• 2018 CHAN: Guinea sacks coach Bangoura
    18 january 2018 22:02:55
    Casablanca, Morocco (PANA) - Guinea coach Kanfory Lappe Bangoura has become the first coaching casualty at the ongoing Total African Nations Championship Morocco 2018, the Confederation of African Football said on Thursday. Full text...

  • 2018 CHAN: Zambia, Namibia reach quarter-finals
    18 january 2018 21:57:51
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - Zambia and Namibia sailed into the African Nations Championship quarter-finals when they won their respective second Group B matches played on Thursday in Marrakech, Morocco. Full text...

  • 95 rehabilitated former Boko Haram terrorists set for reintegration into Nigerian society
    18 january 2018 20:01:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Ninety five “repentant” Boko Haram terrorists that have been rehabilitated under the Nigerian federal government’s Deradicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) programme are now set to be reintegrated into the society, Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, disclosed on Thursday in Abuja.Full text...

  • Kenya hopeful to retain African hockey title
    18 january 2018 18:43:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Telcom Orange hockey club jetted out to Accra on Thursday determined to retain the Africa Cup of Club Champions women's title. Full text...

  • Trump’s first year in White House sets back human rights
    18 january 2018 18:34:08
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) – The first year of US President Donald Trump’s administration was marked by a sharp regression in government efforts to protect and promote a range of human rights, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday in its World Report 2018. Full text...

  • Global rights body reports increased repression of peaceful dissent in Southern Africa
    18 january 2018 18:02:05
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Southern African governments clamped down on vocal journalists, activists, and opposition politicians in 2017, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2018 released on Thursday. Full text...

  • 11 African leaders, football stars to attend Weah's inauguration in Liberia
    18 january 2018 18:00:35
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The leaders of 11 African nations and a horde of football stars are expected to attend the inauguration of Liberia’s President-elect George Manneh Weah, on Monday, the government announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambian group urges government to guarantee right to peaceful assembly
    18 january 2018 16:14:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A political and human rights group in Gambia has called on the government of President Adama Barrow to guarantee the right to peaceful assembly. Full text...

  • Jammeh wanted me eliminated – Gambia election chief
    18 january 2018 16:10:46
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, Alieu Mommar Njie, has said former president Yahya Jammeh wanted him dead after losing the general elections of December 1, 2016. Full text...

  • Liberia agrees to host SDGs Center for Africa
    18 january 2018 16:04:50
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Liberian government and the Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) have signed a “Host Country Agreement” to establish the first West African SDGC/A sub-regional center in Monrovia.Full text...

  • Numerous South Africa-Mauritius flights cancelled
    18 january 2018 14:00:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Several flights from South Africa to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius have been cancelled due to tropical Cyclone, Berguitta, which is creating high winds. Full text...

  • Authorities in Botswana issue cholera alert
    18 january 2018 11:19:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana is on high alert following the outbreak of cholera in East and Central African countries including Malawi, Kenya, South Sudan, Mozambique, Tanzania and Angola. Full text...

  • Kigali to host first East African centre of excellence in astrophysics
    18 january 2018 10:31:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The East Africa Institute for Fundamental Research (EAIFR), a new regional centre of excellence, will be established in Kigali by May this year with the main mission to promote the astrophysics research programme in the region and Africa, an official source said on Thursday in Kigali.Full text...

  • Hundreds mourn renowned Rwandan journalist Casmiry Kayumba
    18 january 2018 09:44:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Hundreds of people on Thursday turned up for the burial of veteran Rwandan journalist, Casmiry Kayumba, former publisher of Ukuri weekly newspaper, who died of heart attack on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    18 january 2018 09:21:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The following are Thursday's foreign exchange rates for the Rwandan franc, as issued by the National Bank of Rwanda.Full text...

  • ‘Keep rein on external borrowing’ - IMF urges Ethiopia
    18 january 2018 09:15:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has commended Ethiopia’s impressive record of human development improvements and output growth over the last decade. However, it has warned that the country’s external imbalances and inadequate reserve buffers remain a key risk. Full text...

  • Thursday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    18 january 2018 08:47:14
    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...

