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  • Malta: EU steps up measures to stabilise Libya, support Govt of National Accord
    03 february 2017 17:02:28
    Valletta, Malta (PANA) – European Union (EU)leaders declared on Friday that efforts to stabilise Libya are now more important than ever, and affirmed the bloc’s determination to do its utmost to contribute to that objective. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya, Italy sign deal to stop illegal migration
    03 february 2017 13:46:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya and Italy on Friday signed an agreement designed to end illegal migration across their frontiers, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Netherlands: ICC decides to hear Kenya-Somalia case on maritime delimitation
    03 february 2017 07:04:53
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Court of Justice – the principal judicial organ of the United Nations – has issued a verdict, admitting an application submitted by Somalia, over the maritime delimitation between it and Kenya in the Indian Ocean. Full text...

  • US: World must ensure youth engagement at all levels, UN Forum hears
    03 february 2017 06:51:42
    New York, US (PANA) - A United Nations forum has heard an outpouring of optimism and strong belief in collective action by youths and UN Member States for people, planet, peace and shared prosperity. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies task EU on saving migrants, refugees' lives
    02 february 2017 19:46:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of a meeting of the European Council, the UN refugee and migration agencies have called on European leaders to take "decisive action" to save lives of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea along its central route in hopes of a better future. Full text...

  • UN: UN official urges more funding to stave off famine in Somalia
    02 february 2017 19:36:44
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Peter de Clercq, on Thursday warned that without a massive and urgent scale up of funding and humanitarian assistance in the coming weeks, famine could soon be a reality in some of the worst drought-affected areas in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army arrest 3,332 Boko Haram suspects, 26 foreigners
    02 february 2017 18:58:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A total of 3,332 suspected Boko Haram terrorists and 26 foreigners have been arrested by the Nigerian Army in January, during mop-up operations in Nigeria's north-east region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Troops kill 41 Boko Haram terrorists, lost 3 soldiers
    02 february 2017 18:16:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Thursday said its troops killed 41 Boko Haram terrorists and lost three soliders, in clearance operations in Nigeria's north-east Borno State. Full text...

  • Zambia: Govt urged to prioritize national referendum to adopt Zambia's Bill of Rights
    02 february 2017 17:25:22
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia's Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has expressed dismay and disappointment with President Edgar Lungu's recent pronouncement in Ethiopia that the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) government is not in a hurry to facilitate a national referendum to adopt the new Bill of Rights. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU to close down irregular routes used by migrants from Libya to Europe
    02 february 2017 17:18:27
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Affirming the European Union’s determination to close down irregular routes of migration, EU President Donald Tusk on Thursday told Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj “now it is time to close down the route from Libya to Italy.” Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia halts extension of conditional work permits for expatriates
    02 february 2017 16:41:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian government has suspended extension of conditional work permits for expatriates until the system is reorganised to eliminate abuse. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU condoles DRC on Tshisekedi's passing
    02 february 2017 16:32:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Thursday expressed her “deep sadness” following the death of Étienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, leader of Union for Democracy and Social Progress Party (UDPS) of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Libya: 'Violence in Libya killed 16, injured 12 civilians in January, 2017'
    02 february 2017 13:07:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Violence across Libya claimed the lives of 16 persons and left 12 others injured in January, according to the monthly report of the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL) which was issued on Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya's al-Sarraj reaffirms efforts to unify Libyan army
    02 february 2017 11:37:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The chairman of the Libyan presidential council, Fayez al-Sarraj, has said that the government of national accord was working to unify Libyan military institutions and find consensus to form a unique institution operating under its political supervision. Full text...

