• Tunisian FM calls on Spanish businessmen to invest in Tunisia
    16 january 2019 19:05:47
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian Foreign Minister, Khemaies Jhinaoui, has invited Spanish businessmen to invest in Tunisia to benefit from the advantages and opportunities offered by the Tunisian economy.Full text...

  • CADB President announces continuation of reforms to improve bank performance
    16 january 2019 18:53:44
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The President of the Central African Development Bank (CADB), Fortunato Mbo Nchama, has announced the continuation of a reform process aimed at improving the performance of the sub-regional financial institution .Full text...

  • Nigeria's Inflation rate rises by 0.16 per cent to 11.44 per cent
    16 january 2019 18:44:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Wednesday said that the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures inflation, increased to 11.44 percent in December 2018.Full text...

  • Secretary-General of the Islamic World League meets with Burundian leader
    16 january 2019 18:32:20
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi's head of state, Pierre Nkurunziza, on Wednesday received the Secretary-General of the Islamic World League, Mohammed Ben Abdoul Karim Al Issa, on the fourth day of a working visit dominated by religious and humanitarian issues.Full text...

  • UAE experts due in Mali to discuss climate change issues
    16 january 2019 18:18:10
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The UAE Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, has announced that a delegation of Emirati experts will be sent to Mali in the coming days to exchange with Malian authorities on ways and means to face the challenges related to the environment and climate change.Full text...

  • ENI investments in Egypt estimated at US$ 13 billion in three years
    16 january 2019 17:55:01
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Italian energy giant ENI's investment in Egypt is estimated at US$13 billion in the last three years, the president of the company, Claudio Descazi, gave this indication during a meeting with the Egyptian Prime Minister, Mustapha Medloubi, on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Bamako outraged by continuing slavery practices in Mali
    16 january 2019 17:43:08
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government is both dismayed and outraged by the perpetration of acts that violate the honour, dignity, property and physical integrity of individuals in certain parts of the country.Full text...

  • Apartheid-era assassin denied parole again
    16 january 2019 17:33:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Justice Minister, Michael Masutha, on Wednesday denied parole to Apartheid-era assassin, Janusz Walus, who has now spent a quarter of a century in prison. Full text...

  • Controversy in Guinea following extension of MPs' mandates
    16 january 2019 17:27:31
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - A presidential decree of 11 January, allowing the Guinean MPs, at the end of their mandate, to continue to sit in the National Assembly until the next parliamentary elections is stirring controversy in the west African country. Full text...

  • World's first plastic dhow sails to Zanzibar to raise awareness about single-use plastic
    16 january 2019 14:45:51
    Lamu, Kenya (PANA) – A traditional dhow sailing boat made entirely from plastic trash collected from Kenya’s beaches and towns will on 24 January 2019 start its maiden voyage from Lamu in Kenya to Zanzibar Islea in Tanzania – a 500-kilometre expedition stopping at communities along the way to change mindsets about plastic waste.Full text...

  • International meeting on HIV treatment in children underway in Dakar
    16 january 2019 14:01:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A three-day high-level meeting on the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and universal coverage of HIV testing and treatment in children in West and Central Africa began on Wednesday in Dakar, Senegal, to review the situation in the two sub-regions.Full text...

  • Gold panning site collapses killing 17 people in Mali
    16 january 2019 13:41:32
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - At least 17 people were killed and seven others seriously injured after a gold panning site collapsed at Neguepé in the Kolondiéba zone of Sikasso region of southern Mali, PANA learned from an informed source on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Burkinabe political party welcomes ICC acquittal of Laurent Gbagbo and his minister
    16 january 2019 13:26:32
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Union for Renaissance/Sankarist Party (UNIR/PS) of Burkina Faso on Wednesday welcomed the acquittal of former Cote d'Ivoire president Laurent Gbagbo and his minister, Charles Blé Goudé, by the International Criminal Court (ICC).Full text...

  • IFC provides US$1.7m support to improve business climate in Mauritania
    16 january 2019 13:05:50
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The International Finance Corporation, a lending arm of the World Bank for development projects in developing countries, will provide Mauritania technical and financial support of about US$1.7 million, according to an agreement signed here on Tuesday by Economy and Finance minister Moctar Ould Diaye and the IFC Director for West and Central Africa, Dr. Aliou Maiga.Full text...

  • Zambian President Lungu condemns Nairobi terror attacks
    16 january 2019 12:39:22
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has sent a message of condolences and solidarity to President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya following the terrorist attack on a hotel in Nairobi where 14 people died and several others were seriously injured.Full text...

