• Tanzania: Wednesday's exchange rates for Tanzania Shilling
    20 september 2017 06:18:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The following are Wednesday's exchange rates for the Tanzania Shilling as issued by the Bank of Tanzania. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN agency urges Government to protect refugees after tragic killings
    19 september 2017 20:50:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations refugee agency is urging the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ensure protection for refugees and asylum-seekers following last week’s shooting incident in Kamanyola in which at least 39 people were killed and 94 injured. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Over 40 million people caught in modern slavery, 152 million in child labour – UN
    19 september 2017 20:45:07
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – More than 40 million people around the world were victims of modern slavery – forced labour and forced marriage – in 2016, a United Nations study has found, revealing the true scale of such practices that disproportionately affect women and girls. Full text...

  • 2017 WAFU Cup: Benin, Niger reach WAFU semi-finals
    19 september 2017 20:38:55
    Cape Coast, Ghana (PANA) - Benin and Niger on Tuesday qualified for the semi-finals of the 2017 WAFU Cup competition being played in Ghana while Senegal painfully went out. Full text...

  • US: Trump says all nations should embrace their sovereignty
    19 september 2017 20:04:43
    New York, US (PANA) – Noting that the present world is one that offers both immense promise and great peril, the President of the United States told global leaders at the United Nations that it was “entirely up to us” to either lift the world to new heights, or let it fall into a valley of disrepair. Full text...

  • US: International solidarity key to address global challenges - Buhari
    19 september 2017 19:59:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Highlighting the importance of international cooperation to address many pressing challenges around the globe, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has urged world leaders on Tuesday to sustain such collaboration, particularly in instances where there resources are insufficient and capacity weak at the national level. Full text...

  • US: Sirleaf says upcoming elections will signal ‘irreversible course’ towards democracy in Liberia
    19 september 2017 19:56:19
    New York, US (PANA) – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly just 22 days ahead of historic elections in Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday said the polls will signal the “irreversible course” that the country has embarked upon to consolidate its young, post-conflict democracy. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone FA president announces second term bid
    19 september 2017 19:04:50
    Freetown, Sierra Leone ( PANA) - After months of speculations, Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) president Isha Johansen on Tuesday announced her decision to run for a second term. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Chinese medical aid ship arrives in Freetown
    19 september 2017 18:53:46
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - A Chinese naval vessel has docked at Freetown port on Tuesday with medical personnel to provide free medical service to Sierra Leoneans over the next four days, the Chinese Embassy here said in a press release. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan Chief Justice vows to defend law amid mounting threats
    19 september 2017 18:36:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga vowed on Tuesday to defend the independence of the courts and the judicial arm of the government as protestors threatened to storm the Supreme Court complex in the capital, Nairobi. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN humanitarian coordinator worries about lack of funding for vulnerable Sudanese
    19 september 2017 18:22:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The humanitarian community in Sudan is “deeply concerned about the lack of funding” for the Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2017 on the well-being of millions of people in need of assistance in the eastern African country. Full text...

  • US: US government launches new strategy to guide global AIDS programmes
    19 september 2017 16:54:36
    New York, US (PANA) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to launch a new strategy to guide U.S. global AIDS programmes for the next three years on Tuesday, during his engagement at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Full text...

  • Gambia: Moroccan envoy calls on Gambian leader at UNGA
    19 september 2017 14:05:00
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has said that Gambia’s support to Morocco is to promote African solidarity and improve relations with the tiny West African nation, The Gambia. Full text...

  • Gambia: UK MPs to induct new Gambian parliamentarians
    19 september 2017 12:33:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - UK MPs and officials will be inducting the new parliament of Gambia in Banjul this week, where 90% of the National Assembly Members (NAM) are newly elected, a statement from the British High Commission, made available to PANA, indicated in Banjul on Tuesday.Full text...

  • US: FAO, ITU sign MOU to bolster ICT innovation in agriculture
    19 september 2017 11:50:53
    New York. US (PANA) - The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will leverage synergies to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Former diplomat Petito Koroma enters race for president
    19 september 2017 11:42:46
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Former Sierra Leone Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, Alimamy Petito Koroma, on Tuesday declared his intention to run for president of the West African country on the ticket of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC). Full text...

