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  • Libya: 268 Libyan soldiers trained in Turkey
    25 march 2014 13:23:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Some 268 Libyan soldiers, most of them former rebels who have agreed to be integrated into the country's armed forces, have concluded their training in Turkey, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Talks resume amid fierce fighting in South Sudan
    25 march 2014 12:20:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese parties have resumed peace talks aimed at resolving a three-month political and military crisis amid continuous fighting, mediators said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 30 per cent Parliament seats may be reserved for women
    25 march 2014 07:55:00
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam announced Monday night that the government planned to reform the Island's electoral system that dates back to 1968 by suggesting, among others, the need to reserve at least 30 per cent of the seats in Parliament for women. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Ruling party celebrates 29th anniversary in power
    24 march 2014 20:36:37
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Cameroon's ruling Democratic Assembly of the People of Cameroon (RDPC) on Monday celebrated its 29th anniversary in power with political meetings, debates, round table discussions as well as sports, cultural and socio-economic activities. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Nigeria to harness nuclear energy for development'
    24 march 2014 16:57:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Monday reaffirmed his country's full commitment to the global effort against the threat of nuclear terrorism, but said the African nation would continue to pursue efforts to harness nuclear energy and technology for socio-economic development. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Senegalese Infrastructure, Transport Minister arrives in Mauritania
    24 march 2014 16:09:36
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Senegalese Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Theirno Alassane Sall, arrived here Monday for a working visit to Mauritania, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Togo: Togolese from the Diaspora in Africa to meet on 27 March
    24 march 2014 15:39:30
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The Africa Chapter of Togolese in the Diaspora will hold a two-day summit on 27-28 March in the capital, Lomé, to discuss various issues related to employment, investment and incentives to be given those in the Diaspora, PANA learnt from official sources on Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: African troops battle al-Sabaab in Somalia
    24 march 2014 15:07:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 21,126 African troops deployed to Somalia by early January 2014 have launched the most ambitious military assault ever against the Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, UN and African Envoys said here Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President Ould Abdel Aziz to attend Summit of Arab League
    24 march 2014 12:00:49
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz left Nouakchott Monday to take attend the 25th ordinary Summit of the Arab League, scheduled for 25-26 March in Kuwait, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Zambia: Sacking of Tourism Minister causes widespread speculation
    23 march 2014 12:04:11
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Michael Sata enjoys the power to hire and fire cabinet ministers without giving reasons, but the recent sacking of his Tourism Minister, Sylvia Masebo, has left almost everybody guessing why the president dismissed Masebo. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: CAR releases election plan, anti-Balaka crackdown urged
    22 march 2014 12:24:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Central African Republic (CAR) has outlined a roadmap for a political transition culminating in Presidential elections in one year amid pressure to urgently deal with the anti-Balaka group, accused of escalating sectarian violence in the troubled nation. Full text...

  • South Africa: ANC reeling in the wake of latest Zuma scandal (A PANA feature by Craig Urquart)
    22 march 2014 10:00:13
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – With less than two months before South Africa’s general elections, President Jacob Zuma has been rocked by yet another political scandal. Full text...

  • Libya: Tunisia politician urges consensus, reconciliation in Libya
    21 march 2014 20:38:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The chairman of a Tunisian political party, Ennahdha, Mr. Rached Ghannouchi, has urged Libya’s political partners to work for consensus and reconciliation in the interest of the nation and success of the transition process. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AI commends Abidjan for deciding to transfer crime suspect to the ICC
    21 march 2014 15:35:38
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) has commended the Ivorian government for its decision to handover, to the International Criminal Court (ICC), former militia leader Charles Blé Goudé, accused of crimes against humanity. Full text...

  • Mali: Belgian contingent in EU Mission in Mali to stay till 2015
    21 march 2014 11:54:31
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Belgian government has decided to extend by one year the tenure of the Belgian contingent in the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM-Mali), Belgian Defence Minister Pieter De Crem said here. Full text...

  • Libya: Britain to train 2,000 Libyan soldiers
    21 march 2014 11:14:42
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Britain is to train 2,000 Libyan soldiers, British Ambassador to Libya Michel Irone announced here Thursday evening during a visit to the military training camp in Tajoura, outside the capital city of Tripoli. Full text...

