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  • South Africa: Former AU chairperson forced to flee from site of 2012 massacre
    22 august 2017 14:10:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former African Union (AU) chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, was chased by angry miners on Tuesday at the site of the 2012 Marikana massacre. Full text...

  • Sudan: Chadian Prime Minister visits Sudan
    21 august 2017 18:21:54
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Chadian Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacké arrived in Khartoum on Monday for a three-day visit, during which he will hold talks with the Sudanese government officials on enhancement of relations between the two countries, officials said. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo's ruling party denounces Saturday’s nationwide demonstrations
    21 august 2017 16:54:47
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Togo's ruling Union for the Republic (Union pour la République or UNIR) party has denounced in a statement made available to PANA Monday the unsociable acts committed on Saturday by opposition militants in various towns of the country and the capital, Lomé. Full text...

  • Congo: Isidore Mvouba elected Speaker of Congo National Assembly
    21 august 2017 15:43:52
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese MPs on Saturday elected former Prime Minister, Isidore Mvouba, as the new Speaker of the National Assembly of Congo, to replace Justin Koumba, following the inauguration of the 14th legislature. Full text...

  • Togo: Togolese opposition leader calls to continuous demonstrations against gov't
    21 august 2017 15:37:48
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togolese opposition leader, Jean-Pierre Fabre, has called on Togolese people to continue their protest "without wavering" after security forces cracked down on demonstrators on Saturday across the country. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius, Burkina Faso to enhance existing bilateral relations
    21 august 2017 15:17:42
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius and Burkina Faso will embark towards steering the existing bilateral and multilateral relations in view of boosting and giving a fresh impetus to the economic cooperation between the two countries, PANA learnt Monday from official sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • South Africa: Grace Mugabe granted immunity after massive diplomatic spat
    20 august 2017 18:36:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African government on Sunday granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, following a week of wrangling between Pretoria and Harare. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Buhari's return not linked to protests over extended medical vacation'
    19 august 2017 19:10:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Presidency on Saturday said the return of President Muhammadu Buhari, after spending 103 days on medical vacation in the United Kingdom, was not because of protests at home and abroad against his extended stay. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari arrives back in Abuja
    19 august 2017 18:04:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari arrived back home from the United Kingdom on Saturday to a warm welcome from Acting President Yemin Osinbajo, presidential aides, government officials and his supporters. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria's President Buhari arrives back home
    19 august 2017 16:29:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari arrived back home on Saturday after 103 days in the United Kingdom on medical vacation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari returns home from London on Saturday - Spokesman
    19 august 2017 07:28:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been on medical vacation in London for the past 103 days, returns to the country on Saturday, Presidential Spokesman, Feni Adesina, has announced. Full text...

  • Kenya: Opposition leader Odinga protests presidential poll result in the Supreme Court
    19 august 2017 00:19:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga beat a midnight deadline to file an election petition against incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Supreme Court on Friday, pleading for the nullification of the election result announced on 11 August. Full text...

  • South Africa: Amnesty urges S. Africa to reassert human rights in SADC
    18 august 2017 09:37:19
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - As South Africa hosts the 37th Heads of State Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Pretoria this weekend, Amnesty International is urging the regional giant to take a strong lead in addressing ongoing threats to basic human rights across the region. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB President to attend 37th SADC Summit in South Africa
    18 august 2017 06:07:24
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, will participate in the 37th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) in Pretoria, South Africa, from 19-20 August, 2017. Full text...

  • Kigali: Senegalese President Macky Sall attends Kagame's inauguration in Kigali
    17 august 2017 19:56:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Senegalese President Macky Sall was among African Heads of State who arrived in Kigali on Thursday to attend the inauguration of Rwandan President Paul Kagame following his victory at the 4 August 2017 presidential poll. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Long-term Election Observers end training in Accra
    17 august 2017 17:24:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Another set of 20 regional experts has successfully completed an intensive training on ECOWAS Long-Term Election Observation guidelines and methodology in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • South Africa: President Mugabe arrives in South Africa to address assault stand-off
    17 august 2017 07:59:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A major diplomatic stand-off appears to be intensifying over the Grace Mugabe assault case with her husband, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, arriving in Johannesburg to intervene. Full text...

