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  • Congo: Ceasefire deal for CAR signed
    24 july 2014 08:39:16
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The parties involved in the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday night signed a ceasefire agreement to end the violence that started in March 2013. Full text...

  • US: African Civil Society wants to participate in US-Africa Summit
    23 july 2014 17:42:30
    Washington, US (PANA) - With just weeks before the first ever US-Africa Leaders' Summit, which takes place 4-6 August, 2014, a coalition of international NGOs and African civil society have called on the US President Barack Obama to provide official space for civil society participation and to address key issues of human rights and good governance. Full text...

  • South Africa: President Zuma addresses Gaza crisis
    23 july 2014 16:12:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday called for a ceasefire in Gaza, saying South Africa is shocked and dismayed by the violence and loss of life there. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President kagame appoints new PM
    23 july 2014 15:42:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, on Wednesday appointed Anastase Murekezi as his new Prime minister, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Gambia: US-based Gambians condemn President Jammeh
    23 july 2014 15:36:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – US-based Gambians, under the banner of the Democratic Union of Gambian Activists (DUGA), have condemned President Yahya Jammeh's government for oppressing its citizens over the past 20 years, DUGA said in a statement received here by PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo: CAR national reconciliation, peace forum suspended
    22 july 2014 20:15:42
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Peace talks that opened on Monday in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, to find solution to the CAR crisis, were suspended on Tuesday, with a former CAR minister, Jean Willybiro Sako, blaming the former Seleka coalition for the situation. Full text...

  • Libya: UN pleased about declaration of Libyan parliamentary elections
    22 july 2014 19:58:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The UN Support Mission in Libya says it is pleased about the declaration of results of the 25 June parliamentary elections in Libya, urging the newly elected Parliament to meet immediately. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Former president criticizes "catastrophic" situation in Mauritania
    22 july 2014 17:09:20
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The former president of Mauritania and defeated candidate in the latest presidential election, Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, has criticized what he called the "catastrophic" state of affairs in Mauritania, saying the country's political, social and economic situations were in a deplorable state. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Jammeh marks 20 years in power
    22 july 2014 15:34:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, Tuesday (July 22) marked his 20 years in power in a low key manner, official sources confirmed to PANA. Full text...

  • Libya: Western countries call for end to fighting in Libya
    22 july 2014 13:13:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A group on Western countries has called for an end to the widespread armed clashes across Libya and the reopening of political dialogue to resolve the country's political and security crises. Full text...

  • Kenya: Gunmen kill two in Kenyan port city 
    22 july 2014 12:50:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Hooded gunmen have killed two persons and wounded two others in Mombasa's low income neighbourhood of Majengo, near the area where four persons were killed hours earlier, Police said Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns attack in South Sudan
    21 july 2014 21:13:20
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for continuation of political negotiations to immediately end the fighting in South Sudan, as well as for both sides to show restraint. Full text...

  • Libya: Results of 188 seats in June parliamentary election declared
    21 july 2014 20:31:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan High Electoral Commission (HNEC) on Monday declared the results of 188 out of the 200 seats in the 25 June parliament elections in the North African country. Full text...

  • Congo: National peace, reconciliation forum opens in CAR
    21 july 2014 19:41:18
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A three-day peace and reconciliation forum in the Central African Republic (CAR) began on Monday in Brazzaville to restore peace in the country which has been going through a humanitarian and security crisis since March 2013. Full text...

  • Libya: GNC demands release of two abducted members
    21 july 2014 13:42:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan General National Congress (GNC, Parliament) has called on the government to intervene urgently to secure the release of two of its members who were kidnapped by gunmen in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Togo: Kosovo, Togo establish diplomatic relations
    21 july 2014 13:35:41
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togo and Kosovo Monday in Pristina signed an agreement for the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudan rebels resume military push near Ethiopian border 
    21 july 2014 13:17:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese rebels have resumed their military push in the north eastern town of Nassir, where unknown number of people were killed in what the UN peacekeeping mission UNMISS said was the worst attack since the signing of a peace deal to halt military hostilities.  Full text...

