Central African Republic -
  • Indian Ocean trade fair to open in Madagascar
    16 november 2001 23:12:00
    Victoria- the Seychelles (PANA) -- Thirteen companies from the Seychelles and Madagascar are currently taking part at the first ever Indian Ocean crafts industry exhibition (AROCI) running 14- 18 November in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Malagasy lecturer criticises France over visa refusal
    16 november 2001 15:19:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A Malagasy academician and former cabinet minister, Mireille Rakotomalala has criticised officials at the French Consulate in Madagascar over their discrimination in issuing visas for travel to the French overseas territory of Reunion. Full text...

  • President Patasse hardens stance against opposition
    15 november 2001 17:28:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Central African Republic President Ange-Felix Patasse has issued a severe warning to "opposition parties and all those who are tempted by coups or terrorism". Full text...

  • Central African Republic minister warns of ramifications
    14 november 2001 19:33:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Finance minister Eric Sorongope-Zamandji has warned that should the Central African Republic (CAR) plunge into chaos, the rest of the central African sub region would sink with it. Full text...

  • CAR opposition calls for talks
    13 november 2001 20:49:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Fourteen opposition parties in the Central African Republic (CAR) Tuesday called for the opening of national talks on problems dogging the country. Full text...

  • Party goes neutral on Madagascar presidential election
    12 november 2001 19:29:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The AKFM Renouveau party led by former Malagasy National Assembly Speaker, Pastor Richard Andriamanjato, has decided not to support any of the candidates running for Madagascar's presidential election billed for 16 December. Full text...

  • Opposition seeks posture of Pretoria on WCAR
    12 november 2001 07:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance has asked the government to urgently clarify its position on the status of the Declaration and the Plan of Action adopted at the "disastrous" World Conference on Racism (WCAR) in Durban last September. Full text...

  • Former Madagascar President Hopeful for a Comeback
    09 november 2001 22:24:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Supporters of former Madagascar president Albert Zafy believe he stands a chance to win the 16 December presidential election, the Indian Ocean News Agency, MATERA, reported Friday. Full text...

  • Kadhafi sends delegation to assess crisis Bangui
    08 november 2001 22:15:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A high-powered Libyan delegation arrived in Bangui Wednesday night to assess events in the Central African Republic and initiate consultations with concerned parties for the restoration of peace in that country, official sources said Thursday in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Calm returns to Bangui after flight of Gen. Bozize
    08 november 2001 20:32:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, calmed down Thursday after government troops took full control of the city. Full text...

  • Antananarivo Mayor's backers to form support committee
    07 november 2001 22:21:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Political parties and political associations backing Marc Ravalomanana in the 16 December presidential election in Madagascar are mobilising to create a support committee. Full text...

  • Carter Center in Lusaka to observe elections
    07 november 2001 21:01:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- In preparations to observe Zambia's upcoming tripartite elections, the US-based Carter Democratic Institute has set up an office in Lusaka, local press reports confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Obasanjo discuss CAR crisis
    07 november 2001 16:53:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Kadhafi pursues consultations on CAR crisis
    07 november 2001 16:34:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The President of the Central African Republic (CAR), Ange Felix Patasse, and Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Libyan troops in Bangui to help CAR President
    06 november 2001 22:00:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The departure of some 100 Libyan troops for Bangui was not officially confirmed Tuesday in Tripoli, but reliable sources indicated to PANA that an Iliouchine IL 76 type aircraft left Tripoli late Sunday afternoon for Bangui. Full text...

  • Libyan troops Bangui to help CAR President
    06 november 2001 21:46:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The departure of some 100 Libyan troops for Bangui was not officially confirmed Tuesday in Tripoli, but reliable sources indicated to PANA that an Iliouchine IL 76 type aircraft left Tripoli late Sunday afternoon for Bangui. Full text...

  • Libyan, Chadian and Sudanese ministers discuss CAR situation
    06 november 2001 20:44:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan minister for African Union affairs Ali Triki on Tuesday held discussions with his counterparts from neighbouring Chad and Sudan in a bid to find a peaceful solution to the armed confrontation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Bangui still tense
    06 november 2001 12:57:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The situation was still tense in Bangui, capital of Central African Republic (CAR) Tuesday, four days after the crisis triggered by government's attempt to arrest former Army Chief, Gen. Full text...

