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  • Gambian teachers, gov’t reach deal to end strike
    12 february 2018 10:32:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The standoff between the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) and teachers in the Gambia that led to teachers embarking on a strike one week ago has ended, according to a joint statement obtained by PANA in Banjul on Monday. Full text...

  • Bashir reinstates Sudan’s former chief spy
    11 february 2018 12:46:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir on Sunday reinstated his former chief spy, Salah Abdallah, aka Salah Gosh, to replace current head of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), Mohamed Attah. No reason was provided. Full text...

  • 'UK army officer, a role model for women seeking military career'
    10 february 2018 13:00:15
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Lieutenant Colonel Katie Hislop of the United Kingdom said she is happy to serve as a role model for young women considering a career with the armed forces. The mother of two is the only woman to head a military contingent at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Full text...

  • UNHCR welcomes Uganda’s commitment to fight corruption in refugee programmes
    10 february 2018 10:18:16
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has welcomed the steps taken by the Ugandan government to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in government refugee programmes. Full text...

  • UN launches appeal to fund relief work in Nigeria's restive north-east
    08 february 2018 16:24:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – With the crisis in north-east Nigeria – a region devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency – into its ninth year, United Nations agencies together with humanitarian partners on Thursday launched a US$1 billion appeal to fund life-saving and emergency assistance programmes in the region. Full text...

  • Gambia’s Education ministry urges teachers to abandon strike
    08 february 2018 12:05:18
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has asked the nation’s striking teachers to abandon their action and return to school. Full text...

  • Rwandan refugees residing in Congo urged to acquire passport
    08 february 2018 10:10:54
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The ambassador of Rwanda to Congo, Jean Baptiste Habyarimana, on Wednesday asked Rwandan refugees, who have been residing in Congo for almost 20 years, to acquire a Rwandan passport, public radio announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • More than 300 child soldiers released by armed groups in South Sudan – UN mission
    07 february 2018 22:15:52
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Some 300 child soldiers, including 87 girls, were formally released by armed groups in South Sudan, the United Nations mission in the country reported on Wednesday, calling on all stakeholders to support the young people on the journey back to their communities and help them build a future for themselves. Full text...

  • UN committee to review disability rights in Seychelles, Sudan
    07 february 2018 17:09:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will meet in Geneva from 14 February to 9 March 2018 to review the situation in seven countries including Seychelles and Sudan, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambia's presidential guard personnel leave for training in Mauritania
    07 february 2018 15:08:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The first batch of personnel of Gambia's new military group - the presidential guard - leaves the country to begin training in Mauritania, PANA learnt from the presidency in Banjul on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNHCR sounds alert as fresh violence in DR Congo’s Ituri province displaces thousands
    07 february 2018 05:52:34
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is gravely concerned about escalating violence in Ituri province of north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), creating new displacement over the last four days. Full text...

  • UNMIL farewell ceremony honours last departing police, military personnel in Liberia
    07 february 2018 05:36:25
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – After 14 years of serving in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), an official farewell ceremony was held on Tuesday in the capital, Monrovia, to honour the last departing Police and Military personnel serving there. Full text...

  • Fourth G5 Sahel summit opens in Niamey
    06 february 2018 16:01:27
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The 4th summit of heads of State from G5 Sahel member countries opened on Tuesday at the Congress Centre of Niamey, with the presidents Ibrahim Babakar Keita of Mali, Roch Marc Chritian Kabore of Burkina Faso, Mohamed Abdel Aziz of Mauritania, Idriss Deby of Chad and the host president, Mahamadou Issoufou in attendance. Full text...

  • Gambian teachers on strike over pay
    06 february 2018 14:54:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian teachers on Monday embarked on industrial action over "poor pay and lack of better incentives", the group’s spokesperson confirmed to PANA Tuesday in Banjul. Full text...

  • Burundi risks becoming 'forgotten refugee crisis' without support - UNHCR
    06 february 2018 10:08:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, with its 26 other humanitarian partners, is on Tuesday launching a funding appeal for US$391 million to support some 430,000 Burundian refugees during 2018. Full text...

  • Rights group says South Sudan warring parties break promises on child soldiers
    06 february 2018 05:57:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – South Sudanese armed forces and armed opposition groups have continued to recruit child soldiers and force them into the conflict, despite numerous commitments to stop, Human Rights Watch has said. Full text...

  • World ‘failing to stop the war on children,’ says top UNICEF official
    05 february 2018 20:30:23
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Describing January as “a dark month” in crisis-torn Middle East and North Africa, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) director for the region said Monday that the violence has had a devastating toll on children, who were being killed in ongoing conflicts or suicide attacks, or freezing to death as they fled active war zones. Full text...

