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  • Kenyatta vows to end looting of state coffers, opens up on deal with opposition
    29 december 2018 19:40:55
    Mombasa, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has opened up on a political settlement reached with opposition leader Raila Odinga who took a controversial oath as the peoples president earlier this year. Kenyatta said the deal is one of the reasons for his intensified fight against corruption. Full text...

  • Congo president Sassou Nguesso hails setting up of constitutional institutions
    29 december 2018 18:46:35
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso said on Saturday said that his government has fully established institutions provided for in the Constitution. Full text...

  • Arab countries, organisations condemn bloody attack on Egyptian tourist bus
    29 december 2018 16:15:43
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Abou el-Gheit, on Saturday strongly condemned the "terrorist" attack in Cairo on Friday that targeted a tourist bus, killing three Vietnamese tourists and a tourist guide. Full text...

  • UK willing to help Libya fight terrorism
    29 december 2018 15:19:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - British Secretary of State for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, on Saturday reiterated his country's support for the national unity government in its fight against terrorism, after last Tuesday's suicide attack on the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tripoli left three dead. Full text...

  • 40 'terrorists killed' in Egyptian security operations
    29 december 2018 13:28:11
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egyptian security agencies have killed 40 "terrorists" in Cairo and Sinai Peninsula in operations authorised by the State Prosecutor's Office following Friday's attack on a tourist bus that claimed the lives of three Vietnamese and a tour guide. Full text...

  • DR Congo candidates appeal for peaceful vote to pick Kabila's successor (By Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent)
    29 december 2018 12:10:59
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Presidential candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) have appealed to their supporters to engage in calm, peaceful meditation and prayers ahead of Sunday's landmark vote to identify President Joseph Kabila's successor. Full text...

  • UN chief urges DR Congo to ‘continue working together’ as country heads to polls
    29 december 2018 05:44:47
    New York, US (PANA) - With the delayed elections in DR Congo only one day away, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all those playing an active political role in the country to “continue working together” to ensure free and fair elections. Full text...

  • Burundian president to step down in 2020
    28 december 2018 15:56:58
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose third five-year term in 2015 triggered an insurgency in his own camp and an attempted military coup, on Friday reaffirmed his departure from power following the next general election in 2020. Full text...

  • Election delay in DR Congo’s Beni region may 'stigmatise' Ebola victims, says cleric
    28 december 2018 11:36:45
    Beni, DR Congo (PANA) – The delay of Sunday’s elections in the Ebola-hit region of Beni and Butembo in Northern Kivu province and Yumbi in Western Bandundu, will further stigmatise the victims of the Ebola epidemic and deny at least one million voters from expressing their voice in the long-awaited vote in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a senior Catholic church cleric said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudanese gov't says 19 killed, hundreds injured in recent demonstrations
    28 december 2018 11:13:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Nineteen people died, including two policemen, and hundreds were injured in recent demonstrations that rocked various states of Sudan, including the capital, Khartoum, the Sudanese government announced on Friday. Full text...

  • EU condemns expulsion of its representative in DR Congo
    28 december 2018 10:51:15
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has condemned the decision of the DR Congo government to expel its representative in the country, describing it as "totally unjustified", as diplomatic relations between them deteriorates further. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau needs ‘genuinely free and fair elections’ to break cycle of instability
    28 december 2018 04:41:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council is warning that unless political actors in Guinea-Bissau demonstrate renewed good faith to hold “genuinely free and fair elections”, the country is set to face a continuous cycle of instability. Full text...

  • Syrian airline lands in Tunisia after eight years of flight suspension
    27 december 2018 19:24:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - After eight years of flight suspension, a Syrian airliner on Thursday landed at Monastir Airport, a seaside resort 170 km southeast of Tunis, with 141 tourists coming to spend the end of year holidays in Tunisia, PANA learned from airport sources. Full text...

  • Violence flares in several regions of Tunisia
    27 december 2018 18:21:25
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - For the third day in a row, there were clashes between protesters and police officers the interior regions of Tunisia on Wednesday night, particularly in the central-west Kasserine region, where a young journalist-photographer committed suicide. Full text...

  • Senegal closes applications for forthcoming presidential election
    27 december 2018 17:37:26
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Nominations for Senegal's February presidential election closed on Wednesday midnight and, among the 27 contenders seeking to succeed outgoing President Macky Sall, are two former prime ministers Abdoul Mbaye and Idrissa Seck. Full text...

