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  • Somalia: Somali security forces end deadly siege on cosy restaurant
    15 june 2017 13:23:15
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has praised the Somali security forces for effectively responding to a deadly attack on a restaurant in the capital, Mogadishu, which left dozens dead early Thursday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU seeks better protection for workers from cancer-causing substances
    15 june 2017 13:03:02
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) of the European Union (EU) on Thursday reached an agreement which will guarantee the protection of more than 4 million workers from exposure to carcinogens or mutagens in the workplace. Full text...

  • Gambia: Tax officials shut down Observer newspaper operations over unpaid taxes
    15 june 2017 12:44:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) has asked the Daily Observer newspaper, owned by former President Yahya Jammeh, to cease operations with immediate effect over unpaid taxes. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan film body bans several TV programmes for agitating homosexuality
    15 june 2017 12:26:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan film classification body has banned several cartoon programmes aired by a South African pay TV, DSTV, for promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in a largely christian state, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President commiserates with UK
    15 june 2017 09:55:10
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu regrets the death of many innocent lives lost in an inferno which also left many others injured at London’s Grenfell Tower on 13 June. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU mourns German Ambassador to African Union and Ethiopia
    15 june 2017 08:21:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has learnt with profound sadness the passing away of the German Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, Joachim Schmidt. Full text...

  • US: Security Council briefed on proposal to reduce number of AU-UN troops in Darfur
    15 june 2017 03:22:30
    New York, US (PANA) – The African Union (AU) and the United Nations are proposing 44 per cent and 30 per cent reductions in their troop and police presence in Sudan's Darfur region as a step towards an eventual exit, a senior UN peacekeeping official has told the Security Council. Full text...

  • Netherlands: ICC prosecutor calls for arrest, surrender of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi
    14 june 2017 19:09:47
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, on Wednesday called for the immediate arrest and surrender of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, who is reported to have been released by a militia group on Libya. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir sacks his close aide
    14 june 2017 19:01:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir on Wednesday sacked his close aide, Taha Al Hussein, who was director of the presidential offices in the country and replaced him by appointing Hatim Hassan Bakheit as State Minister and Director of the President's Offices. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU abolishes roaming charges
    14 june 2017 14:06:12
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - As of 15 June 2017, roaming charges in the European Union will no longer apply, said an official statement issued in Brussels on Wednesday by the European Commission. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Poll ranks AfDB chief Adesina 3rd 'most reputable person on earth'
    14 june 2017 06:37:15
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has been rated the third "most reputable personality in the world", according to the 2017 Most Reputable People on Earth list released by South Africa-based Reputation Poll. Full text...

  • Spain: Football stars kick off campaign to help refugees
    14 june 2017 06:17:23
    Barcelona, Spain (PANA) – Football stars Lionel Messi and Neymar Junior on Tuesday kicked off a global campaign that seeks to ensure that millions of refugees have a safe place to live, receive an education and are able to provide for their families, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisians face jail term for eating, smoking during Ramadan
    14 june 2017 05:47:55
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The conviction of five people for the charge of “public indecency” after smoking a cigarette or eating in public during the month of Ramadan is a clear violation of individual freedoms in Tunisia, says Amnesty International. Full text...

  • Egypt: Rights group slams Egypt for blocking news sites in digital censorship
    14 june 2017 05:32:21
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Egyptian authorities have shifted their onslaught against media freedom to the digital sphere, blocking access to more than 40 news sites without justification in recent weeks, in an attempt to eliminate the country’s last remaining spaces for criticism and free expression, says Amnesty International. Full text...

  • US: Renowned cricketer, UNICEF launch video to celebrate fatherhood
    14 june 2017 05:19:36
    New York, US (PANA) – Sachin Tendulkar and UNICEF on Wednesday released a new video to celebrate fatherhood and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains. Full text...

  • US: Experts urge support for most marginalised persons with disabilities
    14 june 2017 05:08:44
    New York, US (PANA) – As the largest and most diverse international disability meeting in the world kicked off at the United Nations in New York, leading experts in the field are calling for greater recognition of a range of human rights and fundamental freedoms for persons with disabilities while focusing on helping the most vulnerable among them. Full text...

  • US: UN holds 'unprecedented' conference on rights of persons with disabilities
    14 june 2017 04:59:05
    New York, US (PANA) – A major intergovernmental meeting got underway at the United Nations on Tuesday, bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to ensure the full implementation of a landmark treaty on the rights of persons with disabilities. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Joint African action crucial to protect persons with albinism from violence'
    13 june 2017 22:07:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Highlighting the importance of cooperation among countries to overcome the violence and discrimination faced by persons with albinism, a United Nations rights expert has urged African nations to fully implement a regional action plan on ending attacks on persons with albinism. Full text...

