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  • US: UN condemns Mali suicide attack
    19 january 2017 06:19:57
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the suicide-vehicle attack on Wednesday perpetrated against a military camp in the northern Mali city of Gao that reportedly left at least 50 people dead and dozens injured. Full text...

  • US: US condemns 'cowardly attack' on Malian town
    19 january 2017 06:09:59
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has strongly condemned Wednesday's "cowardly attack" on a military camp in Gao in northern Mali that houses government forces and members of the primary armed groups that signed the Malian peace accord. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US pledges support for religious tolerance in Nigeria
    18 january 2017 16:16:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States on Wednesday pledged to support programmes geared towards the promotion of religious tolerance in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Gambia's political crisis fills Rwandan media
    18 january 2017 16:08:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The media in Rwanda on Wednesday gave wide coverage to preparations by West African states to possibly invade Gambia to force out president Yahya Jammeh who is refusing to quit despite losing the 1 December election to opposition leader Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN offers humanitarian assistance to bombed Nigerian camp
    18 january 2017 15:52:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) and emergency medical personnel are in north-eastern Nigeria following a military airstrike that hit a displacement camp killing dozens of people, including aid workers, and wounding a reported 100 others. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopia launches humanitarian appeal for US$948 million in 2017
    18 january 2017 09:19:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - On the heels of failed rains and a calamitous El Niño in Ethiopia, the country's Government on Tuesday launched an appeal for US$948 million to urgently address food and non-food needs, while the United Nations agriculture agency warned that a new drought may put the East African nation's hard fought gains at risk. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari regrets accidental bombing of civilians in northeast Nigeria
    17 january 2017 19:56:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday led Nigeria’s top political and military leaders in expressing deep sadness and regret over the accidental bombing of civilians by the Nigerian Air Force, engaged in fighting Boko Haram insurgency in an internally displaced persons camp in Rann, Borno, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army offers cash reward for information on suicide bombers
    17 january 2017 19:49:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Tuesday announced a N500,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of a suicide bomber in the Boko Haram prone violence region of northeast Nigeria. ($1=N305) Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Vice President leaves for Davos World Economic Forum
    17 january 2017 19:41:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo left Abuja Tuesday heading the Nigerian delegation to this year's World Economic Forum holding in Davos, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Dozens killed in military airstrike in northeastern Nigeria
    17 january 2017 19:33:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A military airstrike targeting Boko Haram location in the northeastern part of Nigeria has mistakenly killed dozens of civilians, the Nigerian Army admitted on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Seven foreign journalists expelled
    17 january 2017 19:22:13
    Banjul,Gambia (PANA) - Seven journalists, who are in The Gambia to cover the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow, were on January 16, 2017 prevented from entering the country, according media body Media Foundation for West Africa Full text...

  • UN: One journalist killed every four days in 2016, UNESCO says
    17 january 2017 17:38:56
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 100 journalists were killed in 2016 while doing their jobs, according to the UN agency tasked with defending press freedom. Full text...

  • UN: UN report says millions of children, youth experience bullying
    17 january 2017 17:18:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Millions of children and young people worldwide are bullied each year, according to a report released on Tuesday by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which found that bullies like to pick on children because of their looks, have ethnic or cultural differences, or due to gender or sexual orientation. Full text...

  • UN: Gutteres calls for understanding to combat anti-Muslim discrimination
    17 january 2017 16:43:45
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres on Tuesday appealed for drawing strength from the principles of inclusion, tolerance and mutual understanding to recognize the value of diversity. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambians start exodus from towns fearing imminent violence
    17 january 2017 16:37:55
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - With a breakout of violence becoming imminent, thousands of Gambian Christians, particularly followers of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, were observed fleeing on Tuesday from the capital, Banjul, and the commercial city of Serrekunda to areas close to the border with Senegal. Full text...

