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  • Mauritania: Nouakchott wises Washington well on Independence Day
    04 july 2014 19:53:20
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has expressed the "strong commitment" of his country to strengthen cooperation with the United States. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Huge military parade marks 20 years of Rwanda liberation
    04 july 2014 16:05:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Putting on a three-hour military parade, the Rwandan government on Friday celebrated 20 years of Rwanda liberation, which marked the end of genocide by the rebel movement of the Rwandan patriotic front (FPR) on 4 July, 1994. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Opposition condemns lopsided membership of new Ivorian electoral body
    04 july 2014 15:01:48
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The President of the Opposition Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), Pascal Affi N'Guessan, Thursday said the opposition parties in the country rejected the composition of the new Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) because its membership is lopsided in favour of the ruling party. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: ICC dossier against Gbagbo is unreliable, says his party
    03 july 2014 21:03:53
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The leader of the opposition Ivorian Peoples' Front (FPI), Pascal Affi N’Guessan, on Thursday said that the dossier filed by the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirming the charges of crimes against humanity against their leader, former president Laurent Gbagbo, is not reliable. Full text...

  • Mali: Cost of deployment of UN forces in Mali estimated at 350 billion CFAF
    03 july 2014 19:44:10
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The cost of the deployment of the UN Multi-dimensional Integrated Mission for Mali Stabilization (MINUSMA) is estimated at about 350 billion CFAF, or US$700 million with about 90% of the cost covering the military. Full text...

  • Libya: US invites Libya to US-Africa summit in Washington
    03 july 2014 17:08:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Ms. Deborah Jones, Thursday conveyed to the Libyan Prime Minister, Abdallah al-Theni, an invitation for the country to participate in the US-Africa summit, scheduled for August in Washington PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo ratifies CEN-SAD revised treaty
    03 july 2014 16:15:21
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Togo has ratified the revised treaty of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), adopted on 16 February, 2013, by the conference of Heads of State and government from the organization, PANA learnt from official sources here Thursday. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Ivorian Speaker for 40th session of Francophonie parliament in Ottawa
    03 july 2014 16:00:18
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Speaker of the Ivorian Parliament, Guillaume Kigbafori Soro, will from 4-8 July take part in the proceedings of the 40th session of the Francophonie parliamentary assembly (APF) in the Canadian city of Ottawa, PANA reported from here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senate opposes planned identification of Northerners in South Eastern state
    03 july 2014 15:06:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate Thursday asked President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene and prevent the nation’s security agencies from enforcing the identity card policy being planned by the Imo State government for citizens of Northern Nigeria resident in the state. Full text...

  • UN: Ban orders review of UNAMID activities in last two years
    02 july 2014 18:52:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Concerned about recent allegations against the UN/AU Mission in Darfur, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a review of related investigations and reviews over the last two years to determine what, if any, corrective action needs to be taken. Full text...

  • Mali: President Compaore ends visit to Mali
    02 july 2014 18:11:08
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré, who Tuesday completed his two-day working visit to Mali, has said that when a crisis hits Mali, Burkina Faso feels the consequences, according to the Malian press agency. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Kenya must respect "no one is above the law" principle, says IBA
    02 july 2014 16:09:26
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The International Bar Association (IBA) on Wednesday urged Kenya to reaffirm the cardinal principle of "no one is above the law" after Kenyan authorities strove to secure, for sitting heads of State, immunity against prosecutions by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the African Court of justice, human Rights and Peoples. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia gets new head of civil service
    02 july 2014 13:53:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, has appointed Abdoulie Sallah as the country's new Secretary General and head of the civil service, PANA confirmed from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Regional free movement forum to be held in Ouagadougou
    02 july 2014 13:46:56
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 100 stakeholders from ECOWAS member states will converge in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from Thursday (3 July) for a Regional Citizens Forum to consider mechanisms to address obstacles to free movement of persons and goods in the region, the ECOWAS Commission said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Cape Verde advocates free movement of persons within Portuguese-speaking nations
    02 july 2014 12:32:14
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) - The free movement of people and goods among the Portuguese-Speaking Countries of Africa will be one of the aspirations of the group’s new forum, which was recently established in Luanda, Angola, according to President of Cape Verde Jorge Carlos da Fonseca. Full text...

  • Libya: Agency to be created to fight illegal immigration, human trafficking.
    02 july 2014 11:17:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan government is to establish an agency to fight against illegal immigration and human trafficking under the authority of the Ministry of the Interior, PANA learnt Wednesday in the capital city of Tripoli. Full text...

