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  • Belgium: EU increases humanitarian aid to South Sudan by €20 million
    21 december 2015 16:22:07
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - As the situation in South Sudan worsens and aid delivery is increasingly challenging, the European Commission has released €20 million in new humanitarian assistance for the country. Full text...

  • UN: 'Spirit of solidarity' must inspire collective response to major world challenges - Ban
    21 december 2015 05:40:18
    New York, US (PANA) - On International Human Solidarity Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pointed to the newly-adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and called for joint action to implement its targets and create a better future for all. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Gunmen attack foreigners, kill 3 policemen, 3 civilians
    20 december 2015 21:54:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen killed three policemen and three civilians during an attack on some foreign workers in the Guba Shango axis in Nigeria's northern Gombe state on Saturday, the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US$2.1b scandal splits umbrella newspapers' body
    20 december 2015 14:47:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The US$2.1 billion arms scandal linked to Nigeria's former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki has split the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), some of whose members reportedly got a share of the funds. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army commutes death sentence of 66 soldiers
    20 december 2015 10:27:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army has commuted to 10 years imprisonment each the death sentence passed on 66 soldiers, who were convicted of mutiny in the ongoing war against the terror group Boko Haram in the country's North-East. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body condemns Angolan activists' house arrest
    19 december 2015 16:32:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The decision by authorities to move 15 Angolan human rights activists from detention to house arrest Friday is encouraging but falls far short of the unconditional release that they should be immediately granted, Amnesty International says. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese asylum seekers repatriated from Jordan
    19 december 2015 13:43:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Hundreds of Sudanese asylum seekers in Jordan have started arriving home after Jordanian authorities forcefully moved them to the airport for their journey home. Full text...

  • Nigeria: CPJ calls on Sierra Leone to release newspaper editor
    18 december 2015 23:22:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in Sierra Leone to release Jonathan Leigh, Managing Editor of the Independent Observer. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt warns of plan by Boko Haram to make fresh abductions
    18 december 2015 23:10:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government Friday warned that Boko Haram terrorists are planning another sensational abduction of pupils/students or foreigners in a desperate effort to raise funds, through ransom, for food, medical and arms supply. Full text...

  • Nigeria: New Commander for operation targeting Boko Haram
    18 december 2015 23:00:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military has appointed a new commander for 'Operation Lafiya Dole', the operation that is battling the insurgent group Boko Haram in the country's North-east. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IOM chief records 2015 as year of migrant tragedies
    18 december 2015 18:33:10
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Marking International Migrants Day 2015, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director General William Lacy Swing said Friday that 2015 will be remembered as a year of human suffering and migrant tragedies. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says critical journalism under siege in West Africa
    18 december 2015 18:08:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Friday said critical journalism was under siege as critical journalists have had to face parliamentary and judicial enquiries, arbitrary arrests and detentions in recent times across West Africa. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says 380,000 children in northern Mali out of school
    18 december 2015 14:20:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite the immense needs in conflict-affected areas of northern Mali, Full text...

  • UN: 'Every two seconds, a baby is born in a conflict zone' – UNICEF
    18 december 2015 06:19:03
    New York, UN (PANA) - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says more than 16 million babies in 2015 were born in conflict zones such as Afghanistan, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen or on perilous journeys to escape fighting. Full text...

  • UN: Ban vows to act quickly on CAR abuse allegations
    18 december 2015 06:02:56
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday pledged to urgently review the recommendations made by an independent panel that found that the United Nations did not act with the “speed, care or sensitivity required,” when it uncovered information about crimes committed against children by soldiers – not under UN command – sent to the Central African Republic (CAR) to protect civilians. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU provides €5 million in humanitarian aid for Burundian crisis
    17 december 2015 20:02:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Commission on Thursday released €5 million in new humanitarian assistance to help the increasing number of Burundians affected by the ongoing instability in the country. Full text...

  • UN: 'Robust, decisive action needed now to avert civil war in Burundi' - UN rights chief
    17 december 2015 18:42:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein on Thursday Full text...

  • UN: 'Baby born in conflict zone every 2 seconds' – UNICEF
    17 december 2015 17:45:06
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 16 million babies in 2015 were born in conflict zones Full text...

