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  • Four judges elected to International Court of Justice
    10 november 2017 06:25:56
    New York, USA (PANA) – The General Assembly and Security Council on Thursday elected four judges from an initial pool of six candidates to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Full text...

  • ‘Leave no stone unturned’ to secure aid funding for CAR, senior UN official urges
    10 november 2017 06:19:13
    New York, USA (PANA) – One out of every four people in Central African Republic (CAR) is either displaced or living as a refugee in another country, a senior United Nations official said on Thursday, urging the international community to provide more resources for a humanitarian plan that up to now is only partially funded. Full text...

  • Rights group says 'absurd charges' over Mugabe tweet must be dropped
    09 november 2017 21:28:14
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International on Thursday asked the Zimbabwean authorities to drop "absurd charges" against a US citizen accused of insulting President Robert Mugabe in a tweet. Full text...

  • LEAD: ICC orders investigation into crimes against humanity in Burundi
    09 november 2017 13:50:53
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday authorised the ICC prosecutor to open an investigation regarding crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Burundi or by nationals of Burundi outside the country since 26 April 2015 until 26 October 2017. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: ICC orders investigation regarding crimes committed in Burundi
    09 november 2017 13:32:51
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday ordered an investigation into the crimes committed in Burundi. Full text...

  • Kenya police chief calls for 'mystery witness' probe
    09 november 2017 10:26:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities have called for an investigation after a man posing as a "state agent" appeared as a witness of two tragic accidents, including Tuesday's tragic accident where the Governor of Nyeri County was killed. Full text...

  • ICC urges handover of Al-Saiqa brigade commander, others wanted for alleged crimes in Libya
    09 november 2017 05:58:03
    New York, US (PANA) – The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Major Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf al-Werfalli, a commander in the Al-Saiqa Brigade accused of murdering 33 people in the context of the ongoing conflict in Libya, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has told the United Nations Security Council. Full text...

  • Rwandan police ranked highest in East Africa on global Police Index
    08 november 2017 18:02:47
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Police are ranked first in East African region and 50th at the global level, according to the World Internal Security and Police Index which was released on Wednesday by the International Police Science Association (IPSA). Full text...

  • Rwandan prosecutor seeks 7 years in prison former Minister
    08 november 2017 16:53:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan prosecutor is asking a judge at the intermediate court of Nyarugenge in Kigali City to jail former State Minister for Mining, Evode Imena for 7 years for issuing an illegal mining permit. Full text...

  • Security Council underscores need to bring killers of UN experts in DRC to justice
    08 november 2017 05:48:30
    New York, USA (PANA) – Reiterating the need to bring to justice the killers of two United Nations expert in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Security Council on Tuesday urged the country’s authorities to continue to cooperate with investigations into the incident. Full text...

  • UN Security Council urges ‘comprehensive response’ to piracy off Somali coast
    08 november 2017 05:33:40
    New York, USA (PANA) – Condemning the acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday called for a comprehensive response to prevent and suppress such acts and tackle their underlying causes. Full text...

  • Four suicide bombers killed, 8 civilians injured in attack in northeast Nigeria
    07 november 2017 20:01:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Tuesday said that four suicide bombers died when they tried to infiltrate Maiduguri, the epicentre of Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • ICRC to launch new video, online game in campaign against war
    07 november 2017 10:34:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it will this week launch a new phase in its public awareness campaign on the need and relevance of the laws of war. Full text...

  • Humanitarian group warns of surge in barbaric attacks against civilians in CAR
    07 november 2017 08:01:18
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - An international humanitarian organisation, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), along with 27 organisations, is calling on the UN Security Council to undertake stronger efforts to protect civilians in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Rights groups say death sentence on Mauritanian blogger should be quashed
    07 november 2017 07:11:36
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania must immediately and unconditionally release human rights defender Mohamed Mkhaïtir, who has been sentenced to death for criticising the use of Islam to justify discriminatory practices against minority ethnic groups in the country, human rights groups - Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch - have said ahead of his appeal trial. Full text...

  • Journalism under fire amid rise of ‘fake news’, social media-driven echo chambers – UNESCO
    07 november 2017 06:42:44
    Paris, France (PANA) – The media industry, which remains the primary source of news and information in the digital age, faces both vast opportunities and steep challenges, the United Nations cultural agency said on Monday in its flagship analysis of new trends in media freedom, pluralism, independence and the safety of journalists. Full text...

