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  • Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso leader condemns 'despicable' Ouagadougou terrorist attack
    14 august 2017 09:35:43
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on Monday condemned the "despicable" terrorist attack that killed about 18 people on Sunday in a restaurant in the capital, Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Terrorist attack on Burkina Faso restaurant 'over' - Government
    14 august 2017 08:56:07
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The authorities in the West African state of Burkina Faso said on Monday that the attack at a restaurant in the capital, Ouagadougou, is over with the killing of two gunmen. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: At least 17 people killed in Burkina Faso terrorist attack - Government
    14 august 2017 05:33:20
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least 17 people have been killed in a gun attack on Sunday night at a restaurant in the centre of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, in what the government of the West African country blames on terrorists. Full text...

  • Sudan: Renowned Sudanese female politician passes away
    12 august 2017 16:00:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Prominent Sudanese female political activist, Ms. Fatimah Ahmed Ibrahim, passed away on Saturday morning in London, where she was undergoing medical treatment. She was 84. Full text...

  • Egypt: Death toll from train crash hits 41
    12 august 2017 12:13:35
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The death toll from Egypt’s latest train disaster rose to 41 as cranes and rescue workers toil to clear the railway line between Cairo and Alexandria. Full text...

  • US: Youth can play 'critical role' in creating a peaceful world for generations to come – UN chief
    12 august 2017 11:23:05
    New York, US (PANA) - In the lead-up to International Youth Day, marked annually on 12 August, the United Nations kicked off a commemorative event at its New York Headquarters with a message from Secretary-General António Guterres, who underscored his commitment to young people. Full text...

  • Sudan: Campaign under way to collect unlicensed firearms in Sudan
    11 august 2017 17:45:47
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan has said a campaign it launched two days ago to collect unlicensed fire arms in the restive Darfur must succeed if the region is to put the legacy of war behind it. Full text...

  • South Africa: Top lawyer dies at SADC law summit
    11 august 2017 07:28:41
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tributes are flooding in for Nic Swart, the Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA), who died on Thursday while attending the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Lawyers Association conference in Gaborone, Botswana. There are unconfirmed reports that he suffered a fatal heart attack. Full text...

  • CPJ urges authorities in DR Congo to investigate raid on media house
    10 august 2017 21:04:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should thoroughly and credibly investigate police raid on Radio Télévision Chrétienne (RTC), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: Over 500,000 children in Libya need aid - UNICEF
    10 august 2017 20:47:57
    New York, US (PANA) – Ongoing conflict and the breakdown of the economy have left more than a half million children in need of humanitarian aid in Libya, according to the United Nations children's agency. Full text...

  • South Sudan: German FM visits UN Base in South Sudan
    10 august 2017 19:49:47
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, has expressed his gratitude to Germany’s Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs for the country’s contribution to the protection of civilians and building of durable peace in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Libya: SRSG Salame praises Benghazi city for its steadfastness
    10 august 2017 19:35:24
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ghassan Salame on his first visit to Benghazi on Thursday praised the steadfastness of the city residents in their fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian commission probes ex-president Jammeh’s bank accounts
    10 august 2017 18:50:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A three-man Commission of Inquiry put in place in July 2017 by the Gambian government to investigate ex-president Yahya Jammeh’s financial dealings on Thursday got down to work hearing testimonies of bank and tax officials. Full text...

  • Libya: Irish Navy rescues 149 people from rubber boat in the Mediterranean
    10 august 2017 15:49:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Irish Navy on Thursday rescued 149 people from a rubber boat in the Mediterranean, according to official sources in Libya. Full text...

  • Yemen: Smugglers force migrants into the sea for second successive day - IOM
    10 august 2017 12:07:28
    Aden, Yeman (PANA) – For a second successive day, migrants have been forced by smugglers into the sea off the coast of Yemen, the UN migration agency said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Yemen: 'Up to 50 Somali, Ethiopian migrants deliberately drowned by smugglers off Yemen'
    10 august 2017 09:20:57
    Aden, Yemen (PANA) – The UN migration agency has reported that on Wednesday, morning, a human smuggler, in charge of the boat, forced more than 120 Somali and Ethiopian migrants into the sea as they approached the coast of Shabwa, a Yemeni Governorate along the Arabian Sea. The migrants had been hoping to reach countries in the Gulf via war-torn Yemen. Full text...

  • Libya: Oxfam says people stuck in Libya suffer torture, rape, slavery
    10 august 2017 08:43:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Rape, torture and slave labour are among the horrendous daily realities for people stuck in Libya who are desperately trying to escape war, persecution and poverty in African countries, according to a new report by Oxfam and Italian partners MEDU and Borderline Sicilia. Full text...

