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  • Ghana: ECOWAS, ECCAS to hold summit on 7-8 April on Boko Haram
    18 march 2015 19:59:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The West and Central African regional blocs will hold a joint summit on 7-8 April to work out a common strategy against the Nigerian-based Boko Haram terrorist group. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Foreign minister says Nigeria committed to "credible" polls
    18 march 2015 18:51:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – With less than 10 days to Nigeria’s presidential election on 28 March, the nation’s top diplomat and security chief Wednesday assured the international community on the security and credibility of the polls. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Electoral Commission rules out further suspension of Nigeria's general elections
    18 march 2015 18:30:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday ruled out further postponement of the rescheduled presidential and general elections slated for 28 March and 11 April respectively. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa addresses racism concerns in South African parliament
    18 march 2015 17:05:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday slammed the growing tide of racism and xenophobia in South Africa that continues to make headlines. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan appoints new Acting Executive Chair for FIRS
    18 march 2015 13:39:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, has approved the appointment of Mr. Samuel Ogungbesan as Acting Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: VP sacked
    18 march 2015 08:56:14
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma has sacked his deputy, Alhaji Samuel Sam-Sumana, in the culmination of the long-drawn frosty relations between the two, according to the State House. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso demands release of activist arrested in DR Congo
    17 march 2015 20:48:59
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The transitional government of Burkina Faso has asked DR Congo to release a Burkinabe activist who was arrested recently in Kinshasa for attending a workshop organised by a civil society organisation. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma survives no confidence vote in Parliament
    17 march 2015 20:14:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma was shot down by the ruling African National Congress in Parliament on Tuesday following a furious debate over Zuma’s competence. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief congratulates new PM of Lesotho
    17 march 2015 16:45:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has congratulated Lesotho's newly appointed Prime Minister Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili who assumed his new responsibilities Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ex-Speaker joins opposition party ahead of polls
    17 march 2015 12:30:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has received a boost ahead of the 28 March elections, after a former Speaker of the House of Representatives (lower parliament) joined its ranks, dumping the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS deploys more long-term election observers in Nigeria
    17 march 2015 10:06:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - With 11 addition observers joining the six who were earlier deployed, ECOWAS has now fully deployed its 17-member Long-Term Election Observation Mission (LTEOM) to monitor Nigeria’s elections slated for 28 March and 11 April, the regional bloc announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN political chief visits Nigeria ahead of elections
    16 march 2015 22:26:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, on Monday arrived in Nigeria for a two-day visit aimed at conveying UN's support and solidarity with the country ahead of the general elections starting on 28 March. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU organises international fund-raising conference for Guinea Bissau
    16 march 2015 19:30:21
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) will on 25 March hold an international conference in Brussels for raising funds to finance development programmes in Guinea Bissau, official sources said here Monday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: VP denies resignation report
    16 march 2015 17:43:27
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's Vice President Sam Sumana has denied claims by former Vice President Solomon Berewa that he (Sumana) planned to resign, following the frosty relations between him and the President. Full text...

  • UN: ICC reiterates call against violence in Nigeria's elections
    16 march 2015 17:01:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament reinstates suspended minister
    16 march 2015 14:21:08
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) – Overruling Prime Minister Abdallah al-Theni, the Libyan Parliament on Sunday reinstated Omar al-Soukni as minister of the interim Libyan government, parliamentary sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Soldiers storm VP's home, disarm his body guards
    14 march 2015 12:38:28
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Presidential guards Saturday stormed the residence of Vice President Sam Sumana and disarmed all his body guards, the VP told PANA here. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to open diplomatic mission in Saudi Arabia
    14 march 2015 06:02:40
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius will soon open a resident diplomatic mission in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan denies speaking with Morrocan King, orders investigation
    13 march 2015 18:21:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – With the diplomatic spat between Nigerian and Morocco escalating, Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, admitted Friday that he did not speak on telephone with the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, as claimed last week by the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ordering a full investigation into the scandal. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Constitutional council Chief urges respect for transitional charter
    13 march 2015 15:41:47
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The new president of the Burkina Faso constitutional council, Kassoum Kambou, has urged the different political stakeholders to respect the country's constitution, as the West African nation prepares to hold presidential elections in October, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Belgium: Senior EU representative visits Egypt
    13 march 2015 15:22:24
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Senior European Union (EU) representative on foreign policy and common security (PESC), Mrs Federica Mogherini, Thursday begun a visit to Egypt where she will attend the Conference for economic development in the country which opened on Friday, according to an EU communique. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Religious leaders warn ruling party over VP's expulsion
    13 march 2015 14:10:38
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The inter-religious council of Sierra Leone, comprising Christian and Muslims, have cautioned the country's political leadership to keep the peace and save the country from further chaos. Full text...

