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  • Rwanda: EU responds to El Niño, food security in Horn of Africa
    27 october 2016 09:10:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Thursday announced a new set of actions to respond to the El Niño phenomenon and food security crisis in the Horn of Africa with an allocation totaling €66.5 million Euros, an official statement made available to PANA in Kigali said. Full text...

  • South Sudan: South Sudan armed groups release 145 children - UNICEF
    27 october 2016 06:21:49
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – A total of 145 children were on Wednesday released by armed groups in South Sudan, the largest number of children freed since 2015, when 1,775 children were released in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has announced. Full text...

  • US: UN holds memorial service for fallen staff
    27 october 2016 05:54:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Joined by staff and families of the women and men of the United Nations who lost their lives between 1 January 2015 and 30 June 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a memorial service at UN Headquarters on Wednesday that “those who destroy may think bombs and bullets are the most powerful force … but nothing is more powerful than the human spirit”. Full text...

  • US: Rights expert calls for action to end violence, discrimination against albinos
    27 october 2016 05:45:49
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations human rights expert Ikponwosa Ero has called upon government representatives gathered in New York for the General Assembly to take swift action to end a growing problem of violence and severe discrimination against people with albinism. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Truck conveying Nigerian IDPs runs over landmine in Borno state
    26 october 2016 19:31:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A truck conveying internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Maiduguri, Borno State capital, to Gamboru-Ngala on the border with Niger Republic, on Wednesday ran into a landmine planted on the highway by suspected Boko Haram terrorists, causing an explosion which injured some of the people. Full text...

  • Nigeria: South Korean military to partner with Nigeria on training, fighting terrorism
    26 october 2016 19:20:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A visiting senior military delegation from the Democratic Republic of Korea, led by Major General Yo Song Chol, Wednesday met with Nigerian military officials in Abuja. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says Nigeria faces humanitarian crisis in northeastern region
    26 october 2016 19:10:58
    New York, US (PANA) - With nearly 400,000 children facing starvation and citizens suffering with little or no protection, security, food or access to clean water, Nigeria is facing the worst humanitarian crisis on the African continent, UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, Peter Lundberg said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari inaugurates panel for rebuilding Nigeria's northeast
    26 october 2016 18:56:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President ‎Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday inaugurated the Presidential Committee on the Northeast Initiative (PCNI), charged with coordinating government and private sector intervention funds and programmes in rebuilding the Boko Haram terrorism-ravaged northeastern part of the country. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief warns on hate speech in South Sudan
    26 october 2016 16:36:49
    New York, US (PANA) - An alarming rise in hate speech and incitement to violence against certain ethnic groups in South Sudan has prompted the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al Hussein, to issue a warning that if community and political leaders at the highest levels do not rein it in, mass atrocities in the country could erupt. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ decries mounting press freedom crisis in Burundi
    26 october 2016 15:50:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed alarm about the ''deteriorating situation for the media'' in Burundi. Full text...

  • South Africa: Students riot in Cape Town
    26 october 2016 15:44:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There were chaotic scenes in the Cape Town, South Africa, on Wednesday as large crowds of protestors marched to Parliament where Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his medium-term budget speech. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns violence, attacks in CAR
    26 october 2016 13:45:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned the outbreak of violence on 24 October in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), Bangui, that killed at least four civilians and injured nine others. Full text...

  • France: US$460 million, weapons seized in global counter-smuggling operation
    26 october 2016 11:17:36
    Paris, France (PANA) - More than US$460 million in cash and bearer negotiable instruments (BNIs) and some 300 weapons have been seized in a global counter-smuggling operation coordinated by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and international criminal police organisation (INTERPOL). Full text...

  • Sudan: IOM Sudan resettles 1,750 refugees in Canada
    26 october 2016 09:42:18
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Some 1,750 refugees living in Sudan have been resettled in Canada with the support of International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Sudan so far this year. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria Army arrest 4 soldiers, two cops among Boko Haram collaborators
    25 october 2016 19:44:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army announced Tuesday the arrest of nine more Boko Haram terrorists’ collaborators and saboteurs. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US commends Nigeria for stemming child labour, human trafficking
    25 october 2016 19:33:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Department of Labour has commended Nigeria for making significant progress in stemming the scourge of child labour and human trafficking. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta cancels Angola visit after terrorist attack in Mandera
    25 october 2016 19:07:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta cancelled a visit to the Angolan capital, Luanda, for a regional security summit on Tuesday, after 12 people were killed in a deadly terror attack in Mandera, northeastern Kenya. Full text...

