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  • Rwanda: Ethiopian PM arrives in Rwanda on 3-day visit
    27 april 2017 15:53:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe, on Thursday arrived in Rwanda on a three-day state visit, official sources confirmed to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Breaking News: Kenyan opposition coalition names Raila Odinga Presidential candidate
    27 april 2017 13:50:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition alliance has named Raila Odinga, former Prime Minister, its Presidential candidate. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana names 3 new ambassadors
    27 april 2017 09:55:45
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana's President Ian Khama has appointed three new ambassadors to China, Switzerland and Japan, the Presidency announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: 'Drop trumped-up treason charges against opposition leader' - Rights group
    26 april 2017 06:57:56
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian authorities must drop trumped-up treason charges against main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and his five employees and release them unconditionally, Amnesty International said on Wednesday ahead of his bail hearing. Full text...

  • US: South Sudan’s political process ‘not dead’ but needs ‘resuscitation’ – UN envoy
    25 april 2017 20:14:02
    New York, U|S (PANA) - The political process in South Sudan is not dead but requires significant resuscitation, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the crisis-torn country told the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Belgium: Belgian Cooperation minister visits Benin
    25 april 2017 17:12:02
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Belgian minister of Cooperation to Development, Alexander de Croo, on Tuesday began a working visit to Benin during which he will meet Benin's president Patrice Talon. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition files court application over dramatic cabinet reshuffle
    25 april 2017 16:53:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday filed an urgent application in the North Gauteng High Court seeking to force President Jacob Zuma to supply reasons for his executive decision to reshuffle the cabinet last month which rattled the markets and saw the country downgraded by international ratings agencies. Full text...

  • Libya: Russian delegation visits Tripoli to strengthen bilateral cooperation
    25 april 2017 12:35:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A high-level Russian delegation, led by the deputy minister of foreign affairs, Mikhail Bagdenov, arrived here Tuesday for a one-day official visit to Libya. Full text...

  • Botswana: Mozambican president Nyusi jets into Botswana to cement ties
    24 april 2017 11:38:37
    Botswana, Gaborone (PANA) – Mozambique’s President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi has arrived in Botswana for a three-day visit. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa attacks Zuma, launches presidential bid
    24 april 2017 11:35:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was locked in talks with President Jacob Zuma on Monday, a day after he launched a blistering attack on the party leader in what is widely viewed as the launch of his campaign to take over as leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Full text...

  • Cameroon: UN envoy hails restored Internet service in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions
    21 april 2017 20:35:49
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa says he is relieved to learn that Cameroon President Paul Biya has instructed that full internet services be restored in the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon. Full text...

  • DR Congo: 1.5 million children affected by violence in DR Congo's Kasaï region, warns UNICEF
    21 april 2017 16:54:32
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The crisis in the Greater Kasaï region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) is having a devastating impact on children, UNICEF warned on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma's day in court one step closer
    21 april 2017 13:40:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In a further setback for President Jacob Zuma, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has agreed to consolidate the arguments from both the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Zuma into a single hearing on their applications to appeal the 2016 North Gauteng High Court ruling that set aside the decision to drop the 783 charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering against him. Full text...

  • Gambia: Consolidating nation-building, democracy in the New Gambia (By Paul Ejimeh, PANA Guest Writer)
    20 april 2017 17:36:50
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - By African standards, many had expected the worst the moment the Gambia’s authoritarian ruler for 22 years Prof. Dr. Alhaji Yahya Jammeh reversed himself after conceding defeat to then opposition leader, Mr. Adama Barrow, when the results of the 1 December 2016 Presidential election in the country were declared. Full text...

  • South Africa: Fallen liberation hero saluted
    20 april 2017 10:32:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tributes are pouring in for liberation hero Philip Kgosana who died in Pretoria after a short illness on Thursday. He was 81. Full text...

  • US: General Assembly confirms Achim Steiner as new UN development chief
    20 april 2017 07:02:01
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Germany’s Achim Steiner as the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Full text...

  • US: UN, AU sign new partnership framework to better respond to evolving challenges
    20 april 2017 06:55:37
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Chairperson of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Wednesday in New York signed a new landmark framework to strengthen partnership between the two organizations on peace and security pillars and better respond to the changing dimensions and evolving challenges of peace operations. Full text...

