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  • AfDB grants 75.4 million euros to Gabon for access to safe drinking water by 2025
    04 october 2018 13:16:46
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - With a loan of 75.4 million euros, the African Development Bank (AfDB) will support Gabon to reduce the drinking water deficit of 50,000 cubic meters per day in Grand Libreville, including the communes of Libreville, Akanda, Owendo and Ntoum. Full text...

  • HRW urges ICC investigate killings in DRC's Beni
    04 october 2018 11:41:33
    Beni, DRC (PANA – Unidentified fighters have killed more than 1,000 civilians in Beni territory in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in a series of massacres beginning four years ago, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Three shot dead in Addis Ababa shooting rage
    04 october 2018 09:55:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Three armed policemen have been shot dead in Addis Ababa' s upmarket Bole district in an early morning shooting rage, the local media reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN event sheds light on child sexual abuse and exploitation
    04 october 2018 06:46:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Governments can and must do more to end the daily sexual abuse and exploitation of girls and boys worldwide, an event at UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday highlighted, including through a newly launched tool designed to help countries track progress and gaps. Full text...

  • Former Rwandan senior bank manager arrested over favouritism
    03 october 2018 16:47:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former Director General of Rwanda Development Bank, Alexis Kanyankore has been arrested over a charge related to favouritism and falsifying official documents, the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • ANC Women's League calls for the castration of rapists
    03 october 2018 15:26:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Women’s League of the ruling African National Congress (ANCWL) in South Africa has called on the public to join it in lobbying for the adoption of chemical castration as a punishment for convicted rapists. Full text...

  • UN commends Sudan for delivery of relief items to rebel held areas
    03 october 2018 10:40:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN has commended a decision by the Khartoum government to allow delivery of relief items to rebel-held areas from within the Sudan, which hitherto was banned. Full text...

  • UN agencies inject youthful energy into sustainable development for urban Africa
    03 october 2018 06:46:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Underscoring the importance of fully involving young people in decisions affecting their lives, three United Nations agencies announced an innovative partnership on Tuesday with African local governments, designed to inject youthful ideas and energy into urban planning policies. Full text...

  • Rights group slams Burundi's suspension of NGOs
    03 october 2018 06:38:30
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi’s suspension of almost all international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the country is a deeply "repressive measure" that will severely impact some of the most vulnerable people in the country, human rights group, Amnesty International, has said as the suspension announced last week came into effect. Full text...

  • US announces $65.5m additional aid to Nigeria
    02 october 2018 17:39:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Tuesday announced additional assistance of $65.5 million to achieve the development goals outlined in the bilateral U.S.-Nigerian Development Objectives Assistance Agreement signed in 2015. Full text...

  • Egyptian, Jamaican laureates receive 2018 UNESCO Prize for Girls and Women’s Education
    02 october 2018 16:53:36
    Paris, France (PANA) - A Jamaican project to help school-aged mothers return to the classroom and another in Egypt which provides educational opportunities for marginalized girls will receive this year’s UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's Education, the UN specialized agency announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • AfDB supports Senegal's Community Development Emergency Program with 60m euros
    02 october 2018 13:32:13
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) will help Senegal to continue its Emergency Community Development Program, which aims to develop rural agriculture and provide people in the most remote areas of the country with better access to basic social services. Full text...

  • Zambian authorities arrest 2 Chinese nationals for illegally training locals
    02 october 2018 13:28:21
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Police in Zambia have arrested two Chinese nationals over allegations that they are offering illegal military training to members of a local security firm. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force destroys Boko Haram meeting venue in Northeast Nigeria
    02 october 2018 13:20:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force said on Tuesday that its aircraft has destroyed a Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) meeting venue at Jabullam in Northern Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria's president condemns killing of 7 in Jos
    02 october 2018 09:46:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday condemned the latest violence in Jos which led to the imposition of a curfew in the Plateau state capital. Full text...

  • Tensions high as rape suspect appears in court
    02 october 2018 09:40:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There was a heavy police presence outside the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday when a man suspected of raping a young girl at an upmarket city restaurant in broad daylight last week was brought into the dock. Full text...

