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  • Sudan: Defence minister declares summer offensive against Sudanese rebels
    12 december 2014 10:46:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Defence Minister, Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein, has declared that Khartoum will launch a major offensive code-named "decisive summer 2" in all war fronts. Full text...

  • Mauritius: New PM to be inaugurated soon
    12 december 2014 07:54:00
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - New Mauritian Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, who won the legislative elections held Wednesday in the island, will be sworn in soon after the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Defence ministers of Dialogue 5 5 meet in Spain
    11 december 2014 20:23:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The second meeting of Defence ministers of the Dialogue 5 5 Group in Western Mediterranean Sea opened on Thursday in Grenada, Spain, the Libyan media reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria : Former Nigerian military leader wins APC ticket for presidential race
    11 december 2014 18:44:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian ex-military head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday won the ticket of the main opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC), for next year’s presidential election in Africa’s most populous nation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Former Nigerian military leader Buhari set to get APC presidential ticket
    11 december 2014 18:07:07
    Lagos , Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's former military head of state, General Muhammed Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma to meet South Sudanese President in Cape Town
    11 december 2014 13:36:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma will host South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit in Cape Town on Friday, a meeting aimed at strengthening the already existing cordial relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Voting continues Thursday in Nigeria’s opposition presidential primary election
    11 december 2014 09:39:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Voting continued Thursday to pick the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate among the five aspirants as delegates stayed awake all night at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, in the commercial city of Lagos, to cast their votes. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council calls for unity in Somalia
    11 december 2014 06:01:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council said it has taken note of a recent parliamentary Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes Lesotho elections, reaffirms commitment to peace
    10 december 2014 21:21:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday noted the recent announcement of national elections in Lesotho, to be held on 28 Feb. next year. Full text...

  • Côte-d'Ivoire: US AFRICOM chief visits Côte d'Ivoire
    10 december 2014 17:18:10
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The head of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), General David Rodriguez is on official visit in Abidjan, the US Embassy in the Ivorian capital said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians vote in national elections Wednesday
    10 december 2014 14:37:41
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritians went to the polls Wednesday in the 21 rural districts of the Island to elect a new government for the next five years, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Battle for opposition presidential ticket underway in Lagos
    10 december 2014 13:39:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The battle for the presidential ticket of Nigeria’s main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress(APC), is underway Wednesday at the Teslim Balogun stadium, in the commercial city of Lagos. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Donors' conference for Guinea-Bissau holds in Brussels early 2015
    10 december 2014 13:27:08
    Abuja, NIgeria (PANA) - An international donors' conference to mobilise funds for Guinea-BIssau will be held in Brussels, Belgium, early in 2015, according to ECOWAS Council of MInisters' Chair Hanna Serwaa Teteh. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Opposition heavyweights battle for APC presidential ticket Wednesday (Preview by Vincent Obi, PANA Editor)
    10 december 2014 07:37:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), holds its national convention Wednesday in Lagos, to elect its presidential candidate for the 14 February, 2015, election. Full text...

  • Mali: The Netherlands grants Mali 6.7 billion CFAF for development project
    09 december 2014 22:34:21
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Netherlands has granted Mali 6.7 billion CFAF for development projects in the West African state. Full text...

  • Libya: Arab Parliament denounces violence, reaffirms support to legitimate institutions
    09 december 2014 22:20:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Speaker of the Arab League, Ahmed al-Jarwan, has said that the situation in Libya demands the rejection of all forms of violence and clashes, reaffirming his support to the elected Chamber of representatives (Parliament). Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan Parliament Speaker, UN envoy meet
    09 december 2014 21:55:03
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General in Libya, Bernardo Leon, on Tuesday held talks in the eastern city of Tobruk with the Speaker of the Parliament recognized by the international community, Aguila Saleh Guieder, on the new cycle of dialogue between Libyan stakeholders, called Ghadames II, now rescheduled for next week. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Algeria, US discuss how to solve Libyan crisis
    09 december 2014 16:48:56
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Algeria's Deputy Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel underlined Tuesday the common viewpoint of Algeria and the United States on the need to find a lasting solution to the Libyan crisis. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzanians mark 53 years of independence
    09 december 2014 11:07:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanians Tuesday celebrated 53 years of independence of their mainland (formerly known as Tanganyika) from British colonial rule with a military parade, colourful callisthenics and other cultural performances, but a big question mark remained over why this country has wallowed in poverty all along. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy meets with Libyan NGC chairman
    08 december 2014 21:13:42
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General in Libya, Bernardino Leon, on Monday held talks in Tripoli with Nouri Abousahmein, chairman of the Libyan National General Congress (NGC) as part of consultations ahead of the new cycle of inter-Libyan political dialogue, called Ghadames II. Full text...

