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  • Zambia: 'Zambia’s election marred by systematic bias in media, other problems,' says EU
    17 august 2016 15:49:15
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The European Union Election Observation Mission, in its preliminary assessment after the 11 August election in Zambia, says the elections were marred by systematic bias in the state media and restrictions on the campaign. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief orders investigation into hotel attack in Juba
    17 august 2016 14:28:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Alarmed by preliminary findings on the 11 July attack on a hotel in Juba, South Sudan, in which one person was killed and several civilians were raped and beaten by men in uniform, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has ordered a UN special investigation into the incident and other abuses, and the evaluation of the overall response by the UN mission there. Full text...

  • Rwanda: UN findings, a wake-up call for action against torture in Burundi, says AI
    17 august 2016 13:13:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI), a global non-governmental organisation campaigning to end abuses of human rights, has said that persons perpetrating torture since Burundi's current crisis in April 2015, should be held to account for their crimes. Full text...

  • Sudan: Tribunal rules hand, leg of Darfur bandits be amputated
    17 august 2016 11:34:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A Darfur Special Criminal Tribunal has ordered the amputation of the right hand and left leg of each of three highwaymen who attacked and looted a convoy of a contractor working with the UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Full text...

  • US: UN releases US$50 million 'lifeline' in emergency funds for people in urgent need
    17 august 2016 08:49:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The top United Nations relief official released on Tuesday US$50 million for severely underfunded aid operations in six neglected emergencies around the world from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which supports urgent, life-saving humanitarian responses. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Rights groups demand justice for victims of South Sudan violence
    17 august 2016 07:43:38
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Two human rights groups have said renewed violence underscores the urgency of bringing to account those responsible for crimes under international law committed during South Sudan’s armed conflict. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu receives congratulatory messages on his re-election
    16 august 2016 18:42:08
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  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army rescues 88 Boko Haram escapees
    16 august 2016 17:41:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Eighty-eight persons who escaped from Boko Haram terrorists were rescued Tuesday by the Nigerian Army during a clearance operation in Bama local government area of Borno in the northeastern part of the country, according to an official statement released here. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA expresses worry over police brutality against journalists in Guinea
    16 august 2016 15:41:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said it is worried about ''the continued attacks on journalists'' in Guinea Conakry by a section of the country's police and the Gendarmerie. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US delegation begins one-week visit to Nigeria
    16 august 2016 11:08:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A United States Security Governance Initiative (SGI) team has begun a one-week visit to Nigeria, pledging to send 50 officials from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other security experts to help in the war against terrorism. Full text...

  • US: UN force detains 10 armed men, recovers weapons cache in CAR
    16 august 2016 08:05:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has reported that after a standoff with a convoy of heavily-armed men near Sibut, the capital of Kémo Prefecture, UN forces detained 10 of the suspects and recovered a “significant quantity” of weapons and munitions. Full text...

  • US: UN condemns 'appalling' attack on civilians in eastern DR Congo
    16 august 2016 07:57:10
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday joined his envoys from the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in strongly condemning the killing of dozens of civilians during an overnight attack in Beni, located in restive eastern part of the country, where the UN mission and national authorities have now deployed forces in the wake if the incident. Full text...

  • US: US consoles DR Congo on 'horrific' Beni massacre
    16 august 2016 06:52:09
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States on Monday consoled the Democratic Republic of Congo following the massacre of dozens of citizens last Saturday night outside of Beni, North Kivu. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese government blames rebel movements for failure of peace talks
    15 august 2016 18:41:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's delegation to peace talks with the rebels in Darfur, Nuba mountains and Blue Nile, returned home Monday blaming the rebels for the inconclusive round, but said it remains ready to resume any time the African Union invites them. Full text...

  • Sudan: Donors contribute 25.5% funding of Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016
    15 august 2016 18:27:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Despite unilateral economic sanctions it imposed on Sudan, the United States tops donor countries extending relief and humanitarian action in Sudan, a UN snapshot report showed on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army kills 16 Boko Haram terrorists
    15 august 2016 16:56:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army said Monday its troops have killed 16 Boko Haram terrorists in the northeastern State of Borno. Full text...

