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  • Ethiopia: Kidnapped Chibok girls top AU report on status of women in war
    08 december 2014 15:20:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) Special Envoy on Women and Peace, Benita Diop, has embarked on a visit to Nigeria, to review the status of women trapped in conflict, with the status of the kidnapped Chibok girls in Nigeria top on her agenda. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria, France may clash over arms plane
    08 december 2014 15:13:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria and France may engage in a diplomatic spat after the former said it would not immediately release a plane loaded with military hardware, including two choppers, that landed in Nigeria's northern city of Kano on Saturday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: PM Matata Ponyo reappointed head of national unity govt.
    08 december 2014 14:28:42
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The Congolese Prime Minister, Matata Ponyo, has been reappointed head of the national unity government, according to a presidential decree issued here Sunday. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Defence Chiefs meet on Ebola
    08 december 2014 08:19:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff kick off an extraordinary meeting in Ghana's capital, Accra, Monday to strengthen regional response against the Ebola outbreak which has inflicted huge humanitarian and economic tolls on the region. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Second round of Tunisian presidential poll set for 21 December
    07 december 2014 17:14:32
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia's second round of presidential election has been fixed for 21 December 2014, the president of the country's Independent Elections Superior Institute (IESI), Chafik Sarsar, announced Sunday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Former AUC chief seeks top job in Cote d'Ivoire
    07 december 2014 13:46:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Former interim Chairperson of the African Union Commission (2002-2003) Amara Essy has announced his candidacy for the Ivorian presidential election in 2015. Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament sets conditions for participation in Libyan national dialogue
    07 december 2014 13:18:53
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) - Libya's House of Representatives (parliament) has set conditions for its participation in the dialogue planned for 9 December under the auspices of the United Nations in order to resolve the current crisis in Libya. Full text...

  • Sudan: Government arrests two leading opposition figures
    07 december 2014 12:06:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan's security authorities have detained two leading opposition leaders who allegedly signed a document calling for removal of the government of President Omar Al Bashir from power by peaceful means, according to a press statement issued here Sunday by the opposition National Consensus Alliance (NCA). Full text...

  • US: IGAD congratulates Kenyatta over ICC withdrawal of charges
    06 december 2014 17:28:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Mahboub Maalim, on Saturday congratulated Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta over the decision by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to withdraw charges against him. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU Commissioner for Development visits Guinea
    06 december 2014 16:04:08
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Commissioner for Development, Neven Mimica on Friday began a three-day working visit to Guinea to reaffirm to the country’s authorities the willingness of the European Union (EU) to fight the deadly Ebola disease that has killed more than 6,000 people in West Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa: Troubled South Africa reflects on Mandela's legacy (Feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA correspondent)
    06 december 2014 07:34:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A year has passed since the death of prisoner-turned-world-statesman Nelson Mandela and South Africa is still trying to come to terms with its loss. Full text...

  • Libya: 3 killed in renewed Libya clashes
    05 december 2014 18:31:00
    Tripoli,Libya (PANA) - Three members of the Fajr Libyan forces, a coalition of armed groups from Misrata and Islamists, were killed on Thursday in violent clashes with the former rebels of Zenten and armed tribesmen near the city of Sabratha, west of Tripoli. Full text...

  • Libya: UNSMIL condemns air raids, warns escalation will not deter Libyan dialogue efforts
    05 december 2014 18:28:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned in the strongest terms recent air raids and the escalation in violence in Libya, noting with deep concern the disastrous impact that these attacks have on civilians, property and infrastructure. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Foreign Minister says Italy ready for military intervention in Libya
    05 december 2014 18:05:30
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  • Burundi: INEC announces one-week extension for Burundi voters registration
    05 december 2014 16:32:01
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Friday announced a one-week extension for registration of voters ahead of the 2015 general elections, according to the head of the commission. Full text...

  • Kenya: President Kenyatta relieved after ICC drops charges
    05 december 2014 14:49:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, has expressed relief after the International Criminal Court (ICC) dropped a case against him Friday, for lack of evidence. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan military aircraft crashes after air strikes in Kismayu
    04 december 2014 19:27:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) combat aircraft has crashed in southern Somalia after developing a technical fault, a military spokesman said Thursday. Full text...

