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  • BREAKING NEWS: Kenyan opposition disrupts President's State-of-the-Nation speech in Parliament
    31 march 2016 14:25:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Several opposition members of the Kenyan Parliament disrupted President Uhuru Kenyatta's State-of-the-Nation address to the joint sitting of the National Assembly on Thursday by whistling loudly, forcing the Speaker to order security orderlies to use force to remove one of the eight lawmakers expelled. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma humiliated by Constitutional Court ruling
    31 march 2016 11:12:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Constitutional Court on Thursday sharply rebuked President Jacob Zuma, the ruling African National Congress and the National Assembly for the manner in which they have handled the scandal over the public funding of Zuma’s multi-million dollar private home. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: South Africa's Con. Court rules President Zuma breached constitution
    31 march 2016 10:51:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Constitutional Court – South Africa’s Highest Court – has ruled that President Jacob Zuma breached the Constitution when he failed to repay part of the US$20 million upgrades to his private Nkandla residence. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes arrival of Libyan Presidency Council in Tripoli
    31 march 2016 08:40:39
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the Libyan Presidency Council’s arrival in Tripoli on 30 March. Full text...

  • US: Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in DRC by one year
    31 march 2016 07:00:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The Security Council on Wednesday extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for another year until March 2017, warning that the humanitarian situation remains of great concern, as well as the delays in preparing for the November presidential elections. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy welcomes arrival of Presidency Council in Tripoli
    31 march 2016 06:50:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The United Nations envoy for Libya on Wednesday welcomed the arrival in Tripoli of the Presidency Council, which marks an important step in Libya's democratic transition and path to peace, security and prosperity. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly schedules dialogues with candidates for UN chief position
    30 march 2016 15:59:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, on Wednesday released a schedule for the informal dialogues with the seven candidates vying for the UN Secretary-General position. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam calls for urgent return to all-party talks on Western Sahara
    30 march 2016 09:49:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Global aid agency Oxfam has called on governments to reaffirm the role and peacekeeping mandate of the United Nations in Western Sahara and to encourage all parties to urgently return to the negotiating table. Full text...

  • South Africa: D-Day looms for battered Zuma
    30 march 2016 09:27:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Constitutional Court – South Africa’s Highest Court – will on Thursday rule whether President Jacob Zuma is liable for part of the US$20 million upgrades to his private home. Full text...

  • US: US 'deeply troubled' by closing of airspace around Tripoli
    30 march 2016 07:58:44
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States has said it is deeply troubled by reports that a small group of political obstructionists have closed the airspace around Tripoli in a deliberate attempt to prevent the Libyan Government of National Accord from arriving in Tripoli. Full text...

  • US: Ban welcomes signing by Sudanese Government of AU roadmap agreement
    30 march 2016 06:20:52
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the African Union's latest initiative to accelerate progress towards ending the fighting in Darfur, South Kordofan and the Blue Nile states. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Ban welcomes democratic progress in Tunisia
    29 march 2016 06:16:03
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the country's democratic progress while reaffirming the United Nations' support to its citizens and Government. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma visits UAE, Saudia Arabia
    28 march 2016 15:35:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma of South Africa on Monday arrived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UA), on the second leg of his Middle East tour. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma's son lays charges against 'racist' tycoon
    27 march 2016 14:16:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In the latest saga involving the so-called “Guptagate” scandal which has plunged the government into a fresh crisis, President Jacob Zuma's eldest son, Edward, has opened a charge of corruption against billionaire businessman Johann Rupert. Full text...

  • Sudn: African, Arab Senators to meet in Khartoum
    26 march 2016 16:51:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese capital, Khartoum, will host the African and Arab Senate and Shurah (Arabic for consultative) councils, in addition to a gathering of parliamentary speakers on 30-31 March, at the instance of the Sudanese presidency. Full text...

  • Libya: Tripoli govt. declares state of emergency
    25 march 2016 10:18:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The head of the Libyan national coalition government, Khalifa Ghwell, has declared the state of "extreme emergency" in Tripoli and all regions of the country it controls. Full text...

  • US: US calls for calm in Congo pending definitive presidential election results
    25 march 2016 06:30:36
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States says it has taken note of the presidential election results announced by the Minister of the Interior in the Republic of Congo and is appealing to all candidates and their supporters to remain calm pending the proclamation of the definitive results by the Constitutional Court. Full text...

