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  • France grants Burundi 300,000 euros to promote French language
    17 november 2011 13:14:29
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The French government will release 300,000 euros for the promotion of the teaching of French in Burundi, according to an agreement signed between officials of the two countries in Bujumbura, the Burundi capital. Full text...

  • UNESCO launches Women Philosophers’ Journal 17 Nov
    16 november 2011 14:55:12
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO will launch the Women Philosophers’ Journal, an online publication available in English and French, as part of this year’s celebration of the World Philosophy Day, at its headquarters here on Thursday, the UN agency said in a press statement Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mali hosts 8th Festival on River Niger in Feb 2012
    14 november 2011 14:45:15
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The eighth edition of the Festival on the River Niger will be held from 15 to 19 February, 2012, in Ségou, Mali, PANA learnt in Bamako from the festival organizing committee. Full text...

  • Gabon donates US$ 2m to UNESCO emergency fund
    11 november 2011 15:26:39
    Paris, France (PANA) – Gabon became the first country to make a financial donation to the Emergency Multi-Donor Fund, launched Thursday by the UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova, a press statement from the UN agency here indicated. Full text...

  • UNESCO to launch book on the universe
    08 november 2011 17:21:13
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Large Hadron Collider, a book about a machine designed to study the beginning of the universe, will be launched at UNESCO on 10 November, the UN agency said in a press statement from its Paris, France, headquarters. Full text...

  • UNESCO to launch "Satellite Image Atlas of World Heritage Sites"
    08 november 2011 17:13:01
    Paris, France (PANA) - "From Space to Place", an Image Atlas of World Heritage Sites on the “In Danger” list of UNESCO, will be launched 9 November by Director-General, Irina Bokova, and US Ambassador to UNESCO, David Killion, at the Organization’s Paris Headquarters. Full text...

  • UNESCO to create permanent memorial on slavery in US
    05 november 2011 15:33:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Permanent Memorial Committee have launched an international competition to create a permanent memorial at the headquarters of United Nations, New York, in memory of victims of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade, said a statement of the organization PANA received. Full text...

  • Bamako's int'l photo festival begins
    02 november 2011 16:33:41
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Forty-five photographers and 10 video artists from 27 countries are showcasing their works at a two-month international biennial photo festival which began Tuesday in Bamako, the Malian capital, PANA reported here, quoting the Egyptian Al-Ahram newspaper. Full text...

  • UNESCO laments US decision to withhold funding over Palestine
    02 november 2011 16:06:58
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO has said that the decision of the US administration to withhold its contributions to the organization would weaken its (UNESCO's) effectiveness and undermine its ability to build free and open societies. Full text...

  • Palestine becomes UNESCO's newest member state
    31 october 2011 14:06:02
    Paris, France (PANA) - With 107 votes in favour and 14 against, the General Conference of UNESCO Monday admitted Palestine as its newest member State, the UN agency said in a statement from its headquarters in Paris, the French capital. Full text...

  • Miss Universe 2011 pledges to promote Angola's image abroad
    28 october 2011 14:43:30
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Miss Universe 2011, Angolan Leila Lopes, has pledged to help project her country's image abroad during her reign. Full text...

  • South Africa city named World Design Capital 2014
    26 october 2011 16:15:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African government on Wednesday saluted the city of Cape Town after being selected as the official World Design Capital for 2014, winning the award ahead of candidates Bilbao, in Spain, and Dublin, Ireland. 
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  • Algeria offers 20 scholarships to Malian students
    25 october 2011 21:29:06
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Twenty Malian students benefiting from Algerian scholarships leave Bamako on Tuesday for Algeria to further their studies in building, public works, IT and audiovisual techniques, Mali's employment and vocational training ministry has told PANA. Full text...

  • Singer John Legend to perform at Angolan gala in November
    20 october 2011 11:26:47
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - American R&B singer John Legend will perform at a fundraising gala being organised by the Angolan Red Cross on 5 November 2011. Full text...

  • UNESCO convenes meeting on safeguarding Libya’s cultural heritage
    18 october 2011 18:29:06
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO has invited experts from both sides of the Libyan conflict as well as from outside of Libya to urgently examine the preservation of the cultural heritage in the north African country, according to a UNESCO press statement issued here Tuesday. Full text...

