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  • Zimbabwe, Australia differ on Mugabe's security
    03 august 2001 16:45:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe and Australia disagreed Friday over security arrangements for President Robert Mugabe at the October Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting (CHOGM), being hosted by Australia. Full text...

  • Masire meets DR Congo delegations
    03 august 2001 15:50:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Former Botswana President Ketumile Masire said Friday that he had met with representatives of the DR Congo government and that country's armed opposition groups. Full text...

  • UN positive about the disarmament programme in Sierra Leone
    03 august 2001 13:26:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Force Commander Lieutenant General Daniel Opande of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) affirmed Friday that fighters from the country's warring factions were turning in weapons in their hundreds, as the disarmament programme there continues. Full text...

  • Ethiopia halts POW exchange
    03 august 2001 09:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia, (PANA) -- Ethiopia has balked from an exchange of prisoners of war with Eritrea, contending that the names of several Ethiopian militiamen and an airforce captain were not on the list of prisoners Eritrea planned to return. Full text...

  • South African opposition meets Kenyan President
    03 august 2001 07:56:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Tony Leon, the leader of South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) is back in Cape Town after holding talks with Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Algerian advocates protest against bill
    02 august 2001 23:07:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian lawyers have protested against plans by the government to submit a draft bill in parliament intended to change the main tenets of their trade. Full text...

  • Govt crackdown on independent press disturbs CPJ
    02 august 2001 22:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said it "is disturbed by the continued detention of Tamrat Zuma", former publisher and editor-in-chief of the defunct Amharic weekly Atkurot in Addis Ababa and a general government crackdown on the independent press in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Mandela to miss opening of World Conference Against Racism
    02 august 2001 21:15:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's former president, Nelson Mandela, said Thursday he would not open the UN World Conference Against Racism at the end of August because of cancer treatment. Full text...

  • Rwanda prepares for renewed rebel offensive
    02 august 2001 20:33:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda said in Kigali Thursday that a big force of Hutu rebels was about to launch a major offensive on its south-western region from the south-eastern Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Trade Unions, SACP slam Bush administration
    02 august 2001 20:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) Thursday reacted with "great disgust" to threats by the Bush administration to boycott the forthcoming UN World Conference against Racism and Xenophobia later this month in Durban. Full text...

  • Cameroonian to head UN mission in DR Congo
    02 august 2001 19:08:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has appointed Cameroon's Namanga Ngongi as his Special Representative to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Full text...

  • Mugabe appoints new Supreme Court Judges
    02 august 2001 16:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Pressing ahead with a controversial reform of the judiciary, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Thursday appointed three new judges to the Supreme Court, the nation's highest court of law. Full text...

  • Togolese Minister warns opposition leader against incitement
    02 august 2001 13:15:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese Interior Minister Sizing Walla has warned opposition leader Yawovi Agboyibo, against inciting the public to violence. Full text...

  • Guinean opposition politician chides African leaders
    02 august 2001 12:18:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Guinean opposition leader, Alpha Conde, recently released from a three-year incarceration, has said in Bamako, Mali, that African leaders can no longer get away with locking up their opponents. Full text...

  • Liberia slams Amnesty International's report
    02 august 2001 11:58:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian government has dismissed as "a malicious lie," claims by London-based Amnesty International that civilians were tortured, raped and killed in the country's Lofa County by government forces. Full text...

  • Kenyan MP found dead
    02 august 2001 11:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan MP was found dead early Thursday in still unclear circumstances, police said in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Group accuses Nujoma of human rights violations
    02 august 2001 07:34:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A local rights group has accused Namibian President Sam Nujoma of being privy to 17 percent of the 99 incidents of human rights abuse and violations reported in the country this year. Full text...

  • France congratulates Sao Tome president-elect
    01 august 2001 23:25:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French authorities Wednesday sent a congratulatory message to Fradique de Menezez, winner of the 29 July presidential election in Sao Tome and Principe. Full text...

  • Cape Verde's anti-corruption body to be dumped
    01 august 2001 23:18:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdian Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves intends to ask parliament during its next session in October to dissolve the Upper Authority against corruption established by the former government. Full text...

  • Rights body wants reparation discussed at racism conference
    01 august 2001 22:44:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Human Rights Watch, an international human rights organisation, has promised to press for concrete measures on reparation for slavery, caste discrimination and discrimination in the administration of justice at the forthcoming world conference on racism. Full text...

  • RSF condemns govt crackdown on Catholic Radio
    01 august 2001 22:20:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The worldwide media watchdog group - Reporters sans frontieres or RSF - Wednesday condemned a Liberian government crackdown denying the Catholic Church-run Radio Veritas in Monrovia to broadcast on shortwave frequency. Full text...

  • Govt denies Catholic radio shortwave rights
    01 august 2001 20:59:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian government has stopped Radio Veritas - a Roman Catholic Church-run radio station in Monrovia - from broadcasting on short-wave frequency, the station manager confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean white farmers appeal for land talks
    01 august 2001 20:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's white farmers Wednesday appealed to the government for dialogue over its militant land reforms. Full text...

  • Kenya denies harbouring Rwandan suspect
    01 august 2001 18:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Wednesday denied allegations that it was protecting a suspected Rwandan genocide sponsor, Felicien Kabuga. Full text...

  • Bush Administration urged to show commitment against racism
    01 august 2001 17:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- US Congresswoman Cynthia Mckinney has called on the Bush Administration to show a commitment to ending racism in America and the world at large. Full text...

