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  • Africa is 'an important partner' for Russia, says Lavrov
    22 october 2018 19:47:17
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) – The Russian minister of foreign affairs, Serguei Lavrov, on Monday in Moscow said that Africa "is an important partner" for Russia, underlining that the relations with African countries have special backgrounds and are not influenced by international changes. Full text...

  • French FM received by Tunisian president
    22 october 2018 19:38:16
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian president, Béji Caïd Essebsi, on Monday received the French foreign affairs minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, who is in Tunisia for a working visit, a statement issued by the Tunisian presidency said. Full text...

  • Cameroon's veteran president Biya reelected
    22 october 2018 19:17:31
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Cameroon's veteran President, Paul Biya, who has been in power since 1982, has been reelected for his seventh term, the Constitutional Court announced on Monday. Full text...

  • Libyan FM, Spanish ambassador discuss economy, immigration in Libya
    22 october 2018 14:58:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan minister of foreign affairs, Mohamed Tahar Siala, on Monday held discussions in Tripoli with the Spanish ambassador in Tunisia, Francisco de Miguel, on the question of the fight against illegal immigration and the economic cooperation between the two countries. Full text...

  • 150 companies to partcipate in Mauritania Int'l Trade Fair
    22 october 2018 09:45:34
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – A massive 150 companies will showcase their products from Tuesday when the Mauritanian international trade fair begins in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Mauritania seeks to strengthen ties with Algeria
    22 october 2018 09:35:32
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - The Mauritanian Foreign Affairs minister, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, on Sunday expressed the desire of his country to develop its "historical and excellent" relations with Algeria, welcoming the positive developments that they have experienced lately. Full text...

  • Angola 'ready to clarify expulsion' of DR Congo nationals
    19 october 2018 11:10:06
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The ambassador of Angola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), José Joâo Manvuel, has said his government is willing to clarify the expulsion of DR Congo nationals from his country as demanded by Angola. Full text...

  • Burkinabe Communication minister calls for accurate reportage of information on terrorism
    19 october 2018 09:36:59
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso's minister of Communication, Remis Dandjounou, has urged journalists to report responsibly on the fresh outbreak of terrorist attacks in the West African country so as not to be the mouthpiece of terrorists. Full text...

  • Police Chief appointed to top civilian post
    19 october 2018 09:18:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame has appointed the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Emmanuel Gasana, as Governor of Southern Province becoming the first ever senior police officer to be assigned a high civilian position in the East African country. Full text...

  • Gambia Joins Francophonie Organisation
    19 october 2018 08:49:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia has been admitted as an Observer to the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF), the government said in Banjul on Friday. Full text...

  • Kagame shuffles Rwares three in a slight cabinet reshuffle
    18 october 2018 18:22:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Thursday shuffled his cabinet and appointed former Senator Richard Sezibera as new Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Full text...

  • Libya's GNA accelerates compensation procedures for Sirte population
    18 october 2018 16:39:17
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya's Government of National Accord is determined to accelerate the compensation to the residents of Sirte whose properties we're brother damaged or destroyed during the Full text...

  • 4th Nigeria-Botswana Joint Permanent Commission meeting opens in Abuja
    18 october 2018 09:16:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The 4th session of Nigeria-Botswana Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation (BNJPCC) opened in Abuja on Wednesday with Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, saying that both countries have signed agreements on cultural cooperation and diplomatic relations as part of efforts to deepen bilateral relations. Full text...

  • Africa is ‘on the rise’, says UN chief Guterres, urging collaboration for better future
    18 october 2018 02:37:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Africa is “on the move and on the rise” with communities coming together to resolve their problems and offer mutual support, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted on Wednesday. Full text...

  • French foreign minister starts tour of Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso
    17 october 2018 18:31:24
    Paris, France (PANA) – French foreign affairs minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Wednesday began a four-day visit to Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso where he will discuss with his hosts bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • South Africa expresses concern over missing Saudi journalist
    17 october 2018 15:19:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa on Wednesday expressed concern over the disappearance of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, following reports that he has been killed. Full text...

  • DRC govt. protests forceful expulsion of its nationals from Angola
    17 october 2018 13:19:10
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in accordance with diplomatic rules, has protested against the massive expulsion of its nationals from Angola, despite an agreement signed to the contrary, according to a communiqué issued by the DRC Minister of Communication and Media, Lambert Mende Omalanga. Full text...

