• Wednesday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    28 february 2018 09:45:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Wednesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D) as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    28 february 2018 08:57:40
    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...

  • UN closer than ever to a dev't system that is ‘fit for purpose’ - Guterres
    28 february 2018 06:43:11
    New York, US (PANA) There are serious threats to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the United Nations, especially its development system, must be effectively reformed in order to be able to limit the impact of those threats Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping review urges emphasis on supporting South Sudan's political process
    28 february 2018 06:13:38
    New York, US (PANA) - A latest review of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan has found that reaching a political solution to the ongoing conflict is the most effective way to protect civilians, a senior UN official said on Tuesday, urging a renewed focus on supporting the political process. Full text...

  • Top ECOWAS election observer arrives for Sierra Leone polls
    28 february 2018 05:48:18
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Amos Sawyer, former Interim President of Liberia and Head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) 55-member Election Observation Mission to Sierra Leone's 7 March general elections, arrived in Freetown on Tuesday night. Full text...

  • Southern Africa countries assess impact of severe drought
    27 february 2018 19:49:55
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – In the aftermath severe rainfall deficits recorded by the end of January 2018 across the Southern African region, countries are undertaking assessments to ascertain the impact, which is expected to be significant, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Experts compare notes on fiscal management in West African mining/petroleum sector
    27 february 2018 18:57:42
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Sound fiscal management is essential for countries that are still dependent on revenue from the mining or petroleum sector, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Deputy Managing Director Carla Grasso said here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Barrow urges Africa to organise its human resource for development
    27 february 2018 18:08:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Africa has the capacity to step up its development but needs to organise its human resource toward that goal, Gambian President Adama Barrow remarked here on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Mauritius records 5.2 percent rise in 2017 tourist arrivals
    27 february 2018 17:47:57
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Tourist arrivals in Mauritius during 2017 topped 1,341,860 up by 5.2 percent compared to the 2016 figure, according to Statistics Mauritius, a governmental institution, said in its latest bulletin issued on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Govt sets up panel to investigate abduction of 110 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria
    27 february 2018 17:36:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Federal Government of Nigeria on Tuesday formed a 12-member committee “to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction" of 110 students of the Government Girls Science and Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi, Yobe State, in northeast Nigeria nine days ago. Full text...

  • Ballot papers for Sierra Leone polls arrive
    27 february 2018 16:33:02
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Tuesday took delivery of ballot papers for the 7 March presidential, parliamentary and local council elections in the West African country. Full text...

  • Combined Nigerian, Cameroonian forces kill 15 Boko Haram terrorists, rescue 1,130 hostages
    27 february 2018 16:29:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army said on Tuesday that the combined troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and the Cameroonian Defence Forces battling Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria have killed 35 B insurgents and destroyed 15 locally fabricated rifles captured from them. Full text...

  • African Green Revolution project targets 1.2 million farmers in West Africa
    27 february 2018 16:19:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 1.2 million small-scale farmers in Burkina Faso and Ghana, are set to benefit from a new partnership between Germany and the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to combat hunger, the Nairobi-based alliance announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius hosts first BADEA Board meeting in 2018
    27 february 2018 13:42:15
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), will hold its first meeting for the year 2018, in Port-Louis, Mauritius, from 28 February - 2 March 2018.Full text...

  • U.S. government donates aerial surveillance system to AMISOM
    27 february 2018 13:22:27
    Baledogle, Somalia (PANA) – The Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, has commended the United States for its continued support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in its fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Nigeria's economy improves, grows by 0.82 per cent in 2017
    27 february 2018 13:18:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Tuesday said that the economy grew by 0.82 percent in 2017, an improvement from the -1.58 percent recorded in 2016. Full text...

  • FAO chief calls for swift intervention in humanitarian crises
    27 february 2018 11:25:42
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (PANA) - The international community needs to intervene more swiftly in humanitarian crises in ways that are also designed to support affected farmers, pastoralists, fishers and other food producers, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Trial of Burkina botched coup makers opens
    27 february 2018 11:12:27
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The trial of 84 people accused of an abortive coup in September 2015 in Burkina Faso opened in Ouagadougou on Tuesday amidst tight security.Full text...

  • Dry weather, high temperatures likely to reduce harvests in Southern Africa - FAO warns
    27 february 2018 10:54:32
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Poor rains and hot temperatures triggered water stress and adversely affected crop development in several areas of Southern Africa, FAO said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • South African rights organisation targets son of world famous lawyer
    27 february 2018 10:42:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The prosecutor who secured the murder conviction of paralympian Oscar Pistorius has set his sights on the son of South Africa’s most famous lawyer. Full text...

  • Tuesday's forex rates for Mauritanian Ouguiya
    27 february 2018 10:34:54
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Tuesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya, as issued by the Central Bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Mozambique’s Filipe Nyusi visits WTO to discuss trade
    27 february 2018 09:51:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has met the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Roberto Azevedo, to discuss how his country could benefit from economic diversification and trade, the Geneva-based WTO Secretariat said Monday. Full text...

  • Gambian Army to crack down on indiscriminate use of military accoutrement
    27 february 2018 09:47:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Armed Forces has said it will soon commence a crackdown on individuals and business people who import and sell military accoutrement. Full text...

  • US assisting Gambia to recover Jammeh’s assets – Ambassador
    27 february 2018 09:36:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Patricia Alsup, US Ambassador to The Gambia, said on Tuesday that the United States is playing an active part to recover assets of former President in her country. Full text...

  • Mixed reaction to Ramaphosa's Cabinet reshuffle
    27 february 2018 08:57:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There has been mixed reaction to President Cyril Ramaphosa's first Cabinet, which was announced late on Monday night. Full text...

