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  • USADF, Citi Foundation provide seed capital for youth-led enterprise in Africa
    01 december 2017 09:00:25
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - On the occasion of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), held in India, the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) and the Citi Foundation announced late on Thursday their commitment of over US$1 million dollars in seed capital funding for youth-led enterprises in Africa. Full text...

  • President Buhari to attend Counter-terrorism Summit in Jordan
    01 december 2017 08:37:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will join other Heads of State in Aqaba, Jordan, on Saturday, to review strategies in fighting terrorism. Full text...

  • Rights group urges support for ICC
    01 december 2017 07:02:13
    New York, USA (PANA) – As the International Criminal Court (ICC) prepares to begin its annual meeting in New York from 4 December, a human rights group is urging member countries to give the court the support it needs to deliver justice. Full text...

  • Germany provides critical humanitarian aid for refugees in Tanzania, Rwanda
    30 november 2017 18:33:57
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Germany has contributed EUR 2 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in order to maintain food assistance for almost half a million refugees and asylum seekers residing in Tanzania and Rwanda, it was disclosed here on Thursday. Full text...

  • Rights body faults AU, EU on evacuation of African migrants detained in Libya
    30 november 2017 18:12:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International on Thursday blasted the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) for dragging their feet before deciding to take collective and unilateral actions to help facilitate evacuation of African migrants and refugees detained in Libya. Full text...

  • Barrow declares Friday holiday in the Gambia
    30 november 2017 15:06:42
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow of The Gambia has declared Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, as public holiday throughout the country. Full text...

  • Ghana repatriates 168 migrants from Libya
    30 november 2017 07:25:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Ghanaian authorities have repatriated 168 citizens detained in Libya after facilitating their release in the wake of reports of Africans being sold as slaves in the North African country. Full text...

  • Global agreements on migration, refugees should protect children - UNICEF
    30 november 2017 05:48:52
    New York, USA (PANA) – The rights, protection and wellbeing of uprooted children should be central commitments of global migration policies, UNICEF said on Thursday ahead of a meeting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on safe, regular and orderly migration. Full text...

  • UN envoy in South Sudan envoy condemns ‘horrific’ killings of civilians in Jonglei
    30 november 2017 05:21:56
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The most senior United Nations official in South Sudan has condemned the “horrific” killing of some 45 civilians in the Jonglei region on Tuesday when a Murle ethnic group attacked a Dinka village. Full text...

  • Libya’s planned transit centre would keep migrants from risky Mediterranean crossing – UN agency
    29 november 2017 22:14:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed the decision by the Libyan authorities to set up a “transit and departure facility” in Tripoli for refugees and migrants in need of international protection – an initiative that offers viable alternatives to their dangerous journeys along the Central Mediterranean route. Full text...

  • ICRC says over 65 million displaced worldwide
    29 november 2017 17:46:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -Today, more people are forcibly displaced than at any point since the end of World War II. Last year it was estimated that 65.6 million people, or one in every 120, were forced from home, escaping violence or vulnerability, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Senate asks foreign ministry to summon Libyan ambassador over slave trade
    29 november 2017 17:22:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss with Libya's Ambassador to Nigeria how to end the ongoing Libyan slave trade which, allegedly, involves the sale of Africans, some of them of Nigerian descent, as slaves. Full text...

  • UN envoy condemns "horrific killing" of 45 people in South Sudan
    29 november 2017 17:15:05
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - At least 45 people have been killed in South Sudan's Jonglei region, UN Special Envoy for South Sudan David Shearer said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Buhari says Nigeria to repatriate all stranded Nigerians in Libya, other areas
    29 november 2017 15:38:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday night in Abidjan declared that all Nigerians stranded in Libya and other parts of the world will be brought home and rehabilitated. Full text...

  • New report highlights the persistent gaps in ending violence against children in Sub-saharan Africa
    29 november 2017 14:58:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Germany-based World Future Council (WFC) on Thursday highlighted major challenges facing African countries on child protection laws and standards, stressing that exchanging proven policy solutions will be the game-changer when it comes to effectively protecting children from violence on the continent. Full text...

  • EU commits 23.3 million Euro to strengthen Nigeria's fight against corruption
    29 november 2017 10:26:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The European Union on Tuesday affirmed its commitment to support Nigeria’s effort at improving her judicial sector as well as strengthening the government’s fight against corruption through the financing of a 23.3 million-euro Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Programme. Full text...

