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  • UN: UN Security Council extends mandate of AU mission in Somalia
    07 july 2016 18:39:03
    New York, US (APAN) - The UN Security Council on Thursday extended the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to 31 May 2017, and mandated the mission to reduce the threat posed by Al-Shabaab and other armed opposition groups in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA opposition calls for intervention in Zimbabwe crisis
    07 july 2016 10:55:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance says Pretoria’s silence on the civil unrest in Zimbabwe cannot be ignored. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition leader decries repression, harsh prison conditions
    07 july 2016 10:11:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Incarcerated Gambian opposition leader, Ousainou Darboe, has lashed out at the Gambian authorities for political repression and deplorable conditions in the country's prisons saying inmates were even denied access to the Koran and "homemade food" during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Israeli PM Netanyahu arrives in Rwanda for one-day visit
    06 july 2016 08:58:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday arrived in Kigali for a one-day official visit to Rwanda where he is expected to visit Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre to pay tribute to victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Israeli PM Netanyahu to visit Rwanda
    06 july 2016 07:07:28
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected in Rwanda on Wednesday for an official visit, the third leg of his four-nation East African tour, that has already taken him to Uganda and Kenya. Full text...

  • Kenya: Israeli Premier Netanyahu begins Africa tour to mend ties with AU
    05 july 2016 13:23:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has kicked off his visit to four countries in East Africa, seeking to advance diplomatic ties with the African Union (AU), where it will seek inclusion as an observer member, PANA reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius maintains sovereignty over the Chagos archipelago
    05 july 2016 13:01:46
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Tuesday maintained in Parliament that the Chagos Archipelago, including Diego Garcia, forms and has always formed an integral part of the territory of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Kenya: Netanyahu begins Kenya State Visit
    05 july 2016 12:53:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Tuesday morning welcomed Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to State House, Nairobi, with an elaborate State reception rounded off by a 19-gun salute. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Group to facilitate national dialogue in DRC meets
    05 july 2016 07:46:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The inaugural meeting of the Support Group to the AU-led Facilitation of the DR Congo National Dialogue was held in Addis Ababa on Monday with a call on all stakeholders to create a conducive environment for the holding of the national dialogue. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandans mark 22 years of liberation after genocide
    04 july 2016 16:43:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandans must own and shape the country's future, President Paul Kagame stated on Monday as his country celebrated the 22nd anniversary of the fall of the previous regime in 1994. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandans mark 22nd anniversary of Liberation Day
    04 july 2016 11:26:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandans on Monday celebrated the 22nd anniversary of the fall of the previous regime in 1994, with President Paul Kagame stressing the importance of dignity in the country's development. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Liberia lauds government on security takeover
    02 july 2016 15:42:07
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Mr. Farid Zarif, has lauded the people and Government of Liberia for re-assuming full control of the country's security for the first time since its civil war ended 13 years ago. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD welcomes Ethiopia's election to UN Security Council
    30 june 2016 12:03:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has congratulated Ethiopia for its election as a Non-Permanent member of the UN Security Council for two years starting from 1 January, 2017. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council extends mandates of UN missions in Mali, Darfur
    29 june 2016 18:54:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council on Wednesday extended the mandate of UN peacekeeping missions in Mali and Darfur. Full text...

  • Ghana: Police investigate alleged pelting of Mahama's convoy in opposition stronghold
    29 june 2016 18:28:35
    Kumasi, Ghana (PANA) - Police in Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city and opposition stronghold, are investigating an alleged pelting of the convoy of President John Dramani Mahama in the city where he has been campaigning ahead of the 7 November general election. Full text...

  • Brussels: OIF condemns attack on Antananarivo Stadium
    29 june 2016 14:05:42
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organization (OIF), Mrs Michaelle Jean, has "strongly" condemned the terrorists attack on the municipal stadium of Mahamasina, in the Malagasy capital, Antananarivo, according to a communiqué issued here and received Wednesday by PANA. Full text...

