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  • Tanzania: EU regrets moves by South Africa, Burundi to exit Rome Statute
    22 october 2016 16:57:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has deeply regretted South Africa's decision to initiate its withdrawal from the Rome Statute and equally noted “with deep concern” Burundi’s formalisation of steps to withdraw from the Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to a statement made available to PANA in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Saturday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Resolution of problems in Southern Sudan no longer in our hands - Bashir
    22 october 2016 13:10:01
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir has reportedly warned the South Sudanese government to implement an agreement it signed with Khartoum four years ago or he would “turn over the page”. Full text...

  • US: Top UN official holds out hope for CAR if investments are made in peace
    22 october 2016 06:55:43
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has said that the Central African Republic (CAR) can focus on stabilization, reconciliation and reconstruction now that the country has emerged from one of the worst crises of its history and was trying to establish legitimate institutions. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU,EU envoys meet in Brussels to discuss cooperation on peace, security
    21 october 2016 19:24:17
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) and the Political and Security Committee of the European Union (EU) ambassadors will hold their 9th joint consultative meeting on 25 October 2016 in Brussels, Belgium, the Council of the EU said Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum welcomes US State Department call on Juba to stop aiding Sudanese opposition
    21 october 2016 16:17:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Friday welcomed a U.S. State Department statement calling on South Sudan to end harbouring and supporting Sudanese armed opposition groups, the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported. Full text...

  • Belgium: European parliament adopts climate resolution ahead of COP 22 in Marrakech
    21 october 2016 14:50:39
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Ahead of the COP 22 climate change conference, due for 7-18 November in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on the signatory countries to the COP 21 agreement, to reaffirm their commitment to the reduction of the greenhouse gas, in a bid to maintain the global climate warming under 2 degrees. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Minister confirms 'failed' coup in Burkina Faso
    21 october 2016 14:31:33
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The Burkinabe Minister of Security, Simon Compaoré, on Friday confirmed the arrest of 19 soldiers involved in a failed coup attempt, perpetrated by 30 soldiers of the presidential guard on 8 October, 2016. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council lauds move to end political crisis in Guinea Bissau
    21 october 2016 14:16:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday welcomed a recent inclusive dialogue, convened in Conakry by Alpha Conde, the President of Guinea, that involved political leaders, civil society and religious communities of Guinea-Bissau as part of a regional efforts to end the political crisis in that country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body decries South Africa's withdrawal from ICC
    21 october 2016 14:10:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The South African Parliament must urgently convene to reconsider the government’s decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the founding instrument of the International Criminal Court, Amnesty International said Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: US wants Juba to stop supporting armed Sudanese opposition groups
    21 october 2016 13:57:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States has urged South Sudan to stop harboring and assisting armed opposition groups against the Sudanese government. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria confirms ICC withdrawal application
    21 october 2016 09:45:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Justice Minister Michael Masutha on Friday confirmed that Pretoria has formally applied to pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) because its obligations are inconsistent with laws giving sitting leaders diplomatic immunity. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian military command arrests 1,358 in emergency crackdown
    20 october 2016 20:00:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - More than 1,358 people have been arrested under the Ethiopian State of Emergency law and several weapons seized, a military command post overseeing efforts to end violence in the country said in a report Thursday. Full text...

  • Somalia: International partners welcome Somalia's new HirShabelle state administration
    20 october 2016 19:34:55
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The international community on Thursday welcomed the conclusion of the state-formation process for the newly-formed HirShabelle Administration in Somalia and congratulated President Ali Abdullahi Osoble and Vice President Ali Abdullahi Hussein as they took up their responsibilities. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta frees 7,000 prisoners from Kenyan jails
    20 october 2016 18:12:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the release of 7,000 prisoners from jails on Thursday during national celebrations to honour heroes of the struggle against British colonial rule and warned prison authorities to prepare for more from a corruption purge. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: US official visits Ethiopia to press for political reforms
    20 october 2016 17:37:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The US has continued to pile political pressure against the Ethiopian government to respect its citizens’ right to freedom of expression, the US Embassy in the country said Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN peacekeeping chief pushes for ceasefire in Western Sahara
    20 october 2016 14:27:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous will on 21 to 25 October embarked on a diplomatic mission to Morocco, Western Sahara and Tindouf in Algeria, in an effort to foster a peaceful resolution of the Western Sahara dispute. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition calls for no confidence vote on President Zuma
    20 october 2016 12:20:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday announced that it will present a motion of no confidence on South African President Jacob Zuma following a wave of high-profile scandals. Full text...

