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  • UN: UN Security Council approves extension for UN mission in South Sudan
    30 july 2016 14:44:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has extended for two weeks the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), allowing time for the Council membership to consider options on adapting the mission's mandate amid renewed violence in the world’s youngest country. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council approves 228 UN police contingent for Burundi
    30 july 2016 14:36:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has approved a UN police officers component in Burundi for an initial period of one year to monitor the security situation and to support the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) in monitoring rights violations and abuses in the crisis-gripped country. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights office condemns jailing of Gambia's opposition members
    29 july 2016 17:26:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN human rights office on Friday expressed concern over the three-year prison sentences handed down last week to 30 members of Gambia's main opposition party, United Democratic Party (UDP), including its leader Ousainou Darboe, following their participation in peaceful protests in mid-April. Full text...

  • Zambia: Tanzanian ex-president leads Commonwealth observer group to Zambia polls
    29 july 2016 15:17:11
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Tanzanian former president, Jakaya Kikwete, will lead the Commonwealth Observer Group to Zambia to observe the upcoming general elections and national referendum there, scheduled for 11 August 2016, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, has announced. Full text...

  • South Africa: Politicians wrap up campaign for local govt. elections
    29 july 2016 13:11:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s political parties will this weekend wrap-up their campaign ahead of Wednesday’s hotly-contested local government elections. Full text...

  • US: Obama to meet Africa's 'most promising young leaders'
    29 july 2016 05:27:04
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama and US government, private sector, and civil society leaders will meet with nearly 1,000 of sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising young leaders from 1-3 August at the Presidential Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, according to an official statement issued by the US Department of State on Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya protests French military presence on its territory
    26 july 2016 14:09:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The president of the presidential council of the national coalition government in Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj, has summoned the French ambassador to Libya, Antoine Sivan, to officially protest against the French military presence in the eastern region of the country, particularly in Benghazi. Full text...

  • Belgium: FM hails state pardon for political detainees in DR Congo
    26 july 2016 13:23:55
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, has said he is pleased with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) for granting State pardon to detained political prisoners ahead of November's presidential election in the country. Full text...

  • South Sudan: 'Sacking of Machar is sowing seed of new suffering in South Sudan'
    26 july 2016 11:28:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudan's opposition has been split down the middle with the appointment by President Salva Kiir of Taban Deng Gai as First Vice President to replace Riek Machar, who has fled the capital, Juba, South Sudan observers have said. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Australian parliamentary delegation visits Rwanda
    25 july 2016 13:45:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An Australian parliamentary delegation, led by Bruce Norman Atkinson, President of the Legislative Council in Victoria state, is visiting Rwanda to strengthen and expand bilateral ties and cooperation between the two countries, an official source said on Monday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Sudan: Al Bashir leaves for Arab League Summit in Mauritania
    24 july 2016 13:29:12
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's President Omar Al Bashir on Sunday departed Khartoum for Nouakchott, Mauritania to attend the 27th Arab League Summit, the official news agency (SUNA) reported. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Magufuli elected leader of Tanzania’s ruling party
    23 july 2016 17:45:41
    Dodoma, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania’s ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party has elected President John Pombe Magufuli its new chairman succeeding former president Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete at the helm of the party. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council authorizes countries to help Libya destroy chemical weapons
    23 july 2016 09:14:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a request from an international organization working to achieve a world free of chemical weapons, the UN Security Council late Friday adopted a resolution authorizing the transfer of such weapons out of Libya for their safe, timely destruction. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Ministers arrive in Nouakchott for 27th Arab League Summit
    22 july 2016 12:25:15
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Several Arab Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Economy and Trade arrived in Nouakchott between Thursday and Friday to attend the 27th Arab League Summit, due for 25-27 July in the Mauritanian capital, official sources told PANA on here. Full text...

