Archives - 13 december 2017
  • Electronic waste poses ‘growing risk’ to environment, human health, UN report warns
    13 december 2017 21:36:55
    New York, USA (PANA) – The growing volume of electronic waste, including discarded products with a battery or plug, such as mobile phones, laptops, televisions, refrigerators and electrical toys, poses a major threat to the environment and human health, the United Nations warned on Wednesday. Full text...
  • UN, partners launch US$1.72 billion appeal for South Sudan
    13 december 2017 20:50:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations relief wing and the humanitarian community in South Sudan launched on Wednesday a US$1.72 billion appeal to assist six million people affected by conflict, displacement and hunger. Full text...
  • UN peacekeeping chief visits injured Tanzanian ‘blue helmets’ in DRC
    13 december 2017 20:44:04
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Wednesday thanked individually peacekeepers who fought to hold off an attack on 7 December in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...
  • CPJ says 262 journalists in jails around the world
    13 december 2017 20:38:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historic high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world’s worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Wednesday. Full text...
  • German President arrives in The Gambia
    13 december 2017 20:28:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Federal President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on Wednesday arrived in the Gambia as the first European head of state to visit the country after President Adama Barrow came to power.Full text...
  • 2017 FIFA Club WC: Real Madrid reach 3rd final, beat Al-Jazira 2-1
    13 december 2017 20:01:38
    Abu Dhabi, UAE (PANA) - Defending champions Real Madrid of Spain, came from behind to beat Al-Jazira of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 2-1 on Wednesday and qualify for the finals of the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in the UAE. Full text...
  • German ambassador presents papers to Gambian President
    13 december 2017 18:41:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The new German ambassador to the Gambia, Stephen Roken, has presented his letters of credence to President Adama Barrow at State House in Banjul, PANA reported Wednesday.Full text...
  • EU redeploys 20 long-term observers for Liberia's presidential run-off
    13 december 2017 18:36:11
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The European Union Election Observer Mission (EU EOM) on Wednesday re-deployed 20 long-term observers to monitor the presidential run-off poll, scheduled for 26 December. Full text...
  • Many Liberians unhappy with 26 December presidential run-off poll date
    13 december 2017 18:31:58
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The National Elections Commission (NEC) has announced 26 December as the date for the presidential run-off election, much to the chagrin of many Liberians as expressed on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Gambia's Truth Commission should uncover Jammeh abuses - Rights group
    13 december 2017 16:58:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambia’s truth commission bill is an important opportunity to shed light on human rights violations committed during the rule of former President Yahya Jammeh, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. Full text...
  • Rights group demands release of Burundi human rights defender
    13 december 2017 16:55:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday called on the Burundian authorities to immediately release a human rights activist, Nestor Nibitanga, who they have been holding since 21 November. Full text...
  • G5 Sahel force should prioritise human rights - Says Rights group
    13 december 2017 16:49:18
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The G5 Sahel military force, created to counter Islamist armed groups in the Sahel region of Africa, should fully respect international human rights and humanitarian law in its operations, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Half the world lacks access to essential health services – UN-backed report
    13 december 2017 16:42:19
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – At least half of the world's population cannot obtain essential health services, and nearly 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty each year due to the out-of-pocket health expenses they must pay, according to a United Nations-backed study.Full text...
  • CAF President sends condolences following Benjamin Massing’s death
    13 december 2017 14:15:00
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - CAF President Ahmad Ahmad has sent a message of condolence to the president of the CAF Normalisation Committee following the death of Benjamin Massing, who passed away on Sunday, 10 December, 2017. Full text...
  • Women, youth and SMEs to benefit from AfDB's US$100-million loan to Mauritius
    13 december 2017 14:09:20
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Thousands of small and medium enterprises in Mauritius will benefit from a US$100-million loan to the country from the African Development Bank (AfDB). Full text...
  • 2017 FIFA Club WC: Brazilian side Gremio reach final
    13 december 2017 14:01:18
    Al Ain, UAE (PANA) - Brazilian side Gremio have qualified for the final of the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup, taking place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), after scoring in extra time to edge Pachuca of Mexico. Full text...
  • President Zuma battered by another damning court ruling
    13 december 2017 12:01:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Gauteng High Court on Wednesday dealt another major blow against President Jacob Zuma's application to review former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's State Capture report. Full text...
  • France, FAO renew partnership on sustainable agriculture, climate change
    13 december 2017 11:10:09
    Paris, France (PANA) - France and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have renewed the blueprint for their collaboration, putting climate change, sustainable agriculture, the eradication of hunger, rural development and efficient use of natural resources at the center of their joint strategic actions in coming years. Full text...
  • Drought, terrorist attacks take toll on Somalia’s economy - IMF
    13 december 2017 10:59:38
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Following the 2017 Article IV Consultation and the first review of the Staff Monitored Programme (SMP) with Somalia, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded that the 2017 drought and sporadic terrorist attacks took a toll on economic activity in the Horn of Africa country. Full text...
  • Wednesday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    13 december 2017 10:53:10
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Wednesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee, as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius.Full text...
  • Wednesday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    13 december 2017 10:14:30
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Wednesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D) as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...
  • IMF Board approves US$170.1m support for Guinea’s development plan
    13 december 2017 10:11:43
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Following Guinea’s rebound from the adverse impact of the Ebola epidemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has set aside US$170 million to support the West African nation’s economic policies and reforms to achieve high and more broad-based growth and reduce poverty while preserving macroeconomic stability. Full text...
  • Namibia’s economic growth set to speed up to 4 percent
    13 december 2017 09:52:52
    Windhoek, Namibia (PANA) - After years of exceptional growth, Namibia’s economy has entered an adjustment phase and growth is expected to turn slightly negative in 2017, compared to a growth of 1.1 percent in 2016, as large constructions in the mining sector have been completed and the government continues consolidating. Full text...
  • Tanzania, IMF staff complete talks on macroeconomic policies
    13 december 2017 09:42:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania needs to enhance its budget credibility and set realistic revenue projections to underpin implementable budget spending estimates, according to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) team that has just concluded a two-week visit to the East African country. Full text...
  • New report says France provided safe haven to Rwandan genocide suspects
    13 december 2017 09:08:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - French officials provided safe haven to Rwandan genocide suspects and obstructed attempts to bring them to justice at various points during the 23 years since the genocide in the country, a Rwandan government-backed report has said.Full text...
  • Wednesday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    13 december 2017 08:43:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The following are Wednesday's foreign exchange rates for the Rwandan franc, as issued by the National Bank of Rwanda. Full text...
  • Wednesday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    13 december 2017 06:57:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are Wednesday's average interbank exchange rates for the Ghana cedi as announced by the Ghana Association of Bankers. Full text...
  • Time running out for construction sector to cut energy use, meet climate goals – UN
    13 december 2017 06:47:20
    Paris, France (PANA) – The clock is ticking on efforts to reform the buildings and construction sector's energy performance and keep the Paris Agreement on track, new United Nations-backed research revealed on Tuesday. Full text...
  • ICC Prosecutor asks Security Council to act on outstanding arrest warrants
    13 december 2017 06:40:03
    New York, USA (PANA) – Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir recently travelled to countries that recognise the International Criminal Court (ICC) but none arrested or surrendered the Sudanese President, the ICC Prosecutor today told the United Nations Security Council. Full text...
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