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  • South Africa: Ruling party embroiled in fresh race row
    29 august 2017 15:31:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has been asked to support a complaint by the Human Rights Commission against an Indian friend of President Jacob Zuma who allegedly referred to a black employee as a “monkey”. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Opposition party HQ attacked
    29 august 2017 13:25:21
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The headquarters of the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP) was set on fire in the early hours of Tuesday in Freetown, the Sierra Leonean capital. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AGA holds platform on enhancing young people’s meaningful participation in electoral processes
    29 august 2017 13:04:16
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - The African Governance Platform, under the auspices of the African Governance Architecture (AGA) Youth Engagement Strategy (AGA-YES), is convening the East and Southern Africa Regional Youth Consultations under the theme “Enhancing Young People’s Meaningful Participation in Electoral Processes in Africa”. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: NGO trains Anglophone countries in election management
    29 august 2017 11:58:41
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - A non-governmental organisation, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), is holding a two-day training conference for three Anglophone countries in election management in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown. Full text...

  • US: International community urged to assist Libya overcome challenges
    29 august 2017 06:01:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Libya's future prosperity and stability depends on the international community further strengthening and unifying its efforts on behalf of the whole country, as well as Libyans themselves “seizing the window of opportunity” that is before them to ensure peace, the head of the United Nations mission there said on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan Supreme Court orders scrutiny of presidential votes
    28 august 2017 18:15:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenya's recent presidential election has been subjected to full court verification after the Supreme Court compelled the electoral commission on Monday to open its servers and carry out tests to confirm whether there was unauthorized access to its result transmission system. Full text...

  • South Africa: Politician under fire over Holocaust tweet
    28 august 2017 14:27:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The leader of an organisation seeking to resolve South Africa’s apartheid-era land redistribution problems has sparked a storm of controversy by issuing vulgar anti-semitic statements. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese, Libyan leaders affirm bilateral cooperation to secure borders
    27 august 2017 20:33:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan and Libya on Sunday underlined their determination to boost bilateral cooperation in securing border areas and in revitalizing accords they signed in various fields. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN political affairs chief lauds Somalia’s political progress
    25 august 2017 19:52:50
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Praising the “real forward momentum” in Somalia’s political development, the head of the United Nations political office has reiterated UN support as the Horn of Africa country tackles its challenges, such as the fight against the insurgent group Al Shabaab. Full text...

  • Qatar: Doha closes Chadian embassy, expels diplomats
    25 august 2017 19:25:23
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) - Qatar has closed the Chadian embassy in Doha and ordered the diplomatic staff of the north-central African country to leave within 48 hours as from Thursday, the Qatar press agency reported Friday. Full text...

  • UK: British FM warns Libya against holding early polls
    25 august 2017 18:59:42
    London, United Kingdom (PANA) – British Foreign Affairs Minister Boris Johnson has warned Libyan authorities against holding early elections, using as example, the decision by British Prime Minister Theresa May to call early elections which did not give her the expected majority. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta lawyers file response to his rival's election petition
    24 august 2017 19:56:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta filed a response to opposition leader Raila Odinga’s Presidential election petition at the Supreme Court on Thursday, his lawyers said. Full text...

  • South Africa: UK public relations firm on the ropes over SA political scandal
    24 august 2017 17:15:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The UK’s Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) on Thursday confirmed that public relations firm Bell Pottinger has breached the code of ethics with its handling of a massive South African political scandal. Full text...

  • Chad: Chad shuts Qatar embassy, asks diplomats to leave in 10 days
    23 august 2017 14:54:21
    N'Djamena, Chard (PANA) - Chad is shutting down the Qatar embassy in its capital, N'Djamena, and on Wednesday asked Qatari diplomats to leave within 10 days. Full text...

  • South Africa: Minister summoned to Parliament over Grace Mugabe debacle
    23 august 2017 13:32:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South Africa Parliament on Wednesday said International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, must address MPs on the events that led to Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe leaving the country after assaulting a South African woman. Full text...

  • South Africa: Former AU chairperson forced to flee from site of 2012 massacre
    22 august 2017 14:10:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former African Union (AU) chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, was chased by angry miners on Tuesday at the site of the 2012 Marikana massacre. Full text...