  • UN: Ethiopia, 3 others elected as UN Security Council non-permanent members
    29 june 2016 04:11:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The 193-member UN General Assembly late on Tuesday in New York elected Ethiopia, Sweden, Bolivia and Kazakhstan to serve on the UN Security Council as non-permanent members for a period of two years, starting from 1 January 2017. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Sudanese as new UN deputy envoy for Liberia
    27 june 2016 21:23:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon late Monday in New York appointed Sudan's Yacoub El Hillo, as UN Deputy Special Representative for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), succeeding Antonio Vigilante of Italy, who concluded his assignment on 15 June 2016. Full text...

  • Botswana: Kenyatta calls for improved economic relations with Botswana
    27 june 2016 15:02:32
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta said on Monday that Botswana and Kenya should work on improving their bilateral relations. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius considers UK, US threat over Chagos “as hostile and totally unacceptable”
    24 june 2016 16:56:22
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Friday stressed that the intention of Mauritius to seek an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the issue of the Chagos “should not be viewed as an unfriendly act since Mauritius is fighting for a legitimate cause.” Full text...

  • Mauritius: UK, US threaten Mauritius over Chagos
    24 june 2016 11:48:06
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The United Kingdom and the United States on Friday issued a joint communiqué in which they said that "referral of the Chagos issue to the International Court of Justice would cause lasting damage to Mauritius’ bilateral relations with both the UK and the US". Full text...

  • Rwanda: Senior US official calls for urgent steps to end impunity in Burundi
    24 june 2016 10:54:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes of Africa Thomas Perriello has called on the Burundian authorities to make efforts to end impunity and human rights abuses ion the country. Full text...

  • US: US imposes targeted sanctions on DR Congo police chief
    24 june 2016 05:31:24
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Thursday imposed targeted sanctions on Celestin Kanyama, the commander of the DR Congo national police force (PNC), for his role in police violence targeted against civilians, including peaceful protesters. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari vows heightened intolerance to corruption
    22 june 2016 18:27:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday held an unprecedented meeting with staff of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, warning that with his heightened new level of intolerance of corruption, anyone caught would be prosecuted without fear or favour. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Idriss Deby meets with Rwandan counterpart ahead of AU Summit in Kigali
    22 june 2016 15:53:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Chad President Idriss Deby Itno and current chairperson of the African Union (AU), on Wednesday met with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in Kigali, ahead of the 27th African Union Summit which is scheduled to take place 10-18 of July 2016, in the Rwandan capital city, Kigali, an official source confirmed to PANA here. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS new chair outlines plans
    22 june 2016 15:41:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The new chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, has outlined her plans for the sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS said in a statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: New French ambassador presents letters of accreditation to president Sall
    22 june 2016 12:56:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The new French ambassador to Senegal, Christophe Bigot, who arrived in Dakar on Thursday, on Wednesday presented his letters of accreditation to the Senegalese president, Macky Sall. Full text...

  • South Africa: Carnage in Pretoria over appointment of mayoral candidate
    21 june 2016 09:44:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The situation in several Pretoria townships remains extremely tense on Tuesday after violent clashes broke out over the ruling African National Congress' decision to appoint Thoko Didiza as its mayoral candidate for the 3 August elections. The protesters are demanding that current mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa be the mayoral candidate for the city. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan president arrives in Morocco for official visit
    20 june 2016 15:39:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame arrived in Morocco early Monday to start a two-day official visit, as Kigali seeks closer ties and stronger relations with the Northern African nation, an official source confirmed to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Kenya: Five policemen killed in Al Shabaab convoy attack in North-East Kenya
    20 june 2016 13:08:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Five police officers escorting a passenger bus have been killed in a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) attack on their vehicle in Dimu village, 40 kms outside Elwak town in North Eastern Kenya, a local government official, Ali Roba, said Monday. Full text...

  • Somalia: 43 Shebab militants sentenced to death in Somalia
    19 june 2016 19:53:54
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The military court of the semi-autonomous government of Puntland, Somalia, has sentenced 43 Shebab jihadists to death for carrying out attacks earlier this year in the north-east, Somali News Agency reported. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somali Shebab jihadists confirm death of prominent leader
    19 june 2016 19:05:01
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somali jihadist movement Shebab has confirmed the death of Mohamed Dhouyadeyni, one of its most preeminent leaders. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari returns home after medical treatment
    19 june 2016 18:48:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday returned home from London, United Kingdom, after receiving medical treatment. Full text...

