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  • South Africa: Opposition party targets Zuma's allies, UK PR firm
    03 july 2017 13:18:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday laid criminal charges against members of the powerful Gupta family who have been implicated in the massive “state capture” scandal that has shaken South African President Jacob Zuma and his government. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit opens amid renewed debate over budget financing options
    03 july 2017 10:10:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The 29th African Union Summit opened in Addis Ababa on Monday, with calls for the silencing of the guns of war and tackling the scourge of terrorism in Africa. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group flags increased fear in Region of 2007 Kenya election violence
    03 july 2017 06:48:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights group on Monday asked the Kenyan authorities to urgently investigate allegations of threats and intimidation between community members in Nakuru county’s Naivasha area, as the August, 2017 elections approaches. Full text...

  • Sudan: Government renews unilateral ceasefire with rebel groups
    02 july 2017 19:40:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir has extended the present ceasefire for another four months as of 2 July in all war zones. Full text...

  • Somalia: On anniversary of Somalia's independence, senior UN official urges political unity
    02 july 2017 19:00:09
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Marking the 57th anniversary of Somalia's independence, the top United Nations official in the country has urged all Somalis to seize a moment of opportunity and work towards peace and stability. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Libyan crisis dominates AU Summit agenda on ending conflicts
    02 july 2017 16:07:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African leaders arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday for the 29th session of the regular Heads of State and Government Assembly, which has been dedicated to the discussion about the future of youth and women, but with the conflict in Libya dominating. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to introduce new Extradition Bill
    02 july 2017 07:41:31
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Attorney-General Ravi Yerrigadoo will on Tuesday introduce an new Extradition Bill in a bid to review the distinction that exists presently between Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth countries in matters of extradition, PANA learnt from parliamentary sources. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU warns doubts exist over independence of electoral bodies in Africa
    02 july 2017 06:42:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission has welcomed the progress made by member states to form independent election management institutions, but expressed fears their lack of full independence still puts democracy at risk. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum welcomes reduction in number of UNAMID personnel
    01 july 2017 14:05:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has welcomed a resolution by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) cutting down the number of military and police personnel of the United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) by 44% in the coming six months. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Mauritius not opposed to US military base on Diego Garcia'
    01 july 2017 09:07:48
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Defence Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, told Parliament on Friday that Mauritius has no objection to the continued operation of the US military base in Diego Garcia within an agreed time frame for the return of the Chagos Archipelago to the effective sovereign control of Mauritius. Full text...

  • US: Security Council says ‘Important work ahead,’ as UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire ends
    01 july 2017 06:01:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Recognizing the efforts of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) in promoting peace, stability and development, the UN Security Council on Friday marked the event by underscoring the importance of action by the government to address the remaining challenges in the country for the benefit of all Ivorians. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief challenges Executive Council on peace restoration
    30 june 2017 19:58:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has challenged the Executive Council, the second highest decision-making body comprising foreign ministers, whose meeting opened here Friday, to discuss new measures to end African conflicts. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma’s allies face criminal charges in South Africa
    30 june 2017 16:10:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday announced that it will lay criminal charges against members of the wealthy Indian Gupta family following confirmation that they used government funds to pay for a glittering multi-million dollar wedding at Sun City in 2013. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Rights groups urge Ivorian gov't to address rights issues as UN mission ends
    30 june 2017 05:45:14
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA ) – As the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) comes to an end on Friday, 30 June 2017, several human rights groups have urged the Ivorian government to redouble its efforts to address the serious rights issues at the root of past political violence in the West African country. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council renews steps against illicit Libyan oil exports
    30 june 2017 05:07:56
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Security Council on Thursday adopted a series of resolutions by which it renewed measures against illicit oil exports in Libya, and extended the mandates of United Nations missions in the Darfur region of Sudan, Mali and the Golan. Full text...

  • Kenya: Electoral body admits errors in voters' register in Kenya
    29 june 2017 17:25:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s Electoral Commission admitted on Thursday errors in the voters' roll call hours after opening up the register for verification, when individuals did a random search, which revealed the existence of fictitious names, national identification numbers and fake voters. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Presidential election campaign set to begin on 14 July
    28 june 2017 17:12:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Official campaign for Rwanda's forthcoming presidential election will start on 14 July and run through 3 August, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: EU deploys 30 observers for Kenya elections
    28 june 2017 09:38:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The European Union (EU) has deployed 30 election observers to follow the campaigns and meet all stakeholders ahead of Kenya's General Elections on 8 August and beyond. Full text...

