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  • Sudan: Amnesty accuses AU of failing victims of violence in S/Sudan
    30 january 2015 14:43:33
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Amnesty International on Friday accused the African Union Peace and Security Council of standing in the way of Justice in South Sudan, having failed to make public the report of the Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan. Full text...

  • Zambia: Ghana President to visit Zambia in April
    30 january 2015 13:41:25
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Ghana President John Dramani Mahama will visit Zambia in April following the invitation extended to him by Zambian President Edgar Lungu. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI asks Sierra Leone to release 8 people arbitrarily detained after Ebola riot
    30 january 2015 13:27:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) has urged Sierra Leone to immediately release, or facilitate a review by a judicial authority, 8 people detained for over three months without charge following a riot related to the Ebola outbreak. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR says more Sudanese refugees arriving in South Sudan
    30 january 2015 13:21:38
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Fighting in the war-torn Nuba Mountains in Sudan has led to an increase in the number of Sudanese refugees fleeing to South Sudan in the last month, a UN refugees agency spokesperson said Friday during a press briefing at Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, quoting a report from the agency's teams on the ground. Full text...

  • Society: MONUSCO boss welcomes launch of military operations against FDLR
    30 january 2015 11:58:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Head of United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Martin Kobler, has given his blessings to the launch of military operations against the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). Full text...

  • Senegal: AFCON 'peaceful protesters' must be released - Rights groups
    30 january 2015 11:46:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Equatorial Guinea must immediately and unconditionally release three men arrested two weeks ago, suspected of peacefully protesting against the country’s hosting of Africa’s top soccer competition, a group of leading international human rights and transparency organizations said on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Notorious Apartheid-era killer granted parole
    30 january 2015 10:10:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Notorious Apartheid-era killer Eugene de Kock will be released on parole, Justice Minister Michael Masutha confirmed on Friday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Businessman arrested over botched coup
    30 january 2015 08:18:16
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian businessman, Kebba Touray, has been arrested by state authorities in connection with the 30 December, 2014 armed assault on the presidential palace in Banjul, family sources said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban deplores violent protests against Mission compound, launches inquiry
    30 january 2015 07:09:39
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the deadly protests against a UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) compound in the northern city of Gao, which left several people dead and a number of others injured. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council renews DRC sanctions, extends mandate of monitoring group
    30 january 2015 06:57:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has renewed its sanctions on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to prevent the supply, sale or transfer of arms, training, and financing, to armed groups. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says malnutrition rates high in Somalia
    30 january 2015 06:51:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, says malnutrition rates are stubbornly high in Somalia with more than 200,000 children requiring emergency nutrition. Full text...

  • US: US condemns the terrorist attacks in Egypt
    30 january 2015 06:45:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The US has strongly condemned Thursday's terrorist attacks in Egypt’s North Sinai Governorate in which at least 29 Egyptian citizens were killed and dozens wounded. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Terrorist attack foiled in southern Tunisia, says Interior minister
    29 january 2015 20:17:28
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian defence forces have foiled a terrorist attack in southern Tunisia and arrested 11 people in a preventive security operation, a communiqué issued by the Tunisian Interior ministry in Tunis said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN chief concerned about hostilities in Darfur, violence in Mali
    29 january 2015 19:26:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Darfur following reports of an escalation of hostilities between the Government of Sudan and the Darfur armed movements in Central Darfur and the resulting displacement of civilians, according to the Secretary-General's spokesman. Full text...

  • Zambia: Electoral body challenges opposition leader to petition presidential poll results
    29 january 2015 18:51:58
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has taken great exception to persistent allegations by opposition leader of United Party for National Development (UPND), Hakainde Hichilema, that his votes at the 20 January 2015 presidential by-election were stolen. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO chief denounces killing of journalists in South Sudan
    29 january 2015 17:17:11
    New York, US (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Ms. Irina Bokova on Thursday denounced the killing of five journalists in South Sudan and an Iraqi broadcaster, who was killed while covering fighting in the north of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Commission chief meets UN Africa's special envoy on deepening cooperation with RECs
    29 january 2015 13:45:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo and other Chief Executives of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Africa Wednesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, met with the UN Under-Secretary and Special Adviser on Africa, Ambassador Maged Abdelaziz, for discussions on wide-ranging issues, particularly the ways and means of boosting cooperation between the UN and the RECs in the continent. Full text...

