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  • South Africa: Zuma files affidavit over corruption case
    31 august 2016 17:34:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma’s legal team on Wednesday filed his replying affidavit to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, challenging a High Court ruling that he should face corruption charges. Full text...

  • US: US government concerned over child soldiers recruitment in South Sudan
    31 august 2016 17:29:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Friday said it was profoundly alarmed by the recent UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) report that implicated South Sudanese government forces in the recruitment of child soldiers since the 7 July return to hostilities. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts urge Sudan to drop charges against six human rights activists
    31 august 2016 17:23:43
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of UN human rights experts on Wednesday urged Sudanese authorities to drop charges carrying the death penalty brought against six human rights activists in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan threatens to allow illegal migrants pour into Europe if ..........
    31 august 2016 11:33:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has threatened to allow thousands of illegal migrants it has been arresting pour into Europe, if the current economic siege and embargo continued to be applied on the Sudan. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Many bodies of drowned refugees never identified - Report
    31 august 2016 11:27:03
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A new report on migration shows that many of the bodies of migrants that drowned between January 2015 and June 2016 in the Mediterranean were never identified, and families at home face never finding out what happened to their loved ones. Full text...

  • Uganda: UNHCR boss calls attention to plight of South Sudanese refugees
    31 august 2016 11:00:14
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has called for greater international attention to the plight of South Sudanese refugees as well as donor support for Uganda’s exceptional open-door approach towards people fleeing conflict in neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Somalia: SRSG Keating condemns terrorist attack at Mogadishu hotel
    30 august 2016 18:55:38
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, Michael Keating, has strongly condemned the truck bombing of the SYL Hotel in Mogadishu that early Tuesday killed at least 13 people and injured over 20. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns brutal repression of peaceful march in Togo
    30 august 2016 15:45:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has condemned the brutal repression of a peaceful march in Togo by vulnerable locals ''who were only exercising their constitutional right to peaceful assembly''. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Air Force gunship destroys new Boko Haram camp
    30 august 2016 15:39:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Tuesday said its helicopter gunship on Monday night “successfully” destroyed a new Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) Camp located between Malam Fatori and Kangarwa in north-eastern Borno State. Full text...

  • Nigeria: New Niger Delta militant group blows up major pipeline delivery line
    30 august 2016 15:25:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Despite the ceasefire deal by mainstream Niger Delta militants and the Nigerian government, a new militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Movement (NDGJM), said it blew up the Ogor-Oteri major delivery line operated by the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company and Shorelines Petroleum in south-south Delta state. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU appoints new head of civil mission in Libya
    30 august 2016 15:14:55
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union (EU) on Tuesday announced the appointment of Vincenzo Tagliaferri, a senior police officer from Italy, as head of the EU civil mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya). Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA calls for release of 13 anti-slavery activists in Mauritania
    30 august 2016 13:59:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called on Mauritania to release thirteen (13) anti-slavery activists sentenced to prison terms ranging from two to 15 years. Full text...

  • Italy: IOM says 6,908 migrants rescued Monday in Channel of Sicily
    30 august 2016 12:18:03
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Rome spokesperson of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM Rome) Flavio Di Giacomo says that 6,908 migrants were rescued on Monday in the Channel of Sicily in 35 rescue operations. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights groups demand global probe into Ethiopian rights violations
    30 august 2016 11:03:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A group of human rights organizations is calling for an independent and impartial international investigation into human rights violations in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights groups urge Kenya to probe extra-judicial killings
    30 august 2016 10:31:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government must set up a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate and bring to justice all those suspected of criminal responsibility for extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances, 13 Kenyan and global human rights organizations demanded on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Rights group initiates online petition on Bushmen
    30 august 2016 09:39:11
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - International human rights organisation Survival International has initiated an online petition to President Ian Khama over human rights violation of Bushmen from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Road accidents kill 72 during first semester in Mauritius
    30 august 2016 07:05:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Seventy-two people were killed in road accidents that occurred in Mauritius during the first semester of 2016, while 275 were seriously injured and 1,564 were slightly injured. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Rights group says 130 Boko Haram suspects still missing after 20 months
    30 august 2016 05:48:00
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, on Tuesday called on the authorities in Cameroon to provide answers about the whereabouts of 130 men and boys still unaccounted for 20 months after they were arrested in a crackdown on suspected Boko Haram members. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN rapporteur calls for protection of thousands of IDPs in northeastern Nigeria
    29 august 2016 19:01:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A United Nations expert on internally displaced persons (IPDs) has called on Nigerian authorities and the international community to act urgently to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of displaced people in the country's northeast are protected. Full text...

