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  • Kenyan opposition transforms into national resistance movement
    25 october 2017 15:50:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's main opposition alliance said Wednesday it was transforming into a national resistance movement and embarking immediately on a programme of civil disobedience and economic sabotage on 27 Oct, a day after a repeat Presidential election which it abandoned, its leaders said. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone police nab four suspects of political killing
    25 october 2017 13:28:48
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Police in the Western Area of Freetown, Sierra Leone capital, have arrested four suspects in connection with the murder of an opposition party supporter as violence makes waves in the ongoing campaigns for the March 2018 general election. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condemns violent demonstrations in Togo
    25 october 2017 12:38:12
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Ongoing demonstrations in Togo must be done peacefully, otherwise the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has will not hesitate to react vigorously on the situation, leaders of the regional grouping warned on Wednesday. Full text...

  • 2ND LEAD: Kenya Supreme Court fails to hear case to postpone rerun presidential election
    25 october 2017 10:43:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Supreme Court in Nairobi failed to hold its scheduled sitting on Wednesday to hear a petition seeking to delay Thursday's Presidential vote after failing to get a quorum, Chief Justice and Court President David Maraga said. Full text...

  • LEAD: Kenya Supreme Court fails to hear case to postpone rerun presidential election
    25 october 2017 09:59:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Supreme Court on Wednesday failed to hear a case filed by three voters seeking to postpone Thursday's rerun presidential election because of lack of quorum. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Kenya Supreme Court fails to hear case to postpone rerun presidential election
    25 october 2017 08:39:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Supreme Court on Wednesday failed to hear a case filed by three voters seeking to postpone Thursday's rerun presidential election because of lack of quorum. Full text...

  • President Zuma praises Senegal for historic role in ending apartheid
    25 october 2017 05:32:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday thanked his Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall and his government for hosting the 30th commemoration celebrations of the historic 1987 Dakar Talks which paved the way for the dismantling of apartheid. Full text...

  • Marking UN Day in CAR, Secretary-General honours peacekeepers
    25 october 2017 05:26:19
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Commemorating United Nations Day alongside UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday paid tribute to the sacrifices made by uniformed personnel in the service of peace. Full text...

  • Bodyguard of Kenya's deputy Supreme Court president wounded in gun attack
    24 october 2017 17:40:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A police bodyguard and driver of Kenya's Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu has been shot and wounded in a gun attack in Nairobi, hours before the hearing of a petition seeking to delay the repeat presidential election, police said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan Supreme Court to hear case for presidential election postponement
    24 october 2017 17:07:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Supreme Court has certified a case seeking the postponement of Thursday's presidential election urgent and set a hearing date on Wednesday, according to court papers. Full text...

  • Voters in court seeking to halt Kenya presidential poll re-run
    24 october 2017 15:13:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan Supreme Court will Wednesday hear a petition filed by three voters seeking to halt Thursday's presidential elections re-run. Full text...

  • Zambia marks 53rd independence anniversary
    24 october 2017 14:02:15
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday led hundreds of Zambians and foreign dignitaries, including Botswana’s President Lt.-Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, to commemorate Zambia’s 53rd Independence anniversary which falls on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda recalls ambassador over new investigation by French judge on 1994 genocide
    24 october 2017 13:57:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda has recalled its ambassador to France, Jacques Kabale, signaling that it might break diplomatic relations with Paris over a row on a new investigation by French judges. Full text...

  • UN chief urges nations to address challenges beyond their own borders
    24 october 2017 13:17:00
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday called on people around the world to overcome their differences to address global challenges that go beyond national borders. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Minister orders opposition party to shut office
    24 october 2017 11:26:07
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leonean Minister of Information and Communication, Mohamed Bangura, has asked the police to shut down the office of the opposition United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the capital, Freetown, in a personal feud between them. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Indonesia to step up economic cooperation
    24 october 2017 11:06:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says that Nigeria and Indonesia will work together to step up economic cooperation between them. Full text...

  • UN, EU, France, US call for dialogue in Togo
    24 october 2017 10:57:36
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The United Nations, European Union, Germany, France and United States have called on Togolese political forces to dialogue to end the current political crisis in which the opposition has been demanding that the country reverts to the Constitution that prescribes term limits and two rounds of voting for the president. Full text...

