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  • Labour party calls for durable peace
    08 may 2001 20:41:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's opposition Ivorian Workers Party (PIT) on Tuesday appealed upon all political forces in the country to strive for the installation of sustainable peace under the national reconciliation process launched in March. Full text...

  • Ethiopian police arrest two human rights activists
    08 may 2001 19:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Two prominent Ethiopian human rights activists have been arrested in Addis Ababa for allegedly inciting university students to violence which killed at least 40 people last month. Full text...

  • Liberia sets up two sanctions shock-absorbing committees
    08 may 2001 18:54:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian government has set up two committees to devise strategies to enable the Liberian people absorb the shocks of UN sanctions imposed on the country Monday. Full text...

  • Graffiti at military barracks threaten president's life
    08 may 2001 18:09:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana President Festus Mogae left for a three-day official visit to Kenya amidst press reports that his soldiers are threatening to assassinate him unless he hikes their pay. Full text...

  • Liberia sets up two sanctions shock-absorbing committees
    08 may 2001 17:56:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian government has set up two committees to devise strategies to enable the Liberian people absorb the shocks of UN sanctions imposed on the country Monday. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau denies arms trafficking charges
    08 may 2001 15:40:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea-Bissau's director general of defence policy, Zamora Induta, has denied allegations that the Guinea-Bissau government is involved in the trafficking of arms. Full text...

  • Gambian leader visits Mauritania
    08 may 2001 15:38:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh arrived is in Nouakchott on a three-day official visit at the invitation of his Mauritanian counterpart, President Maaouiya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya. Full text...

  • Mkapa blames fellow political leaders for conflicts
    08 may 2001 15:23:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa Tuesday blamed his fellow politicians for the continent's numerous conflicts in the past four decades. Full text...

  • Russian minister says African Union will play major role
    08 may 2001 14:38:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Russian foreign minister Igor Ivanov said Monday that the African Union "reflects the realities of today's world" where the trend has been to form major socio-politico-economic blocks. Full text...

  • African Human Rights Commission reflects on future status
    08 may 2001 14:36:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The African Commission for Human and People's Rights (CADHP) Monday decided, at the end of its 29th ordinary session, to initiate reflection on its future status, within the new framework of the African Union. Full text...

  • Morocco, Burkina Faso move to strengthen cooperation
    08 may 2001 14:08:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's State and Foreign Minister, Youssef Ouedraogo, Monday held discussions with several Moroccan government officials in Rabat on how to strengthen bilateral co-operation between the two countries. Full text...

  • Obasanjo begins marathon foreign trip
    08 may 2001 13:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo begins a marathon three-nation trip Tuesday, that will take him to Congo Democratic Republic and Rwanda, ahead of a US visit, starting Thursday. Full text...

  • Political prisoners' lives threatened amidst flogging
    08 may 2001 13:29:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Eighteen political prisoners, repeatedly flogged by their prison wardens, alleged Tuesday that they have also been receiving threats to their lives from the prison authorities in Monrovia. Full text...

  • Nigeria moves to implement ECOWAS arms Moratorium
    08 may 2001 13:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has taken a major step toward complying with the ECOWAS' Small Arms Moratorium by setting up a national committee to oversee its implementation in the country. Full text...

  • Kabila wants DR Congo plunderers booked
    08 may 2001 13:11:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- DR Congo leader Joseph Kabila has implored the international community to punish Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi for invading, occupying and plundering natural resources from the central African state. Full text...

  • Expelled MMD members fight for Parliamentary Seats
    08 may 2001 12:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Lusaka High Court Tuesday adjourned hearing till 18 May, in the ex-parte injunction on behalf of expelled members of President Frederick Chiluba's ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), who are challenging their expulsion. Full text...

  • Opposition leader tackles State Prosecutor
    08 may 2001 11:32:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Leader of the opposition African Party for the Independence of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC), has accused State Prosecutor Rui Sanha, of causing political division in the country. Full text...

  • Mandela takes time off to write second book
    08 may 2001 07:44:00
    Johannesburg- South African (PANA) -- South African former President Nelson Mandela has left for an undisclosed country to complete a book expected to explain developments in the run up to the 1994 multi-racial poll in South Africa. Full text...

  • Kagame mends fences with Mugabe
    08 may 2001 07:23:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame has expressed optimism at the quick implementation of the DR Congo peace process following his one-day visit to Zimbabwe Monday. Full text...

  • Kerekou unveils 21-member cabinet
    07 may 2001 23:19:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- President Mathieu Kerekou of Benin on Monday submitted a 21-member cabinet list to parliament for approval. Full text...

  • Buyoya Says Peace Accord Likely to Be Stillborn
    07 may 2001 22:59:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's peace and reconciliation accord, signed last year, was likely to go on record as a stillborn document, President Pierre Boyoya has said. Full text...

  • Namibia, Mali first sign pan-African parliament protocol
    07 may 2001 22:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Namibia and Mali Monday became the first and second OAU member states to sign the protocol on the establishment of the African Economic Community relating to the pan-African parliament. Full text...

  • Rwanda, Zimbabwe Agree to Push DRC Peace Process
    07 may 2001 21:04:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Rwanda and Zimbabwe said on Monday they had agreed to advance the peace process in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after one-day talks between the presidents of the two countries. Full text...

  • Malawi, Nigeria Leaders to Visit Rwanda
    07 may 2001 20:30:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandans will Tuesday roll out the red carpet for two visiting African heads of state, a spokesman of the President's Office told PANA late Monday. Full text...

  • Opposition leader's trial referred to Supreme Court
    07 may 2001 20:13:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The High Court in Zimbabwe on Monday referred the trial on terrorism charges of the country's main opposition leader to the Supreme Court after the defence appealed to challenge the constitutionality of the law under which the politician was being charged. Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives message from Putin
    07 may 2001 19:32:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The leader of the Libyan Revolution, Col. Full text...

