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  • UN: Guterres unhappy with US for blocking UN Libya envoy appointment
    18 february 2017 20:06:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday said he was not happy with the decision by the US government to block former Palestinian prime minister, Mr. Salam Fayyad from heading the UN political mission in Libya. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief calls for preventive diplomacy to checkmate conflicts
    18 february 2017 18:44:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for a boost in preventive diplomacy and enhanced mediation efforts to address the root causes of conflicts around the world. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma addresses parliamentary "abuse"
    18 february 2017 12:53:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma late Friday confirmed he will contact National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to address the “abuse” that has been hurled at him in Parliament. Full text...

  • Sudan: Troika on Sudan renews support for AU-led peace efforts
    17 february 2017 17:44:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States, known as The Troika, have expressed their continued support for the peace process in Sudan led by the African Union. Full text...

  • UN: Kaba welcomes Gambia's return to ICC
    17 february 2017 16:58:12
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - Gambia's decision to reverse its withdrawal from the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC), was accepted Friday by the President of the Assembly of States Parties to the agreement, Sidiki Kaba, Full text...

  • US: US envoy for Africa visits Gambia
    17 february 2017 14:40:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, on Friday began a two-day (17-19 February) official mission to Gambia. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU extends targeted sanctions against Tunisian ex-president Ben Ali
    17 february 2017 14:04:21
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union council has extended, by one year until January 2018, the targeted sanctions against the former Tunisian president, Zin el Abidine Ben Ali, who fled his country following the bloody popular uprisings, an official European communiqué issued to the press on Thursday evening said. Full text...

  • UN: Gambia rescinds ICC withdrawal
    17 february 2017 06:57:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Gambia's Permanent Mission to the UN has submitted to the UN Secretary-General notification of the country’s rescission of its withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN, regional partners urge DR Congo parties to resume political talks
    16 february 2017 21:47:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Increasingly concerned about the political impasse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations and regional partner organizations on Thursday urged political actors to work out how to implement the 31 December political agreement on a timeframe for elections. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU, partners urge DRC stakeholders to conclude talks 'in good faith'
    16 february 2017 15:40:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) said Thursday they were increasingly concerned by the continuing impasse in the dialogue among the political stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) related to the implementation modalities of the 31 December political agreement. Full text...

  • Egypt: Guterres underscores political solutions to ease tensions in regional hotspots
    16 february 2017 06:03:23
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday reiterated his commitment to fighting terrorism but underlined also the importance of political solutions to the crises in Syria and the wider region, and put his weight behind the intra-Syrian negotiations expected to begin later this month in Geneva. Full text...

  • Ghana: British Foreign Secretary meets Ghana's president
    15 february 2017 16:45:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that his country would deepen ties with Ghana by ensuring more investments from British firms. Full text...

  • UN: Guterres announces steps to reform UN peace, security architecture
    14 february 2017 22:13:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday announced the establishment of an internal review team that will take forward the reforms to the UN Secretariat peace and security strategy, functioning and architecture, which he outlined when he was appointed the Un chief last year. Full text...

  • Gambia: British government to support Gambia
    14 february 2017 21:50:05
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - British Foreign Secretary, Mr. Boris Johnson, says his government will support Gambia in education, security and infrastructure development. Full text...

  • United Kingdom: The Commonwealth welcomes Gambia to rejoin association
    14 february 2017 17:48:07
    London, UK (PANA) - The Commonwealth on Tuesday said it welcomes any effort by the newly elected government of The Gambia to re-apply for membership of the organisation. Full text...

  • South Africa: Official opposition labels Zuma "an enemy of the people"
    14 february 2017 17:23:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday used the State of the Nation Address (SONA) debate to slam President Jacob Zuma and the ruling African National Congress, saying all they cared about was power and getting rich. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt foreign ministers to meet on Libyan crisis
    14 february 2017 11:17:11
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Foreign ministers of Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt will meet "very shortly" in Tunis on the Libyan crisis, the Tunisian minister of foreign affairs, Khameais Jhinaoui, has announced. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges reconciliation between govts, citizens, institutions
    13 february 2017 21:30:16
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the world faces a "terrible lack of trust", and called for reconciliation between people, their governments and global multilateral institutions. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma and Trump exchange views
    13 february 2017 17:55:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma and US President Donald Trump on Monday exchanged views during a telephone conversation, the Office of the Presidency said. Full text...

