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  • Libya:Western countries condemn violence in Libya
    19 october 2014 11:16:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United States, France, Britain, Italy and Germany have strongly condemned the ongoing violence in Libya and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan Parliament speaker in Chad to discuss border security
    19 october 2014 09:25:30
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) - Speaker of the Libyan Parliament Aguila Saleh Guider Saturday began an official visit to Chad, at the invitation of Chadian President Idriss Deby, with whom he will discuss security along the borders of the two nations, sources closed to the Libyan Parliament said. Full text...

  • Ghana: Main opposition party retains Akufo-Addo as presidential candidate
    19 october 2014 08:05:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has, for the third successive time, elected Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as its presidential candidate for the December 2015 election. Full text...

  • UN: Ban commends Mozambique people on peaceful elections
    18 october 2014 15:28:00
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the people of Mozambique for the "calm atmosphere" which prevailed during the presidential, legislative and provincial elections held in the southern Afircan country on 15 October 2014. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Côte d’Ivoire appoints principal judge for maritime border dispute with Ghana
    18 october 2014 14:23:35
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Côte d’Ivoire has appointed a principal judge for the dispute on the delimitation of its maritime border with Ghana, it was officially announced here Saturday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Dakar to host African peace, security forum in December 2014
    18 october 2014 14:08:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The international Dakar forum on peace and security in Africa, due for 14-16 December in Senegal, will be an essential platform for African decision-makers to take appropriate responses to five big issues of the continent, Dr. Cheick Tidiane Gadio, director of the Pan-African strategy institute (IPS) has said. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan's President Bashir leaves for state visit to Egypt
    18 october 2014 12:03:55
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan left Khartoum on Saturday for Cairo, Egypt, on a two-day state visit at the invitation of his Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, according to the official Sudanese News Agency (SUNA) Full text...

  • Libya: UN calls for cessation of military operations to facilitate humanitarian aid in western Libya
    18 october 2014 10:53:15
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has proposed a cessation of military operations in the areas of Kikla and Qala in western Libya for at least four days, effective at 00:00 on 18 October 2014, to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance. Full text...

  • Mali: Malian government praises outgoing MINUSMA chief
    18 october 2014 10:11:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali has commended outgoing UN Secretary-General's Special Representative Albert Gérard Koenders for "the excellent job done" as Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: ONUCI provides Ivorian electoral commission with archives room
    17 october 2014 11:10:42
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Côte d’Ivoire, Mrs Aichatou Mindaoudou, Thursday officially handed to the chairman of the Ivorian Independent Electoral Commission (CEI), Youssouf Bakayoko, a new archives room equipped and financed by the UN operation in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI). Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa attends Lesotho's re-opening of Parliament
    17 october 2014 09:29:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Facilitator and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday morning departed for Maseru to attend the opening of the Lesotho Parliament reconvened by King Letsie III. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS, Canada to strengthen cooperation
    17 october 2014 09:06:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission and Canada have agreed to strengthen and deepen cooperation in various strategic areas, including regional security, trade, economic development and investment, capacity building and humanitarian issues, the ECOWAS Commission said in a statement here. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges former Madagascar president to respect democratic institutions
    17 october 2014 05:54:54
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has rejected remarks made by former President of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanana, challenging the legitimacy of his country's democratic institutions, urging him to respect the country's democratic institutions. Full text...

  • UN: Angola, four others elected to serve on UN Security Council
    16 october 2014 18:56:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The 193-member UN General Assembly Thursday elected Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela to serve as non-permanent members on the UN Security Council for two-year terms beginning 1 January 2015. Full text...

  • Congo: France 'concerned' about security situation in CAR
    15 october 2014 21:30:46
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The French ambassador in Congo, Jean Pierre Vidon, on Wednesday expressed concern about the latest security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) where fighting has erupted once more between the Christians and Muslims. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 7 Ministers quit to pursue governorship ambition
    15 october 2014 15:23:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Seven ministers of the Nigerian government have resigned so they can contest for the governorship of their respective states in next year's general elections. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council extends Abyei mission to February 2015
    15 october 2014 08:50:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) to 28 Feb 2015, as part of the UN's ongoing efforts to maintain peace and protect civilians there. Full text...

