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  • Voting begins in Sierra Leone general elections
    07 march 2018 13:54:42
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leoneans turned out in reasonable numbers at polling stations on Wednesday to elect their country's new president, members of parliament and local councils in the fourth cycle of elections since the civil war in 2002. Full text...

  • Mali, UAE sign cooperation agreements
    07 march 2018 11:49:19
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday signed several cooperation agreements during the visit to Bamako of the Emirati minister of foreign affairs, Cheikh Abdallah ben Zayed Al Nahyane. Full text...

  • Tunisia extends state of emergency by seven months
    07 march 2018 11:23:05
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian president Beji Caïd Essebsi has decided to extend by seven months the state of emergency declared in the country, from 12 March, a communiqué issued by the Tunisian presidency at the end of a meeting of the national security council on Tuesday said. Full text...

  • South Africa's opposition party urges Africa to join 'wave of economic freedom'
    07 march 2018 10:02:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called on Africa to "join in the wave of economic freedom", saying the continent’s land and mineral resources should be "redirected to benefit African people and their economies". Full text...

  • Polls open in Sierra Leone's elections
    07 march 2018 09:57:22
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Polls have opened in Sierra Leone where some 3.17 million registered voters are casting their ballots to elect a new president, parliamentarians and local councillors. Full text...

  • International observer missions call for peaceful, credible polls in Sierra Leone
    06 march 2018 18:44:10
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Heads of six International Election Observation Missions (IEOMs), including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on Tuesday in Freetown, called on all Sierra Leone stakeholders to ensure peaceful and credible elections on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana president urges countrymen to adopt 'right attitudes'
    06 march 2018 16:32:41
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged his countrymen to adopt the right attitudes and commitments so as to achieve his objective of putting” Ghana beyond aid”. Full text...

  • ECOWAS poll observers in Sierra Leone urged to be impartial
    05 march 2018 17:50:48
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Prof. Amos Sawyer, Head of ECOWAS’ 55-member Observation Mission to Sierra Leone, on Monday in Freetown tasked the regional observers to discharge their duty with the highest sense of responsibility and impartiality given the critical importance of the March 7 polls to peace and democratic consolidation in the country and the region. Full text...

  • Liberain President Weah meets with Bihari, solitics Nigeria's assistance in reviving Liberia's economy
    05 march 2018 16:06:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Liberian President, George Opong Weah, arrived Nigeria on a one-day visit, and held bilateral talks with his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • Niger, Togo presidents expected in Ouagadougou after terror attacks
    05 march 2018 11:02:34
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Three days after the double terrorist attacks that rocked Burkina Faso last Friday, the presidents of Niger and Togo are due to visit their West African neighbour on Monday to express solidarity with them. Full text...

  • Buhari to attend Ghana's 61st independence celebrations
    05 march 2018 10:01:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, will attend Ghana's 61st Independence Anniversary celebrations on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Heads of election monitoring missions for Sierra Leone's vote meet
    05 march 2018 07:46:27
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Heads of four International Election Observation Missions met in Freetown on Sunday to strategise on effective value addition to the electoral process ahead of Sierra Leone's 7 March presidential, parliamentary and local Council polls. Full text...

  • AUC celebrates Adwa Victory Day in Ethiopia
    04 march 2018 11:16:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - On the occasion of the celebration of the Adwa Victory Day, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, says there are many lessons to be drawn from the historic event, as the battle of Adwa and its outcome highlight the critical importance of self-reliance, patriotism and selflessness, and unity, irrespective of political, ethnic and other differences. Full text...

  • Somalia, Troop Contributing Countries call for halt to AMISOM troop reduction
    04 march 2018 10:10:10
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Troop Contributing Countries to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Federal Government of Somalia want the troop drawdown exercise which started last December halted. Full text...

  • ECOWAS election monitoring chief calls for peaceful vote in Sierra Leone
    03 march 2018 19:27:16
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Prof. Amos Sawyer, Head of the ECOWAS’ 55-member Election Observation Mission, has appealed to Sierra Leone’s political actors and stakeholders to cooperate and ensure that all outstanding political and legal issues are resolved peacefully so as not to jeopardise the smooth conduct of the country’s crucial March 7 presidential, parliamentary and local council polls. Full text...

