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  • Burkina Faso: Three pro-Compaoré officials sacked
    28 november 2014 21:05:07
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Three former key allies of ousted Burkinabe president Blaise Compaoré have been relieved of their duties. Full text...

  • Cameroon: President Biya leaves for Francophonie summit
    28 november 2014 20:16:01
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Cameroonian president, Paul Biya, his wife Chantal and several government officials left Yaoundé on Friday for Senegal to take part in the 15th Conference of Francophonie heads of State and government due in Dakar on 29-30 November. Full text...

  • Togo: UN to support electoral process in Togo
    28 november 2014 20:10:20
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The Special Representative of the Un Secretary-General for West Africa, Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, met on Friday in Lome with the Togolese Head of State, Faure Gnassingbé, to discuss preparations for the 2015 elections in Togo. Full text...

  • Mali: Malian president to attend 15th Francophonie Summit in Dakar
    28 november 2014 13:37:12
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, is due in Dakar Friday where he will attend the 15th Francophonie Summit, scheduled for 29-30 November, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria: MFWA crowns Gambian President ''West Africa's King of impunity''
    27 november 2014 20:55:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has named the President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia ‘West Africa’s King of Impunity.’ Full text...

  • Egypt: Libyan Parliament Speaker arrives in Cairo
    27 november 2014 18:46:51
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Speaker of the Libyan Chamber of Representatives (Parliament) Aguila Saleh Gueider arrived in Cairo on Thursday leading a high-level delegation for a four-day visit during which he will hold talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS lauds EU, other partners for their support
    27 november 2014 13:48:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo has commended the European Union (EU) and other development partners, especially the World Bank, UNIDO and the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), for supporting the regional economic and trade integration process and the West African private sector competitiveness programmes. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Group asks political parties to make commitments to free, fair elections in 2015
    27 november 2014 12:44:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Stop Impunity Nigeria (S.I.N.) Campaign, has called on all registered political parties in Nigeria to ensure that the country witnesses free and fair elections during the 2015 General Elections. Full text...

  • Libya: France, Egypt discuss fighting terrorism in Libya
    26 november 2014 20:29:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, has said that Egypt and France have agreed on the need to respect the unity and sovereignty of Libya. Full text...

  • Libya: 'Italian armed forces ready to help Libya'
    26 november 2014 20:03:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Italian Foreign Minister, Paulo Gentiloni, says that Libya is on the verge of collapse and the European nation's armed forces were ready to help if asked by the UN. Full text...

  • United Arab Emirates: UAE fears 'Libya may turn into another Syria'
    26 november 2014 19:40:36
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (PANA) - United Arab Emirates (UAE) is very much concerned about the ongoing situation in Libya in view of the violence perpetrated by Islamist militias, which could turn the North African country into another Syria, according to UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash. Full text...

  • Belgium: Belgian minister briefs Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea diplomats on efforts to contain Ebola
    26 november 2014 18:11:38
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Belgian Minister of Cooperation and Development Alexander De Croo on Wednesday received Sierra Leonean, Liberian and Guinean diplomats in his office in Brussels to brief them about the measures taken by Belgium to fight the deadly Ebola virus disease and said that a large part of his departmental budget would be devoted to the task. Full text...

  • Mali: ADEMA party candidate wins parliamentary by-election
    26 november 2014 17:16:49
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A candidate of Alliance for Democracy in Mali (ADEMA) has beaten his rival of Union for the Republic and Democracy (URD) party in a parliamentary by-election held Sunday in Yorosso constituency of Sikasso region, southern Mali, according to preliminary results announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudan rebels claim fresh attacks launched in Jonglei state
    26 november 2014 15:47:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese rebels claimed Wednesday that government troops launched fresh attacks against their fighters in six different locations in Jonglei state and warned that they would fight back. Full text...

  • Zambia: Late President’s son, Mulenga Sata, withdraws from presidential race
    26 november 2014 15:38:53
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s late President Michael Sata’s son, Mulenga, has announced his withdrawal from contesting for the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) presidency. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Forced migrant returnees now bigger threat in Horn of Africa
    26 november 2014 12:53:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ministers in charge of immigration and refugees in the Horn of Africa region met here Wednesday to discuss a response to the influx of forced returnees from Europe and the Gulf region, which is proving to be a crisis. Full text...

