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  • Togo: Opposition calls for demonstration on Saturday to 'defend democracy'
    08 march 2017 12:16:31
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Togolese opposition umbrella, Fight for Political Change in 2015 (CAP 2015), which brings together several opposition parties, has called for a march on Saturday to protest against the suppression of rallies last month in the West African country, a communiqué issued on Wednesday to PANA said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria issues conflicting travel advisory to US
    07 march 2017 21:34:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has issued two conflicting travel advisory to its citizens travelling to the US following the travel ban issued by US President Donald Trump, which temporarily barred migrants and refugees from some major Muslim countries, including three African countries, namely Libya, Somalia and Sudan. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum denounces US travel ban on Sudanese
    07 march 2017 17:31:33
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has deplored an executive order by US President Donald Trump banning Sudanese nationals to enter US territories for 90 days. Full text...

  • South Africa: Minister under fire over threat to internet, media freedom in South Africa
    07 march 2017 16:18:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Minister of State Security David Mahlobo’s claims that government could regulate social media platforms to prevent the spread of fake news has sparked an outcry. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Ghanaian Vice President to visit Mauritius
    07 march 2017 15:13:37
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Ghanaian Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia will be chief guest of the Government of Mauritius at the celebration of the 49th National Day on 12 March 2017, it was officially announced here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN Secretary General Guterres arrives in Somalia
    07 march 2017 11:56:57
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrived in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday and immediately held a meeting with the new Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed, according to the local media. Full text...

  • US: West Africa can serve as a model for preventive diplomacy – UN political chief
    07 march 2017 05:35:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations political affairs chief on Monday stressed that West Africa could be a model of how the UN can work with local partners in bringing stability to regions or sub-regions. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Senators on 3-day visit to Germany
    06 march 2017 20:39:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, will on Tuesday lead a delegation of Nigerian senators on a 3-day visit to the German Parliament, the Bundestag, to promote political and economic relations between Nigeria and Germany. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief visits Kenya
    06 march 2017 19:59:21
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday began a two-day official visit to Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana president urges citizens to protect the environment
    06 march 2017 14:15:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday rallied the population to protect the environment as the West African country celebrated its 60th independence anniversary. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir plans new cabinet of 31 ministers
    04 march 2017 12:19:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir intends to form a cabinet of 31 Federal ministers who will be assisted by a number of State ministers to run the national accord government of Sudan, the official Radio Omdurman announced on Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Opposition leaders cry foul over flawed election preparations
    03 march 2017 06:08:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan opposition leaders have voiced concern over the poor state of preparedness by the Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct free and fair elections in August, warning that failure may lead to national security instability. Full text...

  • Uganda: Ethiopian Premier begins Uganda state visit
    02 march 2017 16:31:33
    Kampala, Ethiopia (PANA) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has arrived in Kampala for a three-day state visit to discuss bilateral relations, the utilization of the Nile Basin water resources and the peace and security situation in the Horn of Africa region, officials said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal: President Barrow arrives in Dakar for official visit
    02 march 2017 13:16:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambia's new president, Adama Barrow, arrived in Dakar on Thursday for a three-day official visit to Senegal, his first visit abroad since taking office. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzania gov't moves seat from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma
    02 march 2017 12:47:35
    Dodoma, Tanzania (PANA) - Permanent secretaries in government ministries held their first meeting on Thursday in Dodoma, Tanzania's new capital, symbolically affirming the transfer of the seat of government from Dar es Salaam, that as from now is identified as the country's commercial capital. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir names First Vice President as Prime Minister
    02 march 2017 10:33:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese First Vice President Bakri Hassan Salih has been named to fill the new post of prime minister, while at the same time retaining his current position as First Vice President. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council members begin 5-day mission to Lake Chad Basin
    02 march 2017 06:27:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council members on Thursday began a five-day mission to the Lake Chad Basin, which comprises Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: 'Implement ECOWAS Long-Term Election Observation Missions' recommendations'
    01 march 2017 15:09:52
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Regional election experts have recommended speedy follow-up and implementation of reports of ECOWAS Long-term Election Observation Missions (LTEOMs), particularly their recommendations to enable prompt remedial actions by Election Management Bodies/Governments and other relevant stakeholders of the affected countries. Full text...

