• World’s most comprehensive map showing amount of carbon stocks in the soil launched
    05 december 2017 21:55:12
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Marking "World Soil Day," the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Tuesday launched the most comprehensive global map to date showing the amount of carbon stocks in the soil. Full text...

  • Young students getting better at reading, finds international study
    05 december 2017 21:35:15
    Paris, France (PANA) – Reading literacy levels are on the rise across the globe, giving young students a set of strong skills to serve them in their futures as well as contributing to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular those related to inclusive and quality education. Full text...

  • Careless disposal of antibiotics could produce ‘ferocious superbugs’ - UNEP
    05 december 2017 21:21:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Growing antimicrobial resistance linked to the discharge of drugs and some chemicals into the environment is one of the most worrying health threats today, according to new research from the United Nations that highlights emerging challenges and solutions in environment. Full text...

  • Ending child marriage could generate US$3bn annually for Uganda’s population by 2030
    05 december 2017 20:05:54
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Ending child marriage today could generate US$3 billion per year for Uganda by 2030, said a new report released on Tuesday by the World Bank. Full text...

  • World Bank approves US$1.15bn loan to Egypt to boost economy, create jobs
    05 december 2017 19:48:53
    Washington, US (PANA) - The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on Tuesday approved US$1.15 billion in a development policy financing loan to support Egypt’s economic reform programme. Full text...

  • Experts discuss ways to combat terrorism in Central African region
    05 december 2017 16:38:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In order to build an integrated and prosperous Africa, governments have to put forward different approaches to prevent the damaging consequences caused by terrorist groups and set disarmament initiatives, said some officials and experts attending the 45th Ministerial Meeting of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC) which started on Tuesday in Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...

  • West, Central Africa left behind in Global HIV response
    05 december 2017 15:32:35
    Abidjan, Cote d;Ivoire (PANA) - More than four decades into the HIV epidemic, four in five children living with HIV in West and Central Africa are still not receiving life-saving antiretroviral therapy, and AIDS-related deaths among adolescents aged 15-19 are on the rise, according to a new report released on Tuesday. Full text...

  • FIFA fines Zamalek US$ 30,000 for failing to pay Junior Agogo
    05 december 2017 15:19:15
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Zamalek FC of Egypt have been slapped with a fine of US$ 30,000 for their failure to pay salaries of their former Ghanaian player, Junior Agogo. Full text...

  • 2017 CECAFA: Uganda, Burundi share spoils in Group B opener
    05 december 2017 14:21:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Holders Uganda Cranes kicked off their title defence campaign on a shaky note after picking up a barren draw against Burundi at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, Western Kenya, on Monday afternoon. Full text...

  • Senegalese trio handed FIFA Club World Cup 2017 opener
    05 december 2017 14:11:19
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The spotlight will be on African referees at the forthcoming FIFA Club World Cup 2017 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), following the appointment of the Senegalese trio, Malang Diedhiou, Djibril Camara and Malick Samba, to handle the opening match, between Al Jazira (UAE) and Auckland City of New Zealand. Full text...

  • Rwanda inaugurates first ever e-waste processing facility
    05 december 2017 13:39:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The first Rwanda’s e-waste recycling initiatives has officially opened its facility located at Bugesera, a district in South Eastern Rwanda, with the purpose of extracting metals from e-waste, an official source confirmed Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • AfDB supports Namibia’s Agriculture Sector
    05 december 2017 12:53:00
    Windhoek, Namibia (PANA) - The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is supporting Namibia’s Agriculture Sector with the approval of One Billion South African Rands (ZAR 1 billion) loan to finance the country’s Agricultural Mechanisation and Seed Improvement Project (NAMSIP). (US$1 = ZAR 13.62). Full text...

  • Namibia secures ZAR 1 billion AfDB loan for education sector
    05 december 2017 12:41:20
    Windhoek, Namibia (PANA) - Namibia’s efforts to develop efficient basic, technical and vocational education (TVET) to cater for its development needs has received a boost from the African Development Bank (AfDB) which approved a ZAR 1 billion loan to finance the country’s education and training (US$1 = ZAR13.62). Full text...

  • Egypt hosts forum on trade promotion, investment in Africa
    05 december 2017 11:58:38
    Sharm El- Sheikh, Egypt (PANA) – A three-day high-level forum on promoting trade and investment within Africa opens on Thursday in Sharm El- Sheikh, the Egyptian resort city on the Red Sea, with at least six heads of state discussing with the business and investment community a wide range of business and development issues in the continent. Full text...

