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  • Zambia into OAU frenzy
    30 june 2001 16:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia is into a frenzy as the southern African country prepares to host one of the biggest summits of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) next week. Full text...

  • Red Cross Seeks Help For Victims Of Communal Violence
    30 june 2001 15:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Nigerian Red Cross Society are seeking assistance from individuals and organisations for victims of the brutal communal violence that broke out in the country's central Nasarawa State 12 June. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Council Of Elders Meet On Conflicts
    30 june 2001 15:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As part of efforts to ensure peace in the West African sub-region, the ECOWAS Council of Elders will hold its inaugural meeting in Niamey, Niger, 2-3 July to discuss its role under the Protocol relating to the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention. Full text...

  • Franco-Nigerian Forum Holds Inaugural Session
    30 june 2001 15:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Franco-Nigerian Forum for dialogue held its inaugural session in Abuja Friday as part of activities marking the visit of French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine, the News Agency of Nigeria reported. Full text...

  • Mixed reaction to Ghana's reconciliation bill
    30 june 2001 12:42:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The West African state of Ghana has not had a civil war. Full text...

  • CAR government to set administration back on rails
    29 june 2001 22:11:00
    Bangui- CAR (PANA) -- As the authorities in Bangui recover from the failed coup of 28 May, Prime Minister Martin Ziguele has affirmed that of priority for the government was a revamping of the administration in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Bishop calls on world community to respond to DRC "genocide"
    29 june 2001 20:48:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Archbishop Frederick Etsou of Kinshasa has called on the international community to condemn the occupation and plundering of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), especially in the eastern part of the country. Full text...

  • Applause as Annan Gets A Second Term
    29 june 2001 20:45:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The 189-member UN General Assembly gave a standing ovation Friday to Kofi Annan after his unanimous re-election as Secretary General for a second five-year tenure, six months to the end of his first term. Full text...

  • ICO wants immediate lifting of sanctions against Libya
    29 june 2001 20:38:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Foreign ministers of the Islamic Conference Organisation (ICO) have called for a lifting of the embargo imposed on Libya. Full text...

  • Torture victims want truth out, ministers say too late
    29 june 2001 20:07:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Survivors of torture during the iron-fist rule of former president, the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda, and his former ruling Malawi Congress Party (MCP) have called on the government of President Bakili Muluzi to set up a South African-style truth commission. Full text...

  • UN extends mandate in Western Sahara
    29 june 2001 19:50:00
    New York- United States (PANA) -- The Security Council Friday extended the mandate of the UN Mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for five months till 30 November. Full text...

  • Police Say Well-Equipped To Stop Communal Violence
    29 june 2001 19:27:00
    Lafia- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Police say they are now well-equipped to stem the communal violence in the country's central State of Nasarawa, where hundreds of people have been killed and thousands displaced in two weeks of fighting. Full text...

  • Malian woman appointed on War Crime Tribunal
    29 june 2001 17:00:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Fifty-two-year-old Malian lawyer, Diarra Fatoumata Dembele has been named on the Hague War Crimes Tribunal judging persons accused of committing war crimes in ex- Yugoslavia, official sources in Bamako revealed Friday. Full text...

  • Over 40 countries confirm attendance at African summit
    29 june 2001 16:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia said Friday 41 countries had confirmed they will attend the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit in Lusaka next week, when the continental body will formally be transformed into the African Union. Full text...

  • Lawyer appointed chairman of Mali's electoral committee
    29 june 2001 16:34:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Lawyer Moustapha Cisse, president of Malian Human Rights Association and vice president of the Inter- African Human Rights Union, has been appointed chairman of the Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC) of Mali. Full text...

  • UN report says Guinea-Bissau lacks firm stability
    29 june 2001 16:32:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The UN representative in Guinea Bissau has described the politico-military situation in the country as "ephemeral and unstable" whereby a fresh conflict may erupt. Full text...

  • National reconciliation forum put off
    29 june 2001 15:28:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's national reconciliation forum, initially set for 9 July, has been postponed to a later date, a source close to the Ivorian presidency in Abidjan disclosed Friday. Full text...

