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  • Nigeria: Nigeria, Togo, Gambia to collaborate in fight against money laundering, terrorism financing
    17 october 2016 16:01:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A combined delegation of Financial Intelligent Units (FIUs) from Gambia and Togo on Monday paid a visit to the headquarters of the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), commending the anti-graft agency for playing a pivotal role in combating money laundering, terrorism financing and proliferation in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA appeals to Benin to reconsider ban on protests in universities
    17 october 2016 15:52:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The subregional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has appealed to authorities in Benin to reconsider ''the ban on protests in public universities as it infringes on students’ right to assembly''. Full text...

  • UN: ICC monitors situation in DRC
    17 october 2016 15:38:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, on Monday said her office was closely monitoring the recent violence in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • US: US bans Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones from flights
    17 october 2016 14:17:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Department of Transportation on Monday issued an order banning all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the US, as well as in flights departing US airports to other parts of the world. Full text...

  • Senegal: Burundi invited to dialogue on ICC
    17 october 2016 14:11:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese Justice Minister, Sidiki Kaba, has expressed concern Full text...

  • UN: UN officials say eradicating poverty means ending marginalization
    17 october 2016 14:05:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Poverty is both a cause and consequence of marginalization and social exclusion, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said on Monday, stressing that to fulfill the promise of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind, "we must address the humiliation and exclusion of people living in poverty". Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU calls for freedom of political prisoners, media in DRC
    17 october 2016 11:06:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Monday called for the release of all political prisoners and the discontinuation of politically motivated prosecutions against the opposition and civil society as well as for the rehabilitation of people who have been subject to politically motivated judgments in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Soldiers kill suicide bomber in north east Nigeria
    15 october 2016 19:43:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian soldiers in the North Eastern State of Adamawa on Saturday morning shot dead a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber near a military base, according to the Nigerian Army spokesman, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta militant group takes responsibility for blowing up oil delivery line
    15 october 2016 17:38:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The blowing up of oil and gas facilities in Nigeria’s Niger Delta continued as the militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM), on Saturday claimed responsibility for an attack on an oil installation in Ughelli, south south Delta state. Full text...

  • Senegal: Skin bleaching is epidemic in Africa, says CODESRIA Official
    15 october 2016 16:24:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – There is an epidemic of skin bleaching in various areas of Africa as the transformation of living human bodies is becoming an increasingly common practice on the continent, says a senior official of a leading pan-African research body based in Dakar, the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief happy with release of 21 Nigerian schoolgirls
    14 october 2016 18:57:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday welcomed the reported release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls, who were abducted by Nigeria's terror group, Boko Haram, more than two years ago. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says most children receive inadequate nutrition
    14 october 2016 18:36:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Five out of six children worldwide under two years old are not receiving adequate nutrition for growth and brain development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report issued Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights office urges armed groups in CAR to exercise restraint
    14 october 2016 18:23:39
    New York, US (PANA) - In the wake of a number of killings and attacks on civilians in Central African Republic (CAR), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on all actors in the country to exercise restraint and prevent further escalation in violence. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI says Senegalese security forces must exercise restraint at protests
    14 october 2016 15:54:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The human rights group, Amnesty International (AI), on Friday said that Senegalese security forces must exercise restraint at protests. Full text...

  • US: US issues new visa photos requirements
    14 october 2016 15:50:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The US State Department on Friday issued new requirements for those applying for American visas and passports effective 1 November, 2016. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS welcomes new UN Secretary-General
    14 october 2016 15:09:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Friday welcomed the new UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, who was appointed by the UN General Assembly on Thursday. Full text...

