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  • 44 dead, 40 missing in Kenya dam collapse
    10 may 2018 22:31:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The death toll in Kenya's dam collapse has risen further to 44, statement by the National Disaster Management Unit said on Thursday. Full text...

  • ‘Durable solutions’ needed for durable peace in Darfur, UN envoy tells Security Council
    10 may 2018 22:09:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The overall security situation in Sudan’s Darfur region “remains calm”, despite continuing low-level skirmishes, a top United Nations envoy said on Thursday, updating the Security Council on the UN mission’s work on the ground. Full text...

  • Death toll in Kenya dam collapse rises to 41 - Police
    10 may 2018 16:31:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The death toll in Kenya's dam collapse has risen to 41, police said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritius PM calls for international cooperation to effectively address the drug scourge
    10 may 2018 16:27:20
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on Thursday said prevention of early use of drugs is not only one of the top national priorities of Mauritius but is also one of the world’s most pressing challenges. Full text...

  • Hunger looms for thousands of refugees in South Sudan - WFP
    10 may 2018 11:53:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - As South Sudan enters its fifth year of conflict, up to 7.1 million people in the country —  the highest number ever — will be severely food insecure at the height of the lean season from mid-May to July, the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) warned Thursday in a statement made available to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: At least 20 feared dead in Kenya dam collapse
    10 may 2018 07:06:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 20 people have been confirmed dead and hundreds of families displaced after the walls of Patel Dam in Solai, Nakuru County, broke down on Wednesday night, the Daily Nation newspaper reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambian gov't urged to release doctor jailed for 'insulting the president'
    10 may 2018 05:29:27
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Amnesty International has called for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr Kwalela Kafunya, a medical doctor who is entering his second year in prison in Zambia on charges of “insulting the president”. Full text...

  • Rights group tells Madagascar gov't mot to criminalise right to protest
    10 may 2018 05:19:59
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has told the Malagasy government that the right to protest should not be criminalised in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya gov't asked to provide alternative housing to forcibly evicted residents
    10 may 2018 05:06:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, has called on the Kenyan government to immediately provide all necessary support and assistance to victims of forced evictions in the capital, Nairobi. Full text...

  • Commanders of African peacekeeping missions identify complex, deadly new threats
    10 may 2018 04:50:14
    New York, US (PANA) - Evolving and increasingly deadly threats, together with deepening humanitarian crises mean that United Nations peacekeeping missions around the world need more support for ‘blue helmets’ on the ground, Force Commanders of African peacekeeping missions told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libyans deserve justice, as war crime suspects remain at large: Prosecutor
    09 may 2018 19:38:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant, a Libyan war crimes suspect remains at large and could have committed further murders, the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tunisian coast guards arrest 13 nationals sailing to Italy
    09 may 2018 11:39:17
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian coast guards in Benzert region, northern Tunisia, on Tuesday prevented an attempt by 13 Tunisians from crossing the sea toward the Italian coasts. Full text...

  • Human rights groups say justice for 2010-11 crimes in Cote d'Ivoire stagnates
    09 may 2018 06:11:01
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Human rights groups are urging Côte d’Ivoire’s President, Alassane Ouattara, to do more to fulfill his promise of justice for victims of the country’s 2010-11 post-election crisis. Full text...

  • Rival South Sudan leaders still ‘bent on armed confrontation’ – UN peacekeeping chief
    09 may 2018 05:51:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The peace process in South Sudan is at a critical juncture while opposing sides allow themselves to get bogged down in arguments over ministerial quotas, the United Nations peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday, as the country prepares for a third round of regionally-backed peace talks. Full text...

  • Prevent terrorists profiting from cross-border crime, urges UN Security Council
    08 may 2018 20:41:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday called on all countries as well as international organizations to do more to stop terrorists enriching themselves through cross-border organized crime. Full text...

  • AMISOM trains Somali Police officers on communication skills
    08 may 2018 19:37:28
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) –Somali Police officers should have skills, knowledge and capabilities to make people know what the force stands for and they can do this by speaking out, Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Simon Mulongo has said. Full text...

  • UN experts urge immediate release of detained Mauritanian blogger
    08 may 2018 18:58:09
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A group of UN human rights experts on Tuesday expressed grave concerns about the continued detention of Mauritanian blogger Cheikh Ould Mohamed M’kheitir on charges which violated his human rights. Full text...

