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  • Nigeria: Boko Haram 'abducts 60 women'
    23 october 2014 10:33:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As the world awaits the release of 218 girls who were abducted from their school by Boko Haram over six months ago, following a ceasefire which the federal government reportedly signed with the terror group last week, suspected sect members have abducted 60 women from two villages in northern Adamawa state. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandans demonstrate against BBC documentary on Rwandan genocide
    23 october 2014 08:26:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Thousands of Rwandans, mainly university students, Wednesday demonstrated on the streets of Kigali against a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) documentary entitled, “Rwanda, the Untold Story”, a PANA correspondent reported from here. Full text...

  • UN: 'Complex web of crises requires human rights-based solutions'
    23 october 2014 08:03:05
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein says at the root of crises confronted by the UN lays a "complex web" of violations of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights requiring solutions that can only come from more emphatic and comprehensive protections. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts urge global action on enforced disappearances
    22 october 2014 22:57:15
    New York US (PANA) - States must take full responsibility to solve all aspects of the issue of enforced disappearances, by prevention, search for the disappeared, punishment for the perpetrators and reparation for the victims, the Chairs of two UN expert bodies addressing the UN General Assembly on the issue said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission in DRC comes under attack, steps up security
    22 october 2014 22:27:03
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as MONUSCO, has stepped up its security following several attacks on its bases in North Kivu, including one on Wednesday, when a large number of youths converged on the premises following an earlier attack on Tuesday which required the evacuation of 12 staff members. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy stresses need for peace in South Sudan
    22 october 2014 21:39:50
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in South Sudan, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Loj, says there is no alternative to silencing the guns in South Sudan and immediately agreeing a comprehensive peace deal so that the country can return to the path of peace and stability. Full text...

  • UN: 'Sustained response to Somalia piracy requires effective State governance'
    22 october 2014 20:55:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Jeffrey Feltman on Wednesday said that a sustained long-term solution to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia must include the presence of effective Somali government and State institutions that provide basic services and alternative ways for people to make a living. Full text...

  • Sudan: More than 60 UNAMID peacekeepers killed in Darfur since 2007
    22 october 2014 18:10:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The number of African peacekeepers killed in Sudan's restive Darfur region has risen to more than 60 since deployment of the force in 2007, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNHCR appeals for assistance to South Sudanese refugees in Sudan
    22 october 2014 17:40:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) -The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday appealed for financial support to assist thousands of South Sudanese who have fled insecurity in their country and found safety in Sudan. Full text...

  • Niger: UN agency grants Niger US$8m for humanitarian operations
    22 october 2014 13:43:56
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) Wednesday granted Niger US$7,962.500 (about 3.8b CFA francs) to support humanitarian operations in the African country, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Niamey said in a statement. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius spends first night in jail
    22 october 2014 12:06:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has spent his first night at Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru II prison, after Judge Thokozile Masipa on Tuesday jailed him five years following his conviction for culpable homicide. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights expert urges dual fight against torture, corruption
    22 october 2014 08:13:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The incidences of torture and ill-treatment around the world have not Full text...

  • UN: Ban deplores expulsion of UN rights officer in DRC
    21 october 2014 22:30:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned last week’s decision by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to expel from the country Mr. Scott Campbell, the top UN human rights official, and urged the government to reconsider its position. Full text...

  • Libya: Seven killed in clashes involving ethnic groups of southern Libya
    21 october 2014 19:51:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Seven people were killed and 23 others injured on Tuesday following an outbreak of armed clashes between members of Toubou and Touareg ethnic communities of southern Libya, hospital sources said. Full text...

  • Malawi: Anti-Corruption Bureau arrests two more over Malawi's 'cashgate' scandal
    21 october 2014 18:11:36
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Tuesday arrested two more persons to face criminal charges related to the so-called 'cashgate' scandal that has already led two public officials to jail after their conviction in court. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Some 500 'Young Leaders' participate in Mandela Washington Fellowship
    21 october 2014 11:42:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Some 500 young people between the ages of 25 and 35 from the African continent have completed a six-week programme in top US universities as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), a diplomatic source said on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius sentenced to five year's imprisonment
    21 october 2014 09:50:18
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – Fallen hero Oscar Pistorius was Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison for killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year. Full text...

