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  • Sudan: Sudanese militia capture five human traffickers
    11 april 2017 17:53:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese pro-government Rapid Support Force (RSF) militias have taken into custody five suspected human traffickers as well as the vehicles and weapons they used along the northwestern border of the country. Full text...

  • Switzerland: African migrants reportedly sold in 'slave markets' in Libya - IOM
    11 april 2017 17:09:19
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Hundreds of migrants along North African migrant routes are being bought and sold openly in modern day ‘slave markets’ in Libya, survivors have told the United Nations migration agency, which warned that these reports “can be added to a long list of outrages” in the country. Full text...

  • Somalia: Keating condemns increased attacks against civilians in Somalia
    11 april 2017 16:52:49
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, Michael Keating, on Tuesday strongly condemned the recent spate of terrorist incidents that have caused carnage among Somali communities. Full text...

  • Nigeria: No going back on war against corruption despite recent judicial setbacks - Govt.
    11 april 2017 15:37:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) –The Nigerian Government has called on Nigerians not to be discouraged by the recent setbacks in the war against corruption, promising that some negative outcome of corruption cases recorded at the high court level would not dampen the anti-graft battle. Full text...

  • Uganda: Rights group demands immediate release of Ugandan feminist academic
    11 april 2017 08:01:02
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has called for the immediate and unconditional release of a Ugandan university lecturer who criticised President Yoweri Museveni and and his wife on Facebook. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief confers Ms. Malala Yousafzai as UN Messenger of Peace
    10 april 2017 20:25:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday formally designated children’s rights activist and Nobel Laureate, Ms. Malala Yousafzai as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’ education. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt denies monitoring phone calls, social media
    10 april 2017 16:24:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has described as false information being circulated on the social media that under a purported Ministry of Interior Regulation, all phone calls and social media posts made by Nigerians are to be monitored and recorded. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Two female Boko Haram suicide bombers killed in foiled attack
    10 april 2017 16:19:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Two suspected Boko Haram female suicide bombers were killed on Monday when their attack on a community around University of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria was foiled by security personnel. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU condemns Palm Sunday terror bombings in Egypt, Somalia
    10 april 2017 16:00:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has deplored the rising cases of extremism in Northern and Eastern Africa, following the triple bombings in Egypt, Somalia and Mali, which claimed dozens of lives, leading to a further escalation of regional insecurity. Full text...

  • Kenya: South Sudanese children eat leaves to survive severe food crisis
    10 april 2017 09:08:29
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Children in famine-hit South Sudan have been reduced to eating wild fruits and leaves to survive the effects of a severe famine in the world's youngest state, where months of civil unrest has left 4.8 million people with severe food shortages, an international relief agency said on Monday. Full text...

  • US: US condemns 'barbaric attacks' on Egyptian Coptic churches
    10 april 2017 06:52:28
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has condemned in the strongest terms the "barbaric attacks" on Christian places of worship in Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt, that killed dozens of innocent people and injured many more on Palm Sunday. Full text...

  • US: UN boss, Security Council, UN group condemn terror attacks in Egypt
    10 april 2017 06:34:26
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Security Council have condemned the bombings of two Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt, which killed at least 41 people and injured more than 100 others. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir calls for strong Arab air defence capability
    09 april 2017 19:40:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir has stressed the importance of boosting the capabilities of Arab air defence forces to stand as a deterrent against what he described as “the enemies who plan to control Arab resources”. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN official in South Sudan urges protection of aid workers, civilians
    09 april 2017 09:58:01
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Following recent attacks on civilians and aid workers in South Sudan, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country has called on the Government and the opposition to protect civilians and ensure the safety and security of humanitarians. Full text...

  • Kenya: Lives impacted by remittances from migrants - IFAD
    08 april 2017 16:49:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - While migration issues draw political fire in Europe and beyond, the greater development benefit of the approximate half trillion US dollars that migrants send home each year to poor families and nations can’t be underestimated, the UN said Saturday Full text...

