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  • Rights Groups angry with Wade over Habre's case
    19 june 2001 11:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Human rights groups supporting those claiming abuse under exiled former Chadian Hissene Habre, have accused Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade of trying to assist the former Chadian leader to escape justice, the Senegalese News Agency (APS) has reported. Full text...

  • Ide Oumarou calls for inquiry into Mainassara's death
    19 june 2001 10:06:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Former OAU Secretary-General Ide Oumarou, has called for an inquiry into the 9 April 1999 assassination of Niger former President Ibrahim Bare Mainassara In an interview with Niger private television TENETE TV, Oumarou, who was a Director of cabinet in Mainassara's administration, said the crime must not go unpunished. Full text...

  • ANC officials fete 59-year-old Mbeki
    19 june 2001 08:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Members of South Africa's ruling African National Congress' National Working Committee, the Youth and Women's Leagues Monday hosted President Thabo Mbeki at a surprise party to mark his 59th birthday. Full text...

  • Patten received by Mohammed VI
    18 june 2001 23:45:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco on Monday held discussions in Agadir with the visiting European Commissioner for External Relations, Christopher Patten. Full text...

  • France calls for positive EU position on Cote d'Ivoire
    18 june 2001 23:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine Monday described the position of Paris on Cote d'Ivoire as "constructive" in view of the steps being undertaken by President Laurent Gbagbo to enable a positive evolution of the political situation in the West African country. Full text...

  • France secures plot for embassy in Banjul
    18 june 2001 23:05:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- France has secured a plot of land where it intends to establish an embassy in Banjul, the Gambian capital by the year 2002, official sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Zambian envoy meets Jammeh
    18 june 2001 22:29:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Monday received and invitation from his Zambian counterpart, Frederick Chiluba, to attend the 37th OAU summit in Lusaka from 9-11 July. Full text...

  • Masire tours SADC over inter-Congolese dialogue
    18 june 2001 22:25:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A preliminary meeting to prepare the inter-Congolese dialogue is scheduled on 16 July in the Gaborone, the facilitator of the peace process in DR Congo, former Botswana president Quett Masire said. Full text...

  • ANC, Congolese Workers' Party Compare Notes
    18 june 2001 21:52:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The ruling parties of Congo and South Africa have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at promoting their relationship and exchanging experience. Full text...

  • Opossition 's visit to Pretoria angers Muluzi
    18 june 2001 21:24:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The South African High Commissioner in Lilongwe, Carter Seleka is asking authorities in Malawi to explain what President Bakili Muluzi meant by saying opposition politicians visited Pretoria last week to discuss with "terrorists". Full text...

  • Namibian Troops Back From DR Congo
    18 june 2001 20:10:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- About 150 Namibian troops arrived at the Grootfontein military base Monday from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the defence ministry has announced. Full text...

  • Gbagbo asks France to help normalise ties with EU
    18 june 2001 19:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Visiting Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo Monday called on France to help normalise relations between Abidjan and its development partners of the European Union. Full text...

  • Paper Says Nigeria Provides Security For Kuffour
    18 june 2001 19:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A team of Nigerian secret service officials has been dispatched to Ghana to help ensure the security of President John Kuffour, the privately-owned Guardian newspaper has reported. Full text...

  • 1,000 civilians end military training in Bujumbura
    18 june 2001 18:00:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 1,000 civilians resident around the Bujumbura City Council area were awarded certificates Monday after completion of a three-month military training within the framework of the Burundi government's self-defence policy. Full text...

  • Eritrea protests Ethiopia's violation of demilitarised zone
    18 june 2001 17:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Eritrean authorities working with the UN mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) have reported what they said was an Ethiopian military incursion at the weekend deep into a demilitarised zone agreed by both countries in their border conflict. Full text...

  • American diplomat shot by Liberian soldier
    18 june 2001 16:39:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Deputy Defence attaché at the US Embassy in Liberia has been shot and wounded by a Liberian soldier at a checkpoint, a government statement has said. Full text...

