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  • UN rights chief denounces Burundi for ‘belligerent and defamatory’ attack on inquiry team
    26 october 2018 03:44:37
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The top United Nations human rights official has called on Burundi to “immediately retract” its threat to try and prosecute members of a UN Commission of Inquiry into rights abuses in the central African nation. Full text...

  • 'Armed conflicts denying Children in Africa right to education, food and healthcare'
    25 october 2018 17:55:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Armed conflicts have denied children in Africa the right to education, food, healthcare, and more opportunities, with many of them running away from volatile areas, the Network of African national human rights institutions (NANHRI) officials said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Tributes continue to pour in for fallen hip hop star
    25 october 2018 16:22:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The family of South African music legend, Jabulani Hip Hop Pantsula, who died on Wednesday, has asked for privacy as the country tries to come to grips with his passing. Full text...

  • Interior minister warns Libyans against illegal possession of weapons
    25 october 2018 15:46:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan ministry of interior of the national union government, recognized by the international community, has warned Libyans against carrying weapons "without a license or permission" in a country where millions of weapons circulate among the population, worsening the situation in the north African country. Full text...

  • Angolan national arrested with drugs at Mauritius airport
    25 october 2018 12:54:23
    Plaisance, Mauritius (PANA) – A 53-year-old Angolan woman was arrested early this week by Customs Officers of the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) at the Mauritius international airport with 83 pellets of suspected heroin hidden in her private parts, the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) on Thursday said. Full text...

  • PANAPRESS to be transformed into multi-media institution
    25 october 2018 12:45:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Board of Directors of PANAPRESS has announced a new direction for the Pan-African News Agency (PANA) as it is poised to be transformed into a multi-media institution. Full text...

  • 63rd ordinary session of the African rights commission opens in Banjul
    24 october 2018 17:06:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The 63rd Ordinary Session of the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights, opened on Wednesday in Banjul, the Gambia, aiming to highlight performance and challenges faces by human rights defenders and other rights-related activists on the continent. Full text...

  • Senior Tuareg separatist movement official dies in Bamako
    24 october 2018 11:23:22
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The vice president of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and member of the monitoring committee of the Algiers Peace Agreement, Mamadou Djéri Maïga, died on Monday evening at a hospital in Bamako following a short sickness, PANA learned from official sources on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan Governor facing murder charge granted bail
    24 october 2018 10:09:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Nairobi court on Wednesday freed Migori County Governor, Okoth Obado, on cash bail in the murder case of his girlfriend and her unborn child. Full text...

  • NRC raises red flag on escalating violence in eastern DRC
    24 october 2018 09:38:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Humanitarian charity, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), says it is deeply concerned by the rapidly escalating and increasingly dangerous violence in eastern DR Congo. Full text...

  • Rights group accuses South Sudanese soldiers of attacking civilians in Western Region
    24 october 2018 05:09:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights watchdog has accused South Sudanese soldiers of attacking civilians and civilian property in counterinsurgency operations in the south and west of Wau that began in June 2018. Full text...

  • Killing of farmers threatens food security in northeast Nigeria
    24 october 2018 04:51:44
    Maiduguri, Nigeria (PANA) - Repeated attacks against farmers risk aggravating the food crisis in northeast Nigeria. Farmers must be protected so they can cultivate their lands and return to their families alive, urged the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), a humanitarian charity, has said. Full text...

  • 'Reasons to hope’ for sustainable peace in Central African Republic – UN Mission chief
    23 october 2018 19:22:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The top United Nations official in the Central African Republic (CAR), said on Tuesday he is “hopeful that the necessary foundations to build sustainable peace” have been established and that long-lasting stability will depend on the will of its people, and support from the international community. Full text...

  • Afe Babalola University confers Honorary Doctorate Degree on AfDB President, Adesina
    23 october 2018 16:57:04
    Ado Ekiti, Nigeria (PANA) - The Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, in South West Nigeria, has conferred a Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa on the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, in recognition of his immense contributions to socio-economic development on the continent. Full text...

  • Buhari opens two border posts for Nigeria, Benin
    23 october 2018 16:52:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday handed over two border posts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at Seme-Krake and Neope-Akanu in Badagry to Benin President Patrice Talon Full text...

  • Rwanda's minister vows to combat drug abuse, prostitution among youth
    23 october 2018 16:17:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's newly appointed Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Solina Nyirahabimana, on Tuesday vowed to support the national campaign against narcotics and prostitution, particularly among the youth. Full text...

