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Washington, DC, US - The US has dedicated its new Embassy in Malabo, which has been described by the US as a 'symbol of our friendship and bilateral relationship with the Republic of Equatorial Guinea'.
ECOWAS member states to raise US$50m for key road project - Five ECOWAS member states involved in the Abidjan-Lagos road corridor project have agreed to contribute US$50 million in “seed money” to ensure speedy implementation of the 1,028-km project.
New York, US - With peace efforts under way with the rebel group M23, the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is shifting its focus to other rebel groups and working with the government to maintain the fragile gains in the eastern part of the country, the UN envoy in DRC said.
UN tasks DRC authorities on accountability for election-related abuses - A new UN report Thursday stressed the need to ensure accountability for human rights violations committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) during the 2011 elections to prevent such crimes from being repeated during the next polls.
The Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved an amount equivalent to Special Drawing Rights (SDR) of 7.382 million (about US$11.4 million) for Liberia. An IMF statement sent to PANA in New York Thursday said the Board's decision was based on its completion of the second review of Liberia's performance under the three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement.
50,000 celebrate Mandela at Cape Town concert - An estimated 50,000 spectators Wednesday night attended Cape Town’s official memorial event for fallen icon Nelson Mandela.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Wednesday appealed for greater global support to assist the almost 30 million people around the world who are forcibly displaced in their own countries.
The EU representative in Congo, Marcel Van Opstal, on Wednesday called for the setting up of a court dedicated to check crimes against fauna and guarantee that the law is fully applied.
Lagos, Nigeria - The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has returned US$ 8,500 cash, belonging to Mrs. Titilayo Onabokun, which she misplaced at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on her way to the United States.
The striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Nigerian Federal Government on Wednesday signed the long-awaited Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signalling an end to the resolution of the over five-month-old strike.
Nigerian parliament moves to help stem oil theft in Niger Delta - The Nigerian House of Representative Wednesday began moves to help address the incessant and unbridled theft of crude oil in the Niger Delta area, constituting a panel to carry out a detailed investigation of the national problem.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday reported that nearly 230 million children under the age of five have not had their births officially recorded, excluding them from education, health care and social security.
Opposition leader casts doubt on credibility of Zambia’s elections - Zambia’s opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president, Hakainde Hichilema, has expressed concern at the nullification of so many elections, questioning why the elections, hailed as free and fair by many organisations following the victory of the Patriotic Front (PF) in 2011, has led to so many parliamentary seats, especially those belonging to the opposition, being nullified.
Rwanda minister urges media to improve performance - Rwanda's Local Administration Minister James Musoni has called on the media to take advantage of opportunities that exist in regional integration to improve their economic and professional capacities.
Abuja, Nigeria - The Nigerian Federal Executive Council (FEC), at its weekly meeting Wednesday, devoted the bulk of the session, paying tributes to the late first black President of South Africa and anti-apartheid icon, Dr. Nelson Mandela.
AfDB Launches Information Centre for the Extractive Sector - The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday launched an Information Centre for the Extractive Sector (ICES) in Kenya, a platform that promotes knowledge-based dialogue with the aim of promoting informed policies for the sector.
Abuja, Nigeria - The Nigerian Army Council on Wednesday approved the promotion of 27 Brigadiers-General to the rank of Majors-General and 75 Colonels to the rank of Brigadier- General.
World Malaria Report 2013 shows major progress in fight against malaria - Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since the year 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 45% globally and by 49% in Africa, according to the World malaria report 2013 published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and received by PANA here Wednesday.
International Labour Organisation (ILO) - Zambian President Michael Sata has asked the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to work with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to develop practical strategies for employment creation for the country.
Mauritania tasks mobile phone operators to improve quality of service - Mauritania's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has called on the three mobile phone operators in the country to comply with all requirement specifications within 30 days, or face sanctions.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, said that a comprehensive political, military and development approach is needed to tackle terrorism in the African country.
UNESCO has concluded a strategic partnership agreement with the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) to address corruption and match-fixing on a global level.
New York, US - UN agencies are scaling up efforts to assist the scores of civilians uprooted by the surging violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), reported to number over 100,000 in the capital alone and bringing the total number of those displaced since the conflict began a year ago to over half a million.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has criticised the 'slow pace” of investigations into the bloody events of 8 June in Benghazi and 15 Nov. in Tripoli in which scores of people were killed and wounded.
Lagos, Nigeria - One of Nigeria’s leading oil companies, Oando Marketing Plc,has signed a 5-million-Euro agreement with KFW, a German government-owned development bank based in Frankfurt.
Nairobi, Kenya - Securing land tenure, providing access to resources for mountain family farms and improving basic infrastructure in mountain regions are among the key solutions to improving the livelihoods and food security of mountain and lowland communities, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Wednesday.
