• Defence Force edge Aba Jifar to claim Ethiopian Super Cup
    01 november 2018 04:42:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Defence Force FC have been crowned the 2018 Ethiopian Super Cup champions after a 4-2 penalty shootouts win over Jimma Aba Jifar in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Security Council extends mandate of UN peace mission in Western Sahara by six months
    01 november 2018 04:34:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council, on Wednesday, extended the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), until 30 April next year, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • Former Ghana football chief to appeal FIFA's 'unfair, harsh, unwarranted' life ban
    31 october 2018 18:22:37
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Former president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Kwesi Nyantakyi who was handed a life ban from all football related activities said in Accra on Wednesday that he would appeal the unfair, harsh and unwarranted decision of the world football governing body at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). Full text...

  • Ease of Doing Business: Rwanda now ranks 29 globally
    31 october 2018 15:43:21
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda is the 29th country in the list of nations adjudged "easiest place to do business in the world", according to the 2019 World Bank Doing Business index of the world's most business-friendly economies.Full text...

  • RwandAir launches Kigali-Tel Aviv route in 2019
    31 october 2018 15:34:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's national carrier, RwandAir, will launch the Kigali-Tel Aviv direct flight in 2019, a source close to RwandAir confirmed Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Libya denies report of attempted abduction of Chinese diplomat
    31 october 2018 15:28:16
    Tripoli Libya (PANA) - The official spokesperson of the Libyan Foreign Affairs ministry of the national union government, Ahmed El-Arbed, has denied media reports which said that an abduction attempt was made on the Chargé d'Affaires of the embassy of China in Libya. Full text...

  • Seychelles issues world's first ever "blue bond" to expand marine fisheries development project
    31 october 2018 14:39:34
    Victoria, Seychelles (PANA) - The World Bank has hailed Seychelles, an Island state in the Indian Ocean, for issuing the world's first sovereign "blue-bond" to finance marine fisheries development projects. Full text...

  • South African Police probe apartheid-era paedophile ring
    31 october 2018 14:33:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A notorious paedophile ring, dating back more than 30 years and allegedly involving senior members of the Apartheid-era government, is under police investigation.Full text...

  • FAO distributes 11,000 fuel-efficient stoves to displaced families in Northeast Nigeria
    31 october 2018 14:28:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says it has distributed 11,000 fuel-efficient stoves to families displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Another batch of 141 Nigerians return from Libya
    31 october 2018 14:19:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – One hundred and forty one (141) Nigerians, including 11 pregnant women, have voluntarily returned to Nigeria from Libya with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • Constitutional Court overturns High Court judgement nullifying election of Zambian Finance Minister
    31 october 2018 14:14:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Constitutional Court in Zambia has ruled that Finance Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe was duly elected Lusaka Central constituency Member of parliament, overturning the High Court ruling which nullified the election. Full text...

  • Kenyatta orders lifestyle audit of 'high-living tax evaders'
    31 october 2018 13:58:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Wednesday ordered lifestyle audits to be conducted on high-living, high net-worth individuals who pay little taxes. Full text...

  • Nigeria assures China it will implement agreed initiatives
    31 october 2018 13:25:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government has assured the Chinese government that it will implement the 2018 Forum for China African Cooperation (FOCAC) initiatives as a framework for strengthening Nigeria-China relations and Africa in general. Full text...

  • Rights body raises the red flag on rising deaths in Guinea protests
    31 october 2018 13:14:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As Guinea is facing a new round of political demonstrations, the authorities must take all necessary measures to protect the right to peaceful assembly and ensure that no more lives are lost, Amnesty International said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    31 october 2018 13:06:30
    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...

  • Poroposed law threatens Zimbabwe sanctions proponents - HRW
    31 october 2018 13:04:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global human rights body, Human Rights Watch (HRW), says a call by an influential group from Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF for severe punishment of proponents of targeted sanctions against top government officials is an attack on free speech. Full text...

  • Alternative Learning and Skills Development Project launched in Tanzania (An AfDB Feature)
    31 october 2018 12:57:15
    Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania’s alternative learning and skills development centers were constructed with African Development Fund (ADF) loan and grant totaling US$32.7 million. Full text...

