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  • Mauritius: Indian Ocean Islands discuss Maritime Security
    16 september 2014 12:06:50
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - The creation of a Western Indian Ocean Maritime Crime Forum that will make it possible for island states in the region to better coordinate their response to maritime crime concerns at the diplomatic, strategic and capacity-development levels was formulated at a high-level meeting held here Monday. Full text...

  • US: UN urges young people to engage in democracy
    16 september 2014 07:55:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Monday marked the annual International Day of Democracy Full text...

  • Angola: AU commission chairperson meets Angolan president
    15 september 2014 22:25:05
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – The Angolan president, José Eduardo dos Santos, on Monday reviewed the latest developments in the Great Lakes region and the other parts of the African continent with the African Union Commission chairwoman, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, in Luanda. Full text...

  • Mauritius: President names new Opposition leader in Mauritian parliament
    15 september 2014 16:27:18
    Réduit, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian President Kailash Purryag on Monday named Pravind Jugnauth, leader of Mouvement Socialiste Militant (MSM), to the post of leader of the Opposition in parliament following the resignation of Paul Raymond Bérenger, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian FM to attend Madrid conference on Libya
    15 september 2014 13:04:52
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mongi Hamdi, will attend an international conference on “stability and development in Libya and in North Africa”, scheduled for Wednesday in the Spanish capital, Madrid, according to a communiqué from the department. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Opposition leader resigns
    15 september 2014 08:15:07
    Réduit, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius' opposition leader Paul Raymond Bérenger resigned Monday from the post he had occupied since April 2010, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS defence chiefs pledge support for anti-Ebola fight
    14 september 2014 16:24:02
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS military chiefs have pledged the support of the military of member states for the battle against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which is ravaging the region. Full text...

  • US: UN General Assembly opens 69th session Tuesday
    14 september 2014 00:23:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The 69th UN General Assembly session, due to begin on Tuesday, will focus on developing an agenda that will build on the gains of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eradicate poverty and hunger and create sustained inclusive growth, employment and better livelihoods for all, PANA reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy reaffirms need for amicable solution to Libyan crisis
    13 september 2014 17:42:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The representative of the UN Secretary in Libya, General Bernardino Leon, has made another effort to end the crisis in the North African country that has known no peace since the overthrow of former leader Mouammar Kadhafi. Full text...

  • Libya: Algiers consultative meeting on Libyan crisis postponed
    13 september 2014 13:28:24
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The consultative meeting scheduled for Monday in Algiers to bring together stakeholders in the Libyan crisis, has been postponed until 23-24 September at the request of the Algerian authorities. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Ghanaian as new UN envoy for West Africa
    13 september 2014 06:17:08
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas as his Special Representative and Head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA). Full text...

  • Zambia: Ruling party wins 3 parliamentary seats in by-elections
    12 september 2014 13:48:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) won three parliamentary seats, while the opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) and United Party for National Development (UPND) got a seat each in Thursday’s parliamentary by-elections. Full text...

  • Congo: Campaign for local govt. elections begins in Congo
    12 september 2014 12:07:11
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The campaign for local elections, holding 28 September in Congo, was launched Friday, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Sudan: Opposition demands release of over 100 detainees
    11 september 2014 21:18:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese National Dialogue Mechanism (SNDM) has submitted petitions for the release of more than 120 detained and convicted politicians to create a conducive environment for the proposed national dialogue conference. Full text...

  • Libya: UN Special Representative stresses dialogue to bring peace to Libya
    11 september 2014 18:40:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – UN Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Leon, said Thursday that the only solution to the raging crisis in the country is dialogue. Full text...

  • Botswana: Gaborone applauds Guebuza, Dhlakama
    11 september 2014 14:27:33
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana government has commended Mozambique’s president Armando Guebuza and Afonso Dhlakama, leader of rebel group, RENAMO forces, for burying the hatchet. Full text...

  • Angola: Djinnit praises Angola's pivotal role as Chair of ICGLR
    11 september 2014 11:59:08
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - UN Secretary General's Special Envoy Said Djinnit has completed a two-day visit to Luanda, saying Angola plays a pivotal role in the region as Chair of International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), and key member of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). Full text...

