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  • Tanzania: Oxfam report finds 4 million refugees, asylum seekers fleeing to conflict countries
    15 september 2016 18:30:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Close to four million refugees and asylum seekers have fled from one conflict zone to another, Oxfam International said Thursday ahead of two summits on migration in New York next week. Full text...

  • US: IMF appoints Ethiopian economist as Director of African Department
    15 september 2016 15:07:47
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Ms. Christine Lagarde on Thursday announced her intention to appoint Abebe Aemro Selassie as Director of the IMF’s African Department. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF monitors child-related data for SDGs implementation
    15 september 2016 14:42:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched a 'Time Machine' that will use data storytelling to highlight the lack of availability of statistics on children and particularly those related to child-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU official says tense, unpredictable situation persists in Darfur
    15 september 2016 13:26:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The security situation in the restive region of Darfur in western Sudan remains "tense and unpredictable", a senior official of the African Union (AU) said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army kills four Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria
    15 september 2016 08:27:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says its soldiers engaged and killed four Boko Haram terrorists who had been terrorising people in some parts of Yobe State, northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UK to help improve education in Nigeria
    15 september 2016 08:19:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria and the United Kingdom are to collaborate to improve the educational sector in Nigeria, the British High Commission announced in a statement in Abuja on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Threat to capture President Buhari is 'complete joke' - Military
    15 september 2016 08:05:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's Defence Headquarters has described Boko Haram’s threat to capture President Muhammadu Buhari as “complete joke” saying the terrorist group lacks the capability to attack the President. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Rights group raises alarm on 'chilling crackdown' in DR Congo
    15 september 2016 06:32:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) have overseen a systematic crackdown on opponents of President Joseph Kabila’s attempt to stay in power beyond the constitutionally mandated second term. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council approves 3-month extension for UN mission in Liberia
    14 september 2016 19:34:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday extended the mandate of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to 31 December, and reaffirmed its readiness to consider withdrawing the operation and transitioning to a future UN presence there, following a proposed mid-November review of situation on the ground. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR report says mobile connectivity critical lifeline for refugees
    14 september 2016 18:38:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Many refugees view access to a mobile phone and the Internet as being as critical to their safety and security as food, water and shelter, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the UN refugee agency and a global professional and technology consulting company, Accenture. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU signs pact to champion rights of vulnerable population
    14 september 2016 17:09:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union Commission (AUC) and HelpAge International have signed a memorandum of understanding to work towards improving the welfare of older people and the ageing population in Africa, the Commission announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram release new video, vow to capture President Buhari
    14 september 2016 14:00:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Boko Haram terrorists group Wednesday released a new video, saying they were plotting to capture President Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief urges governments to stop blocking human rights scrutiny
    13 september 2016 19:21:45
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein on Tuesday expressed concern over attempts by countries to block human rights scrutiny amid reports that human rights were being misused as a pretext for interference in the affairs of sovereign nations. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Seven-nation naval exercise kicks off in Nigerian waters
    13 september 2016 17:43:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A four-day multinational naval exercise involving France and six west and central African countries kicked off Tuesday in Nigeria’s territorial waters. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Militants blow up another major crude oil pipeline in Niger Delta
    13 september 2016 17:23:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Despite claims by the Nigerian military that it had arrested the coordinator of ‘Operation Crocodile Tears’, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) onTuesday blew up a major crude oil pipeline around Afiesere/Iwhrenene in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State. Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty International blames UN, world leaders on refugee crisis
    13 september 2016 16:32:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday the abject failure of a UN summit to tackle the deepening global refugee crisis is a missed opportunity that will affect millions of the world’s most vulnerable people unless leaders find alternative solutions to help them reach safety. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief felicitates with global Muslims on Eid el-Kabir
    13 september 2016 13:28:58
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has wished all Muslims around the world a blessed and peaceful Eid el-Kabir, which is being observed from Monday by the global Muslim community. Full text...

