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  • DR Congo commemoration of Tshisekedi
    30 january 2018 18:50:27
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Political associates and family members of the late Etienne Tshisekedi, who passed away a year ago, have organised a commemoration of the opposition leader on 1 February in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Kenya declares opposition pressure group a criminal gang
    30 january 2018 18:16:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi on Tuesday gazetted the National Resistance Movement, wing of the opposition NASA coalition, as an organised criminal group. Full text...

  • Is South Africa's Zuma on the way out?
    30 january 2018 16:07:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – There are unconfirmed reports that the National Working Committee of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress on Tuesday instructed the party's top six leaders to tell President Jacob Zuma to step down. Full text...

  • Human Rights lawyer slams Gambia's president for being "sluggish"
    30 january 2018 14:43:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian human right lawyer, Assan Martin, has said the coalition government of President Adama Barrow has been sluggish in delivering democratic dividends to Gambians, one year after assuming power. Full text...

  • Presidents Kagame, Salva Kiir discuss ceasefire violations in South Sudan
    30 january 2018 14:27:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The new Chairman of the African Union (AU) and president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, on Tuesday met with the South Sudanese leader, Salva Kiir, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, amid warning by the continental body to impose sanctions on leaders violating ceasefires in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Rwandan Parliamentary elections set for September 2018
    30 january 2018 13:24:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwanda's National Electoral Commission (NEC) has proposed parliamentary elections to be held not later than 4 September, saying that the electoral calendar is subject to approval by Cabinet, local media reported Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Breaking News: Kenya's opposition leader, Odinga, takes Presidential oath of office
    30 january 2018 13:12:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has taken the Presidential oath of office and vowed to end a culture of rigged elections. Full text...

  • EU says committed to peace in Congo's Pool region
    30 january 2018 11:34:01
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The representative of the European Union (EU) in Congo, Saskia de Lang, has expressed the commitment of the EU to provide financial and technical assistance to residents of the Pool region of Congo who have been victims of armed clashes between police and the Ninjas nsiloulou militia of Pastor Ntumi. Full text...

  • Kenyan television stations shut down over opposition swearing-in ceremony standoff
    30 january 2018 10:25:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan government shut down several private television stations on Tuesday to prevent the airing of a planned swearing-in ceremony of opposition leader Raila Odinga and his deputy Kalonzo Musyoka as president and deputy president respectively. Full text...

  • Guterres says bridging gap between relief, devt can meet immediate needs
    29 january 2018 05:32:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A surge in conflict-induced needs in Africa and the Middle East, coupled with an increase in climate shocks that pummel the most vulnerable everywhere, have given fresh urgency to calls for the international community to work in a new way that not only ends humanitarian needs but reduces them over time, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Sunday. Full text...

  • Guterres lauds AU-UN partnership at AU Summit
    28 january 2018 16:20:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Hailing the partnership between Africa and the United Nations as “solid, and grounded on sound principles of human rights and good governance,” Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has told leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the African Union Summit, that with Africa in the lead, “we can and will do more” to bolster successful cooperation throughout the continent. Full text...

  • Kenya gears up for second president as opposition spins new political narrative (News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao)
    28 january 2018 16:00:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenya is gearing up for a second president on Tuesday, days after the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) released results it claimed were from the nullified 8 August presidential elections that gave victory of its leader Raila Odinga, who it plans to swear in president. Full text...

  • UN chief commends AU efforts to address violent extremism
    27 january 2018 19:31:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has commended the growing emphasis by the African Union (AU) and its Member States to address the drivers of violent extremism. Full text...

  • Guterres says partnership with African Union is fundamental to work of the UN
    27 january 2018 14:36:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Strong cooperation with the African Union (AU) is essential for the United Nations to be able to fulfill its mandate, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the two organizations signed a new agreement to bolster their collaboration on range of global issues. Full text...

  • Kenyatta names new cabinet
    26 january 2018 20:04:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has named journalist Faridah Karoney minister of lands in a new list of cabinet nominees unveiled Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa opposition calls for public grilling of Zuma, son
    26 january 2018 10:12:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday said it is imperative that Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane must testify at the state capture inquiry which was confirmed this week. Full text...

  • FAO chief to highlight need to end hunger at AU Summit
    26 january 2018 09:49:31
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, will attend the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that kicks off this weekend where the highlight of his mission will be the high-level meeting "Achieving Zero Hunger in Africa by 2025." Full text...

  • President Barrow vows to bring ex-president Jammeh to justice
    25 january 2018 14:42:35
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow, says his government is engaging the government of Equatorial Guinea in ensuring that they bring former president Yahya Jammeh to justice. Full text...

  • Buhari leads Nigerian delegation to AU summit
    25 january 2018 10:22:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, will on Friday depart for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to participate in the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • '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...

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