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  • UNHCR condemns forced returns of Cameroon asylum-seekers from Nigeria
    02 february 2018 11:07:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has condemned the forced return of Cameroon asylum-seekers from Nigeria. Full text...

  • Education and Africa: Twin priorities of UNESCO DG at Education Funding Conference
    02 february 2018 06:30:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, says education must become the priority in development aid. Full text...

  • Human rights situation still a concern in Mali – UN report
    02 february 2018 04:03:18
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Despite the signing of a 2015 Peace Agreement, the human rights situation in Mali still remains a concern, according to a United Nations report published on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia’s Police release political science lecturer unconditionally
    01 february 2018 19:21:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia Police on Thursday released Dr. Ismaila Ceesay, a political science lecturer at the University of The Gambia, who was arrested 31 January 2018, over comments in an interview granted to The Voice newspaper issue of the same day. Full text...

  • Human rights groups condemn arrest of Gambian activist for comment on national security
    01 february 2018 18:10:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Banjul-based Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and Article 19 West Africa, also a rights group, on Thursday censured the arrest and detention of political scientist Ismaila Ceesay by the Gambia Police for what they regarded as expressing opinion on national security. Full text...

  • Media body decries 'flogging' of journalists at Liberian parliament
    01 february 2018 16:49:17
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) on Thursday condemned the “cruel violence” meted out against journalists covering the upper house of the Liberian parliament, the Senate, on January 31. Full text...

  • Aid appeals seek over US$3bn for South Sudan humanitarian, refugee crisis
    01 february 2018 16:42:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, and the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, on Thursday launched a funding appeal for US$1.5 billion to support refugees fleeing the worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan and for US$1.7 billion for people in need inside the country during 2018. Full text...

  • Gambia’s Police arrest, detain political scientist, critical of President Barrow
    01 february 2018 14:58:17
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Top Political Scientist, Dr Ismaila Ceesay, was arrested and detained Wednesday by Gambian Police over comments he made regarding regional ECOWAS military intervention in the country (ECOMIG). Full text...

  • Rights group says displaced Benghazi families prevented from returning home
    01 february 2018 07:05:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Armed groups in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi are preventing thousands of internally displaced families from returning to their homes in that city, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Millions of Children Denied Free Secondary Education
    01 february 2018 06:52:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The slow growth of free secondary education for all is jeopardizing the futures of millions of children globally, Human Rights Watch has said, in advance of the Global Partnership for Education’s (GPE) 2018 Replenishment Conference which opens in Dakar, Senegal, on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN Security Council stresses need for 'sustainable solutions' for millions displaced in Darfur
    01 february 2018 05:36:45
    New York, US (PANA) – Despite improvements in the security and humanitarian situation in Darfur, continued challenges remain, the United Nations Security Council has said, underlining the need for sustainable solutions for the region’s 2.7 million internally displaced persons. Full text...

  • Gambian press union urges regulator to dismiss Islamic council petition against Ahmadis
    31 january 2018 19:23:28
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s journalist’s body, the Gambia Press Union (GPU), has urged the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to dismiss a petition submitted by the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council (GSIC) against the application for television broadcasting licence by the Ahmadiya Muslim Jammat. Full text...

  • 'Regional forces won’t prevent long-term security risks in Gambia' - Political scientist
    31 january 2018 17:43:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian political scientist, Ismaila Ceesay, has said that the presence of the regional ECOWAS military intervention in the country (ECOMIG) will not prevent long-term security risks “if the president does not win the trust of the army.” Full text...

  • Conflicts, disaster forcing 59 million young people into illiteracy – UNICEF study
    31 january 2018 15:53:04
    New York, US (PANA) – Nearly three in ten young people between the ages of 15 and 19 living in conflict- or disaster-affected countries are illiterate, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday, calling for greater investments in the education, particularly for the most disadvantaged children and youth. Full text...

  • UNHCR chief praises Uganda's 'model' treatment of refugees
    31 january 2018 15:39:02
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Renewing a strong appeal to regional leaders to make peace, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has praised the “open border” policy of Uganda which is currently receiving up to 500 refugees a day. Full text...

  • Tanzania launches electronic passport for citizens
    31 january 2018 13:51:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian President John Magufuli, on Wednesday launched the country’s electronic passport, directing the Immigration Department to devise strategies that would show results in stemming the tide of illegal immigrants entering the country. Full text...

  • UNHCR, partners seek US$157 million to aid Boko Haram displaced people
    31 january 2018 09:57:57
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, together with humanitarian partners, on Wednesday, launched an inter-agency funding appeal for US$157 million to help over a quarter of a million people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin region. Full text...