  • Tuesday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    05 december 2017 11:52:49
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The following are Tuesday's foreign exchange rates for the Rwandan franc, as issued by the National Bank of Rwanda. Full text...

  • Nigeria Police react to terror alert by US, UK govts
    05 december 2017 11:48:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police Headquarters on Tuesday allayed the fears of Nigerians over the red alert issued by the US and UK missions on possible terror attacks in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and six States of the federation, reassuring residents of the identified States not to panic as adequate security measures have been put in place. Full text...

  • Kenya hails IAAF for recognising field athletes
    05 december 2017 11:17:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Athletics Kenya (AK) President, Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Jack Tuwei, on Tuesday hailed the International Association of Athletics Federations for naming field athletes winners of the 2017 IAAF Athlete of the Year awards. Full text...

  • FAO cautions that soils being neglected as 'World Soil Day' is marked
    05 december 2017 10:30:39
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - As the world marks "World Soil Day" on Tuesday, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has cautioned that soils are being neglected. It adds, however, that this can be reversed. Full text...

  • Anniversary of Mandela's death marred by graft probe
    05 december 2017 09:51:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tuesday’s fourth anniversary of the death of world statesman Nelson Mandela has been overshadowed by the release of a damning probe revealing evidence of massive inflation of prices, misappropriation of funds, poor planning by the government for his high-profile memorial and funeral services.Full text...

  • Tuesday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    05 december 2017 09:46:24
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Tuesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D) as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • Tuesday's forex rates for Mauritian Rupee
    05 december 2017 09:09:23
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Tuesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee, as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Rights group criticises Mauritania on new ‘Apostasy’ Draft Law
    05 december 2017 07:12:05
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday asked Mauritanian parliamentarians to reject a new draft law that would make the death penalty mandatory for the crime of “insulting” or “mocking” God, the Quran, or the Prophet Muhammad. Full text...

  • UN chief urges universal ratification of ICC founding treaty
    05 december 2017 06:58:28
    New York, USA (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday stressed the importance of all States ratifying the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC) as the central institution of the global criminal justice system, known as the Rome Statute. Full text...

  • Tuesday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    05 december 2017 05:39:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are Tuesday's average interbank exchange rates for the Ghana cedi as announced by the Ghana Association of Bankers. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of ‘blue helmet’ in east CAR
    05 december 2017 05:38:26
    New York, USA (PANA) – UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the killing on Monday of a Mauritanian peacekeeper and the wounding of three others of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) by anti-Balaka militia in Bria in the country’s east. Full text...

  • World Bank's 'Draft Guidance Notes' offer little practical advice to borrowers - Rights group
    04 december 2017 21:53:44
    Washington, D.C., USA (PANA) – Draft Guidance Notes that will accompany the World Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework are inadequate to protect people in communities affected by the bank’s projects, 29 nongovernmental groups said on Monday in a letter to bank officials. Full text...

  • African Economic Conference confronts bad governance setbacks to growth
    04 december 2017 21:45:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African economists and policy-makers met for the start of a three-day conference in Addis Ababa on Monday, to confront bad governance, corruption and political instability caused by rigged elections, whose economic impact could be worse than the fall of commodity prices.Full text...

  • Recognise migration’s positive impact, urges senior UN official
    04 december 2017 21:39:58
    Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PANA) – Noting that the movement of people across borders is a global reality, a senior United Nations official has stressed that policy decisions governing migration must be based on fact and not on perception or myth. Full text...

  • Rapid, large-scale, coordinated action needed to beat pollution – UN chief
    04 december 2017 21:33:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Noting the severity of the threats posed by pollution to both people and the planet, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has highlighted the need for rapid, large-scale and coordinated action by all actors to make the world pollution-free. Full text...

  • UN voices support for Somali govt's efforts at first-ever security conference
    04 december 2017 21:27:26
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – At Somalia's first-ever security conference, hosted by the country’s Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmaajo” in the capital, Mogadishu, participants have agreed to speed up security sector reform and develop a plan to transfer primary responsibility for the country’s security from the United Nations-backed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to its own security forces. Full text...

  • Angola's Sovereign Wealth Fund claims US$ 4.7 billion investment
    04 december 2017 19:57:44
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Angola’s Sovereign Wealth Fund (FSDEA) has said its investments portfolio has reached a net value of US$ 4.7 billion in internationally diversified assets ranging from venture capital to fixed and variable income funds.Full text...

  • President Barrow appoints new Interior minister
    04 december 2017 19:22:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow on Monday named Habib Saihou Drammeh as Minister of Interior. Full text...

