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  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army says 25 Boko Haram terrorists killed in gun battle with troops
    13 july 2016 14:59:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said that a total of 25 Boko Haram terrorists were killed during the terrorists’ gun battle with troops of the 119 Task Force Battalion stationed in Kangarwa, North Eastern State of Borno. Full text...

  • Egypt: Rights group condemns Egypt for 'wave of brutal repression'
    13 july 2016 10:23:31
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt’s National Security Agency (NSA) is abducting, torturing and forcibly making people disappear in an effort to intimidate opponents and wipe out peaceful dissent, said a new report by human rights watchdog Amnesty International published on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram terrorists kill two Nigerian Army soldiers, wound seven
    13 july 2016 09:07:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Wednesday announced that two of its soldiers were killed and seven wounded when its troops were engaged in gunfight with Boko Haram terrorists in northeastern State of Borno. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC academic institutions challenged to raise the bar
    13 july 2016 08:51:38
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi has challenged academic institutions in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) bloc to raise the bar and align training and research to market demands. Full text...

  • UN: UN report stresses need to fight against sexual violence in Cote d'Ivoire
    12 july 2016 22:37:02
    New York, US (PANA) - In a new joint report, the UN Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday called for strengthening rape prevention efforts and to improve the fight against impunity for sexual violence in the West African nation. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed partnership launches fund to end violence against children
    12 july 2016 22:22:16
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-backed partnership and fund were launched on Tuesday, in order to achieve the new global target of ending abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children, a public priority and a collective responsibility. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts task governments on human rights obligations
    12 july 2016 18:51:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development should in no way become "the perfect excuse" for UN member states to give less priority to their binding human rights obligations, or to ignore the comprehensive protection that is at the core of international human rights instruments, a group of rights experts in the UN system stressed on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN welcomes ceasefire, warns against impunity in South Sudan
    12 july 2016 18:41:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) - The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has welcomed a new ceasefire announcement by the parties to the current conflict in South Sudan, President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Rieck Machar on Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNICEF welcomes Gambian President's ban on child marriage
    12 july 2016 18:09:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's ban on child marriage in the West African country. Full text...

  • Sudan: Civil society groups call for urgent humanitarian aid to South Sudan
    12 july 2016 17:10:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed concern over the current situation in South Sudan saying it could access only a tiny area of the capital, Juba, to check humanitarian needs, the dead or injured in the city. Full text...

  • UN: UN reports 'alarming' level of malnutrition in Nigeria's northeast
    12 july 2016 16:16:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Humanitarian convoys have uncovered emergency levels of severe acute malnutrition and famine-like conditions in Nigeria's Borno State, particularly in 15 satellite camps, where some 275,000 people are living, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Church group calls for end to South Sudan violence
    12 july 2016 14:02:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The renewed fighting in South Sudan has raised serious concerns around safety and security of the people of the new, and increasingly fragile country, global church group, ACT Alliance, says. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body urges AU to ramp up women, human rights
    12 july 2016 13:55:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As a renewal of violence in South Sudan threatens to plunge the country back into full-scale civil war, Amnesty International has published a list of seven recommendations for the African Union, currently meeting at 27th AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy tasks West African nations on intelligence gathering
    11 july 2016 20:14:40
    New York, (PANA) - Countries in West Africa and the Sahel must expand intelligence gathering capacities to counter militant threats, such as those posed by Boko Haram, the UN Special Representative and the head of the UN Office for West Africa and Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, said on Monday in New York. Full text...

  • UN: WFP launches innovation project to support ending hunger by 2030
    11 july 2016 19:16:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday launched an initiative to identify and nurture new technologies and business models which will contribute to the global goal of ending hunger by 2030. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari says govt "not lackadaisical" in rescue of Chibok girls
    11 july 2016 19:09:21
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday rose in defence of efforts by his government to rescue the 219 girls abducted from the Girls Secondary School of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria on 14 April 2014, saying the government has not been “lackadaisical" in their rescue. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian lawyers protest over continued breakdown of law
    11 july 2016 16:55:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Gravely perturbed by continued degeneration of law and order in Zambia, local lawyers said Monday they were organizing a peaceful protest with the church and other interest groups ahead of the 11 August general election. Full text...

