Politics - Crisis
  • EU elated at Libyan rebels' incursion into Tripoli
    22 august 2011 13:38:53
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Reacting to the capture of Seif Al-Islam Kadhafi, the Libyan leader's son, by Libyan rebels, the European Union (EU) Monday said: "the hard work made by forces of the new Libya, supported militarily by NATO and several member states as well as countries in the region, has sounded the death knell for the regime of Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi." Full text...

  • ICC to seek custody of Kadhafi son
    22 august 2011 13:18:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) said Monday it was in touch with the Libyan Transitional National Council, seeking for the custody of Saif Al-Islam Kadhafi, son of the Libyan leader, Mouammar Kadhafi, reportedly seized by the rebels who entered Tripoli after a six-month old Libyan uprising. Full text...

  • Transitional Council President confirms arrest of Libyan leader's son
    22 august 2011 12:38:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - President of the National Transition Council (NTC) Mustapha Abdeljelil has confirmed the arrest of Seif Ul-Islam Kadhafi, son of the Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi, as rebel fighters swept into Tripoli Sunday. Full text...

  • AMISOM, TFG forces capture strategic locations from Al Shabaab in Mogadishu
    28 july 2011 16:03:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Forces of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia Thursday captured strategic positions from Al Shabaab extremists in northeast Mogadishu following highly targeted security operations, the mission announced. Full text...

  • DRC, Uganda welcome AU regional approach to solve LRA problem
    17 july 2011 11:58:13
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Uganda's Minister of Defence, Dr. Crispus Kiyonga and his Democratic Republic of Congo counterpart, Charles Mwando Nsimba have welcome the initiative of the African Union Commission for a regional approach to solve the problem of the Ugandan rebels' Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Full text...

  • France calls for political solution to Sudanese crisis
    16 june 2011 18:58:17
    Paris, France (PANA) - France has urged authorities from Northern and Southern Sudan to work for an early political settlement of the crisis in Sudan, the spokesman of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bernard Valero, said here Thursday. Full text...

  • NATO planes bomb industrial oxygen factory near Tripoli
    13 june 2011 22:16:32
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - NATO war planes on Sunday bombed a factory producing industrial oxygen in the Al-Maya area, 30 km west of Tripoli, causing enormous damage, Libya Television reported. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD condemns NATO's contempt for AU initiative on Libya
    09 june 2011 17:53:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) has denounced the contempt shown by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) regarding the African Union (AU) initiative on Libya calling for a cease-fire. Full text...

  • Madagascar PM seeks recognition of SADC Mediation roadmap
    16 may 2011 13:04:17
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - The road map developed under the mediation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which will be submitted Friday at the Windhoek summit, is the only way to end the crisis in Madagascar, Prime Minister of the country's transitional authority, HAT, Gen. Albert Camille Vital, said. Full text...

  • Wade urges Ouattara to seek total peace
    13 may 2011 20:22:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The president of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade, on Friday told his Ivorian counterpart, Alassane Dramane Ouattara, to ask his compatriots lay down their arms to contribute to the quick establishment of peace in their country. Full text...

  • Understanding the war in Libya (News Feature)
    06 may 2011 16:54:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The current NATO military strikes in Libya is neither a "humanitarian" war nor a knee-jerk reaction to events that occurred in that African country, according to popular Belgian journalist-writer Michel Collon. Full text...

  • Libyan authorities urge displaced compatriots to return home
    04 may 2011 15:53:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan authorities have urged their fellow citizens, who fled to Tunisia and Egypt, following the war taking place in their country, to return home, calling on those wishing to do so to contact the Libyan consulate to facilitate their safe return. Full text...

  • 'Bin Laden's death, major step in global fight against terrorism'
    02 may 2011 13:40:39
    Moroni, Comoros (PANA) - The Comoran Minister of State and Chief of Staff in the presidency, Full text...

  • Pro-Gbagbo militias, FRCI clash in Abidjan
    20 april 2011 17:50:23
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Heavy gunfire was heard Tuesday and Wednesday in the Yopougon district of Abidjan, where pro-Laurent Gbagbo forces continue their clash with supporters of the president-elect Alassane Ouattara, PANA learnt here. Full text...

  • New Ivorian authorities take control of Abidjan airport
    19 april 2011 12:21:57
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Cote d'Ivoire's new authorities Monday took over the Felix Houphouet-Boigny International Airport in Abidjan, which had been under the control of French forces since 3 April. Full text...

