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  • South African politician under fire for assaulting journalist
    20 march 2018 16:08:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A senior official with the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has apologized after being filmed assaulting a journalist outside Parliament on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN report finds unlawful, unjustified use of force against DRC protestors
    20 march 2018 10:41:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The right to freedom of peaceful assembly was severely restricted and often violently suppressed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2017 and the trend has continued so far this year, according to a UN report issued on Monday. Full text...

  • Rights group says Nigeria security forces warned about latest abduction of schoolgirls
    20 march 2018 06:59:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian security forces failed to act on advance warnings that a convoy of Boko Haram fighters was heading towards a town where they abducted 110 schoolgirls last month, human rights group Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Senior UN official warns of escalation of violence in DRC
    20 march 2018 06:33:18
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - The humanitarian crisis and the resulting suffering will only worsen in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) if persistent violence is not brought under control and there is no political transition, the top United Nations relief official warned on Monday. Full text...

  • South African families of mentally ill victims receive major payout (UPDATE)
    19 march 2018 18:22:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Retired deputy chief justice, Dikgang Moseneke, on Monday ordered that the government pay a massive compensation payout to the families of mentally ill patients who were transferred from a leading Gauteng psychiatric hospital to facilities that were unable to care for them. Full text...

  • UN report reproves disproportionate use of force against protestors in DRC
    19 march 2018 16:31:04
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The right to freedom of peaceful assembly was severely restricted and often violently suppressed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2017 and the trend continues so far this year, according to a UN report issued here on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria Army kill 4 hersdmen militia
    18 march 2018 15:23:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops killed four armed erdsmen militia in Ningi, Bauchi State in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • South Africa's ex-president Zuma to stand trial in massive graft case
    16 march 2018 16:56:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Shaun Abrahams on Friday announced that former South African President Jacob Zuma must stand trial on the massive corruption case that has dogged him for more than a decade. He said the charges Zuma faces include fraud, corruption and racketeering. Full text...

  • MFWA implements project on African governance
    16 march 2018 16:21:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and its partners are implementing a new project on governance in Africa, the sub-regional rights body revealed Friday. Full text...

  • Congolese flee horrific violence for Uganda - UNHCR
    16 march 2018 11:04:33
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is working with partner organizations in western Uganda to support a growing number of people, most of them women and children, fleeing horrific inter-ethnic violence and sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • 'Funding shortfall threatens CAR refugees'
    16 march 2018 10:52:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is increasingly alarmed at the plight of thousands of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees who have fled to southern Chad since late last year, many of whom lack food, shelter and access to medical care. Full text...

  • 120 illegal immigrants rescued by Tunisian navy off Kerkennah coast
    15 march 2018 11:45:44
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian Navy on Wednesday evening rescued 120 people, made up of 102 Tunisians and 18 others from sub-Saharan countries, after their boat developed a fault 30 km off Kerkennah, south-east Tunisia, a statement from the Tunisian Ministry of Defence announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN urges international support to tackle ‘spiralling humanitarian needs’ in DRC
    14 march 2018 22:17:08
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - As fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has forced 4.5 million people to flee their homes over the past year and left more than 13 million in need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator has called on the international community to urgently address the crisis. Full text...

  • UN rights expert deplores arbitrary arrests, detentions in Eritrea
    14 march 2018 20:00:23
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea has deplored the arbitrary arrest and detention of hundreds of people who have challenged the Government’s restrictions at a school, and expressed concerns about continued human rights violations across the country. Full text...

  • EU, Niger strengthen cooperation against illegal migration
    14 march 2018 15:04:03
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - In a debate at the European Parliament on Tuesday, the EU ambassador in Niger, Raul Mateus Paula, said while at least 70,000 illegal immigrants passed through Niger every month via Agades to travel to Libya in 2016, there were only 4,000 in the whole of 2017. Full text...

  • South African president Ramaphosa addresses land expropriation issue
    14 march 2018 14:52:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Nearly 25 years after the collapse of apartheid, white South Africans still own about 72% of farms, followed by mixed race “coloureds” who own 15%, Indians 5% and blacks just 4%. Full text...

  • Rights groups urge Tunisian gov't to end end impunity for security forces
    14 march 2018 06:56:44
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian government must end impunity for security forces accused of human rights violations, Amnesty International has said, in an open letter to the prime minister, which has been co-signed by 15 Tunisian and international human rights organizations. Full text...

