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  • CPJ names global 'Press Oppressors'
    09 january 2018 12:33:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists has named its global Press Oppressors - world leaders who use rhetoric, legal action and censorship to try to silence their critics. Full text...

  • Media watchdog demands release of Nigerian journalist
    09 january 2018 11:28:04
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Media watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is asking the Nigerian authorities to immediately release Timothy Elombah, editor of the news website Elombah. Full text...

  • Somaliland journalists sentenced to two years in prison on propaganda charges
    09 january 2018 11:16:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Somaliland regional court has sentenced journalists Mohamed Abdilaahi Dabshid and Ahmed Dirie Liltire to two years in prison on charges of conducting propaganda against the state, bringing Somaliland into contempt and "bringing the flag or national emblem of a foreign state" into contempt. Full text...

  • Sudan regrets its inclusion by US on list of states violating religious freedoms
    08 january 2018 09:04:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has expressed regret over a United States' declaration that included the Sudan in a list of countries of "particular concern" regarding religious freedoms. Full text...

  • UN announces special probe into attacks on peacekeepers in eastern DR Congo
    07 january 2018 11:35:24
    Beni, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations is launching a special investigation into attacks on peacekeepers in restive eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), one month after 15 'blue helmets' were killed and dozens wounded in the deadliest single assault on a UN mission in nearly a quarter century. Full text...

  • Sudan closes its border with Eritrea
    06 january 2018 17:39:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has closed all, except one, of its border crossings to neighbouring Eritrea with effect from Friday, the official news agency SUNA reported on Saturday. Full text...

  • Tanzanian president appoints deputy minister of minerals
    06 january 2018 08:46:57
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli on Saturday announced the appointment of Bukombe constituency Member of Parliament, Doto Mashaka Biteko, as Deputy Minister for Minerals. Full text...

  • Former Rwandan publisher released from prison
    05 january 2018 15:47:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former publisher of the weekly Rwanda Focus, Shyaka Kanuma, has been released from prison after serving one year in prison over tax evasion charges, a judicial source confirmed Friday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rwandan national killed by mob in Central Uganda over rape case
    05 january 2018 13:35:21
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan national, identified as Tuzabana, was beaten to death earlier this week in Mityana, a small town located in the Central Region of Uganda for allegedly raping a Ugandan woman, local media reported Friday. Full text...

  • Botswana records alarming rape cases during festive season
    05 january 2018 07:31:03
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana recorded 80 rape cases over the festive season, law enforcement officers have reported. Full text...

  • UN to help cabin crew prevent human trafficking
    04 january 2018 20:39:33
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations is taking the global combat against human trafficking into the skies as the Organization's human rights office and its Montreal-based civil aviation agency begin putting the final touches on training guidelines that could help airline cabin crew spot possible victims. Full text...

  • Life expectancy improves in Mauritius
    04 january 2018 17:40:41
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Life expectancy for men aged from 68.1 to 71.1 years in Mauritius has increased by 3 years and for women aged from 75.3 to 77.8 years by 2.5 years during the period 2000 to 2016, according to the Indian Ocean island nation's Health and Quality of Life ministry. Full text...

  • Gambian Bishop returns to take over Catholic Diocese
    04 january 2018 14:14:05
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The newly-appointed Bishop of Banjul, Rev Gabriel Mendy, returned home Wednesday to take over as the first Gambian Bishop of the Catholic Diocese in the country. Full text...

  • HRW says Ethiopia's decision to release political prisoners 'an important step' but ...
    04 january 2018 10:09:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A human tights watchdog says Wednesday's announcement of Ethiopia’s ruling coalition to release political prisoners and close the infamous Maekelawi detention centre in the capital, Addis Ababa. would be an important step toward ending longstanding political repression and human rights abuse in the country. Full text...

  • Rights group welcomes closure of Ethiopia's 'torture chamber'
    04 january 2018 06:52:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has welcomed Wednesday's announcement by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn that all political prisoners will be released and a notorious detention centre closed. Full text...

  • Nigerian government delegation in Libya over stranded citizens
    03 january 2018 19:59:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Nigerian federal government special delegation, led by Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Wednesday departed Abuja for Tripoli, to evacuate Nigerians trapped in Libya. Full text...

  • South African scholars flying high
    03 january 2018 06:39:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Pupils attending private schools in South Africa have recorded their highest ever results. Full text...

