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  • UN agencies urge global action as drought looms over Sahel region
    04 may 2018 05:07:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - United Nations agencies have urged greater international support to stave off severe food insecurity in western Sahel, a region reeling from the effects of conflict and now threatened by drought and rising hunger. Full text...

  • Human rights experts urge media protection and end to attacks on journalists
    03 may 2018 19:11:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, David Kaye, and rights experts from around the world have joined forces to highlight growing threats to media independence and diversity worldwide, particularly those affecting digital outlets. Full text...

  • UN envoy praises courage, dedication of Somali journalists on World Press Freedom Day
    03 may 2018 18:58:32
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Marking World Press Freedom Day, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating, on Thursday commended the courage and dedication of the country’s journalists who operate in one of the world’s most dangerous environments for media workers. Full text...

  • Child marriage may cost Ethiopia billions of dollars, says World Bank report
    03 may 2018 18:27:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia’s economy could potentially lose billions of dollars annually due to child marriage, according to a new report by the World Bank and the International Center for Research for Women, which was launched here Thursday together with the country’s Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs. Full text...

  • SADC journalists urged to influence bloc's social cohesion
    03 may 2018 18:07:15
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary Stergomena Tax has challenged journalists in the region to provide election coverage that gives voters comprehensive, accurate and reliable information on all aspects of the electoral process. Full text...

  • Minister says Gambia committed to media law reform
    03 may 2018 17:28:49
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian Minister of Information, Demba Ali Jawo, has said the government will continue engaging journalists in efforts to put in place a self-regulatory mechanism besides their work on media law reform. Full text...

  • Mali marks international press freedom day
    03 may 2018 13:34:42
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali on Thursday marked international press freedom day on the theme: ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law." Full text...

  • Bashir orders closure of at least 13 embassies in austerity move
    03 may 2018 12:05:51
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan is to close down at least 13 of its embassies abroad, which experts say is as part of the country's austerity policy in challenging economic times. Full text...

  • ICRC staff member abducted in Somalia
    03 may 2018 10:06:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A German nurse working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been abducted in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the humanitarian organization has said in a press statement. Full text...

  • Ghana President appeals for end of violence against journalists
    03 may 2018 09:32:37
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday night appealed to world leaders to make a conscious effort to end all forms of State-sponsored attacks on journalists. Full text...

  • South African couple arrested with drugs in Mauritius
    03 may 2018 08:56:39
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A South African couple has been arrested at the international airport in Mauritius on arrival from Johannesburg with 2.79 kg of heroin in their luggage, police said on Thursday. Full text...

  • 'Attacks on journalists reach alarming levels in West and Central Africa'
    03 may 2018 07:44:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Journalists across West and Central Africa are facing intimidation and harassment and being targeted with arrest and assault for doing their work while media outlets are often closed down and the Internet journalists rely on to undertake their work shut down, Amnesty International said on World Press Freedom Day as it called on governments in the region to promote media freedom and protect media workers and organizations. Full text...

  • UN urges calm in wake of violence in Bangui
    03 may 2018 06:26:09
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has appealed for calm following fresh violence in the capital Bangui which claimed the lives of several civilians, including a religious leader. Full text...

  • South Sudan UN Mission chief urges warring factions to abide by ceasefire
    02 may 2018 22:08:41
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The surge of violence in South Sudan’s Unity region will likely continue despite the ceasefire accord signed last year by warring parties, the top United Nations official in the African country said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Death toll in Libya EC headquarters suicide attack rises to 14
    02 may 2018 13:34:29
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The death toll in Wednesday suicide attack by armed group against the headquarters of the Libyan High Commission for Elections (HNEC) has risen to 14, according to sources from the Commission. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea gov't critic blocked from leaving country - HRW
    02 may 2018 07:05:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – An internationally acclaimed cartoonist acquitted of trumped-up charges and released from prison on 7 March 2018, cannot leave Equatorial Guinea because authorities have stalled on renewing his passport, nine human rights groups have said. Full text...

  • UN says combating ‘scourge’ of sexual abuse allegations remains ‘key’ priority
    02 may 2018 06:47:13
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 50 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving personnel serving with the United Nations and its partners in the field were received in the first three months of this year, the global organization said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Almost 500,000 affected as devastating floods inundate central Somalia – UN mission
    01 may 2018 19:16:20
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - United Nations agencies in Somalia have stepped up their response in the wake of devastating flash floods across large parts of the country that have impacted nearly 500,000 people and displaced close to 175,000 from their homes. Full text...

