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  • Mauritius: 2nd Global SIDS Conference on Anti-Corruption Reforms opens in Mauritius
    02 august 2016 14:12:52
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Tuesday said that Least Developed Countries (LDC) lose around US$ 1 trillion a year to corruption. Full text...

  • US: US forces bomb Islamic State militants in Libya
    02 august 2016 13:29:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The US military has bombed Islamic State (IS) militant targets in Libya, the US Defence Department, popularly known as Pentagon, said in a statement made available to PANA in New York on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Kidnap victim testifies in camera at dramatic trial
    02 august 2016 12:03:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In the latest twist in South Africa’s most dramatic kidnapping case, the media was ordered out of the courtroom at the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday as the woman who was abducted as a new-born child in her hospital bed nearly two decades ago testified for the first time. Full text...

  • Switzerland: About 60,000 flee South Sudan’s latest violence
    02 august 2016 10:02:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Refugee flows from South Sudan into Uganda have doubled in the past 10 days, bringing the total to more than 52,000 who have entered the country since violence escalated in the country three weeks ago, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian troops kill five Boko Haram terrorists
    02 august 2016 07:02:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Troops of the Nigerian Army on Monday night killed five Boko Haram terrorists and recovered various arms and ammunition during an encounter near Maiduguri, Borno State. Full text...

  • UN: UN condemns sexual violence, abuses in South Sudan
    02 august 2016 06:04:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) late on Monday condemned reports of widespread sexual violence, including rape and gang rape, of women and young girls, by soldiers and unidentified armed men in the country. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts urge Kenya to put an end to police impunity
    01 august 2016 20:40:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Voicing deep concern over the continuing pattern of extrajudicial executions in Kenya, UN human rights experts have called on the Kenyan government to halt police violence and ensure accountability for the perpetrators. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria abides by ICJ ruling on border demarcation
    01 august 2016 19:29:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday declared the resolve of his administration to abide by the decision of the International Court of Justice on the demarcation of the Nigeria/Cameroon border. Full text...

  • UN: UN report says e-government vital for achieving SDGs, good governance
    01 august 2016 18:08:40
    New York, US (PANA) - E-government is emerging as a powerful tool for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as enhancing good governance and effective management of human and material resources, according to a UN report released on Monday.. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan communities struggle to host IDPs
    01 august 2016 17:02:57
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations and its partners continue to monitor the latest movements of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the west of Libya, as a two-month campaign against the so-called Islamic State (IS) drives more families to flee from Sirte, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF scales up succour for Nigerian children affected by Boro Haram attacks
    01 august 2016 15:31:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite an attack on a humanitarian convoy in which one of its staff members was injured, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is scaling up assistance to thousands of conflict-affected children in Nigeria’s Borno state, which has borne the brunt of violence by Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU, EU sign deal to strengthen war against Boko Haram
    01 august 2016 15:19:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The European Commission and the African Union Commission on Monday signed an agreement on a 50 million-euro support from the European Union’s African Peace Facility to the Lake Chad Basin Commission Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in its fight against Boko Haram, as mandated by the AU Peace and Security Council. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ringleader behind thousands of online scams arrested in Nigeria
    01 august 2016 12:11:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The head of an international criminal network behind thousands of online frauds has been arrested in a joint operation by INTERPOL and the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC). Full text...

