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  • Sudan: Bashir praises RSF's role in fighting rebels in Darfur, South Kordufan
    14 july 2014 15:13:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese President, Omar Al-Bashir, says the controversial government Rapid Support Forces (RSF) was instrumental in fighting rebels in Darfur and South Kordufan, the Sudanese local media reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Libya: UN counsels against use of force to settle political disputes
    14 july 2014 11:27:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Following armed clashes that have killed nine and wounded 30 in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, since Sunday, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has urged all those concerned to desist from the use of force to settle political disputes. Full text...

  • Libya: Group of six Libyan neighbours commit to common border control measures
    14 july 2014 10:55:02
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Foreign Affairs Ministers of the group of six Libyan neighbouring countries decided on Sunday evening in Tunis to establish a joint force for the control of their common borders. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt urged to freeze relations with Israel over 'aggression'
    14 july 2014 10:43:33
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A Mauritian political party, 'Lalit', and the NGO Centre Idrice Goomany Monday called on the Mauritian Government to freeze diplomatic and commercial relations with Israel 'because of its aggressive campaign against Hamas and the Palestinians since 7 July 2014', PANA reported from Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Libya: Government calls for immediate end to Tripoli fighting
    13 july 2014 19:57:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government has called on all rival militias involved in Sunday's clashes on the outskirts of Tripoli airport, which has claimed nine lives and injured 25 others, to end the bloodshed immediately and without pre-condition. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Hollande, Marzouki seek Gaza ceasefire
    13 july 2014 18:35:00
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian president, Moncef Marzouki, on Sunday held talks on the phone with his French counterpart François Hollande, about the serious situation in Gaza, says a statement issued by the Tunisian presidency. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Nouakchott condemns Israeli raids in Gaza
    13 july 2014 13:28:24
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian political groups have condemned the bombardments of the Israeli armed forces against Palestinian populations in the Gaza strip and called for an immediate end to their action. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: Parliamentarians approve new defence pact with France
    12 july 2014 09:22:09
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – Ivorian parliamentarians on Friday unanimously adopted a bill authorising the President of the Republic to ratify the treaty signed on 26 January, 2012, in Paris for the setting up of a new defence partnership between Cote d’Ivoire and France. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Experts cite laxity in handling terrorism root-causes in Africa (News analysis by Kennedy Abwao)
    11 july 2014 20:31:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African countries are failing to handle the root-causes of terrorism and taking heed of new threats to human security, according to security experts who believe religious extremism is just but a late aspect of the threat. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU hails ECOWAS' decision to sign EPA
    11 july 2014 19:19:26
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has hailed the decision of heads of state and governments of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: EU sanctions South Sudanese military leaders
    11 july 2014 15:37:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Friday sanctioned South Sudanese military leaders, Generals Santino Deng and Peter Gadet, for violating a 9 May ceasefire to stop the fighting in Africa’s infant state, which marked only its third independence anniversary this week. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU vows no blanket immunity for war crimes in Africa
    11 july 2014 12:22:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) will intervene in areas where crimes against humanity and war crimes are committed and African leaders responsible for such crimes would be held accountable in the ensuing efforts to bring peace, officials said Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: PM seeks EU cooperation to fight illegal immigration
    11 july 2014 12:08:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Prime Minister Abdallah al-Theni has pleaded for European Union (EU) cooperation to set up measures that will aid the fight illegal immigration. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan parliament building in Benghazi to cost 150m dinar
    11 july 2014 11:23:18
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan government will spend 150 million Libyan dinars (US$121.4 million) to construct the Libyan Parliament building in the eastern city of Benghazi, according to the relevant committee chairman Frajem Najem Full text...

  • Senegal: AI calls for opening of UN human rights office in CAR
    11 july 2014 11:09:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Amnesty International has called for the opening of a UN High Commission Office for Human Rights in Central African Republic (CAR), which has been in crisis since 2013. Full text...

