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  • UN: Kirr says South Sudan committed to peace
    27 september 2014 18:15:02
    New York, US (PANA) - President Salva Kirr of South Sudan on Saturday said his government is deeply committed to "talk peace with the rebels to close this dark chapter in our country's history, so the difficult mission of socio-economic development could begin". Full text...

  • Libya: EU welcomes Algerian initiative to host inter-Libyan talks
    27 september 2014 10:29:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has welcomed the Algerian initiative, aimed at bringing together Libyan stakeholders in October, for an inter-Libyan dialogue with a view to finding a lasting solution to the Libyan crisis, local media reported Saturday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Parliament reeling as opposition parties defy ruling ANC
    27 september 2014 09:00:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tension between South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the country’s leading opposition parties reached new lows with the role of the Public Protector under question, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • UN: Somalia will be united by 2016 - President tells General Assembly
    26 september 2014 22:37:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Friday said Somalia is at a critical juncture in its efforts to achieve security and stability, and called for continued support to strengthen the country as a security and ideological "firewall". Full text...

  • Libya: Morocco calls for national inclusive dialogue in Libya
    26 september 2014 22:30:59
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Moroccan Prime Minister, Abdelilah Benkirane, on Friday called for a national inclusive dialogue in Libya bringing together all forces which believe in legitimacy and seek to be involved in the establishment of rule of law and institutions. Full text...

  • UN: Treaty regulating global arms trade set to enter into force
    26 september 2014 17:42:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Less than two years after its adoption by the UN General Assembly, the Arms Trade Treaty has now received the 50th ratification needed to trigger its entry into force, UN announced Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Obama stresses fight against Al-Shabaab at talks with Ethiopian PM
    26 september 2014 16:29:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has stressed the importance of strengthening the fight against terrorism, particularly the Al Shabaab insurgent group, which he said was causing more destruction in Somalia. Full text...

  • UN: Ban tasks Libyans on consensus, safeguarding democratic transition
    25 september 2014 18:38:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all parties in Libya to peacefully resolve the ongoing conflict, and safeguard the country's democratic transition. Full text...

  • UN: Niger, Tunisia, Madagascar leaders address General Assembly
    25 september 2014 18:13:22
    New York, US (PANA) - President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger has warned against attempts to balkanize Africa and underscored that the post-2015 sustainable development agenda need to be anchored in the "three D’s": defence, democracy and development. Full text...

  • Sao Tome and Principe: Political parties present electoral manifestos
    25 september 2014 14:43:38
    Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) – Three political parties whose candidates are competing in the general elections in Sao Tome and Principe, due for 12 October, unveiled their manifestos to the public via a special televised debate, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Libya: 'Stakeholders in Libyan crisis agree to take part in dialogue'
    25 september 2014 12:08:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has announced the acceptance by the various stakeholders involved in the Libyan crisis of the invitation to the first round of inclusive political dialogue. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan gives assurance on 2015 elections
    25 september 2014 10:09:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Against the background of growing fears over the 2015 general elections in Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan has assured the international community that the elections will be conducted in accordance with global best practices to further strengthen the country's democratic institutions. Full text...

  • Libya: Algeria to host talks on Libya in October
    24 september 2014 21:47:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Algerian minister of foreign affairs, Ramtane Lamamra, has announced that his country will host talks between Libyan political stakeholders in October. Full text...

  • UN: Obama urges world leaders to renew international system
    24 september 2014 18:11:24
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged world leaders to make a choice between renewing the international system and being pulled back by Full text...

  • Mali: US expresses solidarity with Mali
    23 september 2014 17:04:39
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The US has expressed its solidarity with Mali in its efforts to promote national reconciliation, strengthen democratic institutions and reform the security sector. Full text...

  • Togo: US offers Togo military equipment for peacekeeping mission in Mali
    23 september 2014 17:02:37
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The United-States has offered military equipment worth US$ 8 million to support Togo's peacekeeping mission in Mali, official sources in Lomé told PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU deploys electoral observation mission to Mozambique
    23 september 2014 15:14:02
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) will deploy an electoral observation mission to Mozambique to monitor the presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections, scheduled for 15 October, according to an official communiqué here Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA-Russia nuclear reactors deal triggers controversy
    23 september 2014 11:43:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - There has been widespread reaction to the announcement by Russia's atomic energy agency that it will provide up to eight nuclear reactors to South Africa by 2023 in a US$50 billion strategic partnership between the two countries. Full text...

