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  • AfDB, South African Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire honour Nelson Mandela
    21 september 2018 13:38:03
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Institute (ECAD), a knowledge-promotion and capacity-development department of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the Embassy of South Africa in Cote d’Ivoire have successfully hosted the Nelson Mandela Centenary Public Lecture, in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • Report calls for UN probe into apartheid atrocities
    21 september 2018 07:48:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A damning new report has called for apartheid-era crimes to be investigated by the United Nations. Full text...

  • Nigerian Governor lauds ECOWAS' initiative for conflict-free vote in 2019
    19 september 2018 09:09:32
    Jos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Governor of Nigeria’s Central State of Plateau, Simon Bako Lalong, has commended the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), for the proactive engagement of political stakeholders on the use of dialogue and mediation as tools for preventing and mitigating election-related disputes and conflicts ahead of the county’s crucial 2019 general elections. Full text...

  • Eritrea peace deal prompts hope of internal reforms, to improve fundamental human rights
    19 september 2018 04:50:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia has raised hopes that improving human rights will be front and centre on Eritrea’s path forward, according to a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN South Sudan envoy calls for the end of the civil war
    19 september 2018 04:43:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Warring parties in South Sudan must demonstrate their willingness to a peaceful end to their conflict by “making their guns fall silent. Immediately and everywhere,” said Nicholas Haysom, outgoing UN Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, Eritrea declare end of war, turn to comprehensive economic ties
    18 september 2018 18:12:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki have signed an agreement, effectively ending the two-decade long war between the two neighbours and signalled the start of a comprehensive economic and political cooperation. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes meeting between leaders of Djibouti and Eritrea
    18 september 2018 16:44:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has welcomed the meeting between the Presidents of Djibouti and Eritrea, held on Monday in Saudi Arabia, as “yet another step in the consolidation of recent peace and security gains in the Horn of Africa region”. Full text...

  • UNHCR calls on South Sudan parties to deliver lasting peace
    18 september 2018 11:37:58
    Addis Ababa (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has welcomed the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement on 13 September in Addis Ababa between the South Sudan warring parties, describing it as a crucial milestone towards permanent ceasefire and lasting peace for millions of war beleaguered South Sudanese. Full text...

  • Five people shot dead during demonstrations against ethnic killings in Ethiopia
    18 september 2018 06:46:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Five people demonstrating against violent killings in an Addis Ababa neighbourhood in the Ethiopian capital were shot dead on Monday, a police commander said. Full text...

  • ‘Wind of hope’ blowing through Horn of Africa says UN chief, as Ethiopia, Eritrea sign historic peace accord
    17 september 2018 01:31:56
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (PANA) - There is a powerful wind of hope blowing across the Horn of Africa region, said UN chief António Guterres on Sunday, in Saudi Arabia to witness the signing of a peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, ending decades of simmering conflict. Full text...

  • ECOWAS engages Nigerian political actors, civil society on conflict-free polls in 2019
    16 september 2018 20:49:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of Nigeria’s crucial general elections in 2019, the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in collaboration with the Abuja-based Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), has lined up workshops for political actors, peace agents and infrastructures for peace platforms across four of Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones, on the use of dialogue and mediation as tools for preventing and mitigating election-related disputes and conflicts. Full text...

  • New Sudanese cabinet sworn in; Finance minister declines to assume his post
    16 september 2018 11:39:14
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The new Sudanese cabinet was sworn-in late Saturday before President Omar Bashir and Chief Justice, Haider Ahmed Dafa'alla, the Sudan News Agency (SUNA) and the official Radio Omdurman reported early Sunday morning. Full text...

  • Barrow drops Gambia’s civil service chief
    15 september 2018 08:46:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Adama Barrow has dropped Mr. Habib Drammeh as Secretary General and Head of Gambia’s Civil Service. Full text...

  • Democracy ‘showing greater strain’ than at any time in decades, UN chief
    15 september 2018 06:10:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Tackling economic and political inequality is at the root of strengthening democratic institutions at a time when they are under huge strain, said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday, marking the official International Day of Democracy. Full text...

