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  • UN: UN seeks US$1 billion for relief support in Nigeria's northeast
    22 february 2017 15:05:57
    New York, US (PANA) - As relief organizations increase response to the humanitarian emergency in the north-east of Nigeria, timely donor support amounting to a little over US$1 billion is required to sustain life-saving assistance to millions of people devastated by Boko Haram-linked violence, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Human Rights Violations rising in East Africa, says report
    22 february 2017 13:30:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - With politics of demonization taking hold across the globe in 2016, East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, saw a rise in human rights violations, Amnesty International said on Wednesday in its annual assessment of human rights around the world. Full text...

  • Italy: UN agencies demand 'immediate, safe' access to famine-hit areas in South Sudan
    22 february 2017 13:09:41
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The heads of three UN agencies have renewed their appeal to the South Sudan parties to allow immediate and safe access to areas hit by famine. Full text...

  • South Africa: Court blocks Pretoria from withdrawing from ICC
    22 february 2017 10:14:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday ruled that government's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) was unconstitutional and invalid. Full text...

  • US: US 'gravely concerned' about famine in parts of South Sudan
    22 february 2017 09:31:10
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States says it is "gravely concerned" by the 20 February declaration of famine in parts of South Sudan and by the significant scale of humanitarian need throughout the country. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO says multilingual education essential for peace, creativity
    21 february 2017 20:38:45
    New York, US (PANA) Learning languages is a promise of peace, innovation and creativity, and will contribute to the achievement of global development goals, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement marking International Mother Language Day. Full text...

  • UN: 1.4 million children in 'man-made' crises in Africa, Yemen -UNICEF
    21 february 2017 20:32:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death due to severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine threatens in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said, urging prompt action to save them. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Qaddafi regime trial fell short of international standards - UN report
    21 february 2017 18:16:57
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The trial in Libya of Saif al-Islam Qaddafi and 36 other members of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi’s regime represented a major effort by the Libyan judiciary to hold people to account for crimes including grave human rights violations during the 2011 Revolution but ultimately failed to meet international fair trial standards, a UN report said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • France: UNICEF chief says use of children in conflict must end
    21 february 2017 17:01:16
    Paris, France (PANA) - Tens of thousands of boys and girls under the age of 18 continue to be used in conflicts around the world, though over the past 10 years, more than 65,000 children have been released from armed forces and armed groups, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UN aid chief releases funds to tackle drought in Ethiopia
    21 february 2017 16:45:30
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien on Tuesday released US$18.5 million from the organization's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to enable critical aid for more than 785,000 people suffering from hunger, malnutrition and severe water shortages in Ethiopia's Somali region – the worst drought-stricken part of the country. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF stresses need to end child recruitment in armed conflicts
    21 february 2017 14:51:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday said even though over the past 10 years, more than 65,000 children have been released from armed forces and armed groups, tens of thousands of boys and girls under the age of 18 continue to be used in conflicts around the world. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa commemorates 100th anniversary of World War I tragedy
    21 february 2017 14:45:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa on Tuesday marked the historic sinking of the ship, SS Mendi, during World War I exactly 100 years ago. Full text...

  • South Africa: Fresh wave of xenophobic violence in Pretoria
    21 february 2017 11:07:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A fresh wave of xenophobic violence has swept through Atteridgeville outside Pretoria, coinciding with a call by the Nigerian government for South Africa to protect its citizens. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR says drought displacement growing in Somalia
    21 february 2017 11:02:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Drought has displaced more than 135,000 people inside Somalia since November, according to data compiled by UN refugee agency (UNHCR), the Norwegian Refugee Council and community-based organizations. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan Volleyball Federation president arrested for alleged corruption
    21 february 2017 08:15:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The newly elected President of Rwanda Volleyball Federation, Gustave Nkurunziza, is the latest sports official being investigated for bribes and mismanagement of funds allocated through Olympic Solidarity programmes, a reliable source confirmed on Tuesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights chief calls on DRC government to halt violence by security forces
    21 february 2017 08:03:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations human rights chief has called on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to take immediate steps to halt widespread human rights violations, including apparent summary executions, by the country's armed forces. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council condemns latest terrorist attack in Mogadishu
    21 february 2017 07:55:51
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning the latest deadly terrorist attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the United Nations Security Council on Monday reiterated that its determination to support peace, security and development in the long-troubled country would not be swayed by this, or any other such attack. Full text...

