• South African president Ramaphosa salutes Mnangagwa on poll win
    03 august 2018 08:16:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday saluted his Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa on his election victory. Full text...

  • Eswatini deworms at least 85% of school-aged children - WHO
    03 august 2018 06:21:32
    Mbabane, Eswatini (PANA) - The Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) has surpassed the target set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for deworming coverage and obtained 85% during the third round of the Mass Medicine Administration (MMA) campaign. Full text...

  • HRW calls for 'immediate, impartial' investigation of Harare post-election protests
    03 august 2018 06:12:07
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – The Zimbabwe government should immediately and impartially investigate the use of force by security forces to clamp down on post-election protests in Harare last Wednesday, Human Rights Watch has said. Full text...

  • ICRC gives 18,000 families seeds, food assistance in Sudan's Central Darfur state
    03 august 2018 05:52:19
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Some 18,000 families in the Jebel Marra region of Darfur, about 14,000 in Rokero and 4,000 in Golo, are receiving seeds and food assistance from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Full text...

  • UN-backed meeting of African States targets terrorism, violent extremism
    03 august 2018 00:10:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Regional security topped the agenda of a United Nations-backed joint summit on Central and West Africa searching, among other things, for a practical approach to fighting terrorism. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa wins presidential election
    03 august 2018 00:06:46
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Mnangagwa has won Monday's controversial presidential election, beating the main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, according to official results released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). Full text...

  • Generator fumes kill 8 Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria
    02 august 2018 18:01:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Fumes from a power generator are blamed for deaths of eight Cameroonian refugees in Ikom, Cross River State bordering Bakassi Peninsula, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Nigeria said on Thursday Full text...

  • Buhari meets defence chiefs over worsening security challenges
    02 august 2018 16:38:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Amidst worsening security challenges in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday summoned a National Security Council meeting in Abuja, before his departure to London on a 10-day vacation. Full text...

  • 'Taxes, subsidies determine gasoline prices around the world'
    02 august 2018 15:36:35
    Dakar, Sénégal (PANA) - There is substantial difference in the prices of gasoline across the globe, although as a general rule, rich countries have higher prices and poor States and the countries that produce and export oil have significantly lower prices. Full text...

  • 'Electricity prices on the rise around the world'
    02 august 2018 15:24:00
    Dakar, Sénégal (PANA) - A survey of electricity consumption across the world shows that electricity prices have increased by 1.65% since March 2018. Full text...

  • 2018 UNIFFAC U-17 men's qualifier: 8 teams converge in Malabo 3-12 August
    02 august 2018 15:10:04
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - With Angola emerging winner of the COSAFA Cup and qualifying to represent Africa's South Zone at the 2019 Africa Under-17 men's championship, attention will now shift to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, which will host the Central Zonal qualifiers from 3 to 12 August, 2018. Full text...

  • 'Developing Africa’s pharmaceutical sector is crucial' - ECA
    02 august 2018 14:29:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says there is an urgent need to develop Africa's pharmaceutical sector to reduce the continent’s dependence on imported pharmaceutical and medical products. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announces final parliamentary election results
    02 august 2018 11:25:23
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on Thursday declared the results of the final three constituencies in last Monday's parliamentary elections with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance winning 2 seats and the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) winning the third one. Full text...

  • South Africa opposition party condemns Harare bloodshed
    02 august 2018 10:10:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday condemned the use of live ammunition on unarmed civilians in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Uneasy calm in Harare after bloody crackdown on opposition demonstrators
    02 august 2018 10:03:34
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - There is uneasy calm on Thursday in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, after Wednesday's bloody crackdown on opposition demonstrators who claimed their victory in Monday's elections had been stolen.Full text...

  • FAO Food Price Index posts sharp drop in July
    02 august 2018 09:22:33
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global agricultural food commodity prices fell sharply in July, as all the major traded items posted notable declines, led by dairy and sugar, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau appeals for electoral support
    02 august 2018 09:16:29
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - Guinea Bissau’s Interior Minister Mutaro Djalo has appealed to development partners and friendly nations for support to enable the country conduct a success legislative election next November and mitigate the country’s political fragility. Full text...

