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  • Nigeria: Nigeria reinforces "no fly zone" order over nation's capital
    13 march 2017 17:37:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) on Monday reminded aviation authorities of the restriction on helicopter ferry flights over Abuja metropolis. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana government denies harassing journalists claim
    13 march 2017 16:25:01
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana government on Monday dismissed a claim of three local journalists being harassed over the weekend. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan Army search for armed men in murder of 2 civilians
    13 march 2017 09:18:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan Army is hunting members of an unidentified armed group that shot dead two civilians, including a 12-year-old child, in Rusizi, a district in the southwest Rwanda, near the border with Burundi. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Bus accident leaves several people injured in Northern Rwanda
    12 march 2017 21:31:23
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least three people sustained serious injuries when a military bus late Sunday hit the rear end of a small truck and overturned in Kivuruga village in Northern Rwanda, senior local administrative official confirmed to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Two civilians killed by unidentified attackers in southwest Rwanda
    12 march 2017 18:08:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least two civilians were shot dead and another seriously wounded during an attack perpetrated on Saturday night by unidentified assailants near the border with Burundi, the Rwandan army said on Sunday in a statement. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria to validate plan for de-radicalisation and countering Boko Haram
    12 march 2017 10:54:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government is to validate the framework and National Action Plan (NAP) for de-radicalisation and countering of extremist groups like Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Two female suicide bombers die at security post in northeast Nigeria
    12 march 2017 10:40:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A pregnant suicide bomber and another died when they were subdued by the military as they refused to surrender and attempted to attack a security post in Ummarari village along Mulai axis of Maiduguri Damboa road at the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State capital. Full text...

  • Malawi: Rights group urges Malawi to end ritual murders of people with albinism
    12 march 2017 05:04:39
    Lilongwe, Malawi (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has asked the Malawian authorities to step up action to protect people with albinism who are being targeted for ritual murders. Full text...

  • South Africa: Taxi drivers blockade South Africa's busiest airport
    10 march 2017 14:50:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There was chaos at OR Tambo International Airport on Friday when protesting taxi drivers blocked entrances to South Africa’s busiest airport. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert urges stronger civilian protection in north, central Mali
    10 march 2017 06:09:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN human rights expert on Mali, Mr. Suliman Baldo has called for stronger protection for the local populations and humanitarian workers in north and central Mali following serious security threats in the two regions. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief stress need for peace, development in Lake Chad region
    09 march 2017 21:58:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina Mohammed on Thursday stressed the need for a holistic approach to dealing with the crisis in Africa's Lake Chad Basin, by adequately responding to Boko Haram attacks, as well as closing the gap between humanitarian assistance and development interventions. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief unveils proposals to end sexual exploitation, abuse
    09 march 2017 17:50:20
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday outlined a new victim-centred approach to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuses committed by those serving under the UN flag. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Emergency agency registers 22,463 Nigerian returnees from Niger
    09 march 2017 17:02:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday said it has registered 22,463 returnees from Niger to Damsak town in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African crosses Atlantic Ocean on a paddle board
    09 march 2017 16:49:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cape Town adventurer Chris Bertish on Thursday became the first person to paddle on a board across the Atlantic Ocean on a small craft when he arrived at the Caribbean island of Antigua‚ 93 days after leaving Africa. Full text...

  • Zambia: South African police hunt down Zambian accused of murdering girlfriend, son
    09 march 2017 13:47:17
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The South African Police Service (SAPS) has sought the help of the Zambia High Commission in South Africa to help locate a Zambian national being sought by Pretoria Police in connection with a case of alleged murder of his girlfriend and son. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR, UK back South Sudanese response in Sudan
    09 march 2017 13:02:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UNHCR has welcomed a recent contribution of US$2.5 million to its programme from the Government of the United Kingdom to respond to the needs of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan, the UN agency said in a news dispatch from Khartoum. Full text...

