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  • UN: UN chief urges governments to stop torture
    26 june 2016 19:17:39
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday expressed support for and solidarity with the victims of torture and their families throughout the world, and stated that torture must never be used under any circumstances, including during conflict or when national security is under threat. Full text...

  • Kenya: Refugee camp shutdown to drag beyond Kenya imposed deadline
    26 june 2016 12:15:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The closure of a refugee camp housing more than 300,000 Somali refugees will drag beyond the November deadline imposed by the Kenya government. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria Army rescues 5,000 Boko Haram captives, kills 10 terrorists
    26 june 2016 12:07:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Sunday announced the rescue of over 5,000 persons held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists in north eastern part of Nigeria. Full text...

  • Lesotho: Rights group calls for thorough investigation into Lesotho Army chief's killing
    26 june 2016 07:06:38
    Maseru, Lesotho, (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has asked the authorities in Lesotho to ensure that the criminal investigation into the killing of the former army chief, Lieutenant-General Maaparankoe Mahao, by members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) is thorough and pursued vigorously without undue delay. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for 'humane solution' for refugees, migrants in Europe
    25 june 2016 21:57:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday called on the countries of Europe as well as the international community at large to work towards a compassionate and humane solution to the problem of refugees and migrants. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief concerned over escalation of violence in South Sudan
    25 june 2016 21:46:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday expressed concern over the escalation of violence between the Sudan's People Liberation Army (SPLA) and armed groups, in Wau town and surrounding areas, in South Sudan. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Fresh fighting in South Sudan forces civilians to flee homes
    25 june 2016 13:37:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Thousands of South Sudanese fled their homes in Wau, North West of Juba, after renewed fighting in the area, a day after the South Sudan government said it would not be able to celebrate the country's 5th independence due to financial crisis brought by insecurity. Full text...

  • Sudan: ICRC postpones operation to transfer POWs
    25 june 2016 13:04:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Saturday said it was unable to transport an unspecified number of prisoners of war (POWs) from the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) side to Khartoum, as the official take-off permit was not secured at the last moment. Full text...

  • Libya: Senior UN official strongly condemns attacks on medical facilities
    25 june 2016 07:53:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The acting United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya, Dr. Syed Jaffar Hussain, has expressed deep concerns at recent attacks in Benghazi that put medical facilities at risk and urged all parties to take all feasible precautions to prevent casualties among patients and medical personnel. Full text...

  • US: EgyptAir 'black boxes' damaged, sent to France for repair
    24 june 2016 15:47:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The recovered flight data recorders from EgyptAir Flight MS804 are damaged and will be sent to France for repairs, the Egyptian Civil Aviation Investigation Committee said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief stresses need to prevent conflict, sustain peace
    24 june 2016 14:02:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the 10th anniversary of the first meeting of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, which has become known as "Peacekeeping Day", the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, on Friday urged member states, particularly those with membership in the UN Security Council, to make full use of the Peacebuilding Commission and its role in preventing violent conflict and ensuring sustainable peace. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ex-Minister Karim Wade released from jail
    24 june 2016 13:55:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Karim Wade, a former Senegalese Minister of Infrastructures, Air and Land Transport, was released from jail Friday, following a presidential pardon granted him after serving more than half his six-year sentence. Full text...

  • South Africa: High Court dismisses Zuma's appeal in corruption case
    24 june 2016 10:39:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A full bench of the North Gauteng High Court on Friday dismissed President Jacob Zuma's leave to appeal its decision that he should face corruption charges. Full text...

  • France: INTERPOL calls for public help in operation targeting people smugglers
    24 june 2016 10:35:09
    Lyon, France (PANA) - An INTERPOL operation targeting the criminal networks behind people smuggling, which has already led to 26 arrests, is calling for help from the public to locate and bring the remaining fugitives to justice. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New report highlights economic impacts of refugees in Rwanda
    24 june 2016 09:14:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - While, there is a sense, particularly in the United States and Europe, that refugees are a burden on local populations, the new approach of receiving cash aid that was applied in Rwanda reflects the fact that refugees interact with their local economy, says a new report released on Friday by the US-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Full text...

  • UN: UN appoints Special Adviser on Responsibility to Protect
    23 june 2016 18:08:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday appointed Croatian diplomat, Mr. Ivan Simonovic, as UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief stresses need to involve widows in societal development
    23 june 2016 18:05:35
    New York, US (PANA) - With nearly half the world’s 259 million widows living in poverty, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday stressed the need for greater efforts to make them more visible in societies and ensure they are a vital part of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda’s pledge to leave no one behind. Full text...

