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  • 80,000 youngsters at risk in DRC after forcible expulsion from Angola: UNICEF
    30 october 2018 19:13:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Tens of thousands of children who have been forcibly returned from Angola to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) need help urgently, UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Police watchdog probes killing of 18 suspects in Kenya
    30 october 2018 18:43:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan Police human rights watchdog has launched investigations into the weekend killing of at least 18 people, mostly under unclear circumstances, the spokesperson of Kenya's Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Buhari visits crisis-torn city of Kaduna
    30 october 2018 14:51:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday visited Kaduna in the northwest of the country and said the Federal Government will take "strongest measures possible to punish perpetrators of the latest killings in the city" which has witnessed sectoral violence for the second week running. Full text...

  • Top South African lawyer shot dead in Cape Town
    30 october 2018 10:17:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A major manhunt is underway after one of South Africa’s most prominent criminal lawyers was killed on Tuesday morning outside an upmarket Cape Town school. Full text...

  • Sudanese government pledges to fight poverty
    30 october 2018 10:13:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Prime Minister and Finance Minister Mutaz Yusuf has pledged to fight poverty in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan is one of the world’s largest protracted humanitarian situations - UN
    30 october 2018 09:55:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has described Sudan as among the world's "protracted" humanitarian situations due to conflicts within its territories and in neighboring countries. Full text...

  • Rich economies not a promise of education equality, new report finds
    30 october 2018 06:00:36
    New York, US (PANA) - High national wealth does not guarantee equal access to a quality education, a new report released on Tuesday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) suggests. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Eswatini's new PM to ensure respect for human rights
    30 october 2018 05:52:48
    Mbabane, Eswatini (PANA) - Human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has urged the new Prime Minister of Eswatini, formerly Swaziland, Ambrose Dlamini, to ensure human rights in the southern African country. Full text...

  • 4 killed, several taken hostage in attack in central Libya
    29 october 2018 12:32:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Four people, including the son of the mayor of the city of al-Fouqaha, in the central region of al-Jafra, have been killed following attacks against a police station in city and clashes between the citizens and armed groups on Sunday night, the municipal authorities said on Monday on their Facebook page. Full text...

  • South African Jewish Board Board expresses shock over US massacre
    29 october 2018 11:31:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) has expressed shock over the weekend's massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh in the United States which left 11 dead and many others wounded. Full text...

  • Terrorists attack Burkina Faso police station
    28 october 2018 11:47:20
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Bagassi police station, located in the Boucle du Mouhoun area of north-west of Burkina Faso, was attacked on Saturday evening, according to security sources which said there were no casualties. Full text...

  • FW de Klerk stable in hospital
    28 october 2018 09:48:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s last apartheid head of state, FW de Klerk, is recovering at a Cape Town hospital after being admitted on Friday because he was battling to breath. Full text...

  • Two peacekeepers in Mali dead after dawn attack, several injured – UN Mission
    27 october 2018 17:39:37
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The UN Stabilization Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, reported on Saturday that two peacekeepers had been killed and several others wounded, following on from a coordinated attack at dawn, on a base in the north of the country. Full text...

  • Over 330,000 DRC migrants at risk after mass deportations from Angola – UN rights chief
    27 october 2018 03:31:40
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - The United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on Friday warned that the forcible mass expulsion of Congolese migrants from Angola has resulted in “serious human rights violations by security forces on both sides of the border” and left at least 330,000 returnees in an “extremely precarious situation”. Full text...

  • Libya is committed to finding lasting solution to migrant crisis, Foreign minister
    27 october 2018 03:23:14
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - As the world continues to grapple with challenges of migration, human smuggling and violation of the rights of migrants flowing from Africa to Europe, Libya's Foreign Minister Mohamed Eltaher Hamouda Sayala has reiterated the commitment of his country to be a key partner in finding a lasting solution to the crisis. Full text...

  • African Union vows to obey its laws, institutions
    26 october 2018 19:12:56
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has vowed to obey its own laws and institutions that it set up for itself, Justice Tujilance Chizumila of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, revealed this while addressing the 63rd session of African Commission on Human Peoples’ Rights in Banjul Friday. Full text...

  • Another 150 stranded Nigerians brought home through IOM help
    26 october 2018 14:01:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday said it has received another batch of 150 stranded Nigerians from Libya, brought by International Organisation on Migration (IOM). Full text...

