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  • 14 killed, 29 injured in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria
    16 november 2017 09:14:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Thursday said that 14 civilians were killed and 29 others were injured in multiple Boko Haram attacks in a crowded suburb of Maiduguri, the epicentre of the terrorists' activities in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Vancouver conference delivers 46 new pledges for UN peackeeping missions
    16 november 2017 07:19:50
    vancouver, Canada (PANA) – Dozens of new pledges of military equipment and expertise to make United Nations peacekeeping missions around the world more efficient, effective and reactive, were made at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference, in Vancouver, Canada, on Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'Nearly a third of Darfur’s people still displaced, despite drop in violence'
    16 november 2017 06:44:57
    New York, USA (PANA) – The armed groups in Darfur have largely been defeated and the ferocity of intercommunal violence has declined, but anxiety over safety continues to keep many people from returning to their homes, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN mission in CAR mandate extended, additional ‘blue helmets’ authorised
    16 november 2017 06:36:36
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday extended the mandate of the Organization’s peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) until 15 November 2018 and increased the mission’s troop level by 900 military personnel. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping chief outlines ‘very serious challenge’ facing Mali operation
    15 november 2017 22:33:41
    Vancouver, Canada (PANA) – The “very serious challenge” facing peacekeepers with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) makes it vital that additional efforts are made for the four-year-old operation to fulfil its mandate, the UN peacekeeping chief has said. Full text...

  • Security Council renews mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Abyei for six months
    15 november 2017 22:16:41
    New York, USA (PANA) – The Security Council on Wednesday extended until 15 May 2018 the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Abyei, a contested area on the Sudan-South Sudan border. Full text...

  • Global report says deaths by Boko Haram terrorist group decreased by 80% in 2016
    15 november 2017 16:36:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – For the third year running, Nigeria remains in 2017 the third most terrorised nation in the world, according to a report released Wednesday by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI). Full text...

  • Botswana issues travel advice over Zimbabwe situation
    15 november 2017 10:40:13
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana on Wednesday issued a travel advice to citizens intending to travel to Zimbabwe following reports of a military takeover in that country. Full text...

  • International forum on peace, security in Africa ends
    15 november 2017 09:13:21
    Diamniadio, Senegal (PANA) – The 4th Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa ended on Tuesday in the Senegalese city of Diamniadio, with a call on Africa to rely on itself first to ensure its security before appealing to the international community. Full text...

  • Libya’s detention of migrants ‘is an outrage to humanity,’ says UN human rights chief Zeid
    14 november 2017 18:58:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The European Union’s (EU) support for Libya’s Coast Guard which has resulted in thousands of migrants being detained in “horrific” conditions inside Libya is “inhuman,” the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Chad wants Africa to rule its destiny against terrorism
    14 november 2017 17:43:19
    Diamniadio, Senegal (PANA) - Chadian Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacké has urged African countries to get strongly engaged in the fight against terroism. Full text...

  • Survey reveals Cape Town has highest property property prices in Africa
    14 november 2017 17:17:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cape Town is still the most expensive city in Africa to buy prime residential property according to a new global survey that has revealed cost of real estate in the port city stands at US$5,800 per square metre, Full text...

  • Security concerns obscuring Sahel humanitarian emergency - ICRC
    14 november 2017 13:03:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The precarious security situation in Africa's Sahel region is overshadowing a massive humanitarian crisis affecting 12 million people in five countries, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Civilians must be protected against brutal attacks in CAR - NRC pleads
    14 november 2017 10:46:24
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Marianne Irion has again urged the United Nations to strengthen UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) to protect civilians in the troubled country. Full text...

  • Tanzanian migrant domestic workers in Oman, UAE abused - says rights group
    14 november 2017 09:54:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian domestic workers in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) face excessive working hours, unpaid salaries, and physical and sexual abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN office cautions on protracted humanitarian crises in Great Lakes region
    14 november 2017 09:14:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Conflict is likely to remain the dominant driver of protracted humanitarian crises in Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan, with increasing regional implications, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) cautioned on Tuesday in its quarterly Regional Outlook for the Great Lakes and Beyond, Full text...

  • 'Nigerian must halt violent, unlawful campaign of evictions of waterfront communities'
    14 november 2017 08:11:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, has asked the Nigerian authorities to halt a "violent, unlawful campaign" of demolitions and forced evictions of waterfront communities in Lagos State which, it says, has so far left more than 30,000 people homeless and 11 dead. Full text...

