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  • US: US: Ban tells Zuma he hopes South Africa will 'reconsider' ICC withdrawal decision
    31 october 2016 05:38:09
    New York, US PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a telephone conversation with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, has regretted the country's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) and expressed hope that it would reconsider the decision before the withdrawal takes effect. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ivorians vote on Quattara's proposed constitutional amendments
    30 october 2016 12:27:38
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Ivorians went to the polls on Sunday to vote on some constitutional amendments proposed by President Alassane Ouattara to end years of instability and unrest across the country, local newspapers reported here. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief regrets withdrawal of African countries from ICC
    29 october 2016 06:56:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing regret over the intention of three African countries to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for strengthening the ICC from within its processes. Full text...

  • UN: Ban stresses need for regional, global partnerships to promote stability
    28 october 2016 19:44:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Highlighting the complex challenges confronting global peace and security, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday emphasized the urgent need for a collective response by the international community that draws on regional and global partnerships. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: 'Stop arbitrary arrests of opposition supporters ahead of referendum'
    28 october 2016 15:19:40
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, has urged the authorities in Côte d’Ivoire to stop targeting opposition members by curtailing their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Full text...

  • Senegal: Former UN Prosecutor disappointed over Gambia's ICC withdrawal
    28 october 2016 13:09:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian-born former Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR), Hassan Jallow, says he is dismayed and disappointed over his country's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Ghana: Court quashes disqualification of presidential aspirant
    28 october 2016 13:04:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The High Court in Accra, Ghana, on Friday quashed the disqualification of the presidential candidate of the Progressive People's Party (PPP), a small centre-left party, Papa Kwesi Nduom, from contesting this year's election. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chairperson condemns terrorist attack in Kenya
    28 october 2016 11:58:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that killed at least 12 people in Kenya's northeastern border town of Mandera on 25 October. Full text...

  • Congo: Sassou-Nguesso, Kagamé call for political dialogue DRC
    28 october 2016 11:52:38
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagamé on Friday urged all the forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to strengthen political dialogue in a bid to keep peace and guarantee a free and fair electoral process, according to a press release issued at the end of a 48-hour visit by the Rwandan president to Congo. Full text...

  • Senegal: Botswana regrets South Africa's withdrawal from ICC
    27 october 2016 15:56:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Botswana's government has expressed regret over South Africa's withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Congo: President Kagame arrives in Congo
    27 october 2016 12:08:09
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Rwandan president Paul Kagamé arrived on Thursday in Brazzaville for a two-day visit to Congo. Full text...

  • UN: US abstains for first time in annual UN vote on ending embargo against Cuba
    27 october 2016 06:06:32
    New York, US (PANA) – In a near unanimous action, the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution underlining the need to end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba, while also welcoming progress in the relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • US: US condemns violence in Central African Republic
    27 october 2016 05:29:49
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has condemned the violence surrounding protests on 24 October in Bangui, capital of Central African Republic (CAR), that killed at least four civilians and injured nine others and called on all Central Africans to reject violence and refrain from rhetoric that could incite violence. Full text...

