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  • Amnesty hails release of 289 people arrested for unrest in Cameroon's Anglophone regions
    15 december 2018 18:26:48
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, on Saturday hailed the Cameroonian authorities' release of 289 people arrested in connection with the unrest in the country's Anglophone regions and demanded that all those in jail for exercising their freedom of expression must also be freed. Full text...

  • Tunisia, UNDP sign agreement on good governance programme
    15 december 2018 13:17:16
    Tunis, Tunisia (NAPA) - Tunisia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Friday signed an agreement in Tunis on the implementation of a justice and peace programme aimed at building tolerant societies to achieve sustainable development and create effective and accountable institutions. Full text...

  • ‘Excessive use of force’ in campaign must be avoided in DRC polls, says Bachelet
    14 december 2018 21:21:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Deadly pre-election violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sparked by police reportedly firing live ammunition at opposition supporters, has been condemned by the UN’s top rights official, Michelle Bachelet. Full text...

  • France calls for amicable solution of Togo's political crisis
    14 december 2018 17:11:06
    Paris, France (PANA) – The spokesperson for the French foreign Ministry, Ms Agnès von der Mühll, on Friday expressed concern about the political crisis in Togo and called for a consensual solution by the government and opposition. She also condemned the latest political violence that claimed four lives, according to official figures. Full text...

  • Mauritanian government approves association deal with ECOWAS
    14 december 2018 15:30:55
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government has adopted the bill authorizing the ratification of the association agreement signed with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on 5 May, 2017, in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament has no resolution on Togo crisis, says Speaker
    14 december 2018 11:42:18
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lô, has denied rumours that the sub-regional parliament will pass a resolution on the political crisis in Togo. Full text...

  • Buhari says its mandatory for Nigeria to assist ECOWAS
    13 december 2018 19:27:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President and chairman of ECOWAS, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday said that it is mandatory for Nigeria to assist the sub-regional body. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council meets in Abuja
    13 december 2018 19:22:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Mediation and Security Council on Thursday began a three-day meeting in Abuja with the Nigerian federal government assuring of credible elections in 2019. Full text...

  • No French observation mission for parliamentary poll in Togo
    13 december 2018 16:24:34
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - France does not intend to organize any observation mission for Togo's parliamentary election set for 20 December, according to a statement issued by the French embassy in Lomé on Thursday. Full text...

  • EU, AU Foreign Ministers meet 21 January in Brussels
    13 december 2018 14:36:21
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, on Thursday announced that EU Foreign Ministers will meet with thtir African counterparts on 21-22 January, 2019, in Brussels, Belgium. Full text...

  • Central warehouse of DRC's Electoral Commission gutted by fire
    13 december 2018 14:15:09
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Fire on Thursday gutted one of the central warehouses of DR Congo's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in Gombe commune, Kinshasa, the CENI rapporteur, Jean-Pierre Kalamba Mulumba N'galula, said in a statement. Full text...

  • Tunisian PM begins three-day visit to Saudi Arabia
    13 december 2018 13:51:20
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian Prime Minister, Youssef Chahed, on Thursday began a three-day working visit to Saudi Arabia, according to a communiqué issued here by the Tunisian governmental services. Full text...

  • Nigerien MPs want gov't to end terrorist attacks, abductions
    13 december 2018 11:46:49
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Nigerien Parliament on Thursday urged the government to make all efforts to end terrorist attacks and abductions of peaceful citizens in the region of Diffa, far-east of the country, on the border with Nigeria. Full text...

  • Mali President receives UN, AU envoys
    13 december 2018 11:33:24
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Deputy UN Secretary General for peacekeeping operations, Mrs Bintou Kéita, and the African Union Senior representative of the African Peace Foundation, Dr Donald Kaberuka, on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Full text...

  • Gambian leader says his relationship with VP is 'normal'
    13 december 2018 10:20:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow, has said that his relationship with his Vice President Ousainou Darboe is "normal" amid widespread speculations that they have strained ties. Full text...

  • Presidential Council head says general elections only solution to Libyan crisis
    12 december 2018 16:50:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya's Chair of the Presidential Council of theGovernment of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, has said that ‘’the option of presidential and parliamentary elections, announced more than one year ago, is the decisive solution to the fight for power and the resolution of the problem of legitimacy and the divisive situation in the country’’. Full text...

