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  • Belgium: EU expresses alarm at increasing migrants, drugs smuggling in Sahel
    20 june 2016 15:29:31
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union (EU) says it is alarmed by the increase in smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings, drugs and arms in the Sahel region. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU extends Operation Sophia mandate in the Mediterranean
    20 june 2016 13:20:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The Council of the European Union (EU) on Monday extended until 27 July, 2017, the mandate of the EUNAFOR MED Operation Sophia, the EU naval operation to disrupt the business model of human smugglers and traffickers in the Southern Central Mediterranean. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Divisive political rhetoric, xenophobia threaten refugees - UNHCR
    20 june 2016 10:10:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, against the tragic backdrop of forced displacement reaching unprecedented levels, divisive political rhetoric on asylum and migration issues, and disturbing levels of xenophobia, are together threatening the international agreements which protect those forced to flee war or persecution. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian military says 22 Boko Haram terrorists killed on Sunday
    20 june 2016 07:24:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military on Sunday said its ground and air troops killed a total of 22 Boko Haram terrorists during its operations in the northeastern part of the country. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Syria's war the world's leading cause of displacement - UNHCR
    20 june 2016 07:02:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Syria’s war remained the world’s leading cause of displacement and associated suffering in 2015, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR says forced displacement hits record high
    20 june 2016 07:01:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says conflict and persecution caused global forced displacement to escalate sharply in 2015, reaching the highest level ever recorded and representing immense human suffering. Full text...

  • South Africa: Rights group demands immediate release of Angolan activists
    19 june 2016 04:32:14
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International is asking the Angolan authorities to immediately and unconditionally release the 17 activists arrested on "trumped up charges". Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks international community on refugees' wellbeing
    19 june 2016 04:20:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged the international community to address the root causes of displacement and more evenly share the responsibility for the welfare of migrants and refugees. Full text...

  • Sudan: ICRC airplanes evacuate people wounded in South Sudan clashes
    18 june 2016 19:50:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Saturday said it evacuated by air 17 people from Raja, South Sudan, following “violent clashes there that left dozens of casualties". Full text...

  • UN: UN adviser concerned about homophobia, islamophobia attitudes
    18 june 2016 17:32:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, has condemned the attack that took place at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, US, on 12 June, in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured, and expressed concern at the outpouring of hatred, homophobia and Islamophobia that followed the incident. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Community Court gets new President
    18 june 2016 10:19:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Judges of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice have reconstituted the bureau of the Court with the election of Honorable Justice Jérôme Traoré from Burkina Faso as the new President of the Court, Honourable Justice Micah Wilkins Wright from Liberia as Vice President and Honorable Justice Hameye Foune Mahalmadane from Mali as the Dean. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram kills 18 at funeral in Nigeria - Witnesses
    17 june 2016 16:51:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Boko Haram terrorists on Thursday night shot dead 18 people at a funeral in Kuda-Kuya village, Adamawa State in North Eastern Nigeria, according to witnesses. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission condemns escalation of violence in CAR
    17 june 2016 16:44:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Friday expressed deep concern at the deteriorating security situation in Ngaoundaye, Ouham Pende Prefecture, in the west of the country following attacks and retaliation between groups backed by Christian militias and herders supported by Muslim fighters, since 10 June. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy tasks Malian parties on peace, reconciliation agreement
    17 june 2016 15:58:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Mali, Saleh Annadif, said that despite some progress, key challenges to implementing Mali’s peace and reconciliation agreement remained, one year after the government and armed groups signed the accord. Full text...

  • US: EgyptAir flight data recorder recovered
    17 june 2016 15:46:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The flight data recorder from EgyptAir Flight MS804, which disappeared while flying on May 19 from Paris to Cairo with 66 people on board, has been recovered, Egyptian Civil Aviation Investigation Committee said Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa rocked by another race row
    17 june 2016 13:32:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just one day after South Africa marked the 40th anniversary of the June 16, 1976, Soweto Riots which sparked the revolution that led to the end of Apartheid, the country has been rocked by yet another race-related altercation. Full text...