  • US: Guterres appoints British journalist to lead UN global communications department
    10 august 2017 07:47:55
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Alison Smale, a British journalist, to head the Organization's Department of Public Information as Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications. Full text...

  • US: Expert ends review of new information on death of UN chief Hammarskjöld
    10 august 2017 07:42:43
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations on Wedndesday received an expert report that summarises the new information made available by Member States and other sources and assesses whether and to what degree that information helps to establish the conditions and circumstances resulting in the tragic deaths of former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld and 15 others traveling with him. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council says conflict is 'major cause of famine' in affected countries
    09 august 2017 18:03:06
    New York, US (PANA) – Expressing grave concern about the threat of famine facing some 20 million people in conflict-affected Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and northeast Nigeria, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday requested the Secretary-General to provide early warning when a conflict could lead to famine Full text...

  • US: Protecting rights, dignity of indigenous peoples 'is protecting everyone's rights' – UN
    09 august 2017 15:47:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Ten years after the adoption of the the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, progress in several countries has been made in formally recognizing indigenous peoples, but overwhelmingly they continue to face discrimination, marginalization and major challenges in enjoying their basic rights. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu congratulates Kagame over election
    09 august 2017 10:58:58
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has congratulated Rwandan President Paul Kagame following his resounding victory in last week’s presidential election. Full text...

  • Niger: Search and rescue missions in Sahara Desert help 1,000 migrants - IOM
    09 august 2017 06:12:35
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Search and rescue operations conducted by the United Nations migration agency have saved a total of 1,000 migrants in northern Niger since April, the agency has said. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Deployment of UN-mandated regional protection force begins in S. Sudan
    08 august 2017 16:52:12
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Phased deployment of the United Nations-authorized regional protection force in South Sudan began Tuesday, freeing existing peacekeepers to extend their presence to conflict-affected areas beyond the capital, Juba. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN, AUC chiefs name new Force Commander for UNAMID
    08 august 2017 16:24:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Tuesday announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Leonard Muriuki Ngondi of Kenya as Force Commander for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Full text...

  • Belgium: EU supports human rights of indigenous peoples
    08 august 2017 16:04:33
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) will continue to stand by indigenous peoples in combating discrimination and inequality, the Union’s High Representative, Federica Mogherini, said in a statement issued here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan coastguards rescue 155 migrants off Tripoli shores
    08 august 2017 14:30:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan coastguards on Monday rescued 155 people, including 18 women and 10 children, near the capital city of Tripoli, according to the online Libyan Express newspaper. Full text...

  • Gambia: MFWA organises Media Excellence Conference Awards in October
    07 august 2017 17:46:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The maiden edition of the West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA) will be held in Accra, Ghana, in October. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Tanzanian police chief visits Rwanda
    07 august 2017 17:30:47
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Tanzania's Inspector General of Police (IGP), Simon Nyakoro Sirro, arrived in Rwanda on Monday for a meeting with his Rwandan counterpart, Emmanuel Gasana, to strengthen partnership between the two countries, especially in fighting trans-border crimes. Full text...

  • Egypt: Court upholds death sentence against 12 suspects in 2013 police station attack
    07 august 2017 16:06:24
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - An Egyptian court on Monday upheld the death sentences against 12 suspects in the 2013 police station attack in Minya Governorate in northern Egypt. Full text...

  • DR Congo: 'Don't turn a blind eye' to dire situation of children in DR Congo's Kasai region – UNICEF
    07 august 2017 15:36:47
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The world must not turn a blind eye to the dire situation of children and families in the Grand Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday, stressing that nothing can justify terrible acts of abuse against women and children. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Two soldiers, 13 Boko Haram terrorists killed in Nigeria
    07 august 2017 11:25:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Monday confirmed that two of its soldiers serving in the northeast of the country were killed when their vehicle ran over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Full text...

  • South Africa: SADC urged to recommit to human rights protection
    07 august 2017 10:43:18
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Human Rights Watch on Monday urged the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to use the opportunity of its 25th anniversary to reaffirm its commitment to improve respect for human rights among its member states. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana ordered to free detained refugees
    07 august 2017 07:31:39
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana Court of Appeal President, Justice Ian Kirby, has lashed out at the Government for detaining hundreds of asylum seekers at Francistown Centre for Illegal Immigrants. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Amnesty welcomes judicial commission on rights compliance by Nigeria's military
    07 august 2017 06:35:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International says it welcomes the decision of Nigeria’s acting President Prof Yemi Osinbajo to set up a judicial commission to review compliance of armed forces with human rights obligations and rules of engagement. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian soldiers kill 2 Boko Haram suicide bombers
    06 august 2017 15:49:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday said that its troops in Mainok in the northeast of the country have killed two suspected Boko Haram terrorists in an ambush along Alagarno forest axis, Borno State. Full text...

