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  • Nigeria: Rights group urges Nigeria to step up efforts to release Chibok girls
    14 april 2017 07:10:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian authorities must ramp up efforts to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls and thousands of others abducted across the northeast by Boko Haram, says Amnesty International. Full text...

  • UN: Top UN officials reiterate appeals to save millions at risk of famine in 4 countries
    14 april 2017 06:43:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior United Nations officials on Thursday refocused the spotlight on Secretary-General António Guterres’ mid-February 'call to action' on behalf of some 20 million people across four countries that now face the risk of famine. Full text...

  • Ghana: Christians mark Good Friday
    14 april 2017 06:24:48
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Christians throughout the world are marking Good Friday to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 2 soldiers killed in Niger Delta during military clash with sea robbers
    13 april 2017 15:46:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Two soldiers were killed in Rivers State, Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, on Wednesday after they responded to a distress call by “heavily armed sea robbers”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari reassures again on release of Chibok girls
    13 april 2017 14:38:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday reassured Nigerians that his administration would do everything necessary to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls as his government is in contacts and negotiations with the Boko Haram abductors towards the safe return of all the girls. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU urges delimitation of Eritrea-Ethiopia boundary
    13 april 2017 09:30:21
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Expressing its deep concern about the delayed implementation of the 2000 Algiers peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the European Union (EU) on Thursday warned that the present stalemate continues to put regional stability in the Horn of Africa at risk. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta signs new anti-torture law
    13 april 2017 09:25:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to a law that gives effect to provisions of the Constitution that guarantee freedom from torture, cruelty and punishment, his office said on Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Cartoonist hits a nerve with Zuma rape image
    13 april 2017 07:09:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Controversial Cape Town cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro has once again hit a nerve with an explosive cartoon of President Jacob Zuma that has been hailed and condemned. Full text...

  • US: Illegal armed groups pose 'persistent threat' to Great Lakes region – UN envoy
    13 april 2017 07:02:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations envoy for Africa's Great Lakes region on Wednesday encouraged the countries of the region, and the UN Security Council, to help strengthen the fight against illegal armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its neighbours, particularly as elements of the former M23 rebel group have resurfaced. Full text...

  • US: 'Rights of refugees, migrants with disabilities must be priority in new global action plan'
    13 april 2017 07:01:01
    New York, US(PANA) - Accessible social and health services, with dedicated human and financial resources must be addressed and made available for persons with disabilities in the new global framework on refugees and migrants, a group of United Nations human rights experts have urged, as UN-led intergovernmental talks on the issue are set to launch consultation in 2018. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian secret police arrest five IS-linked Boko Haram terrorists
    12 april 2017 16:23:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian secret police, the Department of State Security (DSS), announced Wednesday the arrest of five Boko Haram suspects with links to the Islamic State (IS) terror group during a nationwide operation last month. T Full text...

  • Senegal: UNICEF warns of alarming surge in children used in Boko Haram bomb attacks this year
    12 april 2017 07:05:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The number of children used in ‘suicide’ attacks in the Lake Chad conflict has surged to 27 in the first quarter of 2017, compared to nine over the same period last year, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report released on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese militia capture five human traffickers
    11 april 2017 17:53:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese pro-government Rapid Support Force (RSF) militias have taken into custody five suspected human traffickers as well as the vehicles and weapons they used along the northwestern border of the country. Full text...

  • Switzerland: African migrants reportedly sold in 'slave markets' in Libya - IOM
    11 april 2017 17:09:19
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Hundreds of migrants along North African migrant routes are being bought and sold openly in modern day ‘slave markets’ in Libya, survivors have told the United Nations migration agency, which warned that these reports “can be added to a long list of outrages” in the country. Full text...

  • Somalia: Keating condemns increased attacks against civilians in Somalia
    11 april 2017 16:52:49
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, Michael Keating, on Tuesday strongly condemned the recent spate of terrorist incidents that have caused carnage among Somali communities. Full text...

  • Nigeria: No going back on war against corruption despite recent judicial setbacks - Govt.
    11 april 2017 15:37:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) –The Nigerian Government has called on Nigerians not to be discouraged by the recent setbacks in the war against corruption, promising that some negative outcome of corruption cases recorded at the high court level would not dampen the anti-graft battle. Full text...

