• Friday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    27 july 2018 07:44:59
    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...

  • Guterres sounds alarm over worst cashflow crunch in years
    27 july 2018 06:20:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations is at risk of running out of cash, the UN chief has warned, urging Member States to pay their mandatory contributions on time and in full, so that the world body can continue to deliver on its key mandates. Full text...

  • UN rights experts urge Egypt to release jailed poet who penned hit protest song
    27 july 2018 06:16:37
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Galal El Behairy has been held in detention since February after penning a song critical of Egypt’s policies, prompting United Nations human rights experts on Thursday to urge the government to release him immediately. Full text...

  • 'Stigma and discrimination still persists’ against people living with HIV – ILO
    27 july 2018 06:12:01
    Amsterdam, Netherlands (PANA) - Although progress in treating people living with HIV has enabled them to work, they continue to face career discrimination, says a new study launched on Thursday by the United Nations labour agency. Full text...

  • UN envoy calls for ‘a level playing field’ in key upcoming DR Congo elections
    27 july 2018 06:04:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Major progress has been made on preparations for the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but “conditions for a level playing field are not yet in place”, says the most senior United Nations official based in the country. Full text...

  • UNICEF raises US$10 million for 9th Ebola epidemic
    26 july 2018 20:41:09
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The UN Childrens' Fund (UNICEF) said it raised more than US$10 million, including funds from several donors, to respond to the 9th Ebola epidemic, which broke out two months ago in North-West Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a communiqué obtained Thursday by PANA.Full text...

  • 2018 CAF Champions league: Day 4 matches this weekend
    26 july 2018 17:15:05
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The following are all the Day 4, Group-phase matches in the 2018 CAF Champions league, to be played across Africa this weekend. Full text...

  • 'South Africa sees Africa Investment Forum as vehicle for economic growth'
    26 july 2018 16:34:46
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The Africa Investment Forum (AIF), African Development Bank’s new platform to enhance private-sector cooperation and drive investment to key development sectors on the continent, has received commendation from South Africa’s Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene. Full text...

  • AfDB, IFAD collaborate to help Mozambique build knowledge on climate finance
    26 july 2018 16:26:37
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have agreed to collaborate to help Mozambique build knowledge on climate finance and Natural Capital Full text...

  • Rwandan President Paul Kagame attends BRICS summit in Johannesburg
    26 july 2018 16:00:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame, has arrived in South Africa to join other World leaders attending the BRICS summit, which is running from Wednesday to Friday in Johannesburg, the Office of the President confirmed here on Thursday.Full text...

  • IFAD ready to partner G20 in attaining sustainable food production
    26 july 2018 15:55:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has offered the institution's full support for efforts to increase the sustainable production of nutritious foods.Full text...

  • AfDB reiterates support for Lake Chad Basin Heritage Project
    26 july 2018 15:49:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has reiterated support for Lake Chad Basin Heritage Project, saying it will continue its support for an environmental initiative to protect the shrinking Lake Chad - a source of water to millions of people in central and West Africa. Full text...

  • Senior US Africa Command official ends Gambia visit
    26 july 2018 15:27:27
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The highest ranking civilian at the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), Ambassador Alexander M. Laskaris, on Thursday ended his visit to The Gambia during which he held discussions with senior government officials on issues related to security sector reform and civil-military relations in The Gambia. Full text...

  • Buhari calls for greater synergy among African leaders in tackling insecurity
    26 july 2018 15:00:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday called for greater synergy among African leaders in tackling the problem of insecurity in the continent. Full text...

  • 'Rwanda will not apply restriction on birth limits' - PM
    26 july 2018 14:52:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente, on Thursday said the government has never planned to impose limits on the number of children a family can have in the East African country. Full text...

  • Putin salutes Mandela at BRICS summit
    26 july 2018 14:40:04
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Thursday saluted former world statesman Nelson Mandela, saying he has played a formidable role in the success of BRICS.Full text...

