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  • Gambian journalists welcome ECOWAS Court ruling on media laws
    15 february 2018 17:11:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Press Union (GPU) has welcomed the ruling by the Abuja-based ECOWAS Court of Justice on Wednesday that ordered the government to repeal the laws of sedition, criminal defamation, false publication on the internet and false publication and broadcasting. Full text...

  • About 28 million children were living in forced displacement in 2016, but figure could be higher
    15 february 2018 16:23:10
    New York, US (PANA) – Gaps in data covering refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced populations are endangering the lives and wellbeing of millions of children on the move, warned five UN and partner agencies on Thursday. Full text...

  • NRC raises red flag on DRC's deadly conflict
    15 february 2018 15:13:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Despite 13 million people now needing emergency assistance following escalating violence in DR Congo, the aid response falls far from meeting even minimum lifesaving needs in worst affected areas, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) warned Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambian justice minister lambasts civil society
    15 february 2018 15:02:32
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian Minister for Justice, Abubacarr Tambedou, has slammed civil society organisations (CSOs) over their "unjustified" comments on the arrest of university lecturer Dr. Ismaila Ceesay. Full text...

  • CPJ urges Gambia to act on ECOWAS Court ruling
    15 february 2018 14:46:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has called on the Gambian government to act on a judgment passed by a sub-regional court and “immediately repeal its laws on criminal libel, sedition and false news”. Full text...

  • Five Tunisian soldiers killed by landmine
    15 february 2018 11:33:08
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Five soldiers were killed on Wednesday by a landmine in eastern Algeria's region of Tebessa, local media reported on Thursday quoting military sources. Full text...

  • UNHCR says evacuated over 1,000 refugees from Libya
    15 february 2018 10:25:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Since November last year, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has evacuated over 1,000 highly vulnerable refugees out of Libya and is looking for durable solutions for them in third countries. Full text...

  • Sudan warns of new influx of refugees from South Sudan
    15 february 2018 10:12:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese refugees in Sudan's White Nile State have reached 150,000, with thousands more expected to arrive, UN and government sources said on Thursday. Full text...

  • CPJ welcomes release of 2 Ethiopian journalists
    14 february 2018 22:45:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Wednesday welcomed the release of two Ethiopian journalists, Eskinder Nega and Woubshet Taye, from custody. Full text...

  • Zambian President reshuffles cabinet
    14 february 2018 18:52:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has reshuffled his cabinet, dropping Water Development, Sanitation and Environment Protection minister Lloyd Kaziya and demoting Finance minister Felix Mutati who becomes Minister of Works and Supply. Full text...

  • Egyptian army kills 15 suspected terrorists in Sinai Peninsula
    14 february 2018 11:18:25
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Fifteen suspected terrorists have been killed in a gun battle with the Egyptian armed forces in the Sinai Peninsula, a statement from the office of the army chief of staff announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Radio, sports can help people achieve their potential, says UN on World Radio Day
    14 february 2018 05:11:57
    New York, US (PANA) - In an era of dramatic advances in communications, radio retains its power to entertain, educate, inform and inspire, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, marking World Radio Day with a call to celebrate both radio and sports as ways of helping people achieve their potential. Full text...

  • Rwanda suspends community radio over hate broadcast
    13 february 2018 14:18:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's media regulatory body has suspended a Christian community radio station's operating licence for three months, after it aired what authorities considered as hatred remarks against women by a local pastor. Full text...

  • Media watchdog denounces Tunisian party's threats against journalists
    13 february 2018 11:50:52
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RWB), has denounced the decision of Tunisian religious party Ennahdha to prosecute journalists and media houses considered as "hostile". Full text...

  • DRC refugees perish as growing numbers seek safety in Uganda - UNHCR
    13 february 2018 11:32:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Tuesday expressed sadness about reports of four DR Congo refugees who drowned as they were seeking safety in Uganda, after their boat capsized on Lake Albert. Full text...

  • Terrorist cell 'dismantled' in Sinai, says Egyptian army
    13 february 2018 11:08:22
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Egyptian army has dismantled a terrorist cell composed of 10 people and arrested 400 others, including foreigners, in an operation in Sinai, Egyptian state television announced on Tuesday quoting a joint statement of the army and the police. Full text...

