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  • EU envoys agree strengthened rules to check money laundering, terrorist financing
    20 december 2017 16:15:25
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – European Union (EU) ambassadors on Wednesday confirmed the political agreement reached between the presidency and the European Parliament on strengthened EU rules to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. Full text...

  • Army kills 20 Boko Haram insurgents, rescues 100 persons
    20 december 2017 14:58:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said its troops killed 20 Boko Haram insurgents during a “clearance operation” in the Lake Chad Basin. Full text...

  • FAO, WFP step up efforts to alleviate hunger in Greater Kasai
    20 december 2017 11:18:53
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Against a backdrop of intense human suffering, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are joining forces to mitigate some of the effects of conflict in Greater Kasai. Full text...

  • China donates 30 buses to Mauritius
    20 december 2017 07:53:01
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Government of the People’s Republic of China has donated 30 buses to Mauritius to help the island cope with its growing road traffic, PANA learnt on Wednesday from official sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • UNHCR steps up support to Cameroonians fleeing to Nigeria
    20 december 2017 06:49:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refuge Agency, is stepping up its presence in south-eastern Nigeria, to provide life-saving support to thousands of people fleeing unrest in English-speaking areas of Cameroon. Full text...

  • UN officials hail landmark convictions, life sentences in DRC child rape cases
    20 december 2017 05:23:25
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The United Nations envoys dealing with sexual violence in conflict and the head of the Organization’s peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have welcomed the conviction of 11 Congolese militia fighters for raping dozens of children – including an 18-month-old toddler – in the vast country’s restive east. Full text...

  • UNICEF says 2017 has been a ‘very difficult year’ for children in CAR
    19 december 2017 20:17:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – For children and women in the Central African Republic (CAR), 2017 has been a very difficult year and sadly, the situation is not expected to improve in the coming months, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 'Dreams of Africa’s next generation need right environment to be realized' – IMF Chief
    19 december 2017 16:58:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Governments can create a foundation for innovation by streamlining regulations "so that everyone plays by the same rules and entrepreneurs are rewarded for their ingenuity," the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, has said. Full text...

  • Pistorius takes murder sentence to Constitutional Court
    19 december 2017 15:15:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has filed papers at the Constitutional Court - South Africa's highest court - appealing his 13-year sentence for murder. Full text...

  • French pop artist calls for attention to DR Congo crisis
    19 december 2017 09:14:06
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - One of France’s biggest pop artists, Christine and the Queens, is calling for urgent attention and action for refugees fleeing violence in the Democratic of the Congo, as concern rises over the number of displaced people fleeing conflict and violence in the country, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN urges international cooperation for safer migration
    18 december 2017 20:27:00
    New York, USA (PANA) – On International Migrants Day, the United Nations is appealing for cooperation in managing migration to ensure that its benefits are most widely distributed, and that human rights of all concerned are protected – as recognised by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • Army confirms death of 4 civilians, six terrorists in Boko Haram ambush of UN food convoy
    18 december 2017 14:03:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army Monday confirmed that four civilians and six Boko Haram insurgents died when a patrol escorting a convoy of United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) vehicles to Logomani was ambushed by Boko Haram insurgents at Maula village along the Dikwa-Ngala trans-Sahara highway, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Gambian President Barrow pledges maximum attention to youth
    17 december 2017 18:16:51
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has said that his government will not relent in its efforts to provide the youth sector the maximum attention it deserves. Full text...

  • In 2018 make migration safe for every child – UNICEF urges
    16 december 2017 14:12:01
    New York, US (PANA) - 2018 could be a landmark year for migrant children if countries follow best practices to ensure their safety and wellbeing – UNICEF said on Friday ahead of International Migrants Day marked on 18 December. Full text...

  • Kenyans mourn Harvard University scholar, Prof Calestous Juma
    16 december 2017 09:41:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Tributes have been pouring in for the departed Kenya-born scholar Prof. Calestous Juma, who died Friday in Boston, US, while undergoing treatment. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force helicopters, jets commence fresh wave of bombings on Boko Haram hideouts
    16 december 2017 09:12:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Saturday said its fighter jets have commenced “intensive bombardment of the hideouts of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in Northeast Nigeria in an operation code-named RUWAN WUTA 3. Full text...