  • Tunisia's ruling party French Socialists over Sedrine
    29 june 2001 11:49:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia's ruling Constitutional Democractic Rally (RCD) on Thursday said it was "highly surprised" by the position adopted by the French Socialist Party (PS) since Tuesday's arrest of a Tunisian human rights activist, Sihem Ben Sedrine. Full text...

  • Palestinian envoy urges Israeli to withdraw
    29 june 2001 10:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Palestine Liberation Organisation's political department head, Farouk Kadoumi, has reiterated in Dakar that lasting peace would only be restored in the Middle-East if Israel withdraws from the Palestinian territories. Full text...

  • Communist Party marks 80th anniversary
    29 june 2001 10:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Communist Party (SACP) on Thursday successfully launched its month-long 80th Anniversary Celebrations at a function in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Committee on DR Congo war meets 4 July
    28 june 2001 23:18:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Policy Committee set up under the 1999 Lusaka accord on DR Congo conflict, meets 4 July in the Zambian capital to review the peace process, a UN official has said. Full text...

  • OIC hails peace efforts in Sierra Leone, urges aid for Guinea
    28 june 2001 22:34:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The 28th ministerial session of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) that wound up in Bamako, Mali Wednesday, has lauded the deployment of a UN mission in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • US trains Senegalese troops for UN peace Mission
    28 june 2001 22:25:00
    Thies- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 600 Senegalese troops for the UN peace Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), are currently receiving training under US instructors at Thies, near the Senegalese capital of Dakar. Full text...

  • Conference on conflict prevention rolls off in Mozambique
    28 june 2001 22:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Foreign minister Leonardo Simao insisted Thursday that efforts at preventing conflicts must reach beyond quick military fixes to "address the underlying problems of poverty, poor governance and the denial of human rights. Full text...

  • Opposition slams DR Congo military adventures
    28 june 2001 22:07:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- One of Namibia's leading opposition parties has demanded that government should give a "full account of those Namibians who are missing in action in the Democratic of Congo (DRC) civil war. Full text...

  • Brussels to resume financial assistance to DR Congo
    28 june 2001 21:40:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- In what suggests a normalisation of ties, Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt is due in Kinshasa on Friday to attend celebrations marking DR Congo's 41st Independence anniversary, sources in Brussels said Thursday. Full text...

  • Ministers welcome Cote d'Ivoire as 75th OIC Member State
    28 june 2001 21:21:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) ended their 28th session late Wednesday in Bamako, Mali, by unanimously welcoming Cote d'Ivoire's admission as the Organisation's 57th Member State. Full text...

  • AI attacks Zanzibar's human rights record
    28 june 2001 21:13:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Zanzibar, known for its exotic spices and deep Islamic beliefs, turned into a hotbed of human rights violations in the run-up to the island's 2000 multiparty elections, Amnesty International says in a new report. Full text...

  • Gambian leader urges the Diaspora to help develop Africa
    28 june 2001 21:10:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) President Yahya Jammeh of Ga-mbia has enjoined Africans, particularly those in the Diaspora, to work out the continent's development instead of looking up to the West for assistance. Full text...

  • Former Sudanese minister threatens to sue Col. Garang
    28 june 2001 15:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Former Sudanese minister Bona Malwal has threatened to sue the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement (SPLA) leader, Col. Full text...

  • Ethio-Eritrean temporary security zone still unsettled
    28 june 2001 14:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN Military Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) co-ordinating bureau in Addis Ababa Thursday slammed Eritrea for its failure to establish the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) as required under a UN resolution that ended the war between the two countries. Full text...

  • CAR president flays envoys over failed promises
    27 june 2001 23:26:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- President Ange Felix Patasse has flayed the international community for failing, as he put it, to keep promises made Central African Republic after the country's reconciliation pact brokered in 1998 by the UN. Full text...

  • Congo ratifies constitutive act of the African Union
    27 june 2001 23:10:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's national transition council (provisional Parliament) has ratified the African Union constitutive act that OAU Heads of State and government adopted in Lome, Togo in July last year. Full text...