  • US: Guterres appoints former German President Köhler as Western Sahara envoy
    16 august 2017 20:15:57
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on Wednesday the appointment of Horst Köhler, former President of Germany, as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. Full text...

  • US: 'Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia poisoning our societies' – UN chief
    16 august 2017 20:12:27
    New York, US (PANA) – Urging people everywhere to speak out against hate speech and hate crimes, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday reiterated his call for tolerance, respect for the other and the importance of recognising diversity. Full text...

  • Kenya: Election official denies fleeing to US after airport delay
    16 august 2017 19:07:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan electoral commission briefly barred from flying to the US on Wednesday has denied reports she was fleeing after disagreeing with fellow officials of the electoral commission, whose declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory caused overnight violence, leading to deaths. Full text...

  • Kenya: AU observers endorse Kenyan polls conduct
    16 august 2017 18:47:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African Union (AU) election observers said Wednesday they reserved the right to make further comments on the outcome of the Kenyan Presidential election, but affirmed the credibility of the process had not been brought into doubt despite challenges posed by the opposition. Full text...

  • UK: Commonwealth chief ‘delighted’ with Zambian opposition leader’s release
    16 august 2017 18:36:38
    London, UK (PANA) - The decision to release the Zambian opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, will help to progress peaceful dialogue, the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said in a statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Opposition leaders to challenge Kenyatta poll victory in court
    16 august 2017 16:03:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, said Wednesday he would challenge President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory at the Supreme Court, to give the court a second opportunity to redeem its image after its 2013 performance, which he said was less satisfactory. Full text...

  • Algeria: President Bouteflika sacks PM
    16 august 2017 15:54:28
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, on Tuesday sacked his Prime Minister, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, replacing him with a former Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Egyptian President invites Rwandan counterpart to visit Egypt
    16 august 2017 14:41:33
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Egyptian President , Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ended a one-day state visit to Rwanda early Wednesday, has invited his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, to visit Egypt, according to an official statement made available Wednesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President-elect Paul Kagame's inauguration set for Friday in Kigali
    16 august 2017 13:28:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The official inauguration of Rwanda's President-elect, Paul Kagame, will be held on Friday, according to an official source, which indicated on Wednesday that several African Heads of State and Government will attend the inauguration. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Egyptian President al-Sisi ends state visit to Rwanda
    16 august 2017 09:52:53
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ended a one-day state visit to Rwanda on Wednesday and has since left for Gabon. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian Court frees opposition leader of treason charges
    16 august 2017 09:20:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who has been locked up since 10 April, 2017, was on Wednesday freed of treason charges after the State withdrew from prosecuting the case in which he and five others were charged with treason. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty slams 'irresponsible' attempts to shut down human rights groups
    16 august 2017 07:04:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International has slammed attempts of Kenya’s NGO regulator to shut down two human rights organizations as "unlawful and irresponsible". Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda relaxes visa for Egyptian visitors, investors
    16 august 2017 06:10:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In a move to promote trade while attracting a great number of tourists from Egypt, Rwanda has adopted a visa-free access to the North African nation, Rwandan President Paul Kagame has said after welcoming his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who arrived in Kigali on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: SRSG Salame meets with Misrata’ political and community leaders
    15 august 2017 18:47:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salame, on Tuesday visited Misrata as part of his ongoing efforts to hear from Libyans on how best to move the political process forward and bring peace to the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: Ethiopian Prime Minister in Khartoum on official visit
    15 august 2017 17:31:55
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn was received at Khartoum Airport by Sudanese President Omar Bashir when he arrived here on Tuesday for a three-day official visit. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Egyptian President pays tribute to heroes, victims of genocide in Rwanda
    15 august 2017 17:05:25
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday visited the Kigali genocide memorial site and paid tribute to victims of the 1994 mass killing. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya deregisters prominent right, pro-democracy groups
    15 august 2017 16:41:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -Two prominent Kenyan human rights organisations, which planned to challenge the this month's Presidential election result in court have been deregistered and their bank accounts frozen on the orders of the state-run NGO coordination Board. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights chief urges Kenyan leaders to 'act responsibly', avoid further violence
    15 august 2017 15:56:58
    Geneva, Switzerland PANA) – Calling on the Kenyan authorities to avoid violence, the United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday urged the Government to make an immediate announcement that it will cooperate and ensure accountability for reported abuse by security forces which has led to deaths and injures, including among children. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Egyptian President arrives in Rwanda for state visit
    15 august 2017 14:22:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Egyptian President Fattah al- Sissi arrived here in early Tuesday for a state visit to Rwanda, PANA reported from Kigali. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda 'saddened' by mudslide tragedy in Sierra Leone
    15 august 2017 08:48:01
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's Foreign Affairs minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, on Tuesday said she was saddened by the news of a mudslide tragedy in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Kenya: US hails Kenya's successful elections
    15 august 2017 08:39:42
    Nairobi ,Kenya (PANA) - The United States on Monday congratulated the people of Kenya on the successful conclusion of elections and President Uhuru Kenyatta on his re-election. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Egyptian President al-Sissi expected in Rwanda
    15 august 2017 07:03:31
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Egyptian President Fattah al-Sissi is expected on Tuesday in Kigali for a one-day state visit to Rwanda. Full text...

