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  • Rwanda: 3 terror suspects killed in southwestern Rwanda police raid
    19 august 2016 18:41:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda National Police on Friday shot dead three suspected terrorists and arrested three others for their alleged involvement in terror activities in Bugarama, a small village in southwest Rwanda, the police confirmed to PANA in Kigali Full text...

  • Sudan: Arab League media gathering issues declaration on combating terrorism
    19 august 2016 18:22:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - League of Arab States conference on how media could play a role in combating terrorism and drying its sources ended here Friday recommending revision of Arab education curricula to avoid fundamentalism and violence. Full text...

  • UN: More people in Nigeria's northeast need humanitarian support - UNHCR
    19 august 2016 16:57:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday said it was alarmed at the unfolding situation in northeast Nigeria where the advancing military campaign against Boko Haram has exposed "catastrophic" levels of suffering among a population outside humanitarian reach over months or years. Full text...

  • Senegal: AMI Board approves package of services for public institutions in Africa
    19 august 2016 15:51:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The board of the African Media Initiative (AMI) has discussed and approved a series of important measures aimed at strengthening the organization's efforts towards improving the role of media in African development. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges compassion for refugees, migrants
    19 august 2016 15:32:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Friday stressed the need for compassion for the 130 million people worldwide now dependent on humanitarian assistance following conflicts and crises. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF urges South Sudan's armed groups to stop recruiting children
    19 august 2016 15:18:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNCEF) on Friday called for an immediate end to recruitment and an unconditional release of all children by armed groups in South Sudan, noting that more than 600 children have been recruited into armed groups since January this year. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Nigerian military threatens journalist
    19 august 2016 15:13:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Nigerian military should cease threatening freelance journalist Ahmad Salkida with prosecution for not acting as an informer, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army prepares for "war" against Niger Delta militants
    19 august 2016 12:51:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army is set to hold a military exercise in the Niger Delta as a way of preparing troops for possible war against militants in the region, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) the Second Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Kasimu Abdulkarim, announced Friday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia’s Referendum fails to meet required threshold
    19 august 2016 12:40:29
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s National Referendum on the Bill of rights, held alongside the general elections on 11 August, has failed after failing to attain the threshold of 50 percent of eligible voters who participated in the referendum. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian navy ship rescues merchant tanker from pirates
    19 august 2016 09:02:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian navy ship NWAMBA has rescued a merchant tanker vessel from pirates who attacked her 20 nautical miles offshore of Bonny in Nigeria, Navy spokesman, Commodore Christian Odogwu Ezekobe, announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari pledges quick reintegration of displaced persons in northeastern Nigeria
    18 august 2016 19:44:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ‎Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday pledged to restore confidence in internally displaced persons (IDPs) by fast-tracking their voluntary return, rehabilitation and reintegration into the society. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pakistani military delegation in Nigeria for closer cooperation
    18 august 2016 16:47:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Pakistani Armed Forces delegation led by Director General of Joint Staff, Lt Gen. Najib Ullah Khan is visiting Nigeria to call for enhanced cooperation with the Nigerian Armed Forces and share information towards defeating terror. Full text...

  • Rwanda: More Burundian soldiers on official mission abroad defect from regular army
    18 august 2016 15:55:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Following alleged extrajudicial executions being carried out by the intelligence services and members of Burundi ruling party’s youth league, known as "Imbonerakure" (Those who see from far), on some members of the regular army, another group of Burundian soldiers, under training in Ethiopia, has defect to foreign countries in Africa, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UN's failure to provide security in Juba may affect aid workers everywhere
    18 august 2016 15:34:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The impact of the Terrain Hotel attack in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, on 11 July will be felt far beyond borders of the restive East African country, according to the South Africa-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Full text...

  • Libya: 10 pro-govt forces killed, 71 injured in Daesh clashes in Sirte
    18 august 2016 11:39:26
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Ten Libyan pro-governmental security forces were killed and 71 others injured on Wednesday in clashes with terrorists of the so-called Islamic State (Daesh) in Sirte. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda police kill suspected terrorist
    18 august 2016 10:16:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan police on Wednesday night killed a terror suspect who injured a policeman in a shootout. Full text...