  • Thursday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    18 january 2018 07:31:21
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are Thursday's average interbank exchange rates for the Ghana cedi as announced by the Ghana Association of Bankers. Full text...

  • Suicide bomb attack kills 12 in Maiduguri
    18 january 2018 07:23:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria police on Wednesday night said 12 people were killed when two suicide bombs exploded around Muna Garage area of Maiduguri, Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN agencies in urgent bid to prevent famine in Kasai, DRC
    18 january 2018 07:16:36
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – In a stark warning, three UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) – say time is running out to save hundreds of thousands of lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Full text...

  • UN mission issues 48-hour ultimatum to CAR armed groups
    18 january 2018 07:09:29
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The United Nations Mission in the troubled Central African Republic (CAR), known by its French acronym, MINUSCA, has given armed groups in the north of the country 48 hours to clear out. Full text...

  • 2018 CHAN: Morocco, Sudan reach quarter-finals; Guinea, Mauritania eliminated
    18 january 2018 05:44:39
    Casablanca, Morocco (PANA) - Hosts Morocco and Sudan on Wednesday qualified for quarter-finals of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), even with the third group matches yet to be played. Full text...

  • 2018 CHAN: Morocco, Sudan win Day 2, Group A matches
    17 january 2018 22:37:18
    Casablanca, Morocco (PANA) - The following are the results Day 2 Group A matches played on Wednesday at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), taking place in Morocco. Full text...

  • UN, partners seek US$1.6 billion to protect millions of lives from drought in Somalia
    17 january 2018 22:30:47
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – While Somalia, with the international community’s help, averted famine last year, long-term solutions for drought, conflict and displacement must still be found, the United Nations office in the country said on Wednesday, launching the 2018 humanitarian response plan, which calls for US$1.6 billion to protect the lives of 5.4 million people. Full text...

  • World cannot stand idle as millions in DR Congo ‘suffer in silence,’ says UN agency
    17 january 2018 22:26:52
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – The dramatic deterioration in the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic over the past year has been further complicated by recent floods and health crises, the United Nations migration agency said on Wednesday, appealing for urgent funding to ensure continued assistance and protection for millions in need. Full text...

  • UN poised to scale up support for Libya’s post-conflict transition, Security Council told
    17 january 2018 22:22:13
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations is implementing its Action Plan for Libya to create the necessary conditions for the completion of the North African country’s post-conflict transition, the head of UN mission there said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sirleaf praises Liberians for perseverance over 12 years
    17 january 2018 21:23:07
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised her compatriots for their perseverance over 12 years when the nation was emerging from the throes of war following democratic elections. Full text...

  • Rwandan president receives credentials of 10 new ambassadors to Rwanda
    17 january 2018 15:26:35
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday received the credentials of 10 new ambassadors to Rwanda, a diplomatic source revealed Wednesday here. Full text...

  • Nanotechnology's new cost-effective approach to address waterborne diseases in Rwanda (A feature by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent in Kigali)
    17 january 2018 14:08:56
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - With the use of nanotechnology application, including the distribution of equipment and powder products that come in small affordable easy-to-use packets with a high specificity of water purification, rural communities in Rwanda are now using these new purification products to replace the traditional water treatment.Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    17 january 2018 13:47:40
    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...

  • Violence fuels 'Neglected Humanitarian Tragedy' in CAR
    17 january 2018 12:58:19
    Geneva,Switzerland (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is warning that humanitarian conditions in the Central African Republic (CAR) are rapidly deteriorating, with half of the population in need of humanitarian aid. Full text...

  • Rights group launches film on Gambian human rights defenders
    17 january 2018 11:59:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Ahead of the first anniversary of President Adama Barrow’s inauguration this week, Amnesty International (AI) is launching a film documenting the courage of Gambian human rights defenders who risked everything to resist oppression during the 22-year regime of ousted president Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • Wednesday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    17 january 2018 11:34:26
    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...

  • Ramaphosa urged to stop Zuma's allies from fleeing South Africa
    17 january 2018 11:32:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has snubbed President Jacob Zuma and called on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to ensure that borders and airports are put on alert in order to stop the Gupta family from trying to flee the country ahead of their reported imminent arrests. Full text...

