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  • UN: UN appeals for US$511 million for mine action in 2017
    09 february 2017 16:51:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has launched a US$511 million international appeal for humanitarian mine action in conflict and post-conflict settings for 2017, a 50 per cent increase from last year's US$347 million consolidated appeal. Full text...

  • US: USCIRF tasks American govt on refugee resettlement
    09 february 2017 16:14:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Thursday urged the American government to continue its efforts to resettle refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda genocide fugitive facing deportation in US
    09 february 2017 15:34:16
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - One of Rwanda's genocide suspects, who has lived in the US since 2004 as a naturalized American citizen, is facing deportation following his conviction of some immigration scams. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Army arrests 2 soliders for molesting physically-challenged man in camouflage uniform
    09 february 2017 15:11:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian army said Thursday that it has arrested two of its soldiers seen in a video clip molesting a physically-challenged man for allegedly wearing a camouflage shirt in the Eastern Nigerian city of Onitsha. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group hails 'historic ruling' blocking the closure of Dadaab refugee camp
    09 february 2017 12:11:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has hailed a Nairobi High Court's ruling on Thursday that, it says, blocks the Kenyan government’s unilateral decision to shut the Dadaab refugee camp. Full text...

  • Benin: Government opts for video surveillance to fight crime
    09 february 2017 11:45:19
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The Beninese government has decided to use video surveillance to counter the acts of organised crime, which is on the rise in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Navy rescues oil tanker from pirate attack
    08 february 2017 17:28:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A vessel of the Nigerian Navy on Wednesday rescued an oil tanker, MT GAZ PROVIDENCE, which came under pirate attack off Bonny Island in River State, according to Navy spokesperson Captain Suleiman Dahun. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt adopts measures to reduce price of food items
    08 february 2017 17:15:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government said on Wednesday that it has adopted some measures to reduce the price of food items in the country. Full text...

  • South Sudan: JMEC chair expresses dismay at endless fighting in South Sudan
    08 february 2017 17:06:54
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The Chairman of South Sudan's Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), former president Festus Mogae of Botswana on Wednesday opened the Commission's monthly plenary in Juba expressing concern and dismay at the outbreak of fighting in South Sudan since the New Year. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria expresses concern over extra-judicial killings of its citizens in South Africa
    08 february 2017 15:40:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government on Wednesday expressed concern over the spate of extra-judicial killings of Nigerians in South Africa, demanding speedy action on pending cases. Full text...

  • UN: UN adviser tasks member states on ICC
    08 february 2017 14:45:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, has said that withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC) could have grave implications for victims seeking redress for serious human rights violations. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights bodies demand end to media crackdown in Kenya, return of UK journalist
    08 february 2017 14:17:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government must halt its crackdown on media freedom and allow Jerome Starkey to return to the country, nine human rights organizations said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: More Southerners flee continuing fighting
    08 february 2017 13:07:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A new wave of tens of thousands of South Sudanese poured into neighbouring Sudan as fighting continues there with Juba saying a peace negotiation conference will be held in march. Full text...

  • US: ISIL shifts to ‘dark web,’ UN Security Council told
    08 february 2017 11:41:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The terrorist group, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), is on the defensive militarily in several regions, but is also adapting to military pressure by resorting to covert communications such as the ‘dark web,’ the top United Nations political affairs official warned on Tuesday in New York. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana teachers condemn low education budget allocation
    08 february 2017 09:48:05
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana Sectors of Educators Trade Union (BOSETU) has slammed the government for not making adequate allocation to the education sector in the 2017/18 budget proposals. Full text...

  • UN: UN official urges Libya to protect migrants from sexual violence
    07 february 2017 18:44:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Zainab Bangura, on Tuesday urged Libyan authorities to protect migrants from rape and other human rights violations. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Land urgently needed for Burundian refugee camps in neighbouring countries
    07 february 2017 17:55:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Stalled peace talks in Burundi are forcing hundreds to flee every day seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, the United Nations refugee agency warned Tuesday, appealing for more support, particularly land to shelter for new arrivals and to ensure protection of children and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Germany set to deport 12,000 Nigerians next year
    07 february 2017 17:15:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – More than 12,000 Nigerians asylum seekers in Germany are likely to be deported in 2018 because they would be denied asylum status, a German official confirmed on Tuesday in Abuja. Full text...

