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  • Brussels: Crisis in Ukraine stalls EUFOR-CAR operation
    17 march 2014 19:55:57
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, has expressed fears that the deployment of the EU peacekeeping mission for the Central African Republic (EUFOR-CAR) would be postponed. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Conference delegates urged to focus on Nigerian agenda
    17 march 2014 18:49:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Monday inaugurated the National Conference with a call on the 492 delegates to drop their ethnic garb and work towards issues that will make the country greater. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU prepares for thorough electoral scrutiny in Africa
    17 march 2014 17:25:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Algerian, Malawian and South African envoys have briefed the African Union (AU) on preparations for presidential elections in their respective countries in what appears to be a change of approach in tracking political progress in Africa. Full text...

  • Libya: US Navy Seals seize North Korean tanker
    17 march 2014 12:00:36
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The North Korean tanker that illegally loaded an oil shipment from a Libyan oil port has been seized by US Navy Seals in the Mediterranean, according to the US Pentagon. Full text...

  • Nigeria: National Conference begins
    17 march 2014 10:03:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A National Conference, aimed at providing a platform for Nigerians to engage in a dialogue over the multifarious challenges facing their country, was due to open in Abuja Monday, after months of planning. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Ivorian FM begins three-day visit to Mauritania
    16 march 2014 20:12:32
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Ivorian Minister of Foreign Affairs Charles Koffi Diby Sunday began a three-day working visit to Mauritania, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Malawi: Malawi Pres. comes under attack in opponent territory
    16 march 2014 19:42:31
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Joyce Banda's convoy came under attack Sunday when she took her re-election campaign to her main challenger's area. Full text...

  • UN: UN extends mandate of Libya Mission by one year
    15 march 2014 13:32:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The UN Security Council on Friday extended the mandate of the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL) until 13 March 2015, reaffirming its support to the efforts made by the Libyan government to achieve the process. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan seeks neighbouring countries' help to fight terrorism
    15 march 2014 09:23:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has called for greater cooperation between his country and its neighbouring countries in the fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Tunisia: EU to give Tunisia to 240 million euro this year
    14 march 2014 20:50:53
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The European Union (EU) is to increase its aid to Tunisia from 150 million Euro in 2011 to 240 million Euro in 2014, the European Commissioner for Partnership Enlargement and Policy, Stefan Füle, said on Friday. Full text...

  • Mali: Parliament approves creation of High Court of Justice
    14 march 2014 19:22:28
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian MPs have unanimously approved the creation of the High Court of Justice, a legal body empowered to try the president and members of Government, PANA learned from parliamentary sources on Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: Japan provides US$5m support to AU peace efforts in CAR, S/Sudan, Sudan
    14 march 2014 17:19:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Japan’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU), Kazuhiro Suzuki, on Friday handed over US$ 5 million to the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, to support various African peace and stability initiatives on the continent. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges Burundi authorities to resolve political tensions
    14 march 2014 16:51:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Deeply concerned about violent confrontations between the police and members of opposition in Burundi, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is urging both the government and political parties to de-escalate tensions and to campaign against political violence ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections in 2015. Full text...

  • Niger: Govt dismisses accusation it collected US$20m to extradite Gaddafi's son
    14 march 2014 13:15:45
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Nigerien government Friday dismissed accusations that it extradited Saadi Gaddafi, the son of late Muammar Gaddafi, to Libya in exchange for US$20 million. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: Namibia gives US$500,000 to African peace efforts in CAR
    14 march 2014 09:17:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Responding to the African Union’s appeal for support to the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA), Namibia has contributed US$500,000 to the AU Peace Fund, it was learnt here Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU calls for renewed efforts to stabilise situation in Libya
    14 march 2014 09:10:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has appealed to all Libyan stakeholders to resolutely commit themselves to settling their differences by peaceful means and to work toward national dialogue and reconciliation. Full text...

  • Mali: MPs choose 5 for Pan-African Parliament
    13 march 2014 22:08:12
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian parliament has chosen five MPs who will represent the House in the Pan-African Parliament in South Africa. Full text...

