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  • Gambian President Barrow pledges maximum attention to youth
    17 december 2017 18:16:51
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has said that his government will not relent in its efforts to provide the youth sector the maximum attention it deserves. Full text...

  • In 2018 make migration safe for every child – UNICEF urges
    16 december 2017 14:12:01
    New York, US (PANA) - 2018 could be a landmark year for migrant children if countries follow best practices to ensure their safety and wellbeing – UNICEF said on Friday ahead of International Migrants Day marked on 18 December. Full text...

  • Kenyans mourn Harvard University scholar, Prof Calestous Juma
    16 december 2017 09:41:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Tributes have been pouring in for the departed Kenya-born scholar Prof. Calestous Juma, who died Friday in Boston, US, while undergoing treatment. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force helicopters, jets commence fresh wave of bombings on Boko Haram hideouts
    16 december 2017 09:12:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Saturday said its fighter jets have commenced “intensive bombardment of the hideouts of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in Northeast Nigeria in an operation code-named RUWAN WUTA 3. Full text...

  • Army captures 235 Boko Haram insurgents in Northeast Nigeria
    16 december 2017 09:04:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops captured 235 Boko Haram insurgents fleeing their enclaves in the Islands around the Lake Chad region and other areas in the Northeast State of Borno, following the intensified offensive in the region against the terrorists. Full text...

  • Children are the face of conflict-fuelled humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan – UNICEF
    15 december 2017 19:55:43
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – South Sudan's children are facing a raft of daily horrors and deprivations and urgently require a peaceful, protective environment, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday, warning that “anything less, places children and women at even greater risk of grave violations and abuse”. Full text...

  • Rwandan teenager takes part in Miss Africa beauty pageant
    15 december 2017 16:25:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Nineteen-year-old Finona Mutoni of Rwanda is among 32 beauty queens due to take part in the 2017 edition of Miss Africa beauty pageant which is scheduled to take place in Calabar, Nigeria on 27 December 2017, an official confirmed Friday in Kigali. Full text...

  • 1,317 Nigerians return from Libya in the last 10 days
    15 december 2017 15:01:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday said that a total of 1,317 Nigerians have voluntarily returned from Libya in the last 10 days. Full text...

  • UNHCR evacuates 74 vulnerable refugees from Libya to Niger
    15 december 2017 06:53:54
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Thursday night evacuated 74 vulnerable refugees, the vast majority children and women, from Libya to Niger. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping chief pays tribute to ‘blue helmets’ killed in DR Congo
    14 december 2017 21:20:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Thursday attended a ceremony in the port city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in honour of the country’s peacekeepers recently killed during their mission in a neighbouring country. Full text...

  • Kenyan road crashes claim 150 lives in two weeks
    14 december 2017 17:40:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 150 people have been killed on Kenyan highways since 1 December in accidents blamed on drunk driving and road indiscipline, the Kenya Police, transport and highways authorities said Thursday. Full text...

  • ECONEC moves to reduce cost of elections in West Africa
    14 december 2017 17:32:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) is taking steps to Full text...

  • Number of people in crisis grows as South Sudan conflict enters fourth year
    14 december 2017 14:56:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Six months ago, a massive humanitarian response addressed the famine that broke out in South Sudan, a country in which today an estimated 4.8 million people still face severe food insecurity – an increase of 1.1 million from last year, Norwegian Refugee Council said on Thursday. Full text...

  • In South Sudan, Red Cross uses mobile technology to respond to urgent humanitarian needs
    14 december 2017 14:47:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Hundreds of uprooted families in South Sudan are living without such basic household items as cooking implements, and the situation is expected to worsen in coming months, according to two charity organizations who use innovative technology to reach the vulnerable population. Full text...

  • Unified action needed in Central Africa to defuse regional tensions, Security Council told
    14 december 2017 06:20:04
    New York, USA (PANA) – Despite some positive developments, the overall situation in Central Africa still requires concerted action at all levels to address socio-political tensions, economic difficulties and abuses by armed groups, a United Nations envoy for the region said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN, partners launch US$1.72 billion appeal for South Sudan
    13 december 2017 20:50:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations relief wing and the humanitarian community in South Sudan launched on Wednesday a US$1.72 billion appeal to assist six million people affected by conflict, displacement and hunger. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping chief visits injured Tanzanian ‘blue helmets’ in DRC
    13 december 2017 20:44:04
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Wednesday thanked individually peacekeepers who fought to hold off an attack on 7 December in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • CPJ says 262 journalists in jails around the world
    13 december 2017 20:38:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historic high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world’s worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rights group demands release of Burundi human rights defender
    13 december 2017 16:55:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday called on the Burundian authorities to immediately release a human rights activist, Nestor Nibitanga, who they have been holding since 21 November. Full text...

