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  • Ethiopia: South Sudan threatens to overrun rebel strongholds if talks fail
    22 august 2014 14:44:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The South Sudanese government said Friday it would ignore the 23 January ceasefire agreement and attack rebel outposts, unless the rebels sign an agreement to stop the fighting and push their forces at least 10km apart. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President Abdel Aziz receives message on bilateral relations from Chadian leader
    21 august 2014 18:52:32
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz received on Thursday in Nouakchott, Chad's Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Ms. Mariam Mahamat Nour, who delivered a message from Chadian President Idriss Deby, an official source here told PANA. Full text...

  • Mozambique: RENAMO spokesperson freed from detention
    21 august 2014 18:35:04
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - After a month in detention, Antonio Muchanga, official spokesperson of Mozambican opposition RENAMO party, was set free Tuesday under a new amnesty law, which was published the day before in 'Jornal da República' official gazette. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia suspends all flights from Libya
    21 august 2014 15:33:57
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian authorities have suspended all flights to and from the Libyan airports in Tripoli, Misrata and Sirte, according to a statement issued Thursday by the Ministry of Transport in the capital city, Tunis Full text...

  • South Africa: Chaos in parliament as MPs target President Zuma
    21 august 2014 14:25:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tension soared in the South African parliament on Thursday afternoon when the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) took aim at President Jabob Zuma over the controversial upgrade to his private home, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma addresses Gaza conflict
    21 august 2014 14:02:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Representatives from South African civil society, trade unions and the African National Congress Youth League Thursday confirmed that they met with President Jacob Zuma in Cape Town to address the crisis in Palestine. Full text...

  • Botswana: No foul play in Botswana's opposition leader
    21 august 2014 08:11:18
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Police Service (BPS) has completed investigation into the death of opposition leader Gomolemo Motswaledi, three weeks after his death, and concluded there is no foul play in the death. Full text...

  • Libya: Acting Oil and Gas vice minister sacked
    20 august 2014 19:52:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan Prime Minister Abdallah al-Theni has sacked the country's Oil and Gas acting Vice Minister, Omar Chakmak, PANA reported Wednesday from Tripoli. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President Abdel Aziz appoints new Prime Minister
    20 august 2014 16:17:56
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA ) - Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Wednesday appointed Yahya Ould Hademine as the country's new Prime Minister and tasked him to form a new government, official sources here told PANA. Full text...

  • Congo: Mediator chats new course for governance in CAR
    20 august 2014 13:58:26
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Consultation among members of the Brazzaville forum is a prerequisite for the composition of a new government in the Central African Republic (CAR), said Mr. Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet, the Chairman of the National Transition Council (NTC) and mediator in the CAR crisis. Full text...

  • Mauritius: SADC calls member states to support Mauritian claim on Chagos Archipelago
    19 august 2014 07:50:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) who met over the weekend at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, have called on member states to fully support the ''legitimate claim of Mauritius for the restoration of its sovereignty over Chagos Archipelago without which the full decolonisation of Africa is not complete'' Full text...

  • Zambia: Police arrest opposition MPs for assault
    18 august 2014 13:31:39
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Member of Parliament Jonas Shakafuswa, has been arrested for allegedly assaulting six cadres from the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) during campaigns ahead of Tuesday’s parliamentary by-election in the Mangango constituency, western Zambia. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AU Summit on employment postponed because of Ebola
    18 august 2014 09:41:11
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government on employment, the eradication of poverty and inclusive development, scheduled for 2-7 Sept. in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, has been postponed because of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa. Full text...

  • UN: Mission pledges state-building support in Somalia
    17 august 2014 20:02:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) on Sunday pledged its continued support as the country looks ahead to beginning the process of federalism aimed at building a stronger, more united Somalia. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan complains of 'hostile campaign'
    17 august 2014 07:39:39
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan has complained that it is being targeted by "a tremendous hostile campaign" seeking to distort its image, but says it will bounce back. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Mauritian candidate for OIF top job campaigns in Cote d'Ivoire
    16 august 2014 17:45:16
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Seeking the post of Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organization (OIF), Mauritian candidate, Jean-Claude de l’Estrac, ended his campaign Friday in Côte d’Ivoire, pledging to create jobs for young people and making Africa a productive and industrialized continent. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU condemns fresh outbreak of violence in Libya
    16 august 2014 16:50:15
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Rising from their council meeting here, Foreign Ministers of the European Union (EU) on Saturday expressed serious concerns following the "explosion" of violence in Tripoli, Benghazi and other cities Libya, deploring its consequences on regional security and Europe, official sources said. Full text...

