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  • US: 21st century will be Africa's century, Guinean President tells UN General Assembly
    20 september 2017 07:28:33
    New York, US (PANA) – The 21st century will see Africa take its rightful place on the world stage, Alpha Condé, the President of Guinea, which also holds the current presidency of the African Union, told the United Nations 72nd General Assembly on the opening day of its general debate on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: No one country can resolve global challenges single-handedly - Zambian President
    20 september 2017 07:22:25
    New York, US (PANA) – Reaffirming Zambia’s commitment to international cooperation to address the challenges facing the planet, the country’s President has called on world leaders to come together and act boldly for the sake of the shared future. Full text...

  • US: ‘No room for double standards’ in combating terrorism, says Egyptian President
    20 september 2017 07:13:52
    New York, US (PANA) – Noting that comprehensively addressing terrorism is vital for the future of the regional and international order, the President of Egypt called on Tuesday for an approach to do so that is based not only on eradication of terrorism but also of its root causes, as well as challenging its supporters and those that grant it safe havens. Full text...

  • US: Mali’s President calls on world to help equip regional anti-terror force
    20 september 2017 07:08:36
    New York, US (PANA) – Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita took the podium of the General Assembly on Tuesday to praise United Nations efforts in aiding his country recover from rebel attacks, and called on the international community to help fund a new five-nation force to combat terrorism in the region. Full text...

  • US: Striving for peace, decent life for all, ‘very pertinent’ UN Assembly theme - Museveni
    20 september 2017 07:04:14
    New York, US (PANA) – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, on Tuesday expressed support for the theme of the United Nations 72nd General Assembly – ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent life for all on a Sustainable Planet’ – questioning why the world’s elites failed to see its pertinence. Full text...

  • US: During our difficult times, ‘we knew we had friends,’ says Gambian President
    20 september 2017 06:57:25
    New York, US (PANA) – Noting that the recent political crisis in Gambia had been a lesson that his compatriots will not easily forget, the Adama Barrow, the country’s President on Tuesday underscored that Gambians made an irreversible choice to close a “dark chapter” in their history and embarked on a national agenda of reform and transformation. Full text...

  • US: Mauritania highlights country’s successful efforts to combat terrorism
    20 september 2017 06:26:57
    New York, US (PANA) – The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mauritania, Isselkou Ould Ahmed Izid Bih, has welcomed the progress made in the fight against terrorism and migration through an approach based on dialogue and openness. Full text...

  • US: Trump says all nations should embrace their sovereignty
    19 september 2017 20:04:43
    New York, US (PANA) – Noting that the present world is one that offers both immense promise and great peril, the President of the United States told global leaders at the United Nations that it was “entirely up to us” to either lift the world to new heights, or let it fall into a valley of disrepair. Full text...

  • US: International solidarity key to address global challenges - Buhari
    19 september 2017 19:59:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Highlighting the importance of international cooperation to address many pressing challenges around the globe, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has urged world leaders on Tuesday to sustain such collaboration, particularly in instances where there resources are insufficient and capacity weak at the national level. Full text...

  • US: Sirleaf says upcoming elections will signal ‘irreversible course’ towards democracy in Liberia
    19 september 2017 19:56:19
    New York, US (PANA) – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly just 22 days ahead of historic elections in Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday said the polls will signal the “irreversible course” that the country has embarked upon to consolidate its young, post-conflict democracy. Full text...

  • Gambia: Moroccan envoy calls on Gambian leader at UNGA
    19 september 2017 14:05:00
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has said that Gambia’s support to Morocco is to promote African solidarity and improve relations with the tiny West African nation, The Gambia. Full text...

  • Gambia: UK MPs to induct new Gambian parliamentarians
    19 september 2017 12:33:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - UK MPs and officials will be inducting the new parliament of Gambia in Banjul this week, where 90% of the National Assembly Members (NAM) are newly elected, a statement from the British High Commission, made available to PANA, indicated in Banjul on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Former diplomat Petito Koroma enters race for president
    19 september 2017 11:42:46
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Former Sierra Leone Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, Alimamy Petito Koroma, on Tuesday declared his intention to run for president of the West African country on the ticket of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC). Full text...

  • Liberia: ECOWAS, ECONEC Long-Term Observers arrive for Liberia polls
    19 september 2017 07:47:06
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Some 21 regional Long-Term Election Observers (LTOs) have arrived in Monrovia for deployment by the ECOWAS Commission and the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) for Liberia’s October 10 presidential and legislative elections, ECOWAS announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UN General Assembly’s annual debate to ‘focus on people,’ ensuring decent life for all
    19 september 2017 06:06:14
    New York, US (PANA) – Global leaders gathering at United Nations Headquarters in New York this week for the annual round of top-level diplomatic talks known as the General Debate will shine a spotlight on the needs of the world’s people, with discussions on vital issues such as sustainable development and climate change. Full text...

