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  • France: Executive Board reinforces UNESCO’s work on the safety of journalists, impunity
    29 april 2017 15:04:11
    Paris, France (PANA) - More than 60 Member States, across all regional groups, have sponsored a draft resolution on the Safety of Journalists and the issue of impunity, which was adopted, after two small editorial changes, on Friday, 28 April, 2017, without a vote. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US provides additional US$30m humanitarian aid in northeast Nigeria
    28 april 2017 17:39:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States on Friday announced an additional US$30 million dollars support for the people of northeast Nigeria, where years of brutality by Boko Haram and other militant groups have created a dire humanitarian crisis. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO to honour jailed Eritrean-Swedish journo on World Press Freedom Day
    28 april 2017 16:42:43
    Paris, France (PANA) - Jailed Eritrean-Swedish playwright, journalist and writer Dawit Isaak will be awarded the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize on 3 May in Jakarta, Indonesia, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced Friday. Full text...

  • Botswana: ECOWAS judiciary women honour Botswana’s President
    28 april 2017 10:03:40
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President has received an accolade from the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Community Court of Justice Women Forum. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari says 'no apprehension' over his health
    27 april 2017 19:49:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has assured his compatriots that despite insinuations about his alleged poor health, there is no need for apprehension over recovery. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma salutes leading African judge
    27 april 2017 18:46:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday saluted Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng following his election as President of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa (CCJA) in Cape Town. Dignitaries from 34 African countries attended the event. Full text...

  • Cameroon: France grants Cameroon 724 million CFAF for humanitarian crisis
    27 april 2017 14:10:40
    Yaoundé, Cameroun (PANA) - France has allocated 724 million CFAF to Cameroon, for the vulnerable populations of the country, following two conventions signed Wednesday in Yaoundé between the French ambassador, Gilles Thibaut, and representatives of the World Food Programme (WFP), International solidarities and the Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA). Full text...

  • Switzerland: Agriculture, sustainable dev't key to addressing migration challenges - UN
    26 april 2017 17:11:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Two UN organisations, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have been appointed to co-chair the United Nations Global Migration Group (GMG) in 2018. Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN seeks US$64 million to tackle humanitarian crisis in Kasaï region
    26 april 2017 16:39:55
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The United Nations on Wednesday appealed for US$64.5 million to respond to the urgent needs of 731,000 people over the next six months in the Kasaï region, the latest “humanitarian hotspot” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo). Full text...

  • UK: Amnesty International names new Nigeria Country Director
    26 april 2017 12:06:58
    London, UK (PANA) - Amnesty International announced on Wednesday that human rights lawyer Osai Ojigho has been appointed the human rights organization's new Country Director in the Nigeria national office. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 5 killed in Boko Haram suicide attack in northeast Nigeria
    26 april 2017 10:13:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Boko Haram suicide bombers on Wednesday morning detonated explosives at three different locations in Muna area of Borno State, northeast Nigeria, killing one civilian and four terrorists. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Bangladeshi Army chief, Nigerian Vice President discuss fight against terrorism
    25 april 2017 17:18:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday received the visiting Bangladeshi Chief of Army Staff, General Abu Belal Muhammad, and called for a renewal of international collaboration aimed at tackling the menace of terrorism. Full text...

  • Kenya: Twenty-six perish in Nairobi-Mombasa Highway crash
    25 april 2017 17:03:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Police have confirmed the death of 26 people in a grisly road accident involving a passenger bus and an oil tanker along Nairobi-Mombasa Highway on Monday night. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya's Cold War era foreign minister dies at 91
    25 april 2017 16:50:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's former foreign minister Munyua Waiyaki, who died at 91, in Nairobi on Tuesday, has been mourned for his steadfast leadership during the Cold War era. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN Migration kick starts relief operations in DRC's Kasai region
    25 april 2017 12:15:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Migration Agency Director General, William Lacy Swing, has approved the release of US$ 100,000 to kick-start relief operations for more than 1.1 million people displaced by widespread hostilities to the DR Congo’s south central Kasai region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 7 persons killed in Nigeria suicide bomb incidents
    25 april 2017 09:22:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria police have said that seven persons lost their lives on Monday in two separate suicide incidents in Maiduguri, the epicenter of Boko Haram violence. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Rights group condemns jailing of Radio France Internationale journalist
    25 april 2017 05:58:08
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Amnesty International has condemned the conviction and sentencing of a journalist by a military court in Cameroon to 10 years in prison after an "unfair trial"describing it as a travesty of justice. Full text...

