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  • 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...

  • Chiluba says former ministers were party to his failure, success
    29 may 2001 21:12:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian president Frederick Chiluba, still bitter over his frustrated third term bid, Tuesday expressed disappointment over his former ministers' remarks suggesting that his 10-year old government had failed to deliver to Zambians. Full text...

  • Government establishes control in former rebel areas
    29 may 2001 20:44:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Army Media Operations Director, Maj. Full text...

  • Canada, Iran to mediate in Mano River conflict
    29 may 2001 20:28:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Canada and Iran have expressed interest in helping to restore peace and stability to the Mano River Union (MRU) basin in the coming week. Full text...

  • UN concludes disarmament in Two Sierra Leone Districts
    29 may 2001 20:23:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN has announced the conclusion of the disarmament of combatants in Sierra Leone's Kambia and Port Loko Districts. Full text...

  • Taylor assures on elections 2003
    29 may 2001 19:59:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has vowed to uphold the constitutional provision for national elections in 2003, in spite of the on-going war in the north, an official said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Anyaoku calls for national dialogue in Nigeria
    29 may 2001 19:38:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku, has called for a national conference of all Nigerian ethnic nationalities to resolve the issues threatening the country's unity. Full text...

  • Annan condemns coup attempt in Central African Republic
    29 may 2001 18:02:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has condemned Monday's coup attempt against the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and called on its nationals to respect democratic institutions and use dialogue to resolve problems. Full text...

  • Syrian Prime Minister Visits Sudan
    29 may 2001 16:43:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Syrian Prime Minister Mustafa Mero on Tuesday arrived in Khartoum leading his government delegation to the first meeting of the Sudanese-Syrian ministerial committee. Full text...

  • Court Releases Muslim Clerics On Bail
    29 may 2001 16:25:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- There were emotional scenes in Blantyre's Principal Resident Magistrates' Court on Tuesday when Magistrate George Masangano granted bail to five sheikhs. Full text...

  • Fading hopes as Nigeria celebrates Democracy Day
    29 may 2001 15:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Hopes for a better life, rekindled with Nigeria's return to civil rule two years ago after 15 consecutive years of disastrous military rule, are gradually fading away as the country marks the second anniversary of democracy Tuesday. Full text...

  • Africa's power lies in unity, says American lobbyist
    29 may 2001 15:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An African American lobby group leader, Melvin P. Full text...

  • Lawyers want speaker to pursue Chiluba's impeachment
    29 may 2001 15:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The defence counsel for 22 MPs expelled from the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has criticised Speaker Amusaa Mwanamwambwa of the Zambian parliament for refusal to handle the impeachment case against President Frederick Chiluba before the petition against its clients' expulsion. Full text...

  • Sudan Rebel Group Disowns Unity Declaration
    29 may 2001 14:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Sudan People's Defence Forces (SPDF) has rejected the declaration of unity between it and the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA/M) which was announced Monday in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Congolese human rights project gets UNDP grant
    29 may 2001 12:10:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The UNDP has given a grant of 700 million F CFA in a bid to improve human rights in the Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Suspected bomber's lawyers welcome court ruling
    29 may 2001 09:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The defence team for Tanzanian citizen Khalfan Khamis Mohamed who faces the death penalty if convicted for the bombing of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998, has welcomed the decision by South Africa's Constitutional Court. Full text...

  • Eyadema condemns attempted coup in Bangui
    28 may 2001 23:31:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President and OAU chairman, Gnassingbe Eyadema, has in a message to his embattled Central African counterpart Ange-Felix Patasse, strongly condemned the reported attempted coup in Bangui. Full text...

  • Confusion after reported coup attempt in CAR
    28 may 2001 23:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The situation remained unclear for much of Monday in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), after an overnight reported coup attempt against the government of President Ange-Felix Patasse. Full text...

  • Senegal envisages party pre-conditions for elections
    28 may 2001 22:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Political parties would henceforth have to meet certain pre-condition to field candidates in elections in Senegal, President Abdoulaye Wade hinted Monday evening in Dakar. Full text...

  • Belgian PM to visit DR Congo June ending
    28 may 2001 21:53:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt is expected to attend the 30 June festivities marking the 41st independence anniversary of DR Congo. Full text...

  • Namibia's Gurirab set to snatch top OAU post
    28 may 2001 21:14:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- If there are any contenders confident of grabbing the soon-to-be vacated top post of Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), Namibia's Foreign Minister, Theo-Ben Gurirab, is one of them. Full text...

  • RUF, Kamajohs, agree to disarm at Kono
    28 may 2001 20:09:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- An official of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), has confirmed that the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and the Civil Defence Forces (Kamajohs), have now agreed to begin disarmament in the country's diamond-rich Kono town on 30 May. Full text...

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