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  • Mali: Peace and reconciliation deal signed in Mali
    15 may 2015 22:19:47
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian government, represented by its ministry of foreign affairs, the representatives of the armed movements and those of the international mediation team, led by Algeria, on Friday signed the peace and reconciliation agreement, agreed on 1 March in Algiers by most of the concerned actors, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • UN: UN Secretary-General hails Mali peace agreement
    15 may 2015 20:40:12
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday welcomed the signing of Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: South Africa to host 6th Pan-African Parliament session
    15 may 2015 20:25:27
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The 6th session of the Pan-African Parliament will be held 18-27 May in the South African city of Midrand, according to an official communiqué received here Friday by PANA. Full text...

  • France: French govt welcomes release of child soldiers in CAR
    15 may 2015 17:58:43
    Paris, France (PANA) – The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development on Friday welcomed the liberation of hundreds of child soldiers in Bambari region of Central African Republic saying: "It is about a new important step towards peace." Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU PSC mulls over civilian protection mission in Burundi
    15 may 2015 09:56:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has requested the AU Commission, in consultation with the East African Standby Force, to undertake contingency planning, in view of the possible deployment of an expanded mission to ensure the protection of civilians and property and facilitate the cessation of violence in Burundi. Full text...

  • UN: UN condemns coup attempt in Burundi
    15 may 2015 05:25:51
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned all attempts to oust elected governments by military force and appealed to the Burundi’s political and security leaders to clearly and openly reject the use of violence following last Wednesday's coup attempt in the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Failed constitutional order in Burundi, another lesson for Africa (By Anaclet Rwegayura, PANA Editor, Tanzania)
    14 may 2015 11:59:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - When will Africa absolutely do away with coups d'état as a way of changing government, despite African Union's principle of rejecting unconstitutional change of government? Full text...

  • Nigeria: MPs representing defeated Pres. Jonathan join incoming ruling party
    14 may 2015 10:13:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Senator and House of Representatives members representing the home constituency of outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, in oil rich Bayelsa State, have decamped to the former opposition and incoming ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Political situation in Burundi at a turning point after military coup attempt (A News Analysis by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent)
    13 may 2015 22:19:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (Rwanda) - An announcement of a coup attempt launched by a group of senior military and police officers in Burundi to overthrow the regime, came few hours after President Pierre Nkurunziza arrived in the capital of neighbouring Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, to attend the summit of heads of state from the East African region. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges calm, restraint in Burundi
    13 may 2015 18:58:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Amid reports of political upheaval in Burundi, UN Secretary-General Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAC leaders condemn coup attempt in Burundi
    13 may 2015 17:30:18
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – General and presidential elections due to be held in Burundi next month should be postponed until the currently heated situation in the country is calmed down, East African Community (EAC) leaders resolved at a one-day summit held here Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria monitoring Burundi crisis
    13 may 2015 15:13:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Pretoria is closely monitoring the dramatic situation in Burundi amid reports that a renegade senior general said he had dismissed President Pierre Nkurunziza. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: 40th Anniversary Celebrations postponed
    13 may 2015 14:28:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Wednesday announced the postponement of the celebration of its 40th anniversary, originally scheduled for 28 May 2015 in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, where it is based. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Burundi’s Nkurunziza toppled?
    13 may 2015 13:51:37
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - As Burundi’s muddled politics put leaders of neighbouring countries on their toes, reports from Bujumbura Wednesday said President Pierre Nkurunziza has been toppled while attending a regional summit here that was trying to work out a solution to the crisis in his country. Full text...

  • Algeria: Algeria, France urge Malian parties to sign peace deal
    13 may 2015 11:51:26
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Algeria and France have urged all parties involved in the Malian crisis to sign, on 15 May in Bamako, the peace and reconciliation agreement, according to Algeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramtane Lamamra. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian PM to visit Algeria
    13 may 2015 10:34:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid will pay an official visit to Algeria 16-17 May on the invitation of his Algerian counterpart Abdelmalek Sellal, a government statement said. Full text...