  • US: US envoy on African Affairs visits Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa
    26 october 2016 14:39:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Mrs. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, will from 28 October to 5 November, embark on diplomatic missions to Namibia, Lesotho and South Africa. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia's withdrawal from ICC is "shocking", says Amnesty International
    26 october 2016 14:16:42
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has described Gambia's announcement to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) as "shocking" and "a drastic march away from justice". Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu off to Luanda for regional summit on peace in DRC
    26 october 2016 12:34:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu left here Wednesday for Luanda, Angola, to attend a one-day summit discussing peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Congo: Congolese cabinet adopts draft bill on opposition status
    26 october 2016 11:29:16
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese government on Tuesday evening adopted the draft bill determining the status of the Congolese political opposition at the weekly council of ministers meeting, government spokesperson Thierry Moungalla has said. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia pulls out of ICC
    26 october 2016 10:12:39
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia has announced it is withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Point newspaper reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU, EU urge peaceful process to elections in DR Congo
    25 october 2016 17:47:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The agreement reached last week at the National Dialogue in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) should pave the way to a more inclusive process with the Congolese political stakeholders who did not participate in the Dialogue, in order to broaden support for a peaceful roadmap towards elections in the country, the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council and the European Union (EU) Political and Security Committee said Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban hopes South Africa will ‘reconsider’ decision to withdraw from ICC
    25 october 2016 05:17:54
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has regretted the decision of the South African Government to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and expressed the hope that the country will reconsider its decision before the withdrawal takes effect. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan president Paul Kagame arrives in Mozambique for state visit
    24 october 2016 14:21:38
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday arrived in Maputo for a state visit to Mozambique, aimed at further solidifying the friendship between the two countries and deepen their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, an official source confirmed in Kigali. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria under fire over ICC withdrawal plans
    24 october 2016 12:09:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The fallout from South Africa’s shock decision that it plans to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) continues to be felt with politicians and lawyers condemning Pretoria. Full text...

  • UN: ICC President regrets withdrawal of Burundi, South Africa
    22 october 2016 17:05:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mr. Sidiki Kaba, has expressed regrets with the decisions of Burundi and South Africa to withdraw from the ICC. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU regrets moves by South Africa, Burundi to exit Rome Statute
    22 october 2016 16:57:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has deeply regretted South Africa's decision to initiate its withdrawal from the Rome Statute and equally noted “with deep concern” Burundi’s formalisation of steps to withdraw from the Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to a statement made available to PANA in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Saturday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Resolution of problems in Southern Sudan no longer in our hands - Bashir
    22 october 2016 13:10:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir has reportedly warned the South Sudanese government to implement an agreement it signed with Khartoum four years ago or he would “turn over the page”. Full text...

  • US: Top UN official holds out hope for CAR if investments are made in peace
    22 october 2016 06:55:43
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has said that the Central African Republic (CAR) can focus on stabilization, reconciliation and reconstruction now that the country has emerged from one of the worst crises of its history and was trying to establish legitimate institutions. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU,EU envoys meet in Brussels to discuss cooperation on peace, security
    21 october 2016 19:24:17
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) and the Political and Security Committee of the European Union (EU) ambassadors will hold their 9th joint consultative meeting on 25 October 2016 in Brussels, Belgium, the Council of the EU said Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum welcomes US State Department call on Juba to stop aiding Sudanese opposition
    21 october 2016 16:17:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Friday welcomed a U.S. State Department statement calling on South Sudan to end harbouring and supporting Sudanese armed opposition groups, the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported. Full text...

  • Belgium: European parliament adopts climate resolution ahead of COP 22 in Marrakech
    21 october 2016 14:50:39
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Ahead of the COP 22 climate change conference, due for 7-18 November in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on the signatory countries to the COP 21 agreement, to reaffirm their commitment to the reduction of the greenhouse gas, in a bid to maintain the global climate warming under 2 degrees. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Minister confirms 'failed' coup in Burkina Faso
    21 october 2016 14:31:33
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The Burkinabe Minister of Security, Simon Compaoré, on Friday confirmed the arrest of 19 soldiers involved in a failed coup attempt, perpetrated by 30 soldiers of the presidential guard on 8 October, 2016. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council lauds move to end political crisis in Guinea Bissau
    21 october 2016 14:16:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday welcomed a recent inclusive dialogue, convened in Conakry by Alpha Conde, the President of Guinea, that involved political leaders, civil society and religious communities of Guinea-Bissau as part of a regional efforts to end the political crisis in that country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body decries South Africa's withdrawal from ICC
    21 october 2016 14:10:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The South African Parliament must urgently convene to reconsider the government’s decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the founding instrument of the International Criminal Court, Amnesty International said Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: US wants Juba to stop supporting armed Sudanese opposition groups
    21 october 2016 13:57:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States has urged South Sudan to stop harboring and assisting armed opposition groups against the Sudanese government. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria confirms ICC withdrawal application
    21 october 2016 09:45:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Justice Minister Michael Masutha on Friday confirmed that Pretoria has formally applied to pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) because its obligations are inconsistent with laws giving sitting leaders diplomatic immunity. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian military command arrests 1,358 in emergency crackdown
    20 october 2016 20:00:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - More than 1,358 people have been arrested under the Ethiopian State of Emergency law and several weapons seized, a military command post overseeing efforts to end violence in the country said in a report Thursday. Full text...

