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  • Rwanda: Israeli pariamentary delegation visits Rwanda
    13 october 2014 13:59:26
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – A seven-member delegation from the Israeli Parliament arrived here Sunday for a four-day official visit to Rwanda, official sources said in the Rwandan capital. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Parties launch campaigns for Mauritian legislative polls
    12 october 2014 18:51:44
    Quatre Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) – Campaigns for the forthcoming legislative elections in Mauritius kicked off Sunday with leaders of political parties announcing policies and promises of what they would do from 2015 if they get support of the electorate. Full text...

  • Sudan: Govt rejects US call for postponement of Sudanese polls
    12 october 2014 15:40:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has rejected a suggestion by the US administration to postpone next year's general and presidential elections, apparently to allow the opposition more time to get ready, saying that was none of the US business. Full text...

  • Togo: NAC names Fabre to stand for 2015 presidential election in Togo
    12 october 2014 15:24:37
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – National Alliance for Change (NAC)leader Jean Pierre Fabre was nominated Saturday by the party's ordinary congress as candidate in Togo's presidential election due to be held in 2015. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan government hails Ban Ki-Moon's visit to Tripoli
    12 october 2014 11:32:41
    Tobrouk, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan government has welcomed the unexpected visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to Tripoli where, on Saturday, he chaired a meeting on the dialogue between Libyan protagonists. Full text...

  • UN: UN official calls for better coordination in fighting against Boko Haram
    12 october 2014 11:03:39
    Paris, France (PANA) – Central African countries, including Nigeria, should put in place a better coordination to fight efficiently against Boko Haram insurgence, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in the region and head of the UN regional office in Libreville, Gabon, Professor Abdoulaye Bathily told PANA in Paris Saturday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambians continue holding their breath for the release of final draft constitution (Analysis by Mildred Mulenga, PANA Correspondent)
    12 october 2014 10:02:21
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambians who had hoped that the 2015 national budget would bring renewed hopes on the release of the delayed final draft constitution, now have reservations as the resources allocated to the constitution process are meager compared to the work that needs to be done. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief stresses need to stop fighting in Libya for political breakthrough
    11 october 2014 21:08:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday in Tripoli, Libya, stressed the need for Libyans to stop fighting, in order to forge a political breakthrough, saying "enough of the killings, displacement of people and destruction". Full text...

  • Tunisia: UN Secretary General in Tunis for two-day visit
    10 october 2014 20:12:54
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, arrived in Tunis on Friday at the start of a two-day official with an appeal for the 26 October parliamentary election in the North African country to be free, fair and peaceful. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Jammeh urges Gambians to play their part in national development
    10 october 2014 19:30:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has called on his compatriots and foreigners living in the country to play their part in the development of the West African country so that it could advance from least developed status to an economic super power in the next few years. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'UN peacekeepers face big test amid worsening violence in CAR'
    10 october 2014 09:50:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR) faces its biggest test since being deployed last month, Amnesty International said late Thursday amid reports of armed clashes and sectarian violence in the capital city of Bangui. Full text...

  • Egypt: Egypt reaffirms support for Libya’s legitimate institutions
    09 october 2014 20:58:06
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Egyptian minister of foreign affairs, Sameh Chokri on Thursday in Cairo reaffirmed support for Libya’s legitimate institutions embodied by Parliament and government. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU condemns latest attacks on MINUSMA peacekeepers
    09 october 2014 12:06:11
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has strongly condemned the latest attack in Mali's northern Gao region against the UN peacekeeping mission, MINUSMA, in the country, during which Nigerien soldiers were killed. Full text...

  • Gambia: Guinea-Bissau President arrives Banjul
    09 october 2014 09:57:57
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Jose Mario Vaz of Guinea-Bissau is due to arrive in Banjul Thursday as a special guest of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to attend the ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the 22 July 1994 bloodless coup that brought the Gambian leader to power. Full text...

