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  • Polls open in Zimbabwe's historic elections
    30 july 2018 05:50:02
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Polls have opened in Zimbabwe where voters are casting their ballots in their historic presidential, parliamentary and local government elections. Full text...

  • Buhari departs Abuja for Joint ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit, other meetings in Lome, Togo
    29 july 2018 12:19:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, departed Abuja on Sunday for Lome, Togo, to participate in two high-level meetings. Full text...

  • As Malians head to the polls, Guterres calls for peaceful vote
    29 july 2018 11:37:51
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - As Mali’s crucial presidential election begin on Sunday, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has said despite clear security challenges, voters in the arid African nation of around 18 million, needed to ensure that the key poll was first and foremost “an important celebration of democracy”. Full text...

  • Any dispute over key Mali vote must be resolved peacefully, says UN envoy
    28 july 2018 07:36:22
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - With key presidential elections in Mali just one day away, the top United Nations official there has stressed that candidates must accept the results and ensure that the democratic process in Mali is “irreversible”. Full text...

  • Barrow spells out moves towards digital revolution in Gambia
    27 july 2018 09:29:42
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow has spelt out the communications and digital policy of his government geared towards digital revolution and connecting the Gambia to the world’s digital economy. Full text...

  • UN envoy calls for ‘a level playing field’ in key upcoming DR Congo elections
    27 july 2018 06:04:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Major progress has been made on preparations for the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but “conditions for a level playing field are not yet in place”, says the most senior United Nations official based in the country. Full text...

  • Rwandan President Paul Kagame attends BRICS summit in Johannesburg
    26 july 2018 16:00:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame, has arrived in South Africa to join other World leaders attending the BRICS summit, which is running from Wednesday to Friday in Johannesburg, the Office of the President confirmed here on Thursday. Full text...

  • Senior US Africa Command official ends Gambia visit
    26 july 2018 15:27:27
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The highest ranking civilian at the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), Ambassador Alexander M. Laskaris, on Thursday ended his visit to The Gambia during which he held discussions with senior government officials on issues related to security sector reform and civil-military relations in The Gambia. Full text...

  • Putin salutes Mandela at BRICS summit
    26 july 2018 14:40:04
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Thursday saluted former world statesman Nelson Mandela, saying he has played a formidable role in the success of BRICS. Full text...

  • 537 candidates vying for parliament seats in Rwanda
    26 july 2018 12:41:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A total of 537 candidates have submitted their names to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to contest the upcoming parliamentary polls, to be held on 2-3 September 2018. Full text...

  • US to re-establish Military Relations with Gambia
    25 july 2018 16:07:14
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Ambassador Alexander Laskaris, Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, United States Africa Command (AfriComm), on Wednesday announced that the US is committed to supporting Gambia’s Security Sector Reform program. Full text...

  • Controversial DR Congo politician Bemba to return home next week
    25 july 2018 11:53:22
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Controversial DR Congo politician Jean-Pierre Bemba has announced that he will return home on 1 August. Full text...

  • Beyond the motions of an electoral success in Mali (By Paul Ejime, PANA Guest Writer)
    25 july 2018 11:18:36
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian voters go to the polls on 29 July to either elect a new president or renew the five-year mandate of the incumbent leader from a field of 24 candidates, with just one female contender. Full text...

  • UN rights office appeals for peaceful Zimbabwe elections amid reports of intimidation
    25 july 2018 06:38:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Zimbabwe’s upcoming presidential elections must be peaceful and credible, the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday, amid increasing reports of voter intimidation and coercion linked to the ruling ZANU-PF party. Full text...

  • Rwanda, India pledge closer ties on trade, defense, cultural exchange
    24 july 2018 14:46:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - India and Rwanda have pledged to strengthening cooperation on defense, trade and cultural exchange programme, according to a joint statement released on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Head of Commonwealth Observer Mission arrives for Zimbabwe vote
    24 july 2018 09:43:23
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The Head of Commonwealth Observer Mission for Zimbabwe's 30 July elections, former Ghanaian president John Dramani Mahama, has arrived in the country to carry out his assignment, the state broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported. Full text...

  • Chinese, Rwandan Presidents talk on shared "tragic experience" to boost ties
    23 july 2018 14:25:21
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday hosted a lunch for the visiting President of China and his wife, as the two countries committed to carry forward their relationship to a new level. Full text...

  • Zambian Minister turns away late comers to the office
    23 july 2018 14:16:23
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Lusaka Province Minister, Bowman Lusambo, on Monday sent away civil servants who came late for work at the Lusaka provincial administration office in the capital, Lusaka. Full text...

