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  • Togo: Togolese FM ends visit to Spain
    18 july 2014 15:22:00
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese Foreign Minister, Rober Dussey, on Thursday ended his visit to the Spanish capital, Madrid, diplomatic sources told PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: Ceasefire deal reached by armed groups fighting at Tripoli airport
    18 july 2014 12:46:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The armed groups fighting for turf at the Tripoli Airport in Libya have reached a ceasefire agreement, PANA learnt from usually-reliable sources Friday. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: France President urges Ivorian opposition to take part in elections
    18 july 2014 12:40:58
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - Visiting French President François Hollande has called on the main opposition Ivorian Peoples Front (FPI) to take part in the forthcoming elections, hailing the progress made towards dialogue and reconciliation in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Bloggers, journalists challenge Anti-Terrorism law
    18 july 2014 12:33:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Nine Ethiopian journalists and bloggers, detained for 84 days and formally charged Friday with having links to two banned groups, said they planned to file a constitutional plea against the Anti-Terrorism law. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Algerian diplomat as envoy for Great Lakes region
    17 july 2014 21:34:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday appointed Mr. Said Djinnit of Algeria as UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa tasked with bringing international awareness to the area’s challenges. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: Côte d'Ivoire, France sign 6 bilateral cooperation agreements
    17 july 2014 19:31:03
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Ivorian and French officials on Thursday signed six cooperation agreements covering several areas including water supply, financial aid and renovation of hospitals. Full text...

  • Mauritious: IOC Summit scheduled for 26 July in Comoros
    17 july 2014 19:20:02
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - The 4th Heads of State and Governments Summit of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) is scheduled for 26 July 2014 in Moroni, capital of Comoros, PANA learnt from the IOC office in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU extends UNAMID mandate amid worries over Darfur ethnic warfare
    17 july 2014 17:17:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has renewed the mandate of its Joint Peacekeeping force with the UN in Darfur, UNAMID, for another 12 months and asked for intensified measures to protect civilians, the AU said Thursday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Civilians still flocking UN peacekeepers bases in South Sudan
    17 july 2014 14:37:38
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Civilians seeking protection at the UN military bases increased to 97,126 by mid-July in South Sudan, with Bentiu, the oil-rich the region in Unity State showing the highest number of forced displacements, UN figures showed. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali, France sign new defence treaty
    17 july 2014 14:14:04
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali and France on Wednesday signed a new defence treaty, replacing the cooperation security agreement between the two countries since 1985, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: French president visits Cote d'Ivoire
    17 july 2014 10:49:04
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The French president, Francois Hollande, on Thursday began a 24-hour visit to Cote d'Ivoire at the start of an African tour that will also take him to Niger and Chad. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU seeks end to Israel-Palestine hostilities
    17 july 2014 10:08:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has called for a cessation of hostilities by Israel and Palestine, and urged the UN Security Council to do its utmost to restore peace in the region. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition leader calls for election of interim president
    16 july 2014 17:50:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – President of the opposition National Restoration Party (NAREP), Elias Chipimo (Junior), has urged Zambians to rally round the idea of electing a neutral interim leader to serve out the remainder of President Michael Sata's term in anticipation of any early election, in the event that Sata decides to resign from office before the next elections in 2016. Full text...

  • Burundi: Govt. supports ex-president Buyoya for Francophonie scribe
    16 july 2014 16:45:12
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Burundian government is canvassing diplomatic support for the candidacy of former president Pierre Buyoya for the post of Secretary General of the Francophonie, official sources said Wednesday in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Burundi: France grants Burundi 200,000 euros for electoral process
    16 july 2014 16:13:21
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Burundian national independent electoral (CENI) on Wednesday received promises of financial support to the tune of 200,000 euros, from the French government, to finance the registration of voters for next year’s general elections, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Ivorian president promulgates law on new defence pact with France
    16 july 2014 14:57:16
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara, on Tuesday signed a bill, adopted Friday by Parliament, towards ratifying the Treaty establishing a new defence partnership with France, official sources told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Guinea: Burkina President to visit Conakry
    16 july 2014 11:53:07
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso will lead a powerful delegation to Conakry for a two-day working visit starting Thursday, PANA learned from official sources here. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama reshuffles cabinet
    16 july 2014 09:31:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Mahama has reshuffled his cabinet, scrapping the Ministry of Information and Media Relations and bringing in a former Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, as Minister for Trade and Industry, as he seeks to reinvigorate his administration in the face of growing economic challenges. Full text...

