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  • US: US 'looks forward' to political transition in Burkina Faso
    31 october 2014 13:26:30
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has welcomed the decision by embattled Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore to withdraw a bill that would have amended the constitution and allowed him to run for another term of office. Full text...

  • Belgium: Top EU trade official in Kenya over EPA implementation
    31 october 2014 12:12:11
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, is due in Kenya Friday for a high-level meeting with the delegates from six countries of the East African community (Burundi, Kenya Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda), which signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU), says a communiqué issued here by the European Commission. Full text...

  • Senegal: 'Response to African crisis must be based on democratic good governance'
    31 october 2014 12:07:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - "Response to crisis in Africa must be global and based on the promotion of democratic governance as guaranteed by the African Charter outlined by the African Union," the Chair of the African Union Commission, Mrs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, warned in a message she sent Thursday to AU member countries. Full text...

  • Ghana: Pres. Compaore digs in; rejects calls to resign
    31 october 2014 07:37:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso has rejected calls by demonstrators to resign, setting the stage for confrontation after Thursday’s violent protests that saw the Parliament house and several public buildings and property set on fire and state television knocked off air. Full text...

  • (Roundup) Ghana: Turmoil in Burkina Faso as fate of President Compaore remains unknown
    30 october 2014 22:14:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The fate of Burkina Faso’s long-term president Blaise Compaore remains unknown on Thursday night after a day of violent protests in the capital, Ouagadougou, that saw parliament and some public buildings go up in flames and state television knocked off air. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly pays tribute to President of Zambia
    30 october 2014 22:01:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The 193-member UN General Assembly Thursday in New York observed Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges calm, inclusive dialogue in Burkina Faso
    30 october 2014 21:35:55
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for an end to the violence in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso capital city, and announced that he is dispatching his special envoy for West Africa to the crisis-gripped country. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS calls for calm in Burkina Faso
    30 october 2014 19:19:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday called on all the people of Burkina Faso to remain calm and law abiding following violence in the capital during protests against President Blaise Compaore who has been accused of trying to amend the constitution that would allow him to run for another term of office. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU sends team to Burkina Faso amid violent protests
    30 october 2014 18:36:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union (AU) said Thursday it has dispatched a high-level team to hold talks with the authorities in Burkina Faso after daylong violence which saw protestors storm into parliament. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan diplomat named top Commonwealth official
    30 october 2014 16:54:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma Thursday announced the appointment of Kenyan diplomat Josephine Ojiambo as the organisation's Deputy Secretary-General in charge of political affairs. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Protesters demand exit of President Compaore from power
    30 october 2014 16:27:26
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Crowds of protesters Thursday ransacked and occupied the Burkina Faso National Assembly building and other state symbols, including the public radio and television, demanding the departure of President Blaise Compaoré from power. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU flies flags at half-mast to mourn Zambian President Sata
    30 october 2014 15:23:59
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  • Ethiopia: South Sudanese rival leaders set for direct talks
    30 october 2014 14:59:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudan warring faction leaders, President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, are to meet here for direct talks on the remaining portions of a comprehensive ceasefire agreement to end the 10-monthlong war in their country, mediators said Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana President Mahama mourns President Sata
    30 october 2014 14:48:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has expressed sadness and shock over the death of President Michael Sata of Zambia and extended deep sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the late president, and the government and people of the Southern African country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma salutes Khama on election victory
    30 october 2014 13:20:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday saluted Seretse Khama Ian Khama, leader of the Botswana Democratic Party, on his re-election as Botswana’s President following the country's successful polls last week. Full text...

  • Kenya: Ban hails Somalia's progress towards stability
    30 october 2014 09:03:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia has made “remarkable progress” as it continues down the road towards economic and political stability, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said Wednesday in Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS mission examines conditions Nigeria's 2015 elections
    29 october 2014 20:36:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Former Ghanaian president, John Agyekum Kufuor, and the chairman of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, have expressed their commitment to contribute to free and fair elections in Nigeria to be held February next year. Full text...

