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  • Global tourist numbers increasing, says WTO
    08 september 2011 16:20:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Tourism Organisation (WTO) on Thursday said that international tourist numbers surged by nearly 5 per cent in the first half of this year as the industry continues its recovery following the global dip in the wake of the recent financial crisis. Full text...

  • Kadhafi's security chief, others head for Niamey
    06 september 2011 22:51:37
    Agadez, Niger (PANA) – The security chief of former Libyan leader Mouamar Kadhafi, Mansour Dhao, is on his way to Niamey, the capital of Niger, accompanied by an official from the region of Agadez, a reliable source told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Malian president receives "administrative city" built with Libyan loan
    06 september 2011 21:37:41
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré on Monday officially received the "administrative city" built with a 53.5 billion FCAF loan from the ousted Libyan government. Full text...

  • UN/NGOs forum tasks civil society groups on sustainable development
    06 september 2011 16:09:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and NGOs ended their annual joint conference Tuesday in Bonn, Germany, with calls for civil society to encourage people to realize that their local concerns were connected to the larger global issues. Full text...

  • Nigerian Muslims mark end of fasting with prayers
    30 august 2011 16:04:34
    Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria (PANA) - Muslims across Nigeria Tuesday observed the Eid-Eil-Fitr prayers, signifying the end of the Ramadan fast, with a call from Islamic clerics and political leaders to imbibe the lessons of the period -- charity, peaceful coexistence, obedience to God, abstinence from sins and good neighbourliness. Full text...

  • UN chief stresses need to accelerate efforts on MDGs
    23 august 2011 13:04:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday stressed the need to accelerate efforts to accomplish the global poverty eradication and social development targets, urging all partners, including the private sector and civil society, to work with governments to ensure the goals are achieved by the 2015 deadline. Full text...

  • Top Zim ex-general dies
    16 august 2011 11:39:21
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - One of Zimbabwe's most influential politicians, former army commander Gen. Solomon Mujuru, died on Tuesday in a fire accident at his farm near the capital Harare, officials said. Full text...

  • UN chief commends world's youth
    12 august 2011 18:57:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday underscored the Full text...

  • Mali to recruit more than 1,000 civil servants
    11 august 2011 21:39:52
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The government of Mali is to recruit more than 1,000 public service agents through direct competitive exams as from 17 September, a statement from the Malian Labour and Public Service ministry announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN-backed scheme to link 3m people in Africa, South Asia with mobile phones
    04 august 2011 16:36:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Three million poor people in Africa and South Asia, majority of them women, will gain access to low-cost mobile phone numbers as part of technology firm Movirtu’s partnership with the UN-backed initiative that enlists the private sector in efforts to fight poverty. Full text...

  • 16 die in Zimbabwe road crash
    03 august 2011 08:56:32
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Sixteen people died and several others were injured in eastern Zimbabwe Tuesday, when a bus in which they were travelling overturned after bursting a front tyre, police said. Full text...

  • Report: Poor countries spend more money on arms than education
    02 august 2011 22:23:10
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The world’s poorest countries spend more money on arms than education, according to the annual report on the Universal Initiative on Education for all. Full text...

  • UN high-level summit identifies young people as agents of change
    25 july 2011 19:55:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly on Monday kicked off a high-level summit devoted to tackling the challenges facing the youth and exploring their potential to bring about change in their societies and in the world at large. Full text...

  • Zim college vice principal demoted over rabbits
    20 july 2011 12:02:45
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - A wildlife college in Zimbabwe said Wednesday it had demoted its vice principal after he authorised the hunting and slaughter of 20 wild rabbits to feed guests. Full text...

  • WFP rescuing needy families in Ziguinchor
    19 july 2011 19:15:47
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP), with the support of the European Union (EU), is providing vouchers for food to the poor in Ziguinchor, southern Senegal, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • 14 Zimbabweans die in SA bus crash
    19 july 2011 12:51:33
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Fourteen Zimbabweans died and several others were injured at the weekend in a bus crash in South Africa, police and officials said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Benin embarks on no-work, no-pay policy for striking workers
    18 july 2011 19:43:24
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The Beninese government Monday said it would not pay the salaries of workers who are currently on strike. Full text...