  • US: Despite progress, challenges remain for Liberia to consolidate peace gains - UN envoy
    28 june 2017 05:42:38
    New York, US (PANA) - In spite of “remarkable” progress in Liberia since the signing of the comprehensive peace agreement in 2003, the presence of challenges that risk a reversal of the gains made warrant continued international support and attention, the United Nations envoy for the country has cautioned. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe: Rights group calls for release of Zimbabwean Pastor Mawarire
    27 june 2017 19:33:43
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, on Tuesday called for the immediate and unconditional release of Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire, who was arrested on Monday after he held prayers with University of Zimbabwe medical students protesting fee increases. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow urges ministers to declare assets
    24 june 2017 13:27:14
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has urged all his cabinet ministers to declare their assets in July in fulfillment of his December 2016 campaign promises, the Gambia Radio and Television announced on Saturday . Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana’s former president Masire passes on
    23 june 2017 08:44:49
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s former President Sir Ketumile Quett Joni Masire has passed on, following his admission at the intensive care unit (ICU) in a private hospital over the weekend. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU welcomes UN Security Council resolution on G5 force for Sahel States
    23 june 2017 07:28:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has welcomed the United Nations Security Council’s authorization for the deployment of a Joint Force for the Group of Five for the Sahel States (FC-G5S), reiterating the importance of the Group to address the persistent threats of violent extremism and transnational organized crimes. Full text...

  • US: UN chief appoints Lebanese official as head of operations in Libya
    23 june 2017 05:31:27
    New York, US (PANA) – A Lebanese political science professor and political advisor to the United Nations in Iraq has been appointed as the Organization's top official in Libya. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President Kagame formally submits candidature for 2017 Rwanda election
    22 june 2017 14:58:34
    Kigali,Rwanda (PANA) - The outgoing President Paul Kagame, recently named the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) candidate for the country's presidential election on 4 August, 2017, on Thursday formally submitted his candidature to run for the office, a PANA correspondent reported from here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Parliament cleared to have secret Zuma ballot
    22 june 2017 14:33:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In a significant setback for South African President Jacob Zuma, the Constitutional Court on Thursday said National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete does have the power to allow MPs to vote by secret ballot in the motion of no confidence on Zuma. Full text...

  • US: South Sudanese are ‘desperate for peace,’ but political crisis persists – UN
    22 june 2017 05:48:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Deliberate actions by the Government and opposition armed forces as well as other actors to advance their political goals continue to severely undermine efforts to get the country back on the path to peace and development, the top United Nations peacekeeping official has warned. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU asks member states to assist Gambia's security sector reform
    21 june 2017 17:43:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Gambia needs personnel support from the African Union Commission (AUC) and AU member states for reforming its security sector and the newly initiated process of transitional justice, according to the AU Peace and Security Council. Full text...

  • South Africa: Constitutional Court to hand down key Zuma ruling
    20 june 2017 13:42:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Constitutional Court on Tuesday announced that it will hand down a crucial ruling on Thursday to determine whether a vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma can be held by secret ballot. Full text...

  • Tanzania: European Council renews impetus for the Africa-EU Partnership
    19 june 2017 10:44:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Europe and Africa have much to gain from further increasing political and economic ties, because as close neighbours, both share a common future and 2017 is an important year for their partnership, the Council of the European Union (EU) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Egypt: Rights group slams Egyptian gov't for isolating ex-president Morsy
    19 june 2017 05:43:53
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Egyptian authorities have unlawfully prevented former President Mohamed Morsy from contacting or receiving visits from his family and lawyers in the years since the military forcibly removed him from power in July 2013, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President Kagame named ruling party's candidate for 2017 Rwanda election
    17 june 2017 12:42:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Members of the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF), gathered on Saturday in an extraordinary congress in Kigali, have introduced President Paul Kagame as the party's candidate for the country's presidential election slated for 4 August, 2017, PANA reported. Full text...

  • US: UN chief Guterres pays tribute to former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
    17 june 2017 04:15:35
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has lauded the vision and tenacity of the former Chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl, who died on Friday at the age of 87. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief calls for speedy resolve of rift among Gulf states
    16 june 2017 20:04:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Mahamat Moussa Faki has expressed his growing concern over the political dispute among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Full text...

