Archives - 07 december 2017
  • Hunger crisis, scarce funds could push Kasais in DRC to brink of catastrophe - UN agency
    07 december 2017 22:48:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – An acute hunger emergency ravaging Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s strife-torn Greater Kasai region could transform into a long-term disaster if additional resources are not made available urgently, the United Nations food relief agency warned Thursday. Full text...
  • Security Council condemns reported slave trade of migrants in Libya
    07 december 2017 22:42:09
    New York, USA (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned the slave trade of African migrants in Libya as “heinous human rights abuses which may also amount to crimes against humanity,” and called on those responsible to be held to account. Full text...
  • ‘Zero tolerance’ for sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff in South Sudan - senior UN official
    07 december 2017 22:37:26
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The relationship between United Nations peacekeepers and civilian staff and the vulnerable people in South Sudan they are working for must be one of mutual trust and confidence, said a senior UN official, noting that instances of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel not only break down that relationship, but also destroy the trust communities have in the Organization. Full text...
  • Security Council urged to do more to protect civilians, help end violence in South Sudan
    07 december 2017 22:30:47
    New York, USA (PANA) – With the conflict in South Sudan entering its fifth year, senior United Nations officials on Thursday expressed concern about the precarious security situation and bleak humanitarian conditions in the world’s youngest country. Full text...
  • Supreme Court lifts prohibition, orders run-off in Liberian presidential poll
    07 december 2017 18:34:22
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The Supreme Court of Liberia on Thursday lifted its prohibition and ordered the National Elections Commission (NEC) to proceed to schedule the run-off in the presidential polls, growing out of the 10 October presidential and representative elections. Full text...
  • Islamic movements reject Trump's decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
    07 december 2017 18:01:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan’s Islamic Movement and the Muslim Brothers have rejected the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital and to move his country’s embassy there. Full text...
  • Rwandan court stops nepotism proceedings against former minister of mining
    07 december 2017 16:25:21
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan court on Thursday decided to stop tribunal proceedings against the country's former Mining minister Evode Imena, who was accused of nepotism and favouritism. Full text...
  • US, Botswana differ on Jerusalem's status
    07 december 2017 15:43:45
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has condemned the United States of America’s ‘regressive decision’ to recognise Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. Full text...
  • 2017 COSAFA U-20: Shaban brace sees Uganda stun Zambia on opening day match
    07 december 2017 14:54:55
    Kitwe, Zambia (PANA) - Striker Muhammad Shaban scored a brace of goals as the East African guest nation, Uganda, stunned holders and hosts Zambia with a 2-0 victory in their Group A opener at the 2017 Mopani Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Championships in Kitwe on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Alarm over threats to leading journalists in South Africa
    07 december 2017 13:46:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African National Editor’s Forum (SANEF) has expressed alarm at reports that police are investigating leading journalists Jacques Pauw and Pieter-Louis Myburgh, who have both reportedly published damning articles about President Jacob Zuma’s alleged corrupt dealings. Full text...
  • Thursday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    07 december 2017 13:42:56
    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...
  • Two West African scholars scoop top prize for labour market, taxation research
    07 december 2017 13:41:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Two West African economists have emerged winners from a selection of 36 academic papers presented at the 12th African Economic Conference for proposing reforms, including the de-regulation of the labour markets and the tax administration reforms aimed at raising government revenue. Full text...
  • African Economic Conference urges African countries to make governance a priority
    07 december 2017 13:40:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 12th African Economic Conference (AEC) drew to a close on Wednesday, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with participants insisting that governance should remain a priority of development programmes in Africa. Full text...
  • Kagame makes minor cabinet changes, drops education, ICT ministers
    07 december 2017 11:51:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwandan President Paul Kagame has appointed a health professional as the new Minister of Education and an International Monetary Fund (IMF) technocrat the new Minister of Information Technology in a mini-cabinet reshuffle announced by the Prime Minister’s office. Full text...
  • Kenya opposition chief's planned swearing-in an 'act of treason', warns AG
    07 december 2017 11:42:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Plans by opposition leader Raila Odinga and his supporters to have him sworn in as Kenya's President will be an act of high treason whose penalty is death, Attorney General Prof. Githu Muigai, warned on Thursday. Full text...
  • Number of people affected by dementia to triple in next 30 years - WHO
    07 december 2017 11:26:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As the global population ages, the number of people living with dementia is expected to triple from 50 million to 152 million by 2050, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday. Full text...
  • Kenyan boxers focus on Commonwealth Games trials
    07 december 2017 11:03:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - With the National Boxing League now out of the way, Kenya embarks on preparations for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, with next week's trials in Nairobi. Full text...
  • FAO Food Price Index declines in November amid cereals boom
    07 december 2017 10:58:54
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food prices declined marginally in November, as lower dairy prices offset a sharp increase in sugar and vegetable oil quotations, according to the latest UN Food and Agriculture Organisaion (FAO) Food Price Index issued on Thursday. Full text...
  • Conflicts, drought spur hunger despite strong global food supply
    07 december 2017 10:52:03
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Strong cereal harvests are keeping global food supplies buoyant, but localised drought, flooding and protracted conflicts have intensified and perpetuated food insecurity, according to the new edition of UN Food and Agricukture (FAO) Crop Prospects and Food Situation report. Full text...
  • UN, rights group tell Cameroon to end torture in anti-terror fight
    07 december 2017 10:39:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Cameroon must act swiftly on the recommendations published by the UN Committee against Torture and put an end to the widespread use of torture by security forces fighting Boko Haram, Amnesty International has said.Full text...
  • Thursday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    07 december 2017 08:44:21
    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...
  • AU says US decision on Jerusalem complicates Middle East conflict
    07 december 2017 08:33:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said on Thursday US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was regrettable and would increase tensions.Full text...
  • Rwanda to host 2018 eLearning Africa Conference
    07 december 2017 08:08:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Rwanda is set to host the 2018 eLearning Africa Conference believing that they could play a significant role in pushing forward the African Union's 2063 agenda, organizers, International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE), said on Thursday. Full text...
  • Mauritania obtains US$163.9m credit facility from IMF
    07 december 2017 08:02:18
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritania has secured US$163.9 million in support for economic and financial reform from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under the Fund’s three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF), it was disclosed in Nouakchott on Thursday. Full text...
  • Thursday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    07 december 2017 07:10:00
    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...
  • Airlift for 20,000 enslaved African migrants in Libya set to begin - AU
    07 december 2017 07:04:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A joint task force planning the repatriation of migrants, stuck in Libya and subjected to slavery and servitude, plans to begin airlifts from the North African nation for some 20,000 migrants held in government-controlled regions, the African Union said on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Issue of Jerusalem must be resolved through direct negotiations between parties, UN chief
    07 december 2017 06:58:29
    New York, USA (PANA) – In the wake of the announcement by the United States President, Donald Trump, recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday stressed that there is no alternative to the two-state solution and that Jerusalem is an issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties. Full text...
  • Thursday's exchange rates for Tanzania Shilling
    07 december 2017 06:51:39
    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...
  • FIFA Club World Cup: Al-Jariza begin campaign on successful note
    07 december 2017 04:59:42
    Abu Dhabi, UAE (PANA) - UAE club, Al-Jazira, began their campaign for the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup on a good note, beating Auckland City of New Zealand 1-0 on Wednesday, the opening day of the 6-16 December contest. Full text...
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