  • UN chief extols Nelson Mandela's virtues
    18 july 2011 16:02:51
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday described former South African President Nelson Mandela, as "an inspirational figure who has served as a role model for countless people around the world. Full text...

  • WFP holds int'l conference on pandemics in Dakar Monday
    17 july 2011 18:41:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) will Monday, in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, hold an international conference on preparedness and response to pandemies (P2RX), a news release of the institution made available to PANA disclosed. Full text...

  • Burundi hosts talks on African Charter on Human, Peoples' Rights
    17 july 2011 11:41:15
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Africa, Mrs. Lucy Asuagbor, will Tuesday begin a three-day working visit in Burundi, where she will participate in a roundtable on the 30th anniversary of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. Full text...

  • New Yorkers, diplomats to celebrate Mandela's birthday
    14 july 2011 17:11:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Hundreds of New Yorkers and diplomats will gather in New York's Full text...

  • Japan assists Benin flood victims in Benin
    13 july 2011 22:13:33
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Japan has offered the Beninese authorities 1,200 tents for victims of floods in the south of West African country following torrential rains which have left at least 46 people dead, official sources said on Wednesday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Jonathan congratulates Nigerian Nobel Laureate Soyinka at 77
    13 july 2011 17:36:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday congratulated Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka on his 77th birthday, describing him as a national icon, treasure and a source of inspiration. Full text...

  • Nigerian telecom firm extends network to six African countries
    09 july 2011 15:44:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah, has commended Nigeria’s communications firm, MainOne Cable, for its pioneering role of providing wholesale broadband capacity that has greatly reduced the digital divide between Africa and the outside world. Full text...

  • Nigerian communities set to operate radio stations
    05 july 2011 22:33:57
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  • Cape Verde to donate drugs to nationals in Sao Tomé and Principe
    04 july 2011 21:04:19
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – Cape Verde is to donate five tonnes of drugs to its nationals living in Sao Tomé and Principe, official sources told PANA in Praia on Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritanian journalists to go on strike Thursday
    28 june 2011 18:09:13
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Journalists in government-owned media organizations in Mauritania are to go on strike Thursday to press for a 10 per cent salary increase and the 50 per cent granted to other public sector employees since 2008, PANA learnt. Full text...

  • Detained former Gambian minister charged
    25 june 2011 18:43:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Dr Amadou Scattered Janneh, the detained former Gambian minister of Information/Communication, has been charged with treason for allegedly distributing anti-President Yahya Jammeh materials. Full text...

  • UN report says global demand for synthetic drugs increasing
    23 june 2011 20:21:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN annual drug report said on Thursday that while global markets for cocaine, heroin and cannabis declined or remained stable, the production and abuse of prescription opiate drugs and new synthetic drugs rose. Full text...

  • Ban tasks public servants on good governance, integrity
    23 june 2011 16:26:21
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged public servants across the world to promote the ideals of good governance, integrity, respect for diversity, gender equality and the use of technology for effective management of knowledge to build better lives for all. Full text...

  • Netherlands grants Mali 6.5 billion FCFA for education, poverty reduction
    21 june 2011 21:58:15
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Netherlands has granted Mali 6.5 billion FCFA for education, poverty reduction, health and social sectors under an agreement signed in Bamako on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN human rights council endorses global guide for businesses
    17 june 2011 16:26:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Human Rights Council has endorsed a new set of global guiding principles for businesses, designed to ensure that companies do not violate human rights in the course of their transactions. Full text...

  • Zim police woman sacked for having affair with opposition MP
    16 june 2011 14:33:19
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - A Zimbabwean police woman has been sacked for allegedly concealing a suspected affair with an opposition legislator, the local media reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Migiro urges nations to invest in poverty eradication
    14 june 2011 18:52:23
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Asha-Rose Migiro on Tuesday stressed the need to protect development gains achieved so far despite the fiscal austerity measures undertaken in the wake of the global financial crisis, saying great social benefits arise from investing in poverty eradication programmes. Full text...

