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  • UNICEF, partner agencies in South Sudan help reunite 5,000 children with families
    18 october 2017 22:08:59
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Since conflict broke out in South Sudan in 2013, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Save the Children and other partners have successfully reunited more than 5,000 children with their families. Full text...

  • Calm returns to Tripoli after Tuesday's bloody clashes
    18 october 2017 19:27:58
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Calm returned to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Wednesday after violent clashes in the eastern suburb of al-Ghararat and the seaport claimed three lives on Tuesday and left 14 persons wounded, one of them seriously, reliable sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Tunisian navy rescues 12 illegal migrants off Tunisian coast
    18 october 2017 18:38:32
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A Tunisian navy unit on Wednesday intercepted 12 illegal migrants who were on board a boat, about 70 km off the island of Kerkennah, in southeast Tunisian waters,said a communiqué issued by the Defence ministry. Full text...

  • Around 4 million displaced persons registered in DR Congo
    18 october 2017 18:21:39
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Between 3.8 and 4 million displaced persons were registered by 30 September in various DR Congo provinces, a UN country team spokesperson, Joseph Makamba, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • INTERPOL symposium addresses firearms threat to global security
    18 october 2017 10:42:39
    Dubrovnik, Croatia (PANA) – With guns used to kill as many as 1,000 people per day worldwide, the International Police Organisation (INTERPOL) Firearm Forensic Symposium (IFFS) is meeting to address the most pressing challenges facing police in global efforts to reduce and resolve firearm crimes. Full text...

  • 'Somalia drought, conflict force one million people to flee'
    18 october 2017 07:13:08
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Over 1 million people in Somalia have been forced to abandon their homes this year seeking food and water, mainly due to drought, an international humanitarian agency said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Smugglers holding refugees, migrants in deplorable conditions in Libya - UN agencies
    17 october 2017 20:33:23
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – After weeks of conflict in western Libya, United Nations agencies have been working around the clock to meet the urgent needs of the more than 14,000 refugees and migrants who had been held captive in numerous locations in the coastal city of Sabratha – approximately 80 kilometres west of Tripoli. Full text...

  • World Bank urges action to break generation-to-generation cycle of poverty
    17 october 2017 19:18:58
    Washington, US (PANA) - The social status of one’s parents is as influential today as it was 50 years ago in determining a person’s future, according to early findings from an upcoming World Bank report, ‘Fair Progress? Educational Mobility Around the World’. Full text...

  • Ministers seek ways to make African borders seamless
    17 october 2017 18:59:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Implementation of free movement of persons in Africa is one of the flagship projects of Agenda 2063 of the African Union (AU) but some countries are unwilling to embark on this initiative due to internal security concerns, a senior official of the continental organisation remarked here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria set to implement reciprocal visa policy
    17 october 2017 18:25:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria on Tuesday said it will adopt a reciprocal policy towards countries which delay the issuance of visas to its citizens. Full text...

  • Somali bomb attack medical evacuation flight lands in Kenya
    17 october 2017 17:57:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A medical evacuation flight from Somalia with 14 of the injured casualties from the weekend terror bombing, which killed 300 people, has landed in Nairobi, the Kenya Red Cross said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Thousands of children reunited with their families in war-torn South Sudan
    17 october 2017 15:53:19
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - An international humanitarian organization on Tuesday said it helped to end the suffering of thousands of children and minors after reuniting them with their families in war-torn south Sudan, since the outbreak of the war in that region four years ago. Full text...

  • Saudi Arabia condemns massacre of Muslims in CAR mosque
    17 october 2017 14:45:21
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (PANA) - Saudi Arabia has vigorously condemned the massacre of 26 Muslims by the anti-Balaka militias in a mosque in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Kenya condemns Somali terror attack, launches humanitarian initiative
    17 october 2017 13:47:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has strongly condemned the horrific terror attack on Saturday 14, Oct., 2017, in Zobe District, southern Mogadishu, which until now has claimed over 300 lives and over 350 more injured. Full text...

  • Top prosecutor sets sights on President Zuma's son
    17 october 2017 11:21:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Top prosecutor Gerrie Nel who ensured that Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was convicted for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has now set his sights on President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane. Full text...

  • Buhari express 'deep sadness' over killing of 29 civilians by herdsmen
    17 october 2017 07:10:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday night said he received with “deep sadness and regret,” news of the killing of 29 civilians in the north central state of Plateau. Full text...

