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  • UN: UN, partners seek US$2 billion to help millions of people across Africa’s Sahel
    12 february 2015 21:09:52
    New York, US (PANA - The UN and its partners on Thursday launched an appeal for nearly US$2 billion to provide vital humanitarian assistance to millions of people in nine countries across Africa’s Sahel region. ) Full text...

  • Sudan: Authorities investigate UNAMID rape report
    12 february 2015 20:15:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan says it is investigating report of a UN-AU peacekeeper allegedly raping a Darfuri woman, saying if proved to be true the authorities will bring the man to a court of justice. Full text...

  • UN: ICC to prosecute use of children in armed conflicts
    12 february 2015 19:27:35
    New York, US (PANA) - International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosector Fatou Bensouda on Thursday said the court will investigate and prosecute those conscripting, enlisting and Full text...

  • UN: UN welcomes Human Rights Watch report on mass rape in Darfur
    12 february 2015 18:15:27
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report on mass rape in Sudan's Darfur region produced by Full text...

  • Senegal: AMI, United Religions Initiative join forces to fight hate speech
    12 february 2015 17:50:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Media Initiative (AMI) and United Religions Initiative (URI) Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding to counter violent extremism, terrorism, hate speech among others in Africa. Full text...

  • UN: UN demands end to use of child soldiers in conflict
    12 february 2015 17:26:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday warned that the world's conflicts have become more brutal, intense and widespread, as children are finding themselves increasingly vulnerable to recruitment and deployment by armed groups. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AfDB awards US$1m emergency relief assistance for drought victims in Somalia
    12 february 2015 17:11:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) -The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) announced Thursday its award of US $1 million emergency relief assistance to Somalia where over one million people affected by drought and famine are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA calls for safer internet in West Africa
    12 february 2015 15:49:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - On the occasion of this year’s Safer Internet Day, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called on all stakeholders in West Africa to ensure the safer use of the internet for the betterment of society. Full text...

  • DR Congo: MONUSCO Chief condemns use of child soldiers by armed groups in DRC
    12 february 2015 15:35:56
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - "Thousands of children continue to be recruited by armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Child recruitment jeopardizes the future of these children and deprives the DRC of their vigour and strength," Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the DRC, said on the occasion of the International Day against the use of Child Soldiers. Full text...

  • Sudan: Situation in Blue Nile, South Kordufan worries EU
    12 february 2015 10:03:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has expressed its concern over the recent developments in two conflicts areas in South-east and South-west of the Sudan, where three humanitarian aid workers were killed and a hospital was reportedly bombed, frustrating humanitarian action there. Full text...

  • UN: 'Empowering youth key to bridging social divide in CAR'
    12 february 2015 06:17:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Head of the Africa bureau at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Abdoulaye Mar Dieye has said grassroots involvement and inclusion, especially of youth, is Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF celebrates demobilization of child soldiers in S/Sudan
    12 february 2015 06:00:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has applauded the release of another Full text...

  • UN: Report urges end to violence against children in Africa
    12 february 2015 01:10:05
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN-backed report said African girls and boys continue to be subjected to distressing levels of physical, sexual and emotional violence despite the significant legal and policy measures adopted throughout the region. Full text...

  • UN: Libya shifts venue of peace talks
    12 february 2015 01:03:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Libyan stakeholders have convened in Libya's western city of Ghedames for the latest round of United Nations-facilitated dialogue aimed at resolving the North African nation’s political crisis, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said. Full text...

  • UN: New Somali govt tasked on 'Vision 2016' agenda
    12 february 2015 00:57:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and its partners have urged the new Somali government to move quickly to deliver on its "Vision 2016" agenda, following the approval of a cabinet that includes enhanced participation of women ministers. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission evicts ex-rebels from public buildings
    12 february 2015 00:48:13
    New York US (PANA) - The UN Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (CAR) has retaken public buildings in Bria that were illegally occupied by ex-Seleka rebels, according to UN spokesperson Farhan Haq. Full text...

