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  • UN: UN, AU envoys solicit support for operations against rebels in eastern DRC town
    25 october 2014 06:13:21
    New York, US (PANA) - UN and African Union (AU) envoys have urged the Mayor of Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Congolese military officials and local leaders to forge a united front to put an end to the terror imposed on the population by armed groups, including Ugandan-based rebels operating in the area. Full text...

  • UN: UN expresses concern over reported threats against Libya's rights institution
    25 october 2014 06:05:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has expressed deep concern at reports of threats and intimidation directed against Libya’s national human rights institution, the National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights (NCCLHR), based in Tripoli. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed forum to address issues affecting young people
    24 october 2014 22:19:05
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies will, for the first time, amplify voices passionate about developing and implementing national policies tailored to the specific needs, aspirations and demands of today's young people. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda suspends BBC broadcasts over controversial documentary
    24 october 2014 20:24:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The Rwandan Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) has suspended the broadcasts of BBC Radio programmes in national Kinyarwanda language in the country with immediate effect. Full text...

  • UN: ICC prosecutor says justice vital in maintaining peace, security
    24 october 2014 18:59:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Stressing the need for UN member states to uphold the principles of justice in their respective countries, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mrs. Fatou Bensouda has said that justice plays a crucial role in maintaining international peace and security. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants rights of journalists respected in Zimbabwe
    24 october 2014 17:42:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on police and politicians in Zimbabwe to respect the right of journalists to report news without fear of intimidation or violence. Full text...

  • UN: UN celebrates 69th anniversary
    24 october 2014 17:33:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN on Friday marked its 69th anniversary, with Secretary-General Full text...

  • Sudan: Security agents arrest Sudanese correspondent of London-based daily
    24 october 2014 16:49:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's security officials have arrested a Khartoum-based correspondent of an Arabic Al-Hayat newspaper, published in London, for what authorities here regarded as wrong attribution in an article reported by the journalist about electricity in Sudan. Full text...

  • South Africa: Race-related clashes make headlines
    24 october 2014 16:12:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Two incidents of racism have made headlines around South Africa and demonstrated that 20 years after the end of Apartheid, race relations still remain raw. Full text...

  • Libya: 29 killed in new armed clashes in Benghazi
    24 october 2014 15:45:14
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Twenty-nine people were killed Thursday evening in the Libyan eastern city of Benghazi, following air strikes carried out by the regular army units, backed by the forces loyal to retired Gen. Khalifa Haftar, on houses belonging to Islamist militia chiefs. Full text...

  • Senegal: UN set to review Gambia’s human rights record
    24 october 2014 15:08:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Gambia’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time on Tuesday, 28 October, 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland, the council said in a statement on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN hails Sudan for welcoming South Sudanese refugees
    24 october 2014 10:21:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General's Humanitarian Envoy, Abdullah al Matouq, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), António Guterres, have hailed Sudan for warmly welcoming South Sudanese refugees, the UNHCR said in a press statement Friday. Full text...

  • Malawi: Ex-Malawi deputy police chief arrested in 'cashgate' scandal
    23 october 2014 20:26:52
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Former Deputy Inspector General of Police Nelson Bophani, who used to head 'cashgate' investigations, was himself on Thursday arrested in the on-going investigations, the Malawi corruption-busting body has confirmed. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan to perform Israel pilgrimage
    23 october 2014 20:01:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Goodluck Jonathan will depart Lagos on Friday for a pilgrimage to Israel, according to an official statement released in Abuja. Full text...

  • UN: UN panel pays US$1.06 billion reparation for Iraq's Kuwait invasion
    23 october 2014 19:52:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses in the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, on Thursday made US$1.06 billion available to the Government of Kuwait. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Senate passes law to curb cybercrime, online fraud
    23 october 2014 19:29:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate Thursday passed a new law prescribing seven-year jail term for cybercrimes and online fraud perpetrators in the country. Full text...