  • UN: Ban lauds UN workers, call for efforts to achieve SDGs
    23 june 2016 17:59:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The efforts of women and men engaged in public service are crucial to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday, paying tribute to public servants on the day set aside by the UN General Assembly to highlight their invaluable contributions. Full text...

  • South Africa: Oscar Pistorius admits he deserves long prison sentence
    23 june 2016 16:02:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A traumatised and tearful Oscar Pistorius, reliving the moment he fired four shots at a bathroom door that killed his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and sent shockwaves around the world, says he deserved a long prison sentence for the crime which happened on Valentine’s Day at his luxury Pretoria home. Full text...

  • Zambia: EU, US concerned about Post Newspaper closure
    23 june 2016 14:46:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The delegation of the European Union (EU) says the closure of the independent Post newspaper by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) on 21 June, reportedly because of an outstanding tax dispute, is of the utmost concern, in particular as it occurred during the campaign period leading to the general elections on 11 August. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly President mourns former president
    23 june 2016 11:37:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft on Thursday expressed his sincere condolences to the widow, friends and colleagues of the former Antigua and Barbudan diplomat, John Ashe, who died of a heart attack on Wednesday, 22 June. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army denies militants' claims of plot to topple Buhari
    23 june 2016 07:36:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Thursday denied claims by a Niger Delta militant group that some Army officers approached it to help plan the overthrow of President Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • UN: UN to take action on Malakal violence probe report - UN official
    23 june 2016 06:29:44
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Herve Ladsous, says the UN takes very seriously the findings of an investigation that confusion over command and control and rules of engagement hampered some peacekeepers' response to a deadly incident at a UN compound in South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: Ban lauds Sudan’s cessation of hostilities, urges 'final peace'
    23 june 2016 06:17:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the announcement by the Sudanese government of a four-month unilateral cessation of hostilities, beginning on 18 June 2016, in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials call for improved coordination, partnerships on UN peacebuilding efforts
    22 june 2016 22:18:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, Macharia Kamau late Wednesday in New York said sustaining peace after conflicts requires more coherence and coordination between the UN system, in order to achieve the desired results. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria military reorganise structure in Niger Delta to contain militancy
    22 june 2016 17:36:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Wednesday announced the reorganisation of the structure in the Niger Delta region to enable it to effectively tackle the militancy in the region. Full text...

  • Zambia: Rights group slams Zambian authorities for newspaper closure
    22 june 2016 16:48:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says the decision by the Zambian authorities to shut down the independent newspaper, The Post, is a deliberate ploy to silence the media ahead of the country's general election in August. Full text...

  • UN: ICC prosecutor produces draft policy on children to address crimes
    22 june 2016 15:48:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, has produced a draft policy on children, which once finalized and adopted, will help guide the prosecutor's office in its efforts to address international crimes under the Rome Statute against or affecting children, as well as the ICC's interaction with children during the course of its work. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights expert stresses need to protect civilians in CAR
    22 june 2016 15:45:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Marie-Therese Keita, the UN expert on the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic (CAR), on Wednesday expressed concern about the threats from armed groups and large-scale banditry to the protection of civilians, natural resources and to the crisis recovery process in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: US welcomes ceasefire declared by President Bashir
    22 june 2016 14:38:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States has welcomed a recently announced ceasefire in military operation zones in Sudan, saying this was an “important and welcomed step” towards ending the fighting in the country. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials call for greater efforts to prevent weapons proliferation
    22 june 2016 14:33:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called on the international community to intensify efforts to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and nuclear weapons, in order to keep up with and effectively address global challenges. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief urges more efforts to prevent sexual violence in conflict
    22 june 2016 14:29:16
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Wednesday in New York stressed the importance of prevention and early response efforts towards sexual violence, as well as the need to shift shame and stigma from victims to perpetrators. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Multinational task force kills 31 Boko Haram terrorists, loses 2 soldiers
    22 june 2016 14:18:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Wednesday announced the launch of new operations to clear all remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists in its general Area of Responsibility (AOR) around the Lake Chad region. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius passes bill against anti-personnel mines, cluster munitions
    22 june 2016 10:47:49
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Parliament on Tuesday night passed the Anti-Personnel Mines and Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) Bill as the world pushes to prohibit the use, transfer and the stockpile of cluster munitions. Full text...