  • Pretoria condemns Mogadishu bomb blast
    16 october 2017 14:56:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) said on Monday that no South Africans were among the more than 300 people killed in a terror attack on the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday. Full text...

  • US: Guterres condemns attacks in Mogadishu; commends responders
    16 october 2017 07:33:32
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has commended the first responders and residents of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for mobilizing to aid in what is being called Somalia's worst-ever bomb attack. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN envoy condemns latest bombings in Somali capital
    15 october 2017 15:49:31
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – United Nations chief in Somalia Michael Keating has condemned Saturday’s bombings which killed a large number of innocent civilians in the capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • South Africa: Former Panapress photographer dies in South Africa
    15 october 2017 08:32:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former Panapress photographer Peter McKenzie died in Durban on Saturday after a long illness. He was 58. Full text...

  • Gambia: Media watchdog condemns Ghanaian chief for molesting journalist
    14 october 2017 13:32:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Saturday condemned unequivocally the molestation of a journalist by a traditional chief in Ghana. Full text...

  • US: CPJ wants prosecution of three Cameroonian journalists halted
    14 october 2017 12:38:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Cameroonian authorities to immediately halt the prosecution of three journalists after a judge on 9 October changed the charges against them in mid-trial. Full text...

  • US: Rights watchdog says DR Congo 'unfit' to serve on UN rights body
    14 october 2017 07:17:19
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations member countries should not vote for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the UN Human Rights Council election because of that government’s widespread human rights violations and lack of cooperation with UN rights mechanisms, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. Full text...

  • CAR: UN Special Adviser condemns incitement of violence and hatred in CAR
    14 october 2017 06:54:33
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has strongly condemned provocation of ethnic and religious hatred armed groups and politicians in the Central African Republic and called for the need for urgent, concerted and coordinated steps to end violence, defuse inter-community tensions and alleviate the suffering of the civilian population. Full text...

  • US: UN forecasts 14 million people made homeless each year by disasters
    13 october 2017 19:39:00
    New York, US (PANA) – Sudden onset disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and tropical cyclones, are likely to displace nearly 14 million people worldwide each year, warns a United Nations-backed study released on Friday – International Day for Disaster Reduction. Full text...

  • Libya: UN agencies scale up response as fighting displaces thousands in Libya's Sabratha region
    13 october 2017 19:38:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – United Nations relief agencies have upped their response in western Libya’s Sabratha region following intensification of conflict that has already driven over 15,000 people from their homes. Full text...

  • Niger: Young African lawyers meet in Niamey on human trafficking, migration
    13 october 2017 15:51:57
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The 4th conference of the African federation of associations and unions of young lawyers (FA-UJA) opened on Friday in the Nigerien capital, Niamey, on the theme "Migration and human trafficking", with representatives from 15 member countries in attendance. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN, experts discuss demographic, economic dimensions of migration
    13 october 2017 07:41:03
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – United Nations Member States on Thursday began in Geneva the sixth thematic session of discussions on the proposed Global Compact on Migration, during which delegates and experts will examine the issue of labour mobility of migrants. Full text...

  • Libya: Human rights challenges in Libya ‘massive, but not insurmountable,’ UN rights chief
    13 october 2017 07:36:24
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – After a brief mission to Libya, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday said the Government “can and should” lead efforts to urgently address arbitrary detention, torture and other grave violations that must be brought to an end in the crisis-torn North African country. Full text...

  • US: 'Relief aid is saving lives, but world must tackle root cause of famine: conflict'
    13 october 2017 07:31:07
    New York, US (PANA) – Until fighting stops and development takes root, communities and entire regions will continue to face hunger, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday, underscoring the link between conflict and famine. Full text...

  • Zambia: 20 fishermen feared drowned in Zambia
    13 october 2017 07:23:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Twenty fishermen are feared drowned, 13 believed to be from the same family, after five boats capsized on Lake Bangweulu in Samfya, Luapula Province of Zambia, following heavy storms in the early hours of Thursday. Full text...

