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Sharm El Sheikh 2008
  • African leaders pass key test in clinching Zimbabwe deal
    01 july 2008 20:13:00
    Sharm El-Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- African leaders, facing the prospect of undermining the credibility of their continental organisation, moved on to clinch a deal of sorts on Zimbabwe as they authorised the formation of a unity government Tuesday, the last day of the two-day summit in this Egyptian resort. Full text...

  • UN panel suggests measures to end poverty in Africa
    01 july 2008 15:11:00
    Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- African leaders, meeting here to discuss initiat ives to bolster the alleviation of poverty in the continent, have endorsed a spe c ial report compiled by a high-level panel on how to achieve the set of developme n t targets, officials said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU leaders concerned over lack of progress in Darfur
    01 july 2008 14:52:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) leaders have expressed deep co ncern at the continued lack of progress in the political process in the restive D arfur region of western Sudan, the PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe stand-off: UN chief warns AU on credibility
    01 july 2008 14:05:00
    Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- The United Nations has warned the credibility of the African Union (AU) is at stake unless it helps to urgently resolve the cris i s facing Zimbabwe, the PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Somalia: AU leaders extend mandate of AMISOM
    01 july 2008 12:16:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) meeting at the level of Heads of State and Government has decided to extend the mandate of AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for an additional period of six months with effect from 17 July 2008, according to an official communiqué released here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mugabe upbeat over African solution to post-poll crisis
    01 july 2008 12:16:00
    Sharm El-Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said on Tuesday that support from African leaders in resolving the crisis in country was high and dismissed calls for the appointment of new mediators to help steer talks with the opposition. Full text...

  • AU to pay tribute to the late Aimé Césaire
    01 july 2008 10:40:00
    Sharm El-Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- The heads of state and government of the African Union (AU), gathered here for the AU summit, were expected Tuesday to pay tribute to the late Aimé Césaire, a poet and humanist from Martin ique, who died on 17 April last at the age of 94, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Guinea academic supports Kadhafi
    30 june 2008 19:56:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The recent declarations of Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi of Libya, talking of a "plot" aimed at sabotaging the African federal government pr o ject, "are legitimate and well-founded," a Guinean academic, Raymond Fancinadoun o , professor of constitutional law at the Conakry-based private Kofi Annan Univer s ity, said Sunday. Full text...

  • AU states may rebuff US sanctions against Zimbabwe
    30 june 2008 19:51:00
    Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- United States' "targeted sanctions" against elem ents in President Robert Mugabe's government are unlikely to get the majority su p port of the Arab African states, diplomatic sources disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • Mugabe in Egypt, harassed by three Europeans
    30 june 2008 19:47:00
    Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe here Monday h ad a heated exchange with three Europeans, whose identity or profession were not disclosed, as they accosted him on his way out of the plenary session of the on- g oing African Union heads of state summit. Full text...

  • African Union to demarcate borders to limit cross-border conflicts
    30 june 2008 19:30:00
    Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- Africa could soon end its border- ignited conflic ts following the commencement of an African Union (AU)-sanctioned programme to d e marcate the borders and eliminate conflicts, an AU Commissioner said here Monday . Full text...

  • African ministers fail to strike compromise on Zimbabwe
    30 june 2008 16:52:00
    Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- African ministers failed to reach a definite com promise on Zimbabwe and asked the continental leadership of the African Union (A U ) to take a stand on President Robert Mugabe's legitimacy crisis. Full text...

  • African leaders put pressure on Mugabe for urgent political deal
    30 june 2008 15:10:00
    Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- African leaders were Monday piling pressure on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to negotiate a political settlement with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), as the African Union (AU) summit got underway here But the opposition said it would negotiate only if a transitional authority for Zimbabwe was formed with its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, at the helm. Full text...

  • PSC presents mixed report on security situation in Africa
    30 june 2008 10:13:00
    Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has presented a mixed report on the security situation in Africa, saying while significant breakthroughs have been recorded in some, others have been bogged down by deadlocks. Full text...

  • African leaders to confront elaborate social welfare agenda
    29 june 2008 12:22:00
    Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- African leaders will commit to the implementatio n of new initiatives to bolster funding for child welfare improvements and make c ommitments to the efforts to eradicate malaria at the start of their high-level f orum on Monday, AU officials said in Sharm El Sheikh on Sunday. Full text...

