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  • Nigerian Air Force takes delivery of trainer, fighter aircraft from Pakistan
    14 january 2018 18:51:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday took delivery of five Super Mushsak aircraft from Pakistan to enhance its training and operational activity in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Rebuilt bridge in Upper Nile helping local communities in South Sudan
    14 january 2018 06:18:08
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – For Samuel James Ayot, a villager from Akoka in rural north South Sudan, accessing basic services and earning a livelihood does not mean having to make a perilous neck-deep wade across a river, thanks to the tireless efforts of Indian peacekeepers from the United Nations mission there, who rebuilt a bridge and connected his village to a major provincial town. Full text...

  • UN and partners launch initiative to end child rights violations in South Sudan
    13 january 2018 19:52:55
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations and donors from a number of diplomatic missions working in South Sudan are exploring ways to curb the growing number of child rights violations in the face of the ongoing fighting. Full text...

  • Kenya cracks down on illegal gambling joints
    12 january 2018 19:27:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiangi on Friday ordered the arrest of foreigners operating illegal gambling joints in the country. Full text...

  • Rights body seeks justice for arrested Cameroonian leaders
    12 january 2018 19:20:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ten leaders of the independence movement in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon could be at risk of torture and unfair trials if extradited from Nigeria, where they have been arrested and detained in secret for one week, Amnesty International said on Friday. Full text...

  • UNHCR appeals for more resettlement after 160 reported Mediterranean deaths
    12 january 2018 11:08:26
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is renewing its appeal to countries for help in saving human lives by offering more resettlement places and other safe alternatives to protection for refugees, including through family reunification. Full text...

  • UNHCR representative concludes fact-finding mission to Nigeria
    12 january 2018 05:16:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The UNHCR Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Antonio Jose Canhandula, conducted a fact-finding mission to Benue state and Cross River state in Nigeria from 8 to 10 January, 2018 where he interacted with Cameroonian refugees in the Abande, Kwande Local Government Area, Utanga and Amana, a UNHCR statement has said. Full text...

  • 'Boko Haram attacks, human trafficking threaten progress in West Africa, Sahel'
    12 january 2018 05:07:28
    New York, US (PANA) – The security situation in West Africa and the Sahel remains of grave concern, the United Nations envoy for the region said on Thursday in New York, warning that while there had been progress on the political front over the past year, there had also been a worrying upsurge in Boko Haram attacks. Full text...

  • Migration should be act of hope, not despair - UN chief
    11 january 2018 20:02:14
    New York, US (PANA) – Laying out his vision for concrete steps the world can take in 2018 to maximize the contribution millions of migrants are already making to our societies and to agree a set of actions to ensure that the rights of all migrants are fully respected, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday said the issue of migration calls for a truly global response. Full text...

  • UN agencies call for funds to reverse food ration cuts for refugees in Rwanda
    11 january 2018 19:52:49
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – United Nations humanitarian agencies on Thursday called for more donor funding to reverse a 25 per cent reduction in food or cash assistance for more than 100,000 refugees in Rwanda. Full text...

  • UN envoy for Somalia calls for calm, dialogue during visit to Somaliland
    11 january 2018 19:21:56
    Hargeisa, Somaliland (PANA) - The top United Nations envoy for Somalia has called for calm and dialogue amid reports of clashes between security forces from ‘Somaliland’ and neighbouring Puntland. Full text...

  • Liberia to host first meeting of AU panel on migration
    11 january 2018 16:45:18
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Liberia will host the inaugural meeting of the African Union (AU) High Level Panel on Migration (HLPM) next week, it was officially announced here on Thursday. Full text...

  • ICRC to increase assistance in Darfur, southern Sudan
    11 january 2018 09:55:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it will increase its field assistance activities in Sudan's Darfur region in 2018, returning to an area where years of conflict have adversely affected the health and welfare of residents. Full text...

  • Universities spotlight hands-on approach to integrating refugees
    10 january 2018 22:44:06
    New York, US (PANA) – At a special summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York, universities, led by De Montfort University (DMU), have spotlighted ideas for practical ways they can use the skills, experience and voluntary power on their campuses to support those in need in their local areas. Full text...

