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  • South Africa: Guesthouse owner defends Apartheid following racial spat
    29 june 2016 18:13:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has been rocked by yet another high-profile racial incident and the government has served notice that it is losing patience. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council denounces killing of UN peacekeeper in CAR
    29 june 2016 17:02:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council has strongly condemned the killing of a peacekeeper serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), warning that attacks against UN peacekeepers may constitute war crimes. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly President condemns Istanbul attack
    29 june 2016 14:56:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft on Wednesday expressed anger and grief over Tuesday's terrorist attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, Turkey. Full text...

  • Zambia: US urges Zambian authorities to resolve tax problems with The Post newspaper
    29 june 2016 13:56:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The United States Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who was in Zambia for a two-day official visit, has urged the Zambian Government to work with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and The Post newspaper to begin to pay back taxes and reopen the medium which was shut down a week ago over tax arrears. Full text...

  • Zambia: Amnesty Int'l demands immediate release of newspaper owner, staff
    29 june 2016 04:34:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Authorities must immediately and unconditionally release the owner of The Post newspaper, Fred M’membe, his wife Mutinta and the newspaper’s Deputy Managing Editor, Joseph Mwenda, human rights group, Amnesty International, has demanded. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns terrorist attack at Istanbul international airport
    29 june 2016 04:23:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, Turkey. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official tasks int'l community on Africa's Sahel region
    29 june 2016 04:17:27
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 9.2 million people in the Lake Chad Basin are in need of humanitarian assistance and more than 4.4 million face severe food insecurity, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer said late on Tuesday in New York. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief chief spotlights need to bridge humanitarian-development divides
    28 june 2016 21:17:17
    New York, US (PANA) - UN humanitarian chief, Mr. Stephen O'Brien on Tuesday stressed the need to transcend the divide between relief aid and development work, urging action on global commitments made at last month’s World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). Full text...

  • UN: UN rapporteur calls for strategies to counter xenophobia in migration crisis
    28 june 2016 20:54:17
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, Mr. Mutuma Ruteere on Tuesday urged the UN Human Rights Council to address xenophobia and its conceptualization, trends and manifestations in the context of an acute migration crisis, and with an action plan carefully adapted to domestic realities. Full text...

  • Zambia: ActionAid demands immediate release of Post newspaper bosses
    28 june 2016 16:05:34
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – ActionAid Zambia has demanded the immediate release from police detention of Post newspaper Managing Editor Fred M’membe, his wife Mutinta and Post Editor Joseph Mwenda who were arrested early on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian lawyers condemn arrest of Post newspaper bosses
    28 june 2016 15:54:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) says it is alarmed by the "brutal manner" in which the Zambian Police Service on Tuesday arrested and beat up the Post newspaper Managing Editor Fred M'membe, his wife Mutinta and Post editor Joseph Mwenda. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says disadvantaged children suffer poverty, early deaths
    28 june 2016 14:24:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 69 million children under-five years of age will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, unless the world focuses more on the plight of its most disadvantaged children, a UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) report released on Tuesday said. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials urge solidarity, funding to meet growing humanitarian needs
    28 june 2016 14:12:41
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials on Tuesday stressed the need for the international community to act with urgency and solidarity to deliver on the commitments generated at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, held last month, in order to adequately respond to and prevent crises and build resilience on a global scale. Full text...

  • South Africa: Deep divisions over resignation of SABC CEO
    28 june 2016 13:56:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The fallout following Monday’s shock resignation of the acting CEO of South Africa’s national broadcaster continues to reverberate around the country with other senior staff members threatening to throw in the towel. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns killing of UN peacekeeper in Central African Republic
    27 june 2016 21:40:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon late Monday in New York condemned the recent killing in Bangui of a peacekeeper serving with the UN operation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns Al-Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel
    27 june 2016 21:33:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council late Monday condemned in the strongest terms a recent deadly attack by Al-Shabaab on a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu that killed several people, including a serving government minister. Full text...

  • UN: UN releases US$13 million to support 250,000 IDPs in Nigeria
    27 june 2016 18:23:50
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, on Monday announced the release of US$13 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide life-saving assistance to 250,000 people in areas of north-east Nigeria that have just become accessible. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu asks donors to 'bail out' Post newspaper
    27 june 2016 16:26:59
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – With pressure from donors to reopen the independent Post Newspaper, Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Monday lashed out at diplomats calling for the reopening of the Post newspaper, saying those who feel it is being victimised, should raise money to pay the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and the matter will be cleared overnight. Full text...

