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  • Libya: UN-mediated peace talks resume in Geneva as parties seek political settlement
    15 january 2015 17:02:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The new round of UN-led political talks aimed at easing the deepening political and security crisis afflicting Libya continued Thursday for the second day of dialogue as national stakeholders and the UN Support Mission (UNSMIL) in the North African country resumed their meetings in Geneva amid encouraging developments. Full text...

  • Senegal:Gambian President Jammeh receives UN special envoy
    15 january 2015 16:44:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The UN and Gambia have expressed willingness to work together in getting the 30 December failed coup plotters in the West African country face justice, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, said Thursday in Banjul. Full text...

  • Sudan: Govt. warns opposition against boycotting April 2015 elections
    15 january 2015 15:28:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has declared as illegal, the formation by the opposition of a body to sabotage elections in the country, saying that the opposition has no right to prevent people from voting. Full text...

  • Tunisia: EU Socialist group solicits support for dialogue in Libya
    15 january 2015 15:18:44
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) – The leader of the Socialist group at the European Parliament, Jenni Bi Tilila, Thursday called on European institutions to support the national dialogue between Libyan groups, launched Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland, under the aegis of the United Nations. Full text...

  • Libya: Arab FMs meet on Libyan crisis
    15 january 2015 14:23:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Arab foreign affairs ministers, under the aegis of the Council of the Arab League, are due to meet Thursday in Cairo, Egypt, to start a high-level emergency meeting on the latest developments in Libya, according to the League's Secretary General in Libya, Nasser al-Koudwa. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Opposition party paints catastrophic picture of Mauritania
    15 january 2015 11:49:42
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania's main opposition Democratic Forces Rally (DFR) has painted a catastrophic picture of the situation in the country at the political, economical and social levels, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says Libya talks will 'take time' to end fighting
    14 january 2015 21:27:30
    New York,US (PANA) - The Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Mr. Bernardino Leon, on Wednesday said that a new round of UN-led Libyan political talks in Geneva, Switzerland, represents the start of a "long process", aimed at bringing an end to fighting in the North African country and to reach a political settlement. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan, other presidential candidates sign accord on peaceful elections
    14 january 2015 18:53:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of next month’s general elections, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who is contesting on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his major challenger of All Progressive Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday joined 12 other presidential candidates to sign an accord committing themselves and their parties to keeping the peace during and after the elections. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Venezuela president praises Algeria's efforts for oil market stabilization
    14 january 2015 17:40:03
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) – Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has praised Algeria's efforts to find a consensual solution to the crisis caused by the slump in oil prices. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana’s new minister creates youth project (Correcting para 1)
    14 january 2015 12:06:23
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has announced a plan to set up a data base for unemployed youths in the country. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia accredits 4 new Ambassadors
    14 january 2015 11:54:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia has accredited four new Ambassadors from South Africa, France, Canada and Switzerland, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed Libyan political talks open in Geneva
    14 january 2015 08:40:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN-backed new round of Libyan political talks kicked-off on Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland, aimed at easing the deepening political and security crisis afflicting the African nation. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy welcomes recent progress in Cote d'Ivoire
    13 january 2015 22:30:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Ms. Aichatou Mindaoudou, on Tuesday praised Cote d’Ivoire for its significant progress towards lasting peace and economic recovery. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges Ivorians to work together for peaceful election
    13 january 2015 19:48:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged all stakeholders Full text...

  • NIgeria: House of Representatives to probe Nigeria's absentee vote on Palestine
    13 january 2015 18:30:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian House of Representatives Tuesday resolved to summon Foreign Affairs Minister Aminu Wali over Nigeria’s abstaining in last month’s vote that was required to grant Palestine a statehood status in the United Nations. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Algeria urges Libyan parties to take part in national dialogue
    13 january 2015 17:05:28
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Algeria is urging Libyan parties to take part "with good intention" in the national dialogue organised under the auspices of the UN, with the aim of resolving the current crisis in the northern African country, Algerian Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs Abdelkader said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Anti-corruption agency warns politicians over election gimmicks
    13 january 2015 15:49:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s leading anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Tuesday issued a stern warning to politicians not to use it as a tool for political warfare in the run-up to next month’s general elections, saying it will not be used or entangled in the gimmicks of politicians. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Opposition presidential candidate meets with former Nigerian leader, Obasanjo
    13 january 2015 14:02:29
    Abeokuta, Nigeria (PANA) - Following in the footsteps of President Goodluck Jonathan, the Presidential candidate of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Tuesday met behind closed doors with the former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, at his hilltop residence in the ancient town of Abeokuta, South West Nigeria. Full text...

