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  • UN envoy urges Burundians to take lead in launching inclusive dialogue to end political crisis
    22 november 2018 05:44:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The absence of an inclusive political dialogue in Burundi has left the country fragile amid the humanitarian, economic and financial difficulties and ongoing security threats, the United Nations Special Envoy there told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria extols close relationship with South Africa
    21 november 2018 10:10:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria on Wednesday extolled its relationship with South Africa, saying that the Defence Industries Association (DIAN) was established to enhance collaboration with the South African aerospace and military technology company, DENEL. Full text...

  • Obiang Nguema concludes visit to Sudan
    20 november 2018 18:55:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Equatorial Guinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema on Tuesday concluded a two-day visit to Sudan where he held talks with President Omar Bashir on political, security and economic cooperation. Full text...

  • ACP Group calls on EU to support development dimension partnership deals
    20 november 2018 18:15:22
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States taking part in negotiations for a new Partnership Agreement with the European Union (EU) on Tuesday Full text...

  • Malta reiterates support to national unity government in Libya
    20 november 2018 16:52:26
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Malta on Tuesday reassured of its support to Libya's Government of National Unity in all areas, including security, according to an official of the Interior ministry in Tripoli. Full text...

  • France hails UN sanctions against Libyan Salah Badi
    20 november 2018 15:51:14
    Paris, France (PANA) - France has welcomed the United Nations Security Council sanctions, imposed on Friday, on Libyan national, Salah Badi, believing that he played a leading role in the recent clashes in Tripoli in which many civilians have died. Full text...

  • South African Ramaphosa hosts German Steinmeier in Cape Town
    20 november 2018 15:17:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa on Tuesday welcomed his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in Cape Town for an official state visit. Full text...

  • Turkish Vice President arrives in Sudan
    20 november 2018 10:24:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay arrived in Sudan on Monday for a three-day visit during which he will hold talks with his hosts on bilateral relations with emphasis on economic cooperation, according to the Sudan News Agency (SUNA). Full text...

  • Buhari extols Nigeria-Indian relations
    19 november 2018 18:53:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday extolled the relationship between Nigeria and India, saying that it is a worthy one, and mutually beneficial. Full text...

  • EU underlines Sudan’s crucial role in peace, stability initiatives for Horn of Africa
    19 november 2018 18:46:36
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - With the 2020 elections on the horizon in Sudan and the dynamics in the Horn of Africa opening a new chapter of regional cooperation, the European Union said Monday it stands ready to engage in an evolving dialogue and cooperation with Khartoum. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea president visits Sudan for bilateral talks
    19 november 2018 15:52:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The President of Equatorial Guinea, Theodore Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday, for a two-day official visit to the Sudan. Full text...

  • Top Libyan MP says EU sanctions aim to destroy his political career
    19 november 2018 13:42:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Speaker of the House of Representatives of Libya (Parliament), Aguila Saleh, has stated that the international sanctions slammed on him are aimed "to isolate him politically", because of his refusal to allow foreign forces interfere in Libyan. Full text...

  • Libya attending 3rd ministerial conference of 5 5 Dialogue countries in Algiers
    19 november 2018 12:30:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya is taking part in the third Ministerial Conference on "Finance and Investment" of the 5 5 Dialogue Countries, which began on Sunday in Algiers, the Algerian capital. Full text...

  • Morocco celebrates Independence Day in Mauritania
    19 november 2018 12:07:02
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Moroccan Embassy on Sunday celebrated the country's Independence Day at the Moroccan Cultural Centre (MCC) in Nouakchott, in the presence of Ambassador Hamid Chabar, many members of the Moroccan community and Mauritanian guests. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean Commission lauds Malagasy for 'successful' first round presidential vote
    19 november 2018 09:48:41
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Indian Ocean Commission has lauded the successful first round of Madagascar's presidential election held on 7 November, citing the exemplary behaviour of Malagasy voters who exercised their civic right in dignity. Full text...

  • Int'l community urges transparency as election campaign kicks off in Nigeria
    18 november 2018 17:45:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The international community on Sunday welcomed the lifting of the ban on campaigns for the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections by Nigeria’s central electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying that they would monitor the election process closely to ensure that it leads to free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections. Full text...

  • AU Summit moves “To make Africa stronger, give Africans the future they deserve"
    18 november 2018 15:04:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The supreme organ of the African Union (AU), the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of all the 55 African countries, began its 11th Extraordinary Session on Saturday with a call to advance the institutional reform of the Union, as events on the continent and across the world continue to confirm the urgency and necessity of this project. Full text...

