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  • Libya: 7 candidates compete for Prime Minister's job in Libya
    20 april 2014 14:53:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan National Congress (NGC), the highest political and legislative authority in Libya, Sunday began screening the seven candidates who are gunning for the post of Prime Minister, PANA reported from the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Aziz congratulates Bouteflika on re-elecion as Algerian president
    20 april 2014 14:19:48
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian president, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, has sent a message of congratulations to Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was re-elected president in Algeria on Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Sata’s large cabinet questioned
    20 april 2014 10:02:48
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A US-based Zambian academic, Henry Kyambalesa, says there is a pressing need for the country to streamline its government structure by creating ministries that do not have overlapping functions. Full text...

  • Senegal: UN calls for successful electoral process in Guinea Bissau
    19 april 2014 11:44:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The UN deputy secretary general for political affairs, Jeffreh Feltman, on Friday reaffirmed its commitment a successful electoral process in Guinea Bissau where the first round of elections to crown the process was held on 13 April. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya holds first municipal elections since fall of Gaddafi
    19 april 2014 11:34:24
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Polling stations opened on Saturday in 12 Libyan municipalities, including Benghazi, where they are expected to cast their ballots to select members of municipal councils in the first ever local elections since fall of the Mouammar Kadhafi regime. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir says world powers asking for reunification of Sudan
    19 april 2014 08:34:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Al Bashir of Sudan has said that his government has received apologies from international powers for encouraging secession of south Sudan and are now encouraging him to work for the re-unification of the two states anew. Full text...

  • South Africa: 50th anniversary of Mandela's famous speech
    19 april 2014 08:18:37
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of what has become one of the famous speeches of all time. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Abductors of Tunisian diplomat in Libya identified
    18 april 2014 14:57:34
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian foreign affairs minister, Monji Hamadi, has said that a group belonging to a Libyan terrorist family, whose members are detained in Tunis, were the perpetrators of the kidnapping on Thursday of the Tunisian diplomat in Tripoli, Arroussi al-Kantasi. Full text...

  • Nigeria: There can be no development without peace in Africa - Ex UN envoy
    17 april 2014 23:44:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – A former United Nations Under Secretary-General, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, on Thursday underscored the need for African people to see security as a collective responsibility and work towards achieving peace in order to develop the continent. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian PM tells South Sudan’s Kiir: 'Stop the war'
    17 april 2014 22:04:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has asked visiting South Sudanese President Salva Kiir to immediately stop the war in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU to establish civil mission in Mali
    17 april 2014 21:05:31
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union is to establish a civil mission to support the Malian interior security forces, called EUCAP Sahel/Mal. Full text...

  • Belgium: Director of DR Congo Virunga national park wounded in ambush
    17 april 2014 20:44:46
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The director of the national park of Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Belgian Emmanuel de Mérode, has been injured in an ambush not far from the city of Goma in Kivu, Didier Reynders, Belgian foreign affairs minister, told the press on Thursday. Full text...

  • Mali: Five opposition MPs join ruling party
    17 april 2014 17:01:27
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Five out of the six members of the opposition Alternative Forces for Regeneration and Emergence (FARE-ANKA WULI) led by former Prime minister Modibo Sidibé, have resigned from the party and the parliamentary group FARE–SADI to join the 70 MPs of the ruling presidential party, the Rally for Mali). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU prepared to lift Guinea Bissau sanctions
    17 april 2014 16:24:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has declared its readiness to lift the sanctions against Guinea Bissau following Presidential elections there. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU admits ‘big dilemma’ over El Sisi’s presidential bid in Egypt
    17 april 2014 13:48:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has admitted “a serious dilemma” over the fate of Field Marshall Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who is running for Egypt’s Presidency after ousting former President Mohammed Morsi last year. Full text...

  • UN: ICC postpones Darfur crimes trial
    16 april 2014 22:59:38
    New York,US (PANA) - The Trial Chamber IV of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday decided to vacate the date of 5 May 2014, initially scheduled for the opening of the trial in the case The Prosecutor v. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain, on alleged war crimes committed in Sudan's Darfur region. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU training mission in Mali extended by 2 years
    16 april 2014 15:41:55
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council has extended the EU military training mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) by two years, until 18 May 2016, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition leader calls on President Sata to order arrest of PF cadres
    16 april 2014 15:24:21
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, has called on President Michael Sata to order the arrest of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) cadres who attacked him and his party members while he appeared on a private radio station on Saturday. Full text...

