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  • South African anti-apartheid activist dead at 79
    04 january 2018 06:11:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Anti-apartheid activist and poet Keorapetse Kgositsile died in Johannesburg on Wednesday after suffering from breathing problems. He was 79. Full text...

  • Ethiopia's ruling party leadership promises major concession to political prisoners
    03 january 2018 18:41:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia's ruling party has offered to take responsibility for months of political unrest by ordering the release of individuals detained for various political reasons, party leaders said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • RSF condemns attempt to kidnap press freedom defender in DR Congo
    03 january 2018 18:33:28
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned an attack by gunmen on the Kinshasa home of Tshivis Tshivuadi, the secretary-general of the Congolese media freedom NGO, Journalist in Danger (JED). Full text...

  • AU Commission Chair says 2017 was particularly eventful, "youth our priority"
    01 january 2018 15:47:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Saying that 2017 has been a particularly eventful year, the African Union Commission Chair, Moussa Faki Mahamat, revealed on Sunday that "Youth has been at the center of our agenda", as the organization worked to open up opportunities for them in every field. Full text...

  • President Zuma addresses economic challenges
    01 january 2018 10:40:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma has called for radical transformation of the economy in his New Years message. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition promises pursuit of major political reforms in 2018
    01 january 2018 10:05:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The main opposition alliance in Kenya has promised to pursue major political reforms in the New Year, starting with the release of its programme of civil disobedience and economic boycotts, opposition leader Raila Odinga, said in his New Year message. Full text...

  • Akufo-Addo promises 'drastic transformation' as Ghanaians welcome New Year
    01 january 2018 04:27:05
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the country will this year witness "drastic transformation" as his government works to deliver more campaign promises. Full text...

  • Zambian president congratulates Liberia’s president-elect Weah
    30 december 2017 15:45:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has congratulated Liberia’s president-elect George Weah for his victory following that country’s run-off presidential election on 26 December. Full text...

  • UN chief congratulates Weah on Liberia election victory
    30 december 2017 04:18:24
    New York, USA (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday congratulated George Weah on his election as the next President of Liberia, and commended Vice-President Joseph Boakai for conceding defeat. Full text...

  • Liberia's election body declares Weah president with 61.5% of votes
    29 december 2017 18:33:44
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The National Elections Commission (NEC) on Friday declared ex-football star George Weah as President of Liberia after announcing the final batch of results from the 26 December presidential runoff poll. Full text...

  • Loser Boakai congratulates winner Weah in Liberian polls
    29 december 2017 14:34:37
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Losing candidate in Liberia’s presidential run-off, incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai, has congratulated winner George Weah after preliminary results were announced by the National Elections Commission (NEC). Full text...

  • Ex-Ghanaian leader hails Liberia's presidential runoff polls
    29 december 2017 13:19:30
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Ghana’s former President John Mahama, who headed the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Liberia, has congratulated Liberians for the successful 26 December presidential runoff vote. Full text...

  • Kenyatta salutes Liberian President-elect George Weah
    29 december 2017 13:12:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated Liberian President-elect George Weah, saying his victory was a triumph of democracy in the West African nation. Full text...

  • South Africa court rules that National Assembly failed to sanction Zuma
    29 december 2017 11:00:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Constitutional Court on Friday ruled that the National Assembly failed to put in place mechanisms to hold President Jacob Zuma accountable for squandering public money on the upgrade to his multi-million dollar private residence. Full text...

  • 'Legacy of UN Mission in Liberia tied to outgoing President Johnson Sirleaf'
    28 december 2017 22:53:21
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The legacy of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the outgoing President of Liberia, is connected to the legacy of the United Nations Mission in the country (UNMIL), which will wind down in March after 15 years of operations, a senior UN official said. Full text...

  • Weah literally Liberia's next president after initial runoff results
    28 december 2017 18:48:48
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Ex-footballer George Weah took a comfortable lead Thursday after the National Elections Commission (NEC) announced preliminary results from Liberia presidential runoff polls held 26 December. Full text...

  • EU election mission bills Liberia's presidential runoff poll "very good"
    28 december 2017 17:59:32
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) Chief Observer, Maria Arena, has said that the 26 December presidential run-off election in Liberia was “calm and benefited from organizational improvements made by the National Elections Commission (NEC). Full text...

