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  • Barrow launches road, bridge projects in rural Gambia
    15 december 2018 13:09:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow on Saturday laid the foundation stone for a 50km road and four bridges to be built in the Upper River Region (URR) of rural Gambia. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army lifts suspension of UNICEF's activities in Boko Haram stronghold
    15 december 2018 06:00:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army has revered a controversial decision to suspend the activities of the UN children's fund (UNICEF) in the Boko Haram-ravaged northeast saying it changed its mind after the intervention of “concerned Nigerians”. Full text...

  • Peacekeeping chief honours Tanzanian troops killed in deadly DR Congo attacks
    15 december 2018 05:13:37
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A year on from the brutal killings of 15 United Nations peacekeepers from Tanzania in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) paid a visit to some of the victims’ families on Friday, to honour the memory of the soldiers who died in what was the biggest single loss of ‘blue helmets’ in recent history. Full text...

  • Amnesty International condemns Nigeria's suspension of UNICEF in Boko Haram stronghold
    14 december 2018 22:11:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International has "strongly" condemned the Nigerian army’s suspension of the UN children's fund (UNICEF) from operations in northeast Nigeria over allegations of spying and collaborating with Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Rights group says use of lethal force to quell protests in Baidoa unjustifiable
    14 december 2018 22:01:49
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has said Somali and Ethiopian security forces in Baidoa must refrain from using lethal force against protestors, including ahead of, during and after the South West regional presidential election scheduled for 19 December. Full text...

  • Rights group blames UN peacekeepers for CAR massacre
    14 december 2018 21:52:11
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, has asked the United Nations to carry out a thorough investigation into UN peacekeeping troops’ response to a recent attack that killed as many as 100 civilians in a displaced persons camp in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UN investigates systematic sexual violence across South Sudan
    14 december 2018 21:13:36
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Widespread and systematic sexual violence across South Sudan, just a few months after the country’s top two politicians signed a renewed commitment to peace, was at the top of the UN Commission on Human Rights in the country’s agenda on Friday, as members ended their first fact-finding mission. Full text...

  • President Kaboré urges support for regional water engineering institute
    14 december 2018 18:40:48
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on Friday called on African countries to pay their contributions to enable the International Institute of Water Engineering and Environment (2iE) to operate normally. Full text...

  • Nigeria suspends UNICEF operations in terror-ravaged northeast zone
    14 december 2018 18:19:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Military on Friday announced the suspension of activities of the UN Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the northeast zone of the country that has been ravaged by Boko Haram terrorism. Full text...

  • Armed men kill 40 civilians in northern Mali
    14 december 2018 14:37:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - About 40 civilians have been killed in the last two days in the localities of Tinabaw, Tabangout and Tissalatene, in the Ménaka region of northern Mali, PANA learned on Friday from sources in the capital, Bamako. Full text...

  • Congolese Parliament deploys 0.5% of its budget to fight against hunger
    14 december 2018 14:18:51
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese parliament (National assembly and Senate) will grant 0.5% of its budget to the Congolese parliamentary Alliance for food and nutritional security (APCSAN), to enable the new platform to effectively fight against hunger in the country, PANA gathered from parliamentary sources on Friday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Mali to host national forum on sustainable management of water resources
    14 december 2018 13:45:48
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A national forum on the sustainable management of water resources in Mali opens on Monday in Bamako, under the chairmanship of the Malian Prime Minister, Soumeylou Boubeye Maïga, PANA learned from official sources. Full text...

  • Mali launches programme to return 250,000 children to school
    14 december 2018 12:41:04
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali on Thursday launched a programme dubbed Inclusive Education Support Programme to help some 250,000 out-of-school children return to school, the Malian authorities said in a press release. Full text...

  • Libya launches training programme for police officers
    14 december 2018 12:18:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government of national accord and the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Thursday announced the launch of a training programme for 1,500 police officers and 330 judicial police officers. Full text...

  • Zuma joins social media platforms
    14 december 2018 11:46:12
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Jacob Zuma on Friday announced that he has decided to join major social media channels. Full text...

  • ICRC hails reforms in Ethiopia
    14 december 2018 11:24:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - In the wave of historic reforms that have swept Ethiopia this year, the needs of the country’s displaced people must not be forgotten, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said on a visit to the country. Full text...

  • Rising insecurity in CAR threatens wider region, Security Council told
    14 december 2018 04:47:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Rising violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) threatens to spill across the border into neighbouring countries, creating further instability, a senior United Nations official warned on Thursday, urging continued and coordinated regional efforts to bolster peace and security. Full text...

