• 2018 FIFA WC: Fixtures for Sunday's Round of 16 matches
    01 july 2018 06:35:46
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - The following are the fixtures for Sunday's Round of 16 matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Full text...

  • UN launches plan to promote peace, inclusive growth in Africa’s Sahel
    01 july 2018 06:31:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The United Nations has launched a major support plan to promote sustainable peace and inclusive growth as well as empower women and youth in Africa's vast Sahel region. Full text...

  • Security Council renews mandates of UN force monitoring separation area in two areas
    01 july 2018 06:25:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Adopting separate resolutions, the United Nations Security Council has extended the mandates of the Organization’s Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) and the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Full text...

  • UN condemns deadly attack against G5 Sahel force headquarters in Mali
    01 july 2018 06:20:04
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the attack against the G5 Sahel joint force Headquarters in Mali’s restive Mopti region. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Messi and Ronaldo fail to shine as Argentina and Portugal crash out
    30 june 2018 21:18:20
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - Argentina and Portugal crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia on Saturday as France and Uruguay pulled off memorable victories in their Round of 16 matches. Full text...

  • Ethiopian Cabinet approves Bill seeking amnesty for armed groups, political prisoners
    30 june 2018 14:55:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Ethiopian Cabinet has approved a new Bill seeking amnesty for three armed groups previously declared as terrorist organizations, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa in Nouakchott for AU Summit
    30 june 2018 10:44:52
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived here Saturday for the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government officially opening on Sunday. Full text...

  • ‘We must fight terrorism together’ without sacrificing legal, human rights – UN Chief
    30 june 2018 10:30:58
    New York, US (PANA) - With new solutions proposed, and new partnerships established, the United Nations Secretary-General has told delegates from Member States attending the first ever High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism, that he was committed to meeting the challenge of “keeping your citizens safe”. Full text...

  • UN agencies welcome EU migration deal
    30 june 2018 09:54:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN humanitarian agencies have broadly welcomed a freshly-inked deal on migration by European Union leaders which calls for more Member States to take responsibility within their borders for those in need of protection, amid a hardening stance by some since 2015. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire sustaining economic transformation, committed to reduce budget deficit
    30 june 2018 09:28:45
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently completed its annual health check of the Ivorian economy observing that political normalization and good implementation of reforms have contributed to the country’s strong economic performance since 2012. Full text...

  • Barrow attends AU Summit in Mauritania
    30 june 2018 07:55:47
    Banjul, The Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow left Banjul on Saturday for Nouakchott, Mauritania to attend the 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State of the African Union (AU), holding 1-2 July 2018 under the theme 'Winning the fight against Corruption: A sustainable path to Africa’s Transformation'.Full text...

  • Saturday’s forex rates for Gambian Dalasi
    30 june 2018 07:29:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Saturday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • IMF approves US$22.4m immediate disbursement for Benin
    30 june 2018 07:25:06
    Porto-Novo, Benin (PANA) – Benin’s medium-term outlook remains favourable as the country assumes an acceleration of real GDP growth in 2019–22, driven by policy-induced increase in agricultural production and rising private investment, according to the latest assessment by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • Sahel region must be a top priority for UN peacebuilding efforts - UN commission
    29 june 2018 19:34:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The vast Sahel region of Africa, which is facing multiple threats and challenges – including destructive climate change, drought, terrorism and organized crime – must continue to be a top priority for United Nations peacebuilding efforts, the Security Council heard on Friday. Full text...

  • First Portuguese police officers join UNMISS
    29 june 2018 19:01:06
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Eight United Nations police officers from Portugal, four women and four men, have joined the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for a one-year deployment, the peacekeeping mission announced Friday, noting that the new arrivals are the first Portuguese police officers to serve in the country. Full text...

  • African Development Bank ranked 4th best company to work for in Africa
    29 june 2018 18:44:00
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The 2018 Careers in Africa Employer of Choice Survey has ranked the African Development Bank (AfDB) the fourth best company to work with in Africa. Full text...

