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  • UN: UN deputy chief links sustainable peace with progress on development
    02 march 2016 14:08:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Wednesday stressed the need for sustainable peace at both national and international levels in order to ensure progress on developmental issues. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Military prosecutor seeks 22-year jail term for former presidential guard commander
    02 march 2016 13:12:01
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Military prosecutor on Wednesday requested 22 years in prison with heavy fines totalling US$ 10,700 against the former Rwandan presidential guard commander, Col. Tom Byabagamba, and one of his main co-accused, retired Brig.-Gen. Frank Rusagara, who are both facing charges of committing state security offences, a judicial source confirmed to PANA here. Full text...

  • Italy: UN hails launch of 'Day of School Feeding' as vital to Africa's devt efforts
    02 march 2016 07:31:09
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The United Nations joined the African Union on Tuesday hailing the inaugural 'Africa Day of School Feeding,' as part of a key strategy to address the continent's development challenges through home-grown school meal programmes. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN dev't agenda seeks to reach 'those farthest behind' - Ban
    01 march 2016 06:43:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - At the opening of the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, senior UN officials emphasized the powerful link between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the right to development, highlighting that people on the front lines of armed conflict and humanitarian need are hoping the Organization can help ease their suffering. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan security agents uncover airport suicide bomb plot
    29 february 2016 16:25:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan security agents have uncovered a plot by the Al Shabaab terror group to use teams of 11 suicide bombers, masquerading as passengers, to bomb aircraft during landing or take-off at major airports in the East African nation, according to a leaked security report seen by PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Congo: Amnesty slams Congo for denying expert entry
    28 february 2016 08:15:21
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Amnesty International has slammed Republic of Congo for refusing entry to one of its international experts and sending him back to Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN deputy humanitarian chief calls for end to civilian suffering
    27 february 2016 12:16:36
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations deputy humanitarian chief has called on all parties to the conflict in South Sudan to protect civilians and grant safe and unhindered humanitarian access as she wrapped up a two-day visit to the African country. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief urges Member States to make 'responsibility to protect' a reality
    27 february 2016 09:04:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The principle of “responsibility to protect”, a call for putting into action legal commitments to protect populations from atrocity crimes, has seen mixed results since its inception in 2005, the United Nations deputy chief said Friday, urging the international community to make the protection of populations from such heinous acts “a living reality”. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ demands investigation of alleged threat against Nigerian journalist
    26 february 2016 16:53:04
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Nigerian authorities should investigate claims that a businessman threatened freelance journalist Augustina Armstrong-Ogbonna over her investigation into his company, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Friday. Full text...

  • Togo: MCC starts threshold programme for cooperation with Togo
    26 february 2016 16:27:51
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – A four-member delegation from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent U.S. Government foreign aid agency, is due to visit Lomé from 29 February to 3 March 2016 to kick-start an MCC threshold programme formulation process in the West African country, it was officially announced Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: IOM evacuates stranded Burkinabe migrants from Libya
    26 february 2016 14:30:29
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - As the humanitarian situation in Libya continues to deteriorate with no solution in sight, the number of migrants seeking support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to voluntarily return to their home countries is rising, the organization said Friday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN chief urges South Sudan leaders to put peace above politics
    25 february 2016 19:50:41
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon concluded his visit to Juba, South Sudan on Thursday saying he had gone there to underscore the United Nations commitment to the peace process and the future of South Sudan. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum welcomes South Africa’s announcement on pullout from Darfur
    25 february 2016 18:52:14
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Ghandour, has welcomed South Africa's announcement that it would soon withdraw its troops from Darfur region. Full text...

  • UN: UN report details widespread human rights abuses in Libya
    25 february 2016 17:18:05
    New York, US (PANA) - A United Nations report published Thursday has documented widespread human rights violations and abuses committed in Libya since the beginning of 2014, recommending urgent measures to address “the complete impunity that prevails” and to strengthen and reform the justice sector. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly marks 10 years of Responsibility to Protect
    25 february 2016 15:23:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, on Friday in New York convened a thematic discussion to mark the 10th anniversary of the Full text...

