• Measles gains ground in Mauritius
    09 june 2018 08:05:39
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Health Ministry has on Saturday indicated that no fewer than 205 cases of measles have been identified to date in the past four weeks in several parts of the island. Full text...

  • Saturday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    09 june 2018 08:00:17
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Saturday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • Amnesty International welcomes UN Security Council sanctions of prominent human traffickers
    09 june 2018 07:54:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Amnesty International, a global human rights watchdog, has hailed the UN Security Council's decision to sanction six prominent human traffickers and smugglers, describing it as a welcome first step for justice. Full text...

  • World must unite against ‘preventable tragedy’ of ocean pollution: UN chief
    09 june 2018 07:51:59
    New York, US (PANA) - From carrying your own water bottle, to volunteering for a local clean-up, everybody needs to do something to stop plastic pollution from getting into the world’s oceans, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for World Oceans Day.Full text...

  • From drought to floods in Somalia; displacement and hunger worsen, says UN
    09 june 2018 07:44:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - After four consecutive poor rainy seasons that brought Somalia to the brink of famine, the country is now seeing near-record rainfall, and with it, flooding that has already displaced hundreds of thousands of people, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for accountability in Libya as sanctions are slapped on six human traffickers
    09 june 2018 07:38:59
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for more accountability for human traffickers in Libya, after the UN Security Council on Thursday added six individuals accused of leading smuggling and trafficking networks in the country, to its Sanctions List.Full text...

  • WHO reports ‘very strong progress’ in battling DR Congo Ebola outbreak
    09 june 2018 07:32:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - One month after the start of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), United Nations health experts on Friday reported “very strong progress” in the response to the disease. Full text...

  • Mauritius, South Africa sign MoU on fisheries development
    09 june 2018 07:27:11
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of South Africa in the field of fisheries, PANA learnt from an official source Saturday in Port Louis, the Mauritian capital.Full text...

  • President Ramaphosa hails South Africa's election to UN Security Council
    09 june 2018 07:13:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed gratitude to the UN General Assembly after South Africa was elected to serve in the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa, four other countries are new members of UN Security Council
    09 june 2018 07:10:03
    New York, US (PANA) - In a single round of voting on Friday, the United Nations General Assembly elected five new non-permanent Members of the Security Council, who will each serve two-year terms on the body that sets the UN’s whole peace and security agenda. Full text...

  • AI says Bemba’s acquittal blow to victims
    08 june 2018 19:13:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) on Friday decried the acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, a former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on charges relating to war crimes saying the move was “a blow to victims”.Full text...

  • Ghana football chief resigns
    08 june 2018 19:01:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The embattled president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, has resigned. Full text...

  • 2018 CAF AWCON qualifiers: 2nd-leg, final-round fixtures
    08 june 2018 16:04:21
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Here are all the fixtures for the second-leg, final qualifiers of the 2018 CAF African Women's Nations Cup (AWCON), to be played across Africa on the 9, 10 and 11 June. Full text...

  • Friday’s forex rates for Gambian Dalasi
    08 june 2018 15:57:41
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Friday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D), as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • FIFA bans Ghana football chief over alleged corruption
    08 june 2018 15:55:58
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Football's governing body, FIFA, has provisionally banned the president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, from all football-related activities for 90 days, the local media reported on Friday. Full text...

  • AfDB approves new Country Strategy Paper 2018-2022 for São Tomé and Príncipe
    08 june 2018 13:14:55
    São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a new Country Strategy Paper 2018-2022 for São Tomé and Príncipe, defining the bank's new collaboration with the island nation. Full text...

  • Malagasy Customs seize drugs destined for Mauritius
    08 june 2018 11:35:58
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA)on Friday said that 80.2 kg of cannabis, 35.5 kg of hashish worth and 25.5 kg of heroin were seized by Malagasy Customs on Thursday in Madagascar, following intelligence shared by the MRA’s Customs Department to its Malagasy and Reunion Island counterparts. Full text...