  • G5 Sahel force should prioritise human rights - Says Rights group
    13 december 2017 16:49:18
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The G5 Sahel military force, created to counter Islamist armed groups in the Sahel region of Africa, should fully respect international human rights and humanitarian law in its operations, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • New report says France provided safe haven to Rwandan genocide suspects
    13 december 2017 09:08:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - French officials provided safe haven to Rwandan genocide suspects and obstructed attempts to bring them to justice at various points during the 23 years since the genocide in the country, a Rwandan government-backed report has said. Full text...

  • ICC Prosecutor asks Security Council to act on outstanding arrest warrants
    13 december 2017 06:40:03
    New York, USA (PANA) – Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir recently travelled to countries that recognise the International Criminal Court (ICC) but none arrested or surrendered the Sudanese President, the ICC Prosecutor today told the United Nations Security Council. Full text...

  • New compact to improve refugee response ‘a chance to chart a different course’ – UNHCR
    12 december 2017 19:58:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday kicked off in Geneva a dialogue on protection challenges with a stark warning: the tragedy of forced displacement has deepened – one year after the world pledged to improve its response to refugee situations. Full text...

  • New Year could bring more misery to children in DR Congo’s Kasai region - UNICEF
    12 december 2017 19:44:57
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – In the coming year, severe acute malnutrition could claim the lives of more than 400,000 children under the age of five in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s volatile Kasai region, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Two soldiers killed in Boko Haram roadside IED attack in Northeast Nigeria
    12 december 2017 16:31:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Tuesday confirmed that two soldiers were killed in an explosion on Monday when their vehicles stepped on a roadside bomb planted by suspected Boko Haram insurgents along Maiduguri-Damboa highway, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Oscar Pistorius involved in prison brawl
    12 december 2017 14:01:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former Paralympic Oscar Pistorius has been injured in a prison fight over the use of a public phone. Full text...

  • Aid agency warns of looming hunger in 2018 in South Sudan
    12 december 2017 11:14:41
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD) is expressing deep concern at the serious escalation in violence in South Sudan, as the conflict enters its fifth year on 15 December. Full text...

  • Rights group says EU gov'ts complicit in horrific abuse of refugees, migrants in Libya
    12 december 2017 06:36:18
    London, UK (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, says European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained by Libyan immigration authorities in appalling conditions in Libya. Full text...

  • UN honours 14 peacekeepers killed in eastern DR Congo
    12 december 2017 06:18:41
    Beni, DR Congo (PANA) – The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) on Monday paid tribute to the Tanzanian peacekeepers killed on 7 December in the worst attack on UN 'blue helmets' in recent history. Full text...

  • Number of families separated by conflict, natural disasters at all time high - ICRC
    11 december 2017 20:35:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The number of families being separated by conflict, violence and natural disaster is at a five-year high, according to data from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Full text...

  • Nigeria Police raise alert level on Boko Haram attack in Abuja, other states
    11 december 2017 15:51:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Police on Monday raised the Abuja bomb blast threat level to code red, saying the plot by Boko Haram to bomb the Federal Capital Territory and six other states is very real. Full text...

  • Zambia’s Kenani transit centre hosts more than 10,000 refugees
    11 december 2017 14:55:03
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The number of refugees fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and being hosted at the Kenani transit centre in the north of Zambia has now passed the 10,000 mark since August this year. Full text...

  • Over a dozen UN peacekeepers killed in DR Congo
    11 december 2017 07:01:26
    New York, USA (PANA) – At least 14 United Nations 'blue helmets' in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been killed and many more injured, in what the Secretary-General António Guterres described as the “worst attack” on UN peacekeepers in recent history, the UN updated on Sunday. Full text...

  • Not enough being done to shield civilians from violence in Somalia – UN report
    10 december 2017 16:00:10
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The armed conflict in Somalia continues to exact a heavy toll on civilians, damaging infrastructure and livelihoods, displacing millions of people, and impeding access to humanitarian relief for communities in need, according to a United Nations report launched on Sunday in the country's capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Campaign to mark 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights starts
    10 december 2017 04:40:33
    New York, USA (PANA) - This year, Human Rights Day, which falls on Sunday, kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Full text...

