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  • Sudan: Sudan to send humanitarian aid to Rohingya
    16 september 2017 12:17:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan says it is sending humanitarian assistance to Rohinghya Muslim minority in Myanmar, following public outcry against their treatment by the military in that country. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN Declaration spurs reforms to help refugees and their hosts - UNHCR
    16 september 2017 11:03:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A year on from the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, in which all 193 Member States of the United Nations made a historic commitment to more equitably share responsibility for the world’s refugees, significant changes in refugee law, policies and responses are taking hold in several countries, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said. Full text...

  • Lesotho: Rights group slams Lesotho for journalist's arrest
    16 september 2017 10:40:52
    Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) - Human rights organisation Amnesty International has lashed out at the Lesotho authorities for arresting the owner of a radio station in the southern Africa country and called for his immediate and unconditional release. Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ urges Somali authorities to investigate killing of journalist
    16 september 2017 10:31:07
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Somalia to thoroughly investigate the killing of journalist Abdullahi Osman Moalim following a bomb blast. Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ to release report on threats to journalists in Cameroon
    16 september 2017 10:22:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will release its report titled, "Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent," on 20 September, the press freedom watchdog said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNICEF says nutrition crisis deepening across Kenya
    16 september 2017 07:46:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The failure of the March-June long rains – the third consecutive poor rains since early 2016 – has helped push an additional 37,000 children across Kenya below the threshold of acute malnutrition, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Civilian Joint Task Force in northeast Nigeria to end recruitment of children
    16 september 2017 07:35:04
    Maiduguru, Nigeria (PANA) –The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Nigeria have welcomed Friday's signing by the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, of an Action Plan to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children. Full text...

  • DRC: 'Children’s access to education under threat from violence in Kasai region'
    16 september 2017 07:23:56
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – A large campaign to get 150,000 primary school-aged children back to the classroom has kicked off in the volatile Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following months of clashes between militias and security forces. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Humanitarian actors raise alarm as malnutrition, disease spread in Ethiopia
    16 september 2017 07:13:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Humanitarian actors are readjusting their assessments as malnutrition and disease spread in Ethiopia, humanitarian charity Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has said. Full text...

  • CAR: Fresh violence in CAR leads to more displaced persons – UN agency
    16 september 2017 06:37:51
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Expressing concern over continued violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the resulting “massive new levels” of displacement, the United Nations refugee agency has underscored the need to ensure that relief workers are not made targets of hostilities and are given the humanitarian security they need to carry out their mission. Full text...

  • US: UN dedicates annual Peace Day to safety, respect for refugees, migrants
    15 september 2017 20:14:13
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations in New York on Friday marked the International Day of Peace with the annual ringing of the peace bell and calls for combatants worldwide to lay down their arms and observe a day of ceasefire and non-violence. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military labels pro-independence Biafran group, IPOB, terrorist organisation
    15 september 2017 16:05:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Friday designated the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the group agitating for an independent Biafra in the Southeastern part of the country, as a terrorist organization. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari returns to London after UN summit
    15 september 2017 15:41:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, will return to London next week after attending the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72) in New York, US. Full text...

  • Austria: Tackling terrorism, cybercrime vital for peaceful and sustainable future - UN agency
    15 september 2017 05:59:20
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – Marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored the importance of justice to prevent conflict, promote peace and security, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN South Sudan envoy says security improved northwest
    14 september 2017 19:57:24
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The security situation in north-western South Sudan has improved with displaced people returning home, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country has said, holding up the situation in Wau as a “model” for other parts where displacement rose so far this year. Full text...

  • Switzerland: World's poor bearing brunt of global crises, UN rights expert
    14 september 2017 19:48:03
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Impacts of climate change and the global economic crisis are compounding the threats faced by people living in poverty around the world, a United Nations rights expert has warned, calling on the international development community to put human rights at the centre of their work. Full text...

  • Botswana: Psychosocial support hels reduce suicide rate in Botswana
    14 september 2017 14:50:39
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has recorded a decrease in suicide rates over the past years following increased psychosocial support to would-be victims Full text...