  • Saudi Arabia: OIC expresses concern about Somalia drought
    09 march 2017 10:25:00
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (PANA) – The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) has called on its members, the international community and humanitarian agencies to make more efforts to relieve the suffering of victims of a serious drought in Somalia, by raising the level of emergency aid for them. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 1 Nigerian soldier killed, 2 missing in 'heavy encounter' with Boko Haram
    09 march 2017 07:56:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says it lost one soldier and while two are missing after an encounter with Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • South Africa: Amnesty International urges South Africa to support ICC
    09 march 2017 06:26:12
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has urged the South African government to continue to support the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners task Malian parties on peace agreement implementation
    08 march 2017 20:54:15
    New York, US (PANA) - Commending recent progress, including the launch of interim authorities in Kidal, northern Mali, the UN and regional blocs on Wednesday urged the parties to the peace agreement in Mali to overcome the difficulties which are impeding the establishment of such authorities in the Taoudeni and Timbuktu regions. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army to probe human rights violations by troops in war against Boko Haram
    08 march 2017 17:53:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Wednesday set up a seven-member “Special Board of Inquiry’’ to probe alleged cases of human rights abuses levelled against its personnel in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria, Cameroon in two-day joint operations against Boko Haram
    08 march 2017 17:28:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria and Cameroon successfully conducted a joint operation against Boko Haram terrorists in their common remote borders, the Nigerian Army announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Mali's justice minister seeks to replicate Rwandan experience back home
    08 march 2017 15:28:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Mali's Justice Minister, Mamadou Ismaël Konaté, currently on a week-long working visit to Rwanda, on Wednesday expresses his wishes to see Rwanda and his country collaborate on judicial, legal and human rights issues, especially in maintaining correctional facilities. Full text...

  • Gambia: Journalists Union condemns attack on journalist by 3 political parties
    08 march 2017 14:02:46
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Press Union (GPU) has strongly condemned the attack on Foroyaa newspaper reporter, Kebba Jeffang, by three political parties and demanded that the government of President Adama Barrow should bring the perpetrators to book. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Air Force destroys Boko Haram logistics base
    08 march 2017 07:45:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday night announced that its fighter jets "successfully" destroyed a logistics base concealed by fleeing Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africans purchase world's most valuable pigeon
    08 march 2017 07:38:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A pair of South African pigeon racers has spent a world record-breaking US$387,000 for a single racing pigeon. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN envoy urges protection of children as key to peace-making, conflict prevention
    08 march 2017 05:59:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The rights of children must also be a cornerstone of conflict prevention, peace-making and peace building efforts, the United Nations focal point on children in armed conflict told the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday, expressing deep concern at the scale and severity of grave violations committed against children in the past year. Full text...

  • UN: Guterres appeals for global support to avert famine in Somalia
    07 march 2017 15:00:50
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday in Mogadishu, Somalia, urged international support to avert a famine in the drought-hit Horn of Africa country and curb the spread of cholera, as well as facilitate economic development. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Media watchdog says Chad journalists in hiding after threats
    07 march 2017 12:07:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists, has asked the Chadian domestic intelligence officers to cease harassing and attempting to intimidate journalists. Full text...

  • US: 'Zimbabwean journalists charged with insulting Mugabe'
    07 march 2017 10:16:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Zimbabwean authorities should immediately drop all charges against News Day editor Wisdom Mdzungairi and reporter Richard Chidza, and should cease threatening journalists, Media watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body calls for probe into Darfur chemical attacks claims
    07 march 2017 08:39:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Human rights body Amnesty International is asking an anti-chemical weapons body to demand a proper investigation into alleged chemical attacks by Sudanese government forces in the Jebel Marra region of Darfur. Full text...

  • UK: Amnesty International says Trump's revised travel ban will stir hatred, division
    07 march 2017 06:28:00
    London, UK (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has slammed US President Donald Trump’s new Executive Order to reinstate the suspension of his country's refugee resettlement programme and establish a temporary travel ban on people from six majority-Muslim countries. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN agency concerned about new US refugee plan
    07 march 2017 06:14:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Refugees are ordinary people forced to flee war, violence and persecution in their home countries and who remain in urgent need of life-saving assistance and protection, the United Nations refugee agency underscored on Monday in the wake of the latest Executive Order signed by the President of the United States on refugee resettlement. Full text...