  • Belgium: Belgium releases 4 million Euros for natural disasters in Great Lakes Region
    01 march 2017 13:30:00
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Belgium is to release 4.1 million Euros for the prevention of natural disasters in the Great Lakes Region in Africa, according to a communiqué issued Wednesday by the Belgian Minister of Development, Alexander De Croo. Full text...

  • Senegal: 'No winner of 2016 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership'
    28 february 2017 16:41:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Mo Ibrahim Foundation on Tuesday announced that there is no winner of the 2016 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. Full text...

  • Libya: New UN Scribe says Libyan issue among his priorities
    28 february 2017 15:18:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The new UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, on Tuesday said Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS reiterates commitment to impartial poll observation
    27 february 2017 22:41:53
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says it is working with development partners to improve the integrity of its Long-Term Election Observation Missions (LTEOMs) as an effective tool for conflict prevention and deepening of democracy in the region. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mbeki slams xenophobic violence
    27 february 2017 14:48:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former South African President Thabo Mbeki on Monday slammed the fresh wave of xenophobia that is sweeping through parts of Johannesburg and Pretoria. Full text...

  • US: UN chief urges Morocco, Polisario Front to de-escalate tensions in buffer strip
    26 february 2017 12:03:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Deeply concerned about increased tensions in the vicinity of Guerguerat in the buffer strip in southern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday called on Morocco and Frente Polisario to “take all necessary steps” to avoid escalation. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS, partners review long-term election observation missions
    26 february 2017 11:59:04
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its development partners are organising a two-day workshop in the Ivorian capital city of Abidjan to review the impact of the organisation’s Long-Term Election Observation Missions (LTEOMs). Full text...

  • Gambia: Foreign affairs minister says Gambia's struggle started in 1994
    24 february 2017 16:54:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The struggle to liberate the Gambia started in 1994 when Full text...

  • South Africa: SA opposition charges ministers over al-Bashir debacle
    24 february 2017 14:08:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The leader of South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), Mmusi Maimane, on Friday laid charges against the ministers of home affairs and international relations in Cape Town for letting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir slip out of South Africa in 2015 to avoid being handed to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council extends mandate of UN Guinea-Bissau peacebuilding office
    23 february 2017 20:11:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council on Thursday extended for another year the mandate of the UN Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau, known as UNIOGBIS, and urged all political actors in the country to implement the provisions of the Conakry Agreement signed last October. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow adds extra portfolio to VP Tambajang
    23 february 2017 16:57:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has assigned Vice President Fatoumata Tambajang another portfolio as Minister of Women’s Affairs, according to a press release issued by the President's Office. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian acting president urges US to deepen relations with Nigeria
    22 february 2017 22:04:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday urged US government to deepen its long-standing bilateral relations with Nigeria based on mutual trust. Full text...

  • Algeria: Italy praises positive initiative by Libya’s neighbours
    22 february 2017 16:26:47
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Italy hailed the positive initiative taken by Libya’s neighbouring countries and regional organisations such as the African Union and the League of Arab States (LAS) to back the UN mediation in resolving the Libyan crisis, Italian Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Vincenzo Amendola, has said. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya's main opposition agree to field single presidential candidate
    22 february 2017 16:14:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition politicians signed an agreement on Wednesday to form a coalition government but did not name a single presidential candidate as widely anticipated, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalia inaugurates new President in historic power transition
    22 february 2017 15:14:07
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somalia inaugurated its ninth President in a historic transition on Wednesday, setting a new pace for the fledgling government which has been fighting extremists to restore peace and stability in a country affected by years of civil conflict. Full text...

