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  • Former South African President Zuma addresses his legal problems
    24 december 2018 07:34:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former South African President Jacob Zuma has taken to Twitter to rant about his legal problems, complaining that he had to pay his lawyer’s fees while apartheid-era ”killers" were defended by the state. Full text...

  • UN Security Council urges continuous dialogue, transparency in DR Congo
    23 december 2018 18:33:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council has called for continuous dialogue and transparency with all political stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following the postponement of presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections, until 30 December. Full text...

  • Niger Parliament urges development partners to honour commitments to G5 Sahel
    23 december 2018 18:20:30
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Speaker of the Niger Parliament, Ousseini Tinni, on Sunday urged development partners to honour their commitments to support G5 Sahel countries. Full text...

  • DR Congo electoral commission reassures AU of 30 December poll
    23 december 2018 17:46:30
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Independent National Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Saturday reassured the African Union (AU) that the postponed presidential election in the central African country would take place on 30 December. Full text...

  • Turkey vows to investigate illicit shipment of arms from Turkey to Libya
    23 december 2018 13:42:26
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Saturday gave the assurance that his country would investigate the illicit shipment of two containers of arms and ammunition from his country to Libya, which have raised alarm in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Amnesty International urges DR Congo authorities to uphold right to peaceful protests
    23 december 2018 06:46:55
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Human rights organisation Amnesty International is calling on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) authorities to prevent further violence by upholding and facilitating people’s right to peacefully exercise their freedom of expression. Full text...

  • Six people including a journalist killed in Mogadishu car bomb explosion
    22 december 2018 18:13:22
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Six people were killed on Saturday in a car bomb explosion at a security checkpoint near the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu, according to a local news channel Full text...

  • Zimbabwe refuses to extradite Grace Mugabe to South Africa
    22 december 2018 07:44:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Zimbabwean government has said it will not extradite former first lady Grace Mugabe who faces assault charges in neighbouring South Africa. Full text...

  • French President Macron expected Saturday in Chad
    21 december 2018 17:12:02
    Paris, France (PANA) – French President Emmanuel Macron will make a 48-hour visit to N'Djamena on Saturday where he will hold a Christmas party with French soldiers stationed in Chad and meet Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno. Full text...

  • DR Congo puts off general elections for one week
    21 december 2018 16:59:11
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The long-awaited elections in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been postponed for a week, said the President of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), Corneille Nangaa Yobeluo on Friday. Full text...

  • EU extends Operation Sophia mandate to 31 March 2019
    21 december 2018 16:17:28
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union on Friday announced the extension of the mandate of the EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia until 31 March 2019. Full text...

  • CENI tells Togolese to wait some days before poll results come out
    21 december 2018 15:19:01
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Togolese have to wait for a few days before they know the outcome of the 20 December parliamentary elections, sources at the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Burundi shift national capital to Gitega
    21 december 2018 14:56:29
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi is moving its national capital to Gitega, 100 km away from Bujumbura which has been the seat of government and the country's largest centre of commercial activities. Full text...

  • President Trump stresses US' commitment to support Libya
    21 december 2018 13:52:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – President Donald Trump has underlined the commitment of the US to support the Libyan people, at a time when they are looking for ways and means to implement a constitutional, realistic and peaceful election process. Full text...

  • Poor public turnout for legislative elections in Togo
    20 december 2018 18:49:38
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The mood was sluggish at polling stations in Togo on Thursday the day set for legislative polls elections compared to 2013 when the outgoing Members of Parliament were chosen. Full text...

  • DR Congo presidential election postponed to 30 December
    20 december 2018 18:10:55
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - The authorities in DRC have postponed Sunday's presidential election to 30 December, according to media reports. Full text...

  • Togolese go to the polls in legislative elections under tight security
    20 december 2018 12:09:24
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Polls opened in Togo on Thursday morning in legislative elections under the watchful eye of heavily armed security and defence forces throughout the country. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire, Rwanda sign four cooperation agreements
    20 december 2018 09:32:52
    Abidjan, Côte d 'Ivoire (PANA) - Côte d'Ivoire and Rwanda on Wednesday signed four cooperation agreements as the two countries sought to strengthen their ties during a 48-hour official visit to Abidjan of Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Full text...

