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  • Tanzania: ‘Put off elections till mid-July 2015’, EAC leaders tell Burundi
    31 may 2015 17:20:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Burundi’s general elections, scheduled for June 2015, should be postponed for at least a month and half while all parties in the ongoing conflict should cease acts of violence, according to a resolution agreed here Sunday by an emergency regional summit. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya concerned over Ethiopian military incursion
    31 may 2015 10:36:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan government officials said Sunday there was “real concern” over the frequent Ethiopian military incursion into the northern Kenyan villages of Turkana and Moyale, after the latest security breach in which Ethiopian troops stormed a hospital and a school in the region. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta joins East African Heads at Burundi crisis Summit
    31 may 2015 09:51:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta joined East African leaders at an emergency Summit on the political crisis in Burundi Sunday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAC leaders hold second summit on crisis in Burundi
    31 may 2015 09:32:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Leaders of the five-nation East African Community (EAC) are due to meet here Sunday to find a solution to the political instability in Burundi and how to assist thousands of refugees it has driven out of the country while Burundians left behind worry about their security. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tutu slams government for "humiliating" South Africa
    31 may 2015 08:03:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu has slammed the South African government for "humiliating" the country by permitting President Jacob Zuma to spend US$24 million of taxpayers' money to upgrade his private home. Full text...

  • Mauritius: President Kailash Purryag resigns
    30 may 2015 15:44:09
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian President Kailash Purryag resigned on Friday night, five months after the fall of the Labour government that nominated him to the post three years back, PANA learnt from official sources on Saturday. Full text...

  • US: US condemns violence in Burundi, urges peace, dialogue
    30 may 2015 15:10:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The US on Saturday strongly condemned the 29 May grenade attack in Bujumbura, Burundi's capital city, and the continued violence in the country, a US State Department statement said. Full text...

  • Sudan: Nigeria's president Buhari to attend Bashir's inauguration - Minister
    30 may 2015 12:38:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Nigeria’s newly sworn-in president, Muhammadu Buhari, will fly to the Sudan next week to attend the inauguration ceremony of his Sudanese counterpart, Omar Bashir. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan says it looks forward to negotiated settlement to Libyan conflict
    30 may 2015 09:07:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir has expressed concern about development in Libya and says he is ready to cooperate with the Libyans to halt the conflict there. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy heads to Tanzania for East African Summit, urges restraint in Burundi
    29 may 2015 22:40:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Mr. Said Djinnit, on Friday travelled to Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, where he hopes an East African Community Summit over the weekend will help reinforce dialogue among the Burundian parties. Full text...

  • Mali: Namibian president visits Mali
    29 may 2015 20:29:21
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Namibian president, Hage Geingob, is expected on Saturday in Bamako for a two-day official visit at the invitation of Malian president, Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita, official sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian minister emphasizes respect for human rights in migration issues
    29 may 2015 19:33:17
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Taieb Baccouche has underlined the need to respect international legitimacy and human rights in the efforts made at international level to deal with the problem of human trafficking. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy hopes new Libyan political deal will be agreed within four weeks
    29 may 2015 19:19:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Bernardino Leon, has said the country is on the verge of economic collapse due to Full text...

  • Algeria: Algeria, Lesotho set to strengthen bilateral relations
    29 may 2015 18:20:36
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – Algeria and Lesotho on Friday expressed their common will to strengthen bilateral relations and solidarity, according to a joint communiqué issued at the end of a state visit to Algeria by King Letsie III of Lesotho. Full text...

