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  • UN: UN chief stresses power of friendship to overcome divisions
    30 july 2016 15:08:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Observing the International Day of Friendship, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday said the accumulation of bonds of camaraderie around the world can contribute to fundamental shifts that are needed to address global challenges. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy calls for accountability in remembering Walikale mass rape in DRC
    30 july 2016 14:56:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the six-year remembrance of a mass rape of more than 300 civilian residents of the Walikale region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by armed groups, the UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict, Ms. Zainab Bangura has called on the international community to be relentless in seeking accountability for the crimes. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir maintains stance against International Criminal Court
    30 july 2016 14:28:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's President Omar Bashir has said his government “does not rebel against the international community but rather rejects injustice” a reference to the International Criminal Court with which Sudan has refused to cooperate. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges stronger action to protect millions from human trafficking
    29 july 2016 19:25:51
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said the international community must do more to end the inhumane practice of human trafficking and protect migrants and refugees, particularly young people, women and children from those who attempt to exploit their opportunity for a better future. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Schools slam Turkish govt.'s request for closure of Turkish schools in Nigeria
    29 july 2016 15:34:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian/Turkish Universities and Colleges have described as spurious and baseless the request by the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Cakil, for the 17 schools owned by Turkish nationals in Nigeria to be shut. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Multinational joint force captures strategic border town from Boko Haram terrorists
    29 july 2016 15:03:47
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - The Multinational Joint Task force (MNJTF) has announced the capture and occupation of Damasak, a border town between Nigeria and Niger Republic that remained one of the last frontiers of Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...

  • US: 'Victims in cases against Hissene Habre awarded reparation'
    29 july 2016 14:57:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, on Friday said the decision to grant reparation to thousands of victims in cases against former Chadian president Hissene Habre marks a significant moment in their long and determined quest for justice. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN suspends humanitarian assistance in northeast Nigeria over Boko Haram ambush
    29 july 2016 06:39:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Following Thursday’s attack on a humanitarian convoy by the Boko Haram insurgents, the United Nations says it has temporarily suspended humanitarian assistance missions in northeast Nigeria pending review of the security situation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 2 soldiers, 3 UN staff, others wounded in Boko Haram ambush
    29 july 2016 06:25:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Army troops returning from the embattled northeastern Nigeria city of Bama were on Thursday ambushed by Boko Haram terrorists resulting in injury to two soldiers. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council calls for increased military cooperation to fight Boko Haram
    29 july 2016 05:40:20
    New York, US (PANA) – While welcoming recent political developments recently observed in West Africa, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday stressed the need to increase military cooperation between the States in the region and Sahel to fight against the terrorist group Boko Haram. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Aid agencies say violence fuels South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis
    28 july 2016 16:53:30
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Violence and insecurity continue in Juba, capital of South Sudan, and are spreading to other states despite a fragile ceasefire in a country where half the population relies on humanitarian aid, Oxfam and nine other aid agencies warned Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa: National broadcaster backs down over fired journalists
    28 july 2016 13:49:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The SA National Editors' Forum (SANEF) on Thursday hailed the public broadcaster’s decision to allow its fired journalists to be reinstated following a legal battle and public outcry. Full text...

  • Zambia: Millions in southern Africa at risk, says humanitarian agencies
    28 july 2016 13:45:51
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Humanitarian agencies in southern Africa have called on donors to release urgently needed funds to save the lives and sustain the livelihoods of millions of people affected by a severe El Niño-induced drought in the region. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body demands release of prisoners of conscience in DRC
    28 july 2016 13:38:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The release on Wednesday of six youth activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) under a presidential pardon is an exercise in window dressing unless all prisoners of conscience and others detained for peaceful exercise of their human rights are freed, according to Human Rights Body, Amnesty International (AI). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army begins amphibious training exercise for possible war against Niger Delta
    28 july 2016 13:26:23
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - The Nigerian Army will Friday begin a three-day training exercise, code named “Exercise crocodile smile”, aimed at preparing its troops for engagement in amphibious and internal security operations in Riverine environment against Niger Delta militants. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Rights group says South Sudan govt forces committing war crimes
    28 july 2016 06:36:03
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International on Thursday released a report which, it says, reveals the true horror suffered by civilians in South Sudan at the hands of government forces after the August 2015 peace agreement was signed. Full text...

