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  • E. Guinea: African leaders create Criminal Court, grants immunity to sitting Presidents (Eds: Refiling to reflect name of old court)
    30 june 2014 08:27:19
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - African leaders who met here at their 23rd ordinary summit have approved a Protocol to create the African Court of Justice and Human and Peoples Rights to try 14 international crimes including genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, piracy, corruption, mercenaries, money laundering and unconstitutional changes of government. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President urges compatriots to shun extremism
    29 june 2014 15:00:03
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has called on his compatriots to imbibe the lessons of Islam by avoiding extremism. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Guinean, Gabonese, Chadian presidents to visit Tunisia
    28 june 2014 16:13:31
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The presidents of Guinea, Gabon and Chad are to visit Tunisia by the end of September to strengthen bilateral relations as Tunisia looks to promote ties and tap economic potentials of African countries. Full text...

  • Belgium: Francophone organisazation lifts Guinea Bissau suspension
    28 june 2014 12:15:32
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The permanent council of the International Francophone Organization (OIF), composed of representatives from 77 member countries, on Friday lifted the suspension of Guinea Bissau from the organisation. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama replaces minister and deputy minister of Youth and Sports (Eds: Refiling to correct spelling of outgoing deputy minister of youth and sports in para 3)
    28 june 2014 05:55:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - President John Mahama has replaced the Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah and his deputy, Joseph Yammin, in a reshuffle. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama replaces minister and deputy minister of Youth and Sports
    28 june 2014 05:29:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - President John Mahama has replaced the Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah and his deputy, Joseph Yammin, in a reshuffle. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese, Egyptian presidents meet
    27 june 2014 19:40:58
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Egyptian president Abdel Fatah El-Sisi made a stopover in Sudan on Friday, where he met with President Omar Al Bashir. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Opposition forum rejects results of presidential election
    27 june 2014 18:37:36
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The National Forum for Democracy and Unity (FNDU), a coalition made up of political parties, trade union confederations and independent personalities, on Friday rejected the results of the presidential election held in Mauritania on 21 June saying it lacked legitimacy. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: AU Summit allows more time for S. Sudan atrocities probe
    27 june 2014 18:33:33
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The African Union Summit meeting in the Equatorial Guinean resort of Sipopo, on Friday granted three more months to the ongoing investigations into the war crimes in South Sudan, officials said. Full text...

  • Togo: Opposition demands local polls before presidential vote
    27 june 2014 18:24:08
    Lome,Togo (PANA) - The Togolese opposition has, after two days of protests in Lome, the Togolese capital, demanded the organization of local elections before the presidential poll in 2015 while calling for political reform ahead of both exercises. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: African leaders unanimous on need for agricultural transformation
    27 june 2014 16:04:46
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - African leaders attending the 23rd Assembly of African Union (AU) heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, are unanimous on the need to step up agricultural transformation for the continent’s development. Full text...

  • Libya: EU hails successful parliamentary elections despite challenges
    27 june 2014 15:48:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has hailed Wednesday's successful parliamentary elections in Libya, despite the challenges facing the country. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian and Burkinabe presidents meet in Malabo
    27 june 2014 15:11:54
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso and Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia on Thursday held talks on the sidelines of the 23rd Ordinary Summit of the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on strengthening bilateral cooperation, the press service of the Tunisian Presidency said on Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir appoints new ministers
    27 june 2014 14:16:27
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Al-Bashir has appointed two senior ministers and three ministers of state in a minor reshuffle of his cabinet, the official Radio Omdurman said Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Group hails Saturday's presidential poll
    27 june 2014 14:01:22
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A Mauritanian civil society group has hailed Saturday's presidential election in the country for its 'transparency'. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Former OAU chief retiring from politics
    27 june 2014 10:35:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Former Africa’s top diplomat and veteran Tanzanian politician Salim Ahmed Salim has said he will not seek his country’s presidency because he intends to retire from active politics, a local daily here reported Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: Obama calls Libya's parliamentary poll 'important step towards democracy'
    27 june 2014 10:25:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has expressed satisfaction with Libya's parliamentary elections, calling it “an important step towards democracy”, the local media reported Friday, quoting a US statement. Full text...

