• 'Milestones are clear’ for ‘significant progress’ in Somalia during 2019, Security Council hears
    03 january 2019 20:30:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Somali Government efforts to build a lasting peace through political reform and transformation have progressed along a “positive trajectory” but everyone involved in the process needs to “pull in the same direction”, the UN Special Representative in the country told the Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • Uganda’s Ebola preparedness ‘will go a long way,’ says WHO chief
    03 january 2019 20:22:38
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - In the wake of an ongoing Ebola outbreak affecting the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), neighboring Uganda is implementing a series of preventative response measures to keep the deadly disease at bay, the UN World Health Organisation said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Deadly Mali attack to be investigated by UN rights experts
    03 january 2019 20:15:12
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - An attack on a village in central Mali earlier this week in which at least 37 civilians died, is to be investigated with the help of United Nations human rights experts, the UN stabilization mission in the country (MINUSMA), announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Lomé hosts continental tennis tournaments
    03 january 2019 18:34:27
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese capital, Lomé, will from 7 to 15 January host two continental tennis tournaments, sports sources told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Libyan official, UN envoy discuss Libya's stabilisation arrangements
    03 january 2019 18:28:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan government of national accord's Interior minister, Fethi Bachagha, on Thursday had discussion with the Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs of the UN Secretary General, Stephanie Williams, on the support of the international community to the security arrangements aiming to stabilize the country. Full text...

  • Supreme Court upholds conviction of Dakar's former mayor
    03 january 2019 18:15:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Supreme Court of Dakar on Thursday upheld the conviction of former mayor of Senegal's capital, Khalifa Sall, to five years in prison for embezzlement of public money amounting to 1.8 billion CFA francs (euro 2,800,000) from the advance fund of the institution he had run since 2009. Full text...

  • France criticises media censorship by authorities in DR Congo
    03 january 2019 18:08:00
    Paris, France (PANA) – The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Radio France International (RFI) have criticised the censorship imposed on the media by the authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the suspension of Internet access, the withdrawal of accreditation of an RFI correspondent and the cut-off of the main radio transmitters while the counting of the vote continues after the legislative and presidential elections of 30 December. Full text...

  • Nigerien cement factory turns out first ton
    03 january 2019 16:46:31
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Niger's own cement plant has just turned out its first ton of cement, the country's Minister of Industry, Malam Zaneidou Amirou, told journalists on Thursday. Full text...

  • Three bodies of migrants found off Libyan coast
    03 january 2019 16:30:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Three bodies, suspected to be of illegal migrants, were retrieved on Thursday from the Libyan seaside, according to Red Cross officials in Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli. Full text...

  • France congratulates new OIF Secretary General for taking office
    03 january 2019 16:14:46
    Paris, France (PANA) – The French government has congratulated the new Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF), Louise Mushikiwabo, who took office on Thursday, while expressing conviction that she would make all arrangements to give the organisation a new impulse. Full text...

  • South Africa's official opposition targets Zuma again
    03 january 2019 16:06:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday indicated that it will return to the courts to ensure that former President Jacob Zuma will pay for his latest Gauteng High Court appeal against a judgment which ordered him to pay back the funds already incurred by his many court challenges. Full text...

  • Total begins oil production from Nigeria’s Egina field
    03 january 2019 14:32:19
    Paris, France (PANA) - Total has started production from its Egina oilfield lying 150km off the Nigerian coast with a vessel equipped to produce up to 200,000 B/D and hold up to 2.3 million bbl of oil.Full text...

  • New Secretary-General of La Francophonie Mushikiwabo takes office
    03 january 2019 14:00:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former Rwandan Foreign minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, on Thursday officially took office as secretary-general of the world community of French-speaking countries, also known as La Francophonie, in Paris, France, an official source confirmed to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • German Ministry of Education launches competition for innovation
    03 january 2019 13:51:28
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The German Ministry of Education has launched a competition in Tunis for the Germany-Africa award for innovation worth 150,000 euros, the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Guterres condemns attack on UN compound in Mogadishu
    03 january 2019 13:41:33
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned Tuesday’s attack against the UN compound in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, a UN statement from New York said. Full text...