  • Without young people, Global Goals will not be achieved, UN forum told
    31 january 2018 07:00:57
    New York, UN (PANA) – Today's young people are more connected, dynamic and engaged than ever and the Global Goals can’t happen without them, speakers told an annual United Nations forum, where young leaders called on the Organization keep its promise to ‘leave no one behind’ on the road to creating a prosperous world for everyone on a clean planet. Full text...

  • IOM launches appeal to fund aid efforts in crisis-hit South Sudan
    30 january 2018 19:50:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Amid worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan and the number of persons in need of assistance continues to grow, the United Nations migration agency on Tuesday launched a $103.7 million appeal to sustain critical and life-saving aid programmes. Full text...

  • Millions of children in crisis zones face 'bleak future' - UNICEF warns
    30 january 2018 19:18:56
    New York, US (PANA) – Children are the most vulnerable when conflict or disaster causes the collapse of essential services such as healthcare and unless the international community takes urgent action to protect and provide life-saving assistance to them, “they face an increasingly bleak future,” the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday, launching a US$3.6 billion emergency appeal. Full text...

  • Thousands flee violence in eastern DR Congo
    30 january 2018 19:07:41
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Surging violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is driving thousands of people into neighbouring Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Amnesty International urges Italy, Libya to release refugees trapped in misery
    30 january 2018 17:53:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ahead of the first anniversary of Italy signing a deal with Libya to put in place measures to stop refugees and migrants from travelling to Europe, thousands of people remain trapped in abusive Libyan detention camps where torture is rife, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Tunisian journalists threaten strike over non patronage by gov't
    30 january 2018 14:06:53
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Irked by the refusal of government ministries and institutions to patronise Tunisian newspapers, the Tunisian Federation of press directors and the national trade union of Tunisian journalists have threatened to embark on strike and stop their publications until the execution of a deal the government signed with them. Full text...

  • Former AUC deputy Chief, Patrick Mazimhaka, laid to rest in Kigali
    30 january 2018 13:18:55
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former African Union Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson, Patrick Kayumbu Mazimhaka, who passed away earlier this week at the age 69, was laid to rest in Kigali city on Tuesday afternoon, a close relative confirmed to PANA in the Rwandan capital. Full text...

  • Tunisia arrested thousands of potential terrorists in 2017 - Interior Minister
    30 january 2018 12:29:33
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia's Interior minister, Loffi Brahem, has revealed that the North African country arrested 29,495 youths who had planned to travel to fight in some trouble spots in the world last year. Full text...

  • East African soldiers to undertake joint multi-national military exercises in Uganda
    30 january 2018 11:50:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A one-week multi-national military exercise involving Armed Forces from the East African Community (EAC) will be held in Uganda from 31 January to 7 February, a statement said in Kigali on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rights group says dozens killed in Nigeria air attacks on villages
    30 january 2018 06:44:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian authorities’ response to communal violence is totally inadequate, too slow and ineffective, and in some cases unlawful, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, as clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Ondo and Kaduna have resulted in 168 deaths in January 2018 alone. Full text...

  • Youth leaders ready to 'roll up their sleeves' and work
    30 january 2018 05:54:57
    New York, US (PANA) – Not content to follow old-school rules to tackle problems like climate change, poverty and inequality, today’s youth – media savvy ‘Millennials’ and the ‘Born in the 90s’ cohort that can’t remember life without the Internet – are using disruptive, new-school innovations to drive change; and they’re heading to the United Nations to talk about building a better world for all. Full text...

  • Ethiopia gets US$10 million in emergency relief funding
    29 january 2018 20:09:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – a pool of funding which supports critical relief operations around the world – has allocated $10 million to help meet the life-saving needs of the most vulnerable people displaced due to conflict in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Violation of child rights increases in Horn of Africa region
    29 january 2018 19:40:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Violations against civilians, including sexual and gender-based violence, remained significant in the Horn of Africa region in 2017, according to a new report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). Full text...

  • Political instability drives humanitarian needs in Horn of Africa countries
    29 january 2018 19:01:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Conflict and political insecurity in the Horn of Africa, notably in South Sudan, are expected to continue to drive humanitarian needs—sometimes compounding, or caused by the impacts of climatic shocks—in the first six months of 2018, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). Full text...

  • Burkina military trial of failed coup leaders opens 27 February
    29 january 2018 18:06:01
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The court trial of soldiers involved in the failed September 2015 coup against the former transitional regime in Burkina Faso will start on 27 February 2018, the Burkina military said on Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan, UNAMID sign deal for a temporary operating base in Golo
    29 january 2018 15:21:18
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government and the United Nations-African Union hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) have signed a memorandum of understanding under which the UNAMID will open a temporary operating base in Golo Locality, Jebel Marra, in Central Darfur State. Full text...

