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  • Rwanda, China to sign visa waiver agreement for diplomats
    19 july 2018 14:38:00
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda and China are expected to sign an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to remove visa requirements for diplomatic passport holders as well as grant them multiple entries, following Chinese President's first official visit to Rwanda, a diplomatic source confirmed Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Chinese president's 1st visit to Rwanda, to "promote bilateral relations" - Official
    19 july 2018 14:29:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Chinese President Xi Jinping, will pay a state visit to Rwanda 22-23 July, unveiling a series of new collaborations between the two countries, an official source confirmed Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Remembering Nelson Mandela at 100 (A feature by AfDB)
    19 july 2018 14:02:08
    Qunu, South Africa (PANA) - Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, fondly known as Madiba which in Xhosa means “Father of the Nation”, would have been 100 years old on Wednesday and in this feature story, the African Development Bank (AfDB) recalls the life, times and ideals of a great man and a global iconic figure. Full text...

  • Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi arrives in Rwanda on 3-day state visit
    19 july 2018 13:19:43
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, arrived in Kigali on Thursday for a three-day state visit to Rwanda, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • EU reacts to Sudanese President Al-Bashir's visit to Russia
    19 july 2018 10:12:18
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) on Thursday called upon all Member States of the United Nations to abide by and implement the resolutions adopted by the Security Council, which require the Government of Sudan and all other parties to the conflict in Darfur, to cooperate fully with the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Uganda's opposition leader calls for enhanced citizenship rights to shore up democracy in Africa (By Kennedy Abwao, PANA correspondent)
    19 july 2018 06:57:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye's smile brightens up before the audience. "I am a prisoner, out of prison on bail. In Uganda, they are legislating a new public order management act to restrict a meeting of more than five people," he said, offering the audience the latest from his home. Full text...

  • Mandela, ‘true symbol of human greatness’, celebrated on centenary of his birth
    19 july 2018 06:47:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Paying tribute to the first democratically-elected President of South Africa and iconic civil rights leader, the United Nations on Wednesday celebrated Nelson Mandela’s legacy for humanity and reflected on the lessons he left behind. Full text...

  • UN-African Union partnership ‘not a choice but a necessity’, Security Council hears
    19 july 2018 06:39:18
    New York, US (PANA) - A stronger partnership between the United Nations and the African Union is “not a choice but a necessity” in tackling today’s complex peace and security challenges in Africa, a senior UN official said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi expected in Rwanda for state visit
    18 july 2018 19:03:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, is expected in Kigali on Thursday for a state visit to Rwanda, aimed at advancing bilateral ties, increasing political mutual trust and expanding substantial cooperation, an official source confirmed late Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Somalia is opening a 'new chapter of its history', declares UN official
    18 july 2018 06:46:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A high-level gathering of representatives from the Somali government and the international community, including the United Nations, ended in Brussels on Tuesday with renewed commitment to support the Horn of Africa country’s progress in a range of areas, such as state and peace-building efforts. Full text...

  • Signs of democratic progress in West Africa, Sahel amid ‘devastating’ violence - UN
    18 july 2018 06:39:18
    New York, US (PANA) - There have been “positive developments” when it comes to democratization across the vast West Africa and Sahel region, but that has been “competing with the volatile security situation” particularly around areas where terrorist groups are active such as the Lake Chad Basin, the head of the UN Office for the region (UNOWAS) told the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN marks 100 years since Mandela’s birth with a vow to continue struggle for equality
    17 july 2018 19:43:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Taking stock of his “vast” legacy for mankind, the United Nations will mark 100 years since the birth of the late anti-Apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela, on Wednesday. Full text...

  • AUC Chair hails renewed friendly relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia
    17 july 2018 16:31:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has commended the Eritrean and Ethiopian leaders for their steadfast efforts to enhance reconciliation, trust and cooperation between their two countries. Full text...

  • Sudan to participate in COMESA summit meeting
    17 july 2018 11:52:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Vice President Hassabu Mohamed Abdul Rahman left Khartoum on Tuesday for Lusaka at the head of a Sudanese delegation to participate in the two-day summit meeting of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), which opens in the Zambian capital on Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS deploys observers to Mali ahead of 29 July presidential poll
    17 july 2018 11:17:07
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Twenty ECOWAS Long-Term Observers (LTOs) have been deployed across four of Mali’s eight administrative regions and Bamako District, the nation’s capital, ahead of the country’s July 29 crucial presidential election. Full text...

  • UN officials highlight need for continued support for Somalia
    17 july 2018 06:37:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Speaking at the first day of the Somalia Partnership Forum in Brussels on Monday, senior United Nations officials commended the country’s government for its efforts in political reform, security, economic development, and recovery and humanitarian assistance – while flagging the need for further progress and international support for these efforts. Full text...

