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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • Ethiopia: Obama tour demonstrates US preference for security pacts
    01 august 2015 16:15:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders pledged to boost regional security during talks with US President Barack Obama, who wound up a five-day tour of Africa this week, PANA reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Obama talks up Africa plans after heroic AU welcome
    28 july 2015 16:33:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - US President Barack Obama received a heroic podium welcome in Addis Ababa, for his historic speech at the African Union on Tuesday, with the AU top official saying Obama’s Presidency was the fulfillment of a 1973 prediction by former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Obama holds 'historic' talks with AU officials
    28 july 2015 12:07:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Visiting US President Barack Obama Tuesday held historic bilateral talks with the African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, saying the discussions concentrated on agriculture, energy and the issue of providing dependable electric power for Africa's rural poor. Full text...

  • Sudan: Amnesty international demands release of AU inquiry report on South Sudan
    23 july 2015 18:02:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Amnesty international on Thursday called for the immediate release of the African Union inquiry report on South Sudan, which it said is a vital step for resolution of the crisis in the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Deadly ethnic clashes in South Darfur draw concern of UNAMID
    17 july 2015 16:26:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The African Union–United Nations Mission in Darfur on Friday expressed deep concern over reports of escalating tensions and confrontations between the Reizegat and the Habaniya ethnic communities in South Darfur. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan soldier, 7 Al Shabaab terrorists killed in AMISOM convoy attack
    15 july 2015 19:22:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan soldier and seven Al Shabaab fighters were killed Wednesday when the militants attacked an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) convoy on routine patrol in Somalia’s Gedo region in the latest flare-up of fighting, a military spokesperson said. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Austrian football club recruit Rwandan defender Emery Bayisenge
    13 july 2015 19:59:14
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Austrian second division club, Lask Linz FC, have signed Rwandan defender Emery Bayisenge on a one-year deal, sports source said on Monday in Kigali.Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU, EU agree to enhance election observation in Africa
    02 july 2015 19:38:26
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - In the framework of the Pan-African Programme, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Union (EU) have signed an agreement for an amount of € 6million to support the strengthening of the AU's election observation capacity, the Commission announced Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Tanzania: First woman takes over as AU Commission’s Secretary General
    01 july 2015 20:21:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has appointed outgoing Secretary General of the Commission, Ambassador Jean Mfasoni, Special Advisor in her Office as from 1 July 2015, the Chairperson’s Office announced in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU-UN Mission says ground not ready for blue berets to land in Somalia
    30 june 2015 20:46:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Conditions are not yet met for the deployment of a UN peacekeeping operation in Somalia, according to the Joint AU-UN Mission which has reviewed the benchmarks for deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission and operations of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Full text...

  • Kenya: Dozens of Burundi soldiers killed in Somali AU military base attack
    26 june 2015 17:17:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Dozens of African Union (AU) troops were killed Friday in a dawn raid on the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Base situated in Leego town, 130 km south of Mogadishu, when an Al Shabaab terror group attacked the camp using a car bomb, an AU official confirmed. Full text...

  • South Africa: AU Summit ends with pledge to fulfill Agenda 2063
    16 june 2015 07:41:10
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The 25th session of the African Union (AU) Summit ended in the early hours of Tuesday with delegates pledging to fulfill “Agenda 2063”, a blueprint for future development of the continent.Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria under fire over AU funding
    15 june 2015 13:44:58
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday wrote to both the Ministers of Finance and International Relations and Cooperation, to request that they itemisze South Africa’s US$70 million per year contribution to the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • AU Summit: Nigeria challenges African leaders to stop illegal migration to Europe
    15 june 2015 12:47:43
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Nigeria has challenged African leaders to do everything possible to reverse the 'ugly trend' of African youths dying in droves while attempting to illegally migrate to Europe in search of 'better life'. Full text...

  • South Africa: Bashir jets away from African Union storm
    15 june 2015 12:25:54
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir left South Africa on Monday, despite the decision of a court barring him from leaving South Africa in connection with his indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Nigeria: NGO wants SA pressured to transfer al-Bashir to ICC
    15 june 2015 09:25:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian NGO has called on the African Union (AU) leadership and Nigeria to put pressure on the South African authorities to swiftly transfer President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against him during the Darfur conflict. Full text...

