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  • Issue of Jerusalem must be resolved through direct negotiations between parties, UN chief
    07 december 2017 06:58:29
    New York, USA (PANA) – In the wake of the announcement by the United States President, Donald Trump, recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday stressed that there is no alternative to the two-state solution and that Jerusalem is an issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties. Full text...

  • Preparations for Mandela's 100th birthday anniversary kick off
    06 december 2017 08:35:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation has officially unveiled an exhibition in Johannesburg to mark Madiba’s 100th birthday next year. Full text...

  • President Barrow appoints new Interior minister
    04 december 2017 19:22:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow on Monday named Habib Saihou Drammeh as Minister of Interior. Full text...

  • Graca Machel to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela in Heroes Marathon
    04 december 2017 09:37:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former president Nelson Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, has confirmed that she will participate in the Heroes Marathon in the Eastern Cape on Sunday. Full text...

  • Rights group says DR Congo gov't recruited M23 rebels to crush protests
    04 december 2017 06:51:10
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Senior security force officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo mobilised over 200 former M23 rebel fighters from neighboring countries to quash protests against President Joseph Kabila in December 2016, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday. Full text...

  • President Mnangagwa reshuffles cabinet
    02 december 2017 20:40:04
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reshuffled his cabinet "to ensure compliance with the constitution and considerations on gender, demography and special needs". Full text...

  • UN West Africa cheers regional initiatives on governance, others
    02 december 2017 17:06:52
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – A meeting in Monrovia of UN heads of Missions in West Africa has welcomed regional initiatives aimed at addressing persistent challenges to governance, security, humanitarian needs, and human rights, including sexual and gender-based violence, in West Africa and the Sahel. Full text...

  • UN West Africa Missions nudge compliance with Liberia's transition timetable
    02 december 2017 16:36:33
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Heads United Nations Missions in West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) have noted the importance of complying with the constitutionally-mandated date for the inauguration of the new government in Liberia in January 2018. Full text...

  • Experts, policy-makers converge on Addis Ababa to scale up governance for Africa’s transformation
    02 december 2017 09:43:27
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Although Africa has registered strong economic growth in recent years, this growth is not inclusive as poverty and inequality continue to prevail. Full text...

  • UN, AU, EU to send joint taskforce to Libya
    01 december 2017 15:41:09
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) have agreed to put in place a joint Task Force to save and protect the lives of migrants and refugees along the routes and in particular inside Libya. Full text...

  • President Mnangagwa announces first cabinet
    01 december 2017 06:43:26
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's new president Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced his first cabinet in which he rewards those who played key roles in the resignation of his predecessor Robert Mugabe and brought him to power. Full text...

  • AU, EU leaders condemn maltreatment of African migrants
    30 november 2017 19:10:41
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - African and European leaders who gathered in Abidjan for the 5th African Union-European Union (AU-EU) Summit have condemned “in the strongest terms” inhuman treatment of African migrants and refugees by criminal groups. Full text...

  • Ghana's president calls for renewed ties with France
    30 november 2017 18:17:09
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said on Thursday that his country stands ready to renew and deepen its ties with France, for the progress and prosperity of their peoples. Full text...

  • Bashir heads to Chad for national day celebrations
    30 november 2017 17:09:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's President Omar Bashir is due to leave Khartoum on Friday for Ndjamena to take part in celebrations of Chad's national day, it was officially announced here on Thursday. Full text...

  • President Tusk urges EU leaders to replenish Trust Fund for Africa
    30 november 2017 16:59:28
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – European Union (EU) President Donald Tusk on Thursday called on his European colleagues to live up to their commitment to replenish the EU Trust Fund for Africa, assuring that they would make it. Full text...

  • Zuma condemns Libyan slave markets
    30 november 2017 16:30:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday added his voice to the outcry over the slave markets that have been exposed in Libya and has called on other world leaders to do the same. Full text...

  • President Bai Koroma arrives in Gambia
    30 november 2017 15:03:59
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone on Thursday arrived in the Gambia for a two-day working visit. Full text...