  • UN: Africa, Asia most dangerous regions for parliamentarians
    08 december 2014 19:45:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Africa and Asia are the most dangerous regions in the world to be a member of parliament in 2014, according to statistics released by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on Monday. Full text...

  • Libya: UNSMIL says dialogue remains most effective means to end hostilities in Libya
    08 december 2014 19:18:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Dialogue is first and foremost a Libyan necessity, and remains the most viable and effective means of addressing, with a view to ending, the deepening political polarization and raging military hostilities in the North African country, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said here Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Kidnapped Chibok girls top AU report on status of women in war
    08 december 2014 15:20:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) Special Envoy on Women and Peace, Benita Diop, has embarked on a visit to Nigeria, to review the status of women trapped in conflict, with the status of the kidnapped Chibok girls in Nigeria top on her agenda. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria, France may clash over arms plane
    08 december 2014 15:13:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria and France may engage in a diplomatic spat after the former said it would not immediately release a plane loaded with military hardware, including two choppers, that landed in Nigeria's northern city of Kano on Saturday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: PM Matata Ponyo reappointed head of national unity govt.
    08 december 2014 14:28:42
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The Congolese Prime Minister, Matata Ponyo, has been reappointed head of the national unity government, according to a presidential decree issued here Sunday. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Defence Chiefs meet on Ebola
    08 december 2014 08:19:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff kick off an extraordinary meeting in Ghana's capital, Accra, Monday to strengthen regional response against the Ebola outbreak which has inflicted huge humanitarian and economic tolls on the region. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Second round of Tunisian presidential poll set for 21 December
    07 december 2014 17:14:32
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia's second round of presidential election has been fixed for 21 December 2014, the president of the country's Independent Elections Superior Institute (IESI), Chafik Sarsar, announced Sunday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Former AUC chief seeks top job in Cote d'Ivoire
    07 december 2014 13:46:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Former interim Chairperson of the African Union Commission (2002-2003) Amara Essy has announced his candidacy for the Ivorian presidential election in 2015. Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament sets conditions for participation in Libyan national dialogue
    07 december 2014 13:18:53
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) - Libya's House of Representatives (parliament) has set conditions for its participation in the dialogue planned for 9 December under the auspices of the United Nations in order to resolve the current crisis in Libya. Full text...

  • Sudan: Government arrests two leading opposition figures
    07 december 2014 12:06:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan's security authorities have detained two leading opposition leaders who allegedly signed a document calling for removal of the government of President Omar Al Bashir from power by peaceful means, according to a press statement issued here Sunday by the opposition National Consensus Alliance (NCA). Full text...

  • US: IGAD congratulates Kenyatta over ICC withdrawal of charges
    06 december 2014 17:28:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Mahboub Maalim, on Saturday congratulated Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta over the decision by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to withdraw charges against him. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU Commissioner for Development visits Guinea
    06 december 2014 16:04:08
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Commissioner for Development, Neven Mimica on Friday began a three-day working visit to Guinea to reaffirm to the country’s authorities the willingness of the European Union (EU) to fight the deadly Ebola disease that has killed more than 6,000 people in West Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa: Troubled South Africa reflects on Mandela's legacy (Feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA correspondent)
    06 december 2014 07:34:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A year has passed since the death of prisoner-turned-world-statesman Nelson Mandela and South Africa is still trying to come to terms with its loss. Full text...

