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  • Rwanda: Arrested Rwandan official accused of 'leaking' govt secrets
    29 march 2016 10:51:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The director-general of the Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA), Dr. Rose Mukankomeje, who has been arrested for her alleged involvement in a corruption case is also facing charges related to leaking government secrets, the spokesperson of the National Public Prosecution Authority, Augustin Nkusi, said on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Libya: Fresh fighting breaks out between rival armed groups in Tripoli
    29 march 2016 10:38:57
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Fierce fighting broke out on Monday evening between rival armed groups in the zone of Ghout al-Chaal, in the southern suburb of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Full text...

  • US: UN team sent to CAR to investigate new sexual exploitation allegations
    29 march 2016 06:38:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations has reported that a delegation led by the Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for the Central African Republic visited Kemo prefecture to gather more information on new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as to engage with local communities and authorities. Full text...

  • US: US supports UN agencies with US$20 million for refugee, migration response
    28 march 2016 15:41:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The US on Monday announced an additional US$20 million to support efforts by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) to respond to increased protection, shelter, and other life-saving assistance throughout Europe, including in Greece, Western Turkey, and the Balkans. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns Sunday suicide bombing in Pakistan
    28 march 2016 13:52:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has strongly condemned the suicide bombing that targeted a park in Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 60 people and wounding over 100, including many women and children. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan signs plan to protect children from violations in armed conflict
    28 march 2016 11:56:27
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan has signed an Action Plan with the United Nations (UN) to prevent the recruitment and use of children by Government Security Forces. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President Kagame inagurates water project
    28 march 2016 11:34:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday inaugurated a US$28-million water supply project located in Nzove, a suburb of Kigali city, that will pump 25,000 cubic meters of water a day to customers, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Sudan: Japan gives US$4m to Sudan stabilization, livelihoods programme
    28 march 2016 11:10:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Japan has allocated a total of US$4 million to support the UN Community Stabilization Programme in the southern border states and the creation of youth employment in eastern Sudan. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Five illegal miners buried in pit collapse in southern Rwanda
    28 march 2016 08:23:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least five illegal miners have been buried alive following the collapse of an illegal coltan (columbite-tantalite) mine in Rwanda's southern district of Muhanga, the local media reported on Monday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Libya: 4 killed after fighting resumes in western city of Zaouia
    27 march 2016 14:43:57
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Four people have been killed in the city of Zaouia, 55 kilometres from Tripoli, after clashes resumed between tribal armed groups following the collapse of a ceasefire. Full text...

  • Ghana: Christians celebrate Easter
    27 march 2016 06:27:02
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Christians throughout the world are on Sunday celebrating Easter, the day of Jesus Christ's resurrection, after his crucifixion and death three days earlier. Full text...

  • Sudan: South Sudan ambassador unhappy southerners to be treated as foreigners by Khartoum
    26 march 2016 17:05:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The South Sudanese Ambassador to Sudan, Mayan Dot, has expressed dismay over a recently-declared policy by Khartoum that South Sudanese nationals resident inas foreigners. Full text...

  • US: UN chief shines a light on African diaspora's legacy
    25 march 2016 19:45:53
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday highlighted the African diaspora's contributions to society, including culture, medicine, science and spirituality, as the global community gathered to honour the millions of Africans forcibly exploited by slavery. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says 3 journalists assaulted in Congo Brazzaville
    25 march 2016 15:10:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that three international journalists who were covering the elections in the Republic of Congo were punched and had their passports and equipment seized on Wednesday by a group of four men who identified themselves as police. Full text...

  • Ghana: Christians mark Good Friday
    25 march 2016 06:13:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Christians throughout the world are marking Good Friday, a day on which they commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU member countries combine efforts to investigate terrorist networks
    24 march 2016 19:59:50
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Expressing their shock at the 22 March 2016 terrorist attacks in Brussels, European Union Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs on Thursday underlined the need to further build upon the combined national efforts to investigate, as a matter of urgency, the networks involved in the Paris and Brussels attacks and other similar networks. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief urges Egypt to halt 'clampdown' on NGOs
    24 march 2016 17:17:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein has Full text...