  • Libya: Government reiterates call for Tripoli ceasefire
    10 september 2014 21:23:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan government on Wednesday renewed its call to armed groups involved in clashes in Tripoli to observe a ceasefire and withdraw from the capital to preserve the safety of inhabitants and their property. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition rejects use of electronic system in Thursday’s parliamentary by-elections
    10 september 2014 19:18:41
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian opposition parties Wednesday concluded campaigns for by-elections set for Thursday, stating they have rejected electronic transmission of poll results as proposed by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ). Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian president calls for strengthened economic ties with Italy
    10 september 2014 17:09:00
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has called for strengthened economic relations between Tunisia and Italy through support to Italian ventures operating in the North African country. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir welcomes Sudanese parties' deal on national dialogue
    10 september 2014 17:08:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir has declared his support to the agreement recently reached in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, between the National Dialogue preparatory committee and the Paris Declaration Group on their participation in the National Dialogue and Constitutional Process in Sudan. Full text...

  • Mali: Malian political parties sign Convention for Good Governance
    10 september 2014 13:48:43
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Sixty-two political parties in Mali have signed the country's Convention for Good Governance and named Dr. Boulkassoum Haïdara, vice president of the ruling Rally for Mali Party, as head of the grouping, reliable sources told PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament passes Anti-terrorism Act
    09 september 2014 20:17:57
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Parliament has passed the Anti-terrorism Act as the North African country seeks a decisive response to terrorist groups that have been perpetrating acts of violence that endanger the lives of citizens. Full text...

  • Libya: France calls for an alliance to combat terrorism in Libya
    09 september 2014 19:57:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - France will take the Libyan issue for consideration as an agenda of the informal meeting of 28 European defence ministers being held 9-10 September in Milan, Italy, French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said. Full text...

  • Tunisia: France stands by Tunisia in anti-terrorism fight
    09 september 2014 00:06:00
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - France has expressed its support for Tunisia, which is undergoing a transition to democracy and fighting terrorism at the same time. Full text...

  • Belgium: Brussels worried over hospitalization of detained Burundian opposition figure
    09 september 2014 00:04:00
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Belgium has expressed concern following the hospitalization of the top Burundian political opposition leader, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, detained since 15 May, said an official source. Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament Speaker, UN envoy hold talks on Libyan crisis
    09 september 2014 00:02:00
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) - Speaker of Libyan Parliament Aguila Salah Issa and UN Envoy Bernardo Leon held talks here Monday evening on the security and political crisis in the North African nation. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Algeria assures Tunisia on economic, political and security support
    08 september 2014 17:55:48
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal has reaffirmed his country’s readiness to extend economic, political and security support to Tunisia, saying “Tunisia’s security is linked to that of Algeria”. Full text...

  • Libya: Parliament completes debate on anti-terrorism bill
    08 september 2014 16:59:32
    Tobrouk, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan Parliament on Monday finalised its debate on the draft anti-terrorism bill which, according to an official source, is very crucial for the country's security forces including the army to take decisive action against terrorist groups which have been perpetrating violence around the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma to address stand-off in Lesotho
    08 september 2014 11:46:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma will travel to Maseru on Tuesday to try end the impasse between political leaders after Prime Minister Tom Thabane accused renegade army general Tlali Kamoli of refusing to step down. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Somalia offers militants amnesty after Al Shabaab leader's killing 
    07 september 2014 08:40:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Somali President Sheikh Mohamud, has offered a 45-day amnesty to remnants of the militant group, Al Shabaab, saying those who cut links with the group would be offered government positions. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia, Gabon sign pacts
    06 september 2014 15:35:10
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Gabon and Tunisia have signed several agreements in different sectors, including the recruitment of Tunisian workers for Gabon and the cooperation in the areas of health, employment and vocational training, Tunisian sources said Saturday. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Opposition suspends participation in proceedings of Ivorian electoral commission
    06 september 2014 12:26:40
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The representatives of the opposition Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) and the Alliance for Democratic Forces (AFD) Friday refused to participate in the election of the board of the new Independent Electoral Commission (CEI). Full text...

