• Rights group says civilians under threat from militias in Libya
    18 january 2019 05:18:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) is urging the Libyan authorities to prioritise justice sector reform and establish accountability, particularly for members of armed groups. Full text...

  • Rights group slams Mauritania for repressive laws
    18 january 2019 05:04:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Mauritanian authorities used a litany of harsh and overbroad laws on terrorism, cybercrime, apostasy, and criminal defamation to prosecute and jail human rights defenders, activists, bloggers, and political dissidents during 2018, Human Rights Watch has said in its World Report 2019. Full text...

  • 2018/19 CAF Champions League: Day 2, Group-phase matches on Friday, Saturday
    18 january 2019 04:46:37
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Below are all Day 2 matches in the Group phase of the 2018/2019 CAF Champions League, taking place on Friday and Saturday across Africa. Full text...

  • UN rights chief alarmed over alleged use of live fire against Sudanese protesters
    17 january 2019 21:53:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The reported use of “excessive force” against demonstrators across Sudan over food and fuel shortages that has led to the deaths of at least 24 people is “deeply worrying”, the UN’s top human rights official, Michelle Bachelet, said in Geneva on Thursday. Full text...

  • EU, IMF sign agreement to financing Africa regional centre
    17 january 2019 21:01:49
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday signed an agreement to finance the second phase of the Regional Technical Assistance Centre for Southern Africa (AFRITAC South – AFS) Phase 11 to the tune of about US$23.5 million) at the Africa Training Institute in Ebène, south of the capital, Port-Louis.Full text...

  • President Barrow inaugurates Trans-Gambia Bridge Monday
    17 january 2019 20:52:58
    Dakar, Senegal, (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow alongside with his Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall will on Monday preside over the inauguration of the much anticipated Trans-Gambia Bridge, the Gambian presidency said on Thursday.Full text...

  • Bomb experts discover unexploded devices at Nairobi terror hotel site
    17 january 2019 19:45:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Bomb experts, combing through the site of the Riverside terror attack site, have uncovered four unexploded explosive devices planted by the terrorists killed at the site, Police said on Thursday.Full text...

  • 16 inmates from Rwanda juvenile prison pardoned for passing college entrance exams
    17 january 2019 19:29:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - For passing this year's national college entrance examination, the Rwandan President Paul Kagame, has pardoned 16 youth, aged under 18, according to an official source in KigaliFull text...

  • Algeria to sponsor Miriam Makeba Prize at Fespaco 2019
    17 january 2019 19:20:30
    Paris, France (PANA) - A Miriam Makeba Prize, sponsored by Algeria, will be awarded for the first time at the Pan-African Film, Television and Audiovisual Festival (Fespaco), scheduled to hold from 23 February to 2 March, 2019, in Ouagadougou, announced the festival's general delegation. Full text...

  • Regulatory body slams media on handling of security information
    17 january 2019 19:09:22
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Higher Council of Communication (CSC) in Burkina Faso on Thursday expressed concern on the handling of security information in some media outlets and social networks.Full text...

  • Burkinabe gov't solicits economic model for African cinema at FESPACO 2019
    17 january 2019 18:55:08
    Paris, France (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Minister of Culture, Abdoum Karim Sango, has called on African film professionals and their partners to evolve an economic model for the African cinema during the Pan-African Film, Television and Audiovisuel (FESPACO), scheduled for 23 February to 2 March in Ouagadougou.Full text...

  • Tunisia's labour union declares general strike over poor wages
    17 january 2019 18:32:53
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered on Thursday in front of the headquarters of the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) center in Tunis, for a large rally on the occasion of the general strike declared after negotiations with government over poor wages in the public service failed. Full text...

  • Opposition Alliance nominates single candidate for 2019 presidential election in Mauritania
    17 january 2019 17:59:41
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Several leaders of a Democratic Opposition Electoral Alliance (AEOD) in Mauritania, rose from their meeting in Nouakchott, announcing "a common strategy, programme and candidate" for the 2019 presidential election.Full text...

  • Ghana gov't condemns murder of undercover journalist
    17 january 2019 17:36:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Ghana Government has condemned the "heinous and barbaric" murder of undercover journalist, Ahmed Husein-Suale, in Accra on Wednesday night by unidentified gunmen on a motor cycle as he drove home.Full text...

  • Togolese opposition plans huge demonstration Jan. 26
    17 january 2019 17:30:47
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The Coalition of Togolese opposition political parties has scheduled a meeting on January 19 and 20, prior to a planned national demonstration on January 26, PANA learnt from political sources on Thursday in Lomé.Full text...