  • UN: UN wants US$864 million for humanitarian needs in Somalia
    17 january 2017 15:18:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and its humanitarian partners on Tuesday launched a US$864 million appeal to reach 3.9 million Somalis with urgent life-saving assistance. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Dearth of information impedes progress to peace in Burundi
    17 january 2017 15:08:47
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Scarcity of information about what is going on in Burundi has been singled out as a key constraint for analysts and policymakers assessing the country's protracted political crisis, according to a consultant of the South Africa-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Full text...

  • Switzerland: Children face human rights abuses - UN official
    17 january 2017 05:54:09
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ms. Kate Gilmore, Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on Monday said children worldwide faced various violations of their rights, including poverty, violence and discrimination against them. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches new manual on prisoner management
    17 january 2017 05:46:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has unveiled a new manual that offers practical advice on managing violent extremist prisoners, disengaging them from violence and facilitating their social reintegration upon release. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN reports 'unabated' killings, rapes in South Sudan after July 2016 violence
    17 january 2017 00:00:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Hundreds of people were killed in South Sudan during an outbreak of violence last July and more than 200 people were raped, according to a United Nations report released Monday, emphasizing the need for accountability and justice for those human rights violations. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ford recalls thousands of defective vehicles in South Africa
    17 january 2017 00:00:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Ford Motor Company on Monday announced that thousands of defective Ford Kuga vehicles have been recalled in South Africa with immediate effect. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia's military command detains 11 army officers
    17 january 2017 00:00:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s military high command has, in collaboration with the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), arrested and detained 11 military officers at various units of the Gambia Armed Forces, a military spokesperson confirmed on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Former Rwandan publisher put under 30-day pre-trial detention
    16 january 2017 16:31:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan court on Monday placed former publisher of Rwanda Focus weekly under a 30-day pre-trial detention, citing the prosecution claim that Shyaka Kanuma intended to run away from justice. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari condemns twin bomb blasts in Nigerian university
    16 january 2017 15:46:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has “strongly” condemned the terrorist attack Monday morning at a mosque in the University of Maiduguri, the epicenter of Boko Haram terrorism in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Twin bomb blasts leave two dead at Maiduguri University
    16 january 2017 09:49:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Two twin bomb blasts on Monday at the University of Maiduguri, the epicenter of Boko Haram terrorism in northeast Nigeria, have left two people dead. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Amnesty International calls for release of Nigeria Shi'a leader
    16 january 2017 07:30:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International, a human rights watchdog, is asking the Nigerian authorities to "immediately comply" with a High Court order and release the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife from detention. Full text...

  • Benin: Rights group says death row prisoners in Benin held in cruel limbo
    16 january 2017 06:45:07
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says prisoners on death row in Benin are languishing in a cruel limbo after a court decision last year effectively abolished the death penalty, but failed to commute existing death sentences. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Discussions on regional protection force in S. Sudan continuing - UN
    16 january 2017 06:19:52
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has confirmed that it continues its discussions with the transitional national unity Government on a 4,000-strong regional protection force, which was authorised by the Security Council last August but has yet to be deployed. Full text...

  • Sudan: Govt. extends ceasefire for six months in conflict zones
    15 january 2017 19:05:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government on Sunday extended, by six months, its ceasefire in the conflict zones of south Kordufan, Blue Nile and Darfur regions, apparently in a show of appreciation with the American government's conditional lifting of sanctions over Sudan on Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Faculty of Education students at University of Sudan begin strike
    15 january 2017 16:15:27
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Students of the Faculty of Education of the University of Khartoum have begun boycotting classes until half of their demands, including removal of the university police, are met. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Gunmen kidnap Turkish national, 7 others from Turkish school in Nigeria
    15 january 2017 13:16:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The management of Nigerian-Turkish International School in Isheri, Ogun State, has confirmed that eight persons, including a Turkish national, were kidnapped on Friday by unknown persons. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army kills 13 Boko Haram terrorists, rescues 59 women, children
    15 january 2017 10:52:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army has announced the killing of 13 Boko Haram terrorists and the rescue of 59 persons during a “clearance operations” in North East Nigeria. Full text...

