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  • Amnesty International welcomes UN Security Council sanctions of prominent human traffickers
    09 june 2018 07:54:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Amnesty International, a global human rights watchdog, has hailed the UN Security Council's decision to sanction six prominent human traffickers and smugglers, describing it as a welcome first step for justice. Full text...

  • From drought to floods in Somalia; displacement and hunger worsen, says UN
    09 june 2018 07:44:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - After four consecutive poor rainy seasons that brought Somalia to the brink of famine, the country is now seeing near-record rainfall, and with it, flooding that has already displaced hundreds of thousands of people, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for accountability in Libya as sanctions are slapped on six human traffickers
    09 june 2018 07:38:59
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for more accountability for human traffickers in Libya, after the UN Security Council on Thursday added six individuals accused of leading smuggling and trafficking networks in the country, to its Sanctions List. Full text...

  • AI says Bemba’s acquittal blow to victims
    08 june 2018 19:13:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) on Friday decried the acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, a former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on charges relating to war crimes saying the move was “a blow to victims”. Full text...

  • Malagasy Customs seize drugs destined for Mauritius
    08 june 2018 11:35:58
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA)on Friday said that 80.2 kg of cannabis, 35.5 kg of hashish worth and 25.5 kg of heroin were seized by Malagasy Customs on Thursday in Madagascar, following intelligence shared by the MRA’s Customs Department to its Malagasy and Reunion Island counterparts. Full text...

  • Amnesty International urges Mozambican gov't to end brutal killings by armed group
    08 june 2018 05:40:19
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - Amnesty International has urged the Mozambican authorities to take immediate steps to end a killing spree in the Cabo Delgado Province, which has seen at least 37 people brutally killed by a group known as ‘Al-Shabab’ in the past two weeks. Full text...

  • US provides $102m assitance for victims of Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria
    07 june 2018 18:45:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States on Thursday announced an additional $102 million in humanitarian assistance to Nigeria that will address the shelter, health and food security needs of populations in the northeast of the country still struggling with the effects of the Boko Haram insurgency. Full text...

  • South Africa's 'axe killer' gets three life sentences
    07 june 2018 11:07:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – 'Axe killer' Henri van Breda on Thursday received three life sentences for the murder of three of his family members, 15 years for attempted murder of his sister, and one year for obstructing the course of justice. Full text...

  • Humanitarian NGO highlights neglected crises
    07 june 2018 11:02:07
    London, UK (PANA) - Humanitarian charity, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), on Thursday launched this year’s list of the top 10 countries that the world has neglected. These crises receive little media attention and are disregarded by political actors and donors – those who can come up with solutions and necessary funding. Full text...

  • Fathers are one of the best, yet most underutilised child development resources – UNICEF
    07 june 2018 04:09:06
    New York, US (PANA) – As Father’s Day is celebrated across nearly 90 countries this month, UNICEF on Thursday launched a new parenting site as part of its ‘Super Dads’ campaign recognising fathers’ role in their children’s early development. Full text...

  • Security Council calls for efforts to boost role of young people in peace efforts
    07 june 2018 03:49:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The international community is being urged to increase the role of young people in negotiating and implementing peace agreements, in line with a resolution adopted unanimously by the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN court fully assumes remaining functions of tribunals for Rwanda and former Yugoslavia
    07 june 2018 03:38:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite challenges and resource constraints, the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals is operating without the support of its two predecessors – criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda – and has thus assumed the full scope of their residual functions, the legal body’s President told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US Rock giants to perform in Soweto
    06 june 2018 14:24:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Rock giants Guns N’ Roses have confirmed that they will perform one concert at Soweto’s FNB Stadium on 29 November. It marks the American band's first trip to Africa and tickets will go on sale on Thursday. Full text...

  • US continues to support food-insecure people in Sudan - Embassy
    06 june 2018 11:33:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday said they welcomed the arrival to Port Sudan of two US ships carrying food assistance to support 1.5 million people in the Sudan for six months. Full text...

  • UNHCR says at least 52 drown in Mediterranean boat disaster
    06 june 2018 05:31:10
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - At least 52 people died after a boat carrying around 180 refugees and migrants sank off the coast of Tunisia on Saturday, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said. Full text...

  • South Sudan worst-case hunger crisis looming, warns humanitarian NGO
    06 june 2018 04:37:42
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - An internationa humanitarian NGO is warning that more civilians are without food in more places than ever before in the history of South Sudan. Full text...

