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  • 4 killed, 8 injured as Boko Haram suicide bombers strike in Northeast Nigeria
    22 april 2018 15:45:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Four persons were killed and eight others injured as two Boko Haram suicide bombers attacked a mosque in the Borno State town of Bama, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UNESCO, partner launch project to tackle violent extremism in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia
    22 april 2018 11:14:42
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) will launch a two-year project on “Prevention of Violent Extremism through Youth Empowerment in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia” with an event at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, on Tuesday, 24 April. Full text...

  • Germany, World Bank agree on new strategic partnership for peace in MENA
    21 april 2018 16:08:27
    Washington, US (PANA) - The World Bank Group and the Government of Germany announced on Saturday a strategic partnership to work towards a new and updated approach to reconstruction for peace building in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Full text...

  • UN official says ‘atrocities in South Sudan beyond imagination’
    21 april 2018 11:15:25
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Concluding a four-day visit to South Sudan, UN Assistant Secretary-General Bintou Keita said she was particularly appalled by the violence brought against women and girls by the raging conflict in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan presidency orders investigation into delay in diplomats' salaries
    20 april 2018 17:26:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Presidency has ordered investigation into a statement by fired foreign minister, Ibrahim Ghandour, that the government had failed to pay salaries and rents of diplomats abroad for seven months. Full text...

  • Lightning kills two people in northern Rwanda
    20 april 2018 12:00:36
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Three people were killed and another injured after being struck by lightning in northern Rwanda's region of Gicumbi, local administrative officials said on Friday. Full text...

  • Two UN agencies launch project to rebuild livelihoods in eastern DR Congo
    20 april 2018 06:46:39
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Two UN agencies are launching an innovative joint project to rebuild livelihoods shattered by conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), by empowering women, supporting farmers and helping build peace between communities – all thanks to a €35 million contribution from the German people. Full text...

  • UN pays tribute to 140 fallen staff members
    20 april 2018 06:03:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Were it not for the sacrifices of United Nations peacekeepers, humanitarians and other personnel, the people who needed urgent support in the most difficult and dangerous environments would have experienced greater suffering, the top UN official said on Thursday in an annual memorial service for fallen colleagues. Full text...

  • MFWA, partners train Senegalese journalists on anti-corruption coverage
    19 april 2018 13:32:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – A three-day training programme on effective anti-corruption reporting for Senegalese journalists got underway on Thursday in the country’s capital, Dakar. Full text...

  • Malema slams 'racist' prosecutors
    19 april 2018 09:25:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A major race row has erupted after lobby group AfriForum on Thursday announced that it intended to privately prosecute Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on charges of fraud and corruption. Full text...

  • Rwandan pastor in Burundi declared persona non grata
    19 april 2018 08:49:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandese female pastor, Christine Nkomeza living in Burundi has been declared persona non grata for her alleged involvement in "subversive activities" while conducting "illegal religious activities", according to a senior official in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura. Full text...

  • UN hails release of more than 200 child soldiers in South Sudan
    18 april 2018 22:51:07
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Two hundred and seven child soldiers have been released by armed groups in South Sudan, part of a series of planned discharges that should see nearly 1,000 children return home over the coming months. Full text...

  • Racist estate agent denied right to appeal conviction
    18 april 2018 22:13:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Johannesburg court on Wednesday turned down an appeal by a former estate agent with a racist tirade, ruling that her two-year jail term stands. Full text...

  • Rights group slams Nigeria police over crackdown on Islamic leader's supporters
    18 april 2018 07:53:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International has sharply criticised Nigerian police for violence against protesting supporters of an Islamic leader who has been detained since 2015. Full text...

  • IOM chief says root cause of internal displacements must be tackled
    18 april 2018 07:39:56
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - More than 40 million people are displaced by conflict and another 25 million annually by disaster ­­– within the borders of their own countries – with children, on average, making up over half those numbers, the United Nations migration agency said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Two Rwandan soldiers who crossed border into DR Congo repatriated
    17 april 2018 11:55:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Two Rwandan soldiers, who "accidentally" crossed into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last weekend, have been repatriated, the Defence and Military Spokesperson, Lt. Col. Innocent Munyengango, said in a statement issued on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Mali violence drives thousands to Burkina Faso - UNHCR
    17 april 2018 11:43:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Tuesday that it is alarmed at a spike in intercommunal violence in central Mali which over the past weeks has driven some 3,000 people into neighbouring Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Ghana Navy 'seizes' 5 ships engaged in illegal activities
    16 april 2018 22:33:53
    Takoradi, Ghana (PANA) - The Ghana Navy on Monday said it seized three vessels in Ghanaian waters at Takoradi in the Western Region, for allegedly engaging in illegal activities. Full text...

