• Nigerien MPs want gov't to end terrorist attacks, abductions
    13 december 2018 11:46:49
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Nigerien Parliament on Thursday urged the government to make all efforts to end terrorist attacks and abductions of peaceful citizens in the region of Diffa, far-east of the country, on the border with Nigeria. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya
    13 december 2018 11:34:40
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Thursday's foreign exchange rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya, as issued by the Central Bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Mali President receives UN, AU envoys
    13 december 2018 11:33:24
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Deputy UN Secretary General for peacekeeping operations, Mrs Bintou Kéita, and the African Union Senior representative of the African Peace Foundation, Dr Donald Kaberuka, on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Full text...

  • ICRC, Misrata business centre in Libya sign deal to help victims of armed conflicts
    13 december 2018 11:21:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The head of mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Libya, Karl Matli, on Wednesday signed a partnership and training agreement with the economic business centre of Misrata for small and medium-size projects for victims of armed conflicts.Full text...

  • Benin holds week of parallel activities with COP24
    13 december 2018 11:14:20
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Benin is marking the second week of the 24th session of the Conference of Parties (COP24) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with several parallel activities. Full text...

  • Germany ready to support Libya in fight against illegal migration
    13 december 2018 11:01:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The German vice foreign affairs minister, Walter Lindner, has expressed the willingness of his country to help Libya train its security agents and support the country in the fight against illegal immigrants, a statement from the Libyan interior minister of the national union government said on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Pharmaceutical regulation authority to be created in Cote d'Ivoire
    13 december 2018 10:53:01
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government adopted on Wednesday during the meeting of the council of ministers a decree on the organization and functioning of the Ivorian Pharmaceutical Regulation Authority (AIRP).Full text...

  • Gambian leader says his relationship with VP is 'normal'
    13 december 2018 10:20:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow, has said that his relationship with his Vice President Ousainou Darboe is "normal" amid widespread speculations that they have strained ties.Full text...

  • South African court orders Zuma to pay his own legal costs
    13 december 2018 09:58:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In a major blow to former President Jacob Zuma, the North Gauteng High Court in on Thursday ruled that he will have to pay his own legal costs in criminal cases instituted against him. Full text...

  • Angola win 23rd Women's AFCON
    13 december 2018 09:50:35
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Angola's women handball team, the Palancas Negras, on Wednesday won the 23rd Women's Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Handball competition for the second time in a row by beating Senegal 19-14 in the final. Full text...

  • AU creates fund to cushion foreign investors from infrastructure project risks
    13 december 2018 08:57:59
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The African Union has created an infrastructure project preparation facility to assist countries prepare mega-infrastructure projects and to cushion foreign investors from risks associated with costly projects, a senior AU official said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    13 december 2018 07:45:19
    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
    13 december 2018 07:43:18
    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...

  • Cleaning up the transport sector in African cities (An AfDB feature)
    13 december 2018 06:15:47
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Africa is the continent with the most rapidly-growing urban population, at an estimated annual rate of 3%. The surge in population is paired with rapid urbanisation and increased transportation for which emissions from transportation are growing significantly all across Africa, further driven by urban sprawl, rapid motorization and low levels of institutional capacity to manage traffic and its impact. Full text...

  • AfDB, Partners, to host workshop on COMESA Harmonisation of Seed Policy
    13 december 2018 05:47:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - For two days from Thursday, the African Development Bank (AfDB), through its Technologies for African Agriculture Transformation (TAAT) programme, will organise a workshop for regional and partner organisations on seed policy in Nairobi, Kenya.Full text...

  • 2019 CAF U-20 AFCON: CAF organises draw on Thursday
    13 december 2018 05:40:07
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The draw for the 21st edition of the Total Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Niger 2019, will take place on Thursday at the Centre Technique de La Fenifoot, Niamey, the Nigerien capital. Full text...

  • ‘Fire-fighting approach’ to humanitarian aid ‘not sustainable’: Deputy UN chief
    13 december 2018 05:03:55
    New York, US (PANA) - With around one in every 60 people across the world caught up in a crisis that requires urgent humanitarian assistance, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a top panel on the issue in New York on Wednesday that maintaining a “fire-fighting approach is not sustainable” in the long term. Full text...

