• International Women’s Day: UN rights experts praise women speaking out against sexual violence
    06 march 2018 18:29:55
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN human rights experts have lauded the powerful global movement that has shone the spotlight on sexual violence against women and gender inequality, and paid tribute to those who have dared to speak out and demand change. Full text...

  • AfDB approves US $100-million trade finance facility for Angola
    06 march 2018 18:08:31
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – Aiming to support international trade transactions of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and local corporates in identified transformative sectors in Angola, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US $100-million Trade Finance Line of Credit to Angola’s Investment Bank (Banco Angolano de Investimentos, BAI). Full text...

  • 'Data can help to end malnutrition across Africa' - writes Kofi Annan
    06 march 2018 16:37:59
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Saying that data can help to end malnutrition across Africa, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, laments that progress in the fight against hunger is patchy, and warns that new tools must target action to those who are most vulnerableFull text...

  • Ghana president urges countrymen to adopt 'right attitudes'
    06 march 2018 16:32:41
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged his countrymen to adopt the right attitudes and commitments so as to achieve his objective of putting” Ghana beyond aid”. Full text...

  • Gambian Bishop Vows to work with all religious leaders
    06 march 2018 15:47:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Newly-appointed Catholic Bishop of Banjul, Gabriel Mendy, onTuesday called on President Adama Barrow at State House, Banjul, assuring of his support and willingness to work with all religious leaders to promote peace and human dignity. Full text...

  • IOC secretary general says Islam teaches peace and love
    06 march 2018 15:40:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Dr Yousef Bin Ahmed Al Othaimeen, Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (IOC), has said his organisation denounces violence associated with Muslims because Islam teaches peace and love.Full text...

  • Rekindled tension in DRC’s Kasai region poses new threat to civilians, displaced - UNHCR
    06 march 2018 11:28:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is deeply concerned at the situation in the Kasai region of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where continuing instability poses a grave risk to civilian safety, including for several hundred refugees recently returned there from Angola. Full text...

  • Rwanda distributes humanitarian materials to flood-hit families
    06 march 2018 11:01:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan Government, in collaboration with the Rwanda Red Cross, has distributed about $18,000 worth of humanitarian aid to flood-affected households and schools in Rubavu, a district about 160 km from Kigali, in northwest Rwanda, according to an official statement released on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Tuesday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    06 march 2018 10:03:22
    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...

  • African countries move to block processed South African meat
    06 march 2018 09:50:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The fallout from the deadly outbreak of listeriosis continues to be felt as African countries move to block South African meat products. Full text...

  • Tuesday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    06 march 2018 09:44:05
    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...

  • Urgent need to step-up protection of children in crises – UN rights wing
    06 march 2018 06:54:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Children in crisis situations face a raft of challenges – from family separation and forced recruitment to sexual exploitation and abject poverty – the deputy United Nations human rights chief said on Monday, urging immediate action to protect children from the consequences of “all too adult failings”. Full text...

  • Guterres calls for more investment in conflict prevention
    06 march 2018 06:45:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The imbalance between spending on conflict, and spending on peace, must be tackled head-on, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN chief names former New York Mayor Bloomberg Special Envoy for Climate Action
    06 march 2018 06:33:45
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday appointed Michael R. Bloomberg, the former Mayor of New York City, as his Special Envoy for Climate Action. Full text...

  • Africa can tackle its “severe learning crisis” - says World Bank study
    05 march 2018 18:18:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Africa faces a “severe learning crisis” that undermines economic growth and the well-being of its citizens, according to a new World Bank study released here on Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS poll observers in Sierra Leone urged to be impartial
    05 march 2018 17:50:48
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Prof. Amos Sawyer, Head of ECOWAS’ 55-member Observation Mission to Sierra Leone, on Monday in Freetown tasked the regional observers to discharge their duty with the highest sense of responsibility and impartiality given the critical importance of the March 7 polls to peace and democratic consolidation in the country and the region. Full text...

  • IAAF CEO resigns
    05 march 2018 16:44:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The IAAF announced on Monday that Olivier Gers has resigned as CEO. Gers joined the organization in October 2016.Full text...

