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  • Nigeria: Queen Elizabeth congratulates Nigerians on centenary celebrations
    27 february 2014 12:16:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain has congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan, the Federal Government and people of Nigeria on the occasion of Nigeria’s centenary celebrations, according to a presidency press statement, issued here Thursday. Full text...

  • US: New American Embassy for Chad
    27 february 2014 07:50:07
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has announced the award for the construction of a new Embassy in the Chadian capital, N'djamena, to BL Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama, Full text...

  • Niger: Police arrest senior military officer for gunshots at Speaker's home
    26 february 2014 19:30:28
    Niamey , Niger (PANA) - Niger police have arrested a senior military officer following gunshots in the house of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hama Amadou, on Tuesday night. Full text...

  • Guinea: King Mohamed VI expected Saturday in Conakry
    26 february 2014 19:17:07
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – King Mohamed VI of Morocco, leading a high-powered delegation of more than 200 officials, is expected on Saturday in the Guinean capital, Conakry, for a four-day state visit, PANA learnt from reliable sources. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU welcomes election of members of Libya's constitution drafting Committee
    26 february 2014 17:44:51
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has praised Libyans for the peaceful election, on 20 February, of members of the Constitution drafting Assembly, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Opposition wants new electoral commission created
    26 february 2014 17:28:07
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Claiming that the Mauritanian National Electoral Commission (CENI) failed in last year's municipal and legislative elections, the Coalition for a Peaceful Alternative (CPA), which includes three moderate opposition parties, Wednesday called for the appointment of a new electoral umpire in the country. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU condemns Mogadishu attack
    26 february 2014 12:33:09
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has firmly condemned last week's attack on the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu, Somalia. Full text...

  • Sudan:Peace talks to resume Thursday
    26 february 2014 11:48:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Talks between the Sudanese government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement - North (SPLM-N) will resume in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Thursday, according to chief government negotiator Ibrahim Ghandour. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: AUC Chairperson attends Nigeria’s centenary celebrations
    26 february 2014 11:28:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will Thursday attend Nigeria’s centenary celebrations in the capital city of Abuja, where she will deliver a goodwill message on behalf of the African Union, the Commission announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Electoral Commission calls for tight security during Wednesday's vote
    25 february 2014 21:33:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Electoral Commission has urged Parliament, the Government and relevant departments to ensure security during voting scheduled for Wednesday in centres where polling was suspended last Thursday because of violence. Full text...

  • DR Congo: President Bashir arrives to Kinshasa for COMESA summit
    25 february 2014 20:33:47
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir flew to Kinshasa, DR Congo, on Tuesday at the head of a high level delegation to take part in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) summit meeting. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Senegal president to visit to Cape Verde in March
    25 february 2014 20:23:39
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – Senegalese president Macky Sall will pay an official visit to Cape Verde in the first week of March in a bid to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Full text...

  • Libya: Tunisia/Libya border closed
    25 february 2014 19:12:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Citing security problems, the Libyan authorities on Tuesday closed the Ras Jadir border crossing between Libya and Tunisia, according to Chief security officer, Col. Mohamed Jarafa. Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama acknowledges tough times but holds out better future
    25 february 2014 18:54:50
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana’s president John Dramani Mahama, has acknowledged the tough times his country is going through but gives the assurance that the difficulties are temporary. Full text...

  • UN: Expert tasks Ivorian govt. on electoral reforms
    25 february 2014 16:30:07
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN human rights expert, Mr. Doudou Diene, says Cote d’Ivoire must adopt urgent reforms before the presidential elections in October. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanian leader leaves for Addis Ababa
    25 february 2014 12:52:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who is the current chairman of the African Union (AU), left Nouakchott Tuesday for Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, where he is due to attend a meeting on the post-2015 development agenda, official sources said. Full text...

  • Belgium: Senior EU official to participate in Senegal consultative group meeting
    24 february 2014 21:57:02
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, left Brussels on Monday for Paris where he would participate in the Consultative group meeting on Senegal that will see the West African nation present its strategic plan called "Emerging Senegal" aimed at attaining economic emergence and human capital by 2035. Full text...

