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  • APR's Hakizimana named Rwanda Player of the Year
    21 october 2018 00:52:43
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - For the first time, APR midfielder, Muhadjiri Hakizimana, was named the Rwanda Premier League Player of the Year, scooping the top award at the third edition of the awards ceremony held on Thursday night in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN Peacekeeping chief says ‘extremely concerned’ over insecurity in Mali
    19 october 2018 20:54:17
    New York, US (PANA) - After commending the “overall peaceful” climate in which the Malian elections were held in July, the United Nations peacekeeping chief said on Friday that he is “extremely concerned” over the increasing number of attacks by armed insurgents, against a backdrop of continued delays in implementing the 2015 peace agreement. Full text...

  • Police Chief appointed to top civilian post
    19 october 2018 09:18:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame has appointed the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Emmanuel Gasana, as Governor of Southern Province becoming the first ever senior police officer to be assigned a high civilian position in the East African country.Full text...

  • Another gendarmerie post in northern Burkina Faso attacked
    19 october 2018 09:04:08
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Another gendarmerie post in the far north of Burkina Faso has been attacked as terrorists wreak havoc in the West African country.Full text...

  • Gambia Joins Francophonie Organisation
    19 october 2018 08:49:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia has been admitted as an Observer to the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF), the government said in Banjul on Friday.Full text...

  • Gendarme killed, assailant shot dead in armed attack in Burkina Faso
    18 october 2018 14:45:33
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – A gendarme was killed and his assailant shot dead when heavily-armed gunmen on Wednesday attacked a barracks in Barani, in the province of Kossi, in north-west Burkina Faso, security sources told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • AFRIPOL to create three working groups to fight against terrorism
    17 october 2018 13:30:08
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - The second general assembly of the African police cooperation mechanism (AFRIPOL) decided on Tuesday in Algiers to create three working groups to fight against cross-border crime, cyber crime as well as terrorism and extremism, Smail Chergui, Commissioner for peace and security of the African Union, said. Full text...

  • Chambas says UN is committed to support Gambia
    17 october 2018 08:36:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) has reaffirmed the world body's support for Gambian President Adama Barrow to successfully carry out institutional and governance reforms.Full text...

  • Pierre Kompagny, Belgian of Congolese origin, elected mayor of Ganshoren in Belgium
    15 october 2018 14:11:31
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Pierre Kompagny, father of Vincent Kompagny, the best player in the Belgian national football team, the Red Devils, was elected mayor of the commune of Ganshoren (25,000 inhabitants) in Brussels during Sunday's local elections in Belgium.Full text...

  • Burundi arrests another Rwandan woman over alleged 'spying'
    10 october 2018 10:56:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan woman, Florence Uwimana, has been detained in Burundi's Central Province of Gitega for the past three weeks for allegedly spying, the local Rwandan media reported on Wednesday in Kigali quoting a senior local administrative official in Burundi. Full text...

  • Traditional Chief wants Gambia’s colonial law reviewed
    08 october 2018 13:43:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Demba Sanyang, a traditional chief in The Gambia, has called for a review of the country’s over-century-old District Tribunal Act which was developed by colonial administration. Full text...

  • Top UN officials say more support needed to ease humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria
    07 october 2018 05:05:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The top United Nations relief and development officials on Saturday called for national and international partners to step up support for humanitarian efforts in north-eastern Nigeria and help millions of people rebuild their lives in the region that has been ravaged by Boko Haram’s near decade-long insurgency.Full text...

  • Local chief seeks presidential term limit in new Gambia
    06 october 2018 14:03:38
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Momodou Sailu Bah, the head of Basse Town in the Upper River Region of the Gambia, has proposed the inclusion of two-term limit for the presidency in the country’s new constitution that is about to be reviewed. Full text...

  • Kenya launches after arrest of five Chinese nationals with military weapons
    05 october 2018 19:01:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - An assortment of military weapons has been seized and five Chinese nationals arrested in a security swoop in Nairobi on Friday, immigration officials said. Full text...

  • Dr Mukwege's Nobel Peace Prize crowns years of treating survivors of sexual violence in war situation
    05 october 2018 10:27:05
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Dr. Denis Mukengere Mukwege, a surgeon, gynecologist and women’s rights activist, who was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday with Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist, was born on 1 March 1955.Full text...

  • DR Congo gynaecologist, Yazidi rights activist win 2018 Nobel Peace Prize
    05 october 2018 09:46:37
    Oslo, Norway (PANA) - The Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday announced that DR Congo gynaecologist, Dr Denis Mukwege, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist, have been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. Full text...