  • Nigeria, Cameroon to conduct more joint operations along common borders
    26 october 2018 09:12:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian and Cameroonian armies have agreed to collaborate in the conduct of sustained joint military operations to end insurgency within the fringes of their common borders in Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Zambia's Intercontinental Hotel sues AfDB
    26 october 2018 07:53:23
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - A Zambian hotel has sued the African Development Bank (AfDB) demanding payment of more than US$12,000 as outstanding balances for hospitality services rendered to the bank in 2016 during its annual meetings held in the Zambian capital, Lusaka. Full text...

  • Zambian bank sues former First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa
    26 october 2018 07:49:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A Zambian bank has sued former First Lady, Dr Maureen Mwanawasa, demanding payment of more than K6.7 million under a facility agreement dated 14 March, 2013, the state-run Times of Zambia reported Friday. (1USD = K11) Full text...

  • Guterres unhappy about low number of women peacekeepers
    26 october 2018 03:58:42
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite greater participation of women in building and sustaining peace and the recognition from all quarters of the value they bring, the realities on the ground show that much more remains to be done, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told Security Council members on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN rights chief denounces Burundi for ‘belligerent and defamatory’ attack on inquiry team
    26 october 2018 03:44:37
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The top United Nations human rights official has called on Burundi to “immediately retract” its threat to try and prosecute members of a UN Commission of Inquiry into rights abuses in the central African nation. Full text...

  • 'Armed conflicts denying Children in Africa right to education, food and healthcare'
    25 october 2018 17:55:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Armed conflicts have denied children in Africa the right to education, food, healthcare, and more opportunities, with many of them running away from volatile areas, the Network of African national human rights institutions (NANHRI) officials said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Tributes continue to pour in for fallen hip hop star
    25 october 2018 16:22:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The family of South African music legend, Jabulani Hip Hop Pantsula, who died on Wednesday, has asked for privacy as the country tries to come to grips with his passing. Full text...

  • Interior minister warns Libyans against illegal possession of weapons
    25 october 2018 15:46:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan ministry of interior of the national union government, recognized by the international community, has warned Libyans against carrying weapons "without a license or permission" in a country where millions of weapons circulate among the population, worsening the situation in the north African country. Full text...

  • Angolan national arrested with drugs at Mauritius airport
    25 october 2018 12:54:23
    Plaisance, Mauritius (PANA) – A 53-year-old Angolan woman was arrested early this week by Customs Officers of the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) at the Mauritius international airport with 83 pellets of suspected heroin hidden in her private parts, the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) on Thursday said. Full text...

  • PANAPRESS to be transformed into multi-media institution
    25 october 2018 12:45:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Board of Directors of PANAPRESS has announced a new direction for the Pan-African News Agency (PANA) as it is poised to be transformed into a multi-media institution. Full text...

  • 63rd ordinary session of the African rights commission opens in Banjul
    24 october 2018 17:06:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The 63rd Ordinary Session of the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights, opened on Wednesday in Banjul, the Gambia, aiming to highlight performance and challenges faces by human rights defenders and other rights-related activists on the continent. Full text...

  • Senior Tuareg separatist movement official dies in Bamako
    24 october 2018 11:23:22
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The vice president of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and member of the monitoring committee of the Algiers Peace Agreement, Mamadou Djéri Maïga, died on Monday evening at a hospital in Bamako following a short sickness, PANA learned from official sources on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan Governor facing murder charge granted bail
    24 october 2018 10:09:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Nairobi court on Wednesday freed Migori County Governor, Okoth Obado, on cash bail in the murder case of his girlfriend and her unborn child. Full text...

  • NRC raises red flag on escalating violence in eastern DRC
    24 october 2018 09:38:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Humanitarian charity, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), says it is deeply concerned by the rapidly escalating and increasingly dangerous violence in eastern DR Congo. Full text...

  • Rights group accuses South Sudanese soldiers of attacking civilians in Western Region
    24 october 2018 05:09:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights watchdog has accused South Sudanese soldiers of attacking civilians and civilian property in counterinsurgency operations in the south and west of Wau that began in June 2018. Full text...

  • Killing of farmers threatens food security in northeast Nigeria
    24 october 2018 04:51:44
    Maiduguri, Nigeria (PANA) - Repeated attacks against farmers risk aggravating the food crisis in northeast Nigeria. Farmers must be protected so they can cultivate their lands and return to their families alive, urged the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), a humanitarian charity, has said. Full text...

  • 'Reasons to hope’ for sustainable peace in Central African Republic – UN Mission chief
    23 october 2018 19:22:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The top United Nations official in the Central African Republic (CAR), said on Tuesday he is “hopeful that the necessary foundations to build sustainable peace” have been established and that long-lasting stability will depend on the will of its people, and support from the international community. Full text...

