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  • Guterres ‘deeply saddened’ by loss of life in Nigeria floods
    11 october 2018 20:16:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday he is “deeply saddened”, as the Government of Nigeria announced that some 200 people have died, and a further 1,310 injured, due to flooding across a dozen states. Overall, around two million have been affected, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • Mali not fulfilling its ‘sovereign role’ in protecting its people: UN human rights expert
    11 october 2018 20:09:14
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - In an effort to better protect people and their property throughout Mali, the international community must honour commitments to help reduce violent extremism, chronic insecurity and ineffective government, said the United Nations expert on human rights in the country, Alioune Tine, on Thursday. Full text...

  • President Bashir leaves for Equatorial Guinea Independence anniversary
    11 october 2018 18:59:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan left Khartoum for Equatorial Guinea on Thursday to Full text...

  • Nigerian govt worries about continued closure of Nigerian businesses in Ghana
    11 october 2018 16:43:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government on Thursday expressed reservations over the continued closure of Nigerian-owned businesses in Ghana, two weeks after Ghanaian President Koffi Nana-Akudo, gave the order to reopen them. Full text...

  • Mauritius celebrates International Day of Older Persons
    11 october 2018 15:52:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, on Thursday hailed the vast contribution made by the elderly in making Mauritius an example globally. Full text...

  • Rwandan court upholds suspension of community radio station
    11 october 2018 11:23:31
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan court has upheld the suspension slapped on a community radio station for broadcasting hate remarks against women. Full text...

  • TIME salutes South African product
    11 october 2018 08:36:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A South African company has been included in TIME magazine’s list of 50 of the “Genius Companies of 2018”. Full text...

  • Eritrean families flood into Ethiopia to seek refugee status after border re-opening
    11 october 2018 08:30:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Hundreds of Eritrean families are flooding into Ethiopia to re-unite with their loved ones and scores are seeking permission to remain in Ethiopia as refugees, an aid agency said in a report on Thursday. Full text...

  • ‘Put an end to the death penalty now’, urges Guterres
    10 october 2018 19:57:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Progress made toward eliminating the death penalty has been “marred by setbacks”, said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement on Wednesday, marking the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty. Full text...

  • Tunisian parliament passes bill against racial discrimination
    10 october 2018 14:00:43
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia's House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted by 125 votes to one and five abstentions a bill to eradicate all forms of racial discrimination. Full text...

  • UNESCO D-G to attend Francophonie Summit in Yerevan, Armenia
    10 october 2018 13:26:41
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, will travel to Yerevan on 11 October to represent the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, at the 17th Summit of the International Organisation of la Francophonie (IOF). Full text...

  • Nelson Mandela Foundation salutes struggle hero
    10 october 2018 10:39:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation on Wednesday paid tribute to anti-apartheid activist Barbara Harmel who has died after a short illness. Full text...

  • At least 50 passengers killed in horror bus crash in western Kenya - Police
    10 october 2018 10:35:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 50 people have been killed in a bus accident along the main Nairobi-Kisumu highway, police said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria pledges support for implementing ECOWAS labour programmes
    10 october 2018 09:17:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government has pledged to support the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission in the implementation of its labour and employment programmes and policies within the sub-region. Full text...

  • First South Sudan river convoy in five years, delivers UN aid to remote areas
    10 october 2018 01:17:00
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - For the first time since civil war erupted in South Sudan in 2013, a United Nations food convoy has managed to deliver thousands of tonnes of aid by river, to people in seven hard-to-reach locations, saving millions of dollars on costly aid flights. Full text...

  • Anti-slavery NGO denounces police clampdown on protesters
    09 october 2018 17:10:25
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA or IRA-Mauritania), an anti-slavery NGO in Mauritania, has denounced what it called "a barbaric oppression by police officers against a sit-in group of militants resulting in injury to 9 people. Full text...

  • UK announces mine clearance project worth $1.5 million in Libya
    09 october 2018 16:28:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The ambassador of the United Kingdom to Libya, Frank Baker, has announced a new project on mine clearance and disposal of remnants of war and explosives in Libya with funding of £1.5 million (about $1,958.149 ) over the next two years. Full text...

  • EU reiterates opposition to capital punishment for all cases
    09 october 2018 16:12:14
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - On the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the Council of Europe and the European Union (EU) on Tuesday reiterated their strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and for all cases. Full text...