  • Liberian President Sirleaf sets up transition team
    28 december 2017 17:26:36
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has constituted a Joint Presidential Transition Team to oversee the transfer of power from her administration t0 the incoming one. Full text...

  • Sustained cooperation vital to address Somalia’s challenges, says UN envoy
    27 december 2017 22:31:50
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – In a year which saw millions of Somali civilians displaced by armed conflict and thousands more killed and wounded in violence, the United Nations envoy to the country has called for sustained cooperation to tackle a number of pressing challenges. Full text...

  • ECOWAS urges fairness, openness, transparency in final stage of Liberia’s runoff poll
    27 december 2017 19:58:44
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) on Wednesday urged Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) to approach the concluding phases of Tuesday’s runoff between two leading candidates with fairness, openness and transparency until the proclamation of results. Full text...

  • UN chief dispatches Nigeria’s Obasanjo to support power transfer in Liberia
    27 december 2017 18:03:59
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday welcomed the peaceful conduct of the second round of the presidential election in Liberia, and announced that he has sent former Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo to support the country in the first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically-elected leader to another in more than 70 years. Full text...

  • Observers of Liberia's presidential runoff poll meet
    27 december 2017 14:23:18
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Ghana's former President and Head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Observation Mission, John Mahama, on Wednesday met with heads of other International observer groups to review the Tuesday's presidential runoff vote. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes ceasefire between Congo, Pastor Ntumi
    27 december 2017 06:54:26
    New York, USA (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday welcomed the signing of a ceasefire agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Congo and a group led by Reverend Pastor Ntumi. Full text...

  • Low voter turnout, peace mark Liberia's presidential run-off poll
    26 december 2017 18:17:51
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Poor voter turnout and peaceful ballot casting marked Liberia’s delayed presidential run-off election Tuesday across the country as polling stations shut down. Full text...

  • Keating says pervasive corruption in politics retards progress in Somalia
    26 december 2017 18:13:17
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – When the most powerful actors in Somalia cooperate, whether the Federal Government, Federal Member States, parliamentarians, clan elders, business or the international community, great progress can be made, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia Michael Keating said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Erdogan concludes three-day state visit to Sudan
    26 december 2017 16:39:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey left Khartoum on Tuesday after a three-day state visit to Sudan at the invitation of President Omar Bashir. Full text...

  • Former Gambian minister forms new party
    26 december 2017 12:32:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Dr. Amadou Scattred Janneh, a former Gambian Information Minister, has signaled the formation of a new political party which will soon be inaugurated in the West African country. Full text...

  • Polls open in delayed Liberia presidential run-off
    26 december 2017 09:46:15
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Polls have opened in Liberia as voters choose a new president in the delayed presidential run-off on Tuesday that pits ex-football star George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) against outgoing vice president Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP). Full text...

  • Liberians vote in delayed presidential run-off
    26 december 2017 07:01:22
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Liberians go to the polls on Tuesday in the delayed presidential run-off that pits ex-football star George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) against outgoing vice president Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP). Full text...

  • Former Ghana president calls for peaceful Liberia presidential rerun vote
    25 december 2017 19:01:49
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Ghana’s immediate past President John Dramani Mahama, Head of ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Liberia, on Monday met with the two candidates for the 26 December rescheduled presidential run-of and appealed for their maximum cooperation to ensure a peaceful and credible election, an ECOWAS official said. Full text...

  • Former Ghana president meets election observers for Liberia's presidential run-off poll
    25 december 2017 17:46:14
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Head of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Election Observation Mission to Liberia, Ghana's former President John Mahama, on Monday met with heads of other International observer groups ahead of the delayed 26 December presidential run-off. Full text...

  • Ghana's ex-president Mahama arrives for Liberia's presidential run-off poll
    24 december 2017 17:57:25
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Ghana's immediate past President, John Dramani Mahama, has arrived in Monrovia at the head of an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Election Observation Mission for Liberia's presidential run-off on 26 December. Full text...

  • President Erdogan of Turkey arrives in Khartoum
    24 december 2017 14:13:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Reccep Tayyib Erdogan of Turkey arrived in Khartoum Sunday on a three-day state visit to the Sudan, the first ever by a Turkish president. Full text...

  • UNICEF welcomes announcement on next Executive Director
    24 december 2017 11:20:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UNICEF has welcomed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ announcement on Friday that Henrietta H. Fore will succeed Anthony Lake as the UNICEF Executive Director when Lake's term ends on 31 December, 2017. Full text...

