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  • Sudan: South Sudanese refugees influx into Uganda rising
    10 august 2016 11:43:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Norwegian Refugee Agency (NRA) has warned that the number of South Sudanese seeking refuge in Uganda has been rising daily with the figure in the past 20 days topping the total for last year. Full text...

  • Botswana: Online activists want Miss Botswana barred from Miss World pageant
    10 august 2016 09:28:28
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Social media activists in Botswana have launched a petition calling for the disqualification of Miss Botswana from Miss World competition because she has tattoos. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu accepts Constitutional Court judgement on ministers
    09 august 2016 21:51:51
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu says he has accepted the judgment of the Constitutional Court that ministers vacate office following the dissolution of the parliament last May. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President fires director of public prosecution
    09 august 2016 19:48:34
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has fired the government's Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mutembo Nchito, following a recommendation by a tribunal which was appointed in March 2015 to investigate the official's alleged misconduct. Full text...

  • Botswana: Government allays fears of police brutality in Botswana
    09 august 2016 19:13:03
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has dismissed public outcry on alleged infringement of human rights by police after youth protesting rising unemployment were forcefully sent off from parliament buildings. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africans commemorate historic women's march
    09 august 2016 18:00:34
    Cape Town, South African (PANA) – A 21-gun salute at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday signalled the 60th anniversary of the historic women’s march to the headquarters of the Apartheid-era government to demand an end to the hated race laws. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU, US welcome rebel signature on Sudanese road map to peace
    09 august 2016 16:05:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and the United states on Tuesday welcomed the signing, by Sudanese political and armed opposition, of the road map in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that seeks to put the two sides on one track to resolving pending challenges in Darfur, Blue Nile and the Nubba mountains as well as other political issues. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy urges South Sudan govt to take action against sexual violence
    09 august 2016 14:08:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict, Ms. Zainab Bangura, on Tuesday stressed the need for the South Sudan government to take all necessary action to put an end to rape and violence against women and girls in the country, noting that all perpetrators of such crimes will be held accountable. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials task govts on indigenous peoples' right to education
    09 august 2016 14:00:18
    New York, US (PANA) - To mark the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, senior UN officials are calling on governments to improve access to education and ensure that the most vulnerable are not left behind in the journey to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU reaffirms commitment to protect rights of indigenous peoples worldwide
    09 august 2016 11:35:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The European Union has reaffirmed its commitment to promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples around the world, stating that it is also stepping up its engagement with indigenous peoples, in line with the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan Government warns of flooding of River Nile
    09 august 2016 08:56:17
    Khartoum Sudan (PANA) - The government of Sudan has issued a warning to people living along the banks of River Nile in Sudan to watch out and adopt safety and protective measures as water levels have been rising and there could be devastating floods. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Popular Nigerian blogger arrested by anti-graft body for "cyber stalking"
    08 august 2016 17:55:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A move by Nigeria's anti-graft agency to arrest and later release a popular local blogger has raised the specter of clampdown on social media and free press in the West African country. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights experts concerned by reports of reprisals against Burundian lawyers
    08 august 2016 17:33:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Gravely concerned by reports that four Burundian lawyers who provided information to the UN Committee on Torture (CAT) are being subjected to reprisals, the Commitee on Monday said it was seeking assurance from Burundi's ambassador to the to the UN in Geneva that no member of Burundian civil society would be subjected to such treatment for cooperating with the CAT. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns attack on UN peacekeepers in Kidal
    08 august 2016 14:58:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned an attack on a convoy of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Kidal, a town in northern Mali, which resulted in the death of a peacekeeper. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes South Sudan's acceptance of regional protection force
    08 august 2016 14:52:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed the acceptance, by the Government of South Sudan, of a regional protection force to help quell the ongoing violence in the country, and called on all South Sudanese parties to uphold their responsibility to protect civilians and to demonstrate their commitment to a peace agreement. Full text...

  • Zambia: Closure of Post newspaper meant to silence the paper – IPI, AMI report reveals
    08 august 2016 13:22:29
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The International Press Institute (IPI) and the African Media Initiative (AMI) have released their findings on the closure of Zambia’s leading independent Post newspaper, saying that the closure appears to be part of a politically-motivated attempt by President Edgar Lungu’s Patriotic Front party to silence a persistent critic ahead of the 11 August elections in order to hold on to power. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 11 military personnel, 8 bandits die in gun battle in central Nigeria
    07 august 2016 18:39:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Saturday night said 11 military men lost their lives during an operation against bandits in the north central Nigerian state of Niger. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty Int'l urges Kenya not to deport Taiwanese nationals to China
    07 august 2016 05:40:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has urged the Kenyan authorities not to deport five Taiwanese nationals to China, where they face "a real risk of human rights violations". Full text...

