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  • Botswana: Syria, South China Sea conflicts worry Botswana
    17 february 2016 16:35:05
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has expressed concern over conflicts in Syria and territorial claims on the Islands in the South China Sea. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF warns on El Nino's impact on children in eastern, southern Africa
    17 february 2016 15:24:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Across eastern and southern Africa, millions of children are at risk from malnutrition, hunger, water shortages and disease, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Wednesday, citing two years of erratic rain and drought combined with one of the most powerful El Niño events in the past 50 years. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials mourn Boutros-Ghali
    17 february 2016 15:13:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, has expressed condolences to the Egyptian government, people and family of late Boutros Full text...

  • Sudan: EU provides over 100 million Euros to Sudan, calls for ending conflicts
    17 february 2016 13:25:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) is packaging 100 million Euros for Sudan, under the Trust Fund, saying it is ready to further support any concrete efforts to tackle migration. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Int'l NGO moves to revive Africa's traditional system of dialogue for peace
    17 february 2016 12:51:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Worried by the troubling prevalence of violence and conflicts across the world, especially in Africa due to the erosion of moral values and collapse of the family system, a non-profit organization, Toguna for Peace and Development Foundation, is rallying stakeholders behind an initiative for the revival of the "African traditional method of promoting peace through dialogue". Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan ready to participate in fighting ISIS in Syria - official
    17 february 2016 11:22:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has declared its readiness to fight the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria as part of the Saudi-led military Islamic coalition. Full text...

  • Libya: World must help pull Libya out of human rights chaos - Amnesty
    17 february 2016 09:24:26
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Urgent and sustained international support is needed to help end the cycle of chaos and rampant abuse gripping Libya, said Amnesty International on the fifth anniversary of the uprising that brought an end to Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi’s brutal authoritarian rule. Full text...

  • South Africa: Universities rocked by fresh wave of violence
    17 february 2016 07:47:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions remain high at the University of Cape Town after riot police were deployed on Tuesday night to quell a fresh wave of violence. Full text...

  • CAR: UN mission in CAR aims to ensure victims of alleged abuse receive help
    17 february 2016 07:43:50
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The United Nations is working to ensure that the victims involved in four new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) have access to the help they need, a spokesperson for the world body said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Peacekeeping ‘a tool to advance political, not military, solutions’
    17 february 2016 06:32:47
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations peacekeeping is “a tool to advance political, not military solutions to conflict,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has told the UN Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, as the General Assembly subsidiary body opened its 2016 session. Full text...

  • Chad: WFP reaches thousands in Chad, Cameroon displaced by Boko Haram violence
    17 february 2016 06:31:54
    N’Djamena, Chad (PANA) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced that, along with its partners, the agency has, over the past week, has been able to deliver life-saving food and nutrition support to thousands of people recently displaced by the Boko Haram violence in Chad and Cameroon. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief mourns Boutros-Ghali
    16 february 2016 18:08:01
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday hailed former UN chief, Full text...

  • UN: Former UN chief passes away at 93 - UN
    16 february 2016 17:14:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Tuesday announced that Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the UN Secretary-General from 1992 to 1996, has died at the age of 93. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council announces death of Boutros Boutros-Ghali
    16 february 2016 16:33:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN Security Council, Ambassador Rafael Ramirez Full text...

  • UN: Nigeria urged to make areas freed from Boko Haram 'truly safe' for returnees
    16 february 2016 07:48:06
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations human rights experts have urged the Nigerian Government to ensure that the areas they claim to have liberated from Boko Haram forces are truly safe for the displaced persons to return. Full text...

  • UN: Conflicts and violence had 'huge toll' on children in 2015 – UN envoy
    16 february 2016 07:30:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Increasingly complex and widening conflicts have taken a huge toll on children in much of the Middle East in 2015, with parts of Africa and Asia facing protracted and relapsing wars that show no signs of abating, a senior United Nations child rights official said on Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN distributes food, other emergency aid to 38,000 civilians displaced by recent conflict in Darfur
    15 february 2016 19:10:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations on Monday said it was able to forward Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly President visits Morocco 18 February
    15 february 2016 14:48:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, will visit Morocco on 18 February to hold talks with the country's authorities on global issues and preparations for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is expected to take place in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 7-18 November 2016. Full text...

