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  • Congo: EU stresses respect for fundamental freedoms in Congo's parliamentary polls
    07 april 2016 13:32:10
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has called on the government and all stakeholders in the political situation in the Republic of Congo to ensure respect for fundamental freedoms and commit to transparent parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • US: US calls for support for Government of National Accord in Libya
    07 april 2016 07:08:40
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US says it welcomes the announcement by some former General National Congress (GNC) members on the dissolution of the Tripoli-based National Salvation Government and urged Libyans to support the Government of National Accord brokered by the United Nations. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says political progress to end Darfur conflict remains elusive
    07 april 2016 06:44:14
    New York, US (PANA) - Intensified fighting since January has resulted in a rapidly worsening security situation and large-scale displacement in Sudan’s Darfur region, UN Under Secretary-General for peacekeeping operations, Mr. Herve Ladsous warned Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Nationwide protests planned to topple Zuma
    06 april 2016 20:51:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's President Jacob Zuma may have Full text...

  • Senegal: African states urged to embrace Peer Review Mechanism
    06 april 2016 15:26:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), has called on governments to embrace the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), a statement from the AU obtained by PANA revealed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU Commissioner for neighbourhood policy visits Tunisia
    06 april 2016 15:21:05
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Commissioner in charge of neighbourhood policy, Johannes Hahn, will Thursday begin a two-day working visit to Tunisia during which he will be received by President Beji Caïd Essebsi and the head of the government, Habib Essid, European official sources said Wednesday in a communique. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan presidential council orders ministries' bank accounts frozen
    06 april 2016 13:38:47
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – In its first major assignment since arriving in Tripoli about a week ago, the presidential council of the Libyan national unity government on Wednesday ordered the Court of Accounts and the Governor of the Central bank to freeze the bank accounts of ministries and public organizations. Full text...

  • Egypt: Sudanese FA minister begins visit to Cairo
    06 april 2016 13:15:55
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Sudanese minister of Foreign affairs, Ibrahim Ghandour, arrived here Wednesday from Ethiopia for a two-day visit to Egypt within the framework of a trip that also took him to Switzerland and Kuwait. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Tanzanian president visits Rwanda
    06 april 2016 11:21:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli arrived in Full text...

  • Rwanda: Tanzanian president arrives in Rwanda for official visit
    06 april 2016 11:19:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli arrived in Rwanda on Wednesday by road for an official visit to Rwanda at the invitation of his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, in his first ever foreign trip since coming to power in November last year. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'ICC's verdict on Ruto, Sang must not derail efforts to ensure justice for victims'
    06 april 2016 09:08:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Tuesday's decision to drop charges against Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto and radio presenter Joshua Arap Sang must not derail efforts to ensure justice for victims of the 2007/8 post-election violence, the human rights body, Amnesty International, has said. Full text...

  • UN: Top UN official calls for implementation of Mali peace deal
    06 april 2016 05:33:06
    New York, US (PANA) - Every day lost in the implementation of Mali’s peace agreement is a day gained for extremist and terrorist groups that have bet heavily that the process will fail, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Tuesday, stressing that the Government and the armed groups who signed the deal must establish a timeline to resolve all pending issues. Full text...

  • Libya: Tripoli-based National Salvation government 'cedes' power
    06 april 2016 05:25:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The government of National Salvation in Tripoli, one of the two governments in Libya, on Tuesday night announced its decision to cede power to the Presidential Council brokered by the United Nations, one week after its arrival in the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari urges dialogue to resolve Burundian crisis
    05 april 2016 18:31:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari onTuesday urged the people and government of Burundi to explore dialogue towards resolving the current political crises dogging the central-eastern African country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma survives historic impeachment vote in South African parliament
    05 april 2016 18:25:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The National Assembly of South Africa on Tuesday voted against removing President Jacob Zuma from office following a heated debate where opposition party MPs said South Africa is facing a crisis over the president’s failure to uphold the Constitution. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Tanzanian President visits Rwanda
    05 april 2016 15:03:23
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli will start a two-day official visit to Rwanda on Wednesday where he is expected to join Rwandans for the 22nd Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis, an official source confirmed to PANA Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Vyapoory sworn in as Vice-President of Mauritius
    05 april 2016 11:52:28
    Réduit, Mauritius (PANA) - Mr Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory was on Monday night sworn in as Vice-President of the Republic of Mauritius before the Chief Justice, Mr Kheshoe Parsad Matadeen, at the State House, Réduit. Full text...

