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  • Somalia: Somali diplomat Mohamed Farmajo wins Presidential election
    08 february 2017 18:57:16
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Newly-elected Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo of Somalia was sworn in late Wednesday in the capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Harare: Rights groups ask Zimbabwe to drop 'politically motivated' charges against Pastor Mawarire
    08 february 2017 17:43:45
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Two human rights groups on Wednesday asked the Zimbabwean authorities to drop all politically motivated charges against human rights activist Pastor Evan Mawarire. Full text...

  • Somalia: First round of Somalia presidential poll produces no winner
    08 february 2017 17:40:33
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somalia's Federal President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud emerged as the front-runner in the first round of the presidential voting by members of the Federal Parliament on Wednesday but fell far short of the required two-thirds majority to win outright, forcing a second round of balloting among the top four recipients of the ballots cast. Full text...

  • South Africa: President Zuma objects to Trump comparison
    08 february 2017 14:20:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma’s office has hit back at a popular newspaper columnist who compared him to the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump. Full text...

  • Sudan: Islamic Cleric wants Sudan to normalize relations with Israel
    08 february 2017 14:13:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A call for Sudan to normalize relations with Israel, by Islamic cleric, Sheikh Yusuf al-Kodah, has sparked a heated debate across the African country that is running for three days now. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow says Gambia will rejoin international organisations
    08 february 2017 09:29:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow says his government is working to rejoin the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Commonwealth stressing that his country should be part of all international organizations and respect all protocols because these are partners that it needs. Full text...

  • Libya: Italy to open consulate in eastern Libya
    07 february 2017 12:33:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Italian ambassador to Libya, Giuseppe Perroni, has said that his country is considering opening a consulate in eastern Libya to facilitate the issuance of visas to Libyans in that region as well as consolidate the mutual cooperation between both countries in the fields of education, health, culture and security. Full text...

  • Libya: EU to mediate between al-Sarraj, Haftar
    07 february 2017 11:58:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has reaffirmed its willingness to mediate between the chairman of the Libyan presidential council of the coalition government of national accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, and the commander of the Libyan national army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who controls portions of Libya. Full text...

  • Mali: Extraordinary G5-Sahel summit opens in Bamako
    06 february 2017 14:32:41
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Opening the extraordinary summit of G5-Sahel member countries in Bamako, Mali, Chadian president, Idriss Deby Itno, on Monday bemoaned the fresh outbreak of terrorism in the Sahelian region, alluding to the recent deadly attacks in military camps in Mali and Niger. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir says Halaib remains Sudanese territory
    06 february 2017 13:03:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir, has reiterated that the Halaib territory, presently under Egyptian military occupation, remains a Sudanese land, citing the first Sudanese elections held in the 1950s during the Anglo-Egyptian condominium which had covered the territory as part of the Sudan. Full text...

  • Botswana: Opposition parties in Botswana form coalition
    03 february 2017 18:20:16
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s three main opposition parties on Friday announced a merger under the banner of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), signalling their intention to win the general elections due in 2019. Full text...

  • South Africa: Security beefed up ahead of State of the Nation address
    03 february 2017 11:15:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Security has been stepped up dramatically ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address next Thursday, amid concerns that there will be further chaos in and around Parliament. Full text...

  • South Africa: De Klerk slams Zuma on historic anniversary
    02 february 2017 14:30:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Exactly 27 years after he changed the course of African history, Nobel Laureate FW De Klerk took aim at President Jacob Zuma, saying he is determined to accelerate South Africa's descent to an economic and racial crises. Full text...

  • US: Guterres highlights strengthened cooperation after first mission to Africa as UN chief
    02 february 2017 06:44:01
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has highlighted enhanced synergies and avenues of cooperation with the African Union following his visit maiden participation at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa as UN chief. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow appoints 11 ministers
    01 february 2017 20:04:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow on Wednesday appointed 11 ministers who were sworn in the same day. Full text...

  • Sudan: Troika backs AU, IGAD, UN peace process in South Sudan
    01 february 2017 19:36:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States, the United Kingdom and Sweden have expressed “deep concern” about the continuing spread of fighting and the risk of inter-communal violence escalating into mass atrocities in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan FA minister denounces Trump's ban on Libyans
    01 february 2017 18:27:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Tahar Siala has criticized the Executive Order by US President Donald Trump on immigration from seven Muslim countries, including Libya, saying "it is a racist and unjust decision that should be revised." Full text...

