• Mauritania, Senegal firm up deal on joint investment in offshore gas project
    21 december 2018 18:43:06
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian and Senegalese presidents Mohamed ould Abdel Aziz and Macky Sall respectively on Friday presided over the signing of a series of agreements on investment in a cross-border offshore gas project, Tortue/Ahmeyim. Full text...

  • More Tunisians fall victims to human trafficking
    21 december 2018 17:21:20
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The number of human trafficking cases has risen in Tunisia, said the chair of the national anti-human trafficking organisation, Mrs Raoudha Laabidi. Full text...

  • French President Macron expected Saturday in Chad
    21 december 2018 17:12:02
    Paris, France (PANA) – French President Emmanuel Macron will make a 48-hour visit to N'Djamena on Saturday where he will hold a Christmas party with French soldiers stationed in Chad and meet Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno.Full text...

  • Three people shot dead in northern Burkina Faso
    21 december 2018 17:07:14
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Three people, including two elected local fficials, were shot dead on Thursday night in Manssifigui village, 12 km from Tin-Akoff in Oudalan province of northern Burkina Faso, security and local sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • DR Congo puts off general elections for one week
    21 december 2018 16:59:11
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The long-awaited elections in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been postponed for a week, said the President of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), Corneille Nangaa Yobeluo on Friday. Full text...

  • Regional confab in Tunis debates changing nature of work, need for better education systems
    21 december 2018 16:39:36
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Decision makers along with representatives from civil society and the private sector from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and other Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries are meeting in Tunis on Friday to debate the findings of two recently-released World Bank reports that call for more investments in people to prepare for the economies of the future. Full text...

  • EU extends Operation Sophia mandate to 31 March 2019
    21 december 2018 16:17:28
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union on Friday announced the extension of the mandate of the EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia until 31 March 2019. Full text...

  • CENI tells Togolese to wait some days before poll results come out
    21 december 2018 15:19:01
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Togolese have to wait for a few days before they know the outcome of the 20 December parliamentary elections, sources at the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Burundi shift national capital to Gitega
    21 december 2018 14:56:29
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi is moving its national capital to Gitega, 100 km away from Bujumbura which has been the seat of government and the country's largest centre of commercial activities.Full text...

  • Niger to set up 20 MW solar plant for power supply in Niamey
    21 december 2018 14:33:32
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger's Council of Ministers on Friday approved a credit agreement worth 23.5 million Euros with the French Development Agency (AFD) for funding a 20 MW solar PV plant to be built on Gorou Banda plateau in Niamey. Full text...

  • President Trump stresses US' commitment to support Libya
    21 december 2018 13:52:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – President Donald Trump has underlined the commitment of the US to support the Libyan people, at a time when they are looking for ways and means to implement a constitutional, realistic and peaceful election process.Full text...

  • Niger gov't renews state of emergency in Tillabéri Region
    21 december 2018 13:33:53
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Niger government on Friday renewed the state of emergency in the departments of Tillabéri and Gothèye in the west of the country which were recently targets of organised attacks. Full text...

  • ECOWAS single currency: 'One of the biggest issues'
    21 december 2018 13:03:25
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The accomplishment of a single currency for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is one of the biggest issues for Heads of State of member countries for a real affirmation of regional integration, reports the Niger pro-government news weekly Sahel Dimanche. Full text...

  • al-Sarraj demands investigation into discovery of arms cache in Libya
    21 december 2018 11:47:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The president of the Libyan presidential council of the government of national accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, has asked the security services to open an investigation into the seizure of two containers loaded with arms and ammunition in the port of Khomes, in southeast Libya. Full text...

  • Friday's forex rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya
    21 december 2018 11:27:24
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Following are Friday’s exchange rates for the Ouguiya, as issued by the Central Bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Friday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    21 december 2018 09:59:36
    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
    21 december 2018 08:42:20
    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...