  • ICRC says humanitarian needs enormous in Côte d'Ivoire
    14 april 2011 14:16:40
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - "The security situation in Côte d'Ivoire remains precarious and humanitarian needs are enormous," the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement Thursday. Full text...

  • Ivorian Crisis: Laurent Gbagbo gets presidential treatment
    13 april 2011 17:39:16
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - President-elect of Cote d'Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, said Wednesday that former President Laurent Gbagbo, arrested Monday, has been moved from the Gold Hotel and was transferred to a villa fit for his status as a former head of state. Full text...

  • IOF calls on the new Ivorian authorities to fight against impunity
    13 april 2011 12:03:22
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF), Abdou Diouf, has called on the new Ivorian authorities to fight against impunity, according to a statement by the organisation. Full text...

  • Gabonese government welcomes Ouattara’s call for national reconciliation
    13 april 2011 11:33:20
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - The Gabonese government said Wednesday it welcomes Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara's call for national reconciliation, in the wake of Monday's arrest of Full text...

  • NGO calls for reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire
    12 april 2011 12:09:00
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - An NGO based in Cotonou, the Observatory for a new Africa (ONA), has urged the new Ivorian authorities to urgently work for reconciliation in Côte d'Ivoire, following Monday's arrest of outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo by pro-Ouattara forces. Full text...

  • Ouattara to start judicial proceeding against Gbagbo
    12 april 2011 11:50:58
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - President-elect of Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Alassane Ouattara, has announced that a judicial proceeding will soon be initiated against outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo, his wife, Simone, and his close associates. Full text...

  • IPC-UEMOA urges Gbagbo to accept Ivorian election results
    06 april 2011 16:14:18
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Inter-Parliamentary Committee of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (IPC-UEMOA), which met in Bamako, the Malian capital, has asked the outgoing president of Côte d'Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, to accept the election results of the 28 November presidential run-off. Full text...

  • Sorrow, grief as fighting rages in Abidjan
    01 april 2011 20:43:48
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Sorrow and grief were written on the faces of residents of the main Ivorian city of Abidjan on Friday as sounds of gunfire boomed throughout the day. Full text...

  • Royal Air Morocco cancels flights to Abidjan
    01 april 2011 18:25:14
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Royal Air Morocco (RAM) has canceled its Friday flights to Abidjan, the economic capital of Cote d'Ivoire, while the Moroccan bank, Attijariwafa, has suspended operations of its subsidiary, the Ivorian Bank Company (SIB), reported MAP news agency. Full text...

  • Ouattara declares night curfew in Abidjan
    31 march 2011 20:46:47
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The internationally-recognised president of Côte-d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, on Thursday ordered a night curfew on the economic capital, Abidjan, Télé Côte-d'Ivoire (TCI) announced. Full text...

  • Ivorians panic as "battle for Abidjan" becomes imminent
    31 march 2011 15:14:08
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - There is widespread panic among Ivorian civilians as forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo and those of Alassane Ouattara reposition themselves for a "huge" battle, reportedly coming on this weekend. Full text...

  • Gabon's opposition leader, supporters leave UNDP headquarters
    28 february 2011 11:58:20
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - Following UN intervention, Gabon's opposition leader Andre Mba Obame Sunday left the offices of the UNDP in Libreville, where he has been holed up with some of his supporters since unilaterally declaring himself President of the country 25 Jan. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire crisis: ONUCI condemns propaganda of Gbagbo's camp
    26 february 2011 18:41:28
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (ONUCI) Saturday condemned the new style propaganda embarked upon by the outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo's supporters, describing it as a pack of lies. Full text...

  • Congolese President says Ouattara is Ivorian president-elect
    26 february 2011 16:23:38
    Paris, France (PANA) - The President of Congo, Denis Sassou N’Guesso has declared Alassane Dramane Ouattara as winner of the presidential election of Cote d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • Ivorian Crisis: UNOCI refutes accusations of bias by Gbagbo
    21 february 2011 14:46:15
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) on Monday reaffirmed its military impartiality as part of its efforts to find a peaceful solution to the post-election crisis in the west African nation. Full text...

  • Members of AU Panel on Cote d'Ivoire due Nouakchott Sunday
    17 february 2011 12:21:35
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Members of the panel of African Union (AU) charged with finding a peaceful solution to the post-election crisis in Côte d'Ivoire are expected Sunday in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • UN/AU task force to join forces in push for Somali peace
    04 february 2011 11:40:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A top-level joint UN-African Union (AU) task force has agreed to form a joint commission to coordinate military strategies in Somalia and work alongside the country’s interim government. Full text...

