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  • UN: Ban urges Burundi's parties to refrain from violence during elections
    21 july 2015 15:31:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the decision of the government of Burundi to hold the presidential election on 21 July, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on the authorities to do all in their power to ensure security and a peaceful atmosphere during the polls. Full text...

  • Burundi: President Nkurunziza votes in his native village in northern Burundi
    21 july 2015 11:44:46
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Burundian president, Pierre Nkurunziza, whose controversial third-term bid has been at the center of a heated political debate for nearly three months, cast his vote Tuesday morning in his native village of Ngozi, northern Burundi. Full text...

  • Burundi: Voting in Burundi presidential election begins
    21 july 2015 09:20:51
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – After a particularly tense night with heavy gunfire and grenade explosions in several districts of Bujumbura, believed to have been perpetrated by the opposition against the candidature of President Pierre Nkurunziza for a third-term, voting began Tuesday amidst a calm atmosphere in the Burundi presidential polls. Full text...

  • US: Buhari hails US for making Nigeria's transition peaceful
    21 july 2015 08:20:38
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - In his first meeting with US President Barack Obama since assuming office as Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari has said the continued pressure on the immediate past administration by the US and some European countries led to the success of Nigeria's general elections in March and April. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. denounces abduction of Italian nationals
    20 july 2015 21:53:32
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan acting government says it has started investigating the abduction of four Italians in the zone of Mellitah. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU wants to increase cooperation with Tunisia, says Mongherini
    20 july 2015 21:12:12
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) senior representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, Federika Mongherini, says that the EU is considering accelerating its cooperation with Tunisia to help the country complete its democratic transition and achieve development and stability. Full text...

  • Egypt: Egyptian PM on visit to Equatorial Guinea
    20 july 2015 17:47:02
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab on Monday began a two-day visit to Equatorial Guinea where he will hold talks with senior government officials on strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation at continental level, diplomatic sources said in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Moroccan monarch sends message to Tunisian president
    20 july 2015 17:30:22
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia and Morocco have reaffirmed the need for strengthened mutual cooperation in their efforts to defeat terrorism, Morocco's Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said here Monday after delivering a verbal message from King Mohamed VI to Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN asks staff to keep off offices as Obama prepares to visit Kenya
    20 july 2015 15:55:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to Kenya, the United Nations has asked its staff in Nairobi to keep off UN premises. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Major cabinet reshuffle in Burkina Faso
    20 july 2015 14:14:29
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – There has been a major cabinet reshuffle in Burkina Faso with the interim president Michel Kafando, now taking over the portfolios of Defence and Security. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian PM in Brussels for anti-terrorism conference
    20 july 2015 13:48:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian Prime Minister, Habib Essid, is due in Brussels, the Belgian capital, where he will attend the Conference of European foreign affairs ministers on security and the fight against terrorism, official sources said. Full text...

  • US: Great Lakes' Special Envoy begins African visit
    19 july 2015 11:40:48
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States' Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Thomas Perriello Sunday kick-started his visit to Africa as part of a trip that will also take him to France and the United Kingdom, the US State Department said. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council tasks Libyan parties on new political agreement
    17 july 2015 19:34:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council has welcomed the endorsement of the Libyan Full text...

  • South Africa: China to released South African detainees
    17 july 2015 12:28:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s International Relations Department on Friday confirmed that the five remaining South Africans detained in China will be released this weekend. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President Aziz appeals for unity at Eid el Fitr
    17 july 2015 09:32:28
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has called for unity in his country, as it joins the rest of the world to mark Eid-el-Fitr, the end of Muslim's Holy Month of fasting. Full text...

  • DRC: UN, ICGLR, president Kabila hold talks
    16 july 2015 21:09:07
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – DR Congo president Joseph Kabila on Thursday held talks in Kinshasa with the special representative of the UN Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region, Saïd Djinnit, on the situation in the region. Full text...

