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  • Nigeria: Nigeria Army 'kills suspected female suicide bomber'
    12 september 2016 07:34:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says it has killed a suspected female suicide bomber carrying a Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device (PBIED) who was approaching a check point located at the northeastern Kara cattle market axis in Dikwa, Borno State. Full text...

  • Kenya: Three more arrested in connection with Mombasa women terror attack
    11 september 2016 19:58:57
    Mombasa, Kenya (PANA) - Police have positively identified two members of an all-women terror attack squad which attempted an attack at the Mombasa Central Police station on Sunday and made further arrests. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission extracts Machar, others from national park in DRC
    11 september 2016 17:45:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Acting on humanitarian grounds and at the request of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) has extracted hundreds of civilians from South Sudan, including the former Vice-President of South Sudan, Riek Machar, members of his family and aides from a national park in the DRC. Full text...

  • Kenya: All women terror attack squad gunned down in Mombasa
    11 september 2016 14:52:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A terror attack by three knife-wielding women attackers ended at the Central Police station in Mombasa on Sunday, when the Police gunned down all the attackers, the local media reported. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian New Year starts with national calls for peace, stability
    11 september 2016 09:10:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome has urged his compatriots to stand for peace and stability, stressing that peace is the basis on which the country can sustain its ongoing development programmes. Full text...

  • Libya: IOM carries out first humanitarian repatriation flight from southern Libya
    11 september 2016 05:23:16
    Sabha, Libya (PANA) - The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says it has organized its first humanitarian repatriation charter flight from southern Libya. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Joint force destroys 12 Boko Haram camps in Lake Chad Basin
    10 september 2016 19:04:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) says its land and air component has cleared 12 identified Boko Haram camps and hideouts in the Lake Chad Basin. Full text...

  • US: US gives nearly US$37 million additional education funding to UNHCR
    10 september 2016 04:43:48
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States on Friday announced a contribution of nearly US$37 million of humanitarian assistance toward the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support critical education gaps for refugees in 16 countries. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR concerned over basic services, security in former Boko Haram stronghold
    09 september 2016 22:29:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday expressed concern over basic services and security in a territory formerly controlled by Boko Haram insurgents, as hundreds of internally displaced people are returning to their devastated villages and towns in the north-eastern state of Borno, recently liberated by the Nigerian armed forces. Full text...

  • UN: UN releases US$7 million to strengthen protection of IDPs in Somalia
    09 september 2016 18:11:42
    New York, US (PANA) - To strengthen protection services to internally displaced people in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the UN Humanitarian Fund for Somalia has released US$7 million to scale up life-saving and life sustaining assistance. Full text...

  • UN: UN troop-contributing countries adopt new peacekeeping initiatives
    09 september 2016 16:21:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Countries contributing troops and police to UN peacekeeping missions have adopted a communique that focuses on ways to improve the planning of peacekeeping operations, implement the pledges of support made by countries, and enhance the performance of troops on the ground. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO report says adult education vital to communities well-being
    08 september 2016 18:31:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Adult learning and education can improve health and well-being, employment opportunities and develop local communities, a new report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda's adult literacy rate reaches 86 percent
    08 september 2016 18:21:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's adult literacy rate has increased to 86 percent of the population in 2016, but illiterate people in rural areas still prefer to devote more of their spare time to productive activities rather than attending literacy classes, according to an official report made available to PANA here on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari urges Nigerians to shun corruption
    08 september 2016 17:23:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday launched 'Change Begins with Me' national re-orientation campaign aimed at sanitising the Nigerian society through citizens' attitudinal change. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns police officers in Ghana for assaulting, detaining journalist
    08 september 2016 16:59:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has condemned police officers in Ghana for assaulting and detaining journalist Fred Sarpong of Daily Express newspaper, for taking pictures of a policeman who was allegedly receiving bribe from a bus driver. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa braces for visit by controversial US pastor
    08 september 2016 16:40:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There are deep divisions over next week’s planned visit to South Africa by racist and homophobic American preacher Steven Anderson. Full text...

  • UN: UN member states agree to ban cluster bombs by 2030
    08 september 2016 16:32:11
    New York, US (PANA) - State Parties to the UN-backed treaty banning cluster bombs have agreed on a target to complete by 2030 the clearance of explosive remnants of war that kill large numbers of civilians. Full text...

