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  • Kenyan legislature wants more powers
    20 may 2001 16:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan legislators have prepared a bill to enable parliament take over the powers from the president to summon, prologue and dissolve the House. Full text...

  • Chadian community in Benin votes peacefully
    20 may 2001 14:30:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Chadians in Benin have since Thursday been voting peacefully in presidential polls that opened Sunday in their country. Full text...

  • Bashir calls for adoption of culture of peace in Africa
    20 may 2001 13:29:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir has expressed concern over conflicts among the Mano River Union states, comprising Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and urged African leaders to step up efforts toward resolving them. Full text...

  • Rebels kill soldier on mopping operation in Casamance
    20 may 2001 11:05:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Military sources have confirmed that a member of the Senegalese defence forces was killed Friday at Djibidione, in Bignona district, north of Ziguinchor. Full text...

  • Sudanese, Ethiopian parliaments agree to cooperate
    20 may 2001 10:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The parliaments of Ethiopia and Sudan have signed a cooperation agreement for trade and investment, and roads and railway links between both countries. Full text...

  • SWAPO Youth leader on Nujoma's autobiography
    19 may 2001 18:39:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's ruling SWAPO, Youth League (SPYL) leader, Paulus Kapia, has called for the incorporation of President Sam Nujoma's autobiography into the curricula of schools and institutions of higher learning in the country. Full text...

  • OAU Central Organ urges peace in trouble spots
    19 may 2001 18:21:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The 5th ordinary Summit of the OAU Central Organ for the Prevention, Management and Settlement of conflicts, ended in Lome Saturday, by reiterating commitment to and support for the Lusaka agreement as crucial to the resolution of the DR Congo conflict. Full text...

  • UN officials decry Guinean raids into Sierra Leone
    19 may 2001 16:21:00
    Kambia- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- UN spokesperson in Sierra Leone Margett Novicki has confirmed reports that Guinean military forces Friday bombarded an area a few kilometres away from the Rokupr disarmament centre in the northern Kambia district. Full text...

  • RUF, civil defence forces disarm in the northern Sierra Leone
    19 may 2001 16:08:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- About 120 rebels of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and 60 militiamen of the Civil Defence Forces (CDF) have begun disarming at Rokupr and Kabatha camps in northern Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Diplomat says Pretoria will not condemn Harare over land issue
    19 may 2001 14:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A senior South African diplomat in Zimbabwe said at the weekend that Pretoria will not bow to international pressure to condemn President Robert Mugabe's government for allegedly promoting lawlessness through its land reform programme. Full text...

  • Chad holds presidential election Sunday
    19 may 2001 13:51:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Chad, which is holding presidential elections on Sunday, is a country with an area of 1,284,000 sq km stuck between Niger to the west, Libya to the north, Sudan to the east), the Central African Republic to the south and Cameroon to the south-west. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe police arrest war veterans
    19 may 2001 13:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean police over the weekend arrested scores of former fighters of the country's war of independence as a beginning of a crackdown on their controversial arbitration in company labour disputes. Full text...

  • Inkatha supports Mbeki's acquisition of presidential jet
    19 may 2001 11:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The opposition Inkatha Freedom Party has said that President Thabo Mbeki's new jet will save the South African government money. Full text...

  • Libya, Cuba to consolidate relations
    18 may 2001 23:47:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan Jamahirya and Cuba have resolved to consolidate economic cooperation and to expand, Tripoli sources said at the end of a two-day visit there by President Fidel Castro. Full text...

  • 2 soldiers wounded in rebel ambush
    18 may 2001 23:41:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Two government soldiers were wounded in an ambush Thursday by suspected members of a Burundi rebel movement at Gasaka in the Makamba province, the Burundi Press Agency (ABP) reported Friday. Full text...