  • Botswana: Activist beams spotlight on Botswana human rights
    29 august 2016 14:05:43
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Seasoned political activist, Michael Dingake, has challenged Botswana to improve its human rights record. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari says Nigeria ready to negotiate with real Boko Haram for release of Chibok girls
    28 august 2016 13:23:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday said the Nigerian government is ready to negotiate the release of the over 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in Chibok, northeast Borno State, on 14 April, 2014. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria to fully rehabilitate Boko Haram victims - Buhari
    27 august 2016 17:18:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ‎Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Nairobi, Kenya said the government will ensure full rehabilitation of victims affected by Boko Haram attacks and facilitate lasting solutions to combat threats of terrorism in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria Army kills 5 Niger Delta militants, arrest 23
    27 august 2016 17:02:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ‎The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its special forces, the 133 Special Forces Battalion, located in Nigeria's southeast Rivers State capital city, Port Harcourt, killed five suspected militants and arrested 23 others, in an operation codenamed: "Exercise Crocodile Smile". Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army begins exercise in Niger Delta region
    27 august 2016 08:08:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army has commenced a military exercise code-named "Exercise Crocodile Smile" in the Niger Delta region aimed at training its Special Forces and other units in amphibious and internal security operations in riverine environment. Full text...

  • South Africa: Court rejects move to increase Oscar Pistorius's sentence
    26 august 2016 13:24:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The North Gauteng High Court on Friday rejected the State's bid for leave to appeal the six-year jail sentence for murder imposed on Oscar Pistorius last month. Full text...

  • Nigeria: IDPs in Maiduguri protest deplorable conditions in camps
    25 august 2016 19:19:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Hundreds of internally displaced persons in Maiduguri, the hotbed of Boko Haram violence in northeastern Nigeria, on Thursday took to the streets to protest against hunger and thirst in their respective camps. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram violence takes “devastating toll” on children in Lake Chad Basin
    25 august 2016 19:12:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Years of violence by Islamist Boko Haram militants have taken a “devastating toll” on children living in the Lake Chad Basin, UNICEF said Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari condoles with Italy on deadly earthquake
    25 august 2016 18:53:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday expressed his sympathy with Italy over the deadly earthquake that has claimed more than 200 lives in the central parts of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Christian body calls Kerry's visit divisive
    25 august 2016 18:47:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Nigeria this week has annoyed the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) which described it as "as discriminatory, personal and divisive, aimed at encouraging the ongoing persecution of Christians in the country." Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari heads to Nairobi for TICAD-VI summit on African development
    25 august 2016 17:52:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will attend the two-day Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI) in Nairobi, Kenya, from 27-28 August, the office of the Presidency said Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF report says 1.4 million children displaced by Boko Haram
    25 august 2016 15:38:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in a report released on Thursday, said years of violence by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad basin, which includes Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, have led to a worsening humanitarian crisis that has displaced 1.4 million children and left at least one million still trapped in hard-to-reach areas. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese migrants back home
    25 august 2016 15:11:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Some forty Sudanese migrants, stuck on the Italian-French border, were brought back home following efforts by the Sudanese Foreign and Interior ministries, the Sudanese News Agency (SUNA) reported here on Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Finance Minister refuses to report for questioning
    25 august 2016 12:22:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has defied an order to present himself to the Hawks crime-fighting unit as outrage grows over the latest political scandal to rock the Zuma administration, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Zambia: CPJ demands reinstatement of broadcasting licences to Zambian media stations
    25 august 2016 09:07:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Zambian regulators to immediately reinstate the broadcasting licences of three media outlets it revoked this week. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says armed conflicts impact negatively on children
    24 august 2016 18:57:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The impact on children of the collective failure to prevent and end conflict is severe, with regions in turmoil and violations against children intensifying in a number of conflicts, the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Leila Zerrougui said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: ICC to deliver judgement on Mali's Al Mahdi 27 September
    24 august 2016 15:18:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The Trail Chamber VIII of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday said it will deliver judgment on the case involving Mali's rebel, Ahmad Al Mahdi, on 27 September, following the conclusion of the trial which began on 22 August at The Hague, Netherlands. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Air Force says it has 'killed over 300' Boko Haram terrorists
    24 august 2016 10:44:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Wednesday said it has recorded a significant milestone in the ongoing battle against the Boko Haram terrorists, with the killing of over 300 of its fighters. Full text...

