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  • UN: UN chief expresses concern over renewed violence in CAR
    29 november 2016 15:40:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing concerns over last week's renewed violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), which reportedly claimed dozens of lives and displaced more than 11,000 persons, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on the armed groups to immediately and "genuinely" commit to peace. Full text...

  • Sudan: Eleven young Somalis freed from human traffickers
    29 november 2016 09:15:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese police have freed 11 young Somali nationals, comprising eight young women and three boys, from human traffickers in Sudan's north Kordofan, near the border with Libya. Full text...

  • Uganda: Rights group denounces unlawful killings in Uganda
    29 november 2016 07:27:26
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - The Ugandan security forces must not jettison human rights in their handling of the clashes in Kasese, which resulted in at least 62 deaths and hundreds of arrests over the weekend, human rights watchdog Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Mali: 'Trial of former junta leader must bring justice for abductions, torture and murder'
    29 november 2016 06:41:42
    Bamako, Mai (PANA) - Human sights group Amnesty International says the opening of the trial of former Malian junta leader Amadou Haya Sanogo is an important first step to put an end to an agonizing three-year-long wait for justice for those who suffered torture, as well as the murder and enforced disappearances of loved ones, at the hands of his soldiers. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Half the population of CAR needs humanitarian support - UN
    29 november 2016 05:41:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - With nearly half the population in the Central African Republic (CAR) in need of humanitarian assistance, some US$400 million is required over the coming year to shore up relief efforts that will be critical “to save the lives of people who are among the poorest and most forgotten on this planet”, a senior United Nations official has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: British sponsored training for Nigerian military opens in Abuja
    28 november 2016 19:13:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A training programme sponsored by the British Military and Advisory Team (BMATT) for the Nigerian military opened Tuesday in Abuja with Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin stating that the current trend in modern warfare has necessitated the need for joint operations training and planning among members of the Armed Forces. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US Embassy grants Nigerian NGOs US$172,000 for community-based projects
    28 november 2016 19:04:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Embassy in Nigeria on Monday doled out a US$172,000 grant to 30 Nigerian non-governmental organisations for community-based projects under the Ambassador’s Small Grants Programme. Full text...

  • UN: Refugees in Chad face food insecurity
    28 november 2016 17:31:55
    New York, US (PANA) - A joint assessment by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) has revealed that 43 per cent of refugees who have lived in Chad for more than 10 years continue to face a precarious food security situation and require assistance. Full text...

  • Nigeria: South Korea plans innovation centres for Africa
    28 november 2016 16:23:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – South Korea intends to set up technology innovation centres in Africa to share its experience of innovation, the country's Ambassador to Nigeria, Noh Kyu-duk disclosed Monday in Abuja, Nigeria. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU extends mandate of Somalia Operation Atalanta
    28 november 2016 15:52:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Council on Monday announced extension of the mandate of its Naval Force operation, known as EUNAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta, until 31 December, 2018, and also allocated to the operation a budget of slightly over Euro 11 million. Full text...

  • US: US felicitates with Mauritania on national day
    28 november 2016 15:43:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Monday felicitated with Mauritania on its 56th independence anniversary, the US State Department said in a statement. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU draws attention to terrorist financing through nonprofit activities
    28 november 2016 15:40:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has called on member states to review the adequacy of their laws and regulations aimed at controlling the non-profit and financial sectors, in order to prevent the possibility of terrorist organizations posing as legitimate entities. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Trial of deported genocide suspect from Canada postponed to 1 Dec
    28 november 2016 14:42:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The trial of Rwandan national, Jean Claude Seyoboka, 44, who was deported recently from Canada over his alleged role in the genocide of 1994, was adjourned to 1 December, the chief judge of the Rwandan military tribunal announced on Monday. Full text...

  • DR Congo MONUSCO condemns the deadly attack on IDPs at Luhanga
    28 november 2016 09:59:59
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeper force in DR Congo, has "strongly" condemned an attack on Sunday against Hutu displaced families in North Kivu killing more than 20 of them. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army to establish new Division in northwest Nigeria
    28 november 2016 09:44:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army is to establish a Division in Sokoto, northwest Nigeria, to help ensure security and limit the influx of “undesirable elements and weapons" in the areas bordering Niger and Benin Republic, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Yusuf Buratai has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 30 Boko Haram terrorists killed Saturday in North East Nigeria
    27 november 2016 14:53:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – About 30 Boko Haram terrorists were killed on Saturday by Nigerian soldiers when they attempted to ambush a convoy of local government officials and travellers along Bama road in North Eastern Borno State. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condoles Cubans over late ex-president Fidel Castro
    27 november 2016 03:57:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon on Saturday condoled Cubans and the family of former President Fidel Castro Ruz, who died Friday overnight at the age of 90. Full text...

