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  • South African opposition wants senior minister sacked
    08 june 2001 09:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has labelled Safety and Security minister Steve Tshwete a national embarrassment and called on President Thabo Mbeki to sack him. Full text...

  • Raiders tear American flag in Kenya
    08 june 2001 09:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Police are investigating a raid on a house in Malindi (a resort town on the shores of the Indian Ocean) thought to be linked to the conviction in New York this week of a suspect in the 1998 twin bombing of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Full text...

  • Gambia supports no independence for Casamance
    07 june 2001 23:48:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Authorities in Banjul have informed separatists leaders that Gambia will not be a party to the protracted agitation for the independence of Senegal's southern province of Casamance. Full text...

  • UN asks Mkapa to pursue peace in Great Lakes region
    07 june 2001 23:17:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has asked Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa to play a more pivotal role in the quest for peace in the war ravaged Great Lakes region. Full text...

  • Malawi deputy foreign minister resigns
    07 june 2001 23:16:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's deputy foreign minister Davis Katsonga has resigned from his post without giving reasons for his decision. Full text...

  • Taylor accuses NGOs of spying in Liberia
    07 june 2001 22:53:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has accused non-governmental organizations operating in the country of engaging in intelligence gathering, local press reports said Thursday. Full text...

  • Opposition MP condemns farm attacks
    07 june 2001 21:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Opposition MP Cheryllyn Dudley of the African Christian Democratic Party on Thursday extended condolences to families who lost loved ones in the recent farm murders in Mpumalanga, King Williams Town and Ceres in the Western Cape. Full text...

  • Wade endorses Ben Ali's solidarity fund plan
    07 june 2001 20:10:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade on Thursday endorsed proposals by Tunisian counterpart Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to create a world solidarity fund. Full text...

  • Wade holds talks with Tunisian counterpart
    07 june 2001 19:54:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Visiting Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia have held a round of talks focused on bilateral cooperation and prevailing international issues, the Tunisian news agency TAP reported. Full text...

  • UN envoy for Somalia visits Sudan
    07 june 2001 18:00:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- UN special envoy for Somalia David Steven Thursday arrived in Khartoum to confer with Sudanese officials on the peace process in Somalia. Full text...

  • Salim says OAU transformation will dominate Lusaka Summit
    07 june 2001 17:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim, said in Lusaka Thursday that the transformation of the OAU into the African Union would be a key issue at the 9-11 July Summit in the Zambian capital. Full text...

  • "Peace Ship" to sail River Congo in July
    07 june 2001 16:40:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A "Peace Ship" will sail on River Congo next month bound for Mbandaka, capital of the north-western DR Congo province of Equateur, carrying medicine, clothes, school equipment and tools for the local population. Full text...

  • Gambia seeks Eyadema's support for ECOWAS job
    07 june 2001 16:33:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema has received an envoy of his Gambian counterpart Yaya Jammeh, seeking his support for Gambia's candidate for the post of Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Chadian opposition renews petition against election results
    07 june 2001 16:31:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Opposition candidates at the 20 May presidential election in Chad have indicated they plan to file an additional petition for the total annulment of the results. Full text...

  • Senegalese envoy in Praia for bilateral talks
    07 june 2001 16:19:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the Senegalese Foreign Ministry Mamadou Fall, is in Praia on a week-long official visit for bilateral co-operation talks with Cape Verdian officials. Full text...

  • Anti-corruption commission freezes minister's account
    07 june 2001 11:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has frozen Home Affairs Minister Peter Machungwa's private bank account as part of its continued investigations into his alleged involvement over the diversion of two billion kwacha from parliament (1 USD = K3,500). Full text...

  • Amnesty International presents 2001 report in Morocco
    07 june 2001 11:26:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Amnesty International, the human rights watchdog, has presented its 2001 report at a news conference held in Rabat. Full text...

