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  • Mauritania: President Aziz pats self on the back, says "I've done well"
    08 april 2014 15:57:08
    Nouadhibou, Mauritania (PANA) – Assessing his first five-year term in office, the Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, on Monday said he had done extremely well, particularly in the areas of politics, security and the economy. Full text...

  • Egypt: Cairo hosts talks on Libya
    08 april 2014 14:20:33
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nabil Fahmi, held talks on Monday in Cairo with the head of the United Nations Support mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Tarek Mitri, on the latest developments in Libya, the ministry indicated Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: AU Chair deeply concerned about CAR crisis
    08 april 2014 12:30:28
    Nouadhibou Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who is also the chairman of the African Union (AU), has expressed deep concern about the security crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kenyatta apologises for EAC failure to intervene during Rwanda genocide
    07 april 2014 22:41:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta offered an apology for the East African region’s failure to intervene in Rwanda during the genocide in 1994 in a speech delivered in Kigali during the commemoration of 20th anniversary of the mass killings in the country. Full text...

  • France: France-Rwanda ties deteriorate on genocide ceremony
    07 april 2014 20:54:25
    Paris, France ( PANA) - France on Monday strongly deplored the attitude of the Rwandan authorities who barred the French ambassador in Kigali from attending ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President pledges credible 2015 elections
    07 april 2014 20:00:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of Nigeria's general elections in 2015, President Goodluck Jonathan has said he is “more committed than ever before” to make the elections more credible than the 2011 polls. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Mediators confirm adjournment of South Sudanese talks
    07 april 2014 19:49:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - International peace mediators on Monday confirmed the adjournment of the talks aimed at a solution to end more than 13 weeks of fierce fighting in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria-Pakistani joint commission meets in Abuja
    07 april 2014 15:34:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The second session of the Nigeria-Pakistan joint commission began in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, Monday with both nations pledging to renew efforts to boost their economic treaties. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Al Bashir orders release of all political detainees
    07 april 2014 14:49:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir has ordered the release of all political detainees in his country, in addition to other measures that will open up the country's political space. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Consultative meeting on UN Strategy for Sahel postponed
    07 april 2014 14:30:55
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The ministerial consultative meeting on the UN Strategy for Sahel, scheduled on next Wednesday in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, has been postponed to a later date. Full text...

  • Libya: MPs demand resignation of GNC Speaker
    07 april 2014 12:55:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Some members of the Libyan General National Congress (GNC), the highest political and legislative authority in the country, have called for the resignation of Speaker Nouri Abousahmein, following a video clip in which he appeared in an embarrassing position and grilled by a questioner. Full text...

  • Libya: Rebels agree to end oil terminal blockade
    07 april 2014 11:39:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Two oil terminals were opened Sunday and two more are scheduled to open in two weeks following an agreement between mediators and armed groups to end Libya's devastating oil terminal blockade, PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudan faction insists no talks without detained party chief
    07 april 2014 07:59:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A group of seven (G7) former political detainees in South Sudan have insisted there should be no further peace talks without Pegan Amum, a top official of the ruling party, and three others arrested in the aftermath of the crisis in the country. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. rules out return to monarchy in Libya
    06 april 2014 17:14:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The declarations made by the Libyan Foreign affairs minister, Mohamed Abdelaziz, regarding a possible return to monarchy as a way out of the current insecurity, do not express the position of the Libyan government, according to a communiqué from the office of the chief of staff. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President Aziz expected in Nouadhibou Monday
    06 april 2014 17:03:57
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz will pay a 48-hour visit to Nouadhibou, 465 km to the north of the capital, Nouakchott, as from Monday, official sources told PANA here Sunday. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo, US enter into military partnership
    06 april 2014 16:26:31
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese Armed Forces have signed a military cooperation agreement with the National Guards of Dakota, United States, according to a communiqué issued here Sunday by the US embassy in Lomé. Full text...

  • Mali: Moussa Mara named Mali's new Prime Minister
    06 april 2014 14:00:45
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian minister of Town Planning and City policy, Mr. Moussa Mara, Full text...

  • Kenya: AI bemoans impunity by Chadian peacekeepers in CAR
    06 april 2014 08:22:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The surprise announcement by the Chadian Minister for Foreign Affairs that Chad would gradually withdraw its peacekeeping troops from neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) must not result in impunity for human rights violations committed there, Amnesty International has warned. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: ANC deputy leader, Ethiopia's ruling party launch talks to heal South Sudan rift
    05 april 2014 20:59:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Fresh talks have been launched to help rival South Sudanese leaders to end the deep divisions between them, which caused the current war in the world's newest country. Full text...

