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  • Mauritania: EU Commissioner for Development arrives in Mauritania
    10 february 2014 18:13:49
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, arrived here Monday, on the first leg of his visit to West Africa that will take him to Senegal and Cape Verde, PANA reported from the Mauritanian capital. Full text...

  • Libya: Int'l friends hold conference on Libya
    10 february 2014 18:05:51
    Tripoli , Libya (PANA) - The Group of Friends of Libya will hold an international conference in Rome, Italy, early March to discuss the latest developments in the political and security situation in the north African country, Laurent Fabius, the French Foreign Minister, announced Monday. Full text...

  • Libya: Military denies interfering in politics
    10 february 2014 17:57:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan military on Monday refuted allegations that it was interfering in the country's politics, while hailing the orderly behavior of the population during peaceful demonstrations held Friday and Saturday. Full text...

  • Congo: Sao Tome and Principe President in Congo for independence celebrations
    10 february 2014 15:38:03
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The President of Sao Tome and Principe, Manuel Pinto Da Costa, arrived in Brazzaville Monday at the invitation of his Congolese counterpart, Denis Sassou Ngesso, to participate in the 25th anniversary of the "Brazzaville Protocol" of peace in Southern Africa, signed on 13 December 1988. Full text...

  • Congo: South African President expected in Congo Tuesday
    10 february 2014 15:27:24
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The South African President, Jacob Zuma, is expected here Tuesday to take part in festivities marking the 25th anniversary of the signing of the "Brazzaville Protocol" of peace in Southern Africa, according to an official communique issue Monday. Full text...

  • Malawi: Mutharika picks marketer as running mate for May polls
    10 february 2014 13:05:41
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The presidential candidate of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Malawi's 20 May elections, Prof. Peter Mutharika, has picked marketer Saulos Chilima as his running mate. Full text...

  • Congo: Congolese pharmacists donate US$113,000 drugs to CAR
    10 february 2014 11:52:58
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The umbrella association for pharmacists in Congo has donated drugs and other pharmaceutical products worth 55 million CFA Francs (US$113,895) to the Central African Republic (CAR), which has been wracked by sectarian and political violence since last year. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma visits Congo Tuesday
    10 february 2014 08:57:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma will undertake a working visit to Brazzaville on Tuesday, at the invitation of Congolese President Dennis Sassou-N'guesso, Full text...

  • Tunisia: Algeria, Tunisia sign cooperation pacts
    09 february 2014 20:41:41
    Tunis, Tunisia ( PANA) - Tunisia and Algeria have signed a series of agreements and a memorandum of understanding in several areas of bilateral cooperation. Full text...

  • Libya: MPs resignation illegal - Congress spokesman
    09 february 2014 19:26:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's General National Congress (CNG-Parliament) has described as illegal the resignation of some of its members, saying the resignations will not be accepted. Full text...

  • US: Violation of South Sudan pact worries US
    09 february 2014 09:07:30
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has expressed deep concerns over the reported violations by both the Government of South Sudan and anti-government forces of the Cessation of Hostilities agreement that was signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 23 Jan. Full text...

  • Ghana: Experts call for effective ECOWAS Standby Force
    09 february 2014 08:52:08
    Akosombo, Ghana (PANA) - Experts who reviewed the ECOWAS intervention in Mali have urged the regional bloc to sign Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with its member states to enable them dedicate military units to the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF), as part of efforts to strengthen and operationalise the regional peace and security architecture. Full text...

  • Tunisia: US delegation protests Iranian remarks at Tunisia Constitution launch
    08 february 2014 12:49:06
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The US delegation at celebrations marking the launch of the new Tunisian constitution, left their seat here on Friday in protest against the hostile comments by the Speaker of Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, reliable sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Joint Tunisia-Algeria commission holds 19th preparatory meeting
    07 february 2014 22:19:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian-Algerian monitoring Commission on Friday held a meeting at the offices of the Tunisian foreign affairs ministry to prepare for the joint commission meting between the two countries whose proceedings begin on Saturday in Tunis. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Speaker of Iranian Parliament criticizes the West
    07 february 2014 21:36:00
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) - The Speaker of Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, has, in a speech on the occasion of the celebration of the new Tunisian Constitution, strongly criticized the western world in general and Israel in particular, describing it as "cancer". Full text...

  • Niger: Former Niger president denies embezzlement allegation
    07 february 2014 20:15:01
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The former Niger president, Mamadou Tandja, has denied allegations of embezzlement of funds saying the country had about 400 billion FCFA in an account at the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in Jeddah at the time of the coup that overthrew his regime in February 2009. Full text...