  • Belgium: Brussels to host international conference on CAR on 26 May
    12 may 2015 19:59:41
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Central African Republic caretaker President Catherine Samba-Panza will on 26 May attend in Brussels an international fund-raising conference for her country organised by the European Union, it was announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Parliament barred from expelling MPs
    12 may 2015 12:02:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Western Cape High Court in South Africa on Tuesday ruled that the forced removal and arrest of Members of the country's Parliament by police is unconstitutional. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Former Guinea junta leader Camara declares candidacy for presidential election
    11 may 2015 22:29:45
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The former Guinean junta leader, Moussa Dadis Camara (2008-2009), on Monday in Ouagadougou, where he has lived in exile since January 2010, announced his candidature for the presidential election to be held in his country in October. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes Central African Republic peace pact
    11 may 2015 22:12:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday congratulated the people of the Central African Republic (CAR) for the adoption of a peace pact that reflects on their aspirations to put the conflict behind them once and for all and to build a more peaceful and democratic country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Chadian president pays one-day visit to Nigeria
    11 may 2015 21:26:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The president of Chad, Mr Idriss Deby, on Monday paid a one-day visit to Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, where he held meetings with Nigeria’s outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan and the president-elect Major General Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • Tunisia: EU migration commissioner visits Tunisia
    11 may 2015 18:59:42
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – European Union's Commissioner for Migration and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, on Monday began a two-day visit to Tunisia for discussion with senior officials about security and migration, said a communiqué issued by the European Commission. Full text...

  • Belgium: Brussels suspends financial support to Burundi's electoral process
    11 may 2015 17:56:33
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Belgium has suspended its police cooperation programme and its support to the electoral process in Burundi due to pre-election violence that is rocking the east-central African country, officials here said Monday. Full text...

  • France: French FM to visit Algeria Tuesday
    11 may 2015 15:53:21
    Paris, France (PANA) – The French foreign affairs minister, Laurent Fabius, accompanied by representatives of several French companies, will begin an official visit to Algeria on Tuesday, official sources told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS congratulates UK's Cameron on re-election
    10 may 2015 20:00:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has sent a message of congratulations to the British Prime Minister David Cameron on his re-election after last Thursday's general election. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African official opposition elects its first black leader
    10 may 2015 17:14:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Mmusi Maimane, parliamentary leader of the official South African opposition Democractic Alliance, on Sunday became the new head of the party. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: President Kafando to visit France
    08 may 2015 21:30:44
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The official postponed visit of the Burkina Faso president Michel Kafando to France will finally be made on 31 May-5 June 2015, media sources said on Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan, Ethiopia begin "popular diplomacy offensive"
    08 may 2015 20:22:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A large Ethiopian delegation arrived in Khartoum on Friday under a campaign to boost popular relations between the Sudan and Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Morocco: UMA foreign ministers support UN efforts on Libyan crisis
    08 may 2015 19:31:32
    Rabat, Morocco, (PANA) – Foreign ministers of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA) have called on Libyan political stakeholders to engage in unity talks, with the aim of forming a national unity government for the benefit and security of all neighbouring North African countries. Full text...

  • South Africa: Official opposition expected to elect first black leader
    08 may 2015 12:12:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) is expected to nominate Mmusi Maimane as its first black leader on Saturday, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN Security Council condemns attack on UN peacekeepers in DRC
    07 may 2015 15:38:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The UN Security Council on Thursday condemned the attack on the Full text...

  • Zambia: More countries show interest to support Africa’s bid to have 2 UN permanent seats
    07 may 2015 15:25:04
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Mwaba Kasese Bota, says more countries have shown interest to support Africa at this year’s UN General Assembly for the continent’s bid to have two permanent seats on the UN Security Council. Full text...

  • Algeria: Ramtane Lamamra to represent Algeria at Summit of 10
    07 may 2015 13:48:03
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – The Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ramtane Lamamra, will represent his country at the summit of 10 African heads of State and governments, designed to articulate Africa's common position on the UN Security Council reforms, according to an official communique. Full text...

