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  • UN: UN marks 25th anniversary of Convention on the Rights of the Child
    20 november 2014 22:52:51
    New York, US (PANA) - As countries around the world celebrate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN family on Thursday hailed the landmark treaty as a powerful human rights tool, while taking stock of the long-standing disparities that must be addressed to propel actions for the well-being of all children into the future. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief criticizes law in Gambia targeting homosexuals
    20 november 2014 20:47:03
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Thursday criticized a recent amendment to the criminal code of Gambia that creates a broad and vague offence of "aggravated homosexuality" punishable by life imprisonment. Full text...

  • UN: Eritrea human rights probe tackles 'long list of alleged abuses'
    20 november 2014 19:55:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Human Rights Council has condemned what it calls a widespread and systematic violation of fundamental freedoms in Eritrea, saying that investigators have started a probe into Eritrea human rights abuses. Full text...

  • UN: 'Leveraging innovation key to advancing progress on child rights' – UNICEF
    20 november 2014 19:02:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite progress in advancing child rights over the past 25 years, Full text...

  • Nigeria : Nigeria struggling to improve living condition of slum dwellers
    20 november 2014 17:55:53
    Osogbo , Nigeria (PANA) - With less than a year to the deadline set to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Nigeria is still struggling to improve the lives of 120 million slum dwellers, as demanded by the development agenda, according to UN Habitat Programme Manager in Nigeria, Kabiru Kyari. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia’s human right commission slams police for using excessive force on students
    20 november 2014 17:35:49
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia's Human Rights Commission Thursday condemned the manner in which the police dealt with protesting students at the University of Zambia campus in the capital, Lusaka, last week. Full text...

  • Sudan: More Eritreans arrive Europe seeking asylum
    20 november 2014 15:14:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said that 37,000 Eritreans asylum seekers arrived in Europe, via Sudan and Ethiopia, this year, indicating that the figure is three times more than the number of arrivals the same time last year. Full text...

  • Libya: 1 soldier killed, 5 injured as violence erupts in Benghazi after truce
    20 november 2014 13:02:01
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - At least one soldier was killed and five others injured Wednesday in Benghazi, eastern Libya, during armed conflicts which violated a 12-hour truce agreed by warring factions, under the supervision of the United Nations, according to security and humanitarian sources. Full text...

  • Burundi: 2 prison guards injured during jail break in Burundi
    20 november 2014 12:48:24
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Two policemen guarding the high security prison in Murembwe, Southern Burundi, were seriously injured late Wednesday night in a grenade attack by prisoners who escaped from detention, PANA reported Thursday, quoting the Public Radio and Television of Burundi. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa to host major anti-racism summit
    20 november 2014 09:08:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe are among a group of leading personalities who will address a historic anti-racism summit organised by Global Watch in Johannesburg on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy urges compliance with humanitarian truce in Benghazi
    20 november 2014 08:24:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino Leone has urged all parties to the conflict in the country's second city of Benghazi to adhere to an unconditional humanitarian truce announced on Wednesday to evacuate civilians and retrieve the bodies of the dead. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council calls for thorough investigation on alleged mass rape in North Darfur
    20 november 2014 08:19:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has expressed concern over allegations of Full text...

  • UN: 'Sahel facing insecurity, humanitarian challenges'
    20 november 2014 08:11:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel Robert Piper has said insecurity is on the march again in the countries of Africa’s Sahel belt, where extremists Full text...

  • Tunisia: Obama promises "equipment" to Tunisia to fight terrorism
    19 november 2014 19:44:09
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – US president Barack Obama has promised to help Tunisia in its fight against terrorism by providing them with the "needed equipment". Full text...

  • Malawi: School pupils run riot over delay in payment of teachers' salaries
    19 november 2014 15:39:26
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Police on Wednesday used teargas to disperse hundreds of angry school pupils who took to the streets in the Malawi commercial capital, Blantyre, protesting delays by government in paying their teachers' salaries. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Authorities detain son-in-law of ousted President Ben Ali
    19 november 2014 15:29:20
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Authorities in Tunisia have arrested and detained Slim Chiboub, son-in-law of ousted president, Ben Ali, PANA learnt from a spokesperson of the Tunis Court of First Instance, Sofien Sliti. Full text...