  • South Africa: Woman who claimed Zuma raped her to receive defamation settlement
    24 august 2016 10:09:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The young woman who claimed President Jacob Zuma raped her in 2005 will receive the US$35,000 settlement that former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils was awarded on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army says it killed 'several' Boko Haram terrorists on Tuesday night
    24 august 2016 07:04:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says it killed "several" Boko Haram terrorists when it repelled their attack on the fringes of Sambisa forest, northeastern state of Borno, on Tuesday night. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief appoints retired Dutch general to probe South Sudan violence
    24 august 2016 06:22:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday in New York appointed Major-General (retired) Patrick Cammaert of the Netherlands to lead an independent special investigation into the violence in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, in July 2016, and the response of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari pledges not to use military force to quel Niger Delta militancy
    23 august 2016 22:11:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, Tuesday ‎at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari, who pledged to refrain from using military force to quell the Niger Delta militancy "except when constrained to do so"‎. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari condemns killing of 8 persons over alleged blasphemy
    23 august 2016 18:45:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday condemned the killing of at least eight persons in Zamfara State, northwestern Nigeria, on allegation of blasphemy. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria launches national counter-terrorism strategy
    23 august 2016 18:16:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday launched a reviewed National Counter-Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST) as part of measures to enhance its war against the Boko Haram insurgency. Full text...

  • UN: WFP says 4.5 million people need food aid in northeast Nigeria
    23 august 2016 18:00:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The number of people in need of food assistance in north-eastern Nigeria has nearly doubled to 4.5 million from March, according to a mid-August analysis by the World Food Programme (WFP). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Bangladesh, Nigeria military to have closer bilateral relations
    23 august 2016 17:50:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Bangladesh Armed Forces on Tuesday lauded the success of the Nigerian military in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency, and solicited for cordial military bilateral relations with the Nigerian Armed Forces. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA wants Police in West Africa trained on journalists' safety
    23 august 2016 16:34:26
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called for the training of police and other security forces to protect journalists' safety and stop violent extremism in West Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa: Former South African Minister vows to clear his name
    23 august 2016 16:09:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils on Tuesday said he would fight for his life to defend his reputation as he launched his defamation lawsuit against Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO remembers slave trade abolition
    23 august 2016 13:48:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The courage of the men and women who in August 1791 revolted against slavery in Haiti has created obligations for us to remember that rebellion, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova, said on Tuesday, noting that, "all of humanity is part of this story and efforts to teach the history of the slave trade will help build a better world." Full text...

  • Rwanda: RwandAir Express set to enhance safety programme by December 2016
    23 august 2016 13:09:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan flag carrier, RwandAir Express, on Tuesday vowed to implement its safety programmes, in both airport and passenger operations, in line with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO), according to an official statement, obtained here by PANA. Full text...

  • Sudan: NGO appeals for urgent assistance for thousands of South Sudanese refugees
    23 august 2016 11:48:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - An International humanitarian organization has appealed for urgent assistance for thousands of South Sudanese currently fleeing to neighbouring Uganda. Full text...

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