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  • UN: Ban urges African partners to revive South Sudan peace process
    26 january 2016 05:13:50
    New York, US (PANA) - With South Sudan’s parties missing last week’s deadline to set up the Transitional Government of National Unity amid deadlock over establishing 28 states, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on the war-torn country’s African partners to save the peace process. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan parliament rejects national accord government
    25 january 2016 17:22:46
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Parliament on Monday rejected the recently announced Government of National Accord (GNA) causing a nationwide consternation on the troubled country's political process, according to legislator Issa Al Oraibi. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Parliamentary Gender Caucus to be set up in Mauritius
    25 january 2016 13:30:24
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Speaker of the Mauritius National Assembly, Mrs Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, says the proposed setting up of a Parliamentary Gender Caucus in Mauritius is a strong signal of Government’s political will for women’s empowerment and gender equality agenda at the highest level of decision-making. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ex-rebel leader to meet Museveni over South Sudan unity government
    24 january 2016 19:21:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese Vice President-designate Riek Machar said on Sunday he was flying to Kampala to meet Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on the formation of a unity government. Full text...

  • Egypt: Cairo to host international conference on Libya’s rebuilding
    24 january 2016 12:28:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Egypt is actively preparing to host an international conference for Libya’s rebuilding after the formation of a national coalition government, which is waiting for the approval by the Libyan House of Representatives (Parliament), the Egyptian deputy Foreign Affairs minister, Oussama Majdoub said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament to take vote Monday on Libya's national accord government
    23 january 2016 14:24:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Speaker of the Libyan House of Representative (Parliament), Aguila Saleh Issa, has called a session of the House on Monday next week to the vote on the Libyan political deal, its integration in the Constitutional Declaration and the presidential council, before approving the Government of National Accord. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council delegation visits Burundi
    22 january 2016 18:30:14
    New York, US (PANA) - A delegation from the UN Security Council is in Burundi Full text...

  • Egypt: Chinese president meets Arab League Secretary General
    22 january 2016 08:49:48
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, on Thursday evening visited the headquarters of the Arab League States in Cairo where he held a working session with the Secretary General of the organization, Nabil Arabi. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes meeting on dispute between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon
    22 january 2016 05:29:55
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Thursday welcomed the holding of a trilateral ministerial meeting on the dispute between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan military strikes kill AU military base attack commander
    21 january 2016 19:17:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan army bombs have killed the Al Shabaab commander responsible for a deadly terrorist attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) military base in El Adde, a top Kenyan army officer, Gen. Samson Mwathethe said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Former commerce deputy minister ditches Zambia's PF ruling party
    21 january 2016 17:58:11
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia's former Commerce and Trade deputy minister, Miles Sampa, on Thursday announced he has quit the ruling Patriotic Front (PF), a party he helped form with his late uncle, president Michael Sata. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA salutes Ghana's President, others on UN appointment
    20 january 2016 12:54:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has congratulated Ghana's President, John Dramani Mahama, on his appointment by the UN Secretary General as co-chair for a group of eminent advocates for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • US: 'US deeply alarmed at reports of serious human rights abuses in Burundi'
    20 january 2016 11:08:35
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States says it is "deeply alarmed" by reports, including those from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, of serious human rights violations and abuses in Burundi. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes announcement of new Libyan government
    20 january 2016 10:42:53
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the Libyan Presidency Council’s announcement of the composition of the new Libyan Government of National Accord. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya intensifies retaliatory air strikes in Somalia
    19 january 2016 19:02:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has intensified retaliatory air strikes in Somalia’s Gedo region as the search and rescue operation for soldiers who escaped the deadly attack on an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) continued for the fifth day running, PANA reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: "Our soldiers did not die in vain”- Kenyatta
    19 january 2016 18:56:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday vowed to defeat the Al Shabaab inside Somalia, insisting a military offensive launched in the Horn of Africa country after an attack on the African Union in Somalia (AMISOM) military base would nail those who carried out the attacks against Kenyan troops. Full text...

  • Egypt: Egypt welcomes formation of national unity govt in Libya
    19 january 2016 17:39:43
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Egypt on Tuesday welcomed the formation of a national unity government in Libya describing it as an "important step" towards materialization of the Skhirat peace deal, which Libyan groups signed in December under the facilitation of the United Nations. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU High Representative welcomes Libya's Govt of National Accord
    19 january 2016 16:43:33
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – European Union High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini has welcomed the formation of the Government of National Accord in Libya shortly after it was announced by the Libyan Presidential Council, according to an official press statement issued Tuesday in Brussels. Full text...

