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Abuja 2005
  • African leaders resolve to tackle AIDS, polio, food security
    31 january 2005 19:26:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- African leaders wrapped up their two-day mid-term summit in the Nigerian capital Abuja Monday, with a renewed determination to tackle HIV/AIDS, polio and food security among other concerns on the continent. Full text...

  • Darfur peace talks to resume in Abuja mid-February
    31 january 2005 16:15:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The peace talks between the Khartoum government and the two main rebel groups in Sudan's western Darfur region will resume in the Nigerian capital, Abuja mid-February, the African Union (AU) chair and Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said Monday. Full text...

  • Africa seeks Tsunami-style mobilisation for HIV/AIDS funds
    31 january 2005 14:32:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Commission is seeking a Tsunami-style mobilisation of resources to enable the continent tackle the HIV/AIDS crisis and meet the Millennium Development Goals of halting the spread of the disease by 2015. Full text...

  • AU defers decision on UN Security Council reform
    31 january 2005 08:56:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has mandated a committee to thoroughly assess the report requesting reforms of the UN system, contrary to speculations that suggested the current AU summit to be a battleground for countries jostling to fill the African slot on an expanded UN Security Council. Full text...

  • Japan supports Africa's bid for permanent UN Security Council seat
    30 january 2005 18:31:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Japan Sunday expressed strong support for Africa's quest for at least one permanent seat on an expanded UN Security Council. Full text...

  • Mubarak tightly guarded at AU Abuja summit
    30 january 2005 17:05:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who survived an assassination attempt during an Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit some 10 years ago in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has an extra-ordinary tight security at the ongoing mid-term assembly of African Union (AU) leaders in Abuja. Full text...

  • Arab League seeks closer ties with AU
    30 january 2005 13:40:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Arab League Sunday called for the promotion of closer relations and the identification of common interests between the African Union (AU) and the Arab League. Full text...

  • AU Commission chair urges common stand on UN reforms
    30 january 2005 12:40:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- AU Commission Chairman Alpha Oumar Konare has urged African nations to speak with one voice at the UN on the issue of the proposed review of the UN system, especially Security Council reforms to make it more representative. Full text...

  • African Union summit opens in Nigeria
    30 january 2005 11:59:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The fourth ordinary session of the assembly of the African Union (AU) and the first mid-term assembly opened in Nigeria's capital of Abuja Sunday, with most of the 53 heads of state and government attending the gathering. Full text...

  • All set for AU summit in Abuja
    29 january 2005 22:43:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The stage is set for the African Union (AU) mid-term summit opening in the Nigerian capital Abuja Sunday, with more than 40 Heads of State and government expected to attend the two-day meeting. Full text...

  • 40 Heads of State expected at AU Abuja summit
    29 january 2005 21:27:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Forty heads of State and government have confirmed their participation at the two-day mid-term summit of the Africa Union (AU) opening Sunday in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, AU officials said Saturday. Full text...

  • Bureau of African environment ministers meets in Tripoli
    29 january 2005 21:12:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Executive Bureau of African Environment Ministers began a meeting in Tripoli Saturday on the implementation of programmes approved last June by the Conference of African Union (AU) Environment Ministers. Full text...

  • Gabonese president leaves for Abuja Saturday
    29 january 2005 13:39:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- President Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, who has been requested to mediate in the armed conflict in Darfur, leaves Saturday for Abuja, Nigeria to attend and African Union (AU) heads of state summit. Full text...

  • Kerekou to attend Abuja AU summit
    28 january 2005 11:21:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin president Mathieu Kerekou will attend the African Union (AU) summit slated for next Monday in Abuja, Nigeria, a Foreign ministry release confirmed here Friday. Full text...

  • Auto sales down 19% in Gabon
    27 january 2005 21:45:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The number of brand new vehicles sold in Gabon in 2004 dropped by 19 percent to 2,395, from 2,957 sold in 2003, marketing company SOGAFRIC Group said in a report Thursday. Full text...

  • PRC sets up committee on admitting AU observers
    27 january 2005 16:06:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Permanent Representatives Committee of the Africa Union (AU) has set up a five-nation committee to further deliberate on the criteria for admitting observers at the Executive Council and Assembly of Heads of State of the AU, spokesman Desmond Orjiako said here Thursday. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council meets ahead of summit
    27 january 2005 15:15:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Executive Council of the Africa Union (AU), comprising Foreign Affairs ministers of the 53-nation regional body, began a two-day meeting here Thursday, ahead of the mid-term assembly of heads of state and government of the Union on Sunday. Full text...

  • African bidders for UN seat to plead case at Abuja summit
    27 january 2005 08:14:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The AU summit slated to open here next weekend will afford countries advocating a permanent seat for Africa at the UN, a platform to present their case, Nigerian Information Minister Chukwuemeka Chikelu noted Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU High-Level Committee plans security summit in Abuja
    25 january 2005 22:47:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Members of the African Union's High-Level AU Committee will hold a summit in Abuja 30-31 January to consider a common defence and security policy for the continental organisation, Ghana's Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya intensifies war against locust in Guinea-Bissau
    25 january 2005 19:54:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- In continuation of assisting West African countries under the locust menace, a Libyan cargo ship left Tripoli Tuesday for Bissau with five vehicles equipped with spraying equipment and 16 tonnes of pesticides to combat the locust invasion in Guinea-Bissau. Full text...

  • Mbeki heads for G8/Africa discussions in Davos
    25 january 2005 12:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki leaves South Africa Tuesday for Davos, Switzerland for annual World Economic Forum, at which he would attend a session on the G8 and Africa. Full text...

  • Burkina president receives envoys from Ghana, AU
    24 january 2005 23:57:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso received Monday in Ouagadougou the Ghanaian foreign minister, Akufo-Addo Nana, who delivered a message from President John Kufuor, and the President of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Alpha Oumar Konaré. Full text...

  • World Bank mission arrives Guinea Bissau
    24 january 2005 18:53:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- A World Bank delegation led by vice president Gobin Nankani arrived here Monday for talks with Guinea Bissau authorities on the bank's possible intervention in the troubled West African nation. Full text...

  • AU committee meets in Abuja ahead of summit
    24 january 2005 18:45:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), an expert and plenipotentiary meeting of the Africa Union (AU), began Monday in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, ahead of the 4th ordinary session of the assembly of AU. Full text...

  • Toyota reports dramatic increase in sales in Africa
    24 january 2005 11:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Toyota South Africa affirmed Monday that sales in Africa saw a growth of nearly 30 per cent, rising above 200,000 units for the first time. Full text...



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