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  • Nigeria: Buhari lauds Nigerian Army for abducted girl rescue
    06 november 2016 17:32:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday welcomed the efforts of the Nigerian Army in rescuing another abducted Chibok schoolgirl. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta militant group vows to cripple Nigerian oil production
    06 november 2016 16:47:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - One of the militant groups in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM), said it will implement its "grand-plan already set by our Central Command" by bringing Nigeria's daily oil production output quota to below 500,000 barrels, if the Nigerian military declares full scale war on militants in the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army troops kill 37 Boko Haram terrorists
    06 november 2016 12:46:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops have killed 37 terrorists in the southern area of Borno State during a clearance operation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army rescues 85 persons, kill 5 Boko Haram terrorists
    06 november 2016 12:35:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army says its troops in Southern fringes of the Lake Chad Basin rescued 85 persons, comprising of mostly women and children, who were held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria partners with France, Japan to develop animated movies
    05 november 2016 15:53:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria will partner with Japan and France to develop the Nigerian film industry through animated movies, Information and Culture minister Lai Mohammed said at the ongoing Animated Film Festival organised by the Japanese and French embassies in Abuja. Full text...

  • UN: 3,500 South Sudanese flee violence daily- UNHCR
    04 november 2016 22:05:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The ongoing conflict in South Sudan has led to immense suffering and displacement, with an average of 3,500 people fleeing the country each day to neighbouring countries, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army kills 3 suicide bombers, 2 Boko Haram terrorists in northeastern Nigeria
    04 november 2016 17:36:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army said Friday its troops have killed three suicide bombers and two other members of the Boko Haram terrorist sect in the northeastern Borno State. Full text...

  • UN: Kenyan High Court to hear petition on Dadaab refugee camp closure on Monday
    04 november 2016 14:44:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The High Court in Kenya will on 7 November hear a petition filed by two civil society organizations challenging the government’s decision to close down Dadaab refugee camp and disband the Department of Refugee Affairs (DRA). Full text...

  • UN: Pregnant women, children drown off Libyan coast - UNICEF
    04 november 2016 14:38:27
    New York, US (PANA) - A number of children and pregnant women were among the 240 people reported to have drowned off the coast of Libya while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea this week, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa: State required to present arguments over Oscar Pistorius's sentence
    04 november 2016 12:59:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday said the State must argue why it thinks the six-year jail sentence for convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius is lenient, following an appeal by the prosecution against the sentence that was handed down by the North Gauteng High Court in July. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID welcomes cessation of hostilities by Darfur rebels
    04 november 2016 12:53:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has welcomed the official statement announcing the cessation of hostilities by at least two Darfur armed rebel movements, Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire partner to fight child trafficking
    04 november 2016 07:29:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire on Thursday signed a co-operation agreement on the fight against Cross-Border Child Trafficking and the Worst Forms of Child Labour. Full text...

  • Nigeria: National Judicial Council orders judges under probe to step down
    04 november 2016 07:07:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's National Judicial Council (NJC) has barred judges being investigated for criminal offences from presiding over cases and performing other functions relating to their offices pending when their innocence is established. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council ‘strongly condemns’ ceasefire violations in Mali
    04 november 2016 06:18:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning repeated violations of the ceasefire arrangements by the Plateforme and Coordination in and around northern Mali’s restive Kidal town, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday warned that such acts threaten the viability of the peace agreement in the country and called on the armed groups to immediately cease hostilities and return to dialogue. Full text...