  • France: UNESCO invites entries for UNESCO-UNAM / Jaime Torres Bodet Prize in social sciences, humanities and arts
    08 april 2017 08:10:21
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO has called on Members States, in consultation with their National Commissions, and non-governmental organizations maintaining official relations with UNESCO to submit nominations for the UNESCO-UNAM Jaime Torres Bodet Prize in Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts 2017. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO Convention against Discrimination consultation takes stock of Education 2030 progress
    08 april 2017 07:57:43
    Paris, France (PANA) - Following the launch of the 9th Consultation of Member States on the measures taken to implement the Convention against Discrimination in Education in 2016, 66 member states have submitted their national reports to UNESCO. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Horrible attack in South Sudan town sends thousands fleeing across border'
    08 april 2017 06:47:56
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Host communities and aid agencies in Uganda are struggling to feed and shelter new refugees who have been displaced following a spike in violence in parts of neighbouring South Sudan's Eastern Equatoria province, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: WFP resumes full food rations in Kenyan refugee camps
    07 april 2017 20:43:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed rations this month to refugees in Kenya's Dadaab and Kakuma camps, but cautioned that there is not enough funding to also provide cash transfers through the summer. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief appoints Malala Yousafzai as UN Messenger of Peace
    07 april 2017 20:39:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Malala Yousafzai, global advocate for girls’ education and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’ education. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU commemorates Rwanda genocide
    07 april 2017 17:54:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Diplomats and representatives of the international community on Friday gathered at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the 23rd Commemoration of the Rwanda Genocide and paid tribute to the 800,000 lives lost during the 100 days of killing. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN chief appoints Rwandan force commander of UNMISS
    07 april 2017 16:44:51
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi of Rwanda as Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), it was announced here on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief calls for a future of tolerance, human rights for all
    07 april 2017 14:19:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the 23rd anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, during which Hutu and others who opposed the genocide were also killed, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres on Friday said the only way to honour the memory of the victims is to ensure such events never happen again. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition confronts Chinese Embassy over first lady's foundation donation
    07 april 2017 13:10:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Secretary General of the opposition Rainbow Party, Wynter Kabimba, has criticised the Chinese Embassy in Zambia for its recent cash donation of 200,000 kwacha to First Lady Esther Lungu’s foundation. ($1US=K9) Full text...

  • US: Guterres says adapting UN peace operations to changing world a 'shared responsibility'
    07 april 2017 09:35:10
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations peacekeepers face a raft of challenges – terrorism, hostile host governments, floods of illicit weapons, and sometimes being deployed to places where peace itself is at stake – Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, underscoring that all parts of the UN have a role to play in making sure 'blue helmets' can deliver on the mandates assigned to them. Full text...

  • UN: New UN peacekeeping chief tasks Malian parties on peace deal
    06 april 2017 20:32:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The new UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix on Thursday stressed the need for the parties to the conflict in Mali to redouble their efforts to accelerate the implementation of their 2015 peace agreement while expressing a concern about the volatile security situation in the West African country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Sudan creates additional humanitarian corridors for famine-hit South Sudan
    06 april 2017 12:22:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Sudanese government has agreed to open a humanitarian corridor for the delivery of the much-needed relief food to thousands of people affected by famine in South Sudan, the East Africa regional body said on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: Protecting refugees, ensuring security of countries 'complimentary goals', UN forum told
    06 april 2017 05:49:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Protecting refugees and assuring the safety of countries that receive them are complementary goals, a senior United Nations official on Wednesday said in a special security forum that discussed denying safe havens to people who finance or commit terrorist acts, or to terrorists who try to abuse the asylum system. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty International condemns journos torture in Sudan
    05 april 2017 16:28:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The torture of two journalists abducted en route to Jebel Marra, in Sudan’s Darfur region, is not only a grave affront to press freedom, but also proof the Sudanese authorities have something to hide in the region, said Amnesty International on Wednesday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: MONUSCO deplores hostilities, escalating violence in Kasai region
    05 april 2017 11:18:55
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The UN peacekeeping mission in DR Congo has expressed alarm at ongoing reports from the Kasai region of escalating violence. Full text...