  • South Africa: Parts of Pretoria remain tense after Tuesday's violence
    22 june 2016 08:35:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Parts of Pretoria remain tense on Wednesday following running street battles that have led to the widespread destruction of property. Full text...

  • US: Special investigation into Malakal violence completed - UN
    22 june 2016 05:56:38
    New York, US (PANA) - A United Nations independent high-level board of inquiry has completed a special in-depth investigation into how the UN responded this past February to deadly violence in a protection of civilians site in the town of Malakal, in northern South Sudan, according to a UN statement in New York on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UN humanitarian wing, partners respond to 'unprecedented suffering' in 2015
    22 june 2016 05:55:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released its 2015 annual report, articulating its response to the humanitarian challenges and human suffering, in all corners of the world that have overstretched the UN relief arm. Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern about increase of violence in CAR
    22 june 2016 05:53:46
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has expressed deep concern about a recent increase in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) and urged all players to work together for peace. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says over 240,000 persons uprooted from homes in Niger's Diffa region
    21 june 2016 21:29:56
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 240,000 people, or a third of the population, in Niger’s Diffa region have been uprooted from their homes since 3 June attacks by Boko Haram insurgents, the single largest displacement since 2013, a senior UN official said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia Revenue closes Post Newspapers
    21 june 2016 20:46:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) on Tuesday evening closed the independent Post Newspapers in a bid to recover millions of outstanding tax obligations. Full text...

  • Eritrea: Rights watchdog calls for release of 21 Eritrean politicians, journalists
    21 june 2016 17:38:36
    Asmara, Eritrea (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday demanded the immediate release of 21 politicians and journalists arrested in 2001 saying their continued detention is "a travesty of justice". Full text...

  • Senegal: Amnesty International hails jailing of DR Congo warlord Bemba
    21 june 2016 17:22:02
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has hailed Tuesday's jailing of DR Congo warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo by the International Criminal Court (ICC) saying it shows that people who commit crime under international law will be held responsible for their crimes. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief says healthy living vital to achieving SDGs
    21 june 2016 14:18:16
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged everyone to embrace healthier choices and lifestyles and to commit to unity with other human beings, regardless of ethnicity, faith, age, gender identity or sexual orientation. Full text...

  • Kenya: Former Congolese VP Bemba to serve 18 years for war crimes
    21 june 2016 14:13:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Former Congolese Vice President Jean Pierre Bemba has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after being found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Central Africa Republic, judges said Tuesday. Full text...

  • France: 140 nabbed for using stolen, fake payment cards for plane tickets
    21 june 2016 12:52:21
    Lyon, France (PANA) – An international law enforcement operation targeting the purchase of airplane tickets using stolen or fake payment card details has resulted in the detention of 140 individuals globally, the international police organisation, INTERPOL said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban lauds Malian leader's commitment to peace, stability
    21 june 2016 07:19:40
    New York, US (PANA) - On the occasion of the first anniversary of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the renewed commitment to peace expressed by the country's President, Ibrahim Boubakar Keita, and his government. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief officer concerned over attacks on aid vehicles in CAR
    21 june 2016 07:13:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The interim UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic (CAR), Dr. Michel Yaa, has condemned an armed attack on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), also known as "Doctors Without Borders", convoy transporting medicines and fuel from the capital, Bangui, to the south-eastern city of Bangassou on 17 June. Full text...

  • UN: General Assembly President tasks int'l community on humanitarian issues
    20 june 2016 15:51:05
    New York, US (PANA) - UN General Assembly President, Mogens Lykketoft, on Monday called for concerted efforts by the international community to address the lingering humanitarian crisis affecting the world. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU expresses alarm at increasing migrants, drugs smuggling in Sahel
    20 june 2016 15:29:31
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union (EU) says it is alarmed by the increase in smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings, drugs and arms in the Sahel region. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU extends Operation Sophia mandate in the Mediterranean
    20 june 2016 13:20:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The Council of the European Union (EU) on Monday extended until 27 July, 2017, the mandate of the EUNAFOR MED Operation Sophia, the EU naval operation to disrupt the business model of human smugglers and traffickers in the Southern Central Mediterranean. Full text...

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