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  • South Sudan: 'South Sudan women, girls face extremely high risk of sexual assault'
    19 april 2017 19:06:12
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Without peace in South Sudan, millions of people will go hungry and millions of women and girls could be raped as they try to go about their daily lives, including as they search for food, a senior United Nations official warned on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: Discovery of more mass graves reveal 'unfolding horror' in DRC – UN rights chief
    19 april 2017 18:59:19
    New York, US (PANA) – Raising alarm over increasing reports of serious human rights violations in the Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental provinces of Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations human rights chief has underscored that the scale and nature of the allegations could warrant an investigation by an international mechanism, such as the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Sudan: US archaeologists repair Sudanese cemetery
    19 april 2017 18:48:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A joint mission of the Sudanese Dongola University and the American Michigan University is operating, along with other missions, on a Qatari-financed project to repair an ancient cemetery of Sudanese Nubian Pharaohs. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Amnesty International slams Egypt's 'draconian' security amendments laws
    19 april 2017 10:37:32
    Tunis. Tunisia (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, says a set of legislative amendments approved by the Egyptian parliament last week in the name of security will sanction mass arbitrary arrests, enable indefinite detention without charge or trial and will severely undermine fair trial guarantees. Full text...

  • Mauritius: PM Minister announces 'zero tolerance' to drugs, corruption
    19 april 2017 10:04:07
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on Tuesday night told Parliament that his government has adopted a zero tolerance policy with regard to the relentless fight against drugs and drug trafficking which often give rise to corruption. Full text...

  • Mali: UN peacekeepers, Malian forces targeted in ‘cowardly’ terrorist attacks
    19 april 2017 08:03:21
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali has strongly condemned the “cowardly” attacks that took place against its personnel as well as members of the national armed forces, and voiced deep concern at ongoing insecurity in the northern and central parts of the country. Full text...

  • US: Grotesque rape chants expose 'campaign of terror' in Burundi – UN rights chief
    19 april 2017 07:49:44
    New York, US (PANA) – Raising alarm over an apparent “widespread pattern” of rallies in many places across Burundi where young men from the Imbonerakure militia – the youth wing of the ruling political party – repeatedly chant a call to impregnate or kill opponents, the top United Nations human rights official has called on the authorities to promptly act to stop such incitement to violence. Full text...

  • US: Nigerian held for robbing four New York banks
    19 april 2017 07:42:11
    New York, US (PANA) - A 53-year-old Nigerian, Abdullahi Shuaibu, has been arrested by the New York Police for allegedly robbing four Manhattan banks. Full text...

  • US: Unity within Security Council vital to prevent mass atrocities – UN chief
    19 april 2017 06:20:28
    New York, US (PANA) – Briefing the Security Council, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday stressed the importance of unity in the 15-member body to effectively address human rights violations as well as to prevent mass atrocities. Full text...

  • US: Diseases, sexual violence threaten Somalis, South Sudanese escaping famine – UN
    19 april 2017 06:13:18
    New York, US (PANA) – Millions of people are facing the peril of famine in Somalia and South Sudan, and the situation is expected to worsen as the drought and violence fuelling the crises widen, cautioned senior United Nations officials who have just returned from the area. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: 'Tourism is Africa's development tool' - UNWTO candidate
    18 april 2017 16:43:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - For many African countries, tourism is a principal export and a recognized development tool, but the industry faces "tremendous challenges including insecurity issues in many areas of our continent," Africa's candidate for the post of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said Tuesday Full text...

  • US: UN rights chief condemns 'campaign of terror' in Burundi
    18 april 2017 16:15:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Raising alarm over an apparent “widespread pattern” of rallies in many places across Burundi where young men from the 'Imbonerakure' militia – the youth wing of the ruling political party – repeatedly chant a call to impregnate or kill opponents, the top United Nations human rights official has called on the authorities to promptly act to stop such incitement to violence. Full text...

  • South Africa: New Nelson Mandela project in the pipeline
    18 april 2017 15:00:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The City of Cape Town on Tuesday launched a public participation process about a major proposal to commemorate the life and work of former South African President Nelson Mandela with a statue and exhibition at City Hall. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition leader Hichilema appears in court for Treason
    18 april 2017 14:56:10
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s main opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, appeared in court Tuesday under tight security facing charges of treason, among others. Full text...

  • Kenya: Nearly 9,000 migrants rescued in one weekend in the Mediterranean
    18 april 2017 14:49:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A total of 8,360 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean by the Italian Coast Guard and many civil society rescue ships between 14 Friday and Sunday 16 April, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Full text...