  • UN: UN concerned at harassment of civil society groups in South Sudan
    08 september 2016 14:41:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Thursday expressed concern at reports of harassment and intimidation against some civil society members who met with a UN Security Council delegation which recently visited the country. Full text...

  • US: 'Reject bigotry, build bridges across communities' – UN chief
    08 september 2016 09:13:39
    New York, US (PANA) - Describing religious intolerance as one of the greatest global threats, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the world to join together for peaceful coexistence and a life of dignity for all. Full text...

  • UK: Niger peacekeeper presented with inaugural UN Military Gender Advocate Award
    08 september 2016 08:57:31
    London, UK (PANA) - A former United Nations peacekeeper from Niger has been presented with the inaugural UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award for her work in integrating gender perspectives into peacekeeping activities while serving in Mali. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tutu recovers after surgery in South Africa
    07 september 2016 19:01:41
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African liberation here Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is recovering at a Cape Town hospital after undergoing surgery on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks governments, private sector on universal literacy
    07 september 2016 18:26:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking International Literacy Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called on governments and their partners, including in the private sector, to join forces for universal literacy and build peaceful, just, inclusive and sustainable societies. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese celebrate implementation of Doha peace deal for Darfur
    07 september 2016 17:49:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Chad, Central African Republic and Qatar heads of state were among leaders who attended a gathering in Darfur on Wednesday at which Sudanese President Omar Bashir declared a general amnesty to all rebels holding arms against his government. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian minister stresses role of education in poverty eradication
    07 september 2016 17:29:06
    Flic-en Flac, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Education and Human Resources Minister Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun on Wednesday said that providing education is a social enterprise and, “indeed, without education we cannot envisage the eradication of absolute poverty and achieving the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.” Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's security agencies ask for postponement of governorship election in Niger Delta
    07 september 2016 16:28:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – In a rare joint public statement, the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services (the nation’s security police) have warned of attacks by “insurgents” and other extremist elements in the run-up to next week’s Muslim celebrations. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF report says 28 million children uprooted by conflicts
    07 september 2016 14:20:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Millions of children driven from their homes due to violence and conflict or in the hopes of finding a better and safer future face further dangers along the way, including the risk of drowning on sea crossings, malnourishment and dehydration, trafficking, kidnapping, rape and even murder, a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief urges collective global action to protect vulnerable populations
    07 september 2016 14:05:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson says collective global action is needed to overcome barriers to implementation of governments' legal commitments to protect populations from atrocity crimes, which is known as "Responsibility to Protect" or R2P. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkinabe public media journalists embark on one-day strike
    07 september 2016 12:31:19
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Journalists in Burkina public on Wednesday embarked on a one-day strike to demand better working and living conditions. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Conflict continues to drive displacement in South Sudan - IOM
    07 september 2016 11:01:27
    Juba, South Sudan PANA) - The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says fighting between armed groups across parts of South Sudan continues to drive displacement, including in areas that had been relatively stable since the crisis broke out in December 2013. Full text...

