Archives - 05 october 2017
  • Switzerland: Asylum, refugee protection represent ‘humanity at its best’ - senior UN official
    05 october 2017 22:36:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Warning of threats to the global asylum environment, the United Nations refugee agency’s protection chief on Thursday stressed the importance of sustained engagement by the international community to keep refugees high on the political agenda. Full text...
  • US: UN Security Council re-authorises operations to disrupt migrant smuggling off Libya coast
    05 october 2017 22:28:16
    New York, US (PANA) – The Security Council on Thursday extended by one year the authorization for Member States to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya that they have reasonable grounds to suspect are being used for migrant smuggling or human trafficking. Full text...
  • Liberia: Political stakeholders charged on peaceful vote in Liberia
    05 october 2017 19:59:22
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) has appealed to all political stakeholders, especially political parties, candidates and the media to act within the law to ensure peaceful presidential and legislative elections in the country on October 10. Full text...
  • Zambia: COMESA to abolish mobile telephone roaming charges
    05 october 2017 19:46:12
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Roaming mobile telephone charges around the 19-member Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) are set to be abolished following a landmark decision by ministers in charge of infrastructure, the Lusaka-based organisation said on Thursday. Full text...
  • São Tomé and Príncipe: High cost of local goods fuel inflation in São Tomé and Príncipe
    05 october 2017 19:38:56
    São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe (PANA) - Inflation in São Tomé and Príncipe reached 6.5 percent year-on-year at end-August 2017, driven mainly by increased prices of locally-produced goods that resulted from higher than usual rainfall, but the island nation’s economic growth remains stable, a staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Thursday. Full text...
  • France: Paris urges Cameroonians to resolve internal crisis through dialogue
    05 october 2017 19:12:08
    Paris, France (PANA) – Cameroonian political stakeholders should give priority to dialogue in finding a way out of the crisis prevailing between the government and the English-speaking secessionists, a spokesperson of the French foreign ministry, Agnès Romantet, said on Thursday. Full text...
  • Liberia: Liberian papers harp on need for peaceful polls
    05 october 2017 18:50:46
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Editorials in many Liberian dailies Thursday up played the need for Liberians to ensure that the country’s presidential and legislative elections are peaceful and transparent. Full text...
  • Togo: West African ministers support proposed education fund
    05 october 2017 18:33:17
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – West African ministers of education have agreed to support the proposed African Education Fund and an enhanced quality assurance system, a regional education organisation said. Full text...
  • Botswana: Botswana brushes aside Mugabe’s comments
    05 october 2017 18:23:49
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s foreign affairs office has dismissed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s comments on the country’s loss of the African Union (AU) top post. Full text...
  • Gambia: Minister urges entrepreneurship, industrialization for Africa's growth
    05 october 2017 17:41:28
    Banjul, Gambia(PANA) - The promotion of entrepreneurship and industrialization in Africa and Gambia in particular will significantly enhance economic growth, Gambia's Minister of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment, Dr. Isatou Touray, said Thursday. Full text...
  • South Africa: South African court allows extradition of suspected Australian paedophile
    05 october 2017 17:23:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Cape Town court has cleared the extradition of an alleged Australian paedophile who has been on the run for six years. Full text...
  • France: Empower educators with freedom and support to teach - UN
    05 october 2017 17:01:11
    Paris, France (PANA) – Underscoring the critical important role teachers play in ensuring the future for every society, the United Nations on Thursday called for empowering educators with the freedom and support they need to undertake their vital mission. Full text...
  • Liberia: Liberia shuts int’l airport on eve of elections
    05 october 2017 16:40:00
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Travellers to Liberia for the presidential and legislative elections and business transactions planning to arrive by air will have to do so by 8 October. Full text...
  • 2019 FIFA WWC: Equatorial Guinea expelled from 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup
    05 october 2017 16:33:57
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The FIFA Disciplinary Committee (FDC) has expelled Equatorial Guinea from the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 in the event of their qualification and fined of 100,000 Swiss francs for fielding ineligible players during the preliminary competition of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 and for the use of forged and falsified documents by two of its players. Full text...
  • Sierra Leone: French Navy trains Sierra Leone Navy personnel
    05 october 2017 16:32:02
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - French Naval vessel, Avison Commandant Bouan, on Thursday started a three-day training for the Sierra Leone Navy aimed at combating terrorism and participation in joint military operations with other countries. Full text...
  • Botswana: Police in Botswana intercept smuggling of stolen goods
    05 october 2017 16:22:02
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana police have intercepted suspected stolen laptops in a Zimbabwe bound bus. Full text...
  • Liberia: Ex-Ghanaian leader heads ECOWAS election Observer Mission to Liberia
    05 october 2017 15:58:11
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Former Ghanaian President John Mahama, at the head of a 71-member Election Observer Mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), arrived in Liberia Thursday to observe the presidential and legislative polls, set for 10 October. Full text...
  • Liberia: 34 NDI Observers arrive for Liberia's presidential poll
    05 october 2017 15:52:25
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – A 34-member observer delegation from the US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) will Thursday join international and local observers for the Liberian presidential and legislative elections, slated for 10 October. Full text...