  • UN: UN staff union calls for justice, accountable for workers abduction, murder
    24 march 2016 17:13:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Staff Union on Thursday called for justice and for perpetrators Full text...

  • Ghana: Three retired South African police officers appear in court
    24 march 2016 17:08:37
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Three retired South African police officers who were arrested in a town in Ghana's Central Region for allegedly engaging in activities with national security implications were on Thursday granted bail by the Circuit court in Accra. Full text...

  • UN: ICC confirms war crime charge against Malian rebel, commits him to trial
    24 march 2016 15:56:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday confirmed war crime charge on a Malina rebel, Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, relating to the destruction of historical and religious monuments in Timbuktu, Mali, and committed him to trial before a Trial Chamber. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says 87 million children under seven spent lives in conflict zones
    24 march 2016 15:50:31
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 86.7 million children under the age of seven have spent their entire lives in conflict zones, putting their brain development at risk, the UNICEF said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA signs agreements with sub-regional press freedom bodies
    24 march 2016 15:44:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has signed partnership agreements with the leading press freedom and freedom of expression organisations in 14 West African countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military to subject alleged Boko Haram leader's video to ascertain authenticity
    24 march 2016 15:13:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Thursday said it is subjecting a purported new video from the alleged leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, to forensic examinations in order to ascertain its authenticity. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says six men sentenced for killing journalist in Somalia
    24 march 2016 15:03:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A military court in Mogadishu, Somalia, has upheld sentences imposed on six people convicted in connection with the December 2015 murder of Somali broadcast journalist Hindia Haji Mohamed, the Commettee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US spends over US$240m on IDPs in northeastern Nigeria
    23 march 2016 20:26:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States of America has spent over $240 million on health, education and sanitation needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who are victims of Boko Haram attacks in the North Eastern part of Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: ICC confirms charges against LRA rebel leader, commits him to trial
    23 march 2016 15:00:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday confirmed 70 charges brought by the ICC prosecutor against one of the rebel leaders of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), Mr. Dominic Ongwen, and Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants communications blackout lifted in Congo
    23 march 2016 13:48:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The government of the Republic of Congo should immediately lift the total communications blackout it imposed before the 20 March presidential elections, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes Bemba's conviction
    23 march 2016 11:36:19
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the conviction at the International Criminal Court (ICC) of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, a former vice president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and previously a leader of a Congolese rebel group that committed widespread atrocities in the Central African Republic (CAR) from 2002 to 2003. Full text...

  • US: Burundi's tensions could fuel violence in Great Lakes region - UN official
    23 march 2016 07:31:54
    New York, US (PANA) – A climate for inclusive dialogue is urgently required to eradicate the polarization and fragmentation of Burundian society, resulting from the increasing poverty and ongoing political crisis, a senior United Nations human rights official urged on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UN welcomes ICC's first conviction for rape as war crime
    23 march 2016 06:32:05
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the judgement issued by the International Criminal Court in the case of former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana applauds ICC verdict on Bemba
    22 march 2016 19:05:12
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has applauded the International Criminal Court (ICC) on its verdict against the former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Jean-Pierre Pemba, saying it sends a strong message that impunity for crimes against humanity will not be tolerated. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama condemns Brussels attacks
    22 march 2016 17:29:58
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has joined world leaders in condemning Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Brussels describing them as "cowardly". Full text...

  • UN: UN condemns terrorist bombings in Brussels
    22 march 2016 17:11:26
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials have strongly condemned Tuesday's terrorist Full text...

  • Senegal: Rights groups hail ICC verdict against DRC rebel leader
    22 march 2016 16:55:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) –Rights groups under the banner of Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) have hailed the court's guilty verdict against Jean-Pierre Bemba, a Congolese militia leader and politician. Full text...