  • Uganda: Rights group demands immediate release of Ugandan feminist academic
    11 april 2017 08:01:02
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has called for the immediate and unconditional release of a Ugandan university lecturer who criticised President Yoweri Museveni and and his wife on Facebook. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief confers Ms. Malala Yousafzai as UN Messenger of Peace
    10 april 2017 20:25:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday formally designated children’s rights activist and Nobel Laureate, Ms. Malala Yousafzai as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’ education. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt denies monitoring phone calls, social media
    10 april 2017 16:24:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has described as false information being circulated on the social media that under a purported Ministry of Interior Regulation, all phone calls and social media posts made by Nigerians are to be monitored and recorded. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Two female Boko Haram suicide bombers killed in foiled attack
    10 april 2017 16:19:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Two suspected Boko Haram female suicide bombers were killed on Monday when their attack on a community around University of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria was foiled by security personnel. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU condemns Palm Sunday terror bombings in Egypt, Somalia
    10 april 2017 16:00:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has deplored the rising cases of extremism in Northern and Eastern Africa, following the triple bombings in Egypt, Somalia and Mali, which claimed dozens of lives, leading to a further escalation of regional insecurity. Full text...

  • Kenya: South Sudanese children eat leaves to survive severe food crisis
    10 april 2017 09:08:29
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Children in famine-hit South Sudan have been reduced to eating wild fruits and leaves to survive the effects of a severe famine in the world's youngest state, where months of civil unrest has left 4.8 million people with severe food shortages, an international relief agency said on Monday. Full text...

  • US: US condemns 'barbaric attacks' on Egyptian Coptic churches
    10 april 2017 06:52:28
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has condemned in the strongest terms the "barbaric attacks" on Christian places of worship in Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt, that killed dozens of innocent people and injured many more on Palm Sunday. Full text...

  • US: UN boss, Security Council, UN group condemn terror attacks in Egypt
    10 april 2017 06:34:26
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Security Council have condemned the bombings of two Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt, which killed at least 41 people and injured more than 100 others. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir calls for strong Arab air defence capability
    09 april 2017 19:40:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir has stressed the importance of boosting the capabilities of Arab air defence forces to stand as a deterrent against what he described as “the enemies who plan to control Arab resources”. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN official in South Sudan urges protection of aid workers, civilians
    09 april 2017 09:58:01
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Following recent attacks on civilians and aid workers in South Sudan, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country has called on the Government and the opposition to protect civilians and ensure the safety and security of humanitarians. Full text...

  • Kenya: Lives impacted by remittances from migrants - IFAD
    08 april 2017 16:49:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - While migration issues draw political fire in Europe and beyond, the greater development benefit of the approximate half trillion US dollars that migrants send home each year to poor families and nations can’t be underestimated, the UN said Saturday Full text...

  • France: UNESCO invites entries for UNESCO-UNAM / Jaime Torres Bodet Prize in social sciences, humanities and arts
    08 april 2017 08:10:21
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO has called on Members States, in consultation with their National Commissions, and non-governmental organizations maintaining official relations with UNESCO to submit nominations for the UNESCO-UNAM Jaime Torres Bodet Prize in Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts 2017. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO Convention against Discrimination consultation takes stock of Education 2030 progress
    08 april 2017 07:57:43
    Paris, France (PANA) - Following the launch of the 9th Consultation of Member States on the measures taken to implement the Convention against Discrimination in Education in 2016, 66 member states have submitted their national reports to UNESCO. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Horrible attack in South Sudan town sends thousands fleeing across border'
    08 april 2017 06:47:56
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Host communities and aid agencies in Uganda are struggling to feed and shelter new refugees who have been displaced following a spike in violence in parts of neighbouring South Sudan's Eastern Equatoria province, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: WFP resumes full food rations in Kenyan refugee camps
    07 april 2017 20:43:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed rations this month to refugees in Kenya's Dadaab and Kakuma camps, but cautioned that there is not enough funding to also provide cash transfers through the summer. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief appoints Malala Yousafzai as UN Messenger of Peace
    07 april 2017 20:39:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Malala Yousafzai, global advocate for girls’ education and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’ education. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU commemorates Rwanda genocide
    07 april 2017 17:54:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Diplomats and representatives of the international community on Friday gathered at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the 23rd Commemoration of the Rwanda Genocide and paid tribute to the 800,000 lives lost during the 100 days of killing. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN chief appoints Rwandan force commander of UNMISS
    07 april 2017 16:44:51
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi of Rwanda as Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), it was announced here on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief calls for a future of tolerance, human rights for all
    07 april 2017 14:19:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the 23rd anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, during which Hutu and others who opposed the genocide were also killed, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres on Friday said the only way to honour the memory of the victims is to ensure such events never happen again. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition confronts Chinese Embassy over first lady's foundation donation
    07 april 2017 13:10:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Secretary General of the opposition Rainbow Party, Wynter Kabimba, has criticised the Chinese Embassy in Zambia for its recent cash donation of 200,000 kwacha to First Lady Esther Lungu’s foundation. ($1US=K9) Full text...