  • UN: Ban pledges closer collaboration with African Union
    26 june 2014 22:49:36
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the UN is proud to be a key partner with Africa, underscoring the organisation’s commitment to working with African leaders to resolve and prevent conflict, as well as to enhance agricultural productivity, promote industrialization and ensure gender equality. Full text...

  • Libya: Some 650 Turks evacuated from Syrte
    26 june 2014 19:34:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Some 650 Turks employed at a steam power plant in Syrte, central Libya, were repatriated on Wednesday because of threats and security concerns, casting doubt on the implementation of the project, the plant's manager, Aboubakar Makhioune, has said. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: AU examines creation of African monetary fund
    26 june 2014 17:20:15
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) – The protocol on the creation of an African monetary fund is among proposals submitted to the consideration of African leaders who began their 23rd ordinary session on Thursday in the Equatorial Guinean capital, Malabo. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: Egypt’s El-Sisi defends military takeover at AU Summit
    26 june 2014 17:09:25
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - Egypt’s newly-elected President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi defended the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday, saying the act was in response to popular demand and helped to stop Egypt from sliding into a dangerous political crisis or civil war. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: AU Summit warns terror attacks spread climate of fear across Africa
    26 june 2014 16:16:02
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The 23rd African Union Summit opened in Malabo on Thursday amid growing concern over the continuing terrorist attacks in Kenya, Nigeria and Somalia. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: Museveni urges Africans to banish sectarianism to ensure peace
    26 june 2014 15:01:56
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has urged Africans to banish sectarianism and gender chauvinism if they want to ensure security on the continent. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: AU opens agric-focused summit in Malabo
    26 june 2014 12:09:44
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The 23rd ordinary summit of the African Union (AU) kicked off Thursday in Equatorial Guinea's sea side resort of Sipopo with a focus on agriculture and food security, among others. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia, Gabon sign agreements
    26 june 2014 07:45:27
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia and Gabon Wednesday signed several cooperation agreements, including one that excludes holders of diplomatic passports from getting visa. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Mali, Cote d'Ivoire
    25 june 2014 22:33:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday extended the mandates of UN peacekeeping forces in Mali and Cote d’Ivoire, as part of its efforts to maintenance of international peace and security. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy hopes Libya's polls will lead to political stability
    25 june 2014 21:18:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Libya, Mr. Tarek Mitrihas commended the Libyan authorities on the organisation of Wednesday's the parliamentary election hoping that it will pave the way for stability. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: Ministers meet ahead of AU summit on Libya dialogue
    25 june 2014 20:49:28
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) – The foreign ministers from neighboring countries of Libya on Wednesday held a consultative meeting in the Equatorial Guinea capital, Malabo, on the situation in Libya and the possibility to contribute to national dialogue in the North African country. Full text...

  • Mauritania: French armed forces Chief of Staff visits Mauritania
    25 june 2014 20:11:00
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Chief of Staff of the French armed forces, General Peter de Villiers, is on a two-day official visit to Mauritania with security issues high on his agenda, the Mauritanian News Agency (AMI) reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: FM summons South Sudan, USA diplomats over apostasy case
    25 june 2014 20:01:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned the charges d'affaires of the United States of America and South Sudan, separately, to officially protest their involvement in attempting to facilitate the travel out of Sudan of the Sudanese woman who was acquitted this week of apostasy charges. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan leaves for AU Summit in Malabo
    25 june 2014 18:03:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, left Abuja Wednesday for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to participate in the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit of Heads of State and Government. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan, Ethiopian leader hold bilateral talks
    25 june 2014 17:35:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, and the visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister, Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn‎, Wednesday held bilateral talks at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, pledging to cooperate and be at the forefront of fighting terrorism and extremism in the African continent. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 35th SADC Parliamentary Forum opens in Mauritius
    25 june 2014 16:00:46
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian President Rajkeswur Purryag, told SADC parliamentarians Wednesday that it is imperative to revisit the ambitious regional integration “Road Map” set up by themselves and propose new realistic timelines “because without regional integration, it will be difficult to integrate the world economy.” Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian general elections scheduled for October, December
    25 june 2014 15:19:55
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The parliamentary election and the first round of the presidential polls will be held on 26 October and 23 November respectively in Tunisia, the national constituent assembly announced Wednesday after adopting proposals submitted to it by the higher independent body for the elections (ISIE). Full text...