  • Top African musicians to perform at Pan-African Dance Festival in Rwanda
    26 july 2018 12:51:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least six African countries have confirmed their participation to the week-long 2018 Edition of the Pan African Dance Festival (FESPAD) set to start on 29 July in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. Full text...

  • 537 candidates vying for parliament seats in Rwanda
    26 july 2018 12:41:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A total of 537 candidates have submitted their names to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to contest the upcoming parliamentary polls, to be held on 2-3 September 2018. Full text...

  • RwandAir ranked third best Africa regional airline
    26 july 2018 11:43:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's national carrier, RwandAir, has been ranked third Best Regional Airline in Africa by British-based consultancy, SKYTRAX, which runs an airline and airport review and ranking site. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    26 july 2018 11:01:22
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The following are Thursday's foreign exchange rates for the Rwandan franc, as issued by the National Bank of Rwanda. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    26 july 2018 09:00:18
    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...

  • Thursday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    26 july 2018 07:39:31
    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...

  • UNESCO designates 24 new biosphere reserves
    26 july 2018 06:38:30
    Paris, France (PANA) - Protecting mangroves, tropical rain forests and other biodiversity hot spots, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) bumped up its World Network of Biosphere Reserves by 24 new sites on Wednesday, which means that 686 unique natural sites in total are being preserved globally. Full text...

  • Cameroon violence needs urgent investigation, says UN rights chief Zeid
    26 july 2018 06:30:51
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Persistent reports of grave human rights abuses in Cameroon — including a widely shared video showing the alleged execution of a woman, child and baby — must be investigated by the authorities urgently, UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Top South African model barred from entering Palestine
    26 july 2018 06:24:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Leading South African model Shashi Naidoo was denied entry to Palestine on Wednesday and has been forced to return home. Full text...

  • 2018 COSAFA Mens' U-17: Hosts Mauritius complete semi-final line-up
    25 july 2018 19:25:51
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Hosts Mauritius on Wednesday completed the 2018 COSAFA Under-17 Championship semifinal line-up after Malawi failed to get margin of victory they needed to end their Group C campaign as the best runner-up in the group. Full text...

  • Congolese Rhumba star, Koffi Olomide, to appear in court in Zambia Friday
    25 july 2018 18:39:44
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Congolese Rhumba maestro, Koffi Olomide, who is currently in Zambia, has been ordered to appear in the Lusaka Magistrate Court on Friday. Full text...

  • President Lungu to attend BRICS summit in South Africa
    25 july 2018 17:48:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia President Edgar Lungu, will be among regional Heads of State attending the BRICS Summit being held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 26-27 July, 2018, Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji, disclosed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Benin Republic agree on joint committee to combat smuggling
    25 july 2018 17:44:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday hosted President Patrice Talon of the Republic of Benin at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, during which the two leaders agreed on the need to set up a joint committee to combat smuggling.Full text...

  • 2018 World Water Week to focus on Africa
    25 july 2018 16:57:55
    Stockholm, Sweden (PANA) - The 2018 World Water Week will take place from 26 to 31 August in Stockholm, Sweden, under the theme: “Water, ecosystems and human development.” Full text...

  • Facility for Agricultural Finance in Africa receives FAPA donors’ approval seal (An AfDB Feature)
    25 july 2018 16:48:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - By 2030, it is estimated that Africa’s urban food markets will be valued at US$1 trillion. Full text...

  • Zambian woman arrested with heroin pellets in Mauritius
    25 july 2018 16:09:46
    Plaisance, Mauritius (PANA) - The Customs Anti-Narcotics Section of the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) on Saturday arrested a 26-year-old Zambian woman with 55 heroin pellets upon her arrival at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam international airport, Plaisance, in the south of the island. Full text...

  • US to re-establish Military Relations with Gambia
    25 july 2018 16:07:14
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Ambassador Alexander Laskaris, Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, United States Africa Command (AfriComm), on Wednesday announced that the US is committed to supporting Gambia’s Security Sector Reform program. Full text...

