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  • Libya: Kobler meets Presidency Council in Tripoli, urges implementation of political agreement
    17 april 2016 19:09:36
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's House of Representatives has to decide on the Government of National Accord and endorse it, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya, Mr. Martin Kobler said on Sunday at his first press conference held in the country's capital, Tripoli. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Burundian leader seeks President Magufuli’s support for repatriation of refugees
    17 april 2016 11:20:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has asked Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli to entreat Barundi refugees to go back home because the situation in their country has normalized. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Quarrel between two ministers hits the headlines this week in Mauritius
    16 april 2016 16:45:42
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The virulent outburst from Foreign Affairs Minister Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo against his cabinet colleague, the Financial Services and Good Governance Minister, Roshi Bhadain, hits the headlines this week in Mauritius. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty Int'l urges Gambian authorities to investigate death of political activist
    16 april 2016 16:26:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Authorities in Gambia must immediately investigate the death, in detention, of a well-known political activist and release all other peaceful protesters who have been detained, Amnesty International said Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: Nine candidates jostling for next UN chief answered 800 questions - UN official
    15 april 2016 21:52:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft on Friday Full text...

  • UN: UN official task new CAR government on durable peace, stability
    15 april 2016 21:11:05
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Full text...

  • Switzerland: 2015 Nobel Peace Prize winning Quartet 'to share experiences'
    15 april 2016 12:34:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, which was awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, will visit Geneva, Switzerland, from 20-22 April, to share their experiences, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), a private diplomacy organisation, said on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa commemorates 20th anniversary of TRC
    15 april 2016 11:01:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa on Friday marked the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings which were held to address apartheid-era atrocities. Full text...

  • Tanzania: South Sudan becomes sixth member of EAC
    15 april 2016 10:45:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Friday in Dares Salaam signed the treaty of accession of his country into the East African Community (EAC) describing the event as a fulfillment of the dream that his country had for many years. Full text...

  • UN: Dialogue with candidates for UN Secretary-General position ends Thursday
    14 april 2016 15:35:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The third and final session of informal dialogues to hear the views of three more candidates for the position of the next UN Secretary-General is taking place at UN headquarters in New York on Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese, Somali presidents discuss cooperation between their countries
    14 april 2016 13:36:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The Sudanese and Somali presidents on Wednesday evening held a working session that focused on regional and international issues of common interest and how they would strengthen their cooperation in all domains. Full text...

  • Senegal: APRM launches peer review process for Senegal
    13 april 2016 19:57:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) on Wednesday announced the launch of a peer review process for Senegal, making it the 20th African country to be assessed for good and responsive governance. Full text...

  • UN: Côte d'Ivoire 'on the right track' – UN peacekeeping chief
    13 april 2016 06:51:22
    New York, US (PANA) - With Côte d'Ivoire now firmly anchored on the path of peace, stability and economic recovery, the top United Nations peacekeeping official has said that it is perhaps time to consider wrapping up the UN mission and begin to consider the Organization’s future role in supporting the consolidating the country’s gains. Full text...

  • Tunisia: UNDP launches initiative to support Libya's stabilization
    13 april 2016 06:38:31
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched an initiative to assist with the stabilization of Libya and its new unity Government, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly begins dialogue to select new UN chief
    12 april 2016 15:18:12
    New York, US (PANA) - UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft on Tuesday opened informal dialogues with candidates for the next UN Secretary-General, for the first time providing an opportunity for open engagement with the candidates by representatives of UN member states and the general public. Full text...

  • US: US condemns attacks by S. Sudan army on opposition cantonment site
    12 april 2016 06:43:37
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States on Monday in Washington, D.C. condemned recent attacks by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), which destroyed a declared opposition cantonment site at Numatina in Wau County, South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: Selection process for new UN chief begins on Tuesday
    11 april 2016 15:53:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The selection process for a new UN Secretary-General, traditionally Full text...

  • US: US expresses 'serious concern' about Darfur referendum
    11 april 2016 07:17:57
    Washington, US (APAN) - The United States has expressed "serious concern" regarding the Government of Sudan’s plans to conduct a referendum from 11-13 April over the political future of Darfur. Full text...

