• Saturday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    15 december 2018 08:54:57
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Saturday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D) as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • Nigerian Army lifts suspension of UNICEF's activities in Boko Haram stronghold
    15 december 2018 06:00:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army has revered a controversial decision to suspend the activities of the UN children's fund (UNICEF) in the Boko Haram-ravaged northeast saying it changed its mind after the intervention of “concerned Nigerians”. Full text...

  • Togo media highlight election campaign, opposition protests
    15 december 2018 05:24:39
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The campaign for the 20 December legislative elections in Togo, opposition protests to stop the process and the silence of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Togo's political crisis were some of the stories highlighted by the Togolese media this week. Full text...

  • Peacekeeping chief honours Tanzanian troops killed in deadly DR Congo attacks
    15 december 2018 05:13:37
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A year on from the brutal killings of 15 United Nations peacekeepers from Tanzania in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) paid a visit to some of the victims’ families on Friday, to honour the memory of the soldiers who died in what was the biggest single loss of ‘blue helmets’ in recent history. Full text...

  • 2018 Beach Soccer AFCON: Senegal thrash Nigeria 6-1 to win trophy
    14 december 2018 22:22:19
    Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt (PANA) - Senegal won the 2018 CAF Beach Soccer AFCON for the fifth time by defeating Nigeria 6-1 in the finals played on Friday in Sharm El Sheikh. Full text...

  • Amnesty International condemns Nigeria's suspension of UNICEF in Boko Haram stronghold
    14 december 2018 22:11:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International has "strongly" condemned the Nigerian army’s suspension of the UN children's fund (UNICEF) from operations in northeast Nigeria over allegations of spying and collaborating with Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Rights group says use of lethal force to quell protests in Baidoa unjustifiable
    14 december 2018 22:01:49
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has said Somali and Ethiopian security forces in Baidoa must refrain from using lethal force against protestors, including ahead of, during and after the South West regional presidential election scheduled for 19 December. Full text...

  • Rights group blames UN peacekeepers for CAR massacre
    14 december 2018 21:52:11
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, has asked the United Nations to carry out a thorough investigation into UN peacekeeping troops’ response to a recent attack that killed as many as 100 civilians in a displaced persons camp in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • ‘Excessive use of force’ in campaign must be avoided in DRC polls, says Bachelet
    14 december 2018 21:21:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Deadly pre-election violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sparked by police reportedly firing live ammunition at opposition supporters, has been condemned by the UN’s top rights official, Michelle Bachelet. Full text...

  • UN investigates systematic sexual violence across South Sudan
    14 december 2018 21:13:36
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Widespread and systematic sexual violence across South Sudan, just a few months after the country’s top two politicians signed a renewed commitment to peace, was at the top of the UN Commission on Human Rights in the country’s agenda on Friday, as members ended their first fact-finding mission. Full text...

  • Preparing Africa for ravages of climate change ‘cannot be an afterthought’ – COP24
    14 december 2018 21:05:36
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - Africa is at a “tipping point” as global warming increases, and urgent action needs to be taken across the continent now, to mitigate risks and safeguard a decade of social and economic gains, according to a new report launched by the United Nations Development Agency (UNDP) at the COP24 climate conference, in Katowice, Poland. Full text...

  • Political issues remain major obstacles to successful conclusion of COP24 talks in Katowice
    14 december 2018 19:04:28
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - The UN Climate Change Conference or COP 24 underway in Katowice, Poland, was supposed on Friday, to put the negotiations on track for the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and the enhancement of the ambition of States by 2020, but inaction of some of States at the negotiating table prompted official delegations present to extend until Saturday to find a solution to this impasse, PANA learned from an authorized source. Full text...

  • President Kaboré urges support for regional water engineering institute
    14 december 2018 18:40:48
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on Friday called on African countries to pay their contributions to enable the International Institute of Water Engineering and Environment (2iE) to operate normally. Full text...

  • Nigeria suspends UNICEF operations in terror-ravaged northeast zone
    14 december 2018 18:19:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Military on Friday announced the suspension of activities of the UN Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the northeast zone of the country that has been ravaged by Boko Haram terrorism. Full text...

  • France calls for amicable solution of Togo's political crisis
    14 december 2018 17:11:06
    Paris, France (PANA) – The spokesperson for the French foreign Ministry, Ms Agnès von der Mühll, on Friday expressed concern about the political crisis in Togo and called for a consensual solution by the government and opposition. She also condemned the latest political violence that claimed four lives, according to official figures. Full text...

