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  • Zambia: Zambia celebrates 50 years of independence amid concerns of high-level poverty
    24 october 2014 15:27:31
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambians on Friday put aside political diversity to celebrate the country’s 50 years of independence where in the capital city of Lusaka, first president and founding father Kenneth Kaunda, a distinguished freedom fighter, was among thousands of people gathered in the 65,000 seating capacity Heroes stadium to celebrate the golden jubilee. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU 'strongly condemns' violence in CAR
    23 october 2014 20:13:04
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union has strongly condemned the violence perpetrated in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), and attacks against civilian populations, humanitarian partners and the international forces by the rival factions in the long-running war. Full text...

  • Zambia: Govt releases final draft constitution of Zambia
    23 october 2014 18:23:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia's acting Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula on Thursday tabled before Parliament the country's final draft constitution saying the move would allow Zambian people to go through the document. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan accepts own party's offer to run for re-election
    23 october 2014 17:48:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has cleared all doubts on his declaration to run for next year's presidential election when he accepted Thursday his nomination for the race by the ruling People's Democratic Party ( PDP). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD leaders upbeat on South Sudan breakthrough
    23 october 2014 15:51:01
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - East African leaders have struck an optimistic code in efforts to resolve the crisis in South Sudan, saying outstanding issues still holding back the formation of a unity government there have been identified. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU force in Somalia gets renewed mandate
    23 october 2014 15:33:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Thursday renewed the mandate of AMISCOM, its force battling the Al Shabaab terror organisation inside Somalia, for another 12 months and asked the UN Security Council to follow suit. Full text...

  • Tunisia: No border closure due to election, says Interior Minister
    23 october 2014 14:20:15
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian Interior Minister Lutfi Ben Jeddou has said the country's borders with Algeria and Libya will not be closed for the 26 Oct. parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • Libya: Arab League appeals for speedy resolution of Libyan crisis
    23 october 2014 14:15:37
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The League of Arab States Wednesday evening appealed for a speedy resolution of the crisis rocking Libya and expressed support for the Libyan people and its legitimate institutions. Full text...

  • Congo: US to back Congo in tourism and environment
    22 october 2014 20:43:46
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The US ambassador in Congo, Stéphanie Sullivan, on Wednesday expressed the willingness of her country to back Congo in the tourism sector. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Opposition calls for civil disobedience to protest constitution amendment move
    22 october 2014 20:25:42
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso's opposition on Wednesday called for civil disobedience to protest against government's decision to hold a referendum to amend the constitution in a bid to allow President Blaise Compaoré to stand again in the next election. Full text...

  • DR Congo: ICC grants interim release to 4 suspects
    22 october 2014 20:07:31
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Judge Cuno Tarfusser, sole judge at the Preliminary Chamber II at the International Criminal Court (ICC), has granted interim release to four DR Congo citizens being tried for crimes against humanity. Full text...

  • Egypt: Egypt denies involvement in military operations in Libya
    22 october 2014 19:05:09
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Egypt has rejected reports that it was involved in military operations in Libya and called on fighting groups in the neighbouring country to abandon the military choice in a bid to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis, Egyptian media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN chief condemns expulsion of human rights head by DRC
    22 october 2014 18:40:57
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned the decision of the government of DR Congo to expel from the country Mr. Scott Campbell, Director of the UN Joint Human Rights Office. Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament calls for end to inter-tribal clashes in southern Libya
    22 october 2014 17:07:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya's Parliament has called for immediate end to bloody clashes that have for several days pitted Toubou and Touareg ethnic communities against each other in the southern Oubari region. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition demand for release of draft Constitution this week
    22 october 2014 16:35:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia's opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has demanded the release of the country's draft constitution this week as the southern Africa nation celebrates 50 years of independence on Friday. Full text...

  • Congo: Angolan assumes command of COMFORCE
    22 october 2014 14:39:05
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Angolan Brig.-Gen. Joao Didimo Capingana, has been appointed commander of the Central African Multinational Force (COMFORCE), official sources said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mozambique: Election official arrested over fraud attempt in Mozambique
    22 october 2014 12:12:17
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - An election official has been arrested in the central Mozambican city of Beira for allegedly trying to replace genuine results sheets from last Wednesday’s general elections with forged ones. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta off to Juba for IGAD Summit
    22 october 2014 12:02:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya left the country Wednesday for a one-day official visit to Juba, South Sudan, where he will attend a summit of the Inter-Government Authority on Development (IGAD) Full text...