  • Senegal: President Sall to visit Korea
    29 may 2015 16:23:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese President Macky Sall is due to start Wednesday a five-day working visit to the Republic of Korea at the invitation from his counterpart, Mrs Park Geun Hye, according to an official communiqué issued here Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials step up engagement to ease Burund's political crisis
    29 may 2015 15:21:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, has arrived in Burundi, as the top UN political official met with a Burundian government representative at UN headquarters to discuss the need to prevent and investigate political violence and killings, a UN statement said on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari sets agenda for his Administration
    29 may 2015 13:05:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Freshly sworn-in Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to tackle corruption, unemployment and insecurity, especially Boko Haram, ensure the rule of law, rescue the Chibok girls alive, provide stable electricity supply and revive the economy. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Muhammadu Buhari sworn in as President of Nigeria (Updated)
    29 may 2015 10:51:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Muhammadu Buhari, 72, was Friday sworn into office as Nigeria's President. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Osibajo sworn in as Nigeria's Vice President
    29 may 2015 10:46:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Yemi Osibajo, a professor of law, was Friday sworn in as the Vice President of Nigeria. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria's President-elect, Buhari, arrives for swearing in
    29 may 2015 10:10:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has arrived at the Eagle Square in the capital city of Abuja for his swearing in. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Power changes hands on Democracy Day (Updated with arrival of more African leaders)
    29 may 2015 09:43:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - It's a historic day in Nigeria Friday, 29 May, as the country marks a transition of power from the ruling to the opposition party for the first time in its history. Full text...

  • Kenya: President Kenyatta abruptly cancels Nigerian inauguration trip over Burundi crisis
    29 may 2015 09:36:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta cancelled a scheduled visit to Nigeria to attend the inauguration of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, scheduled for Friday, after an uproar over a bloated delegation list of 84 people. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya seeks support from OIC countries to eradicate terrorism
    28 may 2015 21:55:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan minister of foreign affairs and International cooperation, Mohamed al-Dairi, on Thursday appealed to member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to help Libya in its fight against terrorist groups, particularly Daech (Islamic State). Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Conference on anti-constitutional changes in Africa opens
    28 may 2015 20:30:37
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – An international conference on anti-constitutional changes of governments in Africa opened on Thursday in Ouagadougou under the theme: "Rule of law, democracy and anti-constitutional changes of governments: concepts, limits and perspectives." Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: French FM to attend investiture of Buhari
    28 may 2015 20:12:11
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Laurent Fabius, will on Friday attend the investiture of Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • Sudan: Dozens of heads of state to attend President Bashir's inauguration
    28 may 2015 18:17:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Sheikh Tameem, the Emir of Qatar, will be among dozens of heads of state and parliament speakers attending the inauguration of President Omar al Bashir in Khartoum on 2 June 2015 following his re-election in April, the semi-official Sudan Media Centre reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAC emergency summit on Burundi set for Sunday
    28 may 2015 16:25:49
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – An emergency summit of East African leaders on the situation in Burundi will take place Sunday in Dar es Salaam, it was officially announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Burundi: Catholic Church withdraws from 'uncertain electoral process'
    28 may 2015 13:34:00
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Catholic Church in Burundi on Thursday announced the withdrawal of its members from the various provincial independent electoral commissions (CEPI) and the communal independent electoral commissions (CECI) following the bloody clamp down on demonstrators protesting against the third term bid of president Pierre Nkurunziza. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana urges African countries to help Burundi build credible democratic institutions
    27 may 2015 21:53:29
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Government of Ghana on Wednesday emphasised the need for individual African member states to continue to work towards building credible democratic institutions within a constitutional democracy in Burundi, which has seen bloody protests against president Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. denounces shooting on PM's convoy
    27 may 2015 10:43:08
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) - Libya's interim government Wednesday denounced the attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Theni on Tuesday in the Eastern city of Tobruk. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia accused of 'enforced disappearance' of coup plotters' relatives
    27 may 2015 10:27:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Gambian authorities have detained, incommunicado, dozens of friends and relatives of people accused of involvement in a coup attempt since January 2015, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: How to enhance public trust in Ethiopia’s electoral process - AU election mission
    27 may 2015 09:44:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia’s elections managerial board should put in place measures and procedures to enhance public trust in the electoral process, according to an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) that was deployed to the 24 May 2015 parliamentary elections in the East African country. Full text...

  • Belgium: Brussels hosts international conference on CAR
    26 may 2015 21:31:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – An international conference on the Central African Republic (CAR) was held on Tuesday in Brussels under the presidency of the CAR acting president, Mrs Catherine Samba-Panza and Mrs Fédérica Moghérini, senior EU foreign representative for foreign policy and common security. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan Prime Minister escapes assassination attempt
    26 may 2015 21:22:38
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) – The convoy of the head of the Libyan acting government recognized internationally, Abdallah al-Theni, was on Tuesday targeted in a shooting incident, in eastern Libyan eastern city of Tobruk, as it drove to the airport after a session in Parliament. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council extends UN mission in Somalia to August 2015
    26 may 2015 20:03:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), as the Horn of Africa country continues down its road towards political recovery and increased security. Full text...

