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  • Banjul, Guinea Bissau discuss reconciliation
    26 april 2001 19:52:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and a two-member Guinea Bissau delegation Thursday concluded two days of reconciliation talks in Jammeh's home village of Kanelai. Full text...

  • UNESCO Chief To Visit Namibia
    26 april 2001 18:41:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura will visit Namibia from 2-4 May, where he will take part in the award ceremony of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Full text...

  • Ruling party tops Malawi council by-elections
    26 april 2001 17:30:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) has won 10 of the 21 wards in Tuesday's local government by-election. Full text...

  • Donors want Chiluba to forget re-election
    26 april 2001 17:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's international financial partners have asked President Frederick Chiluba to forget his bid for a third in order to consolidate multiparty democracy in the country. Full text...

  • Opposition leader hangs on to ruling Party card
    26 april 2001 16:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, Thursday admitted to holding a membership card of the ruling ZANU-PF party. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe proposes law to legalise farm occupation
    26 april 2001 15:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean Parliament Thursday began debating a draft law to provide immunity from prosecution to thousands of landless peasants occupying farms owned by whites in support of the government's land reform programme. Full text...

  • Cameroon government denies fault in case of missing nationals
    26 april 2001 15:14:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's Communication minister Jacques Fame Ndongo has dismissed as unfounded, accusations of "crimes against humanity" levelled on President Paul Biya, in the wake of atrocities ensuing from a special security operation - "Operational Command" - he ordered on the coastal city of Douala. Full text...

  • Former Ghanaian Vice President Arkaah is dead
    26 april 2001 14:49:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A Ghanaian former Vice President Kow Nkensen Arkaah is dead, his family announced in Accra Thursday. Full text...

  • PM says Anjouanese committed to reconciliation talks
    26 april 2001 12:53:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The Prime Minister of the Comoros, Hamada Madi Bolera, said that the Anjouanese were still committed to the implementation of the 17 February agreement even though it was faced with several socio-economic difficulties. Full text...

  • Iran, Tunisia move to strengthen co-operation
    26 april 2001 11:27:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Iran's First Vice President Hassan Habibi has described the signing of several memoranda of understanding with Tunisia as a political will that would further strengthen their bilateral co-operation, the Iranian news agency reported. Full text...

  • Malu: Nigerian no-nonsense army commander bows out
    26 april 2001 07:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Given his outspoken frankness and unmitigated professionalism in a military career spanning more than 30 years, Tuesday's sudden retirement of Nigerian Army Chief of Staff Lt. Full text...

  • Union perseveres despite festering problems
    26 april 2001 07:26:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Though the United Republic of Tanzania is still in place, it may be doing so on shaky grounds as it celebrates its 37th anniversary Thursday that brought unification of mainland Tanganyika and the islands of Zanzibar. Full text...

  • Comoros reconciliation in stalemate
    25 april 2001 23:24:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- In a clear sign epitomising the stalemate status of the reconciliation process in Comoros, no official statement came out of the meeting this week between head of state, Col. Full text...

  • Spaniard Angel Garcia heads judicial body
    25 april 2001 23:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Association of High Administrative Jurisdiction has elected Angel Rodriguez Garcia of Spain as its president. Full text...

  • Fabius endorses resumption of co-operation with Abidjan
    25 april 2001 22:54:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- French finance Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday encouraged multilateral and bilateral institutions to resume co-operation with Cote d'Ivoire following an improvement of the internal political situation. Full text...

  • Traditional chiefs back in limelight
    25 april 2001 22:11:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- After leading a backstage life for nearly four decades, Tanzania's traditional rulers seem likely to regain their place in the sun sooner or later. Full text...

  • Senegal, Tunisia explore areas of cooperation
    25 april 2001 21:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal and Tunisia will convene, late May in Tunis, a follow-up committee to review and identify various areas of cooperation that could give fresh impetus to bilateral relations between the two countries, it has been officially announced. Full text...

  • Burundi surprised by expulsion of its diplomat
    25 april 2001 21:30:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundian foreign ministry has expressed surprise at the expulsion of its First Secretary in Rwanda, Dieudonne Habarugira, on allegation of engaging in activities contrary to his diplomatic status. Full text...

  • Benin signs accord for fourth ECOWAS observatory
    25 april 2001 17:41:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has signed an agreement with Benin for the siting of the Community's fourth conflict observatory headquarters zone in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Morocco signs Memorandum of Understanding with Greece
    25 april 2001 17:14:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco and Greece have signed in Rabat, a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their bilateral co-operation. Full text...

  • Sudan's opposition leaders freed on bail
    25 april 2001 17:13:00
    KHARTOUM- Sudan (PANA) -- The Khartoum appeal court has freed on bail seven opposition leaders accused of plotting to undermine the government of president Omar el Bashir, said lawyer Mohammed el Tayib el Abbasi Wednesday. Full text...

  • Taylor names committee to probe slain minister's death
    25 april 2001 15:23:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has named a four-member cabinet committee to "conduct a full investigation" into the death of his youth and sports minister Francois Massaquoi, an official statement said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Prime Minister says law and order is Govt. priority
    25 april 2001 14:58:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth says his government has made law and order a priority in the country. Full text...

  • New focus after Africa Union comes into force
    25 april 2001 14:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The coming into force of the constitutive act of the African Union, a month after the 36th instrument of ratification is deposited, will not dispel all the doubts that assailed the African diplomatic community these past few months. Full text...

  • Nigeria service chiefs retire, replaced
    25 april 2001 11:54:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has announced the retirement of the country's three military bosses and the appointment of their replacements. Full text...

