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  • Journalism under fire amid rise of ‘fake news’, social media-driven echo chambers – UNESCO
    07 november 2017 06:42:44
    Paris, France (PANA) – The media industry, which remains the primary source of news and information in the digital age, faces both vast opportunities and steep challenges, the United Nations cultural agency said on Monday in its flagship analysis of new trends in media freedom, pluralism, independence and the safety of journalists. Full text...

  • UN Security Council considers boost in UN peacekeepers numbers in CAR
    07 november 2017 06:36:28
    New York, US (PANA) – The Security Council is deciding whether to increase the number of United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the recommendations put forward by Secretary-General António Guterres for strengthening the operation, which was discussed at Monday’s meeting in New York. Full text...

  • Security Council recognises contributions of police components to UN peacekeeping
    07 november 2017 06:29:04
    New York, USA (PANA) – The Security Council on Monday adopted a resolution stressing the important contribution that United Nations policing can provide in peacekeeping and special political missions throughout the conflict cycle. Full text...

  • University of Sierra Leone expels over 1,000 students for exam malpractices
    06 november 2017 19:58:33
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The University of Sierra Leone (USL) has expelled over 1,000 students across its three campuses for faking payments of fees to write their examinations. Full text...

  • Anti-graft body to investigate US$2 million Ebola fund to Red Cross
    06 november 2017 19:40:05
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Sierra Leone announced on Monday that it will launch an investigation into how US$2 million Ebola money was used by the Sierra Leone Red Cross. Full text...

  • Nigeria Navy vows to protect oil, gas facilities in Niger Delta
    06 november 2017 19:33:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Following recent threats by the militant group in Nigeria, the Niger Delta Avengers, to resume hostilities on oil and gas facilities in the oil-rich region, the Nigerian Navy has vowed to protect all national assets and deter the action of hostile groups. Full text...

  • MFWA hails Gambia’s decision to comply with ECOWAS court ruling on journalists
    06 november 2017 19:25:56
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Monday hailed the Gambia government’s decision to comply with rulings made by a sub-regional court in favour of three Gambian journalists. Full text...

  • Unknown men attack home of Supreme Court Associate Justice
    06 november 2017 16:42:15
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Supreme Court of Liberia has condemned “in the strongest terms” an attack on the home of an Associate Justice on Sunday evening by unknown persons. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army lauds troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists, others
    06 november 2017 15:03:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, has dispatched a special message of assurance, encouragement and commendation to troops of the Nigerian Army engaged the anti-Boko Haram insurgency fight and others in various anti-terror and peacekeeping operations both within and outside the country. Full text...

  • IRCR condemns killing of staff in Central African Republic
    06 november 2017 12:12:51
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed shock and sadness at the killing of one of its staff in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Nigerian military says it has 'killed a large number' of Boko Haram terrorists
    05 november 2017 15:38:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops fighting the Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria "killed a large number" of them while some escaped with gunshot wounds. Full text...

  • Outrage over attempts to ban Zuma book
    04 november 2017 16:40:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Two prominent organisations have slammed the government over calls to censor an explosive new books linking President Jacob Zuma to a widespread corruption. Full text...

  • UNAMID calls for collaborative approach to Darfur weapons collection in IDP camps
    04 november 2017 15:21:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN African Union Peace keeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has again called on the Sudanese government to avoid forceful entries into camps for internally displaced persons with the aim of collecting firearms from civilians, a part of a government arms collection campaign Full text...

  • Gambia to build secretariat for pan African rights body
    03 november 2017 18:47:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Gambian government has said preparations are at an advanced stage for the country to build a new secretariat for the Banjul-based African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Mudslide victims frustrated with resettlement package
    03 november 2017 16:20:11
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Victims of the August 14 mudslide in the country have expressed their frustration over the amount of money government has decided to give them as a resettlement package. Full text...

  • Ghanaian mathematician, nuclear physicist passes on
    03 november 2017 16:01:21
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A renowned Ghanaian mathematician and nuclear physicist, Prof. Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey, is dead. Full text...

  • Rights group lauds Mali Defence Ministry's promise to probe abuse by security forces
    03 november 2017 06:03:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights watchdog has hailed the Mali Defence Ministry’s stated commitment to investigate serious alleged abuses by the security forces during operations in central Mali describing it as "a meaningful step toward accountability". Full text...

