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CPJ says DRC stops internet access, cellphone services amid protests

Dakar, Senegal - The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has revealed that authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have shut down internet access and SMS service for mobile phones throughout the country following nationwide demonstrations that led to deadly clashes with the police.

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Tunisia observes 3-day national mourning for 'departed' Saudi King

Tunis, Tunisia - Tunisia has decreed a three-day national mourning following the death of King Abdullah Ben Abdelaziz of Saudi Arabia, says an official communiqué issued here Friday. The communiqué said that the Tunisian president, Béji Caïd Essebsi, will on Saturday travel to Saudi Arabia to personally offer his condolences to new King Salman Ben Abdelaziz, the royal family and the Saudi people.

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Nigeria: Jonathan laments death of Saudi King

Abuja, Nigeria - Nigerian leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, has joined other world leaders in commiserating with King Salman Ibn Abdulaziz and the people of Saudi Arabia on the death of his predecessor, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz.

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Tanzania's support for military action against FDLR

Said Djinnit welcomes Tanzania's support for military action against FDLR - The United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit, visiting Tanzania 22-23 January, met the Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Bernard Membe, with whom he reviewed the political and security situation in the region.

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UNHCR, partners renew appeal for support as more flee violence in CAR

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - The UN refugee agency and 18 partners are presenting the Regional Refugee Response Plan to assist more than 460,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) who have fled to neighbouring countries, a spokesperson for the agency said Friday as a press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland. 

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Rescued lionesses welcomed at new African home

Johannesburg, South Africa - Two rescued lionesses are settling into their new home at the Born Free Foundation’s Big Cat Rescue and Education Centre at Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa, following an epic 6,000-mile journey across two continents earlier this week. Eight-year old sisters, Maggie and Sonja, first travelled from Natuurhulpcentrum (a wild animal rescue and rehabilitation centre) in Belguim, to London’s Heathrow airport early on Tuesday 20 January. At Heathrow they were met by Singer, TV Star and Born Free Patron, Peter Andre, who watched them being safely loaded onto the inaugural Kenya Airways Dreamliner flight to Johannesburg via Nairobi.

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Dubai marathon: Ethiopians make clean sweep of titles at Dubai marathon

Dubai, UAE - It was yet another day of dominance for Ethiopian athletes at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon as little-known Lemi Berhanu Hayle and the sublime Aselefech Mergia swept the board in the world’s richest marathon. Just 20 years old, Berhanu left some of the biggest names in long-distance running trailing and in warm weather conditions clocked a world leading time of 2:05:28 to win by 24 seconds from 2013 Dubai and Boston champion Lelisa Desisa. Deribe Robi completed an-all Ethiopian podium with a time of 2:06:06.

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Insurance: 'Drought triggers insurance payout in Sahel'

ARC Insurance Company Limited will pay US$ 25 million in drought insurance claims to three countries in the Sahel this month -- Mauritania, Niger and Senegal. In a statement, ARC said the three countries which paid a combined premium of US$8 million, will use the payout to mobilize early interventions in response to drought based on pre-approved contingency plans.

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Sudan: MSF says hospital in war zone in south Kordufan bombed

Khartoum, Sudan - A French humanitarian medical organization operating in Kordufan region, South West Khartoum, has claimed that Sudanese armed forces bombarded a hospital it is running in the region, injuring one staff and one patient and damaging properties.

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Society: Soweto tense following attacks on foreigners

Cape Town, South Africa - Tension remains high in Soweto following four days of looting in the sprawling township outside Johannesburg, PANA reported here. Police commissioner Lt.-Gen. Lesetja Mothiba on Friday said 39 people were arrested overnight, bringing the total number of arrests to 121. At least 80 shops, owned by Somali, Pakistani and Malawian nationals, have been destroyed.

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UN, international partners call for resolution of Somalia's political crisis

New York, US - The UN and its international partners have voiced concern over delays in resolving Somalia’s long-standing political crisis and in the implementation of a stability-building mechanism as they called on the Horn of Africa nation’s President, Prime Minister and Federal Parliament 'to unite for the greater good of the country'.

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Football: CAF approves formats for 2017 AFCON, 2018 World Cup qualifiers

Cairo, Egypt - The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has approved the formats for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Egypt: CAF approves formats for 2017 AFCON and 2018 World Cup qualifiers, according to the CAF media outlet.

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Davos: Jacob Zuma in Davos for WEF meeting

World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting, - President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting, in which South Africa will promote the National Development Plan (NDP) which is designed to enhance inclusive growth and development.

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UN officials urge more vigilance in Ebola fight as West Africa marks progress

New York, US - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday said it is almost one year since Ebola began spreading in West Africa, ravaging villages and local economies. Now, following dramatic improvements in the three most affected countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - the UN can now report progress in the fight against the deadly virus.

