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  • 'Ceasefire violations, hostile propaganda undercut regional peace push in South Sudan'
    25 january 2018 06:02:31
    New York, US (PANA) – While the signing last month of a ceasefire accord among South Sudan’s warring parties is a great stride forward, it is just a first step toward peace and stability, the United Nations peacekeeping chief said on Wednesday, warning that the 21 December deal has already been violated numerous times. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns double bombing in Libyan city of Benghazi
    25 january 2018 05:56:19
    New York, US (PANA) – Condemning the double bombing in the Libyan city of Benghazi, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored that there can be no military solution to the crisis plaguing the country. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges Somalis to make 2018 ‘year of implementation’
    24 january 2018 22:49:15
    New York, US (PANA) – Grappling with turbulent politics, persisting terrorism and the risk of famine, Somalia must make 2018 a year of carrying out reforms, a senior United Nations official said Wednesday, urging more international financial and technical support for the Horn of Africa country that underwent a peaceful transition of power to a new President a year ago. Full text...

  • UN chief reiterates call on implementation of DRC peace deal of 31 December 2016
    24 january 2018 16:41:32
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has reiterated his appeal to politicians in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to fully implement the political deal signed on 31 December 2016, which remains the only way to holding of elections, peaceful power transfer and strengthening the country's stability, a spokesperson for the UN Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), Mrs Florence Marchal said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Two ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees to remain in Ghana - Minister
    24 january 2018 16:24:07
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Two former detainees at Guantanamo Bay, whose arrival in Ghana in 2016 caused a major uproar, are to remain in the country despite the expiry of the two-year agreement between Ghana and the US that allowed them to stay in the West African country, foreign minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • President Barrow calls on Gambians to learn from China
    23 january 2018 15:01:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has called on his compatriots to learn from China by opening up, saying that the Asian supper power country have been able to advance in less than four decades. Full text...

  • President Barrow's one-year in office, a total waste - Political commentator
    23 january 2018 14:40:25
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Political commentator, Dr Ismaila Ceesay, has described the first year of President Adama Barrow in office as a "total waste", saying the new administration has failed to get its priorities right. Full text...

  • Liberian President Weah appoints new ministers
    23 january 2018 14:02:58
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – President George Manneh Weah of Liberia has made his first appointments in government, including to the key posts of Finance, Defence and Foreign ministers. Full text...

  • Rights group demands investigation into 'brutal' crackdown on DRC anti-govt protest
    23 january 2018 06:10:41
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Amnesty International says the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must promptly and thoroughly investigate and hold to account those suspected to be responsible for killing and injuring dozens of peaceful protesters in the capital, Kinshasa, on 21 January. Full text...

  • Guterres urges DRC security forces to exercise restraint
    23 january 2018 05:44:41
    New York, US (PANA) – Amid disturbing reports that at least six people were killed on Sunday during political protests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged Congolese security forces to respect the people’s right to free speech and freedom of assembly. Full text...

  • UN welcomes new Liberia President’s inauguration
    23 january 2018 05:39:24
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The United Nations has congratulated the people of Liberia for the “credible and peaceful election" which, for the first time ushered in one elected civilian Government to take over from another civilian Government. Full text...

  • ECONEC salutes Liberia elections commission for successful poll
    22 january 2018 19:26:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), the umbrella body of Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) in West Africa, has congratulated the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia for delivering successful and credible elections and paving way for the peaceful transfer of political power in the country. Full text...

  • EU Council welcomes political transition in Zimbabwe
    22 january 2018 17:28:41
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Monday reaffirmed its availability to engage constructively with the new authorities in Zimbabwe, including through a structured political dialogue, with political actors across the spectrum and with civil society. Full text...

  • Weah sworn in as Liberia’s 24th President
    22 january 2018 16:55:32
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Senator George Manneh Weah was on Monday sworn in as the 24th President of the Republic of Liberia at ceremonies in the capital, Monrovia. Full text...

  • AU Permanent Representative Committee meeting precedes 30th AU Summit
    22 january 2018 15:51:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Under the theme, “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”, the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) of the African Union (AU), meeting at their 35th Ordinary Session, began a meeting here on Monday, preceding the 30th African Union Summit. Full text...