  • AUC appoints members of African Union Peace Fund Board of Trustees
    18 november 2018 14:44:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has announced the appointment of five African members of the Board of Trustees of the African Union Peace Fund. Full text...

  • Presidential and national assembly election campaigns kick off in Nigeria
    18 november 2018 11:06:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s central electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday lifted ban on campaigns for the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections, INEC director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said in a statement in Abuja. Full text...

  • Detained Mauritanian human rights activist justifies struggle against slavery
    17 november 2018 14:00:00
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Detained Mauritanian human rights activist Biram ould Dah ould Abeid has stoutly defended his movement's non-violent struggle for equality saying it is to reverse centuries of slavery, racism, denial of basic rights and ensure equal rights for Mauritanian blacks. Full text...

  • UN Security Council imposes sanctions against Libyan military leader Salah Badi
    17 november 2018 13:28:37
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The UN Security Council has imposed sanctions against Salah Badi, the leader of a Libyan militia force, under Resolution 2213 (2015) that sanctions all those whose actions compromise the resolution of the political process in the country. Full text...

  • African leaders gather for Summit on institutional reform of AU organs
    17 november 2018 10:52:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders have gathered for an emergency African Union Summit in Addis Ababa to consider proposals to improve the functioning of the AU Commission (AUC) and its key organs, officials said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ivorian President to attend 11th Extraordinary Summit of AU
    16 november 2018 19:21:33
    Abidjan, Côte d 'Ivoire (PANA) - Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara left Abidjan on Friday for Ethiopia to take part in the 11th Extraordinary Summit of African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa on the reform of the continental organization, PANA learned from official sources. Full text...

  • Libya, US sign cooperation deal in economic, scientific fields
    16 november 2018 17:39:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan Ambassador to the United States, Mrs Wafa AbouKaikais, on Thursday signed with Deputy US Secretary of State for Ocean and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Judith Garber, an agreement protocol aiming to modify and extend the cooperation agreement between the two countries in science and technology for ten years. Full text...

  • UCLGA to opens 19th session in Marrakech
    16 november 2018 17:28:32
    Abidjan, Côte d 'Ivoire (PANA) - The United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) holds the 19th session of its executive committee on Saturday in Marrakech, Morocco, ahead of the 8th Africities Summit planned for 20-24 November, it was announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Will 2019 mark the end of the Libyan crisis? - Analysis
    16 november 2018 15:37:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Following the mixed results of the Palermo International Conference on Libya, which has not yielded a radical solution to the crisis that has wrecked the country, the only alternative left to restore stability in this North African country is UN Envoy Ghassan Salamé's Plan of Action. Full text...

  • Ex-president Zuma seeks permanent stay of prosecution in graft case
    16 november 2018 15:06:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – After a 17-year legal battle which dramatically changed the course of South African history, former President Jacob Zuma on Friday served notice that he is seeking a permanent stay of prosecution in his multi-million dollar corruption trial. Full text...

  • Nigeria's elections chief reaffirms commitment to deliver credible 2019 elections
    16 november 2018 13:05:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has reaffirmed the Commission's commitment and determination to deliver credible elections in Nigeria in 2019, which will embody the concepts of inclusiveness, transparency and accountability, by also ensuring that established rules are fully, fairly and impartially enforced. Full text...

  • Burkinabè President to pay first official visit to Japan
    16 november 2018 11:45:37
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, will pay his first official visit to Japan from 16 to 23 November, 2018, the presidency has said in a statement. Full text...

  • Czech Republic to open diplomatic representation in Mali
    16 november 2018 11:37:12
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Czech Republic will open an embassy in Mali in 2019, the Czech deputy minister for African affairs, Thomas Kryl, announced on Thursday after an audience with the Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga. Full text...

  • Bashir to attend AU extraordinary summit
    15 november 2018 19:39:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir will fly to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday to take part in an extraordinary summit meeting of the African Union (AU) heads of state and government set for November 17-18. Full text...

  • UN Security Council lifts sanctions against Eritrea amid growing rapprochement with Ethiopia
    15 november 2018 04:46:09
    New York, US (PANA) - A range of international sanctions imposed against Eritrea nearly a decade ago, were unanimously lifted by the Security Council on Wednesday, four months after the signing of an historic peace agreement with Ethiopia in July, according to a UN statement. Full text...

  • Gambian leader receives Israeli, South African envoys
    14 november 2018 18:58:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow on Wednesday received in Banjul credentials of the newly accredited envoys of the State of Israel and the Republic of South Africa. Full text...