  • UNHCR honours South Sudanese surgeon with 2018 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award
    02 october 2018 07:03:26
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Monday honoured Dr. Evan Atar Adaha, a surgeon from South Sudan, with the 2018 Nansen Refugee Award at a ceremony in Geneva. Full text...

  • Gambian traditional chief prefers ministers picked from parliament
    01 october 2018 16:28:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian traditional chief, Kanimang Sanneh, from Upper River Region, has called for a parliamentary system of government in which legislators could serve as ministers, thereby bringing the government closer to the people, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • UN officials urge support as Darfur attempts to ‘turn the page’ from conflict to peace
    29 september 2018 10:59:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Stating that while the Darfur region of Sudan, which for years was torn by strife and displacement, is now increasingly stable, top United Nations officials on Friday urged continued international support to ensure that hard-won gains take hold. Full text...

  • Gambia’s new constitution will stand test of time – CRC chairman
    28 september 2018 11:31:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Justice Cherno Sulayman Jallow, the chairman of Gambia’s Constitutional Review Commission (CRC), said on that the new constitution will be one of the best that will stand the test of time. Full text...

  • Peacekeeping expectations ‘far outstrip resources’: UN chief
    26 september 2018 06:51:51
    New York, US (PANA) - “Expectations for peacekeeping have so far outstripped its resources,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres told Heads of State and Government on Tuesday, as he opened a High-Level meeting marking the 70th anniversary of UN Peacekeeping operations, at UN Headquarters in New York. Full text...

  • Best FIFA Football Award winners to be announced on Monday
    24 september 2018 13:08:20
    London, UK (PANA) - The world's best male and female footballers will be named at the Best FIFA Football Awards in London on Monday. Full text...

  • South Sudanese leaders in Khartoum to celebrate peace agreement
    22 september 2018 10:47:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan has underlined his country's support for South Sudan until the leaders in that country achieve a comprehensive peace and stability, stressing that Khartoum has no intentions to interfere in South Sudan domestic affairs.Full text...

  • Peace is at risk and violated in many places, but ‘we will not give up,’ says UN chief
    22 september 2018 05:07:58
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday in New York cited the strong correlation between the International Day of Peace and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a basis for peace. Full text...

  • UNESCO holds Roundtable on "Building Just and Peaceful Societies"
    21 september 2018 15:35:55
    Paris, France (PANA) - On the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Peace on 21 September, UNESCO will organize a roundtable discussion on the complex but intrinsic relationship between human rights and sustainable peace. Full text...

  • Peacekeeping chief urges Security Council to adjust UN force in Abyei to current realities
    21 september 2018 06:38:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Amidst an increase in criminal activity in the Abyei area, which is contested by Sudan and South Sudan, the United Nations top peacekeeping official on Thursday called for deployment of additional police units, to enhance the UN’s focus on maintaining law and order there, and furthering peace between local communities. Full text...

  • South Sudanese soldier who shot UN peacekeeper to face court martial: UN mission chief
    19 september 2018 18:20:53
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The South Sudanese soldier who shot and wounded a UN peacekeeper on Saturday is facing a court martial, said David Shearer, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), during a press conference in the capital, Juba. Full text...

  • Eritrea peace deal prompts hope of internal reforms, to improve fundamental human rights
    19 september 2018 04:50:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia has raised hopes that improving human rights will be front and centre on Eritrea’s path forward, according to a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, Eritrea declare end of war, turn to comprehensive economic ties
    18 september 2018 18:12:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki have signed an agreement, effectively ending the two-decade long war between the two neighbours and signalled the start of a comprehensive economic and political cooperation.Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes meeting between leaders of Djibouti and Eritrea
    18 september 2018 16:44:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has welcomed the meeting between the Presidents of Djibouti and Eritrea, held on Monday in Saudi Arabia, as “yet another step in the consolidation of recent peace and security gains in the Horn of Africa region”. Full text...

  • EU Council extends mandate of its security mission in Sahel Niger for two years
    18 september 2018 16:21:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council on Tuesday extended the mandate of the European Union Mission in Sahel Niger (EUCAP) until 30 September 2020 and agreed on a budget of €63.4 million for the period 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2020. Full text...

  • UNHCR calls on South Sudan parties to deliver lasting peace
    18 september 2018 11:37:58
    Addis Ababa (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has welcomed the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement on 13 September in Addis Ababa between the South Sudan warring parties, describing it as a crucial milestone towards permanent ceasefire and lasting peace for millions of war beleaguered South Sudanese. Full text...

  • Barrow drops Gambia’s civil service chief
    15 september 2018 08:46:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Adama Barrow has dropped Mr. Habib Drammeh as Secretary General and Head of Gambia’s Civil Service. Full text...

