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  • Kenyan Supreme Court to hear case for presidential election postponement
    24 october 2017 17:07:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Supreme Court has certified a case seeking the postponement of Thursday's presidential election urgent and set a hearing date on Wednesday, according to court papers. Full text...

  • Voters in court seeking to halt Kenya presidential poll re-run
    24 october 2017 15:13:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan Supreme Court will Wednesday hear a petition filed by three voters seeking to halt Thursday's presidential elections re-run. Full text...

  • Zambia marks 53rd independence anniversary
    24 october 2017 14:02:15
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday led hundreds of Zambians and foreign dignitaries, including Botswana’s President Lt.-Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, to commemorate Zambia’s 53rd Independence anniversary which falls on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda recalls ambassador over new investigation by French judge on 1994 genocide
    24 october 2017 13:57:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda has recalled its ambassador to France, Jacques Kabale, signaling that it might break diplomatic relations with Paris over a row on a new investigation by French judges. Full text...

  • UN chief urges nations to address challenges beyond their own borders
    24 october 2017 13:17:00
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday called on people around the world to overcome their differences to address global challenges that go beyond national borders. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Minister orders opposition party to shut office
    24 october 2017 11:26:07
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leonean Minister of Information and Communication, Mohamed Bangura, has asked the police to shut down the office of the opposition United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the capital, Freetown, in a personal feud between them. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Indonesia to step up economic cooperation
    24 october 2017 11:06:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says that Nigeria and Indonesia will work together to step up economic cooperation between them. Full text...

  • UN, EU, France, US call for dialogue in Togo
    24 october 2017 10:57:36
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The United Nations, European Union, Germany, France and United States have called on Togolese political forces to dialogue to end the current political crisis in which the opposition has been demanding that the country reverts to the Constitution that prescribes term limits and two rounds of voting for the president. Full text...

  • Peacekeepers call for immediate release of DR Congo opposition activists
    24 october 2017 10:36:04
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has condemned Sunday's arrest of many members of an opposition party in Lubumbashi, in the province of Haut-Katanga, by members of the DR Congo defence and desurity forces. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean presidential hopefuls face off in public debate
    23 october 2017 19:01:32
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Ahead of the presidential election slated for 7 March 2018 in Sierra Leone, the country's Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) will organise a public debate for presidential candidates to sell their policies and objectives to the electorate. Full text...

  • Senegalese president on official visit in South Africa
    23 october 2017 17:23:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese President Macky Sall left Dakar on Monday for a two-day official visit to South Africa, according to an official statement sent to PANA. Full text...

  • Seychelles president on state visit to Mauritius
    23 october 2017 17:14:02
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Seychelles President Danny Antoine Rollen Faure will be on a state visit to Mauritius from 26 to 29 October 2017, it was officially announced Monday in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Kenyan elections chief meets President Kenyatta on re-run poll impasse
    23 october 2017 17:00:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman, Wafula Chebukati, tried a last ditch attempt to secure a credible election during a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi on Monday ahead of this week's poll. Full text...

  • Kenyan trade unions call for presidential election postponement
    23 october 2017 16:44:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan trade unions and the civil society organisations on Monday called for the postponement of the presidential election set for Thursday, saying it would plunge the country into a deeper political crisis. Full text...

  • Kenyan main opposition stresses decision to boycott repeat election
    23 october 2017 16:24:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition coalition leaders met foreign diplomats to discuss the pending presidential election on Thursday and insisted the opposition was not prepared to relent on its position to boycott. Full text...

  • EU renews sanctions against Burundi for another year
    23 october 2017 16:16:57
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union on Monday renewed restrictive measures against Burundi for another year until 31 October 2018, stating that the absence of progress in the situation in Burundi justified the renewal of the sanctions for another year. Full text...

  • AU, UN call for peaceful repeat presidential poll in Kenya
    23 october 2017 11:19:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres have called for a peaceful repeat presidential election in Kenya on Thursday, which the main opposition has decided to boycott. Full text...

  • Rwanda rejects obstructing work of UN human rights commission
    23 october 2017 10:46:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye, on Monday rejected claims it interfered in the work of the UN Sub-Committee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) describing the mission's decision to terminate its work in the country last week as "an act of bad faith". Full text...

