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  • Kenya: Opposition names team to 'craft winning formula'
    31 january 2017 17:32:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - In a major step forward Kenya's opposition leaders on Tuesday put together an 11-member national co-ordinating committee for the National Super Alliance (NASA) ahead of the August General Election. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commissioners sworn in
    31 january 2017 16:47:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit ended on Tuesday with the swearing in of the newly elected Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad and the Deputy Chairperson, Thomas Quartey Kwesi, a veteran Ghanaian diplomat. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Morocco makes pledge to bolster bilateral ties after AU re-admission
    31 january 2017 16:06:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Morocco has pledged to avail its vast mineral resources to the benefit of African countries and announced it would immediately embark on signing bilateral agreements with members of the African Union (AU) to improve investments and trade. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU appoints Uganda’s Museveni to lead US-EU immigration talks
    31 january 2017 15:17:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit closed its two days of intensive talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday with the appointment of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni as its negotiator for immigration reforms, an endorsement to deal with the refugee challenges in Europe and US. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit approves Libya peace plan, calls for new unity government
    31 january 2017 14:59:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit has unveiled a new peace roadmap for Libya and called for the formation of a new Presidential Council, which would form a new unity government. Full text...

  • Libya: US embassy suspends issuing visa to Libyans
    31 january 2017 12:27:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The US embassy in Libya has suspended the issuing of visas to Libyan citizens who want to travel to the United States following President Donald Trump's executive order last Friday which temporarily bans nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Libya, from entering the US. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit approves new measures to fight terrorism
    31 january 2017 12:05:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 28th African Union Summit has approved a Special Fund to combat terrorism, with a renewed focus on eradicating the scourge of terror attacks by Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a senior official said Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ruling ANC condemns Morocco's readmission to the AU
    31 january 2017 10:53:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The ruling African national Congress on Tuesday expressed its regret at the African Union’s decision to re-admit Morocco into the regional bloc. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit readmits Morocco, Saharawi celebrates (Eds: Adds details)
    30 january 2017 18:28:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit took a decision on Monday to readmit Morocco as its 55th member state in a decision hailed by the Saharawi Arab Republic as a major step towards finalising the decades-long dispute over the occupation of the Western Sahara. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: AU readmits Morocco
    30 january 2017 17:24:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit took a decision on Monday to readmit Morocco as a member state at a Summit in the Ethiopian capital, despite concerns by some members. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit gives rousing welcome to new UN Secretary-General
    30 january 2017 17:04:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Heads of State Assembly gave a rousing welcome to the new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, describing him as a “man of action” and expressed hope his leadership would facilitate the AU’s request for a permanent Security Council seat. Full text...

  • Kenya: Chadian Foreign Minister elected new AU Chairperson
    30 january 2017 16:58:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Chadian foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat was elected the new Chairperson of the AU Commission on Monday during the 28th ordinary session of the AU Summit, after a landmark seventh round vote, officials said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Gambia's power transfer dominates AU Summit opening session
    30 january 2017 16:41:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The peaceful transfer of power in The Gambia and the role played by the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) dominated the opening session of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa on Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Guinean President assumes AU Chairmanship
    30 january 2017 11:52:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Guinean President Alpha Conde has assumed the rotational Chairmanship of the African Union (AU) during a Summit dedicated to the election of a new Bureau of the Union and the leader of its Addis Ababa-based AU Commission, PANA reported on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN, AU, IGAD urge cessation of hostilities in South Sudan
    29 january 2017 21:36:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN, the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Sunday reiterated their call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan dismayed at banning entry of Sudanese nationals into US
    29 january 2017 10:44:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has expressed dismay at last Friday's executive order by the new US President Donald Trump barring Sudanese nationals, along with nationals of several other countries, from entering the US. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Kenya agrees to redeploy troops to UN mission in South Sudan
    29 january 2017 10:34:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Kenya has agreed in principle to redeploy troops to the UN Mission in South Sudan following its decision in November last year to withdraw nearly 1,000 troops serving in its mission there, a senior official said Sunday. Full text...

