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  • Polls open in delayed Liberia presidential run-off
    26 december 2017 09:46:15
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Polls have opened in Liberia as voters choose a new president in the delayed presidential run-off on Tuesday that pits ex-football star George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) against outgoing vice president Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP). Full text...

  • Liberians vote in delayed presidential run-off
    26 december 2017 07:01:22
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Liberians go to the polls on Tuesday in the delayed presidential run-off that pits ex-football star George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) against outgoing vice president Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP). Full text...

  • Former Ghana president calls for peaceful Liberia presidential rerun vote
    25 december 2017 19:01:49
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Ghana’s immediate past President John Dramani Mahama, Head of ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Liberia, on Monday met with the two candidates for the 26 December rescheduled presidential run-of and appealed for their maximum cooperation to ensure a peaceful and credible election, an ECOWAS official said. Full text...

  • Former Ghana president meets election observers for Liberia's presidential run-off poll
    25 december 2017 17:46:14
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The Head of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Election Observation Mission to Liberia, Ghana's former President John Mahama, on Monday met with heads of other International observer groups ahead of the delayed 26 December presidential run-off. Full text...

  • Ghana's ex-president Mahama arrives for Liberia's presidential run-off poll
    24 december 2017 17:57:25
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Ghana's immediate past President, John Dramani Mahama, has arrived in Monrovia at the head of an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Election Observation Mission for Liberia's presidential run-off on 26 December. Full text...

  • President Erdogan of Turkey arrives in Khartoum
    24 december 2017 14:13:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Reccep Tayyib Erdogan of Turkey arrived in Khartoum Sunday on a three-day state visit to the Sudan, the first ever by a Turkish president. Full text...

  • UNICEF welcomes announcement on next Executive Director
    24 december 2017 11:20:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UNICEF has welcomed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ announcement on Friday that Henrietta H. Fore will succeed Anthony Lake as the UNICEF Executive Director when Lake's term ends on 31 December, 2017. Full text...

  • UNHCR welcomes South Sudan agreement to revive peace process
    24 december 2017 10:55:13
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has welcomed the recent agreement by the South Sudan government and opposition groups to revive the stalled peace process, and called for the inclusion of refugees in shaping the destiny of the country. Full text...

  • Southern Libya adopts charter for reconciliation
    23 december 2017 18:35:56
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - More than 55 representatives from the South of Libya have concluded a three-day Forum in Tunis by adopting a general Charter for Reconciliation, and committed its signatory parties to build wider support for it and encourage a greater number of constituencies to abide to it. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe president promotes former military chief in ruling party
    23 december 2017 17:51:42
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has promoted the man who led the military action that led to the resignation of President Robert Mugabe and his subsequent elevation to the post of president of the Southern African country last month. Full text...

  • UN Mission welcomes agreement to revive South Sudan's peace pact
    22 december 2017 17:48:47
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Welcoming the signing of an agreement on cessation of hostilities and improving humanitarian access in South Sudan, the United Nations Mission in the country (UNMISS) has urged all parties to work collectively to ensure durable peace in the nation. Full text...

  • Zuma appeals damning South African court ruling
    22 december 2017 17:10:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just two days after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) announced that a commission of inquiry into state capture must be instituted urgently, President Jacob Zuma on Friday served notice that he will appeal the North Gauteng High Court judgment on state capture which heavily implicates him. Full text...

  • Emir of Qatar ends visit to Mali, the first of a 5-nation West African tour
    22 december 2017 14:14:25
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Emir of Qatar, Cheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, on Thursday made a brief visit to Mali, at the start of a five-nation West African tour. Full text...

  • Rwanda abstains from the UN General Assembly on Jerusalem
    22 december 2017 14:01:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda is on the list of 35 nations that abstained during a UN resolution in the General Assembly that was passed by an overwhelming majority demnding that all countries comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the status of Jerusalem, following an earlier decision by the United States to recognize the Holy City as the capital of Israel. Full text...

  • Togo votes against UN General Assembly resolution regarding status of Jerusalem
    22 december 2017 11:59:50
    New York, USA (PANA) - Togo was the only African country that on Thursday voted against a UN resolution in the General Assembly that was passed by an overwhelming majority that “demanded” all countries comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the status of Jerusalem, following an earlier decision by the United States to recognize the Holy City as the capital of Israel. Full text...

