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  • South African leadin right-to-die campaigner arrested on murder charge
    19 september 2018 10:23:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Cape Town man who made headlines around the world when he was arrested in New Zealand for helping his terminally ill mother commit suicide has been arrested on a murder charge. Full text...

  • South Sudan gov't troops, militias commit new atrocities - Rights group says
    19 september 2018 05:13:53
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The staggering brutality of a recent military offensive in South Sudan – including murder of civilians, systematic rape of women and girls and massive looting and destruction – was fuelled by the authorities’ failure to prosecute or remove suspected war criminals, Amnesty International said in a new report on Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU calls on Italian deputy Premier to withdraw 'slave' remark over African migrants
    18 september 2018 19:04:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) has called on Italian deputy Premier Matteo Salvini to retract remarks referring to African immigrants to Europe as "slaves" and urged Rome to consider improving its policies towards migrants. Full text...

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation urges investment in health and education of children
    18 september 2018 18:59:54
    New York, US (PANA) - By investing in the health and education of young people, developing countries can cut poverty and achieve historic growth, according to the Co-chairs of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Full text...

  • COSATU elects its first female president
    18 september 2018 17:59:28
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Zingiswa Losi has been elected president of South Africa’s trade union federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) after being nominated unopposed. Full text...

  • President Lungu orders probe into misappropriation of donor aid funds
    18 september 2018 17:49:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has given Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska one week to take decisive action to curb all malpractices in the administration of the Social Cash Transfer programme. Full text...

  • Kenya makes progress in supporting people with albinism, but ‘much remains to be done’ says UN expert
    18 september 2018 17:39:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Despite improvements for persons with albinism in Kenya who have historically suffered attacks and discrimination, a United Nations expert has signalled that “much remains to be done”, especially when it comes to accessing equal treatment under the law. Full text...

  • EU Council extends mandate of its security mission in Sahel Niger for two years
    18 september 2018 16:21:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council on Tuesday extended the mandate of the European Union Mission in Sahel Niger (EUCAP) until 30 September 2020 and agreed on a budget of €63.4 million for the period 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2020. Full text...

  • Mbow, Keino to receive World Children's Awards
    18 september 2018 14:55:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Senegal's Ama Mbow and Phyllis Keino of Kenya are among the five champions of children's causes, who will be honoured at the 2018 World of Children Awards Ceremony & Benefit on Thursday, November 1, in New York City. Full text...

  • UK confirms cutting funding to Zambia over alleged corruption
    18 september 2018 14:47:09
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The British Government has confirmed that it has frozen all funding to the Zambian Government, following allegations of widespread corruption in the ruling Patriotic Front Government. Full text...

  • South African top court legalises use of personal marijuana
    18 september 2018 14:35:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled that the personal use of marijuana is not a criminal offence. Full text...

  • Humanitarian charity slams US govt's decision to lower target for 2019 refugee admissions
    18 september 2018 11:47:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Humanitarian charity, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), has slammed the US government's decision to further reduce the target for refugee admissions in 2019 from 45,000 to 30,000. Full text...

  • Rights group says horrific violence escalates further in Cameroon's Anglophone regions
    18 september 2018 06:11:04
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - The brutal attacks against ordinary people and security forces are further proof of the horrific escalation of violence in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Human Rights Council hears plea to protect victims of ‘brutal’ sexual violence in South Sudan
    18 september 2018 05:35:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The plight of South Sudan’s women and girls “should no longer be ignored”, UN investigators told the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, citing the disturbing testimonies of sexual abuse victims who have been treated by soldiers and militias as the “spoils” of the more than five-year conflict. Full text...

  • Top UN official in Nigeria condemns killing of abducted aid worker
    18 september 2018 05:21:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, on Monday condemned the killing of an aid worker who had been held captive by a non-state armed group in north-east Nigeria since March. Full text...

  • 42-year-old Kenyan nabbed with heroin at Mauritius airport
    17 september 2018 16:32:14
    Plaisance, Mauritius (PANA) – A 42-year-old Kenyan was arrested Saturday at Mauritius international airport with 88 pellets of heroin weighing 1.3kg, PANA learnt from official sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • 12 dead newborns uncovered at Kenyan maternity hospital
    17 september 2018 15:42:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The bodies of 12 newborn babies have been uncovered stuffed in carton boxes, disguised as fresh medical supplies, at the main maternity hospital managed by the Nairobi County Government in Kenya. Full text...