  • Niger: IOM expresses shock at Niger migrant deaths
    17 june 2016 11:40:34
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says it is shocked at the discovery this week of the remains of 34 migrants near the Algeria-Niger border which brings to 471 the number of deaths and disappearances recorded on the African continent this year by IOM’s Missing Migrants Project. Full text...

  • Zambia: DRC-Zambia border shut after death of 21 Somalis
    17 june 2016 10:11:29
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has closed its border with Zambia at Mokambo following the death of 21 Somalis who suffocated in a Zambian registered containerized truck loaded with dry sardines, commonly known as “kapenta”, on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian government warns on ISIS recruiting mobile application
    16 june 2016 18:55:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government on Thursday alerted Nigerians on a mobile application launched by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to recruit children and the youth to join the extremist group and spread its propaganda. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africans commemorate 1976 Soweto riots
    16 june 2016 18:41:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africans on Thursday marked the 40th anniversary of Soweto riots, a 1976 black student uprising in the Soweto area of Johannesburg, which became a turning point in the anti-apartheid struggle. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS court fines Ghana U$250,000 over death of Nigerian teenager
    16 june 2016 16:54:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) –The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Community court, on Wednesday in Abuja, imposed a fine of US$250,000 against the Ghanaian government for negligence over alleged human rights abuse and unlawful killing of a 15-year old Nigerian teenager. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU political deal to curb trade in conflict minerals
    16 june 2016 15:38:41
    Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has agreed on a framework to stop the financing of armed groups through trade in conflict minerals, following negotiations between the Commission, Council and Parliament. Full text...

  • US: Egyptian investigators locate EgyptAir wreckage
    16 june 2016 15:14:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Egyptian investigators on Thursday said they have located the wreckage of EgyptAir flight MS804, which crashed into the Mediterranean on 19 May, with 56 passengers, seven crew members and three security personnel on board the Airbus A320. Full text...

  • Botswana: Civic society calls for amendment to child laws in Botswana
    16 june 2016 15:04:36
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s human rights organisation, DITSHWANELO, has challenged government to review children’s laws. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Study says "Pygmy" fathers are the best in handling children
    16 june 2016 13:52:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Research, conducted by non-governmental organization, Survival International (SI), has suggested that 'Pygmy' fathers form exceptionally close bonds with their children. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta militants blow up another major pipeline
    16 june 2016 11:43:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), on Thursday morning blew up another oil pipeline belonging to Nigeria’s oil and gas conglomerate, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Full text...

  • Switzerland: Celebrities join campaign calling on gov'ts to take action for refugees
    16 june 2016 10:25:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Thursday launched a major campaign that asks the world to stand together #WithRefugees. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts' panel urges protection of Afro-Colombian communities
    16 june 2016 05:56:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Distressed over reports of violence against people of African descent in Colombia, a UN expert panel has called on Colombian authorities to take concrete and urgent measures to protect the country’s Afro-Colombian communities. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says LRA threatens security, stability in CAR
    15 june 2016 21:07:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is concerned about the impact of Uganda’s potential withdrawal from military operations against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN envoy in CAR, Abdoulaye Bathily said on Wednesday, stressing that a departure of Ugandan troops must be well-coordinated. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges Ethiopia, Eritrea to resolve border issues
    15 june 2016 18:25:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Deeply concerned by reports of fighting on 12 and 13 June on the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the two countries to show "maximum restraint' and follow the path of dialogue to resolve their differences. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges end to elders' abuse, neglect
    15 june 2016 17:29:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said that ending neglect, abuse and violence against older people is crucial as the international community continues to work together towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and fulfill their underlying pledge to leave no one behind. Full text...

  • UN: WFP to double relief assistance to Niger’s Diffa region
    15 june 2016 16:52:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Faced with a new wave of displacement following recent Boko Haram attacks in Niger’s south-eastern Diffa region and with needs on the rise, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) plans to double its food and nutrition assistance, aiming to gradually increase its life-saving support to more than 250,000 people in Niger’s embattled southern region. Full text...