  • UNHCR welcomes South Sudan agreement to revive peace process
    24 december 2017 10:55:13
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has welcomed the recent agreement by the South Sudan government and opposition groups to revive the stalled peace process, and called for the inclusion of refugees in shaping the destiny of the country. Full text...

  • Southern Libya adopts charter for reconciliation
    23 december 2017 18:35:56
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - More than 55 representatives from the South of Libya have concluded a three-day Forum in Tunis by adopting a general Charter for Reconciliation, and committed its signatory parties to build wider support for it and encourage a greater number of constituencies to abide to it. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe president promotes former military chief in ruling party
    23 december 2017 17:51:42
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has promoted the man who led the military action that led to the resignation of President Robert Mugabe and his subsequent elevation to the post of president of the Southern African country last month. Full text...

  • UN Mission welcomes agreement to revive South Sudan's peace pact
    22 december 2017 17:48:47
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Welcoming the signing of an agreement on cessation of hostilities and improving humanitarian access in South Sudan, the United Nations Mission in the country (UNMISS) has urged all parties to work collectively to ensure durable peace in the nation. Full text...

  • Zuma appeals damning South African court ruling
    22 december 2017 17:10:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just two days after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) announced that a commission of inquiry into state capture must be instituted urgently, President Jacob Zuma on Friday served notice that he will appeal the North Gauteng High Court judgment on state capture which heavily implicates him. Full text...

  • Emir of Qatar ends visit to Mali, the first of a 5-nation West African tour
    22 december 2017 14:14:25
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Emir of Qatar, Cheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, on Thursday made a brief visit to Mali, at the start of a five-nation West African tour. Full text...

  • Rwanda abstains from the UN General Assembly on Jerusalem
    22 december 2017 14:01:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda is on the list of 35 nations that abstained during a UN resolution in the General Assembly that was passed by an overwhelming majority demnding that all countries comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the status of Jerusalem, following an earlier decision by the United States to recognize the Holy City as the capital of Israel. Full text...

  • Togo votes against UN General Assembly resolution regarding status of Jerusalem
    22 december 2017 11:59:50
    New York, USA (PANA) - Togo was the only African country that on Thursday voted against a UN resolution in the General Assembly that was passed by an overwhelming majority that “demanded” all countries comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the status of Jerusalem, following an earlier decision by the United States to recognize the Holy City as the capital of Israel. Full text...

  • ECOWAS observers return to Liberia for 26 December presidential run-off
    22 december 2017 11:41:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A 25-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Short-Term Observation Mission headed by Ghana’s immediate past President John Dramani Mahama will return to Liberia for the country’s delayed presidential run-off now scheduled for 26 December 2017. Full text...

  • Sudan, Rwanda call for joint African action against ICC
    21 december 2017 19:08:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan and Rwanda have called for joint African action against The Hague-based International Criminal Court stressing that it targets only African leaders. Full text...

  • South Africa's Ruling party rebuked for anti-Israel stance
    21 december 2017 13:52:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) and the South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) on Thursday questioned the motives behind the ruling African National Congress (ANC) resolution to downgrade the South African embassy in Israel "immediately and unconditionally" to a liaison office. Full text...

  • Migration, UN reform among 2018 priorities, says Assembly President
    21 december 2017 05:58:59
    New York, US (PANA) – Safe migration, conflict prevention, sustainable development and United Nations reform will be the priorities of the 72nd UN General Assembly over the coming year, the 193-member body’s President, Miroslav Lajčák, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • President Kagame begins 2-day visit to Sudan
    20 december 2017 15:37:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Paul Kagame of Rwanda arrived here on Wednesday, heading a high-level delegation on a two-day state visit to Sudan for talks with President Omar Bashir on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues. Full text...

  • Presidents Mnangagwa, Zuma to meet in Pretoria
    20 december 2017 14:37:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma of South Africa will meet with his Zimbabwean counterpart President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, on Thursday in Pretoria, the South African presidency has confirmed. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire to assume ECOWAS chairmanship March 2018
    19 december 2017 18:49:46
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have awarded the post of Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission to Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Top Zimbabwe military, police officers retire
    19 december 2017 07:14:21
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Constantino Chiwenga, who was instrumental in the resignation of President Robert Mugabe, has retired. Full text...

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