  • More than 5,000 child soldiers released in 2017, but tens of thousands still being used in conflict - UN
    12 february 2018 21:29:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The global commitment to end the use of children in armed conflict led to the release and reintegration of more than 5,000 children in 2017, but tens of thousands of boys and girls are still being recruited, kidnapped, and forced to fight or work for military groups or armed forces at “alarming rates,” according to the United Nations. Full text...

  • Buhari laments "seriousness and urgency" of security challenges in Nigeria
    12 february 2018 19:18:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – In the wake of unrelenting security challenges, especially the killings by herdsmen in parts of the country, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday summoned a meeting of the National Security Council at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Full text...

  • Rights group says Mauritania human rights defenders at risk
    12 february 2018 15:32:43
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania’s human rights defenders face repression when they raise the country’s most sensitive social issues, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia’s Ahmadis raise alarm over hate speech
    12 february 2018 11:04:39
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Gambia have expressed concern over hate speech being perpetrated against them by mainstream Muslim leaders. Full text...

  • Gambian teachers, gov’t reach deal to end strike
    12 february 2018 10:32:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The standoff between the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) and teachers in the Gambia that led to teachers embarking on a strike one week ago has ended, according to a joint statement obtained by PANA in Banjul on Monday. Full text...

  • Bashir reinstates Sudan’s former chief spy
    11 february 2018 12:46:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir on Sunday reinstated his former chief spy, Salah Abdallah, aka Salah Gosh, to replace current head of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), Mohamed Attah. No reason was provided. Full text...

  • 'UK army officer, a role model for women seeking military career'
    10 february 2018 13:00:15
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Lieutenant Colonel Katie Hislop of the United Kingdom said she is happy to serve as a role model for young women considering a career with the armed forces. The mother of two is the only woman to head a military contingent at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Full text...

  • UNHCR welcomes Uganda’s commitment to fight corruption in refugee programmes
    10 february 2018 10:18:16
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has welcomed the steps taken by the Ugandan government to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in government refugee programmes. Full text...

  • UN launches appeal to fund relief work in Nigeria's restive north-east
    08 february 2018 16:24:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – With the crisis in north-east Nigeria – a region devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency – into its ninth year, United Nations agencies together with humanitarian partners on Thursday launched a US$1 billion appeal to fund life-saving and emergency assistance programmes in the region. Full text...

  • Gambia’s Education ministry urges teachers to abandon strike
    08 february 2018 12:05:18
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has asked the nation’s striking teachers to abandon their action and return to school. Full text...

  • Rwandan refugees residing in Congo urged to acquire passport
    08 february 2018 10:10:54
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The ambassador of Rwanda to Congo, Jean Baptiste Habyarimana, on Wednesday asked Rwandan refugees, who have been residing in Congo for almost 20 years, to acquire a Rwandan passport, public radio announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • More than 300 child soldiers released by armed groups in South Sudan – UN mission
    07 february 2018 22:15:52
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Some 300 child soldiers, including 87 girls, were formally released by armed groups in South Sudan, the United Nations mission in the country reported on Wednesday, calling on all stakeholders to support the young people on the journey back to their communities and help them build a future for themselves. Full text...

  • UN committee to review disability rights in Seychelles, Sudan
    07 february 2018 17:09:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will meet in Geneva from 14 February to 9 March 2018 to review the situation in seven countries including Seychelles and Sudan, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambia's presidential guard personnel leave for training in Mauritania
    07 february 2018 15:08:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The first batch of personnel of Gambia's new military group - the presidential guard - leaves the country to begin training in Mauritania, PANA learnt from the presidency in Banjul on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNHCR sounds alert as fresh violence in DR Congo’s Ituri province displaces thousands
    07 february 2018 05:52:34
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is gravely concerned about escalating violence in Ituri province of north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), creating new displacement over the last four days. Full text...

  • UNMIL farewell ceremony honours last departing police, military personnel in Liberia
    07 february 2018 05:36:25
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – After 14 years of serving in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), an official farewell ceremony was held on Tuesday in the capital, Monrovia, to honour the last departing Police and Military personnel serving there. Full text...

  • Fourth G5 Sahel summit opens in Niamey
    06 february 2018 16:01:27
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The 4th summit of heads of State from G5 Sahel member countries opened on Tuesday at the Congress Centre of Niamey, with the presidents Ibrahim Babakar Keita of Mali, Roch Marc Chritian Kabore of Burkina Faso, Mohamed Abdel Aziz of Mauritania, Idriss Deby of Chad and the host president, Mahamadou Issoufou in attendance. Full text...

