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  • CAR: 'Strengthen peacekeepers to prevent renewed violence' - Amnesty
    08 february 2016 07:35:35
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Civilians in Central African Republic (CAR) remain at risk of deadly violence and instability unless serious weaknesses in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission, MINUSCA, are urgently addressed, Amnesty International said in a new report published on Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Zika virus, abolition of slavery lead headlines this week in Mauritius
    06 february 2016 15:02:46
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Zika virus that is spreading rapidly, mainly in South America, has attracted the attention of the different media this week in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns killing of Guinean journalist
    06 february 2016 14:49:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) -The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the shooting to death of Guinean journalist, El-Hadj Mohamed Diallo, a reporter for news websites Guinée7 and Afrik, and called on authorities to ensure justice is served. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA urges Ghanaian President to fulfill promise
    06 february 2016 14:44:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) -The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has written to Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama urging him to fulfill his promise of taking action against his top aide, Mr. Stan Dogbe who assaulted a journalist last year. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges DR Congo to lift suspension order on two TV stations
    06 february 2016 14:37:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the decision by the government of DR Congo to close two privately owned news channels, and urged officials to allow the channels to resume broadcasting immediately. Full text...

  • Togo: Minister urges concrete measures to end FGM practice in Togo
    06 february 2016 07:53:36
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togo's Minister of Social Action, Promotion of Women and Literacy Ms. Tchabinandi Kolani Yentchare has called on civil society organisations and all stakeholders in the country to take appropriate measures to eradicate the practice of female circumcision and to achieve zero tolerance of terrorism. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN says migration and multilateralism will be hallmarks of 2016
    06 february 2016 07:18:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The world is facing a political, economic, moral and social crisis as governments and communities struggle to provide effective solutions for the unprecedented numbers of people fleeing war, instability or persecution, the top United Nations migration official has said, calling for decisive multilateral action to tackle “the global issues lurking behind today’s vast movement of people.” Full text...

  • UN: UN expert says fresh violence displaces thousands in North Darfur
    05 february 2016 17:22:24
    New York, US (PANA) - A new escalation of violence has forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee their homes in Darfur's Jebel Marra area in the last two weeks, a UN expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Mr. Aristide Nononsi said Friday. Full text...

  • US: US immigration extends Temporary Protected Status for South Sudanese
    05 february 2016 17:10:46
    New York, US (PANA) - As the conflict in South Sudan worsened, US Citizenship and Full text...

  • UN: UN postal services releases new stamps to promote LGBT equality worldwide
    05 february 2016 14:00:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Postal Administration (UNPA) has unveiled a set of six Full text...

  • South Africa: Mandela's grandson backs Apartheid-era ministers
    05 february 2016 13:20:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A grandson of former world statesman Nelson Mandela on Friday condemned the criminal charges brought against former President FW de Klerk and apartheid-era Police Minister Adriaan Vlok. Full text...

  • UN: 54th annual session of UN Commission on Social Development opens
    05 february 2016 06:18:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The adoption of the 2030 Agenda – which places people and the planet at the centre of global development – presents new challenges and opportunity for the United Nations Commission on Social Development, a senior UN official said on Thursday, opening the body's 54th annual session with a call for building on its strengths to foster an integrated approach when addressing social policies. Full text...

  • UN: New allegations of sexual abuse emerge against UN peacekeepers in CAR
    04 february 2016 17:43:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Thursday reported that it has identified seven new possible victims of sexual exploitation and abuse in the town of Bambari, just days after the UN revealed which countries' troops have been accused of abusing minors. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkina soldiers ready to counter terrorist attacks - Minister
    04 february 2016 16:22:05
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso has deployed a strong military system along its borders ready to wipe out any foreign attackers, Territorial Administration and Home Security minister Simon Compaoré said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Govt. closes two universities in Zambia following riots
    04 february 2016 15:11:23
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian authorities announced on Thursday an indefinite closure of the country’s two leading universities, University of Zambia (UNZA) in the capital, Lusaka and Copperbelt University (CBU) in Kitwe, northern Copperbelt province, following violent protests at the two public institutions. Full text...