  • Libya: UN Security Council condemns Jordanian Ambassador's abduction
    16 april 2014 12:19:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the abduction of the Jordanian Ambassadorn in Libya, Faouz Al-Itan, in the capital city of Tripoli Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan gets flak for 'campaigning' after deadly blast (News Analysis by Segun Adeyemi, PANA Editor)
    16 april 2014 10:46:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ''President Goodluck Jonathan is exhibiting the traits of an insensitive and utterly hardhearted leader by returning to his illegal campaign trail, barely 24 hours after 75 of his compatriots died in a bomb blast in Abuja, and as news broke that 200 school girls have been abducted by Boko Haram in Borno.'' Full text...

  • Malawi: 'Runaway' vice-presidential running mate throws Malawi elections in disarray
    15 april 2014 22:13:05
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Congress for National Unity (CONU) president, Rev. Sylvester Chabuka, who last week shocked the six-party Malawi opposition Tisintha Alliance by announcing he was quitting as the alliance's vice-presidential running mate, has announced his party would back the candidature of the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi in the 20 May elections. Full text...

  • Libya: Electoral commission gets new chairman
    15 april 2014 21:50:17
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan National General Congress (NGC), the country's highest political and parliamentary body, on Tuesday appointed Imed Al-Sayeh as the chairman of the higher national electoral commission (HNEC). Full text...

  • Tunisia: Nigeria invites Tunisia to World Economic Forum for Africa
    15 april 2014 19:49:08
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Nigeria on Tuesday officially invited Tunisia to the 7-9 May World Economic Forum for Africa to be hosted in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt condemns kidnapping of Jordanian ambassador
    15 april 2014 19:27:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan Prime Minister Abdallah al-Theni on Tuesday condemned the kidnapping of the Jordanian ambassador in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Angola: Chadian President visits Angola
    15 april 2014 16:51:58
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – The Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno, began a two-day visit to Angola Monday, designed to cement bilateral relations between the two countries and examine peace and security issues in Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS certifies G/Bissau election free, fair, transparent
    15 april 2014 13:42:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) has certified Sunday's legislative and presidential elections in Guinea-Bissau ''peaceful, free, fair and transparent''. Full text...

  • Libya: Jordan's PM urges Ambassador's kidnappers to ensure his safety
    15 april 2014 12:06:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Jordanian Prime Minister Abdallah al-Nassour Tuesday urged the kidnappers of the country's Ambassador to Libya Faouaz al-Aytan to ensure his safety, the Libyan news agency reported. Full text...

  • Senegal: Pres. Sall reiterates his commitment to peace, security in Mali
    15 april 2014 09:26:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal's President Macky Sall has reaffirmed his commitment to helping Mali to restore peace, reconciliation and security in Mali. Full text...

  • Libya: Civil disobedience movement ends in Benghazi
    14 april 2014 21:46:47
    Benghazi , Libya (PANA) - Two groups of Libyan civil society organizations announced on Monday that they have ended their civil disobedience movement launched in Benghazi on 6 April. Full text...

  • UN: Ban commends Guinea-Bissau people for orderly, peaceful polls
    14 april 2014 21:29:49
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded the people of Guinea-Bissau for their orderly and peaceful participation in Sunday's presidential and legislative elections, and called on all candidates to respect the upcoming results. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN Under-Secretary-General Feltman to visit West Africa
    14 april 2014 20:07:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman is to pay a four-day visit to West Africa, starting Tuesday, the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) said in a statement obtained by PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • Libya: Trial of 30 Kadhafi top officials adjourned to 27 April
    14 april 2014 18:35:12
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A Tripoli court Monday adjourned to 27 April, the trial of 30 top officials loyal to the late Mouammar Khadafi, including one of his son, Saif al-Islam, who was not in court. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU to deploy electoral observation mission to Egypt
    14 april 2014 18:10:36
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) will deploy an electoral observation mission to Egypt, on the occasion of the presidential election due for 16-17 June, official sources said here Monday. Full text...