  • Gabonese nation anxiously waits for President Ali Bongo's New Year message
    27 december 2018 17:05:08
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - Will President Ali Bongo Ondimba deliver his annual speech to the nation next Monday? The question remains unanswered and Gabonese will have all eyes fixed to their small TV screens to get the message usually delivered by the Gabonese Head of State on New Year's eve. Full text...

  • Belgium spends 170 million Euros on humanitarian aid in Africa, Middle East in 2018
    27 december 2018 16:23:18
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – For 2018, Belgium devoted 178 million Euros to humanitarian aid for the reception of refugees in Africa and the Middle East region, an official statement issued by the Belgian government to the media said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Envoy hails Trans-Gambia Bridge, Senegambian relations
    27 december 2018 15:48:30
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Ambassador Fode Seck, head of Senegalo-Gambian Permanent Secretariat on Thursday hailed the successful completion of the Trans-Gambia Bridge Project as a turning point for not only the people of neighbouring Senegal and the Gambia but the whole sub-region and beyond. Full text...

  • Burundi, Great Lakes Development Bank sign framework agreement on cooperation
    27 december 2018 15:33:23
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi and the Development Bank of Great Lakes States (BDEGL) on Thursday signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation within national and regional projects, Burundi’s Minister of Financs, Domitien Ndihokubwayo said. Full text...

  • Congolese opposition demands dialogue without preconditions
    27 december 2018 10:32:05
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese opposition leader Pascal Tsaty Mabiala on Wednesday demanded dialogue without preconditions for "active forces of the nation" to discuss political, economic, social and security issues. Full text...

  • Algeria condemns terrorist attack on village in Nigeria
    26 december 2018 17:59:36
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Algeria on Wednesday "strongly" condemned the terrorist attack that on Monday targeted Sulima Kalama village in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Egypt condemns attack on Libyan Foreign Affairs ministry
    26 december 2018 17:50:46
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt has strongly condemned the terror attack at the headquarters of Libya's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tripoli on Tuesday, which left a number of people killed or injured. Full text...

  • Algeria condemns attack on Libyan foreign affairs ministry headquarters
    26 december 2018 17:41:47
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel told his Libyan counterpart Mohamed Siala of Algeria's "strong condemnation" of the terrorist attack on the headquarters of the Libyan Ministry of Foreign affairs in Tripoli on Tuesday. Full text...

  • DR Congo electoral commission postpones voting in 3 cities until March 2019
    26 december 2018 13:12:25
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Electoral Commission (CENI) of DR Congo on Wednesday announced the postponement of next Sunday's elections the cities of Beni, Butembo and Yumbi till March 2019. Full text...

  • Libyan Presidential Council condemns terror attack on foreign affairs ministry
    25 december 2018 19:08:26
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya's Presidential Council on Tuesday strongly condemned the terror attack on the Foreign Affairs ministry headquarters earlier in the day and announced that the security services have launched serious investigation to determine the dimension and identity of the perpetrators and of the attack. Full text...

  • OIC strongly condemns Saturday terror attack in Mogadishu
    25 december 2018 17:58:00
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned the two car bomb attacks that claimed 26 lives on Saturday in Mogadishu, Somalia. Full text...

  • Archbishop of Dakar calls for peaceful, transparent presidential polls in Senegal
    25 december 2018 14:08:57
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Archbishop of Dakar, Benjamin Ndiaye, on Monday called for a peaceful and transparent presidential election in Senegal next year, urging political parties to set a good example and abide by the rules of democracy. Full text...

  • Thirty-seven dead in Sudan anti-government riots, says Amnesty International
    25 december 2018 05:37:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Thirty-seven protesters have been "shot dead by the security forces" in six days of anti-government demonstrations that have rocked the country, human rights group Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Mali launches campaign to reduce community violence in its central regions
    24 december 2018 13:58:58
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga on Sunday visited Youvarou and Douentza, epicentres of insecurity in central Mali, where he launched a programme in Mopti to reduce community violence in the central regions, official sources told PANA on Monday in Bamako. Full text...

  • Togo's ruling party wins legislative elections
    24 december 2018 12:58:21
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Togo's ruling party, Union pour la République (UNIR), has won the majority of seats in the National Assembly after the 20 December legislative election boycotted by a coalition of 14 opposition parties. Full text...

  • Libya commemorates 67th anniversary of independence with hope for better future (By Youssef Ba, PANA correspondent)
    24 december 2018 12:28:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – As Libyans on Monday celebrate the 67th anniversary of the country’s independence and liberation from Italian colonization on 24 December 1951, they have a wish list - better future, return of stability, security and national reconciliation. This is after seven years of the 17 February revolution of 2011. Full text...

