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  • Gambia: 'Gambia inherited legal liability bill in excess of US$2 million under Jammeh'
    22 may 2017 20:50:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia inherited legal liability bill in excess of two billion dalasis (about US$ 2,325,581) because of actions of former President Yahya Jammeh and some of his close associates, according to the Gambian Attorney General And Justice Minister, Ba Tambadou. Full text...

  • Libya: UN refugee agency ramps up response as Libya’s humanitarian crisis deepens
    22 may 2017 20:21:02
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Conflict, insecurity, political instability and a collapsing economy have contributed to the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Libya, prompting the United Nations refugee agency to announce plans to step-up its presence and programmes there. Full text...

  • Gambia: Govt readies ground for truth, reconciliation commission
    22 may 2017 20:01:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia plans to set up a truth and reconciliation commission to give victims of abuses a voice and share their stories, while perpetrators would have the opportunity to tell the truth about those abuses in a manner that normal criminal proceedings would not permit, Attorney General and Justice minister Ba Tambadou said on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian govt freezes ex-president Jammeh's assets
    22 may 2017 19:37:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's Attorney General and Justice minister Ba Tambadou said Monday that his office has obtained a court order to freeze or place on temporary hold assets of former president Yahya Jammeh and companies directly associated with him. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID urges restraint amid renewed clashes in Darfur region
    22 may 2017 18:19:27
    El Fasher, Sudan (PANA) - Fighting has been taking place in the past few days between Government of Sudan forces and rebel movements in the restive North and East Darfur region of western Sudan, with reports of multiple casualties, according to the international peacekeeping force in the region. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana removes illegal immigrants from capital city
    22 may 2017 16:56:49
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Police Service (BPS) has embarked on a clean-up campaign to rid the capital, Gaborone, of illegal immigrants. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African film scoops major awards
    22 may 2017 14:07:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Nigerian-born South African filmmaker, Akin Omotoso, has expressed disbelief after his latest film, Vaya, received 11 nominations in all the top categories of the 2017 Africa Movie Academy Awards (Amaas) – the most any film on the continent has received. Full text...

  • Senegal: DRC has world’s highest number of people fleeing conflict internally - NGO
    22 may 2017 06:16:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Over 922,000 people were forced to flee their homes inside the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2016, a humanitarian organisation reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: More than 31 million people displaced within their own country in 2016 - NGO
    22 may 2017 06:01:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Conflict, violence and disasters caused 31.1 million new internal displacements in 2016, according to a new report released on Monday by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). Full text...

  • Sudan: Human rights expert assesses human rights situation in Sudan
    21 may 2017 18:58:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - At the end of his 11-day visit to Sudan to assess the human rights situation in the Sudan, UN Independent Expert, Aristide Nononsi, says there are still unaddressed human rights issues, including the detention of human rights activist Mudawi Ibrahim, censorship of newspapers and restrictions on freedom of expression. Full text...

  • Sudan: Government forces beat back Darfur rebels
    21 may 2017 18:40:51
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) on Saturday repulsed attacks by Darfur rebels entering North Darfur and East Darfur states from Libya and South Sudan. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Catholic faithfuls celebrate "Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima"
    21 may 2017 10:42:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has sued for religious tolerance, with love and solidarity in the family, noting that “Heaven is meant to accommodate everyone and not just a few.” Full text...

  • UN: UN chief calls for calm following deadly attack on Libya's southern airbase
    21 may 2017 10:22:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, is deeply concerned about the military escalation at the Brak al-Shati air base in southern Libya and calls on all parties to exercise restraint and restore calm, the UN chief's spokesman said on Saturday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN report exposes rights violations against civilians in South Sudan town
    20 may 2017 08:05:34
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – A United Nations report has documented human rights violations and abuses against civilians that may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity, in what used to be a peaceful multi-ethnic town in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Mozambique: UN, Mozambique host forum to fight trafficking of people with albinism
    20 may 2017 08:04:57
    Pemba, Mozambique (PANA) – United Nations agencies are joining forces with governments in Southern Africa in a push to strengthen protections for persons with albinism, who often fall victim to a raft of abuses, including maiming, trafficking and even murder, linked to the belief that their parts have magical powers in witchcraft potions. Full text...

