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  • Egypt must halt executions, say UN human rights experts
    26 january 2018 17:55:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A group of UN human rights experts on Friday called on Egypt to halt all pending executions following repeated allegations of unfair trials. Full text...

  • Gambian cleric slams religious council over Ahmadis
    26 january 2018 16:03:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A prominent Islamic cleric, Oustass Saliu Cham, has accused the Supreme Islamic Council of distributing statements that could incite religious hostilities in the Gambia. Full text...

  • Bashir forms “High Peace Council” in Sudan
    26 january 2018 13:56:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan has formed a robust presidential body, called the High Council for Peace (HCP), with the mandate to achieve and consolidate peace in the country. Full text...

  • Senior UN officials to address food insecurity in Ethiopia
    26 january 2018 11:59:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Under-Secretary-General for UN Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Achim Steiner, will travel to Ethiopia from 27-29 January to highlight the immense challenge of persistent food insecurity and the new approach to addressing it. Full text...

  • Restive eastern DRC home to one of world’s worst displacement crises for children – UNICEF
    25 january 2018 20:38:06
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – More than 800,000 children have been forced from their homes by violence and armed clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in what the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) calls “one of the world’s worst displacement crises for children”. Full text...

  • Humanitarian partners need US$313m for lifesaving assistance to 940,000 Libyans
    25 january 2018 18:29:36
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Ms Maria Ribeiro, on Thursday launched the 2018 Libya Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) which seeks US$313 million to provide lifesaving assistance to 940,000 people this year. Full text...

  • Former deputy AUC chief passes on
    25 january 2018 15:48:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former African Union Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson Patrick Kayumbu Mazimhaka has died, aged 69, at his home in Kigali following a long illness, a close relative confirmed to PANA in the Rwandan capital on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia Islamic leader objects to TV licence for Ahmadiyya
    25 january 2018 15:36:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Supreme Islamic Council of Gambia on Thursday cautioned the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) on considering an application by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at to set up a television station in the country. Full text...

  • US agency hails Gambia's progress in 1 year
    25 january 2018 14:52:37
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Mr Thomas Kelly, the acting vice president of the department of policy and evaluation of the United States government’s millennium challenge corporation (MCC), has hailed the level of progress The Gambia has made in the past one year. Full text...

  • RMS St Helena departs on historic voyage
    25 january 2018 09:29:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A ship that has connected South Africa to St Helena, the remote South Atlantic island where Napoleon died in 1821, has undertaken its final voyage. Full text...

  • Spike in attacks on ‘blue helmets’ means UN peace operations must adapt - Lacroix
    25 january 2018 06:17:21
    New York, US (PANA) – With United Nations ‘blue helmets’ facing increasingly grave threats, including armed groups with no interest in peace, the UN peacekeeping chief called on Wednesday for greater political engagement and leadership from the Security Council and the world body’s Member countries to ensure UN troops – and the populations they serve – are better protected. Full text...

  • UN, partners seek US$515 million in humanitarian aid for CAR in 2018
    24 january 2018 16:42:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – With more than half the population in the Central African Republic (CAR) projected to need humanitarian assistance in 2018, the United Nations, the Government and partners are seeking US$515.6 million in contributions to address the crisis. Full text...

  • Sudanese nationals held hostage in Libya freed
    24 january 2018 11:47:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Libyan security authorities have freed an unspecified number of Sudanese nationals who were abducted in Libya and were shown on youtube and other social media being subjected to horrible physical and psychological torture. Full text...

  • FAO, IOM boost cooperation on migration
    24 january 2018 10:12:58
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - In view of the co-chairmanship of the Global Migration Group (GMG) this year and to further strengthen their collaboration, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Full text...

  • Senior UN Official says it's time to reassess UN peacekeeping presence in Mali
    24 january 2018 07:01:06
    New York, US (PANA) - Against the backdrop of worsening security in Mali’s central regions and with presidential elections just six months away, a senior United Nations official on Tuesday said it is time to re-examine the configuration of the UN peacekeeping presence in the West African country to reflect the changing circumstances on the ground. Full text...

  • At least seven killed at religious gathering in northern Ethiopia – UN rights office
    23 january 2018 20:24:18
    Geneva, Ethiopia (PANA) – The United Nations human rights arm on Tuesday voiced deep concern over the deaths of at least seven people celebrating a religious festival in Ethiopia as security forces reportedly tried to stop them from shouting anti-Government chants. Full text...