  • Mauritius: PM wants corruption-free nation
    13 march 2015 10:17:46
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - In a message to the people of Mauritius on the country's National Day that was celebrated Thursday, Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth has expressed his determination to make Mauritius "a country free of corruption.'' Full text...

  • Nigeria: Experts caution Nigeria, Morocco over diplomatic spat
    13 march 2015 09:46:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Political and international relations experts have cautioned the Nigerian and Moroccan governments not to allow the ongoing diplomatic spat between them to degenerate and possibly impede the continent’s development. Full text...

  • Sudan: Govt. restates non-cooperation posture to ICC, its decisions
    12 march 2015 18:18:10
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA) -Sudan on Thursday renewed its position of non-cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) saying resorting to the UN Security Council for help therein would not frighten Khartoum either. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Indian Ocean is on top of India’s priority - Indian PM
    12 march 2015 13:07:51
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said the Indian Ocean region is at the top of his country’s priority. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition vows to hold Zuma accountable
    12 march 2015 12:10:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The stand-off between the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties continued on Thursday, a day after President Jacob Zuma lashed out at politicians who had accused him off “dodging” Parliament. Full text...

  • Mauritius: India seeks Mauritian support for UN reforms
    12 march 2015 10:19:20
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for the support of Mauritius “at a time of great turmoil to reform the United Nations to make it more relevant to the needs of our age”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Did Nigeria's President speak with Moroccan King?
    12 march 2015 09:26:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As the diplomatic spat between Nigeria and Morocco worsens, leading to the recall of the Moroccan Ambassador to Nigeria, the question being asked by observers hits at the very core of the row: Did Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan speak on the telephone with Morocco's King VI? Full text...

  • UN: UN stresses commitment to continued dialogue on Libya's stability
    11 march 2015 22:57:26
    New York US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Mr. Bernardino Leon, on Wednesday reiterated the resolve of the UN to continue the dialogue to bring peace and stability to Libya, until it reaches positive outcome. Full text...

  • Mauritius: India offers US$500m credit for infrastructure projects to Mauritius
    11 march 2015 19:22:04
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Wednesday that his country would offer a concessional line of credit of US$500 million to fund civil infrastructure projects in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Belgium: OIF high-level mission in Burkina faso on pre-election visit
    11 march 2015 17:13:11
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – A high-level delegation from the International Francophonie Organization (OIF) began a working visit to Burkina Faso on Tuesday, evaluating the atmosphere as the West African country prepares for general elections on 11 October 2015. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Indian PM Narendra Modi visits Mauritius
    11 march 2015 13:36:33
    Plaisance, Mauritius (PANA) – The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, arrived in Mauritius Wednesday afternoon for a 30-hour visit during which he will be the chief guest at celebrations marking the 47th anniversary of the independence of the island, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Burundi: UN Security Council delegation expected Friday in Burundi
    11 march 2015 11:50:59
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – A delegation from the UN Security Council is expected here Friday on a one-day visit to Burundi as part of a planned regional trip, a communiqué issued by the UN electoral observation mission in Burundi (MENUB) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN, IPU launch 'Women in Politics Map 2015'
    11 march 2015 02:59:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) have jointly launched Full text...