  • More than 250 participants expected at Festival of Freedom of Expression
    02 november 2017 20:19:59
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - More than 250 journalists, human rights defenders, students, civil society groups and public institutions are expected to attend the 7th International Festival of Freedom of Expression from 8 to 11 November in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • 'Failure to broker peace' hinders solutions to displacement, says UN refugee chief
    02 november 2017 19:49:13
    New York, US (PANA) – The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Thursday urged global leaders to find political solutions to the world's conflicts, if the swelling numbers of forcibly displaced people are ever to return home. Full text...

  • 'Injustice against journalists costly for society,' says UNESCO chief
    02 november 2017 19:43:34
    Paris, France (PANA) – Justice must be done for the murder of journalists, who perform important functions in taking forward fundamental freedoms and bolstering the strength of societies, a senior United Nations official said on Thursday, marking the International Day to end impunity for crimes against them. Full text...

  • Sudan condemns New York truck attack
    02 november 2017 19:37:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has “strongly condemned" the terrorist truck attack that took place in New York last Tuesday that resulted in the death of 8 people and injury to many others “in a terrible crime which has violated all the human values and values”. Full text...

  • UN Mission in South Sudan weighs re-establishing presence in north-eastern town
    02 november 2017 06:29:05
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The United Nations peacekeeping mission is expected to reach vulnerable people in remote parts of South Sudan, as it takes a more “nimble and proactive” approach, the head of the operation said on Wednesday during a visit to a hard-to-reach area in the country’s north-east. Full text...

  • Violence against children pervasive in homes, schools and communities – UNICEF
    01 november 2017 22:30:31
    New York, USA (PANA) – About 300 million, or three-quarters, of the world’s two- to four-year-old children experience either psychological aggression or physical punishment, or both, by their caregivers at home, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a report published Tuesday. Full text...

  • Six new judges take oath of office in The Gambia
    01 november 2017 15:23:43
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow has sworn in six new Gambian judges, PANA confirmed on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Leading football administrator denies rape allegations
    01 november 2017 14:33:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Football Association President, Danny Jordaan, on Wednesday denied the explosive rape allegations that were made against him late last month. Full text...

  • Gambia gets 600 scholarships from Senegal, Nigeria
    01 november 2017 14:29:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government has received some 600 scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate studies from the governments of Senegal and Nigeria for the 2017/2018 academic year, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rwandan authorities hunting 3 escapee prisoners from high-security prison in Southern Rwanda
    01 november 2017 13:13:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan law enforcement officers are searching for three prisoners, including a former journalist and director of a religious local radio station, Cassien Ntamuhanga, who escaped early this week from one of the high-security prisons in Mpanga, Southern Rwanda, authoritative sources confirmed Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • US issues security alert over Asmara school policy protests in Eritrea
    01 november 2017 12:56:18
    Samaria, Eritrea (PANA) - The US Embassy in Asmara, the Eritrean capital, issued an alert Wednesday to its citizens, asking them to avoid downtown Asmara, where the security forces have been involved in ceaseless shooting of protesters. Full text...

  • CPJ releases Global Impunity Index on journalists’ killing; Somalia tops
    01 november 2017 11:41:49
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A lack of justice in the murders of journalists can perpetuate a cycle of violence and impunity lasting a decade or more, media watchdog Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) has said in a new report released on Wednesday. Full text...

  • NGO says people displaced in DR Congo face horrific living conditions
    01 november 2017 10:15:09
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - An international humanitarian organisation is warning that people displaced by violence in Tanganyika province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) are facing appalling living conditions. Full text...

  • UN Security Council urges more protections for children in conflicts
    31 october 2017 20:18:35
    New York, USA (PANA) – Deeply concerned about the abuse of children in war zones, the United Security Council on Tuesday – in a debate in New York which included Secretary-General António Guterres and his special envoy on the issue – urged countries and non-State actors to allow children access to education and healthcare during and post-conflicts. Full text...

  • Unrest in Cameroon's Anglophone regions sends thousands fleeing to Nigeria – UN agency
    31 october 2017 20:05:54
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations refugee agency is scaling up efforts with partners to provide humanitarian assistance to thousands of Cameroonians who have fled violence in that country's Anglophone regions to south-eastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso president pays tribute to 'martyrs' of anti-Compaore insurgency
    31 october 2017 18:59:54
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, on Tuesday laid a wreath in memory of the 30 people who died in October 2014, during the popular insurrection against ousted President Blaise Compaore. Full text...

  • 2 soldiers injured in mine explosion in northern Burkina Faso
    31 october 2017 17:52:25
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least two soldiers were injured on Tuesday in Gassel Garaf, in the northern Burkina Faso, when their vehicle jumped on a mine, security and local sources said. Full text...