  • Kenyan teachers, employer in talks after court blocks strike
    03 january 2019 13:28:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and a Conciliation Committee are meeting in Nairobi after a court blocked a planned teachers' strike. Full text...

  • RwandAir suspends flights to Uganda over runway closure at Entebbe
    03 january 2019 13:18:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's national carrier, RwandAir, on Thursday suspended all flights to Uganda's Entebbe International airport until further notice due to the runway closure in the Ugandan capital. Full text...

  • Kenya capital market regulator cautions public against coin offering
    03 january 2019 12:54:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenya Capital Markets Authority has cautioned the public against an initial coin offering and trading, an exchange aggressively floated by a firm, Wiseman Talent Ventures.Full text...

  • Rights Commission condemns massacres in central Mali
    03 january 2019 12:39:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The National Human Rights Commission of Mali (CNDH) has strongly condemned last Tuesday massacres in the village of Koulhogo, about 30 kms from Bankass, in the region of Mopti, central Mali, that claimed 37 lives, and called for the disarmament of militias.Full text...

  • Mali mourns late writer, politician Kouyaté
    03 january 2019 12:07:34
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Flags are flying at half-mast in Mali on Thursday as the West African country pays tribute to writer and politician, Seydou Badian Kouyaté, who died last Friday in Bamako, aged 90. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya
    03 january 2019 11:52:14
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Following are Thursday’s exchange rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya, as issued by the Central Bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    03 january 2019 11:49:20
    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...

  • Calm northern returns to Burkina village after ethnic attacks
    03 january 2019 11:46:40
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Calm has returned to a northern Burkina Faso village where at least 14 people were killed in attacks by two ethnic groups on New Year's day, according to several people contacted by PANA.Full text...

  • Production at Libya's major oil field down by 8,500 bpd due to theft of equipment
    03 january 2019 11:09:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Production at Libya's major oil field of al-Charara in the southeast has slumped by 8,500 bpd because of looting of equipment at the wells, the Libyan National Oil Company (NOC) announced on Thursday.Full text...

  • Netherlands ready to receive 49 African migrants rescued off Libyan coasts by German NGOs
    03 january 2019 10:25:09
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Netherlands government says it is willing to receive 49 migrants rescued off the Libyan coast by vessels of two German NGOs, Sea-Eye and Sea-Watch, according to a communiqué received by PANA on Thursday in Brussels.Full text...

  • More than 200 Boko Haram terrorists killed by Niger defence forces
    03 january 2019 09:48:10
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - More than 200 Boko Haram fighters have been killed following air strikes while 87 others have been captured by ground troops in an operation against the terrorist organisation, according to a statement from the Niger defence ministry issued on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    03 january 2019 08:33:41
    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...

  • Thursday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    03 january 2019 07:37:51
    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...

  • Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunship crashes on anti-Boko Haram mission
    03 january 2019 05:35:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it lost one of its helicopter gunships in combat against Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday evening. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso govt critic given temporary freedom from detention
    02 january 2019 17:46:42
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Safiatou Lopez, civil society actor and critic of the Burkinabe regime, was on Wednesday granted "temporary freedom" from detention to get medical treatment abroad, PANA learned from judicial sources. Full text...

  • Tunisia freezes assets of terrorist body and 40 alleged accomplices
    02 january 2019 17:34:20
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian National Counter-Terrorism Commission has decided to freeze assets of the "terrorist" organization Jund al-Khakifa and 40 other persons suspected of being linked to terrorism, the president of the Commission, Mokhtar Nasr, announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • EU wants Kinshasa to lift Internet access ban
    02 january 2019 17:12:30
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has called on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government to lift the ban on internet access, imposed since Monday, after the the counting of votes of the 30 December presidential election began, according to a press statement it issued on Wednesday. Full text...

  • French Development Agency grants Euros one million to community forest project in Benin
    02 january 2019 16:51:40
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The French Development Agency (AFD) will provide Benin one million euros to support the Forest Community of Moyen-Ouémé (CoForMO), as part of its project to strengthen the sustainable management of natural forests, official sources told PANA in Cotonou on Wednesday.Full text...