  • South Africa: 3 Zimbabwean suspects plead in horrific murder case
    25 october 2016 15:39:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Three Zimbabwean men, on trial for a horrific double murder that rocked South Africa, on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to the charge. Full text...

  • Sudan: US to facilitate resumption of Sudanese government/rebel negotiations
    25 october 2016 15:33:38
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States Government has said it will help Sudanese foes resume peace talks under the leadership of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel, but stressed that it will want the ongoing national dialogue to be an inclusive process. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian police officer kills colleague after mistaking him for a criminal
    25 october 2016 13:36:55
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A Zambian police officer was killed Tuesday while two others are nursing injuries after they were shot by a fellow officer who mistook them for armed criminals. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR - Death toll in Mediterranean migrant crossings 'is the worst we have seen'
    25 october 2016 11:47:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) says it is alarmed at the high death toll being seen this year among refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean, stating that "this is the worst we have seen." Full text...

  • Kenya: Terror attack leaves 12 dead, search continues for missing people
    25 october 2016 10:54:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan rescue workers are conducting a search and rescue operation at the site of a terror attack in the northeastern town of Mandera, where 12 people were killed in an overnight terror attack, officials said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: South Sudan troops accused of 'deliberate killings, rape, looting'
    25 october 2016 05:52:20
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has said in a new report launched on Tuesday that South Sudanese government forces are responsible for deliberately killing civilians, raping women and girls and looting property in July in the capital, Juba. Full text...

  • UN: UN says 18 people killed, 60 injured in north-central Somalia
    24 october 2016 18:45:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 18 people have been killed and 60 injured in the ongoing fighting in Gaalkacyo, Somalia, in the last two weeks, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Regional security summit on DR Congo, Great Lakes opens Wednesday
    24 october 2016 15:19:25
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The heads of state of member countries of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), meeting in Luanda, Angola, on Wednesday will discuss various issues focusing on the the current situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the strategies aimed at the neutralization of negative forces and repatriation of disarmed combatants in the region, Full text...

  • US: US government felicitates with Zambia on national day
    24 october 2016 14:46:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Monday congratulated the government and people of Zambia on its 52nd independence celebrations. Full text...

  • UN: Ban lauds UN workers for contributing to global peace, care
    24 october 2016 14:27:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Monday in New York commended UN personnel for their efforts and contributions to global peace and development, as well as their responses to the plight of the vulnerable people across the world. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Moroccan monarch starts official visit to Tanzania
    23 october 2016 16:27:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Moroccan King Mohamed VI arrived here Sunday for a three-day official and his first visit, which officials said would usher in a new stage of diplomatic and economic relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • UN: Head of UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan steps down
    23 october 2016 14:07:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The head of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan, Ellen Margrethe Løj, has informed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that she will step down at the end of November after more than two years of leading the Mission, it was officially announced here Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights panel concerned about anti-Black racism in Canada
    22 october 2016 19:08:56
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of UN human rights experts on Saturday expressed serious concerns about systemic anti-Black racism in the criminal justice system in Canada. Full text...

  • UN: UN probe says DRC security forces used "excessive force" on protesters
    21 october 2016 17:53:31
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN preliminary investigation revealed on Friday that government agents, such as police and armed forces, used excessive including lethal force during demonstrations in Kinshasa, the capital of DR Congo (DRC), last month, in which at least 53 people were killed, 143 injured and more than 299 unlawfully arrested. Full text...

  • UN: ICC approves implementation of reparations for Lubanga crimes' victims
    21 october 2016 15:45:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday approved the implementation of a plan submitted by the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) for symbolic collective reparations for the victims in relation with the case of former Congolese militia leader, Thomas Lubanga. Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty Int'l tasks African body on Human Rights on Ethiopia, Eritrea, Gambia
    21 october 2016 13:46:50
    New York, US (PANA) - International human rights watchdog, Amnesty International (AI), on Friday stressed the need for the African Union Commission on Human and People's Rights to act more decisively to curtail what it described as "the rapidly escalating human rights crises" in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Gambia. Full text...

