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  • Nigeria: Buhari meets with Defence, Security chiefs over Boko Haram video, demands
    15 august 2016 15:31:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with Nigeria's top Defence and security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to review the video released Sunday by Boko Haram terrorists of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped two years ago. Full text...

  • South Africa: Kidnapper jailed for 10 years
    15 august 2016 10:02:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The woman convicted of abducting a newborn baby in the country’s most dramatic kidnapping case was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on Monday. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN rep welcomes enactment of Somalia’s human rights commission law
    15 august 2016 07:12:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – After decades of conflict, the Federal Government of Somalia and its partners have a duty to put in place effective human rights protection institutions, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, has said. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says two-thirds of young people in 18 countries bullied
    14 august 2016 18:26:57
    New York, US (PANA) - About 97 per cent of young people believe that bullying is a pervasive problem in their communities, and two-thirds say they have been bullied, a new survey conducted by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and their partners has revealed. Full text...

  • Sudan: 5 Sudanese killed in Benghazi fighting
    14 august 2016 13:44:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Five Sudanese were killed in a cross-fire following fighting between Libyan armed groups in Benghazi, according to Sudan's Foreign Ministry spokesman Gareeballah Khidir. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN Security Council approves regional protection force for UNMISS
    13 august 2016 12:03:35
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday authorized a 4,000-strong regional protection force within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), “responsible for providing a secure environment in and around Juba,” the capital, which in early July was the scene of the latest eruption of deadly violence in the young country, exacerbating an already desperate humanitarian situation. Full text...

  • Sudan: US gravely concerned over detention of Darfuris who met US Special Envoy to Sudan
    13 august 2016 10:14:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States has expressed concern over the detention of up to 15 Darfuris who had met with an American Special Envoy to the Sudan when he visited the area late last month. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says South Sudanese exodus affecting neighbouring countries
    12 august 2016 17:29:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Neighbouring countries hosting refugees from South Sudan are straining under the sheer weight of the ongoing exodus, as desperate people continue to arrive at their borders daily, joining hundreds of thousands of others who fled for safety before them, the UN has warned. Full text...

  • US: US-based NGO laments use of religion to destabilise societies
    12 august 2016 15:43:03
    New York, US (PANA) - An American non-governmental organization (NGO), which monitors religious activities worldwide, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), on Friday said religious freedom is under attack in many nations around the world, harming individuals and threatening the stability of societies worldwide. Full text...

  • UN: UN says youth vital in achieving sustainable development agenda
    12 august 2016 14:51:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said the world's young people, who make up the largest generation of youth in history, can lead a global drive to break the patterns of the past and set the world on course to a more sustainable future. Full text...

  • Kenya: ICTJ calls for enhanced reparations for Ivoirian rights victims
    12 august 2016 12:01:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new paper from the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) offers clear and concrete proposals for a new reparations policy in Côte d’Ivoire for victims of serious human rights violations. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges US, other nations to help refugees, migrants
    11 august 2016 19:20:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday urged the US and other countries to keep reaching out to people in need, wherever they are, saying "we will all be stronger by building bridges instead of walls." Full text...

  • Nigeria: WB provides US$125m to enhance teacher education in Nigeria's rural areas
    11 august 2016 18:50:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The World Bank has set aside US$125 million for programmes to motivate and attract teachers to Nigeria's rural areas and enhance teacher development in the country. Full text...

  • UN: ICC to commence trial of Mali's Al Mahdi
    11 august 2016 17:01:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday said the trial of Malian rebel, Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, will begin on 22 August at the ICC headquarters at The Hague, Netherlands. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Turkish citizens in Nigeria organise protest in support of their President
    11 august 2016 15:27:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Turkish citizens resident in Nigeria on Thursday protested in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, calling for support for their President, Tayyip Erdogan, who survived a coup attempt on 15 July. Full text...

  • US: US envoy to hold talks with Moroccan officials on terrorism
    11 august 2016 15:06:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Brett McGurk, will visit Rabat, Morocco, 15 August for bilateral talks with Moroccan officials on terrorism, a US State Department statement said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief chief says South Sudan crisis worsening
    11 august 2016 15:02:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, has again painted a grave picture of the enormous humanitarian crisis facing South Sudan and the devastating impact of the ongoing violence on its people. Full text...

