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  • Rwanda: Gov't warns motorists to obey traffic rules during presidential campaigns
    18 july 2017 13:48:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Police on Tuesday called upon motorists to abide by traffic rules and regulations, especially during the ongoing presidential campaigns, when movements will be very high, to prevent fatal accidents. Full text...

  • Switzerland: CAR violence driving more refugees into northern DRC - UNHCR
    18 july 2017 11:09:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Recent violence in southern border areas of Central African Republic is driving more people to flee, including into remote areas of northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, putting immense pressure on difficult-to-reach local communities close to the border, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR seeks support for alternatives to dangerous refugee journeys
    18 july 2017 08:01:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is appealing for US$421.2 million to help provide meaningful alternatives to refugees and others undertaking dangerous journeys to Europe. Full text...

  • The Netherlands: ICC marks international criminal justice day
    17 july 2017 20:02:29
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday joined in global commemorations of the Day of International Criminal Justice (17 July), which marks a historic shift in international cooperation to end atrocious crimes, when, 19 years ago on this date, 120 countries adopted the Rome Statute. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Female Boko Haram suicide bomber kills 8 in northeast Nigeria attack
    17 july 2017 16:55:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The orgy of Boko Haram violence in Nigeria’s northeast region continues as a female bomber detonated an explosive device killing eight worshipers at a mosque in Maiduguri on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia Press Union asks government to establish ownership of Daily Observer
    17 july 2017 16:47:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Transparency of media ownership is not only important for media freedom, but also for the protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of it members, the Gambia Press Union (GPU) said on Monday in a statement. Full text...

  • Belgium: EC addresses risks of famine in African countries facing alarming situation
    17 july 2017 16:24:15
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Addressing the unprecedented increase of humanitarian needs in 2017, the European Council on Monday adopted conclusions on the risks of famine, including numerous chronic food security crises, with four countries facing an alarming situation. Full text...

  • Netherlands: ICC clocks 19; rights group reiterates call for support
    17 july 2017 16:04:54
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - Human Rights Watch on Monday celebrated the 19th anniversary of the International Criminal Court (ICC) with a call for backing from member countries for the court to carry out its mandate. Full text...

  • CAR: Humanitarian group warns CAR 'spiralling into devastating crisis'
    17 july 2017 10:42:24
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Three years after armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) signed a ceasefire agreement, more than one million people are still displaced, an international humanitarian organisation said on Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Rights groups say torture claims cast shadow over trial of Sahrawis
    17 july 2017 06:29:07
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Two human rights groups on Monday urged Morocco’s judicial authorities to ensure that upcoming verdicts in a mass trial are not based on confessions or statements implicating other defendants obtained under torture or other ill-treatment during police interrogations. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU member states reaffirm support ICC
    16 july 2017 12:10:46
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union and its Member States have reaffirmed their full support to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to the strengthening of an international criminal justice system committed to deter the commission of crimes, to fight impunity and to ensure the protection of the victims' rights. Full text...

  • Somalia: Keating underlines vocational training for youth in Somalia
    16 july 2017 08:01:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Celebrating World Youth Skills Day on Saturday, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating, reaffirmed the importance of providing vocational training and technical skills to young people in the Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • Angola: Rights group hails tribunal's verdict on controversial NGOs decree
    15 july 2017 10:33:34
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has hailed the ruling of the Angolan Constitutional Tribunal that has declared as unconstitutional the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Presidential Decree that sought to monitor the registration and financial support of NGOs. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNESCO organises inter-generational dialogue on Gorée Island
    15 july 2017 07:39:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - As part of its efforts to implement the project: “Emergency measures for the consolidation and protection of Gorée Island: Fighting coastal erosion implementation”, within the framework of the World Heritage Convention, the UNESCO Dakar Office is organizing an inter-generational dialogue on Gorée Island, scheduled for Saturday. Full text...

  • Angola: Study wants reforms in Angola's education system
    15 july 2017 05:57:31
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - A report on the role of the private sector in higher education and research has called attention to the need to prioritise the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the secondary school level in Angola. Full text...

  • US: 'Strong UN, Member States partnership vital to end sexual exploitation, abuse'
    14 july 2017 21:32:50
    New York, US (PANA) – Senior United Nations officials have underscored the importance of a strong partnership between the Organization and Member States in moving forward with efforts to prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse. Full text...

