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  • Nigeria: Nigeria, South Africa hold high-level defence partnership meeting in Abuja
    18 july 2016 16:40:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A two-day high-level meeting of Nigerian and South African defence chiefs opened here Monday aimed at preparing both nation’s defences against the rising wave of terrorism and related global security challenges. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for immediate release of two detained journalists in Congo
    18 july 2016 15:03:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the arbitrary detention of two radio journalists by authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo and called for their immediate release. Full text...

  • UN: Human rights experts urge govts to apply 'Nelson Mandela Rules' in prisons
    18 july 2016 14:54:30
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of UN and other international human rights experts are calling on governments to implement the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, dubbed the "Nelson Mandela Rules". Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam appeals for world attention to refugee influx in developing countries
    18 july 2016 13:25:31
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Six wealthiest countries - which make up more than half the global economy - host less than 9 percent of the world’s refugees while poorer countries and territories are shouldering most of the responsibility, Oxfam said Monday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU extends mission of EUCAP in Sahel Niger
    18 july 2016 11:16:40
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council (EC) on Monday announced extension of the mandate of EUCAP (European External Action Service) Sahel Niger until 15 July 2018 and agreed on a budget of €26.3 million for the period 16 July 2016 to 15 July 2017. Full text...

  • (UPDATE) South Africa: Rally champion dies in Mandela Day initiative (Eds: Adds Zulu's final Facebook post in para 5)
    18 july 2016 10:11:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African rally champion Gugu Zulu has died while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in an attempt to raise funds for Mandela Day on Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Rally champion dies in Mandela Day initiative
    18 july 2016 10:02:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African rally champion Gugu Zulu has died while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in an attempt to raise funds for Mandela Day on Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Vetran journalist arrested in Juba
    18 july 2016 09:38:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A veteran South Sudanese journalist, Alfred Taban, has been held in security custody since Sunday for calling on South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Rick Machar to step down so as to help resolve the current crisis in their country, a Sudanese newspaper reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Six Sudanese killed in South Sudan fighting
    18 july 2016 08:25:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Six Sudanese nationals were killed in South Sudan during the clashes that erupted there last week, Sudan's official responsible for expatriates, Hajj Magid Sewar, said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: 13,000 victims participated in cases on crimes against humanity, abuses - ICC
    17 july 2016 15:49:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Sunday said that a total of 13,000 victims have participated in cases relating to crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes, sexual violence and other abuses, since the Court's establishment, 18 years ago. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria to host Nigeria-South Africa Defence industry summit
    17 july 2016 12:09:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Ministry of Defence will on Monday host the Nigeria-South African Defence Industry Seminar for the year 2016 (NIGSA2016). Full text...

  • US: US govt concerned over escalating press intimidation in Lesotho
    16 july 2016 16:31:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Saturday said it is deeply concerned about increasing pressure on the media in Lesotho, particularly noting the 9 July shooting of Lesotho Times/Sunday Express Editor, Mr. Lloyd Mutungamiri. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly President condemns coup attempt in Turkey
    16 july 2016 16:28:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, on Saturday condemned the attempt to overthrow the Turkish government by a renegade of the Turkish military forces. Full text...

  • UN: UN, Ethiopia express alarm over the situation in South Sudan
    16 july 2016 14:48:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General , Ban Ki-moon, and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Haile Mariam Dessalegn, are alarmed at the conflict in South Sudan and the risk of further escalation, the UN said in a press statement issued following a meeting between the two leaders on the margin of the African Union (AU) summit set to begin shortly in Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...

  • Sudan: Chinese nationals evacuated from South Sudan to Khartoum
    16 july 2016 11:57:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan on Saturday said Chinese nationals, mostly workers in the petroleum fields, are now being evacuated from South Sudan to Khartoum, Sudan, for safety and possible repatriation home. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Nations mark International Criminal Justice day
    16 july 2016 08:54:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - An international system of criminal justice - complementing and reinforcing national justice systems - is essential to deter those contemplating the most serious crimes and enable victims to obtain justice and redress, rebuild nations ravaged by war and support post-conflict reconciliation, according to the European Union (EU) High Representative, Federica Mogherini. Full text...