  • Libya: Islamists movement celebrates Zeidan's ouster
    13 march 2014 18:40:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Islamic Movement in Libya, led by the Party for Justice and Construction (PJC), the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, is celebrating the ouster of of former Prime Minister Ali Zeidan. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military warns politicians against negative comments on soldiers' capabilities
    13 march 2014 17:52:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The military on Thursday warned Nigerian politicians against statements and commentaries which negatively affect the morale of troops fighting the Boko Haram terror group in the North Eastern part of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: National conference opens Monday
    13 march 2014 17:42:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, will Monday inaugurate the 492-member national conference, designed to “proffer solutions to Nigeria’s challenges”. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council laments lack of progress on Sudan/South Sudan pact
    13 march 2014 17:20:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Thursday regretted the lack of progress in implementing a two-year-old agreement between Sudan and South Sudan on security, the common border and economic relations. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: EU, US, China pledge support for regional force in South Sudan
    13 march 2014 16:13:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The European Union (EU), the United States (US) and China have pledged support for the rapid deployment of an East African peacekeeping force to stop the fighting in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Sata fires Home Affairs deputy minister
    13 march 2014 15:48:25
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Michael Sata has sacked Home Affairs deputy minister Alfredah Kansembe in a mini reshuffle made on Thursday in which he has swapped a few ministers. Full text...

  • Morocco: Arab Interior Ministers seek assistance for Libyan security services
    13 march 2014 14:15:35
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - The Council of Arab Interior Ministers has called on Arab countries to provide support for Libyan security services to enable them better fulfill their mission of ensuring the security of life and property. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD Summit warns South Sudanese foes to prepare for hard choices
    13 march 2014 14:04:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn Thursday warned South Sudanese leaders to prepare for “difficult decisions” as talks on ending the military and political standoff in the new nation kicked off in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Rwandan soldiers' presence at DRC's border condemned
    13 march 2014 12:12:09
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The civil society in Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Thursday condemned the presence of Rwandan troops along the Morambi-Kibumba section of the Nyiragongo territory in North Kivu, eastern DRC. Full text...

  • US: Joint AMISOM-Somali National Army efforts against al-Shabaab will restore peace, security
    13 march 2014 09:36:54
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has expressed the hope that the joint efforts by the African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali National Army against the terrorist group al-Shabaab will help restore peace and security to the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Libya: Interim PM pleads for extra budget
    12 march 2014 20:58:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's acting Prime Minister Abdallah Al-Theni has pleaded for an extra budget to allow the interim government to carry out its mission. Full text...

  • Kenya: Ethiopia, Kenya to send troops South Sudan stabilisation mission
    12 march 2014 20:29:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia and Kenya have resolved to deploy troops to a proposed stabilisation mission to enforce a ceasefire deal signed by warring South Sudanese parties. Full text...

  • Libya : GNC gives armed groups two weeks to lift oil port blockade
    12 march 2014 19:14:57
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Nouri Abushamein, President of Libya's General National Congress (CGN-Parliament), the country's highest legislative and political authority, said Wednesday he has given armed separatist groups two weeks to lift their blockade of oil ports. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Government, radical opposition discuss conditions for free polls
    12 march 2014 18:54:33
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government has opened consultations with the radical opposition group for a free and fair presidential election due for this year, official sources told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir leaves for IGAD summit in Ethiopia
    12 march 2014 18:53:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir on Wednesday left Khartoum for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the head of his country’s delegation to the Inter-Governmental Development Authority (IGAD) summit meeting scheduled for Thursday. Full text...