  • US: UNESCO stresses 'greater headway' in education
    07 september 2016 10:45:37
    New York, US (PANA) - There is an urgent need for greater headway in education without which, on current trends, the world will be half a century late for achieving the education-related goals contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to a new United Nations-backed independent report. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army says eight top Boko Haram, Niger Delta militants arrested
    07 september 2016 10:19:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Wednesday announced the arrest of Muhammed Bulama, one Boko Haram's top commanders who was declared wanted last year. Bulama is number 105 suspect on the wanted terrorists list released by the military last year. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian armed forces warn militants on threat to Niger Delta residents
    06 september 2016 15:59:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Defence Headquarters, comprising the Army, Air Force, and Navy, on Tuesday warned militant groups in the Niger Delta region against "fanning the embers of war", saying that they would not allow them to pose a threat to peaceful coexistence of Nigerians living in the region. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNESCO, African rights court fight crimes against journalists
    06 september 2016 13:37:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The rate of impunity for crimes against journalists remains extremely high worldwide, according to UNESCO figures, which show that since 2006, fewer than 7 percent of these crimes have been brought to justice. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Four soldiers die as their gunboat capsizes in Niger Delta
    06 september 2016 09:17:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army said on Tuesday that four of its soldiers taking part in the military exercise code named “Operation Crocodile Smiles” in the troubled Niger Delta region were drowned after their gunboat capsized along Brass waterways, in Brass Local Government area of Bayelsa State. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council concludes three-day visit to South Sudan
    05 september 2016 22:49:17
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council members have concluded a three-day visit to South Sudan on Monday by reaffirming its support for peace in South Sudan and reiterated its calls to the government to fulfill commitments announced in a joint communique. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed treaty aims to set target date for cluster bomb abolition
    05 september 2016 21:08:51
    New York, US (PANA) - An annual meeting of State Parties to the UN-backed treaty banning cluster bombs opened in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, with a call to set a target date to achieve a world free of these explosive remnants of war that kill large numbers of civilians. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian government rejects call for fuel price hike
    05 september 2016 19:13:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government Monday said it will not increase the pump price of petroleum products despite a demand by the forum of former Group Managing Directors of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that it should do so. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS ministers meet in Abuja over illicit drug trafficking
    05 september 2016 18:57:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Commending efforts made by partner countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to address illicit drug trafficking, organised crime and drug abuse in the sub-region, Nigerian Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami on Monday reiterated his country's commitment to fight the menace. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Militant group orders residents to evacuate areas around oil, gas facilities
    05 september 2016 16:16:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Niger Delta militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM), has warned residents around major oil and gas facilities across the region to evacuate with immediate effect in order not to end up as casualties of militancy. Full text...

  • UN: South Sudan accepts deployment of regional protection force
    05 september 2016 15:45:31
    New York, US (PANA) - South Sudan's government has accepted the deployment of a 4,000-strong regional protection force recently mandated by the UN Security Council, in addition to about 12,000 UN peacekeepers already serving in the African nation. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief says charity 'best investments for common future'
    05 september 2016 15:32:55
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said that, charity is one of the best investments that could be made in our common future, noting that the world is now seeing the dramatic rise of philanthropy in developing countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Air Force to deploy more personnel, combat aircraft to Niger Delta
    05 september 2016 09:41:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is to deploy more personnel to the troubled Niger Delta region to combat militancy in the area that is costing Nigeria huge losses in oil revenue. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Man arrested for threatening Ukrainian Ambassador in Nigeria
    05 september 2016 06:26:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Department of Security Services (DSS) on Sunday announced the arrest of a man in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, for sending “several” messages to the Ukrainian Ambassador threatening him. Full text...

  • UN: UN report urges Somalia to ensure freedom of expression
    04 september 2016 19:42:47
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN report on freedom of expression in Somalia released on Sunday has noted progress in state-building in Somalia, but showed the very challenging environment that continues to confront journalists, human rights defenders and political leaders, including numerous killings, arrests, intimidation and closure of critical media outlets. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council members meet IDPs in South Sudan
    04 september 2016 06:00:51
    New York, US (PANA) - On the second day of its visit to South Sudan, a delegation from the UN Security Council on Saturday met with displaced people living in camps, known as "protection of civilians sites", seeing first-hand the human consequences of the failure of political leaders to bring peace to their country. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert tasks Mozambique on crimes against persons with albinism
    02 september 2016 17:21:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Ms. Ikponwosa Ero, on Friday said that despite all the success in tackling crimes against persons with albinism in Mozambique, their situation remains precarious as the authorities have yet to identify and arrest the masterminds behind such crimes. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council members to assess situation in South Sudan
    02 september 2016 16:44:27
    New York, US (PANA) - A delegation of the UN Security Council is due in South Sudan next week to see firsthand the challenges facing people after the Council approved deployment of Full text...

  • Rwanda: 'Effective regional collaboration in Africa bolsters international security'
    02 september 2016 10:43:25
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The Head of INTERPOL has said that effective regional efforts in Eastern Africa against transnational crime and terrorism underpin security across Africa and beyond, boosted by INTERPOL’s global reach. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Air Force says it has 'successfully attacked' Boko Haram camp
    02 september 2016 09:52:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has "successfully attacked" a Boko Haram camp at Tumbun Rego, in northern Borno State, where some wounded commanders of the notorious sect were believed to be receiving treatment. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army declares it has 'killed' Boko Haram leader Shekau, impersonator
    02 september 2016 07:44:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army has declared that it has killed the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, as well as his impersonator. Full text...

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