  • Mauritanian government approves association deal with ECOWAS
    14 december 2018 15:30:55
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government has adopted the bill authorizing the ratification of the association agreement signed with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on 5 May, 2017, in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Minister explains the dearth of digital skills in Tunisia
    14 december 2018 15:13:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The strong demand worldwide for Tunisians with digital skills is one of the reasons the north African country lacks experts in that domain locally. Full text...

  • Armed men kill 40 civilians in northern Mali
    14 december 2018 14:37:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - About 40 civilians have been killed in the last two days in the localities of Tinabaw, Tabangout and Tissalatene, in the Ménaka region of northern Mali, PANA learned on Friday from sources in the capital, Bamako. Full text...

  • Congolese Parliament deploys 0.5% of its budget to fight against hunger
    14 december 2018 14:18:51
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese parliament (National assembly and Senate) will grant 0.5% of its budget to the Congolese parliamentary Alliance for food and nutritional security (APCSAN), to enable the new platform to effectively fight against hunger in the country, PANA gathered from parliamentary sources on Friday in Brazzaville.Full text...

  • Mali to host national forum on sustainable management of water resources
    14 december 2018 13:45:48
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A national forum on the sustainable management of water resources in Mali opens on Monday in Bamako, under the chairmanship of the Malian Prime Minister, Soumeylou Boubeye Maïga, PANA learned from official sources. Full text...

  • Mali launches programme to return 250,000 children to school
    14 december 2018 12:41:04
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali on Thursday launched a programme dubbed Inclusive Education Support Programme to help some 250,000 out-of-school children return to school, the Malian authorities said in a press release. Full text...

  • Uganda goalkeeper Onyango, Salah shortlisted for CAF Awards
    14 december 2018 12:32:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Uganda Cranes captain and goalkeeer Denis Onyango and Liverpool winger Mohammed Salah are among the the 10 players shortlisted for the 2018 CAF Awards.Full text...

  • Uganda, Madagascar, Mauritania make CAF Awards final shortlist
    14 december 2018 12:23:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Uganda, Madagascar and Mauritania national football teams will compete for the national team of the year in this year’s CAF Awards in Dakar Senegal. Full text...

  • Libya launches training programme for police officers
    14 december 2018 12:18:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government of national accord and the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Thursday announced the launch of a training programme for 1,500 police officers and 330 judicial police officers. Full text...

  • Ivorian FA takes CAF to CAS over withdrawal of 2021 AFCON hosting rights
    14 december 2018 12:08:09
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian football federation (FIF) on Thursday announced it has lodged a complaint at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against the decision of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to withdraw the hosting of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) from the West African country. Full text...

  • New Bank of Mauritania and BGFI-Bank sign partnership agreement
    14 december 2018 11:54:24
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - BGFI-Bank Europe's Managing Director, Francesco de Musson, and the CEO of the New Bank of Mauritania (NBM), Abdel Baghy Ahmed Bouha, on Thursday in Nouakchott signed a partnership agreement.Full text...

  • Zuma joins social media platforms
    14 december 2018 11:46:12
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Jacob Zuma on Friday announced that he has decided to join major social media channels. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament has no resolution on Togo crisis, says Speaker
    14 december 2018 11:42:18
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lô, has denied rumours that the sub-regional parliament will pass a resolution on the political crisis in Togo. Full text...

  • ICRC hails reforms in Ethiopia
    14 december 2018 11:24:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - In the wave of historic reforms that have swept Ethiopia this year, the needs of the country’s displaced people must not be forgotten, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said on a visit to the country. Full text...

  • Tripoli named Arab Capital of Tourism 2020
    14 december 2018 10:43:29
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Arab Tourism and Culture ministers have selected Tripoli, the Libyan capital, as Arab Capital of Tourism for 2020.Full text...

  • Friday's forex rates for the CFA Franc in Central Africa
    14 december 2018 09:17:58
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) – Following are Friday’s foreign exchange rates for the CFA Franc, as issued by the Bank of the Central African States. Full text...

  • Friday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    14 december 2018 07:55:10
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Friday's foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Friday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    14 december 2018 07:53:59
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Friday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D) as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • Rising insecurity in CAR threatens wider region, Security Council told
    14 december 2018 04:47:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Rising violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) threatens to spill across the border into neighbouring countries, creating further instability, a senior United Nations official warned on Thursday, urging continued and coordinated regional efforts to bolster peace and security. Full text...