  • Japan: Ban urges all States to 'galvanize global will for disarmament'
    07 august 2016 05:25:27
    Hiroshima, Japan (PANA) - With global tensions rising and progress on nuclear disarmament hard to find, “the world needs the Hibakusha spirit more than ever”, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday, citing the determination and perseverance of those survivors of the 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks as an example for championing peace and seeking a better future for all. Full text...

  • US: US government felicitates with Ivorians on national day
    06 august 2016 18:13:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Saturday felicitated with the people of Cote d'Ivoire, as the country celebrates its 56th independence anniversary on 7 August. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ expresses concern over missing journalist in Burundi
    06 august 2016 16:33:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed deep concern about the welfare of a Burundian journalist, Jean Bigirimana who has been missing for two weeks. Full text...

  • Nigeria: EU provides €12.5m humanitarian assistance to Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon
    06 august 2016 10:08:44
    Abuja, Nigeria – (PANA) The European Commission (EU) has announced an emergency humanitarian assistance of €12.5 million to help address the worsening situation in the Lake Chad region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari mandates security agencies to eradicate herdsmen banditry in Nigeria
    06 august 2016 09:26:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated the nation’s security agencies to deal decisively with all acts of herdsmen banditry and criminality against farmers. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF raises alarm on 'catastrophic' food insecurity in South Sudan
    05 august 2016 22:40:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) late on Friday said that it was responding to a growing food security emergency causing malnutrition in children in both rural and urban areas of crisis-gripped South Sudan. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UNWTO offers assistance to boost tourism in Nigeria
    05 august 2016 16:45:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has agreed to support Nigeria in boosting tourism development through technical assistance, capacity building, organization of international conferences and revision of the country's Tourism Master Plan, among others, according to Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. Full text...

  • UN: UN lauds EU donation to multinational task force combating Boko Haram
    05 august 2016 16:31:46
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the European Union (EU) Commission for its 50 million euro contribution to the multinational task force, created by Lake Chad Basin countries, namely Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, as well as Benin to combat Boko Haram insurgents in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes IOC's mechanism on press freedom violations
    05 august 2016 13:14:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed the creation of a press freedom complaints mechanism by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which will enable journalists covering the organization and its Olympic Games to report a violation of their press freedom. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt arrests seven for diverting explosives, detonators
    05 august 2016 10:41:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Federal Government says that five security operatives and other actors linked to incessant bombing of oil facilities in the Niger Delta have been arrested. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNESCO chief visits West, Central Africa
    04 august 2016 17:32:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will next week undertake a four-day official visit to West and Central Africa to discuss and see how the organization;s programmes could be strengthened across the region, notably in the fields of education and in preventing violent extremism. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria dismisses reported appointment of new leader for Boko Haram as cheap propaganda
    04 august 2016 17:13:08
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has described as cheap propaganda the report that the The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has appointed a new leader for Boko Haram, saying it is too late to employ such tactics to revive the defeated Nigerian terrorist organization, according to Mr. Segun Adeyemi, Special Adviser to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. Full text...

  • Zambia: Media body condemns journalist’s attack by opposition cadre
    04 august 2016 15:41:33
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Zambia Chapter, has condemned the brutal attack on journalist Elijah Mumba of the independent New Vision Newspaper by a named opposition cadre on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EC extends mandate of border assistance mission in Libya
    04 august 2016 15:35:13
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council (EC) on Thursday extended the mandate of its integrated border management assistance mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya) until 21 August 2017 and also approved a budget of 17 million euros for the period from 22 August 2016 to 21 August 2017. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID 'deeply concerned' about national staff strike
    04 august 2016 11:20:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has expressed regret that persistent strike by local staff over salaries and working conditions were interfering with the discharge of its peacekeeping mission and protection of civilians in the region. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty Int'l says UN refugee summit talks end in 'abject failure'
    04 august 2016 09:36:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, says world leaders have wasted a critical opportunity to tackle the global refugee crisis after talks for a new United Nations refugee deal ended falling far short of expectations. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy condemns sexual violence against women, girls in South Sudan
    04 august 2016 07:16:01
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Zainab Bangura, has added her voice to condemnation of the escalation of violence in South Sudan, in particular the sexual violence crimes being committed against women and girls. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief chief urges end to attacks on civilians, aid workers in South Sudan
    03 august 2016 22:37:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien on Wednesday concluded a three-day mission to crisis-torn South Sudan, expressing serious concern at the humanitarian situation in the country and in particular the violence against civilians, as well as attacks against aid workers, which is hampering efforts to respond to the needs of the people affected by the fighting. Full text...

