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  • Mauritius: PM wants corruption-free nation
    13 march 2015 10:17:46
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - In a message to the people of Mauritius on the country's National Day that was celebrated Thursday, Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth has expressed his determination to make Mauritius "a country free of corruption.'' Full text...

  • Nigeria: Experts caution Nigeria, Morocco over diplomatic spat
    13 march 2015 09:46:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Political and international relations experts have cautioned the Nigerian and Moroccan governments not to allow the ongoing diplomatic spat between them to degenerate and possibly impede the continent’s development. Full text...

  • Sudan: Govt. restates non-cooperation posture to ICC, its decisions
    12 march 2015 18:18:10
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA) -Sudan on Thursday renewed its position of non-cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) saying resorting to the UN Security Council for help therein would not frighten Khartoum either. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Indian Ocean is on top of India’s priority - Indian PM
    12 march 2015 13:07:51
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said the Indian Ocean region is at the top of his country’s priority. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition vows to hold Zuma accountable
    12 march 2015 12:10:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The stand-off between the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties continued on Thursday, a day after President Jacob Zuma lashed out at politicians who had accused him off “dodging” Parliament. Full text...

  • Mauritius: India seeks Mauritian support for UN reforms
    12 march 2015 10:19:20
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for the support of Mauritius “at a time of great turmoil to reform the United Nations to make it more relevant to the needs of our age”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Did Nigeria's President speak with Moroccan King?
    12 march 2015 09:26:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As the diplomatic spat between Nigeria and Morocco worsens, leading to the recall of the Moroccan Ambassador to Nigeria, the question being asked by observers hits at the very core of the row: Did Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan speak on the telephone with Morocco's King VI? Full text...

  • UN: UN stresses commitment to continued dialogue on Libya's stability
    11 march 2015 22:57:26
    New York US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Mr. Bernardino Leon, on Wednesday reiterated the resolve of the UN to continue the dialogue to bring peace and stability to Libya, until it reaches positive outcome. Full text...

  • Mauritius: India offers US$500m credit for infrastructure projects to Mauritius
    11 march 2015 19:22:04
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Wednesday that his country would offer a concessional line of credit of US$500 million to fund civil infrastructure projects in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Belgium: OIF high-level mission in Burkina faso on pre-election visit
    11 march 2015 17:13:11
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – A high-level delegation from the International Francophonie Organization (OIF) began a working visit to Burkina Faso on Tuesday, evaluating the atmosphere as the West African country prepares for general elections on 11 October 2015. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Indian PM Narendra Modi visits Mauritius
    11 march 2015 13:36:33
    Plaisance, Mauritius (PANA) – The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, arrived in Mauritius Wednesday afternoon for a 30-hour visit during which he will be the chief guest at celebrations marking the 47th anniversary of the independence of the island, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Burundi: UN Security Council delegation expected Friday in Burundi
    11 march 2015 11:50:59
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – A delegation from the UN Security Council is expected here Friday on a one-day visit to Burundi as part of a planned regional trip, a communiqué issued by the UN electoral observation mission in Burundi (MENUB) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN, IPU launch 'Women in Politics Map 2015'
    11 march 2015 02:59:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) have jointly launched Full text...

  • Guinea: First round of presidential elections slated for 11 October
    10 march 2015 22:56:00
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The first round of presidential elections in Guinea will take place on 11 October, the president of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), Bakary Fofana, said on Tuesday in an exclusive interview with PANA in Conakry. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Algeria, Portugal sign bilateral cooperation agreements
    10 march 2015 21:56:53
    Tunis, Tunisia ( PANA) - Algeria and Portugal on Tuesday signed in Algiers nine cooperation agreements including two cooperation protocols and a programme of cultural exchange. Full text...

  • Nigeria: INEC reviews public demonstration of Smart Card Readers
    10 march 2015 18:14:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Following its meeting here Monday to consider field reports from the public demonstration of its Smart Card Readers (SCRs) in 12 states on Saturday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it took a serious view of the high rate of the SCRs’ failure to authenticate voters’ fingerprints in some areas, particularly in South east Ebonyi State, and has decided to thoroughly investigate the cause. Full text...