  • Guinea: President Conde effects minor cabinet reshuffle
    22 october 2014 09:50:51
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - President Alpha Conde has effected a slight cabinet reshuffle by appointing two new ministers for energy and security, according to the decree published on Wednesday in Conakry. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly elects 15 members to UN Human Rights Council
    21 october 2014 21:51:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly on Tuesday elected 15 countries to serve on the UN Human Rights Council for a period of three years beginning on 1 January 2015. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: OIF promises to assist Côte d’Ivoire hold peaceful polls
    21 october 2014 20:53:31
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The International Francophone Organization (OIF) has promised to assist the Ivorian Independent Electoral Commission organise a successful Full text...

  • Congo: Namibian president arrives in Congo
    21 october 2014 20:34:49
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Namibian president, Hifikepunye Pohamba, arrived in Brazzaville on Tuesday for a three-day visit to Congo aimed at strengthening ties between his country and Congo. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan PM visits Malta for talks on illegal immigration
    21 october 2014 16:25:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Prime Minister, Abdallah Al-theni, is on official visit in Malta since late Monday to discuss with the island's authorities issues related to illegal migration across the Mediterranean Sea, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Libyan government. Full text...

  • Zambia: Obama congratulates Zambia on its 50th independence anniversary
    21 october 2014 14:09:22
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has sent a message of congratulations to President Michael Sata on Zambia’s 50th independence celebrations, to be commemorated on 24 Oct. Full text...

  • Libya: EU expresses 'deep concern' about consequences of Libyan crisis
    21 october 2014 12:00:49
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has expressed deep concern about the raging Libyan crisis, its implications for the citizens, the threat to the chances of achieving a peaceful political transition and its negative impact in North Africa and the Sahel region. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Opposition plans protest at US embassy, MONUSCO office
    19 october 2014 16:11:33
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The opposition coalition in the Democratic Republic of Congo has said it will proceed with its planned sit-in at the US Embassy and the office of the UN Organizational Stabilization Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO) in the capital, Kinshasa, Monday. Full text...

  • Libya:Western countries condemn violence in Libya
    19 october 2014 11:16:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United States, France, Britain, Italy and Germany have strongly condemned the ongoing violence in Libya and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan Parliament speaker in Chad to discuss border security
    19 october 2014 09:25:30
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) - Speaker of the Libyan Parliament Aguila Saleh Guider Saturday began an official visit to Chad, at the invitation of Chadian President Idriss Deby, with whom he will discuss security along the borders of the two nations, sources closed to the Libyan Parliament said. Full text...

  • Ghana: Main opposition party retains Akufo-Addo as presidential candidate
    19 october 2014 08:05:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has, for the third successive time, elected Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as its presidential candidate for the December 2015 election. Full text...

  • UN: Ban commends Mozambique people on peaceful elections
    18 october 2014 15:28:00
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the people of Mozambique for the "calm atmosphere" which prevailed during the presidential, legislative and provincial elections held in the southern Afircan country on 15 October 2014. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Côte d’Ivoire appoints principal judge for maritime border dispute with Ghana
    18 october 2014 14:23:35
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Côte d’Ivoire has appointed a principal judge for the dispute on the delimitation of its maritime border with Ghana, it was officially announced here Saturday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Dakar to host African peace, security forum in December 2014
    18 october 2014 14:08:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The international Dakar forum on peace and security in Africa, due for 14-16 December in Senegal, will be an essential platform for African decision-makers to take appropriate responses to five big issues of the continent, Dr. Cheick Tidiane Gadio, director of the Pan-African strategy institute (IPS) has said. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan's President Bashir leaves for state visit to Egypt
    18 october 2014 12:03:55
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan left Khartoum on Saturday for Cairo, Egypt, on a two-day state visit at the invitation of his Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, according to the official Sudanese News Agency (SUNA) Full text...