  • UN Security Council considers boost in UN peacekeepers numbers in CAR
    07 november 2017 06:36:28
    New York, US (PANA) – The Security Council is deciding whether to increase the number of United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the recommendations put forward by Secretary-General António Guterres for strengthening the operation, which was discussed at Monday’s meeting in New York. Full text...

  • Security Council recognises contributions of police components to UN peacekeeping
    07 november 2017 06:29:04
    New York, USA (PANA) – The Security Council on Monday adopted a resolution stressing the important contribution that United Nations policing can provide in peacekeeping and special political missions throughout the conflict cycle. Full text...

  • University of Sierra Leone expels over 1,000 students for exam malpractices
    06 november 2017 19:58:33
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The University of Sierra Leone (USL) has expelled over 1,000 students across its three campuses for faking payments of fees to write their examinations. Full text...

  • Anti-graft body to investigate US$2 million Ebola fund to Red Cross
    06 november 2017 19:40:05
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Sierra Leone announced on Monday that it will launch an investigation into how US$2 million Ebola money was used by the Sierra Leone Red Cross. Full text...

  • Nigeria Navy vows to protect oil, gas facilities in Niger Delta
    06 november 2017 19:33:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Following recent threats by the militant group in Nigeria, the Niger Delta Avengers, to resume hostilities on oil and gas facilities in the oil-rich region, the Nigerian Navy has vowed to protect all national assets and deter the action of hostile groups. Full text...

  • MFWA hails Gambia’s decision to comply with ECOWAS court ruling on journalists
    06 november 2017 19:25:56
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Monday hailed the Gambia government’s decision to comply with rulings made by a sub-regional court in favour of three Gambian journalists. Full text...

  • Unknown men attack home of Supreme Court Associate Justice
    06 november 2017 16:42:15
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Supreme Court of Liberia has condemned “in the strongest terms” an attack on the home of an Associate Justice on Sunday evening by unknown persons. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army lauds troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists, others
    06 november 2017 15:03:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, has dispatched a special message of assurance, encouragement and commendation to troops of the Nigerian Army engaged the anti-Boko Haram insurgency fight and others in various anti-terror and peacekeeping operations both within and outside the country. Full text...

  • IRCR condemns killing of staff in Central African Republic
    06 november 2017 12:12:51
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed shock and sadness at the killing of one of its staff in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Nigerian military says it has 'killed a large number' of Boko Haram terrorists
    05 november 2017 15:38:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops fighting the Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria "killed a large number" of them while some escaped with gunshot wounds. Full text...

  • Outrage over attempts to ban Zuma book
    04 november 2017 16:40:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Two prominent organisations have slammed the government over calls to censor an explosive new books linking President Jacob Zuma to a widespread corruption. Full text...

  • UNAMID calls for collaborative approach to Darfur weapons collection in IDP camps
    04 november 2017 15:21:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN African Union Peace keeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has again called on the Sudanese government to avoid forceful entries into camps for internally displaced persons with the aim of collecting firearms from civilians, a part of a government arms collection campaign Full text...

  • Gambia to build secretariat for pan African rights body
    03 november 2017 18:47:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Gambian government has said preparations are at an advanced stage for the country to build a new secretariat for the Banjul-based African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Mudslide victims frustrated with resettlement package
    03 november 2017 16:20:11
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Victims of the August 14 mudslide in the country have expressed their frustration over the amount of money government has decided to give them as a resettlement package. Full text...

  • Ghanaian mathematician, nuclear physicist passes on
    03 november 2017 16:01:21
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A renowned Ghanaian mathematician and nuclear physicist, Prof. Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey, is dead. Full text...

  • Rights group lauds Mali Defence Ministry's promise to probe abuse by security forces
    03 november 2017 06:03:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights watchdog has hailed the Mali Defence Ministry’s stated commitment to investigate serious alleged abuses by the security forces during operations in central Mali describing it as "a meaningful step toward accountability". Full text...

  • More than 250 participants expected at Festival of Freedom of Expression
    02 november 2017 20:19:59
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - More than 250 journalists, human rights defenders, students, civil society groups and public institutions are expected to attend the 7th International Festival of Freedom of Expression from 8 to 11 November in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • 'Failure to broker peace' hinders solutions to displacement, says UN refugee chief
    02 november 2017 19:49:13
    New York, US (PANA) – The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Thursday urged global leaders to find political solutions to the world's conflicts, if the swelling numbers of forcibly displaced people are ever to return home. Full text...