  • UN: 'Govts responsible for ensuring youth engagement in political, economic, social life' - UN report
    16 july 2016 07:58:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The responsibility for finding solutions to the problems affecting young people, such as unemployment, low representation in political processes, and social exclusion, lies largely with governments, according to a UN report on youth engagement which was released late Friday in New York, US. Full text...

  • US: Obama reacts to terror attack in France
    15 july 2016 16:57:41
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack has condemned Thursday's terrorist attack in Nice, France, saying "the US stands firm with our French allies." Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU condemns terrorist attack in Nice, France
    15 july 2016 16:50:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Calling for enhanced international cooperation in the fight against international terrorism, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has strongly condemned the horrific terror attack which claimed over 80 lives early Friday in Nice, France. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief, senior officials condemn terrorist attack in Nice
    15 july 2016 16:23:03
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned the deadly attack in Nice, France, calling for stepped up efforts to fight terrorism and violent extremism. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials, workers, Stevie Wonder to celebrate Mandela Day on 18 July
    15 july 2016 15:28:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly will mark Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July, with an informal meeting at UN headquarters in New York, which will feature remarks by the President of the General Assembly, UN Deputy Secretary-General, the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN, and UN Messenger of Peace, Stevie Wonder. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese evacuees from Juba return home
    15 july 2016 15:23:28
    Khartoum, Sudan ( PANA) - The first batch of 76 Sudanese evacuated from South Sudan arrived at the Khartoum airport on Friday where they were received by senior government and expatriate affairs officials, with funfair. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum condemns terrorist attack in South France
    15 july 2016 15:14:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The Sudanese government on Friday condemned Thursday's attack in Nice, Southern France, describing it as a cowardly terrorist attack that targeted innocent civilians. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges more investment to assist jobless youth
    15 july 2016 15:11:10
    New York, US (PANA) - With so many youth either jobless or "working poor", more investment is needed to empower them through skills development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on World Youth Skills Day, which is marked on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: New UNESCO report estimates 263 million children, youth out of school
    15 july 2016 15:07:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported on Friday that some 263 million children and youth, equivalent to about a quarter of the population of Europe, are out of school from primary to upper secondary levels with sub-Saharan Africa having the highest number. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly President condemns terror attack in France
    15 july 2016 15:01:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, on Friday expressed horror at the carnage in the Southern French city of Nice, during a Bastille Day celebration on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: US asks Egypt to investigate allegations of torture, forced disappearances
    15 july 2016 08:15:42
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has described allegations by human rights group, Amnesty International, of torture and forced disappearances in Egypt as "deeply concerning" and asked the authorities of the North African country to investigate them. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN orders relocation of non-critical staff; WFP warehouse looted
    15 july 2016 06:04:11
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations has ordered the temporary relocation of some non-critical staff from Juba, South Sudan, due to the operational challenges caused by the recent fighting there. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan to hold population census in 2018
    14 july 2016 19:27:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan will conduct its sixth population census in April 2018 at a cost of US$50 million, the Director General of Sudan’s Central Bureau of Statistics, Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty International calls for speedy probe of ex-Burundi minister's murder
    14 july 2016 17:21:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global human rights body Amnesty International on Thursday called for a thorough and speedy probe of the killing of former Burundian information minister Hafsa Mossi by unidentified gunmen in Bujumbura on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns murder of former Burundian minister
    14 july 2016 15:15:45
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the assassination of Ms. Hafsa Mossi, former Burundian Minister for East African Community Affairs and member of the East African Legislative Assembly, in the capital, Bujumbura, which occurred on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF delivering life-saving aid to displaced persons in Juba
    14 july 2016 15:00:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and partners are providing urgent life-saving assistance to thousands of people displaced by last weekend's heavy fighting in Juba, South Sudan, which reportedly killed some 272 people, including 33 civilians, and displaced at least 36,000 civilians. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants credible investigation into shooting of Journalist in Lesotho
    14 july 2016 13:26:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Lesotho authorities should launch a credible investigation into the shooting of veteran editor, Lloyd Mutungamiri, and bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Durban to host major international media conference
    14 july 2016 11:22:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has confirmed that it will hold its 69th World News Media Congress, 24th World Editors Forum, and 27th World Advertising Forum in Durban, South Africa, from 7 to 9 June 2017. Full text...