  • US: Sudan, AU, UN discuss Darfur exit strategy
    04 april 2017 20:14:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The African Union (AU) and the United Nations are actively discussing with the Government of Sudan how best to configure a strategy for AU-UN peacekeeping mission to eventually leave Darfur, the head of that operation said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UN chief criticises US funding cut to UNFPA as based on 'inaccurate perception'
    04 april 2017 19:39:42
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday voiced deep regret at the decision by the United States to cut financial support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), stating that the announcement was based on a misinterpretation of the UN agency’s work. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks governments on landmines, explosives
    03 april 2017 20:02:17
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged governments to remember landmines and explosive remnants of war when discussing peace agreements or when sending urgent humanitarian aid to conflict zones. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian government alerts public on new ISIS recruitment strategy
    03 april 2017 16:46:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Parents and guardians in Nigeria should monitor the activities of their children to prevent them from being recruited by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has resorted to targeting vulnerable individuals, including foreign students, the Nigerian Federal Government warned on Monday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU moves to reduce financing of armed groups through conflict minerals
    03 april 2017 09:37:20
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council (EC) on Monday adopted a regulation aimed at stopping the financing of armed groups through trade in conflict minerals. Full text...

  • UN: UN official lauds Egypt's contributions to UN
    02 april 2017 00:27:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, has expressed gratitude to the Egyptian government for its longstanding contributions to the UN. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Top Boko Haram commander surrenders in northeast Nigeria
    01 april 2017 12:04:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army has announced the surrender of a top Boko Haram commander and arrest of two spies in northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • US: Security Council extends DRC peacekeeping mandate, but reduces troop strength
    01 april 2017 07:15:52
    New York, US (PANA) – The Security Council on Friday extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for another year but reduced the number of troops. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU renews sanctions on three Libyans for six months
    31 march 2017 17:44:49
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council on Friday prolonged its sanctions against Libya targeting three citizens of the North African country for six months. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt., UNDP launch support project in Northeast Nigeria
    31 march 2017 13:54:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Japanese Government have launched a new project to support early recovery activities in Northeast Nigeria which has been ravaged by Boko Haram violent activities. Full text...

  • Somalia: UNICEF says malnutrition, disease rise sharply among Somali children
    31 march 2017 07:06:45
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - As the spectre of famine hangs once again over Somalia, early numbers show an increasing number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea – a combination that killed many children in the famine of 2011, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. Full text...

  • Central Africa Republic: Half of Central African population goes hungry
    30 march 2017 18:54:43
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - One year after the Central African Republic elected President Faustin Archange Touadera to power, violence and insecurity remain unchecked and half the population is going hungry, warned Oxfam on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian presidency urges calm amid reports of attacks against Nigerians in India
    30 march 2017 18:27:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Presidency has urged Nigerian students in India to be calm and vigilant, amid reports of attacks on them. Full text...

  • UN: 'Civilian protection, aid access at risk as violence flares in CAR'
    30 march 2017 16:54:02
    New York, US (PANA) - With a new outbreak of violence erupting in Central African Republic (CAR), acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator for CAR, Michel Yao, on Thursday urged warring parties to protect vulnerable civilian populations as a matter of priority and ensure free movement of relief aid workers. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Conflict in South Sudan affecting food security in "stable states"
    30 march 2017 16:46:30
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The ongoing conflict in South Sudan is affecting food security in some of the country’s more “stable states,” the head of the United Nations Mission UN in South Sudan, David Shearer said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: NGOs reject govt planned consultation on Zambia's membership to ICC
    30 march 2017 16:27:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia's Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) is deeply saddened by the Patriotic Front (PF) government’s decision to spend about US$ 222,000 (Kwacha 2 million) on public consultation as to whether the country should pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR stresses importance of search missions on the Mediterranean
    30 march 2017 15:57:04
    New York, US (PANA) - With nearly 150 people dead or missing in another shipwreck off the Mediterranean coast, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Thursday stressed the importance of saving lives at sea. Full text...

  • UN: UN official lauds Ethiopia's commitments to UN
    30 march 2017 13:55:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Peter Thomson, has expressed gratefulness for Ethiopia’s long-standing commitments to the work of the UN, including as one of the largest troop contributors to UN peacekeeping missions. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty International decries killing of UN experts in DRC
    29 march 2017 16:17:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The death of two United Nations experts in DR Congo's Kasai Province should not be in vain, but serve as a reminder of the urgent need to end the violence in the region Amnesty International said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: Lack of water, sanitation threaten children in famine-hit countries - UNICEF
    29 march 2017 15:14:19
    New York, US (PANA) - In famine-hit countries in Africa and the Middle East, unsafe water is as dangerous for severely malnourished children as lack of food, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Wednesday, noting that nearly 27 million people are at risk in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Full text...

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