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  • UK PM Theresa May arrives in South Africa
    28 august 2018 11:07:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – UK Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Cape Town on Tuesday morning for a one-day working visit. Full text...

  • Rights group says DRC opposition under assault
    28 august 2018 07:19:32
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – Government security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo used live ammunition and teargas to disperse largely peaceful political opposition rallies during candidate registration in early August 2018, Human Rights Watch has said in a report released on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Respect for fundamental rights, freedoms key for peaceful polls in DRC – UN mission chief
    28 august 2018 06:15:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Confidence and consensus around key issues are still required ahead of this year’s presidential and legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Security Council heard on Monday. Full text...

  • Mnangagwa says Zimbabwe’s tomorrow brighter than yesterday
    26 august 2018 15:58:03
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – Declaring the end of Zimbabwe’s election on Sunday, President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa said he has been inspired by the collective hopes of his compatriots and urged them to unite and work for a brighter future. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa takes oath of office
    26 august 2018 10:59:24
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – Emmerson Mnangagwa was on Sunday sworn in as Zimbabwe’s President at a colourful ceremony that was witnessed by thousands of his compatriots, regional leaders or their representatives and foreign diplomats at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. Full text...

  • South Africa president Ramaphosa salutes Mnangagwa
    25 august 2018 06:30:39
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged Zimbabwean leaders to accept Friday’s decision by the country’s Constitutional Court which upheld President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s July election victory. Full text...

  • UN Security Council welcomes results of Mali's presidential elections
    25 august 2018 06:17:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The members of the Security Council on Friday welcomed the publication of the final results of the presidential polls in Mali, which saw the re-election of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, and insisted on the urgent need to accelerate the implementation of the peace agreement. Full text...

  • Ghana government proposes 13 September for Kofi Annan's state burial
    24 august 2018 18:35:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The late former secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, will be buried in Accra on 13 September if his family agrees with the proposal of the government, Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has said. Full text...

  • 3RD UPDATE: Zimbabwe opposition leader Chamisa accepts court's verdict dismissing his petition
    24 august 2018 17:26:45
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The losing candidate in Zimbabwe's 30 July presidential election, Nelson Chamisa, has accepted the verdict of the Constitutional Court that dismissed his petition against President Emmerson Mnangagwa's victory. Full text...

  • 2ND UPDATE: Mnangagwa reiterates peace, unity appeal
    24 august 2018 16:19:46
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's president-elect, Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose victory in the 30 July elections was upheld by the Constitutional Court on Friday, has called for peace and unity in the Southern African country. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Zimbabwe Constitutional Court upholds President Mnangagwa's election victory
    24 august 2018 15:17:24
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court on Friday upheld President Emmerson Mnangagwa's victory in the 30 July presidential election, state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) announced. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Zimbabwe Constitutional Court upholds President Mnangagwa's election victory
    24 august 2018 14:34:13
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court on Friday upheld President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election victory in the 30 July election, state-broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation announced. Full text...

  • Zimbabweans await election petition judgement
    24 august 2018 07:16:02
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabweans are on Friday awaiting the verdict of the Constitutional Court in the election petition case in which the leader of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance Nelson Chamisa is contesting the victory of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the 30 July presidential poll. Full text...

  • Former Ghana president Mahama declares intent to contest 2020 election
    23 august 2018 15:29:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's former President John Dramani Mahama, who lost the 2016 election to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is staging a come back as he took the first step on Thursday to contest the 2020 presidential vote by sending a letter of intent to contest the flagbearership race of his party. Full text...

  • Trump under fire for wading into SA land debate
    23 august 2018 12:01:37
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – US President Donald Trump has hit a nerve with Pretoria by tweeting that he has asked his Secretary of State to look into land expropriation and the killing of farmers in South Africa. Full text...

  • UN remembers Kofi Annan; holds wreath-laying ceremony in his memory
    23 august 2018 06:15:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan was remembered on Wednesday as the embodiment of the global Organization that works to improve the lives of men and women worldwide. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Constitutional Court begins hearing opposition election petition
    22 august 2018 10:27:26
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court has on Wednesday began hearing the case in which the leader of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance Nelson Chamisa is contesting the victory of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the 30 July presidential poll. Full text...

