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  • Nigeria: Buhari says Nigeria is guided by international best practices in rehabilitating IDPs
    19 december 2016 16:49:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday affirmed that Nigeria is fully guided by international best practice and standards in rehabilitating millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) spawned by the Boko Haram insurgency. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria, UN to collaborate on actions about former Boko Haram fighters
    19 december 2016 15:55:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the Nigerian government are to collaborate in the prosecution, rehabilitation and re-integration of former Boko Haram terrorists at a regional level. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says killing of journalists eased in 2016 from record levels
    19 december 2016 15:55:04
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The number of journalists killed in the line of duty is declined in 2016 from recent record levels as fewer journalists were targeted for murder and war became the deadliest beat, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 2 suicide bombers killed, two civilians injured in northeast Nigeria
    19 december 2016 15:31:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Monday announced that two female suicide bombers were killed on Sunday night when the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) they were wearing went off as they attempted to enter Maiduguri, the capital of northeastern state of Borno. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA rocked by fresh Facebook race row
    19 december 2016 15:23:41
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A year after a white Durban woman sparked a national outcry by posting racist comments on Facebook, a white Johannesburg man is under fire for an equally offensive Facebook post. Full text...

  • US: Ban calls for rejection of intolerance and policies driven by xenophobic rhetoric
    19 december 2016 09:54:18
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations has marked International Migrants Day with a worldwide call for more cooperation and a resolute rejection of intolerance and policies driven by xenophobic rhetoric. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Germany to provide €3m Euros to Nigeria for military equipment
    19 december 2016 09:25:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Germany is to provide Nigeria with three million Euros for the procurement of surveillance equipment, mobile medical care unit and other support services for the Nigeria Armed Forces. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari orders investigation into corruption allegations involving top officials
    19 december 2016 06:13:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney-General of the Federation to conduct investigation into allegations of fraud and corruption made against some of his top aides. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief condemns planned Internet blackout in DRC
    17 december 2016 19:05:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein on Saturday condemned the government planned shutdown of the Internet and social media platforms in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from Sunday. Full text...

  • Somalia: AMISOM embarks on operation to rehabilitate HirShabelle State roads
    17 december 2016 17:15:17
    Jowhar, Somalia (PANA) - Burundi's contingent under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has embarked on an operation code named ‘Antelope’ to open up key supply routes in the HirShabelle state, the Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission (AUC) said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Sudan: US urges Sudan to respect freedom of expression
    17 december 2016 13:52:31
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) – The United States has called on Sudanese authorities to refrain from confiscating newspapers, to allow freedom of expression and release politicians and activists opposing government stands in politics. Full text...

  • South Africa: Prominent South African author killed in Cape Town
    17 december 2016 13:40:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The city of Cape Town is mourning the loss of a popular government official who was stabbed to death after confronting intruders in his home on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns deadly attack on military post in northern Burkina Faso
    17 december 2016 13:36:12
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Friday's attack against a military post in Nassoumbou, province of Soum in northern Burkina Faso, in which Burkinabè soldiers were killed and injured. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR chief launches appeals for 500,000 displaced persons in Lake Chad Basin
    17 december 2016 06:09:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on Friday launched a multi-million dollar inter-agency appeal to provide support to nearly 500,000 people who have been affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, including those in Niger, Chad, and Cameroon, as well as Nigerian refugees. Full text...

  • Egypt: UNIDO trains Egyptian teachers in entrepreneurship education
    17 december 2016 05:54:21
    Luxor, Egypt (PANA) - More than 100 teachers from technical schools in Luxor, Egypt, participated in a two-week entrepreneurship education workshop, organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Egyptian Ministry of Education, and designed to promote and nurture a culture of entrepreneurship among students in secondary technical schools. Full text...

  • UN: Outgoing UN chief warns on looming genocide in South Sudan
    17 december 2016 00:28:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on UN Security Council, regional organizations and the international community to immediately step up their responsibility to help South Sudan avert a looming genocide. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopia urges international cooperation in managing migration
    16 december 2016 19:41:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia, currently hosting over 800,000 refugees, holds a strategic position in the cooperation between Europe and the Horn of Africa countries, Foreign Affairs Minister Workneh Gebeyehu said here Friday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian journalists demand justice for Deyda Hydara assassination
    16 december 2016 16:33:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian journalists on Friday renewed their demand for justice in relation to the 16 December 2004 murder of Deyda Hydara, founder of independent newspaper 'The Point' and urged President-elect Adama Barrow to investigate the case. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari welcomes selection of Nigerian minister as UN Deputy Secretary-General
    16 december 2016 15:36:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the appointment of Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed, as Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. Full text...

