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  • South Sudan: Juba quiet; calls grow louder for arms embargo on South Sudan
    12 july 2016 17:54:09
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The South Sudan capital, Juba, remained quiet on Tuesday as residents traumatised by several days of fighting between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar claimed hundreds of lives ventured out to get basic needs. Full text...

  • UN: ICC Trial Chamber refers Uganda, Djibouti to UN Security Council
    12 july 2016 17:19:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Uganda and Djibouti have failed to comply with the request for arrest and surrender of Sudan's President Omar Al Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and referred the matter to the Court's Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute and the UN Security Council, the Pre-Trial Chamber II of the ICC said Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA Ruling party addresses crisis in Zimbabwe
    12 july 2016 15:10:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday expressed concern over the protests in Zimbabwe, labeling them as “sponsored elements seeking regime change”. Full text...

  • UN: Candidates for UN top job to feature on globally-televised event
    12 july 2016 14:25:10
    New York, US (PANA) - For the first time, candidates for the position of next UN Secretary-General are taking part in a globally-televised and webcast event, which will be held at the UN General Assembly Hall on Tuesday, and they will take questions from diplomats from different parts of the world and the general public. Full text...

  • (UPDATE 3) South Sudan: Juba 'remains tense' but ceasefire appears holding
    12 july 2016 12:01:39
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The South Sudan capital, Juba, which has seen bloody clashes between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar, "remains tense", but calm as a ceasefire ordered by the two men appear to be holding. Full text...

  • Botswana: North Korea's ballistic missile testing irks Botswana
    12 july 2016 10:09:02
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana on Tuesday condemned North Korea’s continued testing of ballistic missiles saying they pose a threat to international security. Full text...

  • (UPDATE 2) Switzerland: UNHCR calls for open borders for possible South Sudan refugee outflows
    12 july 2016 09:58:23
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is calling on all armed parties to ensure safe passage for people fleeing the fighting that erupted late last week in the South Sudan capital, Juba, between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar. Full text...

  • (UPDATE) US: US strongly condemns 'senseless, inexcusable violence' in South Sudan
    12 july 2016 07:36:55
    Washington, DC, US, (PANA) - The United States has condemned "in the strongest terms" the return to violence in South Sudan and demanded that it must stop. Full text...

  • US: US evacuates non-emergency embassy personnel from Juba
    12 july 2016 06:50:40
    New York, US (PANA) - In response to ongoing violence in South Sudan, the US Department of State has ordered the departure of non-emergency personnel from the US Embassy in Juba. Full text...

  • Kenya: IGAD calls for more UN peacekeepers to stop South Sudan fighting
    11 july 2016 18:56:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Foreign ministers from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have called for more UN troops to throw a security cordon around Juba, the South Sudanese capital, on the fourth straight day of fierce fighting, which has killed nearly 300 people. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari calls for peace in South Sudan
    11 july 2016 17:38:21
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appealed for peace and calm in South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council meets on South Sudan on Wednesday
    11 july 2016 15:59:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the resurgence of violence in South Sudan, the UN Security Council has scheduled a closed-door meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday to deliberate on the situation. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan worried about 'sorry developments' in South Sudan
    11 july 2016 10:43:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - In its first official comment on the developments in South Sudan, Khartoum on Monday described clashes in neighbouring South Sudan as “sorry developments”, and expressed “deep concern “ over the loss of life and insecurity there. Full text...

  • US: Nigerian diplomat named Special Adviser on Zambian elections
    11 july 2016 05:48:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Commonwealth Secretary-General Ms. Patricia Scotland has appointed Nigeria's seasoned diplomat and former UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, as her Special Adviser on Political Dialogue to support the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) ahead of the country's general elections and referendum, scheduled for 11 August 2016. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission, agencies condemn resumption of violence in South Sudan
    10 july 2016 19:27:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Sunday expressed outrage at the resumption of violence in Juba, which it said is severely impacting on the civilian population. Full text...

  • Sudan: Al Bashir phones Kiir, Machar, urges restraint
    10 july 2016 18:01:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's President Omar Al Bashir on Sunday called on warring parties in neighbouring South Sudan to exercise self-restraint and avoid sliding the the country and the region into insecurity. Full text...

  • Rwanda: AU Comission chairperson urges solidarity, Pan Africanism
    10 july 2016 16:37:26
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, on Sunday stressed the need for solidarity among African countries, urging them not to be bogged down into counter-productive competition among each other. Full text...