  • UCR leader to run for president
    18 june 2001 16:02:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Come Mankassa, chairman of the Congolese Republicans' Union (UCR) and one-time minister of Culture under the ousted Pascal Lissouba, announced at the weekend he would be a candidate in the next presidential election. Full text...

  • UK fully supports African Union
    18 june 2001 15:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ahead of the OAU's July Summit in Lusaka, Zambia more favourable reactions are trailing the establishment of the African Union, with Britain saying it supports the initiative and wants to see it succeed. Full text...

  • IGAD member states create parliamentary organ
    18 june 2001 15:23:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Officials returning from a parliamentary confab of the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD), say the forum is into setting up a Parliament. Full text...

  • Somali, Ethiopian authorities in rapprochement
    18 june 2001 15:01:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- A senior official in Somalia's transitional national government (TNG) has stressed the need for Mogadishu and Addis Ababa to push for warmer and closer ties. Full text...

  • Protesters confront Ivorian President in Paris
    18 june 2001 14:08:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, on a visit to France, was at the weekend confronted by scores of his compatriots protesting in front of the Ivorian embassy in Paris. Full text...

  • US-Mali military exercise underway in Bamako
    18 june 2001 13:29:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A joint US-Mali military exercise is underway in Mali, according to the Army Information and Public Relations Department in Bamako. Full text...

  • Namibia rebuts AI human rights allegations
    18 june 2001 13:04:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian Defence Force (NDF) has strongly denied allegations of atrocities and human rights violations levelled against it by a recent Amnesty International (AI) report. Full text...

  • Good governance is vital for democracy - conference
    18 june 2001 12:03:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- African leaders have been reminded that the sustenance of democracy and constitutional rule depends on good governance. Full text...

  • Mbeki under fire for snubbing Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
    18 june 2001 10:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki has come under fire for the manner in which he treated African National Congress Women's League president Winnie Madikizela- Mandela at a public rally in Soweto over the weekend. Full text...

  • Bulgarian AIDS trial postponed again
    18 june 2001 09:19:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The trial of six Bulgarians - one doctor and five nurses - accused of contaminating 410 Libyan children with AIDS at the Benghazi paediatric hospital, 1050 km east of Tripoli, has been postponed to 22 September. Full text...

  • Casamance refugees expelled from Gambia
    17 june 2001 19:47:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- The first batch of nearly 200 Casamance refugees expelled from the Gambia arrived early Sunday morning in Ziguinchor, capital of the civil-war troubled southern Senegalese region. Full text...

  • Mayeyi chiefs earmark land for Nujoma
    17 june 2001 19:17:00
    Katima Mulilo- Namibia (PANA) -- The Mayeyi traditional authority has earmarked a piece of land along the Mudumu and Mamili national parks, south-west of Windhoek, for President Sam Nujoma. Full text...

  • Witchcraft creeps into Zanzibari politics
    17 june 2001 18:27:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Police bomb disposal experts in Zanzibar were on Sunday surprised to unearth a dead goat buried at the venue where President Amani Karume was to address a political rally. Full text...

  • Djibouti president holds talks with Kadhafi
    17 june 2001 17:10:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Visiting Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh held talks over the weekend with the Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Church Supports Government Land Reform
    17 june 2001 14:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's second biggest church group, the Anglican Church, said Sunday it fully supported the government's controversial land reforms but urged parties involved in the protracted exercise to refrain from violence. Full text...

  • Congolese Say Enlistment of Children Is Crime Against Humanity
    17 june 2001 13:14:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Enrolment of children in armed services of a country should be considered a crime against humanity, participants of a workshop on the issue of child soldiers held here this week have said. Full text...

  • Immigrants Demand Equal Opportunities in France
    17 june 2001 10:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Hundreds of minority immmigrants in France Saturday held demonstrations in the streets of Paris demanding equal opportunities for a better future of their children. Full text...