  • Human rights groups want CAR government to take legal action against ex-Seleka rebels
    13 december 2018 19:45:43
    Paris, France (PANA) – The international Federation of Human rights (IFHR) and its partner organisation in Central African Republic, the CAR league of human rights (OCDH), on Thursday called on the CAR authorities to take legal proceedings against the leaders of the ex-Seleka, after the arrests of Alfred Rombhot Yekatom and Patrice Edouard Ngaïssona, two senior CAR anti-Balaka ex-war leaders. Full text...

  • Burkina demonstration demands justice for slain journalist Zongo
    13 december 2018 18:30:18
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Several people protested Thursday in Ouagadougou to demand justice on the 20th commemoration of the death of Norbert Zongo, an investigative journalist who was murdered on 13 December 1998. Full text...

  • France nabs Anti-Balaka senior official for trial at ICC over war crimes in CAR
    13 december 2018 16:58:51
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) – A senior leader of the Anti-Balaka, a predominantly Christian counter-movement in Central African Republic (CAR), Mr Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona was arrested on Wednesday by the authorities in France pursuant to an arrest warrant issued by Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court. Full text...

  • Citing security concerns, Nairobi County demolishes hotel in diplomatic district
    13 december 2018 15:18:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Nairobi County Government Authorities on Thursday, demolished a hotel built within the vicinity of the United Offices and the US Embassy, citing security concerns and breach of building regulations. Full text...

  • Let peace prevail, NRC urges South Sudan leaders
    13 december 2018 15:12:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Norwegian Refugee Council has called for a full implementation of the revitalized peace agreement in South Sudan, noting that since 2013, the country has been plagued by armed conflicts marked by widespread sexual violence. Full text...

  • Rights body decries'repressive' cybersecurity law, deadly protests in Togo
    13 december 2018 15:02:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International on Thursday called for an end to the deadly protests and violence which hit Togo, ahead of a planned parliamentary elections on 20 December. Full text...

  • Suspected terrorists planning attacks in three ECOWAS countries arrested in Mali
    13 december 2018 12:29:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - An alleged terrorist cell, which was preparing to carry out attacks in Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire, was dismantled last week by Malian security services in Koutiala, southern Mali, PANA learned on Thursday from a security source in the capital, Bamako. Full text...

  • ICRC, Misrata business centre in Libya sign deal to help victims of armed conflicts
    13 december 2018 11:21:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The head of mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Libya, Karl Matli, on Wednesday signed a partnership and training agreement with the economic business centre of Misrata for small and medium-size projects for victims of armed conflicts. Full text...

  • Germany ready to support Libya in fight against illegal migration
    13 december 2018 11:01:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The German vice foreign affairs minister, Walter Lindner, has expressed the willingness of his country to help Libya train its security agents and support the country in the fight against illegal immigrants, a statement from the Libyan interior minister of the national union government said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • South African court orders Zuma to pay his own legal costs
    13 december 2018 09:58:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In a major blow to former President Jacob Zuma, the North Gauteng High Court in on Thursday ruled that he will have to pay his own legal costs in criminal cases instituted against him. Full text...

  • ‘Fire-fighting approach’ to humanitarian aid ‘not sustainable’: Deputy UN chief
    13 december 2018 05:03:55
    New York, US (PANA) - With around one in every 60 people across the world caught up in a crisis that requires urgent humanitarian assistance, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a top panel on the issue in New York on Wednesday that maintaining a “fire-fighting approach is not sustainable” in the long term. Full text...

  • Rights group says Nigeria should end impunity for killings of shia
    12 december 2018 22:04:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday that Nigerian authorities have failed to ensure justice for the killings of hundreds of members of the Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) since 2015. Full text...

  • Ivorians protest against injustice, human rights violations
    12 december 2018 14:21:37
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Ivorian protesters, decked in orange vests, will take to the streets on 19 December to kick against injustice and violation of human rights in their country. Full text...

  • Germany contributes 2.5 million euros to Libya's Stabilization Fund
    12 december 2018 13:41:24
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Germany has contributed 2.5 million euros to Libya's Stabilization Fund, according to the German Ambassador to Libya, Oliver Owcza. Full text...

  • Terrorists attack police station in south-west Burkina Faso
    12 december 2018 13:02:03
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Bouroum-Bouroum police station, in south-west region of Burkina Faso, on the the border with Cote d'Ivoire, was attacked on Tuesday evening, security sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Rights commission to probe televised racial spat in South Africa
    12 december 2018 11:41:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) confirmed on Wednesday that it will hold an inquiry into alleged racism at Supersport, Africa’s biggest television sports channel. Full text...

