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  • UN: UN Security Council strongly condemns North Korea's missile launch
    27 august 2016 15:17:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Saturday strongly condemned North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine on 23 August, which followed a series of recent tests and launches, describing them as "in grave violation of North Korea's international obligations and in flagrant disregard of repeated calls to halt such activity". Full text...

  • Kenya: Africa-Japan Summit opens in Nairobi
    27 august 2016 07:55:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African leaders have joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the opening in Nairobi of a landmark Summit of Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) on Saturday to discuss challenges hindering growth of African states and approve an action plan. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian foreign ministry warns diplomats on channels of communications
    26 august 2016 21:22:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday warned the ambassadors of various countries against violating the diplomatic channels of communications between them and Nigerian authorities. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks Gabonese on peaceful, credible presidential election
    26 august 2016 17:39:30
    New York, US (PANA) - On the eve of the presidential election in Gabon, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday encouraged all Gabonese to vote responsibly and urged the candidates and other political stakeholders to abstain from acts of incitement and maintain a peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the election. Full text...

  • US: 'South Sudanese should choose their leaders in compliance with peace agreement'
    26 august 2016 11:11:37
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has reiterated that it is up to South Sudanese to decide on their political leaders in compliance with the peace agreement. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy calls for long-term robust engagement for sustainable peace in Liberia
    26 august 2016 10:18:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations envoy for Liberia has stressed the need for long-term, robust engagement by stakeholders, particularly the Security Council, towards a sustainable peace in the West African country. Full text...

  • US: Six countries call for prompt transmission of Libya's revised cabinet list to parliament
    26 august 2016 06:35:02
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States have welcomed the statement of Libya's Presidency Council (PC) of 24 August 2016 and the announcement of its intention to submit a revised list of Government of National Accord (GNA) Ministers to the House of Representatives (HoR). Full text...

  • Rwanda: UN official warns against inflammatory statements by public officials in Burundi
    25 august 2016 17:41:47
    Kigali, RWanda (PANA) - United Nations Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng on Thursday warned against the current inflammatory statements by public officials in Burundi, saying that this attitude could constitute incitement to violence. Full text...

  • Algeria: Algeria takes part in TICAD-VI in Nairobi
    25 august 2016 16:38:36
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – Algerian Minister for Maghreb, African Union and Arab League Affairs Abdelkader Messahel will attend the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI) holding from 27- 28 August 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, according to a communiqué issued here Thursday by the Foreign Affairs ministry. Full text...

  • US: Ban releases follow-up to report on death of former UN chief Dag Hammarskjöld
    25 august 2016 07:50:02
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday released a follow-up note to the 2015 report of an Independent Panel of Experts that was established to examine and assess new information regarding the death of former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 47th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Africa Region Conference opens in Mauritius
    24 august 2016 14:24:28
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Wednesday said that despite being increasingly referred to as a land of opportunities, he feels aggrieved by the level of poverty in many parts of Africa. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights office deplores death of Gambian opposition party member in custody
    24 august 2016 06:13:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday deplored the death in custody of Ebrima Solo Krummah, a member of Gambia's opposition party, United Democratic Party (UDP), last Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief stresses need for inclusive political dialogue in DRC
    23 august 2016 19:57:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday reiterated his call for an inclusive political dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in order to overcome an impasse in the electoral process. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambian opposition party demands cause of death of senior member in custody
    23 august 2016 16:40:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambia's main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) says its lawyers have been consulted and will act accordingly to get the cause of death of its member, Ibrima Solo Nkrummah, in state custody, on 20 August. Full text...

  • Nigeria: John Kerry begins 2-day visit to Nigeria
    23 august 2016 13:40:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – United States Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, on Tuesday arrived in Nigeria on a two-day visit, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Sudan: Juba, Khartoum agree to resolve security, political issues
    23 august 2016 11:13:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to resolve all their pending security and political issues and open cross-border routes in 21 days at the latest. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Burundians in Rwanda refugee camp hit 50,000
    23 august 2016 09:59:19
    Rwanda (PANA) - The number of refugees who fled Burundi and took shelter in Mahama, one of the largest refugee camps in southeastern Rwanda, has reached 50,712, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said in a statement issued on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir receives message from President Kiir
    22 august 2016 20:17:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir on Monday received a written message from his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir, dealing with bilateral relations and issues of mutual concern. Full text...

