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  • Ethiopia: AUC chairperson condoles with Malaysia over plane tragedy
    20 july 2014 11:27:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has expressed her condolences to the governments and people of The Netherlands, Malaysia and other nationals killed in the Malaysia Airlines that crashed on 17 July 2014 while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Full text...

  • Mauritius: New political party pledges to do things differently in Mauritius
    19 july 2014 17:45:52
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The newest political party in Mauritius, the Social Justice Party (YIP), has said it will do things differently if elected into power. Full text...

  • Congo: Brazzaville forum on CAR crisis scheduled for 21-23 July
    19 july 2014 15:47:38
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government has confirmed that a forum on peace and reconciliation in the Central African Republic (CAR) will be held on 21-23 July in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital, Full text...

  • Sudan: Islamist parties to reunite, ahead of 2015 general elections
    19 july 2014 12:07:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the Opposition Islamist Popular Congress Party (PCP) of Hassan al-Turabi are close to reuniting in a bid to unify the Sudanese Islamic movement, according to a senior PCP official quoted in an interview published by Al-Sudani daily newspaper on Saturday. Full text...

  • Niger: Niger, France sign six cooperation agreements
    18 july 2014 21:32:04
    Niamey Niger (PANA) - Six cooperation agreements totalling Euros 74 million, or over FCFA 48 billion, were signed on Friday in Niamey between Niger and France. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian PM says IGAD resisting pressure to sanction S. Sudan leaders
    18 july 2014 21:02:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Friday there was international pressure on the East African bloc to sanction South Sudanese leaders over the killings which have been ongoing in the three-year-old state, but those measures were likely to be considered as a last resort. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian President to decide fate of detained opposition leader: PM
    18 july 2014 20:24:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Friday that the extradited opposition leader, Andargachew Tsigie, would serve a court verdict for an alleged coup plot but the President would decide whether the death sentence would be executed. Full text...

  • Niger: French, Nigerien presidents discuss situation in Sahel-Sahara region
    18 july 2014 20:00:20
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - French president François Hollande and his Nigerien counterpart Mahamadou Issoufou on Friday pledged their commitment to work towards the consolidation of their warm relations through the Framework Partnership Agreement 2013-2016 they signed in November 2013. Full text...

  • Mali: Koenders urges government, armed groups to smoke peace pipe
    18 july 2014 19:42:06
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General in Mali, Bert Koenders, has urged the Malian government and armed groups in the north of the country to work towards peace. Full text...

  • Togo: Togolese FM ends visit to Spain
    18 july 2014 15:22:00
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese Foreign Minister, Rober Dussey, on Thursday ended his visit to the Spanish capital, Madrid, diplomatic sources told PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: Ceasefire deal reached by armed groups fighting at Tripoli airport
    18 july 2014 12:46:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The armed groups fighting for turf at the Tripoli Airport in Libya have reached a ceasefire agreement, PANA learnt from usually-reliable sources Friday. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: France President urges Ivorian opposition to take part in elections
    18 july 2014 12:40:58
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - Visiting French President François Hollande has called on the main opposition Ivorian Peoples Front (FPI) to take part in the forthcoming elections, hailing the progress made towards dialogue and reconciliation in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Bloggers, journalists challenge Anti-Terrorism law
    18 july 2014 12:33:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Nine Ethiopian journalists and bloggers, detained for 84 days and formally charged Friday with having links to two banned groups, said they planned to file a constitutional plea against the Anti-Terrorism law. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Algerian diplomat as envoy for Great Lakes region
    17 july 2014 21:34:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday appointed Mr. Said Djinnit of Algeria as UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa tasked with bringing international awareness to the area’s challenges. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: Côte d'Ivoire, France sign 6 bilateral cooperation agreements
    17 july 2014 19:31:03
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Ivorian and French officials on Thursday signed six cooperation agreements covering several areas including water supply, financial aid and renovation of hospitals. Full text...