  • US: Senegal offers two Libyan former Guantanamo detainees humanitarian resettlement - Kerry
    04 april 2016 20:32:51
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) - The West African state of Senegal has offered two Libyan former Guantanamo Bay detainees humanitarian resettlement, as President Barack Obama continues in efforts to close down the facility, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, announced on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New USAID country director assumes office in Kigali
    04 april 2016 13:56:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Ms. Marcia Musisi-Nkambwe, the new country director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), one of Rwanda's largest bilateral development partners. assumed office here Monday, pledging to continue the impressive development work of the US agency in collaboration with different partners from Government, international donors, Civil Soceity in the East African nation, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma faces historic impeachment debate
    04 april 2016 11:50:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The executive committee of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is holding fresh talks in Cape Town on Monday as the party continues to deal with the fallout from the last week’s Constitutional Court ruling that found that President Jacob Zuma violated his oath of office. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somali president receives Egyptian delegation
    04 april 2016 11:30:24
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The Somali president, Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud, on Sunday held talks with an Egyptian delegation led by the Egyptian deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Idriss. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Speaker of Tunisian Parliament visits Algeria
    04 april 2016 10:51:32
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Speaker of the Assembly of the Tunisian People’s Representatives (Parliament), Mohamed Ben Naceur, on Monday began a two-day official visit to Algeria at the invitation of the Speaker of the Algerian Parliament, Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council requests options on deploying UN police in Burundi
    02 april 2016 09:38:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Paving the way for enhanced United Nations engagement in crisis-torn Burundi, the Security Council on Friday evening in New York requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to explore with the Government and regional actors options for a police deployment “to increase UN capacity to monitor the security situation, advance the rule of law and promote respect for human rights” in the country. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council welcomes Presidency Council's arrival in Tripoli
    02 april 2016 08:18:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations on Friday welcomed the arrival in the Libyan capital of Prime Minister Fayez Serraj and other members of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief stresses need for nuclear security, stability
    01 april 2016 22:08:44
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon has spotlighted the crucial Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma apologises over constitutional crisis facing South Africa
    01 april 2016 18:13:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Friday apologised to South Africa over the crisis facing the nation following the Constitutional Court’s damning finding against him. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC endorses Botswana's minister for AU post
    01 april 2016 14:26:18
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Southern Africa Development Committee block has endorsed Botswana’s foreign affairs minister, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi's candidature for the position of the African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson. Full text...

  • Libya: Parallel govt. drops threats, calls for dialogue with national coalition govt
    01 april 2016 14:17:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Prime Minister of the Libyan national unity government, which is not recognized by the international community, Khalifa al-Ghoueil, has dropped his threats against the presidential council of the national coalition government, saying those he called "honoured sons of the nation and the revolutionaries, dignitaries, university professors and the civil society organizations", should be given the opportunity to partake in finding a solution to the crisis facing the country for many years. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ruling party holds crisis talks over Zuma scandal
    01 april 2016 14:02:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The fallout from Constitutional Court’s damning ruling against President Jacob Zuma on Thursday continues to reverberate around South Africa with the executive committee of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) meeting for the second day to address the crisis. Full text...

  • Libya: EU adds three Libyans to sanctions list
    01 april 2016 11:24:35
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union on Friday added three names to the list of people subject to EU restrictive measures against Libya, it said in a press statement. Full text...