  • UN honours victims of genocide
    10 december 2017 04:36:33
    New York, USA (PANA) – The United Nations office that coordinates efforts on genocide prevention has launched an appeal for Member States to ratify the 1948 genocide convention by the end of 2018 if they haven't done so. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for US$1 billion in donor contributions to emergency response fund
    09 december 2017 04:17:03
    New York, USA (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday called for US$1 billion in donor contributions to the Organization’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – a pool of funding that supports critical relief operations in crises around the world – as humanitarian needs have increased from US$5.2 billion in 2005 to over US$24 billion today. Full text...

  • IOM begins assisting thousands of West African migrants to leave Libya
    09 december 2017 04:10:22
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The United Nations migration agency and the Government of Niger have welcomed the first 504 people from Libya to Niger, kicking off a voluntary mass evacuation of nearly 4,000 migrants. Full text...

  • Security Council considers measures to support regional force in Sahel
    09 december 2017 04:04:22
    New York, USA (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution clarifying the ways in which the international community, including the UN mission in Mali – known by its French acronym MINUSMA – is expected to provide support to a multi-country joint military force conducting counter-terrorist operations in the Sahel. Full text...

  • Over a dozen UN peacekeepers killed in DRC
    09 december 2017 03:57:46
    New York, USA (PANA) – At least 15 United Nations ‘blue helmets’ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been killed and many more injured, in what the Secretary-General António Guterres described on Friday as the “worst attack” on UN peacekeepers in recent history. Full text...

  • UN moves country offices to Tanzania’s new capital
    08 december 2017 08:43:25
    Dodoma, Tanzania (PANA) - The United Nations became the first international organization to move its country offices from Dar es Salaam to Tanzania’s new capital, Dodoma, on Thursday where it has, so far, relocated eight of its 23 agencies currently operating in the country. Full text...

  • Torture, militia violence, child marriage head rights concerns in Burkina Faso
    08 december 2017 06:39:25
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Amndesty International has urged the authorities in Burkina Faso to tackle violence by local self-defence groups, investigate alleged torture by police and protect women and girls at risk of early and forced marriages. Full text...

  • Hunger crisis, scarce funds could push Kasais in DRC to brink of catastrophe - UN agency
    07 december 2017 22:48:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – An acute hunger emergency ravaging Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s strife-torn Greater Kasai region could transform into a long-term disaster if additional resources are not made available urgently, the United Nations food relief agency warned Thursday. Full text...

  • Security Council condemns reported slave trade of migrants in Libya
    07 december 2017 22:42:09
    New York, USA (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned the slave trade of African migrants in Libya as “heinous human rights abuses which may also amount to crimes against humanity,” and called on those responsible to be held to account. Full text...

  • ‘Zero tolerance’ for sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff in South Sudan - senior UN official
    07 december 2017 22:37:26
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The relationship between United Nations peacekeepers and civilian staff and the vulnerable people in South Sudan they are working for must be one of mutual trust and confidence, said a senior UN official, noting that instances of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel not only break down that relationship, but also destroy the trust communities have in the Organization. Full text...

  • Security Council urged to do more to protect civilians, help end violence in South Sudan
    07 december 2017 22:30:47
    New York, USA (PANA) – With the conflict in South Sudan entering its fifth year, senior United Nations officials on Thursday expressed concern about the precarious security situation and bleak humanitarian conditions in the world’s youngest country. Full text...

  • Islamic movements reject Trump's decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
    07 december 2017 18:01:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan’s Islamic Movement and the Muslim Brothers have rejected the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital and to move his country’s embassy there. Full text...

  • Rwandan court stops nepotism proceedings against former minister of mining
    07 december 2017 16:25:21
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan court on Thursday decided to stop tribunal proceedings against the country's former Mining minister Evode Imena, who was accused of nepotism and favouritism. Full text...

  • Alarm over threats to leading journalists in South Africa
    07 december 2017 13:46:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African National Editor’s Forum (SANEF) has expressed alarm at reports that police are investigating leading journalists Jacques Pauw and Pieter-Louis Myburgh, who have both reportedly published damning articles about President Jacob Zuma’s alleged corrupt dealings. Full text...

  • UN, rights group tell Cameroon to end torture in anti-terror fight
    07 december 2017 10:39:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Cameroon must act swiftly on the recommendations published by the UN Committee against Torture and put an end to the widespread use of torture by security forces fighting Boko Haram, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

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