  • Mauritania: Defeated candidate challenges poll results in court
    25 june 2014 13:08:48
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A defeated candidate in the just-concluded presidential election in Mauritania, Biram Ould Abeid Ould Dah, has said he will challenge the result in court Full text...

  • Malawi; President Mutharika fires army chief
    25 june 2014 12:21:31
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi's newly-elected President Peter Mutharika has fired the head of the Malawi Army, Gen. Henry Odillo, and replaced him with Maj.-Gen. Ignacio Maulana, whom he has promoted to full General. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tension soars over land redistribution proposal
    25 june 2014 09:40:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The newly re-elected African National Congress (ANC)-led government in South Africa is forging ahead with plans to resolve the country’s land reform problems, despite the controversy that the plans have generated, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Belgium: Congolese PM visits Belgium
    25 june 2014 09:30:01
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Prime Minister of DR Congo Augustin Matata Mpoyo Wednesday began a working visit to Belgium, during which he will participate in the second conference of the Association for World Education, organised at the initiative of the European Commission. Full text...

  • Libya: Parliamentary polls begin
    25 june 2014 08:54:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Voting opened Wednesday in Libya to elect a new parliament to replace the General National Congress (GNC) and propel the country further in its democratic transition process, PANA reported. Full text...

  • UN: Ban, envoy welcome new interim administration for south-west Somalia
    24 june 2014 22:26:35
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN envoy in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, have welcomed the agreement reached to establish a new interim regional administration in the south-western part of the country. Full text...

  • Zambia: Parliament instructs VP to comment on President Sata’s visit to Israel
    24 june 2014 18:02:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Vice President Guy Scott, has been directed by deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Mkhondo Lungu, to issue a statement on President Michael Sata’s visit to Israel following speculations on the where-about of the head of State who was said to have left the country over the weekend. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunis, N'Djamena sign cooperation agreements
    24 june 2014 13:50:51
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia and Chad on Monday signed a number of agreements in many areas of cooperation, including a memorandum of understanding on education, a framework agreement on agriculture and a cooperation agreement in tourism and handicrafts. Full text...

  • Libya: Tunisia to hand over Khadafi supporters to Libya
    24 june 2014 12:16:22
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Tunisia will hand over 10 supporters of former Libyan leader Mouammar Khadafi who are residing in the country to Libya, the online newspaper Al-Wassat said Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: President Zuma leads powerful SA delegation for AU summit
    24 june 2014 11:37:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - President Jacob Zuma will lead South Africa's delegation to the 23rd ordinary session of the African Union (AU) summit in Equatorial Guinea, to be held from Wednesday to Friday in Malabo. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council tasks Libyans on peaceful parliamentary polls
    24 june 2014 08:21:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has called on all parties in Libya to ensure Full text...

  • Burundi: President Nkurunziza receives envoy from Kabila
    23 june 2014 21:26:20
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Burundi’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, on Monday received the Congolese deputy minister of foreign affairs, Tunda ya Kasede, who delivered a message from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila, official sources said. Full text...

  • Libya: Gov't distances itself from Haftar ultimatum to Turkish, Qatari nationals
    23 june 2014 20:13:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan ministry of foreign affairs on Monday said that the 48-hour ultimatum by troops loyal to retired General Haftar to Turkish and Qatari nationals to leave eastern Libya or face arrest or legal proceedings, does not reflect the official position. Full text...

  • Togo: Opposition demands political reforms in Togo
    23 june 2014 16:52:25
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The group, "Save Togo", which includes several opposition parties and Human Rights organizations, announced here Monday that public demonstrations will be held 26, 27 and 28 June in Lomé to demand political reforms, PANA learnt Monday from sources close to the group. Full text...

  • Zambia: Govt. dismiss assertions that relations with EU not cordial
    23 june 2014 16:34:30
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Contrary to assertions by some sections of the society, the European Union-Zambia relations are cordial and both parties are focused on achieving greater development cooperation, the Zambian Ministry of Finance stated here Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: 'Re-elected president Aziz will pursue national unity, among others'
    23 june 2014 15:22:34
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, re-elected in Saturday's presidential polls in Mauritania, will pursue a policy of strengthening national unity, independence of the judiciary, the fight against mismanagement and inequality and equitable redistribution of national wealth. Full text...

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