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  • Libya: 'Attack against Algerian Embassy in Tripoli criminal act'
    18 january 2015 10:15:52
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) - Libya has strongly condemned Saturday's attack with an explosive device on the Algerian Embassy in Tripoli, calling it a 'criminal act'. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'Egyptian-Moroccan relations to be consolidated'
    17 january 2015 13:43:33
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) – Relations between Egypt and Morocco are taking a positive turning point, enabling the two States to achieve “strong partnership”, the Moroccan minister of foreign affairs, Salaheddine Mezouar, said on Friday when meeting his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry. Full text...

  • Libya: Heads of European missions in Libya welcome inter-Libyan talks
    16 january 2015 20:31:46
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The heads of mission from member countries of the European Union (EU) accredited in Libya on Friday welcomed the new political talks in Geneva to end the fighting that is tearing the country apart. Full text...

  • Congo: Opposition to constitutional amendment mounts in Congo
    16 january 2015 14:03:44
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – At least, 45 notable persons, representing opposition political parties, two parties in alliance with the ruling party, and several civil society organizations Thursday signed a memorandum to oppose any amendment to the 20 January Constitution of 2002, PANA reported here Friday, quoting an official communiqué. Full text...

  • Burundi: Govt. organizes rallies for peace, security
    16 january 2015 13:51:17
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Burundian government has fixed massive rallies across the country for Saturday in appreciation of the feat by the defence and security forces who, early this month, drove back a group of individuals who attempted to seize Cibitoke, a northwestern province in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: President Kenyatta, deputy form new political party
    16 january 2015 12:48:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Leaving nothing to chance ahead of the 2017 elections, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, and his deputy, William Ruto, have formed a new political party known as the Jubilee National Alliance. Full text...

  • Libya: First round of inter-Libyans talks ends in Geneva
    16 january 2015 12:14:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The first round of the inter-Libyan talks rounded off Thursday evening in Geneva, Switzerland, on a note of optimism expressed by all the Libyan stakeholders. Full text...

  • Zambia: EISA team in Zambia to monitor presidential polls
    16 january 2015 10:28:39
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - An observation mission from the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) has been deployed in Zambia to monitor the 20 Jan. presidential by-election following the death of President Michael Sata last October. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan pays surprise visit to Boko Haram stronghold
    15 january 2015 22:51:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday undertook a surprise visit to Maiduguri, the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency, to meet with the troops battling the insurgency, the presidency said. Full text...

  • Egypt: Libyan FM urges Arabs to back Geneva inter-Libyan talks
    15 january 2015 22:01:53
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Libyan minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Mohamed al-Dairi, has urged Arab and neighbouring countries to back the new round of talks which has opened in Geneva between the Libyan stakeholders, by playing positive and active roles to help them overcome the crisis and reach a solution that would satisfy everybody. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Freedom of speech must not cause provocation - President Sall
    15 january 2015 20:31:51
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Senegalese president Macky Sall on Thursday in Ouagadougou said that as president, he cannot accept the circulation of the latest publication of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in his country where 95% of the population are Muslims. Full text...

  • Libya: UN-mediated peace talks resume in Geneva as parties seek political settlement
    15 january 2015 17:02:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The new round of UN-led political talks aimed at easing the deepening political and security crisis afflicting Libya continued Thursday for the second day of dialogue as national stakeholders and the UN Support Mission (UNSMIL) in the North African country resumed their meetings in Geneva amid encouraging developments. Full text...

  • Senegal:Gambian President Jammeh receives UN special envoy
    15 january 2015 16:44:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The UN and Gambia have expressed willingness to work together in getting the 30 December failed coup plotters in the West African country face justice, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, said Thursday in Banjul. Full text...

  • Sudan: Govt. warns opposition against boycotting April 2015 elections
    15 january 2015 15:28:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has declared as illegal, the formation by the opposition of a body to sabotage elections in the country, saying that the opposition has no right to prevent people from voting. Full text...

  • Tunisia: EU Socialist group solicits support for dialogue in Libya
    15 january 2015 15:18:44
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) – The leader of the Socialist group at the European Parliament, Jenni Bi Tilila, Thursday called on European institutions to support the national dialogue between Libyan groups, launched Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland, under the aegis of the United Nations. Full text...