  • DRC: Ban urges active engagement of all stakeholders in DRC
    20 october 2016 10:04:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Taking note of the wrap-up of the African-Union mediated national dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the Government to remain actively engaged with all political stakeholders, and called on political actors not involved in the talks to resolve their difference peacefully. Full text...

  • South Africa: New Public Protector refuses to release 'state capture' report
    19 october 2016 11:55:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s new Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Wednesday said she would not release a report on allegations of political interference by allies of President Jacob Zuma pending completion of a court case on the matter. Full text...

  • Zambia: Drop sedition charges against Zambia opposition leaders- Rights group demands
    19 october 2016 07:14:53
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International is asking the Zambian authorities to immediately drop charges of sedition against the main opposition leader and his deputy, ahead of their court appearance on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Morocco's King Mohammed VI visits Tanzania
    18 october 2016 10:45:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - King Mohammed VI of Morocco is due in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday for a five-day official visit to Tanzania, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation announced in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern about violence in Tripoli
    17 october 2016 06:42:54
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has expressed concern about reports of violence in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and the use of force to take over the headquarters of the State Council. Full text...

  • UN: New UN chief lists key priorities
    14 october 2016 17:47:25
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres has said he would focus on bringing peace to conflict zones, and work towards alleviating the suffering of vulnerable people around the world, particularly refugees. Full text...

  • US: US congratulates new UN chief
    14 october 2016 13:32:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government has congratulated Antonio Guterres on his appointment on Thursday by the UN General Assembly as the next UN Secretary-General. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari consoles Thailand on death of King Bhumibol
    14 october 2016 12:06:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday extended condolences to the royal family, government and people of Thailand on the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma gets temporary reprieve as court blocks damning report
    14 october 2016 11:54:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Following a week of high drama, the North Gauteng High Court on Friday approved the 1 November court date for parties to argue for or against an interdict against the release of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's interim state capture report. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari congratulates new UN Secretary-General
    14 october 2016 10:05:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Antonio Guterres on his appointment as the next UN Secretary General, beginning from 1 January, 2017. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council sends special envoy to Burundi for talks on political crisis
    14 october 2016 04:18:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council is dispatching a Special UN envoy to consult with officials in Burundi to find a way forward on all issues related to peace and security and UN activities in the country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: US warns Ethiopia against detentions under emergency law
    13 october 2016 17:16:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia must avoid random arrests and detention of citizens without court process as allowed under the state of emergency law because, such a move would worsen the violence witnessed across the Oromia region, the US State Department warned Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Antonio Guterres appointed next UN Secretary-General by acclamation
    13 october 2016 15:47:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly on Thursday appointed by acclamation Mr. Antonio Guterres, as the next UN Secretary-General, to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down on 31 December. Full text...

  • UN: NGO disappointed with UN Security Council over UN top job selection
    13 october 2016 14:57:12
    New York, US (PANA) - As the UN General Assembly on Thursday appoints Antonio Guterres as the next UN Secretary-General, a non-governmental organisation, Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary-General, has expressed disappointment with the UN Security Council for failing to select a woman for the position. Full text...

  • South Africa: Public Protector expected to release final damning report on Zuma
    13 october 2016 10:51:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is expected to release her final report on Friday which investigates President Jacob Zuma and allegations of State capture by the wealthy Gupta family. Full text...

  • Tanzania: SADC mission urges DRC stakeholders to join national dialogue
    13 october 2016 09:12:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation has encouraged all stakeholders in DR Congo to put the interest of the country and the people first in the National Dialogue in order to ensure consensus on outstanding issues. Full text...

  • US: UN Member States set to appoint next Secretary-General
    13 october 2016 06:58:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly is on Thursday expected to act on the recommendation of the Security Council regarding the appointment of the next Secretary-General of the United Nations, according to a UN statement. Full text...

