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  • Senegalese, Moroccan leaders worry over Middle East
    23 may 2001 09:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese and Moroccan Heads of State have expressed concern about the escalation of violence in the West Bank and Gaza, which President Abdoulaye Wade blamed on "the warfarist policy of the Israeli government. Full text...

  • Foreign troops to begin DR Congo pull out next February
    23 may 2001 08:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Defence and Foreign Affairs ministers from countries involved in the DR Congo conflict, have agreed to begin the withdrawal of their troops by 22 February next year. Full text...

  • Party to Burundi conflict accuses Bomani of partiality
    22 may 2001 23:47:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Unity for National Progress (UPRONA) has turned down an invitation to attend consultations on Wednesday with the other Burundi parties in Arusha, Tanzania. Full text...

  • Senegal, Morocco concerned over Middle East violence
    22 may 2001 23:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and King Mohammed VI of Morocco on Tuesday expressed serious concern over the escalating violence in the West Bank and Gaza strip. Full text...

  • Troops withdrawal from DR Congo agreed for February 2002
    22 may 2001 22:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A joint meeting between regional defence and foreign ministers and ambassadors from the UN Security Council Tuesday night agreed in Lusaka that total withdrawal of all foreign troops from DR Congo begin 22 February 2002. Full text...

  • France's Labour Minister Visits Morocco
    22 may 2001 21:49:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- France's minister for labour, Elizabeth Guigou, is due in Rabat Wednesday for a three-day official visit. Full text...

  • Tight schedule awaits Colin Powell in Mali
    22 may 2001 21:47:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A busy schedule awaits US Secretary of State Colin Powell who arrives in Bamako on Wednesday to begin an African tour. Full text...

  • Rwandan Army Hunts Down Hutu Rebels
    22 may 2001 21:22:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda's army on Tuesday continued pursuing Hutu rebels who over the weekend penetrated into the northern Ruhengeri province from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Italy gives Tunisia two military planes
    22 may 2001 21:03:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Italy has donated two G-222 planes to the Tunisian airforce under their bilateral military co- operation, the Tunisian News Agency TAP reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • French foreign minister to visit Nouakchott
    22 may 2001 20:52:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine is expected to arrive in Mauritania on 4 June, according to diplomatic sources in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Buyoya predicts full-scale war in Burundi
    22 may 2001 20:46:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- President Paul Buyoya has predicted a full-scale war in Burundi, citing massive rebel infiltration, a deadlocked peace process, belligerent declarations, forced war efforts, economic depression and a coup attempt. Full text...

  • UEMOA mission ends visit in Abidjan
    22 may 2001 20:15:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Inter-Parliamentary Committee (IPC) of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) has urged Ivorian authorities to intensify efforts to restore internal peace, stability and harmony. Full text...

  • Speaker of Portuguese Parliament to visit Morocco
    22 may 2001 20:13:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Speaker Almeda Santos of the Portuguese Parliament is expected to start an official four-day visit to Morocco on Thursday, aimed at strengthening relations between Lisbon and Rabat. Full text...

  • UN Official Sees Brighter Chances for Peace Dialogue in Angola
    22 may 2001 18:44:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- There are better chances now for dialogue between the Angolan government and the UNITA rebel movement owing mainly to increasing pressure for peace by the Angolan civil society, a senior UN official has observed. Full text...

  • Congolese rebel group undertakes to disengage forces
    22 may 2001 18:04:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- At the 4th joint meeting of the UN Security Council and the Political Committee on the cease-fire agreement in DR Congo, President Frederick Chiluba of Zambia Tuesday hinted of a commitment on the part of the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) to disengage its forces. Full text...

  • Powell's diplomatic shuttle to Africa
    22 may 2001 17:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The significance of the maiden African tour by US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who is threading America's familiar route through Mali, South Africa, Kenya and Uganda may lie more in its symbolism than pushing Washington's interest in Africa any further than where the Clinton administration left off. Full text...

