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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The beginning of trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) presents significant opportunities to increase agricultural trade among African countries. However, disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and long-standing obstacles such as non-tariff barriers and high trade costs must be addressed to meet [...]

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Five occupants of an attack helicopter of the Ivorian army died in a crash on Thursday night in the north of the country, the Ivorian Army announced in a statement. It said the MI 24 attack helicopter on a reconnaissance mission on the northern border lost [...]

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Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, on Friday met Tunisian President Kaïs Saied in Tunis and expressed Europe's apprehensions about preservation of democracy in the North African country. Borrell said the free exercise of legislative power and the resumption of parliamentary [...]

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Ethiopia is celebrating its New Year on Saturday and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is marking the day by visiting a detachment of the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) at Maytsebri, in the restive northern Tigray Region. ENDF Chief of Staff, Gen. Birhanu Jula and Deputy Chief [...]

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Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The Guinean military junta on Friday appointed Brigadier General M'Mahawa Sylla, as governor of the special region of Conakry. She replaces Brigadier General Mathurin Bangoura, who had held the post for nearly a decade. General Sylla is the only woman to hold that rank in Guinea since the [...]

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Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia has recorded 19 new deaths linked to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and 2,036 new confirmed infections, the Tunisian Health Ministry announced on Saturday. With these new figures, the death toll is now 24,158 while the number of infections is 656,187. The US, as part of its aid provided [...]

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Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal has recorded two new deaths linked to the coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 1,828, the Ministry of Health and Social Action announced on Saturday during its daily press briefing on the epidemiological situation. The ministry also announced 49 new confirmed cases, confirmed by tests carried [...]

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Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - An earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale was recorded on Friday in central Tunisia, the Tunisian National Institute of Meteorology has announced. It said it was recorded at 12:27 pm, west of Ouled Haffouz, in the region of Sidi Bouzid, in central Tunisia. There are no [...]

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Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A total of 1,201,789 people have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in Libya since the launch of the national vaccination campaign last April, the National Centre for Disease Control announced. In a statement issued on Friday, the Centre said 120,515 have received their second dose while the [...]

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Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has expressed alarm by violence committed against civilians by armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) that continues to cost lives and drive people from their homes. UNHCR and its partners recorded more than 1,200 civilian [...]

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Windhoek, Namibia – The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Namibian Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare (MGEPESW) have launched a Cash-Based Transfer (CBT) programme in Onamatanga Village in Omusati Region following a contribution of €1 Million from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO). The [...]

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Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Suicide prevention must be prioritised after 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Americas office of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, commemorated annually on 10 September.  Studies show that the global crisis has exacerbated risk factors associated with suicidal behaviours, such as job loss, trauma [...]

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New York, US (PANA) - With just over 100 days until landmark elections in Libya, political leaders must join forces to ensure the vote is free, fair and inclusive, the UN envoy for the country told the Security Council on Friday.  Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission [...]

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