  • Belgium: Europe mourns Brussels victims of terrorist attack
    22 march 2016 16:25:23
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union is mourning the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Brussels, said a joint statement of the EU heads of state, government and leaders of the EU institutions. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert warns on treatment metted on people with albinism
    22 march 2016 15:22:49
    New York, US (PANA) - UN expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Ms. Ikponwosa Ero, on Tuesday warned that people with albinism are being hunted for witchcraft rituals, their body parts hacked off with machetes, and their graves desecrated. Full text...

  • Egypt: Egypt condemns Brussels terror attacks
    22 march 2016 15:11:53
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs has "strongly" condemned the terrorist attacks perpetrated on Tuesday in the Belgian capital, Brussels, which claimed the lives of 30 persons and injured many others. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan citizens told to shun buses, trains in Brussels over terrorist threat
    22 march 2016 14:37:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan nationals, living in Belgium for different reasons, have been urged to avoid public transportation over terror attack fears after a series of explosions rocked different parts of the Belgium capital, Brussels, leaving around 30 people dead and more wounded. Full text...

  • South Africa: Possible MH370 debris discovered on Cape coastline
    22 march 2016 14:30:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Malaysian government on Tuesday confirmed that the debris that could be part of a plane engine has been found on the South African coast near Cape Town and will be inspected to see if it belongs to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared mysteriously two years ago. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan FM expresses solidarity with Belgium after Brussels terror attacks
    22 march 2016 11:42:49
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Foreign Affairs minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, has condemned Tuesday's Brussels terror attacks and pledged solidarity with the people of Belgium, after a series of explosions left about 26 people dead and 130 injured. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Verdict in former Rwandan presidential guard's case adjourned
    22 march 2016 11:32:01
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Military High Court in Kigali on Tuesday postponed the verdict on former Rwandan presidential guard commander, Col. Tom Byabagamba and his two co-accused until 31 March, a judicial source told PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU president reacts to terrorist attacks in Brussels
    22 march 2016 11:15:41
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - European Union (EY) President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday the EU will fulfill its role to help Belgium and Europe as a whole counter the current terror threat. Full text...

  • Ghana: 3 South Africans arrested on security concerns
    22 march 2016 09:06:12
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Three retired South African police officers have been arrested in a town in Ghana's Central Region for allegedly engaging in activities with national security implications. Full text...

  • US: 'Assault on one minority community is attack on all,' Ban says on Day to eliminate racism
    22 march 2016 08:47:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Observing the world's day set aside to bolster efforts on eliminating racial discrimination, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged increased global efforts towards that aim and declared that “an assault on one minority community is an attack on all”. Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty International commends ICC verdict on DRC rebel
    21 march 2016 16:57:06
    New York, US (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) on Monday said the International Criminal Full text...

  • UN: ICC declares DRC rebel leader guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity
    21 march 2016 16:29:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan senior official arrested over conspiracy in corruption case
    21 march 2016 14:48:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The director general of Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA), Dr. Rose Mukankomeje, has been arrested for alleged involvement in cases of conspiracy in a corruption case, which also involves senior local adminitrative leaders in the Western Province, Police sources confirmed Monday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Djibouti: Ban welcomes release of 4 Djiboutian prisoners by Eritrea
    19 march 2016 12:36:17
    Djibouti, Djibouti (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has praised Qatar for mediating in the process that culminated in the release of four Djiboutian prisoners by the Eritrean authorities. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU urges all countries to sign up to antiracism convention
    18 march 2016 18:20:07
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union will continue its efforts to eliminate all forms of discrimination within its borders and in the world, so that all may enjoy human rights and fundamental freedoms, without restrictions or exceptions, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said Friday, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Full text...

  • Sudan: South Sudan denies any wrong doing against Khartoum (Correcting the attribution in the last paragraph)
    18 march 2016 13:44:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A South Sudanese official on Friday denied accusations that Juba supported Sudanese rebels thus prompting President Omar Bashir to consider as foreigners all southerners resident in Sudan. Full text...

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