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  • Germany grants 29 million Euros to Rwanda for TVET
    18 may 2018 13:49:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Germany has granted 29 million Euros to Rwanda for the African country's Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as well as for Private Sector development, an official source confirmed Friday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Judges urge Security Council to serve interests of all UN Member States
    18 may 2018 04:46:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The Security Council should act on behalf of the entire United Nations membership rather than prioritizing their own national interests, or those of close allies, international court judges said on Thursday, as the 15-member body debated how to effectively counter numerous threats to world peace. Full text...

  • Hundreds of children released by armed groups in South Sudan - UNICEF
    18 may 2018 04:30:42
    Pibor, South Sudan (PANA) – More than 200 children were released by armed groups in South Sudan on Thursday, the UN children's fund (UNICEF) reported. Full text...

  • UNHCR suspends resettlement programme from Sudan as fraud probe gathers steam
    17 may 2018 20:32:14
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is temporarily suspending its refugee resettlement programme from Sudan in connection with two ongoing investigations launched in February and March by the organization’s independent Inspector General’s Office. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns attack against ‘blue helmets’ in CAR
    17 may 2018 20:25:33
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday condemned an attack against UN peacekeeping troops in southeastern Central African Republic (CAR) that claimed the life of one peacekeeper, and wounded eight others – all from Mauritania. Full text...

  • ICRC chief visits DR Congo
    17 may 2018 11:46:00
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, is in DR Congo where he has met President Joseph Kabila and the president of the DR Congo Red Cross Society. Full text...

  • Liberia needs support of African, international partners to build lasting peace
    17 may 2018 11:17:37
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The withdrawal of United Nations peacekeepers soon after a successful election signals that Liberia is well on the road to recovery, but the country’s transition from war to sustained peace is far from over, the Liberia Peacebuilding Office, the African Union and the Institute for Security Studies said on Thursday in a joint press release. Full text...

  • UNHCR chief calls for 'compassionate action' during Ramadan
    17 may 2018 07:38:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - At the start of the holy month, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, has shared his warmest wishes for all observing the holy month of Ramadan, urging action on behalf of millions of forcibly displaced people worldwide. Full text...

  • Rights group says CAR special court should offer justice to victims of brutal crimes
    17 may 2018 06:43:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights watchdog says recent violence in the Central African Republic makes the country’s new Special Criminal Court especially important as a means to offer justice to victims of brutal crimes committed during the country’s conflicts. Full text...

  • Rights body demands release of Zambian social activist
    16 may 2018 16:32:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The arrest of musician and activist Fumba Chama, also known as ‘Pilato’, is a shocking demonstration of how far the Zambian government is prepared to go to strangle all criticism and crack down on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya tightens noose on cyber criminals
    16 may 2018 16:18:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday signed into law the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Bill 2018 that criminalizes abuse of persons on social media. Full text...

  • EU underlines commitment to defend equality of LGBTI persons
    16 may 2018 14:11:26
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to combat all forms of discrimination and hate crime, on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics, and to continue to actively promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches 'Observatory for Parenthood'
    16 may 2018 09:36:35
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has launched an Observatory for Parenthood, which is a collaborative platform for the exchange of information among parenthood supporting stakeholders across the island, official sources said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • EU envoys raise concern over Sudanese teenager sentenced to death for killing rapist husband
    16 may 2018 08:48:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – European diplomats in Khartoum have expressed concern over the case of a Sudanese girl sentenced to death last week for killing her husband who raped her because she refused to be married to him. Full text...

  • UNICEF denounces attacks on children in Burundi
    16 may 2018 07:45:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN children's fund (UNICEF) has denounced an attack that killed more than 25 people including 11 children, on 11 May in northwest Burundi. Full text...

  • Rights groups say ex-Gambian president tied to 2005 murders of Ghanaian, Nigerian migrants
    16 may 2018 06:42:42
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A paramilitary unit controlled by then-Gambian president Yahya Jammeh summarily executed more than 50 Ghanaian, Nigerian, and other West African migrants in July 2005, Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rights group slams 'shameful EU policies' fuelling surge in detention of migrants, refugees in Libya
    16 may 2018 04:26:02
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International said on Wednesday that a surge in migrants and refugees intercepted at sea by the Libyan authorities has seen at least 2,600 people transferred, in the past two months alone, to squalid detention centres where they face torture and extortion. Full text...

