Violence in Africa -
  • US: Recent violence in CAR spotlights subregion's volatility, Security Council told
    08 december 2016 05:35:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite a peaceful and successful transition in the Central African Republic (CAR) earlier in 2016, the recent outbreak of violence there had demonstrated the extremely fragile situation in the country, the Secretary-General's Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF launches new video campaign against child violence
    05 december 2016 18:58:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday launched a new video illustrating the "all too common" forms of violence as tattoos on the body of the famous footballer and advocate for protection of children, David Beckham. Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern on violence in South Sudan's Equatoria region
    05 december 2016 18:42:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Monday said it was alarmed by the violence in the Equatoria region of South Sudan and concerned it could quickly spiral out of control. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief expresses concern over renewed violence in CAR
    29 november 2016 15:40:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing concerns over last week's renewed violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), which reportedly claimed dozens of lives and displaced more than 11,000 persons, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on the armed groups to immediately and "genuinely" commit to peace. Full text...

  • CAR: UN envoy demands protection of civilians as scores killed in CAR violence
    26 november 2016 04:57:09
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has condemned the recent outbreak of ethnic violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) that has killed scores of people.Full text...

  • US: US government condemns violence against women, girls
    25 november 2016 16:08:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Friday reaffirmed its belief that gender-based violence is never acceptable, and women and girls have the right to live free from violence, noting that countries are stronger when homes, neighbourhoods, and communities are safe for everyone. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam kick-starts global campaign to end violence against women, girls
    24 november 2016 12:44:12
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Gender inequality is both the cause and the consequence of violence against women and girls, said Oxfam on Thursday, as the agency launched a new global campaign called 'Enough: Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls' to stop one of the most prolific human rights violations. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council 'deeply alarmed' over escalation of ethnic violence in S. Sudan
    19 november 2016 19:19:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning attacks against civilians, ethnically targeted killings, hate speech, and incitements to violence in South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council has called for urgent steps to address increasing hate speech and ethnic violence, and to promote reconciliation among the people, including through a process of justice and accountability.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nine dead in clash between Muslim Shiite group, security agencies in northwestern Nigeria
    14 november 2016 20:00:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria Police on Monday confirmed the death of eight members of the Muslim Shiite sect and a policeman during a violent clash in an operation carried out jointly by the Nigeria Army and the Department of State Security (DSS) the northwestern city of Kano. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian government sets up panel to stop violence in Niger Delta
    11 november 2016 13:53:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government has set up a committee, the Niger Delta Riverine Protection Programme, to come up with solutions to the bombing of pipelines and proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the Niger Delta region.Full text...

  • Somalia: UN concerned by ceasefire in Somalia's Gaalkacyo state
    07 november 2016 17:52:15
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations office in Somalia said Monday it was "deeply concerned" by the breakdown of the ceasefire in Gaalkacyo and the continuing failure of the Puntland and Galmudug administrations to implement agreements, including the one signed on 2 December 2015 and again on 1 November 2016. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council ‘strongly condemns’ ceasefire violations in Mali
    04 november 2016 06:18:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning repeated violations of the ceasefire arrangements by the Plateforme and Coordination in and around northern Mali’s restive Kidal town, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday warned that such acts threaten the viability of the peace agreement in the country and called on the armed groups to immediately cease hostilities and return to dialogue.Full text...

  • US: US condemns violence in Central African Republic
    27 october 2016 05:29:49
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has condemned the violence surrounding protests on 24 October in Bangui, capital of Central African Republic (CAR), that killed at least four civilians and injured nine others and called on all Central Africans to reject violence and refrain from rhetoric that could incite violence. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns violence, attacks in CAR
    26 october 2016 13:45:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned the outbreak of violence on 24 October in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), Bangui, that killed at least four civilians and injured nine others. Full text...

  • UN: UN says 18 people killed, 60 injured in north-central Somalia
    24 october 2016 18:45:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 18 people have been killed and 60 injured in the ongoing fighting in Gaalkacyo, Somalia, in the last two weeks, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Monday.Full text...

