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  • Security Council extends mandates of UN peace operations in Libya, Colombia
    14 september 2018 06:40:02
    New York, US (PANA) - By unanimous agreement on Thursday, the Security Council extended the mandates of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Organization’s Verification Mission in Colombia. Full text...

  • Somalia’s destiny lies in the hands of the people, highlights outgoing UN envoy
    14 september 2018 06:36:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite remarkable achievements in Somalia in the recent past, structural challenges remain and continue to undermine the country’s security and political stability, the United Nations envoy for the country has warned. Full text...

  • Landmark South Sudan deal offers hope, but trust ‘still lacking’ between parties – UN envoy
    14 september 2018 06:28:01
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Rebuilding trust and overcoming suspicion will be key to ensure the success of Thursday’s landmark peace agreement between the South Sudanese Government and main political opposition, the top United Nations official in the country has said. Full text...

  • Africa, a Continent in mourning - (AfDB's perfect tribute to Kofi Annan)
    13 september 2018 14:34:26
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - As the world bids farewell to global statesman and former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, the African Development Bank (AfDB) joins a continent in mourning in paying tribute to this extraordinary son of Africa. Full text...

  • Kofi Annan laid to rest with full military honours
    13 september 2018 14:14:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, was given a state burial on Thursday with full military honours after a funeral service at the Accra International Conference Centre. Full text...

  • Public pays last respects to Kofi Annan for second day
    12 september 2018 11:28:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Dignitaries are on Wednesday paying their last respects to the late former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan whose mortal remains are lying in a casket draped in the Ghanaian colours at the Accra International Conference Centre. Full text...

  • Kofi Annan's body lies in state as three days of national mourning begins
    11 september 2018 11:10:01
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The body of the former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, is lying in state at the Accra International Conference Centre as the general public files past to pay their last respects. Full text...

  • Body of Kofi Annan flown back home for state funeral
    10 september 2018 18:47:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The remains of former Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan, arrived back home in Ghana on Monday evening, accompanied by his wife, Nane, children and grandchildren for a state funeral on Thursday. Full text...

  • European Union to bolster cooperation with Morocco on migration and security
    09 september 2018 08:58:31
    Athens, Greece (PANA) - The European Union has reemphasized the importance of cooperation with Morocco in the field of migration and security. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes Djibouti agreement between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia
    09 september 2018 07:33:05
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed Thursday's meeting in Djibouti of the foreign ministers of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia with the Djiboutian head of diplomacy. Full text...

  • UN Secretary-General reaffirms support for Madagascar's electoral process
    09 september 2018 07:29:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has welcomed the appointment on 7 September of Rivo Rakotovao, President of the Madagascar Senate, as acting president of the country. Full text...

  • AUC Chair commends retired president for respecting Malagasy constitution
    08 september 2018 12:48:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairman of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, has noted with satisfaction the resignation of the President of the Republic of Madagascar, Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina, in accordance with the Malagasy Constitution, and the appointment, on 7 September, 2018, of Senate President, Rivo Rakotovao, as Acting President of Madagascar. Full text...

  • 'AUC Chief happy with recent positive developments in the Horn of Africa'
    08 september 2018 12:36:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, says he is encouraged by the recent positive developments in the Horn of Africa, in particular the improvement of relations between countries of the region. Full text...

  • Peace must be built ‘block after block’ - UN General Assembly President
    06 september 2018 05:33:52
    New York, US (PA NA) - Under the theme of charting “A Credible Pathway to Sustaining Peace,” Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd General Assembly, convened this year’s one-day High-level Forum for Member States and others on Wednesday, to further promote a global culture of peace. Full text...

  • Libya has ‘lurched from one emergency to another,’ high-level UN official says
    06 september 2018 05:09:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The status quo in Libya is “untenable,” Ghassan Salamé, Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • China backs AU goal to silence guns in Africa by 2020
    05 september 2018 18:31:25
    Beijing, PR China (PANA) – President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China on Wednesday reaffirmed his country’s support for the African Union’s goal of silencing the guns by 2020, as well as the integration of the continent. Full text...