  • Buhari assures World Tourism scribe Nigeria is safe for tourism
    05 june 2018 16:41:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja declared that Nigeria is safe and secure for tourism, citing improved security and country’s burgeoning economy. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Kenya police to ensure justice for 2017 elections abuses
    05 june 2018 04:28:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights group says Kenyan officials and police officers have been threatening activists trying to get justice for police killings and other serious abuses during the 2017 elections. Full text...

  • South Sudan suffering on ‘almost unimaginable scale’, warns UN relief chief
    04 june 2018 19:56:21
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - People are suffering “on an almost unimaginable scale” in South Sudan, the United Nations emergency relief chief said on Monday, adding that he welcomed the announcement by the United States that it is to review the amount of assistance it provides to the war-torn country. Full text...

  • UN tourism organisation meets in Abuja
    04 june 2018 17:58:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The 61st Meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organization Commission for Africa (UNWTO-CAF) on Monday opened in Abuja with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari inviting tourists and investors to consider his country as their second home. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for calm in Mali following violent clashes in capital
    03 june 2018 03:48:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for “calm and restraint” on Saturday, following violent clashes between demonstrators and riot police in Mali’s capital Bamako. Full text...

  • Amnesty International lauds abolition of death penalty in Burkina Faso
    02 june 2018 08:10:37
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has lauded Burkina Faso Parliament for abolishing the death penalty and called on other countries which have yet to do that to follow the West African country's example. Full text...

  • UN chief pays tribute to fallen 'blue helmets'
    01 june 2018 20:25:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Commemorating the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers at the Organization’s headquarters, in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday paid tribute to the service and sacrifice made by UN “blue helmets” for the cause of peace around the world. Full text...

  • Five Nigerian soldiers killed in northeast
    01 june 2018 12:00:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says five soldiers have died after their vehicle ran over Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by Boko Haram terrorists along the Pridang-Bita road in Borno State in the northeast. Full text...

  • UNHCR helps survivors after traffickers kill 12 in Libya
    01 june 2018 11:41:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Human traffickers in Libya reportedly killed more than a dozen people and wounded many others after a group of some 200 Eritreans, Ethiopians and Somalis, being held captive, attempted to escape, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson William Spindler, said on Friday. Full text...

  • Renowned Ghanaian Sculptor, El Anatsui, inducted into 250-member American Academy of Arts and Letters
    31 may 2018 13:11:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The last is yet to be heard of the avalanche of accolades coming to renowned Ghanaian Artist/Sculptor, Professor El Anatsui. Full text...

  • MSF says thousands of people caught in intense fighting in northern S. Sudan
    31 may 2018 11:31:29
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says since the end of April, the conflict-ravaged counties of Leer and Mayendit, in South Sudan’s north, have once again been wracked by violence. Full text...

  • NGO says most children threatened by conflict, poverty, discrimination against girls
    31 may 2018 06:50:10
    London, UK (PANA) - More than half of all children globally – over 1.2 billion – are threatened by conflict, widespread poverty or discrimination against girls, a new report by Save the Children, a UK-based non-governmental organisation that promotes children's rights, has found. Full text...

  • 5,000 expected at Plascon Kenya Colour Run
    30 may 2018 15:48:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Some 5,000 runners are expected to participate in the 2018 Plascon 5km Colour Run on August 11 in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Rights watchdog deplores fresh crackdown on dissent in Angola
    30 may 2018 10:49:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A protester is in critical condition in hospital after being attacked by police dogs on 27 May, as part of a crackdown on freedom of association, assembly and expression that stifles dissenting views, Amnesty International has said Full text...

  • Rights group demands release of Cameroonian school principal
    30 may 2018 09:44:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Human Rights Watch on Wednesday asked kidnappers of a school principal in Cameroon’s Southwest province to immediately release her unharmed. Full text...

  • Children in Mali bear heaviest brunt of conflict - UNICEF chief says
    30 may 2018 09:22:26
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - As the security situation in Mali continues to worsen, children are being denied the opportunity to survive, learn and thrive, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 'Positive’ community building helps combat hate online, says UN official
    30 may 2018 05:41:19
    New York, US (PANA) - In an increasingly interconnected world, the glorification of terrorism online impacts everyone, the chairman of a United Nations counter-terrorism body said on Tuesday, calling for a renewed effort to combat hateful propaganda and promote community solidarity. Full text...

