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  • Mali: UN envoy welcomes ceasefire between government and armed groups
    31 july 2014 22:26:18
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative in Mali and head of peacekeepers, Mr Albert Gerard Koenders, has welcomed the ceasefire signed on 23 May by parties to the conflict in northern Mali. Full text...

  • Benin: Chadian president Deby expected Friday in Cotonou
    31 july 2014 20:37:55
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Chadian president Idriss Deby Itno is expected on Friday in Cotonou to take part in activities marking the 54th anniversary of Benin’s independence, diplomatic sources said on Thursday in the Beninese economic capital. Full text...

  • Libya: AU condemns violence in Libya
    31 july 2014 20:15:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The African Union Commission chairperson, Mrs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has condemned the violence in Libya that has claimed the lives of scores of people in the North African country. Full text...

  • US: Summit to build new US-African partnership
    31 july 2014 15:17:47
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, on Thursday said that the inaugural US-Africa Leaders Summit will build a new model of partnership between America and Africa. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Anti-Balaka declares end of CAR rebellion, agrees to lay down arms
    31 july 2014 11:50:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Central Africa Republic's (CAR) Anti-Balaka militia, which became more violent after the rise to power of President Michel Djotodia, has declared the immediate dissolution of the group, the African Union (AU) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Trial of ex-Senegalese Minister, Wade, opens
    31 july 2014 08:51:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The trial of former Senegalese International Cooperation, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Karim Wade was due to open Thursday (31July) in Dakar, Senegal, PANA learnt from sources in the judiciary. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy welcomes agreement of intent to form new central Somalia administration
    30 july 2014 23:00:45
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay welcomed on Wednesday the agreement stating intent and principles for forming a new regional administration in the central part of the country. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Ivorian, Burkina parliaments to cooperate
    30 july 2014 21:58:55
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Speaker of the Ivorian Parliament, Guillaume Kigbafori Soro, on Wednesday highlighted prospects for future cooperation between the Parliaments of Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Burundi: US gives US$3.5 million for Burundian general elections
    30 july 2014 21:35:08
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The United States of America is to give Burundi about US$3.5 million to the Central African country prepare for next year’s general elections. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria condemns Chinese terror attack
    30 july 2014 16:55:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African government on Wednesday condemned the terror attack in Xinjiang, China, in which nearly 100 people were killed. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritania to strengthen cooperation with Morocco
    30 july 2014 09:30:21
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has expressed his willingness and determination to strengthen cooperation with Morocco. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ruling party rallies around Zuma over housing scandal
    30 july 2014 08:56:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The political scandal over South Africa's President Jacob Zuma’s multi-million-dollar private home has refused to die down, with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) rejecting Tuesday’s attempt by the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) to force Parliament to scrutinise the Public Protector’s findings into the matter. Full text...

  • Libya: Influential member of newly elected Parliament abducted
    29 july 2014 20:43:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Mustapha Abou Chagour, an influential member of the new Libyan Parliament elected on 25 June, was abducted on Tuesday by unidentified men, members of his families told national television al-Nabaa. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU, Cameroon EPA to come into force on 4 August
    28 july 2014 20:18:18
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and Cameroon will come into force from 4 August, according to a press statement from the European Commission released on Monday in Brussels. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius describes Israeli aggression against Palestine as 'war crimes'
    28 july 2014 20:16:09
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Foreign Affairs Minister Arvin Boolell has described the current Israeli aggression against the people of Palestine as “war crimes”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Opposition accuses President Jonathan of paying lip service to free, fair elections
    28 july 2014 13:58:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC), has asked President Goodluck Jonathan, to "walk his talk" as far as the organization of free and fair elections in the country is concerned, saying all the assurances so far given by the president have not translated into credible elections. Full text...

  • Cape Verde:Cape Verdean president to attend US-Africa Summit
    28 july 2014 12:27:52
    Praia, Cape Verde(PANA) - President Jorge Carlos Fonseca of Cabo Verde is one of the 50 African Heads of State who will take part in the US-African Summit to be hosted by US President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, 6-7 Aug, PANA has learned from official sources in Praia. Full text...