  • FAO launches new tools for reporting on world’s forest resources
    05 march 2018 16:21:46
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Monday launched a new online platform for reporting on the status and trends of the world's forest resources. Full text...

  • Conflicts, weather patterns strain food security - FAO
    05 march 2018 16:16:09
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - High levels of food insecurity persist in the world, due largely to conflicts and to adverse climatic shocks that are taking a toll, particularly in East African and Near East countries, where large numbers of people continue to be in need of humanitarian assistance, a new Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report notes. Full text...

  • Liberain President Weah meets with Bihari, solitics Nigeria's assistance in reviving Liberia's economy
    05 march 2018 16:06:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Liberian President, George Opong Weah, arrived Nigeria on a one-day visit, and held bilateral talks with his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • AfDB announces Senior Management appointments
    05 march 2018 14:06:11
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has announced the following Senior Management appointments in the bank. Full text...

  • Monday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    05 march 2018 12:46:43
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The following are Monday's foreign exchange rates for the Rwandan franc, as issued by the National Bank of Rwanda. Full text...

  • Niger, Togo presidents expected in Ouagadougou after terror attacks
    05 march 2018 11:02:34
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Three days after the double terrorist attacks that rocked Burkina Faso last Friday, the presidents of Niger and Togo are due to visit their West African neighbour on Monday to express solidarity with them. Full text...

  • Buhari to attend Ghana's 61st independence celebrations
    05 march 2018 10:01:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, will attend Ghana's 61st Independence Anniversary celebrations on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Food giant identifies source of killer bacterium
    05 march 2018 09:56:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Food giant Tiger Brands on Monday confirmed all its Enterprise Foods meat products will be recalled nationally after its production plant in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, was the source of a massive outbreak of listeriosis. Full text...

  • Monday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    05 march 2018 09:50:33
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Monday’s foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee, as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Monday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    05 march 2018 08:54:14
    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...

  • Heads of election monitoring missions for Sierra Leone's vote meet
    05 march 2018 07:46:27
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Heads of four International Election Observation Missions met in Freetown on Sunday to strategise on effective value addition to the electoral process ahead of Sierra Leone's 7 March presidential, parliamentary and local Council polls. Full text...

  • First-ever CAF Women's Football Symposium to be held in Marrakech
    05 march 2018 06:13:07
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - The Moroccan city of Marrakech will be the centre of attraction from 5-7 March, 2018, for the first ever CAF Women’s Football Symposium. Full text...

  • Veteran Gambian football administrator, Omar Sey, dies
    04 march 2018 12:51:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian football has been thrown into a state of mourning following the death of veteran administrator, Omar Sey, on Friday in Banjul. He was 77. Full text...

  • Guinea hires former Kenyan coach, Paul Put
    04 march 2018 12:43:59
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The immediate past Soccer Coach of Kenya, Paul Put of Belgium, has been named head coach of Guinea, replacing Mohamed Kanfory Bangoura. Full text...

  • AUC celebrates Adwa Victory Day in Ethiopia
    04 march 2018 11:16:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - On the occasion of the celebration of the Adwa Victory Day, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, says there are many lessons to be drawn from the historic event, as the battle of Adwa and its outcome highlight the critical importance of self-reliance, patriotism and selflessness, and unity, irrespective of political, ethnic and other differences. Full text...

  • UN chief, Security Council, strongly condemn Burkina Faso terrorist attacks
    04 march 2018 10:38:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The two deadly terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ougadougou, on Friday have been strongly condemned by the United Nations. Full text...

  • Three injured peacekeepers recovering at AMISOM hospital in Somalia
    04 march 2018 10:37:18
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Three soldiers of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) who were injured in a terrorist attack on Friday in Middle Shabelle region are reportedly recuperating, the AU peacekeeping force said in a statement on Sunday. Full text...

  • Somalia, Troop Contributing Countries call for halt to AMISOM troop reduction
    04 march 2018 10:10:10
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Troop Contributing Countries to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Federal Government of Somalia want the troop drawdown exercise which started last December halted.Full text...

