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  • South Africa: Company linked to fake Twitter scandal
    24 january 2017 13:49:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Oakbay Investments, which has been linked to damning allegations of state capture, is being accused of launching a flurry of fake news reports aimed at protecting embattled South African President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US commends resilience of Nigerian military in fight against Boko Haram
    24 january 2017 12:20:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Director of Defence Intelligence Agency, Lt.-Gen. Vincent Stewart, has commended the resilience of the Nigerian Armed Forces "for defeating Boko Haram and chasing them out of their once safe haven, the Sambisa forest". Full text...

  • Nigeria: Mistaken Nigeria Air Force bombing of IPD camp killed at least 236 people
    24 january 2017 12:05:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – At least 236 people were killed after a Nigerian Air Force fighter jet mistakenly bombed an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp occupied by persons displaced by Boko Haram, insurgency. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission shocked by death of Cameroonian military personnel in copter crash
    24 january 2017 11:51:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Dlamini Nkosazana-Zuma said on Tuesday that she has been deeply saddened by the news of the tragic helicopter crash involving General Jacob Kodji and other senior military personnel of the Cameroonian Defence Forces, near the village of Bogo in northern Cameroon on Sunday. Full text...

  • US: Religious leaders deserve full support in quest for peace, says UN adviser
    24 january 2017 09:09:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Religious leaders and faith-based organizations have a responsibility to contribute to peaceful societies and the international community must support these grassroots peacemakers in their daily activities, the United Nations official mandated to fight genocide told an international meeting on religion in New York on Monday. Full text...

  • US: Seven million people in Lake Chad basin ‘living on the edge’ – UN relief official
    24 january 2017 07:44:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Spotlighting the desperate plight of millions in Africa’s Lake Chad basin, the top United Nations humanitarian official for the Sahel region on Monday called for international solidarity with the people in urgent need. Full text...

  • Zambia: Child abuse in Zambia worries Catholic bishops
    23 january 2017 18:50:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) president, Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu, has described the statistics on reported cases of abused children in Zambia as a tragedy. Full text...

  • UN: 500 youth to hold talks in New York on promoting SDGs
    23 january 2017 17:42:21
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 500 youth advocates from around the world will gather at the UN headquarters in New York from 30-31 January, to look at how young people can play a significant role in advancing implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Kenya: New AU chief must champion human rights - says rights body
    23 january 2017 15:39:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The next head of the African Union (AU) Commission must place human rights at the centre of the organization’s operations, said Amnesty International on Monday as leaders of the 54-member body prepare to elect a new chairperson at a summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • South Africa: Abducted South African journalist 'still alive' – Charity
    23 january 2017 11:08:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Gift of the Givers Foundation, a disaster relief organisation, on Monday said it had established through its networks that South African photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed, who was abducted in Syria earlier this month, was still alive. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 12 Burundians rescued from human trafficking ring
    23 january 2017 10:19:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Rwandan police on Monday paraded before the media 12 Burundian nationals, including 10 young ladies, who were rescued from a human trafficking ring in the country. Full text...

  • Botswana: Social media not to blame for poor Botswana examination results - Don
    23 january 2017 07:26:03
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - A University of Botswana (UB) professor has dismissed claims that social media is to blame for the poor performance of students at the country’s junior certificate examination. Full text...

  • Gambia: West African troops clear ground before President Barrow's takeover
    22 january 2017 18:20:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Moving to ensure a peaceful take over of office by Gambia's new President Adama Barrow, a contingent of West African troops on Sunday secured two military barracks in Gambia's North Bank without resistance from Gambian forces, reliable sources confirmed to PANA in the capital, Banjul. Full text...