  • Regional experts validate result of ECONEC's study on cost of elections in West Africa
    17 october 2018 11:10:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - After two days of deliberations in Abuja, regional election experts have validated the outcome of the study on the Cost of Elections in West Africa, commissioned by the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), with concrete recommendations to make elections more cost-effective, yet credible and democracy, sustainable in the region. Full text...

  • Cameroon Constitutional Council rejects 16 appeals against presidential poll
    17 october 2018 10:50:27
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The Constitutional Council of Cameroon has dismissed 16 out of 18 appeals to partially or totally annul the 7 October presidential election. Full text...

  • Tunisian foreign affairs minister visits Germany
    17 october 2018 09:59:40
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian minister of foreign affairs, Khaemnes Jhinaoui, on Wednesday began an official visit to Germany, at the invitation of his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, a communiqué issued by the Tunisian foreign affairs ministry has said. Full text...

  • Chambas says UN is committed to support Gambia
    17 october 2018 08:36:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) has reaffirmed the world body's support for Gambian President Adama Barrow to successfully carry out institutional and governance reforms. Full text...

  • Ethiopian Premier names cabinet after overhauling Executive
    16 october 2018 14:56:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Ethiopian Parliament on Tuesday approved a bill re-organizing the Cabinet and witnessed the swearing in of new members. Full text...

  • South African Ramaphosa cancels DRC trip due to illness
    16 october 2018 11:07:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has cancelled an official visit to the DRC due to an illness. Full text...

  • EU calls for early elections in Libya
    16 october 2018 10:27:32
    Luxemburg, Luxemburg (PANA) - The senior European Union representative for foreign policy and security, Federica Mogherini, on Monday said there is the need to hold elections in Libya "as soon as possible". Full text...

  • ECONEC advocates cost-effective election management in West Africa
    16 october 2018 04:55:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) has called on electoral management bodies (EMBs) in the region to reappraise election funding towards making the electoral process more cost-effective but at the same time, free, fair and credible. Full text...

  • South African Opposition slams Pretoria over porous borders
    15 october 2018 15:27:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance, on Monday expressed grave concern at South Africa’s porous borders, saying it is having profound consequences on the efforts against cross-border crime such as human and drug trafficking and is fueling xenophobia. Full text...

  • Zambian Opposition UPND calls on MPs to reject 2019 Budget presented to Parliament
    15 october 2018 14:20:53
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s main opposition party, the United Party for National Development (UPND), has appealed to all Members of Parliament (MPs) to reject the 2019 national budget presented recently by Finance Minister, Margaret Mwanakatwe. Full text...

  • Pierre Kompagny, Belgian of Congolese origin, elected mayor of Ganshoren in Belgium
    15 october 2018 14:11:31
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Pierre Kompagny, father of Vincent Kompagny, the best player in the Belgian national football team, the Red Devils, was elected mayor of the commune of Ganshoren (25,000 inhabitants) in Brussels during Sunday's local elections in Belgium. Full text...

  • Arab League chief, UN envoy in Libya confer on Libyan crisis
    15 october 2018 10:22:52
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Abu el-Gheit, on Sunday discussed the latest political and security situation in Libya with the United Nations special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé. Full text...

  • Eritrean President begins state tour of Ethiopia
    14 october 2018 08:55:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki has arrived in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, for an official visit, the Ethiopian Foreign Minister said on Sunday. Full text...

  • UN Mission in Somalia condemns Baidoa twin bomb blast
    14 october 2018 06:44:04
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) - The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia has condemned the Baidoa terror attack on Saturday that killed 18 people and wounded 40 others. Full text...

  • Kenyan manhunt for Al Shabaab operative behind terror attack in North Eastern region
    13 october 2018 18:25:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan security forces are continuing with a manhunt for an Al Shabaab operative from Somalia, who was behind this week's terror attack against teachers in the North Eastern region, Police said Saturday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, INEC discuss preparations for Nigeria's 2019 polls
    13 october 2018 14:00:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A delegation of the ECOWAS Commission has met with the leadership of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to discuss preparations for the country’s 2019 general elections and how to step Full text...