  • France: Paris hails Egyptian human righst activist for winning Martin Ennals prize
    12 october 2017 18:29:04
    Paris, France (PANA) – France has praised the attribution of the 'Martin Ennals' prize for human rights to Egyptian Mohamed Zaree for his courageous promotion of human rights in his country, official sources told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria demands justice in death of 25-year old Nigerian in South Africa
    12 october 2017 17:08:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria on Thursday demanded justice over the death of its 25-year-old citizen, Ibrahim Olamilekan Badmus, who lost his life, allegedly during interrogation by a group of policemen who visited his residence at Deforest Street in Vereeniging, South Africa. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body wants UN peacekeepers probed for drugging, rape in CAR
    12 october 2017 15:03:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) wants the United Nations to take firm action in response to new evidence linking UN peacekeepers to drugging and raping a young woman in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Kenya: Conflict, climate change key hunger drivers in poorest nations - Report
    12 october 2017 11:53:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global hunger levels have fallen more than a quarter since 2000, but more recent rising hunger scores of several countries underline how uneven this progress has been, a new report says. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya facing housing shortfall - Official
    12 october 2017 11:03:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya is facing a housing shortfall which sees the State put up 1.85 million housing units per annum instead of the required 2.5 million annually, a senior housing official said on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: New allegation of sexual abuse surfaces at UN mission in CAR
    11 october 2017 22:34:13
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said on Wednesday that the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reported it had received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor that took place in Bambari by UN peacekeepers. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kigali court reschedules opposition leader Rwigara's trial to Friday
    11 october 2017 17:26:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Court proceedings in the case against Rwanda's disqualified opposition presidential candidate, Diane Shima Rwigara, was once again on Wednesday put off for the third time till Friday to allow the defence more time to study the indictment file. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda rejects HRW allegations of unlawful detention, torture
    11 october 2017 16:41:29
    KIgali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye, on Wednesday strongly rejected a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), saying it has painted a controversial bleak picture of human rights situation in the country Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Hundreds demonstrate against Djibril Bassole's release on bail
    11 october 2017 16:29:22
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Hundreds of youths on Wednesday took to the streets of the Burkina capital, Ouagadougou, to show their disapproval of the court's decision to release on bail Djibril Bassole, former chief of diplomacy in the deposed regime of Blaise Compaoré. Full text...

  • Mali: Regional conference on security in West Africa to open Thursday in Bamako
    11 october 2017 14:26:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A regional conference, devoted to the security situation in West Africa and the Sahelian region, opens on Thursday in Bamako, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Cameroon: INTERPOL, West, Central African police chiefs meet to counter terror threat
    11 october 2017 12:00:20
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) – With Central and West Africa combating some of the most deadly terrorist organizations in the world, INTERPOL has brought together police chiefs and counter-terrorism experts from the regions to help streamline and enhance ongoing law enforcement efforts. Full text...

  • Kenya: ICRC raises red flag over displacement, spike in violence in DRC
    11 october 2017 10:59:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Violence and repeated armed clashes in several provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are causing alarming levels of human suffering, a top humanitarian aid organization said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: 'The death penalty has no place in the 21st century' – Guterres
    10 october 2017 19:38:58
    New York, US (PANA) – The death penalty does little to deter crimes or serve victims, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, calling on all countries which have not forbidden the extreme practice to urgently stop executions. Full text...

  • Burundi: Enraged man hacks six people with machete, hangs himself in Burundi
    10 october 2017 18:53:49
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Six villagers were hacked to death by 24 year-old Claude Mbarushimana on Monday night in eastern Burundi's Karusi province, National Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Over 54% of Tunisian youths wish to migrate illegally - FTDES
    10 october 2017 15:52:26
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Over 54% Tunisian youths wish to migrate for greener pastures abroad, this indication was given on Monday by Rim Bouarouj, head of the Tunisian Forum for economic and social rights, (in French - Forum Tunisien pour les droits économiques et sociaux, FTDES). Full text...

  • South Africa: Durban lashed by massive storm
    10 october 2017 14:37:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Rescue personnel are scrambling to deal with the fallout from a massive storm which has lashed Durban in South Africa. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Gov't denies rumours of 'imminent terrorist attack' in Ouagadougou
    10 october 2017 11:08:47
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Government of Burkina Faso on Tuesday denied reports of an "imminent terrorist attack" in the capital, Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Belgium: Rights group accuses Rwanda military of unlawful detention, torture
    10 october 2017 06:45:01
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – A human rights watchdog has accused Rwanda's military of routinely unlawfully detaining and torturing detainees with "beatings, asphyxiations, mock executions, and electric shocks" in a report released on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UN emergency response fund reaches annual goal of US$450 million, but more needed
    10 october 2017 05:49:20
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations global emergency response fund has reached its 2017 funding target of US$450 million, but much more is required given that the number of people in need of assistance is at a record high. Full text...

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