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  • Tanzania: EU political deal to curb trade in conflict minerals
    16 june 2016 15:38:41
    Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has agreed on a framework to stop the financing of armed groups through trade in conflict minerals, following negotiations between the Commission, Council and Parliament. Full text...

  • US: Egyptian investigators locate EgyptAir wreckage
    16 june 2016 15:14:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Egyptian investigators on Thursday said they have located the wreckage of EgyptAir flight MS804, which crashed into the Mediterranean on 19 May, with 56 passengers, seven crew members and three security personnel on board the Airbus A320. Full text...

  • Botswana: Civic society calls for amendment to child laws in Botswana
    16 june 2016 15:04:36
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s human rights organisation, DITSHWANELO, has challenged government to review children’s laws. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Study says "Pygmy" fathers are the best in handling children
    16 june 2016 13:52:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Research, conducted by non-governmental organization, Survival International (SI), has suggested that 'Pygmy' fathers form exceptionally close bonds with their children. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta militants blow up another major pipeline
    16 june 2016 11:43:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), on Thursday morning blew up another oil pipeline belonging to Nigeria’s oil and gas conglomerate, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Full text...

  • Switzerland: Celebrities join campaign calling on gov'ts to take action for refugees
    16 june 2016 10:25:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Thursday launched a major campaign that asks the world to stand together #WithRefugees. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts' panel urges protection of Afro-Colombian communities
    16 june 2016 05:56:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Distressed over reports of violence against people of African descent in Colombia, a UN expert panel has called on Colombian authorities to take concrete and urgent measures to protect the country’s Afro-Colombian communities. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says LRA threatens security, stability in CAR
    15 june 2016 21:07:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is concerned about the impact of Uganda’s potential withdrawal from military operations against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN envoy in CAR, Abdoulaye Bathily said on Wednesday, stressing that a departure of Ugandan troops must be well-coordinated. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges Ethiopia, Eritrea to resolve border issues
    15 june 2016 18:25:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Deeply concerned by reports of fighting on 12 and 13 June on the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the two countries to show "maximum restraint' and follow the path of dialogue to resolve their differences. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges end to elders' abuse, neglect
    15 june 2016 17:29:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said that ending neglect, abuse and violence against older people is crucial as the international community continues to work together towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and fulfill their underlying pledge to leave no one behind. Full text...

  • UN: WFP to double relief assistance to Niger’s Diffa region
    15 june 2016 16:52:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Faced with a new wave of displacement following recent Boko Haram attacks in Niger’s south-eastern Diffa region and with needs on the rise, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) plans to double its food and nutrition assistance, aiming to gradually increase its life-saving support to more than 250,000 people in Niger’s embattled southern region. Full text...

  • UN: UN reports increase in violence against aid workers in South Sudan
    15 june 2016 16:07:10
    New York, US (PANA) - While thousands of vulnerable people in South Sudan have been reached with assistance and protection in recent months, violent incidents against aid workers increased during the month of May, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council authorizes ships' inspections off Libya's coast
    15 june 2016 16:01:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing UN member states, acting nationally or through regional organizations, to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya they believe are carrying illicit weapons. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says 'little progress' made on Darfur conflict resolution
    15 june 2016 15:55:44
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Herve Ladsous, said little progress has been made in finding a viable political solution to the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, which began in 2003. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed forum to tackle albinism issues in Africa
    15 june 2016 15:50:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The first-ever UN-sponsored regional forum for Action on Albinism in Africa will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 17 to 19 June to develop specific measures to tackle the attacks and discrimination faced by persons with albinism in several countries on the continent. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges joint efforts against terrorism, refugees
    15 june 2016 15:44:35
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday in Brussels, Belgium, stressed the need for stronger international cooperation and efforts to address violent terrorism affecting the world, and issues relating to refugees, migration and displacement of people following conflicts. Full text...