  • Better care, stronger laws needed to save 30 million babies on the brink of death - Report
    13 december 2018 04:53:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Nearly 30 million babies are born too soon, too small or become sick, requiring specialised care to survive beyond the first month of life, according to a new report by a global coalition that includes the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • 2018 Beach Soccer AFCON: Nigeria edge Egypt 7-6 to reach final
    13 december 2018 04:44:02
    Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt (PANA) - Super Sand Eagles of Nigeria pipped hosts Egypt 7-6 on Wednesday to reach the finals of the 2018 CAF Beach Soccer Afruca Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Full text...

  • Failing to agree climate action would ‘not only be immoral’ but ‘suicidal’, UN chief tells COP24
    12 december 2018 22:36:26
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - With roadblocks continuing at the COP24 climate change conference over how to implement the historic 2015 Paris Agreement, United Nations chief António Guterres returned to Poland on Wednesday, to challenge the more than 100 Government leaders gathered in Katowice to find consensus and “finish the job”. Full text...

  • UN pushes for universal health care on International Day
    12 december 2018 22:29:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Universal health care for all, leaving no one behind, by 2030: that’s the call going out on International Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, which this year fell on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rights group says Nigeria should end impunity for killings of shia
    12 december 2018 22:04:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday that Nigerian authorities have failed to ensure justice for the killings of hundreds of members of the Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) since 2015. Full text...

  • Angola wins 23rd Women's African Cup of Nations Handball
    12 december 2018 19:23:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Angola has won the 23rd Women's African Cup of Nations Handball competition after beating Senegal 22-16 in the final game, played Wednesday in Brazzaville, Congo. Full text...

  • Ecobank signs partnership deal with MFS Africa for mobile payment services
    12 december 2018 18:32:14
    Abidjan, Côte d 'Ivoire (PANA) - Pan-African banking group, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), announced on Wednesday it has signed a partnership agreement with pan-African Fintech, MFS Africa, to provide its clients with multi-platform mobile payment services. Full text...

  • Presidential Council head says general elections only solution to Libyan crisis
    12 december 2018 16:50:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya's Chair of the Presidential Council of theGovernment of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, has said that ‘’the option of presidential and parliamentary elections, announced more than one year ago, is the decisive solution to the fight for power and the resolution of the problem of legitimacy and the divisive situation in the country’’.Full text...

  • Afrexim Bank commits US$25 billion to support continental free trade zone in Africa
    12 december 2018 16:30:53
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Cairo-based African Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank) has pledged a US$25 billion support to intra-African trade through trade finance and a local currency payment platform to reduce currency losses, the Bank's chief said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mali makes impressive participation at UN Climate Change Conference
    12 december 2018 16:21:04
    Bamako, Mali (NAPA) - Mali, which participates in the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), underway in Katowice, Poland, is one the two French-speaking African countries to present their Investment and Partnership Plan for National Determined Contribution (CDN) to partners, PANA has learnt from an authorized source. Full text...

  • AU calls for freeze on bilateral free trade agreements ahead of mega free trade zone
    12 december 2018 15:47:36
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The African Union Commissioner for Trade, Albert Muchanga, has cautioned countries currently involved in bilateral negotiations with foreign governments on the signing of free trade agreements ahead of the launch of the African Free Trade Area next year. Full text...

  • Africa must adopt common position to achieve "climate justice", says Burkinabe Minister
    12 december 2018 15:03:58
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - African countries must adopt a common position to achieve "climate justice", according to the Burkinabé Environment Minister, Nestor Batio Bassière, who was elected vice-president of the African Conference of Ministers of the Environment (AMCEN), effective from January 2019.Full text...

  • Ivorians protest against injustice, human rights violations
    12 december 2018 14:21:37
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Ivorian protesters, decked in orange vests, will take to the streets on 19 December to kick against injustice and violation of human rights in their country.Full text...

  • African ministers meet to discuss free trade guarantee fund
    12 december 2018 14:04:19
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - African Ministers of trade kicked off a meeting in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, Wednesday, to look into ways of compensating countries likely to suffer national revenue losses as a result of the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Full text...

  • Niamey hosts maiden edition of African Science Week
    12 december 2018 13:55:05
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The first edition of the African Science Week, aimed at discovering the world of science, research and technology, through scientific days coordinated throughout Africa, was launched on Wednesday in Niamey, the capital of Niger, by Yahouza Sadissou, the Nigerien Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. Full text...