  • US: US condemns terrorist attack in Egypt's North Sinai
    26 november 2016 05:53:15
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has condemned Friday's terrorist attack claimed by Daesh that killed several soldiers at a security checkpoint in North Sinai Governorate in Egypt. Full text...

  • CAR: UN envoy demands protection of civilians as scores killed in CAR violence
    26 november 2016 04:57:09
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has condemned the recent outbreak of ethnic violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) that has killed scores of people. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan daily blames internal procedure for erroneous advert on corruption
    25 november 2016 17:09:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's leading national newspaper, Daily Nation, has apologised to readers for running an advertisement seeking to recruit members of a corruption cartel to join government in order to continue benefiting from tenders after public fury over the announcement. Full text...

  • Kenya: School children recalled from holidays over mathematics test
    25 november 2016 14:34:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government has ordered pupils in their second year of primary education to report to school on 28 November for a day to take part in a survey being undertaken as part of a World Bank funded project to improve literacy in schools, the ministry of education said in a circular to schools on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Top civil servants arrested in major corruption swoop in Kenya
    25 november 2016 12:45:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on Friday arrested 12 senior government officials, including former Principal Secretary in the Planning Ministry, Peter Mangiti, and officials from the National Youth Service (NYS) over a procurement scandal, according to the EACC Chief Executive Officer Halakhe Waqo. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO appeals for US$25 million to tackle food insecurity in north-eastern Nigeria
    25 november 2016 06:08:26
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Warning that ongoing unrest and rising inflation have left more than five million people in restive north-east Nigeria facing acute food insecurity, the United Nations agriculture agency on Thursday appealed for US$25 million through May 2017 to support irrigated vegetable production and micro-gardening in the dry season, as well as rebuild livestock systems. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN expert slams Egyptian travel bans on human rights defenders
    25 november 2016 06:03:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Warning that Egypt's travel bans and other restrictions on the free speech of human rights defenders appear politically motivated to “choke legitimate and democratic debate, both within and outside,” the country, a United Nations rights expert has strongly advised the Government to repeal the existing travel bans and refrain from imposing further restrictions. Full text...

  • Botswana: Media group wants Gabz FM to reinstate suspended employees
    24 november 2016 19:05:10
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – The Botswana Media and Allied Workers Union (BOMAWU) has petitioned one of the country’s leading private radio stations, Gabz FM, to reinstate two of its employees, suspended indefinitely this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Air Force helicopter crashes
    24 november 2016 17:44:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A helicopter which was recently handed over to the Nigerian Air Force, the Agusta AW 101, has crashed at the Nigerian Air Force base, Makurdi, capital of the North Central Benue State. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 2 die in suicide attack in Maiduguri, North East Nigeria
    24 november 2016 17:34:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Two persons were confirmed killed outside a major motor park in Maiduguri, north east Borno State, the epicentre of the Boko Haram attacks, when a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber died after detonating his bomb. Full text...

  • Gambia: AI says ex-govt. official still held incommunicado after 2 months
    24 november 2016 16:35:27
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Rights body, Amnesty International (AI), has expressed concern that Mamadou Sajo Jallow, an ex-deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, is still being held incommunicado for more than two months without access to his family or lawyer. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Navy to fight against Boko Haram
    24 november 2016 07:53:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military says it has deployed Navy troops to the northeastern State of Borno as part of its renewed efforts to end the terrorism of Boko Haram in the area. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army denies 'unfounded' Biafra extra-judicial killings claims
    24 november 2016 07:33:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army has denied a report by human rights group Amnesty International the security forces conducted mass killings of pro-Biafra independence protesters between August 2015 and August 2016, describing it as “unfounded.” Full text...

  • Nigeria: Rights group says Nigerian forces kill 150 pro-Biafra protesters
    24 november 2016 06:22:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says the Nigerian security forces, led by the military, killed at least 150 peaceful pro-Biafra protesters in the south east of the West African country between August 2015 and August 2016. Full text...

  • Botswana: Media workers in Botswana fight journalists persecution
    23 november 2016 18:31:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Media Allied Workers Union (BOMAWU) has organised a demonstration slated for Thursday against alleged abuse and unfair treatment of journalists by employers. Full text...