  • Congo: Congolese senate adopts draft bill on security cooperation agreement with Angola
    11 august 2016 12:44:26
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese Senate on Wednesday adopted a draft bill authorizing the ratification of the cooperation agreement between Congo and Angola on security and public safety, Congolese radio reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Fire guts four-storey building in Kigali
    11 august 2016 11:58:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An early morning fire gutted one part of a four-storey building located at Kacyiru, a suburb of Kigali, on Thursday leaving in its trail huge losses to business operatives located in the building, a police source said. Full text...

  • Senegal: Global response to terrorism must evolve with the threat - INTERPOL Chief
    11 august 2016 11:36:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Head of INTERPOL has said that the global response to transnational terrorism must adapt to the evolving and expanding nature of the threat. Full text...

  • Libya: 10 killed in car bomb attack in Sirte
    11 august 2016 11:18:08
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – An Islamic State suicide bomber blew himself up in a car bomb attack on Wednesday evening in the military zone of al-Gizeh in Sirte, killing 10 members of the pro-governmental forces. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Details emerge on Nigerian soldiers court-martialled in Maiduguri
    11 august 2016 08:46:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Details have emerged of the Nigerian Army General Court Martial inaugurated by the General Officer Commanding 7 Division Maidiguri, Brigadier General Victor Ezegwu on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: US criticises DR Congo for expelling human rights activist
    11 august 2016 06:56:44
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US says it is "very concerned" by the decision of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) not to renew the visa of Human Rights Watch (HRW) senior researcher for the Congo, Ida Sawyer, and asked the authorities to allow her to return. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts caution governments, families on child-directed commercial adverts
    10 august 2016 19:29:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of International Youth Day, two UN human rights experts are drawing attention to the impact of commercial advertising directed at young children that instils, at an early age, over-consumption and indebtedness, and have urged the governments to redefine those child-directed advertisements. Full text...

  • Nigeria: OIC assesses humanitarian needs in Nigeria's war-ravaged northeast area
    10 august 2016 18:27:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday said it was renewing the mobilisation of emergency support in addressing the humanitarian situation in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US provides US$37m for humanitarian assistance in Nigeria, Lake Chad Basin
    10 august 2016 17:01:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Wednesday announced that it will provide over US$37 million in additional humanitarian assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict and severe food insecurity in Nigeria and throughout the Lake Chad Basin. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army court-martials 20 soldiers in Maiduguri
    10 august 2016 16:41:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A general court martial was inaugurated Wednesday in Maiduguri for trial of 20 Nigerian soldiers over disciplinary issues in Operation Lafiya Dole Theater Command, the main military force battling Boko Haram terrorists in the country's northeastern area. Full text...

  • Sudan: Armed opposition ready for immediate end of war in Sudan
    10 august 2016 11:58:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Rebels fighting the central government in Khartoum say they are ready for an immediate end to the war in the Blue Nile and Kordufan regions, as both sides enter into ceasefire talks on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: South Sudanese refugees influx into Uganda rising
    10 august 2016 11:43:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Norwegian Refugee Agency (NRA) has warned that the number of South Sudanese seeking refuge in Uganda has been rising daily with the figure in the past 20 days topping the total for last year. Full text...

  • Botswana: Online activists want Miss Botswana barred from Miss World pageant
    10 august 2016 09:28:28
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Social media activists in Botswana have launched a petition calling for the disqualification of Miss Botswana from Miss World competition because she has tattoos. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu accepts Constitutional Court judgement on ministers
    09 august 2016 21:51:51
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu says he has accepted the judgment of the Constitutional Court that ministers vacate office following the dissolution of the parliament last May. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President fires director of public prosecution
    09 august 2016 19:48:34
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has fired the government's Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mutembo Nchito, following a recommendation by a tribunal which was appointed in March 2015 to investigate the official's alleged misconduct. Full text...

