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  • Somalia: Parliament fails to push no confidence vote against PM
    11 november 2014 14:25:57
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - An attempt by Somali Members of Parliament to pass a no confidence vote against Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed failed to kick off Tuesday after three hours of heckling. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria's President formally declares interest in running again
    11 november 2014 14:12:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday formally declared his intention to run for a second, four-year term of office. Full text...

  • Togo: Opposition plans massive demonstration in favour of political reforms
    11 november 2014 11:38:42
    Lomé,Togo (PANA) - The Togolese Opposition, which has regrouped under a new organisation called "Combat pour l’Alternance Politique en 2015 (Cap 2015)", will take to the streets on 21 November to press home its call for institutional and constitutional reforms in the country before the presidential election in 2015, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Sudanese Minister appeals for dialogue in Tripoli
    11 november 2014 11:05:59
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Visiting Sudanese Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Kirti has appealed for dialogue in Libya, saying the crisis in the country can only be resolved if the various parties would talk to themselves. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya, Algeria explore areas of cooperation
    11 november 2014 10:44:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya and Algeria are committed to weeding out terrorism and ensuring peaceful coexistence in the entire continent of Africa, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Amina Mohamed and Algerian Senate Speaker Abdelkader Bensalah have said. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints ex-Mauritius leader as Burundi electoral mission head
    11 november 2014 08:10:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mr. Cassam Uteem as UN Special Envoy and Head of the UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi (MENUB), a UN statement announced late Monday. Full text...

  • Burundi: Gabonese leader sends message to Burundian counterpart
    10 november 2014 20:01:30
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi on Monday received in audience Gabon's Minister of National Defence, Ernest Mpouho Epigat, who delivered a message from Gabonese President Ali Bongo asking for Burundi's contribution of peacekeeping troops under the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) whenever necessary. Full text...

  • Congo: New Congolese party seeks diaspora's role in management of public affairs
    10 november 2014 17:08:32
    Paris, France (PANA) - Congo's newly formed political party, African Congress for Progress (CAP) regards involvement of the Congolese diaspora in the management of public affairs in their home country as an important asset, according to Dominique Nimi-Madingou, a member of the party's executive board. Full text...

  • Burundi: Burundi's army and police brace for 2015 general elections
    10 november 2014 16:32:22
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi's army and police are being deployed in different parts of the country in readiness to maintain order and security during the general elections scheduled to be held next year, according to a spokesman of the National Defence and Veterans Affairs. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: China, Côte d’Ivoire sign visa exemption deal on diplomatic passports
    10 november 2014 14:39:09
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – China and Côte d’Ivoire have signed a special agreement on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic passports in the two countries, diplomatic sources told PANA here on Monday. Full text...

  • Libya: Sudanese FM visits Libya on reconciliation mission
    10 november 2014 14:04:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - As mediator in the Libyan crisis, the Sudanese Foreign Minister, Ali Karti, arrived in Libya Monday on an official visit to try to reconcile protagonists in the Libyan crisis, according to a Sudanese diplomatic source in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ivorian Electoral Commission holds training session for officials
    10 november 2014 12:52:47
    Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will organize a training seminar for its central Commissioners from 10-13 November to make them better prepared to handle future elections in the country, according to a statement issued by the institution. Full text...

  • Sudan: Dialogue committee delegation to meet rebels in Addis
    10 november 2014 12:30:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Government said it would send an 8-member delegation from the ruling party leadership and other non-government parties to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in response to a proposal by the African Union (AU) to try to convince armed movements to take part in national dialogue. Full text...

  • Libya: Egypt, Greece, Cyprus call for cease-fire, political dialogue in Libya
    09 november 2014 12:51:57
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Egypt, Cyprus and Greece have called on Libyans to immediately halt the armed clashes and other acts of violence in their country and engage in an inclusive political dialogue and national reconciliation process. Full text...

  • UN: Morocco, 3 others elected judges of International Court of Justice
    08 november 2014 22:11:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly and UN Security Council have elected four judges to seats on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the UN. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief lauds steps to end South Sudan conflict
    08 november 2014 22:05:56
    New York, US(PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded the measures adopted by the group of African states working to end the conflict in South Sudan and expressed the hope that peace could quickly return to the young country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Militant white right-wingers continue to cloud the Mandela miracle (Feature by Craig Urquart, PANA Correspondent)
    08 november 2014 08:08:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Twenty years after Nelson Mandela was swept into power on a ticket of racial reconciliation, a tiny minority of white right wingers has continued to rally against the government. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD issues final deadline on South Sudanese conflict, threatens tougher sanctions
    08 november 2014 01:44:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - East African leaders rose from their two-day talks on South Sudan's conflict early Saturday by issuing a 15-day ultimatum to the warring parties to end the fighting or face a military operation to stop civilian killings. Full text...