  • Germany contributes 2.5 million euros to Libya's Stabilization Fund
    12 december 2018 13:41:24
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Germany has contributed 2.5 million euros to Libya's Stabilization Fund, according to the German Ambassador to Libya, Oliver Owcza.Full text...

  • Terrorists attack police station in south-west Burkina Faso
    12 december 2018 13:02:03
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Bouroum-Bouroum police station, in south-west region of Burkina Faso, on the the border with Cote d'Ivoire, was attacked on Tuesday evening, security sources told PANA.Full text...

  • At least 100 maternal deaths reported in first half of 2018 in Burkina Faso
    12 december 2018 12:18:08
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least 100 maternal deaths were reported in the first half of 2018 in Burkina Faso, Amnesty International reported in its 2017/2018 report on the human rights situation in the country. Full text...

  • Togolese in America urge African countries to be concerned about developments in the country
    12 december 2018 12:05:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Togolese in the US have urged African countries to be concerned about the situation in their country, stressing that the West African country "is a battlefield for Africa's future". Full text...

  • Rights commission to probe televised racial spat in South Africa
    12 december 2018 11:41:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) confirmed on Wednesday that it will hold an inquiry into alleged racism at Supersport, Africa’s biggest television sports channel. Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya
    12 december 2018 11:30:03
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Wednesday's foreign exchange rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya, as issued by the Central Bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • EU takes tough measures to end migrant smuggling networks from Libya
    12 december 2018 11:27:51
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union on Tuesday announced tough operational measures to intensify the fight against smuggling networks, according to a press release issued on Tuesday.Full text...

  • US ambassador to Congo urges gov't to fight human trafficking
    12 december 2018 09:16:43
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The US ambassador to the Republic of Congo, Todd Haskell, has urged the government to work out strategies to fight against human trafficking.Full text...

  • Senegal, Angola reach final of 23rd Women's AFCON Handball
    12 december 2018 08:41:33
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Senegal and Angola will on Wednesday play in the final of the 23rd Women's African Cup of Nations Handball competition in Brazzaville, after their respective victories in their semi-final matches. Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    12 december 2018 08:25:41
    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...

  • Wednesday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    12 december 2018 07:54:31
    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...

  • Amnesty warns Mali approving new law will reinforce culture of impunity for rights violations
    12 december 2018 02:39:32
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Amnesty International on Wednesday urged the Malian authorities not to vote in a new law which may allow the perpetrators of killings, torture and other atrocities to escape justice. Full text...

  • Govt's urged to put first ever UN global migration pact in motion, post-Marrakech
    12 december 2018 02:13:36
    Marrakech, Morocco (PNA) - The adoption by more than 160 governments of the first-ever global migration pact is a triumph of multilateralism and highlights the importance of dispelling “myths” and fear-mongering over the issue, said the UN’s senior migration official on Tuesday, bringing the key two-day Marrakech conference to a close. Full text...

  • 2018 Beach Soccer AFCON: Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco reach semi-finals
    12 december 2018 02:04:59
    Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt (PANA) - Super Sand Eagles of Nigeria, hosts Egypt, defending champions Senegal, and Morocco are through to the semi-finals of the 2018 CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Full text...

  • Gambia welcomes US sanctions against ex-president Jammeh
    11 december 2018 19:40:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia has welcomed with appreciation the decision by US Department of State to ban former dictator Yahya Jammeh and members of his family from entering the United States as a result of their involvement in "significant corruption and gross violation of human rights." Full text...

  • IPCC report says women more affected by climate change
    11 december 2018 18:59:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Women are more affected by the harms of climate change, according to a report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presented, Ghana Tuesday in Accra, Ghana at a two-day workshop on enhancing the participation of men and women in the use of climate information and services. Full text...

  • International fair of extractive industries opens in Nouakchott
    11 december 2018 18:43:24
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The 5th edition of the international fair on mining and oil exploitation ’Mauritanides' opened on Tuesday at the International Conference Center of Nouakchott in the presence of Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and several government members.Full text...

  • Revamping Lake Chad requires diverting water from River Ubangi in Congo Basin
    11 december 2018 17:57:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said feasibility studies to revamp the Lake Chad Basin require a diversion of River Ubangi in the Congo Basin. Full text...


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