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  • Over 4,000 Chadian refugees set to return home from Darfur
    22 december 2017 07:47:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - More than 4,000 Chadian refugees are ready to return to their home country after seeking refuge in Darfur for more than a decade, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said. Full text...

  • Egyptian journalist marks a year in detention - Rights group
    22 december 2017 07:09:43
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Egyptian journalist Mahmoud Hussein on Friday marks one year in pretrial detention without proper due process, Human Rights Watch said. Full text...

  • Amnesty International names next Secretary General
    22 december 2017 07:04:18
    London, UK (PANA) - Amnesty International, a human rights organisation, has appointed Kumi Naidoo as the next Secretary General of the global human rights movement. Full text...

  • Security Council to consider set of elements in peacekeeping reviews
    22 december 2017 06:42:17
    New York, USA (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Thursday expressed its intention to consider a set of elements when reviewing mandates and configuration of peacekeeping missions. Full text...

  • 'Strengthen measures to counter threats posed by returning foreign terrorist fighters'
    22 december 2017 06:36:29
    New York, USA (PANA) – Gravely concerned over risks posed by foreign terrorist fighters returning from conflict zones, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday called on Member States to strengthen their efforts to counter the threat through measures on border control, criminal justice, information-sharing and counter-extremism. Full text...

  • UNMISS partners for peaceful New Year
    21 december 2017 19:25:50
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The holiday spirit came to life in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, on Thursday when the Outreach team from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) went on a special mission to spread end-of-year holiday season greetings. Full text...

  • UNHCR welcomes Britain’s support for South Sudanese refugees in Sudan
    21 december 2017 17:42:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday welcomed a multi-year contribution of £7.5 million (approximately US$9.9 million) spread over three years from the United Kingdom to respond to the critical needs of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan, and those anticipated to arrive between 2018 and 2020. Full text...

  • Sudan renews opposition to Egyptian-Saudi demarcation agreement
    21 december 2017 17:19:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has renewed opposition to an Egyptian-Saudi marine demarcation agreement lodged with the United Nations, arguing it infringed on the boundaries of the Sudanese territory of Halaib that is occupied by Egypt. Full text...

  • Rwandan officials slam French judges' decision to close probe into assassination of former Rwandan President
    21 december 2017 14:43:44
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan State Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community, Olivier Nduhungirehe, on Thursday described the decision by French anti-terror judges to end an investigation into the missile attack on a plane that killed former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, as a distraction from the role of French officials in the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi. Full text...

  • Somaliland journalists detained, accused of "false news"​
    21 december 2017 13:43:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somaliland authorities should immediately release Ahmed Sa'ed and Abdirahman Mohamed Ege, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • At least 42 journalists killed in 2017 - CPJ
    21 december 2017 12:13:06
    New York, USA (PANA) - At least 42 journalists were killed in the course of their work in 2017, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has found in its annual analysis. Full text...

  • 'Refugees pressured to leave Kenya's Dadaab return to insecurity, drought, hunger'
    21 december 2017 06:38:01
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Thousands of Somali refugees who were pressured into leaving the Dadaab camp in Kenya are now facing drought, starvation and renewed displacement in Somalia, human rights organisation, Amnesty International, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Sudan's first UN safe haven for displaced civilians closes
    21 december 2017 05:49:31
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The first ‘Protection of Civilians’ site – a place of refuge and safety set up next to a United Nations base in South Sudan – has been successfully closed after internally displaced families expressed the desire and confidence to return to their homes, the UN mission in the country said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN chief stresses unity in Security Council to overcome conflict
    20 december 2017 22:08:19
    New York, USA (PANA) – UN Secretary General António Guterres has told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday that as conflict and its drivers become more complex, unity in Security Council will be critical, Full text...

  • First protection of civilians site closes in South Sudan
    20 december 2017 20:01:55
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The first Protection of Civilians site has been successfully closed in South Sudan after internally displaced families expressed the desire and confidence to return to their former homes. Full text...

  • Somali Police Force marks 74th anniversary of its founding
    20 december 2017 19:54:19
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The Somali Police Force (SPF) on Wednesday marked the 74th anniversary of its founding in a ceremony held at the same location where a suicide bomber killed more than a dozen of the force’s members just six days ago. Full text...