  • Mozambique: Renamo leader threatens to seize provinces by force
    10 march 2015 16:04:59
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) – Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique’s former rebel movement, Renamo, on Monday declared that the Renamo bill on establishing “autonomous provinces” is ready, and threatened that, "if it is not rubber-stamped by the Mozambican parliament", he will seize the provinces he wants by force. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Civil society endorses use of card readers, biometric cards for elections
    10 march 2015 16:01:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian civil society, working in support of credible polls in Africa's most populous nation, has endorsed the use of biometric voter cards, called the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), and card readers for this month's general elections. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Expelled VP breaks silence, vows to fight back
    10 march 2015 15:25:32
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leonean Vice President, Chief Alhaji Sam Sumana, expelled recently from the ruling All Progressive Alliance (APC), has said he is still a member of the ruling party as he has not received any official notification about his expulsion from the party. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria foreign ministry denies Moroccan King snubbed Jonathan
    09 march 2015 19:17:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government on Monday denied media reports that King Mohammed IV of Morocco snubbed President Goodluck Jonathan by refusing to speak to him on phone. Full text...

  • Libya: Gen. Khalifa Haftar installed Libyan Army Commander-in-Chief
    09 march 2015 18:06:10
    Tobrouk, Libya (PANA) – Seventy-two-year-old Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar was Monday installed Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan Army, at a ceremony here witnessed by members of the Libyan parliament and other military chiefs (Air force, Navy and Border guards). Full text...

  • Senegal: Queen Elizabeth says people need to talk, exchange ideas
    09 march 2015 16:49:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Queen Elizabeth II of England on Monday said that one simple lesson from history is that when people come together to talk, to exchange ideas and to develop common goals, wonderful things can happen. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Mbeki meets Nigerian stakeholders ahead of key elections
    09 march 2015 15:54:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid heightened tension in the run up to Nigeria's rescheduled general elections, former South African President Thabo Mbeki has been holding a series of meetings with key stakeholders in an effort to defuse tension and ensure successful polls. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Main opposition drags Nigerian First Lady to ICC over hate speech
    09 march 2015 15:49:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has formally reported the country's First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, after she called on her supporters to stone opposition supporters. Full text...

  • Algeria: Talks on Libyan crisis hold in Algiers Tuesday
    09 march 2015 11:06:43
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Algeria will Tuesday host talks aimed at resolving the political and security crises in Libya, according to the Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramtane Lamamra. Full text...

  • UN: 'Libyan dialogue participants determined to bridge differences'
    08 march 2015 08:09:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has said that the country's Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy welcomes progress in efforts to form assembly in Kismayo
    08 march 2015 07:59:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has welcomed the Interim Juba Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID exit strategy team heads for Darfur
    07 march 2015 19:39:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A tripartite team representing the Sudanese government, the United Nations and the African Union will next week leave for Darfur for a two-week visit to prepare of an exit strategy for the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to be submitted to the three parties next April, Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported on Saturday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Indian PM pays two-day visit to Mauritius from Wednesday
    07 march 2015 15:36:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to pay a two-day visit to Mauritius from Wednesday as chief guest of celebrations marking the 47th independence anniversary of the island. Full text...

  • UN chief disappointed over failed progress on South Sudan peace talks
    07 march 2015 05:38:24
    New York US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed disappointment after the unsuccessful conclusion of peace talks in South Sudan and the failure of President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar to display statesmanship and reach a power-sharing deal. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama underlines national unity as Ghana hits 58
    06 march 2015 18:53:50
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s president John Dramani Mahama on Friday stressed the need for unity telling his countrymen that their diversity must be a source of strength and not a weakness as the country celebrates its 58th independence anniversary. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Ruling party expels VP Sam-Sumana
    06 march 2015 17:58:39
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The governing All People’s Congress (APC) in Sierra Leone has expelled Vice-President Samuel Sam-Sumana from from the party, saying the Vice President was promoting violence in the country and lying over his academic qualification and religion. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy welcomes constructive dialogue in Libyan crisis
    06 march 2015 15:09:18
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General in Libya, Bernardino Leon, has welcomed what he called "the positive constructive spirit" seen in the first day of the resumed dialogue on the Libyan crisis. Full text...