  • OAU worries over political situation in Bangui
    06 november 2001 09:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy Tuesday expressed deep concern over the situation in Bangui, Central African Republic, where fighting reportedly broke out at the weekend. Full text...

  • Didier Ratsiraka to face five challengers
    30 october 2001 23:34:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Didier Ratsiraka, Marc Ravalomanana, Herizo Razafimahaleo, Albert Zafy, Daniel Rajakoba and Patrick Rajaonary have been cleared to run Madagascar's presidential election scheduled for 16 December. Full text...

  • Madagascar, Seychelles opt for regional fishing pact
    29 october 2001 16:05:00
    Victoria- Seychelles (PANA) -- Intergovernmental consultations are under way in Seychelles to set up a regional organisation for promotion of sustainable development, conservation and management of fish resources in the Indian Ocean region, MATERA news agency has reported. Full text...

  • Madagascar beats Cameroon, qualifies for 3rd round
    28 october 2001 09:59:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Madagascar Saturday beat Cameroon 30- 24 in Yaounde to win its ticket to the third round of the 2003 Rugby World Cup preliminaries. Full text...

  • Cameroon plays Madagascar Saturday
    26 october 2001 21:56:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's national rugby team takes on Madagascar on Saturday in the second leg of qualifying matches for the 2003 World Cup finals to be held in Australia. Full text...

  • Six candidates bid for Malagasy presidency
    26 october 2001 13:33:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Twenty-four hours to the deadline, six candidates have officially registered with the High Court in Madagascar for the country's presidential election due 16 December, the MATERA news agency reported Friday. Full text...

  • Presidential aspirants want free elections
    25 october 2001 11:14:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Six aspirants running against incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka of Madagascar in the country's 16 December poll, have pledged to fight electoral fraud, the regional news agency MATERA, reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Malagasy presidential aspirants given deadline
    23 october 2001 23:21:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Malagasy Constitutional Court has set Saturday as the deadline for candidates intending to contest the 16 December presidential election to submit their applications. Full text...

  • Minister decries lack of solidarity to combat poverty
    23 october 2001 19:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Central Africa Republic's education and scientific research minister Timoleon Mbaikoua Tuesday decried what he described as lack of international solidarity to fight poverty. Full text...

  • President denies Ghanaian MPs car loans
    11 october 2001 13:04:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A four-million-dollar car loan package for Ghana's 200 parliamentarians is at the centre of a confrontation between the legislators and the young administration of President John Agyekum Kufuor, who has declared that the MPs cannot have the money. Full text...

  • Cardiovascular diseases kill 5000 Mauritians annually
    09 october 2001 19:27:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- At least 5,000 Mauritians die of cardiovascular diseases each year, a cardiologist Dr Oomar Uteem revealed in Port-Louis on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cardoso wins posthumous tribute
    07 october 2001 17:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The global anti-corruption NGO Transparency International (TI) has awarded Mozambican journalist Carlos Cardoso a posthumous tribute for his investigative reporting, the country's news agency reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Malagasy flutist Rakoto Frah dies
    01 october 2001 21:30:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- the great flutist, Rakoto Frah, died Saturday in Ravoahangy Andrianavalona Hospital in Antananarivo at the age of 76 following heart problems, the regional press agency MATERA said Monday. Full text...

  • US diplomat reiterates the American position on terrorism
    27 september 2001 20:05:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The US charge d'Affaires in Madagascar, Philip Carter, on Thursday stressed the need for all countries to join the fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Donor consultations on CAR in Paris Monday - Premier
    19 september 2001 22:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Central African Republic prime minister Martin Ziguele Wednesday said that CAR authorities would meet with International Monetary Fund officials and donors on Monday in Paris to discuss an interim economic recovery programme for the country for the fourth semester of 2001. Full text...

  • Nigerian company to explore oil in Cote d'Ivoire
    19 september 2001 13:35:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A Nigeria-based oil exploitation and exploration company, Oranto Limited, has paid 700 million FCFA (about one million US dollars) to the Ivorian government for rights to explore for oil on two sedimentary blocks in the Ivorian Atlantic Sea waters. Full text...

