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  • Libya: 9 soldiers, 2 civilians beheaded in attack on Libya checkpoint
    23 august 2017 15:03:36
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Some 11 persons were beheaded on Wednesday after an attack on a checkpoint controlled by Libyan military strongman, Gen. Khalifa Haftar, south of Tripoli, a spokesman for his forces, Col. Ahmad al-Mesmari, said, blaming the Islamic State jihadist group for the gruesome attack. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO marks International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade
    23 august 2017 06:55:39
    Paris, France (PANA) – While the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is a tribute to every victim and their resistance against slavery, it is also a reminder of the importance of teaching history, a senior United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO) has stressed. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN human rights chief welcomes reform of rape laws in Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon
    22 august 2017 19:48:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday warmly welcomed the repeal of laws in Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan that allowed rapists to avoid criminal prosecution by marrying their victims. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari orders security, military chiefs to contain secessionist, Boko Haram threats
    22 august 2017 18:30:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday issued fresh directives to military and security chiefs to urgently contain secessionists and secure challenges threatening the peace and safe movement of citizens in all parts of the country. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNICEF warns on use of children as 'human bombs' in northeast Nigeria
    22 august 2017 18:15:07
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations children agency has expressed extreme concern at the appalling increase in the cruel and calculated use of children, especially girls, as “human bombs” in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Burundi: UN experts say Burundi human rights situation has not improved
    22 august 2017 06:08:35
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Ahead of next month's presentation to the United Nations Human Rights Council, an independent panel has said that the human rights situation in Burundi has not improved. Full text...

  • Morocco: Marrakesh to host Arab World opportunity for all conference
    21 august 2017 19:32:13
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF), Arab Monetary Fund (AMF), Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development (AFESD) and Government of Morocco will co-host a high-level conference in Marrakesh, from 29–30 January 2018, on promoting higher economic growth, job creation, and inclusiveness in the Arab World. Full text...

  • Switzerland: ILO launches ‘Global Commission on the Future of Work’
    21 august 2017 19:03:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) on Monday launched a high-level international body to address the challenges of the rapidly transforming world of work. Full text...

  • Somalia: 6 men killed, 20 wounded in clashes in Somalia
    21 august 2017 15:28:06
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – At least six persons have been killed and more than 20 injured in clashes between security forces in the Galguduud region and tribal militia who mounted roadblocks in Addado suburb in Somalia over tax levies, according to local media reports on Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Diplomatic row over Grace Mugabe intensifies
    20 august 2017 09:49:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The diplomatic row between South Africa and Zimbabwe over First Lady Grace Mugabe’s assault on a young Johannesburg woman continues to intensify amid reports that flights to both countries have been grounded. Full text...

  • US: World Humanitarian Day - UN urges protection for civilians in armed conflict
    18 august 2017 19:55:19
    New York, US (PANA) – Civilians in conflict are not a target, top United Nations officials stressed at a special event on Friday marking World Humanitarian Day, which honours aid workers and pays homage to those killed in service, while also drawing attention to the millions of people today living in war zones. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA Appeal Court blocks release of Apartheid-era killer
    18 august 2017 14:09:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday upheld an appeal by Justice Minister Michael Masutha against a High Court decision last year to release assassin Janusz Walus on parole. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: UN agencies send aid to those displaced in Sierra Leone mudslides
    18 august 2017 07:00:14
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) – United Nations agencies are stepping up efforts to aid displaced families affected by the deadly flooding and landslides in Sierra Leon's capital, Freetown, and surrounding areas. Full text...

  • US: Protecting aid workers ‘paramount,’ UN official says ahead of World Humanitarian Day
    18 august 2017 06:41:47
    New York, US (PANA) – As conflicts around the world continue to take a massive toll on people’s lives, the top United Nations relief official has stressed the importance of ensuring that the brave men and women who risk their lives to help those in need are not themselves a target. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 138 Nigerians deported by Libya arrive back home
    18 august 2017 06:25:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian authorities say 138 citizens on Thursday arrived back home from Libya after being deported by the North African country, bringing the total this month to 318. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights experts slam new EU policy on boat rescues
    17 august 2017 19:46:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The European Union's new policy on Mediterranean Sea rescues threatens life and breaches international standards, two United Nations independent human experts cautioned on Thursday. Full text...