  • Belgium: Italian FM says formation of new Libyan govt. is ‘important step’
    19 january 2016 15:33:24
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Italian minister of Foreign Affairs, Paolo Gentiloni, on Tuesday described as an “important step” the formation of the new Libyan government, saying, however, that the situation “is still unstable”. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission chief congratulates Libyans on formation of unity government
    19 january 2016 15:07:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, has welcomed the formation of a Libyan Government of National Accord by the Presidential Council as a significant step forward in the quest to end the political divisions and armed conflict across the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma under fire over public gaffes
    19 january 2016 12:41:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Office of the Presidency has issued a correction to the recent claim by President Jacob Zuma that Africa is the biggest continent on earth. Full text...

  • Senegal: Dakar to host roundtable on Africa’s future
    19 january 2016 11:54:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A roundtable will be held in Dakar on Wednesday dedicated to the promotion of South Africa’s brand image, according to a communiqué issued by the South African embassy in Dakar. Full text...

  • Ghana: Interior minister dropped in cabinet reshuffle
    19 january 2016 09:29:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has replaced Interior minister Mark Woyongo in a cabinet reshuffle announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges steps to end Libyan political divisions
    18 january 2016 18:46:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN in Libya has expressed regret over the decision of the Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU urges Libyan institutions to accept Government of National Accord
    18 january 2016 13:06:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and its Member States will support the Government of National Accord (GNA) as the sole legitimate government in Libya and urges all Libyan institutions, including financial and economic ones, to accept the authority of the GNA, said a statement issued Monday in Brussels by the Council of the EU. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mbeki allegedly offered Zuma US$1m to step down
    18 january 2016 11:09:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Thabo Mbeki allegedly offered his then deputy Jacob Zuma US$1 million in return for him resigning during a corruption scandal which implicated Zuma in 2003. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council says upcoming West Africa votes should be free, fair, credible
    18 january 2016 06:27:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Welcoming positive political developments in West Africa, in particular the holding of peaceful elections in Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Côte-d'Ivoire, members of the UN Security Council have stressed the importance of the upcoming elections in Niger, Benin, Cabo Verde, Ghana and The Gambia to be “free, fair, peaceful, inclusive and credible.” Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya mounts major military offensive after AU base attack
    17 january 2016 16:39:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan military has mounted a major military offensive against the Al Shabaab in the Gedo region of Somalia in an effort to rescue and recover the bodies of an undisclosed number of soldiers killed during Friday’s attack at the El-Adde military base in Somalia, a top Kenyan army General said Sunday. Full text...

  • Libya: Authorities delay unveiling members of the coalition govt.
    17 january 2016 12:19:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The presidential council of the Libyan national coalition government has delayed, by 48 hours, the unveiling of the list of members of national unity government, saying it needed time to complete other procedures related to the announcement. Full text...

  • Algeria: Algeria-Mali strategic bilateral committee meets
    17 january 2016 12:05:41
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - The 10th session of the Algeria-Mali strategic bilateral committee on Northern Mali holds on Sunday in Algiers to drum up support for the current peace process launched in Mali, PANA reported, quoting diplomatic sources here. Full text...

  • Libya: UN Chief urges support to Security Committee formed by coalition govt.
    17 january 2016 11:46:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), has urged all Libyans to back and facilitate the work of the Ad hoc Security Committee established by the national unity government. Full text...

  • Sudan: Representatives of Sudanese restive areas call for autonomous rule
    16 january 2016 11:56:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Members of the Sudanese National Dialogue Conference (NDC) committee on administration, representing Sudan's South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, have demanded an autonomous rule within a united Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says violence looms over DR Congo elections
    14 january 2016 18:44:13
    New York, US (PANA) - While confronting a deterioration of security in its war-torn eastern provinces, DR Congo faces "very real risks of unrest and violence" over elections later this year, the UN envoy in the country, Maman Sidikou warned Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Deputy President Ruto launches bid to end The Hague trial
    14 january 2016 17:41:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday launched his bid to have the International Criminal Court (ICC) drop an ongoing trial against him on the grounds of lack of evidence. Full text...