  • Togolese in America urge African countries to be concerned about developments in the country
    12 december 2018 12:05:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Togolese in the US have urged African countries to be concerned about the situation in their country, stressing that the West African country "is a battlefield for Africa's future". Full text...

  • EU takes tough measures to end migrant smuggling networks from Libya
    12 december 2018 11:27:51
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union on Tuesday announced tough operational measures to intensify the fight against smuggling networks, according to a press release issued on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia welcomes US sanctions against ex-president Jammeh
    11 december 2018 19:40:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia has welcomed with appreciation the decision by US Department of State to ban former dictator Yahya Jammeh and members of his family from entering the United States as a result of their involvement in "significant corruption and gross violation of human rights." Full text...

  • Revamping Lake Chad requires diverting water from River Ubangi in Congo Basin
    11 december 2018 17:57:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said feasibility studies to revamp the Lake Chad Basin require a diversion of River Ubangi in the Congo Basin. Full text...

  • Irish Republican Army case is closed, says Libyan FM
    11 december 2018 14:32:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Responding to a request from the British ambassador to Libya, Frank Becker, on the possibility of a meeting between British victims of attacks by the Irish army on its soil, the Libyan Foreign Minister, Taher Siala, of the Government of National Unity, declared on Monday that "The Irish Republican Army (IRA) case has definitely been closed for years." Full text...

  • Burkina Faso celebrates 58th independence anniversary
    11 december 2018 13:34:57
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso on Tuesday celebrated the 58th anniversary of its independence at Manga, a city about 120 km from Ouagadougou, in the south-central region. Full text...

  • Parties submit names of nominees for presidential polls in Senegal
    11 december 2018 13:06:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Political parties in Senegal on Monday began submitting the nominees for candidates for the presidential election, scheduled for 24 February, 2009. Full text...

  • EU extends targeted sanctions against 15 persons close to DRC President Kabila
    11 december 2018 12:04:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has decided to extend targeted sanctions imposed against 15 persons close to the president of DR Congo, Joseph Kabila, according to a statement of the Council of Member States sent on Monday to the press. Full text...

  • EU extends mandate of its support mission in Somalia
    10 december 2018 18:06:22
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council on Monday extended the mandate of the EU capacity building mission in Somalia, EUCAP Somalia, until 31 December 2020 and also agreed on a budget of €66.1 million for the period 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2020. Full text...

  • Togolese opposition maintains election protests
    10 december 2018 17:44:58
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Togolese opposition persists with public protests against the legislative election scheduled for December 20, despite the deaths recorded in its ranks on Saturday, PANA learned Monday from sources close to the 14 Coalition in Lome. Full text...

  • EU welcomes outcome of Palermo conference on Libya
    10 december 2018 17:04:46
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) on Monday reiterated that there can only be a political solution to the Libyan crisis which needs to come from the Libyans themselves through an inclusive political process. Full text...

  • EU extends sanctions against DRC for one year
    10 december 2018 16:31:51
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council on Monday extended restrictive measures currently in place against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) until 12 December 2019, according to an official announcement made available to PANA in Brussels. Full text...

  • Libyan MPs back electoral commission on referendum
    10 december 2018 15:28:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Members of the Libyan House of Representatives on Monday expressed support for the high national electoral commission (HCEN), saying they will support the Commission's agenda, including the holding of the constitutional referendum in mid-February next year. Full text...

  • Militants disrupt opposition party campaigns, candidates decry state repression
    10 december 2018 13:41:09
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - Presidential election candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been met with violence on the campaign trail, with several officials calling for an international investigation. Full text...

  • Nigerien president determined to hand over power in 2021
    08 december 2018 19:09:48
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger's President, Mahamadou Issoufou, has assured his compatriots that he will hand over power in 2021, when his term expires. Full text...

  • Human Rights organisations, partners want EU to maintain sanctions against 16 Congolese officials
    08 december 2018 14:57:06
    Paris, France (PANA) - The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and Congolese partner organisations have called on the European Union (EU) to maintain the individual sanctions against 16 high-ranking Congolese officials, believing that weeks before the 23 December polls, the brutal repression of dissenting voices is still continuing. Full text...

  • IOC sues for dialogue, ahead of run off vote in Malagasy presidential polls
    08 december 2018 12:46:50
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) – The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) is suing for dialogue among stakeholders in Malagasy as the country braces up for a second-round of voting in the Malagasy presidential election. Full text...