  • Kenya Airways launches direct flights to Mauritius
    08 june 2018 11:04:43
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Kenya Airways will be flying to Mauritius four times weekly from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya, the Mauritian Tourism Minister Anil Gayan announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritius to ban disposal of plastic at sea
    08 june 2018 10:58:11
    Reduit, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius is finalising a regulation that will ban the disposal of all forms of plastic into the sea, the Mauritian Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping MInister Premdut Koonjoo said on Friday.Full text...

  • Friday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    08 june 2018 10:47:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are Friday's exchange rates for the Ghana cedi as announced by the Ghana Association of Bankers.Full text...

  • 2018 World Cup: Nigeria team preview (By Vincent Obi, PANA Editor)
    08 june 2018 10:38:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be making their sixth World Cup appearance in Russia when they file out on 16 June against Croatia in a Group D match. Full text...

  • South African president Ramaphosa to attend G7 Summit
    08 june 2018 09:24:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa and a high-level delegation have departed for Quebec, Canada, to attend a G7 Leaders’ Summit Outreach.Full text...

  • FAO lists actions to transforming food and agriculture
    08 june 2018 05:55:22
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - To help policy makers and other development actors accelerate progress towards global promises to end poverty and hunger, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has released a set of 20 inter-connected actions designed to show the impact sustainable agriculture can have on tackling the world's greatest challenges. Full text...

  • Amnesty International urges Mozambican gov't to end brutal killings by armed group
    08 june 2018 05:40:19
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - Amnesty International has urged the Mozambican authorities to take immediate steps to end a killing spree in the Cabo Delgado Province, which has seen at least 37 people brutally killed by a group known as ‘Al-Shabab’ in the past two weeks. Full text...

  • Rights group says lack of reform risks credible elections in Zimbabwe
    08 june 2018 05:29:10
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – The Zimbabwe government’s failure to carry out legal and electoral reforms threatens the credibility of national elections scheduled for 30 July, 2018, a human rights group has said. Full text...

  • CAR calls for assistance from ILO to build peace through job creation
    08 june 2018 05:05:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Central African Republic (CAR) has called on the United Nations labour agency to provide special assistance to the conflict-torn nation and make it a “pilot-country” for the implementation of a programme to build peace and resilience through job creation. Full text...

  • Gov't dissolves Ghana Football Association after video exposes rot in football administration
    07 june 2018 20:53:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The government of Ghana announced on Thursday that it has decided to take immediate steps to have the Ghana Football Association (GFA) dissolved. Full text...

  • UN Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo meets President Farmaajo in Mogadishu
    07 june 2018 19:56:38
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo on Thursday expressed satisfaction with the progress Somalia has achieved on the political and security fronts and noted recent efforts to expedite the constitutional review process. Full text...

  • International partners welcome results of Somalia’s National Security Council meeting
    07 june 2018 19:42:10
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – International partners supporting Somalia on Thursday welcomed what they described as “the significant outcomes” of the June 3-5 National Security Council meeting in Baidoa, capital of South West State. Full text...

  • US provides $102m assitance for victims of Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria
    07 june 2018 18:45:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States on Thursday announced an additional $102 million in humanitarian assistance to Nigeria that will address the shelter, health and food security needs of populations in the northeast of the country still struggling with the effects of the Boko Haram insurgency. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for Mauritanian Ouguiya
    07 june 2018 13:04:59
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Thursday’s exchange rates for the Ouguiya, as issued by the central bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Thursday's exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    07 june 2018 13:01:04
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Thursday’s exchange rates for the Rupee, as issued by the commercial bank of Mauritius.Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Infantino looking forward to 'the most beautiful spectacle'
    07 june 2018 11:48:06
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - With just one week to go until the kick-off of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Opening Match, when hosts Russia will face Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, world football chief says he is looking forward to the tournament . Full text...

  • South Africa's 'axe killer' gets three life sentences
    07 june 2018 11:07:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – 'Axe killer' Henri van Breda on Thursday received three life sentences for the murder of three of his family members, 15 years for attempted murder of his sister, and one year for obstructing the course of justice. Full text...