  • Ghana opens book of condolence in memory of Kofi Annan
    22 august 2018 10:02:14
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A book of condolence in honour of Mr Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary General, opens at the Accra International Conference Centre on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has announced. Full text...

  • Melania Trump to visit Africa in October
    21 august 2018 08:23:53
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Melania Trump has confirmed that she will visit South Africa on her first trip to the continent as First Lady in October. Full text...

  • Constitutional Court upholds President Keita's victory in Mali election
    20 august 2018 16:41:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali's Constitutional Court on Monday proclaimed incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as winner of the August 12 presidential run-off election with 67.16% or 1,791,926 of the votes cast. Full text...

  • Ghana flags fly at half-mast for Kofi Annan; newspapers eulogise him
    20 august 2018 09:40:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Flags are flying at half-mast in Ghana and the country's missions abroad for former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, as the West African country begins a one-week morning period for their illustrious son who passed away last Saturday at a Swiss hospital. Full text...

  • Human Rights Watch 'deeply saddened' by passing of Kofi Annan
    20 august 2018 02:19:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Human Rights Watch says it is deeply saddened by the passing of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, whose deep commitment to the promotion and defense of human rights around the world will be missed. Full text...

  • Gambian President Adama Barrow mourns Kofi Annan
    18 august 2018 18:56:11
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has paid tribute to the late former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan who died on Saturday saying he was a leader of global peace, who made Africa proud for all the right reasons. Full text...

  • UN officials bid farewell to former Secretary-General Kofi Annan; UN flag flies at half-mast
    18 august 2018 17:28:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The flag at United Nations Headquarters in New York is flying at half-mast this Saturday as the Organization marks the death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Full text...

  • ROUNDUP: Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is dead; tributes pour in for him
    18 august 2018 13:13:50
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Kofi Annan passed away on Saturday morning in Berne, Switzerland, aged 80, and tributes have been pouring in for the late top world diplomat who, together with the UN, was the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. Full text...

  • UN mourns death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, ‘a guiding force for good’
    18 august 2018 12:44:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations is mourning the death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away peacefully on Saturday after a short illness. The renowned Ghanain diplomat was 80 years old. Full text...

  • Amnesty International mourns Kofi Annan
    18 august 2018 12:28:01
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has eulogised Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, who died on Saturday describing him as a great leader. Full text...

  • 2ND UPDATE: Flags to fly at half-mast for one week for Kofi Annan
    18 august 2018 11:36:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed that the national flag will fly at half-mast across the country and in all of Ghana’s diplomatic missions across the world, from Monday, 20 August, for one week in memory of Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary-General who died in Switzerland on Saturday. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is dead
    18 august 2018 10:31:13
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Kofi Annan is dead, the family of the late top diplomat and the Kofi Annan Foundation announced on Saturday. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is dead
    18 august 2018 10:15:18
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is dead, the local media in Ghana have reported. He was 80. Full text...

  • Gadafi’s loyalists announce intention to be part of Libya’s upcoming elections
    17 august 2018 15:54:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan National Gathering, which has figures loyal to the regime of Moammar Gaddafi, on Wednesday held its second conference in Tripoli and announced its intention to nominate candidates for the forthcoming Libyan elections and any other political activities “to salvage the country”, according to the Libyan Observer newspaper. Full text...

  • AI says Uganda opposition MPs must not be tried in military court
    17 august 2018 07:32:15
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Two opposition MPs arrested and detained in Uganda must be promptly charged and tried in ordinary civilian courts if sufficient evidence of a recognizable criminal offence is found or else be released, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Zimbabwe election petition fixed for 22 August
    16 august 2018 12:00:58
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court will next Wednesday commence hearing the case in which the leader of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance Nelson Chamisa is contesting the victory of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the 30 July presidential poll. Full text...

