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  • South Africa: Presidency moves to dispel rumours of Finance Minister's arrest
    16 may 2016 13:02:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Presidency on Monday moved to allay fears that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan might be arrested shortly, according to The Sunday Times. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu off to Saudi Arabia
    16 may 2016 11:45:57
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Monday left for Saudi Arabia for a two-day state visit at the invitation of King Sulman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saudi of Saudi Arabia. Full text...

  • UN: UN, AU welcome partial re-run of elections in Comoros
    15 may 2016 16:00:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and the African Union (AU) Commission on Sunday welcomed the peaceful conduct of the partial re-run for the elections of Comoros President and Governor of Anjouan. Full text...

  • Uganda: Museveni sworn in for 5th term as Ugandan president
    12 may 2016 12:07:58
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday was sworn-in for a 5th term in office at a colourful ceremony which was attended by thousands of cheering Ugandans at Kalolo Independence Grounds in the capital, Kampala. Full text...

  • US: Senior US official to attend security summit in Nigeria
    12 may 2016 07:57:30
    Washington, DC., US (PANA) - US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on 12-14 May to lead the U.S. delegation to the second Regional Security Summit and for bilateral meetings. Full text...

  • Uganda: African leaders to attend Museveni's 5th inauguration as Ugandan president
    11 may 2016 14:59:19
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Tanzanian President John Magufuli was among the African Heads of State and Government who arrived in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on Wednesday to attend President Yoweri Museveni’s fifth term swearing-in ceremony, scheduled for Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Darfuri rebel movements willing to join Doha peace talks
    10 may 2016 16:42:55
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Two major Darfuri armed rebel movements have shown willingness for peace talks in Doha in order to embrace the peace document that was brokered by Qatar in 2011. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu to attend Museveni’s inauguration in Kampala
    10 may 2016 16:27:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu is Wednesday expected to travel to Kampala where he will join other Heads of State for the inauguration of Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma's decision to fire finance minister cost taxpayers US6.6 billion
    10 may 2016 13:47:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The CEO of the Public Investment Corporation which uses public funds to support private and public companies and initiatives in South Africa on Tuesday confirmed that US$6.6 billion was wiped out of its coffers within 48 hours of President Jacob Zuma’s decision to fire respected Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on 9 December 2015. Full text...

  • Sudan: FM slams calls by US Congress to tighten sanctions on Sudan
    10 may 2016 12:55:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Foreign Minister, Dr. Ibrahim Ghandour, has slammed a call by the United States Congress for a further tightening of sanctions against Sudan, to include the proceeds of the Sudanese gold exports. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan criticises France for hosting rebel movements
    10 may 2016 12:06:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour has denounced participation by the French government in a recent meeting by the Sudanese rebel movements which, he said, has called for the toppling of the regime in Khartoum by force. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum denounces Egypt's moves to annex disputed territories
    10 may 2016 12:01:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denounced reported plans by the Egyptian government for annexing the disputed Halaib and Shalateen territories to Egyptian Aswan Province. Full text...

  • Kenya: Police tear-gas opposition supporters gunning to oust Kenya's electoral commissioners
    09 may 2016 17:53:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Police fired tear gas canisters and used water cannons to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters and senior Kenyan political leaders seeking the immediate resignation of commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for allegedly siding with the ruling Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP), PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Ban appoints new head of UN peacekeeping mission in Guinea Bissau
    09 may 2016 16:39:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Modibo Touré of Mali as his new Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peace-building Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), according to a UN statement made available to PANA in Nairobi. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy meets new CAR lawmakers in Bangui
    07 may 2016 18:06:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Central African Republic (CAR), Mr. Parfait Full text...

