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  • Sierra Leone EC hosts political parties ahead of presidential run-off
    20 march 2018 08:46:23
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Sierra Leone on Monday hosted a meeting of the Political Parties Liaison Committee (PPLC) for a postmortem on the 7 March general elections and to map out collective measures to improve the conduct of the presidential run-off vote on 27 March. Full text...

  • FM says Gambia has not signed deportation agreement with EU
    19 march 2018 13:12:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia has not signed a deportation agreement with the European Union (EU) to bring back failed asylum seekers, foreign affairs minister, Ousainou Darboe, told lawmakers in Banjul on Monday. Full text...

  • South African Ramaphosa salutes Xi Jinping
    18 march 2018 18:07:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday congratulated Chinese President Xi Jinping on his re-election at the 13th National People’s Congress. Full text...

  • ECONEC lauds Sierra Leone on successful vote
    18 march 2018 15:40:25
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) has lauded the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Sierra Leone, for its professionalism during the 7 March general elections and urged it to sustain the exemplary conduct through the completion of the presidential run-off vote scheduled for March 27. Full text...

  • Mauritian President Gurib-Fakim resigns
    17 march 2018 15:00:08
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim intends to step down on 23 March 2018 following misunderstanding between her and Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, her lawyer told journalists here on Saturday. Full text...

  • Int'l community urges Somalis to respect constitutional process in resolving differences
    17 march 2018 10:52:32
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States were extremely concerned by recent political and security developments in Mogadishu, according to a joint statement they issued here Saturday. Full text...

  • South Africa demands retraction from Australia
    16 march 2018 16:50:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The diplomatic spat between Australia and South Africa continues to deepen with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu issuing a diplomatic letter to Australian High Commissioner Adam McCarthy, to demand a retraction of the comments made over South Africa’s land redistribution process. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Electoral Commission issues guidelines for presidential run-off vote
    16 march 2018 10:37:45
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Sierra Leone has released the campaign calendar and guidelines for the 27 March presidential run-off election involving the candidates of main opposition Brig. Julius Maada Bio (Retired) of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and Dr Samura Kamara of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC). Full text...

  • South Africa slams Australia's political meddling
    16 march 2018 10:25:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The diplomatic spat between Australia and South Africa continues to deepen with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu issuing a diplomatic letter to Australian High Commissioner Adam McCarthy, to demand a retraction of the comments made by over South Africa’s land redistribution process. Full text...

  • Security Council renews UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan
    15 march 2018 19:00:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday renewed the mandate of UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan for another year and demanded that all parties immediately end the fighting countrywide. Full text...

  • AU congratulates Sierra Leone for peaceful, credible General Elections
    15 march 2018 18:47:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Thursday congratulated the people of Sierra Leone for peaceful, transparent and credible General Elections they held on 7 March 2018. Full text...

  • EC releases report on EU agenda on migration
    15 march 2018 16:26:48
    Brussels, Belgium - (PANA) - The European Commission on Thursday released its report on the European agenda on migration, proposing a large strategy to meet the immediate challenges in a bid to provide the European Union with the tools for managing migrations in the short, mid and long-term and in the domains of irregular migration, border management, asylum and legal migration. Full text...

  • Diplomatic row over Australia's offer to South African farmers
    15 march 2018 14:47:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A diplomatic row has broken out after an Australian government minister said “persecuted” white South African farmers need help from a “civilised” country. Full text...

  • 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...

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