  • Nigerian traditional ruler urges Africa to put education, the poor at the centre of development
    31 october 2018 12:52:35
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - One of Nigeria’s foremost traditional rulers has challenged Africans and development experts to rethink development financing to reach the poorest communities on the continent, to give them access to markets, education and healthcare. Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for Mautanian Ouguiya
    31 october 2018 12:48:46
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Following are Wednesday’s exchange rates for the Ouguiya, as issued by the Central Bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Construction of motorway by-pass in Ouagadougou begins
    31 october 2018 12:26:05
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on Tuesday launched the construction a 181 billion CFA francs motorway by-pass in Ouagadougou.Full text...

  • Kenya de-registers seven Public Service Vehicles
    31 october 2018 12:15:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's transport safety regulator has de-registered seven Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operators as it enhances road safety. Full text...

  • 2018 AFCON: Kenya picks provisional squad for Sierra Leone clash
    31 october 2018 12:08:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya National football team coach Sébastien Migné has named a 30-man provisional squad ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Executive director of UN terrorism committee received by Mali president
    31 october 2018 12:03:30
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The executive director of the UN committee against terrorism, Mrs Michèle Coninsx, also deputy UN Secretary General, was on Wednesday received in Bamako by the Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita. Full text...

  • Radcliffe joins UN Clean Air campaign
    31 october 2018 11:57:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - World marathon record-holder Paula Radcliffe has joined fellow IAAF Ambassador Haile Gebrselassie as a UN Environment Advocate for Clean Air and will campaign against air pollution worldwide. Full text...

  • Group calls for more transparency in management of forest resources in Congo Basin
    31 october 2018 11:52:47
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Experts from the private and public sectors and civil society organisations from member countries of the Congo Basin are meeting in Brazzaville to demand more transparency in the management of forest resources.Full text...

  • Nigeria's president Buhari congratulates Brazilian president-elect
    31 october 2018 11:40:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has congratulated Mr Jair Bolsonaro on his victory in Brazil’s presidential election run-off on Sunday.Full text...

  • G5 Sahel and Sahel Alliance sign partnership protocol
    31 october 2018 11:34:54
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - G5 Sahel group and the Sahel Alliance on Tuesday signed a partnership protocol in Niamey on the collaborative framework and operating modes of implementing their joint projects. Full text...

  • Ethiopia hailed for granting AU citizens visa upon arrival
    31 october 2018 11:27:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan hotel and tour operators have hailed Ethiopia's decision to grant visas on arrival to African Union (AU) member state citizensFull text...

  • South Sudan's exiled leader returns home to boost peace effort
    31 october 2018 11:20:29
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - South Sudan's former Vice President Riek Machar, who fled into exile through the Democratic Republic of Congo two years ago, has returned to Juba, capital of South Sudan. Full text...

  • Nigeria police say 400 adherents of Shiite group arrested, unnamed number killed
    31 october 2018 11:12:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria police say that 400 members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), a Shiite group aligned to Iran, have been arrested in connection with violent protests in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the last few days. Full text...

  • EU gives 58 million Euros to Sahel countries
    31 october 2018 10:53:30
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The European Union (EU) on Tuesday released an extra 58 million Euros for seven Sahel countries to alleviate their humanitarian crisis, food, nutritional and emergency needs.Full text...

  • Sudan to join South Sudan in celebrating peace
    31 october 2018 10:40:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir is on Wednesday leading a high-level delegation of his government to take part in a celebration in the South Sudan capital, Juba, for the achievement of peace in the war-ravaged country. Full text...

  • Gulf of Guinea security vital for food supply in Africa - Nigerian Maritime chief says
    31 october 2018 10:33:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Gulf of Guinea is very important to food security for the West and Central African sub-region and therefore the region must be properly secured to avert illegal activities that may hamper food supply in the African region, Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has said in Lagos.Full text...

