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  • Ethiopia: AU foreign ministers to meet on Ebola
    02 september 2014 11:39:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) will hold a meeting with the Foreign Ministers of its 54-member states here on 8 Sept. to discuss the response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which has caused a humanitarian crisis and food shortages around the West African region, a senior official said Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: Resolve your disagreements through dialogue, US tells Lesotho
    02 september 2014 09:42:11
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has called on the parties to the crisis in Lesotho to resolve their differences through dialogue, instead of the use of force. Full text...

  • Libya: EU calls for crisis govt
    02 september 2014 09:37:26
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - European leaders who met in Brussels, Belgium, Monday have called on the interim government and the new Parliament in Libya to form a crisis government, which will be truly inclusive and able to meet the needs of the Libyan people. Full text...

  • Sudan: Government insists Halaib area is Sudanese territory
    01 september 2014 17:03:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has declared that the contested border Halaib triangle is a Sudanese territory but this issue will not impair its bilateral relations with Egypt, the Sudanese Media Center (SMC) reported Monday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban voices concern over reported military takeover in Lesotho
    01 september 2014 15:04:44
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the Full text...

  • Libya: PM Abdallah al-Theni reappointed by new Parliament
    01 september 2014 14:35:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The new Libyan Parliament, which functions from Tobruk, has reappointed Prime Minister Abdallah al-Theni to form an interim government, the newspaper al-Wassat reported Monday, quoting parliamentarian Issa al-Areibi. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya demands clarification from Turkish President over comments
    01 september 2014 12:08:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has strongly condemned the statement by Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan questioning the legitimacy of Libya's new Parliament and demanded clarifications from the Turkish authorities. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma meets Lesotho's feuding politicians
    01 september 2014 11:24:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has summoned Lesotho’s political leaders for emergency talks, following this weekend’s coup which saw Prime Minister Thomas Thabane fleeing to South Africa amid fears for his safety. Full text...

  • Gabon: Education minister resigns
    01 september 2014 11:18:20
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - The Gabonese Minister of National, Technical and Vocational Education, Prof. Leon Nzouba, stepped down Sunday, presenting his letter of resignation to the government of the Prime Minister Daniel Ona Ondo, according to an official statement issued here. Full text...

  • Mozambique:Dhlakama promises to come to Maputo on Thursday
    01 september 2014 08:40:18
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique’s former rebel movement Renamo, will travel to the capital city of Maputo Thursday, his niece and head of the Renamo Youth League Ivone Soares announced on Sunday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Narrow choices for quick fix after 'bloodless coup' in Lesotho (News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent, Addis Ababa)
    01 september 2014 08:25:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) and the South African government's rejection of an "unconstitutional change of government" in Lesotho has confirmed the weekend events in Maseru as a "bloodless coup," analysts said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU troops sweep through Al Shabaab stronghold in Southern Somalia
    31 august 2014 14:50:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) troops have swept through an Al Shabaab military stronghold of Bulo Marer, 150km South of Mogadishu and the group's transit point  for smuggling explosives, after a heavy gunfight, the AU said Sunday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU rejects Lesotho coup bid, calls for political dialogue
    31 august 2014 08:34:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) warned Sunday it would not tolerate an unconstitutional change of government in Lesotho, several hours after Prime Minister Thomas Thabane fled to exile in South Africa, alleging a military coup against his government. Full text...

  • South Africa: 'South African troops rescued Lesotho PM'
    31 august 2014 08:22:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African special forces crossed the Lesotho border on Saturday to rescue beleaguered Prime Minister Tom Thabane shortly before his Lesotho house was raided during an attempted coup, the Sunday Times reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU monitoring situation in Lesotho after coup bid 
    30 august 2014 21:54:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is monitoring the prevailing situation in Lesotho, after a coup attempt that forced Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to flee to neighbouring South Africa, where he declared the government's ouster. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria addresses Lesotho coup reports
    30 august 2014 18:54:12
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There are unconfirmed reports that Lesotho’s Prime Minister Tom Thabane has fled to South Africa following a coup on Saturday, after the kingdom's military seized two police stations in Maseru. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD vows action against South Sudan ceasefire violations
    30 august 2014 17:54:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudan ceasefire mediators warned Saturday of decisive steps against the violation of an agreement signed here this week, to end eight months of fighting and to improve the humanitarian situation on the ground.  Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: MISAHEL encourages Malian stakeholders to give priority to the interest of the nation
    29 august 2014 19:43:25
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The unification approach adopted by armed movements in Mali will hopefully facilitate negotiations at the second round of the Full text...

  • Belgium: Italy calls for operation 'Frontex plus' to curb illegal immigration in the Mediterranean
    29 august 2014 15:12:42
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Italian Minister of Interior Angelino Stefano has called on European Commissioner for Internal Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, to launch operation 'Frontex plus' in order to fight illegal immigration across the Mediterranean Sea more efficiently. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan draft constitution for referendum in December
    29 august 2014 13:59:42
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The body drafting a new constitution for Libya announced here Thursday that when completed, the document would be subjected to a referendum in December. Full text...

  • Libya: UN to help forge dialogue among Libyan stakeholders
    29 august 2014 12:06:58
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has said it will help to forge an inclusive political dialogue among Libyan stakeholders so they can reach a consensus on the issues bothering on security and stability of the nation. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma concludes visit to Russia
    29 august 2014 10:19:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma Friday rounded off his two-day official visit to Russia, where he held talks with President Vladimir Putin at the Novo-Ogarevo Presidential Residence outside Moscow. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Authorities prohibit rally of Mauritanian opposition movement
    28 august 2014 19:45:34
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Administrative authorities here have banned a public rally of African Liberation Forces in Mauritania (FLAM), a former opposition movement in exile, but its defiant chair, Samba Thiam, insists that the rally will be held as originally scheduled on Friday and Saturday this week. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Sata fires Justice Minister
    28 august 2014 14:08:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Michael Sata has fired Wynter Kabimba as Justice Minister and also dropped him as Secretary General of the ruling Patriotic Front. Full text...