  • South Africa: Africa's line-up for international jazz festival announced
    23 november 2016 17:14:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Organisers of Africa's biggest jazz festival on Wednesday announced a glittering list of artists who are confirmed to perform next year. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius adopts tougher regulations to curb drink, careless driving
    23 november 2016 09:56:19
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Parliament voted late on Tuesday night an amendment to the Road Traffic Act which provides for stricter penalties for serious road traffic offences, namely drink driving and driving without due care. Full text...

  • France: LGBTI people face ‘vortex of violence and discrimination’ - UN expert
    23 november 2016 06:02:08
    Strasbourg, France (PANA) - People from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities around the world are experiencing a proliferation in hate speech, including “rampant” social media attacks, as well as violence and discrimination, a newly appointed United Nations human rights expert has warned. Full text...

  • US: UN human rights body appoints Commission of Inquiry on Burundi
    23 november 2016 05:47:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a decision of the United Nations Human Rights Council, in which it set up a commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations and abuses in Burundi, including whether they may constitute international crimes, the President of the body has appointed the Commission’s Chair and members. Full text...

  • CAR: UN mission in CAR steps up patrols after armed groups clash
    23 november 2016 05:38:58
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has called for an immediate end to violence after the clashes that broke out on Monday in Bria town between armed elements of the Front populaire pour la renaissance de la Centrafrique (FPRC) and the Union pour la paix en Centrafrique (UPC). Full text...

  • UN: ITU says Internet connectivity disparity still persists
    22 november 2016 20:12:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Global information and communication technologies data released on Tuesday by the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said that, although the world is more connected than ever, many countries are still not using the Internet, and most do not fully benefit from its potential. Full text...

  • Kenya: Assault convict stabs Kenyan magistrate in court
    22 november 2016 19:21:51
    Nakuru, Kenya (PANA) - A man convicted of an assault charge on Tuesday used a hidden screw driver to stab a magistrate in court and his accuser several times, besides wounding a police officer at Nakuru law courts in Kenya’s fourth city, the Police said. Full text...

  • Gambia: UN worried as 2 Gambian journalists continue to be held incommunicado
    22 november 2016 15:34:27
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights official, Rupert Colville, has expressed concern that two weeks after their detention, two Gambian journalists continue to be held incommunicado, with no access to family members or lawyers. Full text...

  • UN: UN concerned on worsening humanitarian situation in Benghazi
    22 november 2016 14:40:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said it is extremely concerned by the continued worsening humanitarian situation in Ganfouda area in the Libyan city of Benghazi due to increased hostilities over the past week. Full text...

  • South Africa: US hip hop star ordered to leave South Africa
    22 november 2016 11:01:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Leading American hip hop artist Mos Def has been ordered to leave South Africa on Tuesday night after being declared an undesirable person. Full text...

  • US: INTERPOL, UN forge closer ties against transnational crime, terrorism
    22 november 2016 10:55:05
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations member states have adopted a resolution by consensus to further enhance collaboration between the UN and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) against transnational crime and terrorism. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian military release fresh list of 55 wanted Boko Haram members
    21 november 2016 17:30:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin on Monday released a banner containing photographs and names of 55 Boko Haram suspects wanted for various attacks and terror activities in the northeast of the country where the military currently prosecutes war against the insurgents. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of Gambian journalist, broadcast executive
    21 november 2016 17:13:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian authorities should immediately release a journalist and the head of the state-owned broadcaster who have been held without charge or access to their families or lawyers for a week, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI wants recognition of legitimacy of anti-slavery groups in Mauritania
    21 november 2016 14:05:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The human rights watchdog, Amnesty International (AI), has urged Mauritania to recognize the legitimacy of all anti-slavery groups in the West African country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Former Public Protector wins prestigious award
    21 november 2016 11:47:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who rocked the Zuma administration with a series of damning findings, has been chosen as the 2016 Forbes Africa Person of the Year. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari commiserates with Indian Prime Minister over deaths in derailed train
    21 november 2016 09:34:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sorrow and regret over Sunday's train disaster in India that killed more than 130 passengers near Pukhrayan. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Gunmen kidnap former Nigerian foreign minister Hirse
    20 november 2016 20:31:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Gunmen on Sunday abducted a former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Bagudu Hirse, in the northwestern State of Kaduna. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Gunmen kill 2 policemen, 7 civilians in Nigeria's north-west region
    20 november 2016 18:41:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Police on Sunday confirmed that nine persons were killed when gunmen stormed three communities in north-west Zamfara state. Full text...

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