  • French President Macron arrives in Ghana
    30 november 2017 14:59:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - French President Emmanuel Macron arrived Accra on Thursday for a day's official visit to Ghana on the final leg of a three-nation tour of West Africa that has already taken him to Burkina Faso and Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • UN official urges Security Council to ‘do all it can’ to prevent escalation after DPRK missile launch
    30 november 2017 05:38:15
    New York, USA (PANA) – Following the latest ballistic missile launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which its official media claimed is “capable of striking the whole mainland of the United States”, the top United Nations political affairs official on Wednesday urged Security Council members to unite in preventing an escalation. Full text...

  • UN chief 'strongly condemns' latest ballistic missile launch by DPR Korea
    29 november 2017 22:18:01
    New York, USA (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres “strongly condemns” the launch of yet another ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), his Spokesman said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN reaffirms two-state solution as only answer to ‘question of Palestine’
    29 november 2017 22:10:50
    New York, USA (PANA) - The Question of Palestine is inextricably linked with the history of the United Nations and is one of the longest-standing issues on the Organization's agenda, United Nations Secretary-General António said in his message on Wednesday commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Full text...

  • UN chief spotlights importance of AU-EU strategic partnership
    29 november 2017 22:03:58
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) – The importance of regional organizations grows with every decade that passes as they are essential to face the difficult challenges that threaten the world, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday at the African Union-European Union Summit in Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • EU leader calls for true African-European alliance
    29 november 2017 17:05:53
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – Calling for a true alliance between Africa and Europe “to face our challenges and seize our opportunities together”, European Union President Donald Tusk has highlighted peace and security as well as migration as issues that need political and operational cooperation. Full text...

  • Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Abidjan for EU-AU summit
    29 november 2017 15:04:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame is among the African leaders attending the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, under the theme:“Investing in the Youth for a Sustainable Development”, an official source confirmed Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • President Talon attends AU-EU summit in Abidjan
    29 november 2017 14:22:56
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Beninese president, Patrice Talon, has left Cotonou for the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, to take part in the fifth summit of African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) heads of State and government, which opens on Wednesday, sources close to the Beninese presidency said. Full text...

  • British govt expels 2 Liberian diplomats
    28 november 2017 19:00:53
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been notified of the British Government's the decision to declare two Liberian Foreign Service Officers at its mission in London persona non grata. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition says five wounded in fierce shooting of its supporters
    28 november 2017 17:42:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said Tuesday that five people were shot and wounded among them, the driver of his daughter Winnie Odinga, when police shot live bullets at his convoy in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Zuma addresses fallout from fresh scandal in South Africa
    28 november 2017 16:31:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma has met with National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete amid claims that a powerful lawmaker was offered a bribe by a Cabinet minister to influence the outcome of a damning probe into a multi-million dollar corruption scandal at the state-owned power utility Eskom. Full text...

  • Kenyatta swears oath for second term, violent clashes rock capital
    28 november 2017 15:04:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Two people, a teenager and an infant, were shot dead in Nairobi, when security personnel shot live bullets to restrain supporters of the opposition intending to attend a rally to mourn victims of post-election violence, witnesses and the opposition said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • President Mnangagwa gives 3-month amnesty to return illegal funds, assets sent outside
    28 november 2017 14:46:15
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's new President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, says his government has granted a three-month amnesty for the return of illegal funds and assets outside the country, with no questions being asked or charges made against them against the owners. Full text...

  • Rwandan president attends Kenya presidential inauguration
    28 november 2017 14:41:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday attended the inauguration ceremony of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta who was elected for the second term in office. Full text...

  • Mauritania celebrates 57th independence anniversary
    28 november 2017 11:30:30
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania is on Tuesday celebrating its 57th independence anniversary in the city of Kaedi, in the Senegal River Valley, 430 kilometres south-east of the capital, Nouakchott. Full text...

  • French President Macron arrives in Burkina Faso
    28 november 2017 10:16:50
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - French President Emmanuel Macron arrived on Monday evening in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on first stage of an African tour which will also take him to Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Full text...

  • Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in to begin second term as President
    28 november 2017 10:06:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday took the oath of office to serve as President of Kenya at a ceremony witnessed by a dozen African leaders in Nairobi. Full text...

  • President Mnangagwa dissolves Mugabe's cabinet
    27 november 2017 19:02:44
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - President Emmerson Mnangagwa, on his first day at work following his inaguration last Friday, has dissolved the cabinet of former President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone set to defy ECOWAS court ruling
    27 november 2017 18:59:42
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone has said it would not comply with the latest ruling of the ECOWAS Court of Justice on sacked Vice President Sam Sumana's case against the government. Full text...

  • President Buhari to attend EU-AU Abidjan summit
    27 november 2017 10:57:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Presidency on Monday announced that President Muhammadu Buhari will attend the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on November 28-29, 2017. Full text...

  • Electoral board denies protesting Liberian parties' appeal
    24 november 2017 18:11:47
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission (NEC) Friday denied an appeal by two parties against the ruling of its Dispute Hearing Officer dismissing their complaint of irregularities and fraud in Liberia's 10 October polls. Full text...

  • SADC pledges to assist President Mnangagwa
    24 november 2017 12:24:08
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Southern Africa has promised Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa unwavering support, as the country transitions into a new era. Full text...

  • 2ND Lead: Mnangagwa to 'hit the ground running' as he takes oath of office
    24 november 2017 12:13:30
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday took the oath of office as president of Zimbabwe with a pledge to "hit the ground running", reconcile the nation and fight corruption as the country enters "the second phase of its birth". Full text...

  • LEAD: Mnangagwa sworn in as president of Zimbabwe
    24 november 2017 10:09:20
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Emmerson Mnangagwa was on Friday sworn in as President of Zimbabwe at a ceremony at the National Stadium in Harare. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimabwe President
    24 november 2017 09:49:12
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Emmerson Mnangagwa was on Friday sworn in as President of Zimbabwe at a ceremony at the National Stadium in Harare watched by tens of thousands of people, as well as past and present leaders of the regional group, Southern African Development Community (SADC). Full text...

  • SADC lauds Mugabe's 'bold decision' to resign
    24 november 2017 06:04:00
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - As Zimbabwe prepares on Friday to swear in its only second president since independence in 1980, the Secretariat of the regional grouping, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has commended former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe, for his "bold decision" to resign. Full text...

  • Mnangagwa to be sworn in on Friday
    24 november 2017 05:29:46
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president of Zimbabwe on Friday as the country prepares to relaunch itself onto the path of economic properity, democracy and freedom, among other things. Full text...

  • Rwanda "horrified" by Libyan slavery reports
    23 november 2017 14:44:14
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community (EAC), on Thursday said it was horrified by recent video footage showing African migrants being sold as slaves in Libya. Full text...

  • AU mandated to nominate election expert for Congo’s delayed Presidential elections
    23 november 2017 14:40:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) has been mandated to nominate an election expert with the funding of the UN to begin preparations for the holding of the Presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN Security Council urges 'timely' conclusion of Liberian polls
    23 november 2017 14:00:06
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has called on Liberian claimants and institutions to resolve any disputes, including pending litigation, to permit timely conclusion of the nation’s electoral process. Full text...

  • Mnangagwa meets ZANU-PF Politburo
    23 november 2017 11:32:22
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Emmerson Mnangagwa, who will be sworn in as the next president of Zimbabwe on Friday, has met with the politburo of the ruling ZANU-PF last night following his return home from South Africa. Full text...

  • South African Parliamentary committee urges support for Zimbabwe
    23 november 2017 07:32:03
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – South African Parliament’s International Relations and Cooperation Portfolio Committee has called on the South African government to ready itself to support Zimbabwe socially, economically and politically. Full text...

  • Libya, IOM set up working group to coordinate migration issues
    22 november 2017 19:34:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Government of National Accord has announced the launch of a special working group on immigration, chaired by the ministry in collaboration with the UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM), to coordinate efforts at regional and international levels. Full text...

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