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  • US: Security Council urges Mali parties to adopt timeline to implement peace agreement
    07 october 2017 10:07:21
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Security Council on Friday expressed deep concern over the persistent delays in fully implementing key provisions of the peace agreement between the Government of Mali and the Plateforme and Coordination armed groups, urging the parties to adopt an agreed timeline for implementation. Full text...

  • Kenya: ICC staff linked to former Prosecutor face probe over indecent contact
    06 october 2017 19:34:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has denied having formal relations with the immediate former Chief Prosecutor of the Court, Luis Moreno Ocampo, who has been accused of having contacts with persons suspected of complicity in war crimes. Full text...

  • Liberia: NEC, UNDP train 18,000 Liberian poll workers
    06 october 2017 16:38:46
    Monrovia, Liberia, October 6 (PANA) – The National Election Commission of Liberia (NEC) in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Friday ended the training of some 18,000 poll workers ahead of the 10 October presidential and legislative elections. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights office urges dialogue in Cameroon to address decades-long grievances
    06 october 2017 16:23:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Voicing concern over tensions in Cameroon, the United Nations human rights wing has urged the Government and dissatisfied groups to engage in a meaningful political dialogue to fully address long standing grievances. Full text...

  • Liberia: EU deploys 81 Observers to Liberian presidential polls
    06 october 2017 15:02:35
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Liberia on Friday said it has deployed 34 short-term observers (STOs) together with additional 12 observers from diplomatic representations of EU member states in Liberia. Full text...

  • Liberia: US nudges Liberians to uphold peace, respect democratic process
    06 october 2017 14:04:29
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The Embassy of the United States of America in Liberia has appealed to Liberians to remain peaceful and respect the democratic process before and after the 10 October presidential and legislative elections in the west Africn country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Demonstrators, led by lawmakers, storm Nairobi streets in free election protests
    06 october 2017 12:42:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan lawmakers led dozens of peaceful protestors in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa, all opposition strongholds, holding hands high up and demanding reforms before the 26 Oct. repeat Presidential elections, PANA reporter Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU calls for restraint in troubled Cameroon territory
    06 october 2017 11:45:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has called for restraint from acts of violence in the English-speaking North West and South West regions of Cameroon. Full text...

  • Liberia: ECOWAS election observation head charges Liberians to ensure successful vote
    06 october 2017 10:04:28
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Head of ECOWAS' 71-member Election Observation Mission to Liberia, Ghana’s immediate-past President John Dramani Mahama, has said the responsibility for the success of Liberia’s 10 October presidential and parliamentary elections rests with all the country’s political actors, especially the citizens. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo opposition denounces international community's 'support' for referendum
    06 october 2017 09:51:47
    Lomé, Togo( PANA) - Togolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre has lashed out at key international bodies urging the West African country's political actors to hold a referendum on term limits as being pushed by the government. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Former Rwandan FM Amri Sued Ismael dies
    06 october 2017 05:47:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA)  - Former Rwandan Foreign Minister Amri Sued Ismael is dead, family sources confirmed late on Thursday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Liberia: Political stakeholders charged on peaceful vote in Liberia
    05 october 2017 19:59:22
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) has appealed to all political stakeholders, especially political parties, candidates and the media to act within the law to ensure peaceful presidential and legislative elections in the country on October 10. Full text...

  • France: Paris urges Cameroonians to resolve internal crisis through dialogue
    05 october 2017 19:12:08
    Paris, France (PANA) – Cameroonian political stakeholders should give priority to dialogue in finding a way out of the crisis prevailing between the government and the English-speaking secessionists, a spokesperson of the French foreign ministry, Agnès Romantet, said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana brushes aside Mugabe’s comments
    05 october 2017 18:23:49
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s foreign affairs office has dismissed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s comments on the country’s loss of the African Union (AU) top post. Full text...

  • Liberia: Liberia shuts int’l airport on eve of elections
    05 october 2017 16:40:00
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Travellers to Liberia for the presidential and legislative elections and business transactions planning to arrive by air will have to do so by 8 October. Full text...

  • Liberia: Ex-Ghanaian leader heads ECOWAS election Observer Mission to Liberia
    05 october 2017 15:58:11
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Former Ghanaian President John Mahama, at the head of a 71-member Election Observer Mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), arrived in Liberia Thursday to observe the presidential and legislative polls, set for 10 October. Full text...