  • US: INTERPOL joins Global Coalition to Counter Da'esh
    22 july 2016 10:09:42
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - INTERPOL, the world's largest international police organization, has joined the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL to support efforts in stemming the flow of foreign terrorist fighters and stopping Da’esh financing. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes new agreement with Inter Parliamentary Union
    22 july 2016 05:55:39
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon late on Thursday in New York signed a new partnership agreement with the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) that will further strengthen the collaboration between the two organizations in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council holds first secret poll for UN top job candidates
    21 july 2016 22:39:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Following its first-ever series of private discussions with the candidates vying for selection as the next UN Secretary-General, the UN Security Council late on Thursday in New York conducted the first in a series of informal polls on those seeking the world’s top diplomatic post. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia’s opposition party reacts to jailing of leader, others
    21 july 2016 20:58:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's opposition party, United Democratic Party (UDP) on Thursday condemned the conviction of Its leader, Ousainou Darboe and 18 other peaceful protesters, saying "the judgement Is utterly unjust". Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari receives new envoys of India, Iran, Gambia and Sri Lanka
    21 july 2016 19:04:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday received at a colourful ceremony in Abuja credentials of four envoys newly accredited to Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: NGO urges Security Council to select woman for UN top job
    21 july 2016 14:39:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the UN Security Council's first straw poll scheduled to hold late on Thursday in New York, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary-General, in an open letter, urged the Council members to select a women as the next UN Secretary-General. Full text...

  • Gambia: Amnesty International condemns jailing of opposition protesters
    21 july 2016 06:32:32
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the conviction of Gambian opposition leader Ousainou Darboe and 18 other peaceful protesters saying it highlights the continuing downward spiral for human rights in the West African country. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief lauds AU’s fund for peace, security operations
    19 july 2016 17:01:20
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday welcomed a decision by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) that sets out steps towards self-reliance, particularly in relation to the regional body’s peace and security budget. Full text...

  • Rwanda: SADR president visits Rwanda genocide memorial
    19 july 2016 16:56:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - President Brahim Ghali of Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) on Tuesday visited Rwanda's memorial site for the 1994 genocide victims in Kigali and hailed the country's leadership for upholding national unity and reconciliation to create a better future. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Morocco seeks readmission to AU
    18 july 2016 17:03:23
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Leaders of the African Union (AU) ended their 27th Assembly on Monday in Kigali, Rwanda, welcoming Morocco to rejoin the continental body it exited in 1984 after the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU) recognised the independence of Western Sahara. Full text...

  • Zambia: Catholic Bishops in Zambia call for peaceful, credible, transparent elections
    18 july 2016 15:25:26
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As Zambia nears election day on 11 August, the Catholic Bishops here have called upon Zambians to vigorously fight the many vices that have the potential to undermine the country’s democracy and subsequently distort the electoral process and rob the people of their free will. Full text...

  • AU Summit: AU Chairperson elections postponed until January 2017
    18 july 2016 15:12:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The election of a new Chairperson for the African Union (AU), scheduled to take place Monday in Kigali, Rwanda, has been postponed until January 2017, PANA correspondent reported here. Full text...

  • Tanzania: European Council calls for credible polls in Somalia
    18 july 2016 12:06:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Council on Monday adopted conclusions on Somalia, calling for a credible and accountable electoral process, which will ensure the necessary legitimacy for the elected leadership of the Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • US: US says it has 'no plan for offensive action' in South Sudan
    18 july 2016 08:09:34
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US says it has no plan for offensive action in South Sudan, where several days of bloody fighting between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar a week ago, claimed hundreds of lives and raised the spectre of another civil war. Full text...

  • AU Summit: African leaders urged to identify right priorities
    17 july 2016 18:24:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The 27th African Union (AU) Heads of State summit officially opened in Kigali on Sunday with a call for leaders to identify the right priorities and outcomes, decide the best way to achieve them, and be ready to do just that in a move to ensure sustainable growth and continental integration. Full text...

  • AU Summit: President Sall calls for inclusive growth, achieving Agenda 2063
    17 july 2016 17:26:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Senegalese President Macky Sall has called for the utilization of Africa’s rich natural and human resources, as well as tapping of technological advancement to enhance development in the continent as a foundation for inclusive growth and achieving the African Union's (AU) Agenda 2063. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari condemns bloody abortive coup in Turkey
    17 july 2016 12:05:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday condemned the Friday night's bloody abortive coup in Turkey, saying that removal of a democratic government by force is no longer acceptable. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks regional, international leaders on South Sudan
    17 july 2016 06:41:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the need for concerted action by both regional and international leaders to revive the implementation of the peace agreement in South Sudan, in order to ensure lasting peace, security, as well as stability in the country. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African heads of State arrive in Kigali for AU Summit
    16 july 2016 16:54:36
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former and current African Heads of State have started to arrive in Kigali, Rwanda, for the 27th session of the African Union (AU) summit, scheduled from 17-18 July, a PANA correspondent reported here Saturday. Full text...