  • South Africa: Disgraced former tennis champion to approach Constitutional Court
    15 june 2016 15:39:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former tennis Grand Slam champion and convicted rapist Bob Hewitt plans to take his case to the Constitutional Court after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) last week ruled against him. Full text...

  • South Africa: "Broken" Oscar Pistorius walks on stumps in court
    15 june 2016 15:34:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – State prosecutor Gerrie Nel on Wednesday urged the North Gauteng High Court to slam Oscar Pistorius with a minimum of 15 years imprisonment for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian Mission in Pretoria warns Zambians on reports of human trafficking
    15 june 2016 15:25:54
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa, has issued an advisory, urging Zambians to be wary of trafficking of vulnerable people, especially women and children, warning that there are criminals seeking to entice unsuspecting and desperate foreign nationals, especially from the African continent. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari condoles Ghanaian President on death of mother
    15 june 2016 15:21:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday commiserated with President John Mahama of Ghana and his family on the death of his mother, Hajia Abiba Nnaba. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's President Mahama loses mother
    15 june 2016 09:30:21
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The death is announced in Accra of the mother of Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials stress need to involve persons with disabilities to achieve SDGs
    14 june 2016 22:00:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the 10th anniversary of a UN treaty that protects the rights of persons with disabilities, senior UN officials late Tuesday in New York highlighted the critical role people with disabilities play as invaluable partners to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights office urges Libya authorities to probe murder of 12 political prisoners
    14 june 2016 21:07:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN human rights office on Tuesday urged the Libyan authorities to undertake an effective, thorough and impartial investigation to bring perpetrators of torture to justice, after 12 political prisoners were found dead last Friday in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army rescues 57 civilians, kill 2 Boko Haram terrorists
    14 june 2016 20:53:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Tuesday rescued 57 civilians who escaped from Boko Haram captivity and also conducted operations to apprehend some of the terrorists. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army kills 6 Boko Haram terrorists, recover weapons
    14 june 2016 16:48:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Army on Tuesday killed six Boko Haram terrorists when a gang of the terrorists attempted to attack a military formation at Pulka village in Gwoza local government area of north-east Borno State, the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says refugee, migrant children face abuse, exploitation
    14 june 2016 16:16:40
    New York, US (PANA) - More than nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported on Tuesday, warning of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death that such children are facing. Full text...

  • South Africa: Man in court for gruesome family murder
    14 june 2016 15:44:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A 21-year-old man on Tuesday appeared in the Stellenbosch Magistrate's Court in South Africa in connection with the horrific axe murders of three members of his family last year. Full text...

  • UN: UN conference promotes equal rights for persons with disabilities
    14 june 2016 15:40:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Hundreds of delegates from around the world on Tuesday gathered in New York for a three-day UN conference to promote equal rights for persons with disabilities and to ensure their full participation in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • UN: UN chief kicks off 100-day countdown to International Day of Peace
    13 june 2016 21:03:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Kicking-off the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on the international community to work together in recognizing that development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing in order to help build a future of peace and prosperity for all. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Militant group attacking oil facilities in Nigeria ready for dialogue
    13 june 2016 20:41:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), whose attacks has crippled oil and gas activities across the country's Niger Delta region, on Monday said it is ready to engage the Nigerian government in dialogue. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari condemns terror attack in US
    13 june 2016 18:15:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned Sunday's terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, US, describing it as "criminal and cowardly". Full text...

  • UN: UN refugee agency projects resettlement needs for 1.19 million in 2017
    13 june 2016 15:54:27
    New York, US (PANA) - With a multitude of conflicts and crises causing record displacement around the world, more than 1.19 million people are projected to be in need of resettlement in 2017, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges countries to stop attacks, discrimination against albinos
    13 june 2016 13:51:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on all countries to end the discrimination that threatens the wellbeing, health and even the lives of people with albinism, and to provide programmes that will enable them to play a full part in society. Full text...