  • Gambia: Amnesty decries Chad's use of repressive laws on rights activists
    14 september 2017 09:54:00
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA ) - Human rights defenders, citizens’ movements, unionists and journalists critical of the Chadian government are facing growing danger as the government increasingly uses repressive laws and intelligence service to muzzle critics and hamper their work, Amnesty International (AI) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: Fight against Boko Haram 'far from over,' UN Security Council told
    14 september 2017 06:53:08
    New York, US (PANA) – While the efforts of the Governments in Africa's Lake Chad Basin have diminished Boko Haram's combat capacity in the region, the terrorist group has changed its tactics, increasing the use of suicide attacks, the top United Nations political official reported to the Security Council on Wednesday in New York. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Famine averted but millions still at risk, stresses top UN relief official
    13 september 2017 22:42:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Noting important progress in delivering life-saving aid to millions in north-east Nigeria, the top United Nations humanitarian official has underscored that international assistance to people suffering amid the crisis must not dwindle. Full text...

  • Zambia: 3 die in Zambia after eating diseased pork
    13 september 2017 17:50:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Three people have died in northern Zambia's Luwinga district after eating pigs dying of unknown disease, the state-run Zambia Information Services reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: UN Special Representative commends Gambia's political process
    13 september 2017 16:37:49
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas has commended the Gambian government’s initiative to embark on important political process, and renewed the UN’s commitment to support the endeavour along with other partners. Full text...

  • South Africa: Obiang's Cape Town home to be auctioned
    13 september 2017 14:49:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Cape Town assets of Equatorial Guinea’s Vice President Teodorin Obiang will be auctioned to settle a legal wrangle with a South African businessman. Full text...

  • Libya: UNHCR steps up efforts towards alternatives to detention in Libya
    13 september 2017 09:12:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says it is stepping up efforts towards alternatives to detention in Libya and solutions for vulnerable refugees in the country. Full text...

  • Egypt: 15 killed in Egyptian road crash
    12 september 2017 16:38:57
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Fifteen persons were killed on Tuesday following a collision of two vehicles, one of them operating as a public transport, 115 km south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, Health minister Abdel Nasser Hamida said. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana president launches free secondary school programme
    12 september 2017 12:23:43
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday launched his government's flagship free second cycle education programme in Accra with the pledge that it will not compromise on the quality of education. Full text...

  • Egypt: Egypt condemns terrorist attack against Somalia military base
    12 september 2017 11:09:05
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt has condemned the terrorist attack carried out by Islamist militant group al Shabaab against a military base in Hawa, Somalia, killing 10 soldiers. Full text...

  • US: 75% of children, youth face abuse, exploitation, trafficking on Mediterranean migration routes
    12 september 2017 07:54:08
    New York, US (PANA) – Migrant and refugee children and youth trying to reach Europe face appalling levels of human rights abuses, with 77 per cent of those traveling along the Central Mediterranean route reporting direct experiences of abuse, exploitation, and practices which may amount to human trafficking – UNICEF and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, said on Tuesday in a new report. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR calls for extra 40,000 resettlements on Central Mediterranean route
    12 september 2017 07:39:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has called for an additional 40,000 resettlement places to be made available for refugees located in 15 priority countries along the Central Mediterranean route. Full text...

  • Switzerland: ‘Refugees' education must be fundamental element in humanitarian response’
    12 september 2017 07:27:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – More than 3.5 million refugee children did not have the chance to attend school in the last academic year, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says in a report published on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Niger: Top UN official commends Niger for tackling complex humanitarian crisis
    12 september 2017 07:14:31
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – A top United Nations official on Monday commended the Government of Niger for tackling the country’s complex humanitarian crisis, including leading the provision of life-saving aid to hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable, and highlighted the need to address its root causes. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council strongly condemns ‘heinous’ attack on Egyptian police
    12 september 2017 06:50:39
    New York, US (PANA) – The members of the United Nations Security Council have strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardly” terrorist attack that took place on Monday in Sinai, in which at least 18 policemen were killed and 3 were injured. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Air Force strikes Boko Haram terrorists' buildings in Lake Chad axis
    11 september 2017 18:08:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Boko Haram terrorists, meeting at a location in northeast Nigeria in the Lake Chad border axis, were killed Monday in an air strike by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), according to a statement issued by the Force spokesman, Air Commodore Olatukunbo Adesanya. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Minister urges society to contribute to suicide prevention in Mauritius
    11 september 2017 17:49:51
    Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare minister, Mrs. Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo on Monday called upon the public to be more vigilant and attentive to those who are vulnerable and at risk of suicide. Full text...

