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  • UN: UN appeals for US$1 bn to address humanitarian crisis in northeast Nigeria
    02 december 2016 19:59:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Friday launched a US$1 billion funding appeal to address the humanitarian crisis in north-eastern Nigeria due to the activities of Boko Haram terror group. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR urges govts to recognize people fleeing war-plagued countries
    02 december 2016 19:47:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Faced with record displacement due to conflict, the UN has moved to reinforce the global refugee protection regime by issuing new guidelines on dealing with people fleeing their country because of war, who are not recognized as refugees by some governments. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI says human rights, justice must be priority in Gambia's new era
    02 december 2016 18:43:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Championing human rights and justice for all must be a priority in Gambia under new government, Amnesty International (AI) said Friday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Govt. re-opens internet connection, international telephone calls
    02 december 2016 14:55:55
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government has reopened the internet connection and international telephone calls to the public shortly after Adama Barrow defeated President Yahya Jammeh in the 1 December. Full text...

  • South Africa: Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital launched in Johannesburg
    02 december 2016 13:48:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The dream of former South African President, Nelson Mandela, became a reality on Friday with the opening of a magnificent children’s hospital in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts task int'l community on preventing 'ethnic cleansing' in South Sudan
    01 december 2016 20:13:50
    New York, US (PANA) - A team of UN human rights experts on Thursday called on the international community to take immediate action to avert mass bloodshed in South Sudan, as well as other human rights abuses, as they wrapped up a 10-day visit to the crisis-torn country. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Uganda to drop all charges against journalist
    01 december 2016 15:34:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ugandan authorities should immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against Kenya Television Network (KTN) reporter and anchor, Joy Doreen Biira, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian parliament urges urgent presidential intervention to halt starvation, malnutrition in North East
    01 december 2016 14:43:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian House of Representatives Thursday passed a resolution demanding that the federal government intervene urgently to stop the growing incidents of malnutrition and starvation in the North Eastern Nigeria plagued by Boko Haram terrorism. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Navy begins 5-day exercise in Niger Delta
    01 december 2016 13:51:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Navy Thursday began a five-day exercise in the Niger Delta region, aimed at honing the Navy’s tools in the fight against militants and other criminal elements in the region. Full text...

  • Rwanda: RwandAir acquires 3rd Airbus A330-200 to boost services to US, Europe
    01 december 2016 13:19:14
    Kigali,Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's flag carrier, RwandAir Express, has acquired a new 274-seater Airbus 330-300 as part of a deal to purchase many planes to fly new destinations linking Kigali with Europe and United States, the airline said in a statement made available here Thursday to PANA. Full text...

  • US: UN rights chief outlines enormity of challenges to human rights
    01 december 2016 06:09:21
    New York, US (PANA) – Highlighting the challenges to human rights around the world, the United Nations human rights chief has called on the international community to act collectively for the common good and to do “everything possible” to prevent the situation from deteriorating. Full text...

  • US: US envoy for Africa visits Mali, Ghana
    30 november 2016 19:01:41
    New York, US (PANA) - US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield will Thursday undertake a three-day official mission to Bamako, Mali to participate in meetings with the goal of advancing the country’s peace process, a US State Department said. Full text...

  • UN: UN says many people still face social exclusion, discrimination
    30 november 2016 15:53:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite unprecedented social progress around the world, many people continue to face social exclusion and limited access to social, economic and political opportunities, a new UN report released on Wednesday warned. Full text...

  • UN: UN expresses concern on relief operations constraints in South Sudan
    30 november 2016 15:44:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, has expressed concern over the impact of a series of bureaucratic impediments and access constraints on relief operations in the country. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New crimes inquiry could shed light on French officials' role in 1994 genocide (News Analysis by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent in Rwanda)
    30 november 2016 14:27:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - With diplomatic relations being slowly downgraded between France and Rwanda following recent France's announcement of plans to reopen investigations into the shooting down of a plane carrying former President Juvenal Habyarimana, prosecution authorities in Kigali are also considering, for the first time, to start formal criminal inquiry into the role of French officials in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis. Full text...

  • UN: Nigerian appointed Registrar of Int'l Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
    30 november 2016 11:43:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mr. Olufemi Elias of Nigeria as the Registrar of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, with effect from 1 January 2017. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts task Burundi government on protecting citizens
    29 november 2016 19:34:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Denouncing reports of open intimidation from armed militia against citizens of Burundi, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has called on the government to take immediate effective action to protect its people. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA urges Mauritania to set free remaining anti-slavery convicts
    29 november 2016 17:41:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Following the recent release of five anti-slavery convicts in Mauritania, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Tuesday called on authorities in the country to set free anti-slavery activists remaining in its jails. Full text...