  • Workshop on Arms Trade Treaty opens in Mauritius
    29 november 2017 08:19:27
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A capacity-building workshop on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), aimed at consolidating the synergy between law enforcement officials and other stakeholders opened on Tuesday at the Line Barracks in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Army kills four Boko Haram terrorists, rescues 212 hostages
    29 november 2017 07:19:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said its troops killed four Boko Haram terrorists and captured one of their commanders in an operation in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for investigation into alleged mass extra-judicial execution in Libya
    29 november 2017 07:12:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Armed groups loyal to Libyan National Army forces (LNA) appear to have summarily executed dozens of men in the LNA-controlled town of al-Abyar, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'UN working to address slavery, abuses against African migrants and refugees'
    29 november 2017 06:56:50
    New York, USA (PANA) – The United Nations is stepping up its work to stop the grave abuses perpetrated against refugees and migrants along the Central Mediterranean routes, including alleged slave trade in Libya, two UN agency chiefs told the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Security Council urged to support South Sudan's peace process revitalization
    29 november 2017 06:49:05
    New York, USA (PANA) – The arrival of the dry season in South Sudan could lead to more fighting that would undermine the political process and cause additional civilian casualties and displacement, a senior United Nations official cautioned the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Returning foreign terrorist fighters pose ‘enormous challenge with no easy solution’ - UN
    29 november 2017 06:39:51
    New York, USA (PANA) – With violent extremists having suffered defeats in Syria and Iraq, the international community must step up cooperation to address the complex problem of foreign terrorist fighters returning home or travelling to other regions, the head of the United Nations Office against Terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov, told the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief calls for investigation into killing of Nigerian photographer
    28 november 2017 21:40:58
    Paris, France (PANA) – The head of the United Nations agency defending press freedom on Tuesday denounced the killing of a Nigerian photographer, calling for an investigation into the incident. Full text...

  • 'Family members linked to nearly half of child trafficking cases'
    28 november 2017 21:32:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Almost half of identified child trafficking cases has begun with a family member’s involvement, new data from the United Nations migration agency has revealed. Full text...

  • Nigeria condemns alleged sale of African migrants in Libya, plans evacuation of nationals
    28 november 2017 14:36:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday condemned the reported auctioning of African migrants, especially Nigerians as slaves in Libya. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army kills 14 Boko Haram terrorists
    28 november 2017 07:19:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says a total of 14 Boko Haram terrorists have been killed during three "clearance operations” in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • UN 'strongly condemns' attack that kills peacekeeper in CAR
    27 november 2017 18:49:09
    New York, USA (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council have strongly condemned Sunday's attack allegedly perpetrated by the anti-Balaka group against a convoy of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic, in which one peacekeeper from Egypt was killed and three others were injured. Full text...

  • Rwanda destroys 130 tonnes of ammunitions
    27 november 2017 15:40:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - As part of its efforts to control the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, Rwanda on Monday started a week-long process of destroying 130 tonnes of expired weapons which present one of the biggest security challenges currently facing countries in Eastern Africa region, an authoritative source confirmed to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • South African model crowned Miss Universe
    27 november 2017 09:43:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa is saluting Western Cape model Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters who was crownd Miss Universe in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Full text...

  • Intensified fighting forces over 10,000 people to flee in Somalia - NRC
    27 november 2017 05:58:51
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Aerial bombardment and ground fighting in Somalia’s Middle and Lower Shabelle regions this month have forced over 10,000 people to flee for their lives, an international humanitarian organisation said on Monday. Full text...

  • Three soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack on Magumeri Army base in Nigeria
    26 november 2017 18:59:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday confirmed that three soldiers were killed when Boko Haram terrorists attacked a military formation at Magumeri, about 32 km from Maiduguri, the epicentre of terrorists’ violence in Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Buhari pledges to use "all possible means" to rescue remaining Chibok schoolgirls
    26 november 2017 18:56:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian leader, Muhammadu Buhari, has pledged to use "all possible means" to bring back all the Chibok girls still being held by Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...

  • Buhari condoles Egypt on Al Rawdah mosque killings
    25 november 2017 10:27:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has sent his condolences to the government and people of Egypt over the attacks on the Al Rawdah mosque, roughly 40km west of the North Sinai, capital of Al Arish. Full text...

