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  • Nigeria lauds outcome of US-North Korea summit
    13 june 2018 15:18:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government has applauded the outcome of the Tuesday’s Summit between US President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPPK). Full text...

  • U.S. welcomes Burundian president's decision not to seek another term after 2020
    13 june 2018 15:11:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The United States has welcomed the recent announcement by Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza that he will not seek a fourth term of office, reaffirming the promise he made to the Burundian people in 2015, a statement made available Wednesday to PANA in Kigali has indicated. Full text...

  • Guterres welcomes formation of unity government in Madagascar
    13 june 2018 05:39:30
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the formation on Monday of a government of national unity in Madagascar led by a non-partisan Prime Minister, as requested by the nation’s leading constitutional court. Full text...

  • ECONEC delegation meets Guinea political parties
    13 june 2018 05:33:24
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - A delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) on Tuesday met with MPs of Guinea's political parties in Conakry as part of the team's electoral mid-term follow-up mission to rally stakeholders towards creating a conducive atmosphere for sustained credible elections and consolidation of democracy in the country and the West Africa region. Full text...

  • Anger over public protector's "bizarre" ruling in South Africa
    12 june 2018 13:14:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, has hit a nerve by ruling that Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, violated South Africa’s executive ethics code when she posted a tweet that was viewed as favourable towards colonialism. Full text...

  • Speaker of Chinese Senate arrives in Congo
    12 june 2018 11:08:09
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Speaker of the Chinese Senate, who is the chairman of the National Committee for Political Consultative Conference of the Chinese People, Wang Yang, arrived on Monday evening in Brazzaville for a 48-hour visit during which he will hold talks with senior Congolese officials. Full text...

  • Cameroon's Anglophone regions gripped by 'deadly violence', says Amnesty International
    12 june 2018 06:51:26
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Armed separatists in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions have stabbed to death and shot military personnel, burned down schools and attacked teachers, while security forces have tortured people, fired on crowds and destroyed villages, in a spiral of violence that keeps getting more deadly, human rights advocate Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Peacekeeping operations on the ground in Darfur ‘must change’, urges UN official
    12 june 2018 05:58:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur “must change” in accordance with the shifting realities on the ground, the Organization’s top peacekeeping official said on Monday, highlighting the need to “closely link” the mission’s drawdown to the scaling up of both peacekeeping and development activities. Full text...

  • ECONEC advocates structured engagements Guinea among Guinea political stakeholders
    12 june 2018 05:47:39
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - In continuation of its electoral mid-term follow-up Mission to Guinea, the Prof Mahmood Yakubu-led ECONEC delegation met on Monday with the ECOWAS Special Representative in the country, Ambassador Liliane Alapini, and representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and development partners. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Morocco sign three agreements on strengthening economic relations
    11 june 2018 14:41:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco on Monday in Rabat, Morocco, signed three agreements, including that on a regional gas pipeline that will see Nigeria providing gas to countries in West Africa sub-region that extends to Morocco and Europe. Full text...

  • SA Opposition addresses chaos in refugee office
    11 june 2018 14:33:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) conducted an oversight inspection at the Durban Refugee Reception Office which has an enormous backlog and is unable to schedule appointments for new applications until August. Full text...

  • Nigerian president Buhari begins 2-day visit to Morocco
    10 june 2018 14:37:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, left Abuja on Sunday for Morocco for a two-day visit. Full text...

  • Guinea EC commends ECONEC
    09 june 2018 08:17:20
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - A delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) began talks on Friday with the leadership of Guinea’s Electoral Commission, CENI, on wide-ranging issues, including capacity strengthening, technical and logistics support to the electoral body, and the implementation of recommendations by the ECOWAS observation mission to the country’s last general elections in 2015. Full text...

  • President Ramaphosa hails South Africa's election to UN Security Council
    09 june 2018 07:13:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed gratitude to the UN General Assembly after South Africa was elected to serve in the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa, four other countries are new members of UN Security Council
    09 june 2018 07:10:03
    New York, US (PANA) - In a single round of voting on Friday, the United Nations General Assembly elected five new non-permanent Members of the Security Council, who will each serve two-year terms on the body that sets the UN’s whole peace and security agenda. Full text...

  • South African president Ramaphosa to attend G7 Summit
    08 june 2018 09:24:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa and a high-level delegation have departed for Quebec, Canada, to attend a G7 Leaders’ Summit Outreach. Full text...