  • US: Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Somalia until March 2017
    25 march 2016 05:49:26
    New York, US (PANA) - Stressing the importance of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia to that country's political process, the Security Council on Thursday extended the mandate of UNSOM's work until 31 March 2017. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir lauds peaceful polls in Niger, accepts invitation to attend investiture
    24 march 2016 15:25:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan on Thursday said he would attend the inauguration ceremony of Niger’s president elect Yusuf Mamadou. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia seeks to strengthen cooperation with African countries
    24 march 2016 13:05:05
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian minister of foreign affairs, Khemaies Jhinaoui, on Wednesday said that Tunisia is considering strengthing cooperation with other African countries and is willing to put its experience in all domains to the disposal of Cameroon. Full text...

  • Sudan: AU welcomes signing of roadmap by Sudanese Government
    24 march 2016 08:08:52
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union has commended Khartoum for signing a road map prepared by Thabo Mbeki, the head of African Union High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP), aimed to help warring parties in Sudan end their differences. Full text...

  • South Africa: Growing calls for Zuma to step down
    24 march 2016 07:45:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The scandal over President Jacob Zuma’s relationship with the wealthy Indian Gupta family refuses to die down and there are growing calls for him to step down as a result of the damage it has caused to South Africa. Full text...

  • US: DR Congo at 'critical juncture,' amid rising political tensions – UN envoy warns
    24 march 2016 06:02:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is at a critical juncture, with rising political tensions ahead of elections which could lead to violence if left unaddressed, the top United Nations official in the country warned the Security Council on Wednesday, while highlighting key issues for consideration as it renews the UN's mandate there. Full text...

  • Rwanda: China, Rwanda pledge to strengthen bilateral cooperation
    23 march 2016 15:57:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame and the visiting Chinese high-ranking official, Zhang Dejiang, on Wednesday agreed to work towards strengthening bilateral cooperation between their countries in various areas, including infrastructure and improving economic relations in a "win-win" partnership, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Niger: Mohamed Ibn Chambas wants Nigeriens to maintain social peace
    23 march 2016 13:19:24
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, on Wednesday appealed to Nigeriens to maintain the social peace in their country, especially after the proclamation of the results of the 20 March presidential election, won by incumbent president Mahamadou Issoufou. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Top Chinese legislator meets Rwandan officials
    23 march 2016 10:46:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Zhang Dejiang, a high-ranking official in the Communist Party of China, on Wednesday held separate meetings with the Speaker of Rwandan Parliament Donatilla Mukabalisa and President of the Senate, Bernard Makuza. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President Kagame names new head of intelligence service
    23 march 2016 09:52:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan president Paul Kagame has appointed Brigadier-General Joseph Nzabamwita as the head of the country's intelligence service. Full text...

  • Egypt: Conference of Sahelo-Saran Defence ministers opens in Cairo
    22 march 2016 17:39:49
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – A conference of Defence ministers from member countries of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) opened on Tuesday in Cairo focusing on the fight against terrorism within the Sahelo-Saharan space. Full text...

  • France: OIF secretary-general visits Indian Ocean member states
    22 march 2016 10:21:54
    Paris, France (PANA) - Francophonie International Organisation (OIF) Secretary-General Michaëlle Jean on Tuesday began a week-long official visit to the Indian Ocean OIF member states of Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles, the organisation has announced. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cameroon, Italy sign five cooperation agreements
    21 march 2016 18:00:45
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – New cooperation agreements between Cameroon and Italy were signed during the state visit that Italian President Sergio Mattarella had from 17 to 20 March in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Shein wins Zanzibar's re-run presidential election
    21 march 2016 11:58:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) has declared Ali Mohamed Shein of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party winner of the Isles' presidential election held on Sunday as a re-run of the nullified ballot that was cast on 25 October 2015. Full text...

  • South Africa: Battered Zuma survives recall threat
    21 march 2016 10:01:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma has emerged battered and bruised from this weekend’s National Executive Committee meeting of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) but calls for him to be impeached over the so-called “Guptagate” scandal were ignored. Full text...

  • Ghana: Former chairman of Ghana's main opposition party dies
    20 march 2016 15:27:01
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's main opposition party, New Patriotic Party (NPP), on Sunday announced the death of its former chairman Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President Paul Kagame names new minister of gender
    19 march 2016 14:47:44
    Kigali,Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan president Paul Kagame has named a female doctor, Diane Gashumba, as his new minister of Gender and Family Promotion, replacing Oda Gasinzigwa, amid growing concerns over homeless children living on the streets in the capital Kigali and its outskirts, PANA learnt Saturday from official sources. Full text...