  • Libya: International community appeals for immediate ceasefire in Libya
    23 september 2014 10:46:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations, the European Union and a group of countries including the US on Monday in New York called for an immediate ceasefire in Libya, which has been in the throes of armed conflicts involving rival gangs for several months and raised the fears of a civil war. Full text...

  • UN: Ban, AUC Chairperson hold talks in New York
    22 september 2014 18:31:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of this week's opening of the UN General Assembly's annual high-level session, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in New York. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma in New York for UN General Assembly
    22 september 2014 09:07:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Office of the South African Presidency on Monday confirmed that President Jacob Zuma has arrived in New York to attend the 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting. Full text...

  • South Africa: Deputy President returns to Lesotho for talks
    22 september 2014 07:30:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to return to Maseru, Lesotho, later on Monday to pursue a regional mandate to help restore peace, stability and democracy in the country. Full text...

  • Libya: Speaker of Parliament heads Libyan delegation to UN General Assembly
    21 september 2014 11:40:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Speaker of Parliament, Aguila Gueider will lead the Libyan delegation to the 69th session of the UN General Assembly holding in New York from 24-30 September, according to local media reports here Sunday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU marks Peace Day amid brutal attack on peacekeepers in Mali
    19 september 2014 22:54:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has called for an international ceasefire on 21 September to mark the International Day of Peace, which was observed Friday, at the African Union headquarters. Full text...

  • Kenya: President Kenyatta summoned to appear before ICC
    19 september 2014 21:02:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday summoned President Uhuru Kenyatta to appear in person on 8 October for a conference to determine the availability of evidence ahead of the start of his trial on crimes against humanity charges connected to the bloody 2007/08 poll violence. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President Kagame to address Rwandan Diaspora conference
    19 september 2014 20:22:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwandan president Paul Kagame is due to address an annual meeting of Rwandans in the Diaspora and their friends, dubbed "Rwanda Day", on Saturday in the US. Full text...

  • Sudan: Western troika welcomes Sudanese national dialogue under AU panel
    19 september 2014 15:26:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) The Western troika member countries Friday welcomed efforts being made to reinvigorate the process of an inclusive national dialogue in Sudan and reiterated their support to the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) for facilitation of the process. Full text...

  • Zambia: Sata opens parliament, focusing on economic growth
    19 september 2014 14:56:13
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – President Michael Sata, who has stayed out of public view for the past few months amid speculations on his health, on Friday officially opened parliament, committing his government to move the country forward decisively towards the eradication of poverty and under development. Full text...

  • Sudan: Opposition calls for formation of interim national government
    19 september 2014 14:34:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Opposition National Umma Party (NUP) has called for the formation of an interim national government to run the general and presidential elections, set for April next year. Full text...

  • Uganda: Museveni sacks long-time PM Mbabazi
    19 september 2014 12:39:40
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - President Yoweri Museveni on Friday announced the sacking of Uganda’s long-time Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi in what is seen as the re-organisation of the government ahead of the 2016 elections. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Japan finances peace consolidation project in Sahel
    18 september 2014 21:01:18
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Japanese government is financing a project to consolidate peace and good governance in five Sahel countries at the cost of US$15 million. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Electoral boss says elections must take place in Boko Haram enclaves
    18 september 2014 20:34:56
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The chairman of the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Atahiru Jega, on Thursday said elections would be held next year in the troubled northeast states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, which have witnessed sustained attacks by the Boko Haram insurgent group. Full text...

