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  • US: Ouattara says Côte d'Ivoire is inspiring example of UN peacekeeping success
    20 september 2017 22:44:08
    New York, US (PANA) – The President of Côte d'Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, on Wednesday cited the success of United Nations peacekeeping operations in his West African country as an inspiration for the world Organization to increase its initiatives. Full text...

  • US: Treaty banning nuclear weapons opens for signature at UN
    20 september 2017 22:23:29
    New York, US (PANA) – The world’s first legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons opened for signature on Wednesday at United Nations Headquarters in New York at a ceremony at which speakers from international organizations, governments and civil society hailed this milestone in achieving a world free of such arsenals as well as the work that remains to be done. Full text...

  • US: UN offers new strategy to advance peace, stability in Libya
    20 september 2017 22:18:52
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday launched a United Nations strategy to help bring about peace and stability in Libya and end a protracted crisis that has caused immense suffering and contributed to instability beyond the country’s borders. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria alleges France, UK hosting sponsors of separatist radio Biafra
    20 september 2017 19:38:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria on Wednesday accused France and the United Kingdom of hosting foreign sponsors and propaganda radio station of the separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese First Vice President receives U.S. Congressional delegation
    20 september 2017 17:53:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A U.S. Congressional delegation on intelligence and security, currently on a visit to Sudan, was on Wednesday received by the First Vice President, Lt. Gen. Baki Hassan Salih. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari approves process for proscription of separatist Biafran group
    20 september 2017 16:53:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government on Wednesday announced that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the process for the proscription of the separatist group calling for an independent State of Biafra, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Full text...

  • US: UN chief condemns terrorist attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon
    20 september 2017 16:42:40
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the terrorist attacks that took place earlier this week in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, as well as in Kossa, Cameroon, which targeted vulnerable people already affected by Boko Haram violence. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya, Lithuania sign pact on bilateral relations
    20 september 2017 16:22:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya and Lithuania have signed a bilateral agreement to establish a mechanism for political consultations in order to strengthen bilateral relations, the Foreign Ministry here said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Supreme Court censures electoral body after nullified Presidential vote
    20 september 2017 15:55:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The Kenyan Supreme Court found the electoral body in contempt of court for failing to open its servers to public scrutiny, following a detailed ruling on its decision to nullify the Presidential election held on 8 August, saying such a move demonstrated the failure to conduct a verifiable electoral process. Full text...

  • Kenya: Bees strike as CJ reads final presidential poll nullification report
    20 september 2017 15:34:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Bees joined the Kenyan presidential election dispute in Nairobi Wednesday, stinging the police and opposition supporters as Chief Justice David Magara read the final report on the Supreme Court's cancellation of the poll. Full text...

  • US: ICRC boss urges all countries to sign treaty on prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
    20 september 2017 11:21:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mr Peter Maurer, has described the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as "a light for all humanity, illuminating a pathway towards a world without nuclear weapons". Full text...

  • Kenya: Supreme Court offers explanatory ruling on annulled Presidential vote
    20 september 2017 08:43:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Supreme Court in Kenya has started reading its final ruling on the nullified presidential election of 8 August. Full text...

  • US: 21st century will be Africa's century, Guinean President tells UN General Assembly
    20 september 2017 07:28:33
    New York, US (PANA) – The 21st century will see Africa take its rightful place on the world stage, Alpha Condé, the President of Guinea, which also holds the current presidency of the African Union, told the United Nations 72nd General Assembly on the opening day of its general debate on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: No one country can resolve global challenges single-handedly - Zambian President
    20 september 2017 07:22:25
    New York, US (PANA) – Reaffirming Zambia’s commitment to international cooperation to address the challenges facing the planet, the country’s President has called on world leaders to come together and act boldly for the sake of the shared future. Full text...

  • US: ‘No room for double standards’ in combating terrorism, says Egyptian President
    20 september 2017 07:13:52
    New York, US (PANA) – Noting that comprehensively addressing terrorism is vital for the future of the regional and international order, the President of Egypt called on Tuesday for an approach to do so that is based not only on eradication of terrorism but also of its root causes, as well as challenging its supporters and those that grant it safe havens. Full text...

  • US: Mali’s President calls on world to help equip regional anti-terror force
    20 september 2017 07:08:36
    New York, US (PANA) – Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita took the podium of the General Assembly on Tuesday to praise United Nations efforts in aiding his country recover from rebel attacks, and called on the international community to help fund a new five-nation force to combat terrorism in the region. Full text...

  • US: Striving for peace, decent life for all, ‘very pertinent’ UN Assembly theme - Museveni
    20 september 2017 07:04:14
    New York, US (PANA) – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, on Tuesday expressed support for the theme of the United Nations 72nd General Assembly – ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent life for all on a Sustainable Planet’ – questioning why the world’s elites failed to see its pertinence. Full text...

