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  • US: New UN Day honours unsung heroes who ensure diplomats are ‘on the same page’
    29 september 2017 18:27:21
    New York, US (PAAN) – Recognising the unsung heroes behind international diplomacy, the United Nations is celebrating – for the first time – International Translation Day, paying tribute to the work of the language professionals who play a vital role in facilitating dialogue and understanding among peoples and nations. Full text...

  • Gambia: EU calls for extensive legal reform for dev't of democracy in Gambia
    29 september 2017 15:21:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The European Union Election Observer Mission to the Gambia has said extensive legal reforms and continued civic education will be critical for the country's democratic development under president Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Liberia: ECOWAS long-term observers deploy in Liberia
    29 september 2017 15:04:58
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - ECOWAS Long-Term Election Observers (ELTEOs) have been deployed in Liberia’s 15 administrative Counties in continuation of their mandate to assess critical phases of the electoral process, pre- Election Day and post-electoral period. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: New US Ambassador to Ethiopia arrives in Addis Ababa
    29 september 2017 11:41:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The newly appointed US Ambassador to Ethiopia Michael Raynor has arrived in Addis Ababa with a pledge to help strengthen governance and democracy, the US Embassy said on Friday. Full text...

  • Burundi: Rights group says thousands of Burundian refugees under pressure to return
    29 september 2017 06:43:11
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Thousands of Burundian refugees are under mounting pressure to return to their country where they would be at risk of death, rape and torture, said Amnesty International in a report out on Friday. Full text...

  • US: UN chief urges all parties to refrain from acts that could escalate tension in Cameroon
    28 september 2017 22:52:31
    New York, US (PANA) – Expressing “deep concern” over the deteriorating security situation in parts of Cameroon as well as heightened tensions related to planned events this Sunday, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday called all parties to refrain from acts that could lead to further tensions and violence. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan ruling party seeks major election law amendment
    28 september 2017 18:20:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenya’s ruling Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) introduced a new bill in Parliament on Thursday watering down the powers of the Supreme Court to nullify elections and weakening the powers of election officials, in a move which caused talks on the upcoming presidential re-run to flop. Full text...

  • Kenya: Opposition leaders decry travel ban in Kenya
    28 september 2017 17:47:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan opposition leaders Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula were temporarily barred from leaving Nairobi on a flight to Entebbe, Uganda, on Thursday, and required to obtain President Uhuru Kenyatta’s permission to travel, the opposition alliance, NASA, said. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU renews sanctions for six months against those obstructing peace in Libya
    28 september 2017 16:19:46
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - In view of the continuing instability and gravity of the situation in Libya, the European Council has extended the duration of the sanctions against Libya, targeting three persons for a period of six months. Full text...

  • Mali: G5-Sahel surprised by US decision to deny Chadians entry visas
    28 september 2017 16:02:00
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Presidency-in-Office of the G5-Sahel, headed by Mali's head of state Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita, has said it is surprised to learn of a US presidential decree adding Chad on the list of countries whose nationals will be denied entry visas to the US, the group said in a press release Thursday in Bamako. Full text...

  • Kenya: Lawmaker alleges torture in detention, govt accused of persecution
    28 september 2017 14:48:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition lawmaker, Babu Owino, was freed Thursday after spending four days in detention, where he alleged the Police used torture and other cruel means to intimidate him. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU may impose sanctions on actors impeding Mali’s peace process
    28 september 2017 14:15:48
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council said Thursday it has transposed into legal acts the provisions of United Nations Security Council resolution 2374 (2017), which allows sanctions to be imposed on those actively stymieing progress in implementing the agreement on peace and reconciliation in Mali, signed in 2015. Full text...

  • South Africa: Fresh calls for Parliament to remove Public Protector
    28 september 2017 12:01:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday sharply criticised Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane who has been linked to the State Capture scandal which has shaken the Zuma administration. Full text...

  • Botswana: Trump congratulates Botswana on 51st independence day
    28 september 2017 09:21:49
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - US President Donald Trump on Thursday sent a message to Botswana’s President Ian Khama congratulating the country on its 51st birthday which falls on 30 September. Full text...

  • Italy: Italy advises Khalifa Haftar to choose political route if he wants to lead Libya
    27 september 2017 18:37:17
    Rome, Italiy (PANA) -The Italian government has asked Libyan Army Chief of Staff, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, to choose the political route if he wants to lead Libya, the Italian newspaper Repubblica said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria to withdraw from 90 international organisations
    27 september 2017 18:09:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria is set to withdraw from 90 international organisations out of the 310 it has membership, the Federal Executive Council said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Presidents Kabila, Lungu to confer
    27 september 2017 15:16:22
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu is scheduled to meet his Democratic Republic of Congo counterpart, Joseph Kabila, to discuss issues of mutual concern for the two countries. Full text...