  • Sudan: Foreign Ministry summons S/Sudan Ambassador to protest support for anti-Khartoum rebels
    16 july 2015 09:36:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has officially protested what it described as direct South Sudan support for armed rebel movements opposed to Khartoum. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy urges all Libyan parties to back political agreement
    15 july 2015 19:32:04
    New York, US (PANA) - A peaceful transition in Libya will only succeed through a Full text...

  • Nigeria: War against terror, trade, economic relations top agenda for Buhari's US visit
    15 july 2015 17:52:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Sunday for Washington, DC, on a four-day official visit to the US, the State House said in a statement issued here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy stresses partnership between UN mission in DRC, Govt.
    15 july 2015 08:30:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The capacity of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council extends UN peacekeeping force in Abyei to December 2015
    14 july 2015 22:51:28
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) to December, 2015, as part of ongoing efforts to maintain peace and protect civilians in the disputed territory. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan lawmakers approve removal of term limit for president (News Analysis by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA correspondent, Kigali)
    14 july 2015 20:50:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan Senate and Parliament on Tuesday approved a resolution that begins the process of amending the East African country's constitution to allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third term. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria files application in Al-Bashir case
    14 july 2015 14:25:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African government on Tuesday formally lodged an application for leave to appeal a high court order that the authorities should have arrested Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir when he was in the country for last month’s African Union (AU) summit. Full text...

  • UN: UN concerned by decision of CAR authorities to deny refugees vote
    13 july 2015 22:11:20
    New York, US (PANA) - UN agencies on Monday expressed concern over the decision of Central African Republic (CAR) authorities to deny refugees from the country the right to participate to the presidential election set for this fall. Full text...

  • UN: Ban tasks South Sudan leaders on a political agreement
    13 july 2015 22:04:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Just days after marking the somber fourth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged the leaders of the country to end hostilities and to move beyond their "partial interests" and show courage and leadership. Full text...

  • Libya: Spain sees political agreement among Libyans as way to stability
    13 july 2015 18:36:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Spain has welcomed the signing by Libyan stakeholders of the draft agreement proposed by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to resolve the Libyan crisis. Full text...

  • (UPDATE): Nigeria's President appoints new NSA, Service Chiefs
    13 july 2015 16:18:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appointed new Service Chiefs and National Security Adviser (NSA), according to a statement from the presidency. Full text...

  • DEVELOPING STORY: Nigeria's Pres. Buhari sacks Service Chiefs
    13 july 2015 14:53:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari Monday fired the military Service Chiefs, but their replacements are yet to be announced. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. opposes establishment of migrants’ camps in Libya
    13 july 2015 10:55:26
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan interim government has described as ''unacceptable'' the suggestion that camps be built in Libya to accommodate illegal migrants caught while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Full text...

  • UN: UN Scribe welcomes new political agreement in Libya
    12 july 2015 22:57:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday expressed happiness at the signing of a political agreement by Libyan stakeholders aimed at resolving the country's political crisis. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Ruling party picks candidate to succeed President Kikwete
    12 july 2015 10:45:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania’s ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party on Sunday named Works Minister John Pombe Magufuli its candidate for the forthcoming Presidential election to succeed Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete who, under the constitution, is bound to stand down after serving two five-year terms. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: French FM Fabius to visit CAR, Ethiopia
    11 july 2015 12:11:37
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The French minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Laurent Fabius, will from Monday begin a two-nation African visit that will take him to Central African Republic (CAR) and Ethiopia, diplomatic sources told PANA on Saturday. Full text...

  • Mali: Parliament adopts Mali-France defence cooperation treaty
    10 july 2015 21:07:36
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian Parliament on Friday unanimously adopted a defence cooperation treaty with France signed on 16 July 2014 in Bamako by the French and Malian governments. Full text...

  • Tunisia: President Essebsi invited to India-Africa summit
    10 july 2015 20:41:46
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian president, Béji Caïd Essebsi, has been invited by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to attend the Africa-India summit due for 26-30 October in the Indian capital, New Delhi, according to a communiqué issued on Friday by the Tunisian presidency. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council 'disappointed' with South Sudan leaders
    10 july 2015 20:28:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Months of politically motivated violence in South Sudan has left thousands dead and caused a man-made catastrophe, the UN Security Council has expressed profound disappointment with President Salva Kiir, former Vice-President Riek Machar and other leaders, who have put their personal ambitions ahead of the good of their country and their people. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy calls for end to fighting in Benghazi, urges political solution to crisis
    10 july 2015 17:30:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Libya, Bernardino Leon, on Friday condemned the Full text...

