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  • Tunisia: Human rights groups slam Egypt's 'abusive and arbitrary' travel bans
    03 november 2016 07:14:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Human rights groups have asked the Egyptian authorities to stop imposing travel bans to prevent human rights defenders from leaving the country and speaking out about Egypt’s appalling human rights record. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. approves 8 new private universities
    03 november 2016 05:37:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Government has given provisional licences for the establishment of eight new private universities in the country following a recommendation by the National Universities Commission (NUC). Full text...

  • Zambia: Publisher accuses Lungu of move to shut down Zambia's independent media
    02 november 2016 19:26:35
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu and his government were accused Wednesday of being on a crusade to shut down all independent media houses in the country by using their surrogates. Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty Int'l condemns Cameroonian military court for jailing 3 young men
    02 november 2016 19:07:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International on Wednesday strongly condemned the sentence imposed by a Cameroonian military court in Yaounde, on three young men for "non-denunciation of terrorist acts". Full text...

  • UN: UN calls for end of impunity for crimes against journalists
    02 november 2016 19:01:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Warning that impunity for crimes against journalists is rampant, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called for immediate action to secure justice for journalists who have been attacked or killed and for concrete steps by all governments to ensure media professionals are guaranteed space to operate free from harassment and intimidation. Full text...

  • UN: ICC president lauds UN chief for support
    02 november 2016 17:09:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi has expressed gratitude to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his strong and principled support to the ICC and protection of human rights. Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty Int'l tasks UN peacekeepers on civilian protection
    02 november 2016 16:05:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the sacking of the UN force commander in South Sudan, Amnesty International on Wednesday said UN peacekeepers must redress serious failings and improve the protection of civilians in the East African country from killing and rape by armed forces and other groups. Full text...

  • UN: Funding shortfall hits UN emergency response fund
    02 november 2016 14:12:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Wednesday warned that its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is facing an imminent funding shortfall which could severely impact its response to emergencies as well as crises during the end of 2016 and early 2017 and have a devastating impact on the lives of people in need. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Road accident claims two lives in Northern Rwanda
    02 november 2016 14:08:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (Rwanda) - At least two people were killed and two others injured in a collision between an articulated truck and a car on Wednesday morning in Rulindo, a distrct located on the main highway connecting Kigali to Northern Rwanda, a senior local administrative official in the region said Full text...

  • Sudan: UN says more South Sudanese leave their homes, requiring more assistance
    02 november 2016 13:59:45
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA) – The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has said the number of people running away from South Sudan is increasing, requiring further assistance to refugees entering neighbouring Sudan, Congo, the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Rights group calls for safe passage for civilians trapped in Benghazi neighbourhood
    02 november 2016 13:33:43
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - All sides to the conflict in the Libyan city of Benghazi should allow all civilians to leave the Ganfouda neighbourhood, and allow for the safe passage of humanitarian aid into the neighborhood, Human Rights Watch, a human rights watchdog, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • CAR: Rights group accuses rebels of 'deadly raid' on displaced people
    02 november 2016 10:48:42
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR) killed at least 37 civilians, wounded 57, and forced thousands to flee when they razed a camp for displaced people in the country on 12 October, 2016, Human Rights Watch, a human rights group, has said. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia’s leading private Post newspaper placed under receivership
    02 november 2016 09:42:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s leading independent newspaper, The Post, closed on 21 June for tax arrears default has been placed under receivership and the process of placing the newspaper under compulsory liquidation has commenced. Full text...

  • Gambia: Rights group says crackdown threatens Gambia's presidential election
    02 november 2016 09:32:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government’s repression of the political opposition in the months prior to the 1 December 2016 presidential election threatens the fairness of the election, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: Ban names Japanese Nakamitsu special adviser for refugee summit follow-up
    02 november 2016 06:48:43
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday announced the appointment of Izumi Nakamitsu of Japan as Special Adviser on Follow-up to the UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, which was held on 19 September 2016. Full text...

  • US: Ban dismisses Commander of UN peacekeepers in South Sudan
    02 november 2016 06:41:03
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has dismissed the Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Kenyan Lt. Gen. Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki, following the receipt of the report on violence in the capital, Juba, last July. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Minister presents 'Change begins with me campaign' to Police top brass
    02 november 2016 06:18:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has formally presented the Federal Government's National Re-Orientation Campaign, Change Begins With Me, to the top brass of the Nigeria Police Force. Full text...

