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  • Nigeria: President Buhari sets agenda for his Administration
    29 may 2015 13:05:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Freshly sworn-in Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to tackle corruption, unemployment and insecurity, especially Boko Haram, ensure the rule of law, rescue the Chibok girls alive, provide stable electricity supply and revive the economy. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Muhammadu Buhari sworn in as President of Nigeria (Updated)
    29 may 2015 10:51:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Muhammadu Buhari, 72, was Friday sworn into office as Nigeria's President. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Osibajo sworn in as Nigeria's Vice President
    29 may 2015 10:46:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Yemi Osibajo, a professor of law, was Friday sworn in as the Vice President of Nigeria. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria's President-elect, Buhari, arrives for swearing in
    29 may 2015 10:10:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has arrived at the Eagle Square in the capital city of Abuja for his swearing in. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Power changes hands on Democracy Day (Updated with arrival of more African leaders)
    29 may 2015 09:43:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - It's a historic day in Nigeria Friday, 29 May, as the country marks a transition of power from the ruling to the opposition party for the first time in its history. Full text...

  • Kenya: President Kenyatta abruptly cancels Nigerian inauguration trip over Burundi crisis
    29 may 2015 09:36:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta cancelled a scheduled visit to Nigeria to attend the inauguration of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, scheduled for Friday, after an uproar over a bloated delegation list of 84 people. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya seeks support from OIC countries to eradicate terrorism
    28 may 2015 21:55:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan minister of foreign affairs and International cooperation, Mohamed al-Dairi, on Thursday appealed to member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to help Libya in its fight against terrorist groups, particularly Daech (Islamic State). Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Conference on anti-constitutional changes in Africa opens
    28 may 2015 20:30:37
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – An international conference on anti-constitutional changes of governments in Africa opened on Thursday in Ouagadougou under the theme: "Rule of law, democracy and anti-constitutional changes of governments: concepts, limits and perspectives." Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: French FM to attend investiture of Buhari
    28 may 2015 20:12:11
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Laurent Fabius, will on Friday attend the investiture of Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • Sudan: Dozens of heads of state to attend President Bashir's inauguration
    28 may 2015 18:17:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Sheikh Tameem, the Emir of Qatar, will be among dozens of heads of state and parliament speakers attending the inauguration of President Omar al Bashir in Khartoum on 2 June 2015 following his re-election in April, the semi-official Sudan Media Centre reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAC emergency summit on Burundi set for Sunday
    28 may 2015 16:25:49
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – An emergency summit of East African leaders on the situation in Burundi will take place Sunday in Dar es Salaam, it was officially announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Burundi: Catholic Church withdraws from 'uncertain electoral process'
    28 may 2015 13:34:00
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Catholic Church in Burundi on Thursday announced the withdrawal of its members from the various provincial independent electoral commissions (CEPI) and the communal independent electoral commissions (CECI) following the bloody clamp down on demonstrators protesting against the third term bid of president Pierre Nkurunziza. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana urges African countries to help Burundi build credible democratic institutions
    27 may 2015 21:53:29
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Government of Ghana on Wednesday emphasised the need for individual African member states to continue to work towards building credible democratic institutions within a constitutional democracy in Burundi, which has seen bloody protests against president Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. denounces shooting on PM's convoy
    27 may 2015 10:43:08
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) - Libya's interim government Wednesday denounced the attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Theni on Tuesday in the Eastern city of Tobruk. Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia accused of 'enforced disappearance' of coup plotters' relatives
    27 may 2015 10:27:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Gambian authorities have detained, incommunicado, dozens of friends and relatives of people accused of involvement in a coup attempt since January 2015, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: How to enhance public trust in Ethiopia’s electoral process - AU election mission
    27 may 2015 09:44:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia’s elections managerial board should put in place measures and procedures to enhance public trust in the electoral process, according to an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) that was deployed to the 24 May 2015 parliamentary elections in the East African country. Full text...