  • Tunis to host African statistic institute
    31 october 2018 10:19:30
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia will soon be the headquarters of the African Statistic Institute, which will play a key role in the publication and production of statistical data, the Tunisian minister of Development, International Cooperation and Investment, Zied Ladhari said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • World Bank provides US$1.2 billion to accelerate economic growth in Ethiopia
    31 october 2018 09:42:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved US$1.2 billion credit and a grant to accelerate economic growth in Ethiopia following the East African nation's efforts to open up the economy to the private sector, the Bank said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    31 october 2018 07:56:50
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Wednesday's foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee as issued by the Mauritian Commercial Bank: Full text...

  • Niger improves business environment, clears domestic payments arrears - IMF
    31 october 2018 06:32:00
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – A visiting team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has welcomed the Nigerien authorities’ continuing efforts to improve the business environment through financial inclusion and clearance of domestic payments arrears. Full text...

  • Weekly migration of 1.4m to cities can contribute to ‘disasters’
    31 october 2018 02:14:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The migration of some 1.4 million people every week to cities around the world “can strain local capacities, contributing to increased risk from natural and human made disasters’” according to the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. Full text...

  • IOM launches awareness-raising radio show on perils, opportunities of migration
    31 october 2018 02:08:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A radio series was launched on Tuesday in Nigeria by the UN migration agency (IOM) to sensitise vulnerable people seeking to pursue economic opportunities abroad on the perils of irregular migration – migration done outside the regulated frameworks – and provide information on pathways to migrate legally and safely, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • Security Council urges responder-safety focus, as DRC Ebola outbreak worsens
    31 october 2018 02:00:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council has voiced “serious concern” over the impact of deteriorating security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the response to the deadly Ebola outbreak and fears that the virus could spread further into the country and the wider region. Full text...

  • 2018 African Economic Conference to offer practical solutions - AfDB
    30 october 2018 19:52:33
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - “The 2018 African Economic Conference (AEC), which will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, from 3-5 December, will feature practical solutions from regional integration experts and the private sector,” a senior African Development Bank (AfDB) staff has said, as preparations for the event move into top gear. Full text...

  • FIFA bans former Ghana football chief Nyantakyi for life
    30 october 2018 19:33:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The former Ghana Football Association (GFA) President Kwesi Nyantakyi has been banned for life from all football-related activities, the local media reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 80,000 youngsters at risk in DRC after forcible expulsion from Angola: UNICEF
    30 october 2018 19:13:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Tens of thousands of children who have been forcibly returned from Angola to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) need help urgently, UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Brown Card sensitization forum opens in Banjul
    30 october 2018 19:03:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) 35th Ordinary General Assembly of the Council of Bureau of ECOWAS Brown Card Insurance Scheme opened in Banjul on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan Capital Markets regulator approves cross-listing of Bank of Kigali
    30 october 2018 18:50:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Capital Markets Authority (CMA), said on Tuesday it issued an approval for the cross-listing of the Bank of Kigali to the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE). Full text...

  • Police watchdog probes killing of 18 suspects in Kenya
    30 october 2018 18:43:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan Police human rights watchdog has launched investigations into the weekend killing of at least 18 people, mostly under unclear circumstances, the spokesperson of Kenya's Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • AfDB rolls out programme to boost climate risk financing and insurance for African countries
    30 october 2018 15:20:46
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved the Africa Disaster Risks Financing (ADRiFi) Programme, the institution’s first climate risk management programme, to boost resilience and response to climate shocks in regional member countries. Full text...

  • AfDB, partners, launch E-Learning program for African financial institutions
    30 october 2018 15:12:39
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Trade Finance Division of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) have teamed up with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to launch a joint AfDB-ITFC Trade Finance E-Learning Programme for African Financial Institutions. Full text...

  • Buhari visits crisis-torn city of Kaduna
    30 october 2018 14:51:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday visited Kaduna in the northwest of the country and said the Federal Government will take "strongest measures possible to punish perpetrators of the latest killings in the city" which has witnessed sectoral violence for the second week running. Full text...

  • 2019 Africa U-23 Qualifiers: Rwanda coach names squad against DR Congo
    30 october 2018 14:36:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's coach for the Under-23 national football team, Jimmy Mulisa, on Tuesday released a provisional list of 31 players for the qualifiers of the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations against Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) scheduled to be played next month in Rubavu, northwestern Rwanda. Full text...


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