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  • AU Summit: AU Chairperson elections postponed until January 2017
    18 july 2016 15:12:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The election of a new Chairperson for the African Union (AU), scheduled to take place Monday in Kigali, Rwanda, has been postponed until January 2017, PANA correspondent reported here. Full text...

  • Tanzania: European Council calls for credible polls in Somalia
    18 july 2016 12:06:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Council on Monday adopted conclusions on Somalia, calling for a credible and accountable electoral process, which will ensure the necessary legitimacy for the elected leadership of the Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • US: US says it has 'no plan for offensive action' in South Sudan
    18 july 2016 08:09:34
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US says it has no plan for offensive action in South Sudan, where several days of bloody fighting between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar a week ago, claimed hundreds of lives and raised the spectre of another civil war. Full text...

  • AU Summit: African leaders urged to identify right priorities
    17 july 2016 18:24:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The 27th African Union (AU) Heads of State summit officially opened in Kigali on Sunday with a call for leaders to identify the right priorities and outcomes, decide the best way to achieve them, and be ready to do just that in a move to ensure sustainable growth and continental integration. Full text...

  • AU Summit: President Sall calls for inclusive growth, achieving Agenda 2063
    17 july 2016 17:26:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Senegalese President Macky Sall has called for the utilization of Africa’s rich natural and human resources, as well as tapping of technological advancement to enhance development in the continent as a foundation for inclusive growth and achieving the African Union's (AU) Agenda 2063. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari condemns bloody abortive coup in Turkey
    17 july 2016 12:05:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday condemned the Friday night's bloody abortive coup in Turkey, saying that removal of a democratic government by force is no longer acceptable. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks regional, international leaders on South Sudan
    17 july 2016 06:41:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the need for concerted action by both regional and international leaders to revive the implementation of the peace agreement in South Sudan, in order to ensure lasting peace, security, as well as stability in the country. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African heads of State arrive in Kigali for AU Summit
    16 july 2016 16:54:36
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former and current African Heads of State have started to arrive in Kigali, Rwanda, for the 27th session of the African Union (AU) summit, scheduled from 17-18 July, a PANA correspondent reported here Saturday. Full text...

  • US: American diplomats on official missions to Rwanda, Kenya
    16 july 2016 16:36:56
    New York, US (PANA) - US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator, Mr. Gayle Smith, and US Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, Mr. Donald Booth, on Friday began an official mission to Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief closely monitoring 'with concern' developments in Turkey
    16 july 2016 16:32:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is monitoring with concern the developments in Turkey, where a coup was attempted by some elements of the Turkish military on Friday night. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir leaves for AU summit in Rwanda
    16 july 2016 14:40:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir left Khartoum on Saturday for Kigali, Rwanda, to attend the 27th African Union (AU) summit. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum denounces coup attempt in Turkey
    16 july 2016 11:27:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese presidency on Saturday denounced the coup attempt in Turkey, saying the Sudanese people and government stand alongside President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his government and the people of Turkey. Full text...

  • Belgium: EC launches military training mission in CAR
    16 july 2016 08:57:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council (EC) on Saturday announced the launch, on 16 July 2016, of European Union military training mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM RCA) to contribute to EU's comprehensive approach and security sector reform in the country. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council expresses concern at political restrictions in the DRC
    16 july 2016 08:03:34
    New York, US (PANA) - In the run up to November's presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN Security Council late Friday in New York expressed concern at recent arrests and detention of members of opposition parties and of the civil society. Full text...

  • UN: Ban meets with African leaders on situation in South Sudan
    15 july 2016 22:53:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the 27th African Union (AU) Summit taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday met with several African leaders to discuss the situation in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Single African passport: A question of political will (A News Analysis by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent, Kigali)
    15 july 2016 09:00:23
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The launch of the first ever Common Africa Passport on the sideline of 27th African Union (AU) summit in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, means real challenges for African governments to implement the ambitious continental unity agenda, since the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in May, 1963, analyst say. Full text...

  • Rwanda: UN chief to attend African Union summit in Kigali
    14 july 2016 19:39:22
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is due in Kigali, Rwanda, on Friday to attend the 27th Ordinary Assembly of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government, it was officially confirmed here on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN peacekeeping chief urges Security Council action in South Sudan
    13 july 2016 19:00:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Given the unstable security situation in South Sudan following clashes between government and opposition forces which left some hundreds dead, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Herve Ladsous on Wednesday proposed that the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) be extended until the end of August to allow a rapid assessment on the need for a stronger mandate. Full text...