  • Rights group says lack of reform risks credible elections in Zimbabwe
    08 june 2018 05:29:10
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – The Zimbabwe government’s failure to carry out legal and electoral reforms threatens the credibility of national elections scheduled for 30 July, 2018, a human rights group has said. Full text...

  • UN Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo meets President Farmaajo in Mogadishu
    07 june 2018 19:56:38
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo on Thursday expressed satisfaction with the progress Somalia has achieved on the political and security fronts and noted recent efforts to expedite the constitutional review process. Full text...

  • International partners welcome results of Somalia’s National Security Council meeting
    07 june 2018 19:42:10
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – International partners supporting Somalia on Thursday welcomed what they described as “the significant outcomes” of the June 3-5 National Security Council meeting in Baidoa, capital of South West State. Full text...

  • Sudan abrogates all contracts, relations with North Korea
    07 june 2018 10:01:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan is abrogating all contracts and direct and indirect relations with North Korea, a foreign ministry statement carried by the official media said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean Commission, EU examine peace, security, climate change
    07 june 2018 07:37:56
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) - Delegates from the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and the European Union (EU) on Wednesday discussed peace, security, regional stability, climate change and management of natural resources during a political dialogue held in Mauritius. Full text...

  • ECONEC undertakes electoral follow-up mission to Guinea
    06 june 2018 14:48:14
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, President of the ECONEC governing board and Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), is leading an eight-member delegation on a Post-election Follow-up Mission (PEFM) to Guinea from Thursday, as part of election assessment and early warning strategy instituted by ECOWAS to track and address risk factors that could negatively impact the credibility and peaceful conduct of elections in member States. Full text...

  • South Sudan president agrees to meet rebel leaders in Khartoum
    06 june 2018 11:27:03
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit has agreed to meet his former deputy Riek Machar in Khartoum in response to an initiative by the Sudanese government to settle the armed conflict in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Rights group hails lifting of state of emergency in Ethiopia
    06 june 2018 04:13:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has hailed the decision of the Ethiopian parliament to to left the state of emergency in the country and urged the government to follow it up with investigation of abuses. Full text...

  • UN chief strongly denounces latest attack on peacekeepers in CAR
    05 june 2018 04:07:25
    New York, US (P) ANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned Sunday’s attack that killed a UN peacekeeper from Tanzania and injured seven others while they were patrolling in the west of the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Members of Gambia’s constitutional commission take oath
    04 june 2018 18:21:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Adama Barrow on Monday presided over the swearing-in ceremony of members of Gambia’s Constitutional Review Commission, held at State House in Banjul. Full text...

  • President Kabila sends special message to AU Commission on situation in DRC
    04 june 2018 16:38:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are determined to successfully carry out the ongoing process, in conformity with the schedule drawn up by the National Independent Electoral Commission in order to hold elections at the end of the year, Foreign Affairs Minister Leonard She Okitundu has said. Full text...

  • Russian FM Lavrov to visit Rwanda
    02 june 2018 14:43:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is due in Kigali on Sunday for a one-day working visit at the invitation of his Rwandan counterpart Louise Mushikiwabo and President Paul Kagame, a diplomatic source confirmed Saturday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Major television series to unpack Zuma 'corruption scandals'
    01 june 2018 13:58:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Best selling author Jacques Pauw who played a formidable role in blowing the lid off Jacob Zuma’s presidency, has secured television rights for his explosive new book, "The President’s Keepers. " Full text...

  • UN chief urges support for ‘G5’ countries fighting terrorism in Sahel region
    30 may 2018 19:11:47
    Mpoti, Mali (PANA) - On the second day of his visit to Mali, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres travelled some 460 kilometers outside the capital, Bamako, to Mopti, where he made a strong appeal for more predictable financial support to the regional force tackling terrorist threats in the region. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean President parleys with Buhari in Abuja
    30 may 2018 17:37:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, on Wednesday paid a one-day visit to Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, where he held discussions with President Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • South African opposition party welcomes Zimbabwean election announcement
    30 may 2018 12:01:44
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday welcomed the announcement by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa that the country’s national elections will take place on 30 July. Full text...

  • Zimbabweans to vote for president, MPs, councillors on 30 July
    30 may 2018 11:25:00
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabweans will hold elections on 30 July, 2018, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced in a proclamation on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN chief lauds new political agreement for Libya
    30 may 2018 05:34:39
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed a new Political Declaration for Libya adopted by leading politicians and military leaders on Tuesday, pledging to “work constructively” with the world body to hold fresh elections this year. Full text...