  • Sao Tome and Principe: EU provides 110,000 Euros for elections in Sao Tome and Principe
    18 september 2014 17:42:19
    Sao Tomé, Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) – The government of Sao Tome and Principe confirmed Thursday that the country's forthcoming general elections will be held as planned after it acquired the necessary funding for the polls, with an additional amount of 110,000 Euros provided by the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • Togo: Parliament elects members of national electoral body
    18 september 2014 12:55:56
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Despite the bickering and objections raised, the Togolese Parliament on Wednesday elected the 17 members of the country's national independent electoral commission (CENI). Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition demands new constitution in Zambia
    18 september 2014 12:53:21
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As President Michael Sata sets the policy direction for the next year when he opens the Zambian parliament this Friday, opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has challenged the head of state to address the needs of the citizens, particularly the high cost of agriculture production and the draft constitution. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU grants 5m euros to Mali for humanitarian assistance
    18 september 2014 11:41:43
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has released an additional amount of five million euros for humanitarian assistance to the Malian people affected by famine and violence resulting from the recent attacks of armed groups in the north of the country, the EU said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Deputy President flies to Lesotho to address impasse
    18 september 2014 11:25:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the Lesotho Facilitator for the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), Thursday morning departed for Maseru to address the political impasse in the kingdom. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ex-Mozambican PM leads AU conflict prevention panel 
    18 september 2014 07:49:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Former Mozambican Prime Minister Luisa Diogo on Wednesday assumed the leadership of the Panel of the Wise, a critical pillar of the African Union's Peace and Security Architecture. Full text...

  • Spain: Madrid conference calls for inclusive dialogue in Libya
    17 september 2014 21:13:18
    Madrid, Spain (PANA) – The ministerial conference on stability and development in Libya ended on Wednesday in Madrid, Spain, with a call for national inclusive dialogue that brings together all stakeholders in the conflict to preserve the country’s territorial unity. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Russian FM calls for bigger AU role in regional conflicts
    17 september 2014 20:52:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov kicked off a two-day visit to Ethiopia on Wednesday with a call for a bigger role for the African Union in the determination of solutions to African conflicts. Full text...

  • UN: Deputy envoy welcomes reconciliation conference in southern Somalia
    17 september 2014 18:45:39
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, Ms. Fatiha Serour Full text...

  • Rwanda: President of Rwandan Senate steps down
    17 september 2014 18:10:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's Senate President, Jean-Damascène Ntawukuliryayo stepped down Wednesday after the chamber took a vote of no confidence censuring his performance, including violation of internal rules of the Senate, said an official announcement. Full text...

  • South Africa: Deputy President gets the middle finger in Parliament
    17 september 2014 16:35:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – For the second time in less than a month, Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema was Wednesday ordered to leave the National Assembly after accusing Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa of "murdering" 34 mineworkers. Full text...

  • Togo: EU, Togo review cooperation
    17 september 2014 15:37:15
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Reviewing its cooperation with Togo, the European Union (EU) said cooperation with the West African country remained “positive” but is incomplete in terms of political and institutional governance, management of public fund and in the sector of infrastructure," according to an evaluation report on EU-Togo relations for the period 2007-2013, presented Wednesday in the Togolese capital. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo, China sign visa exemption for officials
    17 september 2014 12:16:41
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Togo and China have signed a visa exemption agreement for the officials from both countries, diplomatic sources told PANA here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Madrid conference backs international efforts for Libya stability
    17 september 2014 12:06:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The ministerial conference on stability and development in Libya, which opened Wednesday in Madrid, Spain, aims to mobilise regional support for the international efforts to achieve stability in Libya, according to Spanish Minister of Foreign AffairsJosé Manuel García-Margallo. Full text...

  • Sudan: Six more political detainees released
    17 september 2014 11:57:03
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Six more political detainees, including a journalist, were released from the Al-Obeid Prison in Sudan's North Kordufan Tuesday, 24 hours after the release of Ibrahim al-Sheikh, leader of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party (SCP), SCP Secretary-General Abdul Qayom said here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Assembly President tasks nations on new development agenda
    16 september 2014 22:49:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly opened its 69th annual session on Tuesday with the new President, Mr. Sam Kutesa, declaring that it would be a historic opportunity to formulate a post-2015 development agenda that is transformative, brings tangible results in fighting poverty, and leads to improving lives of all people. Full text...

  • Libya: Egyptian president urges support for Libyan Parliament, government
    16 september 2014 22:24:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Egyptian president Abdel Fettah al-Sissi on Tuesday appealed for support to the Libyan government of Prime minister Abdallah al-Theni and the elected Parliament. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges world leaders to unite in 'time of turmoil'
    16 september 2014 18:13:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the opening of the high-level segment of the 69th General Assembly session, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on world leaders to unite in the face of the myriad devastating crises to uphold human dignity, the rule of law and the principles of the UN Charter. Full text...

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