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  • UNSMIL condemns terrorist attack on Libya’s National Oil Company
    10 september 2018 16:32:21
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly condemned the cowardly terrorist attack on the National Oil Company on Monday and expressed its deepest condolences to the families of the victims. Full text...

  • AfDB slams 3-year suspension on Cameroonian consulting firm, Director over corrupt practices
    10 september 2018 13:25:54
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group on Monday, 10 September, 2018, announced the suspension of the Centre Africain de Recherches Forestières Appliquées et de Développement (CARFAD), a consulting company based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and its Executive Director, Benjamin Tchoffo, for a minimum period of 36 months. Full text...

  • Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania shut refugee programmes as Europe, US reject migrants - NRC
    10 september 2018 11:35:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As western governments reduce funding for refugees in East Africa, aid programmes are being forced to shut down, leaving refugees in crisis. Full text...

  • Medical charity calls for urgent evacuation of migrants, refugees from Libya
    10 september 2018 06:08:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Thousands of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers arbitrarily held in Libyan detention centres must be immediately released and evacuated to safety out of the country urges medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), as a fragile ceasefire in Tripoli has continued. Full text...

  • Displacement of civilians in Mali spikes due to armed conflict - NRC
    10 september 2018 05:56:09
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Close to 50,000 people have fled their homes in northern and central Mali, so far this year, due to intercommunal clashes, a rise in armed groups and military operations. Full text...

  • UN rights chief says Egyptian death sentences I ‘gross miscarriage of justice'
    10 september 2018 05:21:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - An Egyptian court’s confirmation of 75 death sentences on Saturday has been condemned by Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as being the result of an unfair trial. Full text...

  • OCHA chief reaffirms continued humanitarian support to Burundi
    09 september 2018 08:46:43
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Ursula Mueller on Saturday completed a three-day mission to Burundi reaffirming her agency’s continued support to the strife-torn country. Full text...

  • Rights group slams Egyptian court's harsh sentences
    08 september 2018 19:29:01
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has strongly condemned the harsh sentences handed down on hundreds of people, including 75 death sentences, and called for their retrial in an impartial court. Full text...

  • UNHCR dismayed as traffickers, smugglers impersonate staff in Libya amid clashes in Tripoli
    08 september 2018 19:24:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is dismayed at reports of smugglers and traffickers posing as UNHCR staff in Libya and has called on the authorities for action against all criminals trying to target desperate refugees and migrants. Full text...

  • International Literacy Day 2018, promoting Literacy and Skills Development (A Feature by UNESCO)
    08 september 2018 13:16:35
    Paris, France (PANA) - September 8th was proclaimed as International Literacy Day (ILD) at the 14th session of UNESCO’s General Conference on 26 October, 1966. Since 1967, ILD celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society. Full text...

  • ‘Children’s crisis’ in South Sudan must be addressed, says top UN official
    08 september 2018 05:22:01
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Virginia Gamba, the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, on Friday called for much greater accountability and effort, to prevent grave violations against children across the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN police investigating killing of displaced people in CAR
    08 september 2018 05:01:40
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Perpetrators behind the killing of a number of people displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) must be brought to justice, the UN peacekeeping operation in the country said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN Chief for Human Rights warns DRC authorities on suppression of peaceful protests
    07 september 2018 17:07:05
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday expressed deep concern about the unending violent suppression of peaceful protests by civil society organizations and opposition political parties ahead of the electoral campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • World Bank launches flagship infrastructure project in Somalia
    07 september 2018 15:44:11
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the World Bank have launched a flagship infrastructure project in the Horn of Africa country, Somali Urban Resilience Project (SURP), worth US$ 9 million, stating that it will be the first national test case for municipal infrastructure delivery. Full text...

  • Nigerian Prisons Service bags 2018 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy
    07 september 2018 13:22:45
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) has been awarded the 2018 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy for the ‘National Open University of Nigeria - Prison Study Centres and Inmates General Education Programme’. Full text...

  • Displaced Ethiopians, returnees need continued support - UNHCR
    07 september 2018 11:09:43
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is urging more support for the nearly one million people displaced by recent violence in South Western Ethiopia, including those who have returned home. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army says it killed 14 Boko Haram terrorists, rescued 21 civilians on Thursday
    07 september 2018 09:15:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Army on Friday said its troops have killed 14 Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Some 56,000 Nigerian refugees to be repatriated from Niger
    07 september 2018 09:14:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday announced that it is to repatriate about 56,000 Nigerian Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Difa, Niger Republic. Full text...

