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  • UK: Niger peacekeeper presented with inaugural UN Military Gender Advocate Award
    08 september 2016 08:57:31
    London, UK (PANA) - A former United Nations peacekeeper from Niger has been presented with the inaugural UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award for her work in integrating gender perspectives into peacekeeping activities while serving in Mali. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tutu recovers after surgery in South Africa
    07 september 2016 19:01:41
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African liberation here Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is recovering at a Cape Town hospital after undergoing surgery on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks governments, private sector on universal literacy
    07 september 2016 18:26:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking International Literacy Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called on governments and their partners, including in the private sector, to join forces for universal literacy and build peaceful, just, inclusive and sustainable societies. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese celebrate implementation of Doha peace deal for Darfur
    07 september 2016 17:49:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Chad, Central African Republic and Qatar heads of state were among leaders who attended a gathering in Darfur on Wednesday at which Sudanese President Omar Bashir declared a general amnesty to all rebels holding arms against his government. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian minister stresses role of education in poverty eradication
    07 september 2016 17:29:06
    Flic-en Flac, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Education and Human Resources Minister Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun on Wednesday said that providing education is a social enterprise and, “indeed, without education we cannot envisage the eradication of absolute poverty and achieving the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.” Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's security agencies ask for postponement of governorship election in Niger Delta
    07 september 2016 16:28:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – In a rare joint public statement, the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services (the nation’s security police) have warned of attacks by “insurgents” and other extremist elements in the run-up to next week’s Muslim celebrations. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF report says 28 million children uprooted by conflicts
    07 september 2016 14:20:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Millions of children driven from their homes due to violence and conflict or in the hopes of finding a better and safer future face further dangers along the way, including the risk of drowning on sea crossings, malnourishment and dehydration, trafficking, kidnapping, rape and even murder, a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief urges collective global action to protect vulnerable populations
    07 september 2016 14:05:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson says collective global action is needed to overcome barriers to implementation of governments' legal commitments to protect populations from atrocity crimes, which is known as "Responsibility to Protect" or R2P. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkinabe public media journalists embark on one-day strike
    07 september 2016 12:31:19
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Journalists in Burkina public on Wednesday embarked on a one-day strike to demand better working and living conditions. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Conflict continues to drive displacement in South Sudan - IOM
    07 september 2016 11:01:27
    Juba, South Sudan PANA) - The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says fighting between armed groups across parts of South Sudan continues to drive displacement, including in areas that had been relatively stable since the crisis broke out in December 2013. Full text...

  • US: UNESCO stresses 'greater headway' in education
    07 september 2016 10:45:37
    New York, US (PANA) - There is an urgent need for greater headway in education without which, on current trends, the world will be half a century late for achieving the education-related goals contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to a new United Nations-backed independent report. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army says eight top Boko Haram, Niger Delta militants arrested
    07 september 2016 10:19:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Wednesday announced the arrest of Muhammed Bulama, one Boko Haram's top commanders who was declared wanted last year. Bulama is number 105 suspect on the wanted terrorists list released by the military last year. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian armed forces warn militants on threat to Niger Delta residents
    06 september 2016 15:59:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Defence Headquarters, comprising the Army, Air Force, and Navy, on Tuesday warned militant groups in the Niger Delta region against "fanning the embers of war", saying that they would not allow them to pose a threat to peaceful coexistence of Nigerians living in the region. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNESCO, African rights court fight crimes against journalists
    06 september 2016 13:37:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The rate of impunity for crimes against journalists remains extremely high worldwide, according to UNESCO figures, which show that since 2006, fewer than 7 percent of these crimes have been brought to justice. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Four soldiers die as their gunboat capsizes in Niger Delta
    06 september 2016 09:17:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army said on Tuesday that four of its soldiers taking part in the military exercise code named “Operation Crocodile Smiles” in the troubled Niger Delta region were drowned after their gunboat capsized along Brass waterways, in Brass Local Government area of Bayelsa State. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council concludes three-day visit to South Sudan
    05 september 2016 22:49:17
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council members have concluded a three-day visit to South Sudan on Monday by reaffirming its support for peace in South Sudan and reiterated its calls to the government to fulfill commitments announced in a joint communique. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed treaty aims to set target date for cluster bomb abolition
    05 september 2016 21:08:51
    New York, US (PANA) - An annual meeting of State Parties to the UN-backed treaty banning cluster bombs opened in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, with a call to set a target date to achieve a world free of these explosive remnants of war that kill large numbers of civilians. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian government rejects call for fuel price hike
    05 september 2016 19:13:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government Monday said it will not increase the pump price of petroleum products despite a demand by the forum of former Group Managing Directors of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that it should do so. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS ministers meet in Abuja over illicit drug trafficking
    05 september 2016 18:57:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Commending efforts made by partner countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to address illicit drug trafficking, organised crime and drug abuse in the sub-region, Nigerian Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami on Monday reiterated his country's commitment to fight the menace. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Militant group orders residents to evacuate areas around oil, gas facilities
    05 september 2016 16:16:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Niger Delta militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM), has warned residents around major oil and gas facilities across the region to evacuate with immediate effect in order not to end up as casualties of militancy. Full text...