  • US: African-American rower gets house, nationality from Equatorial Guinea President
    04 february 2016 14:31:14
    New York, US (PANA) - African-American AIDS activist, Victor Mooney, has received Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan army kills 20 in surprise attack on Sudanese rebels
    04 february 2016 14:16:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A Libyan army unit based in the southern region of Koufra early Thursday killed about 20 rebels and captured six others in a surprise attack around a security checkpoint in Bouzrik, 200 km from the city of Koufra, said Abdelrahman Hachem, chief of the Libyan army unit. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AfDB loans Tanzania US$16.5 million to finance good governance project
    04 february 2016 12:35:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on Wednesday a loan of US $16.5 million to finance the Tanzania Institutional Support Project for Good Governance (ISPGG III), which aims to promote inclusive growth and macroeconomic stability by enhancing economic and financial governance through more effective public financial management and improved business environment. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes striking out of Criminal Defamation Laws in Zimbabwe
    04 february 2016 11:50:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed the Zimbabwe Supreme Constitutional Court striking out of the country's criminal defamation laws. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan journalist Mugisha released
    04 february 2016 10:26:26
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - After several hours of interrogation by Rwandan police, Ivan Mugisha, who is the correspondent with the Kenyan-based Nation Media newspaper, has been released from custody, a reliable source confirmed on Thursday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body calls for end to ritual killings of Albinos in Malawi
    04 february 2016 10:02:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The killing of a woman with albinism in Malawi highlights the government’s shocking failure to protect the right to life and personal security of this vulnerable minority, said Amnesty International on Thursday. Full text...

  • UK: Ban says universality of human rights key to preventing 21st century crises
    04 february 2016 06:02:55
    London, UK (PANA) - Warning of “a strong sense that that we are off track and in a deep mess,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the world to move from a pattern of reaction to crises to a culture of prevention, with a heightened focus on the universality of human rights in tackling the “mega-crises” of the 21st century. Full text...

  • UN: Senior UN official urges 'bold action' on humanitarian funding
    04 february 2016 06:02:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Maintaining the United Nations momentum towards the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit – set for 23 and 24 May in Istanbul, Turkey – Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson on Wednesday urged bold action to alleviate the suffering of 125 million people who depend on the international community to survive. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria will work to reposition the Pan African News Agency - Minister
    03 february 2016 18:52:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has assured that Nigeria will do all it takes to ensure the continued survival and repositioning of the Pan African News Agency (PANA) to enable it fulfil its mandate. Full text...

  • Senegal: President Sall condemns Jeune Afrique caricature of Sheikh Bamba
    03 february 2016 17:49:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - President Macky Sall of Senegal has condemned in Dakar the caricature ‎of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba, founder of the Mouride Brotherhood, by the weekly Jeune Afrique on its ‎website. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria will work to reposition the Pan African News Agency - Minister
    03 february 2016 17:06:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has given the assurance that Nigeria will do all it takes to ensure the continued survival and repositioning of the Pan African News Agency (PANA) to enable it fulfil its mandate. Full text...

  • UN: 'Social inclusion key to ensuring no one is left behind'
    03 february 2016 17:02:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Achieving the social dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Full text...

  • Rwanda: Two Rwandan peacekeepers killed in Haiti buried with police honours
    03 february 2016 16:40:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Two Rwandan female peacekeepers killed on 29 December 2015 while serving on a peacekeeping mission in Haiti were buried in their home country Wednesday with full police honours, the Rwanda National Police said in a statement. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says young people key to new sustainability agenda
    03 february 2016 14:36:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the end of the two-day UN Economic and Social Council Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns Equatorial Guinea for Gbagbo trial coverage ban
    03 february 2016 11:45:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has strongly condemned the decision of the government in Equatorial Guinea to ban state television from covering the trial of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, which opened at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on 28 January. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN calls for enhanced protection for child refugees, migrants into Europe
    03 february 2016 05:54:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Child protection systems across Europe are completely overwhelmed as the rate of youngsters in the flood of refugees and migrants has soared to one in three compared with one in 10 less than a year ago, the United Nations warned on Tuesday, calling for strengthened steps to prevent exploitation and abuse. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council condemns 'horrific terrorist attacks' by Boko Haram in Nigeria
    03 february 2016 05:52:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday condemned in the strongest terms Saturday’s “horrific terrorist attacks” attributed to Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, which resulted in a large number of dead and wounded, and called on all States to cooperate in bringing the perpetrators to justice. Full text...

