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  • Nuclear test ban treaty critical to global collective security – UN chief
    30 august 2018 06:32:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Every effort should be made to bring a global treaty into force that prevents more countries from developing nuclear weapons, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said. Full text...

  • Guterres stresses 'diplomacy for peace' as conflicts become more complex
    30 august 2018 06:24:39
    New York, US (PANA) - As war and the mediation of peace have become increasingly complex, innovative thinking is needed to save and improve the lives of millions, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Army kill 4 Boko Haram terrorists in Northeast Nigeria
    29 august 2018 15:26:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said its troops killed four Boko Haram terrorists in Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • South African opposition party calls for probe into new 24-hour television channel
    29 august 2018 11:46:40
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday raised concerns over the selection of Newzroom Afrika as the winning bidder to broadcast a new 24-hour television channel in the country. Full text...

  • Millions of refugee children going without schooling, UNHCR report shows
    29 august 2018 10:08:01
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Four million refugee children do not attend school, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says in a report released on Wednesday. This is an increase of half a million of out-of-school refugee children in just one year. Full text...

  • Medical charity assists northern Mali village attacked by armed groups
    29 august 2018 07:15:35
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing emergency medical care after an attack on Tindinbawen village in northern Mali. Full text...

  • Over 204 people evicted from their homes in Mogadishu this year - NRC
    29 august 2018 07:04:11
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Over 204,000 people were forcibly removed from their homes this year, nearly double the same period last year, with many people made homeless multiple times, humanitarian charity, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has said. Full text...

  • UNHCR 'relieved' at disembarkation of rescued persons from Italian coast guard ship
    27 august 2018 06:47:54
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has expressed relief that the remaining rescued persons on board the Italian coast guard vessel ‘Diciotti’ have now disembarked. Full text...

  • President Kiir sacks South Sudan labour minister
    26 august 2018 11:27:13
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has sacked the Labour minister, General Gathoth Gatkuoth Hothnyang, and appointed former army chief of staff General James Hoth Mai to take over the ministry. Full text...

  • Italy allows ship with refugees to dock
    26 august 2018 07:01:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Italy has finally allowed a its coastguard vessel with refugees on board to dock. This ends a six-day uncertainty during which no European country was prepared to take them in. Full text...

  • UN condemns attack that leaves one ‘blue helmet’ dead in Central African Republic
    25 august 2018 19:16:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the attack on 23 August by presumed anti-Balaka elements on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in which one peacekeeper from Burundi was killed. Full text...

  • HRW says there should be no amnesty for atrocity crimes
    25 august 2018 06:40:07
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – A general amnesty as part of the political dialogue in the Central African Republic (CAR) would be incompatible with the government’s duty to bring those responsible for grave international crimes to justice and with victims’ rights to accountability, five Central African and international human rights organizations have said. Full text...

  • ISIL continues to pose a ‘serious challenge’ worldwide – UN counter-terror chief
    25 august 2018 06:32:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite serious military setbacks, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) may still have around 20,000 fighters and is continuing its dangerous transformation into a covert global network, while focusing on the activities of its regional offshoots, the United Nations Security Council has been told. Full text...

  • Former Uganda Police chief Kayihura arraigned in court
    24 august 2018 19:36:02
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Uganda’s former Police chief, Gen. Kale Kayihura, who has been in military detention, on Friday appeared before a General Court Martial sitting at Makindye military police barracks in Kampala. Full text...

  • South African businessman apologises for racist rant
    24 august 2018 09:24:58
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – A South African man who sparked a national outcry over a racist video clip he posted while on holiday in Europe, on Friday issued a formal apology. Full text...

  • Nearly one million displaced people in urgent need of assistance in Ethiopia - MSF
    24 august 2018 08:43:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Over 900,000 people in Ethiopia have been displaced along the border between Gedeo zone (in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR)) and West Guji zone (Oromia region) due to a recent surge in intercommunal violence, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has said. Full text...

  • Embrace ‘people-centred multilateralism,’ UN-civil society forum urges
    24 august 2018 06:59:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The 67th United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference concluded on Thursday afternoon in New York, pledging to “uplift those whose human rights are most under threat and to protect our planet by living in harmony with nature”. Full text...

