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  • Ghana: President Mahama expresses hope for a better 2016
    31 december 2015 21:16:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president has said that 2015 was particularly a challenging year and expressed the hope that 2016 would be a better year. Full text...

  • Ghana: Arguments for new voters' register 'unconvincing' - Panel of experts
    31 december 2015 21:04:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Electoral Commission (EC) announced on Thursday that it has accepted the recommendations of an independent panel of experts it set up to look at concerns on the voters' register that arguments for a new register are "unconvincing" and therefore does not recommend the replacement of the current voters’ register. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma calls for pursuit of economic transformation
    31 december 2015 13:14:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma of South Africa on Thursday pledged that “the pursuit of economic transformation will continue” to redress the imbalances of the past. Full text...

  • UN: Ban lauds Kaboré inauguration 'significant development' for Sahel
    31 december 2015 06:27:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The inauguration of Burkina Faso’s new president marks a significant development for the whole sub-Saharan Sahel region on the path away from tension and disputed elections, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU urges CAR to ensure success of electoral process
    30 december 2015 21:27:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Wednesday called on political stakeholders in Central African Republic (CAR) to do all they can to ensure the success of the electoral process underway in the country and to lay the foundation for the restoration of lasting peace, security and reconciliation. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition leader calls 2015 very challenging year
    30 december 2015 19:42:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian opposition leader Hamat NK Bah has described 2015 as a very challenging year for the country, saying 2016 would even be more challenging. Full text...

  • CAR: UN peacekeepers help provide security as CAR holds elections
    30 december 2015 16:26:08
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – United Nations peacekeepers were out in force at polling stations throughout Central African Republic (CAR) Wednesday as the country voted in presidential and legislative elections, a major step on the path to stability after two years of conflict between Muslims and Christians. Full text...

  • CAR: Voting begins in CAR presidential, parliamentary elections
    30 december 2015 10:03:35
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Voting on Wednesday began in the presidential and parliamentary elections in Central African Republic (CAR) that would climax a transition period after bloody fighting between Christian and Muslim militias claimed thousands of lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of citizens. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief appeals to voters in CAR for peaceful polls
    29 december 2015 18:40:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took to the radio waves of the Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: President Kabore takes oath of office
    29 december 2015 18:35:18
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso's newly elected President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré took the oath of office Tuesday in the country's capital, Ouagadougou, at a ceremony that was witnessed by at least 5,000 Burkinabe and several leaders of West and Central African countries. Full text...

  • Belgium: OIF sends election observation mission to CAR
    29 december 2015 14:25:08
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – A delegation from the International Francophonie Organization (OIF), led by former Nigerien minister Boukar Mai Manga, has arrived in Bangui to monitor the parliamentary and presidential elections due for 30 December in the Central African Republic (CAR), according to an official communiqué issued here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: South Sudan lifts visa restrictions for Rwandans, EAC citizens
    29 december 2015 14:11:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandans as well as all other citizens from East African Community member states can now travel to South Sudan without visas, as part of efforts to boost regional integration, particularly in the areas of free movement of goods, services and people across the borders, an official source confirmed Tuesday in the Rwandan capital. Full text...

  • UN: UN adviser urges consensual solution to Burundian crisis
    28 december 2015 17:49:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser Jamal Benomar on Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition party calls for De Klerk to be stripped of Nobel Peace Prize
    28 december 2015 11:20:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A war of words has broken out between South Africa's last white president, F. W. de Klerk and an opposition political party after the Nobel Laureate on Saturday criticised a campaign to remove a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes from an Oxford college in England. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Magufuli completes Tanzanian cabinet appointments
    28 december 2015 08:17:18
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli on Monday put his administration into gear by swearing in five ministers and one deputy minister to fill portfolios which he had left out when he announced his cabinet on 10 Dec. 2015. Full text...

  • Egypt: President Al-Sissi appeals for end of arms embargo on Libya
    27 december 2015 12:15:27
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi has called for the lifting of the international arms embargo on Libya to enable the country's army to procure weapons so that it could appropriately carry out its mission of defending national security. Full text...

  • Libya: Italy, Germany congratulate Libya's designate Prime Minister
    27 december 2015 11:39:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Italian and German ministers of Foreign Affairs, Paulo Gentolini and Frank-Walter Steinmeier respectively have telephoned Libya's Prime Minister designate Fayez al-Sarraj to congratulate him on his nomination to head the national unity government, the local media reported on Sunday. Full text...

