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  • Belgium: EU moves to reduce financing of armed groups through conflict minerals
    03 april 2017 09:37:20
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council (EC) on Monday adopted a regulation aimed at stopping the financing of armed groups through trade in conflict minerals. Full text...

  • UN: UN official lauds Egypt's contributions to UN
    02 april 2017 00:27:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, has expressed gratitude to the Egyptian government for its longstanding contributions to the UN. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Top Boko Haram commander surrenders in northeast Nigeria
    01 april 2017 12:04:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army has announced the surrender of a top Boko Haram commander and arrest of two spies in northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • US: Security Council extends DRC peacekeeping mandate, but reduces troop strength
    01 april 2017 07:15:52
    New York, US (PANA) – The Security Council on Friday extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for another year but reduced the number of troops. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU renews sanctions on three Libyans for six months
    31 march 2017 17:44:49
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council on Friday prolonged its sanctions against Libya targeting three citizens of the North African country for six months. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt., UNDP launch support project in Northeast Nigeria
    31 march 2017 13:54:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Japanese Government have launched a new project to support early recovery activities in Northeast Nigeria which has been ravaged by Boko Haram violent activities. Full text...

  • Somalia: UNICEF says malnutrition, disease rise sharply among Somali children
    31 march 2017 07:06:45
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - As the spectre of famine hangs once again over Somalia, early numbers show an increasing number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea – a combination that killed many children in the famine of 2011, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. Full text...

  • Central Africa Republic: Half of Central African population goes hungry
    30 march 2017 18:54:43
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - One year after the Central African Republic elected President Faustin Archange Touadera to power, violence and insecurity remain unchecked and half the population is going hungry, warned Oxfam on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian presidency urges calm amid reports of attacks against Nigerians in India
    30 march 2017 18:27:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Presidency has urged Nigerian students in India to be calm and vigilant, amid reports of attacks on them. Full text...

  • UN: 'Civilian protection, aid access at risk as violence flares in CAR'
    30 march 2017 16:54:02
    New York, US (PANA) - With a new outbreak of violence erupting in Central African Republic (CAR), acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator for CAR, Michel Yao, on Thursday urged warring parties to protect vulnerable civilian populations as a matter of priority and ensure free movement of relief aid workers. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Conflict in South Sudan affecting food security in "stable states"
    30 march 2017 16:46:30
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The ongoing conflict in South Sudan is affecting food security in some of the country’s more “stable states,” the head of the United Nations Mission UN in South Sudan, David Shearer said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: NGOs reject govt planned consultation on Zambia's membership to ICC
    30 march 2017 16:27:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia's Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) is deeply saddened by the Patriotic Front (PF) government’s decision to spend about US$ 222,000 (Kwacha 2 million) on public consultation as to whether the country should pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR stresses importance of search missions on the Mediterranean
    30 march 2017 15:57:04
    New York, US (PANA) - With nearly 150 people dead or missing in another shipwreck off the Mediterranean coast, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Thursday stressed the importance of saving lives at sea. Full text...

  • UN: UN official lauds Ethiopia's commitments to UN
    30 march 2017 13:55:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Peter Thomson, has expressed gratefulness for Ethiopia’s long-standing commitments to the work of the UN, including as one of the largest troop contributors to UN peacekeeping missions. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty International decries killing of UN experts in DRC
    29 march 2017 16:17:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The death of two United Nations experts in DR Congo's Kasai Province should not be in vain, but serve as a reminder of the urgent need to end the violence in the region Amnesty International said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: Lack of water, sanitation threaten children in famine-hit countries - UNICEF
    29 march 2017 15:14:19
    New York, US (PANA) - In famine-hit countries in Africa and the Middle East, unsafe water is as dangerous for severely malnourished children as lack of food, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Wednesday, noting that nearly 27 million people are at risk in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief confirms death of missing experts in DRC
    29 march 2017 14:38:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has confirmed the deaths of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan, two members of the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo who went missing since 12 March, noting that the UN would do "everything possible to ensure that justice is done". Full text...