  • UN: South Sudan accepts deployment of regional protection force
    05 september 2016 15:45:31
    New York, US (PANA) - South Sudan's government has accepted the deployment of a 4,000-strong regional protection force recently mandated by the UN Security Council, in addition to about 12,000 UN peacekeepers already serving in the African nation. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief says charity 'best investments for common future'
    05 september 2016 15:32:55
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said that, charity is one of the best investments that could be made in our common future, noting that the world is now seeing the dramatic rise of philanthropy in developing countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Air Force to deploy more personnel, combat aircraft to Niger Delta
    05 september 2016 09:41:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is to deploy more personnel to the troubled Niger Delta region to combat militancy in the area that is costing Nigeria huge losses in oil revenue. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Man arrested for threatening Ukrainian Ambassador in Nigeria
    05 september 2016 06:26:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Department of Security Services (DSS) on Sunday announced the arrest of a man in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, for sending “several” messages to the Ukrainian Ambassador threatening him. Full text...

  • UN: UN report urges Somalia to ensure freedom of expression
    04 september 2016 19:42:47
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN report on freedom of expression in Somalia released on Sunday has noted progress in state-building in Somalia, but showed the very challenging environment that continues to confront journalists, human rights defenders and political leaders, including numerous killings, arrests, intimidation and closure of critical media outlets. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council members meet IDPs in South Sudan
    04 september 2016 06:00:51
    New York, US (PANA) - On the second day of its visit to South Sudan, a delegation from the UN Security Council on Saturday met with displaced people living in camps, known as "protection of civilians sites", seeing first-hand the human consequences of the failure of political leaders to bring peace to their country. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert tasks Mozambique on crimes against persons with albinism
    02 september 2016 17:21:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Ms. Ikponwosa Ero, on Friday said that despite all the success in tackling crimes against persons with albinism in Mozambique, their situation remains precarious as the authorities have yet to identify and arrest the masterminds behind such crimes. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council members to assess situation in South Sudan
    02 september 2016 16:44:27
    New York, US (PANA) - A delegation of the UN Security Council is due in South Sudan next week to see firsthand the challenges facing people after the Council approved deployment of Full text...

  • Rwanda: 'Effective regional collaboration in Africa bolsters international security'
    02 september 2016 10:43:25
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The Head of INTERPOL has said that effective regional efforts in Eastern Africa against transnational crime and terrorism underpin security across Africa and beyond, boosted by INTERPOL’s global reach. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Air Force says it has 'successfully attacked' Boko Haram camp
    02 september 2016 09:52:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has "successfully attacked" a Boko Haram camp at Tumbun Rego, in northern Borno State, where some wounded commanders of the notorious sect were believed to be receiving treatment. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army declares it has 'killed' Boko Haram leader Shekau, impersonator
    02 september 2016 07:44:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army has declared that it has killed the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, as well as his impersonator. Full text...