  • US: During our difficult times, ‘we knew we had friends,’ says Gambian President
    20 september 2017 06:57:25
    New York, US (PANA) – Noting that the recent political crisis in Gambia had been a lesson that his compatriots will not easily forget, the Adama Barrow, the country’s President on Tuesday underscored that Gambians made an irreversible choice to close a “dark chapter” in their history and embarked on a national agenda of reform and transformation. Full text...

  • US: Mauritania highlights country’s successful efforts to combat terrorism
    20 september 2017 06:26:57
    New York, US (PANA) – The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mauritania, Isselkou Ould Ahmed Izid Bih, has welcomed the progress made in the fight against terrorism and migration through an approach based on dialogue and openness. Full text...

  • US: Trump says all nations should embrace their sovereignty
    19 september 2017 20:04:43
    New York, US (PANA) – Noting that the present world is one that offers both immense promise and great peril, the President of the United States told global leaders at the United Nations that it was “entirely up to us” to either lift the world to new heights, or let it fall into a valley of disrepair. Full text...

  • US: International solidarity key to address global challenges - Buhari
    19 september 2017 19:59:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Highlighting the importance of international cooperation to address many pressing challenges around the globe, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has urged world leaders on Tuesday to sustain such collaboration, particularly in instances where there resources are insufficient and capacity weak at the national level. Full text...

  • US: Sirleaf says upcoming elections will signal ‘irreversible course’ towards democracy in Liberia
    19 september 2017 19:56:19
    New York, US (PANA) – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly just 22 days ahead of historic elections in Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday said the polls will signal the “irreversible course” that the country has embarked upon to consolidate its young, post-conflict democracy. Full text...

  • Gambia: Moroccan envoy calls on Gambian leader at UNGA
    19 september 2017 14:05:00
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has said that Gambia’s support to Morocco is to promote African solidarity and improve relations with the tiny West African nation, The Gambia. Full text...

  • Gambia: UK MPs to induct new Gambian parliamentarians
    19 september 2017 12:33:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - UK MPs and officials will be inducting the new parliament of Gambia in Banjul this week, where 90% of the National Assembly Members (NAM) are newly elected, a statement from the British High Commission, made available to PANA, indicated in Banjul on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Former diplomat Petito Koroma enters race for president
    19 september 2017 11:42:46
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Former Sierra Leone Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, Alimamy Petito Koroma, on Tuesday declared his intention to run for president of the West African country on the ticket of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC). Full text...

  • Liberia: ECOWAS, ECONEC Long-Term Observers arrive for Liberia polls
    19 september 2017 07:47:06
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Some 21 regional Long-Term Election Observers (LTOs) have arrived in Monrovia for deployment by the ECOWAS Commission and the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) for Liberia’s October 10 presidential and legislative elections, ECOWAS announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UN General Assembly’s annual debate to ‘focus on people,’ ensuring decent life for all
    19 september 2017 06:06:14
    New York, US (PANA) – Global leaders gathering at United Nations Headquarters in New York this week for the annual round of top-level diplomatic talks known as the General Debate will shine a spotlight on the needs of the world’s people, with discussions on vital issues such as sustainable development and climate change. Full text...

  • US: More than 128 countries back pledged reforms to shape ‘21st century UN’
    18 september 2017 21:12:33
    New York, US (PANA) – Pledging to overhaul the United Nations bureaucracy to make the world body stronger and more responsive to the people it serves, Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday launched a pledge of support for reforms that has the backing of 128 countries. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: President Koroma to miss UN general assembly meeting
    18 september 2017 20:46:26
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma will miss the 72nd United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York because he is supervising the response to last month's landslide and floods disaster in the capital, Freetown, which claimed the lives of at least 500 people and wreaked havoc in the city. Full text...

  • US: 'UN General Assembly must focus on most vulnerable people caught up in conflict'
    18 september 2017 11:43:02
    New York, US (PANA) – The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, says the UN General Assembly must focus on the most vulnerable people caught up in conflict. Full text...

  • South Africa: New book addresses Zuma rape scandal
    18 september 2017 10:59:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma’s sexual promiscuity has once again come back to haunt him. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo Bishops call for urgent constitutional reforms
    18 september 2017 10:54:08
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togolese Bishops have called on the government to urgently carry out "reforms requested by the people in accordance with the 1992 Constitution". Full text...

  • Somalia: Head of Somali security, intelligence unit killed in attack
    18 september 2017 10:35:07
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The head of Somalia's Security and Intelligence Unit of Mogadishu, Mahmoud Hassan, succumbed to his injuries, on Sunday evening, following an attack against his car by armed men on board a vehicle, Somali website "La Nouvelle Somalie" reported. Full text...

