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  • Nigeria: Nigeria Army arrests of 3 Chadian Boko Haram terrorists
    27 february 2017 07:08:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday night announced the arrest of three Chadian Boko Haram terrorists in northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • South Africa: Leading South African judge dies after short illness
    26 february 2017 17:17:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Liberation hero and legal giant, Essa Moosa, died at his Cape Town home on Sunday, just hours after South African President Jacob Zuma issued a statement wishing the ailing judge well. He was 76. Full text...

  • Sudan: US Embassy supports Science Enrichment in Education in Sudan
    26 february 2017 12:17:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - In yet another initiative aimed at normalizing relations between the US and Sudan, the American embassy in Khartoum hosted students and teachers from public and private schools, under a State Department sponsorship, to enable them acquire new methods on learning science and scientific subjects. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Air Force jets bomb Boko Haram convoy
    25 february 2017 20:54:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Saturday said that its fighter jets successfully intercepted a group of Boko Haram terrorists moving in a Hilux vehicle mounted with anti-aircraft gun in Nigeria's northeast region. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns violence in south-central DRC region
    25 february 2017 17:03:12
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council has strongly condemned the recent spate of violence in the south-central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), calling on the government to “immediately dispatch a credible and impartial investigation.” Full text...

  • UN: Donors pledge US$670 mln for humanitarian support to Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon
    25 february 2017 04:00:40
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-supported humanitarian conference in Oslo, Norway on Friday generated more than US$670 million in pledges that will help sustain critical relief operations over the next two years and beyond across four countries in Lake Chad Basin, where millions are in need of aid. Full text...

  • UN: IOM says 366 migrants died on Mediterranean in first two months of 2017
    24 february 2017 21:06:50
    New York, US (PANA) - An estimated 366 migrants died at sea during their Mediterranean journey to Europe in the first 53 days of 2017, down from 425 of the comparable period of last year, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission, church leaders in DRC condemn attacks against Catholic facilities
    24 february 2017 20:52:19
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and the National Episcopal Conference of Congo, known as CENCO on Friday called for an immediate end to the spate of violent attacks against Catholic facilities in several parts of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Air Force jets bomb Boko Haram location
    24 february 2017 20:07:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets on Friday bombed a Boko Haram location at Tagoshe/Mandara Mountain area in Nigeria's northeast region. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia, UNICEF sign US$6 mln package for child survival, protection
    24 february 2017 17:00:22
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian government and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the implementation of UNICEF's 2017 child survival, development and protection mechanism. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body says toxic populist rhetoric fuelling xenophobia in South Africa
    24 february 2017 14:47:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Authorities must ensure adequate protection for all refugees and migrants living in South Africa, Amnesty International said on Friday, stressing that this should happen now, amid the current protests in Pretoria and the escalating xenophobic tension and attacks. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Japan supports IOM humanitarian operations
    24 february 2017 13:27:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Government of Japan has allocated US$34.3 million to support operations of the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) in assisting vulnerable migrants including displaced persons, refugees, returnees and affected communities around the world in 2017. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria tense as South Africans and foreigners clash with police
    24 february 2017 13:12:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The situation remains tense in Pretoria, South Africa's capital, where locals have clashed with foreigners and police as xenophobic violence continues to spread. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam says 2017 family threat 'a catastrophic betrayal of our common humanity'
    24 february 2017 12:54:39
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines in 2017 due to a catastrophic failure of the global community to uphold its obligations to the most vulnerable of people, humanitarian agency Oxfam International said on Friday, calling on donors to take immediate action to help as many as 20 million people now at risk of starvation. Full text...