  • Mali: French Defence minister expected Wednesday in Bamako
    15 july 2014 18:05:10
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The French Defence Minister, Jean Yves Le Drian, is expected Wednesday in Bamako where he will sign, with the Malian authorities, the new French-Malian defence agreement whose application will mark the end of the Serval operation and its replacement with the "Barkhane", reliable security sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Senegal: 4 new ambassadors present letters of credence to Gambian VP
    15 july 2014 18:01:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Four new ambassadors have presented their letters of credence to The Gambian Vice President, Isatou Njie-Saidy, according to the Gambian government pro-government newspaper, the Daily Observer. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Ivorian civil society doubts independence of new electoral body
    15 july 2014 17:33:51
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian civil society Group (CSCI) has expressed concern about the composition of the new independent electoral commission (CEI), saying the body would not guarantee efficient electoral administration as it is currently constituted. Full text...

  • Mali: Former Malian Defence minister appointed AU mediator in CAR crisis
    15 july 2014 16:36:53
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The former Malian Minister of Defence and Ex-Combatants, Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga, has been appointed the African Union (AU) deputy-mediator in the CAR crisis, reliable sources told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU launches 64-million-euro fiduciary fund for CAR
    15 july 2014 15:01:49
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) on Monday, in the Italian city of Milan, launched a fiduciary multi-donor fund for the Central African Republic (CAR) in which France, Germany and The Netherlands will participate, says a press statement issued here Tuesday by the European Commission. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudanese army launches new offensive against rebels near Bentiu
    15 july 2014 13:39:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The South Sudanese government forces have launched a military offensive against rebel positions in Wichok, Buoth and Nyagarang Payam areas in Mayom, the administrative headquarters of the oil-rich Unity State, a rebel military spokesman said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: At 39, ECOWAS on irreversible path to regional integration (Feature by Paul Ejime, PANA Guest Writer)
    15 july 2014 12:42:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Africa’s flagship Regional Economic Community, deserves credit for surviving a myriad of political, security and socio-economic distractions and remaining focused on the principal goal of its founding fathers. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'No concrete proposals from conference by Libya's neighbours'
    14 july 2014 21:02:09
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The third meeting of foreign ministers from Libya’s neighbouring countries - Tunisia, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Algeria and Egypt - contains neither practical nor concrete measures likely to end the Libyan crisis, which is deteriorating by the day, observers said in the Libyan capital on Monday. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: Egyptian 'judicial gymnastics', test for AU democracy charter (A PANA news analysis by Kennedy Abwao)
    14 july 2014 20:11:14
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The ink has not dried on paper since the African Union (AU) re-admitted Egypt, whose membership was suspended on 5 July, 2013, after a coup that toppled then President Mohamed Morsi. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanian govt condemns Israeli violence against civilians in Gaza
    14 july 2014 17:41:36
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government on Monday denounced what it called "the criminal military aggression" perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinian people in Gaza”, PANA reported from Nouakchott. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges need for dialogue in Libya
    14 july 2014 16:21:46
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, says he is extremely concerned by the dramatic increase in violence endangering civilians in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, calling for a halt to the fighting and a return to the country's political objectives. Full text...

  • Congo: CAR stakeholders urged to unite ahead of Brazzaville peace forum
    14 july 2014 16:16:58
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The contact group on the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), which met here at the weekend, has called on the different stakeholders in CAR to remain accommodating ahead of the 21-23 July Brazzaville forum "on reconciliation and dialogue”, so that the talks will be successful, Congolese local media reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir praises RSF's role in fighting rebels in Darfur, South Kordufan
    14 july 2014 15:13:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese President, Omar Al-Bashir, says the controversial government Rapid Support Forces (RSF) was instrumental in fighting rebels in Darfur and South Kordufan, the Sudanese local media reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Libya: UN counsels against use of force to settle political disputes
    14 july 2014 11:27:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Following armed clashes that have killed nine and wounded 30 in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, since Sunday, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has urged all those concerned to desist from the use of force to settle political disputes. Full text...

