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  • US: Nigerians to hold talks on nation-building, investments in Washington DC
    22 july 2016 14:42:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The role of Nigerian professionals in Diaspora in nation-building and investments in Nigeria, will form part of an interactive session on 6 August in Washington DC, US, to commemorate 25 years anniversary of a US-based Nigerian socio-cultural organization, Zumunta Association USA. Full text...

  • Gambia: April 14 protesters sentenced in Gambia
    22 july 2016 13:21:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian High, presided over by Justice S. Ateha Abi, on Thursday sentenced members of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) who were arrested along with the late Solo Sandeng on 14 April to three years imprisonment each. Full text...

  • Gambia: Promoters of child marriage in Gambia face long-term jail terms
    22 july 2016 12:51:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Parents, guardians and suitors in the Gambia will now go to long-term jail sentences following the passage of a bill by the national assembly, PANA reported Friday from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram terrorists ambush Nigerian soldiers
    22 july 2016 06:36:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nineteen soldiers of the Nigerian Army and three civilian vigilantes were wounded when they ran into an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists in the north eastern State of Borno, Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, announced on Thursday night. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief warns on threats to free speech, public assembly in DRC
    22 july 2016 05:48:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Concluding a four-day mission to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al Hussein, has commended the country’s efforts to strengthen human rights but cautioned that some of these advances may be under threat, especially what he saw as repression against opposition parties in the coming elections. Full text...

  • UN: German peacekeepers to use surveillance drones in Mali
    21 july 2016 19:35:37
    New York, US (PANA) - German peacekeepers deployed to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) will use surveillance drones, known as "Heron 1" to support their operations in Mali, PANA has learnt. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria in talks with Niger Delta militants to stop bombing oil, gas pipelines
    21 july 2016 19:24:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed his government is in dialogue with Niger Delta militants with the aim of putting a stop to bombing of oil and gas installations in the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta militant group claims hijacking vessel with Liberian flag
    21 july 2016 17:56:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The spate of insecurity in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region may be escalating as a new group, Concerned Militant Leaders (CML), has claimed responsibility for hijacking Wednesday night a vessel with Liberian flag along Bakassi Peninsula. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights expert demands release of South Sudanese journalist
    21 july 2016 14:33:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. David Kaye, on Thursday urged the Government of South Sudan to immediately release Alfred Taban, a prominent journalist and chief editor of the daily English newspaper, Juba Monitor. Full text...

  • UN: UN says South Sudanese demonstrated against proposed AU troops' deployment
    21 july 2016 14:25:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said a thousand people demonstrated on Wednesday in front of the UN compound in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and dispersed without incidents after handing over a petition to the mission authorities. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia, South Africa agree to protect their working nationals in the 2 countries
    21 july 2016 12:24:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia and South Africa have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which seeks to protect the interests of their nationals working across the two countries. Full text...

  • South Africa: State to appeal Pistorius' sentence
    21 july 2016 10:31:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Thursday announced that it will appeal Oscar Pistorius' six-year jail sentence. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to set up Police Complaints Commission
    21 july 2016 09:52:16
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth has told Parliament that the creation of a Police Complaints Commission is not a blame against the police force but to enhance the existing trust that the vast majority of the population has in the Police Department. Full text...

  • US: UNICEF calls for urgent action to protect girls, women from sexual violence
    21 july 2016 08:32:27
    New York, US (PANA) - A key adviser to the United Nations children’s agency on Wednesday decried the culture of impunity surrounding sexual violence against women and girls around the world, following a recent case of gang rape in India. Full text...

  • Mali: UN peacekeepers condemn attack against military camp, checkpoints
    21 july 2016 08:15:43
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali on Wednesday strongly condemned an attack against a military camp and its checkpoints in Nampala, in the central part of the country. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Mauritius has solid reputation for respect of human rights'
    21 july 2016 07:47:21
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth has told Parliament that Mauritius enjoys a solid reputation for its respect for Human Rights not only on the African continent but also internationally. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian troops kill 45 Boko Haram terrorists
    21 july 2016 07:34:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Wednesday night announced that 45 Boko Haram terrorists were killed by troops in two different gunfire attacks in the northeastern State of Borno this week. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian High Court jails opposition leader, 18 others
    20 july 2016 20:27:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The High Court in Banjul, Gambia has sentenced opposition leader, who is also the Secretary-General of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Ousainou Darboe and 18 others to three years jail term. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief tasks international community on migration, diversity
    20 july 2016 14:26:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has called for an alternative narrative on migration, where human mobility is seen as a positive development and a driver for economic prosperity and social progress. Full text...