  • ECOWAS submits weapons assessment report to Gambian leader
    23 october 2018 13:32:27
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Monday submitted its report on assessment of weapons and small arms to the Gambian Adama Barrow, following the departure of former President Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • US gives 1.7 billion CFAF for Congo's Pool Region
    23 october 2018 11:31:51
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The US ambassador in Congo, Todd Haskell, on Monday announced in Brazzaville the donation by the US of 1.7 billion CFAF, or 3 million dollars, for Congo's Pool region. Full text...

  • 23 killed, 17 injured in Sunday reprisal attacks in Kaduna
    23 october 2018 11:15:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A total of 23 people were killed and 17 injured in various parts of Kaduna metropolis, northwestern Nigeria, during a reprisal violence that engulfed it on Sunday, the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said on Monday night. Full text...

  • Rights body decries lengthy pre-trial detention of sick, poor petty offenders in Madagascar
    23 october 2018 10:20:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - People who have not been found guilty of any crime are dying in Madagascar’s prisons due to appalling conditions, Amnesty International said on Tuesday in a report, which highlights how the authorities' excessive use of pre-trial detention is harming the poorest people in society. Full text...

  • ‘Many challenges to overcome’ at UN, in fight against abuse, says victims’ advocate
    23 october 2018 04:38:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN is committed to recognising the rights of victims of sexual exploitation by UN personnel but, when it comes to preventing and responding to abuse, there is a still “a long way to go, and many challenges to overcome,” says the UN’s first-ever Victims’ Rights Advocate Jane Connors. Full text...

  • UN says Inter-communal tensions still high despite improved security
    23 october 2018 04:24:37
    New York, US (PANA) - While security has improved in Darfur, inter-communal tensions in the conflict-plagued region of Sudan are still high, with clashes over land and livestock, the head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN chief ‘outraged’ by recent killings of civilians and health workers
    22 october 2018 19:21:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, said on Monday he is “outraged by the continued killing and abduction of civilians by armed groups” near Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) North Kivu region, which has been grappling with an Ebola outbreak since August. Full text...

  • Four nations meet in Chad to discuss border security
    22 october 2018 16:20:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya together with Sudan, Niger and Chad will on 24 Oct. take part in the fourth conference on the strengthening of border security for the four countries, Libyan officials said here Monday. Full text...

  • Trial date set for suspect in liberation heroes' death
    22 october 2018 14:50:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Gauteng High Court on Monday set a trial date of 28 January, 2019, for the Ahmed Timol murder accused, Joao Rodrigues. Full text...

  • Nigeria demands "full investigation" into killing of Nigerian by Kenyan Police
    22 october 2018 14:39:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria on Monday demanded for full autopsy and investigation from Kenya Government into the killing of a Nigerian, Mr Bamiyo Ashade, allegedly shot by the Kenyan police. Full text...

  • 254 repentant Boko Haram terrorists, including 3 Chadians, reintegrated by Nigerian govt
    21 october 2018 20:34:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Over 254 surrendered and repented Boko Haram terrorist members have been reintegrated by the Nigerian Government, Coordinator, Operation Safe Corridor, Maj.-Gen. Bamidele Shafa, has said. Full text...

  • 12 killed, 1,300 others displaced in Boko Haram attacks in Northeast Nigeria
    21 october 2018 20:22:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Sunday said that 12 farmers were killed and 1,300 others displaced in two separate attacks coordinated by the Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Pan African Rights Forum opens in Banjul ahead of 63rd ordinary session
    21 october 2018 20:00:26
    Banjul, Gambia(PANA) - The Continental platform for Non-governmental Orgnisations (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other rights-related activists, otherwise called “NGO Forum” opened on Sunday in Banjul, the Gambian capital. Full text...

  • Boko Haram sacks two communities in Northeast Nigeria
    21 october 2018 15:04:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army has confirmed that Boko Haram terrorists on Saturday night attacked Mairari and Femari communities in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Buhari condemns killing of 55 persons in North central Nigeria in communal clashes
    21 october 2018 14:58:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday condemned the latest communal violence in Kasuwan Magani, Kaduna State, North central Nigeria, in which 55 people were killed last Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africans linked to abducted Tanzanian billionaire
    21 october 2018 09:39:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There is growing speculation that South Africans may have been linked to the high-profile kidnapping of Tanzanian billionaire, Mohammed Dewji, outside a Dar es Salaam hotel last week. Full text...

  • UN Peacekeeping chief says ‘extremely concerned’ over insecurity in Mali
    19 october 2018 20:54:17
    New York, US (PANA) - After commending the “overall peaceful” climate in which the Malian elections were held in July, the United Nations peacekeeping chief said on Friday that he is “extremely concerned” over the increasing number of attacks by armed insurgents, against a backdrop of continued delays in implementing the 2015 peace agreement. Full text...

