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  • UN: 'Govts responsible for ensuring youth engagement in political, economic, social life' - UN report
    16 july 2016 07:58:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The responsibility for finding solutions to the problems affecting young people, such as unemployment, low representation in political processes, and social exclusion, lies largely with governments, according to a UN report on youth engagement which was released late Friday in New York, US. Full text...

  • US: Obama reacts to terror attack in France
    15 july 2016 16:57:41
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack has condemned Thursday's terrorist attack in Nice, France, saying "the US stands firm with our French allies." Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU condemns terrorist attack in Nice, France
    15 july 2016 16:50:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Calling for enhanced international cooperation in the fight against international terrorism, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has strongly condemned the horrific terror attack which claimed over 80 lives early Friday in Nice, France. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief, senior officials condemn terrorist attack in Nice
    15 july 2016 16:23:03
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned the deadly attack in Nice, France, calling for stepped up efforts to fight terrorism and violent extremism. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials, workers, Stevie Wonder to celebrate Mandela Day on 18 July
    15 july 2016 15:28:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly will mark Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July, with an informal meeting at UN headquarters in New York, which will feature remarks by the President of the General Assembly, UN Deputy Secretary-General, the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN, and UN Messenger of Peace, Stevie Wonder. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese evacuees from Juba return home
    15 july 2016 15:23:28
    Khartoum, Sudan ( PANA) - The first batch of 76 Sudanese evacuated from South Sudan arrived at the Khartoum airport on Friday where they were received by senior government and expatriate affairs officials, with funfair. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum condemns terrorist attack in South France
    15 july 2016 15:14:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The Sudanese government on Friday condemned Thursday's attack in Nice, Southern France, describing it as a cowardly terrorist attack that targeted innocent civilians. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges more investment to assist jobless youth
    15 july 2016 15:11:10
    New York, US (PANA) - With so many youth either jobless or "working poor", more investment is needed to empower them through skills development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on World Youth Skills Day, which is marked on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: New UNESCO report estimates 263 million children, youth out of school
    15 july 2016 15:07:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported on Friday that some 263 million children and youth, equivalent to about a quarter of the population of Europe, are out of school from primary to upper secondary levels with sub-Saharan Africa having the highest number. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly President condemns terror attack in France
    15 july 2016 15:01:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, on Friday expressed horror at the carnage in the Southern French city of Nice, during a Bastille Day celebration on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: US asks Egypt to investigate allegations of torture, forced disappearances
    15 july 2016 08:15:42
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has described allegations by human rights group, Amnesty International, of torture and forced disappearances in Egypt as "deeply concerning" and asked the authorities of the North African country to investigate them. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN orders relocation of non-critical staff; WFP warehouse looted
    15 july 2016 06:04:11
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations has ordered the temporary relocation of some non-critical staff from Juba, South Sudan, due to the operational challenges caused by the recent fighting there. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan to hold population census in 2018
    14 july 2016 19:27:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan will conduct its sixth population census in April 2018 at a cost of US$50 million, the Director General of Sudan’s Central Bureau of Statistics, Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty International calls for speedy probe of ex-Burundi minister's murder
    14 july 2016 17:21:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global human rights body Amnesty International on Thursday called for a thorough and speedy probe of the killing of former Burundian information minister Hafsa Mossi by unidentified gunmen in Bujumbura on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns murder of former Burundian minister
    14 july 2016 15:15:45
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the assassination of Ms. Hafsa Mossi, former Burundian Minister for East African Community Affairs and member of the East African Legislative Assembly, in the capital, Bujumbura, which occurred on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF delivering life-saving aid to displaced persons in Juba
    14 july 2016 15:00:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and partners are providing urgent life-saving assistance to thousands of people displaced by last weekend's heavy fighting in Juba, South Sudan, which reportedly killed some 272 people, including 33 civilians, and displaced at least 36,000 civilians. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants credible investigation into shooting of Journalist in Lesotho
    14 july 2016 13:26:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Lesotho authorities should launch a credible investigation into the shooting of veteran editor, Lloyd Mutungamiri, and bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Durban to host major international media conference
    14 july 2016 11:22:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has confirmed that it will hold its 69th World News Media Congress, 24th World Editors Forum, and 27th World Advertising Forum in Durban, South Africa, from 7 to 9 June 2017. Full text...