  • Tunisia: UN envoy on youth meets Libyan youth groups' reps in Tunis
    03 august 2016 19:34:33
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has organized a special visit for the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Al-Hindawi, from 3-4 August to Tunis to discuss the Libyan programme as well as the concerns and needs of the Libyan youth. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Invading Fulani herdsmen kill 15 villagers in northeastern Nigeria
    03 august 2016 17:46:51
    Abuja, Nigeria – (PANA) - Marauding Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday invaded and unleashed violence on Kodomun community, killing 15 villagers and left dozens missing, local sources in Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State, northeast Nigeria, said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army captures two high profile Boko Haram terrorists
    03 august 2016 16:57:53
    Abuja, Nigeria – (PANA) – The Nigerian Army announced Wednesday the arrest of two high profile Boko Haram terrorists in the northeastern State of Borno. Full text...

  • Rwanda: South Sudan women, children flee conflict, hunger
    03 august 2016 11:14:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - About 8,000 South Sudanese refugees, mainly women and children, have been travelling to the border with Kenya, before moving on to the sprawling Kakuma refugee camps, with hunger being one of their reasons for fleeing since January this year, the World Food Programme (WFP) said in a statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: IOM delivers emergency shelter to flood-hit families in North Darfur
    03 august 2016 10:05:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Sudan says it has distributed emergency shelters and non-food relief items to 297 vulnerable internally displaced families whose homes were completely destroyed by floods in Dar El Salam, Shangel Tobay, North Darfur. Full text...

  • Italy: IOM says more than 4,000 migrants, refugees have died so far this year
    03 august 2016 09:46:14
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says that its Missing Migrants Project has totaled 4,027 migrant or refugee deaths thus far this year, up from 2,991 for the same period last year. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks governments on protecting children
    02 august 2016 22:24:27
    New York, US (PANA) - With children continuing to be tortured, maimed, imprisoned, starved, sexually abused and killed in armed conflict, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon late Tuesday in New York called on all countries to back their words with concrete actions to end such violations. Full text...

  • UN: UN humanitarian chief urges South Sudanese parties to work together for peace
    02 august 2016 22:06:51
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien on Tuesday called on all actors in South Sudan, including the international community supporting the country, to work together for a peace that will enable the nation and its people to realize their hopes for a better future. Full text...

  • UN: UN report says under-nutrition in Ghana takes huge human, economic toll
    02 august 2016 21:48:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The economy of Ghana has been losing some US$2.6 billion annually or 6.4 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) due to child under-nutrition, according to a new UN report launched on Tuesday in the country’s capital, Accra. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana FM renews interest in AUC chairperson position
    02 august 2016 21:30:48
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has renewed her aspiration for the Africa Union Commission (AUC) chairperson post, after failing to clinch the position in July during the last AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...

  • Sudan: Mbeki invites Sudanese foes for talks in Ethiopia
    02 august 2016 19:02:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Advancing efforts to resolve the long standing grievances in Sudan, the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) has invited the Sudanese government and rebel movements to resume negotiations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, next week. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 2nd Global SIDS Conference on Anti-Corruption Reforms opens in Mauritius
    02 august 2016 14:12:52
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Tuesday said that Least Developed Countries (LDC) lose around US$ 1 trillion a year to corruption. Full text...

  • US: US forces bomb Islamic State militants in Libya
    02 august 2016 13:29:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The US military has bombed Islamic State (IS) militant targets in Libya, the US Defence Department, popularly known as Pentagon, said in a statement made available to PANA in New York on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Kidnap victim testifies in camera at dramatic trial
    02 august 2016 12:03:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In the latest twist in South Africa’s most dramatic kidnapping case, the media was ordered out of the courtroom at the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday as the woman who was abducted as a new-born child in her hospital bed nearly two decades ago testified for the first time. Full text...

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