  • Nigeria: I am not the 6th richest African President - Jonathan
    09 october 2014 09:30:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has said there is no basis to rank him as the sixth richest African President and demanded an immediate retraction of the story that contained the ranking. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan talks to open 15 October in Algeria
    08 october 2014 21:29:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – An Algerian delegation will early next week visit Libya to invite various Libyan stakeholders to take part in the inter-Libyan talks scheduled for Algiers on 15-18 October, Libyan media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: ICC prosecutor says evidence against Kenyatta insufficient to sustain trial
    08 october 2014 19:05:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta made history as the first ever sitting Head of State to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face charges for crimes against humanity during a status hearing on his case. Full text...

  • Libya: "Solving Libyan crisis will be my priority", says new EU Rep
    08 october 2014 15:23:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The new EU Foreign Affairs High Representative, Federica Mogherini, has said solving the the lingering Libyan crisis will be among her priorities on assumption of office in the coming months. Full text...

  • UN: General Assembly discusses annual report on UN’s work
    07 october 2014 22:26:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly on Tuesday discussed UN Secretary-General's report on the work of the organization, which covers a range of issues and calls for renewed efforts to address peace and security challenges and to encourage development aspirations. Full text...

  • Libya: Terrorism, training of Libyan army at the heart of al-Theni’s Egypt visit
    07 october 2014 20:26:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan Prime Minister, Abdallah al-Theni, on Tuesday began an official visit to Egypt at the invitation of the Egyptian president, Abdel Fettah al-Sissi, that will be dominated by issues linked to the fight against terrorism and training for the Libyan army. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition MPs walk out of Parliamentary hearing into Zuma debacle
    07 october 2014 13:57:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - In the latest debacle in South Africa’s Parliament in recent weeks, Economic Freedom Front MPs on Tuesday staged a walkout from their disciplinary hearing over the heckling of President Jacob Zuma in August. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan meets leaders of neighbouring countries on terrorism
    07 october 2014 09:43:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan was due in Niger Tuesday to attend a one-day Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, the presidency said. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta appoints deputy acting President ahead of Hague appearance 
    06 october 2014 19:28:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Deputy President William Ruto as acting President ahead of his appearance at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague on 8 October. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD mediators try new bid to break deadlock over South Sudan unity govt
    06 october 2014 18:14:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -South Sudan crisis mediators said talks to end the war have adjourned for almost two weeks to enable them directly contact President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar on a pending deal on a unity government. Full text...

  • Mauritius: National Assembly dissolved
    06 october 2014 10:47:25
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian President Kailash Purryag Monday dissolved the National Assembly of the island, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Libya : UN condemns violence in Libya
    04 october 2014 10:48:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations has strongly condemned the latest escalation of violence in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, where a car bomb and clashes have killed 36 people and wounded 107, as well as in other regions of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan responds to calls to run for second term
    03 october 2014 15:30:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian leader, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, said here Friday that he will place greater interests of national harmony, cohesion, unity, security, political stability, progress, equity, justice and fairness above any personal ambition or sectional agenda in responding to calls for him to run for a second term in office. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan invites international organisations to observe Election 2015
    02 october 2014 22:36:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, on Thursday in Abuja invited international organisations, such as the African Union, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), United Nations an the European Union to observe the country's 2015 general elections. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta legal teams weighing options ahead of Hague appearance
    02 october 2014 16:12:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s lawyers are discussing the possibility of having at least four East African heads of state accompany the Kenyan leader to attend his status conference hearing at The Hague, Netherlands, PANA reported Thursday, quoting local media. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudanese rebels claim govt troops responsible for new flare ups
    02 october 2014 15:38:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese rebels have accused troops loyal to President Salva Kiir of shelling their positions in Unity State as talks continue in the Ethiopian lakeside town of Bahir Dar. Full text...

  • UN: ICC to hold status conference on Kenyatta case 7-8 Oct.
    02 october 2014 13:50:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday said it hold two status conferences at the Hague on 7 and 8 October, in the case relating to Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Constituent Assembly endorses proposed Tanzanian Constitution
    02 october 2014 12:54:39
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania's Constituent Assembly was on Thursday declared 'dissolved' by its chair, Samuel Sitta, after it endorsed the final draft of the proposed Constitution for the East African nation. Full text...