  • Guterres honours dedication and sacrifice of UN peacekeepers
    29 may 2018 20:14:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday attended a ceremony at the base of UN peacekeepers in Mali called MINUSMA, in Bamako, to pay tribute to fallen peacekeepers. Full text...

  • UN chief arrives in Mali to honour fallen peacekeepers
    29 may 2018 19:56:49
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres arrived in Mali on Tuesday to honour the service and sacrifice of peacekeepers around the world, marking the official International Day of UN Peacekeepers. Full text...

  • Mauritius hosts 9th SADC Regional UN Public Administration Network workshop
    29 may 2018 11:33:06
    Pointe-aux-Piments, Mauritius (PANA) - The 9th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN) workshop focusing on the future of public service in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution is underway at Le Meriden Hotel in Pointe-aux-Piments, northern Mauritius. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Libyan parties to create conditions for free, fair vote
    29 may 2018 06:22:29
    Paris, France (PANA) – French President Emmanuel Macron should ensure that four Libyan leaders meeting in Paris on Tuesday, pledge to improve human rights and ensure conditions conducive for a free and fair vote ahead of any planned elections, Human Rights Watch has said. Full text...

  • Buhari's 3-year score-card: Info minister says Fed. Gov't delivering on campaign promises
    28 may 2018 14:07:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Presenting the three-year scorecard of Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, to Nigerians, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the Buhari Administration has kept its social contract with the Nigerian people by delivering on its campaign promises. Full text...

  • Mauritius calls for better Africa for future generations
    25 may 2018 06:00:40
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius firmly believes that a strong, secure, united and economically independent and prosperous Africa is central to the island’s own economic progress and social development. Full text...

  • UN chief launches new disarmament agenda ‘to secure our world and our future’
    25 may 2018 05:10:49
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations chief announced a bold new vision for global disarmament on Thursday, to help eliminate nuclear arsenals and other deadly weapons from a world that is just “one mechanical, electronic and human error away” from destruction. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges ‘inclusive’ talks to resolve crisis in Burundi
    25 may 2018 04:55:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Inclusive talks remain the only way to find a lasting solution to the political, socio-economic and humanitarian crisis that has engulfed Burundi since 2015, the United Nations envoy for the African Great Lakes country said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN development official urges greater international support for Zimbabwe
    24 may 2018 18:38:41
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - With a new administration in place and plans to hold free and fair general elections later this year, authorities in Zimbabwe are hoping to see greater international investment in their country, according to the top United Nations official here. Full text...

  • AfDB awards 2018 Babacar Ndiaye Trophy to Kenyan President Kenyatta
    24 may 2018 13:13:51
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The Babacar Ndiaye Trophy for the year 2018 has gone to the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, for "his distinguished leadership qualities and for the transformation of the road network in his country". Full text...

  • South African President Ramaphosa donates half his salary for Mandela initiative
    23 may 2018 16:45:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said he will donate half of his salary this year to a new fund which will be launched to mark the 100th anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela's birth. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for fair trial for former Rwandan presidential hopeful Rwigara
    23 may 2018 05:54:01
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, has called for fair trial for former Rwandan presidential hopeful Diane Rwigara, who has been charged, alongside her mother and four other defendants, with “inciting insurrection”. Full text...

  • Burundi referendum marred by lack of transparency, says U.S. Government
    22 may 2018 17:53:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Burundi's May 17 constitutional referendum was marred by lack of transparency, suspension of media outlets, and attempts to pressure voters, according to a statement issued by U.S. State Department spokesperson, Ms Heather Nauert, and made available Tuesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe begins process to re-join Commonwealth, invites observers to July elections
    22 may 2018 09:04:56
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe has applied to re-join the Commonwealth it left in 2003 and has invited the grouping of former British colonies to send observers to its general elections set for July. Full text...

  • Libyans’ desire for ‘united and sovereign nation’ - UN representative
    21 may 2018 19:36:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Conversations taking place across Libya indicate that citizens are “yearning for a united and sovereign nation”, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council in New York on Monday. Full text...

  • Former Ghana president Mahama poised to stage comeback in 2020
    20 may 2018 14:51:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's former president John Dramani Mahama, has dropped the clearest hint yet that he will contest his party's primaries to select a candidate for the 2020 presidential election. Full text...

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