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  • 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...

  • UN and partners call for ceasefire in northern Somalia
    25 may 2018 05:11:41
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations and its partners on Thursday expressed grave concern over armed clashes which have broken out in northern Somalia, urging all parties to immediately halt the violence. Full text...

  • Ghana football association chief granted bail
    24 may 2018 09:55:29
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service on Wednesday evening granted bail to the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, after he was interrogated over allegations that he had used the names of the President, Vice-President and senior government officials tin an alleged crime, the state-owned Graphic newspaper reported. Full text...

  • Rights group says security forces in northeast Nigeria abuse starving women
    24 may 2018 07:29:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Thousands of women and girls who survived the brutal rule of the Boko Haram armed group have since been further abused by the Nigerian security forces who claim to be rescuing them, human rights group Amnesty International has said in a new report released on Thursday. Full text...

  • Peace, security challenges in Sahel region require ‘holistic approach’, says UN official
    24 may 2018 06:36:23
    New York, US (PANA) - A “holistic approach” is needed to the address peace and security challenges in Africa’s vast Sahel region, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the UN Security Council on Wednesday, calling for more investment in better government, social services and youth opportunities. Full text...

  • Transforming the world requires input from all society: UN deputy chief
    23 may 2018 22:42:16
    New York, US (PANA) - International efforts to create a world where no one is left behind will only become a reality if all sectors in society participate, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General told ambassadors in New York on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Korea, WB join forces to build world-class scientific capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa
    23 may 2018 18:48:28
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) – The World Bank and the Government of Korea on Wednesday reinforced their ongoing partnership to support Sub-Saharan Africa’s universities and research institutions in growing highly qualified local talent in areas important for Africa’s transformation, such as renewable energy, big data, artificial intelligence, and engineering. Full text...

  • Sahel, Horn of Africa attend workshop on peace-building
    23 may 2018 11:55:09
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) - The Consultation and Experience Sharing Workshop between the Sahel and the Horn of Africa on Peace-building and the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education kicked off on Tuesday at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Former South African president Zuma's son agrees to apologise for racial slurs
    23 may 2018 08:36:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward, has agreed to apologise to the nation for his hate speech remarks which were directed at Cabinet Ministers Pravin Gordhan and Derek Hanekom last year. Full text...

  • AfDB launches new civil society committee
    23 may 2018 06:58:15
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Focusing on "Engaging Civil Society to Accelerate Africa's Industrialization", the 2018 Civil Society Forum organised by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan explored how to associate civil society in the Bank’s High 5 priorities with special emphasis to industrialise Africa. Full text...

  • UN chief urges gov'ts to shield more civilians from violence in conflict
    22 may 2018 20:37:51
    New York, US (PANA) - With more than 128 million people worldwide requiring immediate humanitarian aid, mostly due to war and violence, the United Nations Secretary-General has urged the international community to do more to protect civilians caught in conflict. Full text...

  • Algeria must stop collective expulsions of sub-Saharan Africans – UN rights experts
    22 may 2018 18:46:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – A UN human rights team on Tuesday called on the Government of Algeria to cease the collective expulsions of migrants, particularly from sub-Saharan African countries. Full text...

  • ‘Healthcare under attack in Libya’, says UN human rights office
    22 may 2018 18:24:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Violence in Libya continues to have a devastating impact on health care in the country, with hospitals and other medical facilities bombed, shelled and looted; medical personnel targeted, attacked and even taken hostage or arbitrarily detained; and patients at times denied prompt life-saving care or attacked while getting treatment, according to a paper published Tuesday by the UN Human Rights Office and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Full text...

  • Why Africa must trust, support its youth to creatively drive industrialization
    22 may 2018 12:56:18
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - Many young Africans are coming up with innovative solutions to the continent’s problems and should be trusted and supported to drive the continent’s industrialization, participants in the 2018 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) heard in Busan, South Korea. Full text...

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