New York, US - The 15-member UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously agreed to extend a partial weapons ban on Somalia for eight months amid reports that
Al-Shabaab and other armed groups are able to divert arms and ammunition intended for government forces.
Kinshasa, DR Congo - At least 173 cases of human rights violations were registered by the UN Joint Office of Human Rights in January 2014 in DR Congo, Scott Campbell, Head of the Joint Office, said on Wednesday.
Accra, Ghana - Police in Ghana have arrested two Chinese nationals who are alleged to be involved in the trafficking of Vietnamese women to engage in prostitution in Ghana.
Tripoli, Libya - Libyans have expressed mixed views on proposals on transitional arrangements over the next 18 months, which among other things calls for direct election of the president and parliament.
Lomé, Togo - Leaders of an umbrella Togolese opposition group, Sauvons le Togo, (Let's save Togo) and president Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé on Wednesday discussed issues about the country's institutional and constitutional reforms.
Bamako, Mali - The ECOWAS Investment and Development Bank (BIDC) is to raise 40 billion CFAF bond to finance eight projects in countries from the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), the bank's operation director, Ousmane Bocoum, said on Wednesday.
Accra, Ghana - Montenegro on Wednesday beat Ghana 1-0 in a friendly football match played the Stadium Pod Goricum in Podgorica, Montenegro.
New York, US - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday dismissed, by majority, the appeal of Mr. Bosco Ntaganda against the ICC's Pre-Trial Chamber II decision of 18 November 2013 rejecting his application for interim release.
New York, US - The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Mr. Toby Lanzer, on Wednesday expressed concern over the dire situation in the country, warning that the world’s youngest nation could collapse by the end 2014 if urgent action is not taken to help see its people through the current crisis.
Bamako, Mali - A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expected here on Thursday, less than two months after its Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, visited Mali, official sources told PANA.
Tunis, Tunisia - Tunisian blogger, Jaber Mejri, imprisoned for more than two years for publishing online caricatures deemed 'blasphemous' and 'offensive' to the Prophet Muhammad, was released Tuesday evening, PANA learnt from his lawyer, Bochra Belhaj Hamida.
Nouakchott, Mauritania - The Mauritanian High Authority of the Press and the Audiovisual (HAPA) has deplored the coverage, by several private television networks, of the recent events linked to the desecration of the Quran in a mosque in Nouakchott, the Mauritaian capital.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The East African regional bloc, IGAD, will deploy troops to protect its civilian personnel undertaking Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) of the ceasefire in South Sudan, Chairman of the IGAD Envoys, Seyoum Mesfin, said here Wednesday.
Port-Louis, Mauritius - Mauritian Finance Minister, Xavier-Luc Duval, said here Wednesday that the possibility of Mauritius reaching the status of a high-income economy in six years or about US$ 13,000 per head is real.
Zambia’s Speaker of the National Assembly, Patrick Matibini, was on Wednesday forced to adjourn parliament after opposition members of parliament for the second day running refused to take part in debates, demanding only to debate the constitution.
Tripoli, Libya - The son of the Libyan army special forces chief, Ali Ounis Boukhamada, abducted over two months ago, was released Wednesday in Benghazi, Eastern Libya, PANA learnt from official sources.
New York, US - The UN on Wednesday launched a new phase of support in Sierra Leone with the transitioning of its political mission to a more development-focused UN presence.
Energy production Tunisia - The European Investment Bank (EIB) on Tuesday granted Tunisia a loan, worth 150 million Euros, for the Tunisian Oil Company (ETAP) to partly explore natural gas and petroleum deposits in the southern part of the country, Mohamed Akrout, ETAP's CEO, said.