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  • G5 Sahel countries, AU, EU hold summit in Brussels on 23 February
    12 february 2018 19:38:28
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - An international fund-raising conference on Sahel, jointly organised by the United Nations, the European Union and the African Union, will be held on 23 February in Brussels, according to an official press statement released here on Monday. Full text...

  • 3-day inter-Libyan talks open in Geneva
    12 february 2018 15:21:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A conference, bringing together more than 52 Libyan personalities from all parties, has opened in the Swiss capital, Geneva, aimed at promoting peace in Libya by considering the viewpoints of the various stakeholders involved in the crisis in that country. Full text...

  • South Africa's Opposition wants Parliament dissolved over Zuma saga
    12 february 2018 15:09:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The national executive committee of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) is meeting in Pretoria on Monday afternoon to determine the fate of President Jacob Zuma who has refused to step down. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Weah to take concrete steps on past Liberia atrocities
    12 february 2018 15:03:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Liberia’s new government should take prompt steps to pave the way for fair investigation and prosecution of serious past crimes committed during Liberia’s brutal civil wars, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to President George Weah, which was released on Monday. Full text...

  • ICRC President set to arrive in Libya
    12 february 2018 11:44:36
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) arrives in Libya on Monday for a three-day visit to take stock of the humanitarian situation in the troubled North African country. Full text...

  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wins 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership
    12 february 2018 05:32:27
    London, UK (PANA) – The 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership has been awarded to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced on Monday following a meeting of its independent Prize Committee. Full text...

  • 'South African President Zuma will be recalled on Monday', Ramaphosa hints
    11 february 2018 14:31:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cyril Ramaphosa, leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), on Sunday gave the clearest indication that South African President Jacob Zuma has not cooperated with his so-called “exit strategy” and would be recalled by his party on Monday. Full text...

  • Zuma on the ropes as ANC marks Mandela's centenary
    11 february 2018 09:50:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Sunday officially launched the centennial celebrations which are being held in honour of former president Nelson Mandela. Full text...

  • Rights groups hail AU's trust fund for Habre's victims
    08 february 2018 06:20:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union’s adoption of the Trust Fund Statute for victims of Hissène Habré’s crimes is a major step toward justice, four human rights groups have said. Full text...

  • Ethiopian military delegation ends visit to Rwanda
    07 february 2018 15:27:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An Ethiopian military delegation of 5 senior officers, headed by Ethiopian Head of Military Courts Directorate, Brig.-Gen. Addisu Gebreyesus Gebreyohanes, on Wednesday ended a four-day visit to Rwanda during which the two parties exchanged ideas on the function of Military Justice, the Rwanda Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) announced in a statement. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa addresses South Africa's political crisis
    07 february 2018 15:21:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cyril Ramaphosa, the leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), on Wednesday moved to allay concerns about the extraordinary political vacuum that has been created by President Jacob Zuma’s refusal to leave office. Full text...

  • Kenyan court probes opposition lawyer's deportation to Canada
    07 february 2018 15:02:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The High Court in Kenya, the third highest in rank, on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the deportation of opposition lawyer Miguna Miguna against orders for his production in Court. Full text...

  • Tunisia, China sign agreement to build diplomatic Academy
    07 february 2018 09:34:03
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A technical and economic partnership agreement for the creation of a Diplomatic Academy in Tunis was signed on Tuesday in Tunis between Tunisia and the Republic of China during the ninth session of their Joint Commission for Cooperation in the Tunisian capital. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition decries 'draconian crackdown' after state revokes passports
    06 february 2018 16:39:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's opposition has decried a "draconian crackdown" targeting its leadership since Raila Odinga took the oath of People's President with the state taking an extra step to revoke the passports of key opposition figures. Full text...

  • Burkinabe President Kabore in Niamey for G5 Sahel, CILSS summits
    06 february 2018 14:06:28
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkinabe President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, arrived in Niamey on Tuesday to take part in the Summits of the G5 Sahel and the Interstate committee to fight against drought in Sahel (CILSS), according to a communiqué issued by his communication services. Full text...