  • US: American diplomats on official missions to Rwanda, Kenya
    16 july 2016 16:36:56
    New York, US (PANA) - US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator, Mr. Gayle Smith, and US Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, Mr. Donald Booth, on Friday began an official mission to Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief closely monitoring 'with concern' developments in Turkey
    16 july 2016 16:32:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is monitoring with concern the developments in Turkey, where a coup was attempted by some elements of the Turkish military on Friday night. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir leaves for AU summit in Rwanda
    16 july 2016 14:40:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir left Khartoum on Saturday for Kigali, Rwanda, to attend the 27th African Union (AU) summit. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum denounces coup attempt in Turkey
    16 july 2016 11:27:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese presidency on Saturday denounced the coup attempt in Turkey, saying the Sudanese people and government stand alongside President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his government and the people of Turkey. Full text...

  • Belgium: EC launches military training mission in CAR
    16 july 2016 08:57:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council (EC) on Saturday announced the launch, on 16 July 2016, of European Union military training mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM RCA) to contribute to EU's comprehensive approach and security sector reform in the country. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council expresses concern at political restrictions in the DRC
    16 july 2016 08:03:34
    New York, US (PANA) - In the run up to November's presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN Security Council late Friday in New York expressed concern at recent arrests and detention of members of opposition parties and of the civil society. Full text...

  • UN: Ban meets with African leaders on situation in South Sudan
    15 july 2016 22:53:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the 27th African Union (AU) Summit taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday met with several African leaders to discuss the situation in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Single African passport: A question of political will (A News Analysis by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent, Kigali)
    15 july 2016 09:00:23
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The launch of the first ever Common Africa Passport on the sideline of 27th African Union (AU) summit in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, means real challenges for African governments to implement the ambitious continental unity agenda, since the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in May, 1963, analyst say. Full text...

  • Rwanda: UN chief to attend African Union summit in Kigali
    14 july 2016 19:39:22
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is due in Kigali, Rwanda, on Friday to attend the 27th Ordinary Assembly of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government, it was officially confirmed here on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN peacekeeping chief urges Security Council action in South Sudan
    13 july 2016 19:00:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Given the unstable security situation in South Sudan following clashes between government and opposition forces which left some hundreds dead, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Herve Ladsous on Wednesday proposed that the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) be extended until the end of August to allow a rapid assessment on the need for a stronger mandate. Full text...

  • US: US troops evacuate Americans from South Sudan
    13 july 2016 17:59:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The US has sent 40 soldiers to Juba, capital of South Sudan, to speed up the evacuation of embassy personnel and other American citizens caught in renewed fighting between warring parties in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan to mark full implementation of DDPD
    13 july 2016 15:25:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Idris Debby of Chad will visit the Sudan shortly to take part in celebrations marking the full implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), concluded in July 2011 under Qatari, UN, AU and Arab league supervision as the framework for peace in the restive region of Darfur. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Comoros President visits Mauritius
    13 july 2016 12:06:53
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Visiting Comoros President Mr Azali Assoumani on Wednesday called on Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Foreign countries evacuating nationals from Juba
    13 july 2016 11:57:17
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Foreign nationals are being evacuated from the crisis-gripped South Sudanese capital, Juba, although a ceasefire in a bitter fighting between troops loyal to the president and first vice-president appears to be “largely holding, barring sporadic gunfire”. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'Thousands of Sudanese want to come home' - Officials
    13 july 2016 11:05:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese officials say that over 3,000 of their nationals living in South Sudan have expressed the desire to be evacuated following bitter fighting in that country's capital, Juba, which has claimed hundreds of lives. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Juba ceasefire 'largely holding'; more than 270 killed - UN
    13 july 2016 09:44:49
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The ceasefire in crisis-gripped South Sudanese capital, Juba, appears to be “largely holding, barring sporadic gunfire,” the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has reported. Full text...

  • Rwanda: AU summit pledges to raise awareness about Agenda 2063
    13 july 2016 07:34:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The 27th African Union (AU) summit that opened this week in Kigali brings together a unique coalition of governments, businesses and civil society representatives who will commit to taking practical steps toward pushing the Union’s Agenda 2063, an official source said on Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

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