  • Guinea: First round of presidential elections slated for 11 October
    10 march 2015 22:56:00
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The first round of presidential elections in Guinea will take place on 11 October, the president of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), Bakary Fofana, said on Tuesday in an exclusive interview with PANA in Conakry. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Algeria, Portugal sign bilateral cooperation agreements
    10 march 2015 21:56:53
    Tunis, Tunisia ( PANA) - Algeria and Portugal on Tuesday signed in Algiers nine cooperation agreements including two cooperation protocols and a programme of cultural exchange. Full text...

  • Nigeria: INEC reviews public demonstration of Smart Card Readers
    10 march 2015 18:14:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Following its meeting here Monday to consider field reports from the public demonstration of its Smart Card Readers (SCRs) in 12 states on Saturday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it took a serious view of the high rate of the SCRs’ failure to authenticate voters’ fingerprints in some areas, particularly in South east Ebonyi State, and has decided to thoroughly investigate the cause. Full text...

  • Mozambique: Renamo leader threatens to seize provinces by force
    10 march 2015 16:04:59
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) – Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique’s former rebel movement, Renamo, on Monday declared that the Renamo bill on establishing “autonomous provinces” is ready, and threatened that, "if it is not rubber-stamped by the Mozambican parliament", he will seize the provinces he wants by force. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Civil society endorses use of card readers, biometric cards for elections
    10 march 2015 16:01:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian civil society, working in support of credible polls in Africa's most populous nation, has endorsed the use of biometric voter cards, called the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), and card readers for this month's general elections. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Expelled VP breaks silence, vows to fight back
    10 march 2015 15:25:32
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leonean Vice President, Chief Alhaji Sam Sumana, expelled recently from the ruling All Progressive Alliance (APC), has said he is still a member of the ruling party as he has not received any official notification about his expulsion from the party. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria foreign ministry denies Moroccan King snubbed Jonathan
    09 march 2015 19:17:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government on Monday denied media reports that King Mohammed IV of Morocco snubbed President Goodluck Jonathan by refusing to speak to him on phone. Full text...

  • Libya: Gen. Khalifa Haftar installed Libyan Army Commander-in-Chief
    09 march 2015 18:06:10
    Tobrouk, Libya (PANA) – Seventy-two-year-old Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar was Monday installed Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan Army, at a ceremony here witnessed by members of the Libyan parliament and other military chiefs (Air force, Navy and Border guards). Full text...

  • Senegal: Queen Elizabeth says people need to talk, exchange ideas
    09 march 2015 16:49:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Queen Elizabeth II of England on Monday said that one simple lesson from history is that when people come together to talk, to exchange ideas and to develop common goals, wonderful things can happen. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Mbeki meets Nigerian stakeholders ahead of key elections
    09 march 2015 15:54:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid heightened tension in the run up to Nigeria's rescheduled general elections, former South African President Thabo Mbeki has been holding a series of meetings with key stakeholders in an effort to defuse tension and ensure successful polls. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Main opposition drags Nigerian First Lady to ICC over hate speech
    09 march 2015 15:49:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has formally reported the country's First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, after she called on her supporters to stone opposition supporters. Full text...

  • Algeria: Talks on Libyan crisis hold in Algiers Tuesday
    09 march 2015 11:06:43
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Algeria will Tuesday host talks aimed at resolving the political and security crises in Libya, according to the Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramtane Lamamra. Full text...

  • UN: 'Libyan dialogue participants determined to bridge differences'
    08 march 2015 08:09:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has said that the country's Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy welcomes progress in efforts to form assembly in Kismayo
    08 march 2015 07:59:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has welcomed the Interim Juba Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID exit strategy team heads for Darfur
    07 march 2015 19:39:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A tripartite team representing the Sudanese government, the United Nations and the African Union will next week leave for Darfur for a two-week visit to prepare of an exit strategy for the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to be submitted to the three parties next April, Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported on Saturday. Full text...

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