  • Khartoum: EU ambassadors welcome former PM Mahdi's return home
    29 january 2017 10:29:33
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - European Union ambassadors in Sudan on Sunday welcomed the return home of a former prime minister, after two years of self-imposed exile, calling on Khartoum to seize this momentum to work for peace and resolution of conflicts in the country. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow reiterates commitment to 3-year mandate
    29 january 2017 10:14:32
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has reiterated his commitment to a three-year mandate in office as agreed by the eight political parties in the opposition Coalition that defeated former President Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • US: UN agencies urge US to protect those fleeing conflict, persecution
    29 january 2017 04:55:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations agencies dealing with global refugee and migration issues have expressed the hope that the United States will continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit leaders impressed at growth of democracy in Africa
    28 january 2017 19:06:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders met for the first time on Saturday in several months to review the progress of democracy in five member states taking part in the good governance platform, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), which got a new boost with Namibia’s membership. Full text...

  • Gambia : UN envoy commends Gambians for political maturity, peace
    28 january 2017 16:43:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Mohamed Ibn Chambas, UN envoy for West Africa on Saturday commended Gambians for their political maturity and commitment to peace during the country's political impasse. Full text...

  • UK: Rights group slams Trump over order restricting entry for seven Muslim-majority countries
    28 january 2017 14:00:56
    London, UK (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has slammed US President Donald Trump's executive order restricting entry for nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries describing it as "callous and deeply misguided". Full text...

  • US: Stage ‘gradually being set’ for Somalia to move to new phase in sustaining peace – Envoy
    28 january 2017 12:11:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Briefing the Security Council in New York on the situation in Somalia, the United Nations envoy for the country noted on Friday that the recently concluded election was a “mirror” to Somalis, showing them the good and the bad regarding how power is exercised, relations between elders, clan power brokers, politicians, business, ordinary citizens, women and men. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: US banks target opportunities in Sudan after sanctions lifting
    27 january 2017 19:34:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A significant number of American banks have indicated their interest to invest in Sudan as it braces itself to receive international aid in response to the humanitarian crisis in several of its conflict hot-spots, a senior presidential aide told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU foreign ministers finally agree on mass pullout from ICC
    27 january 2017 18:42:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African foreign ministers have agreed to a plan for pulling out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and immediately begin work on local justice mechanisms, saying The Hague-based court, offered little chance of advancing justice in the continent, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Saharawi agrees conditional peace negotiation with Morocco
    27 january 2017 17:17:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Saharawi Republic, which has been protesting the illegal occupation of its territory, has declared readiness to negotiate an end to its conflict with Morocco on condition that the African Union Summit underway here pushes Rabat to unconditionally leave the territory it occupies. Full text...

  • Congo: Chadian, Nigerien leaders in Congo for summit on Libyan crisis
    27 january 2017 13:04:19
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Presidents Idriss Déby Itno of Chad, and Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, arrived here on Thursday to take part in Friday's high-level summit of the African Union Committee on the Libyan crisis. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma attends AU Summit in Addis Ababa
    27 january 2017 08:55:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma has departed for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the 28th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), which begins on Saturday. The event is being held under the theme, "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investment in the Youth." Full text...

  • (2nd Rondup): Barrow: ‘I am happy to return home safely’
    26 january 2017 21:58:11
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s President Adama Barrow on Thursday expressed his happiness at returning home after two weeks in Senegal following the country's political impasse. Full text...

  • South Sudan: New head of UN mission meets President Kiir
    26 january 2017 21:30:11
    Juba, Soth Sudan (PANA) - The new head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, David Shearer, has met with President Salva Kiir in the country’s capital of Juba, where he reiterated the Mission’s commitment to supporting peace efforts. Full text...

