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  • UN: UNHCR appeals for US$115.4 million to support returning Somali refugees
    26 july 2016 18:39:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday appealed to donors for an additional US$115.4 million to fund the voluntary return and reintegration of Somali refugees from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp. Full text...

  • Somali: AMISOM condemns terror attack in Mogadishu
    26 july 2016 18:24:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The African Union Mission in Somalia has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that occurred early Tuesday near the Mogadishu International Airport (MIA). Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says 4,000 South Sudanese fleeing into Uganda daily
    26 july 2016 17:35:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Recent fighting in South Sudan has forced 37,491 people to flee to Uganda in the past three weeks, averaging more than 4,000 a day in the past week, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy condemns terrorist attack near Mogadishu airport
    26 july 2016 13:56:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating, has strongly condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack in the vicinity of Mogadishu International Airport that killed dozens of people. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU names head of maritime capacity building in Horn of Africa
    26 july 2016 11:38:33
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Commission on Tuesday announced the appointment of Ms Maria-Cristina Stepanescu, a senior police officer from Romania, as Head of the European Union (EU) mission on regional maritime capacity building in the Horn of Africa, EUCAP Nestor. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU appoints head of mission in Niger
    26 july 2016 11:34:00
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A senior diplomat from Finland, Ms Kirsi Henriksson, has been appointed Head of the European Union mission in Niger (EUCAP Sahel Niger), the European Council announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tutu's personal message goes viral on the Internet
    26 july 2016 11:30:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A beautiful personal letter from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to an American toddler has gone viral on the Internet. Full text...

  • Congo: Rights group condemns jailing of Congolese opposition leader Makaya
    26 july 2016 06:09:45
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has condemned the jailing of Congolese opposition leader, Paulin Makaya, and called for his unconditional release. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta Avengers blow up gas pipeline
    25 july 2016 21:51:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), on Monday claimed responsibility for the attack on a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) gas pipeline at Nsit-Ibom in the oil-rich Akwa Ibom State. Full text...

  • UN: International Organization for Migration becomes UN agency
    25 july 2016 18:47:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution approving an agreement to make the International Organization for Migration (IOM) part of the UN system. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army ready to move against Niger Delta militants if dialogue fails
    25 july 2016 18:39:21
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - The Nigerian Army said on Monday it would resort to use of force if government dialogue with the Niger Delta militants fail. Full text...

  • Botswana:Botswana civil society calls for intensified awareness on human trafficking
    25 july 2016 18:32:58
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s civil society has implored government to increase public education efforts on human trafficking. Full text...

  • South Africa: University under fire for barring Danish journalist
    25 july 2016 11:14:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The University of Cape Town (UCT) has come under fire after barring a Danish journalist from addressing a student gathering because his magazine sparked a global outcry after publishing a series of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed in 2005. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian soldiers kill 2 Boko Haram terrorists
    25 july 2016 09:22:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army says its troops killed two Boko Haram terrorists in the northern State of Borno on Sunday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kenyan arrested in Rwanda for alleged human trafficking
    24 july 2016 19:12:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan security agents have arrested a Kenyan national for allegedly luring three young Burundian ladies into prostitution in Saudi Arabia, Rwandan police spokesperson confirmed on Sunday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari consoles Germany on Munich attack
    24 july 2016 13:03:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep shock at the shootings which rocked Munich, Germany, on Friday, killing at least 9 persons. Full text...

  • Gambia: US condemns harsh sentences, calls for release of prisoners in Gambia
    23 july 2016 19:44:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The United States has condemned the harsh sentences passed on 30 people this week in Gambia, including a U.S. citizen, for protesting peacefully, PANA reported Saturday quoting a press statement by John Kirby, Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson for the Bureau of Public Affairs in Washington, DC. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army kills 78 Boko Haram terrorists
    23 july 2016 19:31:12
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - Nigerian Army troops in the northeastern State of Borno have killed over 78 Boko Haram terrorists in coordinated sundry clearance operations intended to mop up remnants of the insurgents, a military official said Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's secret service arrests leading Niger Delta militant
    23 july 2016 18:27:05
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - Nigeria's Department of State Security (DSS) on Saturday announced the arrest of a leading Niger Delta militant, three Boko Haram terrorists and other kidnappers. . Full text...