  • Libya: US to impose sanctions on armed Libyan groups
    07 november 2014 20:57:08
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - US officials have said that they are considering imposing sanctions on the groups fighting in Libya, to prevent the transformation of the war fuelled by foreign powers into a civil war. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU extends EUFOR/CAR mandate till 15 March 2015
    07 november 2014 19:09:48
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) -The European Union has decided to extend until 15 March 2015 the mandate of its military mission in Central African Republic (EUFOR/CAR), according to a press communiqué issued Friday by the Council of member States in Brussels. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS pleads with int'l community not to impose sanctions on Burkia Faso
    07 november 2014 12:09:58
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - In the light of regional efforts to peacefully resolve the political crisis in Burkina Faso following the seizure of power by the military after the forced resignation of President Blaise Compaore, West African leaders are asking the international community not to impose sanctions on the country. Full text...

  • Libya: UN 'takes note' of court tuling invalidating Libya's parliamentary polls
    07 november 2014 11:39:59
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSML) said it had taken note of the decision of Libya's Supreme Court invalidating the election of the new Parliament. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Ex-Cabo Verde President heads to Burkina Faso as IOF's special envoy
    07 november 2014 00:01:00
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Former Cabo Verde President Antonio Mascarenhas Monteiro has been named a special envoy of the International Organisation of Francophonie (IOF) to Burkina Faso, the organisation said in a statement made available to PANA in Brussels Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN studies Supreme Court ruling against Libyan parliament
    06 november 2014 22:35:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said on Thursday that it is closely monitoring the situation in the North African country, following a Supreme Court ruling that declared the national parliament unconstitutional. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy welcomes accord to resolve crisis in Burkina Faso
    06 november 2014 19:28:52
    New York, US (PANA) - An agreement to resolve the political crisis in Burkina Faso has been welcomed by the top UN envoy in West Africa, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said hereThursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD summit to consider sanctions over South Sudan deadlock
    06 november 2014 17:35:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - East African leaders warned Thursday of sanctions against South Sudanese faction leaders for failing to compromise on a peace deal. Full text...

  • Libya: Court annuls election of new parliament
    06 november 2014 15:44:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Constitutional Division of the Libyan High court of Justice Thursday annulled the election of the new Libyan Parliament, voiding the revision of the Constitutional Declaration which called for election on 25 June, 2014. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AUC, ISS strengthen collaboration
    06 november 2014 08:58:39
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise several years of collaboration, according to a statement made available to PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials urge vigilance, transparency in Burundi's elections
    05 november 2014 22:37:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Noting the current stability in Burundi’s security situation, two UN officials briefing the UN Security Council on Wednesday urged vigilance, but expressed confidence that the government would continue on a path towards peace in the run-up to elections in 2015. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief calls for Burkina Faso's quick return to democratic process
    05 november 2014 22:17:15
    New York, US (PANA) - As a joint UN and African Union diplomatic mission continues its consultations with Burkinabé stakeholders amid a constitutional crisis in the West African country, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday reiterated his call for dialogue and voiced the hope for Burkina Faso’s speedy return to a democratic process. Full text...

  • Burkina: Chambas welcomes support from regional leaders to resolve Burkina crisis
    05 november 2014 20:47:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has welcomed the support by the regional leaders in the search for a solution to the political crisis in Burkina Faso, says a communiqué issued to PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 3 killed and 5 injured in attack on military bus
    05 november 2014 19:45:49
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday ambushed a military bus in the region of Kef, in northwest Tunisia bordering Algeria, killing three people and injuring 5 others, PANA learned from the Ministry of Defence. Full text...