  • US: Ban vows to act quickly after report finds UN failed to respond to CAR abuse allegations
    17 december 2015 17:35:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday pledged to urgently review the recommendations made by an independent panel that found that the United Nations did not act with the “speed, care or sensitivity required,” when it uncovered information about crimes committed against children by soldiers – not under UN command – sent to Central African Republic (CAR) to protect civilians. Full text...

  • Nigeria: SERAP seeks UN investigation in killing of muslim sect members by soldiers
    17 december 2015 15:41:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The non-governmental organization, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has sent an urgent appeal to Mr. Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, requesting him to “use your good offices and position to urgently investigate allegations of attack by the Nigerian military on a Shia Muslim group in Zaria, north central Kaduna State, and the alleged killing of numerous people after a military convoy got stuck by a march.” Full text...

  • Sudan: 2 Sudanese Editors-in-Chief taken into custody
    17 december 2015 14:24:52
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Chief Editors of two Sudanese daily newspapers have been arrested by the state security operatives and taken to the security prosecution offices, the Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) organization said late Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council urges action against human trafficking, sexual abuse
    17 december 2015 14:14:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has called on all UN member states to do everything in their power to combat human trafficking, especially for sexual purposes, citing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and Boko Haram as prime perpetrators. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls on Nigerian parliament to reject "Frivolous Petitions Bill''
    17 december 2015 12:44:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the upper chamber of Nigeria's parliament (the Senate) to reject a bill which would ''undermine press freedom, stifle public opinion, and criminalize freedom of expression'' in the West African country. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council urges action against human trafficking, sexual abuse by terror groups
    17 december 2015 05:27:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The Security Council on Wednesday called on all United Nations Member States to do everything in their power to combat human trafficking, especially for sexual purposes, citing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and Boko Haram as prime perpetrators. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges greater collaborative action to tackle crises in 2016
    16 december 2015 21:15:02
    New York, US (PANA) - As 2015 draws to a close, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has summed up the year in which the organization marked its 70th anniversary by highlighting landmark steps taken to advance sustainable development, climate action, Full text...

  • EwTanzania: President Magufuli fires chief of Tanzania's anti-corruption bureau
    16 december 2015 20:46:45
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli on Wednesday fired the Director General of the country's Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), Dr. Edward Hosea, due to the underperformance of the anti-graft institution. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian First Lady sets up charity foundation
    16 december 2015 17:09:55
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian First Lady Esther Lungu has come up with an organisation to help her carry out charity works in a more coordinated manner, she told the state-run Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC). Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty Int'l says UN must get tough on peacekeepers' sex abuse
    16 december 2015 16:59:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN must establish its own oversight of peacekeepers, with special watchdogs in UN missions to investigate allegations of rape and sexual abuse, said Amnesty International on Wednesday, ahead of the publication of recommendations from an independent panel. Full text...

  • UN: ICC prosecutor tasks UN Security Council on Darfur war crimes
    16 december 2015 16:13:59
    New York, US (PANA) - International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has chided the UN Security Council for its "empty promises" to bring Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir to trial for atrocities in Darfur, even as his victims cry out for justice amid indiscriminate killings and mass rape. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian Press Union launches memorial lecture series for slain journalist
    16 december 2015 14:25:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Press Union (GPU) on Wednesday launched a memorial lecture series in honour of the murdered journalist Deyda Hydara, Managing Editor of the country's private "Point" newspaper. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council beefs up peacekeepers in South Sudan
    16 december 2015 14:00:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has increased the UN peacekeeping force Full text...

  • South Africa: Thousands call for Zuma to resign
    16 december 2015 11:55:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tens of thousands of irate South Africans on Wednesday took to the streets of cities across the country calling for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma who last week sent the economy into a tailspin by axing respected Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan special forces deployed in Benghazi
    16 december 2015 11:51:14
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Several units of the Libyan special forces were on Wednesday deployed in the eastern city of Benghazi to maintain order and security in the city that has been torn by a wave of violence. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzania's Attorney General admonishes new legal counsels
    16 december 2015 09:34:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania's Attorney General George Masaju has advised legal officers in government service to refrain from practising as private advocates and warned that such behaviour would attract severe disciplinary measures against them. Full text...

