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  • UN: UN chief urges Guinea-Bissau leaders to resolve political crisis
    21 december 2016 14:31:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing concern over the impact of a prolonged political and institutional crisis in Guinea-Bissau, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the country's leadership to work towards a long-lasting political solution to the crisis on the basis of a regional roadmap agreed in September this year. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria expresses concern over DRC conflict
    21 december 2016 09:07:50
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - The South African government on Wednesday expressed its deep concern over the current situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN envoy 'concerned' about wave of arrests, detentions in DR Congo
    21 december 2016 06:49:00
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has expressed grave concern over the wave of arrests and arbitrary detention “of those who seek to express their political views” in the country over the past three days, and reiterated the necessity for all Congolese authorities to respect the rules of the country and ensure protection of free speech. Full text...

  • US: US condemns DR Congo violence; urges all sides to exercise restraint
    21 december 2016 06:35:43
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has condemned the violence that has occurred in the capital of DR Congo, Kinshasa, and other parts of the country since Monday and appealed to all sides to exercise restraint and refrain from statements or actions that could incite further violence. Full text...

  • Gambia: More Gambian Diplomats urge Jammeh to hand over power
    20 december 2016 14:52:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - More Gambian diplomats have called on President Yahya Jammeh to accept the outcome of the presidential election and facilitate a peaceful transfer of power to President-Elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • South Africa: Protestors clash with police at DRC embassy in Pretoria
    20 december 2016 12:37:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Police on Tuesday used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse angry DR Congo protestors in Pretoria who were expressing outrage at President Joseph Kabila's continuous stay in office although his mandate ended on Monday. Full text...

  • US: US urges international community to stand by Libyan government
    20 december 2016 07:31:19
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - As the Libyan political agreement signed in Morocco enters its second year, the US is urging the international community to stand by the Government of National Accord (GNA) in the next phase of the implementation of the agreement. Full text...

  • US: US says urgent action needed to end South Sudan conflict
    20 december 2016 07:15:20
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has stressed that it is imperative that all parties join together to forge a resolution and bring peace to the people of South Sudan as the bloody conflict in the country enter its fourth year. Full text...

  • US: Ban commends ECOWAS’ firm decision to stand by Gambian president-elect
    20 december 2016 06:47:41
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended decisions by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to take all necessary actions to enforce the outcome of the presidential election in Gambia, guarantee the protection of President-elect Adama Barrow, and attend the new leader’s inauguration ceremony on 19 January 2017. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Chair supports ECOWAS decision on transfer of power in Gambia
    19 december 2016 19:11:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) Chairman, President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad on Monday reaffirmed "the imperative need for an orderly and peaceful transfer of power to the President-elect of the Gambia, in line with the relevant provisions of the AU Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance." Full text...

