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  • South Africa: Parliament hears of turmoil at South African state broadcaster
    14 december 2016 17:39:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The turmoil at South Africa’s national broadcaster reached new highs on Wednesday when Parliament heard that South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists were receiving death threats. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Rights group accuses Ethiopian gov't of blocking websites during protests
    14 december 2016 10:35:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Amnesty International has accused the Ethiopian government of "systematically and illegally" blocking access to social media and news websites in its efforts to crush dissent and prevent reporting of attacks on protesters by security forces during the wave of protests that started in November 2015 and led up to the state of emergency. Full text...

  • Sudan: Angry former UNAMID staffers protest 'non-payment of pensions'
    14 december 2016 09:27:14
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Angry former staffers of the African Union-United Nations Peace Keeping Mission in Darfur blocked the entry of the mission in two towns on Tuesday to protest non-payment of their pensions. Full text...

  • UN: UN appeals for US$1 billion for global humanitarian needs
    14 december 2016 05:53:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has appealed for US$1 billion to support global humanitarian needs by 2018. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert urges action to guarantee rights for persons with disabilities
    14 december 2016 05:45:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the recent global commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a UN human rights expert, Ms. Devandas Aguilar, has warned that some of the most basic components of the convention have yet to be realised and that urgent steps are necessary to address the inequalities. Full text...

  • US: UN rights report urges end to ‘unimaginable abuse’ of migrants in Libya
    13 december 2016 21:37:39
    New York, US (PANA) - A joint report launched on Tuesday by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has cited “unimaginable” human rights violations and abuses of migrants in Libya as a result of the breakdown in the crisis-riven country’s justice system. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tutu photo exhibition launched in New York
    13 december 2016 20:53:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A photographic exhibition recording the extraordinary journey of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond has been launched in the United States. Full text...

  • US: US envoy for Africa visits Liberia 14-17 December
    13 december 2016 19:22:40
    New York, US (PANA) - US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield will Wednesday undertake a three-day official mission to Liberia to attend a ceremony on 15 December marking the commissioning of the first of four turbines at the Mount Coffee hydropower plant, a US State Department said in a statement. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian military says fleeing Boko Haram terrorists disguising themselves
    13 december 2016 18:34:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military on Tuesday warned Nigerians that Boko Haram terrorists escaping from their enclave are now disguising themselves as menial workers and settling in liberated communities from where they plan further attack in their host communities. Full text...

  • Zambia: Advisory group of local integration of former refugees in Zambia changes hands
    13 december 2016 17:28:19
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Office of the Commissioner for Refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs in Zambia, together with the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, on Tuesday officially handed over the Chair and Co-chair of the National Advisory Group (NAG) on the Local Integration of former refugees in Zambia. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says record number of journalists in jail globally
    13 december 2016 17:19:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Turkey's unprecedented crackdown on the media brought the total number of jailed journalists worldwide to the highest number since the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) began taking an annual census in 1990, the press freedom watchdog said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria partners with EU, UN, others in fighting Boko Haram
    13 december 2016 15:52:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government on Tuesday vowed that all Boko Haram terrorists under its custody and anybody suspected to be engaged in acts of terrorism will face prosecution, using the instruments of the law. Full text...

  • Senegal: TI decries corruption in delivery of aid to Somalia
    13 december 2016 15:45:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Transparency International (TI) on Tuesday called on the Somali government, donor agencies and humanitarian agencies to take critical steps to address corruption in the delivery of aid to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches those most in need in southern Somalia. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Another Nigerian Army officer killed in north-east Nigeria
    13 december 2016 15:26:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Another senior Nigerian Army officer has been killed by suspected Boko Haram militants. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Catholic charity warns South Sudan conflict 'getting worse'
    13 december 2016 10:42:12
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - A Catholic charity is warning that the conflict in South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, is getting worse and is calling on all the warring parties to bring a halt to the violence and resume negotiations. Full text...

  • South Africa: Rights group hails Marikana compensation pledge
    13 december 2016 06:38:59
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Amnesty International says South African President Jacob Zuma’s long-overdue announcement that the government is ready to pay compensation to the victims of the 2012 Marikana tragedy is an important development towards achieving justice for the victims and their families. Full text...