  • 11 people die as Zambia-registered bus crashes in South Africa
    17 september 2018 13:47:21
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Eleven people have died in a bus accident that occurred in South Africa on Monday. Full text...

  • South Sudanese gov't must bring soldiers under control, urges UN mission chief
    15 september 2018 16:23:36
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - A “lack of command and control” on the part of South Sudan’s government, just days after signing a new peace agreement to end years of brutal civil conflict, is one of the factors which led to the shooting of a United Nations peacekeeper on Saturday, the UN mission chief in the country has said. Full text...

  • Rwandan opposition leader among 2,140 convicts pardoned
    15 september 2018 11:52:23
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's Justice Ministry has announced the release of 2,140 prisoners, including one-time Presidential election aspirant Victoire Ingabire, after a Presidential pardon. Full text...

  • French author releases new book on fight against Genocide denial
    14 september 2018 13:16:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - French univerisity lecturer, Florent Piton, on Friday presented his book depicting the consequences of Genocide denial, while urging the international community to join hands and fight Genocide deniers currently seeking asylum in many European countries, including France. Full text...

  • US issues travel warning to South Africa visitors
    14 september 2018 11:54:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The United States has issued a travel advisory to its citizens travelling to South Africa, following the release of the country’s annual crime statistics this week. Full text...

  • Lightning kills 9 people since July in Rwanda
    14 september 2018 11:33:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Lightning has claimed at least 9 lives since July this year, a statement issued on Friday by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs in Kigali has said. Full text...

  • Scourge of genocide remains a ‘threat and a reality’ today: UN human rights chief
    14 september 2018 06:46:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Genocide remains a “threat and a reality” in the 21st century, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Thursday, in an appeal to States to do more to act on the “warning signs” that often precede grave violations of international law. Full text...

  • Earliest known drawing found on rock in South African cave
    13 september 2018 15:48:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The earliest known drawing in history – a red, cross-hatched pattern – has been found in a cave in South Africa, The Guardian of Britain reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia tops global list of highest internal displacement in 2018 - Report
    13 september 2018 06:37:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ethiopia has seen the highest number of people forced to flee their homes within their country in the first half of 2018, according to the International Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) report on global displacement out today. Full text...

  • ‘Collective endeavour’ needed to strengthen peacekeeping further, says top UN official
    13 september 2018 06:29:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Highlighting complex and evolving challenges, the head of UN peacekeeping on Wednesday called for heightened vigilance and a more robust response to existential threats against both peacekeepers and those they strive to defend. Full text...

  • Sudanese security agency seizes ‘Al-Tayyar’ daily
    12 september 2018 11:33:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Tuesday confiscated print runs of ‘Al-Tayyar’ newspaper from the printing house without giving reasons. Full text...

  • AU wishes Ethiopians continued peace and joy in New Year
    11 september 2018 17:33:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has on behalf of “the entire African Union Family" extended best wishes to the Ethiopian people as they celebrated New Year 2011 on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa promises lifestyle audits for top SA government officials
    11 september 2018 16:33:45
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - A system of lifestyle audits for top South African government officials will be in place in a matter of weeks, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • AI calls for release of report on Nigerian military's human rights record
    11 september 2018 16:30:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government’s delay in making public a report on the military’s human rights record is an appalling affront to victims who are still waiting for justice, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, one year after a presidential investigative panel started its work. Full text...

  • Global hunger continues to rise, new UN report says
    11 september 2018 11:27:59
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - New evidence continues to signal that the number of hungry people in the world is growing, reaching 821 million in 2017 or one in every nine people, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 released on Tuesday. Full text...

  • More than 100 drowned on shipwreck off Libyan coast a week ago, survivors say
    11 september 2018 06:45:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - More than a hundred people have reportedly died after a shipwreck off the Libyan coast one week ago, survivors told Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams working in Libya. Full text...

  • New UN rights chief pledges to push back on ‘centuries of prejudice and discrimination’
    11 september 2018 05:49:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN’s newly appointed High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, intends to push back “centuries of prejudice and discrimination” against vulnerable groups including women and the peoples of the Global South, by pushing for more consensus between Member States, she said on Monday. Full text...