  • Sudanese forces capture human traffickers
    08 may 2018 12:52:54
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A Sudanese infantry force on Monday captured a gang of human traffickers in Butanah plain in Gedaref State, east Sudan, holding 331 persons, including 34 women and three children, for smuggling and trafficking. Full text...

  • Egypt denies widespread use of prolonged solitary confinement of detainees
    08 may 2018 05:30:32
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Egyptian authorities have denied widespread use of prolonged solitary confinement as stated by Amnesty International’s report, "Crushing Humanity: the abuse of solitary confinement in Egypt’s prisons." Full text...

  • Rights group demands release of detained DR Congo activist
    08 may 2018 05:18:57
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – A human rights organisation is asking the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to immediately release the pro-democracy activist Carbone Beni, who has been arbitrarily detained by the national intelligence agency since December 2017. Full text...

  • ‘Silence the guns’ urges UN disarmament chief
    08 may 2018 05:04:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The international community must present a united front against gun violence which kills nearly 250,000 each year and injures many more, said a senior United Nations official on Monday, marking the start of a Global Week of Action Against the scourge. Full text...

  • UN chief denounces attack on village in north-west Nigeria
    08 may 2018 04:59:27
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned an attack on a village in the Nigerian province of Kaduna and underscored the need to hold the perpetrators to account. Full text...

  • Rights group slams Egypt for indefinite solitary confinement of prisoners
    07 may 2018 07:17:21
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International said on Monday that its new research reveals that prisoners detained on politically motivated charges are being held in prolonged and indefinite solitary confinement in Egypt – at times for several years – which in and of itself amounts to torture. Full text...

  • UNHCR boosts local government capacity in two Ugandan districts
    06 may 2018 20:20:07
    Arua, Uganda (PANA) — The representative of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Uganda has praised the exceptional generosity of the people of Uganda towards refugees. Full text...

  • ICRC warns of alarming cycle of violence in Niger-Mali border region
    05 may 2018 08:34:55
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says communal violence has intensified in Mali, with recent clashes in the region of Menaka along the Mali–Niger border leaving dozens of civilians killed and called on everyone in the region to do whatever they can to ensure that local communities are not harmed. Full text...

  • ICC Prosecutor underscores fight against impunity in DR Congo
    04 may 2018 19:12:02
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Friday concluded her official visit to DR Congo stating that the fight against impunity and the critical prevention of crimes under the Rome Statute are essential for social stability. Full text...

  • Clashes in Rwanda camp lead to tragic refugee death - UNHCR
    04 may 2018 11:49:57
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Friday reiterated its call on the Rwandan authorities and DR Congolese refugees in Rwanda for restraint and calm, after recent clashes left one refugee dead and others injured at the Kiziba refugee camp in western Rwanda. Full text...

  • Medical charity concerned about migrants, refugees in Libya detention centre
    04 may 2018 11:08:08
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has expressed concerns about the fate of around 800 migrants and refugees held in a "dangerously overcrowded" detention centre in the port city of Zuwara, about 100 km west of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Full text...

  • Journalists call for end to restrictions on press freedom
    04 may 2018 07:08:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Journalists have called for an end to attacks on them in their line of work as events to mark the 2018 World Press Freedom Day ended on Thursday. Full text...

  • ‘Standing up for our right to truth,’ UN celebrates press freedom
    04 may 2018 05:36:39
    New York, US (PANA) - With journalism under increasing attack worldwide, top United Nations officials on Thursday joined a growing chorus of calls for the better protection of media workers. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns violence in Bangui
    04 may 2018 05:19:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Voicing concern over inflammatory rhetoric in the wake of widespread violence in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all actors to remain calm and to work together to bring peace to the country. Full text...

  • UN chief denounces terror attack on electoral commission HQ in Tripoli
    04 may 2018 05:13:21
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Wednesday’s attack on the electoral commission headquarters in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and reiterated the world body’s commitment to support the country. Full text...

  • UN agencies urge global action as drought looms over Sahel region
    04 may 2018 05:07:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - United Nations agencies have urged greater international support to stave off severe food insecurity in western Sahel, a region reeling from the effects of conflict and now threatened by drought and rising hunger. Full text...

