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South Sudan suffering on ‘almost unimaginable scale’, warns UN relief chief

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  • South Sudan suffering on ‘almost unimaginable scale’, warns UN relief chief
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - People are suffering “on an almost unimaginable scale” in South Sudan, the United Nations emergency relief chief said on Monday, adding that he welcomed the announcement by the United States that it is to review the amount of assistance it provides to the war-torn country. Full text...

  • UN tourism organisation meets in Abuja
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The 61st Meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organization Commission for Africa (UNWTO-CAF) on Monday opened in Abuja with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari inviting tourists and investors to consider his country as their second home. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for calm in Mali following violent clashes in capital
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for “calm and restraint” on Saturday, following violent clashes between demonstrators and riot police in Mali’s capital Bamako. Full text...

  • Amnesty International lauds abolition of death penalty in Burkina Faso
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has lauded Burkina Faso Parliament for abolishing the death penalty and called on other countries which have yet to do that to follow the West African country's example. Full text...

  • UN chief pays tribute to fallen 'blue helmets'
    New York, US (PANA) - Commemorating the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers at the Organization’s headquarters, in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday paid tribute to the service and sacrifice made by UN “blue helmets” for the cause of peace around the world. Full text...

  • Five Nigerian soldiers killed in northeast
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says five soldiers have died after their vehicle ran over Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by Boko Haram terrorists along the Pridang-Bita road in Borno State in the northeast. Full text...

  • UNHCR helps survivors after traffickers kill 12 in Libya
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Human traffickers in Libya reportedly killed more than a dozen people and wounded many others after a group of some 200 Eritreans, Ethiopians and Somalis, being held captive, attempted to escape, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson William Spindler, said on Friday. Full text...

  • Renowned Ghanaian Sculptor, El Anatsui, inducted into 250-member American Academy of Arts and Letters
    New York, US (PANA) - The last is yet to be heard of the avalanche of accolades coming to renowned Ghanaian Artist/Sculptor, Professor El Anatsui. Full text...

  • MSF says thousands of people caught in intense fighting in northern S. Sudan
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says since the end of April, the conflict-ravaged counties of Leer and Mayendit, in South Sudan’s north, have once again been wracked by violence. Full text...

  • NGO says most children threatened by conflict, poverty, discrimination against girls
    London, UK (PANA) - More than half of all children globally – over 1.2 billion – are threatened by conflict, widespread poverty or discrimination against girls, a new report by Save the Children, a UK-based non-governmental organisation that promotes children's rights, has found. Full text...

  • 5,000 expected at Plascon Kenya Colour Run
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Some 5,000 runners are expected to participate in the 2018 Plascon 5km Colour Run on August 11 in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Rights watchdog deplores fresh crackdown on dissent in Angola
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A protester is in critical condition in hospital after being attacked by police dogs on 27 May, as part of a crackdown on freedom of association, assembly and expression that stifles dissenting views, Amnesty International has said Full text...

  • Rights group demands release of Cameroonian school principal
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Human Rights Watch on Wednesday asked kidnappers of a school principal in Cameroon’s Southwest province to immediately release her unharmed. Full text...

  • Children in Mali bear heaviest brunt of conflict - UNICEF chief says
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - As the security situation in Mali continues to worsen, children are being denied the opportunity to survive, learn and thrive, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 'Positive’ community building helps combat hate online, says UN official
    New York, US (PANA) - In an increasingly interconnected world, the glorification of terrorism online impacts everyone, the chairman of a United Nations counter-terrorism body said on Tuesday, calling for a renewed effort to combat hateful propaganda and promote community solidarity. Full text...

  • UN releases $2.7 million to help cyclone-hit 'Somaliland'
    Hargeisa, Somaliland (PANA) - Following a visit to a cyclone-hit community in ‘Somaliland’, the United Nations has released close to $3 million to help people affected by an unprecedented storm which delivered a full year's worth of rain in just a few days, compounding damage caused by recent severe flooding. Full text...