  • South Africa: Liberation hero Ahmed Kathrada laid to rest
    29 march 2017 10:13:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma were among the dignitaries who attended the funeral of struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada at Johannesburg’s Westpark Cemetery on Wednesday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN and regional partners express concern about Kasaï unrest
    29 march 2017 05:37:26
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations and regional partner organizations have expressed deep concern about the situation in the central Kasaï region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where at least two United Nations experts disappeared two weeks ago and dozens of police officers were reportedly found dead. Full text...

  • Kenya: FM confirms death of four Kenyan aid workers in South Sudan
    28 march 2017 19:07:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Four Kenyans were among the six aid workers shot dead by gunmen in an ambush on 25 March in Pibor, eastern South Sudan, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed said on Tuesday, Full text...

  • Botswana: Khama lifts suspension on Botswana judges
    28 march 2017 18:50:31
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana President Seretse Khama Ian Khama has lifted suspension on four local judges who had allegedly drawn housing allowance in addition to being provided residential accommodation by the government. Full text...

  • Niger: IOM launches reintegration projects for West African migrants with EU support
    28 march 2017 18:32:52
    Agadez, Niger (PANA) - With support from the European Union (EU) Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Niger has launched 20 community-based reintegration projects for over 3,000 returning migrants in five of the primary countries of origin – Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Guinea Conakry and Cameroon – as part of the Migrant Response and Resource Mechanism (MRRM). Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF needs US$225m to save children in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen
    28 march 2017 15:55:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Millions of children are on the brink of starvation in the worst humanitarian crisis in decades, the UN Chidlren's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday, urgently calling for nearly US$255 million to respond to immediate needs in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Full text...

  • Kenya: Involve victims to prevent conflicts, Great Lakes Region told
    28 march 2017 15:48:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As Burundi and South Sudan teeter on the verge of renewed conflict, with warnings of possible genocides, governments in the region should involve victims in preventing conflicts, according to a report released Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Defence Minister vows "We will capture Boko Haram leader, Shekau"
    28 march 2017 15:17:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (retired), Tuesday admitted that the wanted leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau, is very much alive and hiding in “his fortress in Sambisa forest”, evading capture by disguising in masks. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia Police seek INTERPOL to track former Post Newspaper boss
    28 march 2017 14:22:02
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian Police Service has disclosed that it is seeking the help of the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) to pursue former Post Newspaper owner, Fred M’membe, who is out of the country and is wanted to answer charges for disobeying lawful court orders. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN Chief says the goings on in South Sudan is "enormous tragedy"
    28 march 2017 13:06:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, on Tuesday described the situation in South Sudan as "an enormous tragedy". Full text...

  • Sudan: Humanitarian Coordinator demands attackers of aid workers be held accountable
    28 march 2017 12:31:46
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudan's humanitarian coordinator has demanded that perpetrators of the attack that claimed the lives of several Southern Sudanese should be brought to justice and be held to account. Full text...

  • Sudan: Burkina Faso pulls out of Darfur peacekeeping mission
    28 march 2017 12:10:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Burkina Faso says it is pulling out of the United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Full text...

  • Kenya: Scale up civilian protection in DR Congo, rights body urges UN mission
    28 march 2017 10:43:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The mandate renewal of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is an opportunity for the UN to reaffirm its commitments to protecting civilians in the DR Congo conflict, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body decries arbitrary detention in South Sudan
    28 march 2017 10:30:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - South Sudanese authorities must release all people detained without charge by the security agencies, including 28 men currently held at the headquarters of the national intelligence agency in the capital, Juba, Amnesty International demanded on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UN official decries possession of nuclear weapons
    28 march 2017 05:35:21
    New York, US (PANA) - At the start of a United Nations conference on Monday to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, a senior UN official has highlighted that creating a world free of such weapons is a common obligation of all States – both nuclear and non-nuclear – and called for their inclusive engagement. Full text...

  • Italy: UN report explores ways urbanization can be catalyst for rural development
    28 march 2017 05:22:19
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A United Nations-backed report examining the ‘quiet revolution’ towards sustainable urbanization has found that one way to encourage mutually beneficial developments for urban and rural areas alike is to develop value chains and food systems that are more efficient and inclusive. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN report says children suffer grave violations in Sudan’s conflict
    28 march 2017 05:10:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Fewer children have been recruited to fight in parts of Sudan, but they are still killed and injured, and victims of sexual violence in the country, according to a new report by the United Nations Secretary-General. Full text...

