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  • Sudan: Three policemen killed, two wounded by unidentified gunmen in North Darfur
    18 november 2016 11:58:33
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Three policemen have been shot dead and two others wounded on Thursday in the first attack of its kind in many months by unidentified gunmen at a checkpoint on a highway in North Darfur State, west Sudan. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU stresses public awareness to resist extremist narrative in Africa
    17 november 2016 19:15:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Associations of victims of terrorism in Africa are not only an important tool for speaking out against extremist violence, but also a key area for the African Union (AU) agenda for the prevention and combating of terrorism and violent extremism, a senior official of the continental body said Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert condemns forceful eviction of 30,000 people in Lagos
    17 november 2016 17:56:17
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Ms. Leilani Farha, on Thursday appealed to the Nigerian government for an urgent explanation of last week's forced eviction of 30,000 people in south-west Lagos state. Full text...

  • Netherlands: UN human rights chief visits International Criminal Court premises
    17 november 2016 17:38:04
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - On a brief visit to the International Criminal Court (ICC) permanent premises in The Hague on Thursday, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said both the ICC and the United Nations seek to contribute to justice and to the UN Charter's affirmation of "faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person". Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges Ethiopia to release detained journalists
    17 november 2016 16:43:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ethiopia should immediately release all journalists detained amid an intensifying crackdown on the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Minister canvasses support for govt's national re-orientation campaign
    17 november 2016 15:51:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has canvassed the support of State Governors for the success of the Federal Government's National Re-orientation Campaign, "Change Begins With Me", which was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on 8 September, 2016. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO says philosophy is an art of living together
    17 november 2016 15:42:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the World Philosophy Day, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is encouraging people of the world to share their philosophical heritages and to open spaces for free, open and tolerant thinking. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Canada deports wanted Rwandan over alleged genocide role
    17 november 2016 10:50:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Canada has expelled a Rwandan national, Jean Claude Seyoboka, over his alleged role in the genocide in 1994, the National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA), said on Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Tanzania: ICC unveils policy on children in armed conflict
    17 november 2016 09:43:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Aiming to promote a child-sensitive approach to all aspects of its work, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched its 'Policy on Children' in and affected by armed conflict. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan welcomes Russian ICC withdrawal decision
    17 november 2016 08:22:18
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Thursday welcomed Russia's decision to notify the United Nations of the country's refusal to be subject to the International Criminal Court (ICC) following the same move by Gambia, South Africa and Burundi. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN envoy lauds Nigerian army as 'exemplary, professional'
    17 november 2016 07:32:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG) Office for West Africa, Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has commended the Nigerian Army for being “exemplary and professional” in handling Boko Haram terrorism and insurgency. Full text...

  • US: Global humanitarian response affected by lack of funding – Senior UN official
    17 november 2016 06:20:26
    New York, US (PANA) - Returning from recent visits to Haiti, Sudan and South Sudan, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said that while low funding for aid operations around the world challenge prompt and needed relief, the deteriorating humanitarian situation in conflict-riven South Sudan is the most “alarming”. Full text...

  • US: 'Brussels conference to play ‘significant role’ in supporting CAR's recovery'
    17 november 2016 06:02:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of Thursday's Brussels conference for the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations Security Council has emphasised the “significant role” the gathering will play in expressing the firm political support of international community. Full text...

  • US: UN Welcomes Kenya’s decision on Dadaab camp
    17 november 2016 05:51:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) has welcomed Wednesday's statement from the Government of Kenya in which it reiterated its continued search for solutions for refugees at the Dadaab camp, where it has been hosting and protecting refugees from Somalia for many years. Full text...

  • US: US to attend CAR donors' conference
    17 november 2016 05:41:07
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard will lead the U.S. delegation to the Brussels Conference for Central African Republic (CAR), co-hosted by the European Union and the CAR government, that will take place in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert says justice, reconciliation key to peace in CAR
    16 november 2016 19:00:30
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN expert on the situation of human rights in Central African Republic (CAR), Ms. Marie-Therese Keita, has said the justice system in CAR must be urgently strengthened if the country is to achieve lasting peace and reconciliation. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa rocked by fresh race row
    16 november 2016 16:01:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Another major race row is sending shockwaves around South Africa after two white men, accused of forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to set him alight, on Wednesday abandoned their bail application, saying they fear for their lives. Full text...

