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  • Rights group demands release of Algerian blogger on hunger strike
    23 july 2018 06:31:52
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – A human rights group on Monday demanded the immediate release of a blogger who has been on hunger strike since 8 July to protest his seven-year prison sentence on charges for which he should never have been prosecuted. Full text...

  • Refugee health services on track despite record level of displacement - UNHCR
    20 july 2018 19:45:53
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Despite record numbers of people fleeing conflict and natural disasters globally, vital health services have been largely able to cope, the United Nations refugee agency has said, although communicable diseases, anaemia and stunting remain areas of concern. Full text...

  • UNHCR welcomes end to latest Mediterranean standoff
    19 july 2018 11:44:28
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Thursday that it welcomes the actions of the past days by several European countries to collectively end a standoff on the Mediterranean involving some 450 refugees and migrants who had been stranded at sea amid a battle over disembarkation. Full text...

  • 100th anniversary of Mandela's birth commemorated
    18 july 2018 16:27:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa, the African continent and the rest of the world on Wednesday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of global icon Nelson Mandela who became a global symbol of oppression before sweeping into power on a ticket of racial reconciliation. Full text...

  • Alarming lack of funding claims lives, warns humanitarian organisation
    18 july 2018 07:04:18
    London, UK (PANA) - A humanitarian charity is warning that half way into the year, humanitarian organizations have only received 35 per cent of the money needed for relief worldwide. Full text...

  • ICC marks 20 anniversary of Rome Statute
    17 july 2018 19:48:28
    The Hague, The Netherlands (PANA) - A two-day event was held at the headquarters of International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 16-17 July to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the ICC. Full text...

  • Obama salutes Mandela in stirring speech
    17 july 2018 15:44:14
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Former United States President Barack Obama, on Tuesday saluted global icon Nelson Mandela in a stirring address to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. Full text...

  • Congolese Rhumba star Koffi Olomide faces arrest in Zambia
    17 july 2018 08:51:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian promoters of the show hosting popular Congolese Rhumba maestro Koffi Olomide have vowed to go ahead with his planned shows in Zambia despite the warning of the government that he will be arrested upon arrival. Full text...

  • Dancing Kogelo folks welcome former US President Obama
    16 july 2018 18:04:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Former US President Barack Obama, arrived in his father's ancestral home of Nyan'goma village in Alego, on Monday, where dancing relatives thronged the streets, singing and dancing to welcome him. Full text...

  • South Africa hosts International Peace Summit
    16 july 2018 17:42:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – South Africa will play host to “African Leaders of Peace Summit” which will gather ministers, civil society organisations, youth, Nobel laureates, among others, to discuss in August: “Achieving Peace in Our Lifetime”, organisers confirmed on Monday. Full text...

  • COMESA Council adopts Internship Programme to facilitate youth employment
    16 july 2018 17:32:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Council of Ministers, meeting ahead of the COMESA Summit, has adopted a Youth Internship Volunteer Programme to facilitate youth employment. Full text...

  • Legal battle mars Mandela anniversary celebrations
    16 july 2018 14:00:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just days before the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth, the family of the former global statesman have launched a fresh legal battle over his estate. Full text...

  • UNESCO, partner organize workshop on 21st Century Skills assessment
    16 july 2018 13:55:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Teaching and Learning - Educators' Network for Transformation (TALENT), a network coordinated by UNESCO, in collaboration with Brookings Institution and Global Partnership for Education, is organizing a workshop on the 21st Century Skills assessment. Full text...

  • Buhari, high level dignitaries to attend commemorative event on ICC's 20th anniversary
    16 july 2018 11:03:25
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is among high-level representatives of States, including those of national Senates and Parliaments that will gather in The Hague, Netherlands, on 16-17 July to reflect on the enduring value of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to humanity. Full text...

  • ICC member countries urged to step up efforts to advance justice
    16 july 2018 10:26:57
    New York, US (PANA) – Member countries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should increase their support for the court in the face of increasing challenges to delivering justice, Human Rights Watch said on Monday, as the court’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, adopted on 17 July 1998 chalks 20 years. Full text...

  • Security Council downsizes AU-UN mission in Darfur, eying eventual exit
    14 july 2018 07:01:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday extended the mandate of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation in Sudan’s Darfur until the end of June next year, but reduced the number of troops deployed in the field with an eye towards the mission’s eventual exit, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • Iceland to take vacated US seat on Human Rights Council
    14 july 2018 06:33:51
    New York, US (PANA) - Iceland has for the first time been elected to the Human Rights Council, filling the seat vacated by the United States, which withdrew from the body last month, citing bias, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • Villages ‘reduced to ash’ amid ‘barbaric violence’ in DR Congo - UNHCR
    14 july 2018 06:06:02
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Humanitarian needs are enormous in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has reported accounts of “barbaric violence”. Full text...

