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  • US: Global action keeping famine at bay but failing to prevent suffering, UN chief warns
    22 september 2017 08:19:28
    New York, US (PANA) – Nearly seven months after the United Nations issued an urgent call for action to counter the threat of famine in South Sudan, Somalia, north-east Nigeria and Yemen, global efforts have kept that crisis at bay but millions of people still suffer and many are dying at this very moment, Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: France, UK deny aiding Biafran separatists
    22 september 2017 07:31:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – France and the United Kingdom have denied claims by Nigeria that they are aiding the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the separatist group agitating for an independent State of Biafra in southeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council condemns attack against UN peacekeeping mission in DRC
    21 september 2017 20:14:17
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the attack last Sunday in Mamundioma, in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), that killed a United Nations peacekeeper from Tanzania and injured another. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB pays tribute to late president Babacar Ndiaye
    21 september 2017 19:42:38
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Thursday paid tribute to honour its former President, the late Dr. Babacar Ndiaye, at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia signs five UN treaties at General Assembly
    21 september 2017 19:19:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow of Gambia has signed five United Nations treaties at a go, while attending the 72nd United Nations General Assembly underway in New York, United States, his office disclosed Thursday. Full text...

  • France: More than half of children and youth worldwide 'not learning' – UNESCO
    21 september 2017 19:12:08
    Paris, France (PANA) – About 617 million children and adolescents worldwide are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics, signalling “a learning crisis” that could threaten progress on global development goals, a report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) shows. Full text...

  • US: UN officials urge sustained support for humanitarian efforts in Lake Chad Basin
    21 september 2017 18:55:55
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations officials on Thursday underscored the need for sustained international support for the humanitarian response in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, where millions are in need of emergency assistance. Full text...

  • Rwanda: US urges"humanitarian solution" to crisis affecting South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria
    21 september 2017 15:11:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) said here Thursday that it was crucial to provide humanitarian assistance as a result of man-made crises in South Sudan, Nigeria - all of which are driven by violent conflict - and Somalia, where ongoing conflict is compounding the effects of severe and prolonged drought. Full text...

  • US: ‘Only 15 countries have 3 essential policies that support families with young children’
    21 september 2017 09:33:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Only 15 countries worldwide have three basic national policies that help guarantee the time and resources parents need to support their young children’s healthy brain development, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday in a new report. Full text...

  • US: One year on, UN officials take stock of efforts to address large movements of refugees, migrants
    20 september 2017 22:39:37
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations officials on Wednesday highlighted the need to continue working together towards more equitable ways to share the responsibility for refugees, as well as achieve safe and orderly migration, at an event to take stock one year after the international community agreed to find solutions to better manage human mobility. Full text...

  • US: Peace operations ‘not a substitute’ for diplomatic efforts, Security Council told
    20 september 2017 22:35:24
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations peace operations must be deployed in support of – not in place of – active diplomatic efforts, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday, as he outlined some critical changes necessary to make these missions more effective. Full text...

  • US: World leaders gathered at UN commit to boosting investment in education
    20 september 2017 22:31:41
    New York, US (PANA) – World leaders on Wednesday pledged to tackle the education crisis that is holding back millions of children and threatening economic development, at a high-level event at United Nations Headquarters in New York aimed at securing finance for this critical goal. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian federal court declares separatist Biafran group terrorist organisation
    20 september 2017 20:07:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Nigerian Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday officially declared separatist southeastern Nigerian group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a terrorist organisation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari thanks Jordanian King for donation of 200 armoured fighting vehicles
    20 september 2017 17:09:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Presidency on Wednesday announced that President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in New York met with King Abdullah II of Jordan and thanked him for Jordan’s support to Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram terrorism and insurgency through the donation of military hardware and pledge to further supply helicopters. Full text...

  • US: UN chief condemns terrorist attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon
    20 september 2017 15:36:56
    New York, US (PANA) – Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the terrorist attacks that took place earlier this week in Borno state, Nigeria, as well as in Kossa, Cameroon, which targeted vulnerable people already affected by Boko Haram violence. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Former Rwandan senior executive taken into 30-day preventive detention
    20 september 2017 13:57:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at the University of Rwanda (UR), Prudence Rubingisa, was taken into a 30-day preventive custody, pending further investigations into alleged misuses of public funds through irregularities in the execution of a public tender worth several billion Rwandan francs, a judicial source confirmed Wednesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Zambia: Gov't. criticized for purchase of 42 fire trucks worth US$ 42 million
    20 september 2017 13:44:44
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian Government has widely been condemned for the controversial procurement of 42 fire trucks at US$ 42 million with Transparency International Zambia questioning why the procurement was given priority. Full text...