  • Gambian teachers on strike over pay
    06 february 2018 14:54:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian teachers on Monday embarked on industrial action over "poor pay and lack of better incentives", the group’s spokesperson confirmed to PANA Tuesday in Banjul. Full text...

  • Burundi risks becoming 'forgotten refugee crisis' without support - UNHCR
    06 february 2018 10:08:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, with its 26 other humanitarian partners, is on Tuesday launching a funding appeal for US$391 million to support some 430,000 Burundian refugees during 2018. Full text...

  • Rights group says South Sudan warring parties break promises on child soldiers
    06 february 2018 05:57:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – South Sudanese armed forces and armed opposition groups have continued to recruit child soldiers and force them into the conflict, despite numerous commitments to stop, Human Rights Watch has said. Full text...

  • World ‘failing to stop the war on children,’ says top UNICEF official
    05 february 2018 20:30:23
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Describing January as “a dark month” in crisis-torn Middle East and North Africa, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) director for the region said Monday that the violence has had a devastating toll on children, who were being killed in ongoing conflicts or suicide attacks, or freezing to death as they fled active war zones. Full text...

  • UN special youth envoy arrives in Gambia
    05 february 2018 14:12:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Miss Javathma Wickramanayake, has said she is in The Gambia to listen to the voices of young people. Full text...

  • Cameroonian troops join Nigerian counterparts in anti-Boko Haram war in northeast Nigeria
    05 february 2018 13:53:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Troops of the Cameroonian Defence Force have joined their Nigerian counterparts, after an induction exercise, in the ongoing Counter-Terrorism and Counter Insurgency operations in Northeast Nigeria and the borders between the two countries. Full text...

  • Twenty-six Boko Haram terroristss surrender in northeast Nigeria
    05 february 2018 11:57:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Monday said that 26 Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered and submitted their weapons to its troops in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • 20 ladies shortlisted for Miss Rwanda beauty contest 2018
    05 february 2018 09:58:31
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least 20 young ladies have been shortlisted to contest for the final round of Miss Rwanda beauty contest 2018, organizers of the events confirmed on Monday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Cameroon inaugurate joint military mission
    04 february 2018 14:52:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria-Cameroon Military Joint Mission was on Saturday inaugurated in the epicentre of the Boko Haram violence of Maiduguri, with the Theatre Commander, Major General Rogers Nicholas stating that the Nigerian Army has "completely defeated" the Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • President Barrow congratulates first Gambian Catholic Bishop
    03 february 2018 19:11:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow has congratulates the Catholic community in The Gambia on the ordination of the first Gambian Bishop, His Lordship, Bishop Gabriel Mendy. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief lauds pledges for education
    03 february 2018 13:03:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Director-General Audrey Azoulay, has commended the pledges announced by over 60 countries at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Financing Conference in Dakar, Senegal, co-chaired by France and Senegal, and of which UNESCO is a partner. Full text...

  • UN will ‘not tolerate’ sexual harassment in its ranks – Guterres
    03 february 2018 07:57:11
    New York, US (PANA) – Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday made clear that the United Nations (UN) will not tolerate sexual harassment “anytime, anywhere,” within its ranks and laid out a five-point plan to ensure equality across the Organization, which, he said, was critical to tackle on the challenge of such behavior. Full text...

  • Gambian university lecturer says his arrest was politically motivated
    02 february 2018 20:06:05
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - An outspoken Gambian analyst who was arrested by Gambian police for an alleged attempt to “incite violence” has said his detention was “politically motivated”. Full text...

  • EU adds 3 persons to sanctions list for serious human rights violation in South Sudan
    02 february 2018 15:14:24
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union (EU) on Friday said it has added three persons involved in serious human rights violations to the list of those submitted for a travel ban and an asset freeze in view of the situation in South Sudan. Full text...

  • UNHCR condemns forced returns of Cameroon asylum-seekers from Nigeria
    02 february 2018 11:07:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has condemned the forced return of Cameroon asylum-seekers from Nigeria. Full text...

  • Education and Africa: Twin priorities of UNESCO DG at Education Funding Conference
    02 february 2018 06:30:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, says education must become the priority in development aid. Full text...

  • Human rights situation still a concern in Mali – UN report
    02 february 2018 04:03:18
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Despite the signing of a 2015 Peace Agreement, the human rights situation in Mali still remains a concern, according to a United Nations report published on Thursday. Full text...

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