  • Gambia urged to make provision for descendants of enslaved Africans
    24 december 2018 11:59:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – A proposal has been made for the Gambia to make provision in the country’s new constitution that will allow returning descendants of enslaved Africans to be fast-tracked into citizenship of the tiny West African nation. Full text...

  • Former South African President Zuma addresses his legal problems
    24 december 2018 07:34:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former South African President Jacob Zuma has taken to Twitter to rant about his legal problems, complaining that he had to pay his lawyer’s fees while apartheid-era ”killers" were defended by the state. Full text...

  • UN Security Council urges continuous dialogue, transparency in DR Congo
    23 december 2018 18:33:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council has called for continuous dialogue and transparency with all political stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following the postponement of presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections, until 30 December. Full text...

  • Niger Parliament urges development partners to honour commitments to G5 Sahel
    23 december 2018 18:20:30
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Speaker of the Niger Parliament, Ousseini Tinni, on Sunday urged development partners to honour their commitments to support G5 Sahel countries. Full text...

  • DR Congo electoral commission reassures AU of 30 December poll
    23 december 2018 17:46:30
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Independent National Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Saturday reassured the African Union (AU) that the postponed presidential election in the central African country would take place on 30 December. Full text...

  • Turkey vows to investigate illicit shipment of arms from Turkey to Libya
    23 december 2018 13:42:26
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Saturday gave the assurance that his country would investigate the illicit shipment of two containers of arms and ammunition from his country to Libya, which have raised alarm in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Amnesty International urges DR Congo authorities to uphold right to peaceful protests
    23 december 2018 06:46:55
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Human rights organisation Amnesty International is calling on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) authorities to prevent further violence by upholding and facilitating people’s right to peacefully exercise their freedom of expression. Full text...

  • Six people including a journalist killed in Mogadishu car bomb explosion
    22 december 2018 18:13:22
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Six people were killed on Saturday in a car bomb explosion at a security checkpoint near the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu, according to a local news channel Full text...

  • Zimbabwe refuses to extradite Grace Mugabe to South Africa
    22 december 2018 07:44:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Zimbabwean government has said it will not extradite former first lady Grace Mugabe who faces assault charges in neighbouring South Africa. Full text...

  • French President Macron expected Saturday in Chad
    21 december 2018 17:12:02
    Paris, France (PANA) – French President Emmanuel Macron will make a 48-hour visit to N'Djamena on Saturday where he will hold a Christmas party with French soldiers stationed in Chad and meet Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno. Full text...

  • DR Congo puts off general elections for one week
    21 december 2018 16:59:11
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The long-awaited elections in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been postponed for a week, said the President of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), Corneille Nangaa Yobeluo on Friday. Full text...

  • EU extends Operation Sophia mandate to 31 March 2019
    21 december 2018 16:17:28
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union on Friday announced the extension of the mandate of the EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia until 31 March 2019. Full text...

  • CENI tells Togolese to wait some days before poll results come out
    21 december 2018 15:19:01
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Togolese have to wait for a few days before they know the outcome of the 20 December parliamentary elections, sources at the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Burundi shift national capital to Gitega
    21 december 2018 14:56:29
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi is moving its national capital to Gitega, 100 km away from Bujumbura which has been the seat of government and the country's largest centre of commercial activities. Full text...

  • President Trump stresses US' commitment to support Libya
    21 december 2018 13:52:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – President Donald Trump has underlined the commitment of the US to support the Libyan people, at a time when they are looking for ways and means to implement a constitutional, realistic and peaceful election process. Full text...

  • Poor public turnout for legislative elections in Togo
    20 december 2018 18:49:38
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The mood was sluggish at polling stations in Togo on Thursday the day set for legislative polls elections compared to 2013 when the outgoing Members of Parliament were chosen. Full text...

  • DR Congo presidential election postponed to 30 December
    20 december 2018 18:10:55
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - The authorities in DRC have postponed Sunday's presidential election to 30 December, according to media reports. Full text...

  • Togolese go to the polls in legislative elections under tight security
    20 december 2018 12:09:24
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Polls opened in Togo on Thursday morning in legislative elections under the watchful eye of heavily armed security and defence forces throughout the country. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire, Rwanda sign four cooperation agreements
    20 december 2018 09:32:52
    Abidjan, Côte d 'Ivoire (PANA) - Côte d'Ivoire and Rwanda on Wednesday signed four cooperation agreements as the two countries sought to strengthen their ties during a 48-hour official visit to Abidjan of Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Full text...

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