• Rights group says South Sudan warring parties break promises on child soldiers
    06 february 2018 05:57:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – South Sudanese armed forces and armed opposition groups have continued to recruit child soldiers and force them into the conflict, despite numerous commitments to stop, Human Rights Watch has said. Full text...

  • Female genital mutilation ‘not acceptable’ in the 21st century – UN envoy on youth
    06 february 2018 05:38:44
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – As the world marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on Tuesday, the United Nations youth envoy has underscored that the ghastly practice is an aversion to the human rights of millions and keeps them from achieving their full potential. Full text...

  • World ‘failing to stop the war on children,’ says top UNICEF official
    05 february 2018 20:30:23
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Describing January as “a dark month” in crisis-torn Middle East and North Africa, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) director for the region said Monday that the violence has had a devastating toll on children, who were being killed in ongoing conflicts or suicide attacks, or freezing to death as they fled active war zones. Full text...

  • Development indicators trending downward for world's poorest countries, UN warns
    05 february 2018 20:21:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The least developed countries (LDCs) – nations categorized as requiring special attention from the international community – will fall short of goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development unless urgent action is taken, a new United Nations analysis has revealed. Full text...

  • ANC to decide Zuma's fate as SA President on Wednesday
    05 february 2018 19:38:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Following a day of high drama which included running street battles outside the Johannesburg headquarters of the ruling African National Congress, the party on Monday announced that President Jacob Zuma's fate will be decided by a vote at a special national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Mauritanian President Aziz in Niamey for G5 summit
    05 february 2018 19:12:59
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Monday left Nouakchott for Niamey, Niger, to attend a G5 Sahel summit, which runs parallel to the 18th Conference of the Heads of State and Government forming the Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS).Full text...

  • Burkina Faso aims to reduce FGM prevalence rate by 20% in 2020
    05 february 2018 18:54:26
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - As a result of concerted action by the government of Burkina Faso, in collaboration with technical and financial partners, the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country has markedly dropped, the ministry responsible for Family and Women's Affairs said on Monday Full text...

  • UNCTAD says promises to world’s poorest need to be kept to stop massive inequalities
    05 february 2018 18:13:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Economic development in the world’s most-disadvantaged countries – mostly in sub-Saharan Africa – is stalling against the background of a lukewarm global recovery, risking widening inequality, according to a new analysis from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Full text...

  • World Bank grants Liberia US$24.6 million for governance, economic boost
    05 february 2018 17:46:16
    Monrovia. Liberia (PANA) – The Liberian government and the World Bank have signed a US$24.67 million grant agreement for the Fourth Poverty Reduction Support Development Policy Operation (PRSDPO-IV) for Liberia. Full text...

  • Tunisia announces maritime deals with Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana
    05 february 2018 15:48:17
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia is considering to establish direct commercial maritime link between Tunis and Dakar, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and Tema (Ghana), a communiué issued Monday by the Tunisian ministry of Transport says. Full text...

  • Barrow appoints Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation Commission boss
    05 february 2018 15:26:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President, Adama Barrow has named Dr. Baba Galleh Jallow as the Executive Secretary of the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, PANA confirmed Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia’s army chief says 2 pro-Jammeh generals have abandoned him
    05 february 2018 15:20:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Two former army generals who fled with former dictator Yahya Jammeh, returned to the country from exile after they had strained relations with him in Equatorial Guinea, PANA reported on Monday, quoting Masanneh Kinteh, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).Full text...

  • Rwanda to upgrade Gisenyi domestic airport to international standard
    05 february 2018 14:15:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan government is planning to upgrade its domestic airport in the country’s nort westen town of Gisenyi, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to international standard by 2021, an official source revealed Monday in Kigali.Full text...

  • UN special youth envoy arrives in Gambia
    05 february 2018 14:12:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Miss Javathma Wickramanayake, has said she is in The Gambia to listen to the voices of young people.Full text...

  • Cameroonian troops join Nigerian counterparts in anti-Boko Haram war in northeast Nigeria
    05 february 2018 13:53:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Troops of the Cameroonian Defence Force have joined their Nigerian counterparts, after an induction exercise, in the ongoing Counter-Terrorism and Counter Insurgency operations in Northeast Nigeria and the borders between the two countries. Full text...

