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  • UN chief in Mali to mark International Day of UN Peacekeepers (A UN feature)
    29 may 2018 06:04:04
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - On the eve of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Tuesday, in the dimly lit streets of Bamako, the Malian police set out to conduct a night patrol with the support of UN police officers. Full text...

  • CAR crisis ‘breaks my heart’, says senior UN aid official
    29 may 2018 06:03:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The already serious humanitarian situation in Central African Republic (CAR) has worsened amid a spike in violence which threatens to overtake almost every area of the country, a top UN aid official said on Monday. Full text...

  • ILO head urges renewed spirit of tripartism to tackle world of work challenges
    28 may 2018 18:09:51
    Geneva (PANA) – Governments, employers, and workers from around the world are meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss a proposed international treaty on violence and harassment in the workplace. Full text...

  • Nigerian civil society organisations mourn victims of violence
    28 may 2018 10:58:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian civil society groups have declared Monday "a national day of mourning and remembrance to honor the victims of violence" across the country. Full text...

  • Amnesty International's West Africa Researcher Gaëtan Mootoo passes on
    28 may 2018 02:42:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Amnesty International on Sunday announced the death of Gaëtan Mootoo, Researcher for West Africa, who had been with the organisation for over 30 years. Full text...

  • ‘What is good for Africa is good for the world’, says UN chief on Africa Day
    27 may 2018 05:11:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Praising efforts by African countries to alleviate poverty and build more stable societies, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, pledged his on-going support for ending conflict and building peace across the continent. Full text...

  • ICC calls on Sudan to submit observations over legal questions raised by Jordan
    26 may 2018 09:30:18
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) – The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday invited submissions from the competent authorities of Sudan and President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir on the legal questions raised by Jordan in its appeal pending before the Appeals Chamber. Full text...

  • Graca Machel urges South Africans to live the ‘Madiba way’
    26 may 2018 09:01:48
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Graca Machel, widow of both South African president Nelson Mandela and Mozambican president Samora Machel, has called on all South Africans to “live the Madiba way” and thanked all those who served Mandela. Full text...

  • Mauritius Cabinet approves 15 public holidays for 2019
    26 may 2018 08:29:00
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Cabinet of Ministers has approved a list of 15 public holidays for year 2019 at its weekly sitting on Friday, PANA learnt from official sources in Port Louis. Full text...

  • South African celebrities raise funds to support cancer victims
    26 may 2018 08:21:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s golf champion Gary Player and Irish pop star Ronan Keating have teamed up in Cape Town this weekend to raise funds for children fighting cancer. Both celebrities lost their mothers to cancer. Full text...

  • AU-UN mission in Darfur boosts vigilance in wake of attacks on camps for displaced
    25 may 2018 15:57:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Following a series of armed attacks on camps hosting displaced Sudanese in central Darfur, the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission there has urged all parties to respect humanitarian space which it says should be free of weapons, threats, and violence. Full text...

  • UN and partners call for ceasefire in northern Somalia
    25 may 2018 05:11:41
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations and its partners on Thursday expressed grave concern over armed clashes which have broken out in northern Somalia, urging all parties to immediately halt the violence. Full text...

  • Ghana football association chief granted bail
    24 may 2018 09:55:29
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service on Wednesday evening granted bail to the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, after he was interrogated over allegations that he had used the names of the President, Vice-President and senior government officials tin an alleged crime, the state-owned Graphic newspaper reported. Full text...

  • Rights group says security forces in northeast Nigeria abuse starving women
    24 may 2018 07:29:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Thousands of women and girls who survived the brutal rule of the Boko Haram armed group have since been further abused by the Nigerian security forces who claim to be rescuing them, human rights group Amnesty International has said in a new report released on Thursday. Full text...

  • Peace, security challenges in Sahel region require ‘holistic approach’, says UN official
    24 may 2018 06:36:23
    New York, US (PANA) - A “holistic approach” is needed to the address peace and security challenges in Africa’s vast Sahel region, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the UN Security Council on Wednesday, calling for more investment in better government, social services and youth opportunities. Full text...

  • Transforming the world requires input from all society: UN deputy chief
    23 may 2018 22:42:16
    New York, US (PANA) - International efforts to create a world where no one is left behind will only become a reality if all sectors in society participate, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General told ambassadors in New York on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Korea, WB join forces to build world-class scientific capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa
    23 may 2018 18:48:28
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) – The World Bank and the Government of Korea on Wednesday reinforced their ongoing partnership to support Sub-Saharan Africa’s universities and research institutions in growing highly qualified local talent in areas important for Africa’s transformation, such as renewable energy, big data, artificial intelligence, and engineering. Full text...