  • Nelson Mandela Foundation says Zuma 'not fit to govern'
    06 february 2018 11:48:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation on Tuesday joined the chorus of calls for President Jacob Zuma to resign. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition crackdown intensifies, protests erupt over lawyer's detention
    06 february 2018 11:40:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities have intensified a crackdown against opposition leaders days after the "swearing-in" of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the "People's President," PANA reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • EU wishes to be leading partner of Tunisia, says Mogherini
    06 february 2018 09:56:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The European Union wishes to become the leading partner of Tunisia during the North African country's economic and democratic transition, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said on Monday in Brussels. Full text...

  • ANC to decide Zuma's fate as SA President on Wednesday
    05 february 2018 19:38:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Following a day of high drama which included running street battles outside the Johannesburg headquarters of the ruling African National Congress, the party on Monday announced that President Jacob Zuma's fate will be decided by a vote at a special national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritanian President Aziz in Niamey for G5 summit
    05 february 2018 19:12:59
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Monday left Nouakchott for Niamey, Niger, to attend a G5 Sahel summit, which runs parallel to the 18th Conference of the Heads of State and Government forming the Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS). Full text...

  • Clashes in Johannesburg as Zuma refuses to resign
    05 february 2018 09:21:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions are running sky-high as the governing African National Congress (ANC) prepares to hold urgent talks on Monday to find a way of removing Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa. Full text...

  • Senior ANC officials in crucial talks to determine Zuma's fate
    04 february 2018 13:35:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Senior members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) are locked in talks with President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on Sunday amid growing speculation that he will be forced to vacate his position. Full text...

  • UN, African Union voice concern over protracted political crisis in Guinea-Bissau
    04 february 2018 05:34:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The top leaders of the African Union and the United Nations on Saturday expressed concern over the prolonged political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, condemning the recent actions taken by the national authorities to prevent a political party from holding its conference. Full text...

  • Activist arrested as Kenya police crackdown on opposition intensifies
    02 february 2018 15:38:39
    Nairobi,Kenya (PANA) - Police Friday arrested outspoken human rights lawyer-cum-poilitician, Miguna Miguna, who was one of the two advocates who administered the oath of office on opposition leader Raila Odinga at Tuesday's self-swearing in in Nairobi. Full text...

  • US expresses 'grave' concern about Odinga's self-'inauguration'
    02 february 2018 09:57:32
    Washington, DC., US (PANA) - The United States says it is "gravely concerned" by Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga’s self-“inauguration” on 30 January. Full text...

  • AU rejects Odinga as 'People's president of Kenya'
    02 february 2018 06:08:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has rejected the "swearing-in" of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga as the "People's President" of the East African country. Full text...

  • ECONEC launches study on cost of elections in West Africa
    01 february 2018 16:55:20
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) in Abuja on Thursday launched a study on Cost of Elections as part of its initiative to encourage reduction of electoral expenses in West Africa. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition leaders disarmed after controversial oath ceremony
    01 february 2018 15:13:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities withdrew the fire-arm licences to opposition leader Kalonzo Musyoka and the armed guards to opposition Members of Parliament and Governors, according to members of Kenya's opposition alliance. Full text...

  • France has role to play to restore stability to Libya, says Macron
    01 february 2018 12:07:44
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - French president Emmanuel Macron says his county has a role to play to restore stability to Libya. Full text...

  • Zuma's State of the Nation Address to go ahead – Parliament
    01 february 2018 10:13:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Parliament's presiding officers on Thursday said the State of the Nation Address will go ahead on 8 February as planned. Full text...

  • Kenyan authorities accuse media of subversion
    31 january 2018 18:05:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities shut down three privately-owned TV stations on Tuesday because they colluded with a criminal group to overthrow the Government, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan gov't begins crackdown on key opposition allies after Odinga oath
    31 january 2018 17:35:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities arrested opposition Member of Parliament Tom Kajwang, the lawyer who led opposition leader Raila Odinga to swear an oath of office as the People's President of Kenya on Tuesday, his party said. Full text...

  • Tensions high over Zuma's uncertain future
    31 january 2018 16:09:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There are growing calls for President Jacob Zuma to throw in the towel and the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday approached Parliament seeking to have the 8 February State of the Nation Address postponed until he is replaced. Full text...

  • French president expected Thursday in Dakar
    31 january 2018 16:02:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The French president, Emmanuel Macron, is expected in Dakar on Thursday for a two-day official visit to Senegal, within the framework of a tour of some African countries which which began on Wednesday with a two-day visit to Tunisia. Full text...