  • Burundi to participate in EAC 20th Summit of after initial withdrawal
    17 january 2019 17:03:51
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - After several postponements of the 20th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State of the East African Community (EAC), last year for a lack of sufficient quorum, the summit has been rescheduled to take place on February 1 in Arusha, Tanzania, this time with the participation of Burundi.Full text...

  • Kidnapped Canadian mine worker found dead in Burkina Faso
    17 january 2019 16:42:21
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A Canadian mine worker, Kurk Woodman, kidnapped by unidentified individuals on January 15, has been found dead, the Burkinabe Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.Full text...

  • Libya appeals to international community for help to train its police
    17 january 2019 15:45:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Minister of the Interior of the Government of National Unity (GNA), Fethi Bachagha, has called on ambassadors of the international community to help train Libyan police in fighting against crime and terrorism, while the country still faces the terrorist threat because of the existence of Daesh cells.Full text...

  • Libya condemns Nairobi terrorist attack
    17 january 2019 15:36:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala has denounced the terrorist attack on the Dusit D2 Hotel complex in Nairobi and offered his condolences to his Kenyan counterpart, Monica Juma, PANA learnt on Thursday from an official source in Tripoli.Full text...

  • Italian PM urges Libyan parties to fulfill their responsibilities to Libyan people
    17 january 2019 15:22:17
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has urged Libyan parties to be aware of their responsibilities to the Libyan people, who are only asking for stability and well-being. Full text...

  • Senegal's island residents fight coastal erosion
    17 january 2019 15:07:00
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) - Residents of Carabane island, located at the estuary of Casamance River in southern Senegal, are struggling to save their land from disappearance as a result of coastal erosion that threatens many islands in Casamance area.Full text...

  • Burkina Faso confirms abduction of three expatriates
    17 january 2019 13:24:55
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Minister of Security, Clément Sawadogo, has confirmed the kidnapping on January 15 of a Canadian working for a mine in the north of the country, as well as the disappearance of a Canadian-Italian couple in early January in the west of the country.Full text...

  • Gambians call for presidency with limited constitutional power
    17 january 2019 13:19:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - In the ongoing constitutional review process, more and more Gambians are calling for limited powers to be vested in the hands of the President of the Republic.Full text...

  • Three ivory traffickers arrested in northern Congo
    17 january 2019 12:52:59
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Three suspected traffickers, including a serviceman from the Congolese Armed Forces, have been arrested in northern Congo, in possession of nine ivory spears weighing about ten kilograms and representing five elephants killed, the public radio announced on Thursday . Full text...

  • Libyan Supreme Court allows appeal against referendum law
    17 january 2019 12:40:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Supreme Court will examine an appeal against the referendum law on the draft Constitution as filed against the presidents of Parliament, the High Council of State, the Presidential Council and the High National Electoral Commission (HNEC) for introducing amendments to the Constitutional Declaration on the Referendum Act.Full text...

  • Calm returns to Tripoli; death toll in armed clashes increases to 5
    17 january 2019 12:10:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Calm has returned to Tripoli on Thursday, in the aftermath of the armed clashes in which five people were killed and 20 others wounded in the southern suburbs of the capital.Full text...

  • Kagame consoles Kenya over deadly Nairobi terrorist attack
    17 january 2019 11:43:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame has sent a message of condolence to his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta, over a deadly terrorist attack in Nairobi on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya
    17 january 2019 11:22:06
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Thursday's foreign exchange rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya, as issued by the Central Bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • 2018/19 CAF Conf. Cup: Sudan's Al Hilal Omdurman arrive for Rwanda's Mukura VS clash
    17 january 2019 10:59:14
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Sudan's Al Hilal Omdurman football arrived in Kigali on Wednesday for the second leg play-off match in the 2018/19 CAF Confederation Cup competition on Saturday against Rwanda's Mukura Victory Sport.Full text...

  • South African lawyer to represent LRA suspect
    17 january 2019 10:49:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former anti-apartheid activist and lawyer Michael Donen has been selected to participate in a high-profile trial before the International Criminal Court in Kampala, Uganda.Full text...

  • Member of Ghana's popular private investigation company murdered
    17 january 2019 10:44:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A member of Ghana's private investigation company, Tiger Eye PI, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, has been shot dead by unknown persons at Madina, a suburb of Accra. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    17 january 2019 10:17:50
    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...