  • Nigeria: National conference to commence in two weeks - Jonathan
    24 february 2014 21:02:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, says the proposed national conference of ethnic nationalities and other interest groups will kick off in the next two weeks. Full text...

  • Belgium: European military experts to meet Tuesday on CAR crisis
    24 february 2014 15:06:59
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - European military experts will meet here Tuesday to discuss the crisis in the Central Africa Republic (CAR), according to an EU communique issued Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Dismissed Gambian minister reinstated
    21 february 2014 18:30:57
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, on Thursday reinstated Teneng Ba Jaiteh as the country's energy minister, less than three days after firing her, a statement from the presidency revealed. Full text...

  • Niger: EU reaffirms security support to Niger
    21 february 2014 15:47:40
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The European Union (EU) will continue to help Niger on security matters, as security challenges facing Niger will also rob off on the sub-region, the EU Council President, Herma Van Rompuy, pledged at a joint press conference here Thursday with the Nigerien Head of State, Mahamadou Issoufou. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU to end sanctions against Zimbabweans
    21 february 2014 15:26:04
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has lifted the sanctions it imposed on senior Zimbabwean government officials, except those on President Robert Mugabe and his wife, whose bank deposits in Europe remain frozen, according to an EU official communique issued here Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: 497,000 Libyans voted in Constituent Assembly polls
    21 february 2014 10:57:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Some 497,663 persons, being 45% of registered voters in Libya, voted on Thursday to elect the 60 members of the Constituent Assembly that will draft the country's new Constitution, according to the High National Electoral Commission. Full text...

  • Zambia: Commonwealth to train election officials to prevent conflicts
    21 february 2014 09:28:28
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Senior officials from a selected number of election management bodies in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean will meet next week in Durban, South Africa, for a one-week training to explore ways of preventing, managing and resolving election-related disputes. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Democracy and Unity forum set up to promote solidarity
    20 february 2014 22:09:26
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Dozens of political parties, civil society organisations, unions and personalities have set up a Forum for Democracy and Unity (FDU) in Mauritania. Full text...

  • Niger: European council chairman arrives in Niger
    20 february 2014 21:57:58
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The European Council chairman, Herman Van Rompuy, arrived on Thursday in Niamey as part of a visit to several African countries. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali, Morocco sign cooperation agreements
    20 february 2014 21:50:38
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali and Morocco on Thursday signed about 20 agreements in Bamako focusing on several areas such as industry, mines, telecommunications, investment, health, trade and agriculture. Full text...

  • Cameroon: President Biya says Cameroon has made great strides since reunification
    20 february 2014 20:32:19
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Cameroon's president Paul Biya says the country has made giant strides in the provision of facilities and strengthening of democracy since the reunification of the country in 1960. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan nominates leading private banker as new CBN Governor
    20 february 2014 17:08:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Following his suspension of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday nominated the head of Nigeria’s leading private bank, Zenith, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, to the Senate for confirmation as the new CBN Governor. Full text...

  • Senegal: America salutes Gambia on Independence day
    20 february 2014 16:21:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The American government has commended Gambia and its people on the occasion of the West African nation's 49 independence anniversary, PANA reports from here Thursday. Full text...

  • Niger: Military exercise against terrorism starts in Sahel
    20 february 2014 13:40:12
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – A military exercise, involving 1,000 defence and security forces from 18 countries, including France and the US, began Thursday in Niger's regions of Agadez, Tahoua (north) and Diffa (east), PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Elections of the Constituent Authority members begin
    20 february 2014 11:52:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Voting has started in Libya to elect the 60 members of the Constituent Assembly that will be in charge of drafting the country's new Constitution, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: Sahelo-Saharan security ministers solicit support for Libya
    20 february 2014 11:37:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - As Libya prepares for an international support meeting on dealing with its internal security challenges, a ministerial meeting of the Sahelo-Saharan region has called for an increased engagement of Africa “to help this brotherly country overcome the challenges facing it, in a spirit of African solidarity.” Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan orders suspension of Central Bank Gov.
    20 february 2014 09:49:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the suspension of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in the culmination of the strained relationship between him and the presidency. Full text...