  • Sudan: Quantities of weapons found in luggage of UNAMID departing members
    21 january 2017 11:25:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The AU-UN peacekeepers in Darfur said they have seized quantities of weapons and military-related items from the luggage of individuals of a departing peacekeeping unit. They failed to name the individuals' country or countries. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council stresses need to address root causes of terrorist attacks in West Africa
    21 january 2017 09:10:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council, strongly condemning all terrorist attacks in West Africa, particularly those carried out by Boko Haram militants in the Lake Chad Basin, on Friday stressed the need to combat terrorism in all its forms and to address the conditions conducive to its spread. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants charges against two Nigerian media workers dropped
    20 january 2017 16:36:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of the news website Premium Times, and reporter Evelyn Okakwu, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AfDB offers US$ 1m to mitigate earthquake effects in Tanzania's Kagera region
    20 january 2017 16:29:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - People affected by the earthquake which hit the Kagera region in northwestern Tanzania, in September last year, will get some relief from a US$ 1m humanitarian emergency grant approved by the African Development Bank Group’s Board last week. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR revises funding requirements to tackle Africa's refugee crisis
    20 january 2017 16:12:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has revised upwards its funding requirements for 2017 to address new needs of those who have been displaced in Africa due to conflicts, renewed fighting, increased violence and resulting food insecurity since July last year. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ denounces Gambian authorities for denying entry to seven journalists
    20 january 2017 13:35:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has denounced Gambian authorities for denying entry to seven international journalists into the West African country. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNHCR says some 45,000 people have fled Gambia to Senegal
    20 january 2017 11:46:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Some 45,000 people are now reported to have arrived in Senegal from The Gambia – according to the Senegalese Government, amid the ongoing political uncertainty as Senegalese and West African troops entered the country on Thursday to force out former president Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police raid Nigeria online newspaper office
    19 january 2017 22:35:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Thursday afternoon raided the head office of Nigeria’s top online newspaper, the Premium Times, in Abuja, arresting the newspaper’s publisher. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian military alerts public on new tactic of Boko Haram
    19 january 2017 22:18:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters on Thursday warned the general public to be alert at places of worship as Boko Haram terrorists are now targeting worshipers and other soft spots with suicide bombers, especially at dawn. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria Air Force sets up panel on accidental bombing of IDPs
    19 january 2017 22:11:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has constituted a board of senior officers to investigate the accidental air strike on 17 January at Rann, Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies, partners launch new plan to help refugees, migrants in Europe
    19 january 2017 15:42:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR), other migration agencies and a host of partners on Thursday unveiled a new strategy to help address the challenges confronting hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants in Europe. Full text...

  • US: UN condemns Mali suicide attack
    19 january 2017 06:19:57
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the suicide-vehicle attack on Wednesday perpetrated against a military camp in the northern Mali city of Gao that reportedly left at least 50 people dead and dozens injured. Full text...

  • US: US condemns 'cowardly attack' on Malian town
    19 january 2017 06:09:59
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has strongly condemned Wednesday's "cowardly attack" on a military camp in Gao in northern Mali that houses government forces and members of the primary armed groups that signed the Malian peace accord. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US pledges support for religious tolerance in Nigeria
    18 january 2017 16:16:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States on Wednesday pledged to support programmes geared towards the promotion of religious tolerance in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Gambia's political crisis fills Rwandan media
    18 january 2017 16:08:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The media in Rwanda on Wednesday gave wide coverage to preparations by West African states to possibly invade Gambia to force out president Yahya Jammeh who is refusing to quit despite losing the 1 December election to opposition leader Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN offers humanitarian assistance to bombed Nigerian camp
    18 january 2017 15:52:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) and emergency medical personnel are in north-eastern Nigeria following a military airstrike that hit a displacement camp killing dozens of people, including aid workers, and wounding a reported 100 others. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopia launches humanitarian appeal for US$948 million in 2017
    18 january 2017 09:19:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - On the heels of failed rains and a calamitous El Niño in Ethiopia, the country's Government on Tuesday launched an appeal for US$948 million to urgently address food and non-food needs, while the United Nations agriculture agency warned that a new drought may put the East African nation's hard fought gains at risk. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari regrets accidental bombing of civilians in northeast Nigeria
    17 january 2017 19:56:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday led Nigeria’s top political and military leaders in expressing deep sadness and regret over the accidental bombing of civilians by the Nigerian Air Force, engaged in fighting Boko Haram insurgency in an internally displaced persons camp in Rann, Borno, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army offers cash reward for information on suicide bombers
    17 january 2017 19:49:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Tuesday announced a N500,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of a suicide bomber in the Boko Haram prone violence region of northeast Nigeria. ($1=N305) Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Vice President leaves for Davos World Economic Forum
    17 january 2017 19:41:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo left Abuja Tuesday heading the Nigerian delegation to this year's World Economic Forum holding in Davos, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Dozens killed in military airstrike in northeastern Nigeria
    17 january 2017 19:33:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A military airstrike targeting Boko Haram location in the northeastern part of Nigeria has mistakenly killed dozens of civilians, the Nigerian Army admitted on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Seven foreign journalists expelled
    17 january 2017 19:22:13
    Banjul,Gambia (PANA) - Seven journalists, who are in The Gambia to cover the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow, were on January 16, 2017 prevented from entering the country, according media body Media Foundation for West Africa Full text...

