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  • South Africa's Ruling party rebuked for anti-Israel stance
    21 december 2017 13:52:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) and the South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) on Thursday questioned the motives behind the ruling African National Congress (ANC) resolution to downgrade the South African embassy in Israel "immediately and unconditionally" to a liaison office. Full text...

  • Migration, UN reform among 2018 priorities, says Assembly President
    21 december 2017 05:58:59
    New York, US (PANA) – Safe migration, conflict prevention, sustainable development and United Nations reform will be the priorities of the 72nd UN General Assembly over the coming year, the 193-member body’s President, Miroslav Lajčák, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • President Kagame begins 2-day visit to Sudan
    20 december 2017 15:37:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Paul Kagame of Rwanda arrived here on Wednesday, heading a high-level delegation on a two-day state visit to Sudan for talks with President Omar Bashir on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues. Full text...

  • Presidents Mnangagwa, Zuma to meet in Pretoria
    20 december 2017 14:37:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma of South Africa will meet with his Zimbabwean counterpart President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, on Thursday in Pretoria, the South African presidency has confirmed. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire to assume ECOWAS chairmanship March 2018
    19 december 2017 18:49:46
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have awarded the post of Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission to Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Top Zimbabwe military, police officers retire
    19 december 2017 07:14:21
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Constantino Chiwenga, who was instrumental in the resignation of President Robert Mugabe, has retired. Full text...

  • President Zuma on the ropes following Ramaphosa's dramatic victory
    19 december 2017 06:37:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Following 10 turbulent years with President Jacob Zuma as leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), South Africans on Tuesday woke up to the promise of a new dawn. Full text...

  • UN envoy welcomes new Somali policy on role of youth in peacebuilding
    18 december 2017 20:19:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Welcoming the launch of a national policy for young people in Somalia, the United Nations Youth Envoy has expressed hope that with the new policy, young Somalis will be able to contribute to peacebuilding efforts in the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian President Buhari cancels visit to Niger
    18 december 2017 19:09:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday cancelled his scheduled trip to attend the 59th Proclamation of Republic of Niger ceremony in Tahoua, Niger. Full text...

  • LEAD: Ramaphosa elected as head of ruling ANC
    18 december 2017 17:25:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Following a bruising campaign, tycoon and former trade unionist Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as President of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress on Monday. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Cyril Ramaphosa elected ANC president
    18 december 2017 17:09:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphoa was on Monday elected President of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). He defeated former African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for the leadership of the party. Full text...

  • High Court orders Electoral Commission to allow Ghanaians resident abroad to vote
    18 december 2017 12:06:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The High Court in Accra on Monday ordered the Electoral Commission (EC) is to immediately operationalize Ghana's laws allowing citizens resident abroad to take part in national elections starting from the General Elections 2020. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe military says 'Operation Restore Legacy' ends
    18 december 2017 10:55:33
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe Defence and Security Services said on Monday that it has ended its operation that has led to a change of guard in the leadership of the Southern African country. Full text...

  • Buhari attends Republic of Niger 59th proclamation on Monday
    17 december 2017 13:23:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday attend the 59th Proclamation of Republic of Niger ceremony in Tahoua, Niger. Full text...

  • South Africa's ANC conference expected to name party leader on Monday
    17 december 2017 13:19:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) will announce current President Jacob Zuma's successor as party leader on Monday following heavy delays in the registration process for the 54th elective conference. Full text...

  • Top U.S. Official, Donald Yamamoto, ends visit to Rwanda
    15 december 2017 15:45:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Donald Yamamoto, has ended his two-day working visit to Rwanda, his fourth stage of an African tour that also took him to Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, a diplomatic source confirmed Friday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Buhari meets ECOWAS, AU chiefs, canvasses accountability, good neighbourliness
    15 december 2017 14:26:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday separately met with the President of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission and Chairperson of the African Union Commission, at Nigeria’s State House, Abuja. Full text...