  • Rwanda: No state funeral for Rwanda's last monarch
    14 january 2017 18:49:50
    Kigali,Rwanda (PANA) - The last monarch of Rwanda, Kigeli V Ndahindurwa, who died in October last year, will not be given a state funeral, the former adviser to the King, Pastor Ezra Mpyisi, said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN welcomes easing of US sanctions against Sudan
    14 january 2017 14:49:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN Resident Representative in Khartoum has welcomed the easing of US economic sanctions against Sudan saying the international body stands to provide all possible support to the East African country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Three Nigerian soldiers, 10 insurgents die in gunfight
    14 january 2017 10:28:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says Boko Haram terrorists have killed three soldiers deployed at Kangarwa in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, in a gunfight last Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Congolese authorities to release journalist
    14 january 2017 09:29:12
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  • Sudan: Sudanese media happy with lifting of US economic sanctions
    14 january 2017 09:19:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese newspapers on Saturday lauded the decision of the US to lift its unilateral economic sanctions imposed on the East African nation in 1997. Full text...

  • UN: UN, CAR govt appeal for US$400mln for humanitarian needs
    14 january 2017 06:25:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The Government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the UN humanitarian country team have launched a US$400 million response plan for the 2017-2019 period to meet the basic needs of 2.2 million Central Africans. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Five feared dead in three suicide attacks in North East Nigeria
    13 january 2017 15:05:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Five people were killed when three suicide bombers blew themselves up Friday morning in Madagali, Adamawa, North East Nigeria, local security and officials have said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. says 204 died in Southern Kaduna clashes between farmers, herdsmen
    13 january 2017 14:49:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday released the first official figure of casualties following clashes between Fulani herdsmen and local farmers in Southern Kaduna, North Central Nigeria, putting the figure at 204. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UNMISS prepares for arrival of Regional Protection Force in Juba
    13 january 2017 12:51:02
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Preparations are underway for the arrival of more peacekeepers in South Sudan, including a Regional Protection Force, the office of the Spokesperson of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'No formal declaration of victory over Boko Haram without Chibok girls'
    12 january 2017 19:42:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari says any formal declaration of victory over the Boko Haram terrorists would be premature without the rescue of all the school girls abducted on 14 April, 2014 from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria raises battalion for Gambia operation
    12 january 2017 19:12:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army has reorganized its Order of Battle (ORBAT) to raise a battalion to be deployed in The Gambia to forcibly remove President Yahya Jammeh if he refuses to leave power on 19 January. Full text...

  • South Africa: De Klerk slams attacks on mosques
    12 january 2017 14:17:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former South African President and Nobel laureate, FW De Klerk, has slammed the desecration of two Cape Town mosques, saying it is an assault on the country’s democracy. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN refutes allegations of under-performance, misuse of funds by its agencies
    12 january 2017 13:09:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United Nations (UN) has refuted allegations of under-performance and misuse of funds, levelled against its agencies in North-East Nigeria by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body blames Malawi albino killing on criminal justice failures
    12 january 2017 11:06:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International is calling on Malawian authorities to promptly investigate the horrific killing of a 19-year-old man with albinism in Thyolo District on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army recovers bodies of 16 soldiers killed by Boko Haram
    12 january 2017 09:58:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army says it has found the bodies of an officer and 15 men killed by Boko Haram terrorists along a major river in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia’s spy agents arrest Senegalese journalists
    11 january 2017 17:48:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Two Senegalese journalists were picked up Wednesday by Gambian security officials as they covered the hearing of President Yahya Jammeh's election petition at the Supreme Court in Banjul, informed sources told PANA in the Gambian capital. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Armed herdsmen kill four farmers in north-central Nigeria
    11 january 2017 17:21:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria Police on Wednesday confirmed four persons were killed and several others injured when farmers and Fulani nomadic herdsmen clashed in Sabon Daga village of Bosso local government area in Niger State, north-central Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram terrorists kill 2 Nigerian Army soldiers
    11 january 2017 16:32:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Two Nigerian soldiers were killed late Tuesday by Boko Haram terrorists, the Army said Wednesday disclosing that it also killed several of the terrorists and presented two of them who were captured during its operations. Full text...

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