  • Gambia: MFWA organises training on media safety in Liberia
    20 september 2017 13:38:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Ahead of Liberia's elections, the Media Foundation For West Africa (MFWA) and partners are implementing a rapid response intervention aimed at addressing media safety issues in the West African country. Full text...

  • US: Cameroon uses anti-terror law to silence critical press, says CPJ
    20 september 2017 12:33:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Cameroon’s broadly worded anti-terror law is being used by authorities to arrest and threaten local journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) alleges in a report released on Wednesday. Full text...

  • DRC: Peacekeepers provide support to Burundian refugees in Kamanyola after deadly clashes
    20 september 2017 10:06:15
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - UN peacekeepers in DR Congo say they have been providing life-saving support to Burundian refugees following deadly clashes that occurred last Friday in Kamanyola, South Kivu province, in which 38 refugees and one Congolese military officer were killed with more than 100 injured. Full text...

  • South Africa: US lists South African brothers on terror blacklist
    20 september 2017 09:34:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The United States has added two South African brothers accused of plotting attacks on the US embassy and Jewish institutions to its global terror blacklist. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda provides relief assistance to flood victims
    20 september 2017 07:41:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan officials have started the distribution of relief materials to victims of this week's floods in the north and southeast of the country. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN agency urges Government to protect refugees after tragic killings
    19 september 2017 20:50:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations refugee agency is urging the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ensure protection for refugees and asylum-seekers following last week’s shooting incident in Kamanyola in which at least 39 people were killed and 94 injured. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan Chief Justice vows to defend law amid mounting threats
    19 september 2017 18:36:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga vowed on Tuesday to defend the independence of the courts and the judicial arm of the government as protestors threatened to storm the Supreme Court complex in the capital, Nairobi. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN humanitarian coordinator worries about lack of funding for vulnerable Sudanese
    19 september 2017 18:22:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The humanitarian community in Sudan is “deeply concerned about the lack of funding” for the Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2017 on the well-being of millions of people in need of assistance in the eastern African country. Full text...

  • Congo: Media watchdogs appeal to Congo to free detained Editor
    19 september 2017 11:19:44
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Two media watchdogs, Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Sans Frontières, have appealed to Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso to immediately free Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba, editor of the privately-owned newspaper, Talassa. Full text...

  • South Africa: Supreme Court sets date for Oscar Pistorius hearing
    19 september 2017 10:08:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s Supreme Court has set 2 November to hear the state's appeal of convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius’ sentence. Full text...

  • US: UN, dev't partners to hold High Level Meeting to end child marriage in Africa
    19 september 2017 06:57:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations is to hold a High Level Meeting at which African Heads of State, development partners and donor countries will agree to speed up progress to end child marriage in Africa. Full text...

  • US: Conflict keeps 27 million children out of school, with girls at high risk of abuse – UN report
    19 september 2017 05:58:40
    New York, US (PANA) – Some 27 million children are out of school due to conflict, with girls facing a heightened risk of sexual and gender-based violence, the United Nations said in a report released on Monday in New York, calling on States and international organizations to integrate all uprooted children into the education system where they live. Full text...