  • US: Ban urges political actors, institutions to hand over power to Libyan Presidency Council
    01 april 2016 06:46:51
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged all political actors and public institutions in Libya to hand over power to the Libyan Presidency Council. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari asks US to assist in recovery of Nigerian stolen funds
    31 march 2016 18:24:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Washington, D.C., asked the United States government to assist Nigeria in the recovery of all its stolen funds which can be established to be within the US financial system. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Kenyan opposition disrupts President's State-of-the-Nation speech in Parliament
    31 march 2016 14:25:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Several opposition members of the Kenyan Parliament disrupted President Uhuru Kenyatta's State-of-the-Nation address to the joint sitting of the National Assembly on Thursday by whistling loudly, forcing the Speaker to order security orderlies to use force to remove one of the eight lawmakers expelled. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma humiliated by Constitutional Court ruling
    31 march 2016 11:12:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Constitutional Court on Thursday sharply rebuked President Jacob Zuma, the ruling African National Congress and the National Assembly for the manner in which they have handled the scandal over the public funding of Zuma’s multi-million dollar private home. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: South Africa's Con. Court rules President Zuma breached constitution
    31 march 2016 10:51:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Constitutional Court – South Africa’s Highest Court – has ruled that President Jacob Zuma breached the Constitution when he failed to repay part of the US$20 million upgrades to his private Nkandla residence. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes arrival of Libyan Presidency Council in Tripoli
    31 march 2016 08:40:39
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the Libyan Presidency Council’s arrival in Tripoli on 30 March. Full text...

  • US: Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in DRC by one year
    31 march 2016 07:00:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The Security Council on Wednesday extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for another year until March 2017, warning that the humanitarian situation remains of great concern, as well as the delays in preparing for the November presidential elections. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy welcomes arrival of Presidency Council in Tripoli
    31 march 2016 06:50:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The United Nations envoy for Libya on Wednesday welcomed the arrival in Tripoli of the Presidency Council, which marks an important step in Libya's democratic transition and path to peace, security and prosperity. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly schedules dialogues with candidates for UN chief position
    30 march 2016 15:59:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, on Wednesday released a schedule for the informal dialogues with the seven candidates vying for the UN Secretary-General position. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam calls for urgent return to all-party talks on Western Sahara
    30 march 2016 09:49:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Global aid agency Oxfam has called on governments to reaffirm the role and peacekeeping mandate of the United Nations in Western Sahara and to encourage all parties to urgently return to the negotiating table. Full text...

  • South Africa: D-Day looms for battered Zuma
    30 march 2016 09:27:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Constitutional Court – South Africa’s Highest Court – will on Thursday rule whether President Jacob Zuma is liable for part of the US$20 million upgrades to his private home. Full text...

  • US: US 'deeply troubled' by closing of airspace around Tripoli
    30 march 2016 07:58:44
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States has said it is deeply troubled by reports that a small group of political obstructionists have closed the airspace around Tripoli in a deliberate attempt to prevent the Libyan Government of National Accord from arriving in Tripoli. Full text...

  • US: Ban welcomes signing by Sudanese Government of AU roadmap agreement
    30 march 2016 06:20:52
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the African Union's latest initiative to accelerate progress towards ending the fighting in Darfur, South Kordofan and the Blue Nile states. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Ban welcomes democratic progress in Tunisia
    29 march 2016 06:16:03
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the country's democratic progress while reaffirming the United Nations' support to its citizens and Government. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma visits UAE, Saudia Arabia
    28 march 2016 15:35:28
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma of South Africa on Monday arrived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UA), on the second leg of his Middle East tour. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma's son lays charges against 'racist' tycoon
    27 march 2016 14:16:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – In the latest saga involving the so-called “Guptagate” scandal which has plunged the government into a fresh crisis, President Jacob Zuma's eldest son, Edward, has opened a charge of corruption against billionaire businessman Johann Rupert. Full text...

  • Sudn: African, Arab Senators to meet in Khartoum
    26 march 2016 16:51:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese capital, Khartoum, will host the African and Arab Senate and Shurah (Arabic for consultative) councils, in addition to a gathering of parliamentary speakers on 30-31 March, at the instance of the Sudanese presidency. Full text...

  • Libya: Tripoli govt. declares state of emergency
    25 march 2016 10:18:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The head of the Libyan national coalition government, Khalifa Ghwell, has declared the state of "extreme emergency" in Tripoli and all regions of the country it controls. Full text...

  • US: US calls for calm in Congo pending definitive presidential election results
    25 march 2016 06:30:36
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States says it has taken note of the presidential election results announced by the Minister of the Interior in the Republic of Congo and is appealing to all candidates and their supporters to remain calm pending the proclamation of the definitive results by the Constitutional Court. Full text...

  • US: Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Somalia until March 2017
    25 march 2016 05:49:26
    New York, US (PANA) - Stressing the importance of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia to that country's political process, the Security Council on Thursday extended the mandate of UNSOM's work until 31 March 2017. Full text...

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