Violence in Africa -
  • Brutal sexual violence persists in northern Unity region of South Sudan - UN report
    15 february 2019 15:22:26
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - At least 134 women and girls have been raped and 41 have suffered other forms of sexual and physical violence between September and December 2018 in South Sudan’s northern Unity region, according to a UN report released Friday. Full text...

  • Gov't threatens legal action on those calling for violent regime change
    14 february 2019 21:35:38
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The government of Sudan on Thursday said it is taking stern legal action against those who have called for the use of forces to overthrow the government in Khartoum.Full text...

  • ‘Urgent need’ to stop Mali violence with ‘effective’ military response: UN expert
    13 february 2019 05:33:14
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The state of human rights and security across Mali is a “cause of grave concern”, the independent UN rights expert for the northwest African nation said in a statement on Tuesday, in which he called for an “effective military response” to end the violence and protect the civilian population. Full text...

  • Thousands flee fresh violence in South Sudan, many ‘suffering from trauma’
    13 february 2019 05:16:30
    Juba, South Sudan (ANA) - The United Nations has said over the past few days thousands of desperate civilians have been fleeing a fresh outbreak of violence in South Sudan’s Equatoria state, seeking safety in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), many “suffering from trauma”. Full text...

  • Southern Libya, new theatre of clashes between Libyan stakeholders (News analysis by Youssef Ba, PANA correspondent)
    08 february 2019 12:11:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The show of force in southern Libya has moved very fast into armed sounds of cannons over the past few weeks, marking a new development in the crisis that has left several people dead or injured with some protagonists looking at military option to solve the problems. Full text...

  • World must do more to tackle ‘shadowy’ mercenary activities undermining stability in Africa, says UN chief
    05 february 2019 06:54:12
    New York, US (PANA) - With mercenaries undermining global peace and security and weakening States’ capacities to protect their people, the UN Security Council on Monday shone its spotlight on their activities as a source of destabilization in Africa. Full text...

  • Six killed, 35 injured in attacks on health facilities in Libya in 2018, 2019 -WHO
    04 february 2019 23:20:36
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Six health workers and patients were killed and 35 others, including 25 health professionals, were injured in attacks on health facilities in Libya between 2018 and 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement on Monday.Full text...

  • Three soldiers killed in armed clashes in southern Libya
    01 february 2019 14:58:49
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Three Libyan soldiers were killed in clashes with opposing forces of the 128th battalion infantry and "mercenary forces of Chad" on Friday in al-Ghadwa town, south of the city of Sebha (800 km south of Tripoli), said the spokesman of the General Command of the Libyan National Army, Colonel Major Ahmed al-Mesmari.Full text...

  • Mass-graves found of at least 535 killed during in western DR Congo
    31 january 2019 07:18:32
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - A preliminary UN investigation into a massacre reportedly carried out in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last month, reveals that “at least 535 civilians were killed in four attacks”, the UN Mission in the country, MONUSCO, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Two peacekeepers killed in an attack against UN convoy in Mali
    26 january 2019 13:15:55
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Two peacekeepers from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed on Friday following an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack against a convoy near Douentza, in the Mopti region, central Mali. Full text...

  • Will the ceasefire signed in Tripoli be able to resist the will of armed groups? (News Analysis By Youssef Ba, PANA Correspondent)
    25 january 2019 18:03:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Another episode of clashes in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, between rival armed groups, has just ended, thanks to the signing of a ceasefire agreement last Monday.Full text...

  • Millions in need of ‘lifesaving assistance’ in Cameroon - UN
    25 january 2019 04:57:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Around 4.3 million Cameroonians, mostly women and children, are now in need of lifesaving assistance, the UN announced on Thursday, presenting it’s 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan for the West African country, in coordination with the Government and aid partners. Full text...

  • UNICEF stresses children’s protection ‘at all times’ amidst deaths, injuries in Sudan
    24 january 2019 05:43:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Children are likely among the dead during a month of nationwide protests in Sudan with “scores” of others injured and detained, according to a top UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official, who spelled out that “children should never be targeted nor used or exploited”. Full text...

  • Public institutions resume activities in southern Tripoli after bloody clashes
    22 january 2019 10:43:46
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Life has returned to normal on Tuesday following the resumption of activities at the southern outskirts of Tripoli, after the signing of a ceasefire agreement that has ended deadly clashes that killed 14 people and injured 41 others.Full text...

  • Kenya Police intensify onslaught against Nairobi hotel complex attackers
    21 january 2019 11:42:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Police said on Monday they have intensified a crackdown against members of a terrorist cell operating from Isiolo, eastern Kenya, who are believed to have planned and executed the deadly terror siege at the 14 Riverside Drive complex, killing 21 people and wounding 28 others. Full text...

  • Five dead in clash between police and youth in western Burkina Faso
    19 january 2019 14:02:19
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least five people were killed and eight others injured on Friday night when angry young people clashed with police in the town of Orodara, 400 km from Ouagadougou, in the Kénédougou province, Upper Basins region, the Ministry of Security announced on Saturday. Full text...