  • US: US troops evacuate Americans from South Sudan
    13 july 2016 17:59:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The US has sent 40 soldiers to Juba, capital of South Sudan, to speed up the evacuation of embassy personnel and other American citizens caught in renewed fighting between warring parties in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan to mark full implementation of DDPD
    13 july 2016 15:25:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Idris Debby of Chad will visit the Sudan shortly to take part in celebrations marking the full implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), concluded in July 2011 under Qatari, UN, AU and Arab league supervision as the framework for peace in the restive region of Darfur. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Comoros President visits Mauritius
    13 july 2016 12:06:53
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Visiting Comoros President Mr Azali Assoumani on Wednesday called on Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Foreign countries evacuating nationals from Juba
    13 july 2016 11:57:17
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Foreign nationals are being evacuated from the crisis-gripped South Sudanese capital, Juba, although a ceasefire in a bitter fighting between troops loyal to the president and first vice-president appears to be “largely holding, barring sporadic gunfire”. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'Thousands of Sudanese want to come home' - Officials
    13 july 2016 11:05:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese officials say that over 3,000 of their nationals living in South Sudan have expressed the desire to be evacuated following bitter fighting in that country's capital, Juba, which has claimed hundreds of lives. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Juba ceasefire 'largely holding'; more than 270 killed - UN
    13 july 2016 09:44:49
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The ceasefire in crisis-gripped South Sudanese capital, Juba, appears to be “largely holding, barring sporadic gunfire,” the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has reported. Full text...

  • Rwanda: AU summit pledges to raise awareness about Agenda 2063
    13 july 2016 07:34:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The 27th African Union (AU) summit that opened this week in Kigali brings together a unique coalition of governments, businesses and civil society representatives who will commit to taking practical steps toward pushing the Union’s Agenda 2063, an official source said on Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Juba quiet; calls grow louder for arms embargo on South Sudan
    12 july 2016 17:54:09
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The South Sudan capital, Juba, remained quiet on Tuesday as residents traumatised by several days of fighting between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar claimed hundreds of lives ventured out to get basic needs. Full text...

  • UN: ICC Trial Chamber refers Uganda, Djibouti to UN Security Council
    12 july 2016 17:19:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Uganda and Djibouti have failed to comply with the request for arrest and surrender of Sudan's President Omar Al Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and referred the matter to the Court's Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute and the UN Security Council, the Pre-Trial Chamber II of the ICC said Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA Ruling party addresses crisis in Zimbabwe
    12 july 2016 15:10:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday expressed concern over the protests in Zimbabwe, labeling them as “sponsored elements seeking regime change”. Full text...

  • UN: Candidates for UN top job to feature on globally-televised event
    12 july 2016 14:25:10
    New York, US (PANA) - For the first time, candidates for the position of next UN Secretary-General are taking part in a globally-televised and webcast event, which will be held at the UN General Assembly Hall on Tuesday, and they will take questions from diplomats from different parts of the world and the general public. Full text...

  • (UPDATE 3) South Sudan: Juba 'remains tense' but ceasefire appears holding
    12 july 2016 12:01:39
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The South Sudan capital, Juba, which has seen bloody clashes between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar, "remains tense", but calm as a ceasefire ordered by the two men appear to be holding. Full text...

  • Botswana: North Korea's ballistic missile testing irks Botswana
    12 july 2016 10:09:02
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana on Tuesday condemned North Korea’s continued testing of ballistic missiles saying they pose a threat to international security. Full text...

  • (UPDATE 2) Switzerland: UNHCR calls for open borders for possible South Sudan refugee outflows
    12 july 2016 09:58:23
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is calling on all armed parties to ensure safe passage for people fleeing the fighting that erupted late last week in the South Sudan capital, Juba, between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar. Full text...

  • (UPDATE) US: US strongly condemns 'senseless, inexcusable violence' in South Sudan
    12 july 2016 07:36:55
    Washington, DC, US, (PANA) - The United States has condemned "in the strongest terms" the return to violence in South Sudan and demanded that it must stop. Full text...