  • Mali: Talks between Malian government, armed groups postponed
    15 august 2014 20:59:29
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The resumption of talks between the Malian government and armed groups in northern Mali, initially planned for Sunday in Algiers, has been postponed for two weeks, the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and International Cooperation, Abdoulaye Diop, said on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Email account of presidential spokesman hacked, used to send PR on Chibok girls
    15 august 2014 16:29:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The email account of Nigeria's presidential spokesman Reuben Abati was apparently hacked and used to send a press release to the effect that President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed the location of the school girls who were abducted by Boko Haram almost three months ago. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Fighting escalates in South Sudan, 400 displaced in early fighting Friday
    15 august 2014 13:53:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Fresh military hostilities erupted Friday in Bentiu and Ayod in the Jonglei state between the government forces and the rebels two days after a visit by members of the UN Security Council, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Kenya: Top Intelligence official quits after series of terror raids
    15 august 2014 11:42:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's top intelligence official has quit his job after a series of terror attacks in the East African nation, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Spanish national as new UN envoy in Libya
    15 august 2014 07:50:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mr. Bernardino Leon of Spain as the UN Special Representative for Libya and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), according to a UN statement issued here Friday. Full text...

  • Belgium: CAR, South Sudan face severe humanitarian crisis
    14 august 2014 21:15:55
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syria and Iraq are the four countries in the world facing the most severe humanitarian crises, according to the European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid Full text...

  • Mali: Government adopts bill on opposition status
    14 august 2014 16:27:00
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian government on Thursday adopted a bill on the status of the political Opposition formally recognising its leader as its official spokesperson, said a communiqué issued by the Council of ministers. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council pledges support for political reforms in Somalia
    14 august 2014 15:29:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Members of the UN Security Council visited Mogadishu, Somalia, on Wednesday to review progress made by the Federal Government and to demonstrate their continued support for the country’s efforts to ensure a sustainable peace, a UN statement said on Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Deep divisions in South Africa over Gaza crisis
    14 august 2014 09:37:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Two South Africans are being investigated for contravening the country’s Foreign Military Assistance Act after they were allegedly recruited by the Israeli military for the invasion of Gaza. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition romps to victory in national by-elections
    14 august 2014 09:31:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) swept to victory in 17 of the 19 by-elections that were contested around the country on Wednesday, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: President Compaoré to attend 70th anniversary of Provence Landings
    13 august 2014 22:16:58
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso president, Blaise Compaoré, will on Friday take part in the festivities marking the 70th anniversary of the Provence Landings in France, a press release issued on Wednesday by the presidency's communication department says. Full text...

  • Cameroon: President Biya to attend Provence Landings
    13 august 2014 21:44:50
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - The Cameroonian president Paul Biya left Yaounde on Wednesday for France where they will attend ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Provence Landings (The Forgotten D-Day) scheduled for Friday, according to a statement from the Civil cabinet of the Presidency of the Republic. Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament dissolves illegal armed groups
    13 august 2014 21:09:16
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) - Libya's new parliament on Wednesday decided to dissolve all armed groups and non-regular brigades, after calling for intervention to protect civilians and state institutions against rival militias engaged in bloody clashes. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: President Ouattara to attend 70th anniversary of Provence Landings
    13 august 2014 20:50:06
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara, left Abidjan on Wednesday for France where he will take part in the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Provence Landings, a military operation carried out from 15 August 1944 by allied troops during World War II in south-east France. Full text...