  • Belgium: Brussels hosts international conference on CAR
    26 may 2015 21:31:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – An international conference on the Central African Republic (CAR) was held on Tuesday in Brussels under the presidency of the CAR acting president, Mrs Catherine Samba-Panza and Mrs Fédérica Moghérini, senior EU foreign representative for foreign policy and common security. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan Prime Minister escapes assassination attempt
    26 may 2015 21:22:38
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) – The convoy of the head of the Libyan acting government recognized internationally, Abdallah al-Theni, was on Tuesday targeted in a shooting incident, in eastern Libyan eastern city of Tobruk, as it drove to the airport after a session in Parliament. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council extends UN mission in Somalia to August 2015
    26 may 2015 20:03:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), as the Horn of Africa country continues down its road towards political recovery and increased security. Full text...

  • US: US condemns killing of Burundi's opposition leader, urges peace
    26 may 2015 07:05:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The US on Tuesday strongly condemned the 23 May killing of the leader of Burundi's opposition party, Union for Peace and Development (UPD), Mr. Zedi Feruzi, and his bodyguard in Burundi. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU commemorates 52nd anniversary
    25 may 2015 18:21:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – “Women of Africa are a formidable asset in achieving sustainable, social and economic development, as well as the eradication of poverty, hunger and disease,” the African Union (AU) Chairperson, President Robert G. Mugabe of Zimbabwe, stated Monday in a message commemorating the 52nd anniversary of the Union. Full text...

  • South Africa: Notorious Apartheid-era politician applies for parole
    25 may 2015 15:24:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Lawyers representing apartheid-era politician Clive Derby-Lewis who has spent more than 20 years in jail for the murder of SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani on Monday launched a special motion in the High Court in Pretoria to secure his release. Full text...

  • UN: UN marks Africa Day, highlights achievements, reflects on challenges
    25 may 2015 15:19:26
    New York, US (PANA) - Each year, Africa Day is an opportunity to celebrate the continent's achievements and to reflect on its challenges, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Electoral commission sets 25 Oct. date for general elections
    25 may 2015 12:02:10
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Registered Tanzanian voters will go to the polls on 25 Oct. 2015 to elect the country’s new president, legislators and councillors for municipal and local government councils, who will hold office for the next five years, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan denies intervention in S/Sudan
    25 may 2015 08:50:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has denied accusations by some officials of the South Sudan government that Khartoum was supporting southern rebels in the ongoing civil war in the South. Full text...

  • UN: 'Strong cooperation key to overcoming global challenges'
    25 may 2015 08:33:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Amid an explosion of world conflicts, humanitarian crises and human Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns killing of opposition politician in Burundi
    24 may 2015 19:28:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday condemned the killing of a Burundian politician and his bodyguard in a move that threatens to further destabilize the country amid simmering political tensions and a growing humanitarian crisis. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief applauds political dialogue in Burundi
    23 may 2015 06:33:28
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed happiness at the ongoing political dialogue in Burundi following weeks of tensions and a reportedly failed coup d’etat in the country’s capital of Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: UN independent expert, Ivorian electoral commission hold talks
    22 may 2015 22:22:19
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The UN independent expert for human rights, Mohammed Ayat, on Friday held talks with the chairman of the Ivorian national independent electoral commission (CEI), Youssouf Bakayoko. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian Prime Minister to visit Brussels on Wednesday
    22 may 2015 21:13:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian Prime Minister, Habib Essid, will on Wednesday travel to Brussels to visit European Union institutions. Full text...

  • Kenya: Al Shabaab conducts daring raid on Garissa villages
    22 may 2015 12:16:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Fighters loyal to the Somali Al Shabaab militia group have raided three villages in Kenya’s northern Eastern region in a hunt for local government officials, residents and the Interior Ministry said Friday. Full text...

  • Belgium: Guinea, Burkina Faso to receive Belgian public aid again
    21 may 2015 20:32:38
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Guinea and Burkina Faso are to once again benefit from Belgian public aid for development. Full text...

  • Kenya: Al Shabaab militants raid mosques in northeastern Kenya
    21 may 2015 17:46:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan government officials remain alert for possible Al Shabaab militants strikes in Garissa County of northeastern Kenya after a raid on two mosques by gun-wielding militants. Full text...