  • UAE: UAE pleads for stability in Egypt
    26 november 2014 12:40:09
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (PANA) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Senior Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammed Gargash has strongly pleaded for stability in Egypt, a country which he says is the rock of regional stability. Full text...

  • Mauritius: NGO campaigns for votes for women candidates in forthcoming polls
    26 november 2014 10:17:56
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian NGO ''Women In Politics (WIP)'' Wednesday launched a sensitisation campaign asking voters to vote for women candidates in the 10 Dec. legislative elections in the country, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 'Burkina popular uprising killed 24, injured 625'
    25 november 2014 21:56:08
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The popular uprising of 30 and 31 October 2014 that led to the resignation of President Blaise Compaoré killed 24 people and injured 625 others, according to a draft report of the ad hoc committee on human rights. Full text...

  • Senegal: 'Youth and women at the heart of discussions at 15th Francophonie summit'
    25 november 2014 21:22:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Young people and women are at the heart of reflections of the 15th Francophonie summit scheduled for 29-30 November in Dakar, the Senegalese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mankeur Ndiaye, has announced. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia condemns attacks against its nationals in Libya
    25 november 2014 19:55:44
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian Foreign Affairs Ministry has condemned the repeated attacks in Libya against Tunisian nationals residing in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan says decision on UNAMID's exit not spurred by mass rape allegations
    25 november 2014 19:55:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Tuesday said its decision to see the UN-AU peace keeping forces (UNAMID) leave the country was not linked to the recent allegations of mass rape in the region, but was rather a long standing question pending implementation. Full text...

  • Niger: Niger parliament elects new Speaker
    25 november 2014 18:17:34
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Members of Parliament in Niger have elected Amadou Salifou as the new Speaker of the National Assembly following the Constitutional Court's ruling that the position was vacant after the former head of the Assembly Hama Amadou went in exile in France in August, the Nigerien News Agency reported. Full text...

  • Senegal: Francophonie permanent council meets in Dakar
    25 november 2014 15:12:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The meeting of the Permanent Council of the Francophonie (PCF) began here Tuesday, a prelude to the 15th Francophonie summit of the Heads of State and government which will begin on Saturday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkinabe Culture minister resigns
    25 november 2014 15:04:37
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The Burkinabe Culture and Tourism Minister, Adama Sagnon, resigned on Tuesday following calls for his exclusion from the transitional government, formed last Sunday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to participate in Francophonie Summit in Senegal
    25 november 2014 13:40:00
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A high-level delegation from Mauritius, led by President Rajkeswur Purryag, will participate in the 15th Francophonie Summit, scheduled for 29-30 November, 2014, in Dakar, Senegal, PANA learnt Tuesday from official sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'President Jonathan not anti-Muslim'
    25 november 2014 13:21:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian presidency has rejected allegations that seem to portray President Goodluck Jonathan as anti-Muslim and demanded an apology from the Islamic NGO that made the allegations. Full text...

  • Senegal: Five candidates run for Francophonie presidency
    25 november 2014 08:59:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Five candidates are seeking to succeed Abdou Diouf as Secretary-General of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF). Full text...

  • Mauritius: 739 candidates for 62 seats in Mauritius legislative polls
    25 november 2014 08:52:40
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A total of 739 persons, including 128 women, will contest in the legislative elections scheduled for 10 Dec. on the island, PANA learnt Tuesday morning from the Office of the Electoral Commission in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • UN: Ban applauds Tunisian presidential polls
    24 november 2014 22:55:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday congratulated the people of Tunisia on the occasion of their first presidential election since a revolution swept the country and ushered in an era of democratic change. Full text...

  • Burkina: Burkinabe give cold response to transitional government
    24 november 2014 19:47:07
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkinabe have given a cold response to the transitional government whose composition was announced on Sunday evening, with many expressing reservation and scepticism about its real capacity to organize free and fair elections in 2015. Full text...

  • Malia: Malian inclusive dialogue continues in Algiers - Newspaper
    24 november 2014 19:46:34
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The international mediation talks in Algiers to resolve the Malian crisis has continued to work at reconciling positions of the protagonists, with one of the main differences being the issue of federalism, the Malian national daily, "L’Essor", reported on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban tasks transitional leaders in Burkina Faso to collaborate
    24 november 2014 19:44:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all appointed transitional leaders in Burkina Faso to work in a "collaborative and harmonious manner", as the inaugural cabinet meeting of the transitional government was held on Monday. Full text...