  • UN report sheds light on ‘unimaginable horrors’ faced by migrants, refugees in Libya
    21 december 2018 05:53:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Migrants and refugees are being subjected to "unimaginable horrors" from the moment they enter Libya, throughout their stay in the country and – if they make it that far – during their attempts to cross the Mediterranean, according to a report released on Thursday by the United Nations political mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN human rights office (OHCHR). Full text...

  • 2019 CAF Champions league: 1st-round, 2ng-leg matches this weekend
    21 december 2018 05:42:42
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Below are all first-round, second-leg matches, to be played across Africa 21 to 23 December, 2018, in the 2019 CAF Champions league. Full text...

  • 2019 CAF Confed. Cup: 1st-round, 2nd-leg fixtures
    21 december 2018 05:38:56
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Here are the first-round, second-leg fixtures for the 2019 CAF Confederation Cup, to be played across Africa on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Full text...

  • Instability in Sahel, spreading outwards, Security Council told
    21 december 2018 05:33:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Efforts to address the multiple challenges facing Africa’s Sahel region should be driven by local, regional and national leadership, with the support of international partners as required, the United Nations Special Adviser for the region said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Poor public turnout for legislative elections in Togo
    20 december 2018 18:49:38
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The mood was sluggish at polling stations in Togo on Thursday the day set for legislative polls elections compared to 2013 when the outgoing Members of Parliament were chosen. Full text...

  • Exodus of Tunisian specialist doctors rises in 2018
    20 december 2018 18:31:16
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The number of specialist doctors leaving Tunisia for greener pastures overseas increased to 320 this year compared to 300 who left the country in 2017, Public Health minister Abderraouf Cherif said on Thursday. Full text...

  • DR Congo presidential election postponed to 30 December
    20 december 2018 18:10:55
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - The authorities in DRC have postponed Sunday's presidential election to 30 December, according to media reports.Full text...

  • Kenyan authorities suspend demolition of 'illegally acquired' properties
    20 december 2018 17:58:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan Government on Thursday suspended the ongoing demolition of property across the country until further notice. Full text...

  • Ghassan Salamé calls on Libyans to leave oil out of clashes
    20 december 2018 17:39:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé, has urged Libyans not to use oil as "hostage" or something that they should "loot". Full text...

  • Libyan presidential council condemns escalation of violence in centre-east Libya
    20 december 2018 17:27:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The presidential council of the Libyan government of national accord has strongly condemned the military escalation in al-Sadad, near Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli, saying it rejected "any unjustified provocation that could lead the country to a new cycle of violence". Full text...

  • Environment watchdog hails UK ban on ivory sales
    20 december 2018 17:08:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) on Thursday welcomed the UK Government’s ban of ivory sales, shutting down one of the world’s largest legal domestic ivory markets. Full text...

  • Senegal, IFAD partner to promote climate resilient agriculture
    20 december 2018 17:03:51
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Over 43,700 vulnerable rural households in Senegal will benefit from a US$72.4 million programme that aims to improve food and nutrition security and incomes of smallholder crop and livestock farmers in four regions of the West African country, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Only 21 per cent of Burkina Faso's population has access to electricity
    20 december 2018 14:07:47
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Only 21 percent of Burkina Faso's 18 million citizens have access to electricity. Full text...

  • Liptako Gourma Council of Ministers to hold 55th session on Friday
    20 december 2018 13:54:21
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The 55th Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of the Liptako-Gourma member countries - Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger - will open on Friday in Bamako. Full text...

  • AfDB grants $66.5 million for infrastructure projects in Burundi
    20 december 2018 13:42:06
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) is to finance the construction of a regional road linking Burundi to neighbouring Tanzania.Full text...

  • Man arrested for sending Burundians to Qatar for unavailable jobs
    20 december 2018 13:29:55
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Burundian national police announced on Thursday that it has arrested of a man for sending 93 Burundians to Qatar for unavailable jobs.Full text...

