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  • Ivorian President to attend 11th Extraordinary Summit of AU
    16 november 2018 19:21:33
    Abidjan, Côte d 'Ivoire (PANA) - Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara left Abidjan on Friday for Ethiopia to take part in the 11th Extraordinary Summit of African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa on the reform of the continental organization, PANA learned from official sources. Full text...

  • Libya, US sign cooperation deal in economic, scientific fields
    16 november 2018 17:39:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan Ambassador to the United States, Mrs Wafa AbouKaikais, on Thursday signed with Deputy US Secretary of State for Ocean and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Judith Garber, an agreement protocol aiming to modify and extend the cooperation agreement between the two countries in science and technology for ten years. Full text...

  • UCLGA to opens 19th session in Marrakech
    16 november 2018 17:28:32
    Abidjan, Côte d 'Ivoire (PANA) - The United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) holds the 19th session of its executive committee on Saturday in Marrakech, Morocco, ahead of the 8th Africities Summit planned for 20-24 November, it was announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Will 2019 mark the end of the Libyan crisis? - Analysis
    16 november 2018 15:37:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Following the mixed results of the Palermo International Conference on Libya, which has not yielded a radical solution to the crisis that has wrecked the country, the only alternative left to restore stability in this North African country is UN Envoy Ghassan Salamé's Plan of Action. Full text...

  • Ex-president Zuma seeks permanent stay of prosecution in graft case
    16 november 2018 15:06:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – After a 17-year legal battle which dramatically changed the course of South African history, former President Jacob Zuma on Friday served notice that he is seeking a permanent stay of prosecution in his multi-million dollar corruption trial. Full text...

  • Nigeria's elections chief reaffirms commitment to deliver credible 2019 elections
    16 november 2018 13:05:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has reaffirmed the Commission's commitment and determination to deliver credible elections in Nigeria in 2019, which will embody the concepts of inclusiveness, transparency and accountability, by also ensuring that established rules are fully, fairly and impartially enforced. Full text...

  • Burkinabè President to pay first official visit to Japan
    16 november 2018 11:45:37
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, will pay his first official visit to Japan from 16 to 23 November, 2018, the presidency has said in a statement. Full text...

  • Czech Republic to open diplomatic representation in Mali
    16 november 2018 11:37:12
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Czech Republic will open an embassy in Mali in 2019, the Czech deputy minister for African affairs, Thomas Kryl, announced on Thursday after an audience with the Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga. Full text...

  • Bashir to attend AU extraordinary summit
    15 november 2018 19:39:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir will fly to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday to take part in an extraordinary summit meeting of the African Union (AU) heads of state and government set for November 17-18. Full text...

  • UN Security Council lifts sanctions against Eritrea amid growing rapprochement with Ethiopia
    15 november 2018 04:46:09
    New York, US (PANA) - A range of international sanctions imposed against Eritrea nearly a decade ago, were unanimously lifted by the Security Council on Wednesday, four months after the signing of an historic peace agreement with Ethiopia in July, according to a UN statement. Full text...

  • Gambian leader receives Israeli, South African envoys
    14 november 2018 18:58:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow on Wednesday received in Banjul credentials of the newly accredited envoys of the State of Israel and the Republic of South Africa. Full text...

  • Libyan president suggests how Libya crisis can be resolved
    14 november 2018 15:12:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The president of the presidential council of the Libyan government of national accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, has outlined three ways the Libyan crisis can be resolved. Full text...

  • Sudanese, Italian foreign ministers meet on sidelines of Libya conference
    14 november 2018 08:33:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Foreign Minister, Dirdeiri Mohamed Ahmed, on Tuesday met the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Enzo Moavero Milanesi on the fringes of the international conference on Libya taking place in Italy. Full text...

  • ECOWAS organises dialogue, mediation workshop for Nigeria's 2019 conflict-free elections
    14 november 2018 06:35:23
    Enugu, Nigeria (PANA) - In continuation of its initiatives to ensure conflict-free elections in Nigeria in 2019, a 3-day workshop organised by the ECOWAS Commission opened on Tuesday for political actors and civil society groups in the country’s South-East geo-political zone, on the use of dialogue and mediation as tools for preventing and mitigating election-related violence and disputes. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges DRC gov't to ‘secure’ next month's key elections
    14 november 2018 01:54:46
    New York, US (PANA) - With key national elections due next month in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), armed groups in the east of the country still threaten to derail the vote, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libyan Army chief boycotts Palermo Conference on Libya
    13 november 2018 15:34:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Marshal Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan national army based in the east of the country, will not attend the Palermo International Conference on Libya, despite his arrival on Monday at the venue of the conference. Full text...

