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  • Gambia: US condemns harsh sentences, calls for release of prisoners in Gambia
    23 july 2016 19:44:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The United States has condemned the harsh sentences passed on 30 people this week in Gambia, including a U.S. citizen, for protesting peacefully, PANA reported Saturday quoting a press statement by John Kirby, Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson for the Bureau of Public Affairs in Washington, DC. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army kills 78 Boko Haram terrorists
    23 july 2016 19:31:12
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - Nigerian Army troops in the northeastern State of Borno have killed over 78 Boko Haram terrorists in coordinated sundry clearance operations intended to mop up remnants of the insurgents, a military official said Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's secret service arrests leading Niger Delta militant
    23 july 2016 18:27:05
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - Nigeria's Department of State Security (DSS) on Saturday announced the arrest of a leading Niger Delta militant, three Boko Haram terrorists and other kidnappers. . Full text...

  • US: US government condemns renewed fighting in northern Mali
    23 july 2016 17:39:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government has condemned the renewed violence between armed groups in Kidal, northern Mali, which erupted on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Congolese musician deported from Kenya after airport fiasco
    23 july 2016 14:13:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Congolese musician Koffi Olomide has been deported from Kenya a day after his arrest in Nairobi on suspicion of breaking the terms of his entry visa, a government official said Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints deputy UN envoy in Central African Republic
    23 july 2016 09:21:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mr. Fabrizio Hochschild of Chile as new UN Deputy Special Representative for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy urges better protection for children affected by armed conflict in Somalia
    23 july 2016 09:07:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Concluding a six-day visit to Somalia late Friday, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui called for better protection of children caught up in armed conflict and urged the country's authorities to treat former child soldiers as victims in need of protection rather than as criminals. Full text...

  • UN: UN counter-terrorism official urges cohesive response to terrorism
    22 july 2016 22:13:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr, Jean-Paul Laborde, Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), says with more than 30,000 foreign terrorist fighters from some 100 countries around the world, terrorism is a global threat requiring a comprehensive and unified response. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches e-learning programme to tackle sexual abuses in field missions
    22 july 2016 21:50:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Department of Field Support (DFS), which is responsible for providing logistical support to UN field missions across the world, on Friday in New York launched a new mandatory online programme for all uniformed and civilian personnel to strengthen training on the standards of conduct, with a special focus on sexual exploitation and abuse. Full text...

  • UN: UN delivers food aid, relief items to IDPs in northeast Nigeria
    22 july 2016 18:47:28
    New York, US (PANA) - In a cross-border humanitarian operation, a total of 31 metric tonnes of food and some non-food items have been distributed to about 15,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Banki, located in Nigeria's restive Borno state, near the border with Cameroon, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in Mali condemns renewed clashes between armed groups
    22 july 2016 17:40:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on Friday condemned clashes that took place Thursday in Kidal, northern Mali, between forces of The Platform Movement and those of the Coordination of movements of Azawad (CMA), both of which are signatories to the country's peace agreement. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR reports over 26,500 South Sudanese fleeing to Uganda
    22 july 2016 17:02:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 26,500 South Sudanese, mostly women and children, have crossed into Uganda since fighting between rival forces erupted in and around the capital city, Juba, on 7 July, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Friday. Full text...

  • US: Nigerians to hold talks on nation-building, investments in Washington DC
    22 july 2016 14:42:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The role of Nigerian professionals in Diaspora in nation-building and investments in Nigeria, will form part of an interactive session on 6 August in Washington DC, US, to commemorate 25 years anniversary of a US-based Nigerian socio-cultural organization, Zumunta Association USA. Full text...

  • Gambia: April 14 protesters sentenced in Gambia
    22 july 2016 13:21:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian High, presided over by Justice S. Ateha Abi, on Thursday sentenced members of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) who were arrested along with the late Solo Sandeng on 14 April to three years imprisonment each. Full text...