  • Road safety ‘morally, economically sound investment’ - UN envoy
    14 november 2017 07:06:41
    New Delhi, India (PANA) – Calling for greater efforts to reduce road traffic deaths worldwide, the United Nations envoy for road safety on Monday stressed that a proposed UN fund, along with national investments, would turn the tide of rising fatality numbers. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army institutes panel on killing of soldiers in Chibok
    13 november 2017 12:31:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Monday said it has instituted a board of inquiry into the circumstances under which a Staff Sergeant shot dead a Captain on Sunday and turned the gun on himself. Full text...

  • Two killed in bus accident in northern Rwanda
    13 november 2017 09:44:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least two passengers were killed and 17 others were injured in a road accident late on Sunday night night, involving a bus travelling from Musanze, a district in the northern Rwanda, to Kigali city, a police source said on Monday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Three soldiers, 'many' Boko Haram terrorists killed in northeast Nigeria
    12 november 2017 17:19:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday said three of its soldiers died while “many” Boko Haram terrorists were killed during the Army’s “clearance” operations in the fringes of the Sambisa forest in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • South Africa court permits extradition of UK paedophile
    11 november 2017 07:00:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Cape Town court has cleared the way for British fugitive Lee Tucker who is wanted for child sex crimes to be extradited from South Africa. Full text...

  • South African adventurer to promote mountain hiking in Rwanda
    10 november 2017 10:45:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A South African adventurer, Vilane Subusiso, is hoping to reach the summit of Rwanda's highest mountain, Mount Karisimbi (5,407 Meters), on Friday, for the first- ever climbing exercise that aims at promoting mountain hiking as another tourism product. Full text...

  • Rights group hails ICC's decision to investigate alleged Burundi crimes against humanity
    10 november 2017 06:39:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) judges’ decision announced on Thursday to open an investigation in Burundi gives victims hope that those responsible for grave crimes over the past two years could be held to account, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. Full text...

  • Four judges elected to International Court of Justice
    10 november 2017 06:25:56
    New York, USA (PANA) – The General Assembly and Security Council on Thursday elected four judges from an initial pool of six candidates to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Full text...

  • ‘Leave no stone unturned’ to secure aid funding for CAR, senior UN official urges
    10 november 2017 06:19:13
    New York, USA (PANA) – One out of every four people in Central African Republic (CAR) is either displaced or living as a refugee in another country, a senior United Nations official said on Thursday, urging the international community to provide more resources for a humanitarian plan that up to now is only partially funded. Full text...

  • Rights group says 'absurd charges' over Mugabe tweet must be dropped
    09 november 2017 21:28:14
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International on Thursday asked the Zimbabwean authorities to drop "absurd charges" against a US citizen accused of insulting President Robert Mugabe in a tweet. Full text...

  • LEAD: ICC orders investigation into crimes against humanity in Burundi
    09 november 2017 13:50:53
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday authorised the ICC prosecutor to open an investigation regarding crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Burundi or by nationals of Burundi outside the country since 26 April 2015 until 26 October 2017. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: ICC orders investigation regarding crimes committed in Burundi
    09 november 2017 13:32:51
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday ordered an investigation into the crimes committed in Burundi. Full text...

  • Kenya police chief calls for 'mystery witness' probe
    09 november 2017 10:26:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities have called for an investigation after a man posing as a "state agent" appeared as a witness of two tragic accidents, including Tuesday's tragic accident where the Governor of Nyeri County was killed. Full text...

  • ICC urges handover of Al-Saiqa brigade commander, others wanted for alleged crimes in Libya
    09 november 2017 05:58:03
    New York, US (PANA) – The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Major Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf al-Werfalli, a commander in the Al-Saiqa Brigade accused of murdering 33 people in the context of the ongoing conflict in Libya, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has told the United Nations Security Council. Full text...

  • Rwandan police ranked highest in East Africa on global Police Index
    08 november 2017 18:02:47
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Police are ranked first in East African region and 50th at the global level, according to the World Internal Security and Police Index which was released on Wednesday by the International Police Science Association (IPSA). Full text...

  • Rwandan prosecutor seeks 7 years in prison former Minister
    08 november 2017 16:53:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan prosecutor is asking a judge at the intermediate court of Nyarugenge in Kigali City to jail former State Minister for Mining, Evode Imena for 7 years for issuing an illegal mining permit. Full text...

