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  • Nigeria: Boko Haram terrorists kill another Nigerian Army nommander
    15 november 2016 19:09:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Nigerian Army commander was Tuesday killed by Boko Haram terrorists in northeastern Nigeria where the army has been battling to contain resurgent attacks by terrorists. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Gunmen kill 31 in northwestern Nigerian State of Kaduna
    15 november 2016 18:57:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – About 31 people were killed and several others injured as unknown gunmen attacked four communities in Kauru local government area of Kaduna State, North Western Nigeria, according to a state official. Full text...

  • UN: ICC prosecutor issues annual report on preliminary examinations
    15 november 2016 15:57:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, has issued her annual report on preliminary examination activities conducted in 2016, an ICC statement said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty Int'l tasks governments on strengthening justice
    15 november 2016 14:05:15
    New York, US ((PANA) - International human rights watchdog, Amnesty International (AI), on Tuesday urged governments to strengthen, rather than withdraw, from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam says Central African Republic cannot face another year abandoned
    15 november 2016 10:04:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Ahead of an international donor meeting in Brussels on Thursday, global humanitarian agency Oxfam has warned that the people of Central African Republic (CAR) cannot face another year of the present dire situation which has left half of the 4.8 million population in need of humanitarian assistance. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group says government officials coercing refugees back to Somalia
    15 november 2016 06:02:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International says just two weeks before the deadline given to close the Dadaab refugee camp, Kenyan government officials are deliberately coercing refugees to return to Somalia, where they risk being injured or killed in the ongoing armed conflict. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kigali hosts discussions on South-South cooperation
    14 november 2016 22:17:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The General Assembly of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) kicked off its 27th session Monday in Kigali with a focus on joint efforts to promote South-South cooperation by strengthening the African continent’s research capacity in a move to fasten innovation, creativity and youth employment across different sectors. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nine dead in clash between Muslim Shiite group, security agencies in northwestern Nigeria
    14 november 2016 20:00:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria Police on Monday confirmed the death of eight members of the Muslim Shiite sect and a policeman during a violent clash in an operation carried out jointly by the Nigeria Army and the Department of State Security (DSS) the northwestern city of Kano. Full text...

  • UN: NGOs to hold summit on human rights, democracy
    14 november 2016 16:18:31
    New York, US (PANA) - An international coalition of 25 human rights organizations will hold its 9th annual gathering of human rights dissidents on 21 February 2017 at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Zambia: Anti-Corruption Commission probes Ex-Information Minister
    14 november 2016 14:44:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday confirmed that it has instituted investigations against former Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili who was sacked by President Edgar Lungu last week. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese, Ugandan ruling parties discuss cooperation
    14 november 2016 12:29:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Talks began here on Monday between the ruling Sudanese National Congress Party (NCP) and its Ugandan counterpart, the National Resistance Movement (NRM), to discuss political cooperation between the two, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Rwanda: AU, EU disagree on mode of payment for Burundian peacekeepers
    13 november 2016 19:37:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) have disagreed on how to pay salaries of Burundian peacekeepers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) following sanctions slapped on Burundi. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Two genocide suspects deported to Rwanda from Netherlands
    13 november 2016 18:31:28
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Two genocide suspects deported from the Netherlands late on Saturday night appeared before the judiciary police in Kigali on Sunday, after spending their first night in jail, charged with “crimes against humanity” for their role in the genocide against Tutsis in 1994. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military says no ransom was paid for release of 21 Chibok girls
    12 november 2016 18:31:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military on Saturday said no ransom was paid for last month's release of 21 abducted school girls from Chibok Girls Secondary School. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Rights group says 30,000 people left homeless in Lagos after fire, demolitions
    12 november 2016 16:12:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International has lashed out at the Lagos State authorities in Nigeria for fire and demolitions at a shanty town that left some 30,000 homeless. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU provides assistance to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, Sudan
    12 november 2016 12:45:33
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Commission will provide 78 million euro in emergency aid to help those affected by the South Sudan crisis within the country and in the region, the European Union Commission said in a press release published by the United Nations Relief web. Full text...