  • France: Global operation targets child sexual abuse material exchanged via messaging apps
    18 april 2017 11:42:21
    Lyons, France (PANA) – An operation into the exchange of child sexual abuse material via mobile applications has led to 38 arrests in Latin America and Europe, INTERPOL announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana to weed out out 'bogus' engineers
    18 april 2017 09:13:56
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s Engineers Registration Board (ERB) has announced its intention to crack the whip on unregistered and bogus engineers practising in the country. Full text...

  • Ghana: Christians celebrate Easter
    16 april 2017 06:44:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Christians throughout the world are on Sunday celebrating Easter, the day of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body says South Sudan soldiers, allied militias kill civilians in Wau
    15 april 2017 17:36:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Government soldiers and allied militias deliberately killed at least 16 civilians in South Sudan’s western town of Wau on 10 April, 2017, in what appears to be an act of collective punishment, Human Rights Watch has said. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Violence erupts again in several places across South Sudan - UN
    15 april 2017 17:19:13
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – A senior United Nations official in South Sudan has called for restraint and underlined the need to ensure the protection of civilians as fresh fighting has erupted between Government and opposition forces in a number of locations across the country. Full text...

  • Gambia: CPJ calls for immediate release of Somaliland journalist
    15 april 2017 12:47:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Somaliland authorities should immediately release jailed Hangool News journalist Abdirahman Arab Da'ud and cease intimidation of other members of the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • South Sudan: WFP 'outraged and heartbroken' by killing of three workers in South Sudan city
    14 april 2017 17:50:06
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Expressing “horror” at the killing of three workers contracted by its office in Wau, South Sudan, during violence that wracked the city earlier this week, the United Nations emergency food relief agency has called on the authorities to bring those responsible for the “unspeakable violence” to justice. Full text...

  • South Sudan: IOM says thousands of people displaced by recent violence in Wau
    14 april 2017 14:22:36
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - A recent upsurge in violence beginning 10 April has displaced an estimated 8,000 people in South Sudan’s Wau town, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Rights group urges Nigeria to step up efforts to release Chibok girls
    14 april 2017 07:10:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian authorities must ramp up efforts to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls and thousands of others abducted across the northeast by Boko Haram, says Amnesty International. Full text...

  • UN: Top UN officials reiterate appeals to save millions at risk of famine in 4 countries
    14 april 2017 06:43:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior United Nations officials on Thursday refocused the spotlight on Secretary-General António Guterres’ mid-February 'call to action' on behalf of some 20 million people across four countries that now face the risk of famine. Full text...

  • Ghana: Christians mark Good Friday
    14 april 2017 06:24:48
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Christians throughout the world are marking Good Friday to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 2 soldiers killed in Niger Delta during military clash with sea robbers
    13 april 2017 15:46:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Two soldiers were killed in Rivers State, Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, on Wednesday after they responded to a distress call by “heavily armed sea robbers”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari reassures again on release of Chibok girls
    13 april 2017 14:38:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday reassured Nigerians that his administration would do everything necessary to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls as his government is in contacts and negotiations with the Boko Haram abductors towards the safe return of all the girls. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU urges delimitation of Eritrea-Ethiopia boundary
    13 april 2017 09:30:21
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Expressing its deep concern about the delayed implementation of the 2000 Algiers peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the European Union (EU) on Thursday warned that the present stalemate continues to put regional stability in the Horn of Africa at risk. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta signs new anti-torture law
    13 april 2017 09:25:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to a law that gives effect to provisions of the Constitution that guarantee freedom from torture, cruelty and punishment, his office said on Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Cartoonist hits a nerve with Zuma rape image
    13 april 2017 07:09:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Controversial Cape Town cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro has once again hit a nerve with an explosive cartoon of President Jacob Zuma that has been hailed and condemned. Full text...

  • US: Illegal armed groups pose 'persistent threat' to Great Lakes region – UN envoy
    13 april 2017 07:02:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations envoy for Africa's Great Lakes region on Wednesday encouraged the countries of the region, and the UN Security Council, to help strengthen the fight against illegal armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its neighbours, particularly as elements of the former M23 rebel group have resurfaced. Full text...

  • US: 'Rights of refugees, migrants with disabilities must be priority in new global action plan'
    13 april 2017 07:01:01
    New York, US(PANA) - Accessible social and health services, with dedicated human and financial resources must be addressed and made available for persons with disabilities in the new global framework on refugees and migrants, a group of United Nations human rights experts have urged, as UN-led intergovernmental talks on the issue are set to launch consultation in 2018. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian secret police arrest five IS-linked Boko Haram terrorists
    12 april 2017 16:23:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian secret police, the Department of State Security (DSS), announced Wednesday the arrest of five Boko Haram suspects with links to the Islamic State (IS) terror group during a nationwide operation last month. T Full text...

