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  • Kenya: Kenyan Presidential candidates make final pitch for votes before polls open
    05 august 2017 08:51:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The final campaigns for the Kenyan Presidential elections took place on Saturday before a 48-hour official calm to allow voters to make up their minds on who to chose, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Observers give credit to Rwanda’s presidential poll management
    04 august 2017 15:45:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Observers of Rwanda’s presidential election on Friday expressed confidence in national agencies to deliver credible results of the poll. Full text...

  • Morocco: Sudan’s Bashir arrives in Morocco on private visit
    04 august 2017 14:43:42
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir, wanted on genocide charges by the International Criminal Court (ICC), arrived in Morocco late Thursday for a private visit. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandans turn out massively for presidential poll
    04 august 2017 13:33:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwandan voters headed to polling stations early Friday to elect their next head of state with some 6.8 million citizens of the central east African country expected to take part in the one-day exercise. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ruling party official warns of 'nuclear bomb' if Zuma is forced out
    04 august 2017 11:08:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – African National Congress chief whip in Parliament Jackson Mthembu on Friday warned party members not to vote in favour of removing President Jacob Zuma next week, saying that it would have the same impact as detonating a nuclear bomb. Full text...

  • US: Guterres receives proposals on a strengthened UN-Habitat
    04 august 2017 06:39:05
    New York, US (PANA) – An independent panel reviewing the effectiveness of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has proposed the programme be recast as the Organization's 'urban champion,' including through the establishment of a coordinating mechanism to complement its work and convene all UN agencies and partners on urban sustainability. Full text...

  • US: UN sanctions 'formidable instrument for global peace and security' - UN
    04 august 2017 06:29:45
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Security Council sanctions are “a formidable instrument for global peace and security,” a senior UN political official said on Thursday in New York, stressing that these measures, when implemented effectively, can contribute to preventing conflict, countering terrorism and constraining the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights office concerned about unrest ahead of Mauritanian referendum
    03 august 2017 13:40:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations human rights office on Thursday expressed concern about the ongoing unrest in Mauritania, ahead of the constitutional referendum scheduled for Saturday, particularly the apparent suppression of dissenting voices and the reported use of excessive force by the authorities against protest leaders. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Murder of election official, threats raise fears ahead of Kenya polls'
    02 august 2017 12:12:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International warned on Wednesday that recent events in Kenya, including the chilling murder of a top electoral commission official, are creating a cloud of fear that must be properly addressed, as the East African nation heads for elections next week. Full text...

  • South Africa: Petition with one million signatures urges Zuma to go
    02 august 2017 11:12:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the official opposition Democratic Alliance, on Wednesday handed over a petition with more than one million signatures calling on President Jacob Zuma to be removed. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief urges end to South Sudan war
    02 august 2017 05:25:13
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The conflict in South Sudan has to end in order to give the peace process there “a better chance of success,” the top United Nations peacekeeping official said on Tuesday, kicking off a three-day trip to the African country. Full text...

  • Kenya: EAC launches observer mission to Kenya’s polls
    01 august 2017 20:00:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The East African Community Election Observation Mission to Kenya’s forthcoming General Elections was launched on Tuesday in the capital, Nairobi, with an appeal to all Kenyans to vote calmly and uphold peace and tranquility for the betterment of all Kenyans and the East African region as a whole. Full text...

  • South Africa: Politician sparks fresh race row by targeting Indians
    01 august 2017 14:10:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Firebrand politician Julius Malema, has sparked a fresh race row – this time targeting South Africa’s Indian population. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan chief elections technologist murder jolts poll plans
    31 july 2017 19:34:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Police have intensified investigations into the murder of the chief technology officer at Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Christopher Msando, whose body was found Monday, a week to a crucial general election. Full text...

  • Rwanda: EAC election observers assess Rwandan presidential poll
    31 july 2017 19:22:14
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Head of the East African Community (EAC) Election Observer Mission (EOM) to the 2017 Rwandan Presidential Election, former Kenyan Vice President Moody Awori, on Monday flagged off 30 observers who will assess the poll in the 30 districts of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Osinbajo says Lake Chad Basin nations working together to defeat Boko Haram
    31 july 2017 18:31:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Countries in the Lake Chad Basin have worked together very well in dealing with the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency and the consequent humanitarian crisis, Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo told a delegation from the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Deputy President's home intruder repelled police after accessing arms
    30 july 2017 15:06:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan Police Inspector-General Joseph Boinnet assured senior government personalities of their security on Sunday, after a deadly siege at the home of Deputy President William Ruto ended with the killing of the intruder and an officer of the elite General Service Unit (GSU), a commando unit of the police. Full text...