  • Gambia expels Casamance refugees
    16 june 2001 18:53:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Gambia Saturday expelled hundreds of Senegalese nationals who had sought refuge there from the fighting in Senegal's southern Province of Casamance between government forces and separatists. Full text...

  • Togolese police break up opposition march
    16 june 2001 16:55:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese police Saturday threw tear gas to dispel opposition demonstrations who had taken to the streets of Lome in a peaceful protest march. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Garang discuss Sudan on the phone
    16 june 2001 16:44:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The leader of the Libyan Revolution, Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi, last Thursday night had a telephone discussion with the head of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) John Garang. Full text...

  • Yala says Nigeria ready to assist Guinea-Bissau
    16 june 2001 16:41:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Nigeria is to assist Guinea Bissau develop its agriculture and transport sectors, President Koumba Yala has said. Full text...

  • Muluzi claims reconciliation after visiting Banda's gravesite
    16 june 2001 14:53:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi president Bakili Muluzi Saturday visited the graveyard of his late mentor and the country's first leader, Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, in efforts to reconcile with the main opposition Malawi Congress Party which Dr. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to receive direct US assistance
    16 june 2001 13:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The US has certified ECOWAS as the only grouping within the sub-region to receive direct aid from it as part of the collaboration between the government and the organisation, the Economic Community of West African States said in a statement Friday. Full text...

  • DR Congo decries presence of rebels in CAR
    16 june 2001 11:37:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The presence in the Central African Republic of DR Congo rebels helping the CAR government against its own rebels may have compromised the participation of the CAR's armed forces in an integrated joint command in charge of ensuring the resumption of free traffic on the Ubangui and Congo rivers, said a military source Friday. Full text...

  • Clashes between rival MFDC factions in Guinea-Bissau
    15 june 2001 23:45:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Several civilians were killed Tuesday and nine supporters of Leopold Sagna (MFDC faction leader) were arrested during fighting with another MFDC faction led by Salif Sadio, a reliable source said Friday. Full text...

  • Wade to pay second official visit to France
    15 june 2001 23:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade is to pay a five-day official visit to France beginning 19 June, with economic and security issues top on the agenda of his talks with French officials. Full text...

  • South Africa angry at Mozambique Radio reports
    15 june 2001 23:11:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The South African High Commission in Maputo has expressed anger at what it calls inaccurate reports by Radio Mozambique over alleged brutal or illegal behaviour against Mozambicans by the South African police. Full text...

  • Opposition challenges Mbeki to reform labour laws
    15 june 2001 22:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Friday urged President Thabo Mbeki to use platform the provided by his state visit to the UK this week to announce measurable plans to deregulate the economy. Full text...

  • Gbagbo to visit France
    15 june 2001 22:31:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo begins a six-day official visit to France 17 June, which will feature talks on bilateral and regional issues, the French Foreign Ministry said Friday. Full text...

  • Nine elected to represent Tanzania in regional body
    15 june 2001 22:31:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Tanzanian parliament Friday elected nine representatives to the East African Legislative Assembly following a hotly contested race that drew over 59 candidates for eight seats apportioned to the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party and only one for the opposition. Full text...

  • President Kabila appeals against use of child soldiers
    15 june 2001 22:18:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo Head of State Joseph Kabila has demanded a stop to the enlisting of children below 18 into combat units. Full text...

  • More threats from soldiers as court martial looms
    15 june 2001 21:39:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- As a court martial looms in Botswana, the discontent in the country's military has taken another turn as fresh information suggests that soldiers based in the capital Gaborone have also joined the fray. Full text...

  • Opposition challenges Mbeki to reform labour laws
    15 june 2001 21:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA), on Friday urged President Thabo Mbeki to use the platform provided by his state visit to the UK this week to show some real political courage and announce plans to free the economy from unnecessary regulations. Full text...

  • Report on Swazi constitutional review due soon
    15 june 2001 21:16:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's King Mswati III has dropped hint that the long-awaited report of the tiny kingdom's Constitutional Review Commission was at length ready. Full text...

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