  • Suspected Islamists in Mozambique attack villages
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - A suspected Islamist armed group attacked two rural village in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado over the weekend, killing at least 10 people, including children. Full text...

  • Sudan poised to sign three international agreements
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan is finally heading to sign three international agreements which it has for a long time brushed aside on the ground that some of their articles are against Islamic sharia jurisdictions. Full text...

  • Band to celebrate Mandela's centenary
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Five-time Grammy-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo will honour former world statesman Nelson Mandela with three concerts at the State Theatre in Pretoria this weekend. Full text...

  • 'We secured release of 106 Chibok, 104 Dapchi girls, 16,000 others from captivity' – Buhari
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Beating his chest for a job well done, President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration degraded the capacity of the Boko Haram insurgency, leading to the release of 106 Chibok and 104 Dapchi girls, as well as over 16,000 other persons held by the insurgents. Full text...

  • President Buhari vows to win war against corruption
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Appealing for support from all Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday reiterated the determination of his administration to win the war against corruption, no matter how difficult the project will be. Full text...

  • UN chief in Mali to mark International Day of UN Peacekeepers (A UN feature)
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - On the eve of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Tuesday, in the dimly lit streets of Bamako, the Malian police set out to conduct a night patrol with the support of UN police officers. Full text...

  • CAR crisis ‘breaks my heart’, says senior UN aid official
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The already serious humanitarian situation in Central African Republic (CAR) has worsened amid a spike in violence which threatens to overtake almost every area of the country, a top UN aid official said on Monday. Full text...

  • ILO head urges renewed spirit of tripartism to tackle world of work challenges
    Geneva (PANA) – Governments, employers, and workers from around the world are meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss a proposed international treaty on violence and harassment in the workplace. Full text...

  • Nigerian civil society organisations mourn victims of violence
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian civil society groups have declared Monday "a national day of mourning and remembrance to honor the victims of violence" across the country. Full text...

  • Amnesty International's West Africa Researcher Gaëtan Mootoo passes on
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Amnesty International on Sunday announced the death of Gaëtan Mootoo, Researcher for West Africa, who had been with the organisation for over 30 years. Full text...

  • ‘What is good for Africa is good for the world’, says UN chief on Africa Day
    New York, US (PANA) - Praising efforts by African countries to alleviate poverty and build more stable societies, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, pledged his on-going support for ending conflict and building peace across the continent. Full text...

  • ICC calls on Sudan to submit observations over legal questions raised by Jordan
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) – The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday invited submissions from the competent authorities of Sudan and President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir on the legal questions raised by Jordan in its appeal pending before the Appeals Chamber. Full text...

  • Graca Machel urges South Africans to live the ‘Madiba way’
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Graca Machel, widow of both South African president Nelson Mandela and Mozambican president Samora Machel, has called on all South Africans to “live the Madiba way” and thanked all those who served Mandela. Full text...

  • Mauritius Cabinet approves 15 public holidays for 2019
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Cabinet of Ministers has approved a list of 15 public holidays for year 2019 at its weekly sitting on Friday, PANA learnt from official sources in Port Louis. Full text...

  • South African celebrities raise funds to support cancer victims
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s golf champion Gary Player and Irish pop star Ronan Keating have teamed up in Cape Town this weekend to raise funds for children fighting cancer. Both celebrities lost their mothers to cancer. Full text...

  • AU-UN mission in Darfur boosts vigilance in wake of attacks on camps for displaced
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Following a series of armed attacks on camps hosting displaced Sudanese in central Darfur, the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission there has urged all parties to respect humanitarian space which it says should be free of weapons, threats, and violence. Full text...

  • UN and partners call for ceasefire in northern Somalia
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations and its partners on Thursday expressed grave concern over armed clashes which have broken out in northern Somalia, urging all parties to immediately halt the violence. Full text...

  • Ghana football association chief granted bail
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service on Wednesday evening granted bail to the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, after he was interrogated over allegations that he had used the names of the President, Vice-President and senior government officials tin an alleged crime, the state-owned Graphic newspaper reported. Full text...

