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  • African continental free trade area gains momentum with 49th ratification (News Analysis by Aimable TWahirwa, PANA Correspondent)
    03 july 2018 13:51:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Five countries - Burundi, Lesotho, Namibia, Sierra Leone and South Africa - this week joined the other African states in ratifying the African continental free trade area AfCFTA, only three months after it was officially opened for signature, but some governments are still assessing their policies before eliminating tariffs on intra-African trade in goods Full text...

  • Parliaments can be pillars of democracy and defenders of human rights, says UN chief
    03 july 2018 06:59:14
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored the “pivotal role” played by parliaments and their importance to “advance the aspirations” of the citizens they represent. Full text...

  • Former South African president Zuma's son dead at 38
    02 july 2018 11:43:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Office of the South African Presidency on Monday confirmed that one of former President Jacob Zuma's sons has died. He was 38. Full text...

  • UN launches plan to promote peace, inclusive growth in Africa’s Sahel
    01 july 2018 06:31:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The United Nations has launched a major support plan to promote sustainable peace and inclusive growth as well as empower women and youth in Africa's vast Sahel region. Full text...

  • Ethiopian Cabinet approves Bill seeking amnesty for armed groups, political prisoners
    30 june 2018 14:55:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Ethiopian Cabinet has approved a new Bill seeking amnesty for three armed groups previously declared as terrorist organizations, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa in Nouakchott for AU Summit
    30 june 2018 10:44:52
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived here Saturday for the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government officially opening on Sunday. Full text...

  • ‘We must fight terrorism together’ without sacrificing legal, human rights – UN Chief
    30 june 2018 10:30:58
    New York, US (PANA) - With new solutions proposed, and new partnerships established, the United Nations Secretary-General has told delegates from Member States attending the first ever High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism, that he was committed to meeting the challenge of “keeping your citizens safe”. Full text...

  • Sahel region must be a top priority for UN peacebuilding efforts - UN commission
    29 june 2018 19:34:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The vast Sahel region of Africa, which is facing multiple threats and challenges – including destructive climate change, drought, terrorism and organized crime – must continue to be a top priority for United Nations peacebuilding efforts, the Security Council heard on Friday. Full text...

  • President Barrow names new VP in Gambian cabinet reshuffle
    29 june 2018 17:44:16
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow on Friday reshuffled his cabinet removing Vice President Fatoumata Tambajang and redeploying her to the foreign service. Full text...

  • European leaders reach consensus on migration crisis
    29 june 2018 16:35:47
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - After hours of debate, the 28 European leaders, who met in Brussels on Friday, finally reach a deal for a provisional solution to the migration crisis, including Italy which had earlier threatened to veto against any arrangement. Full text...

  • Rwandan political parties prepare for parliamentary election
    29 june 2018 16:21:22
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Friday gave political parties and independent candidates the green light to pave the ground for campaigns slated to kick off on 12 July 2018, ahead of the parliamentary polls to be held 2-3 September. Full text...

  • Ghana's former vice president Amissah-Arthur dies
    29 june 2018 07:36:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's former Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur is dead, the local media reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Ghana president sacks Chairperson of Electoral Commission, two deputies
    28 june 2018 20:54:16
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sacked the three top officials of the Electoral Commission for misbehaviour and incompetence. Full text...

  • South Sudan ‘revitalized’ peace deal must be inclusive, Security Council hears
    28 june 2018 20:38:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Although recent engagement between the main political rivals in South Sudan is a welcome development, ending the country’s long-standing conflict will only be achieved by addressing its root causes and ensuring women, youth and other sectors contribute to peace efforts. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes ‘first concrete step’ in normalizing Eritrea-Ethiopia relationship
    28 june 2018 19:39:05
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the high-level visit of a delegation from Eritrea to neighbouring Ethiopia which began on Tuesday, as “a first concrete step” in the process of normalizing relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • AU welcomes South Sudan’s permanent ceasefire agreement
    28 june 2018 19:12:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has welcomed the Khartoum Declaration Agreement between the Parties to the Conflict in South Sudan, signed on 27 June 2018. Full text...

  • Juba starts implementing ceasefire deal
    28 june 2018 18:51:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudan has started implementing the permanent ceasefire deal it concluded on Wednesday with opposition groups in Khartoum, Sudan, according to a senior government official. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa visits Tanzania
    28 june 2018 11:24:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Zimbabwean President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa arrived in Dar es Salaam on Thursday for a two-day state visit and he was received at Julius Kambarage Nyerere International Airport by his host, President John Pombe Magufuli. Full text...