  • CAR: WFP sends rations to war-torn Central African Republic
    20 may 2017 08:04:19
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The United Nations emergency food agency has started dispatching supplies by air and road to the Central African Republic (CAR), where violence erupted in March and has since claimed the lives of more than 120 people, it was announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Visa Index shows more Africans move freely across borders
    19 may 2017 19:07:39
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Africans were able to travel more freely across the continent in 2016, as visa openness levels improved from 2015, according to the second edition of the 'Africa Visa Openness Index' launched Friday by the African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with the African Union Commission and the World Economic Forum. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Thousands of migrants rescued on Mediterranean Sea crossing in a single day
    19 may 2017 18:43:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Nearly 3,000 migrants were rescued trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to the United Nations migration agency, which also reported that more than a dozen rescue operations were under way in the area since Thursday. Full text...

  • Botswana: 3 Botswana students excel in Cambridge Int'l Examinations
    19 may 2017 14:09:59
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Three students from Botswana have received prestigious awards from the Cambridge International Examinations Board for outstanding performances in the November 2016 Cambridge examinations. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Three suicide bombers die in failed attacks in northeast Nigeria
    19 may 2017 11:46:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Three male Boko Haram suicide bombers have died in a failed coordinated attempt to attack hostels of University of Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Kenya: EAC leaders asked to prioritise human rights crisis in Burundi
    19 may 2017 11:14:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The East African Community (EAC) must prioritise ending human rights violations in Burundi, and provide the renewed political leadership and commitment needed to end the crisis, human rights watchdog Amnesty International on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian military dismisses TI's corruption allegation against it
    18 may 2017 17:09:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Thursday condemned “in strong terms” the latest Transparency International (TI) report alleging massive graft in the defence procurement in the military in the last two years. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir invited to a summit attended by US president, Trump
    18 may 2017 17:00:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir, has received an invitation to take part in the American-Muslim Summit on 21 May to be addressed by US President Donald Trump. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Suicide bomber attack in northeast Nigeria injures two soldiers
    18 may 2017 14:24:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – At least two soldiers were injured on Wednesday when a female suicide bomber attacked a military post located behind a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Konduga town of Borno State in northeast Nigeria, according to Nigeria Police. Full text...

  • US: Number of refugee and migrant children travelling alone since 2010 up 500% – UNICEF
    18 may 2017 06:32:43
    New York, US (PANA) – The global number of refugee and migrant children moving alone has reached a record high, increasing nearly five-fold since 2010, UNICEF said on Wednesday in New York in a new report. Full text...

  • US: Humanitarian crisis in Somalia 'deteriorating' - UN official
    18 may 2017 06:15:05
    New York, US (PAN) - The humanitarian crisis in Somalia is worsening, a senior United Nations official has told the Security Council, calling for more than US$800 million in aid to offset the impact of a severe drought in a country that is already battling insecurity and poverty. Full text...

  • Italy: UN food security forum appeals for relief to countries facing famine
    17 may 2017 19:54:33
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – With famine looming in four countries, the United Nations-backed Committee on World Food Security (CFS) on Wednesday stressed the need to rally support for both immediate relief to people at risk and for longer-term initiatives. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Another abducted Chibok schoolgirl rescued in northeast Nigeria
    17 may 2017 19:30:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday announced the recovery of another Chibok schoolgirl, 12 days after the release through negotiations of a set of 82 of the girls abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria condemns mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire, urges restraint
    17 may 2017 14:53:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government on Wednesday condemned, “in strong terms”, the recent developments in Cote d’Ivoire in which a small fraction of the country’s Armed Forces mutinied against the Government. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: UN chief welcomes return to calm after unrest in Cote d'Ivoire
    17 may 2017 13:27:50
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has commended the Ivorian government for restoring security following a mutiny over pay, his spokesperson said. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNESCO's Africa Week in Paris to focus on youth
    17 may 2017 12:08:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Investing in the youth of Africa will be the theme of the 2017 edition of UNESCO’s Africa Week, which will be held at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris, France, from 22 to 24 May. Full text...

  • Mali: New peacekeeping chief praises Mali's support for UN mission
    17 may 2017 06:28:12
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – During his first working visit to Mali, United Nations peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix on Tuesday met in the capital, Bamako, with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and other senior Malian officials, whom he thanked for their constructive and sustained cooperation with the UN integrated mission in the country, known by the French acronym, MINUSMA. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian opposition leader says his detention is 'minor setback'
    16 may 2017 17:22:44
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who is detained on treason charges, on Tuesday urged his supporters and sympathizers not to worry about him, describing his detention as a minor setback. Full text...