  • UN Mission condemns suicide bombing in central Somalia
    30 april 2018 04:51:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has condemned the suicide bombing on Saturday that reportedly killed government security officers and civilians in the city of Gaalkacyo. Full text...

  • Jordaan opens defamation case relating to rape charge
    29 april 2018 08:36:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Danny Jordaan, South Africa’s top football administrator, who has been charged with rape, has taken aim at Irvin Khoza, the chairman of the Premier Soccer League, who he claims has set him up. Full text...

  • Ghana hosts 62nd IPDC Bureau Meeting
    29 april 2018 04:37:12
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana is to host the 62nd International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) Bureau Meeting of the UN cultural agency from 30 April to 1 May. Full text...

  • Students gather at UN to ‘Remember Slavery,’ honour those who suffered
    28 april 2018 14:05:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Students from around the world joined United Nations and Government officials in New York on Friday to celebrate the contributions made by the people of African descent, beginning from the time they were taken from their countries and forced into generations of servitude, the UN has said. Full text...

  • UN warns that South Sudan peace process under threat as violence surges
    28 april 2018 13:44:40
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Surging violence in parts of South Sudan is putting thousands of war-weary civilians at risk and endangering the fragile peace process in the world’s youngest nation, the United Nations peacekeeping mission there has warned. Full text...

  • UN rights chief urges new Ethiopian Gov't to ‘keep positive momentum going’
    27 april 2018 05:54:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The United Nations human rights chief on Thursday expressed the hope that Ethiopia continues its economic development in which human rights are respected and people can freely speak their minds about public policies. Full text...

  • Ten aid workers missing in South Sudan
    26 april 2018 14:09:45
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Ten aid workers have gone missing outside South Sudan’s Yei town in Central Equatoria region, UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Alain Noudehou said in a press statement on Thursday. Full text...

  • WAEMU Security ministers meet in Ouagadougou
    25 april 2018 13:47:39
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A conference of the Security ministers of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), on peace and security, opens on Thursday in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou,oOrganizers said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Youth to combat violent extremism in Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia
    25 april 2018 04:42:59
    Paris, France (PANA) - With one in four of the world’s 1.2 billion youth affected by some sort of violence or armed conflict, the United Nations on Tuesday launched a project to support new, youth-driven initiatives in education, science, culture and the media to prevent violent extremism in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia Full text...

  • UN Human Rights chief urges governments to uphold rights of peoples
    24 april 2018 18:02:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Short-sighted nationalism, isolationism and the rapid rise of xenophobia are dangerously eroding States' capacity to respond effectively to the difficulties they face, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein stated here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Uganda hosts world’s fastest growing refugee crisis
    24 april 2018 16:12:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Across the Great Lakes region, some 7.4 million people are uprooted, with Uganda now hosting the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • EU deplores extreme violence in South Sudan
    24 april 2018 13:52:42
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has said it deplores the persistence of violence in South Sudan and the human suffering which has reached an alarming level ever experienced in the country, despite the signing of a deal in 2017 to end hostilities. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou to host high-level meeting on anti-terrorism on 26 April
    24 april 2018 13:36:09
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The ministers in charge of Religious affairs of G5 Sahel member countries will on 26-27 April meet in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou, take part in the high-level meeting on anti-terrorism, an official statement said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2 Air Force officers killed in Tunisia military plane crash
    24 april 2018 12:01:45
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A military instruction plane belonging to the Tunisian army crashed during a night training mission on Monday evening around the military base of Sfax in the southeast of the North African country, leaving two Air Force officers dead, the spokesperson for the Tunisian Defence ministry, Belhassen Oueslati, said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Security sector reform ‘core element’ of sustaining peace, say top UN officials
    24 april 2018 05:56:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Top United Nations officials have underscored the importance of security sector reform, which they say could mean the difference between peace and conflict, and between life and death. Full text...

  • Imprisoned Egyptian photojournalist to receive UN press freedom prize
    24 april 2018 05:35:18
    Paris, France (PANA) - A photojournalist who has been in jail for nearly five years after being arrested for covering a demonstration in Cairo has been selected to receive this year’s press freedom prize from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe sets up special courts for cases of political violence
    23 april 2018 18:48:13
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - In line with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s undertaking to hold free and peaceful elections, Zimbabwe has established special courts for handling cases of politically motivated violence, a senior police official said on Monday. Full text...

