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  • Libya: EU assures support to Libya's Government of National Accord
    18 march 2016 18:36:18
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union stands ready to support the Government of National Accord, as the sole legitimate government of Libya, including, at its request, to restore stability, fight terrorism and manage migration in the central Mediterranean, the European Council affirmed Friday in conclusions of its 17-18 March 2016 session in Brussels. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia hosts meeting of Libya’s neighbouring countries
    18 march 2016 17:49:07
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia will host next Tuesday a meeting of foreign ministers of countries neighboring Libya, the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday in a statement. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council discusses Liberia's future, UN presence
    18 march 2016 06:37:16
    New York, US (PANA) - One year since Liberian authorities launched a “historic undertaking” to assume full responsibility of the country’s security by the end of next June, top United Nations officials on Thursday discussed what measures are needed to support the implantation of the plan, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council outlines steps for implementation of South Sudan peace deal
    18 march 2016 06:03:18
    New York, US (PANA) - While noting that the ceasefire between South Sudan’s warring factions has “largely held,” the United Nations Security Council on Thursday said it was deeply alarmed by ongoing violence in the country and set out specific steps for the parties to take towards full implementation of a seven-month–old peace deal, saying it would review their progress by the end of the month. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AUC deploys team of experts to observe Zanzibar's re-run elections
    17 march 2016 19:14:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has approved the deployment of a six-member team of election experts to follow the re-run elections in Zanzibar, scheduled on 20 March 2016. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA Sports Minister slams FIFA over bribery allegations
    17 march 2016 12:25:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, on Thursday called on FIFA to retract its statement that South Africa was involved in bribery to host the 2010 World Cup. Full text...

  • South Africa: Fresh scandal threatens to blow lid off Zuma's presidency
    17 march 2016 11:16:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has been plunged into another massive political storm following revelations by Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas that the influential Gupta family offered him the position of Finance Minister ahead of DeDecember's sacking of Nhlanla Nene which sent the markets into a tailspin. Full text...

  • CAR: UN rights expert urges support for new CAR government
    16 march 2016 19:31:12
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The United Nations independent expert on the human rights situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday called on the international community to support that country's newly elected President Faustin Archange Touadéra, and the government he will form, as he takes measures to meet the high expectations of the population. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU suspends direct budget aid to Burundi
    16 march 2016 12:54:18
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Council of European Union foreign affairs ministers has decided to suspend the direct budget aid to Burundi, following what it called "the lack of commitment from Burundi authorities" to get the African nation out of a political deadlock caused by the refusal of President Pierre Nkurunziza to hold dialogue with the opposition. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Libya for three months
    16 march 2016 06:28:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The Security Council on Tuesday extended the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) until 15 June, recognizing the need for a short extension so it can continue working with the country to establish the Government of National Accord (GNA). Full text...

  • Algeria: Mediterranean countries discuss common defence plan for 2016
    15 march 2016 17:53:48
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Five countries on the southern Mediterranean and five countries on the northern shore Tuesday began their 22nd executive committee meeting in Algiers under the initiative dubbed "5+5 Defence" to set priority activities under their 2016 action plan and to agree on a cooperation programme for 2017. Full text...

  • South Africa: Top court rules against government in al-Bashir case
    15 march 2016 11:48:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed the State's appeal against a High Court ruling that government's failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was inconsistent with its constitutional obligations. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Prime Minister reshuffles Cabinet
    15 march 2016 08:50:53
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Monday reshuffled his Cabinet and said he was henceforth assuming the portfolio of Minister of Finance and Economic Development. Full text...

  • US: Ban meets Morocco Foreign Minister on Western Sahara
    15 march 2016 06:53:08
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday in New York met with Salaheddine Mezouar, the Foreign Minister of Morocco, to exchange views on the state of efforts to settle the Western Sahara dispute, as well as his recent visit to the region to explore ways to intensify the negotiating process. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council renews call for global support for Libya national unity govt
    15 march 2016 06:29:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Monday reiterated its support for the Libyan national unity government and renewed its call on United Nations Member States to end official contact with parallel institutions that claim legitimate authority but are outside of the 17 December political agreement. Full text...

  • Central African Republic: EU commends CAR authorities, pledges more support to new leaders
    14 march 2016 14:57:02
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has commended Central African Republic authorities, under the leadership of Ms Catherine Samba-Panza, stating that the country "has crossed another milestone" with the peaceful conduct of elections. Full text...

