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  • UN: UN agencies scale up relief assistance in southern Madagascar
    20 october 2016 18:51:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a report that more than half of the population in southern Madagascar, about 840,000 people, are experiencing alarming rates of food insecurity, UN agencies are responding to the most severe cases of malnutrition and acute hunger to prevent a catastrophe. Full text...

  • UN: WFP provides emergency food aid to 8,000 persons in CAR
    20 october 2016 16:34:46
    New York, US (PANA) - UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday said it is providing emergency aid to 8,000 people affected by an upsurge in violence in the north of Central African Republic (CAR), in addition to regular food and nutrition support for some 120,000 people. Full text...

  • Zambia: ActionAid Zambia shocked over rising cases of corruption in Zambia
    20 october 2016 15:52:45
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - ActionAid Zambia says it is shocked and disappointed by the rampant corruption and mismanagement of public resources that has occurred within one year under the ruling Patriotic Front Government. Full text...

  • UN: Investing in 10-year-old girls boost to sustainable development - UNFPA report
    20 october 2016 14:05:24
    New York, US (PANA) - If all of the 10-year-old girls living in developing countries who currently drop out of or do not attend school were to complete their secondary education, it would lead to an additional US$21 billion per year, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) disclosed on Thursday in its annual State of the World Population Report. Full text...

  • US: UN experts concerned about situation of jailed Mauritanian anti-slavery activists
    20 october 2016 09:55:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Voicing serious concern over recent intensified crackdown by the Mauritanian Government on the imprisoned anti-slavery activists, a group of United Nations human rights experts has urged the authorities to ensure a fair hearing and provide needed medical treatment for the detainees. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UNICEF urges more psychological care for rescued Nigerian school girls
    20 october 2016 05:25:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has emphasised the need for more psycho-social care for the 21 rescued Nigerian school girls after being held hostage for more than two years by Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda, Morocco agree to enhance bilateral cooperation
    19 october 2016 19:35:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Wednesday called on Rwandan President Paul Kagame soon after his arrival in Kigali on a two-day visit, as part of his week-long tour of East Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: French forces to train Nigerian military
    19 october 2016 19:20:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The General Commanding French Forces in Senegal, Brigadier General Pascal Facon on Wednesday expressed the strong determination of French Forces to train Nigerian Armed Forces in areas that would make Nigeria military more responsive to its statutory responsibility. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Canada invests $3m in campaign to end forced marriages in Nigeria
    19 october 2016 19:10:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Canada is investing $3 million dollars in Nigeria towards ending child early and forced marriages because the impact of this practice is so profound and so far-reaching, Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria Christopher Thornley has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Navy arrests 22 for militancy, other crimes, impounds 3 vessels, 80 boats
    19 october 2016 15:40:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Navy said here on Wednesday that it has arrested 22 suspects involved in the destruction of pipelines, illegal oil bunkering, kidnapping and impersonation of naval officers in the Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • UN: ICC finds DRC rebel leader, 4 others guilty of tempering witnesses
    19 october 2016 15:26:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday found former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba and his four close aides, Aime Kilolo Musamba, Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, Fidele Babala Wandu and Narcisse Arido, guilty of various offences against the administration of justice. Full text...

  • Senegal: Six Ghanaian journalists to be rewarded for SDG reporting
    19 october 2016 15:12:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Six Ghanaian journalists who have demonstrated excellence in reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be honoured with awards on 24 October, organizers of the event revealed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 27 foreigners 'without papers' arrested in Mauritius
    19 october 2016 11:39:23
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian police on Wednesday arrested 27 foreigners for residing illegally in the country, police sources told PANA in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Rights group warns 'draconian measures' will escalate Ethiopia's deepening crisis
    19 october 2016 07:02:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has warned that heavy-handed measures by the Ethiopian government will only escalate a deepening crisis that has claimed the lives of more than 800 protesters since protests began in November 2015. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian soldiers missing in Boko Haram ambush
    19 october 2016 06:29:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army late on Tuesday declared some of its soldiers missing and 13 others wounded in an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists in Gashinger, along the Nigeria-Niger border. Full text...