  • US: Security Council calls for stronger judicial cooperation to combat terrorism
    13 december 2016 05:51:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Condemning acts of terrorism and their impact on innocent civilians and on peace and stability, the United Nations Security Council has emphasised the need for establishing wilful violation of prohibition on financing of terrorist organizations or individual terrorists as serious criminal offences in national laws and regulations. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says conflicts threaten children in Middle East, North Africa
    12 december 2016 17:33:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Although countries across the Middle East and North Africa have made major strides in protecting children’s rights and wellbeing since the inception of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) 70 years ago, conflict risks reversing these gains for 157 million children in the region. Full text...

  • US: US government felicitates with Kenyans on national day
    12 december 2016 16:09:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Monday felicitated with Kenyans for marking their national day. Full text...

  • Ghana: Twenty passengers die in Ghana road accident
    12 december 2016 09:20:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Twenty passengers have died in a motor accident that occurred at Ekumfi Junction in Ghana's Central Region, the state-owned Graphic newspaper reported on Monday. Full text...

  • US: US strongly condemns terrorist attack on Cairo Cathedral
    12 december 2016 05:25:03
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has strongly condemned Sunday's terrorist attack on a Cairo Cathedral that killed more than 25 worshippers. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy condemns terrorist attack in Mogadishu
    11 december 2016 21:37:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating, on Sunday condemned a terrorist attack outside the seaport in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns terrorist attack in Cairo
    11 december 2016 21:18:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has condemned Sunday's terrorist attack at the St. Peter's Church attached to St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Full text...

  • Kenya: 11 Kenyan elite Presidential Guards among 39 killed in highway disaster
    11 december 2016 12:27:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 11 members of the Kenyan Presidential Guard Unit have been burnt to death in a major chemical disaster along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway, State House Spokesperson, Manoah Esipisu, said. Full text...

  • Kenya: 33 people burnt to death in major chemical disaster in Kenyan highway
    11 december 2016 11:47:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 33 people have been confirmed dead and six others seriously injured after a light truck carrying inflammable chemicals lost control and exploded on the main Nairobi-Naivasha highway, interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Twin bomb blast hits Maiduguri, North East Nigeria
    11 december 2016 11:41:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Two deafening explosions occurred on Sunday morning in a crowded area near Maiduguri’s main market, in North East Nigeria. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African talk show host to interview Obama
    11 december 2016 08:57:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Popular South African television presenter Trevor Noah will interview President Barack Obama on Monday. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy welcomes temporary cessation of hostilities for civilian evacuation in Ganfouda
    11 december 2016 06:17:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Libya has welcomed the announcement of a temporary cessation of hostilities by the Libyan National Army in the Ganfouda area, Benghazi, to allow evacuation of civilians, and called on the parties to the conflict to ensure that civilians are protected. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army promotes 227 senior officers
    10 december 2016 11:58:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army Council has approved the promotion of 227 senior officers. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Establish Commission of Inquiry into violations by security agencies'
    10 december 2016 10:07:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta should urgently establish a commission of inquiry to investigate reports of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and ill-treatment of detainees by the security forces. Full text...