  • Afe Babalola University confers Honorary Doctorate Degree on AfDB President, Adesina
    23 october 2018 16:57:04
    Ado Ekiti, Nigeria (PANA) - The Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, in South West Nigeria, has conferred a Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa on the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, in recognition of his immense contributions to socio-economic development on the continent. Full text...

  • Buhari opens two border posts for Nigeria, Benin
    23 october 2018 16:52:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday handed over two border posts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at Seme-Krake and Neope-Akanu in Badagry to Benin President Patrice Talon Full text...

  • Rwanda's minister vows to combat drug abuse, prostitution among youth
    23 october 2018 16:17:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's newly appointed Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Solina Nyirahabimana, on Tuesday vowed to support the national campaign against narcotics and prostitution, particularly among the youth. Full text...

  • ECOWAS submits weapons assessment report to Gambian leader
    23 october 2018 13:32:27
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Monday submitted its report on assessment of weapons and small arms to the Gambian Adama Barrow, following the departure of former President Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • US gives 1.7 billion CFAF for Congo's Pool Region
    23 october 2018 11:31:51
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The US ambassador in Congo, Todd Haskell, on Monday announced in Brazzaville the donation by the US of 1.7 billion CFAF, or 3 million dollars, for Congo's Pool region. Full text...

  • 23 killed, 17 injured in Sunday reprisal attacks in Kaduna
    23 october 2018 11:15:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A total of 23 people were killed and 17 injured in various parts of Kaduna metropolis, northwestern Nigeria, during a reprisal violence that engulfed it on Sunday, the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said on Monday night. Full text...

  • Rights body decries lengthy pre-trial detention of sick, poor petty offenders in Madagascar
    23 october 2018 10:20:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - People who have not been found guilty of any crime are dying in Madagascar’s prisons due to appalling conditions, Amnesty International said on Tuesday in a report, which highlights how the authorities' excessive use of pre-trial detention is harming the poorest people in society. Full text...

  • ‘Many challenges to overcome’ at UN, in fight against abuse, says victims’ advocate
    23 october 2018 04:38:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN is committed to recognising the rights of victims of sexual exploitation by UN personnel but, when it comes to preventing and responding to abuse, there is a still “a long way to go, and many challenges to overcome,” says the UN’s first-ever Victims’ Rights Advocate Jane Connors. Full text...

  • UN says Inter-communal tensions still high despite improved security
    23 october 2018 04:24:37
    New York, US (PANA) - While security has improved in Darfur, inter-communal tensions in the conflict-plagued region of Sudan are still high, with clashes over land and livestock, the head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN chief ‘outraged’ by recent killings of civilians and health workers
    22 october 2018 19:21:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, said on Monday he is “outraged by the continued killing and abduction of civilians by armed groups” near Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) North Kivu region, which has been grappling with an Ebola outbreak since August. Full text...

  • Four nations meet in Chad to discuss border security
    22 october 2018 16:20:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya together with Sudan, Niger and Chad will on 24 Oct. take part in the fourth conference on the strengthening of border security for the four countries, Libyan officials said here Monday. Full text...

  • Trial date set for suspect in liberation heroes' death
    22 october 2018 14:50:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Gauteng High Court on Monday set a trial date of 28 January, 2019, for the Ahmed Timol murder accused, Joao Rodrigues. Full text...

  • Nigeria demands "full investigation" into killing of Nigerian by Kenyan Police
    22 october 2018 14:39:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria on Monday demanded for full autopsy and investigation from Kenya Government into the killing of a Nigerian, Mr Bamiyo Ashade, allegedly shot by the Kenyan police. Full text...

  • 254 repentant Boko Haram terrorists, including 3 Chadians, reintegrated by Nigerian govt
    21 october 2018 20:34:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Over 254 surrendered and repented Boko Haram terrorist members have been reintegrated by the Nigerian Government, Coordinator, Operation Safe Corridor, Maj.-Gen. Bamidele Shafa, has said. Full text...

  • 12 killed, 1,300 others displaced in Boko Haram attacks in Northeast Nigeria
    21 october 2018 20:22:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Sunday said that 12 farmers were killed and 1,300 others displaced in two separate attacks coordinated by the Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Pan African Rights Forum opens in Banjul ahead of 63rd ordinary session
    21 october 2018 20:00:26
    Banjul, Gambia(PANA) - The Continental platform for Non-governmental Orgnisations (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other rights-related activists, otherwise called “NGO Forum” opened on Sunday in Banjul, the Gambian capital. Full text...

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