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  • UN: NGO disappointed with UN Security Council over UN top job selection
    13 october 2016 14:57:12
    New York, US (PANA) - As the UN General Assembly on Thursday appoints Antonio Guterres as the next UN Secretary-General, a non-governmental organisation, Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary-General, has expressed disappointment with the UN Security Council for failing to select a woman for the position. Full text...

  • South Africa: Public Protector expected to release final damning report on Zuma
    13 october 2016 10:51:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is expected to release her final report on Friday which investigates President Jacob Zuma and allegations of State capture by the wealthy Gupta family. Full text...

  • Tanzania: SADC mission urges DRC stakeholders to join national dialogue
    13 october 2016 09:12:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation has encouraged all stakeholders in DR Congo to put the interest of the country and the people first in the National Dialogue in order to ensure consensus on outstanding issues. Full text...

  • US: UN Member States set to appoint next Secretary-General
    13 october 2016 06:58:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly is on Thursday expected to act on the recommendation of the Security Council regarding the appointment of the next Secretary-General of the United Nations, according to a UN statement. Full text...

  • US: UN expresses concern about Burundi's human rights situation
    13 october 2016 06:13:54
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US says it is concerned by recent developments with regard to Burundi’s human rights situation, including the government’s announced decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Kenya: Zuma ends Kenya state visit, fires back at SA varsity protestors
    12 october 2016 19:41:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - South African President Jacob Zuma has vowed rich South African citizens must pay university fees even as the government prepares to subsidise. Full text...

  • US: US congratulates Equatorial Guinea on its National Day
    12 october 2016 15:26:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Wednesday congratulated Equatorial Guinea as the African country celebrated its National Day on 12 October. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US announces release of US$92.73 million to assist Nigeria
    12 october 2016 13:02:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The US Government has announced a financial package of US$92.73 million in development assistance to support the five-year US$2.3 billion agreement it signed with the Nigerian Government in 2015. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian president Buhari to visit Germany
    12 october 2016 11:59:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday embark on a three-day official visit to the Federal Republic of Germany, the Presidency has announced. Full text...

  • US: UN rights expert warns about growing restrictions on civil society in Egypt
    12 october 2016 05:42:10
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, warned on Tuesday about growing restrictions on civil society in Egypt, with human rights defenders and organizations in particular being targeted. Full text...

  • US: Political polarization in DRC may spark ‘large-scale violence,’ UN envoy warns
    12 october 2016 05:23:17
    New York, US (PANA) – The top United Nations official in DR Congo has warned of "an extremely fragile political situation" in country, where “actors on all sides appear more and more willing to resort to violence to achieve their ends”. Full text...

  • US: Ban welcomes start of Guinea-Bissau talks
    12 october 2016 05:11:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Welcoming the start of an inclusive dialogue among political leaders, civil society and religious communities of Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged all the parties to engage in constructive discussions and “seize this opportunity for a favourable outcome” in the interest of the country’s people”. Full text...

  • US: US says it is 'concerned' about situation in Ethiopia
    12 october 2016 05:02:04
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States has expressed is concern about the situation in Ethiopia where the government last Sunday imposed a state of emergency in the wake of protests that have killed scores of people. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian PM assures Germany's Merkel violence probe underway
    11 october 2016 17:52:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has assured visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel an investigation into the conduct of security forces dealing with violence outside the capital, Addis Ababa, has been launched to determine if human rights were violated. Full text...

  • South Africa: Finance Minister ordered to appear in court
    11 october 2016 11:40:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has been rocked the National Prosecuting Authority’s announcement that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been summonsed to appear in court next month on charges stemming from an investigation into his time as the head of the South African Revenue Services (SARS). Full text...

  • Kenya: South Africa’s Zuma makes historic Kenyan state visit
    11 october 2016 09:48:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Jacob Zuma has begun a historic three-day state visit to Kenya, the first of its kind by a South African head of state since the end of apartheid era. Full text...