  • Mauritious: IOC Summit scheduled for 26 July in Comoros
    17 july 2014 19:20:02
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - The 4th Heads of State and Governments Summit of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) is scheduled for 26 July 2014 in Moroni, capital of Comoros, PANA learnt from the IOC office in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU extends UNAMID mandate amid worries over Darfur ethnic warfare
    17 july 2014 17:17:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has renewed the mandate of its Joint Peacekeeping force with the UN in Darfur, UNAMID, for another 12 months and asked for intensified measures to protect civilians, the AU said Thursday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Civilians still flocking UN peacekeepers bases in South Sudan
    17 july 2014 14:37:38
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Civilians seeking protection at the UN military bases increased to 97,126 by mid-July in South Sudan, with Bentiu, the oil-rich the region in Unity State showing the highest number of forced displacements, UN figures showed. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali, France sign new defence treaty
    17 july 2014 14:14:04
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali and France on Wednesday signed a new defence treaty, replacing the cooperation security agreement between the two countries since 1985, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: French president visits Cote d'Ivoire
    17 july 2014 10:49:04
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The French president, Francois Hollande, on Thursday began a 24-hour visit to Cote d'Ivoire at the start of an African tour that will also take him to Niger and Chad. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU seeks end to Israel-Palestine hostilities
    17 july 2014 10:08:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has called for a cessation of hostilities by Israel and Palestine, and urged the UN Security Council to do its utmost to restore peace in the region. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition leader calls for election of interim president
    16 july 2014 17:50:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – President of the opposition National Restoration Party (NAREP), Elias Chipimo (Junior), has urged Zambians to rally round the idea of electing a neutral interim leader to serve out the remainder of President Michael Sata's term in anticipation of any early election, in the event that Sata decides to resign from office before the next elections in 2016. Full text...

  • Burundi: Govt. supports ex-president Buyoya for Francophonie scribe
    16 july 2014 16:45:12
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Burundian government is canvassing diplomatic support for the candidacy of former president Pierre Buyoya for the post of Secretary General of the Francophonie, official sources said Wednesday in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Burundi: France grants Burundi 200,000 euros for electoral process
    16 july 2014 16:13:21
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Burundian national independent electoral (CENI) on Wednesday received promises of financial support to the tune of 200,000 euros, from the French government, to finance the registration of voters for next year’s general elections, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Ivorian president promulgates law on new defence pact with France
    16 july 2014 14:57:16
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara, on Tuesday signed a bill, adopted Friday by Parliament, towards ratifying the Treaty establishing a new defence partnership with France, official sources told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Guinea: Burkina President to visit Conakry
    16 july 2014 11:53:07
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso will lead a powerful delegation to Conakry for a two-day working visit starting Thursday, PANA learned from official sources here. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama reshuffles cabinet
    16 july 2014 09:31:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Mahama has reshuffled his cabinet, scrapping the Ministry of Information and Media Relations and bringing in a former Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, as Minister for Trade and Industry, as he seeks to reinvigorate his administration in the face of growing economic challenges. Full text...

  • Mali: French Defence minister expected Wednesday in Bamako
    15 july 2014 18:05:10
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The French Defence Minister, Jean Yves Le Drian, is expected Wednesday in Bamako where he will sign, with the Malian authorities, the new French-Malian defence agreement whose application will mark the end of the Serval operation and its replacement with the "Barkhane", reliable security sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Senegal: 4 new ambassadors present letters of credence to Gambian VP
    15 july 2014 18:01:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Four new ambassadors have presented their letters of credence to The Gambian Vice President, Isatou Njie-Saidy, according to the Gambian government pro-government newspaper, the Daily Observer. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Ivorian civil society doubts independence of new electoral body
    15 july 2014 17:33:51
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian civil society Group (CSCI) has expressed concern about the composition of the new independent electoral commission (CEI), saying the body would not guarantee efficient electoral administration as it is currently constituted. Full text...