  • US: 'Security vacuum' in Central Africa may be exploited by armed groups – UN envoy
    13 june 2017 22:00:54
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations envoy for Central Africa on Tuesday expressed his concern that the withdrawal of troops from the regional force by some contributing countries would create a security vacuum that may be exploited by an armed group. Full text...

  • US: Mine action vital to success of UN peace mandates, Security Council told
    13 june 2017 21:56:21
    New York, US (PANA) – The mitigation of the threats posed by landmines and other explosive remnants of war is vital to the success of United Nations peacekeeping and special political missions, as well as to the delivery of humanitarian assistance, the return of displaced persons, and sustainable development, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: Not only strong, but smart policies needed to combat terrorism – UN chief
    13 june 2017 21:52:06
    New York, US (PANA) – Efforts and policies to prevent extremism must encompass all segments of the society, in particular those who have suffered structural discrimination and marginalization, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, warning that measures which fail to do so could end up effectively “driving” people into the hands of terrorists. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian Speaker suspends 48 opposition Members of Parliament
    13 june 2017 18:34:57
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian National Assembly Speaker, Patrick Matibini, has suspended 48 members of parliament from the main opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) for boycotting President Edgar Lungu’s address to parliament in March 2017. Full text...

  • Germany: IOM urges all to work together to address needs of migrant children
    13 june 2017 09:23:42
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - With intergovernmental discussions leading up to the Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees currently taking place, all parties must work together to address the needs of migrant children consistent with their human rights, the UN International Organisation for Mingarion (IOM) has said. Full text...

  • Malawi: AI raises red flag on new wave of attacks on people with albinism in Malawi
    13 june 2017 08:16:00
    Lilongwe, Malawi (PANA) - A new wave of killings and attacks targeting people with albinism over the past six months is being fuelled by systemic failures in Malawi’s criminal justice system which leave members of this vulnerable group at the mercy of criminal gangs, Amnesty International (AI) said on Tuesday on International Albinism Awareness Day. Full text...

  • US: Global leaders unite to bring polio one step closer to eradication
    13 june 2017 06:16:14
    Atlanta, US (PANA) – Global health leaders gathered at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta on Monday to reaffirm their commitment to eradicating polio and pledge US$1.2 billion to finance efforts to end the disease, the UN Children's Fund has announced. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR urges governments to take in refugees
    13 june 2017 05:49:10
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Against the backdrop of increasing refugee numbers around the globe, fuelled by crisis and insecurity, and an ever widening gap in places to resettle them, the top United Nations official dealing with refugee issues has called on governments to “step up” and deliver places for refugees in line with the commitments they have made. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in CAR 'determined to fulfil mandate despite attacks on peacekeepers'
    13 june 2017 05:42:04
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations envoy for the Central African Republic (CAR) on Monday warned against increasing attacks on civilians and peacekeeping personnel while stressing the need to reenergise the political process to achieve sustainable peace in the conflict-torn country. Full text...

  • Angola: UNHCR renews appeals for more resources for DRC refugees in Angola
    13 june 2017 05:31:22
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – As refugees fleeing violence and communal tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continue to arrive in neighbouring Angola, the United Nations refugee agency has appealed for more resources to cope with the influx and to provide those coming with the support they urgently need. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition leader says ECOMIG forces not a threat to national security
    12 june 2017 14:52:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian opposition leader, Halifa Sallah, has said that the West African States Intervention forces (ECOMIG) is not a threat to the country’s security. Full text...

  • Gambia: Baboucarr Nani Sey, 1st journalist arrested after Yahya Jammeh’s era
    12 june 2017 14:27:19
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Baboucarr Nani Sey, who works for Paradise FM radio, became the first journalist to be arrested by the Gambian Police after the dreadful Yahya Jammeh 22-year era. Full text...

  • Gambia: ARTICLE 19 seeks to re-establish trust between Journalists, Security forces
    12 june 2017 13:51:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - “It is important to underscore the need to re-establish trust and professional working relationships between security forces and the media in The Gambia,” the words of Fatou Jagne Senghore, Regional Director, Article 19 West and Central Africa, at the closing ceremony Monday of the training session for the second batch of members of the Gambian security forces on "freedom of expression and the safety of journalists”. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR 'deeply concerned' about latest shipwrecks on Mediterranean Sea
    12 june 2017 10:58:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says it is deeply concerned about the latest reports of deaths at sea on the Mediterranean during the this past weekend. Full text...