  • US: US evacuates non-emergency embassy personnel from Juba
    12 july 2016 06:50:40
    New York, US (PANA) - In response to ongoing violence in South Sudan, the US Department of State has ordered the departure of non-emergency personnel from the US Embassy in Juba. Full text...

  • Kenya: IGAD calls for more UN peacekeepers to stop South Sudan fighting
    11 july 2016 18:56:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Foreign ministers from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have called for more UN troops to throw a security cordon around Juba, the South Sudanese capital, on the fourth straight day of fierce fighting, which has killed nearly 300 people. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari calls for peace in South Sudan
    11 july 2016 17:38:21
    Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appealed for peace and calm in South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council meets on South Sudan on Wednesday
    11 july 2016 15:59:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the resurgence of violence in South Sudan, the UN Security Council has scheduled a closed-door meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday to deliberate on the situation. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan worried about 'sorry developments' in South Sudan
    11 july 2016 10:43:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - In its first official comment on the developments in South Sudan, Khartoum on Monday described clashes in neighbouring South Sudan as “sorry developments”, and expressed “deep concern “ over the loss of life and insecurity there. Full text...

  • US: Nigerian diplomat named Special Adviser on Zambian elections
    11 july 2016 05:48:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Commonwealth Secretary-General Ms. Patricia Scotland has appointed Nigeria's seasoned diplomat and former UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, as her Special Adviser on Political Dialogue to support the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) ahead of the country's general elections and referendum, scheduled for 11 August 2016. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission, agencies condemn resumption of violence in South Sudan
    10 july 2016 19:27:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Sunday expressed outrage at the resumption of violence in Juba, which it said is severely impacting on the civilian population. Full text...

  • Sudan: Al Bashir phones Kiir, Machar, urges restraint
    10 july 2016 18:01:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's President Omar Al Bashir on Sunday called on warring parties in neighbouring South Sudan to exercise self-restraint and avoid sliding the the country and the region into insecurity. Full text...

  • Rwanda: AU Comission chairperson urges solidarity, Pan Africanism
    10 july 2016 16:37:26
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, on Sunday stressed the need for solidarity among African countries, urging them not to be bogged down into counter-productive competition among each other. Full text...

  • US: American special envoy visits Congo, Tanzania, Egypt, Angola
    09 july 2016 20:45:30
    New York, US (PANA) - US Special Envoy for Africa's Great Lakes Region, Mr. Thomas Perriello on Saturday begun an official mission that will take him to Brazzaville, Congo, Arusha, Tanzania, Cairo, Egypt and Luanda, Angola from 9 to 23 July. Full text...

  • US: US expresses 'grave concern' about fighting in Juba
    09 july 2016 19:32:58
    Washington, DC, (PANA) - The United States on Saturday expressed "grave concern" about the outbreak of fighting in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, on 7 and 8 July and urged all parties in the Transitional Government of National Unity to take immediate steps to reduce tensions. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief sad about developments in South Sudan
    09 july 2016 17:19:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday expressed sadness with the renewed violence in South Sudan. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Horrific killings mar Independence Day mood in South Sudan
    09 july 2016 16:44:32
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Fierce overnight artillery and gunfire fight has left more than 100 soldiers dead in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, on the fifth anniversary of the country’s Independence Day. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes inaugural meeting of DRC support group
    09 july 2016 08:15:59
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the recent inaugural meeting of the Support Group for the Facilitation of the National Dialogue in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and urged support for the Facilitator to resolve the challenges facing the country's electoral timeline. Full text...

  • UN: UN official tasks CAR leaders on inclusive, transparent govt
    09 july 2016 07:35:30
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous late on Friday in New York said Central African Republic’s (CAR) considerable progress over the past two years risks being reversed unless national leaders demonstrate commitment to inclusive and transparent governance, and address the root causes of the crisis afflicting the country. Full text...

  • South Sudan: South Sudan leaders urge calm after gunfire rocks presidential palace
    08 july 2016 20:22:04
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar have called for calm after heavy gunfire were fired near the Presidential Palace on Friday, as the leader prepare to hold a news conference on the country's fifth independence anniversary. Full text...

  • US: UN deputy chief calls for dialogue in DR Congo
    08 july 2016 05:56:23
    New York, US (PANA) - An inclusive and credible dialogue among Congolese stakeholders is the only realistic way to defuse political tensions, overcome the electoral impasse and prevent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has warned. Full text...

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