  • US: 26 American professionals to visit 17 African countries for partnerships
    16 december 2016 14:58:59
    New York, US (PANA) - 26 American young professionals will early next year travel to 17 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa for two weeks to support collaborative projects, address community challenges and strengthen relations between the US and Africa, the US Department of State said in a statement on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Soldiers deployed to fight Boko Haram terrorists riot in northeastern Nigeria
    16 december 2016 14:37:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – An alleged mutiny has taken place at the headquarters of the 21 Brigade of the Nigerian Army located at the epicentre of Boko Haram insurgency, Maiduguri, as soldiers deployed to rout Boko Haram from the dreaded Sambisa Forest in Borno State turned against their officers and fired gunshots in all directions. Full text...

  • Gambia: UN warns against human rights violation in Gambia
    16 december 2016 14:06:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has warned that the increased military presence deployed across Gambia since President Yayha Jammeh rejected the presidential poll result, risks heightening the current climate of intimidation and harassment in the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU partnership with African countries stems human trafficking via Libya
    16 december 2016 09:51:08
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union's partnership with Niger is reducing the numbers of people using smugglers to get to Libya, European Council President Donald Tusk remarked on Thursday after the European Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Full text...

  • US: 'Halt proliferation of weapons of mass destruction' - UN Security Council
    16 december 2016 05:54:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing concern over the threat of terrorism and the risk that non-State actors may acquire or use nuclear, biological or chemical weapons, the United Nations Security Council has called on all countries to establish national controls to prevent proliferation of such weapons as well as their means of delivery. Full text...

  • Malawi: UNICEF, Malawi to test first humanitarian drone in Africa
    16 december 2016 05:46:38
    Lilongwe, Malawi (PANA) - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in cooperation with the Government of Malawi, will establish an air corridor and use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), known as drones, for humanitarian purposes, the agency announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • DRC: Rights group asks DRC to rescind order to block social media sites
    15 december 2016 20:58:49
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International on Thursday condemned the order to internet firms by the DR Congo authorities to block social media sites on 18 December. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID expresses "serious concern" over attempts by former staffers to disrupt operations
    15 december 2016 19:44:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has expressed “serious concern” over recently repeated attempts by a number of former staff members to disrupt its operations. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says 17,000 children recruited into South Sudanese conflict
    15 december 2016 18:32:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 1,300 children were recruited by armed forces and armed groups in 2016, bringing the total number of children used in the South Sudanese conflict since 2013 to more than 17,000, according to new figures released Thursday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Full text...

  • US: US Commission on Religious Freedom condemns Egypt's terrorist attack
    15 december 2016 18:22:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has condemned Sunday's brutal attack at Cairo’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, which claimed 25 lives of worshipers, including women and children, while 49 others were wounded. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari commissions Chinese-built Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel, two others
    15 december 2016 16:07:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President, Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday in Lagos pledged the continuous support of the Nigerian Federal Government to equip the military, while urging ingenuity in complementing the government's efforts by looking inwards to construct and improvise some vital operational tools. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of website's co-founder in Tanzania
    15 december 2016 16:01:57
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Tanzanian security forces should immediately and unconditionally release Maxence Melo, the co-founder of popular online discussion portal, Jamii Forum, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Sudan: South Sudan expels second aid worker in less than a week
    15 december 2016 07:44:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The government of South Sudan has expelled a second senior official of a Western humanitarian organisation without giving specific reasons, at a time the war afflicted population badly needs the assistance of those charity organisations. Full text...

  • UN: UN report cites arbitrary killings, sexual violence, abuses in CAR
    15 december 2016 05:37:15
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN human rights report released on Wednesday says arbitrary killings, sexual violence and other human rights violations and abuses have continued to plague the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief calls for hybrid court for atrocities in South Sudan
    14 december 2016 21:09:21
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al Hussein on Wednesday urged the African Union (AU) to quickly establish the hybrid court for South Sudan to investigate and prosecute those bearing criminal responsibility for the atrocities. Full text...