  • UN: Guterres seeks political solutions for Libya, other Arab nations
    12 february 2017 22:36:08
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday said he is seeking possible political solutions for Libya and other Arab nations being affected by conflicts, in order to bring ensure peace and stability. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council urges sustained democratic governance in Somalia
    10 february 2017 21:55:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Welcoming political and security progress in Somalia since 2012, including the recently concluded elections in the country, the UN Security Council has stressed the need to maintain the momentum towards democratic governance in the African nation. Full text...

  • South Africa: Chaos during Zuma's State of the Nation address
    09 february 2017 19:30:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address was once again disrupted by enraged members of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Full text...

  • Somalia: International partners congratulate Somalia's new president
    09 february 2017 16:45:11
    Mogadishu, Somali (PANA) - The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States have jointly welcomed the conclusion of Wednesday's presidential vote and extended their "sincerest congratulations to Somalia’s new Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his victory." Full text...

  • Ethiopia: PM Hailemariam welcomes new Somali President Mohamed
    09 february 2017 16:28:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn sent his congratulations to the new President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed 'Farmajo' on Thursday, as daylong celebrations continued following the landmark election in the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau opt for political solution to the Libyan crisis
    09 february 2017 13:17:16
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Leaders of Mauritania and Guinea-Bissau have suggested that a political solution was the best way to resolve the military and security crisis rocking Libya for years now. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chairperson congratulates Somali President Mohamed
    09 february 2017 11:31:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has congratulated Somalia's newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and commended former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for his service to the nation and for gracefully accepting Wednesday's election outcome. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tensions high ahead of State of the Nation address
    09 february 2017 09:10:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions are running high ahead of Thursday night’s State of the Nation address following an uproar over the deployment of 441 soldiers in the Cape Town city centre. Full text...

  • UN: 'Côte d’Ivoire could be success story if peacekeeping gains fully backed'
    09 february 2017 07:51:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Côte d’Ivoire is on the path to durable stability, the United Nations envoy for the country on Wednesday told the Security Council, but warned that authorities need to invest more in national reconciliation and transitional justice, and to improve the economic, social and cultural rights of Ivorians. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN mission pledges support for new President
    09 february 2017 07:42:15
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Congratulating former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on his election as Somalia’s new President, the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNSOM) has said the UN and the wider international community are ready to assist him in addressing the myriad challenges that await his Government. Full text...

  • US: US congratulates Somalia on conclusion of electoral process
    08 february 2017 20:17:22
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - The United States on Wednesday congratulated the people of Somalia on the successful conclusion of their national electoral process. Full text...

  • Kenya: Police expose Kenya-Somalia cross-border terror cell
    08 february 2017 19:20:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Police in Kenya have exposed a cross-border terrorist cell comprising seven suspects who, it said, carried out recent terror attacks on a hotel and a lodge in the northeastern town of Mandera as well as attacks on a police camp in the region. Full text...

  • US: Libyans must make 2017 'year of decisions' UN envoy tells Security Council
    08 february 2017 19:12:28
    New York, US (PANA) – Still seeking to implement a political accord signed more than a year ago, Libyans must make 2017 “the year of decisions” and political breakthrough, the United Nations envoy for the North African country urged on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somali diplomat Mohamed Farmajo wins Presidential election
    08 february 2017 18:57:16
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Newly-elected Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo of Somalia was sworn in late Wednesday in the capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Harare: Rights groups ask Zimbabwe to drop 'politically motivated' charges against Pastor Mawarire
    08 february 2017 17:43:45
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Two human rights groups on Wednesday asked the Zimbabwean authorities to drop all politically motivated charges against human rights activist Pastor Evan Mawarire. Full text...

  • Somalia: First round of Somalia presidential poll produces no winner
    08 february 2017 17:40:33
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somalia's Federal President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud emerged as the front-runner in the first round of the presidential voting by members of the Federal Parliament on Wednesday but fell far short of the required two-thirds majority to win outright, forcing a second round of balloting among the top four recipients of the ballots cast. Full text...

