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  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Chief wants better data sharing mechanism for migration management
    05 august 2017 11:34:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of the trans-national holistic approach aimed at dealing with the problems associated with migration, irregular migration and border management issues, the ECOWAS Commission President, Marcel de Souza, has drawn attention to the necessity of setting up a regional data sharing mechanism. Full text...

  • Sudan: Southern refugees commit rape, arson, subversion in camp
    05 august 2017 10:57:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Local authorities in While Nile state, south of Khartoum, have arrested dozens of Southern refugees involved in rape and destruction of properties in a refugee camp, near the border with South Sudan. Full text...

  • Liberia: New UN human rights office to open in Liberia in early 2018
    05 august 2017 10:14:36
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Although Liberia has made significant progress since the civil war ended, precarious human rights conditions have prompted the United Nations to open an office there early next year to monitor and report on the situation. Full text...

  • Belgium: UNESCO, partners organize World Humanities Conference in Belgium
    05 august 2017 09:35:26
    Liège, Belgium (PANA) - The “World Humanities Conference. Challenges and Responsibilities for a Planet in Transition” will take place in Liège, Belgium, from 6 to 12 August 2017. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights office unearths DRC gov't complicity in ethnic-based massacres in Kasai
    04 august 2017 11:37:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – A report by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has warned that violence in the Kasai provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo appears to be taking on an increasing and disturbing ethnic dimension. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief pledges support to displaced civilians in Malakal
    04 august 2017 11:21:20
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Having witnessed first-hand various security challenges and humanitarian efforts in South Sudan, the United Nations peacekeeping chief has wrapped up his three-day mission to the country, which included a visit to the UN Protection of Civilians site in Malakal, where he expressed the Organization's resolve to support the return to stability. Full text...

  • US: 'UN Standing Police Capacity fills critical need in peace operations'
    04 august 2017 06:20:59
    New York, US (PANA) – Over the past 10 years, the United Nations Standing Police Capacity (SPC) has filled a critical need in global peace operations by providing them with readily available police expertise, according to the outgoing head of the unit. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights office voices concern about unrest in Mauritania
    03 august 2017 16:52:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations human rights office has expressed concern about the ongoing unrest in Mauritania, ahead of the constitutional referendum scheduled for Saturday, particularly the apparent suppression of dissenting voices and the reported use of excessive force by the authorities against protest leaders. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA paralympian Pistorius admitted to hospital
    03 august 2017 16:23:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius was taken to Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday after suffering severe chest pains, Correctional Services spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo confirmed, saying the convicted murderer is being closely monitored. Full text...

  • Libya: Military strongman orders bombing of Italian warships in Libyan waters
    03 august 2017 15:40:36
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - A report by the Libyan Express newspaper on Thursday quoted the Libyan eastern commander of Operation Dignity, Gen. Khalifa Haftar, as ordering his air force and navy to destroy any ships, not on commercial mission, within the Libyan waters. Full text...

  • Italy: Amnesty slams Italian vote to deploy warships in Libyan waters to intercept refugees
    03 august 2017 06:59:37
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Human Rights group Amnesty International has slammed the Italian Parliament for voting in favour of deploying warships in Libyan waters to support the Libyan coastguard in the interception and return of refugees and migrants to Libya. Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN envoy expresses concern over DR Congo arbitrary arrests
    03 august 2017 06:16:00
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The United Nations envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Wednesday expressed his concern over arbitrary arrests and detentions across the country, following civil society's call for the holding of elections before year-end and their peaceful protests against delays in the publication of the electoral calendar. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN official calls for regional engagement in South Sudan peace process
    03 august 2017 06:09:19
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The United Nations peacekeeping chief said on Wednesday that the involvement of eastern African countries in revitalizing the peace process in South Sudan was among the main topics he discussed with that nation's President, describing such regional engagement “a good thing”. Full text...

  • US: Security Council urges all parties in Burundi to cease violence
    03 august 2017 05:54:37
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday expressed “deep concern” over the political situation in Burundi – including increasing numbers of refugees and reports of torture, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings – and strongly urged the Government and all parties to immediately cease and reject such violence. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council moves to thwart terrorists' access to weapons
    03 august 2017 05:48:43
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons, particularly small arms and light weapons, the “destabilizing accumulation and misuse” of which the 15-member body said “continue to pose threats to international peace and security and cause significant loss of life”. Full text...