  • Remembering slave trade offers chance to raise awareness – UNESCO
    24 august 2018 06:54:21
    Paris, France (PANA) - On the 20th anniversary of the International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the United Nations is inviting the world to reflect on the legacy of slavery and remember to guard against racial prejudices, which continue to fuel everyday discrimination against people of African descent. Full text...

  • ‘Finding global solutions for global problems’ focus of UN-civil society forum
    23 august 2018 06:04:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The 67th United Nations Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Conference kicked off on Wednesday at UN Headquarters in New York, with speeches affirming the importance of multilateralism, closer partnerships between the UN and civil society, and the role that young people have to play. Full text...

  • WB debars Slovenian firm engaged in corrupt practices in DRC
    22 august 2018 17:15:33
    Washington, US (PANA) - The World Bank on Wednesday announced the 18-month debarment of Flycom d.o.o. (Flycom), a Slovenian provider of infrastructure services that engaged in corrupt practices under the Southern Africa Power Market Project (SAPMP) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Island of Mozambique hosts int'l Colloquium on memories of Slavery
    22 august 2018 14:51:23
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - A four-day international colloquium, organized by UNESCO and partners on the "Memories of Slavery on the Island of Mozambique: History, Resistance, Liberty and Heritage", is ongoing in the African nation. Full text...

  • Humanitarian charity organises 'catch-up classes' for CAR children
    22 august 2018 10:58:40
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Humanitarian charity, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), is facilitating "catch-up classes" for displaced children in the Central African Republic (CAR) to help them remedy deficiencies in their academic work. Full text...

  • Racist video clip goes viral in South Africa
    22 august 2018 08:12:12
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Another white South African has sparked an outcry after a racist video clip of himself went viral on social media. Full text...

  • ‘Stop and listen’ to victims of terrorism, UN chief urges
    22 august 2018 05:25:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Recognising the impact of terrorism on the lives of ordinary people worldwide is the focus of the first observance of an international day that honours victims and survivors. Full text...

  • Guterres urges increased support to Lake Chad countries following latest Boko Haram attack
    21 august 2018 17:50:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the recent killing of villagers in Nigeria’s Borno State in which at least 19 people were killed when fighters with the terrorist group Boko Haram attacked the village of Malairi on Sunday, according to media reports. Full text...

  • Nigerian Muslims celebrate Eid-el-Kabir
    21 august 2018 15:31:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Muslims on Tuesday joined others across the world to celebrate Eid-El-Kabir or Eid-al-Adha, a day set aside to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son, Ishmael. Full text...

  • Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Adha
    21 august 2018 12:10:37
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Muslims in Ghana on Tuesday joined their colleagues around the world to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha, one of the two most important festivals on the Islamic calendar. Full text...

  • HRW slams arrests, detentions of journalists in Nigeria
    21 august 2018 08:20:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Several recent arrests and detentions of journalists and activists in Nigeria suggest a disturbing trend toward repression of freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Boko Haram burn 40 houses in northeast Nigeria
    20 august 2018 17:23:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria Police on Monday said that Boko Haram insurgents burnt down 40 houses in a reprisal in Mailari, Guzamala in Borno State of northeast Nigeria on Sunday. Full text...

  • Buhari meets with security chiefs, orders curtail of deteriorating security situation
    20 august 2018 16:13:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday in Abuja convened a meeting of the nation’s Defence and Security Council during which participants reviewed the security challenges facing the country and advanced strategies for surmounting them, particularly in Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Commission begins probing widespread gov't corruption in South Africa
    20 august 2018 09:43:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Commission of Inquiry into allegations of widespread government corruption by senior officials including former President Jacob Zuma, on Monday began hearings in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Buhari commiserates with Ghana, UN over Kofi Annan’s demise
    19 august 2018 13:12:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, has commiserated with the government and people of Ghana over the passing of former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, in the early hours of Saturday. Full text...

  • UNESCO DG bemoans the passing of Kofi Annan
    19 august 2018 09:57:18
    Paris, France (PANA) - "I am deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Kofi Annan," said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, who called the Ghanaian diplomat: "A great defender of peace, a very embodiment of peace and of a resolutely modern vision of the United Nations." Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson mourns former UN Scribe, Kofi Annan
    19 august 2018 09:30:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Offering condolences to Ghanaians, the Annan family and his colleagues in the UN system, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, said he learnt with sadness of the death of Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations. Full text...