  • Brussels: Survey shows ACP-EU partnership as 'unsatisfactory'
    14 january 2016 16:52:17
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Relations between the European Union (EU) and the Africa, Carribean and Pacific (ACP) Group of countries should be reviewed and updated to be relevant to the after-2020 period, according to a survey carried out by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and obtained by PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian govt. turns down opposition request for electoral reform
    14 january 2016 15:11:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government has turned down a request by the opposition for an electoral reform before the December 2016 presidential election, but instead kick started the political process Thursday with the registration of voters across the country. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy calls for immediate release of 3 abducted children
    14 january 2016 14:56:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Condemning the recent abduction of three children of the same family in the Libyan western city of Sorman, the special representative of the UN Secretary general for Libya, Martin Kobler, has said that the incident calls for an urgent need for Libyans to work together with the national coalition government to fight against anarchy and restore the rule of law. Full text...

  • Libya: Italy gives Libya 1.4 million Euros in emergency humanitarian aid
    14 january 2016 13:32:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Italy has granted Libya emergency humanitarian aid worth 1.4 million Euros, according to the Italian ministry of foreign affairs, quoted Thursday by the Libyan media. Full text...

  • UN: UN official highlights benefits of peaceful election in Côte d’Ivoire
    14 january 2016 07:16:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The top United Nations official in Côte d’Ivoire on Wednesday highlighted that the peaceful conclusion of the presidential election provides the country’s citizens with the opportunity to turn the page, start a new chapter in their nation’s history and consolidate achievements towards long-term stability. Full text...

  • Gambia: 'Gambia has no link with ISIL'
    13 january 2016 22:43:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s Minister of Information Sheriff Bojang has denied newspaper reports linking the West Africa country to the Islamic State. Full text...

  • UN: Final provisional results for legislative polls in CAR announced
    13 january 2016 22:28:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Wednesday reported that the final provisional results for the legislative elections have been announced by the nation's electoral body, ANE, with 21 candidates, including three women, being elected by an absolute majority during the first round. Full text...

  • Gambia: Information Minister rebuts false reports on Gambia
    13 january 2016 19:39:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s Minister of Information, Sheriff Bojang, has condemned foreign media outfits “that have been filling their newspaper columns and airtime with gross distortions and the most outrageous lies against the country” since President Yahya Jammeh declared an Islamic state on 10 December 2015. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says election in Cote d’Ivoire opens new chapter
    13 january 2016 19:03:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Cote d’Ivoire's peaceful conclusion of its presidential election provides citizens with the opportunity to turn the page, start a new chapter in their nation’s history Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council tasks Malian parties on peace agreement
    13 january 2016 15:21:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a briefing on Monday at the UN headquarters in New York on the situation in Mali by UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous, the UN Security Council has stressed that all parties signatory to June’s peace agreement bear the primary responsibility for achieving lasting peace in the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: African leaders to discuss human rights at 26th AU Summit
    13 january 2016 14:16:02
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – African leaders will discuss human rights with particular focus on the rights of women when they meet at the 26th African Union (AU) Summit in Ethiopia from 21-31 January, the AU announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition seeks clarity on minimum education requirement for MPs
    13 january 2016 11:45:45
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s main opposition the United Party for National Development (UPND) has asked the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) to give guidelines on the implication and interpretation of the provision in the amended Constitution of Zambia that has made it mandatory for one wishing to stand as Member of Parliament to have a minimum qualification of grade twelve certificate. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt. condemns Istanbul terrorist attack
    13 january 2016 11:05:04
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government has "strongly" condemned the terrorist attack perpetrated on Tuesday in the Turkish city of Istanbul. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Composition of Burkina Faso's new government
    13 january 2016 10:47:03
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso's Prime Minister, Paul Kaba Thiéba, on Wednesday made public his government. Full text...

  • Benin: 47 candidates to contest Benin's 28 February presidential election
    13 january 2016 10:27:19
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Forty-seven candidates have filed their papers at the National Electoral Commission (CENA) to contest Benin's presidential election due on 28 February. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mbeki moves to set the record straight
    13 january 2016 08:40:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) –Thabo Mbeki, who was recalled as President by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in 2008, has stirred a hornet’s nest by releasing the first of 10 lengthy letters aimed at “setting the record straight” about his term in office. Full text...

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