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  • UN: UN urges governments to protect older persons
    01 october 2016 20:56:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Saturday marked the International Day of Older Persons by encouraging countries to draw attention to and challenge negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older persons and ageing, and to enable older persons to realize their potential to build a life of dignity and human rights. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan rejects French call to investigate chemical weapons report
    01 october 2016 19:48:55
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has objected to a call by the French government for investigation into this week's report by Amnesty International (AI) on the claim that Sudanese forces used chemical weapons in Darfur, arguing that the report was an allegation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army releases 348 Boko Haram suspects
    01 october 2016 19:39:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of activities to mark Nigeria's 56th Independence Day the Nigerian Army on Saturday released 348 suspected but cleared Boko Haram suspects at the Boko Haram epicentre of Maiduguri, Borno State, northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR, AU, African host countries agree on final steps on Rwandan refugees
    30 september 2016 21:49:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and delegations from African countries as well as the African Union (AU) agreed on Friday on final steps to end the protracted Rwandan refugee situation after seven years of negotiations. Full text...

  • South Sudan: '100,000 people trapped in Yei, South Sudan', UNHCR warns
    30 september 2016 16:43:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Urgent humanitarian assistance is needed for some 100,000 people trapped in the South Sudanese town of Yei, where the security situation deteriorated rapidly after renewed conflict broke out in Juba, the capital, in early July, the United Nations refugee agency warned Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army says its troops killed 7 militants in Cross River State
    30 september 2016 14:40:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army said its troops from the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Calabar, in the early hours of Friday killed seven armed militants at Efut Esighi in Bakassi local government area of the south south Cross River State. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UK to support Nigeria in fight to curb oil vandalism, environmental pollution in Niger Delta
    30 september 2016 14:33:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United Kingdom (UK) Minister for Africa and Middle East, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Tobias Ellwood, has pledged to support Nigeria in its quest to end oil vandalism and environmental pollution in the Niger Delta. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum refutes AI chemical weapons report
    30 september 2016 14:23:27
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has categorically refuted a report from Amnesty International (AI) which accused the government of using chemical weapons in fighting against some rebel movements in Jebel Mara area in Darfur, near the border with Chad. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zulu king cleared in hate speech case
    30 september 2016 11:41:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday ruled that Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s did not call for violence against African immigrants although his comments were harmful. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed committee launches guides on curbing sexual exploitation
    30 september 2016 05:43:11
    New York, US (PANA) - A United Nations-backed inter-agency committee on Thursday launched two guides to assist aid workers worldwide in setting up sexual exploitation and abuse prevention and response systems in humanitarian settings. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU renews sanctions on Burundi
    29 september 2016 20:01:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council has renewed the EU restrictive measures against Burundi until 31 October 2017, it was officially announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF doubles funding appeal for children in northeast Nigeria
    29 september 2016 18:44:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revised its humanitarian appeal for Nigeria from US$55 million to US$115 million, in order to be able to assist an additional 750,000 people who can now be reached across conflict-affected areas in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian PM urges population to detest corruption
    29 september 2016 18:04:39
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Calling on the Tunisian population to denounce corruption and illegal enrichment, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Thursday said in a televised address that "prison is the suitable place for outranking corrupt elements." Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty Int'l says chemical weapons used in Sudan's restive Darfur region
    29 september 2016 17:40:20
    New York, US (PANA) - An Amnesty International investigation has gathered horrific evidence of repeated use of what the human rights watchdog believed to be chemical weapons against civilians, including very young children, by Sudanese government forces in one of the most remote regions of Darfur over the past eight months. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Militants bomb another oil pipeline in Niger Delta
    29 september 2016 16:43:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) has bombed a major pipeline belonging to the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company in Delta State, in the Niger Delta region, military and community sources confirmed the attack Thursday saying it was on a delivery line and that the bombing was carried out early morning. Full text...