  • US: American special envoy visits Congo, Tanzania, Egypt, Angola
    09 july 2016 20:45:30
    New York, US (PANA) - US Special Envoy for Africa's Great Lakes Region, Mr. Thomas Perriello on Saturday begun an official mission that will take him to Brazzaville, Congo, Arusha, Tanzania, Cairo, Egypt and Luanda, Angola from 9 to 23 July. Full text...

  • US: US expresses 'grave concern' about fighting in Juba
    09 july 2016 19:32:58
    Washington, DC, (PANA) - The United States on Saturday expressed "grave concern" about the outbreak of fighting in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, on 7 and 8 July and urged all parties in the Transitional Government of National Unity to take immediate steps to reduce tensions. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief sad about developments in South Sudan
    09 july 2016 17:19:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday expressed sadness with the renewed violence in South Sudan. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Horrific killings mar Independence Day mood in South Sudan
    09 july 2016 16:44:32
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Fierce overnight artillery and gunfire fight has left more than 100 soldiers dead in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, on the fifth anniversary of the country’s Independence Day. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes inaugural meeting of DRC support group
    09 july 2016 08:15:59
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the recent inaugural meeting of the Support Group for the Facilitation of the National Dialogue in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and urged support for the Facilitator to resolve the challenges facing the country's electoral timeline. Full text...

  • UN: UN official tasks CAR leaders on inclusive, transparent govt
    09 july 2016 07:35:30
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous late on Friday in New York said Central African Republic’s (CAR) considerable progress over the past two years risks being reversed unless national leaders demonstrate commitment to inclusive and transparent governance, and address the root causes of the crisis afflicting the country. Full text...

  • South Sudan: South Sudan leaders urge calm after gunfire rocks presidential palace
    08 july 2016 20:22:04
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar have called for calm after heavy gunfire were fired near the Presidential Palace on Friday, as the leader prepare to hold a news conference on the country's fifth independence anniversary. Full text...

  • US: UN deputy chief calls for dialogue in DR Congo
    08 july 2016 05:56:23
    New York, US (PANA) - An inclusive and credible dialogue among Congolese stakeholders is the only realistic way to defuse political tensions, overcome the electoral impasse and prevent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has warned. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council extends mandate of AU mission in Somalia
    07 july 2016 18:39:03
    New York, US (APAN) - The UN Security Council on Thursday extended the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to 31 May 2017, and mandated the mission to reduce the threat posed by Al-Shabaab and other armed opposition groups in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA opposition calls for intervention in Zimbabwe crisis
    07 july 2016 10:55:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance says Pretoria’s silence on the civil unrest in Zimbabwe cannot be ignored. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition leader decries repression, harsh prison conditions
    07 july 2016 10:11:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Incarcerated Gambian opposition leader, Ousainou Darboe, has lashed out at the Gambian authorities for political repression and deplorable conditions in the country's prisons saying inmates were even denied access to the Koran and "homemade food" during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Israeli PM Netanyahu arrives in Rwanda for one-day visit
    06 july 2016 08:58:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday arrived in Kigali for a one-day official visit to Rwanda where he is expected to visit Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre to pay tribute to victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Israeli PM Netanyahu to visit Rwanda
    06 july 2016 07:07:28
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected in Rwanda on Wednesday for an official visit, the third leg of his four-nation East African tour, that has already taken him to Uganda and Kenya. Full text...

