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  • Botswana: Media workers in Botswana fight journalists persecution
    23 november 2016 18:31:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Media Allied Workers Union (BOMAWU) has organised a demonstration slated for Thursday against alleged abuse and unfair treatment of journalists by employers. Full text...

  • South Africa: Africa's line-up for international jazz festival announced
    23 november 2016 17:14:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Organisers of Africa's biggest jazz festival on Wednesday announced a glittering list of artists who are confirmed to perform next year. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius adopts tougher regulations to curb drink, careless driving
    23 november 2016 09:56:19
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Parliament voted late on Tuesday night an amendment to the Road Traffic Act which provides for stricter penalties for serious road traffic offences, namely drink driving and driving without due care. Full text...

  • France: LGBTI people face ‘vortex of violence and discrimination’ - UN expert
    23 november 2016 06:02:08
    Strasbourg, France (PANA) - People from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities around the world are experiencing a proliferation in hate speech, including “rampant” social media attacks, as well as violence and discrimination, a newly appointed United Nations human rights expert has warned. Full text...

  • US: UN human rights body appoints Commission of Inquiry on Burundi
    23 november 2016 05:47:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a decision of the United Nations Human Rights Council, in which it set up a commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations and abuses in Burundi, including whether they may constitute international crimes, the President of the body has appointed the Commission’s Chair and members. Full text...

  • CAR: UN mission in CAR steps up patrols after armed groups clash
    23 november 2016 05:38:58
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has called for an immediate end to violence after the clashes that broke out on Monday in Bria town between armed elements of the Front populaire pour la renaissance de la Centrafrique (FPRC) and the Union pour la paix en Centrafrique (UPC). Full text...

  • UN: ITU says Internet connectivity disparity still persists
    22 november 2016 20:12:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Global information and communication technologies data released on Tuesday by the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said that, although the world is more connected than ever, many countries are still not using the Internet, and most do not fully benefit from its potential. Full text...

  • Kenya: Assault convict stabs Kenyan magistrate in court
    22 november 2016 19:21:51
    Nakuru, Kenya (PANA) - A man convicted of an assault charge on Tuesday used a hidden screw driver to stab a magistrate in court and his accuser several times, besides wounding a police officer at Nakuru law courts in Kenya’s fourth city, the Police said. Full text...

  • Gambia: UN worried as 2 Gambian journalists continue to be held incommunicado
    22 november 2016 15:34:27
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights official, Rupert Colville, has expressed concern that two weeks after their detention, two Gambian journalists continue to be held incommunicado, with no access to family members or lawyers. Full text...

  • UN: UN concerned on worsening humanitarian situation in Benghazi
    22 november 2016 14:40:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said it is extremely concerned by the continued worsening humanitarian situation in Ganfouda area in the Libyan city of Benghazi due to increased hostilities over the past week. Full text...

  • South Africa: US hip hop star ordered to leave South Africa
    22 november 2016 11:01:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Leading American hip hop artist Mos Def has been ordered to leave South Africa on Tuesday night after being declared an undesirable person. Full text...