  • 'Status quo in Libya cannot be sustained,' UN Envoy tells Security Council
    16 july 2018 19:49:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite encouraging signs on the political and humanitarian front, efforts must be sustained and intensified in Libya to avoid further “economic collapse, the breakdown of public services, and more frequent and intense outbreaks of violence”, said the United Nations Special Envoy for the country on Monday. Full text...

  • COMESA ministers celebrate Ethiopia–Eritrea peace deal
    16 july 2018 14:08:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Council of Ministers has celebrated the peace deal reached between Ethiopia and Eritrea which effectively ended a 20-year hostility between the two states. Full text...

  • Eritrean President Isaias thanks Ethiopia for warm welcome
    14 july 2018 17:25:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki on Saturday expressed his appreciation for the warm welcome accorded him and his delegation since their arrival in the Ethiopian capital earlier in the day at the start of a three-day visit. Full text...

  • Eritrean president Isaias arrives for historic Ethiopian visit
    14 july 2018 13:26:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki has arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, for a three-day visit following the thaw of relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Eritrea must improve human rights after peace with Ethiopia - Rights group charges
    14 july 2018 06:54:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Eritrea’s improved relationship with neighbouring Ethiopia presents a good opportunity to advance the protection of the vast array of human rights that the Eritrean people have long been denied. Full text...

  • Security Council imposes arms embargo on South Sudan
    14 july 2018 06:37:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The Security Council on Friday narrowly passed a measure aimed at stopping the flow of weapons to armed groups in South Sudan, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Commission President ends Gambia visit
    13 july 2018 19:45:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The ECOWS Commission President, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, on Friday concluded a three-day visit to The Gambia. Full text...

  • Eritrean President set for weekend visit to Ethiopia after renewed friendship
    13 july 2018 13:21:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki is expected to visit Addis Ababa on Saturday, days after the thawing of relations with former foes in Addis Ababa, an Eritrean official said on Friday. Full text...

  • Rwanda will retaliate if others choose to start a war, Kagame warns
    13 july 2018 12:03:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Friday warned countries seeking start a war with Rwanda, saying his security forces will use judgment, determination and training to fight and finish it for them. Full text...

  • President Barrow to meet police chief
    13 july 2018 10:22:24
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow will on Friday receive in audience the county’s newly-appointed police chief at State House in Banjul. Full text...

  • China, ‘key partner’ for Burkinabe development - Vice-PM
    12 july 2018 15:47:11
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - China wants to be ‘a key partner’ for the development of Burkina Faso, the Chinese Vice-Prime Minister, Hu Chunhua, said on Thursday at the opening of his country’s embassy in Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • ECOWAS deploys 171 Election Observation Mission to Mali's July 29 presidential vote
    11 july 2018 18:05:15
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Former Prime Minister of Burkina Faso and ECOWAS Commission President, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, will lead the organisation’s 171-member Observation Mission to Mali’s July 29 crucial presidential vote. Full text...

  • Security Council hails ‘historic and significant’ Ethiopia, Eritrea peace declaration
    11 july 2018 06:20:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday described the Joint Declaration, signed by the leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia, as “a historic and significant” move with “far-reaching consequences” for the whole Horn of Africa region and beyond. Full text...

  • DR Congo’s President Kabila 'snubs' UN, AU chiefs, rights group says
    10 july 2018 20:30:46
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila has abruptly cancelled a meeting planned for this week with the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the African Union Chair Moussa Faki, a human rights group said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 16 independent candidates bid for seats in Rwandan parliamentary election
    10 july 2018 14:37:47
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least 16 independent candidates, including one woman, will contest the upcoming parliamentary polls, to be held 2-3 September, 2018, the chairman of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Kalisa Mbanda, confirmed Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • 7 years after South Sudan's independence, humanitarian needs are unprecedented - NRC
    10 july 2018 07:04:57
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Humanitarian charity, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has called for the recent peace deal in South Sudan to deliver real change. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's elections offer chance to break with gross human rights violations - Rights group
    10 july 2018 06:55:35
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's election at the end of this month will take place in the context of decades of politically motivated gross human rights violations, including mass killings, the forced disappearance of critics and suppression of peaceful protesters, human rights group, Amnesty International, said in a new briefing published on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US calls for immediate end of conflict as South Sudan celebrates independence
    09 july 2018 18:52:47
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The US Secretary of State has lamented that as South Sudan's 7th independence anniversary arrives, Southern Sudanese are actually suffering war and displacement instead of rejoicing the fruits of their long struggle for independence. Full text...