  • South Sudan: IOM provides health, shelter aid in volatile areas of South Sudan
    24 february 2017 12:21:52
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Friday it is providing emergency health care and shelter assistance to South Sudanese forced to flee their homes due to violence in volatile areas of the country, including Unity and Central Equatoria regions. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Amnesty International criticises human rights in Mauritania
    24 february 2017 12:04:44
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says the human rights situation in Mauritanian has "deteriorated" with repressive laws against public order, opponents of the government and human rights activists, especially the anti-slavery activists. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Rights group condemns eastern Libya travel restrictions
    24 february 2017 11:29:45
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Human rights group, Human Rights Watch, on Friday asked Libyan officials in the east of the country to repeal an order that requires all men and women aged 18-45 years to seek clearance by relevant security agencies ahead of any international travel out of the area. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Japan pledges US$50m for humanitarian assistance in northeast Nigeria
    24 february 2017 07:32:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, Mr Sadanabu Kusaoke, says his country has pledged US$50 million for humanitarian assistance in northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Norway: Millions suffering in Lake Chad Basin need world’s support - UN aid chief
    24 february 2017 07:08:04
    Oslo, Norway (PANA) - Ahead of a major donors conference in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, seeking to generate global action to tackle the complex crisis in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin, the top United Nations relief official has highlighted that investing in support for the region will in turn help strengthen broader security around the world for all to benefit. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'No Nigerian life lost in South African xenophobic attacks' - Minister
    24 february 2017 06:53:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hajiya Khadija Abba-Ibrahim has said that no Nigerian life has been lost in the South African Xenophobic attacks against immigrants in that country. Full text...

  • CAR: Senior UN relief official urges access to civilians in north-eastern provinces
    24 february 2017 06:27:10
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - The most senior United Nations relief official in the Central African Republic (CAR) has called for free and unhindered access to civilians impacted by the clashes between rival armed groups. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir opens borders for relief passage to famine-hit South Sudan
    23 february 2017 19:24:29
    Khartoum, Sudan ( PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir on Thursday ordered the opening of his country’s borders to facilitate passage of relief from the United Nations or any other agencies and donor countries to the famine-hit South Sudan. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Hundreds protest at South African embassy over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians
    23 february 2017 19:14:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Hundreds of Nigerian students on Thursday stormed the South African High Commission in Abuja and Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to express their grievances over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other African nationals in South Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Oslo humanitarian conference to raise US$1bn for humanitarian aid in L. Chad region
    23 february 2017 18:49:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Representatives of the international community have converged in Oslo, Norway, to raise funds and pledge support for humanitarian assistance to over 7 million people in urgent need of food relief in north-east Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria demands compensation for victims of xenophobic attacks in South Africa
    23 february 2017 18:33:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government on Thursday demanded compensation for Nigerians whose properties were destroyed in the xenophobic violence that took place last weekend in South Africa. Full text...

  • Sudan: Failure to observe peace deal blamed for famine in South Sudan
    23 february 2017 18:11:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Failure to adhere to the 2015 peace agreement of South Sudan is the main cause of the famine currently ravaging the country and its population, according to a local top politician. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria under fire over attacks on Nigerians
    23 february 2017 17:19:41
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions remain high between Nigerians and South Africans in Gauteng, South Africa’s most populated province, while a wave of xenophobic attacks around the economic hubs of Pretoria and Johannesburg have seen Nigerians reacting angrily. Full text...

  • UN: ICC President visits Uganda with Trust Fund for Victims
    23 february 2017 17:05:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, this week began an official visit to Uganda, to see victim assistance projects supported by the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV), an independent body associated with the ICC. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges strong, urgent action to avert catastrophe in Africa
    23 february 2017 05:47:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Sounding the alarm on behalf of more than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, north-east Nigeria, and Yemen, who are facing devastating levels of food insecurity, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday in New York called for "strong and urgent" action from the international community to help the already-fragile countries avert catastrophe. Full text...

  • UN: Armed group attacks UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic
    23 february 2017 05:33:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA) says its peacekeepers on patrol were attacked on Tuesday outside of Ippy in Ouaka prefecture in an ambush. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria seeks global support to address humanitarian challenges
    22 february 2017 21:28:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government is to seek for international support to address the humanitarian challenges in the country's northeast and the neighbouring Lake Chad region at a two-day international conference opening in Oslo, Norway, on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia's former spy chief, deputy arrested
    22 february 2017 19:24:17
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Police in Gambia have arrested and detained former Director of Intelligence Yakunba Badjie, his deputy Less Gomez and three other officers of the disbanded National Intelligence Agency (NIA), police sources told PANA in Banjul on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN human rights expert calls for improved human rights situation in Sudan
    22 february 2017 18:59:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Despite positive developments in the situation of human rights in Sudan since April last year, there is still concern about incidents of harassment, arrests and prolonged detention of human rights activists and about incidents of rape within and outside of camps of internally displaced people, a United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Aristide Nononsi has said. Full text...

