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  • Human Rights lawyer slams Gambia's president for being "sluggish"
    30 january 2018 14:43:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian human right lawyer, Assan Martin, has said the coalition government of President Adama Barrow has been sluggish in delivering democratic dividends to Gambians, one year after assuming power. Full text...

  • EU says committed to peace in Congo's Pool region
    30 january 2018 11:34:01
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The representative of the European Union (EU) in Congo, Saskia de Lang, has expressed the commitment of the EU to provide financial and technical assistance to residents of the Pool region of Congo who have been victims of armed clashes between police and the Ninjas nsiloulou militia of Pastor Ntumi. Full text...

  • South African athlete Semenya nominated for top sports award
    29 january 2018 10:20:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Olympic and world 800-metre champion Caster Semenya has been confirmed as South Africa's only nominee for the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards. Full text...

  • Bashir forms “High Peace Council” in Sudan
    26 january 2018 13:56:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan has formed a robust presidential body, called the High Council for Peace (HCP), with the mandate to achieve and consolidate peace in the country. Full text...

  • Spike in attacks on ‘blue helmets’ means UN peace operations must adapt - Lacroix
    25 january 2018 06:17:21
    New York, US (PANA) – With United Nations ‘blue helmets’ facing increasingly grave threats, including armed groups with no interest in peace, the UN peacekeeping chief called on Wednesday for greater political engagement and leadership from the Security Council and the world body’s Member countries to ensure UN troops – and the populations they serve – are better protected. Full text...

  • 'Ceasefire violations, hostile propaganda undercut regional peace push in South Sudan'
    25 january 2018 06:02:31
    New York, US (PANA) – While the signing last month of a ceasefire accord among South Sudan’s warring parties is a great stride forward, it is just a first step toward peace and stability, the United Nations peacekeeping chief said on Wednesday, warning that the 21 December deal has already been violated numerous times. Full text...

  • Senior UN Official says it's time to reassess UN peacekeeping presence in Mali
    24 january 2018 07:01:06
    New York, US (PANA) - Against the backdrop of worsening security in Mali’s central regions and with presidential elections just six months away, a senior United Nations official on Tuesday said it is time to re-examine the configuration of the UN peacekeeping presence in the West African country to reflect the changing circumstances on the ground.Full text...

  • UN flag no longer offers ‘natural’ protection to peacekeepers, says UN report
    23 january 2018 05:52:08
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations should change the way it does business in high-security risk peacekeeping operations, as the UN flag no longer offers ‘natural’ protection to mission personnel, according to a new report, which calls for better training for ‘blue helmets,’ more technology and greater freedom to respond to the threat posed by armed groups. Full text...

  • UNESCO to award 2018 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance, Non-Violence
    20 january 2018 15:01:28
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO has invited governmental and non-governmental entities, civil society actors and individuals active in strengthening foundations for peace and tolerance to propose candidates for the 2018 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence. Full text...

  • IGAD Special Envoy in South Sudan refutes partisan claims by Machar group
    19 january 2018 19:02:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ismail Wais, has refuted claims by SPLM-IO deputy military spokesman that IGAD and TROIKA were responsible for the ceasefire violations in Bieh State. Full text...

  • Millions of children's lives hang in the balance as South Sudan conflict grinds on – UNICEF chief
    19 january 2018 17:14:05
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Following a two-day visit to conflict-ravaged South Sudan, where a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished and at imminent risk of death, the head of the United Nations children's agency has said only an end to hostilities can bring back hope and safety to the children and young people there. Full text...

  • AfDB Chief receives Liberia's highest honour
    17 january 2018 06:49:24
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), has been honoured with the "Order of the Star of Africa with the Grade of Grand Band of the Republic of Liberia", during an investiture ceremony hosted by the outgoing Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in Monrovia, the Liberian capital. Full text...

  • Barrow launches Strategy, Directorate for Gambia’s Diaspora
    14 january 2018 12:12:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Adama Barrow of the Gambia on Saturday launched The Gambia Diaspora Strategy and Diaspora Directorate at a ceremony held in Kairaba Beach Hotel in SereKunda. Full text...

  • Gambian president Barrow calls for nationalism, institutional reforms
    12 january 2018 20:01:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President, Adama Barrow on Friday called for nationalism and institutional reforms in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Kenyan President in South Africa to enhance security cooperation
    11 january 2018 18:08:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has started a three-day official visit to South Africa to discuss security, trade cooperation and infrastructure development, the President's office said Thursday.Full text...

