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  • US: Stage ‘gradually being set’ for Somalia to move to new phase in sustaining peace – Envoy
    28 january 2017 12:11:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Briefing the Security Council in New York on the situation in Somalia, the United Nations envoy for the country noted on Friday that the recently concluded election was a “mirror” to Somalis, showing them the good and the bad regarding how power is exercised, relations between elders, clan power brokers, politicians, business, ordinary citizens, women and men. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: US banks target opportunities in Sudan after sanctions lifting
    27 january 2017 19:34:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A significant number of American banks have indicated their interest to invest in Sudan as it braces itself to receive international aid in response to the humanitarian crisis in several of its conflict hot-spots, a senior presidential aide told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU foreign ministers finally agree on mass pullout from ICC
    27 january 2017 18:42:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African foreign ministers have agreed to a plan for pulling out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and immediately begin work on local justice mechanisms, saying The Hague-based court, offered little chance of advancing justice in the continent, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Saharawi agrees conditional peace negotiation with Morocco
    27 january 2017 17:17:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Saharawi Republic, which has been protesting the illegal occupation of its territory, has declared readiness to negotiate an end to its conflict with Morocco on condition that the African Union Summit underway here pushes Rabat to unconditionally leave the territory it occupies. Full text...

  • Congo: Chadian, Nigerien leaders in Congo for summit on Libyan crisis
    27 january 2017 13:04:19
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Presidents Idriss Déby Itno of Chad, and Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, arrived here on Thursday to take part in Friday's high-level summit of the African Union Committee on the Libyan crisis. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma attends AU Summit in Addis Ababa
    27 january 2017 08:55:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma has departed for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the 28th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), which begins on Saturday. The event is being held under the theme, "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investment in the Youth." Full text...

  • (2nd Rondup): Barrow: ‘I am happy to return home safely’
    26 january 2017 21:58:11
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s President Adama Barrow on Thursday expressed his happiness at returning home after two weeks in Senegal following the country's political impasse. Full text...

  • South Sudan: New head of UN mission meets President Kiir
    26 january 2017 21:30:11
    Juba, Soth Sudan (PANA) - The new head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, David Shearer, has met with President Salva Kiir in the country’s capital of Juba, where he reiterated the Mission’s commitment to supporting peace efforts. Full text...

  • (Roundup) Gambia: President Barrow returns home to warm welcome, tight security
    26 january 2017 21:09:18
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Thousands of Gambians turned out on Thursday to welcome President Adama Barrow back home to assume power following the departure of former President Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • Gambia: Large crowds welcome Gambian President Adama Barrow back home
    26 january 2017 17:28:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s president Adama Barrow arrived back home on Thursday from Dakar, Senegal, to a tumultuous welcome following the departure into exile of former president Yahya Jammeh last Saturday. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Gambia: Gambian President Adama Barrow arrives back home
    26 january 2017 17:13:25
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow on Thursday arrived back home in Banjul to a tumultuous welcome from thousands of Gambians. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Government dismisses Buhari death rumour
    26 january 2017 14:08:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Federal Government on Thursday debunked the rumour making the rounds in some quarters that governors would meet in Abuja on Thursday and deliberate on the health of President Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC releases blueprint for Africa ahead of elections
    26 january 2017 11:21:17
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - With five days before African Union (AU) heads of state vote to elect a new chairperson, SADC’s endorsed candidate has released her blueprint for the continent. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Equatorial Guinea’s corporate technocrat who wants to fix the AU (A News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent)
    26 january 2017 05:58:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Agapito Mba Mokuy, Equatorial Guinea’s foreign minister, seeking support to capture Africa’s most influential diplomatic post, has evaded fame despite the growing diplomatic stature that has come with his country’s active involvement in continental affairs. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow expected in Banjul on Thursday
    25 january 2017 17:45:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's new President Adama Barrow is due to arrive in Banjul on Thursday from Dakar, Senegal, to take up his position in the State House, said a statement issued Wednesday by the coalition of parties which supported his election in December 2016. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief pledges commitment to achieving nuclear disarmament
    25 january 2017 17:25:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Disarmament can play an important role in ending existing conflicts and preventing the outbreak of new strife, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, pledging to actively pursue the abolition of all weapons of mass destruction and the strict regulation of conventional weapons. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya Security agents detain South Sudanese rebel leader aides
    25 january 2017 05:33:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Two prominent aides of South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar have been detained in Nairobi pending deportation to South Sudan, the enemy territory, sources told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian lawmakers revoke state of emergency
    24 january 2017 21:15:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian parliament on Tuesday revoked the 90-day state of emergency imposed on the country a week ago by former President Yahya Jammeh, who has since flown out into exile. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Gambian President delayed in Senegal for security reasons
    24 january 2017 19:25:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Fear of a possible attempt on his life could be the reason for the delayed return of President Adama Barrow to Gambia after being inaugurated a week ago in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, according to the chief of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian-Egyptian political consultative committee meets in Tunis
    24 january 2017 16:38:52
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian-Egyptian political consultative committee started a two-day session on Tuesday in Tunis, during which representatives of both countries will compare notes on several regional and international issues of common interest, including the situation in Libya. Full text...