  • US: Critical food aid shortages hit Africa's refugees hard, UN warns
    21 february 2017 07:50:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations has warned that across Africa, some two million refugees are facing critical shortages in food assistance. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Former Rwanda minister of mines released from custody
    21 february 2017 07:39:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan court has ordered the release from custody of former minister of State for Mining, Evode Imena, who has been held for three weeks over allegations that he gave favours to his close friends to win mining contracts, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: ILO chief urges economic growth in conjunction with social progress
    20 february 2017 22:23:56
    New York, US (PANA) -Highlighting that many around the world are left out from benefitting from global prosperity dividends and flourishing societies are seeing inequalities, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr. Guy Ryder on Monday called for solutions that can bring economic growth combined with social progress. Full text...

  • US: US express concern at DR Congo video on 'summary executions'
    20 february 2017 15:32:05
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States has expressed deep concern at a video footage that appears to show elements of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily executing civilians, including women and children. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria wants AU to intervene urgently over xenophobic attack on Nigerians, others in South Africa
    20 february 2017 13:50:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria on Monday called on the African Union (AU) to intervene urgently in the renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Famine hits parts of South Sudan - UN agencies
    20 february 2017 11:31:17
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Famine was declared on Monday in South Sudan where war and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation, three UN agencies warned. Full text...

  • CAR: UN, international organisations condemn attacks on civilians in parts of CAR
    20 february 2017 11:08:01
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Voicing deep concern over the security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), in particular in the Ouaka and Hautte-Kotto prefectures five organisations have condemned the acts of violence by armed groups that have exasperated an already alarming humanitarian situation. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN special representative in Somalia condemns terrorist attack in Mogadishu
    20 february 2017 10:59:00
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, has strongly condemned Sunday's terrorist attack at a marketplace in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which reportedly killed at least 25 people and injured dozens more. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan welcomes Troika's position on conflict in the country
    19 february 2017 12:37:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has renewed its commitment to a unilateral ceasefire in the conflict areas of western and south eastern Sudan, welcoming a statement by the United States and its European allies, known as the Troika, who have recognised Khartoum's efforts to reach a settlement of the conflict in those areas. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow inaugurated on 52nd Independence anniversary of Gambia
    18 february 2017 19:38:09
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Newly elected President Adama Barrow on Saturday officially took the oath of office on the Gambian soil as the West African nation celebrated its 52nd independence anniversary. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army warns of “campaign of calumny” against it
    18 february 2017 19:02:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Personnel who feel bad about professionalization of the Nigerian Army should voluntarily retire from service, said a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the armed forces, raising alarm on a “campaign of calumny” being waged against it by disgruntled personnel. Full text...

  • Nigeria: AU, Lake Chad Basin Commission support multinational force fighting Boko Haram
    18 february 2017 09:25:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) of member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission is committed to ensure Boko Haram terrorists are defeated in the shortest possible time, Deputy Force Commander, Brigadier General Moussa Mahamat Djoui said late Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in CAR reinforces presence in restive Bambari
    18 february 2017 07:05:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Following ongoing rebel activity in and around Bambari in strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR), the UN mission in the country has reinforced its presence in the city with the arrival of additional troops, including a quick reaction unit and Special Forces. Full text...

  • UN: UN official urges accountability on atrocities in South Sudan
    18 february 2017 06:57:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Mr. Andrew Gilmour, has stressed the need to ensure accountability for those committing atrocity crimes in conflict-torn South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges govts to endorse convention on enforced disappearance
    18 february 2017 06:48:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the 10th anniversary of an historic treaty to keep people from suffering enforced disappearance or secret detentions, the United Nations late Friday urged governments that have not ratified it, to do so. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies urge scale-up humanitarian support for Somalia
    17 february 2017 15:45:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the worsening of an already devastating drought in Somalia, UN agencies have stressed that only a massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe. Full text...