  • Burundi: EU closes consultations with Bujumbura under Cotonou agreement
    14 march 2016 14:45:57
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union (EU) on Monday concluded consultations with Burundi, under article 96 of the EU-ACP partnership agreement (Cotonou agreement), noting that commitments proposed by the Burundian government were insufficient to address the EU concerns. Full text...

  • US: Western powers pledge support for Libyan Government of National Accord
    14 march 2016 07:49:22
    Washington, US (PANA) - France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union have expressed full support to the Government of National Accord (GNA) as proposed by the Presidency Council. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's foreign minister leaves for Israel visit
    13 march 2016 19:34:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hanna Tetteh left Accra on Sunday for a four-day visit to Israel, an official statement announced in Accra. Full text...

  • Libya: LAS calls for quick formation of national accord govt in Libya
    12 march 2016 16:51:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Council of the League of Arab States (LAS) has called for acceleration of the formation of a national unity government in Libya, in accordance with resolutions of the Security Council, to ensure support to the military and security institutions in order to deal with terrorist organizations that continue to threaten the security and stability of the country and plunder its resources. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian foreign minister to visit Russia from Monday
    12 march 2016 15:27:36
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui will on Monday start a working visit to Moscow at the invitation of his Russian counterpart, Sergeï Lavrov, a government communiqué said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Libya: Kobler welcomes Libyan Dialogue members' commitment to GNA
    12 march 2016 10:25:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - UN Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, has welcomed and strongly supported the statement of the Libyan Political Dialogue members in Tunis, Tunisia on 10 March 2016 reaffirming their commitment to uphold the Libyan Political Agreement signed in Skhirat on 17 December 2015. Full text...

  • South Africa: How Mandela's intervention helped steer South Africa away from a race war (By Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent)
    11 march 2016 11:35:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Few issues have divided post-Apartheid South Africa more than the fate of two men who almost sparked a full-blown race war with the murder of Chris Hani. The former general secretary of the South African Communist Party was gunned down in the driveway of his Boksburg home outside Johannesburg 23 years ago and the incident came dangerously close to derailing the country’s first all-race elections in 1994. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Malagasy President arrives in Mauritius
    10 march 2016 14:00:58
    Plaisance, Mauritius (PANA) – Malagasy President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, chief guest of the Mauritian Government at the 48th independence anniversary of Mauritius to be celebrated Saturday, arrived in Mauritius Thursday afternoon, at the head of a 50-member delegation. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Malagasy president due in Mauritius on Thursday
    09 march 2016 17:30:22
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Malagasy President Hery Rajaonarimampianina is due here Thursday as chief guest of the government at the 48th independence anniversary of Mauritius to be celebrated Saturday, official sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia's first ruling party 'to contest in all elections'
    09 march 2016 08:58:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia's first ruling party, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), has said it will contest all the upcoming elections in country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma moves to mend fences with Nigeria
    09 march 2016 07:47:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s testy relationship with Nigeria has come into sharp focus with President Jacob Zuma’s official two-day visit to the West African country which ends later on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Germany: Ban marks UN’s 20th year in Bonn
    09 march 2016 07:41:24
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - Continuing his visit to Germany, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday celebrated the 20th anniversary of the United Nations offices in Bonn, praising the work of the Organization’s agencies based there, and discussed a range of issues with the country’s leaders, including the challenges associated with mass migration. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir to participate in Saudi-led manoeuvres
    08 march 2016 20:19:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir will take part in Saudi-led manoeuvres code-named “The North Thunder” in Hafr Al-Batin, northeast Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday, Sudanese Armed Forces spokesman Ahmed Khalifa al-Shamy has said. Full text...

  • UN: Civil society invited to submit questions for UN Secretary-General candidates
    08 march 2016 19:56:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, has invited civil society organisations from different parts of the world to submit questions, which will be asked those aspiring to become the next UN Secretary-General during the UN General Assembly dialogues with them. Full text...

  • South Africa: Calls for Zuma's allies to be summoned to Parliament
    08 march 2016 12:46:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday called on the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee of Public Enterprises to ensure that members of the influential Gupta family are summoned to Parliament to answer for what appears to be the undue influence they enjoy over President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya condemns Tunisia terrorist attacks
    08 march 2016 11:23:15
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan acting government has "strongly condemned" Monday’s terrorist attack against a barracks in Ben Guerdane, southwestern Tunisia, and offered support and solidarity with the Tunisian government in its fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Benin: PM Zinsou, businessman Talon to contest Benin's presidential runoff
    08 march 2016 10:02:45
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The second round of Benin's presidential election will be between Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou and businessman Patrice Talon, according to provisional results announced early on Tuesday by the Independent National Electoral Commission. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan President Kagame to visit Guinea, Senegal
    08 march 2016 09:34:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan president Paul Kagame begins a two nation West African tour on Tuesday that will take him to Guinea and Senegal, reliable sources disclosed in Kigali. Full text...