  • US: INTERPOL, UN forge closer ties against transnational crime, terrorism
    22 november 2016 10:55:05
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations member states have adopted a resolution by consensus to further enhance collaboration between the UN and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) against transnational crime and terrorism. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian military release fresh list of 55 wanted Boko Haram members
    21 november 2016 17:30:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin on Monday released a banner containing photographs and names of 55 Boko Haram suspects wanted for various attacks and terror activities in the northeast of the country where the military currently prosecutes war against the insurgents. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of Gambian journalist, broadcast executive
    21 november 2016 17:13:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian authorities should immediately release a journalist and the head of the state-owned broadcaster who have been held without charge or access to their families or lawyers for a week, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI wants recognition of legitimacy of anti-slavery groups in Mauritania
    21 november 2016 14:05:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The human rights watchdog, Amnesty International (AI), has urged Mauritania to recognize the legitimacy of all anti-slavery groups in the West African country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Former Public Protector wins prestigious award
    21 november 2016 11:47:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who rocked the Zuma administration with a series of damning findings, has been chosen as the 2016 Forbes Africa Person of the Year. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari commiserates with Indian Prime Minister over deaths in derailed train
    21 november 2016 09:34:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sorrow and regret over Sunday's train disaster in India that killed more than 130 passengers near Pukhrayan. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Gunmen kidnap former Nigerian foreign minister Hirse
    20 november 2016 20:31:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Gunmen on Sunday abducted a former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Bagudu Hirse, in the northwestern State of Kaduna. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Gunmen kill 2 policemen, 7 civilians in Nigeria's north-west region
    20 november 2016 18:41:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Police on Sunday confirmed that nine persons were killed when gunmen stormed three communities in north-west Zamfara state. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF calls for protecting rights of every child
    20 november 2016 18:27:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Highlighting the plight of millions of children around the world, the Executive Director of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), Mr. Anthony Lake on Sunday called on everyone to recommit themselves to protect the rights of every child. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army set up new outfit to confront Niger Delta militants
    20 november 2016 18:02:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army has established a new Division that will be primarily charged with confronting Niger Delta militants that have been wrecking havoc on Nigeria's oil and gas-rich region. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges more action to prevent vehicle-related deaths
    20 november 2016 15:55:39
    New York, US (PANA) - With more than 3,400 people, many of them young men and women, losing their lives on the world's roads every day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims with a strong call to scale up action to prevent these deaths. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram suicide bomber killed close to IDP camp in Maiduguri
    19 november 2016 11:07:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian security operatives on Saturday intercepted another Boko Haram suicide bomber who attempted to penetrate a transit camp of internally displaced people (IDPs) along Muna Garage in Maiduguri, the epicentre of Boko Haram terrorism in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN praises Nigeria for success in fight against Boko Haram
    19 november 2016 05:58:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The United Nations (UN) has commended Nigeria for the successes so far recorded in the fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Federal govt. intensifies fight against corruption, seeks UN support
    19 november 2016 05:47:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Government has set up an inter-agency Presidential Committee on Asset Recovery (PCAR) as part of its efforts to strengthen the ongoing fight against corruption, according to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. Full text...

  • South Africa: Hani's widow angered by documentary on hubby's killers
    18 november 2016 15:25:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Limpho Hani, the widow of assassinated South African Communist Party (SACP) leader, Chris Hani, on Friday slammed a documentary about Clive Derby-Lewis, one of the killers of her husband. Full text...

  • US: US government expresses concern over deaths in Kano clashes
    18 november 2016 15:15:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government said it is deeply concerned by the deaths of dozens of Nigerians during clashes between individuals participating in a Shia procession and the Nigerian Police Force in north-west Kano State on 14 November, a US State Department statement said on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks 2 villages in North East Nigeria
    18 november 2016 15:11:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army Friday confirmed attacks by Boko Haram terrorists on two villages of Dasa and Duwabayi, both in the Monguno Local Government Area of Borno State, North East Nigeria, saying only four people were killed during the confrontation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 4 Boko Haram suicide bombers, 2 civilians killed in multiple explosions in Nigeria
    18 november 2016 13:47:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police have confirmed the death, on Friday, of six persons in multiple explosions that occurred in three different locations in Maiduguri, the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency, in North East Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Amnesty International slams Singapore for executing Nigerian, Malaysian
    18 november 2016 13:34:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The world human rights body, Amnesty International, Friday described the executions of a Nigerian, Chijioke Stephen Obioha, and Devendran Supramaniam, a Malaysian national, by Singaporean authorities as a violation of international law. Full text...

  • Sudan: Three policemen killed, two wounded by unidentified gunmen in North Darfur
    18 november 2016 11:58:33
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Three policemen have been shot dead and two others wounded on Thursday in the first attack of its kind in many months by unidentified gunmen at a checkpoint on a highway in North Darfur State, west Sudan. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU stresses public awareness to resist extremist narrative in Africa
    17 november 2016 19:15:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Associations of victims of terrorism in Africa are not only an important tool for speaking out against extremist violence, but also a key area for the African Union (AU) agenda for the prevention and combating of terrorism and violent extremism, a senior official of the continental body said Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert condemns forceful eviction of 30,000 people in Lagos
    17 november 2016 17:56:17
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Ms. Leilani Farha, on Thursday appealed to the Nigerian government for an urgent explanation of last week's forced eviction of 30,000 people in south-west Lagos state. Full text...