  • Khartoum: UNAMID hands over 4 sites, expresses concern over allegations of improper handover
    11 september 2017 14:16:55
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations peace keeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said it has already pulled out and handed four team sites of the 11 in Darfur region, denying news reports that some of these operations involved improper practices. Full text...

  • DRC: Over 7 million children forced out of school by DR Congo conflict - NRC
    11 september 2017 11:33:32
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The education situation in DR Congo is alarming, with 7.4 million children out of school across the country due to civil conflicts, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) warned on Monday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Poor management of arms trade cheapens lives of civilians - ICRC chief
    11 september 2017 11:06:59
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer on Monday reminded the international community of the negative impact arms flows are having on societies around the globe. Full text...

  • Tunisia: One in five children across the Middle East, North Africa needs humanitarian aid
    11 september 2017 07:01:12
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Nearly one in five children across the Middle East and North Africa need immediate humanitarian assistance, according to latest data and analysis, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Rights group warns arms trade regulation being ignored
    11 september 2017 06:53:02
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - More than four years after the United Nations (UN) voted to adopt a landmark treaty to regulate the international arms trade, major arms exporters, are ignoring the treaty, human rights group Amnesty International warned on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian security service arrests ISIS commander in West Africa
    09 september 2017 19:57:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Department of State Services (DSS) on Saturday said suspected Boko Haram terrorists planned to conduct shootings and suicide bombings on selected six states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, during the just-concluded Eid- Kabir celebration. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: World Bank releases mudslide disaster report
    09 september 2017 08:01:12
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - In the wake of the mudslide and flood disaster that hit Freetown, the Sierra Leonean capital, on 14 August, the World Bank Group has released a preliminary copy of The Multi City Hazard Report. Full text...

  • France: UN promotes online literacy in digital world on International Literacy Day
    08 september 2017 20:04:17
    Paris, France (PANA) – New technologies open opportunities to improve lives and connect globally, but they can also marginalise those who are illiterate and lack other essential skills needed to navigate them, a senior United Nations official today said, highlighting that some 750 million adults worldwide are not literate. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian military launch special operations against Boko Haram, Biafran agitators
    08 september 2017 15:49:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force on Friday announced new operations aimed at crushing Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast and criminal elements in the Southeast, including secessionist pro-Biafran groups agitating for the break-up of Nigeria. Full text...

  • Zambia: Over 1,800 Congolese flee to Zambia within a week
    08 september 2017 14:38:13
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The number of Congolese asylum-seekers that have fled to Zambia from neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past one week has now gone over 1,800. Full text...

  • US: ICRC launches world’s first Humanitarian Impact Bond
    08 september 2017 14:34:01
    Washington, US (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Friday announced the launch of the world’s first Humanitarian Impact Bond, aiming to raise US$ 27.3 million to build and operate three physical rehabilitation centres in conflict-affected parts of Africa over the next five years. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOMIG soldiers get Peace Medals in Gambia
    08 september 2017 12:10:59
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Sub-regional soldiers serving in the ECOWAS Mission in The Gambia (ECOMIG) will receive ECOWAS Peace Medals for restoring peace and democracy in the tiny West African state, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: 'Millions of children miss school because of war and drought in East Africa'
    08 september 2017 08:26:19
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - While students around the world go back to school, millions of children who fled conflict and drought in East Africa have no classes to attend, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has said. Full text...

  • CAR: Amnesty says civilians facing atrocities in CAR town as UN protection proves ineffective
    08 september 2017 07:11:00
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - A wave of brutal attacks in the Central African Republic, including the systematic rape and murder of civilians, highlights the urgent need for stronger UN action to protect civilians, Amnesty International said on Friday. Full text...

  • US: UN urges consumers of information to assess credibility of media messages
    08 september 2017 06:21:06
    New York, US (PANA) – Amid the increasing proliferation of fake news and the resulting challenges in discerning accurate information from false ones, a United Nations forum on Thursday discussed ways to tackle the complex issue as well as equipping the consumers of information with the necessary skills and tools to assess the credibility of any media message and news source. Full text...

  • US: UN Forum stresses importance of education in building ‘culture of peace’
    08 september 2017 06:12:34
    New York, US (PANA) – Education can promote ideals of non-violence, equality and mutual respect, United Nations officials said on Thursday at a high-level event on how to achieve a culture of peace amid current global challenges and threats to stability, prosperity and the planet. Full text...

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