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  • Muslims gather in UK to discuss extremism and Islam
    31 july 2018 15:41:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Around 35,000 Muslims gather in the United Kingdom in August, to discuss, among others, the links between extremism and Islam. Full text...

  • South African opposition, NGO call for extradition of Grace Mugabe for assault case
    31 july 2018 09:52:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Organisation Afriforum and the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) are calling for the prosecution and extradition of former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe after the South Gauteng High Court on Monday set aside the decision by the Department of International Relations of her diplomatic immunity. Full text...

  • EU military training mission in CAR extended
    31 july 2018 06:39:22
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has extended the mandate of its military training mission in Central African Republic (EUTM RCA) by two years until 19 September 2020, the EU Council has announced. Full text...

  • Guterres urges gov'ts to step up protection for most vulnerable from human trafficking
    31 july 2018 05:58:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the United Nations has shed light on the plight of millions of children, women and men – especially migrants – who, every year, fall prey to traffickers across the world. Full text...

  • UN receives 70 new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in 3 months
    31 july 2018 05:49:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations received 70 new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse across all its entities and implementing partners, between the beginning of April and the end of June this year, UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, announced on Monday, with 18 cases involving peacekeeping operations, and 25 from “agencies, funds and programmes”. Full text...

  • South African court overturns ruling in Grace Mugabe assault case
    30 july 2018 11:53:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South Gauteng High Court on Monday set aside the decision by the Department of International Relations to grant former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity. Full text...

  • Children account for nearly one-third of identified trafficking victims globally - UNICEF
    30 july 2018 06:23:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Approximately 28 per cent of identified victims of trafficking globally are children, UNICEF and the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking (ICAT) have said as World Day against Trafficking in Persons is marked on Monday. Full text...

  • UN expert stresses States’ obligation to stop ‘gross human rights violations’
    30 july 2018 06:13:38
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world marks World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Monday, the UN human rights expert on the issue has emphasised that both victims and potential victims’ rights must be upheld – especially women and children – and appealed for all States to prevent and combat the global scourge. Full text...

  • Gambian Accountant Trafficked, “Enslaved” in Egypt, recounts ordeal
    29 july 2018 14:01:30
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Sukai Jobe, an Accountant and one of the rescued eight Gambian ladies who were trafficked into Egypt and reduced into modern-day slavery conditions, on Sunday narrates her ordeal to PANA in an exclusive interview in Banjul. Full text...

  • UN expert stresses States’ obligation to stop ‘gross human rights violations’
    28 july 2018 07:46:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ahead of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July, the UN human rights expert on the issue emphasised on Friday that both victims and potential victims’ rights must be upheld – especially women and children – and appealed for all States to prevent and combat the global scourge. Full text...

  • Nigerian soldiers repel Boko Haram attack
    27 july 2018 10:12:56
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian soldiers on Thursday evening repelled an attack by Boko Haram insurgents on Jakana, a town located about 50 kilometres from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Full text...

  • UN rights experts urge Egypt to release jailed poet who penned hit protest song
    27 july 2018 06:16:37
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Galal El Behairy has been held in detention since February after penning a song critical of Egypt’s policies, prompting United Nations human rights experts on Thursday to urge the government to release him immediately. Full text...

  • Buhari calls for greater synergy among African leaders in tackling insecurity
    26 july 2018 15:00:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday called for greater synergy among African leaders in tackling the problem of insecurity in the continent. Full text...

  • Cameroon violence needs urgent investigation, says UN rights chief Zeid
    26 july 2018 06:30:51
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Persistent reports of grave human rights abuses in Cameroon — including a widely shared video showing the alleged execution of a woman, child and baby — must be investigated by the authorities urgently, UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Top South African model barred from entering Palestine
    26 july 2018 06:24:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Leading South African model Shashi Naidoo was denied entry to Palestine on Wednesday and has been forced to return home. Full text...

  • Congolese Rhumba star, Koffi Olomide, to appear in court in Zambia Friday
    25 july 2018 18:39:44
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Congolese Rhumba maestro, Koffi Olomide, who is currently in Zambia, has been ordered to appear in the Lusaka Magistrate Court on Friday. Full text...

  • Zambian woman arrested with heroin pellets in Mauritius
    25 july 2018 16:09:46
    Plaisance, Mauritius (PANA) - The Customs Anti-Narcotics Section of the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) on Saturday arrested a 26-year-old Zambian woman with 55 heroin pellets upon her arrival at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam international airport, Plaisance, in the south of the island. Full text...