  • US: Obama felicitates with Congolese on independence day
    15 august 2016 15:41:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Monday felicitated with the people of the Republic of Congo, as the African country celebrated its 56th independence anniversary on 15 August. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari meets with Defence, Security chiefs over Boko Haram video, demands
    15 august 2016 15:31:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with Nigeria's top Defence and security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to review the video released Sunday by Boko Haram terrorists of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped two years ago. Full text...

  • South Africa: Kidnapper jailed for 10 years
    15 august 2016 10:02:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The woman convicted of abducting a newborn baby in the country’s most dramatic kidnapping case was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on Monday. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN rep welcomes enactment of Somalia’s human rights commission law
    15 august 2016 07:12:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – After decades of conflict, the Federal Government of Somalia and its partners have a duty to put in place effective human rights protection institutions, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, has said. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says two-thirds of young people in 18 countries bullied
    14 august 2016 18:26:57
    New York, US (PANA) - About 97 per cent of young people believe that bullying is a pervasive problem in their communities, and two-thirds say they have been bullied, a new survey conducted by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and their partners has revealed. Full text...

  • Sudan: 5 Sudanese killed in Benghazi fighting
    14 august 2016 13:44:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Five Sudanese were killed in a cross-fire following fighting between Libyan armed groups in Benghazi, according to Sudan's Foreign Ministry spokesman Gareeballah Khidir. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN Security Council approves regional protection force for UNMISS
    13 august 2016 12:03:35
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday authorized a 4,000-strong regional protection force within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), “responsible for providing a secure environment in and around Juba,” the capital, which in early July was the scene of the latest eruption of deadly violence in the young country, exacerbating an already desperate humanitarian situation. Full text...

  • Sudan: US gravely concerned over detention of Darfuris who met US Special Envoy to Sudan
    13 august 2016 10:14:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States has expressed concern over the detention of up to 15 Darfuris who had met with an American Special Envoy to the Sudan when he visited the area late last month. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says South Sudanese exodus affecting neighbouring countries
    12 august 2016 17:29:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Neighbouring countries hosting refugees from South Sudan are straining under the sheer weight of the ongoing exodus, as desperate people continue to arrive at their borders daily, joining hundreds of thousands of others who fled for safety before them, the UN has warned. Full text...

  • US: US-based NGO laments use of religion to destabilise societies
    12 august 2016 15:43:03
    New York, US (PANA) - An American non-governmental organization (NGO), which monitors religious activities worldwide, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), on Friday said religious freedom is under attack in many nations around the world, harming individuals and threatening the stability of societies worldwide. Full text...

  • UN: UN says youth vital in achieving sustainable development agenda
    12 august 2016 14:51:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said the world's young people, who make up the largest generation of youth in history, can lead a global drive to break the patterns of the past and set the world on course to a more sustainable future. Full text...

  • Kenya: ICTJ calls for enhanced reparations for Ivoirian rights victims
    12 august 2016 12:01:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new paper from the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) offers clear and concrete proposals for a new reparations policy in Côte d’Ivoire for victims of serious human rights violations. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges US, other nations to help refugees, migrants
    11 august 2016 19:20:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday urged the US and other countries to keep reaching out to people in need, wherever they are, saying "we will all be stronger by building bridges instead of walls." Full text...

  • Nigeria: WB provides US$125m to enhance teacher education in Nigeria's rural areas
    11 august 2016 18:50:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The World Bank has set aside US$125 million for programmes to motivate and attract teachers to Nigeria's rural areas and enhance teacher development in the country. Full text...

  • UN: ICC to commence trial of Mali's Al Mahdi
    11 august 2016 17:01:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday said the trial of Malian rebel, Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, will begin on 22 August at the ICC headquarters at The Hague, Netherlands. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Turkish citizens in Nigeria organise protest in support of their President
    11 august 2016 15:27:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Turkish citizens resident in Nigeria on Thursday protested in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, calling for support for their President, Tayyip Erdogan, who survived a coup attempt on 15 July. Full text...

  • US: US envoy to hold talks with Moroccan officials on terrorism
    11 august 2016 15:06:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Brett McGurk, will visit Rabat, Morocco, 15 August for bilateral talks with Moroccan officials on terrorism, a US State Department statement said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief chief says South Sudan crisis worsening
    11 august 2016 15:02:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, has again painted a grave picture of the enormous humanitarian crisis facing South Sudan and the devastating impact of the ongoing violence on its people. Full text...

