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  • Rwanda: Rwandan Volleyball Federation president arrested for alleged corruption
    21 february 2017 08:15:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The newly elected President of Rwanda Volleyball Federation, Gustave Nkurunziza, is the latest sports official being investigated for bribes and mismanagement of funds allocated through Olympic Solidarity programmes, a reliable source confirmed on Tuesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights chief calls on DRC government to halt violence by security forces
    21 february 2017 08:03:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations human rights chief has called on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to take immediate steps to halt widespread human rights violations, including apparent summary executions, by the country's armed forces. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council condemns latest terrorist attack in Mogadishu
    21 february 2017 07:55:51
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning the latest deadly terrorist attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the United Nations Security Council on Monday reiterated that its determination to support peace, security and development in the long-troubled country would not be swayed by this, or any other such attack. Full text...

  • US: Critical food aid shortages hit Africa's refugees hard, UN warns
    21 february 2017 07:50:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations has warned that across Africa, some two million refugees are facing critical shortages in food assistance. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Former Rwanda minister of mines released from custody
    21 february 2017 07:39:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan court has ordered the release from custody of former minister of State for Mining, Evode Imena, who has been held for three weeks over allegations that he gave favours to his close friends to win mining contracts, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: ILO chief urges economic growth in conjunction with social progress
    20 february 2017 22:23:56
    New York, US (PANA) -Highlighting that many around the world are left out from benefitting from global prosperity dividends and flourishing societies are seeing inequalities, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr. Guy Ryder on Monday called for solutions that can bring economic growth combined with social progress. Full text...

  • US: US express concern at DR Congo video on 'summary executions'
    20 february 2017 15:32:05
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States has expressed deep concern at a video footage that appears to show elements of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily executing civilians, including women and children. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria wants AU to intervene urgently over xenophobic attack on Nigerians, others in South Africa
    20 february 2017 13:50:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria on Monday called on the African Union (AU) to intervene urgently in the renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Famine hits parts of South Sudan - UN agencies
    20 february 2017 11:31:17
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Famine was declared on Monday in South Sudan where war and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation, three UN agencies warned. Full text...

  • CAR: UN, international organisations condemn attacks on civilians in parts of CAR
    20 february 2017 11:08:01
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Voicing deep concern over the security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), in particular in the Ouaka and Hautte-Kotto prefectures five organisations have condemned the acts of violence by armed groups that have exasperated an already alarming humanitarian situation. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN special representative in Somalia condemns terrorist attack in Mogadishu
    20 february 2017 10:59:00
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, has strongly condemned Sunday's terrorist attack at a marketplace in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which reportedly killed at least 25 people and injured dozens more. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan welcomes Troika's position on conflict in the country
    19 february 2017 12:37:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has renewed its commitment to a unilateral ceasefire in the conflict areas of western and south eastern Sudan, welcoming a statement by the United States and its European allies, known as the Troika, who have recognised Khartoum's efforts to reach a settlement of the conflict in those areas. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow inaugurated on 52nd Independence anniversary of Gambia
    18 february 2017 19:38:09
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Newly elected President Adama Barrow on Saturday officially took the oath of office on the Gambian soil as the West African nation celebrated its 52nd independence anniversary. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army warns of “campaign of calumny” against it
    18 february 2017 19:02:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Personnel who feel bad about professionalization of the Nigerian Army should voluntarily retire from service, said a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the armed forces, raising alarm on a “campaign of calumny” being waged against it by disgruntled personnel. Full text...

  • Nigeria: AU, Lake Chad Basin Commission support multinational force fighting Boko Haram
    18 february 2017 09:25:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) of member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission is committed to ensure Boko Haram terrorists are defeated in the shortest possible time, Deputy Force Commander, Brigadier General Moussa Mahamat Djoui said late Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in CAR reinforces presence in restive Bambari
    18 february 2017 07:05:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Following ongoing rebel activity in and around Bambari in strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR), the UN mission in the country has reinforced its presence in the city with the arrival of additional troops, including a quick reaction unit and Special Forces. Full text...