  • Benin: Drugs, criminals, guns and gold intercepted in INTERPOL border operations in West Africa
    15 february 2016 14:34:49
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - An operation to strengthen border controls along the Abidjan-Lagos corridor has resulted in major seizures of drugs, stolen cars, currency, firearms and fake travel documents, in addition to arrests for migrant smuggling. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Federal government disengages heads of information parastatals
    15 february 2016 11:02:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Federal Government has disengaged the heads of the six information-related parastatals under the Ministry of Information and Culture. Full text...

  • UN: Engagement with communities can address violent extremism – Ban
    14 february 2016 05:19:31
    Montreal, Canada (PANA) – Fully understanding those who might be susceptible to poisonous ideologies – addressing root causes of radicalization and helping individuals and communities before problems escalate – will assist the international community in developing effective, dignified and rights-based responses to “one of the gravest threats our world faces,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Entertainment industry acquires latest cinema technology
    13 february 2016 16:24:54
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Hospitium, a Botswana youth owned company, has introduced 7D XD Rider Cinema, a first for the country’s entertainment industry. Full text...

  • UN: UN Chief saddened over attack against UN camp in Mali
    13 february 2016 09:38:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has condemned the attack, on Friday morning, against a UN camp in Kidal, north-eastern region of Mali, which killed at least five peacekeepers and wounded 30 others. Full text...

  • UN: 'Child soldiers are boys and girls we collectively failed to protect' – UN envoy
    13 february 2016 09:07:35
    New York, US (PANA) - An upsurge in global conflicts and brutal war tactics continues to make children extremely vulnerable to recruitment and use by armed groups, the United Nations warned on Friday, appealing to the international community to take greater responsibility for the boys and girls used as child soldiers or risk failing to protect them. Full text...

  • UN: Europe's restrictive measures on migrants draw UN concerns
    12 february 2016 17:55:29
    New York, US (PANA) - With the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe showing no signs of easing in 2016, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday reiterated its concern over increasing restrictive measures on the part of European member states. Full text...

  • The Netherlands: ICC says pre-recorded testimony cannot be used in Ruto, Sang case
    12 february 2016 17:38:19
    The Hague, The Netherlands (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on Friday decided unanimously to reverse the decision of ICC Trial Chamber V(A) of 19 August 2015, which granted the Prosecutor's request for admission of prior recorded testimony into evidence pursuant to amended rule 68 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence (RPE). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda plans relocation of Burundian refugees to third countries
    12 february 2016 15:43:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Amid rising risks related to the presence of refugees so close to their country of origin, the Government of Rwanda has started working with partners in the international community for the orderly and safe relocation of Burundian refugees to third countries, according to an official statement issued Friday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy outraged by attack against peacekeepers in Mali
    12 february 2016 15:05:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Mali, Mr. Mahamat Saleh Annadif, has expressed Full text...

  • US: US says actively supporting counter Boko Haram efforts
    12 february 2016 10:57:15
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States says it supports the establishment of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and is actively partnering with the MNJTF signatory countries (Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, and Benin) in their counter Boko Haram efforts by providing advisors, intelligence, training, logistical support and equipment. Full text...

  • UN: UN political chief calls for engagement of terrorism victims
    12 february 2016 05:56:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The top United Nations political official on Thursday urged Member States to engage with victims of terrorism and violent extremism, especially the young and the vulnerable, to build on previous commitments and ensure that their human rights are fully respected. Full text...

  • UN: Ban deplores twin suicide bomb attack on IDP camp in Nigeria
    12 february 2016 05:46:07
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday condemned the recent double suicide attack carried out by suspected Boko Haram elements in the Dikwa Camp in Borno State in restive northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Mauritania: UN calls vital support for Malian refugees in Mauritania
    12 february 2016 05:39:54
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Three United Nations humanitarian agencies on Thursday urged donors to mobilize the necessary resources to maintain the vital assistance to 50,000 Malian refugees in Mberra camp in south-eastern Mauritania. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Senegalese General as MINUSCA commander
    12 february 2016 05:29:29
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Balla Keïta of Senegal as the Force Commander of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Full text...

