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  • Rwanda: Kigali says relations between Rwanda, Tanzania are tense
    21 june 2014 09:03:21
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The Rwandan Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister, Mrs. Louise Mushikiwabo, said here Friday that diplomatic relations between Rwanda and Tanzania “were very cold following the involvement of Tanzanian authorities in the process of disarmament of rebel Rwandan hutu fighters from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (DFLR) which operates in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).” Full text...

  • Nigeria: Over 1,000 local, foreign observers accredited for Nigerian state election
    20 june 2014 22:02:11
    Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria (PANA) - About 1,900 local and International observers have been accredited for Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, southwest Nigeria. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Security agents vote
    20 june 2014 17:49:46
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian security agents Friday started voting ahead of Saturday's presidential poll in the country. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian President starts African tour in Mali
    20 june 2014 17:44:27
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki Friday started his five-day whistle-stop tour of Africa in Mali. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Electioneering campaign ends in Mauritania
    20 june 2014 16:04:30
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Campaign for the presidential election in Mauritania, scheduled for Saturday, 21 June, 2014, ended Friday, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Mauritania: 1,000 electoral observers for Mauritanian presidential election Saturday
    20 june 2014 11:51:56
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Some 1,000 local and foreign observers will be at work Saturday when Mauritania holds its presidential election, PANA learnt Friday from official sources. Full text...

  • Belgium: 16 ACP-EU countries sign NIPs in Nairobi
    20 june 2014 10:58:13
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - On the occasion of the ACP-EU joint Council of Ministers meeting, 16 ACP-countries have signed in Nairobi, Kenya, the first National Indicative Programmes (NIPs) under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Full text...

  • Cuba: Angola, Cuba sign MOU on public works
    20 june 2014 10:53:31
    Havana, Cuba (PANA) - Angola and Cuba Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on new contracts in the fields of civil engineering and public works over the period 2014-2017, PANA reported here Thursday, quoting the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP). Full text...

  • Mauritania: Former president calls for boycott of Sunday's presidential poll
    19 june 2014 20:06:11
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, a former Mauritanian president, on Thursday called for the boycott of Saturday’s presidential election, saying it lacks credibility. Full text...

  • Zambia: Speaker admonishes MP for using IPAD to film chaotic scenes in parliament
    19 june 2014 18:03:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Speaker of the Zambian National Assembly, Patrick Matibini, has warned a fellow MP from the opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) for filming parliamentary proceeding using an Ipad when there was commotion in the house during the debate on the constitution. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abuja, Tehran sign MOU to boost relations
    19 june 2014 17:58:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria and Iran Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the promotion of bilateral trade and cooperation aimed at boosting economic relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Mauritania: 'AU must harmonise issues for Afro-American summit'
    19 june 2014 16:50:13
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The next summit of the African Union (AU) should harmonise the continent's position on issues to be discussed at the Afro-American summit scheduled for Washington in August, AU chairman, Mauritania's president, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, has said. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambian opposition party unveils electoral agenda
    19 june 2014 16:48:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian opposition party, the People’s Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism, (PDOIS), Wednesday unveiled its electoral agenda ahead of the country's 2016 – 2018 electoral cycle. Full text...

  • Mauritania: AU chairman optimistic about peace prospects in northern Mali
    19 june 2014 16:34:22
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – "The ceasefire deal signed on 23 May between the Malian government and various Touareg armed groups should pave the way for the sustenance of peace in the country’s northern region," the African Union (AU) chairman and the Mauritanian leader, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, said. Full text...

  • Mali: Tunisian president expected Friday in Bamako
    19 june 2014 16:26:41
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Tunisian president, Moncef Marzouki, is expected here on Friday to begin an official visit to Mali, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Libya: Washington justifies capture of Libyan suspect
    19 june 2014 12:34:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United States has justified its recent capture in Libya of the main suspect in the attack against its consulate in Libya's second city of Benghazi by saying the suspect was planning to attack other American citizens. Full text...

