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  • 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...

  • Deby's re-election irks French organisation
    28 may 2001 19:55:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A French association known as Survie Monday reacted strongly to the re-election of Chadian President Idris Derby, terming last week's presidential electoral process as "a repetition of the masquerade of a similar 1996 exercise. Full text...

  • Pan-Africanist figures lash back at Collin Powell
    28 may 2001 19:46:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- An official of the Pan African Movement (PAM) in Kampala Monday lashed out at US Secretary of State Collin Powell following the latter's attacks last Friday on the rulership of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Armed Factions Unite for Peace
    28 may 2001 17:53:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Several armed factions and tribal militias in Southern Sudan have agreed to unite and push forward a common agenda for establishing peace. Full text...

  • Bamako ratifies proposed African Parliament protocol
    28 may 2001 16:38:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian Parliament has unanimously endorsed a bill authorising the government to ratify the protocol aimed at creating the Pan-African Parliament under the African Union. Full text...

  • Sudanese minister to meet Josselin
    28 may 2001 16:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Sudanese foreign minister Mustafa Osman Ismail is on Wednesday expected to confer with French co-operation minister Charles Josselin on the situation the ongoing civil war in the south of the eastern African nation. Full text...

  • Chiluba's party in search of his successor
    28 may 2001 16:12:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has started the process of selecting a possible successor to President Frederick Chiluba whose tenure ends later this year. Full text...

  • Zambia's Public Service Workers Go On Strike
    28 may 2001 15:26:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's public service workers Monday went on a wildcat strike demanding higher wages and improved conditions of service. Full text...

  • Ethiopian president decries rampant corruption
    28 may 2001 15:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian President Negasso Gidada has cited rampant corruption as one of the impediments to progress in his country since the fall of the dictatorial "Derg" regime on 28 May 1991. Full text...

  • Minnows scoop ruling party elections in Botswana
    28 may 2001 12:43:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- It was a sad weekend for cabinet minister Tebelelo Seretse who lost the chair of the women's wing of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to civic leader Bontlogile Tshireletso. Full text...

  • Army claims killing rebel Hutu commander
    28 may 2001 12:07:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- Government troops have killed a top Hutu rebel commander during fighting in northwestern Rwanda, the deputy chief of staff of the Rwandan army, Brig. Full text...

  • Court rules extradition of bombing suspect illegal
    28 may 2001 11:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Constitutional Court on Monday ruled that local authorities acted illegally by extraditing Tanzanian citizen Khalfan Khamis Mohamed to the US where he faces the death penalty if convicted for the bombing of the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998. Full text...

  • Deby officially declared winner of election
    28 may 2001 10:43:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Incumbent President Idriss Deby, who ran in the 20 May presidential election on the ticket of his Patriotic Salvation Movement (MPS), has won with 2,161,287 votes of the three million votes cast, the National Electoral Commission said. Full text...

  • Churches back government's land policy in Zimbabwe
    28 may 2001 10:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe Council of Churches - an umbrella body of Christian denominations - on Monday showed crucial support for the government's controversial land reform programme, saying this was needed to redress colonial imbalances which kept blacks economically marginalized. Full text...

  • Chissano to step down in 2004
    27 may 2001 16:50:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- At a time when several African leaders are fiddling with their countries constitutions to cling to power, Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano insists he will stand down when his current term runs out in 2004. Full text...

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