  • Guinea: Pres Keita ends three-day visit to Guinea
    12 march 2014 18:50:17
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita Wednesday ended his three-day working visit to Guinea, where he signed, with host President Alpha Condé, several cooperation pacts on energy, agriculture and transport, among others. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan urges US to reconsider "negative" stand on Doha peace accord
    12 march 2014 18:42:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan on Wednesday called on the US Administration to reverse its position regarding the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), which calls for an alternative forum for peace in Darfur. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ouattara carries out mini cabinet reshuffle
    12 march 2014 16:44:27
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Ivorian President Alassane Dramane Ouattara on Wednesday carried out a mini cabinet reshuffle, an official communique issued in Abidjan said. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius celebrates 46th independence anniversary
    12 march 2014 16:27:01
    Belle-Vue, Mauritius (PANA) – Several thousand Mauritians witnessed on Wednesday afternoon the official ceremony marking the 46th anniversary of the independence of the island at Anjalay Stadium, Belle-Vue, northern Mauritius. Full text...

  • Libya: Mixed feelings about PM's sack
    12 march 2014 14:24:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The ouster of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan by the Libyan General National Congress (GNC), amid the scandal involving the illegal sale of the country's oil by militia groups, was generally welcomed by Libyans. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty condemns 'excessive' use of force by police in Sudan
    12 march 2014 13:56:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Sudanese security forces must immediately stop the use of excessive and unlawful force against protesters, Amnesty International said after a student died of gunshot wounds sustained during a demonstration at the University of Khartoum Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: US reaffirms support to Libya after PM's ouster
    12 march 2014 13:38:17
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The US has reaffirmed its support to Libya in the aftermath of Tuesday's ouster of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan by the African nation's parliament via a vote of no confidence. Full text...

  • Libya: Former PM banned from travel
    12 march 2014 13:11:26
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Ousted Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been barred from travelling outside the country by the country's general prosecutor, Abdelkader Radhouan Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: PSC urges Sudan to tackle peace challenges in Blue Nile, Southern Kordofan states
    12 march 2014 11:27:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has urged political parties, civil society and armed opposition in Sudan to engage in dialogue that will address the challenges of peace and security in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Japan reaffirms cooperation with Tunisia
    11 march 2014 22:03:32
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Japanese deputy minister for foreign affairs, Nobio Kishi, on Tuesday reaffirmed the continuing cooperation of his country with Tunisia. Full text...

  • Libya: New acting PM sowrn into office
    11 march 2014 21:54:12
    Tripoli , Libya (PANA) - Libyan defence minister, Abdallah al-Thinni, on Tuesday took the oath of office as acting Prime Minister before the General National Congress (GNC), Libya’s highest legislative and political authority, vowing to "preserve the integrity and independence of Libya as well as the gains of the revolution of 17 February". Full text...

  • Libyan: Parliament passes no confidence vote in PM Zeidan
    11 march 2014 18:22:02
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's National General Congress (GNC), the country's highest parliamentary and political body, Tuesday passed a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Ali Zeidan. Full text...

  • Cameroon: US donates 37 military vehicles to CAR mission
    11 march 2014 18:14:56
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The US has donated 37 vehicles to the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA), according to the US Embassy in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Belgium: ACP-EU MPs to meet in Strasbourg
    11 march 2014 15:09:37
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The 27th session of the African, Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP)-European Union (EU) Parliamentary Assembly will hold 17-19 March at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, the EU said in a statement. Full text...

  • Zambia: Tension over govt's delay in releasing draft constitution (Feature by Mildred Mulenga, PANA Correspondent, Lusaka)
    11 march 2014 15:00:11
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - As tension rises over the delay by the Zambian government in releasing the country's draft constitution, all eyes are now on parliament to help resolve the logjam. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Youths march ahead of Independence Day
    11 march 2014 14:52:59
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Thousands of Mauritian youth Tuesday marched on the streets of the capital, Port-Louis, to show their commitment to the Mauritian nation on the eve of its 46th Independence Anniversary on Wednesday, PANA reported from Port-Louis. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa, a success story - Zuma
    11 march 2014 12:15:56
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday described South Africa as a success story, despite the enormous challenges still facing the country two decades after the birth of democracy. Full text...

  • Libya: UN, US criticise illegal sale of Libyan crude
    11 march 2014 12:04:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN has criticised Libya's militias for illegally selling the country's crude oil for their own benefit. Full text...

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