  • 'Injustice against journalists costly for society,' says UNESCO chief
    02 november 2017 19:43:34
    Paris, France (PANA) – Justice must be done for the murder of journalists, who perform important functions in taking forward fundamental freedoms and bolstering the strength of societies, a senior United Nations official said on Thursday, marking the International Day to end impunity for crimes against them. Full text...

  • Sudan condemns New York truck attack
    02 november 2017 19:37:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has “strongly condemned" the terrorist truck attack that took place in New York last Tuesday that resulted in the death of 8 people and injury to many others “in a terrible crime which has violated all the human values and values”. Full text...

  • UN Mission in South Sudan weighs re-establishing presence in north-eastern town
    02 november 2017 06:29:05
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The United Nations peacekeeping mission is expected to reach vulnerable people in remote parts of South Sudan, as it takes a more “nimble and proactive” approach, the head of the operation said on Wednesday during a visit to a hard-to-reach area in the country’s north-east. Full text...

  • Violence against children pervasive in homes, schools and communities – UNICEF
    01 november 2017 22:30:31
    New York, USA (PANA) – About 300 million, or three-quarters, of the world’s two- to four-year-old children experience either psychological aggression or physical punishment, or both, by their caregivers at home, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a report published Tuesday. Full text...

  • Six new judges take oath of office in The Gambia
    01 november 2017 15:23:43
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow has sworn in six new Gambian judges, PANA confirmed on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Leading football administrator denies rape allegations
    01 november 2017 14:33:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Football Association President, Danny Jordaan, on Wednesday denied the explosive rape allegations that were made against him late last month. Full text...

  • Gambia gets 600 scholarships from Senegal, Nigeria
    01 november 2017 14:29:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government has received some 600 scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate studies from the governments of Senegal and Nigeria for the 2017/2018 academic year, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rwandan authorities hunting 3 escapee prisoners from high-security prison in Southern Rwanda
    01 november 2017 13:13:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan law enforcement officers are searching for three prisoners, including a former journalist and director of a religious local radio station, Cassien Ntamuhanga, who escaped early this week from one of the high-security prisons in Mpanga, Southern Rwanda, authoritative sources confirmed Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • US issues security alert over Asmara school policy protests in Eritrea
    01 november 2017 12:56:18
    Samaria, Eritrea (PANA) - The US Embassy in Asmara, the Eritrean capital, issued an alert Wednesday to its citizens, asking them to avoid downtown Asmara, where the security forces have been involved in ceaseless shooting of protesters. Full text...

  • CPJ releases Global Impunity Index on journalists’ killing; Somalia tops
    01 november 2017 11:41:49
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A lack of justice in the murders of journalists can perpetuate a cycle of violence and impunity lasting a decade or more, media watchdog Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) has said in a new report released on Wednesday. Full text...

  • NGO says people displaced in DR Congo face horrific living conditions
    01 november 2017 10:15:09
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - An international humanitarian organisation is warning that people displaced by violence in Tanganyika province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) are facing appalling living conditions. Full text...

  • UN Security Council urges more protections for children in conflicts
    31 october 2017 20:18:35
    New York, USA (PANA) – Deeply concerned about the abuse of children in war zones, the United Security Council on Tuesday – in a debate in New York which included Secretary-General António Guterres and his special envoy on the issue – urged countries and non-State actors to allow children access to education and healthcare during and post-conflicts. Full text...

  • Unrest in Cameroon's Anglophone regions sends thousands fleeing to Nigeria – UN agency
    31 october 2017 20:05:54
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations refugee agency is scaling up efforts with partners to provide humanitarian assistance to thousands of Cameroonians who have fled violence in that country's Anglophone regions to south-eastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso president pays tribute to 'martyrs' of anti-Compaore insurgency
    31 october 2017 18:59:54
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, on Tuesday laid a wreath in memory of the 30 people who died in October 2014, during the popular insurrection against ousted President Blaise Compaore. Full text...

  • 2 soldiers injured in mine explosion in northern Burkina Faso
    31 october 2017 17:52:25
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least two soldiers were injured on Tuesday in Gassel Garaf, in the northern Burkina Faso, when their vehicle jumped on a mine, security and local sources said. Full text...

  • EU regrets Burundi's official withdrawal from the ICC
    31 october 2017 17:29:37
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - In a statement issued by the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Union (EU) says it regrets the official withdrawal of Burundi from the International Criminal Court (ICC) since 27 October. Full text...

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