  • IFAD chief appeals for attention to marginalized, poorest at World Economic Forum
    23 january 2018 19:55:36
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - As an unprecedented number of government and business leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday to improve international collaboration in a 'fragmented world', the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) issued an urgent call to remember the world's poorest and most marginalized people. Full text...

  • Kenyatta mourns South African jazz legend Masekela
    23 january 2018 19:01:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday mourned South African Jazz legend Hugh Masekela referring to him as a friend. Full text...

  • Germany contributes EUR 25.6 million for urban resilience in Somalia
    23 january 2018 18:51:30
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The German Government on Tuesday announced its commitment of EUR 23.4 million to support infrastructure work in Somalia. Full text...

  • CAR displacement reaches unprecedented levels in 2017 - UNHCR
    23 january 2018 11:34:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ongoing violence in Central African Republic (CAR), particularly in the country’s north-west, has pushed forced displacement to the highest levels that UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has seen since the start of the crisis in 2013. Data as of the end of December shows that 688,700 people were displaced internally – 60 percent more than just a year ago. Full text...

  • South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela dead at 78
    23 january 2018 08:50:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Legendary South African musician Hugh Masekela died in the early hours of Tuesday morning following a long illness. Full text...

  • Africa’s progress depends on creative energy of its youth, says Nobel Co-Laureate
    23 january 2018 08:37:40
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Ouided Bouchamaoui, the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Co-Laureate, has warned that Africa’s growing youth population could be a plus or a political time bomb for Africa, depending on how leaders anticipate the future. Full text...

  • UN flag no longer offers ‘natural’ protection to peacekeepers, says UN report
    23 january 2018 05:52:08
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations should change the way it does business in high-security risk peacekeeping operations, as the UN flag no longer offers ‘natural’ protection to mission personnel, according to a new report, which calls for better training for ‘blue helmets,’ more technology and greater freedom to respond to the threat posed by armed groups. Full text...

  • Global report lists 10 most under-reported humanitarian crises of 2017
    22 january 2018 10:30:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The international aid organization, CARE, on Monday launched a new report highlighting 2017’s ten most under-reported humanitarian crises. Nearly all of them are in Africa Full text...

  • ISIS affiliate operating in Nigeria - Government says
    22 january 2018 09:52:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government on Sunday said that the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), an offshoot of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is responsible for the deployment of foreign terrorists that are unleashing mayhem on communities in Nigeria’s north central and Niger Delta States. Full text...

  • DRC refugees in Zambia relocate to permanent site
    22 january 2018 09:39:39
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian Government, with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and partners, has started the relocation of Democratic Republic of Congo refugees to a permanent site. Full text...

  • UNESCO to award 2018 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance, Non-Violence
    20 january 2018 15:01:28
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO has invited governmental and non-governmental entities, civil society actors and individuals active in strengthening foundations for peace and tolerance to propose candidates for the 2018 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence. Full text...

  • UNESCO advocates for 'Quality Education for All in Africa'
    20 january 2018 08:24:10
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, has advocated for education as a priority investment for sustainable development in Africa. Full text...

  • IGAD Special Envoy in South Sudan refutes partisan claims by Machar group
    19 january 2018 19:02:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ismail Wais, has refuted claims by SPLM-IO deputy military spokesman that IGAD and TROIKA were responsible for the ceasefire violations in Bieh State. Full text...

  • Millions of children's lives hang in the balance as South Sudan conflict grinds on – UNICEF chief
    19 january 2018 17:14:05
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Following a two-day visit to conflict-ravaged South Sudan, where a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished and at imminent risk of death, the head of the United Nations children's agency has said only an end to hostilities can bring back hope and safety to the children and young people there. Full text...

  • UN human rights office lauds Ethiopia’s decision to free political detainees
    19 january 2018 16:50:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has welcomed Ethiopia’s decision to release 115 federal detainees on 17 January, including several leading political figures. Full text...

  • Winnie Madikizela-Mandela loses claim to Mandela's home
    19 january 2018 13:56:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Friday lost her claim to former President Nelson Mandela's Qunu home where the world statesman was born and buried. Full text...

  • Concern grows for women, children fleeing Cameroon - UNHCR
    19 january 2018 11:52:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - With the number of people fleeing English-speaking areas of Cameroon for Nigeria growing, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is increasingly concerned at the plight of women and children among them. Full text...

  • UN, partners launch US$1.68 billion aid appeal for DR Congo
    19 january 2018 06:41:25
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Warning of a “dramatic deterioration” in the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the last 12 months, United Nations agencies and relief partners on Thursday launched the largest-ever funding appeal for the vast central African country. Full text...

