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  • Thousands flee violence in eastern DR Congo
    30 january 2018 19:07:41
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Surging violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is driving thousands of people into neighbouring Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Amnesty International urges Italy, Libya to release refugees trapped in misery
    30 january 2018 17:53:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ahead of the first anniversary of Italy signing a deal with Libya to put in place measures to stop refugees and migrants from travelling to Europe, thousands of people remain trapped in abusive Libyan detention camps where torture is rife, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Tunisian journalists threaten strike over non patronage by gov't
    30 january 2018 14:06:53
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Irked by the refusal of government ministries and institutions to patronise Tunisian newspapers, the Tunisian Federation of press directors and the national trade union of Tunisian journalists have threatened to embark on strike and stop their publications until the execution of a deal the government signed with them. Full text...

  • Former AUC deputy Chief, Patrick Mazimhaka, laid to rest in Kigali
    30 january 2018 13:18:55
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former African Union Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson, Patrick Kayumbu Mazimhaka, who passed away earlier this week at the age 69, was laid to rest in Kigali city on Tuesday afternoon, a close relative confirmed to PANA in the Rwandan capital. Full text...

  • Tunisia arrested thousands of potential terrorists in 2017 - Interior Minister
    30 january 2018 12:29:33
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia's Interior minister, Loffi Brahem, has revealed that the North African country arrested 29,495 youths who had planned to travel to fight in some trouble spots in the world last year. Full text...

  • East African soldiers to undertake joint multi-national military exercises in Uganda
    30 january 2018 11:50:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A one-week multi-national military exercise involving Armed Forces from the East African Community (EAC) will be held in Uganda from 31 January to 7 February, a statement said in Kigali on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rights group says dozens killed in Nigeria air attacks on villages
    30 january 2018 06:44:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian authorities’ response to communal violence is totally inadequate, too slow and ineffective, and in some cases unlawful, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, as clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Ondo and Kaduna have resulted in 168 deaths in January 2018 alone. Full text...

  • Youth leaders ready to 'roll up their sleeves' and work
    30 january 2018 05:54:57
    New York, US (PANA) – Not content to follow old-school rules to tackle problems like climate change, poverty and inequality, today’s youth – media savvy ‘Millennials’ and the ‘Born in the 90s’ cohort that can’t remember life without the Internet – are using disruptive, new-school innovations to drive change; and they’re heading to the United Nations to talk about building a better world for all. Full text...

  • Ethiopia gets US$10 million in emergency relief funding
    29 january 2018 20:09:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – a pool of funding which supports critical relief operations around the world – has allocated $10 million to help meet the life-saving needs of the most vulnerable people displaced due to conflict in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Violation of child rights increases in Horn of Africa region
    29 january 2018 19:40:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Violations against civilians, including sexual and gender-based violence, remained significant in the Horn of Africa region in 2017, according to a new report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). Full text...

  • Political instability drives humanitarian needs in Horn of Africa countries
    29 january 2018 19:01:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Conflict and political insecurity in the Horn of Africa, notably in South Sudan, are expected to continue to drive humanitarian needs—sometimes compounding, or caused by the impacts of climatic shocks—in the first six months of 2018, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). Full text...

  • Burkina military trial of failed coup leaders opens 27 February
    29 january 2018 18:06:01
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The court trial of soldiers involved in the failed September 2015 coup against the former transitional regime in Burkina Faso will start on 27 February 2018, the Burkina military said on Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan, UNAMID sign deal for a temporary operating base in Golo
    29 january 2018 15:21:18
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government and the United Nations-African Union hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) have signed a memorandum of understanding under which the UNAMID will open a temporary operating base in Golo Locality, Jebel Marra, in Central Darfur State. Full text...

  • 'Nguema cannot protect Yahya Jammeh from Justice'
    29 january 2018 15:12:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Victims of the dictatorial rule of former Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh, and their supporters reacted with indignation to a declaration by the President of Equatorial Guinea,Teodoro Obiang Nguema, that he would “protect” the exiled leader from justice. Full text...

  • FAO calls for renewed commitment to get Africa back on track to eliminate hunger
    29 january 2018 11:44:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Hunger-fighting initiatives in Africa need to be deepened and broadened to put the continent back on track to eliminating the scourge of undernutrition, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has told heads of state and government gathered in Addis Ababa for the African Union (AU) summit. Full text...