  • Congo: Media watchdogs appeal to Congo to free detained Editor
    19 september 2017 11:19:44
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Two media watchdogs, Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Sans Frontières, have appealed to Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso to immediately free Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba, editor of the privately-owned newspaper, Talassa.Full text...

  • Mauritania: Tuesday's Forex rates for Mauritanian Ouguiya
    19 september 2017 10:20:59
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Following are Tuesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya, as issued by the Central Bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda to host African airlines meeting
    19 september 2017 10:18:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) is set to host its 49th Annual General Assembly in Kigali from 12 – 14 November 2017 with senior global aviation executives in Africa in attendance, an official statement made available on Tuesday to PANA in Kigali said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Supreme Court sets date for Oscar Pistorius hearing
    19 september 2017 10:08:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s Supreme Court has set 2 November to hear the state's appeal of convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius’ sentence. Full text...

  • Gabon: Tuesday's forex rates for the CFA Franc in Central Africa
    19 september 2017 09:35:05
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - Following are Tuesday's foreign exchange rates for the CFA Franc in Central Africa, as issued by the Bank of the Central African States. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Tuesday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    19 september 2017 09:30:48
    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...

  • Mauritius: Tuesday's forex rates for Mauritian Rupee
    19 september 2017 08:33:57
    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...

  • Liberia: ECOWAS, ECONEC Long-Term Observers arrive for Liberia polls
    19 september 2017 07:47:06
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Some 21 regional Long-Term Election Observers (LTOs) have arrived in Monrovia for deployment by the ECOWAS Commission and the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) for Liberia’s October 10 presidential and legislative elections, ECOWAS announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Ethiopian gov't urged to exercise restraint at upcoming Irreecha festival
    19 september 2017 07:15:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Human Rights Watch is urging the Ethiopian government and security officials to act with restraint and take concrete steps to prevent injuries and deaths at this year’s Irreecha festival on 1 October. Full text...

  • US: UN, dev't partners to hold High Level Meeting to end child marriage in Africa
    19 september 2017 06:57:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations is to hold a High Level Meeting at which African Heads of State, development partners and donor countries will agree to speed up progress to end child marriage in Africa.Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tuesday's exchange rates for Tanzania Shilling
    19 september 2017 06:50:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The following are Tuesday's exchange rates for the Tanzania Shilling as issued by the Bank of Tanzania. Full text...

  • US: World leaders pledge to eliminate sexual exploitation and abuse
    19 september 2017 06:15:16
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the world to stand in solidarity to condemn sexual exploitation and abuse as he detailed the key initiatives at the heart of his victim-centred approach to address the scourge across the UN system. Full text...

  • US: UN General Assembly’s annual debate to ‘focus on people,’ ensuring decent life for all
    19 september 2017 06:06:14
    New York, US (PANA) – Global leaders gathering at United Nations Headquarters in New York this week for the annual round of top-level diplomatic talks known as the General Debate will shine a spotlight on the needs of the world’s people, with discussions on vital issues such as sustainable development and climate change. Full text...

  • US: Conflict keeps 27 million children out of school, with girls at high risk of abuse – UN report
    19 september 2017 05:58:40
    New York, US (PANA) – Some 27 million children are out of school due to conflict, with girls facing a heightened risk of sexual and gender-based violence, the United Nations said in a report released on Monday in New York, calling on States and international organizations to integrate all uprooted children into the education system where they live. Full text...

  • US: UN, partners launch initiative to reach equal pay for women at work
    19 september 2017 05:50:14
    New York, US (PANA) – Striving to raise women’s pay across the world to equal men’s, a new global coalition – which includes the United Nations labour agency and Organization’s entity promotion of women’s rights – launched on Monday on the eve of the General Assembly debate. Full text...

  • Ghana: Tuesday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    19 september 2017 05:41:54
    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...

  • Senegal: School meal funding crisis puts 1.5 million West, Central African children at risk - WFP
    18 september 2017 21:20:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – As the 2017-2018 school year starts, more than 1.5 million children across West and Central Africa risk going to school hungry or dropping out altogether, due to lack of financing for nourishing school meals, the United Nations food relief agency said today. Full text...