  • Gambia maintains Tier 2 on U.S. State Department’s human trafficking report
    29 june 2018 18:01:07
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) -As required by the U.S. Congress, the United States Department of State has released the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report showing that the Gambia remains on the Department’s Tier 2 watch-list for the second consecutive year. Full text...

  • President Barrow names new VP in Gambian cabinet reshuffle
    29 june 2018 17:44:16
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow on Friday reshuffled his cabinet removing Vice President Fatoumata Tambajang and redeploying her to the foreign service.Full text...

  • European leaders reach consensus on migration crisis
    29 june 2018 16:35:47
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - After hours of debate, the 28 European leaders, who met in Brussels on Friday, finally reach a deal for a provisional solution to the migration crisis, including Italy which had earlier threatened to veto against any arrangement.Full text...

  • Rwandan political parties prepare for parliamentary election
    29 june 2018 16:21:22
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Friday gave political parties and independent candidates the green light to pave the ground for campaigns slated to kick off on 12 July 2018, ahead of the parliamentary polls to be held 2-3 September. Full text...

  • UN Migration Agency gets new head
    29 june 2018 15:53:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Member states of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Friday elected Portugal’s António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino as next Director General of the United Nations Migration Agency. Full text...

  • World’s largest desert Lake Turkana lands on World Heritage site danger list
    29 june 2018 15:05:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Lake Turkana, the world’s largest desert lake, has been declared in danger because of the environmental impact of constructing a hydro-electric dam upstream on Ethiopia’s Omo River, UNESCO World Heritage Committee announced on Friday. Full text...

  • WB extends US$500m loan to Tunisia
    29 june 2018 12:50:21
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The World Bank on Thursday announced a US$ 500 million loan for Tunisia to strengthen private investment, improve energy security and finance renewable energy sources in the North African country. Full text...

  • Friday's forex rates for Mauritania Ouguiya
    29 june 2018 12:31:51
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Friday’s exchange rates for the Mauritania Ouguiya as issued by the Central Bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Friday's exchange rates for Mauritius Rupee
    29 june 2018 11:52:16
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Friday’s exchange rates for the Mauritius Rupee as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • South Africa hard-hitting court ruling over Xhosa initiation film
    29 june 2018 10:27:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There has been widespread reaction to Thursday’s North Gauteng High Court ruling which found the Appeal Tribunal process for the controversial Xhosa movie "Inxeba: The Wound" was legally flawed and should be reviewed and set aside. Full text...

  • Friday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    29 june 2018 08:47:33
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The following are Friday's foreign exchange rates for the Rwandan franc as issued by the National Bank of Rwanda. Full text...

  • Friday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    29 june 2018 07:37:36
    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...

  • Ghana's former vice president Amissah-Arthur dies
    29 june 2018 07:36:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's former Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur is dead, the local media reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Rights group warns against downsizing UN mission in Darfur
    29 june 2018 06:18:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - International human rights group, Amnesty International, has warned against downsizing the United Nations mission in Darfur, Sudan, saying that is not an option amid ongoing attacks in the region. Full text...

  • Guterres calls for action to end deadly clashes between herders, farmers in Africa
    29 june 2018 05:15:10
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed deep concern about deadly clashes between herders and farmers in North and Central Africa and called for action to end the bloodshed. Full text...

  • Rights group says impunity fuels killings of people with albinism in Malawi
    28 june 2018 21:06:04
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - A human rights group on Thursday asked the Malawian authorities to urgently overhaul the criminal justice system to protect people with albinism, who face the persistent threat of being killed for their body parts in a country where the vast majority of these horrific crimes remain unresolved and unpunished. Full text...

  • Ghana president sacks Chairperson of Electoral Commission, two deputies
    28 june 2018 20:54:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sacked the three top officials of the Electoral Commission for misbehaviour and incompetence. Full text...

  • ‘Global care crisis’ set to affect 2.3 billion people warns UN labour agency
    28 june 2018 20:42:48
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A “global care crisis” is looming which could affect 2.3 billion people by 2030, United Nations work experts warned on Thursday, highlighting the potential for greater inequality in a sector where women already perform “more than three-quarters” of all unpaid work. Full text...