  • Libya: 3 killed in renewed Libya clashes
    05 december 2014 18:31:00
    Tripoli,Libya (PANA) - Three members of the Fajr Libyan forces, a coalition of armed groups from Misrata and Islamists, were killed on Thursday in violent clashes with the former rebels of Zenten and armed tribesmen near the city of Sabratha, west of Tripoli. Full text...

  • Libya: UNSMIL condemns air raids, warns escalation will not deter Libyan dialogue efforts
    05 december 2014 18:28:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned in the strongest terms recent air raids and the escalation in violence in Libya, noting with deep concern the disastrous impact that these attacks have on civilians, property and infrastructure. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Foreign Minister says Italy ready for military intervention in Libya
    05 december 2014 18:05:30
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  • Burundi: INEC announces one-week extension for Burundi voters registration
    05 december 2014 16:32:01
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Friday announced a one-week extension for registration of voters ahead of the 2015 general elections, according to the head of the commission. Full text...

  • Kenya: President Kenyatta relieved after ICC drops charges
    05 december 2014 14:49:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, has expressed relief after the International Criminal Court (ICC) dropped a case against him Friday, for lack of evidence. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan military aircraft crashes after air strikes in Kismayu
    04 december 2014 19:27:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) combat aircraft has crashed in southern Somalia after developing a technical fault, a military spokesman said Thursday. Full text...

  • Burundi: Civil society points out "irregularities" in Burundi voters registration
    04 december 2014 16:50:40
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Civil society organizations in Burundi have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to urgently take corrective measures on anomalies in the ongoing registration of voters ahead of the 2015 general elections in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: Ruling party brands Addis Ababa opposition declaration unholy, regrettable
    04 december 2014 14:54:47
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has described as “regrettable” a declaration signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by Sudanese opposition political parties and armed movements, in which they said they will peacefully topple the government by staging a popular demonstration. Full text...

  • Libya: Int'l contact group pleads for political solution to Libya
    04 december 2014 12:36:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – At its maiden conference on the Libyan crisis in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the International contact group for Libya warned on Wednesday that the solution to the crisis in the north African nation cannot be military. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. announces 'beginning of liberation of Tripoli' by the army
    03 december 2014 22:00:35
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) – Soldiers loyal to Libya's government are advancing on the capital city of Tripoli and are now on the outskirts to liberate it from armed groups who seized it several months ago, the government said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU/ACP's 28th PPA session ends
    03 december 2014 21:08:22
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The 28th session of the Parliamentary Parity Assembly (PPA) ended on Wednesday at the European Parliament in the French city of Strasbourg, with the agreement that Vanuatu, in the Pacific, would host the 29th PPA session from 16 to 17 June next year. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Italian FM stresses need for political dialogue in Libya
    03 december 2014 20:47:02
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentiloni, on Wednesday stressed the need for parties to the conflict in Libya to resume dialogue to overcome the crisis prevailing in the country. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Opposition reiterates rejection of constitution amendment
    03 december 2014 20:38:26
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The DR Congo opposition, meeting under the umbrella group, Forces for Change (FAC), on Wednesday reiterated its rejection of the proposed amendment of the Constitution to allow a president to have more than two terms in office. Full text...

  • Libya: UN, US, EU urge Libyan protagonists to dialogue
    03 december 2014 19:27:59
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Foreign ministers of five European countries together with the US Secretary of State, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the UN Deputy Secretary-General for Political Affairs met Wednesday in Brussels to assess the current situation in Libya. Full text...

  • Kenya: ICC orders trial or termination of Kenyatta case
    03 december 2014 17:30:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The International Criminal Court (ICC) has ordered its Prosecutor to file a trial notice against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta within a week or drop charges of crimes against him. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS member states urged to pay up financial contributions
    03 december 2014 14:51:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Member States have been urged to pay up their financial contributions to facilitate the smooth running of the organisation. Full text...

  • Libya: UN mission schedules 2nd round of inter-Libyan talks for 9 December
    03 december 2014 13:24:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Wednesday called for a new round of political dialogue for 9 December 2014 in the north African country, after consultations with the different Libyan stakeholders. Full text...

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