  • Tanzania: New African report underlines right to nationality
    29 january 2015 13:15:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African States should include a provision in their national legislation that all men, women and children have the right to a nationality, as a fundamental prerequisite for the enjoyment and exercise of the human rights recognized by the African Charter and the other African human rights treaties that they have ratified, a new human rights report has urged. Full text...

  • Sudan: UK contributes US$10.9m to Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund for 2015
    29 january 2015 11:43:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) has contributed US$10.9 million to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) for 2015, the UN said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: MSF stops operations in Sudan over 'systematic denial of access'
    29 january 2015 11:35:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Brussels-based charity organisation Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said it had stopped its operations in the Sudan due to "systematic denial of access". Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military ignored warning of Baga, Monguno attacks - Amnesty International
    29 january 2015 10:45:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - New evidence shows that the Nigerian military was repeatedly warned of impending Boko Haram attacks on the north-eastern towns of Baga and Monguno which claimed hundreds of lives, and failed to take adequate action to protect civilians, according to Amnesty International. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma expected to play key role at AU summit
    29 january 2015 10:32:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is expected to play a key role at the 24th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) which gets underway in Addis Ababa on Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt. moves to improve youth welfare
    29 january 2015 09:54:11
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Youth and Sports Minister Yogida Sawmynaden Thursday launched a research report on "Determinants of Youth Behaviour in Mauritius" in a bid to improve the welfare of the youth population in the island, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission in Mali investigates violent protests
    29 january 2015 08:37:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has launched an investigation into the events surrounding a violent protest in the northern city of Gao on Monday during which several people were reportedly killed and a number of others injured. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns attack on hotel in Tripoli
    29 january 2015 08:17:56
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the Full text...

  • US: US think-tank urges int'l community to assist Nigeria against Boko Haram
    28 january 2015 20:41:21
    New York, US (PANA) - A US think-tank, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, on Wednesday urged the international community to assist the Nigerian authorities in holding all perpetrators of mass atrocities accountable, including the leadership of Boko Haram and members of the security forces who have been accused of extra-judicial killings and other grave violations of human rights as they battle the insurgency. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI calls for targeted UN sanctions against Libya's rival forces
    28 january 2015 17:55:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) –Targeted UN sanctions and accountability, including through the International Criminal Court (ICC), are urgently needed to end rampant abductions, torture, summary killings and other abuses by rival forces in Libya, Amnesty International (AI) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Tanzania bans circulation of regional weekly
    28 january 2015 15:47:59
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has disclosed that Tanzanian authorities banned the circulation of the privately-owned regional weekly, The East African, in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Nigerian authorities had prior information on Boko Haram attacks - says rights body
    28 january 2015 14:08:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - New evidence shows that the Nigerian military were repeatedly warned of impending Boko Haram attacks on Baga and Monguno, which claimed hundreds of lives, but they failed to take adequate action to protect civilians, Amnesty International said Wednesday Full text...

  • South Africa: Reckless driver of politician's vehicle jailed for five years
    28 january 2015 14:00:12
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s notorious blue-light brigade problem was back in the spotlight on Wednesday when a Johannesburg court sentenced the driver of a provincial politician to five years imprisonment for knocking over a teenager three years ago. Full text...

  • Kenya: Strengthen EA standby force capacity - Kenya urges AU
    28 january 2015 13:50:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohamed, has called for the strengthening of the logistical capacity of the East African Standby Force (EASF). Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns killing of five journalists in South Sudan
    28 january 2015 11:46:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has strongly condemned the killing of five journalists in South Sudan, according to a statement issued by the press freedom body late Tuesday evening and obtained here by PANA. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Libyan capital
    28 january 2015 06:55:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the Full text...