  • UN: Ban opens ‘Africa Week’ at UN
    11 october 2016 06:06:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Noting the socio-economic progress made by African countries and their centrality in major sustainable development discourses, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for continued support to the continent, particularly for strengthening good governance and for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • US: UN experts urge Ethiopia to allow international panel to probe violence
    11 october 2016 05:34:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Urging Ethiopian authorities to end their violent crackdown on peaceful protests, which has reportedly led to the death of over 600 people since November 2015, two United Nations human rights experts on Monday further called on the Government to allow an international commission of inquiry to investigate the protests and the violence used against peaceful demonstrators. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: President Mulatu calls for stepped up efforts against anti-peace elements in Ethiopia
    10 october 2016 19:19:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome on Monday spoke of the need for reinforced efforts to resist anti-peace elements in the East African nation. Full text...

  • Ghana: Electoral body clears four candidates to contest Ghana's December presidential poll
    10 october 2016 18:35:18
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Electoral Commission (EC) has accepted the forms of only four of the 17 candidates who filed their nomination papers to contest the 7 December presidential election, the chairperson of the Commission, Mrs Charlotte Osei, announced on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kagame warns Kigali could again cut diplomatic ties with France
    10 october 2016 15:29:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday stressed that the judicial system of Rwanda is not subordinate to France or French interests and asked that those [western] embassies [in Kigali] that delivered services on behalf of the French embassy during the time diplomatic ties between the two countries were severed in 2006 to "prepare [again] to do that" . Full text...

  • Senegal: Rights groups demand justice for Guinea election violence victims
    10 october 2016 09:58:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Authorities in Guinea should take concrete and immediate steps to ensure justice for the victims and the families of those who were shot, raped, or beaten to death during the 2015 presidential election period, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said on Monday in a joint letter to President Alpha Condé. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: PM Hailemariam sets up command post for Ethiopian state of emergency
    09 october 2016 18:37:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn on Sunday set up a command post to oversee "the proper implementation of the state of emergency" he declared earlier over the East African nation. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian cabinet declares state of emergency
    09 october 2016 14:18:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has declared a state of emergency, effective immediately, to contain week-long violence and stop further loss of lives. Full text...

  • US: US urges Sudan to consider national dialogue as 'first phase' to end crises
    08 october 2016 16:02:59
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US on Saturday urged the Government of Sudan to consider the current National Dialogue a first phase for a sustainable end to the country's internal crises. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: German Chancellor to launch AU peacekeeping complex
    08 october 2016 13:16:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due in Addis Ababa to preside over the handover of US$30 million peace and security complex built for the African Union (AU), the AU Commission has said. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma one step closer to having his day in court
    07 october 2016 10:36:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In another major blow for President Jacob Zuma, the Constitutional Court on Friday refused to hear the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) appeal on the judgement handed down by a full bench of the North Gauteng High Court in August which reinstated the 783 fraud, racketeering and corruption charges against him. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council recommends Guterres as new UN chief
    06 october 2016 19:20:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Thursday formally recommended former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres to the 193-member UN General Assembly for formal approval as the next UN Secretary-General for a five-year term when incumbent Ban Ki-moon steps down on 31 December. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU proposes special summit on ending border disputes linked to mineral wealth
    06 october 2016 19:11:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is planning to hold a special summit of heads of state and government to discuss how to deal with increasing border disputes linked to natural wealth, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui said Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition leaders held in detention
    06 october 2016 16:29:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia's main opposition leader of United Party for National Development (UPND), Hakainde Hichilema, and the party's vice president, Geoffrey Mwamba, remained in detention Thursday after they were charged with seditious practices and unlawful assembly. Full text...

  • Rwanda: AU distances self from 'Travel Advisory' circulating on the internet
    06 october 2016 15:37:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Thursday distanced itself from a satirical “travel advisory” that was quoted in several online publications this month, saying there are individuals or groups misinforming the public by sending incorrect statements in the name of the AU and making use of the logo or other symbols of the African Union to give credibility to their statements. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya searches for new electoral commissioners
    06 october 2016 15:29:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared vacancies in the offices of the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and eight commissioners. Full text...

  • South Africa: Presidency hits back at Zuma’s critics
    06 october 2016 13:12:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Office of the South African Presidency on Thursday expressed concern with the relentless public attacks on President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Rights group demands Ethiopia stampede probe
    06 october 2016 10:12:50
    Addis Ababa (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says fresh protests in Ethiopia since dozens of protesters were killed in a stampede at a religious festival on 2 October underline the need for the Ethiopian government to ensure a full investigation into how the protest was handled. Full text...