  • Mali: EU Council President visits Bamako
    19 february 2014 18:35:22
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The EU Council President, Herman Van Rompuy, arrived here Wednesday for a two-day working visit, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana cuts ties with North Korea
    19 february 2014 18:10:11
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has terminated diplomatic and consular relations with North Korea, PANA reported, quoting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Ruling party, opposition dialogue over presidential polls
    19 february 2014 16:40:00
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The ruling party in Mauritania and the Democratic Opposition Coordination (DOC), a coalition of 10 political parties, will hold discussions here aimed at creating a conducive atmosphere for the organization of a peaceful presidential election, PANA learnt Wednesday from official sources. Full text...

  • Tunisia: US Secretary of State reassures Tunisia on terrorism
    19 february 2014 12:13:31
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The United States will support the ongoing efforts by the Tunisian government to combat terrorism, Secretary of State John Kerry reassured here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: UN urges Libyans to stop using force to settle political disputes
    19 february 2014 11:44:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya has called on Libyans to stop using force to settle their political disputes, after former rebels from the South-west city of Zenten gave a five-hour deadline to the country's MPs to quit or face arrest. Full text...

  • Gabon: Jean Ping may be Gabonese opposition presidential candidate in 2016
    18 february 2014 22:00:05
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) – The former African Union Commission chairman, Jean Ping, is being urged by Gabonese opposition leaders to contest the 2016 presidential election against incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba. Full text...

  • Mali: Moroccan King Mohamed VI arrives in Bamako
    18 february 2014 21:22:37
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – King Mohamed VI of Morocco arrived in Bamako on Tuesday at the head of a high powered delegation, including a dozen of ministers and economic operators, for a five- day official visit to Mali. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria, US agree to work for credible, peaceful elections in 2015
    18 february 2014 20:57:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria-United States Bi-National Commission (BNC) ended its working group meeting on good governance, transparency and integrity on Tuesday in Abuja with a commitment to ensure credible and peaceful 2015 elections in Nigeria devoid of violence. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh declares Gambia’s independence from Britain a sham
    18 february 2014 19:04:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Yahya Jammeh has said Gambia’s independence from Great Britain was a sham. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh says Gambia will never accept foreign 'dictatorial pressure'
    18 february 2014 18:54:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's president Yahya Jammeh says his country will never accept dictatorial pressure from foreign powers aimed at imposing ungodly cultures on the people. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Japan to finance construction of met. station in Mauritius
    18 february 2014 18:26:35
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius and Japan on Tuesday signed an agreement under which Japan will finance the construction of a meteorological station and the installation of a high-power radar, at a cost of US$ 11.3 million, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senate confirms 11 ministerial nominees
    18 february 2014 18:15:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate Tuesday confirmed 11 of the 12 nominees as ministers for the federal executive council. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda to sign defence agreement
    18 february 2014 17:40:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Leaders of Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya will meet in Kampala, Uganda, Thursday in a mini-summit on security in the sub-region, during which they are expected to sign a military cooperation agreement, official sources announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan appoints new Chief of Staff
    18 february 2014 17:37:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday appointed retired Brig.-Gen. Jones Oladehinde Arogbofa, as his new Chief Of Staff (COS). Full text...

  • South Africa: MPs carpet President Zuma, vow to impeach him if ......
    18 february 2014 16:25:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Lindiwe Mazibuko, the parliamentary leader of South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance, on Tuesday vowed to table a motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma if the public protector's report on upgrades to his controversial home implicated him. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyans mark 3rd anniversary of revolution
    18 february 2014 14:26:22
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyans on Monday marked the third anniversary of an uprising that toppled former dictator Mouammar Gaddafi, despite the myriad of problems confronting them, including daily violence, insecurity and instability across the country. Full text...

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