  • Italian PM promises comprehensive effort to address migration in Africa
    13 october 2018 08:40:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Visiting Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has pledged to work with the African Union in promoting peace, stability and development in Africa. Full text...

  • Rwandan foreign minister Mushikiwabo elected secretary-general of la Francophonie
    12 october 2018 19:53:22
    Erevan, Armenia (PANA) - Rwanda's Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo is the new secretary-general of Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIC), a group of French-speaking countries, the organisation said on Friday. Full text...

  • South African Apartheid-era politician Pik Botha dead at 86
    12 october 2018 07:51:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Apartheid-era politician Pik Botha who joined the African National Congress following the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, died at his Pretoria home in the early hours of Friday. He was 86. Full text...

  • DRC's electoral process advancing despite threat of armed groups, UN envoy
    12 october 2018 06:26:47
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - December elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remain on course, but still face “major challenges”, including violence from armed groups in the country’s east, the top United Nations official in the country said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwandan President Paul Kagame arrives in Armenia for OIF summit
    10 october 2018 13:43:01
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame, on Wednesday arrived in Yerevan, Armenia, to participate in the 17th Francophonie Heads of State Summit which is scheduled from 11-12 October in the Eastern European nation, an official source confirmed to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • African Union calls for restraint after Cameroonian Presidential vote
    10 october 2018 13:37:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is closely following events in Cameroon, where an opposition party declared victory in the 7 October Presidential elections. Full text...

  • Burundi arrests another Rwandan woman over alleged 'spying'
    10 october 2018 10:56:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan woman, Florence Uwimana, has been detained in Burundi's Central Province of Gitega for the past three weeks for allegedly spying, the local Rwandan media reported on Wednesday in Kigali quoting a senior local administrative official in Burundi. Full text...

  • India, Nigeria to sign MoU on counter-terrorism
    09 october 2018 18:44:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – India and Nigeria would soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding MoU) on Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism, visiting Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, Mobashar Jawed Akbar said in Abuja on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa finance minister resigns over State Capture scandal
    09 october 2018 16:32:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday announced the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene who has been implicated in the State Capture scandal. Full text...

  • Traditional Chief wants Gambia’s colonial law reviewed
    08 october 2018 13:43:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Demba Sanyang, a traditional chief in The Gambia, has called for a review of the country’s over-century-old District Tribunal Act which was developed by colonial administration. Full text...

  • Estonian PM ends Malian visit
    08 october 2018 12:08:29
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Estonian Prime Minister, Juri Ratas, on Sunday completed a two-day official visit to Mali during which he met with President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita with their talks relating to security and development. Full text...

  • Fayez al-Sarraj makes mini cabinet reshuffle
    08 october 2018 10:33:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The president of Libya's internationally-recognised government, Fzyez al-Sarraj, on Sunday announced a mini cabinet reshuffle that affected the ministries of interior, finance and economy. Full text...

  • ECOWAS engages Nigerian political stakeholders on conflict-free 2019 elections
    08 october 2018 09:07:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The second of five workshops planned by the ECOWAS Commission for Nigerian political actors and civil society groups on the use of dialogue and mediation as tools for preventing and mitigating election-related disputes and conflicts opens on Tuesday in Benin City, capital of Edo State, in the south-south geo-political zone. Full text...

  • UN Security Council says DRC's December polls are ‘historic opportunity’
    07 october 2018 04:57:36
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Saturday wrapped up a two-day mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the body’s 15 members pledged to support the process in the run-up to long-delayed elections, set for late December, and called for the polls to be credible and peaceful. Full text...

  • 'Election of Rwanda's Mushikiwabo will enhance economic development in Francophone Africa'
    06 october 2018 19:51:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - African experts say the economies of French-speaking African countries will improve if Rwandese Louise Mushikiwabo is elected to head the Association of French-speaking nations "La Francophonie" across the world. Full text...

  • Local chief seeks presidential term limit in new Gambia
    06 october 2018 14:03:38
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Momodou Sailu Bah, the head of Basse Town in the Upper River Region of the Gambia, has proposed the inclusion of two-term limit for the presidency in the country’s new constitution that is about to be reviewed. Full text...

  • Rwandan govt critic released to limited freedom pending trial
    05 october 2018 20:01:11
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