• IMF encourages Algeria to contain inflation
    01 june 2018 18:07:54
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – As Algeria continues to face important challenges posed by the fall in oil prices four years ago, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised the north African country to pursue an independent monetary policy that should be aimed at containing inflation. Full text...

  • ACP group of states and EU reaffirm common stance on climate change
    01 june 2018 16:31:30
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Representing 107 countries from Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and the European Union, and committed to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the ACP-EU Council of Ministers on Friday issued a joint declaration in Brussels which reaffirms their commitments to strengthen the global response to the threat of Climate Change from all countries. Full text...

  • Major television series to unpack Zuma 'corruption scandals'
    01 june 2018 13:58:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Best selling author Jacques Pauw who played a formidable role in blowing the lid off Jacob Zuma’s presidency, has secured television rights for his explosive new book, "The President’s Keepers. " Full text...

  • Five Nigerian soldiers killed in northeast
    01 june 2018 12:00:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army says five soldiers have died after their vehicle ran over Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by Boko Haram terrorists along the Pridang-Bita road in Borno State in the northeast. Full text...

  • UNHCR helps survivors after traffickers kill 12 in Libya
    01 june 2018 11:41:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Human traffickers in Libya reportedly killed more than a dozen people and wounded many others after a group of some 200 Eritreans, Ethiopians and Somalis, being held captive, attempted to escape, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson William Spindler, said on Friday. Full text...

  • FAO touts cooperatives in growth of Africa's agriculture
    01 june 2018 11:30:46
    Utrecht, The Netherlands (PANA) - Africa boasts huge potential for social and economic development, with agribusiness poised to play a major role. However, without policies and partnerships that enable smallholder farmers - including subsistence farmers and pastoralists - to participate in and benefit from the growth, that opportunity will turn into risk, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Friday. Full text...

  • Friday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    01 june 2018 11:02:14
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are Friday's exchange rates for the Ghana cedi as announced by the Ghana Association of Bankers. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches new pictorial tobacco health warning labels
    01 june 2018 10:53:07
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Health Ministry on Friday launched a new set of pictorial health warning labels on tobacco packages to sensitise the population on the harmful effects of cigarette smoking. The new labels will replace the existing once set which date back to 2009. Full text...

  • Friday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    01 june 2018 09:21:39
    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...

  • Migration is a net-gain for Africa, says UN report
    01 june 2018 04:16:59
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The large-scale migration of people within Africa tends to boost growth and lifts the continent’s whole economy, a new United Nations report has said, urging the world to dispel misconceptions and “harmful narratives” targeting migration. Full text...

  • Countries back ‘ambitious and comprehensive’ reform of UN development system
    01 june 2018 04:09:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday gave the green light to a bold new plan to make sustainable development a reality, described by UN chief António Guterres as “the most ambitious and comprehensive transformation of the UN development system in decades”. Full text...

  • 2018 COSAFA Cup: Quarter-final fixtures released
    01 june 2018 04:00:40
    Polokwane, South Africa (PANA) - With Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa and Zimbabwe drawing bye into the quarter-finals and Madagascar reaching that level, here are the fixtures in that round. Full text...

  • 2018 COSAFA Cup: Madagascar qualify for quarter-finals
    01 june 2018 03:55:47
    Polokwane, South Africa (PANA) - Madagascar on Thursday qualified for the quarter-finals of the ongoing 2018 southern Africa championship, known as the COSAFA Cup, in Polokwane, South Africa. Full text...

  • UN agencies fight against environmental risks that cause 12.6 million deaths a year
    31 may 2018 19:45:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Two United Nations agencies are combining their expertise to counter the growing threat of extreme weather, climate change and air pollution, which cause more than 12.6 million deaths a year, it was announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Jammeh sued over HIV/AIDS “Cure”
    31 may 2018 15:30:59
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Three survivors of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s fraudulent and destructive HIV and AIDS “treatment programme”, on Thursday filed a legal action in the tiny West African country’s High Court. Full text...