  • Chinese President lauds Kagame 'contributions to AU reforms'
    23 july 2018 12:41:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday in Kigali that he appreciates Rwandan President Paul Kagame for his efforts in spearheading reforms at the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Former South Africa president De Klerk issues warning over land grabs
    23 july 2018 12:31:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The FW de Klerk Foundation fears that amending the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation “would have extremely negative political implications for the country, including causing political instability and even anarchy”. Full text...

  • Chinese President Xi arrives in Rwanda for two-day state visit
    23 july 2018 09:41:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday evening arrived in Rwanda for a two-day state visit during which he would meet his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame and senior government officials. Full text...

  • Catholic cleric calls for peaceful presidential poll in Mali
    22 july 2018 17:07:35
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - With one week to Mali’s presidential election on 29 July, a Catholic cleric on Sunday called on his compatriots to exercise their civil right in the interest of the nation. Full text...

  • Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi ends 3-day visit to Rwanda
    21 july 2018 12:04:12
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, on Saturday concluded a state visit to Rwanda, during which he and his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, agreed to set up strategic partnership based on mutual benefit and the two countries' support for Agenda 2063 of the African Union (AU) and efforts to promote continental integration. Full text...

  • Rwanda, Mozambique set up strategic partnership in 5 areas of bilateral cooperation
    20 july 2018 16:13:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda and Mozambique on Friday agreed to elevate their ties to the level of a strategic partnership, focusing on 5 key areas of cooperation - the establishment of a joint permanent commission, exemption of visa requirements for diplomatic and service passport holders, air services, science and technology, higher education and professional training. Full text...

  • Visiting Mozambican President pays tribute to victims of Genocide in Rwanda
    20 july 2018 13:59:23
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The visiting Mozambican President, Filipe Nyusi, on Friday paid tribute to the 1994 Tutsi Genocide victims at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Gisozi, where over 250,000 victims are laid to rest. Full text...

  • Gov't, separatists abuse civilians in Cameroon's Anglophone region - Rights group says
    20 july 2018 06:47:08
    New York, US (PANA) – Government security forces and armed separatists have committed grave abuses against residents of Cameroon’s Anglophone region, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Thursday in New York. Full text...

  • Not even ministers are above the law – President Barrow
    19 july 2018 21:34:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow of Gambia has said that no one is above the law in his country and warned that the police are constitutionally mandated to enforce it to the letter. Full text...

  • Rwanda, Mozambique sign MoU on capacity building
    19 july 2018 15:15:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda and Mozambique on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on mutual capacity to meet challenges faced by the people in areas of globalization and stiff economic competitiveness, a diplomatic source revealed in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rwanda, China to sign visa waiver agreement for diplomats
    19 july 2018 14:38:00
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda and China are expected to sign an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to remove visa requirements for diplomatic passport holders as well as grant them multiple entries, following Chinese President's first official visit to Rwanda, a diplomatic source confirmed Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Chinese president's 1st visit to Rwanda, to "promote bilateral relations" - Official
    19 july 2018 14:29:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Chinese President Xi Jinping, will pay a state visit to Rwanda 22-23 July, unveiling a series of new collaborations between the two countries, an official source confirmed Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Remembering Nelson Mandela at 100 (A feature by AfDB)
    19 july 2018 14:02:08
    Qunu, South Africa (PANA) - Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, fondly known as Madiba which in Xhosa means “Father of the Nation”, would have been 100 years old on Wednesday and in this feature story, the African Development Bank (AfDB) recalls the life, times and ideals of a great man and a global iconic figure. Full text...

  • Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi arrives in Rwanda on 3-day state visit
    19 july 2018 13:19:43
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, arrived in Kigali on Thursday for a three-day state visit to Rwanda, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • EU reacts to Sudanese President Al-Bashir's visit to Russia
    19 july 2018 10:12:18
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) on Thursday called upon all Member States of the United Nations to abide by and implement the resolutions adopted by the Security Council, which require the Government of Sudan and all other parties to the conflict in Darfur, to cooperate fully with the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Uganda's opposition leader calls for enhanced citizenship rights to shore up democracy in Africa (By Kennedy Abwao, PANA correspondent)
    19 july 2018 06:57:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye's smile brightens up before the audience. "I am a prisoner, out of prison on bail. In Uganda, they are legislating a new public order management act to restrict a meeting of more than five people," he said, offering the audience the latest from his home. Full text...