  • UN: ICC examines situation in Gabon
    29 september 2016 16:33:38
    New York, US (PANA) - International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Thursday said the ICC will conduct a preliminary examination on the situation in Gabon in order to establish whether the criteria for opening an investigation are met. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian soldiers 'kill' 9 Boko Haram terrorists
    29 september 2016 07:05:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army says its troops killed nine Boko Haram terrorists and wounded several others in a gun battle on Wednesday in the northeastern city of Bulabulin, Borno State. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta mourns Israeli statesman Shimon Peres
    28 september 2016 18:42:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has described Israel's former President Shimon Peres, who died on Wednesday, as a "man of courage who fought for peace and resolutely defended democracy." Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants thorough investigation into killing of Somali journalist
    28 september 2016 13:08:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Somali authorities should thoroughly and credibly investigate the fatal shooting of radio journalist, Abdiaziz Ali, and swiftly bring his killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Replica of Mandela's cell to tour South Africa
    28 september 2016 08:31:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A replica of Nelson Mandela’s infamous Robben Island cell will travel to schools around South Africa to enable youths to see and experience the harrowing conditions the world statesman endured in jail. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN Human Rights Council discusses situations in Libya, DRC, Burundi
    28 september 2016 06:08:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, has expressed concern about the human rights situation in Libya saying it is distressing with little hope of resolution in immediate sight. Full text...

  • UN: UN condemns attacks on relief workers in Central African Republic
    27 september 2016 17:50:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Tuesday condemned the recent attacks on humanitarian workers in the northern town of Kaga Bandoro, located in the Nana Gribizi prefecture in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UN: WFP may suspend school meals programme in Mali
    27 september 2016 17:28:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday cautioned that unless it receives US$3 million in urgent funding, it will have to suspend its school meals programme in Mali, affecting nearly 180,000 children in about 1,000 schools. Full text...

  • US: World Tourism Council urges tourism sector to be disability-friendly
    27 september 2016 14:13:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Mr. David Scowsill, has stressed the need for the tourism sector to be more accessible by ensuring their facilities are disability-friendly, saying that "tourism needs to take accessibility requirements seriously." Full text...

  • Botswana: Obama congratulates Khama on Botswana's golden jubilee
    27 september 2016 13:52:28
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – America’s President Barack Obama has shared a solidarity with Botswana ahead of the country’s 50th birthday, to be celebrated on Friday. Full text...

  • The Netherlands: Amnesty International hails 'landmark ICC verdict' against Al-Mahdi
    27 september 2016 11:57:10
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, says Tuesday’s International Criminal Court (ICC) conviction of Ahmad Al Faqi Al-Mahdi, a senior member of the Ansar Eddine armed group, must be the first step towards broader accountability for all crimes committed during Mali’s 2012 conflict. Full text...

  • The Netherlands: ICC jails jihadist 9 years for destroying Mali historic, religious buildings
    27 september 2016 11:45:03
    The Hague, The Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court on Tuesday jailed Ahmad Al Faqi Al-Mahdi, a senior member of the Ansar Eddine armed group, for nine years for destroying historic mausoleums in Timbuktu, Mali. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty Int'l to launch new report on Darfur war crimes 29 September
    26 september 2016 14:49:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, will on 29 September in New York, US, launch a new report exposing war crimes and other horrific human rights violations committed by Sudanese government forces against civilians in Jebel Marra in Sudan's Darfur region, including compelling evidence of the extensive use of chemical weapons. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum will not help opposition against South Sudanese govt
    26 september 2016 14:44:22
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA) - Khartoum on Monday said Sudan will not serve as a launching pad for any armed opposition activities against South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: ICC engages 800 visitors on justice-related issues
    26 september 2016 14:07:16
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 800 people visited the International Criminal Court (ICC) headquarters at The Hague, Netherlands, on Sunday, when the ICC opened its doors to the public to mark "The Hague International Day", a statement said on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Four Nigerian soldiers die in Boko Haram ambush
    26 september 2016 09:44:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army said on Monday that four soldiers have been killed by Boko Haram's Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Borno State, the epicentre of the terrorists' mayhem in northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria Army, Boko Haram clash claims many lives
    26 september 2016 06:51:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – It was a bloody Sunday in Nigeria as the Nigerian Army announced that four of its soldiers and 22 Boko Haram terrorists died in a gunfight in Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram faction leader gives conditions on release of Chibok girls
    25 september 2016 16:50:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The embattled leader of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau, on Sunday released a 38-minute video on YouTube, saying that the over 200 girls abducted from a secondary school in Chibok on 14 April, 2014 will not be released unless the Nigerian government releases all Boko Haram insurgents from prison custody. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan rejects US appeals court ruling on compensations to USS Cole victims
    25 september 2016 09:49:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan says it will appeal a ruling by a US court of appeals that ordered payment of hundreds of millions of dollars to victims of an American warship, USS Cole, attacked by Al Qaeda in 2000. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan dispatches humanitarian assistance to South Sudan
    25 september 2016 09:38:54
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government on Saturday moved by river 2,500 tons of food and shelter items in aid to needy people in South Sudan, Khartoum daily newspapers said on Sunday, reporting from central Sudan’s river port of Rabak. Full text...