  • South Africa: Government official takes aim at foreigners
    07 february 2017 15:03:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A senior South African government official has stoked xenophobic tensions following the murder of 11 Somali nationals in Cape Town so far this year. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights experts task Burundi authorities on human rights defenders
    06 february 2017 18:57:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN human rights experts on Monday warned of growing repression of human rights defenders and civil society organizations in Burundi amid the already difficult environment. Full text...

  • Mauritius: President says time for African scientists to use African knowledge to solve African problems
    06 february 2017 14:52:05
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim on Monday said that now is the time for African scientists to play a central role in using African knowledge to solve African problems using African resources. Full text...

  • South Africa: Africa's biggest mining conference under way in Cape Town
    06 february 2017 11:15:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – More than 6,000 delegates are attending Africa's biggest mining conference – the 2017 Investing in Africa Mining Indaba – which began in Cape Town on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Rights body urges President Barrow to deliver on free expression
    05 february 2017 16:08:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Dakar-based rights body, ARTICLE 19, has said that after 22 years of repression under the leadership of former President Yahya Jammeh, President Adama Barrow must seek to address the structures and culture that have produced human rights violations in the past. Full text...

  • South Africa: President Zuma mourns passing of DRC opposition leader
    05 february 2017 06:04:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma, has conveyed his condolences to the government and people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following the death of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan wants its name removed from US list of terrorism sponsors
    04 february 2017 17:25:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government on Saturday renewed its call on the US to remove Sudan from the list of countries Washington considers sponsors of international terrorism, saying that Khartoum would continue to cooperate in the fight against the menace. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN, local media say civilians largely affected by ongoing fighting in South Sudan
    04 february 2017 12:57:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - UN and Sudanese media reports on Saturday provided a bleak picture of the situation in South Sudan where civilians, according to them, are either on the run or under heavy bombardment, hails of bullets and showers of mortar shells in upper Nile region. Full text...

  • Bangladesh: Nigeria, 8 others meet in Bangladesh to align on Education 2030 Agenda
    04 february 2017 11:45:13
    Dhaka, Bangladesh (PANA) - Ministers and senior representatives of nine of the most populated countries in the global South, including Nigeria, will gather in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 5 to 7 February, 2017, to renew their cooperation, aligning it with the education targets and commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Full text...

  • Malta: Rights experts urge Europe to avoid pushing back refugees to harms way
    04 february 2017 09:39:06
    Valleta, Malta (PANA) - The UNICEF and UN rights experts have underlined the need to ensure that children are protected and that migrants should not be pushed back to places where their safety is at risk, just as Europe Union leaders gathered in Malta to discuss new measures on migration, including increased cooperation with Libya. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana, Zambia cement bilateral relations
    04 february 2017 09:17:13
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Zambia’s president Edgar Lungu is scheduled to visit Botswana’s President Ian Khama on Monday to strengthen relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Botswana: Traditional leaders request banks to expand networks in Botswana
    03 february 2017 17:38:08
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s banks should expand networks to all parts of the country, Finance and Economic Development Minister Kenneth Matambo said on Friday at a meeting with traditional leaders. Full text...

  • Malta: EU steps up measures to stabilise Libya, support Govt of National Accord
    03 february 2017 17:02:28
    Valletta, Malta (PANA) – European Union (EU)leaders declared on Friday that efforts to stabilise Libya are now more important than ever, and affirmed the bloc’s determination to do its utmost to contribute to that objective. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya, Italy sign deal to stop illegal migration
    03 february 2017 13:46:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya and Italy on Friday signed an agreement designed to end illegal migration across their frontiers, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Netherlands: ICC decides to hear Kenya-Somalia case on maritime delimitation
    03 february 2017 07:04:53
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Court of Justice – the principal judicial organ of the United Nations – has issued a verdict, admitting an application submitted by Somalia, over the maritime delimitation between it and Kenya in the Indian Ocean. Full text...