  • Tanzanian, French Forces for Joint Military Exercise
    07 may 2001 19:07:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- French and Tanzanian forces will hold a joint military exercise in February 2002 as part of France's initiative to help build up peace-keeping capacity of African armies. Full text...

  • Frelimo party urged to adjust to realities
    07 may 2001 19:02:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano on Monday warned that the ruling Frelimo Party "must adjust to reality - it is not reality that must adjust to the Party. Full text...

  • Diplomat complains war veterans manhandle him
    07 may 2001 18:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Canada's High Commissioner in Harare, James Wall Monday complained that veterans of Zimbabwe's independence war manhandled him at the weekend when while intervening in a labour dispute involving a Canadian-based NGO. Full text...

  • Namibia condemns Uganda's pullout threat
    07 may 2001 18:50:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia on Monday described Uganda's threat to unilaterally withdraw its troops from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as an attempt to violate the July 1999 Lusaka peace agreement. Full text...

  • Former Minister Wants President to Speak Out on His Resignation
    07 may 2001 18:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Controversy deepened on Monday surrounding the abrupt resignation last Thursday of Zimbabwe's Industry and International Trade Minister Nkosana Moyo, who has since relocated to South Africa with his family. Full text...

  • Nigerian peace emissaries in Khartoum
    07 may 2001 18:03:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Nigerian foreign Minister Sule Lamido and the country's former President Ibrahim Babangida arrived in Khartoum Monday in continuation of Abuja's efforts to broker peace in Sudan. Full text...

  • Rwanda, Zimbabwe in talks
    07 may 2001 17:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame arrived in Zimbabwe Monday where he has been holding talks with President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Niger authorities prohibit opposition demonstration
    07 may 2001 17:12:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The opposition along with civil organisations in Niger have threatened legal action against Niamey City authorities after the Mayor banned a demonstration they had planned for Monday to show their solidarity with detained students on hunger strike. Full text...

  • Socialist International advocates review of IMF mission
    07 may 2001 16:39:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The international association of socialist parties, Socialist International (SI), has called for a redefinition of the role of international financial institutions, notably the International Monetary Fund (IMF) vis-à-vis developing countries. Full text...

  • Senegalese press for more political progress
    07 may 2001 15:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 29 April early parliamentary elections whose results were officially proclaimed on 4 May in Dakar, observers note, confirm the democratic achievements in Senegal since the restoration of political pluralism in 1974 when the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) was created. Full text...

  • Jammeh off to Mauritania
    07 may 2001 15:47:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian President Yayah Jammeh left Banjul Monday on a three-day official visit to Mauritania, official sources said. Full text...

  • Chiluba swears in new cabinet
    07 may 2001 15:12:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Frederick Chiluba Monday sworn-in part of his new cabinet after Friday's dissolution of the old team. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition leader on terrorism trial
    07 may 2001 14:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai appeared in Court Monday on terrorism charges for warning President Robert Mugabe last year of a possible public uprising if he did not step down. Full text...

  • Burkinabe Foreign minister visits Morocco
    07 may 2001 13:26:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Burkinabe Foreign Affairs minister Youssef Ouedraogo is in Rabat on a two-day official visit to Morocco. Full text...

  • Russian foreign minister visits Tripoli
    07 may 2001 12:40:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The secretary of the Libyan people's committee for external relations and international co-operation, Abdul Rahmane Chalgham, and the Russian minister of foreign affairs, Igor Ivanov, held discussions on how to consolidate relations between the two countries Sunday evening in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Media under fire for campaign against Mbeki
    07 may 2001 11:46:00
    Cape Town South Africa (PANA) -- A group of prominent black business leaders has slammed South Africa's predominantly white- owned media for promoting a white right-wing campaign against President Thabo Mbeki. Full text...

  • South African ruling party moves to end in-fighting
    07 may 2001 09:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress, which has been dogged by in-fighting, has dissolved its Northern province executive committee and appointed a convenor to oversee its functions in a bid to cool off tension. Full text...

  • Opposition party calls for security minister to quit
    07 may 2001 09:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The opposition Freedom Front party has demanded the immediate resignation of the country's Safety and Security Minister Steve Tshwete for what it said was the "extremely poor handling" of the alleged plot to oust President Thabo Mbeki from power. Full text...

  • Party pulls out of Mauritian government
    06 may 2001 18:32:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Republican Movement, a small party with a single legislator in the Mauritian parliament on Saturday evening withdrew its support from the MSM/MM Alliance in power since 11 September 2000. Full text...

  • Over 1,200 Ethiopians repatriated from Eritrea
    06 may 2001 16:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A total of 1. Full text...

  • Castro visits Algeria
    06 may 2001 16:25:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Cuban President Fidel Castro Ruz is in Algiers Sunday where he arrived on Saturday evening to begin a two-day official visit. Full text...

  • Chiluba condemns violence that killed one person
    06 may 2001 15:35:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Frederick Chiluba Subday condemned Saturday's violence which left one person dead in Lusaka as the police dispersed people from an illegal rally called by ministers expelled from his ruling party. Full text...

  • Good leadership to determine quality of African Union
    06 may 2001 15:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The quality and credibility of leaders in various countries would determine the strength of the African Union (AU) whose Constitutive Act is scheduled to take effect on 26 May, says an official from a Dakar-based development non-governmental organisation. Full text...

  • Chiluba Names New Cabinet
    06 may 2001 14:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Two days after he dissolved his cabinet, Zambian President Frederick Chiluba has begun constituting a new government and appointed former Health minister Enock Kavindele new vice president. Full text...

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