  • President Barrow says individual attitudes towards work reflect collective achievements
    09 july 2018 16:18:16
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - “Our individual attitude towards work will reflect our collective achievements, hence we must serve as examples and take positive steps to make major reforms in our institutions to promote transparency and accountability," the words of Gambian President Adama Barrow at the swearing-in ceremony of his new cabinet on Monday. Full text...

  • NEC directs political parties to submit lists of nominated candidates for parliamentary election
    09 july 2018 16:09:16
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's National Electoral Commission (NEC) has asked all registered political parties to submit their list of nominated candidates in order of priority ahead of the parliamentary polls to be held 2-3 September, 2018, an official source confirmed Monday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, Eritrea sign end of war declaration in Asmara
    09 july 2018 15:25:01
    Asmara, Eritrea (PANA) - Visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, and his Eritrean host President, Isias Aferweki, have signed a declaration to end two decades of "No-war-No peace", setting the stage for the normalisation of strained diplomatic relations, both sides announced on Monday. Full text...

  • IGAD commends Ethiopian-Eritrean quest to restore ties
    09 july 2018 15:00:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The East African inter-government authority on development (IGAD) has commended the restoration of ties between Ethiopia and Eritrea, describing it as being the result of “wise and courageous leadership”. Full text...

  • Kagame salutes historic meeting between Ethiopian, Eritrean leaders
    09 july 2018 09:27:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President and current Chairman of the African Union (AU) Paul Kagame has lauded the meeting between the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea, who agreed on Sunday to restore diplomatic relations after nearly 20 years and to open the border between their neighbouring Horn of Africa countries. Full text...

  • Members of Gambia’s new Cabinet take oath
    09 july 2018 09:19:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow is expected to preside over the swearing-in ceremony of the new Vice President, cabinet ministers and other top senior officials on Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa's ruling party reconsiders ICC withdrawal threat
    06 july 2018 10:16:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The ruling African National Congress on Friday said Cabinet will have to consult the party before reconsidering the decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Rights group urges Security Council to impose arms embargo on South Sudan
    05 july 2018 19:25:34
    New York, US (PANA) - As the UN Security Council meets today to review measures aimed at bringing long-overdue peace and stability to South Sudan, Amnesty International is reiterating its longstanding call for the imposition of a comprehensive arms embargo to cut off the supply of weapons being used to kill, maim and destroy the lives of the South Sudanese people. Full text...

  • Chinese advance team arrives in Rwanda to prepare for Xi Jinping visit
    05 july 2018 17:56:33
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Chinese vice minister of the State Council Information Office, Guo Weimin, arrived Thursday in Rwanda, three weeks ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Rwanda from 22-23 July, an official source confirmed Tuesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rights group says Equatorial Guinea amnesty should be catalyst for human rights change
    05 july 2018 15:34:00
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, said on Thursday that the announcement of amnesty to all activists and opposition members should be a first real step to their freedom. Full text...

  • Mediators hand negotiators proposal on governance in South Sudan
    05 july 2018 14:27:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Mediators from Sudan and the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) on Wednesday handed South Sudanese negotiators a proposal on future governance and power-sharing in the world's newest nation. Full text...

  • UN Secretary General to visit DR Congo
    05 july 2018 12:01:23
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres is to visit Democratic Republic of Congo in the near future where a standoff between the country's long-term president Joseph Kabila and opposition has been tearing the country apart, creating instability, insecurity and humanitarian crisis. Full text...

  • UN expert raises red flags about deteriorating rights situation in Mali
    04 july 2018 19:26:32
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A senior United Nations rights expert on Wednesday decried the “alarming” deterioration of the security, human rights and humanitarian situation in northern and eastern areas of Mali. Full text...

  • Libyan presidential council urged to put oil terminals under National Oil Company
    04 july 2018 13:05:21
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The official spokesperson for the Libyan presidential council, Mohamed al-Sallek, has said all oil ports and installations should be put under the exclusive control of the National Oil Company (NOC). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe military stresses neutrality in upcoming 30 July elections
    04 july 2018 12:42:13
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) on Wednesday stressed their neutrality in the upcoming 30 July presidential and parliamentary elections refuting claims that members of the security forces have been deployed in rural areas to intimidate villagers. Full text...

  • 'We will not give up on looking for peace for South Sudan': UN deputy chief
    04 july 2018 06:31:33
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - In a visit to South Sudan on Tuesday, the UN Deputy Secretary-General spoke mother-to-mother with displaced women, pledging that she and other senior women leaders from the international community will not give up on the hope for peace for their nation. Full text...

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