  • Burundi: Burundians get free visa to China
    28 august 2014 13:30:33
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundians and Chinese travelling between the two countries will henceforth get free visa following the signature of an agreement to that effect, the Burundian External Relations and International Cooperation Ministry said in Bujumbura Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudan talks adjourn after ceasefire breakthrough 
    28 august 2014 11:50:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese ceasefire talks adjourned Thursday after the signing of a deal to implement the ceasefire agreement that was endorsed on 23 Jan. to end the fighting in the country, mediators said. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council extends UN/AU mission in Darfur for 10 months
    27 august 2014 22:05:36
    New York, US (PANA) -The Security Council on Wednesday extended the mandate of the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) until 30 June 2015, while requesting the peacekeeping mission to focus on strategic priorities such as the improved protection of civilians and humanitarian workers, along with the facilitation of aid and mediation activities. Full text...

  • Mali: Bamako sets up national council for security reform
    27 august 2014 15:20:47
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali has set up a new body called the National council for the reform of the security sector (CRSS), placed under the direct authority of the president of the Republic, Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita, official sources told PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: AU, UN to cooperate over stability, development of Great Lakes regions
    27 august 2014 15:00:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As part of his tour of the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, the Special Envoy designate of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region, visited Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 26-27 August, where he met with Mrs. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission. Full text...

  • Angola: Minister wants Angola, Mozambique to waive entry visas for their citizens
    27 august 2014 14:36:16
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Mozambican Foreign Minister Oldemiro Baloi on Wednesday called for the entry visa waivers between Mozambique and Angola, arguing that the measure would increase business activity between the two countries. Full text...

  • Burundi: National Electoral Commission postpones opening of voter registration
    27 august 2014 14:14:51
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said Wednesday it has postponed the voter registration, earlier set for 22 September 2014, to a date that will be announced later. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes signing of blueprint to implement South Sudan ceasefire
    26 august 2014 21:09:05
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the signing by the South Sudanese government and the opposition of a plan to implement a seventh-month-old ceasefire deal between the two sides. Full text...

  • Mozambique: Government-RENAMO sigh accord to end hostilities in Mozambique
    26 august 2014 15:28:46
    Maputo, Mozambique PANA) – The mozambican government and RENAMO, the key opposition party, Sunday signed an agreement here to end the hostilities confronting the country since March 2012, especially in the Sofala central region. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia gets new Justice, FM ministers
    26 august 2014 14:38:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, has dropped Mama Fatima Singhateh as the country's Justice Minister, replacing her with Justice Basirou Mahoney, official sources confirmed to PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Congo: Local elections slated on 28 September in Congo
    26 august 2014 14:28:43
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese local elections will be held on Sunday, 28 September, 2014, in Congo, after over a year of delay, according to a Presidential decree published here Monday. Full text...

  • Angola: Angola, Mozambique review bilateral cooperation
    26 august 2014 13:50:23
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – The joint Angolan-Mozambican cooperation commission began here on Monday to evaluate cooperation between the two countries, official sources told PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Election commission allays rigging fears in Botswana
    26 august 2014 12:18:58
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana electoral body Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has allayed fears that the country’s election slated for the end of October could be rigged. Full text...

  • Egypt: Libyan foreign minister expects 'strong message' from Security Council
    25 august 2014 21:32:58
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Libyan Foreign minister, Mohamed Abdelaziz, says that his country expects from the UN Security Council a resolution and a "strong message to belligerents involved in the armed conflict" in the North African country to end the bloodshed. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'Foreign intervention in Libya not likely soon,' says Tunisian foreign affairs minister
    25 august 2014 19:08:29
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mongi Hamdi said Monday “it is too early to speak of foreign intervention in Libya”. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: East African leaders sign commitment to impose South Sudan sanctions 
    25 august 2014 18:32:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - East African leaders have signed a commitment to impose sanctions against South Sudanese leaders should they continue to hamper efforts to restore peace and stability in their three-year old state, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: IOC throws weight begins Mauritian in OIF secretary general race
    25 august 2014 15:00:50
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Heads of State and governments of members countries of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) have thrown their weight behind Mauritian Jean-Claude de l’Estrac who is vying for the post of secretary general of the International Francophonie Organization (OIF). Full text...

  • Libya: Libya's neighbours meet in Cairo
    25 august 2014 11:41:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A ministerial meeting of the group of six Libyan neighbours opened in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, Monday, to discuss ways to assist Libya, which is drifting deeper into crisis following a worsening security situation. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma faces crisis over home upgrade
    25 august 2014 11:09:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is facing perhaps the biggest crisis of his presidency, as Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is demanding that he repays a portion of the US$20 million in taxpayer’s money that was spent to upgrade his private home. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: East African leaders consider S/Sudan sanctions
    25 august 2014 09:43:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - East African leaders who met here on the South Sudanese crisis Sunday are considering the option of sanctions, should the warring factions in the country fail to sign an agreement to end the fighting there. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyans demonstrate against Parliament
    22 august 2014 21:50:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Hundreds of Libyans took to the streets on Friday to demonstrate for the third consecutive week against the installation of the new Parliament which is sitting in the eastern city of Tobruk. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Aziz forms new government in Mauritania
    22 august 2014 15:01:58
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, re-elected recently in the country's general polls, has announced the formation of a new government comprising 27 ministers, seven of whom are women. Full text...

  • 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...

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