  • Libya: PM's resignation likely to worsen political crisis in Libya -- Experts
    14 april 2014 15:14:22
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Mixed reactions and interpretations have followed Saturday's resignation of the Libyan Prime Minister, Abdullah al- Theni, despite his declaration that the move was informed by the need to protect the interest of the nation. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa, Guinea strengthen ties
    14 april 2014 14:53:37
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on Monday said relations between South Africa and Guinea must be nurtured because of the great potential for mutual benefit. Full text...

  • UN: Expert urges less military spending, more investment in development
    14 april 2014 14:44:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, the UN independent expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Mr. Alfred de Zayas, has called on all governments to boost transparency and cuts in military expenditures and increase investments in nutrition, health, environmental protection and other major sustainable development challenges. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia's Labour Union nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
    14 april 2014 10:07:23
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian Labour Union (UGTT) has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the union said in Tunis over the weekend. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges respect for polls results in Guinea-Bissau
    13 april 2014 16:58:05
    New York, US (PANA) - As voters in Guinea-Bissau participate in the country's presidential Full text...

  • Sudan: UN, US, EU call for immediate action on South Sudan
    13 april 2014 07:56:55
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) have called for support for millions of South Sudanese people who have been hit hard by current unrest in their country, warning that South Sudan was on the brink of serious famine. Full text...

  • Senegal: Mali President Keita expected in Dakar on Sunday
    11 april 2014 22:04:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Malian president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, is expected in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, on Sunday for a three-day state visit, a communiqué from the Senegalese presidency said on Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Opposition leader warns against tribal tension
    11 april 2014 21:01:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A prominent opposition leader in the Sudan, Dr Ghazi Salah Eddin, has warned that current tribal and ethnic tension in his country is more serious than any other problems the country faces. Full text...

  • Burundi: Govt. denies arming "supporters" prior to 2015 polls
    11 april 2014 14:21:41
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Burundian government Friday denied allegations contained in secret documents from the UN which said that it is supplying "weapons" to young fighters and ex-combatants close to the ruling party ahead of the 2015 general elections. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Ruling party, opposition agree to dialogue
    11 april 2014 13:51:45
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritania's ruling party and the opposition Thursday agreed on a calendar for a political dialogue as the country's presidential election approaches, according to political sources here. Full text...

  • Senegal: Jammeh carries out minor cabinet reshuffle in Gambia
    11 april 2014 13:43:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, has carried out a minor cabinet reshuffle, appointing a new Foreign Minister and redeploying some others, PANA reported here Friday. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau: AU Observers arrive for Sunday polls
    11 april 2014 08:55:15
    Bissau, Guinea-Bissau (PANA) - The African Union Election Observation Mission (AU EOM) has arrived in Guinea-Bissau to observe the country's presidential and legislative elections scheduled for Sunday, the AU Commission said. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 6th Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission opens in Yaoundé
    10 april 2014 18:06:03
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – The sixth Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission opened Thursday in Yaoundé, to take stock of bilateral cooperation in several fields between the two countries, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President Aziz receives UN special representative on Mali
    10 april 2014 17:58:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian president, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who also the current African Union (AU) chairman, on Thursday received in Nouakchott the special envoy of the United-Nations secretary general on Mali, Albert Gérard Koenders. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Federal MPs pass 2014 budget in Nigeria
    10 april 2014 17:54:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian House of Representatives Thursday passed the 2014 Appropriation Bill, amounting to N4,695,190,000,000 (about US$28.4 billion). Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: AU boosts conflict prevention, peace mediation in Africa
    10 april 2014 14:52:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is moving to advance peace mediation and conflict prevention efforts by working with relevant organisations to create regular points of contact. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt protests Mugabe's denigrating comments on Nigeria
    10 april 2014 14:23:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has formally protested against Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's offensive comments on Nigeria, calling the comments “vitriolic and denigrating on Nigeria and Nigerians”. Full text...

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