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  • Kenya: "Our soldiers did not die in vain”- Kenyatta
    19 january 2016 18:56:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday vowed to defeat the Al Shabaab inside Somalia, insisting a military offensive launched in the Horn of Africa country after an attack on the African Union in Somalia (AMISOM) military base would nail those who carried out the attacks against Kenyan troops. Full text...

  • Egypt: Egypt welcomes formation of national unity govt in Libya
    19 january 2016 17:39:43
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Egypt on Tuesday welcomed the formation of a national unity government in Libya describing it as an "important step" towards materialization of the Skhirat peace deal, which Libyan groups signed in December under the facilitation of the United Nations. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU High Representative welcomes Libya's Govt of National Accord
    19 january 2016 16:43:33
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – European Union High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini has welcomed the formation of the Government of National Accord in Libya shortly after it was announced by the Libyan Presidential Council, according to an official press statement issued Tuesday in Brussels. Full text...

  • Belgium: Italian FM says formation of new Libyan govt. is ‘important step’
    19 january 2016 15:33:24
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Italian minister of Foreign Affairs, Paolo Gentiloni, on Tuesday described as an “important step” the formation of the new Libyan government, saying, however, that the situation “is still unstable”. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission chief congratulates Libyans on formation of unity government
    19 january 2016 15:07:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, has welcomed the formation of a Libyan Government of National Accord by the Presidential Council as a significant step forward in the quest to end the political divisions and armed conflict across the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma under fire over public gaffes
    19 january 2016 12:41:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Office of the Presidency has issued a correction to the recent claim by President Jacob Zuma that Africa is the biggest continent on earth. Full text...

  • Senegal: Dakar to host roundtable on Africa’s future
    19 january 2016 11:54:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A roundtable will be held in Dakar on Wednesday dedicated to the promotion of South Africa’s brand image, according to a communiqué issued by the South African embassy in Dakar. Full text...

  • Ghana: Interior minister dropped in cabinet reshuffle
    19 january 2016 09:29:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has replaced Interior minister Mark Woyongo in a cabinet reshuffle announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges steps to end Libyan political divisions
    18 january 2016 18:46:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN in Libya has expressed regret over the decision of the Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU urges Libyan institutions to accept Government of National Accord
    18 january 2016 13:06:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and its Member States will support the Government of National Accord (GNA) as the sole legitimate government in Libya and urges all Libyan institutions, including financial and economic ones, to accept the authority of the GNA, said a statement issued Monday in Brussels by the Council of the EU. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mbeki allegedly offered Zuma US$1m to step down
    18 january 2016 11:09:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Thabo Mbeki allegedly offered his then deputy Jacob Zuma US$1 million in return for him resigning during a corruption scandal which implicated Zuma in 2003. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council says upcoming West Africa votes should be free, fair, credible
    18 january 2016 06:27:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Welcoming positive political developments in West Africa, in particular the holding of peaceful elections in Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Côte-d'Ivoire, members of the UN Security Council have stressed the importance of the upcoming elections in Niger, Benin, Cabo Verde, Ghana and The Gambia to be “free, fair, peaceful, inclusive and credible.” Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya mounts major military offensive after AU base attack
    17 january 2016 16:39:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan military has mounted a major military offensive against the Al Shabaab in the Gedo region of Somalia in an effort to rescue and recover the bodies of an undisclosed number of soldiers killed during Friday’s attack at the El-Adde military base in Somalia, a top Kenyan army General said Sunday. Full text...

  • Libya: Authorities delay unveiling members of the coalition govt.
    17 january 2016 12:19:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The presidential council of the Libyan national coalition government has delayed, by 48 hours, the unveiling of the list of members of national unity government, saying it needed time to complete other procedures related to the announcement. Full text...

  • Algeria: Algeria-Mali strategic bilateral committee meets
    17 january 2016 12:05:41
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - The 10th session of the Algeria-Mali strategic bilateral committee on Northern Mali holds on Sunday in Algiers to drum up support for the current peace process launched in Mali, PANA reported, quoting diplomatic sources here. Full text...

  • Libya: UN Chief urges support to Security Committee formed by coalition govt.
    17 january 2016 11:46:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), has urged all Libyans to back and facilitate the work of the Ad hoc Security Committee established by the national unity government. Full text...

