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  • AU condemns destruction of UNESCO-registered tombs in Mali
    02 july 2012 12:13:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Monday condemned the ongoing destruction of UNESCO-registered World Heritage tombs by radical Islamists in Mali’s ancient city of Timbuktu. Full text...

  • Aziz, Ping discuss Malian crisis
    27 june 2012 19:19:13
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The crisis in Mali was the major topic discussed when the Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, met Wednesday here with the African Union (AU) Commission's chief, Jean Ping, official sources told PANA.Full text...

  • UN, AU envoys present regional plan to halt LRA rebels
    27 june 2012 08:31:35
    New York, US (PANA) - UN and African Union (AU) envoys have highlighted a new regional strategy that they hope will bring an end to the activities of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and help affected populations. Full text...

  • Sudan: President relieves advisers of their positions
    25 june 2012 22:15:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's President Omar Bashir on Monday relieved all his advisers of their duties as part of austerity measures his government is currently applying to cut down public expenditure. Full text...

  • AU says it 'understands' Malawi's constraint in hosting Summit
    22 june 2012 13:47:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has expressed its understanding for the constraint faced by Malawi, which recently gave up the hosting rights of July's AU Summit instead of inviting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide by the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. Full text...

  • W/Africans urged to embrace ECOWAS regional integration programme
    20 june 2012 14:17:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, has called on community citizens to assume ownership and participate actively in the implementation of the ECOWAS regional integration programmes. Full text...

  • Libya 'willing' to resolve disagreement over detained ICC team
    18 june 2012 21:06:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The deputy secretary of the Libyan ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mohamed Abdelazi, says Libya is will cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to resolve the disagreement between them on the detention of an ICC team in the North African country. Full text...

  • OPEC Fund loans to boost socio-economic development in Africa
    18 june 2012 11:07:58
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - The Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved 13 loans and grants totaling about US$66 million to boost socio-economic development in over 34 partner countries, many of them in Africa. Full text...

  • Sudan, S/Sudan to resume negotiations on post-separation issues
    15 june 2012 12:28:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan and South Sudan are expected to resume the negotiations that were interrupted earlier this month, in an effort to resolve outstanding issues following South Sudan's independence last year. Full text...

  • Malawi's Banda says no regrets over AU's decision to move summit over Al-Bashir
    14 june 2012 18:56:55
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Joyce Banda said Thursday although she respected the African Union's decision to move next month's summit from Lilongwe, Malawi, to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, following disagreements over the attendance of embattled Sudanese leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir, she had no regrets for her stand on the issue.Full text...

  • AU says Sudan-South Sudan peace talks dragging slowly
    11 june 2012 19:25:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) said Monday further talks were required between Sudan and South Sudan to end a border dispute that led to the current deadlock and moved the two neighbours to the brink of a new civil war threatening the entire Horn of Africa region. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe newspaper takes swipe at Malawi over AU
    11 june 2012 14:44:43
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's main daily newspaper, the Herald, on Monday sharply criticised Malawi for bowing to Western pressure and canceling an African Union (AU) summit in the country over the attendance of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Full text...

  • AU confirms Malawi summit hosting snub
    08 june 2012 18:06:01
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Friday confirmed it will no longer be holding its July summit in Malawi, after the country insisted it would rather lose the hosting right than allow Sudan's President Omar el-Bashir to attend, because of his indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over war crimes charges. Full text...

  • Malawi insists on hosting AU summit
    07 june 2012 18:00:29
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi has said it will go ahead to host next month's African Union (AU) summit despite Sudan asking that the summit be shifted to the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, following Lilongwe's attempts to block President Omar Hassan al-Bashir from attending because he was a wanted war criminal by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Queen Elizabeth, Austrian govt. condole with Nigeria over plane crash
    06 june 2012 20:07:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Queen Elizabeth II of England has sent a condolence letter to President Goodluck Jonathan over Sunday's plane crash in Nigeria in which 153 persons died. Full text...

  • AU, EU call for “concerted int'l action” to solve Guinea-Bissau crisis
    03 june 2012 12:48:58
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council of the African Union and the Political and Security Committee of the European Union have called for "concerted international action" and inclusive solution to the political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, worsened Full text...

  • SADC reiterates support for Nkozasana Zuma as AU Commission chair
    02 june 2012 10:59:59
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) on Friday in Luanda reiterated its support for the candidacy of Nkosasana Zuma for the chair of the African Union (AU) Commission. Full text...