  • UN: Ban Ki-moon condemns killing of UN partner in Guinea
    12 february 2015 00:41:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned, in the strongest terms, the killing of Mr. Thierno Aliou Diaoune, National Coordinator for the UN Peacebuilding Fund, in Conakry, Guinea, on 6 Feb. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Missionary says Boko Haram invasion in Niger spurs attacks against Christians
    11 february 2015 20:54:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - While several African countries have joined forces to combat the onslaught of Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, a missionary in Niger has said local Christians are fearing for their lives, church news service Zenit reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: AMI to train over 200 journalists on ICT, peace in Africa
    11 february 2015 18:26:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Media Initiative (AMI) and two of its partners Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding towards training of journalists in Information, Communication/Technology (ICT), and coverage of peace and conflict issues in Africa. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU, EAC launch 11th EDF Regional Electoral Support Programme
    11 february 2015 18:13:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and the East African Community (EAC) signed Wednesday a financing agreement committing € 5 million in support to a Regional Electoral Support Programme (RESP) for the Community to follow-up elections in its partner states between 2015 and 2018. Full text...

  • Senegal: GGA says South Africa had highest youth unemployment rate in 2014
    11 february 2015 16:57:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Good Governance Africa (GGA), a research and advocacy body working towards improved governance on the continent, Wednesday disclosed that South Africa had the highest youth unemployment rate in 2014. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns ban on newspaper in South Sudan
    11 february 2015 15:23:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the ban slammed against South Sudan's independent newspaper, Nation Mirror, a statement from the press freedom body issued late Tuesday disclosed. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Regional platform for quality early childhood development launched
    11 february 2015 15:10:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A regional platform to improve the quality of Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes in Africa has been inaugurated in Kigali, Rwanda, PANA reported Wednesday, quoting a statement posted on the African Development (AfDB) website. Full text...

  • Niger: Govt. declares state of emergency in Diffa region over Boko Haram
    11 february 2015 13:52:43
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Following the increasing terrorist attacks by Boko Haram in all the far-eastern region of Diffa, the Nigerien government on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in the area where the Islamic sect has caused panic within the populations. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Gambia lifts travel ban on Sierra Leone
    11 february 2015 13:03:08
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Gambian government has announced the lifting of the travel ban on Sierra Leone and the other countries worst hit by the Ebola virus disease, according to a statement from the Sierra Leone High Commission in Banjul. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR confirms major tragedy in Mediterranean Sea, 300 migrants missing
    11 february 2015 13:00:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN refugee agency said Wednesday it was shocked at new information emerging on the actual scale of the tragedy that befell migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean after Monday’s rescue attempts by the Italian Coast Guard. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Population projected at 30m in 2030
    11 february 2015 11:07:38
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The population of Burkina Faso is projected to reach 30 million by 2030, according to the results of the 2014 national report of the Ministry of Economy and Planning. Full text...

  • Botswana: China, Botswana mark 40 years of diplomatic ties
    11 february 2015 10:38:43
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana and China celebrated 40 years of diplomatic ties between them at a ceremony in the Botswana capital, Gaborone, on Tuesday evening. Full text...

  • South Africa: 25th anniversary of Mandela's release marked
    11 february 2015 08:49:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Wednesday marks the 25-year anniversary of Mandela's release from prison, an event that was celebrated around the world and which led to the liberation of South Africa following decades of Apartheid rule. Full text...

  • UN: 'Violence in northern Nigeria sparks major new exodus into Niger border region'
    11 february 2015 07:39:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The spread of violent attacks across the border from northern Nigeria into Niger is causing widespread displacement and hampering efforts to provide humanitarian assistance in the area, a spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Kikwete says Tanzania wants expanded relations with Iran
    11 february 2015 07:20:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania wishes to consolidate and expand its relations with Iran to include cooperation in transport, trade, investments, technology, oil, gas and communication sectors, President Jakaya Kikwete said Wednesday in a message to President Hassan Rouhani of Iran. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EALA mulls over post-2015 MDG Agenda
    10 february 2015 20:23:34
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Speaker Daniel F. Kidega has challenged national legislatures in the region to play a more central role in development as the globe charts its path on the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Agenda. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency calls for more search, rescue efforts for migrants in Mediterranean
    10 february 2015 20:08:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday urged European nations to ramp up search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea following the region’s first major maritime tragedy this year in which dozens of people perished, apparently from hypothermia. Full text...