  • Zambia: Media bodies call on Zambian govt. to allow Post to reopen
    20 july 2016 14:21:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A team from the International Press Institute (IPI) and the African Media Initiative (AMI) have called on Zambian authorities to allow the independent Post newspaper, closed on 21 June for tax arrears default, to reopen immediately. Full text...

  • Zambia: 'Support landlocked countries attain SDGs', Zambia tells Int’l community
    20 july 2016 14:14:44
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) have called for global support to strengthen their capacities for monitoring and reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • South Africa: National broadcaster forced to drop protest ban
    20 july 2016 11:59:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday granted an order interdicting South Africa’s national broadcaster from implementing or enforcing its decision not to cover violent protests. Full text...

  • Sudan: Hundreds of Sudanese to be deported from Niger
    20 july 2016 10:41:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Hundreds Sudanese nationals have been detained by the Niger authorities pending their deportation to Khartoum for entering the West African country illegally, Sudanese media reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malawi: Rights group asks Malawi to investigate brutal attack against albino
    20 july 2016 06:06:21
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has asked the authorities to investigate the gruesome attack last Saturday on a woman with albinism and bring those suspected of the crime to justice. Full text...

  • UN: Children suffering in north-east Nigeria due to Boko Haram attacks - UNICEF
    20 july 2016 05:50:08
    New York, US (PANA) - About a quarter of a million children in Borno state, north-eastern Nigeria, are suffering from severe malnutrition, and of those, about one in five will die if they do not receive treatment, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says thousands flee to Uganda from South Sudan
    20 july 2016 05:45:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says more than 5,000 people, primarily women and children under the age of 18 years, have fled from South Sudan to neighbouring Uganda since the latest violence in the country erupted on 7 July. Full text...

  • UN: 'UN workers in South Sudan face harassment, obstruction'
    20 july 2016 05:27:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The situation around South Sudan remains tense, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has said, and called on all parties to uphold their responsibilities to protect civilians, including UN staff. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for the release of detained journalist in South Sudan
    19 july 2016 16:39:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Authorities in South Sudan should immediately and unconditionally release South Sudanese journalist Alfred Taban, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) demanded Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: ICC receives hundreds of photographs to mark International Criminal Justice Day
    19 july 2016 14:38:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday said it has concluded a two-week online campaign which garnered large support worldwide, resulting in a mosaic of over 220 photographs from more than 90 countries, representing all regions of the world and symbolizing global support for all those who stand for justice. Full text...

  • South Africa: Authorities move to repatriate remains of racing star from Kilimanjaro
    19 july 2016 14:35:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation on Tuesday said arrangements are being made to return the body of motor racing hero Gugu Zulu back to South Africa. Zulu died in the early hours of Monday morning while attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA wants 3-year sentence against Mauritanian journalist reviewed
    19 july 2016 14:30:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called on authorities in Mauritania to review the three-year jail sentence recently slammed against a journalist for throwing his shoe at a state official. Full text...

  • UN: UN lauds US, EU funding for emergency response in Lake Chad Basin
    19 july 2016 06:48:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Africa's Sahel region, Mr. Toby Lanzer, has expressed gratitude to the US and the European Union (EU) for their financial support for people affected by violence in countries surrounding the Lake Chad Basin region, and called for greater international support. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials, Stevie Wonder urge global community to imbibe Madela's virtues
    18 july 2016 20:01:49
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world marks Nelson Mandela International Day, UN officials and UN Peace Ambassador Stevie Wonder on Monday in New York paid tribute to the South African activist and peacemaker's tireless efforts to end intolerance and injustice, calling on the international community to follow his guiding example in efforts to build a better world for all. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda, Gabon abolish mobile phone roaming charges
    18 july 2016 18:17:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda and Gabon on Monday adopted a ban on roaming charges for users of mobile phones, said an official statement issued to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta militants blow up two major oil trunk lines
    18 july 2016 18:03:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Niger Delta militants on Monday continued sabotaging oil and gas installations in Nigeria’s oil rich region, blowing up two major oil trunk line facilities of to the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) at Camp three in Warri South West council area of Delta State. Full text...

  • South Africa: Global giants salute Nelson Mandela
    18 july 2016 17:33:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday saluted world statesman Nelson Mandela whose birthday is commemorated around the world on 18 July. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief tasks governments on SDGs implementation
    18 july 2016 17:27:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Every government must accelerate the implementation pace of the development agenda adopted by UN member states nearly one year ago, by boosting efforts to overcome persistent challenges, new obstacles and unforeseen setbacks in today’s turbulent world, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army releases 249 cleared Boko Haram suspects
    18 july 2016 17:15:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A total of 249 suspected Boko Haram terrorists and accomplices were set free Monday by the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, capital of northeastern State of Borno, after they were cleared by the Joint Interrogation team constituted by Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Yusuf Buratai. Full text...

  • 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...

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