  • UN: UN Volunteers Programme to launch online volunteering service
    11 july 2016 16:27:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Volunteers (UNV) Programme will on 15 July launch a new online volunteering service to allow organizations in need of volunteers and people willing to volunteer online from around the world to connect with one another, so that volunteers can remotely support non-profit organizations that are working to promote peace and development around the world. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius observes World Population Day
    11 july 2016 15:51:09
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Minister, Mr Anil Gayan, on Monday stated that while adolescence is a vulnerable stage as teenagers face the difficult transition to adulthood, parents, teachers and society have an important role in supporting the adolescents and helping them cope with the various issues. Full text...

  • South Africa: Twin brothers in court on terrorism charges
    11 july 2016 15:45:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Two brothers linked to the ISIS (Islamic State) terror group appeared in a Johannesburg court on Monday where the prosecution claimed they were planning to set off explosives at the US embassy and an unidentified Israeli institution. Full text...

  • Kenya: IGAD meets in Nairobi over South Sudan violence
    11 july 2016 13:44:05
    Nairobi, Sudan (PANA) - Due to the escalation of violence in South Sudan, Foreign Ministers from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) countries were scheduled to hold a meeting in Nairobi late Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta group urges Nigerian govt to dialogue with militants
    10 july 2016 16:13:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The militant attacks in Niger Delta region is heading for a more turbulent path as the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), the former dominant militant group in the region has given the Nigerian government two weeks to commence dialogue or risk review of its peaceful stance. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan's media urge intervention on South Sudan's renewed fighting
    10 july 2016 15:44:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese newspapers are awash with the deteriorating situation in South Sudan, where hundreds were reported killed and thousands forced to leave the capital city, Juba and other major towns, urging the international community to intervene to avoid further escalation of violence. Full text...

  • South Africa: Suspended SABC journalists win media awards
    10 july 2016 14:40:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - In another humiliating blow for South Africa’s national broadcaster, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), eight of its employees who are currently facing disciplinary hearings were awarded one of the country’s top media awards on Saturday night. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt condemns killing of Nigerian in Italy
    10 july 2016 14:21:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has condemned the murder of another Nigerian in Italy, Emmanuel Chidi Nnamdi. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army troops kill 16 Boko Haram terrorists
    10 july 2016 07:08:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army says its troops in the northeastern State of Borno killed a total of 16 Boko Haram terrorists on Friday evening. Full text...

  • US: US diplomat visits Cameroon, Chad to strengthen cooperation on refugees
    09 july 2016 16:23:52
    New York, US (PANA) - US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, Ms. Anne Richard, will travel to Cameroon on 11-14 July and Chad 14-17 July, to strengthen international cooperation between US and the two African nations. Full text...

  • UN: UN condemns resurgence of violence in South Sudan
    08 july 2016 19:23:07
    New York, US (PANA) - As South Sudan prepares to mark its fifth anniversary of independence, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday expressed concern over the continuing violence in parts of the country and the resulting forced displacement of people, both internally and throughout the neighbouring region. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert panel condemns killings of African-Americans by US police
    08 july 2016 18:24:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The Chairman of the UN Expert Panel on People of African Descent, Mr. Ricardo Sunga III on Friday condemned the back-to-back killings of two African-American men by police in the US this week, saying the incidents demonstrated "a high level of structural and institutional racism". Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram suicide attacks kill eight in two mosques
    08 july 2016 15:25:31
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - The Nigerian Army Friday confirmed the death of "no fewer than eight people" when Boko Haram terrorists attacked two mosques in Damboa, Borno state, in North Eastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Sudan: The Elders chart new course for resolving Burundi conflict
    08 july 2016 14:04:52
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A group of leaders, including former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, have stressed the need for dialogue and compromise in the interest of a secure and stable future for the people of Burundi. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta militants blow up more pipelines
    08 july 2016 13:50:01
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - The Niger Delta militants Friday morning blew up crude oil pipelines in Nigeria’s southern state of Bayelsa operated by Agip Oil company. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda's 2 new five-star hotels unveiled ahead of AU summit in Kigali
    08 july 2016 13:37:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Ahead of the 27th summit of the African Union (AU), scheduled to take place in Kigali from next week, Rwanda's hospitality sector is receiving a major boost with the opening this week of two luxury, five-star hotels and a complex conference facilities known as the 'Kigali Convention Centre' (KCC) in the capital city Kigali, a PANA correspondent reported here Friday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Thousands flee to Chad, Cameroon to escape CAR violence - UNHCR
    08 july 2016 12:02:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Thousands of people from Central African Republic (CAR) have crossed the border into Chad and Cameroon to escape renewed tension and fighting since mid-June in their fragile country, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said on Friday. It says it is feared that more will come. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh bans underage, forced marriages in Gambia
    07 july 2016 19:37:06
    Banjul, Gambia(PANA) - Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh on Thursday proclaimed underage and forced marriage illegal in the West African country warning that any violator would risk a 10-year jail term. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty Int'l issues report on human rights violations in Cameroon
    07 july 2016 17:41:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International will on 14 July launch a new report on human rights violations committed by the authorities and security forces of Cameroon in their fight against Nigeria's terror group, Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda welcomes conviction of two former Rwandan mayors by French court
    07 july 2016 16:47:51
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's Commission against Genocide on Thursday welcomed the conviction of two former Rwandan mayors by the Assize Court of Paris for their role in the 1994 genocide that claimed about a million lives in the east-central African country. Full text...