  • (Roundup) Gambia: President Barrow returns home to warm welcome, tight security
    26 january 2017 21:09:18
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Thousands of Gambians turned out on Thursday to welcome President Adama Barrow back home to assume power following the departure of former President Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • Gambia: Large crowds welcome Gambian President Adama Barrow back home
    26 january 2017 17:28:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s president Adama Barrow arrived back home on Thursday from Dakar, Senegal, to a tumultuous welcome following the departure into exile of former president Yahya Jammeh last Saturday. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Gambia: Gambian President Adama Barrow arrives back home
    26 january 2017 17:13:25
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow on Thursday arrived back home in Banjul to a tumultuous welcome from thousands of Gambians. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Government dismisses Buhari death rumour
    26 january 2017 14:08:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Federal Government on Thursday debunked the rumour making the rounds in some quarters that governors would meet in Abuja on Thursday and deliberate on the health of President Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC releases blueprint for Africa ahead of elections
    26 january 2017 11:21:17
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - With five days before African Union (AU) heads of state vote to elect a new chairperson, SADC’s endorsed candidate has released her blueprint for the continent. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Equatorial Guinea’s corporate technocrat who wants to fix the AU (A News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent)
    26 january 2017 05:58:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Agapito Mba Mokuy, Equatorial Guinea’s foreign minister, seeking support to capture Africa’s most influential diplomatic post, has evaded fame despite the growing diplomatic stature that has come with his country’s active involvement in continental affairs. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow expected in Banjul on Thursday
    25 january 2017 17:45:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's new President Adama Barrow is due to arrive in Banjul on Thursday from Dakar, Senegal, to take up his position in the State House, said a statement issued Wednesday by the coalition of parties which supported his election in December 2016. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief pledges commitment to achieving nuclear disarmament
    25 january 2017 17:25:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Disarmament can play an important role in ending existing conflicts and preventing the outbreak of new strife, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, pledging to actively pursue the abolition of all weapons of mass destruction and the strict regulation of conventional weapons. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya Security agents detain South Sudanese rebel leader aides
    25 january 2017 05:33:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Two prominent aides of South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar have been detained in Nairobi pending deportation to South Sudan, the enemy territory, sources told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian lawmakers revoke state of emergency
    24 january 2017 21:15:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian parliament on Tuesday revoked the 90-day state of emergency imposed on the country a week ago by former President Yahya Jammeh, who has since flown out into exile. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Gambian President delayed in Senegal for security reasons
    24 january 2017 19:25:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Fear of a possible attempt on his life could be the reason for the delayed return of President Adama Barrow to Gambia after being inaugurated a week ago in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, according to the chief of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian-Egyptian political consultative committee meets in Tunis
    24 january 2017 16:38:52
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian-Egyptian political consultative committee started a two-day session on Tuesday in Tunis, during which representatives of both countries will compare notes on several regional and international issues of common interest, including the situation in Libya. Full text...

  • Senegal: Turkey welcomes transfer of power to Gambian President Barrow
    24 january 2017 16:26:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Turkey has welcomed President Adama Barrow's assumption to power as Gambia's leader following his victory in the December 2016 presidential election. Full text...

  • Egypt: President Trump lauds Egypt's efforts against terrorism
    24 january 2017 13:59:55
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, on Monday evening received a phone call from the US President, Donald Trump, who reaffirmed "the strong Egyptian-American ties and the strategic aspect which mark them" PANA reported, quoting Egyptian state television on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Nigerian-born Chief Justice of Gambia resigns
    24 january 2017 13:44:13
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Nigerian-born Chief Justice of Gambia, Mr. Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle, has resigned from his position and left the Gambia for his home country, PANA confirmed from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: OIC Secretary general praises political change in Gambia
    24 january 2017 13:38:27
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), Yousef Bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, has expressed satisfaction with the political solution in Gambia, marked by the successful power transfer to new President Adama Barrow, according to the OIC website on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC's AU candidate intensifies campaign
    24 january 2017 07:19:20
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s foreign affairs minister and candidate of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for the African Union (AU) chairperson position, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, has intensified her campaign ahead of the election. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Central Africa’s most accomplished diplomat takes aim at AU post (A News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent)
    24 january 2017 06:34:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Moussa Faki Mahamat, the former Chadian Prime Minister, who is running for the post of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) believes in style and substance. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow appoints female as Gambia's Vice President
    23 january 2017 19:29:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has picked Fatoumatta C.M. Jallow Tambajang, a former United Nations diplomat and health minister, as Vice President, Presidential spokesperson Halifa Sallah announced here Monday. Full text...

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