  • Liberia: ECOWAS poll observers watch last round of Liberia's presidential debate
    27 september 2017 12:09:55
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) In continuation of their assessment of the processes leading up to Liberia’s 10 October presidential and legislative elections, ECOWAS Observers had the opportunity of watching the second and final round of the country’s Presidential Debate organised Media rights group, Deepening Democracy Coalition (DDC), in Monrovia on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU reacts to revised US travel ban on African countries
    27 september 2017 07:45:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) has welcomed the removal of the travel ban on Sudan by the Government of the United States saying it looks forward to the full normalization of relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan opposition leaders skip mass protest against poll officials
    26 september 2017 17:16:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga skipped the street demonstrations against the independent electoral commission on Tuesday after the state withdrew his bodyguards. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Chief Justice to set up electoral court
    26 september 2017 15:29:15
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Chief Justice of Sierra Leone, Abdulai Cham, has confirmed that the judiciary will set up an electoral court in the country ahead of the 2018 elections. Full text...

  • Belgium: Benin First Lady begins working visit to Belgium
    26 september 2017 11:24:01
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Benin’s First Lady, Mrs Claudine Talon, on Monday began a working visit to Belgium where she will hold talks with the Belgian Cooperation minister, Alexander de Croo, as well as Queen Mathilde, in her capacity as the honourable president for UNICEF/Belgium and defender of the US Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian President Buhari arrives back home
    26 september 2017 10:58:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived back home from London, the local media reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: With annual general debate over, time has come for action, UN Assembly President says
    26 september 2017 06:52:19
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations General Assembly wrapped up its 72nd annual general debate in New York on Monday, with its President underscoring prevention of conflicts before they break out, support for UN peacekeeping, sustainable development, and respect for human rights and gender equality among the major priorities raised by the 196 Heads of State, Government and delegations. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Presidential candidates in Sierra Leone to pay US$ 13,000 as nomination fees
    25 september 2017 19:58:32
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Presidential candidates in Sierra Leone may end up paying up to US$ 13,000 as nomination fees to contest in the 2018 election, in accordance with the 2012 bill on nomination fees. Full text...

  • US: Mozambique calls for reformed UN, greater aid from wealthy States
    25 september 2017 19:35:48
    New York, US (PANA) – Only a reformed United Nations and a greater commitment from wealthier countries to help the developing world can confront “the overwhelming challenges of our times,” Mozambique told the General Assembly on the last day of its 72nd annual general debate on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: In UN Assembly address, Angola emphasises its ‘decisive’ role in multilateralism
    25 september 2017 19:31:30
    New York, US (PANA) – Underscoring the importance of multilateralism in solving global tensions, Angola told the United Nations General Assembly on Monday about its strong engagement and “decisive” role in restoring peace and security in the region, with its commitment for economic development and democratic society. Full text...

  • Rwanda: President Kagame in Luanda for Angolan president's inauguration
    25 september 2017 19:07:25
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda President Paul Kagame is among African leaders due to attend the inauguration of Angola's newly elected President João Lourenço on Tuesday in Luanda, Rwanda Television reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan election chief pleads with opposition to drop mass protest
    25 september 2017 18:53:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman, Wafula Chebukati, has pleaded with the main opposition alliance to drop its Tuesday mass protest against the staff of the electoral body to pave way for talks on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta maintains 'Presidential powers remain intact'
    25 september 2017 18:44:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Monday he has not been reduced to a lame duck President since the annulment of his election on 1 Sept. and warned the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, against spreading falsehoods about the constitution and the participation of lawmakers in parliament. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan welcomes US removal of restrictions on Sudanese travellers
    25 september 2017 16:35:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Monday described as “an important positive development” the US administration's decision to remove restrictions on Sudanese citizens entering the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari congratulates Merkel
    25 september 2017 16:07:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday congratulated German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, on her victory at the polls, wishing her a successful fourth tenure. Full text...

  • Kenya: Reckless, sharp rhetorics in Kenya Presidential Poll stalemate worries IGAD
    25 september 2017 15:39:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is disturbed by sharp statements made by Kenyan politicians ahead of the fresh Presidential Elections on October 26. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana VP dismisses ill-health reports
    25 september 2017 09:37:07
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi has dismissed reports of being hospitalised in New York after attending the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan opposition supporters mobilise for mass eviction of election chief
    24 september 2017 18:50:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The main opposition coalition, the National Super Alliance (NASA), on Sunday called on its supporters to dress up with gas masks and prepare for the mass eviction of the officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from office on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda's opposition leader Rwigara arrested
    24 september 2017 18:03:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan opposition leader Diane Shima Rwigara and two of her close family members have been arrested for offences against state security and forgery, police said on Sunday. Full text...

