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Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria on Tuesday recorded 18 deaths, 519 coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, surpassing 200,000 cases from the day the first positive case was identified in an Italian traveller on 27 February, 2020.   The Nigeria Centre for Disease (NCDC) said via its verified website on Wednesday that Nigeria has so [...]

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Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The United States Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) has announced approximately $6.8 million in contributions to the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for projects in Nigeria to combat trafficking in persons.  The U.S. Mission in Nigeria, Abuja, [...]

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Santa Maria, Cape Verde (PANA) - The prime minister of Cape Verde, Ulisses Correia e Silva, on Wednesday called for the specificities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to be taken into account in the fight against the adverse effects of climate change. He was addressung the ninth Conference on Climate [...]

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Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian minister of Foreign Affairs, Othman Jerandi, announced here Wednesday it was likely that Tunisia and Libya would sign an agreement on the opening of border crossings between the two countries, In a press statement, Jerandi indicated that a virtual meeting was held on Tuesday, bringing [...]

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Santa Maria, Cape Verde (PANA) - The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Mrs. Vera Songwé, has called for concerted action to address the triple crisis of climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and development in Africa. Speaking at the ninth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa [...]

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Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botyswana Network on Ethic, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA), a human rights organization in Botswana, Wednesday kicked against making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory, saying it was a violation of human rights. Though researchers have highlighted that COVID-19 vaccines play a critical role in protecting individuals from the deadly virus, [...]

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Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The former Guinean president, Alpha Conde, 83, ousted by a military junta on 5 September, could be released soon to go to Turkey at the request of his friend, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who keeps pleading for his immediate release, a well-informed source told PANA here Wednesday. "The [...]

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Djerba, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian and Libyan officials agreed at a meeting Wednesday in Djerba, an island in southern Tunisia, close to Libya, to reopen land and air routes within two days. They also agreed to adopt a health protocol for crossing the borders between the two countries, the executive director [...]

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Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A meeting in Tripoli on Wednesday between Libyan Prime Minister Abdelhamid al-Dbaiba and a high-level US delegation focused on  latest developments in the political situation in Libya. The same meeting also touched on the steps taken to implement the Libyan political roadmap as well as the challenges [...]

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Tripoli, Libya (PANA)- Libyan Prime Minister  Abdelhamid Al-Dbaiba and his delegation arrived in Cairo on Wednesday on an official visit to Egypt during which they will take part in the 11th meeting of the joint Libyan-Egyptian High Commission. The Libyan-Egyptian High Commission meeting will be held on Thursday to discuss some [...]

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Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) on Wednesday launched an application to declare that the decision to grant former President Jacob Zuma medical parole is unlawful and is set aside. This follows a previous application by the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) challenging Correctional Services department [...]

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Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has donated US$ 5.7 million to World Food Programme (WFP) for a project to support smallholder farmers in Sofala Province, central Mozambique. The project will improve food security and livelihoods with a focus on climate resilience for smallholder farmers and will be [...]

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Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved a $50 million Trade Finance Unfunded Risk Participation Agreement (RPA) facility between the African Development Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. “The agreement is expected to boost intra-Africa trade, promote regional integration, and contribute [...]

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Geneva, Switzerland (PANA)  – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday stressed the urgent need  for a moratorium on the sale and use of artificial intelligence (AI) systems that pose a serious risk to human rights until adequate safeguards are put in place. She also called for AI [...]

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Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somalia’s real GDP growth is projected at 2.4 percent in 2021 as the economy rebounds from the “triple shock” that ravaged the country in 2020: the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme flooding, and the locust infestation. According to the World Bank, this growth momentum is expected to continue in [...]

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Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has convened an Extraordinary Summit in Accra on Thursday to discuss the political situation in the Guinea, where soldiers ousted President Alpha Conde on 5 September. Ghana's Minister for Foreign [...]

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Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal has recorded one new death linked to the coronavirus, which brings the death toll to 1,838, the Ministry of Health and Social Action announced on Wednesday. It said during its daily press briefing on the epidemiological situation that there were 26 new infections during the period. [...]

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Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Attacks on civilians by armed groups have continued in two conflict-ridden provinces of eastern DR Congo since the government imposed martial law in May 2021, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Wednesday. Various armed groups, some unidentified, have killed at least 672 civilians, while DR [...]

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Santa Maria, Cape Verde (PANA) - The Ninth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IX) started on Wednesday in Santa Maria, a tourist resort in Sal, Cape Verde. It is under the theme: "Towards a just transition that generates jobs, prosperity and climate resilience in Africa: harnessing the green [...]

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Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Some 1,433 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Libya, bringing the number of infections to 327,803, the National Centre for Disease Control announced on Wednesday. The Centre said that 12 new deaths were recorded bringing the death toll to 4,469. In a statement on the daily epidemiological [...]

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Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The following are Wednesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D) as published by Central Bank of The Gambia. Currency                                 Buying          Selling US Dollar                                   51.50         52.30 Pound Sterling                         67.00           69.50 Euro                                             59.00      62.50 CFA Franc (5000)                     400.00      [...]

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Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Preparatory meetings of the joint sub-committees between Libya and Egypt started on Tuesday in Cairo, a statement from the Libyan Ministry of Trade and Economy has said. The meetings will review of agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoUs) as a prelude to their activation during the meetings [...]

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