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  • UN: Engagement with communities can address violent extremism – Ban
    14 february 2016 05:19:31
    Montreal, Canada (PANA) – Fully understanding those who might be susceptible to poisonous ideologies – addressing root causes of radicalization and helping individuals and communities before problems escalate – will assist the international community in developing effective, dignified and rights-based responses to “one of the gravest threats our world faces,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Entertainment industry acquires latest cinema technology
    13 february 2016 16:24:54
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Hospitium, a Botswana youth owned company, has introduced 7D XD Rider Cinema, a first for the country’s entertainment industry. Full text...

  • UN: UN Chief saddened over attack against UN camp in Mali
    13 february 2016 09:38:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has condemned the attack, on Friday morning, against a UN camp in Kidal, north-eastern region of Mali, which killed at least five peacekeepers and wounded 30 others. Full text...

  • UN: 'Child soldiers are boys and girls we collectively failed to protect' – UN envoy
    13 february 2016 09:07:35
    New York, US (PANA) - An upsurge in global conflicts and brutal war tactics continues to make children extremely vulnerable to recruitment and use by armed groups, the United Nations warned on Friday, appealing to the international community to take greater responsibility for the boys and girls used as child soldiers or risk failing to protect them. Full text...

  • UN: Europe's restrictive measures on migrants draw UN concerns
    12 february 2016 17:55:29
    New York, US (PANA) - With the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe showing no signs of easing in 2016, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday reiterated its concern over increasing restrictive measures on the part of European member states. Full text...

  • The Netherlands: ICC says pre-recorded testimony cannot be used in Ruto, Sang case
    12 february 2016 17:38:19
    The Hague, The Netherlands (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on Friday decided unanimously to reverse the decision of ICC Trial Chamber V(A) of 19 August 2015, which granted the Prosecutor's request for admission of prior recorded testimony into evidence pursuant to amended rule 68 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence (RPE). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda plans relocation of Burundian refugees to third countries
    12 february 2016 15:43:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Amid rising risks related to the presence of refugees so close to their country of origin, the Government of Rwanda has started working with partners in the international community for the orderly and safe relocation of Burundian refugees to third countries, according to an official statement issued Friday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy outraged by attack against peacekeepers in Mali
    12 february 2016 15:05:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Mali, Mr. Mahamat Saleh Annadif, has expressed Full text...

  • US: US says actively supporting counter Boko Haram efforts
    12 february 2016 10:57:15
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States says it supports the establishment of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and is actively partnering with the MNJTF signatory countries (Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, and Benin) in their counter Boko Haram efforts by providing advisors, intelligence, training, logistical support and equipment. Full text...

  • UN: UN political chief calls for engagement of terrorism victims
    12 february 2016 05:56:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The top United Nations political official on Thursday urged Member States to engage with victims of terrorism and violent extremism, especially the young and the vulnerable, to build on previous commitments and ensure that their human rights are fully respected. Full text...

  • UN: Ban deplores twin suicide bomb attack on IDP camp in Nigeria
    12 february 2016 05:46:07
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday condemned the recent double suicide attack carried out by suspected Boko Haram elements in the Dikwa Camp in Borno State in restive northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Mauritania: UN calls vital support for Malian refugees in Mauritania
    12 february 2016 05:39:54
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Three United Nations humanitarian agencies on Thursday urged donors to mobilize the necessary resources to maintain the vital assistance to 50,000 Malian refugees in Mberra camp in south-eastern Mauritania. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Senegalese General as MINUSCA commander
    12 february 2016 05:29:29
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Balla Keïta of Senegal as the Force Commander of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Full text...

  • Botswana: Cuba, Botswana celebrate bilateral relationship
    11 february 2016 17:50:55
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana is committed to strengthening bilateral relations with Cuba, which, according to Slumber Tsogwane, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, are underpinned by a common vision and shared values. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan navy boards, searches two foreign vessels
    11 february 2016 10:56:50
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan navy on Wednesday night boarded two vessels, the one flying the flag of the Zanzibar islands and the other Turkey, which were said to have violated Libya’s territorial waters, Commander Mohamed al-Majdoub of the Libyan navy said on Thursday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN official appeals for urgent funds for humanitarian action in S. Sudan
    11 february 2016 07:13:37
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - With humanitarian needs rising in South Sudan, the top United Nations relief official in the country has called for urgent funding to allow aid organizations to rapidly increase humanitarian action during the current dry season. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says illicit drugs impede sustainable development
    10 february 2016 19:13:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said illicit drugs Full text...