  • Burundi: Civil society points out "irregularities" in Burundi voters registration
    04 december 2014 16:50:40
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Civil society organizations in Burundi have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to urgently take corrective measures on anomalies in the ongoing registration of voters ahead of the 2015 general elections in the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: Ruling party brands Addis Ababa opposition declaration unholy, regrettable
    04 december 2014 14:54:47
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has described as “regrettable” a declaration signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by Sudanese opposition political parties and armed movements, in which they said they will peacefully topple the government by staging a popular demonstration. Full text...

  • Libya: Int'l contact group pleads for political solution to Libya
    04 december 2014 12:36:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – At its maiden conference on the Libyan crisis in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the International contact group for Libya warned on Wednesday that the solution to the crisis in the north African nation cannot be military. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. announces 'beginning of liberation of Tripoli' by the army
    03 december 2014 22:00:35
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) – Soldiers loyal to Libya's government are advancing on the capital city of Tripoli and are now on the outskirts to liberate it from armed groups who seized it several months ago, the government said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU/ACP's 28th PPA session ends
    03 december 2014 21:08:22
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The 28th session of the Parliamentary Parity Assembly (PPA) ended on Wednesday at the European Parliament in the French city of Strasbourg, with the agreement that Vanuatu, in the Pacific, would host the 29th PPA session from 16 to 17 June next year. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Italian FM stresses need for political dialogue in Libya
    03 december 2014 20:47:02
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentiloni, on Wednesday stressed the need for parties to the conflict in Libya to resume dialogue to overcome the crisis prevailing in the country. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Opposition reiterates rejection of constitution amendment
    03 december 2014 20:38:26
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The DR Congo opposition, meeting under the umbrella group, Forces for Change (FAC), on Wednesday reiterated its rejection of the proposed amendment of the Constitution to allow a president to have more than two terms in office. Full text...

  • Libya: UN, US, EU urge Libyan protagonists to dialogue
    03 december 2014 19:27:59
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Foreign ministers of five European countries together with the US Secretary of State, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the UN Deputy Secretary-General for Political Affairs met Wednesday in Brussels to assess the current situation in Libya. Full text...

  • Kenya: ICC orders trial or termination of Kenyatta case
    03 december 2014 17:30:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The International Criminal Court (ICC) has ordered its Prosecutor to file a trial notice against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta within a week or drop charges of crimes against him. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS member states urged to pay up financial contributions
    03 december 2014 14:51:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Member States have been urged to pay up their financial contributions to facilitate the smooth running of the organisation. Full text...

  • Libya: UN mission schedules 2nd round of inter-Libyan talks for 9 December
    03 december 2014 13:24:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Wednesday called for a new round of political dialogue for 9 December 2014 in the north African country, after consultations with the different Libyan stakeholders. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief stresses support for South Sudan's independence, sovereignty
    02 december 2014 22:57:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon says the UN has no intention of placing South Sudan under a "protectorate", as reported recently in some news media. Full text...

  • Tunisia: New national assembly inaugurated
    02 december 2014 22:51:05
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The newly-elected Tunisian national assembly was inaugurated on Tuesday at the Palace of Bardo in Tunis with the opening session marked by the swearing-in of 217 Members of Parliament. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Acting authorities praise memory of martyrs of popular uprising
    02 december 2014 21:50:07
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso's acting president, Michel Kafando, on Tuesday praised the memories of the martyrs who died on 30-31 October, 2014 during the popular uprising that ousted president Blaise Compaoré from power. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ICC Prosecutor issues annual report on preliminary examinations
    02 december 2014 20:12:36
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, on Tuesday published her annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Italian Foreign Minister stresses importance of stability in Libya
    02 december 2014 18:11:36
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Italian Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Paolo Gentiloni stressed Tuesday the importance his country attaches to the return of stability in Libya, saying ''During the 2011 war we did not take the situation as we should have done and Italy played a secondary role.'' Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC's Dlamini Zuma decries Africa's funding imbroglio
    02 december 2014 17:59:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma Tuesday decried lack of funding as the main crisis facing the implementation of Africa's development plans. Full text...

