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  • Côte d’Ivoire: UN Security Council delegation expected in CAR
    04 march 2015 20:25:50
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – A delegation from the UN Security Council will on 10 March make a forty-eight hour visit to Central African Republic, says a communiqué issued to PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks South Sudanese leaders on peace, stability
    04 march 2015 17:25:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged South Sudanese political rivals, President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar, to resolve their differences and move towards a lasting peace ahead of an impending mediation deadline. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Pres. Kafando urges compatriots to register to vote
    04 march 2015 11:08:50
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Acting President Michel Kafando has urged his compatriots to show patriotism by participating massively in the ongoing revision of the voter's register. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa returns to Lesotho following snap election
    04 march 2015 10:36:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday returned to Maseru, as efforts continue to form a ruling coalition in the aftermath of Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council moves to slam sanctions on South Sudan peace blockers
    04 march 2015 07:46:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution creating Full text...

  • Libya: New round of inter-Libyan talks begins Thursday in Morocco
    03 march 2015 16:27:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Stakeholders in the Libyan crisis will Thursday begin a new round of talks in Morocco under the supervision of the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Civil society opposes removal of electoral chief
    03 march 2015 13:40:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room), a coalition of civil society organisations, has expressed concern at the ongoing campaign in certain circles for the removal of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS hails Mali Peace Accord
    03 march 2015 12:22:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has hailed the Mali Peace and Reconciliation Agreement signed in Algiers, Algeria, 1 March 2015, which it called the culmination of several months of dedication and tenacious commitment of all parties involved in the Malian talks. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 15,000 policemen threaten strike on election day
    03 march 2015 10:22:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 15,000 Nigerian policemen have threatened to embark​ on strike on 28 March, the date for the country's presidential election, to press for the payment of their salary arrears. Full text...

  • Zambia: Ex-Tourism Minister expelled from ruling party
    03 march 2015 08:30:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Outspoken former Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo has been expelled from Zambia's ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party for campaigning against President Edgar Lungu during the January 2015 presidential elections. Full text...

  • Libya: Khalifa Haftar appointed C-in-C of Libyan Army
    03 march 2015 08:14:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Parliament has appointed retired Libyan General Khalifa Haftar to the post of Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan Army, PANA reported from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: US urges South Sudanese leaders to choose peace
    03 march 2015 08:04:09
    New York, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry has stressed the need for warring parties in South Sudan to use the current and final round of negotiations to deliver a sustainable peace and stability for the country and its people. Full text...

  • Congo: Central Africa's Peace and Security Council meets in Brazzaville
    02 march 2015 22:12:14
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The first conference of the commission at the Central Africa Peace and Security Commission (COPAX) opened on Monday in Brazzaville to review challenges for the preservation of peace and security in countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament lifts suspension of participation in inter-Libyan talks
    02 march 2015 21:02:02
    Tobrouk, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Chamber of Representatives, the internationally recognised Parliament, in a session in the eastern city of Toruk on Monday, lifted the suspension of its participation in the inter-Libyan talks facilitated by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Full text...

  • Ghana: Namibia president Pohamba wins Mo Ibrahim Prize
    02 march 2015 20:54:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia has been named as the winner of the 2014 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: National Security boss fired
    02 march 2015 13:58:10
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Head of Sierra Leone’s national security Mustapha Kahuta Dumbuya has been fired after security agents seized 250kg of controversial Ebola blood samples, bound for South Africa, at the Lungi international airport. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief lauds Lesotho's peaceful elections
    02 march 2015 07:45:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of Lesotho on the peaceful conduct of the country's parliamentary elections, held on 28 Feb. Full text...

  • Sudan: Opposition lists conditions for dialogue with govt
    01 march 2015 16:37:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese opposition parties, meeting in Berlin, Germany, at the invitation of the German government and non-governmental organizations, have signed a declaration, saying they would only participate in talks with the government if wars and other conflicts are halted. Full text...

  • Congo: Opposition calls for 'immediate' national dialogue before 2016 presidential election
    27 february 2015 20:51:51
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A large coalition of the Congolese opposition parties has urged president Denis Sassou Nguesso to organise "immediately" a national dialogue ahead of next year’s presidential election. Full text...