  • Kenya: IGAD condemns Al Shabab terror attack in Somalia
    22 august 2016 18:59:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has condemned the terror attack in Somalia, which killed 20 people on Sunday in Galkayo city of Puntland state and wounded 20 people. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kerry talks of progress on regional force for South Sudan
    22 august 2016 18:30:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry has said major obstacles on the deployment of a regional peacekeeping force for South Sudan were cleared during crucial talks with South Sudanese foreign minister Deng Alor and foreign ministers from East Africa on Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition applies for ballot papers to be under court custody
    22 august 2016 14:55:52
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s main opposition party leader, Hakainde Hichilema, who is challenging the re-election of President Edgar Lungu in the Constitution Court, has sought a court order to mandate the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to surrender the ballot papers and other related election materials to court for custody. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma gears for court action
    22 august 2016 14:49:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma, is gearing for a fresh wave of court action that has become part and parcel of his presidency, as former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils appeared in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday for his (Zuma's) defamation case against deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe. Full text...

  • Kenya: US Secretary of State Kerry meets East African ministers on South Sudan
    22 august 2016 10:54:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Nairobi on Sunday for talks with foreign ministers from East Africa in a new bid to de-escalate the crisis in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Kenya: US Secretary of State Kerry visits Kenya for regional security talks
    21 august 2016 18:14:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry is due in Nairobi Monday for a meeting with foreign ministers of East African countries centred on regional security matters, officials here indicated Sunday. Full text...

  • Sudan: South Sudanese Vice Pesident visits Khartoum
    21 august 2016 13:05:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese Vice President Taban Deng Gai arrived in Khartoum on Sunday leading a high-level delegation on a two-day official visit for talks with Sudanese leaders on bilateral ties between the two countries. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council unhappy with postponed elections in Somalia
    19 august 2016 18:47:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday expressed regret over a postponed timeline for this year’s parliamentary and presidential elections in Somalia, calling on all stakeholders to follow the revised 2016 electoral calendar "without further delay". Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition leader files petition against re-election of President Lungu
    19 august 2016 17:07:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Losing presidential candidate in the 11 August Zambian election, Hakainde Hichilema, has filed a petition in the Constitution Court challenging the victory of incumbent President Edgar Lungu. Full text...

  • Nigeria: John Kerry arrives Nigeria Tuesday for 2-day visit
    19 august 2016 15:47:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The US Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, is expected to arrive in Nigeria on 23 August for a two-day visit. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition MP sworn in as Mayor of Pretoria
    19 august 2016 15:38:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There were emotional scenes at the Pretoria City Council when Solly Msimanga, a councilor with the Democratic Alliance (DA), was sworn in as Mayor, signaling another bitter defeat for South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC). Full text...

  • US: US Secretary of State visits Kenya, Nigeria next week
    19 august 2016 15:25:45
    New York, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry, will travel to Nairobi, Kenya, on 22 August to meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss regional security issues and counter-terrorism cooperation, as well as bilateral issues, a US State Department statement said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief disappointed with Sudan's warring parties on peace pact
    18 august 2016 14:15:28
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday expressed disappointment that Sudan's warring parties failed to reach an agreement on a cessation of hostilities in Darfur and the two areas of Blue Nile and South Kordofan States, during the last round of negotiations. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tension high as Nelson Mandela Bay swears in new mayor
    18 august 2016 13:42:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There were dramatic scenes at the first meeting of the new Nelson Mandela Bay council on Thursday where Democratic Alliance (DA) Athol Trollip was elected the new executive major. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Burundi military officers under UN mission in CAR seeking asylum in Europe
    18 august 2016 13:33:38
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Burundian senior military officer, currently serving as the spokesman for the UN mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), Lt.-Col. Adolphe Manirakiza, is part of a group of five Burundian officers who have expressed "fear for their lives" back home and do not want to return, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said in a statement made available Thursday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Magufuli says Tanzania backs SADR efforts for self-determination
    17 august 2016 16:46:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania on Wednesday assured Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) of its unwavering support to the people of the Western Sahara country in their struggle for self-determination. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU panel worried about impasse on Sudanese peace Roadmap Agreement
    17 august 2016 11:15:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Expressing extreme concern about the failure of the Sudanese parties to reach consensus on implementation of the Roadmap Agreement for peace in their country, the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on the Cessation of Hostilities Negotiations (AUHIP) said on Wednesday that “the Parties have allowed a real and critical opportunity to slip out of their hands”. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief lauds Zambians for holding peaceful elections
    16 august 2016 14:25:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Tuesday congratulated the people of Zambia for the peaceful and orderly presidential, parliamentary and local elections, as well as the referendum on the Bill of Rights, held on 11 August. Full text...