  • Tanzania: European Council wants Africa's cooperation to stop illegal migration
    21 october 2016 09:33:23
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) wants to enhance cooperation with Africa in its goal to prevent illegal migration to Italy and to the rest of Europe, and to ensure effective returns of irregular migrants, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: New UN report says freedom of expression under attack
    21 october 2016 05:51:53
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN human rights report has found that governments worldwide are threatening freedom of expression by wielding the tools of censorship. Full text...

  • Somalia: New head of UNSOS takes up office in Mogadishu
    20 october 2016 19:49:05
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG) Michael Keating, and Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, on Thursday welcomed Hubert Price to the Somali capital as he took up his new responsibilities as Head of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies scale up relief assistance in southern Madagascar
    20 october 2016 18:51:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a report that more than half of the population in southern Madagascar, about 840,000 people, are experiencing alarming rates of food insecurity, UN agencies are responding to the most severe cases of malnutrition and acute hunger to prevent a catastrophe. Full text...

  • UN: WFP provides emergency food aid to 8,000 persons in CAR
    20 october 2016 16:34:46
    New York, US (PANA) - UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday said it is providing emergency aid to 8,000 people affected by an upsurge in violence in the north of Central African Republic (CAR), in addition to regular food and nutrition support for some 120,000 people. Full text...

  • Zambia: ActionAid Zambia shocked over rising cases of corruption in Zambia
    20 october 2016 15:52:45
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - ActionAid Zambia says it is shocked and disappointed by the rampant corruption and mismanagement of public resources that has occurred within one year under the ruling Patriotic Front Government. Full text...

  • UN: Investing in 10-year-old girls boost to sustainable development - UNFPA report
    20 october 2016 14:05:24
    New York, US (PANA) - If all of the 10-year-old girls living in developing countries who currently drop out of or do not attend school were to complete their secondary education, it would lead to an additional US$21 billion per year, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) disclosed on Thursday in its annual State of the World Population Report. Full text...

  • US: UN experts concerned about situation of jailed Mauritanian anti-slavery activists
    20 october 2016 09:55:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Voicing serious concern over recent intensified crackdown by the Mauritanian Government on the imprisoned anti-slavery activists, a group of United Nations human rights experts has urged the authorities to ensure a fair hearing and provide needed medical treatment for the detainees. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UNICEF urges more psychological care for rescued Nigerian school girls
    20 october 2016 05:25:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has emphasised the need for more psycho-social care for the 21 rescued Nigerian school girls after being held hostage for more than two years by Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda, Morocco agree to enhance bilateral cooperation
    19 october 2016 19:35:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Wednesday called on Rwandan President Paul Kagame soon after his arrival in Kigali on a two-day visit, as part of his week-long tour of East Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: French forces to train Nigerian military
    19 october 2016 19:20:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The General Commanding French Forces in Senegal, Brigadier General Pascal Facon on Wednesday expressed the strong determination of French Forces to train Nigerian Armed Forces in areas that would make Nigeria military more responsive to its statutory responsibility. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Canada invests $3m in campaign to end forced marriages in Nigeria
    19 october 2016 19:10:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Canada is investing $3 million dollars in Nigeria towards ending child early and forced marriages because the impact of this practice is so profound and so far-reaching, Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria Christopher Thornley has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Navy arrests 22 for militancy, other crimes, impounds 3 vessels, 80 boats
    19 october 2016 15:40:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Navy said here on Wednesday that it has arrested 22 suspects involved in the destruction of pipelines, illegal oil bunkering, kidnapping and impersonation of naval officers in the Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • UN: ICC finds DRC rebel leader, 4 others guilty of tempering witnesses
    19 october 2016 15:26:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday found former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba and his four close aides, Aime Kilolo Musamba, Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, Fidele Babala Wandu and Narcisse Arido, guilty of various offences against the administration of justice. Full text...

  • Senegal: Six Ghanaian journalists to be rewarded for SDG reporting
    19 october 2016 15:12:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Six Ghanaian journalists who have demonstrated excellence in reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be honoured with awards on 24 October, organizers of the event revealed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 27 foreigners 'without papers' arrested in Mauritius
    19 october 2016 11:39:23
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian police on Wednesday arrested 27 foreigners for residing illegally in the country, police sources told PANA in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Rights group warns 'draconian measures' will escalate Ethiopia's deepening crisis
    19 october 2016 07:02:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has warned that heavy-handed measures by the Ethiopian government will only escalate a deepening crisis that has claimed the lives of more than 800 protesters since protests began in November 2015. Full text...

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