  • Libya: Tripoli to copy Tunisian experience in its democratic transition
    07 february 2014 18:36:39
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Citing the Tunisian experience as a good example to copy from, the chairman of the Libyan General Congress (Parliament), Nouri Bousahmin, said here Friday that Libya was determined to succeed in its democratic transition, Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia launches new Constitution
    07 february 2014 17:30:22
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia's new Constitution was inaugurated Friday with a huge ceremony, attended by several leaders from Africa, Europe and the Middle East, PANA reported from the Tunisian capital. Full text...

  • Congo: CAR caretaker president expected Saturday in Brazzaville
    07 february 2014 16:14:05
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The caretaker President of the Central African Republic (CAR), Catherine Samba-Panza, is expected Saturday in Brazzaville for a working visit to Congo during which she will hold talks with host President Denis Sassou Nguesso, mediator in the CAR crisis, PANA learnt Friday from the Congolese presidency source. Full text...

  • Russia: Moscow, Tripoli agree on protection of Russian embassy in Libya
    07 february 2014 16:12:46
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - Russia has reached an agreement with Libyan authorities on how best to protect its embassy in Tripoli, Alexander Lukashevitch, spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Several African leaders in as Tunisia inaugurates new constitution
    07 february 2014 16:10:14
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Several African leaders arrived here Thursday to attend Friday's festivities marking the adoption of Tunisia's new constitution, PANA reports from the Tunisian capital. Full text...

  • Mali: EU insists Mali authorities must dialogue with armed groups
    07 february 2014 15:34:18
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The EU Chairperson, José Manuel Durao Barroso, has said that inclusive talks between the Malian government and armed groups in the northern part of the country must take place to achieve desired lasting peace. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: High-level forum on illicit financial flows holds in Ethiopia
    07 february 2014 15:10:31
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire ( PANA) - The third edition of the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, called on the initiative of the Institute for the Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of the University of Addis Ababa, will take place 26-27 April in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, according to a statement issued here by the university and made available to PANA Friday. Full text...

  • Spain: Spain applauds destruction of Libya's chemical weapons
    07 february 2014 14:59:09
    Madrid, Spain (PANA) – Spain has applauded the news that Libya's chemical weapons have been destroyed, according to a communiqué issued here Friday by Spanish Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Ministry. Full text...

  • South Africa: National elections hold 7 May, 2014
    07 february 2014 12:17:41
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s general elections will be held on 7 May 2014, President Jacob Zuma announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Next round of South Sudan peace talks due to start in Addis Ababa
    07 february 2014 09:38:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The root causes of the bloody conflict in South Sudan will be the focus of the next round of talks between the country’s government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM/A-In-Opposition) faction set to open here Monday, according to official mediators. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Air Force redeploys 116 of its senior officers
    06 february 2014 19:28:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Thursday released new postings and appointments which affected 116 of its senior officers, according to the NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas. Full text...

  • Senegal: President Sall vows to develop Casamance
    06 february 2014 17:44:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - As part of the process of consolidating peace and sustainable development in Casamance, Southern Senegal, the Senegalese president, Macky Sall, has reiterated government's commitment to stabilize and modernize the region, according to a statement issued by the Council of ministers and received Thursday by PANA. Full text...

  • Libya: Candidates undergo training ahead of Libya's constitution drafting
    06 february 2014 12:52:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The 560 candidates who applied to be part of those charged with drafting the Libyan Constitution started a training in the capital city of Tripoli Wednesday, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Britain welcomes Libya's destruction of chemical weapons
    06 february 2014 11:55:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The British government has welcomed the total destruction by Libya of the chemical weapons stockpiled by the fallen regime of Mouammar Kadhafu, the local media reported, quoting British Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Hugh Robertson. Full text...

  • US: 'Sectarian violence in CAR must end'
    06 february 2014 09:38:09
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - For the umpteenth time, the US has condemned the worsening sectarian violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) and called for an end to the crisis that has left hundreds dead and forced many out of their homes. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU says it is committed to assisting Mali
    05 february 2014 18:36:13
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Malian Prime Minister, Oumar Tatam Ly, on a working visit to Brussels, was Wednesday assured that the European Union (EU) was committed to Mali in the political, security and humanitarian areas. Full text...

