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  • Angolan delegation winds up visit to South Africa
    11 may 2001 10:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An Angolan delegation including senior officials from the External Relations ministry Friday wound up a four-day visit to South Africa during which they held wide-ranging talks with the authorities in Pretoria. Full text...

  • Prosecutor to complete Ethiopia's genocide trials by 2004
    11 may 2001 10:29:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The special prosecutor pursuing officials suspected of committing genocide, crimes against humanity and other atrocities during the 17-year rule of the former regime in Ethiopia, Girma, says the process would be completed within the next three years. Full text...

  • South African opposition lashes back at criticism
    11 may 2001 09:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Tony Leon has dismissed as a dishonest attempt to divert blame for South Africa's poor image abroad, claims within government circles that he was 'bad-mouthing' the country overseas. Full text...

  • Committee hands down amnesty rulings in South Africa
    11 may 2001 09:30:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has granted amnesty to four former Vlakplaas policemen, including the country's most notorious apartheid-era policeman Eugene De Kock. Full text...

  • Renamed Senegalese PM to downsize cabinet
    11 may 2001 09:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Reappointed Prime Minister Mame Madior Boye has hinted that Senegal's next government would be a "fairly reduced team with fewer ministers that would include women, politicians and members of the civil society. Full text...

  • Obasanjo to battle defects in Nigeria's foreign exchange
    11 may 2001 07:35:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo has assured the Nigerian community in Washington of his government's resolve to deal with criminal activities and frivolities in the import business that have lately had a run on the local currency, the Naira. Full text...

  • King Mohamed to Visit Senegal
    10 may 2001 22:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Morocco's King Mohamed VI will visit Senegal from 22 May at the invitation of President Abdoulaye Wade, the Senegalese News Agency (APS) reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Mame Madior Boye Still Head of Government
    10 may 2001 21:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade on Thursday reappointed Mame Madior Boye prime minister of Senegal, the Senegalese News Agency (APS) reported. Full text...

  • Ten of Mengistu's Men Set Free
    10 may 2001 21:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian authorities have set free 10 senior officials of the former dictatorial regime of Mengistu Haile-Mariam which was overthrown in May 1991. Full text...

  • UNITA Attacks Angolan Military Base
    10 may 2001 19:51:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Suspected UNITA bandits on Wednesday attacked an Angolan army base near the Namibian border killing one civilian and injuring two government soldiers. Full text...

  • Zambia reaffirms commitment to host OAU Summit
    10 may 2001 18:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government says there is no basis to move the venue of the scheduled OAU's 37th Ordinary Summit from Lusaka to South Africa as proposed Wednesday by Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Rwanda, Malawi Agree on Closer Ties
    10 may 2001 18:38:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda and Malawi have agreed to strenghten bilateral cooperation in different sectors of economic development. Full text...

  • Rebel attack in Burundi leaves at least six dead
    10 may 2001 17:58:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Military sources in Burundi say about 100 Burundi rebels early Wednesday attacked an important army barracks in Gatumba, about 12 km north-west of Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Obasanjo meets US officials
    10 may 2001 17:49:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo met Thursday with several US officials at the start of a three-day working visit. Full text...

  • Opposition leader goes on trial in Nouakchott
    10 may 2001 16:41:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The chairman of the opposition Popular Front (FP) in Mauritania Mohamed Lemine Ch'Bih Ould Cheikh Malainine and two aides Thursday appeared before the Nouakchott criminal court on charges of "criminal conspiracy. Full text...

  • Follow-up committee on Burundi peace process convened
    10 may 2001 16:30:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The follow-up committee on the peace process in Burundi has been convened to meet in Arusha, Tanzania 28 May to 4 June, sources confirmed in Bujumbura Thursday. Full text...

  • Eritrea denies restricting UN peacekeeping mission
    10 may 2001 16:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In the wake of reports to the contrary, Eritrean authorities have refuted allegations that the country was denying UN peacekeepers access to a buffer zone carved out to monitor the UN-brokered peace process between Eritrea and Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Pretoria unaware of plans to change venue of OAU Summit
    10 may 2001 14:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government has expressed optimism that the 37th Summit of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) will take place in Zambia in July as scheduled. Full text...

  • Chiluba warns against tension in Zambia
    10 may 2001 14:12:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Frederick Chiluba has asked the international community not to instigate crisis in the country over his third term debate. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, Cuba sign health cooperation agreement
    10 may 2001 13:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia and Cuba have signed an exclusive cooperation agreement on the exchange of scientific and health information, Addis Ababa sources said. Full text...

  • Ethiopian court denies bail to rights activists
    10 may 2001 10:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An Ethiopian court has denied bail to two prominent local academicians and human rights activists currently in detention and charged with inciting university students to violence and rioting last month. Full text...

  • Opposition politician returns home from abroad
    10 may 2001 09:28:00
    Bissau Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Opposition Democratic Alliance of Guinea-Bissau (AGS) party leader Fernando Gomes has returned home after spending four months in Dakar and France for medical reasons. Full text...

  • Kadhafi proposes change of venue for OAU summit
    09 may 2001 23:00:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Gambian political temperature rising ahead of October polls
    09 may 2001 20:46:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Political suspicion and excitement are already rising among political parties in Gambia five months before the next general elections in October. Full text...

  • Arab Countries Call for Action To Stop Israeli Aggression
    09 may 2001 19:57:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Mediterranean Arab countries have urged the international community, particularly European nations, to act decisively in order to end Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people. Full text...