  • Belgium: Belgian minister condemns massacres eastern DR Congo
    05 november 2014 19:05:30
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Condemning recent attacks on civilians, which killed over 80 people in Beni-Butembo zone of DR Congo, Belgium's Foreign Affairs Minister, Didier Reynders has called for renewed efforts to establish state authority in the restive eastern region of the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition MPs guilty of misconduct in South African parliament
    05 november 2014 17:48:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Parliament on Wednesday found 20 Economic Freedom Fighters MPs guilty of all charges stemming from the chaotic scenes when they verbally abused South African President Jacob Zuma over his Nkandla home. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: ECOWAS leaders assess current situation in Burkina Faso
    05 november 2014 17:40:08
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Three ECOWAS leaders Wednesday arrived in Ouagadougou to discuss with Burkinabe political stakeholders the ongoing situation following the army takeover of government after President Blaise Compaore's resignation. Full text...

  • Sudan: South Sudanese President leaves for home after successful visit
    05 november 2014 09:24:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Salva Kiir of South Sudan flew back to Juba on Wednesday at the end of an official visit to Sudan, where he agreed with President Omar Al Bashir to reactivate the cooperation agreements on economic, political and security which both leaders signed two years ago but have yet to be fully implemented. Full text...

  • UN: UN/AU mission in Burkina Faso encouraged by commitment to restore order
    05 november 2014 05:13:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has said that the joint UN and African Union (AU) diplomatic mission, sent to Burkina Faso last week, has returned to the capital city of Ouagadougou to continue its engagements with all parties, with the objective of reaching an agreement that will restore constitutional order through democratic elections. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS leaders to hold extra-ordinary summit on Ebola, Burkina Faso
    04 november 2014 23:19:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders are due to meet at an extra-ordinary summit in Accra, Ghana, 6-7 Nov. 2014 to review the regional response to the Ebola outbreak and also discuss the political development in Burkina Faso, the ECOWAS Commission said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Belgium: Belgian Prime Minister to attend Francophonie summit
    04 november 2014 20:31:59
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, will attend the Francophonie Summit scheduled for November 29 and 30 in Dakar, Senegal, a government statement announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Former Togo PM Edem Kodjo appointed special AU envoy to Burkina Faso
    04 november 2014 19:21:45
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The president of the African Union Commission (AUC), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has appointed former Togolese Prime Minister, Edem Kodjo, as the special envoy of AU to Burkina Faso, according to a statement sent to PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 'Army will hand over power to civilians as soon as possible'
    04 november 2014 18:45:47
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Mogho Naba, the supreme leader of the Mossé, the largest ethnic group in Burkina Faso, said on Tuesday that the army will "hand over power to civilians as soon as possible". Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan, South Sudanese leaders conclude talks on optimistic note
    04 november 2014 18:02:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Al Bashir and President Salva Kiir of South Sudan on Tuesday held talks on outstanding questions between the two countries and how to remove obstacles facing the implementation of joint cooperation agreements signed in Khartoum and in Juba in September 2012. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan premier underlines elections as only way to build democracy
    04 november 2014 17:12:41
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Prime Minister Abdallah Al-Theni has said while the North African country is going through a decisive phase, there are parties attempting to seize power through violence and ignoring the fact that elections are the only and best way to establish democracy. Full text...

  • Libya: 'Elections, the only means to establish democracy'
    04 november 2014 17:10:41
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Prime Minister Abdallah Al-Theni has reiterated that elections are the best way to establish democracy in the country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopia, Egypt want to boost bilateral trade ties after water row
    04 november 2014 14:52:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia and Egypt are moving to deepen diplomatic relations after putting behind a long disagreement over the sharing of the River Nile water resources. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Chair, two heads of state to visit Burkina Faso
    04 november 2014 12:34:27
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African Sates (ECOWAS), Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama and two heads of state of the sub-region will visit Burkina Faso on 5 November to meet all stakeholders on the political situation in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: South Sudan president Kiir arrives in Khartoum
    04 november 2014 10:36:51
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Salva Kiir of South Sudan arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday for a one-day visit to the Sudan. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Italy will set up camp to receive African refugees - Minister
    03 november 2014 21:08:28
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Italy has decided to set up camps to receive African refugees, the Italian minister of Interior, Angelino Alfano, said on Monday in a statement. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Zida promises a transition "within constitutional framework"
    03 november 2014 19:00:15
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Lt.-Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida, head of the transition in Burkina Faso, on Monday promised a transition "within a constitutional framework" and in the "shortest possible time". Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy clarifies change in mandate for South Sudan mission
    03 november 2014 18:59:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Ellen Margrethe Loj, UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), says the shift in the mandate of UNMISS does not mean a reduction in the depth of engagement or its level of commitment. Full text...

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