  • Mali President Keita wins re-election
    16 august 2018 10:58:16
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali's incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has won the second round of the West African country's presidential election with 67.17% of the vote, the Ministry of Territorial Administration which organised the poll said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe president raises preliminary objections to opposition's election petition
    16 august 2018 07:49:05
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is challenging opposition leader Nelson Chamisa's election petition against him, says there is no valid petition against his victory in the 30 July election. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe ruling party challenges opposition leader's election petition
    15 august 2018 12:10:50
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The legal team of Zimbabwe's ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has filed papers against the challenge of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance of the 20 July election results that gave victory to President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Full text...

  • Guterres says multilateralism is 'the only path' to address world’s troubles
    15 august 2018 06:17:58
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world’s problems grow, multilateralism represents to best path to meet the challenges that lie ahead, said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday, launching his annual report. Full text...

  • UN chief appeals for calm as Mali presidential election draws to a close
    14 august 2018 18:06:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the conclusion of the second round of presidential election in Mali, political leaders in the West African country are being encouraged by the UN Secretary-General to promote a peaceful atmosphere and avoid incendiary rhetoric. Full text...

  • UN says future Somalia elections must not be ‘marred’ by rights abuses seen in recent polls
    14 august 2018 06:31:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - In a report released on Monday, the United Nations has urged Somalia to take steps to ensure future elections are not marred by the human rights violations and abuses committed during the 2016-2017 electoral process. Full text...

  • 'Let's put election behind us,' President Mnangagwa urges Zimbabweans
    13 august 2018 13:24:06
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday urged Zimbabweans to put the 30 July election behind them, forge ahead and work for economic development. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's ruling party prepares to contest opposition party's election petition
    13 august 2018 11:00:32
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's ruling party, Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) says it will on Monday file its papers to contest the election petition filed by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance, which that claims that its leader Nelson Chamisa and not President Emmerson Mnangagwa won the 30 July elections. Full text...

  • South Africa's Ramaphosa salutes Kabila for "honouring" constitution
    11 august 2018 07:37:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has praised President Joseph Kabila for respecting DRC’s constitution not to contest the December election. Full text...

  • EU reinforces sanctions on South Sudan
    10 august 2018 20:50:35
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union announced Friday it has transposed UN Security Council resolution 2428 (2018) which notably imposes an arms embargo on South Sudan and added two persons to the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures. Full text...

  • Former Chilean President Bachelet officially appointed new UN human rights chief
    10 august 2018 20:29:23
    New York, US (PANA) - After a vote on Friday by the United Nations General Assembly in New York, former two-time President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, hailed a “pioneer” by the UN Secretary-General, has officially been appointed as High Commissioner for Human Rights, effective from 1 September. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes DR Congo President’s promise to stand down
    10 august 2018 20:21:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General has commended the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila’s decision on Thursday, not to stand in elections scheduled to take place on 23 December. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Zimbabwe opposition party challenges election result in court
    10 august 2018 18:07:07
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's main opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance, on Friday filed papers at the Constitutional Court challenging the results of the 30 July presidential election with its candidate, Nelson Chamisa, tweeting that they have a "good case and cause". Full text...

  • Libyan Prime Minister calls for unification of Army
    10 august 2018 12:35:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Prime Minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Thursday called for the unification of the country's military who, despite the division and lack of equipment, stood valiantly alongside the security forces against terrorists, mercenaries, smugglers, and human traffickers. Full text...

  • President Trump signs bill setting tough conditions for Zimbabwe's engagement with US
    10 august 2018 12:13:12
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - US President Donald Trump has signed into law the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Bill of 2018 (ZEDERA), the White House has said. Full text...

  • US 'gravely concerned' about detentions, beatings in Zimbabwe post-election violence
    10 august 2018 11:48:58
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States government says it is "gravely concerned" by credible reports of numerous detentions, beatings, and other abuses of Zimbabweans over the past week, particularly targeting opposition activists. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition MDC Alliance faces Friday deadline to challenge election results in court
    10 august 2018 06:36:04
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance faces a Friday deadline to challenge the 30 July controversial presidential election that gave victory to President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Full text...

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