  • Army captures 235 Boko Haram insurgents in Northeast Nigeria
    16 december 2017 09:04:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops captured 235 Boko Haram insurgents fleeing their enclaves in the Islands around the Lake Chad region and other areas in the Northeast State of Borno, following the intensified offensive in the region against the terrorists. Full text...

  • Children are the face of conflict-fuelled humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan – UNICEF
    15 december 2017 19:55:43
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – South Sudan's children are facing a raft of daily horrors and deprivations and urgently require a peaceful, protective environment, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday, warning that “anything less, places children and women at even greater risk of grave violations and abuse”. Full text...

  • Rwandan teenager takes part in Miss Africa beauty pageant
    15 december 2017 16:25:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Nineteen-year-old Finona Mutoni of Rwanda is among 32 beauty queens due to take part in the 2017 edition of Miss Africa beauty pageant which is scheduled to take place in Calabar, Nigeria on 27 December 2017, an official confirmed Friday in Kigali. Full text...

  • 1,317 Nigerians return from Libya in the last 10 days
    15 december 2017 15:01:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday said that a total of 1,317 Nigerians have voluntarily returned from Libya in the last 10 days. Full text...

  • UNHCR evacuates 74 vulnerable refugees from Libya to Niger
    15 december 2017 06:53:54
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Thursday night evacuated 74 vulnerable refugees, the vast majority children and women, from Libya to Niger. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping chief pays tribute to ‘blue helmets’ killed in DR Congo
    14 december 2017 21:20:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Thursday attended a ceremony in the port city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in honour of the country’s peacekeepers recently killed during their mission in a neighbouring country. Full text...

  • Kenyan road crashes claim 150 lives in two weeks
    14 december 2017 17:40:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 150 people have been killed on Kenyan highways since 1 December in accidents blamed on drunk driving and road indiscipline, the Kenya Police, transport and highways authorities said Thursday. Full text...

  • ECONEC moves to reduce cost of elections in West Africa
    14 december 2017 17:32:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) is taking steps to Full text...

  • Number of people in crisis grows as South Sudan conflict enters fourth year
    14 december 2017 14:56:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Six months ago, a massive humanitarian response addressed the famine that broke out in South Sudan, a country in which today an estimated 4.8 million people still face severe food insecurity – an increase of 1.1 million from last year, Norwegian Refugee Council said on Thursday. Full text...

  • In South Sudan, Red Cross uses mobile technology to respond to urgent humanitarian needs
    14 december 2017 14:47:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Hundreds of uprooted families in South Sudan are living without such basic household items as cooking implements, and the situation is expected to worsen in coming months, according to two charity organizations who use innovative technology to reach the vulnerable population. Full text...

  • Unified action needed in Central Africa to defuse regional tensions, Security Council told
    14 december 2017 06:20:04
    New York, USA (PANA) – Despite some positive developments, the overall situation in Central Africa still requires concerted action at all levels to address socio-political tensions, economic difficulties and abuses by armed groups, a United Nations envoy for the region said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN, partners launch US$1.72 billion appeal for South Sudan
    13 december 2017 20:50:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations relief wing and the humanitarian community in South Sudan launched on Wednesday a US$1.72 billion appeal to assist six million people affected by conflict, displacement and hunger. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping chief visits injured Tanzanian ‘blue helmets’ in DRC
    13 december 2017 20:44:04
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Wednesday thanked individually peacekeepers who fought to hold off an attack on 7 December in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • CPJ says 262 journalists in jails around the world
    13 december 2017 20:38:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historic high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world’s worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rights group demands release of Burundi human rights defender
    13 december 2017 16:55:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday called on the Burundian authorities to immediately release a human rights activist, Nestor Nibitanga, who they have been holding since 21 November. Full text...

  • G5 Sahel force should prioritise human rights - Says Rights group
    13 december 2017 16:49:18
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The G5 Sahel military force, created to counter Islamist armed groups in the Sahel region of Africa, should fully respect international human rights and humanitarian law in its operations, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • New report says France provided safe haven to Rwandan genocide suspects
    13 december 2017 09:08:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - French officials provided safe haven to Rwandan genocide suspects and obstructed attempts to bring them to justice at various points during the 23 years since the genocide in the country, a Rwandan government-backed report has said. Full text...

  • ICC Prosecutor asks Security Council to act on outstanding arrest warrants
    13 december 2017 06:40:03
    New York, USA (PANA) – Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir recently travelled to countries that recognise the International Criminal Court (ICC) but none arrested or surrendered the Sudanese President, the ICC Prosecutor today told the United Nations Security Council. Full text...