  • Libya: AU reiterates support for Libya's democratic process
    11 july 2014 10:54:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - African Union (AU) envoy Dileita Mohamed Dileita has reaffirmed the support of the continental organisation to the democratic process in Libya and expressed the commitment of African countries to support Libya to find its rightful place on the continent. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS leaders express concern about growing menace of terrorism
    10 july 2014 22:15:44
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday expressed deep concerns over the growing menace of terrorism in member states. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS leaders establish solidarity fund for Ebola
    10 july 2014 21:23:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - West African leaders, noting the continuous threat of the Ebola virus in the sub-region, on Thursday directed the establishment of a solidarity fund as part of efforts to contain and manage the disease which has killed nearly 500 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU expresses concern about South Sudan crisis
    10 july 2014 20:29:48
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) on Thursday expressed concern about the fighting in South Sudan and called on the warring factions to reopen peace negotiations as soon as possible. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria-Germany Bi-National Commission meets in Abuja
    10 july 2014 17:26:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The meeting of the Nigeria-Germany Bi-National Commission opened here Thursday with focus on boosting the bilateral partnership between the two countries, aiding credible elections and combating security challenges in the country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Malabo Summit weak on anti-terrorism approach, says ISS
    10 july 2014 16:53:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Addis Ababa-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS) said Thursday that African leaders' decision asking an anti-terrorism think-tank without any military capacity to take the lead in battling security threats was a failure. Full text...

  • Benin: 3 new ambassadors present letters of credence to Yayi
    10 july 2014 16:31:38
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Ambassadors Alessandro Israel from Venezuela, Fulvio Rustico from Italy and Isi Yanouka from Israel have presented their credentials to the President of Benin, Boni Yayi, PANA learnt Thursday from official sources. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African leaders to discuss security during US-Africa Summit
    10 july 2014 16:20:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - US President Barrack Obama will engage African leaders on matters of health, security and democracy during the US-Africa Summit, slated for 4-6 August, US Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield said. Full text...

  • Togo: Opposition wants int'l pressure on govt. to undertake political reforms
    10 july 2014 15:11:40
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Collective Let’s save Togo (CST), a grouping of political opposition parties and human rights organizations, has called on the international community to put pressure to authorities in Lome to honor their pledge to undertake political reforms, promised since 2004 in Brussels, Belgium. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia gets 2nd civil service head in as many weeks
    10 july 2014 14:34:55
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian leader President Yahya Jammeh has appointed Dr. Kalilou Bayo as the country's newest Secretary General and Head of Civil Service, PANA confirmed Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Summit opens
    10 july 2014 13:27:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Heads of state of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Thursday began a two-day summit in Ghana's capital, Accra, with issues of free movement of people, biometric identity cards, security, single currency and the Ebola virus high on the agenda, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Congo: Brazzaville to host conference on CAR reconciliation
    10 july 2014 11:43:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese capital, Brazzaville, will host a conference on reconciliation in Central African Republic (CAR) 21-22 July, as part of efforts to find a solution to the crisis that hit the country since March 2013. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council concerned over political, security challenges facing West Africa
    10 july 2014 08:43:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has expressed concern over the political and security challenges facing the West African sub-region. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Govt to stick to 2015 electoral calendar
    10 july 2014 08:38:48
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government will stick to the 2015 electoral calendar, government spokesperson Bruno Nabagné Koné said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: President Ouattara leaves for ECOWAS summit in Accra
    09 july 2014 18:44:12
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara, was due in Accra Wednesday where he take part in the 45th ECOWAS ordinary summit of heads of State and government, to be held in the Ghanaian capital 10-11 July, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Belgium: Italy to make Libya priority during EU presidency
    09 july 2014 17:44:10
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Libya is at the heart of concerns of the Italian Presidency of the European Union (EU), which started on 1 July, Ms. Federica Mogherini, Italian Foreign Minister, said during a meeting with journalists in Brussels on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: AU, Arab League support Libya's democratic process
    09 july 2014 17:41:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya’s efforts aimed at promoting its democratic process are supported at regional and international levels, Mohamed Abdelaziz, the Libyan Foreign Minister, said while ensuring that the Arab League, the African Union (AU) as well as other organizations are also providing support to Libya. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Members of new Ivorian Independent Electoral Commission appointed
    09 july 2014 15:31:58
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government on Wednesday approved the appointment of members of the Central Committee of the new Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan swears in new ministers
    09 july 2014 13:00:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has sworn in four new Ministers who were cleared by the Senate following their appointments. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudan marks 3rd independence anniversary in shadow of crisis
    09 july 2014 11:49:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudan marked its third independence anniversary Wednesday against the backdrop of a mounting political crisis and failure to build a cohesive society, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Burundi: France calls for inclusive elections next year in Burundi
    08 july 2014 17:09:19
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Jean René Marsac, the chairman of the parliamentary friendship group with Burundi and a Socialist Member of Parliament in France, Tuesday appealed to all political stakeholders in the African country to ensure that next year's general elections were peaceful and all inclusive. Full text...