  • UN concerned at reported destruction of housing for displaced persons in Somalia
    03 january 2018 06:06:23
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – A senior United Nations official in Somalia has expressed deep concern over reports of the unannounced destruction of settlements for internally displaced persons (IDPs) as well as humanitarian infrastructure in Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Zambia’s Foreign affairs minister resigns citing corruption
    02 january 2018 18:45:43
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba, has resigned from President Edgar Lungu's government with immediate effect. Full text...

  • Two dead, hundreds stranded in tragedy on South Africa's Table Mountain
    02 january 2018 06:25:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Two men have died and hundreds of tourists were left stranded on Cape Town’s world famous Table Mountain following a dramatic rescue operation late on Monday night. Full text...

  • Bashir affirms Sudan's commitment to fighting terrorism
    01 january 2018 17:40:31
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir has said his government remains committed to global cooperation to foster international and regional peace and counter terrorism, money laundering as well as human trafficking. Full text...

  • On New Year's Day, Henrietta Fore takes office as UNICEF's Executive Director
    01 january 2018 15:12:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms Henrietta Fore takes office on Monday, New Year's day, as UNICEF’s seventh Executive Director, bringing to her new role, more than four decades of private and public sector leadership experience. Full text...

  • Joint force to maintain security in two Sudanese states
    01 january 2018 14:59:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Following the 6-month state of emergency imposed by President Omar al-Bashir in the states of Kassala and North Kurdufan, the Sudanese Presidency has formed a joint force of the army and other security organs with wide powers of pursuit, inspection and apprehension in the troubled states. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for restraint amid reports security forces violently dispersed Kinshasa protests
    01 january 2018 08:39:20
    New York, USA (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to exercise restraint amid reports of a violent crackdown by national security forces on demonstrations in the capital, Kinshasa, and a number of other cities. Full text...

  • Nearly 386,000 children will be born worldwide on New Year’s Day, says UNICEF
    01 january 2018 04:14:37
    New York, USA (PANA) – Approximately 386,000 babies will be born on New Year’s Day, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday . Of these, over 90 per cent will be born in less developed regions, it said. Full text...

  • IOM provides aid to 41,000 migrants in Libya in 2017
    31 december 2017 19:32:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced here on Saturday that it provided assistance to some 41,000 migrants inside and outside shelters in Libya in 2017, providing hygiene items and basic emergency services. Full text...

  • 200 people killed in Benghazi mine explosions in 2017
    31 december 2017 19:24:24
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Some 200 civilians and soldiers were killed in landmines, explosives and remnants of war in the eastern city of Benghazi in 2017, the Arab Armed Forces military engineering unit said on Sunday. Full text...

  • 36 people killed in passenger bus, freight truck head on collission in Kenya
    31 december 2017 13:50:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 36 people have been killed in a deadly accident involving a passenger bus and a truck along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway in Western Kenya, Police and the transport authority said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Guterres condemns attack on church near Cairo
    30 december 2017 04:12:16
    New York, USA (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the attack that took place on Friday outside Mar Mina church in the Helwan district, south of Cairo, Egypt. Full text...

  • UN peacekeepers saved many lives in 2017 despite challenges, UN officials say
    29 december 2017 18:28:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite a particularly deadly year for United Nations peacekeepers – with more than 60 'blue helmets' killed in hostile acts – the Organization in 2017 completed its peacekeeping objectives in Côte d'Ivoire, refocused its work in Haiti and will soon complete its mandate in Liberia. Full text...

  • Sudan denounces gunmen attack on Egyptian church
    29 december 2017 18:06:32
    Khartoum, Sudan(PANA) - Sudan has denounced Friday's attack by gunmen against worshipers in an Egyptian Church of Marmina, Halwan, in the outskirts of Cairo, which left at least 10 people dead. Full text...

  • Murdered South African artist's wife arrested
    28 december 2017 10:21:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The wife of top South African artist Walter Meyer has been arrested in connection with his murder in the Northern Cape town of Upington. Full text...

  • Children under attack at shocking scale in conflicts around the world, says UNICEF
    28 december 2017 04:57:49
    New York, USA (PANA) – Children in conflict zones around the world have come under attack at a shocking scale throughout the year, the UN children's fund (UNICEF) warned on Thursday, with parties to conflicts blatantly disregarding international laws designed to protect the most vulnerable. Full text...

