the enforcement of the Common Security Plan in central Tripoli, the security situation in the Libyan capital has markedly improved, beefed up with street patrols by security agents, the Interior ministry of the Government of National Unity said in a press statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan governor arrested after police stumble upon eight guns in his homes
    14 november 2018 16:22:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan country governor, currently out on bail over a murder charge, was arrested Wednesday after police found eight guns in his various residences. Full text...

  • Students in trouble for kneeling during Israeli national anthem
    14 november 2018 15:59:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just days after a race row at a top Cape Town school in South Africa sparked a national outcry, a second upmarket school is in the headlines after two pupils at the Herzlia Middle School in the city knelt in protest during the playing of the Israeli National Anthem, a tradition at the predominantly Jewish institution. Full text...

  • Vatican Secretary of State expected Friday in Mali
    14 november 2018 10:33:27
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, is expected on Friday in Bamako where he will represent Pope Francis at the 130th anniversary of the Catholic Church in Mali. Full text...

  • New education approach needed to prepare MENA youth to shape the future
    13 november 2018 19:09:39
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Education has the potential to shape the development trajectory of nations, boost growth and spread prosperity, but in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) it is not achieving its potential, according to a new World Bank report. Full text...

  • Three civilians killed in a car bomb attack in Mali
    13 november 2018 15:51:40
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Three Malians were killed and two others wounded on Monday, as a car bomb exploded in the courtyard of a residence in the 8th district of Gao, northern Mali, according to a temporary report provided Tuesday by the Ministry of Security. Full text...

  • Haiti's First lady pays tribute to Genocide victims in Rwanda
    13 november 2018 15:45:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The First Lady of Haiti, Marie Etienne Martine Joseph, on Tuesday paid tribute to over 250,000 victims laid to rest at Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Gisozi, a small hill overlooking Kigali city. Full text...

  • Two people killed in armed attack in southern Senegal
    13 november 2018 11:02:01
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) - A chief of village in the restive Casamance region of Senegal and his nephew were on Monday afternoon killed by unidentified armed men, military sources have told PANA in dakar. Full text...

  • Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Amnesty International's highest honour
    13 november 2018 10:12:15
    London, UK (PANA) - Amnesty International has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, in light of the Myanmar leader’s "shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for". Full text...

  • Amnesty International hails arrests of Ethiopian security officials for rights abuses
    13 november 2018 03:59:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Amnesty International has hailed the arrest of at least 36 key security officials suspected to be responsible for gross human rights violations in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • UN holds forum to bring ‘big space data’ benefits to disaster response in Africa
    13 november 2018 03:34:06
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - Outer space and disaster response experts on Monday gathered at a United Nations forum in Bonn, Germany, to discuss how “big data” including social media, crowdsourcing and satellite imaging, can reduce the risk of natural disasters in Africa and support response efforts when they strike. Full text...

  • Over 1,800 persons killed in recent attacks in north central Nigeria
    12 november 2018 17:25:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A total of 1,801 persons were killed in recent attacks in the northcentral Nigerian State of Plateau, the state's Committee on Resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) said in the state capital, Jos, on Monday. Full text...

  • Gendarmerie repels armed attack in eastern Burkina Faso
    12 november 2018 13:45:43
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – A contingent of Burkinabe gendarmerie on Sunday night repelled an armed attack against its position, in the village of Partiaga, eastern Burkina Faso, where terrorists are attempting to establish a base in a forest, security sources told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • UN Security Council condemns Somalia terrorist attack in which dozens were killed or injured
    12 november 2018 00:28:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The members of the United Nations Security Council have condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Friday’s car bomb attack in Somalia, in which dozens of innocent women, children and men were killed or injured, and reiterated that any acts of terrorism are "criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed". Full text...

  • UN Chief urges nations to work together
    12 november 2018 00:23:38
    Paris France (PANA) - From conflict and economic downturn to disease and climate change, global problems require “more than ever” a strengthening of international cooperation, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told world leaders at the Paris Peace Forum on Sunday, commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War. Full text...

  • South Sudanese marriage after auction sparks row over traditional practice
    11 november 2018 13:23:58
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - South Sudan's gender activists have gone up in arms over the marriage of 17-year old Nyalong Ngong Deng to a man who offered the highest price for her hand in marriage in what appeared to have been a marriage-by-auction competition. Full text...

  • Cameroonian refugee arrivals in Nigeria reach 30,000 - UNHCR
    10 november 2018 19:42:18
    Ogoja, Nigeria (PANA) - The number of Cameroonians fleeing violence and seeking refuge in neighbouring Nigeria has crossed the 30,000 mark, the United Nations refugee agency has said, highlighting that the needs on the ground are outpacing assistance efforts. Full text...

  • Somalis will not be deterred by Friday’s terror attacks – UN chief
    10 november 2018 19:31:35
    Mogadishu, Somali (PANA) - Following Friday’s bomb attacks and gunfire in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, UN Chief António Guterres has expressed his faith that Somalis “will not be deterred” in their pursuit of lasting peace and political stability. Full text...

  • Burkinabè President to participate in Armistice centenary celebration
    10 november 2018 11:52:06
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, will participate, along with the French President Emmanuel Macron, in the commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice on Sunday, according to an official statement in the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou. Full text...

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