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  • Opposition party lays charges over Mandela funeral scandal
    11 december 2017 11:11:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday laid charges against the Eastern Cape Provincial Government over the Nelson Mandela funeral graft scandal. Full text...

  • EU welcomes court ruling giving green light to Liberian presidential vote
    10 december 2017 18:00:05
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The European Union Election Observer Mission (EU EOM) says it welcomes the resolution of electoral complaints allowing Liberian voters to fulfill their right to elect their President. Full text...

  • Sudan officially rejects US decision recognising Jerusalem as capital of Israel
    10 december 2017 17:52:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudan has officially rejected the decision of the US that recognises Jerusalem as Israeli’s capital saying it would work with Arab and Islamic groupings on how to respond to it collectively. Full text...

  • Protesting Liberian parties react to high court ruling on run-off polls
    08 december 2017 15:49:58
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The two parties that protested the 10 October Liberian presidential and representative polls have reacted differently to the decision of the Supreme Court upholding the outcome of the election and ordering a run-off for the presidency. Full text...

  • Court delivers massive blow to President Zuma
    08 december 2017 12:10:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In a dramatic development just days before the ruling African National Congress’ (ANC) elective conference, the High Court on Friday delivered a massive to blow to President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • Supreme Court lifts prohibition, orders run-off in Liberian presidential poll
    07 december 2017 18:34:22
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The Supreme Court of Liberia on Thursday lifted its prohibition and ordered the National Elections Commission (NEC) to proceed to schedule the run-off in the presidential polls, growing out of the 10 October presidential and representative elections. Full text...

  • US, Botswana differ on Jerusalem's status
    07 december 2017 15:43:45
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has condemned the United States of America’s ‘regressive decision’ to recognise Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. Full text...

  • African Economic Conference urges African countries to make governance a priority
    07 december 2017 13:40:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 12th African Economic Conference (AEC) drew to a close on Wednesday, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with participants insisting that governance should remain a priority of development programmes in Africa. Full text...

  • Kagame makes minor cabinet changes, drops education, ICT ministers
    07 december 2017 11:51:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwandan President Paul Kagame has appointed a health professional as the new Minister of Education and an International Monetary Fund (IMF) technocrat the new Minister of Information Technology in a mini-cabinet reshuffle announced by the Prime Minister’s office. Full text...

  • Kenya opposition chief's planned swearing-in an 'act of treason', warns AG
    07 december 2017 11:42:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Plans by opposition leader Raila Odinga and his supporters to have him sworn in as Kenya's President will be an act of high treason whose penalty is death, Attorney General Prof. Githu Muigai, warned on Thursday. Full text...

  • AU says US decision on Jerusalem complicates Middle East conflict
    07 december 2017 08:33:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said on Thursday US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was regrettable and would increase tensions. Full text...

  • Airlift for 20,000 enslaved African migrants in Libya set to begin - AU
    07 december 2017 07:04:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A joint task force planning the repatriation of migrants, stuck in Libya and subjected to slavery and servitude, plans to begin airlifts from the North African nation for some 20,000 migrants held in government-controlled regions, the African Union said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Issue of Jerusalem must be resolved through direct negotiations between parties, UN chief
    07 december 2017 06:58:29
    New York, USA (PANA) – In the wake of the announcement by the United States President, Donald Trump, recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday stressed that there is no alternative to the two-state solution and that Jerusalem is an issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties. Full text...

  • Preparations for Mandela's 100th birthday anniversary kick off
    06 december 2017 08:35:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation has officially unveiled an exhibition in Johannesburg to mark Madiba’s 100th birthday next year. Full text...

  • President Barrow appoints new Interior minister
    04 december 2017 19:22:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow on Monday named Habib Saihou Drammeh as Minister of Interior. Full text...

  • Graca Machel to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela in Heroes Marathon
    04 december 2017 09:37:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former president Nelson Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, has confirmed that she will participate in the Heroes Marathon in the Eastern Cape on Sunday. Full text...