  • 2019 U-20 AFCON: Tough draw for regional rivals as host Niger draw neighbours Nigeria
    14 december 2018 04:33:36
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The draw for the Total Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Niger 2019, held on Thursday night in Niamey was marked by four West African teams finding themselves in the same group. Full text...

  • 2019 CAF Champions League: 1st-round, 1st-leg matches this weekend
    14 december 2018 04:29:57
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Below are all first-round, first-leg matches, to be played across Africa from Friday through this weekend, in the 2019 CAF Champions league. Full text...

  • 2019 CAF Confed. Cup: 1st-round, 1st-leg fixtures
    14 december 2018 04:28:06
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Here are the first-round, first-leg fixtures for the 2019 CAF Confederation Cup, to be played on Friday through the weekend across Africa. Full text...

  • 2018 Beach Soccer AFCON: Nigeria vs Senegal final, battle of giants
    14 december 2018 04:25:58
    Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt (PANA) - The final match of the 2018 CAF Beach Soccer AFCON in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on Friday, will feature two giants - Senegal and Nigeria - who between them have claimed six titles.Full text...

  • Human rights groups want CAR government to take legal action against ex-Seleka rebels
    13 december 2018 19:45:43
    Paris, France (PANA) – The international Federation of Human rights (IFHR) and its partner organisation in Central African Republic, the CAR league of human rights (OCDH), on Thursday called on the CAR authorities to take legal proceedings against the leaders of the ex-Seleka, after the arrests of Alfred Rombhot Yekatom and Patrice Edouard Ngaïssona, two senior CAR anti-Balaka ex-war leaders. Full text...

  • Buhari says its mandatory for Nigeria to assist ECOWAS
    13 december 2018 19:27:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President and chairman of ECOWAS, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday said that it is mandatory for Nigeria to assist the sub-regional body. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council meets in Abuja
    13 december 2018 19:22:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Mediation and Security Council on Thursday began a three-day meeting in Abuja with the Nigerian federal government assuring of credible elections in 2019. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Senegal play final of 2018 CAN beach soccer in Egypt
    13 december 2018 19:12:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal has joined Nigeria for the final of the Beach Soccer Cup of African Nations tournament being played in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt, after beating Morocco 7-2 goals in the semifinal on Thursday. Full text...

  • President Sall wants preps for construction of Gorée Memorial in top gear
    13 december 2018 18:58:55
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese President Macky Sall has directed his administration to finalise the necessary technical and financial studies for the construction of the Gorée Memorial and the International Palace of Arts in Dakar to get underway, according to an official communiqué made available to PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Burkina demonstration demands justice for slain journalist Zongo
    13 december 2018 18:30:18
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Several people protested Thursday in Ouagadougou to demand justice on the 20th commemoration of the death of Norbert Zongo, an investigative journalist who was murdered on 13 December 1998. Full text...

  • Tunisia gets new French coach for national football team
    13 december 2018 17:56:26
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) on Thursday announced the appointment of French Alain Giresse, 66, as new coach of Tunisia's national football team. Full text...

  • Brazzaville hosts Internet Governance Forum in Africa
    13 december 2018 17:48:26
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - States and governments in the Central Africa sub-region must invest to improve not only access, but also to ensure good Internet management for people and services, the Director General of Congo's Regulatory Agency for Posts and Electronic Communications (ARPCE), Yves Castanou, said on Thursday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Gambian economist criticises 2019 budgetary allocations as 'unnecessary'
    13 december 2018 17:31:17
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian economist and former senior official in the country's finance and economic affairs ministry has criticised the government budgetary allocations for 2019 saying a lot of funds would be spent in unproductive sectors.Full text...

  • France nabs Anti-Balaka senior official for trial at ICC over war crimes in CAR
    13 december 2018 16:58:51
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) – A senior leader of the Anti-Balaka, a predominantly Christian counter-movement in Central African Republic (CAR), Mr Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona was arrested on Wednesday by the authorities in France pursuant to an arrest warrant issued by Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court. Full text...

  • No French observation mission for parliamentary poll in Togo
    13 december 2018 16:24:34
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - France does not intend to organize any observation mission for Togo's parliamentary election set for 20 December, according to a statement issued by the French embassy in Lomé on Thursday. Full text...

  • Citing security concerns, Nairobi County demolishes hotel in diplomatic district
    13 december 2018 15:18:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Nairobi County Government Authorities on Thursday, demolished a hotel built within the vicinity of the United Offices and the US Embassy, citing security concerns and breach of building regulations. Full text...


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