  • Mali: Mali opposition leader says terrorist attacks killed at least 332 in 2016
    01 february 2017 12:03:58
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The leader of Mali's opposition Union for Republic and Democracy (URD), Soumaila Cissé, says at least 332 people, including 207 civilians, were killed last year following attacks perpetrated by terrorist groups operating in the north and centre of the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa moves one step closer to withdrawing from ICC
    01 february 2017 10:53:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has moved one step closer to withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC) with Justice Minister Michael Masutha urging lawmakers to endorse the executive's decision. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian youth demand lawmakers' resignation
    31 january 2017 19:45:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian youth on Tuesday stormed the Parliament building in Banjul demanding the resignation of members of the National Assembly with immediate effect. Full text...

  • Mauritius: AU renews support to Mauritius on Chagos Archipelago
    31 january 2017 18:54:43
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Heads of State and Government of the African Union on Tuesday adopted a resolution renewing the support of the Continent to Mauritius on the Chagos Archipelago in its dispute with the UK, PANA learnt from official sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Kenya: Opposition names team to 'craft winning formula'
    31 january 2017 17:32:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - In a major step forward Kenya's opposition leaders on Tuesday put together an 11-member national co-ordinating committee for the National Super Alliance (NASA) ahead of the August General Election. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commissioners sworn in
    31 january 2017 16:47:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit ended on Tuesday with the swearing in of the newly elected Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad and the Deputy Chairperson, Thomas Quartey Kwesi, a veteran Ghanaian diplomat. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Morocco makes pledge to bolster bilateral ties after AU re-admission
    31 january 2017 16:06:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Morocco has pledged to avail its vast mineral resources to the benefit of African countries and announced it would immediately embark on signing bilateral agreements with members of the African Union (AU) to improve investments and trade. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU appoints Uganda’s Museveni to lead US-EU immigration talks
    31 january 2017 15:17:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit closed its two days of intensive talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday with the appointment of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni as its negotiator for immigration reforms, an endorsement to deal with the refugee challenges in Europe and US. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit approves Libya peace plan, calls for new unity government
    31 january 2017 14:59:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit has unveiled a new peace roadmap for Libya and called for the formation of a new Presidential Council, which would form a new unity government. Full text...

  • Libya: US embassy suspends issuing visa to Libyans
    31 january 2017 12:27:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The US embassy in Libya has suspended the issuing of visas to Libyan citizens who want to travel to the United States following President Donald Trump's executive order last Friday which temporarily bans nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Libya, from entering the US. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit approves new measures to fight terrorism
    31 january 2017 12:05:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 28th African Union Summit has approved a Special Fund to combat terrorism, with a renewed focus on eradicating the scourge of terror attacks by Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a senior official said Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ruling ANC condemns Morocco's readmission to the AU
    31 january 2017 10:53:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The ruling African national Congress on Tuesday expressed its regret at the African Union’s decision to re-admit Morocco into the regional bloc. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit readmits Morocco, Saharawi celebrates (Eds: Adds details)
    30 january 2017 18:28:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit took a decision on Monday to readmit Morocco as its 55th member state in a decision hailed by the Saharawi Arab Republic as a major step towards finalising the decades-long dispute over the occupation of the Western Sahara. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: AU readmits Morocco
    30 january 2017 17:24:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit took a decision on Monday to readmit Morocco as a member state at a Summit in the Ethiopian capital, despite concerns by some members. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit gives rousing welcome to new UN Secretary-General
    30 january 2017 17:04:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Heads of State Assembly gave a rousing welcome to the new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, describing him as a “man of action” and expressed hope his leadership would facilitate the AU’s request for a permanent Security Council seat. Full text...

