• Kenya: African industrialisation severely devastated by brain drain, warns think-tank
    29 september 2017 19:02:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Harare-based African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) warned on Friday the African Union member states ability to industrialise has been severely affected by brain drain, which is almost like subsidising the rich world from Africa's best trained brains. Full text...

  • US: New UN Day honours unsung heroes who ensure diplomats are ‘on the same page’
    29 september 2017 18:27:21
    New York, US (PAAN) – Recognising the unsung heroes behind international diplomacy, the United Nations is celebrating – for the first time – International Translation Day, paying tribute to the work of the language professionals who play a vital role in facilitating dialogue and understanding among peoples and nations. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO recommends large-scale deworming to improve children’s health
    29 september 2017 18:20:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The suffering of those infected with parasitic intestinal can be drastically reduced with periodic deworming programmes with a single-tablet treatment, according to new guidelines approved by the United Nations health agency. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan economy slows down to 5%
    29 september 2017 16:52:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan economy slowed down to 5% in the second quarter of 2017 from 6.3% in 2016, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) said on Friday.Full text...

  • Ghana: Opposition slams 'draconian' penalties on Ghana radio stations
    29 september 2017 16:41:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Friday slammed the communications regulator for 'draconian' penalties, including closure, slapped on scores of radio stations, warning that they have grave implications for press freedom and media pluralism in the country.Full text...

  • Rwanda: Popular mountain gorilla dies in Rwanda
    29 september 2017 15:50:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Vuba, a famous mountain gorilla in Rwanda, which was of the "silverback" family, has died, according to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Chief Medical Officer denies Ebola resurgence rumours
    29 september 2017 15:33:22
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Chief Medical Officer in Sierra Leone, Dr Brima Kargbo, has denied rumours that Ebola has resurfaced in the country. Full text...

  • Gambia: EU calls for extensive legal reform for dev't of democracy in Gambia
    29 september 2017 15:21:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The European Union Election Observer Mission to the Gambia has said extensive legal reforms and continued civic education will be critical for the country's democratic development under president Adama Barrow.Full text...

  • Liberia: ECOWAS long-term observers deploy in Liberia
    29 september 2017 15:04:58
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - ECOWAS Long-Term Election Observers (ELTEOs) have been deployed in Liberia’s 15 administrative Counties in continuation of their mandate to assess critical phases of the electoral process, pre- Election Day and post-electoral period. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African inventor announces rocket travel plans
    29 september 2017 14:56:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African-born tycoon Elon Musk on Friday revealed plans to create rockets to transport people around the world. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya Police watchdog probes brutal beating of varsity students
    29 september 2017 14:52:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan police human rights watchdog agency, the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA), has launched an investigation into the brutal beating of University of Nairobi students on Thursday, a spokesperson said on Friday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Calm prevails in Uvira after clashes
    29 september 2017 11:51:21
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Calm has returned to Uvira, in South-Kivu of DR Congo, on Thursday evening after an attack earlier in the day by the Mai-Mai militia of William Yakutumba. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: New US Ambassador to Ethiopia arrives in Addis Ababa
    29 september 2017 11:41:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The newly appointed US Ambassador to Ethiopia Michael Raynor has arrived in Addis Ababa with a pledge to help strengthen governance and democracy, the US Embassy said on Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Friday's exchange rates for Mauritanian Ouguiya
    29 september 2017 11:17:09
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Friday’s exchange rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya, as issued by the Central bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Christian leaders plead for Nigerian preacher arrested for hate speech
    29 september 2017 10:52:17
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Christian leaders in Sierre Leone have called on the Muslim community to forgive Nigerian Pastor Victor Ajisafe, who has been arrested after he verbally attacked Muslims and Islam in a sermon in what has been described as hate speech. Full text...

  • Ghana: Dozens of Ghana radio stations closed down
    29 september 2017 10:00:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's communications regulatory body has swooped on radio stations operating in the country slapping various sanctions on 131 of them including hefty fines and revocation of licences following a nationwide FM Spectrum Audit. Full text...

  • Gabon: Friday's forex rates for the CFAF in Central Africa
    29 september 2017 09:37:51
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - Following are Friday’s foreign exchange rates for the CFA Franc, as issued by the Bank of Central African States.Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya moves to create national coast guard
    29 september 2017 09:06:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan cabinet has approved a new bill to create a national coast guard to police the country's territorial waters, State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said on Thursday.Full text...