  • UK: Gambia must stop wave of homophobic arrests, torture
    19 november 2014 15:22:42
    London, UK (PANA) - The arrest, detention and torture of eight people since the beginning of the month, as part of a crackdown on “homosexuality” by the Gambian authorities, reveal the shocking scale of state-sponsored homophobia, Amnesty International said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Five suspects in court over Ethiopian gang rape case
    19 november 2014 15:04:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Police in Ethiopia arrested five suspects in the gang rape of 16-year-old Hanna Lalango, who died after being kidnapped from school and gang-raped for several days, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: French TV channel shuts Tripoli office
    19 november 2014 12:10:32
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - French international news channel "France 24" has announced the closure of its office in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, after receiving threats. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan army declares a 12-hour truce in Benghazi
    19 november 2014 12:01:26
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan army has announced a 12-hour unilateral truce, starting from 7 pm local time Wednesday, to allow the supply of relief materials and the evacuation of the wounded from some districts in the country's second city of Benghazi. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan slams Ban over mass rape report
    19 november 2014 10:43:47
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has criticised UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for questioning an initial UN/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) report that there was no evidence of mass rape, allegedly committed by Sudanese soldiers, in a remote Darfurian village. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Ruling party condemns 'evil political manipulation'' of slavery issue
    19 november 2014 10:01:29
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian ruling party Union for the Republic (UPR) has condemned what it calls the "evil political manipulation, sources of division and a threat against the national cohesion" of the issue of slavery in Mauritania. Full text...

  • US: 'Gambia must stop wave of homophobic arrests, torture'
    18 november 2014 20:37:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Amnesty International on Tuesday said that the arrest, detention and torture of eight people since the beginning of the month as part of a crackdown on "homosexuality" by the Gambian authorities have revealed the shocking scale of state-sponsored homophobia. Full text...

  • UN: UNFPA report calls for right investments for world’s adolescents
    18 november 2014 19:27:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The world's 1.8 billion adolescents can help to propel their countries’ economies, provided governments invest in their education, health care and create jobs for them, according to a new report released Tuesday by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Full text...

  • Tanzania:UNHCR relocating 15,000 stranded South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia
    18 november 2014 16:46:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - UNHCR has started relocating by boat some 15,000 South Sudanese refugees from the Matar way station in western Ethiopia with the movement of the first group of 125 refugees on Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR alarmed about ignored humanitarian catastrophe in DRC's Katanga province
    18 november 2014 16:41:30
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) Tuesday expressed deep concern about the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Katanga in DR Congo (DRC) saying violence has forced some 400,000 people to flee their homes in the province since the end of 2012. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UNHCR evacuates stranded South Sudanese refugees to Ethiopia
    18 november 2014 15:37:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said it was relocating 15,000 stranded South Sudanese refugees to Eastern Ethiopia following the flooding of their camps. Full text...

  • Kenya: Police arrest 10 men for stripping woman
    18 november 2014 15:16:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Police in Nairobi arrested 10 men Tuesday after an incident in which a woman was beaten up and stripped naked in Kayole estate for allegedly dressing indecently. Full text...

  • UN: Ban troubled by Darfur rape allegations, urges 'unfettered' access to town
    18 november 2014 07:19:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he is deeply troubled about persistent allegations of mass rape in Tabit, North Darfur, and urged Sudanese government Full text...

  • UN: 'Over 370,000 people die from drowning every year'
    17 november 2014 18:50:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Over 372,000 people die from drowning each year, with those Full text...

  • Nigeria: State of emergency to be extended in 3 states worst hit by insurgency
    17 november 2014 16:36:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Against the background of raging insurgency in Nigeria's North-east, the federal government announced on Monday that it will again seek an extension of the state of emergency which it first imposed on the three worst-hit states. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. begins re-engineering of defence, security posture over Boko Haram
    17 november 2014 15:49:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen. Aliyu Gusau Mohammed, on Monday announced that Nigeria had commenced the re-engineering of its defence and security posture in order to cope with global and domestic threats posed by the Boko Haram insurgency and other international terror groups. Full text...

  • Sudan: Authorities say no to UNAMID's planned 2nd visit over alleged rape in Thabit
    17 november 2014 12:53:47
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has vowed that it will not allow the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to pay another field visit to North Darfur's Thabit village, the scene of an alleged mass rape of 200 women and girls by Sudanese soldiers, this Monday. Full text...

