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  • Tanzania: President Magufuli fires Tanzania's head of investment agency
    28 april 2016 11:35:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - President John Pombe Magufuli on Thursday annulled the appointment of Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) Executive Director, Ms Juliet Rugeiyamu Kairuki, citing among other reasons, her failure to accept government salary since she took office in April 2013. Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern about political environment in Equatorial Guinea
    28 april 2016 06:48:44
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has expressed concern about the political environment in Equatorial Guinea both before and after its 24 April presidential election and called on the government to allow the citizens to exercise their democratic rights. Full text...

  • South Africa: Deeply divided South Africa commemorates 1994 all-race elections
    27 april 2016 13:13:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A deeply divided South Africa on Wednesday commemorated the 22nd anniversary of the country’s historic first all-race elections when Nelson Mandela was swept into power on a ticket of racial reconciliation. Full text...

  • Tunisia: UN representative concerned by Daesh attacks on Libya's oilfields
    27 april 2016 13:02:30
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, said on Wednesday that he was deeply concerned by recent incursions by the so-called Islamic State into Libya’s oil crescent region and attacks carried on oil fields. Full text...

  • Libya: EU delegation chief reaffirms EU support to Libyan presidential council
    27 april 2016 10:52:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The head of the European Union delegation in Libya, Nataliya Apostolova, has reaffirmed the full support of the EU to the presidential council of the national unity government and the implementation of the Libyan political agreement, which is now deadlocked. Full text...

  • Belgium: Belgium concerned about fresh targeted assassinations in Burundi
    27 april 2016 10:10:32
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Belgian minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, has expressed his country’s concerns over the fresh targeted assassinations in Burundi, after the recent attacks that have targeted senior national defence and armed forces officers, according to a communiqué issued on Wednesday in Brussels. Full text...

  • US: Security Council extends mandate of UN Mission in CAR
    27 april 2016 07:53:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council (CAR) on Tuesday extended until 31 July the mandate of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), determining that the situation in the country constitutes a threat to international peace and security. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes Machar's arrival, urges leaders to form unity govt
    27 april 2016 07:44:15
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has welcomed the arrival and swearing in of South Sudanese opposition leader Riek Machar as first vice president on Tuesday as "an important step" and asked the country's leaders to form a unity government. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes resumption of Burundian dialogue
    27 april 2016 06:09:56
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the announcement by former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa, as the facilitator of the East African Community (EAC)-led Burundian dialogue, that the next round of talks will take place May 2–6 in Arusha, Tanzania. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum welcomes return of Machar to Juba
    26 april 2016 19:39:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Tuesday welcomed the return of South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar to Juba as part of an agreement reached under the leadership of the African Union, to end fighting between his supporters and those of President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says South Sudan security situation remains 'extremely fragile'
    26 april 2016 19:20:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The security situation in South Sudan remains precarious, with Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes swearing-in of Manchar as South Sudan First VP
    26 april 2016 17:58:30
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday welcomed the Full text...

  • South Sudan: S. Sudan opposition leader Machar arrives, sworn in as First Vice President
    26 april 2016 17:17:42
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese opposition leader Riek Machar arrived back home finally on Tuesday as part of a peace deal to end a bloody conflict between his fighters and those of the government of President Salva Kiir. Full text...

  • Sudan: Govt. protests denial of US visa to UN-bound Sudanese senior officials
    26 april 2016 13:10:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The Sudanese government on Tuesday summoned the US Charge D’Affairs to Sudan, Benjamin Moeling, to officially protest the denial of visa to senior government officials taking part in UN activities in New York. Full text...

  • US: US expects DR Congo to move forward in accordance with constitution - Kerry
    26 april 2016 06:36:09
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States expects the Democratic Republic of Congo to move forward in accordance with its own constitution, which calls for credible elections that allow for all citizens to have their voices and their votes heard, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Tunisian, Ivorian PMs hold talks in Abidjan
    25 april 2016 16:43:54
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid, who is on a two-day working visit in Côte d’Ivoire, on Monday held talks with his Ivorian counterpart Daniel Kablan Duncan in Abidjan. Full text...

  • South Africa: ANC slams politician's "treasonable" comments
    25 april 2016 14:19:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Monday said it plans to lay criminal charges against Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, who threatened to "remove this government through the barrel of a gun". Full text...

