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  • Burundi: Burundians get free visa to China
    28 august 2014 13:30:33
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundians and Chinese travelling between the two countries will henceforth get free visa following the signature of an agreement to that effect, the Burundian External Relations and International Cooperation Ministry said in Bujumbura Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudan talks adjourn after ceasefire breakthrough 
    28 august 2014 11:50:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese ceasefire talks adjourned Thursday after the signing of a deal to implement the ceasefire agreement that was endorsed on 23 Jan. to end the fighting in the country, mediators said. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council extends UN/AU mission in Darfur for 10 months
    27 august 2014 22:05:36
    New York, US (PANA) -The Security Council on Wednesday extended the mandate of the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) until 30 June 2015, while requesting the peacekeeping mission to focus on strategic priorities such as the improved protection of civilians and humanitarian workers, along with the facilitation of aid and mediation activities. Full text...

  • Mali: Bamako sets up national council for security reform
    27 august 2014 15:20:47
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali has set up a new body called the National council for the reform of the security sector (CRSS), placed under the direct authority of the president of the Republic, Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita, official sources told PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: AU, UN to cooperate over stability, development of Great Lakes regions
    27 august 2014 15:00:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As part of his tour of the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, the Special Envoy designate of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region, visited Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 26-27 August, where he met with Mrs. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission. Full text...

  • Angola: Minister wants Angola, Mozambique to waive entry visas for their citizens
    27 august 2014 14:36:16
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Mozambican Foreign Minister Oldemiro Baloi on Wednesday called for the entry visa waivers between Mozambique and Angola, arguing that the measure would increase business activity between the two countries. Full text...

  • Burundi: National Electoral Commission postpones opening of voter registration
    27 august 2014 14:14:51
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said Wednesday it has postponed the voter registration, earlier set for 22 September 2014, to a date that will be announced later. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes signing of blueprint to implement South Sudan ceasefire
    26 august 2014 21:09:05
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the signing by the South Sudanese government and the opposition of a plan to implement a seventh-month-old ceasefire deal between the two sides. Full text...

  • Mozambique: Government-RENAMO sigh accord to end hostilities in Mozambique
    26 august 2014 15:28:46
    Maputo, Mozambique PANA) – The mozambican government and RENAMO, the key opposition party, Sunday signed an agreement here to end the hostilities confronting the country since March 2012, especially in the Sofala central region. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia gets new Justice, FM ministers
    26 august 2014 14:38:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, has dropped Mama Fatima Singhateh as the country's Justice Minister, replacing her with Justice Basirou Mahoney, official sources confirmed to PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Congo: Local elections slated on 28 September in Congo
    26 august 2014 14:28:43
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese local elections will be held on Sunday, 28 September, 2014, in Congo, after over a year of delay, according to a Presidential decree published here Monday. Full text...

  • Angola: Angola, Mozambique review bilateral cooperation
    26 august 2014 13:50:23
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – The joint Angolan-Mozambican cooperation commission began here on Monday to evaluate cooperation between the two countries, official sources told PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Election commission allays rigging fears in Botswana
    26 august 2014 12:18:58
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana electoral body Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has allayed fears that the country’s election slated for the end of October could be rigged. Full text...

  • Egypt: Libyan foreign minister expects 'strong message' from Security Council
    25 august 2014 21:32:58
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Libyan Foreign minister, Mohamed Abdelaziz, says that his country expects from the UN Security Council a resolution and a "strong message to belligerents involved in the armed conflict" in the North African country to end the bloodshed. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'Foreign intervention in Libya not likely soon,' says Tunisian foreign affairs minister
    25 august 2014 19:08:29
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mongi Hamdi said Monday “it is too early to speak of foreign intervention in Libya”. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: East African leaders sign commitment to impose South Sudan sanctions 
    25 august 2014 18:32:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - East African leaders have signed a commitment to impose sanctions against South Sudanese leaders should they continue to hamper efforts to restore peace and stability in their three-year old state, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: IOC throws weight begins Mauritian in OIF secretary general race
    25 august 2014 15:00:50
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Heads of State and governments of members countries of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) have thrown their weight behind Mauritian Jean-Claude de l’Estrac who is vying for the post of secretary general of the International Francophonie Organization (OIF). Full text...