  • Patasse discusses African Union with Kadhafi
    18 may 2001 23:27:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Visiting President Ange-Felix Patasse of the Central African Republic, has met with the Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Moroccan NGO urges African sympathy for Palestinians
    18 may 2001 23:16:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan Association for Support to the Struggle of the Palestinian People (AMSLP) Friday "appealed to all African Peoples" to support Palestinians against what it described as the "barbaric assault of the Israeli army. Full text...

  • Kabila liberalises political activities in DR Congo
    18 may 2001 23:06:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congolese Head of State, Major General Joseph Kabila, has issued a decree liberalising political activities and operation of political parties in the country. Full text...

  • Challenger in Chad presidential promises more humane society
    18 may 2001 22:43:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Chadian presidential hopeful Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh of the Freedoms and Development Party (PLD) has warned at a campaign rally that the opposition would not tolerate any prefabricated results in next Sunday's presidential election. Full text...

  • Francophonie election observers for Chad
    18 may 2001 21:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Francophonie Organisation (OIF), says it is sending a mission to monitor Chad's Presidential elections on Sunday. Full text...

  • RUF demands Sankoh's immediate release
    18 may 2001 21:00:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF), has demanded the immediate release of its leader Corporal Foday Saybana Sankoh and other members of the group in detention. Full text...

  • Kasrils and stadium bombers get amnesty
    18 may 2001 20:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Friday granted amnesty to the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, Ronnie Kasrils, for bombings in and around Durban between 1961 and 1963. Full text...

  • Ruling party to discuss military discontent in Botswana
    18 may 2001 20:17:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is scheduled to discuss simmering discontent within the military in the last two weeks. Full text...

  • Court reserves ruling for expelled party members
    18 may 2001 17:03:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Lusaka High Court Friday reserved ruling for the ex-parte injunction whereby 21 members of the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) are challenging their expulsion from the party. Full text...

  • Presidential hopefuls wind campaign for Sunday's poll
    18 may 2001 16:26:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Chadians are preparing to hold on 20 May their second democratic presidential elections in a country of tumultuous history since it gained independence in 1960 from French colonial rule. Full text...

  • In the Race for Chad's Presidential Election
    18 may 2001 15:38:00
    Ndjamena- Chad (PANA) -- Seven candidates are in the race for the presidency of Chad and the winner will be determined Sunday when the country's electorate cast their votes. Full text...

  • French premier to visit South Africa 31 may
    18 may 2001 14:41:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin is expected to pay a two-day official visit to South Africa beginning 31 May at the invitation of President Thabo Mbeki, the foreign ministry in Paris said. Full text...

  • Archbishop calls for peace in the Middle East
    18 may 2001 12:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town's Anglican Archbishop Njongkulu Ndungane has appealed to religious leaders to assist in resolving the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Full text...

  • ANC and UNRM conclude successful talks
    18 may 2001 12:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the Ugandan National Resistance Movement (UNRM) have agreed to play a positive role in resolving the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Ministers accused of misappropriating 2 billion kwacha
    18 may 2001 11:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Two politicians have asked the Zambian Chief Justice Matthew Ngulube to probe three ministers suspected of misappropriating 2 billion kwacha from the National Assembly. Full text...

  • Morocco, Ghana establish closer co-operation
    18 may 2001 10:34:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco and Ghana have established a joint co-operation commission to guide their bilateral relations. Full text...

  • Palestinian envoy appeals for clear Zambian position
    18 may 2001 07:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Palestinian ambassador to Zambia has challenged President Frederick Chiluba's government to clearly state its stand on the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. Full text...

  • Cameroon opposition leader snubs President Biya
    17 may 2001 22:47:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- John Fru Ndi, leader of the Social Democratic Front (SDF), which is the main opposition party in Cameroon, has turned down an invitation from President Paul Biya to attend a presidential dinner as part of National Day celebrations next 20 May. Full text...