  • China backs AU goal to silence guns in Africa by 2020
    05 september 2018 18:28:05
    Beijing, PR China (PANA) – President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China on Wednesday reaffirmed his country’s support for the African Union’s goal of silencing the guns by 2020, as well as the integration of the continent. Full text...

  • ANC calls for immediate stimulus package as SA economy dips into recession
    05 september 2018 17:32:52
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has called for ‘aggressiveness’ in implementing an economic recovery package after Stats SA announced on Tuesday that South Africa had slipped into its first technical recession since 2009. Full text...

  • 23 protestors injured, 89 arrested in DRC crackdown on peaceful protests
    04 september 2018 09:49:38
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - At least 23 peaceful protesters were injured today in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), six of them severely, while another 89 were arrested in the capital Kinshasa, and in Goma, Lubumbashi, Bukavu, Mbandaka, Mbuji-Mayi and Tshikapa as police violently dispersed peaceful protests on the use of electronic voting machines in the upcoming elections slated for 23 December. Full text...

  • Rwandans vote in legislative election
    03 september 2018 10:51:12
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - About 7.172 million Rwandans are voting on Monday to elect 80 deputies of the National Assembly. Full text...

  • South African president Ramaphosa begins first state visit to China
    02 september 2018 07:13:25
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Beijing with high-level political and business delegations on his first state visit to China. Full text...

  • Buhari departs Abuja for 7th Summit of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing
    31 august 2018 11:33:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday departed for China to participate in the 7th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) scheduled to hold 3 - 4 September 2018 in Beijing. Full text...

  • Zambian president off to Beijing for China-Africa Forum
    31 august 2018 11:17:22
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has left for Beijing, China, to attend the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to be held from 1-4 September. Full text...

  • Sudanese President al-Bashir heads to Beijing
    31 august 2018 09:18:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will lead his country’s delegation to the China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC) to be held in Beijing next week, it was officially announced here Friday. Full text...

  • South Sudan opposition leaders initial final peace document
    31 august 2018 07:14:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – South Sudan’s main opposition group, SPLM-IO led by Riek Machar and the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) on Thursday initialled the final document of the revitalized peace agreement, stressing they did it after a commitment by Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir to raise their concern with IGAD leaders. Full text...

  • Upcoming polls in Guinea-Bissau vital to prevent ‘relapse’ into instability, says UN envoy
    31 august 2018 06:42:20
    ew York, US (PANA) - Highlighting the importance of the upcoming legislative elections in Guinea-Bissau, the top United Nations official in the country has reiterated the importance of “far-reaching” reforms to prevent a relapse into political and institutional instability. Full text...

  • Ghana president highlights West Africa security issues in meeting with German Chancellor
    30 august 2018 16:34:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday highlighted security concerns in the West African sub-region and asked for assistance to fight the destructive forces involved. Full text...

  • German Chancellor Merkel arrives in Ghana for one-day visit
    30 august 2018 14:23:05
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Ghana on Thursday for a one-day visit during which she will hold bilateral discussions with her host, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Ghana's president, as part of her three-nation West African tour. Full text...

  • Buhari thanks UK for support in fight against Boko Haram
    29 august 2018 15:48:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – At his bilateral meeting with the visiting British Prime Minister, Theresa May, in Abuja on Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari thanked the government of the United Kingdom for its support on security and the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • AU deploys Election Observation Mission to Rwanda’s 2018 Parliamentary Elections
    29 august 2018 15:36:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, following an invitation from the Rwanda's National Electoral Commission, has approved the deployment of an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) in the Republic of Rwanda as the country prepares to hold Parliamentary Elections from 2 to 4 September, 2018. Full text...

  • British PM, May, arrives in Nigeria, meets with Buhari for bilateral discussions
    29 august 2018 14:33:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The British Prime Minister, Ms Theresa May, on Wednesday, met with with President Muhammadu Buhari, who cancelled the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) to welcome his visitor. Full text...

  • UK PM Theresa May arrives in South Africa
    28 august 2018 11:07:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – UK Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Cape Town on Tuesday morning for a one-day working visit. Full text...

  • Rights group says DRC opposition under assault
    28 august 2018 07:19:32
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – Government security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo used live ammunition and teargas to disperse largely peaceful political opposition rallies during candidate registration in early August 2018, Human Rights Watch has said in a report released on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Respect for fundamental rights, freedoms key for peaceful polls in DRC – UN mission chief
    28 august 2018 06:15:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Confidence and consensus around key issues are still required ahead of this year’s presidential and legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Security Council heard on Monday. Full text...