  • Thousands of migrants repatriated from Libya under UN-supported programme
    13 march 2018 17:33:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) –The UN Migration Agency (IOM) announced on Tuesday it has assisted 10,171 migrants to return home safely from Libya with support from the European Union, African Union, and the Libyan Government since the scale up of Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) from the country started on 28 November last year. Full text...

  • EU tasks Nigerian govt to stop scores of killings by herdsmen
    13 march 2018 16:26:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The European Union (EU) on Monday asked the Federal Government to fish out the killer herdsmen who have been killing scores of Nigerians in Northern Nigeria in order to allow justice take its course. Full text...

  • Police stop aggrieved Malians from invading Algerian embassy in Bamako
    13 march 2018 15:51:28
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian police on Monday dispersed dozens of Malians who attempted to invade the Algerian embassy in Bamako, to express their frustration against "the unhuman treatment" meted to them during their stay in Algeria, reliable sources told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia road crash claims 38 lives
    13 march 2018 10:48:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – At least 38 people were killed on Monday in a tragic road accident in Ethiopia’s Legambo wereda (district), South Wollo Zone in Amhara regional state, when a bus on which were travelling tumbled off a five-metre cliff, local media reports said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN disability rights experts issue findings on Sudan, Seychelles among others
    12 march 2018 20:04:29
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Monday published its findings on the following countries which it examined during its latest session from 14 February to 9 March in Geneva: Haiti, Nepal, Oman, Sudan, Slovenia, Seychelles and Russian Federation. Full text...

  • UN chief hails UN anti-drug conference
    12 march 2018 19:51:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Inclusive partnerships are essential to addressing drug challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the top United Nations panel dealing with all aspects of narcotic drugs. Full text...

  • UN under ‘time pressure’ to deliver aid in South Sudan
    12 march 2018 16:26:54
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - With the rainy season approaching in South Sudan, where one in three people has been displaced by more than four years of conflict, a senior United Nations humanitarian official has called for urgent financial support to distribute and preposition life-saving aid supplies. Full text...

  • Sudan renews backing for stabilization efforts in Ethiopia
    12 march 2018 15:46:52
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has renewed full support and backing for authorities in Addis Ababa in their effort to stabilize the situation in Ethiopia Full text...

  • Nigerian elected President of ICC for next 3 years
    12 march 2018 14:02:10
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), sitting in a plenary session on Sunday, elected Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji of Nigeria as President of the Court for a three-year term with immediate effect. Full text...

  • Nigerian army calls for end to killings in northern Nigeria
    12 march 2018 07:56:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army has warned the perpetrators of continuous bloodletting in parts of northeast and north-central Nigeria to “desist forthwith,” or “face decisive action by troops”. Full text...

  • Sixteen confirmed killed by armed herdsmen in northern Nigeria
    12 march 2018 07:51:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Sunday night said that the death toll from the attacks on communities in Plateau State, northcentral Nigeria, by alleged Fulani herdsmen has risen to 16. Full text...

  • UN warns of spike in displacement amid funding shortfall for DR Congo
    10 march 2018 04:34:47
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations migration agency is hoping that the upcoming donor pledging conference for the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will generate more financial support to cope with a spike in the number of people displaced by violence. Full text...

  • Audio recordings of Rivonia Treason Trial released
    09 march 2018 15:37:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Fifty four years after South Africa’s historic Rivonia Treason Trial captured the imagination of the world, digital recordings of the 300 hours of testimony have been released for the first time. Full text...

  • New ECOMIG force commander takes office
    08 march 2018 19:55:07
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The new commander of the ECOWAS Mission in Gambia (ECOMIG), Colonel Fulgence Ndour, from Senegal, has assumed office, according to a press release made available to PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN seeks $80 million to support refugees in Ethiopia
    08 march 2018 18:01:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Two United Nations humanitarian agencies are jointly seeking $80 million to provide food assistance to refugees in Ethiopia, which hosts the second largest number of those in Africa. Full text...

  • Sudan's Bashir pledges to reconstruct Armed Forces
    08 march 2018 17:49:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir has pledged continued implementation of a programme for reconstruction of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) to bring them at par with the world's advanced countries. Full text...

