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  • Nigeria: Nigeria, Germany meet in Abuja to discuss development cooperation
    06 october 2016 19:44:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria and Germany began a consultation on development cooperation in Abuja on Thursday with Nigeria's Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma saying his nation would appreciate the support of developed countries in enhancing its technical capacity towards diversifying the economy. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy calls for humanitarian access in Benghazi
    06 october 2016 19:26:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing deep concern over the plight of civilians caught in the cross-fight in a Benghazi neighbourhood, UN envoy in Libya, Martin Kobler on Thursday called for a humanitarian access to allow aid to reach those in urgent need as well as a safe passage for those who wish to leave. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army marksman intercepts, kills suicide bomber in north eastern Nigeria
    06 october 2016 15:55:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army Thursday said its marksman killed a Boko Haram male suicide bomber who attempted to infiltrate through the Army’s forward defences in Maiduguri, the epicentre of terrorist violence in North Eastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Zambia: COMESA experts to address integration challenges facing member states
    06 october 2016 15:50:39
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The top decision-making organs of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) are scheduled to begin meeting on 10 October in Antananarivo, Madagascar, ahead of the 19th Heads of State Summit on 18 – 19 October 2016. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya Police airlift bodies of six Mandera terror attack
    06 october 2016 15:43:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A police aircraft has airlifted the bodies of six victims of an overnight terror attack in Mandera, north eastern Kenya, where the government said a counter-offensive was underway. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe: Rights group slams Zimbabwe court's ban on protests
    06 october 2016 10:41:22
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has slammed a High Court ruling in Zimbabwe upholding a 30-day police ban on protests in the capital Harare, saying it infringes on the right to freedom of Assembly. Full text...

  • UN: 69 million new teachers needed to achieve global education goals - UNESCO
    05 october 2016 20:46:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Wednesday said that about 69 million new teachers are needed to provide quality universal primary and secondary education by 2030, which is the deadline of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • UN: UN report says investing in early childhood development helps communities
    05 october 2016 20:30:19
    New York, US (PANA) - An estimated 43 per cent or 249 million of children under five in low-and middle-income countries are at an elevated risk of poor development due to extreme poverty and stunting, according to a new UN-supported series from world acclaimed science journal, The Lancet. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia to observe Day of Ashura on Tuesday
    05 october 2016 16:02:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Moslems in the Gambia will observe the Day of Ashura next Tuesday (11 October) across the country, The Gambia Supreme Islamic Council, the apex religious body, has said. Full text...

  • US: 'More young people should participate in peace, security decision-making' - UN
    05 october 2016 05:31:02
    New York, US (PANA) - With more young people around the world than ever before, it is necessary to include them when discussing global solutions related to peace, development and security, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN report says 385 million children live in extreme poverty
    04 october 2016 17:56:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty, with nearly 385 million children worldwide experiencing that condition, according to a report by the World Bank Group and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns attacks against UN mission in Mali
    04 october 2016 17:44:00
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Monday's series of attacks against the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military warns Niger Delta militants against further security breach
    04 october 2016 17:30:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Defence Headquarters Tuesday warned militants in the Niger Delta not to take its posture of allowing the peaceful settlement of the Niger Delta crisis as lack of will, saying it will move against any group that attacks its location or disturb the peace of the region. Full text...

  • South Africa: Police, university students continue to clash
    04 october 2016 12:45:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions remain high at several South African universities where students who are calling for free education continue to clash with police. Full text...

  • Gambia: U.S. Embassy in Banjul suspends visa issuance to Gambian govt officials
    03 october 2016 16:34:53
    Banjul, Gambia(PANA) -The United States Embassy in Banjul, Gambia, has with immediate effect stopped issuing visas to Gambian government officials and other citizens associated with the government, including their families, according a press release made available to PANA here on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: AU warns citizens against travelling to USA after killing of Blacks
    03 october 2016 15:56:31
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) on Monday warned Africans against travelling to the United States of America (USA) due to security concerns after a number of unarmed black civilians murdered has dramatically increased. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 6 foreigners arrested during raids on Boko Haram camps to be deported
    03 october 2016 05:54:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says it will hand over six foreigners who were arrested in the war against the Boko Haram terrorist group to the Nigeria Immigration Service for deportation. Full text...