  • Landmark South Sudan deal offers hope, but trust ‘still lacking’ between parties – UN envoy
    14 september 2018 06:28:01
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Rebuilding trust and overcoming suspicion will be key to ensure the success of Thursday’s landmark peace agreement between the South Sudanese Government and main political opposition, the top United Nations official in the country has said. Full text...

  • ‘Collective endeavour’ needed to strengthen peacekeeping further, says top UN official
    13 september 2018 06:29:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Highlighting complex and evolving challenges, the head of UN peacekeeping on Wednesday called for heightened vigilance and a more robust response to existential threats against both peacekeepers and those they strive to defend. Full text...

  • SADC workshop focuses on cyber security
    11 september 2018 06:53:16
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) capacity building workshop focusing on cyber security and the SADC Regional Cyber security Drill opened on Monday at Ebène, in the centre of the island, with the participation of some 50 delegates from 12 countries. Full text...

  • Medical charity calls for urgent evacuation of migrants, refugees from Libya
    10 september 2018 06:08:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Thousands of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers arbitrarily held in Libyan detention centres must be immediately released and evacuated to safety out of the country urges medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), as a fragile ceasefire in Tripoli has continued. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes Djibouti agreement between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia
    09 september 2018 07:33:05
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed Thursday's meeting in Djibouti of the foreign ministers of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia with the Djiboutian head of diplomacy. Full text...

  • UN police investigating killing of displaced people in CAR
    08 september 2018 05:01:40
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Perpetrators behind the killing of a number of people displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) must be brought to justice, the UN peacekeeping operation in the country said on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Prisons Service bags 2018 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy
    07 september 2018 13:22:45
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) has been awarded the 2018 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy for the ‘National Open University of Nigeria - Prison Study Centres and Inmates General Education Programme’. Full text...

  • Peace must be built ‘block after block’ - UN General Assembly President
    06 september 2018 05:33:52
    New York, US (PA NA) - Under the theme of charting “A Credible Pathway to Sustaining Peace,” Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd General Assembly, convened this year’s one-day High-level Forum for Member States and others on Wednesday, to further promote a global culture of peace. Full text...

  • Libya has ‘lurched from one emergency to another,’ high-level UN official says
    06 september 2018 05:09:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The status quo in Libya is “untenable,” Ghassan Salamé, Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Over $2.1 billion pledged for comprehensive crisis response to Lake Chad Basin
    05 september 2018 06:46:19
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - A United Nations-backed humanitarian conference to raise much needed resources for relief, development and peacebuilding programmes in the Lake Chad Basin concluded on Tuesday, raising some $2.17 billion in support and about $467 million in concessional loans for the crisis-ridden region. Full text...

  • Lake Chad crisis risks new, protracted conflict in Africa, warns humanitarian charity
    04 september 2018 07:29:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Dependent on aid, neglected and affected by climate change and conflict, millions of people are fighting a daily battle to survive in northeastern Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon - the four countries that surround Lake Chad. Full text...

  • South Sudan opposition leaders initial final peace document
    31 august 2018 07:14:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – South Sudan’s main opposition group, SPLM-IO led by Riek Machar and the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) on Thursday initialled the final document of the revitalized peace agreement, stressing they did it after a commitment by Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir to raise their concern with IGAD leaders. Full text...

  • Guterres stresses 'diplomacy for peace' as conflicts become more complex
    30 august 2018 06:24:39
    New York, US (PANA) - As war and the mediation of peace have become increasingly complex, innovative thinking is needed to save and improve the lives of millions, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN condemns attack that leaves one ‘blue helmet’ dead in Central African Republic
    25 august 2018 19:16:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the attack on 23 August by presumed anti-Balaka elements on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in which one peacekeeper from Burundi was killed. Full text...

  • Buhari meets with security chiefs, orders curtail of deteriorating security situation
    20 august 2018 16:13:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday in Abuja convened a meeting of the nation’s Defence and Security Council during which participants reviewed the security challenges facing the country and advanced strategies for surmounting them, particularly in Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN Security Council concerned by 'grave security situation' in Central Africa
    11 august 2018 07:43:53
    New York, US (PANA) - With Central African countries beset by ongoing terrorist activity, instability and the effects of climate change, the Security Council has asked the United Nations Secretary-General to review the work of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), and recommend areas for improvement. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges Burundi leaders to ‘seize opportunities for national unity and peace’
    10 august 2018 05:16:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Burundi, Michel Kafando, has called on the country’s leaders to “seize the opportunity” offered by the recent adoption of a new constitution, to create a new political environment that is “conducive to the consolidation of national unity and peace”. Full text...

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