  • Belgium: Young Togolese woman allowed to complete academic year in Belgium
    29 october 2014 20:14:35
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The young Togolese woman identified only as Cynthia, who was threatened of expulsion for leaving her family house, could continue residing in Belgium until the end of the current academic year on 15 July 2015. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Fresh fighting erupts in South Sudan
    29 october 2014 18:11:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Fresh fighting has broken out near the oilfields in South Sudan, igniting anger from regional peace mediators who feared they might jeopardise efforts towards a peace deal ending the 10-monthlong conflict. Full text...

  • Sudan: Libya agrees to Sudan's joint border monitoring proposal
    29 october 2014 17:58:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Libya has approved Sudan's proposal for a joint border patrol force in order to improve security along their common frontier, Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Niger: Number of Members of Parliament raised from 113 to 171
    29 october 2014 17:27:13
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Niger's parliament Wednesday passed the bill on constituency representation, raising the number of seats for members of the House from 113 to 171 in view of the bulging population, currently estimated at 17 million. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir pledges to help rivals in Libya reach agreement
    29 october 2014 14:42:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's President Omar Al Bashir has volunteered to help bring all opposing sides in the Libyan conflict to the negotiating table and resolve their differences in order to improve their people’s life. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan condoles with Zambians on Pres. Sata's death
    29 october 2014 13:55:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has received with sadness the news of the passing away of President Michael Sata of Zambia in a London Hospital Tuesday evening, the Nigerian presidency said in a statement made available to PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN Secretary-General arrives in Somalia
    29 october 2014 13:17:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, arrived in Somalia Wednesday on an official visit, praising the government for leading a battle against the militant group, Al Shabaab. Full text...

  • Kenya: President Kenyatta mourns late Zambian President Sata
    29 october 2014 12:42:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has condoled Zambia following the death of President Michael Sata, whom he described as “another of Africa’s great independence-era leaders”. Full text...

  • Niger: Niger embassy in Tripoli under siege
    29 october 2014 10:16:53
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Armed militias Tuesday laid siege on the Nigerien embassy in Tripoli, Libya, according to a statement issued by the Nigerien Ministry of Foreign Affairs and cooperation here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa leaves for South Sudan
    29 october 2014 09:13:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday morning departed for Juba in South Sudan where he is expected to meet with President Salva Kiir and other political role-players as part of ongoing efforts to help create peace and stability in the country. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Zambian president, Michael Sata, dies
    29 october 2014 06:38:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Michael Sata has died. Full text...

  • Belgium: Togolese woman threatened with expulsion from Belgium
    28 october 2014 21:07:28
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – A 19-year-old Togolese woman, identified as Cynthia, is facing expulsion from Belgium after fleeing from her house because her father beat her, media reports quoted her as saying on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Malawi: Ruling party loses seat in Parliament
    28 october 2014 20:43:53
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The High Court in the Malawi capital, Lilongwe, on Tuesday struck a blow to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of President Bingu wa Mutharika when Justice Esmie Chombo declared null and void parliamentary results of the Lilongwe South East constituency. Full text...

  • Belgium: European Parliament delegation praises Tunisia election
    28 october 2014 20:10:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The head of the European Parliamentary delegation that observed Sunday's parliamentary election in Tunisia, Michael Gahler, has praised the "remarkable work" of the Tunisian independent electoral commission for “a free, fair and professional electoral process”, according to a communiqué issued to PANA on Tuesday in Brussels. Full text...

  • Libya: Inclusive dialogue, the only way out of Libya crisis, says EU ambassador
    28 october 2014 19:37:46
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) – The head of European Union mission in Libya, Natalia Apostolova, has said that inclusive dialogue is the only solution to get Libya out of its current crisis. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya-Tunisia land borders reopened
    28 october 2014 12:26:16
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The land borders between Libya and Tunisia were reopened Monday after being closed Sunday by Tunisian authorities for security reasons as Tunis conducted elections across the country. Full text...

  • Niger: Nigerien leader calls for new military intervention in Libya
    28 october 2014 12:10:05
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, has called for a new international military intervention in Libya, under UN supervision, to neutralize the rampaging militias. Full text...