  • Mandela, ‘true symbol of human greatness’, celebrated on centenary of his birth
    19 july 2018 06:47:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Paying tribute to the first democratically-elected President of South Africa and iconic civil rights leader, the United Nations on Wednesday celebrated Nelson Mandela’s legacy for humanity and reflected on the lessons he left behind. Full text...

  • UN-African Union partnership ‘not a choice but a necessity’, Security Council hears
    19 july 2018 06:39:18
    New York, US (PANA) - A stronger partnership between the United Nations and the African Union is “not a choice but a necessity” in tackling today’s complex peace and security challenges in Africa, a senior UN official said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi expected in Rwanda for state visit
    18 july 2018 19:03:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, is expected in Kigali on Thursday for a state visit to Rwanda, aimed at advancing bilateral ties, increasing political mutual trust and expanding substantial cooperation, an official source confirmed late Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Somalia is opening a 'new chapter of its history', declares UN official
    18 july 2018 06:46:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A high-level gathering of representatives from the Somali government and the international community, including the United Nations, ended in Brussels on Tuesday with renewed commitment to support the Horn of Africa country’s progress in a range of areas, such as state and peace-building efforts. Full text...

  • Signs of democratic progress in West Africa, Sahel amid ‘devastating’ violence - UN
    18 july 2018 06:39:18
    New York, US (PANA) - There have been “positive developments” when it comes to democratization across the vast West Africa and Sahel region, but that has been “competing with the volatile security situation” particularly around areas where terrorist groups are active such as the Lake Chad Basin, the head of the UN Office for the region (UNOWAS) told the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN marks 100 years since Mandela’s birth with a vow to continue struggle for equality
    17 july 2018 19:43:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Taking stock of his “vast” legacy for mankind, the United Nations will mark 100 years since the birth of the late anti-Apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela, on Wednesday. Full text...

  • AUC Chair hails renewed friendly relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia
    17 july 2018 16:31:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has commended the Eritrean and Ethiopian leaders for their steadfast efforts to enhance reconciliation, trust and cooperation between their two countries. Full text...

  • Sudan to participate in COMESA summit meeting
    17 july 2018 11:52:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Vice President Hassabu Mohamed Abdul Rahman left Khartoum on Tuesday for Lusaka at the head of a Sudanese delegation to participate in the two-day summit meeting of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), which opens in the Zambian capital on Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS deploys observers to Mali ahead of 29 July presidential poll
    17 july 2018 11:17:07
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Twenty ECOWAS Long-Term Observers (LTOs) have been deployed across four of Mali’s eight administrative regions and Bamako District, the nation’s capital, ahead of the country’s July 29 crucial presidential election. Full text...

  • UN officials highlight need for continued support for Somalia
    17 july 2018 06:37:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Speaking at the first day of the Somalia Partnership Forum in Brussels on Monday, senior United Nations officials commended the country’s government for its efforts in political reform, security, economic development, and recovery and humanitarian assistance – while flagging the need for further progress and international support for these efforts. Full text...

  • 'Status quo in Libya cannot be sustained,' UN Envoy tells Security Council
    16 july 2018 19:49:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite encouraging signs on the political and humanitarian front, efforts must be sustained and intensified in Libya to avoid further “economic collapse, the breakdown of public services, and more frequent and intense outbreaks of violence”, said the United Nations Special Envoy for the country on Monday. Full text...

  • COMESA ministers celebrate Ethiopia–Eritrea peace deal
    16 july 2018 14:08:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Council of Ministers has celebrated the peace deal reached between Ethiopia and Eritrea which effectively ended a 20-year hostility between the two states. Full text...

  • Eritrean President Isaias thanks Ethiopia for warm welcome
    14 july 2018 17:25:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki on Saturday expressed his appreciation for the warm welcome accorded him and his delegation since their arrival in the Ethiopian capital earlier in the day at the start of a three-day visit. Full text...

  • Eritrean president Isaias arrives for historic Ethiopian visit
    14 july 2018 13:26:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki has arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, for a three-day visit following the thaw of relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Eritrea must improve human rights after peace with Ethiopia - Rights group charges
    14 july 2018 06:54:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Eritrea’s improved relationship with neighbouring Ethiopia presents a good opportunity to advance the protection of the vast array of human rights that the Eritrean people have long been denied. Full text...

  • Security Council imposes arms embargo on South Sudan
    14 july 2018 06:37:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The Security Council on Friday narrowly passed a measure aimed at stopping the flow of weapons to armed groups in South Sudan, a UN statement said. Full text...

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