  • AU calls for 'appropriate reforms' in Egypt
    04 february 2011 11:30:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Friday called for ''appropriate reforms” in Egypt, where protesters have been pushing for President Hosni Mubarak's exit from power. Full text...

  • Police disperses opposition supporters in Libreville
    27 january 2011 10:59:44
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - Gabonese police Thursday dispersed the supporters of Andre Mba Obame, the candidate of the opposition National Union (NU) coalition that contested last year's presidential poll in the country. Full text...

  • Malawi president meets rival claimants of Ivorian presidency
    25 january 2011 21:05:22
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Malawi’s president and chairman of the African Union (AU), Bingu wa Mutharika, made a surprise visit to Abidjan on Tuesday where he met the two rival claimants of the Ivorian presidency as diplomatic efforts went up one gear to avoid a military option to resolve the crisis. Full text...

  • Kenya seeks to resolve post-election violence claims locally
    21 january 2011 15:53:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Kenya wants to address the 2007 post-elections violence claims through a local process, according to the country’s Vice President, Kalonzo Musyoka, Full text...

  • Ivorian crisis: AU hopes diplomatic solution will be reached
    20 january 2011 17:58:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) remains hopeful that there is still time for a diplomatic solution to end months of political stalemate in Cote d'Ivoire, according to Ramtane Lamamra, Commissioner for Peace and Security. Full text...

  • ECOWAS may offer Gbagbo amnesty to quit
    03 january 2011 11:38:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) may offer incumbent Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo amnesty from possible prosecution as a carrot to make him step down as demanded by the 15-member regional bloc, PANA has learnt. Full text...

  • Ivorian musician urges Gbagbo to quit honorably
    31 december 2010 19:33:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Ivorian reggae star, Tiken Jah Fakoly, has called on the incumbent Ivorian president, Laurent Gbabgo, to choose an honourable exit in an effort to secure peace in the country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS delegation meets ONUCI Head
    28 december 2010 21:26:59
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – Three West African leaders on Tuesday held talks with the special representative of the United Nations Secretary General in Côte d’Ivoire, Y. J. Choi, as diplomatic efforts continue to amicably resolve the political crisis threatening to tear up the country. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping boss begins Ivorian visit
    27 december 2010 22:06:48
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – The Head of the UN peacekeeping operations Unit, Alain Le Roy, on Monday began a visit to Côte d'Ivoire and met Alassane Ouattara, the man widely believed by the international community to have won the disputed 28 November presidential run-off elections in the West African state. Full text...

  • Rawlings calls for “restraint and maturity” in Cote d'Ivoire
    20 december 2010 22:07:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana's former President Jerry John Rawlings on Monday called for“restraint and maturity” from political Ivorian leaders and an end to the creeping violence that threatens the peace and stability of the country. Full text...

  • Malawi President accusess deputy of 'splitting' ruling party
    15 december 2010 17:40:59
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika on Wednesday accused sacked first vice-president Joyce Banda and the second vice-president, Khumbo Kachali, of "splitting the party " into two camps. Full text...

  • Ping deflects criticism, defends Mbeki's appointment as Ivorian mediator
    13 december 2010 08:05:26
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - African Union Commission chief Jean Ping Sunday defended his recent appointment of former South African President Thabo Mbeki to mediate in the political crisis in Cote d’Ivoire, saying he had a better chance of success. Full text...

  • Author says Liberian crisis demands international action
    29 june 2003 17:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Left on their own, West African leaders are unable to resolve the civil war in Liberia that has killed over six hundred defenceless citizens in Monrovia in past several weeks, says an exiled author of "Liberia, The Heart of Darkness". Full text...

  • US, France try to rescue nationals from troubled Cote d'Ivoire
    25 september 2002 14:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- US troops have landed in Ghana on a mission to rescue some 100 American school children trapped in Bouake, scene of fierce battle between Ivorian mutineers and government troops following last Thursday's uprising, which President Laurent Gbagbo's government has called a coup attempt. Full text...

  • Journalist Union urges UN, ECOWAS to mediate in Liberian crisis
    19 july 2001 20:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Alarmed by fears that Liberia was drifting back into another round of civil war due to intensified fighting between government troops and dissident forces in northern Lofa county, the Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas is urging the UN and ECOWAS to convene a peace conference. Full text...

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