  • Netherlands: UN human rights chief visits International Criminal Court premises
    17 november 2016 17:38:04
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - On a brief visit to the International Criminal Court (ICC) permanent premises in The Hague on Thursday, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said both the ICC and the United Nations seek to contribute to justice and to the UN Charter's affirmation of "faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person". Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Ethiopia to release detained journalists
    17 november 2016 16:43:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ethiopia should immediately release all journalists detained amid an intensifying crackdown on the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Minister canvasses support for govt's national re-orientation campaign
    17 november 2016 15:51:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has canvassed the support of State Governors for the success of the Federal Government's National Re-orientation Campaign, "Change Begins With Me", which was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on 8 September, 2016. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO says philosophy is an art of living together
    17 november 2016 15:42:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the World Philosophy Day, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is encouraging people of the world to share their philosophical heritages and to open spaces for free, open and tolerant thinking. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Canada deports wanted Rwandan over alleged genocide role
    17 november 2016 10:50:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Canada has expelled a Rwandan national, Jean Claude Seyoboka, over his alleged role in the genocide in 1994, the National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA), said on Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Tanzania: ICC unveils policy on children in armed conflict
    17 november 2016 09:43:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Aiming to promote a child-sensitive approach to all aspects of its work, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched its 'Policy on Children' in and affected by armed conflict. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan welcomes Russian ICC withdrawal decision
    17 november 2016 08:22:18
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Thursday welcomed Russia's decision to notify the United Nations of the country's refusal to be subject to the International Criminal Court (ICC) following the same move by Gambia, South Africa and Burundi. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN envoy lauds Nigerian army as 'exemplary, professional'
    17 november 2016 07:32:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG) Office for West Africa, Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has commended the Nigerian Army for being “exemplary and professional” in handling Boko Haram terrorism and insurgency. Full text...

  • US: Global humanitarian response affected by lack of funding – Senior UN official
    17 november 2016 06:20:26
    New York, US (PANA) - Returning from recent visits to Haiti, Sudan and South Sudan, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said that while low funding for aid operations around the world challenge prompt and needed relief, the deteriorating humanitarian situation in conflict-riven South Sudan is the most “alarming”. Full text...

  • US: 'Brussels conference to play ‘significant role’ in supporting CAR's recovery'
    17 november 2016 06:02:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of Thursday's Brussels conference for the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations Security Council has emphasised the “significant role” the gathering will play in expressing the firm political support of international community. Full text...

  • US: UN Welcomes Kenya’s decision on Dadaab camp
    17 november 2016 05:51:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) has welcomed Wednesday's statement from the Government of Kenya in which it reiterated its continued search for solutions for refugees at the Dadaab camp, where it has been hosting and protecting refugees from Somalia for many years. Full text...

  • US: US to attend CAR donors' conference
    17 november 2016 05:41:07
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard will lead the U.S. delegation to the Brussels Conference for Central African Republic (CAR), co-hosted by the European Union and the CAR government, that will take place in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert says justice, reconciliation key to peace in CAR
    16 november 2016 19:00:30
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN expert on the situation of human rights in Central African Republic (CAR), Ms. Marie-Therese Keita, has said the justice system in CAR must be urgently strengthened if the country is to achieve lasting peace and reconciliation. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa rocked by fresh race row
    16 november 2016 16:01:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Another major race row is sending shockwaves around South Africa after two white men, accused of forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to set him alight, on Wednesday abandoned their bail application, saying they fear for their lives. Full text...

  • UN: UN says tolerance unites humanity
    16 november 2016 15:38:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova, on Wednesday stressed the importance of tolerance, particularly in today's diverse world, and called on the people to collectively build societies that are more inclusive, more peaceful and more prosperous. Full text...

  • CAR: Nearly one in five children in CAR is a refugee or internally displaced - UNICEF
    16 november 2016 05:54:23
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – As aid officials prepare to meet in Brussels on Thursday to seek funding to continue their programmes in Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported that more than 850,000 people there – half of them children – are still on the move, either internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram terrorists kill another Nigerian Army nommander
    15 november 2016 19:09:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Nigerian Army commander was Tuesday killed by Boko Haram terrorists in northeastern Nigeria where the army has been battling to contain resurgent attacks by terrorists. Full text...

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