  • Kenya: Uneasy calm restored in Kenya after restive post-election period
    14 august 2017 18:40:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Calm has been restored and a semblance of normalcy resumed in Kenya nearly a week after the country went to the polls to elect national leaders, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Egyptian leader in Tanzania on state visit
    14 august 2017 11:58:10
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi arrived in Dar es Salaam on Monday for a two-day state visit during which he and his host, President John Pombe Magufuli, are expected to open a new chapter of enhanced cooperation between their countries. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan post-election crisis deepens after work boycott calls
    13 august 2017 18:05:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The political crisis in Kenya appeared to deepen on Sunday, after the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, vowed not to relent on his rejection of President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory and called for a work boycott on Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS holds workshop for long-term election observers
    13 august 2017 14:59:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - More than 20 regional experts in political affairs, gender, the media, civil society and development issues, began an intensive training in Accra on Sunday to deepen their knowledge on ECOWAS Long-Term Election Observation guidelines and methodology. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN chief stresses dialogue to ease Kenyan post-election tensions
    13 august 2017 14:38:48
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has congratulated the people of Kenya for their peaceful participation in the presidential elections, and, stressing the importance of dialogue to defuse tensions, called on the political leaders to send clear messages to their supporters urging them to refrain from violence in the wake of the polls. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission urges Kenyans to respect the rule of law following Kenyatta polls win
    12 august 2017 19:23:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, reacting to the the official announcement of the final results of the presidential election in Kenya on 11 August, 2017, by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), has called on all those wishing to challenge the results to do so through the channels provided for by the law. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group urges Kenyan security forces to exercise restraint in post-election violence
    12 august 2017 18:12:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan security forces should exercise restraint in the face of protests in response to election results, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan post-election violence claims 24 lives
    12 august 2017 18:05:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 24 people were killed in an overnight security crackdown and 93 others have been treated for injuries related to protests in Kenya since the declaration of the Presidential election results, a human rights body and a relief agency said Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Investigate police killings of pro-opposition protesters' - Amnesty
    12 august 2017 17:49:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International on Saturday urged the Kenyan authorities to investigate reports that police shot dead demonstrators protesting against the outcome of the presidential election on Friday night, as protesters gathered again in opposition strongholds. Full text...

  • Kenya: Sporadic violence breaks out in Kenya after poll results
    12 august 2017 14:38:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Several people are feared to have been killed in random shooting across the Western Kenyan towns of Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Siaya, Bondo and in Nairobi after protests broke out following the announcement of President Uhuru Kenyatta's poll victory, which the opposition leaders strongly disputed, officials said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta extends friendship to opposition leader after poll victory
    12 august 2017 11:13:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta romped to Presidential victory on Friday, immediately extending a hand of friendship to opposition leader Raila Odinga and calling on the citizens to avoid violence. Full text...

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