  • UNSMIL condemns terrorist attack on Libya’s National Oil Company
    10 september 2018 16:32:21
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly condemned the cowardly terrorist attack on the National Oil Company on Monday and expressed its deepest condolences to the families of the victims. Full text...

  • AfDB slams 3-year suspension on Cameroonian consulting firm, Director over corrupt practices
    10 september 2018 13:25:54
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group on Monday, 10 September, 2018, announced the suspension of the Centre Africain de Recherches Forestières Appliquées et de Développement (CARFAD), a consulting company based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and its Executive Director, Benjamin Tchoffo, for a minimum period of 36 months. Full text...

  • Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania shut refugee programmes as Europe, US reject migrants - NRC
    10 september 2018 11:35:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As western governments reduce funding for refugees in East Africa, aid programmes are being forced to shut down, leaving refugees in crisis. Full text...

  • Medical charity calls for urgent evacuation of migrants, refugees from Libya
    10 september 2018 06:08:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Thousands of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers arbitrarily held in Libyan detention centres must be immediately released and evacuated to safety out of the country urges medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), as a fragile ceasefire in Tripoli has continued. Full text...

  • Displacement of civilians in Mali spikes due to armed conflict - NRC
    10 september 2018 05:56:09
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Close to 50,000 people have fled their homes in northern and central Mali, so far this year, due to intercommunal clashes, a rise in armed groups and military operations. Full text...

  • UN rights chief says Egyptian death sentences I ‘gross miscarriage of justice'
    10 september 2018 05:21:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - An Egyptian court’s confirmation of 75 death sentences on Saturday has been condemned by Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as being the result of an unfair trial. Full text...

  • OCHA chief reaffirms continued humanitarian support to Burundi
    09 september 2018 08:46:43
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Ursula Mueller on Saturday completed a three-day mission to Burundi reaffirming her agency’s continued support to the strife-torn country. Full text...

  • Rights group slams Egyptian court's harsh sentences
    08 september 2018 19:29:01
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has strongly condemned the harsh sentences handed down on hundreds of people, including 75 death sentences, and called for their retrial in an impartial court. Full text...

  • UNHCR dismayed as traffickers, smugglers impersonate staff in Libya amid clashes in Tripoli
    08 september 2018 19:24:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is dismayed at reports of smugglers and traffickers posing as UNHCR staff in Libya and has called on the authorities for action against all criminals trying to target desperate refugees and migrants. Full text...

  • International Literacy Day 2018, promoting Literacy and Skills Development (A Feature by UNESCO)
    08 september 2018 13:16:35
    Paris, France (PANA) - September 8th was proclaimed as International Literacy Day (ILD) at the 14th session of UNESCO’s General Conference on 26 October, 1966. Since 1967, ILD celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society. Full text...

  • ‘Children’s crisis’ in South Sudan must be addressed, says top UN official
    08 september 2018 05:22:01
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Virginia Gamba, the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, on Friday called for much greater accountability and effort, to prevent grave violations against children across the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN police investigating killing of displaced people in CAR
    08 september 2018 05:01:40
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Perpetrators behind the killing of a number of people displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) must be brought to justice, the UN peacekeeping operation in the country said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN Chief for Human Rights warns DRC authorities on suppression of peaceful protests
    07 september 2018 17:07:05
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday expressed deep concern about the unending violent suppression of peaceful protests by civil society organizations and opposition political parties ahead of the electoral campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • World Bank launches flagship infrastructure project in Somalia
    07 september 2018 15:44:11
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the World Bank have launched a flagship infrastructure project in the Horn of Africa country, Somali Urban Resilience Project (SURP), worth US$ 9 million, stating that it will be the first national test case for municipal infrastructure delivery. Full text...

  • Nigerian Prisons Service bags 2018 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy
    07 september 2018 13:22:45
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) has been awarded the 2018 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy for the ‘National Open University of Nigeria - Prison Study Centres and Inmates General Education Programme’. Full text...

  • Displaced Ethiopians, returnees need continued support - UNHCR
    07 september 2018 11:09:43
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is urging more support for the nearly one million people displaced by recent violence in South Western Ethiopia, including those who have returned home. Full text...

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