  • Somalia: Displacement continues amid recurrent clashes in north-central Somalia – UN
    12 november 2016 06:22:10
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Nearly 90,000 people in the city of Gaalkacyo, Somalia, remain displaced due to increased tensions and the recurrent clashes between forces allied to Galmudug on the one hand and Puntland administrations on the other hand, according to an update from the UN relief wing. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African province counts the cost of massive storm
    12 november 2016 05:20:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Parts of Gauteng, South Africa’s most populated province, will be declared disaster areas following massive flash floods that have left several people dead. Full text...

  • CAR: Rights group says EU donors must prioritise accountability
    11 november 2016 15:02:36
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - European Union (EU) member states and all donors attending the Brussels Conference for the Central African Republic (CAR) on 17 November must take concrete steps to end impunity in the country, as a deteriorating security situation threatens to plunge the country into yet more deadly violence, Amnesty International said today. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military denies use of mercenaries in fight against Boko Haram
    11 november 2016 14:47:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has described as “mischievous and unfounded" a media report that the military would fight the war against the Boko Haram terrorists with foreign mercenaries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army kills three female Boko Haram suicide bombers
    11 november 2016 14:37:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Army troops on Friday shot and killed three women with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped on their bodies when they attempted to invade Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta criticised for pulling out peacekeepers from South Sudan
    11 november 2016 14:25:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Friday that the decision by President Uhuru Kenyatta to withdraw troops from the UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan was unilateral and would threaten regional security. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian government sets up panel to stop violence in Niger Delta
    11 november 2016 13:53:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government has set up a committee, the Niger Delta Riverine Protection Programme, to come up with solutions to the bombing of pipelines and proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • UN: Senior UN police officers brief Security Council on challenges
    11 november 2016 05:49:07
    New York, US (PANA) – Police chiefs from United Nations missions on Thursday highlighted the work of their respective units and informed the Security Council members during a briefing of the challenges their officers face the ground. Full text...

  • US: UN allocates US$12 million in humanitarian funding to support CAR
    11 november 2016 05:37:18
    New York, US (PANA) – A senior United Nations relief official has announced the release of US$12 million from the Humanitarian Fund in Central African Republic (CAR) for 26 projects for national and international non-governmental organizations and UN agencies in the sub-Saharan country. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed protocol on forced labour comes into force
    10 november 2016 19:02:19
    New York, US (PANA) - An international protocol on forced labour has entered into force, a major milestone in the fight to end the practice, which the UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates victimizes 21 million people worldwide. Full text...

  • Nigeria: New militant group wants oil companies to quit Niger Delta region in seven days
    10 november 2016 18:53:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A new militant group, Adaka Boro Avengers, on Thursday gave oil companies in Nigeria's Niger Delta a seven days ultimatum to vacate the region or be ready for “total calamity” on staff and oil installations. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu congratulates US President-elect Trump
    10 november 2016 16:20:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has congratulated President-elect Donald Trump of the United States saying that the outcome of the November 8 election "reflects the trust and confidence the American people have reposed in Trump to lead the country towards major transformation in the social, economic and political discourse" as articulated in his campaign. Full text...

  • Mauritania: 'Appeal court must quash unfair sentences and free 13 anti-slavery activists'
    10 november 2016 11:47:02
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania’s appeals court must quash jail terms of up to 15 years handed down to 13 anti-slavery activists and release them from prison immediately, Amnesty International has said ahead of their hearing next Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Schooling initiative brings change to former child soldiers
    10 november 2016 11:38:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Former child soldiers and armed combatants from South Sudan and Uganda have benefitted from a new initiative aimed at improving education and peace in the two countries, officials spearheading the initiative said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan troops arrive home after South Sudan pullout
    10 november 2016 10:45:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The first batch of Kenyan troops arrived home from Sudan on Wednesday following the government's decision to pull out its 1,000-strong contingent serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the military said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: New office of Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals opens in Tanzania
    10 november 2016 09:22:43
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The opening of new premises of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) in Arusha, Tanzania, will take place in less than three weeks, MICT President Theodor Meron has announced. Full text...