  • UN: ICC monitors situation in DRC
    17 october 2016 15:38:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, on Monday said her office was closely monitoring the recent violence in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern about violence in Tripoli
    17 october 2016 06:42:54
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has expressed concern about reports of violence in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and the use of force to take over the headquarters of the State Council. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Soldiers kill suicide bomber in north east Nigeria
    15 october 2016 19:43:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian soldiers in the North Eastern State of Adamawa on Saturday morning shot dead a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber near a military base, according to the Nigerian Army spokesman, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR condemns rising violence against civilians in CAR
    13 october 2016 16:52:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday condemned attacks on civilians in Central African Republic (CAR), where clashes between rival groups have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and disrupted vital humanitarian aid operations.Full text...

  • UN: UN mission concerned over increased violence in South Sudan
    12 october 2016 15:22:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Wednesday said it is "extremely concerned" over increased reports of violence and armed conflict in various parts of the country in the last few weeks, including heavy artillery and gunfire exchanges between the government and opposition forces in Leer town. Full text...

  • US: Political polarization in DRC may spark ‘large-scale violence,’ UN envoy warns
    12 october 2016 05:23:17
    New York, US (PANA) – The top United Nations official in DR Congo has warned of "an extremely fragile political situation" in country, where “actors on all sides appear more and more willing to resort to violence to achieve their ends”. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian PM assures Germany's Merkel violence probe underway
    11 october 2016 17:52:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has assured visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel an investigation into the conduct of security forces dealing with violence outside the capital, Addis Ababa, has been launched to determine if human rights were violated. Full text...

  • US: UN experts urge Ethiopia to allow international panel to probe violence
    11 october 2016 05:34:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Urging Ethiopian authorities to end their violent crackdown on peaceful protests, which has reportedly led to the death of over 600 people since November 2015, two United Nations human rights experts on Monday further called on the Government to allow an international commission of inquiry to investigate the protests and the violence used against peaceful demonstrators. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army marksman intercepts, kills suicide bomber in north eastern Nigeria
    06 october 2016 15:55:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army Thursday said its marksman killed a Boko Haram male suicide bomber who attempted to infiltrate through the Army’s forward defences in Maiduguri, the epicentre of terrorist violence in North Eastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: Ban stresses need for non-violence for peace to thrive
    02 october 2016 19:20:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday stressed the link between non-violence, peace and nature as the UN observed the International Day of Non-Violence. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army says its troops killed 7 militants in Cross River State
    30 september 2016 14:40:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army said its troops from the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Calabar, in the early hours of Friday killed seven armed militants at Efut Esighi in Bakassi local government area of the south south Cross River State. Full text...

  • UN: ICC monitoring recent deadly violence in DRC - Prosecutor
    23 september 2016 19:09:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, on Friday said the ICC was monitoring the recent deadly violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which claimed some lives and left others injuredFull text...

  • Nigeria: 611 teachers killed by Boko Haram in 6 years, 19,000 flee North Eastern Nigeria
    23 september 2016 16:04:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United Nations (UN) Friday said that 611 teachers were killed and 19,000 forced to flee the North-Eastern part of Nigeria between 2009 and 2015 due to the Boko Haram insurgency.Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty International urges restraint in DR Congo
    21 september 2016 13:08:26
    Nairobi, Kenya(PANA) - Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must show restraint in their handling of protests to ensure that they do not inflame tensions in the country, Amnesty International said Wednesday.Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges Gabon's president, opposition leader to curb post-election violence
    04 september 2016 19:56:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged Gabon's President, Ali Bongo Ondimba, and Mr. Jean Ping, presidential candidate of the Democratie Nouvelle party, to do their parts to end violence that ensued after the recent closely-contested presidential election in the African country.Full text...

  • US: US 'concerned' over post-election constraints on media freedom in Zambia
    02 september 2016 07:57:03
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States says it is disappointed that politically motivated violence and constraints on media freedom have continued after Zambia’s 11 August general election.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Air Force gunship destroys new Boko Haram camp
    30 august 2016 15:39:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Tuesday said its helicopter gunship on Monday night “successfully” destroyed a new Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) Camp located between Malam Fatori and Kangarwa in north-eastern Borno State.Full text...

  • Nigeria: New Niger Delta militant group blows up major pipeline delivery line
    30 august 2016 15:25:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Despite the ceasefire deal by mainstream Niger Delta militants and the Nigerian government, a new militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Movement (NDGJM), said it blew up the Ogor-Oteri major delivery line operated by the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company and Shorelines Petroleum in south-south Delta state. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram violence takes “devastating toll” on children in Lake Chad Basin
    25 august 2016 19:12:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Years of violence by Islamist Boko Haram militants have taken a “devastating toll” on children living in the Lake Chad Basin, UNICEF said Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: 10 pro-govt forces killed, 71 injured in Daesh clashes in Sirte
    18 august 2016 11:39:26
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Ten Libyan pro-governmental security forces were killed and 71 others injured on Wednesday in clashes with terrorists of the so-called Islamic State (Daesh) in Sirte.Full text...