  • Kenya: Military Twitter account hacked
    21 july 2014 12:05:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A group claiming to have 66,000 followers on the micro-blogging site Twitter has hacked the official Twitter account of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and changed its official logo, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Many leaders for Mauritanian president's inauguration
    20 july 2014 19:46:48
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Many African heads of state as well as senior Arab and Western officials are expected to attend the inauguration of Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on 2 Aug., PANA reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President condemns deadly attack against Egyptian army
    20 july 2014 17:46:47
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, in a message to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah El Sissi Sunday, has strongly condemned the terrorist attack against an Egyptian Army checkpoint that left several casualties. Full text...

  • Libya: Results of parliamentary polls to be announced Monday
    20 july 2014 14:35:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The result of Libya's 25 June parliamentary polls, earlier scheduled for announcement Sunday, will now be announced Monday, according to the country's electoral chief Imad al-Sayeh. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chairperson condoles with Malaysia over plane tragedy
    20 july 2014 11:27:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has expressed her condolences to the governments and people of The Netherlands, Malaysia and other nationals killed in the Malaysia Airlines that crashed on 17 July 2014 while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Full text...

  • Mauritius: New political party pledges to do things differently in Mauritius
    19 july 2014 17:45:52
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The newest political party in Mauritius, the Social Justice Party (YIP), has said it will do things differently if elected into power. Full text...

  • Congo: Brazzaville forum on CAR crisis scheduled for 21-23 July
    19 july 2014 15:47:38
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government has confirmed that a forum on peace and reconciliation in the Central African Republic (CAR) will be held on 21-23 July in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital, Full text...

  • Sudan: Islamist parties to reunite, ahead of 2015 general elections
    19 july 2014 12:07:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the Opposition Islamist Popular Congress Party (PCP) of Hassan al-Turabi are close to reuniting in a bid to unify the Sudanese Islamic movement, according to a senior PCP official quoted in an interview published by Al-Sudani daily newspaper on Saturday. Full text...

  • Niger: Niger, France sign six cooperation agreements
    18 july 2014 21:32:04
    Niamey Niger (PANA) - Six cooperation agreements totalling Euros 74 million, or over FCFA 48 billion, were signed on Friday in Niamey between Niger and France. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian PM says IGAD resisting pressure to sanction S. Sudan leaders
    18 july 2014 21:02:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Friday there was international pressure on the East African bloc to sanction South Sudanese leaders over the killings which have been ongoing in the three-year-old state, but those measures were likely to be considered as a last resort. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian President to decide fate of detained opposition leader: PM
    18 july 2014 20:24:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Friday that the extradited opposition leader, Andargachew Tsigie, would serve a court verdict for an alleged coup plot but the President would decide whether the death sentence would be executed. Full text...

  • Niger: French, Nigerien presidents discuss situation in Sahel-Sahara region
    18 july 2014 20:00:20
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - French president François Hollande and his Nigerien counterpart Mahamadou Issoufou on Friday pledged their commitment to work towards the consolidation of their warm relations through the Framework Partnership Agreement 2013-2016 they signed in November 2013. Full text...

  • Mali: Koenders urges government, armed groups to smoke peace pipe
    18 july 2014 19:42:06
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General in Mali, Bert Koenders, has urged the Malian government and armed groups in the north of the country to work towards peace. Full text...

  • Togo: Togolese FM ends visit to Spain
    18 july 2014 15:22:00
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese Foreign Minister, Rober Dussey, on Thursday ended his visit to the Spanish capital, Madrid, diplomatic sources told PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: Ceasefire deal reached by armed groups fighting at Tripoli airport
    18 july 2014 12:46:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The armed groups fighting for turf at the Tripoli Airport in Libya have reached a ceasefire agreement, PANA learnt from usually-reliable sources Friday. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: France President urges Ivorian opposition to take part in elections
    18 july 2014 12:40:58
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - Visiting French President François Hollande has called on the main opposition Ivorian Peoples Front (FPI) to take part in the forthcoming elections, hailing the progress made towards dialogue and reconciliation in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Bloggers, journalists challenge Anti-Terrorism law
    18 july 2014 12:33:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Nine Ethiopian journalists and bloggers, detained for 84 days and formally charged Friday with having links to two banned groups, said they planned to file a constitutional plea against the Anti-Terrorism law. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Algerian diplomat as envoy for Great Lakes region
    17 july 2014 21:34:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday appointed Mr. Said Djinnit of Algeria as UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa tasked with bringing international awareness to the area’s challenges. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: Côte d'Ivoire, France sign 6 bilateral cooperation agreements
    17 july 2014 19:31:03
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Ivorian and French officials on Thursday signed six cooperation agreements covering several areas including water supply, financial aid and renovation of hospitals. Full text...