  • USFP members call for extraordinary congress
    07 june 2001 09:52:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Several factions in the Socialist Union of People's Forces (USFP), the main party in the Moroccan government coalition, have called for the holding of an extraordinary congress of Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi's party, a source close to the protesters said Wednesday. Full text...

  • King Mohammed VI receives Mauritanian message
    06 june 2001 23:24:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI on Wednesday received a message from the Mauritanian President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya. Full text...

  • Casamance separatist leaders denounce violence
    06 june 2001 23:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Leaders of the Movement for Democratic Forces in Casamance, currently meeting in Gambia to derive a consensus ahead of peace negotiations with the Senegalese government, say they denounce violence. Full text...

  • Cabinet to examine programme of action
    06 june 2001 23:13:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's cabinet Thursday begins a three-day meeting to formulate the government's five-year plan of action. Full text...

  • Salim condemns coup attempt in Bangui
    06 june 2001 22:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim on Wednesday expressed concern over atrocities committed against innocent civilians in the wake of the attempted coup in the Central African Republic and called for an "immediately" end to the violence. Full text...

  • President Wade arrives in Tunis
    06 june 2001 21:39:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade arrived in Tunis late Wednesday for a two-day official visit at the invitation of his Tunisian counterpart Zine Abidine Ben Ali. Full text...

  • Opposition party tables motion against Mugabe
    06 june 2001 19:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An opposition MP Wednesday gave notice in Parliament that his African Christian Democratic Party recognises that the economic and political "cancer" of President Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe undermines the entire region. Full text...

  • SACP urges release of jailed pupil as victim of racism
    06 june 2001 19:16:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- There is need for an extensive campaign to eradicate racism in South Africa's education system, a senior official of the South African Communist Party (SACP) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • African Union: 40 OAU Member States Deposit Instruments
    06 june 2001 18:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Gabon Wednesday became the 40th OAU Member State to deposit its instrument of ratification of the African Union Constitutive Act, with the General Secretariat. Full text...

  • Eleven Ethiopian soldiers defect to Kenya
    06 june 2001 18:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Eleven Ethiopian army officers have defected to Kenya. Full text...

  • Ethiopia releases detained academicians from jail on bail
    06 june 2001 16:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Two prominent detainees, retired professor Mesfin Wolde-Mariam and Berhanu Nega, a lecturer in economics at the Addis Ababa University (AAU), have been released after a month in detention. Full text...

  • Ethiopia releases detained academicians from jail on bail
    06 june 2001 16:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Two prominent detainees, retired professor Mesfin Wolde-Mariam and Berhanu Nega, a lecturer in economics at the Addis Ababa University (AAU), have been released after a month in detention. Full text...

  • PLO seeks Botswana's support against Israel
    06 june 2001 16:44:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Palestinian Authority's ambassador to southern Africa, Ali Halimeh, Tuesday sought Botswana's help in convincing Israel to honour cease-fire agreements and start dialogue in the raging Middle East crisis. Full text...

  • Taylor admits sanctions biting Liberians
    06 june 2001 16:38:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- President Charles Taylor has admitted that UN sanctions imposed on Liberia a month ago are "biting" the people, the local press reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Namibian MP wants African Union popularised
    06 june 2001 14:31:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's ruling SwapoParty MP, Erasmus Hendjala, has called on the country's Foreign Affairs, Information and Broadcasting Ministry to help popularise the Africa Union, whose Constitutive Act went into force 26 May. Full text...

  • Obasanjo still to decide on second term
    06 june 2001 14:19:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- With many of his supporters already campaigning for him, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo says he is yet to decide on going for a second term of office. Full text...

  • Nigerian Senate rejects National Conference
    06 june 2001 14:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Reconfirming its earlier rejection of calls for a national conference, Nigeria's upper legislative chamber, the Senate, has voted against the gathering. Full text...