  • South Africa: SABC rocked by CEO's resignation
    27 june 2016 15:10:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s national broadcaster has been rocked by the sudden resignation of its acting chief executive Jimmy Mathews. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges governments to stop torture
    26 june 2016 19:17:39
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday expressed support for and solidarity with the victims of torture and their families throughout the world, and stated that torture must never be used under any circumstances, including during conflict or when national security is under threat. Full text...

  • Kenya: Refugee camp shutdown to drag beyond Kenya imposed deadline
    26 june 2016 12:15:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The closure of a refugee camp housing more than 300,000 Somali refugees will drag beyond the November deadline imposed by the Kenya government. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria Army rescues 5,000 Boko Haram captives, kills 10 terrorists
    26 june 2016 12:07:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Sunday announced the rescue of over 5,000 persons held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists in north eastern part of Nigeria. Full text...

  • Lesotho: Rights group calls for thorough investigation into Lesotho Army chief's killing
    26 june 2016 07:06:38
    Maseru, Lesotho, (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has asked the authorities in Lesotho to ensure that the criminal investigation into the killing of the former army chief, Lieutenant-General Maaparankoe Mahao, by members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) is thorough and pursued vigorously without undue delay. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for 'humane solution' for refugees, migrants in Europe
    25 june 2016 21:57:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday called on the countries of Europe as well as the international community at large to work towards a compassionate and humane solution to the problem of refugees and migrants. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief concerned over escalation of violence in South Sudan
    25 june 2016 21:46:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday expressed concern over the escalation of violence between the Sudan's People Liberation Army (SPLA) and armed groups, in Wau town and surrounding areas, in South Sudan. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Fresh fighting in South Sudan forces civilians to flee homes
    25 june 2016 13:37:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Thousands of South Sudanese fled their homes in Wau, North West of Juba, after renewed fighting in the area, a day after the South Sudan government said it would not be able to celebrate the country's 5th independence due to financial crisis brought by insecurity. Full text...

  • Sudan: ICRC postpones operation to transfer POWs
    25 june 2016 13:04:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Saturday said it was unable to transport an unspecified number of prisoners of war (POWs) from the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) side to Khartoum, as the official take-off permit was not secured at the last moment. Full text...

  • Libya: Senior UN official strongly condemns attacks on medical facilities
    25 june 2016 07:53:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The acting United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya, Dr. Syed Jaffar Hussain, has expressed deep concerns at recent attacks in Benghazi that put medical facilities at risk and urged all parties to take all feasible precautions to prevent casualties among patients and medical personnel. Full text...

  • US: EgyptAir 'black boxes' damaged, sent to France for repair
    24 june 2016 15:47:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The recovered flight data recorders from EgyptAir Flight MS804 are damaged and will be sent to France for repairs, the Egyptian Civil Aviation Investigation Committee said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief stresses need to prevent conflict, sustain peace
    24 june 2016 14:02:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the 10th anniversary of the first meeting of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, which has become known as "Peacekeeping Day", the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, on Friday urged member states, particularly those with membership in the UN Security Council, to make full use of the Peacebuilding Commission and its role in preventing violent conflict and ensuring sustainable peace. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ex-Minister Karim Wade released from jail
    24 june 2016 13:55:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Karim Wade, a former Senegalese Minister of Infrastructures, Air and Land Transport, was released from jail Friday, following a presidential pardon granted him after serving more than half his six-year sentence. Full text...

  • South Africa: High Court dismisses Zuma's appeal in corruption case
    24 june 2016 10:39:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A full bench of the North Gauteng High Court on Friday dismissed President Jacob Zuma's leave to appeal its decision that he should face corruption charges. Full text...

  • France: INTERPOL calls for public help in operation targeting people smugglers
    24 june 2016 10:35:09
    Lyon, France (PANA) - An INTERPOL operation targeting the criminal networks behind people smuggling, which has already led to 26 arrests, is calling for help from the public to locate and bring the remaining fugitives to justice. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New report highlights economic impacts of refugees in Rwanda
    24 june 2016 09:14:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - While, there is a sense, particularly in the United States and Europe, that refugees are a burden on local populations, the new approach of receiving cash aid that was applied in Rwanda reflects the fact that refugees interact with their local economy, says a new report released on Friday by the US-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Full text...