  • Tunisia: UN envoy deplores very tough situation facing migrants in Libya
    22 february 2017 13:17:02
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The UN special envoy in Libya, Martin Kobler, has warned that migrants living in reception centres in Libya are facing deteriorating and very difficult situations. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria govt condemns xenophobic attacks, summons South African envoy
    21 february 2017 20:58:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government on Tuesday strongly condemned the xenophobic attacks on its citizens and other Africans in South Africa, urging the South African government to take the strongest measures to protect the lives and property of foreigners living in South Africa. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Kiir pledges better relations with United Nations
    21 february 2017 17:55:38
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir said on Tuesday that improving his country's international image and mending strained relations with the United Nations are two of his priorities. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari asks Nigerians for understanding over his health, prolonged stay in London
    21 february 2017 14:05:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – For the first time since going to the United Kingdom (UK) on vacation and routine medical check, Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, says Nigerians should show some understanding about issues surrounding his health, saying he requires a longer time to rest and that there is no need for him to rush back to work. Full text...

  • South Africa: Another ruling party heavyweight calls for Zuma's resignation
    20 february 2017 15:37:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Another high-ranking member of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has called on embattled President Jacob Zuma to step down. Full text...

  • Rwanda: India to open embassy in Rwanda
    20 february 2017 14:10:22
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - India will soon open an embassy in Kigali, the visiting Vice President of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari, revealed on Monday when he paid a courtesy call on Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Full text...

  • Rwanda: India's VP visits Rwanda
    20 february 2017 14:04:30
    Kigali,Rwanda (PANA) - The Vice President of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari, arrived here late Sunday to start a state visit to Rwanda, an official source confirmed Monday in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: Guterres unhappy with US for blocking UN Libya envoy appointment
    18 february 2017 20:06:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday said he was not happy with the decision by the US government to block former Palestinian prime minister, Mr. Salam Fayyad from heading the UN political mission in Libya. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief calls for preventive diplomacy to checkmate conflicts
    18 february 2017 18:44:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for a boost in preventive diplomacy and enhanced mediation efforts to address the root causes of conflicts around the world. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma addresses parliamentary "abuse"
    18 february 2017 12:53:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma late Friday confirmed he will contact National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to address the “abuse” that has been hurled at him in Parliament. Full text...

  • Sudan: Troika on Sudan renews support for AU-led peace efforts
    17 february 2017 17:44:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States, known as The Troika, have expressed their continued support for the peace process in Sudan led by the African Union. Full text...

  • UN: Kaba welcomes Gambia's return to ICC
    17 february 2017 16:58:12
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - Gambia's decision to reverse its withdrawal from the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC), was accepted Friday by the President of the Assembly of States Parties to the agreement, Sidiki Kaba, Full text...

  • US: US envoy for Africa visits Gambia
    17 february 2017 14:40:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, on Friday began a two-day (17-19 February) official mission to Gambia. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU extends targeted sanctions against Tunisian ex-president Ben Ali
    17 february 2017 14:04:21
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union council has extended, by one year until January 2018, the targeted sanctions against the former Tunisian president, Zin el Abidine Ben Ali, who fled his country following the bloody popular uprisings, an official European communiqué issued to the press on Thursday evening said. Full text...

  • UN: Gambia rescinds ICC withdrawal
    17 february 2017 06:57:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Gambia's Permanent Mission to the UN has submitted to the UN Secretary-General notification of the country’s rescission of its withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN, regional partners urge DR Congo parties to resume political talks
    16 february 2017 21:47:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Increasingly concerned about the political impasse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations and regional partner organizations on Thursday urged political actors to work out how to implement the 31 December political agreement on a timeframe for elections. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU, partners urge DRC stakeholders to conclude talks 'in good faith'
    16 february 2017 15:40:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) said Thursday they were increasingly concerned by the continuing impasse in the dialogue among the political stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) related to the implementation modalities of the 31 December political agreement. Full text...

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