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UN worried about ceasefire violations in Libya

Tripoli, Libya – The UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has expressed concern about the violation of the ceasefire which the parties in the conflict recently declared unilaterally to back the Geneva inter-Libyan peace talks. 

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Economy: IMF downgrades global growth forecast, despite cheaper oil

New York, US - Despite a sharp decline in oil prices, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest economic outlook on Tuesday lowered growth expectations for this year and the next for most countries due to slowdown in investment, and urged governments and central banks to pursue economic stimulation policies and structural reforms to boost growth.

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Health: Rotary gives Nigeria US$8.1m for polio eradication

Accra, Ghana - As Nigeria marks six months without a new case of polio, Rotary has announced US$8.1 in grants to help the country in its final push to eradicate the disease within its borders. The funds will be used by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to support polio immunization campaigns, research and surveillance in the country, according to a statement from Rotary received by PANA in Accra on Tuesday.

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DR Congo: UN Mission deplores loss of life as police, protesters clash in Kinshasa

Mr. Martin Kobler, head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), on Tuesday condemned the deaths and injuries that occurred when protests turned violent on Monday in the country’s capital, Kinshasa.

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Nigeria: UNICEF says children suffering from Boko Haram activities

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday said women and children make up the vast majority of the latest wave of refugees fleeing violence in northern Nigeria, noting that, it is continuing its efforts to provide basic assistance, including safe water, nutrition, health, education and protection services to affected children in the region.

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Health: WB says Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone 'crippled' by Ebola impact

New York, US - Although the Ebola epidemic has shown signs of slowing and confidence is growing about stopping the outbreak and reaching the target of zero new cases, a new World Bank Group report on economic impacts of the disease says its effects will continue to cripple the economies of hard-hit Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

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Justice: LRA rebel commander transferred ICC's custody

New York, US - Alleged Commander of Sinia Brigade of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels, Dominic Ongwen, has been transferred to the detention centre of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, the Court said Tuesday.

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New York: ILO report predicts rising global unemployment due to slower growth, inequality

A new report by the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) has said an extra 10 million people worldwide are likely to be unemployed by 2019, pointing to slower growth, widening inequalities and economic turbulence as reasons behind the trend.

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Children’s rights: UN welcomes Somalia's ratification of children’s rights treaty

The UN on Tuesday applauded Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC),  a move regarded as an “important step” towards protecting and promoting the rights of all children in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation and an explicit commitment towards improving the lives of its youngest citizens.

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Security: ECOWAS foreign ministers discuss security situation in Nigeria

Security in Nigeria was the main agenda of the conference held here Tuesday by Foreign Affairs Ministers from member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), top officials of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and representatives of international organizations.

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IAB Digital Summit: Johannesburg set to host IAB Digital Summit in February

Dakar, Senegal - South African digital industry’s most prestigious event, IAB Digital Summit, is set to take place on 19 February in Johannesburg, organisers announced in a statement Tuesday.

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Trade union hails cancellation of Ouagadougou airport privatization

Airport privatization – Burkina Faso civil aviation workers union on Tuesday welcomed the transitional government's decision to cancel a decision taken by the ousted regime to privatize Ouagadougou international airport, and warned future authorities against reactivation of that decision.

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European Union worried over imprisonment of anti-slavery activists

Nouakchott, Mauritania – The European Union (EU) delegation in Nouakchott has expressed concern over the imposition of heavy jail sentences on several anti-slavery activists by Mauritanian courts, it said in a press statement here Tuesday.

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African Water Facility to help tackle rising sanitation demands in Seychelles

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - The African Water Facility (AWF) has approved a 1.07-million-euro grant for the development of a 10-year Integrated Comprehensive Sanitation Plan for Seychelles, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said Tuesday.

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Amnesty International wants Europe to act following US torture report

Amnesty International (AI) Tuesday released a briefing paper, saying that European governments that cooperated with the CIA’s secret detention, interrogation, and torture operations as part of USA’s global “war on terror” must act urgently to bring those responsible to justice following a US Senate report containing new details.

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2015 AFCON: Day 2 Group fixtures begin Wednesday

Bata, Equatorial Guinea - Day 2 matches at the group stage of the 2015 African Nations Cup (AFCON), taking place in Equatorial Guinea, begin Wednesday with matches in Group A:

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2015 AFCON: Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea draw 1-1

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - Guinea on Tuesday held star-studded Cote d'Ivoire to a 1-1 draw in their Group D match in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations competition played at the Estadio de Malabo in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

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New York: UN deputy scribe stresses inter-faith understanding

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Sunday stressed the importance of improving understanding among faith-based communities in order to foster peaceful co-existence and unity. PANA reports that Mr. Eliasson made the call at a service at Park East Synagogue in New York to remember the victims of the Holocaust.