  • Kenyatta hails swift security agencies in terror fight
    16 january 2019 12:34:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday hailed Kenyan security agencies, especially the police, for their swift and efficient response that saw them quell a terror attack that left 14 people dead and scorers injured. Full text...

  • Zambian President off to Addis Ababa for emergency talks on DRC disputed elections
    16 january 2019 12:16:54
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has left for Ethiopia where he is expected to attend an emergency Southern African Development Community (SADC) double troika summit meeting in Addis Ababa to discuss the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) presidential election. Full text...

  • Pretoria addresses turmoil in Kenya and Zimbabwe
    16 january 2019 12:12:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday issued a statement condemning the terror attack on a Nairobi hotel “in the strongest possible terms” and said, "South Africa extends its condolences to the bereaved and wishes those injured a speedy recovery."Full text...

  • Clashes erupt again in Tripoli
    16 january 2019 12:01:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Intermittent clashes erupted on Wednesday morning at the entrance of the Gasr Ben Ghashir area, towards the Wadi al- Rabii bridge, in the south of Tripoli, between armed groups, which clashed in the Libyan capital in August. Full text...

  • Belgian cooperation minister opens humanitarian meeting in Brussels
    16 january 2019 11:38:29
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Belgian cooperation minister, Alexander De Croo, on Wednesday opened a humanitarian meeting in Brussels to find innovative solutions and build new prototypes that can transform the delivery of humanitarian aid and thus help to eradicate hunger in Africa.Full text...

  • LEAD: Fourteen dead as Kenya quell terror attack
    16 january 2019 11:32:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan security personnel finished their operation against a terror attack in Nairobi on Wednesday morning which left 14 people dead. Full text...

  • Malian president in Guinea to attend the Waqf conference
    16 january 2019 11:24:14
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta arrived in Conakry on Tuesday to attend the Waqf conference which opens on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya
    16 january 2019 11:19:09
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Following are Wednesday’s exchange rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya, as issued by the Central Bank of Mauritania.Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    16 january 2019 10:58:41
    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...

  • EU to deploy observers for Nigeria's parliamentary poll
    16 january 2019 10:04:28
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union will deploy observers for Nigeria's parliamentary election to be held from 16 February to 2 March, a communiqué from the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Common Security (CFSP), Mrs Federica Mogherini, announced on Tuesday.Full text...

  • President of Italian Council calls on Nigerien head of state
    16 january 2019 09:57:13
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The president of the Italian council, Giuseppe Conte, on his first official visit to Niamey, met on Tuesday evening, with the Nigerien president, Mahamadou Issoufou. Full text...

  • Wednesday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    16 january 2019 09:50:47
    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...

  • Libyan oil production down by 88,000 b/d because of bad weather
    16 january 2019 09:48:16
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Al Waha oil company, a branch of the Libyan national oil company, which exports oil through the port of al-Sidra in the east, has been closed due to bad weather, thus reducing production by 88,000 barrels per day, a source from the NOC said on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Panther and lion skins seized in Burkina Faso
    16 january 2019 09:39:02
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Three panther and two lion skins were seized in December in Burkina Faso from two people who were trying to sell them, a communiqué issued by the environment ministry on Tuesday announced. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army recapture Rann from Boko Haram
    16 january 2019 09:31:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Tuesday recaptured the northeastern town of Rann, which was overrun by Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) terrorists, on Monday. Full text...

  • Heavy gunfire continues at scene of Nairobi hotel terror siege
    16 january 2019 09:26:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Heavy gunfire erupted at the seventh floor of the Dusit D2 Hotel complex in Nairobi on Wednesday, hours after terrorists stormed the facility, shooting indiscriminately, police said.Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    16 january 2019 09:01:36
    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 CFA Franc in Central Africa
    16 january 2019 08:58:51
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) – Following are Wednesday’s foreign exchange rates for the CFA Franc, as issued by the Bank of Central African States. Full text...

  • Fire engulfs armoury of military base in Ghana
    16 january 2019 05:19:32
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - An armoury of a military base near the industrial city of Tema, about 25 km east of Accra, went up in flames at dawn on Wednesday triggering loud explosions and creating fear and panic at the nearby barracks and residential communities in the area. Full text...