  • AfDB mourns passing of former UN Secretary-General, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Kofi Annan
    19 august 2018 04:20:52
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has learned with deep sadness the news of the death of Kofi A. Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Noble Peace Prize Laureate, at the age of 80 in Bern, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Terrorists potentially target millions in makeshift biological weapons ‘laboratories’, UN forum hears
    18 august 2018 05:57:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Rapid advances in gene editing and so-called “DIY biological laboratories”which could be used by extremists, threaten to derail efforts to prevent biological weapons from being used against civilians, the world’s only international forum on the issue has heard. Full text...

  • Critical humanitarian situation unfolding among IPDs in Nigerian town - MSF
    18 august 2018 05:40:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has started emergency nutritional and paediatric activities in Bama, Borno state, in response to a critical humanitarian situation among newly arrived internally displaced people (IDPs). Full text...

  • UN chief encourages victims of terrorism to ‘raise up their voices’
    18 august 2018 05:31:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Victims of terror attacks have an important and powerful role to play in combatting the “global menace”, the United Nations chief said on Friday, launching an exhibition at UN Headquarters in New York to commemorate the first International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. Full text...

  • Bahir visits bereaved families of boat incident
    17 august 2018 20:23:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir on Friday flew to northern Sudan’s Nile State to condole families who lost 22 pupils in a boat accident while on their way to school during inundation of River Nile. Full text...

  • Tanzania censures rumours on forceful repatriation of Burundians
    17 august 2018 10:56:07
    Dodoma, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania has called on the international community to ignore rumours on forceful repatriation of Burundian refugees, and instead support the ongoing voluntary repatriation exercise. Full text...

  • Terror attacks strike people ‘from all walks of life, the UN included’
    17 august 2018 07:25:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The terrorist attack on UN headquarters in Iraq in 2003 that claimed the lives of 22 people should serve as a reminder that the organization’s locally recruited staff often face the greatest dangers in the world’s most hostile places, amid increasing attacks on humanitarians, the head of the United Nations in Geneva said on Thursday. Full text...

  • ‘Unconscionable’ to kill aid workers, civilians: UN Emergency Coordinator
    17 august 2018 06:52:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Remembering all the humanitarians killed in the line of duty just ahead of World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations relief chief on Friday renewed the call for civilians and aid workers everywhere to be better protected. Full text...

  • UNHCR official stresses freedom of choice for refugee returns
    17 august 2018 06:46:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Refugees should never be pressured to decide if they should return to their home countries, a senior UN official has said. Full text...

  • New AI boss eyes 'bigger, bolder, more inclusive' rights movement
    16 august 2018 15:55:03
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The human rights movement needs to be bigger, bolder and more inclusive if it is to tackle the challenges that people face today, said seasoned activist Kumi Naidoo as he officially started his role as Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI). Full text...

  • Rights group decries arrests of journalists, opposition members
    16 august 2018 07:15:42
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Amnesty International has asked the authorities in Mauritania to immediately put an end to the wave of arrests of journalists, opposition figures and anti-slavery activists in an apparent pre-election crackdown on dissent. Full text...

  • UNHCR welcomes Aquarius resolution, calls for more predictable approach to disembarkation
    15 august 2018 10:39:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has applauded Tuesday's decision by the Government of Malta to permit the disembarkation of 141 asylum-seekers and migrants rescued on the Central Mediterranean by an NGO boat, the Aquarius. Full text...

  • AI urges Uganda gov't to investigate killing of opposition politician's driver
    15 august 2018 06:34:35
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) has urged the Ugandan government to carry out a thorough and independent investigation into the murder of the driver of an opposition politician on Monday. Full text...

  • Rights group blasts Mozambique for exorbitant accreditation fees for journalists
    14 august 2018 19:43:34
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - Amnesty International on Tuesday blasted the Mozambican authorities for approving exorbitant media accreditation fees describing it as an assault on freedom of the press and a blatant attempt to clamp down on journalists. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for reform of Nigeria's anti-robbery squad
    14 august 2018 19:40:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday called on the Nigerian government to initiate an immediate and far-reaching overhaul of the police anti-robbery squad following public outcry of its brutality. Full text...

  • Stop playing with refugee and migrants’ lives by closing ports - Amnesty International
    14 august 2018 19:37:16
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday asked European countries to stop playing with human lives as the authorities in Italy and Malta have closed their ports to a humanitarian ship carrying migrants rescues in the Mediterranean. Full text...

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