  • Senegal: Turkey welcomes transfer of power to Gambian President Barrow
    24 january 2017 16:26:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Turkey has welcomed President Adama Barrow's assumption to power as Gambia's leader following his victory in the December 2016 presidential election. Full text...

  • Egypt: President Trump lauds Egypt's efforts against terrorism
    24 january 2017 13:59:55
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, on Monday evening received a phone call from the US President, Donald Trump, who reaffirmed "the strong Egyptian-American ties and the strategic aspect which mark them" PANA reported, quoting Egyptian state television on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Nigerian-born Chief Justice of Gambia resigns
    24 january 2017 13:44:13
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Nigerian-born Chief Justice of Gambia, Mr. Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle, has resigned from his position and left the Gambia for his home country, PANA confirmed from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: OIC Secretary general praises political change in Gambia
    24 january 2017 13:38:27
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), Yousef Bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, has expressed satisfaction with the political solution in Gambia, marked by the successful power transfer to new President Adama Barrow, according to the OIC website on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC's AU candidate intensifies campaign
    24 january 2017 07:19:20
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s foreign affairs minister and candidate of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for the African Union (AU) chairperson position, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, has intensified her campaign ahead of the election. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Central Africa’s most accomplished diplomat takes aim at AU post (A News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent)
    24 january 2017 06:34:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Moussa Faki Mahamat, the former Chadian Prime Minister, who is running for the post of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) believes in style and substance. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow appoints female as Gambia's Vice President
    23 january 2017 19:29:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has picked Fatoumatta C.M. Jallow Tambajang, a former United Nations diplomat and health minister, as Vice President, Presidential spokesperson Halifa Sallah announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria works for robust and stronger African Union
    23 january 2017 19:14:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria will continue to work together with other African countries to ensure that the African Union becomes a stronger and more robust organization for the benefit of the continent and its people, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan candidate for AU post winds up campaign in Guinea Bissau
    23 january 2017 19:01:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's candidate for the position of Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Amina Mohamed, was set to wind up her campaign in Guinea Bissau and Benin after visiting 50 other African Union member states, a Kenyan minister spearheading her campaign team said Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU seeks funding for its overburdened mission in Somalia
    23 january 2017 17:47:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Funding challenges facing the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have prompted the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the AU to call for a high level meeting, involving the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN), in order to explore modalities for addressing the problem. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Outgoing Mauritian PM cedes power to son
    23 january 2017 14:20:06
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Upon his resignation as Prime Minister of Mauritius, 87-year-old Sir Anerood Jugnauth has named his son, Pravind Jugnauth, his successor. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes on-going peaceful transition in Gambia
    23 january 2017 06:29:59
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the on-going peaceful transition of power in The Gambia and congratulated President Adama Barrow on his inauguration. Full text...