  • Congo: Clement Mouamba appointed Congo Prime Minister
    25 april 2016 10:24:10
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese president Denis Sassou Nguesso has appointed Clement Mouamba as the new Prime Minister, one week after his investiture as president for a new five-year term following the last presidential election. Full text...

  • US: US says 'disappointed' at failure of South Sudan govt, opposition to form TGNU
    25 april 2016 07:47:42
    Washington, DC, US, (PANA) - The United States says it is disappointed by the continued failure of the Government of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement -SPLM/A-IO (IO) to form the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU) and implement the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea: Nguema seeks to extend 36-year rule in Sunday's presidential polls
    24 april 2016 08:32:56
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - Equatorial Guinea president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, aged 73 and has ruled the tiny nation for 36 years, seeks to extend his grip on power as the African country votes Sunday in a presidential election. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes South Sudan's govt decision to accept Manchar's return
    23 april 2016 13:01:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the decision Full text...

  • US: Troika says 'deeply disappointed' at Machar's failure to return to Juba
    23 april 2016 08:14:07
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The members of the Troika (United States, United Kingdom, and Norway) on South Sudan's peace process have expressed deep disappointed by opposition leader Riek Machar's continued failure to return to South Sudan's capital Juba to form the Transitional Government of National Unity. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes 'continued positive steps' in Libya
    23 april 2016 08:04:40
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States welcomes the continued and positive steps in Libya since the Government of National Accord entered Tripoli on 30 March, including early progress on peaceful, orderly transition of authority over key ministries and institutions, Elizabeth Trudeau, Director, Press Office of the US State Department, has said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma releases arms deal findings
    21 april 2016 11:53:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Thursday announced that there was no evidence to support allegations of bribery, corruption and fraud in South Africa’s biggest post-apartheid scandal. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition UDP confirms 50 members arrested, detained
    20 april 2016 16:22:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's opposition party, the United Democratic Party (UDP), Wednesday confirmed that 50 of its members were arrested in Thursday’s and Saturday’s peaceful protests. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senate suspends amendments to 2 laws weakening anti-corruption provisions
    20 april 2016 16:08:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday suspended its on-going amendment of the Code of Conduct Act which was initiated and referred to its committees last week in the wake of the Code of Conduct Tribunal trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. Full text...

  • Libya: Authorities launch local government system for Libya's stabilisation
    20 april 2016 13:24:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The new authorities in Libya have introduced a local government administration system aimed at stabilizing the north African country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria moves to criminalise hate-speech
    20 april 2016 10:09:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery has confirmed that government will bring specific legal provisions to target racism and hate speech to Parliament this year. The move follows a number of high-profile incidents of racism and hate-speech – particularly on social media platforms – in recent months. Full text...

  • US: Obama imposes new sanctions on those threatening Libya's peace, stability
    20 april 2016 10:04:27
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has issued a new executive order authorizing the imposition of sanctions on individuals and entities who threaten the peace, security, and stability of Libya, John Kirby, Spokesperson of the UN State Department has said. Full text...

  • US: US 'deeply disappointed' Riek Machar's failure to return to Juba
    20 april 2016 09:50:51
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The the United States says it is "deeply disappointed" by the failure of opposition leader Riek Machar to return to South Sudan’s capital of Juba on Monday to form the Transitional Government of National Unity. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalis face formidable challenges as election time nears - SRSG
    19 april 2016 19:09:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Somalia’s security and prosperity depend upon success in reversing dependency upon aid and in addressing the root causes of fragility, conflict and violent extremism, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) Michael Keating said Tuesday when he briefed the UN Security Council. Full text...

  • Senegal: Kofi Annan urges African leaders to leave office when time is up
    19 april 2016 13:40:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, Tuesday urged African leaders to leave when their mandated time is up and avoid excluding opposing voices if elections are to cease contributing to conflicts on the continent. Full text...