  • Senegal and Estonia sign cooperation agreements
    07 december 2018 20:49:35
    Dakar, Senegal (NAPA) - Senegal and Estonia signed several cooperation agreements on Friday in Dakar, notably in the fields of education, the environment and the fight against cybercrime. Full text...

  • Barrow gets 'Excellence Statesmanship' award
    07 december 2018 09:05:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree for distinguishing himself as an excellent statesman who has demonstrated "a strong commitment to democracy, rule of law, social justice and respect for human rights" among others’’. Full text...

  • UN envoy says 'peaceful solution’ to Western Sahara conflict possible
    07 december 2018 04:11:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The first UN-led talks in six years over the disputed Western Sahara-region concluded on a positive note on Thursday in Geneva, where the Organization’s representative Horst Köhler said that further discussions are planned “in the first quarter of 2019”, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • Italian Prime Minister and Marshal Khalifa meet in Rome
    06 december 2018 17:35:48
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday met Marshal Khalifa Haftar, Commander of the Libyan National Army, according to a statement from the Italian government issued in Rome. Full text...

  • Toubou and Amazigh minorities reject Libya's draft constitution
    06 december 2018 12:35:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA ) - Representatives of the Toubou and Amazigh minority tribes in Libya have announced their rejection of the draft Libyan constitution pending the referendum, describing it as "non-representative of the Libyan people". Full text...

  • Kenyatta meets US Assistant State Secretary on deepening security ties
    06 december 2018 11:53:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta met US Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Tibor Peter Nagy, in Nairobi on Thursday to discuss how to deepen the Kenya-US partnerships in peace, security and trade, the President's office said. Full text...

  • Mauritian Govt. proposes electoral reforms
    06 december 2018 09:03:05
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Government has introduced a Constitution (Electoral Reform) (Amendment) Bill at the National Assembly to reform certain aspects of the electoral system. Full text...

  • First Western Sahara talks at UN in six years, begin in Geneva
    05 december 2018 22:23:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Talks have begun at the UN on the future of Western Sahara – the first in years – the Organization announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Fayez al-Sarraj denounces foreign interference into Libyan affairs
    05 december 2018 13:37:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The chairman of the presidential council of the Libyan government of national accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Wednesday denounced what he called "the negative interventions of certain countries in the internal affairs of Libya". Full text...

  • Congolese opposition leader promises reconciliation in Goma campaign trail
    05 december 2018 07:37:27
    Goma, DRC (PANA) - Congolese opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has pledged to increase state presence in Goma, North Kivu province, a region affected by civil war since the era of the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Full text...

  • ECOWAS engages more Nigerian stakeholders ahead of 2019 elections
    04 december 2018 15:26:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has taken its phased training workshop on Dialogue and Mediation to political stakeholders in Nigeria’s south-west geo-political zone as part of the regional organization’s engagements towards ensuring peaceful elections in the country in 2019. Full text...

  • Malian Prime Minister announces security measures for Gao city
    03 december 2018 18:03:42
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga has announced measures to beef up public security in the northern city of Gao where about 30 people killed in brutal attacks since the beginning of this year. Full text...

  • Gambians propose two five-year terms for President
    03 december 2018 10:05:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Many Gambians are in favour of two five-year terms for the president to be included in the tiny West African country’s new constitution in the making. Full text...

  • Political realignments heightened in Congolese opposition camps
    02 december 2018 10:58:14
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - Congolese opposition leader Felix Tshesikedi received a new boost on Saturday with the backing of the independent Presidential candidate, Tryphon Kin-Kiey Mulumba, a former top loyalist of current President Joseph Kabila. Full text...

  • Libya welcomes Algeria's initiative for a meeting of UMA foreign ministers
    01 december 2018 15:06:21
    Tripoli, Libya (NAPA) - Libya's Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of National Accord on Saturday welcomed a statement issued by the General Secretariat of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) on Algeria's proposal to take the necessary steps to organise as soon as possible a meeting of AMU Foreign Ministers, as a sign of the desire to activate this sub-regional organisation, which has been inactive for more than 27 years. Full text...

  • Buhari departs Abuja to attend climate change conference in Poland
    01 december 2018 11:57:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari departed Abuja for Katowice, Poland on Saturday to attend the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2-4 December. Full text...

  • Mauritius moves to amend its electoral system
    01 december 2018 08:03:41
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Government has decided to amend the Constitution of the island in a bid to reform certain aspects of the electoral system, PANA learnt from official sources in Port Louis. Full text...

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