  • IMF approves US$100.2 million disbursement to Gabon
    02 august 2018 09:10:37
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved immediate disbursement of US$ 100.2 million to Gabon under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement, observing that macroeconomic conditions were slowly improving though the country’s recovery remains fragile.Full text...

  • ECONEC, UNDP discuss support for Guinea Bissau polls
    02 august 2018 08:14:24
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - The delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) led by its governing board President, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, met on Wednesday with officials of the UNDP Office in Bissau to discuss Guinea Bissau’s November parliamentary election and areas of support for the national electoral Commission, CNE. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau Supreme Court president receives ECONEC delegation
    02 august 2018 06:30:39
    Bissau, Guinea Bissau (PANA) - The Predident of Guinea Bissau's Supreme Court Justice Paulo Sanha on Tuesday in Bissau received a visiting delegation of ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) led by its governing board President Prof Mahmood Yakubu. Full text...

  • Humanitarian rescue ship Aquarius returns to Mediterranean
    02 august 2018 05:23:32
    Marseille, France (PANA) - The rescue ship Aquarius, run in partnership between SOS Mediterranee and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a medical charity, set sail on Wednesday from Marseille, France, after an extended port call. Full text...

  • UN, World Bank launch new guide to manage geospatial data
    02 august 2018 05:10:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Statistics Division and the World Bank launched a new guide on Wednesday to help nations worldwide, especially in low- and middle-income countries, better manage data that contains geographical information – known officially as geospatial data. Full text...

  • UN calls for restraint in Zimbabwe; presidential election results expected to be announced
    02 august 2018 05:04:39
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The United Nations is calling for restraint in Zimbabwe where deadly clashes in Harare on Wednesday between demonstrators of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance protesting Monday's election results claimed three lives. Full text...

  • New cluster of Ebola cases announced in DR Congo, says WHO
    02 august 2018 04:26:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced on Wednesday that preliminary laboratory results indicate a new cluster of cases of the deadly Ebola virus in North Kivu province, the UN health agency said. Full text...

  • 3RD UPDATE: 3 killed in Zimbabwe election violence; President Mnangagwa blames opposition MDC Alliance
    01 august 2018 20:10:37
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Three people have died in Wednesday's violence in the Zimbabwe capital, Harare, after supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance protested against results of Monday's elections in the Southern African country, police said. Full text...

  • Buhari off to London on 10-day 'medical' vacation
    01 august 2018 18:45:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Amidst the gale of defections rocking his All Progressive Congressional (APC) political party, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is to proceed on a 10-day vacation in London on Friday.Full text...

  • Buhari, Gambian leader hold talks in Abuja
    01 august 2018 18:39:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday held talks with visiting President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja Full text...

  • Nigerian federal executive council ratifies prisoners swap deal with China
    01 august 2018 18:33:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday ratified a prisoners’ swap deal for the repatriation of Nigerian prisoners in China to serve out their jail terms back home. Full text...

  • WB report says inclusive growth essential for poverty reduction in Madagascar
    01 august 2018 18:29:14
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - Overall, Madagascar’s economy has been performing well, with growth estimated at 4.2 % in 2017 and projected at 5.0 % in 2018, according to the latest edition of the World Bank’s Economic Update. Full text...

  • Demand for World Bank financing in Middle East and North Africa rises to US$6.3 billion
    01 august 2018 17:39:42
    Washington, US (PANA) – The World Bank responded to strong demand from countries in the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) for development finance, global expertise and innovation during the financial year that ended on 30 June 2018, the Bank disclosed Wednesday in Washington, USA. Full text...

  • Dibaba leads elite women's field for Berlin marathon
    01 august 2018 15:45:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Multiple world and Olympic gold medallist, Tirunesh Dibaba, leads the elite women’s field for the BMW Berlin Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, on 16 September, according to the world athletics governing body, IAAF. Full text...

  • 2ND UPDATE: Violence breaks out in Zimbabwe as poll results show ruling party wins two-thirds of parliamentary seats
    01 august 2018 15:25:44
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Violence erupted in Zimbabwe on Wednesday as parliamentary results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) showed that the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has won a landslide victory in Monday's vote. Full text...