  • Kenya: Police end siege at Deputy President's rural home in western Kenya
    30 july 2017 09:15:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A gunman has been killed at the home of Deputy President William Ruto after an 18-hour long siege, Police Inspector-General Joseph Boinnet said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Specialist force deployed to deal with intruder at Kenya's Deputy President's home
    29 july 2017 20:33:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A lone intruder, armed with a machete, stormed the rural home of Kenya's Deputy President, William Ruto, after over-powering an armed Policeman by hitting the officer severally before hiding inside a building under construction at the home, Kenya's Police Inspector-General Joseph Boinnet said Saturday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe: 'Don't be afraid to name your successor,' Grace Mugabe tells 93-yr-old hubby
    29 july 2017 15:40:24
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, on Thursday publicly urged her 93-year-old husband to name a successor, as she waded into a subject that President Robert Mugabe has regarded as taboo. Full text...

  • Libya: New UN envoy in Libya seeks to work with Libyans
    29 july 2017 02:01:46
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Set to arrive in Libya next week, the new United Nations Special Representative, Ghassan Salamé, has said he is coming to Tripoli to work with Libyans, in an attempt to help find a solution to the political crisis that led to the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and pushed the country into a crisis that sees thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing to Europe and other countries in Africa. Full text...

  • US: UN chief condemns North Korea's latest launch of ballistic missile
    29 july 2017 02:00:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has condemned Friday's launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range by the North Korea. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council urges Libyans to support national reconciliation
    28 july 2017 06:11:20
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Thursday welcomed the Joint Declaration issued after a meeting between two Libyan political figures and urged all Libyans to support its calls for a negotiated political solution, national reconciliation and an immediate ceasefire. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA opposition calls for race scandal inquiry to go public
    27 july 2017 15:33:12
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday said it has written to the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) in the UK to request that the disciplinary inquiry into Bell Pottinger’s racially fueled propaganda campaign for President Jacob Zuma, set for 18 August, 2017, in London, be open to the public. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzania calls for immediate solution to diplomatic crisis in Gulf countries
    27 july 2017 15:28:38
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania has called for unity and stability in the Gulf region, emphasising that a solution of the ongoing diplomatic crisis should be found within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Full text...

  • US: US salutes Liberia on independence anniversary
    27 july 2017 13:59:48
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - The US government has congratulated Liberia on its 170 years of independence, marked on 26 July. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum regrets Libya’s decision to close Sudanese consulate in Kufra
    27 july 2017 13:39:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has expressed regret over the decision of the eastern Libyan Government to close its consulate in Kufra, a south-eastern region of Libya near Egypt and Sudan, saying the move was based on "unfounded accusations". Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan poll body summons gubernatorial candidates over violence
    27 july 2017 09:56:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) summoned two politicians on Thursday to answer charges of election violence after a violent clash in which two people were shot and wounded. Full text...

  • US: UN envoy reiterates inclusive dialogue for Burundi political process
    27 july 2017 06:23:33
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Special Envoy to Burundi has urged African leaders, in solidarity with the UN, to support an inclusive dialogue between the Government and the opposition in the country where political upheaval has resulted in insecurity since April 2015. Full text...

  • Gambia: Parliament removes Gambian presidential age
    26 july 2017 17:13:16
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian Parliament on Wednesday amended the country's 1997 Constitution removing the presidential age limit of 65 years and fixing the retirement age for Superior Court judges at 75 instead of 65 years. Full text...

  • France: 'Libya's failure to achieve national reconciliation is failure for whole region' - President Macron
    26 july 2017 14:47:21
    Paris, France (PANA) - French President Emmanuel Macron, has expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the meeting he brokered between the two rival leaders in Libya. Full text...

  • Kenya: Diplomats urge free, peaceful presidential election in Kenya
    26 july 2017 13:50:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Members of the diplomatic corps in Kenya Wednesday called on Kenyans to ensure that the forthcoming General Elections is free, fair and peaceful. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ruling party charges MP over Zuma vote
    26 july 2017 11:17:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Makhosi Khoza, an MP with the ruling African National Congress (ANC), was Wednesday charged by her own party on two counts of ill-discipline relating for her calls for a secret ballot in next month’s vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • France: Rival Libyan leaders reach ceasefire agreement in Paris
    26 july 2017 05:53:49
    Paris, France (PANA) - Rising from their peace meeting in Paris, brokered by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, leaders of the top two rival forces in Libya on Tuesday reached a ceasefire agreement, details of which indicated that only a political solution would lead to peace and that elections would be held "as soon as possible". Full text...

