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  • Buhari orders military, security agencies to rescue 94 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram
    21 february 2018 18:57:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – After two days of silence over the reported invasion of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, in northeast Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists and kidnap of over 94 school girls, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered Nigerian military and other security agencies to take charge of the situation and rescue the missing girls. Full text...

  • UN determined to end gender violence in conflict zones
    21 february 2018 18:43:14
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) -The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Combating Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, Pamela Payne, has affirmed the UN keenness to end sexual violence in conflict zones in Sudan. Full text...

  • Ghana brings new faces to join ECOMIG mission in Gambia
    21 february 2018 18:17:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Eighteen Ghanaian troops have arrived in Banjul to join the West African regional force in The Gambia, the ECOMIG force commander, Col. Magatte Ndiaye said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rights group says detained children face abuse in Somalia
    21 february 2018 17:44:18
    Washington, DC., US (PANA) – Somali authorities are unlawfully detaining and at times prosecuting in military courts children with alleged ties to the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambian President Lungu in Rwanda on state visit
    21 february 2018 13:23:27
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu left for Rwanda on Wednesday for a two-day state visit at the invitation of President Paul Kagame. Full text...

  • EAC leaders hold summit on infrastructure, health financing and development
    21 february 2018 13:17:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli arrived in Kampala on Wednesday to attend the 19th Summit of the East African Community (EAC) leaders holding in the Ugandan capital on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa pays tribute to World War I victims
    21 february 2018 08:27:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid tribute to the victims of the SS Mendi, which sank in the English Channel exactly 100 years ago. Full text...

  • UNHCR steps up support for Uganda’s refugee programme
    21 february 2018 05:56:05
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has announced new measures to support the government of Uganda’s refugee programme, including through a major biometric data verification exercise. Full text...

  • Senior UN official says famine threat in northeastern Horn of Africa must be overcome
    20 february 2018 18:44:15
    Hargeisa, Somaliland (PANA) - The head of United Nations humanitarian efforts in Somalia on Tuesday underlined the importance of improving communities’ resilience to better withstand the effects of recurring droughts, such as famines. Full text...

  • Tunisian journalists' trade unions set to fight corruption in media
    20 february 2018 18:13:22
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian Journalists' Trade Union (SNJT) and the general news trade union (SGI) have reaffirmed their strong determination to fight corruption in the media sector and guarantee transparency in the financing of broadcasting houses. Full text...

  • Libyans ‘dying in desert’ in attempt to return home, says UN human rights expert
    20 february 2018 15:35:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Libya must ensure the safety of hundreds of former residents of the northern town of Tawergha, who are stranded and even dying in the desert despite an agreement allowing their safe return, a UN human rights expert said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa's President Ramaphosa proves he's fit for office
    20 february 2018 11:10:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just days after taking office, President Cyril Ramapohosa on Tuesday demonstrated his common touch by inviting the public to join him on a sunrise walk through Cape Town’s townships. Full text...

  • UNHCR 'alarmed' at reported atrocities in DR Congo’s Tanganyika province
    20 february 2018 10:31:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, warned on Tuesday that a humanitarian disaster of extraordinary proportions is about to hit the southeastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as the province of Tanganyika plunges further into violence, triggering spiraling displacement and human rights abuses. Full text...

  • Japan keen on cooperation with Zimbabwe
    19 february 2018 20:01:57
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The government of Japan is looking forward to cooperate with the new government of Zimbabwe in road construction through a multimillion dollar grant aid, according to the Asian country’s ambassador in Harare. Full text...

  • Rwandan police officers under UNMISS get UN medals for outstanding service
    19 february 2018 18:28:45
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Female peacekeeping officers have a greater sensitivity than their male counterparts when it comes to issues particular to women, Rwandan Inspector of Police Maurice Nyierema, serving the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), remarked on Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal, Germany, WB co-host South-South learning forum
    19 february 2018 16:37:22
    Frankfurt, Germany (PANA) - Close to 250 government ministers and policymakers from 70 countries will gather in Frankfurt, Germany, this week to discuss the role social safety nets can play in responding to shocks, while protecting human capital by building household resilience. Full text...

  • UN official renews organisation's support to Gambia
    19 february 2018 13:21:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, on Monday concluded a three-day visit here reaffirming the organisation's engagement to support The Gambia in carrying out new and vital reforms. Full text...

