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  • South Africa: Constitutional Court addresses Zuma scandal
    09 february 2016 12:30:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – All eyes are on the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg which is hearing an application about the illegitimate use of state funds for President Jacob Zuma’s private residence which has rocked his administration. Full text...

  • Zambia:New nomination fees for election candidates worry Zambian NGO
    05 february 2016 18:12:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Women for Change (WfC), a Zambian gender-focused non-governmental organisation, has condemned the decision by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to hike nomination fees for parliamentary candidates in this year’s general election. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya's voting right at UN General Assembly suspended ‎
    05 february 2016 16:18:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya has been deprived of its voting rights at the United Nations General Assembly ‎due to accumulated arrears of dues, a Libyan newspaper revealed Friday quoting sources in ‎the UN. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan FM dismisses alleged training of Burundian insurgents
    05 february 2016 10:31:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Louise Mushikiwabo, has dismissed allegations that her country is training Burundian refugees to oust Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Burundi faces growing international pressure on AU peacekeepers (A News analysis by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA correspondent, Kigali)
    05 february 2016 10:20:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - With the death toll of killings in the Burundian the capital, Bujumbura, rising by the day, since the recent disputed presidential election, the international community is stepping up pressure on President Pierre Nkurunziza to accept the deployment of African Union peacekeepers. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: 'African Union remains divided on UN reforms'
    05 february 2016 09:55:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says deep divisions over how to carry on with the reform of the UN Security Council have delayed the process. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN official visits top leaders in show of support for electoral process
    05 february 2016 06:21:43
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - A senior United Nations official has held talks with Somali leaders in Mogadishu in a show of support for last month's “breakthrough” political achievement in selecting an electoral model to be used later this year in efforts to lead the Horn of Africa country out of decades of factional war. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition threatens to disrupt Zuma's State of the Nation address
    04 february 2016 13:10:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Thursday warned that his party was planning to disrupt President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address next week, saying “he thinks he can play with us”. Full text...

  • Egypt: DR Congo PM begins Egypt visit
    04 february 2016 11:57:22
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Prime Minister of Democratic Republic of Congo, Augustin Matata Ponyo, arrived on Thursday in Cairo for a visit to Egypt during which he will hold talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Chérif Ismaël. Full text...