  • Libya: Arab FMs meet on Libyan crisis
    15 january 2015 14:23:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Arab foreign affairs ministers, under the aegis of the Council of the Arab League, are due to meet Thursday in Cairo, Egypt, to start a high-level emergency meeting on the latest developments in Libya, according to the League's Secretary General in Libya, Nasser al-Koudwa. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Opposition party paints catastrophic picture of Mauritania
    15 january 2015 11:49:42
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania's main opposition Democratic Forces Rally (DFR) has painted a catastrophic picture of the situation in the country at the political, economical and social levels, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says Libya talks will 'take time' to end fighting
    14 january 2015 21:27:30
    New York,US (PANA) - The Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Mr. Bernardino Leon, on Wednesday said that a new round of UN-led Libyan political talks in Geneva, Switzerland, represents the start of a "long process", aimed at bringing an end to fighting in the North African country and to reach a political settlement. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan, other presidential candidates sign accord on peaceful elections
    14 january 2015 18:53:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of next month’s general elections, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who is contesting on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his major challenger of All Progressive Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday joined 12 other presidential candidates to sign an accord committing themselves and their parties to keeping the peace during and after the elections. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Venezuela president praises Algeria's efforts for oil market stabilization
    14 january 2015 17:40:03
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) – Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has praised Algeria's efforts to find a consensual solution to the crisis caused by the slump in oil prices. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana’s new minister creates youth project (Correcting para 1)
    14 january 2015 12:06:23
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has announced a plan to set up a data base for unemployed youths in the country. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia accredits 4 new Ambassadors
    14 january 2015 11:54:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia has accredited four new Ambassadors from South Africa, France, Canada and Switzerland, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed Libyan political talks open in Geneva
    14 january 2015 08:40:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN-backed new round of Libyan political talks kicked-off on Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland, aimed at easing the deepening political and security crisis afflicting the African nation. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy welcomes recent progress in Cote d'Ivoire
    13 january 2015 22:30:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Ms. Aichatou Mindaoudou, on Tuesday praised Cote d’Ivoire for its significant progress towards lasting peace and economic recovery. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges Ivorians to work together for peaceful election
    13 january 2015 19:48:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged all stakeholders Full text...

  • NIgeria: House of Representatives to probe Nigeria's absentee vote on Palestine
    13 january 2015 18:30:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian House of Representatives Tuesday resolved to summon Foreign Affairs Minister Aminu Wali over Nigeria’s abstaining in last month’s vote that was required to grant Palestine a statehood status in the United Nations. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Algeria urges Libyan parties to take part in national dialogue
    13 january 2015 17:05:28
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Algeria is urging Libyan parties to take part "with good intention" in the national dialogue organised under the auspices of the UN, with the aim of resolving the current crisis in the northern African country, Algerian Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs Abdelkader said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Anti-corruption agency warns politicians over election gimmicks
    13 january 2015 15:49:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s leading anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Tuesday issued a stern warning to politicians not to use it as a tool for political warfare in the run-up to next month’s general elections, saying it will not be used or entangled in the gimmicks of politicians. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Opposition presidential candidate meets with former Nigerian leader, Obasanjo
    13 january 2015 14:02:29
    Abeokuta, Nigeria (PANA) - Following in the footsteps of President Goodluck Jonathan, the Presidential candidate of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Tuesday met behind closed doors with the former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, at his hilltop residence in the ancient town of Abeokuta, South West Nigeria. Full text...

  • Congo: UN praises involvement of President Nguesso in CAR crisis
    13 january 2015 13:18:10
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General in Central Africa, Abdoulaye Bathily, on Monday praised the involvement of the Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso as mediator in the crisis in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Tunisia: President Sall wants Senegal/Algeria cooperation strengthened
    13 january 2015 12:54:08
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - President Macky Sall of Senegal, who arrived in Algiers on Monday for a four-day visit to Algeria, says he is making efforts to take cooperation between Algeria and Senegal to the next level. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan promises to build cargo airport in Nigeria
    12 january 2015 23:06:49
    Abeokuta, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to invest more in agriculture through the construction of the first cargo airport in the country to be located in the southwest Ogun state. Full text...

  • Sudan: South Sudan warning parties renew commitment to peace agreement
    12 january 2015 20:18:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Warring parties in South Sudan have once again renewed their commitment to implement "in good faith" an agreement they reached last year in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and to end the one-year-long hostilities. Full text...