  • Cuba: Angolan President continues official visit to Cuba
    19 june 2014 10:34:44
    Havana, Cuba (PANA) - Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos is continuing his official visit to Cuba, where he has been since Tuesday to strengthen the relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Belgium: 'EUFOR/CAR fully operational'
    19 june 2014 10:24:41
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union military mission in the Central African Republic (EUFOR/CAR) has reached its full operational capacity, its commander, Gen. Philippe Ponties, announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police warn politicians ahead of Ekiti state gubernatorial election
    18 june 2014 22:45:57
    Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's police chief Mohammed Abubakar on Wednesday warned politicians and their supporters not to cause trouble before, during and after Saturday's gubernatorial election in Ekiti state, southwest Nigeria. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. condemns capture of Libyan Islamist by US forces, demands his return
    18 june 2014 16:50:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government on Wednesday strongly condemned the capture, on its territory by the United States special forces, of a Libyan Islamist, suspected of being responsible for the terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi in September 2012, demanding his return for trial in Libya. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ivorian president moves to constitute new electoral body
    18 june 2014 15:43:39
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara, on Wednesday signed into law, a bill adopted on 28 May by the National assembly, which outlines the composition and modus operandi of the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI), official sources disclosed. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma slammed for "lack-lustre" state-of-the-nation address
    18 june 2014 08:46:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s opposition political parties have criticised President Jacob Zuma over his “lack-lustre” state-of-the-nation address on Tuesday night. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU backs anti-personnel mine fight ahead of Maputo summit
    17 june 2014 21:07:25
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The International Conference on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines to be held in Maputo, the Mozambican capital from 26 to 27 June, was at the heart EU council of ministers meeting held on Tuesday in Luxemburg. Full text...

  • Libya: Saadi Kadhafi set to appear before Tripoli court for assassination
    17 june 2014 19:54:46
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Saadi Kadhafi, son of former dictator Mouamar Kadhafi, is set to appear before a Libyan court following his extradition on 6 March from Niger. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma addresses crime, economy and xenophobia in state-of-the-nation address
    17 june 2014 19:25:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday night acknowledged that South Africa needs drastic intervention to jump-start the economy and overcome poverty, unemployment and inequality. Full text...

  • Libya: Judges protest dismissal of Attorney General by the GNC
    17 june 2014 17:04:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan High Judicial Council has described the dismissal of the Attorney General, Abdel Radhouane, by the General National Congress (GNC), the country’s highest political and legislative authority, as an encroachment on the functions of the judiciary whose independence is enshrined in the Libyan Constitution. Full text...

  • Sudan: Security officials arrest opposition party members in Western Sudan
    17 june 2014 16:50:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Security officials in West Kordufan State on Monday arrested four leading officials of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party (SCP) in Al-Nuhoud town in the State, according to a local media report Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition wants ruling party probed for "sneaking" in Kenyans during polls
    17 june 2014 15:23:54
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Pressure is mounting to investigate claims that the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) smuggled some Kenyans into the country during the 2011 September general elections in Zambia to do parallel voter tabulation (PVT) on behalf of the PF, then the opposition party. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Presidential candidate lists "evils of governance" in Mauritania
    17 june 2014 15:10:35
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Exposing what he called "the evils of his country", anti-slavery activist and candidate for the Mauritanian presidential election, Biram Ould Ould Dah Abeid, said he possessed the solutions to the myriad of problems if elected president. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS ministers to meet in Accra
    17 june 2014 12:34:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Council of Ministers is due to meet in Accra, Ghana, 19-20 June to consider wide ranging issues of common interest and concern to member states, including security, economic development and regional integration. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy briefs Security Council on peackeeping reductions in Cote d’Ivoire
    16 june 2014 19:32:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Ms. Aichatou Mindaoudou, says the reduction of peacekeeping personnel in Cote d'Ivoire will continue, given impressive progress in the country. Full text...

  • Malawi: Opposition legislator elected Malawi Speaker of Parliament
    16 june 2014 17:18:24
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Vice President, Richard Msowoya, has been elected Speaker of the newly-elected Parliament. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU hopes freedom for all political detainees will follow release of Mahdi
    16 june 2014 16:58:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Monday said it hoped that the recent release of the Umma Political Party leader, Sadiq Al Mahdi, will be a prelude to the release of all political detainees in Sudan. Full text...