  • US: UN cooperation with AU must be less 'ad hoc,' Security Council told
    16 june 2017 05:50:24
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations must move towards a more institutionalized approach for the joint planning, mandating, financing and supporting of African Union (AU) peace-support operations, the Secretary-General's Chef de Cabinet told the Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU urges Sudan to ensure security in Darfur on UNAMID troops withdrawal
    15 june 2017 16:31:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Urging the Government of Sudan to ensure it fills the security and humanitarian vacuum that may arise out of the withdrawal of the international peacekeeping force from Darfur region, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has expressed "deep concern over the widespread proliferation of weapons in the areas of return for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa to attend Thabane's inauguration in Lesotho
    15 june 2017 15:38:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, will Friday attend the inauguration ceremony of the Lesotho Prime Minister-elect Tom Thabane, despite the fact that his wife, Lipolelo, was shot dead in the Ha Masana village outside the Lesotho capital Maseru. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya's electoral commission faces disquiet over ballot printing deal
    15 june 2017 08:55:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati said a tender row over the printing of 130 million ballot papers for the 8 August General Elections was likely to derail it from delivering on its mandate. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Retired Nigeria diplomats resist attempts to admit Morocco into ECOWAS
    15 june 2017 08:26:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria (ARCAN) on Wednesday called on the Nigerian government to resist any attempt by other member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to admit Morocco into the regional body, the local Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: Put peace first, UN chief says
    14 june 2017 18:42:18
    New York, US (PANA) – True peace requires building bridges, combating discrimination and standing up for the human rights of the world's people United Nations Secretary-General said on Wednesday, kicking off the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, with a strong appeal to citizens, governments and leaders everywhere to “put peace first.” Full text...

  • South Africa: Official opposition united again after colonialism debacle
    13 june 2017 13:24:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), which is hoping to unseat the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in 2019, on Tuesday moved to end a damaging scandal when the party’s former leader, Helen Zille, apologised for her controversial tweets on colonialism. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda opposition party's candidate to run in August presidential election
    12 june 2017 14:29:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Chairman of the opposition Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR), Frank Habineza, on Monday presented his candidature to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) for the country's presidential election slated for 4 August, 2017, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition leader slams Zambia over 'political witch-hunt'
    09 june 2017 10:48:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Mmusi Maimane, the leader of South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), on Friday described Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema's treason trial as "a political witch hunt by an increasingly threatened President Edgar Lungu". Full text...

  • US: ICC prosecutor slams ‘pervading toxic culture of impunity’ in Darfur conflict
    09 june 2017 06:06:07
    New York, US (PANA) – The Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court has reiterated her call for States to arrest and surrender the suspects of alleged genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Darfur region of Sudan, including President Omar Al Bashir. Full text...

  • US: UN chief congratulates people of Lesotho on peaceful national election
    09 june 2017 05:55:20
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has congratulated the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the conclusion of a peaceful National Assembly election. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN Africa forum launches high-level migration panel
    08 june 2017 06:10:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Amid growing concern for the safety of migrants, particularly in Africa, as they undertake extreme risks in hopes of a better future or to escape violence and persecution, a high-level body established by the United Nations development arm in the continent has launched a process to help forge political consensus to address challenges and save lives. Full text...

  • US: Desire for secure, peaceful future remains strong in Libya, Security Council told
    08 june 2017 06:00:05
    New York, US (PANA) – Noting positive changes in the situation on the ground in Libya as a result of the Libyan Political Agreement, the United Nations envoy for the country highlighted that despite challenges, the desire for peace, security and a better future remains strong among the people and urged sustained international support for national efforts. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: President Kabore expected in Cairo
    07 june 2017 10:49:31
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkina Faso president, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, is expected on Wednesday in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, for a working visit during which he will hold talks with Egyptian top officials including president Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, according to the Faso presidency. Full text...

  • South Africa: Former AU chairperson under fire over VIP bodyguards
    07 june 2017 10:26:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Wednesday confirmed that South Africa’s VIP protection unit continues to guard former African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is now campaigning for the presidency of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Full text...

  • Lesotho: SADC urges reforms in Lesotho to facilitate political stability
    05 june 2017 19:35:17
    Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) - Lesotho's incoming government should undertake time-bound wide constitutional, judicial, legislative, security sector, public sector and media sector reforms in order to depoliticize and stabilize the governing system, according to one of the recommendations announced on Monday by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observation Mission to the 2017 National Assembly elections held on Saturday. Full text...

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