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  • UN chief condemns suspected Boko Haram attacks targeting Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Nigeria
    18 june 2018 19:27:24
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Saturday’s attacks in northeastern Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram insurgents targeting Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Full text...

  • UN human rights chief urges collective voice for global peace
    18 june 2018 17:05:34
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday appealed to members of the Human Rights Council to do more, to speak louder and work harder for the common purpose and for universal human rights law, to better chances for a global peace. Full text...

  • UNHCR warns against repeat of Aquarius disembarkation standoff
    18 june 2018 07:13:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has applauded Spain for its actions in bringing to an end on Sunday a sea-rescue crisis on the Mediterranean after a ship, the Aquarius, was refused permission to land and disembark elsewhere more than 600 rescued people. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for effective policy response to migration
    18 june 2018 07:06:37
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The failure by European Union governments and institutions to develop an effective and rights-based policy response to migration causes real suffering and fuels a sense of political crisis around migration, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday. EU heads of state will meet in Brussels on June 28-29, 2018, to discuss migration and asylum policy. Full text...

  • 20 killed in Boko Haram terrorist attack in Northeast Nigeria
    17 june 2018 21:51:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Sunday confirmed the death of 20 people in an explosion by Boko Haram terrorists that rocked Abachari in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UNICEF 'relieved' migrant ship docks in Valencia
    17 june 2018 20:11:01
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNICEF, the UN children's fund, has expressed relief that migrants who had been rescued from the Mediterranean, have arrived in Spain's port of Valencia. Full text...

  • Gambians have collective responsibility to fulfil hopes of the people - Barrow
    15 june 2018 10:34:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow said on Friday that Gambians have a collective responsibility to fulfil the hopes and aspirations of the people and, as believers in God, the Muslim and Christian communities alike cannot afford to fail to discharge this responsibility. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief condemns killing of Bangladeshi writer
    15 june 2018 09:41:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, Friday condemned the murder of book and magazine publisher Shahjahan Bachchu in Munshiganj district in central Bangladesh on 11 June. Full text...

  • Top South African school rocked by abuse scandal
    15 june 2018 09:33:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education in South Africa has launched an investigation into allegations that male teachers at the historic Adams College, south of Durban, have had sexual relationships with female students. Full text...

  • Electricity, water shortage affects Gambia’s Eid-ul-Fitr celebration
    15 june 2018 09:14:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambians are experiencing an acute electricity and water shortage as the West African nation joins the rest of the world on Friday to observe Eid-ul-Fitr, the end of Holy Month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Financial abuse of elderly ‘rampant, but invisible’, says UN expert
    15 june 2018 08:02:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Older people are increasingly subject to financial abuse, in many cases by their own family members, a United Nations human rights expert warned on Thursday. Full text...

  • Muslims celebrate end of Ramadan in Tanzania
    14 june 2018 19:03:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Muslims in Tanzania will celebrate Eid ul Fitr festival on Friday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, the National Muslim Council of Tanzania, known by its Kiswahili acronym as BAKWATA, announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • EU sanctions six human traffickers and smugglers in line with UN decision
    14 june 2018 16:25:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council on Thursday transposed into European Union (EU) law sanctions adopted by the United Nations on 7 June, imposing a travel ban and an asset freeze on six human traffickers and smugglers operating in Libya, four of them Libyans and two of Eritrean nationality. Full text...

  • What’s behind the spike in terrorist-type violence in northern Mozambique?
    14 june 2018 16:18:39
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - A sudden upsurge in brutal violence in northern Mozambique, including the beheading of women and children, has sounded alarms that a violent jihadist movement like Boko Haram or al-Shabaab could be evolving in the southern Africa country. Full text...

  • Two Killed in latest South Africa mosque attack
    14 june 2018 09:59:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Two worshippers have been killed and several others wounded in a pre-dawn attack on a mosque near Cape Town on Thursday. Full text...

  • Terrorism, violent extremism affecting Central Africa - UN envoy
    14 june 2018 06:12:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The scourge of terrorism and violent extremism continues to affect all of Central Africa and divert government resources from much-needed development programmes to costly security operations, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • ‘True’ peace, requires standing up for human rights, says Guterres
    14 june 2018 06:05:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Achieving peace involves more than “laying down weapons”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, calling for intensified efforts to address the root causes of conflict. Full text...

  • ‘Much more’ can be done to raise awareness about the plight of albinos: UN chief
    14 june 2018 05:59:12
    New York, US (PANA) - On the international day to raise awareness on albinism – a rare genetic condition that results in the lack of melanin in the body – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for greater solidarity with people living with albinism, so they can live more empowered lives. Full text...