  • Burundi: AU peace commissioner visits Burundi
    16 june 2014 16:14:29
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The African Union (AU) peace and security commissioner, Smail Chergui, has said there are indications that Burundi has made "very significant" progress on security, and appealed to Burundians to desist from rumour mongering. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Opposition denounces use of military aircraft for president Aziz's campaign
    16 june 2014 15:02:50
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Opposition party, Alliance for Justice and Democracy/Movement for Reconciliation (AJD/MR), has condemned the use of Mauritanian military helicopters for the electioneering campaign of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz as the country zeroes in to the 21 June presidential polls. Full text...

  • South Africa: New book lifts lid on Mandela family feuds
    15 june 2014 09:50:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – An extraordinary new book about Nelson Mandela has lifted the lid on deep family rifts as the global statesman lay on his deathbed last year. Full text...

  • Mauritius: New political party launched
    14 june 2014 16:10:31
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A new political party was launched Saturday by the former deputy leader of the main opposition “Mouvement Militant Mauricien (MMM) in Mauritius, Ivan Collendaveloo. Full text...

  • Libya: Turkey shuts consulate in Benghazi
    14 june 2014 13:37:23
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Turkey has announced the closure from Saturday (14June) of its Consulate in the Libyan eastern city of Benghazi and reaffirmed the warning to its nationals against travelling to Libya because of the instability in several cities in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: Detained opposition activists freed
    14 june 2014 10:45:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Five daughters and a son of detained former Prime Minister Sadiq Al-Mahdi and 13 other opposition activists, who were arrested for a peaceful demonstration in Khartoum demanding the release of the National Umma Party (NUP) leader, have been freed. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia to hold legislative polls before presidential vote
    13 june 2014 20:36:33
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian political parties participating in the ongoing national dialogue agreed on Friday to hold legislative elections before the presidential vote. Full text...

  • Mali: Govt. condemns Aguel-Hoc suicide attack
    13 june 2014 17:55:32
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian government has "strongly" condemned Wednesday's suicide attack in Aguel-Hoc, in the far-northern region of Kidal, saying it was determined to fight terrorism. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Ivorian, Israel officials sign cooperation agreements
    13 june 2014 17:42:12
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Israeli minister of foreign affairs, Avigdor Liberman, on a working visit to Cote d'Ivoire, Friday signed several cooperation agreements with Ivorian government officials. Full text...

  • Mali: Guinea Bissau president visits Mali
    13 june 2014 16:21:35
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Guinea Bissau president, José Mario Vaz, Thursday began a visit to Bamako, Mali, the first stage of his West African tour. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan restates its neutrality in South Sudan crisis
    13 june 2014 10:16:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has reiterated its neutrality in the current crisis between the government of South Sudan and the rebels led by former Vice President Riek Machar. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for timely elections, political solutions to differences in Libya
    12 june 2014 21:37:41
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged all Libyans to remain engaged in the search for political solutions to resolve differences, while stressing the importance of the peaceful and timely holding of legislative elections later this month. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: Israeli FM visits Côte d'Ivoire
    12 june 2014 19:47:06
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, on Thursday began a 3-day visit to Côte d'Ivoire at the head of a large delegation for political and business talks with his hosts. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan politician denounces terrorism, coups
    12 june 2014 19:30:08
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan politician Abdelhakim Belhadj on Thursday denounced terrorism and coups stressing the need to build the rule of law, respect for democracy and constitution in the troubled North African country. Full text...

  • Burundi: UN welcomes positive developments in Burundi electoral process
    12 june 2014 17:38:00
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB) has welcomed the agreement signed by the Burundi government, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and all political parties for the good conduct of elections in 2015, PANA learnt from diplomatic sources in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President Aziz claims strong GDP growth under his regime
    12 june 2014 14:34:42
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, seeking re-election in the 21 June, 2014, presidential polls, said he deserved another term as president because the growth rate of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) experienced a steady increase in his regime. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Ex-Ivorian minister arrested in Cameroon
    12 june 2014 11:23:56
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Ahoua Don Meilo, former Ivorian Minister of Equipment and sanitation under ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, was arrested on Wednesday evening at the Douala international airport in Cameroon while attempting to leave the country, PANA has learnt from police source. Full text...

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