  • Senegal: Senegal's new international airport opens in December
    05 october 2017 15:47:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal's Presiden Macky Sall has directed the government to take "all the necessary steps" for the inauguration and effective operation of the Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD) on 7 December 2017.Full text...
  • Sierra Leone: Second round of Cholera vaccination starts for mudslide victims
    05 october 2017 15:07:59
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leonean Ministry of Health and Sanitation has started the second round of the Oral Cholera Vaccination for 25 communities that were affected by the 14 August mudslide. Full text...
  • Ethiopia: AU, Germany cooperate on skills development, Peace, Security and infrastructure
    05 october 2017 14:37:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The annual bilateral consultations on the development Cooperation between the African Union (AU) and Germany have been successfully concluded, with the focus, this year, on further cooperation in job creation through the enhancement of technical and vocational skills and entrepreneurship. Full text...
  • Congo: WFP to feed 4,000 students in Congo
    05 october 2017 13:33:29
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The World Food Programme (WFP) will feed 4,000 students in schools across the country for the academic year 2017-2018, the representative of the UN organisation in Congo, Jean-Martin Bauer, announced on Thursday at the end of talks with the Congolese minister of primary and secondary education, Anatole Collinet Makosso.Full text...
  • Gambia: MFWA says Nigerian media under siege for two months
    05 october 2017 13:26:54
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Over a period of two months Nigerian media came under siege by state actors, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) decried Thursday. Full text...
  • Kenya: Malaria outbreak kills 30 in Northern Kenya amid public health crisis
    05 october 2017 12:24:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A nationwide malaria outbreak has claimed the lives of 30 people, mostly children, in the dry and remote regions of Kenya and along the coastal region, top government officials said Thursday.Full text...
  • US: Rights group accuses CAR armed groups of using sexual violence as weapon of war
    05 october 2017 11:58:29
    New York, US (PANA) – A human rights group has accused armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) of using rape and sexual slavery as a tactic of war across the country during nearly five years of conflict.Full text...
  • Italy: Vegetable oils give a lift to FAO Food Price Index
    05 october 2017 11:15:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food prices rose slightly in September, as firmer prices of vegetable oils and to a lesser extent dairy products offset declining prices for staple cereal grains, the UN food agency reported on Thursday. Full text...
  • Gabon: Thursday's forex rates for CFAF in Central Africa
    05 october 2017 11:10:52
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - Following are Thursday’s exchange rates for the CFA Franc, as issued by the Bank of Central African States (BEAC).Full text...
  • Congo: Italian companies seek investment in Congo's infrastructural dev't
    05 october 2017 11:07:21
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Representatives of Italian companies - Asteq, Antonio Zanini and Ediverde - have expressed their strong desire to invest in Congo's infrastructural development. Full text...
  • Mauritania: Thursday's exchange rates for Ouguiya
    05 october 2017 10:36:43
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Thursday’s exchange rates for the Ouguiya, as issued by the Central Bank of Mauritania. Full text...
  • Tunisia: 'Tunisia to cooperate with Burkina Faso in several areas'
    05 october 2017 10:17:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has expressed his country’s desire to cooperate with Burkina Faso in several domains.Full text...
  • Rwanda: Rwanda trains radar engineers
    05 october 2017 08:50:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A dozen radar engineers and operators recruited by Rwanda Meteorological Department are undergoing a one-week training to equip them with knowledge and skills on the interpretation and application of the newly introduced Doppler weather radar products and technology in the country.Full text...
  • Rwanda: Thursday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    05 october 2017 08:35:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The following are Thursday's foreign exchange rates for the Rwandan franc, as issued by the National Bank of Rwanda. Full text...
  • Tunisia: Rights group demands freedom for Mauritanian opposition leader
    05 october 2017 07:01:40
    Tunis, Tunis (PANA) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) is asking the Mauritanian authorities to free opposition leader, Mohamed Ould Ghadda, or grant him a prompt and fair trial, if they have sufficient evidence to try him for a recognizable criminal offence. Full text...
  • Gambia: Thursday's forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    05 october 2017 06:42:30
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Thursday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D) as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...
  • US: UN aspires to create ‘space’ for women in science and technology
    05 october 2017 06:40:08
    New York, US (PANA) – A three-day event on how to, among other things, improve women’s involvement in the aerospace sector as well as in the fields of science, technology and mathematics, kicked off on Wednesday under the leadership of two United Nations offices. Full text...
  • Ghana: Thursday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    05 october 2017 06:32:14
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are Thursday's average interbank exchange rates for the Ghana cedi as announced by the Ghana Association of Bankers. Full text...
  • Congo: Congo weighed down by US$9.14bn public debt
    05 october 2017 06:31:18
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – With its estimated public and publicly-guaranteed debt of about US$9.14 billion (CFAF 5,329 billion), equivalent to 110 percent of GDP, the Republic of Congo faces significant macroeconomic imbalances, according to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team that on Wednesday concluded a 10-day mission to the country’s capital, Brazzaville. Full text...
  • Tanzania: Thursday's exchange rates for Tanzania Shilling
    05 october 2017 06:27:18
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The following are Thursday's exchange rates for the Tanzania Shilling as issued by the Bank of Tanzania. Full text...
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