  • FIFA Board approves use of video assistant referees
    03 march 2018 20:26:18
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The International Football Association Board has unanimously approved the use of video assistant referees (VARs). Full text...

  • ECOWAS election monitoring chief calls for peaceful vote in Sierra Leone
    03 march 2018 19:27:16
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Prof. Amos Sawyer, Head of the ECOWAS’ 55-member Election Observation Mission, has appealed to Sierra Leone’s political actors and stakeholders to cooperate and ensure that all outstanding political and legal issues are resolved peacefully so as not to jeopardise the smooth conduct of the country’s crucial March 7 presidential, parliamentary and local council polls.Full text...

  • Sudanese ambassador returns to Cairo upon resolution of bilateral differences
    03 march 2018 16:32:47
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan’s Ambassador to Egypt, Abdul Mahmoud Abdul Halim, who was recalled about two months ago due to strained bilateral relations, has been ordered by authorities here to return to Cairo on Monday and resume his diplomatic duties.Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Police clarify vehicular ban on Election Day
    03 march 2018 15:26:11
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Serra Leone’s Police (SLP) have explained that the ban on vehicular movement on March 7 Election Day is aimed at securing public order and safety, consistent with the police mandate. Full text...

  • 'Gambian government upholds right to freedom of expression' - Justice minister
    03 march 2018 13:37:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The government of The Gambia under the new dispensation is committed to creation of a media friendly environment, devoid of harassment and intimidation of media practitioners, in clear recognition of the right to freedom of expression as a fundamental human right, Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubacarr M. Tambadou said here on Saturday. Full text...

  • Illicit market demand fuels commercial poaching in SADC region
    03 march 2018 12:54:24
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Significant strides made in wildlife conservation in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region face severe threat from high levels of commercial poaching and illegal trade, fuelled by the growing demand in the illicit market, the grouping’s Executive Secretary, Stergomena Lawrence Tax said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa visits Botswana as new SADC Chairperson
    03 march 2018 12:37:27
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have embarked upon a good road for development and growth, something they should be pleased about, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday while on a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the regional organisation in Gaborone, Botswana.Full text...

  • Saturday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    03 march 2018 11:10:18
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Saturday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • Ugandan leader calls for public awareness on non-genetic causes of infertility
    03 march 2018 09:41:00
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has called for countrywide sensitization of the people about non-genetic causes of infertility because they are avoidable and preventable. Full text...

  • UN joins call for protection of planet’s big cats
    03 march 2018 08:09:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Big cats, the planet’s most majestic predators, are under increasing threat – mostly caused by human activities – and on this year’s World Wildlife Day, the United Nations is joining the world in raising awareness to their plight and galvanizing support for the many actions already under way to safe these iconic species.Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of aid workers by Boko Haram insurgents
    03 march 2018 07:58:36
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the killing of three aid workers Thursday night in Rann town in Borno state, Nigeria, following an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • Investing in school meals ‘win-win’ for West African nations – UN
    02 march 2018 20:26:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The United Nations food relief agency has urged Governments in West Africa to spend more money on school meal programmes as these investments not only contribute to children’s better future but also create local jobs around agriculture. Full text...

  • Despite decades-long effort, one-in-five children worldwide out of school – UNESCO
    02 march 2018 20:22:57
    Paris, France (PANA) - Updated data reveals that some 263 million – one-in-five – children, adolescents and youth worldwide are out school, a figure that has barely changed over the past five years, according to a new United Nations cultural agency report. Full text...

  • US Secretary of State to embark on Africa tour
    02 march 2018 19:57:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is due to embark on an expanded visit to Africa, focused on peace and security, trade and counter-terrorism, the U.S. State Department Spokesperson, Heather Nauert, said. Full text...

  • Buhari condemns Boko Haram killing of 4 UN workers in Northeast Nigeria
    02 march 2018 19:53:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Four UN aid workers were killed in a Thursday night attack by Boko Haram insurgents in Rann community, Borno State, in Northeast Nigeria. Full text...


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