Archives - 07 march 2018
  • ‘It’s her turn,’ says UN agency, issuing global call to close critical gap in refugee girls’ education
    07 march 2018 22:25:51
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - By secondary-level education, refugee girls are only half as likely as their male peers to enrol in school – even though they make up half of the school-age refugee population, according to a new study released on Wednesday by the United Nations refugee agency. Full text...
  • Women’s prospects at work still ‘a long way’ from being equal to men’s – UN report
    07 march 2018 22:16:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Despite notable progress on closing gender gaps over the past 20 years, women have less access to jobs, are more likely to take low-quality employment, and face barriers to management positions, a United Nations labour report has found. Full text...
  • Ghanaians exploiting compatriots in Libya
    07 march 2018 21:58:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Some Ghanaians have set up camps across the Sahara desert where they exploit and traffic fellow Ghanaians as slaves in Libya, according to a report of a fact-finding team. Full text...
  • Ballot counting starts in Sierra Leone's crucial polls
    07 march 2018 19:34:42
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Counting of ballots began in earnest at 5 pm the official closing time of Sierra Leone's crucial polls on Wednesday. Full text...
  • East African finance ministers discuss infrastructure finance challenges with AfDB
    07 march 2018 19:22:10
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – In a historic first, East African Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) met with the Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina and executives to discuss economic challenges, opportunities and successes in the continent’s fast-growing powerhouse region, the Bank said on Wednesday. Full text...
  • CAF Champions League: Mamelodi Sundowns 0-0 Rayon Sports in Kigali
    07 march 2018 19:07:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns held Rayon Sports of Rwanda to a 0-0 draw in the 2018 CAF Champions League campaign at Stade Amahoro in Kigali on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Kenya's Gor Mahia, Tunisian Esperance draw in Champs League tie
    07 march 2018 19:01:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Gor Mahia, failing to capitalise on home advantage,were Wednesday held to a 0-0 draw by Tunisian bigwigs Esperance in a CAF Champions League first round, first leg tie, at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, 70 km east of Nairobi Full text...
  • Kenya aims at 15 percent forest cover by 2022
    07 march 2018 18:58:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya government on Wednesday launched an ambitious project aimed to extend the country’s forest cover from 7 per cent to 15 per cent by 2022. Full text...
  • Gomez elected IAAF Athletes' Commission Chair
    07 march 2018 18:50:43
    Birmingham, UK (PANA) - Iñaki Gomez of Canada has been elected Chair of the IAAF Athletes' Commission by Commission members and confirmed by the Council, the global athletics governing body said Wednesday. Full text...
  • Eight soldiers killed in terror attack buried in Ouagadougou
    07 march 2018 18:43:16
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Eight Burkina soldiers killed on Friday in the terrorist attack against the French embassy and the army staff were buried on Wednesday at the municipal cemetery of Ouagadougou, an official source told PANA. Full text...
  • Communications technologies vital for empowerment, success of poor rural women
    07 march 2018 18:19:20
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – The role of information communications technologies in supporting rural women's economic empowerment, voice and status, will be the focus of discussions at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 8 March, International Women’s Day. Full text...
  • US State Secretary Tillerson lands in Addis Ababa
    07 march 2018 18:01:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the start of a tour of five African countries, Ethiopian Foreign Affairs minister Workneh Gebeyehu said on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Football helps change gender attitudes in western Kenya
    07 march 2018 17:51:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Football can be a useful tool in changing attitudes toward gender violence among young people in predominantly male-dominated societies, a British Council programme has found.Full text...
  • US Secretary of State emphasises fight against global terror on Africa visit
    07 march 2018 17:37:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is laying emphasis on regional security and counter-terrorism measures on his visit to Africa, starting in Addis Ababa, where he is due to discuss the security prospects in Somalia following plans by troop contributing countries to thin out troops. Full text...
  • At least 4,800 African migrants arrived in Italy in January 2018
    07 march 2018 16:37:47
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - About 4,800 migrants arrived in Italy after crossing the central Mediterranean in January 2018, according to an official report issued Wednesday by the European Coast and Border Guards agency, formerly known as the European Agency for Foreign Border Control (FRONTEX). Full text...
  • Opposition demonstrations return to Togo streets
    07 march 2018 15:01:25
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Togolese opposition, which suspended its demonstration following a deal with government on political dialogue which opened 19 February, says they will resume the popular demonstrations from next week, sources close to the coalition of 14 parties told PANA on Wednesday.Full text...