  • Sudanese ambassador returns to Cairo upon resolution of bilateral differences
    03 march 2018 16:32:47
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan’s Ambassador to Egypt, Abdul Mahmoud Abdul Halim, who was recalled about two months ago due to strained bilateral relations, has been ordered by authorities here to return to Cairo on Monday and resume his diplomatic duties. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Police clarify vehicular ban on Election Day
    03 march 2018 15:26:11
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Serra Leone’s Police (SLP) have explained that the ban on vehicular movement on March 7 Election Day is aimed at securing public order and safety, consistent with the police mandate. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa visits Botswana as new SADC Chairperson
    03 march 2018 12:37:27
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have embarked upon a good road for development and growth, something they should be pleased about, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday while on a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the regional organisation in Gaborone, Botswana. Full text...

  • US Secretary of State to embark on Africa tour
    02 march 2018 19:57:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is due to embark on an expanded visit to Africa, focused on peace and security, trade and counter-terrorism, the U.S. State Department Spokesperson, Heather Nauert, said. Full text...

  • Buhari says ECOWAS must run leaner, smarter organisation by cutting costs
    02 march 2018 19:44:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, said on Friday that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) must run a leaner and smarter organisation by cutting costs and becoming more efficient to achieve the objectives of the sub-regional body. Full text...

  • 6 gunmen, 7 soldiers killed in Ouagadougou attack
    02 march 2018 16:38:52
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Six attackers were shot dead, while the Burkinabe army lost seven soldiers in Friday morning's attack by unknown gunmen in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, according to the government spokesman Remis Dandjounou. Full text...

  • South Africa's Opposition parties turn against each other
    02 march 2018 14:27:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions between South Africa’s two largest opposition parties have reached boiling point with the Democratic Alliance (DA) confirming that it will be reporting the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, to the Equality Court for hate speech and incitement of violence. Full text...

  • LEAD: Explosion rocks Burkina Faso capital
    02 march 2018 11:35:42
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - An explosion has rocked the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou, on Friday morning, the local media reported. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Explosion rocks Ouagadougou
    02 march 2018 11:26:47
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - An explosion has rocked the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou on Friday morning, the local media reported. Full text...

  • Ethiopian parliament approves controversial state of emergency
    02 march 2018 11:00:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Members of Ethiopia’s parliament on Friday approved the controversial state of emergency imposed by the council of ministers on 16 February, news portal Addis Standard reported, noting that the emergency decree will last for six months. Full text...

  • DR Congo, Zimbabwe leaders call for peaceful elections
    01 march 2018 19:59:15
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - DR Congo President Joseph Kabila and Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, have urged their respective compatriots to mobilize peacefully for the success of the ongoing electoral processes in their two countries. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone SC to hear important cases ahead of general elections
    01 march 2018 18:31:52
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Chief Justice of Sierra Leone, Justice Abdulai Hamid Charm has given an assurance that the Supreme Court will expedite action on three cases before it, including the alleged dual citizenship of two of the 16 presidential candidates for the 7 March general elections. Full text...

  • Nelson Mandela Foundation targets apartheid-era flag
    01 march 2018 11:50:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation is targeting the old apartheid-era South African flag, saying it should be banned. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's President Koroma promises credible elections
    01 march 2018 06:55:04
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Outgoing Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma on Wednesday received Prof. Amos Sawyer, Head of the 55-member ECOWAS Observation Mission, and renewed his government’s commitment to delivering credible general elections on 7 March for a successful political transition in the country. Full text...

  • AMISOM, Somali gov't reiterate commitment to eliminate Al-Shabaab
    28 february 2018 10:56:59
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali government have pledged to complement each other in the fight against the terrorist group Al-Shabaab. Full text...

  • Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea sign partnership agreements
    28 february 2018 10:09:28
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia and Equatorial Guinea on Tuesday signed eight partnership agreements in several sectors at a ceremony co-chaired by the heads of state of the two countries, Beji Caid Essebsi and Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo respectively. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping review urges emphasis on supporting South Sudan's political process
    28 february 2018 06:13:38
    New York, US (PANA) - A latest review of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan has found that reaching a political solution to the ongoing conflict is the most effective way to protect civilians, a senior UN official said on Tuesday, urging a renewed focus on supporting the political process. Full text...

  • Top ECOWAS election observer arrives for Sierra Leone polls
    28 february 2018 05:48:18
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Amos Sawyer, former Interim President of Liberia and Head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) 55-member Election Observation Mission to Sierra Leone's 7 March general elections, arrived in Freetown on Tuesday night. Full text...