  • Belgium: Humanitarian aircraft flies relief items to Bangui
    20 march 2014 22:06:48
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – A humanitarian aircraft carrying 100 tonnes of basic foodstuff and relief items on Thursday left the Belgian city of Ostende for Bangui, European official sources said. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Government agrees to hand over Ble Goude to ICC
    20 march 2014 21:58:10
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government agreed on Thursday to hand over Charles Ble Goude, the former leader of the Young Patriots, a youth wing of the former ruling party of ousted president Laurent Gbagbo. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: S. Sudan president boycotts talks, accuses rebels of hiding war crimes
    20 march 2014 21:13:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has temporarily boycotted the political talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, until regional mediators drop a demand for the inclusion of a group of political detainees linked to the political chaos in Juba. Full text...

  • Ghana: Opposition politician Akufo-Addo to contest party's primaries again
    20 march 2014 20:42:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Opposition leader Nana Addo Akufo-Addo on Thursday declared his intention to contest the primaries of the main opposition centre-right New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the 2016 presidential election in Ghana saying he was heeding the calls of his supporters. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU joint military operation advance continues
    20 march 2014 18:51:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) troops fighting alongside the Somali National Army (SNA) advanced further out of Mogadishu, capturing Qurulow town in the Middle Shebelle region. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU sends humanitarian aid for Bangui
    20 march 2014 18:44:19
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A plane carrying 100 tonnes of basic necessities arrived in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), from Ostend in Belgium for victims of the crisis in the African country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudanese talks delayed amid looming sanctions
    20 march 2014 14:57:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Peace talks to end the crisis in South Sudan appeared to face a new round of difficulties Thursday, amid the possibility of sanctions for non-compliance targeting the government and the rebels. Full text...

  • Mauritania: UNAIDS Executive Director in Nouakchott
    20 march 2014 12:02:27
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Mr. Michel Sidibé, arrived in Nouakchott on Wednesday evening for one-day working visit to Mauritania. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt seeks international community's help to tackle terrorism
    20 march 2014 11:58:49
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya has called on the international community, particularly the UN, to help it tackle terrorism. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ruling party downplays calls for Zuma’s impeachment
    20 march 2014 11:48:43
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) Thursday moved to contain the fallout from the Public Protector’s damning report on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s private residence. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: E. Guinea signs host agreement for Conference of African Transport Ministers
    20 march 2014 08:39:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Government of Equatorial Guinea and the African Union Commission (AUC) have signed an agreement paving the way for the former to host the third session of the Conference of African Ministers of Transport in April, AUC said. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU adopts new strategy to fight piracy in Gulf of Guinea
    19 march 2014 20:24:49
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has adopted a strategy to help countries check insecurity and criminality in the Gulf of Guinea. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan to meet Pope Francis
    19 march 2014 18:55:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan is due to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on Saturday as part of his forthcoming six-day swing that will also take him to Namibia and Holland, the presidency said in a statement Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan to visit Namibia, Italy, Netherlands
    19 march 2014 18:43:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, leaves Abuja Thursday for a six-day visit to Namibia, Italy and the Netherlands. Full text...

  • Libya: UN Chief, MP Abousahmein examine security situation in Libya
    19 march 2014 16:21:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on Wednesday held a telephone conversation with the chairman of the Libyan National General Congress (NGC), Nouri Abousahmein, over the prevailing security situation in Libya. Full text...

  • South Africa: Findings spark calls for Zuma's impeachment over damning report
    19 march 2014 16:07:24
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Wednesday afternoon released her long-awaited report on President Jacob Zuma’s private home and the findings have sparked a national outcry. Full text...

  • Gabon: CAR's transition President visits Gabon
    19 march 2014 12:06:22
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - The Interim President of the Central Africa Republic (CAR), Mrs. Catherine Samba-Panza, arrived in Libreville Tuesday for a two-day visit to Gabon, the host country's presidency has announced. Full text...

  • Kenya: Israel's foreign service staff in East Africa join pay strike
    18 march 2014 21:42:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Israeli diplomats around Africa have abandoned duty after the failed talks aimed at securing better working environment for workers and their dependants. Full text...