  • Botswana: Crippled Zimbabwean sues Botswana govt
    24 april 2017 15:57:11
    Botswana, Gaborone (PANA) – A Zimbabwean man is suing the Botswana Police Service (BPS) for P4.5 million (approximately US$ 436,844.16) after a corporal punishment left him paralysed, the country’s tabloid newspaper, The Voice, reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan, Nigeria to cooperate in fight against terrorism
    24 april 2017 15:38:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Defence Minister, Gen. Awad Ibn-Aof, has assured that Sudan is ready to cooperate with Nigeria in the fight against terrorism, according to the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA). Full text...

  • Chad: UNICEF says 25 million children out of school in conflict zones
    24 april 2017 09:41:06
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) – More than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old, or 22 per cent of children in that age group, are missing out on school in conflict zones across 22 countries, UNICEF said on Monday. Full text...

  • Algeria: Rights group criticises Algerian authorities for poor response to domestic violence
    24 april 2017 06:50:22
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – Police inaction, insufficient shelter space, and ineffective investigation and prosecution often leave domestic violence survivors in Algeria at risk of further mistreatment despite a new law criminalising spousal abuse, Human Rights Watch has said. Full text...

  • South Sudan - Accountability for rights abuses in South Sudan 'more important than ever' - UN official
    24 april 2017 04:07:14
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – A lack of accountability for crimes perpetrated during the ongoing conflict in South Sudan remains one of the country's “biggest challenges,” the Human Rights Director for the United Nations Mission (UNMISS) said on Sunday as he wrapped up a visit to the north-western Wau region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria, Bangladesh share experience in counterinsurgency
    23 april 2017 10:06:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has said his experience with the Bangladesh National Defence has been very useful in counterinsurgency operations against Boko Haram in the north-east of the country. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Rights watchdog claims hidden abuses by Egyptian military in North Sinai
    22 april 2017 07:20:45
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says information it has gathered confirms that members of Egyptian military are responsible for at least seven unlawful killings, including shooting dead at point blank range an unarmed man and a 17-year-old child. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Rights group raises red flags of 'imminent' execution in Nigeria prison
    22 april 2017 07:06:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International is asking the Nigerian authorities to immediately scrap plans to execute death row inmates in Kirikiri prison in Lagos, saying there were reports from inmates that the prison’s gallows were being prepared and one inmate had been isolated possibly in preparation for execution. Full text...

  • France: Spread of literacy among women highlighted in UNESCO anniversary global review
    21 april 2017 20:55:46
    Paris, France (PANA) – The increase in reading and writing proficiency among women is a result of the significant up tic in their enrolment and completion of primary education over the last five decades, even as overall funding for adult literacy has remained low, a recently-launched study by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has found. Full text...

  • Somalia: WFP air-lifts food, medical supplies to 31,000 famine-stricken Somalis
    21 april 2017 20:40:38
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – As the drought intensifies in south and north-eastern Somalia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday airlifted to Mogadishu enough high-energy biscuits to assist 31,000 people for three days. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR sending urgent relief items for Congolese civilians fleeing to Angola
    21 april 2017 18:01:56
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations refugee agency is shipping tents, mosquito nets and other essential relief items to Angola, where some 9,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have fled this month alone. Full text...

  • US: UNICEF calls for action to prevent more deaths in Central Mediterranean
    21 april 2017 16:35:49
    New York, US (PANA) – Noting increases in number of migrants, including children, attempting to reach European shores using the Central Mediterranean route, from North Africa to Italy, and consequent rise in number of deaths, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for safe and legal pathways for those who are fleeing conflict, poverty and depravation. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Kasai violence drives over 11,000 Congolese to seek refuge in Angola'
    21 april 2017 14:13:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A spike of violence in the Kasai Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has now forced over 11,000 refugees to seek safety in Angola, the UN refugee agency said in Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Gambia's new gov't urged to have roadmap for prosecutions of Jammeh-era crimes
    21 april 2017 11:01:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Gambia’s government should act to prosecute those responsible for grave crimes committed during the 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh, human rights watchdog Human Rights Watch said on Friday. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea: Rights groups call for release of human rights defenders
    21 april 2017 10:44:59
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The Equatorial Guinean authorities should immediately release two men who head the country’s leading human rights organization, seven human rights and transparency organizations said on Friday. Full text...

  • US: UN seeks more ‘cost-effective’ flight logistics in peacekeeping, political missions
    21 april 2017 07:01:29
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday launched an initiative to boost efficiency of United Nations planes and flights, as it was revealed that the Organization spent close to US$750 million from 2015 to 2016 on air assets in its peacekeeping and political missions. Full text...

  • France: UN says global assessment on higher education reveals disturbing disparities
    20 april 2017 17:20:10
    Paris, France (PANA) – Noting the lack of sufficient institutions to cater to the growing demand for higher education as well as increasing disparities in its access, the United Nations educational and scientific agency has presented a series of steps to make such education more equitable and affordable. Full text...

