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  • US: US slams more sanctions on Burundi, urges dialogue
    03 july 2015 11:40:11
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has announced additional sanctions against Burundi following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s continued disregard for the Arusha Agreement by seeking to run for a third term in office. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU, EU agree to enhance election observation in Africa
    02 july 2015 19:38:26
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - In the framework of the Pan-African Programme, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Union (EU) have signed an agreement for an amount of € 6million to support the strengthening of the AU's election observation capacity, the Commission announced Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS accredits five Ambassadors
    02 july 2015 17:45:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission on Thursday accredited five Ambassadors to the sub-regional group, with Commission President using the occasion to pledge greater cooperation with the diplomatic Missions accredited to the Commission towards the entrenchment of peace, security, stability and economic advancement of the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria to assist Burkina Faso to organize polls
    02 july 2015 17:19:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has pledged to work with other ECOWAS member-nations and the international community to assist Burkina Faso in conducting free, credible and peaceful elections. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Former minister sentenced to 12 months imprisonment
    02 july 2015 13:53:22
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Former ICT and Innovation Minister Pravind Jugnauth, who resigned from his post Wednesday after he was found guilty of conflict of interest, was Thursday jailed 12 months, PANA learnt from judicial sources in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN imposes sanctions against South Sudanese military chiefs
    02 july 2015 12:31:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Security Council has imposed sanctions against six top military commanders in South Sudan, three from each side of the conflict, but doubts remained on the impact of such sanctions against military officers with unknown foreign assets. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt condemns terrorist attack in Egypt
    02 july 2015 11:40:19
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) - Libya's interim government has condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks that targeted the Egyptian army in northern Sinai, calling it an attempt to marginalize Egypt's leadership role in the fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Belgium: 'Burundi polls not credible'
    02 july 2015 10:42:17
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Belgium has expressed concern about the legislative and local elections that were held 29 June in Burundi, saying the principles of inclusiveness, transparency and credibility were not respected during the elections. Full text...

  • UN: Libyan parties urged to agree on national government
    02 july 2015 08:55:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Reiterating that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Libya, Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 'Burkina Faso nationals still need visa to enter Tunisia'
    01 july 2015 22:04:42
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso nationals still need to obtain visa to enter Tunisia as cancellation of the entry visa agreed between the two countries is not yet effective, the Burkina Faso government said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: EU urges Libyans to accept UN deal
    01 july 2015 20:36:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The EU senior representative for Foreign Policy and Common Security, Federica Mogherini, has called on the different Libyan factions to accept the political agreement proposed by the United Nations to find solution to the crisis rocking the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: First woman takes over as AU Commission’s Secretary General
    01 july 2015 20:21:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has appointed outgoing Secretary General of the Commission, Ambassador Jean Mfasoni, Special Advisor in her Office as from 1 July 2015, the Chairperson’s Office announced in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Former Electoral Commissioner given highest national honour
    01 july 2015 17:06:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday conferred the country's highest honour, the Companion of the Star of Ghana, on the former chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, for his "transformational leadership". Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian Minister of ICT resigns over indictment
    01 july 2015 15:48:35
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Minister of Information and Communication Technology and Innovation (ICT), Pravind Jugnauth, on Wednesday resigned from office after he was found guilty of conflict of interest by a court in Port Louis, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • US: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, US task Libyan parties on political agreement
    01 july 2015 14:33:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The French, German, Italian, Spanish, the British and US governments have called on all Libyan parties and stakeholders to show responsibility, leadership and courage, in order to reach a viable political agreement that would bring peace and stability to their country. Full text...

  • Zambia: Ruling PF party scoops all 3 parliamentary seats in by-election
    01 july 2015 14:20:58
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party of President Edgar Lungu has grabbed three seats from the opposition after scooping all three parliamentary seats in by-elections held Tuesday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 'Don't dissolve Presidential Security Regiment'
    01 july 2015 12:24:09
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The commission set up by Burkina's interim President Michel Kafando to determine the fate of the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP), set up by former President Blaise Compaoré, has rejected calls for the dissolution of the regiment. Full text...

