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  • Rwanda deports Burundian policeman who illegally entered Rwanda
    16 april 2018 12:32:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan security agents on Monday deported Burundian police officer, APC Theogene Irakoze, three days after he illegally crossed into Rwanda, a senior administrative official in the region confirmed to PANA in Kigali.Full text...

  • AU chief urges UN Security Council to find political solution to Syrian conflict
    15 april 2018 13:39:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Underlining its concern about the ongoing developments regarding Syria, the African Union on Sunday strongly condemned any use of chemical and other weapons prohibited under international law. Full text...

  • ‘Time to move from promises to action;’ UN envoy urges Malian parties to peace accord
    11 april 2018 22:38:53
    New York, US (PANA) - While Malians must ensure the successful holding of elections this year, their priority should be the implementation of the 2015 peace agreement, a senior United Nations official said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritania, IFAD co-host regional forum on food security, poverty reduction in West Africa
    05 april 2018 18:51:54
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritania and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will co-host a four-day forum for policymakers, development practitioners, rural producers and farmers organizations to find ways to strengthen food security and poverty reduction at country and regional levels in West and Central Africa. Full text...

  • UN demining agency promotes public awareness about explosive hazards in Somalia
    04 april 2018 16:21:10
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) - Many years of armed conflicts in Somalia have bequeathed a lethal legacy of explosive devices, including landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) which, according to the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), affect marginalized communities in conflict-affected areas and along border regions. Full text...

  • Intl Mine Awareness Day: UN chief says mine action is ‘concrete step towards peace’
    04 april 2018 16:13:02
    New York, US (PANA) - On the day set aside to raise awareness about the threat of landmines, unexploded grenades and other munitions that impede the return to normal life after conflict, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged Governments to provide political and financial support to keep up the vital work of mine action wherever it is needed.Full text...

  • ‘Blue helmet’ killed in CAR; UN mission condemns attack
    04 april 2018 05:29:15
    New York, US (PANA) - One United Nations peacekeeper was killed and 11 others were wounded early on Tuesday morning when the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) was attacked by rebel fighters. Full text...

  • Bashir says peace achieved in Darfur
    31 march 2018 10:40:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) — President Omar Bashir of Sudan has declared that peace and stability have been achieved in Darfur region and will be reached in the "Two Areas" of South Kordofan and Blue Nile shortly. Full text...

  • Guterres welcomes successful wrap up of long-running UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia
    30 march 2018 19:59:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the successful conclusion of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), which officially closed its doors on Friday, and congratulated the West African country’s people and Government for turning the page on crisis and conflict. Full text...

  • Their 15-year mission a success, UN peacekeepers depart a stable and grateful Liberia (A UN Feature)
    30 march 2018 05:04:54
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia formally ceases operations on Friday after aiding the West African nation’s transition from ravaging civil war to a hopeful era of peace. Full text...

  • Two Gambian army generals face charges of desertion
    29 march 2018 19:24:37
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Two Gambian army generals with strong ties to former ruler Yahya Jammeh are to be court-martialled for desertion following their return from Equatorial Guinea where the ex-president lives in exile, an army spokesperson confirmed to PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambian President begins briefing on development blueprint
    29 march 2018 11:16:56
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Adama Barrow of the Gambia will start the first quarterly briefing session with sectors on the state of implementation of the country’s development blueprint, his office said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UNESCO rewards 3 for outstanding research in Life Sciences
    29 march 2018 07:41:22
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - UNESCO has named three laureates who will receive the UNESCO–Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences, at its fourth edition of the ceremony in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on Friday, 30 March, 2018. Full text...

  • Unrealistic demands on UN peacekeeping costing lives, credibility – Guterres
    28 march 2018 22:12:31
    New York, US (PANA) - As the United Nations continues to send peacekeepers to difficult or war-torn environments like Mali and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, those ‘blue helmets’ will need more and better coordinated support among the actors who authorise and deploy them, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Security Council renews UN mission in DR Congo
    27 march 2018 22:45:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday extended for one year the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), making it a priority for the operation to protect civilians and provide support for implementation of a 31 December 2016 agreement on holding elections. Full text...

  • Governance key to boosting intra-Africa trade of timber products, says AfDB report
    21 march 2018 19:14:10
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - Though Africa hosts a considerable number of timber-exporting countries, most of these exports are primary products, with little value addition, according to a new report by the African Natural Resources Centre of the African Development Bank.Full text...

  • Gambian President leaves for Rwanda
    20 march 2018 10:20:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow on Tuesday left Banjul for Kigali, Rwanda, to attend the extraordinary session of the African Union. Full text...

  • MFWA implements project on African governance
    16 march 2018 16:21:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and its partners are implementing a new project on governance in Africa, the sub-regional rights body revealed Friday. Full text...

  • Security Council renews UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan
    15 march 2018 19:00:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday renewed the mandate of UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan for another year and demanded that all parties immediately end the fighting countrywide. Full text...

  • UNMISS deputy head praises women’s participation in South Sudanese peace process
    13 march 2018 20:06:44
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – South Sudanese women have been praised for their resilience, determination and progress in making their concerns count in the ongoing peace process. Full text...

  • Egyptian security chief meets Sudanese President Bashir
    11 march 2018 07:41:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A senior Egyptian security official is in Khartoum for meetings with government officials, including President Omar Bashir, to discuss what he describes as the “tremendous” challenges the two nations face. Full text...

  • Senegalese President to start three-day Gambian visit
    10 march 2018 10:10:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Macky Sall of Senegal will embark on a three-day working visit to the Gambia, starting from March 11-13, during which he will have high-level meetings with his host, President Adama Barrow, official sources confirmed Saturday. Full text...

  • AUC, Russia to pursue global peace, security, stability and development
    10 march 2018 04:35:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Russian Federation have pledged to pursue their shared goals of global peace, security, stability and development, agreeing to convene an annual high-level dialogue to be held alternately in Addis Ababa and Moscow, as well as to review and expand the scope of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the AUC on the mechanism of political consultations, signed in Addis Ababa on 17 September, 2014. Full text...

  • Tillerson says US to bolster trade, security ties with Kenya
    09 march 2018 19:19:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Nairobi on Friday for a three-day visit, with his focus on growing trade and security ties with Kenya, where the US plans to expand its investment foot-print. Full text...

  • 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...

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