  • US: More than 128 countries back pledged reforms to shape ‘21st century UN’
    18 september 2017 21:12:33
    New York, US (PANA) – Pledging to overhaul the United Nations bureaucracy to make the world body stronger and more responsive to the people it serves, Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday launched a pledge of support for reforms that has the backing of 128 countries. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: President Koroma to miss UN general assembly meeting
    18 september 2017 20:46:26
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma will miss the 72nd United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York because he is supervising the response to last month's landslide and floods disaster in the capital, Freetown, which claimed the lives of at least 500 people and wreaked havoc in the city. Full text...

  • US: 'UN General Assembly must focus on most vulnerable people caught up in conflict'
    18 september 2017 11:43:02
    New York, US (PANA) – The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, says the UN General Assembly must focus on the most vulnerable people caught up in conflict. Full text...

  • South Africa: New book addresses Zuma rape scandal
    18 september 2017 10:59:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma’s sexual promiscuity has once again come back to haunt him. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo Bishops call for urgent constitutional reforms
    18 september 2017 10:54:08
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togolese Bishops have called on the government to urgently carry out "reforms requested by the people in accordance with the 1992 Constitution". Full text...

  • Somalia: Head of Somali security, intelligence unit killed in attack
    18 september 2017 10:35:07
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The head of Somalia's Security and Intelligence Unit of Mogadishu, Mahmoud Hassan, succumbed to his injuries, on Sunday evening, following an attack against his car by armed men on board a vehicle, Somali website "La Nouvelle Somalie" reported. Full text...

  • Mauritius: New official list of Mauritian cabinet ministers
    18 september 2017 07:39:09
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius on Monday published a new list of cabinet ministers following the nomination of a new Attorney-General, Maneesh Gobin, who replaces Ravi Yerrigadoo, who resigned last week over allegations of money laundering. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan crisis on agenda for discussions in Moscow
    17 september 2017 13:13:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan Vice President of the Presidential Council for the government of national accord, Ahmed Maitig, has met some Russian officials during his visit to Moscow and discussed with them latest developments in the Libyan crisis as well as issues of common interest at regional and international levels. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalia’s international partners welcome election of HirShabelle state president
    17 september 2017 07:42:41
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Somalia’s international partners have welcomed the orderly election of state president for HirShabelle region. Full text...

  • US: UN invites Member States to join multilateral treaty framework
    16 september 2017 06:58:38
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations will be hosting the annual Treaty Event next week at its Headquarters in New York, inviting Member States to sign multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General or to become parties to them by depositing instruments of ratification or accession. Full text...

  • US: UN condemns DPRK ballistic missile launch
    16 september 2017 06:27:34
    New York, US (PANA) – Condemning the launch of yet another ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Security Council have called on the country’s leadership to halt such activities and explore resumption of sincere dialogue on denuclearisation. Full text...

  • US: UN Secretary-General condemns DPRK ballistic missile launch
    15 september 2017 20:07:08
    New York, US (PANA) – Condemning the launch of yet another ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the country's leadership to halt such activities and explore resumption of sincere dialogue on denuclearisation. Full text...

  • Kenya: Polls body, parties' fallout complicate matters ahead of fresh elections (News analysis by David Jagongo, PANA Correspondent, Kenya)
    15 september 2017 14:24:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The fallout in Kenyan elections took a new dimension Thursday when an MP, allied to President Uhuru's Kenyatta's Jubilee Party, went to court demanding the removal of Chief Justice David Maraga over the nullification of the 8 August presidential poll. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Electoral body wants judiciary to set up electoral court
    15 september 2017 12:27:39
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Ahead of the 2018 general elections, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) in Sierra Leone has started lobbying the judiciary for the establishment of an electoral court. Full text...

  • South Africa: Fresh calls for Zuma to step down
    15 september 2017 10:44:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There is growing pressure on President Jacob Zuma to resign following an admission by his own legal team that the decision to drop 783 criminal charges against him was irrational. Full text...

  • US: Arms proliferation continues in Darfur, but area largely calm - UN official
    15 september 2017 06:40:51
    New York, US (PANA) – The situation in Darfur, in Sudan, has been largely calm in recent months, but there is continued violence fuelled by a proliferation of weapons and competition over natural resources, a senior United Nations official told the UN Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council approves one-year extension of UN mission in Libya
    15 september 2017 06:33:46
    New York, US (PANA) – The Security Council on Thursday extended for one year the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), focused on supporting the North African country's political process and key national institutions, as well as coordination of international assistance. Full text...

