• Wanderers win Malawi league championship, first time in 11 years
    17 december 2017 13:27:28
    Balaka, Malawi (PANA) - Be Forward Wanderers have, for the first time in 11 years, won Malawi’s top-flight league with a game in hand after defeating Masters Security 4-1 at the Balaka Stadium on Saturday. Full text...

  • South Africa claim sixth COSAFA Under-20 title
    17 december 2017 13:25:03
    Kitwe, Zambia (PANA) - South Africa claimed their sixth regional title after a 2-1 victory over Lesotho in the final of the 2017 Mopani Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Championship at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe, Zambia, on Saturday. Full text...

  • Buhari attends Republic of Niger 59th proclamation on Monday
    17 december 2017 13:23:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday attend the 59th Proclamation of Republic of Niger ceremony in Tahoua, Niger. Full text...

  • South Africa's ANC conference expected to name party leader on Monday
    17 december 2017 13:19:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) will announce current President Jacob Zuma's successor as party leader on Monday following heavy delays in the registration process for the 54th elective conference. Full text...

  • Niger’s economic performance impresses IMF Board
    17 december 2017 10:04:28
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Despite security challenges and unfavorable commodity prices, Niger’s economic performance has been satisfactory against the backdrop of a good crop season, with real GDP growing by 5 percent in 2016 while inflation remained contained at 0.2 percent, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA U-17 WWC qualifiers: All 6 teams for final qualifiers emerge
    17 december 2017 09:06:52
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Below are all the six teams which have moved into the final qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup, which will take place in Uruguay from 13 November to 1 December, 2018. Full text...

  • Gambian farmers adapt to climate change with new irrigation strategies (An FAO Feature)
    17 december 2017 08:43:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Agriculture has a large role to play in reducing poverty in The Gambia. About 30 percent of the country’s GDP comes from agriculture. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA U17 WWC: Ghana reach final qualifying round
    17 december 2017 08:34:54
    Cape Coast, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's U-17 Women's team, the Black Maidens, have advanced to the final stage of the African qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup after beating Gambia 2-0 in their second-leg, first round match played at the Cape Coast Stadium on Saturday. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA U-17 WWC: South Africa reach final qualifying round, beat Botswana 11-6 aggregate
    16 december 2017 19:37:33
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa on Saturday qualified for the second and final round qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup after beating Botswana 6-4 at the Dobsonville Stadium in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • 2017 FIFA Club WC: Real Madrid win 3rd title
    16 december 2017 19:15:23
    Abu Dhabi, UAE (PANA) - A 53rd-minute strike by Cristiano Ronaldo ensured that Real Madrid successfully retained the FIFA Club World Cup, beating Gremio of Brazil at the Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, on Saturday. Full text...

  • Egypt's veteran goalkeeper, El Hadary, adds new chapter to glorious career (A FIFA feature)
    16 december 2017 15:40:35
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Having realised his 25-year dream of leading Egypt to the FIFA World Cup, veteran goalkeeper, Essam El Hadary, is now writing a new chapter in an already successful career. Full text...

  • In 2018 make migration safe for every child – UNICEF urges
    16 december 2017 14:12:01
    New York, US (PANA) - 2018 could be a landmark year for migrant children if countries follow best practices to ensure their safety and wellbeing – UNICEF said on Friday ahead of International Migrants Day marked on 18 December. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA U-17 WWC qualifiers: 1st-round, 2nd-leg matches take place this weekend
    16 december 2017 13:18:06
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The following are the fixtures for the second-leg, first-round matches in the African qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women Cup. Full text...

  • 2017 FIFA Club WC: Real Madrid vs Gremio in final match
    16 december 2017 09:52:34
    Abu Dhabi, UAE (PANA) - Below are the fixtures for the final and third-place matches on Saturday at the ongoing 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Full text...

  • Kenyans mourn Harvard University scholar, Prof Calestous Juma
    16 december 2017 09:41:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Tributes have been pouring in for the departed Kenya-born scholar Prof. Calestous Juma, who died Friday in Boston, US, while undergoing treatment. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force helicopters, jets commence fresh wave of bombings on Boko Haram hideouts
    16 december 2017 09:12:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Saturday said its fighter jets have commenced “intensive bombardment of the hideouts of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in Northeast Nigeria in an operation code-named RUWAN WUTA 3. Full text...