  • Cameroon: French President due in Cameroon Friday
    01 july 2015 12:10:33
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - French President Francois Hollande is expected in Yaounde Friday for a brief official visit to Cameroon, the Cameroonian presidency announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Integration, development agenda receives boost
    01 july 2015 09:53:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission and its Development Partners have agreed to continue to work towards the full realization of their regional integration and development agenda for West Africa. Full text...

  • Mauritius: ICT Minister, Jugnauth, resigns
    01 july 2015 08:43:50
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian ICT and Innovation Minister Pravind Jugnauth Wednesday resigned from his post after a court in Port-Louis found him guilty of conflict of interest in the sale of a mediclinic, in which his sister was a shareholder, to the state in 2011. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Presdient Essebsi vows to fight terrorism
    30 june 2015 22:03:24
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian president, Béji Caïd Essebsi has reaffirmed his country's determination to fight terrorism and religious extremism. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Trial of alleged killers of Tunisian political leader Chokri Belaïd opens
    30 june 2015 21:24:41
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The trial of alleged murderers of Tunisian politician Chokri Belaïd in 2013 opened in Tunis on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Congo: Main opposition party denounces President Sassou Nguesso's third term bid
    30 june 2015 21:00:11
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The main opposition party in Congo on Tuesday denounced the attempts of President Denis Sassou Nguesso to run for a third term Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU-UN Mission says ground not ready for blue berets to land in Somalia
    30 june 2015 20:46:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Conditions are not yet met for the deployment of a UN peacekeeping operation in Somalia, according to the Joint AU-UN Mission which has reviewed the benchmarks for deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission and operations of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's electoral chief bows out in blaze of glory
    30 june 2015 15:27:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Widely acknowledged to have organized the freest and fairest elections in Nigeria's history, the country's electoral chief, Prof. Attahiru Jega, left office Tuesday at the end of his five-year tenure, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Mauritania: US welcomes release of rights activist in Mauritania
    30 june 2015 14:04:24
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The US embassy in Mauritania has welcomed the release, on medical grounds, of Sow Djibi, the chairman of a civil society organization, arrested in November last year together with the leader of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the abolitionist movement (IRA), Birame Ould Dah Ould Abeid. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa dispatched to Lesotho for urgent talks
    30 june 2015 11:21:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been urgently dispatched to Lesotho to hold talks with Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili following a fresh wave of violence that is threatening the stability of the mountain kingdom. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. condemns assassination of Egyptian prosecutor
    30 june 2015 10:03:01
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan government has condemned the assassination of Egypt's state prosecutor Hisham Barakat, who was killed on Monday after his motorcade was hit by a bomb blast in the capital city of Cairo. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says Libya's political agreement to be signed this week
    29 june 2015 21:28:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy for Libya, Bernardino Leon, on Monday announced that there is a political agreement among the parties on the majority of the elements of the draft proposal they are considering, and hoped to have them signed it later this week. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Somalia commends election of speaker of regional assembly
    29 june 2015 18:18:35
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Hollande visits three African countries this week
    29 june 2015 18:11:46
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – French President François Hollande will on Wednesday start a three-day African tour that will take him to Benin, Angola and Cameroon, official sources here told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria to appeal Bashir court ruling
    29 june 2015 13:24:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African government on Monday confirmed that it will appeal the recent North Gauteng High Court ruling over Sudanese President Omar Bashir. Full text...

  • Togo: 23-member cabinet named
    29 june 2015 12:25:00
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - A 23-member government, including four women and headed by Komi Sélom Klassou as Prime Minister, was announced here Sunday evening. Full text...

