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  • Gambia: Barrow tells Gambians to build nation based on moral, ethical values of Islam
    25 june 2017 19:56:09
    Banjul,Gambia(PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has urged his compatriots to build their nation according to moral and ethical values prescribed by Islam and based on the rule of law and tolerance. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU calls for end of inhumane practice of torture
    25 june 2017 13:56:23
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the European Union has once again called for the stop of torture in all its form and for response to the plight of all those that have been exposed to this terrible and inhumane practice, and of their families and loved ones. Full text...

  • Somalia: SRSG Keating congratulates Somalia on end of Ramadan
    25 june 2017 13:32:24
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, on Sunday congratulated all Somalis on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr. Full text...

  • Germany: 'Seafarers matter' - UN on International Day of the Seafarer
    25 june 2017 13:02:12
    Hamburg, Germany (PANA) - Highlighting the challenges faced by seafarers – women and men sailing and working aboard ships – the United Nations International Maritime Organization has called on everyone around the world to show appreciation for their vital contributions. Full text...

  • Libya: UNSMIL head reiterates UN commitment to support Libyan people
    25 june 2017 07:42:37
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyans will soon attain the peace they have been seeking, the Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Mr. Martin Kobler has said in a public message marking the Eid al-Fitr festival. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU mourns late ex-president of Botswana
    24 june 2017 10:00:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has expressed sincere condolences to the Masire family, the Government and people of Botswana following the death of Dr. Quett Ketumile Joni Masire on 22 June 2017. Full text...

  • US: UN chief welcomes deployment of regional force to combat terrorism in the Sahel
    23 june 2017 19:33:39
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the deployment by the Group of Five (G5) – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – of a joint force to tackle the threat of terrorism and organized crime in the Sahel region. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN probes alleged abuses in DR Congo's Kasai provinces
    23 june 2017 19:26:28
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations on Friday opened an international investigation into alleged killings, mutilations and destruction of entire villages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) restive Kasai provinces. Full text...

  • Uganda: Oxfam says pledges at Uganda Solidarity Summit for refugees inadequate
    23 june 2017 18:35:53
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - International charity Oxfam has welcomed the international community’s new commitments for refugees at the Uganda Solidarity Summit, held in Kampala on Friday, but said they fell short of meeting the needs of refugees in the East African country. Full text...

  • Uganda: Solidarity Summit pledges US350m for refugees in Uganda
    23 june 2017 18:18:38
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - A 'Solidarity Summit' for refugees hosted by Uganda has raised some US$358 million in pledges, the United Nations announced Friday. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS committed to consolidate development, democratization in Gambia
    23 june 2017 16:42:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The special representative of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) President in The Gambia on Friday reiterated the commitment of the regional block in its efforts to consolidate development and democratization in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Liverpool FC reaches out to son of rugby legend
    23 june 2017 14:56:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The son of South African rugby legend, Joost van der Westhuizen, has received a message and an autographed shirt from the manager of Liverpool FC in England four months after his father’s death. Full text...

  • Kenya: Policeman among 3 killed in random shooting attack in Northern Kenya
    23 june 2017 14:36:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A policeman and two others were killed in a random shooting incident outside the Equity Bank branch in El Wak town in Kenya's north Eastern region of Mandera, where the Al Shabaab has intensified its spate of terror attacks in recent months, a senior government official said on Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal: 'Food crisis in Somalia, S. Sudan, northeast Nigeria, Yemen far from over' - UNICEF
    23 june 2017 05:55:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The welcome announcement of an end to famine conditions in South Sudan this week should not distract from the fact that severe food insecurity continues to put the lives of millions of children at risk in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF warned on Friday. Full text...

  • Uganda: UN chief urges world to show solidarity to South Sudanese refugees
    23 june 2017 05:42:09
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - With Uganda hosting almost one million South Sudanese refugees “as sisters and brothers and sharing with them their land and everything they have,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the international community to show solidarity with those that had fled their homes, as well as with the Ugandan Government and people. Full text...

  • US: Global narcotics market 'thriving' – UN
    22 june 2017 19:40:50
    New York, US (PANA) – Of the quarter of a billion people who used drugs in 2015, about 29.5 million – or 0.6 per cent of the global adult population – were engaged in “problematic use” and suffered from drug use disorders, including dependence, according to a report out on Thursday from the United Nations drugs and crime agency. Full text...

