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  • Senegal: EU Parliamentary delegation concludes Gambia visit
    23 september 2016 14:29:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A delegation from the European Union (EU) parliament has concluded a working visit to the Gambia ahead of the country's December election, PANA reports Friday. Full text...

  • US: Political accord remains key to resolving crisis in Libya - Serraj
    23 september 2016 06:42:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The Chairman of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya, Mustafa Faiez Serraj, has told the United Nations General Assembly that the political agreement signed by the Libyan parties remains the solution to the current crisis in the North African country. Full text...

  • UN: UN 2030 Agenda and climate accord must ‘transform peoples’ lives’ – Kagame
    23 september 2016 06:14:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Recalling that over the past year, the United Nations concluded landmark agreements on sustainable development and climate change, and renewed its commitment to work together to combat violent extremism, Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, on Thursday told the General Assembly that these are the most serious issues before the international community “and our efforts offer the prospect of transforming our world as a whole, rather than just part of it”. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya’s topmost judge nominated ahead of 2017 electoral contest
    22 september 2016 20:08:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Serving judge, David Maranga, has been nominated to become Kenya’s topmost judge, the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court, once cleared by Parliament and officially appointed to the post ahead of the next general elections in 2017. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya gets new Army Commander
    22 september 2016 19:55:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, has commended the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) for their professionalism and service to the nation, especially in the fight against terrorism and in peacekeeping operations across the continent. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya asks UN Court to dismiss Somali maritime border challenge
    22 september 2016 18:55:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has maintained that relations with Somalia remain warm even as Attorney-General Githu Muigai took to the stand to oppose a maritime border case filed by the Somali government at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), a UN court. Full text...

  • UN: Sierra Leaonean leader calls for urgent UN Security Council reform
    22 september 2016 18:30:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma, on Thursday in New York called for urgent reform at the UN and in particular at the UN Security Council, in order to get in tune with the present global reality and to ensure equitable representation by UN member states. Full text...

  • Kenya: Border security operation launched after camp raid in Garissa
    22 september 2016 16:05:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan security forces have launched a major operation along the Kenya-Somali border after a midnight raid on a Police camp near the border region, Police said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: US government committed to peace, stability in South Sudan
    22 september 2016 15:05:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, Donald Booth, on Thursday in New York reaffirmed American government's support to peace and security in South Sudan, reiterating a call to the South Sudanese government to fulfill commitments toward stability in the country. Full text...

  • US: Ethiopian leader decries use of social media to spread messages of hate, bigotry
    22 september 2016 05:52:34
    New York, US (PANA) - As much as social media offers a digital platform to improve exchange of information and enhance popular participation, its attendant negative impacts simply cannot be ignored, Hailemariam Dessalegn, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Tunisia leader reaffirms commitment to peace, security, human rights
    21 september 2016 14:00:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Addressing world leaders on Wednesday at the UN General Assembly in New York, Tunisia's President Beji Caïd Essebsi reaffirmed his country's commitment to promoting peace and security, human rights and development. Full text...

  • US: Corruption is major obstacle to achieving Agenda 2030 - Buhari
    21 september 2016 05:48:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Warning that corruption undermines achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari took the podium of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday to call on all countries to sign up to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Full text...

  • UN: Obama tasks world leaders on global integration
    20 september 2016 20:36:44
    New York, US (PANA) - In his final address to the UN General Assembly as US President, Barack Obama on Tuesday appealed for global integration in the face of religious fundamentalism, the politics of ethnicity, aggressive nationalism and crude populism. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU stresses call for Hybrid Court for South Sudan
    20 september 2016 19:50:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Tuesday reiterated its call for the rapid establishment of the Hybrid Court for South Sudan. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU appeals for restraint in DRC capital
    20 september 2016 19:27:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamani Zuma on Tuesday deplored "the serious excesses that occurred during the demonstrations organized by some members of the opposition" in Kinshasa, capital of DR Congo. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks world leaders on service to humanity
    20 september 2016 18:13:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Highlighting the challenges confronting the global community, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday opened the 71st annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly with a call on world leaders to recognize that the important positions they hold are a reflection of the trust the people have in them and "not personal property." Full text...

