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  • Gambia: President Barrow urges ministers to declare assets
    24 june 2017 13:27:14
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has urged all his cabinet ministers to declare their assets in July in fulfillment of his December 2016 campaign promises, the Gambia Radio and Television announced on Saturday . Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana’s former president Masire passes on
    23 june 2017 08:44:49
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s former President Sir Ketumile Quett Joni Masire has passed on, following his admission at the intensive care unit (ICU) in a private hospital over the weekend. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU welcomes UN Security Council resolution on G5 force for Sahel States
    23 june 2017 07:28:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has welcomed the United Nations Security Council’s authorization for the deployment of a Joint Force for the Group of Five for the Sahel States (FC-G5S), reiterating the importance of the Group to address the persistent threats of violent extremism and transnational organized crimes. Full text...

  • US: UN chief appoints Lebanese official as head of operations in Libya
    23 june 2017 05:31:27
    New York, US (PANA) – A Lebanese political science professor and political advisor to the United Nations in Iraq has been appointed as the Organization's top official in Libya. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President Kagame formally submits candidature for 2017 Rwanda election
    22 june 2017 14:58:34
    Kigali,Rwanda (PANA) - The outgoing President Paul Kagame, recently named the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) candidate for the country's presidential election on 4 August, 2017, on Thursday formally submitted his candidature to run for the office, a PANA correspondent reported from here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Parliament cleared to have secret Zuma ballot
    22 june 2017 14:33:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In a significant setback for South African President Jacob Zuma, the Constitutional Court on Thursday said National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete does have the power to allow MPs to vote by secret ballot in the motion of no confidence on Zuma. Full text...

  • US: South Sudanese are ‘desperate for peace,’ but political crisis persists – UN
    22 june 2017 05:48:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Deliberate actions by the Government and opposition armed forces as well as other actors to advance their political goals continue to severely undermine efforts to get the country back on the path to peace and development, the top United Nations peacekeeping official has warned. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU asks member states to assist Gambia's security sector reform
    21 june 2017 17:43:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Gambia needs personnel support from the African Union Commission (AUC) and AU member states for reforming its security sector and the newly initiated process of transitional justice, according to the AU Peace and Security Council. Full text...

  • South Africa: Constitutional Court to hand down key Zuma ruling
    20 june 2017 13:42:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Constitutional Court on Tuesday announced that it will hand down a crucial ruling on Thursday to determine whether a vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma can be held by secret ballot. Full text...

  • Tanzania: European Council renews impetus for the Africa-EU Partnership
    19 june 2017 10:44:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Europe and Africa have much to gain from further increasing political and economic ties, because as close neighbours, both share a common future and 2017 is an important year for their partnership, the Council of the European Union (EU) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Egypt: Rights group slams Egyptian gov't for isolating ex-president Morsy
    19 june 2017 05:43:53
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Egyptian authorities have unlawfully prevented former President Mohamed Morsy from contacting or receiving visits from his family and lawyers in the years since the military forcibly removed him from power in July 2013, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President Kagame named ruling party's candidate for 2017 Rwanda election
    17 june 2017 12:42:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Members of the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF), gathered on Saturday in an extraordinary congress in Kigali, have introduced President Paul Kagame as the party's candidate for the country's presidential election slated for 4 August, 2017, PANA reported. Full text...

  • US: UN chief Guterres pays tribute to former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
    17 june 2017 04:15:35
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has lauded the vision and tenacity of the former Chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl, who died on Friday at the age of 87. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief calls for speedy resolve of rift among Gulf states
    16 june 2017 20:04:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Mahamat Moussa Faki has expressed his growing concern over the political dispute among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Full text...