  • Tuesday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    27 february 2018 08:06:40
    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...

  • Tuesday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    27 february 2018 07:57:55
    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...

  • Rights group warns of new wave of deportations by Algeria
    27 february 2018 07:55:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Algerian authorities have rounded up hundreds of sub-Saharan Africans since January 2018, including women and children, expelling many of them to Niger, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya responds to UN report on arms trafficking in South Sudan
    27 february 2018 07:44:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenya has not been complicit in prolonging the conflict in South Sudan through the trafficking of weapons and ammunition, the foreign ministry said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN deputy aid chief urges assistance as insecurity deepens in Lake Chad basin
    27 february 2018 07:36:39
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Amid growing insecurity in Lake Chad, a senior United Nations relief official on Monday said the international community and the Government of Cameroon must step up support for humanitarian action in the country, which is most affected by regionwide violence sparked by Boko Haram. Full text...

  • UN chief urges new push to free world from nuclear weapons
    27 february 2018 07:28:57
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Warning that nuclear weapons pose catastrophic risks to human life and the environment, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday called on the international community to make a reinvigorated push to rid the world of such weapons. Full text...

  • UN launches 24-hour hotline for staff to report sexual harassment
    27 february 2018 07:19:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations is launching a 24-hour helpline to enable staff to call out sexual harassment in the workplace, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday. Full text...

  • Situation in Burundi ‘not suitable’ for credible elections – UN official
    27 february 2018 07:10:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Urgent efforts are needed to keep the “hard-won” gains in Burundi from eroding, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Monday, noting that while the security situation is calm, there is still the potential for volatility as political tensions persist. Full text...

  • Malaysia's Petronas, Australia's FAR Ltd to drill offshore Gambia
    26 february 2018 19:46:59
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Australian FAR Ltd has signed a Farm-out Agreement (FOA) with a subsidiary of Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) to drill an exploration well offshore Gambia.Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea president begins Tunisia visit
    26 february 2018 19:06:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on Monday started a three-day official visit to Tunisia, leading a delegation of several ministers and senior officials of his government, at the invitation of Tunisian President Béji Caïd Essebsi. Full text...

  • Buhari assures all persons abducted by Boko Haram terrorists will be "rescued safely"
    26 february 2018 17:55:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday reassured the nation that all persons abducted by insurgent groups, including the 110 missing schoolgirls abducted from the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe, in northeast Nigeria would be rescued safely. Full text...

  • President Barrow opens 58th West African surgeons' meeting
    26 february 2018 17:35:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow on Monday opened here the 58th annual meeting of West African College of Surgeons stating that the health sector stands out as one of his administration's priority areas for urgent action.Full text...

  • Working group on migration meets in Tripoli
    26 february 2018 16:51:12
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The second meeting of the working group on migration and coordination with the international community to find lasting solutions to migration problems opened in Tripoli on Monday, according to the Libyan ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenyan advocate seeks removal of Chief Justice, six others
    26 february 2018 16:34:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan lawyer has petitioned the National Assembly to remove Chief Justice David Maraga and five others from the Judicial Service Commission. Full text...

  • Kenyans shine at Muller Indoor Grand Prix
    26 february 2018 16:23:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyans Bethwell Kiprotich and Vincent Kibet took first and second positions respectively in the men 1500m race at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sunday night.Full text...

  • Three-day international conference on Lake Chad Basin opens in Abuja
    26 february 2018 16:18:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A three-day International Conference on Lake Chad opened on Monday in Abuja with the Nigerian government reiterating its commitment towards all programmes and policies to restore the Lake Chad Basin. Full text...

  • UN Security Council condemns Friday’s terrorist attacks in Mogadishu
    26 february 2018 16:09:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Members of the Security Council have condemned in the strongest terms the two terrorist attacks of 23 February 2018 in Mogadishu that killed and injured innocent Somalis. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Can the “Lion Mountain” Ever Roar Again? (By Paul Ejime, PANA Guest Writer)
    26 february 2018 15:18:19
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - After the recent fiercely contested presidential election in Liberia, world attention has turned to neighbouring Sierra Leone, which has its own crucial vote on 7 March 2018.Full text...

  • Nearly two-thirds of South Sudan at risk of rising hunger - UN agencies warn
    26 february 2018 13:05:17
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - More than 7 million people in South Sudan - almost two-thirds of the population - could become severely food insecure in the coming months without sustained humanitarian assistance and access, three United Nations agencies warned on Monday. Full text...

  • Child rights agencies concerned over gov’t decision encouraging FGM in Somaliland
    26 february 2018 11:54:59
    Hargeisa, Somaliland (PANA) – Child rights organizations operating in Somaliland have expressed concern on a recent ruling by the Somaliland government that encourages female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Full text...

  • Amnesty lauds Barrow's commitment to reform repressive laws
    26 february 2018 10:08:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - International human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has lauded the new government in Gambia for its commitment to reform repressive laws passed under ousted President Yahya Jammeh.Full text...

  • Monday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    26 february 2018 09:45:55
    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...

  • Massive lawsuit filed over Mandela photograph
    26 february 2018 08:57:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A South African photographer has filed one of the biggest copyright lawsuits in history, seeking US$179 million for the unauthorized use of his image of world statesman Nelson Mandela. Full text...

  • Monday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    26 february 2018 08:53:56
    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...

  • Nigerian Air Force joins search for missing schoolgirls
    26 february 2018 08:52:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has instituted extra measures, including Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, in a renewed effort at locating the schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists at Dapchi in the northeast of the country. Full text...


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