  • Mauritania: Rights groups say Mauritania must release anti-slavery activists
    01 august 2016 11:37:34
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Authorities in Mauritania must drop all charges and immediately and unconditionally release 13 anti-slavery activists arbitrarily detained in an attempt to intimidate and silence human rights defenders, Amnesty International and 16 other civil society organisations said on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army kills 2 Boko Haram terrorists, recovers weapons
    31 july 2016 16:01:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army said its troops ambushed and killed two Boko Haram terrorists and recovered arms and ammunitions in ongoing "clearance operations" in the northeastern Borno state. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief stresses power of friendship to overcome divisions
    30 july 2016 15:08:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Observing the International Day of Friendship, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday said the accumulation of bonds of camaraderie around the world can contribute to fundamental shifts that are needed to address global challenges. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy calls for accountability in remembering Walikale mass rape in DRC
    30 july 2016 14:56:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the six-year remembrance of a mass rape of more than 300 civilian residents of the Walikale region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by armed groups, the UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict, Ms. Zainab Bangura has called on the international community to be relentless in seeking accountability for the crimes. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir maintains stance against International Criminal Court
    30 july 2016 14:28:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's President Omar Bashir has said his government “does not rebel against the international community but rather rejects injustice” a reference to the International Criminal Court with which Sudan has refused to cooperate. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges stronger action to protect millions from human trafficking
    29 july 2016 19:25:51
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said the international community must do more to end the inhumane practice of human trafficking and protect migrants and refugees, particularly young people, women and children from those who attempt to exploit their opportunity for a better future. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Schools slam Turkish govt.'s request for closure of Turkish schools in Nigeria
    29 july 2016 15:34:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian/Turkish Universities and Colleges have described as spurious and baseless the request by the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Cakil, for the 17 schools owned by Turkish nationals in Nigeria to be shut. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Multinational joint force captures strategic border town from Boko Haram terrorists
    29 july 2016 15:03:47
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - The Multinational Joint Task force (MNJTF) has announced the capture and occupation of Damasak, a border town between Nigeria and Niger Republic that remained one of the last frontiers of Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...

  • US: 'Victims in cases against Hissene Habre awarded reparation'
    29 july 2016 14:57:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, on Friday said the decision to grant reparation to thousands of victims in cases against former Chadian president Hissene Habre marks a significant moment in their long and determined quest for justice. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN suspends humanitarian assistance in northeast Nigeria over Boko Haram ambush
    29 july 2016 06:39:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Following Thursday’s attack on a humanitarian convoy by the Boko Haram insurgents, the United Nations says it has temporarily suspended humanitarian assistance missions in northeast Nigeria pending review of the security situation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 2 soldiers, 3 UN staff, others wounded in Boko Haram ambush
    29 july 2016 06:25:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Army troops returning from the embattled northeastern Nigeria city of Bama were on Thursday ambushed by Boko Haram terrorists resulting in injury to two soldiers. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council calls for increased military cooperation to fight Boko Haram
    29 july 2016 05:40:20
    New York, US (PANA) – While welcoming recent political developments recently observed in West Africa, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday stressed the need to increase military cooperation between the States in the region and Sahel to fight against the terrorist group Boko Haram. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Aid agencies say violence fuels South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis
    28 july 2016 16:53:30
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Violence and insecurity continue in Juba, capital of South Sudan, and are spreading to other states despite a fragile ceasefire in a country where half the population relies on humanitarian aid, Oxfam and nine other aid agencies warned Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa: National broadcaster backs down over fired journalists
    28 july 2016 13:49:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The SA National Editors' Forum (SANEF) on Thursday hailed the public broadcaster’s decision to allow its fired journalists to be reinstated following a legal battle and public outcry. Full text...

  • Zambia: Millions in southern Africa at risk, says humanitarian agencies
    28 july 2016 13:45:51
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Humanitarian agencies in southern Africa have called on donors to release urgently needed funds to save the lives and sustain the livelihoods of millions of people affected by a severe El Niño-induced drought in the region. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body demands release of prisoners of conscience in DRC
    28 july 2016 13:38:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The release on Wednesday of six youth activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) under a presidential pardon is an exercise in window dressing unless all prisoners of conscience and others detained for peaceful exercise of their human rights are freed, according to Human Rights Body, Amnesty International (AI). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army begins amphibious training exercise for possible war against Niger Delta
    28 july 2016 13:26:23
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - The Nigerian Army will Friday begin a three-day training exercise, code named “Exercise crocodile smile”, aimed at preparing its troops for engagement in amphibious and internal security operations in Riverine environment against Niger Delta militants. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Rights group says South Sudan govt forces committing war crimes
    28 july 2016 06:36:03
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International on Thursday released a report which, it says, reveals the true horror suffered by civilians in South Sudan at the hands of government forces after the August 2015 peace agreement was signed. Full text...

  • US: 'Root causes of Boko Haram threat in Lake Chad Basin must be tackled'
    28 july 2016 06:00:00
    New York, US (PANA) - To bring an end to the Boko Haram threat in the Lake Chad Basin region, affected countries must address the root causes that contributed to the emergence of the group, including the social, economic and political grievances of marginalized communities, the top United Nations political affairs official has said. Full text...

