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  • Tunisia: Spain condemns Boko Haram terrorist attacks in Nigeria
    19 december 2014 21:22:03
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Spanish government has strongly condemned the latest terrorist attacks perpetrated by the Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram, which has claimed the lives for 30 people and abduction of 200 others, including children and women in north-east Nigeria. Full text...

  • Cape Verdean: Health Minister resigns after losing party leadership vote
    19 december 2014 21:09:45
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) - The Health Minister of Cape Verde, Cristina Fontes Lima, has resigned from the government after losing last Sunday's election for the leadership of the ruling party. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Algeria moves to secure border with Tunisia ahead of presidential run-off
    19 december 2014 15:40:42
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Algerian army, at the request of Tunisian authorities, is to deploy troops and improve aerial surveillance at the borders between the two countries, PANA learnt here Friday from reliable sources. Full text...

  • US: Obama, Al-Sisi discuss bilateral issues
    19 december 2014 05:04:47
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack spoke to President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of Egypt on Thursday and expressed concern over mass trials and the continued detention of journalists, NGOs' representatives and peaceful activists in Egypt, a White House statement said. Full text...

  • Côte-d'Ivoire: Seminar on preparation for 2015 election opens
    18 december 2014 22:34:09
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - A two-day seminar began on Thursday in Abidjan on the initiative of the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) to promote an inclusive political dialogue and contribute to efforts of the Ivorian authorities to create conditions conducive for free, fair and reliable presidential election in 2015. Full text...

  • UN: 117 UN member states back call for global end to executions
    18 december 2014 20:42:19
    New York, US (PANA) - A record number of countries on Thursday threw their weight behind a key UN General Assembly resolution calling for a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty globally. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia to close two border posts with Libya ahead of Sunday's election
    18 december 2014 20:11:50
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian crisis unit in charge of monitoring security in the country is to close the Ras Jedir and Dehiba border crossing posts with Libya from midnight on Thursday until midnight on Wednesday, 24 December because of Sunday's presidential run-off election. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan Interior minister voted in with new controversial security law
    18 december 2014 17:58:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s Parliament voted in new Interior Minister Joseph olé Nkaissery, a former Army General drawn from the opposition bench in Parliament, to lead the fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Sahelo-Saharan regional summit underlines security cooperation
    18 december 2014 17:46:16
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The first Summit of the countries participating in the Nouakchott Process on the Enhancement of Security Cooperation and the Operationalization of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) in the Sahelo-Saharan region, Thursday underlined the need for regular exchange of information and intelligence in the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Renewed South Sudan fighting overshadows peace talks
    18 december 2014 14:00:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese talks resumed Thursday, amid renewed fighting blamed on the government, with delegates from both sides taking on each other for the delay in striking an accord to end the yearlong war. Full text...

  • Kenya: MPs exchange blows over controversial security bill
    18 december 2014 13:44:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan parliamentarians scuffled and fought each other during a chaotic session Thursday, to debate the controversial security bill, which opposition parliamentarians said was aiming to entrench dictatorial rule by security forces. Full text...

  • Guinea: UN Secretary General expected in Conakry Saturday
    18 december 2014 11:45:51
    Conakry, Guinéa (PANA) - UN Secretary General Ban KI-moon is due to arrive in Conakry Saturday for hours-long visit to Guinea, the first time he will be visiting the West African nation since he assumed office, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Libya: UN mission in Libya welcomes positive reactions to dialogue
    17 december 2014 22:05:27
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The UN mission in Libya has welcomed "the positive reactions" on its initiative to hold a new round of national political talks in the North African country. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Libya's partition 'unacceptable', says Italian foreign minister
    17 december 2014 21:47:15
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Italian minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Paolo Gentilini, said on Wednesday that there will be no winner in the fighting between various factions in Libya. Full text...

  • Belgium: Ivorian woman barricades herself in Embassy in Brussels
    17 december 2014 21:01:35
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - An Ivorian woman working at her country's Embassy in Brussels has barricaded herself inside the building since Tuesday despite warning from the police which have refrained from entering the area to avoid violating diplomatic immunity. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: President Kafando arrives in Nouakchott for summit on security in Sahel
    17 december 2014 20:36:26
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso's acting president, Michel Kafando, arrived in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, on Wednesday evening where he will participate in a two-day summit on security in the Sahel, a press release issued by the communication department of the presidency said. Full text...

