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  • UN: ICC launches social media campaign to mark International Criminal Justice Day
    02 july 2016 16:26:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched a new #JusticeMatters social media campaign from 1 to 17 July, to mark the Day of the International Criminal Justice, including a Facebook photo contest. Full text...

  • UN: General Assembly adopts new resolution on terrorism, violent extremism
    02 july 2016 15:20:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly on Saturday in New York adopted a new resolution on the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, with the aim of fostering security, peace and prosperity for succeeding generations. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council urges calm in South Sudanese town
    02 july 2016 15:01:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has called for a cessation of fighting in Wau, South Sudan, and stressed the need to allow access for the UN and its humanitarian partners to some 9,000 civilians reportedly sheltering in a school and in other parts of the town. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in Libya documents 49 civilian casualties in June
    02 july 2016 14:51:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Saturday said in June, it documented 49 civilian casualties, including 18 deaths and 31 injuries, as a result of hostilities across the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: US wants rebels, opposition to engage in peace talks with Khartoum
    02 july 2016 12:20:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The US has called on Sudanese rebel and opposition groups “in and outside of Sudan” to sign the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) roadmap and enter into peaceful political negotiations with the Government of Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF urges more relief support for children in north-east Nigeria
    01 july 2016 18:40:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Tens of thousands of children in northeast Nigeria will die of malnutrition this year unless they receive treatment soon, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Friday, after reaching areas in the north-east of the country which had been cut off by Boko Haram violence. Full text...

  • Kenya: 6 passengers killed in gun attack on two buses in Kenya
    01 july 2016 17:49:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Six passengers were killed on Friday after two buses were sprayed with bullets in Kenya's Mandera County, about 70 kilometers on the Kenya-Somali border in renewed terror attacks in the region, PANA reports. Full text...

  • Kenya: 3 Kenya policemen arrested for murder
    01 july 2016 17:13:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Three Kenyan policemen were arrested on Friday after corpses of a young lawyer, his client and a taxi driver, were recovered from a river with their hands tied to their back. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials call for global consensus to combat terrorism, violent extremism
    01 july 2016 15:11:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The unprecedented levels of terrorism and violent extremism on a global scale requires balanced implementation of commitments made through collective action, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday, calling on the international community to act with unity and resolve to address what he described as "this major scourge of our time." Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns suicide attack in northern Cameroon
    01 july 2016 13:59:17
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned the suicide attack carried out on 29 June by Nigeria-based terrorist group, Boko Haram, in Cameroon’s Far North Region, which borders Chad to the east and Nigeria to the west, saying that, "no cause can justify the terrorist attacks". Full text...

  • Ghana: At least 17 dead in two road accidents in Ghana
    01 july 2016 09:33:59
    Kumasi, Ghana (PANA) - At least 17 people are reported to have been killed in two separate accidents on the same spot when the vehicles on which they were travelling crashed into the same truck that had broken down on the highway from Accra to Kumasi, Ghana's second largest city. Full text...

  • South Africa: Journalists protest against SABC
    01 july 2016 08:36:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Hundreds of journalists on Friday began protesting outside the offices of South Africa’s national broadcaster in Cape Town and Johannesburg after it was thrown into turmoil with the sudden resignation of acting CEO Jimmi Mathews earlier this week. Full text...

  • US: US consoles Cameroon on Boko Haram suicide attack
    01 july 2016 06:26:19
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has sent its condolences to the families of more than a dozen people killed in Cameroon during a suicide attack carried out on Wednesday night by Nigeria-based Boko Haram terrorist group. Full text...

  • Senegal: Boko Haram kills 6 people in Cameroon
    30 june 2016 19:42:59
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday said six people were killed in Cameroon, following a bomb attack by the Nigerian terror group, Boko Haram. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission hands over security responsibility to Liberian forces
    30 june 2016 18:58:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Liberian security forces on Thursday took full control of their security for the first time since the civil war ended 13 years ago, marking a historic milestone for the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia and a major benchmark in the country’s peace process. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condoles Istanbul terrorist attack victims
    30 june 2016 18:41:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday in New York signed a condolence book for the victims of the terrorist attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, Turkey, saying that, "there is no justification for terrorism". Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari condemns Istanbul terrorist attack
    30 june 2016 18:38:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, Turkey, which claimed the lives of over 40 persons and about 200 wounded. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body roots for treatment of injured Ethiopian politician
    30 june 2016 16:30:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Ethiopian authorities must allow an opposition politician who is now unconscious due to injuries sustained in torture and other ill-treatment to obtain life-saving medical treatment abroad, said Amnesty International Thursday in a letter to the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Full text...