  • US: Troika encourages Sudanese parties to agree on AUHIP Roadmap
    09 april 2016 09:00:03
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The governments of Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States (Troika), which support the efforts of the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to create a Roadmap Agreement for ending conflict in Sudan has welcomed the Government of Sudan’s signing of the Roadmap agreement. Full text...

  • Chad: AU election observers in Chad for Sunday poll
    08 april 2016 19:35:48
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - A 34-member Election Observation Mission of the African Union (AUEOM) has arrived in Chad to monitor the country's presidential election to be held on Sunday. Full text...

  • Chad: Déby set to win Sunday presidential election in Chad (Preview by Anaclet Rwegayura, PANA Editor)
    08 april 2016 15:21:25
    Ndjamena, Chad (PANA) - Voters in Chad go to the polls on 10 April with none of the opposition candidates likely to stand a chance of beating incumbent President Idriss Déby who is seeking a fifth term. Full text...

  • US: US 'profoundly disappointed' at 'flawed' Congo election
    08 april 2016 07:02:49
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States says it is "profoundly disappointed" by the "flawed presidential electoral process" in the Republic of Congo where widespread irregularities and the arrests of opposition supporters following the elections marred an otherwise peaceful vote. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council renews sanctions against those blocking peace in South Sudan
    08 april 2016 06:41:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Determining that the situation in South Sudan poses a continuing threat to regional peace and security, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday renewed, until 1 June, its sanctions regime imposed last year against those blocking peace in the war-torn country, including a travel ban and a freeze on their assets. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission, European Commission underline peace in African conflict areas
    07 april 2016 19:21:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan must be fully implemented "as a necessary step to end the civil war and put the country on a new path of peace, security and development," said a joint communiqué issued here Thursday at the conclusion of the 8th College-to-College meeting between the African Union Commission and the European Commission. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari begins 5-day visit to China
    07 april 2016 18:28:56
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will on 11 April start a five-day state visit to China, Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission, European Commission officials meet to address shared EU-Africa challenges
    07 april 2016 13:44:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission and the European Commission are holding their annual College-to-College meeting in Africa's political capital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday, according to a story on the African Union website. Full text...

  • Congo: EU stresses respect for fundamental freedoms in Congo's parliamentary polls
    07 april 2016 13:32:10
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has called on the government and all stakeholders in the political situation in the Republic of Congo to ensure respect for fundamental freedoms and commit to transparent parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • US: US calls for support for Government of National Accord in Libya
    07 april 2016 07:08:40
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US says it welcomes the announcement by some former General National Congress (GNC) members on the dissolution of the Tripoli-based National Salvation Government and urged Libyans to support the Government of National Accord brokered by the United Nations. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says political progress to end Darfur conflict remains elusive
    07 april 2016 06:44:14
    New York, US (PANA) - Intensified fighting since January has resulted in a rapidly worsening security situation and large-scale displacement in Sudan’s Darfur region, UN Under Secretary-General for peacekeeping operations, Mr. Herve Ladsous warned Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Nationwide protests planned to topple Zuma
    06 april 2016 20:51:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's President Jacob Zuma may have Full text...

  • Senegal: African states urged to embrace Peer Review Mechanism
    06 april 2016 15:26:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), has called on governments to embrace the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), a statement from the AU obtained by PANA revealed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU Commissioner for neighbourhood policy visits Tunisia
    06 april 2016 15:21:05
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Commissioner in charge of neighbourhood policy, Johannes Hahn, will Thursday begin a two-day working visit to Tunisia during which he will be received by President Beji Caïd Essebsi and the head of the government, Habib Essid, European official sources said Wednesday in a communique. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan presidential council orders ministries' bank accounts frozen
    06 april 2016 13:38:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – In its first major assignment since arriving in Tripoli about a week ago, the presidential council of the Libyan national unity government on Wednesday ordered the Court of Accounts and the Governor of the Central bank to freeze the bank accounts of ministries and public organizations. Full text...

  • Egypt: Sudanese FA minister begins visit to Cairo
    06 april 2016 13:15:55
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Sudanese minister of Foreign affairs, Ibrahim Ghandour, arrived here Wednesday from Ethiopia for a two-day visit to Egypt within the framework of a trip that also took him to Switzerland and Kuwait. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Tanzanian president visits Rwanda
    06 april 2016 11:21:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli arrived in Full text...

