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  • Libya: Gen. Khalifa Haftar installed Libyan Army Commander-in-Chief
    09 march 2015 18:06:10
    Tobrouk, Libya (PANA) – Seventy-two-year-old Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar was Monday installed Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan Army, at a ceremony here witnessed by members of the Libyan parliament and other military chiefs (Air force, Navy and Border guards). Full text...

  • Senegal: Queen Elizabeth says people need to talk, exchange ideas
    09 march 2015 16:49:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Queen Elizabeth II of England on Monday said that one simple lesson from history is that when people come together to talk, to exchange ideas and to develop common goals, wonderful things can happen. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Mbeki meets Nigerian stakeholders ahead of key elections
    09 march 2015 15:54:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid heightened tension in the run up to Nigeria's rescheduled general elections, former South African President Thabo Mbeki has been holding a series of meetings with key stakeholders in an effort to defuse tension and ensure successful polls. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Main opposition drags Nigerian First Lady to ICC over hate speech
    09 march 2015 15:49:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has formally reported the country's First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, after she called on her supporters to stone opposition supporters. Full text...

  • Algeria: Talks on Libyan crisis hold in Algiers Tuesday
    09 march 2015 11:06:43
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Algeria will Tuesday host talks aimed at resolving the political and security crises in Libya, according to the Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramtane Lamamra. Full text...

  • UN: 'Libyan dialogue participants determined to bridge differences'
    08 march 2015 08:09:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has said that the country's Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy welcomes progress in efforts to form assembly in Kismayo
    08 march 2015 07:59:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has welcomed the Interim Juba Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID exit strategy team heads for Darfur
    07 march 2015 19:39:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A tripartite team representing the Sudanese government, the United Nations and the African Union will next week leave for Darfur for a two-week visit to prepare of an exit strategy for the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to be submitted to the three parties next April, Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported on Saturday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Indian PM pays two-day visit to Mauritius from Wednesday
    07 march 2015 15:36:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to pay a two-day visit to Mauritius from Wednesday as chief guest of celebrations marking the 47th independence anniversary of the island. Full text...

  • UN chief disappointed over failed progress on South Sudan peace talks
    07 march 2015 05:38:24
    New York US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed disappointment after the unsuccessful conclusion of peace talks in South Sudan and the failure of President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar to display statesmanship and reach a power-sharing deal. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama underlines national unity as Ghana hits 58
    06 march 2015 18:53:50
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s president John Dramani Mahama on Friday stressed the need for unity telling his countrymen that their diversity must be a source of strength and not a weakness as the country celebrates its 58th independence anniversary. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Ruling party expels VP Sam-Sumana
    06 march 2015 17:58:39
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The governing All People’s Congress (APC) in Sierra Leone has expelled Vice-President Samuel Sam-Sumana from from the party, saying the Vice President was promoting violence in the country and lying over his academic qualification and religion. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy welcomes constructive dialogue in Libyan crisis
    06 march 2015 15:09:18
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General in Libya, Bernardino Leon, has welcomed what he called "the positive constructive spirit" seen in the first day of the resumed dialogue on the Libyan crisis. Full text...

  • Morocco: French FM expected in Morocco Monday
    06 march 2015 10:43:09
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International development Laurent Fabius will visit Morocco 9-10 March, diplomatic sources told PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition politicians investigated over spy cable scandal
    06 march 2015 10:37:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The spy cable scandal which has severely embarrassed Pretoria has refused to go away, amid confirmation by the State Security Agency (SSA) that an investigation has been launched into allegations of espionage against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and some prominent opposition politicians. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council extends mandate for UN political mission in Libya to 31 March
    05 march 2015 23:08:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), until 31 March. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: President Kafando calls for unity within the military
    05 march 2015 17:54:31
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The acting president of Burkina Faso, Michel Kafando, Thursday urged the national armed forces (FAN) to unite with a view to serving the people better. Full text...

  • South Africa: Cabinet slams spy cable leak
    05 march 2015 11:42:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Cabinet Thursday slammed the leaking of thousands of spy cables detailing Pretoria’s intelligence activities around the world to the Qatar-based television channel Al Jazeera. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: UN Security Council delegation expected in CAR
    04 march 2015 20:25:50
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – A delegation from the UN Security Council will on 10 March make a forty-eight hour visit to Central African Republic, says a communiqué issued to PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks South Sudanese leaders on peace, stability
    04 march 2015 17:25:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged South Sudanese political rivals, President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar, to resolve their differences and move towards a lasting peace ahead of an impending mediation deadline. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Pres. Kafando urges compatriots to register to vote
    04 march 2015 11:08:50
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Acting President Michel Kafando has urged his compatriots to show patriotism by participating massively in the ongoing revision of the voter's register. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa returns to Lesotho following snap election
    04 march 2015 10:36:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday returned to Maseru, as efforts continue to form a ruling coalition in the aftermath of Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council moves to slam sanctions on South Sudan peace blockers
    04 march 2015 07:46:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution creating Full text...

  • Libya: New round of inter-Libyan talks begins Thursday in Morocco
    03 march 2015 16:27:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Stakeholders in the Libyan crisis will Thursday begin a new round of talks in Morocco under the supervision of the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Civil society opposes removal of electoral chief
    03 march 2015 13:40:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room), a coalition of civil society organisations, has expressed concern at the ongoing campaign in certain circles for the removal of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS hails Mali Peace Accord
    03 march 2015 12:22:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has hailed the Mali Peace and Reconciliation Agreement signed in Algiers, Algeria, 1 March 2015, which it called the culmination of several months of dedication and tenacious commitment of all parties involved in the Malian talks. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 15,000 policemen threaten strike on election day
    03 march 2015 10:22:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 15,000 Nigerian policemen have threatened to embark​ on strike on 28 March, the date for the country's presidential election, to press for the payment of their salary arrears. Full text...