  • South Africa: Anti-gay US pastor barred from entering South Africa
    13 september 2016 11:54:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday announced that anti-gay American pastor Steven Anderson will not be granted a visa to visit South Africa following a national outcry. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African court sentences woman who sparked racial row
    12 september 2016 18:55:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Durban real estate agent who sparked a nationwide outcry by labelling black people as monkeys was convicted and sentenced by a magistrate’s court on Monday after pleading guilty. Full text...

  • Kenya: President Kenyatta sends consolation message to Tanzania over earthquake
    12 september 2016 18:43:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has phoned Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli to express solidarity and sympathy to the Government and the people of Tanzania following the loss of lives, injuries and destruction of property resulting from the earthquake that affected the region on Saturday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria expresses regret over Tanzanian earthquake
    12 september 2016 09:08:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African government on Monday expressed its condolences to the people of Tanzania after a massive earthquake caused havoc over the weekend. Full text...

  • Ghana: Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Adha
    12 september 2016 09:03:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Muslims cross the globe are on Monday celebrating Eid-ul-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, in honour of Abraham, who obeyed Allah's command to sacrifice his son, Ismail. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria Army 'kills suspected female suicide bomber'
    12 september 2016 07:34:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says it has killed a suspected female suicide bomber carrying a Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device (PBIED) who was approaching a check point located at the northeastern Kara cattle market axis in Dikwa, Borno State. Full text...

  • Kenya: Three more arrested in connection with Mombasa women terror attack
    11 september 2016 19:58:57
    Mombasa, Kenya (PANA) - Police have positively identified two members of an all-women terror attack squad which attempted an attack at the Mombasa Central Police station on Sunday and made further arrests. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission extracts Machar, others from national park in DRC
    11 september 2016 17:45:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Acting on humanitarian grounds and at the request of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) has extracted hundreds of civilians from South Sudan, including the former Vice-President of South Sudan, Riek Machar, members of his family and aides from a national park in the DRC. Full text...

  • Kenya: All women terror attack squad gunned down in Mombasa
    11 september 2016 14:52:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A terror attack by three knife-wielding women attackers ended at the Central Police station in Mombasa on Sunday, when the Police gunned down all the attackers, the local media reported. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian New Year starts with national calls for peace, stability
    11 september 2016 09:10:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome has urged his compatriots to stand for peace and stability, stressing that peace is the basis on which the country can sustain its ongoing development programmes. Full text...

  • Libya: IOM carries out first humanitarian repatriation flight from southern Libya
    11 september 2016 05:23:16
    Sabha, Libya (PANA) - The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says it has organized its first humanitarian repatriation charter flight from southern Libya. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Joint force destroys 12 Boko Haram camps in Lake Chad Basin
    10 september 2016 19:04:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) says its land and air component has cleared 12 identified Boko Haram camps and hideouts in the Lake Chad Basin. Full text...

  • US: US gives nearly US$37 million additional education funding to UNHCR
    10 september 2016 04:43:48
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States on Friday announced a contribution of nearly US$37 million of humanitarian assistance toward the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support critical education gaps for refugees in 16 countries. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR concerned over basic services, security in former Boko Haram stronghold
    09 september 2016 22:29:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday expressed concern over basic services and security in a territory formerly controlled by Boko Haram insurgents, as hundreds of internally displaced people are returning to their devastated villages and towns in the north-eastern state of Borno, recently liberated by the Nigerian armed forces. Full text...

  • UN: UN releases US$7 million to strengthen protection of IDPs in Somalia
    09 september 2016 18:11:42
    New York, US (PANA) - To strengthen protection services to internally displaced people in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the UN Humanitarian Fund for Somalia has released US$7 million to scale up life-saving and life sustaining assistance. Full text...