  • Sahel, Horn of Africa attend workshop on peace-building
    23 may 2018 11:55:09
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) - The Consultation and Experience Sharing Workshop between the Sahel and the Horn of Africa on Peace-building and the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education kicked off on Tuesday at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Former South African president Zuma's son agrees to apologise for racial slurs
    23 may 2018 08:36:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward, has agreed to apologise to the nation for his hate speech remarks which were directed at Cabinet Ministers Pravin Gordhan and Derek Hanekom last year. Full text...

  • AfDB launches new civil society committee
    23 may 2018 06:58:15
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Focusing on "Engaging Civil Society to Accelerate Africa's Industrialization", the 2018 Civil Society Forum organised by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan explored how to associate civil society in the Bank’s High 5 priorities with special emphasis to industrialise Africa. Full text...

  • UN chief urges gov'ts to shield more civilians from violence in conflict
    22 may 2018 20:37:51
    New York, US (PANA) - With more than 128 million people worldwide requiring immediate humanitarian aid, mostly due to war and violence, the United Nations Secretary-General has urged the international community to do more to protect civilians caught in conflict. Full text...

  • Algeria must stop collective expulsions of sub-Saharan Africans – UN rights experts
    22 may 2018 18:46:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – A UN human rights team on Tuesday called on the Government of Algeria to cease the collective expulsions of migrants, particularly from sub-Saharan African countries. Full text...

  • ‘Healthcare under attack in Libya’, says UN human rights office
    22 may 2018 18:24:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Violence in Libya continues to have a devastating impact on health care in the country, with hospitals and other medical facilities bombed, shelled and looted; medical personnel targeted, attacked and even taken hostage or arbitrarily detained; and patients at times denied prompt life-saving care or attacked while getting treatment, according to a paper published Tuesday by the UN Human Rights Office and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Full text...

  • Why Africa must trust, support its youth to creatively drive industrialization
    22 may 2018 12:56:18
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - Many young Africans are coming up with innovative solutions to the continent’s problems and should be trusted and supported to drive the continent’s industrialization, participants in the 2018 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) heard in Busan, South Korea. Full text...

  • Potential unprecedented levels of heroin as opium production hits record high
    22 may 2018 06:58:14
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record-high last year, leading to unprecedented levels of potential heroin on the world market, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a new report released on Monday. Full text...

  • Realistic solutions must form basis of Global Compact for migration – UN conference
    22 may 2018 05:43:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Reflecting the reality of life on the ground for millions of migrants fleeing their homes must form the basis of the upcoming United Nations-backed Global Compact for migration, a hearing on the key issue was told on Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa sets up special anti-corruption unit
    21 may 2018 19:55:00
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has established a special anti-corruption unit which shall operate under the Office of the President and Cabinet. Full text...

  • Rights group raises alarm at killings, abuse in Sahel conflict
    21 may 2018 04:47:16
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Armed Islamist groups in Burkina Faso have executed suspected government collaborators, intimidated teachers and spread fear among civilians throughout the country, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday. Full text...

  • UN, Somali Gov't seek $80 million in immediate relief for flood-affected populations
    21 may 2018 04:30:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations and the Somali Government on Sunday launched a joint appeal for $80 million to provide immediate help for the people affected by recent flooding in the country’s centre and south. Full text...

  • Televised racial spat sparks an outcry in South Africa
    20 may 2018 10:16:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A televised racial altercation between three of the country's leading sports commentators has sparked an outcry with Sports Minister, Tokozile Xasa, calling for the suspension of the two white presenters. Full text...

  • UN rights office regrets Sudan teenage girl’s death sentence
    19 may 2018 04:27:43
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The case of Noura Hussein Hammad Daoud, a Sudanese teenager convicted of fatally stabbing the man she was forced to marry, after he had allegedly raped her, highlights the country’s failure to tackle the tragedy of early and forced marriage, marital rape and other discrimination and violence against women and girls, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday. Full text...

  • Violence drives thousands of CAR refugees into neighbouring DR Congo
    19 may 2018 04:05:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations refugee agency is calling for urgent support for thousands of people arriving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after fleeing conflict in south-eastern Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Rwanda's media regulatory body sued over suspension of community radio station
    18 may 2018 15:38:12
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - One of the Christian community Radio Stations, Amazing Grace FM, has dragged the Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), a regulatory body, to court for its recent suspension after it aired what authorities considered as hate remarks against women, PANA learnt Friday from a judicial source in Kigali. Full text...