  • UN: Genocide watchdog tasks UN Security Council members on crimes, abuses
    30 june 2016 14:21:51
    New York, US (PANA) - New York-based genocide watchdog, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, has stressed the need for UN Security Council members to maintain international peace and security and ensure that populations are protected from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, regardless of where these crimes are occurring. Full text...

  • Kenya: Police arrest suspect after crackdown on Al Shabaab terror gang
    30 june 2016 14:02:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A terror suspect has been shot dead during an operation by Kenyan security forces to thwart a terror attack in the coastal town of Malindi, Police Inspector General Joseph Boinnet said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kenyan privately-owned Radio station closed due to financial woes
    30 june 2016 13:52:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – One of Kenya's privately-owned Radio Station, KFM, which is broadcasting from Kigali, Rwanda, closed down Thursday due to financial crisis, at a time other private broadcasting stations are facing the same situation, PANA learnt from authoritative sources. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir leaves for Saudi Arabia to perform small Hajj
    30 june 2016 11:40:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese president Omar el-Bashir left Khartoum on Thursday for Saudi Arabia where he will perform the Omara, or the small Hajj, according to the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA). Full text...

  • South Sudan: Fighting in Wau triggers spike in humanitarian needs - IOM
    30 june 2016 09:34:31
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Relief agencies, including IOM, say they are providing emergency assistance to displaced populations in Wau town, South Sudan, following intense fighting on 24 and 25 June. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian NGO 'appalled' by newspaper closure
    30 june 2016 09:09:36
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Oasis Forum, a Zambian non-governmental organisation, says it is not only appalled but also greatly saddened by events surrounding the closure of the offices of The Post Newspaper. Full text...

  • US: South Sudan at risk of ‘hunger catastrophe’ - UN agencies warn
    30 june 2016 06:01:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The level of food insecurity in South Sudan is at the highest since the start of the conflict two-and-a-half years ago, United Nations agencies has warned. Full text...

  • UN: DR Congo, Angola must be ‘in funding spotlight’ – UN humanitarian official
    30 june 2016 05:50:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a visit to Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a senior United Nations humanitarian official on Wednesday called on the international community to pay more attention to the dire needs of its residents. Full text...

  • South Africa: Guesthouse owner defends Apartheid following racial spat
    29 june 2016 18:13:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has been rocked by yet another high-profile racial incident and the government has served notice that it is losing patience. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council denounces killing of UN peacekeeper in CAR
    29 june 2016 17:02:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council has strongly condemned the killing of a peacekeeper serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), warning that attacks against UN peacekeepers may constitute war crimes. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly President condemns Istanbul attack
    29 june 2016 14:56:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft on Wednesday expressed anger and grief over Tuesday's terrorist attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, Turkey. Full text...

  • Zambia: US urges Zambian authorities to resolve tax problems with The Post newspaper
    29 june 2016 13:56:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The United States Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who was in Zambia for a two-day official visit, has urged the Zambian Government to work with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and The Post newspaper to begin to pay back taxes and reopen the medium which was shut down a week ago over tax arrears. Full text...

  • Zambia: Amnesty Int'l demands immediate release of newspaper owner, staff
    29 june 2016 04:34:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Authorities must immediately and unconditionally release the owner of The Post newspaper, Fred M’membe, his wife Mutinta and the newspaper’s Deputy Managing Editor, Joseph Mwenda, human rights group, Amnesty International, has demanded. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns terrorist attack at Istanbul international airport
    29 june 2016 04:23:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, Turkey. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official tasks int'l community on Africa's Sahel region
    29 june 2016 04:17:27
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 9.2 million people in the Lake Chad Basin are in need of humanitarian assistance and more than 4.4 million face severe food insecurity, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer said late on Tuesday in New York. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief chief spotlights need to bridge humanitarian-development divides
    28 june 2016 21:17:17
    New York, US (PANA) - UN humanitarian chief, Mr. Stephen O'Brien on Tuesday stressed the need to transcend the divide between relief aid and development work, urging action on global commitments made at last month’s World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). Full text...