  • Botswana: Cuba, Botswana celebrate bilateral relationship
    11 february 2016 17:50:55
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana is committed to strengthening bilateral relations with Cuba, which, according to Slumber Tsogwane, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, are underpinned by a common vision and shared values. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan navy boards, searches two foreign vessels
    11 february 2016 10:56:50
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan navy on Wednesday night boarded two vessels, the one flying the flag of the Zanzibar islands and the other Turkey, which were said to have violated Libya’s territorial waters, Commander Mohamed al-Majdoub of the Libyan navy said on Thursday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN official appeals for urgent funds for humanitarian action in S. Sudan
    11 february 2016 07:13:37
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - With humanitarian needs rising in South Sudan, the top United Nations relief official in the country has called for urgent funding to allow aid organizations to rapidly increase humanitarian action during the current dry season. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says illicit drugs impede sustainable development
    10 february 2016 19:13:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said illicit drugs Full text...

  • UN: ICC orders Trust Fund for Victims in Lubanga case to add reparations plan
    10 february 2016 14:40:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has ordered the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) to add information to the reparations plan in the case between the ICC prosecutor and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rebel leader, Mr. Thomas Lubanga. Full text...

  • UN: Officials call for strengthened global partnerships to combat human trafficking
    10 february 2016 07:52:48
    New York, US (PANA) - While the world clearly has the political will and legal tools to take on human traffickers and their criminal networks, what are needed is more meaningful international cooperation and adequate funding to take effective action, senior United Nations officials said on Tuesday. They also warn that the scourge now has victims spread across 152 different citizenships in 124 countries. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Magufuli appeals for information sharing to fight terrorism
    10 february 2016 07:36:08
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has re-emphasized the country’s resolve to fight domestically and globally against international terrorism, drug and human trafficking as well as the spread of small arms and light weapons. Full text...

  • UN: 'Unity and action needed to counter expanding threat from ISIL'
    10 february 2016 07:30:49
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Member States must mount a strategic response to the ability of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to adapt quickly to new circumstances and the steady stream of foreign fighters joining the group's ranks, the top UN political official told the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: 'Humanitarian summit must be turning point in cooperation to tackle crises'
    10 february 2016 06:08:15
    New York, US (PANA) - World leaders must come together in 2016 to renew their commitments to humanity and unite to prevent and end crisis and reduce vulnerability, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council boosts number of corrections officers for UN mission in CAR
    09 february 2016 21:31:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday decided to maintain the current personnel ceiling of more than 12,800 personnel in the military and police components of the UN peacekeeping operation in Central African Republic (CAR) and to increase the number of corrections officers, in order to ensure peace and security in the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA wants thorough investigation into killing of Guinean journalist
    09 february 2016 15:51:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Tuesday called for a ''thorough investigation'' into the killing of journalist El Hadj Mohamed Diallo in Guinea Conakry. Full text...

  • Kenya: Gambler kills two after losing a game
    09 february 2016 12:41:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A motorcycle taxi operator killed two people at a casino in Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday night after losing a gambling game. Full text...

  • UK: Sir Richard Branson joins Amnesty International’s Global Council
    09 february 2016 11:40:14
    London, UK (PANA) - Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson is to join Amnesty International’s prestigious Global Council, the organization announced on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: Seasoned official to help curb sexual abuse by peacekeepers
    09 february 2016 07:35:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday named Jane Holl Lute, an American official with wide-ranging United Nations experience, to coordinate efforts to curb the scourge of a series of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kagame shuffles military commanders
    08 february 2016 20:00:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday appointed Major General Jacques Musemakweli as the new Chief of Staff of the Infantry Brigade in the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF). Full text...

  • UN: ICC judgment on Kenya's Ruto, Sang appeal set for 12 February
    08 february 2016 17:31:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday said that Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Ex-Australian hostage arrives in Ouagadougou
    08 february 2016 14:23:39
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The ex-Australian hostage, Jocelyn Eliott, 84, abducted with her husband by elements of Al-Mourabitoune, but released on Saturday, arrived in Ouagadougou Monday on board of the Nigerien presidential aircraft, together with the Nigerien minister of Foreign Affairs minister, Mrs Achatou Kané Boulam, according to official sources. Full text...

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