  • France: INTERPOL holds symposium on promoting criminal forensic investigations
    14 october 2016 12:19:34
    Lyon, France (PANA) – Reviewing advances in forensic science methods and how they can be applied to criminal investigations was the focus of the 18th International Forensic Sciences Symposium at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Rights group calls for halt in plans to demolish irregular structures in Lagos
    14 october 2016 06:44:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International is asking the authorities in Nigeria’s Lagos State to "immediately abandon" plans to demolish all irregular structures in waterfront communities across the state within the next three days, which would leave tens of thousands of people homeless and destitute. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU, Burkina Faso sign deal for 84m Euro budget aid
    13 october 2016 17:06:16
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union and Burkina Faso on Thursday signed a deal for a financial aid of 84 million euros to the Burkina Faso government, within the framework of a budget assistance, EU official sources said. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR condemns rising violence against civilians in CAR
    13 october 2016 16:52:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday condemned attacks on civilians in Central African Republic (CAR), where clashes between rival groups have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and disrupted vital humanitarian aid operations. Full text...

  • Zambia: Two students arrested for drugging teachers with laced marijuana cakes
    13 october 2016 15:03:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia's Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested two juveniles of a named school in Ndola, northern Copperbelt province of Zambia, for trafficking in drugs after putting drugs in food they served to their teachers. Full text...

  • Senegal: Rights groups decry Burundi's ICC withdrawal vote
    13 october 2016 14:43:55
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Wednesday's vote by Burundi’s national assembly to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a regressive move that threatens efforts to bring peace, justice, stability and the rule of law into a country in the midst of a serious violent and political crisis, said the Coalition for the ICC (CICC). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Presidency confirms release of 21 Chibok school girls
    13 october 2016 11:00:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Twenty-one of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria kidnapped by Islamist Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014 have been released to the government. Full text...

  • Burundi: 'ICC withdrawal must not block justice for crisis abuses'
    13 october 2016 09:38:34
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Burundian parliamentary vote on Wednesday endorsing a withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) is part of the government’s continued effort to deny justice for victims of human rights violations committed since the crisis began in April 2015, said Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • South Sudan: 'Continued fighting must not derail hybrid court to try war crimes'
    13 october 2016 09:26:16
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Human rights groups have cautioned that continued fighting in South Sudan must not derail justice for crimes committed during the deadly conflict that began in December 2013. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission concerned over increased violence in South Sudan
    12 october 2016 15:22:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Wednesday said it is "extremely concerned" over increased reports of violence and armed conflict in various parts of the country in the last few weeks, including heavy artillery and gunfire exchanges between the government and opposition forces in Leer town. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Explosion rocks Maiduguri lorry park
    12 october 2016 12:06:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – After a lull in explosions, an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) suspected to have been planted by the Boko Haram terrorist group exploded on Wednesday morning outside a lorry park in Maiduguri, the epicentre of terror attacks in northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian House of Representatives clears three members of sexual misconduct
    11 october 2016 18:00:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian House of Representatives on Tuesday cleared three of its members accused of sexual misconduct by the United States government. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS President calls for smaller families
    11 october 2016 17:45:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mr Marcel de Souza, on Tuesday urged member states to sensitise their communities to reduce the number of children they have in order to enhance economic development and reduce migration. Full text...

  • UN: 'Death penalty has no place in the 21st century' - Ban
    11 october 2016 07:51:47
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called the death penalty a cruel and inhumane practice – one that 65 countries globally retain for terrorism-related offenses – which is the focus of this year's World Day against the Death Penalty. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN mission calls for immediate end to hostilities in Yei
    11 october 2016 05:41:53
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Extremely concerned by the continuing deterioration of the security situation in the South Sudanese town of Yei, where an estimated 100,000 people are trapped, the United Nations mission in the country on Monday called on warring factions to immediately end all hostilities. Full text...

  • US: CAR needs support to tackle ‘spoilers,’ other challenges – UN
    11 october 2016 05:24:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Recent unrest in the Central African Republic (CAR) demonstrates that the situation there remains fragile, and “spoilers are still active, on both sides,” the United Nations peacekeeping chief said on Monday in New York, telling the Security Council that the international community must stand firm and support the Government’s efforts to ensure lasting peace. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan govt forcing Somali refugees to abandon Dadaab camp
    10 october 2016 18:28:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The Kenyan government is forcing Somali refugees to return home but the resettlement process remains far from voluntary, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said Monday in a report. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari seeks German assistance in war against crude oil theft
    10 october 2016 17:01:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Germany to assist in his war against crude oil theft by providing the Nigerian Navy with training, equipment and sharing of intelligence. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tributes pour for woman who accused Zuma of rape
    10 october 2016 09:34:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tributes are flooding in for President Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser who died this weekend after a short illness. Full text...