  • South Africa: Amnesty International rebukes Pretoria
    25 february 2016 08:56:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has come under fire from Amnesty International over the wave of xenophobic violence that swept through parts of the country last year. Full text...

  • UN: ICC to hold confirmation of charges on Malian rebel on 1 March
    24 february 2016 18:15:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The confirmation of charges hearing in the case of Malian Full text...

  • Togo: Gnassingbe in New York for UNDP’s Golden Jubilee celebration
    24 february 2016 13:33:14
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo on Wednesday joined leaders from across the world to celebrate the golden jubilee of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York, according to an official statement made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says court convicts suspect for murdering journalist in DR Congo
    24 february 2016 13:25:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that a court in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) convicted a suspect of murdering journalist Soleil Balanga. Full text...

  • UK: Amnesty International warns of global assault on freedoms
    24 february 2016 06:33:41
    London, UK (PANA) - International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. Full text...

  • UN: 'Address root causes of conflict for sustainable peace' - UN advisory body
    24 february 2016 06:08:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The head of the United Nations advisory body tasked with making recommendations on post-conflict recovery, reconstruction and development has stressed that building lasting peace requires predictable, sustained and adequate efforts and financing to help stop violence and address the root causes of conflict. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN refugee agency calls on Nigeria to heed wishes of IDPs
    24 february 2016 05:54:54
    Maiduguri, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian authorities should heed the concerns of internally displaced people (IDP) in the north-east of the country, the United Nations refugee agency’s top protection official has said following his visit to Borno, the north-eastern state hardest hit by the Boko Haram insurgency. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Displaced people need opportunity to rebuild their lives - Ban
    24 february 2016 05:43:03
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hasreiterated his call for support from Member States to resolve such global humanitarian issues as the refugee and migrant crisis and ensuring human dignity for all, during a visit to a site hosting internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo). Full text...

  • South Africa: Law society targets Maseru
    24 february 2016 05:18:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) on Tuesday repeated its call to the Lesotho authorities to cease their harassment and intimidation of lawyers, particularly those involved in the defence of 23 soldiers accused of alleged mutiny last year. Full text...

  • Burundi: Ban welcomes promise of ‘inclusive dialogue', release of detainees
    23 february 2016 19:40:18
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the decision on Tuesday by President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi to withdraw some media bans, cancel arrest warrants and release detainees as goodwill gestures to try to end months of violence in the crisis-torn country. Full text...

  • US: UNDP marks 50th anniversary
    23 february 2016 18:21:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is only possible with a broad coalition of leaders from government, civil society, multilaterals and the private sector, said Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) on the eve of a major Ministerial Meeting to mark the organisation’s 50th anniversary. Full text...

  • South Africa: Father testifies in South Africa's dramatic kidnapping case
    23 february 2016 16:18:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The father of a new-born baby abducted nearly 20 years ago, on Tuesday gave the Western Cape High Court a dramatic account of how he finally tracked her down. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency laments Europe's restrictive measures on refugees, asylum-seekers
    23 february 2016 15:53:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday said it is concerned by recent restrictive practices adopted in a number of European countries that are placing additional undue hardships on refugees and asylum-seekers across Europe. Full text...

  • Sudan: Catholic organization denies any foul play in Darfur
    23 february 2016 11:46:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Catholic Relief Services (CRS), operating in Darfur, has categorically denied allegations that it was siding one of the parties to the conflict in Darfur, saying it has been and remains neutral in its humanitarian action there. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says journalist goes missing in Mali
    22 february 2016 13:15:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has said its national partner in Mali, la Maison de la Presse (MP), has mobilised the media in the country to work towards unraveling the disappearance of Birama Touré, a reporter with the investigative weekly, Le Sphinx. Full text...

  • South Africa: Dramatic kidnapping trial kicks off in Cape Town
    22 february 2016 10:45:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – All eyes are on the Western Cape High Court where the trial of one of the most dramatic kidnapping cases in South African history kicked off on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: 'Bring people in from the margins,' urges Ban on World Social Justice Day
    20 february 2016 19:18:10
    New York (PANA) - The United Nations top official on Saturday called on Member States to build inclusive societies free of discrimination, in which all people can live with dignity and opportunities to improve their lives, as he observed the World Day of Social Justice. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Flooding leads the headlines this week in Mauritius
    20 february 2016 15:05:45
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – This week’s headlines were marked by flooding that occurred in Mauritius following torrential rains in several parts of the island for at least the last 10 days. Full text...