  • Kenya Ports chief sent home over incompetence
    31 may 2018 14:49:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director, Catherine Mturi-Wairi, has been sent on compulsory leave over her failure to curb congestion at the port.Full text...

  • Tobacco, leading cause of preventable deaths in Kenya - Minister
    31 may 2018 14:43:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Tobacco use has been identified as the leading cause of preventable deaths in Kenya. It is one of the leading contributors towards the rising burden of Non-Communicable Diseases in the country, Health Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki, said Thursday. Full text...

  • Bidouane named Africa legendry captain to 2018 IAAF Continental Cup
    31 may 2018 13:56:53
    Nairiobi, Kenya (PANA) - Retired Moroccan hurdler who specialised in the 400m has been named Africa's honourary captain and legendary athlete to the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018. Full text...

  • Renowned Ghanaian Sculptor, El Anatsui, inducted into 250-member American Academy of Arts and Letters
    31 may 2018 13:11:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The last is yet to be heard of the avalanche of accolades coming to renowned Ghanaian Artist/Sculptor, Professor El Anatsui. Full text...

  • Thursday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    31 may 2018 11:39:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are Thursday's exchange rates for the Ghana cedi as announced by the Ghana Association of Bankers. Full text...

  • MSF says thousands of people caught in intense fighting in northern S. Sudan
    31 may 2018 11:31:29
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says since the end of April, the conflict-ravaged counties of Leer and Mayendit, in South Sudan’s north, have once again been wracked by violence. Full text...

  • Sweden supports drought-stricken farmers and herders in the Sahel
    31 may 2018 09:59:31
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Sweden, through the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will support drought-stricken farmers and herders in the Sahel, with a focus on Burkina Faso and Mali. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    31 may 2018 09:43:47
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Thursday’s foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee, as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Tutu salutes South Africa's first black rugby captain
    31 may 2018 09:16:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has congratulated Siya Kolisi on his appointment as Springbok rugby captain. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WWC: Ghana plays Uruguay in FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 opener
    31 may 2018 09:13:37
    Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Ghana will play hosts Uruguay on 13 November in Montevideo, Uruguay, in the opening match of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 after the official draw for the tournament in Zurich on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Thursday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    31 may 2018 09:09:57
    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...

  • Ebola vaccine provides protection, hope for high-risk communities in DRC (Feature by WHO Africa Region)
    31 may 2018 07:08:33
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - It’s been ten days since Jean René (not his real name) lost his brother to Ebola virus disease (EVD). Full text...

  • Medical charity begins Ebola vaccination in DRC
    31 may 2018 07:02:20
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - Medical NGO, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says it has started vaccinating Ebola frontline workers in Bikoro, Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where teams have been working with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) over the past few weeks. The trial vaccination will also be offered to contacts of patients. Full text...

  • NGO says most children threatened by conflict, poverty, discrimination against girls
    31 may 2018 06:50:10
    London, UK (PANA) - More than half of all children globally – over 1.2 billion – are threatened by conflict, widespread poverty or discrimination against girls, a new report by Save the Children, a UK-based non-governmental organisation that promotes children's rights, has found. Full text...

  • World No Tobacco Day targets habit that ‘breaks hearts’ – WHO
    31 may 2018 06:18:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - United Nations health experts on Thursday reiterated the message that tobacco causes deadly illnesses such as heart disease and stroke, and called for the prevention of “needless” loss of life. Full text...

  • 2018 COSAFA Cup: Results from Day 2, Group B matches
    31 may 2018 06:08:34
    Polokwane, South Africa (PANA) - Below are results from Day 2, Group B matches played on Wednesday in the 2018 southern African championship, known as the COSAFA Cup, in Polokwane, South Africa. Full text...

  • International partnership to address human-animal-environment health risks gets boost
    30 may 2018 19:20:34
    Divvonne-les-Bains, France (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) have agreed to step up joint action to combat health threats associated with interactions between humans, animals and the environment.Full text...