  • Zambian NGOs condemn university students' behaviour against Information Minister
    09 october 2018 11:31:36
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia's Non-governmental Gender Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has condemned in the strongest terms the unruly behaviour by some students from the country’s largest university who attacked and abused Information Minister Dora Siliya during the funeral service for one of their colleagues. Full text...

  • Funding for world's forcibly displaced, stateless under strain - UNHCR
    09 october 2018 09:50:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Funding for the world’s forcibly displaced and stateless people is becoming increasingly squeezed, with barely more than half of needs being met, and worsening hardship and risks for many refugees, other displaced people and the communities they live among. Full text...

  • Moroccan Navy rescues 615 migrants in the Mediterranean
    09 october 2018 09:11:07
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The Moroccan Navy at the weekend rescued 615 migrants whose boats were in trouble in the Mediterranean, the General Staff of the Moroccan Armed Forces said in a statement on Monday. Full text...

  • With boundaries blurring between crime and terror, international cooperation’s vital - UN
    09 october 2018 02:48:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The constantly-evolving ‘nexus’ between crime and terrorism, ranging from simple deals to complex symbiotic relationships, demands greater understanding to break the illicit flow of black-market cash across borders, a United Nations meeting heard on Monday. Full text...

  • UN recognises postal service as ‘a true partner for all’ delivering good to the world
    09 october 2018 02:34:42
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking World Post Day, top United Nations officials highlighted the importance of the postal sector not just for delivering mail but also “delivering good to the world”. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to punish member States disregarding rulings of ECOWAS Court of Justice
    08 october 2018 16:58:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) –The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said in Abuja on Monday it will punish member States that are in the habit of disregarding and disobeying judgments of the ECOWAS Court of Justice. Full text...

  • Governor, co-accused charged afresh with woman, unborn baby killing
    08 october 2018 13:28:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan High Court has consolidated Governor Okoth Obado’s case in the murder of a pregnant girlfriend, Sharon Otieno, with that of his two aides. Full text...

  • UN officials say humanitarian response in Chad must go ‘hand in hand’ with longer-term recovery
    08 october 2018 03:36:52
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - Senior United Nations officials on Sunday called for stronger joint humanitarian and development interventions in Chad as the crisis-riven central African country tackles poverty, displacement, malnutrition, and lack of access to basic social services. Full text...

  • MSF resumes operations in South Sudan county
    08 october 2018 03:26:52
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says it has resumed the full range of medical services in Maban, South Sudan, after most of its activities were suspended following a violent attack on its office and compound on 23 July. Full text...

  • Ailing Tutu turns 87
    07 october 2018 12:25:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Nobel Laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is spending his 87 birthday in a Cape Town hospital on Sunday as he continues to battle his poor health. Full text...

  • Top UN officials say more support needed to ease humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria
    07 october 2018 05:05:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The top United Nations relief and development officials on Saturday called for national and international partners to step up support for humanitarian efforts in north-eastern Nigeria and help millions of people rebuild their lives in the region that has been ravaged by Boko Haram’s near decade-long insurgency. Full text...

  • Senegal hosts Innovation Education in Africa Expo 2018
    06 october 2018 11:54:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Under the theme: "Meeting Continental Targets for Inclusive, Quality and Transformative Education and Training in the 21st Century", the African Union Commission (AUC) Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST), together with the Senegalese Government and its partners across and beyond Africa, is organising the ‘Innovating Education in Africa Expo’ to showcase technical and social innovations in every area of education and training. Full text...

  • Kenya launches after arrest of five Chinese nationals with military weapons
    05 october 2018 19:01:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - An assortment of military weapons has been seized and five Chinese nationals arrested in a security swoop in Nairobi on Friday, immigration officials said. Full text...

  • US First Lady goes on wildlife safari walk in Kenya
    05 october 2018 17:56:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Melania Trump, US First Lady, visited a wildlife orphanage in Nairobi on Friday, where she interacted with baby elephants as they were fed by handlers at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Full text...

  • Nigerian Defence Academy honours AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina
    05 october 2018 15:04:40
    Kaduna, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), the country’s leading military and academic institution, has conferred honorary doctorate degrees in Management Science on three prominent individuals, including the African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Akinwumi Adesina. Full text...

  • 19 killed in renewed attacks in Nigeria's Plateau state
    05 october 2018 10:42:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – About 19 persons, including a family of seven, have been confirmed dead after gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen launched an attack on Ariri community in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State, Northcentral Nigeria. Full text...