  • US: UN expresses concern about Burundi's human rights situation
    13 october 2016 06:13:54
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US says it is concerned by recent developments with regard to Burundi’s human rights situation, including the government’s announced decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Kenya: Zuma ends Kenya state visit, fires back at SA varsity protestors
    12 october 2016 19:41:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - South African President Jacob Zuma has vowed rich South African citizens must pay university fees even as the government prepares to subsidise. Full text...

  • US: US congratulates Equatorial Guinea on its National Day
    12 october 2016 15:26:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Wednesday congratulated Equatorial Guinea as the African country celebrated its National Day on 12 October. Full text...

  • Nigeria: US announces release of US$92.73 million to assist Nigeria
    12 october 2016 13:02:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The US Government has announced a financial package of US$92.73 million in development assistance to support the five-year US$2.3 billion agreement it signed with the Nigerian Government in 2015. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian president Buhari to visit Germany
    12 october 2016 11:59:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday embark on a three-day official visit to the Federal Republic of Germany, the Presidency has announced. Full text...

  • US: UN rights expert warns about growing restrictions on civil society in Egypt
    12 october 2016 05:42:10
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, warned on Tuesday about growing restrictions on civil society in Egypt, with human rights defenders and organizations in particular being targeted. Full text...

  • US: Political polarization in DRC may spark ‘large-scale violence,’ UN envoy warns
    12 october 2016 05:23:17
    New York, US (PANA) – The top United Nations official in DR Congo has warned of "an extremely fragile political situation" in country, where “actors on all sides appear more and more willing to resort to violence to achieve their ends”. Full text...

  • US: Ban welcomes start of Guinea-Bissau talks
    12 october 2016 05:11:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Welcoming the start of an inclusive dialogue among political leaders, civil society and religious communities of Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged all the parties to engage in constructive discussions and “seize this opportunity for a favourable outcome” in the interest of the country’s people”. Full text...

  • US: US says it is 'concerned' about situation in Ethiopia
    12 october 2016 05:02:04
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States has expressed is concern about the situation in Ethiopia where the government last Sunday imposed a state of emergency in the wake of protests that have killed scores of people. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian PM assures Germany's Merkel violence probe underway
    11 october 2016 17:52:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has assured visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel an investigation into the conduct of security forces dealing with violence outside the capital, Addis Ababa, has been launched to determine if human rights were violated. Full text...

  • South Africa: Finance Minister ordered to appear in court
    11 october 2016 11:40:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa has been rocked the National Prosecuting Authority’s announcement that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been summonsed to appear in court next month on charges stemming from an investigation into his time as the head of the South African Revenue Services (SARS). Full text...

  • Kenya: South Africa’s Zuma makes historic Kenyan state visit
    11 october 2016 09:48:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Jacob Zuma has begun a historic three-day state visit to Kenya, the first of its kind by a South African head of state since the end of apartheid era. Full text...

  • UN: Ban opens ‘Africa Week’ at UN
    11 october 2016 06:06:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Noting the socio-economic progress made by African countries and their centrality in major sustainable development discourses, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for continued support to the continent, particularly for strengthening good governance and for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • US: UN experts urge Ethiopia to allow international panel to probe violence
    11 october 2016 05:34:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Urging Ethiopian authorities to end their violent crackdown on peaceful protests, which has reportedly led to the death of over 600 people since November 2015, two United Nations human rights experts on Monday further called on the Government to allow an international commission of inquiry to investigate the protests and the violence used against peaceful demonstrators. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: President Mulatu calls for stepped up efforts against anti-peace elements in Ethiopia
    10 october 2016 19:19:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome on Monday spoke of the need for reinforced efforts to resist anti-peace elements in the East African nation. Full text...

  • Ghana: Electoral body clears four candidates to contest Ghana's December presidential poll
    10 october 2016 18:35:18
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Electoral Commission (EC) has accepted the forms of only four of the 17 candidates who filed their nomination papers to contest the 7 December presidential election, the chairperson of the Commission, Mrs Charlotte Osei, announced on Monday. Full text...

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