  • Morocco: Signing of Libyan peace deal postponed
    29 june 2015 11:20:47
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Libyan stakeholders meeting here could not agree on the signing of a UN-brokered Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) after the delegation of the National General Congress (NGC) asked for more time to consult on the MoU. Full text...

  • Belgium: 'Brussels set to receive more Burundian defectors'
    29 june 2015 11:08:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders has said the country is ready to receive Burundians fleeing their country out of fear of the violence precipitated by the insistence of President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term. Full text...

  • Burundi: Security tight as polls open
    29 june 2015 10:07:29
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Security is very tight across Burundi as the controversial legislative polls opened Monday, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • UN: Burundi govt's insistence on holding elections irks Ban, as voting begins
    29 june 2015 09:07:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concerns over Full text...

  • Burundi: Boycott seen as major issue in Monday's elections in Burundi
    28 june 2015 15:56:38
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Only a massive boycott by the opposition could make all the difference in Burundi’s municipal and legislative elections scheduled for 29 June 2015 as the ruling CNDD-FDD (Conseil national pour la défense de la démocratie/forces de défense de la démocratie) party is likely to be sole contestant. Full text...

  • Morocco: Special envoys call for Libyan political agreement
    28 june 2015 15:03:50
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - A group of envoys following up the Libyan political dialogue in Skhirat, Morocco, has urged the dialogue participants to reach an agreement that will solve the conflict in their country in the next few days, insisting that there would be no military solution to the crisis. Full text...

  • Morocco: UN envoy urges negotiating Libyans to reach agreement
    28 june 2015 13:12:44
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Libya and Head of the UN Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Leon, has urged the Libyans to expedite the current political dialogue round in Skhirat, Morocco to reach an agreement to end the conflict in their country. Full text...

  • Benin: Beninese hold civic elections
    28 june 2015 10:58:40
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Voters in Benin Sunday streamed to polling stations to elect representatives to local, communal and municipal councils with 34 political parties competing for dominance. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition leader describes electoral reform bill as 'outrageous'
    27 june 2015 19:50:57
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The leader of Gambia’s opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), Ousainu Darboe, has condemned a bill proposing changes to the electoral law describing it as "outrageous and preposterous". Full text...

  • Burundi: Legislative and local elections to go ahead on Monday in Burundi
    27 june 2015 17:57:47
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundian Interior Minister, Mr Edouard Nduwimana, announced on Saturday that local and legislative elections will take place on Monday, ignoring calls by the opposition, mediation and international partners for a postponement because of volatile conditions in the East African country. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. condemns terror attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France
    27 june 2015 11:23:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government on Saturday strongly condemned the terror attacks perpetrated on Friday in Tunisia, Kuwait and France, in which dozens of innocent people were killed. Full text...

  • Tunisia: PM announces measures to fight terrorism after Sousse attack
    27 june 2015 09:42:52
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid on Friday announced a series of measures to fight terrorism, following the attack at a hotel in Sousse, in the centre of the country, killing 38 people and wounding 36 others. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Death toll in Sousse terror attack rises to 37
    26 june 2015 21:33:18
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The death toll in the terror attack perpetrated on Friday in a hotel in the Tunisian tourist city of Sousse has risen to 37, the spokesperson for the Tunisian Health ministry, Chokri Nafti, has told PANA. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appeals to Burundian authorities to consider postponing elections
    26 june 2015 18:56:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Closely following political and security developments in Burundi, UN Full text...

  • UN: ICC reports Sudan to UN Security Council over failure to arrest Abdel Raheem Hussein
    26 june 2015 18:22:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Full text...

  • Egypt: President Al-Sissi urges support for Libya's legitimate institutions
    26 june 2015 11:16:16
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, on Thursday said Libya's legitimate institutions, including the national army and the government from the elected Parliament, must be supported as a way of resolving the myriads of problems facing the country. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama names new head of Electoral Commission
    26 june 2015 07:50:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has appointed Mrs. Charlotte Kesson Smith Osei as the new Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana. Full text...

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