  • ECOWAS observers return to Liberia for 26 December presidential run-off
    22 december 2017 11:41:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A 25-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Short-Term Observation Mission headed by Ghana’s immediate past President John Dramani Mahama will return to Liberia for the country’s delayed presidential run-off now scheduled for 26 December 2017. Full text...

  • Sudan, Rwanda call for joint African action against ICC
    21 december 2017 19:08:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan and Rwanda have called for joint African action against The Hague-based International Criminal Court stressing that it targets only African leaders. Full text...

  • South Africa's Ruling party rebuked for anti-Israel stance
    21 december 2017 13:52:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) and the South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) on Thursday questioned the motives behind the ruling African National Congress (ANC) resolution to downgrade the South African embassy in Israel "immediately and unconditionally" to a liaison office. Full text...

  • Migration, UN reform among 2018 priorities, says Assembly President
    21 december 2017 05:58:59
    New York, US (PANA) – Safe migration, conflict prevention, sustainable development and United Nations reform will be the priorities of the 72nd UN General Assembly over the coming year, the 193-member body’s President, Miroslav Lajčák, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • President Kagame begins 2-day visit to Sudan
    20 december 2017 15:37:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Paul Kagame of Rwanda arrived here on Wednesday, heading a high-level delegation on a two-day state visit to Sudan for talks with President Omar Bashir on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues. Full text...

  • Presidents Mnangagwa, Zuma to meet in Pretoria
    20 december 2017 14:37:07
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma of South Africa will meet with his Zimbabwean counterpart President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, on Thursday in Pretoria, the South African presidency has confirmed. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire to assume ECOWAS chairmanship March 2018
    19 december 2017 18:49:46
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have awarded the post of Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission to Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Top Zimbabwe military, police officers retire
    19 december 2017 07:14:21
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Constantino Chiwenga, who was instrumental in the resignation of President Robert Mugabe, has retired. Full text...

  • President Zuma on the ropes following Ramaphosa's dramatic victory
    19 december 2017 06:37:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Following 10 turbulent years with President Jacob Zuma as leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), South Africans on Tuesday woke up to the promise of a new dawn. Full text...

  • UN envoy welcomes new Somali policy on role of youth in peacebuilding
    18 december 2017 20:19:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Welcoming the launch of a national policy for young people in Somalia, the United Nations Youth Envoy has expressed hope that with the new policy, young Somalis will be able to contribute to peacebuilding efforts in the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian President Buhari cancels visit to Niger
    18 december 2017 19:09:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday cancelled his scheduled trip to attend the 59th Proclamation of Republic of Niger ceremony in Tahoua, Niger. Full text...

  • LEAD: Ramaphosa elected as head of ruling ANC
    18 december 2017 17:25:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Following a bruising campaign, tycoon and former trade unionist Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as President of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress on Monday. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Cyril Ramaphosa elected ANC president
    18 december 2017 17:09:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphoa was on Monday elected President of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). He defeated former African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for the leadership of the party. Full text...

  • High Court orders Electoral Commission to allow Ghanaians resident abroad to vote
    18 december 2017 12:06:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The High Court in Accra on Monday ordered the Electoral Commission (EC) is to immediately operationalize Ghana's laws allowing citizens resident abroad to take part in national elections starting from the General Elections 2020. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe military says 'Operation Restore Legacy' ends
    18 december 2017 10:55:33
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe Defence and Security Services said on Monday that it has ended its operation that has led to a change of guard in the leadership of the Southern African country. Full text...

  • Buhari attends Republic of Niger 59th proclamation on Monday
    17 december 2017 13:23:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday attend the 59th Proclamation of Republic of Niger ceremony in Tahoua, Niger. Full text...

  • South Africa's ANC conference expected to name party leader on Monday
    17 december 2017 13:19:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) will announce current President Jacob Zuma's successor as party leader on Monday following heavy delays in the registration process for the 54th elective conference. Full text...