  • Military deny arresting disgruntled soldiers
    22 may 2001 17:36:00
    GABORONE- Botswana (PANA) -- The Botswana military Tuesday denied it has arrested a number of soldiers in connection with mutiny reports and threats to kill President Festus Mogae. Full text...

  • Sudanese authorities extend detention of opposition leader
    22 may 2001 17:28:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A Khartoum north district court Tuesday extended the detention of Hassan el Turabi, leader of the Popular National Congress (PNC) party for one week, starting 21 May. Full text...

  • Ivorian opposition welcomes government overtures
    22 may 2001 16:43:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The secretary general of the opposition Rally of Republicans (RDR), Henriette Dagari Diabate, has lauded talks with Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, describing them as "frank and open. Full text...

  • Belgian defence minister arrives in Cotonou
    22 may 2001 16:08:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Belgian defence minister Andre Flahaut arrived in Cotonou Tuesday for an official visit to Benin, according to an official statement issued Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNMEE commission agrees to replace nominated judges
    22 may 2001 15:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Ethiopia-Eritrea compensation commission on claims related to the resolved conflict between the two countries has agreed to replace the judges nominated by each side, the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rival supporters clash over election results
    22 may 2001 15:22:00
    Masvingo- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Thousands of rival party supporters clashed in the southern Zimbabwean town of Masvingo Monday over the outcome of a mayoral election held two weeks ago, police said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Inter-Congolese Dialogue begins 16 July
    22 may 2001 13:26:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A preparatory meeting on the delayed Inter-DR Congo Dialogue has been fixed for 16 July, according to Jean-David Levitte, head of UN Security Council delegation. Full text...

  • ANC welcomes Boesak's release
    22 may 2001 12:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's ruling Africa National Congress (ANC) Tuesday expressed satisfaction over the release of renowned cleric Allan Boesak, after serving a year of his three-year jail term for fraud and theft. Full text...

  • Powell expected in Bamako Wednesday
    22 may 2001 11:22:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell, accompanied by his wife and a high-powered delegation, is expected in Mali Wednesday on a two-day visit, official sources said Tuesday in Bamako. Full text...

  • Liberation Group wants Powell to postpone African tour
    22 may 2001 11:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya-based African Liberation Initiative (ALI), Tuesday urged the US Secretary of State Colin Powell, to postpone his African tour until after the Africa Liberation Day, on 25 May. Full text...

  • 5 killed in rebel ambush
    22 may 2001 10:15:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- At least five people were killed and many others were seriously injured when suspected Burundi rebels attacked a commuter bus Sunday in the south eastern Rutana province. Full text...

  • Mohamed VI pays first visit to Senegal
    22 may 2001 07:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- King Mohamed VI of Morocco, who is paying a three-day official visit to Senegal from Tuesday, acceded to the throne 23 July 1999, taking over from his late father King Hassan II. Full text...

  • Rwandan Army kills more than 50 Hutu Rebels
    21 may 2001 23:49:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan troops on Sunday killed more than 50 armed Hutu rebels in northern Ruhengeri province, military sources in the area reported Monday night. Full text...

  • Malian parliament examines Mayor's case
    21 may 2001 23:41:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian Parliament has created an ad-hoc committee to examine the consequences of the sentencing of Bamako's Mayor and the director of the Malian Radio and Television Broadcasting Corporation for libel. Full text...

  • Burundi delegation invited for Arusha talks
    21 may 2001 23:18:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A 15-man Burundian delegation has been invited to participate in another peace consultation opening in Arusha, Tanzania on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Lawyers withdraw defence for opposition leader
    21 may 2001 23:05:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Lawyers who volunteered to defend Mohamed Lemine Ould Ch'Bih Malainine, chairman of the Popular Front, have withdrawn from the case, a party official confirmed to PANA Monday in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Opposition candidate says no win for Deby
    21 may 2001 22:34:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- The candidate of the party for Freedom and Development, Ibn Oumar Mahamat Saleh Monday said President Idriss Deby "cannot win" Sunday's election despite voting irregularities that occurred in his favour. Full text...