  • UN: Former UNHCR chief emerges as favourite for top UN job
    05 october 2016 19:04:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres has emerged as the clear favourite to become the next United Nations Secretary-General following the sixth secret ballot held Wednesday by the UN Security Council, which is expected to take a formal decision Thursday and forward Mr. Guterres’ name to the 193-Member General Assembly for final confirmation. Full text...

  • South Africa: Public Protector to interview Zuma again over Gupta family influence
    05 october 2016 14:35:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Outgoing Protector Thuli Madonsela, is expected to interview South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday as part of her final report into allegations of “state capture” and claims that the wealthy Gupta family influenced government business and the appointment of Cabinet Ministers. Full text...

  • US: UN peacekeeping chief urges follow-up action to consolidate peace in Darfur
    05 october 2016 05:40:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The security situation in Darfur, Sudan, remains volatile and the humanitarian impact of the conflict significant, the top United Nations peacekeeping official said on Tuesday, calling on the Government of Sudan and the international community at large to address the current challenges in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari receives credentials of Canadian, Swedish, German and Tunisian envoys
    04 october 2016 17:18:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday received credentials of three ambassadors and one high commissioner at a ceremony in Abuja, the country's capital, calling for stronger global alliance to combat terrorism that currently haunts both developing and developed countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS court orders Nigerian govt. to release detained former National Security Adviser
    04 october 2016 16:36:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS) Court Tuesday ordered the Nigerian government to immediately release the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Muhammadu Sambo Dasuki, from detention. Full text...

  • Senegal: 'Progress in African governance held back by deterioration in safety, rule of law'
    04 october 2016 11:58:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The 2016 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), launched on Monday by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, reveals that improvement in overall governance in Africa over the past ten years has been held back by a widespread deterioration in the category of Safety Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Dangote cement factory torched in Ethiopia's violence
    04 october 2016 10:14:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - On the second day of national mourning for victims of the Irrecha religious festival stampede in Ethiopia, a regional rebellion appear to be getting out of control with protestors storming a cement factory and burning government offices. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan says JASTA breaching states' sovereignty, immunity
    04 october 2016 08:50:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Tuesday called on the United States of America to withdraw the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) describing it as a violation of the sovereignty and immunity of states. Full text...

  • US: Ban names Hubert Price as head of UN support office in Somalia
    04 october 2016 06:17:06
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday announced the appointment of Hubert Price of the United States as Head of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). Full text...

  • South Africa: Jordaan gives up ANC position after election defeat in South Africa
    03 october 2016 17:48:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African politician and football administrator Danny Jordaan on Monday announced that he has resigned from his position as leader of the African National Congress in Nelson Mandela Bay following the party’s shock defeat in the August municipal elections. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Prime Minister Hailemariam vows action against Oromo protest instigators
    03 october 2016 13:38:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has warned the government would act against opponents who provoked Sunday's protests at a religious ceremony outside the capital, leaving 52 people dead. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan foreign minister to run for top AU post
    03 october 2016 11:51:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's foreign minister Amina Mohamed has joined the race to replace Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, the local media reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Multiparty politics hero mourned in Kenya
    02 october 2016 17:44:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Salim Ahmed Bamahriz, a man who braved a government crackdown against opposition critics and became a foremost defender of multiparty politics in Kenya, died on Saturday, after a long illness, his family said on Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: African issues top UN Security Council's agenda in October
    02 october 2016 14:04:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The conflicts and humanitarian crisis in Sudan's Darfur region, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mali, the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan, will be high on the UN Security Council agenda in October. Full text...

  • Libya: EU renews sanctions against Libya for six months
    30 september 2016 17:40:00
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council on Friday prolonged the sanctions against Libya targeting three persons for six months, stating that the decision was taken in view of the gravity of the situation in the North African country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US congratulates Nigeria on 56th independence anniversary
    30 september 2016 16:30:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States has congratulated Nigeria on the occasion of the country’s 56th Independence anniversary to be celebrated Saturday. Full text...

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