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  • Libya: 'Elections, the only means to establish democracy'
    04 november 2014 17:10:41
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Prime Minister Abdallah Al-Theni has reiterated that elections are the best way to establish democracy in the country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopia, Egypt want to boost bilateral trade ties after water row
    04 november 2014 14:52:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia and Egypt are moving to deepen diplomatic relations after putting behind a long disagreement over the sharing of the River Nile water resources. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Chair, two heads of state to visit Burkina Faso
    04 november 2014 12:34:27
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African Sates (ECOWAS), Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama and two heads of state of the sub-region will visit Burkina Faso on 5 November to meet all stakeholders on the political situation in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: South Sudan president Kiir arrives in Khartoum
    04 november 2014 10:36:51
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Salva Kiir of South Sudan arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday for a one-day visit to the Sudan. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Italy will set up camp to receive African refugees - Minister
    03 november 2014 21:08:28
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Italy has decided to set up camps to receive African refugees, the Italian minister of Interior, Angelino Alfano, said on Monday in a statement. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Zida promises a transition "within constitutional framework"
    03 november 2014 19:00:15
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Lt.-Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida, head of the transition in Burkina Faso, on Monday promised a transition "within a constitutional framework" and in the "shortest possible time". Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy clarifies change in mandate for South Sudan mission
    03 november 2014 18:59:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Ellen Margrethe Loj, UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), says the shift in the mandate of UNMISS does not mean a reduction in the depth of engagement or its level of commitment. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Mission heads to Burkina Faso
    03 november 2014 18:49:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A special mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is due in Burkina Faso on Wednesday as part of ongoing efforts to ensure a peaceful restoration of constitutional order in the country, the ECOWAS Commission announced Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU sets two weeks for Burkina Faso military to hand over power to civilian government
    03 november 2014 18:31:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union (AU) has on Monday issued a two-week ultimatum to the military in Burkina Faso to hand over power to a civilian transitional government or face sanctions. Full text...

  • Senegal: 141 African human rights bodies laud Senegal, AU efforts for Habre indictment
    03 november 2014 17:45:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Some 141 African human rights organizations from more than 32 countries have expressed support to the efforts of Senegal and the African Union (AU) to indict former Chadian president Hissene Habre for crimes committed during his regime, according to a statement sent Monday to PANA by Human Rights Watch (HRW). Full text...

  • Senegal: West Africa media body criticises AU, ECOWAS over governance in Burkina Faso
    03 november 2014 16:44:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Monday said the African Union (AU) and ECOWAS have failed Burkina Faso since former President Blaise Compaore flouted the two bodies' protocols on good governance and they remained silent. Full text...

  • Malawi: Malawi diplomat haunted by Mugabe 'idiot' remarks
    03 november 2014 12:25:11
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - A Malawian diplomat, who dubbed the veteran Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe "an idiot" several years ago, has turned down a posting as Lilongwe's representative in Harare. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Women canvass for more elective positions in 2015 (Feature by Abudu Babalola, PANA Correspondent)
    03 november 2014 09:35:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – Ahead of the 2015 general elections in Nigeria, women across the country are strategising and canvassing for more leadership roles in political party structures as well as elective posts, like their counterparts in other parts of Africa. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan seeks better relations with US, neighbours
    03 november 2014 00:32:14
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has instructed his Foreign Minister, Ali Ahmed Karti, to continue with efforts to improve relations with the United States, despite its long-standing economic embargo on the African nation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Britain wants Nigeria to deal more decisively with Boko Haram
    02 november 2014 08:42:33
    Lagos , Nigeria (PANA) - The British government has called on the Nigerian government to show more commitment in dealing decisively with the Boko Haram insurgency, which has renewed its attack in the north-eastern parts of Nigeria killing many people, after denying signing any ceasefire agreement. Full text...

