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  • South Africa, France issue Joint Declaration
    01 june 2001 11:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa and France on Friday expressed support for efforts being made to mobilise the international community in the fight against the incurable HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Bissau troops clash with Senegal's Casamance separatists
    31 may 2001 23:40:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau Defence minister Lucio Soares Thursday confirmed there were clashes between elements of the Bissau army and the Salif Sadio faction of the southern Senegalese Movement of Casamance Democratic Forces. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's RUF hands over weapons to UN mission
    31 may 2001 22:38:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The UN mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) has confirmed the return of weapons the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) seized from ECOMOG and UNAMSIL. Full text...

  • Mali ratifies protocol on African Parliament
    31 may 2001 22:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Mali, an OAU release announced Thursday, has become the first Member State to ratify the protocol to the treaty stabilising the African economic community relating to the Pan-African parliament, and to deposit the instrument of ratification with the OAU general secretariat. Full text...

  • Gabon, Mauritania ratify Union constitutive Act
    31 may 2001 21:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Gabon and Mauritania Thursday became the 43rd and 44th OAU member states to ratify the constitutive Act of the African Union, a release said. Full text...

  • Mozambique's RENAMO blames UN for unpaid bills
    31 may 2001 21:22:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's main opposition party and former rebel movement, RENAMO, has intimated the UN was to blame for its financial difficulties. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone signs protocol on African Parliament
    31 may 2001 20:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Permanent Representative at the OAU, Alhaji Fode M. Full text...

  • Mali condemns coup attempt in CAR
    31 may 2001 19:55:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian government, in an official statement, has strongly condemned the attempted coup against President Ange Felix Patasse of the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Old African hand Crocker likely US envoy to Sudan
    31 may 2001 19:30:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Former Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Chester Crocker has been tipped as US envoy to Sudan, where he could lead American efforts in resolving Sudan's 30-year-old civil war, press and diplomatic sources said in New York Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria, UK forging closer military ties
    31 may 2001 18:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria is to strengthen military ties with former colonial power, UK as part of efforts to re-professionalise and re-equip its military, the local media reported Thursday. Full text...

  • African Union: Challenges and stakes of the Lusaka Summit
    31 may 2001 18:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The coming into force of the African Union on 26 May after 23 months of high-level efforts went unnoticed by the international community. Full text...

  • Zambians Say Govt Unprepared to Host OAU Summit
    31 may 2001 16:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Though government maintains it would be naive to change the venue of the forthcoming summit of the OAU, several Zambians say an alternative host could save their cash-strapped nation from embarrassment. Full text...

  • French Prime Minister visits South Africa
    31 may 2001 13:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- French Prime Minster Lionel Jospin arrived in South Africa Thursday on two-day official visit and held discussions with President Thabo Mbeki in Cape Town. Full text...

  • South Africa asks for no reprieve for embassy bomber
    31 may 2001 12:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa will not press US authorities to spare the life of Khalfan Khamis Mohamed, convicted Tuesday for involvement in the bombing of two US embassies in East Africa in 1998, justice ministry spokeman Paul Setsetse said Thursday in Cape Town. Full text...

  • UNHCR co-ordinator for Great Lakes tours Zambia
    31 may 2001 12:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UNHCR co-ordinator for the Great Lakes region, Chrysanthus Ache has arrived in Zambia in continuation of his tour to discuss the problem of refugees with government officials in the region. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Army Commander Denies Coup Plot
    31 may 2001 11:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe armed forces commander, General Vitalis Zvinavashe denied Thursday the army was plotting a coup against President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • ANC says upgrading local government is crucial
    31 may 2001 09:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The ANC Thursday said the appointment of MP Ntombazana Botha as deputy minister of provincial and local government was an indication of the "seriousness the administration attaches to local government". Full text...

  • Chadian poll results continues to ignite indignation
    30 may 2001 23:41:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Various human rights groups and refugee support groups in France have expressed concern at the silence of the international community "in the face of the repression of a true democratic process in Chad. Full text...

  • African Union: Challenges and stakes of the Lusaka Summit
    30 may 2001 23:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The coming into force last 26 May of the African Union following 23 months of efforts at the highest level has gone unnoticed by the international diplomats. Full text...

  • Wade's Omega Plan seeks "global authority" for Africa
    30 may 2001 23:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Omega Plan for Africa, which Senegalese leader Abdoulaye Wade has proposed to his peers, advocates a new pact of partnership with the rest of the world, managed by a "global authority" under the direct responsibility of the United Nations. Full text...

  • Sudanese government seeks Europe's understanding
    30 may 2001 22:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Foreign minister Mustafa Osman Ismail Wednesday conceded that his current European tour was to forge positive dialogue with western countries, insisting that external understanding was crucial in the resolution of Sudan's political crisis. Full text...

  • Parliament removes Rawlings Day from calendar
    30 may 2001 22:30:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's parliament Wednesday passed a bill to scrap 4 June as a public holiday known as Rawlings Day. Full text...

  • UN Mission reports encouraging developments in DR Congo
    30 may 2001 22:30:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council team that concluded a 10-day mission to the Great Lakes region of Africa over the weekend has reported encouraging developments towards peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo. Full text...

  • Senegalese envoy warns compatriots off Gambian politics
    30 may 2001 22:10:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Senegal's Ambassador to Gambia, Gen. Full text...

  • Nujoma directs partial ban on independent newspaper
    30 may 2001 21:09:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The increasing hostility between Namibia's independent press and the government has reached high peak with the country's president, Sam Nujoma, personally ordering a near total boycott of the editorially critical English daily, The Namibian. Full text...

