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29th African Union Summit,
27th June to 4th July 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • AU calls on Italian deputy Premier to withdraw 'slave' remark over African migrants
    18 september 2018 19:04:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) has called on Italian deputy Premier Matteo Salvini to retract remarks referring to African immigrants to Europe as "slaves" and urged Rome to consider improving its policies towards migrants. Full text...

  • AU wishes Ethiopians continued peace and joy in New Year
    11 september 2018 17:33:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has on behalf of “the entire African Union Family" extended best wishes to the Ethiopian people as they celebrated New Year 2011 on Tuesday. Full text...

  • AUC Chair commends retired president for respecting Malagasy constitution
    08 september 2018 12:48:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairman of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, has noted with satisfaction the resignation of the President of the Republic of Madagascar, Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina, in accordance with the Malagasy Constitution, and the appointment, on 7 September, 2018, of Senate President, Rivo Rakotovao, as Acting President of Madagascar. Full text...

  • 'AUC Chief happy with recent positive developments in the Horn of Africa'
    08 september 2018 12:36:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, says he is encouraged by the recent positive developments in the Horn of Africa, in particular the improvement of relations between countries of the region. Full text...

  • China backs AU goal to silence guns in Africa by 2020
    05 september 2018 18:31:25
    Beijing, PR China (PANA) – President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China on Wednesday reaffirmed his country’s support for the African Union’s goal of silencing the guns by 2020, as well as the integration of the continent. Full text...

  • China backs AU goal to silence guns in Africa by 2020
    05 september 2018 18:28:05
    Beijing, PR China (PANA) – President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China on Wednesday reaffirmed his country’s support for the African Union’s goal of silencing the guns by 2020, as well as the integration of the continent. Full text...

  • AU deploys Election Observation Mission to Rwanda’s 2018 Parliamentary Elections
    29 august 2018 15:36:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, following an invitation from the Rwanda's National Electoral Commission, has approved the deployment of an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) in the Republic of Rwanda as the country prepares to hold Parliamentary Elections from 2 to 4 September, 2018. Full text...

  • AUC Chief participaties in SADC Summit in Windhoek
    17 august 2018 13:47:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, is in Windhoek, Namibia, to take part in the 38th Ordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), scheduled to take place on 17 and 18 August 2018. Full text...

  • AUC continues investigation of alleged harassment of women within the Commission
    17 august 2018 13:46:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) says its High-Level Committee established, last June, by the Chairperson of the Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, to investigate allegations of harassment against women staff members is continuing its work. Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson underlines civil registration, vital statistics improvement
    10 august 2018 16:32:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - As Africa commemorates the first African Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) on Friday, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, called on all Governments to recognize the importance of CRVS.Full text...

  • Libyan Prime Minister calls for unification of Army
    10 august 2018 12:35:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Prime Minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Thursday called for the unification of the country's military who, despite the division and lack of equipment, stood valiantly alongside the security forces against terrorists, mercenaries, smugglers, and human traffickers. Full text...

  • LIA forced to abandon its Tripoli HQ due to militia coercion
    09 august 2018 13:19:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) has been forced to abandon its headquarters at the downtown Tripoli Tower due to persistent militia coercion and interference in its internal affairs. Full text...

  • Libya ranked 7th most dangerous country in the world
    08 august 2018 15:57:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Global Peace Index 2108, published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, has ranked Libya the 7th most dangerous country in the world. Full text...

  • AU, AfDB, Afreximbank discuss establishment of African Pharmaceutical Development Fund
    08 august 2018 14:20:32
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Officials from the African Union (AU), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Import and Export Bank (Afreximbank) are holding a three-day meeting in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss practical steps towards the creation of a fund to support pharmaceutical manufacturing in Africa. Full text...

  • Chad, Libya, Niger and Sudan border security committee to meet in Khartoum
    08 august 2018 13:24:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The 3rd ministerial meeting aimed at strengthening the security of the joint border among Sudan, Libya, Chad and Niger will be preceded on Wednesday by a meeting of their experts in Khartoum, Sudan. Full text...

  • Libya High National Elections Commission ready for forthcoming elections
    07 august 2018 13:55:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The head of Libya's High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Imad Al-Sayeh, has reaffirmed the readiness of the commission to hold the elections on time, through the geographical constituencies. Full text...

  • South Sudanese gov't, opposition sign final peace deal, end 4 years of conflict
    06 august 2018 15:23:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The parties to the conflict in South Sudan on Sunday evening signed a final peace pact, ending more than four years of conflict in the youngest nation. Full text...