  • Kenya: Israeli Premier Netanyahu begins Africa tour to mend ties with AU
    05 july 2016 13:23:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has kicked off his visit to four countries in East Africa, seeking to advance diplomatic ties with the African Union (AU), where it will seek inclusion as an observer member, PANA reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius maintains sovereignty over the Chagos archipelago
    05 july 2016 13:01:46
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Tuesday maintained in Parliament that the Chagos Archipelago, including Diego Garcia, forms and has always formed an integral part of the territory of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Kenya: Netanyahu begins Kenya State Visit
    05 july 2016 12:53:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Tuesday morning welcomed Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to State House, Nairobi, with an elaborate State reception rounded off by a 19-gun salute. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Group to facilitate national dialogue in DRC meets
    05 july 2016 07:46:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The inaugural meeting of the Support Group to the AU-led Facilitation of the DR Congo National Dialogue was held in Addis Ababa on Monday with a call on all stakeholders to create a conducive environment for the holding of the national dialogue. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandans mark 22 years of liberation after genocide
    04 july 2016 16:43:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandans must own and shape the country's future, President Paul Kagame stated on Monday as his country celebrated the 22nd anniversary of the fall of the previous regime in 1994. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandans mark 22nd anniversary of Liberation Day
    04 july 2016 11:26:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandans on Monday celebrated the 22nd anniversary of the fall of the previous regime in 1994, with President Paul Kagame stressing the importance of dignity in the country's development. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Liberia lauds government on security takeover
    02 july 2016 15:42:07
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Mr. Farid Zarif, has lauded the people and Government of Liberia for re-assuming full control of the country's security for the first time since its civil war ended 13 years ago. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD welcomes Ethiopia's election to UN Security Council
    30 june 2016 12:03:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has congratulated Ethiopia for its election as a Non-Permanent member of the UN Security Council for two years starting from 1 January, 2017. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council extends mandates of UN missions in Mali, Darfur
    29 june 2016 18:54:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council on Wednesday extended the mandate of UN peacekeeping missions in Mali and Darfur. Full text...

  • Ghana: Police investigate alleged pelting of Mahama's convoy in opposition stronghold
    29 june 2016 18:28:35
    Kumasi, Ghana (PANA) - Police in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city and opposition stronghold, are investigating an alleged pelting of the convoy of President John Dramani Mahama in the city where he has been campaigning ahead of the 7 November general election. Full text...

  • Brussels: OIF condemns attack on Antananarivo Stadium
    29 june 2016 14:05:42
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organization (OIF), Mrs Michaelle Jean, has "strongly" condemned the terrorists attack on the municipal stadium of Mahamasina, in the Malagasy capital, Antananarivo, according to a communiqué issued here and received Wednesday by PANA. Full text...

  • UN: Ethiopia, 3 others elected as UN Security Council non-permanent members
    29 june 2016 04:11:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The 193-member UN General Assembly late on Tuesday in New York elected Ethiopia, Sweden, Bolivia and Kazakhstan to serve on the UN Security Council as non-permanent members for a period of two years, starting from 1 January 2017. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Sudanese as new UN deputy envoy for Liberia
    27 june 2016 21:23:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon late Monday in New York appointed Sudan's Yacoub El Hillo, as UN Deputy Special Representative for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), succeeding Antonio Vigilante of Italy, who concluded his assignment on 15 June 2016. Full text...

  • Botswana: Kenyatta calls for improved economic relations with Botswana
    27 june 2016 15:02:32
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta said on Monday that Botswana and Kenya should work on improving their bilateral relations. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius considers UK, US threat over Chagos “as hostile and totally unacceptable”
    24 june 2016 16:56:22
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Friday stressed that the intention of Mauritius to seek an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the issue of the Chagos “should not be viewed as an unfriendly act since Mauritius is fighting for a legitimate cause.” Full text...

  • Mauritius: UK, US threaten Mauritius over Chagos
    24 june 2016 11:48:06
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The United Kingdom and the United States on Friday issued a joint communiqué in which they said that "referral of the Chagos issue to the International Court of Justice would cause lasting damage to Mauritius’ bilateral relations with both the UK and the US". Full text...

  • Rwanda: Senior US official calls for urgent steps to end impunity in Burundi
    24 june 2016 10:54:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes of Africa Thomas Perriello has called on the Burundian authorities to make efforts to end impunity and human rights abuses ion the country. Full text...

  • US: US imposes targeted sanctions on DR Congo police chief
    24 june 2016 05:31:24
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Thursday imposed targeted sanctions on Celestin Kanyama, the commander of the DR Congo national police force (PNC), for his role in police violence targeted against civilians, including peaceful protesters. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari vows heightened intolerance to corruption
    22 june 2016 18:27:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday held an unprecedented meeting with staff of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, warning that with his heightened new level of intolerance of corruption, anyone caught would be prosecuted without fear or favour. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Idriss Deby meets with Rwandan counterpart ahead of AU Summit in Kigali
    22 june 2016 15:53:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Chad President Idriss Deby Itno and current chairperson of the African Union (AU), on Wednesday met with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in Kigali, ahead of the 27th African Union Summit which is scheduled to take place 10-18 of July 2016, in the Rwandan capital city, Kigali, an official source confirmed to PANA here. Full text...

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