  • US: Faith central to hope and resilience, says UN chief
    14 july 2017 21:17:57
    New York, US (PANA) – Voicing concern over the abuse of religion to justify incitement to violence and discrimination, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday underscored the importance of religious leaders in preventing violence and contributing to peace and stability. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR sounds alarm as displacement sees no end in DRC’s Kasai region
    14 july 2017 19:08:32
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations refugee agency has alerted the humanitarian community about the violence and continued displacement of civilians from Kasai region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where the estimated number of displaced people now exceeds 1.3 million. Full text...

  • South Sudan: ‘Look beyond challenges’, outgoing UNMISS deputy chief tells peacekeepers
    14 july 2017 14:57:05
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – It is important for all of personnel working towards peace in South Sudan to look beyond the challenges of today and be driven by the opportunities ahead, said outgoing Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan Eugene Owusu. Full text...

  • Botswana: Khama pins prosperity hope on Tswana youth
    14 july 2017 14:20:25
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s President Seretse Khama Ian Khama has challenged the country’s youth to remain focused and be the mainstay of the human resource. Full text...

  • Gambia: No security threats from ex-president Jammeh's surrogates - Gov't
    14 july 2017 09:34:17
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The press secretary at the Office of the Gambian President has refuted reports that some ex-soldiers believed to be loyalists of former President Yahya Jammeh are posing external security threats to the government of President Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • US: Envoy calls on UNSC to further support fight terrorism in West Africa, Sahel
    14 july 2017 05:32:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Amid rising terrorism and violent extremism in West Africa, the United Nations envoy for the region has called on the Security Council to further support national and regional efforts to combat this "serious threat", including strengthening the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council deplores ongoing violence, attacks on civilians in CAR
    14 july 2017 05:26:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday expressed concern at the ongoing clashes between armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) and deplored that civilians from some communities, UN peacekeepers and aid workers continue to be targeted. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group asks Rwanda to investigate summary execution of petty crime suspects
    13 july 2017 11:34:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – State security forces in Rwanda have summarily killed at least 37 suspected petty offenders and forcibly disappeared four others since April 2016, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: Human rights group calls for support for ICC
    13 july 2017 07:02:43
    New York, US (PANA) – Human rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch, on Thursday urged International Criminal Court (ICC) member countries to increase their support for this essential court of last resort as its 20th anniversary nears. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN in S. Sudan concerned about civilians fleeing fighting in Upper Nile
    12 july 2017 22:26:19
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Thousands of South Sudanese civilians are fleeing to neighbouring Ethiopia as Government troops advance on a rebel stronghold in the Upper Nile region, a senior United Nations official on Wednesday said, expressing grave concern about what is already the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Full text...

  • Botswana: University of Botswana Hospital named after Sir Masire
    12 july 2017 19:59:31
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has honoured the late former President Sir Ketumile Masire, two weeks after his burial by renaming the new University of Botswana Teaching Hospital as Sir Ketumile Masire University Hospital. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram multiple suicide attacks claim 19 lives, 23 injured in Borno State
    12 july 2017 19:26:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – At least 19 persons have been killed and 23 others injured after four Boko Haram suicide bombers attacked Maiduguri, the epicentre of the terrorist violence in northeast Nigeria, the Police in Borno State confirmed on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: DRC recommits to fighting sexual violence
    12 july 2017 11:53:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has reaffirmed its commitment to fighting sexual violence in conflict with the launch of a book on the crime. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO moves to protect the right to education for refugees
    12 july 2017 11:26:33
    Paris, France (PANA) - A new UNESCO working paper designed to provide an overview of the international legal framework protecting the right to education of refugees worldwide has been unveiled by the UN education agency. Full text...