  • AUC pledges support to DR Congo's electoral process
    06 august 2018 12:54:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - "Guided by the relevant instruments, including the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the African Union will spare no efforts to help mobilize the necessary technical and logistical support for the successful organization of the DR Congo elections, scheduled for December 2018." Full text...

  • 643 Nigerians voluntarily return from Libya in 5 weeks – NEMA
    03 august 2018 13:52:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday said no fewer than 643 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya in the last five weeks. Full text...

  • UN-African Union partnership ‘not a choice but a necessity’, Security Council hears
    19 july 2018 06:39:18
    New York, US (PANA) - A stronger partnership between the United Nations and the African Union is “not a choice but a necessity” in tackling today’s complex peace and security challenges in Africa, a senior UN official said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • AUC Chair hails renewed friendly relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia
    17 july 2018 16:31:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has commended the Eritrean and Ethiopian leaders for their steadfast efforts to enhance reconciliation, trust and cooperation between their two countries. Full text...

  • Rights group says Chadians forced to pay heavy price for harsh austerity measures
    16 july 2018 06:46:17
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International on Monday published a report that criticises the Chadian authorities for a host of austerity measures that are pushing people into deeper poverty, undermining access to necessary health care and putting education beyond the reach of many. Full text...

  • Security Council downsizes AU-UN mission in Darfur, eying eventual exit
    14 july 2018 07:01:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday extended the mandate of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation in Sudan’s Darfur until the end of June next year, but reduced the number of troops deployed in the field with an eye towards the mission’s eventual exit, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • Sudan protests EU's query of Djibouti and Uganda for not arresting Bashir
    12 july 2018 12:33:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has protested to the European Union (EU) about its statement expressing regret that Djibouti and Uganda did not arrest President Omar Bashir when he visited those countries as stated by the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • AU report shows marginal cut on extreme poverty rates in East Africa
    12 july 2018 06:42:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Economic growth in East Africa managed to reduce extreme poverty rates by an average of 1 percentage point annually sustained over 23 years between 1990 and 2013, a maiden report by the African Union measuring economic trends in Africa shows. Full text...

  • ‘Wind blowing in the direction of peace’ in Africa - Guterres
    10 july 2018 05:58:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Recent developments in Africa indicate that the continent is increasingly moving in the “direction of peace” and enhanced security, the United Nations Secretary-General told journalists in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday. Full text...

  • African continental free trade area gains momentum with 49th ratification (News Analysis by Aimable TWahirwa, PANA Correspondent)
    03 july 2018 13:51:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Five countries - Burundi, Lesotho, Namibia, Sierra Leone and South Africa - this week joined the other African states in ratifying the African continental free trade area AfCFTA, only three months after it was officially opened for signature, but some governments are still assessing their policies before eliminating tariffs on intra-African trade in goods Full text...

  • Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa in Nouakchott for AU Summit
    30 june 2018 10:44:52
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived here Saturday for the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government officially opening on Sunday. Full text...

  • AU welcomes South Sudan’s permanent ceasefire agreement
    28 june 2018 19:12:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has welcomed the Khartoum Declaration Agreement between the Parties to the Conflict in South Sudan, signed on 27 June 2018. Full text...

  • Cocaine and opium production worldwide hit ‘absolute record highs’ - says UN study
    27 june 2018 05:17:28
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - The scourge of opium-based drugs and cocaine are a bigger global threat to public health and law enforcement than ever before, according to the latest World Drug Report, released on Tuesday by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Full text...

  • 'At least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled in 2016' - UN report says
    14 june 2018 05:53:03
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - According to the first ever Global Study on Smuggling of Migrants, released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday, at least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled during the course of 2016. Full text...

  • AUC Chairpersons hails Spain for harbouring over 600 stranded migrants
    12 june 2018 18:55:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Tuesday commended the Government of Spain for giving safe harbour to over 600 migrants, including women and children, who were stranded in the Mediterranean Sea since Sunday. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Senegal ends pre-World Cup campaign on high, beat South Korea 2-0
    12 june 2018 05:31:59
    Grödig, Austria (PANA) - Senegal, one of the five African nations going to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, ended their preparation for football's biggest festival on a happy note, defeating South Korea on Monday in their fifth and final pre-World Cup friendly. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Senegal take on South Korea in final pre-World Cup friendly
    11 june 2018 04:52:59
    Grödig, Austria (PANA) - Senegal, one of the five African nations going to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, meet South Korea on Monday in their fifth and final pre-World Cup friendly.Full text...

