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  • Gambians demand probe into 'degrading' treatment of deportees from US
    15 march 2018 11:38:20
    Gambia, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian lawmakers have asked the foreign affairs minister to investigate allegations of “degrading treatment” of 45 nationals while they were being deported from United States. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges hold-out armed groups to sign accord for durable peace in Darfur
    15 march 2018 06:37:02
    New York, UN (PANA) - While the security situation in Sudan’s Darfur region remained stable, the causes of the conflict – and their related consequences – have been largely unaddressed, the head of the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission said on Wednesday, calling on holdout armed groups to sign the foundational 2011 peace agreement without delay. Full text...

  • 'Gambia can learn from Senegal' – Barrow
    14 march 2018 11:10:05
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's President Adama Barrow has said Senegal has had a long history of vibrant democracy since it attained independence and Gambia can learn from its democratic practice. Full text...

  • Gambia, Senegal agree to combat illegal timber logging, cross-border crime
    14 march 2018 10:56:59
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The presidents of Gambia and Senegal on Tuesday signed a pact on closer security cooperation to allow joint patrols at their borders. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's main opposition, ruling party candidates in presidential run-off vote
    13 march 2018 21:47:27
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Julius Maada Bio of opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) and Dr Samura Kamara of the ruling All People's Congress (APC) contest presidential run-off vote on 27 March having emerged front-runners in the fiercely contested 7 March elections. Full text...

  • EU raises 50 million euros in support of Libyan cities
    13 march 2018 17:04:14
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union on Tuesday launched a 50 million Euros aid programme for Libyan cities, aiming to strengthen the access of migrants and Libyans to basic social services, official sources said. Full text...

  • Gambia, Senegal to sign cooperation agreements
    13 march 2018 09:35:57
    Banjul, Gambia(PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow will sign a number of agreements with his Senegalese counterpart President Macky Sall on Tuesday, including a treaty on extradition and cross-border prosecution, sources at Sate House have informed PANA. Full text...

  • US promises help to rescue Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram
    12 march 2018 19:53:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja and promised American security intelligence, equipment and training to assist in the efforts to peacefully rescue the school girls abducted by suspected terrorists last month. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Electoral Commission carries out vote recount
    12 march 2018 18:49:27
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - At the behest of some political parties, NEC Sierra Leone was Monday carrying out a recount of votes at the five national Tally Centres, before the release of the remaining 25% of results of the March 7 presidential, parliamentary and local council elections. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition scales down rhetoric after Odinga-Kenyatta accord
    12 march 2018 18:45:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan opposition has scaled down on its political rhetoric after the meeting between its leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta, which the opposition alliance has maintained was illegitimately occupying office after the controversial elections in October 2017. Full text...

  • Kenyatta set for Cuba visit
    12 march 2018 18:13:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to leave for Cuba on Tuesday for a three-day official visit to the Caribbean nation, on what appears to be the launch of a diplomatic offensive to ensure the East African country secures a slot in the influential UN Security Council in 2021-2022, a State House official said Monday. Full text...

  • Bashir receives message from Emir of Qatar
    11 march 2018 18:03:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir on Sunday received a verbal message from the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Althani, on bilateral relations and ways and means for promoting those relations. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone opposition party candidate leads with 75% of results decalared
    11 march 2018 17:48:48
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - With 75% or 1.95 million of the processed votes from Sierra Leone's March 7 general elections released by NEC on Sunday, the presidential candidate of opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) rtd Brig. Julius Maada Bio now leads with 43.33% of the votes. Full text...

  • African Union Commission Chair begins 3-day working visit to Algeria
    11 march 2018 15:56:29
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Saturday began a three-day working visit to Algeria. Full text...

  • Sierra Leoneans pray for peace after elections
    11 march 2018 15:40:28
    Freetown, Sierre Leone (PANA) - As Sierra Leoneans await complete results of their March 7 crucial elections, prayers were offered in places of worship on Sunday for permanent peace in the post-conflict country. Full text...

  • Egyptian security chief meets Sudanese President Bashir
    11 march 2018 07:41:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A senior Egyptian security official is in Khartoum for meetings with government officials, including President Omar Bashir, to discuss what he describes as the “tremendous” challenges the two nations face. Full text...