  • Rights group says security forces in northeast Nigeria abuse starving women
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Thousands of women and girls who survived the brutal rule of the Boko Haram armed group have since been further abused by the Nigerian security forces who claim to be rescuing them, human rights group Amnesty International has said in a new report released on Thursday. Full text...

  • Peace, security challenges in Sahel region require ‘holistic approach’, says UN official
    New York, US (PANA) - A “holistic approach” is needed to the address peace and security challenges in Africa’s vast Sahel region, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the UN Security Council on Wednesday, calling for more investment in better government, social services and youth opportunities. Full text...

  • Transforming the world requires input from all society: UN deputy chief
    New York, US (PANA) - International efforts to create a world where no one is left behind will only become a reality if all sectors in society participate, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General told ambassadors in New York on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Korea, WB join forces to build world-class scientific capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) – The World Bank and the Government of Korea on Wednesday reinforced their ongoing partnership to support Sub-Saharan Africa’s universities and research institutions in growing highly qualified local talent in areas important for Africa’s transformation, such as renewable energy, big data, artificial intelligence, and engineering. Full text...

  • Sahel, Horn of Africa attend workshop on peace-building
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) - The Consultation and Experience Sharing Workshop between the Sahel and the Horn of Africa on Peace-building and the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education kicked off on Tuesday at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Former South African president Zuma's son agrees to apologise for racial slurs
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward, has agreed to apologise to the nation for his hate speech remarks which were directed at Cabinet Ministers Pravin Gordhan and Derek Hanekom last year. Full text...

  • AfDB launches new civil society committee
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Focusing on "Engaging Civil Society to Accelerate Africa's Industrialization", the 2018 Civil Society Forum organised by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan explored how to associate civil society in the Bank’s High 5 priorities with special emphasis to industrialise Africa. Full text...

  • UN chief urges gov'ts to shield more civilians from violence in conflict
    New York, US (PANA) - With more than 128 million people worldwide requiring immediate humanitarian aid, mostly due to war and violence, the United Nations Secretary-General has urged the international community to do more to protect civilians caught in conflict. Full text...

  • Algeria must stop collective expulsions of sub-Saharan Africans – UN rights experts
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – A UN human rights team on Tuesday called on the Government of Algeria to cease the collective expulsions of migrants, particularly from sub-Saharan African countries. Full text...

  • ‘Healthcare under attack in Libya’, says UN human rights office
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Violence in Libya continues to have a devastating impact on health care in the country, with hospitals and other medical facilities bombed, shelled and looted; medical personnel targeted, attacked and even taken hostage or arbitrarily detained; and patients at times denied prompt life-saving care or attacked while getting treatment, according to a paper published Tuesday by the UN Human Rights Office and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Full text...

  • Why Africa must trust, support its youth to creatively drive industrialization
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - Many young Africans are coming up with innovative solutions to the continent’s problems and should be trusted and supported to drive the continent’s industrialization, participants in the 2018 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) heard in Busan, South Korea. Full text...

  • Potential unprecedented levels of heroin as opium production hits record high
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record-high last year, leading to unprecedented levels of potential heroin on the world market, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a new report released on Monday. Full text...

  • Realistic solutions must form basis of Global Compact for migration – UN conference
    New York, US (PANA) - Reflecting the reality of life on the ground for millions of migrants fleeing their homes must form the basis of the upcoming United Nations-backed Global Compact for migration, a hearing on the key issue was told on Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa sets up special anti-corruption unit
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has established a special anti-corruption unit which shall operate under the Office of the President and Cabinet. Full text...

  • Rights group raises alarm at killings, abuse in Sahel conflict
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Armed Islamist groups in Burkina Faso have executed suspected government collaborators, intimidated teachers and spread fear among civilians throughout the country, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday. Full text...

  • UN, Somali Gov't seek $80 million in immediate relief for flood-affected populations
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations and the Somali Government on Sunday launched a joint appeal for $80 million to provide immediate help for the people affected by recent flooding in the country’s centre and south. Full text...


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