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  • Sudan: Bashir gets hero's welcome on arrival in Khartoum from AU Summit
    15 june 2015 19:50:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir on Monday returned to Khartoum to a hero's welcome, after a South African court issued a decision barring him from leaving that country until it decided whether he be handed to the International Criminal Court or not. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt. parties win full majority in urban elections
    15 june 2015 16:35:38
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius' ruling coalition was Monday declared outright winner of urban elections held Sunday for the administration of the five towns in the island, including the capital, Port Louis. Full text...

  • Nigeria: NGO prescribes UN sanction for South Africa for refusing to arrest al Bashir
    15 june 2015 14:02:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian non-governmental organization the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to refer South Africa to the UN Security Council for allowing Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir to leave the country, ahead of a court ruling on whether he should be transferred to the ICC to stand trial on genocide and war crimes charges. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria under fire over AU funding
    15 june 2015 13:44:58
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday wrote to both the Ministers of Finance and International Relations and Cooperation, to request that they itemisze South Africa’s US$70 million per year contribution to the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Algeria: President Hollande visits Algeria
    15 june 2015 11:31:16
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - French President François Hollande Monday kick-started a state visit to Algeria, at the invitation of host President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Full text...

  • Libya: Top terrorist killed in US air raid
    15 june 2015 09:54:39
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) - Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar, head of a branch of the Al Qaida in Islamic Maghreb (AQMI), has been killed in a US air raid in Libya, the Libyan government said in a statement issued here on Sunday evening. Full text...

  • Nigeria: NGO wants SA pressured to transfer al-Bashir to ICC
    15 june 2015 09:25:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian NGO has called on the African Union (AU) leadership and Nigeria to put pressure on the South African authorities to swiftly transfer President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against him during the Darfur conflict. Full text...

  • South Africa: Egypt invites Liberian President to inauguration of Suez Channel
    15 june 2015 08:56:17
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Egypt has invited Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to the 6 August 2015 inauguration of the second Suez Channel, PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Al-Bashir saga re-ignites AU/ICC spat (News Analysis by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent, South Africa)
    15 june 2015 08:46:06
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - A court application by the South African Litigation Centre's (SALC) to order the government to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has re-ignited the tense relationship between Africa and the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • South Africa: Ruling party slams ICC over al-Bashir saga
    15 june 2015 08:16:31
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Monday slammed the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the wake of a court application to compel the government to arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Full text...

  • UN: ICC says States Parties have right to execute arrest warrants against President Bashir
    14 june 2015 19:44:36
    New York, US (PANA) - President of the Assembly of States to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mr. Sidiki Kaba, has stressed the need for States Parties to the Statue, to fulfill their obligations to execute the arrest warrants against Sudanese president Omar Bashir. Full text...

  • South Africa: AU chair addresses xenophobia and migration concerns
    14 june 2015 16:49:38
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, on Sunday addressed the scourge of xenophobia in South Africa and the tragedy of many Africans dying leaving their countries out of desperation and dying en route to Europe. Full text...

  • South Africa: Application barring Bashir from leaving SA to be heard on Monday
    14 june 2015 16:33:16
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The High Court in Pretoria has postponed the hearing on an urgent application to compel South Africa to arrest Sudanese President Omar Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity until Monday morning. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mugabe takes aim at SA and Nigeria over Libyan invasion
    14 june 2015 14:37:14
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has slammed both South Africa and Nigeria at the African Union Summit because they had both voted for a United Nations Security Council Resolution in 2011 which authorised military action against Libyan leader Muammar Khadafi and his regime. Full text...

  • South Africa: Bashir barred from leaving South Africa
    14 june 2015 13:37:58
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The High Court in Pretoria on Sunday granted an interim order preventing Sudanese president Omar Bashir from leaving South Africa, pending an urgent application for his arrest. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan media 'relived' at Bashir's safe arrival in South Africa
    14 june 2015 09:45:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese newspapers on Sunday expressed relief that President Omar Bashir landed peacefully in South Africa for the AU summit as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs played down the row over the president’s participation. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tensions high as al-Bashir attends AU Summit
    14 june 2015 09:03:28
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The African Union Summit, which is underway in Sandton, has been overshadowed by the arrival of Sudanese President and International Criminal Court (ICC) fugitive, Omar al-Bashir. Full text...