  • Libya: Libya's neighbours meet in Cairo
    25 august 2014 11:41:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A ministerial meeting of the group of six Libyan neighbours opened in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, Monday, to discuss ways to assist Libya, which is drifting deeper into crisis following a worsening security situation. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma faces crisis over home upgrade
    25 august 2014 11:09:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is facing perhaps the biggest crisis of his presidency, as Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is demanding that he repays a portion of the US$20 million in taxpayer’s money that was spent to upgrade his private home. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: East African leaders consider S/Sudan sanctions
    25 august 2014 09:43:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - East African leaders who met here on the South Sudanese crisis Sunday are considering the option of sanctions, should the warring factions in the country fail to sign an agreement to end the fighting there. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyans demonstrate against Parliament
    22 august 2014 21:50:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Hundreds of Libyans took to the streets on Friday to demonstrate for the third consecutive week against the installation of the new Parliament which is sitting in the eastern city of Tobruk. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Aziz forms new government in Mauritania
    22 august 2014 15:01:58
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, re-elected recently in the country's general polls, has announced the formation of a new government comprising 27 ministers, seven of whom are women. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudan threatens to overrun rebel strongholds if talks fail
    22 august 2014 14:44:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The South Sudanese government said Friday it would ignore the 23 January ceasefire agreement and attack rebel outposts, unless the rebels sign an agreement to stop the fighting and push their forces at least 10km apart. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President Abdel Aziz receives message on bilateral relations from Chadian leader
    21 august 2014 18:52:32
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz received on Thursday in Nouakchott, Chad's Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Ms. Mariam Mahamat Nour, who delivered a message from Chadian President Idriss Deby, an official source here told PANA. Full text...

  • Mozambique: RENAMO spokesperson freed from detention
    21 august 2014 18:35:04
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - After a month in detention, Antonio Muchanga, official spokesperson of Mozambican opposition RENAMO party, was set free Tuesday under a new amnesty law, which was published the day before in 'Jornal da República' official gazette. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia suspends all flights from Libya
    21 august 2014 15:33:57
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian authorities have suspended all flights to and from the Libyan airports in Tripoli, Misrata and Sirte, according to a statement issued Thursday by the Ministry of Transport in the capital city, Tunis Full text...

  • South Africa: Chaos in parliament as MPs target President Zuma
    21 august 2014 14:25:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tension soared in the South African parliament on Thursday afternoon when the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) took aim at President Jabob Zuma over the controversial upgrade to his private home, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma addresses Gaza conflict
    21 august 2014 14:02:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Representatives from South African civil society, trade unions and the African National Congress Youth League Thursday confirmed that they met with President Jacob Zuma in Cape Town to address the crisis in Palestine. Full text...

  • Botswana: No foul play in Botswana's opposition leader
    21 august 2014 08:11:18
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Police Service (BPS) has completed investigation into the death of opposition leader Gomolemo Motswaledi, three weeks after his death, and concluded there is no foul play in the death. Full text...

  • Libya: Acting Oil and Gas vice minister sacked
    20 august 2014 19:52:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan Prime Minister Abdallah al-Theni has sacked the country's Oil and Gas acting Vice Minister, Omar Chakmak, PANA reported Wednesday from Tripoli. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President Abdel Aziz appoints new Prime Minister
    20 august 2014 16:17:56
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA ) - Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Wednesday appointed Yahya Ould Hademine as the country's new Prime Minister and tasked him to form a new government, official sources here told PANA. Full text...

  • Congo: Mediator chats new course for governance in CAR
    20 august 2014 13:58:26
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Consultation among members of the Brazzaville forum is a prerequisite for the composition of a new government in the Central African Republic (CAR), said Mr. Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet, the Chairman of the National Transition Council (NTC) and mediator in the CAR crisis. Full text...

  • Mauritius: SADC calls member states to support Mauritian claim on Chagos Archipelago
    19 august 2014 07:50:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) who met over the weekend at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, have called on member states to fully support the ''legitimate claim of Mauritius for the restoration of its sovereignty over Chagos Archipelago without which the full decolonisation of Africa is not complete'' Full text...