  • Libya: EU welcomes Libya's Presidency Council in Tripoli, expresses full support to GNA
    18 april 2016 19:35:25
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) the European Union (EU) on Monday welcomed the arrival of Libya's Presidency Council in Tripoli on 30 March 2016 and commended the courage and determination of Prime Minister Fayez Serraj, the other members of the Presidency Council and supporting actors on the ground. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan Presidential council leader, British FM meet
    18 april 2016 13:11:46
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The British minister of Foreign affairs, Philip Hammond, arrived in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, on Monday and immediately held talks with the president of the Libyan presidential council, Fayez al-Sarraj, as Parliament is due to meet in plenary session in Tobruk for a confidence vote on the national unity government. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for prompt establishment of transitional govt in South Sudan
    18 april 2016 05:58:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasized the importance of quickly establishing the Transitional Government of National Unity, which was agreed to as part of a peace agreement signed in August of last year by both President Salva Kiir and his rival, Mr. Riek Machar. Full text...

  • Libya: Kobler meets Presidency Council in Tripoli, urges implementation of political agreement
    17 april 2016 19:09:36
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's House of Representatives has to decide on the Government of National Accord and endorse it, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya, Mr. Martin Kobler said on Sunday at his first press conference held in the country's capital, Tripoli. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Burundian leader seeks President Magufuli’s support for repatriation of refugees
    17 april 2016 11:20:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has asked Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli to entreat Barundi refugees to go back home because the situation in their country has normalized. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Quarrel between two ministers hits the headlines this week in Mauritius
    16 april 2016 16:45:42
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The virulent outburst from Foreign Affairs Minister Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo against his cabinet colleague, the Financial Services and Good Governance Minister, Roshi Bhadain, hits the headlines this week in Mauritius. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty Int'l urges Gambian authorities to investigate death of political activist
    16 april 2016 16:26:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Authorities in Gambia must immediately investigate the death, in detention, of a well-known political activist and release all other peaceful protesters who have been detained, Amnesty International said Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: Nine candidates jostling for next UN chief answered 800 questions - UN official
    15 april 2016 21:52:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft on Friday Full text...

  • UN: UN official task new CAR government on durable peace, stability
    15 april 2016 21:11:05
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Full text...

  • Switzerland: 2015 Nobel Peace Prize winning Quartet 'to share experiences'
    15 april 2016 12:34:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, which was awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, will visit Geneva, Switzerland, from 20-22 April, to share their experiences, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), a private diplomacy organisation, said on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa commemorates 20th anniversary of TRC
    15 april 2016 11:01:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa on Friday marked the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings which were held to address apartheid-era atrocities. Full text...

  • Tanzania: South Sudan becomes sixth member of EAC
    15 april 2016 10:45:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Friday in Dares Salaam signed the treaty of accession of his country into the East African Community (EAC) describing the event as a fulfillment of the dream that his country had for many years. Full text...

  • UN: Dialogue with candidates for UN Secretary-General position ends Thursday
    14 april 2016 15:35:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The third and final session of informal dialogues to hear the views of three more candidates for the position of the next UN Secretary-General is taking place at UN headquarters in New York on Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese, Somali presidents discuss cooperation between their countries
    14 april 2016 13:36:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The Sudanese and Somali presidents on Wednesday evening held a working session that focused on regional and international issues of common interest and how they would strengthen their cooperation in all domains. Full text...

  • Senegal: APRM launches peer review process for Senegal
    13 april 2016 19:57:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) on Wednesday announced the launch of a peer review process for Senegal, making it the 20th African country to be assessed for good and responsive governance. Full text...

  • UN: Côte d'Ivoire 'on the right track' – UN peacekeeping chief
    13 april 2016 06:51:22
    New York, US (PANA) - With Côte d'Ivoire now firmly anchored on the path of peace, stability and economic recovery, the top United Nations peacekeeping official has said that it is perhaps time to consider wrapping up the UN mission and begin to consider the Organization’s future role in supporting the consolidating the country’s gains. Full text...

  • Tunisia: UNDP launches initiative to support Libya's stabilization
    13 april 2016 06:38:31
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched an initiative to assist with the stabilization of Libya and its new unity Government, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly begins dialogue to select new UN chief
    12 april 2016 15:18:12
    New York, US (PANA) - UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft on Tuesday opened informal dialogues with candidates for the next UN Secretary-General, for the first time providing an opportunity for open engagement with the candidates by representatives of UN member states and the general public. Full text...

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