  • Gambia: Promoters of child marriage in Gambia face long-term jail terms
    22 july 2016 12:51:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Parents, guardians and suitors in the Gambia will now go to long-term jail sentences following the passage of a bill by the national assembly, PANA reported Friday from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram terrorists ambush Nigerian soldiers
    22 july 2016 06:36:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nineteen soldiers of the Nigerian Army and three civilian vigilantes were wounded when they ran into an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists in the north eastern State of Borno, Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, announced on Thursday night. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief warns on threats to free speech, public assembly in DRC
    22 july 2016 05:48:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Concluding a four-day mission to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al Hussein, has commended the country’s efforts to strengthen human rights but cautioned that some of these advances may be under threat, especially what he saw as repression against opposition parties in the coming elections. Full text...

  • UN: German peacekeepers to use surveillance drones in Mali
    21 july 2016 19:35:37
    New York, US (PANA) - German peacekeepers deployed to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) will use surveillance drones, known as "Heron 1" to support their operations in Mali, PANA has learnt. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria in talks with Niger Delta militants to stop bombing oil, gas pipelines
    21 july 2016 19:24:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed his government is in dialogue with Niger Delta militants with the aim of putting a stop to bombing of oil and gas installations in the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta militant group claims hijacking vessel with Liberian flag
    21 july 2016 17:56:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The spate of insecurity in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region may be escalating as a new group, Concerned Militant Leaders (CML), has claimed responsibility for hijacking Wednesday night a vessel with Liberian flag along Bakassi Peninsula. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights expert demands release of South Sudanese journalist
    21 july 2016 14:33:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. David Kaye, on Thursday urged the Government of South Sudan to immediately release Alfred Taban, a prominent journalist and chief editor of the daily English newspaper, Juba Monitor. Full text...

  • UN: UN says South Sudanese demonstrated against proposed AU troops' deployment
    21 july 2016 14:25:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said a thousand people demonstrated on Wednesday in front of the UN compound in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and dispersed without incidents after handing over a petition to the mission authorities. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia, South Africa agree to protect their working nationals in the 2 countries
    21 july 2016 12:24:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia and South Africa have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which seeks to protect the interests of their nationals working across the two countries. Full text...

  • South Africa: State to appeal Pistorius' sentence
    21 july 2016 10:31:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Thursday announced that it will appeal Oscar Pistorius' six-year jail sentence. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to set up Police Complaints Commission
    21 july 2016 09:52:16
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth has told Parliament that the creation of a Police Complaints Commission is not a blame against the police force but to enhance the existing trust that the vast majority of the population has in the Police Department. Full text...

  • US: UNICEF calls for urgent action to protect girls, women from sexual violence
    21 july 2016 08:32:27
    New York, US (PANA) - A key adviser to the United Nations children’s agency on Wednesday decried the culture of impunity surrounding sexual violence against women and girls around the world, following a recent case of gang rape in India. Full text...

  • Mali: UN peacekeepers condemn attack against military camp, checkpoints
    21 july 2016 08:15:43
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali on Wednesday strongly condemned an attack against a military camp and its checkpoints in Nampala, in the central part of the country. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Mauritius has solid reputation for respect of human rights'
    21 july 2016 07:47:21
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth has told Parliament that Mauritius enjoys a solid reputation for its respect for Human Rights not only on the African continent but also internationally. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian troops kill 45 Boko Haram terrorists
    21 july 2016 07:34:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Wednesday night announced that 45 Boko Haram terrorists were killed by troops in two different gunfire attacks in the northeastern State of Borno this week. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian High Court jails opposition leader, 18 others
    20 july 2016 20:27:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The High Court in Banjul, Gambia has sentenced opposition leader, who is also the Secretary-General of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Ousainou Darboe and 18 others to three years jail term. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief tasks international community on migration, diversity
    20 july 2016 14:26:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has called for an alternative narrative on migration, where human mobility is seen as a positive development and a driver for economic prosperity and social progress. Full text...

  • Zambia: Media bodies call on Zambian govt. to allow Post to reopen
    20 july 2016 14:21:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A team from the International Press Institute (IPI) and the African Media Initiative (AMI) have called on Zambian authorities to allow the independent Post newspaper, closed on 21 June for tax arrears default, to reopen immediately. Full text...

  • Zambia: 'Support landlocked countries attain SDGs', Zambia tells Int’l community
    20 july 2016 14:14:44
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) have called for global support to strengthen their capacities for monitoring and reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • South Africa: National broadcaster forced to drop protest ban
    20 july 2016 11:59:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday granted an order interdicting South Africa’s national broadcaster from implementing or enforcing its decision not to cover violent protests. Full text...