  • MSF calls for end to arbitrary detention of refugees, migrants disembarked in Libya
    25 july 2018 10:38:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls for an end to the arbitrary detention of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Libya after a dramatic increase in the number of people intercepted by the EU-supported Libyan coastguard in the Mediterranean and disembarked in Libya. Full text...

  • Kenyan Parliament rejects salaries commission chief nominee
    25 july 2018 10:21:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The National Assembly on Wednesday rejected a nominee for the position of chairman of the state salaries commission over integrity issues. Full text...

  • Release of Nigerien activists should signal end to repression, says rights body
    25 july 2018 09:48:52
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Amnesty International says it is encouraged to learn that five Nigerien activists detained on what it described as "trumped up charges" are set to be released after they were given three-month suspended prison sentence. Full text...

  • Ending marginalization of persons with disabilities ‘a matter of justice’, UN-backed summit told
    25 july 2018 06:59:28
    London, UK (PANA) - Inclusive education, economic empowerment and technological innovations were the focus of discussion on Tuesday as world leaders gathered in London for the first-ever United Nations-backed Global Disability Summit. Full text...

  • 'Expansion of Nairobi’s Outer Ring Road reduces traffic congestion, travel times'
    24 july 2018 16:11:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The expansion of a 13-kilometre Outer ring road in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, has significantly reduced travel times and road congestion, demonstrating the power of road infrastructure in development, says African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Akinwumi Adesina. Full text...

  • U.S. releases US$170 million in humanitarian assistance to IDPs in Ethiopia
    24 july 2018 16:03:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The United States government on Tuesday announced an additional US$170 million in humanitarian assistance to support the people of Ethiopia, many of whom have been pushed from their homes, according to an official statement obtained by PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • South African comedian apologises for racial jibe
    24 july 2018 05:25:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Leading South African comedian Trevor Noah has apologised for a racial jive after he came under fire over a joke he made about Aboriginal women. Full text...

  • Rights group demands release of Algerian blogger on hunger strike
    23 july 2018 06:31:52
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – A human rights group on Monday demanded the immediate release of a blogger who has been on hunger strike since 8 July to protest his seven-year prison sentence on charges for which he should never have been prosecuted. Full text...

  • Refugee health services on track despite record level of displacement - UNHCR
    20 july 2018 19:45:53
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Despite record numbers of people fleeing conflict and natural disasters globally, vital health services have been largely able to cope, the United Nations refugee agency has said, although communicable diseases, anaemia and stunting remain areas of concern. Full text...

  • UNHCR welcomes end to latest Mediterranean standoff
    19 july 2018 11:44:28
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Thursday that it welcomes the actions of the past days by several European countries to collectively end a standoff on the Mediterranean involving some 450 refugees and migrants who had been stranded at sea amid a battle over disembarkation. Full text...

  • 100th anniversary of Mandela's birth commemorated
    18 july 2018 16:27:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa, the African continent and the rest of the world on Wednesday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of global icon Nelson Mandela who became a global symbol of oppression before sweeping into power on a ticket of racial reconciliation. Full text...

  • Alarming lack of funding claims lives, warns humanitarian organisation
    18 july 2018 07:04:18
    London, UK (PANA) - A humanitarian charity is warning that half way into the year, humanitarian organizations have only received 35 per cent of the money needed for relief worldwide. Full text...

  • ICC marks 20 anniversary of Rome Statute
    17 july 2018 19:48:28
    The Hague, The Netherlands (PANA) - A two-day event was held at the headquarters of International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 16-17 July to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the ICC. Full text...

  • Obama salutes Mandela in stirring speech
    17 july 2018 15:44:14
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Former United States President Barack Obama, on Tuesday saluted global icon Nelson Mandela in a stirring address to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. Full text...

  • Congolese Rhumba star Koffi Olomide faces arrest in Zambia
    17 july 2018 08:51:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian promoters of the show hosting popular Congolese Rhumba maestro Koffi Olomide have vowed to go ahead with his planned shows in Zambia despite the warning of the government that he will be arrested upon arrival. Full text...

  • Dancing Kogelo folks welcome former US President Obama
    16 july 2018 18:04:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Former US President Barack Obama, arrived in his father's ancestral home of Nyan'goma village in Alego, on Monday, where dancing relatives thronged the streets, singing and dancing to welcome him. Full text...

  • South Africa hosts International Peace Summit
    16 july 2018 17:42:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – South Africa will play host to “African Leaders of Peace Summit” which will gather ministers, civil society organisations, youth, Nobel laureates, among others, to discuss in August: “Achieving Peace in Our Lifetime”, organisers confirmed on Monday. Full text...