  • Botswana: Civil servants tasked to diligently roll out empowerment programmes
    02 february 2017 10:50:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s government has challenged public employees to proactively improve administration efficiency of empowerment programmes. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges US to lift immigration, refugee ban
    01 february 2017 20:33:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Reacting to the recent suspension by the US of its longstanding refugee programme, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on Wednesday said resettlement was "the only possible solution" for people fleeing conflict and persecution, and that the US policy, which bars entry of Syrians into the country, "should be removed sooner rather than later." Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID welcomes JEM’s command order prohibiting recruitment of child soldiers
    01 february 2017 19:28:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) on Wednesday welcomed the renewed Command Order issued by the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) of Darfur on 25 January 2017, prohibiting the recruitment and use of children in its ranks, along with other violations against children. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy condemns attack on UN team near Nigeria-Cameroon border
    01 february 2017 18:31:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning an attack against a UN monitoring team near the Nigeria-Cameroon border that resulted in the death of five persons, the UN envoy for West Africa and the Sahel region, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, on Wednesday called on both countries to take swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI decries arrest of anti-corruption activist in Sierra Leone
    01 february 2017 17:34:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday decried the arrest and detention of Abdul Fatorma, anti-corruption activist in Sierra Leone, saying it has stifled freedom of expression. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights experts say US travel ban 'breach on human rights'
    01 february 2017 17:27:24
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of UN human rights experts on Wednesday said US President Donald Trump's Executive Order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and a halt of US refugee programme was a breach of the country's human rights commitments. Full text...

  • CAR: UN fund allocates US$6 million to help thousands in violence-hit parts of CAR
    01 february 2017 09:10:16
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - The top United Nations relief official on Tuesday approved an allocation from the organization’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support response to assist the response to new emergencies triggered by a surge of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR)’s Kaga Bandoro, Bambari and Bria areas. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief says refugees needs protection
    31 january 2017 19:14:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday said refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are entitled to protection and care, and expressed concern at some decisions that have undermined the integrity of the international refugee protection regime. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali launches education for human rights project
    31 january 2017 16:58:40
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday in Bamako launched a joint project called "Education for human rights, citizenship and peace." Full text...

  • UN: Clashes in north-eastern South Sudan halt UN migration agency's work
    31 january 2017 16:50:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Thousands of people in need of aid in South Sudan's Upper Nile area will have to wait indefinitely, after fighting forced the UN International Organization for Migration's (IOM) to suspend humanitarian activities in the area. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF launches US$3.3 bln global appeal to assist millions of children
    31 january 2017 16:29:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Against the backdrop of ever increasing number of children driven from their homes due to conflict, disasters and climate change, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday launched a US$3.3 billion appeal to provide emergency assistance in 48 countries around the globe. Full text...

  • Kenya: Islamic body decries Trump US entry restriction order
    31 january 2017 16:22:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has expressed grave concern at the Executive Order signed by US President Donald Trump temporarily banning nationals of 7 OIC member states from the United States and excluding those holding valid visas and permanent residence cards from entry. Full text...

  • Ghana: Six kindergarten pupils killed in Ghana school building collapse
    31 january 2017 15:59:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Six kindergarten pupils in a village in Ghana's Central Region have died after their classroom block collapsed on them on Tuesday morning. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit lays ground for greater action on youth
    31 january 2017 15:05:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission has laid the ground for greater efforts to deal with youth unemployment and plans to appoint a special envoy for youth affairs this year to champion progress in the field, through initiatives that would lead to more jobs and better lives. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Suicide bomber, civilian dead in attempted attack at Maiduguri mosque
    31 january 2017 09:44:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Less than a month after a suicide bomber's attack in a mosque inside the University of Maiduguri, in northeast Nigeria, another suicide bomber attempted to attack another mosque on Tuesday morning at Dalori quarters, near the University. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit told to consider US President Trump refugee ban
    31 january 2017 07:28:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has been asked to consider a reaction to US President Donald Trump’s order to suspend the refugee status of several African immigrants, which has seen the deportation of dozens of Africans. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN agency ‘alarmed’ by uncertainty facing refugees after Trump executive order
    30 january 2017 21:10:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Monday said he is “deeply worried” by the uncertainty facing thousands of refugees around the world who are in the process of being resettled to the United States after the country suspended its refugee programme last week. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN mission in South Sudan ‘deeply concerned’ by clashes
    30 january 2017 20:50:51
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Amid an outbreak of violence in the South Sudanese city of Malakal, the United Nations mission in the country on Monday called on the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition to silence the guns. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks youth on better future for all
    30 january 2017 20:04:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Drawing attention challenges such as climate change, unemployment and inequality, confronting young people around the world, including in places where peace prevails, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for the youth to speak up and share their stories, in order to achieve a better future for all. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan plans new camps for South Sudanese refugees outside Khartoum
    30 january 2017 18:02:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Authorities in Sudan and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have agreed to set up camps outside Khartoum for accommodation of refugees from South Sudan in order to provide them the required humanitarian aid, the Police Information Office here said in a press statement on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN releases US$100 million for relief operations in Africa, North Korea
    30 january 2017 17:24:23
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday announced the release of US$100 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to sustain operations in nine "neglected crises" where levels of vulnerability are alarmingly high but funding remains critically low. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC executive begins assessment of regional logistic depot
    30 january 2017 17:17:49
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) executive has visited local authorities in Botswana’s Rasesa village where the bloc intends to build a regional logistic depot (RLD) for security forces. Full text...

