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  • Two victims of Zimbabwe ruling party rally explosion die
    25 june 2018 19:57:18
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Two victims of Saturday's explosion at a ruling party rally addressed by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Bulawayo, the second largest city, have died, Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Angeline Masuku has said. Full text...

  • EU urges inclusive regional dialogue to find stability in Horn of Africa countries
    25 june 2018 16:39:38
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The stability of the Horn of Africa and the freedom of navigation from the Indian Ocean through the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, both crucial to Europe, are being put in jeopardy by developments in the Red Sea region, according to findings by the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe president says 30 July elections to ahead despite election rally explosion
    25 june 2018 13:48:23
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared that the country's 30 July elections will go ahead despite an explosion that rocked a rally he addressed in opposition stronghold Bulawayo last Saturday. Full text...

  • European Council reaffirms EU support to stabilization efforts in Sahel/Mali region
    25 june 2018 11:00:59
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union (EU) on Monday reiterated the EU's strategic and comprehensive engagement towards the Sahel region, reaffirming that the EU will continue to support the stabilisation efforts of the G5 Sahel countries as a basis for the development of the Sahel. Full text...

  • Ghana president bans ministers from foreign travels
    25 june 2018 07:43:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has temporarily suspended all foreign travels by his ministers and senior government officials with immediate effect to minimise disruption of government's domestic work, the local media reported on Monday. Full text...

  • President Mnangagwa condemns 'senseless' explosion at ruling party rally
    24 june 2018 06:53:27
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Mnangagwa has condemned Saturday's explosion that targeted his rally at the country's opposition stronghold, Bulawayo, as "a senseless act of violence." Full text...

  • LEAD: Zimbabwe rally explosion 'assassination attempt' on President Mnangagwa - says state broadcaster
    23 june 2018 17:12:58
    Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's state broadcaster says the explosion on Saturday at a rally in Bulawayo was an "assassination attempt" on President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe president Mnangagwa's rally hit by explosion
    23 june 2018 15:07:01
    Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been evacuated from White City Stadium in Bulawayo following an explosion which took place on Saturday just as a rally by his ZANU-PF to campaign for the 30 July elections ended, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported. Full text...

  • Rights group warns elections in DR Congo overshadowed by human rights concerns
    23 june 2018 10:11:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, has urged the government of DR Congo to ensure that everyone can exercise their freedom of expression and association as the country prepares for the long-awaited December elections. Full text...

  • Gambian president Barrow to visit Faraba Banta following deadly clashes
    22 june 2018 09:41:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian president Adama Barrow is expected to visit the community of Faraba Banta on Friday to pay his condolences to the families and respects to the victims of last Monday's shooting by Gambian Police that claimed three lives and injured many others. Full text...

  • Gambia’s Police Chief resigns over anti-sand mining demonstration deaths
    22 june 2018 08:23:55
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambia’s Police Chief Landing Kinteh has resigned from his post following Monday’s deadly shootings during an anti-sand mining demonstration at Faraba Banta. Full text...

  • Restoring gov't control across CAR is ‘key’ to lasting peace, stability – UN envoy
    22 june 2018 07:28:09
    New York, US (PANA) - While many positive steps have been taken in the Central African Republic (CAR), progress has been too slow and is continually under threat from “those who seek private gains through violence”, the United Nations envoy on the ground told the Security Council on Thursday, underscoring that restoring government authority is “key”, both now and in the long-term. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes ‘positive steps’ towards peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia
    22 june 2018 07:22:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations has announced its readiness to support Eritrea and Ethiopia following recent peace overtures between the two neighbouring States in the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa welcomes participation of South Sudan opposition leader in peace talks
    21 june 2018 10:31:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the participation of South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar in the peace talks facilitated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Gambia’s Truth Commission chief calls for justice deadly clash
    19 june 2018 08:03:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Dr. Baba Galleh Jallow, Gambia’s Truth Commission Chief, on Tuesday called on the government to quickly investigate and bring to book those responsible for the killing of two men at the village of Faraba Banta on Monday in a dispute over sand winning. Full text...

  • South Africa's opposition politician slams 'racist' Indians
    18 june 2018 10:45:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Firebrand politician Julius Malema has sparked a fresh race row by insulting South Africa’s formidable India population. Full text...

  • Twenty-three candidates file papers to contest Zimbabwe's presidential election
    15 june 2018 11:36:11
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Twenty-three candidates filed their nomination papers at the High Court on Thursday to contest for president in next month's election in Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) announced on Friday. The election is scheduled for 30 July 2018. Full text...