  • UN: UN says tolerance unites humanity
    16 november 2016 15:38:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova, on Wednesday stressed the importance of tolerance, particularly in today's diverse world, and called on the people to collectively build societies that are more inclusive, more peaceful and more prosperous. Full text...

  • CAR: Nearly one in five children in CAR is a refugee or internally displaced - UNICEF
    16 november 2016 05:54:23
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – As aid officials prepare to meet in Brussels on Thursday to seek funding to continue their programmes in Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported that more than 850,000 people there – half of them children – are still on the move, either internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram terrorists kill another Nigerian Army nommander
    15 november 2016 19:09:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Nigerian Army commander was Tuesday killed by Boko Haram terrorists in northeastern Nigeria where the army has been battling to contain resurgent attacks by terrorists. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Gunmen kill 31 in northwestern Nigerian State of Kaduna
    15 november 2016 18:57:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – About 31 people were killed and several others injured as unknown gunmen attacked four communities in Kauru local government area of Kaduna State, North Western Nigeria, according to a state official. Full text...

  • UN: ICC prosecutor issues annual report on preliminary examinations
    15 november 2016 15:57:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, has issued her annual report on preliminary examination activities conducted in 2016, an ICC statement said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty Int'l tasks governments on strengthening justice
    15 november 2016 14:05:15
    New York, US ((PANA) - International human rights watchdog, Amnesty International (AI), on Tuesday urged governments to strengthen, rather than withdraw, from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam says Central African Republic cannot face another year abandoned
    15 november 2016 10:04:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Ahead of an international donor meeting in Brussels on Thursday, global humanitarian agency Oxfam has warned that the people of Central African Republic (CAR) cannot face another year of the present dire situation which has left half of the 4.8 million population in need of humanitarian assistance. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group says government officials coercing refugees back to Somalia
    15 november 2016 06:02:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International says just two weeks before the deadline given to close the Dadaab refugee camp, Kenyan government officials are deliberately coercing refugees to return to Somalia, where they risk being injured or killed in the ongoing armed conflict. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kigali hosts discussions on South-South cooperation
    14 november 2016 22:17:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The General Assembly of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) kicked off its 27th session Monday in Kigali with a focus on joint efforts to promote South-South cooperation by strengthening the African continent’s research capacity in a move to fasten innovation, creativity and youth employment across different sectors. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nine dead in clash between Muslim Shiite group, security agencies in northwestern Nigeria
    14 november 2016 20:00:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria Police on Monday confirmed the death of eight members of the Muslim Shiite sect and a policeman during a violent clash in an operation carried out jointly by the Nigeria Army and the Department of State Security (DSS) the northwestern city of Kano. Full text...

  • UN: NGOs to hold summit on human rights, democracy
    14 november 2016 16:18:31
    New York, US (PANA) - An international coalition of 25 human rights organizations will hold its 9th annual gathering of human rights dissidents on 21 February 2017 at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Zambia: Anti-Corruption Commission probes Ex-Information Minister
    14 november 2016 14:44:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday confirmed that it has instituted investigations against former Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili who was sacked by President Edgar Lungu last week. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese, Ugandan ruling parties discuss cooperation
    14 november 2016 12:29:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Talks began here on Monday between the ruling Sudanese National Congress Party (NCP) and its Ugandan counterpart, the National Resistance Movement (NRM), to discuss political cooperation between the two, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Rwanda: AU, EU disagree on mode of payment for Burundian peacekeepers
    13 november 2016 19:37:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) have disagreed on how to pay salaries of Burundian peacekeepers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) following sanctions slapped on Burundi. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Two genocide suspects deported to Rwanda from Netherlands
    13 november 2016 18:31:28
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Two genocide suspects deported from the Netherlands late on Saturday night appeared before the judiciary police in Kigali on Sunday, after spending their first night in jail, charged with “crimes against humanity” for their role in the genocide against Tutsis in 1994. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military says no ransom was paid for release of 21 Chibok girls
    12 november 2016 18:31:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military on Saturday said no ransom was paid for last month's release of 21 abducted school girls from Chibok Girls Secondary School. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Rights group says 30,000 people left homeless in Lagos after fire, demolitions
    12 november 2016 16:12:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International has lashed out at the Lagos State authorities in Nigeria for fire and demolitions at a shanty town that left some 30,000 homeless. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU provides assistance to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, Sudan
    12 november 2016 12:45:33
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Commission will provide 78 million euro in emergency aid to help those affected by the South Sudan crisis within the country and in the region, the European Union Commission said in a press release published by the United Nations Relief web. Full text...