  • Gambia: Amnesty International reacts to Jammeh's departure
    22 january 2017 11:49:57
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Following the departure of Gambia’s former leader, Yahya Jammeh, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for West and Central Africa, Steve Cockburn said it's time for the country to be a model for human rights. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh makes off to facilitate power transfer to President Barrow
    22 january 2017 08:28:24
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Africa's mediators on the political impasse that had gripped Gambia, including the United Nations, have commended the "goodwill and statesmanship" of former President Yahya Jammeh who has temporarily left the country to facilitate an immediate peaceful and orderly transfer of power to President Adama Barrow. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh to seek refuge in Guinea
    21 january 2017 15:50:37
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, will Saturday leave for Conakry, Guinea, to seek refuge and make room for the country's new President, Adama Barrow, who took his oath of office on Thursday in Dakar, Senegal, to return home. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh finally relinquishes power in Gambia, goes into exile
    21 january 2017 06:35:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - After relinquishing power, there are indications that former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, will leave the country to make room for the country's new President, Adama Barrow, who took his oath of office on Thursday in Dakar, Senegal, to return home. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh exits Gambian presidency
    20 january 2017 20:04:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Guinean and Mauritanian leaders on Friday successfully persuaded Gambia's former President Yahya Jammeh to leave the country immediately, a State House source told PANA. Full text...

  • US: New Yorkers protest against Donald Trump
    20 january 2017 16:04:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Thousands of New Yorkers, including Mayor Bill de Blasio and a number of other celebrities protested against President-elect Donald Trump, as he was inaugurated as the 45th US President on Friday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Guinea, Mauritanian presidents in Banjul for talks with Jammeh
    20 january 2017 13:42:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Guinean and Mauritanian presidents have arrived in the Gambian capital, Banjul, in a last-minute effort to persuade former president Yahya Jammeh to leave the presidency peacefully. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU congratulates Gambia's new President Barrow
    20 january 2017 13:39:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Friday congratulated the new President of Gambia, Adama Barrow, on his assumption of the Presidency and called on all AU Member States as well as the larger international community to follow suit. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya supports "bloodless" military moves on The Gambia
    20 january 2017 13:29:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has voiced support for the ongoing initiative by West African states to force defeated Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power following the inauguration of the new President Adama Barrow on Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: US official commends Sudanese effort in mending US/Sudan relations
    20 january 2017 12:16:55
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, has expressed appreciation for the efforts made by the Sudanese government to return the US/Sudan bilateral relations on course. Full text...

  • Senegal: Civil Society Forum urges gov'ts to condemn Gambia's Jammeh
    20 january 2017 11:22:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) has called on all governments to condemn the actions of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and transmit such statement to the Gambian embassies in their countries. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zindzi Mandela to visit Uganda
    20 january 2017 09:42:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Department of International Affairs has confirmed that South Africa’s Ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela, will visit Uganda next week to lay a foundation stone where a youth Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) is going to be built in the Jinja district. Full text...

  • US: US declares support for ECOWAS' Gambia intervention
    20 january 2017 09:27:04
    Washington, DC US (PANA) - The US has declared its support for the the Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention in Gambia (ECOMIG), which has moved in to enforce the 1 December, 2016 election mandate in the country. Full text...

  • Gambia: British foreign secretary, EU congratulate new Gambian president
    20 january 2017 08:58:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – British foreign secretary Boris Johnson says former president Yahya Jammeh must now stand aside to allow an orderly transition. Full text...

  • Gambia: Guinea's Alpha Conde expected in Banjul for 'final' Jammeh talks
    20 january 2017 07:49:05
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Guinea president Alpha Conde is expected in the Gambian capital, Banjul, on Friday morning in another last minute effort to persuade former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh to leave office peacefully. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights expert welcomes US decision to lift Sudan sanctions
    19 january 2017 22:52:27
    New York, US (PANA) – A United Nations human rights expert on Thursday welcomed the decision of President Barack Obama to lift most sanctions unilaterally imposed by the United States on Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council backs regional efforts to ensure peaceful transfer of power to Gambia's Barrow
    19 january 2017 22:47:08
    New York, US (PANA) – Urging all Gambian parties to respect the outcome of the 1 December election recognising Adama Barrow as the country’s President-elect, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday expressed its support for the commitment of West African States to “ensure, by political means first, respect of the will of the people”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senate opposes deloyment of Nigeria troops to Gambia without its approval
    19 january 2017 22:29:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate on Thursday opposed President Muhammadu Buhari’s deployment of troops to The Gambia without the approval of the National Assembly. Full text...

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