  • Somalia: International partners welcome Somalia's new HirShabelle state administration
    20 october 2016 19:34:55
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The international community on Thursday welcomed the conclusion of the state-formation process for the newly-formed HirShabelle Administration in Somalia and congratulated President Ali Abdullahi Osoble and Vice President Ali Abdullahi Hussein as they took up their responsibilities. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta frees 7,000 prisoners from Kenyan jails
    20 october 2016 18:12:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the release of 7,000 prisoners from jails on Thursday during national celebrations to honour heroes of the struggle against British colonial rule and warned prison authorities to prepare for more from a corruption purge. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: US official visits Ethiopia to press for political reforms
    20 october 2016 17:37:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The US has continued to pile political pressure against the Ethiopian government to respect its citizens’ right to freedom of expression, the US Embassy in the country said Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN peacekeeping chief pushes for ceasefire in Western Sahara
    20 october 2016 14:27:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous will on 21 to 25 October embarked on a diplomatic mission to Morocco, Western Sahara and Tindouf in Algeria, in an effort to foster a peaceful resolution of the Western Sahara dispute. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition calls for no confidence vote on President Zuma
    20 october 2016 12:20:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday announced that it will present a motion of no confidence on South African President Jacob Zuma following a wave of high-profile scandals. Full text...

  • DRC: Ban urges active engagement of all stakeholders in DRC
    20 october 2016 10:04:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Taking note of the wrap-up of the African-Union mediated national dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the Government to remain actively engaged with all political stakeholders, and called on political actors not involved in the talks to resolve their difference peacefully. Full text...

  • South Africa: New Public Protector refuses to release 'state capture' report
    19 october 2016 11:55:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s new Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Wednesday said she would not release a report on allegations of political interference by allies of President Jacob Zuma pending completion of a court case on the matter. Full text...

  • Zambia: Drop sedition charges against Zambia opposition leaders- Rights group demands
    19 october 2016 07:14:53
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International is asking the Zambian authorities to immediately drop charges of sedition against the main opposition leader and his deputy, ahead of their court appearance on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Morocco's King Mohammed VI visits Tanzania
    18 october 2016 10:45:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - King Mohammed VI of Morocco is due in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday for a five-day official visit to Tanzania, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation announced in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern about violence in Tripoli
    17 october 2016 06:42:54
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has expressed concern about reports of violence in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and the use of force to take over the headquarters of the State Council. Full text...

  • UN: New UN chief lists key priorities
    14 october 2016 17:47:25
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres has said he would focus on bringing peace to conflict zones, and work towards alleviating the suffering of vulnerable people around the world, particularly refugees. Full text...

  • US: US congratulates new UN chief
    14 october 2016 13:32:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government has congratulated Antonio Guterres on his appointment on Thursday by the UN General Assembly as the next UN Secretary-General. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari consoles Thailand on death of King Bhumibol
    14 october 2016 12:06:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday extended condolences to the royal family, government and people of Thailand on the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma gets temporary reprieve as court blocks damning report
    14 october 2016 11:54:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Following a week of high drama, the North Gauteng High Court on Friday approved the 1 November court date for parties to argue for or against an interdict against the release of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's interim state capture report. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari congratulates new UN Secretary-General
    14 october 2016 10:05:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Antonio Guterres on his appointment as the next UN Secretary General, beginning from 1 January, 2017. Full text...

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