  • Mnangagwa says Zimbabwe’s tomorrow brighter than yesterday
    26 august 2018 15:58:03
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – Declaring the end of Zimbabwe’s election on Sunday, President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa said he has been inspired by the collective hopes of his compatriots and urged them to unite and work for a brighter future. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa takes oath of office
    26 august 2018 10:59:24
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – Emmerson Mnangagwa was on Sunday sworn in as Zimbabwe’s President at a colourful ceremony that was witnessed by thousands of his compatriots, regional leaders or their representatives and foreign diplomats at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. Full text...

  • South Africa president Ramaphosa salutes Mnangagwa
    25 august 2018 06:30:39
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged Zimbabwean leaders to accept Friday’s decision by the country’s Constitutional Court which upheld President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s July election victory. Full text...

  • UN Security Council welcomes results of Mali's presidential elections
    25 august 2018 06:17:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The members of the Security Council on Friday welcomed the publication of the final results of the presidential polls in Mali, which saw the re-election of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, and insisted on the urgent need to accelerate the implementation of the peace agreement. Full text...

  • Ghana government proposes 13 September for Kofi Annan's state burial
    24 august 2018 18:35:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The late former secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, will be buried in Accra on 13 September if his family agrees with the proposal of the government, Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has said. Full text...

  • 3RD UPDATE: Zimbabwe opposition leader Chamisa accepts court's verdict dismissing his petition
    24 august 2018 17:26:45
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The losing candidate in Zimbabwe's 30 July presidential election, Nelson Chamisa, has accepted the verdict of the Constitutional Court that dismissed his petition against President Emmerson Mnangagwa's victory. Full text...

  • 2ND UPDATE: Mnangagwa reiterates peace, unity appeal
    24 august 2018 16:19:46
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's president-elect, Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose victory in the 30 July elections was upheld by the Constitutional Court on Friday, has called for peace and unity in the Southern African country. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Zimbabwe Constitutional Court upholds President Mnangagwa's election victory
    24 august 2018 15:17:24
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court on Friday upheld President Emmerson Mnangagwa's victory in the 30 July presidential election, state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) announced. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Zimbabwe Constitutional Court upholds President Mnangagwa's election victory
    24 august 2018 14:34:13
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court on Friday upheld President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election victory in the 30 July election, state-broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation announced. Full text...

  • Zimbabweans await election petition judgement
    24 august 2018 07:16:02
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabweans are on Friday awaiting the verdict of the Constitutional Court in the election petition case in which the leader of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance Nelson Chamisa is contesting the victory of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the 30 July presidential poll. Full text...

  • Former Ghana president Mahama declares intent to contest 2020 election
    23 august 2018 15:29:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's former President John Dramani Mahama, who lost the 2016 election to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is staging a come back as he took the first step on Thursday to contest the 2020 presidential vote by sending a letter of intent to contest the flagbearership race of his party. Full text...

  • Trump under fire for wading into SA land debate
    23 august 2018 12:01:37
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – US President Donald Trump has hit a nerve with Pretoria by tweeting that he has asked his Secretary of State to look into land expropriation and the killing of farmers in South Africa. Full text...

  • UN remembers Kofi Annan; holds wreath-laying ceremony in his memory
    23 august 2018 06:15:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan was remembered on Wednesday as the embodiment of the global Organization that works to improve the lives of men and women worldwide. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Constitutional Court begins hearing opposition election petition
    22 august 2018 10:27:26
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court has on Wednesday began hearing the case in which the leader of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance Nelson Chamisa is contesting the victory of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the 30 July presidential poll. Full text...

  • Ghana opens book of condolence in memory of Kofi Annan
    22 august 2018 10:02:14
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A book of condolence in honour of Mr Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary General, opens at the Accra International Conference Centre on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has announced. Full text...

  • Melania Trump to visit Africa in October
    21 august 2018 08:23:53
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Melania Trump has confirmed that she will visit South Africa on her first trip to the continent as First Lady in October. Full text...

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