  • US: Guterres says adapting UN peace operations to changing world a 'shared responsibility'
    07 april 2017 09:35:10
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations peacekeepers face a raft of challenges – terrorism, hostile host governments, floods of illicit weapons, and sometimes being deployed to places where peace itself is at stake – Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, underscoring that all parts of the UN have a role to play in making sure 'blue helmets' can deliver on the mandates assigned to them. Full text...

  • UN: New UN peacekeeping chief tasks Malian parties on peace deal
    06 april 2017 20:32:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The new UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix on Thursday stressed the need for the parties to the conflict in Mali to redouble their efforts to accelerate the implementation of their 2015 peace agreement while expressing a concern about the volatile security situation in the West African country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Sudan creates additional humanitarian corridors for famine-hit South Sudan
    06 april 2017 12:22:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Sudanese government has agreed to open a humanitarian corridor for the delivery of the much-needed relief food to thousands of people affected by famine in South Sudan, the East Africa regional body said on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: Protecting refugees, ensuring security of countries 'complimentary goals', UN forum told
    06 april 2017 05:49:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Protecting refugees and assuring the safety of countries that receive them are complementary goals, a senior United Nations official on Wednesday said in a special security forum that discussed denying safe havens to people who finance or commit terrorist acts, or to terrorists who try to abuse the asylum system. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty International condemns journos torture in Sudan
    05 april 2017 16:28:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The torture of two journalists abducted en route to Jebel Marra, in Sudan’s Darfur region, is not only a grave affront to press freedom, but also proof the Sudanese authorities have something to hide in the region, said Amnesty International on Wednesday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: MONUSCO deplores hostilities, escalating violence in Kasai region
    05 april 2017 11:18:55
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The UN peacekeeping mission in DR Congo has expressed alarm at ongoing reports from the Kasai region of escalating violence. Full text...

  • US: Sudan, AU, UN discuss Darfur exit strategy
    04 april 2017 20:14:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The African Union (AU) and the United Nations are actively discussing with the Government of Sudan how best to configure a strategy for AU-UN peacekeeping mission to eventually leave Darfur, the head of that operation said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UN chief criticises US funding cut to UNFPA as based on 'inaccurate perception'
    04 april 2017 19:39:42
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday voiced deep regret at the decision by the United States to cut financial support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), stating that the announcement was based on a misinterpretation of the UN agency’s work. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks governments on landmines, explosives
    03 april 2017 20:02:17
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged governments to remember landmines and explosive remnants of war when discussing peace agreements or when sending urgent humanitarian aid to conflict zones. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian government alerts public on new ISIS recruitment strategy
    03 april 2017 16:46:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Parents and guardians in Nigeria should monitor the activities of their children to prevent them from being recruited by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has resorted to targeting vulnerable individuals, including foreign students, the Nigerian Federal Government warned on Monday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU moves to reduce financing of armed groups through conflict minerals
    03 april 2017 09:37:20
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council (EC) on Monday adopted a regulation aimed at stopping the financing of armed groups through trade in conflict minerals. Full text...

  • UN: UN official lauds Egypt's contributions to UN
    02 april 2017 00:27:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, has expressed gratitude to the Egyptian government for its longstanding contributions to the UN. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Top Boko Haram commander surrenders in northeast Nigeria
    01 april 2017 12:04:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army has announced the surrender of a top Boko Haram commander and arrest of two spies in northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • US: Security Council extends DRC peacekeeping mandate, but reduces troop strength
    01 april 2017 07:15:52
    New York, US (PANA) – The Security Council on Friday extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for another year but reduced the number of troops. Full text...

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