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  • UN Human Rights chief urges governments to uphold rights of peoples
    24 april 2018 18:02:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Short-sighted nationalism, isolationism and the rapid rise of xenophobia are dangerously eroding States' capacity to respond effectively to the difficulties they face, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein stated here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2nd Women Leaders' Forum for Africa's Transformation begins in Ethiopia
    24 april 2018 16:01:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The second Women Leaders' forum for Africa's Transformation began on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme “Women Working Together for the Africa We Want: From Commitment to Action”. Full text...

  • ‘Lack of unity of purpose keeps Africa under constant terror threats’ – Dramani Mahama
    21 april 2018 13:52:27
    Bahir Dar, Ethiopia (PANA) - African countries need integrated efforts to tackle their challenges on issues of peace and security, former president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama has said at a panel discussion organized under the 7th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa.Full text...

  • UN Human Rights Chief visits Ethiopia, AU Commission
    21 april 2018 11:40:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Sunday begins his second official visit to Ethiopia, at the invitation of the Government, his office announced Saturday from Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Drones ready to join fight against deadly diseases – UN agency
    20 april 2018 06:12:15
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - Robotics may soon be a critical ally in the fight against disease-spreading bugs, a United Nations agency said on Thursday after a successful test releasing sterile mosquitos from aerial drones as part of efforts to suppress the insect that spreads Zika and other diseases. Full text...

  • Another Rwandan female volleyball player vanishes at Commonwealth Games in Australia
    18 april 2018 15:19:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The second member of the Rwandan delegation at just-concluded 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, Denise Mutatsimpundu, has gone missing from her accommodation at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, just few hours before the team was due to return home, a sport official confirmed Wednesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • AU chief urges UN Security Council to find political solution to Syrian conflict
    15 april 2018 13:39:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Underlining its concern about the ongoing developments regarding Syria, the African Union on Sunday strongly condemned any use of chemical and other weapons prohibited under international law. Full text...

  • AMISOM deputy head urges military commanders to heed transition plan
    15 april 2018 09:48:01
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Simon Mulongo, has asked military commanders of the AU peacekeeping force in the Horn of Africa country to implement the transition plan as per dictates of the United Nations Security Council resolution on gradual reduction of troops serving in Somalia. Full text...

  • One Rwandan Para-Powerlifting coach goes missing at Commonwealth Games in Australia
    13 april 2018 15:04:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwanda on Friday confirmed that the head coach of the nation's Para-Powerlifting team, Jean Paul Nsengiyumva, has goe missing while attending the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. Full text...

  • UN launches global network of judges to strengthen integrity in courts
    09 april 2018 20:40:29
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - The United Nations on Monday launched an initiative to connect judges around the world so that they can learn from each other about ways to strengthen integrity in courts, such as by preventing corruption and undue political interference into judicial appointments and decisions. Full text...

  • Togo plans ministerial meeting on Single African Air Transport Market
    04 april 2018 19:03:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé of Togo is planning to convene a ministerial meeting in Lomé, in May 2018, bringing together all key stakeholders to take forward the commitments made by African Union (AU) Member States regarding the Single African Air Transport Market. Full text...

  • AU Border Programme marks 3 crossing corridors between Sudan, South Sudan
    03 april 2018 16:36:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Border Programme (AUBP), through its technical team (AUBPTT), has completed the first phase of marking three of the ten crossing points along the corridors of the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ) between South Sudan and Sudan. Full text...

  • AU pays tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
    02 april 2018 19:28:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Expressing “great shock and profound sadness” following the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, described her as “an icon of the liberation struggle against Apartheid”. Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson congratulates Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister
    02 april 2018 19:25:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Monday congratulated Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali on his confirmation as the new Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, following the resignation of his predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegn. Full text...

  • AU, UN Special Envoys assess funding for AMISOM
    02 april 2018 12:46:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Envoys of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have emphasized a gradual shift of security responsibilities from the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia to the Somali security forces, without retrogressing the progress already made in securing the country. Full text...

  • AMISOM troops repulse Al Shabaab terrorists from three AU bases
    02 april 2018 07:59:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, has lauded the AU troops in Lower Shabelle region for the gallantry they displayed, during a confrontation with Al-Shabaab earlier on Monday. Full text...

  • Australian cricket coach resigns over match-fixing scandal
    29 march 2018 15:03:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The fallout from one of the biggest match-fixing scandals in recent history continues to be felt with Darren Lehmann on Thursday announcing that he is stepping down as coach of the Australian cricket team. Full text...