  • US: Many aid groups unable to manage war zone risks - UN-backed report
    22 june 2017 19:32:23
    New York, US (PANA) – Humanitarian aid workers want to help people in some of the biggest war zones, but extreme risks and threats are paralysing their operations, a United Nations-backed report on Thursday concluded. Full text...

  • Ghana: Former gov't breached constitution in accepting 2 Gitmo detainees - Supreme Court
    22 june 2017 18:45:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the acceptance by the previous government of President John Dramani Mahama of two ex-Guantanamo Bay prisoners in January 2016 was unconstitutional. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR welcomes admission of Syrian refugees by Morocco
    22 june 2017 09:39:59
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Thursday welcomes the decision by Morocco to admit a group of Syrian refugees stranded in difficult circumstances at the country’s border with Algeria since 17 April. Full text...

  • Gambia: UN experts urge Gambia to address past rights violations to avoid recurrence
    22 june 2017 09:32:54
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Gambia is witnessing encouraging signs in moves to shed light on past human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, but must involve families fully in the process, a delegation of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has said. Full text...

  • US:UN Security Council welcomes regional force to restore stability in the Sahel
    22 june 2017 09:15:40
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council has welcomed the deployment by the so-called Group of Five (G5) – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – of a joint force to tackle the threat of terrorism, as well as the serious challenges posed by transnational organized crime in Africa's restive Sahel region. Full text...

  • Uganda: Uganda, UN convene 'solidarity summit' amid fast-growing refugee emergency
    22 june 2017 05:41:26
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Facing a fast-growing refugee crisis, Uganda is set to host in its capital, Kampala, a 'Solidarity Summit' with the support of the United Nations, to rally international support for refugees and host communities in the form of donations, investments and innovative programmes. Full text...

  • US: UN raises annual aid appeal to assist over 100 million around the world
    21 june 2017 20:25:26
    New York, US (PANA) – As the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance around the world reach record levels, United Nations and relief partners have revised their global aid appeal to US$23.5 billion – up nearly 6 per cent from the original US$22.2 billion announced late last year. Full text...

  • Libya: Kobler says swift return of Tawerghan IDPs crucial after six years of displacement in Libya
    21 june 2017 19:55:02
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, has urged the Presidency Council to make concrete arrangements for the swift implementation of the Misrata-Tawergha agreement endorsed this week and to ensure that its implementation conforms to international human rights standards. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO Chairs in human rights, urban inclusion and migration meet in Paris
    21 june 2017 15:33:05
    Paris, France (PANA) - A Meeting of UNESCO Chairs in human rights, urban inclusion and migration began on Wednesday at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. Full text...

  • France: 'World poverty could be halved if all adults complete secondary education' - UNESCO
    21 june 2017 15:21:47
    Paris, France (PAN) - "A new UNESCO policy paper shows that the global poverty rate could be more than halved if all adults completed secondary school. Yet, new data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) show persistently high out-of-school rates in many countries, making it likely that completion levels in education will remain well below that target for generations to come." Full text...

  • Sudan: Military helicopter crash kills crewmen
    21 june 2017 13:39:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A Sudanese Military helicopter crashed in northern Sudan, killing all four crew members, the Sudanese army said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: US charge d'affaires in Khartoum visits North Darfur State
    21 june 2017 11:26:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Charge d'Affaires of the United States of America in Khartoum, Steven Koutsis, has concluded a four-day visit to North Darfur State where he had a series of meetings with government officials and peacekeepers. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie marks World Refugee Day with refugee girls
    21 june 2017 10:52:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy Angelina Jolie marked World Refugee Day 2017 on Tuesday visiting adolescent refugee girls in Nairobi, the UN refugee agency has reported. Full text...

  • Kenya: Norwegian refugee body calls for scaling up of aid to DRC crisis victims
    21 june 2017 10:20:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Norwegian Refugee Council says it is disturbed by the international community's slow and inadequate response to the crisis in DR Congo. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mandela's treason trial lawyer dies in London
    21 june 2017 09:33:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tributes are flooding in from around the world for leading South African lawyer Lord Joel Joffe who has died in London at the age of 85. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN refugee chief warns against return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon
    21 june 2017 08:25:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on Wednesday said he is "extremely worried" that large numbers of Nigerian refugees hosted in Cameroon are again returning to northeast Nigeria, into a situation "dangerously unprepared" to receive them. Full text...