  • Security Council says DRC's vote ‘historic opportunity’ for ‘peaceful transfer of power’
    20 december 2018 04:10:02
    New York, US (PANA) - As the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) prepare to vote in next week’s long-awaited presidential election, UN Security Council members on Tuesday expressed their conviction that the 23 December vote should be viewed as an “historic opportunity” for the country. Full text...

  • Togo Electoral Commission building in Moyen-Mono catches fire
    19 december 2018 16:33:08
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - A fire has damaged the building of the Togo Independent Local Electoral Commission (CELI) in the Moyen-Mono prefecture, Plateaux region, about 200 km northeast of Lome, official sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Al-Sarraj vows to end crisis on southern Libya oilfield
    19 december 2018 16:20:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and prime minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj, on Wednesday visited the oilfield of al-Charara in southeast Libya, in a bid to resolve the crisis around the site. Full text...

  • Nouakchott hosts workshop on communication for Sahel Defence College
    19 december 2018 15:09:11
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – An orientation workshop focused on the theme ‘’Which communication strategy for the G5 Sahel Defence College (CDG5S)’’ opened on Wednesday in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, AU send observers to Togo for parliamentary elections
    19 december 2018 14:09:34
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) have sent observers to Togo for the parliamentary elections due on Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegalese President begins two-day visit to Tunisia
    19 december 2018 10:48:12
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia and Senegal on Tuesday signed several cooperation agreements on the first day of a 2-day official visit by Senegalese President Macky Sall to Tunis. Full text...

  • Rwandan president expected Wednesday in Cote d'Ivoire
    19 december 2018 08:47:52
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, on Wednesday begins a two-day visit to Cote d'Ivoire, PANA has learned from official sources. Full text...

  • ‘Chance for peace’ in South Sudan finally within reach, declares UN Peacekeeping chief
    19 december 2018 03:33:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The security situation in South Sudan has significantly improved since the recently signed peace deal between the opposing parties in the country’s civil war, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, head of UN Peacekeeping (DPKO), told the Security Council in New York on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 'Millions in DRC languish without aid as the country heads towards elections'
    18 december 2018 20:41:42
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - As the world turns its attention to the upcoming national elections in Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, humanitarian charity, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), is cautioning that the international community should not to lose sight of the millions of Congolese men, women and children whose humanitarian needs have yet to be met. Full text...

  • Kagame says digital jobs creation in Africa can stem current migration crisis in Europe
    18 december 2018 16:45:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday said that one of the solutions to address the fundamental causes of current migration crisis in Europe is about creation of high-quality, digital jobs in Africa that would also boost job growth in Europe. Full text...

  • France, Burkina Faso stress cooperation in fighting against terrorism
    18 december 2018 16:19:32
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, and French President Emmanuel Macron have welcomed the signing of several cooperation deals between the two countries, including the strengthening of the fight against terrorism, according to an official statement released in Ouagadougou on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegalese President Sall in Tunis on official visit
    18 december 2018 15:43:18
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Senegalese President Macky Sall is due in Tunis on Tuesday for a two-day official visit to Tunisia at the invitation of President Béji Caïd Essebsi, said a statement issued by Tunisian presidency. Full text...

  • Kagame attends Africa-Europe high-level forum in Vienna
    18 december 2018 12:21:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President and current Chairman of African Union (AU) Paul Kagame is currently in Vienna, Austria, where he is expected to co-chair the Africa-Europe high-level forum with Austria, an official statement said on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Belgium and Guinea sign new cooperation agreement
    18 december 2018 11:16:01
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Belgium and Guinea on Monday signed a four-year cooperation agreement (2019-2023) with an envelope of 45 million euros on entrepreneurship reinforcement, women's right and training, according to an official Belgian statement. Full text...

  • Algeria, South Korea sign five memorandums of understanding
    18 december 2018 10:20:47
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Algeria and South Korea on Monday signed five memorandums of understanding (MoU) covering many vital sectors including cooperation in environmental protection and sustainable development. Full text...

  • Terrorist fighters wish to lay down their arms, says Burkinabe President
    17 december 2018 12:40:59
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Terrorist fighters in Burkina Faso want to lay down their arms, the President of Burkina Faso Roch Christian Kaboré told in a meeting with his compatriots in the French capital on Sunday, reports his Communication service. Full text...