  • US: US denies instigating Eritrea-Ethiopia border clashes
    19 june 2016 04:26:23
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has dismissed an accusation of the Government of Eritrea that Washington instigated last weekend's heavy fighting with Ethiopia along their border. Full text...

  • UN: UN experts urge concrete steps to end Burundi's crisis
    18 june 2016 14:59:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Concluding their second visit to Burundi, a team of UN human rights experts has welcomed certain improvements in the country, but warned that the recent "calm should not be confused with long-term stability". Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mali, Mauritania, UNHCR sign deal to repatriate Malian refugees in Mauritania
    16 june 2016 16:47:14
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritania, Mali and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday signed a tripartite agreement for the voluntary and coordinated repatriation of Malian refugees in Mauritania. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council urges political solution to Guinea-Bissau crisis
    16 june 2016 06:02:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council late on Wednesday in New York urged Guinea-Bissau politicians and other stakeholders to abide by the constitution and rule of law, while striving to find a political solution to the crisis in the country. Full text...

  • Zambia: Civil society group condemns increasing violence ahead of elections
    15 june 2016 15:11:11
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Oasis Forum, that includes the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ), the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), the Non Governmental Coordinating Council (NGOCC) and the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC), is extremely disturbed, appalled and greatly saddened by the increasing incidents of politically-motivated violence in the run-up to the 11 August general elections. Full text...

  • US: US 'gravely concerned' about Ethiopia-Eritrea border clashes
    15 june 2016 09:08:28
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States says it is "gravely concerned" about fighting that took place on the Ethiopia-Eritrea border on 12 and 13 June and called for restraint. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy warns on prolonged political crisis in Guinea Bissau
    14 june 2016 21:30:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), Modibo Toure on Tuesday warned that the longer the political crisis continues in Guinea Bissau, the more likely the country could see setbacks to its development and economic gains. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework holds meeting in Nigeria
    14 june 2016 13:26:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A meeting on the Conflict Prevention Framework of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) holds in Abuja, Nigeria, on Tuesday, according to an ECOWAS statement, obtained here by PANA. Full text...

  • UN: General Assembly elects Fiji Permanent Representative as President of 71st session
    14 june 2016 12:03:26
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations General Assembly on Monday elected Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji, as President of its upcoming 71st session. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council extends UN mission in Libya's mandate for six months
    13 june 2016 16:31:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council on Monday extended until 15 December 2016 the mandate of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), encouraging the mission to re-establish a permanent presence in the country through a phased return. Full text...

  • Algeria: Algerian leader reshuffles cabinet
    12 june 2016 15:22:00
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has reshuffled the government's cabinet by changing six portfolios, including finance and energy, a statement from the president's office said. Full text...

  • UN: UN Watch urges UN member states to grant amnesty to political prisoners
    11 june 2016 15:45:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental human rights organization, on Saturday appealed to a number of eminent persons to endorse an appeal to all 47 member states of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) to issue an amnesty to release their political prisoners on the occasion of the Council's 10th anniversary. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari sends list of 47 ambassador-nominees to Senate for confirmation
    09 june 2016 12:18:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday sent a list of 47 ambassador-nominees to the Nigerian Senate for confirmation. Full text...

  • US: US 'disappointed' at Kiir, Machar opposition to hybrid court
    09 june 2016 09:55:26
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US says it is disappointed that South Sudan President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Reik Machar are asking the US, UK and other world powers to oppose the establishment of a hybrid court that would try war criminals in their country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria expresses concern over US terror alert
    09 june 2016 09:48:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions between Pretoria and Washington remain high following a diplomatic spat over a possible terror threat in South Africa. Full text...

  • Libya: Kobler, Kikwete discuss cooperation between UNSMIL, AU
    08 june 2016 14:37:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General, Martin Kobler, also chief of the UN Support mission in Libya (UNSMIL), has said he held talks with the African Union envoy in Libya, Jakaya Kikwete, about the cooperation between the UN mission and the African Union to relaunch the political process in Libya. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Belgian FM visits Rwanda
    08 june 2016 14:19:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Belgian Foreign Minister, Didier Reynders, arrived in Kigali Wednesday to begin the second leg of his regional tour after wrapping up his visit to Tanzania, an official source confirmed to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

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