  • Sudan: Hundreds of Sudanese to be deported from Niger
    20 july 2016 10:41:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Hundreds Sudanese nationals have been detained by the Niger authorities pending their deportation to Khartoum for entering the West African country illegally, Sudanese media reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malawi: Rights group asks Malawi to investigate brutal attack against albino
    20 july 2016 06:06:21
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has asked the authorities to investigate the gruesome attack last Saturday on a woman with albinism and bring those suspected of the crime to justice. Full text...

  • UN: Children suffering in north-east Nigeria due to Boko Haram attacks - UNICEF
    20 july 2016 05:50:08
    New York, US (PANA) - About a quarter of a million children in Borno state, north-eastern Nigeria, are suffering from severe malnutrition, and of those, about one in five will die if they do not receive treatment, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says thousands flee to Uganda from South Sudan
    20 july 2016 05:45:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says more than 5,000 people, primarily women and children under the age of 18 years, have fled from South Sudan to neighbouring Uganda since the latest violence in the country erupted on 7 July. Full text...

  • UN: 'UN workers in South Sudan face harassment, obstruction'
    20 july 2016 05:27:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The situation around South Sudan remains tense, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has said, and called on all parties to uphold their responsibilities to protect civilians, including UN staff. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for the release of detained journalist in South Sudan
    19 july 2016 16:39:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Authorities in South Sudan should immediately and unconditionally release South Sudanese journalist Alfred Taban, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) demanded Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: ICC receives hundreds of photographs to mark International Criminal Justice Day
    19 july 2016 14:38:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday said it has concluded a two-week online campaign which garnered large support worldwide, resulting in a mosaic of over 220 photographs from more than 90 countries, representing all regions of the world and symbolizing global support for all those who stand for justice. Full text...

  • South Africa: Authorities move to repatriate remains of racing star from Kilimanjaro
    19 july 2016 14:35:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation on Tuesday said arrangements are being made to return the body of motor racing hero Gugu Zulu back to South Africa. Zulu died in the early hours of Monday morning while attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA wants 3-year sentence against Mauritanian journalist reviewed
    19 july 2016 14:30:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called on authorities in Mauritania to review the three-year jail sentence recently slammed against a journalist for throwing his shoe at a state official. Full text...

  • UN: UN lauds US, EU funding for emergency response in Lake Chad Basin
    19 july 2016 06:48:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Africa's Sahel region, Mr. Toby Lanzer, has expressed gratitude to the US and the European Union (EU) for their financial support for people affected by violence in countries surrounding the Lake Chad Basin region, and called for greater international support. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials, Stevie Wonder urge global community to imbibe Madela's virtues
    18 july 2016 20:01:49
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world marks Nelson Mandela International Day, UN officials and UN Peace Ambassador Stevie Wonder on Monday in New York paid tribute to the South African activist and peacemaker's tireless efforts to end intolerance and injustice, calling on the international community to follow his guiding example in efforts to build a better world for all. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda, Gabon abolish mobile phone roaming charges
    18 july 2016 18:17:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda and Gabon on Monday adopted a ban on roaming charges for users of mobile phones, said an official statement issued to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta militants blow up two major oil trunk lines
    18 july 2016 18:03:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Niger Delta militants on Monday continued sabotaging oil and gas installations in Nigeria’s oil rich region, blowing up two major oil trunk line facilities of to the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) at Camp three in Warri South West council area of Delta State. Full text...

  • South Africa: Global giants salute Nelson Mandela
    18 july 2016 17:33:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday saluted world statesman Nelson Mandela whose birthday is commemorated around the world on 18 July. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief tasks governments on SDGs implementation
    18 july 2016 17:27:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Every government must accelerate the implementation pace of the development agenda adopted by UN member states nearly one year ago, by boosting efforts to overcome persistent challenges, new obstacles and unforeseen setbacks in today’s turbulent world, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army releases 249 cleared Boko Haram suspects
    18 july 2016 17:15:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A total of 249 suspected Boko Haram terrorists and accomplices were set free Monday by the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, capital of northeastern State of Borno, after they were cleared by the Joint Interrogation team constituted by Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Yusuf Buratai. Full text...

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