  • UN: New UN rights report depicts 'turmoil, lawlessness' in Libya
    10 february 2015 17:14:47
    New York, US (PANA) - A report produced jointly by the UN High Commission for Human Rights and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has painted a bleak picture of the human rights situation in Libya. Full text...

  • Senegal: Africa launches platform on early childhood development programmes
    10 february 2015 17:04:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A regional platform to improve the provision of quality early Full text...

  • Togo: 2 kidnappers arrested in Togo for abducting a child
    10 february 2015 15:33:03
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Two men were arrested by the Togolese Police in Tsévié, a town 35 km away from Lome, the capital, while attempting to sell an 11-year-old child for US$207,600, PANA learnt Tuesday from official sources. Full text...

  • South Africa: Calls for Mining Indaba be to more inclusive
    10 february 2015 11:56:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Organisers of the African Mining Indaba, which is underway in Cape Town, South Africa, have been urged to make the event more inclusive by reducing the cost of admission. Full text...

  • Kenya: US pledges new humanitarian assistance for S/Sudan conflict victims
    10 february 2015 10:47:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United States has announced nearly US$273 million in new humanitarian assistance for those uprooted and imperiled by the conflict in South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: Leaders must listen to their people, says UN chief
    10 february 2015 06:41:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said leaders around the world must Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official says peace, stability and security vital for South Sudan
    09 february 2015 22:43:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Valerie Amos on Monday warned that continued conflict in South Sudan risks depriving the country of a generation of "lost" children. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights report says attacks on girls seeking education persists
    09 february 2015 21:40:59
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN human rights report seeking to analyse the problem of attacks against girls trying to access education has found that schools in at least 70 different countries were attacked in the five years between 2009 and 2014, with many attacks specifically targeting girls, parents and teachers advocating for gender equality in education. Full text...

  • Libya: One soldier killed, 26 injured in the latest clashes in Benghazi
    09 february 2015 21:21:24
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - At least one Libyan soldier was killed and 26 others wounded in clashes during an offensive launched by the army in "the final assault" to dislodge Islamist militias from Benghazi, said the military and hospital sources. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF, David Beckham launch new initiative to boost funding for children
    09 february 2015 20:50:51
    New York, US (PANA) - International football icon and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham, on Monday announced his latest fundraising initiative, launched in conjunction with the UN agency and aimed at boosting assistance for the world’s youth and offering support for humanitarian crises. Full text...

  • Libya: Italian navy rescues 284 illegal migrants from Libya
    09 february 2015 20:33:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A total of 105 illegal immigrants were on Monday rescued and transported to the port of Lampedusa, according to Italian security sources quoted by Libyan newspapers. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Lake Chad basin countries set up force to fight Boko Haram insurgents
    09 february 2015 18:11:12
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (CBLT) are setting up a multinational force 8,700 strong to fight the Boko Haram militant group, which is fighting to create an Islamic state in Northeastern Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon. Full text...

  • Sudan: 3 humanitarian aid workers killed, UN, Sudan condemn attack
    09 february 2015 15:05:55
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Three humanitarian aid workers were killed and a fourth seriously injured in central eastern Sudan, when an unnamed group attacked them while discharging their duties in the region. Full text...

  • Kenya: Peace conference raise the red flag on global refugee crisis
    09 february 2015 14:53:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global refugee crisis is a time bomb that will deal a deadly blow to venerable economies, a global security conference in Munich, Germany, has been told. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya donates US$1m to Malawi flood victims
    09 february 2015 08:11:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has donated US$1 million (KShs 91 million) to Malawi flood victims, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has said Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu to address special session of Angolan Parliament
    08 february 2015 13:55:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu is due to travel to Angola on 13 February for a two-day state visit, during which he is scheduled to address a special session of Parliament and witness the launch of the reconstructed Benguela railways, it was officially announced here Sunday. Full text...

  • US: Malala tasks Nigerian leaders, int'l community on abducted school girls
    08 february 2015 08:25:48
    New York, US (PANA) ) - 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and co-founder of the Malala Fund, Full text...

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