  • UN: ICC says States Parties have right to execute arrest warrants against President Bashir
    14 june 2015 19:44:36
    New York, US (PANA) - President of the Assembly of States to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mr. Sidiki Kaba, has stressed the need for States Parties to the Statue, to fulfill their obligations to execute the arrest warrants against Sudanese president Omar Bashir.Full text...

  • South Africa: AU chair addresses xenophobia and migration concerns
    14 june 2015 16:49:38
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, on Sunday addressed the scourge of xenophobia in South Africa and the tragedy of many Africans dying leaving their countries out of desperation and dying en route to Europe.Full text...

  • South Africa: Application barring Bashir from leaving SA to be heard on Monday
    14 june 2015 16:33:16
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The High Court in Pretoria has postponed the hearing on an urgent application to compel South Africa to arrest Sudanese President Omar Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity until Monday morning. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mugabe takes aim at SA and Nigeria over Libyan invasion
    14 june 2015 14:37:14
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has slammed both South Africa and Nigeria at the African Union Summit because they had both voted for a United Nations Security Council Resolution in 2011 which authorised military action against Libyan leader Muammar Khadafi and his regime. Full text...

  • South Africa: Bashir barred from leaving South Africa
    14 june 2015 13:37:58
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The High Court in Pretoria on Sunday granted an interim order preventing Sudanese president Omar Bashir from leaving South Africa, pending an urgent application for his arrest.Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan media 'relived' at Bashir's safe arrival in South Africa
    14 june 2015 09:45:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese newspapers on Sunday expressed relief that President Omar Bashir landed peacefully in South Africa for the AU summit as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs played down the row over the president’s participation. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tensions high as al-Bashir attends AU Summit
    14 june 2015 09:03:28
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The African Union Summit, which is underway in Sandton, has been overshadowed by the arrival of Sudanese President and International Criminal Court (ICC) fugitive, Omar al-Bashir. Full text...

  • South Africa: Delegates begin AU Summit deliberations
    13 june 2015 15:04:29
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Twenty African leaders who make up the membership of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) met Saturday at Sandton Conference Centre in Johannesburg to deliberate on economic empowerment of African women, financing of Africa’s regional infrastructure and Agenda 2063.Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir leaves for AU Summit in South Africa
    13 june 2015 13:07:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir on Saturday left Khartoum for Johannesburg to attend the 25th African Union (AU) Summit due to open Sunday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Free trade zone to be unveiled at AU summit
    13 june 2015 12:41:33
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The continent's largest free-trade zone, covering 26 countries, will be unveiled at this weekend’s African Union Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, officials said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Obasanjo presses for regional approach to economic integration
    13 june 2015 11:08:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Africa should pursue economic integration on the basis of regional economic communities rather than trying to do so with all 54 countries on the continent, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has said in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • South Africa: AU leaders mull over the problem of “third-terminism”
    13 june 2015 09:23:31
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The issue of African leaders extending their terms in office is under the spotlight at the AU summit where several heads of state who are guilty of the so-called “third-termism” are attending. Full text...

  • South Africa: Jolie calls for united campaign against gender violence
    13 june 2015 09:18:55
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie has urged African leaders to join a global campaign to fight the scourge of violence against women on the continent. Full text...

  • South Africa: AU must prevent third-term bids from destabilising Africa
    12 june 2015 20:13:52
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – African leaders’ attempts to change constitutions to allow them to stand for third terms will become the next big threat to peace and security on the continent, according to the South Africa-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS).Full text...

  • South Africa: Libyan impasse under spotlight at AU Summit
    12 june 2015 16:25:21
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The International Contact Group on Libya on Friday began meeting on the sidelines of the 25th ordinary session of the AU Assembly. Full text...

  • South Africa: Fresh calls for al-Bashir's arrest
    12 june 2015 15:50:02
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Democratic Alliance MP Stevens Mokgalapa on Friday called for the “immediate arrest” of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he arrives in Johannesburg on Saturday for the African Union (AU) Summit. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu leads Zambian delegation to AU Summit
    12 june 2015 13:04:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - President Edgar Lungu on Friday left for South Africa at the head of the the Zambian delegation to the 13-15 June 25th Assembly of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government in Johannesburg.Full text...