  • US UN peacekeeping chief sets up task force after probe into mission’s performance
    04 november 2016 06:11:31
    New York, US (PANA) - After an independent inquiry found that the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) failed to protect civilians as deadly violence broke out in and around its premises in the capital, Juba, in July, the top UN peacekeeping official on Thursday announced that he has established a task force to carry out the probe’s recommendations, which include ensuring greater accountability of the mission’s leadership. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Navy drills in combating piracy on Nigeria's oil, gas installations
    03 november 2016 18:48:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Navy on Thursday began a two-day exercise code named ‘Exercise Sharkbite’ involving four warships, a helicopter gunship and 3,400 troops aimed at tackling Niger Delta militancy, piracy, oil theft and vandalism of critical oil and gas installations in the nation’s maritime environment. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African apartheid-era killer dies of cancer
    03 november 2016 15:33:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Apartheid-era politician Clive Derby-Lewis, who nearly sparked a full-blown race war on the eve of South Africa’s first all-race elections, passed away on Thursday after a long battle with lung cancer. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights experts concerned on crackdown on protests in DRC
    03 november 2016 14:16:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing concern over what they called an "unjustified" ban on protests in Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a group of UN human rights experts on Thursday called on the authorities to protect the fundamental rights of the people and to revoke the prohibition. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Prominent business tycoon dies in Kigali
    03 november 2016 12:33:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A prominent Rwandan business tycoon, Bertin Makuza, died suddenly after suffering from blood vessel complications in the brain, a close family relative confirmed to PANA Thusrady in Kigali. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Human rights groups slam Egypt's 'abusive and arbitrary' travel bans
    03 november 2016 07:14:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Human rights groups have asked the Egyptian authorities to stop imposing travel bans to prevent human rights defenders from leaving the country and speaking out about Egypt’s appalling human rights record. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. approves 8 new private universities
    03 november 2016 05:37:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Government has given provisional licences for the establishment of eight new private universities in the country following a recommendation by the National Universities Commission (NUC). Full text...

  • Zambia: Publisher accuses Lungu of move to shut down Zambia's independent media
    02 november 2016 19:26:35
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu and his government were accused Wednesday of being on a crusade to shut down all independent media houses in the country by using their surrogates. Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty Int'l condemns Cameroonian military court for jailing 3 young men
    02 november 2016 19:07:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International on Wednesday strongly condemned the sentence imposed by a Cameroonian military court in Yaounde, on three young men for "non-denunciation of terrorist acts". Full text...

  • UN: UN calls for end of impunity for crimes against journalists
    02 november 2016 19:01:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Warning that impunity for crimes against journalists is rampant, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called for immediate action to secure justice for journalists who have been attacked or killed and for concrete steps by all governments to ensure media professionals are guaranteed space to operate free from harassment and intimidation. Full text...

  • UN: ICC president lauds UN chief for support
    02 november 2016 17:09:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi has expressed gratitude to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his strong and principled support to the ICC and protection of human rights. Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty Int'l tasks UN peacekeepers on civilian protection
    02 november 2016 16:05:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the sacking of the UN force commander in South Sudan, Amnesty International on Wednesday said UN peacekeepers must redress serious failings and improve the protection of civilians in the East African country from killing and rape by armed forces and other groups. Full text...

  • UN: Funding shortfall hits UN emergency response fund
    02 november 2016 14:12:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Wednesday warned that its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is facing an imminent funding shortfall which could severely impact its response to emergencies as well as crises during the end of 2016 and early 2017 and have a devastating impact on the lives of people in need. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Road accident claims two lives in Northern Rwanda
    02 november 2016 14:08:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (Rwanda) - At least two people were killed and two others injured in a collision between an articulated truck and a car on Wednesday morning in Rulindo, a distrct located on the main highway connecting Kigali to Northern Rwanda, a senior local administrative official in the region said Full text...

  • Sudan: UN says more South Sudanese leave their homes, requiring more assistance
    02 november 2016 13:59:45
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA) – The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has said the number of people running away from South Sudan is increasing, requiring further assistance to refugees entering neighbouring Sudan, Congo, the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Rights group calls for safe passage for civilians trapped in Benghazi neighbourhood
    02 november 2016 13:33:43
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - All sides to the conflict in the Libyan city of Benghazi should allow all civilians to leave the Ganfouda neighbourhood, and allow for the safe passage of humanitarian aid into the neighborhood, Human Rights Watch, a human rights watchdog, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • CAR: Rights group accuses rebels of 'deadly raid' on displaced people
    02 november 2016 10:48:42
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR) killed at least 37 civilians, wounded 57, and forced thousands to flee when they razed a camp for displaced people in the country on 12 October, 2016, Human Rights Watch, a human rights group, has said. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia’s leading private Post newspaper placed under receivership
    02 november 2016 09:42:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s leading independent newspaper, The Post, closed on 21 June for tax arrears default has been placed under receivership and the process of placing the newspaper under compulsory liquidation has commenced. Full text...