  • Italy: 'South Sudan famine ebbs, but situation still desperate as hunger spreads'
    21 june 2017 08:05:31
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Famine has eased in South Sudan after a significant scale up in the humanitarian response, according to new analysis released on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group says people with disabilities at high risk in CAR's conflict
    21 june 2017 07:52:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – People with disabilities in the Central African Republic (CAR) have faced violent attacks, forced displacement, and ongoing neglect in the humanitarian response, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Rights group says gov't troops 'purge' civilians from Upper Nile
    21 june 2017 06:13:46
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Tens of thousands of civilians in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region were forcibly displaced as government forces burnt, shelled and systematically looted their homes between January and May 2017, Amnesty International said in a new briefing on Wednesday. Full text...

  • CAR: With armed groups spreading in CAR, UN expert urges action
    20 june 2017 21:12:18
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is “unsustainable,” an independent United Nations expert on Tuesday warned, urging the Government to stop the spread of armed groups and increasing human rights violations. Full text...

  • Mali: UN condemns terrorist attack at Bamako hotel
    20 june 2017 21:06:59
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the terrorist attack carried out at a hotel on the outskirts of Bamako on 18 June and offered his full support to the Government of Mali to bring the perpetrators to justice. Full text...

  • US: UN chief marks World Refugee Day with calls for action; heads to Uganda
    20 june 2017 20:56:07
    New York, US (PANA) – Refugee protection is not a matter of solidarity or generosity, but an obligation under international law, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, detailing five strong appeals to the international community for respecting refugees' rights. Full text...

  • US: 'Addressing economic inequalities key to countering terrorism without fueling racism'
    20 june 2017 20:47:50
    New York, US (PANA) – A spate of recent terrorist attacks has driven an increase in security measures and exacerbated hate speech, a United Nations human rights expert warned on Tuesday, calling for States to do more to meet the challenge of countering terrorism without fuelling racism and xenophobia. Full text...

  • US: UN rights chief calls for investigation into 'landscape of horror' in DRC's Kasai provinces
    20 june 2017 20:39:32
    New York, US (PANA) – Detailing “harrowing reports” of killings, mutilation and entire villages destroyed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's restive Kasai provinces, the top United Nations human rights official on Tuesday called on the UN Human Rights Council to establish an independent international investigation into the widespread rights violations and abuses there. Full text...

  • Sudan: Eight Sudanese children repatriated from fighting zones in Libya
    20 june 2017 19:16:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese authorities on Tuesday repatriated eight Sudanese children aged between three months and nine years, after losing their parents in the war in Libya. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU urges member states to criminalize child marriages
    20 june 2017 18:10:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Expressing disgust over the increase of cases of child marriages and other forms of abuse against children, particularly young girls, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has urged all member states to criminalize child marriages. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan condemns London attack targeting Muslim worshipers
    20 june 2017 16:38:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Tuesday condemned the vehicle attack that killed and injured dozens of people in London on Sunday describing it as a criminal and terrorist attack. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU strengthens support to security in Mali and Sahel region
    20 june 2017 16:26:51
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council on Tuesday adopted a decision to support the regionalisation of EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions in the Sahel region, namely EUCAP Sahel Mali, EUCAP Sahel Niger and EUTM Mali. Full text...

  • US: UN urges support, solidarity for record number of displaced people
    20 june 2017 15:50:27
    New York, US (PANA) - With a record 65.6 million people last year forcibly uprooted from their homes by violence and persecution, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday called on the international community to provide support and solidarity. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chair worried over the rising number of African refugees
    20 june 2017 14:52:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Painting a gloomy picture of the refugee problems confronting Africa, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Mahamat, on Tuesday warned that the total number of displaced and stateless persons in Africa has drastically increased from 10.2 million to approximately 18 million between 2011 and 2016. Full text...

  • US: Africa's largest refugee crisis now a 'children's crisis' – UNICEF
    20 june 2017 14:13:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Raising alarm over the plight of refugees, particularly the situation of women and children, arriving in Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya having fled violence and instability in South Sudan, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called on governments to do more to ensure that the most vulnerable are protected. Full text...

  • Kenya: Mediterranean Sea migrant arrivals hit 81,000
    20 june 2017 13:57:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) reports that 81,292 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 18 June, with 85 per cent arriving in Italy. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR reports three new shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea
    20 june 2017 12:00:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Tuesday that it has received information on Monday night of three new shipwrecks in the Mediterranean with at least 130 people feared to be dead or missing. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR chief urges communities to welcome refugees
    20 june 2017 11:45:37
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As the world celebrates World Refugee Day on Tuesday, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has urged communities and countries to welcome refugees and counter narratives that would seek to exclude and marginalise them and other uprooted people. Full text...

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