  • US: Solidarity across generations vital for sustainable development, says Guterres
    01 august 2017 19:57:23
    New York, US (PANA) – The wisdom, experience, energy and ideals of the old and the young are vital to realising the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, stressing that they together can help break the cycles of poverty that have lasted for generations. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN migration chief visits Nigeria's crisis-hit northeast zone
    01 august 2017 16:43:23
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations has scaled up its efforts to tackle the humanitarian crisis in northeast Nigeria, through a visit by its top migration official and the allocation of US $10.5 million from a new fund. Full text...

  • Morocco: Nearly 70 migrants hurt crossing Spanish border
    01 august 2017 14:30:13
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - About 70 sub-Saharan African migrants were injured on Tuesday when they tried to cross through the razor-wire-topped fence separating northern Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Tuesday, the Red Cross said. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights groups demand investigation into murder of Kenya election official
    01 august 2017 06:34:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Human rights groups are calling for investigation into the gruesome murder of Chris Msando, head of information technology at Kenya’s independent election monitoring body. Full text...

  • US: UN rights experts say fight against racism must be 'unremitting to be successful'
    01 august 2017 06:11:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The fight against racism must be unremitting to be successful, according to the oldest of the United Nations treaty-monitoring bodies, which opened its latest session in Geneva on Monday. Full text...

  • CAR: UN peacekeeping chief underscores political solution to end CAR violence
    01 august 2017 06:03:19
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The top United Nations peacekeeping official is in the Central African Republic where he on Monday discussed the security situation and the political process, while paying homage to three UN 'blue helmets' killed in the line of duty in recent days. Full text...

  • Somalia: Keating condoles families of slain Ugandan AMISOM soldiers
    31 july 2017 18:48:02
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative Michael Keating on Monday expressed his deepest condolences to the families and colleagues of the Ugandan soldiers serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) who were killed in an ambush in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region on Sunday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Former cop testifies about South African activist's death in custody
    31 july 2017 16:46:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – An apartheid-era policeman who witnessed the death of Ahmed Timol in 1972 on Monday told a Johannesburg inquest that the activist was not thrown out of a 10th floor window at police headquarters in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian academic urges new government to kick out bad laws
    31 july 2017 16:40:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A renowned Gambian historian and professor at La Salle University of Philadelphia in the United States has urged President Adama Barrow to eradicate draconian laws in the Constitution of The Gambia to bring back best practice of democracy. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC calls for strengthened action against human trafficking
    31 july 2017 14:48:45
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, has implored member states to proactively act towards ending human trafficking. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African population increases - Stats SA
    31 july 2017 14:32:36
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's population grew by over 900,000 people from 2016 to the middle of 2017, and now stands at 56.52 million people, according to the annual mid-year population estimates by Statistics South Africa. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan slams US court verdict on attacks on US embassies
    31 july 2017 14:23:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Foreign Minister, Ibrahim Ghandour, has condemned a United States court verdict which fined the Sudan US$ 7.3 billion in compensations to families of the victims of an attack against two US embassies in Africa in 1998. Full text...

  • Italy: 'Deploying warships to police Libyan waters will expose refugees to horrific abuse'
    31 july 2017 14:15:34
    Rome. Italy (PANA) - Proposals to send warships to police Libyan territorial waters are a shameful attempt by the Italian authorities to circumvent their duty to rescue refugees and migrants at sea and to offer protection to those who need it, said human rights body, Amnesty International (AI), ahead of a vote in the Italian parliament on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana again condemns North Korea for ICBM test
    31 july 2017 10:52:58
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has again condemned North Korea for its latest inter-continental ballistic missile test. Full text...

  • Libya: Irish Navy rescues 109 migrants off Libyan coast
    31 july 2017 09:59:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Irish naval vessel, LÉ William Butler Yeats, on Sunday rescued 109 migrants off the coast of Tripoli, Libya, in its first search and rescue mission since deploying to the Mediterranean in mid July. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan to host conference to tackle human trafficking
    31 july 2017 09:18:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan’s National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking (NCCHT) on Sunday said that arrangements are underway to hold a national conference to develop plans that will address human trafficking problems. Full text...