  • UN: UN rapporteur calls for strategies to counter xenophobia in migration crisis
    28 june 2016 20:54:17
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, Mr. Mutuma Ruteere on Tuesday urged the UN Human Rights Council to address xenophobia and its conceptualization, trends and manifestations in the context of an acute migration crisis, and with an action plan carefully adapted to domestic realities. Full text...

  • Zambia: ActionAid demands immediate release of Post newspaper bosses
    28 june 2016 16:05:34
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – ActionAid Zambia has demanded the immediate release from police detention of Post newspaper Managing Editor Fred M’membe, his wife Mutinta and Post Editor Joseph Mwenda who were arrested early on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian lawyers condemn arrest of Post newspaper bosses
    28 june 2016 15:54:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) says it is alarmed by the "brutal manner" in which the Zambian Police Service on Tuesday arrested and beat up the Post newspaper Managing Editor Fred M'membe, his wife Mutinta and Post editor Joseph Mwenda. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says disadvantaged children suffer poverty, early deaths
    28 june 2016 14:24:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 69 million children under-five years of age will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, unless the world focuses more on the plight of its most disadvantaged children, a UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) report released on Tuesday said. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials urge solidarity, funding to meet growing humanitarian needs
    28 june 2016 14:12:41
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials on Tuesday stressed the need for the international community to act with urgency and solidarity to deliver on the commitments generated at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, held last month, in order to adequately respond to and prevent crises and build resilience on a global scale. Full text...

  • South Africa: Deep divisions over resignation of SABC CEO
    28 june 2016 13:56:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The fallout following Monday’s shock resignation of the acting CEO of South Africa’s national broadcaster continues to reverberate around the country with other senior staff members threatening to throw in the towel. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns killing of UN peacekeeper in Central African Republic
    27 june 2016 21:40:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon late Monday in New York condemned the recent killing in Bangui of a peacekeeper serving with the UN operation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns Al-Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel
    27 june 2016 21:33:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council late Monday condemned in the strongest terms a recent deadly attack by Al-Shabaab on a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu that killed several people, including a serving government minister. Full text...

  • UN: UN releases US$13 million to support 250,000 IDPs in Nigeria
    27 june 2016 18:23:50
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, on Monday announced the release of US$13 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide life-saving assistance to 250,000 people in areas of north-east Nigeria that have just become accessible. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu asks donors to 'bail out' Post newspaper
    27 june 2016 16:26:59
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – With pressure from donors to reopen the independent Post Newspaper, Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Monday lashed out at diplomats calling for the reopening of the Post newspaper, saying those who feel it is being victimised, should raise money to pay the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and the matter will be cleared overnight. Full text...

  • South Africa: SABC rocked by CEO's resignation
    27 june 2016 15:10:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s national broadcaster has been rocked by the sudden resignation of its acting chief executive Jimmy Mathews. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges governments to stop torture
    26 june 2016 19:17:39
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday expressed support for and solidarity with the victims of torture and their families throughout the world, and stated that torture must never be used under any circumstances, including during conflict or when national security is under threat. Full text...

  • Kenya: Refugee camp shutdown to drag beyond Kenya imposed deadline
    26 june 2016 12:15:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The closure of a refugee camp housing more than 300,000 Somali refugees will drag beyond the November deadline imposed by the Kenya government. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria Army rescues 5,000 Boko Haram captives, kills 10 terrorists
    26 june 2016 12:07:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Sunday announced the rescue of over 5,000 persons held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists in north eastern part of Nigeria. Full text...

  • Lesotho: Rights group calls for thorough investigation into Lesotho Army chief's killing
    26 june 2016 07:06:38
    Maseru, Lesotho, (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has asked the authorities in Lesotho to ensure that the criminal investigation into the killing of the former army chief, Lieutenant-General Maaparankoe Mahao, by members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) is thorough and pursued vigorously without undue delay. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for 'humane solution' for refugees, migrants in Europe
    25 june 2016 21:57:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday called on the countries of Europe as well as the international community at large to work towards a compassionate and humane solution to the problem of refugees and migrants. Full text...

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