  • 'At least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled in 2016' - UN report says
    14 june 2018 05:53:03
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - According to the first ever Global Study on Smuggling of Migrants, released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday, at least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled during the course of 2016. Full text...

  • UNICEF urges all countries to provide ‘Super Dads’ with paid leave
    14 june 2018 05:42:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Almost two-thirds of the world’s children under the age of one live in countries where fathers are not legally entitled to any paid paternity leave, according to a new analysis by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Full text...

  • ICC launches fund to assist victims of atrocities by Bemba's militia in CAR
    13 june 2018 19:20:44
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) is to launch an assistance fund for victims of former vice president of DR Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, following his acquittal by the ICC Appeals Chamber on 8 June on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, allegedly committed in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • South African Central bank releases new "Mandela" banknotes
    13 june 2018 15:27:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on Wednesday released the designs of its commemorative banknotes and coins to mark the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s in July. Full text...

  • Nigerian, Cameroonian troops kill 23 Boko Haram terrorists in Lake Chad Basin area
    13 june 2018 15:24:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says its troops, fighting alongside elements of the Cameroonian Defence Forces, killed 23 Boko Haram members and recovered weapons during its clearance operation in villages in the Lake Chad region. Full text...

  • Humanitarian charity says civilians pay the price of terrorism twice
    13 june 2018 09:54:32
    London, UK (PANA) - Counterterrorism measures often obstruct humanitarian organisations from accessing people in need, according to a new study by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). Full text...

  • ICC tribunal orders interim release of former DRC vice president Bemba
    12 june 2018 19:03:13
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court on Tuesday ordered the interim release under specific conditions for Mr Jean-Pierre Bemba, former vice president of DR Congo, who was last Friday acquitted by majority decision of the Appeals Chamber on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, allegedly committed in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • AUC Chairpersons hails Spain for harbouring over 600 stranded migrants
    12 june 2018 18:55:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Tuesday commended the Government of Spain for giving safe harbour to over 600 migrants, including women and children, who were stranded in the Mediterranean Sea since Sunday. Full text...

  • NYS scam: Kenyan court to rule on bail applications June 19
    12 june 2018 13:22:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan High Court says it will rule on the bail applications by suspects in the loss of US$ 4.6 million at National Youth Service on Tuesday, June 19. Full text...

  • Young Frenchman arrested over illegal drugs in Mauritius
    12 june 2018 11:01:12
    Plaisance, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA), in collaboration with the Anti-Drug Smuggling Unit (ADSU), on Monday intercepted 2.6 kg of a drug, synthetic cathinone, from the luggage of an 18-year-old Frenchman upon his arrival at the SSR International Airport in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Boko Haram's activities force thousands of children out of school in Cameroon
    12 june 2018 08:04:09
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Boko Haram’s violence and armed counter-offensives have prevented thousands of children from receiving an education in Far North Cameroon, a humanitarian charity said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNHCR welcomes Spain’s decision to allow Aquarius to dock
    12 june 2018 07:12:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has welcomed the decision to allow a ship carrying more than 600 people rescued in the Mediterranean to dock describing it as "courageous". Full text...

  • Rights group calls on Ethiopia to immediately disband abusive police unit
    12 june 2018 07:01:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has called on the Ethiopian government to immediately disband a police unit which, it says, ha been carrying out unlawful killings. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for protection of civilians in Libyan city of Derna
    12 june 2018 06:37:23
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Amid reports of an escalating humanitarian crisis in the besieged Libyan city of Derna, Amnesty International has called on the leader of the Libyan National Army (LNA), General Khalifa Haftar, and all parties involved in the fighting to urgently open humanitarian corridors to give impartial assistance and save the lives of civilians still trapped in the city as the army advances. Full text...

  • UN humanitarian coordinators ‘stepped up to the challenge’ of complex emergencies: 2017 report
    12 june 2018 06:26:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations office that coordinates the global institution’s humanitarian work, successfully tackled the four most complex emergencies it was confronted with last year, according to its annual report released on Monday. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of second peacekeeper in CAR in a week
    12 june 2018 05:53:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations chief has strongly condemned Sunday’s attack that killed a peacekeeper in the Central African Republic (CAR), the second ‘blue helmet’ to lose his life there in the space of a week. Full text...