  • Congo: Congolese senate adopts draft bill on security cooperation agreement with Angola
    11 august 2016 12:44:26
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese Senate on Wednesday adopted a draft bill authorizing the ratification of the cooperation agreement between Congo and Angola on security and public safety, Congolese radio reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Fire guts four-storey building in Kigali
    11 august 2016 11:58:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An early morning fire gutted one part of a four-storey building located at Kacyiru, a suburb of Kigali, on Thursday leaving in its trail huge losses to business operatives located in the building, a police source said. Full text...

  • Senegal: Global response to terrorism must evolve with the threat - INTERPOL Chief
    11 august 2016 11:36:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Head of INTERPOL has said that the global response to transnational terrorism must adapt to the evolving and expanding nature of the threat. Full text...

  • Libya: 10 killed in car bomb attack in Sirte
    11 august 2016 11:18:08
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – An Islamic State suicide bomber blew himself up in a car bomb attack on Wednesday evening in the military zone of al-Gizeh in Sirte, killing 10 members of the pro-governmental forces. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Details emerge on Nigerian soldiers court-martialled in Maiduguri
    11 august 2016 08:46:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Details have emerged of the Nigerian Army General Court Martial inaugurated by the General Officer Commanding 7 Division Maidiguri, Brigadier General Victor Ezegwu on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: US criticises DR Congo for expelling human rights activist
    11 august 2016 06:56:44
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US says it is "very concerned" by the decision of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) not to renew the visa of Human Rights Watch (HRW) senior researcher for the Congo, Ida Sawyer, and asked the authorities to allow her to return. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts caution governments, families on child-directed commercial adverts
    10 august 2016 19:29:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of International Youth Day, two UN human rights experts are drawing attention to the impact of commercial advertising directed at young children that instils, at an early age, over-consumption and indebtedness, and have urged the governments to redefine those child-directed advertisements. Full text...

  • Nigeria: OIC assesses humanitarian needs in Nigeria's war-ravaged northeast area
    10 august 2016 18:27:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday said it was renewing the mobilisation of emergency support in addressing the humanitarian situation in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US provides US$37m for humanitarian assistance in Nigeria, Lake Chad Basin
    10 august 2016 17:01:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Wednesday announced that it will provide over US$37 million in additional humanitarian assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict and severe food insecurity in Nigeria and throughout the Lake Chad Basin. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army court-martials 20 soldiers in Maiduguri
    10 august 2016 16:41:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A general court martial was inaugurated Wednesday in Maiduguri for trial of 20 Nigerian soldiers over disciplinary issues in Operation Lafiya Dole Theater Command, the main military force battling Boko Haram terrorists in the country's northeastern area. Full text...

  • Sudan: Armed opposition ready for immediate end of war in Sudan
    10 august 2016 11:58:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Rebels fighting the central government in Khartoum say they are ready for an immediate end to the war in the Blue Nile and Kordufan regions, as both sides enter into ceasefire talks on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: South Sudanese refugees influx into Uganda rising
    10 august 2016 11:43:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Norwegian Refugee Agency (NRA) has warned that the number of South Sudanese seeking refuge in Uganda has been rising daily with the figure in the past 20 days topping the total for last year. Full text...

  • Botswana: Online activists want Miss Botswana barred from Miss World pageant
    10 august 2016 09:28:28
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Social media activists in Botswana have launched a petition calling for the disqualification of Miss Botswana from Miss World competition because she has tattoos. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu accepts Constitutional Court judgement on ministers
    09 august 2016 21:51:51
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu says he has accepted the judgment of the Constitutional Court that ministers vacate office following the dissolution of the parliament last May. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President fires director of public prosecution
    09 august 2016 19:48:34
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has fired the government's Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mutembo Nchito, following a recommendation by a tribunal which was appointed in March 2015 to investigate the official's alleged misconduct. Full text...

  • Botswana: Government allays fears of police brutality in Botswana
    09 august 2016 19:13:03
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has dismissed public outcry on alleged infringement of human rights by police after youth protesting rising unemployment were forcefully sent off from parliament buildings. Full text...

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