  • President Bashir reshuffles cabinet
    14 september 2018 09:35:38
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir has made a major cabinet reshuffle which observers believe is seeking to quell boiling public anger brought about by rising inflation and economic hardship and to prepare for the 2020 elections at which he is running for a new term. Full text...

  • Security Council extends mandates of UN peace operations in Libya, Colombia
    14 september 2018 06:40:02
    New York, US (PANA) - By unanimous agreement on Thursday, the Security Council extended the mandates of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Organization’s Verification Mission in Colombia. Full text...

  • Somalia’s destiny lies in the hands of the people, highlights outgoing UN envoy
    14 september 2018 06:36:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite remarkable achievements in Somalia in the recent past, structural challenges remain and continue to undermine the country’s security and political stability, the United Nations envoy for the country has warned. Full text...

  • Landmark South Sudan deal offers hope, but trust ‘still lacking’ between parties – UN envoy
    14 september 2018 06:28:01
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Rebuilding trust and overcoming suspicion will be key to ensure the success of Thursday’s landmark peace agreement between the South Sudanese Government and main political opposition, the top United Nations official in the country has said. Full text...

  • Africa, a Continent in mourning - (AfDB's perfect tribute to Kofi Annan)
    13 september 2018 14:34:26
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - As the world bids farewell to global statesman and former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, the African Development Bank (AfDB) joins a continent in mourning in paying tribute to this extraordinary son of Africa. Full text...

  • Kofi Annan laid to rest with full military honours
    13 september 2018 14:14:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, was given a state burial on Thursday with full military honours after a funeral service at the Accra International Conference Centre. Full text...

  • Public pays last respects to Kofi Annan for second day
    12 september 2018 11:28:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Dignitaries are on Wednesday paying their last respects to the late former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan whose mortal remains are lying in a casket draped in the Ghanaian colours at the Accra International Conference Centre. Full text...

  • Kofi Annan's body lies in state as three days of national mourning begins
    11 september 2018 11:10:01
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The body of the former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, is lying in state at the Accra International Conference Centre as the general public files past to pay their last respects. Full text...

  • Body of Kofi Annan flown back home for state funeral
    10 september 2018 18:47:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The remains of former Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan, arrived back home in Ghana on Monday evening, accompanied by his wife, Nane, children and grandchildren for a state funeral on Thursday. Full text...

  • European Union to bolster cooperation with Morocco on migration and security
    09 september 2018 08:58:31
    Athens, Greece (PANA) - The European Union has reemphasized the importance of cooperation with Morocco in the field of migration and security. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes Djibouti agreement between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia
    09 september 2018 07:33:05
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed Thursday's meeting in Djibouti of the foreign ministers of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia with the Djiboutian head of diplomacy. Full text...

  • UN Secretary-General reaffirms support for Madagascar's electoral process
    09 september 2018 07:29:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has welcomed the appointment on 7 September of Rivo Rakotovao, President of the Madagascar Senate, as acting president of the country. 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...

  • Peace must be built ‘block after block’ - UN General Assembly President
    06 september 2018 05:33:52
    New York, US (PA NA) - Under the theme of charting “A Credible Pathway to Sustaining Peace,” Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd General Assembly, convened this year’s one-day High-level Forum for Member States and others on Wednesday, to further promote a global culture of peace. Full text...

  • Libya has ‘lurched from one emergency to another,’ high-level UN official says
    06 september 2018 05:09:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The status quo in Libya is “untenable,” Ghassan Salamé, Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told the Security Council on Wednesday. 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...

  • ANC calls for immediate stimulus package as SA economy dips into recession
    05 september 2018 17:32:52
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has called for ‘aggressiveness’ in implementing an economic recovery package after Stats SA announced on Tuesday that South Africa had slipped into its first technical recession since 2009. Full text...