  • Senegal: Former Senegalese foreign minister passes on
    14 september 2017 18:07:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Former Senegalese Foreign minister Djibo Leïty Kâ died in Dakar on Thursday after a long illness, officials confirmed. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Opposition in trouble as another Presidential aspirant quits race
    14 september 2017 15:45:31
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - In a latest twist in the fortunes of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), another candidate has withdrawn his candidacy to lead the party in the 2018 elections. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria summit to address impasse in Lesotho
    14 september 2017 14:47:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa will host a Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit in Pretoria on Friday, to address the recent political and security turmoil in Lesotho following the assassination of defence force Lt.-Gen. Khoantle Motsomotso last week. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalia facing complex immediate and long-term challenges, UN Security Council told
    13 september 2017 22:50:33
    New York, US (PANA) – Highlighting complex immediate and long-term challenges in Somalia, the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNSOM) has called for practical support, as well as political encouragement to the Somali leadership, both at the Federal and the state levels. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council calls on Guinea-Bissau leaders to find swift resolution of political crisis
    13 september 2017 18:30:26
    New York, US (PANA) – Concerned by the political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday urged political actors to “put the interests of [the people] above all other consideration” and called on the country's leaders to engage in genuine dialogue, find common ground and implement the Conakry Agreement of 14 October 2016, including by appointing a consensus Prime Minister, as required by that accord. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: US embassy suspends visa issuance to Sierra Leonean officials
    13 september 2017 13:36:05
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The United States (US) Embassy in Freetown has suspended the issuance of category B visas to Foreign Affairs and Immigration officials in Sierra Leone. The ban is with effect from Wednesday, 13 September, 2017. Full text...

  • Egypt: 'Defreeze Libya's assets in foreign banks' - League of Arab States
    13 september 2017 11:33:56
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Foreign Ministers of the League of Arab States on Tuesday called for the defreezing of Libya's assets in foreign banks to be placed at the disposal of the Libyan people for their needs. Full text...

  • Congo: Pierre Ngolo elected president of Congo Senate
    13 september 2017 10:03:37
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the Congolese Labour Party (PCT), Pierre Ngolo, was unanimously elected president of the Congolese Senate on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UN envoy stresses urgency of adequate, predictable resources for AU Mission in Somalia
    13 september 2017 07:03:15
    New York, US (PANA) – A senior United Nations official on Tuesday in New York called for greater support for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and warned that lack of funding could endanger hard-won progress in the country. Full text...

  • US: UN General Assembly opens 72nd session with focus on the world’s people
    13 september 2017 06:53:07
    New York, U|S (PANA) – The United Nations General Assembly opened its 72nd session on Tuesday with an emphasis on striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari leads Nigerian delegation to 2017 UN General Assembly
    12 september 2017 17:32:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will lead the country's delegation to the 72nd UN General Assembly (UNGA) holding this month in New York, Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said in Abuja on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Congo: Guinea Bissau's president visits Congo
    12 september 2017 10:46:47
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The President of Guinea-Bissau, Jose Mario Vaz, arrived on Monday evening in Brazzaville for a two-day visit to Congo aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries, Congolese public radio announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: President Zuma calls on South Africans to remember Steve Biko
    12 september 2017 08:45:39
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - President Jacob Zuma has called on South Africans to remember, celebrate and preserve the legacy of Black Consciousness Movement leader and struggle hero, Stephen Bantu Biko, who died in custody as a result of police brutality on 12 September 1977, as the country marks the 40th anniversary of his death. Full text...

  • US: 71st session of UN General Assembly closes
    12 september 2017 07:06:47
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations General Assembly on Monday closed its 71st session with a focus on sustainable development, as outgoing president Peter Thomson handed over the gavel to his successor, Miroslav Lajčák. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council approves toughest resolution yet against DPR Korea
    12 september 2017 06:58:21
    New York, US (PANA) – The Security Council on Monday unanimously agreed to impose tighter sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), imposing limits on oil imports, banning the country’s textile exports and access to gas liquids, and more closely inspecting cargo ships going in and out of its ports. Full text...

  • South Africa: Grace Mugabe's version of assault case leaked
    11 september 2017 14:11:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A leaked statement has revealed that Zimbabwean First Lady, Grace Mugabe, who was embroiled in a major diplomatic row in South Africa last month, has vehemently denied a model’s claims that she viciously assaulted her at a Johannesburg hotel. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Kenyan Supreme Court ruling and democratic consolidation in Africa (News Analysis by Paul Ejime, PANA Guest Writer)
    11 september 2017 10:49:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As expected, the Supreme Court’s annulment of Kenya’s August 8 presidential election over “irregularities and illegalities” has provoked mixed reactions. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia needs to submit formal request to rejoin Commonwealth - Official
    08 september 2017 20:33:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia will be invited to submit a formal request to rejoin the Commonwealth, a senior Commonwealth Secretariat official said in Banjul on Friday. Full text...

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