  • UN special youth envoy arrives in Gambia
    05 february 2018 14:12:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Miss Javathma Wickramanayake, has said she is in The Gambia to listen to the voices of young people. Full text...

  • Cameroonian troops join Nigerian counterparts in anti-Boko Haram war in northeast Nigeria
    05 february 2018 13:53:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Troops of the Cameroonian Defence Force have joined their Nigerian counterparts, after an induction exercise, in the ongoing Counter-Terrorism and Counter Insurgency operations in Northeast Nigeria and the borders between the two countries. Full text...

  • Twenty-six Boko Haram terroristss surrender in northeast Nigeria
    05 february 2018 11:57:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Monday said that 26 Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered and submitted their weapons to its troops in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • 20 ladies shortlisted for Miss Rwanda beauty contest 2018
    05 february 2018 09:58:31
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least 20 young ladies have been shortlisted to contest for the final round of Miss Rwanda beauty contest 2018, organizers of the events confirmed on Monday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Cameroon inaugurate joint military mission
    04 february 2018 14:52:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria-Cameroon Military Joint Mission was on Saturday inaugurated in the epicentre of the Boko Haram violence of Maiduguri, with the Theatre Commander, Major General Rogers Nicholas stating that the Nigerian Army has "completely defeated" the Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • President Barrow congratulates first Gambian Catholic Bishop
    03 february 2018 19:11:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow has congratulates the Catholic community in The Gambia on the ordination of the first Gambian Bishop, His Lordship, Bishop Gabriel Mendy. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief lauds pledges for education
    03 february 2018 13:03:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Director-General Audrey Azoulay, has commended the pledges announced by over 60 countries at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Financing Conference in Dakar, Senegal, co-chaired by France and Senegal, and of which UNESCO is a partner. Full text...

  • UN will ‘not tolerate’ sexual harassment in its ranks – Guterres
    03 february 2018 07:57:11
    New York, US (PANA) – Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday made clear that the United Nations (UN) will not tolerate sexual harassment “anytime, anywhere,” within its ranks and laid out a five-point plan to ensure equality across the Organization, which, he said, was critical to tackle on the challenge of such behavior. Full text...

  • Gambian university lecturer says his arrest was politically motivated
    02 february 2018 20:06:05
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - An outspoken Gambian analyst who was arrested by Gambian police for an alleged attempt to “incite violence” has said his detention was “politically motivated”. Full text...

  • EU adds 3 persons to sanctions list for serious human rights violation in South Sudan
    02 february 2018 15:14:24
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union (EU) on Friday said it has added three persons involved in serious human rights violations to the list of those submitted for a travel ban and an asset freeze in view of the situation in South Sudan. Full text...

  • UNHCR condemns forced returns of Cameroon asylum-seekers from Nigeria
    02 february 2018 11:07:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has condemned the forced return of Cameroon asylum-seekers from Nigeria. Full text...

  • Education and Africa: Twin priorities of UNESCO DG at Education Funding Conference
    02 february 2018 06:30:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, says education must become the priority in development aid. Full text...

  • Human rights situation still a concern in Mali – UN report
    02 february 2018 04:03:18
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Despite the signing of a 2015 Peace Agreement, the human rights situation in Mali still remains a concern, according to a United Nations report published on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia’s Police release political science lecturer unconditionally
    01 february 2018 19:21:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia Police on Thursday released Dr. Ismaila Ceesay, a political science lecturer at the University of The Gambia, who was arrested 31 January 2018, over comments in an interview granted to The Voice newspaper issue of the same day. Full text...

  • Human rights groups condemn arrest of Gambian activist for comment on national security
    01 february 2018 18:10:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Banjul-based Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and Article 19 West Africa, also a rights group, on Thursday censured the arrest and detention of political scientist Ismaila Ceesay by the Gambia Police for what they regarded as expressing opinion on national security. Full text...

  • Media body decries 'flogging' of journalists at Liberian parliament
    01 february 2018 16:49:17
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) on Thursday condemned the “cruel violence” meted out against journalists covering the upper house of the Liberian parliament, the Senate, on January 31. Full text...

  • Aid appeals seek over US$3bn for South Sudan humanitarian, refugee crisis
    01 february 2018 16:42:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, and the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, on Thursday launched a funding appeal for US$1.5 billion to support refugees fleeing the worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan and for US$1.7 billion for people in need inside the country during 2018. Full text...