  • Mauritius: World Bank to improve water supply in Mauritius
    20 february 2016 10:12:20
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius and the World Bank have signed a Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) agreement to improve water security across the country in the context of adaptation to climate change. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges safety measures for those fleeing conflict
    19 february 2016 21:56:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Two children have drowned every day on average since September 2015 as their families try to cross the eastern Mediterranean, and the number is growing, three United Nations humanitarian agencies said on Friday, calling for enhancing the safety of those escaping conflict and despair. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA raises concern over threats against Ghanaian journalist
    19 february 2016 15:45:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has raised concern over threats against a Ghanaian journalist, Ato Kwamena Dadzie, made by a Member of Parliament (MP) in Ghana. Full text...

  • Zambia: Media institute condemns police interference in operations of radio stations
    19 february 2016 13:42:03
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian police have come under attack from the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Zambia, for interfering with the operations of radio stations in Eastern province following police command directing them to seek police clearance whenever they intend to host high-profile guests on radio. Full text...

  • Botswana: Khama to keep his preferred US Presidential candidate confidential
    19 february 2016 13:16:12
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s president Ian Khama has announced that he will keep secret his preferred candidate for the United States presidential race. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ condemns Uganda for blocking social media during voting
    19 february 2016 12:25:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Ugandan authorities for restricting access to social media as voters went to the polls in Thursday's presidential elections. Full text...

  • South Africa: Thousands march against racism
    19 february 2016 10:55:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Thousands of supporters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Friday held anti-racism demonstrations in Pretoria and Cape Town. Full text...

  • US: US calls for end of violence in Jebel Marra, Darfur
    19 february 2016 10:01:22
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States has expressed deep concerned about the increased violence against civilians and the grave humanitarian situation in and around Jebel Marra, Darfur. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda introduces free Wi-Fi on public transport
    18 february 2016 18:52:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - All passengers on public transport in Kigali city and its outskirts will start using the freely available Wi-Fi, running with fourth generation (4G LTE) high speed connectivity, to browse the internet, send emails and use social media on their daily commute, PANA correspondent noted Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights expert warns on Europe's attitude to migrants
    18 february 2016 18:43:00
    New York, US (PANA) - As the European Union (EU) summit starts in Brussels, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Mr. Francois Crepeauin, on Thursday warned that it has become impossible in Europe to have a meaningful discussion about migrant’s rights, diversity and integration. Full text...

  • Ghana: Police say 61 passengers died in bus crash
    18 february 2016 18:35:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The police in Ghana say the death toll in Wednesday's road accident in the north of country claimed 61 lives, bringing down the figure from 71 dead reported earlier on Thursday by health officials. Full text...

  • Ghana: Death toll in Ghana road accident goes up to 71
    18 february 2016 15:59:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The death toll in the road accident in northern Ghana on Wednesday night has risen to 71, according to the the state-owned Radio Ghana. Full text...

  • UN: UNMISS condemns violence in Malakal protection site
    18 february 2016 14:32:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has strongly condemned the Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants charges against Ugandan journalist dropped
    18 february 2016 13:58:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Ugandan authorities to ''immediately drop all charges'' against radio journalist, Richard Mungu Jakican. Full text...

  • Ghana: Death toll in Ghana road crash rises to 53
    18 february 2016 10:38:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The death toll in the road accident in northern Ghana on Wednesday night has risen to 53, according to the police. Full text...

  • Egypt: Amnesty International slams order to close torture rehabilitation centre
    18 february 2016 10:27:50
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Moves by the authorities to shut down the renowned El Nadeem Centre for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence appear to mark an expansion of the ongoing crackdown on human rights activists in Egypt, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Sudan: Number of people fleeing fresh conflict in Darfur hits 73,000
    18 february 2016 08:04:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The number of civilians fleeing the recent conflict in the Jebel Marra area in Sudan’s Darfur region has jumped to 73,000 from 38,000, according to United Nations estimates. Full text...

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