  • Kenya: Gunman 'kills five policemen' in Kenya police station attack; holds hostages
    14 july 2016 10:09:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan security forces on Thursday embarked on a delicate hostage rescue mission after a lone gunman identified as Omar Okwaki Eumond, a terrorist suspect held at a police station in Kapenguria, West Pokot, seized a gun from a police officer and shot dead several policemen, police and security sources said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Rights group says Boko Haram suspects tortured in Cameroon
    14 july 2016 08:44:51
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says more than 1,000 people, many arrested arbitrarily, are being held in horrific conditions and dozens are dying from disease and malnutrition or have been tortured to death, as part of the Cameroonian government and security forces crackdown on Boko Haram. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission deplores violence in Mali’s northern city of Gao
    13 july 2016 21:52:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Deploring the outbreak of violence that occurred on Tuesday in Gao, following a demonstration that turned violent, leaving four dead and many injured, the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali has stressed the need for government-led initiatives to better familiarize the population with the recently agreed peace deal. Full text...

  • UN: New UN report says science important in achieving SDGs
    13 july 2016 15:58:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Understanding of the scientific basis for action will be needed to achieve the ambitious and transformation goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, according to a new report issued by the UN on Wednesday at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development holding in New York. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army says 25 Boko Haram terrorists killed in gun battle with troops
    13 july 2016 14:59:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said that a total of 25 Boko Haram terrorists were killed during the terrorists’ gun battle with troops of the 119 Task Force Battalion stationed in Kangarwa, North Eastern State of Borno. Full text...

  • Egypt: Rights group condemns Egypt for 'wave of brutal repression'
    13 july 2016 10:23:31
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt’s National Security Agency (NSA) is abducting, torturing and forcibly making people disappear in an effort to intimidate opponents and wipe out peaceful dissent, said a new report by human rights watchdog Amnesty International published on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram terrorists kill two Nigerian Army soldiers, wound seven
    13 july 2016 09:07:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Wednesday announced that two of its soldiers were killed and seven wounded when its troops were engaged in gunfight with Boko Haram terrorists in northeastern State of Borno. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC academic institutions challenged to raise the bar
    13 july 2016 08:51:38
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi has challenged academic institutions in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) bloc to raise the bar and align training and research to market demands. Full text...

  • UN: UN report stresses need to fight against sexual violence in Cote d'Ivoire
    12 july 2016 22:37:02
    New York, US (PANA) - In a new joint report, the UN Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday called for strengthening rape prevention efforts and to improve the fight against impunity for sexual violence in the West African nation. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed partnership launches fund to end violence against children
    12 july 2016 22:22:16
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-backed partnership and fund were launched on Tuesday, in order to achieve the new global target of ending abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children, a public priority and a collective responsibility. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts task governments on human rights obligations
    12 july 2016 18:51:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development should in no way become "the perfect excuse" for UN member states to give less priority to their binding human rights obligations, or to ignore the comprehensive protection that is at the core of international human rights instruments, a group of rights experts in the UN system stressed on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN welcomes ceasefire, warns against impunity in South Sudan
    12 july 2016 18:41:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) - The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has welcomed a new ceasefire announcement by the parties to the current conflict in South Sudan, President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Rieck Machar on Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNICEF welcomes Gambian President's ban on child marriage
    12 july 2016 18:09:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's ban on child marriage in the West African country. Full text...

  • Sudan: Civil society groups call for urgent humanitarian aid to South Sudan
    12 july 2016 17:10:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed concern over the current situation in South Sudan saying it could access only a tiny area of the capital, Juba, to check humanitarian needs, the dead or injured in the city. Full text...

  • UN: UN reports 'alarming' level of malnutrition in Nigeria's northeast
    12 july 2016 16:16:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Humanitarian convoys have uncovered emergency levels of severe acute malnutrition and famine-like conditions in Nigeria's Borno State, particularly in 15 satellite camps, where some 275,000 people are living, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Church group calls for end to South Sudan violence
    12 july 2016 14:02:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The renewed fighting in South Sudan has raised serious concerns around safety and security of the people of the new, and increasingly fragile country, global church group, ACT Alliance, says. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body urges AU to ramp up women, human rights
    12 july 2016 13:55:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As a renewal of violence in South Sudan threatens to plunge the country back into full-scale civil war, Amnesty International has published a list of seven recommendations for the African Union, currently meeting at 27th AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy tasks West African nations on intelligence gathering
    11 july 2016 20:14:40
    New York, (PANA) - Countries in West Africa and the Sahel must expand intelligence gathering capacities to counter militant threats, such as those posed by Boko Haram, the UN Special Representative and the head of the UN Office for West Africa and Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, said on Monday in New York. Full text...