  • Rwanda: Friday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    29 september 2017 08:59:28
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA)  - The following are Friday's foreign exchange rates for the Rwandan Franc, as issued by the National Bank of Rwanda. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Friday's forex rates for Mauritian Rupee
    29 september 2017 08:37:36
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Friday’s foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee, as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Gambia: Friday's forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    29 september 2017 07:47:19
    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...

  • Nigeria: More than half of schools remain closed in Borno State - UNICEF
    29 september 2017 06:56:17
    Maiduguri, Nigeria (PANA) – The crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria means that over 57 per cent of schools in Borno, the worst-hit state, are closed, even as the new school year begins, the UN Children's Fund reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Burundi: Rights group says thousands of Burundian refugees under pressure to return
    29 september 2017 06:43:11
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Thousands of Burundian refugees are under mounting pressure to return to their country where they would be at risk of death, rape and torture, said Amnesty International in a report out on Friday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Friday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    29 september 2017 06:27:52
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are Friday's average interbank exchange rates for the Ghana cedi as announced by the Ghana Association of Bankers. Full text...

  • US: UN chief urges all parties to refrain from acts that could escalate tension in Cameroon
    28 september 2017 22:52:31
    New York, US (PANA) – Expressing “deep concern” over the deteriorating security situation in parts of Cameroon as well as heightened tensions related to planned events this Sunday, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday called all parties to refrain from acts that could lead to further tensions and violence. Full text...

  • UN: Top counter-terrorism officials stress ‘All of UN’ approach to tackle scourge
    28 september 2017 22:48:29
    New York, US (PANA) – Addressing the Security Council, the head of the newly-created United Nations counter-terrorism office on Thursday outlined a framework to devise a cohesive, well-coordinated programme to support Member States as well as the priority areas of such work. Full text...

  • US: Vulnerable people ‘a step away from starvation,’ in Lake Chad Basin, says UN aid chief
    28 september 2017 22:43:29
    New York, US (PANA) – The scale up of international assistance to the Lake Chad Basin this year has averted a famine in north-east Nigeria, even though millions of people are still suffering, according to the United Nations aid chief. Full text...

  • US: UN maritime agency spotlights link between shipping and sustainable development
    28 september 2017 22:38:25
    New York, US PANA) – Marking the World Maritime Day, the head of the United Nations maritime agency on Thursday highlighted contributions the shipping industry can make to the achievement of the global development goals. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN announces global initiative to end deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030
    28 september 2017 22:34:48
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The largest global anti-rabies initiative to end human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030 was announced on Thursday, World Rabies Day, making it a priority disease for key international organizations and governments, according to the United Nations health agency. Full text...

  • US: Major new UN report sets course towards ‘pollution-free planet’
    28 september 2017 22:28:17
    New York, US (PANA) – While pollution has considerably negative impacts on human health and ecosystems, it is controllable and avoidable through political leadership, high-level champions and commitments, as well with local level action, says a new report launched on Thursday by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Full text...

  • Niger: UNDP offers communication material to strengthen public security in Niger
    28 september 2017 19:59:29
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday handed over to Niger's Ministry of Interior communication equipment worth US$ 2 million to offered by Japan to beef up local and regional security. Full text...

  • US: Food assistance remains a critical safety net for poor and vulnerable people
    28 september 2017 18:35:11
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) - With 1.5 billion people covered globally, food and voucher programmes provide an important lifeline for the poor and vulnerable. Understanding how those programmes work, and how they connect to wider social protection systems is key to ensuring food security and helping the poor, says a new World Bank report. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan ruling party seeks major election law amendment
    28 september 2017 18:20:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenya’s ruling Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) introduced a new bill in Parliament on Thursday watering down the powers of the Supreme Court to nullify elections and weakening the powers of election officials, in a move which caused talks on the upcoming presidential re-run to flop. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir renews commitment to support fleeing South Sudanese civilians
    28 september 2017 18:01:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan’s President Omar Bashir on Thursday renewed his government commitment to continue helping South Sudanese civilians fleeing the deadly conflict in their country to take refuge in his country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Opposition leaders decry travel ban in Kenya
    28 september 2017 17:47:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan opposition leaders Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula were temporarily barred from leaving Nairobi on a flight to Entebbe, Uganda, on Thursday, and required to obtain President Uhuru Kenyatta’s permission to travel, the opposition alliance, NASA, said. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan parties regret France's dismissal of case against suspected genocide actor
    28 september 2017 17:37:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Coalition of Civilian Parties of Rwanda (CCPR) on Thursday claimed they were shocked by the French courts' decision to "dismiss temporarily legal proceedings" in the case of an alleged Rwandan genocide actor, Claude Muhayimana. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: U-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers: Sierra Leone to face Cameroon
    28 september 2017 16:28:28
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone is set to face Cameroon in the next round of U-20 World Cup Qualifiers, sports sources confirmed here on Thursday.Full text...