  • DR Congo commemoration of Tshisekedi
    30 january 2018 18:50:27
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Political associates and family members of the late Etienne Tshisekedi, who passed away a year ago, have organised a commemoration of the opposition leader on 1 February in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Kenya declares opposition pressure group a criminal gang
    30 january 2018 18:16:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi on Tuesday gazetted the National Resistance Movement, wing of the opposition NASA coalition, as an organised criminal group. Full text...

  • Is South Africa's Zuma on the way out?
    30 january 2018 16:07:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There are unconfirmed reports that the National Working Committee of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress on Tuesday instructed the party's top six leaders to tell President Jacob Zuma to step down. Full text...

  • Human Rights lawyer slams Gambia's president for being "sluggish"
    30 january 2018 14:43:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian human right lawyer, Assan Martin, has said the coalition government of President Adama Barrow has been sluggish in delivering democratic dividends to Gambians, one year after assuming power. Full text...

  • Presidents Kagame, Salva Kiir discuss ceasefire violations in South Sudan
    30 january 2018 14:27:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The new Chairman of the African Union (AU) and president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, on Tuesday met with the South Sudanese leader, Salva Kiir, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, amid warning by the continental body to impose sanctions on leaders violating ceasefires in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Rwandan Parliamentary elections set for September 2018
    30 january 2018 13:24:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwanda's National Electoral Commission (NEC) has proposed parliamentary elections to be held not later than 4 September, saying that the electoral calendar is subject to approval by Cabinet, local media reported Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Breaking News: Kenya's opposition leader, Odinga, takes Presidential oath of office
    30 january 2018 13:12:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has taken the Presidential oath of office and vowed to end a culture of rigged elections. Full text...

  • EU says committed to peace in Congo's Pool region
    30 january 2018 11:34:01
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The representative of the European Union (EU) in Congo, Saskia de Lang, has expressed the commitment of the EU to provide financial and technical assistance to residents of the Pool region of Congo who have been victims of armed clashes between police and the Ninjas nsiloulou militia of Pastor Ntumi. Full text...

  • Kenyan television stations shut down over opposition swearing-in ceremony standoff
    30 january 2018 10:25:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan government shut down several private television stations on Tuesday to prevent the airing of a planned swearing-in ceremony of opposition leader Raila Odinga and his deputy Kalonzo Musyoka as president and deputy president respectively. Full text...

  • Guterres says bridging gap between relief, devt can meet immediate needs
    29 january 2018 05:32:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A surge in conflict-induced needs in Africa and the Middle East, coupled with an increase in climate shocks that pummel the most vulnerable everywhere, have given fresh urgency to calls for the international community to work in a new way that not only ends humanitarian needs but reduces them over time, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Sunday. Full text...

  • Guterres lauds AU-UN partnership at AU Summit
    28 january 2018 16:20:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Hailing the partnership between Africa and the United Nations as “solid, and grounded on sound principles of human rights and good governance,” Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has told leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the African Union Summit, that with Africa in the lead, “we can and will do more” to bolster successful cooperation throughout the continent. Full text...

  • Kenya gears up for second president as opposition spins new political narrative (News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao)
    28 january 2018 16:00:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenya is gearing up for a second president on Tuesday, days after the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) released results it claimed were from the nullified 8 August presidential elections that gave victory of its leader Raila Odinga, who it plans to swear in president. Full text...

  • UN chief commends AU efforts to address violent extremism
    27 january 2018 19:31:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has commended the growing emphasis by the African Union (AU) and its Member States to address the drivers of violent extremism. Full text...

  • Guterres says partnership with African Union is fundamental to work of the UN
    27 january 2018 14:36:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Strong cooperation with the African Union (AU) is essential for the United Nations to be able to fulfill its mandate, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the two organizations signed a new agreement to bolster their collaboration on range of global issues. Full text...

  • Kenyatta names new cabinet
    26 january 2018 20:04:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has named journalist Faridah Karoney minister of lands in a new list of cabinet nominees unveiled Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa opposition calls for public grilling of Zuma, son
    26 january 2018 10:12:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday said it is imperative that Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane must testify at the state capture inquiry which was confirmed this week. Full text...

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