  • Mauritius: New official list of Mauritian cabinet ministers
    18 september 2017 07:39:09
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius on Monday published a new list of cabinet ministers following the nomination of a new Attorney-General, Maneesh Gobin, who replaces Ravi Yerrigadoo, who resigned last week over allegations of money laundering. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan crisis on agenda for discussions in Moscow
    17 september 2017 13:13:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan Vice President of the Presidential Council for the government of national accord, Ahmed Maitig, has met some Russian officials during his visit to Moscow and discussed with them latest developments in the Libyan crisis as well as issues of common interest at regional and international levels. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalia’s international partners welcome election of HirShabelle state president
    17 september 2017 07:42:41
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Somalia’s international partners have welcomed the orderly election of state president for HirShabelle region. Full text...

  • US: UN invites Member States to join multilateral treaty framework
    16 september 2017 06:58:38
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations will be hosting the annual Treaty Event next week at its Headquarters in New York, inviting Member States to sign multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General or to become parties to them by depositing instruments of ratification or accession. Full text...

  • US: UN condemns DPRK ballistic missile launch
    16 september 2017 06:27:34
    New York, US (PANA) – Condemning the launch of yet another ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Security Council have called on the country’s leadership to halt such activities and explore resumption of sincere dialogue on denuclearisation. Full text...

  • US: UN Secretary-General condemns DPRK ballistic missile launch
    15 september 2017 20:07:08
    New York, US (PANA) – Condemning the launch of yet another ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the country's leadership to halt such activities and explore resumption of sincere dialogue on denuclearisation. Full text...

  • Kenya: Polls body, parties' fallout complicate matters ahead of fresh elections (News analysis by David Jagongo, PANA Correspondent, Kenya)
    15 september 2017 14:24:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The fallout in Kenyan elections took a new dimension Thursday when an MP, allied to President Uhuru's Kenyatta's Jubilee Party, went to court demanding the removal of Chief Justice David Maraga over the nullification of the 8 August presidential poll. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Electoral body wants judiciary to set up electoral court
    15 september 2017 12:27:39
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Ahead of the 2018 general elections, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) in Sierra Leone has started lobbying the judiciary for the establishment of an electoral court. Full text...

  • South Africa: Fresh calls for Zuma to step down
    15 september 2017 10:44:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There is growing pressure on President Jacob Zuma to resign following an admission by his own legal team that the decision to drop 783 criminal charges against him was irrational. Full text...

  • US: Arms proliferation continues in Darfur, but area largely calm - UN official
    15 september 2017 06:40:51
    New York, US (PANA) – The situation in Darfur, in Sudan, has been largely calm in recent months, but there is continued violence fuelled by a proliferation of weapons and competition over natural resources, a senior United Nations official told the UN Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council approves one-year extension of UN mission in Libya
    15 september 2017 06:33:46
    New York, US (PANA) – The Security Council on Thursday extended for one year the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), focused on supporting the North African country's political process and key national institutions, as well as coordination of international assistance. Full text...

  • Senegal: Former Senegalese foreign minister passes on
    14 september 2017 18:07:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Former Senegalese Foreign minister Djibo Leïty Kâ died in Dakar on Thursday after a long illness, officials confirmed. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Opposition in trouble as another Presidential aspirant quits race
    14 september 2017 15:45:31
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - In a latest twist in the fortunes of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), another candidate has withdrawn his candidacy to lead the party in the 2018 elections. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria summit to address impasse in Lesotho
    14 september 2017 14:47:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa will host a Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit in Pretoria on Friday, to address the recent political and security turmoil in Lesotho following the assassination of defence force Lt.-Gen. Khoantle Motsomotso last week. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalia facing complex immediate and long-term challenges, UN Security Council told
    13 september 2017 22:50:33
    New York, US (PANA) – Highlighting complex immediate and long-term challenges in Somalia, the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNSOM) has called for practical support, as well as political encouragement to the Somali leadership, both at the Federal and the state levels. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council calls on Guinea-Bissau leaders to find swift resolution of political crisis
    13 september 2017 18:30:26
    New York, US (PANA) – Concerned by the political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday urged political actors to “put the interests of [the people] above all other consideration” and called on the country's leaders to engage in genuine dialogue, find common ground and implement the Conakry Agreement of 14 October 2016, including by appointing a consensus Prime Minister, as required by that accord. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: US embassy suspends visa issuance to Sierra Leonean officials
    13 september 2017 13:36:05
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The United States (US) Embassy in Freetown has suspended the issuance of category B visas to Foreign Affairs and Immigration officials in Sierra Leone. The ban is with effect from Wednesday, 13 September, 2017. Full text...

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