  • Kufuor to bid farewell at AU summit
    29 june 2008 10:13:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) – Ghana's President John Agyek-um Kufuor will attend the 11th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU)in Sharm El-Sheikh, E g ypt, this week, where he will bid farewell to his colleagues. Full text...

  • AU conflict panel warns poverty fuelling separatism wave
    29 june 2008 10:08:00
    Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- Africa is at risk of more border and poverty-ignited conflicts which will require the African Union (AU) to take urgent steps to save the continent from an escalation, an expert body of the organization has warned. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso foreign minister appointed AU-UN envoy on Darfur
    28 june 2008 11:54:00
    Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's Foreign Minister Djibrill Bassole has been appointed the joint African Union (AU)-UN special envoy for Sudan, tas k ed with overseeing the search for military and political solutions to the crisis in Darfur. Full text...

  • AU intervention sought over Zimbabwean human rights abuses
    28 june 2008 08:49:00
    Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- African civil society activists Friday opposed p roposals for a power-sharing formula in Zimbabwe after the presidential run off e lection in the Southern Africa state, saying it would destroy Africa's democrati c credentials. Full text...

  • Ping says revamped Afro-Arab ties to bolster peace, security
    28 june 2008 08:39:00
    Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- Africa is to revive its partnership with the Ara b states in a bid to improve political integration which would foster urgent sol u tions to the crises facing Sudan and Somalia, African Union (AU) Commission Pres i dent Jean Ping said here. Full text...

  • Ping warns Mugabe, vows to defend AU supremacy
    28 june 2008 08:25:00
    Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Jean P ing has vowed to protect the supremacy of the organisation, saying he would not a llow any state to abuse AU supremacy and undermine its credibility. Full text...

  • UN official urges stronger African voice on global issues
    27 june 2008 12:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Africa must strengthen its voice at the internati onal level so that global solutions could be reached as they affect national and regional problems, Abdoulie Janneh, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Sec r etary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), told the 13th Ordinary Sessio n of the Executive Council of the African Union meeting Friday in Sharm-el-Sheikh , Egypt. Full text...

  • AU ministers to adopt special declaration on Zimbabwe
    27 june 2008 11:56:00
    Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- African foreign ministers kicked off a two-day m eeting here Friday ahead of the leaders' summit with the African Union (AU) Comm i ssion Chief Jean Ping, calling for a special declaration on Zimbabwe to be agree d upon. Full text...

  • African judge seeks expanded access to human rights court
    26 june 2008 16:53:00
    Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- African states are fighting to limit their citiz ens' access to the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights ahead of its merger with the African Court of Justice, seen as critical to eradicating impunity and v iolation of rights. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council to elect own human rights judges
    26 june 2008 11:55:00
    Sharm El Sheikh- Egypt (PANA) -- The Executive Council of the African Union (AU) will elect new members for both the African Court for Human and Peoples' Rights a nd the Committee of Experts on the Child's Rights and Welfare, sources in Sharm E l Sheik, Egypt, told PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • SA officials showcase 2010 World Cup readiness
    26 june 2008 10:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa flaunted its readiness to host the 2010 FIFA World cup at the Euro 2008 Championship in Austria, as government off i cials and and those of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) addressed concerns a b out the country's 2010 World Cup preparations. Full text...

  • AU budget: 7 debtor countries threatened by sanctions
    25 june 2008 10:07:00
    Sharm El Sheik- Egypt (PANA) -- The contributions sub-committee of the African Un ion (AU) has recommended to African ambassadors meeting in an ordinary session i n Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, to sanction seven countries that failed to pay their arr e ars of contributions to the AU as at 18 June, an official source told PANA Tuesd a y. Full text...

  • British children's author partners with UNESCO to help young people in need
    24 june 2008 23:20:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Or ganization (UNESCO) is teaming up with its newly-named Artist for Peace and Brit i sh writer Lauren Child to support children in need around the world. Full text...

  • UNDP to fund Guinea-Bissau's voter registration
    24 june 2008 13:52:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) h as granted the Guinea-Bissau's National Institute of Statistics (INEC) 545. Full text...



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