  • Human rights experts urge media protection and end to attacks on journalists
    03 may 2018 19:11:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, David Kaye, and rights experts from around the world have joined forces to highlight growing threats to media independence and diversity worldwide, particularly those affecting digital outlets. Full text...

  • UN envoy praises courage, dedication of Somali journalists on World Press Freedom Day
    03 may 2018 18:58:32
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Marking World Press Freedom Day, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating, on Thursday commended the courage and dedication of the country’s journalists who operate in one of the world’s most dangerous environments for media workers. Full text...

  • Child marriage may cost Ethiopia billions of dollars, says World Bank report
    03 may 2018 18:27:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia’s economy could potentially lose billions of dollars annually due to child marriage, according to a new report by the World Bank and the International Center for Research for Women, which was launched here Thursday together with the country’s Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs. Full text...

  • SADC journalists urged to influence bloc's social cohesion
    03 may 2018 18:07:15
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary Stergomena Tax has challenged journalists in the region to provide election coverage that gives voters comprehensive, accurate and reliable information on all aspects of the electoral process. Full text...

  • Minister says Gambia committed to media law reform
    03 may 2018 17:28:49
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian Minister of Information, Demba Ali Jawo, has said the government will continue engaging journalists in efforts to put in place a self-regulatory mechanism besides their work on media law reform. Full text...

  • Mali marks international press freedom day
    03 may 2018 13:34:42
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali on Thursday marked international press freedom day on the theme: ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law." Full text...

  • Bashir orders closure of at least 13 embassies in austerity move
    03 may 2018 12:05:51
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan is to close down at least 13 of its embassies abroad, which experts say is as part of the country's austerity policy in challenging economic times. Full text...

  • ICRC staff member abducted in Somalia
    03 may 2018 10:06:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A German nurse working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been abducted in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the humanitarian organization has said in a press statement. Full text...

  • Ghana President appeals for end of violence against journalists
    03 may 2018 09:32:37
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday night appealed to world leaders to make a conscious effort to end all forms of State-sponsored attacks on journalists. Full text...

  • South African couple arrested with drugs in Mauritius
    03 may 2018 08:56:39
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A South African couple has been arrested at the international airport in Mauritius on arrival from Johannesburg with 2.79 kg of heroin in their luggage, police said on Thursday. Full text...

  • 'Attacks on journalists reach alarming levels in West and Central Africa'
    03 may 2018 07:44:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Journalists across West and Central Africa are facing intimidation and harassment and being targeted with arrest and assault for doing their work while media outlets are often closed down and the Internet journalists rely on to undertake their work shut down, Amnesty International said on World Press Freedom Day as it called on governments in the region to promote media freedom and protect media workers and organizations. Full text...

  • UN urges calm in wake of violence in Bangui
    03 may 2018 06:26:09
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has appealed for calm following fresh violence in the capital Bangui which claimed the lives of several civilians, including a religious leader. Full text...

  • South Sudan UN Mission chief urges warring factions to abide by ceasefire
    02 may 2018 22:08:41
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The surge of violence in South Sudan’s Unity region will likely continue despite the ceasefire accord signed last year by warring parties, the top United Nations official in the African country said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Death toll in Libya EC headquarters suicide attack rises to 14
    02 may 2018 13:34:29
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The death toll in Wednesday suicide attack by armed group against the headquarters of the Libyan High Commission for Elections (HNEC) has risen to 14, according to sources from the Commission. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea gov't critic blocked from leaving country - HRW
    02 may 2018 07:05:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – An internationally acclaimed cartoonist acquitted of trumped-up charges and released from prison on 7 March 2018, cannot leave Equatorial Guinea because authorities have stalled on renewing his passport, nine human rights groups have said. Full text...

  • UN says combating ‘scourge’ of sexual abuse allegations remains ‘key’ priority
    02 may 2018 06:47:13
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 50 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving personnel serving with the United Nations and its partners in the field were received in the first three months of this year, the global organization said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Almost 500,000 affected as devastating floods inundate central Somalia – UN mission
    01 may 2018 19:16:20
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - United Nations agencies in Somalia have stepped up their response in the wake of devastating flash floods across large parts of the country that have impacted nearly 500,000 people and displaced close to 175,000 from their homes. Full text...

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