  • 95 rehabilitated former Boko Haram terrorists set for reintegration into Nigerian society
    18 january 2018 20:01:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Ninety five “repentant” Boko Haram terrorists that have been rehabilitated under the Nigerian federal government’s Deradicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) programme are now set to be reintegrated into the society, Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, disclosed on Thursday in Abuja. Full text...

  • Trump’s first year in White House sets back human rights
    18 january 2018 18:34:08
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) – The first year of US President Donald Trump’s administration was marked by a sharp regression in government efforts to protect and promote a range of human rights, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday in its World Report 2018. Full text...

  • Global rights body reports increased repression of peaceful dissent in Southern Africa
    18 january 2018 18:02:05
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Southern African governments clamped down on vocal journalists, activists, and opposition politicians in 2017, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2018 released on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambian group urges government to guarantee right to peaceful assembly
    18 january 2018 16:14:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A political and human rights group in Gambia has called on the government of President Adama Barrow to guarantee the right to peaceful assembly. Full text...

  • Liberia agrees to host SDGs Center for Africa
    18 january 2018 16:04:50
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Liberian government and the Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) have signed a “Host Country Agreement” to establish the first West African SDGC/A sub-regional center in Monrovia. Full text...

  • Hundreds mourn renowned Rwandan journalist Casmiry Kayumba
    18 january 2018 09:44:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Hundreds of people on Thursday turned up for the burial of veteran Rwandan journalist, Casmiry Kayumba, former publisher of Ukuri weekly newspaper, who died of heart attack on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Suicide bomb attack kills 12 in Maiduguri
    18 january 2018 07:23:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria police on Wednesday night said 12 people were killed when two suicide bombs exploded around Muna Garage area of Maiduguri, Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN agencies in urgent bid to prevent famine in Kasai, DRC
    18 january 2018 07:16:36
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – In a stark warning, three UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) – say time is running out to save hundreds of thousands of lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Full text...

  • UN mission issues 48-hour ultimatum to CAR armed groups
    18 january 2018 07:09:29
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The United Nations Mission in the troubled Central African Republic (CAR), known by its French acronym, MINUSCA, has given armed groups in the north of the country 48 hours to clear out. Full text...

  • UN, partners seek US$1.6 billion to protect millions of lives from drought in Somalia
    17 january 2018 22:30:47
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – While Somalia, with the international community’s help, averted famine last year, long-term solutions for drought, conflict and displacement must still be found, the United Nations office in the country said on Wednesday, launching the 2018 humanitarian response plan, which calls for US$1.6 billion to protect the lives of 5.4 million people. Full text...

  • World cannot stand idle as millions in DR Congo ‘suffer in silence,’ says UN agency
    17 january 2018 22:26:52
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – The dramatic deterioration in the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic over the past year has been further complicated by recent floods and health crises, the United Nations migration agency said on Wednesday, appealing for urgent funding to ensure continued assistance and protection for millions in need. Full text...

  • Violence fuels 'Neglected Humanitarian Tragedy' in CAR
    17 january 2018 12:58:19
    Geneva,Switzerland (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is warning that humanitarian conditions in the Central African Republic (CAR) are rapidly deteriorating, with half of the population in need of humanitarian aid. Full text...

  • Rights group launches film on Gambian human rights defenders
    17 january 2018 11:59:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Ahead of the first anniversary of President Adama Barrow’s inauguration this week, Amnesty International (AI) is launching a film documenting the courage of Gambian human rights defenders who risked everything to resist oppression during the 22-year regime of ousted president Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • AfDB Chief receives Liberia's highest honour
    17 january 2018 06:49:24
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), has been honoured with the "Order of the Star of Africa with the Grade of Grand Band of the Republic of Liberia", during an investiture ceremony hosted by the outgoing Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in Monrovia, the Liberian capital. Full text...

  • African civil society adds voice to global condemnation of Trump’s ‘shithole remarks’
    16 january 2018 19:03:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African civil society on Tuesday urged President Donald Trump of the United States to restrain himself as well as educate himself about the world and its people and ensure that he espouses the values that the United States people have been known for over the ages. Full text...

  • Hani's assassin seeks deportation from South Africa to Poland
    16 january 2018 17:37:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Polish immigrant Janusz Walus who nearly sparked a full-blown race war on the eve of South Africa’s historic 1994 democratic elections, has approached the Gauteng High Court in an attempt to be placed on parole and deported to his homeland. Full text...

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