  • Morocco arrests 2 sub-Saharan Africans over illegal migration
    07 september 2018 06:57:18
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Morocco has arrested two sub-Saharan Africans over their suspected involvement in organising illegal migration in the northeastern town of Nador, said a statement of the ministry of interior on Thursday. Full text...

  • Humanitarian charity calls for creation of spaces for youth to thrive
    07 september 2018 06:51:23
    Abuja, Nigeria, (PANA) - Youth living in emergencies need safe spaces where they have freedom of expression and experience mutual respect and constructive dialogue, humanitarian charity the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) has said. Full text...

  • ‘Legally binding’ nuclear-test ban essential to prevent ‘catastrophic impact’, says UN chief
    07 september 2018 06:41:28
    New York, US (PANA) - On the annual observance of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, Secretary-General António Guterres has highlighted the “inextricable connection” between testing and eliminating nuclear weapons across the world. Full text...

  • Verdict against South Sudan soldiers ‘finally delivers justice’ – UN Mission
    07 september 2018 06:30:19
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has applauded the verdict by a military court on Thursday, that found 10 government soldiers guilty of murder, rape and other crimes against civilians and journalists at a hotel in the capital Juba, just over two years ago. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force begins fresh offensive against Boko Haram terrorists in Lake Chad Basin
    06 september 2018 13:16:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Thursday said its Air Task Force (ATF) has commenced ‘Operation Thunder Strike 2’ against Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • South African Army Chief tasks African militaries on regional cooperation
    06 september 2018 13:08:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – South African Army Chief, Lt.-Gen. Lindile Yam, on Thursday tasked participants of course 27 at the National Defence College, Nigeria, to imbibe the spirit of regional cooperation as part of their leadership skills. Full text...

  • Half of world’s teens experience peer violence in and around school – UNICEF
    06 september 2018 06:04:38
    New York, US (PANA) – Half of students aged 13 to 15 worldwide – around 150 million – report having experienced peer-to-peer violence in and around school, according to a new report released by UNICEF on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN investigators say serious rights violations ongoing in Burundi
    06 september 2018 05:28:05
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Serious rights violations are continuing in Burundi, including summary executions and hate speech at the highest level of government, UN-appointed investigators said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN official welcomes latest dev'ts in ‘landmark’ Malawi albinism murder case
    06 september 2018 05:20:55
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The top United Nations representative in Malawi is urging the Government to promptly prosecute those allegedly responsible for the death of a young man with albinism whose butchered body was found earlier this year. Full text...

  • Stop regression on sexual, reproductive rights of women and girls, UN experts urge
    05 september 2018 18:54:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Rollback and regression on respect for international human rights norms threatens the sexual and reproductive health rights of women, including women with disabilities, UN human rights experts warned Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malagasy national nabbed with heroin at Mauritius airport
    05 september 2018 17:05:48
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) has arrested a female Malagasy national at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam international airport, Plaisance, carrying 216g of heroin. Full text...

  • Morocco, Burkina Faso to cooperate in judicial sector
    05 september 2018 09:26:53
    Rabat Morocco (PANA) - Morocco and Burkina Faso have agreed to promote and develop cooperation on judicial matters, including training, legal assistance, exchange of experiences and technical issues. Full text...

  • Over $2.1 billion pledged for comprehensive crisis response to Lake Chad Basin
    05 september 2018 06:46:19
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - A United Nations-backed humanitarian conference to raise much needed resources for relief, development and peacebuilding programmes in the Lake Chad Basin concluded on Tuesday, raising some $2.17 billion in support and about $467 million in concessional loans for the crisis-ridden region. Full text...

  • Ceasefire agreement reached in Libyan capital, says UN mission
    05 september 2018 06:40:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - An agreement on a ceasefire in Tripoli has been reached under the auspices of Ghassan Salame, the top United Nations official in Libya, the UN Support Mission in the country (UNSMIL) announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Scores of South Sudan's displaced relocated
    04 september 2018 18:58:39
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Nearly 3,500 people displaced by violence in South Sudan have been relocated from a UN-run camp in the capital, Juba, to temporary housing, the organization’s mission in the country, UNMISS, reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN agencies call for end to violence in Tripoli before it gets worse
    04 september 2018 18:54:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - In the midst of reports that scores of civilians have been killed and hundreds injured across residential areas of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, United Nations agencies have stepped up their response, expressing concern that the situation could deteriorate as heavy fighting between rival armed groups continues. Full text...

