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  • US: UN chief urges Morocco, Polisario Front to de-escalate tensions in buffer strip
    26 february 2017 12:03:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Deeply concerned about increased tensions in the vicinity of Guerguerat in the buffer strip in southern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday called on Morocco and Frente Polisario to “take all necessary steps” to avoid escalation. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS, partners review long-term election observation missions
    26 february 2017 11:59:04
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its development partners are organising a two-day workshop in the Ivorian capital city of Abidjan to review the impact of the organisation’s Long-Term Election Observation Missions (LTEOMs). Full text...

  • Gambia: Foreign affairs minister says Gambia's struggle started in 1994
    24 february 2017 16:54:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The struggle to liberate the Gambia started in 1994 when Full text...

  • South Africa: SA opposition charges ministers over al-Bashir debacle
    24 february 2017 14:08:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The leader of South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), Mmusi Maimane, on Friday laid charges against the ministers of home affairs and international relations in Cape Town for letting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir slip out of South Africa in 2015 to avoid being handed to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council extends mandate of UN Guinea-Bissau peacebuilding office
    23 february 2017 20:11:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council on Thursday extended for another year the mandate of the UN Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau, known as UNIOGBIS, and urged all political actors in the country to implement the provisions of the Conakry Agreement signed last October. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow adds extra portfolio to VP Tambajang
    23 february 2017 16:57:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has assigned Vice President Fatoumata Tambajang another portfolio as Minister of Women’s Affairs, according to a press release issued by the President's Office. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian acting president urges US to deepen relations with Nigeria
    22 february 2017 22:04:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday urged US government to deepen its long-standing bilateral relations with Nigeria based on mutual trust. Full text...

  • Algeria: Italy praises positive initiative by Libya’s neighbours
    22 february 2017 16:26:47
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Italy hailed the positive initiative taken by Libya’s neighbouring countries and regional organisations such as the African Union and the League of Arab States (LAS) to back the UN mediation in resolving the Libyan crisis, Italian Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Vincenzo Amendola, has said. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya's main opposition agree to field single presidential candidate
    22 february 2017 16:14:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition politicians signed an agreement on Wednesday to form a coalition government but did not name a single presidential candidate as widely anticipated, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalia inaugurates new President in historic power transition
    22 february 2017 15:14:07
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somalia inaugurated its ninth President in a historic transition on Wednesday, setting a new pace for the fledgling government which has been fighting extremists to restore peace and stability in a country affected by years of civil conflict. Full text...

  • Tunisia: UN envoy deplores very tough situation facing migrants in Libya
    22 february 2017 13:17:02
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The UN special envoy in Libya, Martin Kobler, has warned that migrants living in reception centres in Libya are facing deteriorating and very difficult situations. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria govt condemns xenophobic attacks, summons South African envoy
    21 february 2017 20:58:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government on Tuesday strongly condemned the xenophobic attacks on its citizens and other Africans in South Africa, urging the South African government to take the strongest measures to protect the lives and property of foreigners living in South Africa. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Kiir pledges better relations with United Nations
    21 february 2017 17:55:38
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir said on Tuesday that improving his country's international image and mending strained relations with the United Nations are two of his priorities. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari asks Nigerians for understanding over his health, prolonged stay in London
    21 february 2017 14:05:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – For the first time since going to the United Kingdom (UK) on vacation and routine medical check, Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, says Nigerians should show some understanding about issues surrounding his health, saying he requires a longer time to rest and that there is no need for him to rush back to work. Full text...

  • South Africa: Another ruling party heavyweight calls for Zuma's resignation
    20 february 2017 15:37:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Another high-ranking member of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has called on embattled President Jacob Zuma to step down. Full text...

  • Rwanda: India to open embassy in Rwanda
    20 february 2017 14:10:22
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - India will soon open an embassy in Kigali, the visiting Vice President of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari, revealed on Monday when he paid a courtesy call on Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Full text...