  • Togo: MPs of ruling majority reject the bill on political reforms
    01 july 2014 21:09:06
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Members of the ruling majority in Togo's parliament have rejected during their plenary session, the bill on constitutional and institutional reforms sent by the government, PANA learned from parliamentary sources on Tuesday in Lome. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan PM hails the 'wisdom' of Tunisian government on abducted diplomats
    01 july 2014 20:52:35
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Prime Minister Abdallah al-Theni on Tuesday hailed his Tunisian counterpart, Mehdi Jomaa, for his "wise and effective vision" during the abduction of two Tunisian diplomats in Libya. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU condemns human traffickers
    01 july 2014 20:14:08
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union on Tuesday condemned human traffickers whose activities continue to put the lives of thousands of people at risk as they attempt to cross the sea from Africa to Europe. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali will not yield any military base to France, says Malian PM
    01 july 2014 16:52:34
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - "Mali will not yield any military bases to France," the Malian local media quoted Moussa Mara, the Malian Prime Minister, as saying while referring to the Franco-Malian military cooperation agreement. Full text...

  • Libya: Russia urges Libyan protagonists to go for dialogue, consensus
    01 july 2014 16:37:57
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Russian government Tuesday called on the Libyan political forces to resolve outstanding issues through dialogue and consensus, according to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry carried by the Libyan media. Full text...

  • Burundi: Ex-AU Envoy decorated posthumously in Burundi
    01 july 2014 16:07:24
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The former Envoy of the African Union (AU) in Burundi, late Mamadou Bah, was decorated Tuesday posthumously with the Burundian “Order of Friendship of Peoples" by President Pierre Nkurunziza on the occasion of celebrations marking the country’s 52nd independence anniverssary, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • Mali: Compaoré optimistic about Mali peace negotiations
    30 june 2014 20:47:16
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Burkina Faso president, Blaise Compaoré, who arrived on Monday in Bamako for a two-day visit, has expressed optimism about the future negotiations between Bamako and the armed groups in the north of Mali. Full text...

  • Senegal: AU special envoy lauds Senegalese women for successful local elections
    30 june 2014 19:57:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The special representative of the African Union (AU) for women, peace and security, Mrs Bineta Diop, on Monday congratulated the platform of women for its mobilization for Sunday's free and fair local elections. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Opposition party describes presidential poll 'a disaster'
    30 june 2014 19:20:40
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The presidential election held in Mauritania on 21 June is the most unpopular and the disastrous poll in the history of the country, Mohamed Ould Nany, deputy chairman of the Progressive Popular Alliance (PPA) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: CENA says Sunday's local election in Senegal went well
    30 june 2014 14:22:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal's departmental and municipal elections on Sunday went well, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENA). Full text...

  • Mali: President Compaore visits Mali
    30 june 2014 14:12:14
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso, the ECOWAS mediator in the crisis in Mali, arrived here Monday for a two-day official visit to Mali at the invitation of his Malian counterpart, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: Pres. Obiang wants Africa to invest more in agric sector
    30 june 2014 13:40:37
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - Equatorial Guinea’s President Obiang Nguema has asked African countries to invest heavily in their agricultural sector to reduce their dependence on the developed world, ensure food security, and significantly reduce hunger in their countries. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Constitutional Council confirms re-election of Pres. Ould Abdel Aziz
    30 june 2014 09:38:03
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Constitutional Council has declared the final results of the presidential election held 21 June in Mauritania, confirming the victory of incumbent Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Abducted Tunisian diplomats freed
    30 june 2014 09:33:21
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The two Tunisian diplomats who were abducted in Libya's capital, Tripoli, by gunmen several months ago, have been freed, Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, announced Sunday evening. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: African leaders create Criminal Court, grants immunity to sitting Presidents (Eds: Refiling to reflect name of old court)
    30 june 2014 08:27:19
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - African leaders who met here at their 23rd ordinary summit have approved a Protocol to create the African Court of Justice and Human and Peoples Rights to try 14 international crimes including genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, piracy, corruption, mercenaries, money laundering and unconstitutional changes of government. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President urges compatriots to shun extremism
    29 june 2014 15:00:03
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has called on his compatriots to imbibe the lessons of Islam by avoiding extremism. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Guinean, Gabonese, Chadian presidents to visit Tunisia
    28 june 2014 16:13:31
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The presidents of Guinea, Gabon and Chad are to visit Tunisia by the end of September to strengthen bilateral relations as Tunisia looks to promote ties and tap economic potentials of African countries. Full text...