  • US: 'Political momentum must be renewed if Libya’s challenges are to be addressed'
    20 april 2017 06:49:27
    New York, US (PANA) - It is more important than ever to forge unity within Libya, the United Nations envoy for the country told the Security Council in New York on Wednesday, while he called on Libyan stakeholders to regain the optimism generated by the 2015 Political Agreement, which has faded and is being replaced by “frustration and disappointment”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Federal gov't scribe, Intelligence chief suspended over corruption allegations
    19 april 2017 18:36:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Babachir Lawal, in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE). Full text...

  • South Africa: New finance minister embarks on international roadshow
    19 april 2017 14:00:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Three weeks after President Jacob Zuma sparked a political crisis in South Africa by axing several key ministers, newly-appointed Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, is heading off on an international road show this week in a bid to restore investor confidence after global ratings agencies downgraded the country to junk status. Full text...

  • Tunisia: UN peacekeepers in Western Sahara urged to monitor human rights
    19 april 2017 10:49:23
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The UN must prioritise human rights monitoring for the situation in Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara and Sahrawi refugee camps across the border in Tindouf, Algeria, human rights watchdog Amnesty International has urged ahead of a Security Council vote next week on 27 April to renew the mandate of its peacekeeping presence in the area. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN, global partners commend creation of Somalia National Security Council
    18 april 2017 06:39:13
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The United Nations and other members of the international community on Monday commended Somalia’s Federal Government and the Federal Member States for agreeing to form a National Security Council, as well as decisions taken on priorities such as fighting corruption and drought response. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir vows to impose peace all over Sudan
    17 april 2017 10:57:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir has vowed to bring all parts of the Sudan under his government's control and to impose security, peace and stability. Full text...

  • South Africa: Former AU chair under fire for receiving VIP protection
    16 april 2017 06:48:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) –The South African Police Service (SAPS) has come under fire for providing a presidential protection service to former African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 'Restore Internet service to Cameroon English-speaking regions' - UN official
    14 april 2017 06:54:07
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa, François Louncény Fall, has urged Cameroonian authorities to examine with diligence the difficulties of the populations and entrepreneurs of the English-speaking regions of the north-west and south-west, which have been deprived of Internet since mid-January 2017. Full text...

  • Zambia: US remains concerned over heightened political tension in Zambia
    13 april 2017 14:48:02
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The United States Embassy in Zambia says it remains concerned over heightened political tension in Zambia, specifically noting the 10 April police raid of the Lusaka resident of the opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, and his subsequent arrest for treason. Full text...

  • US: UN chief announces senior appointments
    13 april 2017 06:40:23
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday announced the appointment of senior officials as his envoys dealing with prevention of sexual violence in conflict and for protection of children during such crisis, respectively. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS electoral management body to strengthen democracy through elections
    13 april 2017 06:02:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the newly-elected President of the Board of ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) has pledged that the network will work with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and development partners to push for democracy through elections with integrity during his two-year tenure. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA opposition parties unite for major anti-Zuma march
    12 april 2017 16:58:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – More than 30,000 protestors on Wednesday marched through Pretoria to the Union Buildings demanding South African President Jacob Zuma’s resignation. Full text...

  • Ghana: Former Ghana President Rawlings lashes out at West for Syria missile strikes
    12 april 2017 10:32:43
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's former president Jerry John Rawlings has lashed out at the West following last week's missile strikes against Syria describing it another display of the military might of the United States. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow's female nominee elected Speaker
    11 april 2017 13:43:24
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow's nominee, Mariama Diack Denton, was elected Speaker of the 58-member national assembly in the tiny West African nation today Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Constitutional Court to consider secret vote to remove Zuma
    11 april 2017 12:37:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In a further setback for South African President Jacob Zuma, the Constitutional Court on Tuesday confirmed that it has agreed an urgent application to have a secret ballot in place for Tuesday’s motion of no confidence against Zuma. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS reiterates commitment to peace, democracy in Gambia
    11 april 2017 08:15:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has reassured the Gambian government and people of its unwavering commitment to sustainable peace, stability and democracy in the country in the spirit of solidarity with all member States and regional integration. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma claims racists are behind protests calling for his removal
    10 april 2017 15:55:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Monday slammed the thousands of protestors who have taken to the streets calling for his removal. Full text...