  • Liberia: 34 NDI Observers arrive for Liberia's presidential poll
    05 october 2017 15:52:25
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – A 34-member observer delegation from the US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) will Thursday join international and local observers for the Liberian presidential and legislative elections, slated for 10 October. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'Tunisia to cooperate with Burkina Faso in several areas'
    05 october 2017 10:17:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has expressed his country’s desire to cooperate with Burkina Faso in several domains. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Rights group demands freedom for Mauritanian opposition leader
    05 october 2017 07:01:40
    Tunis, Tunis (PANA) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) is asking the Mauritanian authorities to free opposition leader, Mohamed Ould Ghadda, or grant him a prompt and fair trial, if they have sufficient evidence to try him for a recognizable criminal offence. Full text...

  • Sudan: Somali President on visit to Sudan
    04 october 2017 17:49:58
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – President Mohamed Abdalla Mohamed Ali of Somalia arrived in Khartoum Wednesday on a two-day visit and he was received by Sudanese President Omar Bashir. Full text...

  • US: UN Secretary-General urges dialogue in Cameroon to resolve grievances
    03 october 2017 20:34:55
    New York, US (PANA) – Strongly condemning recent violence in south-west and north-west regions of Cameroon, including reported loss of life, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres o Tuesday urged all stakeholders to refrain from any further acts of violence and called on the authorities to investigate the incidents. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan poll chief meets with presidential candidates over deadlock
    03 october 2017 17:53:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The deadlock over the holding of a fresh presidential election on 26 Oct. appeared to deepen on Tuesday, after the opposition alliance said it made no progress in addressing the key demands it considered crucial to creating a level playing field for the conduct of the vote. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body condemns arrest of journo over 'used underwear' story
    03 october 2017 15:40:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International has condemned the arrest of Zimbabwean journalist, Kenneth Nyangani, for reporting that the First Lady Grace Mugabe donated used clothes to party supporters in Mutare. Full text...

  • Kenya: Somalia minister warns severe hunger still major humanitarian concern
    03 october 2017 15:37:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali humanitarian affairs Minister, Maryam Qasim, warned on Tuesday that severe malnutrition and hunger remained a major threat to the Horn of Africa country despite the successful efforts to stop the region’s worst drought from becoming a major humanitarian catastrophe. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body faults Kenyans for unauthorised use of logo in demo
    03 october 2017 15:15:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global human rights organization, Amnesty International, has faulted Kenyans in the Diaspora for the unauthorised use its logo in a recent demonstration on the forthcoming presidential election re-run. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU deploys election observers to Kenya’s fresh presidential election on 26 Oct
    03 october 2017 14:27:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - As Kenya prepares for fresh presidential election on 26 October, 2017, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, says he will deploy an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to Kenya. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan University shut down after fresh riot threat
    03 october 2017 13:32:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The University of Nairobi (UoN) was shut down indefinitely on Tuesday after a threat by students to demonstrate over growing Police brutality, the University Vice Chancellor, Peter Mbithi, said. Full text...

  • South Africa: President Mugabe arrives in South Africa on official visit
    03 october 2017 09:14:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arrived in South Africa on Monday to attend the second session of the South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Pretoria. Full text...

  • Kenya: EU envoys threaten sanctions against Kenyan officials over poll tension
    02 october 2017 19:37:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Western envoys particularly the British, threatened to impose targeted sanctions against key Kenyan politicians on Monday, after holding talks with poll officials about preparations for the repeat presidential election on 26 Oct. 2017. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan Police, opposition demonstrators clash over repeat election laws
    02 october 2017 13:46:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Opposition demonstrators' attempts to march in the streets of the capital, Nairobi, were thwarted on Monday with teargas and there were fierce clashes between police and demonstrators in Kisumu, a city 360 km West of Nairobi, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari marks independence anniversary with troops in Boko Haram enclave
    01 october 2017 16:44:34
    Maiduguri, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday marked the military ceremonies of the National Independence Day in Maiduguri, Borno State, the epicentre of the Book Haram terrorism and insurgency. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanian president congratulates Guinean counterpart
    01 october 2017 14:06:50
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania's Head of State, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Sunday sent a message of congratulations to his Guinean counterpart Alpha Conde on the occasion of his country's National Day celebration which falls on on 2 October. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda, Benin agree to strengthen cooperation
    30 september 2017 21:16:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda and Benin on Saturday agreed to strengthen their development strategies and deepen cooperation in the fields of agriculture, tourism, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), city services and land management. Full text...

  • Liberia: Electoral umpire takes delivery of ballot papers for 10 Oct. polls
    30 september 2017 16:23:50
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Liberia on Friday took delivery of another consignment of ballot papers for the country’s 10 October elections. Full text...