  • Twenty-six Boko Haram terroristss surrender in northeast Nigeria
    05 february 2018 11:57:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Monday said that 26 Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered and submitted their weapons to its troops in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Monday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    05 february 2018 10:05:55
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The following are Monday's foreign exchange rates for the Rwandan franc, as issued by the National Bank of Rwanda. Full text...

  • 20 ladies shortlisted for Miss Rwanda beauty contest 2018
    05 february 2018 09:58:31
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least 20 young ladies have been shortlisted to contest for the final round of Miss Rwanda beauty contest 2018, organizers of the events confirmed on Monday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • 'Belt tightening' continues in Botswana
    05 february 2018 09:40:43
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana economy remains in the woods, the finance minister has reiterated ahead of the new fiscal year 2018/2019. Full text...

  • Botswana invest more in ICT
    05 february 2018 09:35:09
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has announced plans to move her economy to the next level of a knowledge-based economy through investment in information and communications technology (ICT).Full text...

  • Clashes in Johannesburg as Zuma refuses to resign
    05 february 2018 09:21:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions are running sky-high as the governing African National Congress (ANC) prepares to hold urgent talks on Monday to find a way of removing Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa. Full text...

  • Monday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    05 february 2018 09:15:23
    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...

  • Monday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    05 february 2018 09:13:25
    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...

  • 2018 CHAN: Up-to-date winners since maiden edition in 2009
    05 february 2018 06:12:54
    Casablanca, Morocco (PANA) - Following the conclusion of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco on Sunday, here is a list of all the winners (champions down to fourth-place finishers) from the inception in 2009 in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA U-17 WWC qualifier: Morocco thrash South Africa 5-1
    05 february 2018 06:10:11
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Hosts South Africa on Sunday succumbed 5-1 to Morocco in their first-leg, final qualifier for the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup. Full text...

  • 2018 CHAN: All the goal scorers
    05 february 2018 06:06:37
    Casablanca, Morocco (PANA) - Here is a list of all the goal scorers at the just-concluded 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN). Full text...

  • 2018 CHAN: Morocco overwhelm Nigeria 4-0 to lift CHAN trophy
    04 february 2018 21:02:26
    Casablanca, Morocco (PANA) - A well-drilled Moroccan side on Sunday overwhelmed Nigeria 4-0 to win the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Cameroon inaugurate joint military mission
    04 february 2018 14:52:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria-Cameroon Military Joint Mission was on Saturday inaugurated in the epicentre of the Boko Haram violence of Maiduguri, with the Theatre Commander, Major General Rogers Nicholas stating that the Nigerian Army has "completely defeated" the Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • Senior ANC officials in crucial talks to determine Zuma's fate
    04 february 2018 13:35:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Senior members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) are locked in talks with President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on Sunday amid growing speculation that he will be forced to vacate his position. Full text...

  • UN, African Union voice concern over protracted political crisis in Guinea-Bissau
    04 february 2018 05:34:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The top leaders of the African Union and the United Nations on Saturday expressed concern over the prolonged political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, condemning the recent actions taken by the national authorities to prevent a political party from holding its conference. Full text...

  • US$46 billion in productivity lost to cancer in major emerging economies (A WHO Feature)
    04 february 2018 01:31:15
    Lyon, France, (PANA) – A new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology evaluates for the first time the cost of productivity lost due to premature cancer deaths in several major emerging economies. Full text...

  • Remote Nigeria communities welcome child health programme (A WHO Feature)
    04 february 2018 01:25:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - We have travelled for over 2 hours from Minna in Nigeria’s rural Niger State. The final 45 minutes are on unpaved roads, and we exchange nods and waves as our jostling four-wheel drive vehicle passes people walking or tending to crops. Coming to a field ringed with trees, we exit the vehicles to walk down a precipitous trail leading to the village of Etsu Gudu. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA U-17 WWC qualifiers: Hosts Nigeria hold Cameroon 2-2 in 1st-leg match
    03 february 2018 22:14:44
    Benin, Nigeria (PANA) - A struggling Nigeria came from behind to hold Cameroon 2-2 in the first-leg, final qualifier for the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup. Full text...

  • 2018 CHAN: Sudan beat Libya on penalties, win bronze
    03 february 2018 21:51:40
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - Sudan on Saturday snatched the bronze medal at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) after beating the 2014 champions, Libya, 4-2 on penalties. Full text...