  • President Lungu fires Zambia's National Development Planning minister
    27 december 2017 16:10:02
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has terminated the appointment of Lucky Mulusa as Minister of National Development Planning, according to a State House press statement released on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Residents of Zambian town in terror siege
    27 december 2017 08:22:40
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Residents of Kitwe’s Kwacha township, northern Copperbelt Province of Zambia, spent Christmas eve and night indoors in fear of a notorious gang calling itself “Sons of the Devil" that warned it would beat up anyone coming out at night during the festive season. Full text...

  • 'Africa is an important market for us' - Says Mauritian president
    26 december 2017 07:17:22
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The President of the Republic of Mauritius, Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, said on Monday evening, in her traditional Christmas message, that Africa is an important market for Mauritians and that the country should act as an interface between the continent and Asia. Full text...

  • South Africa musician dead at 47
    26 december 2017 07:06:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tributes are pouring in for top South African musician Robbie Malinga who died in Johannesburg on Christmas Day following a long illness. Full text...

  • Christians celebrate Christmas
    25 december 2017 05:34:05
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Today is Christmas, the day on which Christians throughout the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who they believe was sent by God for the salvation of man. Full text...

  • UNHCR says fresh DR Congo violence fuels displacement to Uganda
    22 december 2017 19:38:16
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, sxays it is witnessing a sharp rise in the number of people from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) seeking safety in Uganda. Full text...

  • Aid agencies appeal for assistance to help out 6 million needy people in South Sudan
    22 december 2017 18:13:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Humanitarian and relief agencies in South Sudan have launched an urgent appeal for assistance to save the lives of over six million civilians in the country. Full text...

  • UNHCR announces first evacuation of 162 vulnerable refugees from Libya to Italy
    22 december 2017 18:07:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced on Friday the evacuation of 162 highly vulnerable refugees from Libya to Italy, including unaccompanied children and women who had been held captive for extended periods of time. Full text...

  • Rwandan alleges torture by Ugandan agents in Kampala
    22 december 2017 15:55:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan businessman, Fidel Gatsinzi, on Friday showed to the media the "horrific" injuries he sustained after he was tortured by Uganda's Military Intelligence (CMI). Full text...

  • Over 4,000 Chadian refugees set to return home from Darfur
    22 december 2017 07:47:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - More than 4,000 Chadian refugees are ready to return to their home country after seeking refuge in Darfur for more than a decade, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said. Full text...

  • Egyptian journalist marks a year in detention - Rights group
    22 december 2017 07:09:43
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Egyptian journalist Mahmoud Hussein on Friday marks one year in pretrial detention without proper due process, Human Rights Watch said. Full text...

  • Amnesty International names next Secretary General
    22 december 2017 07:04:18
    London, UK (PANA) - Amnesty International, a human rights organisation, has appointed Kumi Naidoo as the next Secretary General of the global human rights movement. Full text...

  • Security Council to consider set of elements in peacekeeping reviews
    22 december 2017 06:42:17
    New York, USA (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Thursday expressed its intention to consider a set of elements when reviewing mandates and configuration of peacekeeping missions. Full text...

  • 'Strengthen measures to counter threats posed by returning foreign terrorist fighters'
    22 december 2017 06:36:29
    New York, USA (PANA) – Gravely concerned over risks posed by foreign terrorist fighters returning from conflict zones, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday called on Member States to strengthen their efforts to counter the threat through measures on border control, criminal justice, information-sharing and counter-extremism. Full text...

  • UNMISS partners for peaceful New Year
    21 december 2017 19:25:50
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The holiday spirit came to life in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, on Thursday when the Outreach team from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) went on a special mission to spread end-of-year holiday season greetings. Full text...

  • UNHCR welcomes Britain’s support for South Sudanese refugees in Sudan
    21 december 2017 17:42:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday welcomed a multi-year contribution of £7.5 million (approximately US$9.9 million) spread over three years from the United Kingdom to respond to the critical needs of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan, and those anticipated to arrive between 2018 and 2020. Full text...

  • Sudan renews opposition to Egyptian-Saudi demarcation agreement
    21 december 2017 17:19:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has renewed opposition to an Egyptian-Saudi marine demarcation agreement lodged with the United Nations, arguing it infringed on the boundaries of the Sudanese territory of Halaib that is occupied by Egypt. Full text...

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