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  • (UPDATE): Nigeria's President appoints new NSA, Service Chiefs
    13 july 2015 16:18:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appointed new Service Chiefs and National Security Adviser (NSA), according to a statement from the presidency. Full text...

  • DEVELOPING STORY: Nigeria's Pres. Buhari sacks Service Chiefs
    13 july 2015 14:53:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari Monday fired the military Service Chiefs, but their replacements are yet to be announced. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. opposes establishment of migrants’ camps in Libya
    13 july 2015 10:55:26
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan interim government has described as ''unacceptable'' the suggestion that camps be built in Libya to accommodate illegal migrants caught while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Full text...

  • UN: UN Scribe welcomes new political agreement in Libya
    12 july 2015 22:57:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday expressed happiness at the signing of a political agreement by Libyan stakeholders aimed at resolving the country's political crisis. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Ruling party picks candidate to succeed President Kikwete
    12 july 2015 10:45:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania’s ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party on Sunday named Works Minister John Pombe Magufuli its candidate for the forthcoming Presidential election to succeed Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete who, under the constitution, is bound to stand down after serving two five-year terms. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: French FM Fabius to visit CAR, Ethiopia
    11 july 2015 12:11:37
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The French minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Laurent Fabius, will from Monday begin a two-nation African visit that will take him to Central African Republic (CAR) and Ethiopia, diplomatic sources told PANA on Saturday. Full text...

  • Mali: Parliament adopts Mali-France defence cooperation treaty
    10 july 2015 21:07:36
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian Parliament on Friday unanimously adopted a defence cooperation treaty with France signed on 16 July 2014 in Bamako by the French and Malian governments. Full text...

  • Tunisia: President Essebsi invited to India-Africa summit
    10 july 2015 20:41:46
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian president, Béji Caïd Essebsi, has been invited by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to attend the Africa-India summit due for 26-30 October in the Indian capital, New Delhi, according to a communiqué issued on Friday by the Tunisian presidency. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council 'disappointed' with South Sudan leaders
    10 july 2015 20:28:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Months of politically motivated violence in South Sudan has left thousands dead and caused a man-made catastrophe, the UN Security Council has expressed profound disappointment with President Salva Kiir, former Vice-President Riek Machar and other leaders, who have put their personal ambitions ahead of the good of their country and their people. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy calls for end to fighting in Benghazi, urges political solution to crisis
    10 july 2015 17:30:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Libya, Bernardino Leon, on Friday condemned the Full text...

  • Kenya: Violence mars South Sudan independence anniversary
    09 july 2015 19:33:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - South Sudan marked its fourth independence anniversary Thursday amid a deepening political crisis that is tearing the world’s newest state into pieces, and with the opposition threatening to escalate the war in the country to end President Salva Kiir’s mandate. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese FM attends South Sudan independence anniversary
    09 july 2015 19:19:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan intends to further strengthen ties with South Sudan in various spheres with the goal of achieving peace, stability and development as the main aspirations of the peoples of the two countries, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said Thursday in Juba at celebrations marking the fourth independence anniversary of South Sudan. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: President Kafando invited to Côte d’Ivoire
    09 july 2015 14:44:41
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's acting President Michel Kafando has been invited by his Ivorian counterpart Alassane Ouattara to visit Côte d'Ivoire 27 July 2015. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma responds to criticism from judiciary
    09 july 2015 08:42:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - President Jacob Zuma has responded to a scathing attack on him and his administration by the South Africa’s leading judges. Full text...

  • Libya: US appoints new ambassador to Libya
    08 july 2015 21:52:31
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The US has appointed Peter Bad as new ambassador to Libya, three years after the death of ambassador Chris Stevens in a terrorist attack against the US consulate in Benghazi, the Libyan media reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU appoints start-up team for deployment to Burundi
    08 july 2015 20:44:28
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) announced on Wednesday it has put in place a Start-up Team of civilian and military experts ready for immediate deployment to unsettled Burundi, while efforts are underway to generate additional personnel. Full text...