  • Mali presidential elections critical to consolidate democracy, says UN peacekeeping chief
    15 june 2018 07:55:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Though the past 12 months had been the most encouraging in terms of advancing the peace process in the West African state of Mali, security challenges still pose a dangerous threat, with civilians and security forces still being attacked, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda seeks support for Foreign minister Mushikiwabo in La Francophonie bid
    14 june 2018 17:41:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda is seeking the support of other African countries to endorse the bid for its foreign minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, to head the world association of French-speaking nations, also known as Francophonie, an official source confirmed on Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Guinea commits to resolving issues over disputed municipal poll results
    13 june 2018 16:25:46
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The Secretary General in Guinea’s Territorial Administration and Decentralization Ministry, Dr. Yamori Conde, has assured the visiting delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONET), led by Prof Mahmood Yakubu, that the Ministry is working with other stakeholders under the Technical Follow-up Committee to resolve issues related to the disputed results of the country’s municipal elections held on February 4. Full text...

  • Nigeria lauds outcome of US-North Korea summit
    13 june 2018 15:18:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government has applauded the outcome of the Tuesday’s Summit between US President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPPK). Full text...

  • U.S. welcomes Burundian president's decision not to seek another term after 2020
    13 june 2018 15:11:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the recent announcement by Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza that he will not seek a fourth term of office, reaffirming the promise he made to the Burundian people in 2015, a statement made available Wednesday to PANA in Kigali has indicated. Full text...

  • Guterres welcomes formation of unity government in Madagascar
    13 june 2018 05:39:30
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the formation on Monday of a government of national unity in Madagascar led by a non-partisan Prime Minister, as requested by the nation’s leading constitutional court. Full text...

  • ECONEC delegation meets Guinea political parties
    13 june 2018 05:33:24
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - A delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) on Tuesday met with MPs of Guinea's political parties in Conakry as part of the team's electoral mid-term follow-up mission to rally stakeholders towards creating a conducive atmosphere for sustained credible elections and consolidation of democracy in the country and the West Africa region. Full text...

  • Anger over public protector's "bizarre" ruling in South Africa
    12 june 2018 13:14:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, has hit a nerve by ruling that Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, violated South Africa’s executive ethics code when she posted a tweet that was viewed as favourable towards colonialism. Full text...

  • Speaker of Chinese Senate arrives in Congo
    12 june 2018 11:08:09
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Speaker of the Chinese Senate, who is the chairman of the National Committee for Political Consultative Conference of the Chinese People, Wang Yang, arrived on Monday evening in Brazzaville for a 48-hour visit during which he will hold talks with senior Congolese officials. Full text...

  • Cameroon's Anglophone regions gripped by 'deadly violence', says Amnesty International
    12 june 2018 06:51:26
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Armed separatists in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions have stabbed to death and shot military personnel, burned down schools and attacked teachers, while security forces have tortured people, fired on crowds and destroyed villages, in a spiral of violence that keeps getting more deadly, human rights advocate Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Peacekeeping operations on the ground in Darfur ‘must change’, urges UN official
    12 june 2018 05:58:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur “must change” in accordance with the shifting realities on the ground, the Organization’s top peacekeeping official said on Monday, highlighting the need to “closely link” the mission’s drawdown to the scaling up of both peacekeeping and development activities. Full text...

  • ECONEC advocates structured engagements Guinea among Guinea political stakeholders
    12 june 2018 05:47:39
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - In continuation of its electoral mid-term follow-up Mission to Guinea, the Prof Mahmood Yakubu-led ECONEC delegation met on Monday with the ECOWAS Special Representative in the country, Ambassador Liliane Alapini, and representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and development partners. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Morocco sign three agreements on strengthening economic relations
    11 june 2018 14:41:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco on Monday in Rabat, Morocco, signed three agreements, including that on a regional gas pipeline that will see Nigeria providing gas to countries in West Africa sub-region that extends to Morocco and Europe. Full text...

  • SA Opposition addresses chaos in refugee office
    11 june 2018 14:33:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) conducted an oversight inspection at the Durban Refugee Reception Office which has an enormous backlog and is unable to schedule appointments for new applications until August. Full text...

  • Nigerian president Buhari begins 2-day visit to Morocco
    10 june 2018 14:37:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, left Abuja on Sunday for Morocco for a two-day visit. Full text...

  • Guinea EC commends ECONEC
    09 june 2018 08:17:20
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - A delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) began talks on Friday with the leadership of Guinea’s Electoral Commission, CENI, on wide-ranging issues, including capacity strengthening, technical and logistics support to the electoral body, and the implementation of recommendations by the ECOWAS observation mission to the country’s last general elections in 2015. Full text...