  • Usain Bolt saluted in Cape Town
    28 january 2018 09:00:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The world’s greatest sprinter Usain Bolt is turning heads during a brief visit to Cape Town. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of 'blue helmet' in DR Congo
    28 january 2018 04:52:00
    New York, US (PANA) – Condemning the killing on Saturday of a peacekeeper with the United Nations stabilization mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who was ambushed in the vast country's restive east, Secretary-General António Guterres again called on armed groups there to lay down their weapons and seek to resolve their grievances peacefully. Full text...

  • Guterres urges common commitment on situation in South Sudan
    27 january 2018 20:13:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – It is absolutely essential that the role of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in eastern Africa is first of all to make sure that any contradictions that might exist among the neighbours of South Sudan is not translated into an influence in the internal situation of that country, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said here on Saturday. Full text...

  • Security Council condemns 'barbaric' terrorist attack in central Mali
    27 january 2018 19:42:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the “barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack” on 25 January against a bus transporting civilians near Boni, in central Mali, during which 26 people from Mali and Burkina Faso, including children, were killed. Full text...

  • UN chief outlines way for Africa to beat hunger, poverty
    27 january 2018 16:37:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – For Africa to build and sustain peace and address hunger and poverty, it needs community-based approaches that build social cohesion and the capacity of local institutions and actors, in addition to improved governance that can deliver equitable services, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said here on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army kills 7 Boko Haram terrorists
    27 january 2018 11:02:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops killed seven remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest and horthern Borno state in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • AUC extends condolences following death of Mazimhaka
    27 january 2018 07:09:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission has been saddened by the death of its former Deputy Chairperson Patrick Mazimhaka, who passed away on the 25 January 2018, according to a statement issued on Friday. Full text...

  • Egypt must halt executions, say UN human rights experts
    26 january 2018 17:55:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A group of UN human rights experts on Friday called on Egypt to halt all pending executions following repeated allegations of unfair trials. Full text...

  • Gambian cleric slams religious council over Ahmadis
    26 january 2018 16:03:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A prominent Islamic cleric, Oustass Saliu Cham, has accused the Supreme Islamic Council of distributing statements that could incite religious hostilities in the Gambia. Full text...

  • Bashir forms “High Peace Council” in Sudan
    26 january 2018 13:56:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan has formed a robust presidential body, called the High Council for Peace (HCP), with the mandate to achieve and consolidate peace in the country. Full text...

  • Senior UN officials to address food insecurity in Ethiopia
    26 january 2018 11:59:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Under-Secretary-General for UN Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Achim Steiner, will travel to Ethiopia from 27-29 January to highlight the immense challenge of persistent food insecurity and the new approach to addressing it. Full text...

  • Restive eastern DRC home to one of world’s worst displacement crises for children – UNICEF
    25 january 2018 20:38:06
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – More than 800,000 children have been forced from their homes by violence and armed clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in what the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) calls “one of the world’s worst displacement crises for children”. Full text...

  • Humanitarian partners need US$313m for lifesaving assistance to 940,000 Libyans
    25 january 2018 18:29:36
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Ms Maria Ribeiro, on Thursday launched the 2018 Libya Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) which seeks US$313 million to provide lifesaving assistance to 940,000 people this year. Full text...

  • Former deputy AUC chief passes on
    25 january 2018 15:48:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former African Union Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson Patrick Kayumbu Mazimhaka has died, aged 69, at his home in Kigali following a long illness, a close relative confirmed to PANA in the Rwandan capital on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia Islamic leader objects to TV licence for Ahmadiyya
    25 january 2018 15:36:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Supreme Islamic Council of Gambia on Thursday cautioned the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) on considering an application by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at to set up a television station in the country. Full text...

  • US agency hails Gambia's progress in 1 year
    25 january 2018 14:52:37
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Mr Thomas Kelly, the acting vice president of the department of policy and evaluation of the United States government’s millennium challenge corporation (MCC), has hailed the level of progress The Gambia has made in the past one year. Full text...

  • RMS St Helena departs on historic voyage
    25 january 2018 09:29:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A ship that has connected South Africa to St Helena, the remote South Atlantic island where Napoleon died in 1821, has undertaken its final voyage. Full text...

  • Spike in attacks on ‘blue helmets’ means UN peace operations must adapt - Lacroix
    25 january 2018 06:17:21
    New York, US (PANA) – With United Nations ‘blue helmets’ facing increasingly grave threats, including armed groups with no interest in peace, the UN peacekeeping chief called on Wednesday for greater political engagement and leadership from the Security Council and the world body’s Member countries to ensure UN troops – and the populations they serve – are better protected. Full text...