  • Libya: Group of six Libyan neighbours commit to common border control measures
    14 july 2014 10:55:02
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Foreign Affairs Ministers of the group of six Libyan neighbouring countries decided on Sunday evening in Tunis to establish a joint force for the control of their common borders. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt urged to freeze relations with Israel over 'aggression'
    14 july 2014 10:43:33
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A Mauritian political party, 'Lalit', and the NGO Centre Idrice Goomany Monday called on the Mauritian Government to freeze diplomatic and commercial relations with Israel 'because of its aggressive campaign against Hamas and the Palestinians since 7 July 2014', PANA reported from Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Libya: Government calls for immediate end to Tripoli fighting
    13 july 2014 19:57:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government has called on all rival militias involved in Sunday's clashes on the outskirts of Tripoli airport, which has claimed nine lives and injured 25 others, to end the bloodshed immediately and without pre-condition. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Hollande, Marzouki seek Gaza ceasefire
    13 july 2014 18:35:00
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian president, Moncef Marzouki, on Sunday held talks on the phone with his French counterpart François Hollande, about the serious situation in Gaza, says a statement issued by the Tunisian presidency. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Nouakchott condemns Israeli raids in Gaza
    13 july 2014 13:28:24
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian political groups have condemned the bombardments of the Israeli armed forces against Palestinian populations in the Gaza strip and called for an immediate end to their action. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: Parliamentarians approve new defence pact with France
    12 july 2014 09:22:09
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – Ivorian parliamentarians on Friday unanimously adopted a bill authorising the President of the Republic to ratify the treaty signed on 26 January, 2012, in Paris for the setting up of a new defence partnership between Cote d’Ivoire and France. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Experts cite laxity in handling terrorism root-causes in Africa (News analysis by Kennedy Abwao)
    11 july 2014 20:31:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African countries are failing to handle the root-causes of terrorism and taking heed of new threats to human security, according to security experts who believe religious extremism is just but a late aspect of the threat. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU hails ECOWAS' decision to sign EPA
    11 july 2014 19:19:26
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has hailed the decision of heads of state and governments of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: EU sanctions South Sudanese military leaders
    11 july 2014 15:37:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Friday sanctioned South Sudanese military leaders, Generals Santino Deng and Peter Gadet, for violating a 9 May ceasefire to stop the fighting in Africa’s infant state, which marked only its third independence anniversary this week. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU vows no blanket immunity for war crimes in Africa
    11 july 2014 12:22:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) will intervene in areas where crimes against humanity and war crimes are committed and African leaders responsible for such crimes would be held accountable in the ensuing efforts to bring peace, officials said Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: PM seeks EU cooperation to fight illegal immigration
    11 july 2014 12:08:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Prime Minister Abdallah al-Theni has pleaded for European Union (EU) cooperation to set up measures that will aid the fight illegal immigration. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan parliament building in Benghazi to cost 150m dinar
    11 july 2014 11:23:18
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan government will spend 150 million Libyan dinars (US$121.4 million) to construct the Libyan Parliament building in the eastern city of Benghazi, according to the relevant committee chairman Frajem Najem Full text...

  • Senegal: AI calls for opening of UN human rights office in CAR
    11 july 2014 11:09:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Amnesty International has called for the opening of a UN High Commission Office for Human Rights in Central African Republic (CAR), which has been in crisis since 2013. Full text...

  • Libya: AU reiterates support for Libya's democratic process
    11 july 2014 10:54:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - African Union (AU) envoy Dileita Mohamed Dileita has reaffirmed the support of the continental organisation to the democratic process in Libya and expressed the commitment of African countries to support Libya to find its rightful place on the continent. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS leaders express concern about growing menace of terrorism
    10 july 2014 22:15:44
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday expressed deep concerns over the growing menace of terrorism in member states. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS leaders establish solidarity fund for Ebola
    10 july 2014 21:23:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - West African leaders, noting the continuous threat of the Ebola virus in the sub-region, on Thursday directed the establishment of a solidarity fund as part of efforts to contain and manage the disease which has killed nearly 500 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU expresses concern about South Sudan crisis
    10 july 2014 20:29:48
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) on Thursday expressed concern about the fighting in South Sudan and called on the warring factions to reopen peace negotiations as soon as possible. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria-Germany Bi-National Commission meets in Abuja
    10 july 2014 17:26:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The meeting of the Nigeria-Germany Bi-National Commission opened here Thursday with focus on boosting the bilateral partnership between the two countries, aiding credible elections and combating security challenges in the country. Full text...

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