  • Belgium: EU, Egypt adopt partnership priorities
    25 july 2017 17:04:55
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union-Egypt Association Council on Tuesday endorsed the EU-Egypt partnership priorities for 2017-2020, aiming to address common challenges, to promote joint interests and to guarantee long-term stability on both sides of the Mediterranean. Full text...

  • Sudan: Top Sudanese official says Bashir may run for third presidential term
    25 july 2017 16:22:42
    Khartoum, Sudan(PANA) - The Sudanese interim constitution may be amended to allow incumbent President Omar Bashir to run for another presidential term in 2020, according to a local daily. Full text...

  • South Africa: Publisher withdraws tell-all Mandela book
    25 july 2017 09:35:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Leading publisher Penguin Random House has withdrawn a tell-all book about former President Nelson Mandela following a public outcry. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council urges Liberia to plan for safe, credible polls
    25 july 2017 05:50:19
    New York, US (PANA) – With Liberian officials responsible for security in the country, the United Nations Security Council on Monday encouraged the Government to put in place an election security plan for the October polls. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council expresses concern over threats of terrorism in West Africa
    25 july 2017 05:44:23
    New York, US (PANA) – The Security Council on Monday welcomed recent "positive political developments" in some West African countries, but expressed concern over the threat of terrorism in the region. Full text...

  • Kenya: Opposition presidential candidate issues assurance over poll violence
    25 july 2017 05:31:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga appealed to his supporters on Monday not to flee their areas of current residence ahead of the 8 August elections, saying the vote presented a historic moment to bring change. Full text...

  • Gambia: Barrow says government's priority is to fix energy, broken economy, national unity
    24 july 2017 18:07:46
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's immediate priorities are on fixing the continuous energy problem as well as the broken economy, unifying the nation, improving health and agricultural sub-sectors, and ending the country’s isolation, President Adama Barrow said Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mandela's former doctor faces major backlash over tell-all book
    24 july 2017 10:59:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Nelson Mandela’s grandson‚ Nkosi Mandla Mandela‚ has joined the chorus of condemnation over a new book by South Africa’s former Surgeon-General Dr Vijay Ramlakan who has published a book providing sensitive and confidential medical information. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia returns to the Commonwealth
    24 july 2017 09:57:45
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia has returned to the Commonwealth of Nations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad has announced. Full text...

  • France: Paris seeks breakthrough in Libyan political crisis
    23 july 2017 11:02:03
    Paris, France (PANA) - French President Emanuel Macron has said that his government is prepared to assume a direct role in mediating for a settlement of the Libyan crisis. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC deploys Election Observation Mission to 2017 legislative polls in Senegal
    23 july 2017 07:00:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following an invitation from the Senegalese Government, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, has deployed an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to Senegal’s legislative elections, scheduled for 30 July 2017. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta encounters violence on campaign trail in northeastern region
    22 july 2017 19:41:06
    Mandera, Kenya (PANA) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's campaigns in Mandera, northeastern Kenya, turned violent on Saturday, when supporters of rival candidates clashed at a rally attended by the President. Full text...

  • Gambia: 'We're being denied our constitutional rights', Gambia's former ruling party protests
    22 july 2017 12:15:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's former ruling Alliance for Patriotic Re-Orientation and Construction (APRC) is protesting what it describes as the denial of its constitutional rights to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the 1994 coup that brought former president Yahya Jammeh to power. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU renews mandate of its mission Somalia
    21 july 2017 20:02:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) on Friday decided to renew the mandate of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for 12 months, until 31 July 2018, after noting with “serious concern that that Al-Shabaab terrorist group continues to represent a threat to peace, security and stability in Somalia, to the region and, to the wider international community.” Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council urges South Sudan leaders to seize fresh opportunity for peace
    21 july 2017 19:33:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Members of the United Nations Security Council have urged South Sudanese leaders to seize the opportunity to revitalise the peace process offered by a new plan to bring “estranged” groups together, restore the ceasefire, and fully implement the 2015 peace deal. Full text...

  • Libya: UN Security Council mulls taking over administration in Libya
    21 july 2017 05:54:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A top Libyan politician, Ibrahim Mohammed Al-Hangari, has said that the United States and Russia, in cooperation with other members of the UN Security Council, are discussing a new resolution by the UN Security Council to take over the administration of Libya. Full text...

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