  • Sudan: Representatives of Sudanese restive areas call for autonomous rule
    16 january 2016 11:56:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Members of the Sudanese National Dialogue Conference (NDC) committee on administration, representing Sudan's South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, have demanded an autonomous rule within a united Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says violence looms over DR Congo elections
    14 january 2016 18:44:13
    New York, US (PANA) - While confronting a deterioration of security in its war-torn eastern provinces, DR Congo faces "very real risks of unrest and violence" over elections later this year, the UN envoy in the country, Maman Sidikou warned Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Deputy President Ruto launches bid to end The Hague trial
    14 january 2016 17:41:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday launched his bid to have the International Criminal Court (ICC) drop an ongoing trial against him on the grounds of lack of evidence. Full text...

  • Brussels: Survey shows ACP-EU partnership as 'unsatisfactory'
    14 january 2016 16:52:17
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Relations between the European Union (EU) and the Africa, Carribean and Pacific (ACP) Group of countries should be reviewed and updated to be relevant to the after-2020 period, according to a survey carried out by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and obtained by PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian govt. turns down opposition request for electoral reform
    14 january 2016 15:11:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government has turned down a request by the opposition for an electoral reform before the December 2016 presidential election, but instead kick started the political process Thursday with the registration of voters across the country. Full text...

  • Libya: UN envoy calls for immediate release of 3 abducted children
    14 january 2016 14:56:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Condemning the recent abduction of three children of the same family in the Libyan western city of Sorman, the special representative of the UN Secretary general for Libya, Martin Kobler, has said that the incident calls for an urgent need for Libyans to work together with the national coalition government to fight against anarchy and restore the rule of law. Full text...

  • Libya: Italy gives Libya 1.4 million Euros in emergency humanitarian aid
    14 january 2016 13:32:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Italy has granted Libya emergency humanitarian aid worth 1.4 million Euros, according to the Italian ministry of foreign affairs, quoted Thursday by the Libyan media. Full text...

  • UN: UN official highlights benefits of peaceful election in Côte d’Ivoire
    14 january 2016 07:16:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The top United Nations official in Côte d’Ivoire on Wednesday highlighted that the peaceful conclusion of the presidential election provides the country’s citizens with the opportunity to turn the page, start a new chapter in their nation’s history and consolidate achievements towards long-term stability. Full text...

  • Gambia: 'Gambia has no link with ISIL'
    13 january 2016 22:43:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s Minister of Information Sheriff Bojang has denied newspaper reports linking the West Africa country to the Islamic State. Full text...

  • UN: Final provisional results for legislative polls in CAR announced
    13 january 2016 22:28:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Wednesday reported that the final provisional results for the legislative elections have been announced by the nation's electoral body, ANE, with 21 candidates, including three women, being elected by an absolute majority during the first round. Full text...

  • Gambia: Information Minister rebuts false reports on Gambia
    13 january 2016 19:39:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s Minister of Information, Sheriff Bojang, has condemned foreign media outfits “that have been filling their newspaper columns and airtime with gross distortions and the most outrageous lies against the country” since President Yahya Jammeh declared an Islamic state on 10 December 2015. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says election in Cote d’Ivoire opens new chapter
    13 january 2016 19:03:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Cote d’Ivoire's peaceful conclusion of its presidential election provides citizens with the opportunity to turn the page, start a new chapter in their nation’s history Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council tasks Malian parties on peace agreement
    13 january 2016 15:21:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a briefing on Monday at the UN headquarters in New York on the situation in Mali by UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous, the UN Security Council has stressed that all parties signatory to June’s peace agreement bear the primary responsibility for achieving lasting peace in the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: African leaders to discuss human rights at 26th AU Summit
    13 january 2016 14:16:02
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – African leaders will discuss human rights with particular focus on the rights of women when they meet at the 26th African Union (AU) Summit in Ethiopia from 21-31 January, the AU announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Opposition seeks clarity on minimum education requirement for MPs
    13 january 2016 11:45:45
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s main opposition the United Party for National Development (UPND) has asked the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) to give guidelines on the implication and interpretation of the provision in the amended Constitution of Zambia that has made it mandatory for one wishing to stand as Member of Parliament to have a minimum qualification of grade twelve certificate. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt. condemns Istanbul terrorist attack
    13 january 2016 11:05:04
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government has "strongly" condemned the terrorist attack perpetrated on Tuesday in the Turkish city of Istanbul. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Composition of Burkina Faso's new government
    13 january 2016 10:47:03
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso's Prime Minister, Paul Kaba Thiéba, on Wednesday made public his government. Full text...