  • UN: ICC orders Trust Fund for Victims in Lubanga case to add reparations plan
    10 february 2016 14:40:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has ordered the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) to add information to the reparations plan in the case between the ICC prosecutor and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rebel leader, Mr. Thomas Lubanga. Full text...

  • UN: Officials call for strengthened global partnerships to combat human trafficking
    10 february 2016 07:52:48
    New York, US (PANA) - While the world clearly has the political will and legal tools to take on human traffickers and their criminal networks, what are needed is more meaningful international cooperation and adequate funding to take effective action, senior United Nations officials said on Tuesday. They also warn that the scourge now has victims spread across 152 different citizenships in 124 countries. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Magufuli appeals for information sharing to fight terrorism
    10 february 2016 07:36:08
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has re-emphasized the country’s resolve to fight domestically and globally against international terrorism, drug and human trafficking as well as the spread of small arms and light weapons. Full text...

  • UN: 'Unity and action needed to counter expanding threat from ISIL'
    10 february 2016 07:30:49
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Member States must mount a strategic response to the ability of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to adapt quickly to new circumstances and the steady stream of foreign fighters joining the group's ranks, the top UN political official told the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: 'Humanitarian summit must be turning point in cooperation to tackle crises'
    10 february 2016 06:08:15
    New York, US (PANA) - World leaders must come together in 2016 to renew their commitments to humanity and unite to prevent and end crisis and reduce vulnerability, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council boosts number of corrections officers for UN mission in CAR
    09 february 2016 21:31:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday decided to maintain the current personnel ceiling of more than 12,800 personnel in the military and police components of the UN peacekeeping operation in Central African Republic (CAR) and to increase the number of corrections officers, in order to ensure peace and security in the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA wants thorough investigation into killing of Guinean journalist
    09 february 2016 15:51:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Tuesday called for a ''thorough investigation'' into the killing of journalist El Hadj Mohamed Diallo in Guinea Conakry. Full text...

  • Kenya: Gambler kills two after losing a game
    09 february 2016 12:41:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A motorcycle taxi operator killed two people at a casino in Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday night after losing a gambling game. Full text...

  • UK: Sir Richard Branson joins Amnesty International’s Global Council
    09 february 2016 11:40:14
    London, UK (PANA) - Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson is to join Amnesty International’s prestigious Global Council, the organization announced on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: Seasoned official to help curb sexual abuse by peacekeepers
    09 february 2016 07:35:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday named Jane Holl Lute, an American official with wide-ranging United Nations experience, to coordinate efforts to curb the scourge of a series of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kagame shuffles military commanders
    08 february 2016 20:00:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday appointed Major General Jacques Musemakweli as the new Chief of Staff of the Infantry Brigade in the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF). Full text...

  • UN: ICC judgment on Kenya's Ruto, Sang appeal set for 12 February
    08 february 2016 17:31:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday said that Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Ex-Australian hostage arrives in Ouagadougou
    08 february 2016 14:23:39
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The ex-Australian hostage, Jocelyn Eliott, 84, abducted with her husband by elements of Al-Mourabitoune, but released on Saturday, arrived in Ouagadougou Monday on board of the Nigerien presidential aircraft, together with the Nigerien minister of Foreign Affairs minister, Mrs Achatou Kané Boulam, according to official sources. Full text...

  • CAR: 'Strengthen peacekeepers to prevent renewed violence' - Amnesty
    08 february 2016 07:35:35
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Civilians in Central African Republic (CAR) remain at risk of deadly violence and instability unless serious weaknesses in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission, MINUSCA, are urgently addressed, Amnesty International said in a new report published on Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Zika virus, abolition of slavery lead headlines this week in Mauritius
    06 february 2016 15:02:46
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Zika virus that is spreading rapidly, mainly in South America, has attracted the attention of the different media this week in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns killing of Guinean journalist
    06 february 2016 14:49:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) -The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the shooting to death of Guinean journalist, El-Hadj Mohamed Diallo, a reporter for news websites Guinée7 and Afrik, and called on authorities to ensure justice is served. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA urges Ghanaian President to fulfill promise
    06 february 2016 14:44:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) -The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has written to Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama urging him to fulfill his promise of taking action against his top aide, Mr. Stan Dogbe who assaulted a journalist last year. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges DR Congo to lift suspension order on two TV stations
    06 february 2016 14:37:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the decision by the government of DR Congo to close two privately owned news channels, and urged officials to allow the channels to resume broadcasting immediately. Full text...