  • AU Commission chief meets with Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz
    27 march 2018 19:00:28
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Tuesday met with African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat at the presidential palace in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian news agency (AMP) reported. Full text...

  • Rwanda offers US$1 million support to G5 Sahel joint force
    23 march 2018 13:14:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has commended President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, who is current Chairperson of the African Union, for his country’s contribution of one million US dollars in support of the operationalization of the G5 Sahel joint force. Full text...

  • Australia fuels diplomatic spat with South Africa
    22 march 2018 18:33:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A diplomatic spat between South Africa and Australia continues to grow after a senior Australian minister on Thursday refused to backtrack on his efforts to allow white South African farmers to emigrate to the island nation.Full text...

  • AU extraordinary Summit initials African free trade area deal in Kigali
    21 march 2018 14:31:44
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Africa’s embarkation on free trade and free movement promises prosperity for all Africans, as the continent is now set to prioritise the production of value-added goods and services that are “Made in Africa”, Rwandan President Paul Kagame stated on Wednesday as African leaders converged on his country’s capital to initial the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Full text...

  • President Ramaphosa leads South Africa's delegation to AU Summit
    21 march 2018 11:45:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa is leading South Africa's delegation to the African Union’s 10th Extraordinary Summit in Kigali. Full text...

  • African business forum told AfCFTA will boost production, job creation
    20 march 2018 18:23:16
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will help African businesses benefit from economies of scale, and create supply chains that will allow the continent to reduce its import bills, especially for industrial inputs, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Vera Songwe, said here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambian President leaves for Rwanda
    20 march 2018 10:20:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow on Tuesday left Banjul for Kigali, Rwanda, to attend the extraordinary session of the African Union. Full text...

  • Opinion leaders see AfCFTA as game changer for Africa
    20 march 2018 08:35:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – In their bold pursuit of continental integration, African Heads of State and Government will on Wednesday converge on the Rwandan capital, Kigali, to launch the regional Free Trade Area as a new strategy for acceleration of development of their nations through commerce. Full text...

  • AUC chief urges unity of action in creation of African free trade bloc
    19 march 2018 19:41:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Member countries of the African Union (AU) must prove their ability to act as a united bloc in defending the interests of their continent, AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat told the organisation’s Executive Council meeting here on Monday to make final touches to the treaty establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Full text...

  • Africa set for industrialization, opens market of 1.2 billion people
    19 march 2018 18:17:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – African countries look forward to great opportunities to be created by the upcoming continental free trade area in advancing the political, social and economic development of Africa as an integrated unit, a senior official of the African Union (AU) said here on Monday. Full text...

  • Int'l community urges Somalis to respect constitutional process in resolving differences
    17 march 2018 10:52:32
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States were extremely concerned by recent political and security developments in Mogadishu, according to a joint statement they issued here Saturday. Full text...

  • AUC Chief in Rwanda for Extraordinary Summit on the Free Trade Area
    17 march 2018 07:00:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, arrived in Kigali, Rwanda, on Friday to take part in the African Union Extraordinary Summit on the African Continental Free Trade Area, scheduled to hold on 21 March 2018. Full text...

  • AU Medical Services Directorate commemorates Africa Healthy Lifestyle Day
    17 march 2018 06:14:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Medical Services Directorate on Friday commemorated the Africa Healthy Lifestyle Day at the African Union Commission (AUC) Headquarters, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the slogan “When your life works your work works”. Full text...

  • South Africa demands retraction from Australia
    16 march 2018 16:50:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The diplomatic spat between Australia and South Africa continues to deepen with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu issuing a diplomatic letter to Australian High Commissioner Adam McCarthy, to demand a retraction of the comments made over South Africa’s land redistribution process. Full text...

  • South Africa slams Australia's political meddling
    16 march 2018 10:25:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The diplomatic spat between Australia and South Africa continues to deepen with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu issuing a diplomatic letter to Australian High Commissioner Adam McCarthy, to demand a retraction of the comments made by over South Africa’s land redistribution process. Full text...

  • AU congratulates Sierra Leone for peaceful, credible General Elections
    15 march 2018 18:47:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Thursday congratulated the people of Sierra Leone for peaceful, transparent and credible General Elections they held on 7 March 2018. Full text...