  • Kenya: Chadian Foreign Minister elected new AU Chairperson
    30 january 2017 16:58:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Chadian foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat was elected the new Chairperson of the AU Commission on Monday during the 28th ordinary session of the AU Summit, after a landmark seventh round vote, officials said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Gambia's power transfer dominates AU Summit opening session
    30 january 2017 16:41:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The peaceful transfer of power in The Gambia and the role played by the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) dominated the opening session of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa on Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Guinean President assumes AU Chairmanship
    30 january 2017 11:52:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Guinean President Alpha Conde has assumed the rotational Chairmanship of the African Union (AU) during a Summit dedicated to the election of a new Bureau of the Union and the leader of its Addis Ababa-based AU Commission, PANA reported on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN, AU, IGAD urge cessation of hostilities in South Sudan
    29 january 2017 21:36:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN, the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Sunday reiterated their call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan dismayed at banning entry of Sudanese nationals into US
    29 january 2017 10:44:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has expressed dismay at last Friday's executive order by the new US President Donald Trump barring Sudanese nationals, along with nationals of several other countries, from entering the US. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Kenya agrees to redeploy troops to UN mission in South Sudan
    29 january 2017 10:34:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Kenya has agreed in principle to redeploy troops to the UN Mission in South Sudan following its decision in November last year to withdraw nearly 1,000 troops serving in its mission there, a senior official said Sunday. Full text...

  • Khartoum: EU ambassadors welcome former PM Mahdi's return home
    29 january 2017 10:29:33
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - European Union ambassadors in Sudan on Sunday welcomed the return home of a former prime minister, after two years of self-imposed exile, calling on Khartoum to seize this momentum to work for peace and resolution of conflicts in the country. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow reiterates commitment to 3-year mandate
    29 january 2017 10:14:32
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has reiterated his commitment to a three-year mandate in office as agreed by the eight political parties in the opposition Coalition that defeated former President Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • US: UN agencies urge US to protect those fleeing conflict, persecution
    29 january 2017 04:55:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations agencies dealing with global refugee and migration issues have expressed the hope that the United States will continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit leaders impressed at growth of democracy in Africa
    28 january 2017 19:06:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders met for the first time on Saturday in several months to review the progress of democracy in five member states taking part in the good governance platform, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), which got a new boost with Namibia’s membership. Full text...

  • Gambia : UN envoy commends Gambians for political maturity, peace
    28 january 2017 16:43:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Mohamed Ibn Chambas, UN envoy for West Africa on Saturday commended Gambians for their political maturity and commitment to peace during the country's political impasse. Full text...

  • UK: Rights group slams Trump over order restricting entry for seven Muslim-majority countries
    28 january 2017 14:00:56
    London, UK (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has slammed US President Donald Trump's executive order restricting entry for nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries describing it as "callous and deeply misguided". Full text...

  • US: Stage ‘gradually being set’ for Somalia to move to new phase in sustaining peace – Envoy
    28 january 2017 12:11:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Briefing the Security Council in New York on the situation in Somalia, the United Nations envoy for the country noted on Friday that the recently concluded election was a “mirror” to Somalis, showing them the good and the bad regarding how power is exercised, relations between elders, clan power brokers, politicians, business, ordinary citizens, women and men. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: US banks target opportunities in Sudan after sanctions lifting
    27 january 2017 19:34:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A significant number of American banks have indicated their interest to invest in Sudan as it braces itself to receive international aid in response to the humanitarian crisis in several of its conflict hot-spots, a senior presidential aide told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU foreign ministers finally agree on mass pullout from ICC
    27 january 2017 18:42:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African foreign ministers have agreed to a plan for pulling out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and immediately begin work on local justice mechanisms, saying The Hague-based court, offered little chance of advancing justice in the continent, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Saharawi agrees conditional peace negotiation with Morocco
    27 january 2017 17:17:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Saharawi Republic, which has been protesting the illegal occupation of its territory, has declared readiness to negotiate an end to its conflict with Morocco on condition that the African Union Summit underway here pushes Rabat to unconditionally leave the territory it occupies. Full text...

  • Congo: Chadian, Nigerien leaders in Congo for summit on Libyan crisis
    27 january 2017 13:04:19
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Presidents Idriss Déby Itno of Chad, and Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, arrived here on Thursday to take part in Friday's high-level summit of the African Union Committee on the Libyan crisis. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma attends AU Summit in Addis Ababa
    27 january 2017 08:55:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma has departed for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the 28th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), which begins on Saturday. The event is being held under the theme, "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investment in the Youth." Full text...

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