  • President Ramaphosa hails South Africa's election to UN Security Council
    09 june 2018 07:13:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed gratitude to the UN General Assembly after South Africa was elected to serve in the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa, four other countries are new members of UN Security Council
    09 june 2018 07:10:03
    New York, US (PANA) - In a single round of voting on Friday, the United Nations General Assembly elected five new non-permanent Members of the Security Council, who will each serve two-year terms on the body that sets the UN’s whole peace and security agenda. Full text...

  • South African president Ramaphosa to attend G7 Summit
    08 june 2018 09:24:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa and a high-level delegation have departed for Quebec, Canada, to attend a G7 Leaders’ Summit Outreach. Full text...

  • Rights group says lack of reform risks credible elections in Zimbabwe
    08 june 2018 05:29:10
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – The Zimbabwe government’s failure to carry out legal and electoral reforms threatens the credibility of national elections scheduled for 30 July, 2018, a human rights group has said. Full text...

  • UN Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo meets President Farmaajo in Mogadishu
    07 june 2018 19:56:38
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo on Thursday expressed satisfaction with the progress Somalia has achieved on the political and security fronts and noted recent efforts to expedite the constitutional review process. Full text...

  • International partners welcome results of Somalia’s National Security Council meeting
    07 june 2018 19:42:10
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – International partners supporting Somalia on Thursday welcomed what they described as “the significant outcomes” of the June 3-5 National Security Council meeting in Baidoa, capital of South West State. Full text...

  • Sudan abrogates all contracts, relations with North Korea
    07 june 2018 10:01:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan is abrogating all contracts and direct and indirect relations with North Korea, a foreign ministry statement carried by the official media said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean Commission, EU examine peace, security, climate change
    07 june 2018 07:37:56
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) - Delegates from the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and the European Union (EU) on Wednesday discussed peace, security, regional stability, climate change and management of natural resources during a political dialogue held in Mauritius. Full text...

  • ECONEC undertakes electoral follow-up mission to Guinea
    06 june 2018 14:48:14
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, President of the ECONEC governing board and Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), is leading an eight-member delegation on a Post-election Follow-up Mission (PEFM) to Guinea from Thursday, as part of election assessment and early warning strategy instituted by ECOWAS to track and address risk factors that could negatively impact the credibility and peaceful conduct of elections in member States. Full text...

  • South Sudan president agrees to meet rebel leaders in Khartoum
    06 june 2018 11:27:03
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit has agreed to meet his former deputy Riek Machar in Khartoum in response to an initiative by the Sudanese government to settle the armed conflict in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Rights group hails lifting of state of emergency in Ethiopia
    06 june 2018 04:13:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has hailed the decision of the Ethiopian parliament to to left the state of emergency in the country and urged the government to follow it up with investigation of abuses. Full text...

  • UN chief strongly denounces latest attack on peacekeepers in CAR
    05 june 2018 04:07:25
    New York, US (P) ANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned Sunday’s attack that killed a UN peacekeeper from Tanzania and injured seven others while they were patrolling in the west of the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Members of Gambia’s constitutional commission take oath
    04 june 2018 18:21:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Adama Barrow on Monday presided over the swearing-in ceremony of members of Gambia’s Constitutional Review Commission, held at State House in Banjul. Full text...

  • President Kabila sends special message to AU Commission on situation in DRC
    04 june 2018 16:38:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are determined to successfully carry out the ongoing process, in conformity with the schedule drawn up by the National Independent Electoral Commission in order to hold elections at the end of the year, Foreign Affairs Minister Leonard She Okitundu has said. Full text...

  • Russian FM Lavrov to visit Rwanda
    02 june 2018 14:43:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is due in Kigali on Sunday for a one-day working visit at the invitation of his Rwandan counterpart Louise Mushikiwabo and President Paul Kagame, a diplomatic source confirmed Saturday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Major television series to unpack Zuma 'corruption scandals'
    01 june 2018 13:58:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Best selling author Jacques Pauw who played a formidable role in blowing the lid off Jacob Zuma’s presidency, has secured television rights for his explosive new book, "The President’s Keepers. " Full text...

  • UN chief urges support for ‘G5’ countries fighting terrorism in Sahel region
    30 may 2018 19:11:47
    Mpoti, Mali (PANA) - On the second day of his visit to Mali, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres travelled some 460 kilometers outside the capital, Bamako, to Mopti, where he made a strong appeal for more predictable financial support to the regional force tackling terrorist threats in the region. Full text...

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