  • Nigeria-Pakistan Joint Commission to be revamped for improved bilateral relations
    21 october 2017 17:43:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said the Nigeria-Pakistan Joint Commission will be revamped as a veritable platform to strengthen economic and trade relations between both countries. Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson calls for full respect of human rights in Africa
    21 october 2017 15:50:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Although African countries have cast off the shackles of colonial and racist oppression, they need to do more to ensure the full respect of the rights of their people, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat stated on Africa Human Rights Day. Full text...

  • Buhari says African leaders must speak with 'one voice' for continental integration
    21 october 2017 10:39:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has said that African leaders must speak ‘with one voice’, independent of foreign influence, to achieve economic integration, development, peace, and security on the continent. Full text...

  • United Nations General Assembly President says Africa’s vision close to reality
    21 october 2017 07:42:36
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák on Friday highlighted Africa’s transformative changes driven by the African Union’s development agency saying the continent’s vision was getting close to reality. Full text...

  • Lebanese Ambassador hails Sierra Leone's integration policy
    20 october 2017 14:15:09
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Ambassador of the Republic of Lebanon to Sierra Leone, Nidal Yahya, has hailed Sierra Leone’s integration policy in the last decade, saying that Freetown granted Sierra Leonean citizenship to more than 650 Lebanese families. Full text...

  • Life gradually returns to Lome after 2 days of clashes
    20 october 2017 13:06:30
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Activities are gradually returning to normalcy in Lomé after two days of clashes between security forces and young opposition militants. Full text...

  • Libya’s joint drafting committee makes progress on amendments to LPA
    19 october 2017 18:36:03
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Libya’s House of Representatives and High Council of State’s Joint Drafting Committee resumed its sessions in Tunis, Tunisia, on Thursday to build on the progress achieved over the past week, and continue the finalization of the amendments to the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA). Full text...

  • 'Political, security situation in DR Congo remains worrisome' - Sassou Nguesso
    19 october 2017 16:52:36
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The sociopolitical and security situation in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains worrisome, Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso said on Thursady at the opening of the 7th International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Turkey agree to strengthen cooperation on security, counter-terrorism
    19 october 2017 15:55:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey have agreed, after talks, on Thursday in Ankara to strengthen cooperation between the security agencies of both countries to counter terrorism. Full text...

  • Weah, Boakai to contest second round of Liberia presidential poll on 7 November
    19 october 2017 15:50:58
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The second round of Liberia's presidential election will be held on 7 November between George Weah, a former FIFA World Footballer of the Year, and Joseph Boakai, the incumbent Vice President. Full text...

  • UN Security Council mission expected Friday in Mauritania
    19 october 2017 14:59:06
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – A mission from the 15-member countries of the UN Security Council is expected on Friday in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, within the framework of a sub-regional tour in G5 Sahel countries, diplomatic sources told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Six African Heads of State attend Congo conference on Great Lakes crises
    19 october 2017 08:47:59
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Six African Heads of State are on Thursday attending an international conference in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, on the political and security crises in the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Congolese public radio reported. Full text...

  • UN chief announces trip to Central African Republic
    18 october 2017 22:05:38
    New York, USA (PANA) – Speaking to the press at United Nations Headquarters, in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday announced that he will be travelling to the Central African Republic (CAR) early next week. Full text...

  • US urges Ethiopian talks, probe into reported state killing of demonstrators
    18 october 2017 16:40:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The US has called for talks between the Ethiopian government and its citizens on matters of national interest and called for an end to the killing of protesters. Full text...

  • Kenyan electoral commission unable to guarantee credible Presidential poll - Chairman
    18 october 2017 15:10:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The Chairman of Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, has hinted at the possibility of not holding the 26 Oct Presidential contest, until an agreement is reached between the two leading candidates. Full text...

  • Mandela's new book to be published shortly
    18 october 2017 13:04:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The highly anticipated sequel to Nelson Mandela’s international best seller Long Walk To Freedom will be released on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyan election commissioner quits in protest over 'sham' presidential poll
    18 october 2017 11:03:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A Commissioner of the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) resigned on Wednesday after fleeing the country, saying a repeat election planned for 26 Oct. would lead not resolve the political crisis in the East African nation. Full text...