  • ICC awards US$10 million reparations to children recruited by DR Congo warlord
    15 december 2017 12:40:50
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday awarded US$10 million to children recruited by a DR Congo warlord, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Full text...

  • Rights Group demands action on South Sudan's delayed Hybrid Court
    15 december 2017 06:11:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – South Sudan’s top officials have failed to make good on promises to establish an African Union-South Sudanese hybrid court to try international crimes committed during the country’s civil war, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said as the conflict enters its fifth year on Friday. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for global action needed to end South Sudan crisis
    15 december 2017 05:56:08
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Sustained international action is urgently needed to end the horrific human rights violations taking place in South Sudan, said Amnesty International on Friday as the country’s armed conflict entered its fifth year. Full text...

  • UN Security Council supports regional push to revive South Sudan’s peace pact
    15 december 2017 05:46:41
    New York, USA (PANA) – As the brutal conflict in South Sudan enters its fifth year, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday said it remains deeply concerned over the situation there, and expressed strong support for a regional initiative aimed at salvaging a 2015 peace deal. Full text...

  • Opposition charges Zuma with perjury
    14 december 2017 14:40:12
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday laid perjury charges against South African President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • Tanzania reaffirms position on Jerusalem
    14 december 2017 10:24:29
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania on Thursday reaffirmed its position regarding the historic city of Jerusalem following what it regarded as "speculations and misrepresentation in some media". Full text...

  • EU redeploys 20 long-term observers for Liberia's presidential run-off
    13 december 2017 18:36:11
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The European Union Election Observer Mission (EU EOM) on Wednesday re-deployed 20 long-term observers to monitor the presidential run-off poll, scheduled for 26 December. Full text...

  • Many Liberians unhappy with 26 December presidential run-off poll date
    13 december 2017 18:31:58
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The National Elections Commission (NEC) has announced 26 December as the date for the presidential run-off election, much to the chagrin of many Liberians as expressed on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambia's Truth Commission should uncover Jammeh abuses - Rights group
    13 december 2017 16:58:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambia’s truth commission bill is an important opportunity to shed light on human rights violations committed during the rule of former President Yahya Jammeh, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. Full text...

  • President Zuma battered by another damning court ruling
    13 december 2017 12:01:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Gauteng High Court on Wednesday dealt another major blow against President Jacob Zuma's application to review former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's State Capture report. Full text...

  • ACP Council approves key policy actions
    12 december 2017 10:53:22
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Decision-makers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States have approved key policy and administrative actions for the organisation, while also taking a stand on major issues affecting ACP countries, according to an ACP statement on Monday. Full text...

  • Bashir to lead Sudan delegation to OIC summit in Turkey
    11 december 2017 21:04:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir will leave for Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday at the head of the country's delegation to the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the official news agency SUNA reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia denies signing MOU with Russian politician
    11 december 2017 20:57:45
    Banjul, Gambia ( PANA) – The Gambias government on Monday denied ever signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a Russian politician and businessman, Mr Anton Bakov, who wanted to invest in the West African country. Full text...

  • Kenya football legend ready to reconcile president, opposition chief
    11 december 2017 20:29:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan football legend Joe Kadenge says he is ready to reconcile President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga if given the chance. Full text...

  • Parallel presidential 'inauguration' of Kenya's opposition leader postponed
    11 december 2017 13:58:53
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Kenya's opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) has postponed a ceremony to swear in its leader Raila Odinga as a parallel president after a controversial poll it boycotted, the party said in a statement obtained Monday. Full text...

  • Opposition party lays charges over Mandela funeral scandal
    11 december 2017 11:11:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday laid charges against the Eastern Cape Provincial Government over the Nelson Mandela funeral graft scandal. Full text...

  • EU welcomes court ruling giving green light to Liberian presidential vote
    10 december 2017 18:00:05
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The European Union Election Observer Mission (EU EOM) says it welcomes the resolution of electoral complaints allowing Liberian voters to fulfill their right to elect their President. Full text...