  • Morocco: French FM expected in Morocco Monday
    06 march 2015 10:43:09
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International development Laurent Fabius will visit Morocco 9-10 March, diplomatic sources told PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition politicians investigated over spy cable scandal
    06 march 2015 10:37:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The spy cable scandal which has severely embarrassed Pretoria has refused to go away, amid confirmation by the State Security Agency (SSA) that an investigation has been launched into allegations of espionage against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and some prominent opposition politicians. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council extends mandate for UN political mission in Libya to 31 March
    05 march 2015 23:08:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), until 31 March. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: President Kafando calls for unity within the military
    05 march 2015 17:54:31
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The acting president of Burkina Faso, Michel Kafando, Thursday urged the national armed forces (FAN) to unite with a view to serving the people better. Full text...

  • South Africa: Cabinet slams spy cable leak
    05 march 2015 11:42:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Cabinet Thursday slammed the leaking of thousands of spy cables detailing Pretoria’s intelligence activities around the world to the Qatar-based television channel Al Jazeera. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: UN Security Council delegation expected in CAR
    04 march 2015 20:25:50
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – A delegation from the UN Security Council will on 10 March make a forty-eight hour visit to Central African Republic, says a communiqué issued to PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks South Sudanese leaders on peace, stability
    04 march 2015 17:25:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged South Sudanese political rivals, President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar, to resolve their differences and move towards a lasting peace ahead of an impending mediation deadline. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Pres. Kafando urges compatriots to register to vote
    04 march 2015 11:08:50
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Acting President Michel Kafando has urged his compatriots to show patriotism by participating massively in the ongoing revision of the voter's register. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa returns to Lesotho following snap election
    04 march 2015 10:36:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday returned to Maseru, as efforts continue to form a ruling coalition in the aftermath of Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council moves to slam sanctions on South Sudan peace blockers
    04 march 2015 07:46:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution creating Full text...

  • Libya: New round of inter-Libyan talks begins Thursday in Morocco
    03 march 2015 16:27:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Stakeholders in the Libyan crisis will Thursday begin a new round of talks in Morocco under the supervision of the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Civil society opposes removal of electoral chief
    03 march 2015 13:40:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room), a coalition of civil society organisations, has expressed concern at the ongoing campaign in certain circles for the removal of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS hails Mali Peace Accord
    03 march 2015 12:22:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has hailed the Mali Peace and Reconciliation Agreement signed in Algiers, Algeria, 1 March 2015, which it called the culmination of several months of dedication and tenacious commitment of all parties involved in the Malian talks. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 15,000 policemen threaten strike on election day
    03 march 2015 10:22:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 15,000 Nigerian policemen have threatened to embark​ on strike on 28 March, the date for the country's presidential election, to press for the payment of their salary arrears. Full text...

  • Zambia: Ex-Tourism Minister expelled from ruling party
    03 march 2015 08:30:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Outspoken former Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo has been expelled from Zambia's ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party for campaigning against President Edgar Lungu during the January 2015 presidential elections. Full text...

  • Libya: Khalifa Haftar appointed C-in-C of Libyan Army
    03 march 2015 08:14:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Parliament has appointed retired Libyan General Khalifa Haftar to the post of Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan Army, PANA reported from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: US urges South Sudanese leaders to choose peace
    03 march 2015 08:04:09
    New York, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry has stressed the need for warring parties in South Sudan to use the current and final round of negotiations to deliver a sustainable peace and stability for the country and its people. Full text...

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