  • UN: UN official calls for efforts to combat sexual violence in South Sudan
    21 october 2014 05:59:41
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Somalia condemns attack on AU troops
    21 october 2014 05:35:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia Nicholas Kay has condemned an attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces in Hiiraan region and called for calm as Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy lauds role of women, youths for peace in Great Lakes region
    20 october 2014 17:27:20
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Mr. Said Djinnit on Full text...

  • Kenya: Ali Mazrui, true African patriot, laid to rest in Kenya
    20 october 2014 14:33:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The burial of Prof. Ali Mazrui in Mombasa on Sunday, marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new reflection on what has mostly pushed out Africa’s intellectual giants to exile. Full text...

  • US: UN rights chief condemns DRC's decision to expel UN official
    19 october 2014 18:56:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, Sunday "regrets and condemns" the decision of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to order his top official in the country to leave the country within 48 hours, and Full text...

  • Sudan: EU condemns attacks on peacekeepers in Darfur
    19 october 2014 18:47:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Sunday condemned a recent attack on the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) that left three Ethiopian peacekeepers dead. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Details of Govt-Boko Haram ceasefire 'to be worked out Tuesday'
    19 october 2014 10:20:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Representatives of the Nigerian and Chadian governments as well as Boko Haram are due to meet in N'Djamena, Chad, Tuesday to work out the details of the ceasefire agreement that was reached by the Nigerian government and the terror group on Friday, the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • South Africa: A tale of three trials (Feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent, Johannesburg)
    19 october 2014 08:19:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Three dramatic criminal trials in two continents have this week cast the international spotlight on South Africa and its judicial system. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy calls for joint military action to neutralize rebels in DRC
    18 october 2014 18:46:35
    New York, US (PANA) - In the wake of an overnight attack by suspected Ugandan-based rebels Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council urges int'l community to step up action against ISIL
    18 october 2014 15:33:25
    New Yor, US (PANA) -The UN Security Council has urged the international community to step up measures to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after the terrorist group carried out a spate of brutal attacks in Baghdad and Anbar over the past few days. Full text...

  • Malawi: Former Malawi budget director arrested on 'cashgate'-related charges
    18 october 2014 14:35:30
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi;s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Saturday arrested former Ministry of Finance Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo on ‘cashgate’-related charges. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abducted school girls 'to be freed Monday'
    18 october 2014 13:00:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 218 school girls who remain in captivity, out of the nearly 300 girls who were abducted in Nigeria's northern town of Chibok by Boko Haram 14 April, are to be freed on Monday, the private Punch newspaper reported Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council tasks Mali parties on peace, 'spirit of compromise'
    18 october 2014 07:24:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Welcoming the scheduled resumption on 19 October of the inter-Malian Full text...

  • UN: UN official says survivors in Liberia, Sierra Leone now helping with children care
    18 october 2014 07:11:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Survivors of Ebola who have developed immunity to the virus are being Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR agency reports on growing number of Nigerian refugees
    17 october 2014 21:46:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Amid an intensifying campaign of violence committed by insurgent groups in north-eastern Nigeria, the number of refugees fleeing the conflict into the West African country’s neighbouring states has steadily increased significantly, the UN refugee agency warned on Friday. Full text...

  • Malawi: Malawi Assets Director arrested
    17 october 2014 20:52:09
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The Anti Corruption Bureau on Friday arrested the newly-appointed Assets Director, Christopher Tukula. Full text...

  • UN: Militia in CAR urged to respect medical facilities
    17 october 2014 19:16:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Armed groups in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, have been urged by the UN to protect civilians and to leave health facilities alone. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief says funding gap looms for Ebola, ISIL
    17 october 2014 18:50:50
    New York, US (PANA) - Combating the "twin plagues" of Ebola and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), while addressing the largest number of forcibly displaced people since World War II amid budget cuts, is like being asked to use a boat and bucket to cope with a flood, the UN human rights chief said. Full text...