  • Sudan: Chadian Prime Minister visits Sudan
    21 august 2017 18:21:54
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Chadian Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacké arrived in Khartoum on Monday for a three-day visit, during which he will hold talks with the Sudanese government officials on enhancement of relations between the two countries, officials said. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo's ruling party denounces Saturday’s nationwide demonstrations
    21 august 2017 16:54:47
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Togo's ruling Union for the Republic (Union pour la République or UNIR) party has denounced in a statement made available to PANA Monday the unsociable acts committed on Saturday by opposition militants in various towns of the country and the capital, Lomé. Full text...

  • Congo: Isidore Mvouba elected Speaker of Congo National Assembly
    21 august 2017 15:43:52
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese MPs on Saturday elected former Prime Minister, Isidore Mvouba, as the new Speaker of the National Assembly of Congo, to replace Justin Koumba, following the inauguration of the 14th legislature. Full text...

  • Togo: Togolese opposition leader calls to continuous demonstrations against gov't
    21 august 2017 15:37:48
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togolese opposition leader, Jean-Pierre Fabre, has called on Togolese people to continue their protest "without wavering" after security forces cracked down on demonstrators on Saturday across the country. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius, Burkina Faso to enhance existing bilateral relations
    21 august 2017 15:17:42
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius and Burkina Faso will embark towards steering the existing bilateral and multilateral relations in view of boosting and giving a fresh impetus to the economic cooperation between the two countries, PANA learnt Monday from official sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • South Africa: Grace Mugabe granted immunity after massive diplomatic spat
    20 august 2017 18:36:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African government on Sunday granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, following a week of wrangling between Pretoria and Harare. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Buhari's return not linked to protests over extended medical vacation'
    19 august 2017 19:10:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Presidency on Saturday said the return of President Muhammadu Buhari, after spending 103 days on medical vacation in the United Kingdom, was not because of protests at home and abroad against his extended stay. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari arrives back in Abuja
    19 august 2017 18:04:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari arrived back home from the United Kingdom on Saturday to a warm welcome from Acting President Yemin Osinbajo, presidential aides, government officials and his supporters. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria's President Buhari arrives back home
    19 august 2017 16:29:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari arrived back home on Saturday after 103 days in the United Kingdom on medical vacation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari returns home from London on Saturday - Spokesman
    19 august 2017 07:28:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been on medical vacation in London for the past 103 days, returns to the country on Saturday, Presidential Spokesman, Feni Adesina, has announced. Full text...

  • Kenya: Opposition leader Odinga protests presidential poll result in the Supreme Court
    19 august 2017 00:19:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga beat a midnight deadline to file an election petition against incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Supreme Court on Friday, pleading for the nullification of the election result announced on 11 August. Full text...

  • South Africa: Amnesty urges S. Africa to reassert human rights in SADC
    18 august 2017 09:37:19
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - As South Africa hosts the 37th Heads of State Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Pretoria this weekend, Amnesty International is urging the regional giant to take a strong lead in addressing ongoing threats to basic human rights across the region. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB President to attend 37th SADC Summit in South Africa
    18 august 2017 06:07:24
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, will participate in the 37th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) in Pretoria, South Africa, from 19-20 August, 2017. Full text...

  • Kigali: Senegalese President Macky Sall attends Kagame's inauguration in Kigali
    17 august 2017 19:56:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Senegalese President Macky Sall was among African Heads of State who arrived in Kigali on Thursday to attend the inauguration of Rwandan President Paul Kagame following his victory at the 4 August 2017 presidential poll. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Long-term Election Observers end training in Accra
    17 august 2017 17:24:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Another set of 20 regional experts has successfully completed an intensive training on ECOWAS Long-Term Election Observation guidelines and methodology in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • South Africa: President Mugabe arrives in South Africa to address assault stand-off
    17 august 2017 07:59:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A major diplomatic stand-off appears to be intensifying over the Grace Mugabe assault case with her husband, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, arriving in Johannesburg to intervene. Full text...

  • US: Guterres appoints former German President Köhler as Western Sahara envoy
    16 august 2017 20:15:57
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on Wednesday the appointment of Horst Köhler, former President of Germany, as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. Full text...

