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  • South Africa: Graca Machel threatens to sue Mandela's former doctor
    21 july 2017 11:39:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel on Friday threatened to sue his former doctor Vejay Ramlakan who this week released a tell-all book about the world statesman’s death in 2013. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gov't says more assets of ex-president Jammeh discovered
    21 july 2017 11:36:56
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government says it has discovered 49 additional landed properties located in the Greater Banjul area owned by former President Yahya Jammeh bringing the total number of known landed properties belonging to him to 180. Full text...

  • US: Change in behaviour for South Sudan actors 'long overdue,' Security Council told
    21 july 2017 06:53:24
    New York, US (PANA) – Highlighting challenges facing South Sudan, a senior United Nations official on Thursday underlined that overcoming obstacles borne of a volatile combination of insecurity and political uncertainty is critical for the war-torn country to be put on the track to peace and stability. Full text...

  • Libya: Italian companies to build prefabricated classrooms in Libya
    21 july 2017 06:18:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Senior officials of the Libyan Educational Facilities Authority (EFA) and representatives of a consortium of Italian companies have ended a meeting in Tripoli, agreeing to cooperate in implementing some urgent educational projects. Full text...

  • Italy: Angry activists threaten to sink migrant traffickers’ ships
    21 july 2017 06:11:56
    Sicily, Italy (PANA) - As Italy becomes increasingly frustrated with the number of African migrants reaching its shores, activists are taking matters into their own hands, saying they are ready to sink migrant-trafficking ships and ensure that asylum seekers are returned to Libya. Full text...

  • Austria: Czech minister advocates EU military role in Libya to reduce migrants
    21 july 2017 06:07:05
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - The Czech Republic's foreign minister, Lubomir Zaoralek, has suggested that the European Union (EU) consider a military engagement in Libya to reduce the flow of migrants arriving by boat to Europe. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU pledges 10m euros in humanitarian aid to Libya
    21 july 2017 06:03:28
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Commission has announced additional emergency assistance of 10 million euros to respond to increasing humanitarian needs in Libya. Full text...

  • South Africa: Widow of car racing legend summits Kilimanjaro
    20 july 2017 14:33:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – One year after South African racing car driver, Gugu Zulu, died while trying to climb Mount Kilimanjaro‚ his widow, Letshego, summited Africa’s highest mountain. Full text...

  • Tanzania: President Nkurunziza urges Barundi refugees in Tanzania to return home
    20 july 2017 14:11:23
    Ngara, Tanzania (PANA) – Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, on a day’s working visit to Tanzania, on Thursday urged all Barundi refugees to repatriate, assuring them that peace reigns throughout their home country. Full text...

  • Morocco: 23 Sahrawi activists convicted for deadly 2010 Western Sahara clashes
    20 july 2017 11:56:28
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - A Moroccan court has convicted 23 Sahrawi activists over deadly clashes in Western Sahara after failing to exclude evidence tainted by allegations of torture during the trial hearings, human rights group Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Libya: Rights body cautions Libyans on incitement against religious minority
    20 july 2017 08:34:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Supreme Fatwa Committee linked to one of Libya’s competing governments should repeal a discriminatory legal edict accusing 'Ibadi faith followers in Libya of “deviance” and adherence to an “infidel” doctrine, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Canada to provide US$27.3m for humanitarian assistance in northeast Nigeria
    20 july 2017 07:39:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Canadian government says it will provide US$27.3m this year in support of humanitarian assistance in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Osinbajo directs immediate rescue of women abducted by Boko Haram
    20 july 2017 07:09:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday directed the military and intelligence agencies to take all necessary steps, including coordinating with Nigeria’s international partners, to rescue women abducted recently by the Boko Haram terrorist group in Borno State, the epicentre of terrorists’ activities in the northeast. Full text...

  • Netherlands: ICC Appeals Chamber directs Trial Chamber to review Gbagbo’s detention
    20 july 2017 06:59:01
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday reversed a decision of Trial Chamber I and directed that Chamber to carry out a new review as to whether former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo should continue to be detained or should be released, with or without conditions. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Amnesty report reveals war crimes in fight against Boko Haram in Cameroon
    20 july 2017 05:33:32
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Hundreds of people in Cameroon accused of supporting Boko Haram, often without evidence, are being brutally tortured by security forces, Amnesty International said in a new report published on Thursday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: 'More flexibility, mobility for UN peacekeepers in DR Congo'
    19 july 2017 19:31:15
    North Kivu Province, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is changing how it operates to become more flexible and mobile, the head of the mission announced on Wednesday, saying the focus will be on rapid deployment of troops and air surveillance instead of fixed bases. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN chief for peacekeeping operations to visit South Sudan
    19 july 2017 19:24:51
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, will visit South Sudan next week to meet with political leaders, humanitarian actors, and internally displaced people living in sites for protection of civilians, it was officially announced here on Wednesday.. Full text...