  • Swine flu outbreak reported in Kenya’s Laikipia region
    07 march 2018 14:48:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – An outbreak of H1N1 virus, also known as Swine influenza, has been reported in Laikipia in Kenya, where a child was confirmed dead, health authorities said on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Sudan urges France to persuade rebels to join peace process
    07 march 2018 13:59:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has asked France to use its international influence to persuade the Sudanese rebel movements into positively joining the peace efforts in Sudan. Full text...
  • Voting begins in Sierra Leone general elections
    07 march 2018 13:54:42
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leoneans turned out in reasonable numbers at polling stations on Wednesday to elect their country's new president, members of parliament and local councils in the fourth cycle of elections since the civil war in 2002.Full text...
  • Cape Town taps will no longer run dry this year - Official
    07 march 2018 13:45:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cape Town, which has experienced a major drought on Wednesday, received a welcome reprieve with news that its taps will not run dry this year.Full text...
  • Mali, UAE sign cooperation agreements
    07 march 2018 11:49:19
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday signed several cooperation agreements during the visit to Bamako of the Emirati minister of foreign affairs, Cheikh Abdallah ben Zayed Al Nahyane. Full text...
  • UN agencies in Rome to mark International Women's Day
    07 march 2018 11:48:43
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The role of information communications technologies (ICT) in supporting rural women's economic empowerment, voice and status, will be the focus of discussions at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 8 March, International Women's Day.Full text...
  • 2018 CAF Confed. Cup: Mali's Djoliba meet Rwanda's APR
    07 march 2018 11:34:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - AS Djoliba of Mali will play Rwandan military club APR FC in the Malian capital, Bamako, on Wednesday in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup first-leg match. Full text...
  • Wednesday's exchange rates for Mauritanian Ouguiya
    07 march 2018 11:26:26
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Wednesday’s exchange rates for the Ouguiya, as issued by the central bank of Mauritania. Full text...
  • Tunisia extends state of emergency by seven months
    07 march 2018 11:23:05
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian president Beji Caïd Essebsi has decided to extend by seven months the state of emergency declared in the country, from 12 March, a communiqué issued by the Tunisian presidency at the end of a meeting of the national security council on Tuesday said.Full text...
  • Wednesday's exchange rates for Mauritian Rupee
    07 march 2018 11:15:22
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Wednesday’s exchange rates for the Rupee, as issued by the commercial bank of Mauritius. Full text...
  • South Africa's opposition party urges Africa to join 'wave of economic freedom'
    07 march 2018 10:02:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called on Africa to "join in the wave of economic freedom", saying the continent’s land and mineral resources should be "redirected to benefit African people and their economies". Full text...
  • Polls open in Sierra Leone's elections
    07 march 2018 09:57:22
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Polls have opened in Sierra Leone where some 3.17 million registered voters are casting their ballots to elect a new president, parliamentarians and local councillors. Full text...
  • Wednesday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    07 march 2018 09:13:12
    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 forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    07 march 2018 09:09:01
    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...
  • Over 500,000 ‘uncounted’ children live in countries unable to measure their dev't progress – UNICEF
    07 march 2018 07:01:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Latest data on development progress for children reveals that more than half a billion live in countries where the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are “quickly falling out of reach,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Wednesday. Full text...
  • UN Security Council condemns attack on education workers in CAR
    07 march 2018 06:51:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday denounced an attack against education workers that killed six, including one UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) consultant, who were traveling in the north-western prefecture of the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...
  • 2018 CAF Champions league: Results from 1st-round, 1st-leg fixtures
    07 march 2018 05:47:00
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Only four matches were played on Tuesday across Africa in the first-round, first-leg fixtures of the 2018 CAF Champions league. Full text...
  • Ray of hope beams on women’s football in Africa as symposium ends
    07 march 2018 05:31:01
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - The first-ever CAF Women’s Football Symposium (5-6 March) has ended in the Moroccan city of Marrakech on a high note with participants lauding the ground-breaking, two-day event as a big step towards the development of the women’s game in Africa. Full text...
  • 2018 CAF Confed. Cup: Some 1st-round, 1st-leg results
    07 march 2018 04:41:37
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Below are results from some first-round, first-leg matches played across Africa on Tuesday in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup. Full text...
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