  • AU to monitor elections in Libya
    30 may 2012 18:34:31
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The African Union (AU) will monitor the electoral process in Libya, according to Mondher Rezgui, the Representative of the AU Commission in Libya. Full text...

  • Africa urged to strive for people-to-people integration
    25 may 2012 09:16:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Pan African activists and leading experts, including academics, who were meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a one-day, high-level roundtable that provoked debate on democracy, governance and Pan-African idea in honour of the late Pan-African civil activist, Tajudeen Abdul Raheem of Nigeria, have been challenged to strive for a “bottom-up, people-to-people integration” against “a top-down, state-to-state integration” project.Full text...

  • AU renews mandate of regional military force against LRA
    23 may 2012 17:36:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has renewed by 12 months, the mandate of the task force leading the hunt for Ugandan rebel leader, Joseph Kony, whose Lords Resistance Army (LRA) is accused of committing atrocities in three countries in the Central African region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Commission President to accelerate regional integration
    20 may 2012 11:51:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadire Desire Ouedraogo has pledged to accelerate the progress of regional integration and consolidate the activities of ECOWAS institutions. Full text...

  • AU chair to attend G8 summit
    17 may 2012 14:56:35
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The Chairman of the African Union (AU) and President of Benin, Yayi Boni, will attend the G8 summit holding on Saturday at Camp David, US, according to a statement from the Beninese Foreign Affairs ministry.Full text...

  • AU reaffirms support for countries in crisis
    14 may 2012 21:21:58
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The current chairman of the African Union (AU), Benin's president Boni Yayi, on Monday reaffirmed the continental organization's support to countries being destabilised by conflicts. Full text...

  • 'Reintegration of displaced community citizens a priority'
    14 may 2012 08:36:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The resettlement and reintegration of ECOWAS citizens displaced by conflicts is a priority critical to the region’s people-centred integration and development objective, ECOWAS Commission Vice President.Toga McIntosh said. Full text...

  • AU Adhoc Committee to examine election of Chairperson
    11 may 2012 20:16:09
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) -The African Union (AU) Adhoc Committee of Heads of State and Government would meet on Monday in Cotonou, Benin, to examine the election of the Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and members of the AU Commission. Full text...

  • SADC delegation in Congo to campaign for SA's candidate for AU Commission head
    08 may 2012 22:16:58
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A delegation from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) has arrived in Brazzaville to seek the support of Congolese President Denis Sassou N’Guesso for the candidature of South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for the post of African Union Commission Chairperson. Full text...

  • African Union condemns Nairobi, Kano terrorist strikes
    30 april 2012 12:09:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has condemned Sunday's terrorist attacks in Nairobi, Kenya, and Kano, Nigeria, which targeted Christian worshippers. Full text...

  • 3 political parties want Mauritania to re-join ECOWAS
    19 april 2012 18:53:06
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Elated at the key roles played by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the successes it has achieved in the sub-region, three parties from the ruling majority coalition in Mauritania on Thursday urged their government to re-join the 15-member regional bloc. Full text...

  • AU suspends Guinea Bissau, threatens further sanctions
    17 april 2012 11:46:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Tuesday suspended Guinea Bissau from the 54-member bloc with immediate effect, a senior AU official said. Full text...

  • AU slams Guinea Bissau junta's coup 'window-dressing' plan
    17 april 2012 10:20:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - As the African Union’s (AU) Peace and Security Council kicked off a crisis meeting to discuss the coup-plagued Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday, AU Commission chief Jean Ping has warned the military against “window-dressing” a coup d’état through the introduction of a so-called “new political architecture.” Full text...

  • Gabreselassie beats Radcliffe to win Champions Race at Vienna City Marathon
    15 april 2012 12:05:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ethiopia's long distance running legend Haile Gabreselassie on Sunday beat British runner Paula Radcliffe in the much-anticipated OMV Champions Race, at the 29th edition of the Vienna City Marathon in the Austrian capital, according to the online 'RaceNewsService', Full text...

  • Kenya welcomes Japanese car maker's expansion plan
    13 april 2012 16:45:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has welcomed Japanese car maker Toyota's plan to set up its regional headquarters in Kenya, noting that it would boost trade ties with Japan, a statement from his office said Friday. Full text...