  • Migration surge leaves children stranded, begging on Djibouti’s streets
    16 january 2019 04:58:34
    Djibouti City, Djibouti (PANA) - Begging, cleaning cars or selling themselves on the street for sex are a way of life for many children in Djibouti, according to a survey released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Egyptian Investor says Gambia can be the sub-region's supermarket
    15 january 2019 21:13:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Hatem Raslan, an Egyptian investor, on Tuesday stressed the strategic importance of the Gambia when it comes to business, saying the West African country has the potential of becoming “the supermarket of the sub-region”.Full text...

  • ICRC President arrives in Niger
    15 january 2019 21:06:12
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, has arrived in Niger for a visit during which he will have several meetings with the Nigerien authorities and undertake field visits. Full text...

  • Three Senegal coaches fired after only 10 matches in the 2018/19 season
    15 january 2019 20:47:22
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal's StarTimes football league has only played 10 of 26 matches of 2018-2019 season, but three coaches have already been sacked. Full text...

  • Unidentified gunmen kill 3 villagers in northern Burkina Faso
    15 january 2019 20:29:31
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Unidentified gunmen on Tuesday killed 3 people and wounded several others in Gasseliki village, located in the commune of Arbinda, in northern Burkina Faso.Full text...

  • Mauritanian President slams moves urging him to seek re-election for 3rd term
    15 january 2019 20:10:42
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania's Head of State, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, has ordered a halt to moves to review the country's constitution and allow him stand for election in 2019, according to a statement by the Presidency's services, made public on Tuesday afternoon. Full text...

  • Kenyan Special Forces cornering attackers at Nairobi hotel
    15 january 2019 19:40:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan Police have deployed a security back up force at the Dusit Hotel complex, where a group of terrorists stormed, shooting indiscriminately before attacking hotel guests using a suicide bomb, the Police Inspector-General said Tueaday. Full text...

  • Laurent Gbagbo's acquittal rejigs Ivorian political scene (Analysis by TALL Mamadou)
    15 january 2019 19:33:49
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The acquittal and release of former Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo, on Tuesday by Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will mark the return, through the widest door, to the political scene of a prominent figure whose fate has suffered a severe blow after the controversial presidential election of November 2010. Full text...

  • Mauritius New Merchant Shipping Regulations come into effect 1 Feb
    15 january 2019 19:18:52
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Merchant Shipping Regulations, designed to prevent oil pollution by Oil and Noxious Liquid Substances, comes into force on 1 February, 2019. Full text...

  • Tunisian Secretary of State for Economic Diplomacy visits Ghana
    15 january 2019 19:01:42
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian Secretary of State for Economic Diplomacy, Hatem Ferjani, leading a large delegation of businessmen and members of the Tunisian-African Business Council, on Monday began a four-day visit to Ghana as part of Tunisia's desire to strengthen relations with Sub-Saharan African countries. Full text...

  • More than 5,000 IDPs registered in northern Burkina after terrorist attack
    15 january 2019 18:46:38
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A total of 5,525 people fled their homes after a terrorist attack on January 12 in which 12 people were killed in the village of Gasseliki, 18 km from Arbinda in the province of Soum, northern Burkina Faso.Full text...

  • Burkinabè Culture Minister in Brussels to whip up interest in Fespaco 2019
    15 january 2019 18:30:02
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Burkinabe Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism, Abdoul Karim Sango, is due in Brussels for a working visit during which he will address a press conference on Thursday to drum up interest in the 26th edition of the Pan-African Film, Television and Audiovisual Festival (Fespaco), to be held from 23 February to 2 March in Ouagadougou.Full text...

  • Togo health authorities declare passengers in contact with victim of lassa fever wanted
    15 january 2019 18:04:11
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Togo health authorities say they are looking for passengers on a public transport vehicle which also carried a girl who died on board, suspected of carrying the Lassa virus. Full text...

  • Khalifa Hafter launches military operations against terrorist organisations in southern Libya
    15 january 2019 17:44:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan National Army General Command, based in eastern Libya, has announced that the army commander, Marshal Khalifa Hafter, has ordered a huge military operation in the southwest in an attempt to protect the population from terrorist organizations and criminals and to preserve the unity of Libyan soil. Full text...

  • 'Terrorist attack underway in Nairobi office, hotel complex' - Police
    15 january 2019 15:37:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Terrorists believed to be members of the Al Shabaab stormed the Dusit D2 Hotel in Nairobi on Tuesday, using explosives, grenades and heavy gunfire, Police said. Full text...

  • Boko Haram attacks two towns in northeast Nigeria
    15 january 2019 14:50:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) terrorists on Monday verran the town of Rann in northeast Nigeria and also attacked another community of Damasak in Borno State.Full text...


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