  • Tunisia: New Tunisian parliament holds inaugural session
    02 december 2014 17:42:44
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia's newly-elected parliament, Assembly of People's Representatives, held its inaugural session Tuesday marking the beginning of the five-year term of the country's first post-revolution institution. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa wraps up latest trip to Lesotho
    02 december 2014 15:00:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday concluded his ninth visit to Maseru, Lesotho, in his capacity as the facilitator of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to help create peace and stability in the country. Full text...

  • Libya: 'Egypt is not involved in Libyan fighting'
    02 december 2014 11:47:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Egyptian troops are not involved in the current fighting pitching different armed groups in Libya, Libya's Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed al-Dairi has said. Full text...

  • Kenya: 36 quarry workers shot dead in fresh Mandera attack
    02 december 2014 10:04:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Thirty-six quarry workers were shot dead and others beheaded in an attack by the Somali Islamist group Al Shabaab earlier Tuesday, the Kenyan government said. Full text...

  • Guinea: World Bank president due Wednesday in Conakry
    01 december 2014 20:37:39
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The president of the World Bank Group, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, is expected on Wednesday in the Guinean capital, Conakry, for a working visit, the international financial institution said in a statement on Monday. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister Pereira in Praia on official visit
    01 december 2014 18:13:35
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) - Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira is on a four-day visit to Cape Verde since Sunday at the invitation of his Cape Verdean counterpart, José Maria Neves, PANA learned Monday from official sources. Full text...

  • Sao Tome and Principe: President Pinto da Costa appoints new government
    01 december 2014 16:59:22
    Sao Tomé, Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) – Sao Tome and Principe President Manuel Pinto da Costa has appointed the cabinet proposed by Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada for the 16th constitutional government, it was officially announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Former Mauritanian leader welcomes Hollande statement at OIF summit
    30 november 2014 12:35:46
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Former Mauritanian head of state Ely Ould Mohamed Vall has hailed the statement by French President François Hollande at the 15th summit of the International Francophonie Organization (OIF) warning African leaders who want to cling to power. Full text...

  • Senegal: President Sall pays glowing tribute to OIF Secretary General
    29 november 2014 16:04:57
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Senegalese president, Macky Sall, on Saturday in Dakar praised "the invaluable contribution” of Abdou Diouf, the Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organization, his compatriot and predecessor, to the promotion of the organization since assuming that position in 2002. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Politicians make promises to woo voters in Mauritius (Feature by Nasseem Ackbarally, PANA correspondent)
    29 november 2014 13:56:24
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The two main political alliances contesting the next legislative elections scheduled for 10 December in Mauritius have been making several promises to woo voters to their side. Full text...

  • Senegal: 15th Franchophonie summit opens
    29 november 2014 12:38:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The 15th summit of the International Francophonie Organization (OIF) opened on Saturday morning in the Senegalese capital, Dakar. Full text...

  • Togo: Human rights organizations demonstrate to demand political reforms
    29 november 2014 11:49:54
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Human rights organizations in Togo have stepped up their demands for institutional and constitutional reforms before the 2015 elections, as they staged a big march in the streets of the capital, Lomé, on Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: Italy welcomes Sudan efforts for dialogue in Libya
    29 november 2014 10:36:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Italian minister of foreign affairs, Paolo Genteloni, says that Italy backs efforts of Sudan to promote dialogue and stability in Libya, which is being torn apart by political and security crises. Full text...

  • Guinea: France grants Guinea 100 million euros to combat Ebola
    29 november 2014 10:19:04
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - France has granted Guinea 100 million euros to fight the Ebola virus disease that has killed more than 1,000 people in the West African country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa perfectly poised for the presidency (Feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA correspondent)
    29 november 2014 08:01:07
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - With President Jacob Zuma reeling in the wake of a series of crippling scandals, the spotlight is shifting to his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, who is beginning to look like the only person capable of pulling South Africa away from the biggest political upheaval since the collapse of apartheid two decades ago. Full text...

  • Belgium: European Development Commissioner leaves for Francophonie summit
    28 november 2014 22:28:26
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Development Commissioner, Neven Mimica, left Brussels for Dakar on Friday to take part in the 15th Francophonie summit this weekend. Full text...

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