• 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...

  • Rights group reports fresh evidence of election-period abuses
    26 february 2018 06:29:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Police and armed gangs killed at least 37 people in Nairobi between September and November 2017, during the second phase of Kenya’s presidential election, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. Full text...

  • 2018 CAF Champions league: 1st-round fixtures in March
    26 february 2018 06:03:11
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - With all former champions drawing bye into the first round, CAF has come out with fixtures for that round in the 2018 CAF Champions league. Full text...

  • 2018 CAF Confed. Cup: Fixtures for 32 teams in the 1st round
    26 february 2018 06:01:25
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - With 32 teams, including the 10 which drew bye, now in the first round of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup, here are the pairings for that round, to be played on home and away basis. Full text...

  • Nigerian gov't says 110 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in Dapchi still missing
    25 february 2018 18:40:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Seven days after Boko Haram terrorists attacked and abducted schoolgirls from Government Secondary School, Dapchi, in Yobe State, northeast Nigeria, the federal government on Sunday confirmed that 110 girls are missing.Full text...

  • Ghana pledges full cooperation on sexual misconduct of its policemen on South Sudan mission
    25 february 2018 17:00:44
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Ghana Police Service says it will cooperate fully with UN investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct against some members of a Ghanaian police unit working with the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. Full text...

  • 2018 WAFU Women's Cup: Ghana win maiden edition
    25 february 2018 16:28:36
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Ghana on Saturday grabbed the title of the maiden edition of the West African Women's Nations Cup, held in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • 2018 CAF Champions league: 1st-round qualifiers emerge
    25 february 2018 16:12:46
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The following teams are through to the first round of the 2018 CAF Champions league after two legs of matches in the preliminary round. Full text...

  • 2018 CAF Confed. Cup: 22 teams advance to 1st round
    25 february 2018 16:10:41
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Following the conclusion of the preliminary round of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup after two legs of matches across Africa, here are the teams that have moved into the first round. Full text...

  • ECOWAS sends election observers to Sierra Leone for 7 March vote
    25 february 2018 07:32:07
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - An ECOWAS Mission of 15 Long-Term Observers (LTOs) is in Sierra Leone for the country’s 7 March presidential, parliamentary and local council elections. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns Mogadishu attacks
    25 february 2018 06:51:58
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned the 23 February attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia, which claimed the lives of many civilians and injured numerous others. Full text...

  • Nigerian military rejects Amnesty International accusations on human rights violations
    24 february 2018 17:40:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military on Saturday rejected last Thursday’s report by Amnesty International (AI) accusing it of continuing human rights violations. Full text...

  • Nigeria Army kills 5 Boko Haram terrorists
    24 february 2018 17:23:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Troops of the Nigerian Army have killed five Boko Haram insurgents and captured their top commander in the ongoing operation in Sambisa Forest, in the northeast of the country and the Lake Chad basin, according to army spokesperson, Col. Onyeama Nwachukwu. Full text...

  • Floods hit headlines in Mauritius dailies this week
    24 february 2018 15:49:55
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Torrential rains that pounded Mauritius daily for more than a week, causing floods in almost all parts of the island, made the headlines this week. Full text...

  • IMF Board praises Somalia’s commitment to reform programme
    24 february 2018 10:17:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Despite a severe drought and sporadic terrorist attacks, Somalia avoided a significant economic slowdown in 2017 with support from the national and international community, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • Sierra Leone maximizes protection of children against polio
    24 february 2018 09:12:34
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone on Friday officially introduced injectable polio vaccine (or IPV) into its routine immunization programme to maximize protection against polio. Full text...

  • Lesotho’s fiscal sustainability depends on reduction of high public wage bill - IMF
    24 february 2018 08:49:31
    Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) – While Lesotho has grown faster than its regional peers over the last decade, partly driven by capital intensive mining and infrastructure projects, high levels of unemployment, poverty, and inequality persist, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...


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