  • Ghana deposits Union ratification instrument
    21 may 2001 22:26:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ghana on Monday deposited its instrument of ratification of the constitutive act of the African Union, becoming the 37th OAU member state to do so. Full text...

  • 12,000 new Liberian refugees enter Sierra Leone
    21 may 2001 20:37:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Representatives of the UNHCR have announced registering some 12,000 Liberian refugees in Sierra Leone's eastern town of Daru in Kailahun district in the past one week. Full text...

  • East African opposition parties lack funds
    21 may 2001 20:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The economic downturn in East Africa has adversely effected opposition parties in the sub-region virtually rendering them toothless. Full text...

  • Malian party hails Alpha Conde's release
    21 may 2001 19:39:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Party for National Renaissance (PARENA) in Mali has hailed the release of Alpha Conde, secretary general of the Rally of the People of Guinea which was defeated in the 1998 presidential election. Full text...

  • Security Council Delegation Says Peace Process in DRC Encouraging
    21 may 2001 19:23:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- France's permanent representative to the UN Security Council, Jean David Levitte, has said there is no need to deploy more observers to monitor the disengagement of forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Pro-government militia group attacks rebel positions
    21 may 2001 19:09:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) has confirmed that pro-government militias known as Kamajohs violated the cease-fire by attacking positions of the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Kono district. Full text...

  • Gambia registers voters
    21 may 2001 18:45:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A nation-wide voters registration opened Monday ahead of Gambia's local council, parliamentary and presidential elections in October. Full text...

  • Botswana Minister supports Gurirab for OAU's top job
    21 may 2001 18:10:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) ­ Botswana Foreign Minis-ter Mompati Merafhe says he is supporting his Namibian counterpart Theo-Ben Gurirab in the race for the post of OAU Secretary-General. Full text...

  • Opposition cries foul in Chad's presidential election
    21 may 2001 17:30:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Notwithstanding observer claims to the contrary, the opposition in Chad has complained of irregularities in last Sunday's presidential election, in which the incumbent Idriss Deby was up against six challengers. Full text...

  • Political Committee meets on DR Congo conflict
    21 may 2001 13:44:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The 11th session of the Political Committee for the implementation of the Lusaka peace agreement on the Democratic Republic of Congo opened in the Zambian capital Monday, to review progress on the disengagement of forces. Full text...

  • No improvement in US-Sudanese relations soon
    21 may 2001 11:19:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A US policy document to end the war in southern Sudan which was prepared by the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is considered by Sudan as the most controversial document issued by the US administration in the past two decades. Full text...

  • Zuma acclaims visit to Mexico, Columbia
    21 may 2001 10:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Deputy President Jacob Zuma who returned home Sunday from a week-long trip to Mexico and Colombia, said his trip was a great success and demonstrated the important role South Africa played in the international arena. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe appoints labour judges for work disputes
    21 may 2001 08:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government, under fire for letting former fighters of the country's war of independence invade companies to arbitrate in labour disputes, on Sunday appointed three labour judges to deal with a mountain of labour cases. Full text...

  • Eyadema applauds release of Guinean opposition leader
    20 may 2001 20:07:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema who is also the current OAU chairman has Commended his Guinean counterpart Lansana Conte for Releasing opposition leader Alpha Conde from prison. Full text...

  • Sudan condemns Israeli aggression against Palestine
    20 may 2001 19:44:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan has strongly condemned the continuous criminal Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in the occupied territories where fighter planes recently bombarded infrastructures. Full text...

  • Voting goes smoothly In Chadian presidential poll
    20 may 2001 19:03:00
    Ndjamena- Chad (PANA) -- The chairman of the Chadian Independent National Electoral Commission, Yokabdjim Mandingui has reported that voting went on smoothly throughout the country in Sunday's first round presidential election. Full text...

  • Expert warns against 4th term for Nujoma
    20 may 2001 18:23:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- South Africa's Centre for Defence and Security Management has advised Namibian politicians to avoid using unconstitutional tactics to remain in power. Full text...

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