  • Opposition party wants leader's treason charge dropped
    01 august 2001 16:28:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's opposition Unity Party (UP) Wednesday urged the government to drop the treason charges against its leader Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, to complete President Charles Taylor's latest amnesty to his political opponents. Full text...

  • France enlists Kenya as strategic partner
    01 august 2001 15:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- French Foreign Minister, Hubert Vedrin, said Wednesday in Nairobi that Paris has chosen Kenya as a strategic partner in the development of Paris' new African policy. Full text...

  • Day three of gendarmes murder trial in Abidjan
    01 august 2001 14:26:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The trial of eight gendarmes (policemen) charged with murder following the discovery of 57 bodies in 2000 in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, entered day three Wednesday with the cross-examination of witnesses. Full text...

  • Judge resigns over Zimbabwe's judicial reforms
    01 august 2001 13:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwe High Court judge resigned Wednesday as the authorities press ahead with plans to reform the judiciary, which they accuse of upholding pre-colonial minority white interests. Full text...

  • Former Togolese minister gets 18-month sentence
    01 august 2001 11:51:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Former Togolese minister of Human Rights and Democratisation, Harry Octavio Olympio, has been sentenced to 18 months in jail and fined 360,000 francs CFA (about 480 US dollars). Full text...

  • Donors help out in Burkina Faso's poverty reduction bid
    01 august 2001 10:23:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso has signed three financial agreements worth over five billion CFA francs (about 6. Full text...

  • Ivorian Supreme Court quashes Palenfo sentence
    01 august 2001 10:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian Supreme Court has quashed a military court ruling in which Gen. Full text...

  • Opposition party reveals gun-licensing abuse
    01 august 2001 09:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Democratic Alliance (DA) deputy chairman Marthinus van Schalkwyk has attacked the Central Firearms Registry (CFR) and Safety and Security minister Steve Tshwete for unfair discrimination and irregularity in the licensing of firearms. Full text...

  • Two million Zambians register for polls
    01 august 2001 08:35:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- About 2. Full text...

  • Zambia consults OAU secretariat on experts' meetings
    01 august 2001 08:23:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has begun consulting the OAU secretariat in Addis Ababa on arrangements for a series of technical committee meetings that would give shape to the main structure of the African Union. Full text...

  • Sudan denounces Israeli Middle East "aggression"
    01 august 2001 07:27:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan has called on all Arab and Muslim states as well as peace-loving nations to take decisive action against what it said were provocative acts of the Israeli government. Full text...

  • Gbagbo sees reconciliation crucial for Cote d'Ivoire
    31 july 2001 23:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire has a stake in moving towards national reconciliation because the present generation believes this is the first time such problems are faced, according to Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo. Full text...

  • South African police to help probe Cardoso's murder
    31 july 2001 22:40:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The South Africa police have been called upon to help solve the last November murder of Mozambique's best known journalist, Carlos Cardoso. Full text...

  • South African police aid in Cardoso murder
    31 july 2001 20:48:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The South Africa police have been called upon to help solve the last November murder of Mozambique's best known journalist, Carlos Cardoso. Full text...

  • Portuguese-speaking ministers focus on citizenship
    31 july 2001 20:24:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Facilitation of people's movement and citizenship status among countries of the Portuguese speaking community, or CPLP, is the focus of a ministerial conference under way in Sao Tome and Principe. Full text...

  • French foreign minister expected in Nairobi Wednesday
    31 july 2001 19:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine is expected in Nairobi Wednesday for a daylong official visit during which he is scheduled to hold talks with Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi. Full text...

  • Embattled white farmers convene congress Wednesday
    31 july 2001 19:45:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's besieged white farmers meet Wednesday for an annual congress amid a hardening stance by the government on its controversial land reform programme involving the forcible seizure of their idle farms to resettle landless peasants. Full text...

  • CPLP ministerial council meets
    31 july 2001 18:03:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Foreign ministers from the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) Tuesday convened in Sao Tome and Principe to discuss common projects, as well as take stock of the last five years. Full text...

  • Egypt deposits ratification instrument
    31 july 2001 17:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Egypt Tuesday deposited its instrument of ratification of the African Union, becoming the 45th OAU member state to do so. Full text...

  • Kenyan MP seeks extension of House's term
    31 july 2001 17:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An MP Tuesday motioned for a five- year extension of the life of Kenyan Parliament by up to five years. Full text...

  • MMD claims opposition leader is not Zambian
    31 july 2001 16:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- With only a few months remaining before elections, the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has charged that opposition leader Godfrey Miyanda is not an indigenous Zambian. Full text...

  • Moi sues former US envoy over book
    31 july 2001 15:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In an unprecedented move, President arap Moi Monday sued former a US ambassador to Kenya, Smith Hempstone, for linking the president to the murder in 1990 of cabinet minister Robert Ouko, press reports said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo urges former rulers to appear before rights Panel
    31 july 2001 14:19:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Amid refusal by some of Nigeria's former military rulers to answer summons from the country's Commission investigating human rights violations, President Olusegun Obasanjo says it is in the interest of such rulers to honour the panel's invitation. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's ruling party wins key election
    31 july 2001 14:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Elated at its weekend victory in a key parliamentary by-election, Zimbabwe's embattled ruling party is waxing with confidence that its controversial land reform policies would deliver the votes in next year's do-or- die presidential polls. Full text...

  • Retired Nigerian Army General apologises for military rule
    31 july 2001 13:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A retired Nigerian Army General has apologised for his role in the military rulership of the country, in what is perhaps the first such move by a member of the military elite that ruled Nigeria for more than two-thirds of its 40 years of independence. Full text...

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