  • Buhari urges Moslem clerics to assist in fight against corruption
    24 november 2017 18:17:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with Moslem clerics from various African countries in Abuja, urging religious movements to assist African countries rid themselves of the scourge of corruption. Full text...

  • Rights body welcomes child labour claims probe in DR Congo mines
    24 november 2017 15:39:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International on Friday welcomed reports that London Metal Exchange has launched investigations into whether cobalt mined by children in DR Congo is being traded in London. Full text...

  • Contingent forces deployment for Lesotho deferred
    24 november 2017 15:31:08
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has allayed fears that the regional body is not committed to ensure peace in Lesotho. Full text...

  • South Africa court increases Pistorius's jail sentence
    24 november 2017 08:19:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on Friday sentenced former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius to 13 years and five months in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Full text...

  • Former Zimbabwe First Lady still faces assault lawsuit in South Africa
    23 november 2017 10:15:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Zimbabwe’s former First Lady Grace Mugabe will not have her assault case dropped if she applies for political asylum or refugee status in South Africa. Full text...

  • Mnangagwa pledges to revamp Zimbabwe economy
    22 november 2017 20:08:37
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe President-designate Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday pledged to be a servant of the people and called for all progressive Zimbabweans to unite in growing their ruined economy. Full text...

  • Nigeria Police put on red alert over resurgence of terrorist attacks
    22 november 2017 18:29:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – With the increasing spate of terrorist attacks on worship centres, especially in northeast Nigeria, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim K. Idris has ordered all Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands and their Supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police and other police formations nationwide to be on red-alert with effect from 21 November 2017. Full text...

  • Justice body fingers Kenya police commission for failure to restore public trust
    22 november 2017 18:15:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new report from the International Center for Transitional Justice on police vetting in Kenya has charged that the Kenyan government has failed to undertake needed reforms to root out corruption and abuses from the National Police Service and restore public trust in the police. Full text...

  • Buhari orders military crackdown on terrorists in northwest Nigeria
    22 november 2017 18:03:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered a military crackdown on "bandits" operating in rural communities in Zamfara State, following fresh attacks on some communities in Shinkafi and Maradun local government areas in northwest Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigerian fighter jets destroy Boko Haram IED manufacturing facility
    22 november 2017 16:41:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets have successfully destroyed a Boko Haram terrorists' facility for manufacturing of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Botswana retains support to Zimbabweans
    22 november 2017 16:21:16
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has lifted a travel embargo on its citizens intending to travel to Zimbabwe following the resignation of President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday as Zimbabwe’s leader. Full text...

  • Arab League welcomes opening of investigation into slavery in Libya
    22 november 2017 10:13:16
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The League of Arab Staes has welcomed the decision of the Libyan Presidential Council to open an investigation into reports of the auction of migrants from sub-Saharan countries in Libya. Full text...

  • UN report urges Sudan to address plight of millions of IPDs in Darfur
    22 november 2017 05:10:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations human rights office has called on the Government of Sudan to pursue effective, transparent and durable policies to enable the 2.6 million people who have been internally displaced by the long-running conflict in Darfur to return home voluntarily or to reintegrate into host communities. Full text...

  • World must stop human trafficking, support victims – UN chief
    22 november 2017 05:04:16
    New York, USA (PANA) – Briefing the Security Council on Tuesday, top United Nations officials, including the Secretary-General and the head of the Organization’s anti-crime office, underscored the international community’s collective responsibility to stop criminals and terrorists from preying on vulnerable populations and migrants. Full text...

  • Buhari says Boko Haram suicide attack in northeast Nigeria “very cruel and dastardly”
    21 november 2017 18:41:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari has described the early Tuesday suicide bomb blast in a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa State of northeast Nigeria as “very cruel and dastardly.” Full text...

  • Over 40 ECOWAS peacekeepers drill in laws of war
    21 november 2017 18:18:24
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - More than 40 members of the Economic Community of West African States-Standby Force (ECOWAS-SF) are undergoing a five-day training course in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and rules of law enforcement in armed conflict. Full text...

  • Govt urges Kenyans to control population growth, enhance living standards
    21 november 2017 17:20:49
    Nairobi Kenya (PANA) - A senior government official on Tuesday asked Kenyans to control the population boom underlining that family planning helps the State provide highly critical services and raising the people's standard of living Full text...

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