  • Mali: Former Malian Defence minister appointed AU mediator in CAR crisis
    15 july 2014 16:36:53
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The former Malian Minister of Defence and Ex-Combatants, Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga, has been appointed the African Union (AU) deputy-mediator in the CAR crisis, reliable sources told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU launches 64-million-euro fiduciary fund for CAR
    15 july 2014 15:01:49
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) on Monday, in the Italian city of Milan, launched a fiduciary multi-donor fund for the Central African Republic (CAR) in which France, Germany and The Netherlands will participate, says a press statement issued here Tuesday by the European Commission. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudanese army launches new offensive against rebels near Bentiu
    15 july 2014 13:39:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The South Sudanese government forces have launched a military offensive against rebel positions in Wichok, Buoth and Nyagarang Payam areas in Mayom, the administrative headquarters of the oil-rich Unity State, a rebel military spokesman said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: At 39, ECOWAS on irreversible path to regional integration (Feature by Paul Ejime, PANA Guest Writer)
    15 july 2014 12:42:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Africa’s flagship Regional Economic Community, deserves credit for surviving a myriad of political, security and socio-economic distractions and remaining focused on the principal goal of its founding fathers. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'No concrete proposals from conference by Libya's neighbours'
    14 july 2014 21:02:09
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The third meeting of foreign ministers from Libya’s neighbouring countries - Tunisia, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Algeria and Egypt - contains neither practical nor concrete measures likely to end the Libyan crisis, which is deteriorating by the day, observers said in the Libyan capital on Monday. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: Egyptian 'judicial gymnastics', test for AU democracy charter (A PANA news analysis by Kennedy Abwao)
    14 july 2014 20:11:14
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The ink has not dried on paper since the African Union (AU) re-admitted Egypt, whose membership was suspended on 5 July, 2013, after a coup that toppled then President Mohamed Morsi. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanian govt condemns Israeli violence against civilians in Gaza
    14 july 2014 17:41:36
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government on Monday denounced what it called "the criminal military aggression" perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinian people in Gaza”, PANA reported from Nouakchott. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges need for dialogue in Libya
    14 july 2014 16:21:46
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, says he is extremely concerned by the dramatic increase in violence endangering civilians in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, calling for a halt to the fighting and a return to the country's political objectives. Full text...

  • Congo: CAR stakeholders urged to unite ahead of Brazzaville peace forum
    14 july 2014 16:16:58
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The contact group on the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), which met here at the weekend, has called on the different stakeholders in CAR to remain accommodating ahead of the 21-23 July Brazzaville forum "on reconciliation and dialogue”, so that the talks will be successful, Congolese local media reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir praises RSF's role in fighting rebels in Darfur, South Kordufan
    14 july 2014 15:13:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese President, Omar Al-Bashir, says the controversial government Rapid Support Forces (RSF) was instrumental in fighting rebels in Darfur and South Kordufan, the Sudanese local media reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Libya: UN counsels against use of force to settle political disputes
    14 july 2014 11:27:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Following armed clashes that have killed nine and wounded 30 in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, since Sunday, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has urged all those concerned to desist from the use of force to settle political disputes. Full text...

  • Libya: Group of six Libyan neighbours commit to common border control measures
    14 july 2014 10:55:02
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Foreign Affairs Ministers of the group of six Libyan neighbouring countries decided on Sunday evening in Tunis to establish a joint force for the control of their common borders. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt urged to freeze relations with Israel over 'aggression'
    14 july 2014 10:43:33
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A Mauritian political party, 'Lalit', and the NGO Centre Idrice Goomany Monday called on the Mauritian Government to freeze diplomatic and commercial relations with Israel 'because of its aggressive campaign against Hamas and the Palestinians since 7 July 2014', PANA reported from Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Libya: Government calls for immediate end to Tripoli fighting
    13 july 2014 19:57:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government has called on all rival militias involved in Sunday's clashes on the outskirts of Tripoli airport, which has claimed nine lives and injured 25 others, to end the bloodshed immediately and without pre-condition. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Hollande, Marzouki seek Gaza ceasefire
    13 july 2014 18:35:00
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian president, Moncef Marzouki, on Sunday held talks on the phone with his French counterpart François Hollande, about the serious situation in Gaza, says a statement issued by the Tunisian presidency. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Nouakchott condemns Israeli raids in Gaza
    13 july 2014 13:28:24
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian political groups have condemned the bombardments of the Israeli armed forces against Palestinian populations in the Gaza strip and called for an immediate end to their action. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: Parliamentarians approve new defence pact with France
    12 july 2014 09:22:09
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – Ivorian parliamentarians on Friday unanimously adopted a bill authorising the President of the Republic to ratify the treaty signed on 26 January, 2012, in Paris for the setting up of a new defence partnership between Cote d’Ivoire and France. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Experts cite laxity in handling terrorism root-causes in Africa (News analysis by Kennedy Abwao)
    11 july 2014 20:31:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African countries are failing to handle the root-causes of terrorism and taking heed of new threats to human security, according to security experts who believe religious extremism is just but a late aspect of the threat. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU hails ECOWAS' decision to sign EPA
    11 july 2014 19:19:26
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has hailed the decision of heads of state and governments of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: EU sanctions South Sudanese military leaders
    11 july 2014 15:37:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Friday sanctioned South Sudanese military leaders, Generals Santino Deng and Peter Gadet, for violating a 9 May ceasefire to stop the fighting in Africa’s infant state, which marked only its third independence anniversary this week. Full text...

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