  • Ruling party candidate in slight lead with 50% of Sierra Leone's polls results released
    10 march 2018 19:53:28
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - With 50% of the processed votes of the March 7 presidential, parliamentary and local council elections now released by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) Sierra Leone on Saturday, the candidate of the ruling All People's Congress (APC), Dr Samura Kamara, is leading with 43.20%. Full text...

  • Ruling party’s candidate, Kamara, in slight lead with 25% of results released
    10 march 2018 14:14:08
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Electoral Commission (NEC) Sierra Leone Saturday in Freetown released 25% of the processed votes of the March 7 presidential, parliamentary and local council elections. Full text...

  • Senegalese President to start three-day Gambian visit
    10 march 2018 10:10:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Macky Sall of Senegal will embark on a three-day working visit to the Gambia, starting from March 11-13, during which he will have high-level meetings with his host, President Adama Barrow, official sources confirmed Saturday. Full text...

  • AUC, Russia to pursue global peace, security, stability and development
    10 march 2018 04:35:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Russian Federation have pledged to pursue their shared goals of global peace, security, stability and development, agreeing to convene an annual high-level dialogue to be held alternately in Addis Ababa and Moscow, as well as to review and expand the scope of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the AUC on the mechanism of political consultations, signed in Addis Ababa on 17 September, 2014. Full text...

  • Tillerson says US to bolster trade, security ties with Kenya
    09 march 2018 19:19:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Nairobi on Friday for a three-day visit, with his focus on growing trade and security ties with Kenya, where the US plans to expand its investment foot-print. Full text...

  • US reaches out for comprehensive approach to counter terrorism
    09 march 2018 19:05:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Friday met to discuss issues of mutual concern, among them, ending the terrorism threats in Somalia, the crisis in South Sudan and the stalemate in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • US Secretary of State discusses power change-over in Ethiopia
    09 march 2018 18:48:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has praised Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn for his part in the ongoing democratic reforms, including his decision to resign from the post, a US State Department Spokesperson said on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan President, opposition leader meet for landmark talks
    09 march 2018 11:24:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga agreed on Friday to end deep political rifts and work towards further reforms at their first formal meeting since the disputed presidential election last year. Full text...

  • UN envoy says DRC must press ahead with preparations for credible elections
    09 march 2018 06:00:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Highlighting political tensions and the disintegrating security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Leila Zerrougui, briefing the Security Council for the first time as head of the UN stabilization mission in the country, has said significant progress is being made on preparations for upcoming polls. Full text...

  • ECOWAS election observers say Sierra Leone's polls were credible
    09 march 2018 05:53:42
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Last Wednesday's general elections in Sierra Leone were generally peaceful and credible, the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission has said in its preliminary declaration. Full text...

  • Kenya to launch campaigns for UN Security Council slot in 2020
    08 march 2018 18:55:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenya is offering its candidature for a slot at the UN Security Council and would campaign for elections due to take place at the UN General Assembly in 2020 so as serve in the influential Council during the period of 2021-2022, foreign minister Monica Juma said on Thursday. Full text...

  • ICC judges order fresh sentencing for former Congolese Vice President
    08 march 2018 17:45:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) Appeals Chamber has ordered a review of the 18-year sentence handed to former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba and upheld his conviction on charges of witness tampering which involved members of his legal team. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone elections commission urges patience to release results
    08 march 2018 15:51:14
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - National Electoral Commission (NEC) Sierra Leone says the country’s March 7 general elections were generally peaceful with minor hitches and appealed for patience on its release of the poll results. Full text...

  • Ivorian president slams tougher sanctions against child abductors
    08 march 2018 14:28:51
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara, has threatened to take tougher sanctions against the perpetrators of child abductions and killings. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone elections observers review poll reports
    08 march 2018 14:10:25
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Heads of International Election Observation Missions (IEOMs) met in Freetown Thursday to review reports of their teams on the conduct of Sierra Leone's March 7 presidential, parliamentary and local council polls. Full text...

  • Malian PM visit Morocco
    08 march 2018 11:56:13
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga left Bamako on Thursday for Rabat, Morocco, at the head of a six-member delegation for a 48-hour visit, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • South Africa's president Ramaphosa urged to address Syrian crisis
    08 march 2018 08:42:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Rights activists have written an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa condemning Pretoria’s “shocking disregard for the loss of human life” in the Syrian civil war. Full text...