  • Ivorian, Namibian envoys meet Buyoya
    27 june 2001 23:09:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi leader Pierre Buyoya Wednesday granted audience to two envoys from Cote d'Ivoire and Namibia, who brought messages from their Presidents believed in connection with their candidacy for the African Union Secretary General post. Full text...

  • Tunisian authorities detain opposition figure
    27 june 2001 22:58:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian opposition figure and human rights activist Sihem Ben Sedrine was on Tuesday arrested at Tunis airport as she returned from London, informed sources said. Full text...

  • Life slowly returns to normalcy in CAR
    27 june 2001 22:53:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Residents in Bangui are slowly returning to their normal activities almost one month after a failed coup disrupted life in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • 5 people killed in fresh rebel ambush
    27 june 2001 22:48:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- At least three civilians and two soldiers were killed, while three other people were seriously wounded in an ambush Tuesday by suspected Burundi rebels in the Mubimbi province of Bujumbura, the Burundi News Agency reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • New book condemns France's role in Rwandan genocide
    27 june 2001 21:25:00
    Bordeaux- France (PANA) -- "If we are interpellated about the Tutsi genocide, it's because it would not have happened without the active complicity of the French State," writes author Jean-Paul Gouteux in a new book. Full text...

  • Rights Group supports Annan's second term
    27 june 2001 20:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Human Rights Watch has warmly welcomed the decision Wednesday by Security Council endorsing Kofi Annan for a second term as UN Secretary-General. Full text...

  • South Africa's Ambassador to Germany labelled "nigger"
    27 june 2001 20:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Ambassador to Germany, Sibusiso Bengu, has flayed racists in Germany ahead of a one-day visit to Berlin by President Thabo Mbeki coming up Thursday. Full text...

  • Council of Churches, UN to assist torture victims
    27 june 2001 20:37:00
    Windhoek- Namibia, (PANA) -- Namibian Council of Churches and the United Nations have offered to help victims of alleged torture in the country deal with their experiences. Full text...

  • Libya, Egypt propose interim government in Sudan
    27 june 2001 20:36:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Libya and Egypt have proposed an interim government as an initial step at ending the protracted war in Sudan, press reports said in Khartoum Wednesday. Full text...

  • CAR needs break with cycle of violence
    27 june 2001 20:20:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Just when it was thought the devil of division had been chased away following a UN-brokered pact of national reconciliation signed in 1998 by the country's political fronts, the Central African Republic is in turmoil again. Full text...

  • UN Council Endorses Annan for Second Term
    27 june 2001 20:12:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Security Council Wednesday unanimously endorsed Secretary General Kofi Annan for a second term. Full text...

  • UN Council Endorses Annan for Second Term
    27 june 2001 20:11:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Security Council Wednesday unanimously endorsed Secretary General Kofi Annan for a second term. Full text...

  • House speaker upholds coalition
    27 june 2001 19:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The move two weeks ago by the opposition National Development Party (NDP) members of parliament to cross the floor and join the ruling KANU party was perfectly in order, Speaker Francis ole Kaparo ruled Wednesday. Full text...

  • Where is the traditional African hospitality?
    27 june 2001 19:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Even in misery, Africans are known to be generous in their traditional hospitality. Full text...

  • Jaded Liberians Settle Down In Nigeria
    27 june 2001 19:09:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- Travel-weary Liberians who arrived in Nigeria aboard a Swedish ship Tuesday, after a 26-day high-seas saga, are settling down at the country's national refugee camp in Oru, in the south-western State of Ogun. Full text...

  • Malawi Muslim cleric fights for life after attack
    27 june 2001 19:08:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's controversial Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdul Hamid Bughdad el-Banna is fighting for his life at Liwonde Hospital, some 120 km east of Blantyre, after armed men besieged his home in the early hours of Wednesday, police and hospital sources said. Full text...

  • Nigeria bans importation of Military uniforms
    27 june 2001 18:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government said Wednesday it would stop the importation of uniforms of members of its armed forces, the Police and all para-military agencies as from next year. Full text...

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