  • Guinea: French President Hollande due Friday in Conakry
    24 november 2014 19:33:07
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - French President Francois Hollande is expected arrive in Conakry on Friday for a stopover official visit of several hours during which he will hold talks with his Guinean counterpart, Alpha Condé, PANA learned here Monday from the French diplomatic mission. Full text...

  • Côte-d'Ivoire: ICRC, Morocco sign agreement to formalize relations
    24 november 2014 19:15:54
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Moroccan government and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) signed an agreement Monday to formalize the relations the ICRC has had with Morocco since the country gained independence, the humanitarian organisation said in a statement sent to PANA here. Full text...

  • Ghana: Togolese President Gnassingbé begins Ghana visit
    24 november 2014 18:30:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Togolese President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé began a three-day visit to Ghana on Monday during which he will hold talks with his host, John Dramani Mahama, on bilateral issues focusing on a joint water project that will serve Ghana and Togo, energy, security and health. Full text...

  • Sao Tome and Principe: President Costa to cooperate with opposition-led parliament
    24 november 2014 15:29:02
    Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) - President Manuel Pinto da Costa of Sao Tome and Principe has pledged to cooperate with the Independent Democratic Action (ADI), the opposition party which won the 12 October legislative elections in the country, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • South Africa: Talks underway to end deadlock in Parliament
    24 november 2014 13:51:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Talks aimed at ending the deadlock which has paralysed South Africa’s Parliament kicked off in Johannesburg on Monday afternoon with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa pledging to end the stand-off. Full text...

  • Sudan: Govt. Darfuri rebel movements begin peace talks
    24 november 2014 12:30:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Peace talks between the Sudanese government and Darfuri rebel movements, which did not sign the Doha peace agreement, began Sunday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Burundi: Voters registration begins ahead of next year's elections
    24 november 2014 11:50:03
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Registration of voters started in Burundi Monday, despite the increasing demand from a dozen opposition political parties for the postponement of the exercise for at least two weeks to allow them to better prepare themselves. Full text...

  • Libya: President Bouteflika orders opening of Algerian border for sick Libyans
    24 november 2014 11:31:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has ordered the country's military to open the border with Libya to allow in Libyans seeking medical attention. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Transitional government announced
    24 november 2014 11:12:52
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Interim President Michel Kafando has published the list of his 25-member transitional government. Full text...

  • US: US congratulates Tunisia on presidential polls
    24 november 2014 08:18:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Monday congratulated the Tunisian people on their peaceful conduct during the country's presidential election held on Sunday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Darfur's main rebels agree to new round of AU-mediated talks
    24 november 2014 07:48:01
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The main rebel leaders in Sudan's western Darfur region have agreed to a new round of talks under the mediation of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • US: Nigerian diplomat, former US scribe head high-level Commission on Global Governance
    23 november 2014 18:13:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Former Nigerian Foreign MInister, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, and former US Secretary of State, Ms. Maadeleine Albright, will co-chair a new commission focusing on conflict affected countries, governance, justice, cyber economy, and other global challenges, a statement announced on Sunday. Full text...

  • Sudan: FM wants UNAMID to assist Sudan achieve peace or......
    23 november 2014 12:21:51
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Sunday said the UN-AU peace Keeping Force in Darfur (UNAMID) should either help it achieve peace in the region or leave the country alone. Full text...

  • Algeria: Algeria condemns terrorist attack on transport bus in Kenya
    22 november 2014 17:29:01
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Algeria has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a transport bus in northern Kenya that left 28 people dead early Saturday, describing it as ''cowardly and horrible''. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: East African Force reaches full military deployment capability
    22 november 2014 16:44:44
    Adama, Ethiopia (PANA) - The East African military force forming part of the African Standby Force (ASF) has declared its full readiness to deploy against conflicts and security threats in Africa. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya strikes Al Shabaab camp after deadly bus attack
    22 november 2014 14:36:24
    Mandera, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan Air Force jets launched missile strikes against the hideout of a group of militants who killed 28 people in a bus attack near the border with Somalia Saturday, the government said. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy reaffirms UN position in Libya
    22 november 2014 13:40:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The chief of the UN Mission in Libya (MANUL), Bernardino Leon, has said the position adopted by the UN on the results of the 25 June elections had not changed, alluding to the recognition of the chamber of representatives (Parliament) in the eastern city of Tobruk. Full text...

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