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  • Ethiopia: AUC Chairperson extends his condolences following Las Vegas Attack
    04 october 2017 15:18:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has extended his most sincere condolences to the families of those who died in the mass shooting tragedy on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada, US. Full text...

  • South Africa: Outrage over Oscar Pistorius movie
    04 october 2017 13:33:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The family of jailed paralympian, Oscar Pistorius, has expressed outrage over a film released in the United States about the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Full text...

  • US: Media watchdog demands release of Zimbabwe journalist
    04 october 2017 10:06:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Media watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Zimbabwean authorities to immediately release NewsDay journalist Kenneth Nyangani and drop all charges against him. Full text...

  • US: Guterres names new head of UN Population Fund
    03 october 2017 20:30:24
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday appointed Dr Natalia Kanem of Panama to head the UN Population Fund. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Christian preacher apologizes to Muslims over hate speech
    03 october 2017 13:53:55
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Evangelist Victor Ajisafe on Monday apologized to Muslims and all Sierra Leoneans following his hate speech sermon at his Sanctuary Praise Church last week. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo to experience shortage of 19,000 teachers for the 2017-2018 school year
    03 october 2017 13:39:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese Minister of primary and secondary education, in charge of literacy, Anatole Collinet Makosso, said on Tuesday that the country will experience a deficit of almost 19,000 teachers for the 2017-2018 school year. Full text...

  • Libya: 12 killed, 23 wounded in violence in Libya in September, says UNSML
    03 october 2017 11:22:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSML) has stated in its monthly report issued on Monday evening in Tripoli that 12 civilians were killed and 23 others injured in violence in the North African country in September 2017. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Nigerian educator receives 2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award
    03 october 2017 10:27:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, on Monda night honoured Zannah Mustapha with the 2017 Nansen Refugee Award at a ceremony in Geneva for founding a school in Maiduguri, Nigeria, the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency. Full text...

  • Switzerland: DRC violence drives more than 3,300 refugees into Zambia in a month
    03 october 2017 10:11:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is concerned about growing violence in parts of south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has driven more than 3,360 refugees into northern Zambia since 30 August. Full text...

  • Kenya: WFP cuts food rations for refugees in Kenya
    03 october 2017 06:42:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – For 420,000 refugees living in northern Kenya, insufficient funding has forced the United Nations food relief agency to cut rations by 30 per cent, as it appeals for nearly US$30 million for assistance. Full text...

  • US: Affordable housing key for development, social equality - UN
    02 october 2017 19:12:14
    New York, US (PANA) – As 1.6 billion people today live in inadequate housing, one billion of whom reside in slums and informal settlements, the United Nations is spotlighting affordable homes on Monday's World Habitat Day, which also marked the official start of Urban October – a month of worldwide celebrations and citizens' engagement in urban life worldwide. Full text...

  • South Africa: Xhosa initiation film nominated for Academy Awards
    02 october 2017 15:23:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A 2017 drama film about a Xhosa initiation has been selected as South Africa’s Oscars bid. Full text...

  • Libya: Eleven illegal migrants repatriated to Algeria
    01 october 2017 14:29:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya on Saturday repatriated 11 illegal migrants to Algeria as part of the Libyan authorities' new policy to close migrants' reception centres, the Libyan Authority for the fight against illegal immigration announced on Sunday. Full text...

  • Niger: AfDB President Adesina receives accolade of the highest honour from Niger
    30 september 2017 14:02:29
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Akinwumi Adesina, has been elevated to the rank of the "Grand Officer in the Order of Merit of the Republic of Niger". Full text...