  • UN: UN to improve capacity of its mission in South Sudan to protect civilians
    01 november 2016 18:35:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Alarmed by the serious shortcomings uncovered by an independent investigation into the response of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) after deadly violence erupted in and around its premises in Juba, last July, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will introduce new measures to enable the UN mission better protect civilians and ensure greater accountability of its civilian and uniformed leadership. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army kill 6 Boko Haram terrorists, rescue 38 hostages
    01 november 2016 18:16:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said its troops killed six Boko Haram terrorists and rescued 38 hostages in Dumba village in northeastern Borno State. Full text...

  • UN: Egypt hosts WTO's executive council meeting
    01 november 2016 14:51:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The city of Luxor in Egypt is hosting the 104th meeting of the executive council of the World Tourism Organisation WTO to deliberate on world tourism issues and sustainable development, a UN statement said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: US special envoy in Morocco for religious dialogue
    01 november 2016 14:02:08
    New York, US (PANA) - US Acting Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Arsalan Suleman, is in Morocco to participate in a workshop in Rabat on "The Role of Religious Education in Fostering Peace and Preventing Violence", the US State Department said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Bomb explodes in van, kills 9 occupants
    01 november 2016 12:52:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nine persons were killed on Tuesday morning when Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) being conveyed in a pickup van exploded, killing all passengers on board. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Multinational force says 240 Boko Haram terrorists surrender
    01 november 2016 06:29:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), operating in the Lake Chad Basin, has announced that through the superior firepower of its ground troops and joint Air operation, it forced a massive surrender of remnants of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT). Full text...

  • US: UN expert calls for new approaches to prevent trafficking among conflict-induced migrants
    01 november 2016 05:10:57
    New York, US (PANA) – Governments need to adopt new approaches to human trafficking in light of conflict-induced migration increasing around the world and putting many more people at risk of such trafficking, according to an independent United Nations human rights expert. Full text...

  • US: Ban calls for transformation of cities
    01 november 2016 04:58:58
    New York, US (PANA) - With more than half of the global population now living in cities and human settlements, greater attention needs to be placed on the role of urbanization as a source of global development and social inclusion, according to the United Nations on World Cities Day. Full text...

  • US: Kerry, Libyan PM, others discuss support for Libya
    31 october 2016 17:56:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Libya's international community partners on Monday stressed the importance of the Government of National Accord (GNA) to move forward with its work to form a new cabinet that represents all parts of the restive north African country. Full text...

  • Zambia: Corruption increase worries Zambian President Lungu
    31 october 2016 17:25:05
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Expressing concern over the increasing cases of corruption in Zambia, President Edgar Lungu on Monday warned his newly appointed ministers to guard against falling prey to corrupt activities. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR to double funds for cash-based assistance to refugees in 2020
    31 october 2016 15:34:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday announced its intention to double funds for cash-based assistance to refugees across the world by 2020 as a way to better assist and protect them Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari expresses solidarity with Saudi Arabia over Mecca missile attack
    31 october 2016 07:00:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday spoke with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia to express Nigeria’s solidarity with the Kingdom in the aftermath of the ballistic missile attack launched by Yemeni Houthi militias targeting the holy city of Mecca. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram ambush kills 5 soldiers, four others
    31 october 2016 06:45:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army has announced that five of its soldiers and four vigilantes lost their lives during an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno state, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission condemns killings, violence in Central African Republic
    29 october 2016 19:07:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Saturday denounced recent violence and increasing tensions in parts of the Central African Republic (CAR), particularly in the town of Bambari, resulting in the deaths of 25 individuals. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Twin suicide bombs explode in Maiduguri, North Eastern Nigeria
    29 october 2016 12:30:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Boko Haram suspected suicide bombers Saturday detonated coordinated bombs at two different locations in Maiduguri, the epicentre of terrorist attacks in North Eastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly elects 14 members for UN Human Rights Council
    29 october 2016 06:50:54
    New York, US (PANA) - UN General Assembly has elected, by secret ballot, 14 countries to serve on the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, which is responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. Full text...

  • UN: UN panel says Eritrean authorities commit crimes against humanity
    28 october 2016 18:50:51
    New York, US (PANA) - Eritrean officials have committed crimes against humanity since 1991, a member of the former UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, Ms. Sheila Keetharuth said on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Nelson Mandela Foundation salutes fallen historian
    28 october 2016 09:54:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation on Friday saluted acclaimed author Tim Couzens who died after a short illness on Wednesday. He was 72. Full text...