  • Taiwan grants Senegal 14 million US dollars
    06 june 2001 13:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Republic of China (Taiwan) has granted Senegal 14 million US dollars for the construction of what Dakar authorities dub "African University of the Future. Full text...

  • Commission sues for peace in Burundi
    06 june 2001 13:18:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 20 members of the Commission in charge of monitoring the Burundi peace agreement, have appealed to the country's politicians to cease "political and military hostilities" with a view to reaching a final compromise, official sources said. Full text...

  • Police ban rallies in Zambia ahead of the OAU summit
    06 june 2001 13:06:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Police in Zambia have announced a temporal ban on political rallies during the period running up to the hosting of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit in Lusaka and the viewing of the eclipse of the sun. Full text...

  • Presidents Kufuor, Mbeki hold talks at economic forum
    06 june 2001 13:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President John Kufuor of Ghana, who is attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) Summit in Durban, South Africa Wednesday morning held talks with host President Thabo Mbeki. Full text...

  • President Moi gears up for coming polls
    06 june 2001 12:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) --As general elections draw near, President Daniel arap Moi is observably off to the requisite political engineering to consolidate the ruling KANU party's hold, analysts in Kenya note. Full text...

  • Detained Ethiopian scholars released on bail
    06 june 2001 11:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Two Ethiopian scholars, Prof. Full text...

  • Senegal reinforces troops in southern Casamance
    06 june 2001 11:27:00
    Bignona- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese army has dispatched more reinforcement including an airforce plane to help smother sporadic rebel fire in Bignona in southern Casamance where separatists are fighting for autonomous rule. Full text...

  • Rebel Congolese troops embroiled in Bangui coup
    06 june 2001 10:28:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Central African Republic Ambassador to DR Congo, Sise Le Bernard, has not only conceded that troops from Jean-Pierre Bemba's Congolese Liberation Movement (MLC) were helping CAR forces fight back mutineers, but insisted there was nothing wrong in their presence there. Full text...

  • South African opposition leader pays tribute to ANC
    06 june 2001 09:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Tony Leon, leader of South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Tuesday night paid tribute to the ruling African National Congress, acknowledging it has reduced the budget deficit, brought inflation under control and kept a rein on public spending. Full text...

  • Don Mckinnon says Cameroon on the right track
    05 june 2001 22:54:00
    Younde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Visiting Commonweath Secretary General Don Mckinnon has said that Cameroon was on the right track in implementing the Harare Declaration on Good governance. Full text...

  • EU parliamentarians to visit Rabat Friday
    05 june 2001 22:10:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A delegation from the European Parliament is expected in Morocco for a three-day working visit beginning 8 June, according to the Chamber of Representatives in Rabat. Full text...

  • OAU ministerial delegation continues visit in Comoros
    05 june 2001 21:52:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Malagasy foreign minister Lila Hanitra Ratsifandrihamanana has urged Comorians to regard the visit of an OAU delegation as "a sign of support from the entire international community. Full text...

  • Ruling Party Youths Assault Opposition Supporters
    05 june 2001 21:03:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- President Bakili Muluzi's traditional address to parliament at the start of the budget session was Tuesday overshadowed by violent clashes between supporters of his United Democratic Front (UDF) party and the opposition. Full text...

  • Co-operation minister postpones trip to DRC
    05 june 2001 20:53:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgian junior co-operation minister Eddy Boutmans has postponed his working visit to the Democratic Republic Of Congo to 30 June, an official source said in Brussels Tuesday. Full text...

  • Annan Sends Mali's Toure as Envoy to Central African Republic
    05 june 2001 18:51:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has appointed former Malian head of state, General Amadou Toure, his Special Envoy to the Central African Republic (CAR) where a coup attempt has left a trail of violence. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Edo State sacks cabinet
    05 june 2001 17:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The governor of Nigeria's mid- western Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion, has dismissed his entire cabinet as part of a restructuring process, the privately-owned African Independent Television (AIT) reported Tuesday. Full text...

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