  • Congo: UN praises involvement of President Nguesso in CAR crisis
    13 january 2015 13:18:10
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General in Central Africa, Abdoulaye Bathily, on Monday praised the involvement of the Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso as mediator in the crisis in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Tunisia: President Sall wants Senegal/Algeria cooperation strengthened
    13 january 2015 12:54:08
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - President Macky Sall of Senegal, who arrived in Algiers on Monday for a four-day visit to Algeria, says he is making efforts to take cooperation between Algeria and Senegal to the next level. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan promises to build cargo airport in Nigeria
    12 january 2015 23:06:49
    Abeokuta, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to invest more in agriculture through the construction of the first cargo airport in the country to be located in the southwest Ogun state. Full text...

  • Sudan: South Sudan warning parties renew commitment to peace agreement
    12 january 2015 20:18:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Warring parties in South Sudan have once again renewed their commitment to implement "in good faith" an agreement they reached last year in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and to end the one-year-long hostilities. Full text...

  • UN: UN electoral mission in Burundi launches activities
    12 january 2015 19:23:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi, known by its French acronym MENUB, officially launched its activities on Monday in the capital, Bujumbura, as the country prepares for critical elections to be held later this year amid an atmosphere of reconciliation. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia moves to free 2 Tunisian journalists abducted in Libya
    12 january 2015 13:26:17
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian Prime minister, Mehdi Jomâa, on Monday said that, in cooperation with Libyan authorities, Tunis was making efforts to secure the release of two Tunisian journalists abducted in Libya. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Opposition party claims raid of national chairman's residence
    12 january 2015 11:02:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As tension builds up ahead of next month's general elections in Nigeria, the country's main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) said Monday that unknown invaders raided the residence of its National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, in the capital city of Abuja in the early hours of the day. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ‘Nigeria’s elections should serve as model to other African countries’
    12 january 2015 09:12:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Stakeholders in Nigeria's forthcoming elections have been urged to work toward achieving peaceful and credible polls that will serve as a model to other African nations. Full text...

  • Zambia: SADC electoral observers deployed in Zambia
    12 january 2015 07:40:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - A 65-member team of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) has been deployed in Zambia ahead of the presidential elections holding 20 Jan. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition leader urges release of Gambian coup plotters’ parents
    11 january 2015 19:18:03
    Banjul,Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian opposition leader said Sunday that coup plotters’ parents detained two weeks ago should be immediately released. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Venezuelan President Maduro to visit Algeria
    11 january 2015 17:32:26
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Venezuelan President Nicolàs Maduro is due in Algiers on Monday for a two-day visit to Algeria at the invitation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the Algerian presidency announced Sunday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Mass gathering of parties nominates Bashir for presidency
    11 january 2015 16:29:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A mass of representatives of 40 political parties and organizations in addition to Sufi Sheikhs, workers, students, youth and women's associations on Sunday showed up at the offices of the National Elections Commission (NEC) in Khartoum's Friendship Hall to nominate President Omar Bashir to run for a new five-year presidency , SUNA news agency reported. Full text...

  • Libya: Western countries welcome inter-Libyan talks in Geneva next week
    11 january 2015 13:22:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Six western countries, including the United States, have welcomed the opening next week of a new round of Libyan political talks in the Swiss capital, Geneva, under the aegis of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in order to find a solution to the current crisis in the country. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya on agenda of President Macky Sall's visit to Algeria
    11 january 2015 10:55:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Senegalese President Macky Sall is due in Algiers Monday for a four-day official visit to Algeria to render support to the north-west African country's "peace efforts in northern Mali and Libya," the Libyan media reported Saturday quoting a press statement issued by the Algerian Presidency. Full text...

  • UN: Libyan parties to hold new round of talks in Geneva next week
    10 january 2015 16:07:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Libyan parties have agreed to hold in Geneva next week a new round of UN-facilitated political talks aimed at helping all sides reach a common ground to end the current political and security crisis, the UN Mission Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Full text...