  • 'Nguema cannot protect Yahya Jammeh from Justice'
    29 january 2018 15:12:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Victims of the dictatorial rule of former Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh, and their supporters reacted with indignation to a declaration by the President of Equatorial Guinea,Teodoro Obiang Nguema, that he would “protect” the exiled leader from justice. Full text...

  • FAO calls for renewed commitment to get Africa back on track to eliminate hunger
    29 january 2018 11:44:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Hunger-fighting initiatives in Africa need to be deepened and broadened to put the continent back on track to eliminating the scourge of undernutrition, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has told heads of state and government gathered in Addis Ababa for the African Union (AU) summit. Full text...

  • Usain Bolt saluted in Cape Town
    28 january 2018 09:00:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The world’s greatest sprinter Usain Bolt is turning heads during a brief visit to Cape Town. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of 'blue helmet' in DR Congo
    28 january 2018 04:52:00
    New York, US (PANA) – Condemning the killing on Saturday of a peacekeeper with the United Nations stabilization mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who was ambushed in the vast country's restive east, Secretary-General António Guterres again called on armed groups there to lay down their weapons and seek to resolve their grievances peacefully. Full text...

  • Guterres urges common commitment on situation in South Sudan
    27 january 2018 20:13:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – It is absolutely essential that the role of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in eastern Africa is first of all to make sure that any contradictions that might exist among the neighbours of South Sudan is not translated into an influence in the internal situation of that country, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said here on Saturday. Full text...

  • Security Council condemns 'barbaric' terrorist attack in central Mali
    27 january 2018 19:42:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the “barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack” on 25 January against a bus transporting civilians near Boni, in central Mali, during which 26 people from Mali and Burkina Faso, including children, were killed. Full text...

  • UN chief outlines way for Africa to beat hunger, poverty
    27 january 2018 16:37:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – For Africa to build and sustain peace and address hunger and poverty, it needs community-based approaches that build social cohesion and the capacity of local institutions and actors, in addition to improved governance that can deliver equitable services, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said here on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army kills 7 Boko Haram terrorists
    27 january 2018 11:02:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops killed seven remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest and horthern Borno state in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • AUC extends condolences following death of Mazimhaka
    27 january 2018 07:09:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission has been saddened by the death of its former Deputy Chairperson Patrick Mazimhaka, who passed away on the 25 January 2018, according to a statement issued on Friday. Full text...

  • Egypt must halt executions, say UN human rights experts
    26 january 2018 17:55:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A group of UN human rights experts on Friday called on Egypt to halt all pending executions following repeated allegations of unfair trials. Full text...

  • Gambian cleric slams religious council over Ahmadis
    26 january 2018 16:03:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A prominent Islamic cleric, Oustass Saliu Cham, has accused the Supreme Islamic Council of distributing statements that could incite religious hostilities in the Gambia. Full text...

  • Bashir forms “High Peace Council” in Sudan
    26 january 2018 13:56:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan has formed a robust presidential body, called the High Council for Peace (HCP), with the mandate to achieve and consolidate peace in the country. Full text...

  • Senior UN officials to address food insecurity in Ethiopia
    26 january 2018 11:59:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Under-Secretary-General for UN Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Achim Steiner, will travel to Ethiopia from 27-29 January to highlight the immense challenge of persistent food insecurity and the new approach to addressing it. Full text...

  • Restive eastern DRC home to one of world’s worst displacement crises for children – UNICEF
    25 january 2018 20:38:06
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – More than 800,000 children have been forced from their homes by violence and armed clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in what the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) calls “one of the world’s worst displacement crises for children”. Full text...

  • Humanitarian partners need US$313m for lifesaving assistance to 940,000 Libyans
    25 january 2018 18:29:36
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Ms Maria Ribeiro, on Thursday launched the 2018 Libya Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) which seeks US$313 million to provide lifesaving assistance to 940,000 people this year. Full text...

  • Former deputy AUC chief passes on
    25 january 2018 15:48:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former African Union Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson Patrick Kayumbu Mazimhaka has died, aged 69, at his home in Kigali following a long illness, a close relative confirmed to PANA in the Rwandan capital on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia Islamic leader objects to TV licence for Ahmadiyya
    25 january 2018 15:36:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Supreme Islamic Council of Gambia on Thursday cautioned the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) on considering an application by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at to set up a television station in the country. Full text...

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