  • Peacekeepers call for immediate release of DR Congo opposition activists
    24 october 2017 10:36:04
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has condemned Sunday's arrest of many members of an opposition party in Lubumbashi, in the province of Haut-Katanga, by members of the DR Congo defence and desurity forces. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean presidential hopefuls face off in public debate
    23 october 2017 19:01:32
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Ahead of the presidential election slated for 7 March 2018 in Sierra Leone, the country's Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) will organise a public debate for presidential candidates to sell their policies and objectives to the electorate. Full text...

  • Senegalese president on official visit in South Africa
    23 october 2017 17:23:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese President Macky Sall left Dakar on Monday for a two-day official visit to South Africa, according to an official statement sent to PANA. Full text...

  • Seychelles president on state visit to Mauritius
    23 october 2017 17:14:02
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Seychelles President Danny Antoine Rollen Faure will be on a state visit to Mauritius from 26 to 29 October 2017, it was officially announced Monday in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Kenyan elections chief meets President Kenyatta on re-run poll impasse
    23 october 2017 17:00:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman, Wafula Chebukati, tried a last ditch attempt to secure a credible election during a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi on Monday ahead of this week's poll. Full text...

  • Kenyan trade unions call for presidential election postponement
    23 october 2017 16:44:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan trade unions and the civil society organisations on Monday called for the postponement of the presidential election set for Thursday, saying it would plunge the country into a deeper political crisis. Full text...

  • Kenyan main opposition stresses decision to boycott repeat election
    23 october 2017 16:24:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition coalition leaders met foreign diplomats to discuss the pending presidential election on Thursday and insisted the opposition was not prepared to relent on its position to boycott. Full text...

  • EU renews sanctions against Burundi for another year
    23 october 2017 16:16:57
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union on Monday renewed restrictive measures against Burundi for another year until 31 October 2018, stating that the absence of progress in the situation in Burundi justified the renewal of the sanctions for another year. Full text...

  • AU, UN call for peaceful repeat presidential poll in Kenya
    23 october 2017 11:19:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres have called for a peaceful repeat presidential election in Kenya on Thursday, which the main opposition has decided to boycott. Full text...

  • Rwanda rejects obstructing work of UN human rights commission
    23 october 2017 10:46:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye, on Monday rejected claims it interfered in the work of the UN Sub-Committee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) describing the mission's decision to terminate its work in the country last week as "an act of bad faith". Full text...

  • Nigeria-Pakistan Joint Commission to be revamped for improved bilateral relations
    21 october 2017 17:43:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said the Nigeria-Pakistan Joint Commission will be revamped as a veritable platform to strengthen economic and trade relations between both countries. Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson calls for full respect of human rights in Africa
    21 october 2017 15:50:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Although African countries have cast off the shackles of colonial and racist oppression, they need to do more to ensure the full respect of the rights of their people, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat stated on Africa Human Rights Day. Full text...

  • Buhari says African leaders must speak with 'one voice' for continental integration
    21 october 2017 10:39:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has said that African leaders must speak ‘with one voice’, independent of foreign influence, to achieve economic integration, development, peace, and security on the continent. Full text...

  • United Nations General Assembly President says Africa’s vision close to reality
    21 october 2017 07:42:36
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák on Friday highlighted Africa’s transformative changes driven by the African Union’s development agency saying the continent’s vision was getting close to reality. Full text...

  • Lebanese Ambassador hails Sierra Leone's integration policy
    20 october 2017 14:15:09
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Ambassador of the Republic of Lebanon to Sierra Leone, Nidal Yahya, has hailed Sierra Leone’s integration policy in the last decade, saying that Freetown granted Sierra Leonean citizenship to more than 650 Lebanese families. Full text...

  • Life gradually returns to Lome after 2 days of clashes
    20 october 2017 13:06:30
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Activities are gradually returning to normalcy in Lomé after two days of clashes between security forces and young opposition militants. Full text...