  • UN: Ban stresses need for non-violence for peace to thrive
    02 october 2016 19:20:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday stressed the link between non-violence, peace and nature as the UN observed the International Day of Non-Violence. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Scores killed after stampede at Ethiopian religious festival
    02 october 2016 17:35:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Scores of people have been killed in a stampede in Bishoftu, Ethiopia's industrial town, after a religious festival turned chaotic, a government spokesperson said on Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges governments to protect older persons
    01 october 2016 20:56:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Saturday marked the International Day of Older Persons by encouraging countries to draw attention to and challenge negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older persons and ageing, and to enable older persons to realize their potential to build a life of dignity and human rights. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan rejects French call to investigate chemical weapons report
    01 october 2016 19:48:55
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has objected to a call by the French government for investigation into this week's report by Amnesty International (AI) on the claim that Sudanese forces used chemical weapons in Darfur, arguing that the report was an allegation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army releases 348 Boko Haram suspects
    01 october 2016 19:39:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of activities to mark Nigeria's 56th Independence Day the Nigerian Army on Saturday released 348 suspected but cleared Boko Haram suspects at the Boko Haram epicentre of Maiduguri, Borno State, northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR, AU, African host countries agree on final steps on Rwandan refugees
    30 september 2016 21:49:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and delegations from African countries as well as the African Union (AU) agreed on Friday on final steps to end the protracted Rwandan refugee situation after seven years of negotiations. Full text...

  • South Sudan: '100,000 people trapped in Yei, South Sudan', UNHCR warns
    30 september 2016 16:43:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Urgent humanitarian assistance is needed for some 100,000 people trapped in the South Sudanese town of Yei, where the security situation deteriorated rapidly after renewed conflict broke out in Juba, the capital, in early July, the United Nations refugee agency warned Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army says its troops killed 7 militants in Cross River State
    30 september 2016 14:40:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army said its troops from the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Calabar, in the early hours of Friday killed seven armed militants at Efut Esighi in Bakassi local government area of the south south Cross River State. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UK to support Nigeria in fight to curb oil vandalism, environmental pollution in Niger Delta
    30 september 2016 14:33:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United Kingdom (UK) Minister for Africa and Middle East, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Tobias Ellwood, has pledged to support Nigeria in its quest to end oil vandalism and environmental pollution in the Niger Delta. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum refutes AI chemical weapons report
    30 september 2016 14:23:27
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has categorically refuted a report from Amnesty International (AI) which accused the government of using chemical weapons in fighting against some rebel movements in Jebel Mara area in Darfur, near the border with Chad. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zulu king cleared in hate speech case
    30 september 2016 11:41:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday ruled that Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s did not call for violence against African immigrants although his comments were harmful. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed committee launches guides on curbing sexual exploitation
    30 september 2016 05:43:11
    New York, US (PANA) - A United Nations-backed inter-agency committee on Thursday launched two guides to assist aid workers worldwide in setting up sexual exploitation and abuse prevention and response systems in humanitarian settings. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU renews sanctions on Burundi
    29 september 2016 20:01:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council has renewed the EU restrictive measures against Burundi until 31 October 2017, it was officially announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF doubles funding appeal for children in northeast Nigeria
    29 september 2016 18:44:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revised its humanitarian appeal for Nigeria from US$55 million to US$115 million, in order to be able to assist an additional 750,000 people who can now be reached across conflict-affected areas in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian PM urges population to detest corruption
    29 september 2016 18:04:39
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Calling on the Tunisian population to denounce corruption and illegal enrichment, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Thursday said in a televised address that "prison is the suitable place for outranking corrupt elements." Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty Int'l says chemical weapons used in Sudan's restive Darfur region
    29 september 2016 17:40:20
    New York, US (PANA) - An Amnesty International investigation has gathered horrific evidence of repeated use of what the human rights watchdog believed to be chemical weapons against civilians, including very young children, by Sudanese government forces in one of the most remote regions of Darfur over the past eight months. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Militants bomb another oil pipeline in Niger Delta
    29 september 2016 16:43:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) has bombed a major pipeline belonging to the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company in Delta State, in the Niger Delta region, military and community sources confirmed the attack Thursday saying it was on a delivery line and that the bombing was carried out early morning. Full text...