  • US: 'Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia poisoning our societies' – UN chief
    16 august 2017 20:12:27
    New York, US (PANA) – Urging people everywhere to speak out against hate speech and hate crimes, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday reiterated his call for tolerance, respect for the other and the importance of recognising diversity. Full text...

  • Kenya: Election official denies fleeing to US after airport delay
    16 august 2017 19:07:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan electoral commission briefly barred from flying to the US on Wednesday has denied reports she was fleeing after disagreeing with fellow officials of the electoral commission, whose declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory caused overnight violence, leading to deaths. Full text...

  • Kenya: AU observers endorse Kenyan polls conduct
    16 august 2017 18:47:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African Union (AU) election observers said Wednesday they reserved the right to make further comments on the outcome of the Kenyan Presidential election, but affirmed the credibility of the process had not been brought into doubt despite challenges posed by the opposition. Full text...

  • UK: Commonwealth chief ‘delighted’ with Zambian opposition leader’s release
    16 august 2017 18:36:38
    London, UK (PANA) - The decision to release the Zambian opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, will help to progress peaceful dialogue, the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said in a statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Opposition leaders to challenge Kenyatta poll victory in court
    16 august 2017 16:03:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, said Wednesday he would challenge President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory at the Supreme Court, to give the court a second opportunity to redeem its image after its 2013 performance, which he said was less satisfactory. Full text...

  • Algeria: President Bouteflika sacks PM
    16 august 2017 15:54:28
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, on Tuesday sacked his Prime Minister, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, replacing him with a former Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Egyptian President invites Rwandan counterpart to visit Egypt
    16 august 2017 14:41:33
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Egyptian President , Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ended a one-day state visit to Rwanda early Wednesday, has invited his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, to visit Egypt, according to an official statement made available Wednesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President-elect Paul Kagame's inauguration set for Friday in Kigali
    16 august 2017 13:28:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The official inauguration of Rwanda's President-elect, Paul Kagame, will be held on Friday, according to an official source, which indicated on Wednesday that several African Heads of State and Government will attend the inauguration. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Egyptian President al-Sisi ends state visit to Rwanda
    16 august 2017 09:52:53
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ended a one-day state visit to Rwanda on Wednesday and has since left for Gabon. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian Court frees opposition leader of treason charges
    16 august 2017 09:20:46
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who has been locked up since 10 April, 2017, was on Wednesday freed of treason charges after the State withdrew from prosecuting the case in which he and five others were charged with treason. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty slams 'irresponsible' attempts to shut down human rights groups
    16 august 2017 07:04:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International has slammed attempts of Kenya’s NGO regulator to shut down two human rights organizations as "unlawful and irresponsible". Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda relaxes visa for Egyptian visitors, investors
    16 august 2017 06:10:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In a move to promote trade while attracting a great number of tourists from Egypt, Rwanda has adopted a visa-free access to the North African nation, Rwandan President Paul Kagame has said after welcoming his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who arrived in Kigali on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: SRSG Salame meets with Misrata’ political and community leaders
    15 august 2017 18:47:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salame, on Tuesday visited Misrata as part of his ongoing efforts to hear from Libyans on how best to move the political process forward and bring peace to the country. Full text...

  • Sudan: Ethiopian Prime Minister in Khartoum on official visit
    15 august 2017 17:31:55
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn was received at Khartoum Airport by Sudanese President Omar Bashir when he arrived here on Tuesday for a three-day official visit. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Egyptian President pays tribute to heroes, victims of genocide in Rwanda
    15 august 2017 17:05:25
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday visited the Kigali genocide memorial site and paid tribute to victims of the 1994 mass killing. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya deregisters prominent right, pro-democracy groups
    15 august 2017 16:41:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -Two prominent Kenyan human rights organisations, which planned to challenge the this month's Presidential election result in court have been deregistered and their bank accounts frozen on the orders of the state-run NGO coordination Board. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights chief urges Kenyan leaders to 'act responsibly', avoid further violence
    15 august 2017 15:56:58
    Geneva, Switzerland PANA) – Calling on the Kenyan authorities to avoid violence, the United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday urged the Government to make an immediate announcement that it will cooperate and ensure accountability for reported abuse by security forces which has led to deaths and injures, including among children. Full text...

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