  • Gambia: Rights group says crackdown threatens Gambia's presidential election
    02 november 2016 09:32:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government’s repression of the political opposition in the months prior to the 1 December 2016 presidential election threatens the fairness of the election, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: Ban names Japanese Nakamitsu special adviser for refugee summit follow-up
    02 november 2016 06:48:43
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday announced the appointment of Izumi Nakamitsu of Japan as Special Adviser on Follow-up to the UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, which was held on 19 September 2016. Full text...

  • US: Ban dismisses Commander of UN peacekeepers in South Sudan
    02 november 2016 06:41:03
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has dismissed the Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Kenyan Lt. Gen. Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki, following the receipt of the report on violence in the capital, Juba, last July. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Minister presents 'Change begins with me campaign' to Police top brass
    02 november 2016 06:18:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has formally presented the Federal Government's National Re-Orientation Campaign, Change Begins With Me, to the top brass of the Nigeria Police Force. Full text...

  • UN: UN to improve capacity of its mission in South Sudan to protect civilians
    01 november 2016 18:35:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Alarmed by the serious shortcomings uncovered by an independent investigation into the response of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) after deadly violence erupted in and around its premises in Juba, last July, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will introduce new measures to enable the UN mission better protect civilians and ensure greater accountability of its civilian and uniformed leadership. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army kill 6 Boko Haram terrorists, rescue 38 hostages
    01 november 2016 18:16:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said its troops killed six Boko Haram terrorists and rescued 38 hostages in Dumba village in northeastern Borno State. Full text...

  • UN: Egypt hosts WTO's executive council meeting
    01 november 2016 14:51:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The city of Luxor in Egypt is hosting the 104th meeting of the executive council of the World Tourism Organisation WTO to deliberate on world tourism issues and sustainable development, a UN statement said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: US special envoy in Morocco for religious dialogue
    01 november 2016 14:02:08
    New York, US (PANA) - US Acting Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Arsalan Suleman, is in Morocco to participate in a workshop in Rabat on "The Role of Religious Education in Fostering Peace and Preventing Violence", the US State Department said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Bomb explodes in van, kills 9 occupants
    01 november 2016 12:52:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nine persons were killed on Tuesday morning when Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) being conveyed in a pickup van exploded, killing all passengers on board. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Multinational force says 240 Boko Haram terrorists surrender
    01 november 2016 06:29:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), operating in the Lake Chad Basin, has announced that through the superior firepower of its ground troops and joint Air operation, it forced a massive surrender of remnants of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT). Full text...

  • US: UN expert calls for new approaches to prevent trafficking among conflict-induced migrants
    01 november 2016 05:10:57
    New York, US (PANA) – Governments need to adopt new approaches to human trafficking in light of conflict-induced migration increasing around the world and putting many more people at risk of such trafficking, according to an independent United Nations human rights expert. Full text...

  • US: Ban calls for transformation of cities
    01 november 2016 04:58:58
    New York, US (PANA) - With more than half of the global population now living in cities and human settlements, greater attention needs to be placed on the role of urbanization as a source of global development and social inclusion, according to the United Nations on World Cities Day. Full text...

  • US: Kerry, Libyan PM, others discuss support for Libya
    31 october 2016 17:56:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Libya's international community partners on Monday stressed the importance of the Government of National Accord (GNA) to move forward with its work to form a new cabinet that represents all parts of the restive north African country. Full text...

  • Zambia: Corruption increase worries Zambian President Lungu
    31 october 2016 17:25:05
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Expressing concern over the increasing cases of corruption in Zambia, President Edgar Lungu on Monday warned his newly appointed ministers to guard against falling prey to corrupt activities. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR to double funds for cash-based assistance to refugees in 2020
    31 october 2016 15:34:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday announced its intention to double funds for cash-based assistance to refugees across the world by 2020 as a way to better assist and protect them Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari expresses solidarity with Saudi Arabia over Mecca missile attack
    31 october 2016 07:00:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday spoke with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia to express Nigeria’s solidarity with the Kingdom in the aftermath of the ballistic missile attack launched by Yemeni Houthi militias targeting the holy city of Mecca. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram ambush kills 5 soldiers, four others
    31 october 2016 06:45:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army has announced that five of its soldiers and four vigilantes lost their lives during an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno state, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission condemns killings, violence in Central African Republic
    29 october 2016 19:07:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Saturday denounced recent violence and increasing tensions in parts of the Central African Republic (CAR), particularly in the town of Bambari, resulting in the deaths of 25 individuals. Full text...

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