  • Belgium: EU renews sanctions for six months against those obstructing peace in Libya
    28 september 2017 16:19:46
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - In view of the continuing instability and gravity of the situation in Libya, the European Council has extended the duration of the sanctions against Libya, targeting three persons for a period of six months. Full text...

  • Mali: G5-Sahel surprised by US decision to deny Chadians entry visas
    28 september 2017 16:02:00
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Presidency-in-Office of the G5-Sahel, headed by Mali's head of state Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita, has said it is surprised to learn of a US presidential decree adding Chad on the list of countries whose nationals will be denied entry visas to the US, the group said in a press release Thursday in Bamako. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Poultry industry stakeholders set for Africa's largest conference in Kigali
    28 september 2017 15:49:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Poultry industry stakeholders, including producers, egg suppliers, veterinarians and decision makers from across Africa and beyond are set to convene in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, for a major conference and exhibition, dubbed "Poultry Africa", scheduled for 4-5 October, according to a statement issued Thursday by Rwanda ministry of agriculture and animal resources. Full text...

  • Kenya: Lawmaker alleges torture in detention, govt accused of persecution
    28 september 2017 14:48:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition lawmaker, Babu Owino, was freed Thursday after spending four days in detention, where he alleged the Police used torture and other cruel means to intimidate him. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Civil Society group calls out stakeholders for election dialogue
    28 september 2017 14:42:04
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - A civil society group, Fambul Tok Sierra Leone, has called on political parties, the electoral body and the Political Parties Registration Commission to have an open dialogue ahead of the 2018 elections. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Thursday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    28 september 2017 14:25:12
    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...

  • Belgium: EU may impose sanctions on actors impeding Mali’s peace process
    28 september 2017 14:15:48
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council said Thursday it has transposed into legal acts the provisions of United Nations Security Council resolution 2374 (2017), which allows sanctions to be imposed on those actively stymieing progress in implementing the agreement on peace and reconciliation in Mali, signed in 2015. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana records moderate GDP
    28 september 2017 14:11:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s data authority has reported a drop in the country’s estimated Gross Domestic Produce (GDP) for the second quarter. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Peacekeepers deployed to protect civilians in Uvira
    28 september 2017 13:19:05
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – In response to clashes between presumed armed groups and the Congolese national army (FARDC) in the area of Uvira in South Kivu province, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) on Wednesday rapidly deployed troops in order to deter any attack to the city and to avoid the escalation of the conflict. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB joins international community in supporting sustainable tourism development in Africa
    28 september 2017 12:33:22
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - To mark the World Tourism Day on September 27, 2017, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has called for collaborative actions from all stakeholders for sustainable tourism development in Africa, saying that it recognizes that Africa’s tourism and travel industry can serve as an engine of progress for socio-economic transformation. Full text...

  • Niger: "AfDB is working with Niger to speed up development" - President Adesina
    28 september 2017 12:30:47
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, who arrived in Niamey on Tuesday for a two-day official visit to Niger, discussed with the Niger Head of State, Mahamadou Issoufou, the convergence of the priorities of the host country and the AfDB Group, as defined in the High 5s. Full text...

  • South Africa: Fresh calls for Parliament to remove Public Protector
    28 september 2017 12:01:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday sharply criticised Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane who has been linked to the State Capture scandal which has shaken the Zuma administration. Full text...

  • Kenya: Nairobi set for global Slum Film Festival
    28 september 2017 11:12:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Organizers of the annual Slum Film Festival (SFF) have received 2,600 entries from 120 countries for this year's event which rolls off on Monday in Kibera, Film Festival Director George Karanja told the media on Thursday Full text...


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