  • UN: Norway to serve as ICC imprisonment centre
    07 july 2016 15:57:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) and Norway on Thursday signed an agreement that will enable those convicted by the ICC to serve their sentences in Norway. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian Police raid firm printing Post Newspaper
    07 july 2016 15:22:36
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian Police on Thursday raided the premises of Mipal Printers in the capital Lusaka which has been printing newspapers for the leading independent Post Newspapers whose asserts where sized last month for unpaid tax. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta militants blow up more oil pipelines
    07 july 2016 15:17:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Niger Delta Avengers strike team has blown up more oil pipelines belonging to Chevron, the American oil giant. Full text...

  • Ghana: At least nine people feared dead in Eid al-Fitr stampede
    07 july 2016 11:36:45
    Kumasi, Ghana (PANA) - Nine people are reported dead in a stampede on Wednesday night in Kumasi, Ghana's second largest city, during a jamboree by youth to celebrate the Muslim Eid a-Fitr. Full text...

  • Gambia: US says Gambia base of child sex tourism
    07 july 2016 10:37:43
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - United States State Department says women, girls and boys are being recruited from several West African countries for commercial sexual exploitation in The Gambia. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Magufuli praises Tanzanian Muslim council's role in community services
    06 july 2016 18:06:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has hailed the country's Mufti, Sheikh Aboubakar Zubeir bin Ali, for his efforts to unite the Muslim community and to broaden the mandate of the National Muslim Council of Tanzania (BAKWATA) in order to provide community services. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission chief greets Muslims on Eid Al-Fitr
    06 july 2016 17:03:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Wednesday extended warm wishes to Muslims in Africa and around the world as they celebrated Eid Al-Fitr following one month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • US: Obama greets American Muslims on Eid el Fitr
    06 july 2016 16:13:12
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday extended "warmest greetings" to all American Muslims and others around the world celebrating Eid el-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian moslems observe Eid-ul-Fitr Wednesday
    06 july 2016 14:14:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian Muslims Wednesday joined the rest of the Muslim Ummah in celebrating this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr, commonly known as Koriteh after a month-long fasting. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body wants traumatised S.Sudan civil war victims' mental health addressed
    06 july 2016 13:52:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - People forced to eat human flesh and to disembowel dead bodies during South Sudan’s civil war that began in 2013 are among thousands suffering from trauma and psychological distress. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Israel, Rwanda share similarities on genocide, says Netanyahu
    06 july 2016 13:43:38
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The visiting Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Wednesday paid tribute to the victims of 1994 genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda and said that these "greatest crimes" reminded one of the "similarities" to the genocide against his "own people". Full text...

  • Kenya: IJM launches petition, demanding justice in Kenya lawyer's murder
    06 july 2016 13:35:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - International Justice Mission (IJM) has launched a petition on www.justiceinkenya.org, demanding justice in the murders of IJM staff member, Willie Kimani, IJM client, Josephat Mwenda, an trusted driver, Joseph Muiruri. Full text...

  • South Africa: Oscar Pistorius sentenced to six years in jail
    06 july 2016 09:13:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday sentenced Oscar Pistorius to six years' imprisonment for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Dressed in a thick dark suit, Pistorius sat with his head bowed during the dramatic ruling. Full text...

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