  • US: UN cooperation with AU must be less 'ad hoc,' Security Council told
    16 june 2017 05:50:24
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations must move towards a more institutionalized approach for the joint planning, mandating, financing and supporting of African Union (AU) peace-support operations, the Secretary-General's Chef de Cabinet told the Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU urges Sudan to ensure security in Darfur on UNAMID troops withdrawal
    15 june 2017 16:31:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Urging the Government of Sudan to ensure it fills the security and humanitarian vacuum that may arise out of the withdrawal of the international peacekeeping force from Darfur region, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has expressed "deep concern over the widespread proliferation of weapons in the areas of return for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa to attend Thabane's inauguration in Lesotho
    15 june 2017 15:38:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, will Friday attend the inauguration ceremony of the Lesotho Prime Minister-elect Tom Thabane, despite the fact that his wife, Lipolelo, was shot dead in the Ha Masana village outside the Lesotho capital Maseru. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya's electoral commission faces disquiet over ballot printing deal
    15 june 2017 08:55:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati said a tender row over the printing of 130 million ballot papers for the 8 August General Elections was likely to derail it from delivering on its mandate. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Retired Nigeria diplomats resist attempts to admit Morocco into ECOWAS
    15 june 2017 08:26:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria (ARCAN) on Wednesday called on the Nigerian government to resist any attempt by other member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to admit Morocco into the regional body, the local Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: Put peace first, UN chief says
    14 june 2017 18:42:18
    New York, US (PANA) – True peace requires building bridges, combating discrimination and standing up for the human rights of the world's people United Nations Secretary-General said on Wednesday, kicking off the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, with a strong appeal to citizens, governments and leaders everywhere to “put peace first.” Full text...

  • South Africa: Official opposition united again after colonialism debacle
    13 june 2017 13:24:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), which is hoping to unseat the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in 2019, on Tuesday moved to end a damaging scandal when the party’s former leader, Helen Zille, apologised for her controversial tweets on colonialism. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda opposition party's candidate to run in August presidential election
    12 june 2017 14:29:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Chairman of the opposition Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR), Frank Habineza, on Monday presented his candidature to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) for the country's presidential election slated for 4 August, 2017, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition leader slams Zambia over 'political witch-hunt'
    09 june 2017 10:48:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Mmusi Maimane, the leader of South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), on Friday described Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema's treason trial as "a political witch hunt by an increasingly threatened President Edgar Lungu". Full text...

  • US: ICC prosecutor slams ‘pervading toxic culture of impunity’ in Darfur conflict
    09 june 2017 06:06:07
    New York, US (PANA) – The Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court has reiterated her call for States to arrest and surrender the suspects of alleged genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Darfur region of Sudan, including President Omar Al Bashir. Full text...

  • US: UN chief congratulates people of Lesotho on peaceful national election
    09 june 2017 05:55:20
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has congratulated the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the conclusion of a peaceful National Assembly election. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN Africa forum launches high-level migration panel
    08 june 2017 06:10:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Amid growing concern for the safety of migrants, particularly in Africa, as they undertake extreme risks in hopes of a better future or to escape violence and persecution, a high-level body established by the United Nations development arm in the continent has launched a process to help forge political consensus to address challenges and save lives. Full text...

  • US: Desire for secure, peaceful future remains strong in Libya, Security Council told
    08 june 2017 06:00:05
    New York, US (PANA) – Noting positive changes in the situation on the ground in Libya as a result of the Libyan Political Agreement, the United Nations envoy for the country highlighted that despite challenges, the desire for peace, security and a better future remains strong among the people and urged sustained international support for national efforts. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: President Kabore expected in Cairo
    07 june 2017 10:49:31
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkina Faso president, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, is expected on Wednesday in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, for a working visit during which he will hold talks with Egyptian top officials including president Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, according to the Faso presidency. Full text...

  • South Africa: Former AU chairperson under fire over VIP bodyguards
    07 june 2017 10:26:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Wednesday confirmed that South Africa’s VIP protection unit continues to guard former African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is now campaigning for the presidency of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Full text...

  • Lesotho: SADC urges reforms in Lesotho to facilitate political stability
    05 june 2017 19:35:17
    Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) - Lesotho's incoming government should undertake time-bound wide constitutional, judicial, legislative, security sector, public sector and media sector reforms in order to depoliticize and stabilize the governing system, according to one of the recommendations announced on Monday by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observation Mission to the 2017 National Assembly elections held on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Chairperson tours Sahel to support regional security deal
    05 june 2017 09:50:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA ) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, is currently on a weeklong five-nation tour in the Sahel Saharan region to reaffirm the AU’s commitment and solidarity with the region in its fight against terrorism and criminal networks. Full text...

  • South Africa: Leading politician suspended over colonialism tweet
    03 june 2017 12:57:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Saturday announced the suspension of its former leader following a Twitter scandal. Full text...