  • UN: UN relief chief says South Sudan crisis worsening
    11 august 2016 15:02:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, has again painted a grave picture of the enormous humanitarian crisis facing South Sudan and the devastating impact of the ongoing violence on its people. Full text...

  • Libya: 10 killed in car bomb attack in Sirte
    11 august 2016 11:18:08
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – An Islamic State suicide bomber blew himself up in a car bomb attack on Wednesday evening in the military zone of al-Gizeh in Sirte, killing 10 members of the pro-governmental forces.Full text...

  • Sudan: EU, US welcome rebel signature on Sudanese road map to peace
    09 august 2016 16:05:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and the United states on Tuesday welcomed the signing, by Sudanese political and armed opposition, of the road map in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that seeks to put the two sides on one track to resolving pending challenges in Darfur, Blue Nile and the Nubba mountains as well as other political issues.Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy urges South Sudan govt to take action against sexual violence
    09 august 2016 14:08:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict, Ms. Zainab Bangura, on Tuesday stressed the need for the South Sudan government to take all necessary action to put an end to rape and violence against women and girls in the country, noting that all perpetrators of such crimes will be held accountable.Full text...

  • Zambia: Gov't dismisses opposition’s claim of violence ahead of elections
    07 august 2016 15:07:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has dismissed opposition’s leader Hakainde Hichilema’s claim of political instability in the country ahead of the 11 August elections as an attempt to merely scandalise the credible electoral process. Full text...

  • US: UNICEF calls for urgent action to protect girls, women from sexual violence
    21 july 2016 08:32:27
    New York, US (PANA) - A key adviser to the United Nations children’s agency on Wednesday decried the culture of impunity surrounding sexual violence against women and girls around the world, following a recent case of gang rape in India. Full text...

  • UN: UN, Ethiopia express alarm over the situation in South Sudan
    16 july 2016 14:48:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General , Ban Ki-moon, and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Haile Mariam Dessalegn, are alarmed at the conflict in South Sudan and the risk of further escalation, the UN said in a press statement issued following a meeting between the two leaders on the margin of the African Union (AU) summit set to begin shortly in Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission deplores violence in Mali’s northern city of Gao
    13 july 2016 21:52:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Deploring the outbreak of violence that occurred on Tuesday in Gao, following a demonstration that turned violent, leaving four dead and many injured, the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali has stressed the need for government-led initiatives to better familiarize the population with the recently agreed peace deal. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed partnership launches fund to end violence against children
    12 july 2016 22:22:16
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-backed partnership and fund were launched on Tuesday, in order to achieve the new global target of ending abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children, a public priority and a collective responsibility. Full text...

  • Kenya: Church group calls for end to South Sudan violence
    12 july 2016 14:02:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The renewed fighting in South Sudan has raised serious concerns around safety and security of the people of the new, and increasingly fragile country, global church group, ACT Alliance, says. Full text...

  • Kenya: IGAD meets in Nairobi over South Sudan violence
    11 july 2016 13:44:05
    Nairobi, Sudan (PANA) - Due to the escalation of violence in South Sudan, Foreign Ministers from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) countries were scheduled to hold a meeting in Nairobi late Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission, agencies condemn resumption of violence in South Sudan
    10 july 2016 19:27:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Sunday expressed outrage at the resumption of violence in Juba, which it said is severely impacting on the civilian population. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief sad about developments in South Sudan
    09 july 2016 17:19:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday expressed sadness with the renewed violence in South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: UN condemns resurgence of violence in South Sudan
    08 july 2016 19:23:07
    New York, US (PANA) - As South Sudan prepares to mark its fifth anniversary of independence, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday expressed concern over the continuing violence in parts of the country and the resulting forced displacement of people, both internally and throughout the neighbouring region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta militants blow up more oil pipelines
    07 july 2016 15:17:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Niger Delta Avengers strike team has blown up more oil pipelines belonging to Chevron, the American oil giant. Full text...

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