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  • 'UN working to address slavery, abuses against African migrants and refugees'
    29 november 2017 06:56:50
    New York, USA (PANA) – The United Nations is stepping up its work to stop the grave abuses perpetrated against refugees and migrants along the Central Mediterranean routes, including alleged slave trade in Libya, two UN agency chiefs told the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Security Council urged to support South Sudan's peace process revitalization
    29 november 2017 06:49:05
    New York, USA (PANA) – The arrival of the dry season in South Sudan could lead to more fighting that would undermine the political process and cause additional civilian casualties and displacement, a senior United Nations official cautioned the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Returning foreign terrorist fighters pose ‘enormous challenge with no easy solution’ - UN
    29 november 2017 06:39:51
    New York, USA (PANA) – With violent extremists having suffered defeats in Syria and Iraq, the international community must step up cooperation to address the complex problem of foreign terrorist fighters returning home or travelling to other regions, the head of the United Nations Office against Terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov, told the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief calls for investigation into killing of Nigerian photographer
    28 november 2017 21:40:58
    Paris, France (PANA) – The head of the United Nations agency defending press freedom on Tuesday denounced the killing of a Nigerian photographer, calling for an investigation into the incident. Full text...

  • 'Family members linked to nearly half of child trafficking cases'
    28 november 2017 21:32:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Almost half of identified child trafficking cases has begun with a family member’s involvement, new data from the United Nations migration agency has revealed. Full text...

  • Nigeria condemns alleged sale of African migrants in Libya, plans evacuation of nationals
    28 november 2017 14:36:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday condemned the reported auctioning of African migrants, especially Nigerians as slaves in Libya. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army kills 14 Boko Haram terrorists
    28 november 2017 07:19:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says a total of 14 Boko Haram terrorists have been killed during three "clearance operations” in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • UN 'strongly condemns' attack that kills peacekeeper in CAR
    27 november 2017 18:49:09
    New York, USA (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council have strongly condemned Sunday's attack allegedly perpetrated by the anti-Balaka group against a convoy of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic, in which one peacekeeper from Egypt was killed and three others were injured. Full text...

  • Rwanda destroys 130 tonnes of ammunitions
    27 november 2017 15:40:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - As part of its efforts to control the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, Rwanda on Monday started a week-long process of destroying 130 tonnes of expired weapons which present one of the biggest security challenges currently facing countries in Eastern Africa region, an authoritative source confirmed to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • South African model crowned Miss Universe
    27 november 2017 09:43:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa is saluting Western Cape model Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters who was crownd Miss Universe in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Full text...

  • Intensified fighting forces over 10,000 people to flee in Somalia - NRC
    27 november 2017 05:58:51
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Aerial bombardment and ground fighting in Somalia’s Middle and Lower Shabelle regions this month have forced over 10,000 people to flee for their lives, an international humanitarian organisation said on Monday. Full text...

  • Three soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack on Magumeri Army base in Nigeria
    26 november 2017 18:59:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday confirmed that three soldiers were killed when Boko Haram terrorists attacked a military formation at Magumeri, about 32 km from Maiduguri, the epicentre of terrorists’ violence in Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Buhari pledges to use "all possible means" to rescue remaining Chibok schoolgirls
    26 november 2017 18:56:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian leader, Muhammadu Buhari, has pledged to use "all possible means" to bring back all the Chibok girls still being held by Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...

  • Buhari condoles Egypt on Al Rawdah mosque killings
    25 november 2017 10:27:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has sent his condolences to the government and people of Egypt over the attacks on the Al Rawdah mosque, roughly 40km west of the North Sinai, capital of Al Arish. Full text...

  • Buhari urges Moslem clerics to assist in fight against corruption
    24 november 2017 18:17:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with Moslem clerics from various African countries in Abuja, urging religious movements to assist African countries rid themselves of the scourge of corruption. Full text...

  • Rights body welcomes child labour claims probe in DR Congo mines
    24 november 2017 15:39:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International on Friday welcomed reports that London Metal Exchange has launched investigations into whether cobalt mined by children in DR Congo is being traded in London. Full text...

  • Contingent forces deployment for Lesotho deferred
    24 november 2017 15:31:08
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has allayed fears that the regional body is not committed to ensure peace in Lesotho. Full text...

  • South Africa court increases Pistorius's jail sentence
    24 november 2017 08:19:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on Friday sentenced former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius to 13 years and five months in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Full text...