  • Botswana: Khama challenged to act on Zimbabwe's police brutality
    27 july 2016 18:57:07
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Civil Society Solidarity Coalition for Zimbabwe (BOCISCOZ) has condemned increased police brutality in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • UN: UN anti-crime chief urges greater youth advocacy to fight terrorism
    27 july 2016 17:24:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Terrorism is now more of a threat to international peace and security than ever, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, warned Wednesday, calling for greater efforts to tackle links between crime and terrorism and for increased advocacy among youth. Full text...

  • Rwanda: HRW accuses Burundi of gang rapes by ruling party youth
    27 july 2016 15:23:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Members of Burundi ruling party’s youth league, known as "Imbonerakure" (Those who see from far), have repeatedly gang-raped women since a wave of political protests began in 2015, the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has charged in a new report made available Wednesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Ghana: Radio panellists, host jailed for contempt
    27 july 2016 15:17:14
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Supreme Court on Wednesday jailed two panellists on a political talk show on an Accra-based radio station and the host of the programme for four months each for contempt. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says another journalist arrested in South Sudan
    27 july 2016 14:55:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in South Sudan to immediately release journalist Michael Christopher who was arrested in the capital, Juba, on 23 July. Full text...

  • US: Security Council extends UN CAR Mission through 2017
    27 july 2016 06:11:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) until 15 November 2017, keeping an authorized troop ceiling of 10,750 military personnel intact and providing time for the mission to assess the post-transition process in the country. Full text...

  • US: US condemns Mogadishu suicide bombings
    27 july 2016 05:45:16
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which took place near the international airport, and restated its commitment to the country's progress towards peace. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC appeals for US$2.4bn support to face El Niño-induced drought
    26 july 2016 19:00:02
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Tuesday launched a Regional Appeal for Humanitarian and Recovery Support amounting to US$2.4 billion to support humanitarian needs as drought looms in the region. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR appeals for US$115.4 million to support returning Somali refugees
    26 july 2016 18:39:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday appealed to donors for an additional US$115.4 million to fund the voluntary return and reintegration of Somali refugees from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp. Full text...

  • Somali: AMISOM condemns terror attack in Mogadishu
    26 july 2016 18:24:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The African Union Mission in Somalia has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that occurred early Tuesday near the Mogadishu International Airport (MIA). Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says 4,000 South Sudanese fleeing into Uganda daily
    26 july 2016 17:35:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Recent fighting in South Sudan has forced 37,491 people to flee to Uganda in the past three weeks, averaging more than 4,000 a day in the past week, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy condemns terrorist attack near Mogadishu airport
    26 july 2016 13:56:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating, has strongly condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack in the vicinity of Mogadishu International Airport that killed dozens of people. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU names head of maritime capacity building in Horn of Africa
    26 july 2016 11:38:33
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Commission on Tuesday announced the appointment of Ms Maria-Cristina Stepanescu, a senior police officer from Romania, as Head of the European Union (EU) mission on regional maritime capacity building in the Horn of Africa, EUCAP Nestor. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU appoints head of mission in Niger
    26 july 2016 11:34:00
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A senior diplomat from Finland, Ms Kirsi Henriksson, has been appointed Head of the European Union mission in Niger (EUCAP Sahel Niger), the European Council announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tutu's personal message goes viral on the Internet
    26 july 2016 11:30:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A beautiful personal letter from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to an American toddler has gone viral on the Internet. Full text...

  • Congo: Rights group condemns jailing of Congolese opposition leader Makaya
    26 july 2016 06:09:45
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has condemned the jailing of Congolese opposition leader, Paulin Makaya, and called for his unconditional release. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Niger Delta Avengers blow up gas pipeline
    25 july 2016 21:51:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), on Monday claimed responsibility for the attack on a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) gas pipeline at Nsit-Ibom in the oil-rich Akwa Ibom State. Full text...

  • UN: International Organization for Migration becomes UN agency
    25 july 2016 18:47:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution approving an agreement to make the International Organization for Migration (IOM) part of the UN system. Full text...

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