• Rights group calls for effective policy response to migration
    18 june 2018 07:06:37
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The failure by European Union governments and institutions to develop an effective and rights-based policy response to migration causes real suffering and fuels a sense of political crisis around migration, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday. EU heads of state will meet in Brussels on June 28-29, 2018, to discuss migration and asylum policy. Full text...

  • On World Day to Combat Desertification, UN shines spotlight on ‘true value’ of land
    18 june 2018 06:52:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Land is not a limitless resource and ignoring its role in our everyday lives threatens food and water supplies, biodiversity and the security of us all, the United Nations agency that fights desertification worldwide has said. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Groups F and G fixtures for Monday
    18 june 2018 06:46:35
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - Below are the matches in Group F and G, scheduled for Monday, at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Full text...

  • 20 killed in Boko Haram terrorist attack in Northeast Nigeria
    17 june 2018 21:51:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Sunday confirmed the death of 20 people in an explosion by Boko Haram terrorists that rocked Abachari in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Results of matches played on Sunday
    17 june 2018 20:15:48
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - The following are results of Groups E and F matches played on Sunday at the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia. Full text...

  • UNICEF 'relieved' migrant ship docks in Valencia
    17 june 2018 20:11:01
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNICEF, the UN children's fund, has expressed relief that migrants who had been rescued from the Mediterranean, have arrived in Spain's port of Valencia.Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Croatia confident after Nigeria win - Skipper Modric
    17 june 2018 10:18:37
    Kaliningrad, Russia (PANA) - Croatia are confident ahead of their next encounter against Argentina, having beaten Nigeria in their opening World Cup Group D match in Kaliningrad, team captain Luka Modric said on Saturday. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Groups A, B, C, D, tables after Day 1 matches
    17 june 2018 10:01:40
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - Following the completion of the first round of matches in Groups A, B, C, and D, at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, here are the group standings. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Super Eagles coach accepts responsibility for the loss to Croatia
    17 june 2018 09:31:47
    Kaliningrad, Russia (PANA) - Accepting responsibility for the 2-0 loss to Croatia on Saturday at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, said the team’s loss to Croatia was due to “many mistakes’’. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Results of all the matches played on Saturday
    16 june 2018 22:49:52
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - The following are results of all Groups C and D matches played on Saturday at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Results of some matches played on Saturday
    16 june 2018 15:28:19
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - The following are results from group matches played on Saturday at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Full text...

  • Togo set on path to achieve stronger, more inclusive growth
    16 june 2018 07:37:06
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – Togo is set to receive US$35.5 million under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after the Fund’s Executive Board on Friday completed the second review of the country’s economic performance. Full text...

  • Saturday’s forex rates for Gambian Dalasi
    16 june 2018 07:14:19
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Saturday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D), as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd.Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Kanu gets a dose of ‘Russian hospitality’, lost but found money
    16 june 2018 06:19:12
    Kaliningrad, Russia (PANA) - Former Nigerian international, Nwankwo Kanu, got a dose of ‘Russian hospitality’ when his 9,000 pounds (about N4million) was stolen but recovered same day by the police. Full text...

  • ‘We want to make Nigerians happy’ – Coach Rohr on Super Eagles’ mission in Russia
    16 june 2018 06:03:28
    Kaliningrad, Russia (PANA) - Nigeria, the three-time African champions, will begin their quest for glory at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with a Group D tie against the Croats on Saturday at the Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Egypt keeper El Shenawy scoops Man-of-the-match award
    16 june 2018 05:20:22
    Ekaterinburg, Russia (PANA) - Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy was named the best player in his team's last-gasp defeat to Uruguay at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Full text...