  • US: US condemns killing of Burundi's opposition leader, urges peace
    26 may 2015 07:05:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The US on Tuesday strongly condemned the 23 May killing of the leader of Burundi's opposition party, Union for Peace and Development (UPD), Mr. Zedi Feruzi, and his bodyguard in Burundi. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU commemorates 52nd anniversary
    25 may 2015 18:21:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – “Women of Africa are a formidable asset in achieving sustainable, social and economic development, as well as the eradication of poverty, hunger and disease,” the African Union (AU) Chairperson, President Robert G. Mugabe of Zimbabwe, stated Monday in a message commemorating the 52nd anniversary of the Union. Full text...

  • South Africa: Notorious Apartheid-era politician applies for parole
    25 may 2015 15:24:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Lawyers representing apartheid-era politician Clive Derby-Lewis who has spent more than 20 years in jail for the murder of SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani on Monday launched a special motion in the High Court in Pretoria to secure his release. Full text...

  • UN: UN marks Africa Day, highlights achievements, reflects on challenges
    25 may 2015 15:19:26
    New York, US (PANA) - Each year, Africa Day is an opportunity to celebrate the continent's achievements and to reflect on its challenges, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Electoral commission sets 25 Oct. date for general elections
    25 may 2015 12:02:10
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Registered Tanzanian voters will go to the polls on 25 Oct. 2015 to elect the country’s new president, legislators and councillors for municipal and local government councils, who will hold office for the next five years, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan denies intervention in S/Sudan
    25 may 2015 08:50:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has denied accusations by some officials of the South Sudan government that Khartoum was supporting southern rebels in the ongoing civil war in the South. Full text...

  • UN: 'Strong cooperation key to overcoming global challenges'
    25 may 2015 08:33:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Amid an explosion of world conflicts, humanitarian crises and human Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns killing of opposition politician in Burundi
    24 may 2015 19:28:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday condemned the killing of a Burundian politician and his bodyguard in a move that threatens to further destabilize the country amid simmering political tensions and a growing humanitarian crisis. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief applauds political dialogue in Burundi
    23 may 2015 06:33:28
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed happiness at the ongoing political dialogue in Burundi following weeks of tensions and a reportedly failed coup d’etat in the country’s capital of Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: UN independent expert, Ivorian electoral commission hold talks
    22 may 2015 22:22:19
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The UN independent expert for human rights, Mohammed Ayat, on Friday held talks with the chairman of the Ivorian national independent electoral commission (CEI), Youssouf Bakayoko. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian Prime Minister to visit Brussels on Wednesday
    22 may 2015 21:13:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian Prime Minister, Habib Essid, will on Wednesday travel to Brussels to visit European Union institutions. Full text...

  • Kenya: Al Shabaab conducts daring raid on Garissa villages
    22 may 2015 12:16:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Fighters loyal to the Somali Al Shabaab militia group have raided three villages in Kenya’s northern Eastern region in a hunt for local government officials, residents and the Interior Ministry said Friday. Full text...

  • Belgium: Guinea, Burkina Faso to receive Belgian public aid again
    21 may 2015 20:32:38
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Guinea and Burkina Faso are to once again benefit from Belgian public aid for development. Full text...

  • Kenya: Al Shabaab militants raid mosques in northeastern Kenya
    21 may 2015 17:46:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan government officials remain alert for possible Al Shabaab militants strikes in Garissa County of northeastern Kenya after a raid on two mosques by gun-wielding militants. Full text...

  • Zambia: Oasis Forum appeals to donors to provide funds for referendum
    21 may 2015 15:38:07
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Oasis Forum, comprising the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia, Council Churches in Zambia, Zambia Episcopal Conference, Law Association of Zambia and the Non-Governmental Organisation Coordinating Committee, has appealed to Zambia’s cooperating partners to show unflinching support for the constitution-making process in Zambia by making resources available for the referendum. Full text...

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