  • DR Congo: 'MONUSCO ready to support DRC against armed groups'
    03 february 2016 11:39:45
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) says it is ready to support the Government in its efforts to protect its citizens. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma backs down ahead of court challenge on home upgrade
    03 february 2016 09:55:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In a major about-turn, President Jacob Zuma has backtracked on the Nkandla scandal which has rocked his administration and proposed a settlement that could result in him paying back some of the taxpayers' funds spent on upgrading his private rural home. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU to hold anti-Boko Haram donor-pledging conference
    31 january 2016 18:07:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union (AU) Heads of State Assembly approved the holding of a donor pledging conference in Addis Ababa on Monday, to raise funds to support a continental response to the Boko Haram threat in West Africa and the Sahel region, an AU official said Sunday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit appoints Special Envoy for Libya
    31 january 2016 17:50:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has been appointed the African Union Special Envoy to Libya, a top AU official said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Italian Prime Minister Renzi due in Ghana on Tuesday
    31 january 2016 17:39:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi arrives in Accra on Monday for a two-day working visit to Ghana during which he will hold talks with government officials. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ban urges Burundi's leaders to pursue dialogue, listen to their people
    31 january 2016 17:02:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Government and people of Burundi should resolve the country's months-long political crisis through inclusive dialogue, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he wrapped up three days of wide-ranging meetings with African Union (AU) leaders on Sunday, warning that the deteriorating situation in Burundi is “a source of great concern, not only in the region, but in the continent and the world”. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU decides to hold emergency summit on migration
    31 january 2016 15:14:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union leaders ended their 26th Ordinary Session here Sunday agreeing to hold an emergency Summit on Migration because they could not remain unmoved by the plight of the African youth, many of whom have fallen victims of boat tragedies in attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit approves stabilisation force for Burundi
    31 january 2016 14:38:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union (AU) has approved a stabilization mission to protect civilians, human rights workers and disarm militias in Burundi, but the crisis-hit country immediately rejected an AU Summit declaration on sending a high-level delegation to negotiate for Bujumbura’s consent. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: 'African leaders must account for crimes against humanity'
    30 january 2016 15:26:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders who allow civilian killings in their efforts to cling to power would be held responsible, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Mugabe exits AU Chairmanship, raps UN Security Council
    30 january 2016 14:19:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - In his farewell speech at the African Union Simmit here on Saturday, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe vowed to stay on as President “until God says come”, electrifying the usually-dull moments at the Summit, which premiered a new style of conducting its affairs. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Chadian President becomes new AU Chairman
    30 january 2016 13:06:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Chadian President Idriss Deby has been elected the new Chairman of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ban discusses Burundi, South Sudan and counter-terrorism at AU meeting
    30 january 2016 07:45:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, in an address to the African Union Peace and Security Council, spotlighted three topics high on the regional body’s agenda – counter-terrorism, and the ongoing crises in both South Sudan as well as Burundi – all of which require urgent attention at the continental-level and from the wider international community. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit considers broadening Boko Haram fight
    30 january 2016 07:10:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, late Friday to discuss a plan to stop the spread of terrorism with a call to all states to volunteer resources to combat the spread of the Boko Haram across the Lake Chad Basin and the Al Shabaab in East Africa. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU approves US$446 million budget for 2016
    29 january 2016 15:15:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has approved a US$446 million budget for 2016, slightly higher than the US$416 million budget for 2015, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Burundi defiant ahead of Summit on AU troop deployment
    29 january 2016 10:42:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union (AU) has sounded a warning to Burundi, which insists it would accept talks with rival political camps, but would not accept the deployment of foreign troops on its soil to protect key state officials and stop the killing of political opponents. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU says Gbagbo's trial shows Africa does not condone impunity
    28 january 2016 19:27:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union (AU) said on Thursday the trial of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo shows Africa does not condone impunity. Full text...

  • Egypt: President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi to attend AU summit
    28 january 2016 19:11:58
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi is due in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Friday to attend the 26th ordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union to be held over the weekend. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President off to Addis Ababa for AU summit
    28 january 2016 18:23:36
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu left Lusaka Thursday for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU elects new members of its Peace and Security Council
    28 january 2016 18:03:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African foreign ministers on Thursday elected new members of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) bringing on board Congo Republic, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia to hold seats on the 15-member Council for three years, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir orders opening of border with South Sudan
    28 january 2016 14:56:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir has ordered the opening of his country's border with South Sudan, closed since 2011 when Juba gained full independence from Khartoum. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Jammeh sacks two cabinet ministers
    28 january 2016 13:22:42
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has sacked two ministers and redeployed his Presidential Affairs minister, Mrs. Yam Bamba Njie-Keita as Deputy Secretary General and Head of Civil Service with effect from 27 January 2016. Full text...

  • Senegal: President Sall in Addis Ababa for AU summit
    28 january 2016 11:56:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese president Macky Sall arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Wednesday evening where he will take part in the 26th ordinary summit of the African Union heads of State and government to be held Saturday and Sunday. Full text...

  • The Netherlands: Gbagbo, Blé Goudé plead not guilty at ICC trial
    28 january 2016 11:03:17
    The Hague, The Netherlands (PANA) - Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and youth leader Charles Blé Goudé have pleaded not guilty to charges brought against them at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague when they appeared on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari to address EU parliament
    27 january 2016 23:41:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is to address a special session of the European Union (EU) parliament and European Commission next Wednesday in Strasbourg, France, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU seeks unity govt. in S/Sudan
    27 january 2016 22:26:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) called for the formation of a unity government for South Sudan at the start of a ministerial meeting on Wednesday to fine-tune an agenda for the African leaders meeting this week in Ethiopia, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Kenya: Nigeria's Buhari joins memorial for Kenyan troops
    27 january 2016 21:07:36
    Eldoret, Kenya (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday joined a memorial in honour of dozens of Kenyan troops killed recently in Somalia, vowing to lead much tougher efforts to combat terrorism. Full text...

