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  • UN: IOM chief in Libya to discuss migration, displacement issues
    23 march 2017 21:22:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mr. William Lacy Swing is visiting Tripoli to discuss the complex migration and displacement situation with hopes of shoring up technical support to foster a stable environment. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency, Ugandan govt urge urgent support for South Sudanese refugees
    23 march 2017 20:56:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), on Thursday said UN refugee assistance efforts in Uganda are seriously overstretched as thousands of refugees from South Sudan, desperate for safety and assistance, pour into the country that is already hosting more than 800,000 people. Full text...

  • UN: UN appeals for US$20 million to help affected populations in Madagascar
    23 march 2017 20:30:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and humanitarian partners are appealing for US$20 million to address the devastating consequences of "Cyclone Enawo" in Madagascar. Full text...

  • UN: Somalia passing through a moment of hope - UN envoy
    23 march 2017 20:19:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Noting that Somalia faces a number of "daunting difficulties" after decades of conflict, the UN envoy in Somalia, Mr. Michael Keating on Thursday highlighted that there is also a new momentum in the country for fresh political engagement among its people with the recent electoral process. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Hungry people abandon homes in South Sudan's Imatong state
    23 march 2017 19:16:45
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Up to 75 per cent of people living in Imatong state of South Sudan may have left their homes because they cannot get enough to eat, the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, was told by community leaders in Torit on Thursday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Suspected terrorist killed in northern Burkina Faso
    23 march 2017 18:35:46
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Harouna Dicko, a suspected terrorist responsible for several attacks in northern Burkina Faso, was shot dead on Wednesday night by Burkina Faso's defence and security forces, media reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Navy flags off 30-nation multinational maritime exercise
    23 march 2017 13:52:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Navy on Thursday flagged off the multinational maritime operation exercise, christened ‘Obangame Express’. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's president condemns London terror attack
    23 march 2017 11:37:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday condemned the terrorist attack near the British Houses of Parliament in London that left four people dead. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana steps up anti-human trafficking fight
    23 march 2017 11:02:12
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has intensified its fight against human trafficking, as the country seeks to achieve the highest rating against the heinous crime estimated to be a one-and-a-half-billion-dollar global industry. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana to facilitate repatriation of refugees
    23 march 2017 09:55:29
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Shaw Kgathi, Botswana's Defence, Justice and Security minister, on Thursday said Botswana would continue to facilitate the return of refugees to their respective countries as he applauded the voluntary decision by some refugee in the country to apply for repatriation. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Magufuli shuffles Tanzanian cabinet
    23 march 2017 06:55:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli on Thursday made a minor reshuffle of his cabinet by appointing Prof. Palamagamba Aidan John Mwaluko Kabudi as Minister of Constitutional Affairs and Justice. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says 370,000 persons displaced in south-east DRC
    22 march 2017 20:30:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Intercommunal violence in south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the DRC, Mamadou Diallo, has said, warning that the current response is being outstripped by the needs. Full text...

  • Kenya: ICRC raises red flag on hunger crisis in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, others
    22 march 2017 13:26:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The ICRC has appealed for financial assistance to the tune of US$ 400 million to help those most affected by the humanitarian crises in Somalia, South Sudan, north-east Nigeria and Yemen, the global humanitarian body said Wednesday in a news dispatch from Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's secret police arrest 13 Boko Haram top terrorists
    22 march 2017 13:14:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian secret police, the Department of State Security (DSS), on Wednesday announced the arrest of 13 top Boko Haram terrorists in various part of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 5 suicide bombers kill 3 in Northeast Nigeria
    22 march 2017 13:05:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A multiple suicide bombing occurred in three locations around the popular Muna Garage area of Maiduguri metropolis, Northeast Nigeria, in the early hours of Wednesday, the Northeast Zonal Information Officer of the Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Abdulkadir Ibrahim, confirmed to PANA here. Full text...