  • US: Obama leaves leaders of 4 nations out of inaugural US-Africa summit
    27 july 2014 20:52:28
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has left the leaders of Eritrea, Central African Republic, Sudan and Zimbabwe out of the list of those invited to the inaugural US-African leaders summit scheduled for Washington, DC, 4-6 Aug. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Opposition seeks international probe of attempted assassination of its leader
    27 july 2014 15:02:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition party All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for an international inquiry into last Wednesday's suicide bomb attack against one of its leaders, former head of state Muhammadu Buhari, in the central city of Kaduna. Full text...

  • East Timor: CPLP calls for permanent seats for Brazil, Africa on UN Security Council
    25 july 2014 21:34:51
    Dili, East Timor (PANA) – The Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) has reaffirmed its support for Brazil and Africa to be granted permanent seats on the UN Security Council. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU hails Mali breakthrough, factions avoid direct contact
    25 july 2014 16:16:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The main parties involved in the Malian peace talks have signed an agreement to end hostilities and agreed on the principles of the peace talks but have avoided direct contact, an African Union (AU) official said here Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Indian Ocean leaders' summit adjourned
    25 july 2014 15:52:56
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The fourth summit of the heads of State and government of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), scheduled to begin on Saturday in the Comoran city of Moroni, has been postponed as a mark of respect for victims of the Algeria Air plane crash which killed 116 persons, including 51 Frenchmen, official sources told PANA Friday in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU strikes optimistic cord after CAR ceasefire deal
    25 july 2014 15:42:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) said Friday it remained highly optimistic that a ceasefire accord, signed in Congo, would help calm the volatile situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Libya: European envoys say violence in Libya has reached critical level
    25 july 2014 14:29:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Saying that the situation in Libya has reached a critical level, European envoys in the north African country have expressed concerns about the escalation of violence in all the country’s regions and are worried about the worsening humanitarian crisis. Full text...

  • Libya: Former Libyan NTC chief to mediate in Tripoli crisis
    25 july 2014 11:35:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The former chairman of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC), Mustapha Abdeljelil, will chair a group tasked with the responsibility to end the violent clashes that broke out on 13 July between armed groups around Tripoli airport, the Libyan government said in a statement issued late Thursday evening. Full text...

  • Morocco: Morocco says recent elections in Libya should enhance national dialogue
    25 july 2014 11:25:07
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – Morocco has expressed the hope that recent elections in Libya should create conditions favourable for a successful national dialogue, says a communiqué made public Thursday by the Moroccan foreign affairs ministry. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan receives letters of credence from Qatari, UAE ambassadors
    24 july 2014 18:30:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Thursday received the letters of credence from the Ambassadors of Qatar and United Arab Emirates (UAE), advocating a deeper, stronger and more partnership between Nigeria and other members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Composition of the new Rwandan government
    24 july 2014 15:47:41
    Kigali, Rwanda PANA) – Following is the list of ministers and other senior government officials following the inauguration of the new Rwandan Prime minister, Anastase Murekezi, Thursday by president Paul Kagamé. Full text...

  • Nigeria: AUCISS explains recent visit to South Sudan
    24 july 2014 15:36:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In continuation of its fact-finding work which African Head of State and Government tasked the Commission to carry out as a means of reaching sustained peace and stability in South Sudan, the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS), led by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria, visited Juba last Sunday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 4th IOC Summit opens Saturday in Comoros
    24 july 2014 14:55:56
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The fourth Summit of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) opens Saturday in Moroni, capital of Comoros Islands, according to organizers, who said that the French President, François Hollande, and his counterparts from Seychelles and Madagascar, James Michel and Hery Rajaonarimampianina respectively, and the Mauritian Prime Minister, Navin Ramgoolam, will attend, PANA reported Thursday from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan PM denies requesting foreign military intervention
    24 july 2014 12:33:35
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan government has said it never requested a foreign military intervention in Libya to deal with the security chaos in the country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudan peace talks on interim government to resume
    24 july 2014 10:22:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The South Sudanese talks will resume 30 July to work out a comprehensive ceasefire agreement and finalise work on an interim government by 10 Aug., Full text...

