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  • Niger extends state of emergency in Diffa, other conflict zones by 3 months
    09 march 2018 15:45:38
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Nigerien authorities have extended, by three months, the state of emergency clamped on the far eastern region of Diffa and in several departments of the regions of Tahoua and Tllabery (west), according to decisions reached at the weekly council of ministers meeting on Thursday. Full text...

  • New ECOMIG force commander takes office
    08 march 2018 19:55:07
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The new commander of the ECOWAS Mission in Gambia (ECOMIG), Colonel Fulgence Ndour, from Senegal, has assumed office, according to a press release made available to PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Insecurity forces thousands of Burundian refugees in Eastern DRC to flee to Rwanda
    08 march 2018 15:19:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - About 2,500 Burundians living in different camps in South Kivu in Eastern Democratic Républic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday crossed the border into Rwanda, citing lack of food and security in their different locations, a senior local administrative official in the region confirmed Thursday to PANA in Kigali Full text...

  • Gambian Bishop Vows to work with all religious leaders
    06 march 2018 15:47:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Newly-appointed Catholic Bishop of Banjul, Gabriel Mendy, onTuesday called on President Adama Barrow at State House, Banjul, assuring of his support and willingness to work with all religious leaders to promote peace and human dignity. Full text...

  • Guterres calls for more investment in conflict prevention
    06 march 2018 06:45:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The imbalance between spending on conflict, and spending on peace, must be tackled head-on, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday. Full text...

  • Three injured peacekeepers recovering at AMISOM hospital in Somalia
    04 march 2018 10:37:18
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Three soldiers of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) who were injured in a terrorist attack on Friday in Middle Shabelle region are reportedly recuperating, the AU peacekeeping force said in a statement on Sunday. Full text...

  • New approaches to conflict prevention can save lives and money – up to US$70bn yearly
    01 march 2018 15:58:47
    Washington, US (PANA) - Preventing violent conflict saves lives and money - up to US$70 billion per year on average, according to a study published Thursday by the World Bank and the United Nations. Full text...

  • ECOMIG Commander, Colonel Ndiaye end tour of duty in Gambia
    01 march 2018 10:02:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - ECOWAS military intervention in the Gambia ECOMIG Commander, Colonel Magette Ndiaye took leave of President Adama Barrow at the end of his tour of duty in the Gambia on Thursday.Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping review urges emphasis on supporting South Sudan's political process
    28 february 2018 06:13:38
    New York, US (PANA) - A latest review of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan has found that reaching a political solution to the ongoing conflict is the most effective way to protect civilians, a senior UN official said on Tuesday, urging a renewed focus on supporting the political process. Full text...

  • Gambian Army to crack down on indiscriminate use of military accoutrement
    27 february 2018 09:47:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Armed Forces has said it will soon commence a crackdown on individuals and business people who import and sell military accoutrement. Full text...

  • ECOMIG gets new press officer in The Gambia
    23 february 2018 13:56:57
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The ECOWAS mission in The Gambia, EMOMIG, has appointed Commander Michael A. Larbi as the mission’s new public information officer.Full text...

  • Road to peace in CAR remains ‘long and difficult,’ - UN envoy
    23 february 2018 06:15:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The violence plaguing communities across the Central African Republic (CAR) is a reminder that despite the efforts of all stakeholders, the path to peace, stability and reconciliation in the country remains long and difficult, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council in New York on Thursday. 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...

  • 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...

  • Gambia marks 53 years of independence
    18 february 2018 08:43:50
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Gambia on Sunday celebrated 53 years of its independence from British rule. 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...

  • G5 Sahel countries, AU, EU hold summit in Brussels on 23 February
    12 february 2018 19:38:28
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - An international fund-raising conference on Sahel, jointly organised by the United Nations, the European Union and the African Union, will be held on 23 February in Brussels, according to an official press statement released here on Monday. 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...

  • Gambian President visits Turkey
    12 february 2018 13:25:09
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Adama Barrow of the Gambia has left for Turkey on a working visit, his office announced on Monday.Full text...