  • AfDB to mobilize CFAF 15 billion to finance pay-as-you-go solar home systems in Africa
    16 june 2018 04:56:37
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Because in very remote rural areas of some African countries, access to electricity for low-income people is still through traditional and outdated systems such as battery-powered flashlights or oil lamps that pollute and are extremely harmful to health, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is to help mobilize over CFAF 15 billion to finance pay-as-you-go solar home systems Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Ronaldo, Diego Costa shine as Portugal, Spain draw 3-3 in Group B match
    15 june 2018 20:30:55
    Sochi, Russia (PANA) - Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for Portugal and Diego Costa scored a brace for Spain as the two stars shone in the Group B clash between the two European football giants at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Friday, which lived up to its billing in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Super Eagles promise to salvage African pride on Saturday
    15 june 2018 20:30:40
    Kaliningrad (Russia) , (PANA) - Promising to salvage some pride for Africa at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Super Eagles’ head Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Heartbreak for Morocco as late own goal gives Iran 1-0 victory
    15 june 2018 17:48:02
    Saint Petersburg, Russia (PANA) - Iran on Friday beat Morocco 1-0 in their Group B match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia after an own goal with just one minute of 6 minutes of time added-on left to play broke the hearts of the North Africans. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Resilient Egypt lose narrowly to Uruguay in Group A
    15 june 2018 14:49:13
    Ekaterinburg, Russia (PANA) - Egypt, the first of five African countries on parade at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, matched two-time champions Uruguay man-to-man and ball-to-ball but wilted when it mattered most, in added on time, to lose narrowly 1-0 in Group A of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Full text...

  • Twenty-three candidates file papers to contest Zimbabwe's presidential election
    15 june 2018 11:36:11
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Twenty-three candidates filed their nomination papers at the High Court on Thursday to contest for president in next month's election in Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) announced on Friday. The election is scheduled for 30 July 2018. Full text...

  • FAO calls for pro-active, long-term planning against droughts
    15 june 2018 11:03:54
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for a fundamental shift in the way drought is perceived and managed in the Near East and North Africa region. Full text...

  • Gambians have collective responsibility to fulfil hopes of the people - Barrow
    15 june 2018 10:34:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow said on Friday that Gambians have a collective responsibility to fulfil the hopes and aspirations of the people and, as believers in God, the Muslim and Christian communities alike cannot afford to fail to discharge this responsibility. Full text...

  • African post offices can be forefront in remittance services in rural areas - IFAD
    15 june 2018 09:50:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Postal services can play a pivotal role in delivering remittances, lowering the transfer costs and providing access to basic financial services in Africa, according to a report released on Friday by a UN agency and the European Commission.Full text...

  • UNESCO chief condemns killing of Bangladeshi writer
    15 june 2018 09:41:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, Friday condemned the murder of book and magazine publisher Shahjahan Bachchu in Munshiganj district in central Bangladesh on 11 June.Full text...

  • Top South African school rocked by abuse scandal
    15 june 2018 09:33:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education in South Africa has launched an investigation into allegations that male teachers at the historic Adams College, south of Durban, have had sexual relationships with female students. Full text...

  • Migrant remittances sustaining millions in developing countries - IFAD
    15 june 2018 09:27:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Last year, 200 million migrants sent $481 billion to remittances-reliant countries of which $466 billion went to developing countries, helping sustain about 800 million people across the world, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says.Full text...

  • Electricity, water shortage affects Gambia’s Eid-ul-Fitr celebration
    15 june 2018 09:14:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambians are experiencing an acute electricity and water shortage as the West African nation joins the rest of the world on Friday to observe Eid-ul-Fitr, the end of Holy Month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Wilderness Safaris cut down plastic use in Botswana
    15 june 2018 08:54:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Pan-African ecotourism-company Wilderness Safaris’ conversation efforts in Botswana have won the prestigious National Energy Globe Award. Full text...

  • Rights group says pregnant girls, young mothers in Africa should not be barred from school
    15 june 2018 08:41:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Tens of thousands of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are banned or discouraged from attending school across Africa, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Thursday ahead of the Day of the African Child on 16 June. Full text...

  • Financial abuse of elderly ‘rampant, but invisible’, says UN expert
    15 june 2018 08:02:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Older people are increasingly subject to financial abuse, in many cases by their own family members, a United Nations human rights expert warned on Thursday. Full text...