  • UN: One journalist killed every four days in 2016, UNESCO says
    17 january 2017 17:38:56
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 100 journalists were killed in 2016 while doing their jobs, according to the UN agency tasked with defending press freedom. Full text...

  • UN: UN report says millions of children, youth experience bullying
    17 january 2017 17:18:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Millions of children and young people worldwide are bullied each year, according to a report released on Tuesday by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which found that bullies like to pick on children because of their looks, have ethnic or cultural differences, or due to gender or sexual orientation. Full text...

  • UN: Gutteres calls for understanding to combat anti-Muslim discrimination
    17 january 2017 16:43:45
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres on Tuesday appealed for drawing strength from the principles of inclusion, tolerance and mutual understanding to recognize the value of diversity. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambians start exodus from towns fearing imminent violence
    17 january 2017 16:37:55
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - With a breakout of violence becoming imminent, thousands of Gambian Christians, particularly followers of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, were observed fleeing on Tuesday from the capital, Banjul, and the commercial city of Serrekunda to areas close to the border with Senegal. Full text...

  • UN: UN wants US$864 million for humanitarian needs in Somalia
    17 january 2017 15:18:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and its humanitarian partners on Tuesday launched a US$864 million appeal to reach 3.9 million Somalis with urgent life-saving assistance. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Dearth of information impedes progress to peace in Burundi
    17 january 2017 15:08:47
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Scarcity of information about what is going on in Burundi has been singled out as a key constraint for analysts and policymakers assessing the country's protracted political crisis, according to a consultant of the South Africa-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Full text...

  • Switzerland: Children face human rights abuses - UN official
    17 january 2017 05:54:09
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ms. Kate Gilmore, Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on Monday said children worldwide faced various violations of their rights, including poverty, violence and discrimination against them. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches new manual on prisoner management
    17 january 2017 05:46:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has unveiled a new manual that offers practical advice on managing violent extremist prisoners, disengaging them from violence and facilitating their social reintegration upon release. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN reports 'unabated' killings, rapes in South Sudan after July 2016 violence
    17 january 2017 00:00:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Hundreds of people were killed in South Sudan during an outbreak of violence last July and more than 200 people were raped, according to a United Nations report released Monday, emphasizing the need for accountability and justice for those human rights violations. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ford recalls thousands of defective vehicles in South Africa
    17 january 2017 00:00:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Ford Motor Company on Monday announced that thousands of defective Ford Kuga vehicles have been recalled in South Africa with immediate effect. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia's military command detains 11 army officers
    17 january 2017 00:00:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s military high command has, in collaboration with the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), arrested and detained 11 military officers at various units of the Gambia Armed Forces, a military spokesperson confirmed on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Former Rwandan publisher put under 30-day pre-trial detention
    16 january 2017 16:31:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan court on Monday placed former publisher of Rwanda Focus weekly under a 30-day pre-trial detention, citing the prosecution claim that Shyaka Kanuma intended to run away from justice. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari condemns twin bomb blasts in Nigerian university
    16 january 2017 15:46:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has “strongly” condemned the terrorist attack Monday morning at a mosque in the University of Maiduguri, the epicenter of Boko Haram terrorism in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Twin bomb blasts leave two dead at Maiduguri University
    16 january 2017 09:49:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Two twin bomb blasts on Monday at the University of Maiduguri, the epicenter of Boko Haram terrorism in northeast Nigeria, have left two people dead. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Amnesty International calls for release of Nigeria Shi'a leader
    16 january 2017 07:30:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International, a human rights watchdog, is asking the Nigerian authorities to "immediately comply" with a High Court order and release the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife from detention. Full text...

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