  • Nigeria: IDP camps get humanitarian supplies in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon
    01 september 2016 19:32:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday said it has increased the supply of humanitarian supplies to people displaced by the war against Boko Haram insurgents within the country and in Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants ban on two radio stations in Tanzania lifted
    01 september 2016 15:45:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Tanzanian authorities should immediately lift a ban on two privately owned radio stations and allow them to resume broadcasts without further harassment or censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts stress inclusive education for persons with disabilities
    01 september 2016 14:06:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Inclusive education is central to achieving high quality education for all learners, including those with disabilities, and for the development of inclusive, peaceful and fair societies, UN human rights experts stated in new guidelines on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI says Gabon's security forces ''must stop using excessive force''
    01 september 2016 13:07:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The human rights group, Amnesty International (AI), Thursday said that Gabon's security forces must stop using excessive force amid post-election tension. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma files affidavit over corruption case
    31 august 2016 17:34:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma’s legal team on Wednesday filed his replying affidavit to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, challenging a High Court ruling that he should face corruption charges. Full text...

  • US: US government concerned over child soldiers recruitment in South Sudan
    31 august 2016 17:29:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Friday said it was profoundly alarmed by the recent UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) report that implicated South Sudanese government forces in the recruitment of child soldiers since the 7 July return to hostilities. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts urge Sudan to drop charges against six human rights activists
    31 august 2016 17:23:43
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of UN human rights experts on Wednesday urged Sudanese authorities to drop charges carrying the death penalty brought against six human rights activists in the country. Full text...

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    31 august 2016 11:33:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has threatened to allow thousands of illegal migrants it has been arresting pour into Europe, if the current economic siege and embargo continued to be applied on the Sudan. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Many bodies of drowned refugees never identified - Report
    31 august 2016 11:27:03
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A new report on migration shows that many of the bodies of migrants that drowned between January 2015 and June 2016 in the Mediterranean were never identified, and families at home face never finding out what happened to their loved ones. Full text...

  • Uganda: UNHCR boss calls attention to plight of South Sudanese refugees
    31 august 2016 11:00:14
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has called for greater international attention to the plight of South Sudanese refugees as well as donor support for Uganda’s exceptional open-door approach towards people fleeing conflict in neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Somalia: SRSG Keating condemns terrorist attack at Mogadishu hotel
    30 august 2016 18:55:38
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, Michael Keating, has strongly condemned the truck bombing of the SYL Hotel in Mogadishu that early Tuesday killed at least 13 people and injured over 20. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns brutal repression of peaceful march in Togo
    30 august 2016 15:45:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has condemned the brutal repression of a peaceful march in Togo by vulnerable locals ''who were only exercising their constitutional right to peaceful assembly''. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Air Force gunship destroys new Boko Haram camp
    30 august 2016 15:39:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Tuesday said its helicopter gunship on Monday night “successfully” destroyed a new Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) Camp located between Malam Fatori and Kangarwa in north-eastern Borno State. Full text...

  • Nigeria: New Niger Delta militant group blows up major pipeline delivery line
    30 august 2016 15:25:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Despite the ceasefire deal by mainstream Niger Delta militants and the Nigerian government, a new militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Movement (NDGJM), said it blew up the Ogor-Oteri major delivery line operated by the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company and Shorelines Petroleum in south-south Delta state. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU appoints new head of civil mission in Libya
    30 august 2016 15:14:55
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union (EU) on Tuesday announced the appointment of Vincenzo Tagliaferri, a senior police officer from Italy, as head of the EU civil mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya). Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA calls for release of 13 anti-slavery activists in Mauritania
    30 august 2016 13:59:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called on Mauritania to release thirteen (13) anti-slavery activists sentenced to prison terms ranging from two to 15 years. Full text...

  • Italy: IOM says 6,908 migrants rescued Monday in Channel of Sicily
    30 august 2016 12:18:03
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Rome spokesperson of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM Rome) Flavio Di Giacomo says that 6,908 migrants were rescued on Monday in the Channel of Sicily in 35 rescue operations. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights groups demand global probe into Ethiopian rights violations
    30 august 2016 11:03:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A group of human rights organizations is calling for an independent and impartial international investigation into human rights violations in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights groups urge Kenya to probe extra-judicial killings
    30 august 2016 10:31:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government must set up a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate and bring to justice all those suspected of criminal responsibility for extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances, 13 Kenyan and global human rights organizations demanded on Tuesday. Full text...

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