  • Comoros: UN/AU chiefs "following closely" political development in Comoros
    07 may 2016 08:56:50
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that he is following closely political developments in Comoros in the wake of the recent judgment of the Constitutional Court ordering a partial re-run of the elections for President and for Governor of Anjouan. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma admits South Africa's parliament has become an embarrassment
    05 may 2016 18:32:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Thursday acknowledged that South Africa’s parliament has become an international embarrassment following months of chaos as opposition parties attempted to block proceedings in protest against him. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Former UN deputy chief appointed Tanzania's envoy to UK
    04 may 2016 19:41:00
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - President John Pombe Magufuli has appointed Dr. Asha-Rose Mtengeti Migiro, former United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, as Tanzania's Ambassador to the United Kingdom, the State House Communications Division said in a statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council tasks South Sudan unity govt on peace accord
    04 may 2016 19:08:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday called on the newly Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria, Cameroon commit to fight terrorism, other crimes
    04 may 2016 17:48:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria and Cameroon Wednesday signed a set of bilateral agreements on cooperation against terrorism, violent extremism and cross-border crimes. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma labelled "criminal" in Parliament
    04 may 2016 15:44:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There was chaos in the South African National Assembly on Wednesday after members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) once again attempted to disrupt President Jacob Zuma who is under considerable pressure following a series of scandals. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda to host AU summit on human rights
    04 may 2016 15:31:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The 27th African Union (AU) Summit that is scheduled to take place in Kigali, Rwanda, from 10 to 18 July this year, will focus on strategies to achieve women's human rights, an official statement here Wednesday indicated, saying that several dozens of African leaders and foreign dignitaries are expected to take part in the Summit. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Biya visits Nigeria, holds talks with Buhari
    03 may 2016 21:08:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Cameroon President Paul Biya on Tuesday began a Full text...

  • Zambia: Late president Sata’s son resigns from Zambia's ruling party
    03 may 2016 17:46:45
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Mulenga Sata, son of Zambia’s late president Michael Sata, on Tuesday announced his resignation as Minister for Lusaka province. Full text...

  • Mauritius: UN Secretary-General to visit Mauritius next week
    03 may 2016 10:58:45
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki-moon, will pay an official visit to Mauritius from 8-10 May, accompanied by his spouse and a delegation of 13 members, official sources said on Tuesday.  Full text...

  • US: US stresses urgent need for resumption of Burundian dialogue
    03 may 2016 06:20:49
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has expressed disappointment at the postponement of the Burundian dialogue and called upon all stakeholders to ensure that it resumes immediately. They should also commit to participating without preconditions or red lines. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Cameroon President Biya begins two-day visit to Nigeria
    02 may 2016 19:14:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Paul Biya of Cameroon will Tuesday begin a two-day state visit to Nigeria at the invitation of President Muhammadu Buhari, presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said in a statement issued here Monday. Full text...

  • Libya: Experts submit draft resolution to settle Libyan crisis to Speaker
    02 may 2016 10:41:10
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) – The Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Aguila Salah, on Sunday met with Libyan experts to know more about their draft resolution to solve the Libyan crisis, his communication advisor, Fathi al-Marimi, said on Monday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: AU welcomes South Sudan transitional govt. of unity
    01 may 2016 19:40:52
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has welcomed the formation of a new transitional government of national unity in South Sudan, calling it a positive step toward peace in the African nation. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana's former first lady to contest presidential race against husband's party
    30 april 2016 21:44:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, was on Saturday declared the presidential candidate of her party which she formed in 2012 after breaking away from her husband's party. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition parties target battered Zuma
    30 april 2016 12:38:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s two biggest opposition parties on Saturday took aim at President Jacob Zuma, a day after the North Gauteng High Court said the decision taken by former National Prosecutions Authority (NPA) head Mokotedi Mpshe to drop corruption charges against him in 2009 was "irrational". Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern over terrorism charges against political leaders
    30 april 2016 06:05:14
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States says it is "deeply concerned" by the Government of Ethiopia’s recent decision to file terrorism charges against Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) First Vice-Chairman Bekele Gerba and others in the Oromia region who were arrested in late 2015. Full text...

  • US: US supports UN Security Council resolution on Western Sahara
    30 april 2016 05:56:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The United States has thrown its weight behind UN Security Council's adoption of the resolution on Friday renewing the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, MINURSO, for another year. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council extends UN mission in Western Sahara mandate
    29 april 2016 20:16:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution extending Full text...