  • Libya: "Rebel" parliament refuses to sign UN's draft political agreement on Libya
    08 july 2015 13:49:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan General National Congress (CNG), not recognized by the international community, announced Tuesday it had rejected the draft agreement proposed by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to end the ongoing conflict in that country. Full text...

  • Gambia: Controversial election bill 2015 passed
    08 july 2015 08:29:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian lawmakers have passed into law the Independent Electoral Commission Amendment Bill 2015 that will raise the stakes for those seeking to contest elections into various positions in the country. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ruling party wins bye-election to increase tally in parliament
    07 july 2015 22:33:50
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Tuesday recaptured the Talensi constituency seat in parliament when it won a bye-election after defeating the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP). Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: 'Free, fair elections in Côte d'Ivoire, a priority for US'
    07 july 2015 21:30:25
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The US deputy secretary for West African Affairs at the US State Department, Mrs Bisa Williams, on Tuesday in Abidjan said that a top priority for the United States with regard to Côte d'Ivoire is to ensure free and fair elections in October with high voter turnout. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambian opposition demands electoral, constitutional reforms
    07 july 2015 18:57:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Six Gambian opposition parties have jointly made proposals and demands geared towards electoral and constitutional reforms ahead of the West African country's 2016 presidential election. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Opposition MPs quit parliament before formal closure
    07 july 2015 11:40:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian Opposition legislators late Monday exited the National Assembly three days ahead of its official dissolution by President Jakaya Kikwete before the general elections set for 25 October 2015. Full text...

  • Libya: Italy opposes deportation of illegal migrants to Libya
    07 july 2015 10:51:15
    Tripoli (PANA) - Italy is opposed to the proposal in certain circles to deport to Libya the hordes of illegal migrants using the North African country as a staging post to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Italy. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy warns GNC with sanctions if it fails to reach agreement national govt
    06 july 2015 20:27:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, has warned the General National Congress (GNC), the outgoing parliament installed in Tripoli, with severe sanctions if they fail to reach agreement likely to pave way for the formation of a national consensus government, Libyan newspapers reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Museveni to mediate peace negotiations in Burundi
    06 july 2015 18:43:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The third East African Community Emergency Summit on Burundi held here Monday has appointed President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda to mediate peace negotiations among Burundian parties involved in the country’s pre-election conflict. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU support for cooperation in West Africa reaches €1.1 billion
    06 july 2015 17:25:45
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, on Monday co-signed new regional funding for cooperation with representatives of regional organisations from West Africa, covering the time until 2020. Full text...

  • Burundi: Nkurunziza holds electioneering campaign in central Burundi
    06 july 2015 13:09:14
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Defying opposition demands and international pressure that he should not run for a third term, President Pierre Nkurunziza on Monday took his campaign for the presidency to Mwaro province (central Burundi). Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Ex-Compaore minister to run for president
    06 july 2015 09:42:47
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, a former minister under the regime of former Burkina President Blaise Compaore, is to contest the country's presidential election in October. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition demands electoral, constitutional reform
    05 july 2015 20:53:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Six opposition parties in The Gambia have demanded electoral and Constitutional reform ahead of the 2016 presidential elections. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President off to Malawi to attend independence anniversary
    05 july 2015 17:37:58
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Sunday left for Malawi to attend that country’s 51st independence anniversary celebrations. Full text...

  • Libya: Italy expresses hopes of breakthrough in Libyan political dialogue
    05 july 2015 16:58:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Paulo Genteloni has expressed the hope that the Libyan parties, due to meet again in Morocco on Monday, will sign the political accord proposed by UN envoy Bernardino Leon, according to the local media on Sunday. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan, Maltese authorities discuss security, terrorism, illegal immigration
    04 july 2015 13:23:24
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Officials from Libya and Malta are exploring areas of cooperation between their two countries, especially in the domains of security, counter-terrorism and the fight against illegal immigration. Full text...

  • Libya: Ambassadors in Libya welcome commitment at Libyan peace talks
    03 july 2015 20:36:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The ambassadors of several European and African countries, the US and European Union have welcomed the declaration of participants at the Inter-Libyan talks in Morocco reaffirming their commitment to dialogue. Full text...