  • UN: UN official urges accountability on atrocities in South Sudan
    18 february 2017 06:57:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Mr. Andrew Gilmour, has stressed the need to ensure accountability for those committing atrocity crimes in conflict-torn South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges govts to endorse convention on enforced disappearance
    18 february 2017 06:48:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the 10th anniversary of an historic treaty to keep people from suffering enforced disappearance or secret detentions, the United Nations late Friday urged governments that have not ratified it, to do so. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies urge scale-up humanitarian support for Somalia
    17 february 2017 15:45:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the worsening of an already devastating drought in Somalia, UN agencies have stressed that only a massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe. Full text...

  • Sudan: Army officer killed, others wounded in fighting with outlaws in Darfur
    17 february 2017 14:51:31
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - An officer of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), Lt. Abdulla al-Tayeb Abdulla, was killed and many others, including a Lieutenant Colonel, were wounded in clashes against outlaws on Thursday in Bursa area, east of Fashir, capital of North Darfur State. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Air Force wipes out "scores" of Boko Haram terrorists
    16 february 2017 19:57:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian Air Force fighter aircraft on Thursday "successfully" neutralized and killed "scores" of Boko Haram terrorists who shot at the aircraft while on medical outreach in northeast Nigeria, said a spokesman of the Force. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyans mark sixth anniversary of 2011 revolution
    16 february 2017 17:58:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya, Martin Kobler, has congratulated the North African nation on the sixth anniversary of the Libyan Revolution saying "the United Nations stands in solidarity with you and your collective efforts to choose peace over violence and stability over chaos." Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN deplores lack of information on 20,000 people displaced in Upper Nile
    16 february 2017 17:29:47
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The top United Nations peacekeeping official in South Sudan has described the lack of information about the situation of some 20,000 internally displaced people on the west bank of the Nile in the country’s north, as a “real problem.” Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN to raise over US$1b for victims of Boko Haram insurgency in Lake Chad Basin
    16 february 2017 15:54:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United Nations on Thursday said in Abuja that it has concluded plans to raise over US$1 billion to carter for the humanitarian needs confronting victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s Northeast. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group says CAR rebel group 'executed at least 32 civilians'
    16 february 2017 11:17:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A human rights group says a rebel group in the Central African Republic (CAR) executed at least 32 civilians and captured fighters after clashes in December 2016 with another rebel group in the Ouaka province. Full text...

  • South Africa: Notorious fugitive could be heading back to South Africa
    16 february 2017 10:59:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Notorious fugitive and former advocate Dirk Prinsloo could return to South Africa as early as next week following 11 years on the run. Full text...

  • US: Situation in CAR warrants continued international attention, Security Council told
    16 february 2017 05:53:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite improving security situation in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), concerns remain in other parts of the country, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Wednesday, underlining the need for continued international attention. Full text...

  • UN: UN, Smurfs partner for a happier, more equitable world
    15 february 2017 19:03:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The popular Smurfs characters are encouraging children, young people and adults to make the world happier, more peaceful, equitable and healthy with a campaign launched on Wednesday by the UN, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the UN Foundation. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow appoints former UN prosecutor as chief Justice
    15 february 2017 18:02:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has appointed former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Justice Hassan Bubacar Jallow as the country's Chief Justice. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights office launches US$253 million for 2017 work
    15 february 2017 17:37:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Urging action for greater freedoms, stronger respect and more compassion, the UN human rights office on Wednesday launched a US$253 million appeal – its largest to date – to bolster its 2017 work programme to protect and advance the rights of people around the world. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda, MICT strengthen cooperation in information sharing
    15 february 2017 16:41:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) and the Rwanda Public Prosecution Authority on Wednesday agreed to step up cooperation through investigation information sharing on Rwandans suspected of being involved in the 1994 genocide. Full text...

  • Mauritius: NGO calls on MPs to stop animal experiments in Mauritius
    15 february 2017 15:21:41
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A British NGO, Cruelty Free International, on Wednesday called on all members of the Mauritius Parliament to stop any moves that would allow animal experiments to take place in the island, raising its concerns about the recent decision to allow experiments on animals. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy urges political stability in Guinea-Bissau
    14 february 2017 22:01:02
    New York, US (PANA) - In the face of continued political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, a more sustained and well-coordinated approach is required to sustain economic gains, the UN envoy for Guinea-Bissau, Modibo Toure has called for "faithful" implementation of a regionally-brokered road-map. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights office says 100 people killed by soldiers in DRC
    14 february 2017 15:31:44
    New York, US (PANA) - At least 101 people are reported to have been killed by soldiers in clashes between military forces and members of the Kamuina Nsapu militia in central Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the last five days, the UN human rights office said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: 32 UN workers killed in 2016 in the line of duty
    14 february 2017 15:12:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Staff Union on Tuesday said that 32 UN and associated personnel were killed in 2016 in the line of duty in parts of the world. Full text...

