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  • UN chief hails UN anti-drug conference
    12 march 2018 19:51:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Inclusive partnerships are essential to addressing drug challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the top United Nations panel dealing with all aspects of narcotic drugs. Full text...

  • UN under ‘time pressure’ to deliver aid in South Sudan
    12 march 2018 16:26:54
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - With the rainy season approaching in South Sudan, where one in three people has been displaced by more than four years of conflict, a senior United Nations humanitarian official has called for urgent financial support to distribute and preposition life-saving aid supplies. Full text...

  • Sudan renews backing for stabilization efforts in Ethiopia
    12 march 2018 15:46:52
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has renewed full support and backing for authorities in Addis Ababa in their effort to stabilize the situation in Ethiopia Full text...

  • Nigerian elected President of ICC for next 3 years
    12 march 2018 14:02:10
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), sitting in a plenary session on Sunday, elected Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji of Nigeria as President of the Court for a three-year term with immediate effect. Full text...

  • Nigerian army calls for end to killings in northern Nigeria
    12 march 2018 07:56:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army has warned the perpetrators of continuous bloodletting in parts of northeast and north-central Nigeria to “desist forthwith,” or “face decisive action by troops”. Full text...

  • Sixteen confirmed killed by armed herdsmen in northern Nigeria
    12 march 2018 07:51:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Sunday night said that the death toll from the attacks on communities in Plateau State, northcentral Nigeria, by alleged Fulani herdsmen has risen to 16. Full text...

  • UN warns of spike in displacement amid funding shortfall for DR Congo
    10 march 2018 04:34:47
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations migration agency is hoping that the upcoming donor pledging conference for the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will generate more financial support to cope with a spike in the number of people displaced by violence. Full text...

  • Audio recordings of Rivonia Treason Trial released
    09 march 2018 15:37:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Fifty four years after South Africa’s historic Rivonia Treason Trial captured the imagination of the world, digital recordings of the 300 hours of testimony have been released for the first time. Full text...

  • New ECOMIG force commander takes office
    08 march 2018 19:55:07
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The new commander of the ECOWAS Mission in Gambia (ECOMIG), Colonel Fulgence Ndour, from Senegal, has assumed office, according to a press release made available to PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN seeks $80 million to support refugees in Ethiopia
    08 march 2018 18:01:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Two United Nations humanitarian agencies are jointly seeking $80 million to provide food assistance to refugees in Ethiopia, which hosts the second largest number of those in Africa. Full text...

  • Sudan's Bashir pledges to reconstruct Armed Forces
    08 march 2018 17:49:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir has pledged continued implementation of a programme for reconstruction of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) to bring them at par with the world's advanced countries. Full text...

  • Insecurity forces thousands of Burundian refugees in Eastern DRC to flee to Rwanda
    08 march 2018 15:19:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - About 2,500 Burundians living in different camps in South Kivu in Eastern Democratic Républic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday crossed the border into Rwanda, citing lack of food and security in their different locations, a senior local administrative official in the region confirmed Thursday to PANA in Kigali Full text...

  • Ghanaians exploiting compatriots in Libya
    07 march 2018 21:58:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Some Ghanaians have set up camps across the Sahara desert where they exploit and traffic fellow Ghanaians as slaves in Libya, according to a report of a fact-finding team. Full text...

  • Sudan urges France to persuade rebels to join peace process
    07 march 2018 13:59:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has asked France to use its international influence to persuade the Sudanese rebel movements into positively joining the peace efforts in Sudan. Full text...

  • Over 500,000 ‘uncounted’ children live in countries unable to measure their dev't progress – UNICEF
    07 march 2018 07:01:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Latest data on development progress for children reveals that more than half a billion live in countries where the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are “quickly falling out of reach,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN Security Council condemns attack on education workers in CAR
    07 march 2018 06:51:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday denounced an attack against education workers that killed six, including one UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) consultant, who were traveling in the north-western prefecture of the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • IOC secretary general says Islam teaches peace and love
    06 march 2018 15:40:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Dr Yousef Bin Ahmed Al Othaimeen, Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (IOC), has said his organisation denounces violence associated with Muslims because Islam teaches peace and love. Full text...

  • Rekindled tension in DRC’s Kasai region poses new threat to civilians, displaced - UNHCR
    06 march 2018 11:28:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is deeply concerned at the situation in the Kasai region of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where continuing instability poses a grave risk to civilian safety, including for several hundred refugees recently returned there from Angola. Full text...