  • UN: Senior UN officials seek accountability for human trafficking crimes
    24 september 2016 22:26:26
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials on Saturday called for those responsible for human rights violations and crimes associated with human trafficking and forced migration to be held accountable, noting that some of the crimes committed in this respect may amount to atrocity crimes. Full text...

  • UN: LCDs will miss 2021 targets without global support - UN deputy chief
    24 september 2016 19:47:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Unless progress speeds up considerably with full support from the international community, the world's least developed countries (LDCs) will miss the growth and productivity targets they have set themselves by the target date of 2021, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson warned on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: Swazi PM says global integration vital for SDGs, climate change pact
    24 september 2016 19:11:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Swaziland's Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini on Saturday said although the UN was forging the collective momentum needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and tackle climate change, but there is need for more global integration, in order to transform the world and achieve the desired results. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Militants in Nigeria's Bakassi Peninsula kills one soldier, two missing
    24 september 2016 19:00:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Saturday said militants in the Bakassi Peninsula, know as "Bakassi Strike Force", killed one of its soldiers while two others are "missing in action" at its location in the Niger Delta region of Cross River State. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian militant group resumes hostilities, blow up oil export line
    24 september 2016 18:17:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - In a surprise move, the main militant group, Niger Delta Avengers bombed the Bonny 48 inches crude oil export line, citing the Nigerian government inconsistencies in handling issues relating to the Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • UN: Africa’s Sahel region leaders stress need to keep peace, combat terrorism
    24 september 2016 17:54:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Peace and security are vital conditions for security and development, leaders from Africa’s Sahel region told the UN General Assembly on Saturday, laying out their plans to end conflict, counter terrorism and striving to achieve the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Agenda. Full text...

  • UN: Southern African leaders urge climate action, UN Security Council reform
    24 september 2016 15:36:07
    New York, US (PANA) - As Botswana prepares for its 50th anniversary, on 30 September, Vice-President Mokgweetsi Masisi said the country has made remarkable journey from one of the world’s poorest nations to a middle income country. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief tasks development partners on Lake Chad Basin
    23 september 2016 20:28:02
    New York, US (PANA) - More support from donors is urgently needed to expand efforts seeking to improve the lives of those affected by the humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin region, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said on Friday, imploring the international community to rally behind a new call for action. Full text...

  • US: US govt lauds UN Security Council resolution on nuclear-test ban
    23 september 2016 19:52:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government has welcomed the adoption on Friday of a UN Security Council Resolution 2310 on support for continued moratoria on nuclear explosive testing and broad international support for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), 20 years after the treaty’s opening for signature. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 300,000 Burundian refugees in neighbouring countries - UNHCR
    23 september 2016 19:38:35
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The number of people fleeing violence, threats, extrajudicial killings, abduction, torture and persecution in Burundi has passed the 300,000 mark some 18 months after the political crisis in the Central African nation erupted in April last year, the UN refugee agency said in a statement made available on Friday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights experts call for halt to violent repression in DRC
    23 september 2016 19:25:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN human rights experts on Friday urged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to put an immediate end to its disproportionate use of force against peaceful assembly and expression. Full text...

  • UN: ICC monitoring recent deadly violence in DRC - Prosecutor
    23 september 2016 19:09:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, on Friday said the ICC was monitoring the recent deadly violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which claimed some lives and left others injured Full text...

  • UN: Touadera lauds int'l community for stability in CAR
    23 september 2016 18:36:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the Central African Republic (CAR), Faustin Archange Touadera, on Friday paid tribute to the entire UN system and the wider international community for helping the country to return to stability and constitutional legality. Full text...

  • UN: US gives US$41 million humanitarian support to Lake Chad Basin region
    23 september 2016 18:35:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Friday announced more than US$41 million in additional humanitarian assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict and severe food insecurity in Nigeria and throughout the Lake Chad Basin region, where more than 6 million people need emergency food assistance, and 2.6 million people are displaced. Full text...

  • Kenya: Slain Muslim cleric's widow charged over ISIS attack in Mombasa
    23 september 2016 16:09:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Hanniya Saggar, the widow of slain Muslim cleric, Aboud Rogo, has been charged with failing to report to the Police about the activities of an all-women terror gang which attacked a Mombasa police station, prosecutors said on Friday. Full text...

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