  • UN: 'Greater effort needed to eradicate extreme poverty in world’s poorest nations' – UN report
    23 october 2014 19:00:06
    New York, US (PANA) - While the world’s 48 most vulnerable nations continue to make in-roads into poverty reduction, a far greater effort is needed if these countries are to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020, according to a new report launched Thursday at the UN headquarters in New York. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia’s ex-president says independence anniversary 'time for new dreams'
    23 october 2014 18:43:28
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s 50th independence anniversary is time for all citizens to dream new dreams and embrace each other, the country's former president Rupiah Banda said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan defends military against allegations of human rights abuses
    23 october 2014 17:05:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A three-day international workshop on Civil-Military Cooperation opened Thursday in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, with President Goodluck Jonathan stating that widely circulated reports of gross human rights abuses levelled against the Nigerian military and other security agencies were exaggerated. Full text...

  • Senegal: No census held for over 20 years in five African countries
    23 october 2014 16:44:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A third of African countries have not conducted a census in the last ten years, according to the latest survey by Good Governance Africa (GGA), a research and advocacy organisation. Full text...

  • Libya: Reporters Without Borders launches campaign against attack on Libyan journos, media
    23 october 2014 14:03:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The international NGO Reporters Without Borders Thursday launched a sensitisation campaign over the attacks being perpetrated against Libyan journalists and media. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopia receives EU funding to tackle South Sudanese refugee influx
    23 october 2014 13:51:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has increased funding to Ethiopia to enable it effectively deal with the influx of refugees from war-scarred South Sudan, a top-ranking official said Thursday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 1 soldier killed, another injured in clashes with terrorists
    23 october 2014 13:40:29
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A Tunisian soldier was killed and another injured in clashes between security forces and terrorists holed up in a house in a suburb of the capital, Tunis, the spokesperson for the Interior minister, Mohamed Ali Arouli, said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram 'abducts 60 women'
    23 october 2014 10:33:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As the world awaits the release of 218 girls who were abducted from their school by Boko Haram over six months ago, following a ceasefire which the federal government reportedly signed with the terror group last week, suspected sect members have abducted 60 women from two villages in northern Adamawa state. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandans demonstrate against BBC documentary on Rwandan genocide
    23 october 2014 08:26:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Thousands of Rwandans, mainly university students, Wednesday demonstrated on the streets of Kigali against a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) documentary entitled, “Rwanda, the Untold Story”, a PANA correspondent reported from here. Full text...

  • UN: 'Complex web of crises requires human rights-based solutions'
    23 october 2014 08:03:05
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein says at the root of crises confronted by the UN lays a "complex web" of violations of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights requiring solutions that can only come from more emphatic and comprehensive protections. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts urge global action on enforced disappearances
    22 october 2014 22:57:15
    New York US (PANA) - States must take full responsibility to solve all aspects of the issue of enforced disappearances, by prevention, search for the disappeared, punishment for the perpetrators and reparation for the victims, the Chairs of two UN expert bodies addressing the UN General Assembly on the issue said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission in DRC comes under attack, steps up security
    22 october 2014 22:27:03
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as MONUSCO, has stepped up its security following several attacks on its bases in North Kivu, including one on Wednesday, when a large number of youths converged on the premises following an earlier attack on Tuesday which required the evacuation of 12 staff members. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy stresses need for peace in South Sudan
    22 october 2014 21:39:50
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in South Sudan, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Loj, says there is no alternative to silencing the guns in South Sudan and immediately agreeing a comprehensive peace deal so that the country can return to the path of peace and stability. Full text...

  • UN: 'Sustained response to Somalia piracy requires effective State governance'
    22 october 2014 20:55:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Jeffrey Feltman on Wednesday said that a sustained long-term solution to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia must include the presence of effective Somali government and State institutions that provide basic services and alternative ways for people to make a living. Full text...

  • Sudan: More than 60 UNAMID peacekeepers killed in Darfur since 2007
    22 october 2014 18:10:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The number of African peacekeepers killed in Sudan's restive Darfur region has risen to more than 60 since deployment of the force in 2007, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNHCR appeals for assistance to South Sudanese refugees in Sudan
    22 october 2014 17:40:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) -The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday appealed for financial support to assist thousands of South Sudanese who have fled insecurity in their country and found safety in Sudan. Full text...