  • Italy: Pope Francis names 17 new Cardinals, three from Africa
    09 october 2016 17:25:04
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Pope Francis at the end of his Angelus on Sunday announced the creation of 17 new Cardinals, three of them from Africa. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Postal services need to go beyond customers' doorstep delivery', says UPU chief
    09 october 2016 15:36:15
    Berne, Switzerland (PANA) - Marking World Post Day, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) has stressed that putting customers at the heart of its service and adjusting to rapid technological modernization remains the top priority of the postal services worldwide. Full text...

  • Belgium: Europe urges global support on abolition of death penalty
    09 october 2016 13:58:50
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of Europe and the European Union have welcomed the global trend towards the abolition of capital punishment, observing that today more than two-thirds of all countries have abolished the death penalty in either law or practice. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma expresses condolences after Haiti disaster
    09 october 2016 11:09:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma has expressed his condolences to the government and people of Haiti following the destructive Hurricane Matthew. Full text...

  • UN: UN condemns attack on refugee hosting area in western Niger
    07 october 2016 19:44:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned the attack against a security post at a refugee hosting area of Tazalit, in the Tahoua region of Niger, bordering Mali, on 6 October, in which at least 22 members of Niger’s security forces were killed and several others injured. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert expresses concern over Yahoo aided US e-mail surveillance
    07 october 2016 18:55:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye on Friday said reports that Yahoo complied with US intelligence demands by searching the e-mails of hundreds of millions of customers "raise serious human rights concerns". Full text...

  • UN: UN refugee agency assists traumatized population in northern Nigeria
    07 october 2016 18:48:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Most civilians living in areas of northern Nigeria recaptured by the armed forces from Boko Haram since the start of the year face serious protection problems and lack the most basic assistance, with women particularly at risk, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty Int'l says 20 countries use death penalty for anti-terror drive
    07 october 2016 18:12:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International on Friday said some countries were increasingly resorting to the death penalty in a flawed attempt to combat terrorism-related crimes. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Former Rwandan Justice minister laid to rest in Kigali
    07 october 2016 16:50:31
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former Rwandan Justice minister Jean de Dieu Mucyo, who died earlier this week, was buried Friday in Kigali with high ranking officials in the country and a huge crowd showing their respect and admiration for a man described by many as "hardworking, humble and polite to everyone". Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights office urges independent inquiry into Oromia violence in Ethiopia
    07 october 2016 16:28:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing concern at increasing unrest in several Ethiopian towns, following deaths of a number of people in unclear circumstances in the country’s Bishoftu (formerly Debre Zeit) town, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday called on protesters to exercise restraint and on security forces to conduct themselves in line with international human rights laws and standards. Full text...

  • South Africa: Emotional Tutu celebrates 85th birthday
    07 october 2016 14:53:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – An emotional Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on Friday marked his 85th birthday by delivering a sermon at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa. Full text...

  • Gambia: EU, UNESCO launch initiative to reinforce Gambia's media
    07 october 2016 11:01:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on Thursday launched a four-month initiative to reinforce the capacity of Gambian media professionals. Full text...

  • US: Security Council extends measures to curb migrant smuggling off Libyan coast
    07 october 2016 06:40:36
    New York, US (PANA) – Deploring continued loss of life due to migrant smuggling and human trafficking off the coast of Libya, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday extended its authorisation for Member States to intercept vessels on the high seas suspected of being used for those illicit activities, for a further period of one year. Full text...

  • US: Stalled peace process, fresh ceasefire violations risk Mali’s stability – UN
    07 october 2016 06:31:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Citing a lack of progress on the peace process in Mali, the United Nations peacekeeping chief on Thursday warned that the UN mission there would not be able to fully carry out its mandate as long as the signatories to the peace agreement do not resolutely engage in its implementation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army kills three female suicide bombers in northeastern Nigeria
    07 october 2016 06:14:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army says its troops on Thursday killed three female suicide bombers in Gwoza, in northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

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