  • Botswana: Khama condemns mayhem in Nigeria’s Zaki Biam
    27 march 2017 12:29:55
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has conveyed condolence messages to Nigeria following the gunfire attack at the Zaki Biam, in northern Nigeria. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN condemns 'reprehensible' killing of aid workers in South Sudan
    27 march 2017 06:40:10
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The UN has condemned the killing of six aid workers from a national non-governmental organization when their convoy was ambushed on Saturday while travelling along the Government-controlled area on the Juba-Pibor road. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN commends Sudan on new humanitarian corridor to South Sudan
    26 march 2017 18:11:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN on Sunday commended Sudan for agreeing to opening a second corridor to forward foods to famine-hit populations in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan, Saudi Arabia to conduct aerial manoeuvres
    26 march 2017 16:22:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudan on Sunday said its air force and that of Saudi Arabia would conduct joint aerial manoeuvres at Merowe Air Base in Sudan's Northern State. Full text...

  • South Africa: Growing concerns over missing UNICEF director
    26 march 2017 05:36:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A major search continues for a senior United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) official who went missing on Cape Town’s world famous Table Mountain this week. Full text...

  • UK: Amnesty International slams European gov'ts for latest migrants drowning
    26 march 2017 05:30:57
    London, UK (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has lashed out at European governments for last week's drowning of some 200 migrants in the Mediterranean saying their current strategy of keeping migrants out of Europe is not working. Full text...

  • UN: UN Staff Union urges end to arrest, detention of colleagues
    25 march 2017 19:55:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Staff Union and its Committee on the Security and Independence of the International Civil Service, on Saturday urged UN member states to stop unlawful arrests and detention of UN workers or obstruction to their freedom of movement. Full text...

  • UN: Outgoing UN peacekeeping chief praises reduced cost of operations
    24 march 2017 21:09:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The outgoing UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Herve Ladsous, says UN peacekeeping is becoming more agile and capable and the cost for each peacekeeper has fell 16 per cent in recent years, dropping the entire budget of the blue helmets worldwide to around US$7.2 billion. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari condoles Britain following Wednesday's terrorist attack in London
    24 march 2017 16:47:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday expressed appreciation to the British Government "for the very effective materials and logistical support to Nigeria" in the fight against Boko Haram. Full text...

  • The Netherlands: ICC awards victims individual, collective reparations in Katanga case
    24 march 2017 11:24:11
    The Hague, The Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday issued an order awarding individual and collective reparations to the victims of crimes committed by Germain Katanga in DR Congo in 2003. Full text...

  • UN: IOM chief in Libya to discuss migration, displacement issues
    23 march 2017 21:22:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mr. William Lacy Swing is visiting Tripoli to discuss the complex migration and displacement situation with hopes of shoring up technical support to foster a stable environment. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency, Ugandan govt urge urgent support for South Sudanese refugees
    23 march 2017 20:56:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), on Thursday said UN refugee assistance efforts in Uganda are seriously overstretched as thousands of refugees from South Sudan, desperate for safety and assistance, pour into the country that is already hosting more than 800,000 people. Full text...

  • UN: UN appeals for US$20 million to help affected populations in Madagascar
    23 march 2017 20:30:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and humanitarian partners are appealing for US$20 million to address the devastating consequences of "Cyclone Enawo" in Madagascar. Full text...

  • UN: Somalia passing through a moment of hope - UN envoy
    23 march 2017 20:19:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Noting that Somalia faces a number of "daunting difficulties" after decades of conflict, the UN envoy in Somalia, Mr. Michael Keating on Thursday highlighted that there is also a new momentum in the country for fresh political engagement among its people with the recent electoral process. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Hungry people abandon homes in South Sudan's Imatong state
    23 march 2017 19:16:45
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Up to 75 per cent of people living in Imatong state of South Sudan may have left their homes because they cannot get enough to eat, the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, was told by community leaders in Torit on Thursday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Suspected terrorist killed in northern Burkina Faso
    23 march 2017 18:35:46
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Harouna Dicko, a suspected terrorist responsible for several attacks in northern Burkina Faso, was shot dead on Wednesday night by Burkina Faso's defence and security forces, media reported on Thursday. Full text...

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