  • Rwanda: Tanzanian president arrives in Rwanda for official visit
    06 april 2016 11:19:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli arrived in Rwanda on Wednesday by road for an official visit to Rwanda at the invitation of his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, in his first ever foreign trip since coming to power in November last year. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'ICC's verdict on Ruto, Sang must not derail efforts to ensure justice for victims'
    06 april 2016 09:08:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Tuesday's decision to drop charges against Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto and radio presenter Joshua Arap Sang must not derail efforts to ensure justice for victims of the 2007/8 post-election violence, the human rights body, Amnesty International, has said. Full text...

  • UN: Top UN official calls for implementation of Mali peace deal
    06 april 2016 05:33:06
    New York, US (PANA) - Every day lost in the implementation of Mali’s peace agreement is a day gained for extremist and terrorist groups that have bet heavily that the process will fail, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Tuesday, stressing that the Government and the armed groups who signed the deal must establish a timeline to resolve all pending issues. Full text...

  • Libya: Tripoli-based National Salvation government 'cedes' power
    06 april 2016 05:25:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The government of National Salvation in Tripoli, one of the two governments in Libya, on Tuesday night announced its decision to cede power to the Presidential Council brokered by the United Nations, one week after its arrival in the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari urges dialogue to resolve Burundian crisis
    05 april 2016 18:31:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari onTuesday urged the people and government of Burundi to explore dialogue towards resolving the current political crises dogging the central-eastern African country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma survives historic impeachment vote in South African parliament
    05 april 2016 18:25:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The National Assembly of South Africa on Tuesday voted against removing President Jacob Zuma from office following a heated debate where opposition party MPs said South Africa is facing a crisis over the president’s failure to uphold the Constitution. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Tanzanian President visits Rwanda
    05 april 2016 15:03:23
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli will start a two-day official visit to Rwanda on Wednesday where he is expected to join Rwandans for the 22nd Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis, an official source confirmed to PANA Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Vyapoory sworn in as Vice-President of Mauritius
    05 april 2016 11:52:28
    Réduit, Mauritius (PANA) - Mr Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory was on Monday night sworn in as Vice-President of the Republic of Mauritius before the Chief Justice, Mr Kheshoe Parsad Matadeen, at the State House, Réduit. Full text...

  • US: Senegal offers two Libyan former Guantanamo detainees humanitarian resettlement - Kerry
    04 april 2016 20:32:51
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) - The West African state of Senegal has offered two Libyan former Guantanamo Bay detainees humanitarian resettlement, as President Barack Obama continues in efforts to close down the facility, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, announced on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New USAID country director assumes office in Kigali
    04 april 2016 13:56:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Ms. Marcia Musisi-Nkambwe, the new country director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), one of Rwanda's largest bilateral development partners. assumed office here Monday, pledging to continue the impressive development work of the US agency in collaboration with different partners from Government, international donors, Civil Soceity in the East African nation, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma faces historic impeachment debate
    04 april 2016 11:50:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The executive committee of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is holding fresh talks in Cape Town on Monday as the party continues to deal with the fallout from the last week’s Constitutional Court ruling that found that President Jacob Zuma violated his oath of office. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somali president receives Egyptian delegation
    04 april 2016 11:30:24
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The Somali president, Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud, on Sunday held talks with an Egyptian delegation led by the Egyptian deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Idriss. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Speaker of Tunisian Parliament visits Algeria
    04 april 2016 10:51:32
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Speaker of the Assembly of the Tunisian People’s Representatives (Parliament), Mohamed Ben Naceur, on Monday began a two-day official visit to Algeria at the invitation of the Speaker of the Algerian Parliament, Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council requests options on deploying UN police in Burundi
    02 april 2016 09:38:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Paving the way for enhanced United Nations engagement in crisis-torn Burundi, the Security Council on Friday evening in New York requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to explore with the Government and regional actors options for a police deployment “to increase UN capacity to monitor the security situation, advance the rule of law and promote respect for human rights” in the country. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council welcomes Presidency Council's arrival in Tripoli
    02 april 2016 08:18:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations on Friday welcomed the arrival in the Libyan capital of Prime Minister Fayez Serraj and other members of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord. Full text...

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