  • US: Americans, others continue to protest Trump's immigration ban
    30 january 2017 17:09:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Thousands of protesters across the US have continued to stage rallies in cities to demonstrate their anger over President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Somalia and Sudan. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Police detain former Rwanda minister over favouritism allegations
    30 january 2017 11:45:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former Rwandan minister of State for Mining, Evode Imena, has been detained by police over allegations that he gave favours to his close friends to win mining contracts, a police source said on Monday in Kigali. Full text...

  • South Africa: Manager of popular Soweto restaurant shot dead
    30 january 2017 11:36:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Police have confirmed that the manager of a popular restaurant in South Africa’s most famous street was shot dead in a botched robbery in the early hours of Monday morning. Full text...

  • Rwanda: About 30 Congolese M23 rebels arrive in Rwanda
    30 january 2017 09:43:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A group of some 30 unarmed people claiming to be combatants of Congolese M23 rebel group crossed into Rwanda over the weekend through the Rwanda-DR Congo border, the Rwandan army said in a statement made available to PANA on Monday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Leaders arrive for AU Summit to discuss youth progress
    28 january 2017 19:00:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders are arriving in Addis Ababa, the venue of the 28th Heads of State Assembly, where the discussions about the future of the African youth is expected to take place amid concerns the radicalization of the youth and the flight of Africa’s best trained experts pose risks. Full text...

  • UN: WFP chief lauds efforts to check hunger in north-east Nigeria
    28 january 2017 14:40:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has welcomed the progress made by the humanitarian community and the Government of Nigeria in fighting hunger and malnutrition in the country’s north-east. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma salutes fallen gospel star
    28 january 2017 07:23:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma has saluted gospel star Lundi Tyamara who died Thursday following a short illness. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN official welcomes progress on anti-hunger programmes in north-east Nigeria
    27 january 2017 20:28:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The head of the United Nations food relief agency on Friday welcomed the progress made by the humanitarian community and the Government of Nigeria in fighting hunger and malnutrition in the West African country’s north-east. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian military warns of new Boko Haram antics by female suicide bombers
    27 january 2017 19:54:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Defence Headquarters on Friday alerted the public to the new tactics of female Boko Haram terrorists of who carry babies on their back to avoid detection or search by security agents. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria to evacuate nationals from Libya next month
    27 january 2017 19:46:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said Friday the Federal Government is to evacuate another set of Nigerians from Libya in February. Full text...

  • Belgium: European Council extends freeze on assets of 48 Tunisians for another year
    27 january 2017 17:59:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council on Friday extended until 31 January 2018 a freeze on the assets of 48 persons deemed to be responsible for the misappropriation of state funds in Tunisia and those persons and entities associated with them. Full text...

  • Rwanda:Kagame suggests "common standards" in assessing SDGs progress in Africa
    27 january 2017 17:38:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework of the United Nations should be applicable and relevant to all countries not just the so-called developing ones, according to Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia assures UN of its contribution to UN peacekeeping missions
    27 january 2017 17:08:53
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia Army Commander Lieutenant General Paul Mihova has assured the United Nations of Zambia’s continued contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security, and deployment of personnel to UN Peace keeping missions. Full text...

  • US: 'Amid hate speech, negative media spin ‘real stories’ of refugees, migrants must be told'
    26 january 2017 21:25:01
    New York, US (PANA) - With hate speech and rhetoric against migrants and refugees on the rise in various parts of the world, and the increased role of media in shaping perceptions towards them, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) today co-sponsored with the European Union (EU) a symposium drawing attention to this growing challenge and explore efforts to combat it. Full text...

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