  • Rwanda deports Burundian policeman who illegally entered Rwanda
    16 april 2018 12:32:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan security agents on Monday deported Burundian police officer, APC Theogene Irakoze, three days after he illegally crossed into Rwanda, a senior administrative official in the region confirmed to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN chief, Security Council condemn deadly attack on peacekeepers in Mali
    16 april 2018 06:27:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is calling on political leaders in Mali to ensure those responsible for a deadly assault on peacekeepers serving in the north are brought to justice. Full text...

  • Breakaway Somaliland region jails female poet for Somalia unity calls
    15 april 2018 18:12:19
    Hargeisa, Somalia – A court in Somalia’s northern breakaway region of Somaliland on Sunday sentenced a female activist and poet to three years in jail for what it said was “endangering the region’s bid for independence”. ) Full text...

  • AMISOM deputy head urges military commanders to heed transition plan
    15 april 2018 09:48:01
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Simon Mulongo, has asked military commanders of the AU peacekeeping force in the Horn of Africa country to implement the transition plan as per dictates of the United Nations Security Council resolution on gradual reduction of troops serving in Somalia. Full text...

  • WB provides US$500m to prop up education reforms in Egypt
    15 april 2018 07:53:33
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The World Bank has announced a new US$500 million investment in Egypt’s education reforms, to support increasing access to quality kindergarten education, improving the quality of learning and adopting technology as a vehicle to achieve the reform objectives. Full text...

  • Thousands bid farewell to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
    14 april 2018 12:33:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Thousands of mourners on Saturday joined President Cyril Ramaphosa, several other African heads of state and American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson at Soweto’s Orlando Stadium in bidding farewell to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who died last week at the age of 81. Full text...

  • Nigerian Government still failing victims of Boko Haram - Amnesty International
    14 april 2018 06:48:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International said on Saturday that the Nigerian government is still failing victims of Boko Haram terrorist group four years after the abduction of hundreds of school girls in Chibok. Full text...

  • UN chief reflects on 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda
    14 april 2018 06:36:16
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday urged the world to reflect on the suffering of those who perished, as well as survived, the Rwandan genocide, and resolve to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again. Full text...

  • UN envoy tells Somali refugees in Kenya ‘things are gradually getting better’ back home
    14 april 2018 06:18:15
    Dadaab, Kenya (PANA) - Meeting residents of the world’s largest camp for Somali refugees ­– sprawling Dadaab, located in north-eastern Kenya ­­– the top United Nations official for Somalia has expressed his solidarity with their situation and highlighted the gradual progress made in their home country. Full text...

  • US announces US$67 million humanitarian aid to DR Congo
    13 april 2018 20:28:14
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The United States government has announced nearly US$67 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), according to an official statement made available on Friday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rwanda pays tribute to politicians killed during genocide against Tutsis
    13 april 2018 15:08:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The official commemoration week marking the 24th anniversary of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis, "Kwibuka24", was concluded on Friday with an event to honour some 12 politicians who opposed the genocidal plan at the memorial site of Rebero, a hill overlooking Kigali city, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • More than 1,000 children in northeastern Nigeria abducted by Boko Haram since 2013 - UNICEF
    13 april 2018 11:25:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Since 2013, more than 1,000 children have been abducted by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, including 276 girls taken from their secondary school in the town of Chibok in 2014, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. Full text...

  • Global youth must be empowered to combat terrorism, UN forum says
    13 april 2018 05:40:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Young people are prime targets of extremist recruiters but they can also play leadership roles in fighting terrorism and creating greater opportunities for all, said speakers at a United Nations forum on Thursday called ‘Investing in Youth to Counter Terrorism.’ Full text...

  • UN takes steps to address road accidents
    12 april 2018 21:24:34
    New York, US (PANA) - With some 1.3 million drivers, passengers and pedestrians dying each year on the world’s roads, the United Nations took a major step to address this tragedy by launching on Thursday a trust fund to spur action that could save lives and prevent the loss of opportunity associated with road accidents. Full text...