  • Dhlakama promises Renamo congress for later this year
    30 may 2001 20:49:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A meeting of the national council of Mozambique's main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, began in Maputo Wednesday to prepare the party's congress scheduled for November. Full text...

  • Police arrest prominent personalities for corruption
    30 may 2001 20:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Several prominent people, including a former senior official in the ruling Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) party, Siye Abreha, have been arrested over corruption charges, police said Wednesday in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Kenyan president picks bone with foreign envoys
    30 may 2001 20:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In an embarrassing outburst, Kenya's President Daniel arap Moi has reportedly lashed at foreign missions, charging that they fail to keep diplomatic norms when they "dump" billions of shillings into NGOs. Full text...

  • Other areas join protests in northern Malawi
    30 may 2001 19:49:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Thousands of demonstrators Wednesday took to the streets in Karonga, Rumphi, Nkhata Bay and Mzimba districts in a show of solidarity with fellow protestors in Malawi's Chitipa district where police last week violently suppressed a demonstration. Full text...

  • Demonstrations spread in northern Malawi
    30 may 2001 19:39:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Thousands of demonstrators Wednesday took to the streets in Malawi's northern districts of Karonga, Rumphi, Nkhata Bay and Mzimba in solidarity the district of Chitipa where police last Friday broke street protests. Full text...

  • UN Mission reports encouraging developments in DR Congo
    30 may 2001 19:32:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council team that concluded a 10-day mission to the Great Lakes region of Africa over the weekend has reported encouraging developments towards peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo. Full text...

  • Former vice president resigns from ruling party
    30 may 2001 17:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Zambian Vice President Christon Tembo Wednesday confirmed his resignation from the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) and Parliament. Full text...

  • Cape Verdian parliament endorses AU act
    30 may 2001 16:20:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde's parliament has authorised the government to ratify the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU), which took effect last Saturday. Full text...

  • Turabi transferred to another confinement area
    30 may 2001 16:19:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Security authorities in Sudan have transferred opposition politician Hassan el Turabi from Cooper prison to a government building in the Kafori suburb north of Khartoum, the local press reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ministers to discuss Air Afrique crisis next week
    30 may 2001 14:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Finance and transport ministers from countries which own Air Afrique are to meet in Abidjan on 5 and 6 June to discuss measures of salvaging the ailing multinational airline. Full text...

  • France condemns violence in CAR
    30 may 2001 14:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has condemned the attempted coup in the Central African Republic where at least 20 people were reportedly killed when dissident soldiers attacked President Ange Felix Patasse's residence early Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritius adopts bill to deport foreign prisoners
    30 may 2001 13:58:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Foreigners serving penal sentences in Mauritius would now be deported according to a Transfer of Prisoners Bill which the Mauritius Parliament adopted in Port Louis Tuesday night. Full text...

  • UN envoy ponders whereabouts of former rebel commander
    30 may 2001 13:12:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A special representative of the UN secretary general in Sierra Leone, Oluyemi Adeniji said the UN and ECOWAS are "still concerned" over the whereabouts of former Sierra Leone rebel commander Sam Bockarie. Full text...

  • Congo Rebel Group Forces Children into Army
    30 may 2001 10:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The major rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo continues to recruit children to wage war against the government, Human Rights Watch charges in a new report. Full text...

  • Minister gives brief on World Conference against Racism
    30 may 2001 10:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The upcoming World Conference against Racism must ensure that meaningful progress is made in the fight against all forms of racism, South Africa's Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosasana Dlamini-Zuma has said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Denies Coup Reports
    30 may 2001 09:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean authorities Wednesday denied British and South African media reports that the country's armed forces were planning a coup against President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • New Opposition Mayor Faces Arrest for Violence
    30 may 2001 09:04:00
    Masvingo- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Three-days after he was sworn into office, the new opposition mayor of Masvingo, southern Zimbabwe, faced arrest Wednesday for allegedly taking part in violence. Full text...

  • Tribunal to probe alleged cash misuse by three ministers
    30 may 2001 08:23:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Chief Justice Mathew Ngulube will make a formal inquiry into the alleged misuse of public funds to finance the recent national convention of the ruling party. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau deports 53 refugees to Casamance
    29 may 2001 23:49:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 53 Casamance refugees deported from Guinea Bissau arrived Monday night in Ziguinchor, southern Senegal, from Sao Dominga where they had been since last week. Full text...

  • Wade says he will stay mum over opposition status
    29 may 2001 23:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade undertook not to mention the issue of the opposition status anymore, saying that he will leave it to the latter to present it to the National Assembly. Full text...

  • Senior army officer arrested for corruption
    29 may 2001 23:06:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- A senior Rwandan Patriotic Army officer, Col. Full text...

  • Taylor alleges Britain wants to destabilise West Africa
    29 may 2001 22:35:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- President Charles Taylor Tuesday alleged the presence of Britain in the West African sub-region was meant to destabilise the region. Full text...

  • Premier visits Pemba as CUF prepares for rights fight
    29 may 2001 22:25:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- In an effort to normalise the political situation on Pemba Island, Tanzanian prime minister Frederick Sumaye starts a two-day tour of the troubled island on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mozambican opposition figure sues for dialogue
    29 may 2001 22:19:00
    Maputo- Mozambique - Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mo-zambique's RENAMO opposition party, has expressed interest in resuming dialogue - abruptly broke off at the end of March - with President Joaquim Chissano. ) Full text...

  • UNDP, Burundi define cooperation framework
    29 may 2001 21:27:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundi government and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have published a document outlining their cooperation agenda for the period 2002-2004. Full text...

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