  • Army captures 235 Boko Haram insurgents in Northeast Nigeria
    16 december 2017 09:04:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops captured 235 Boko Haram insurgents fleeing their enclaves in the Islands around the Lake Chad region and other areas in the Northeast State of Borno, following the intensified offensive in the region against the terrorists. Full text...

  • Saturday’s forex rates for Gambian Dalasi
    16 december 2017 08:56:10
    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...

  • Children are the face of conflict-fuelled humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan – UNICEF
    15 december 2017 19:55:43
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – South Sudan's children are facing a raft of daily horrors and deprivations and urgently require a peaceful, protective environment, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday, warning that “anything less, places children and women at even greater risk of grave violations and abuse”. Full text...

  • Rwanda bans 'shisha' smoking
    15 december 2017 18:03:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda has banned 'shisha' tobacco smoking, including sale, distribution and purchase of the product that has been popular among the country's youth.Full text...

  • IMF appreciates Togo’s ‘moderate economic growth’ in 2017
    15 december 2017 17:41:41
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday announced a release of US$35.61 million to Togo under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement saying it has completed the first review of the country’s performance under the ECF supported programme. Full text...

  • Morocco’s economy springs back after 2016 drought
    15 december 2017 17:08:46
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - After last year’s drought, Morocco’s economic growth has picked up in 2017 and is expected to reach 4.4 percent, mostly driven by a significant rebound in agricultural activity while non-agricultural activity remains subdued, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • Rwandan teenager takes part in Miss Africa beauty pageant
    15 december 2017 16:25:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Nineteen-year-old Finona Mutoni of Rwanda is among 32 beauty queens due to take part in the 2017 edition of Miss Africa beauty pageant which is scheduled to take place in Calabar, Nigeria on 27 December 2017, an official confirmed Friday in Kigali.Full text...

  • Top U.S. Official, Donald Yamamoto, ends visit to Rwanda
    15 december 2017 15:45:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Donald Yamamoto, has ended his two-day working visit to Rwanda, his fourth stage of an African tour that also took him to Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, a diplomatic source confirmed Friday in Kigali. Full text...

  • 1,317 Nigerians return from Libya in the last 10 days
    15 december 2017 15:01:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday said that a total of 1,317 Nigerians have voluntarily returned from Libya in the last 10 days. Full text...

  • EU gives Benin 23 billion for reforms
    15 december 2017 14:42:56
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has given Benin a 23.800 billion CFAF aid for the modernisation of the State and decentralisation, sources close to the EU told PANA on Friday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Buhari meets ECOWAS, AU chiefs, canvasses accountability, good neighbourliness
    15 december 2017 14:26:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday separately met with the President of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission and Chairperson of the African Union Commission, at Nigeria’s State House, Abuja.Full text...

  • Thierry Henry hails football legend, George Weah
    15 december 2017 13:59:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Liberian Senator and presidential aspirant, George Weah, is one of the best African footballers in the history of the sport, according retired international player Thierry Henry. Full text...

  • ICC awards US$10 million reparations to children recruited by DR Congo warlord
    15 december 2017 12:40:50
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday awarded US$10 million to children recruited by a DR Congo warlord, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Full text...

  • Friday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    15 december 2017 09:17:55
    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...

  • Friday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    15 december 2017 08:41:49
    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...

  • UNHCR evacuates 74 vulnerable refugees from Libya to Niger
    15 december 2017 06:53:54
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Thursday night evacuated 74 vulnerable refugees, the vast majority children and women, from Libya to Niger. Full text...

  • Friday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    15 december 2017 06:19:53
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are Friday's average interbank exchange rates for the Ghana cedi as announced by the Ghana Association of Bankers. Full text...