  • Former Zimbabwe First Lady still faces assault lawsuit in South Africa
    23 november 2017 10:15:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Zimbabwe’s former First Lady Grace Mugabe will not have her assault case dropped if she applies for political asylum or refugee status in South Africa. Full text...

  • Mnangagwa pledges to revamp Zimbabwe economy
    22 november 2017 20:08:37
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe President-designate Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday pledged to be a servant of the people and called for all progressive Zimbabweans to unite in growing their ruined economy. Full text...

  • Nigeria Police put on red alert over resurgence of terrorist attacks
    22 november 2017 18:29:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – With the increasing spate of terrorist attacks on worship centres, especially in northeast Nigeria, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim K. Idris has ordered all Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands and their Supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police and other police formations nationwide to be on red-alert with effect from 21 November 2017. Full text...

  • Justice body fingers Kenya police commission for failure to restore public trust
    22 november 2017 18:15:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new report from the International Center for Transitional Justice on police vetting in Kenya has charged that the Kenyan government has failed to undertake needed reforms to root out corruption and abuses from the National Police Service and restore public trust in the police. Full text...

  • Buhari orders military crackdown on terrorists in northwest Nigeria
    22 november 2017 18:03:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered a military crackdown on "bandits" operating in rural communities in Zamfara State, following fresh attacks on some communities in Shinkafi and Maradun local government areas in northwest Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigerian fighter jets destroy Boko Haram IED manufacturing facility
    22 november 2017 16:41:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets have successfully destroyed a Boko Haram terrorists' facility for manufacturing of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Botswana retains support to Zimbabweans
    22 november 2017 16:21:16
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has lifted a travel embargo on its citizens intending to travel to Zimbabwe following the resignation of President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday as Zimbabwe’s leader. Full text...

  • Arab League welcomes opening of investigation into slavery in Libya
    22 november 2017 10:13:16
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The League of Arab Staes has welcomed the decision of the Libyan Presidential Council to open an investigation into reports of the auction of migrants from sub-Saharan countries in Libya. Full text...

  • UN report urges Sudan to address plight of millions of IPDs in Darfur
    22 november 2017 05:10:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations human rights office has called on the Government of Sudan to pursue effective, transparent and durable policies to enable the 2.6 million people who have been internally displaced by the long-running conflict in Darfur to return home voluntarily or to reintegrate into host communities. Full text...

  • World must stop human trafficking, support victims – UN chief
    22 november 2017 05:04:16
    New York, USA (PANA) – Briefing the Security Council on Tuesday, top United Nations officials, including the Secretary-General and the head of the Organization’s anti-crime office, underscored the international community’s collective responsibility to stop criminals and terrorists from preying on vulnerable populations and migrants. Full text...

  • Buhari says Boko Haram suicide attack in northeast Nigeria “very cruel and dastardly”
    21 november 2017 18:41:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari has described the early Tuesday suicide bomb blast in a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa State of northeast Nigeria as “very cruel and dastardly.” Full text...

  • Over 40 ECOWAS peacekeepers drill in laws of war
    21 november 2017 18:18:24
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - More than 40 members of the Economic Community of West African States-Standby Force (ECOWAS-SF) are undergoing a five-day training course in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and rules of law enforcement in armed conflict. Full text...

  • Govt urges Kenyans to control population growth, enhance living standards
    21 november 2017 17:20:49
    Nairobi Kenya (PANA) - A senior government official on Tuesday asked Kenyans to control the population boom underlining that family planning helps the State provide highly critical services and raising the people's standard of living Full text...

  • Death toll in Nigeria mosque bomb blast climbs to 50 - Police (Eds: Updates with new death toll)
    21 november 2017 13:40:15
    Mubi, Nigeria (PANA) - The death toll in the bomb blast at a mosque at Mubi, northeast Nigeria, on Tuesday morning, has climbed to 50, the Adamawa Police Command has said. Full text...

  • Death toll in Nigeria mosque bomb blast rises to 21
    21 november 2017 12:35:40
    Mubi, Nigeria (PANA) - The death toll in the bomb blast at a mosque at Mubi, northeast Nigeria, on Tuesday morning, has climbed to 21, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said. Full text...

  • Tunisian NGO denounces return of slavery in Libya
    21 november 2017 11:14:44
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian NGO, forum for economic and social rights, has denounced the situation of migrants in Libya and the return of slavery in several cities with the organisation of public autions of sub-Saharan migrants. Full text...

