Archives - 15 february 2018
  • Ethiopia Prime Minister resigns after months of popular unrest
    15 february 2018 19:05:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned on Thursday after months of popular protests which necessitated the declaration of a state of emergency at one point but declared he would stay on until a new successor is named. Full text...
  • WHO issues new guidelines on global care standards during childbirth
    15 february 2018 17:44:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new guidelines on global care standards throughout labour and immediately after childbirth aimed at reducing the use of needless and potentially harmful routine clinical and medical interventions. Full text...
  • Gambian journalists welcome ECOWAS Court ruling on media laws
    15 february 2018 17:11:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Press Union (GPU) has welcomed the ruling by the Abuja-based ECOWAS Court of Justice on Wednesday that ordered the government to repeal the laws of sedition, criminal defamation, false publication on the internet and false publication and broadcasting. Full text...
  • IMF Deputy Managing Director visits Mauritania
    15 february 2018 17:00:26
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mitsuhira Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), on Thursday began a working visit to Mauritania at the invitation of the Mauritanian government. Full text...
  • Serbian diplomat received by Burundian president Nkurunziza
    15 february 2018 16:37:09
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Serbian vice Prime Minister, Ivica Dacic, who is also minister of foreign affairs, on Thursday held talks with Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza that centred on ways to consolidate and diversify their bilateral cooperation, Burundi’s public radio reported.Full text...
  • About 28 million children were living in forced displacement in 2016, but figure could be higher
    15 february 2018 16:23:10
    New York, US (PANA) – Gaps in data covering refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced populations are endangering the lives and wellbeing of millions of children on the move, warned five UN and partner agencies on Thursday. Full text...
  • Liberia's President Weah begins Senegal visit
    15 february 2018 15:48:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Liberian president George Weah arrived in Dakar on Thursday for a two-day visit to Senegal during which he and his host, Macky Sall, will sign several cooperation agreements. Full text...
  • Africa Table Tennis Continental Cup hangs in balance
    15 february 2018 15:26:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Table Tennis Federation will cancel hosting of the Africa Continental Cup event unless the government provides the requisite financial backing, the federation warned on Thursday. Full text...
  • NRC raises red flag on DRC's deadly conflict
    15 february 2018 15:13:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Despite 13 million people now needing emergency assistance following escalating violence in DR Congo, the aid response falls far from meeting even minimum lifesaving needs in worst affected areas, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) warned Thursday. Full text...
  • Gambian justice minister lambasts civil society
    15 february 2018 15:02:32
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian Minister for Justice, Abubacarr Tambedou, has slammed civil society organisations (CSOs) over their "unjustified" comments on the arrest of university lecturer Dr. Ismaila Ceesay.Full text...
  • CPJ urges Gambia to act on ECOWAS Court ruling
    15 february 2018 14:46:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has called on the Gambian government to act on a judgment passed by a sub-regional court and “immediately repeal its laws on criminal libel, sedition and false news”. Full text...
  • LEAD: Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn resigns
    15 february 2018 14:32:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has submitted his resignation from the office of the Prime Minister and the chairman of the ruling Ethiopian People's Democratic Revolutionary Front (EPRDF), state broadcaster announced on Thursday. Full text...
  • Ramaphosa sworn in as South Africa's President
    15 february 2018 14:28:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cyril Ramaphosa has been sworn in as South Africa’s new President following Jacob Zuma’s dramatic resignation on Wednesday night. Full text...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn resigns
    15 february 2018 14:24:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has submitted his resignation from the office of the Prime Minister and the chairman of the ruling Ethiopian People's Democratic Revolutionary Front (EPRDF), state broadcaster announced on Thursday. Full text...
  • LEAD: Cyril Ramaphosa elected new South Africa President
    15 february 2018 13:12:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Parliament on Thursday elected Cyril Ramaphosa as the country's new president.Full text...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Cyril Ramaphosa elected new South Africa president
    15 february 2018 12:43:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Parliament on Thursday elected Cyril Ramaphosa unopposed as President to succeed Jacob Zuma who resigned on Wednesday night. Full text...
  • Koroki strengthens lead in Togolese football league
    15 february 2018 12:01:14
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The second round of Togo's national football league began on Wednesday with Day 16 matches in which Koroki strengthened its lead after beating Gomido 1-0. Full text...
  • WHO Africa boss begins Congo visit
    15 february 2018 11:56:45
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, started her first official three-day visit to the Republic of Congo on 14 February to enhance cooperation on strengthening the country’s health system. Full text...
  • Five Tunisian soldiers killed by landmine
    15 february 2018 11:33:08
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Five soldiers were killed on Wednesday by a landmine in eastern Algeria's region of Tebessa, local media reported on Thursday quoting military sources.Full text...
  • Thursday's exchange rates for Mauritian Rupee
    15 february 2018 11:25:51
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Thursday’s foreign exchange rates for the Rupee, as issued by the commercial bank of Mauritius.Full text...
  • Mnangagwa mourns opposition leader Tsvangirai
    15 february 2018 11:06:51
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has eulogised the country's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who passed away on Wednesday in South Africa, saying he will be remembered for his insistence of free, fair, credible and peaceful elections. Full text...
  • South Africa's opposition party salutes Tsvangirai
    15 february 2018 10:45:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday joined Zimbabweans in mourning the passing of the country’s opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai. Full text...
  • South Africa salutes Zuma's departure
    15 february 2018 10:39:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's mainstream media houses, numerous organisations and political parties have on Thursday hailed Jacob Zuma’s resignation on Wednesday night.Full text...
  • UNHCR says evacuated over 1,000 refugees from Libya
    15 february 2018 10:25:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Since November last year, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has evacuated over 1,000 highly vulnerable refugees out of Libya and is looking for durable solutions for them in third countries. Full text...
  • Thursday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    15 february 2018 10:15:10
    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...
  • Sudan warns of new influx of refugees from South Sudan
    15 february 2018 10:12:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese refugees in Sudan's White Nile State have reached 150,000, with thousands more expected to arrive, UN and government sources said on Thursday.Full text...
  • Kenyan court declares lawyer's deportation to Canada illegal
    15 february 2018 10:01:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The deportation of Kenyan-born Canadian lawyer, Miguna Miguna, was illegal, null and void because it was done in defiance of orders to surrender the lawyer before the court, the High Court in Kenya declared on Thursday. Full text...
  • Post-Zuma gov't must ensure access to justice for victims of rights violations - AI
    15 february 2018 07:21:43
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) said on Thursday that the successor of South African President Jacob Zuma must do everything within his or her power to ensure that the state ensures access for victims of human rights violations. Full text...
  • Without firm action on gender equality world may miss development targets - UN Report
    15 february 2018 07:08:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Without speedy progress on gender equality and real action to end pervasive discrimination against women and girls, the global community will not be able to keep the promise to ‘leave no one behind’ on the road to ending poverty, protecting the planet and advancing prosperity by 2030, according to a new United Nations report launched on Wednesday. Full text...
  • UN youth envoy spotlights need to boost support for reproductive health
    15 february 2018 07:01:42
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - In this century, child marriage cannot be allowed to happen, and similarly, children should not give birth to children, the United Nations youth envoy told an African forum on reproductive health and rights on Wednesday. Full text...
  • 'Guinea-Bissau's political crisis requires continued UN presence'
    15 february 2018 06:55:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations will need to focus its efforts on supporting Guinea-Bissau’s national leaders in their efforts to appoint an acceptable Prime Minister, establish an inclusive Government, organise and conduct timely elections, and implement the priority reforms, a UN envoy for the West African country said on Wednesday. Full text...
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