  • UN: WFP, Uganda govt cut food rations for South Sudan refugees
    17 august 2016 22:37:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Appealing to donors to urgently help bolster the humanitarian response in Uganda following an influx of thousands of people fleeing violence in neighbouring South Sudan, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ugandan government on Wednesday said they will be forced to halve food rations or cash assistance in Uganda and put priority focus on those refugees most in need. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudan rebels deny rape, indiscriminate shelling in Juba
    17 august 2016 18:02:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese rebel forces have denied their fighters raped women during an assault on Juba, the South Sudanese capital earlier in July, a spokesperson of the rebel movement said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns killings in eastern DR Congo
    17 august 2016 17:27:04
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN Security Council on Wednesday condemned the 13 August killing of at least 50 civilians in a village in the restive North Kivu province of DR Congo (DRC) by suspected members of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Minister eulogises late Nigerian Information Director, Justin Abuah
    17 august 2016 16:08:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A delegation of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, led by the Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Director of Information in the State House, Mr. Justin Abuah, who passed on recently. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Stop using the President's name to solicit favour - Minister warns fraudsters
    17 august 2016 15:56:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Federal Government has warned fraudsters using the name of President Muhammadu Buhari and those of his family members and senior government officials to solicit favour or contracts from Ministries and other government establishments to desist from the criminal act or face the wrath of the law. Full text...

  • Zambia: 'Zambia’s election marred by systematic bias in media, other problems,' says EU
    17 august 2016 15:49:15
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The European Union Election Observation Mission, in its preliminary assessment after the 11 August election in Zambia, says the elections were marred by systematic bias in the state media and restrictions on the campaign. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief orders investigation into hotel attack in Juba
    17 august 2016 14:28:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Alarmed by preliminary findings on the 11 July attack on a hotel in Juba, South Sudan, in which one person was killed and several civilians were raped and beaten by men in uniform, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has ordered a UN special investigation into the incident and other abuses, and the evaluation of the overall response by the UN mission there. Full text...

  • Rwanda: UN findings, a wake-up call for action against torture in Burundi, says AI
    17 august 2016 13:13:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI), a global non-governmental organisation campaigning to end abuses of human rights, has said that persons perpetrating torture since Burundi's current crisis in April 2015, should be held to account for their crimes. Full text...

  • Sudan: Tribunal rules hand, leg of Darfur bandits be amputated
    17 august 2016 11:34:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A Darfur Special Criminal Tribunal has ordered the amputation of the right hand and left leg of each of three highwaymen who attacked and looted a convoy of a contractor working with the UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Full text...

  • US: UN releases US$50 million 'lifeline' in emergency funds for people in urgent need
    17 august 2016 08:49:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The top United Nations relief official released on Tuesday US$50 million for severely underfunded aid operations in six neglected emergencies around the world from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which supports urgent, life-saving humanitarian responses. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Rights groups demand justice for victims of South Sudan violence
    17 august 2016 07:43:38
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Two human rights groups have said renewed violence underscores the urgency of bringing to account those responsible for crimes under international law committed during South Sudan’s armed conflict. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu receives congratulatory messages on his re-election
    16 august 2016 18:42:08
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  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army rescues 88 Boko Haram escapees
    16 august 2016 17:41:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Eighty-eight persons who escaped from Boko Haram terrorists were rescued Tuesday by the Nigerian Army during a clearance operation in Bama local government area of Borno in the northeastern part of the country, according to an official statement released here. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA expresses worry over police brutality against journalists in Guinea
    16 august 2016 15:41:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said it is worried about ''the continued attacks on journalists'' in Guinea Conakry by a section of the country's police and the Gendarmerie. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US delegation begins one-week visit to Nigeria
    16 august 2016 11:08:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A United States Security Governance Initiative (SGI) team has begun a one-week visit to Nigeria, pledging to send 50 officials from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other security experts to help in the war against terrorism. Full text...

  • US: UN force detains 10 armed men, recovers weapons cache in CAR
    16 august 2016 08:05:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has reported that after a standoff with a convoy of heavily-armed men near Sibut, the capital of Kémo Prefecture, UN forces detained 10 of the suspects and recovered a “significant quantity” of weapons and munitions. Full text...

  • US: UN condemns 'appalling' attack on civilians in eastern DR Congo
    16 august 2016 07:57:10
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday joined his envoys from the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in strongly condemning the killing of dozens of civilians during an overnight attack in Beni, located in restive eastern part of the country, where the UN mission and national authorities have now deployed forces in the wake if the incident. Full text...