  • US: 'Root causes of Boko Haram threat in Lake Chad Basin must be tackled'
    28 july 2016 06:00:00
    New York, US (PANA) - To bring an end to the Boko Haram threat in the Lake Chad Basin region, affected countries must address the root causes that contributed to the emergence of the group, including the social, economic and political grievances of marginalized communities, the top United Nations political affairs official has said. Full text...

  • Botswana: Khama challenged to act on Zimbabwe's police brutality
    27 july 2016 18:57:07
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Civil Society Solidarity Coalition for Zimbabwe (BOCISCOZ) has condemned increased police brutality in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • UN: UN anti-crime chief urges greater youth advocacy to fight terrorism
    27 july 2016 17:24:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Terrorism is now more of a threat to international peace and security than ever, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, warned Wednesday, calling for greater efforts to tackle links between crime and terrorism and for increased advocacy among youth. Full text...

  • Rwanda: HRW accuses Burundi of gang rapes by ruling party youth
    27 july 2016 15:23:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Members of Burundi ruling party’s youth league, known as "Imbonerakure" (Those who see from far), have repeatedly gang-raped women since a wave of political protests began in 2015, the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has charged in a new report made available Wednesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Ghana: Radio panellists, host jailed for contempt
    27 july 2016 15:17:14
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Supreme Court on Wednesday jailed two panellists on a political talk show on an Accra-based radio station and the host of the programme for four months each for contempt. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says another journalist arrested in South Sudan
    27 july 2016 14:55:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in South Sudan to immediately release journalist Michael Christopher who was arrested in the capital, Juba, on 23 July. Full text...

  • US: Security Council extends UN CAR Mission through 2017
    27 july 2016 06:11:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) until 15 November 2017, keeping an authorized troop ceiling of 10,750 military personnel intact and providing time for the mission to assess the post-transition process in the country. Full text...

  • US: US condemns Mogadishu suicide bombings
    27 july 2016 05:45:16
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which took place near the international airport, and restated its commitment to the country's progress towards peace. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC appeals for US$2.4bn support to face El Niño-induced drought
    26 july 2016 19:00:02
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Tuesday launched a Regional Appeal for Humanitarian and Recovery Support amounting to US$2.4 billion to support humanitarian needs as drought looms in the region. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR appeals for US$115.4 million to support returning Somali refugees
    26 july 2016 18:39:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday appealed to donors for an additional US$115.4 million to fund the voluntary return and reintegration of Somali refugees from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp. Full text...

  • Somali: AMISOM condemns terror attack in Mogadishu
    26 july 2016 18:24:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The African Union Mission in Somalia has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that occurred early Tuesday near the Mogadishu International Airport (MIA). Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says 4,000 South Sudanese fleeing into Uganda daily
    26 july 2016 17:35:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Recent fighting in South Sudan has forced 37,491 people to flee to Uganda in the past three weeks, averaging more than 4,000 a day in the past week, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy condemns terrorist attack near Mogadishu airport
    26 july 2016 13:56:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating, has strongly condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack in the vicinity of Mogadishu International Airport that killed dozens of people. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU names head of maritime capacity building in Horn of Africa
    26 july 2016 11:38:33
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Commission on Tuesday announced the appointment of Ms Maria-Cristina Stepanescu, a senior police officer from Romania, as Head of the European Union (EU) mission on regional maritime capacity building in the Horn of Africa, EUCAP Nestor. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU appoints head of mission in Niger
    26 july 2016 11:34:00
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A senior diplomat from Finland, Ms Kirsi Henriksson, has been appointed Head of the European Union mission in Niger (EUCAP Sahel Niger), the European Council announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tutu's personal message goes viral on the Internet
    26 july 2016 11:30:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A beautiful personal letter from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to an American toddler has gone viral on the Internet. Full text...