  • Mali presidential elections critical to consolidate democracy, says UN peacekeeping chief
    15 june 2018 07:55:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Though the past 12 months had been the most encouraging in terms of advancing the peace process in the West African state of Mali, security challenges still pose a dangerous threat, with civilians and security forces still being attacked, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • Muslims celebrate end of Ramadan in Tanzania
    14 june 2018 19:03:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Muslims in Tanzania will celebrate Eid ul Fitr festival on Friday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, the National Muslim Council of Tanzania, known by its Kiswahili acronym as BAKWATA, announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda seeks support for Foreign minister Mushikiwabo in La Francophonie bid
    14 june 2018 17:41:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda is seeking the support of other African countries to endorse the bid for its foreign minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, to head the world association of French-speaking nations, also known as Francophonie, an official source confirmed on Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Russia demolish Saudi Arabia 5-0 in opening match
    14 june 2018 17:32:39
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - It was a glorious Thursday evening for Russia and their substitutes as the hosts demolished Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup match played at the Luzhniki Stadium Moscow after a fantastic opening ceremony. Full text...

  • EU sanctions six human traffickers and smugglers in line with UN decision
    14 june 2018 16:25:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council on Thursday transposed into European Union (EU) law sanctions adopted by the United Nations on 7 June, imposing a travel ban and an asset freeze on six human traffickers and smugglers operating in Libya, four of them Libyans and two of Eritrean nationality. Full text...

  • What’s behind the spike in terrorist-type violence in northern Mozambique?
    14 june 2018 16:18:39
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - A sudden upsurge in brutal violence in northern Mozambique, including the beheading of women and children, has sounded alarms that a violent jihadist movement like Boko Haram or al-Shabaab could be evolving in the southern Africa country. Full text...

  • Liberia faces hard time in mobilizing revenue
    14 june 2018 16:13:04
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cautioned Liberia to undertake its future debt obligations transparently, limiting new debt to concessional terms, with effective implementation of infrastructure projects. Full text...

  • Buhari assures that Nigeria will deepen relationships with allies
    14 june 2018 15:14:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday said that Nigeria will continue to deepen relationships with its allies, particularly those with whom it shares mutually-beneficial interests. Full text...

  • Inflation rate drops for 16th consecutive month, food price index up in Nigeria
    14 june 2018 15:08:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s annual inflation has dropped to 11.61% in May, below the federal government’s projection of 12.42% set in the 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    14 june 2018 15:04:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The following are Thursday's foreign exchange rates for the Rwandan franc, as issued by the National Bank of Rwanda. Full text...

  • Experts gather in Madagascar to discuss Quality Physical Education in Africa
    14 june 2018 14:14:05
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - The government of Madagascar, in partnership with UNESCO, the African Union (AU) and the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), is organizing the First Regional Conference of Experts on the Implementation in Africa of a Quality Physical Education and the Kazan Action Plan. Full text...

  • Thursday’s forex rates for Gambian Dalasi
    14 june 2018 13:45:05
    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...

  • AfDB approves US$ 15m equity investment to boost agri-business in Africa
    14 june 2018 13:43:34
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - In an effort to boost agri-business and enhance food security in Africa, the African Development Bank (AfDB) Board has approved a US$15 million equity investment in Africa Food Security Fund (AFSF), to support enterprises in agri-business SMEs and enhance food security in Africa Full text...

  • MDB climate finance hits record high of US$ 35.2 billion in 2017
    14 june 2018 13:22:02
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Climate financing by the world’s six largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) rose to a seven-year high of US$ 35.2 billion in 2017, up by 28 per cent on the previous year. Full text...

  • AfDB to launch 1st Electricity Regulatory Index
    14 june 2018 13:09:33
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) says it will launch its flagship Electricity Regulatory Index (ERI) – a special report that measures the level of development of the regulatory frameworks in African countries and examines their impact on the performance of their respective electricity sectors. Full text...

  • Thursday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    14 june 2018 10:14:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are Thursday's the exchange rates for the Ghana cedi as announced by the Ghana Association of Bankers. Full text...

  • Two Killed in latest South Africa mosque attack
    14 june 2018 09:59:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Two worshippers have been killed and several others wounded in a pre-dawn attack on a mosque near Cape Town on Thursday.Full text...

  • South African bigwigs for KCB Karen Masters
    14 june 2018 09:38:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Over 150 golfers drawn from Africa and beyond will participate in this year's KCB Karen Masters set for 19-22 July at Karen Country Club, Nairobi. Full text...


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