  • Sudan: Pres. Salva Kiir of South Sudan visits Khartoum
    05 april 2014 17:35:51
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Saturday paid a one-day visit to Khartoum, Sudan, where he met with President Omar Al Bashir and agreed with him to speed up implementation of a number of agreements the two countries signed in the past two years. Full text...

  • US: Raid on US-funded project in Uganda condemned
    05 april 2014 10:02:16
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has expressed ''deep concern'' at the raid of a U.S.-funded health clinic and medical research facility in Uganda by the authorities in the African nation. Full text...

  • Libya: Municipal council polls in Benghazi scheduled for 19 April
    04 april 2014 15:45:29
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The election of members of the municipal council of Benghazi, east of Libya, will be held on 19 April, al -Taib Abdelmalek, communications officer of the local electoral commission, announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President Aziz vows to strengthen ties with Senegal
    04 april 2014 15:40:58
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - In a message to his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of Senegal's independence Friday, the Mauritanian leader, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, has restated his commitment to strengthen the ties between Nouakchott and Dakar. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Addis forms re-insurance company, restricts foreign ownership
    04 april 2014 15:00:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Central Bank has created the national re-insurance company with a minimum capital of US$25.76 million, in what appears to be a new plan to expand Ethiopia’s financial sector across the region. Full text...

  • Libya: Government denies negotiating with armed groups controlling oil ports
    03 april 2014 21:25:29
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan government denied on Thursday that it is negotiating with armed groups controlling oil ports across the country. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Opposition parties, civil society withdraw from political dialogue
    03 april 2014 18:10:19
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The National Forum for Democracy and Unity (FNDU), a group of 17 political parties called "the radical opposition”, civil society organizations, trade union confederations and individuals have withdrawn from the national political dialogue involving the three main political parties. Full text...

  • Nigeria: INEC, Netherlands, AU sign MoU on violence-free election
    03 april 2014 17:57:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African Union Commission (AUC), Netherlands and the International Information Technology Developers Entrepreneurship Accelerator (IDEA) for the deployment of Election Risk Management (ERM) tools to ensure that violence is completely eradicated ahead of the 2015 general elections. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritania to host meeting on UN integrated Strategy for Sahel
    03 april 2014 12:37:54
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A consultative ministerial meeting on the implementation of the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel will be held next Wednesday in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, the UN Office for Africa West said Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Taxman investigates Zuma over Nkandla scandal
    03 april 2014 12:23:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The “Nkandla-gate” political scandal facing South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) show no signs of abating, with the general elections just five weeks away. Full text...

  • Guinea: Guinean-South African Partnership Day opens
    02 april 2014 22:23:16
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – The second edition of the Guinea-South Africa Partnership Day opened on Wednesday in Conakry to evaluate the cooperation programme between the two countries through the review of the current dossiers and taking stock of challenges. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU envoy urges civilians to boost non-military efforts in CAR
    02 april 2014 21:57:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Finding a solution to the current crisis facing the Central Africa Republic (CAR) is beyond peacekeeping efforts alone and must focus on the inclusion of civil society groups, women, the elite and religious leaders, a top peacekeeping official said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Angola: Spain to offer training and technical assistance to Angola
    02 april 2014 21:08:35
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Spain is to offer training and technical assistance to Angola on internal security issues under a cooperation plan signed on Wednesday in the Spanish capital, Madrid, official sources said in Luanda. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Radical opposition, civil society demand direct dialogue with gov't
    02 april 2014 19:45:47
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The National Forum for Democracy and Unity (FNDU), an umbrella of a dozen “radical” opposition parties, civil society organizations, trade union confederations and individuals on Wednesday demanded direct dialogue with the government on forthcoming elections and not with the parties forming the majority. Full text...

  • Zambia: NGOs urge councilors to vote for more women in mayoral elections
    02 april 2014 17:42:34
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As Zambia's municipal councils prepare for Mayoral elections countrywide, the Non-Governmental Organisation Coordinating Committee (NGOCC) has urged the councilors to cease the opportunity to deepen the virtues of gender equality and equity by voting for more women to take up decision-making positions, as mayors and deputy mayors. Full text...