  • Gambia: Barrow says parliamentary poll has strengthened Gambia's coalition government
    09 april 2017 12:17:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's parliamentary election, held on 6 April 2017, has further strengthened the coalition government of President Adama Barrow, who said on Saturday that it provided the "required strength of representation" in the National Assembly. Full text...

  • Gambia: UN Official urges Gambians to put national interest above all others
    08 april 2017 18:46:11
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Special Representative of the United Nation Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel, has urged all Gambian stakeholders to put the national interest above all other considerations. Full text...

  • Gambia: Successful parliamentary polls have opened up political space in Gambia - AU
    08 april 2017 18:29:54
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Mr. Terry Tselance, the Vice Chairperson of the independent electoral commission (IEC) of South Africa, has said the number of contestants in Gambia's 2017 national assembly elections is an indication that the political space in the West African nation has opened up. Full text...

  • Gambia: 'EU sees Gambia as an important partner'
    08 april 2017 16:38:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - “The European Union sees the Gambia as an important partner and the invitation to deploy the first-ever fully-fledged election observation mission is highly appreciated by the European Union," said Miroslav Poche, the EU chief observer to the 6 April National Assembly Election in Gambia. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS election observation mission commends Gambians for peaceful parliamentary polls
    08 april 2017 08:20:55
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) has praised Gambians for their peaceful conduct and high sense of patriotism as well as the professionalism exhibited by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and its agents during the country’s 6 April, 2017, National Assembly elections. Full text...

  • Gambia: United Democratic Party wins decisive victory in Gambian legislative election
    07 april 2017 11:53:09
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The United Democratic Party (UDP) has emerged victorious in Thursday's parliamentary election in Gambia winning 31 out of the 53 seats in the tiny West African nation's first free and fair poll in 22 years. Full text...

  • Botswana: UN challenged to proactively resolve Syrian conflict
    07 april 2017 11:06:13
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana on Friday reiterated its call to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the international community to urgently act and resolve conflict in Syria. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African cities gridlocked with anti-Zuma protests
    07 april 2017 10:19:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of South Africa, blocking major roads and city centres and calling for President Jacob Zuma to resign. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa braces for more anti-Zuma protests
    06 april 2017 13:12:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The turmoil following President Jacob Zuma’s shock cabinet reshuffle continues to reverberate around South Africa with several high-ranking politicians resigning and protest actions gaining momentum in several cities. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambians vote in historic parliamentary election
    06 april 2017 12:15:46
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambians are voting on Thursday to elect new members of parliament in an historic election with all political parties and independent candidates contesting. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council pledges support for CAR president
    05 april 2017 09:39:26
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday expressed its support for the efforts of President Faustin Archange Touadera of the Central African Republic (CAR) to restore State authority as well as for the African Union-led mediation initiative to find a political solution to the situation in the crisis-torn country. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS election observation mission urges peaceful vote in The Gambia
    04 april 2017 20:04:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to The Gambia, Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, has appealed to all political stakeholders to ensure that the country’s 6 April Parliamentary elections are held in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity to consolidate the gains of democracy in the country and the region. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA's biggest trade union federation calls for Zuma to step down
    04 april 2017 14:18:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s most powerful trade union federation COSATU on Tuesday joined veterans of the liberation struggle in calling on President Jacob Zuma to stand down. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa downgraded to junk status as cabinet crisis grows
    03 april 2017 18:00:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In another massive blow to embattled President Jacob Zuma, international ratings agency S&P Global Ratings on Monday downgraded South Africa to junk status. Full text...

  • Gambia: EU deploys observers for Gambia parliamentary poll
    03 april 2017 16:35:00
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The European Union has deployed 14 short-term observers for Gambia's parliamentary election on 6 April 2017 following an invitation from the West African country's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), a Member of the European Parliament said here on Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EC adopts conclusions on Somalia ahead of London conference
    03 april 2017 10:30:08
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A new partnership agreement between Somalia and the international community is essential if there is to be real progress in delivering on the main security, political and development priorities over the next four years, the European Council concluded in Brussels, Belgium, on Monday. Full text...

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