  • Somalia: World must ‘act fast,’ scale up life-saving assistance in Somalia – UN
    07 march 2017 06:03:22
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - As a severe drought deepens in Somalia, the risk of famine is looming in the long-troubled country, with about half the population in need of some form of assistance, according to an assessment by United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Security Council visits ‘epicentre’ of Boko Haram violence
    07 march 2017 05:52:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The crisis in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin is of global concern and action is needed “right now,” the United Nations Security Council said on Monday, wrapping up its four-country tour with the promise of long-term support for the Governments and the people in their fight against Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Trump issues revised travel ban, 3 African countries affected
    06 march 2017 21:07:35
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Donald Trump on Monday issued a revised travel ban of his earlier Executive Order, which temporarily banned migrants and refugees from some major Muslim countries, including three African countries, namely Libya, Somalia and Sudan. Full text...

  • US: US government felicitates with Ghana on National Day
    06 march 2017 20:09:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Monday felicitated with Ghana on the occasion of its National Day. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US trains Nigerian police officers on human rights
    06 march 2017 19:55:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States has trained 28 Nigeria police officers on human rights and special protection to be deployed to the war zone against Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria warns citizens travelling to US
    06 march 2017 14:23:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Ms Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Monday advised Nigerians who have no compelling or urgent reason to travel to the US to postpone their travel plans until the new administration’s policy on immigration is clear. Full text...

  • Zambia: 8 people die in church food stampede in Lusaka
    06 march 2017 14:14:33
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Eight people have died while 28 others were injured following a stampede at the Olympic Youth Development Center (OYDC) in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on Monday as a crowd jostled to enter the premises to receive food hampers from the Church of Christ, Police in Lusaka announced Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Rights group slams Egypt for using punitive probation measures to harass activists
    06 march 2017 07:34:42
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International on Monday slammed the Egyptian authorities for increasingly using arbitrary and excessive probation measures as a tactic to harass activists. Full text...

  • CAR: UN condemns threats by armed group against civilians, peacekeepers
    06 march 2017 06:56:46
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) is warning a rebel movement against impeding humanitarian access, saying any threats to peacekeepers, aid workers or civilians are “unacceptable” and could be tried as warm crimes. Full text...

  • Niger: UN Security Council links aid and development in fight against Boko Haram
    06 march 2017 06:48:51
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Security Council – which is in the Lake Chad Basin to draw attention to the humanitarian and development needs of a region grappling with Boko Haram's terror – visited for the first time Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan rebel movement releases 125 prisoners of war
    05 march 2017 20:25:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A total of 125 prisoners of war (POWs) have been released by a rebel group, Sudan People’s Liberation Movement - North (SPLM-N) following negotiations and mediation by the International Committee of the Red Cross, Sudan's ministry of foreign affairs, the intelligence service and other Sudanese personalities, Sudan's Armed Forces (SAF) said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army capture 14 Boko Haram terrorists
    05 march 2017 14:55:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Army on clearance operations at Chikum Gudu in northern part of Borno in northeastern Nigeria have captured 14 Boko Haram terrorists and neutralised many others. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN aid chief calls for access, funds to prevent spread of South Sudan's famine
    05 march 2017 07:03:17
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan will starve unless relief workers gain access to needy populations and more funding is raised, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator on Saturday warned after meeting malnourished children who fled the raging conflict in the country. Full text...

  • Chad: UN Security Council delegation visits Chad, Cameroon
    05 march 2017 06:56:22
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council was in Chad on Saturday, as part of a four-country visit “to shine a spotlight” on the ongoing humanitarian challenges in the Lake Chad Basin region and draw international attention to the plight of about 11 million people. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy tasks South Sudan's leaders on famine
    03 march 2017 18:44:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in South Sudan, Mr. David Shearer, on Friday called on the country’s political leadership to support its own people in the wake of a famine affecting some 100,000 people, and urged local authorities to provide humanitarian access to those most in need. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert urges greater protection of people with albinism
    03 march 2017 16:16:03
    New York, US (PANA) - With hundreds of attacks in the last six years on people with albinism, a UN expert on the enjoyment of human rights by people with albinism, Ms. Ikponwosa Ero on Friday called for additional oversight of traditional healers who use body parts in witchcraft rituals and so-called medicines. Full text...

  • South Africa: Police reveal alarming murder, rape statistics
    03 march 2017 12:51:41
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African police on Friday revealed that there has been a slight decrease in the number of murders in the country although the rate remains “unacceptably high”. Full text...

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