  • Togo: Taffa Issifou Tabiou elected Togo Electoral Commission chairman
    14 october 2014 20:15:01
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Taffa Issifou Tabiou, a former civil servant, has been elected chairman of the executive board of the Togo Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), official sources told PANA on Tuesday in Lomé. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Former premier elected president of Rwandan Senate
    14 october 2014 17:12:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's former Prime Minister Bernard Makuza, 53, was Tuesday elected President of the country's Senate following the resignation of his predecessor, John Damascene Ntawukuliryayo, a few weeks ago. Full text...

  • Kenya: Executive, legislature differ on ministers' summons
    14 october 2014 13:58:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The executive arm of the Kenya Government and Parliament pulled in different directions late Monday when President Uhuru Kenyata's Chief of Staff asked Cabinet Secretaries not to appear before Parliament. Full text...

  • Belgium: Spanish General appointed new EUTM commander
    14 october 2014 12:16:51
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Spanish General Garcia-Vaquero Predal has been appointed the new Commander of the European Union Training Mission Mali (EUTM), according to a statement from the Council of Member States Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzanians celebrate 15th anniversary of Nyerere's passing
    14 october 2014 11:39:57
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanians are on public holiday Tuesday to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the passing of the East African nation's founding father, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya's iconic intellectual Ali Mazrui dies at 81
    13 october 2014 18:58:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -Kenya's iconic historian and a global intellectual maverick, Prof. Ali Mazrui, who wrote the late Wangari Maathai's 2004 testimonial for the Nobel Peace Prize, has died at 81, his family said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Lake Chad Basin Commission adopts resolution on cross-border military operation
    13 october 2014 17:41:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A one-day ministerial meeting of member States of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and Benin Republic on security ended in Abuja Monday agreeing the appropriate legal framework that would enhance cross-border military operation against Boko Haram as well as develop a common defence strategy in the fight against terrorism in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU to observe presidential elections in Mozambique
    13 october 2014 14:55:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is deploying a team of election observers to the 15 October Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Mozambique. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Israeli pariamentary delegation visits Rwanda
    13 october 2014 13:59:26
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – A seven-member delegation from the Israeli Parliament arrived here Sunday for a four-day official visit to Rwanda, official sources said in the Rwandan capital. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Parties launch campaigns for Mauritian legislative polls
    12 october 2014 18:51:44
    Quatre Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) – Campaigns for the forthcoming legislative elections in Mauritius kicked off Sunday with leaders of political parties announcing policies and promises of what they would do from 2015 if they get support of the electorate. Full text...

  • Sudan: Govt rejects US call for postponement of Sudanese polls
    12 october 2014 15:40:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has rejected a suggestion by the US administration to postpone next year's general and presidential elections, apparently to allow the opposition more time to get ready, saying that was none of the US business. Full text...

  • Togo: NAC names Fabre to stand for 2015 presidential election in Togo
    12 october 2014 15:24:37
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – National Alliance for Change (NAC)leader Jean Pierre Fabre was nominated Saturday by the party's ordinary congress as candidate in Togo's presidential election due to be held in 2015. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan government hails Ban Ki-Moon's visit to Tripoli
    12 october 2014 11:32:41
    Tobrouk, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan government has welcomed the unexpected visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to Tripoli where, on Saturday, he chaired a meeting on the dialogue between Libyan protagonists. Full text...

  • UN: UN official calls for better coordination in fighting against Boko Haram
    12 october 2014 11:03:39
    Paris, France (PANA) – Central African countries, including Nigeria, should put in place a better coordination to fight efficiently against Boko Haram insurgence, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in the region and head of the UN regional office in Libreville, Gabon, Professor Abdoulaye Bathily told PANA in Paris Saturday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambians continue holding their breath for the release of final draft constitution (Analysis by Mildred Mulenga, PANA Correspondent)
    12 october 2014 10:02:21
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambians who had hoped that the 2015 national budget would bring renewed hopes on the release of the delayed final draft constitution, now have reservations as the resources allocated to the constitution process are meager compared to the work that needs to be done. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief stresses need to stop fighting in Libya for political breakthrough
    11 october 2014 21:08:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday in Tripoli, Libya, stressed the need for Libyans to stop fighting, in order to forge a political breakthrough, saying "enough of the killings, displacement of people and destruction". Full text...