  • AU condemns Guinea Bissau coup attempt
    13 april 2012 12:01:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Friday condemned the coup attempt in the West African state of Guinea Bissau, saying it will not accept any unconstitutional change of government. Full text...

  • African runners to dominate Vienna City Marathon
    12 april 2012 14:38:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Defending champion John Kiprotich of Kenya will lead the pack of elite African runners who are expected to feature in Sunday’s Vienna City Marathon, according to the online RaceNewsService. Full text...

  • AU welcomes Mali deal
    08 april 2012 08:04:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has welcomed the deal between ECOWAS and the putschists in Mali, which paves the way for the restoration of constitutional rule in the West African state, the continental body said in a statement. Full text...

  • AU urges ECOWAS force to reverse rebel advance in Mali
    06 april 2012 16:45:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Dismissing the declaration of independence of Azawad by Malian rebels, the African Union (AU) Friday said the action was an “inconsequential” decision by a terrorist group and called on the international community to rally behind it. Full text...

  • Angola assumes chair of AU Peace, Security Council
    03 april 2012 12:28:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Angola has assumed the rotating presidency of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) for the month of April. Full text...

  • Autism: UN chief calls for more global action to combat discrimination
    31 march 2012 08:59:50
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the annual observance of World Autism Awareness Day should spur global action to combat the "unacceptable discrimination, abuse and isolation" that people with the disorder and their loved ones face. Full text...

  • African finance ministers agree on domestic resource mobilization
    27 march 2012 18:26:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Finance ministers Tuesday rose from their two-day meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, adopting a ministerial statement to commit to address the gap in financing Africa’s development by refocusing efforts on domestic resource mobilization. Full text...

  • African Union election observer mission in Banjul for parliamentary polls
    27 march 2012 14:07:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) election observer team, headed by Dr. Samuel Azu’u Fonkam, President of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM), has arrived in the Gambia to observe the country's fourth parliamentary polls holding on Thursday, PANA reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • 'AU determined to restore order to Mali'
    26 march 2012 16:56:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) has expressed its determination to restore law and order to Mali, the Chairman of the AU Commission, Jean Ping, indicated on Monday at a meeting of the African Ministers of Finance, Economy and Planning in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • AU hails outgoing Senegalese President for admitting defeat
    26 march 2012 14:18:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Monday hailed outgoing President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal for conceding defeat in the country's presidential runoff on Sunday. Full text...

  • Study shows Africa is facing poor quality education
    23 march 2012 19:38:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African countries have made progress in school enrolment, but struggle to get quality education, according to a paper on the continent’s economic and social situation for 2011, conducted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Commission of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • AU suspends Mali’s membership after coup d’etat
    23 march 2012 16:50:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Friday suspended Mali from the 54-member bloc, following the military coup that brought renegade soldiers to power on Thursday. Full text...

  • AU asks Mali putschists to surrender, restore President
    23 march 2012 07:28:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has asked mutinous soldiers in Mali to surrender and restore President Amadou Toumani Toure to power, while promising an effective continental action against the coup they spearheaded. Full text...

  • AU peace, security council meeting begins Tuesday in Mali
    19 march 2012 19:01:20
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A ministerial meeting of the peace and security council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), designed to tackle terrorism and trans-border crime in the Sahel, opens Tuesday in Bamako, the Malian capital, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • EAC, AUC to unleash Africa's growth potentials
    19 march 2012 15:10:13
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development gather in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, next week, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping, and the UN Under Secretary General and executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Abdoulie Janneh, have said that Africa should be seen as a pole of global growth. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Commission launches staff audit
    16 march 2012 08:17:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has launched a comprehensive staff audit, in line with the mandate given by regional leaders to the Commission to work with the best hands to deliver on the Organization’s objective of developing the region through a people-centred strategic approach, the Commission said in a statement obtained by PANA here. Full text...

  • AU Chair, Boni Yayi, arrives Abuja
    12 march 2012 15:12:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Chairman, Beninese President Boni Yayi, arrived in Abuja Monday afternoon on a brief visit to Nigeria, PANA reported. Full text...

  • AU holds meeting on Sahel's humanitarian situation, donates US$500,000
    12 march 2012 14:35:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is due to host a meeting of experts from the Sahel region at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week to intensify efforts to address the worsening humanitarian situation in the Sahel region, the AU Commission said in a statement obtained by PANA here Monday. Full text...

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