  • Somalia: Displacement continues amid recurrent clashes in north-central Somalia – UN
    12 november 2016 06:22:10
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Nearly 90,000 people in the city of Gaalkacyo, Somalia, remain displaced due to increased tensions and the recurrent clashes between forces allied to Galmudug on the one hand and Puntland administrations on the other hand, according to an update from the UN relief wing. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African province counts the cost of massive storm
    12 november 2016 05:20:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Parts of Gauteng, South Africa’s most populated province, will be declared disaster areas following massive flash floods that have left several people dead. Full text...

  • CAR: Rights group says EU donors must prioritise accountability
    11 november 2016 15:02:36
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - European Union (EU) member states and all donors attending the Brussels Conference for the Central African Republic (CAR) on 17 November must take concrete steps to end impunity in the country, as a deteriorating security situation threatens to plunge the country into yet more deadly violence, Amnesty International said today. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military denies use of mercenaries in fight against Boko Haram
    11 november 2016 14:47:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has described as “mischievous and unfounded" a media report that the military would fight the war against the Boko Haram terrorists with foreign mercenaries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army kills three female Boko Haram suicide bombers
    11 november 2016 14:37:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Army troops on Friday shot and killed three women with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped on their bodies when they attempted to invade Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta criticised for pulling out peacekeepers from South Sudan
    11 november 2016 14:25:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Friday that the decision by President Uhuru Kenyatta to withdraw troops from the UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan was unilateral and would threaten regional security. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian government sets up panel to stop violence in Niger Delta
    11 november 2016 13:53:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government has set up a committee, the Niger Delta Riverine Protection Programme, to come up with solutions to the bombing of pipelines and proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • UN: Senior UN police officers brief Security Council on challenges
    11 november 2016 05:49:07
    New York, US (PANA) – Police chiefs from United Nations missions on Thursday highlighted the work of their respective units and informed the Security Council members during a briefing of the challenges their officers face the ground. Full text...

  • US: UN allocates US$12 million in humanitarian funding to support CAR
    11 november 2016 05:37:18
    New York, US (PANA) – A senior United Nations relief official has announced the release of US$12 million from the Humanitarian Fund in Central African Republic (CAR) for 26 projects for national and international non-governmental organizations and UN agencies in the sub-Saharan country. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed protocol on forced labour comes into force
    10 november 2016 19:02:19
    New York, US (PANA) - An international protocol on forced labour has entered into force, a major milestone in the fight to end the practice, which the UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates victimizes 21 million people worldwide. Full text...

  • Nigeria: New militant group wants oil companies to quit Niger Delta region in seven days
    10 november 2016 18:53:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A new militant group, Adaka Boro Avengers, on Thursday gave oil companies in Nigeria's Niger Delta a seven days ultimatum to vacate the region or be ready for “total calamity” on staff and oil installations. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu congratulates US President-elect Trump
    10 november 2016 16:20:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has congratulated President-elect Donald Trump of the United States saying that the outcome of the November 8 election "reflects the trust and confidence the American people have reposed in Trump to lead the country towards major transformation in the social, economic and political discourse" as articulated in his campaign. Full text...

  • Mauritania: 'Appeal court must quash unfair sentences and free 13 anti-slavery activists'
    10 november 2016 11:47:02
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania’s appeals court must quash jail terms of up to 15 years handed down to 13 anti-slavery activists and release them from prison immediately, Amnesty International has said ahead of their hearing next Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Schooling initiative brings change to former child soldiers
    10 november 2016 11:38:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Former child soldiers and armed combatants from South Sudan and Uganda have benefitted from a new initiative aimed at improving education and peace in the two countries, officials spearheading the initiative said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan troops arrive home after South Sudan pullout
    10 november 2016 10:45:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The first batch of Kenyan troops arrived home from Sudan on Wednesday following the government's decision to pull out its 1,000-strong contingent serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the military said. Full text...

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