  • Egypt: UN calls for international consensus in fight against new crimes
    07 may 2015 11:47:31
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The head of the UN regional Office on Drugs and Crimes in Cairo, Mr. Masoud B. Karimi, has stressed the need for international consensus in the fight against the new crimes of human trafficking and terrorism and the source of their financing. Full text...

  • Botswana: Tackling unemployment is top priority in President's 2nd term
    07 may 2015 10:15:12
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Tackling unemployment and stimulating economic growth are high on the priorities of Botswana’s President Ian Khama in his second term in office, the President has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan congratulates re-elected Togo President
    06 may 2015 17:47:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday congratulated his Togolese counterpart, Faure Gnassingbé, on his victory in the country’s recent presidential election, according to a statement from the Nigerian presidency. Full text...

  • Botswana: Govt spokesman dismisses reports of Khama, Mugabe fallout
    06 may 2015 08:26:19
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana government has dismissed media reports of a fallout between President Ian Khama and his Zimbabwean counterpart, Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia to host UN Security Council reforms summit
    05 may 2015 17:31:44
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia is this week hosting a summit of Heads of State and Foreign Ministers of the Committee on the UN Security Council Reforms, Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba, announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Apex court won't suspend new VP
    05 may 2015 16:37:12
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's Supreme Court has rejected an application for an injunction suspending the country's new Vice President, as sought by lawyers representing the sacked VP Samuel Sam-Sumana Full text...

  • Kenya: At least 61 killed in inter-tribal fighting
    05 may 2015 11:32:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 61 people have been killed in inter-tribal clashes in Kenya’s North-west region of Turkana over cattle raids, government officials said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kerry emphasises non-military means against terrorism
    05 may 2015 08:35:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry, currently visiting Kenya, has emphasized the need to fight terrorism with non-military means, including intensifying border patrols between Kenya and Somalia and arresting terrorism planners and financiers. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS congratulates Gnassingbé on electoral victory
    04 may 2015 20:05:48
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Monday congratulated Togo’s president Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé on his election victory. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: UN lauds South Sudan on ratification of child rights treaty
    04 may 2015 17:53:28
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on Monday welcomed South Sudan’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC, Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition Chieftain denies sexual misconduct allegations
    04 may 2015 14:54:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Ahead of the elective congress of South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), the party’s parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane has slammed an anonymous e-mail campaign accusing him of being part of a party sex ring. Full text...

  • Togo: Re-elected President Gnassingbé sworn in
    04 may 2015 12:22:56
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Re-elected Togo’s President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé was sworn into office for a third, five-year term on Monday before the Constitutional court. Full text...

  • Central African Republic: 'New Constitution should leave no space for impunity'
    04 may 2015 11:53:28
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Ahead of a national reconciliation forum scheduled to start in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), Monday, Amnesty International has challenged the country's authorities to amend clauses in a proposed new constitution that could undermine the fight against impunity. Full text...

  • Burundi: Protests against president’s 3rd term project resume
    04 may 2015 11:33:39
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Protests against the plan by Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek an unconstitutional third term in office resumed Monday, after a 48-hour break announced by the opposition. Full text...

  • Belgium: Organization concerned by drop in press freedom
    03 may 2015 15:33:05
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The International Organization of the Francophonie has expressed concern at the 'significant drop' in press freedom in many parts of the world, especially in Francophone nations. Full text...

  • Libya: Each displaced Libyan family to get US$400 during Ramadan
    03 may 2015 12:17:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan government has approved the payment of US$400 to each displaced Libyan family in Egypt and Tunisia during the 2015 Ramadan in June, when Muslim faithful will observe a month-long fasting. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan parties, EU top official meet in Tunisia
    01 may 2015 15:31:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The European Union (EU) Senior Representative for foreign affairs and security, Frederica Mogherini, currently visiting Tunisia, on Thursday held talks with with all the Libyan parties participating in the UN-backed inter-Libyan peace talks in Tunisia, according to a communique issued here Friday by the EU office in Libya. Full text...

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