  • Libya: Flights resume at Maitigua airport near Tripoli
    17 november 2014 12:43:21
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Activities at the Maitigua international airport, east of Tripoli, suspended for several hours on Sunday following armed clashes in the region of Tajoura, have resumed, according to airport sources. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR raises red flag on escalating Eritrean asylum seekers in Europe
    17 november 2014 11:58:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency has said the number of asylum-seekers in Europe from Eritrea over the first 10 months of this year has risen three-fold, compared to the same period in 2013. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma back home after attending G20 Summit
    17 november 2014 11:33:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - President Jacob Zuma on Monday returned to South Africa after attending the G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane, Australia. Full text...

  • Gambia: Arrested social activist freed, others remain in jail
    17 november 2014 11:05:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Social activist Sait Matty Jaw, who was arrested and detained along with two foreigners by Gambia's National Intelligence Agency (NIA) last week, has been freed on bail, sources close to his family told PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges leaders to protect people from persecution
    16 november 2014 21:10:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day of Tolerance, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sunday urged world leaders to protect people from persecution and to encourage tolerance for all regardless of nationality, religion, language, race, sexuality or any other distinction that obscures our common humanity. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief calls for recommitment to road safety
    16 november 2014 21:04:54
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a re-commitment to Full text...

  • South Africa: Remains of Lagos church collapse victims return to SA
    16 november 2014 20:55:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday said the tragic deaths of 81 South Africans in the Nigeria church building collapse two months ago has united the country. Full text...

  • UN: Malian activist wins 2014 UN prize for promoting tolerance, non-violence
    16 november 2014 17:11:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Two grassroots peace-builders and human rights activists, Mr. Ibrahim Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army 'retakes' Chibok
    16 november 2014 12:21:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army said on Sunday it has retaken Chibok in North-east Borno state, the home village of about 300 abducted school girls which was itself captured by the insurgent group Boko Haram Thursday evening. Full text...

  • Nigeria : Nigerian anti-drug agency arrests man with cannabis at Lagos airport
    16 november 2014 10:02:56
    Lagos , Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian anti drug agency has arrested a man carrying 665 grammes of cannabis in his luggage at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport of Lagos while on his way to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks G-20 countries on political responsibility, Ebola response
    15 november 2014 21:38:58
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says with the planet and its people Full text...

  • UN: 'Humanitarian situation in Mali demands urgent assistance'
    15 november 2014 18:13:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN relief officials have warned that Mali is at a critical humanitarian crossroads and failure to act immediately in response to the country’s urgent needs may ultimately jeopardize its path towards peace and stability. Full text...

  • Libya: Portuguese navy rescues some 200 illegal migrants off Libyan coasts
    15 november 2014 15:53:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A Portuguese navy ship on Friday evening rescued 201 illegal migrants who were attempting to reach Italy in a wooden boat, about 40 miles off the Libyan coast. Full text...

  • UN: Number of Eritrean asylum-seekers in Europe soars
    15 november 2014 05:39:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The number of asylum-seekers in Europe from Eritrea during the first 10 months of 2014 has tripled compared with last year, with large numbers of refugees from the country also fleeing to neighbouring Ethiopia and Sudan, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said. Full text...

  • UN: UN warns of human rights abuses, displacement in Libya
    15 november 2014 05:28:16
    New York, US (PANA) - In the wake of car bombings in Tripoli and deadly clashes between rival armed groups across troubled Libya, the UN human rights office has voiced alarm over escalating violence in the, while the UN's refugee agency has also warned that mounting insecurity is taking a toll on humanitarian operations. Full text...

  • Congo: US to help Gulf of Guinea countries on maritime safety
    14 november 2014 21:35:14
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The US secretary for maritime affairs, Ray Mabus, on Friday said that his country would work for the security of the maritime space of the Gulf of Guinea. Full text...

  • Sudan: FM deplores rape allegations campaign
    14 november 2014 20:37:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan on Friday deplored "a repetition of a campaign" by the United Nations in New York on an alleged mass rape of 200 women and girls reported by the Netherlands-based Radio Dabanga in Thabit village in North Darfur. Full text...

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