  • Libya: Four western powers considering military action against Daech in Libya
    26 december 2015 12:05:32
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's permanent representative to the United-Nations, Ibrahim Dabbachi, has announced the intention of four western countries to launch a military air operation against the sites and positions of the terrorist organization Daech (Islamic State) in Libya. Full text...

  • Egypt: Arab FMs want Libyans to respect Skhirat deal on national reconciliation govt.
    25 december 2015 12:35:10
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Arab Foreign Affairs ministers have urged stakeholders in the Libyan crisis to respect the Libyan political deal signed in the Moroccan city of Skhirat on 17 December and which sets the platform for the formation of a national coalition government. Full text...

  • UN: Central African Republic polls now scheduled for 30 December
    25 december 2015 05:15:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The presidential and legislative elections that had been scheduled to take place this Sunday in the Central African Republic (CAR) will now be held on 30 December 2015, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country has reported. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy tasks Libyans on new government, unity
    24 december 2015 15:46:40
    New York, US (PANA) - A week after brokering an accord for a national unity government in strife-torn Libya, the UN envoy in Libya, Mr. Martin Kobler, has urged all Libyans to use Full text...

  • Ghana: Transport minister resigns over cost of branding intra-city buses
    24 december 2015 05:29:12
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Minister of Transport, Dzifa Aku Attivor, has resigned following public outcry over the the cost of branding 116 intracity buses of the state-owned Metro Mass Transit company. Full text...

  • UN: Ban applauds General Assembly adoption of US$5.4 billion UN budget
    24 december 2015 05:28:18
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon applauded Member States on Wednesday night for adopting a budget of US$5.4 billion for the world body to carry out its vital work during the 2016-2017 biennium. Full text...

  • UN: 'Burundi should allow in investigators,' says UN adviser
    24 december 2015 05:27:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, has called on the Government of Burundi to allow an independent team to investigate “seriously” whether external elements are involved in alleged atrocities in the Central African nation, saying “it is key that impunity no longer prevails in Burundi”. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council urges international aid against terrorist groups in Libya
    24 december 2015 05:26:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations (UN) Security Council on Wednesday hailed the newly signed UN-brokered accord for a national unity government in Libya and urged the parties to implement its terms within the 30-day time limit. Full text...

  • UN: ICC warns against violence during elections in Central African Republic
    23 december 2015 13:33:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Full text...

  • UN: Security Council welcomes completion of Tribunal on Rwandan genocide
    23 december 2015 05:26:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council in a new resolution adopted on Tuesday has welcomed the completion of judicial work of the United Nations tribunal set up in the wake of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, following delivery of the court’s last judgment on 14 December and its impending closure, set for 31 December 2015. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kagame ‘reluctant’ to qualify massacres in Burundi as genocide
    22 december 2015 17:17:49
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday admitted that innocents were being killed in Burundi but he was still reluctant to use the term 'genocide'. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso deploys 850 troops to join MINUSMA
    22 december 2015 16:35:35
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso will in January 2016 deploy a contingent of 850 soldiers in Mali to replace their compatriots who are currently serving under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), security sources in Bamako told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Five Heads of State to attend inauguration of Burkina president-elect Kaboré
    21 december 2015 18:16:52
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – At least five Heads of State will attend the inauguration of Burkina Faso's President-elect Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on 29 December in Ouagadougou, it was officially confirmed here Monday. Full text...

  • Mali: Chadian designated as UN special representative in Mali
    21 december 2015 17:56:51
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Former Chadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahamat Saleh Annadif has been designated as Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Mali, replacing Mr. Mongi Hamdi of Tunisia, informed sources told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Former finance minister takes aim at Zuma
    21 december 2015 15:48:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Two weeks after President Jacob Zuma sparked a global outcry by firing the country’s respected finance minister, the furore refuses to die down. Full text...