  • Libya: UN agencies, Libyan officials, civil society discuss 2017-2020 Strategic Framework
    14 december 2016 20:02:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - United Nations agencies, Funds and Programmes working in Libya gathered with national officials and representatives of the civil society on Wednesday to discuss the UN Strategic Framework for Libya (UNSF) 2017-2020. Full text...

  • UN: 400,000 children may suffer malnutrition in Nigeria's northeast - UNICEF
    14 december 2016 18:43:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Around 400,000 children in Nigeria's restive northeast may suffer from severe acute malnutrition over the next year, as about two-thirds of health facilities in parts of the region are either completely destroyed or partially damaged, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Full text...

  • South Africa: Parliament hears of turmoil at South African state broadcaster
    14 december 2016 17:39:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The turmoil at South Africa’s national broadcaster reached new highs on Wednesday when Parliament heard that South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists were receiving death threats. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Rights group accuses Ethiopian gov't of blocking websites during protests
    14 december 2016 10:35:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Amnesty International has accused the Ethiopian government of "systematically and illegally" blocking access to social media and news websites in its efforts to crush dissent and prevent reporting of attacks on protesters by security forces during the wave of protests that started in November 2015 and led up to the state of emergency. Full text...

  • Sudan: Angry former UNAMID staffers protest 'non-payment of pensions'
    14 december 2016 09:27:14
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Angry former staffers of the African Union-United Nations Peace Keeping Mission in Darfur blocked the entry of the mission in two towns on Tuesday to protest non-payment of their pensions. Full text...

  • UN: UN appeals for US$1 billion for global humanitarian needs
    14 december 2016 05:53:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has appealed for US$1 billion to support global humanitarian needs by 2018. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert urges action to guarantee rights for persons with disabilities
    14 december 2016 05:45:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the recent global commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a UN human rights expert, Ms. Devandas Aguilar, has warned that some of the most basic components of the convention have yet to be realised and that urgent steps are necessary to address the inequalities. Full text...

  • US: UN rights report urges end to ‘unimaginable abuse’ of migrants in Libya
    13 december 2016 21:37:39
    New York, US (PANA) - A joint report launched on Tuesday by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has cited “unimaginable” human rights violations and abuses of migrants in Libya as a result of the breakdown in the crisis-riven country’s justice system. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tutu photo exhibition launched in New York
    13 december 2016 20:53:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A photographic exhibition recording the extraordinary journey of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond has been launched in the United States. Full text...

  • US: US envoy for Africa visits Liberia 14-17 December
    13 december 2016 19:22:40
    New York, US (PANA) - US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield will Wednesday undertake a three-day official mission to Liberia to attend a ceremony on 15 December marking the commissioning of the first of four turbines at the Mount Coffee hydropower plant, a US State Department said in a statement. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian military says fleeing Boko Haram terrorists disguising themselves
    13 december 2016 18:34:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military on Tuesday warned Nigerians that Boko Haram terrorists escaping from their enclave are now disguising themselves as menial workers and settling in liberated communities from where they plan further attack in their host communities. Full text...

  • Zambia: Advisory group of local integration of former refugees in Zambia changes hands
    13 december 2016 17:28:19
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Office of the Commissioner for Refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs in Zambia, together with the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, on Tuesday officially handed over the Chair and Co-chair of the National Advisory Group (NAG) on the Local Integration of former refugees in Zambia. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says record number of journalists in jail globally
    13 december 2016 17:19:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Turkey's unprecedented crackdown on the media brought the total number of jailed journalists worldwide to the highest number since the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) began taking an annual census in 1990, the press freedom watchdog said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria partners with EU, UN, others in fighting Boko Haram
    13 december 2016 15:52:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government on Tuesday vowed that all Boko Haram terrorists under its custody and anybody suspected to be engaged in acts of terrorism will face prosecution, using the instruments of the law. Full text...

  • Senegal: TI decries corruption in delivery of aid to Somalia
    13 december 2016 15:45:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Transparency International (TI) on Tuesday called on the Somali government, donor agencies and humanitarian agencies to take critical steps to address corruption in the delivery of aid to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches those most in need in southern Somalia. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Another Nigerian Army officer killed in north-east Nigeria
    13 december 2016 15:26:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Another senior Nigerian Army officer has been killed by suspected Boko Haram militants. Full text...

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