  • Rights Group demands action on South Sudan's delayed Hybrid Court
    15 december 2017 06:11:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – South Sudan’s top officials have failed to make good on promises to establish an African Union-South Sudanese hybrid court to try international crimes committed during the country’s civil war, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said as the conflict enters its fifth year on Friday. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for global action needed to end South Sudan crisis
    15 december 2017 05:56:08
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Sustained international action is urgently needed to end the horrific human rights violations taking place in South Sudan, said Amnesty International on Friday as the country’s armed conflict entered its fifth year. Full text...

  • UN Security Council supports regional push to revive South Sudan’s peace pact
    15 december 2017 05:46:41
    New York, USA (PANA) – As the brutal conflict in South Sudan enters its fifth year, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday said it remains deeply concerned over the situation there, and expressed strong support for a regional initiative aimed at salvaging a 2015 peace deal. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping chief pays tribute to ‘blue helmets’ killed in DR Congo
    14 december 2017 21:20:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Thursday attended a ceremony in the port city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in honour of the country’s peacekeepers recently killed during their mission in a neighbouring country. Full text...

  • UN chief spotlights power of universal health coverage to unlock economic growth
    14 december 2017 21:14:18
    Tokyo, Japan (PANA) – Health is everyone's right and a driver of economic development, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stressed on Thursday, expressing the UN's readiness to help countries move towards health coverage for all. Full text...

  • World Bank approves US$ 170m loan to boost livestock economy in Ethiopia
    14 december 2017 18:23:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The World Bank has approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit of US$170 million to boost the contribution of the livestock and fisheries sectors to Ethiopia’s economy, the Bank said on Thursday.Full text...

  • Mozambique faces challenging outlook as growth slows down
    14 december 2017 18:13:59
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - Mozambique’s growth continues to slow down and the outlook remains challenging, requiring an urgent re-balancing of the policy mix to ensure durable macroeconomic stability and enhance inclusive growth prospects, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission observed on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyan road crashes claim 150 lives in two weeks
    14 december 2017 17:40:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 150 people have been killed on Kenyan highways since 1 December in accidents blamed on drunk driving and road indiscipline, the Kenya Police, transport and highways authorities said Thursday. Full text...

  • ECONEC moves to reduce cost of elections in West Africa
    14 december 2017 17:32:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) is taking steps to Full text...

  • Number of people in crisis grows as South Sudan conflict enters fourth year
    14 december 2017 14:56:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Six months ago, a massive humanitarian response addressed the famine that broke out in South Sudan, a country in which today an estimated 4.8 million people still face severe food insecurity – an increase of 1.1 million from last year, Norwegian Refugee Council said on Thursday. Full text...

  • IFAD boosts Madagascar food, nutritional security
    14 december 2017 14:54:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new financial agreement has been signed between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Madagascar to sustainably improve incomes and food and nutrition security in the island nation. Full text...

  • In South Sudan, Red Cross uses mobile technology to respond to urgent humanitarian needs
    14 december 2017 14:47:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Hundreds of uprooted families in South Sudan are living without such basic household items as cooking implements, and the situation is expected to worsen in coming months, according to two charity organizations who use innovative technology to reach the vulnerable population. Full text...

  • Opposition charges Zuma with perjury
    14 december 2017 14:40:12
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday laid perjury charges against South African President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • CECAFA enters semi-final stage
    14 december 2017 13:21:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup enters the semi-final stage on Thursday and Friday in the Western Kenya town of Kisumu. Full text...

  • Saint Louis FC complete league, cup double in Seychelles
    14 december 2017 13:13:06
    Victoria, Seychelles (PANA) - St Louis completed an unprecedented league and cup double in Seychelles after overcoming rivals, Anse Reunion, 3-1 in the Seychelles Football Federation (SFF) Cup final at the weekend. Full text...

  • Botswana allays advocating for ivory stockpiles sale
    14 december 2017 12:53:18
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has denied reports alleging that the country will put pressure on Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species (CITES) to allow the sale of ivory stockpiles. Full text...

  • Tanzania reaffirms position on Jerusalem
    14 december 2017 10:24:29
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania on Thursday reaffirmed its position regarding the historic city of Jerusalem following what it regarded as "speculations and misrepresentation in some media". Full text...


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