  • Rwanda: India's VP visits Rwanda
    20 february 2017 14:04:30
    Kigali,Rwanda (PANA) - The Vice President of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari, arrived here late Sunday to start a state visit to Rwanda, an official source confirmed Monday in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: Guterres unhappy with US for blocking UN Libya envoy appointment
    18 february 2017 20:06:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday said he was not happy with the decision by the US government to block former Palestinian prime minister, Mr. Salam Fayyad from heading the UN political mission in Libya. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief calls for preventive diplomacy to checkmate conflicts
    18 february 2017 18:44:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for a boost in preventive diplomacy and enhanced mediation efforts to address the root causes of conflicts around the world. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma addresses parliamentary "abuse"
    18 february 2017 12:53:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma late Friday confirmed he will contact National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to address the “abuse” that has been hurled at him in Parliament. Full text...

  • Sudan: Troika on Sudan renews support for AU-led peace efforts
    17 february 2017 17:44:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States, known as The Troika, have expressed their continued support for the peace process in Sudan led by the African Union. Full text...

  • UN: Kaba welcomes Gambia's return to ICC
    17 february 2017 16:58:12
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - Gambia's decision to reverse its withdrawal from the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC), was accepted Friday by the President of the Assembly of States Parties to the agreement, Sidiki Kaba, Full text...

  • US: US envoy for Africa visits Gambia
    17 february 2017 14:40:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, on Friday began a two-day (17-19 February) official mission to Gambia. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU extends targeted sanctions against Tunisian ex-president Ben Ali
    17 february 2017 14:04:21
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union council has extended, by one year until January 2018, the targeted sanctions against the former Tunisian president, Zin el Abidine Ben Ali, who fled his country following the bloody popular uprisings, an official European communiqué issued to the press on Thursday evening said. Full text...

  • UN: Gambia rescinds ICC withdrawal
    17 february 2017 06:57:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Gambia's Permanent Mission to the UN has submitted to the UN Secretary-General notification of the country’s rescission of its withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN, regional partners urge DR Congo parties to resume political talks
    16 february 2017 21:47:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Increasingly concerned about the political impasse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations and regional partner organizations on Thursday urged political actors to work out how to implement the 31 December political agreement on a timeframe for elections. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU, partners urge DRC stakeholders to conclude talks 'in good faith'
    16 february 2017 15:40:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) said Thursday they were increasingly concerned by the continuing impasse in the dialogue among the political stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) related to the implementation modalities of the 31 December political agreement. Full text...

  • Egypt: Guterres underscores political solutions to ease tensions in regional hotspots
    16 february 2017 06:03:23
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday reiterated his commitment to fighting terrorism but underlined also the importance of political solutions to the crises in Syria and the wider region, and put his weight behind the intra-Syrian negotiations expected to begin later this month in Geneva. Full text...

  • Ghana: British Foreign Secretary meets Ghana's president
    15 february 2017 16:45:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that his country would deepen ties with Ghana by ensuring more investments from British firms. Full text...

  • UN: Guterres announces steps to reform UN peace, security architecture
    14 february 2017 22:13:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday announced the establishment of an internal review team that will take forward the reforms to the UN Secretariat peace and security strategy, functioning and architecture, which he outlined when he was appointed the Un chief last year. Full text...

  • Gambia: British government to support Gambia
    14 february 2017 21:50:05
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - British Foreign Secretary, Mr. Boris Johnson, says his government will support Gambia in education, security and infrastructure development. Full text...

  • United Kingdom: The Commonwealth welcomes Gambia to rejoin association
    14 february 2017 17:48:07
    London, UK (PANA) - The Commonwealth on Tuesday said it welcomes any effort by the newly elected government of The Gambia to re-apply for membership of the organisation. Full text...