  • UN: LRA commander faces 70 war crimes charges - ICC
    29 november 2016 16:02:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The trial of a Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander, Dominic Ongwen, who is facing 70 war crimes charges, is scheduled to begin on 6 December at the International Criminal Court (ICC), The Hague, Netherlands. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief expresses concern over renewed violence in CAR
    29 november 2016 15:40:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing concerns over last week's renewed violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), which reportedly claimed dozens of lives and displaced more than 11,000 persons, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on the armed groups to immediately and "genuinely" commit to peace. Full text...

  • Sudan: Eleven young Somalis freed from human traffickers
    29 november 2016 09:15:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese police have freed 11 young Somali nationals, comprising eight young women and three boys, from human traffickers in Sudan's north Kordofan, near the border with Libya. Full text...

  • Uganda: Rights group denounces unlawful killings in Uganda
    29 november 2016 07:27:26
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - The Ugandan security forces must not jettison human rights in their handling of the clashes in Kasese, which resulted in at least 62 deaths and hundreds of arrests over the weekend, human rights watchdog Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Mali: 'Trial of former junta leader must bring justice for abductions, torture and murder'
    29 november 2016 06:41:42
    Bamako, Mai (PANA) - Human sights group Amnesty International says the opening of the trial of former Malian junta leader Amadou Haya Sanogo is an important first step to put an end to an agonizing three-year-long wait for justice for those who suffered torture, as well as the murder and enforced disappearances of loved ones, at the hands of his soldiers. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Half the population of CAR needs humanitarian support - UN
    29 november 2016 05:41:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - With nearly half the population in the Central African Republic (CAR) in need of humanitarian assistance, some US$400 million is required over the coming year to shore up relief efforts that will be critical “to save the lives of people who are among the poorest and most forgotten on this planet”, a senior United Nations official has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: British sponsored training for Nigerian military opens in Abuja
    28 november 2016 19:13:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A training programme sponsored by the British Military and Advisory Team (BMATT) for the Nigerian military opened Tuesday in Abuja with Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin stating that the current trend in modern warfare has necessitated the need for joint operations training and planning among members of the Armed Forces. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US Embassy grants Nigerian NGOs US$172,000 for community-based projects
    28 november 2016 19:04:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Embassy in Nigeria on Monday doled out a US$172,000 grant to 30 Nigerian non-governmental organisations for community-based projects under the Ambassador’s Small Grants Programme. Full text...

  • UN: Refugees in Chad face food insecurity
    28 november 2016 17:31:55
    New York, US (PANA) - A joint assessment by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) has revealed that 43 per cent of refugees who have lived in Chad for more than 10 years continue to face a precarious food security situation and require assistance. Full text...

  • Nigeria: South Korea plans innovation centres for Africa
    28 november 2016 16:23:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – South Korea intends to set up technology innovation centres in Africa to share its experience of innovation, the country's Ambassador to Nigeria, Noh Kyu-duk disclosed Monday in Abuja, Nigeria. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU extends mandate of Somalia Operation Atalanta
    28 november 2016 15:52:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Council on Monday announced extension of the mandate of its Naval Force operation, known as EUNAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta, until 31 December, 2018, and also allocated to the operation a budget of slightly over Euro 11 million. Full text...

  • US: US felicitates with Mauritania on national day
    28 november 2016 15:43:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Monday felicitated with Mauritania on its 56th independence anniversary, the US State Department said in a statement. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU draws attention to terrorist financing through nonprofit activities
    28 november 2016 15:40:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has called on member states to review the adequacy of their laws and regulations aimed at controlling the non-profit and financial sectors, in order to prevent the possibility of terrorist organizations posing as legitimate entities. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Trial of deported genocide suspect from Canada postponed to 1 Dec
    28 november 2016 14:42:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The trial of Rwandan national, Jean Claude Seyoboka, 44, who was deported recently from Canada over his alleged role in the genocide of 1994, was adjourned to 1 December, the chief judge of the Rwandan military tribunal announced on Monday. Full text...