  • Zambia: Ex-Tourism Minister expelled from ruling party
    03 march 2015 08:30:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Outspoken former Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo has been expelled from Zambia's ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party for campaigning against President Edgar Lungu during the January 2015 presidential elections. Full text...

  • Libya: Khalifa Haftar appointed C-in-C of Libyan Army
    03 march 2015 08:14:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Parliament has appointed retired Libyan General Khalifa Haftar to the post of Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan Army, PANA reported from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: US urges South Sudanese leaders to choose peace
    03 march 2015 08:04:09
    New York, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry has stressed the need for warring parties in South Sudan to use the current and final round of negotiations to deliver a sustainable peace and stability for the country and its people. Full text...

  • Congo: Central Africa's Peace and Security Council meets in Brazzaville
    02 march 2015 22:12:14
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The first conference of the commission at the Central Africa Peace and Security Commission (COPAX) opened on Monday in Brazzaville to review challenges for the preservation of peace and security in countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament lifts suspension of participation in inter-Libyan talks
    02 march 2015 21:02:02
    Tobrouk, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Chamber of Representatives, the internationally recognised Parliament, in a session in the eastern city of Toruk on Monday, lifted the suspension of its participation in the inter-Libyan talks facilitated by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Full text...

  • Ghana: Namibia president Pohamba wins Mo Ibrahim Prize
    02 march 2015 20:54:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia has been named as the winner of the 2014 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: National Security boss fired
    02 march 2015 13:58:10
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Head of Sierra Leone’s national security Mustapha Kahuta Dumbuya has been fired after security agents seized 250kg of controversial Ebola blood samples, bound for South Africa, at the Lungi international airport. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief lauds Lesotho's peaceful elections
    02 march 2015 07:45:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of Lesotho on the peaceful conduct of the country's parliamentary elections, held on 28 Feb. Full text...

  • Sudan: Opposition lists conditions for dialogue with govt
    01 march 2015 16:37:06
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese opposition parties, meeting in Berlin, Germany, at the invitation of the German government and non-governmental organizations, have signed a declaration, saying they would only participate in talks with the government if wars and other conflicts are halted. Full text...

  • Congo: Opposition calls for 'immediate' national dialogue before 2016 presidential election
    27 february 2015 20:51:51
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A large coalition of the Congolese opposition parties has urged president Denis Sassou Nguesso to organise "immediately" a national dialogue ahead of next year’s presidential election. Full text...

  • Libya: Russia, EU give Libyan dialogue last chance of support
    27 february 2015 18:04:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) and Russia have agreed to support the "last" diplomatic attempt for Libya to get out of the ongoing crisis, according to reports carried by the Libyan media on Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius seeks to exercise sovereignty over Chagos Archipelago
    26 february 2015 12:24:34
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth, told Parliament Thursday that it has always been the unequivocal stand of Mauritius that the Chagos Archipelago, including Diego Garcia and Tromelin, are an integral part of its territory. Full text...

  • South Africa: Govt to investigate spy cable release
    26 february 2015 11:35:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The government has slammed the leaking of thousands of spy cables to television channel Al Jazeera which detail Pretoria’s intelligence activities around the world. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian PM underscores international coordination in fighting terrorism
    25 february 2015 19:18:14
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The fight against terrorism, a cross-border and continental phenomenon, demands continuous regional and international coordination, Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid said on Wednesday during his audience with the European Union coordinator for the fight against terrorism, Gilles de Kerchove. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission urges Libya's stakeholders to pursue next round of talks
    25 february 2015 18:51:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Wednesday said Full text...

  • UN: South Sudan gripped by 'serious failure of leadership'
    25 february 2015 12:14:55
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous has warned that following a worsening humanitarian situation and a fragile security environment, the continuing tension between South Sudan’s rival factions risk plunging the country into further violence. Full text...

  • Niger: Benin, Togo, Cote d'Ivoire back president Mahamadou against Boko Haram
    24 february 2015 21:03:52
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Benin, Togo and Cote d'Ivoire on Tuesday threw their support behind Niger in its fight against the Nigerian-based Boko Haram insurgents which have been creating havoc in a number of West and Central African countries. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kagame appoints new Sports and Culture minister
    24 february 2015 19:38:51
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday made a minor shuffle of his cabinet by appointing Ms. Julienne Uwacu as new Minister of Sports and Culture, said an official statement issued to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan PM deplores US passivity on terrorism in Libya
    24 february 2015 17:29:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Prime Minister of Libya's interim government, Abdallah al-Theni has accused the United States and other superpowers of closing their eyes on arms smuggling to the benefit of armed groups in Libya, asserting that members of the Nigerian "Boko Haram" group of insurgents have infiltrated into Libya because of the chaos that reigns in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya opens new diplomatic mission in Algeria
    24 february 2015 13:53:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has opened a new diplomatic mission in Algiers, Algeria, and posted Ambassador Moi Lemoshira, the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ministry said in a press statement. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says without UN, past 70 years would have been 'bloodier'
    23 february 2015 22:42:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said the past seven decades would have been bloodier without the existence of the UN, noting that the organisation has made remarkable achievements in the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as growth and development. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan court nullifies key sections of new anti-terror law
    23 february 2015 17:38:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan court stopped the government on Monday from imposing large fines against journalists and publishers in a ruling nullifying eight sections of a controversial terrorism law. Full text...

  • Algeria: President Uhuru Kenyatta to visit Algeria Tuesday
    23 february 2015 15:40:06
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – The Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, will on Tuesday begin a three-day working visit to Algeria at the invitation of the Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, says a communiqué issued Monday by the Algerian presidency. Full text...

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