  • Dr Mukwege's Nobel Peace Prize crowns years of treating survivors of sexual violence in war situation
    05 october 2018 10:27:05
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Dr. Denis Mukengere Mukwege, a surgeon, gynecologist and women’s rights activist, who was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday with Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist, was born on 1 March 1955. Full text...

  • DR Congo gynaecologist, Yazidi rights activist win 2018 Nobel Peace Prize
    05 october 2018 09:46:37
    Oslo, Norway (PANA) - The Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday announced that DR Congo gynaecologist, Dr Denis Mukwege, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist, have been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. Full text...

  • South Africa rocked by fresh race row
    05 october 2018 09:18:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In the latest race row which is reverberating across South Africa, famous radio presenter Sasha Martinengo is attempting to defend his own air reference to firebrand political leader Julius Malema as “a monkey”. Full text...

  • Top UNHCR official calls for end to assaults aimed at refugees
    05 october 2018 05:50:21
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - “Noise, chatter, shrillness, lack of civility, and harsh language,” surround the public debate over refugees, who face a “seemingly endless volley of assaults,” said the UN refugee agency’s (UNHCR) Assistant High Commissioner for Protection on Thursday. Full text...

  • Tunisia ‘at a turning point’ stresses UN rights expert
    05 october 2018 05:40:10
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - An independent UN human rights expert welcomed on Thursday the progress made towards democratic reform in Tunisia, since the 2011 revolution, and emphasised the importance of protecting freedom of peaceful assembly and association. Full text...

  • UN steps up disease prevention efforts as heavy floods affect Nigeria
    05 october 2018 05:39:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - With over 826,000 people affected by heavy flooding affecting most of Nigeria, humanitarian agencies continue to step up efforts to provide life-saving assistance, especially basic medical care, which is essential to prevent disastrous epidemics. Full text...

  • Preventing terrorism needs better evidence from African projects - Study
    04 october 2018 17:22:21
    Pretoria, South Africa – Scores of projects aimed at preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) in West and Central Africa are doing important work in tough conditions, but lack long-term funding and hard evidence of how best to confront terrorism, the South Africa-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's out of school children rises from 10.5 to 13.2million
    04 october 2018 17:01:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A survey has shown that the population of out of school children in Nigeria has risen from 10.5 million to 13.2 million. Full text...

  • Africa’s annual loss through illicit financial flows jumps to US$80 billion
    04 october 2018 16:52:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Africa’s annual loss through illicit financial flows (IFFs) has increased from US$50 billion in 2015 to over US$80 billion, former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, has said Full text...

  • Nigeria, Pakistan to strengthen military cooperation
    04 october 2018 16:41:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army has indicated its interest to collaborate with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on training, intelligence, radio communication and logistics support among others. Full text...

  • AfDB grants 75.4 million euros to Gabon for access to safe drinking water by 2025
    04 october 2018 13:16:46
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - With a loan of 75.4 million euros, the African Development Bank (AfDB) will support Gabon to reduce the drinking water deficit of 50,000 cubic meters per day in Grand Libreville, including the communes of Libreville, Akanda, Owendo and Ntoum. Full text...

  • HRW urges ICC investigate killings in DRC's Beni
    04 october 2018 11:41:33
    Beni, DRC (PANA – Unidentified fighters have killed more than 1,000 civilians in Beni territory in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in a series of massacres beginning four years ago, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Three shot dead in Addis Ababa shooting rage
    04 october 2018 09:55:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Three armed policemen have been shot dead in Addis Ababa' s upmarket Bole district in an early morning shooting rage, the local media reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN event sheds light on child sexual abuse and exploitation
    04 october 2018 06:46:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Governments can and must do more to end the daily sexual abuse and exploitation of girls and boys worldwide, an event at UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday highlighted, including through a newly launched tool designed to help countries track progress and gaps. Full text...

  • Former Rwandan senior bank manager arrested over favouritism
    03 october 2018 16:47:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former Director General of Rwanda Development Bank, Alexis Kanyankore has been arrested over a charge related to favouritism and falsifying official documents, the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • ANC Women's League calls for the castration of rapists
    03 october 2018 15:26:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Women’s League of the ruling African National Congress (ANCWL) in South Africa has called on the public to join it in lobbying for the adoption of chemical castration as a punishment for convicted rapists. Full text...

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