  • Fewer candidates qualify for Kenyan university admission
    20 december 2017 19:41:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Fewer Kenyan candidates qualified for university entrance from the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KSCE) examinations, Education Minister Fred Matiang'i said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN humanitarian coordinator welcomes safe return of six aid workers in South Sudan
    20 december 2017 19:35:52
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - UN Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou on Wednesday welcomed news of the safe return of six aid workers who went missing four days ago in Western Bahr el Ghazal region. Full text...

  • UK helps UN humanitarian operation meet needs of conflict victims
    20 december 2017 19:22:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A new £31.5 million multi-year contribution from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) is helping the humanitarian community in Sudan provide life-saving support to millions in need of assistance. Full text...

  • EU envoys agree strengthened rules to check money laundering, terrorist financing
    20 december 2017 16:15:25
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – European Union (EU) ambassadors on Wednesday confirmed the political agreement reached between the presidency and the European Parliament on strengthened EU rules to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. Full text...

  • Army kills 20 Boko Haram insurgents, rescues 100 persons
    20 december 2017 14:58:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said its troops killed 20 Boko Haram insurgents during a “clearance operation” in the Lake Chad Basin. Full text...

  • FAO, WFP step up efforts to alleviate hunger in Greater Kasai
    20 december 2017 11:18:53
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Against a backdrop of intense human suffering, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are joining forces to mitigate some of the effects of conflict in Greater Kasai. Full text...

  • China donates 30 buses to Mauritius
    20 december 2017 07:53:01
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Government of the People’s Republic of China has donated 30 buses to Mauritius to help the island cope with its growing road traffic, PANA learnt on Wednesday from official sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • UNHCR steps up support to Cameroonians fleeing to Nigeria
    20 december 2017 06:49:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refuge Agency, is stepping up its presence in south-eastern Nigeria, to provide life-saving support to thousands of people fleeing unrest in English-speaking areas of Cameroon. Full text...

  • UN officials hail landmark convictions, life sentences in DRC child rape cases
    20 december 2017 05:23:25
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The United Nations envoys dealing with sexual violence in conflict and the head of the Organization’s peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have welcomed the conviction of 11 Congolese militia fighters for raping dozens of children – including an 18-month-old toddler – in the vast country’s restive east. Full text...

  • UNICEF says 2017 has been a ‘very difficult year’ for children in CAR
    19 december 2017 20:17:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – For children and women in the Central African Republic (CAR), 2017 has been a very difficult year and sadly, the situation is not expected to improve in the coming months, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 'Dreams of Africa’s next generation need right environment to be realized' – IMF Chief
    19 december 2017 16:58:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Governments can create a foundation for innovation by streamlining regulations "so that everyone plays by the same rules and entrepreneurs are rewarded for their ingenuity," the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, has said. Full text...

  • Pistorius takes murder sentence to Constitutional Court
    19 december 2017 15:15:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has filed papers at the Constitutional Court - South Africa's highest court - appealing his 13-year sentence for murder. Full text...

  • French pop artist calls for attention to DR Congo crisis
    19 december 2017 09:14:06
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - One of France’s biggest pop artists, Christine and the Queens, is calling for urgent attention and action for refugees fleeing violence in the Democratic of the Congo, as concern rises over the number of displaced people fleeing conflict and violence in the country, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN urges international cooperation for safer migration
    18 december 2017 20:27:00
    New York, USA (PANA) – On International Migrants Day, the United Nations is appealing for cooperation in managing migration to ensure that its benefits are most widely distributed, and that human rights of all concerned are protected – as recognised by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • Army confirms death of 4 civilians, six terrorists in Boko Haram ambush of UN food convoy
    18 december 2017 14:03:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army Monday confirmed that four civilians and six Boko Haram insurgents died when a patrol escorting a convoy of United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) vehicles to Logomani was ambushed by Boko Haram insurgents at Maula village along the Dikwa-Ngala trans-Sahara highway, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Gambian President Barrow pledges maximum attention to youth
    17 december 2017 18:16:51
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has said that his government will not relent in its efforts to provide the youth sector the maximum attention it deserves. Full text...

  • In 2018 make migration safe for every child – UNICEF urges
    16 december 2017 14:12:01
    New York, US (PANA) - 2018 could be a landmark year for migrant children if countries follow best practices to ensure their safety and wellbeing – UNICEF said on Friday ahead of International Migrants Day marked on 18 December. Full text...