  • Sudan frees dozens of political detainees
    19 february 2018 07:08:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese authorities have released dozens of political detainees who were taken into custody during January’s protests against prices hikes and economic hardships. Full text...

  • Top UN humanitarian official says Somalia ‘not out of the woods yet’ on drought relief
    18 february 2018 10:38:43
    Garowe, Somalia (PANA) – The top United Nations humanitarian official in Somalia has commended the drought relief and recovery efforts of the authorities in the northern state of Puntland, while cautioning that the current humanitarian crisis was far from over. Full text...

  • DRC President Kabila in Zambia for talks with President Lungu
    17 february 2018 18:24:10
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila arrived on Saturday in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, for talks with President Edgar Lungu. Full text...

  • CPJ urges Ethiopia to drop charges against blogger
    17 february 2018 11:10:14
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the Ethiopian authorities to drop an incitement charge against Zone 9 blogger, Atnafu Berhane. Full text...

  • WFP expands operations to stem hunger in eastern DR Congo
    17 february 2018 04:54:06
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - Escalating violence, daunting logistical challenges and insufficient funding have prompted the United Nations food relief agency to broaden its emergency operation in the war-ravaged Kasai region in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Rwanda, DR Congo soldiers exchange fire on joint border
    16 february 2018 18:20:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In another cross-border firing incident, soldiers of DR Congo and Rwanda exchanged fire late on Thursday along the joint border in Musanze district in northern Rwanda in what has been described as a violation of Rwandan territory. Full text...

  • Call for public-private partnership in combating crime in Kenya
    16 february 2018 18:09:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The rising cases of insecurity in Nairobi have prompted calls for partnerships between private security firms and the government. Full text...

  • President Lungu congratulates new South African President Ramaphosa
    16 february 2018 18:00:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has congratulated Cyril Ramaphosa on his election on Thursday as President of South Africa. Full text...

  • ICRC decries Libya triangle of tragedy
    16 february 2018 17:50:54
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As Libya enters its eighth year of conflict, the humanitarian situation of the population is relentlessly deteriorating amid persistent armed conflict, violence and insecurity, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday. Full text...

  • Aid agencies seek US$263 million for Mali humanitarian support
    16 february 2018 05:36:30
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Aid agencies in Mali have launched the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP ), asking for US$263 million to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people, a senior United Nations aid official in the country said Full text...

  • Gambian journalists welcome ECOWAS Court ruling on media laws
    15 february 2018 17:11:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Press Union (GPU) has welcomed the ruling by the Abuja-based ECOWAS Court of Justice on Wednesday that ordered the government to repeal the laws of sedition, criminal defamation, false publication on the internet and false publication and broadcasting. Full text...

  • About 28 million children were living in forced displacement in 2016, but figure could be higher
    15 february 2018 16:23:10
    New York, US (PANA) – Gaps in data covering refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced populations are endangering the lives and wellbeing of millions of children on the move, warned five UN and partner agencies on Thursday. Full text...

  • NRC raises red flag on DRC's deadly conflict
    15 february 2018 15:13:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Despite 13 million people now needing emergency assistance following escalating violence in DR Congo, the aid response falls far from meeting even minimum lifesaving needs in worst affected areas, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) warned Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambian justice minister lambasts civil society
    15 february 2018 15:02:32
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian Minister for Justice, Abubacarr Tambedou, has slammed civil society organisations (CSOs) over their "unjustified" comments on the arrest of university lecturer Dr. Ismaila Ceesay. Full text...

  • CPJ urges Gambia to act on ECOWAS Court ruling
    15 february 2018 14:46:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has called on the Gambian government to act on a judgment passed by a sub-regional court and “immediately repeal its laws on criminal libel, sedition and false news”. Full text...

  • Five Tunisian soldiers killed by landmine
    15 february 2018 11:33:08
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Five soldiers were killed on Wednesday by a landmine in eastern Algeria's region of Tebessa, local media reported on Thursday quoting military sources. Full text...

  • UNHCR says evacuated over 1,000 refugees from Libya
    15 february 2018 10:25:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Since November last year, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has evacuated over 1,000 highly vulnerable refugees out of Libya and is looking for durable solutions for them in third countries. Full text...