  • Gambian President Barrow to meet top gov’t officials over reforms
    10 january 2018 13:43:42
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow of Gambia is scheduled to meet over 144 civil servants on January 28 in his drive to reform the civil service sector, a statement from the presidency said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • President Barrow redeploys Gambia’s Civil Service Chief, Interior Minister
    08 january 2018 15:10:38
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President, Adama Barrow, on Monday redeployed Mr Dawda D. Fadera, the Secretary General and Head of Civil Service, to the country’s diplomatic mission in Washington, the United State of America. Full text...

  • Gambian minister calls on Barrow to quit after 3 years
    04 january 2018 13:41:18
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian Minister of Agriculture, Omar Jallow, has asked President Adama Barrow to leave office after three years, saying that the president was selected by the opposition coalition to preside over a transitional government for three years. Full text...

  • Nominees, legends storm Accra for Aiteo CAF Awards 2017
    03 january 2018 15:32:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The capital of Ghana, Accra, is abuzz and bracing up for unarguably the biggest football gathering of the new year, the Aiteo CAF Awards 2017. Full text...

  • Joint force to maintain security in two Sudanese states
    01 january 2018 14:59:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Following the 6-month state of emergency imposed by President Omar al-Bashir in the states of Kassala and North Kurdufan, the Sudanese Presidency has formed a joint force of the army and other security organs with wide powers of pursuit, inspection and apprehension in the troubled states. Full text...

  • CAF Award Gala in Accra is CAF's 26th edition
    01 january 2018 14:45:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The annual CAF Awards enter their 26th edition this year and the Awards Gala will take place in the Ghanaian capital, Accra on Thursday, 4 January, 2018. Full text...

  • President Barrow delivers first New Year speech
    31 december 2017 15:55:22
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow of the Gambia on Sunday delivered his first New Year statement, outlining his policies and plans to move his country forward. Full text...

  • UN peacekeepers saved many lives in 2017 despite challenges, UN officials say
    29 december 2017 18:28:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite a particularly deadly year for United Nations peacekeepers – with more than 60 'blue helmets' killed in hostile acts – the Organization in 2017 completed its peacekeeping objectives in Côte d'Ivoire, refocused its work in Haiti and will soon complete its mandate in Liberia. Full text...

  • 'Legacy of UN Mission in Liberia tied to outgoing President Johnson Sirleaf'
    28 december 2017 22:53:21
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The legacy of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the outgoing President of Liberia, is connected to the legacy of the United Nations Mission in the country (UNMIL), which will wind down in March after 15 years of operations, a senior UN official said. Full text...

  • UNHCR welcomes South Sudan agreement to revive peace process
    24 december 2017 10:55:13
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has welcomed the recent agreement by the South Sudan government and opposition groups to revive the stalled peace process, and called for the inclusion of refugees in shaping the destiny of the country. Full text...

  • UN Mission welcomes agreement to revive South Sudan's peace pact
    22 december 2017 17:48:47
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Welcoming the signing of an agreement on cessation of hostilities and improving humanitarian access in South Sudan, the United Nations Mission in the country (UNMISS) has urged all parties to work collectively to ensure durable peace in the nation. Full text...

  • Security Council to consider set of elements in peacekeeping reviews
    22 december 2017 06:42:17
    New York, USA (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Thursday expressed its intention to consider a set of elements when reviewing mandates and configuration of peacekeeping missions. Full text...

  • UNMISS partners for peaceful New Year
    21 december 2017 19:25:50
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The holiday spirit came to life in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, on Thursday when the Outreach team from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) went on a special mission to spread end-of-year holiday season greetings. Full text...

  • African football legends to watch Aiteo CAF Awards Gala 2017 in Accra
    21 december 2017 15:49:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - All previous winners of the African Player of the Year since inception, by CAF, in 1992, are expected to grace the Aiteo CAF Awards Gala 2017, scheduled for Thursday, 4 January, 2018, at the International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • South Sudan's first UN safe haven for displaced civilians closes
    21 december 2017 05:49:31
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The first ‘Protection of Civilians’ site – a place of refuge and safety set up next to a United Nations base in South Sudan – has been successfully closed after internally displaced families expressed the desire and confidence to return to their homes, the UN mission in the country said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN chief stresses unity in Security Council to overcome conflict
    20 december 2017 22:08:19
    New York, USA (PANA) – UN Secretary General António Guterres has told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday that as conflict and its drivers become more complex, unity in Security Council will be critical, Full text...

  • FAO, WFP step up efforts to alleviate hunger in Greater Kasai
    20 december 2017 11:18:53
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Against a backdrop of intense human suffering, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are joining forces to mitigate some of the effects of conflict in Greater Kasai. Full text...