  • Benin: 47 candidates to contest Benin's 28 February presidential election
    13 january 2016 10:27:19
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Forty-seven candidates have filed their papers at the National Electoral Commission (CENA) to contest Benin's presidential election due on 28 February. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mbeki moves to set the record straight
    13 january 2016 08:40:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) –Thabo Mbeki, who was recalled as President by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in 2008, has stirred a hornet’s nest by releasing the first of 10 lengthy letters aimed at “setting the record straight” about his term in office. Full text...

  • Libya: Top UN official condemns attacks against major Benghazi power plant
    13 january 2016 05:37:03
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The top United Nations humanitarian official in Libya has strongly condemned the recent attacks against a major power plant in the eastern city of Benghazi. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU to give 100m Euros to Libyan national coalition govt
    12 january 2016 22:35:25
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has promised to give 100 million Euros to the Libyan national coalition government as soon as it is formed. Full text...

  • Gambia: Declaring Gambia an Islamic state threat to 1997 constitution
    12 january 2016 17:01:27
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s reference of his country as an Islamic Republic has no basis in law or religion, opposition leader Halifa Sallah said here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Composition of new Ivorian government
    12 january 2016 15:36:13
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Secretary General of the Ivorian presidency, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, on Tuesday made public the composition of the new Ivorian government which includes 36 ministers. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama defends presence of 2 former Guantanamo detainees
    12 january 2016 14:34:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday defended his government's decision to receive two detainees from Guantanamo Bay, saying they are not at risk to the population as many religious organisations, opposition political parties and civil society groups fear. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan PM ends visit to Turkey
    12 january 2016 14:27:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The chairman of the presidential council of the Libyan national reconciliation government, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Monday his official visit to Turkey where he had gone to hold discussions with the Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, and his minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Cavusoglu, according to an official communiqué issued Tuesday by the Prime Minister’s office. Full text...

  • Ghana: 'We're not in Ghana for revenge', say former Guantanamo Bay detainees
    12 january 2016 08:37:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The two former Guantanamo Bay detainees, whose arrival in Ghana last week has kicked up a huge storm of anger, say that they are not in the country for revenge. Full text...

  • UN: Challenges in Mali need to be ‘urgently defeated’ – UN peacekeeping chief
    12 january 2016 05:40:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping chief on Monday warned that the peace process in the West African state of Mali remains fragile despite considerable progress, and stressed the need to urgently defeat political, security and humanitarian challenges. Full text...

  • UN: Ban lauds UN General Assembly as 'Parliament for all people’
    12 january 2016 05:39:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the 70th anniversary of the first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said the body has truly become the “Parliament for all people.” Full text...

  • Egypt: New Egyptian Parliament holds inaugural session
    11 january 2016 16:24:23
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Egypt's newly elected Parliament held its inaugural session Monday and chose Ali Abdelal as its Speaker. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambians abroad applaud President Lungu for allowing dual citizenship
    11 january 2016 15:55:09
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambians resident in America have commended President Edgar Lungu for fulfilling his promise to enact the Dual Citizenship law. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: President Kaboré orders audit of transition management
    11 january 2016 15:49:41
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso on Monday ordered an audit of the activities of members of the country's transition committee, who were in power for 13 months following the overthrow of President Blaise Compaoré. Full text...

  • Libya: Arab League calls for quick formation of Libyan coalition govt.
    11 january 2016 13:52:49
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Council of Arab League States has called for the quick completion of the formation of the national coalition government in Libya, within the framework of the deal signed in the Moroccan city of Skhirat, "so that it can immediately assume its responsibilities". Full text...

  • South Africa: Speaker agrees to no confidence debate on Zuma
    11 january 2016 11:11:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete on Monday agreed to allow a debate on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, following his decision to fire respected Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in December. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Burundi will benefit from deployment of AU peacekeepers (A News analysis by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent in Kigali)
    11 january 2016 11:07:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - After Ugandan Minister of Defence Crispus Kiyonga stressed that there is goodwill in Burundi to accept the deployment of African Union (AU) peacekeepers, Burundian authorities have now the biggest interest in welcoming the 5,000 strong force as the only effective solution toward lasting peace in the tiny East African nation, analysts say. Full text...

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