  • Gambia: Chadian president on working visit in Gambia
    17 december 2014 16:54:50
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno arrived here Wednesday for a working visit and he was met on arrival at Banjul International Airport by his Gambian counterpart President Yahya Jammeh and senior government officials. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Uncertain South Sudan talks fail to resume
    17 december 2014 15:26:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Peace talks aimed at ending a deadlock over the structure of a power-sharing government in South Sudan failed to kick off Wednesday, after a last-minute hitch. Full text...

  • DR Congo: President Kabila wants MONUSCO to cut staff in DRC
    17 december 2014 12:52:46
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The Congolese President, Joseph Kabila, has expressed the need for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) to reduce its staff, saying that the security situation in his country has greatly improved. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Opposition urges Kabila not to run for president in 2016
    16 december 2014 22:05:58
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The DR Congo opposition, under the umbrella "Let's Save the DR Congo" has asked President Joseph Kabila not to stand for a third term in the presidential election in 2016. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia to open six new embassies in sub-Saharan Africa
    16 december 2014 20:54:55
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mongi Hamdi, announced on Tuesday that the country plans to open six new embassies in Africa south of the Sahara without specifying the names of the countries. Full text...

  • Libya: Government condemns offensive on oil ports
    16 december 2014 20:48:58
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan acting government has condemned the attack perpetrated by Fajr Libya, a coalition of armed groups including Islamists, on the oil fields in the east of the country on Saturday, saying that the attack aims to compromise the national dialogue opened under the aegis of the UN Support Mission in Libya (MANUL) Full text...

  • Tunisia: EU says Libyan dialogue breaks down
    16 december 2014 20:09:34
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has noted with concern that dialogue in Libya to end the political crisis that is tearing the country apart has broken down. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Stakeholders launch media code for Nigeria’s 2015 elections coverage
    16 december 2014 19:04:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of Nigeria’s general elections due in February 2015, stakeholders from public and private media sector Tuesday, in the capital city of Abuja, unveiled a media code for coverage of the polls. Full text...

  • Côte d’ivoire: Govt. set to compensate victims of post-electoral violence
    16 december 2014 14:19:23
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – A fund from which victims of the post-electoral crisis will be compensated will be established shortly in Cote d'Ivoire, the Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara, announced on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS moves to correct imbalance in women participation in politics
    16 december 2014 10:19:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Determined to correct the imbalance in women participation in democratic elections and good governance, the ECOWAS Commission has mounted a technical workshop here towards the development of an ECOWAS Gender and Elections Strategy, and a pilot Fellowship Programme for Women in Peace and Security. Full text...

  • Mauritius: New PM announces cabinet
    16 december 2014 07:31:39
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The New Mauritian Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, who took office Sunday following the victory of his alliance last week Tuesday, constituted his new cabinet of 24 ministers that will take office Wednesday, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS seeks peace, stability in troubled member states
    16 december 2014 00:08:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is pushing for the restoration of peace and stability in several of its member states which are facing political instability and terrorism or are in the throes of transition to democratic governance, especially Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria and Niger. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS seeks peace, stability in troubled member states
    15 december 2014 23:16:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is pushing for the restoration of peace and stability in several of its member states which are facing political instability and terrorism or are in the throes of transition to democratic governance, especially Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria and Niger. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Summit ends in Abuja
    15 december 2014 19:35:58
    Abuja, NIgeria (PANA) - The 46th Ordinary session of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government rounded off in Nigeria's inland capital city of Abuja Monday with key decisions on the fight against Ebola, terrorism and the deepening of democracy in the West African sub-region. Full text...

  • Senegal: Former Senegalese FM says proposed ASF should improve security
    15 december 2014 19:13:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Former Senegalese Foreign minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio has emphasized the need for the African Standby Force (ASF) to work out well and raise the security situation on the continent which he said “is very bad.” Full text...

  • Senegal: AU Commissioner urges African countries to fund war on terrorism
    15 december 2014 17:02:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Smaïl Chergui, on Monday called on African countries to make financial contributions to the fight against terrorism on the continent. Full text...