  • Algeria: African FMs plead for UN/AU cooperation for peace in Africa
    21 december 2015 15:35:45
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – Several African Foreign Affairs ministers have described as “indispensable” the cooperation between the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) to counter the threats which African countries are facing. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council calls for acceleration of mediation efforts to end Burundi violence
    21 december 2015 05:37:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council, voicing deep concern at the continuing escalation of violence in Burundi, has called for urgent acceleration of mediation efforts by East African States and urged all Burundian stakeholders to fully cooperate with a proposed African Union (AU) peace-keeping mission. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria expresses concern over Burundi violence
    19 december 2015 06:46:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African government has expressed concern over reports of increased violence and human rights violations in Burundi. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU agrees in principle to deploy Burundi protection force (Correcting headline)
    18 december 2015 12:35:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) will deploy an immediate peacekeeping force to Burundi to “stop another genocide” occurring on the African soil, its Peace and Security Council (PSC) has agreed in principle pending consultations with foreign ministers by some ambassadors in the Council. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU agrees in principal to deploy Burundi protection force
    18 december 2015 11:38:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) will deploy an immediate peacekeeping force to Burundi to “stop another genocide” occurring on the African soil, its Peace and Security Council (PSC) has agreed in principle pending consultations with foreign ministers by some ambassadors in the Council. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council moves to cut funding for ISIL, other terrorist groups
    18 december 2015 05:41:40
    New York, UN (PANA) - At its first ever meeting at Finance Ministers’ level, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday stepped up its efforts to cut off all sources of funding for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIL) and other terrorist groups, including ransom payments, no matter by whom. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes 'historic' Libyan political agreement
    18 december 2015 05:40:03
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has welcomed a UN-brokered agreement signed on Thursday by representatives from a broad range of Libyan society on forming a national unity government. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU welcomes signature of Libyan Political Agreement
    17 december 2015 22:45:34
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has welcomed the signature of the Libya Political Agreement on Thursday, and pledged support for the upcoming Government of National Accord, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said in a statement. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy welcomes signing of Libyan political agreement
    17 december 2015 19:47:15
    New York, US (PANA) - Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, on Thursday welcomed the signing of a UN-brokered agreement on forming a national unity government in Libya. Full text...

  • Libya: Political actors sign Libyan Political Agreement
    17 december 2015 18:29:09
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Libyan political actors Thursday signed the Libyan Political Agreement at an event hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco in Skhirat with the aim of forming Full text...

  • Niger: Senior Nigerien army officers arrested
    17 december 2015 09:51:31
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Several Nigerien army officers have been arrested over the past 48 hours in Niamey, according to sources in the West African country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: President Magufuli moves to initiate fresh peace talks on Burundi
    17 december 2015 08:02:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - In view of the escalating violence in Burundi, which has driven hordes of refugees to camps in western Tanzania, President John Magufuli has directed his newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs, Regional Cooperation, East African and International Cooperation, Dr Augustine Mahiga, to revive peace talks with counterpart ministers of the East African Community (EAC) on the Burundi crisis. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari says successful Burkinabe polls reflect resolve to entrench democracy in West Africa
    16 december 2015 15:49:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said that the successful election in Burkina Faso reflects the collective resolve by West African leaders to entrench democracy and good governance in the region. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Japan assures Tanzania of continued cooperation on economic, int'l relations
    16 december 2015 15:22:46
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has assured Tanzania of his country's continued cooperation in various areas of economic development and international relations. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia joins Islamic anti-terrorist coalition
    16 december 2015 11:38:18
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The diplomatic advisor of the Tunisian president, Khemaies Jhinaoui, said on Wednesday said that the North African country has joined the Islamic anti-terrorist military coalition launched by Saudi Arabia, within the framework of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). Full text...

  • UN: UN member states to be included 'totally' in selection of next Secretary-General
    16 december 2015 10:06:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The 193 Member States of the United Nations will for the first time be included "totally" in the selection of the next UN Secretary-General, the President of the General Assembly said today, pledging to make the process as transparent and inclusive as possible. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief warns of 'unfolding crisis' in Burundi
    16 december 2015 05:49:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Amid the “deadly escalation” of violence in Burundi, the United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday sounded the alarm at the unfolding crisis in the country and urged all actors in the current crisis to take every step possible to stop the growing violence and engage in a meaningful and inclusive dialogue. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council renews UN peacekeeping force in Abyei for five months
    16 december 2015 05:48:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday extended for another five months its interim peacekeeping force in Abyei, a resource-rich area contested by Sudan and South Sudan, calling on both sides to swiftly resume regular meetings to resolve the oil-rich territory’s final status. Full text...

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