  • Gambia: Barrow again urges Jammeh to facilitate smooth power transfer
    19 december 2016 16:14:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow has again urged outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to accept the election result in good faith and facilitate a smooth transfer of power. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari charges Nigerian Career Ambassadors-designate to change the narrative of Nigeria abroad
    19 december 2016 16:06:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Career Ambassadors-designate, recently cleared by the Senate, on Monday in Abuja began a Ministry of Foreign Affairs induction course with President Muhammadu Buhari charging them to change the narrative of Nigeria as seen by the outside world. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'ECOWAS leaders will enforce result of Gambian presidential election'
    18 december 2016 04:41:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Authority of Heads of States of the Economic Community of West African Sates (ECOWAS) says it will enforce the result of The Gambia presidential election on 1 December which saw Mr. Adama Barrow emerging as the president-elect. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks Libyans on peace, stability
    17 december 2016 18:45:51
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the first anniversary of the signing of the Libyan Political Agreement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday commended all Libyans who engaged in the process, but cautioned that while much progress has been made, "the road to peace is long". Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari calls on ECOWAS to focus on improving lives of citizens
    17 december 2016 16:28:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has urged member nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to cut the organisation's administration costs in all its institutions and focus on programmes aimed at enhancing and affecting the lives of the citizens positively. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council extends UN mandate in South Sudan by one year
    17 december 2016 13:33:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Approving a one-year extension of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, the Security Council on Friday demanded an end to the fighting in the war-riven country, and decided that the mission, known as UNMISS, shall “use all necessary means” to “deter and prevent” sexual violence within its capacity, and “monitor, investigate and report incidents of hate speech.” Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern of potential violence in DRC
    17 december 2016 07:14:34
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States says it is deeply concerned about the potential for unrest and violence in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on or around 19 December, when President Joseph Kabila’s second and final term in office is to end with the inauguration of a democratically elected successor. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia's anti-corruption body deplores Jammeh's twist
    16 december 2016 17:09:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Anti-Corruption International The Gambia (ACIG) has Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia's university workers urge Jammeh to hand over power
    16 december 2016 13:53:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambia University workers have called on outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to peacefully hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma hails government's achievements
    16 december 2016 06:30:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma has painted a glowing picture of his government’s achievements in his end-of-year statement on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Guterres appoints Nigerian deputy UN chief
    15 december 2016 19:34:03
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres on Thursday announced Nigeria’s Environment minister Amina Mohammed as UN Deputy Secretary-General. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senate rejects confirmation of anti-graft boss
    15 december 2016 15:56:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate on Thursday rejected the nomination of Alhaji Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia's envoy in US urges Jammeh to hand over power
    15 december 2016 14:46:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambia's ambassador to the United States, Sheikh Omar Faye, has urged defeated President Yahya Jammeh to peacefully hand over power to the president-elect, Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council extols outgoing UN chief
    15 december 2016 05:43:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council on Wednesday in New York acknowledged the contributions of the outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, to global peace, security and development. Full text...

  • Senegal: US urges Gambian military to withdraw from electoral commission office
    14 december 2016 18:31:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The United States on Wednesday strongly urge Gambian security forces that entered the headquarters of the country's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Tuesday ''to withdraw, and not to threaten or intimidate'' members of the Commission. Full text...

  • Senegal: IHRDA calls on Gambia's Jammeh to ensure peaceful transfer of power
    14 december 2016 16:02:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) has called on Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to take measures and ensure a ''smooth and peaceful transfer of power'' to president-elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius Parliament passes amendments to the Prevention of Terrorism Act
    14 december 2016 14:59:30
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Wednesday said although it is true that the threat level to Mauritius regarding international terrorism is considered low; “yet, terrorism has no frontiers and its random and unpredictable nature makes it a matter of concern to any country.” Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns military takeover of Gambia's electoral commission
    14 december 2016 14:54:56
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday expressed dismay at the takeover of Gambia's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) premises by the country's military. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambian Doctors urge President Jammeh to hand over power
    14 december 2016 14:52:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Medical practitioners, under the banner of Medical and Dental Association of The Gambia (MDAG), have urged President Yahya Jammeh to peacefully hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS leaders fail to resolve Gambian politial impasse
    13 december 2016 21:17:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A high-powered delegation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has failed to resolve the political impasse that is threatening the peace of Gambia after a disputed election. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian lawyers begin strike; labour unions ask Jammeh to step down
    13 december 2016 16:24:11
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Bar Association (GBA) on Tuesday began an indefinite strike to protest the decision of President Yahaya Yammeh to reject the results of the 1 December election which he lost to opposition coalition candidate Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's VP Osinbanjo leaves for 2-day visit to Algeria
    13 december 2016 15:35:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, left here Tuesday for a two-day visit to Algeria. Full text...