  • Kenya: Zimbabwe authorities slammed for intimidating civil rights activist
    20 april 2017 11:54:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The continued persecution of human rights activist Pastor Evan Mawarire is a deliberate ploy by the Zimbabwean authorities to harass, intimidate and, ultimately, silence him, Amnesty International said on Thursday ahead of his court appearance on 21 April 2017. Full text...

  • Botswana: Fake social media news syndrome hits Botswana
    20 april 2017 10:10:49
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has condemned fake social media accounts using the country’s coat of arms without official authorisation. Full text...

  • US: Peacekeepers in South Sudan working to strengthen protection of civilians – UN chief
    19 april 2017 20:00:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has done “significant work” to more effectively protect civilians and respond in case of a crisis, Secretary-General António Guterres has said in a letter to the President of the UN Security Council. Full text...

  • South Sudan: 'South Sudan women, girls face extremely high risk of sexual assault'
    19 april 2017 19:06:12
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Without peace in South Sudan, millions of people will go hungry and millions of women and girls could be raped as they try to go about their daily lives, including as they search for food, a senior United Nations official warned on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: Discovery of more mass graves reveal 'unfolding horror' in DRC – UN rights chief
    19 april 2017 18:59:19
    New York, US (PANA) – Raising alarm over increasing reports of serious human rights violations in the Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental provinces of Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations human rights chief has underscored that the scale and nature of the allegations could warrant an investigation by an international mechanism, such as the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Sudan: US archaeologists repair Sudanese cemetery
    19 april 2017 18:48:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A joint mission of the Sudanese Dongola University and the American Michigan University is operating, along with other missions, on a Qatari-financed project to repair an ancient cemetery of Sudanese Nubian Pharaohs. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Amnesty International slams Egypt's 'draconian' security amendments laws
    19 april 2017 10:37:32
    Tunis. Tunisia (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, says a set of legislative amendments approved by the Egyptian parliament last week in the name of security will sanction mass arbitrary arrests, enable indefinite detention without charge or trial and will severely undermine fair trial guarantees. Full text...

  • Mauritius: PM Minister announces 'zero tolerance' to drugs, corruption
    19 april 2017 10:04:07
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on Tuesday night told Parliament that his government has adopted a zero tolerance policy with regard to the relentless fight against drugs and drug trafficking which often give rise to corruption. Full text...

  • Mali: UN peacekeepers, Malian forces targeted in ‘cowardly’ terrorist attacks
    19 april 2017 08:03:21
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali has strongly condemned the “cowardly” attacks that took place against its personnel as well as members of the national armed forces, and voiced deep concern at ongoing insecurity in the northern and central parts of the country. Full text...

  • US: Grotesque rape chants expose 'campaign of terror' in Burundi – UN rights chief
    19 april 2017 07:49:44
    New York, US (PANA) – Raising alarm over an apparent “widespread pattern” of rallies in many places across Burundi where young men from the Imbonerakure militia – the youth wing of the ruling political party – repeatedly chant a call to impregnate or kill opponents, the top United Nations human rights official has called on the authorities to promptly act to stop such incitement to violence. Full text...

  • US: Nigerian held for robbing four New York banks
    19 april 2017 07:42:11
    New York, US (PANA) - A 53-year-old Nigerian, Abdullahi Shuaibu, has been arrested by the New York Police for allegedly robbing four Manhattan banks. Full text...

  • US: Unity within Security Council vital to prevent mass atrocities – UN chief
    19 april 2017 06:20:28
    New York, US (PANA) – Briefing the Security Council, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday stressed the importance of unity in the 15-member body to effectively address human rights violations as well as to prevent mass atrocities. Full text...

  • US: Diseases, sexual violence threaten Somalis, South Sudanese escaping famine – UN
    19 april 2017 06:13:18
    New York, US (PANA) – Millions of people are facing the peril of famine in Somalia and South Sudan, and the situation is expected to worsen as the drought and violence fuelling the crises widen, cautioned senior United Nations officials who have just returned from the area. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: 'Tourism is Africa's development tool' - UNWTO candidate
    18 april 2017 16:43:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - For many African countries, tourism is a principal export and a recognized development tool, but the industry faces "tremendous challenges including insecurity issues in many areas of our continent," Africa's candidate for the post of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said Tuesday Full text...

  • US: UN rights chief condemns 'campaign of terror' in Burundi
    18 april 2017 16:15:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Raising alarm over an apparent “widespread pattern” of rallies in many places across Burundi where young men from the 'Imbonerakure' militia – the youth wing of the ruling political party – repeatedly chant a call to impregnate or kill opponents, the top United Nations human rights official has called on the authorities to promptly act to stop such incitement to violence. Full text...

  • South Africa: New Nelson Mandela project in the pipeline
    18 april 2017 15:00:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The City of Cape Town on Tuesday launched a public participation process about a major proposal to commemorate the life and work of former South African President Nelson Mandela with a statue and exhibition at City Hall. Full text...

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