  • US: Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea and 3 others elected to UN Security Council
    03 june 2017 03:44:59
    New York, US (PANA) - In a single round of voting on Friday, the United Nations General Assembly elected Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru and Poland as non-permanent members of the Security Council for the next two years. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana forges ahead with technically-supported electoral process
    02 june 2017 14:29:06
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) says it will remain resolute in its endevours to introduce electronic voting machines (EVMs), amid public outcry that the devices may promote rigging. Full text...

  • US: US, EU sanction top DR Congo officials
    02 june 2017 07:24:39
    Washington, US (PANA) – The United States Thursday imposed targeted sanctions against the personal military chief of staff of President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights Watch has said. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian president receives AU Committee on Libya
    01 june 2017 12:03:24
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian president Béji Caïd Essebsi on Wednesday in Tunis received members of the High-level African Union Committee on Libya, chaired by the Congolese minister of foreign affairs, Jean-Claude Gacosso, whose country presides the Committee of 12 that includes Tunisia. Full text...

  • US: Slovak Foreign Minister elected President of 72nd session of UN General Assembly
    01 june 2017 05:50:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday elected by acclamation Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcák of Slovakia as President of its upcoming 72nd session. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU alerts member states to danger of extremism in learning institutions
    31 may 2017 17:36:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Reaffirming the need for alternative narratives and effective government regulation, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has urged member countries to remain vigilant with a view to preventing infiltration of their learning institutions by terrorist and violent extremist groups. Full text...

  • Sudan: Guinean president ends 3-day visit to Sudan
    30 may 2017 15:33:45
    Khartoum Sudan (PANA) - Guinea and Sudan have reaffirmed their full support to the extermination of security threats in the Sahel and Sahara regions, according to a communique issued in the Sudanese capital on Monday at the end of a three-day official visit to Sudan by the Guinean President, Alpha Conde. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian security forces urged to exercise restraint in pro-Biafra marches
    30 may 2017 06:13:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has urged the Nigerian security forces to exercise restraint when policing demonstrations marking the 50th Anniversary of the end of the Biafra War on Tuesday, 30 May. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU adopts sanctions against nine DRC officials for human rights violations
    29 may 2017 16:16:19
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union on Monday adopted immediate restrictive measures against nine individuals who hold positions of responsibility in the State administration and in the chain of command of the security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), for serious human rights violations. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta kicks off re-election campaign
    29 may 2017 14:26:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday presented his nomination papers a day after the official campaigns kicked off ahead of the 8 August Presidential elections and vowed to mount an intense campaign for his re-election against a united opposition coalition. Full text...

  • South Africa: Battered Zuma lashes out at his enemies
    29 may 2017 10:09:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – While President Jacob Zuma has survived yet another attempt to have him forced out of office, the ruling African National Congress is becoming increasingly divided. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Acting president lists gov't successes, vows to recover all stolen money
    29 may 2017 09:13:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday highlighted the various achievements of the Muhammadu Buhari administration since it came into office exactly two years ago today. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Conde of Guinea in Khartoum on state visit
    28 may 2017 16:02:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Alpha Conde of Guinea, who is also current Chair of the African Union (AU), arrived in Khartoum on Sunday for a three-day state visit at the invitation of President Omar Bashir. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan presidential campaigns begin ahead of August polls
    28 may 2017 13:49:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s presidential campaigns officially kicked off on Sunday with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) accepting the nomination papers of key opposition leader Raila Odinga and some of the eight candidates running for the presidency. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council condemns military escalation in southern Libya
    28 may 2017 10:53:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Members of the United Nations Security Council have condemned the military escalation in southern Libya including the attack at Brak al-Shati on 18 May, which reportedly resulted in the summary executions of combatants and civilians. Full text...

  • Italy: With Africa in spotlight at G7 summit, UN boss urges investment in youth
    27 may 2017 15:07:26
    Taormina, Italy (PANA) – At the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Italy, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday called world leaders to invest in young people, with stronger investment in technology and relevant education and capacity building in Africa. Full text...

  • Zambia: Rights group slams 'persecution' of Zambian opposition
    27 may 2017 05:36:58
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has again slammed the Zambian government for its treatment of the main opposition leader in the country describing his trial for treason at a Lusaka magistrate court as "persecution through prosecution." Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition leader vows to return to Zambia following customs debacle
    26 may 2017 18:14:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Mmusi Maimane, the leader of South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), on Friday vowed to return to Zambia, just hours after being prevented from entering Lusaka. Full text...

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