• Guterres says bridging gap between relief, devt can meet immediate needs
    29 january 2018 05:32:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A surge in conflict-induced needs in Africa and the Middle East, coupled with an increase in climate shocks that pummel the most vulnerable everywhere, have given fresh urgency to calls for the international community to work in a new way that not only ends humanitarian needs but reduces them over time, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Sunday. Full text...

  • 2018 CHAN: Nigeria, Libya reach semi-finals
    29 january 2018 05:14:25
    Tangiers, Morocco (PANA) - Nigeria and Libya on Sunday reached the semi-finals of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament in Morocco when they beat Angola and Congo respectively in their quarter-final matches. Full text...

  • Guterres lauds AU-UN partnership at AU Summit
    28 january 2018 16:20:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Hailing the partnership between Africa and the United Nations as “solid, and grounded on sound principles of human rights and good governance,” Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has told leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the African Union Summit, that with Africa in the lead, “we can and will do more” to bolster successful cooperation throughout the continent. Full text...

  • Kenya gears up for second president as opposition spins new political narrative (News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao)
    28 january 2018 16:00:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenya is gearing up for a second president on Tuesday, days after the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) released results it claimed were from the nullified 8 August presidential elections that gave victory of its leader Raila Odinga, who it plans to swear in president.Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA Under-20 WWC: All the goal scorers at African qualifiers
    28 january 2018 13:12:12
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Following the emergence on Saturday of Ghana and Nigeria as Africa's representatives at the 2018 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup, to be played in France 5-24 August, here are all the goalscorers in the qualifiers, conducted from 21 July, 2017, to 27 January, 2018. Full text...

  • Usain Bolt saluted in Cape Town
    28 january 2018 09:00:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The world’s greatest sprinter Usain Bolt is turning heads during a brief visit to Cape Town. Full text...

  • WHO says world should focus on ending transmission of leprosy among children
    28 january 2018 05:51:55
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As the world marks World Leprosy Day, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) says national programmes should boost active case-finding, strengthen surveillance, improve contact-tracing and focus more on early detection of leprosy cases among children to ensure achievement of the global target of zero child infection by 2020. Full text...

  • Sub-drying fish, the Somalian way (An FAO feature)
    28 january 2018 05:33:04
    Bossaso, Somalia (PANA) - Somalia boasts the longest coastline of continental Africa. Yet, its fisheries industry is one of the least developed in the world; only about 1 percent of the county’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) derives from fishery. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of 'blue helmet' in DR Congo
    28 january 2018 04:52:00
    New York, US (PANA) – Condemning the killing on Saturday of a peacekeeper with the United Nations stabilization mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who was ambushed in the vast country's restive east, Secretary-General António Guterres again called on armed groups there to lay down their weapons and seek to resolve their grievances peacefully. Full text...

  • 2018 CHAN: Morocco, Sudan reach semi-finals
    28 january 2018 04:24:40
    Casablanca, Morocco (PANA) - Morocco and Sudan have qualified for the semi-finals of the ongoing 2018 African Nations Championship.Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's WC: Nigeria, Ghana qualify for finals in France
    27 january 2018 21:34:09
    Benin, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria and Ghana have qualified to represent Africa at the 2018 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup which will take place in France from 5 to 24 August. Full text...

  • Guterres urges common commitment on situation in South Sudan
    27 january 2018 20:13:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – It is absolutely essential that the role of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in eastern Africa is first of all to make sure that any contradictions that might exist among the neighbours of South Sudan is not translated into an influence in the internal situation of that country, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said here on Saturday.Full text...

  • Security Council condemns 'barbaric' terrorist attack in central Mali
    27 january 2018 19:42:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the “barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack” on 25 January against a bus transporting civilians near Boni, in central Mali, during which 26 people from Mali and Burkina Faso, including children, were killed. Full text...

  • UN chief commends AU efforts to address violent extremism
    27 january 2018 19:31:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has commended the growing emphasis by the African Union (AU) and its Member States to address the drivers of violent extremism. Full text...