  • UN: Secretary-General welcomes steps for Sudan's national dialogue
    05 september 2014 20:01:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday welcomed the initiative of holding a comprehensive national dialogue in Sudan to achieve sustainable peace as well as the progress being made by Sudanese stakeholders to prepare for this process. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Gabonese president arrives in Tunis for official visit
    05 september 2014 19:20:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Gabonese president Omar Bongo Odemba arrived in Tunis on Friday for a three-day official visit at the invitation of the Tunisian president, Moncef Marzouki, according to a communiqué issued by the Tunisian presidency. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma under fire for wasting taxpayers money to block 'spy tapes'
    05 september 2014 11:20:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - After five years and six court challenges to block the release of South Africa’s so-called “spy tapes”, President Jacob Zuma now says he welcomes their release. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ouedraogo hails 'excellent' relations with UN under Djinnit
    04 september 2014 17:05:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Désiré Kadré Ouédraogo has hailed the excellent collaboration and mutually-beneficial relation between the region and the UN System during the tenure of outgoing Ambassador Said Djinnit, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and Head of the UN Office in West Africa (UNOWA). Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma loses key battle as 'spy tapes' are handed over
    04 september 2014 14:20:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma lost a key political battle on Thursday when the so-called spy tapes which saw him secure the presidency five years ago were handed over to the official opposition Democratic Alliance in Pretoria. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Egypt backs fresh environmental studies over Ethiopia's mega-power dam 
    04 september 2014 13:16:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Visiting Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry and his Ethiopian counterpart Tedros Adhanom have agreed to appoint experts to conduct studies about the environmental risks posed by Ethiopia's mega-electricity dam. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana introduces braille voters sheet for 2014 elections
    04 september 2014 12:03:32
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Visually-impaired voters in Botswana have applauded the country’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) for developing the country’s first Braille ballot paper. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria denies blocking Dalai Lama again
    04 september 2014 11:56:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s Department of International Relations on Thursday denied that the government has again refused permission for the Dalai Lama to visit the country next month. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Rwanda's EAC Affairs minister takes oath as member of regional legislature
    03 september 2014 13:23:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Rwanda’s newly appointed Minister for East African Community Affairs, Valentine Rugwabiza, has been sworn in in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as an ex-officio Member of East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), in accordance with the rules of procedure of the Assembly. Full text...

  • Libya: France wants int'l community to restore stability to Libya
    03 september 2014 13:00:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The French foreign affairs minister, Laurent Fabius, has called on the United Nations and the international community to take action to restore stability to Libya and prevent terrorism from spreading again, Libyan media quoted him as saying Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Lesotho PM still in SA despite talks breakthrough
    03 september 2014 09:22:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Lesotho's Prime Minister Tom Thabane, who fled over the weekend, remains in South Africa despite a Pretoria-brokered agreement between feuding parties that paved the way for his return. Full text...

  • US: US condemns deadly attack against UN mission
    03 september 2014 08:50:25
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has strongly condemned Tuesday's attack against the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which killed four Chadian peacekeepers and wounded 15 others. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Electoral institute partner with ECOWAS, AU on capacity building.
    03 september 2014 08:40:45
    Osogbo, Nigeria (PANA) - The Electoral Institute (TEI), an organ of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has concluded arrangements to provide technical assistance to other electoral bodies in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU), according to its Director General, Prof. Abubakar Momoh. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: Think-tank urges AU to outline Africa's response to terrorism
    02 september 2014 20:59:34
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) should set the agenda for Africa’s response to terrorism to ensure an approach based on collective and multilateral actions. Full text...

  • Libya: Head of UN Mission in Libya meets EU Representative for Foreign Affairs
    02 september 2014 16:29:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The new head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Bernardino Leon, has met in Brussels with the newly appointed European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini on the situation in Libya. Full text...

  • Congo: Local elections to be held 28 September in Congo
    02 september 2014 14:25:06
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese voters will go to the polls on 28 September to vote for 860 city and county councillors, according to Henri Bouka, President of the National Commission for the organization of elections (CONEL). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Meeting on security in Nigeria holds in Abuja Wednesday
    02 september 2014 13:15:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria will host a one-day ministerial meeting on security in the country in the capital city of Abuja Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement obtained by PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

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