  • Libya: EU assures support to Libya's Government of National Accord
    18 march 2016 18:36:18
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union stands ready to support the Government of National Accord, as the sole legitimate government of Libya, including, at its request, to restore stability, fight terrorism and manage migration in the central Mediterranean, the European Council affirmed Friday in conclusions of its 17-18 March 2016 session in Brussels. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia hosts meeting of Libya’s neighbouring countries
    18 march 2016 17:49:07
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia will host next Tuesday a meeting of foreign ministers of countries neighboring Libya, the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday in a statement. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council discusses Liberia's future, UN presence
    18 march 2016 06:37:16
    New York, US (PANA) - One year since Liberian authorities launched a “historic undertaking” to assume full responsibility of the country’s security by the end of next June, top United Nations officials on Thursday discussed what measures are needed to support the implantation of the plan, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council outlines steps for implementation of South Sudan peace deal
    18 march 2016 06:03:18
    New York, US (PANA) - While noting that the ceasefire between South Sudan’s warring factions has “largely held,” the United Nations Security Council on Thursday said it was deeply alarmed by ongoing violence in the country and set out specific steps for the parties to take towards full implementation of a seven-month–old peace deal, saying it would review their progress by the end of the month. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AUC deploys team of experts to observe Zanzibar's re-run elections
    17 march 2016 19:14:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has approved the deployment of a six-member team of election experts to follow the re-run elections in Zanzibar, scheduled on 20 March 2016. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA Sports Minister slams FIFA over bribery allegations
    17 march 2016 12:25:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, on Thursday called on FIFA to retract its statement that South Africa was involved in bribery to host the 2010 World Cup. Full text...

  • South Africa: Fresh scandal threatens to blow lid off Zuma's presidency
    17 march 2016 11:16:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has been plunged into another massive political storm following revelations by Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas that the influential Gupta family offered him the position of Finance Minister ahead of DeDecember's sacking of Nhlanla Nene which sent the markets into a tailspin. Full text...

  • CAR: UN rights expert urges support for new CAR government
    16 march 2016 19:31:12
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The United Nations independent expert on the human rights situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday called on the international community to support that country's newly elected President Faustin Archange Touadéra, and the government he will form, as he takes measures to meet the high expectations of the population. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU suspends direct budget aid to Burundi
    16 march 2016 12:54:18
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Council of European Union foreign affairs ministers has decided to suspend the direct budget aid to Burundi, following what it called "the lack of commitment from Burundi authorities" to get the African nation out of a political deadlock caused by the refusal of President Pierre Nkurunziza to hold dialogue with the opposition. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Libya for three months
    16 march 2016 06:28:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The Security Council on Tuesday extended the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) until 15 June, recognizing the need for a short extension so it can continue working with the country to establish the Government of National Accord (GNA). Full text...

  • Algeria: Mediterranean countries discuss common defence plan for 2016
    15 march 2016 17:53:48
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Five countries on the southern Mediterranean and five countries on the northern shore Tuesday began their 22nd executive committee meeting in Algiers under the initiative dubbed "5+5 Defence" to set priority activities under their 2016 action plan and to agree on a cooperation programme for 2017. Full text...

  • South Africa: Top court rules against government in al-Bashir case
    15 march 2016 11:48:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed the State's appeal against a High Court ruling that government's failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was inconsistent with its constitutional obligations. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Prime Minister reshuffles Cabinet
    15 march 2016 08:50:53
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Monday reshuffled his Cabinet and said he was henceforth assuming the portfolio of Minister of Finance and Economic Development. Full text...

  • US: Ban meets Morocco Foreign Minister on Western Sahara
    15 march 2016 06:53:08
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday in New York met with Salaheddine Mezouar, the Foreign Minister of Morocco, to exchange views on the state of efforts to settle the Western Sahara dispute, as well as his recent visit to the region to explore ways to intensify the negotiating process. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council renews call for global support for Libya national unity govt
    15 march 2016 06:29:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Monday reiterated its support for the Libyan national unity government and renewed its call on United Nations Member States to end official contact with parallel institutions that claim legitimate authority but are outside of the 17 December political agreement. Full text...

  • Central African Republic: EU commends CAR authorities, pledges more support to new leaders
    14 march 2016 14:57:02
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has commended Central African Republic authorities, under the leadership of Ms Catherine Samba-Panza, stating that the country "has crossed another milestone" with the peaceful conduct of elections. Full text...

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