  • CPJ calls on Kenyan government to obey court order
    03 february 2018 19:17:49
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the Kenyan government to obey a court order suspending a broadcasting ban on four privately-owned television stations, PANA reported Saturday. Full text...

  • President Barrow congratulates first Gambian Catholic Bishop
    03 february 2018 19:11:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow has congratulates the Catholic community in The Gambia on the ordination of the first Gambian Bishop, His Lordship, Bishop Gabriel Mendy. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief lauds pledges for education
    03 february 2018 13:03:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Director-General Audrey Azoulay, has commended the pledges announced by over 60 countries at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Financing Conference in Dakar, Senegal, co-chaired by France and Senegal, and of which UNESCO is a partner. Full text...

  • Gambia’s new SG stresses need for professionalism in civil service
    03 february 2018 12:28:51
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambia’s new Secretary General (SG), Mr Habib Drammeh, has stressed the need for professionalism and observance of work ethics within the country’s civil service. Full text...

  • Gambian gov't reassures right to freedom of expression
    03 february 2018 10:10:17
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Following the arrest and release of a university lecturer by police over newspaper comments, the Gambian government has restated its commitment towards freedom of expression for the people. Full text...

  • Saturday’s forex rates for Gambian Dalasi
    03 february 2018 08:10:17
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Saturday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D), as published by the Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • 2018 CHAN: Libya, Sudan battle for bronze medal
    03 february 2018 08:06:10
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - The Stade de Marrakech in the Moroccan city of Marrakech will come alive on Saturday when Sudan chase a second bronze medal in the history of the African Nations Championship (CHAN), reserved exclusively for players in the domestic football scene in Africa. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA U-17 WWC qualifiers: Nigeria vs Cameroon in 1st-leg, final qualifier
    03 february 2018 08:01:40
    Benin, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria, eyeing a sixth appearance at the FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup finals, take on Cameroon on Saturday in the first-leg, final African qualifier for the event.Full text...

  • UN will ‘not tolerate’ sexual harassment in its ranks – Guterres
    03 february 2018 07:57:11
    New York, US (PANA) – Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday made clear that the United Nations (UN) will not tolerate sexual harassment “anytime, anywhere,” within its ranks and laid out a five-point plan to ensure equality across the Organization, which, he said, was critical to tackle on the challenge of such behavior. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's WC qualifiers: Ghana "destroy" Djibouti 9-0 in 1st-leg match
    02 february 2018 22:08:49
    Djibouti, Djibouti (PANA) - Visiting Ghana on Friday "destroyed" hosts Djibouti 9-0 in the first-leg, final African qualifier for the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup Tournament which will take place in Uruguay from 13 November to 1 December. Full text...

  • Four new members elected to CAF Executive Committee
    02 february 2018 20:42:06
    Casablanca, Morocco (PANA) - The CAF Executive Committee has taken full shape in accordance with the statutory provisions, following the reform of the statutes adopted in Rabat, Morocco, in July 2017. Full text...

  • IAEA chief urges greater access to cancer diagnosis, prevention, treatment services
    02 february 2018 20:32:53
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – Millions of people suffering from cancer in developing countries still lack access to effective prevention, screening, early diagnosis and treatment, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Friday, urging continued efforts to ensure greater access to these vital services. Full text...

  • Gambian university lecturer says his arrest was politically motivated
    02 february 2018 20:06:05
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - An outspoken Gambian analyst who was arrested by Gambian police for an alleged attempt to “incite violence” has said his detention was “politically motivated”.Full text...

  • Kenya rugby team to face New Zealand in Commonwealth Games
    02 february 2018 19:39:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Sevens have been drawn against world rugby champions and 2014 silver medallists New Zealand for this year’s Commonwealth Games due in in Gold Coast, Australia in April. Full text...

  • Activist arrested as Kenya police crackdown on opposition intensifies
    02 february 2018 15:38:39
    Nairobi,Kenya (PANA) - Police Friday arrested outspoken human rights lawyer-cum-poilitician, Miguna Miguna, who was one of the two advocates who administered the oath of office on opposition leader Raila Odinga at Tuesday's self-swearing in in Nairobi. Full text...

  • EU adds 3 persons to sanctions list for serious human rights violation in South Sudan
    02 february 2018 15:14:24
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union (EU) on Friday said it has added three persons involved in serious human rights violations to the list of those submitted for a travel ban and an asset freeze in view of the situation in South Sudan. Full text...


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