  • UN: WFP launches innovation project to support ending hunger by 2030
    11 july 2016 19:16:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday launched an initiative to identify and nurture new technologies and business models which will contribute to the global goal of ending hunger by 2030. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari says govt "not lackadaisical" in rescue of Chibok girls
    11 july 2016 19:09:21
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday rose in defence of efforts by his government to rescue the 219 girls abducted from the Girls Secondary School of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria on 14 April 2014, saying the government has not been “lackadaisical" in their rescue. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian lawyers protest over continued breakdown of law
    11 july 2016 16:55:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Gravely perturbed by continued degeneration of law and order in Zambia, local lawyers said Monday they were organizing a peaceful protest with the church and other interest groups ahead of the 11 August general election. Full text...

  • UN: UN Volunteers Programme to launch online volunteering service
    11 july 2016 16:27:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Volunteers (UNV) Programme will on 15 July launch a new online volunteering service to allow organizations in need of volunteers and people willing to volunteer online from around the world to connect with one another, so that volunteers can remotely support non-profit organizations that are working to promote peace and development around the world. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius observes World Population Day
    11 july 2016 15:51:09
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Minister, Mr Anil Gayan, on Monday stated that while adolescence is a vulnerable stage as teenagers face the difficult transition to adulthood, parents, teachers and society have an important role in supporting the adolescents and helping them cope with the various issues. Full text...

  • South Africa: Twin brothers in court on terrorism charges
    11 july 2016 15:45:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Two brothers linked to the ISIS (Islamic State) terror group appeared in a Johannesburg court on Monday where the prosecution claimed they were planning to set off explosives at the US embassy and an unidentified Israeli institution. Full text...

  • Kenya: IGAD meets in Nairobi over South Sudan violence
    11 july 2016 13:44:05
    Nairobi, Sudan (PANA) - Due to the escalation of violence in South Sudan, Foreign Ministers from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) countries were scheduled to hold a meeting in Nairobi late Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta group urges Nigerian govt to dialogue with militants
    10 july 2016 16:13:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The militant attacks in Niger Delta region is heading for a more turbulent path as the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), the former dominant militant group in the region has given the Nigerian government two weeks to commence dialogue or risk review of its peaceful stance. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan's media urge intervention on South Sudan's renewed fighting
    10 july 2016 15:44:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese newspapers are awash with the deteriorating situation in South Sudan, where hundreds were reported killed and thousands forced to leave the capital city, Juba and other major towns, urging the international community to intervene to avoid further escalation of violence. Full text...

  • South Africa: Suspended SABC journalists win media awards
    10 july 2016 14:40:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - In another humiliating blow for South Africa’s national broadcaster, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), eight of its employees who are currently facing disciplinary hearings were awarded one of the country’s top media awards on Saturday night. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt condemns killing of Nigerian in Italy
    10 july 2016 14:21:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has condemned the murder of another Nigerian in Italy, Emmanuel Chidi Nnamdi. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army troops kill 16 Boko Haram terrorists
    10 july 2016 07:08:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army says its troops in the northeastern State of Borno killed a total of 16 Boko Haram terrorists on Friday evening. Full text...

  • US: US diplomat visits Cameroon, Chad to strengthen cooperation on refugees
    09 july 2016 16:23:52
    New York, US (PANA) - US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, Ms. Anne Richard, will travel to Cameroon on 11-14 July and Chad 14-17 July, to strengthen international cooperation between US and the two African nations. Full text...

  • UN: UN condemns resurgence of violence in South Sudan
    08 july 2016 19:23:07
    New York, US (PANA) - As South Sudan prepares to mark its fifth anniversary of independence, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday expressed concern over the continuing violence in parts of the country and the resulting forced displacement of people, both internally and throughout the neighbouring region. Full text...

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