  • Gambia: UNESCO official says respect for human rights vital for sustainable development
    22 february 2017 17:25:49
    Banjul, Gambia(PANA) - For nations to ensure lasting peace and sustainable development, human rights must be respected and people must be free to seek, receive and impart knowledge and information on all media, according to the director of UNESCO regional office for West Africa, Gwang-Chol Chang. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military rejects accusation of killings in Northeast, 117 Biafran agitators
    22 february 2017 15:30:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Defence Headquarters Wednesday rejected a report by Amnesty International, accusing it of allegedly killing 240 people in the Boko Haram epicentre of Borno State, North East Nigeria, and the killing of 117 Biafran agitators. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US to renew intelligence sharing with Nigeria on terrorism fight
    22 february 2017 15:21:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Wednesday said it will renew efforts to share intelligence with Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram terrorism. Full text...

  • UN: UN seeks US$1 billion for relief support in Nigeria's northeast
    22 february 2017 15:05:57
    New York, US (PANA) - As relief organizations increase response to the humanitarian emergency in the north-east of Nigeria, timely donor support amounting to a little over US$1 billion is required to sustain life-saving assistance to millions of people devastated by Boko Haram-linked violence, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Human Rights Violations rising in East Africa, says report
    22 february 2017 13:30:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - With politics of demonization taking hold across the globe in 2016, East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, saw a rise in human rights violations, Amnesty International said on Wednesday in its annual assessment of human rights around the world. Full text...

  • Italy: UN agencies demand 'immediate, safe' access to famine-hit areas in South Sudan
    22 february 2017 13:09:41
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The heads of three UN agencies have renewed their appeal to the South Sudan parties to allow immediate and safe access to areas hit by famine. Full text...

  • South Africa: Court blocks Pretoria from withdrawing from ICC
    22 february 2017 10:14:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday ruled that government's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) was unconstitutional and invalid. Full text...

  • US: US 'gravely concerned' about famine in parts of South Sudan
    22 february 2017 09:31:10
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States says it is "gravely concerned" by the 20 February declaration of famine in parts of South Sudan and by the significant scale of humanitarian need throughout the country. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO says multilingual education essential for peace, creativity
    21 february 2017 20:38:45
    New York, US (PANA) Learning languages is a promise of peace, innovation and creativity, and will contribute to the achievement of global development goals, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement marking International Mother Language Day. Full text...

  • UN: 1.4 million children in 'man-made' crises in Africa, Yemen -UNICEF
    21 february 2017 20:32:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death due to severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine threatens in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said, urging prompt action to save them. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Qaddafi regime trial fell short of international standards - UN report
    21 february 2017 18:16:57
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The trial in Libya of Saif al-Islam Qaddafi and 36 other members of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi’s regime represented a major effort by the Libyan judiciary to hold people to account for crimes including grave human rights violations during the 2011 Revolution but ultimately failed to meet international fair trial standards, a UN report said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • France: UNICEF chief says use of children in conflict must end
    21 february 2017 17:01:16
    Paris, France (PANA) - Tens of thousands of boys and girls under the age of 18 continue to be used in conflicts around the world, though over the past 10 years, more than 65,000 children have been released from armed forces and armed groups, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UN aid chief releases funds to tackle drought in Ethiopia
    21 february 2017 16:45:30
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien on Tuesday released US$18.5 million from the organization's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to enable critical aid for more than 785,000 people suffering from hunger, malnutrition and severe water shortages in Ethiopia's Somali region – the worst drought-stricken part of the country. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF stresses need to end child recruitment in armed conflicts
    21 february 2017 14:51:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday said even though over the past 10 years, more than 65,000 children have been released from armed forces and armed groups, tens of thousands of boys and girls under the age of 18 continue to be used in conflicts around the world. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa commemorates 100th anniversary of World War I tragedy
    21 february 2017 14:45:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa on Tuesday marked the historic sinking of the ship, SS Mendi, during World War I exactly 100 years ago. Full text...

  • South Africa: Fresh wave of xenophobic violence in Pretoria
    21 february 2017 11:07:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A fresh wave of xenophobic violence has swept through Atteridgeville outside Pretoria, coinciding with a call by the Nigerian government for South Africa to protect its citizens. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR says drought displacement growing in Somalia
    21 february 2017 11:02:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Drought has displaced more than 135,000 people inside Somalia since November, according to data compiled by UN refugee agency (UNHCR), the Norwegian Refugee Council and community-based organizations. Full text...

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