  • South Africa: Official opposition labels Zuma "an enemy of the people"
    14 february 2017 17:23:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday used the State of the Nation Address (SONA) debate to slam President Jacob Zuma and the ruling African National Congress, saying all they cared about was power and getting rich. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt foreign ministers to meet on Libyan crisis
    14 february 2017 11:17:11
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Foreign ministers of Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt will meet "very shortly" in Tunis on the Libyan crisis, the Tunisian minister of foreign affairs, Khameais Jhinaoui, has announced. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges reconciliation between govts, citizens, institutions
    13 february 2017 21:30:16
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the world faces a "terrible lack of trust", and called for reconciliation between people, their governments and global multilateral institutions. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma and Trump exchange views
    13 february 2017 17:55:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma and US President Donald Trump on Monday exchanged views during a telephone conversation, the Office of the Presidency said. Full text...

  • UN: Guterres seeks political solutions for Libya, other Arab nations
    12 february 2017 22:36:08
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday said he is seeking possible political solutions for Libya and other Arab nations being affected by conflicts, in order to bring ensure peace and stability. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council urges sustained democratic governance in Somalia
    10 february 2017 21:55:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Welcoming political and security progress in Somalia since 2012, including the recently concluded elections in the country, the UN Security Council has stressed the need to maintain the momentum towards democratic governance in the African nation. Full text...

  • South Africa: Chaos during Zuma's State of the Nation address
    09 february 2017 19:30:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address was once again disrupted by enraged members of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Full text...

  • Somalia: International partners congratulate Somalia's new president
    09 february 2017 16:45:11
    Mogadishu, Somali (PANA) - The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States have jointly welcomed the conclusion of Wednesday's presidential vote and extended their "sincerest congratulations to Somalia’s new Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his victory." Full text...

  • Ethiopia: PM Hailemariam welcomes new Somali President Mohamed
    09 february 2017 16:28:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn sent his congratulations to the new President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed 'Farmajo' on Thursday, as daylong celebrations continued following the landmark election in the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau opt for political solution to the Libyan crisis
    09 february 2017 13:17:16
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Leaders of Mauritania and Guinea-Bissau have suggested that a political solution was the best way to resolve the military and security crisis rocking Libya for years now. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chairperson congratulates Somali President Mohamed
    09 february 2017 11:31:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has congratulated Somalia's newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and commended former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for his service to the nation and for gracefully accepting Wednesday's election outcome. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tensions high ahead of State of the Nation address
    09 february 2017 09:10:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions are running high ahead of Thursday night’s State of the Nation address following an uproar over the deployment of 441 soldiers in the Cape Town city centre. Full text...

  • UN: 'Côte d’Ivoire could be success story if peacekeeping gains fully backed'
    09 february 2017 07:51:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Côte d’Ivoire is on the path to durable stability, the United Nations envoy for the country on Wednesday told the Security Council, but warned that authorities need to invest more in national reconciliation and transitional justice, and to improve the economic, social and cultural rights of Ivorians. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN mission pledges support for new President
    09 february 2017 07:42:15
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Congratulating former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on his election as Somalia’s new President, the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNSOM) has said the UN and the wider international community are ready to assist him in addressing the myriad challenges that await his Government. Full text...

  • US: US congratulates Somalia on conclusion of electoral process
    08 february 2017 20:17:22
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - The United States on Wednesday congratulated the people of Somalia on the successful conclusion of their national electoral process. Full text...

  • Kenya: Police expose Kenya-Somalia cross-border terror cell
    08 february 2017 19:20:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Police in Kenya have exposed a cross-border terrorist cell comprising seven suspects who, it said, carried out recent terror attacks on a hotel and a lodge in the northeastern town of Mandera as well as attacks on a police camp in the region. Full text...

  • US: Libyans must make 2017 'year of decisions' UN envoy tells Security Council
    08 february 2017 19:12:28
    New York, US (PANA) – Still seeking to implement a political accord signed more than a year ago, Libyans must make 2017 “the year of decisions” and political breakthrough, the United Nations envoy for the North African country urged on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somali diplomat Mohamed Farmajo wins Presidential election
    08 february 2017 18:57:16
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Newly-elected Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo of Somalia was sworn in late Wednesday in the capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

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