  • Mali: President Kéita visits terror attack victims in Timbuktu
    17 august 2017 19:39:15
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita on Thursday travelled to Timbuktu, (North Mali) to verify the situation on the ground following an attack carried out Tuesday by armed men against a camp of the United Nations Multi-Dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA), official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian govt probes into ex-president Jammeh’s assets
    17 august 2017 19:24:54
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The new commission of inquiry probing into the assets and financial dealings of former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh continues its sittings in Banjul hearing testimonies from top bankers in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Senegal: Dakar extends US$100,000 aid to disaster-hit Sierra Leone
    17 august 2017 19:03:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal has provided US$100,000 assistance to Sierra Leone following devastative floods and mudslides in which more than 400 lives were lost on Monday, Sierra Leonean Ambassador in Dakar, Dr Ebun Strasser King told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: ICRC chief decries displacement, hunger in South Sudan conflict
    17 august 2017 18:42:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) president Peter Maurer is due in South Sudan on Friday to view the devastating effects of the country’s continued violence on the millions of residents now facing extreme hunger, the humanitarian agency said Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia: South Korea hosts forum on global peace
    17 august 2017 16:37:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – South Korea will host in September an international forum on global peace organized by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international non-governmental organization under the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI). Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone buries victims of mudslides and floods
    17 august 2017 16:27:45
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Burials of victims of the mudslides disaster in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown, took place on Thursday as relatives and friends grieved and the search continued for more corpses under the huge mud and rubble. Full text...

  • South Africa: Red alert at SA borders to prevent Grace Mugabe from leaving
    17 august 2017 16:16:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday said the authorities were enforcing a "red alert" at border posts to prevent Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe from leaving the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty urges international community to help Uganda support refugees
    17 august 2017 16:10:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International on Thursday appealed to the international community to deliver and improve on existing financial commitments to help Uganda support the refugees it is hosting. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan MPs demand ‘immediate release’ of abducted ex-Prime Minister
    17 august 2017 13:32:32
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Members of Libya’s House of Representatives have demanded the “immediate release of former Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, without any conditions”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Osinbajo says hate speech now act of terrorism in Nigeria
    17 august 2017 13:13:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Thursday began a retreat on security with the nation’s 36 Governors in Abuja, the nation's capital, announcing that henceforth, the federal government is drawing the line on hate speeches by categorizing them as "Acts of Terrorism". Full text...

  • Netherlands: ICC orders Islamist to pay 2.7 million euros reparation for Timbuktu 'attacks'
    17 august 2017 12:02:32
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday ordered Islamist Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi is liable for 2.7 million euros in expenses for individual and collective reparations for Timbuktu for intentionally directing attacks against religious and historic buildings in the northern Malian city. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR, Tanzania outline next steps to address refugee situation
    17 august 2017 10:00:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is working with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania to support the country in pursuing its tradition of granting asylum and hosting refugees while respecting the wish of those who would like to return home. Full text...

  • Uganda: UNHCR renews calls to help South Sudan refugees in Uganda
    17 august 2017 09:53:58
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is on Thursday reiterating its call to the international community for urgent additional support for the South Sudan refugee situation and Uganda in particular, where the number of refugees from South Sudan has now reached 1 million. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army kills 10 Boko Haram terrorists
    17 august 2017 09:09:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says its troops have killed 10 Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria in an ambush, as they tried to sneak back to their base in the Lake Chad area on Wednesday night. Full text...

  • Uganda: 'One millionth South Sudanese flees to Uganda'
    17 august 2017 06:58:18
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is marking Thursday as the day the one millionth South Sudanese has fled across Uganda’s border seeking safety since the start of the war in 2013. Full text...

  • DRC: 'DRC tops list of most newly displaced people in first half year'
    17 august 2017 06:47:10
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - Almost one million people have been forced to flee inside the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) in the first six months of the year. Full text...

  • DRC: Emergency food distributions launched to assist thousands displaced in DRC
    16 august 2017 20:06:51
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – Food assistance will be provided to food insecure people displaced by conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says the United Nations food agency. Full text...