  • US: ICC aims to make Libya a priority for next year, says Prosecutor
    10 november 2016 05:53:32
    New York, US (PANA) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) will make the situation in Libya a priority in 2017, its prosecutor said on Wednesday in New York, citing the widespread violence, lawlessness and impunity in the country and the tragic consequences of the conflict borne by civilians. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria to partner with Ukraine in military technology, equipment
    09 november 2016 17:47:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Military on Wednesday expressed its readiness to partner with the Ukrainian government in the areas of military technology and equipment. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy stresses need for Burundi to resolve differences
    09 november 2016 17:15:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General for Conflict Prevention, Jamal Benomar, on Wednesday said that the international community and the Government of Burundi would find a common ground for implementing the UN Security Council resolution that proposes the deployment of unarmed UN police officers through continued dialogue. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Rights group says it is time to address grave human rights concerns in Ethiopia
    09 november 2016 16:56:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Nearly one year on from the start of a wave of protests that has left at least 800 people dead at the hands of security forces, human rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday asked the Ethiopian government to take concrete steps to address grave human rights concerns in the country. Full text...

  • France: INTERPOL members endorse expansion of I-Checkit to maritime sector
    09 november 2016 12:12:12
    Lyon, France (PANA) - INTERPOL’s General Assembly has endorsed the expansion of its I-Checkit programme to the maritime industry as part of efforts to enhance border security and passenger screening. Full text...

  • France: Biometric data on terrorists needed to activate global tripwire - INTERPOL
    09 november 2016 11:32:26
    Lyon, France (PANA) - The lack of biometric data being shared on terrorists at the international level is creating a dangerous security gap for exploitation by returning foreign terrorist fighters. Full text...

  • US: Ban condemns attack against UN peacekeepers in DR Congo
    09 november 2016 05:08:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Tuesday's attack against peacekeepers of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), which resulted in the death of one Congolese girl and injuries to 32 ‘blue helmets’. Full text...

  • UN: 'New direct funding available for low- and middle-income countries to regulate tobacco'
    08 november 2016 22:39:32
    New York, US (PANA) - New funding is now available to support tobacco control implementation for low and middle income countries through the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) , currently the strongest global instrument to control tobacco. a UN statement said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN says explosion in Goma kill one civilians, injured peacekeepers
    08 november 2016 22:08:08
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has confirmed that an explosion in Goma killed a girl and wounded 32 Indian peacekeepers, five of whom are in serious condition. Full text...

  • South Africa: African countries urged to turn tide on violence against albinos
    08 november 2016 17:04:18
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - A United Nations high level Meeting on people with albinism in Africa which is taking place in Pretoria, South Africa, is a crucial opportunity to end discrimination and violence against people with albinism across the continent, according to Amnesty International. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu fires Information minister
    08 november 2016 16:03:07
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has with immediate effect sacked Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili who was also Ccief government spokesperson. Full text...

  • Botswana: Lack of funding cripples UB Foundation’s endeavours
    08 november 2016 09:32:39
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The University of Botswana Foundation (UBF) has put out a begging bowl, calling on alumni students to support fund-raising for graduate scholarships at the institution. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army says it has released 1,271 Boko Haram detainees
    08 november 2016 08:12:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army says it had so far released about 1,271 detainees after clearing them of any link with the Boko Haram terrorists group. Full text...

  • Nigeria: One soldier dead as Nigerian Army kills 13 Boko Haram terrorists
    08 november 2016 08:06:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says it killed a total of 13 Boko Haram terrorists during a counter-attack organised by its troops in Kangarwa, Kukawa Local Government Area of Northern Borno State, North Eastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: Two Malians, one UN peacekeeper killed in northern Mali
    07 november 2016 16:17:21
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the deadly attack on Sunday in northern Mali that claimed the lives of two Malian civilians and one peacekeeper from Togo while injuring seven others. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Report shows gaps in promoting independent regulatory system among Rwandan media
    07 november 2016 15:40:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The 2016 edition of Rwanda Media Barometer (RMB), released Monday by the Rwanda Government Board (RGB), indicates that training for media practitioners remains not yet satisfactory both in number and contents while the independent and transparent regulatory system in the media licensing is still limited, Full text...

  • France: INTERPOL General Assembly 'to set global roadmap for international policing'
    07 november 2016 11:26:50
    Lyon, France (PANA) - Identifying and meeting member countries’ security needs in the face of an ever-changing threat landscape is the focus of the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) General Assembly which opened in Bali, Indonesia, on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari salutes sacrifices of fallen heroes in Boko Haram fight
    07 november 2016 06:27:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says the sacrifices of fallen officers and men in the war against terrorism in Nigeria would never go in vain, and that their memories would be eternally etched in the hearts and minds of fellow citizens for whose sake they laid down their lives. Full text...

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