  • UN: ICC refers Kenyan govt's non-cooperation to Assembly of States
    19 september 2016 14:44:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The Trial Chamber V(B) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday said the Kenyan government has failed to comply with its obligations to cooperate with the ICC, in the terminated case against Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, and referred the matter to the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute (ASP). Full text...

  • Somalia: Intl community calls for speedy, transparent, credible electoral process in Somalia
    18 september 2016 18:28:06
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The international community has welcomed the progress made in clarifying the electoral model for Somalia, taking note of the details set out in the National Leadership Forum (NLF) communiqué and called for the speedy implementation of a transparent and credible process. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari leaves Abuja for UN General Assembly meetings
    17 september 2016 13:00:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, left Abuja, Nigeria, Saturday to participate in the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), holding from 19-23 September, in New York, United States. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief says democratic principles vital for sustainable development
    15 september 2016 14:02:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Emphasizing the links between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and people's fundamental needs, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday marked the International Day for Democracy by stressing that delivering solutions to today's challenges also required an integrated and interconnected response. Full text...

  • US: American govt stresses need to safeguard human rights, civil liberties
    15 september 2016 13:43:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Thursday stressed the need for the global community to safeguard human rights and civil liberties, as well as promote effective and accountable institutions, in order to support democratic development. Full text...

  • South Africa: Prosecuting Authority urged to charge Zuma
    15 september 2016 09:56:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Almost 1,000 days after corruption charges were laid against President Jacob Zuma, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has yet to make a decision on whether to proceed with a case against the beleaguered politician. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes report on corruption in South Sudan
    15 september 2016 07:03:02
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has welcomed an investigative report chronicling public corruption among South Sudan’s leaders, including President Salva Kiir and former first vice president Riek Machar. Full text...

  • US: US lifts economic sanctions on Côte d'Ivoire
    15 september 2016 06:45:57
    Washington, DC. US, (PANA) - The US has lifted economic sanctions imposed on Cote d'Ivoire in 2006 during political unrest and civil war in the West African country, the US Department of State has announced. Full text...

  • UN: 'Refugees, climate change, conflicts top UN agenda next week'
    14 september 2016 18:13:16
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said that global challenges, such as refugees and migrants, climate change, and conflicts in different parts of the world are the major issues that will feature at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, scheduled to commence next week in New York. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: PSC satisfied with court appeal by Gabonese presidential candidates
    14 september 2016 12:14:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) considers acceptable the appeal lodged with the Constitutional Court of Gabon by candidates to the 27 August 2016 Presidential Election, according to a statement issued here Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: 71st UN General Assembly opens
    14 september 2016 06:07:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday opened its 71st session, with an emphasis on ensuring that implementation of the new global development goals, adopted by its 193 Member States last year, is well underway. Full text...

  • US: Volatile security situation, economic challenges mar progress in Libya – UN envoy
    14 september 2016 05:58:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Although political space has opened in Libya and there is progress in the fight against terrorism, the political divisions underpinning the North African country’s conflict are deepening, a United Nations envoy has warned. Full text...

  • Somalia: IGAD Summit resolves new measures to stabilise Somalia
    13 september 2016 17:57:05
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Horn of Africa leaders on Tuesday rose from a historic daylong Summit in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, calling on the UN to urgently intervene on a humanitarian crisis in the region and resolved to hold an emergency Summit on the resettlement of Somali refugees. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma ridiculed again in South African Parliament
    13 september 2016 16:22:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma has once again been ridiculed in Parliament as opposition members of the House hurled insults at the embattled leader and insisted that he should be barred from addressing the National Assembly because he had violated his oath of office. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to present Chagos Archipelago issue at the UN General Assembly
    13 september 2016 15:01:25
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth will present the Chagos Archipelago issue at the UN General Assembly Summit on Refugees and Migrants, scheduled to hold in New York on 19 September. Full text...

  • Somalia: IGAD leaders hold summit in Mogadishu
    13 september 2016 14:34:43
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - East African leaders on Tuesday converged on Mogadishu, the Somali capital, under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to discuss security, elections and regional development in the region. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu sworn in
    13 september 2016 13:42:29
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu and Vice-President Inonge Wina were on Tuesday sworn in following the 11 August elections at an inauguration ceremony in the capital, Lusaka, at Heroes Stadium. The ceremony was also attended by Presidents Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Ian Khama of Botswana. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in Oil Crescent area
    13 september 2016 06:23:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Expressing grave concerns over recent fighting in Libya's Oil Crescent area, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the country and the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler has called on military forces that moved into the area to immediately stop fighting and refrain from any further military escalation. Full text...