  • US: UN chief condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Nigeria's Borno state
    16 august 2017 20:00:11
    New York, US (PANA) – Condemning a series of terrorist attacks in north-eastern Nigeria, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for those responsible for these “repeated heinous acts” to be brought to justice. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN Refugee Agency chief commends Sudan's cooperation
    16 august 2017 18:06:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, has expressed gratitude to Sudan for cooperation with the UN and its refugee agency in assisting refugees. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Mass burial of Freetown mudslides disaster postponed
    16 august 2017 15:48:30
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The first burials of victims of the mudslides disaster in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown, planned for Wednesday, have been postponed, the Health ministry has announced. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: President Koroma declares 7 days national mourning after Freetown mudslides disaster
    16 august 2017 10:09:36
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The government of Sierra Leone has declared seven days of national mourning following the devastating mudslides and floods that have so far claimed some 400 lives, according to official estimates. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks in northeast Nigeria leave 27 dead, scores wounded
    16 august 2017 07:27:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The violence by the Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria has continued as suicide bombers on Tuesday killed at least 27 people and wounded 83 in attacks in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state. Full text...

  • US: 'African-led force on terrorism in the Sahel operational but challenged'
    16 august 2017 06:25:10
    New York, US (PANA) – The joint task force by the so-called Group of Five (G5) – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – to tackle the threat of terrorism in Africa's Sahel region is now operational, but a number of challenges remain, including funding, the United Nations Security Council was told. on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Mass burials of Freetown mudslides planned for Wednesday
    16 august 2017 05:57:15
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The first burials of victims of the mudslides and floods disaster in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown, are planned for Wednesday as the country grieves and struggles to overcome the shock. Full text...

  • Yemen: More survivors, remains of deceased African migrants found on Yemen beach - IOM
    15 august 2017 20:10:28
    Sana's, Yemen (PANA) – Over the past three days, the UN migration agency has found more survivors and victims' remains from last week's tragedy – when hundreds of migrants were forced from two boats into the sea off the coast of Yemen, a UN statement said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone mudslides death toll increases
    15 august 2017 20:02:31
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - As night fell in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, on Tuesday and hopes of finding any survivors of the massive mudslides and floods grew very dim, fears are growing that the death toll may be far higher than thought. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNICEF warns on ‘dramatic’ rise in CAR violence
    15 august 2017 17:47:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Central African Republic (CAR) has spiralled into violence and remains one of the worst countries in the world to be a child and “right now there are few eyes looking at them and few hands trying to help,” the United Nations children's agency said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Congolese refugees relocated to new settlement in Angola
    15 august 2017 17:17:05
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - More than 1,500 Congolese refugees who have fled violence and ethnic tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been relocated from reception centres in northern Angola to a newly established settlement, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Grace Mugabe evades arrest, reportedly flees South Africa
    15 august 2017 16:52:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe on Tuesday evaded arrest shortly after agreeing to hand herself over to police in connection with an assault charge. Full text...

  • Netherlands: ICC issues warrant of arrest for Libyan Busayf Al-Werfalli
    15 august 2017 16:11:24
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday issued a warrant of arrest for Libyan Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli, allegedly responsible for murder as a war crime in the context of the non-international armed conflict in Libya. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Congolese refugees relocated to new settlement in Angola – UN agency
    15 august 2017 16:00:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – More than 1,500 Congolese refugees who have fled violence and ethnic tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been relocated from reception centres in northern Angola to a newly-established settlement, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Morocco: Wanted Saudi prince captured in Morocco
    15 august 2017 15:52:26
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Wanted Saudi’s Prince, Saud Al-Saud, was arrested in Morocco after being involved in a traffic accident in the M’Diq region, Moroccan website, Reu20, reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone President Koroma appeals for help to cope with mudslides disaster
    15 august 2017 15:50:56
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Volunteers in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, are continuing to recover corpses following Monday's massive mudslides and floods, as the country's president appeals for international assistance to cope with the huge disaster. Full text...

  • Morocco: 2 Million Moroccan in diaspora return to join Operation Marhaba
    15 august 2017 15:17:56
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Since the launch of Operation Marhaba 2017 on 5 June, designed to promote tourism among Moroccans living abroad, approximately 2 million Moroccan experts have made return trips to the kingdom, according to the Central Coordination Office of the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity. Full text...

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