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27th Summit of the African Union in Kigali
(Rwanda) 17 to 18 July 2016
  • Ethiopia: African leaders head to New Delhi for crucial India-Africa summit
    27 october 2015 16:58:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - East African leaders have left for the India-Africa Summit slated for 26-29 October in New Delhi, the Indian capital, where the leaders are expected to hold direct talks on a number of issues affecting trade relations. Full text...

  • UN: AU, ICC conclude seminar on greater engagement
    23 october 2015 21:21:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Representatives of African Union (AU) member states and the Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU roots for migration driven by choice, not circumstances
    23 october 2015 14:48:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The European Union (EU) is working with the African Union (AU) to ensure migrants from Africa moving to Europe are driven by their choice to live in Europe, not by the circumstances, which include lack of jobs and human rights. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU wants Paris climate deal to cover agricultural support
    20 october 2015 17:30:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Global agreement on how to deal with climate change must be extended to cover the necessary assistance to farmers affected by poor crop yields due to drought and the impact of climate change, the African Union (AU) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: EU foreign affairs chief voices concern over Presidential term limits
    20 october 2015 15:37:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - European Union (EU) foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, on a working visit to the African Union Commission Tuesday, urged African leaders to respect Presidential term limits and the constitution to stop civil strife. Full text...

  • South Africa: AU peacekeeping force trains on cross-border security threats
    20 october 2015 14:05:09
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The African Standby Force (ASF), a permanent peacekeeping force proposed by the African Union (AU), has embarked on its final training exercise in South Africa, aiming to perfect its readiness to combat cross-border security threats posed by militants, the AU said Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Africa Week kicks off in New York, focusing on economic integration
    13 october 2015 13:51:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The annual Africa Week 2015 kicked off at the UN headquarters in New York, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commending African member states of the UN for taking an important step this year towards the establishment of a Continental Free Trade Area envisioned in the African Union’s Agenda 2063. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU vows rapid military action after Boko Haram attacks in West Africa
    12 october 2015 18:27:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union (AU) has vowed to speedily deploy a regional military force against Boko Haram after terror attacks in the villages of Baga Sola in western Chad and Kangaleri in northern Cameroon. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan keen to have AU on board National Dialogue conference
    12 october 2015 13:34:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan is keen to bring the African Union (AU) on board what it considers an all-inclusive National Dialogue Conference which, if it fails, might, throw the country into chaos. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Germany commits 37m euros to support East African regional integration
    03 october 2015 06:15:11
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Germany has announced grants totalling 37 million euros to support the integration process of the East African Community (EAC) from next year to 2018, the Community secretariat disclosed late Friday, saying the two sides "have successfully concluded bilateral negotiations on development cooperation at the EAC headquarters in Arusha,Tanzania". Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Africa Union to issue guidelines for South Sudan war crimes court
    30 september 2015 15:19:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is expected to formally issue the guidelines for the formation of a Special Court to try the war crimes committed in South Sudan, PANA reported from here Wednesday.Full text...

  • UN: Burkina Faso hails AU role in reversing coup
    29 september 2015 15:48:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Burkina Faso has hailed the African Union (AU) over its role in reversing the 17 Sept. military coup which temporarily ousted the government of Interim President Michel Kafando, the AU said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN-backed West African anti-piracy body to strengthen ties with AU
    22 september 2015 18:53:13
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  • Ethiopia: AU calls Burkina Faso coup null and void
    17 september 2015 17:49:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has dismissed the coup in Burkina Faso as an affront on the political transition in the West African nation, saying it was null and void, coming as the country approached the end of months of a fragile process to return to civil democratic rule. Full text...

  • Senegal: AU Commissioner receives power sector award
    10 september 2015 16:32:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Recognizing her continued "leadership and passion" in initiating and promoting various energy access initiatives in East Africa, the East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) has awarded the African Union's Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr. Elham M.A. Ibrahim the "2015 Outstanding Woman of the Year in the Power Sector".Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir against AU attempt to hold national dialogue outside Sudan
    04 september 2015 18:18:52
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir has vowed he would reject any resolution by the African Union or the UN Security Council for holding the national dialogue scheduled for October 10 outside Sudan.Full text...

  • Mali: AU Commission chair expresses concern about fresh northern Mali hostilities
    02 september 2015 21:30:45
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The African Union (AU) Commission chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has expressed concern about the fresh outbreak of hostilities in the region of Kidal in northern Mali by several armed groups which are signatories to the national peace and reconciliation deal in the West African country.Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum protests AUPSC meeting with opposition in Ethiopia
    25 august 2015 15:09:14
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has warned that it might reconsider its dealings with the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC), which it accused of receiving Sudanese opposition elements, contrary to its mandate.Full text...

  • Kenya: AU indicts Ugandan troops for civilian killings in Somalia
    21 august 2015 18:36:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -Three Ugandan soldiers have been indicted for the killing of civilians in Somalia’s southern port town of Marka in July ahead of their trial by an African Union-appointed military tribunal, the head of the AU peacekeeping Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Maman Sidikou said on Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU wants enlarged 'African open skies' area to boost African airlines
    20 august 2015 17:49:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union (AU) has supported the immediate creation of an African Open Skies area within 11 countries to give African airlines a better operating environment to effectively deal with foreign airlines.Full text...

  • Sudan: AU peace, security council delegation visits Sudan over peace realization efforts
    19 august 2015 14:44:53
    Khartoum Sudan (PANA) - An African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council delegation arrived in Khartoum, Sudan, on Wednesday to get first hand information on the situation in Darfur. Full text...

  • Sudan: Mbeki invites disagreeing Sudanese groups to negotiating meeting in Addis Ababa
    18 august 2015 18:21:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - In furtherance of the efforts to bring all Sudanese disagreeing parties to the negotiating table, the Chairman of the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), Thabo Mbeki, has invited leaders of the Darfur rebel movements and political opposition for a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, next week.Full text...

  • UN: ICC President urges new relationship with African countries
    17 august 2015 15:55:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum ready for meeting with South Sudan to resolve political, security issues
    13 august 2015 18:41:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has stated its readiness to take part in meetings of the joint Sudanese-South Sudanese Political-Security Committee under the auspices of the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to discuss the common border demarcation and the Zero Line separating the two countries.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. grants 12 additional auto assembly plants licences
    03 august 2015 14:08:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has granted licences for the establishment of 12 new vehicle assembly plants in the country, through the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), the local Vanguard newspaper reported Monday, quoting the spokesman of the NADDC, Mr. Bello Rasheed. Full text...

  • 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...

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