  • Botswana: Brazil, Botswana and Mozambique appoint new envoys
    02 february 2016 16:21:36
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has appointed a new High Commissioner to the Mozambique expected to steer bilateral relations between the two countries to new heights. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Three persons reportedly missing after canoe capsizes on Rwandan river
    02 february 2016 16:14:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A search and rescue operation was underway Tuesday for three young Rwandans after a canoe on which they attempted to cross Akagera River to the Tanzanian side capsized early in the day. Full text...

  • Botswana: Attorneys bemoan deteriorating standards of judiciary in Botswana
    02 february 2016 15:43:30
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Lawyers in Botswana have bemoaned plummeting standards in the country’s judiciary, following a number of ‘doubtful’ decisions taken by the country’s courts last year. Full text...

  • UN: UN committee tasks US govt on reparations for African-Americans
    02 february 2016 15:38:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descents, Full text...

  • UN: UN in CAR releases US$9 million for humanitarian needs
    02 february 2016 14:50:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN country-based Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in Full text...

  • UN: ICC Trial Chamber to deliver judgment on CAR rebel leader on 21 March
    02 february 2016 14:03:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Full text...

  • France: Gabon to acquire fully integrated border, visa management system
    02 february 2016 10:10:43
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Netherlands-based digital security company, Gemalto, has been selected as end-to-end solution provider by Gabon’s Department of Homeland Security (DGDI) to supply and implement a fully integrated border and visa management system. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Libya's UN-backed humanitarian appeal barely 1% funded - Official
    02 february 2016 06:44:12
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Almost two months after its launch, a humanitarian appeal to aid 1.3 million vulnerable people in conflict-torn Libya is 99 per cent unfunded, a senior United Nations official for the North African country warned on Monday, calling on the international community to step up to the plate. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzania opens refugee camp for ex-Burundian fighters
    02 february 2016 06:33:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania has set up a special refugee camp to accommodate Burundian army deserters and asylum seekers who have been members of either regular or irregular armed groups in the crisis-torn East African country, according to Home Affairs Minister Charles Kitwanga. Full text...

  • Ghana: Rights group says Dalori killings show Boko Haram is still deadly
    01 february 2016 20:40:41
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International (AI), says the killing of scores of people at Dalori village, near Maiduguri in north-east Nigeria, by Boko Haram at the weekend shows that the Islamist terror group is still deadly. Full text...

  • Ghana: Rights group calls for immediate release of Congolese opposition leader
    01 february 2016 20:20:34
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) on Monday asked the authorities in Congo-Brazzaville to immediately and unconditionally release an opposition leader arrested and detained for over two months "simply for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression". Full text...

  • Ethiopia: EC, AU agree to further administrative cooperation, staff exchanges
    01 february 2016 17:55:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The European Commission and the African Union (AU) on Sunday signed an agreement renewing cooperation between the two bodies, intensifying staff exchanges and cooperation in a number of priority areas. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President to meet Pope Francis, French President
    01 february 2016 16:06:27
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu is this week scheduled to travel to Italy and France where he will hold meetings with Pope Francis and President Francois Hollande, respectively. Full text...

  • US: UNICEF invites technology start-ups for vulnerable children
    01 february 2016 12:56:04
    New York, US (PANA) – UNICEF is inviting technology start-ups developing solutions with the potential to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children to apply for funding from its recently launched Innovation Fund. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African killers of Mozambican vendor jailed
    01 february 2016 12:35:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Two South African men convicted of killing a Mozambican informal trader in a Johannesburg township last year were on Monday sentenced to lengthy jail terms. Full text...

  • Ghana: Rights watchdog criticises reinstatement of Nigerian military general
    01 february 2016 10:59:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) has criticised the reinstatement of a senior Nigerian military general implicated in the mass murder of hundreds of detainees saying it underlines the monumental failure of the government to stamp out impunity for war crimes at the highest level. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ban calls on donors to step up assistance to Ethiopia
    31 january 2016 16:46:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The international community must stand with the people of Ethiopia in their time of need, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday, urging donors gathered in Addis Ababa to step up assistance to the drought-hit country, which is battling the effects of one of the most powerful El Niño events in recorded history, made worse by the impact of climate change. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Burundi arrests 2 foreign correspondents in wider crackdown
    30 january 2016 11:30:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Burundi to stop harassing journalists and allow them to freely report on events in the country following the arrest of two foreign correspondents. Full text...

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