  • The Netherlands: ICC sentences Bemba to one year imprisonment, 300,000 euros
    22 march 2017 12:06:04
    The Hague, The Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, The Netherlands, on Wednesday sentenced former DR Congo vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo to one year imprisonment for bribing witnesses at his trial for war crimes at the court. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief urges political solution for South Sudanese crisis
    22 march 2017 06:47:29
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The security situation in South Sudan is “very worrisome,” the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Guterres urges international community against intolerance, discrimination
    21 march 2017 20:15:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Against the backdrop of rising discrimination and violence against those perceived as different, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged the international community to stand up against intolerance and build communities that recognize diversity not as a source of weakness, but a source of strength and richness. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy laments on deteriorating security situation in DRC
    21 march 2017 20:05:11
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mr. Maman Sidikou on Tuesday stressed the need for both the government and the opposition groups to show the same level of commitment and compromise which led to the signing on 31 December of an agreement on the electoral process, noting the deteriorating security situation in the country. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR concerned about forced return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon
    21 march 2017 19:45:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday expressed concern that forced returns of refugees from Cameroon’s Far North region to crisis-gripped northeastern Nigeria are continuing despite the recent signing of a tripartite agreement aimed at ensuring the voluntary nature of returns. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU affirms its commitment to fight all forms of racial discrimination
    21 march 2017 14:19:26
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The elimination of racial discrimination is a global challenge that must be tackled together by the whole international community, by international organizations and by the civil society, the European Union (EU) High Representative, Federica Mogherini said Tuesday in a statement marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Full text...

  • US: US bans electronic devices on flights from 8 Muslim nations
    21 march 2017 14:11:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday barred airlines' passengers coming into the US on foreign airlines from 10 airports in eight mainly Muslim countries from carrying electronic devices, such as tablets, laptops and computers, which are larger than a cellphone. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africans reflect on 1960 Sharpeville Massacre
    21 march 2017 14:06:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africans on Tuesday marked the 57th anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, where police shot dead 69 people during a protest against the country’s hated apartheid laws. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda suspends several private universities over poor quality education
    21 march 2017 14:01:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan Ministry of Education has ordered the closure of several private universities as well as many other academic programmes as the East African country seeks to implement strong quality control programme in academia. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari condemns killings in a market in North Central Nigeria
    21 march 2017 13:50:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, Tuesday condemned Monday’s attack on a market in Zaki Biam, North Central Nigeria, by unknown gunmen which resulted in the loss of lives. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Timelines of Catholic Church's role in Rwanda's genocide
    21 march 2017 08:53:28
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Here are timelines of developments since the Catholic Church was accused of playing a role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide against Tutsis. Pope Francis on Monday asked for "forgiveness" for the Catholic Church's role in Rwanda's tragedy. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Oxfam cautions about race against rains in South Sudan
    21 march 2017 07:16:36
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Oxfam International humanitarian agency has called for more funding to help reach those in need in South Sudan before it is too late. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief says development should not marginalize the poor
    20 march 2017 21:40:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day of Happiness, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Monday called for more inclusive, equitable and balanced approaches to development that promote sustainability, poverty eradication, happiness and well-being of all peoples. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief urges governments to target hate speech, crimes
    20 march 2017 21:32:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al Hussein, on Monday reminded governments around the world that they have a legal obligation to stop hate speech and hate crimes, and called on people everywhere to "stand up for someone’s rights." Full text...

  • Libya: 'Escalating violence, hateful rhetoric threaten widespread conflict in Libya' - SRSG
    20 march 2017 18:37:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, has warned of dangerous escalation across Libya emanating from the deteriorating security situation in Tripoli and events in Misrata and Benghazi. Full text...

  • Kenya: Human Rights Watch demands impartial probe of Uganda killings
    20 march 2017 16:58:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Killings by Ugandan military and police during joint operations in Kasese, western Uganda on 26-27 November 2016 warrant an independent and impartial fact-finding mission with international expertise, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: South Sudanese aircraft crashes in Wau, survivors reported
    20 march 2017 15:51:54
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - A South Sudanese aircraft, with 44 passengers on board, crashed on Monday in Wau, 650 km northwest of the South Sudanese capital, Juba, and burst into flames upon hitting the runway, local media reported. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Soldier wounded in Burkinabe terrorist attack
    20 march 2017 15:42:46
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A Burkinabe soldier was wounded on Monday in a terrorist attack in the north of the country, the Burkinabe army said in a statement. Full text...

  • Libya: Armed militias attack Libyan Presidential Council headquarters in Tripoli
    20 march 2017 15:39:31
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Armed militias on Sunday attacked the headquarters of the Libyan presidential council, located at the Abu Sitta naval base in Tripoli, forcing the guards and workers to flee the premises, according to Libya's local media reports. Full text...