  • Urgent need to step-up protection of children in crises – UN rights wing
    06 march 2018 06:54:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Children in crisis situations face a raft of challenges – from family separation and forced recruitment to sexual exploitation and abject poverty – the deputy United Nations human rights chief said on Monday, urging immediate action to protect children from the consequences of “all too adult failings”. Full text...

  • Guterres calls for more investment in conflict prevention
    06 march 2018 06:45:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The imbalance between spending on conflict, and spending on peace, must be tackled head-on, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday. Full text...

  • Africa can tackle its “severe learning crisis” - says World Bank study
    05 march 2018 18:18:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Africa faces a “severe learning crisis” that undermines economic growth and the well-being of its citizens, according to a new World Bank study released here on Monday. Full text...

  • UN chief, Security Council, strongly condemn Burkina Faso terrorist attacks
    04 march 2018 10:38:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The two deadly terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ougadougou, on Friday have been strongly condemned by the United Nations. Full text...

  • Three injured peacekeepers recovering at AMISOM hospital in Somalia
    04 march 2018 10:37:18
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Three soldiers of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) who were injured in a terrorist attack on Friday in Middle Shabelle region are reportedly recuperating, the AU peacekeeping force said in a statement on Sunday. Full text...

  • 'Gambian government upholds right to freedom of expression' - Justice minister
    03 march 2018 13:37:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The government of The Gambia under the new dispensation is committed to creation of a media friendly environment, devoid of harassment and intimidation of media practitioners, in clear recognition of the right to freedom of expression as a fundamental human right, Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubacarr M. Tambadou said here on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of aid workers by Boko Haram insurgents
    03 march 2018 07:58:36
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the killing of three aid workers Thursday night in Rann town in Borno state, Nigeria, following an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • Investing in school meals ‘win-win’ for West African nations – UN
    02 march 2018 20:26:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The United Nations food relief agency has urged Governments in West Africa to spend more money on school meal programmes as these investments not only contribute to children’s better future but also create local jobs around agriculture. Full text...

  • Despite decades-long effort, one-in-five children worldwide out of school – UNESCO
    02 march 2018 20:22:57
    Paris, France (PANA) - Updated data reveals that some 263 million – one-in-five – children, adolescents and youth worldwide are out school, a figure that has barely changed over the past five years, according to a new United Nations cultural agency report. Full text...

  • Buhari condemns Boko Haram killing of 4 UN workers in Northeast Nigeria
    02 march 2018 19:53:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Four UN aid workers were killed in a Thursday night attack by Boko Haram insurgents in Rann community, Borno State, in Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Five policemen killed in Al Shabaab attack in North Eastern Kenya
    02 march 2018 19:49:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The Kenyan Police are in pursuit of an Al Shabaab operative, named Jamaa Nuh Abdille, who led an attack at the Fino Police camp in Mandera Friday, killing five border patrol Police officers and disabling telecommunication connection in the North Eastern region, Police said. Full text...

  • Military, Security chiefs in Maiduguri, Northeast Nigeria, review operations against Boko Haram
    02 march 2018 19:31:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, and the Service Chiefs with the Director General of the Department of State Service met in Maiduguri on Thursday and Friday to review the ongoing operations in the North East, particularly, the operation to get back the Dapchi girls. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt says search for abducted 110 Dapchi schoolgirls extended to neighbouring countries
    02 march 2018 14:21:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government on Friday announced that the ongoing search for the 110 girls, abducted from the Government Girls Science and Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, in Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria, has been extended to neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • ‘Gains made in Somalia risk being eroded,’ warn AMISOM troop contributors
    02 march 2018 10:50:20
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Foreign affairs and defence ministers from troop contributing countries (TCCs) of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have warned that gains made in the Horn of Africa country risk being eroded if outstanding issues such as inadequate troop numbers and unpredictable funding are not addressed. Full text...

  • Uganda launches biometric refugee verification exercise
    02 march 2018 06:48:16
    Mbarara, Uganda (PANA) - The Government of Uganda has launched the biometric refugee verification exercise in Oruchinga Refugee Settlement located in Mbarara District in the South-West of Uganda. Full text...

  • UN launches new global data collection tool to help reduce disaster
    02 march 2018 06:13:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) kick-offed on Thursday a historic new effort to collect comprehensive global data on disaster losses. Full text...