  • Belgium: Francophone organisazation lifts Guinea Bissau suspension
    28 june 2014 12:15:32
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The permanent council of the International Francophone Organization (OIF), composed of representatives from 77 member countries, on Friday lifted the suspension of Guinea Bissau from the organisation. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama replaces minister and deputy minister of Youth and Sports (Eds: Refiling to correct spelling of outgoing deputy minister of youth and sports in para 3)
    28 june 2014 05:55:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - President John Mahama has replaced the Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah and his deputy, Joseph Yammin, in a reshuffle. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama replaces minister and deputy minister of Youth and Sports
    28 june 2014 05:29:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - President John Mahama has replaced the Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah and his deputy, Joseph Yammin, in a reshuffle. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese, Egyptian presidents meet
    27 june 2014 19:40:58
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Egyptian president Abdel Fatah El-Sisi made a stopover in Sudan on Friday, where he met with President Omar Al Bashir. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Opposition forum rejects results of presidential election
    27 june 2014 18:37:36
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The National Forum for Democracy and Unity (FNDU), a coalition made up of political parties, trade union confederations and independent personalities, on Friday rejected the results of the presidential election held in Mauritania on 21 June saying it lacked legitimacy. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: AU Summit allows more time for S. Sudan atrocities probe
    27 june 2014 18:33:33
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The African Union Summit meeting in the Equatorial Guinean resort of Sipopo, on Friday granted three more months to the ongoing investigations into the war crimes in South Sudan, officials said. Full text...

  • Togo: Opposition demands local polls before presidential vote
    27 june 2014 18:24:08
    Lome,Togo (PANA) - The Togolese opposition has, after two days of protests in Lome, the Togolese capital, demanded the organization of local elections before the presidential poll in 2015 while calling for political reform ahead of both exercises. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: African leaders unanimous on need for agricultural transformation
    27 june 2014 16:04:46
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - African leaders attending the 23rd Assembly of African Union (AU) heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, are unanimous on the need to step up agricultural transformation for the continent’s development. Full text...

  • Libya: EU hails successful parliamentary elections despite challenges
    27 june 2014 15:48:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has hailed Wednesday's successful parliamentary elections in Libya, despite the challenges facing the country. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian and Burkinabe presidents meet in Malabo
    27 june 2014 15:11:54
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso and Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia on Thursday held talks on the sidelines of the 23rd Ordinary Summit of the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on strengthening bilateral cooperation, the press service of the Tunisian Presidency said on Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir appoints new ministers
    27 june 2014 14:16:27
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Al-Bashir has appointed two senior ministers and three ministers of state in a minor reshuffle of his cabinet, the official Radio Omdurman said Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Group hails Saturday's presidential poll
    27 june 2014 14:01:22
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A Mauritanian civil society group has hailed Saturday's presidential election in the country for its 'transparency'. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Former OAU chief retiring from politics
    27 june 2014 10:35:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Former Africa’s top diplomat and veteran Tanzanian politician Salim Ahmed Salim has said he will not seek his country’s presidency because he intends to retire from active politics, a local daily here reported Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: Obama calls Libya's parliamentary poll 'important step towards democracy'
    27 june 2014 10:25:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has expressed satisfaction with Libya's parliamentary elections, calling it “an important step towards democracy”, the local media reported Friday, quoting a US statement. Full text...

  • UN: Ban pledges closer collaboration with African Union
    26 june 2014 22:49:36
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the UN is proud to be a key partner with Africa, underscoring the organisation’s commitment to working with African leaders to resolve and prevent conflict, as well as to enhance agricultural productivity, promote industrialization and ensure gender equality. Full text...

  • Libya: Some 650 Turks evacuated from Syrte
    26 june 2014 19:34:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Some 650 Turks employed at a steam power plant in Syrte, central Libya, were repatriated on Wednesday because of threats and security concerns, casting doubt on the implementation of the project, the plant's manager, Aboubakar Makhioune, has said. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: AU examines creation of African monetary fund
    26 june 2014 17:20:15
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) – The protocol on the creation of an African monetary fund is among proposals submitted to the consideration of African leaders who began their 23rd ordinary session on Thursday in the Equatorial Guinean capital, Malabo. Full text...

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