  • New compact to improve refugee response ‘a chance to chart a different course’ – UNHCR
    12 december 2017 19:58:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday kicked off in Geneva a dialogue on protection challenges with a stark warning: the tragedy of forced displacement has deepened – one year after the world pledged to improve its response to refugee situations. Full text...

  • New Year could bring more misery to children in DR Congo’s Kasai region - UNICEF
    12 december 2017 19:44:57
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – In the coming year, severe acute malnutrition could claim the lives of more than 400,000 children under the age of five in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s volatile Kasai region, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Two soldiers killed in Boko Haram roadside IED attack in Northeast Nigeria
    12 december 2017 16:31:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Tuesday confirmed that two soldiers were killed in an explosion on Monday when their vehicles stepped on a roadside bomb planted by suspected Boko Haram insurgents along Maiduguri-Damboa highway, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Oscar Pistorius involved in prison brawl
    12 december 2017 14:01:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former Paralympic Oscar Pistorius has been injured in a prison fight over the use of a public phone. Full text...

  • Aid agency warns of looming hunger in 2018 in South Sudan
    12 december 2017 11:14:41
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD) is expressing deep concern at the serious escalation in violence in South Sudan, as the conflict enters its fifth year on 15 December. Full text...

  • Rights group says EU gov'ts complicit in horrific abuse of refugees, migrants in Libya
    12 december 2017 06:36:18
    London, UK (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, says European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained by Libyan immigration authorities in appalling conditions in Libya. Full text...

  • UN honours 14 peacekeepers killed in eastern DR Congo
    12 december 2017 06:18:41
    Beni, DR Congo (PANA) – The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) on Monday paid tribute to the Tanzanian peacekeepers killed on 7 December in the worst attack on UN 'blue helmets' in recent history. Full text...

  • Number of families separated by conflict, natural disasters at all time high - ICRC
    11 december 2017 20:35:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The number of families being separated by conflict, violence and natural disaster is at a five-year high, according to data from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Full text...

  • Nigeria Police raise alert level on Boko Haram attack in Abuja, other states
    11 december 2017 15:51:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Police on Monday raised the Abuja bomb blast threat level to code red, saying the plot by Boko Haram to bomb the Federal Capital Territory and six other states is very real. Full text...

  • Zambia’s Kenani transit centre hosts more than 10,000 refugees
    11 december 2017 14:55:03
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The number of refugees fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and being hosted at the Kenani transit centre in the north of Zambia has now passed the 10,000 mark since August this year. Full text...

  • Over a dozen UN peacekeepers killed in DR Congo
    11 december 2017 07:01:26
    New York, USA (PANA) – At least 14 United Nations 'blue helmets' in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been killed and many more injured, in what the Secretary-General António Guterres described as the “worst attack” on UN peacekeepers in recent history, the UN updated on Sunday. Full text...

  • Not enough being done to shield civilians from violence in Somalia – UN report
    10 december 2017 16:00:10
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The armed conflict in Somalia continues to exact a heavy toll on civilians, damaging infrastructure and livelihoods, displacing millions of people, and impeding access to humanitarian relief for communities in need, according to a United Nations report launched on Sunday in the country's capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Campaign to mark 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights starts
    10 december 2017 04:40:33
    New York, USA (PANA) - This year, Human Rights Day, which falls on Sunday, kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Full text...

  • UN honours victims of genocide
    10 december 2017 04:36:33
    New York, USA (PANA) – The United Nations office that coordinates efforts on genocide prevention has launched an appeal for Member States to ratify the 1948 genocide convention by the end of 2018 if they haven't done so. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for US$1 billion in donor contributions to emergency response fund
    09 december 2017 04:17:03
    New York, USA (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday called for US$1 billion in donor contributions to the Organization’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – a pool of funding that supports critical relief operations in crises around the world – as humanitarian needs have increased from US$5.2 billion in 2005 to over US$24 billion today. Full text...

  • IOM begins assisting thousands of West African migrants to leave Libya
    09 december 2017 04:10:22
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The United Nations migration agency and the Government of Niger have welcomed the first 504 people from Libya to Niger, kicking off a voluntary mass evacuation of nearly 4,000 migrants. Full text...

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