  • Ghana: Rights group asks Ghana to scrap death penalty
    12 july 2017 09:22:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Close to 150 death row inmates languish in grim conditions in Ghana with only a fraction able to appeal their convictions, Amnesty International said on Wednesday in a new report that calls on the country’s new government to abolish the death penalty once and for all. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army kills 4 Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria
    12 july 2017 08:33:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Army says its troops killed four Boko Haram terrorists in an area bordering Lake Chad, northeast Nigeria, Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB's African Legal Support Facility adopts new medium-term strategy
    12 july 2017 08:28:55
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB), has approved and adopted a new Medium-Term Strategy (MTS) which aims to focus on critical issues that matter to African communities, governments and the entire continent. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia Parliament approves enhanced measures to preserve public security
    12 july 2017 07:01:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The National Assembly of Zambia has approved President Edgar Lungu’s promulgation of enhanced measures to enable security services to curb the rising cases of "politically-motivated fires and vandalism of vital electricity supply lines". Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana claim ‘aloofness’ over Dalai Lama visit
    12 july 2017 06:53:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana government has distanced itself from the upcoming visit of spiritual leader of the Tibetan people – Dalai Lama. Full text...

  • US: Security Council warned DRC’s violence on rise amid little political progress
    12 july 2017 06:38:27
    New York, US (PANA) – The security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to be a major source of concern, with violence in the Kasai provinces, in the western part of the vast country, reaching “disturbing” levels, the United Nations Security Council was told on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UNFPA underlines effective family planning to 'empower people, developing nations'
    11 july 2017 16:17:43
    New York, US (PANA) - If the demand of women in developing countries who wanted access to safe and effective family planning was met, it would reduce an estimated 100,000 maternal death and avert 67 million unintended pregnancies, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU launches Inaugural African Anti-Corruption Day
    11 july 2017 15:18:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, says the dedication of a specific African Continent’s fight against corruption marks an important step towards "the Africa we want". Full text...

  • Tunisia: Africa-EU Civil Society Forum begins in Tunis
    11 july 2017 15:02:41
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A three-day African and European Civil Society Forum, organized in the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) by African and European civil society and supported by the African Union’s Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (AU/CIDO) and the EU, began on Tuesday in Tunis, the Tunisian capital city. Full text...

  • Gambia: US hails Gambia for improved fight against human trafficking
    11 july 2017 13:58:54
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The US State Department has seen a major improvement in the fight against human trafficking in the Gambia, according to an official statement, made available to PANA, by the US Embassy in Banjul on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Mediterranean migrant arrivals reach 101,400 in 2017; Nigerians top
    11 july 2017 11:26:41
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) reports that 101,417 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 9 July, with Nigerians topping the list. Full text...

  • Switzerland: IOM helps nearly 100,000 migrants return, reintegrate in 2016
    11 july 2017 11:11:01
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday reported that they helped 98,403 migrants return home voluntarily in 2016. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Malian Army seeks cooperation with Nigerian Army on war against terrorism
    11 july 2017 06:50:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Malian Army says it needs the support and cooperation of the “more experienced” Nigerian Army to tackle its country’s insurgents and terrorists. Full text...

  • France: Education critical in preventing adolescent pregnancy - UNESCO
    11 july 2017 06:40:44
    Paris, France (PANA) – Girls with higher levels of education are less likely to have an early and unintended pregnancy, the United Nations education agency said on Monday, launching a new technical paper with recommendations for the education sector. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID chief says situation in Darfur remains fragile
    10 july 2017 20:07:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Joint Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Jeremiah Mamabolo, has said the overall situation in the region remains fragile and, therefore, UNAMID strategic priorities remain the same. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN team commends Sudan's humanitarian cooperation
    10 july 2017 19:14:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Sudan has confirmed marked improvement in humanitarian access over the past six months, as a result of improved engagement between the Government and humanitarian actors. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria, EU member countries meet in Abuja on strengthening cooperation
    10 july 2017 18:16:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – About 20 representatives from European Union (EU) countries on Monday met with Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and officials of the ministry in Abuja on how to facilitate investment flows into the country. Full text...

  • Libya: Heavy clashes erupt in eastern Tripoli
    10 july 2017 15:55:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Local media reports on Sunday reported heavy clashes between between rival factions on the coastal road east of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana dismisses claims clergy meddling in Masire’s funeral
    10 july 2017 15:40:07
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Presidency has distanced itself from reports that President Ian Khama meddled with the clergy program for the funeral of the country’s former President, Sir Ketumile Masire. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Three bodies issue roadmap to improve situation of refugees in Europe
    10 july 2017 10:39:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund and IRC, the International Rescue Committee, on Monday issued a Roadmap for action to improve the situation of refugee and migrant children arriving and staying in Europe without their parents or care givers. Full text...

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