  • South Africa: President Zuma objects to Trump comparison
    08 february 2017 14:20:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma’s office has hit back at a popular newspaper columnist who compared him to the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump. Full text...

  • Sudan: Islamic Cleric wants Sudan to normalize relations with Israel
    08 february 2017 14:13:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A call for Sudan to normalize relations with Israel, by Islamic cleric, Sheikh Yusuf al-Kodah, has sparked a heated debate across the African country that is running for three days now. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow says Gambia will rejoin international organisations
    08 february 2017 09:29:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow says his government is working to rejoin the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Commonwealth stressing that his country should be part of all international organizations and respect all protocols because these are partners that it needs. Full text...

  • Libya: Italy to open consulate in eastern Libya
    07 february 2017 12:33:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Italian ambassador to Libya, Giuseppe Perroni, has said that his country is considering opening a consulate in eastern Libya to facilitate the issuance of visas to Libyans in that region as well as consolidate the mutual cooperation between both countries in the fields of education, health, culture and security. Full text...

  • Libya: EU to mediate between al-Sarraj, Haftar
    07 february 2017 11:58:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has reaffirmed its willingness to mediate between the chairman of the Libyan presidential council of the coalition government of national accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, and the commander of the Libyan national army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who controls portions of Libya. Full text...

  • Mali: Extraordinary G5-Sahel summit opens in Bamako
    06 february 2017 14:32:41
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Opening the extraordinary summit of G5-Sahel member countries in Bamako, Mali, Chadian president, Idriss Deby Itno, on Monday bemoaned the fresh outbreak of terrorism in the Sahelian region, alluding to the recent deadly attacks in military camps in Mali and Niger. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir says Halaib remains Sudanese territory
    06 february 2017 13:03:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir, has reiterated that the Halaib territory, presently under Egyptian military occupation, remains a Sudanese land, citing the first Sudanese elections held in the 1950s during the Anglo-Egyptian condominium which had covered the territory as part of the Sudan. Full text...

  • Botswana: Opposition parties in Botswana form coalition
    03 february 2017 18:20:16
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s three main opposition parties on Friday announced a merger under the banner of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), signalling their intention to win the general elections due in 2019. Full text...

  • South Africa: Security beefed up ahead of State of the Nation address
    03 february 2017 11:15:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Security has been stepped up dramatically ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address next Thursday, amid concerns that there will be further chaos in and around Parliament. Full text...

  • South Africa: De Klerk slams Zuma on historic anniversary
    02 february 2017 14:30:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Exactly 27 years after he changed the course of African history, Nobel Laureate FW De Klerk took aim at President Jacob Zuma, saying he is determined to accelerate South Africa's descent to an economic and racial crises. Full text...

  • US: Guterres highlights strengthened cooperation after first mission to Africa as UN chief
    02 february 2017 06:44:01
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has highlighted enhanced synergies and avenues of cooperation with the African Union following his visit maiden participation at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa as UN chief. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow appoints 11 ministers
    01 february 2017 20:04:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow on Wednesday appointed 11 ministers who were sworn in the same day. Full text...

  • Sudan: Troika backs AU, IGAD, UN peace process in South Sudan
    01 february 2017 19:36:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States, the United Kingdom and Sweden have expressed “deep concern” about the continuing spread of fighting and the risk of inter-communal violence escalating into mass atrocities in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan FA minister denounces Trump's ban on Libyans
    01 february 2017 18:27:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Tahar Siala has criticized the Executive Order by US President Donald Trump on immigration from seven Muslim countries, including Libya, saying "it is a racist and unjust decision that should be revised." Full text...

  • Mali: Mali opposition leader says terrorist attacks killed at least 332 in 2016
    01 february 2017 12:03:58
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The leader of Mali's opposition Union for Republic and Democracy (URD), Soumaila Cissé, says at least 332 people, including 207 civilians, were killed last year following attacks perpetrated by terrorist groups operating in the north and centre of the country. Full text...

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