  • Morocco: Libyan stakeholders reaffirm commitment to dialogue
    03 july 2015 13:39:24
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The participants in the inter-Libyan peace talks in the Moroccan city of Skhirat on Thursday reaffirmed their commitment to dialogue as the only means to reach a peaceful resolution of the crisis affecting the country, Full text...

  • US: Top US official begins African swing 7 July
    03 july 2015 11:58:09
    Washington, U.S. (PANA) - The US Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Michele T. Bond will visit Benin, Gabon and Guinea July 7-11, the US State Department has announced. Full text...

  • US: US slams more sanctions on Burundi, urges dialogue
    03 july 2015 11:40:11
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has announced additional sanctions against Burundi following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s continued disregard for the Arusha Agreement by seeking to run for a third term in office. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU, EU agree to enhance election observation in Africa
    02 july 2015 19:38:26
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - In the framework of the Pan-African Programme, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Union (EU) have signed an agreement for an amount of € 6million to support the strengthening of the AU's election observation capacity, the Commission announced Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS accredits five Ambassadors
    02 july 2015 17:45:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission on Thursday accredited five Ambassadors to the sub-regional group, with Commission President using the occasion to pledge greater cooperation with the diplomatic Missions accredited to the Commission towards the entrenchment of peace, security, stability and economic advancement of the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria to assist Burkina Faso to organize polls
    02 july 2015 17:19:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has pledged to work with other ECOWAS member-nations and the international community to assist Burkina Faso in conducting free, credible and peaceful elections. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Former minister sentenced to 12 months imprisonment
    02 july 2015 13:53:22
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Former ICT and Innovation Minister Pravind Jugnauth, who resigned from his post Wednesday after he was found guilty of conflict of interest, was Thursday jailed 12 months, PANA learnt from judicial sources in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN imposes sanctions against South Sudanese military chiefs
    02 july 2015 12:31:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Security Council has imposed sanctions against six top military commanders in South Sudan, three from each side of the conflict, but doubts remained on the impact of such sanctions against military officers with unknown foreign assets. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt condemns terrorist attack in Egypt
    02 july 2015 11:40:19
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) - Libya's interim government has condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks that targeted the Egyptian army in northern Sinai, calling it an attempt to marginalize Egypt's leadership role in the fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Belgium: 'Burundi polls not credible'
    02 july 2015 10:42:17
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Belgium has expressed concern about the legislative and local elections that were held 29 June in Burundi, saying the principles of inclusiveness, transparency and credibility were not respected during the elections. Full text...

  • UN: Libyan parties urged to agree on national government
    02 july 2015 08:55:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Reiterating that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Libya, Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 'Burkina Faso nationals still need visa to enter Tunisia'
    01 july 2015 22:04:42
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso nationals still need to obtain visa to enter Tunisia as cancellation of the entry visa agreed between the two countries is not yet effective, the Burkina Faso government said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: EU urges Libyans to accept UN deal
    01 july 2015 20:36:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The EU senior representative for Foreign Policy and Common Security, Federica Mogherini, has called on the different Libyan factions to accept the political agreement proposed by the United Nations to find solution to the crisis rocking the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: First woman takes over as AU Commission’s Secretary General
    01 july 2015 20:21:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has appointed outgoing Secretary General of the Commission, Ambassador Jean Mfasoni, Special Advisor in her Office as from 1 July 2015, the Chairperson’s Office announced in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Former Electoral Commissioner given highest national honour
    01 july 2015 17:06:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday conferred the country's highest honour, the Companion of the Star of Ghana, on the former chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, for his "transformational leadership". Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian Minister of ICT resigns over indictment
    01 july 2015 15:48:35
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Minister of Information and Communication Technology and Innovation (ICT), Pravind Jugnauth, on Wednesday resigned from office after he was found guilty of conflict of interest by a court in Port Louis, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • US: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, US task Libyan parties on political agreement
    01 july 2015 14:33:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The French, German, Italian, Spanish, the British and US governments have called on all Libyan parties and stakeholders to show responsibility, leadership and courage, in order to reach a viable political agreement that would bring peace and stability to their country. Full text...

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