  • US: US consoles DR Congo on 'horrific' Beni massacre
    16 august 2016 06:52:09
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States on Monday consoled the Democratic Republic of Congo following the massacre of dozens of citizens last Saturday night outside of Beni, North Kivu. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese government blames rebel movements for failure of peace talks
    15 august 2016 18:41:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's delegation to peace talks with the rebels in Darfur, Nuba mountains and Blue Nile, returned home Monday blaming the rebels for the inconclusive round, but said it remains ready to resume any time the African Union invites them. Full text...

  • Sudan: Donors contribute 25.5% funding of Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016
    15 august 2016 18:27:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Despite unilateral economic sanctions it imposed on Sudan, the United States tops donor countries extending relief and humanitarian action in Sudan, a UN snapshot report showed on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army kills 16 Boko Haram terrorists
    15 august 2016 16:56:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army said Monday its troops have killed 16 Boko Haram terrorists in the northeastern State of Borno. Full text...

  • US: Obama felicitates with Congolese on independence day
    15 august 2016 15:41:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Monday felicitated with the people of the Republic of Congo, as the African country celebrated its 56th independence anniversary on 15 August. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari meets with Defence, Security chiefs over Boko Haram video, demands
    15 august 2016 15:31:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with Nigeria's top Defence and security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to review the video released Sunday by Boko Haram terrorists of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped two years ago. Full text...

  • South Africa: Kidnapper jailed for 10 years
    15 august 2016 10:02:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The woman convicted of abducting a newborn baby in the country’s most dramatic kidnapping case was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on Monday. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN rep welcomes enactment of Somalia’s human rights commission law
    15 august 2016 07:12:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – After decades of conflict, the Federal Government of Somalia and its partners have a duty to put in place effective human rights protection institutions, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, has said. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says two-thirds of young people in 18 countries bullied
    14 august 2016 18:26:57
    New York, US (PANA) - About 97 per cent of young people believe that bullying is a pervasive problem in their communities, and two-thirds say they have been bullied, a new survey conducted by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and their partners has revealed. Full text...

  • Sudan: 5 Sudanese killed in Benghazi fighting
    14 august 2016 13:44:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Five Sudanese were killed in a cross-fire following fighting between Libyan armed groups in Benghazi, according to Sudan's Foreign Ministry spokesman Gareeballah Khidir. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN Security Council approves regional protection force for UNMISS
    13 august 2016 12:03:35
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday authorized a 4,000-strong regional protection force within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), “responsible for providing a secure environment in and around Juba,” the capital, which in early July was the scene of the latest eruption of deadly violence in the young country, exacerbating an already desperate humanitarian situation. Full text...

  • Sudan: US gravely concerned over detention of Darfuris who met US Special Envoy to Sudan
    13 august 2016 10:14:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States has expressed concern over the detention of up to 15 Darfuris who had met with an American Special Envoy to the Sudan when he visited the area late last month. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says South Sudanese exodus affecting neighbouring countries
    12 august 2016 17:29:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Neighbouring countries hosting refugees from South Sudan are straining under the sheer weight of the ongoing exodus, as desperate people continue to arrive at their borders daily, joining hundreds of thousands of others who fled for safety before them, the UN has warned. Full text...

  • US: US-based NGO laments use of religion to destabilise societies
    12 august 2016 15:43:03
    New York, US (PANA) - An American non-governmental organization (NGO), which monitors religious activities worldwide, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), on Friday said religious freedom is under attack in many nations around the world, harming individuals and threatening the stability of societies worldwide. Full text...

  • UN: UN says youth vital in achieving sustainable development agenda
    12 august 2016 14:51:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said the world's young people, who make up the largest generation of youth in history, can lead a global drive to break the patterns of the past and set the world on course to a more sustainable future. Full text...

  • Kenya: ICTJ calls for enhanced reparations for Ivoirian rights victims
    12 august 2016 12:01:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new paper from the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) offers clear and concrete proposals for a new reparations policy in Côte d’Ivoire for victims of serious human rights violations. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges US, other nations to help refugees, migrants
    11 august 2016 19:20:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday urged the US and other countries to keep reaching out to people in need, wherever they are, saying "we will all be stronger by building bridges instead of walls." Full text...

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