  • Rights group says satellite imagery shows 'horrific aftermath' of Boko Haram attack
    19 january 2019 12:34:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International says new satellite images it has analysed show the horrific aftermath of a Boko Haram attack that devastated Rann, north-east Nigeria, displacing more than 9,000 people earlier this week. Full text...

  • Libyan authorities must shoulder the burden to support country’s ‘vulnerable’ south
    19 january 2019 06:47:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Despite years of promises to address the “vulnerable heart” of Libya – the country’s south – conditions around its water and oil resource wealth have continued to deteriorate at “an alarming rate”, the United Nations envoy for the country has told the Security Council.Full text...

  • Thousands returning to Nigeria’s restive Borno state ‘at risk’: UN
    19 january 2019 06:41:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid reports that Cameroon is forcing several thousand Nigerians to return to Borno state in the country’s crisis-gripped north-east, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has deplored the move, saying it has put lives “at risk”.Full text...

  • Tripoli Protection Force repels 7th Battalion from capital
    18 january 2019 13:19:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Tripoli Protection Force, a grouping of armed units, has successfully repelled fighters of the 7th Battalion from the southern border areas of the Libyan capital, though 10 people were killed and 41 others wounded in clashes which lasted two days till Thursday.Full text...

  • Calm returns to Tripoli; death toll in armed clashes increases to 5
    17 january 2019 12:10:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Calm has returned to Tripoli on Thursday, in the aftermath of the armed clashes in which five people were killed and 20 others wounded in the southern suburbs of the capital.Full text...

  • Rights group urges Kenya authorities to consider victims’ needs in bloody hotel attack
    17 january 2019 05:55:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights group is urging Kenya’s government to put victims "front and centre" in its response to the 15 January, 2019 attack on the DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi. Full text...

  • 'Dire’ humanitarian situation, ‘grave’ security concerns challenge fragile peace
    17 january 2019 05:28:27
    New York, US (PANA) - With over 800 schools forced to close due to insecurity, and 2.3 million vulnerable people in need of assistance this year, a top UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday that the humanitarian situation in Mali “remains dire”. Full text...

  • Nearly 900 reportedly killed following ‘shocking’ intercommunal attacks in DR Congo - UN
    17 january 2019 05:15:48
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that at least 890 villagers were reportedly killed in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo last month, following brutal inter-communal clashes. Full text...

  • Clashes erupt again in Tripoli
    16 january 2019 12:01:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Intermittent clashes erupted on Wednesday morning at the entrance of the Gasr Ben Ghashir area, towards the Wadi al- Rabii bridge, in the south of Tripoli, between armed groups, which clashed in the Libyan capital in August. Full text...

  • Ethiopian military to probe civilian killings near border with Sudan
    12 january 2019 19:52:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Ethiopian Defence Forces have pledged a probe the killing of at least seven people and the wounding of 15 others in the West Gondar region, near the Ethiopian border with Sudan, after an outcry by party officials in the region, a top military commander said on Saturday.Full text...

  • More attacks, ‘persisting security challenges’ threaten progress in West Africa, Sahel
    11 january 2019 03:04:16
    New York, US (PANA) - A rising number of attacks by extremist groups, using more sophisticated tactics, risk undermining progress in West Africa and the Sahel, the region’s UN envoy told the Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • Armed insurgency in north-east Nigeria ‘has created a humanitarian tragedy’
    10 january 2019 07:39:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Following an upsurge in violence in north-east Nigeria, which was brought to global attention five years ago with the abduction by Boko Haram extremists of the Chibok schoolgirls, tens of thousands of innocent civilians continue to flee, prompting “grave concern” from the United Nations envoy there, according to a UN statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns intercommunal clashes in Burkina Faso
    06 january 2019 04:22:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned last week's intercommunal clashes in northern Burkina Faso in which more than 40 civilians were killed and “deteriorating security situation” in parts of the country. Full text...

  • Congolese leader deplores violence in CAR
    05 january 2019 18:19:18
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso on Saturday deplored the repeated violence in Central African Republic noting that the country was not yet peaceful. Full text...

  • For what purpose does Daech target state institutions in Libya? (By Youssef Ba, PANA correspondent)
    04 january 2019 14:11:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The 25 December 2018 suicide attack against the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tripoli, which has been claimed by Daech, follows a series of similar operations targeting state buildings and raise questions about the true motivations of the terrorist organization.Full text...

  • Guterres condemns attack on UN compound in Mogadishu
    03 january 2019 13:41:33
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned Tuesday’s attack against the UN compound in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, a UN statement from New York said. Full text...

  • France calls for Malian govt response to violence in central Mopti region
    02 january 2019 15:19:54
    Paris, France (PANA) – Expressing its concern, the French Government on Wednesday called on Malian authorities "to take a strong reaction" to the resurgence of acts of violence that cost the lives of dozens of civilians on Tuesday morning in a Peul village in the centre of the country. Full text...