  • Ballot counting starts in Sierra Leone's crucial polls
    07 march 2018 19:34:42
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Counting of ballots began in earnest at 5 pm the official closing time of Sierra Leone's crucial polls on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US State Secretary Tillerson lands in Addis Ababa
    07 march 2018 18:01:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the start of a tour of five African countries, Ethiopian Foreign Affairs minister Workneh Gebeyehu said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US Secretary of State emphasises fight against global terror on Africa visit
    07 march 2018 17:37:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is laying emphasis on regional security and counter-terrorism measures on his visit to Africa, starting in Addis Ababa, where he is due to discuss the security prospects in Somalia following plans by troop contributing countries to thin out troops. Full text...

  • At least 4,800 African migrants arrived in Italy in January 2018
    07 march 2018 16:37:47
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - About 4,800 migrants arrived in Italy after crossing the central Mediterranean in January 2018, according to an official report issued Wednesday by the European Coast and Border Guards agency, formerly known as the European Agency for Foreign Border Control (FRONTEX). Full text...

  • Opposition demonstrations return to Togo streets
    07 march 2018 15:01:25
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Togolese opposition, which suspended its demonstration following a deal with government on political dialogue which opened 19 February, says they will resume the popular demonstrations from next week, sources close to the coalition of 14 parties told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Voting begins in Sierra Leone general elections
    07 march 2018 13:54:42
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leoneans turned out in reasonable numbers at polling stations on Wednesday to elect their country's new president, members of parliament and local councils in the fourth cycle of elections since the civil war in 2002. Full text...

  • Mali, UAE sign cooperation agreements
    07 march 2018 11:49:19
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday signed several cooperation agreements during the visit to Bamako of the Emirati minister of foreign affairs, Cheikh Abdallah ben Zayed Al Nahyane. Full text...

  • Tunisia extends state of emergency by seven months
    07 march 2018 11:23:05
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian president Beji Caïd Essebsi has decided to extend by seven months the state of emergency declared in the country, from 12 March, a communiqué issued by the Tunisian presidency at the end of a meeting of the national security council on Tuesday said. Full text...

  • South Africa's opposition party urges Africa to join 'wave of economic freedom'
    07 march 2018 10:02:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called on Africa to "join in the wave of economic freedom", saying the continent’s land and mineral resources should be "redirected to benefit African people and their economies". Full text...

  • Polls open in Sierra Leone's elections
    07 march 2018 09:57:22
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Polls have opened in Sierra Leone where some 3.17 million registered voters are casting their ballots to elect a new president, parliamentarians and local councillors. Full text...

  • International observer missions call for peaceful, credible polls in Sierra Leone
    06 march 2018 18:44:10
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Heads of six International Election Observation Missions (IEOMs), including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on Tuesday in Freetown, called on all Sierra Leone stakeholders to ensure peaceful and credible elections on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana president urges countrymen to adopt 'right attitudes'
    06 march 2018 16:32:41
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged his countrymen to adopt the right attitudes and commitments so as to achieve his objective of putting” Ghana beyond aid”. Full text...

  • ECOWAS poll observers in Sierra Leone urged to be impartial
    05 march 2018 17:50:48
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Prof. Amos Sawyer, Head of ECOWAS’ 55-member Observation Mission to Sierra Leone, on Monday in Freetown tasked the regional observers to discharge their duty with the highest sense of responsibility and impartiality given the critical importance of the March 7 polls to peace and democratic consolidation in the country and the region. Full text...

  • Liberain President Weah meets with Bihari, solitics Nigeria's assistance in reviving Liberia's economy
    05 march 2018 16:06:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Liberian President, George Opong Weah, arrived Nigeria on a one-day visit, and held bilateral talks with his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • Niger, Togo presidents expected in Ouagadougou after terror attacks
    05 march 2018 11:02:34
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Three days after the double terrorist attacks that rocked Burkina Faso last Friday, the presidents of Niger and Togo are due to visit their West African neighbour on Monday to express solidarity with them. Full text...

  • Buhari to attend Ghana's 61st independence celebrations
    05 march 2018 10:01:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, will attend Ghana's 61st Independence Anniversary celebrations on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Heads of election monitoring missions for Sierra Leone's vote meet
    05 march 2018 07:46:27
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Heads of four International Election Observation Missions met in Freetown on Sunday to strategise on effective value addition to the electoral process ahead of Sierra Leone's 7 March presidential, parliamentary and local Council polls. Full text...

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