  • Insecurity forces thousands of Burundian refugees in Eastern DRC to flee to Rwanda
    08 march 2018 15:19:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - About 2,500 Burundians living in different camps in South Kivu in Eastern Democratic Républic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday crossed the border into Rwanda, citing lack of food and security in their different locations, a senior local administrative official in the region confirmed Thursday to PANA in Kigali Full text...

  • Ghanaians exploiting compatriots in Libya
    07 march 2018 21:58:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Some Ghanaians have set up camps across the Sahara desert where they exploit and traffic fellow Ghanaians as slaves in Libya, according to a report of a fact-finding team. Full text...

  • Sudan urges France to persuade rebels to join peace process
    07 march 2018 13:59:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has asked France to use its international influence to persuade the Sudanese rebel movements into positively joining the peace efforts in Sudan. Full text...

  • Over 500,000 ‘uncounted’ children live in countries unable to measure their dev't progress – UNICEF
    07 march 2018 07:01:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Latest data on development progress for children reveals that more than half a billion live in countries where the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are “quickly falling out of reach,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN Security Council condemns attack on education workers in CAR
    07 march 2018 06:51:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday denounced an attack against education workers that killed six, including one UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) consultant, who were traveling in the north-western prefecture of the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • IOC secretary general says Islam teaches peace and love
    06 march 2018 15:40:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Dr Yousef Bin Ahmed Al Othaimeen, Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (IOC), has said his organisation denounces violence associated with Muslims because Islam teaches peace and love. Full text...

  • Rekindled tension in DRC’s Kasai region poses new threat to civilians, displaced - UNHCR
    06 march 2018 11:28:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is deeply concerned at the situation in the Kasai region of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where continuing instability poses a grave risk to civilian safety, including for several hundred refugees recently returned there from Angola. Full text...

  • Urgent need to step-up protection of children in crises – UN rights wing
    06 march 2018 06:54:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Children in crisis situations face a raft of challenges – from family separation and forced recruitment to sexual exploitation and abject poverty – the deputy United Nations human rights chief said on Monday, urging immediate action to protect children from the consequences of “all too adult failings”. Full text...

  • Guterres calls for more investment in conflict prevention
    06 march 2018 06:45:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The imbalance between spending on conflict, and spending on peace, must be tackled head-on, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday. Full text...

  • Africa can tackle its “severe learning crisis” - says World Bank study
    05 march 2018 18:18:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Africa faces a “severe learning crisis” that undermines economic growth and the well-being of its citizens, according to a new World Bank study released here on Monday. Full text...

  • UN chief, Security Council, strongly condemn Burkina Faso terrorist attacks
    04 march 2018 10:38:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The two deadly terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ougadougou, on Friday have been strongly condemned by the United Nations. Full text...

  • Three injured peacekeepers recovering at AMISOM hospital in Somalia
    04 march 2018 10:37:18
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Three soldiers of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) who were injured in a terrorist attack on Friday in Middle Shabelle region are reportedly recuperating, the AU peacekeeping force said in a statement on Sunday. Full text...

  • 'Gambian government upholds right to freedom of expression' - Justice minister
    03 march 2018 13:37:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The government of The Gambia under the new dispensation is committed to creation of a media friendly environment, devoid of harassment and intimidation of media practitioners, in clear recognition of the right to freedom of expression as a fundamental human right, Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubacarr M. Tambadou said here on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of aid workers by Boko Haram insurgents
    03 march 2018 07:58:36
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the killing of three aid workers Thursday night in Rann town in Borno state, Nigeria, following an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • Investing in school meals ‘win-win’ for West African nations – UN
    02 march 2018 20:26:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The United Nations food relief agency has urged Governments in West Africa to spend more money on school meal programmes as these investments not only contribute to children’s better future but also create local jobs around agriculture. Full text...

  • Despite decades-long effort, one-in-five children worldwide out of school – UNESCO
    02 march 2018 20:22:57
    Paris, France (PANA) - Updated data reveals that some 263 million – one-in-five – children, adolescents and youth worldwide are out school, a figure that has barely changed over the past five years, according to a new United Nations cultural agency report. Full text...

  • Buhari condemns Boko Haram killing of 4 UN workers in Northeast Nigeria
    02 march 2018 19:53:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Four UN aid workers were killed in a Thursday night attack by Boko Haram insurgents in Rann community, Borno State, in Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

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