  • Niger: UN agency grants Niger US$8m for humanitarian operations
    22 october 2014 13:43:56
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) Wednesday granted Niger US$7,962.500 (about 3.8b CFA francs) to support humanitarian operations in the African country, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Niamey said in a statement. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius spends first night in jail
    22 october 2014 12:06:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has spent his first night at Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru II prison, after Judge Thokozile Masipa on Tuesday jailed him five years following his conviction for culpable homicide. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights expert urges dual fight against torture, corruption
    22 october 2014 08:13:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The incidences of torture and ill-treatment around the world have not Full text...

  • UN: Ban deplores expulsion of UN rights officer in DRC
    21 october 2014 22:30:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned last week’s decision by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to expel from the country Mr. Scott Campbell, the top UN human rights official, and urged the government to reconsider its position. Full text...

  • Libya: Seven killed in clashes involving ethnic groups of southern Libya
    21 october 2014 19:51:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Seven people were killed and 23 others injured on Tuesday following an outbreak of armed clashes between members of Toubou and Touareg ethnic communities of southern Libya, hospital sources said. Full text...

  • Malawi: Anti-Corruption Bureau arrests two more over Malawi's 'cashgate' scandal
    21 october 2014 18:11:36
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Tuesday arrested two more persons to face criminal charges related to the so-called 'cashgate' scandal that has already led two public officials to jail after their conviction in court. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Some 500 'Young Leaders' participate in Mandela Washington Fellowship
    21 october 2014 11:42:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Some 500 young people between the ages of 25 and 35 from the African continent have completed a six-week programme in top US universities as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), a diplomatic source said on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius sentenced to five year's imprisonment
    21 october 2014 09:50:18
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – Fallen hero Oscar Pistorius was Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison for killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year. Full text...

  • UN: UN official calls for efforts to combat sexual violence in South Sudan
    21 october 2014 05:59:41
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Somalia condemns attack on AU troops
    21 october 2014 05:35:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia Nicholas Kay has condemned an attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces in Hiiraan region and called for calm as Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy lauds role of women, youths for peace in Great Lakes region
    20 october 2014 17:27:20
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Mr. Said Djinnit on Full text...

  • Kenya: Ali Mazrui, true African patriot, laid to rest in Kenya
    20 october 2014 14:33:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The burial of Prof. Ali Mazrui in Mombasa on Sunday, marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new reflection on what has mostly pushed out Africa’s intellectual giants to exile. Full text...

  • US: UN rights chief condemns DRC's decision to expel UN official
    19 october 2014 18:56:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, Sunday "regrets and condemns" the decision of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to order his top official in the country to leave the country within 48 hours, and Full text...

  • Sudan: EU condemns attacks on peacekeepers in Darfur
    19 october 2014 18:47:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Sunday condemned a recent attack on the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) that left three Ethiopian peacekeepers dead. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Details of Govt-Boko Haram ceasefire 'to be worked out Tuesday'
    19 october 2014 10:20:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Representatives of the Nigerian and Chadian governments as well as Boko Haram are due to meet in N'Djamena, Chad, Tuesday to work out the details of the ceasefire agreement that was reached by the Nigerian government and the terror group on Friday, the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • South Africa: A tale of three trials (Feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent, Johannesburg)
    19 october 2014 08:19:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Three dramatic criminal trials in two continents have this week cast the international spotlight on South Africa and its judicial system. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy calls for joint military action to neutralize rebels in DRC
    18 october 2014 18:46:35
    New York, US (PANA) - In the wake of an overnight attack by suspected Ugandan-based rebels Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council urges int'l community to step up action against ISIL
    18 october 2014 15:33:25
    New Yor, US (PANA) -The UN Security Council has urged the international community to step up measures to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after the terrorist group carried out a spate of brutal attacks in Baghdad and Anbar over the past few days. Full text...

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