  • Libya: Russia, EU give Libyan dialogue last chance of support
    27 february 2015 18:04:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) and Russia have agreed to support the "last" diplomatic attempt for Libya to get out of the ongoing crisis, according to reports carried by the Libyan media on Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius seeks to exercise sovereignty over Chagos Archipelago
    26 february 2015 12:24:34
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth, told Parliament Thursday that it has always been the unequivocal stand of Mauritius that the Chagos Archipelago, including Diego Garcia and Tromelin, are an integral part of its territory. Full text...

  • South Africa: Govt to investigate spy cable release
    26 february 2015 11:35:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The government has slammed the leaking of thousands of spy cables to television channel Al Jazeera which detail Pretoria’s intelligence activities around the world. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian PM underscores international coordination in fighting terrorism
    25 february 2015 19:18:14
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The fight against terrorism, a cross-border and continental phenomenon, demands continuous regional and international coordination, Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid said on Wednesday during his audience with the European Union coordinator for the fight against terrorism, Gilles de Kerchove. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission urges Libya's stakeholders to pursue next round of talks
    25 february 2015 18:51:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Wednesday said Full text...

  • UN: South Sudan gripped by 'serious failure of leadership'
    25 february 2015 12:14:55
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous has warned that following a worsening humanitarian situation and a fragile security environment, the continuing tension between South Sudan’s rival factions risk plunging the country into further violence. Full text...

  • Niger: Benin, Togo, Cote d'Ivoire back president Mahamadou against Boko Haram
    24 february 2015 21:03:52
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Benin, Togo and Cote d'Ivoire on Tuesday threw their support behind Niger in its fight against the Nigerian-based Boko Haram insurgents which have been creating havoc in a number of West and Central African countries. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kagame appoints new Sports and Culture minister
    24 february 2015 19:38:51
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday made a minor shuffle of his cabinet by appointing Ms. Julienne Uwacu as new Minister of Sports and Culture, said an official statement issued to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan PM deplores US passivity on terrorism in Libya
    24 february 2015 17:29:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Prime Minister of Libya's interim government, Abdallah al-Theni has accused the United States and other superpowers of closing their eyes on arms smuggling to the benefit of armed groups in Libya, asserting that members of the Nigerian "Boko Haram" group of insurgents have infiltrated into Libya because of the chaos that reigns in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya opens new diplomatic mission in Algeria
    24 february 2015 13:53:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has opened a new diplomatic mission in Algiers, Algeria, and posted Ambassador Moi Lemoshira, the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ministry said in a press statement. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says without UN, past 70 years would have been 'bloodier'
    23 february 2015 22:42:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said the past seven decades would have been bloodier without the existence of the UN, noting that the organisation has made remarkable achievements in the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as growth and development. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan court nullifies key sections of new anti-terror law
    23 february 2015 17:38:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan court stopped the government on Monday from imposing large fines against journalists and publishers in a ruling nullifying eight sections of a controversial terrorism law. Full text...

  • Algeria: President Uhuru Kenyatta to visit Algeria Tuesday
    23 february 2015 15:40:06
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – The Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, will on Tuesday begin a three-day working visit to Algeria at the invitation of the Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, says a communiqué issued Monday by the Algerian presidency. Full text...

  • Tunisia: France backs AU in fight against Boko Haram
    23 february 2015 10:10:51
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - France has expressed support for the efforts being made by the African Union (AU) to get the backing of the UN Security Council for the fight against the Nigerian terror group Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ivorian nationalist, Ekra, dies at 98
    23 february 2015 08:33:24
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - A founding father of Cote d'Ivoire, Mathieu Vangah Ekra, died on Sunday at the age of 98, PANA learnt from officials sources here Monday. Full text...

  • Togo: Civil society demands constitutional reform before presidential poll in Togo
    22 february 2015 14:33:00
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Two civil society organizations have called for institutional and constitutional reforms in Togo before the holding of the presidential elections due in April this year. Full text...

