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  • Rights group says residents in Tripoli trapped between armed groups
    03 september 2018 06:33:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Rival armed groups have killed at least 18 civilians, including four children, since clashes broke out in the southern suburbs of Tripoli on 26 August 2018, Human Rights Watch (HRW)has said. Full text...

  • Boko Haram overruns northeast Nigerian Army base, dozens killed
    02 september 2018 17:45:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – At least, two officers and 46 Nigerian soldiers have now been confirmed killed while preventing Boko Haram terrorists from overrunning their base on Thursday evening in Zari Village in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN chief urges calm as violence erupts in Libyan capital
    02 september 2018 13:55:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Condemning the escalation of violence in and around the Libyan capital, Tripoli, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and grant humanitarian relief to those in need. Full text...

  • Civilians bear brunt of cluster munitions’ indiscriminate devastation, UN-backed report reveals
    02 september 2018 06:58:51
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Though 2017 saw a sharp decline in casualties as a result of the use of cluster munitions compared to the previous year, two conflicts – in Syria and Yemen – accounted for the vast majority of the victims, a new United Nations-backed civil society report has found. Full text...

  • UNHCR moves detained refugees out of harm's way in volatile Libyan capital
    02 september 2018 06:54:24
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in a joint effort with International Organisation for Migration (IOM), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the Libyan Department for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM), has organized an urgent evacuation of some 300 refugees and migrants held in Ain Zara detention centre in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Food, security and peace desperately needed in Mali – UN relief chief
    02 september 2018 06:49:45
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A senior United Nations relief official has called for greater international attention to the plight of millions in Mali, where worsening intercommunal violence and armed group attacks are complicating an already complex humanitarian emergency. Full text...

  • Development gains unsustainable without cyber-diplomacy, UN official says
    02 september 2018 06:44:50
    New York, US (PANA) - Hacking, child sexual exploitation and other cybercrimes could keep countries from reaching their development goals, warns a United Nations official who is urging Governments and private sectors to rethink how they work together. Full text...

  • Conflict in Tripoli puts lives in danger, says MSF
    02 september 2018 06:37:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - For one week now, following clashes in Tripoli, the lives of Libyans and an already vulnerable group of refugees and migrants have been put in grave danger, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Full text...

  • Rights group says Kenyan crackdown on irregular migrants risks sparking xenophobia
    02 september 2018 06:31:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya must halt the ongoing crackdown on undocumented migrant workers that have seen homes raided and hundreds of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers arrested around the country, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • IOM and humanitarian actors respond to needs in Tripoli
    31 august 2018 08:58:16
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has responded to the urgent humanitarian needs of hundreds of displaced Libyans and migrants affected by violence, following armed clashes which erupted Monday in Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Release thousands held in secret detention facilities in Nigeria - Rights group
    30 august 2018 09:33:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – International human rights group, Amnesty International, on Thursday tasked the Nigerian authorities to immediately release thousands of people who have been subjected to enforced disappearance and held in secret detention facilities across the country without charge or trial. Full text...

  • Soweto rocked by xenophobic violence
    30 august 2018 09:05:02
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday condemned an outbreak of xenophobic violence in Soweto that has left at least three people dead. Full text...

  • 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...

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