  • UN: UN appoints Special Adviser on Responsibility to Protect
    23 june 2016 18:08:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday appointed Croatian diplomat, Mr. Ivan Simonovic, as UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief stresses need to involve widows in societal development
    23 june 2016 18:05:35
    New York, US (PANA) - With nearly half the world’s 259 million widows living in poverty, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday stressed the need for greater efforts to make them more visible in societies and ensure they are a vital part of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda’s pledge to leave no one behind. Full text...

  • UN: Ban lauds UN workers, call for efforts to achieve SDGs
    23 june 2016 17:59:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The efforts of women and men engaged in public service are crucial to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday, paying tribute to public servants on the day set aside by the UN General Assembly to highlight their invaluable contributions. Full text...

  • South Africa: Oscar Pistorius admits he deserves long prison sentence
    23 june 2016 16:02:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A traumatised and tearful Oscar Pistorius, reliving the moment he fired four shots at a bathroom door that killed his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and sent shockwaves around the world, says he deserved a long prison sentence for the crime which happened on Valentine’s Day at his luxury Pretoria home. Full text...

  • Zambia: EU, US concerned about Post Newspaper closure
    23 june 2016 14:46:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The delegation of the European Union (EU) says the closure of the independent Post newspaper by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) on 21 June, reportedly because of an outstanding tax dispute, is of the utmost concern, in particular as it occurred during the campaign period leading to the general elections on 11 August. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly President mourns former president
    23 june 2016 11:37:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft on Thursday expressed his sincere condolences to the widow, friends and colleagues of the former Antigua and Barbudan diplomat, John Ashe, who died of a heart attack on Wednesday, 22 June. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army denies militants' claims of plot to topple Buhari
    23 june 2016 07:36:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Thursday denied claims by a Niger Delta militant group that some Army officers approached it to help plan the overthrow of President Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • UN: UN to take action on Malakal violence probe report - UN official
    23 june 2016 06:29:44
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Herve Ladsous, says the UN takes very seriously the findings of an investigation that confusion over command and control and rules of engagement hampered some peacekeepers' response to a deadly incident at a UN compound in South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: Ban lauds Sudan’s cessation of hostilities, urges 'final peace'
    23 june 2016 06:17:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the announcement by the Sudanese government of a four-month unilateral cessation of hostilities, beginning on 18 June 2016, in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials call for improved coordination, partnerships on UN peacebuilding efforts
    22 june 2016 22:18:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, Macharia Kamau late Wednesday in New York said sustaining peace after conflicts requires more coherence and coordination between the UN system, in order to achieve the desired results. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria military reorganise structure in Niger Delta to contain militancy
    22 june 2016 17:36:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Wednesday announced the reorganisation of the structure in the Niger Delta region to enable it to effectively tackle the militancy in the region. Full text...

  • Zambia: Rights group slams Zambian authorities for newspaper closure
    22 june 2016 16:48:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says the decision by the Zambian authorities to shut down the independent newspaper, The Post, is a deliberate ploy to silence the media ahead of the country's general election in August. Full text...

  • UN: ICC prosecutor produces draft policy on children to address crimes
    22 june 2016 15:48:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, has produced a draft policy on children, which once finalized and adopted, will help guide the prosecutor's office in its efforts to address international crimes under the Rome Statute against or affecting children, as well as the ICC's interaction with children during the course of its work. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights expert stresses need to protect civilians in CAR
    22 june 2016 15:45:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Marie-Therese Keita, the UN expert on the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic (CAR), on Wednesday expressed concern about the threats from armed groups and large-scale banditry to the protection of civilians, natural resources and to the crisis recovery process in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: US welcomes ceasefire declared by President Bashir
    22 june 2016 14:38:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States has welcomed a recently announced ceasefire in military operation zones in Sudan, saying this was an “important and welcomed step” towards ending the fighting in the country. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials call for greater efforts to prevent weapons proliferation
    22 june 2016 14:33:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called on the international community to intensify efforts to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and nuclear weapons, in order to keep up with and effectively address global challenges. Full text...

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