  • Sudan warns of new influx of refugees from South Sudan
    15 february 2018 10:12:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese refugees in Sudan's White Nile State have reached 150,000, with thousands more expected to arrive, UN and government sources said on Thursday. Full text...

  • CPJ welcomes release of 2 Ethiopian journalists
    14 february 2018 22:45:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Wednesday welcomed the release of two Ethiopian journalists, Eskinder Nega and Woubshet Taye, from custody. Full text...

  • Zambian President reshuffles cabinet
    14 february 2018 18:52:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has reshuffled his cabinet, dropping Water Development, Sanitation and Environment Protection minister Lloyd Kaziya and demoting Finance minister Felix Mutati who becomes Minister of Works and Supply. Full text...

  • Egyptian army kills 15 suspected terrorists in Sinai Peninsula
    14 february 2018 11:18:25
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Fifteen suspected terrorists have been killed in a gun battle with the Egyptian armed forces in the Sinai Peninsula, a statement from the office of the army chief of staff announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Radio, sports can help people achieve their potential, says UN on World Radio Day
    14 february 2018 05:11:57
    New York, US (PANA) - In an era of dramatic advances in communications, radio retains its power to entertain, educate, inform and inspire, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, marking World Radio Day with a call to celebrate both radio and sports as ways of helping people achieve their potential. Full text...

  • Rwanda suspends community radio over hate broadcast
    13 february 2018 14:18:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's media regulatory body has suspended a Christian community radio station's operating licence for three months, after it aired what authorities considered as hatred remarks against women by a local pastor. Full text...

  • Media watchdog denounces Tunisian party's threats against journalists
    13 february 2018 11:50:52
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RWB), has denounced the decision of Tunisian religious party Ennahdha to prosecute journalists and media houses considered as "hostile". Full text...

  • DRC refugees perish as growing numbers seek safety in Uganda - UNHCR
    13 february 2018 11:32:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Tuesday expressed sadness about reports of four DR Congo refugees who drowned as they were seeking safety in Uganda, after their boat capsized on Lake Albert. Full text...

  • Terrorist cell 'dismantled' in Sinai, says Egyptian army
    13 february 2018 11:08:22
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Egyptian army has dismantled a terrorist cell composed of 10 people and arrested 400 others, including foreigners, in an operation in Sinai, Egyptian state television announced on Tuesday quoting a joint statement of the army and the police. Full text...

  • More than 5,000 child soldiers released in 2017, but tens of thousands still being used in conflict - UN
    12 february 2018 21:29:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The global commitment to end the use of children in armed conflict led to the release and reintegration of more than 5,000 children in 2017, but tens of thousands of boys and girls are still being recruited, kidnapped, and forced to fight or work for military groups or armed forces at “alarming rates,” according to the United Nations. Full text...

  • Buhari laments "seriousness and urgency" of security challenges in Nigeria
    12 february 2018 19:18:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – In the wake of unrelenting security challenges, especially the killings by herdsmen in parts of the country, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday summoned a meeting of the National Security Council at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Full text...

  • Rights group says Mauritania human rights defenders at risk
    12 february 2018 15:32:43
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania’s human rights defenders face repression when they raise the country’s most sensitive social issues, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia’s Ahmadis raise alarm over hate speech
    12 february 2018 11:04:39
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Gambia have expressed concern over hate speech being perpetrated against them by mainstream Muslim leaders. Full text...

  • Gambian teachers, gov’t reach deal to end strike
    12 february 2018 10:32:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The standoff between the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) and teachers in the Gambia that led to teachers embarking on a strike one week ago has ended, according to a joint statement obtained by PANA in Banjul on Monday. Full text...

  • Bashir reinstates Sudan’s former chief spy
    11 february 2018 12:46:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir on Sunday reinstated his former chief spy, Salah Abdallah, aka Salah Gosh, to replace current head of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), Mohamed Attah. No reason was provided. Full text...

  • 'UK army officer, a role model for women seeking military career'
    10 february 2018 13:00:15
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Lieutenant Colonel Katie Hislop of the United Kingdom said she is happy to serve as a role model for young women considering a career with the armed forces. The mother of two is the only woman to head a military contingent at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Full text...

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