  • IMF chief appoints Kenyan to head Office of Internal Audit
    04 december 2017 19:00:39
    Washington, US (PANA) - International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Monday announced the appointment of Nancy Asiko Onyango as Director of the Fund’s Office of Internal Audit and Inspection (OIA), which conducts independent examinations of the IMF’s internal control and governance processes. Full text...

  • Namibia hosts 2017 Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa
    04 december 2017 15:55:18
    Windhoek, Namibia (PANA) - The 2017 Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa Week (PIDA Week) will take place from 10 to 14 December in Swakopmund, Namibia, on the theme “Regional infrastructure development for job creation and economic transformation.” Full text...

  • UNN Arts professor, El Anatsui, honoured by Alma-mater in Ghana
    04 december 2017 15:40:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Prof. El Anatsui, the globally-celebrated Ghanaian Sculptor and Emeritus Professor in Sculpture at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), has added an honorary Doctor of Letters award by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST), Ghana, to his bag full of honours. Full text...

  • UN Environment Assembly tackles pollution menace
    04 december 2017 13:17:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Key among issues being discussed at the third UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, which started at the UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, on Monday is to tackle the global menace of pollution. Full text...

  • Kenya dominates regional junior Judo Championships
    04 december 2017 13:09:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya emerged winners of the East and Central Africa Juniors and Cadets Judo Championships in Nairobi Sunday night. Full text...

  • More investment needed to reverse rise in hunger, says FAO boss
    04 december 2017 11:43:32
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The recent increase in the number of hungry people in the world requires immediate action to reverse this situation, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva told members of the Council on Monday. Full text...

  • 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup: Kenya beat Rwanda to go top of Group A
    04 december 2017 11:26:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Hosts Kenya on Sunday began their 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup campaign on a positive note, beating Rwanda 2-0 in Kakamega, western Kenya, to go top of Group A with Libya and Tanzania playing a barren draw in the other group tie in Machakos, 45km away from the capital city, Nairobi. Full text...

  • Experts take stock of progress, challenges in tackling HIV among children, young adults
    04 december 2017 10:14:31
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - As thousands of international delegates converge in Abidjan, Côte d’ Ivoire for the bi-annual Conference on International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) from 4-9 December , the scene has been set, with some of the key issues that will be deliberated and discussed. Full text...

  • Graca Machel to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela in Heroes Marathon
    04 december 2017 09:37:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former president Nelson Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, has confirmed that she will participate in the Heroes Marathon in the Eastern Cape on Sunday. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA U-17 WWC qualifiers: Djibouti, Morocco reach final qualifiers without kicking the ball
    04 december 2017 09:02:40
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Soccer Minnows Djibouti and giants Morocco reached the final qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup, scheduled to take place in Uruguay, without kicking the ball, just as Ghana, South Africa and Cameroon made giants leaps with huge wins away from home. Full text...

  • Monday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    04 december 2017 07:33:54
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Monday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D) as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • Monday's exchange rates for Tanzania Shilling
    04 december 2017 06:52:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The following are Monday's exchange rates for the Tanzania Shilling as issued by the Bank of Tanzania. Full text...

  • Rights group says DR Congo gov't recruited M23 rebels to crush protests
    04 december 2017 06:51:10
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Senior security force officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo mobilised over 200 former M23 rebel fighters from neighboring countries to quash protests against President Joseph Kabila in December 2016, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday. Full text...

  • Monday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    04 december 2017 05:51:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are Monday's average interbank exchange rates for the Ghana cedi as announced by the Ghana Association of Bankers. Full text...

  • US Corporate Council on Africa visits Sudan
    03 december 2017 18:28:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A high level US Trade delegation arrived in the Sudan on Sunday in the first ever visit by the US Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) to the country. Full text...

  • Build inclusive societies 'for, by and with persons with disabilities' – UN
    03 december 2017 17:47:44
    New York, USA (PANA) – Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development, and for the 2030 Agenda to truly live up to its promise to 'leave no one behind,' all physical and cultural barriers must be removed to create societies that provide real opportunities for everyone everywhere, the United Nations said on Sunday. Full text...

  • US, UK, raise alarm over alleged terrorist plot to bomb Abuja
    03 december 2017 14:50:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The British and the United States governments have warned their citizens of terrorist groups’ threat to carry out bomb attacks in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, during the Yuletide. Full text...

  • 13 killed, 53 injured in twin Boko Haram suicide attacks in Nigeria
    03 december 2017 11:01:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) –Thirteen persons were killed on Saturday in twin Boko Haram suicide attacks in Biu, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria, the Nigeria police confirmed on Sunday.Full text...


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