  • Burundi: Heads of Great Lakes region meet in Luanda
    13 august 2014 17:08:14
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) are due to hold a mini-summit Thursday in the Angolan capital, Luanda, to assess the security situation in DR Congo and the Great Lakes Region as a whole, the organisation's executive secretariat here said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament votes for int'l intervention to protect civilians
    13 august 2014 14:26:14
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) - The new Libyan parliament on Wednesday resolved to ask the international community to intervene in the ongoing violent crisis in Libya to protect civilians after rival militias failed to comply with a ceasefire agreement. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Ivorian leader appoints 3 new Constitutional Council members
    13 august 2014 13:56:22
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara has appointed three new members of the country's Constitutional Council to replace those whose terms have expired, PANA learnt from official sources here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian candidate Jean-Claude de l'Estrac campaigns in Senegal
    13 august 2014 12:22:05
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Senegalese Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne Tuesday received the Mauritian candidate for the post of Secretary General of the Francophonie, Jean-Claude de l'Estrac in Dakar, Senegal, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Re-elected Nigerian governor receives 'certificate of return' from electoral body
    13 august 2014 09:09:18
    Osogbo, Nigeria (PANA) - Freshly re-elected Governor of Nigeria's South-west Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has received his 'certificate of return' from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), following his victory in Saturday’s election. Full text...

  • South Africa: Churches slam 'genocide' in Iraq
    13 august 2014 08:30:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Council of Churches (SACC) and the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA) Wednesday condemned the purge of Christians in Iraq. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Fourth IOC Summit to be held in Moroni
    12 august 2014 21:42:14
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The 4th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), which was postponed due to the crash of Air Algerie plane on 25 July, will be held on 23 August in Moroni, Comoros. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Sata to miss SADC summit
    12 august 2014 20:43:58
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba, has disclosed that President Michael Sata will not attend the forthcoming Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) summit to be held in the Zimbabwean resort town of Victoria Falls. Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament opts for public presidential poll in Libya
    12 august 2014 18:01:37
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) – Libya's future president will be elected in direct universal suffrage, the new Libyan Parliament decided Tuesday at its plenary session in the eastern region of Tobruk, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Malawi: President Mutharika rules out war with Tanzania over disputed lake
    12 august 2014 16:45:41
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Peter Mutharika has ruled out going to war with neighbouring Tanzania over the disputed border over Lake Malawi but insisted the issue of the lake, Africa's third largest fresh-water body, is non-negotiable. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Eritrean parties form military wing to launch attacks against Asmara
    12 august 2014 15:23:45
    Semera, Ethiopia (PANA) - A coalition of Eritrean political parties agreed to form a military wing Monday, to kick off an armed rebellion against the Asmara-based government, which it accused of hostility against local communities. Full text...

  • Mauritius: SADC Electoral Commissions Forum opens in Mauritius
    12 august 2014 14:55:23
    Le Morne, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian President Rajkeswur Purryag Tuesday stated that since the wind of democratic changes has been blowing across Africa, the participation of all citizens in electoral processes makes governments more accountable to the people. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian state records first post-election violence
    12 august 2014 14:27:03
    Ile-Ife, Nigeria (PANA) – Violence has broken out between supporters of the candidates of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) and winner of last Saturday Governorship election in South-West Osun State, and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the ancient town of Ile-Ife, with scores of people seriously injured and property destroyed. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya's neighbours to meet in Cairo
    12 august 2014 13:48:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A meeting of Libya's six neighbouring countries - Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Niger and Chad - has been scheduled to take place in Cairo, Egypt, later this month, to find ways to enhance Libya's stability, the Egyptian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs in charge of neighbouring countries, Mohamed Bedreddine, announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan hails opposition state Gov. after election victory
    10 august 2014 15:52:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Sunday congratulated Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of South-west Osun State on his victory in Saturday's governorship election in the state. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ouattara urges Constitutional Council to inspire "respect and trust"
    10 august 2014 12:33:46
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara has said that his ambition is to see the Constitutional Council of his country "inspiring respect and trust as the constitutional courts and councils of developed countries do." Full text...

  • South Africa: Chilean President concludes official visit to South Africa
    10 august 2014 11:23:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Jeria on Sunday wrapped up a three-day visit to South Africa during which she held talks with President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • Sudan: Ruling party announces agenda for Sudan's national dialogue
    10 august 2014 10:46:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's high committee for the proposed national dialogue has concluded a road-map on the agenda for the national dialogue conference and mechanism for implementation of the conference outcome, the official Sudan News Agency reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Opposition wins state governorship election
    10 august 2014 08:11:16
    Osogbo, Nigeria (PANA) - The main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has won Saturday's governorship election in Nigeria's South-west Osun state, beating the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the second place. Full text...

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