  • Compromise anticipated as Tshisekedi returns to DR Congo
    25 april 2001 11:17:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Pundits in Kinshasa see the return to DR Congo of Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) chairman Etienne Tshisekedi as suggesting an overture for compromise between the government and the opposition. Full text...

  • Rights Commission bemoans slow progress in Africa
    25 april 2001 10:04:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A senior official of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (CADHP) has, while acknowledging some positive trends in the resolution of conflicts on the continent, admitted the situation remained precarious for the most part. Full text...

  • EU lauds Ethiopia, Eritrea for buffer zone
    25 april 2001 08:53:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has hailed the establishment of a temporary security zone between Ethiopia and Eritrea, describing the development as "a watershed" in the implementation of the peace agreement between the two countries. Full text...

  • Egyptian-Tunisian committee meets Thursday
    24 april 2001 22:57:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The ninth session of the Egyptian-Tunisian joint committee will be held Thursday in Tunis and it will be co-chaired by Egyptian Prime Minister Atif Obeid and his Tunisian counterpart, Mohammed Ghannoushi. Full text...

  • UN relief official visits Liberia
    24 april 2001 22:54:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The UN deputy Emergency Relief Co-ordinator responsible for Humanitarian Affairs is in Liberia to assess humanitarian co-ordination arrangements for refugees and internally displaced persons in the country. Full text...

  • Regional military manoeuvres end
    24 april 2001 22:35:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The 10-nation West African military manoeuvres ended Monday after troops made a final assault against a fictitious enemy at Koumea and a military parade at Kara, 40 km north of Lome. Full text...

  • Niger commemorates end of rebellion
    24 april 2001 20:28:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The President of Niger Tanja Mamadou on Tuesday urged his compatriots to embrace the culture of a sustainable and peace and banish the resort to arms in settling disputes. Full text...

  • ECOWAS established observation zone in Cotonou
    24 april 2001 19:29:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has signed a headquarters agreement with Benin to establish an observation zone in Cotonou whose role would be to signal the potential of conflicts in Benin, Nigeria and Togo. Full text...

  • Annan urges African leaders to fight AIDS
    24 april 2001 19:12:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- UN secretary-general Kofi Annan is urging African leaders to use this week's summit on AIDS to step up their efforts to fight the disease. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe contests international jurists' report on abuse
    24 april 2001 17:52:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government Tuesday refuted charges by an international team of jurists that it promoted and allowed lawlessness to thrive in the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe hires American PR firm to spruce image
    24 april 2001 17:41:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Harare authorities Tuesday confirmed media reports they had hired a US public relations company to spruce up Zimbabwe's battered image abroad. Full text...

  • Kabila tells ministers to put peoples' interests first
    24 april 2001 17:29:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo President Joseph Kabila has instructed his new ministers to work in the best interest of the people and the Congolese nation. Full text...

  • Greek Foreign minister due in Rabat
    24 april 2001 16:39:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Greek Foreign minister Georges Papandreou was expected in Rabat Tuesday for a two-day official visit to Morocco. Full text...

  • EAC leaders launch five-year plan at end of summit
    24 april 2001 16:10:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Leaders of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda Tuesday officially launched a second five-year East African Community (EAC) Development Plan for 2001-2005. Full text...

  • Cape Verde's main opposition to elect new chair
    24 april 2001 15:50:00
    Praia- Cape-Verde (PANA) -- The Movement for Democracy (MPD), Cape Verde's main opposition party, plans to elect a new man when it meets in extraordinary congress next November, Praia sources say. Full text...

  • Angola, Namibia, Zambia to sort out border problems
    24 april 2001 14:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Defence, Foreign and Home Affairs ministers from Angola, Namibia and Zambia have at a tripartite meeting in Lusaka resolved to address armed attacks along their common borders. Full text...

  • Opposition accuses government of failing to deliver
    24 april 2001 14:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The official opposition Democratic Alliance has accused the ANC government of pushing itself into a corner by failing to deliver on its promises. Full text...

  • UN asks Senegal to hold indicted Chadian dictator
    24 april 2001 14:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN Committee against Torture has called on Senegal not to allow Chad's exiled former president, Hissène Habré to leave the country. Full text...

  • By-Election Suspects Charged With Murder
    24 april 2001 13:19:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Ten opposition supporters arrested two weeks ago following the death of a ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) supporter during clashes were Tuesday committed to the high court for trial. Full text...

  • African Union: the challenge at the base
    23 april 2001 13:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In the countdown to the effective proclamation of the African Union critics continue to question the feasibility of cohesion by a continent dogged by disintegration. Full text...

  • Somali arrested for wire-tapping phone lines
    23 april 2001 12:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Somali national has been arrested in Nairobi on suspicion of wire-tapping the telephone lines which police sources say belong to two top military officers. Full text...

  • Ethiopia rejects Eritrea, UNMEE protocol
    23 april 2001 12:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia has rejected a recent protocol agreement between Eritrea and the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) providing for the return of Eritrean militia and police to the border area, official sources said. Full text...

  • Kadhafi hails the role of African women
    23 april 2001 12:16:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The leader of the Libyan revolution, Col. Full text...

  • Ethiopia refutes UN charges over its troop movement
    23 april 2001 10:52:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia has refuted the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea's (UNMEE) allegations that Addis Ababa did not communicate its full redeployment plans along its border with Eritrea. Full text...

  • Rebels attack several locations in southern Burundi
    22 april 2001 18:48:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Growing insecurity in several regions of Burundi has spilled over to the relatively calm southern part of the country where massive attacks, blamed on the rebellion, have been reported since Friday, a military source said. Full text...

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