  • Congo: Rights group condemns jailing of Congolese opposition leader Makaya
    26 july 2016 06:09:45
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has condemned the jailing of Congolese opposition leader, Paulin Makaya, and called for his unconditional release. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta Avengers blow up gas pipeline
    25 july 2016 21:51:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), on Monday claimed responsibility for the attack on a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) gas pipeline at Nsit-Ibom in the oil-rich Akwa Ibom State. Full text...

  • UN: International Organization for Migration becomes UN agency
    25 july 2016 18:47:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution approving an agreement to make the International Organization for Migration (IOM) part of the UN system. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army ready to move against Niger Delta militants if dialogue fails
    25 july 2016 18:39:21
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - The Nigerian Army said on Monday it would resort to use of force if government dialogue with the Niger Delta militants fail. Full text...

  • Botswana:Botswana civil society calls for intensified awareness on human trafficking
    25 july 2016 18:32:58
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s civil society has implored government to increase public education efforts on human trafficking. Full text...

  • South Africa: University under fire for barring Danish journalist
    25 july 2016 11:14:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The University of Cape Town (UCT) has come under fire after barring a Danish journalist from addressing a student gathering because his magazine sparked a global outcry after publishing a series of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed in 2005. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian soldiers kill 2 Boko Haram terrorists
    25 july 2016 09:22:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army says its troops killed two Boko Haram terrorists in the northern State of Borno on Sunday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kenyan arrested in Rwanda for alleged human trafficking
    24 july 2016 19:12:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan security agents have arrested a Kenyan national for allegedly luring three young Burundian ladies into prostitution in Saudi Arabia, Rwandan police spokesperson confirmed on Sunday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari consoles Germany on Munich attack
    24 july 2016 13:03:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep shock at the shootings which rocked Munich, Germany, on Friday, killing at least 9 persons. Full text...

  • Gambia: US condemns harsh sentences, calls for release of prisoners in Gambia
    23 july 2016 19:44:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The United States has condemned the harsh sentences passed on 30 people this week in Gambia, including a U.S. citizen, for protesting peacefully, PANA reported Saturday quoting a press statement by John Kirby, Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson for the Bureau of Public Affairs in Washington, DC. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army kills 78 Boko Haram terrorists
    23 july 2016 19:31:12
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - Nigerian Army troops in the northeastern State of Borno have killed over 78 Boko Haram terrorists in coordinated sundry clearance operations intended to mop up remnants of the insurgents, a military official said Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's secret service arrests leading Niger Delta militant
    23 july 2016 18:27:05
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - Nigeria's Department of State Security (DSS) on Saturday announced the arrest of a leading Niger Delta militant, three Boko Haram terrorists and other kidnappers. . Full text...

  • US: US government condemns renewed fighting in northern Mali
    23 july 2016 17:39:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government has condemned the renewed violence between armed groups in Kidal, northern Mali, which erupted on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Congolese musician deported from Kenya after airport fiasco
    23 july 2016 14:13:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Congolese musician Koffi Olomide has been deported from Kenya a day after his arrest in Nairobi on suspicion of breaking the terms of his entry visa, a government official said Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints deputy UN envoy in Central African Republic
    23 july 2016 09:21:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mr. Fabrizio Hochschild of Chile as new UN Deputy Special Representative for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy urges better protection for children affected by armed conflict in Somalia
    23 july 2016 09:07:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Concluding a six-day visit to Somalia late Friday, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui called for better protection of children caught up in armed conflict and urged the country's authorities to treat former child soldiers as victims in need of protection rather than as criminals. Full text...

  • UN: UN counter-terrorism official urges cohesive response to terrorism
    22 july 2016 22:13:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr, Jean-Paul Laborde, Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), says with more than 30,000 foreign terrorist fighters from some 100 countries around the world, terrorism is a global threat requiring a comprehensive and unified response. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches e-learning programme to tackle sexual abuses in field missions
    22 july 2016 21:50:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Department of Field Support (DFS), which is responsible for providing logistical support to UN field missions across the world, on Friday in New York launched a new mandatory online programme for all uniformed and civilian personnel to strengthen training on the standards of conduct, with a special focus on sexual exploitation and abuse. Full text...

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