  • Central African Republic: UN renews sanctions, stresses urgent need to end impunity in CAR
    27 january 2016 18:35:16
    New York, US (PANA) – Stressing the urgent need to end impunity in Central African Republic (CAR) and bring to justice those who violate humanitarian law, the UN Security Council on Wednesday renewed its sanctions against individuals or groups implicated in the country’s ongoing sectarian tensions. Full text...

  • Rwanda: US senior official hails strong US, Rwanda ties
    27 january 2016 15:10:21
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Visiting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, on Wednesday hailed Washington’s close bond with Rwanda, noting that the relationship between the two countries is deep and mature. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Executive Council meeting opens with focus on conflict prevention
    27 january 2016 10:56:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Foreign ministers forming the Executive Council of the African Union met on Wednesday to prepare the main agenda of the AU Summit at a ministerial meeting dominated by the need to address conflicts which have made Africa unattractive for foreign investments. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN experts delayed from entering Burundi to investigate rights abuses
    27 january 2016 04:18:26
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported on Tuesday that a team of independent experts mandated to probe violations and abuses in Burundi has not been able to enter the country. Full text...

  • Mali: Senior UN relief official urges 'full commitment' to Mali peace process
    26 january 2016 05:14:58
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, has said that he has seen both progress and challenges on security and access to basic services for crisis-affected communities in Mali, while underscoring the importance of full commitment – from national authorities and the international community – to move the country forward. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges African partners to revive South Sudan peace process
    26 january 2016 05:13:50
    New York, US (PANA) - With South Sudan’s parties missing last week’s deadline to set up the Transitional Government of National Unity amid deadlock over establishing 28 states, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on the war-torn country’s African partners to save the peace process. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan parliament rejects national accord government
    25 january 2016 17:22:46
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Parliament on Monday rejected the recently announced Government of National Accord (GNA) causing a nationwide consternation on the troubled country's political process, according to legislator Issa Al Oraibi. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Parliamentary Gender Caucus to be set up in Mauritius
    25 january 2016 13:30:24
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Speaker of the Mauritius National Assembly, Mrs Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, says the proposed setting up of a Parliamentary Gender Caucus in Mauritius is a strong signal of Government’s political will for women’s empowerment and gender equality agenda at the highest level of decision-making. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ex-rebel leader to meet Museveni over South Sudan unity government
    24 january 2016 19:21:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese Vice President-designate Riek Machar said on Sunday he was flying to Kampala to meet Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on the formation of a unity government. Full text...

  • Egypt: Cairo to host international conference on Libya’s rebuilding
    24 january 2016 12:28:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Egypt is actively preparing to host an international conference for Libya’s rebuilding after the formation of a national coalition government, which is waiting for the approval by the Libyan House of Representatives (Parliament), the Egyptian deputy Foreign Affairs minister, Oussama Majdoub said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament to take vote Monday on Libya's national accord government
    23 january 2016 14:24:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Speaker of the Libyan House of Representative (Parliament), Aguila Saleh Issa, has called a session of the House on Monday next week to the vote on the Libyan political deal, its integration in the Constitutional Declaration and the presidential council, before approving the Government of National Accord. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council delegation visits Burundi
    22 january 2016 18:30:14
    New York, US (PANA) - A delegation from the UN Security Council is in Burundi Full text...

  • Egypt: Chinese president meets Arab League Secretary General
    22 january 2016 08:49:48
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, on Thursday evening visited the headquarters of the Arab League States in Cairo where he held a working session with the Secretary General of the organization, Nabil Arabi. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes meeting on dispute between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon
    22 january 2016 05:29:55
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Thursday welcomed the holding of a trilateral ministerial meeting on the dispute between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan military strikes kill AU military base attack commander
    21 january 2016 19:17:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan army bombs have killed the Al Shabaab commander responsible for a deadly terrorist attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) military base in El Adde, a top Kenyan army officer, Gen. Samson Mwathethe said on Thursday. Full text...

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