  • AfDB, partners move to control Fall Armyworm threat in southern Africa
    25 july 2018 15:53:03
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and partners are to convene for talks on controlling Fall Armyworm threat in southern Africa Full text...

  • Researchers say scientific evidence does not support HIV criminalization laws
    25 july 2018 15:36:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -– Twenty of the world’s leading HIV scientists have launched an evidence-based consensus that systematically refutes the rationale for laws that criminalize HIV transmission, according to a statement obtained on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for Mauritanian Ouguiya
    25 july 2018 14:53:00
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Wednesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Ouguiya, as issued by the central bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Ethiopian runner Bekele signs up for Amsterdam Marathon
    25 july 2018 12:42:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Multiple world and Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele will run the TCS Amsterdam Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, on Sunday 21 October, the World athletics governing body said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Controversial DR Congo politician Bemba to return home next week
    25 july 2018 11:53:22
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Controversial DR Congo politician Jean-Pierre Bemba has announced that he will return home on 1 August. Full text...

  • Beyond the motions of an electoral success in Mali (By Paul Ejime, PANA Guest Writer)
    25 july 2018 11:18:36
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian voters go to the polls on 29 July to either elect a new president or renew the five-year mandate of the incumbent leader from a field of 24 candidates, with just one female contender. Full text...

  • MSF calls for end to arbitrary detention of refugees, migrants disembarked in Libya
    25 july 2018 10:38:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls for an end to the arbitrary detention of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Libya after a dramatic increase in the number of people intercepted by the EU-supported Libyan coastguard in the Mediterranean and disembarked in Libya. Full text...

  • Kenyan Parliament rejects salaries commission chief nominee
    25 july 2018 10:21:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The National Assembly on Wednesday rejected a nominee for the position of chairman of the state salaries commission over integrity issues. Full text...

  • Young people key actors in Africa's economic, social development - Meeting
    25 july 2018 10:15:52
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Africa-EU Economic and Social Stakeholders' Network sees young people as key actors in Africa's economic and social development. Full text...

  • Release of Nigerien activists should signal end to repression, says rights body
    25 july 2018 09:48:52
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Amnesty International says it is encouraged to learn that five Nigerien activists detained on what it described as "trumped up charges" are set to be released after they were given three-month suspended prison sentence. Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    25 july 2018 09:10:21
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The following are Wednesday's foreign exchange rates for the Rwandan franc, as issued by the National Bank of Rwanda. Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    25 july 2018 07:53:51
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Wednesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee, as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Ending marginalization of persons with disabilities ‘a matter of justice’, UN-backed summit told
    25 july 2018 06:59:28
    London, UK (PANA) - Inclusive education, economic empowerment and technological innovations were the focus of discussion on Tuesday as world leaders gathered in London for the first-ever United Nations-backed Global Disability Summit. Full text...

  • More ‘political commitment’ needed urgently for HIV prevention: UNAIDS chief
    25 july 2018 06:46:15
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands (PANA) - As HIV infections continue to rise, UNAIDS — the UN agency leading the global effort to end the public health threat posed by the virus — called on Tuesday for countries to boost prevention measures and continue facilitating access to treatment. Full text...

  • UN rights office appeals for peaceful Zimbabwe elections amid reports of intimidation
    25 july 2018 06:38:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Zimbabwe’s upcoming presidential elections must be peaceful and credible, the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday, amid increasing reports of voter intimidation and coercion linked to the ruling ZANU-PF party. Full text...

  • South Africa to host high-level BRICS summit
    25 july 2018 06:31:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – More than 1,000 delegates including several heads of state will gather at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Wednesday for the 10th BRICS Summit. Full text...

  • WHO declares DR Congo Ebola outbreak over
    24 july 2018 19:30:06
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Ebola virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) has been declared over, thanks to a concerted national and international effort to contain the threat, the UN’s top health official said on Tuesday. Full text...


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