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  • Gambia: 'Charge or release family members of alleged failed coup plotters'
    21 january 2015 13:17:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian authorities should either charge or release family members of people suspected to be involved in December’s alleged failed coup, and grant them immediate access to lawyers, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 1m people flee their homes because of Boko Haram, says IOM
    21 january 2015 12:13:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the acts of violence perpetrated by Nigeria's terror group Boko Haram have forced at least one million people to flee their homes. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma in Davos for WEF meeting
    21 january 2015 08:41:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting, in which South Africa will promote the National Development Plan (NDP) which is designed to enhance inclusive growth and development. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief agencies ramp up aid efforts to flood-hit Southern Africa countries
    21 january 2015 07:43:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UN relief agencies are scaling up relief efforts to assist those affected and displaced by worsening floods in the southern African countries of Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar, according to Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official in CAR seeks release of kidnapped aid worker
    21 january 2015 07:37:08
    New York, US (PANA) - UN interim Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic (CAR) Mohamed Malick Fall has strongly condemned the abduction of a French aid worker by unknown people and called for her immediate release. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes transfer to ICC of LRA rebel commander
    21 january 2015 07:30:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the transfer to the Full text...

  • Sudan: DRA not affected by developments within LJM
    20 january 2015 22:32:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) has stated that its institutions will not be affected by the current differences within the ranks of the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) from which the DRA was formed. Full text...

  • Sudan: FM expects replacement for deported UN representative
    20 january 2015 22:23:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan says it will continue cooperating with the United Nations in accordance with international norms and conventions. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNICEF calls for end to Sudan conflict
    20 january 2015 22:16:28
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA) - The UN has expressed “grave concern” that children are increasingly becoming victims in the recent spike in conflict in areas around Jebel Mara in Central and North Darfur States. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission in DRC deplores loss of life as police, protesters clash in Kinshasa
    20 january 2015 20:54:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Martin Kobler, head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), on Tuesday condemned the deaths and injuries that occurred when protests turned violent on Monday in the country’s capital, Kinshasa. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says children suffering from Boko Haram activities in northern Nigeria
    20 january 2015 20:49:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday said women and children make up the vast majority of the latest wave of refugees fleeing violence in northern Nigeria, noting that, it is continuing its efforts to provide basic assistance, including safe water, nutrition, health, education and protection services to affected children in the region. Full text...

  • UN: LRA rebel commander transferred ICC's custody
    20 january 2015 18:32:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Alleged Commander of Sinia Brigade of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels, Dominic Ongwen, has been transferred to the detention centre of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, the Court said Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: ICC prosecutor expresses concern on large-scale abuses in north-eastern Nigeria
    20 january 2015 17:55:12
    New York,US (PANA) - International Criminal Court's prosecutor, Ms. Fatou Bensouda, Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in CAR captures militia leader in high-profile arrest
    20 january 2015 17:47:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic (CAR) Full text...

  • Tanzania: UN welcomes Somalia's ratification of children’s rights treaty
    20 january 2015 17:29:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN on Tuesday applauded Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a move regarded as an “important step” towards protecting and promoting the rights of all children in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation and an explicit commitment towards improving the lives of its youngest citizens. Full text...

  • Niger: ECOWAS foreign ministers discuss security situation in Nigeria
    20 january 2015 17:09:24
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Security in Nigeria was the main agenda of the conference held here Tuesday by Foreign Affairs Ministers from member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), top officials of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and representatives of international organizations. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Trade union hails cancellation of Ouagadougou airport privatization
    20 january 2015 15:39:17
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso civil aviation workers union on Tuesday welcomed the transitional government's decision to cancel a decision taken by the ousted regime to privatize Ouagadougou international airport, and warned future authorities against reactivation of that decision. Full text...