  • IOM supports repatriation of Ethiopians from Tanzania
    11 june 2018 19:04:45
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – With assistance from the UN Migration Agency, Tanzania’s Immigration Department on Monday repatriated 107 Ethiopians after serving their terms in local prisons for illegal entry into the country. Full text...

  • International Albinism Awareness Day: Expert urges reflection on rights of persons with albinism
    11 june 2018 18:05:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – As the world celebrates International Albinism Awareness Day on Wednesday, an Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism on Monday called on all nations to reflect on those who have been attacked and lost their lives or were mutilated because they have albinism. Full text...

  • Spain agrees to allow ship carrying refugees to land
    11 june 2018 15:38:54
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Spain has agreed to allow a rescue ship carrying 629 refugees, which had been stranded in the Mediterranean since Saturday, to land. Full text...

  • UNHCR appoints Sudanese-American Emi Mahmoud Goodwill Ambassador
    10 june 2018 09:29:55
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has appointment Sudanese-American slam poet Emtithal (Emi) Mahmoud as a national Goodwill Ambassador (US). Full text...

  • UN humanitarian coordinator condemns CAR hospital attack as 'inhuman and unworthy'
    10 june 2018 07:14:42
    Bambari, CAR (PANA) - Weapon-toting intruders at a hospital in war torn Central African Republic (CAR) drew grave condemnation from the United Nations humanitarian coordinator on the ground, calling it “an outrageous violation of international humanitarian law”. Full text...

  • Gambia honours ECOWAS Court ruling involving journalists
    09 june 2018 13:16:44
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The new Gambian government has started paying families of two journalists who were victims of Yahya Jammeh’s reign of terror as declared by a sub-regional court, PANA confirmed Saturday. Full text...

  • U.S. soldier killed, five wounded in ‘enemy attack’ in Somalia
    09 june 2018 13:03:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – A US special operations soldier has been killed and five military personnel – including four American service members – wounded in an enemy attack in southwestern Somalia, according to US officials. Full text...

  • Amnesty International welcomes UN Security Council sanctions of prominent human traffickers
    09 june 2018 07:54:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Amnesty International, a global human rights watchdog, has hailed the UN Security Council's decision to sanction six prominent human traffickers and smugglers, describing it as a welcome first step for justice. Full text...

  • From drought to floods in Somalia; displacement and hunger worsen, says UN
    09 june 2018 07:44:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - After four consecutive poor rainy seasons that brought Somalia to the brink of famine, the country is now seeing near-record rainfall, and with it, flooding that has already displaced hundreds of thousands of people, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for accountability in Libya as sanctions are slapped on six human traffickers
    09 june 2018 07:38:59
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for more accountability for human traffickers in Libya, after the UN Security Council on Thursday added six individuals accused of leading smuggling and trafficking networks in the country, to its Sanctions List. Full text...

  • AI says Bemba’s acquittal blow to victims
    08 june 2018 19:13:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) on Friday decried the acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, a former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on charges relating to war crimes saying the move was “a blow to victims”. Full text...

  • Malagasy Customs seize drugs destined for Mauritius
    08 june 2018 11:35:58
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA)on Friday said that 80.2 kg of cannabis, 35.5 kg of hashish worth and 25.5 kg of heroin were seized by Malagasy Customs on Thursday in Madagascar, following intelligence shared by the MRA’s Customs Department to its Malagasy and Reunion Island counterparts. Full text...

  • Amnesty International urges Mozambican gov't to end brutal killings by armed group
    08 june 2018 05:40:19
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - Amnesty International has urged the Mozambican authorities to take immediate steps to end a killing spree in the Cabo Delgado Province, which has seen at least 37 people brutally killed by a group known as ‘Al-Shabab’ in the past two weeks. Full text...

  • US provides $102m assitance for victims of Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria
    07 june 2018 18:45:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States on Thursday announced an additional $102 million in humanitarian assistance to Nigeria that will address the shelter, health and food security needs of populations in the northeast of the country still struggling with the effects of the Boko Haram insurgency. Full text...

  • South Africa's 'axe killer' gets three life sentences
    07 june 2018 11:07:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – 'Axe killer' Henri van Breda on Thursday received three life sentences for the murder of three of his family members, 15 years for attempted murder of his sister, and one year for obstructing the course of justice. Full text...

  • Humanitarian NGO highlights neglected crises
    07 june 2018 11:02:07
    London, UK (PANA) - Humanitarian charity, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), on Thursday launched this year’s list of the top 10 countries that the world has neglected. These crises receive little media attention and are disregarded by political actors and donors – those who can come up with solutions and necessary funding. Full text...

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