  • Tunisia: UN Secretary General in Tunis for two-day visit
    10 october 2014 20:12:54
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, arrived in Tunis on Friday at the start of a two-day official with an appeal for the 26 October parliamentary election in the North African country to be free, fair and peaceful. Full text...

  • Gambia: President Jammeh urges Gambians to play their part in national development
    10 october 2014 19:30:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has called on his compatriots and foreigners living in the country to play their part in the development of the West African country so that it could advance from least developed status to an economic super power in the next few years. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'UN peacekeepers face big test amid worsening violence in CAR'
    10 october 2014 09:50:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR) faces its biggest test since being deployed last month, Amnesty International said late Thursday amid reports of armed clashes and sectarian violence in the capital city of Bangui. Full text...

  • Egypt: Egypt reaffirms support for Libya’s legitimate institutions
    09 october 2014 20:58:06
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Egyptian minister of foreign affairs, Sameh Chokri on Thursday in Cairo reaffirmed support for Libya’s legitimate institutions embodied by Parliament and government. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU condemns latest attacks on MINUSMA peacekeepers
    09 october 2014 12:06:11
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has strongly condemned the latest attack in Mali's northern Gao region against the UN peacekeeping mission, MINUSMA, in the country, during which Nigerien soldiers were killed. Full text...

  • Gambia: Guinea-Bissau President arrives Banjul
    09 october 2014 09:57:57
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Jose Mario Vaz of Guinea-Bissau is due to arrive in Banjul Thursday as a special guest of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to attend the ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the 22 July 1994 bloodless coup that brought the Gambian leader to power. Full text...

  • Nigeria: I am not the 6th richest African President - Jonathan
    09 october 2014 09:30:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has said there is no basis to rank him as the sixth richest African President and demanded an immediate retraction of the story that contained the ranking. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan talks to open 15 October in Algeria
    08 october 2014 21:29:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – An Algerian delegation will early next week visit Libya to invite various Libyan stakeholders to take part in the inter-Libyan talks scheduled for Algiers on 15-18 October, Libyan media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: ICC prosecutor says evidence against Kenyatta insufficient to sustain trial
    08 october 2014 19:05:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta made history as the first ever sitting Head of State to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face charges for crimes against humanity during a status hearing on his case. Full text...

  • Libya: "Solving Libyan crisis will be my priority", says new EU Rep
    08 october 2014 15:23:19
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The new EU Foreign Affairs High Representative, Federica Mogherini, has said solving the the lingering Libyan crisis will be among her priorities on assumption of office in the coming months. Full text...

  • UN: General Assembly discusses annual report on UN’s work
    07 october 2014 22:26:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly on Tuesday discussed UN Secretary-General's report on the work of the organization, which covers a range of issues and calls for renewed efforts to address peace and security challenges and to encourage development aspirations. Full text...

  • Libya: Terrorism, training of Libyan army at the heart of al-Theni’s Egypt visit
    07 october 2014 20:26:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan Prime Minister, Abdallah al-Theni, on Tuesday began an official visit to Egypt at the invitation of the Egyptian president, Abdel Fettah al-Sissi, that will be dominated by issues linked to the fight against terrorism and training for the Libyan army. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition MPs walk out of Parliamentary hearing into Zuma debacle
    07 october 2014 13:57:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - In the latest debacle in South Africa’s Parliament in recent weeks, Economic Freedom Front MPs on Tuesday staged a walkout from their disciplinary hearing over the heckling of President Jacob Zuma in August. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan meets leaders of neighbouring countries on terrorism
    07 october 2014 09:43:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan was due in Niger Tuesday to attend a one-day Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, the presidency said. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta appoints deputy acting President ahead of Hague appearance 
    06 october 2014 19:28:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Deputy President William Ruto as acting President ahead of his appearance at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague on 8 October. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD mediators try new bid to break deadlock over South Sudan unity govt
    06 october 2014 18:14:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -South Sudan crisis mediators said talks to end the war have adjourned for almost two weeks to enable them directly contact President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar on a pending deal on a unity government. Full text...

  • Mauritius: National Assembly dissolved
    06 october 2014 10:47:25
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian President Kailash Purryag Monday dissolved the National Assembly of the island, PANA reported from here. Full text...

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