  • UN envoy welcomes new Somali policy on role of youth in peacebuilding
    18 december 2017 20:19:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Welcoming the launch of a national policy for young people in Somalia, the United Nations Youth Envoy has expressed hope that with the new policy, young Somalis will be able to contribute to peacebuilding efforts in the country. Full text...

  • Aiteo CAF Awards 2017: Top three unveiled in each category
    18 december 2017 17:40:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The top three for all the categories of the Aiteo CAF Awards 2017 was unveiled on Monday in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • Children are the face of conflict-fuelled humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan – UNICEF
    15 december 2017 19:55:43
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – South Sudan's children are facing a raft of daily horrors and deprivations and urgently require a peaceful, protective environment, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday, warning that “anything less, places children and women at even greater risk of grave violations and abuse”. Full text...

  • UN Security Council supports regional push to revive South Sudan’s peace pact
    15 december 2017 05:46:41
    New York, USA (PANA) – As the brutal conflict in South Sudan enters its fifth year, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday said it remains deeply concerned over the situation there, and expressed strong support for a regional initiative aimed at salvaging a 2015 peace deal. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping chief pays tribute to ‘blue helmets’ killed in DR Congo
    14 december 2017 21:20:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Thursday attended a ceremony in the port city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in honour of the country’s peacekeepers recently killed during their mission in a neighbouring country. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping chief visits injured Tanzanian ‘blue helmets’ in DRC
    13 december 2017 20:44:04
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Wednesday thanked individually peacekeepers who fought to hold off an attack on 7 December in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • UN honours 14 peacekeepers killed in eastern DR Congo
    12 december 2017 06:18:41
    Beni, DR Congo (PANA) – The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) on Monday paid tribute to the Tanzanian peacekeepers killed on 7 December in the worst attack on UN 'blue helmets' in recent history. Full text...

  • Gambia denies signing MOU with Russian politician
    11 december 2017 20:57:45
    Banjul, Gambia ( PANA) – The Gambias government on Monday denied ever signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a Russian politician and businessman, Mr Anton Bakov, who wanted to invest in the West African country. Full text...

  • Number of families separated by conflict, natural disasters at all time high - ICRC
    11 december 2017 20:35:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The number of families being separated by conflict, violence and natural disaster is at a five-year high, according to data from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Full text...

  • Security Council considers measures to support regional force in Sahel
    09 december 2017 04:04:22
    New York, USA (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution clarifying the ways in which the international community, including the UN mission in Mali – known by its French acronym MINUSMA – is expected to provide support to a multi-country joint military force conducting counter-terrorist operations in the Sahel. Full text...

  • Nigeria Police react to terror alert by US, UK govts
    05 december 2017 11:48:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police Headquarters on Tuesday allayed the fears of Nigerians over the red alert issued by the US and UK missions on possible terror attacks in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and six States of the federation, reassuring residents of the identified States not to panic as adequate security measures have been put in place. Full text...

  • UN voices support for Somali govt's efforts at first-ever security conference
    04 december 2017 21:27:26
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – At Somalia's first-ever security conference, hosted by the country’s Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmaajo” in the capital, Mogadishu, participants have agreed to speed up security sector reform and develop a plan to transfer primary responsibility for the country’s security from the United Nations-backed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to its own security forces. Full text...

  • President Barrow appoints new Interior minister
    04 december 2017 19:22:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow on Monday named Habib Saihou Drammeh as Minister of Interior. Full text...

  • UNN Arts professor, El Anatsui, honoured by Alma-mater in Ghana
    04 december 2017 15:40:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Prof. El Anatsui, the globally-celebrated Ghanaian Sculptor and Emeritus Professor in Sculpture at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), has added an honorary Doctor of Letters award by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST), Ghana, to his bag full of honours. Full text...

  • UN West Africa cheers regional initiatives on governance, others
    02 december 2017 17:06:52
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – A meeting in Monrovia of UN heads of Missions in West Africa has welcomed regional initiatives aimed at addressing persistent challenges to governance, security, humanitarian needs, and human rights, including sexual and gender-based violence, in West Africa and the Sahel. Full text...

  • Experts, policy-makers converge on Addis Ababa to scale up governance for Africa’s transformation
    02 december 2017 09:43:27
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Although Africa has registered strong economic growth in recent years, this growth is not inclusive as poverty and inequality continue to prevail. Full text...

  • Liberian health worker receives Florence Nightingale Award
    30 november 2017 19:16:14
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - A professional nurse and former staff of the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS), Mrs. Roselyn Nugba Ballah, Thursday received the Florence Nightingale Medal in the Liberian capital, Monrovia. Full text...

  • President Bai Koroma arrives in Gambia
    30 november 2017 15:03:59
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone on Thursday arrived in the Gambia for a two-day working visit. Full text...

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