  • Kenya to create mega development bank
    17 january 2018 10:28:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The Kenyan government plans to merge six state-owned financial services firms to form one Development Bank, the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Wednesday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    17 january 2018 07:42:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are Wednesday's average interbank exchange rates for the Ghana cedi as announced by the Ghana Association of Bankers. Full text...

  • AUC, UNSMIL agree on coordinated approach to seek lasting peace in Libya
    17 january 2018 07:33:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) have agreed that a coordinated approach between the two organizations is vital in finding lasting peace in Libya. Full text...

  • AU congratulates Bience Gawanas on appointment as UN Special Advisor on Africa
    17 january 2018 07:27:37
    Addis Abeba, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission has congratulated Ms Bience Gawanas of Namibia, on her appointment as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Africa.Full text...

  • 2-day AU gender pre-summit takes place in Addis Ababa
    17 january 2018 07:19:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 10th African Union (AU) Gender Pre-Summit to discuss impact of corruption on women’s empowerment and related Issues begins on Wednesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, over two days. Full text...

  • US President Trump declared 'Persona Non Grata' in Caribbean over 'Shithole' comments
    17 january 2018 07:11:46
    Bridgetown, Barbados (PANA) - Some 200 persons and organizations have signed a document, declaring US President Donald Trump "Persona Non Grata" in the Caribbean region. Full text...

  • UN Security Council urges DRC politicians to resolve differences peacefully
    17 january 2018 07:05:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Voicing serious concern over the continued political impasse and violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations Security Council has called upon all political actors there to exercise maximum restraint and to address their differences peacefully. Full text...

  • FIFA reveals why Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was banned for life
    17 january 2018 06:59:41
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Soccer Governing Body, FIFA, has released a statement regarding the ban on Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey following his "reckless" officiating in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Senegal and South Africa in 2016. Full text...

  • AfDB inspires Nigerian school children with ‘Farming is Cool’ competition
    17 january 2018 06:55:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of its goal to see a generational shift in agriculture on the continent, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has taken its ‘Farming is Cool’ initiative to school children in Nigeria. Full text...

  • AfDB Chief receives Liberia's highest honour
    17 january 2018 06:49:24
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), has been honoured with the "Order of the Star of Africa with the Grade of Grand Band of the Republic of Liberia", during an investiture ceremony hosted by the outgoing Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in Monrovia, the Liberian capital. Full text...

  • 2018 CHAN: Fixtures for Day 2, Group A matches on Wednesday, all Day 1 results
    17 january 2018 06:45:54
    Casablanca, Morocco (PANA) - Day 2 matches in Group A of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), taking place in Morocco, take place on Wednesday at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca. Full text...

  • 2018 CHAN: Results of Day 1, Group D matches
    16 january 2018 21:53:46
    Agadir, Morocco (PANA) - Here are results from Group D, Day 1 matches at the ongoing 2018 African Nations Championship, taking place in Morocco. Full text...

  • UN chief outlines priorities for action in 2018
    16 january 2018 19:52:17
    New York, US (PANA) – Having taken office with a call for peace to be the watchword of 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday said the world instead had ‘gone in reverse,” and that there are critical areas that need action in the New year, including climate change, the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, the Middle East conflict, and the Rohingya crisis. Full text...

  • Nigeria records 0.53 percent inflation drop in December 2017
    16 january 2018 19:47:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's inflation rate, measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), further dropped to 15.37 per cent in December 2017, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Tuesday, noting a 0.53 per cent points drop from 15.90 per cent recorded in November. Full text...

  • Gambia, ITFC ink US$210m financing deal for key economic sectors
    16 january 2018 19:31:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, on Tuesday signed a US$210 million framework agreement in Banjul with the Gambian government for economic support over a three-year period.Full text...

  • African civil society adds voice to global condemnation of Trump’s ‘shithole remarks’
    16 january 2018 19:03:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African civil society on Tuesday urged President Donald Trump of the United States to restrain himself as well as educate himself about the world and its people and ensure that he espouses the values that the United States people have been known for over the ages. Full text...


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