  • France: UNESCO’s Executive Board to nominate new Director-General
    30 september 2017 11:45:57
    Paris, France (PANA) - The 58 members of the UNESCO’s Executive Board will hold their 202nd session from 4 to 18 October, chaired by Ambassador Michael Worbs of Germany, at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC hosts Africa's edition of 2017 Africa Fashion Reception
    30 september 2017 07:57:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The two-day Africa Fashion Reception (AFR) ended on Friday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It brought together stakeholders in infrastructural development and wealth creation for Africa through the creative industry of fashion. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Rights body lauds establishment of asset declaration committee
    29 september 2017 19:12:04
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Campaign for Human Rights and Developments International (CHRDI) has welcomed the establishment of the Asset Declaration Regulation Committee by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Ghana: Opposition slams 'draconian' penalties on Ghana radio stations
    29 september 2017 16:41:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Friday slammed the communications regulator for 'draconian' penalties, including closure, slapped on scores of radio stations, warning that they have grave implications for press freedom and media pluralism in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African inventor announces rocket travel plans
    29 september 2017 14:56:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African-born tycoon Elon Musk on Friday revealed plans to create rockets to transport people around the world. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya Police watchdog probes brutal beating of varsity students
    29 september 2017 14:52:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan police human rights watchdog agency, the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA), has launched an investigation into the brutal beating of University of Nairobi students on Thursday, a spokesperson said on Friday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Calm prevails in Uvira after clashes
    29 september 2017 11:51:21
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Calm has returned to Uvira, in South-Kivu of DR Congo, on Thursday evening after an attack earlier in the day by the Mai-Mai militia of William Yakutumba. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Christian leaders plead for Nigerian preacher arrested for hate speech
    29 september 2017 10:52:17
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Christian leaders in Sierre Leone have called on the Muslim community to forgive Nigerian Pastor Victor Ajisafe, who has been arrested after he verbally attacked Muslims and Islam in a sermon in what has been described as hate speech. Full text...

  • Ghana: Dozens of Ghana radio stations closed down
    29 september 2017 10:00:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's communications regulatory body has swooped on radio stations operating in the country slapping various sanctions on 131 of them including hefty fines and revocation of licences following a nationwide FM Spectrum Audit. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya moves to create national coast guard
    29 september 2017 09:06:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan cabinet has approved a new bill to create a national coast guard to police the country's territorial waters, State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: More than half of schools remain closed in Borno State - UNICEF
    29 september 2017 06:56:17
    Maiduguri, Nigeria (PANA) – The crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria means that over 57 per cent of schools in Borno, the worst-hit state, are closed, even as the new school year begins, the UN Children's Fund reported on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: Top counter-terrorism officials stress ‘All of UN’ approach to tackle scourge
    28 september 2017 22:48:29
    New York, US (PANA) – Addressing the Security Council, the head of the newly-created United Nations counter-terrorism office on Thursday outlined a framework to devise a cohesive, well-coordinated programme to support Member States as well as the priority areas of such work. Full text...

  • US: Vulnerable people ‘a step away from starvation,’ in Lake Chad Basin, says UN aid chief
    28 september 2017 22:43:29
    New York, US (PANA) – The scale up of international assistance to the Lake Chad Basin this year has averted a famine in north-east Nigeria, even though millions of people are still suffering, according to the United Nations aid chief. Full text...

  • Niger: UNDP offers communication material to strengthen public security in Niger
    28 september 2017 19:59:29
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday handed over to Niger's Ministry of Interior communication equipment worth US$ 2 million to offered by Japan to beef up local and regional security. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir renews commitment to support fleeing South Sudanese civilians
    28 september 2017 18:01:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan’s President Omar Bashir on Thursday renewed his government commitment to continue helping South Sudanese civilians fleeing the deadly conflict in their country to take refuge in his country. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan parties regret France's dismissal of case against suspected genocide actor
    28 september 2017 17:37:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Coalition of Civilian Parties of Rwanda (CCPR) on Thursday claimed they were shocked by the French courts' decision to "dismiss temporarily legal proceedings" in the case of an alleged Rwandan genocide actor, Claude Muhayimana. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Peacekeepers deployed to protect civilians in Uvira
    28 september 2017 13:19:05
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – In response to clashes between presumed armed groups and the Congolese national army (FARDC) in the area of Uvira in South Kivu province, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) on Wednesday rapidly deployed troops in order to deter any attack to the city and to avoid the escalation of the conflict. Full text...

  • Ghana: Pro-opposition radio station in Accra shut down for unpaid licence fee
    28 september 2017 10:10:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - An Accra-based radio station highly critical of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the government has been shut down by the communications regulatory authorities over unpaid licence fee, the local media in the Ghanaian capital reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN commends Sudan for hosting South Sudanese refugees
    28 september 2017 09:30:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has commended Sudan for opening up its borders to receive South Sudanese refugees fleeing the conflict in their country. Full text...