  • 'Remain loyal to Gambia' – Barrow tells soldiers
    11 february 2018 14:41:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow has urged the country’s army to remain loyal to Gambians and “the government of the day to ensure stability,” his office disclosed on Sunday. 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...

  • Gambia's presidential guard personnel leave for training in Mauritania
    07 february 2018 15:08:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The first batch of personnel of Gambia's new military group - the presidential guard - leaves the country to begin training in Mauritania, PANA learnt from the presidency in Banjul on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNMIL farewell ceremony honours last departing police, military personnel in Liberia
    07 february 2018 05:36:25
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – After 14 years of serving in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), an official farewell ceremony was held on Tuesday in the capital, Monrovia, to honour the last departing Police and Military personnel serving there. Full text...

  • Barrow launches Gambia’s development blueprint
    06 february 2018 17:47:42
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow on Tuesday launched his government’s development blueprint at a ceremony held in the State House in Banjul. Full text...

  • Gambia’s army chief says 2 pro-Jammeh generals have abandoned him
    05 february 2018 15:20:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Two former army generals who fled with former dictator Yahya Jammeh, returned to the country from exile after they had strained relations with him in Equatorial Guinea, PANA reported on Monday, quoting Masanneh Kinteh, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).Full text...

  • Gambia’s new SG stresses need for professionalism in civil service
    03 february 2018 12:28:51
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambia’s new Secretary General (SG), Mr Habib Drammeh, has stressed the need for professionalism and observance of work ethics within the country’s civil service. Full text...

  • 'Regional forces won’t prevent long-term security risks in Gambia' - Political scientist
    31 january 2018 17:43:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian political scientist, Ismaila Ceesay, has said that the presence of the regional ECOWAS military intervention in the country (ECOMIG) will not prevent long-term security risks “if the president does not win the trust of the army.”Full text...

  • Human Rights lawyer slams Gambia's president for being "sluggish"
    30 january 2018 14:43:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian human right lawyer, Assan Martin, has said the coalition government of President Adama Barrow has been sluggish in delivering democratic dividends to Gambians, one year after assuming power. Full text...

  • EU says committed to peace in Congo's Pool region
    30 january 2018 11:34:01
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The representative of the European Union (EU) in Congo, Saskia de Lang, has expressed the commitment of the EU to provide financial and technical assistance to residents of the Pool region of Congo who have been victims of armed clashes between police and the Ninjas nsiloulou militia of Pastor Ntumi. Full text...

  • South African athlete Semenya nominated for top sports award
    29 january 2018 10:20:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Olympic and world 800-metre champion Caster Semenya has been confirmed as South Africa's only nominee for the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards. Full text...

  • Bashir forms “High Peace Council” in Sudan
    26 january 2018 13:56:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan has formed a robust presidential body, called the High Council for Peace (HCP), with the mandate to achieve and consolidate peace in the country. Full text...

  • Spike in attacks on ‘blue helmets’ means UN peace operations must adapt - Lacroix
    25 january 2018 06:17:21
    New York, US (PANA) – With United Nations ‘blue helmets’ facing increasingly grave threats, including armed groups with no interest in peace, the UN peacekeeping chief called on Wednesday for greater political engagement and leadership from the Security Council and the world body’s Member countries to ensure UN troops – and the populations they serve – are better protected. Full text...

  • 'Ceasefire violations, hostile propaganda undercut regional peace push in South Sudan'
    25 january 2018 06:02:31
    New York, US (PANA) – While the signing last month of a ceasefire accord among South Sudan’s warring parties is a great stride forward, it is just a first step toward peace and stability, the United Nations peacekeeping chief said on Wednesday, warning that the 21 December deal has already been violated numerous times. Full text...

  • Senior UN Official says it's time to reassess UN peacekeeping presence in Mali
    24 january 2018 07:01:06
    New York, US (PANA) - Against the backdrop of worsening security in Mali’s central regions and with presidential elections just six months away, a senior United Nations official on Tuesday said it is time to re-examine the configuration of the UN peacekeeping presence in the West African country to reflect the changing circumstances on the ground.Full text...