  • University of Bamako split into 4 different universities
    18 october 2011 16:35:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government has split the University of Bamako in four separate universities, saying the measure was to ensure better management of higher education in the country, official sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Marrakech International Film Festival to be held in December
    13 october 2011 14:38:40
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The 11th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM) will be held 2-10 December, organizers said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Congolese actor Dieudonnné Kabongo dies on stage
    12 october 2011 12:53:11
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Congolese comedian, Dieudonné Kabongo, died Tuesday while performing at the cultural centre in Jette, a district of the Belgian capital, Brussels, sources told PANA. Full text...

  • 4th Bamako tourism fair opens Friday
    11 october 2011 12:24:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The 4th International Bamako Tourism Fair is due to open here Friday, with over 300 participants, including several delegations from the sub-region, expected to attend, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Algerian ex-international, Rabah Madjer, to be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    10 october 2011 15:52:44
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, will designate Rabah Madjer, the famous Algerian footballer, as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador at a ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters on 12 October. Full text...

  • World Memory Register gets seven new additions
    06 october 2011 22:39:33
    Paris, France (PANA) - Seven new documentary collections from Angola, Armenia, France, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Portugal, and the USA, have been added to the Register of he UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's Memory of the World Programme. Full text...

  • Africa challenged to come up with indigenous philosophy of development
    01 october 2011 10:24:27
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – Africa needs to come up with an indigenous philosophy of development determined and influenced by the mores of traditional values derived from its own linguistic and cultural repertoire, a university lecturer from the department of African Languages and Literature, University of Zimbabwe, has said. Full text...

  • Book on Niger River published in France
    30 september 2011 22:28:17
    Paris, France (PANA) – A book on the Niger River has been published in the French capital, Paris, by Gandvaux Publishers, under the title "Fleuve Niger, cœur du Mali" (Niger River, the heart of Mali). Full text...

  • Africa pushes for indigenous language in continet's development
    30 september 2011 21:31:45
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  • UNESCO organizes forum on Gender Equality in education
    27 september 2011 17:07:13
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) will host a High-Level Policy Forum, entitled “Gender equality in education: Looking beyond parity”, on 3 and 4 October in Paris, the French capital. Full text...

  • Cape Verdian music star ends career
    26 september 2011 22:10:30
    Paris, France (PANA) – Cape Verdian music star, Cesaria Evora, has ended her career for health reasons, her production house, Lusafrica, announced in Paris on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Seun Kuti to tour France in October
    23 september 2011 22:01:21
    Paris, France (PANA) – Nigerian singer, Seun Kuti, will on 12 October begin a tour of France, which will open with a concert in Aucamvillen in Eastern France, official sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • 2 Malian films selected for WAEMU’s international festival
    20 september 2011 13:44:06
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Two Malian films have been selected to feature at the International Short Films Festival, tagged "Clap Ivoire", to be held in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, 30 Nov.-4 Dec. 2011. Full text...

  • Egypt wins Africa’s best tourism destination award
    19 september 2011 09:30:00
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt won the "Best tourism destination in Africa" award during the Oscar Festival for International Tourism in the Indian Ocean and African States, held in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh this week. Full text...

  • UN expert tasks Morocco on cultural rights, diversity
    17 september 2011 17:00:25
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  • Gabonese writer publishes book on FNLA and MPLA
    13 september 2011 22:35:53
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Gabonese writer Jean Martial Arsene Mbah on Monday in Luanda published a book entitled "Les rivalités politiques entre le Front national de libération de l'Angola (FNLA) et le Mouvement populaire de libération de l'Angola (MPLA) (The political rivalries between the Angolan national liberation front (FNLA) and the Angolan people’s liberation movement (MPLA). Full text...

  • 25-year-old Angolan Leila Lopes wins Miss Universe 2011
    13 september 2011 16:43:36
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Twenty-five-year-old Angolan business management student, Leila Lopes, Tuesday became Africa's first Miss Universe, toppling 97 other contestants in the 60th edition of the Miss Universe beauty contest in São Paulo, Brazil. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: A different mood on 9/11 (News Feature)
    11 september 2011 16:07:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The rest of the world always remembers 9/11 as an unpleasant day but while Ethiopians may share that feeling, it is not the only thing they think about as the world marks a decade of the gory incident. Full text...