  • US: More than 128 countries back pledged reforms to shape ‘21st century UN’
    18 september 2017 21:12:33
    New York, US (PANA) – Pledging to overhaul the United Nations bureaucracy to make the world body stronger and more responsive to the people it serves, Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday launched a pledge of support for reforms that has the backing of 128 countries. Full text...

  • US: As climate change makes bad weather worse, countries must strengthen resilience- UN
    18 september 2017 21:06:05
    New York, (PANA) – Noting the ever-increasing impact of extreme weather events, top United Nations officials, including Secretary-General António Guterres and Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the General Assembly on Monday urged efforts to boost resilience and strengthen damage mitigation measures. Full text...

  • Switzerland: ‘Window of opportunity’ closing on non-communicable diseases, warns WHO
    18 september 2017 20:59:09
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Millions around the globe are dying prematurely from diseases such as cancer or heart disease, the United Nations health agency warned on Monday, urging governments to step up efforts to control non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Full text...

  • US: UN chief outlines strategy to reshape global finance for sustainable development
    18 september 2017 20:52:40
    New York, US (PANA) – As the high-level week of the United Nations General Assembly gets underway, Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday stressed the role of the UN to help reshape “unproductive and unrewarding” finance and redirect investment to creating a better world for all. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: President Koroma to miss UN general assembly meeting
    18 september 2017 20:46:26
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma will miss the 72nd United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York because he is supervising the response to last month's landslide and floods disaster in the capital, Freetown, which claimed the lives of at least 500 people and wreaked havoc in the city. Full text...

  • 2017 WAFU Cup: Nigeria beat Ghana 2-0 to reach semi-final
    18 september 2017 20:25:44
    Cape Coast, Ghana (PANA) - Nigeria on Monday reached the semi-final of the 2017 West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Cup competition when they beat Ghana 2-0 in their Day 3 Group 1 match played at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana sets out to improve civil registration
    18 september 2017 18:48:21
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana intends to develop, implement and maintain its human identification system in line with the evolving technology, the government said on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US$ 9.9m urgently needed to respond to cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria
    18 september 2017 18:38:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The United Nations and its partners are urgently appealing for US$9.9 million to respond to the current cholera outbreak in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, and prevent further outbreaks in high-risk areas. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam says no real progress one year after landmark UN pledge for refugees
    18 september 2017 17:58:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - One year on since the historic United Nations summit for refugees and migrants, the international community has failed to make meaningful progress towards meeting the goals of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, Oxfam said Monday.Full text...

  • 2017 CAF Champions league: All 1st-leg, quarter-final results
    18 september 2017 16:17:42
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The following are results from the first-leg, quarter-final matches in the 2017 CAF Champions league, played at the weekend (with 2nd-leg dates). Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Sierra Leonean refugees in Australia raise US$ 10,000 for mudslide victims back home
    18 september 2017 15:49:27
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leone refugee community in Adelaide, Australia, targeted US$10,000 for mudslide victims back home in a fund-raising event that was held on Sunday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan officials assessing damage from latest heavy rains
    18 september 2017 15:38:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan officials are wading into damage assessments after heavy rain early last week left hundreds homeless in several parts of southeast and Northern Rwanda, an official source confirmed Monday in Kigali.Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana to ratify 5th Montreal Protocol amendment
    18 september 2017 15:09:13
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has announced intentions to ratify Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, a global commitment to stop climate change. Full text...

  • Gabon: Monday's forex rates for CFA Franc in Central Africa
    18 september 2017 15:00:05
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - Following are Monday's foreign exchange rates for the CFA Franc in Central Africa, as issued by the Bank of the Central African States. Full text...

  • Kenya: IFAD, Heifer partner to bolster rural farmers
    18 september 2017 12:48:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Heifer International and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) have agreed to seek opportunities for financing smallholder farmers in rural areas. Full text...

  • 2018 U-20 WWC Qualifiers: 1st-leg, 2nd-round results
    18 september 2017 12:34:28
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Here are results of all the first-leg, second-round matches of the 2018 African Under-20 Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Monday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    18 september 2017 12:18:31
    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...


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