  • AfDB makes major appointments to its management cadre
    01 august 2018 15:07:58
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has announced three major appointments ti its management cadre, according to the media channel of the AfDB. Full text...

  • AfDB, South African Embassy to celebrate Nelson Mandela Anniversary in Cote d’Ivoire
    01 august 2018 15:02:51
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the South African embassy in Cote d’Ivoire have finalized preparations for a joint lecture to honour Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. Full text...

  • AfDB Chief, Adesina, attends Morocco’s Fête du Trône celebrations
    01 august 2018 14:20:58
    Tangier, Morocco (PANA) - The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, on Monday participated in the "Fête du Trône" (Throne Day) ceremony, marking the 19th anniversary of His Majesty, King Mohammed VI’s accession to the throne. Full text...

  • Tunisian President, Essebsi, condemns attack against Algerian army
    01 august 2018 13:31:10
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian president, Beji Caïd Essebsi, has strongly condemned the ‘criminal terrorist’ attack perpetrated by armed groups against the Algerian armed forces, leaving several dead and many others injured. Full text...

  • IAAF tightens nationality switch rules
    01 august 2018 13:22:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The IAAF Council has agreed to reinstate Transfer of Allegiance under new rules, with immediate effect. Full text...

  • ADEA, partners launch 2017-18 Africa Education Reserach Award
    01 august 2018 13:10:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The competition for the 3rd and 4th editions of the Education Research in Africa Award (ERAA) is now open, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Wednesday's exchange rates for Mauritanian Ouguiya
    01 august 2018 13:04:11
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Wednesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Ouguiya, as issued by the central bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for Mauritian Rupee
    01 august 2018 12:41:47
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Wednesday’s exchange rates for the Rupee, as issued by the commercial bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • FAO sounds alarm on overlooked humanitarian emergencies
    01 august 2018 11:58:26
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is sounding the alarm on some of the world's most severely underfunded crises, which in the wake of new shocks require an urgent humanitarian response and emergency agricultural assistance. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Election observer missions approve Zimbabwe's elections
    01 august 2018 11:12:54
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Several observer missions to Zimbabwe’s elections on Wednesday approved the vote and made recommendations on how the country can improve the process in the future, the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported. Full text...

  • Wednesday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    01 august 2018 10:44:33
    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...

  • 21st African Senior Athletics Championship starts in Nigeria
    01 august 2018 10:38:56
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The 21st Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Senior Athletics Championship started on Wednesday with the opening ceremony at the newly-completed Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, capital of Delta State, Nigeria.Full text...

  • SA opposition condemns President Ramaphosa's land expropriation announcement
    01 august 2018 09:35:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There has been a major reaction to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the ruling African National Congress would propose an amendment to the Constitution to pave the way for the expropriation of land without compensation. Full text...

  • Ruling ZANU-PF in clear lead in parliamentary vote; presidential results yet to be released
    01 august 2018 06:09:18
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has taken a commanding lead in Monday's parliamentary election, winning more than 70 per cent of seats so far declared, the state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • AI says herdsmen, banditry violence killed 371 in Northwest Nigeria since January
    31 july 2018 19:22:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – International human rights group, Amnesty International (AI), on Tuesday said that 371 people were killed in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, since January this year. Full text...

  • HAC commends Malian media for exhibiting professionalism during presidential polls
    31 july 2018 16:03:24
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The president of the Malian High Communication Authority (HAC), Fodié Toure, has praised the professionalism exhibited by the Malian media in covering the nation's 29 July presidential election. Full text...

  • IFC, Gaia Energy partner to boost wind power in Africa
    31 july 2018 15:49:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has forged a new partnership with Gaia Energy to create a joint platform for the development of wind power and other renewable energy projects in Africa, the institution announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Muslims gather in UK to discuss extremism and Islam
    31 july 2018 15:41:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Around 35,000 Muslims gather in the United Kingdom in August, to discuss, among others, the links between extremism and Islam.Full text...


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