  • US: US government condemns renewed fighting in northern Mali
    23 july 2016 17:39:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government has condemned the renewed violence between armed groups in Kidal, northern Mali, which erupted on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Congolese musician deported from Kenya after airport fiasco
    23 july 2016 14:13:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Congolese musician Koffi Olomide has been deported from Kenya a day after his arrest in Nairobi on suspicion of breaking the terms of his entry visa, a government official said Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints deputy UN envoy in Central African Republic
    23 july 2016 09:21:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mr. Fabrizio Hochschild of Chile as new UN Deputy Special Representative for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy urges better protection for children affected by armed conflict in Somalia
    23 july 2016 09:07:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Concluding a six-day visit to Somalia late Friday, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui called for better protection of children caught up in armed conflict and urged the country's authorities to treat former child soldiers as victims in need of protection rather than as criminals. Full text...

  • UN: UN counter-terrorism official urges cohesive response to terrorism
    22 july 2016 22:13:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr, Jean-Paul Laborde, Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), says with more than 30,000 foreign terrorist fighters from some 100 countries around the world, terrorism is a global threat requiring a comprehensive and unified response. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches e-learning programme to tackle sexual abuses in field missions
    22 july 2016 21:50:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Department of Field Support (DFS), which is responsible for providing logistical support to UN field missions across the world, on Friday in New York launched a new mandatory online programme for all uniformed and civilian personnel to strengthen training on the standards of conduct, with a special focus on sexual exploitation and abuse. Full text...

  • UN: UN delivers food aid, relief items to IDPs in northeast Nigeria
    22 july 2016 18:47:28
    New York, US (PANA) - In a cross-border humanitarian operation, a total of 31 metric tonnes of food and some non-food items have been distributed to about 15,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Banki, located in Nigeria's restive Borno state, near the border with Cameroon, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in Mali condemns renewed clashes between armed groups
    22 july 2016 17:40:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on Friday condemned clashes that took place Thursday in Kidal, northern Mali, between forces of The Platform Movement and those of the Coordination of movements of Azawad (CMA), both of which are signatories to the country's peace agreement. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR reports over 26,500 South Sudanese fleeing to Uganda
    22 july 2016 17:02:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 26,500 South Sudanese, mostly women and children, have crossed into Uganda since fighting between rival forces erupted in and around the capital city, Juba, on 7 July, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Friday. Full text...

  • US: Nigerians to hold talks on nation-building, investments in Washington DC
    22 july 2016 14:42:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The role of Nigerian professionals in Diaspora in nation-building and investments in Nigeria, will form part of an interactive session on 6 August in Washington DC, US, to commemorate 25 years anniversary of a US-based Nigerian socio-cultural organization, Zumunta Association USA. Full text...

  • Gambia: April 14 protesters sentenced in Gambia
    22 july 2016 13:21:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian High, presided over by Justice S. Ateha Abi, on Thursday sentenced members of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) who were arrested along with the late Solo Sandeng on 14 April to three years imprisonment each. Full text...

  • Gambia: Promoters of child marriage in Gambia face long-term jail terms
    22 july 2016 12:51:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Parents, guardians and suitors in the Gambia will now go to long-term jail sentences following the passage of a bill by the national assembly, PANA reported Friday from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram terrorists ambush Nigerian soldiers
    22 july 2016 06:36:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nineteen soldiers of the Nigerian Army and three civilian vigilantes were wounded when they ran into an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists in the north eastern State of Borno, Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, announced on Thursday night. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief warns on threats to free speech, public assembly in DRC
    22 july 2016 05:48:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Concluding a four-day mission to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al Hussein, has commended the country’s efforts to strengthen human rights but cautioned that some of these advances may be under threat, especially what he saw as repression against opposition parties in the coming elections. Full text...