  • France: France, German FMs visit Mali, Niger on Sunday
    29 april 2016 19:34:14
    Paris, France (PANA) - French and German foreign affairs ministers, Jean-Marc Full text...

  • Belgium: Italy tightens control in fight against illegal immigration
    29 april 2016 17:29:51
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, Friday told the press that he has empowered the police to fight against illegal immigration in the Mediterranean Sea, particularly the taking of fingerprints of migrants in the high sea before they arrive on Italian soil. Full text...

  • UN: Ban lauds South Sudanese leader on transitional unity govt. formation
    29 april 2016 15:14:22
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Friday welcomed the appointment, by South Sudan President Salva Kiir, of the ministers of the Transitional Government of National Unity, urging the parties to complete the establishment of all transition institutions. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chairperson receives highest national Order of Serbia
    28 april 2016 18:16:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Serbian President TomislavNikolic has bestowed African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma with the highest Order of the Republic of Serbia on Strips, the Commission said here Thursday. Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern about arrests, intimidation in DR Congo
    28 april 2016 17:26:24
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has said it was deeply concerned by the government’s arrest and intimidation of DR Congo citizens participating in and preparing for peaceful political activity in Kinshasa and Haut Katanga Province on 24 April 2016. Full text...

  • Tanzania: President Magufuli fires Tanzania's head of investment agency
    28 april 2016 11:35:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - President John Pombe Magufuli on Thursday annulled the appointment of Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) Executive Director, Ms Juliet Rugeiyamu Kairuki, citing among other reasons, her failure to accept government salary since she took office in April 2013. Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern about political environment in Equatorial Guinea
    28 april 2016 06:48:44
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has expressed concern about the political environment in Equatorial Guinea both before and after its 24 April presidential election and called on the government to allow the citizens to exercise their democratic rights. Full text...

  • South Africa: Deeply divided South Africa commemorates 1994 all-race elections
    27 april 2016 13:13:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A deeply divided South Africa on Wednesday commemorated the 22nd anniversary of the country’s historic first all-race elections when Nelson Mandela was swept into power on a ticket of racial reconciliation. Full text...

  • Tunisia: UN representative concerned by Daesh attacks on Libya's oilfields
    27 april 2016 13:02:30
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, said on Wednesday that he was deeply concerned by recent incursions by the so-called Islamic State into Libya’s oil crescent region and attacks carried on oil fields. Full text...

  • Libya: EU delegation chief reaffirms EU support to Libyan presidential council
    27 april 2016 10:52:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The head of the European Union delegation in Libya, Nataliya Apostolova, has reaffirmed the full support of the EU to the presidential council of the national unity government and the implementation of the Libyan political agreement, which is now deadlocked. Full text...

  • Belgium: Belgium concerned about fresh targeted assassinations in Burundi
    27 april 2016 10:10:32
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Belgian minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, has expressed his country’s concerns over the fresh targeted assassinations in Burundi, after the recent attacks that have targeted senior national defence and armed forces officers, according to a communiqué issued on Wednesday in Brussels. Full text...

  • US: Security Council extends mandate of UN Mission in CAR
    27 april 2016 07:53:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council (CAR) on Tuesday extended until 31 July the mandate of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), determining that the situation in the country constitutes a threat to international peace and security. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes Machar's arrival, urges leaders to form unity govt
    27 april 2016 07:44:15
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has welcomed the arrival and swearing in of South Sudanese opposition leader Riek Machar as first vice president on Tuesday as "an important step" and asked the country's leaders to form a unity government. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes resumption of Burundian dialogue
    27 april 2016 06:09:56
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the announcement by former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa, as the facilitator of the East African Community (EAC)-led Burundian dialogue, that the next round of talks will take place May 2–6 in Arusha, Tanzania. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum welcomes return of Machar to Juba
    26 april 2016 19:39:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Tuesday welcomed the return of South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar to Juba as part of an agreement reached under the leadership of the African Union, to end fighting between his supporters and those of President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says South Sudan security situation remains 'extremely fragile'
    26 april 2016 19:20:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The security situation in South Sudan remains precarious, with Full text...

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