  • LEAD: At least 15 killed in Nigeria mosque bomb blast
    21 november 2017 10:34:25
    Mubi, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 15 people have been killed and 20 injured in a bomb blast at a mosque at Mubi, northeast Nigeria, on Tuesday morning, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: At least 15 killed in Nigeria mosque bomb blast
    21 november 2017 10:20:49
    Mubi, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 15 people have been killed and 20 injured in a bomb blast in a mosque at Mubi, northeast Nigeria, on Tuesday morning, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said. Full text...

  • General Assembly, Security Council fill final vacancy on ‘World Court’
    21 november 2017 06:33:08
    New York, USA (PANA) – The General Assembly and the Security Council on Monday elected the fifth judge to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concluding the 2017 elections to the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Full text...

  • AMI holds Excellence in Media Awards programme
    20 november 2017 21:00:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The African Media Initiative (AMI) on Monday organized its third edition of the “ZIMEO Excellence in Media Awards” recognizing nine journalists as winners and 18 runners-up in a programme held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • UN chief 'horrified' at buying and selling of African migrants in Libya
    20 november 2017 20:57:00
    New York, USA (PANA) – Expressing horror at news reports and videos showing African migrants in Libya allegedly being sold as slaves, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday called on the authorities to urgently investigate the situation and bring the perpetrators to justice. Full text...

  • Nigeria protests "sudden" burial of 26 teenage girls drowned in Mediterranean Sea
    20 november 2017 19:59:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Federal Government of Nigeria on Monday expressed “surprise and shock” over the sudden burial of 26 African girls drowned in the Mediterranean Sea by Italian authorities nine days ahead of the slated date. Full text...

  • 180 million children face bleaker prospects than their parents – UNICEF
    20 november 2017 06:51:58
    New York, USA (PANA) – Despite global progress, 1 in 12 children worldwide live in countries where their prospects today are worse than those of their parents, according to a UNICEF analysis conducted for World Children’s Day. Full text...

  • Five die, four others injured in suicide attacks in Maiduguri
    19 november 2017 11:01:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria police on Sunday said that five persons were killed and four others injured on Saturday when suicide bombers attacked Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • AU orders comprehensive probe into Libyan migrants slavery
    19 november 2017 10:49:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union has instructed its l its human organs to begin a comprehensive investigation into the reported acts of slavery and slave trade involving migrants in Libya following a recent expose. Full text...

  • Nigeria sets up panel on death of 26 women found dead in Mediterranean
    18 november 2017 15:38:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – After ignoring news of the death of 26 teenage Nigerian migrant girls found dead in the Mediterranean early this month, the Nigerian federal government on Saturday said it has set up a ministerial committee to examine the circumstances surrounding the tragedy. Full text...

  • New UN funding to help sustain critical aid programmes in Chad
    18 november 2017 05:15:27
    Ndjamena, Chad (PANA) – The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – a pool of funding which supports critical relief operations in crises around the world – has allocated US$11 million to help meet the life-saving needs of some 147,000 people in southern Chad, where aid operations are faltering in want of resources. Full text...

  • UN chief urges cooperation to tackle security challenges in Mediterranean
    18 november 2017 05:06:32
    New York, USA (PANA) – The Mediterranean – a confluence of civilizations, cultures, religions, trade and migration – is facing multiple security challenges, such as terrorism, illicit trade in narcotics, environmental degradation and forced displacement, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Friday. Full text...

  • Gambia to pay compensation to journalists victimized by ex-president Jammeh
    17 november 2017 20:55:30
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Gambian government will start paying compensation to three journalists victimized by former president Yahya Jammeh before the end of the year, PANA confirmed Friday. Full text...

  • Buhari condoles Iran, Iraq on "devastating" earthquake
    17 november 2017 17:35:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari on Friday commiserated with e Iranians and Iraqis on the devastating earthquake which struck the western province of Kermanshah recently, causing the death of hundreds and injury to thousands. Full text...

  • South African Justice minister denies Chris Han's killer parole again
    17 november 2017 09:21:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Justice Minister Michael Masutha on Friday denied parole to Janusz Walus who nearly sparked a full-blown race war by assassinating South Africa Communist Party leader Chris Hani ahead of the country’s historic first democratic elections. Full text...

  • UN agency to repatriate 180 Sierra Leoneans from Libya
    16 november 2017 16:27:08
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has agreed to facilitate the repatriation of 180 Sierra Leoneans stranded in Libya, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here announced on Wednesday. Full text...

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