  • Libya’s joint drafting committee makes progress on amendments to LPA
    19 october 2017 18:36:03
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Libya’s House of Representatives and High Council of State’s Joint Drafting Committee resumed its sessions in Tunis, Tunisia, on Thursday to build on the progress achieved over the past week, and continue the finalization of the amendments to the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA). Full text...

  • 'Political, security situation in DR Congo remains worrisome' - Sassou Nguesso
    19 october 2017 16:52:36
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The sociopolitical and security situation in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains worrisome, Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso said on Thursady at the opening of the 7th International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Turkey agree to strengthen cooperation on security, counter-terrorism
    19 october 2017 15:55:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey have agreed, after talks, on Thursday in Ankara to strengthen cooperation between the security agencies of both countries to counter terrorism. Full text...

  • Weah, Boakai to contest second round of Liberia presidential poll on 7 November
    19 october 2017 15:50:58
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The second round of Liberia's presidential election will be held on 7 November between George Weah, a former FIFA World Footballer of the Year, and Joseph Boakai, the incumbent Vice President. Full text...

  • UN Security Council mission expected Friday in Mauritania
    19 october 2017 14:59:06
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – A mission from the 15-member countries of the UN Security Council is expected on Friday in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, within the framework of a sub-regional tour in G5 Sahel countries, diplomatic sources told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Six African Heads of State attend Congo conference on Great Lakes crises
    19 october 2017 08:47:59
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Six African Heads of State are on Thursday attending an international conference in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, on the political and security crises in the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Congolese public radio reported. Full text...

  • UN chief announces trip to Central African Republic
    18 october 2017 22:05:38
    New York, USA (PANA) – Speaking to the press at United Nations Headquarters, in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday announced that he will be travelling to the Central African Republic (CAR) early next week. Full text...

  • US urges Ethiopian talks, probe into reported state killing of demonstrators
    18 october 2017 16:40:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The US has called for talks between the Ethiopian government and its citizens on matters of national interest and called for an end to the killing of protesters. Full text...

  • Kenyan electoral commission unable to guarantee credible Presidential poll - Chairman
    18 october 2017 15:10:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The Chairman of Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, has hinted at the possibility of not holding the 26 Oct Presidential contest, until an agreement is reached between the two leading candidates. Full text...

  • Mandela's new book to be published shortly
    18 october 2017 13:04:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The highly anticipated sequel to Nelson Mandela’s international best seller Long Walk To Freedom will be released on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyan election commissioner quits in protest over 'sham' presidential poll
    18 october 2017 11:03:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A Commissioner of the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) resigned on Wednesday after fleeing the country, saying a repeat election planned for 26 Oct. would lead not resolve the political crisis in the East African nation. Full text...

  • South Sudan's leaders must pull country back from 'impending abyss,' UN peacekeeping chief
    17 october 2017 20:20:17
    New York, USA (PANA) – Amid worsening security and the dire humanitarian and human rights situation in South Sudan, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Tuesday called on the international community to demand that the country's leadership act in a manner that is expected of them. Full text...

  • East African foreign ministers launch new bid to revive Sudanese talks
    17 october 2017 17:05:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Foreign ministers from the East African region have kicked off an initiative to revive the stalled South Sudanese peace initiative after months of deadlock. Full text...

  • Niger leader in Sudan for talks on economy, comabating terrorism with Bashir
    17 october 2017 16:37:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – President Omar Bashir and President Mohamadou Issooufou met in Khartoum on Tuesday and had talks on bilateral relations, according to the official Sudanese News Agency. Full text...

  • President Buhari departs for D8 Summit in Turkey
    17 october 2017 16:25:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is deu to leave Wednesday rt for Istanbul, Turkey, to participate in the ninth Summit of the Developing 8 (D-8) on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition cancels Eastern Kenya campaign rally
    17 october 2017 15:40:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, and his campaign manager, Musalia Mudavadi, Tuesday cancelled a visit to Meru, Eastern Kenya, after violent protests, the opposition party said. Full text...

  • Lungu urged to uphold human rights for all
    17 october 2017 14:00:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International Secretary General, Salil Shetty, has urged Zambian President Edgar Lungu to uphold human rights of all, including the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. Full text...

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