  • Libyan president suggests how Libya crisis can be resolved
    14 november 2018 15:12:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The president of the presidential council of the Libyan government of national accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, has outlined three ways the Libyan crisis can be resolved. Full text...

  • Sudanese, Italian foreign ministers meet on sidelines of Libya conference
    14 november 2018 08:33:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Foreign Minister, Dirdeiri Mohamed Ahmed, on Tuesday met the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Enzo Moavero Milanesi on the fringes of the international conference on Libya taking place in Italy. Full text...

  • ECOWAS organises dialogue, mediation workshop for Nigeria's 2019 conflict-free elections
    14 november 2018 06:35:23
    Enugu, Nigeria (PANA) - In continuation of its initiatives to ensure conflict-free elections in Nigeria in 2019, a 3-day workshop organised by the ECOWAS Commission opened on Tuesday for political actors and civil society groups in the country’s South-East geo-political zone, on the use of dialogue and mediation as tools for preventing and mitigating election-related violence and disputes. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges DRC gov't to ‘secure’ next month's key elections
    14 november 2018 01:54:46
    New York, US (PANA) - With key national elections due next month in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), armed groups in the east of the country still threaten to derail the vote, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libyan Army chief boycotts Palermo Conference on Libya
    13 november 2018 15:34:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Marshal Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan national army based in the east of the country, will not attend the Palermo International Conference on Libya, despite his arrival on Monday at the venue of the conference. Full text...

  • Tunisian group sues Minister of the Interior
    13 november 2018 11:52:42
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian lawyer Ridha Radaoui, a member of the Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi defence group, announced on Monday that the group has decided to sue the Interior Minister, Hichem Fourati, for concealing documents and secret data. Full text...

  • Ethiopian military swoop on top Generals
    13 november 2018 11:31:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian military commanders, Brigadier-General Kinfe Dagnew and Major-General Tekleberhan Woldearegay, were arrested near the border with Sudan on Tuesday on suspicion of ordering crimes, including torture and rape of workers at a military enterprise, officials said. Full text...

  • Tunisian parliament approves new ministers
    13 november 2018 11:11:20
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian parliament on Monday approved the new ministers proposed by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed during his reshuffle on 5 November. Full text...

  • Gambian farmers call for empowerment
    13 november 2018 10:47:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian farmers in Nuimi District on Tuesday insisted that the new constitution in the making should empower them so that their welfare would be adequately addressed by those in authority. Full text...

  • International conference on Kimberley diamond certification process opens
    12 november 2018 18:15:11
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Belgian Minister of Foreign Affair Didier Reynders on Monday opened the annual conference on the Kimberly Process, an international platform to which more than 90 countries are members fighting against diamond trafficking. Full text...

  • Nouakchott to host Conference of G5 Sahel presidents on 6 December
    12 november 2018 14:49:32
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, will host a conference of heads of State of the G5 Sahel, their partners and donors, on the financing of the first phase of the organisation’s priority investment programme (PIP), over 2019-2021, reliable sources told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Villagers want new commission for Gambian health workers
    12 november 2018 11:24:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The people of Jokadou District in Gambia have called for a constitutional provision on the establishment of a Health Service Commission to tackle the country’s health problems. Full text...

  • CRC holds consultations in Gambia’s North Bank Region
    12 november 2018 11:17:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Continuing its country-wide consultation process, Gambia’s Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) on Monday held meetings in towns within the North Bank Region (NBR) of the tiny West African nation. Full text...

  • African Parliamentary Union gets new Speaker
    10 november 2018 12:49:54
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's parliament speaker, Alassane Bala Sankandé, was on Friday elected to lead the Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union (UPA), PANA learnt on Saturday from parliamentary sources in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Egypt wants to strengthen cooperation with African countries during AU 2019 presidency
    10 november 2018 12:18:31
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Egyptian Prime Minister, Mustapha Madbouli, on Friday said Egypt will seek to strengthen cooperation with African countries when it assumes the AU presidency in 2019. Full text...

  • 12 Congolese seek political asylum in Mauritius
    10 november 2018 11:45:34
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Twelve Congolese, six men and six women, who fled their country between October 2016 and March 2018, are seeking political asylum in Mauritius following their appearance in a court in Port Louis, PANA learned Saturday from a judicial source. Full text...

  • Senegal and Congo sign eight cooperation agreements in Dakar
    09 november 2018 17:00:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal and Congo on Thursday signed in Dakar, eight agreements and conventions to strengthen their cooperation in Full text...

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