  • French development agency reduces activities in CAR
    18 september 2001 14:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French Development Agency, or AFD, has announced it will scale down activities in Central African Republic as it rearranges its operations worldwide. Full text...

  • Albert Rakoto Ratsimamanga passes away
    17 september 2001 23:08:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Professor Albert Rakoto Ratsimamanga, 94, a Malagasy scholar who has written several scientific books, died Sunday, the MATERA Agency reported Monday. Full text...

  • France pledges support to Central African Republic
    17 september 2001 22:55:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France Monday pledged to assist the Central African Republic (CAR) tackle its financial crisis exacerbated by the 28 May failed military coup attempt. Full text...

  • CAR Prime Minister visits France
    17 september 2001 09:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Prime Minister Martin Ziguele of the Central African Republic begins a three-day visit of France Monday. Full text...

  • Annan assesses Durban Conference Against Racism
    11 september 2001 12:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan has regretted the disagreements "on one or two highly emotional issues" particularly that on the Middle East, which "obscured the solid work" of the just-ended Durban World Conference Against Racism. Full text...

  • WCAR ends as final declaration is adopted
    08 september 2001 19:54:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Conference Against Racism drew to a close on Saturday with the final declaration being adopted despite bitter criticisms by opposing negotiators over the wording of the text dealing with the Middle East issue. Full text...

  • CAR nationals in France want Patasse out
    08 september 2001 19:10:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Irked by what they said were continuing ethnic cleansing in their country, nationals of the Central African Republic (CAR) Saturday staged a protest march in Paris demanding the resignation of President Ange Felix Patasse. Full text...

  • Full text of agreed WCAR stance on slavery
    08 september 2001 15:20:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Following is a full text of the document adopted on the issue of slavery after protracted negotiations that lasted until Saturday morning at the Durban World Conference against Racism: "We acknowledge that slavery and the Slave Trade, including the transatlantic slave trade, were appalling tragedies in the history of humanity not only because of their abhorrent barbarism but also in terms of their magnitude, organised nature and especially their negation of the essence of victims etc. Full text...

  • NGO's call on delegates at WCAR to make a difference
    08 september 2001 11:25:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- As delegates Saturday worked to complete final documents on the last day of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, dozens of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have urged them to address a range of issues to improve the situation of the millions of victims of daily discrimination. Full text...

  • Major breakthrough achieved at WCAR over slavery issue
    08 september 2001 11:02:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- In a major breakthrough at the World Conference Against Racism, agreement has been reached on how to address the issue of slavery in the final declaration. Full text...

  • Racism Conference dominates Malian press
    08 september 2001 00:01:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The proceedings at Durban World Conference Against Racism Durban dominated press reports in Mali this week. Full text...

  • When misinformation and manipulation hold sway
    07 september 2001 22:50:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Given the stakes, the record attendance and the controversies surrounding its topics, it was little wonder the World Conference against Racism turned the host city, Durban, into a stage par excellence for misinformation and manipulation. Full text...

  • Portugal falls out with CPLP partners
    07 september 2001 16:39:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) would invest time towards building consensus on how to deal with the various delicate issues related to racism, slavery and colonialism, its Executive Secretary Dulce Pereira has said. Full text...

  • Durban conference enters a crucial day
    07 september 2001 14:57:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Uncertainty still prevailed Friday over whether delegates at the Durban conference against racism would overcome their disagreements over how to deal with "reparations" for slave trade and "Zionism". Full text...

  • Malagasy government bans use of trademarks in election
    07 september 2001 14:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Malagasy government has prohibited candidates from inserting trade marks of their products on campaign posters during the forthcoming presidential election campaign, reports the MATERA Indian Ocean news agency. Full text...

  • Still no breakthrough as WCAR draws to a close
    07 september 2001 10:42:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- With just hours remaining before the close of the World Conference Against Racism, hopes that delegates would resolve their differences on key issues and secure a consensus, have all but fizzled out. Full text...

Special File - Central African Republic

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