  • Mali PM orders suspension of controversial programme on sex education
    20 december 2018 13:12:57
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga on Thursday ordered the suspension of the work on a programme of comprehensive sex education, initiated by the Malian Ministry of Education, after a meeting with leaders of all religious groups. Full text...

  • Assassination of two foreign tourists in Morocco might be a 'terrorist act'
    20 december 2018 13:05:31
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - This week's assassination of two foreign tourists in the mountainous region close to the city of Marrakech might be a terrorist act, after the arrest of one of the alleged perpetrators, who is and member of an extremist group, the Moroccan judicial authorities said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Togolese go to the polls in legislative elections under tight security
    20 december 2018 12:09:24
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Polls opened in Togo on Thursday morning in legislative elections under the watchful eye of heavily armed security and defence forces throughout the country.Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya
    20 december 2018 10:51:09
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Following are Thursday’s exchange rates for the Ouguiya, as issued by the central bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Thursday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    20 december 2018 09:35:44
    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...

  • Côte d'Ivoire, Rwanda sign four cooperation agreements
    20 december 2018 09:32:52
    Abidjan, Côte d 'Ivoire (PANA) - Côte d'Ivoire and Rwanda on Wednesday signed four cooperation agreements as the two countries sought to strengthen their ties during a 48-hour official visit to Abidjan of Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Full text...

  • Severe tropical storm approaching Mauritius
    20 december 2018 08:20:23
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritius Meteorological Services on Thursday warned that a severe tropical storm named Cilida is approaching the island from the north-north-east.Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    20 december 2018 08:11:56
    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...

  • Mauritius to harness potential of digital technology
    20 december 2018 07:22:27
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Technology, Communication and Innovation Minister, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, on Wednesday launched the Mauritius Artificial intelligence Strategy, the Digital Government Transformation Strategy 2018-2022 and the Digital Mauritius 2030 Strategic Plan.Full text...

  • IMF addresses South Africa's economic challenges
    20 december 2018 07:10:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde who is on a fact-finding trip to South Africa, has rejected speculation that her organisation will offer the country financial assistance. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA Club World Cup: Real Madrid vs hosts Al-Ain in final match
    20 december 2018 04:39:36
    Al Ain, UAE (PANA) - Hosts Al Ain FC of the UAE are through to the final of the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup, UAE 2018. Full text...

  • UN General Assembly officially adopts roadmap for migrants to improve safety, ease suffering
    20 december 2018 04:35:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations General Assembly officially endorsed the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration on Wednesday, a non-binding agreement adopted in Marrakech, Morocco, on 10 December by 164 Member States, and described by UN chief António Guterres as a “roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos”. Full text...

  • New UN rights report paints bleak picture in eastern DR Congo
    20 december 2018 04:34:55
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - A new United Nations human rights report has documented “hundreds” of extra-judicial killings and cases of torture and sexual violence against civilians over the last two years in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Security Council highlights 'new alarming trends’ in drugs, crimes in West, Central Africa
    20 december 2018 04:18:44
    New York, US (PANA) - West and Central Africa face “disruptive and destabilising” new trends regarding drug trafficking, drug use and other crimes, according to Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), who briefed the UN Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Security Council says DRC's vote ‘historic opportunity’ for ‘peaceful transfer of power’
    20 december 2018 04:10:02
    New York, US (PANA) - As the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) prepare to vote in next week’s long-awaited presidential election, UN Security Council members on Tuesday expressed their conviction that the 23 December vote should be viewed as an “historic opportunity” for the country. Full text...

  • Potential measles exposure detected at Rwanda's maximum security prison
    19 december 2018 20:04:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A potential exposure of measles is being investigated at Rwanda's largest maximum security prison located at Mageragere a suburb of Kigali, where by 50 cases have been detected so far, an authoritative source confirmed Wednesday.Full text...

  • Ambassadors endorse EU's internet domain name .eu
    19 december 2018 19:12:54
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – European Union (EU) member states' ambassadors on Wednesday endorsed the provisional agreement on adoption of .eu as the EU's top-level internet domain name. Full text...


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