  • Mali: Keita to attend AU Summit in Johannesburg
    13 june 2015 18:01:14
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita left Bamako on Saturday for Johannesburg, South Africa, to attend the 25th ordinary summit of the African Union (AU), a Full text...

  • South Africa: Delegates begin AU Summit deliberations
    13 june 2015 15:04:29
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Twenty African leaders who make up the membership of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) met Saturday at Sandton Conference Centre in Johannesburg to deliberate on economic empowerment of African women, financing of Africa’s regional infrastructure and Agenda 2063. Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir leaves for AU Summit in South Africa
    13 june 2015 13:07:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir on Saturday left Khartoum for Johannesburg to attend the 25th African Union (AU) Summit due to open Sunday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Free trade zone to be unveiled at AU summit
    13 june 2015 12:41:33
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The continent's largest free-trade zone, covering 26 countries, will be unveiled at this weekend’s African Union Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, officials said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Urban Mauritius goes to polls Sunday
    13 june 2015 11:21:08
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian urban electorate go to the polls Sunday to elect their representatives in regional administration who will manage the affairs of the island's five towns over the coming six years. Full text...

  • South Africa: AU leaders mull over the problem of “third-terminism”
    13 june 2015 09:23:31
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The issue of African leaders extending their terms in office is under the spotlight at the AU summit where several heads of state who are guilty of the so-called “third-termism” are attending. Full text...

  • South Africa: AU must prevent third-term bids from destabilising Africa
    12 june 2015 20:13:52
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – African leaders’ attempts to change constitutions to allow them to stand for third terms will become the next big threat to peace and security on the continent, according to the South Africa-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Full text...

  • Tunisia: Armed militia abduct 10 staff members at Tunisian consulate in Tripoli
    12 june 2015 18:27:44
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Ten employees at the Tunisian general consulate in Tripoli, Libya, were abducted Friday in an attack against the consular mission by armed militia, Tunisian authorities here confirmed. Full text...

  • South Africa: Libyan impasse under spotlight at AU Summit
    12 june 2015 16:25:21
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The International Contact Group on Libya on Friday began meeting on the sidelines of the 25th ordinary session of the AU Assembly. Full text...

  • South Africa: Fresh calls for al-Bashir's arrest
    12 june 2015 15:50:02
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Democratic Alliance MP Stevens Mokgalapa on Friday called for the “immediate arrest” of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he arrives in Johannesburg on Saturday for the African Union (AU) Summit. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari leaves Abuja for AU summit in South Africa
    12 june 2015 15:46:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, will depart Nigeria’s capital Abuja for Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday to attend the 25th African Union (AU) Summit, which is currently holding in the country. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: President Koroma relaxes state of emergency
    12 june 2015 12:56:15
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Hours after Sierra Leone's Parliament ratified the extension by another 90 days of the Public Health State of Emergency on Thursday, President Ernest Bai Koroma announced some changes in the state of emergency regulation laws Full text...

  • AU Summit: Centre threatens to seek arrest warrant for Sudanese President
    12 june 2015 10:55:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Southern Africa Litigation Centre has threatened to seek an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he attends this weekend’s African Union Summit in Sandton, South Africa. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Parliament approves 90-day extension of state of emergency
    12 june 2015 09:01:35
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's Parliament has ratified the extension, by 90 days, of the state of emergency which was declared in the country in the wake of the Ebola epidemic last year. Full text...