  • Tunisian group sues Minister of the Interior
    13 november 2018 11:52:42
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian lawyer Ridha Radaoui, a member of the Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi defence group, announced on Monday that the group has decided to sue the Interior Minister, Hichem Fourati, for concealing documents and secret data. Full text...

  • Ethiopian military swoop on top Generals
    13 november 2018 11:31:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian military commanders, Brigadier-General Kinfe Dagnew and Major-General Tekleberhan Woldearegay, were arrested near the border with Sudan on Tuesday on suspicion of ordering crimes, including torture and rape of workers at a military enterprise, officials said. Full text...

  • Tunisian parliament approves new ministers
    13 november 2018 11:11:20
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian parliament on Monday approved the new ministers proposed by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed during his reshuffle on 5 November. Full text...

  • Gambian farmers call for empowerment
    13 november 2018 10:47:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian farmers in Nuimi District on Tuesday insisted that the new constitution in the making should empower them so that their welfare would be adequately addressed by those in authority. Full text...

  • International conference on Kimberley diamond certification process opens
    12 november 2018 18:15:11
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Belgian Minister of Foreign Affair Didier Reynders on Monday opened the annual conference on the Kimberly Process, an international platform to which more than 90 countries are members fighting against diamond trafficking. Full text...

  • Nouakchott to host Conference of G5 Sahel presidents on 6 December
    12 november 2018 14:49:32
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, will host a conference of heads of State of the G5 Sahel, their partners and donors, on the financing of the first phase of the organisation’s priority investment programme (PIP), over 2019-2021, reliable sources told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Villagers want new commission for Gambian health workers
    12 november 2018 11:24:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The people of Jokadou District in Gambia have called for a constitutional provision on the establishment of a Health Service Commission to tackle the country’s health problems. Full text...

  • CRC holds consultations in Gambia’s North Bank Region
    12 november 2018 11:17:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Continuing its country-wide consultation process, Gambia’s Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) on Monday held meetings in towns within the North Bank Region (NBR) of the tiny West African nation. Full text...

  • African Parliamentary Union gets new Speaker
    10 november 2018 12:49:54
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's parliament speaker, Alassane Bala Sankandé, was on Friday elected to lead the Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union (UPA), PANA learnt on Saturday from parliamentary sources in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Egypt wants to strengthen cooperation with African countries during AU 2019 presidency
    10 november 2018 12:18:31
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Egyptian Prime Minister, Mustapha Madbouli, on Friday said Egypt will seek to strengthen cooperation with African countries when it assumes the AU presidency in 2019. Full text...

  • 12 Congolese seek political asylum in Mauritius
    10 november 2018 11:45:34
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Twelve Congolese, six men and six women, who fled their country between October 2016 and March 2018, are seeking political asylum in Mauritius following their appearance in a court in Port Louis, PANA learned Saturday from a judicial source. Full text...

  • Senegal and Congo sign eight cooperation agreements in Dakar
    09 november 2018 17:00:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal and Congo on Thursday signed in Dakar, eight agreements and conventions to strengthen their cooperation in Full text...

  • UN Secretary-General's Special Representative announces general elections in Libya in 2019
    09 november 2018 14:56:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé, on Thursday announced that Libya should begin the process of organizing national elections in spring 2019, following an inclusive national conference at the beginning of the year, devoted to the conflict in the country. Full text...

  • 'Libyans express hope Palermo Conference will resolve their crisis'
    09 november 2018 14:08:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's political stakeholders, scheduled to meet in Palermo, Italy, on 12 and 13 November, have expressed the hope that the conference on Libya will represent an ultimate opportunity to find a way out of the numerous political and security crisis which have rocked the north African country for more than 7 years. Full text...

  • Togo to hold parliamentary elections on 20 December
    09 november 2018 12:26:40
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The West African state of Togo will hold parliamentary elections on 20 December, according to a decree issued on Thursday evening following the meeting of the Council of ministers. It said campaign for the election will begin on 4 December and end on 18 December. Full text...

  • Ceasefire holds in Tripoli, but core problems remain, says UN Libya mission chief
    09 november 2018 04:40:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The recent ceasefire in Libya’s capital Tripoli, brokered by the United Nations mission in the country, is holding, its head told the Security Council on Thursday, highlighting efforts to sustain the calm and help secure lasting peace. Full text...