  • Mali: Former Prime minister Modibo Sidibé heads opposition party
    18 march 2014 19:33:25
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Former Malian Prime Minister Modibo Sidibé has been elected chairman of the opposition Alternative Forces for Regeneration and Emergence party (FARE AN KA WULI). Full text...

  • Senegal: Dakar, Paris announce anti-terrorism plan for next Francophonie summit
    18 march 2014 19:15:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The governments of Senegal and France have decided to give priority to the interventions from their Action Plan Against Terrorism (PACT) as security for the 15th Francophonie summit to be held in November in the Senegalese capital, Dakar. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ruling party says Boko Haram sponsored to distract Jonathan's govt.
    18 march 2014 18:42:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s ruling party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Tuesday claimed that the insurgency, terrorism and sectarian violence in the country "were being sponsored by unpatriotic elements whose aim is to discredit the person, office and administration of President Goodluck Jonathan". Full text...

  • Ethiopia: CAR President relaxes dawn-to-dusk curfew in Bangui
    18 march 2014 16:53:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Interim Central Africa Republic (CAR) President, Catherine Samba Panza, has signed a new law relaxing the dawn-to-dusk curfew in what was seen as a pointer to rapid improvements to the security situation in the troubled country. Full text...

  • Senegal: President Jammeh visits Saudi Arabia
    18 march 2014 14:05:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, on a visit to Saudi Arabia, Monday met with the Saudi crown prince, Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, Gambia's Radio and Television Services reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: NGOs unite in seeking violence-free politics in Senegal
    18 march 2014 13:33:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Determined to end the recurring political violence in Senegal, civil society organizations and their partners Tuesday came together here to seek a united front against political violence. Full text...

  • Libya: '200,000 Egyptians enter Libya with forged visas'
    18 march 2014 12:34:48
    Tripoli, Libya ( PANA) - Libyan Ambassador to Egypt Mohamed Fayez Jibril has alleged that 200,000 Egyptians have entered his country with forged visas, but denied accusations of persecution of the illegal immigrants. Full text...

  • Congo: Angola, Congo agree to settle border dispute
    18 march 2014 11:37:20
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Angolan and Congolese governments have agreed to settle a boundary dispute that has strained the relations between the two countries, the Congolese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President Abdel Aziz in South Africa for 4th Pan-African Parliament
    17 march 2014 20:48:13
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The current chairman of the African Union (AU), Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, left Nouakchott on Monday for South Africa to attend the 4th Pan-African Parliament session. Full text...

  • Senegal: Triumphant welcome for Pres. Sall in Ziguinchor
    17 march 2014 20:28:41
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal's President Macky Sall Monday arrived in Ziguinchor, southern Senegal, for a three-day visit, and was given a triumphant welcome by the locals, PANA learnt from reliable sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria, Cuba to strengthen bilateral relations
    17 march 2014 20:20:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez arrived in Nigeria Monday for a two-day visit aimed at strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Malawi: Banda 'shocked' as two die in political violence
    17 march 2014 20:12:43
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi president Joyce Banda has expressed shock at acts of political violence that occurred when her campaign rally came under attack in the southern tea-growing district of Thyolo, some 40 kilometres from the commercial capital, Blantyre. Full text...

  • Brussels: Crisis in Ukraine stalls EUFOR-CAR operation
    17 march 2014 19:55:57
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, has expressed fears that the deployment of the EU peacekeeping mission for the Central African Republic (EUFOR-CAR) would be postponed. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Conference delegates urged to focus on Nigerian agenda
    17 march 2014 18:49:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Monday inaugurated the National Conference with a call on the 492 delegates to drop their ethnic garb and work towards issues that will make the country greater. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU prepares for thorough electoral scrutiny in Africa
    17 march 2014 17:25:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Algerian, Malawian and South African envoys have briefed the African Union (AU) on preparations for presidential elections in their respective countries in what appears to be a change of approach in tracking political progress in Africa. Full text...

  • Libya: US Navy Seals seize North Korean tanker
    17 march 2014 12:00:36
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The North Korean tanker that illegally loaded an oil shipment from a Libyan oil port has been seized by US Navy Seals in the Mediterranean, according to the US Pentagon. Full text...

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