  • Security Council extends support for African Union force in Somalia
    16 may 2018 03:57:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The Security Council on Tuesday gave its backing to the African Union force in Somalia, AMISOM, extending its deployment until at least the end of July. Full text...

  • Humanitarian NGOs say 30.6 million people displaced inside their country in 2017
    16 may 2018 03:50:06
    London, UK (PANA) - Conflict and disasters displaced 30.6 million people within their own countries last year, with 5.5 million being in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new report from two humanitarian NGOs, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). Full text...

  • 2 soldiers wounded, 6 Boko Haram terrorists killed in Northeast Nigeria
    15 may 2018 15:52:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said that two of its soldiers were wounded while its troops killed six Boko Haram terrorists during a “clearance operation” in Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Rwanda, Sri Lanka sign deal on defence cooperation
    15 may 2018 15:48:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda and Sri Lanka on Tuesday signed a Defence and Security cooperation treaty that includes a comprehensive framework for "exploring areas of cooperation between the two countries' Defence Forces", a military source confirmed to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • UNICEF chief calls for a halt to attacks on children
    15 may 2018 05:45:47
    New York, US (PANA) – The Executive Director of UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta H. Fore, has called for an end to attacks on children in conflict areas across the globe. Full text...

  • ‘Much work to do and no time to waste’ in cybercrime fight - Guterres
    15 may 2018 05:26:22
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - The UN body focusing on crime prevention and criminal justice, opened its annual session in Vienna on Monday, calling for a more integrated global response to continuing and emerging challenges, including cybercrime. Full text...

  • UN relief chief calls for increased humanitarian support to 7.1 million Sudanese
    15 may 2018 05:18:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations humanitarian chief on Monday urged the international community to step up life-saving humanitarian support to 7.1 million vulnerable Sudanese, and invest more in the country’s social-economic development. Full text...

  • Preventive action could save billions of dollars in food assistance costs – WFP
    14 may 2018 19:54:14
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - As chronic hunger increases and food crises intensify worldwide, preventative action and extra investment could result in billions of dollars of savings each year, a new United Nations report has found. Full text...

  • Amnesty International asks Sudanese President to save teenage girl from execution
    14 may 2018 17:57:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Amnesty International on Monday appealed to the President of Sudan and the country’s Minister of Justice to save the life of 19-year-old Noura Hussein who was sentenced to death on 10 May 2018 for killing her rapist husband. Full text...

  • EU extends military training mission in Mali for two years
    14 may 2018 17:25:34
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council on Monday extended the mandate of the EU training mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) for two years, until 18 May 2020. Full text...

  • Calls for fresh probes into apartheid-era atrocities
    14 may 2018 09:20:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former investigators from the International Criminal Court (ICC) are demanding the reopening of inquests into the killings of anti-apartheid activists. Full text...

  • UNICEF calls for urgent protection of children in CAR
    14 may 2018 08:04:57
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - A dramatic increase in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) in the first part of 2018 has forced at least 55,000 people, including 28,600 children to flee because of brutality and violence in their communities. Full text...

  • South Africa's famous Apartheid-era photographer dead at 83
    13 may 2018 08:20:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Acclaimed South African photographer Sam Nzima who took the iconic image of a dying Hector Pieterson during the 1976 Soweto uprising, died in Nelspruit on Saturday. He was 83. Full text...

  • Rwanda arrests former senior local admin leader over "genocide ideology"
    12 may 2018 13:56:28
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) on Saturday confirmed it has arrested the former Vice-Mayor of Nyabihu district (North West), Clarisse Mukansanga, over allegations of trivialising the 1994 genocide in which more than one million people were slaughtered. Full text...

  • New US$10 billion funding plan targets 260 million missing out on school
    12 may 2018 09:12:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Three youth activists from India, Kenya and Sierra Leone on Friday delivered a petition, signed by 1.5 million of their peers, to the United Nations Secretary-General that calls for more investment in education. Full text...

  • Rwanda’s commitment to UN peacekeeping is "service born from sacrifice" (A UN feature)
    12 may 2018 08:01:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Over the years, African governments have led the way in contributing troops and police to United Nations operations to help save lives and keep the peace around the world. Today, one of the continent’s smallest countries is also one of the largest contributors to UN peacekeeping. Full text...