  • UN flag no longer offers ‘natural’ protection to peacekeepers, says UN report
    23 january 2018 05:52:08
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations should change the way it does business in high-security risk peacekeeping operations, as the UN flag no longer offers ‘natural’ protection to mission personnel, according to a new report, which calls for better training for ‘blue helmets,’ more technology and greater freedom to respond to the threat posed by armed groups. Full text...

  • UNESCO to award 2018 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance, Non-Violence
    20 january 2018 15:01:28
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO has invited governmental and non-governmental entities, civil society actors and individuals active in strengthening foundations for peace and tolerance to propose candidates for the 2018 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence. Full text...

  • IGAD Special Envoy in South Sudan refutes partisan claims by Machar group
    19 january 2018 19:02:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ismail Wais, has refuted claims by SPLM-IO deputy military spokesman that IGAD and TROIKA were responsible for the ceasefire violations in Bieh State. Full text...

  • Millions of children's lives hang in the balance as South Sudan conflict grinds on – UNICEF chief
    19 january 2018 17:14:05
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Following a two-day visit to conflict-ravaged South Sudan, where a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished and at imminent risk of death, the head of the United Nations children's agency has said only an end to hostilities can bring back hope and safety to the children and young people there. Full text...

  • AfDB Chief receives Liberia's highest honour
    17 january 2018 06:49:24
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), has been honoured with the "Order of the Star of Africa with the Grade of Grand Band of the Republic of Liberia", during an investiture ceremony hosted by the outgoing Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in Monrovia, the Liberian capital. Full text...

  • Barrow launches Strategy, Directorate for Gambia’s Diaspora
    14 january 2018 12:12:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Adama Barrow of the Gambia on Saturday launched The Gambia Diaspora Strategy and Diaspora Directorate at a ceremony held in Kairaba Beach Hotel in SereKunda. Full text...

  • Gambian president Barrow calls for nationalism, institutional reforms
    12 january 2018 20:01:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President, Adama Barrow on Friday called for nationalism and institutional reforms in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Kenyan President in South Africa to enhance security cooperation
    11 january 2018 18:08:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has started a three-day official visit to South Africa to discuss security, trade cooperation and infrastructure development, the President's office said Thursday.Full text...

  • Gambian President Barrow to meet top gov’t officials over reforms
    10 january 2018 13:43:42
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow of Gambia is scheduled to meet over 144 civil servants on January 28 in his drive to reform the civil service sector, a statement from the presidency said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • President Barrow redeploys Gambia’s Civil Service Chief, Interior Minister
    08 january 2018 15:10:38
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President, Adama Barrow, on Monday redeployed Mr Dawda D. Fadera, the Secretary General and Head of Civil Service, to the country’s diplomatic mission in Washington, the United State of America. Full text...

  • Gambian minister calls on Barrow to quit after 3 years
    04 january 2018 13:41:18
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian Minister of Agriculture, Omar Jallow, has asked President Adama Barrow to leave office after three years, saying that the president was selected by the opposition coalition to preside over a transitional government for three years. Full text...

  • Nominees, legends storm Accra for Aiteo CAF Awards 2017
    03 january 2018 15:32:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The capital of Ghana, Accra, is abuzz and bracing up for unarguably the biggest football gathering of the new year, the Aiteo CAF Awards 2017. Full text...

  • Joint force to maintain security in two Sudanese states
    01 january 2018 14:59:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Following the 6-month state of emergency imposed by President Omar al-Bashir in the states of Kassala and North Kurdufan, the Sudanese Presidency has formed a joint force of the army and other security organs with wide powers of pursuit, inspection and apprehension in the troubled states. Full text...

  • CAF Award Gala in Accra is CAF's 26th edition
    01 january 2018 14:45:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The annual CAF Awards enter their 26th edition this year and the Awards Gala will take place in the Ghanaian capital, Accra on Thursday, 4 January, 2018. Full text...

  • President Barrow delivers first New Year speech
    31 december 2017 15:55:22
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow of the Gambia on Sunday delivered his first New Year statement, outlining his policies and plans to move his country forward. Full text...

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