  • UN, partners seek US$515 million in humanitarian aid for CAR in 2018
    24 january 2018 16:42:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – With more than half the population in the Central African Republic (CAR) projected to need humanitarian assistance in 2018, the United Nations, the Government and partners are seeking US$515.6 million in contributions to address the crisis. Full text...

  • Sudanese nationals held hostage in Libya freed
    24 january 2018 11:47:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Libyan security authorities have freed an unspecified number of Sudanese nationals who were abducted in Libya and were shown on youtube and other social media being subjected to horrible physical and psychological torture. Full text...

  • FAO, IOM boost cooperation on migration
    24 january 2018 10:12:58
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - In view of the co-chairmanship of the Global Migration Group (GMG) this year and to further strengthen their collaboration, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Full text...

  • Senior UN Official says it's time to reassess UN peacekeeping presence in Mali
    24 january 2018 07:01:06
    New York, US (PANA) - Against the backdrop of worsening security in Mali’s central regions and with presidential elections just six months away, a senior United Nations official on Tuesday said it is time to re-examine the configuration of the UN peacekeeping presence in the West African country to reflect the changing circumstances on the ground. Full text...

  • At least seven killed at religious gathering in northern Ethiopia – UN rights office
    23 january 2018 20:24:18
    Geneva, Ethiopia (PANA) – The United Nations human rights arm on Tuesday voiced deep concern over the deaths of at least seven people celebrating a religious festival in Ethiopia as security forces reportedly tried to stop them from shouting anti-Government chants. Full text...

  • IFAD chief appeals for attention to marginalized, poorest at World Economic Forum
    23 january 2018 19:55:36
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - As an unprecedented number of government and business leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday to improve international collaboration in a 'fragmented world', the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) issued an urgent call to remember the world's poorest and most marginalized people. Full text...

  • Kenyatta mourns South African jazz legend Masekela
    23 january 2018 19:01:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday mourned South African Jazz legend Hugh Masekela referring to him as a friend. Full text...

  • Germany contributes EUR 25.6 million for urban resilience in Somalia
    23 january 2018 18:51:30
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The German Government on Tuesday announced its commitment of EUR 23.4 million to support infrastructure work in Somalia. Full text...

  • CAR displacement reaches unprecedented levels in 2017 - UNHCR
    23 january 2018 11:34:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ongoing violence in Central African Republic (CAR), particularly in the country’s north-west, has pushed forced displacement to the highest levels that UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has seen since the start of the crisis in 2013. Data as of the end of December shows that 688,700 people were displaced internally – 60 percent more than just a year ago. Full text...

  • South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela dead at 78
    23 january 2018 08:50:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Legendary South African musician Hugh Masekela died in the early hours of Tuesday morning following a long illness. Full text...

  • Africa’s progress depends on creative energy of its youth, says Nobel Co-Laureate
    23 january 2018 08:37:40
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Ouided Bouchamaoui, the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Co-Laureate, has warned that Africa’s growing youth population could be a plus or a political time bomb for Africa, depending on how leaders anticipate the future. Full text...

  • UN flag no longer offers ‘natural’ protection to peacekeepers, says UN report
    23 january 2018 05:52:08
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations should change the way it does business in high-security risk peacekeeping operations, as the UN flag no longer offers ‘natural’ protection to mission personnel, according to a new report, which calls for better training for ‘blue helmets,’ more technology and greater freedom to respond to the threat posed by armed groups. Full text...

  • Global report lists 10 most under-reported humanitarian crises of 2017
    22 january 2018 10:30:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The international aid organization, CARE, on Monday launched a new report highlighting 2017’s ten most under-reported humanitarian crises. Nearly all of them are in Africa Full text...

  • ISIS affiliate operating in Nigeria - Government says
    22 january 2018 09:52:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government on Sunday said that the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), an offshoot of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is responsible for the deployment of foreign terrorists that are unleashing mayhem on communities in Nigeria’s north central and Niger Delta States. Full text...

  • DRC refugees in Zambia relocate to permanent site
    22 january 2018 09:39:39
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian Government, with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and partners, has started the relocation of Democratic Republic of Congo refugees to a permanent site. Full text...

  • UNESCO to award 2018 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance, Non-Violence
    20 january 2018 15:01:28
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO has invited governmental and non-governmental entities, civil society actors and individuals active in strengthening foundations for peace and tolerance to propose candidates for the 2018 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence. Full text...

  • UNESCO advocates for 'Quality Education for All in Africa'
    20 january 2018 08:24:10
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, has advocated for education as a priority investment for sustainable development in Africa. Full text...

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