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  • 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...

  • Sierra Leonean President parleys with Buhari in Abuja
    30 may 2018 17:37:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, on Wednesday paid a one-day visit to Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, where he held discussions with President Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • South African opposition party welcomes Zimbabwean election announcement
    30 may 2018 12:01:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday welcomed the announcement by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa that the country’s national elections will take place on 30 July. Full text...

  • Zimbabweans to vote for president, MPs, councillors on 30 July
    30 may 2018 11:25:00
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabweans will hold elections on 30 July, 2018, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced in a proclamation on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN chief lauds new political agreement for Libya
    30 may 2018 05:34:39
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed a new Political Declaration for Libya adopted by leading politicians and military leaders on Tuesday, pledging to “work constructively” with the world body to hold fresh elections this year. Full text...

  • Guterres honours dedication and sacrifice of UN peacekeepers
    29 may 2018 20:14:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday attended a ceremony at the base of UN peacekeepers in Mali called MINUSMA, in Bamako, to pay tribute to fallen peacekeepers. Full text...

  • UN chief arrives in Mali to honour fallen peacekeepers
    29 may 2018 19:56:49
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres arrived in Mali on Tuesday to honour the service and sacrifice of peacekeepers around the world, marking the official International Day of UN Peacekeepers. Full text...

  • Mauritius hosts 9th SADC Regional UN Public Administration Network workshop
    29 may 2018 11:33:06
    Pointe-aux-Piments, Mauritius (PANA) - The 9th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN) workshop focusing on the future of public service in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution is underway at Le Meriden Hotel in Pointe-aux-Piments, northern Mauritius. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Libyan parties to create conditions for free, fair vote
    29 may 2018 06:22:29
    Paris, France (PANA) – French President Emmanuel Macron should ensure that four Libyan leaders meeting in Paris on Tuesday, pledge to improve human rights and ensure conditions conducive for a free and fair vote ahead of any planned elections, Human Rights Watch has said. Full text...

  • Buhari's 3-year score-card: Info minister says Fed. Gov't delivering on campaign promises
    28 may 2018 14:07:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Presenting the three-year scorecard of Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, to Nigerians, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the Buhari Administration has kept its social contract with the Nigerian people by delivering on its campaign promises. Full text...

  • Mauritius calls for better Africa for future generations
    25 may 2018 06:00:40
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius firmly believes that a strong, secure, united and economically independent and prosperous Africa is central to the island’s own economic progress and social development. Full text...

  • UN chief launches new disarmament agenda ‘to secure our world and our future’
    25 may 2018 05:10:49
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations chief announced a bold new vision for global disarmament on Thursday, to help eliminate nuclear arsenals and other deadly weapons from a world that is just “one mechanical, electronic and human error away” from destruction. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges ‘inclusive’ talks to resolve crisis in Burundi
    25 may 2018 04:55:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Inclusive talks remain the only way to find a lasting solution to the political, socio-economic and humanitarian crisis that has engulfed Burundi since 2015, the United Nations envoy for the African Great Lakes country said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN development official urges greater international support for Zimbabwe
    24 may 2018 18:38:41
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - With a new administration in place and plans to hold free and fair general elections later this year, authorities in Zimbabwe are hoping to see greater international investment in their country, according to the top United Nations official here. Full text...

  • AfDB awards 2018 Babacar Ndiaye Trophy to Kenyan President Kenyatta
    24 may 2018 13:13:51
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The Babacar Ndiaye Trophy for the year 2018 has gone to the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, for "his distinguished leadership qualities and for the transformation of the road network in his country". Full text...

  • South African President Ramaphosa donates half his salary for Mandela initiative
    23 may 2018 16:45:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said he will donate half of his salary this year to a new fund which will be launched to mark the 100th anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela's birth. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for fair trial for former Rwandan presidential hopeful Rwigara
    23 may 2018 05:54:01
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, has called for fair trial for former Rwandan presidential hopeful Diane Rwigara, who has been charged, alongside her mother and four other defendants, with “inciting insurrection”. Full text...

  • Burundi referendum marred by lack of transparency, says U.S. Government
    22 may 2018 17:53:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Burundi's May 17 constitutional referendum was marred by lack of transparency, suspension of media outlets, and attempts to pressure voters, according to a statement issued by U.S. State Department spokesperson, Ms Heather Nauert, and made available Tuesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe begins process to re-join Commonwealth, invites observers to July elections
    22 may 2018 09:04:56
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe has applied to re-join the Commonwealth it left in 2003 and has invited the grouping of former British colonies to send observers to its general elections set for July. Full text...

  • Libyans’ desire for ‘united and sovereign nation’ - UN representative
    21 may 2018 19:36:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Conversations taking place across Libya indicate that citizens are “yearning for a united and sovereign nation”, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council in New York on Monday. Full text...

  • Former Ghana president Mahama poised to stage comeback in 2020
    20 may 2018 14:51:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's former president John Dramani Mahama, has dropped the clearest hint yet that he will contest his party's primaries to select a candidate for the 2020 presidential election. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa expresses condolences over Cuban aviation disaster
    19 may 2018 15:53:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday sent his condolences to the island nation of Cuba following a plane crash in the capital, Havana, on Friday that claimed the lives of more than 100 people. Full text...

  • US pledges more support for Rwanda's "Transformation Strategy" in various sectors
    18 may 2018 15:32:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The newly-appointed US ambassador to Rwanda, Peter Hendrick Vrooman, on Friday assured the Rwandan Government that his country was ready to help the East African country in accelerating "Transformation Strategy" across various sectors. Full text...