  • Kenya: IOM seeks help for South Sudan conflict victims
    14 february 2017 14:04:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Needs in South Sudan have reached unprecedented levels as the internal conflict crisis enters its fourth year, the International Organization of Migration (IOM), a UN agency said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: COMESA court to revise current arbitration rules
    14 february 2017 13:21:55
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Court of Justice of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) will revise its current Arbitration Rules to promote Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms and ensure they keep pace with the best international practices. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council calls for int'l cooperation to tackle terrorist attacks
    13 february 2017 21:59:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Given the importance of critical infrastructure for a country’s prosperity and security and against the backdrop of increasingly diverse physical and cyber threats from terrorist groups, the UN Security Council on Monday stressed the need for international collaboration both domestically and across borders to ensure their protection. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt launches nine-year basic education programme in Mauritius
    13 february 2017 17:48:31
    Beau-Bassin, Mauritius (PANA) – A National Water Safety Council will be set up in Mauritius with the aim to sensitise the public and implement all necessary precautions to prevent drowning at sea, in rivers, and swimming pools, Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth announced on Monday. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO hails radio as 'real-time medium to bridge divides'
    13 february 2017 17:29:46
    Paris, France (PANA) - Extolling the usefulness of radio, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on Monday that radio has never been so dynamic, engaging and important in the midst of deep change in ways to share and access information. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari speaks with Trump on phone from London
    13 february 2017 16:47:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who is in London on an extended vacation for health reasons, on Monday spoke with US President Donald Trump on telephone. Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN, partners launch multimillion dollar appeal for DR Congo
    13 february 2017 16:39:33
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations and humanitarian partners in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have appealed for nearly US$750 million to aid 6.7 million people this year. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners launch US$1.6 billion aid appeal for South Sudan
    13 february 2017 15:02:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Against the backdrop of deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Sudan due to conflict, economic decline and climatic shocks, the UN and other non-governmental relief organizations have appealed for US$1.6 billion to provide life-saving assistance and protection to 5.8 million people across the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Preparations underway for Mandela's 100th birthday programme
    13 february 2017 14:47:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation on Monday launched the Nelson Mandela Centenary programme to mark his 100th birthday which will be marked on 18 July, 2018. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns fighting in South Sudan
    12 february 2017 18:01:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has strongly condemned continued fighting across South Sudan, particularly incidents in the country's Equatoria and Upper Nile regions, and called on all parties to cease hostilities immediately. Full text...

  • DR Congo: MONUSCO condemns persistent violence in Kasai provinces
    11 february 2017 16:29:43
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The UN Stabilization Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO) on Saturday said it was concerned about the persistent conflict in the Kasai provinces of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army jails, demotes two undisciplined soldiers
    11 february 2017 07:34:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Two of soldiers of the Nigerian Army, seen in a video clip molesting a physically-challenged man for allegedly wearing a camouflage shirt in the eastern Nigeria city of Onitsha, have been jailed and demoted in rank. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials task international community on migrant, refugee flows in Libya
    10 february 2017 21:33:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The heads of the UN agencies for human rights, migrants, and refugees, and the UN envoy for Libya, on Friday met in Geneva calling for international solidarity to address the flows of migrants and refugees in the North African country. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says South Sudan refugee crisis needs urgent response
    10 february 2017 21:27:40
    New York, US (PANA) - With already more than 3.5 million displaced within and outside the borders of South Sudan and thousands more driven to neighbouring countries every day, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has appealed for an urgent peaceful resolution to what has now become Africa's worst refugee crisis. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram kill 7 soldiers in ambush in northeast Nigeria
    10 february 2017 19:17:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Boko Haram insurgents have killed seven Nigerian soldiers in an ambush in the northeast of the country, the Nigerian Army said on Friday. Full text...

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