  • South Sudan ‘revitalized’ peace deal must be inclusive, Security Council hears
    28 june 2018 20:38:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Although recent engagement between the main political rivals in South Sudan is a welcome development, ending the country’s long-standing conflict will only be achieved by addressing its root causes and ensuring women, youth and other sectors contribute to peace efforts. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Fixtures for the Round of 16 matches
    28 june 2018 20:34:57
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - The following are the full fixtures for the Round of 16 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup after the completion of the group matches on Thursday. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Belgium subdue England 1-0 to top Group G; Tunisia beal Panama 2-1
    28 june 2018 20:25:41
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - Belgium beat England 1-0 in their final Group G match played at the Kaliningrad Stadium to top Group G while Tunisia recorded their only victory at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia when they came from behind to beat Panama 2-1 in their match played at the Mordivia Arena. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes ‘first concrete step’ in normalizing Eritrea-Ethiopia relationship
    28 june 2018 19:39:05
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the high-level visit of a delegation from Eritrea to neighbouring Ethiopia which began on Tuesday, as “a first concrete step” in the process of normalizing relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • AU welcomes South Sudan’s permanent ceasefire agreement
    28 june 2018 19:12:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has welcomed the Khartoum Declaration Agreement between the Parties to the Conflict in South Sudan, signed on 27 June 2018. Full text...

  • Juba starts implementing ceasefire deal
    28 june 2018 18:51:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudan has started implementing the permanent ceasefire deal it concluded on Wednesday with opposition groups in Khartoum, Sudan, according to a senior government official. Full text...

  • US business delegation signs US $940 million deals with state firms in Ethiopia
    28 june 2018 17:51:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A US delegation has signed business deals with several state-owned Ethiopian companies valued at nearly US$1 billion, officials said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan urges Malaysian firm to resume oil production in South Sudan
    28 june 2018 17:39:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan and Malaysia have agreed on the need to resume oil production in all fields in South Sudan, following the permanent ceasefire agreement reached by South Sudanese parties here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambia seeks debt relief from external creditors
    28 june 2018 16:28:55
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Gambia’s public debt is now unsustainable and, as a result, the authorities here are requesting for debt relief and restructuring from external creditors, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Africa's dreams shattered as Senegal lose 1-0 to Colombia and Japan lose 1-0 to Poland
    28 june 2018 16:27:52
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - Africa's hopes of getting one country to the Round of 16 in the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup went up in flames at the Samara Arena in Samara on Thursday when the only bright star, Senegal, were eliminated after losing 1-0 to Colombia. Full text...

  • Kenyatta promises probe after Nairobi market fire disaster leaves 15 dead
    28 june 2018 15:30:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered an investigation into the cause of a fire disaster, which killed 15 people and injured 70 others at Gikomba market in downtown Nairobi on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia begins crude oil, natural gas extraction in Ogaden region
    28 june 2018 12:57:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia, a non-oil producing economy in the East African region, has officially extracted its first barrel of crude oil and will begin producing natural gas from its remote Ogaden region. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for Mauritanian Ouguiya
    28 june 2018 12:44:37
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Thursday’s exchange rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya, as issued by the central bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • WHO sensitises Congolese journalists on Ebola
    28 june 2018 11:47:15
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A sensitisation workshop for Congolese journalists on Ebola opened on Wednesday in Brazzaville with the participation of public and private broadcasting media practitioners.Full text...

  • Fund for science, technology established in Côte d'Ivoire
    28 june 2018 11:32:44
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government on Wednesday announced the adoption of a bill governing the organisation and functioning of a Fund for Science, Technology and Innovation (FONSTI), whose aim is to finance research activities. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa visits Tanzania
    28 june 2018 11:24:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Zimbabwean President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa arrived in Dar es Salaam on Thursday for a two-day state visit and he was received at Julius Kambarage Nyerere International Airport by his host, President John Pombe Magufuli. Full text...


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