  • UN: UN troop-contributing countries adopt new peacekeeping initiatives
    09 september 2016 16:21:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Countries contributing troops and police to UN peacekeeping missions have adopted a communique that focuses on ways to improve the planning of peacekeeping operations, implement the pledges of support made by countries, and enhance the performance of troops on the ground. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO report says adult education vital to communities well-being
    08 september 2016 18:31:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Adult learning and education can improve health and well-being, employment opportunities and develop local communities, a new report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda's adult literacy rate reaches 86 percent
    08 september 2016 18:21:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's adult literacy rate has increased to 86 percent of the population in 2016, but illiterate people in rural areas still prefer to devote more of their spare time to productive activities rather than attending literacy classes, according to an official report made available to PANA here on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari urges Nigerians to shun corruption
    08 september 2016 17:23:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday launched 'Change Begins with Me' national re-orientation campaign aimed at sanitising the Nigerian society through citizens' attitudinal change. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns police officers in Ghana for assaulting, detaining journalist
    08 september 2016 16:59:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has condemned police officers in Ghana for assaulting and detaining journalist Fred Sarpong of Daily Express newspaper, for taking pictures of a policeman who was allegedly receiving bribe from a bus driver. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa braces for visit by controversial US pastor
    08 september 2016 16:40:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There are deep divisions over next week’s planned visit to South Africa by racist and homophobic American preacher Steven Anderson. Full text...

  • UN: UN member states agree to ban cluster bombs by 2030
    08 september 2016 16:32:11
    New York, US (PANA) - State Parties to the UN-backed treaty banning cluster bombs have agreed on a target to complete by 2030 the clearance of explosive remnants of war that kill large numbers of civilians. Full text...

  • UN: UN concerned at harassment of civil society groups in South Sudan
    08 september 2016 14:41:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Thursday expressed concern at reports of harassment and intimidation against some civil society members who met with a UN Security Council delegation which recently visited the country. Full text...

  • US: 'Reject bigotry, build bridges across communities' – UN chief
    08 september 2016 09:13:39
    New York, US (PANA) - Describing religious intolerance as one of the greatest global threats, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the world to join together for peaceful coexistence and a life of dignity for all. Full text...

  • UK: Niger peacekeeper presented with inaugural UN Military Gender Advocate Award
    08 september 2016 08:57:31
    London, UK (PANA) - A former United Nations peacekeeper from Niger has been presented with the inaugural UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award for her work in integrating gender perspectives into peacekeeping activities while serving in Mali. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tutu recovers after surgery in South Africa
    07 september 2016 19:01:41
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African liberation here Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is recovering at a Cape Town hospital after undergoing surgery on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks governments, private sector on universal literacy
    07 september 2016 18:26:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking International Literacy Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called on governments and their partners, including in the private sector, to join forces for universal literacy and build peaceful, just, inclusive and sustainable societies. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese celebrate implementation of Doha peace deal for Darfur
    07 september 2016 17:49:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Chad, Central African Republic and Qatar heads of state were among leaders who attended a gathering in Darfur on Wednesday at which Sudanese President Omar Bashir declared a general amnesty to all rebels holding arms against his government. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian minister stresses role of education in poverty eradication
    07 september 2016 17:29:06
    Flic-en Flac, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Education and Human Resources Minister Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun on Wednesday said that providing education is a social enterprise and, “indeed, without education we cannot envisage the eradication of absolute poverty and achieving the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.” Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's security agencies ask for postponement of governorship election in Niger Delta
    07 september 2016 16:28:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – In a rare joint public statement, the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services (the nation’s security police) have warned of attacks by “insurgents” and other extremist elements in the run-up to next week’s Muslim celebrations. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF report says 28 million children uprooted by conflicts
    07 september 2016 14:20:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Millions of children driven from their homes due to violence and conflict or in the hopes of finding a better and safer future face further dangers along the way, including the risk of drowning on sea crossings, malnourishment and dehydration, trafficking, kidnapping, rape and even murder, a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief urges collective global action to protect vulnerable populations
    07 september 2016 14:05:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson says collective global action is needed to overcome barriers to implementation of governments' legal commitments to protect populations from atrocity crimes, which is known as "Responsibility to Protect" or R2P. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkinabe public media journalists embark on one-day strike
    07 september 2016 12:31:19
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Journalists in Burkina public on Wednesday embarked on a one-day strike to demand better working and living conditions. Full text...

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