  • International partners welcome results of Somalia’s National Security Council meeting
    07 june 2018 19:42:10
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – International partners supporting Somalia on Thursday welcomed what they described as “the significant outcomes” of the June 3-5 National Security Council meeting in Baidoa, capital of South West State. Full text...

  • Weeding corruption out of sport an investment in development - UN
    06 june 2018 03:42:35
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - Sports scandals, including allegations of endemic corruption and the involvement of organised crime, threaten to undermine the sector’s potential to contribute to peace and global development, a senior United Nations official said on Tuesday Full text...

  • President Kabila sends special message to AU Commission on situation in DRC
    04 june 2018 16:38:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are determined to successfully carry out the ongoing process, in conformity with the schedule drawn up by the National Independent Electoral Commission in order to hold elections at the end of the year, Foreign Affairs Minister Leonard She Okitundu has said. Full text...

  • Africa CDC deploys volunteers to tackle Ebola Virus Disease in DR Congo
    01 june 2018 18:29:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - After recruiting and training 18 Congolese volunteers, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has deployed them to Equator province to support the response to Ebola Virus Disease in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Rwanda ratifies AfCFTA, Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and the African Passport
    27 may 2018 06:25:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Rwanda on Saturday deposited its ratification instruments of the Agreement on the Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and the African Passport, with the African Union Commission (AUC). Full text...

  • AU-UN mission in Darfur boosts vigilance in wake of attacks on camps for displaced
    25 may 2018 15:57:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Following a series of armed attacks on camps hosting displaced Sudanese in central Darfur, the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission there has urged all parties to respect humanitarian space which it says should be free of weapons, threats, and violence. Full text...

  • Mauritius calls for better Africa for future generations
    25 may 2018 06:00:40
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius firmly believes that a strong, secure, united and economically independent and prosperous Africa is central to the island’s own economic progress and social development. Full text...

  • Sahel, Horn of Africa attend workshop on peace-building
    23 may 2018 11:55:09
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) - The Consultation and Experience Sharing Workshop between the Sahel and the Horn of Africa on Peace-building and the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education kicked off on Tuesday at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Potential unprecedented levels of heroin as opium production hits record high
    22 may 2018 06:58:14
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record-high last year, leading to unprecedented levels of potential heroin on the world market, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a new report released on Monday. Full text...

  • Liberia needs support of African, international partners to build lasting peace
    17 may 2018 11:17:37
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The withdrawal of United Nations peacekeepers soon after a successful election signals that Liberia is well on the road to recovery, but the country’s transition from war to sustained peace is far from over, the Liberia Peacebuilding Office, the African Union and the Institute for Security Studies said on Thursday in a joint press release. Full text...

  • Climate change: An 'existential threat' to humanity, UN chief warns
    16 may 2018 04:13:41
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - None of the world’s challenges loom as large as climate change, the United Nations chief told a major climate action summit on Tuesday, reiterating his belief that global warming poses an “existential threat” to humanity. Full text...

  • ‘Much work to do and no time to waste’ in cybercrime fight - Guterres
    15 may 2018 05:26:22
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - The UN body focusing on crime prevention and criminal justice, opened its annual session in Vienna on Monday, calling for a more integrated global response to continuing and emerging challenges, including cybercrime. Full text...

  • Iran deal represents ‘significant verification gain’– UN atomic energy chief
    09 may 2018 19:47:07
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - Speaking the day after the United States withdrew from an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme, the head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency made it clear that Iran has consistently stuck to its commitments.Full text...

  • AMISOM trains Somali Police officers on communication skills
    08 may 2018 19:37:28
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) –Somali Police officers should have skills, knowledge and capabilities to make people know what the force stands for and they can do this by speaking out, Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Simon Mulongo has said. Full text...

  • AU condemns terrorist attack on Libya National Election Commission in Tripoli
    04 may 2018 16:32:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahmat has strongly condemned the terrorist attack against the Libya National Election Commission in Tripoli on 2 May 2018, in which over 14 people were killed and many more wounded, including the staff of the Election Commission and police officers. Full text...

  • Mauritania hosts mid-year ordinary session of AU leaders
    03 may 2018 18:43:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) will take place from 25 June to 2 July 2018 in Nouakchott, Mauritania, the AU Commission announced on Thursday.Full text...

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