  • US: Djibouti tells UN Assembly reformed UN central to confronting global challenges
    24 september 2017 06:51:12
    New York, US (PANA) – A reformed United Nations with increased resources must be at the heart of efforts to confront the host of crises threatening the world, from climate change and economic stagnation to stimulating development and combating terrorism, Djibouti told the General Assembly on Saturday. Full text...

  • US: Talk of African renaissance ‘misplaced and premature,’ Eritrea tells UN Assembly
    24 september 2017 06:45:49
    New York, US (PANA) – Africa remains the most marginalised of all continents, and therefore talk of an ‘African Renaissance’ and of ‘fastest growing economies’ is misplaced and premature, Eritrea’s top foreign affairs official told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday. Full text...

  • US: Burundi says national sovereignty, non-interference must be respected within UN
    24 september 2017 06:40:27
    New York, US (PANA) – Mounting the podium of the General Assembly, Burundi on Saturday stressed the importance of national sovereignty within the United Nations. Full text...

  • US: Sub-Saharan leaders call for increased UN aid to regional anti-terror force
    24 september 2017 06:36:17
    New York, US (PANA) – Citing the continuing deterioration of the security situation in the sub-Saharan Sahel, regional leaders at the General Assembly’s annual general debate on Saturday called on the United Nations to provide sufficient resources to the regional G5 Sahel joint force to combat the scourge. Full text...

  • US: Sudan has ‘turned the page’ on conflicts, FM tells UN Assembly
    24 september 2017 06:30:57
    New York, US PANA) – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate on Saturday, Ibrahim Ahmed Abd al-Aziz Ghandour, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sudan, said his country has “turned the page” on conflicts and has embarked on an era of peace and stability, including through the establishment of a unity Government that includes members of former armed groups. Full text...

  • US: In UN address, South Sudan urges balanced approach to peace, development
    24 september 2017 06:24:41
    New York, US (PANA) – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly’s high-level debate, the First Vice-President of South Sudan on Saturday called for incentivising peace and stability by shifting the focus to development and long-term projects. Full text...

  • US: At the UN, Tanzania stresses importance of regional stability
    24 september 2017 06:19:40
    New York, US (PANA) – Tanzania has integrated ‘sustainability’ into its development plan 2016-2021, with an eye towards becoming a middle-income country by 2025, its top foreign affairs official told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday. Full text...

  • US: DR Congo, at General Assembly, says UN mission there to focus more on dev't
    23 september 2017 20:29:57
    New York, US (PANA) – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which hosts more than 10,000 United Nations peacekeepers and where enormous resources over the past two decades have been devoted to bringing stability to the vast country, on Saturday called for the UN mission to be re-directed more to development. Full text...

  • Kenya: Journalists become heroes against police brutality in Kenya, Uganda
    23 september 2017 11:46:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Journalists become heroes of humanity in Kenya and Uganda this week in the wake of police operations against those protesting plans by the Ugandan parliament to remove the age limit to allow President Yoweri Museveni unfettered access to power and at the Kenyan Supreme Court. Full text...

  • Liberia: UN reaffirms commitment to democracy in Liberia
    23 september 2017 09:37:13
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The United Nations (UN) is providing Liberia with important support to ensure credible and successful presidential and legislative elections in October, towards the consolidation of democracy in the country and the ECOWAS region, Farid Zarif, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), has affirmed. Full text...

  • US: Tunisia calls for comprehensive response to global terrorism
    23 september 2017 09:30:17
    New York, US (PANA) – The threat of terrorism has forced Tunisia to double the budget of its military and security expenditures, Foreign Minister Khemais Jhinaoui told the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, stressing that more international support was needed despite the Government’s efforts to stamp out the scourge. Full text...

  • US: Sierra Leone, at UN debate, stresses preventive diplomacy for regional peace
    23 september 2017 09:25:44
    New York, US (PANA) – A senior minister from Sierra Leone on Friday stressed the importance of mediation and regional partnerships to preserve peace, urging the international body to reflect on reform measures that will uphold the United Nations’ collective responsibility to maintain peace. Full text...

  • US: Ethiopia warns 'No time for scepticism, decisive climate action needed now'
    23 september 2017 09:19:11
    New York, US (PANA) – Like many other countries, Ethiopia is dealing almost every day with the adverse impacts of climate change, its Prime Minister told the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, urging decisive action by the international community. Full text...

  • US: Global Goals a ‘blueprint’ for fair, equitable development, Kenya tells UN Assembly
    23 september 2017 09:09:13
    New York, US (PANA) – Kenya has highlighted that the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have provided the globe with a blueprint for a more peaceful world and for making development and globalization “fair and equitable for all”. Full text...

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