  • Diplomatic row over Australia's offer to South African farmers
    15 march 2018 14:47:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A diplomatic row has broken out after an Australian government minister said “persecuted” white South African farmers need help from a “civilised” country. Full text...

  • African Union Commission Chair begins 3-day working visit to Algeria
    11 march 2018 15:56:29
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Saturday began a three-day working visit to Algeria. Full text...

  • AUC, Russia to pursue global peace, security, stability and development
    10 march 2018 04:35:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Russian Federation have pledged to pursue their shared goals of global peace, security, stability and development, agreeing to convene an annual high-level dialogue to be held alternately in Addis Ababa and Moscow, as well as to review and expand the scope of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the AUC on the mechanism of political consultations, signed in Addis Ababa on 17 September, 2014. Full text...

  • US reaches out for comprehensive approach to counter terrorism
    09 march 2018 19:05:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Friday met to discuss issues of mutual concern, among them, ending the terrorism threats in Somalia, the crisis in South Sudan and the stalemate in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Full text...

  • Somalia, Troop Contributing Countries call for halt to AMISOM troop reduction
    04 march 2018 10:10:10
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Troop Contributing Countries to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Federal Government of Somalia want the troop drawdown exercise which started last December halted.Full text...

  • US Secretary of State to embark on Africa tour
    02 march 2018 19:57:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is due to embark on an expanded visit to Africa, focused on peace and security, trade and counter-terrorism, the U.S. State Department Spokesperson, Heather Nauert, said. Full text...

  • ‘Gains made in Somalia risk being eroded,’ warn AMISOM troop contributors
    02 march 2018 10:50:20
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Foreign affairs and defence ministers from troop contributing countries (TCCs) of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have warned that gains made in the Horn of Africa country risk being eroded if outstanding issues such as inadequate troop numbers and unpredictable funding are not addressed. Full text...

  • Military chiefs from troop contributing countries urge more support for AMISOM
    01 march 2018 18:27:38
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Military chiefs from Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have called for more support to enable the Mission effectively execute its mandate of securing Somalia. Full text...

  • AU to conclude African Central Bank headquarters agreement with Nigeria
    28 february 2018 19:48:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Union will conclude a headquarters agreement with Nigeria for hosting the African Central Bank as it embarks on the implementation of a joint strategy towards the launch of the bank, an AU official said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • AMISOM, Somali gov't reiterate commitment to eliminate Al-Shabaab
    28 february 2018 10:56:59
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali government have pledged to complement each other in the fight against the terrorist group Al-Shabaab. Full text...

  • U.S. government donates aerial surveillance system to AMISOM
    27 february 2018 13:22:27
    Baledogle, Somalia (PANA) – The Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, has commended the United States for its continued support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in its fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson pledges support to revive Zimbabwe’s economy
    22 february 2018 16:43:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has expressed the African Union’s support for the ongoing efforts to revive Zimbabwe’s economy and create a conducive business environment in the southern Africa country. Full text...

  • AU Peace and Security Council reiterates concern over political standoff in Guinea Bissau
    14 february 2018 18:03:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has underscored the need for the security and armed forces of Guinea Bissau to refrain from interfering in the country’s political and institutional crisis and to continue to uphold the national constitution. Full text...

  • IAEA chief urges greater access to cancer diagnosis, prevention, treatment services
    02 february 2018 20:32:53
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – Millions of people suffering from cancer in developing countries still lack access to effective prevention, screening, early diagnosis and treatment, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Friday, urging continued efforts to ensure greater access to these vital services. Full text...

  • AU rejects Odinga as 'People's president of Kenya'
    02 february 2018 06:08:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has rejected the "swearing-in" of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga as the "People's President" of the East African country. Full text...

  • Guterres says bridging gap between relief, devt can meet immediate needs
    29 january 2018 05:32:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A surge in conflict-induced needs in Africa and the Middle East, coupled with an increase in climate shocks that pummel the most vulnerable everywhere, have given fresh urgency to calls for the international community to work in a new way that not only ends humanitarian needs but reduces them over time, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Sunday. Full text...

  • Guterres lauds AU-UN partnership at AU Summit
    28 january 2018 16:20:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Hailing the partnership between Africa and the United Nations as “solid, and grounded on sound principles of human rights and good governance,” Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has told leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the African Union Summit, that with Africa in the lead, “we can and will do more” to bolster successful cooperation throughout the continent. Full text...

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