  • UN: UN South Sudan Mission condemns killing of civilians in roadside ambush
    27 january 2015 22:52:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has strongly condemned the killing of eleven civilians, five of them journalists, in a roadside ambush on Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights office wants Egypt to stop using excessive force
    27 january 2015 22:47:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged Egyptian authorities to stop using excessive force against protesters, describing the human rights situation in the country as "unacceptable". Full text...

  • UN: 150,000 refugees in Uganda face 50 per cent food ration cut
    27 january 2015 21:59:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says around 150,000 refugees in Uganda will receive reduced food rations starting on Tuesday because of insufficient funding. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Trial of former presidential guard commander resumes
    27 january 2015 21:29:35
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The trial of the former commander of the Rwandan presidential guard in Kigali, Colonel Tom Byabagamba, and his two co-accused resumed in Kigali on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: 9 killed in Tripoli hotel attack
    27 january 2015 20:54:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – At least five foreigners and four Libyans, including 2 security officers, were killed in a terrorist attack on Tuesday against Corinthia Hotel in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, according to security sources. Full text...

  • UN: UN humantarian official urges more relief action for CAR IDPs
    27 january 2015 19:52:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Central African Republic, Ms. Claire Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Rate of teenage pregnancy drops in Cape Verde
    27 january 2015 18:54:18
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – Teenage pregnancy in Cape Verde has dropped from 23.9% in 2011 to 20.1% in 2013, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU calls for Sudanese commitment to Darfur peace deal
    27 january 2015 17:47:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sudan, Tomas Ulicny, has underlined the need for all Sudanese parties to commit themselves to the implementation of the Darfur peace agreement, signed five years ago in Doha, Qatar. Full text...

  • Libya: EU condemns Tuesday's terror attack on Tripoli hotel
    27 january 2015 15:39:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The senior representative for foreign affairs and common security policy at the European Union (EU), Frederica Mogherini, Tuesday described the attack by armed groups on the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli and the car bomb explosion in its parking lot as "deplorable attacks". Full text...

  • South Africa: Calm restored after outbreak of xenophobia
    27 january 2015 15:25:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Calm has returned to Soweto and other townships around Johannesburg following several days of clashes between local residents and foreign shop owners, PANA reported TGuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Support youth to check extremism, Kenya urges Africa
    27 january 2015 13:45:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya is deliberately undertaking initiatives to engage the youth and thwart any attempt at radicalisation and extremism which prey on their vulnerability, according to Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Amina Mohamed. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNICEF secures release of children from armed groups in South Sudan
    27 january 2015 13:26:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) says it has secured the release of approximately 3,000 children from armed groups in South Sudan, the largest demobilization process in years. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU speaks out on press freedom in Tanzania
    27 january 2015 12:30:05
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has called on the Tanzanian government to make every effort to preserve the freedom of expression in the country, while urging all stakeholders to prioritise constructive dialogue as the primary means to resolve differences. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam calls for massive post-Ebola Marshall Plan
    27 january 2015 11:10:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - International agency Oxfam has called for a multi-million dollar post-Ebola ‘Marshall Plan’ to put the three West African countries hit by the crisis back on their feet. Full text...

  • Ghana: More than one dozen people arrested for alleged huge SIM box fraud
    26 january 2015 22:42:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - More than a dozen people have been arrested in Ghana by police for their alleged involvement in a huge subscriber identity module (SIM) box fraud that has cost Ghana millions of dollars in revenue to the government and telecom companies. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts say post-2015 negotiations must ensure human rights, accountability
    26 january 2015 21:44:27
    New York, US (PANA) - As UN member states began discussions to finalize the post-2015 development agenda, 10 top UN human rights experts on Monday stressed the need to anchor the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in international human rights standards and to ensure that strong means for ensuring accountability are employed to make sure they are met. Full text...

  • Congo: France, Congo sign two conventions on security, defence
    26 january 2015 21:36:30
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese minister of Defence, General Charles Richard Mondjo and the French ambassador in Congo, Jean-Pierre Vidon, on Monday signed two conventions on defence and security in Brazzaville. Full text...

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