  • Burkina Media professionals demand justice for slain Norbert Zongo
    19 october 2018 14:45:15
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The professional media organisations in Burkina Faso on Friday launched a campaign to demand justice for Norbert Zongo, a Burkina investigation journalist killed in 1998 along with three of his companions under the regime of Blaise Compaoré. Full text...

  • ICRC facilitates release of 24 South Sudan detainees
    19 october 2018 13:19:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has facilitated the release of 24 persons, including 16 detainees released on Friday. Full text...

  • Top South African prosecutor sets his sights on wealthy businessman
    19 october 2018 10:54:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Leading South African prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who found international fame for his role in the successful conviction of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius in a high-profile murder trial, has set his sights on a prominent Johannesburg businessman who allegedly raped his three-year-old granddaughter. Full text...

  • Another gendarmerie post in northern Burkina Faso attacked
    19 october 2018 09:04:08
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Another gendarmerie post in the far north of Burkina Faso has been attacked as terrorists wreak havoc in the West African country. Full text...

  • UN rights chief calls for release of hundreds abducted and abused in South Sudan
    19 october 2018 03:54:29
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Hundreds of civilians who were taken by opposition forces in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria region during an uptick in fighting are still missing, the UN’s top rights official said on Thursday, in a call for their immediate release. Full text...

  • UN agency seeks media partners for new campaign against killers of journalists
    19 october 2018 03:47:01
    Paris, France (PANA) - Every four days, a journalist is murdered, often for simply doing their job of uncovering something that someone wants to stay hidden: the vast majority of these killings go unpunished. Full text...

  • South African legendary long distance swimmer dead at 60
    18 october 2018 14:52:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tributes are pouring in for South African Theodore Yach, one of the world’s leading long-distance swimmers, who died in Cape Town on Wednesday after being admitted to hospital with asthmatic complaints. He was 60. Full text...

  • NGO donates to displaced people in Mali
    18 october 2018 10:55:05
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Islamic Relief France, a humanitarian NGO, on Wednesday donated food valued at 49 million CFA Francs to 500 displaced households living in the most deprived neighbourhoods of Sévaré, about 15 kilometres from Mopti in the centre of the country. Full text...

  • UNHCR evacuates vulnerable refugees out of Libya as fighting resumes
    18 october 2018 09:31:21
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Amidst an increasingly volatile security situation in Tripoli, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency successfully evacuated 135 people out of Libya to Niger. Full text...

  • 4 African countries join forces in fight against terrorism in Ouagadougou
    17 october 2018 15:15:55
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Benin, Niger, Togo and Burkina Faso will make concerted efforts within the framework of the fight against terrorism, particularly in the eastern part of Burkina Faso, the ministers in charge of Security and foreign affairs of those countries said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • AFRIPOL to create three working groups to fight against terrorism
    17 october 2018 13:30:08
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - The second general assembly of the African police cooperation mechanism (AFRIPOL) decided on Tuesday in Algiers to create three working groups to fight against cross-border crime, cyber crime as well as terrorism and extremism, Smail Chergui, Commissioner for peace and security of the African Union, said. Full text...

  • Sudan to mediate for peace in CAR
    17 october 2018 07:45:18
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Central African Republic (CAR) warring factions and government have agreed to meet in Khartoum under Sudanese President Omar Bashir’s mediation to end the conflict in their country. Full text...

  • Hunger levels double in DR Congo as violence intensifies, warns NGO
    17 october 2018 05:35:45
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - About 15 million women, men and children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are without enough food to eat, up from 7.7 million last year. Full text...

  • UN Chief says ending poverty ‘a question of justice’
    17 october 2018 05:00:50
    New York, US (PANA) - Highlighting that for the United Nations, eliminating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest global challenges and priorities, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed the fundamental connection between eradicating poverty and upholding equal rights for all. Full text...

  • UN chief ‘appalled’ by killing of aid worker in Nigeria; calls for release of remaining hostages
    17 october 2018 04:53:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General strongly condemned on Tuesday the killing of an aid worker from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in north-east Nigeria. He said he was “appalled” by her death on Monday. Full text...

  • Business dragging its feet on human rights and investors are watching, say UN experts
    16 october 2018 20:00:04
    New York , US (PANA) - Too many companies globally are ignoring their human rights responsibilities and governments are failing to regulate and lead by example in business practices, a group of independent UN experts said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Congolese expelled from Angola returning to ‘desperate situation’: UNHCR
    16 october 2018 19:18:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Congolese nationals forced back across the border to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after being expelled from neighbouring Angola, “are returning to a desperate situation,” a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson said on Tuesday. Full text...

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