  • Technical committee on Arusha agreement set up
    17 may 2001 22:34:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi has set up a technical committee in charge of drafting bills for the inter-Burundian peace agreement whose work started on Thursday in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Bidders negotiate last bend to Chad presidential election
    17 may 2001 22:25:00
    Ndjamena- Chad (PANA) -- Presidential hopefuls in Chad were Thursday barely 48 hours to the 20 May polls and making the best of what room there still was for winning a few more sceptics over. Full text...

  • Salim optimistic about Lome Summit
    17 may 2001 20:01:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), Salim Ahmed Salim, has expressed optimism over the agenda of the meeting of the Central Organ on Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution mechanism, which opens in Lome, Togo, Friday. Full text...

  • Chiluba leaves for Togo
    17 may 2001 17:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Frederick Chiluba Thursday left Lusaka for Togo to attend a meeting of the 15-member OAU's central organ on conflict resolution. Full text...

  • Moi in talks with Somalia President
    17 may 2001 15:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi has expressed the hope that the transitional national government in Somalia would serve as a basis for reconciliation among the country's leaders. Full text...

  • Govt Orders War Veterans to End Labour Arbitrations
    17 may 2001 14:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe government Thursday ordered veterans of the country's war of independence to stop controversial arbitrations in company labour disputes and leave the disputes to be settled by the Ministry of Labour. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Parliament Thrown Into Chaos Over Idiot Remarks
    17 may 2001 14:41:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Legislators in Zimbabwe's deeply divided parliament on Thursday almost came to blows after an opposition MP called his counterparts from the ruling party idiots. Full text...

  • Britain Asks Mozambique to Mediate in Row with Zimbabwe
    17 may 2001 14:13:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Britain has asked Mozambique to help restore communication between London and Harare, Zimbabwe's state-owned 'Herald' newspaper reported on Thursday, quoting an unnamed government source. Full text...

  • Pretoria concerned about escalation of violence in Mideast
    17 may 2001 14:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa on Thursday expressed disappointment and growing concern at the devastating violence between Israel and Palestine over the past week. Full text...

  • Pretoria dismisses criticisms against Mbeki
    17 may 2001 12:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government on Thursday rebutted a report by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), which accused President Thabo Mbeki of failing to provide effective leadership. Full text...

  • Ethiopia welcomes lifting of UN arms embargo
    17 may 2001 08:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Authorities in Addis Ababa have welcomed the decision of the UN Security Council "not to extend" the arms embargo it imposed on Ethiopia and Eritrea one year ago during their border conflict that ended with the signing of a comprehensive OAU-brokered peace agreement last December. Full text...

  • Rights Group wants France to investigate alleged war crimes
    16 may 2001 23:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The French government should launch an official investigation into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity by French forces in Algeria, Human Rights Watch urged Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cape Verde launches diplomatic offensive
    16 may 2001 22:25:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde plans to strengthen its diplomatic contacts with its main development partners with a view to ensuring continuity of official aid to the archipelago, Cape Verdian foreign, co-operation and communities minister Manuel Inocencio Sousa has said. Full text...

  • Al-Bashir for OAU Lome Summit
    16 may 2001 20:54:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir leaves Khartoum Thursday for Lome, Togo, for the 18-19 May Summit of the OAU Central Organ on the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Mediation and Resolution, the Sudan News Agency reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • State radio chides political class in Burundi
    16 may 2001 20:37:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi State Radio has, in an unusual move, gone all out on the conduct of State affairs, castigating both the opposition and the government for failing to restore peace in the country. Full text...

  • Salim regrets persistence of conflict as mandate ends
    16 may 2001 20:23:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the OAU Salim Ahmed Salim Wednesday reiterated that he has no intention to seek another term when his present mandate expires in July. Full text...

  • OAU announces suspension of embargo against Anjouan
    16 may 2001 19:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) has announced the suspension of an embargo against the breakaway Comoro island of Anjouan following an agreement by its leaders' to return to the negotiation table. Full text...

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