  • Zambia: NGOs accuse PF govt. of being arrogance on constitution
    02 april 2014 17:25:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Open Society Foundation (OSF) has expressed concern that the Zambia's ruling Patriotic Front (PF) government has continued to speak in tongues over a matter as crucial as the constitution. Full text...

  • Togo: Opposition wants PM to organize political dialogue before polls
    02 april 2014 15:58:47
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The National Alliance for Change (ANC), Togo’s main political opposition party, has sent a letter to Prime Minister Kwesi Arthème Séléagodji Ahoomey-Zunu, urging him to quickly organize a dialogue on institutional and constitutional reforms, PANA learnt here Wednesday from sources close to the party. Full text...

  • UAE: Mubadala may partner Sierra Leone in mining sector
    02 april 2014 12:28:38
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (PANA) - United Arab Emirates' investment firm Mubadala has been described as a potential strategic mining partner for Sierra Leone, following talks here between a delegation from the African nation and UAE officials. Full text...

  • UN: Panel calls for free, fair elections in Guinea Bissau
    02 april 2014 12:12:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN panel dealing with peacebuilding efforts in Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday welcomed the successful preparations for the country’s upcoming legislative and presidential elections and urged all stakeholders to cooperate to ensure the polls are free and fair. Full text...

  • Libya: Saadi Gaddafi admits plotting with armed groups controlling oil terminals
    01 april 2014 21:24:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A video released by Libyan state-run television has revealed that Saadi Gaddafi, son of the former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, was in close contact with Jodhrane Ibrahim, leader of the armed groups that have for several months controlled the main oil terminals in the east of the country. Full text...

  • Libya: Prosecution deplores release of three Libyans on Glory Morning
    01 april 2014 20:51:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Some members of the Libyan prosecution team have expressed concern about the decision of the Libyan public prosecutor to release three Libyan citizens accused of forcing the captain of the rogue oil tanker, Morning Glory, to load oil illegally from the eastern port of al-Sidera. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya summons Belgian envoy over EU-Africa Summit visa row
    01 april 2014 19:46:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has summoned Belgian Ambassador Bart Ouvry after a visa row nearly derailed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s plan to attend a Summit of European and African leaders, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 37 opposition lawmakers, sacked by Nigerian court, vow to remain in parliament
    01 april 2014 18:18:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The 37 members of the Nigerian House of Representatives, sacked by an Abuja federal high court for defecting from the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) on Tuesday, have vowed they will not obey the court order. Full text...

  • Cameroon: President Paul Biya to attend EU-Africa summit
    01 april 2014 18:00:02
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – The Cameroonian President, Paul Biya, his wife, Chantal, and some members of his government have the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, for Belgium to attend the fourth European Union-Africa summit, scheduled for 2-4 April in Brussels. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: South Sudan rebel leader threatens to seize Juba
    01 april 2014 15:43:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudan's former Vice President Riek Machar has threatened to seize the nation's capital, Juba, if ongoing talks to end the current crisis there fails. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian PM leaces for 4th EU-Africa Summit
    01 april 2014 12:57:49
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam Tuesday left for the 4th EU-Africa Summit which will be start in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • Mauritania:President Ould Abdel Aziz to attend EU-Africa Summit
    01 april 2014 11:42:18
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania, who is also the current chairman of the African Union (AU), left Nouakchott Tuesday for Brussels to attend the 4th EU-Africa Summit, scheduled for 2-4 April. Full text...

  • Guinea: President Conde reshuffles cabinet
    01 april 2014 11:34:41
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Guinean President Alpha Conde on Monday evening effected a slight reshuffle of his government in two ministries. Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama to attend EU-Africa summit
    31 march 2014 22:51:45
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - President John Mahama leaves Accra on Monday night to attend the EU-Africa summit, which is expected to attract some 40 African and 20 European leaders, an official statement has said. Full text...

  • Togo: Ivorian Speaker to attend opening of Togolese Parliament
    31 march 2014 21:38:16
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Speaker of the Ivorian Parliament, Guillaume Soro, arrived on Monday in the Togolese capital, Lomé, where he is due to attend the first ordinary session of the country's national assembly which opens on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: ICC sets Kenyatta trial date
    31 march 2014 21:30:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) will continue with the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on 7 October, judges ruled on Monday. Full text...

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