  • UN: UN reports increase in violence against aid workers in South Sudan
    15 june 2016 16:07:10
    New York, US (PANA) - While thousands of vulnerable people in South Sudan have been reached with assistance and protection in recent months, violent incidents against aid workers increased during the month of May, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council authorizes ships' inspections off Libya's coast
    15 june 2016 16:01:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing UN member states, acting nationally or through regional organizations, to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya they believe are carrying illicit weapons. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says 'little progress' made on Darfur conflict resolution
    15 june 2016 15:55:44
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Herve Ladsous, said little progress has been made in finding a viable political solution to the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, which began in 2003. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed forum to tackle albinism issues in Africa
    15 june 2016 15:50:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The first-ever UN-sponsored regional forum for Action on Albinism in Africa will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 17 to 19 June to develop specific measures to tackle the attacks and discrimination faced by persons with albinism in several countries on the continent. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges joint efforts against terrorism, refugees
    15 june 2016 15:44:35
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday in Brussels, Belgium, stressed the need for stronger international cooperation and efforts to address violent terrorism affecting the world, and issues relating to refugees, migration and displacement of people following conflicts. Full text...

  • South Africa: Disgraced former tennis champion to approach Constitutional Court
    15 june 2016 15:39:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former tennis Grand Slam champion and convicted rapist Bob Hewitt plans to take his case to the Constitutional Court after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) last week ruled against him. Full text...

  • South Africa: "Broken" Oscar Pistorius walks on stumps in court
    15 june 2016 15:34:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – State prosecutor Gerrie Nel on Wednesday urged the North Gauteng High Court to slam Oscar Pistorius with a minimum of 15 years imprisonment for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian Mission in Pretoria warns Zambians on reports of human trafficking
    15 june 2016 15:25:54
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa, has issued an advisory, urging Zambians to be wary of trafficking of vulnerable people, especially women and children, warning that there are criminals seeking to entice unsuspecting and desperate foreign nationals, especially from the African continent. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari condoles Ghanaian President on death of mother
    15 june 2016 15:21:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday commiserated with President John Mahama of Ghana and his family on the death of his mother, Hajia Abiba Nnaba. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's President Mahama loses mother
    15 june 2016 09:30:21
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The death is announced in Accra of the mother of Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials stress need to involve persons with disabilities to achieve SDGs
    14 june 2016 22:00:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the 10th anniversary of a UN treaty that protects the rights of persons with disabilities, senior UN officials late Tuesday in New York highlighted the critical role people with disabilities play as invaluable partners to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights office urges Libya authorities to probe murder of 12 political prisoners
    14 june 2016 21:07:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN human rights office on Tuesday urged the Libyan authorities to undertake an effective, thorough and impartial investigation to bring perpetrators of torture to justice, after 12 political prisoners were found dead last Friday in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army rescues 57 civilians, kill 2 Boko Haram terrorists
    14 june 2016 20:53:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Tuesday rescued 57 civilians who escaped from Boko Haram captivity and also conducted operations to apprehend some of the terrorists. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army kills 6 Boko Haram terrorists, recover weapons
    14 june 2016 16:48:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Army on Tuesday killed six Boko Haram terrorists when a gang of the terrorists attempted to attack a military formation at Pulka village in Gwoza local government area of north-east Borno State, the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says refugee, migrant children face abuse, exploitation
    14 june 2016 16:16:40
    New York, US (PANA) - More than nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported on Tuesday, warning of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death that such children are facing. Full text...

  • South Africa: Man in court for gruesome family murder
    14 june 2016 15:44:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A 21-year-old man on Tuesday appeared in the Stellenbosch Magistrate's Court in South Africa in connection with the horrific axe murders of three members of his family last year. Full text...

  • UN: UN conference promotes equal rights for persons with disabilities
    14 june 2016 15:40:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Hundreds of delegates from around the world on Tuesday gathered in New York for a three-day UN conference to promote equal rights for persons with disabilities and to ensure their full participation in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • UN: UN chief kicks off 100-day countdown to International Day of Peace
    13 june 2016 21:03:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Kicking-off the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on the international community to work together in recognizing that development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing in order to help build a future of peace and prosperity for all. Full text...

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