  • UN: German peacekeepers to use surveillance drones in Mali
    21 july 2016 19:35:37
    New York, US (PANA) - German peacekeepers deployed to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) will use surveillance drones, known as "Heron 1" to support their operations in Mali, PANA has learnt. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria in talks with Niger Delta militants to stop bombing oil, gas pipelines
    21 july 2016 19:24:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed his government is in dialogue with Niger Delta militants with the aim of putting a stop to bombing of oil and gas installations in the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta militant group claims hijacking vessel with Liberian flag
    21 july 2016 17:56:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The spate of insecurity in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region may be escalating as a new group, Concerned Militant Leaders (CML), has claimed responsibility for hijacking Wednesday night a vessel with Liberian flag along Bakassi Peninsula. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights expert demands release of South Sudanese journalist
    21 july 2016 14:33:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. David Kaye, on Thursday urged the Government of South Sudan to immediately release Alfred Taban, a prominent journalist and chief editor of the daily English newspaper, Juba Monitor. Full text...

  • UN: UN says South Sudanese demonstrated against proposed AU troops' deployment
    21 july 2016 14:25:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said a thousand people demonstrated on Wednesday in front of the UN compound in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and dispersed without incidents after handing over a petition to the mission authorities. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia, South Africa agree to protect their working nationals in the 2 countries
    21 july 2016 12:24:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia and South Africa have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which seeks to protect the interests of their nationals working across the two countries. Full text...

  • South Africa: State to appeal Pistorius' sentence
    21 july 2016 10:31:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Thursday announced that it will appeal Oscar Pistorius' six-year jail sentence. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to set up Police Complaints Commission
    21 july 2016 09:52:16
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth has told Parliament that the creation of a Police Complaints Commission is not a blame against the police force but to enhance the existing trust that the vast majority of the population has in the Police Department. Full text...

  • US: UNICEF calls for urgent action to protect girls, women from sexual violence
    21 july 2016 08:32:27
    New York, US (PANA) - A key adviser to the United Nations children’s agency on Wednesday decried the culture of impunity surrounding sexual violence against women and girls around the world, following a recent case of gang rape in India. Full text...

  • Mali: UN peacekeepers condemn attack against military camp, checkpoints
    21 july 2016 08:15:43
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali on Wednesday strongly condemned an attack against a military camp and its checkpoints in Nampala, in the central part of the country. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Mauritius has solid reputation for respect of human rights'
    21 july 2016 07:47:21
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth has told Parliament that Mauritius enjoys a solid reputation for its respect for Human Rights not only on the African continent but also internationally. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian troops kill 45 Boko Haram terrorists
    21 july 2016 07:34:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Wednesday night announced that 45 Boko Haram terrorists were killed by troops in two different gunfire attacks in the northeastern State of Borno this week. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian High Court jails opposition leader, 18 others
    20 july 2016 20:27:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The High Court in Banjul, Gambia has sentenced opposition leader, who is also the Secretary-General of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Ousainou Darboe and 18 others to three years jail term. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief tasks international community on migration, diversity
    20 july 2016 14:26:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has called for an alternative narrative on migration, where human mobility is seen as a positive development and a driver for economic prosperity and social progress. Full text...

  • Zambia: Media bodies call on Zambian govt. to allow Post to reopen
    20 july 2016 14:21:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A team from the International Press Institute (IPI) and the African Media Initiative (AMI) have called on Zambian authorities to allow the independent Post newspaper, closed on 21 June for tax arrears default, to reopen immediately. Full text...

  • Zambia: 'Support landlocked countries attain SDGs', Zambia tells Int’l community
    20 july 2016 14:14:44
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) have called for global support to strengthen their capacities for monitoring and reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • South Africa: National broadcaster forced to drop protest ban
    20 july 2016 11:59:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday granted an order interdicting South Africa’s national broadcaster from implementing or enforcing its decision not to cover violent protests. Full text...

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