  • Humanitarian NGO highlights neglected crises
    07 june 2018 11:02:07
    London, UK (PANA) - Humanitarian charity, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), on Thursday launched this year’s list of the top 10 countries that the world has neglected. These crises receive little media attention and are disregarded by political actors and donors – those who can come up with solutions and necessary funding. Full text...

  • Cereal stocks remain ample, worldwide cereal output forecasts raised - FAO
    07 june 2018 10:19:18
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global agricultural food commodity prices rose in May, with dairy prices jumping significantly. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 176.2 points during the month, up 1.2 percent from April, the UN food agency reported. Full text...

  • Conflicts, weather expand list of countries needing food aid - FAO
    07 june 2018 10:11:11
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Global food supply conditions remain broadly ample, but conflicts continue to acutely aggravate and prolong severe food insecurity, the UN food agency said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan abrogates all contracts, relations with North Korea
    07 june 2018 10:01:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan is abrogating all contracts and direct and indirect relations with North Korea, a foreign ministry statement carried by the official media said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean Commission, EU examine peace, security, climate change
    07 june 2018 07:37:56
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) - Delegates from the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and the European Union (EU) on Wednesday discussed peace, security, regional stability, climate change and management of natural resources during a political dialogue held in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Thursday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    07 june 2018 06:44:57
    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...

  • Anger, shock after video on corruption in Ghana hits the screen
    07 june 2018 05:07:41
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Anger, shock, disappointment, frustration, astonishment. These were some of the words used by some of the hundreds of people who watched a documentary by Ghana's investigative journalist Anana Aremeyaw Anas on Wednesday night that uncovered the rot in Ghana football. Full text...

  • Fathers are one of the best, yet most underutilised child development resources – UNICEF
    07 june 2018 04:09:06
    New York, US (PANA) – As Father’s Day is celebrated across nearly 90 countries this month, UNICEF on Thursday launched a new parenting site as part of its ‘Super Dads’ campaign recognising fathers’ role in their children’s early development. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for respect of human rights in DRC Ebola response
    07 june 2018 03:58:50
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo should ensure human rights protections in controlling the recent Ebola outbreak, Human Rights Watch has said Full text...

  • Security Council calls for efforts to boost role of young people in peace efforts
    07 june 2018 03:49:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The international community is being urged to increase the role of young people in negotiating and implementing peace agreements, in line with a resolution adopted unanimously by the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Uncertainty threatens to hamper investment in developing countries: new UN report
    07 june 2018 03:45:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Financial uncertainty caused by “significant risks” to global trade, is responsible for a sharp fall in international investment flows which could hurt developing countries the most, according to a new UN report, released on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN court fully assumes remaining functions of tribunals for Rwanda and former Yugoslavia
    07 june 2018 03:38:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite challenges and resource constraints, the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals is operating without the support of its two predecessors – criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda – and has thus assumed the full scope of their residual functions, the legal body’s President told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • 2018 COSAFA Cup: Zimbabwe and Zambia reach final
    07 june 2018 03:30:24
    Polokwane, South Africa (PANA) - Zimbabwe and Zambia reached the final of the 2018 southern Africa football championship, known as the COSAFA Cup, being played in South Africa, after winning their respective semi-final matches played at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECONEC undertakes electoral follow-up mission to Guinea
    06 june 2018 14:48:14
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, President of the ECONEC governing board and Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), is leading an eight-member delegation on a Post-election Follow-up Mission (PEFM) to Guinea from Thursday, as part of election assessment and early warning strategy instituted by ECOWAS to track and address risk factors that could negatively impact the credibility and peaceful conduct of elections in member States. Full text...

  • US Rock giants to perform in Soweto
    06 june 2018 14:24:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Rock giants Guns N’ Roses have confirmed that they will perform one concert at Soweto’s FNB Stadium on 29 November. It marks the American band's first trip to Africa and tickets will go on sale on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN food agencies commit to deeper collaboration to achieve zero hunger
    06 june 2018 11:43:52
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The three United Nations agencies tasked with ending hunger and boosting rural development have committed to strengthening their collaboration to help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, with a special focus on achieving Goal 2 Zero Hunger. Full text...


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