  • UN agrees first-ever Global Compact on migration
    14 july 2018 05:59:05
    New York, US (PANA) - For the first time ever, United Nations Member States have agreed an all-encompassing Global Compact to better manage international migration, address its challenges, strengthen migrant rights and contribute to sustainable development. Full text...

  • Rights body fingers Cameroon Army in extrajudicial killings
    13 july 2018 15:22:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - An investigation by Amnesty International (AI) experts has gathered credible evidence that Cameroonian soldiers appeared in a video carrying out the horrific extrajudicial executions of two women and two young children. Full text...

  • Drowning skyrockets as European gov'ts block humanitarian assistance on Central Mediterranean - MSF
    13 july 2018 09:55:39
    Amsterdam, Netherlands (PANA) - Over 600 people attempting to cross the Central Mediterranean have drowned or are presumed drowned in the last four weeks alone, including babies and toddlers, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said. Full text...

  • UN chief highlights “immense potential” to harness benefits of orderly migration
    13 july 2018 06:49:52
    New York, US (PANA) - With the General Assembly set to agree a new global compact on migration, the United Nations chief on Thursday highlighted its “immense potential” to harness the benefits of orderly migration and lower the risks facing millions on the move without documentation. Full text...

  • Safe and orderly migration is ‘in everybody’s interest’, says senior UN official
    13 july 2018 06:29:49
    New York, US (PANA) - International migration “has been with us forever”, and a safe and orderly means of facilitating it is “in everybody’s interest”, a UN envoy has said. Full text...

  • UN releases $15 million to help Ethiopians affected by inter-communal violence
    13 july 2018 06:00:48
    New York, US (PANA) - A United Nations emergency fund on Thursday released $15 million to urgently scale up humanitarian assistance to people affected by escalating inter-communal violence in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Bashir extends ceasefire to conflict-affected areas
    12 july 2018 19:19:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan on Thursday issued a Presidential Decree extending ceasefire to all war fronts until the end of next December. Full text...

  • Violence in Ethiopia fueling displacements - ICRC
    12 july 2018 15:36:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Inter-communal clashes in southern Ethiopia are fueling a rapidly swelling humanitarian crisis in which more than 800,000 people are forcibly displaced from their homes and do not have food, clean water, shelter or other basic necessities, a global humanitarian organization said Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan protests EU's query of Djibouti and Uganda for not arresting Bashir
    12 july 2018 12:33:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has protested to the European Union (EU) about its statement expressing regret that Djibouti and Uganda did not arrest President Omar Bashir when he visited those countries as stated by the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Around 43 percent of South Sudan's population faces severe food insecure - Report
    12 july 2018 12:10:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - South Sudan is the newest recognised country in the world, but it is also one of the world’s poorest countries, with over 80 percent of the population living on less than $1 a day, international poll and research firm, GeoPoll, said in a report on Thursday. Full text...

  • Former South African President Zuma's son gets bail in culpable homicide case
    12 july 2018 10:43:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane appeared in a Randburg court for just five minutes on Thursday where his culpable homicide case was postponed to 23 August. Full text...

  • Cape Town to host Wikipedia conference
    11 july 2018 18:56:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – More than 700 Wikipedia volunteers, local academics, teachers and heritage specialists will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, on 18 July to improve the diversity of knowledge represented on Wikipedia and Wikimedia sites. Full text...

  • EU mobilises €191.3 million in humanitarian aid for Sahel countries
    11 july 2018 18:42:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The European Union (EU) on Thursday announced a total of 191.3 million euros in humanitarian aid for Africa's Sahel countries. Full text...

  • USAID gives US$1.3 million for displaced people in Congo's Pool region
    11 july 2018 12:01:22
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is funding a US$1.3 million project aimed at improving the living and hygienic conditions of displaced populations in Congo Brazzaville's Pool region. Full text...

  • Rights group says Liberia takes 'small step' toward justice for war crimes
    11 july 2018 06:31:01
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Liberia's pledge for the first time to issue a public statement on accountability for grave crimes committed during the country’s two civil wars falls far short of what is needed, but it’s a move in the right direction, a human rights watchdog has said. Full text...