  • Nigeria Army to implement fresh guidelines on anti-terror, other operations for personnel
    12 april 2018 15:27:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Thursday presented three documents to guide its troops on anti-terrorism and internal security operations and exercises within Nigeria, especially in the fight against Boko Haram in Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • MFWA to host UN Special Rapporteur
    12 april 2018 15:17:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) will host UN Special Rapporteur during a regional conference on press freedom and media development holding in Ghana in May. Full text...

  • Rwandan journalists remember slain colleagues in genocide against Tutsis
    12 april 2018 14:42:35
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan journalists on Thursday staged a march in the capital city of Kigali in memory of 49 colleagues killed during the April-July 1994 genocide in the country. Full text...

  • Buhari condole Algerians on military aircraft crash that claimed 257 lives
    12 april 2018 14:37:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday condoled with the government and people of Algeria on the crash of a military aircraft which killed 257 people on Wednesday in a military airport near the Algerian capital, Algiers. Full text...

  • New Rwandan minister of Infrastructure, Claver Gatete, vows to fight corruption
    12 april 2018 14:34:51
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The newly-appointed Rwandan minister of Infrastructures in the latest Cabinet reshuffle, Claver Gatete, on Thursday voiced determination to fight alleged corruption and nepotism in his office. Full text...

  • Leading South African television host launches foundation
    12 april 2018 08:45:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Top South African television host Trevor Noah has launched his own foundation in Johannesburg which aims to provide orphans with education programmes and skills development. Full text...

  • Needs reach 'fever pitch' in DR Congo, says international humanitarian charity
    12 april 2018 07:19:55
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - In the shadow of other humanitarian crises, the number of people in need in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has more than doubled since 2014, reaching the same level as in Syria. Full text...

  • Sub-Saharan Africa makes 'great strides' in fight to abolish death penalty - Rights group
    12 april 2018 07:09:42
    London, UK (PANA) - Sub-Saharan Africa made great strides in the global fight to abolish the death penalty with a significant decrease in death sentences being imposed across the region, human rights watchdog Amnesty International said in its 2017 global review of the death penalty published on Thursday. Full text...

  • Despite drop in numbers, desperate migrants to Europe face greater perils - UNHCR
    12 april 2018 06:49:47
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - While the number of migrants and refugees reaching Europe declined last year, the dangers they faced along the journey in many cases increased, according to a new report from the United Nations refugee agency. Full text...

  • ‘Time to move from promises to action;’ UN envoy urges Malian parties to peace accord
    11 april 2018 22:38:53
    New York, US (PANA) - While Malians must ensure the successful holding of elections this year, their priority should be the implementation of the 2015 peace agreement, a senior United Nations official said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns attack on peacekeepers in CAR
    11 april 2018 22:26:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations chief has condemned the latest killing and wounding of the world body’s peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) during an exchange of fire with armed groups on 10 April. Full text...

  • 257 people dead in Algeria military plane crash
    11 april 2018 17:07:04
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - The Algerian authorities say 257 people perished in a military plane crash on Wednesday morning west of the capital, Algiers. Full text...

  • Mayor of Rwanda's Kigali city, Pascal Nyamulinda resigns
    11 april 2018 13:54:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Capital city, Kigali's Mayor, Pascal Nyamulinda, announced his resignation for personal reasons, an official source confirmed Wednesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Algerian military plane with more than 200 people on board crashes
    11 april 2018 10:53:10
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - An Algerian military plane with more than 200 people on board crashed on Wednesday morning near Boufarik airport in the west of the country, local media reports said. Full text...

  • Kenya electoral body defends CEO's suspension
    11 april 2018 08:14:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has defended its decision to send Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ezra Chiloba on compulsory leave. Full text...

  • Rights body asks Swazi authorities to stop forced evictions
    11 april 2018 06:59:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Rights group, Amnesty International, on Tuesday called on the Swazi authorities to halt forced evictions which have rendered 61 people homeless. Full text...

  • Armed groups torturing thousands of people in Libya - UN
    11 april 2018 06:39:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Armed groups in Libya are holding thousands of people in detention where they are being submitted to torture and other human rights violations, according to a United Nations report published on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Security Council urges end to recurring cycles of instability in Great Lakes region
    10 april 2018 22:32:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday called for an end to the recurring cycles of violence and instability in Africa’s Great Lakes region, as a senior UN official reported that some armed groups are continuing attacks on civilians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Full text...

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