  • Tragic start to New Year for migrants as hundreds feared dead in Mediterranean – UN
    10 january 2018 22:31:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A little more than a week into the New Year, reports reveal that close to 200 migrants or refugees have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean Sea – with up to 100 unaccounted for since Saturday, the United Nations migration agency said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN urges comprehensive approach to sexuality education
    10 january 2018 19:08:36
    Paris, France (PANA) - Close to 10 years after its first edition, a fully updated International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education published on Wednesday by UNESCO advocates quality comprehensive sexuality education to promote health and well-being, respect for human rights and gender equality, and empowers children and young people to lead healthy, safe and productive lives. Full text...

  • Amnesty screens activists’ role in toppling Jammeh
    10 january 2018 13:51:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Rights group, Amnesty International, has screened a documentary on the roles played by human rights groups in toppling of ex-president Yahya Jammeh, according to a media release, made available to PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian soldiers kill two suicide bombers, arrest another in northeast Nigeria
    10 january 2018 07:13:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says its troops killed two female suicide bombers and arrested the third on Tuesday as they tried to enter Gamboru town in Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Botswana death row inmate escapes hanging
    09 january 2018 17:49:32
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Court of Appeal on Tuesday set free a death row inmate, Tsholefelo Maselwa, who was arrested in April 2009 for murder in attempted robbery. Full text...

  • UNHCR appeals to Israel over forced relocation policy
    09 january 2018 17:31:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday again appealed to Israel to halt its policy of relocating Eritreans and Sudanese to sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • Violent clashes in CAR displace thousands of people - MSF
    09 january 2018 16:25:10
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - About 30,000 people have fled violent clashes between two groups in the the Paoua region of Central African Republic (CAR), a medical charity said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • U.S. revises travel advisory issuance plan for American citizens
    09 january 2018 16:17:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The U.S. State Department has released a new system of assessing threat levels and issuing travel advisories, which would include a red-alert threat level, equivalent to a travel ban. Full text...

  • 1,030 stranded Nigerian migrants evacuated from Libya since Sunday
    09 january 2018 16:04:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government on Tuesday said it has evacuated 1,030 stranded Nigerian migrants from Libya between Sunday and Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army kills 107 Boko Haram terrorists
    09 january 2018 15:21:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Tuesday announced that its troops, under Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the Northeast, has killed 107 Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...

  • Burundi arrests another Rwandan national over alleged spying
    09 january 2018 15:18:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan national, Goreth Kayiranga, who was employed by a private Bus Transport company, known as 'Volcano", has been detained at the Muyinga central prison in Burundi's Northeastern province since last Sunday for allegedly "spying", a senior manager of the transport company, confirmed Tuesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rwandan doctor found killed mysteriously in South Africa
    09 january 2018 14:41:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan medical practitioner, identified as Dr. Raymond Dusabe, was recently found stabbed several times in the back and was found lying face down on the dining table in his apartment in Cape Town, South Africa, where he was during last festive season, a diplomatic source confirmed Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • CPJ names global 'Press Oppressors'
    09 january 2018 12:33:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists has named its global Press Oppressors - world leaders who use rhetoric, legal action and censorship to try to silence their critics. Full text...

  • Media watchdog demands release of Nigerian journalist
    09 january 2018 11:28:04
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Media watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is asking the Nigerian authorities to immediately release Timothy Elombah, editor of the news website Elombah. Full text...

  • Somaliland journalists sentenced to two years in prison on propaganda charges
    09 january 2018 11:16:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Somaliland regional court has sentenced journalists Mohamed Abdilaahi Dabshid and Ahmed Dirie Liltire to two years in prison on charges of conducting propaganda against the state, bringing Somaliland into contempt and "bringing the flag or national emblem of a foreign state" into contempt. Full text...

  • Sudan regrets its inclusion by US on list of states violating religious freedoms
    08 january 2018 09:04:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has expressed regret over a United States' declaration that included the Sudan in a list of countries of "particular concern" regarding religious freedoms. Full text...

  • UN announces special probe into attacks on peacekeepers in eastern DR Congo
    07 january 2018 11:35:24
    Beni, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations is launching a special investigation into attacks on peacekeepers in restive eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), one month after 15 'blue helmets' were killed and dozens wounded in the deadliest single assault on a UN mission in nearly a quarter century. Full text...

  • Sudan closes its border with Eritrea
    06 january 2018 17:39:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has closed all, except one, of its border crossings to neighbouring Eritrea with effect from Friday, the official news agency SUNA reported on Saturday. Full text...

  • Tanzanian president appoints deputy minister of minerals
    06 january 2018 08:46:57
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli on Saturday announced the appointment of Bukombe constituency Member of Parliament, Doto Mashaka Biteko, as Deputy Minister for Minerals. Full text...