  • South Sudan's leaders must pull country back from 'impending abyss,' UN peacekeeping chief
    17 october 2017 20:20:17
    New York, USA (PANA) – Amid worsening security and the dire humanitarian and human rights situation in South Sudan, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Tuesday called on the international community to demand that the country's leadership act in a manner that is expected of them. Full text...

  • East African foreign ministers launch new bid to revive Sudanese talks
    17 october 2017 17:05:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Foreign ministers from the East African region have kicked off an initiative to revive the stalled South Sudanese peace initiative after months of deadlock. Full text...

  • Niger leader in Sudan for talks on economy, comabating terrorism with Bashir
    17 october 2017 16:37:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – President Omar Bashir and President Mohamadou Issooufou met in Khartoum on Tuesday and had talks on bilateral relations, according to the official Sudanese News Agency. Full text...

  • President Buhari departs for D8 Summit in Turkey
    17 october 2017 16:25:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is deu to leave Wednesday rt for Istanbul, Turkey, to participate in the ninth Summit of the Developing 8 (D-8) on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition cancels Eastern Kenya campaign rally
    17 october 2017 15:40:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, and his campaign manager, Musalia Mudavadi, Tuesday cancelled a visit to Meru, Eastern Kenya, after violent protests, the opposition party said. Full text...

  • Lungu urged to uphold human rights for all
    17 october 2017 14:00:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International Secretary General, Salil Shetty, has urged Zambian President Edgar Lungu to uphold human rights of all, including the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. Full text...

  • Court lifts ban on Kenya polls demos
    17 october 2017 13:27:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The High Court Tuesday temporarily lifted the ban slapped on demonstrations within the Central Business Districts of three Kenyan cities by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi. Full text...

  • UN General Assembly elects new members to UN Human Rights Council
    17 october 2017 06:22:14
    New York, USA (PANA) – The UN General Assembly on Monday elected, by secret ballot, 15 States to serve on the Human Rights Council, the highest intergovernmental body in the United Nations system for matters relating to protection and promotion of human rights worldwide. Full text...

  • Lift protest ban, protect judiciary - UN rights experts urge Kenya
    16 october 2017 20:19:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Voicing concern over restrictions on protests as well as attacks on judiciary and civil society in the run-up to presidential elections in Kenya, a group of United Nations independent human rights experts have called on the Government to honour its obligations and protect the rights of Kenyans. Full text...

  • Kicking off ‘Africa Week’ at UN, Guterres says women, youths can unleash continent’s potential
    16 october 2017 20:10:16
    New York, US (PANA) – Africa must focus on young people, empower women and girls, and be innovative in leveraging resources and financing for development, Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday as the United Nations kicked off Africa Week. Full text...

  • Kenya: Bullet lodged in baby's back, teenager shot dead in Kenyan opposition protests
    16 october 2017 17:41:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – An 18-year old school boy was shot dead and a two-year old baby battled bullet wounds on Monday after a deadly police crackdown against opposition supporters in Kisumu, witnesses said. Full text...

  • ECONEC officials meet UNDP head in Cote d'Ivoire on upcoming regional, municipal votes
    16 october 2017 15:11:45
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) is seeking support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the Ivorian national electoral commission, which will conduct Regional and Municipal polls in June 2018. Full text...

  • Rwanda FM extends condolences over terrorist bombing in Somalia
    16 october 2017 14:52:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise MUshikiwabo, on Monday sent a message of condolences to Somalia over a terrorist bombing in the capital city, Mogadishu, reiterating Kigali's solidarity with Somali people. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Opposition party elects presidential candidate for 2018 election
    16 october 2017 10:56:09
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's main opposition party, Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), on Sunday night elected former head of state Julius Maada Bio as its presidential candidate for the 2018 election. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria, Brazil to strengthen cooperation, trade
    16 october 2017 07:21:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Brazilian Foreign Affairs Minister Mr Aloysio Fereira on Sunday expressed concern over the dwindling volume of trade between Nigeria and his country. Full text...

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