  • US: US congratulates Botswana on successful parliamentary polls
    28 october 2014 11:14:00
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has congratulated Botswana for holding successful national parliamentary polls. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN unveils US$8b plan against war, terror in East Africa
    28 october 2014 08:06:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim have announced the launch of a US$8 billion security and stabilisation plan to combat drought, war and terrorism in the Horn of Africa region. Full text...

  • UN: Ban hails Tunisian people for peaceful polls
    27 october 2014 22:32:19
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday congratulated the Tunisian people on the legislative elections held in the North African country on 26 October, welcoming the polls as a "crucial step for the country’s future and a decisive milestone in the transition to democracy". Full text...

  • Tanzania: Opposition parties agree on coalition ahead of Tanzania's 2015 elections
    27 october 2014 11:32:00
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Drawing a lesson from neighbouring Kenya's Rainbow Coalition of opposition parties in 2002, four opposition parties in Tanzania have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) binding themselves to field and support one candidate at all levels, including the presidency, in the general elections due next year. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan denounces renewal of US sanctions
    26 october 2014 19:10:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Sunday rejected a US government decision to renew economic sanctions it imposed on the African country since 1997, saying the justifications were politically motivated and are application of double standards by the Americans towards Khartoum. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. welcomes operation to 'liberate' Benghazi
    26 october 2014 14:22:44
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan acting government on Saturday welcomed the operation to "liberate" the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi and praised the process to "purge the city of the terrorism rings", alluding to the breakthrough made by the troops loyal to retired general Khalifa Haftar, backed by Libyan army units. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana ruling party set to win election
    26 october 2014 07:30:01
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana's ruling party, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), is set to win the country's general elections held on Friday after securing more than half of the seats in parliament from the number of constituencies declared so far. Full text...

  • Sudan: Ruling party endorses Al-Bashir candidate for 2015 presidential elections
    25 october 2014 19:43:54
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The General Conference of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has officially endorsed incumbent president, Omar Al-Bashir, as its candidate for the 2015 presidential elections, scheduled for April. Full text...

  • Zambia: South Africa pays homage to Zambia for role in liberation struggle
    25 october 2014 10:37:33
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – South Africa has paid glowing tribute to Zambia for the role it played in assisting liberation movements in Southern Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria key to resolving another political impasse (Feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent)
    25 october 2014 06:29:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Maseru Security Accord, a new deal aimed at stabilising Lesotho, was signed in Maseru this week with Pretoria once again playing a key role in stabilising a neighbouring country which had lost its way. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Africa monitors Tunisian polls after revolution
    24 october 2014 17:23:53
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – African and world attention in general is on Tunisia as voters in the North African country go to the polls on Sunday to attest the promotion of democracy in that part of the continent, according to the African Union (AU)'s head of the Election Observation Mission, Cassam Uteem. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia celebrates 50 years of independence amid concerns of high-level poverty
    24 october 2014 15:27:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambians on Friday put aside political diversity to celebrate the country’s 50 years of independence where in the capital city of Lusaka, first president and founding father Kenneth Kaunda, a distinguished freedom fighter, was among thousands of people gathered in the 65,000 seating capacity Heroes stadium to celebrate the golden jubilee. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU 'strongly condemns' violence in CAR
    23 october 2014 20:13:04
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union has strongly condemned the violence perpetrated in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), and attacks against civilian populations, humanitarian partners and the international forces by the rival factions in the long-running war. Full text...

  • Zambia: Govt releases final draft constitution of Zambia
    23 october 2014 18:23:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia's acting Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula on Thursday tabled before Parliament the country's final draft constitution saying the move would allow Zambian people to go through the document. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan accepts own party's offer to run for re-election
    23 october 2014 17:48:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has cleared all doubts on his declaration to run for next year's presidential election when he accepted Thursday his nomination for the race by the ruling People's Democratic Party ( PDP). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD leaders upbeat on South Sudan breakthrough
    23 october 2014 15:51:01
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - East African leaders have struck an optimistic code in efforts to resolve the crisis in South Sudan, saying outstanding issues still holding back the formation of a unity government there have been identified. Full text...

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