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  • Burundi deports 105 Congolese nationals
    25 may 2001 23:40:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi on Friday deported some 105 "illegal" immigrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), official sources said in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • How sanctions begin biting in Liberia
    25 may 2001 23:29:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- When the imposition of sanctions on Liberia by the UN Security Council was being discussed some months ago, one overriding concern was the consequences of such embargo. Full text...

  • Liberia says Guinean artillery killed commander
    25 may 2001 22:59:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Defence minister Daniel Chea Friday said that a "senior" Liberian army commander has been killed by Guinean army artillery attack on Liberian territory. Full text...

  • Tunisia Expresses Concern Over Mideast Situation
    25 may 2001 22:15:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has in message to US President George W. Full text...

  • Mogae admits power struggle in ruling party
    25 may 2001 21:53:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- President Festus Mogae of Botswana has denounced the ongoing power struggle within his ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). Full text...

  • Govt. snubs latest farmers' offer for land talks
    25 may 2001 20:29:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The government in Zimbabwe Friday snubbed the latest offer of farms and talks on land reform by the country's embattled white farmers who are embroiled in a bitter conflict with it over plans to resettle landless blacks on their properties. Full text...

  • Putin Supports Africa's Revival
    25 may 2001 20:18:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has reaffirmed his support to efforts being made toward Africa's revival and settlement of conflicts for the security and stability of its people. Full text...

  • Denmark withdraws more aid to Zimbabwe
    25 may 2001 20:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In a protest against alleged lawlessness in Zimbabwe, Denmark Friday announced that it was withdrawing an aid package worth 100 million Zimbabwe dollars meant to promote the private sector in the country (55 Zimbdollar = 1 US dollar). Full text...

  • Illegal residents given a month's deadline
    25 may 2001 19:55:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Immigration authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have given foreigners a month's deadline to regularise their residence in the country. Full text...

  • Political parties doubt credibility of electoral commission
    25 may 2001 19:35:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Two political parties in Sierra Leone have expressed "doubts over the capacity and preparedness" of the National Electoral Commission "to conduct credible, free and fair elections" nationwide. Full text...

  • Salim calls for popularisation of African union
    25 may 2001 19:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary-General Salim Ahmed Salim Friday called on the African people to popularise the African Union which becomes a political and legal reality on 26 May. Full text...

  • Salim says Morocco is welcome to join African union
    25 may 2001 18:02:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Morocco, a founding member of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), can join the African Union which is about to replace the 38-year-old organisation if it so wished, OAU secretary general Salim Ahmed Salim said Friday in Addid Ababa. Full text...

  • Powell gets hostile reception from protestors in Johannesburg
    25 may 2001 17:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A small group of protesters objected to US imperialism when US Secretary of State Colin Powell arrived at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg Friday afternoon. Full text...

  • Former Zambian ministers to form new party
    25 may 2001 17:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Zambian ministers in President Frederick Chiluba's government, recently expelled from the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), have formed a an interim committee to spearhead the formation of a new political party to be called Forum for Development and Democracy (FDD). Full text...

  • Powell on democracy, conflicts in Africa
    25 may 2001 17:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday that Washington would deepen its relations with Africa, with several countries having embraced democracy on the continent. Full text...

  • Eyadema urges greater African unity
    25 may 2001 17:04:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President and current OAU chairman, Gnassingbe Eyadema, has called for stronger political and economic integration of Africa. Full text...

  • OAU Lusaka Summit unchanged 9-11 July
    25 may 2001 16:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary-General Salim Ahmed Salim confirmed Friday that the 37th Summit of the continental Organisation will still take place as scheduled 9-11 July in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • Police nab media workers for linking ID scandal to president
    25 may 2001 16:28:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi police Friday arrested journalist Martins Namingha in the capital Lilongwe, and charged him with publication of information likely to cause breach of peace and public alarm. Full text...

  • Envoy says African Union should be problem solving-oriented
    25 may 2001 14:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is probably one of the countries where hard feelings exist about the performance of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which marks its 38th anniversary on Friday. Full text...

  • Army destroys two rebel positions in Casamance
    25 may 2001 14:27:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's armed forces have destroyed two rebel positions and killed an unknown number of rebels of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC) during a big search operation launched in Bignona (Casamance, south of the country) in the past few days. Full text...

  • DR Congo diplomats wait for better days
    25 may 2001 14:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Scandalously neglected diplomats from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are eagerly waiting for the forthcoming internal dialogue hoping this could be the beginning of an end to their long ordeal without pay. Full text...

  • Wade appoints new Economy and Finance Minister
    25 may 2001 13:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has named Abdoulaye Diop as the new Finance and Economy Minister, replacing Mamadou Seck, who resigned Wednesday from the cabinet inaugurated 12 May. Full text...

  • Catholic clerics criticise IMF, World Bank policies in Africa
    25 may 2001 13:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Catholic Bishops attending a conference in Nairobi have accused the IMF and World Bank of impoverishing Africa through the harsh conditions they attach to the loans given poor countries. Full text...

  • Kenyan activists march against visit of Powell
    25 may 2001 12:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A group of Kenyan activists took to the streets of Nairobi Friday, chanting war songs criticising the visit of US Secretary of State Colin Powell and his country's African policy. Full text...

  • Colin Powell hails President Konare's drive for peace
    25 may 2001 12:06:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- American Secretary of State Colin Powell, who wound up a 24-hour stay in Mali Thursday, said before leaving that he was very impressed with host President Alpha Oumar Konare's enthusiasm in the search for solutions to conflicts and the quest for democratisation in Africa. Full text...

  • Powell sizes up US peacekeeping initiative in Mali
    25 may 2001 10:53:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- On the first lap of his four-nation African tour American Secretary of State Colin Powell (currently in South Africa) last Thursday visited the facilities of the African Crisis Response Initiative (ACRI) in Bamako, Mali just before heading for Pretoria. Full text...