  • South Korean Prime Minister begins trip to North Africa
    17 december 2018 12:35:16
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-Yeon arrived in Algiers on Sunday for a visit to Algeria as part of a three-nation North African tour that will also take him to Tunisia and Morocco. Full text...

  • Exiled, ex-Gambian leader, Jammeh, named APRC leader
    16 december 2018 17:58:41
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Former Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh, currently in exile in Equatorial Guinea, has been chosen to head the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), which he created when he was in power. Full text...

  • Amnesty hails release of 289 people arrested for unrest in Cameroon's Anglophone regions
    15 december 2018 18:26:48
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, on Saturday hailed the Cameroonian authorities' release of 289 people arrested in connection with the unrest in the country's Anglophone regions and demanded that all those in jail for exercising their freedom of expression must also be freed. Full text...

  • Tunisia, UNDP sign agreement on good governance programme
    15 december 2018 13:17:16
    Tunis, Tunisia (NAPA) - Tunisia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Friday signed an agreement in Tunis on the implementation of a justice and peace programme aimed at building tolerant societies to achieve sustainable development and create effective and accountable institutions. Full text...

  • ‘Excessive use of force’ in campaign must be avoided in DRC polls, says Bachelet
    14 december 2018 21:21:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Deadly pre-election violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sparked by police reportedly firing live ammunition at opposition supporters, has been condemned by the UN’s top rights official, Michelle Bachelet. Full text...

  • France calls for amicable solution of Togo's political crisis
    14 december 2018 17:11:06
    Paris, France (PANA) – The spokesperson for the French foreign Ministry, Ms Agnès von der Mühll, on Friday expressed concern about the political crisis in Togo and called for a consensual solution by the government and opposition. She also condemned the latest political violence that claimed four lives, according to official figures. Full text...

  • Mauritanian government approves association deal with ECOWAS
    14 december 2018 15:30:55
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government has adopted the bill authorizing the ratification of the association agreement signed with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on 5 May, 2017, in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament has no resolution on Togo crisis, says Speaker
    14 december 2018 11:42:18
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lô, has denied rumours that the sub-regional parliament will pass a resolution on the political crisis in Togo. Full text...

  • Buhari says its mandatory for Nigeria to assist ECOWAS
    13 december 2018 19:27:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President and chairman of ECOWAS, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday said that it is mandatory for Nigeria to assist the sub-regional body. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council meets in Abuja
    13 december 2018 19:22:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Mediation and Security Council on Thursday began a three-day meeting in Abuja with the Nigerian federal government assuring of credible elections in 2019. Full text...

  • No French observation mission for parliamentary poll in Togo
    13 december 2018 16:24:34
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - France does not intend to organize any observation mission for Togo's parliamentary election set for 20 December, according to a statement issued by the French embassy in Lomé on Thursday. Full text...

  • EU, AU Foreign Ministers meet 21 January in Brussels
    13 december 2018 14:36:21
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, on Thursday announced that EU Foreign Ministers will meet with thtir African counterparts on 21-22 January, 2019, in Brussels, Belgium. Full text...

  • Central warehouse of DRC's Electoral Commission gutted by fire
    13 december 2018 14:15:09
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Fire on Thursday gutted one of the central warehouses of DR Congo's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in Gombe commune, Kinshasa, the CENI rapporteur, Jean-Pierre Kalamba Mulumba N'galula, said in a statement. Full text...

  • Tunisian PM begins three-day visit to Saudi Arabia
    13 december 2018 13:51:20
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian Prime Minister, Youssef Chahed, on Thursday began a three-day working visit to Saudi Arabia, according to a communiqué issued here by the Tunisian governmental services. Full text...

  • Nigerien MPs want gov't to end terrorist attacks, abductions
    13 december 2018 11:46:49
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Nigerien Parliament on Thursday urged the government to make all efforts to end terrorist attacks and abductions of peaceful citizens in the region of Diffa, far-east of the country, on the border with Nigeria. Full text...

  • Mali President receives UN, AU envoys
    13 december 2018 11:33:24
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Deputy UN Secretary General for peacekeeping operations, Mrs Bintou Kéita, and the African Union Senior representative of the African Peace Foundation, Dr Donald Kaberuka, on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Full text...

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