  • US: 'Int'l community needs to 'change narrative' about Africa' – UN chief Guterres
    19 july 2017 19:23:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Briefing the Security Council on their strengthened collaboration, top officials from the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) on Wednesday highlighted their joint work on peace and security in the Gambia, Somalia and South Sudan, as well as other African countries, and urged adequate, timely and predictable funding. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Navy deploys warships to end pirate attacks in Gulf of Guinea
    19 july 2017 18:46:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – In a massive operation to end pirate attacks on local and international merchant ships, the Nigerian Navy said Wednesday it has deployed warships and troops in the Gulf of Guinea. Full text...

  • Nigerian: Nigerian passes whistle-blower protection bill
    19 july 2017 17:17:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – In a fresh bid to fight corruption which has stunted the growth of Nigeria's economy and impoverished its citizens, the Nigerian Senate on Wednesday passed a whistle-blower protection bill. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma's son embroiled in fresh scandal
    19 july 2017 16:40:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane who is embroiled in the State Capture scandal that has rocked the government has been snared in a fresh controversy amid reports that the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) decided not to charge him for a fatal car accident. Full text...

  • US: Children paying 'disproportionate price' as famine looms across four countries - UNICEF
    19 july 2017 06:00:27
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) - A top official of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned that children are paying a "disproportionate price" as famine looms across Somalia, South Sudan, north-east Nigeria and Yemen. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Malala visits Nigeria to draw attention to education crisis
    18 july 2017 20:03:07
    Maiduguri, Nigeria (PANA) – Education activist Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday met with girls displaced by the Boko Haram crisis during her visit to Nigeria. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN, partners call for nearly US$24 million emergency aid for Congo's Pool region
    18 july 2017 19:58:53
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – United Nations, the Republic of Congo's government and humanitarian partners on Tuesday appealed for US$23.7 million to aid Congolese in the area of southern Brazzaville known as “the Pool”, where fighting and insecurity have displaced one out of every three people. Full text...

  • CAR: Children increasingly targeted for murder, rape in CAR – UNICEF
    18 july 2017 19:56:33
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – Renewed fighting in Central African Republic (CAR) is increasingly targeting children, while there are concerns that the humanitarian needs in the country could escalate to levels not seen since the crisis four years ago, United Nations humanitarian officials said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights arm sounds alarm for safety of prisoners in Libya
    18 july 2017 19:54:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations human rights arm on Tuesday voiced deep concern for the safety of individuals taken prisoner by members of the Libyan army after recent fighting in Benghazi, noting that they may be at imminent risk of torture and even summary execution. Full text...

  • US: UN marks Nelson Mandela International Day
    18 july 2017 18:35:12
    New York, US (PANA) – Late South African president Nelson Mandela continues to inspire the world through his example of courage and compassion, and his commitment to social justice and a culture of freedom and peace, according to UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa commemorates Mandela's 99th birthday
    18 july 2017 17:43:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel and British billionaire Sir Richard Branson on Tuesday led hundreds of people through the streets of Cape Town to commemorate what would have been the late president’s 99th birthday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army says 4 terrorists surrender in northeast Nigeria
    18 july 2017 17:34:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A high profile Boko Haram terrorist and three others have surrendered to the Nigerian Army and renounced terrorism, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman said in a statement on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President off to Swaziland on state visit
    18 july 2017 13:51:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday left for Swaziland on a 2-day state visit, at the invitation of his counterpart, King Mswati III. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Gov't warns motorists to obey traffic rules during presidential campaigns
    18 july 2017 13:48:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Police on Tuesday called upon motorists to abide by traffic rules and regulations, especially during the ongoing presidential campaigns, when movements will be very high, to prevent fatal accidents. Full text...

  • Switzerland: CAR violence driving more refugees into northern DRC - UNHCR
    18 july 2017 11:09:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Recent violence in southern border areas of Central African Republic is driving more people to flee, including into remote areas of northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, putting immense pressure on difficult-to-reach local communities close to the border, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR seeks support for alternatives to dangerous refugee journeys
    18 july 2017 08:01:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is appealing for US$421.2 million to help provide meaningful alternatives to refugees and others undertaking dangerous journeys to Europe. Full text...