  • AU Summit: Centre threatens to seek arrest warrant for Sudanese President
    12 june 2015 10:55:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Southern Africa Litigation Centre has threatened to seek an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he attends this weekend’s African Union Summit in Sandton, South Africa.Full text...

  • South Africa: Xenophobia under the spotlight at AU summit
    12 june 2015 07:44:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Xenophobia is likely to be a hot topic at the African Union (AU) Summit which is underway in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • South Africa: AUC Chairperson warns of Africa's gender inequalities
    11 june 2015 18:17:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Thursday said Africa is failing in its efforts to achieve gender parity. Full text...

  • South Africa: African leaders jet into Johannesburg for African Union Summit
    11 june 2015 14:00:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – More than 50 African heads of state have begun arriving in South Africa ahead of the 25th African Union (AU( Summit which gets underway in Johannesburg on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Nigerian AU delegate robbed in Johannesburg
    11 june 2015 10:32:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A major manhunt is underway for a group of men posing as policemen who robbed a Nigerian delegate shortly after he had arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday night to attend the 25th African Union (AU) summit in the city. Full text...

  • South Africa: African FMs back AU industrial revolution plan
    10 june 2015 15:57:51
    Sandton, South Africa (PANA) - Foreign ministers attending the 25th session of the African Union (AU) Assembly agreed Wednesday to formally support implementation of the AU flagship plan to rapidly industrialise Africa, saying national action plans were needed to urgently support Agenda 2063.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chairperson congratulates Mauritian first woman President
    05 june 2015 20:07:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has “warmly congratulated” Ameenah Gurib-Fakim on her appointment as the new President of the Republic of Mauritius, according to a statement issued Friday by the Commission in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Konaré appointed as AU High Representative for South Sudan
    02 june 2015 19:54:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has appointed former Malian President Alpha Oumar Konaré as the AU High Representative for South Sudan, the Commission announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: How to enhance public trust in Ethiopia’s electoral process - AU election mission
    27 may 2015 09:44:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia’s elections managerial board should put in place measures and procedures to enhance public trust in the electoral process, according to an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) that was deployed to the 24 May 2015 parliamentary elections in the East African country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU commemorates 52nd anniversary
    25 may 2015 18:21:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – “Women of Africa are a formidable asset in achieving sustainable, social and economic development, as well as the eradication of poverty, hunger and disease,” the African Union (AU) Chairperson, President Robert G. Mugabe of Zimbabwe, stated Monday in a message commemorating the 52nd anniversary of the Union. Full text...

  • Senegal: Africa moves to ensure better dividends from natural resources
    22 may 2015 11:07:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Africa is continuing its push, through the Africa Mining Vision, to ensure that nations on the continent benefit more from their natural resources, for the benefit of their populations.Full text...

  • Tanzania: ECOSOCC deplores continued violence in Burundi
    18 may 2015 15:35:38
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union (AU) said Monday it was deeply concerned about the unfolding political, security and humanitarian situation in Burundi.Full text...

  • Libya: PM Abdallah al-Theni invited to AU summit in June
    17 may 2015 11:48:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - South African authorities have invited head of Libya's interim government Abdallah al-Theni to the African Union (AU) summit scheduled for 7 June in Pretoria, according to official sources here.Full text...

  • Tanzania: Failed constitutional order in Burundi, another lesson for Africa (By Anaclet Rwegayura, PANA Editor, Tanzania)
    14 may 2015 11:59:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - When will Africa absolutely do away with coups d'état as a way of changing government, despite African Union's principle of rejecting unconstitutional change of government?Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU organizes 10th ‘eLearning Africa’ international conference
    12 may 2015 09:52:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Political leaders will join education experts and investors at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 20-22 May 2015 to discuss the role technology can play in building on Africa’s progress in education, training and development. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Conference adopts plan for combating illegal trade in Africa’s natural resources
    30 april 2015 19:10:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – African governments should strengthen their institutional and legal frameworks for handling wildlife and environmental crimes in order to realise the benefits of the continent-wide strategy and action plan for combating the illegal trade in natural resources, adopted Thursday in Brazzaville, Congo.Full text...

  • Togo: AU urges Togolese to maintain peace after presidential polls
    28 april 2015 14:02:36
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The African Union (AU) electoral observer mission has urged the Togolese to preserve the serenity and will of the people that prevailed during the 25 April presidential election in the country.Full text...

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