  • Barrow urges Africa to organise its human resource for development
    27 february 2018 18:08:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Africa has the capacity to step up its development but needs to organise its human resource toward that goal, Gambian President Adama Barrow remarked here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ballot papers for Sierra Leone polls arrive
    27 february 2018 16:33:02
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Tuesday took delivery of ballot papers for the 7 March presidential, parliamentary and local council elections in the West African country. Full text...

  • US assisting Gambia to recover Jammeh’s assets – Ambassador
    27 february 2018 09:36:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Patricia Alsup, US Ambassador to The Gambia, said on Tuesday that the United States is playing an active part to recover assets of former President in her country. Full text...

  • Mixed reaction to Ramaphosa's Cabinet reshuffle
    27 february 2018 08:57:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There has been mixed reaction to President Cyril Ramaphosa's first Cabinet, which was announced late on Monday night. Full text...

  • Kenya responds to UN report on arms trafficking in South Sudan
    27 february 2018 07:44:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenya has not been complicit in prolonging the conflict in South Sudan through the trafficking of weapons and ammunition, the foreign ministry said on Monday. Full text...

  • Situation in Burundi ‘not suitable’ for credible elections – UN official
    27 february 2018 07:10:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Urgent efforts are needed to keep the “hard-won” gains in Burundi from eroding, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Monday, noting that while the security situation is calm, there is still the potential for volatility as political tensions persist. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea president begins Tunisia visit
    26 february 2018 19:06:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on Monday started a three-day official visit to Tunisia, leading a delegation of several ministers and senior officials of his government, at the invitation of Tunisian President Béji Caïd Essebsi. Full text...

  • UN Security Council condemns Friday’s terrorist attacks in Mogadishu
    26 february 2018 16:09:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Members of the Security Council have condemned in the strongest terms the two terrorist attacks of 23 February 2018 in Mogadishu that killed and injured innocent Somalis. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Can the “Lion Mountain” Ever Roar Again? (By Paul Ejime, PANA Guest Writer)
    26 february 2018 15:18:19
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - After the recent fiercely contested presidential election in Liberia, world attention has turned to neighbouring Sierra Leone, which has its own crucial vote on 7 March 2018. Full text...

  • ECOWAS sends election observers to Sierra Leone for 7 March vote
    25 february 2018 07:32:07
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - An ECOWAS Mission of 15 Long-Term Observers (LTOs) is in Sierra Leone for the country’s 7 March presidential, parliamentary and local council elections. Full text...

  • South Africa's Democratic Alliance welcomes moves to snub Zuma
    24 february 2018 07:06:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to abandon the appeal launched by his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, against a judgment of the North Gauteng High Court that Shaun Abrahams, the head of the National Prosecuting Authority should vacate his position. Full text...

  • President Ramaphosa abandones Zuma's court challenge
    23 february 2018 16:57:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday defied the wishes of his predecessor Jacob Zuma by withdrawing an appeal against a judgment of the North Gauteng High Court that Shaun Abrahams, the head of the National Prosecuting Authority, should vacate his position. Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson pledges support to revive Zimbabwe’s economy
    22 february 2018 16:43:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has expressed the African Union’s support for the ongoing efforts to revive Zimbabwe’s economy and create a conducive business environment in the southern Africa country. Full text...

  • Gambia to introduce ballot papers in 2021
    22 february 2018 16:27:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s Electoral Commissioner Alieu Momar Njai has said that the Commission would introduce ballot papers in the 2021 presidential and general elections. Full text...

  • Zambian president stresses unity among Africans
    22 february 2018 16:07:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu, on a two-day state visit to Rwanda, has condemned the negative perception that the African continent has continued to receive at the global level and stressed the need for unity of Africans. Full text...

  • Mauritanian president Aziz leaves for Brussels
    22 february 2018 14:14:25
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz left Nouakchott on Thursday for the Belgian capital, Brussels, to take part in the international high-level conference on Sahel, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • UN Charter is ‘our living template’ for tackling global challenges – Guterres
    21 february 2018 21:33:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The Principles outlined in the United Nations Charter remain the foundations of international relations and global harmony at a time when conflicts have come more complex, new threats and challenges have emerged and impacts of instability are felt far beyond their source, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday. Full text...

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