  • Ghana: US calls for transfer of power in Burkina Faso; protestors plan more demonstrations
    02 november 2014 07:34:21
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The US has condemned the Burkinabe military’s attempt "to impose its will on the people of Burkina Faso" and called on the military to immediately transfer power to civilian authorities. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Catholic Church calls for prayer for peace
    01 november 2014 19:10:41
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The Catholic Church has called on citizens of Burkina Faso to pray on Sunday for peace following the fall of the regime of President Blaise Compaoré after protests during which parliament house and several public buildings were ransacked and burned. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Authorities reopen airports, relax curfew
    01 november 2014 18:51:06
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The head Burkina Faso's transition, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, on Saturday announced the reopening of the country's airports closed on Friday following the resignation of long-serving President Blaise Compaore after violent protests by hundreds of thousands of people. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African Union to meet on Burkina situation
    01 november 2014 16:52:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) is scheduled to meet on Monday, to possibly suspend Burkina Faso, after the resignation of President Blaise Compaore and the seizure of power by the military. Full text...

  • Tunisia: President Bouteflika calls for sacrifice for 'safer, stronger Algeria'
    01 november 2014 15:44:49
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Saturday urged his compatriots to show a sense of sacrifice for a safer, united, sovereign and strong Algeria. Full text...

  • Ghana: Burkina Faso military leadership "settles"on Zida
    01 november 2014 15:23:14
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Burkina Faso's military leadership appears to have settled on Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida Yacouba as head of state to lead the transition to a democratically-elected president. Full text...

  • US: Special envoys support dialogue to end Libyan violence
    01 november 2014 14:52:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The special envoys for Libya have expressed their full support for the mediation efforts of the UN's Special Representative in Libya, Mr. Bernardino Leon. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: US programme to strengthen electoral process in Côte d’Ivoire launched
    01 november 2014 14:05:23
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – A US$4 million programme to strengthen the electoral process in Côte d’Ivoire was launched in Abidjan on Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: Britain backs inter-Libyan dialogue
    01 november 2014 12:41:49
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) – Dialogue between Libyans is the only solution to overcome differences between carious groups and preserve the country from partition and unproductive war, the special envoy of Britain for Libya, Jonathan Powell, said on Friday evening at the Libyan Parliament. Full text...

  • Burundi: Burundi politicians laud popular Burkina uprising
    01 november 2014 09:17:37
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Léonard Nyangoma, leader of National Council for the Defence of Democracy (NCDD), the rebel movement and main opponent of the Burundian government, has thrown his weight behind the Burkinabe people in their insurrection against President Blaise Compaoré, who was forced to resign on Friday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Power struggle in Burkina Faso as another soldier claims to be head of state
    01 november 2014 07:04:44
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Less than 24 hours after Burkina Faso's long-term President Blaise Campaore resigned under intense pressure from the population, a power struggle has emerged in the army raising fears of a possible confrontation. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa concludes trip to four African states
    01 november 2014 06:23:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived back in South Africa on Friday night after visiting four African countries. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana will 'welcome' ousted Burkinabe president Compaore
    31 october 2014 21:34:27
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Interior Minister, Mark Woyongo, says the country will not turn away ousted Burkinabe President, Blaise Compaore, if he comes to the country. Full text...

  • Congo: Senegalese President Macky Sall arrives in Congo
    31 october 2014 20:40:51
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Senegalese president, Macky Sall, arrived on Friday in Oyo, a town more than 550 kilometers north from Brazzaville, for a 48hour visit to Congo, state radio reported. Full text...

  • Ghana: Another African leader kicked out by people power
    31 october 2014 20:03:58
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Another African leader, seeking to cling to power, has been kicked out of power by people power. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: General Nabéré Honore Traore appointed new head of state
    31 october 2014 17:33:14
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The army of Burkina Faso has named General Honore Traore Nabéré interim head of state following Friday's resignation of President Blaise Compaore. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: President Compaoré resigns
    31 october 2014 17:19:48
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso has stepped down following public protests which rocked the country's capital since Thursday. Full text...

  • US: US 'looks forward' to political transition in Burkina Faso
    31 october 2014 13:26:30
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has welcomed the decision by embattled Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore to withdraw a bill that would have amended the constitution and allowed him to run for another term of office. Full text...