  • Togo: OIF says there is 'crisis of confidence' among Togolese political stakeholders
    21 february 2015 16:28:07
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The head of the electoral evaluation mission for the International Francophone Organization (OIF), Malian General Siaka Sangaré, has said there is "a crisis of confidence" among actors in the Togolese electoral process. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia to recall ambassador in Libya for investigation
    21 february 2015 14:08:25
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia has decided to recall its former ambassador in Libya, Ridha Boukadi, who resigned on 5 February, to open an investigation into the recent declarations made to media in which he accused the foreign affairs ministry of lethargy with regard to the information he provided to Tunisian leaders of the banned organization “Ansar Acharia", says the Tunisian minister of foreign affairs, Taieb Baccouche, on Saturday. Full text...

  • Libya: France warns against non-formation of national unity government
    21 february 2015 12:05:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The French foreign affairs minister, Laurent Fabius, has said that the number one objective in Libya is the formation of a national unity government with the support of the international community, threatening to take extra measures if such government is not formed. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges Nigerian govt to uphold new dates for elections
    20 february 2015 21:05:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly urged the Nigerian government to ensure that the new dates set for the country’s general elections are maintained. Full text...

  • Kenya: EAC Summit calls for immediate ceasefire in South Sudan
    20 february 2015 17:48:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - East African leaders Friday called for an immediate ceasefire in South Sudan at the end of a one-day Summit, which considered a report on whether South Sudan should be allowed to join the currently five-member East African Community (EAC). Full text...

  • Kenya: East African leaders agree to bolster regional trade
    20 february 2015 16:40:44
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  • UN: UN Security Council tasks Burundi on free, fair elections
    19 february 2015 07:53:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has urged the Government of Burundi to establish a climate of freedom and openness conducive to the holding of elections later this year, stressing the need to stop intimidation, harassment, arbitrary detention and other curtailments to the enjoyment of the rights of freedom of peaceful assembly and expression. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh pays tribute to Gambia's independence leader
    18 february 2015 19:05:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has paid tribute to former Gambian leader Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara and other African leaders who fought against colonialism in Gambia and Africa as a whole. Full text...

  • Ghana: Main opposition party demonstrates against electricity shortage in Ghana
    18 february 2015 16:10:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Thousands of supporters of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) poured into the streets of the Ghanaian capital, Accra, on Wednesday to protest against the crippling shortage of electricity that has disrupted economic activity and social life in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma grilled by MPs in Parliament
    18 february 2015 14:18:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday spent his second day on the firing line as MPs slammed him for last week’s State of the Nation address which saw armed policemen enter the Chamber to remove opposition MPs. Full text...

  • Congo: UNESCO ambassador urges Congolese youth to work for peaceful election
    17 february 2015 20:45:55
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – UNESCO goodwill ambassador A’Salfo, leader of the Ivorian musical group, Magic System, on Tuesday urged Congolese youth to work for peace and cohesion ahead of the presidential election due next year, official sources said. Full text...

  • Algeria: Fifth round of inter-Malian talks opens in Algiers
    17 february 2015 19:21:25
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – The international mediation team for the inter-Malian peace talks, which entered the fifth round Tuesday in Algiers, has appealed to the parties in conflict to seize that opportunity and reach a sustainable peace deal. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia backs talks between Libyan parties in conflict
    17 february 2015 18:37:55
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia has welcomed the request made by Egypt for a military intervention in Libya and assured that it would cooperate on any decision from the UN Security Council about the Libyan crisis, the spokesperson for the Tunisian Foreign Affairs ministry, Mokhtar Chaouachi said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Electoral body distributes 52 million voter cards
    17 february 2015 16:39:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of the 28 March presidential election in Nigeria, the country's electoral body said it had distributed some 52,233,396 voter cards, representing 75.88% of the total number of registered voters (68.8 million). Full text...

  • South Africa: Parties move to prevent cellphone jamming in Parliament
    17 february 2015 12:56:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - An urgent application to prohibit the use of mobile network blocking devices in the South African Parliament got under way in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday. Full text...

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