  • AI lashes at South Sudan gov't for arbitrary arrests, torture of detainees
    04 september 2018 10:58:36
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese authorities have arbitrarily arrested, detained, tortured and ill-treated people to the point of death, despite repeated promises to release detainees, said a new Amnesty International briefing out on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Education at risk for more than 3.5 million school-aged children in Lake Chad Basin - UNICEF
    04 september 2018 07:52:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ongoing conflict, displacement and fear of attacks on schools is putting the education of more than 3.5 million children at risk in the Lake Chad Basin, with almost 1,000 schools closed or non-functional due to violence or unrest in northeast Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned. Full text...

  • Lake Chad crisis risks new, protracted conflict in Africa, warns humanitarian charity
    04 september 2018 07:29:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Dependent on aid, neglected and affected by climate change and conflict, millions of people are fighting a daily battle to survive in northeastern Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon - the four countries that surround Lake Chad. Full text...

  • 11 million people need urgent aid in Lake Chad region, says humanitarian charity
    04 september 2018 07:09:13
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - Eleven international organisations are calling for increased protection and support to civilians bearing the brunt of the conflict in the Lake Chad region. Full text...

  • Lake Chad crisis is not over, says UN relief chief
    04 september 2018 06:46:18
    Berlin, Germany (PAN A) - Despite improvements in the humanitarian situation in the Lake Chad region, millions continue to remain dependent on lifesaving assistance, the top United Nations relief official said on Monday, urging greater international support for the region to safeguard the progress achieved. Full text...

  • EU donates €138 million to Nigeria, 3 others in the Lake Chad Basin
    03 september 2018 16:02:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The European Union (EU) Monday announced a donation of €138 million to vulnerable communities in Nigeria and three other nations in the Lake Chad Basin. Full text...

  • 11 killed in continuing herdsmen/farmers' clashes in Northcentral Nigeria
    03 september 2018 15:57:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Monday said that 11 people were killed in another round of attacks by herdsmen gunmen in Lopandet Dwei Du area of Jos South local government area of Plateau State, North central Nigeria. Full text...

  • Mediterranean crossings deadlier than ever, new UNHCR report shows
    03 september 2018 06:43:02
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Three years on from the shocking images of lifeless Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi on a Turkish beach, a new report by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, shows that crossing the Mediterranean Sea has become even more deadly. Full text...

  • Rights group says residents in Tripoli trapped between armed groups
    03 september 2018 06:33:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Rival armed groups have killed at least 18 civilians, including four children, since clashes broke out in the southern suburbs of Tripoli on 26 August 2018, Human Rights Watch (HRW)has said. Full text...

  • Boko Haram overruns northeast Nigerian Army base, dozens killed
    02 september 2018 17:45:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – At least, two officers and 46 Nigerian soldiers have now been confirmed killed while preventing Boko Haram terrorists from overrunning their base on Thursday evening in Zari Village in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN chief urges calm as violence erupts in Libyan capital
    02 september 2018 13:55:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Condemning the escalation of violence in and around the Libyan capital, Tripoli, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and grant humanitarian relief to those in need. Full text...

  • Civilians bear brunt of cluster munitions’ indiscriminate devastation, UN-backed report reveals
    02 september 2018 06:58:51
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Though 2017 saw a sharp decline in casualties as a result of the use of cluster munitions compared to the previous year, two conflicts – in Syria and Yemen – accounted for the vast majority of the victims, a new United Nations-backed civil society report has found. Full text...

  • UNHCR moves detained refugees out of harm's way in volatile Libyan capital
    02 september 2018 06:54:24
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in a joint effort with International Organisation for Migration (IOM), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the Libyan Department for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM), has organized an urgent evacuation of some 300 refugees and migrants held in Ain Zara detention centre in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Food, security and peace desperately needed in Mali – UN relief chief
    02 september 2018 06:49:45
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A senior United Nations relief official has called for greater international attention to the plight of millions in Mali, where worsening intercommunal violence and armed group attacks are complicating an already complex humanitarian emergency. Full text...

  • Development gains unsustainable without cyber-diplomacy, UN official says
    02 september 2018 06:44:50
    New York, US (PANA) - Hacking, child sexual exploitation and other cybercrimes could keep countries from reaching their development goals, warns a United Nations official who is urging Governments and private sectors to rethink how they work together. Full text...

  • Conflict in Tripoli puts lives in danger, says MSF
    02 september 2018 06:37:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - For one week now, following clashes in Tripoli, the lives of Libyans and an already vulnerable group of refugees and migrants have been put in grave danger, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Full text...

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