  • Belgium: Top EU trade official in Kenya over EPA implementation
    31 october 2014 12:12:11
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, is due in Kenya Friday for a high-level meeting with the delegates from six countries of the East African community (Burundi, Kenya Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda), which signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU), says a communiqué issued here by the European Commission. Full text...

  • Senegal: 'Response to African crisis must be based on democratic good governance'
    31 october 2014 12:07:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - "Response to crisis in Africa must be global and based on the promotion of democratic governance as guaranteed by the African Charter outlined by the African Union," the Chair of the African Union Commission, Mrs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, warned in a message she sent Thursday to AU member countries. Full text...

  • Ghana: Pres. Compaore digs in; rejects calls to resign
    31 october 2014 07:37:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso has rejected calls by demonstrators to resign, setting the stage for confrontation after Thursday’s violent protests that saw the Parliament house and several public buildings and property set on fire and state television knocked off air. Full text...

  • (Roundup) Ghana: Turmoil in Burkina Faso as fate of President Compaore remains unknown
    30 october 2014 22:14:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The fate of Burkina Faso’s long-term president Blaise Compaore remains unknown on Thursday night after a day of violent protests in the capital, Ouagadougou, that saw parliament and some public buildings go up in flames and state television knocked off air. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly pays tribute to President of Zambia
    30 october 2014 22:01:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The 193-member UN General Assembly Thursday in New York observed Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges calm, inclusive dialogue in Burkina Faso
    30 october 2014 21:35:55
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for an end to the violence in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso capital city, and announced that he is dispatching his special envoy for West Africa to the crisis-gripped country. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS calls for calm in Burkina Faso
    30 october 2014 19:19:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday called on all the people of Burkina Faso to remain calm and law abiding following violence in the capital during protests against President Blaise Compaore who has been accused of trying to amend the constitution that would allow him to run for another term of office. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU sends team to Burkina Faso amid violent protests
    30 october 2014 18:36:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union (AU) said Thursday it has dispatched a high-level team to hold talks with the authorities in Burkina Faso after daylong violence which saw protestors storm into parliament. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan diplomat named top Commonwealth official
    30 october 2014 16:54:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma Thursday announced the appointment of Kenyan diplomat Josephine Ojiambo as the organisation's Deputy Secretary-General in charge of political affairs. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Protesters demand exit of President Compaore from power
    30 october 2014 16:27:26
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Crowds of protesters Thursday ransacked and occupied the Burkina Faso National Assembly building and other state symbols, including the public radio and television, demanding the departure of President Blaise Compaoré from power. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU flies flags at half-mast to mourn Zambian President Sata
    30 october 2014 15:23:59
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  • Ethiopia: South Sudanese rival leaders set for direct talks
    30 october 2014 14:59:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudan warring faction leaders, President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, are to meet here for direct talks on the remaining portions of a comprehensive ceasefire agreement to end the 10-monthlong war in their country, mediators said Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana President Mahama mourns President Sata
    30 october 2014 14:48:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has expressed sadness and shock over the death of President Michael Sata of Zambia and extended deep sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the late president, and the government and people of the Southern African country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma salutes Khama on election victory
    30 october 2014 13:20:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday saluted Seretse Khama Ian Khama, leader of the Botswana Democratic Party, on his re-election as Botswana’s President following the country's successful polls last week. Full text...

  • Kenya: Ban hails Somalia's progress towards stability
    30 october 2014 09:03:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia has made “remarkable progress” as it continues down the road towards economic and political stability, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said Wednesday in Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS mission examines conditions Nigeria's 2015 elections
    29 october 2014 20:36:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Former Ghanaian president, John Agyekum Kufuor, and the chairman of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, have expressed their commitment to contribute to free and fair elections in Nigeria to be held February next year. Full text...

  • Belgium: Young Togolese woman allowed to complete academic year in Belgium
    29 october 2014 20:14:35
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The young Togolese woman identified only as Cynthia, who was threatened of expulsion for leaving her family house, could continue residing in Belgium until the end of the current academic year on 15 July 2015. Full text...

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