  • COMESA Council adopts Internship Programme to facilitate youth employment
    16 july 2018 17:32:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Council of Ministers, meeting ahead of the COMESA Summit, has adopted a Youth Internship Volunteer Programme to facilitate youth employment. Full text...

  • Legal battle mars Mandela anniversary celebrations
    16 july 2018 14:00:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just days before the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth, the family of the former global statesman have launched a fresh legal battle over his estate. Full text...

  • UNESCO, partner organize workshop on 21st Century Skills assessment
    16 july 2018 13:55:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Teaching and Learning - Educators' Network for Transformation (TALENT), a network coordinated by UNESCO, in collaboration with Brookings Institution and Global Partnership for Education, is organizing a workshop on the 21st Century Skills assessment. Full text...

  • Buhari, high level dignitaries to attend commemorative event on ICC's 20th anniversary
    16 july 2018 11:03:25
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is among high-level representatives of States, including those of national Senates and Parliaments that will gather in The Hague, Netherlands, on 16-17 July to reflect on the enduring value of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to humanity. Full text...

  • ICC member countries urged to step up efforts to advance justice
    16 july 2018 10:26:57
    New York, US (PANA) – Member countries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should increase their support for the court in the face of increasing challenges to delivering justice, Human Rights Watch said on Monday, as the court’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, adopted on 17 July 1998 chalks 20 years. Full text...

  • Security Council downsizes AU-UN mission in Darfur, eying eventual exit
    14 july 2018 07:01:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday extended the mandate of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation in Sudan’s Darfur until the end of June next year, but reduced the number of troops deployed in the field with an eye towards the mission’s eventual exit, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • Iceland to take vacated US seat on Human Rights Council
    14 july 2018 06:33:51
    New York, US (PANA) - Iceland has for the first time been elected to the Human Rights Council, filling the seat vacated by the United States, which withdrew from the body last month, citing bias, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • Villages ‘reduced to ash’ amid ‘barbaric violence’ in DR Congo - UNHCR
    14 july 2018 06:06:02
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Humanitarian needs are enormous in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has reported accounts of “barbaric violence”. Full text...

  • UN agrees first-ever Global Compact on migration
    14 july 2018 05:59:05
    New York, US (PANA) - For the first time ever, United Nations Member States have agreed an all-encompassing Global Compact to better manage international migration, address its challenges, strengthen migrant rights and contribute to sustainable development. Full text...

  • Rights body fingers Cameroon Army in extrajudicial killings
    13 july 2018 15:22:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - An investigation by Amnesty International (AI) experts has gathered credible evidence that Cameroonian soldiers appeared in a video carrying out the horrific extrajudicial executions of two women and two young children. Full text...

  • Drowning skyrockets as European gov'ts block humanitarian assistance on Central Mediterranean - MSF
    13 july 2018 09:55:39
    Amsterdam, Netherlands (PANA) - Over 600 people attempting to cross the Central Mediterranean have drowned or are presumed drowned in the last four weeks alone, including babies and toddlers, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said. Full text...

  • UN chief highlights “immense potential” to harness benefits of orderly migration
    13 july 2018 06:49:52
    New York, US (PANA) - With the General Assembly set to agree a new global compact on migration, the United Nations chief on Thursday highlighted its “immense potential” to harness the benefits of orderly migration and lower the risks facing millions on the move without documentation. Full text...

  • Safe and orderly migration is ‘in everybody’s interest’, says senior UN official
    13 july 2018 06:29:49
    New York, US (PANA) - International migration “has been with us forever”, and a safe and orderly means of facilitating it is “in everybody’s interest”, a UN envoy has said. Full text...

  • UN releases $15 million to help Ethiopians affected by inter-communal violence
    13 july 2018 06:00:48
    New York, US (PANA) - A United Nations emergency fund on Thursday released $15 million to urgently scale up humanitarian assistance to people affected by escalating inter-communal violence in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Bashir extends ceasefire to conflict-affected areas
    12 july 2018 19:19:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan on Thursday issued a Presidential Decree extending ceasefire to all war fronts until the end of next December. Full text...

  • Violence in Ethiopia fueling displacements - ICRC
    12 july 2018 15:36:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Inter-communal clashes in southern Ethiopia are fueling a rapidly swelling humanitarian crisis in which more than 800,000 people are forcibly displaced from their homes and do not have food, clean water, shelter or other basic necessities, a global humanitarian organization said Thursday. Full text...

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