  • DR Congo MONUSCO condemns the deadly attack on IDPs at Luhanga
    28 november 2016 09:59:59
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeper force in DR Congo, has "strongly" condemned an attack on Sunday against Hutu displaced families in North Kivu killing more than 20 of them. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army to establish new Division in northwest Nigeria
    28 november 2016 09:44:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army is to establish a Division in Sokoto, northwest Nigeria, to help ensure security and limit the influx of “undesirable elements and weapons" in the areas bordering Niger and Benin Republic, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Yusuf Buratai has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 30 Boko Haram terrorists killed Saturday in North East Nigeria
    27 november 2016 14:53:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – About 30 Boko Haram terrorists were killed on Saturday by Nigerian soldiers when they attempted to ambush a convoy of local government officials and travellers along Bama road in North Eastern Borno State. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condoles Cubans over late ex-president Fidel Castro
    27 november 2016 03:57:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon on Saturday condoled Cubans and the family of former President Fidel Castro Ruz, who died Friday overnight at the age of 90. Full text...

  • US: US condemns terrorist attack in Egypt's North Sinai
    26 november 2016 05:53:15
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has condemned Friday's terrorist attack claimed by Daesh that killed several soldiers at a security checkpoint in North Sinai Governorate in Egypt. Full text...

  • CAR: UN envoy demands protection of civilians as scores killed in CAR violence
    26 november 2016 04:57:09
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has condemned the recent outbreak of ethnic violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) that has killed scores of people. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan daily blames internal procedure for erroneous advert on corruption
    25 november 2016 17:09:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's leading national newspaper, Daily Nation, has apologised to readers for running an advertisement seeking to recruit members of a corruption cartel to join government in order to continue benefiting from tenders after public fury over the announcement. Full text...

  • Kenya: School children recalled from holidays over mathematics test
    25 november 2016 14:34:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government has ordered pupils in their second year of primary education to report to school on 28 November for a day to take part in a survey being undertaken as part of a World Bank funded project to improve literacy in schools, the ministry of education said in a circular to schools on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Top civil servants arrested in major corruption swoop in Kenya
    25 november 2016 12:45:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on Friday arrested 12 senior government officials, including former Principal Secretary in the Planning Ministry, Peter Mangiti, and officials from the National Youth Service (NYS) over a procurement scandal, according to the EACC Chief Executive Officer Halakhe Waqo. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO appeals for US$25 million to tackle food insecurity in north-eastern Nigeria
    25 november 2016 06:08:26
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Warning that ongoing unrest and rising inflation have left more than five million people in restive north-east Nigeria facing acute food insecurity, the United Nations agriculture agency on Thursday appealed for US$25 million through May 2017 to support irrigated vegetable production and micro-gardening in the dry season, as well as rebuild livestock systems. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN expert slams Egyptian travel bans on human rights defenders
    25 november 2016 06:03:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Warning that Egypt's travel bans and other restrictions on the free speech of human rights defenders appear politically motivated to “choke legitimate and democratic debate, both within and outside,” the country, a United Nations rights expert has strongly advised the Government to repeal the existing travel bans and refrain from imposing further restrictions. Full text...

  • Botswana: Media group wants Gabz FM to reinstate suspended employees
    24 november 2016 19:05:10
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – The Botswana Media and Allied Workers Union (BOMAWU) has petitioned one of the country’s leading private radio stations, Gabz FM, to reinstate two of its employees, suspended indefinitely this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Air Force helicopter crashes
    24 november 2016 17:44:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A helicopter which was recently handed over to the Nigerian Air Force, the Agusta AW 101, has crashed at the Nigerian Air Force base, Makurdi, capital of the North Central Benue State. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 2 die in suicide attack in Maiduguri, North East Nigeria
    24 november 2016 17:34:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Two persons were confirmed killed outside a major motor park in Maiduguri, north east Borno State, the epicentre of the Boko Haram attacks, when a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber died after detonating his bomb. Full text...

  • Gambia: AI says ex-govt. official still held incommunicado after 2 months
    24 november 2016 16:35:27
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Rights body, Amnesty International (AI), has expressed concern that Mamadou Sajo Jallow, an ex-deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, is still being held incommunicado for more than two months without access to his family or lawyer. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Navy to fight against Boko Haram
    24 november 2016 07:53:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military says it has deployed Navy troops to the northeastern State of Borno as part of its renewed efforts to end the terrorism of Boko Haram in the area. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army denies 'unfounded' Biafra extra-judicial killings claims
    24 november 2016 07:33:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army has denied a report by human rights group Amnesty International the security forces conducted mass killings of pro-Biafra independence protesters between August 2015 and August 2016, describing it as “unfounded.” Full text...

  • Nigeria: Rights group says Nigerian forces kill 150 pro-Biafra protesters
    24 november 2016 06:22:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says the Nigerian security forces, led by the military, killed at least 150 peaceful pro-Biafra protesters in the south east of the West African country between August 2015 and August 2016. Full text...

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