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  • UN: UN condemns terror attacks in Saudi Arabia
    05 july 2016 18:57:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Monday's terrorist attacks in the cities of Jeddah, Qatif and Medina in Saudi Arabia. Full text...

  • South Africa: War of words over Mandela’s voice
    05 july 2016 18:45:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A war of words has broken out between South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) and the family of former President Nelson Mandela who have objected to the party using his voice in an election advertisement. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana citizens warned against enlisting in foreign military service
    05 july 2016 09:05:20
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has warned its citizens against enlisting in the military of other countries without first obtaining, in writing, the permission of the President. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan judges adjourn cases to back lawyers protesting police killings
    04 july 2016 16:53:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan judges adjourned cases on Monday to support the start of a week-long protest by lawyers after the mysterious disappearance and eventual murder of Nairobi lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights chief warns on re-escalating violence in CAR
    04 july 2016 15:38:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN human rights chief Zeid Al Hussein on Monday warned that the security and human rights situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) may be starting to deteriorate again, after a series a major incidents in the capital Bangui and rural areas. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights council tasks AU on Eritrea crimes against humanity
    04 july 2016 15:32:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Human Rights Council has urged the African Union (AU) to follow up on the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) for Eritrea report, which said that government of President Isaias Afwerki committed heinous crimes since independence a quarter-century ago. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights bodies demand thorough probe of 'killer 'cops arraigned in court
    04 july 2016 12:57:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities must urgently investigate the killing last week of three men, including a human rights lawyer, and ensure that those found responsible are held to account in fair trials, 34 Kenyan and international human rights organizations said Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA law society expresses outrage at Nairobi killings
    04 july 2016 11:08:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) has expressed its outrage at the torture and murder of Kenyan human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, allegedly by members of the Kenyan National Police Service. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana grants amnesty to 896 prisoners to mark 56th Republic Day
    04 july 2016 06:59:21
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has granted amnesty to 896 prisoners in commemoration of the 56th Republic Day of the West African country which fell on Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum unhappy with US anti-human trafficking report
    03 july 2016 20:09:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudan on Sunday said the recent US annual report on the status of human trafficking around the World, which was critical of Khartoum’s human trafficking and illegal migration record, lacked correct information with regard to the situation in the African country. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns Bangladesh terror attack
    03 july 2016 16:08:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has condemned Friday's terrorist attack on a cafe in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, for which Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) has claimed responsibility. Full text...

  • South Africa: Global media bodies slam SABC interference
    03 july 2016 13:02:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum (WEF) have written a joint letter to Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the Chief Operations Officer of the South African national broadcaster, demanding the withdrawal of charges against three senior journalists with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). Full text...

  • UN: Ban 'deeply saddened' by death of Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel
    03 july 2016 08:38:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has said he is “deeply saddened” to learn of the death on Saturday of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, a powerful voice for Holocaust remembrance and long-standing UN Messenger of Peace, according to a report on the UN website. Full text...

  • 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...

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