  • US: UN human rights chief concerned about increasing violence in Central African Republic
    16 may 2017 16:53:56
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday expressed grave alarm over the spread of violence by armed groups against the civilian population in several parts of Central African Republic (CAR) in recent months, as well as attacks against UN peacekeepers in the country's southeast. Full text...

  • Switzerland: China gives IOM US$1 million for Somalia work
    16 may 2017 11:58:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - William Lacy Swing, Director General of the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) has signed an agreement with China’s Ministry of Commerce for US$1 million of multi-sector assistance, that will support IOM efforts to help internally displaced persons, vulnerable communities and returnees in Somalia. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU High Representative defends rights of LGBTI persons
    16 may 2017 11:46:50
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Tuesday celebrated the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia stating it is a timely opportunity to remind governments of their obligation to promote the universality of human rights and ensure that everyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, enjoys these rights without discrimination. Full text...

  • Senegal: Rights group deplores attacks on human rights activists in West, Central Africa
    16 may 2017 06:26:55
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Human rights defenders, journalists and protesters in West and Central Africa are facing ever-higher levels of persecution, intimidation and violence, warned human rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday as it launched a new global campaign demanding an end to the onslaught of attacks against brave individuals standing up to injustice. Full text...

  • US: Sexual violence in conflict ‘legitimate threat’ to peace, security – UN deputy chief
    15 may 2017 20:33:53
    New York, US (PANA) – Although global understanding of sexual violence in conflict is shifting, there remains the need to tackle the root causes of such violations that lie in fundamental inequality and discrimination against women, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the United Nations Security Council on Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: AU PSC delegation on tour of Darfur region
    15 may 2017 19:36:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A Sudanese government official has commended the role played by the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) for achievement of peace and stability in the restive western Sudan region. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow underlines government's commitment to rule of law
    15 may 2017 18:28:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has said his government is committed to the promotion of the principles of an independent judiciary and the rule of law. Full text...

  • Belgium: European Council adopts conclusions in indigenous people
    15 may 2017 16:34:17
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union (EU) on Monday highlighted the crucial importance of enhancing opportunities for dialogue with indigenous peoples at all levels of EU cooperation. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN, partners seek US$1.4 billion for South Sudan refugee crisis
    15 may 2017 13:44:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations refugees and food relief agencies on Monday urged donors to step up support for people fleeing crisis-hit South Sudan as the US$1.4 billion response plan remains 86 per cent unfunded. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group says Ugandan troops sexually abused CAR women
    15 may 2017 07:04:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Ugandan soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) have sexually exploited or abused at least 13 women and girls since 2015, including at least one rape, and threatened some victims to remain silent, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Full text...

  • US: UN chief 'outraged' by latest attacks in CAR, warns they could be war crimes
    14 may 2017 19:49:59
    New York, US (PANA) – Strongly condemning the latest attacks against civilians and the United Nations in Central African Republic (CAR), Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday urged authorities to investigate and bring those responsible to justice. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNDP Goodwill envoy pleads for starving families on Mother's Day
    14 may 2017 13:40:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Connie Britton has appealed to the global community to think about the plight of 20 million mothers and families around the world who are struggling to survive amidst conflict and starvation. Full text...

  • Central African Republic: Armed group attacks civilians, UN in CAR
    14 may 2017 06:50:23
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The United Nations peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic is sending reinforcements to the south-eastern town of Bangassou, where an armed group opened fire on civilians overnight on Friday killing an undisclosed number and at least one UN peacekeeper. Full text...

  • Sudan: Two Sudanese soldiers killed in Yemeni war
    13 may 2017 17:40:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Two Sudanese soldiers were killed on Saturday in Yemen and an unspecified number of others were injured while carrying out military operations aimed at restoring legitimacy, the Sudanese Army has disclosed. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir orders RSF soldiers to end tribal conflict, lawlessness in Sudan
    13 may 2017 13:39:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir on Saturday praised the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) for its contribution to security and peace and for conquering the rebellion in South Kordufan and Darfur regions. Full text...

  • Central African Republic: UN honours fallen ‘blue helmets’
    13 may 2017 07:47:55
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) held a memorial ceremony on Friday in honour of five peacekeepers who lost their lives after their convoy was attacked in the south-eastern part of the country earlier this week. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN refugee agency revises funding appeal for displaced Somalis
    13 may 2017 07:39:43
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations refugee agency has increased its funding appeal by US$91 million to meet the humanitarian needs of Somali refugees in the region and the people displaced inside the Horn of Africa country. Full text...

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