  • Rights group says DR Congo gov't recruited M23 rebels to crush protests
    04 december 2017 06:51:10
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Senior security force officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo mobilised over 200 former M23 rebel fighters from neighboring countries to quash protests against President Joseph Kabila in December 2016, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday. Full text...

  • President Mnangagwa reshuffles cabinet
    02 december 2017 20:40:04
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reshuffled his cabinet "to ensure compliance with the constitution and considerations on gender, demography and special needs". Full text...

  • UN West Africa cheers regional initiatives on governance, others
    02 december 2017 17:06:52
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – A meeting in Monrovia of UN heads of Missions in West Africa has welcomed regional initiatives aimed at addressing persistent challenges to governance, security, humanitarian needs, and human rights, including sexual and gender-based violence, in West Africa and the Sahel. Full text...

  • UN West Africa Missions nudge compliance with Liberia's transition timetable
    02 december 2017 16:36:33
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Heads United Nations Missions in West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) have noted the importance of complying with the constitutionally-mandated date for the inauguration of the new government in Liberia in January 2018. Full text...

  • Experts, policy-makers converge on Addis Ababa to scale up governance for Africa’s transformation
    02 december 2017 09:43:27
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Although Africa has registered strong economic growth in recent years, this growth is not inclusive as poverty and inequality continue to prevail. Full text...

  • UN, AU, EU to send joint taskforce to Libya
    01 december 2017 15:41:09
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) have agreed to put in place a joint Task Force to save and protect the lives of migrants and refugees along the routes and in particular inside Libya. Full text...

  • President Mnangagwa announces first cabinet
    01 december 2017 06:43:26
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's new president Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced his first cabinet in which he rewards those who played key roles in the resignation of his predecessor Robert Mugabe and brought him to power. Full text...

  • AU, EU leaders condemn maltreatment of African migrants
    30 november 2017 19:10:41
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - African and European leaders who gathered in Abidjan for the 5th African Union-European Union (AU-EU) Summit have condemned “in the strongest terms” inhuman treatment of African migrants and refugees by criminal groups. Full text...

  • Ghana's president calls for renewed ties with France
    30 november 2017 18:17:09
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said on Thursday that his country stands ready to renew and deepen its ties with France, for the progress and prosperity of their peoples. Full text...

  • Bashir heads to Chad for national day celebrations
    30 november 2017 17:09:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's President Omar Bashir is due to leave Khartoum on Friday for Ndjamena to take part in celebrations of Chad's national day, it was officially announced here on Thursday. Full text...

  • President Tusk urges EU leaders to replenish Trust Fund for Africa
    30 november 2017 16:59:28
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – European Union (EU) President Donald Tusk on Thursday called on his European colleagues to live up to their commitment to replenish the EU Trust Fund for Africa, assuring that they would make it. Full text...

  • Zuma condemns Libyan slave markets
    30 november 2017 16:30:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday added his voice to the outcry over the slave markets that have been exposed in Libya and has called on other world leaders to do the same. Full text...

  • President Bai Koroma arrives in Gambia
    30 november 2017 15:03:59
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone on Thursday arrived in the Gambia for a two-day working visit. Full text...

  • French President Macron arrives in Ghana
    30 november 2017 14:59:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - French President Emmanuel Macron arrived Accra on Thursday for a day's official visit to Ghana on the final leg of a three-nation tour of West Africa that has already taken him to Burkina Faso and Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • UN official urges Security Council to ‘do all it can’ to prevent escalation after DPRK missile launch
    30 november 2017 05:38:15
    New York, USA (PANA) – Following the latest ballistic missile launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which its official media claimed is “capable of striking the whole mainland of the United States”, the top United Nations political affairs official on Wednesday urged Security Council members to unite in preventing an escalation. Full text...

  • UN chief 'strongly condemns' latest ballistic missile launch by DPR Korea
    29 november 2017 22:18:01
    New York, USA (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres “strongly condemns” the launch of yet another ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), his Spokesman said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN reaffirms two-state solution as only answer to ‘question of Palestine’
    29 november 2017 22:10:50
    New York, USA (PANA) - The Question of Palestine is inextricably linked with the history of the United Nations and is one of the longest-standing issues on the Organization's agenda, United Nations Secretary-General António said in his message on Wednesday commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Full text...