  • Youth ‘the missing peace’ to tackling global challenges, UN envoy tells Security Council
    23 april 2018 18:22:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Tapping the potential and creativity of young people is indispensable to prevent conflict and build peace, the United Nations youth envoy said Monday, urging governments to create conditions that allow their meaningful participation in civic and political lives. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso to host 6th UN/Pan-African Youth Leadership Summit 
    23 april 2018 16:36:01
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The 6th United Nations/Pan-African Youth Leadership Summit will be held on 21-25 May in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, with the agenda of strengthening the participation of youths in the implementation of public policies, informed sources told PANA in Bamako, Mali, on Monday. Full text...

  • Obama to deliver Nelson Mandela lecture in South Africa
    23 april 2018 15:31:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former United States President Barack Obama, has been named as the speaker of the 2018 Nelson Mandela lecture. Full text...

  • The world celebrates World Book and Copyright Day
    23 april 2018 11:52:23
    Paris, France (PANA) - The World Book and Copyright Day, observed across the world on 23 April, is a celebration to promote the enjoyment of books and reading, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), said on Monday. Full text...

  • Rights group warns of looming humanitarian crisis in Sinai
    23 april 2018 04:51:13
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - A human rights group warned on Monday that the Egyptian government's campaign against an affiliate of the Islamic State group in North Sinai has left up to 420,000 residents in four northeastern cities in urgent need of humanitarian aid since 9 February, 2018. Full text...

  • 4 killed, 8 injured as Boko Haram suicide bombers strike in Northeast Nigeria
    22 april 2018 15:45:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Four persons were killed and eight others injured as two Boko Haram suicide bombers attacked a mosque in the Borno State town of Bama, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UNESCO, partner launch project to tackle violent extremism in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia
    22 april 2018 11:14:42
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) will launch a two-year project on “Prevention of Violent Extremism through Youth Empowerment in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia” with an event at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, on Tuesday, 24 April. Full text...

  • Germany, World Bank agree on new strategic partnership for peace in MENA
    21 april 2018 16:08:27
    Washington, US (PANA) - The World Bank Group and the Government of Germany announced on Saturday a strategic partnership to work towards a new and updated approach to reconstruction for peace building in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Full text...

  • UN official says ‘atrocities in South Sudan beyond imagination’
    21 april 2018 11:15:25
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Concluding a four-day visit to South Sudan, UN Assistant Secretary-General Bintou Keita said she was particularly appalled by the violence brought against women and girls by the raging conflict in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan presidency orders investigation into delay in diplomats' salaries
    20 april 2018 17:26:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Presidency has ordered investigation into a statement by fired foreign minister, Ibrahim Ghandour, that the government had failed to pay salaries and rents of diplomats abroad for seven months. Full text...

  • Lightning kills two people in northern Rwanda
    20 april 2018 12:00:36
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Three people were killed and another injured after being struck by lightning in northern Rwanda's region of Gicumbi, local administrative officials said on Friday. Full text...

  • Two UN agencies launch project to rebuild livelihoods in eastern DR Congo
    20 april 2018 06:46:39
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Two UN agencies are launching an innovative joint project to rebuild livelihoods shattered by conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), by empowering women, supporting farmers and helping build peace between communities – all thanks to a €35 million contribution from the German people. Full text...

  • UN pays tribute to 140 fallen staff members
    20 april 2018 06:03:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Were it not for the sacrifices of United Nations peacekeepers, humanitarians and other personnel, the people who needed urgent support in the most difficult and dangerous environments would have experienced greater suffering, the top UN official said on Thursday in an annual memorial service for fallen colleagues. Full text...

  • MFWA, partners train Senegalese journalists on anti-corruption coverage
    19 april 2018 13:32:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – A three-day training programme on effective anti-corruption reporting for Senegalese journalists got underway on Thursday in the country’s capital, Dakar. Full text...

  • Malema slams 'racist' prosecutors
    19 april 2018 09:25:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A major race row has erupted after lobby group AfriForum on Thursday announced that it intended to privately prosecute Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on charges of fraud and corruption. Full text...

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