  • UN chief outlines way for Africa to beat hunger, poverty
    27 january 2018 16:37:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – For Africa to build and sustain peace and address hunger and poverty, it needs community-based approaches that build social cohesion and the capacity of local institutions and actors, in addition to improved governance that can deliver equitable services, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said here on Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya seeks global status for Safari Rally
    27 january 2018 15:59:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The Kenya government has inaugurated two committees to oversee the Safari Rally re-admitted to the high profile FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) series by 2020.Full text...

  • African leaders urged to renew commitment to malaria-free Africa
    27 january 2018 15:49:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African nations must renew their commitment and strengthen instruments to attain a malaria-free Africa by 2030, their leaders heard on Friday at a high-level briefing held on the margins of the 30th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • African Economic Outlook 2018 presented to AU Summit delegates in Addis Ababa
    27 january 2018 15:43:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African economies have been resilient to negative shocks, but poor infrastructure is a serious impediment to inclusive growth, according to the 2018 edition of the African Economic Outlook (AEO) presented to delegates in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the African Union (AU) Summit on Friday. Full text...

  • AfDB, partners to launch African Leaders for Nutrition initiative
    27 january 2018 15:14:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB), together with the African Union Commission (AUC), the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners will launch the African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) initiative on 29 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Guterres says partnership with African Union is fundamental to work of the UN
    27 january 2018 14:36:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Strong cooperation with the African Union (AU) is essential for the United Nations to be able to fulfill its mandate, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the two organizations signed a new agreement to bolster their collaboration on range of global issues. Full text...

  • 2018 IAAF World Indoor Tour guns off February 3
    27 january 2018 14:26:58
    Monaco (PANA) - The 2018 IAAF World Indoor Tour, a series of the six finest indoor meetings on the planet, kicks off on 3 February with the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe in Germany, Germany, the global athletics governing body said Saturday.Full text...

  • Nigerian Army kills 7 Boko Haram terrorists
    27 january 2018 11:02:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops killed seven remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest and horthern Borno state in the northeast of the country.Full text...

  • AUC extends condolences following death of Mazimhaka
    27 january 2018 07:09:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission has been saddened by the death of its former Deputy Chairperson Patrick Mazimhaka, who passed away on the 25 January 2018, according to a statement issued on Friday. Full text...

  • Cutting down public debt remains elusive in Cape Verde - IMF
    27 january 2018 06:44:52
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – Cape Verde’s economic recovery is gaining momentum reflecting a more favourable external environment and the payoff of ongoing economic reforms, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as it forecasts output growth of the group of islands off the West African coast to accelerate to 4.3 percent in 2018. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA U-20 WWC African qualifiers: 2nd-leg, final qualifiers on Saturday
    27 january 2018 06:42:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Below are the fixtures for the second-leg matches in the final African qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup which will take place in France from 5 to 24 August. Full text...

  • 2018 CHAN: Quarter-final matches take place Saturday, Sunday
    27 january 2018 06:41:11
    Casablanca, Morocco (PANA) - Below are the fixtures for the quarter-finals of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) taking place this weekend in Morocco. Full text...

  • Kenyatta names new cabinet
    26 january 2018 20:04:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has named journalist Faridah Karoney minister of lands in a new list of cabinet nominees unveiled Friday. Full text...

  • WHO promotes one-health approach in response to zoonotic diseases in South Sudan
    26 january 2018 18:21:19
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Friday it is promoting the one-health approach to ensure that the combined resources and expertise are effectively used to reduce threats posed by zoonotic diseases in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Egypt must halt executions, say UN human rights experts
    26 january 2018 17:55:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A group of UN human rights experts on Friday called on Egypt to halt all pending executions following repeated allegations of unfair trials. Full text...

  • Germany grants Mali Euros 53 million for water supply, irrigation projects
    26 january 2018 17:39:41
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Germany has given Mali 53 million Euros for a water supply and irrigation project in the regions of Timbuktu (north-east), Mopti (centre), Gao (north), Koulikoro (north-east) and Kayes (west), according to an agreement signed here on Friday by the German ambassador in Mali, Dietricch Becker, and the Malian Minister of Defence and Former Combatants. Full text...

  • Aircraft movements rise in Botswana
    26 january 2018 16:26:07
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s aircraft movement has recorded an increase though international flights decreased, according to the country's Statistician General, Anna Majelantle. Full text...