  • US: UN rights experts outline steps to strengthen prohibition, prevention of torture
    19 october 2016 06:09:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a discussion with the main committee of the United Nations General Assembly responsible for social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues affecting people all over the world, three UN human rights experts on Tuesday briefed reporters in New York, highlighting steps to strengthen protection against torture. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights experts task Nigerian authorities on rescued schoolgirls
    18 october 2016 17:09:45
    New York, US (PANA) - UN human rights experts on Tuesday welcomed the release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls from Nigeria's terror group, Boko Haram, and called on Nigerians, particularly their families and local communities to support their immediate reintegration and rehabilitation. Full text...

  • UN: UN member states tasked on transnational organized crime convention
    18 october 2016 14:25:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, has stressed the need to make better use of the existing global convention and its protocols to tackle the transnational organized crimes and the illicit trade in human trafficking, narcotics and firearms. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC's AU candidate remains optimistic
    18 october 2016 12:41:52
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s Foreign Affairs Minister and candidate for the office of the Chairperson of African Union (AU), Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, remains optimistic to grab the post whose elections are slated for next year. Full text...

  • Nigeria: African broadcasters, stakeholders meet in Abuja
    18 october 2016 11:47:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The 11th edition of the biennial international conference of African broadcasters tagged AFRICAST opened in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Tuesday, with the Nigerian Federal Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, saying that the Nigerian government is committed to meeting the 2017 deadline on digital switch over. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mozambique, South Africa commemorate tragic plane crash
    17 october 2016 19:24:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Thirty years after the death of President Samora Machel, South Africa and Mozambique on Monday staged a ceremony to commemorate the tragedy. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in CAR condemns attacks against peacekeepers
    17 october 2016 19:18:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Monday strongly condemned repeated assaults against its peacekeepers, following two attacks over the past five days. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria, Togo, Gambia to collaborate in fight against money laundering, terrorism financing
    17 october 2016 16:01:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A combined delegation of Financial Intelligent Units (FIUs) from Gambia and Togo on Monday paid a visit to the headquarters of the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), commending the anti-graft agency for playing a pivotal role in combating money laundering, terrorism financing and proliferation in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA appeals to Benin to reconsider ban on protests in universities
    17 october 2016 15:52:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The subregional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has appealed to authorities in Benin to reconsider ''the ban on protests in public universities as it infringes on students’ right to assembly''. Full text...

  • UN: ICC monitors situation in DRC
    17 october 2016 15:38:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, on Monday said her office was closely monitoring the recent violence in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • US: US bans Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones from flights
    17 october 2016 14:17:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Department of Transportation on Monday issued an order banning all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the US, as well as in flights departing US airports to other parts of the world. Full text...

  • Senegal: Burundi invited to dialogue on ICC
    17 october 2016 14:11:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese Justice Minister, Sidiki Kaba, has expressed concern Full text...

  • UN: UN officials say eradicating poverty means ending marginalization
    17 october 2016 14:05:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Poverty is both a cause and consequence of marginalization and social exclusion, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said on Monday, stressing that to fulfill the promise of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind, "we must address the humiliation and exclusion of people living in poverty". Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU calls for freedom of political prisoners, media in DRC
    17 october 2016 11:06:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Monday called for the release of all political prisoners and the discontinuation of politically motivated prosecutions against the opposition and civil society as well as for the rehabilitation of people who have been subject to politically motivated judgments in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Soldiers kill suicide bomber in north east Nigeria
    15 october 2016 19:43:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian soldiers in the North Eastern State of Adamawa on Saturday morning shot dead a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber near a military base, according to the Nigerian Army spokesman, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta militant group takes responsibility for blowing up oil delivery line
    15 october 2016 17:38:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The blowing up of oil and gas facilities in Nigeria’s Niger Delta continued as the militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM), on Saturday claimed responsibility for an attack on an oil installation in Ughelli, south south Delta state. Full text...