  • UN rights experts urge Kenya to protect activists testifying in lead pollution case
    30 may 2018 19:17:04
    Mombasa, Kenya (PANA) - Four United Nations human rights experts are calling for greater protection for Kenyan activists who have testified against a local lead-smelting plant accused of environmental pollution. Full text...

  • UN chief urges support for ‘G5’ countries fighting terrorism in Sahel region
    30 may 2018 19:11:47
    Mpoti, Mali (PANA) - On the second day of his visit to Mali, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres travelled some 460 kilometers outside the capital, Bamako, to Mopti, where he made a strong appeal for more predictable financial support to the regional force tackling terrorist threats in the region. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean President parleys with Buhari in Abuja
    30 may 2018 17:37:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, on Wednesday paid a one-day visit to Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, where he held discussions with President Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • 5,000 expected at Plascon Kenya Colour Run
    30 may 2018 15:48:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Some 5,000 runners are expected to participate in the 2018 Plascon 5km Colour Run on August 11 in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    30 may 2018 14:17:38
    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...

  • Harambee Stars jet out ahead of 2018 Intercontinental Cup in India
    30 may 2018 13:16:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Fifteen members of the Kenyan national football team, Harambee Stars, left here on Wednesday to engage in two friendly matches, ahead of the 2018 Hero Intercontinental Cup, with six more players set to travel on Thursday. Full text...

  • South African opposition party welcomes Zimbabwean election announcement
    30 may 2018 12:01:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday welcomed the announcement by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa that the country’s national elections will take place on 30 July. Full text...

  • FAO chief warns against use of antimicrobial medicines to promote growth in farm animals
    30 may 2018 11:55:10
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Wednesday that antimicrobials are important to safeguard the health of humans and animals, but these medicines need to be used responsibly, including in the agricultural sectors. Full text...

  • Zimbabweans to vote for president, MPs, councillors on 30 July
    30 may 2018 11:25:00
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabweans will hold elections on 30 July, 2018, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced in a proclamation on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Rights body hail ban on Chinese mining firm, seeks justice
    30 may 2018 11:00:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International on Wednesday hailed the Mozambican government’s decision to suspend the mining operations of Chinese mining company, Haiyu, following irresponsible practices.Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    30 may 2018 10:51:32
    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...

  • Rights watchdog deplores fresh crackdown on dissent in Angola
    30 may 2018 10:49:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A protester is in critical condition in hospital after being attacked by police dogs on 27 May, as part of a crackdown on freedom of association, assembly and expression that stifles dissenting views, Amnesty International has saidFull text...

  • Rights group demands release of Cameroonian school principal
    30 may 2018 09:44:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Human Rights Watch on Wednesday asked kidnappers of a school principal in Cameroon’s Southwest province to immediately release her unharmed. Full text...

  • Children in Mali bear heaviest brunt of conflict - UNICEF chief says
    30 may 2018 09:22:26
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - As the security situation in Mali continues to worsen, children are being denied the opportunity to survive, learn and thrive, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Promoting biodiversity across all agricultural sectors ‘fundamental’ — FAO chief
    30 may 2018 07:09:56
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Changing how countries across the world produce food is “fundamental” to protecting the future of the Earth’s ecosystem, said the head of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Wednesday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    30 may 2018 07:02:16
    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...

  • 'Positive’ community building helps combat hate online, says UN official
    30 may 2018 05:41:19
    New York, US (PANA) - In an increasingly interconnected world, the glorification of terrorism online impacts everyone, the chairman of a United Nations counter-terrorism body said on Tuesday, calling for a renewed effort to combat hateful propaganda and promote community solidarity. Full text...

  • UN chief lauds new political agreement for Libya
    30 may 2018 05:34:39
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed a new Political Declaration for Libya adopted by leading politicians and military leaders on Tuesday, pledging to “work constructively” with the world body to hold fresh elections this year. Full text...


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