  • Senegal: UNICEF warns of alarming surge in children used in Boko Haram bomb attacks this year
    12 april 2017 07:05:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The number of children used in ‘suicide’ attacks in the Lake Chad conflict has surged to 27 in the first quarter of 2017, compared to nine over the same period last year, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report released on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese militia capture five human traffickers
    11 april 2017 17:53:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese pro-government Rapid Support Force (RSF) militias have taken into custody five suspected human traffickers as well as the vehicles and weapons they used along the northwestern border of the country. Full text...

  • Switzerland: African migrants reportedly sold in 'slave markets' in Libya - IOM
    11 april 2017 17:09:19
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Hundreds of migrants along North African migrant routes are being bought and sold openly in modern day ‘slave markets’ in Libya, survivors have told the United Nations migration agency, which warned that these reports “can be added to a long list of outrages” in the country. Full text...

  • Somalia: Keating condemns increased attacks against civilians in Somalia
    11 april 2017 16:52:49
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, Michael Keating, on Tuesday strongly condemned the recent spate of terrorist incidents that have caused carnage among Somali communities. Full text...

  • Nigeria: No going back on war against corruption despite recent judicial setbacks - Govt.
    11 april 2017 15:37:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) –The Nigerian Government has called on Nigerians not to be discouraged by the recent setbacks in the war against corruption, promising that some negative outcome of corruption cases recorded at the high court level would not dampen the anti-graft battle. Full text...

  • Uganda: Rights group demands immediate release of Ugandan feminist academic
    11 april 2017 08:01:02
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has called for the immediate and unconditional release of a Ugandan university lecturer who criticised President Yoweri Museveni and and his wife on Facebook. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief confers Ms. Malala Yousafzai as UN Messenger of Peace
    10 april 2017 20:25:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday formally designated children’s rights activist and Nobel Laureate, Ms. Malala Yousafzai as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’ education. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt denies monitoring phone calls, social media
    10 april 2017 16:24:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has described as false information being circulated on the social media that under a purported Ministry of Interior Regulation, all phone calls and social media posts made by Nigerians are to be monitored and recorded. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Two female Boko Haram suicide bombers killed in foiled attack
    10 april 2017 16:19:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Two suspected Boko Haram female suicide bombers were killed on Monday when their attack on a community around University of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria was foiled by security personnel. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU condemns Palm Sunday terror bombings in Egypt, Somalia
    10 april 2017 16:00:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has deplored the rising cases of extremism in Northern and Eastern Africa, following the triple bombings in Egypt, Somalia and Mali, which claimed dozens of lives, leading to a further escalation of regional insecurity. Full text...

  • Kenya: South Sudanese children eat leaves to survive severe food crisis
    10 april 2017 09:08:29
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Children in famine-hit South Sudan have been reduced to eating wild fruits and leaves to survive the effects of a severe famine in the world's youngest state, where months of civil unrest has left 4.8 million people with severe food shortages, an international relief agency said on Monday. Full text...

  • US: US condemns 'barbaric attacks' on Egyptian Coptic churches
    10 april 2017 06:52:28
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has condemned in the strongest terms the "barbaric attacks" on Christian places of worship in Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt, that killed dozens of innocent people and injured many more on Palm Sunday. Full text...

  • US: UN boss, Security Council, UN group condemn terror attacks in Egypt
    10 april 2017 06:34:26
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Security Council have condemned the bombings of two Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt, which killed at least 41 people and injured more than 100 others. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir calls for strong Arab air defence capability
    09 april 2017 19:40:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir has stressed the importance of boosting the capabilities of Arab air defence forces to stand as a deterrent against what he described as “the enemies who plan to control Arab resources”. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN official in South Sudan urges protection of aid workers, civilians
    09 april 2017 09:58:01
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Following recent attacks on civilians and aid workers in South Sudan, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country has called on the Government and the opposition to protect civilians and ensure the safety and security of humanitarians. Full text...

  • Kenya: Lives impacted by remittances from migrants - IFAD
    08 april 2017 16:49:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - While migration issues draw political fire in Europe and beyond, the greater development benefit of the approximate half trillion US dollars that migrants send home each year to poor families and nations can’t be underestimated, the UN said Saturday Full text...

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