  • Burundi: More ministers quit as ruling party goes through crisis
    05 february 2014 17:33:45
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – More ministers have resigned from the Burundian government as the ruling party, Unity for National Progress (UPROMA), continues to wade through some internal crisis. Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: New ECOWAS Commissioners assume duty
    05 february 2014 14:15:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The seven new Commissioners of the ECOWAS Commission have assumed duty, the Commission said in a statement made available to PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ouedraogo urges 'sober reflection' on ECOWAS intervention in Mali
    05 february 2014 11:42:10
    Akosombo, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo has called on partners and stakeholders to undertake a "sober reflection, healthy debate, and open self-criticism" of the regional bloc's interventions in Mali, in order to help the organisation and the region "to improve their conflict management and resolution capacity." Full text...

  • Libya: Egypt to extradite former Libyan regime officials
    05 february 2014 10:14:57
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - All officials and supporters of Libya's fallen regime residing in Egypt are to be extradited to Libya as soon as Tripoli fulfills the required legal conditions, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Nouakchott gets new mayor
    04 february 2014 20:31:45
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – A minister in the outgoing government in Mauritania, Mrs Mary Mint Hamady, has been elected as the new mayor of the capital city, Nouakchott, sources said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'India to strengthen cooperation with Tunisia'
    04 february 2014 13:37:22
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Indian Foreign Affairs Minister Salman Kurshid has hailed the peaceful transfer of power and the adoption of a new Constitution in Tunisia taking into account the democratic and human rights principles. Full text...

  • Libya: PM urges national unity
    04 february 2014 13:32:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has urged his compatriots to unite to tackle the challenges facing the country, regardless of their political differences. Full text...

  • Tunisia: President Obama hails successful democratic transition in Tunisia
    03 february 2014 21:45:36
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – US president Barack Obama on Monday hailed the progress made by Tunisia with the adoption of a new Constitution, which guarantees freedoms, says a statement issued in Tunis. Full text...

  • Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf reappointed Mauritainain PM
    03 february 2014 20:37:30
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf has been reappointed Prime Minister of Mauritania, according to a presidential decree issued on Monday in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Niger: President Issoufou to attend Europe-Africa summit in Brussels
    03 february 2014 16:12:37
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Nigerien President, Issoufou Mahamadou, at an audience with the EU delegation leader in Niger, Raul Mateus Paula, on Monday received an invitation to participate in the Europe-Africa summit which will be held in Brussels 2-3 April, 2014, PANA reported, quoting the Nigerien press agency (NPA). Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: Experts to review ECOWAS interventions in Mali
    03 february 2014 15:04:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Experts on regional political and security matters, social and humanitarian affairs, diplomacy and communication, among others, are to meet in Akosombo, Ghana, from Tuesday to review ECOWAS’ initiatives and responses to the recent security, political, and institutional crises in Mali. Full text...

  • Belgium: Malian PM due in Brussels Tuesday
    03 february 2014 12:02:40
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Malian Prime Minister Oumar Tatam Ly is expected in Brussels Tuesday on a working visit, during which he will hold talks with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Commissioner in charge of emergency humanitarian aid Kristalina Georgieva, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Leaders address fallout from messy split
    03 february 2014 09:50:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The leaders of two of South Africa’s most influential political parties on Monday moved to contain the fallout from their decision not to merge ahead of this year’s national elections. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: AUC launches African Union Foundation
    02 february 2014 12:32:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, on Saturday launched the "African Union Foundation" here with a message that there is the need to have alternative sources of funding for the organization so that "Africans can claim ownership of the foundation". Full text...

  • Sudan: Ruling party calls for dialogue with political parties
    01 february 2014 13:56:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has invited leaders of the opposition political parties to a meeting to discuss key national issues, including the current armed conflicts, the constitution and democracy, according to NCP Political Sector Chairman, Al-Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Security forces and Salafists clash in Tunisia
    31 january 2014 22:19:48
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Security forces and Salafists on Friday clashed in Jebel Lahmar, a popular district in Tunis, sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: African leaders move to set up continental standby force
    31 january 2014 18:44:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African heads of state and government concluded their 22nd ordinary summit here late Friday, resolved and committed to creating a force that would step in whenever the need arises in any of their countries to stamp out a rebellion. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: Angola wants AU to give priority attention to Western Sahara
    31 january 2014 16:17:08
    Addis Ababa, Éthiopia (PANA) – The Western Sahara issue, especially the achievement of its self determination, should be taken as a priority on the agenda of the African Union (AU), according to the Angolan Vice President, Manuel Domingos Vicente, who is attending the Summit of African leaders in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...

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