  • Gambia’s Police arrest, detain political scientist, critical of President Barrow
    01 february 2018 14:58:17
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Top Political Scientist, Dr Ismaila Ceesay, was arrested and detained Wednesday by Gambian Police over comments he made regarding regional ECOWAS military intervention in the country (ECOMIG). Full text...

  • Rights group says displaced Benghazi families prevented from returning home
    01 february 2018 07:05:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Armed groups in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi are preventing thousands of internally displaced families from returning to their homes in that city, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Millions of Children Denied Free Secondary Education
    01 february 2018 06:52:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The slow growth of free secondary education for all is jeopardizing the futures of millions of children globally, Human Rights Watch has said, in advance of the Global Partnership for Education’s (GPE) 2018 Replenishment Conference which opens in Dakar, Senegal, on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN Security Council stresses need for 'sustainable solutions' for millions displaced in Darfur
    01 february 2018 05:36:45
    New York, US (PANA) – Despite improvements in the security and humanitarian situation in Darfur, continued challenges remain, the United Nations Security Council has said, underlining the need for sustainable solutions for the region’s 2.7 million internally displaced persons. Full text...

  • Gambian press union urges regulator to dismiss Islamic council petition against Ahmadis
    31 january 2018 19:23:28
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s journalist’s body, the Gambia Press Union (GPU), has urged the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to dismiss a petition submitted by the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council (GSIC) against the application for television broadcasting licence by the Ahmadiya Muslim Jammat. Full text...

  • 'Regional forces won’t prevent long-term security risks in Gambia' - Political scientist
    31 january 2018 17:43:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian political scientist, Ismaila Ceesay, has said that the presence of the regional ECOWAS military intervention in the country (ECOMIG) will not prevent long-term security risks “if the president does not win the trust of the army.” Full text...

  • Conflicts, disaster forcing 59 million young people into illiteracy – UNICEF study
    31 january 2018 15:53:04
    New York, US (PANA) – Nearly three in ten young people between the ages of 15 and 19 living in conflict- or disaster-affected countries are illiterate, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday, calling for greater investments in the education, particularly for the most disadvantaged children and youth. Full text...

  • UNHCR chief praises Uganda's 'model' treatment of refugees
    31 january 2018 15:39:02
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Renewing a strong appeal to regional leaders to make peace, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has praised the “open border” policy of Uganda which is currently receiving up to 500 refugees a day. Full text...

  • Tanzania launches electronic passport for citizens
    31 january 2018 13:51:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian President John Magufuli, on Wednesday launched the country’s electronic passport, directing the Immigration Department to devise strategies that would show results in stemming the tide of illegal immigrants entering the country. Full text...

  • UNHCR, partners seek US$157 million to aid Boko Haram displaced people
    31 january 2018 09:57:57
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, together with humanitarian partners, on Wednesday, launched an inter-agency funding appeal for US$157 million to help over a quarter of a million people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin region. Full text...

  • Without young people, Global Goals will not be achieved, UN forum told
    31 january 2018 07:00:57
    New York, UN (PANA) – Today's young people are more connected, dynamic and engaged than ever and the Global Goals can’t happen without them, speakers told an annual United Nations forum, where young leaders called on the Organization keep its promise to ‘leave no one behind’ on the road to creating a prosperous world for everyone on a clean planet. Full text...

  • IOM launches appeal to fund aid efforts in crisis-hit South Sudan
    30 january 2018 19:50:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Amid worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan and the number of persons in need of assistance continues to grow, the United Nations migration agency on Tuesday launched a $103.7 million appeal to sustain critical and life-saving aid programmes. Full text...

  • Millions of children in crisis zones face 'bleak future' - UNICEF warns
    30 january 2018 19:18:56
    New York, US (PANA) – Children are the most vulnerable when conflict or disaster causes the collapse of essential services such as healthcare and unless the international community takes urgent action to protect and provide life-saving assistance to them, “they face an increasingly bleak future,” the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday, launching a US$3.6 billion emergency appeal. Full text...

  • Thousands flee violence in eastern DR Congo
    30 january 2018 19:07:41
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Surging violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is driving thousands of people into neighbouring Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Amnesty International urges Italy, Libya to release refugees trapped in misery
    30 january 2018 17:53:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ahead of the first anniversary of Italy signing a deal with Libya to put in place measures to stop refugees and migrants from travelling to Europe, thousands of people remain trapped in abusive Libyan detention camps where torture is rife, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Tunisian journalists threaten strike over non patronage by gov't
    30 january 2018 14:06:53
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Irked by the refusal of government ministries and institutions to patronise Tunisian newspapers, the Tunisian Federation of press directors and the national trade union of Tunisian journalists have threatened to embark on strike and stop their publications until the execution of a deal the government signed with them. Full text...

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