  • Senegal: School meal funding crisis puts 1.5 million West, Central African children at risk - WFP
    18 september 2017 21:20:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – As the 2017-2018 school year starts, more than 1.5 million children across West and Central Africa risk going to school hungry or dropping out altogether, due to lack of financing for nourishing school meals, the United Nations food relief agency said today. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana sets out to improve civil registration
    18 september 2017 18:48:21
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana intends to develop, implement and maintain its human identification system in line with the evolving technology, the government said on Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam says no real progress one year after landmark UN pledge for refugees
    18 september 2017 17:58:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - One year on since the historic United Nations summit for refugees and migrants, the international community has failed to make meaningful progress towards meeting the goals of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, Oxfam said Monday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Sierra Leonean refugees in Australia raise US$ 10,000 for mudslide victims back home
    18 september 2017 15:49:27
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leone refugee community in Adelaide, Australia, targeted US$10,000 for mudslide victims back home in a fund-raising event that was held on Sunday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopia crisis worsens as drought prevails - NRC
    18 september 2017 12:10:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The humanitarian crisis has worsened in drought-stricken Ethiopia, with almost three million additional people in need of humanitarian aid this year, humanitarian charity Norwegian Refugee Council reiterated on Monday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: NGO reveals mysterious string of mass killings in DR Congo
    18 september 2017 11:38:36
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Congo Research Group (CRG), an independent, non-profit research project dedicated to understanding the violence that affects millions of Congolese, on Monday revealed that a mysterious string of mass killings has since 2013 taken place around Beni, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to host meeting on Indentured Labour Route
    18 september 2017 08:59:32
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius will host the first meeting of the International Scientific Committee for the Indentured Labour Route Project from 30 October to 1 November 2017, PANA learnt Monday from official sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to endorse Kigali Initiative on tertiary education
    18 september 2017 07:55:12
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius will endorse the Kigali Initiative to mobilise African Intellectuals Towards Quality Tertiary Education in line with Government’s vision to transform the island into an Education Hub and a Centre of Excellence for Higher Education. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian who helped gain release of Chibok school girls wins award
    18 september 2017 06:51:51
    Maiduguri, Nigeria (PANA) - The Mediator who helped gain release of Chibok girls who were abducted by the terrorist Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria has won the humanitarian honour for opening schools amid conflict in troubled area. Full text...

  • DRC: UNHCR says it's shocked over Burundians deaths in DRC, calls for investigation
    16 september 2017 16:32:12
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is "shocked and saddened" over the violent death of numerous Burundian nationals – among them likely refugees and asylum-seekers, in Kamanyola, a town in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is calling for an investigation into the tragic incident. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan to send humanitarian aid to Rohingya
    16 september 2017 12:17:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan says it is sending humanitarian assistance to Rohinghya Muslim minority in Myanmar, following public outcry against their treatment by the military in that country. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN Declaration spurs reforms to help refugees and their hosts - UNHCR
    16 september 2017 11:03:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A year on from the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, in which all 193 Member States of the United Nations made a historic commitment to more equitably share responsibility for the world’s refugees, significant changes in refugee law, policies and responses are taking hold in several countries, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said. Full text...

  • Lesotho: Rights group slams Lesotho for journalist's arrest
    16 september 2017 10:40:52
    Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) - Human rights organisation Amnesty International has lashed out at the Lesotho authorities for arresting the owner of a radio station in the southern Africa country and called for his immediate and unconditional release. Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ urges Somali authorities to investigate killing of journalist
    16 september 2017 10:31:07
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Somalia to thoroughly investigate the killing of journalist Abdullahi Osman Moalim following a bomb blast. Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ to release report on threats to journalists in Cameroon
    16 september 2017 10:22:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will release its report titled, "Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent," on 20 September, the press freedom watchdog said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNICEF says nutrition crisis deepening across Kenya
    16 september 2017 07:46:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The failure of the March-June long rains – the third consecutive poor rains since early 2016 – has helped push an additional 37,000 children across Kenya below the threshold of acute malnutrition, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Civilian Joint Task Force in northeast Nigeria to end recruitment of children
    16 september 2017 07:35:04
    Maiduguru, Nigeria (PANA) –The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Nigeria have welcomed Friday's signing by the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, of an Action Plan to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children. Full text...

  • DRC: 'Children’s access to education under threat from violence in Kasai region'
    16 september 2017 07:23:56
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – A large campaign to get 150,000 primary school-aged children back to the classroom has kicked off in the volatile Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following months of clashes between militias and security forces. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Humanitarian actors raise alarm as malnutrition, disease spread in Ethiopia
    16 september 2017 07:13:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Humanitarian actors are readjusting their assessments as malnutrition and disease spread in Ethiopia, humanitarian charity Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has said. Full text...

  • CAR: Fresh violence in CAR leads to more displaced persons – UN agency
    16 september 2017 06:37:51
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Expressing concern over continued violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the resulting “massive new levels” of displacement, the United Nations refugee agency has underscored the need to ensure that relief workers are not made targets of hostilities and are given the humanitarian security they need to carry out their mission. Full text...

  • US: UN dedicates annual Peace Day to safety, respect for refugees, migrants
    15 september 2017 20:14:13
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations in New York on Friday marked the International Day of Peace with the annual ringing of the peace bell and calls for combatants worldwide to lay down their arms and observe a day of ceasefire and non-violence. Full text...

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