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  • 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...

  • DR Congo: Rights groups demand freedom for rights activists in DR Congo
    26 september 2017 07:15:53
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Democratic Republic of Congo authorities should immediately and unconditionally release nine Congolese human rights and pro-democracy activists wrongfully detained for their participation in peaceful activities, 45 Congolese and international human rights organizations said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Top UN envoy to Somalia welcomes parliamentary review of media law
    26 september 2017 06:35:24
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The top United Nations envoy to Somalia has welcomed the recent introduction of legislation that would amend the 2016 media law, and urged lawmakers to give due consideration to the concerns raised by prominent members of Somalia’s news media about the existing law and the proposed amendments. Full text...

  • Kenya: Chinese mountaineer killed on Mt. Kenya climb
    25 september 2017 13:40:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A Chinese mountaineer has been killed while returning from a successful excursion to the peak of Mount Kenya, one of the world’s highest points, an official of the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Police in Zambia arrest Baptist Church pastor for incest
    25 september 2017 13:20:40
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Police have arrested a Baptist Church pastor in Petauke, Eastern Zambia, for defiling a minor who is also his niece. Full text...

  • Somalia: Federal parliament reviews Somalia’s 2016 media law
    25 september 2017 13:18:26
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Some provisions of Somalia’s current media law do not appear to comply with international standards of media legislation and regulation, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, Michael Keating, said on Monday. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somali senior officer killed in Mogadishu
    25 september 2017 11:50:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - A senior Somali Army officer was murdered on Sunday evening in the capital, Mogadishu, by unidentified armed men, the website La Nouvelle Somalie reported on Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Chief Justice voted as South African of the Year
    25 september 2017 11:03:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has been named as the 2017 South African of the Year, according to a poll held to coincide with Monday’s national Heritage Day celebrations. Full text...

  • US: UN Secretary-General condemns killing of peacekeepers in Mali
    25 september 2017 06:21:04
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Sunday's attack against a convoy of the United Nations mission in northern Mali that killed three Bangladeshi peacekeepers. Full text...

  • Sudan: Zimbabwean named Int'l Female Police Peacekeeper 2017
    23 september 2017 11:39:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - An African police peacekeeper from Zimbabwe has been selected as the international female police peacekeeper for the year 2017, the UN said. Full text...

  • Sudan: 5 persons killed, many injured in clashes over Bashir's visit to IDP Camp in Darfur
    23 september 2017 10:30:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Two more persons were killed on Saturday in a displaced persons camp in Darfur which Sudanese President Omar Bashir visited on Friday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana improves electoral needs for disabled persons
    22 september 2017 19:56:56
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has heightened initiatives targeting people living with disabilities (PLWDs). Full text...

  • Mali: MINUSMA peacekeeper injured in terror attack on camp in north Mali
    22 september 2017 19:40:00
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – A peacekeeper with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Mission for the Stabilization of Mali (MINUSMA) based in à Kidal, in the extreme north of the country was injured in a rocket attack on Thursday, according to an official statement made available to PANA in Bamako on Friday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Burundian refugees mourn compatriots killed in eastern DR Congo
    22 september 2017 17:47:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The association of Burundian refugees in Rwanda on Friday said it was grieved by the death of 34 of their compatriots who were killed early this week in Kamanyola, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • US: Cameroon President Biya says ‘surge of solidarity’ can halt spread of poverty
    22 september 2017 17:26:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Cameroonian President Paul Biya has told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that peace, essential for the survival of humanity and sustainable development, “is dangerously under threat,” notably from terrorism, conflicts, poverty and climate disruptions. Full text...

  • Sudan: AU-UN mission in Darfur urges restraint after clashes at camp for displaced persons
    22 september 2017 15:31:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur on Friday urged “the utmost restraint” by all parties after clashes between government forces and internally displaced persons at the Kalma camp led to the death of at least three IDPs and injuries to some 26 others. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Telecom regulator drags journalists to court
    22 september 2017 14:20:35
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Three media practitioners are set to appear in court on Friday, after they were sued on multiple counts of sedition and criminal libel by the National Telecommunication Commission (NATCOM). Full text...

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