  • Gambian cleric slams religious council over Ahmadis
    26 january 2018 16:03:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A prominent Islamic cleric, Oustass Saliu Cham, has accused the Supreme Islamic Council of distributing statements that could incite religious hostilities in the Gambia. Full text...

  • Friday forex rates for Mauritanian Ouguiya
    26 january 2018 15:53:38
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Friday’s foreign exchange rates for the Ouguiya, as issued by the Central bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Friday's exchange rates for Mauritian Rupee
    26 january 2018 15:49:10
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Friday’s exchange rates for the Rupee, as issued by the commercial bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Bashir forms “High Peace Council” in Sudan
    26 january 2018 13:56:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan has formed a robust presidential body, called the High Council for Peace (HCP), with the mandate to achieve and consolidate peace in the country. Full text...

  • Golfers gear up for Kenya Open Championship
    26 january 2018 13:42:22
    Nairobi Kenya (PANA) - The Kenya Open 2018 Golf Championship is set for 22-25 March at the Muthaiga Golf Club, Nairobi, with 156 golfers participating.Full text...

  • Senior UN officials to address food insecurity in Ethiopia
    26 january 2018 11:59:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Under-Secretary-General for UN Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Achim Steiner, will travel to Ethiopia from 27-29 January to highlight the immense challenge of persistent food insecurity and the new approach to addressing it. Full text...

  • South Africa opposition calls for public grilling of Zuma, son
    26 january 2018 10:12:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday said it is imperative that Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane must testify at the state capture inquiry which was confirmed this week. Full text...

  • Friday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    26 january 2018 09:51:32
    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...

  • FAO chief to highlight need to end hunger at AU Summit
    26 january 2018 09:49:31
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, will attend the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that kicks off this weekend where the highlight of his mission will be the high-level meeting "Achieving Zero Hunger in Africa by 2025." Full text...

  • Botswana farmers urged to adapt to looming drought
    26 january 2018 09:09:26
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has urged farmers to use drought tolerant and early maturing varieties, as the country continues to record poor rains. Full text...

  • Friday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    26 january 2018 06:49:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are Friday's the average interbank exchange rates for the Ghana cedi as announced by the Ghana Association of Bankers. Full text...

  • Largest yellow fever vaccination campaign in Nigeria’s history under way – WHO
    26 january 2018 06:34:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government launched a mass vaccination campaign in alliance with the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday, aiming to immunize more than 25 million people before the end of this year. Full text...

  • Restive eastern DRC home to one of world’s worst displacement crises for children – UNICEF
    25 january 2018 20:38:06
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – More than 800,000 children have been forced from their homes by violence and armed clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in what the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) calls “one of the world’s worst displacement crises for children”. Full text...

  • Humanitarian partners need US$313m for lifesaving assistance to 940,000 Libyans
    25 january 2018 18:29:36
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Ms Maria Ribeiro, on Thursday launched the 2018 Libya Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) which seeks US$313 million to provide lifesaving assistance to 940,000 people this year. Full text...

  • Time to end leprosy stigma, says UN human rights expert
    25 january 2018 18:11:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - People affected by leprosy continue to suffer discrimination and lack of access to medical care, a newly appointed UN human rights expert specialising in the disease has warned, citing latest statistics that show over 200,000 new cases a year. Full text...

  • WAEMU embarks on reforms to modernize financial sector
    25 january 2018 17:31:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) have introduced an ambitious set of reforms to modernize the financial sector regulations.Full text...

  • Former deputy AUC chief passes on
    25 january 2018 15:48:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former African Union Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson Patrick Kayumbu Mazimhaka has died, aged 69, at his home in Kigali following a long illness, a close relative confirmed to PANA in the Rwandan capital on Thursday. Full text...

  • World Fund gives Mali 34 billion CFAF for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis treatment
    25 january 2018 15:45:49
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government and the World Fund for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis signed an agreement for 34 billion CFAF to strengthen the fight against HIV/AIDS in Mali, sources close to the Malian ministry of Health told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia Islamic leader objects to TV licence for Ahmadiyya
    25 january 2018 15:36:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Supreme Islamic Council of Gambia on Thursday cautioned the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) on considering an application by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at to set up a television station in the country.Full text...


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