  • EU regrets Burundi's official withdrawal from the ICC
    31 october 2017 17:29:37
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - In a statement issued by the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Union (EU) says it regrets the official withdrawal of Burundi from the International Criminal Court (ICC) since 27 October. Full text...

  • Army kill two Boko Haram terrorists in Northeast Nigeria
    31 october 2017 16:12:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army said on Tuesday its troops have killed two Boko Haram terrorists in Gambo Yukke, Gubio, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • EU commits US$430 million for security, peace building in Africa
    31 october 2017 16:03:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The European Union (EU) Tuesday announced that it is spending a total of US$430 million for security and peace building in Africa for the period 2014 to 2020. Full text...

  • Four persons killed, 12 injured in Boko Haram ambush in Northeast Nigeria
    31 october 2017 12:56:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army Tuesday said that four “persons” were killed in a Boko Haram terrorists’ ambush along the Banki-Bula Yobe road, Northeast Nigeria when the Army were escorting some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back to Maiduguri, the epicentre of the country’s insurgency. Full text...

  • 40% of children lack protection in Congo's Pool region, says UNICEF
    31 october 2017 10:58:01
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) office in Congo on Monday said that about 40% of displaced children, aged 2-5 years, lack protection in Congo's Pool region, in the south of the country, because of the violence that has been raging there since 2016. Full text...

  • Rights group accuses Algeria of rounding up sub-Saharan Africans
    31 october 2017 07:02:32
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – Algerian authorities have been rounding up sub-Saharan Africans in and around Algiers and have deported more than 3,000 to Niger since August 25, 2017, without giving them an opportunity to challenge their expulsion, a human rights group said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN chief urges Security Council to 'be ambitious' in supporting Sahel anti-terror force
    30 october 2017 21:31:15
    New York, USA (PANA) – Stressing the urgent need to help Mali and other countries the Sahel address cross-border terrorism and organized crime, Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday invited the United Nations Security Council to “be ambitious” in deciding how the UN supports the region's newly-established joint force. Full text...

  • WFP chief warns of 'looming humanitarian catastrophe' in DRC's strife-torn Kasai region
    30 october 2017 21:19:42
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Some 3.2 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) conflict-ravaged south-central Greater Kasai region are severely food insecure, struggling to feed themselves and in urgent need of assistance, the head of the United Nations food relief agency warned on Monday. Full text...

  • Cameroonian military court frees 3 journalists
    30 october 2017 20:42:49
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Yaoundé's military court on Monday found three Cameroonian journalists, charged with non-reporting of terrorist acts to intelligence service, not guilty. Full text...

  • François Compaoré released in France
    30 october 2017 16:15:50
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Francois Compaore, younger brother of deposed Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore, arrested in Paris on Sunday morning following an international arrest warrant in the case of the murder of journalist Norbert Zongo, was released on Monday, according to sources. Full text...

  • Rights group asks France to extradite former Burkinabe president's brother
    30 october 2017 11:13:17
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A human rights group is asking France to extradite the younger brother of former Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore to answer questions on the unresolved murder of a journalist in the West African country in 1998. Full text...

  • Ghanaian wins West Africa Media Excellence Award
    29 october 2017 15:01:42
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Seth Kwame Boateng, a journalist from Multimedia Broadcasting Limited, won the Western Africa Media Excellence Award on Saturday night in Accra, Ghana, PANA reported. Full text...

  • UN chief pays tribute to courage, resilience of people of Central African Republic
    28 october 2017 14:23:45
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Addressing lawmakers in Central African Republic, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Friday stressed the international community's commitment to helping tackle the myriad challenges plaguing the conflict-torn country, and strongly defended the role of the UN peacekeeping force there. Full text...

  • Ethiopia begins civil registration for refugees – UN agencies
    28 october 2017 14:03:09
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - In a historic first, starting Friday, all refugees in Ethiopia will be able to register their vital life events, including birth, death, marriage and divorce, directly with national authorities, the United Nations refugee agency announced. Full text...

  • Air Force operation degrades Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria
    28 october 2017 10:06:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Air raids by Nigeria Air Force have caused heavy damage to the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast of the country, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar told journalists on Friday in Maiduguri, the epicentre of the insurgency. Full text...

  • Nigerian troops kill three Booko Haram terrorists, free five hostages
    28 october 2017 08:11:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Three Boko Haram terrorists were killed on Friday when troops of the Nigerian Army deployed in Dikes, northeast Nigeria, successfully ambushed a group of the terrorists attempting to cross into Sambisa forest through Lumda village, some few kilometres away from Maiduguri Borno State. Full text...

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