  • Togo: Minister urges concrete measures to end FGM practice in Togo
    06 february 2016 07:53:36
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togo's Minister of Social Action, Promotion of Women and Literacy Ms. Tchabinandi Kolani Yentchare has called on civil society organisations and all stakeholders in the country to take appropriate measures to eradicate the practice of female circumcision and to achieve zero tolerance of terrorism. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN says migration and multilateralism will be hallmarks of 2016
    06 february 2016 07:18:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The world is facing a political, economic, moral and social crisis as governments and communities struggle to provide effective solutions for the unprecedented numbers of people fleeing war, instability or persecution, the top United Nations migration official has said, calling for decisive multilateral action to tackle “the global issues lurking behind today’s vast movement of people.” Full text...

  • UN: UN expert says fresh violence displaces thousands in North Darfur
    05 february 2016 17:22:24
    New York, US (PANA) - A new escalation of violence has forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee their homes in Darfur's Jebel Marra area in the last two weeks, a UN expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Mr. Aristide Nononsi said Friday. Full text...

  • US: US immigration extends Temporary Protected Status for South Sudanese
    05 february 2016 17:10:46
    New York, US (PANA) - As the conflict in South Sudan worsened, US Citizenship and Full text...

  • UN: UN postal services releases new stamps to promote LGBT equality worldwide
    05 february 2016 14:00:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Postal Administration (UNPA) has unveiled a set of six Full text...

  • South Africa: Mandela's grandson backs Apartheid-era ministers
    05 february 2016 13:20:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A grandson of former world statesman Nelson Mandela on Friday condemned the criminal charges brought against former President FW de Klerk and apartheid-era Police Minister Adriaan Vlok. Full text...

  • UN: 54th annual session of UN Commission on Social Development opens
    05 february 2016 06:18:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The adoption of the 2030 Agenda – which places people and the planet at the centre of global development – presents new challenges and opportunity for the United Nations Commission on Social Development, a senior UN official said on Thursday, opening the body's 54th annual session with a call for building on its strengths to foster an integrated approach when addressing social policies. Full text...

  • UN: New allegations of sexual abuse emerge against UN peacekeepers in CAR
    04 february 2016 17:43:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Thursday reported that it has identified seven new possible victims of sexual exploitation and abuse in the town of Bambari, just days after the UN revealed which countries' troops have been accused of abusing minors. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkina soldiers ready to counter terrorist attacks - Minister
    04 february 2016 16:22:05
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso has deployed a strong military system along its borders ready to wipe out any foreign attackers, Territorial Administration and Home Security minister Simon Compaoré said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Govt. closes two universities in Zambia following riots
    04 february 2016 15:11:23
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian authorities announced on Thursday an indefinite closure of the country’s two leading universities, University of Zambia (UNZA) in the capital, Lusaka and Copperbelt University (CBU) in Kitwe, northern Copperbelt province, following violent protests at the two public institutions. Full text...

  • US: African-American rower gets house, nationality from Equatorial Guinea President
    04 february 2016 14:31:14
    New York, US (PANA) - African-American AIDS activist, Victor Mooney, has received Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan army kills 20 in surprise attack on Sudanese rebels
    04 february 2016 14:16:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A Libyan army unit based in the southern region of Koufra early Thursday killed about 20 rebels and captured six others in a surprise attack around a security checkpoint in Bouzrik, 200 km from the city of Koufra, said Abdelrahman Hachem, chief of the Libyan army unit. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AfDB loans Tanzania US$16.5 million to finance good governance project
    04 february 2016 12:35:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on Wednesday a loan of US $16.5 million to finance the Tanzania Institutional Support Project for Good Governance (ISPGG III), which aims to promote inclusive growth and macroeconomic stability by enhancing economic and financial governance through more effective public financial management and improved business environment. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes striking out of Criminal Defamation Laws in Zimbabwe
    04 february 2016 11:50:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed the Zimbabwe Supreme Constitutional Court striking out of the country's criminal defamation laws. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan journalist Mugisha released
    04 february 2016 10:26:26
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - After several hours of interrogation by Rwandan police, Ivan Mugisha, who is the correspondent with the Kenyan-based Nation Media newspaper, has been released from custody, a reliable source confirmed on Thursday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

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