  • Kenya: Opposition ditches dialogue calls, demands referendum
    08 july 2014 13:27:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), the country's main opposition party, has abandoned demands for national dialogue and now wants a national referendum. Full text...

  • Libya: Arab League 'available' to assist Libya
    08 july 2014 12:53:49
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Arab League is available to contribute to any Arab, regional or international initiative to restore peace to Libya, according to the Secretary General of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS ministers meet ahead of mid-year Summit
    08 july 2014 10:16:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence were meeting here Tuesday to discuss the political and security situation in the Region, including the post-transition reforms in Guinea Bissau, latest developments in Mali and the report of Experts on the establishment of National Early Warning Mechanisms. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS to hold mid-year summit in Accra
    07 july 2014 22:58:44
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama, will be hosting leaders of the sub-region at a two-day summit in Accra from 10-11 July, according to a statement issued in Accra on Monday. Full text...

  • Guinea: Ruling bloc and opposition resume dialogue
    07 july 2014 20:43:49
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Parties in Guinea forming the ruling bloc and opposition, called Republican bloc, who have been at daggers drawn for several months, seem to be heading towards an agreement on several issues, PANA learned on Monday from reliable sources. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: CAR dialogue set for Brazzaville
    07 july 2014 18:54:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The International Contact Group on the Central Africa Republic (CAR) has set 21-23 July as the date for the launch of comprehensive political talks to precede the disarming of militias and initiating ceasefire talks. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: PM wants UN arms embargo on CAR lifted
    07 july 2014 15:22:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Central African Republic (CAR) interim Prime Minister, Andre Nzapayeke, on Monday called for the lifting of the UN arms embargo on his country, saying CAR needs to arm its military to effectively provide security during elections scheduled for 2015. Full text...

  • Libya: 'Final results of Libya's parliamentary elections expected 20 July'
    07 july 2014 15:01:37
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan High Electoral Commission (HNEC) Sunday announced that the final results of the parliamentary elections, held 25 June, will be announced on 20 July after the completion of all procedures. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN decries lack of internationally-driven plan against CAR crisis
    07 july 2014 14:52:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The UN has decried the lack of an internationally-driven plan to be adopted by the Central African Republic (CAR) to help drive the country out of its current crisis. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt seeks end to violence in Benghazi
    06 july 2014 12:20:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan government on Sunday called all stakeholders to immediately end the fighting in the country's second largest city of Benghazi and urged the departure of all armed groups from the city. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: US willing to back priority development programmes in Côte d’Ivoire
    05 july 2014 11:03:24
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The US is willing to back Côte d’Ivoire’s national development programmes, the US ambassador in Côte d’Ivoire, Terence McCulley, said on Friday during the celebration of the 238th independence anniversary of the US in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Belgium: British General Martin Smith to command 'Atalanta' Operation
    05 july 2014 10:52:18
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – British General Martin Smith has been appointed commander of the European marine operation "Atalanta" to fight maritime piracy in the Indian Ocean, off the Somali coasts. Full text...

  • Belgium: Polish, Italian EU peacekeepers arrive in Bangui
    05 july 2014 10:40:51
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Polish and Italian contingents have arrived in the Central African Republic (CAR) capital, Bangui, giving the European force operating in CAR (EUFOR/CAR) to stabilise the country its full compliment of forces. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: Opposition party to decide on participation in 2015 elections
    04 july 2014 21:34:15
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The President of the opposition Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), Pascal Affi N'Guessan, has said that the party's participation in the 2015 elections will be decided during its next Congress. Full text...

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