  • South Africa's Sanitation Minister to attend Weah's inauguration
    22 january 2018 08:14:34
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane is representing President Jacob Zuma at the inauguration ceremony of Liberian president-elect George Weah. Full text...

  • Ghana vice-president Bawumia leaves for UK on 'medical leave'
    20 january 2018 20:59:11
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) Ghana's Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has been flown to the UK for further medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment after he was reported to be unwell on Friday, the presidency has announced. Full text...

  • South Africa's ruling party prepares for Zuma exit
    20 january 2018 14:33:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Saturday confirmed that it has decided to set up a committee to negotiate terms for an early exit for embattled President Jacob Zuma who faces mounting legal challenges. Full text...

  • Weah presidency: The challenge of high expectations in Liberia (By Paul Ejime, PANA Guest Writer)
    19 january 2018 19:33:42
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Apart from not playing in the World Cup finals, the dream of every football player, George Manneh Oppong Weah, has won virtually all there is to win in world football. Full text...

  • Ethiopian PM meets Egyptian leader on tensions over Nile dam
    19 january 2018 10:49:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, on an official visit to Cairo, has held talks with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, emphasising the need to de-escalate tension over a mega-dam along the Nile River. Full text...

  • 11 African leaders, football stars to attend Weah's inauguration in Liberia
    18 january 2018 18:00:35
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The leaders of 11 African nations and a horde of football stars are expected to attend the inauguration of Liberia’s President-elect George Manneh Weah, on Monday, the government announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Jammeh wanted me eliminated – Gambia election chief
    18 january 2018 16:10:46
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, Alieu Mommar Njie, has said former president Yahya Jammeh wanted him dead after losing the general elections of December 1, 2016. Full text...

  • UN poised to scale up support for Libya’s post-conflict transition, Security Council told
    17 january 2018 22:22:13
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations is implementing its Action Plan for Libya to create the necessary conditions for the completion of the North African country’s post-conflict transition, the head of UN mission there said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sirleaf praises Liberians for perseverance over 12 years
    17 january 2018 21:23:07
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised her compatriots for their perseverance over 12 years when the nation was emerging from the throes of war following democratic elections. Full text...

  • Rwandan president receives credentials of 10 new ambassadors to Rwanda
    17 january 2018 15:26:35
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday received the credentials of 10 new ambassadors to Rwanda, a diplomatic source revealed Wednesday here. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa urged to stop Zuma's allies from fleeing South Africa
    17 january 2018 11:32:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has snubbed President Jacob Zuma and called on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to ensure that borders and airports are put on alert in order to stop the Gupta family from trying to flee the country ahead of their reported imminent arrests. Full text...

  • AUC, UNSMIL agree on coordinated approach to seek lasting peace in Libya
    17 january 2018 07:33:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) have agreed that a coordinated approach between the two organizations is vital in finding lasting peace in Libya. Full text...

  • AU congratulates Bience Gawanas on appointment as UN Special Advisor on Africa
    17 january 2018 07:27:37
    Addis Abeba, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission has congratulated Ms Bience Gawanas of Namibia, on her appointment as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Africa. Full text...

  • US President Trump declared 'Persona Non Grata' in Caribbean over 'Shithole' comments
    17 january 2018 07:11:46
    Bridgetown, Barbados (PANA) - Some 200 persons and organizations have signed a document, declaring US President Donald Trump "Persona Non Grata" in the Caribbean region. Full text...

  • UN Security Council urges DRC politicians to resolve differences peacefully
    17 january 2018 07:05:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Voicing serious concern over the continued political impasse and violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations Security Council has called upon all political actors there to exercise maximum restraint and to address their differences peacefully. Full text...

  • UN chief outlines priorities for action in 2018
    16 january 2018 19:52:17
    New York, US (PANA) – Having taken office with a call for peace to be the watchword of 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday said the world instead had ‘gone in reverse,” and that there are critical areas that need action in the New year, including climate change, the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, the Middle East conflict, and the Rohingya crisis. Full text...

  • Gambian President in Nigeria, holds bilateral meeting with Buhari
    16 january 2018 14:58:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Adama Barrow of The Gambia on Tuesday paid a one-day official visit to Nigeria, where he held bilateral meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Full text...