  • Mauritania: EU worried over imprisonment of anti-slavery activists
    20 january 2015 14:47:54
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The European Union (EU) delegation in Nouakchott has expressed concern over the imposition of heavy jail sentences on several anti-slavery activists by Mauritanian courts, it said in a press statement here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI wants Europe to act following US torture report
    20 january 2015 14:31:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) Tuesday released a briefing paper, saying that European governments that cooperated with the CIA’s secret detention, interrogation, and torture operations as part of USA’s global “war on terror” must act urgently to bring those responsible to justice following a US Senate report containing new details. Full text...

  • Libya: Warring parties violate ceasefire, resume fighting in Eastern Libya
    20 january 2015 12:56:46
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – The ceasefire announced by the warring parties in Libya, in support of the Geneva inter-Libyan peace talks, has been violated as fighting resumed between the Libyan soldiers and the Islamist militias. Full text...

  • Tunisia: UN welcomes deployment of Chadian troops in Cameroon
    20 january 2015 12:43:34
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Abdoulaye Bathily, the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), in Libreville, Gabon, has commended Chad for deciding to deploy forces to Cameroon to take part in the war against Boko Haram. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council strongly condemns escalating Boko Haram attacks
    20 january 2015 09:08:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the recent escalation in attacks by Nigeria's terror group Boko Haram, and expressed its deep concern that the activities of the group are undermining peace and stability in the West and Central African region. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief says development, security, human rights linked to post-2015 agenda
    19 january 2015 22:02:21
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that the UN is built around the three pillars of peace and security, development and human rights, stressing the need to pay attention to their interdependence. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy urges more regional response to combat Boko Haram
    19 january 2015 20:25:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama seeks international help to arm multi-national force to fight Boko Haram
    19 january 2015 20:01:56
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - Ghana's President John Mahama on Monday took his campaign for a multinational force to fight the terrorist group Boko Haram one step higher when he asked for Germany's help for the military force to end its atrocities. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI says arrest of Ugandan LRA militia leader a step towards justice
    19 january 2015 16:44:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) has described the arrest and impending transfer of Ugandan militia leader, Dominic Ongwen, to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a step towards justice for the victims who have suffered brutality in Uganda. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body hails LRA commander's impending transfer to ICC
    19 january 2015 15:53:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The impending transfer of Dominic Ongwen, alleged former commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), to the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a step towards justice for the victims who have suffered brutality at the hands of the LRA", Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • UK: Think Security Africa says structural challenges reaching crisis point in Africa
    19 january 2015 13:37:25
    London, UK (PANA) - The latest report from Think Security Africa, released Monday as the organisation’s fifth annual review on security in Africa, has said that changes in Africa’s security situation between 2013 and 2014 were in three main categories. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Knowledge and innovation for Africa’s structural transformation (Viewpoint by Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice-President at the African Development Bank)
    19 january 2015 11:57:52
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The African economy has experienced a notable trend break in recent years – the “average” story is now no longer that of abject poverty and escalating conflict, but rather of how best to attract investment, including in new technologies, to buttress growth and sustain and share its benefits with the population. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria addresses global terror threat
    19 january 2015 10:01:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African government has noted with concern recent terror attacks across the world and their impact on humanitarian and security institutions. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam says world's 1% richest will own more than all the rest by 2016
    19 january 2015 09:55:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The combined wealth of the world's richest 1 percent will overtake that of the other 99 percent of people next year, unless the current trend of rising inequality is checked, Oxfam warned Monday ahead of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy scribe stresses inter-faith understanding
    18 january 2015 22:04:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Sunday stressed the importance of improving understanding among faith-based communities in order to foster peaceful co-existence and unity. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Community Court promises better welfare for staff
    18 january 2015 12:55:53
    Calabar, Nigeria (PANA) - The new management of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has pledged a new era during which staff welfare will enjoy a “high premium” in order to create an environment conducive to the realisation of the regional court's objectives. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Think Tank fault planned census
    18 january 2015 10:40:29
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - A Sierra Leonean Think Tank has faulted the upcoming housing and population census in the country on the basis of inaccurate data by Statistics Sierra Leone (SSL). Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission in Mali records another attack on peacekeepers
    17 january 2015 20:01:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on Saturday condemned, in the strongest terms, a terrorist attack on the Mission's base in the town of Kidal, which killed a Chadian peacekeeper and wounded another. Full text...