  • Violence flares in several regions of Tunisia
    27 december 2018 18:21:25
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - For the third day in a row, there were clashes between protesters and police officers the interior regions of Tunisia on Wednesday night, particularly in the central-west Kasserine region, where a young journalist-photographer committed suicide.Full text...

  • Army officer killed, 11 other ranks wounded in attack against barracks in southern Libya
    27 december 2018 12:26:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A Libyan Army officer was killed and 11 other ranks wounded on Thursday when armed Chadian opposition groups attacked the headquarters of Libya's 10th Battalion in Targuane, southern Libya, military and hospital sources said. Full text...

  • IS claims responsibility for Libyan Foreign ministry attack
    26 december 2018 12:15:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's bloody suicide bombing of the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the National Unity Government in Tripoli, which left three dead and 24 wounded in a stark reminder that the terrorist organisation has "nuisance capacity" with dormant cells operating from time to time in the Libyan capital.Full text...

  • Three killes, 11 wounded in suicide attack on Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    25 december 2018 17:37:02
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Three people were killed and 11 others injured on Tuesday in a suicide attack that targeted the Libyan Foreign Affairs Ministry headquarters in Tripoli, according to a report released by the Ministry of Health.Full text...

  • Libyan foreign ministry in Tripoli attacked; suicide bomber detonates explosive - sources
    25 december 2018 12:34:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The foreign ministry of the Libyan national union government came under attack on Tuesday with a suicide bomber detonating a device in a stark reminder of the prevailing insecurity in the capital, Tripoli, a source at the ministry said. Full text...

  • Mali launches campaign to reduce community violence in its central regions
    24 december 2018 13:58:58
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga on Sunday visited Youvarou and Douentza, epicentres of insecurity in central Mali, where he launched a programme in Mopti to reduce community violence in the central regions, official sources told PANA on Monday in Bamako. Full text...

  • Instability in Sahel, spreading outwards, Security Council told
    21 december 2018 05:33:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Efforts to address the multiple challenges facing Africa’s Sahel region should be driven by local, regional and national leadership, with the support of international partners as required, the United Nations Special Adviser for the region said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Amnesty says Nigerian gov't 'failures' fuel escalating farmers, herders conflict
    17 december 2018 05:12:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, says the Nigerian authorities’ failure to investigate communal clashes and bring perpetrators to justice has fuelled a bloody escalation in the conflict between farmers and herders across the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army lifts suspension of UNICEF's activities in Boko Haram stronghold
    15 december 2018 06:00:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army has revered a controversial decision to suspend the activities of the UN children's fund (UNICEF) in the Boko Haram-ravaged northeast saying it changed its mind after the intervention of “concerned Nigerians”. Full text...

  • Rights group says use of lethal force to quell protests in Baidoa unjustifiable
    14 december 2018 22:01:49
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has said Somali and Ethiopian security forces in Baidoa must refrain from using lethal force against protestors, including ahead of, during and after the South West regional presidential election scheduled for 19 December. Full text...

  • Rights group blames UN peacekeepers for CAR massacre
    14 december 2018 21:52:11
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, has asked the United Nations to carry out a thorough investigation into UN peacekeeping troops’ response to a recent attack that killed as many as 100 civilians in a displaced persons camp in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • ‘Excessive use of force’ in campaign must be avoided in DRC polls, says Bachelet
    14 december 2018 21:21:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Deadly pre-election violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sparked by police reportedly firing live ammunition at opposition supporters, has been condemned by the UN’s top rights official, Michelle Bachelet. Full text...

  • UN investigates systematic sexual violence across South Sudan
    14 december 2018 21:13:36
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Widespread and systematic sexual violence across South Sudan, just a few months after the country’s top two politicians signed a renewed commitment to peace, was at the top of the UN Commission on Human Rights in the country’s agenda on Friday, as members ended their first fact-finding mission. Full text...

  • Rising insecurity in CAR threatens wider region, Security Council told
    14 december 2018 04:47:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Rising violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) threatens to spill across the border into neighbouring countries, creating further instability, a senior United Nations official warned on Thursday, urging continued and coordinated regional efforts to bolster peace and security. Full text...

  • Militants disrupt opposition party campaigns, candidates decry state repression
    10 december 2018 13:41:09
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - Presidential election candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been met with violence on the campaign trail, with several officials calling for an international investigation. Full text...

  • UN mission in South Sudan, UNICEF condemn ‘brutal’ sexual assaults on roads to Bentiu
    04 december 2018 04:20:23
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) have condemned a series of brutal sexual assaults on women and girls, travelling on the road to Bentiu, a town in the north of the war-ravaged country. Full text...

  • Libyans worried about rising assassinations of leaders of armed groups, senior security officers
    03 december 2018 13:16:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - In the face of rising assassinations of leaders of armed groups and people in charge of official security in the Libyan capital, a question that is popping is: Are they to settle scores within the armed groups or the result of weak security arrangements? Full text...

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