  • UN: ICC examines situation in Gabon
    29 september 2016 16:33:38
    New York, US (PANA) - International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Thursday said the ICC will conduct a preliminary examination on the situation in Gabon in order to establish whether the criteria for opening an investigation are met. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian soldiers 'kill' 9 Boko Haram terrorists
    29 september 2016 07:05:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army says its troops killed nine Boko Haram terrorists and wounded several others in a gun battle on Wednesday in the northeastern city of Bulabulin, Borno State. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta mourns Israeli statesman Shimon Peres
    28 september 2016 18:42:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has described Israel's former President Shimon Peres, who died on Wednesday, as a "man of courage who fought for peace and resolutely defended democracy." Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants thorough investigation into killing of Somali journalist
    28 september 2016 13:08:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Somali authorities should thoroughly and credibly investigate the fatal shooting of radio journalist, Abdiaziz Ali, and swiftly bring his killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Replica of Mandela's cell to tour South Africa
    28 september 2016 08:31:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A replica of Nelson Mandela’s infamous Robben Island cell will travel to schools around South Africa to enable youths to see and experience the harrowing conditions the world statesman endured in jail. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN Human Rights Council discusses situations in Libya, DRC, Burundi
    28 september 2016 06:08:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, has expressed concern about the human rights situation in Libya saying it is distressing with little hope of resolution in immediate sight. Full text...

  • UN: UN condemns attacks on relief workers in Central African Republic
    27 september 2016 17:50:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Tuesday condemned the recent attacks on humanitarian workers in the northern town of Kaga Bandoro, located in the Nana Gribizi prefecture in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UN: WFP may suspend school meals programme in Mali
    27 september 2016 17:28:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday cautioned that unless it receives US$3 million in urgent funding, it will have to suspend its school meals programme in Mali, affecting nearly 180,000 children in about 1,000 schools. Full text...

  • US: World Tourism Council urges tourism sector to be disability-friendly
    27 september 2016 14:13:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Mr. David Scowsill, has stressed the need for the tourism sector to be more accessible by ensuring their facilities are disability-friendly, saying that "tourism needs to take accessibility requirements seriously." Full text...

  • Botswana: Obama congratulates Khama on Botswana's golden jubilee
    27 september 2016 13:52:28
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – America’s President Barack Obama has shared a solidarity with Botswana ahead of the country’s 50th birthday, to be celebrated on Friday. Full text...

  • The Netherlands: Amnesty International hails 'landmark ICC verdict' against Al-Mahdi
    27 september 2016 11:57:10
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, says Tuesday’s International Criminal Court (ICC) conviction of Ahmad Al Faqi Al-Mahdi, a senior member of the Ansar Eddine armed group, must be the first step towards broader accountability for all crimes committed during Mali’s 2012 conflict. Full text...

  • The Netherlands: ICC jails jihadist 9 years for destroying Mali historic, religious buildings
    27 september 2016 11:45:03
    The Hague, The Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court on Tuesday jailed Ahmad Al Faqi Al-Mahdi, a senior member of the Ansar Eddine armed group, for nine years for destroying historic mausoleums in Timbuktu, Mali. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty Int'l to launch new report on Darfur war crimes 29 September
    26 september 2016 14:49:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, will on 29 September in New York, US, launch a new report exposing war crimes and other horrific human rights violations committed by Sudanese government forces against civilians in Jebel Marra in Sudan's Darfur region, including compelling evidence of the extensive use of chemical weapons. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum will not help opposition against South Sudanese govt
    26 september 2016 14:44:22
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA) - Khartoum on Monday said Sudan will not serve as a launching pad for any armed opposition activities against South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: ICC engages 800 visitors on justice-related issues
    26 september 2016 14:07:16
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 800 people visited the International Criminal Court (ICC) headquarters at The Hague, Netherlands, on Sunday, when the ICC opened its doors to the public to mark "The Hague International Day", a statement said on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Four Nigerian soldiers die in Boko Haram ambush
    26 september 2016 09:44:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army said on Monday that four soldiers have been killed by Boko Haram's Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Borno State, the epicentre of the terrorists' mayhem in northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

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