  • Workshop tasks ECOWAS, media on peace, security
    28 june 2018 09:13:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A three-day ECOWAS workshop on the Role of the Media in Promoting Peace and Security in West Africa ended in Abuja, on Wednesday with recommendations, including capacity strengthening and structured engagement with the media to support the regional integration agenda. Full text...

  • Opponents of constitutional change in Burundi face torture and execution: UN investigators
    27 june 2018 22:27:13
    New York, US (PANA) - In Burundi, opponents of constitutional reform supported by the Government have faced torture and execution amid a “continuing environment of threats and intimidation”, senior UN investigators said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Sudanese rivals sign permanent ceasefire deal
    27 june 2018 17:35:52
    Khartoum, Sudan, (PANA) - South Sudanese rival groups, including government and armed opposition, on Wednesday signed a permanent ceasefire declaration, within a Khartoum Agreement for Peace in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Ethiopia PM announces confidence building measures to spur peace talks with Eritrea
    27 june 2018 12:25:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Talks to end a two-decade long peace deadlock between Ethiopia and neighbouring Eritrea have kicked off in Addis Ababa, with the immediate announcement of confidence building measures between the two sides. Full text...

  • South Africa's official opposition barred from its own official
    27 june 2018 11:19:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday received a fresh setback when the Western Cape High Court set aside the party’s decision to terminate Patricia de Lille's party membership for comments she made during a radio interview. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe political parties sign peace pledge
    26 june 2018 12:47:48
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe political parties taking part in the 30 July presidential and general elections on Tuesday signed a peace pledge in Harare in which they made a public commitment to say no violence, force or intimidation, hate speech and inducing fear. Full text...

  • Security Council urged to act with ‘one strong voice’ on ills plaguing Middle East, North Africa
    25 june 2018 20:16:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Ambassadors in the UN Security Council have been urged by the United Nations Secretary-General to find ‘much-needed consensus’ to resolve the myriad challenges in the Middle East and North Africa. Full text...

  • Two victims of Zimbabwe ruling party rally explosion die
    25 june 2018 19:57:18
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Two victims of Saturday's explosion at a ruling party rally addressed by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Bulawayo, the second largest city, have died, Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Angeline Masuku has said. Full text...

  • EU urges inclusive regional dialogue to find stability in Horn of Africa countries
    25 june 2018 16:39:38
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The stability of the Horn of Africa and the freedom of navigation from the Indian Ocean through the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, both crucial to Europe, are being put in jeopardy by developments in the Red Sea region, according to findings by the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe president says 30 July elections to ahead despite election rally explosion
    25 june 2018 13:48:23
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared that the country's 30 July elections will go ahead despite an explosion that rocked a rally he addressed in opposition stronghold Bulawayo last Saturday. Full text...

  • European Council reaffirms EU support to stabilization efforts in Sahel/Mali region
    25 june 2018 11:00:59
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union (EU) on Monday reiterated the EU's strategic and comprehensive engagement towards the Sahel region, reaffirming that the EU will continue to support the stabilisation efforts of the G5 Sahel countries as a basis for the development of the Sahel. Full text...

  • Ghana president bans ministers from foreign travels
    25 june 2018 07:43:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has temporarily suspended all foreign travels by his ministers and senior government officials with immediate effect to minimise disruption of government's domestic work, the local media reported on Monday. Full text...

  • President Mnangagwa condemns 'senseless' explosion at ruling party rally
    24 june 2018 06:53:27
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Mnangagwa has condemned Saturday's explosion that targeted his rally at the country's opposition stronghold, Bulawayo, as "a senseless act of violence." Full text...

  • LEAD: Zimbabwe rally explosion 'assassination attempt' on President Mnangagwa - says state broadcaster
    23 june 2018 17:12:58
    Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's state broadcaster says the explosion on Saturday at a rally in Bulawayo was an "assassination attempt" on President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe president Mnangagwa's rally hit by explosion
    23 june 2018 15:07:01
    Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been evacuated from White City Stadium in Bulawayo following an explosion which took place on Saturday just as a rally by his ZANU-PF to campaign for the 30 July elections ended, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported. Full text...

  • Rights group warns elections in DR Congo overshadowed by human rights concerns
    23 june 2018 10:11:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, has urged the government of DR Congo to ensure that everyone can exercise their freedom of expression and association as the country prepares for the long-awaited December elections. Full text...

