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  • Mbeki ends UK trip on positive note
    15 june 2001 07:39:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa on Friday concluded a highly successful four-day official visit to the United Kingdom. Full text...

  • Belgium investigates alleged plundering in DR Congo
    14 june 2001 23:48:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The Belgian government has set up an ad-hoc task force to investigate the alleged plundering of Congolese natural resources, official sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • SADC member states default on contributions
    14 june 2001 23:42:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- All 14 member states of the South Africa Development Community (SADC) have been reported not up to date in their financial contributions to the organisation, with outstanding arrears totalling up to 10. Full text...

  • Rebels kill at least three people
    14 june 2001 23:40:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Armed bandits killed one person, stole cows and looted shops in an attack Wednesday morning in the Mikoni business centre, a commune of Bukinanyana in the north- western province of Cibitoke, the Burundi Press Agency (ABP) reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Burundi alliance of parties to meet mediator Mandela
    14 june 2001 23:34:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A delegation from a seven-party alliance of the Hutu majority ethnic group in Burundi flew Thursday to South Africa for talks next Friday with the mediator in the Burundi conflict, Nelson Mandela. Full text...

  • Lebanese President ends Moroccan visit
    14 june 2001 23:31:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Lebanese President Emile Lahoud left for home Thursday after a 48-hour official visit to Morocco, which featured bilateral talks with King Mohammed VI. Full text...

  • British diplomat lauds relations with Namibia
    14 june 2001 23:20:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- British High Commissioner to Namibia Brian Donaldson Thursday averred that London has been unwavering in its commitment to ensure Namibia shared in the benefits of globalisation. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone frees 2 detained Liberian army officers
    14 june 2001 22:19:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Two Liberian army officers, Col. Full text...

  • King Mohammed VI, Yasser Arafat hold discussions
    14 june 2001 20:45:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The President of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat, has briefed King Mohammed VI of Morocco of the latest developments in the Israeli-Arab conflict in the Middle East during a telephone conversation, official Moroccan radio reported. Full text...

  • Rwandan army kills 20 Hutu rebels
    14 june 2001 20:40:00
    Gisenyi- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan army says it has killed 20 Hutu rebels in clashes in Giciye, in the Gisenyi province of north-western Rwanda. Full text...

  • Summit to tackle Mano River Union crises
    14 june 2001 19:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Like Angola, Sudan and other flash points in Africa, the Mano River Union countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, present some of the seemingly intractable conflicts expected to task African leaders at the OAU July Summit in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • Angolan president due in Brussels next Sunday
    14 june 2001 19:45:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- President Eduardo dos Santos of Angola is due in Brussels next Sunday for a two-day working visit. Full text...

  • Malawians celebrate seven years of pluralism
    14 june 2001 18:25:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- President Bakili Muluzi Thursday led Malawians in celebrations marking the seventh anniversary of the introduction of multiparty democracy amid complaints of economic hardships and rising corruption. Full text...

  • Summit to discuss crises in Mano River Union, as usual
    14 june 2001 18:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Difference crises within the Mano River Union are fast becoming a semi permanent item on the agenda of most OAU meetings, and next month's Lusaka summit will not be an exception. Full text...

  • President Ben Ali Leaves Tripoli
    14 june 2001 16:52:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine Abidine Ben Ali Thursday concluded a two-day visit to Libya during which he held a series of bilateral talks with his host, Col. Full text...

  • Election violence fear looms over Bindura
    14 june 2001 16:32:00
    BINDURA- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Dates for the Bindura parliamentary by-election have not yet been announced, but the residents of this small northern Zimbabwe mining town are already trembling with fear of campaign violence. Full text...

  • Obasanjo Nominates New Ministers
    14 june 2001 15:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As the firing of some cabinet members in the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo continues to reverberate, the Nigerian leader has submitted a list of three ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation. Full text...

  • UNHCR official assesses peace process in Burundi
    14 june 2001 14:59:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- An official of the UN refugees agency has dismissed the argument that groups of Burundians in exile could use their repatriation to create insecurity in the country. Full text...

  • Ivorian seeks rescue for Air Afrique
    14 june 2001 13:58:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan of Cote d'Ivoire is appealing to African leaders and executives of the multinational company, Air Afrique, to find solutions facing the entity. Full text...

  • Kumba Yala visits Nigeria
    14 june 2001 13:49:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- President Kumba Yala of Guinea Bissau is in Nigeria for a two-day official visit. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe introduces tight foreign media accreditation
    14 june 2001 13:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe, which frequently accuses foreign journalists of bias, Thursday announced that international journalists intending to visit the country must apply for accreditation from their countries a month ahead of the proposed visit. Full text...

  • Voters' registration kicks off 25 June
    14 june 2001 12:54:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Electoral Commission Thursday announced 25 June for the beginning of voters' registration in preparation for presidential, parliamentary and general elections scheduled for later this year The chairman of the commission, Judge Bobby Bwalya said in Lusaka that the registration of voters would last for 21 days to enable all eligible voters to register and obtain new cards. Full text...

  • Liberia protests UN list on travel restrictions
    14 june 2001 12:42:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian government has described as "extremely and unfairly punitive" a list of 130 persons barred by the UN security Council from travelling as part of sanctions against Liberia. Full text...

  • Labour unions moot strike over fuel price hike
    14 june 2001 12:23:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's biggest national labour union Thursday said it was contemplating to call an indefinite general strike to protest a 70-percent fuel price increase announced by the government early this week. Full text...