  • Libya: Human rights commission warns against declining humanitarian conditions in Libya
    17 january 2015 13:28:21
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan national human rights commission on Saturday warned against the consequences of the continuous deterioration of the humanitarian situation in some Libyan cities following the fresh outbreak of armed clashes over the past few weeks. Full text...

  • South Africa: Family squabbles mar Mandela's legacy (Feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent)
    17 january 2015 06:00:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – More than a year after global statesman Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in his birthplace of Qunu in the Eastern Cape, South Africa’s liberation hero remains in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights envoy urges action to protect children in Nigeria's northeast
    16 january 2015 22:52:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Leila Zerrougui, says children growing up in Nigeria’s crisis-riven northeast are in desperate need of protection from "relentless violence". Full text...

  • Tunisia: Italian navy rescues 778 ilegal migrants in 24 hours
    16 january 2015 22:20:54
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Italian navy has rescued 778 illegal migrants off the Mediterranean coasts in several operations carried out over the past 24 hours, Italian authorities said on Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Thousands march against new Charlie Hebdo cartoon
    16 january 2015 21:11:44
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Thousands of Mauritanians on Friday marched in the capital, Nouakchott, "to denounce the blasphemous cartoons against the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad" published on Wednesday by the French satirical weekly "Charlie Hebdo". Full text...

  • Cameroon: Contingent of Chadian army expected in Cameroon
    16 january 2015 20:50:33
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - A contingent of Chadian armed forces is expected shortly in Cameroon to support the country in the fight against the Nigerian Islamist sect, Boko Haram, according to the Cameroonian Minister of Communication, Issa Bakary Tchiroma. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Nine bodies removed off Libyan coast
    16 january 2015 20:38:45
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Coast guards of the city of Zliten in Libya have removed nine bodies of migrants and saved 27 others whose boat capsized off the coast near the city. Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama urges African states to synchronize strategies against terrorism
    16 january 2015 19:51:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president John Dramani Mahama on Friday called for the synchronization of strategies in Africa to fight terrorism and other atrocities. Full text...

  • Tanzania: MONUSCO chief voices ‘full solidarity’ as DR Congo battles armed groups
    16 january 2015 17:43:55
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The chief of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), Martin Kobler, has expressed ‘full solidarity’ and support for the country’s government as it continues in its fight against armed groups operating on its territory. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Upsurge in Libya fighting triggers new displacement
    16 january 2015 15:17:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - An upsurge in fighting since the start of the year across several towns and cities in eastern Libya, including the city of Benghazi, has sparked more displacement, the UN refugee agency said Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR raises concern over refugees returning to Nigeria from Niger
    16 january 2015 15:09:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN refugee agency Friday said it was very concerned about the fate of hundreds of refugees who returned to Nigeria from Niger on 14 January during a joint operation organized by the Government of the north eastern Borno State in Nigeria and the authorities in Niger. Full text...

  • Sudan: Anti-Charlie Hebdo demonstration staged in Sudan
    16 january 2015 15:01:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – An estimated 500 Sudanese Muslims Friday demanded the expulsion of the French ambassador to the Sudan in protest against what they termed as the French government allowing the French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, republish cartoons they consider anti-Islamic and defamatory to Prophet Mohammed. Full text...

  • Kenya: AI demands release of Mauritanian presidential candidate
    16 january 2015 14:08:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Mauritanian authorities must release three activists - including a prominent opposition politician - jailed Friday for holding anti-slavery rallies, Amnesty International said late Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. urges int'l community to help oust extremists from Tripoli
    16 january 2015 12:42:36
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government has asked the international community to assist it in ousting, from Tripoli, the extremist groups who have seized the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Amnesty demands release of jailed activists
    16 january 2015 10:14:56
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Amnesty International has called on the Mauritanian authorities to release three activists, including a prominent opposition politician, who were jailed Thursday for holding anti-slavery rallies. Full text...

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