  • Gambia: Ghana's outgoing President Mahama in Gambia for Jammeh mediation talks
    13 december 2016 12:17:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Ghana's outgoing president John Dramani Mahama has arrived in the Gambian capital, Banjul, where he will join leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to mediate in the looming political crisis in Gambia. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS leaders due in Gambia to mediate in looming political crisis
    13 december 2016 08:47:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are due in Banjul, Gambia, on Tuesday for talks to persuade incumbent president Yahya Jammeh to agree to leave office after his defeat in the country's 1 December presidential election. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition not concerned about Jammeh’s about-turn - Spokesman
    13 december 2016 08:34:41
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Halifa Sallah, spokesperson for the opposition coalition that defeated President Yahya Jammeh in the 1 December polls, says it not concerned about his rejection of the results. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian lawyers say Jammeh U-turn 'tantamount to treason'
    13 december 2016 08:33:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) -The Gambia Bar Association (GBA) says the declaration by outgoing president Yahya Jammeh of the 1 December 2016 presidential as null and void is tantamount to treason. Full text...

  • US: US slaps sanctions on two senior DR Congo officials
    13 december 2016 05:39:29
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The U.S. Treasury Department has imposed targeted sanctions on two senior government officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo, John Kirby, spokesperson for the State Department has said. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly pays tribute to Ban Ki-moon
    12 december 2016 19:23:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly on Monday in New York paid a tribute to the outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his "untiring service to humanity" over the past decade. Full text...

  • UN: Antonio Guterres sworn as new UN chief
    12 december 2016 18:59:50
    New York, US (PANA) - Antonio Guterres was sworn in Monday as the ninth UN Secretary-General, pledging to reposition development at the centre of the organization’s work and ensure that the UN can change to effectively meet the myriad challenges facing the international community. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia’s opposition coalition urges the world to caution president Jammeh
    12 december 2016 17:25:05
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s opposition coalition on Monday urged the international community to caution President Yahya Jammeh to immediately hand over power to president-elect Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu congratulates Ghana President-Elect
    12 december 2016 15:51:10
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has congratulated Ghana’s President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo, following his victory in the general elections held on 7 December. Full text...

  • UN: António Guterres to be sworn in Monday as the next UN Secretary-General
    12 december 2016 12:26:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, will be sworn in on Monday, 12 December, 2016, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, succeeding Ban Ki-moon who steps down at the end of the month. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana condemns Jammeh's U-turn
    12 december 2016 10:23:14
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has condemned Gambian president Yahya Jammeh for rejecting the results of this month's election which he lost to opposition candidate Adama Barrow and calling for a new vote. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria sends condolences to Egypt, Nigeria after tragedies
    12 december 2016 08:43:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Monday condemned last weekend’s terror attacks in Egypt and sent condolences to the Nigerian government following the deaths of more than 100 worshippers following a roof collapse at a church in Akwa Ibom state capital, Uyo. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges Jammeh to respect presidential election outcome
    11 december 2016 16:34:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the outgoing Gambian President Yahya Jammeh for rejecting the outcome of the presidential election in the country, and urged him to carry out a peaceful and orderly transition process. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama directs security agencies to maintain order
    11 december 2016 06:10:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's outgoing president John Dramani Mahama has directed the security agencies to deploy across the country and arrest anybody caught vandalising Government property or attacking innocent Ghanaians. Full text...

  • US: Security Council asks Gambian leader Jammeh to peacefully hand over
    10 december 2016 21:37:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning the outgoing Gambian President's rejection of the official election results proclaimed by the country's Independent Electoral Commission, the United Nations Security Council urged him to carry out a peaceful and orderly transition process. Full text...

  • US: Ban congratulates Ghana's president-elect Akufo-Addo
    10 december 2016 21:32:11
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo on his election as President of Ghana and thanked outgoing President John Dramani Mahama for his role in defusing tensions and preserving peace during the election period. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD Summit condemns systematic killings in South Sudan
    10 december 2016 20:16:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A Summit of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has condemned the systematic killings and violence in South Sudan and called on the African Union (AU) to act urgently to stop large-scale violence in the world’s youngest state. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia's president-elect says there will be no fresh elections
    10 december 2016 17:09:16
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow said on Saturday that there will be no fresh elections and the transfer of power shall be effected in January according to the Constitution. Full text...

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