  • UN: 'Persons with disabilities must benefit from – and contribute to – development'
    28 october 2016 06:07:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Persons with disabilities should have a leading say on the policies that impact them, a United Nations human rights expert has told the General Assembly, while stressing the important role that member states play to ensure those disabled benefit from and contribute to development. Full text...

  • US: US confirms shooting incident outside Nairobi embassy
    28 october 2016 05:39:17
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US State Department has confirmed the shooting dead of a man who was said to be wielding a knife at the US embassy in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Thursday, and said the Kenyan authorities have launched an investigation. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO chief tasks public, private entities on archival safeguard
    27 october 2016 17:34:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director General, Ms. Irina Bokova, on Thursday urged all public and private entities as well as relevant professionals to take urgent action to safeguard audiovisual works and records. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Conference on migration management in North Africa opens in Tunis
    27 october 2016 17:02:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – A sub-regional conference on migration management in North Africa opened on Thursday in Tunis under the theme 'Role of coordination between organisations and politics on the issue'. Full text...

  • South Africa: Inquest into 1972 death of South African activist
    27 october 2016 16:21:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed that it will open an inquest into the death of leading anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol who died in police custody 45 years ago. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Four survive military helicopter crash in Kigali
    27 october 2016 12:59:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Four military personnel were evacuated to safety Thursday when the utility military helicopter in which they were flying made an emergency landing in Rusororo, a marshland area located in the outskirts of Kigali city, after developing a technical fault, a Rwandan military source said. Full text...

  • France: Global scale of food fraud highlighted in INTERPOL-Europol report
    27 october 2016 11:34:05
    Lyon, France (PANA) – The final results from the joint INTERPOL-Europol operation Opson V targeting counterfeit food and drink have shown condiments as the most faked or illicitly traded products, representing 66 per cent of all seizures, according to the international criminal police organisation (INTERPOL). Full text...

  • Rwanda: EU responds to El Niño, food security in Horn of Africa
    27 october 2016 09:10:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Thursday announced a new set of actions to respond to the El Niño phenomenon and food security crisis in the Horn of Africa with an allocation totaling €66.5 million Euros, an official statement made available to PANA in Kigali said. Full text...

  • South Sudan: South Sudan armed groups release 145 children - UNICEF
    27 october 2016 06:21:49
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – A total of 145 children were on Wednesday released by armed groups in South Sudan, the largest number of children freed since 2015, when 1,775 children were released in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has announced. Full text...

  • US: UN holds memorial service for fallen staff
    27 october 2016 05:54:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Joined by staff and families of the women and men of the United Nations who lost their lives between 1 January 2015 and 30 June 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a memorial service at UN Headquarters on Wednesday that “those who destroy may think bombs and bullets are the most powerful force … but nothing is more powerful than the human spirit”. Full text...

  • US: Rights expert calls for action to end violence, discrimination against albinos
    27 october 2016 05:45:49
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations human rights expert Ikponwosa Ero has called upon government representatives gathered in New York for the General Assembly to take swift action to end a growing problem of violence and severe discrimination against people with albinism. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Truck conveying Nigerian IDPs runs over landmine in Borno state
    26 october 2016 19:31:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A truck conveying internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Maiduguri, Borno State capital, to Gamboru-Ngala on the border with Niger Republic, on Wednesday ran into a landmine planted on the highway by suspected Boko Haram terrorists, causing an explosion which injured some of the people. Full text...

  • Nigeria: South Korean military to partner with Nigeria on training, fighting terrorism
    26 october 2016 19:20:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A visiting senior military delegation from the Democratic Republic of Korea, led by Major General Yo Song Chol, Wednesday met with Nigerian military officials in Abuja. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says Nigeria faces humanitarian crisis in northeastern region
    26 october 2016 19:10:58
    New York, US (PANA) - With nearly 400,000 children facing starvation and citizens suffering with little or no protection, security, food or access to clean water, Nigeria is facing the worst humanitarian crisis on the African continent, UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, Peter Lundberg said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari inaugurates panel for rebuilding Nigeria's northeast
    26 october 2016 18:56:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President ‎Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday inaugurated the Presidential Committee on the Northeast Initiative (PCNI), charged with coordinating government and private sector intervention funds and programmes in rebuilding the Boko Haram terrorism-ravaged northeastern part of the country. Full text...

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