  • US: 'Time to stamp out human trafficking,’ says Guterres
    27 september 2017 22:46:43
    New York, US (PANA) – With tens of millions of human trafficking victims worldwide, “now is the time to stand together and stamp out this abominable practice”, Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday told a high-level meeting at which Member States adopted a political Declaration reaffirming their commitment to implement a United Nations action plan to end the scourge. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius wages war on drugs
    27 september 2017 18:30:49
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on Wednesday said “Mauritius is at war against drugs" and it is a war that must be won. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali denies killing of civilians by armed forces
    27 september 2017 17:42:18
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian minister of Human Rights and State Reform KassoumTapo has rejected accusations by Human Rights Watch that the Malian armed forces committed mass killings of people in the northern and central areas of the country. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Intellectual Achille Mbembe to discuss African borders at AfDB Eminent Speakers seminar
    27 september 2017 15:29:59
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Renowned African historian, philosopher and political scientist, Joseph Achille Mbembe, will be the key speaker of the 21st edition of the African Development Bank’s Eminent Speakers series taking place on Friday, 29 Septemberat the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Christian preacher arrested over hate speech against Muslims
    27 september 2017 15:04:01
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Nigerian-born Evangelist, Victor Ajisafe, was arrested on Tuesday by the police after he verbally attacked Muslims and the religion of Islam in his daily sermon. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body asks Uganda to stop threats against media
    27 september 2017 14:28:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ugandan authorities must stop threatening to close media outlets simply for doing their job, said Amnesty International today after the country’s media regulator vowed to close down media houses for broadcasting live. Full text...

  • South Africa: Thousands of protestors want Zuma to step down
    27 september 2017 13:05:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tens of thousands of protestors on Wednesday marched in several cities across South Africa, calling on President Jacob Zuma to step down. Full text...

  • China: INTERPOL admits State of Palestine, Solomon Islands as new members
    27 september 2017 11:39:53
    Beijing, China (PANA) – The International Police Organization (INTERPOL) General Assembly has voted to admit the State of Palestine and the Solomon Islands as new member countries. The membership of the world policing body now totals 192. Full text...

  • Guinea: Rights groups demand justice for 2009 Conakry stadium massacre victims
    27 september 2017 06:56:09
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Human rights groups on Wednesday the Guinean government to move ahead to deliver justice, truth, and reparation for the grave crimes committed on 28 September, 2009, at a Conakry stadium. Full text...

  • US: South Sudan warring parties showing ‘little interest’ in peace process - UN envoy
    27 september 2017 06:17:43
    New York, US (PANA) – A window of opportunity for compromise over the 2015 peace agreement by warring parties in South Sudan is narrow, the United Nations envoy for the country said in New York on Tuesday, stressing the urgency to find a political solution and for international support to the process. Full text...

  • US: Global ‘learning crisis’ threatens future of millions young students – World Bank
    27 september 2017 05:49:57
    Washington, US (PANA) – Schooling without learning is a terrible waste of precious resources and of human potential, the World Bank said on Tuesday, warning in a new report that millions of young students in low- and middle-income countries face the prospect of lost opportunity and lower wages in later life because their primary and secondary schools are failing to educate them to succeed. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council strongly condemns deadly attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali
    26 september 2017 19:58:26
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the attack by unknown assailants against a UN mission convoy in the region of Gao, northern Mali, on 24 September, that left three Bangladeshi peacekeepers dead and injured four others. Full text...

  • US: Civilians pay ‘very heavy price’ amid unfolding violence in western CAR – UN
    26 september 2017 19:52:07
    New York, (PANA) – Since the beginning of September, the humanitarian situation in western Central African Republic (CAR) has deteriorated as armed groups have taken over several localities – particularly Bocaranga and Niem – which has forced thousands of people to flee into the bush where they cannot access aid, the United Nations relief wing reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Top UN official says economic crisis fuels public frustration in South Sudan
    26 september 2017 17:08:46
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The forthcoming elections in South Sudan must be inclusive, credible and fair, but should also represent the consolidation of a genuine peace process, the United Nations’ top representative in the war-ravaged country has emphasized. Full text...

  • Senegal: Senegal commemorates 15th anniversary of Joola sinking
    26 september 2017 14:52:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal on Tuesday commemorated the 15th anniversary of the sinking of the boat, "Le Joola", which occurred on the night of 25 to 26 September off the Gambia, causing 1,863 deaths and disappearances. Full text...

  • DRC: MONUSCO 'gravely concerned' by use of lethal weapons in Bukavu crowd control
    26 september 2017 12:43:01
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - UN peacekeepers in DRC (MONUSCO) say they are "gravely concerned" by the use of lethal force by DRC defence and security forces in response to public protests in Bukavu, South Kivu province, leading to civilian casualties including children. Full text...

  • China: Chinese President Xi opens INTERPOL General Assembly
    26 september 2017 11:13:31
    Beijing, China ‒ The International Police Organization (INTERPOL) General Assembly, the world’s premier law enforcement forum, has been officially opened by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. Full text...

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