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  • Tunisian publishing house wins "Alioune Diop Prize" in Senegal
    18 december 2011 13:04:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Tunisia's publishing house, Eliza, Saturday won the "Alioune Diop Prize" for the promotion of book publishing in Africa, according to results of the contest announced at the opening of the 13th international Book and teaching materials Fair (FILDAK) holding 17-22 December in Dakar, the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • 50 exhibitors feature at int'l book fair in Dakar
    18 december 2011 12:57:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Some 50 exhibitors from 10 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa are taking part in the 13th edition of the International Book and educational materials Fair (FILDAK) which started Saturday in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, under the theme: "the cultural industries as drivers of development: Place and prospects for the book". Full text...

  • 13th Book Fair opens in Dakar Saturday
    15 december 2011 11:07:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The 13th edition of the International Book Fair of Dakar (FILDAK) is due to open on Saturday in the Senegalese capital, according to a statement from the Ministry of Culture. Full text...

  • Tunisia to host 2nd int'l festival of culture, sports tourism
    14 december 2011 12:35:03
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The second International Festival of Saharan and sports tourism will be held from 29 December, 2011, to 2 January, 2012, in the governorates of Kebili and Tatatouine, Tunisia. Full text...

  • UNESCO launches mobile learning programme, "from text books to telephone"
    09 december 2011 17:56:30
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO will hold an international experts’ meeting and symposium at its Headquarters in Paris, France, from 12 to 16 December to promote the potential contribution of mobile telephones to education, the UN agency said in a press statement Friday. Full text...

  • 2 Tunisians win prize for translating dictionary from French to Arabic
    08 december 2011 17:34:37
    Paris, France (PANA) - Two Tunisians -- Abdelkader Mhiri and Hammadi Sammoud -- have won the Ibn Khaldoum-Senghor prize for translating the "New encyclopedic dictionary of linguistics" from French to Arabic, PANA learnt Thursday from official sources. Full text...

  • UNESCO marks 10th year of convention on protection of underwater heritage
    01 december 2011 14:59:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The world’s leading academics, experts and underwater archaeologists will look at ways to improve the protection of underwater heritage at a meeting to be held at the Belgian Royal Library in Brussels from 13 to 14 December, according to a press statement from UNESCO in Paris, France, obtained by PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Angola's Int'l Cinema Festival begins
    18 november 2011 13:16:13
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The fourth edition of the International Cinema Festival (FIC-Luanda), whose objective is to promote Angolan and international Cinema, as well promote the exchange of experiences between Angolan and foreign film makers, got underway Friday in the Angolan capital, Luanda. Full text...

  • Angola's Int'l Cinema Festival begins Friday
    17 november 2011 16:11:41
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The fourth edition of the International Cinema Festival (FIC-Luanda), whose objective is to promote Angolan and international Cinema, as well promote the exchange of experiences between Angolan and foreign film makers, begins here Friday. Full text...

  • UNESCO's Intangible Heritage Committee considers new inscriptions
    17 november 2011 14:48:20
    Paris, France (PANA) - More than 80 nominations, including Saman Dance from Indonesia, Fado from Portugal and Mariachi music from Mexico, will be considered for inclusion in the UNESCO Intangible Heritage lists at the sixth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, to be held in Bali, Indonesia, from 22-29 November, 2011. Full text...

  • 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...

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