  • Mauritious: IOC Summit scheduled for 26 July in Comoros
    17 july 2014 19:20:02
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - The 4th Heads of State and Governments Summit of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) is scheduled for 26 July 2014 in Moroni, capital of Comoros, PANA learnt from the IOC office in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU extends UNAMID mandate amid worries over Darfur ethnic warfare
    17 july 2014 17:17:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has renewed the mandate of its Joint Peacekeeping force with the UN in Darfur, UNAMID, for another 12 months and asked for intensified measures to protect civilians, the AU said Thursday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Civilians still flocking UN peacekeepers bases in South Sudan
    17 july 2014 14:37:38
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Civilians seeking protection at the UN military bases increased to 97,126 by mid-July in South Sudan, with Bentiu, the oil-rich the region in Unity State showing the highest number of forced displacements, UN figures showed. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali, France sign new defence treaty
    17 july 2014 14:14:04
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali and France on Wednesday signed a new defence treaty, replacing the cooperation security agreement between the two countries since 1985, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: French president visits Cote d'Ivoire
    17 july 2014 10:49:04
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The French president, Francois Hollande, on Thursday began a 24-hour visit to Cote d'Ivoire at the start of an African tour that will also take him to Niger and Chad. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU seeks end to Israel-Palestine hostilities
    17 july 2014 10:08:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has called for a cessation of hostilities by Israel and Palestine, and urged the UN Security Council to do its utmost to restore peace in the region. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition leader calls for election of interim president
    16 july 2014 17:50:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – President of the opposition National Restoration Party (NAREP), Elias Chipimo (Junior), has urged Zambians to rally round the idea of electing a neutral interim leader to serve out the remainder of President Michael Sata's term in anticipation of any early election, in the event that Sata decides to resign from office before the next elections in 2016. Full text...

  • Burundi: Govt. supports ex-president Buyoya for Francophonie scribe
    16 july 2014 16:45:12
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Burundian government is canvassing diplomatic support for the candidacy of former president Pierre Buyoya for the post of Secretary General of the Francophonie, official sources said Wednesday in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Burundi: France grants Burundi 200,000 euros for electoral process
    16 july 2014 16:13:21
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Burundian national independent electoral (CENI) on Wednesday received promises of financial support to the tune of 200,000 euros, from the French government, to finance the registration of voters for next year’s general elections, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Ivorian president promulgates law on new defence pact with France
    16 july 2014 14:57:16
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara, on Tuesday signed a bill, adopted Friday by Parliament, towards ratifying the Treaty establishing a new defence partnership with France, official sources told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Guinea: Burkina President to visit Conakry
    16 july 2014 11:53:07
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso will lead a powerful delegation to Conakry for a two-day working visit starting Thursday, PANA learned from official sources here. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama reshuffles cabinet
    16 july 2014 09:31:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Mahama has reshuffled his cabinet, scrapping the Ministry of Information and Media Relations and bringing in a former Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, as Minister for Trade and Industry, as he seeks to reinvigorate his administration in the face of growing economic challenges. Full text...

  • Mali: French Defence minister expected Wednesday in Bamako
    15 july 2014 18:05:10
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The French Defence Minister, Jean Yves Le Drian, is expected Wednesday in Bamako where he will sign, with the Malian authorities, the new French-Malian defence agreement whose application will mark the end of the Serval operation and its replacement with the "Barkhane", reliable security sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Senegal: 4 new ambassadors present letters of credence to Gambian VP
    15 july 2014 18:01:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Four new ambassadors have presented their letters of credence to The Gambian Vice President, Isatou Njie-Saidy, according to the Gambian government pro-government newspaper, the Daily Observer. Full text...

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