  • Libya: UNHCR documents 240,000 Libyan IDPs
    05 august 2017 19:07:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A report in the Libyan online newspaper, Libyan Express, says the UNHCR has documented the return of 250,000 Libyan IDPs to their cities since the start of 2017. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Chief wants better data sharing mechanism for migration management
    05 august 2017 11:34:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of the trans-national holistic approach aimed at dealing with the problems associated with migration, irregular migration and border management issues, the ECOWAS Commission President, Marcel de Souza, has drawn attention to the necessity of setting up a regional data sharing mechanism. Full text...

  • Sudan: Southern refugees commit rape, arson, subversion in camp
    05 august 2017 10:57:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Local authorities in While Nile state, south of Khartoum, have arrested dozens of Southern refugees involved in rape and destruction of properties in a refugee camp, near the border with South Sudan. Full text...

  • Liberia: New UN human rights office to open in Liberia in early 2018
    05 august 2017 10:14:36
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Although Liberia has made significant progress since the civil war ended, precarious human rights conditions have prompted the United Nations to open an office there early next year to monitor and report on the situation. Full text...

  • Belgium: UNESCO, partners organize World Humanities Conference in Belgium
    05 august 2017 09:35:26
    Liège, Belgium (PANA) - The “World Humanities Conference. Challenges and Responsibilities for a Planet in Transition” will take place in Liège, Belgium, from 6 to 12 August 2017. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights office unearths DRC gov't complicity in ethnic-based massacres in Kasai
    04 august 2017 11:37:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – A report by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has warned that violence in the Kasai provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo appears to be taking on an increasing and disturbing ethnic dimension. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief pledges support to displaced civilians in Malakal
    04 august 2017 11:21:20
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Having witnessed first-hand various security challenges and humanitarian efforts in South Sudan, the United Nations peacekeeping chief has wrapped up his three-day mission to the country, which included a visit to the UN Protection of Civilians site in Malakal, where he expressed the Organization's resolve to support the return to stability. Full text...

  • US: 'UN Standing Police Capacity fills critical need in peace operations'
    04 august 2017 06:20:59
    New York, US (PANA) – Over the past 10 years, the United Nations Standing Police Capacity (SPC) has filled a critical need in global peace operations by providing them with readily available police expertise, according to the outgoing head of the unit. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights office voices concern about unrest in Mauritania
    03 august 2017 16:52:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations human rights office has expressed concern about the ongoing unrest in Mauritania, ahead of the constitutional referendum scheduled for Saturday, particularly the apparent suppression of dissenting voices and the reported use of excessive force by the authorities against protest leaders. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA paralympian Pistorius admitted to hospital
    03 august 2017 16:23:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius was taken to Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday after suffering severe chest pains, Correctional Services spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo confirmed, saying the convicted murderer is being closely monitored. Full text...

  • Libya: Military strongman orders bombing of Italian warships in Libyan waters
    03 august 2017 15:40:36
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - A report by the Libyan Express newspaper on Thursday quoted the Libyan eastern commander of Operation Dignity, Gen. Khalifa Haftar, as ordering his air force and navy to destroy any ships, not on commercial mission, within the Libyan waters. Full text...

  • Italy: Amnesty slams Italian vote to deploy warships in Libyan waters to intercept refugees
    03 august 2017 06:59:37
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Human Rights group Amnesty International has slammed the Italian Parliament for voting in favour of deploying warships in Libyan waters to support the Libyan coastguard in the interception and return of refugees and migrants to Libya. Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN envoy expresses concern over DR Congo arbitrary arrests
    03 august 2017 06:16:00
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The United Nations envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Wednesday expressed his concern over arbitrary arrests and detentions across the country, following civil society's call for the holding of elections before year-end and their peaceful protests against delays in the publication of the electoral calendar. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN official calls for regional engagement in South Sudan peace process
    03 august 2017 06:09:19
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The United Nations peacekeeping chief said on Wednesday that the involvement of eastern African countries in revitalizing the peace process in South Sudan was among the main topics he discussed with that nation's President, describing such regional engagement “a good thing”. Full text...

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