  • UNHCR honours South Sudanese surgeon with 2018 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award
    02 october 2018 07:03:26
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Monday honoured Dr. Evan Atar Adaha, a surgeon from South Sudan, with the 2018 Nansen Refugee Award at a ceremony in Geneva. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for world to follow Gandhi’s example on International Day of Non-Violence
    02 october 2018 06:52:33
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the world to follow the “enduring vision and wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi” on the International Day of Non-Violence, which falls on 2 October - the birthday of the iconic leader who led India to independence, and inspired civil rights movements across the globe. Full text...

  • UNHCR warns over Mediterranean rescue capacity
    01 october 2018 10:06:20
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has expressed gratitude to Malta for its decision to allow 58 rescued people from the NGO ship Aquarius to be disembarked on Sunday, ending their ordeal after days at sea. Full text...

  • South Sudan signs Refugee Convention
    01 october 2018 09:47:08
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Monday welcomed South Sudan’s accession to the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. Full text...

  • Buhari sympathises with Indonesia over twin disasters of Tsunami, earthquake
    30 september 2018 10:45:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sorrow and sympathy to the government and people of Indonesia over the latest Tsunami and earthquake disaster that hit the country's central Sulawesi Island. Full text...

  • Kenyan TV personality arrested in connection with murder mystery
    30 september 2018 07:01:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan television journalist, who broadcast the news of the mysterious murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani, 28, on 20 Sept was arrested on Saturday in connection with the murder, police said. Full text...

  • Nigeria military investigates fighter jets collision
    29 september 2018 11:26:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has set up a board of inquiry into the collision and crash of two fighter jets on Friday. Full text...

  • UNGA meeting spotlights the ‘press behind bars’
    29 september 2018 11:07:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Regularly threatened, attacked and killed, journalists are also being imprisoned in record numbers around the world, an event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly highlighted on Friday. Full text...

  • South Sudan’s ‘relentless conflict’ leaves almost 60 per cent suffering desperate food crisis
    29 september 2018 10:59:42
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - “Relentless conflict” in South Sudan has now left more than six million people facing crisis levels of hunger, three UN agencies have said, amid ongoing efforts to deliver aid to the war-weary country. Full text...

  • 30 AU Police Officers leave Somalia on completion of tour of duty
    28 september 2018 18:58:43
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – A total of 30 Police Officers deployed in Somalia under the AU Mission, will leave the Horn of Africa country this weekend, after a year-long tour of duty, the Mission said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN experts condemn “systematic targeting” of human rights defenders in Egypt
    28 september 2018 18:31:33
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN human rights experts have urged Egyptian authorities to ensure all detained human rights defenders are afforded every right to due process and a fair, impartial and public trial in accordance with Egypt’s obligations under international human rights law. Full text...

  • One pilot dies as two Nigerian fighter jets collide in Abuja
    28 september 2018 16:04:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Friday confirmed the death of one of the pilots in the two ill-fated Chinese-built F-7Ni jets that crashed in Abuja Friday morning. Full text...

  • Buhari, Ghanaian President meet over attack on Nigerian traders in Ghana
    28 september 2018 10:13:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari and President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana on Thursday met in New York, on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly, during which the Nigerian leader expressed delight that the attacks against Nigerian traders in Ghana were being decisively taken care of. Full text...

  • Buhari commends global Islamic group for helping tackle Boko Haram insurgency
    28 september 2018 10:02:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the pledge by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to help Nigeria tackle the Boko Haram insurgency through sound education, among other things. Full text...

  • World leaders commit to continue UN fight against sexual exploitation and abuse
    28 september 2018 06:34:00
    New York, US (PANA) - World leaders joined with United Nations entities on Thursday to reaffirm their continued personal commitment to support efforts to combat sexual exploitation and abuse across the Organization, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • Prince of Wales to visit Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria
    27 september 2018 17:28:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Prince Charles of Wales and his wife Duchess Camilla of Cornwall will visit Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria from 31 October – 8 November 2018, the British High Commission in Banjul announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • UNICEF, Microsoft strike new partnership on education of displaced, refugee children
    27 september 2018 10:27:11
    New York, US (PANA) – UNICEF, the UN children's fund, on Wednesday launched a new partnership with Microsoft Corp. to tackle the education crisis impacting children and young people affected by conflict and natural disasters, and to provide them with protection services. Full text...

  • Gov'ts urged to ‘do the hard work’ to better manage global migration
    27 september 2018 06:44:09
    New York, US (PANA) - As world leaders met at the United Nations on Wednesday to discuss the first global agreement designed to better manage international migration, a leading voice on migrants’ rights urged them to “do the hard work” of turning words into action. Full text...