  • Top U.S. Official, Donald Yamamoto, ends visit to Rwanda
    15 december 2017 15:45:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Donald Yamamoto, has ended his two-day working visit to Rwanda, his fourth stage of an African tour that also took him to Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, a diplomatic source confirmed Friday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Buhari meets ECOWAS, AU chiefs, canvasses accountability, good neighbourliness
    15 december 2017 14:26:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday separately met with the President of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission and Chairperson of the African Union Commission, at Nigeria’s State House, Abuja. Full text...

  • ICC awards US$10 million reparations to children recruited by DR Congo warlord
    15 december 2017 12:40:50
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday awarded US$10 million to children recruited by a DR Congo warlord, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Full text...

  • Rights Group demands action on South Sudan's delayed Hybrid Court
    15 december 2017 06:11:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – South Sudan’s top officials have failed to make good on promises to establish an African Union-South Sudanese hybrid court to try international crimes committed during the country’s civil war, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said as the conflict enters its fifth year on Friday. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for global action needed to end South Sudan crisis
    15 december 2017 05:56:08
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Sustained international action is urgently needed to end the horrific human rights violations taking place in South Sudan, said Amnesty International on Friday as the country’s armed conflict entered its fifth year. Full text...

  • UN Security Council supports regional push to revive South Sudan’s peace pact
    15 december 2017 05:46:41
    New York, USA (PANA) – As the brutal conflict in South Sudan enters its fifth year, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday said it remains deeply concerned over the situation there, and expressed strong support for a regional initiative aimed at salvaging a 2015 peace deal. Full text...

  • Opposition charges Zuma with perjury
    14 december 2017 14:40:12
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday laid perjury charges against South African President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • Tanzania reaffirms position on Jerusalem
    14 december 2017 10:24:29
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania on Thursday reaffirmed its position regarding the historic city of Jerusalem following what it regarded as "speculations and misrepresentation in some media". Full text...

  • EU redeploys 20 long-term observers for Liberia's presidential run-off
    13 december 2017 18:36:11
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The European Union Election Observer Mission (EU EOM) on Wednesday re-deployed 20 long-term observers to monitor the presidential run-off poll, scheduled for 26 December. Full text...

  • Many Liberians unhappy with 26 December presidential run-off poll date
    13 december 2017 18:31:58
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The National Elections Commission (NEC) has announced 26 December as the date for the presidential run-off election, much to the chagrin of many Liberians as expressed on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambia's Truth Commission should uncover Jammeh abuses - Rights group
    13 december 2017 16:58:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambia’s truth commission bill is an important opportunity to shed light on human rights violations committed during the rule of former President Yahya Jammeh, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. Full text...

  • President Zuma battered by another damning court ruling
    13 december 2017 12:01:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Gauteng High Court on Wednesday dealt another major blow against President Jacob Zuma's application to review former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's State Capture report. Full text...

  • ACP Council approves key policy actions
    12 december 2017 10:53:22
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Decision-makers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States have approved key policy and administrative actions for the organisation, while also taking a stand on major issues affecting ACP countries, according to an ACP statement on Monday. Full text...

  • Bashir to lead Sudan delegation to OIC summit in Turkey
    11 december 2017 21:04:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir will leave for Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday at the head of the country's delegation to the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the official news agency SUNA reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia denies signing MOU with Russian politician
    11 december 2017 20:57:45
    Banjul, Gambia ( PANA) – The Gambias government on Monday denied ever signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a Russian politician and businessman, Mr Anton Bakov, who wanted to invest in the West African country. Full text...

  • Kenya football legend ready to reconcile president, opposition chief
    11 december 2017 20:29:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan football legend Joe Kadenge says he is ready to reconcile President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga if given the chance. Full text...

  • Parallel presidential 'inauguration' of Kenya's opposition leader postponed
    11 december 2017 13:58:53
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Kenya's opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) has postponed a ceremony to swear in its leader Raila Odinga as a parallel president after a controversial poll it boycotted, the party said in a statement obtained Monday. Full text...

  • Opposition party lays charges over Mandela funeral scandal
    11 december 2017 11:11:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday laid charges against the Eastern Cape Provincial Government over the Nelson Mandela funeral graft scandal. Full text...

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