  • Prolonged jobs crisis continues - ILO
    08 june 2011 07:44:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The prolonged jobs crisis, despite some promising signs of growth, continues to defy global efforts by governments and businesses to generate employment and end the growing hardships people are suffering in their search for work, the International Labour Office (ILO) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • ILO chief calls for "new era of social justice"
    02 june 2011 19:14:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Juan Somavia, has called for "a new era of social justice" due to unemployment, unfair globalization, turmoil in the workplace and extreme differences between rich and poor. Full text...

  • Niger launches extensive training programme for various professionals
    31 may 2011 17:58:46
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Nigerien government Tuesday launched a programme to train 1,500 apprentices and 500 teacher trainees on Cooperative Education, supported by the Fund to Support Continuing Professional Development and Learning (FAFPCA ), official sources in Niamey told PANA. Full text...

  • 'Gambian president will be 46 Wednesday'
    24 may 2011 19:28:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – All is now set in the Gambia for the 46th-year birthday celebrations of president Yahya Jammeh, PANA has confirmed from here. Full text...

  • Mauritanian secondary school teachers observe 3-day general strike
    22 may 2011 19:33:44
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania’s National Union of Secondary Education (SNES) is embarking on a three-day general strike from Sunday, sources close to the union told PANA. Full text...

  • Mauritanian miners go on strike
    19 may 2011 17:38:37
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Miners at the Tasiast Mauritania Limited on Thursday began a general strike to press for a wage increase of 15 percent, union sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Mauritania's striking doctors back to work
    18 may 2011 12:48:03
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Striking medical doctors in Mauritania were due to start work Wednesday, after they called off their strike that started 7 April. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe bans used car imports
    17 may 2011 12:07:05
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe Tuesday banned imports of second hand cars older than five years, saying the vehicles posed environmental hazards. Full text...

  • Mali, Italian group sign vocational training agreement for young Malians
    12 may 2011 16:07:36
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali’s National Agency for the Promotion of Employment (ANPE) and the Italian group, Andriano, on Wednesday in Bamako signed an agreement in the vocational training and employment sectors, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Mali university teachers call off strike
    09 may 2011 18:49:17
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Members of National Union of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Mali (SYNESUP) have called off their indefinite strike after the signing Monday of an agreement between the Malian government and the leaders of the organization in Bamako, according to a PANA report. Full text...

  • Strike paralyses Mauritania’s secondary education
    09 may 2011 12:36:14
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The three-day strike embarked upon Sunday by the National Union of Secondary Education in Mauritania (SNES) has been largely successful, thus paralysing teaching and learning at that level, according to a statement issued by the union and obtained by PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritania secondary education union declares 3-day strike
    07 may 2011 17:51:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The National Secondary Education Union of Mauritania (SNES) Saturday called for a three-day strike (8, 9 and 10 May), to claim "better living conditions" for teachers. Full text...

  • UNESCO, Nigeria sign pact on adult, youth literacy
    06 may 2011 19:18:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday signed an agreement with the Nigerian government to revitalize adult and youth literacy in the country. Full text...

  • UNESCO stresses importance of press freedom
    03 may 2011 16:37:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Tuesday stressed that freedom of expression remained as important as ever in the digital age, saying it served as a basis for democracy and human dignity everywhere. Full text...

  • Mauritanian workers agitate for hike in salaries
    01 may 2011 20:09:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Celebrating the the International Labour Day here on Sunday, thousands of Mauritanian workers from different trade unions paraded the main streets of Nouakchott, the capital, calling for a hike in their salaries, PANA reported. Full text...

  • UN uses social media to enhance work - official
    28 april 2011 16:58:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Kiyo Akasaka, on Thursday said the organisation was increasingly harnessing social media and the Internet to disseminate key messages on its work and activities around the world. Full text...

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