  • Tanzania: 'China, Egypt imprison record number of journalists'
    16 december 2015 06:54:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Egypt is second only to China as the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2015, according to a new report published Tuesday by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Ex-Rwandan army captain released after being cleared of treason charges
    15 december 2015 15:29:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Presiding judges at a High Court in Kigali Tuesday ordered the immediate release of a former Rwandan army captain, David Kabuye, after he was cleared of a charge to "incite to insurrection", judicial source confirmed to PANA here. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ welcomes arrest of 3 soldiers linked to murder of Norbert Zongo
    15 december 2015 15:19:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed the arrest of three soldiers in Burkina Faso, saying there ''is glimmer of hope'' in journalist Norbert Zongo's murder case. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights office urges immediate decisive action in Burundi
    15 december 2015 14:44:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the escalation of violence in Burundi, the UN rights office Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says 10 countries are 'worst jailers of journalists' worldwide
    15 december 2015 12:36:02
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has released its latest prison census report, naming 10 countries as among "the worst jailers of journalists worldwide". Full text...

  • Ghana: Police arrest suspect with cache of arms
    15 december 2015 09:14:59
    Kumasi, Ghana (PANA) - Police in Kumasi, Ghana's second largest city, have arrested a 72-year-old Ivorian for possessing a large cache of arms and ammunition, the state-owned Graphic newspaper reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: '2b move out of extreme poverty in 25 years'
    14 december 2015 20:39:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 2 billion people have moved out of low human development levels in the last 25 years, according to the new UN Human Development Report released on Monday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Flawed peace deal in South Sudan leads to continued suffering
    14 december 2015 14:47:46
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Two years after the start of the conflict in South Sudan, civilians are paying the price of the warring parties’ failure to implement the peace agreement signed in August, Oxfam together with national organisations -- South Sudan Women Empowerment Network (SSWEN) and Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) -- warned Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Twelve killed in clashes between militiamen, drug traffickers
    13 december 2015 14:54:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Twelve armed gangsters were killed and three others wounded in an ambush by drug traffickers before the traffickers retrieved a quantity of hashish that was earlier seized by the armed militiamen who pretended to be a law-enforcement force. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Fighting between army, Shiite sect leaves many dead
    13 december 2015 12:45:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Fighting that left has many people dead and injured continued till the early hours of Sunday between Nigerian Army soldiers and Shiite members, who clashed in the country's northern city of Zaria on Saturday, the local media reported. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief warns on inter-communal strife in CAR
    11 december 2015 22:35:29
    New York, US (PANA) - On the eve of a constitutional referendum meant to help stabilize the Central African Republic (CAR) following conflict between Muslims and Christians, UN human rights chief Zeid Al Hussein on Friday expressed deep concern at mounting sectarian language, warning of inter-communal strife due to the highly volatile pre-election atmosphere. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ urges South Africa to revise cybercrime bill
    11 december 2015 18:04:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on the South African government to revise provisions in the proposed Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill that would limit journalists' ability to work. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official appeals for aid to 53,000 displaced by attacks on Lake Chad islands
    11 december 2015 15:34:14
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 50,000 people forced to flee in the wake of attacks on Full text...

  • Society: Nigeria urged to withdraw 'frivolous petition' bill
    11 december 2015 12:55:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has urged Nigeria to withdraw the 'Frivolous Petitions Bill', saying it finds moves by the country to introduce a new repressive law as disturbing. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Hundreds of thousands face critical food shortage
    11 december 2015 10:17:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross, (ICRC) has warned of "alarming hunger situation " for hundreds of thousands of civilians in South Sudan following two years of fighting between government and rebels in the nascent nation. Full text...

  • UN: UN calls for guarantee of fundamental freedoms
    11 december 2015 05:11:36
    New York (PANA) - Marking this year’s Human Rights Day on Thursday amid extraordinary global challenges, the United Nations is calling on the world to recognize and guarantee fundamental freedoms – long recognized “as the birthright of all people” – freedom from fear, freedom from want, freedom of speech and freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Full text...

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