2013 GOtv CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tournament in Nairobi - Kenya will tread carefully when it takes on Sudan in the final of the 2013 GOtv CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tournament in Nairobi later Wednesday.
Pretoria, South Africa - The South African Football Association (SAFA) has postponed all football fixtures at all levels across the country this weekend because countless venues around the country will be hosting prayer services honouring Nelson Mandela.
Pretoria, South Africa - A day after Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Soweto, the international spotlight has now shifted to Pretoria where the remains of South Africa's anti-Apartheid hero and global icon will lie in state for three days at the Union Buildings, the official seat of government.
UN envoy stresses need for dialogue between Libyan govt., militia groups - Mr. Tarik Mitri, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Libya, says the continued 'precariousness' of security in the county highlights the need for dialogue between the government and the main armed militias.
UN chief says Mandela’s life inspiration for entire world - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, telling the tens of thousands gathered at the memorial service held in Johannesburg that the life and legacy of the former South African president were an inspiration not only for his country but for the world.
Former Burundi VP jailed for adultery, rebellion - The former vice president of Burundi and the number two man in the opposition Front for Democracy in Burundi (FRODEBU), Frédéric Bavugimvugira, has been jailed in the capital, Bujumbura, after being convicted of attempted bribery and rebellion against police officers at a hotel in the suburb of the capital city, PANA learnt from reliable sources here.
Abuja, Nigeria - The Nigerian Senate devoted Tuesday's session to celebrating the life of late South African President, Nelson Mandela. Reporting from Abuja, PANA said the Senate observed one-minute silence in honour of the late icon, admonishing Nigerian leaders to embrace the attributes of Mandela to boost the drive towards transforming the country into a united and prosperous nation.
Jonathan says Mandela's life was symbol of unity, peace - Nigeria's President, Goodluck Jonathan, Tuesday said his government's declaration of a three-day national mourning and hosting a memorial service for the departed Nelson Mandela followed its determination to share in the celebration of an icon of unity.
Funding of sustainable development projects in the energy sector - The French Development Agency (FDA) has approved a loan worth 50 million euros for Mauritius as budget support for the funding of sustainable development projects in the energy sector, PANA reported from the Mauritian capital, Port-Louis, Tuesday.
AGRA announces project to raise incomes of smallholder farmers in Africa - The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Tuesday announced a five-year project that seeks to increase incomes of smallholder farmers through the creation of an enabling policy environment in Africa.
US President Barack Obama Tuesday paid a glowing tribute to global icon, Nelson Mandela, saying it is an honour to be with South Africa “to celebrate a life like no other”.
Johannesburg, South Africa - Despite steady rain, thousands of mourners converged at Soweto’s famnous FNB Stadium Tuesday to pay tribute to world statesman, Nelson Mandela, a PANA Correspondent reported from here.
Tripoli, Libya - Libyan coast guards on Monday arrested 175 African migrants who were trying to enter Europe illegally on board two small boats, a PANA correspondent reported from here.
Congo to launch national vaccination campaign against measles - Congolese health authorities will launch a national Vaccination Programme (PEV) under which children aged five and under will be vaccinated against measles.
Libreville, Gabon - Gabon has raised about US$ 1.5 billion from the international market, a PANA correspondent quoted the Gabonese Economy Minister, Luc Oyoubi, as saying on State Radio-Television on Monday.
Port-Louis, Mauritius - Three Europeans have been sentenced to nine months each after they were convicted of committing electronic fraud using bank cards in Mauritius, PANA learnt from judicial sources in the Mauritian capital, Port-Louis.
'SA needs to appreciate Nigeria’s role in ending apartheid' - As the world continues to pay tribute to anti-Apartheid hero Nelson Mandela who died last Thursday, the Governor of Lagos state in Nigeria's South-west, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has called on the South Africa government to acknowledged and show more appreciation for Nigeria’s front line role in ending Apartheid in the country.
UNAMID urges Sudanese rebel groups to join peace process - The African Union-United Nations Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has strongly urged the Darfur non-signatory movements to explore ways to move the peace process forward.
Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia said they have managed to resolve a considerable part of their differences over the erection of an Ethiopian water dam, the Renaissance Dam, which could affect water flow to the countries.
Johannesburg, South Africa - South Africa is gearing for the biggest moment since Nelson Mandela, under the full glare of the international spotlight, in 1994 took the oath of office at the Union Buildings to become the first democratically-elected President and a moral beacon for all mankind.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa, early Tuesday to join world leaders at a memorial for Nelson Mandela, the iconic African statesman who died 5 Dec. aged 95.
The Chairman of one of Nigeria’s quoted companies on the capital market, Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp), Mr. Tony Elumelu, has said the diversification of the company will translate into better returns for shareholders and investors.