  • Senegal: Former Nigerian leader underlines African peace, security
    15 december 2014 16:42:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said Monday that lack of peace and security in one African country is lack of peace and security throughout the continent. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ugandan troops to pullout of South Sudan after war - IGAD mediator
    15 december 2014 15:32:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ugandan troops would be forced to leave South Sudan only after the two main rival forces agree to completely end the war, the top mediator in the protracted effort to end the fighting in the world’s newest state, said Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD envoy plays down military threat against South Sudan
    15 december 2014 14:28:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Peace mediators played down threats by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to launch a military operation to disarm the warring factions in South Sudan on the first anniversary of the war there. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pervasive security at venue of ECOWAS Summit
    15 december 2014 13:26:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The 46th Ordinary Summit of the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, is being held in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, amid stepped-up security in the face of the insurgency that is ravaging parts of Africa's most populous nation, PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ebola, terrorism on the agenda as ECOWAS Summit opens in Abuja (By Segun Adeyemi, PANA Correspondent, Abuja)
    15 december 2014 12:46:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Buffeted by the raging Ebola epidemic and terrorism, among other challenges, West African leaders Monday converged on Nigeria's glistening capital city of Abuja for their 46th Ordinary Summit, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Stability in Libya, Mali, needed in fight against terrorism, says Algeria
    15 december 2014 11:28:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Algerian deputy minister for Maghreb and African Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, said on Sunday that stability in Libya and Mali was needed to better fight terrorism, saying that instability in the two countries would strengthen the terrorist organizations, Libyan local media reported Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian political parties set to begin electioneering campaigns
    15 december 2014 08:10:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Full blown political campaigns and rallies are expected to begin any moment from now in Africa’s most populous black nation, just as Nigerians are calling for issue-based campaigns and setting agenda for the presidential candidates. Full text...

  • Libya: EU will apply sanctions against Libyan stakeholders opposed to dialogue
    14 december 2014 16:56:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has said it will apply appropriate sanctions against Libyan stakeholders opposed to dialogue, meant to resolve the lingering political crisis in the north African country. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Sir Anerood Jugnauth officially declared Prime Minister of Mauritius
    13 december 2014 21:54:10
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The leader of the Peoples’ Alliance, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, who won the legislative elections Wednesday in Mauritius was Saturday officially declared Prime Minister of the island with immediate effect, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan warns South Sudan against hosting rebels
    13 december 2014 13:17:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has warned South Sudan against hosting rebels who use the country (South Sudan) as a base to launch attacks against Sudanese territories. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Women representation in Parliament falls
    13 december 2014 10:53:16
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Non Governmental Organisation 'Women in Politics' (WIP) has expressed regret that women representation in Parliament fell from 18.8% to 11.6% following the outcome of Wednesday's legislative elections. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Legislative elections dominate media
    13 december 2014 10:29:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The legislative elections that took place Wednesday in Mauritius dominated the local media this week, following the announcement of the results that gave victory to the opposition at the expense of the parties that have been in power for nine years. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council welcomes talks between leaders of Sudan, South Sudan
    12 december 2014 18:56:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Welcoming recent talks between Presidents of Sudan and South Sudan, the UN Security Council has called on both governments to hold a high-level security meeting as soon as possible. Full text...

  • Burundi: UN to send election observer mission to Burundi
    12 december 2014 16:45:30
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – A UN election observer mission will be deployed in Burundi from 1 January 2015 so that it can closely follow up the country's general elections due to be held early next year, UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said here Friday at the formal closing of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU hails elevation of Senegalese Minister to top ICC post
    12 december 2014 15:27:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) Commission President, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, Friday hailed the election of Senegalese Justice Minister, Sidiki Kaba, as the next President of the Assembly of State Parties to Rome Statute. Full text...

  • Libya: 'Africa has not given up on Libya'
    12 december 2014 14:07:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Africa has not given up its responsibilities on the Libyan crisis, the Algerian minister of foreign affairs, Ramtane Lamamra, told a news conference in Oran Thursday at the end of the second conference on peace and security in Africa. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ivorian govt. to reform defence, armed forces
    12 december 2014 12:28:07
    Abidjan, Cote d' Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government will reform its defence and armed forces following the adoption, Thursday, of a new bill that will repeal the 1961 law governing that sector, PANA reported, quoting an official source here Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Biometric ID Card to be piloted in 2016
    12 december 2014 11:27:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The rollout of the ECOWAS Biometric Identity Card is to be piloted in 2016, according to the decision of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers which rounded off its 73rd meeting here Thursday. Full text...

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