  • Mauritius expresses concern at violence on Israeli-Gaza border
    18 may 2018 13:40:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Government of Mauritius has expressed deep concern at the high level of casualties, including the number of injured, following violence on the Israeli-Gaza Border, a few days ago, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Mandela's grandson rebukes 'apartheid' Israel
    17 may 2018 08:27:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela has called for “apartheid Israel” to be charged with genocide and crimes against humanity following this week’s bloodbath which saw numerous protesting Palestinians killed by Israeli forces. Full text...

  • Rights group says run-up to Burundi's referendum 'tainted by violence'
    17 may 2018 06:57:12
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - As the polls open on Thursday in a constitutional referendum in Burundi that could extend the president’s term in office, a human rights group has said the process leading to the vote has been severely marred by a government crackdown on freedom of expression Full text...

  • Somali President promises to deliver new constitution before 2020 elections
    16 may 2018 18:00:09
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – A three-day gathering on a new constitution for Somalia ended on Wednesday in Mogadishu with assurance from President Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmaajo’ that the Horn of Africa country will have a new constitution ahead of schedule – before the end of next year. Full text...

  • Pretoria recalls ambassador from Israel
    15 may 2018 08:53:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has withdrawn its ambassador from Israel taking a strong stance against the killing of at least 58 Palestinians by Israeli armed forces on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian President Buhari returns home
    11 may 2018 21:48:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari returned home on Friday from London where he had an engagement with his doctor, the Presidency announced. Full text...

  • Ivorian, Malian, Burkina Prime Ministers to meet on joint project
    10 may 2018 09:36:31
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian Prime Minister, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, will on Monday pay a friendly and working visit to Sikasso, in Mali, PANA learned from official source. Full text...

  • Iran deal represents ‘significant verification gain’– UN atomic energy chief
    09 may 2018 19:47:07
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - Speaking the day after the United States withdrew from an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme, the head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency made it clear that Iran has consistently stuck to its commitments. Full text...

  • EU regrets US President Trump’s withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal
    09 may 2018 17:19:48
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Wednesday deeply regretted the announcement by US President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding the Iran nuclear deal. Full text...

  • UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ by US decision to exit Iran nuclear deal
    09 may 2018 05:58:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a decision on Tuesday by the United States to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, the United Nations chief said he was “deeply concerned” by the move, and called on all parties to preserve the deal. Full text...

  • Cape Town mayor axed by her own party
    08 may 2018 15:50:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Following months of deep divisions, the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in South Africa on Tuesday confirmed that Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille's membership of the party has been terminated with immediate effect. Full text...

  • Nigerian president Buhari returns to London for medical treatment
    07 may 2018 21:18:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday undertake a four-day medical trip to the United Kingdom, his spokesperson has said. Full text...

  • Africa Day to be celebrated at AfDB Annual Meetings in Busan
    07 may 2018 13:14:16
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - For the first time, the African Development Bank (AfDB) will celebrate Africa Day – the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (now the African Union), on May 25, 1963 – at the Bank’s Annual Meetings in Busan, South Korea. Full text...

  • Ethiopia PM due in Kenya for talks
    05 may 2018 13:00:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is expected in Kenya on Sunday for talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta on regional integration, peace and security, it was officially confirmed here on Saturday. Full text...

  • AU condemns terrorist attack on Libya National Election Commission in Tripoli
    04 may 2018 16:32:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahmat has strongly condemned the terrorist attack against the Libya National Election Commission in Tripoli on 2 May 2018, in which over 14 people were killed and many more wounded, including the staff of the Election Commission and police officers. Full text...

  • EU appoints new head of EUCAP Sahel Niger mission
    04 may 2018 16:09:04
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Council of the European Union (EU) on Friday announced the appointment of Frank Van der Mueren, a Belgian senior police official, as new Head of the EU's civilian capacity building mission in Niger, EUCAP Sahel Niger. Full text...

  • New Botswana president visits Mauritius
    04 may 2018 09:05:35
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Botswana's new president, Mr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, paid a one-day visit to Mauritius on Thursday as part of a tour to meet with leaders in Southern African Development Community to strengthen bilateral relations. Full text...

  • Mozambique’s veteran opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama dies
    04 may 2018 05:52:54
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - Afonso Dhlakama, the leader of Mozambique’s main opposition party and former rebel group, Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO), died on Thursday after an illness, party sources said. Full text...

  • Mauritania hosts mid-year ordinary session of AU leaders
    03 may 2018 18:43:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) will take place from 25 June to 2 July 2018 in Nouakchott, Mauritania, the AU Commission announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal hosts 4th African regional forum on sustainable development
    03 may 2018 16:22:58
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne on Thursday opened in Dakar the fourth African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development focused on the theme ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. Full text...

  • Afrikaner group seeks to drum up support in America
    03 may 2018 09:51:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The AfriForum organisation which represents the interests of South Africa's minority Afrikaans population has embarked on a tour to the United States to raise awareness about land reform reforms and the surge of attacks on white farmers. Full text...

  • AU gathers long-term election observers for capacity building workshop
    02 may 2018 11:37:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) has brought together more than 30 Long-term Observers (LTOs) from across the region for an intensive capacity building seminar in response to emerging challenges associated with election observation as a tool for conflict prevention and consolidation of democracy in Africa. Full text...

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