  • Cote d'Ivoire introduces model to improve business
    17 january 2019 09:32:52
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government on Wednesday adopted a model for the creation and improvement of business in the West African country.Full text...

  • Mauritius: New Animal Health Bill to be introduced soon
    17 january 2019 09:19:59
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A New Animal Health Bill will be introduced this year in order to further reinforce biosecurity in the livestock sector and the Plant Protection Act of 2006 will also be reviewed, Mauritian Agro-Industry Minister Mahen Seeruttun on Wednesday night said at a workshop on the preparation of a biosecurity plan for the agricultural sector in Mauritius, a PANA correspondent reported from Port-Louis.Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    17 january 2019 08:16:04
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Thursday's foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Thursday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    17 january 2019 08:01:58
    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...

  • Rights group urges Kenya authorities to consider victims’ needs in bloody hotel attack
    17 january 2019 05:55:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights group is urging Kenya’s government to put victims "front and centre" in its response to the 15 January, 2019 attack on the DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Rights group says Zimbabwe security forces fire on protesters
    17 january 2019 05:42:35
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe security forces fatally shot at least five people and wounded 25 others during a crackdown on nationwide protests beginning 14 January, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'Dire’ humanitarian situation, ‘grave’ security concerns challenge fragile peace
    17 january 2019 05:28:27
    New York, US (PANA) - With over 800 schools forced to close due to insecurity, and 2.3 million vulnerable people in need of assistance this year, a top UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday that the humanitarian situation in Mali “remains dire”. Full text...

  • Nearly 900 reportedly killed following ‘shocking’ intercommunal attacks in DR Congo - UN
    17 january 2019 05:15:48
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that at least 890 villagers were reportedly killed in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo last month, following brutal inter-communal clashes. Full text...

  • Death toll from Kenya terror attack rises to 21, two people arrested
    17 january 2019 05:08:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The death toll from the deadly terror attack at Nairobi's Riverside Park complex, housing the Dusit D2 Hotel and office suites, has risen to 21, made up of 16 Kenyans, three unidentified African nationalities, a Briton and an American, police said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • 25% of Congolese and 2% of children affected by sickle cell disease
    16 january 2019 22:01:35
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese Minister of Health and Population Jacqueline Lydia Mikolole said on Wednesday in Brazzaville that 25% of the population and 2%of children are affected by sickle cell disease, public radio reported.Full text...

  • President Barrow vows to reduce youth unemployment from 38% to 25%
    16 january 2019 21:48:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian president Adama Barrow says that his government's ultimate target is to reduce youth unemployment rate from 38% to 25% in the medium term. Full text...

  • Congo launches single window in Likouala to boost State revenue
    16 january 2019 21:39:56
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government has launched a single window for goods clearance at Impfondo, Mokabi and Bétou, in the Likouala region, in the far north, to boost the country's revenue and streamline its spending to have a single point of all formalities related to customs clearance.Full text...

  • Guinean president to attend investiture of Malagasy president-elect
    16 january 2019 21:29:58
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The head of state of Guinea, Alpha Condé, will travel to Madagascar on Saturday to attend the investiture of president-elect Andry Rajaoelina, an official source announced in Conakry on Wednesday.Full text...

  • UNAIDS Director hails results in the fight against AIDS
    16 january 2019 21:24:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé on Thursday welcomed the results achieved in the fight against AIDS, calling on the international community, and African countries in particular, to step up efforts to mobilise against the epidemic.Full text...

  • Laurent Gbagbo is released after his acquittal
    16 january 2019 20:03:58
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday ruled, by a majority, that former Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo, and his co-accused, Charles Blé Goudé, will be released following their acquittal on Tuesday of all crimes against humanity charges.Full text...

  • Fespaco selects films for screening at Ouagadougou festival
    16 january 2019 19:58:22
    Paris, France (PANA) - The management of the Pan-African Film, Television and Audiovisual Festival (Fespaco), on Wednesday announced the official selection of the full-length films that will compete during the 26th edition of the festival, to be held from 23 February to 2 March in Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital.Full text...

  • Buhari consoles Kenyatta on terrorist attack on Nairobi hotel
    16 january 2019 19:51:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the government and people of Kenya on the deadly terrorist attack on a hotel and office complex in Nairobi.Full text...

  • Tunisia obtains 500-million-dollar credit from Saudi Arabia
    16 january 2019 19:47:20
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Saudi Arabia has granted a credit of 500 million dollars to Tunisia on "preferential terms", the Tunisian Ministry of Finance announced here on Wednesday.Full text...


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