  • Zambia: Oasis Forum appeals to donors to provide funds for referendum
    21 may 2015 15:38:07
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Oasis Forum, comprising the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia, Council Churches in Zambia, Zambia Episcopal Conference, Law Association of Zambia and the Non-Governmental Organisation Coordinating Committee, has appealed to Zambia’s cooperating partners to show unflinching support for the constitution-making process in Zambia by making resources available for the referendum. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: 'Elections will hold in 2017'
    21 may 2015 09:09:28
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission (NEC) has assured that the country's presidential and parliamentary elections will hold in 2017, laying to rest the speculation that the polls will be postponed. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan holds farewell meeting with African ambassadors
    20 may 2015 19:18:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Wednesday urged the global community and Nigerians to support the incoming government of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Constitutional crisis looms in Burundi after postponement of parliamentary polls (A News Analysis by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent)
    20 may 2015 18:33:36
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Following protests by thousands of people who in recent weeks marched on Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, demonstrating their disapproval of President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in violation of the constitution, authorities in the country have decided to put parliamentary elections off till 5 June on grounds of national security. Full text...

  • Zambia: Grand Coalition urges President Lungu to honour promise on Constitution
    20 may 2015 17:01:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Grand Coalition, a group advocating for a people-driven constitution, has called on Zambian President Edgar Lungu to honour the promise he made to the Zambian People during his inauguration last January when he promised to enact a people-driven constitution through a referendum. Full text...

  • Tunisia: UN making efforts for political dialogue in Burundi
    20 may 2015 15:41:49
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The special envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, has said there is an urgent need for political dialogue to ease the tension caused by the failed coup attempt in Burundi, especially as the African nation prepares to hold elections soon. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says Al-Shabaab poses threat to political process in Somalia
    19 may 2015 21:19:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Nicholas Kay, UN Special Representative for Somalia and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), on Tuesday in New York, said Al-Shabaab terrorist group is expected to do everything it can to "derail" the political process in Somalia. Full text...

  • UN: UN special envoy meets Burundi's President in Bujumbura
    19 may 2015 19:05:58
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Mr. Said Djinnit, on Tuesday Full text...

  • US: Kerry to lead US delegation to Nigeria inaugural
    19 may 2015 11:36:35
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry will lead the American government's delegation to Nigeria's presidential inauguration on 29 May 2015, the State Department has announced. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Govt, UNDP sign pact for Ivorian electoral process
    19 may 2015 11:14:21
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have signed an 8.82 billion CFAF (US$15 million) pact on the financing of the country’s electoral process. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum denies supporting S/Sudan's armed opposition
    19 may 2015 10:55:27
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has denied an accusation by the government of South Sudan that Khartoum is supporting the armed southern opposition of former Vice President Riek Machar, the official Radio Omdurman announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Govt, opposition differ on Morsi death sentence
    19 may 2015 10:47:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The government of Sudan and the country's opposition have disagreed on the death sentence recently passed on deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi by the country's court. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan to attend his last ECOWAS Summit
    19 may 2015 09:07:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan leaves here Tuesday for Accra, Ghana, to attend the 47th ECOWAS Summit, which will be his last since he is due to vacate office 29 May after losing the 28 March presidential election. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Govt announces new visa fees for visitors to Rwanda
    18 may 2015 18:24:56
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's Directorate of Immigration and Emigration on Monday announced an increase in visa fees for all foreign visitors, due to movements in exchange rates of main currencies including the US dollar, euro and pound sterling. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu holds private talks with South Sudan President
    18 may 2015 15:39:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has held bilateral talks with his South Sudan counterpart Silva Kiir, in the Angolan capital, Luanda, on the sidelines of the Great Lakes Regional heads of state summit. Full text...

  • Tanzania: ECOSOCC deplores continued violence in Burundi
    18 may 2015 15:35:38
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union (AU) said Monday it was deeply concerned about the unfolding political, security and humanitarian situation in Burundi. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan appoints new CEO for the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission
    18 may 2015 14:23:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, has approved the appointment of Mrs. Uju Aisha Hassan-Baba, as the new Executive Secretary/Chief Executive of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC). Full text...

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