  • UN: 'More asylum-seekers from Africa died trying to reach Yemen in 2014'
    17 october 2014 18:40:28
    New York, US (PANA) - More migrants and asylum-seekers are dying in attempts to get to Yemen, mainly from the Horn of Africa, this year than in the last three years combined, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN demands safe release of abducted personnel in South Sudan
    17 october 2014 18:29:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Friday strongly condemned the recent abduction of UN personnel at the airfield in Malakal, South Sudan, and demanded the safe release of those still being detained. Full text...

  • UN: Ban declares eradication of poverty a 'most fundamental obligation'
    17 october 2014 18:24:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Friday marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, with calls to accelerate efforts in eliminating poverty in all its forms. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt, Boko Haram agree on ceasefire
    17 october 2014 16:52:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government and the terrorist group Boko Haram have reached a deal for an immediate ceasefire, the Lagos-based, private Channels TV reported from here Friday, quoting Chief of Defence Staff Alex Barde. Full text...

  • Malawi: Court convicts second suspect in Malawi's 'cashgate' scandal
    17 october 2014 16:40:57
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - A magistrates' court in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, Friday convicted the second suspect in what is now known as 'cashgate' scandal, which was actually a systematic plunder of government money. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria govt, Boko Haram 'reach ceasefire deal'
    17 october 2014 15:57:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government and the terrorist group Boko Haram have agreed on an immediate ceasefire, the local Channels television station reported Friday, quoting Chief of Defence Staff Alex Badeh. Full text...

  • South Africa: State calls for 10-year jail term for Pistorius
    17 october 2014 13:02:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The sentencing procedures in the high-profile Oscar Pistorius trial ended on Friday with prosecutor Gerrie Nel urging Judge Thokozile Masipa to ensure that the Paralympian serves a minimum of 10 years in jail. Full text...

  • Burundi: Burundi prepares against terror threats
    17 october 2014 11:03:52
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Some 48 officers from the anti-terrorist unit of the Burundian National Police (PNB) will be positioned at the international airport of Bujumbura after receiving specialised training from the French gendarmerie and police, airport sources said in the Burundian capital on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in DRC condemns deadly rebel attacks in eastern territory
    17 october 2014 06:07:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mr. Martin Kobler, has condemned a recent upsurge in deadly attacks in the eastern territories linked to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy calls for more funding, govts' action to tackle Sahel challenges
    17 october 2014 06:03:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The African Sahel region needs more resources, more governments' joint action and faster ways to deal with the structural challenges, like climate change, and successes on peace processes in Sudan's Darfur region, northern Mali and Libya, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Mr. Robert Piper, said. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief deplores attacks on Darfur peacekeepers
    17 october 2014 05:50:28
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Thursday's deadly attack against the UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which claimed the lives of three peacekeepers. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says journalists banned from Ebola Treatment Units in Liberia
    16 october 2014 19:25:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Thursday said authorities in Liberia have banned journalists from entering Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), thus preventing them from reporting freely on issues related to Ebola. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian revenue agency says NGOs in business must pay tax
    16 october 2014 19:16:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's Federal Government is to begin enforcing tax compliance by non-governmental and religious organizations involved in profitable activities without filing returns to tax authorities, according to officials of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy condemns deadly terrorist attack in Mogadishu
    16 october 2014 18:28:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in Somalia, Nicholas Kay on Thursday condemned the latest terrorist attack to hit the country's capital, Mogadishu, leaving a number of people dead and many more injured. Full text...

  • Senegal: Survey shows Africa assigns more blue helmets than other regions
    16 october 2014 16:12:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Good Governance Africa (GGA), a research organization, said Thursday that going by its recent survey, Africa's contribution of troops to UN peacekeeping missions is more than any other region of the globe. Full text...

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