  • US: New UN Day honours unsung heroes who ensure diplomats are ‘on the same page’
    29 september 2017 18:27:21
    New York, US (PAAN) – Recognising the unsung heroes behind international diplomacy, the United Nations is celebrating – for the first time – International Translation Day, paying tribute to the work of the language professionals who play a vital role in facilitating dialogue and understanding among peoples and nations. Full text...

  • Gambia: EU calls for extensive legal reform for dev't of democracy in Gambia
    29 september 2017 15:21:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The European Union Election Observer Mission to the Gambia has said extensive legal reforms and continued civic education will be critical for the country's democratic development under president Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Liberia: ECOWAS long-term observers deploy in Liberia
    29 september 2017 15:04:58
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - ECOWAS Long-Term Election Observers (ELTEOs) have been deployed in Liberia’s 15 administrative Counties in continuation of their mandate to assess critical phases of the electoral process, pre- Election Day and post-electoral period. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: New US Ambassador to Ethiopia arrives in Addis Ababa
    29 september 2017 11:41:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The newly appointed US Ambassador to Ethiopia Michael Raynor has arrived in Addis Ababa with a pledge to help strengthen governance and democracy, the US Embassy said on Friday. Full text...

  • Burundi: Rights group says thousands of Burundian refugees under pressure to return
    29 september 2017 06:43:11
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Thousands of Burundian refugees are under mounting pressure to return to their country where they would be at risk of death, rape and torture, said Amnesty International in a report out on Friday. Full text...

  • US: UN chief urges all parties to refrain from acts that could escalate tension in Cameroon
    28 september 2017 22:52:31
    New York, US (PANA) – Expressing “deep concern” over the deteriorating security situation in parts of Cameroon as well as heightened tensions related to planned events this Sunday, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday called all parties to refrain from acts that could lead to further tensions and violence. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan ruling party seeks major election law amendment
    28 september 2017 18:20:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenya’s ruling Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) introduced a new bill in Parliament on Thursday watering down the powers of the Supreme Court to nullify elections and weakening the powers of election officials, in a move which caused talks on the upcoming presidential re-run to flop. Full text...

  • Kenya: Opposition leaders decry travel ban in Kenya
    28 september 2017 17:47:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan opposition leaders Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula were temporarily barred from leaving Nairobi on a flight to Entebbe, Uganda, on Thursday, and required to obtain President Uhuru Kenyatta’s permission to travel, the opposition alliance, NASA, said. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU renews sanctions for six months against those obstructing peace in Libya
    28 september 2017 16:19:46
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - In view of the continuing instability and gravity of the situation in Libya, the European Council has extended the duration of the sanctions against Libya, targeting three persons for a period of six months. Full text...

  • Mali: G5-Sahel surprised by US decision to deny Chadians entry visas
    28 september 2017 16:02:00
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Presidency-in-Office of the G5-Sahel, headed by Mali's head of state Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita, has said it is surprised to learn of a US presidential decree adding Chad on the list of countries whose nationals will be denied entry visas to the US, the group said in a press release Thursday in Bamako. Full text...

  • Kenya: Lawmaker alleges torture in detention, govt accused of persecution
    28 september 2017 14:48:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition lawmaker, Babu Owino, was freed Thursday after spending four days in detention, where he alleged the Police used torture and other cruel means to intimidate him. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU may impose sanctions on actors impeding Mali’s peace process
    28 september 2017 14:15:48
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council said Thursday it has transposed into legal acts the provisions of United Nations Security Council resolution 2374 (2017), which allows sanctions to be imposed on those actively stymieing progress in implementing the agreement on peace and reconciliation in Mali, signed in 2015. Full text...

  • South Africa: Fresh calls for Parliament to remove Public Protector
    28 september 2017 12:01:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday sharply criticised Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane who has been linked to the State Capture scandal which has shaken the Zuma administration. Full text...

  • Botswana: Trump congratulates Botswana on 51st independence day
    28 september 2017 09:21:49
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - US President Donald Trump on Thursday sent a message to Botswana’s President Ian Khama congratulating the country on its 51st birthday which falls on 30 September. Full text...

  • Italy: Italy advises Khalifa Haftar to choose political route if he wants to lead Libya
    27 september 2017 18:37:17
    Rome, Italiy (PANA) -The Italian government has asked Libyan Army Chief of Staff, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, to choose the political route if he wants to lead Libya, the Italian newspaper Repubblica said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria to withdraw from 90 international organisations
    27 september 2017 18:09:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria is set to withdraw from 90 international organisations out of the 310 it has membership, the Federal Executive Council said Wednesday. Full text...

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