  • UN: UN electoral mission in Burundi launches activities
    12 january 2015 19:23:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi, known by its French acronym MENUB, officially launched its activities on Monday in the capital, Bujumbura, as the country prepares for critical elections to be held later this year amid an atmosphere of reconciliation. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia moves to free 2 Tunisian journalists abducted in Libya
    12 january 2015 13:26:17
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian Prime minister, Mehdi Jomâa, on Monday said that, in cooperation with Libyan authorities, Tunis was making efforts to secure the release of two Tunisian journalists abducted in Libya. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Opposition party claims raid of national chairman's residence
    12 january 2015 11:02:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As tension builds up ahead of next month's general elections in Nigeria, the country's main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) said Monday that unknown invaders raided the residence of its National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, in the capital city of Abuja in the early hours of the day. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ‘Nigeria’s elections should serve as model to other African countries’
    12 january 2015 09:12:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Stakeholders in Nigeria's forthcoming elections have been urged to work toward achieving peaceful and credible polls that will serve as a model to other African nations. Full text...

  • Zambia: SADC electoral observers deployed in Zambia
    12 january 2015 07:40:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - A 65-member team of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) has been deployed in Zambia ahead of the presidential elections holding 20 Jan. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition leader urges release of Gambian coup plotters’ parents
    11 january 2015 19:18:03
    Banjul,Gambia (PANA) - A Gambian opposition leader said Sunday that coup plotters’ parents detained two weeks ago should be immediately released. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Venezuelan President Maduro to visit Algeria
    11 january 2015 17:32:26
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Venezuelan President Nicolàs Maduro is due in Algiers on Monday for a two-day visit to Algeria at the invitation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the Algerian presidency announced Sunday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Mass gathering of parties nominates Bashir for presidency
    11 january 2015 16:29:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A mass of representatives of 40 political parties and organizations in addition to Sufi Sheikhs, workers, students, youth and women's associations on Sunday showed up at the offices of the National Elections Commission (NEC) in Khartoum's Friendship Hall to nominate President Omar Bashir to run for a new five-year presidency , SUNA news agency reported. Full text...

  • Libya: Western countries welcome inter-Libyan talks in Geneva next week
    11 january 2015 13:22:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Six western countries, including the United States, have welcomed the opening next week of a new round of Libyan political talks in the Swiss capital, Geneva, under the aegis of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in order to find a solution to the current crisis in the country. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya on agenda of President Macky Sall's visit to Algeria
    11 january 2015 10:55:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Senegalese President Macky Sall is due in Algiers Monday for a four-day official visit to Algeria to render support to the north-west African country's "peace efforts in northern Mali and Libya," the Libyan media reported Saturday quoting a press statement issued by the Algerian Presidency. Full text...

  • UN: Libyan parties to hold new round of talks in Geneva next week
    10 january 2015 16:07:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Libyan parties have agreed to hold in Geneva next week a new round of UN-facilitated political talks aimed at helping all sides reach a common ground to end the current political and security crisis, the UN Mission Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Full text...

  • Tanzania: Kikwete elaborates Tanzania's position on DRC peace efforts
    10 january 2015 12:12:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has reassured the international community of his country's support to ongoing efforts to ensure the eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo "is free of armed groups that threaten the security of the people of Congo and Congo’s neighbours". Full text...

  • Senegal: President Sall consoles France on Charlie Hebdo attack
    09 january 2015 21:11:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese president Macky Sall has visited the French embassy in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, to sign a book of condolence and offer the condolences of Senegal to the French government following the terror attack against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, says a communiqué issued on Friday to PANA. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Infrastructure minister resigns
    09 january 2015 15:32:32
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkina Faso Minister of Infrastructure, Moumini Dieguimdé, has resigned from the acting Burkinabe government, making him the second minister to quit the administration. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius maintains sovereignty over the Chagos
    09 january 2015 15:05:07
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius Friday said it will continue to maintain the sovereignty of Mauritius over the Chagos and the illegality of the excision of the archipelago from Mauritian territory prior to its independence in 1968, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Congo: Congolese archbishops kick against constitutional amendment
    09 january 2015 14:56:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese archbishops are against any change in the 20 January constitution, which would enable current president, Denis Sassou Nguesso, to stand as candidate for a third term. Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition parties urged to unite
    08 january 2015 21:11:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's opposition parties must come together to push for a reform of the electoral process and also wrest power from the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), says Omar Jallow, leader of the People's Progressive Party (PPP). Full text...

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