  • US army delegation visits Nigeria
    09 may 2001 18:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An eight-man delegation of the US Army War College visited Nigeria's National War College (NWC) in Abuja Wednesday as part of a study tour of strategic military and civilian institutions in the country. Full text...

  • Chissano says he will not run for a third term
    09 may 2001 17:26:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has informed the ruling Frelimo Party that he will step down at the end of his current term of office which ends in 2004. Full text...

  • SWAPO denies opposition claims of intimidation in campaign
    09 may 2001 16:58:00
    Rundu- Namibia (PANA) -- The opposition Congress of Democrats (CD) has accused the ruling SWAPO of intimidating other political parties currently campaigning in the Kapako constituency of the Kavango region in north-eastern Namibia. Full text...

  • Ibrahim Boubacar Bah becomes new BDIA president
    09 may 2001 16:09:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Opposition leader Ibrahim Boubacar Bah was elected as president of the Block for Democracy and African Integration (BDIA) at the end of the party's second ordinary congress in Bamako Tuesday. Full text...

  • New Army Chief lists priorities
    09 may 2001 15:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Getting cracking on his new job, Nigeria's new army chief said his priorities in charge of the nation's oldest and biggest armed service would include discipline, maintenance of facilities and welfare. Full text...

  • Nigeria says UN sanctions on Liberia is in order
    09 may 2001 13:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria, after backing sub-regional efforts to avert UN sanctions against Liberia, says it would implement the measures as a member of the world body. Full text...

  • Chiluba names more cabinet ministers
    09 may 2001 13:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Frederick Chiluba Wednesday appointed additional cabinet members following the dissolution of his former cabinet last Friday. Full text...

  • Rawlings canvasses support for new government
    09 may 2001 12:18:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's former President Jerry Rawlings has enjoined his compatriots to bear with the new government and give it the necessary support. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, Eritrea to meet in continuing peace efforts
    09 may 2001 09:47:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Religious leaders from Eritrea and Ethiopia plan to visit border areas and also meet for the first time in key towns of the two countries to promote peace and understanding following their border conflict that lasted more than two years. Full text...

  • Former US President meets Mbeki
    09 may 2001 09:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki held brief talks with former US President George Bush in Cape Town on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Bouteflika briefs Kadhafi about events in Algeria
    08 may 2001 22:52:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has briefed the leader of the Libyan revolution, Col. Full text...

  • Opposition checks Buyoya's moves about transition
    08 may 2001 21:09:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Several Burundian political groups have reiterated their opposition to President Pierre Buyoya's intention to unilaterally form a transitional government in defiance to the peace accord signed in Arusha, Tanzania. Full text...

  • Labour party calls for durable peace
    08 may 2001 20:41:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's opposition Ivorian Workers Party (PIT) on Tuesday appealed upon all political forces in the country to strive for the installation of sustainable peace under the national reconciliation process launched in March. Full text...

  • Ethiopian police arrest two human rights activists
    08 may 2001 19:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Two prominent Ethiopian human rights activists have been arrested in Addis Ababa for allegedly inciting university students to violence which killed at least 40 people last month. Full text...

  • Liberia sets up two sanctions shock-absorbing committees
    08 may 2001 18:54:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian government has set up two committees to devise strategies to enable the Liberian people absorb the shocks of UN sanctions imposed on the country Monday. Full text...

  • Graffiti at military barracks threaten president's life
    08 may 2001 18:09:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana President Festus Mogae left for a three-day official visit to Kenya amidst press reports that his soldiers are threatening to assassinate him unless he hikes their pay. Full text...

  • Liberia sets up two sanctions shock-absorbing committees
    08 may 2001 17:56:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian government has set up two committees to devise strategies to enable the Liberian people absorb the shocks of UN sanctions imposed on the country Monday. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau denies arms trafficking charges
    08 may 2001 15:40:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea-Bissau's director general of defence policy, Zamora Induta, has denied allegations that the Guinea-Bissau government is involved in the trafficking of arms. Full text...

  • Gambian leader visits Mauritania
    08 may 2001 15:38:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh arrived is in Nouakchott on a three-day official visit at the invitation of his Mauritanian counterpart, President Maaouiya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya. Full text...

  • Mkapa blames fellow political leaders for conflicts
    08 may 2001 15:23:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa Tuesday blamed his fellow politicians for the continent's numerous conflicts in the past four decades. Full text...

  • Russian minister says African Union will play major role
    08 may 2001 14:38:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Russian foreign minister Igor Ivanov said Monday that the African Union "reflects the realities of today's world" where the trend has been to form major socio-politico-economic blocks. Full text...

  • African Human Rights Commission reflects on future status
    08 may 2001 14:36:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The African Commission for Human and People's Rights (CADHP) Monday decided, at the end of its 29th ordinary session, to initiate reflection on its future status, within the new framework of the African Union. Full text...

  • Morocco, Burkina Faso move to strengthen cooperation
    08 may 2001 14:08:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's State and Foreign Minister, Youssef Ouedraogo, Monday held discussions with several Moroccan government officials in Rabat on how to strengthen bilateral co-operation between the two countries. Full text...

  • Obasanjo begins marathon foreign trip
    08 may 2001 13:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo begins a marathon three-nation trip Tuesday, that will take him to Congo Democratic Republic and Rwanda, ahead of a US visit, starting Thursday. Full text...

  • Political prisoners' lives threatened amidst flogging
    08 may 2001 13:29:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Eighteen political prisoners, repeatedly flogged by their prison wardens, alleged Tuesday that they have also been receiving threats to their lives from the prison authorities in Monrovia. Full text...

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