  • US ambassador to Congo urges gov't to fight human trafficking
    12 december 2018 09:16:43
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The US ambassador to the Republic of Congo, Todd Haskell, has urged the government to work out strategies to fight against human trafficking. Full text...

  • Amnesty warns Mali approving new law will reinforce culture of impunity for rights violations
    12 december 2018 02:39:32
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Amnesty International on Wednesday urged the Malian authorities not to vote in a new law which may allow the perpetrators of killings, torture and other atrocities to escape justice. Full text...

  • Seven Kenyan Pipeline officials arrested over graft
    11 december 2018 12:48:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Seven senior officials of the Kenyan Pipeline Company (KPC), the state oil distributor, were arrested on Tuesday over a Sh660 million scandal involving the procurement of hydrant valves. Full text...

  • Mogadishu most crowded city in Africa as Somalis flee conflict - Report
    11 december 2018 11:18:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Mogadishu has become the most crowded city in Africa as Somali families running away from conflict and disaster descend on the city seeking shelter, protection and aid, a humanitarian organization said in a new report released in Nairobi Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNICEF hails Marrackech global migration pact
    11 december 2018 03:53:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN children's fund (UNICEF) has hailed Monday's adoption in the Moroccan city of Marrakech of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration describing it as "a historic achievement for migrant children and States alike". Full text...

  • Governments adopt global migration pact to help ‘prevent suffering and chaos’
    10 december 2018 19:04:13
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - The Global Compact for Migration was adopted on Monday by leading representatives from 164 Governments at an international conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, in an historic move described by UN Chief António Guterres as the creation of a “roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos”. Full text...

  • Training on Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA) for Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa opens in Abuja
    10 december 2018 16:07:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A one day training programme on Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA), for heads and senior officials of Anti-Corruption Agencies in the African Union (AU), opened in Nigeria’s capital Abuja on Monday with President Muhammadu Buhari calling on heads of anti-corruption agencies in Africa to adopt fresh measures that will prevent corrupt acts through risk assessment strategies. Full text...

  • Police caution Zambian female musician over nude photo
    10 december 2018 15:33:28
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Police in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, have cautioned Cynthia Bwalya, a musician popularly known as Kay Figo for the Offence of Prohibition of pornography which is contrary to the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act. Full text...

  • Sudanese authorities arrest four human traffickers holding up 57 hostages
    10 december 2018 14:03:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese security authorities have arrested four human traffickers with 57 foreign hostages, preparing to move with them towards the borders with Libya. Full text...

  • Malian human rights commission upholds right to demonste
    10 december 2018 12:46:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian National Human Rights Commission on Monday condemned any violation of the right for the freedom to demonstrate and told the government to respect that constitutional right. Full text...

  • ICC asked to investigate Nigerian govt over human rights violations in Boko Haram war
    10 december 2018 11:23:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Global human rights group, Amnesty International, on Monday said that it is imperative for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to urgently investigate the Nigerian government over alleged failures to sanction military commanders and terrorists suspected of grievous human rights abuses in the war against Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • South Africa's historic TRC saluted
    10 december 2018 11:03:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A special dinner to commemorate the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission next Sunday will honour its former chairperson Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Full text...

  • Mauritius celebrates International Anti-Corruption Day 
    10 december 2018 08:59:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius on Sunday celebrated International Anti-corruption Day to raise awareness on the harmful effects of corruption and the role of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in combatting and preventing corruption. Full text...

  • UN says 70 years on, its landmark human rights document as important as ever
    10 december 2018 05:43:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights reaches its 70th anniversary on Monday, a chance to highlight the many important breakthroughs brought about by the landmark UN document, and to remind the world that the human rights of millions are still being violated on a daily basis, a UN statement has stressed. Full text...

  • UN chief urges world leaders to ‘breathe life’ into historic global migration pact
    10 december 2018 05:30:17
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - Leading Government representatives from more than 150 States have arrived in Marrakech, Morocco, with a view to adopting a ground-breaking UN-led global migration compact which is designed to make the growing phenomenon safer and more dignified for millions on the move. Full text...

  • Daesh execute six Libyan hostages kidnapped in October
    09 december 2018 17:29:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Daesh terrorists, also known as Organization of the Islamic State, on Sunday announced the execution of six of the nine hostages abducted during the 29 October attack against Libya's police station of al-Fouqaha, in the central region of al-Jufra. Full text...

  • Protesters close Libya's second oilfield in southern region
    09 december 2018 17:02:16
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Militias of Fezzan's Wrath in the southern area of Libya on Saturday closed a second oilfield at al-Fil, following the shutdown of the country's largest oilfield of al-Charara (350,000 b / d), causing a loss of US$32 million a day as the protested "the government's lack of interest in the southern region". Full text...

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