  • Kenyans mourn Harvard University scholar, Prof Calestous Juma
    16 december 2017 09:41:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Tributes have been pouring in for the departed Kenya-born scholar Prof. Calestous Juma, who died Friday in Boston, US, while undergoing treatment. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force helicopters, jets commence fresh wave of bombings on Boko Haram hideouts
    16 december 2017 09:12:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Saturday said its fighter jets have commenced “intensive bombardment of the hideouts of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in Northeast Nigeria in an operation code-named RUWAN WUTA 3. Full text...

  • Army captures 235 Boko Haram insurgents in Northeast Nigeria
    16 december 2017 09:04:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops captured 235 Boko Haram insurgents fleeing their enclaves in the Islands around the Lake Chad region and other areas in the Northeast State of Borno, following the intensified offensive in the region against the terrorists. Full text...

  • Children are the face of conflict-fuelled humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan – UNICEF
    15 december 2017 19:55:43
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – South Sudan's children are facing a raft of daily horrors and deprivations and urgently require a peaceful, protective environment, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday, warning that “anything less, places children and women at even greater risk of grave violations and abuse”. Full text...

  • Rwandan teenager takes part in Miss Africa beauty pageant
    15 december 2017 16:25:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Nineteen-year-old Finona Mutoni of Rwanda is among 32 beauty queens due to take part in the 2017 edition of Miss Africa beauty pageant which is scheduled to take place in Calabar, Nigeria on 27 December 2017, an official confirmed Friday in Kigali. Full text...

  • 1,317 Nigerians return from Libya in the last 10 days
    15 december 2017 15:01:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday said that a total of 1,317 Nigerians have voluntarily returned from Libya in the last 10 days. Full text...

  • UNHCR evacuates 74 vulnerable refugees from Libya to Niger
    15 december 2017 06:53:54
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Thursday night evacuated 74 vulnerable refugees, the vast majority children and women, from Libya to Niger. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping chief pays tribute to ‘blue helmets’ killed in DR Congo
    14 december 2017 21:20:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Thursday attended a ceremony in the port city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in honour of the country’s peacekeepers recently killed during their mission in a neighbouring country. Full text...

  • Kenyan road crashes claim 150 lives in two weeks
    14 december 2017 17:40:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 150 people have been killed on Kenyan highways since 1 December in accidents blamed on drunk driving and road indiscipline, the Kenya Police, transport and highways authorities said Thursday. Full text...

  • ECONEC moves to reduce cost of elections in West Africa
    14 december 2017 17:32:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) is taking steps to Full text...

  • Number of people in crisis grows as South Sudan conflict enters fourth year
    14 december 2017 14:56:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Six months ago, a massive humanitarian response addressed the famine that broke out in South Sudan, a country in which today an estimated 4.8 million people still face severe food insecurity – an increase of 1.1 million from last year, Norwegian Refugee Council said on Thursday. Full text...

  • In South Sudan, Red Cross uses mobile technology to respond to urgent humanitarian needs
    14 december 2017 14:47:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Hundreds of uprooted families in South Sudan are living without such basic household items as cooking implements, and the situation is expected to worsen in coming months, according to two charity organizations who use innovative technology to reach the vulnerable population. Full text...

  • Unified action needed in Central Africa to defuse regional tensions, Security Council told
    14 december 2017 06:20:04
    New York, USA (PANA) – Despite some positive developments, the overall situation in Central Africa still requires concerted action at all levels to address socio-political tensions, economic difficulties and abuses by armed groups, a United Nations envoy for the region said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN, partners launch US$1.72 billion appeal for South Sudan
    13 december 2017 20:50:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations relief wing and the humanitarian community in South Sudan launched on Wednesday a US$1.72 billion appeal to assist six million people affected by conflict, displacement and hunger. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping chief visits injured Tanzanian ‘blue helmets’ in DRC
    13 december 2017 20:44:04
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Wednesday thanked individually peacekeepers who fought to hold off an attack on 7 December in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • CPJ says 262 journalists in jails around the world
    13 december 2017 20:38:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historic high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world’s worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rights group demands release of Burundi human rights defender
    13 december 2017 16:55:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday called on the Burundian authorities to immediately release a human rights activist, Nestor Nibitanga, who they have been holding since 21 November. Full text...

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