  • US: Six Western countries condemn attacks on Libyan oil terminals
    13 september 2016 06:12:37
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - Six Western countries have condemned this weekend's attacks on Zueitina, Ras Lanuf, Es Sider, and Brega oil terminals in Libya and called on all parties to undertake an immediate ceasefire and to refrain from any further hostilities. Full text...

  • US: 'US deeply concerned about intimidation of civil society members in South Sudan'
    11 september 2016 05:35:00
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States says it is "deeply concerned" by the South Sudanese government’s increasing efforts to silence South Sudanese civil society actors. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudan, Ethiopia underline stability, bilateral cooperation
    09 september 2016 16:14:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn on Friday conferred with South Sudan's First Vice President Taban Deng Gai on bilateral and issues of common interest, as both sides exchanged views on the implementation of the peace deal intended to bring peace and stability to South Sudan. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU reiterates call to UN Security Council to lift arms embargo on Somalia
    09 september 2016 09:32:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - While pondering the exit strategy for the African peacekeeping force in Somalia, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has reiterated its call to the UN Security Council to consider lifting the arms embargo imposed on Somalia as contained in UNSC resolution 2244 (2015). Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Central Africa holds consultations on Gabon political impasse
    09 september 2016 05:28:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Central Africa, Abdoulaye Bathily, on Thursday held consultations with Gabon’s political parties and diplomatic community as part of efforts to ease tensions which have arisen since the announcement of results of the country’s presidential election held on 27 August. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe: Allow public demonstrations as per court ruling - Amnesty International
    08 september 2016 05:58:48
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has urged the government of Zimbabwe to respect a High Court ruling overturning the ban on protests in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's electoral body insists voting must hold in Niger Delta
    07 september 2016 19:41:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Wednesday shoved aside the advice of the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services (DSS), insisting that the governorship election scheduled to hold on Saturday in the Niger Delta State of Edo will go on as planned. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia elections body confirms 1 December for presidential vote
    07 september 2016 13:54:56
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Alieu Momarr Njai, chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of Gambia, confirmed on Tuesday that the West African country will hold its presidential election on 1 December this year. Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern of 'tense' political situation in Gabon
    07 september 2016 09:19:08
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States says it is concerned about the tense political situation in Gabon, where a controversial election is threatening to throw the country into confusion. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU says conflict mediation efforts face daunting challenges
    06 september 2016 19:27:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The range of conflicts that the African Union (AU) has to mediate and resolve have not only persisted but have grown in complexity, the organization's Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma attends Investing in Africa Forum in China
    06 september 2016 13:22:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, in China, for the 2nd Investing in Africa Forum. Full text...

  • Nigeria: African Union deserves visionary, dynamic leadership (By Paul Ejime, PANA Guest Writer)
    06 september 2016 11:33:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - These are not good times for Africa and the African Union (AU), its flagship political organization, which many expect to provide continental leadership. The AU has just launched a fresh process to fill the vacant positions of its Chairperson, Deputy and eight Commissioners in January 2017 following the stalemated leadership election at its 27th Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, last July. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU calls for resumption of talks on Western Sahara referendum
    05 september 2016 17:55:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Monday urged Morocco and the Polisario Front "to create the necessary environment for the resumption of talks and the early holding of the self-determination referendum for the Saharawi people." Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Chair reaffirms readiness to resolve post-election crisis in Gabon
    05 september 2016 16:22:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chair of the African Union, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno on Monday reaffirmed the readiness of the AU to assist the parties in Gabon in finding a rapid settlement to the post-election situation prevailing in the West-Central African country. Full text...

  • Zambia: Constitution Court dismisses petition against President Lungu's election
    05 september 2016 15:25:25
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Constitutional Court hearing the presidential petition brought by losing candidate opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, on Monday dismissed the petition saying that it does not have the jurisdiction to hear the petition after the expiry of the 14 days last Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa: ANC supporters clash in Johannesburg
    05 september 2016 15:15:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) traded blows with each other outside its Johannesburg headquarters on Monday as the party that is credited with liberating South Africa from Apartheid continues to fragment following the drubbing it received in last month’s local government elections. Full text...

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