  • Congo: Ceasefire deal for CAR signed
    24 july 2014 08:39:16
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The parties involved in the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday night signed a ceasefire agreement to end the violence that started in March 2013. Full text...

  • US: African Civil Society wants to participate in US-Africa Summit
    23 july 2014 17:42:30
    Washington, US (PANA) - With just weeks before the first ever US-Africa Leaders' Summit, which takes place 4-6 August, 2014, a coalition of international NGOs and African civil society have called on the US President Barack Obama to provide official space for civil society participation and to address key issues of human rights and good governance. Full text...

  • South Africa: President Zuma addresses Gaza crisis
    23 july 2014 16:12:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday called for a ceasefire in Gaza, saying South Africa is shocked and dismayed by the violence and loss of life there. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President kagame appoints new PM
    23 july 2014 15:42:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, on Wednesday appointed Anastase Murekezi as his new Prime minister, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Gambia: US-based Gambians condemn President Jammeh
    23 july 2014 15:36:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – US-based Gambians, under the banner of the Democratic Union of Gambian Activists (DUGA), have condemned President Yahya Jammeh's government for oppressing its citizens over the past 20 years, DUGA said in a statement received here by PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo: CAR national reconciliation, peace forum suspended
    22 july 2014 20:15:42
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Peace talks that opened on Monday in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, to find solution to the CAR crisis, were suspended on Tuesday, with a former CAR minister, Jean Willybiro Sako, blaming the former Seleka coalition for the situation. Full text...

  • Libya: UN pleased about declaration of Libyan parliamentary elections
    22 july 2014 19:58:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The UN Support Mission in Libya says it is pleased about the declaration of results of the 25 June parliamentary elections in Libya, urging the newly elected Parliament to meet immediately. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Former president criticizes "catastrophic" situation in Mauritania
    22 july 2014 17:09:20
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The former president of Mauritania and defeated candidate in the latest presidential election, Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, has criticized what he called the "catastrophic" state of affairs in Mauritania, saying the country's political, social and economic situations were in a deplorable state. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Jammeh marks 20 years in power
    22 july 2014 15:34:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, Tuesday (July 22) marked his 20 years in power in a low key manner, official sources confirmed to PANA. Full text...

  • Libya: Western countries call for end to fighting in Libya
    22 july 2014 13:13:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A group on Western countries has called for an end to the widespread armed clashes across Libya and the reopening of political dialogue to resolve the country's political and security crises. Full text...

  • Kenya: Gunmen kill two in Kenyan port city 
    22 july 2014 12:50:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Hooded gunmen have killed two persons and wounded two others in Mombasa's low income neighbourhood of Majengo, near the area where four persons were killed hours earlier, Police said Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns attack in South Sudan
    21 july 2014 21:13:20
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for continuation of political negotiations to immediately end the fighting in South Sudan, as well as for both sides to show restraint. Full text...

  • Libya: Results of 188 seats in June parliamentary election declared
    21 july 2014 20:31:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan High Electoral Commission (HNEC) on Monday declared the results of 188 out of the 200 seats in the 25 June parliament elections in the North African country. Full text...

  • Congo: National peace, reconciliation forum opens in CAR
    21 july 2014 19:41:18
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A three-day peace and reconciliation forum in the Central African Republic (CAR) began on Monday in Brazzaville to restore peace in the country which has been going through a humanitarian and security crisis since March 2013. Full text...

  • Libya: GNC demands release of two abducted members
    21 july 2014 13:42:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan General National Congress (GNC, Parliament) has called on the government to intervene urgently to secure the release of two of its members who were kidnapped by gunmen in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Togo: Kosovo, Togo establish diplomatic relations
    21 july 2014 13:35:41
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togo and Kosovo Monday in Pristina signed an agreement for the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudan rebels resume military push near Ethiopian border 
    21 july 2014 13:17:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese rebels have resumed their military push in the north eastern town of Nassir, where unknown number of people were killed in what the UN peacekeeping mission UNMISS said was the worst attack since the signing of a peace deal to halt military hostilities.  Full text...

  • Kenya: Military Twitter account hacked
    21 july 2014 12:05:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A group claiming to have 66,000 followers on the micro-blogging site Twitter has hacked the official Twitter account of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and changed its official logo, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

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