  • Mugabe says Zimbabwe wants better ties with Britain
    14 june 2001 12:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- President Robert Mugabe on Thursday said Zimbabwe has expressed readiness to resume dialogue with former colonial power Britain after a two-year hiatus because of sharp differences over Zimbabwe's land reforms. Full text...

  • Opposition criticises national economic policy
    14 june 2001 11:58:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Two opposition parties in Cape Verde have criticised the newest financial and economic decisions of the government intended to overcome difficulties facing the country. Full text...

  • Kumba Yala visits Nigeria
    14 june 2001 11:41:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- President Kumba Yala of Bissau-Guinean is Nigeria for a two-day official visit. Full text...

  • Mbeki calls for support for African ideals
    14 june 2001 09:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki Thursday held discussions with Prime Minister Tony Blair on trade, investment and conflict-resolution in Africa, to wind up his visit to the United Kingdom. Full text...

  • Tribunal to probe ministers begins sitting Monday
    14 june 2001 08:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The tribunal convened by Zambia's chief justice, Matthew Ngulube, to investigate three cabinet ministers accused of diverting two billion kwacha from Parliament to finance the last national convention of the ruling party, begins sitting in Lusaka next Monday. Full text...

  • Heads of State discuss beleaguered Air Afrique
    13 june 2001 23:51:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Four Heads of State and several heads of government and Transport ministers Wednesday in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire began deliberations on the future of the beleaguered multinational airline, Air Afrique. Full text...

  • Ben Ali in Tripoli
    13 june 2001 23:51:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine Abidine Ben Ali arrived Wednesday in Tripoli on a two-day working visit to Libya. Full text...

  • Africa on agenda of US-Belgian talks
    13 june 2001 23:27:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Africa is among the subjects of US President George W. Full text...

  • France condemns violent dispersal of protestors in Chad
    13 june 2001 23:02:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France Wednesday expressed regret at the violent dispersal of women who staged a demonstration Monday at the French Embassy in the Chadian capital of NDjamena. Full text...

  • MPs vote to alter portraits on currency
    13 june 2001 22:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan members of parliament Wednesday passed a motion to set up a seven-member committee that would seek ways of changing the portraits on the country's coins and banknotes. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire sues for frank cooperation with Burkina Faso
    13 june 2001 22:21:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Ivorian Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan Wednesday wound up a 48-hour friendly and working visit to Ouagadougou stressing the need for a fostering of relations between Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Cape Verde government moves to reform military
    13 june 2001 21:44:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves has spoken of plans to reform the military and adapt it to the country's socio-economic realities. Full text...

  • Trial of ex-minister postponed
    13 june 2001 21:35:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The trial of former Togolese Human Rights Minister Harry Octaviano Olympio has been postponed to 19 June. Full text...

  • Rawlings says he was only offering advice
    13 june 2001 21:15:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's former president Jerry Rawlings Wednesday said his inflammatory speech last week in which he warned that the country could explode if the government did not put brakes on certain measures he did not like was misconstrued. Full text...

  • Rawlings says he was only offering advice
    13 june 2001 21:00:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's former president Jerry Rawlings Wednesday said his inflammatory speech last week in which he warned that the country could explode if the government did not put brakes on certain measures he did not like was misconstrued. Full text...

  • OAU Summit to discuss NGO bid for observer status
    13 june 2001 20:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An NGO seeking observer status with the Organisation of African Unity sounded hopeful Tuesday that its request would be considered at next month's OAU summit in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • Six Botswana soldiers face court-martial
    13 june 2001 18:09:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Six Botswana Defence Force soldiers are to face a court-martial soon in connection with recent disturbances in the country's armed forces. Full text...

  • 1 billion francs released for parliamentary elections
    13 june 2001 16:29:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Togolese government has released one billion CFA francs to finance the early parliamentary elections slated 14-28 October, Prime Minister Mensah Agbeyome Kodjo told the Independent National Electoral Commission in Lome. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire, Angola create joint commission
    13 june 2001 16:24:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Angola and Cote d'Ivoire have agreed to create a joint commission to streamline their bilateral relations. Full text...

  • Parliament asked to ratify African Union act
    13 june 2001 16:02:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian legislators were on Wednesday presented with a bill asking Parliament to authorise the President to ratify the Constitutive Act of the African Union. Full text...

  • Opposition FDD forms interim executive committee
    13 june 2001 15:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The newly formed Zambian opposition Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) Wednesday announced a 25-member executive committee to lead the party until its national convention before the elections later this year. Full text...

  • Eyadema visits Tripoli
    13 june 2001 14:37:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Togolese President and current OAU Chairman, Gnassingbe Eyadema is in Tripoli on an official visit upon an invitation from the leader the Libyan revolution, Col. Full text...

  • France, Benin to build training centre for de-mining
    13 june 2001 14:11:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- France and Benin have agreed to build a regional training centre in Benin on post-conflict de- mining and de-pollution. Full text...

  • Ivorian Premier N'Guessan Visits Burkina Faso
    13 june 2001 12:50:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Ivorian government has never accused Burkinabe authorities of involvement in the recent coup attempt in Cote d'Ivoire, Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan said in Ouagadougu. Full text...

  • Mbeki pays tribute to Britain
    13 june 2001 09:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa President Thabo Mbeki on Tuesday paid tribute to Britain for its unwavering support of post-apartheid South Africa and said any difference of opinion between the two nations would not impact on their healthy relationship. Full text...

  • More troops deployed to troubled Mindouli
    12 june 2001 23:47:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Congo Armed Forces (FAC) Tuesday despatched additional troops to Mindouli, some 200-km south of Brazzaville, to prop up security in the troubled city, the official radio reported. Full text...

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