  • Communist party wary of Powell's visit to South Africa
    25 may 2001 10:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Communist Party (SACP) Friday used the visit by Secretary of State Colin Powell to take a jab at US imperialism. Full text...

  • US Secretary of State blames Mugabe for Zimbabwe's crisis
    25 may 2001 10:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell Friday blamed the crisis in Zimbabwe on the excesses of President Robert Mugabe, and warned that the situation could spill over to South Africa. Full text...

  • Intrigues beset voter registration in Gambia
    25 may 2001 09:55:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Barely four days into the exercise, voter registration in Gambia ahead of the next presidential, parliamentary and local government elections has sparked off a controversy, with observers already anticipating a repeat of the whole process. Full text...

  • Powell begins South African trip on a positive note
    25 may 2001 08:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell has reaffirmed his country's commitment to Africa and pledged to personally ensure that Washington establishes a "hand- on" approach to assist the continent with its renewal programme. Full text...

  • Powell's visit brings Africa-US Relations into sharp focus
    25 may 2001 07:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As Kenyans await the arrival of US Secretary of State Colin Powell Saturday, the visit has brought into sharp focus the ambivalent relationship Washington has maintained with Africa since most of its component states gained independence in the 1960s. Full text...

  • Libyan court hands down verdict on September violence
    24 may 2001 21:03:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's deputy secretary for African Unity in charge of information and culture has officially informed three north African ambassadors of the verdict of the Peoples tribunal which handled the September 2000 violence between Libyan youths and immigrants from sub-Sahara Africa. Full text...

  • Idriss Deby wins election, according to his party
    24 may 2001 21:00:00
    Ndjamena- Chad (PANA) --Incumbent Chadian President Idriss Deby is well ahead of the other candidates and will be elected in the first round, his party, the Salvation Patriotic Movement and its allies told a press conference in Ndjamena Thursday. Full text...

  • UN Security Council sees peace prospects for Great Lakes
    24 may 2001 20:50:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has commended the efforts of leaders in the volatile Great Lakes region to restore peace in war-wrecked Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Former Zambian ministers apologise to the nation
    24 may 2001 20:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Zambian cabinet and deputy ministers recently dismissed by President Frederick Chiluba on Thursday apologised to the nation for causing untold suffering to Zambians over the last 10 years under Chiluba's leadership. Full text...

  • Kenyan Civic Groups Criticise US-Africa Policy
    24 may 2001 19:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Civic Groups in Kenya Thursday criticised the policies of the United States government toward Africa and called for a 'Global' apology from Washington and other Western powers for the wrongs they committed in Africa in the last five hundred years. Full text...

  • Colin Powell arrives in South Africa
    24 may 2001 19:16:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- US State Secretary Colin Powell arrived in South Africa Thursday night and was immediately whisked away to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to meet President Thabo Mbeki. Full text...

  • Annan commends OAU for enhancing co-operation
    24 may 2001 18:37:00
    New York- United Nations (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has commended the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) for its role as rallying point for closer co-operation among African states during the past 38 years of its existence. Full text...

  • US Secretary of State ends visit in Mali
    24 may 2001 18:19:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell left Bamako on Thursday morning for South Africa after a 24-hour visit in Mali. Full text...

  • Rawlings' NDC protests over change of guards
    24 may 2001 18:00:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Thursday protested against the withdrawal of the military bodyguards of former president Jerry Rawlings. Full text...

  • Salim calls for more unity under African Union
    24 may 2001 17:44:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU secretary general Salim Ahmed Salim stated on Thursday that the African Union had been the long-term objective since the continental political body was created in 1963. Full text...

  • Algeria, Mozambique ratify African Union act
    24 may 2001 15:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Mozambique and Algeria on Thursday informed the OAU secretariat in Addis Ababa that they had ratified the constitutive act of the African Union, which takes effect Saturday. Full text...

  • Colin Powell wants boost in US, Mali ties
    24 may 2001 15:03:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell Wednesday said he would work toward fostering relations between Mali and the United States of America. Full text...

  • Govt ceases aerial bombardment in South, Nuba Mountains
    24 may 2001 13:30:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan has decided to cease aerial bombardment in the war zones of South Sudan and its neighbouring Nuba Mountains region effective 25 May, information minister Ghazi Atabani, who is government spokesman, announced Thursday in Khartoum. Full text...

  • MP battles to instil common sense into comrades
    24 may 2001 10:22:00
    HARARE- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Picture a parliament which is almost evenly balanced in representation between the ruling party and the main opposition, and sharply divided MPs who nearly come to blows each time they take the floor. Full text...

  • Authorities in Bujumbura say war in Burundi is serious
    23 may 2001 23:39:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- While expecting ambassadors from the UN Security Council in Bujumbura Thursday, authorities in Burundi Wednesday urged the UN to consider the serious nature of the civil war situation in the country. Full text...

  • Uganda to investigate alleged DRC looting
    23 may 2001 23:22:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda has established a commission to probe allegations of illegal exploitation of natural resources by its soldiers and other citizens in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • King Mohammed VI visits Goree slave house
    23 may 2001 22:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Visiting King Mohammed VI of Morocco on Wednesday toured the slave house on Goree Island, three km from Dakar, on the second and last day of his official visit to Senegal. Full text...

  • Senegalese finance minister resigns
    23 may 2001 22:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese Prime Minister's office on Wednesday confirmed the resignation of finance and economic affairs minister Mamadou Seck. Full text...

  • South Africa condemns Israel over bomber aircraft attack
    23 may 2001 21:54:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government has made its strongest criticism of Israel for its use of sophisticated weapons against Palestine. Full text...

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