  • Gambian president Barrow to visit Faraba Banta following deadly clashes
    22 june 2018 09:41:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian president Adama Barrow is expected to visit the community of Faraba Banta on Friday to pay his condolences to the families and respects to the victims of last Monday's shooting by Gambian Police that claimed three lives and injured many others. Full text...

  • Gambia’s Police Chief resigns over anti-sand mining demonstration deaths
    22 june 2018 08:23:55
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambia’s Police Chief Landing Kinteh has resigned from his post following Monday’s deadly shootings during an anti-sand mining demonstration at Faraba Banta. Full text...

  • Restoring gov't control across CAR is ‘key’ to lasting peace, stability – UN envoy
    22 june 2018 07:28:09
    New York, US (PANA) - While many positive steps have been taken in the Central African Republic (CAR), progress has been too slow and is continually under threat from “those who seek private gains through violence”, the United Nations envoy on the ground told the Security Council on Thursday, underscoring that restoring government authority is “key”, both now and in the long-term. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes ‘positive steps’ towards peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia
    22 june 2018 07:22:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations has announced its readiness to support Eritrea and Ethiopia following recent peace overtures between the two neighbouring States in the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa welcomes participation of South Sudan opposition leader in peace talks
    21 june 2018 10:31:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the participation of South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar in the peace talks facilitated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Gambia’s Truth Commission chief calls for justice deadly clash
    19 june 2018 08:03:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Dr. Baba Galleh Jallow, Gambia’s Truth Commission Chief, on Tuesday called on the government to quickly investigate and bring to book those responsible for the killing of two men at the village of Faraba Banta on Monday in a dispute over sand winning. Full text...

  • South Africa's opposition politician slams 'racist' Indians
    18 june 2018 10:45:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Firebrand politician Julius Malema has sparked a fresh race row by insulting South Africa’s formidable India population. Full text...

  • Twenty-three candidates file papers to contest Zimbabwe's presidential election
    15 june 2018 11:36:11
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Twenty-three candidates filed their nomination papers at the High Court on Thursday to contest for president in next month's election in Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) announced on Friday. The election is scheduled for 30 July 2018. Full text...

  • Mali presidential elections critical to consolidate democracy, says UN peacekeeping chief
    15 june 2018 07:55:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Though the past 12 months had been the most encouraging in terms of advancing the peace process in the West African state of Mali, security challenges still pose a dangerous threat, with civilians and security forces still being attacked, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda seeks support for Foreign minister Mushikiwabo in La Francophonie bid
    14 june 2018 17:41:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda is seeking the support of other African countries to endorse the bid for its foreign minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, to head the world association of French-speaking nations, also known as Francophonie, an official source confirmed on Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Guinea commits to resolving issues over disputed municipal poll results
    13 june 2018 16:25:46
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The Secretary General in Guinea’s Territorial Administration and Decentralization Ministry, Dr. Yamori Conde, has assured the visiting delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONET), led by Prof Mahmood Yakubu, that the Ministry is working with other stakeholders under the Technical Follow-up Committee to resolve issues related to the disputed results of the country’s municipal elections held on February 4. Full text...

  • Nigeria lauds outcome of US-North Korea summit
    13 june 2018 15:18:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government has applauded the outcome of the Tuesday’s Summit between US President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPPK). Full text...

  • U.S. welcomes Burundian president's decision not to seek another term after 2020
    13 june 2018 15:11:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the recent announcement by Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza that he will not seek a fourth term of office, reaffirming the promise he made to the Burundian people in 2015, a statement made available Wednesday to PANA in Kigali has indicated. Full text...

  • Guterres welcomes formation of unity government in Madagascar
    13 june 2018 05:39:30
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the formation on Monday of a government of national unity in Madagascar led by a non-partisan Prime Minister, as requested by the nation’s leading constitutional court. Full text...

  • ECONEC delegation meets Guinea political parties
    13 june 2018 05:33:24
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - A delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) on Tuesday met with MPs of Guinea's political parties in Conakry as part of the team's electoral mid-term follow-up mission to rally stakeholders towards creating a conducive atmosphere for sustained credible elections and consolidation of democracy in the country and the West Africa region. Full text...

  • Anger over public protector's "bizarre" ruling in South Africa
    12 june 2018 13:14:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, has hit a nerve by ruling that Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, violated South Africa’s executive ethics code when she posted a tweet that was viewed as favourable towards colonialism. Full text...

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