  • Kenya: Gunman 'kills five policemen' in Kenya police station attack; holds hostages
    14 july 2016 10:09:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan security forces on Thursday embarked on a delicate hostage rescue mission after a lone gunman identified as Omar Okwaki Eumond, a terrorist suspect held at a police station in Kapenguria, West Pokot, seized a gun from a police officer and shot dead several policemen, police and security sources said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Rights group says Boko Haram suspects tortured in Cameroon
    14 july 2016 08:44:51
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says more than 1,000 people, many arrested arbitrarily, are being held in horrific conditions and dozens are dying from disease and malnutrition or have been tortured to death, as part of the Cameroonian government and security forces crackdown on Boko Haram. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission deplores violence in Mali’s northern city of Gao
    13 july 2016 21:52:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Deploring the outbreak of violence that occurred on Tuesday in Gao, following a demonstration that turned violent, leaving four dead and many injured, the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali has stressed the need for government-led initiatives to better familiarize the population with the recently agreed peace deal. Full text...

  • UN: New UN report says science important in achieving SDGs
    13 july 2016 15:58:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Understanding of the scientific basis for action will be needed to achieve the ambitious and transformation goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, according to a new report issued by the UN on Wednesday at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development holding in New York. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army says 25 Boko Haram terrorists killed in gun battle with troops
    13 july 2016 14:59:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said that a total of 25 Boko Haram terrorists were killed during the terrorists’ gun battle with troops of the 119 Task Force Battalion stationed in Kangarwa, North Eastern State of Borno. Full text...

  • Egypt: Rights group condemns Egypt for 'wave of brutal repression'
    13 july 2016 10:23:31
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt’s National Security Agency (NSA) is abducting, torturing and forcibly making people disappear in an effort to intimidate opponents and wipe out peaceful dissent, said a new report by human rights watchdog Amnesty International published on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram terrorists kill two Nigerian Army soldiers, wound seven
    13 july 2016 09:07:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Wednesday announced that two of its soldiers were killed and seven wounded when its troops were engaged in gunfight with Boko Haram terrorists in northeastern State of Borno. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC academic institutions challenged to raise the bar
    13 july 2016 08:51:38
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi has challenged academic institutions in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) bloc to raise the bar and align training and research to market demands. Full text...

  • UN: UN report stresses need to fight against sexual violence in Cote d'Ivoire
    12 july 2016 22:37:02
    New York, US (PANA) - In a new joint report, the UN Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday called for strengthening rape prevention efforts and to improve the fight against impunity for sexual violence in the West African nation. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed partnership launches fund to end violence against children
    12 july 2016 22:22:16
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-backed partnership and fund were launched on Tuesday, in order to achieve the new global target of ending abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children, a public priority and a collective responsibility. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts task governments on human rights obligations
    12 july 2016 18:51:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development should in no way become "the perfect excuse" for UN member states to give less priority to their binding human rights obligations, or to ignore the comprehensive protection that is at the core of international human rights instruments, a group of rights experts in the UN system stressed on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN welcomes ceasefire, warns against impunity in South Sudan
    12 july 2016 18:41:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) - The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has welcomed a new ceasefire announcement by the parties to the current conflict in South Sudan, President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Rieck Machar on Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNICEF welcomes Gambian President's ban on child marriage
    12 july 2016 18:09:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's ban on child marriage in the West African country. Full text...

  • Sudan: Civil society groups call for urgent humanitarian aid to South Sudan
    12 july 2016 17:10:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed concern over the current situation in South Sudan saying it could access only a tiny area of the capital, Juba, to check humanitarian needs, the dead or injured in the city. Full text...

  • UN: UN reports 'alarming' level of malnutrition in Nigeria's northeast
    12 july 2016 16:16:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Humanitarian convoys have uncovered emergency levels of severe acute malnutrition and famine-like conditions in Nigeria's Borno State, particularly in 15 satellite camps, where some 275,000 people are living, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Church group calls for end to South Sudan violence
    12 july 2016 14:02:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The renewed fighting in South Sudan has raised serious concerns around safety and security of the people of the new, and increasingly fragile country, global church group, ACT Alliance, says. Full text...

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