  • 2010 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize goes to Argentine NGO
    08 september 2011 16:51:37
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo (Argentina) will receive the 2010 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 14 September, the UN body said in a press statement Thursday. Full text...

  • UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors meet in France
    08 september 2011 14:40:42
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO’s work and how internationally-renowned personalities can help the Organization meet its objectives will be the subject of the 11th annual meeting of UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors, on 12 September, at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the French capital. Full text...

  • Int'l Literacy Day: 793 million adults can neither read nor write, says UNESCO
    06 september 2011 14:11:08
    Paris, France (PANA) - On the eve of this year’s International Literacy Day, celebrated world-wide on 8 September, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said here Tuesday that 793 million adults – most of them girls and women - are illiterate. Full text...

  • Cape Verde creates database on culture
    27 august 2011 19:40:50
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  • 7th Int'l African Youth Camp to begin 5 Sept in Mali
    26 august 2011 15:09:25
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The seventh edition of the African International Youth Camp (CIJ), under the aegis of the Lions International Youth Club, will be held 5 to 10 September in Bamako, the capital of Mali, organizers said here Friday. Full text...

  • Top artists confirmed for South African jazz festival
    24 august 2011 11:16:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Thousands of music lovers will be thrilled from Thursday, 25 August, when the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival begins in Johannesburg, South Africa, according to festival spokesman Mandie van der Spuy. Full text...

  • 24-year-old student crowned Miss Benin 2011
    22 august 2011 19:47:48
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Human resource management and administration student, Miss Sahadath Sorokou, has been crowned Miss Benin 2011. Full text...

  • EU releases 21.5 million euros for cultural programme in Algeria
    17 august 2011 14:48:44
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has allocated 21.5 million euros to fund a programme in support of cultural heritage in Algeria, according to a press statement issued here Wednesday by the European Commission services. Full text...

  • Jonathan commiserates with late actor's family (Corrected)
    08 august 2011 19:40:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has extended his heartfelt condolences to the family of renowned stage and screen actor, Sam Loco Efe, who died on Sunday, according to a press release issued by the Presidency on Monday. Full text...

  • Int'l fashion show begins in Rwanda
    31 july 2011 15:44:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An international fashion fair, at which mostly African fabrics are on parade, began in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, Saturday. Full text...

  • Portuguese jazz musician Rui Veloso opens Luanda jazz festival
    30 july 2011 14:04:14
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - With a fusion of blues and funk, Portuguese jazz musician Rui Veloso, here Friday opened the third Luanda International Jazz Festival, being held in the Atlântico Cinema till Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Seun Kuti to tour France
    29 july 2011 12:31:06
    Paris, France (PANA) - Nigerian musician Seun Kuti, son of music legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti, will begin a tour of France 4 August with a concert in Sete, in the southern part of the European country, PANA learnt here Friday. Full text...

  • 18 African musicians take part in WOMAD festival in England
    29 july 2011 10:32:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Eighteen African musicians are among the 56 from all continents that are taking part in the 28-31 July WOMAD festival in Malmesbury, England, organisers said. Full text...

  • Niamey to host 8th Int'l African Fashion Festival 23-27 Nov
    27 july 2011 14:28:02
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The eighth International Festival of African Fashion (FIMA) will be held 23-27 November, 2011, in Niamey, promoter Seidnaly Sidhamed, told a press conference here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Renowned author presents 30,000 books to schools in Mali
    22 july 2011 13:30:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian writer and politician, Seydou Badian Kouyaté, has presented 30,000 books to schools in the country, PANA learnt from authorized sources here Friday. Full text...

  • Many African musicians perform at Festival de Thau in France
    21 july 2011 15:58:41
    Paris, France (PANA) - Various African musicians, including Tkien Jah Fakoly of Cote d'Ivoire, and the Malian Mamani Keita, will participate in the 21st Festival de Thau, in southern France, organizers told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Pope expected in Benin from 18-20 November
    19 july 2011 21:53:45
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Pope Benedict XVI is expected in Benin on 18 November for a three-day visit during which he will launch an appeal on behalf of Africa for reconciliation, justice and peace, the Bishop of Abomey, Eugene Houndékon, said on Tuesday in Cotonou. Full text...

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