  • UN: General Assembly President says high-level session successful
    02 october 2014 08:34:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the 69th session the UN General Assembly, Mr. Sam Kutesa, said the Assembly's high-level general debate was very successful. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Africa's largest economy not among continent's best governed'
    01 october 2014 13:33:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria may be Africa's largest economy and its most populous, but it is not among the continent's best governed states by far, according to the 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Sudanese agree on new govt. structure
    01 october 2014 13:19:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Sudanese warring factions have settled on a federal government structure but are still holding further talks on when the new arrangement would come into effect, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: ICC orders Kenyatta to appear personally in court
    01 october 2014 13:12:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - International Criminal Court (ICC) judges have ordered Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to attend his status conference in person on 8 October. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria marks 54th independence anniversary in 'sombre' mood
    01 october 2014 10:23:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Against the backdrop of a prolonged insurgency that has killed over 13,000 and left even more wounded, Nigeria is marking its 54th independence anniversary Wednesday in a sombre mood. Full text...

  • DRC: LRA’s nuisance capacity reduced in DRC
    01 october 2014 08:44:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The nuisance capacity of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has been reduced in the district of Haut Uélé, in the oriental province in North-east Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), District Commissioner Rwabona Mugabé said Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Eritrea calls for UN reformation
    30 september 2014 16:58:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Eritrea's Foreign Minister Osman Mohammed Saleh on Tuesday called for a fundamental overhaul of the UN, charging that it has failed in its prime goals of securing world peace and ending poverty due to "cynical determination of the dominant powers to maintain control." Full text...

  • Nigeria: EU, Nigeria sign MOU on funding 2015 elections
    30 september 2014 15:30:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The European Union (EU) and Nigeria Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), under which a grant of 15 million Euros will go to Nigeria towards strengthening the nation’s electoral process in the build up to the 2015 general elections. Full text...

  • South Africa: Deputy PM returns to Lesotho to address political impasse
    30 september 2014 12:06:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday arrived in Lesotho for further mediation to bring stability to the country, the Office of the South African Presidency has confirmed. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy hails move to resolve Libyan crisis
    29 september 2014 21:58:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Mr. Bernardino Leon, has called Monday a "historic day" as the political dialogue aimed at resolving the crisis in the country got under way in the town of Ghadames. Full text...

  • Libya : Libyan fighting groups sign deal on general ceasefire
    29 september 2014 19:44:16
    Ghadames, Libya (PANA) - Opposed groups in the Libyan crisis meeting Monday in the southwestern city of Ghadames have signed an agreement on a general ceasefire across the country. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan opposed groups meet to kickstart national dialogue on peace
    29 september 2014 16:41:55
    Ghadames, Libya (PANA) - Stakeholders in Libya's future Monday took the groundbreaking action when they came together in the southwestern city of Ghadames under the auspices of the United Nations to pave the way for political dialogue. Full text...

  • South Africa: ANC rallies around Zuma following new Arms Deal allegations
    29 september 2014 10:47:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has rallied behind President Jacob Zuma over new allegations linking him to the multi-billion rand arms deal scandal. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt declares Wednesday public holiday to mark nation's independence anniversary
    28 september 2014 21:31:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has declared 1 Oct. as a public holiday to mark the country’s 54th Independence Anniversary. Full text...

  • UN: Senior Libyan official calls for sanctions against political spoilers
    27 september 2014 19:35:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Agila Saleh Essa, President of Libya's House of Representatives, says the international community must either be willing to impose sanctions against those who hinder the country's political and security process, or say clearly that Libyans alone have to face terrorism. Full text...

  • UN: Kirr says South Sudan committed to peace
    27 september 2014 18:15:02
    New York, US (PANA) - President Salva Kirr of South Sudan on Saturday said his government is deeply committed to "talk peace with the rebels to close this dark chapter in our country's history, so the difficult mission of socio-economic development could begin". Full text...

  • Libya: EU welcomes Algerian initiative to host inter-Libyan talks
    27 september 2014 10:29:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has welcomed the Algerian initiative, aimed at bringing together Libyan stakeholders in October, for an inter-Libyan dialogue with a view to finding a lasting solution to the Libyan crisis, local media reported Saturday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Parliament reeling as opposition parties defy ruling ANC
    27 september 2014 09:00:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tension between South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the country’s leading opposition parties reached new lows with the role of the Public Protector under question, PANA reported from here. Full text...

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