  • Botswana: Government allays fears of police brutality in Botswana
    09 august 2016 19:13:03
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has dismissed public outcry on alleged infringement of human rights by police after youth protesting rising unemployment were forcefully sent off from parliament buildings. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africans commemorate historic women's march
    09 august 2016 18:00:34
    Cape Town, South African (PANA) – A 21-gun salute at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday signalled the 60th anniversary of the historic women’s march to the headquarters of the Apartheid-era government to demand an end to the hated race laws. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU, US welcome rebel signature on Sudanese road map to peace
    09 august 2016 16:05:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and the United states on Tuesday welcomed the signing, by Sudanese political and armed opposition, of the road map in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that seeks to put the two sides on one track to resolving pending challenges in Darfur, Blue Nile and the Nubba mountains as well as other political issues. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy urges South Sudan govt to take action against sexual violence
    09 august 2016 14:08:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict, Ms. Zainab Bangura, on Tuesday stressed the need for the South Sudan government to take all necessary action to put an end to rape and violence against women and girls in the country, noting that all perpetrators of such crimes will be held accountable. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials task govts on indigenous peoples' right to education
    09 august 2016 14:00:18
    New York, US (PANA) - To mark the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, senior UN officials are calling on governments to improve access to education and ensure that the most vulnerable are not left behind in the journey to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU reaffirms commitment to protect rights of indigenous peoples worldwide
    09 august 2016 11:35:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The European Union has reaffirmed its commitment to promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples around the world, stating that it is also stepping up its engagement with indigenous peoples, in line with the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan Government warns of flooding of River Nile
    09 august 2016 08:56:17
    Khartoum Sudan (PANA) - The government of Sudan has issued a warning to people living along the banks of River Nile in Sudan to watch out and adopt safety and protective measures as water levels have been rising and there could be devastating floods. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Popular Nigerian blogger arrested by anti-graft body for "cyber stalking"
    08 august 2016 17:55:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A move by Nigeria's anti-graft agency to arrest and later release a popular local blogger has raised the specter of clampdown on social media and free press in the West African country. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights experts concerned by reports of reprisals against Burundian lawyers
    08 august 2016 17:33:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Gravely concerned by reports that four Burundian lawyers who provided information to the UN Committee on Torture (CAT) are being subjected to reprisals, the Commitee on Monday said it was seeking assurance from Burundi's ambassador to the to the UN in Geneva that no member of Burundian civil society would be subjected to such treatment for cooperating with the CAT. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns attack on UN peacekeepers in Kidal
    08 august 2016 14:58:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned an attack on a convoy of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Kidal, a town in northern Mali, which resulted in the death of a peacekeeper. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes South Sudan's acceptance of regional protection force
    08 august 2016 14:52:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed the acceptance, by the Government of South Sudan, of a regional protection force to help quell the ongoing violence in the country, and called on all South Sudanese parties to uphold their responsibility to protect civilians and to demonstrate their commitment to a peace agreement. Full text...

  • Zambia: Closure of Post newspaper meant to silence the paper – IPI, AMI report reveals
    08 august 2016 13:22:29
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The International Press Institute (IPI) and the African Media Initiative (AMI) have released their findings on the closure of Zambia’s leading independent Post newspaper, saying that the closure appears to be part of a politically-motivated attempt by President Edgar Lungu’s Patriotic Front party to silence a persistent critic ahead of the 11 August elections in order to hold on to power. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 11 military personnel, 8 bandits die in gun battle in central Nigeria
    07 august 2016 18:39:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Saturday night said 11 military men lost their lives during an operation against bandits in the north central Nigerian state of Niger. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty Int'l urges Kenya not to deport Taiwanese nationals to China
    07 august 2016 05:40:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has urged the Kenyan authorities not to deport five Taiwanese nationals to China, where they face "a real risk of human rights violations". Full text...

  • Japan: Ban urges all States to 'galvanize global will for disarmament'
    07 august 2016 05:25:27
    Hiroshima, Japan (PANA) - With global tensions rising and progress on nuclear disarmament hard to find, “the world needs the Hibakusha spirit more than ever”, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday, citing the determination and perseverance of those survivors of the 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks as an example for championing peace and seeking a better future for all. Full text...

  • US: US government felicitates with Ivorians on national day
    06 august 2016 18:13:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Saturday felicitated with the people of Cote d'Ivoire, as the country celebrates its 56th independence anniversary on 7 August. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ expresses concern over missing journalist in Burundi
    06 august 2016 16:33:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed deep concern about the welfare of a Burundian journalist, Jean Bigirimana who has been missing for two weeks. Full text...

  • Nigeria: EU provides €12.5m humanitarian assistance to Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon
    06 august 2016 10:08:44
    Abuja, Nigeria – (PANA) The European Commission (EU) has announced an emergency humanitarian assistance of €12.5 million to help address the worsening situation in the Lake Chad region. Full text...

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