  • US: World must ensure youth engagement at all levels, UN Forum hears
    03 february 2017 06:51:42
    New York, US (PANA) - A United Nations forum has heard an outpouring of optimism and strong belief in collective action by youths and UN Member States for people, planet, peace and shared prosperity. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies task EU on saving migrants, refugees' lives
    02 february 2017 19:46:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of a meeting of the European Council, the UN refugee and migration agencies have called on European leaders to take "decisive action" to save lives of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea along its central route in hopes of a better future. Full text...

  • UN: UN official urges more funding to stave off famine in Somalia
    02 february 2017 19:36:44
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Peter de Clercq, on Thursday warned that without a massive and urgent scale up of funding and humanitarian assistance in the coming weeks, famine could soon be a reality in some of the worst drought-affected areas in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Army arrest 3,332 Boko Haram suspects, 26 foreigners
    02 february 2017 18:58:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A total of 3,332 suspected Boko Haram terrorists and 26 foreigners have been arrested by the Nigerian Army in January, during mop-up operations in Nigeria's north-east region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Troops kill 41 Boko Haram terrorists, lost 3 soldiers
    02 february 2017 18:16:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army on Thursday said its troops killed 41 Boko Haram terrorists and lost three soliders, in clearance operations in Nigeria's north-east Borno State. Full text...

  • Zambia: Govt urged to prioritize national referendum to adopt Zambia's Bill of Rights
    02 february 2017 17:25:22
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia's Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has expressed dismay and disappointment with President Edgar Lungu's recent pronouncement in Ethiopia that the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) government is not in a hurry to facilitate a national referendum to adopt the new Bill of Rights. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU to close down irregular routes used by migrants from Libya to Europe
    02 february 2017 17:18:27
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Affirming the European Union’s determination to close down irregular routes of migration, EU President Donald Tusk on Thursday told Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj “now it is time to close down the route from Libya to Italy.” Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia halts extension of conditional work permits for expatriates
    02 february 2017 16:41:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian government has suspended extension of conditional work permits for expatriates until the system is reorganised to eliminate abuse. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU condoles DRC on Tshisekedi's passing
    02 february 2017 16:32:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Thursday expressed her “deep sadness” following the death of Étienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, leader of Union for Democracy and Social Progress Party (UDPS) of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Libya: 'Violence in Libya killed 16, injured 12 civilians in January, 2017'
    02 february 2017 13:07:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Violence across Libya claimed the lives of 16 persons and left 12 others injured in January, according to the monthly report of the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL) which was issued on Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya's al-Sarraj reaffirms efforts to unify Libyan army
    02 february 2017 11:37:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The chairman of the Libyan presidential council, Fayez al-Sarraj, has said that the government of national accord was working to unify Libyan military institutions and find consensus to form a unique institution operating under its political supervision. Full text...

  • Botswana: Civil servants tasked to diligently roll out empowerment programmes
    02 february 2017 10:50:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s government has challenged public employees to proactively improve administration efficiency of empowerment programmes. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges US to lift immigration, refugee ban
    01 february 2017 20:33:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Reacting to the recent suspension by the US of its longstanding refugee programme, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on Wednesday said resettlement was "the only possible solution" for people fleeing conflict and persecution, and that the US policy, which bars entry of Syrians into the country, "should be removed sooner rather than later." Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID welcomes JEM’s command order prohibiting recruitment of child soldiers
    01 february 2017 19:28:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) on Wednesday welcomed the renewed Command Order issued by the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) of Darfur on 25 January 2017, prohibiting the recruitment and use of children in its ranks, along with other violations against children. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy condemns attack on UN team near Nigeria-Cameroon border
    01 february 2017 18:31:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning an attack against a UN monitoring team near the Nigeria-Cameroon border that resulted in the death of five persons, the UN envoy for West Africa and the Sahel region, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, on Wednesday called on both countries to take swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI decries arrest of anti-corruption activist in Sierra Leone
    01 february 2017 17:34:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday decried the arrest and detention of Abdul Fatorma, anti-corruption activist in Sierra Leone, saying it has stifled freedom of expression. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights experts say US travel ban 'breach on human rights'
    01 february 2017 17:27:24
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of UN human rights experts on Wednesday said US President Donald Trump's Executive Order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and a halt of US refugee programme was a breach of the country's human rights commitments. Full text...

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