  • Libya: UN calls for cessation of military operations to facilitate humanitarian aid in western Libya
    18 october 2014 10:53:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has proposed a cessation of military operations in the areas of Kikla and Qala in western Libya for at least four days, effective at 00:00 on 18 October 2014, to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance. Full text...

  • Mali: Malian government praises outgoing MINUSMA chief
    18 october 2014 10:11:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali has commended outgoing UN Secretary-General's Special Representative Albert Gérard Koenders for "the excellent job done" as Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: ONUCI provides Ivorian electoral commission with archives room
    17 october 2014 11:10:42
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Côte d’Ivoire, Mrs Aichatou Mindaoudou, Thursday officially handed to the chairman of the Ivorian Independent Electoral Commission (CEI), Youssouf Bakayoko, a new archives room equipped and financed by the UN operation in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI). Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa attends Lesotho's re-opening of Parliament
    17 october 2014 09:29:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Facilitator and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday morning departed for Maseru to attend the opening of the Lesotho Parliament reconvened by King Letsie III. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS, Canada to strengthen cooperation
    17 october 2014 09:06:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission and Canada have agreed to strengthen and deepen cooperation in various strategic areas, including regional security, trade, economic development and investment, capacity building and humanitarian issues, the ECOWAS Commission said in a statement here. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges former Madagascar president to respect democratic institutions
    17 october 2014 05:54:54
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has rejected remarks made by former President of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanana, challenging the legitimacy of his country's democratic institutions, urging him to respect the country's democratic institutions. Full text...

  • UN: Angola, four others elected to serve on UN Security Council
    16 october 2014 18:56:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The 193-member UN General Assembly Thursday elected Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela to serve as non-permanent members on the UN Security Council for two-year terms beginning 1 January 2015. Full text...

  • Congo: France 'concerned' about security situation in CAR
    15 october 2014 21:30:46
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The French ambassador in Congo, Jean Pierre Vidon, on Wednesday expressed concern about the latest security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) where fighting has erupted once more between the Christians and Muslims. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 7 Ministers quit to pursue governorship ambition
    15 october 2014 15:23:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Seven ministers of the Nigerian government have resigned so they can contest for the governorship of their respective states in next year's general elections. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council extends Abyei mission to February 2015
    15 october 2014 08:50:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) to 28 Feb 2015, as part of the UN's ongoing efforts to maintain peace and protect civilians there. Full text...

  • Togo: Taffa Issifou Tabiou elected Togo Electoral Commission chairman
    14 october 2014 20:15:01
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Taffa Issifou Tabiou, a former civil servant, has been elected chairman of the executive board of the Togo Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), official sources told PANA on Tuesday in Lomé. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Former premier elected president of Rwandan Senate
    14 october 2014 17:12:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's former Prime Minister Bernard Makuza, 53, was Tuesday elected President of the country's Senate following the resignation of his predecessor, John Damascene Ntawukuliryayo, a few weeks ago. Full text...

  • Kenya: Executive, legislature differ on ministers' summons
    14 october 2014 13:58:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The executive arm of the Kenya Government and Parliament pulled in different directions late Monday when President Uhuru Kenyata's Chief of Staff asked Cabinet Secretaries not to appear before Parliament. Full text...

  • Belgium: Spanish General appointed new EUTM commander
    14 october 2014 12:16:51
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Spanish General Garcia-Vaquero Predal has been appointed the new Commander of the European Union Training Mission Mali (EUTM), according to a statement from the Council of Member States Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzanians celebrate 15th anniversary of Nyerere's passing
    14 october 2014 11:39:57
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanians are on public holiday Tuesday to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the passing of the East African nation's founding father, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya's iconic intellectual Ali Mazrui dies at 81
    13 october 2014 18:58:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -Kenya's iconic historian and a global intellectual maverick, Prof. Ali Mazrui, who wrote the late Wangari Maathai's 2004 testimonial for the Nobel Peace Prize, has died at 81, his family said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Lake Chad Basin Commission adopts resolution on cross-border military operation
    13 october 2014 17:41:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A one-day ministerial meeting of member States of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and Benin Republic on security ended in Abuja Monday agreeing the appropriate legal framework that would enhance cross-border military operation against Boko Haram as well as develop a common defence strategy in the fight against terrorism in the sub-region. Full text...

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