  • Germany grants 29 million Euros to Rwanda for TVET
    18 may 2018 13:49:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Germany has granted 29 million Euros to Rwanda for the African country's Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as well as for Private Sector development, an official source confirmed Friday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Judges urge Security Council to serve interests of all UN Member States
    18 may 2018 04:46:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The Security Council should act on behalf of the entire United Nations membership rather than prioritizing their own national interests, or those of close allies, international court judges said on Thursday, as the 15-member body debated how to effectively counter numerous threats to world peace. Full text...

  • Hundreds of children released by armed groups in South Sudan - UNICEF
    18 may 2018 04:30:42
    Pibor, South Sudan (PANA) – More than 200 children were released by armed groups in South Sudan on Thursday, the UN children's fund (UNICEF) reported. Full text...

  • UNHCR suspends resettlement programme from Sudan as fraud probe gathers steam
    17 may 2018 20:32:14
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is temporarily suspending its refugee resettlement programme from Sudan in connection with two ongoing investigations launched in February and March by the organization’s independent Inspector General’s Office. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns attack against ‘blue helmets’ in CAR
    17 may 2018 20:25:33
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday condemned an attack against UN peacekeeping troops in southeastern Central African Republic (CAR) that claimed the life of one peacekeeper, and wounded eight others – all from Mauritania. Full text...

  • ICRC chief visits DR Congo
    17 may 2018 11:46:00
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, is in DR Congo where he has met President Joseph Kabila and the president of the DR Congo Red Cross Society. Full text...

  • Liberia needs support of African, international partners to build lasting peace
    17 may 2018 11:17:37
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The withdrawal of United Nations peacekeepers soon after a successful election signals that Liberia is well on the road to recovery, but the country’s transition from war to sustained peace is far from over, the Liberia Peacebuilding Office, the African Union and the Institute for Security Studies said on Thursday in a joint press release. Full text...

  • UNHCR chief calls for 'compassionate action' during Ramadan
    17 may 2018 07:38:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - At the start of the holy month, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, has shared his warmest wishes for all observing the holy month of Ramadan, urging action on behalf of millions of forcibly displaced people worldwide. Full text...

  • Rights group says CAR special court should offer justice to victims of brutal crimes
    17 may 2018 06:43:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights watchdog says recent violence in the Central African Republic makes the country’s new Special Criminal Court especially important as a means to offer justice to victims of brutal crimes committed during the country’s conflicts. Full text...

  • Rights body demands release of Zambian social activist
    16 may 2018 16:32:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The arrest of musician and activist Fumba Chama, also known as ‘Pilato’, is a shocking demonstration of how far the Zambian government is prepared to go to strangle all criticism and crack down on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya tightens noose on cyber criminals
    16 may 2018 16:18:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday signed into law the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Bill 2018 that criminalizes abuse of persons on social media. Full text...

  • EU underlines commitment to defend equality of LGBTI persons
    16 may 2018 14:11:26
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to combat all forms of discrimination and hate crime, on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics, and to continue to actively promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches 'Observatory for Parenthood'
    16 may 2018 09:36:35
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has launched an Observatory for Parenthood, which is a collaborative platform for the exchange of information among parenthood supporting stakeholders across the island, official sources said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • EU envoys raise concern over Sudanese teenager sentenced to death for killing rapist husband
    16 may 2018 08:48:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – European diplomats in Khartoum have expressed concern over the case of a Sudanese girl sentenced to death last week for killing her husband who raped her because she refused to be married to him. Full text...

  • UNICEF denounces attacks on children in Burundi
    16 may 2018 07:45:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN children's fund (UNICEF) has denounced an attack that killed more than 25 people including 11 children, on 11 May in northwest Burundi. Full text...

  • Rights groups say ex-Gambian president tied to 2005 murders of Ghanaian, Nigerian migrants
    16 may 2018 06:42:42
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A paramilitary unit controlled by then-Gambian president Yahya Jammeh summarily executed more than 50 Ghanaian, Nigerian, and other West African migrants in July 2005, Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rights group slams 'shameful EU policies' fuelling surge in detention of migrants, refugees in Libya
    16 may 2018 04:26:02
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International said on Wednesday that a surge in migrants and refugees intercepted at sea by the Libyan authorities has seen at least 2,600 people transferred, in the past two months alone, to squalid detention centres where they face torture and extortion. Full text...

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