  • Kenya: Nairobi to host Special IGAD Summit for Somali refugees
    20 march 2017 14:46:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A special summit of Heads of State and Government will be convened on Saturday, 25 March, 2017, in Nairobi, bringing together member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and other stakeholders, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana: 18 dead in Ghana waterfall accident
    20 march 2017 09:16:37
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - At least 18 students are dead in an accident at a popular waterfall in Ghana's Brong Ahafo Region when a tree fell on them on Sunday evening. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Suicide bombers kill 4 in northeast Nigeria
    19 march 2017 13:36:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Three Boko Haram suicide bombers have attacked Ummarari Village in Jere Local Government of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria, killing a mother, her two children and a civilian security operative, who helps security forces in the war against terrorism. Full text...

  • UN: UN, Smurfs team up to celebrate International Day of Happiness
    18 march 2017 17:26:42
    New York, US (PANA) - Voice actors from the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: "The Lost Village" on Saturday joined officials from the UN, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and UN Foundation at the world body’s headquarters in New York to celebrate International Day of Happiness with a campaign promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Tanzania: World Bank Group President visits Tanzania
    18 march 2017 13:15:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The World Bank Group President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, is due here on Sunday for a three-day working visit to Tanzania during which he will meet with President John Pombe Magufuli, to discuss key engagements of the strategic partnership between the East African country and the World Bank Group. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Magufuli revokes minister's directive on birth certificate for marriage in Tanzania
    18 march 2017 09:47:37
    Dodoma, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President John Magufuli has revoked a directive issued by Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Harrison Mwakyembe to restrict marriage to citizens with birth certificates. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Rights watchdog condemns 'brutal, illegal' eviction of Lagos waterfront community
    18 march 2017 09:09:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has condemned Friday's forcible eviction by security services of residents of a waterfront community in Nigeria's main city of Lagos. Full text...

  • Kenya: ICRC condemns civilian ship attack, calls for probe
    18 march 2017 09:03:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Friday expressed shock at Thursday night’s attack on a civilian ship carrying around 150 passengers, near the port of Hodeida in Yemen. Full text...

  • France: UN forum in Paris to spotlight mobile learning for refugees, displaced persons
    18 march 2017 08:49:43
    Paris, France (PANA) – Education experts and government officials will gather at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from 20 to 24 March, to discuss ways of expanding the use of mobile technologies to “reach people where they are” and improve education opportunities for refugees and displaced persons and others in emergency situations. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Five Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram ambush
    17 march 2017 19:29:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Five Nigerian soldiers were killed on Wednesday when their team ran into an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, according to a statement released on Friday by the Nigerian Army. Full text...

  • Uganda: Museveni orders security cameras following murder of senior police officer
    17 march 2017 17:11:59
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Ugandan PresidentYoweri Museveni has ordered immediate installation of cameras in all major towns of the East African country and along the highways following the murder of Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi early Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights groups urge Angola to allow women's demo
    17 march 2017 16:20:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The Angolan government must allow protesters to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said Friday ahead of a planned demonstration in Luanda for a women’s right to have an abortion. Full text...

  • Switzerland: South Sudan’s refugee crisis now world’s fastest growing - UNHCR
    17 march 2017 13:50:02
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Eight months after fresh violence erupted in South Sudan, a famine produced by the vicious combination of fighting and drought is now driving the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis, the UN refugee agency said on Friday. Full text...

  • Mali: Japan gives Mali 2.5 billion CFAF for security
    17 march 2017 12:46:26
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Japan has granted Mali a 2.5 billion CFAF facility to enable the African country finance its security sector, according to an agreement signed Thursday in Bamako, the Malian capital. Full text...

  • Uganda: Ugandan assistant Police chief, bodyguard, driver shot dead
    17 march 2017 11:57:46
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Felix Kaweesi, Uganda’s assistant Inspector-General of Police, his bodyguard and driver have been shot dead in a brutal gun attack outside his home, Police said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN says half of CAR population urgently needs humanitarian support
    16 march 2017 21:04:25
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Thursday said that half of the population in Central African Republic (CAR) urgently needs aid despite a huge funding gap. Full text...

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