  • FIFA boss pushes for expanded Qatar FIFA World Cup
    02 january 2019 16:31:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Wednesday reiterated his view that the Qatar 2022 World Cup could feature 48 teams and play matches across the Gulf to accommodate the expanded tournament, according to British sports organization, SportsBusiness. Full text...

  • Less road accidents in Bamako during New Year celebration
    02 january 2019 15:43:21
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali's capital, Bamako, had fewer road accidents during celebration of the New Year compared to last year, according to Lieutenant-Colonel Bakary Dao, Regional Director of Civil Protection of Bamako District. Full text...

  • France calls for Malian govt response to violence in central Mopti region
    02 january 2019 15:19:54
    Paris, France (PANA) – Expressing its concern, the French Government on Wednesday called on Malian authorities "to take a strong reaction" to the resurgence of acts of violence that cost the lives of dozens of civilians on Tuesday morning in a Peul village in the centre of the country. Full text...

  • Togolese president breaks tradition as he fails to deliver New Year address
    02 january 2019 14:12:54
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Togolese president Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe has broken tradition as he failed to deliver a New Year message to his compatriots in a broadcast on New Year's eve. Full text...

  • 13 people killed in attack against northern Burkina Faso village
    02 january 2019 12:32:47
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least 13 people were killed on Tuesday morning in a deadly attack against Yirgou village, northern Burkina Faso, PANA learned from local sources on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Netherlands gives Mali 650,000 Euro to improve sanitation in Mopti
    02 january 2019 12:20:51
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Netherlands has granted Malian city of Mopti, 460 kms northeast of Bamako, 650,000 Euro (426 million FCFA) to finance a sanitation project of the urban commune, sources at the Malian ministry of Environment and Sanitation told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • At least 37 civilians killed in central Mali
    02 january 2019 12:05:31
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – At least 37 civilians were killed on Tuesday in the village of Koulhogo, about 30 kms from Bankass, in the region of Mopti, central Mali, by gunmen identified as Donzos hunters, according to a Malian government communiqué. Full text...

  • Will Africa make a difference in 2019? (Analysis by Anaclet Rwegayura, PANA Editor)
    02 january 2019 11:48:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Frankly put, crises are now ruling a large part of Africa and what is often referred to as the people’s good governance is at stake. There is no crisis that rocks one country without its reverberation being felt in adjacent countries. Full text...

  • UN hails release of 20 Libyans abducted by Daesh in the south
    02 january 2019 11:31:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN support mission in Libya has hailed the release of 20 Libyans abducted a few weeks ago by Daesh in al-Fouqaha and Tazerbou in southeast and south respectively.Full text...

  • 'Libyans can transfer up to US$100,000 abroad' - Central Bank
    02 january 2019 11:18:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Central Bank of Libya (BCL) has announced that Libyans can now transfer up to US100,000 or its equivalent abroad. Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya
    02 january 2019 10:34:06
    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 the Gambian Dalasi
    02 january 2019 07:41:40
    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...

  • Zambian named Africa’s Best Female Philanthropist
    02 january 2019 07:38:12
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian Justina Mutale has been named Africa’s Best Female Philanthropist in the ChangeMakers Powerlist's latest release by Tropics Magazine of South Africa obtained by PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Twenty inmates escape from Zambian correctional facility
    02 january 2019 07:25:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Twenty inmates at Chinzombo Correctional Facility in Mambwe District, eastern Zambia, have escaped from lawful custody through an air vent. Full text...

  • South Africa probes Mozambique terror link
    02 january 2019 06:44:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has asked local authorities to probe claims that a South African national is a member of a jihadist group operating in neighbouring Mozambique. Full text...

  • UN Envoy in Somalia condemns fire attack on UN compound in Mogadishu
    01 january 2019 18:37:47
    Mogadishu, Somali (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Somalia, Nicholas Haysom, has condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Tuesday’s indirect fire attack on the main United Nations compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Al Shabaab shells Mogadishu airport, UN Compound, staff injured
    01 january 2019 18:24:24
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Three people including two UN staff members and one contractor have been wounded after the Al Shabaab militants shelled a UN Compound and several rounds of mortar ammunition were directed at the Mogadishu International Airport, a UN official said on Tuesday. Full text...


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