  • Sudan officially rejects US decision recognising Jerusalem as capital of Israel
    10 december 2017 17:52:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudan has officially rejected the decision of the US that recognises Jerusalem as Israeli’s capital saying it would work with Arab and Islamic groupings on how to respond to it collectively. Full text...

  • Protesting Liberian parties react to high court ruling on run-off polls
    08 december 2017 15:49:58
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The two parties that protested the 10 October Liberian presidential and representative polls have reacted differently to the decision of the Supreme Court upholding the outcome of the election and ordering a run-off for the presidency. Full text...

  • Court delivers massive blow to President Zuma
    08 december 2017 12:10:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In a dramatic development just days before the ruling African National Congress’ (ANC) elective conference, the High Court on Friday delivered a massive to blow to President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • Supreme Court lifts prohibition, orders run-off in Liberian presidential poll
    07 december 2017 18:34:22
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The Supreme Court of Liberia on Thursday lifted its prohibition and ordered the National Elections Commission (NEC) to proceed to schedule the run-off in the presidential polls, growing out of the 10 October presidential and representative elections. Full text...

  • US, Botswana differ on Jerusalem's status
    07 december 2017 15:43:45
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has condemned the United States of America’s ‘regressive decision’ to recognise Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. Full text...

  • African Economic Conference urges African countries to make governance a priority
    07 december 2017 13:40:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 12th African Economic Conference (AEC) drew to a close on Wednesday, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with participants insisting that governance should remain a priority of development programmes in Africa. Full text...

  • Kagame makes minor cabinet changes, drops education, ICT ministers
    07 december 2017 11:51:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwandan President Paul Kagame has appointed a health professional as the new Minister of Education and an International Monetary Fund (IMF) technocrat the new Minister of Information Technology in a mini-cabinet reshuffle announced by the Prime Minister’s office. Full text...

  • Kenya opposition chief's planned swearing-in an 'act of treason', warns AG
    07 december 2017 11:42:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Plans by opposition leader Raila Odinga and his supporters to have him sworn in as Kenya's President will be an act of high treason whose penalty is death, Attorney General Prof. Githu Muigai, warned on Thursday. Full text...

  • AU says US decision on Jerusalem complicates Middle East conflict
    07 december 2017 08:33:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said on Thursday US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was regrettable and would increase tensions. Full text...

  • Airlift for 20,000 enslaved African migrants in Libya set to begin - AU
    07 december 2017 07:04:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A joint task force planning the repatriation of migrants, stuck in Libya and subjected to slavery and servitude, plans to begin airlifts from the North African nation for some 20,000 migrants held in government-controlled regions, the African Union said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Issue of Jerusalem must be resolved through direct negotiations between parties, UN chief
    07 december 2017 06:58:29
    New York, USA (PANA) – In the wake of the announcement by the United States President, Donald Trump, recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday stressed that there is no alternative to the two-state solution and that Jerusalem is an issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties. Full text...

  • Preparations for Mandela's 100th birthday anniversary kick off
    06 december 2017 08:35:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation has officially unveiled an exhibition in Johannesburg to mark Madiba’s 100th birthday next year. Full text...

  • President Barrow appoints new Interior minister
    04 december 2017 19:22:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow on Monday named Habib Saihou Drammeh as Minister of Interior. Full text...

  • Graca Machel to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela in Heroes Marathon
    04 december 2017 09:37:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former president Nelson Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, has confirmed that she will participate in the Heroes Marathon in the Eastern Cape on Sunday. Full text...

  • Rights group says DR Congo gov't recruited M23 rebels to crush protests
    04 december 2017 06:51:10
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Senior security force officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo mobilised over 200 former M23 rebel fighters from neighboring countries to quash protests against President Joseph Kabila in December 2016, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday. Full text...

  • President Mnangagwa reshuffles cabinet
    02 december 2017 20:40:04
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reshuffled his cabinet "to ensure compliance with the constitution and considerations on gender, demography and special needs". Full text...

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