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Nigeria's FM summons Indonesian Ambassador over execution of Nigerians over drugs

Nigeria's Minister for Foreign Affairs Aminu Wali Sunday summoned the Indonesian Ambassador to register Nigeria’s protest over the execution, by firing squad, of two Nigerians,  Solomon Okafor and Daniels Enemuo by the Indonesian government.

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Libya: UN Mission, Security Council welcome ceasefire announcements

Three days after the end of the first round of talks under the Libyan political dialogue process, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Sunday welcomed the unilateral announcements by the parties in Libya of a ceasefire in order to resolve the conflict peacefully through dialogue.

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Flood disrupt schooling in Malawi

A total of 415 schools have been affected by the severe flooding ravaging parts of Malawi, with 234 either having their roofs blown off or submerged, Vice President Saulos Chilima said on Sunday. Also, at least 181 school blocks are now being used as camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), thereby disrupting classes.

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West Africa: Community Court promises better welfare for staff

Calabar, Nigeria - The new management of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has pledged a new era during which staff welfare will enjoy a “high premium” in order to create an environment conducive to the realisation of the regional court's objectives.

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Bank: AfDB partners with civil society organizations on African development

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Civil Society Organizations are to set up a committee which will enhance development in Africa, according to  a statement  from  AfDB , made available to PANA here.

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ECOWAS advocates massive private-sector support against Ebola

The High-Level Coordination Meeting of ECOWAS partners in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which ended in Accra, Ghana, on Friday, has urged the private sector to galvanize their efforts towards mobilizing investments in the affected countries.

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European Unionreleases 215 million euros for Ebola vaccines

Brussels, Belgium - The European Union (EU) has raised 215 million euros to finance projects aiming at combating the Ebola epidemic, particularly for vaccines and quick tests essential to overcome the disease, official sources said.

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Charlie Hebdo: 4 killed in anti-Charlie Hebdo demonstrations

Four persons, a gendarme and three civilians, were killed on Friday in a violent demonstration against the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, in the Nigerien second city of Zinder, 950 km east from the capital, Niamey, according to the Nigerien Interior minister, Hassoumi Massoudou.

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Tanzania, Russia to set up joint trade, investment, economic commission

The governments of Tanzania and Russia have agreed to speed up the process of establishing a Tanzanian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Investment and Economic Cooperation, and indicated that the deal would be signed during the first quarter of 2015.

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IMF Managing Director to visit Rwanda, Senegal

Aiming to strengthen partnership with Rwanda and Senegal, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ms. Christine Lagarde, will visit Rwanda and Senegal in the last week of this month, the Fund announced late Friday.

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Fever-pitch pre-election activities reported in Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria - With party primaries over and candidates emerged for the February general elections, the media in Nigeria are awash with stories of fever-pitch political activities across the country. On the national level, President Goodluck Jonathan of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the main Opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), emerged the main gladiators for the top political office in the land.

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2015 AFCON: Indigenous coaches largely in minority, says CAF

Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea - Examining the number of Coaches at the 2015 Orange African Nations Cup, beginning here Saturday, the CAF media outlet has indicated that 'Never have there been a low number of indigenous coaches at the final tournament of the Africa Cup of Nations since 1996.'

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2015 AFCON: Titbits as Africa's biggest football festival begins

African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - Following are titbits from Equatorial Guinea, hosts of the 30th edition of the Orange African Cup of Nations (AFCON), which begins Saturday. Kidiaba - the oldest, Abogo the youngest -- TP Mazembe and DR Congo goalkeeper, Robert Muteba Kidiaba, is the oldest player at the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea 2015. The veteran will celebrate his 39th birthday on 1 February, 2015.

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Family squabbles mar Mandela's legacy

Cape Town, South Africa - More than a year after global statesman Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in his birthplace of Qunu in the Eastern Cape, South Africa’s liberation hero remains in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. His former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, sparked the latest controversy when she attempted to block this week’s meeting by Mandela’s clan, the abaThembu royal family, because she feared violence could erupt.

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2015 AFCON gets underway Saturday

Equatorial Guinea - Hosts Equatorial Guinea says it will feature a mentally strong and tactically rich national football team as the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), tagged Equatorial Guinea 2015, begins here Saturday. 

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2015 AFCON: FAO and CAF kick off 'African Football against Hunger'

2015 Africa Cup of Nations - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Confederation of African Football (AF) are collaborating to use the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to rally support for home-grown efforts to end hunger in Africa.

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New Charlie Hebdo cartoon

Thousands march against new Charlie Hebdo cartoon - Thousands of Mauritanians on Friday marched in the capital, Nouakchott, 'to denounce the blasphemous cartoons against the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad' published on Wednesday by the French satirical weekly 'Charlie Hebdo'.

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FESPACO 2015: 134 films selected officially for FESPACO 2015

The 24th edition of the Pan-African Cinema and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) will be held from 28 February to 7 March 2015, with a total of 134 films selected for the competition out of 700 declared at the beginning.

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