  • UN releases $2.7 million to help cyclone-hit 'Somaliland'
    29 may 2018 20:33:01
    Hargeisa, Somaliland (PANA) - Following a visit to a cyclone-hit community in ‘Somaliland’, the United Nations has released close to $3 million to help people affected by an unprecedented storm which delivered a full year's worth of rain in just a few days, compounding damage caused by recent severe flooding. Full text...

  • Suspected Islamists in Mozambique attack villages
    29 may 2018 20:20:18
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - A suspected Islamist armed group attacked two rural village in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado over the weekend, killing at least 10 people, including children. Full text...

  • Sudan poised to sign three international agreements
    29 may 2018 11:53:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan is finally heading to sign three international agreements which it has for a long time brushed aside on the ground that some of their articles are against Islamic sharia jurisdictions. Full text...

  • Band to celebrate Mandela's centenary
    29 may 2018 10:46:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Five-time Grammy-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo will honour former world statesman Nelson Mandela with three concerts at the State Theatre in Pretoria this weekend. Full text...

  • 'We secured release of 106 Chibok, 104 Dapchi girls, 16,000 others from captivity' – Buhari
    29 may 2018 10:03:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Beating his chest for a job well done, President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration degraded the capacity of the Boko Haram insurgency, leading to the release of 106 Chibok and 104 Dapchi girls, as well as over 16,000 other persons held by the insurgents. Full text...

  • President Buhari vows to win war against corruption
    29 may 2018 09:55:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Appealing for support from all Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday reiterated the determination of his administration to win the war against corruption, no matter how difficult the project will be. Full text...

  • UN chief in Mali to mark International Day of UN Peacekeepers (A UN feature)
    29 may 2018 06:04:04
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - On the eve of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Tuesday, in the dimly lit streets of Bamako, the Malian police set out to conduct a night patrol with the support of UN police officers. Full text...

  • CAR crisis ‘breaks my heart’, says senior UN aid official
    29 may 2018 06:03:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The already serious humanitarian situation in Central African Republic (CAR) has worsened amid a spike in violence which threatens to overtake almost every area of the country, a top UN aid official said on Monday. Full text...

  • ILO head urges renewed spirit of tripartism to tackle world of work challenges
    28 may 2018 18:09:51
    Geneva (PANA) – Governments, employers, and workers from around the world are meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss a proposed international treaty on violence and harassment in the workplace. Full text...

  • Nigerian civil society organisations mourn victims of violence
    28 may 2018 10:58:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian civil society groups have declared Monday "a national day of mourning and remembrance to honor the victims of violence" across the country. Full text...

  • Amnesty International's West Africa Researcher Gaëtan Mootoo passes on
    28 may 2018 02:42:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Amnesty International on Sunday announced the death of Gaëtan Mootoo, Researcher for West Africa, who had been with the organisation for over 30 years. Full text...

  • ‘What is good for Africa is good for the world’, says UN chief on Africa Day
    27 may 2018 05:11:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Praising efforts by African countries to alleviate poverty and build more stable societies, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, pledged his on-going support for ending conflict and building peace across the continent. Full text...

  • ICC calls on Sudan to submit observations over legal questions raised by Jordan
    26 may 2018 09:30:18
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) – The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday invited submissions from the competent authorities of Sudan and President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir on the legal questions raised by Jordan in its appeal pending before the Appeals Chamber. Full text...

  • Graca Machel urges South Africans to live the ‘Madiba way’
    26 may 2018 09:01:48
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Graca Machel, widow of both South African president Nelson Mandela and Mozambican president Samora Machel, has called on all South Africans to “live the Madiba way” and thanked all those who served Mandela. Full text...

  • Mauritius Cabinet approves 15 public holidays for 2019
    26 may 2018 08:29:00
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Cabinet of Ministers has approved a list of 15 public holidays for year 2019 at its weekly sitting on Friday, PANA learnt from official sources in Port Louis. Full text...

  • South African celebrities raise funds to support cancer victims
    26 may 2018 08:21:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s golf champion Gary Player and Irish pop star Ronan Keating have teamed up in Cape Town this weekend to raise funds for children fighting cancer. Both celebrities lost their mothers to cancer. Full text...

  • AU-UN mission in Darfur boosts vigilance in wake of attacks on camps for displaced
    25 may 2018 15:57:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Following a series of armed attacks on camps hosting displaced Sudanese in central Darfur, the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission there has urged all parties to respect humanitarian space which it says should be free of weapons, threats, and violence. Full text...

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