  • Senegal: Skin bleaching is epidemic in Africa, says CODESRIA Official
    15 october 2016 16:24:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – There is an epidemic of skin bleaching in various areas of Africa as the transformation of living human bodies is becoming an increasingly common practice on the continent, says a senior official of a leading pan-African research body based in Dakar, the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief happy with release of 21 Nigerian schoolgirls
    14 october 2016 18:57:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday welcomed the reported release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls, who were abducted by Nigeria's terror group, Boko Haram, more than two years ago. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says most children receive inadequate nutrition
    14 october 2016 18:36:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Five out of six children worldwide under two years old are not receiving adequate nutrition for growth and brain development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report issued Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights office urges armed groups in CAR to exercise restraint
    14 october 2016 18:23:39
    New York, US (PANA) - In the wake of a number of killings and attacks on civilians in Central African Republic (CAR), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on all actors in the country to exercise restraint and prevent further escalation in violence. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI says Senegalese security forces must exercise restraint at protests
    14 october 2016 15:54:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The human rights group, Amnesty International (AI), on Friday said that Senegalese security forces must exercise restraint at protests. Full text...

  • US: US issues new visa photos requirements
    14 october 2016 15:50:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The US State Department on Friday issued new requirements for those applying for American visas and passports effective 1 November, 2016. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS welcomes new UN Secretary-General
    14 october 2016 15:09:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Friday welcomed the new UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, who was appointed by the UN General Assembly on Thursday. Full text...

  • France: INTERPOL holds symposium on promoting criminal forensic investigations
    14 october 2016 12:19:34
    Lyon, France (PANA) – Reviewing advances in forensic science methods and how they can be applied to criminal investigations was the focus of the 18th International Forensic Sciences Symposium at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Rights group calls for halt in plans to demolish irregular structures in Lagos
    14 october 2016 06:44:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International is asking the authorities in Nigeria’s Lagos State to "immediately abandon" plans to demolish all irregular structures in waterfront communities across the state within the next three days, which would leave tens of thousands of people homeless and destitute. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU, Burkina Faso sign deal for 84m Euro budget aid
    13 october 2016 17:06:16
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union and Burkina Faso on Thursday signed a deal for a financial aid of 84 million euros to the Burkina Faso government, within the framework of a budget assistance, EU official sources said. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR condemns rising violence against civilians in CAR
    13 october 2016 16:52:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday condemned attacks on civilians in Central African Republic (CAR), where clashes between rival groups have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and disrupted vital humanitarian aid operations. Full text...

  • Zambia: Two students arrested for drugging teachers with laced marijuana cakes
    13 october 2016 15:03:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia's Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested two juveniles of a named school in Ndola, northern Copperbelt province of Zambia, for trafficking in drugs after putting drugs in food they served to their teachers. Full text...

  • Senegal: Rights groups decry Burundi's ICC withdrawal vote
    13 october 2016 14:43:55
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Wednesday's vote by Burundi’s national assembly to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a regressive move that threatens efforts to bring peace, justice, stability and the rule of law into a country in the midst of a serious violent and political crisis, said the Coalition for the ICC (CICC). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Presidency confirms release of 21 Chibok school girls
    13 october 2016 11:00:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Twenty-one of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria kidnapped by Islamist Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014 have been released to the government. Full text...

  • Burundi: 'ICC withdrawal must not block justice for crisis abuses'
    13 october 2016 09:38:34
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Burundian parliamentary vote on Wednesday endorsing a withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) is part of the government’s continued effort to deny justice for victims of human rights violations committed since the crisis began in April 2015, said Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • South Sudan: 'Continued fighting must not derail hybrid court to try war crimes'
    13 october 2016 09:26:16
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Human rights groups have cautioned that continued fighting in South Sudan must not derail justice for crimes committed during the deadly conflict that began in December 2013. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission concerned over increased violence in South Sudan
    12 october 2016 15:22:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Wednesday said it is "extremely concerned" over increased reports of violence and armed conflict in various parts of the country in the last few weeks, including heavy artillery and gunfire exchanges between the government and opposition forces in Leer town. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Explosion rocks Maiduguri lorry park
    12 october 2016 12:06:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – After a lull in explosions, an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) suspected to have been planted by the Boko Haram terrorist group exploded on Wednesday morning outside a lorry park in Maiduguri, the epicentre of terror attacks in northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian House of Representatives clears three members of sexual misconduct
    11 october 2016 18:00:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian House of Representatives on Tuesday cleared three of its members accused of sexual misconduct by the United States government. Full text...

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