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  • 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...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan Volleyball Federation president arrested for alleged corruption
    21 february 2017 08:15:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The newly elected President of Rwanda Volleyball Federation, Gustave Nkurunziza, is the latest sports official being investigated for bribes and mismanagement of funds allocated through Olympic Solidarity programmes, a reliable source confirmed on Tuesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights chief calls on DRC government to halt violence by security forces
    21 february 2017 08:03:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations human rights chief has called on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to take immediate steps to halt widespread human rights violations, including apparent summary executions, by the country's armed forces. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council condemns latest terrorist attack in Mogadishu
    21 february 2017 07:55:51
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning the latest deadly terrorist attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the United Nations Security Council on Monday reiterated that its determination to support peace, security and development in the long-troubled country would not be swayed by this, or any other such attack. Full text...

  • US: Critical food aid shortages hit Africa's refugees hard, UN warns
    21 february 2017 07:50:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations has warned that across Africa, some two million refugees are facing critical shortages in food assistance. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Former Rwanda minister of mines released from custody
    21 february 2017 07:39:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan court has ordered the release from custody of former minister of State for Mining, Evode Imena, who has been held for three weeks over allegations that he gave favours to his close friends to win mining contracts, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: ILO chief urges economic growth in conjunction with social progress
    20 february 2017 22:23:56
    New York, US (PANA) -Highlighting that many around the world are left out from benefitting from global prosperity dividends and flourishing societies are seeing inequalities, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr. Guy Ryder on Monday called for solutions that can bring economic growth combined with social progress. Full text...

  • US: US express concern at DR Congo video on 'summary executions'
    20 february 2017 15:32:05
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States has expressed deep concern at a video footage that appears to show elements of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily executing civilians, including women and children. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria wants AU to intervene urgently over xenophobic attack on Nigerians, others in South Africa
    20 february 2017 13:50:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria on Monday called on the African Union (AU) to intervene urgently in the renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Famine hits parts of South Sudan - UN agencies
    20 february 2017 11:31:17
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Famine was declared on Monday in South Sudan where war and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation, three UN agencies warned. Full text...

  • CAR: UN, international organisations condemn attacks on civilians in parts of CAR
    20 february 2017 11:08:01
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Voicing deep concern over the security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), in particular in the Ouaka and Hautte-Kotto prefectures five organisations have condemned the acts of violence by armed groups that have exasperated an already alarming humanitarian situation. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN special representative in Somalia condemns terrorist attack in Mogadishu
    20 february 2017 10:59:00
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, has strongly condemned Sunday's terrorist attack at a marketplace in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which reportedly killed at least 25 people and injured dozens more. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan welcomes Troika's position on conflict in the country
    19 february 2017 12:37:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has renewed its commitment to a unilateral ceasefire in the conflict areas of western and south eastern Sudan, welcoming a statement by the United States and its European allies, known as the Troika, who have recognised Khartoum's efforts to reach a settlement of the conflict in those areas. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow inaugurated on 52nd Independence anniversary of Gambia
    18 february 2017 19:38:09
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Newly elected President Adama Barrow on Saturday officially took the oath of office on the Gambian soil as the West African nation celebrated its 52nd independence anniversary. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army warns of “campaign of calumny” against it
    18 february 2017 19:02:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Personnel who feel bad about professionalization of the Nigerian Army should voluntarily retire from service, said a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the armed forces, raising alarm on a “campaign of calumny” being waged against it by disgruntled personnel. Full text...

  • Nigeria: AU, Lake Chad Basin Commission support multinational force fighting Boko Haram
    18 february 2017 09:25:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) of member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission is committed to ensure Boko Haram terrorists are defeated in the shortest possible time, Deputy Force Commander, Brigadier General Moussa Mahamat Djoui said late Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in CAR reinforces presence in restive Bambari
    18 february 2017 07:05:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Following ongoing rebel activity in and around Bambari in strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR), the UN mission in the country has reinforced its presence in the city with the arrival of additional troops, including a quick reaction unit and Special Forces. Full text...

  • UN: UN official urges accountability on atrocities in South Sudan
    18 february 2017 06:57:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Mr. Andrew Gilmour, has stressed the need to ensure accountability for those committing atrocity crimes in conflict-torn South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges govts to endorse convention on enforced disappearance
    18 february 2017 06:48:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the 10th anniversary of an historic treaty to keep people from suffering enforced disappearance or secret detentions, the United Nations late Friday urged governments that have not ratified it, to do so. Full text...

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