  • US: US government felicitates with Burkinabes
    09 december 2016 19:12:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Friday felicitated with Burkina Faso for marking its national day. Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty Int'l urges Cameroonian authorities to probe protesters' deaths
    09 december 2016 17:43:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Authorities in Cameroon must investigate the use of excessive and unnecessary force that led to the deaths of between two and four people during a protest in the north western city of Bamenda yesterday, Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International said Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says 535 million children living in crisis-hit countries
    09 december 2016 15:43:52
    New York, US (PANA) - As the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of its work for the world's most vulnerable children, the UN agency on Friday issued a stark warning that despite significant progress, too many children are still being left behind, with nearly 535 million of them living in harsh conditions, lacking access to decent health, education and protection services. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges member states to end corruption
    09 december 2016 15:39:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said no country is immune to corruption, and every country bears a responsibility to end it, warning that corruption is a "broad barrier" in the path to world's achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says attacks by security tops challenges to free expression rights in West Africa
    09 december 2016 13:09:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Constant acts of physical attacks, arbitrary arrests as well as detentions of journalists and other rights activists in West Africa by state security forces, continue to chip away the modest but steady gains in the Freedom of Expression (FOE) environment in the region, a sub-regional rights body has said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mbeki to head Africa's largest university
    09 december 2016 07:43:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The University of South Africa (UNISA) has named former president Thabo Mbeki as its new chancellor. The move is viewed as a bid to reposition itself as an African university. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN refugee agency reshapes protection ‘toolkit’ for a world on the move
    09 december 2016 06:07:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations refugee agency has updated its ‘toolkit’ for protecting vulnerable people on the move, in response to a sharp increase in global flows of both refugees and migrants in the decade since it was published. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Millions of ‘children on the move’ without protection is unacceptable – UN
    09 december 2016 06:01:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Highlighting the challenges confronting the protection of millions of children, many of whom are separated from their families as they flee wars and persecution, the top United Nations refugee official has called for prompt action to stave off the risk of losing an entire generation. Full text...

  • US: Nigerian soldiers involved in bloody clashes with Islamic group should be punished - US
    09 december 2016 05:02:09
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US says it agrees with the recommendation of the White Paper on the clashes in December last year involving the military and Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) that members of the military who were involved in the unlawful killing of civilians must be held accountable and punished appropriately. Full text...

  • UN: ICC to hold hearing on South Africa’s non-cooperation on Al-Bashir's arrest
    08 december 2016 17:29:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will convene a public hearing on 7 April 2017, under article 87(7) of the Rome Statute, on the non-compliance by South Africa with the ICC’s request for the arrest and surrender of Sudan's President Omar Al-Bashir. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns South Sudan over expulsion of AP journalist
    08 december 2016 16:10:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - South Sudanese authorities should immediately reverse the expulsion of Associated Press (AP) reporter Justin Lynch and cease interfering with journalists' ability to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty Int'l welcomes release of Gambian protesters on bail
    08 december 2016 14:03:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International has welcomed the release of another eleven opposition protesters on bail on Thursday. Full text...

  • France: INTERPOL border operation targets organized crime networks across West Africa
    08 december 2016 11:37:36
    Lyon, France (PANA) - An INTERPOL-led border security operation across West Africa has resulted in the arrest of human traffickers, migrant smugglers and the seizure of drugs, stolen vehicles, cash and counterfeit goods. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Dangerous funding gap' may lead to more cuts in food rations for refugees in Kenya – UN
    08 december 2016 05:42:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Forced to make a new round of cuts in food rations for refugees in Kenya, the World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed urgently for nearly US$14 million to feed the 434,000 refugees living in Kenya's Dadaab and Kakuma camps and in the new Kalobeyei settlement. Full text...

  • US: Recent violence in CAR spotlights subregion's volatility, Security Council told
    08 december 2016 05:35:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite a peaceful and successful transition in the Central African Republic (CAR) earlier in 2016, the recent outbreak of violence there had demonstrated the extremely fragile situation in the country, the Secretary-General's Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: UN launches US$2.66 billion appeal for emergency assistance in Sahel region
    08 december 2016 05:27:26
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations and its partner non-governmental organizations on Wednesday launched an appeal for US$2.66 billion to provide emergency assistance across eight countries in the Sahel region, where “millions of people still live in conditions of deplorable human suffering”. Full text...

  • UN: ICC, African States parties hold talks in Addis Ababa
    07 december 2016 17:55:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) and African States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC held a two-day retreat in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to foster better working relationships between ICC and African governments. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA welcomes release of jailed Gambian opposition leader
    07 december 2016 14:22:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Wednesday welcomed the release of Gambian opposition leader Ousainou Darboe and 18 members of his United Democratic Party (UDP) from jail. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to reinforce legal framework against terrorism
    07 december 2016 07:18:53
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Tuesday night introduced the Prevention of Terrorism (Amendment) Bill into Parliament to deal with various issues connected with the menace. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 10 security officials, others held for alleged rape in IDP camps
    06 december 2016 18:15:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris on Tuesday announced that 10 people have been arrested for sexually abusing women and girls displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the north east of the country. Full text...

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