  • Algeria: Ban draws attention to 'unacceptable' plight of Sahrawi refugees
    07 march 2016 07:12:59
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Calling to alleviate the plight of Sahrawi refugees in Algeria who are dealing with an “unacceptable situation,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the parties to the Western Sahara conflict have not made any real progress in the negotiations towards a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution. Full text...

  • Algeria: Ban highlights Algeria's 'great progress' after 2007 terrorist attacks
    07 march 2016 06:59:07
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Visiting Algeria for the second time as United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on Sunday said great progress has been made in the country since terrorist attacks in 2007 devastated UN Headquarters in Algiers, while underlining “alarming” developments in Libya that could amount to war crimes. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana celebrates 59th independence anniversary
    06 march 2016 16:34:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana on Sunday celebrated its 59th independence anniversary with the country's president John Dramani Mahama calling on his people to sacrifice for the children of today to inherit a peaceful future. Full text...

  • Nigeria: "We will not tolerate demand for the creation of Biafra" - President Buhari
    06 march 2016 13:25:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari, has warned that Nigeria will not tolerate the revived agitation for Biafra, dismissing those canvassing the creation of Biafra from Nigeria as jokers who are simply toying with the nation’s security. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners pledge support for president-elect of CAR
    05 march 2016 06:56:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations on Friday, in a joint statement with other multilateral organizations, welcomed the final results of the second round of the presidential elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) announced earlier this week, congratulating President-elect Faustin-Archange Touadéra. Full text...

  • Brussels: Senior EU Official in Morocco over poor EU-Moroccan relations
    04 march 2016 15:24:42
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) Senior representative for foreign policy and Security, Federica Mongherini, began a visit to Morocco Friday in an attempt to resolve the disagreement in relations between Morocco and the Union, PANA reported, quoting an official EU communiqué. Full text...

  • Mauritania: UN Secretary General arrives in Nouakchott
    04 march 2016 12:55:12
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, arrived in Nouakchott Thursday for a two-day working visit to Mauritania, official sources said on Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Security expert calls for ‘effective preventive action’ in Libya
    04 march 2016 11:03:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The trajectory of instability and terrorism in Libya will determine the future of North Africa and could affect the entire Mediterranean rim, possibly for decades, South Africa-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS) said Thursday, warning that time was running out for effective preventive action. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana to celebrate 59th independence anniversary on Sunday
    04 march 2016 10:01:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana marks its 59th independence anniversary on Sunday but top on the minds of citizens is presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for 7 December. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief praises Burkina Faso for consolidating democracy
    03 march 2016 18:53:26
    New York, US (PANA) - "Burkina Faso is making a solid comeback," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday, praising the Burkinabe government and people for their perseverance Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana vows to remain firm on its foreign policy
    03 march 2016 15:57:23
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has dismissed disparaging remarks cast by opposition politicians on the execution of the country’s foreign policy. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana supports UN sanctions on North Korea
    03 march 2016 15:52:14
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has put its weight behind the unanimous decision by the United Nations Security Council to adopt additional tougher sanctions against the rogue regime of North Korea. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Malagasy President to be chief guest at Mauritius National Day
    03 march 2016 11:11:38
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The President of the Republic of Madagascar Mr Hery Rajaonarimampianina will be the chief guest of the Government of Mauritius at celebrations marking the 48th Independence Day of Mauritius on 12 March 2016 in Port-Louis, official sources told PANA on Thursday in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • UN: Libya 'needs to move ahead now, or risk division and collapse,' - UN envoy
    03 march 2016 07:30:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Libya needs to move ahead now or risk division and collapse, the top United Nations official in the country has warned the UN Security Council, while presenting the latest report on political and humanitarian developments. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Burundian appointed secretary-general of East African Community
    02 march 2016 15:45:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The acting Deputy Secretary General in charge of Finance and Administration at the East African Community (EAC) secretariat, Liberat Mfumukeko, has been appointed secretary-general of the regional body for a five-year term, replacing Rwandan Richard Sezibera, official sources told PANA on Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN, AU appoint new Deputy Special Representative for UNAMID
    02 march 2016 15:37:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, on Wednesday announced the appointment of Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo of South Africa as their Deputy Joint Special Representative for the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur, Sudan, commonly known as UNAMID. Full text...

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