  • Tanzania: Kikwete elaborates Tanzania's position on DRC peace efforts
    10 january 2015 12:12:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has reassured the international community of his country's support to ongoing efforts to ensure the eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo "is free of armed groups that threaten the security of the people of Congo and Congo’s neighbours". Full text...

  • Senegal: President Sall consoles France on Charlie Hebdo attack
    09 january 2015 21:11:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese president Macky Sall has visited the French embassy in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, to sign a book of condolence and offer the condolences of Senegal to the French government following the terror attack against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, says a communiqué issued on Friday to PANA. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Infrastructure minister resigns
    09 january 2015 15:32:32
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkina Faso Minister of Infrastructure, Moumini Dieguimdé, has resigned from the acting Burkinabe government, making him the second minister to quit the administration. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius maintains sovereignty over the Chagos
    09 january 2015 15:05:07
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius Friday said it will continue to maintain the sovereignty of Mauritius over the Chagos and the illegality of the excision of the archipelago from Mauritian territory prior to its independence in 1968, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Congo: Congolese archbishops kick against constitutional amendment
    09 january 2015 14:56:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese archbishops are against any change in the 20 January constitution, which would enable current president, Denis Sassou Nguesso, to stand as candidate for a third term. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition parties urged to unite
    08 january 2015 21:11:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's opposition parties must come together to push for a reform of the electoral process and also wrest power from the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), says Omar Jallow, leader of the People's Progressive Party (PPP). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ruling party kick-starts electioneering campaign
    08 january 2015 16:07:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday kick-started its presidential campaign for the 14 Feb. 2015 elections in the opposition strong-hold of southern Lagos State. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan govt. to fully probe death of opposition leader's son
    08 january 2015 15:48:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Thursday his government would establish what caused the death of Fidel Castro Odinga, son of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who was found dead at home on 4 January. Full text...

  • Gambia: Govt. gives detailed account of failed coup attempt
    08 january 2015 15:02:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian Foreign Affairs Minister, Nenneh Macdoual Gaye, giving a detailed account of the 30 December, 2014, attempt to oust President Yahya Jammeh from power after 20 years, said the assailants planned to kill service chiefs and other individuals as well as launch attacks on key government installations. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum says elections will be held in disputed regions
    08 january 2015 13:07:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has declared that the presidential and legislative elections next April will be held in Halayeb and Abyei, despite unresolved disputes over the two areas with Egypt and South Sudan respectively. Full text...

  • Sudan: Chinese FM visits Sudan, moves to end South Sudanese conflict
    08 january 2015 12:59:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, is due to arrive in Khartoum on Sunday, at the head of a high-level delegation on an official two-day visit to the Sudan, aimed at finding a way to end the raging conflict in South Sudan, the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan's ruling party to present Bashir as presidential candidate
    08 january 2015 09:16:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has said it will on submit to the National Election Commission the name of Omar Hassan Al-Bashir as its presidential candidate in April's elections. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian govt condemns terror attack on French newspaper 'Charlie Hebdo'
    07 january 2015 18:54:04
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian government has strongly condemned Wednesday's attack by gunmen against the satiric newspaper 'Charlie Hebdo' in Paris in which 12 people were killed. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir urges Sudan's political parties to take part in next elections
    07 january 2015 17:59:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan has said that the forthcoming "national" government will be formed from parties which will take part in the general elections scheduled for April this year. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN-AU peacekeepers in Darfur attacked
    07 january 2015 13:00:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Joint United Nations and African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has reported that its peacekeepers came under two separate attacks Wednesday while on patrol, both times by unidentified gunmen, the UN said in a news dispatch. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan shrugs off Libya's threat to shoot down trespassing military, civilian planes
    07 january 2015 10:48:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Army Wednesday said a recent Libyan threat to shoot down any Sudanese military or civilian plane that flies over Tripoli’s airspace was not relevant to the Sudan. Full text...

  • Zambia: UK urges Zambian media to scrutinise presidential candidates
    07 january 2015 10:24:33
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - British High Commission to Zambia James Thornton has challenged the media in Zambia to scrutinise the messages of the presidential candidates for the 20 Jan. 2015 elections in a balanced and impartial way, so as to provide greater clarity to voters as to what they stand for. Full text...

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