  • The Netherlands: ICC marks international criminal justice day
    17 july 2017 20:02:29
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday joined in global commemorations of the Day of International Criminal Justice (17 July), which marks a historic shift in international cooperation to end atrocious crimes, when, 19 years ago on this date, 120 countries adopted the Rome Statute. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Female Boko Haram suicide bomber kills 8 in northeast Nigeria attack
    17 july 2017 16:55:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The orgy of Boko Haram violence in Nigeria’s northeast region continues as a female bomber detonated an explosive device killing eight worshipers at a mosque in Maiduguri on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia Press Union asks government to establish ownership of Daily Observer
    17 july 2017 16:47:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Transparency of media ownership is not only important for media freedom, but also for the protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of it members, the Gambia Press Union (GPU) said on Monday in a statement. Full text...

  • Belgium: EC addresses risks of famine in African countries facing alarming situation
    17 july 2017 16:24:15
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Addressing the unprecedented increase of humanitarian needs in 2017, the European Council on Monday adopted conclusions on the risks of famine, including numerous chronic food security crises, with four countries facing an alarming situation. Full text...

  • Netherlands: ICC clocks 19; rights group reiterates call for support
    17 july 2017 16:04:54
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - Human Rights Watch on Monday celebrated the 19th anniversary of the International Criminal Court (ICC) with a call for backing from member countries for the court to carry out its mandate. Full text...

  • CAR: Humanitarian group warns CAR 'spiralling into devastating crisis'
    17 july 2017 10:42:24
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Three years after armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) signed a ceasefire agreement, more than one million people are still displaced, an international humanitarian organisation said on Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Rights groups say torture claims cast shadow over trial of Sahrawis
    17 july 2017 06:29:07
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Two human rights groups on Monday urged Morocco’s judicial authorities to ensure that upcoming verdicts in a mass trial are not based on confessions or statements implicating other defendants obtained under torture or other ill-treatment during police interrogations. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU member states reaffirm support ICC
    16 july 2017 12:10:46
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union and its Member States have reaffirmed their full support to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to the strengthening of an international criminal justice system committed to deter the commission of crimes, to fight impunity and to ensure the protection of the victims' rights. Full text...

  • Somalia: Keating underlines vocational training for youth in Somalia
    16 july 2017 08:01:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Celebrating World Youth Skills Day on Saturday, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating, reaffirmed the importance of providing vocational training and technical skills to young people in the Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • Angola: Rights group hails tribunal's verdict on controversial NGOs decree
    15 july 2017 10:33:34
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has hailed the ruling of the Angolan Constitutional Tribunal that has declared as unconstitutional the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Presidential Decree that sought to monitor the registration and financial support of NGOs. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNESCO organises inter-generational dialogue on Gorée Island
    15 july 2017 07:39:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - As part of its efforts to implement the project: “Emergency measures for the consolidation and protection of Gorée Island: Fighting coastal erosion implementation”, within the framework of the World Heritage Convention, the UNESCO Dakar Office is organizing an inter-generational dialogue on Gorée Island, scheduled for Saturday. Full text...

  • Angola: Study wants reforms in Angola's education system
    15 july 2017 05:57:31
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - A report on the role of the private sector in higher education and research has called attention to the need to prioritise the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the secondary school level in Angola. Full text...

  • US: 'Strong UN, Member States partnership vital to end sexual exploitation, abuse'
    14 july 2017 21:32:50
    New York, US (PANA) – Senior United Nations officials have underscored the importance of a strong partnership between the Organization and Member States in moving forward with efforts to prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse. Full text...

  • US: Faith central to hope and resilience, says UN chief
    14 july 2017 21:17:57
    New York, US (PANA) – Voicing concern over the abuse of religion to justify incitement to violence and discrimination, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday underscored the importance of religious leaders in preventing violence and contributing to peace and stability. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR sounds alarm as displacement sees no end in DRC’s Kasai region
    14 july 2017 19:08:32
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations refugee agency has alerted the humanitarian community about the violence and continued displacement of civilians from Kasai region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where the estimated number of displaced people now exceeds 1.3 million. Full text...

  • South Sudan: ‘Look beyond challenges’, outgoing UNMISS deputy chief tells peacekeepers
    14 july 2017 14:57:05
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – It is important for all of personnel working towards peace in South Sudan to look beyond the challenges of today and be driven by the opportunities ahead, said outgoing Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan Eugene Owusu. Full text...

  • Botswana: Khama pins prosperity hope on Tswana youth
    14 july 2017 14:20:25
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s President Seretse Khama Ian Khama has challenged the country’s youth to remain focused and be the mainstay of the human resource. Full text...

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