  • In crisis-torn Sahel, UN anti-drugs and crime agency helps bolster justice system
    02 march 2018 06:06:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Africa’s vast Sahel – plagued by humanitarian crises, armed conflict and terrorism – is now witnessing improvements in its criminal justice system thanks to a special programme by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which assists governments in the region to come together to fight corruption, and human and drug trafficking. Full text...

  • Gov'ts urged to place more emphasis on drug treatment and rehabilitation
    01 march 2018 19:56:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Governments are being urged to invest more in drug treatment and rehabilitation rather than just focusing solely on prevention, the latest report by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) recommends. Full text...

  • UN condemns deadly attacks on ‘blue helmets,’ armed forces in Mali
    01 march 2018 19:36:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Secretary-General António Guterres and the United Nations Security Council have strongly condemned the attack in Mali that killed four Bangladeshi peacekeepers and seriously injured four others in Mopti region on Wednesday Full text...

  • UNSMIL documents 146 casualties from hostilities across Libya
    01 march 2018 19:28:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) –The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) documented 146 civilian casualties – 13 deaths and 133 injuries – as a result of hostilities across Libya in February 2018. Victims included nine men, two women, one girl and one boy killed and 119 men, six women, seven boys and one girl injured. Full text...

  • UN official calls Sudanese rivals to strengthen efforts on child protection
    01 march 2018 18:57:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Children and Armed Conflict has expressed satisfaction at the progress made in the implementation of the Action Plan, signed two years ago, to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict. Full text...

  • Military chiefs from troop contributing countries urge more support for AMISOM
    01 march 2018 18:27:38
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Military chiefs from Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have called for more support to enable the Mission effectively execute its mandate of securing Somalia. Full text...

  • New approaches to conflict prevention can save lives and money – up to US$70bn yearly
    01 march 2018 15:58:47
    Washington, US (PANA) - Preventing violent conflict saves lives and money - up to US$70 billion per year on average, according to a study published Thursday by the World Bank and the United Nations. Full text...

  • Car bomb kills 3 at traffic checkpoint near Somali capital
    01 march 2018 15:47:02
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – At least three people were killed, including a suicide bomber who detonated an explosive-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint near Mogadishu, the Somali capital, on Thursday, a local online news service reported, quoting a police officer. Full text...

  • Renowned Ghanaian Sculptor, El Anatsui, elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters
    01 march 2018 14:32:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ghana's award-winning and globally-acclaimed sculptor, Prof. El Anatsui, has recorded yet another achievement by being elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Full text...

  • President Barrow inaugurates Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission
    01 march 2018 13:28:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian President, Adama Barrow, has said the nation's journey towards the consolidation of democracy, good governance, human rights and national development, have moved to another strategic level - the judicial reform programme. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for immediate release of abducted Nigeria school girls
    28 february 2018 22:39:31
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has denounced the abduction of more than 100 school girls by suspected Boko Haram insurgents during an attack on an educational institution in north-eastern Nigeria and called for their safe return to their families. Full text...

  • UN Committee against Torture issues new guidelines on asylum seekers’ rights
    28 february 2018 22:34:26
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - New guidelines developed by the United Nations Committee against Torture aim to help Governments avoid violating international human rights law, and to help asylum seekers avoid torture or other ill-treatment. Full text...

  • Top UN aid official calls for urgent support for Chad
    28 february 2018 22:30:40
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - A senior United Nations aid official has called for urgent funding to support 4.4 million people in Chad, including refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons, as well as the communities hosting them. Full text...

  • UNHCR facilitates repatriation of 695 Rwandan refugees from DR Congo
    28 february 2018 19:38:20
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) has facilitated voluntary repatriation of 695 Rwandan refugees since the beginning of this year, Mr Julien Harneis, deputy humanitarian coordinator for Democratic Republic of Congo said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Life in South Sudanese town returns to normal thanks to UNMISS presence
    28 february 2018 17:25:50
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Residents of Yei town in the Yei River area of South Sudan have commended the presence of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), saying it has enabled them to witness a month-long period of relative calm. Full text...

  • One in three Sub-Saharan Africa youth out of school - UNESCO
    28 february 2018 15:50:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Figures from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) have said that across sub-Saharan Africa, one in every three children, adolescents and youth are out of school - with girls more likely to be excluded than boys. Full text...

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