  • Sudan: Army officer killed, others wounded in fighting with outlaws in Darfur
    17 february 2017 14:51:31
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - An officer of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), Lt. Abdulla al-Tayeb Abdulla, was killed and many others, including a Lieutenant Colonel, were wounded in clashes against outlaws on Thursday in Bursa area, east of Fashir, capital of North Darfur State. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Air Force wipes out "scores" of Boko Haram terrorists
    16 february 2017 19:57:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian Air Force fighter aircraft on Thursday "successfully" neutralized and killed "scores" of Boko Haram terrorists who shot at the aircraft while on medical outreach in northeast Nigeria, said a spokesman of the Force. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyans mark sixth anniversary of 2011 revolution
    16 february 2017 17:58:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya, Martin Kobler, has congratulated the North African nation on the sixth anniversary of the Libyan Revolution saying "the United Nations stands in solidarity with you and your collective efforts to choose peace over violence and stability over chaos." Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN deplores lack of information on 20,000 people displaced in Upper Nile
    16 february 2017 17:29:47
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The top United Nations peacekeeping official in South Sudan has described the lack of information about the situation of some 20,000 internally displaced people on the west bank of the Nile in the country’s north, as a “real problem.” Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN to raise over US$1b for victims of Boko Haram insurgency in Lake Chad Basin
    16 february 2017 15:54:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United Nations on Thursday said in Abuja that it has concluded plans to raise over US$1 billion to carter for the humanitarian needs confronting victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s Northeast. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group says CAR rebel group 'executed at least 32 civilians'
    16 february 2017 11:17:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A human rights group says a rebel group in the Central African Republic (CAR) executed at least 32 civilians and captured fighters after clashes in December 2016 with another rebel group in the Ouaka province. Full text...

  • South Africa: Notorious fugitive could be heading back to South Africa
    16 february 2017 10:59:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Notorious fugitive and former advocate Dirk Prinsloo could return to South Africa as early as next week following 11 years on the run. Full text...

  • US: Situation in CAR warrants continued international attention, Security Council told
    16 february 2017 05:53:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite improving security situation in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), concerns remain in other parts of the country, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Wednesday, underlining the need for continued international attention. Full text...

  • UN: UN, Smurfs partner for a happier, more equitable world
    15 february 2017 19:03:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The popular Smurfs characters are encouraging children, young people and adults to make the world happier, more peaceful, equitable and healthy with a campaign launched on Wednesday by the UN, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the UN Foundation. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow appoints former UN prosecutor as chief Justice
    15 february 2017 18:02:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has appointed former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Justice Hassan Bubacar Jallow as the country's Chief Justice. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights office launches US$253 million for 2017 work
    15 february 2017 17:37:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Urging action for greater freedoms, stronger respect and more compassion, the UN human rights office on Wednesday launched a US$253 million appeal – its largest to date – to bolster its 2017 work programme to protect and advance the rights of people around the world. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda, MICT strengthen cooperation in information sharing
    15 february 2017 16:41:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) and the Rwanda Public Prosecution Authority on Wednesday agreed to step up cooperation through investigation information sharing on Rwandans suspected of being involved in the 1994 genocide. Full text...

  • Mauritius: NGO calls on MPs to stop animal experiments in Mauritius
    15 february 2017 15:21:41
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A British NGO, Cruelty Free International, on Wednesday called on all members of the Mauritius Parliament to stop any moves that would allow animal experiments to take place in the island, raising its concerns about the recent decision to allow experiments on animals. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy urges political stability in Guinea-Bissau
    14 february 2017 22:01:02
    New York, US (PANA) - In the face of continued political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, a more sustained and well-coordinated approach is required to sustain economic gains, the UN envoy for Guinea-Bissau, Modibo Toure has called for "faithful" implementation of a regionally-brokered road-map. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights office says 100 people killed by soldiers in DRC
    14 february 2017 15:31:44
    New York, US (PANA) - At least 101 people are reported to have been killed by soldiers in clashes between military forces and members of the Kamuina Nsapu militia in central Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the last five days, the UN human rights office said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: 32 UN workers killed in 2016 in the line of duty
    14 february 2017 15:12:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Staff Union on Tuesday said that 32 UN and associated personnel were killed in 2016 in the line of duty in parts of the world. Full text...

  • Kenya: IOM seeks help for South Sudan conflict victims
    14 february 2017 14:04:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Needs in South Sudan have reached unprecedented levels as the internal conflict crisis enters its fourth year, the International Organization of Migration (IOM), a UN agency said Tuesday. Full text...

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