  • Security Council underscores need to bring killers of UN experts in DRC to justice
    08 november 2017 05:48:30
    New York, USA (PANA) – Reiterating the need to bring to justice the killers of two United Nations expert in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Security Council on Tuesday urged the country’s authorities to continue to cooperate with investigations into the incident. Full text...

  • UN Security Council urges ‘comprehensive response’ to piracy off Somali coast
    08 november 2017 05:33:40
    New York, USA (PANA) – Condemning the acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday called for a comprehensive response to prevent and suppress such acts and tackle their underlying causes. Full text...

  • Four suicide bombers killed, 8 civilians injured in attack in northeast Nigeria
    07 november 2017 20:01:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Tuesday said that four suicide bombers died when they tried to infiltrate Maiduguri, the epicentre of Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • ICRC to launch new video, online game in campaign against war
    07 november 2017 10:34:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it will this week launch a new phase in its public awareness campaign on the need and relevance of the laws of war. Full text...

  • Humanitarian group warns of surge in barbaric attacks against civilians in CAR
    07 november 2017 08:01:18
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - An international humanitarian organisation, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), along with 27 organisations, is calling on the UN Security Council to undertake stronger efforts to protect civilians in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Rights groups say death sentence on Mauritanian blogger should be quashed
    07 november 2017 07:11:36
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania must immediately and unconditionally release human rights defender Mohamed Mkhaïtir, who has been sentenced to death for criticising the use of Islam to justify discriminatory practices against minority ethnic groups in the country, human rights groups - Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch - have said ahead of his appeal trial. Full text...

  • Journalism under fire amid rise of ‘fake news’, social media-driven echo chambers – UNESCO
    07 november 2017 06:42:44
    Paris, France (PANA) – The media industry, which remains the primary source of news and information in the digital age, faces both vast opportunities and steep challenges, the United Nations cultural agency said on Monday in its flagship analysis of new trends in media freedom, pluralism, independence and the safety of journalists. Full text...

  • UN Security Council considers boost in UN peacekeepers numbers in CAR
    07 november 2017 06:36:28
    New York, US (PANA) – The Security Council is deciding whether to increase the number of United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the recommendations put forward by Secretary-General António Guterres for strengthening the operation, which was discussed at Monday’s meeting in New York. Full text...

  • Security Council recognises contributions of police components to UN peacekeeping
    07 november 2017 06:29:04
    New York, USA (PANA) – The Security Council on Monday adopted a resolution stressing the important contribution that United Nations policing can provide in peacekeeping and special political missions throughout the conflict cycle. Full text...

  • University of Sierra Leone expels over 1,000 students for exam malpractices
    06 november 2017 19:58:33
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The University of Sierra Leone (USL) has expelled over 1,000 students across its three campuses for faking payments of fees to write their examinations. Full text...

  • Anti-graft body to investigate US$2 million Ebola fund to Red Cross
    06 november 2017 19:40:05
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Sierra Leone announced on Monday that it will launch an investigation into how US$2 million Ebola money was used by the Sierra Leone Red Cross. Full text...

  • Nigeria Navy vows to protect oil, gas facilities in Niger Delta
    06 november 2017 19:33:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Following recent threats by the militant group in Nigeria, the Niger Delta Avengers, to resume hostilities on oil and gas facilities in the oil-rich region, the Nigerian Navy has vowed to protect all national assets and deter the action of hostile groups. Full text...

  • MFWA hails Gambia’s decision to comply with ECOWAS court ruling on journalists
    06 november 2017 19:25:56
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Monday hailed the Gambia government’s decision to comply with rulings made by a sub-regional court in favour of three Gambian journalists. Full text...

  • Unknown men attack home of Supreme Court Associate Justice
    06 november 2017 16:42:15
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Supreme Court of Liberia has condemned “in the strongest terms” an attack on the home of an Associate Justice on Sunday evening by unknown persons. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army lauds troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists, others
    06 november 2017 15:03:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, has dispatched a special message of assurance, encouragement and commendation to troops of the Nigerian Army engaged the anti-Boko Haram insurgency fight and others in various anti-terror and peacekeeping operations both within and outside the country. Full text...

  • IRCR condemns killing of staff in Central African Republic
    06 november 2017 12:12:51
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed shock and sadness at the killing of one of its staff in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Nigerian military says it has 'killed a large number' of Boko Haram terrorists
    05 november 2017 15:38:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops fighting the Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria "killed a large number" of them while some escaped with gunshot wounds. Full text...

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