  • Kenya: Probe attacks on Uganda civil society, rights groups demand
    13 june 2016 13:27:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Uganda Police Force (UPF) should promptly, thoroughly, and transparently investigate a series of attacks on Ugandan non-governmental organizations and human rights defenders, Amnesty International (AI) and other rights groups said Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: AI wants discrimination against Malawian albinos tackled
    13 june 2016 12:23:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Malawian officials must live up to their promises to end violence against people with albinism and tackle discrimination against this group, Amnesty International (AI) said Monday as the world marked the International Albinism Awareness Day. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pistorius back in court for re-sentencing
    13 june 2016 11:33:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The sentencing hearing for convicted killer Oscar Pistorius began in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday with a psychologist testifying that the double amputee is too depressed to testify in his defence. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR boss discusses Somali refugees in Kenya
    13 june 2016 08:00:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has discussed solutions for Somali refugees in Kenya and received assurances that their return to back home in Somalia would not contravene international obligations, the UN refugee agency has announced. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army says 38 officers were compulsorily retired
    13 june 2016 07:30:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Monday said 38 officers were compulsorily retired in the purge of its officer corps for allegations of corruption and partisanship. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria, Cameroon, UN sign pact on voluntary return of Nigerian refugees
    12 june 2016 18:02:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government has signed a tripartite agreement with the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Cameroon for the return of Nigerian refugees who had fled Boko Haram attacks and are currently taking refuge in the Cameroon. Full text...

  • UN: ILO stresses need for coherent policies to end child labour
    12 june 2016 15:45:00
    New York, US (PANA) - With some 168 million children working in various sectors globally, the fight against child labour requires coherent policy packages to support legislation focused on quality education, social protection and decent jobs for parents, the UN labour watchdog agency, International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Libya: 12 political prisoners murdered in Tripoli
    12 june 2016 14:45:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - 12 political prisoners have been murdered in Tripoli, Libya, just days after they were released from the notorious Ain Zara prison in the country, a judiciary official said. Full text...

  • Libya: Netherlands, IOM to build Libyan Coast Guard capacity to save lives at sea
    11 june 2016 17:54:22
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Netherlands and International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Libya have signed an agreement for an 18-month project aimed at enhancing the Libyan Coast Guard’s capacity to save lives at sea and supporting the humanitarian repatriation of vulnerable migrants from Libya. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria Army kills 10 Boko Haram terrorists
    11 june 2016 15:10:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army said on Saturday that its troops killed 10 Boko Haram terrorists while two were captured during an operation in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia records positive trend in traffic fatalities
    11 june 2016 13:45:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia has recorded a positive trend in the road traffic accident statistics for the first time in more than a year. Full text...

  • Sudan: Thousands of South Sudan children reunited with their families
    11 june 2016 13:31:55
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - UN and child charity organizations say thousands of South Sudanese children who were separated from their families during conflicts in South Sudan have now been reunified. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army announces purge of officer corps over corruption, partisanship
    11 june 2016 08:12:57
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) The Nigerian Army on Saturday announced a purge of its officer corps over alleged professional misconduct. Full text...

  • UN: UN adviser condemns Gambian leader on threats against Mandinka ethnic group
    10 june 2016 22:10:08
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, late Friday in New York condemned the inflammatory speech by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh at a political rally last week, in which he reportedly threatened to eliminate the Mandinka ethnic group. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says UN supporting govts to protect civilians in armed conflicts
    10 june 2016 21:58:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon late Friday in New York said that the UN is supporting governments to protect their people, and to persuade parties to conflict to abide by their obligations in ensuring civilians are protected against attacks. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Sierra Leone war crimes convict dies in Rwandan jail
    10 june 2016 21:41:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - One of the eight persons convicted of war crimes by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone and transferred to Rwanda to complete his 50-year jail term, Alex Tamba Brima has died at age of 45 following protracted illness", a statement said late Friday in Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 7 killed, several others injured after truck rams into crowd in Kigali
    10 june 2016 15:03:25
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least 7 people were killed and 16 others seriously injured after a speeding truck rammed into a crowded place in Kicukiro, a suburb of Kigali city, Police confirmed Friday here. Full text...

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