  • Zambia: Police arrest opposition MPs for assault
    18 august 2014 13:31:39
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Member of Parliament Jonas Shakafuswa, has been arrested for allegedly assaulting six cadres from the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) during campaigns ahead of Tuesday’s parliamentary by-election in the Mangango constituency, western Zambia. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AU Summit on employment postponed because of Ebola
    18 august 2014 09:41:11
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government on employment, the eradication of poverty and inclusive development, scheduled for 2-7 Sept. in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, has been postponed because of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa. Full text...

  • UN: Mission pledges state-building support in Somalia
    17 august 2014 20:02:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) on Sunday pledged its continued support as the country looks ahead to beginning the process of federalism aimed at building a stronger, more united Somalia. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan complains of 'hostile campaign'
    17 august 2014 07:39:39
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan has complained that it is being targeted by "a tremendous hostile campaign" seeking to distort its image, but says it will bounce back. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Mauritian candidate for OIF top job campaigns in Cote d'Ivoire
    16 august 2014 17:45:16
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Seeking the post of Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organization (OIF), Mauritian candidate, Jean-Claude de l’Estrac, ended his campaign Friday in Côte d’Ivoire, pledging to create jobs for young people and making Africa a productive and industrialized continent. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU condemns fresh outbreak of violence in Libya
    16 august 2014 16:50:15
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Rising from their council meeting here, Foreign Ministers of the European Union (EU) on Saturday expressed serious concerns following the "explosion" of violence in Tripoli, Benghazi and other cities Libya, deploring its consequences on regional security and Europe, official sources said. Full text...

  • Mali: Talks between Malian government, armed groups postponed
    15 august 2014 20:59:29
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The resumption of talks between the Malian government and armed groups in northern Mali, initially planned for Sunday in Algiers, has been postponed for two weeks, the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and International Cooperation, Abdoulaye Diop, said on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Email account of presidential spokesman hacked, used to send PR on Chibok girls
    15 august 2014 16:29:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The email account of Nigeria's presidential spokesman Reuben Abati was apparently hacked and used to send a press release to the effect that President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed the location of the school girls who were abducted by Boko Haram almost three months ago. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Fighting escalates in South Sudan, 400 displaced in early fighting Friday
    15 august 2014 13:53:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Fresh military hostilities erupted Friday in Bentiu and Ayod in the Jonglei state between the government forces and the rebels two days after a visit by members of the UN Security Council, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Kenya: Top Intelligence official quits after series of terror raids
    15 august 2014 11:42:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's top intelligence official has quit his job after a series of terror attacks in the East African nation, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Spanish national as new UN envoy in Libya
    15 august 2014 07:50:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mr. Bernardino Leon of Spain as the UN Special Representative for Libya and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), according to a UN statement issued here Friday. Full text...

  • Belgium: CAR, South Sudan face severe humanitarian crisis
    14 august 2014 21:15:55
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syria and Iraq are the four countries in the world facing the most severe humanitarian crises, according to the European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid Full text...

  • Mali: Government adopts bill on opposition status
    14 august 2014 16:27:00
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian government on Thursday adopted a bill on the status of the political Opposition formally recognising its leader as its official spokesperson, said a communiqué issued by the Council of ministers. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council pledges support for political reforms in Somalia
    14 august 2014 15:29:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Members of the UN Security Council visited Mogadishu, Somalia, on Wednesday to review progress made by the Federal Government and to demonstrate their continued support for the country’s efforts to ensure a sustainable peace, a UN statement said on Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Deep divisions in South Africa over Gaza crisis
    14 august 2014 09:37:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Two South Africans are being investigated for contravening the country’s Foreign Military Assistance Act after they were allegedly recruited by the Israeli military for the invasion of Gaza. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition romps to victory in national by-elections
    14 august 2014 09:31:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) swept to victory in 17 of the 19 by-elections that were contested around the country on Wednesday, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: President Compaoré to attend 70th anniversary of Provence Landings
    13 august 2014 22:16:58
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso president, Blaise Compaoré, will on Friday take part in the festivities marking the 70th anniversary of the Provence Landings in France, a press release issued on Wednesday by the presidency's communication department says. Full text...

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