  • DRC: UNICEF says 1.4 million people displaced in DRC's Kasaï region
    31 july 2017 05:17:04
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – About 1.4 million people have been forced from their homes by waves of violent conflict in the Greater Kasaï region of the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC) – making the region one of the largest displacement crises in the world for children, UNICEF has said. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir confers with Archbishop of Canterbury
    30 july 2017 20:17:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, on Sunday called on President Omar Bashir of Sudan with their discussions centering on provision of assistance to the poor and displaced people. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan reiterates ownership of Halaib Triangle
    30 july 2017 15:21:38
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Sunday stressed that it is determined to restore its ownership right in the disputed Halaib Triangle through legal means and international conventions. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Osinbajo condemns Boko Haram ambush of oil explorers, military escorts
    30 july 2017 13:35:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday condemned “the appalling" ambush, attack and abduction of soldiers and civilians who were carrying out their duties to the nation in the Lake Chad Basin. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army apologises, says 14 soldiers, 17 civilians died Boko Haram ambush
    30 july 2017 13:20:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday rendered an “unreserved apology” to Nigerians over its claims last week that only 8 soldiers and one civilian died in an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists in northeast of the country. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN peacekeepers urged to shore up efforts to protect civilians
    30 july 2017 06:20:50
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - As UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix begins a visit to South Sudan from 31 July to 2 August, a human rights group has stressed that UN peacekeepers in the troubled country must shore up efforts to protect civilians. Full text...

  • Austria: UN agency urges world to 'act now' to help, protect trafficking victims
    30 july 2017 06:10:17
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – As links between wars, trafficking and migrant smuggling become more widely known, the United Nations is calling on the international community to act now to help and protect trafficking victims and to end this crime forever. Full text...

  • Sudan: Archbishop of Canterbury to open Sudan’s Anglican Church on Sunday
    29 july 2017 19:49:12
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, arrived in Khartoum on Saturday where he will open the Anglican Church of Sudan on Sunday, effectively dividing the province of South Sudan and Sudan into two communions. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe: Two elephants shot after trampling Zimbabwe policeman to death
    29 july 2017 16:02:26
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Two more elephants have been shot dead in Zimbabwe after they trampled a policeman to death in the east of the country, conservationists said on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: UN peacekeeping chief warns Security Council about insecurity in CAR
    28 july 2017 19:32:57
    New York, US (PANA) – The head of the United Nations peacekeeping operations has warned that the increased intensity of attacks on civilians and peacekeepers is bringing Central African Republic (CAR) to the tipping point. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UN expert finds attacks on persons with albinism dropping in Tanzania
    28 july 2017 16:48:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – People with albinism living in rural Tanzania continue to live in fear amid widespread attitudes that lead to violence against them, a United Nations human rights expert has concluded after her first visit to the East African country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Upmarket Johannesburg rule rocked by race row
    28 july 2017 15:14:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A race row has shaken one of South Africa’s top schools, with the Department of Education threatening to intervene. Full text...

  • DRC: War crimes fugitive surrenders to UN peacekeepers in DRC
    28 july 2017 06:05:18
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – The United Nations advocate for ending sexual violence in conflict has welcomed the surrender of fugitive rebel leader Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka to the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), known as MONUSCO. Full text...

  • France: France sets up clearing centres for asylum seekers in Libya
    27 july 2017 13:19:01
    Paris, France (PANA) - French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that France will set up processing centres this summer in Libya for asylum seekers trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 9 soldiers, one civilian killed in Boko Haram ambush
    27 july 2017 07:40:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said nine of its soldiers who were part of the team exploring for crude oil in the Lake Chad Basin in northeast Nigeria, were killed in a Boko Haram ambush on Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: WFP receives US$1.6 million from Italy for Libyan IDPs
    27 july 2017 06:07:47
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$1.6 million donation from Italy but warned that the figure is still short of the US$9.5 million needed to feed Libyan families displaced by fighting. Full text...

  • US: UN condemns killing of two peacekeepers in Central African Republic
    26 july 2017 19:42:54
    New York, US (PANA) – Secretary-General António Guterres and the United Nations Security Council have condemned Tuesday's killing of two peacekeepers in the Central African Republic's (CAR) south-eastern city of Bangassou. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights chief names international investigators in Kasai abuses
    26 july 2017 19:39:48
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations human rights chief on Wednesday named three international experts to investigate reports of killings, mutilations, rapes and other abuses in Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) restive Kasai provinces. Full text...

  • Somalia: New contingent of UN Guard Unit assumes duties in Somalia
    26 july 2017 18:34:11
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The UN Guard Unit (UNGU) in Somalia conducted a change of command ceremony on Wednesday with an incoming contingent of soldiers, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) announced. Full text...

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