  • South Africa: Xenophobia under the spotlight at AU summit
    12 june 2015 07:44:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Xenophobia is likely to be a hot topic at the African Union (AU) Summit which is underway in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • UN: UN Peacebuilding Commission tasks stakeholders on CAR's elections
    12 june 2015 07:39:20
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN Peacebuilding Commission has called on all stakeholders in the Central African Republic (CAR) to help promote an environment conducive to holding elections, ahead of the country’s parliamentary vote in July. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition party seeks FIFA documents on bribery scandal
    12 june 2015 07:26:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has confirmed it will submit a request, under the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), for all FIFA documents related to the bribery scandal which has rocked global football. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Defence ministers from western Mediterranean basin meet
    11 june 2015 22:06:10
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Defence ministers from the Group 5 5 of western Mediterranean admitted on Thursday that terrorist groups are a serious threat for the sub-region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria to lead multinational force to battle Boko Haram
    11 june 2015 20:43:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has been given the green-light to lead the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) set up to battle the Boko Haram insurgency that started in the country in 2009 and has extended to several West African nations. Full text...

  • South Africa: AUC Chairperson warns of Africa's gender inequalities
    11 june 2015 18:17:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Thursday said Africa is failing in its efforts to achieve gender parity. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria seeks permanent headship of regional force to fight Boko Haram
    11 june 2015 16:45:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday demanded that his country be allowed to permanently head the 8,700-strong regional force to combat the Boko Haram insurgency, instead of making its headship rotational. Full text...

  • Burundi: 210 Burundian soldiers leave for peacekeeping mission in Somalia
    11 june 2015 14:17:49
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - A first batch of 210 Burundian soldiers left here Thursday for Mogadiscio as part of the new team that will take over from the Burundian contingent who is ending a peacekeeping mission in Somalia shortly, sources at the National defence and former combatants Force (FDNAC) said. Full text...

  • South Africa: African leaders jet into Johannesburg for African Union Summit
    11 june 2015 14:00:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – More than 50 African heads of state have begun arriving in South Africa ahead of the 25th African Union (AU( Summit which gets underway in Johannesburg on Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Eritrean President in Sudan on state visit
    11 june 2015 11:33:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea arrived in Khartoum Thursday on a state visit to the Sudan, in one of his rare trips outside Asmara. Full text...

  • South Africa: Nigerian AU delegate robbed in Johannesburg
    11 june 2015 10:32:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A major manhunt is underway for a group of men posing as policemen who robbed a Nigerian delegate shortly after he had arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday night to attend the 25th African Union (AU) summit in the city. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy urges Libyan parties to make political draft 'a final one'
    10 june 2015 22:27:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Following encouraging signs in the UN-facilitated Libyan political dialogue, the UN envoy in Libya, Bernardino Leon, says that the time has come to reach an agreement and ,if possible, before or at the beginning of Ramadan, which begins on 17 June. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Cape Verdian president to visit Angola Friday
    10 june 2015 21:31:47
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – The Cape Verdian president, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, will visit Luanda, Angola, on Friday before flying to South Africa to attend the 25th summit of African Union heads of State and government. Full text...

  • Guinea: New contingent of Guinean soldiers deployed in Mali
    10 june 2015 19:06:40
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Guinea is deploying 162 soldiers to Mali where they will stationed in the north-east of the country, particularly Kidal, stronghold of the National Movement for Azawad Liberation (MNLA), official sources said on Wednesday in the Guinean capital. Full text...

  • Libya: Western diplomats in Libya welcome new draft political document
    09 june 2015 21:08:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The ambassadors of the European Union, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States in Libya have welcomed the new draft political agreement at the inter-Libyan dialogue presented by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament suspends participation in Rabat peace talks
    09 june 2015 20:54:24
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) – The internationally recognised Libya Chamber of Representatives (Parliament) has suspended its participation in the inter-Libyan peace talks in the Moroccan capital, Rabat. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy tasks Libyan parties on political agreement, national reconciliation
    09 june 2015 19:07:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino Leon on Tuesday urged Libyan parties to take the difficult decision to make peace and work towards national reconciliation, noting that, "mothers across the country have their eyes on you." Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari pledges to work with new leadership of national legislature
    09 june 2015 18:31:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has called on all elected representatives of the people to focus on the enormous task of bringing enduring positive change to the lives of Nigerians. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Lawyer emerges Speaker of Nigerian House of Reps
    09 june 2015 17:29:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Yakubu Dogara was Tuesday evening elected Speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the National Assembly. Full text...

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