  • Conference of Speakers of African parliaments opens in Abuja
    08 november 2018 16:36:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The 73rd Session of the Executive Committee and the 41st Conference of Speakers of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) opened Thursday in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Full text...

  • Landlocked Ethiopia to build inland naval base off Red Sea
    08 november 2018 13:58:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia is moving to modernise its military with immediate plans to create a naval force, a cyber security and space technology forces within its established military structures, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • 'US willing remove Sudan from list of sponsors of terrorism'
    08 november 2018 10:52:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The US Department of State says it is willing and ready to remove the name of Sudan from the list of states Washington considers as sponsors of international terrorism if Khartoum carries out further reforms. Full text...

  • Gambia’s constitution review body takes consultation to schools
    08 november 2018 10:39:51
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's Constitution Review Commission (CRC), as part of its inclusive drive of involving all citizens in the conversation on what should be or should not be included in the new constitution that is being drafted, on Thursday visited some schools in Banjul to sample students' views. Full text...

  • Somali protests after "friendly fire" kills four civilians in Mogadishu
    07 november 2018 18:46:48
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has admitted the death of civilians in Tuesday's attack in Mogadishu and promised to carry out an investigation. Full text...

  • Libya's legislative institutions set timetable for restructuring national executive authority
    07 november 2018 18:40:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's House of Representatives (Parliament) and the High Council of State have agreed on a timetable for restructuring the country's executive authority, which should start on 18 November and end on 11 December 2018, according to a report published Wednesday by al-Wassat daily. Full text...

  • EU provides €58 million in humanitarian aid to the Sahel and Central African Republic
    07 november 2018 17:07:13
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union has allocated 58 million euros for urgent humanitarian aid to the Sahel countries and Central African Republic (CAR), a European Commission statement said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Morocco ready for direct dialogue with Algerian authorities on bilateral issues
    07 november 2018 16:26:26
    Rabat Morocco (PANA) - King Mohammed VI has said Morocco is ready for direct dialogue with Algeria to overcome bilateral disputes. Full text...

  • Cameroonian President Biya sworn for 7th term
    06 november 2018 19:13:23
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - President Paul Biya, elected for a 7th term to lead Cameroon, was sworn in Yaoundé on Tuesday in the National Assembly at a ceremony that was witnessed by several dignitaries. Full text...

  • Buhari meets with UK's Prince Charles in Abuja
    06 november 2018 17:24:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met with Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Duchess Camilla at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Full text...

  • Buhari congratulates Cameroonian President on inauguration
    06 november 2018 15:38:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday congratulated Cameroonian President Paul Biya, on his inauguration Tuesday for another term of office following his victory in the 7 October, 2018, presidential election. Full text...

  • Algeria to attend Palermo conference on Libya
    06 november 2018 15:04:46
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Algeria will take part in an international conference in Palermo, Italy, on the crisis in Libya, organized by Italian authorities, said the Algerian Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, on Monday during a joint press conference with his Italian counterpart, Giuseppe Conte, who is visiting Algiers. Full text...

  • Libyan FM, Romanian Consul discuss relations between both countries
    06 november 2018 14:53:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Ways to enhance relations between Libya and Romania was the focus of discussion when the Libyan Foreign Minister of the National Unity Government, Mohamed Taher Siala, received the Romanian Consul in Libya, Theodore Melishcano, in Tripoli on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libyan Presidential Council Chief visits Misrata, 2 years after ISIS' expulsion
    06 november 2018 14:29:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - For the first time since elements of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) were uprooted in December 2016, the President of the Libyan Presidential Council, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Tuesday arrived in Misrata, 220 km east of Tripoli, for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the city. Full text...

  • Zambian President Lungu fires Works and Supply Minister
    06 november 2018 14:07:53
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu, has fired his Minister of Works and Supply, Felix Mutati. Full text...

  • Tunisian president disagrees with PM over cabinet reshuffle
    06 november 2018 10:28:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The spokesperson for the Tunisian presidency, Saïda Garrach, says that president Beji Caid Essebsi disagrees with the cabinet reshuffle carried out on Monday by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed. Full text...

  • Algerian and Italian heads of government consult in Algiers
    05 november 2018 18:11:46
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and the President of Italy's Council of Ministers, Giuseppe Conte, on Monday held official talks in Algiers on wide ranging issues, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Chinese FM pledges support for Africa's push for UN Security Council seats
    05 november 2018 15:44:18
    Shanghai, China (PANA) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, has pledged his country's support to Africa's push for the reform of the United States Security Council. Full text...

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