  • ‘Horrific acts’ by gov't of South Sudan may constitute ‘war crimes’ says UN
    10 july 2018 20:11:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Multiple killings and a campaign of sexual violence that may amount to war crimes have been documented by United Nations rights monitors in South Sudan’s Unity state, prompting a call for government and opposition forces to be held to account. Full text...

  • Security Council urges countries to factor child protection into conflict prevention efforts
    10 july 2018 06:05:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Countries have been urged to mainstream child protection into the policies they introduce aimed at preventing conflict, in line with a Security Council resolution adopted on Monday. Full text...

  • EU slams Djibouti and Uganda for not surrendering Al-Bashir to the ICC
    09 july 2018 18:46:07
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and its Member States have expressed regret that Djibouti and Uganda, both States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), did not comply with their obligations under international law and as State Parties to the ICC and did not surrender President Al-Bashir of Sudan to the Court. Full text...

  • Top musicians confirmed for Mandela concert
    09 july 2018 17:34:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – International advocacy organisation, Global Citizen, on Monday confirmed that musical giants Beyonce and Jay-Z will headline the first Global Citizen Festival to be held in Africa in December. Full text...

  • UNICEF welcomes release of children suspected of Boko Haram ties
    09 july 2018 17:31:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – UN Children's agency, UNICEF, on Monday welcomed the release of 183 children from Nigerian Armed Forces, in Maiduguri, Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UNHCR Special Envoy calls for more support for refugees in Eritrea
    09 july 2018 07:23:42
    Asmara, Eritrea (PANA) – The Special Envoy for the Somali refugee situation, Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey, at the weekend led a high-level delegation to Eritrea. Full text...

  • Zuma's son to appear in court on Monday
    08 july 2018 06:57:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane is due to appear in Johannesburg’s Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Monday to face graft charges. Full text...

  • UNHCR calls for strengthening of search and rescue in Mediterranean
    08 july 2018 06:53:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says 45,700 asylum-seekers and migrants have reached European shores after crossing the Mediterranean Sea in the first six months of 2018, a sharp decline compared to previous years. Full text...

  • Three-quarters of South Sudanese children have known nothing but war, says UNICEF
    08 july 2018 06:27:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Since South Sudan became the world's youngest country in 2011, 2.6 million of the 3.4 million babies have been born in war, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Women’s leadership 'critical' to future of Niger - says UN deputy chief
    08 july 2018 06:20:02
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The role of women in leadership positions is critical to the future of a peaceful Niger according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed. Full text...

  • Girls groomed for suicide missions fight back against extremists in Lake Chad (A UN Feature)
    07 july 2018 11:01:06
    Bol, Chad (PANA) - Halima Yakoy Adam won’t forget 22 December, 2015, the day she was supposed to carry out a suicide bomb attack in the Lac Region town of Bol, 200 km north of N’Djamena, the capital of Chad. Full text...

  • Sudan asks EU, Troika to support South Sudanese peace negotiations
    06 july 2018 14:16:14
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has called on the European Union (EU) and the Troika countries (US, Britain and Norway) to offer the necessary support to the South Sudanese peace negotiations currently being held in Khartoum. Full text...

  • US diplomat pledges assistance in removing Sudan from terrorism list
    06 july 2018 14:10:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Charge d'Affaires of the United States in Khartoum, Steven Koutsis, has pledged to work with the Sudanese government in an effort to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, and hailed Khartoum's severance of relations with North Korea. Full text...

  • WFP welcomes USAID contribution to restore full rations to refugees in Rwanda
    06 july 2018 12:27:14
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$6.5 million contribution from the US as a move to restore full food rations to DR Congo and Burundian refugees in Rwanda. Full text...

  • UNICEF mourns aid worker shot dead in South Sudan
    05 july 2018 19:26:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children's fund on Thursday expressed deeply sadness at the death of an aid worker was killed on Wednesday when a UNICEF convoy came under fire by unknown assailants. Full text...

  • Scores of NGOs seek justice for Liberia's war crimes
    05 july 2018 15:39:13
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Scores of NGOs are asking the Liberian government to undertake fair and credible prosecutions of international crimes committed during the country's two civil wars. Full text...

  • Robben Island rejects Mandela sleep-over reports
    05 july 2018 11:23:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The management of Robben Island, South Africa’s notorious aparthheid-era prison, has slammed media reports that former President Nelson Mandela's cell will be auctioned for a sleep over at the prison on what would have been his 100th birthday. Full text...

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