  • Time has come to rid the world of nuclear weapons, UN officials stress
    26 september 2018 15:59:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The time has come to make tangible progress to rid the world of nuclear weapons, top United Nations officials stressed on Wednesday, citing the grave threat posed by such weapons to global security. Full text...

  • Nigeria's two central labour unions begin indefinite strike Thursday over new minimum wage
    26 september 2018 13:33:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Nigeria’s two central labour unions, on Wednesday directed their State Councils and industrial unions across the 36 States of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to mobilise workers with a view to embarking on an indefinite industrial action Thursday. Full text...

  • AfDB approves US$50mn facility to support Nigeria’s rural populations
    26 september 2018 13:21:15
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$50 million line of credit to Nigeria’s Sterling Bank Plc to support micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in strategic sectors, including agriculture, renewable energy and social sectors such as health and education. Full text...

  • Pretoria issues travel advisory after Burkina Faso kidnapping
    26 september 2018 10:01:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) on Wednesday called on South African travellers to be cautious in dangerous areas around the world. Full text...

  • African leaders, WB, and partners catalyze action to ensure digital ID for everyone by 2030
    25 september 2018 19:53:42
    New York, US (PANA) - African leaders, the World Bank Group, the United Nations, and other development partners met Tuesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly for the ‘African Leaders Roundtable on Identification for Development’ to catalyze collective action, boost financial support, and harness innovation for the digital identification and civil registration agenda in Africa. Full text...

  • Increasing hostilities in Libya taking heavy toll on civilians, warns UN relief official
    25 september 2018 19:14:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The top United Nations relief official in Libya has voiced deep alarm at the humanitarian impact of increasing hostilities in Tripoli, which has led over two days to the deaths of 11 people, most of them civilians, and the wounding of 18 others. Full text...

  • Nigerian agencies intensify search, rescue of crew abducted by pirates off bulk carrier ship
    25 september 2018 18:18:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Tuesday said it has commenced search and rescue operations for the abducted 12 crew members onboard MV Glarus owned by Allison Shipping. Full text...

  • Army kills 14 Boko Haram terrorists, rescue 146 hostages in northeast Nigeria
    25 september 2018 17:27:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army sid Friday its troops on clearance operations have killed 14 Boko Haram terrorists and rescued 146 of the terrorists’ hostages between Sunday and Monday in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Amnesty International condemns arrests of about 3,000 youths in Ethiopia
    25 september 2018 11:18:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the arrests of nearly 3,000 youths in Ethiopia urging the government to renews its commitments to the new era of upholding human rights. Full text...

  • Coordination, intelligence imperative against human trafficking, people smuggling - INTERPOL
    25 september 2018 10:22:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Global experts from some 70 countries have gathered to forge a common front against the complex, international groups behind human trafficking and migrant smuggling. Full text...

  • Gambian journalists demand investigation into assault of colleague
    25 september 2018 09:16:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Press Union is demanding a thorough and impartial investigation by the Inspector-General of Police into an alleged assault of a television cameraman. Full text...

  • UN chief launches bold new strategy for young people ‘to lead’
    25 september 2018 07:05:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General launched a new partnership strategy with the world’s 1.8 billion young people on Monday, to help put “their ideas into action”. Full text...

  • Global spotlight on world drug problem ‘is personal’ for many families, says UN chief
    25 september 2018 06:50:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations focused a global spotlight on the world-wide drug problem during a high-level counter-narcotics event on Monday in which Secretary-General António Guterres flagged that this “is personal”. Full text...

  • 'Humanity cries for justice', says ICC President says
    25 september 2018 06:33:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Amidst a slew of high-level events at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, President of the International Criminal Court (ICC) underscored in an interview with UN News that “humanity cries for justice,” and that “no country can do it alone”. Full text...

  • Kenyan Governor charged with murder of girlfriend
    24 september 2018 16:56:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan Governor pleaded not guilty on Monday to the charge of murder in the case of kidnapping and grisly murder of Sharon Otieno, who was seven-month pregnant when she was killed in early September. Full text...

  • Sudanese army chief of staff to participate in conference on extremism in Washington
    24 september 2018 11:51:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Monday said its second top military executive has been invited by the US army to visit the US and take part in an important conference on how to beat up terrorism Full text...

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