  • DRC: UNICEF says 150,000 children in DRC's Greater Kasai missing out on school
    12 june 2017 05:33:38
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - More than 150,000 children are missing out on school as violence and attacks against civilian populations continue in the Greater Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported. Full text...

  • Egypt: Rights group urges Egypt to cancel military court death sentences
    11 june 2017 06:50:07
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The case of eight men who could face imminent execution following a military trial shows why Egyptian authorities should place a moratorium on the death penalty, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: AfDB chief calls on Mandela Washington Fellows to be change agents for Africa
    10 june 2017 06:14:15
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - African Development Bank (AfDB) Group President Akinwumi Adesina has called on the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows for Côte d’Ivoire to research and develop innovative ideas that will move Africa forward. Full text...

  • Mali: Three UN peacekeepers killed in attack in Kidal
    10 june 2017 05:49:39
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Condemning Thursday's attacks against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in the city of Kidal, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has reiterated the organization's support to help implement the peace agreement in the West African country. Full text...

  • Gambia: UN expert group on "enforced disappearances" visits Gambia
    09 june 2017 20:29:11
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances would undertake its first official visit to The Gambia from 12 to 19 June. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights chief calls for international investigation into 'endemic' impunity in DRC
    09 june 2017 14:36:29
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Voicing concern over the lack of progress on the part of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to undertake credible investigations into widespread allegations of rights violations and abuses in the Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental provinces, the top United Nations human rights official on Friday called for the setting up of an international investigation mechanism to look into the situation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 13 die in Boko Haram attack in Northeast Nigeria
    08 june 2017 15:28:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Police on Thursday afternoon confirmed that 13 people were killed in Wednesday's attacks by Boko Haram terrorists in the epicentre of its violence in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum supports efforts to defuse Gulf crisis
    08 june 2017 13:31:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has expressed regrets at the current negative developments in the Arab Gulf region, declaring its support to current efforts being made to defuse the crisis between Qatar and neighbouring four Gulf States and Egypt. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Gender-based killings, domestic violence forms of 'arbitrary execution' – UN rights expert
    07 june 2017 19:47:56
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – A United Nations-appointed human rights expert on Wednesday said that gender-related killings and domestic murders or intimate partner violence should be understood as forms of arbitrary execution and thus violate the right to life. Full text...

  • US: New UNICEF campaign spotlights fathers' critical role in children's early dev't
    07 june 2017 08:02:57
    New York, US (PANA) - As more than 90 countries prepare to mark Father's Day later this month, prominent figures in sports and entertainment have joined 'Super Dads,' a campaign launched on Tuesday by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) that celebrates a father's essential role in a child's early cognitive development. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights chief decries some States’ lack of cooperation with UNCHR
    07 june 2017 07:45:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations human rights chief has stressed that denying access or not cooperating with UN bodies would not diminish scrutiny of a Government’s human rights record. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US says military relations with Nigeria growing from strength to strength
    06 june 2017 18:43:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – United States Defence Attaché in Nigeria, Colonel Patrick Doyle, on Tuesday said that Nigeria remains one of top priority nations in the world to his country, and that the relationship between the military of both nations has grown from strength to strength. Full text...

  • France: Falling aid for education putting global goals at risk - UNESCO
    06 june 2017 18:23:54
    Paris, France (PANA) – Against the backdrop of aid allocations to education falling for the sixth year in a row, the United Nations agency mandated with promoting education globally has called on the donor community to focus more attention on the vital sector, especially in countries where needs are the greatest. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir phones Emir of Kuwait over crisis in Gulf states
    06 june 2017 16:53:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir on Monday telephoned the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Jabir al-Sabah and discussed with him ways for defusing the crisis between Qatar and five Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia. Full text...

  • South Africa: Cape Town braces for massive storm
    06 june 2017 15:59:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Emergency services are bracing for what is expected to be a chaotic 24-hour period as the largest storm in 30 years strikes Cape Town on Tuesday night. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO mourns passing of UNFPA chief Babatunde Osotimehin
    06 june 2017 06:21:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization(WHO) has expressed profound saddened at the death of Dr Babatune Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Full text...

  • US: UN mourns passing of UNFPA chief Osotimehin, 'a champion of health for all'
    05 june 2017 19:55:08
    New York, US (PANA) – Secretary-General António Guterres and other senior United Nations officials have paid tribute to Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), who passed away suddenly on Sunday night at the age of 68. Full text...

  • Gambia: EU envoy underlines press freedom in building democracy
    05 june 2017 19:55:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - European Union (EU) Ambassador to The Gambia, Attilas Lajos, on Monday told members of the country's security forces that a free press is always essential to democracy, no matter how young or old it may be. Full text...

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