  • UN chief spotlights importance of AU-EU strategic partnership
    29 november 2017 22:03:58
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) – The importance of regional organizations grows with every decade that passes as they are essential to face the difficult challenges that threaten the world, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday at the African Union-European Union Summit in Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • EU leader calls for true African-European alliance
    29 november 2017 17:05:53
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – Calling for a true alliance between Africa and Europe “to face our challenges and seize our opportunities together”, European Union President Donald Tusk has highlighted peace and security as well as migration as issues that need political and operational cooperation. Full text...

  • Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Abidjan for EU-AU summit
    29 november 2017 15:04:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame is among the African leaders attending the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, under the theme:“Investing in the Youth for a Sustainable Development”, an official source confirmed Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • President Talon attends AU-EU summit in Abidjan
    29 november 2017 14:22:56
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Beninese president, Patrice Talon, has left Cotonou for the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, to take part in the fifth summit of African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) heads of State and government, which opens on Wednesday, sources close to the Beninese presidency said. Full text...

  • British govt expels 2 Liberian diplomats
    28 november 2017 19:00:53
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been notified of the British Government's the decision to declare two Liberian Foreign Service Officers at its mission in London persona non grata. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition says five wounded in fierce shooting of its supporters
    28 november 2017 17:42:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said Tuesday that five people were shot and wounded among them, the driver of his daughter Winnie Odinga, when police shot live bullets at his convoy in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Zuma addresses fallout from fresh scandal in South Africa
    28 november 2017 16:31:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma has met with National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete amid claims that a powerful lawmaker was offered a bribe by a Cabinet minister to influence the outcome of a damning probe into a multi-million dollar corruption scandal at the state-owned power utility Eskom. Full text...

  • Kenyatta swears oath for second term, violent clashes rock capital
    28 november 2017 15:04:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Two people, a teenager and an infant, were shot dead in Nairobi, when security personnel shot live bullets to restrain supporters of the opposition intending to attend a rally to mourn victims of post-election violence, witnesses and the opposition said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • President Mnangagwa gives 3-month amnesty to return illegal funds, assets sent outside
    28 november 2017 14:46:15
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's new President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, says his government has granted a three-month amnesty for the return of illegal funds and assets outside the country, with no questions being asked or charges made against them against the owners. Full text...

  • Rwandan president attends Kenya presidential inauguration
    28 november 2017 14:41:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday attended the inauguration ceremony of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta who was elected for the second term in office. Full text...

  • Mauritania celebrates 57th independence anniversary
    28 november 2017 11:30:30
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania is on Tuesday celebrating its 57th independence anniversary in the city of Kaedi, in the Senegal River Valley, 430 kilometres south-east of the capital, Nouakchott. Full text...

  • French President Macron arrives in Burkina Faso
    28 november 2017 10:16:50
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - French President Emmanuel Macron arrived on Monday evening in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on first stage of an African tour which will also take him to Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Full text...

  • Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in to begin second term as President
    28 november 2017 10:06:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday took the oath of office to serve as President of Kenya at a ceremony witnessed by a dozen African leaders in Nairobi. Full text...

  • President Mnangagwa dissolves Mugabe's cabinet
    27 november 2017 19:02:44
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - President Emmerson Mnangagwa, on his first day at work following his inaguration last Friday, has dissolved the cabinet of former President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone set to defy ECOWAS court ruling
    27 november 2017 18:59:42
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone has said it would not comply with the latest ruling of the ECOWAS Court of Justice on sacked Vice President Sam Sumana's case against the government. Full text...

  • President Buhari to attend EU-AU Abidjan summit
    27 november 2017 10:57:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Presidency on Monday announced that President Muhammadu Buhari will attend the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on November 28-29, 2017. Full text...

  • Electoral board denies protesting Liberian parties' appeal
    24 november 2017 18:11:47
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission (NEC) Friday denied an appeal by two parties against the ruling of its Dispute Hearing Officer dismissing their complaint of irregularities and fraud in Liberia's 10 October polls. Full text...

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