  • 23 protestors injured, 89 arrested in DRC crackdown on peaceful protests
    04 september 2018 09:49:38
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - At least 23 peaceful protesters were injured today in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), six of them severely, while another 89 were arrested in the capital Kinshasa, and in Goma, Lubumbashi, Bukavu, Mbandaka, Mbuji-Mayi and Tshikapa as police violently dispersed peaceful protests on the use of electronic voting machines in the upcoming elections slated for 23 December. Full text...

  • Rwandans vote in legislative election
    03 september 2018 10:51:12
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - About 7.172 million Rwandans are voting on Monday to elect 80 deputies of the National Assembly. Full text...

  • South African president Ramaphosa begins first state visit to China
    02 september 2018 07:13:25
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Beijing with high-level political and business delegations on his first state visit to China. Full text...

  • Buhari departs Abuja for 7th Summit of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing
    31 august 2018 11:33:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday departed for China to participate in the 7th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) scheduled to hold 3 - 4 September 2018 in Beijing. Full text...

  • Zambian president off to Beijing for China-Africa Forum
    31 august 2018 11:17:22
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has left for Beijing, China, to attend the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to be held from 1-4 September. Full text...

  • Sudanese President al-Bashir heads to Beijing
    31 august 2018 09:18:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will lead his country’s delegation to the China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC) to be held in Beijing next week, it was officially announced here Friday. Full text...

  • South Sudan opposition leaders initial final peace document
    31 august 2018 07:14:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – South Sudan’s main opposition group, SPLM-IO led by Riek Machar and the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) on Thursday initialled the final document of the revitalized peace agreement, stressing they did it after a commitment by Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir to raise their concern with IGAD leaders. Full text...

  • Upcoming polls in Guinea-Bissau vital to prevent ‘relapse’ into instability, says UN envoy
    31 august 2018 06:42:20
    ew York, US (PANA) - Highlighting the importance of the upcoming legislative elections in Guinea-Bissau, the top United Nations official in the country has reiterated the importance of “far-reaching” reforms to prevent a relapse into political and institutional instability. Full text...

  • Ghana president highlights West Africa security issues in meeting with German Chancellor
    30 august 2018 16:34:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday highlighted security concerns in the West African sub-region and asked for assistance to fight the destructive forces involved. Full text...

  • German Chancellor Merkel arrives in Ghana for one-day visit
    30 august 2018 14:23:05
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Ghana on Thursday for a one-day visit during which she will hold bilateral discussions with her host, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Ghana's president, as part of her three-nation West African tour. Full text...

  • Buhari thanks UK for support in fight against Boko Haram
    29 august 2018 15:48:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – At his bilateral meeting with the visiting British Prime Minister, Theresa May, in Abuja on Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari thanked the government of the United Kingdom for its support on security and the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in Northeast Nigeria. 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...

  • British PM, May, arrives in Nigeria, meets with Buhari for bilateral discussions
    29 august 2018 14:33:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The British Prime Minister, Ms Theresa May, on Wednesday, met with with President Muhammadu Buhari, who cancelled the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) to welcome his visitor. Full text...

  • UK PM Theresa May arrives in South Africa
    28 august 2018 11:07:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – UK Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Cape Town on Tuesday morning for a one-day working visit. Full text...

  • Rights group says DRC opposition under assault
    28 august 2018 07:19:32
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – Government security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo used live ammunition and teargas to disperse largely peaceful political opposition rallies during candidate registration in early August 2018, Human Rights Watch has said in a report released on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Respect for fundamental rights, freedoms key for peaceful polls in DRC – UN mission chief
    28 august 2018 06:15:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Confidence and consensus around key issues are still required ahead of this year’s presidential and legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Security Council heard on Monday. Full text...

  • Mnangagwa says Zimbabwe’s tomorrow brighter than yesterday
    26 august 2018 15:58:03
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – Declaring the end of Zimbabwe’s election on Sunday, President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa said he has been inspired by the collective hopes of his compatriots and urged them to unite and work for a brighter future. Full text...

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