  • Nigerian, US officials meet over Trump comments on immigrants
    16 january 2018 13:02:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Charge d’affaires in Nigeria, Mr David Young, met with the Nigerian Foreign Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, in Abuja on Monday, amidst a row over disparaging comments allegedly made by U.S. President Donald Trump against Africa. Full text...

  • Kagame meets former French president Sarkozy in Kigali
    15 january 2018 17:48:00
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday met former French president Nicolas Sarkozy who is on a private visit to the country, an official source confirmed to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigerian gov't summons US Ambassador over Trump comment on immigrants
    15 january 2018 15:05:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government has summoned the United States ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, over the derogatory remarks by President Donald Trump. Full text...

  • Trump’s ‘Shithole’ remark disgusts Gambia
    15 january 2018 14:27:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government has joined the rest of the world to react to United Sates President Donald Trump’s vile comments about African countries and other nations, according to an official statement made available PANA by the foreign affairs ministry on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia opposition party accuses gov’t of being careless with political crisis
    15 january 2018 14:22:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’s opposition party, the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC), has described as ‘unfortunate’ cases of political violence in the country, accusing the government of President Adama Barrow of being careless in resolving political crisis of the country. Full text...

  • Liberia's ruling party expels Pres. Sirleaf, 3 others for “inappropriate behaviour"
    15 january 2018 14:08:11
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The ruling Unity Party (UP) has expelled its Standard Bearer Emeritus, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and three others for “inappropriate behaviour.” Full text...

  • South Africa addresses President Trump's scandal
    15 january 2018 11:31:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African government on Monday registered one of the highest forms of diplomatic protest with the United States over President Donald Trump’s disparaging remarks about Haiti and various African countries. Full text...

  • President Zuma denies backing ex-wife as interim South African President
    14 january 2018 18:45:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Sunday denied damaging media reports that he would agree to step down early if his former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma became interim president. Full text...

  • Sudan, Ethiopia agree to improve cooperation
    14 january 2018 17:49:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir on Sunday received a message from Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn dealing with bilateral relations and issues of common concern. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa slams state capture, corruption in South Africa
    13 january 2018 16:35:57
    East London, South Africa (PANA) – African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday promised tough action against those responsible for corruption and state capture, and vowed to work for unity in the ruling party of South Africa and the country as a whole. Full text...

  • Ghana's present, immediate past presidents condemn Trump's alleged vulgar comment
    13 january 2018 15:07:21
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's present and immediate past presidents have condemned the alleged racist comments of US President Donald Trump who described Africa as "shithole" countries. Full text...

  • African envoys at UN demand apology for US President's xenophobic remarks
    13 january 2018 13:35:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The African Group of Ambassadors to the United Nations have demanded retraction and apology from the U.S. Administration with regard to the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks attributed this week to President Donald Trump towards Africa and people of African descent. Full text...

  • AU, UN chiefs condemn violation of South Sudan peace deal
    13 january 2018 09:04:28
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres have strongly condemn the recent violations of the 21 December 2017 Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Gambia former ruling party threatens to 'fight back' if attacked
    12 january 2018 20:10:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's main opposition Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) party has warned that its members will defend themselves if attacked by any individual in the country. Full text...

  • UN rights office urges Tunisian authorities to ensure freedom of peaceful assembly
    12 january 2018 19:35:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations human rights office on Friday called on the authorities in Tunisia to ensure that protestors are not arrested in an arbitrary manner, and that all those detained are treated with full respect for their due process rights and other fundamental guarantees. Full text...

  • South African politicians slam Trump's "abhorrent" remarks
    12 january 2018 16:30:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African politicians on Friday joined the global chorus of condemnation over US President Donald Trump's description of Africa as a "shithole". Full text...

  • Gambia police 'suspend' all political activities
    12 january 2018 12:03:17
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Political parties were dealt a major blow on Thursday as police announced they have suspended all public political activities in the country. Full text...

  • Recalling Zuma will cause havoc, SA grassroots body warns ANC leaders
    12 january 2018 08:52:00
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - Removing President Jacob Zuma will cause economic havoc and could spark widespread violence in South Africa, a barely-known grassroots organisation made up of professionals representing different communities in need has warned. Full text...

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