  • Former Rwandan publisher released from prison
    05 january 2018 15:47:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former publisher of the weekly Rwanda Focus, Shyaka Kanuma, has been released from prison after serving one year in prison over tax evasion charges, a judicial source confirmed Friday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rwandan national killed by mob in Central Uganda over rape case
    05 january 2018 13:35:21
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan national, identified as Tuzabana, was beaten to death earlier this week in Mityana, a small town located in the Central Region of Uganda for allegedly raping a Ugandan woman, local media reported Friday. Full text...

  • Botswana records alarming rape cases during festive season
    05 january 2018 07:31:03
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana recorded 80 rape cases over the festive season, law enforcement officers have reported. Full text...

  • UN to help cabin crew prevent human trafficking
    04 january 2018 20:39:33
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations is taking the global combat against human trafficking into the skies as the Organization's human rights office and its Montreal-based civil aviation agency begin putting the final touches on training guidelines that could help airline cabin crew spot possible victims. Full text...

  • Life expectancy improves in Mauritius
    04 january 2018 17:40:41
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Life expectancy for men aged from 68.1 to 71.1 years in Mauritius has increased by 3 years and for women aged from 75.3 to 77.8 years by 2.5 years during the period 2000 to 2016, according to the Indian Ocean island nation's Health and Quality of Life ministry. Full text...

  • Gambian Bishop returns to take over Catholic Diocese
    04 january 2018 14:14:05
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The newly-appointed Bishop of Banjul, Rev Gabriel Mendy, returned home Wednesday to take over as the first Gambian Bishop of the Catholic Diocese in the country. Full text...

  • HRW says Ethiopia's decision to release political prisoners 'an important step' but ...
    04 january 2018 10:09:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A human tights watchdog says Wednesday's announcement of Ethiopia’s ruling coalition to release political prisoners and close the infamous Maekelawi detention centre in the capital, Addis Ababa. would be an important step toward ending longstanding political repression and human rights abuse in the country. Full text...

  • Rights group welcomes closure of Ethiopia's 'torture chamber'
    04 january 2018 06:52:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has welcomed Wednesday's announcement by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn that all political prisoners will be released and a notorious detention centre closed. Full text...

  • Nigerian government delegation in Libya over stranded citizens
    03 january 2018 19:59:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A Nigerian federal government special delegation, led by Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Wednesday departed Abuja for Tripoli, to evacuate Nigerians trapped in Libya. Full text...

  • South African scholars flying high
    03 january 2018 06:39:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Pupils attending private schools in South Africa have recorded their highest ever results. Full text...

  • UN concerned at reported destruction of housing for displaced persons in Somalia
    03 january 2018 06:06:23
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – A senior United Nations official in Somalia has expressed deep concern over reports of the unannounced destruction of settlements for internally displaced persons (IDPs) as well as humanitarian infrastructure in Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Zambia’s Foreign affairs minister resigns citing corruption
    02 january 2018 18:45:43
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba, has resigned from President Edgar Lungu's government with immediate effect. Full text...

  • Two dead, hundreds stranded in tragedy on South Africa's Table Mountain
    02 january 2018 06:25:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Two men have died and hundreds of tourists were left stranded on Cape Town’s world famous Table Mountain following a dramatic rescue operation late on Monday night. Full text...

  • Bashir affirms Sudan's commitment to fighting terrorism
    01 january 2018 17:40:31
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir has said his government remains committed to global cooperation to foster international and regional peace and counter terrorism, money laundering as well as human trafficking. Full text...

  • On New Year's Day, Henrietta Fore takes office as UNICEF's Executive Director
    01 january 2018 15:12:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms Henrietta Fore takes office on Monday, New Year's day, as UNICEF’s seventh Executive Director, bringing to her new role, more than four decades of private and public sector leadership experience. Full text...

  • Joint force to maintain security in two Sudanese states
    01 january 2018 14:59:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Following the 6-month state of emergency imposed by President Omar al-Bashir in the states of Kassala and North Kurdufan, the Sudanese Presidency has formed a joint force of the army and other security organs with wide powers of pursuit, inspection and apprehension in the troubled states. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for restraint amid reports security forces violently dispersed Kinshasa protests
    01 january 2018 08:39:20
    New York, USA (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to exercise restraint amid reports of a violent crackdown by national security forces on demonstrations in the capital, Kinshasa, and a number of other cities. Full text...

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