  • US: US congratulates Zambian president-elect Lungu
    16 august 2016 06:11:20
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has congratulated Zambian president-elect Edger Lungu and called on all candidates who contested last week's polls to respect the official results. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian opposition candidate rejects presidential polls
    15 august 2016 21:52:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The presidential candidate of Zambia's main opposition party, United Party for National Development (UPND), Mr. Hakainde Hichilema has rejected the presidential results announced on Monday, which declared incumbent President Edgar Lungu as winner. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari receives UN envoy on Guinea-Bissau
    15 august 2016 18:14:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Guinea Bissau, Mr Modibo Toure, appealing to political leaders in Guinea Bissau to embrace unity and avoid any act that could plunge the nation into further crisis. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu re-elected in Zambia
    15 august 2016 14:03:21
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Incumbent President Edgar Lungu has won Thursday’s presidential election in Zambia, according to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) chairperson, Justice Essau Chulu, who declared the results on Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu leads in Zambian election results (update)
    14 august 2016 18:05:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu has taken a lead in latest presidential election results announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) late on Sunday from 90 constituencies out of the total 156 constituencies in the country. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition leader maintains lead in Zambia presidential election results
    14 august 2016 08:36:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Official results from 54 of Zambia's 156 constituencies, announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia early Sunday, show that opposition president Hakainde Hichilema is maintaining his lead but with reduced margin. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian opposition leader retakes slight lead in latest presidential results
    13 august 2016 20:10:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – In the latest partial presidential election results announced following Thursday’s general elections in Zambia, opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has regained his lead after polling 384,801 votes in 42 of the 156 constituencies countrywide, PANA reported here Saturday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Lungu builds commanding lead in Zambia’s presidential elections
    13 august 2016 14:14:12
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu now leads his closest rival Hakainde Hichilema in the latest presidential results announced Saturday by the Electoral Commission of Zambia. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Denying visa to human rights researcher ‘regrettable’, says UN rights chief
    13 august 2016 11:52:23
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, on Friday said that the denial of visa to a human rights researcher in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) is a regrettable development. Full text...

  • Zambia: Presidential race in Zambia narrows to 2 top contenders
    13 august 2016 07:03:51
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Latest results released by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) have shown that the presidential race remain tight between incumbent President Edgar Lungu and opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema following Thursday’s general election contested by nine presidential candidates. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan, DR Congo Presidents agree to enhance cooperation
    12 august 2016 22:12:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame and visiting Congolese President Joseph Kabila on Friday agreed to promote bilateral ties to a new level through enhanced cooperation in various fields. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu takes early lead in preliminary election results
    12 august 2016 22:06:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party is leading in partial presidential results from three constituencies announced Friday night by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) following Thursday’s general elections. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African Union re-opens race for next AU Chairperson
    12 august 2016 13:28:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has re-opened the race for the next Chairperson of the Commission, the deputy Chairperson and the Commissioners ahead of the polls in January 2017, the AU Commission announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Counting of ballots in Zambia's general elections continue
    12 august 2016 10:27:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Counting of ballots following Thursday’s general elections in Zambia has continued with the first partial results expected to be announced on Friday afternoon, according to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ). Full text...

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