  • Kenya: Violence mars South Sudan independence anniversary
    09 july 2015 19:33:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - South Sudan marked its fourth independence anniversary Thursday amid a deepening political crisis that is tearing the world’s newest state into pieces, and with the opposition threatening to escalate the war in the country to end President Salva Kiir’s mandate. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese FM attends South Sudan independence anniversary
    09 july 2015 19:19:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan intends to further strengthen ties with South Sudan in various spheres with the goal of achieving peace, stability and development as the main aspirations of the peoples of the two countries, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said Thursday in Juba at celebrations marking the fourth independence anniversary of South Sudan. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: President Kafando invited to Côte d’Ivoire
    09 july 2015 14:44:41
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's acting President Michel Kafando has been invited by his Ivorian counterpart Alassane Ouattara to visit Côte d'Ivoire 27 July 2015. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma responds to criticism from judiciary
    09 july 2015 08:42:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - President Jacob Zuma has responded to a scathing attack on him and his administration by the South Africa’s leading judges. Full text...

  • Libya: US appoints new ambassador to Libya
    08 july 2015 21:52:31
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The US has appointed Peter Bad as new ambassador to Libya, three years after the death of ambassador Chris Stevens in a terrorist attack against the US consulate in Benghazi, the Libyan media reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU appoints start-up team for deployment to Burundi
    08 july 2015 20:44:28
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) announced on Wednesday it has put in place a Start-up Team of civilian and military experts ready for immediate deployment to unsettled Burundi, while efforts are underway to generate additional personnel. Full text...

  • Libya: "Rebel" parliament refuses to sign UN's draft political agreement on Libya
    08 july 2015 13:49:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan General National Congress (CNG), not recognized by the international community, announced Tuesday it had rejected the draft agreement proposed by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to end the ongoing conflict in that country. Full text...

  • Gambia: Controversial election bill 2015 passed
    08 july 2015 08:29:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian lawmakers have passed into law the Independent Electoral Commission Amendment Bill 2015 that will raise the stakes for those seeking to contest elections into various positions in the country. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ruling party wins bye-election to increase tally in parliament
    07 july 2015 22:33:50
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Tuesday recaptured the Talensi constituency seat in parliament when it won a bye-election after defeating the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP). Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: 'Free, fair elections in Côte d'Ivoire, a priority for US'
    07 july 2015 21:30:25
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The US deputy secretary for West African Affairs at the US State Department, Mrs Bisa Williams, on Tuesday in Abidjan said that a top priority for the United States with regard to Côte d'Ivoire is to ensure free and fair elections in October with high voter turnout. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambian opposition demands electoral, constitutional reforms
    07 july 2015 18:57:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Six Gambian opposition parties have jointly made proposals and demands geared towards electoral and constitutional reforms ahead of the West African country's 2016 presidential election. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Opposition MPs quit parliament before formal closure
    07 july 2015 11:40:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian Opposition legislators late Monday exited the National Assembly three days ahead of its official dissolution by President Jakaya Kikwete before the general elections set for 25 October 2015. Full text...

  • Libya: Italy opposes deportation of illegal migrants to Libya
    07 july 2015 10:51:15
    Tripoli (PANA) - Italy is opposed to the proposal in certain circles to deport to Libya the hordes of illegal migrants using the North African country as a staging post to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Italy. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy warns GNC with sanctions if it fails to reach agreement national govt
    06 july 2015 20:27:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, has warned the General National Congress (GNC), the outgoing parliament installed in Tripoli, with severe sanctions if they fail to reach agreement likely to pave way for the formation of a national consensus government, Libyan newspapers reported on Monday. Full text...

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