  • Children ‘are dying’ now in DRC’s Kasai from malnutrition, warns UNICEF
    11 may 2018 16:05:56
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - About 400,000 children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) “are at risk of death” in the Kasais region from food shortages caused by conflict and displacement, according to a senior UN official who has just returned from the area, expressing shock at what he had witnessed. Full text...

  • Kenya police investigate tragic dam collapse
    11 may 2018 09:36:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan authorities have ordered "immediate and thorough investigations" into Wednesday night's dam collapse at Solai, some 190km northwest of Nairobi, that has claimed at least 48 lives and rendered thousands homeless. Full text...

  • Kenya dam tragedy death toll climbs to 48
    11 may 2018 08:41:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 48 people have been killed in Kenya's dam collapse at Solai as the death toll in Wednesday night's disaster continues to climb. Full text...

  • Rights group says Sudan court's death sentence for raped teenager 'intolerable cruelty'
    11 may 2018 07:04:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has slammed a Sudanese court’s sentencing on Thursday of a 19-year-old woman to death for killing her rapist husband in self-defence, saying it highlights the failure of the authorities to tackle child marriage, forced marriage and marital rape. Full text...

  • Attacks on education worsening globally, study shows
    11 may 2018 06:45:28
    New York, US (PANA) – An inter-agency coalition on education says deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on schools and universities, their students, and staff have become more widespread over the last five years. Full text...

  • UK apologises to Libyan torture victims
    10 may 2018 22:42:02
    London, UK (PANA) - The British government on Thursday apologised unreservedly to Abdul-Hakim Belhaj and Fatima Boudchar for the UK’s role in the “harrowing experiences” and “mistreatment” they suffered during their March 2004 rendition by the CIA to Libya. Full text...

  • 44 dead, 40 missing in Kenya dam collapse
    10 may 2018 22:31:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The death toll in Kenya's dam collapse has risen further to 44, statement by the National Disaster Management Unit said on Thursday. Full text...

  • ‘Durable solutions’ needed for durable peace in Darfur, UN envoy tells Security Council
    10 may 2018 22:09:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The overall security situation in Sudan’s Darfur region “remains calm”, despite continuing low-level skirmishes, a top United Nations envoy said on Thursday, updating the Security Council on the UN mission’s work on the ground. Full text...

  • Death toll in Kenya dam collapse rises to 41 - Police
    10 may 2018 16:31:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The death toll in Kenya's dam collapse has risen to 41, police said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritius PM calls for international cooperation to effectively address the drug scourge
    10 may 2018 16:27:20
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on Thursday said prevention of early use of drugs is not only one of the top national priorities of Mauritius but is also one of the world’s most pressing challenges. Full text...

  • Hunger looms for thousands of refugees in South Sudan - WFP
    10 may 2018 11:53:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - As South Sudan enters its fifth year of conflict, up to 7.1 million people in the country —  the highest number ever — will be severely food insecure at the height of the lean season from mid-May to July, the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) warned Thursday in a statement made available to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: At least 20 feared dead in Kenya dam collapse
    10 may 2018 07:06:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 20 people have been confirmed dead and hundreds of families displaced after the walls of Patel Dam in Solai, Nakuru County, broke down on Wednesday night, the Daily Nation newspaper reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambian gov't urged to release doctor jailed for 'insulting the president'
    10 may 2018 05:29:27
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Amnesty International has called for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr Kwalela Kafunya, a medical doctor who is entering his second year in prison in Zambia on charges of “insulting the president”. Full text...

  • Rights group tells Madagascar gov't mot to criminalise right to protest
    10 may 2018 05:19:59
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has told the Malagasy government that the right to protest should not be criminalised in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya gov't asked to provide alternative housing to forcibly evicted residents
    10 may 2018 05:06:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, has called on the Kenyan government to immediately provide all necessary support and assistance to victims of forced evictions in the capital, Nairobi. Full text...

  • Commanders of African peacekeeping missions identify complex, deadly new threats
    10 may 2018 04:50:14
    New York, US (PANA) - Evolving and increasingly deadly threats, together with deepening humanitarian crises mean that United Nations peacekeeping missions around the world need more support for ‘blue helmets’ on the ground, Force Commanders of African peacekeeping missions told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libyans deserve justice, as war crime suspects remain at large: Prosecutor
    09 may 2018 19:38:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant, a Libyan war crimes suspect remains at large and could have committed further murders, the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

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