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  • Zambia denies support to female candidate for OAU job
    08 june 2001 18:06:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian politician and woman activist, Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika, has failed to get the support of her home government to vie for the post of Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) at its Lusaka Summit in July. Full text...

  • Namibia withdraws 600 troops from DR Congo
    08 june 2001 18:05:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia has withdrawn over 600 troops from the DR Congo under a UN-supervised programme, Defence Minister, Erkki Nghimtina said Friday. Full text...

  • Taylor orders army audit
    08 june 2001 17:53:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has ordered a "complete evaluation of all personnel" of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), amid suspicion of pay fraud. Full text...

  • Niger, Nigeria agree to curb border insecurity
    08 june 2001 16:11:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger and Nigerian authorities have agreed to join forces to fight insecurity on their common borders, after a week-long meeting of their joint Commission in Niamey. Full text...

  • Mugabe attacks Britain, says land reform irreversible
    08 june 2001 14:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Friday launched his bitterest attack yet on former colonial power Britain for opposing his government's land reforms, saying the controversial process was irreversible. Full text...

  • President Pires confident about Africa's future
    08 june 2001 14:03:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde President Pedro Pires recently expressed optimism about the future of Africa, as the continent made to celebrate Africa Day and proclaim its Union. Full text...

  • Wade says no objection to merger of Omega and MAP plans
    08 june 2001 13:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade recently affirmed he has no objection to a merging of his Omega plan for Africa's development and a parallel one, the African Renaissance Plan (MAP), proposed by his South African, Nigerian and Algerian counterparts. Full text...

  • African civil society organisation founded in Yaounde
    08 june 2001 13:02:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- An African Civil Society Organisation (OSCA) was late May founded in Yaounde, following a forum of its initiators 25-28 May in the Cameroonian capital. Full text...

  • President Wade lauds Tunisia's ICT exploits
    08 june 2001 11:32:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade, currently visiting Tunisia, has lauded the north African country's exploits in information and communication technology. Full text...

  • Body dismisses Rwanda war crimes tribunal as a sham
    08 june 2001 10:22:00
    Nairobi Kenya (PANA) -- The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), formed seven years ago following the genocide in Rwanda and based in Arusha, Tanzania was Friday dismissed by the International Crisis Group (ICG) as "hopeless. Full text...

  • South African opposition wants senior minister sacked
    08 june 2001 09:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has labelled Safety and Security minister Steve Tshwete a national embarrassment and called on President Thabo Mbeki to sack him. Full text...

  • Raiders tear American flag in Kenya
    08 june 2001 09:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Police are investigating a raid on a house in Malindi (a resort town on the shores of the Indian Ocean) thought to be linked to the conviction in New York this week of a suspect in the 1998 twin bombing of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Full text...

  • Gambia supports no independence for Casamance
    07 june 2001 23:48:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Authorities in Banjul have informed separatists leaders that Gambia will not be a party to the protracted agitation for the independence of Senegal's southern province of Casamance. Full text...

  • UN asks Mkapa to pursue peace in Great Lakes region
    07 june 2001 23:17:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has asked Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa to play a more pivotal role in the quest for peace in the war ravaged Great Lakes region. Full text...

  • Malawi deputy foreign minister resigns
    07 june 2001 23:16:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's deputy foreign minister Davis Katsonga has resigned from his post without giving reasons for his decision. Full text...

  • Taylor accuses NGOs of spying in Liberia
    07 june 2001 22:53:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has accused non-governmental organizations operating in the country of engaging in intelligence gathering, local press reports said Thursday. Full text...

  • Opposition MP condemns farm attacks
    07 june 2001 21:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Opposition MP Cheryllyn Dudley of the African Christian Democratic Party on Thursday extended condolences to families who lost loved ones in the recent farm murders in Mpumalanga, King Williams Town and Ceres in the Western Cape. Full text...

  • Wade endorses Ben Ali's solidarity fund plan
    07 june 2001 20:10:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade on Thursday endorsed proposals by Tunisian counterpart Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to create a world solidarity fund. Full text...

  • Wade holds talks with Tunisian counterpart
    07 june 2001 19:54:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Visiting Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia have held a round of talks focused on bilateral cooperation and prevailing international issues, the Tunisian news agency TAP reported. Full text...

  • UN envoy for Somalia visits Sudan
    07 june 2001 18:00:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- UN special envoy for Somalia David Steven Thursday arrived in Khartoum to confer with Sudanese officials on the peace process in Somalia. Full text...

  • Salim says OAU transformation will dominate Lusaka Summit
    07 june 2001 17:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim, said in Lusaka Thursday that the transformation of the OAU into the African Union would be a key issue at the 9-11 July Summit in the Zambian capital. Full text...

  • "Peace Ship" to sail River Congo in July
    07 june 2001 16:40:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A "Peace Ship" will sail on River Congo next month bound for Mbandaka, capital of the north-western DR Congo province of Equateur, carrying medicine, clothes, school equipment and tools for the local population. Full text...

  • Gambia seeks Eyadema's support for ECOWAS job
    07 june 2001 16:33:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema has received an envoy of his Gambian counterpart Yaya Jammeh, seeking his support for Gambia's candidate for the post of Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Chadian opposition renews petition against election results
    07 june 2001 16:31:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Opposition candidates at the 20 May presidential election in Chad have indicated they plan to file an additional petition for the total annulment of the results. Full text...

  • Senegalese envoy in Praia for bilateral talks
    07 june 2001 16:19:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the Senegalese Foreign Ministry Mamadou Fall, is in Praia on a week-long official visit for bilateral co-operation talks with Cape Verdian officials. Full text...

  • Anti-corruption commission freezes minister's account
    07 june 2001 11:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has frozen Home Affairs Minister Peter Machungwa's private bank account as part of its continued investigations into his alleged involvement over the diversion of two billion kwacha from parliament (1 USD = K3,500). Full text...

  • Amnesty International presents 2001 report in Morocco
    07 june 2001 11:26:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Amnesty International, the human rights watchdog, has presented its 2001 report at a news conference held in Rabat. Full text...

  • USFP members call for extraordinary congress
    07 june 2001 09:52:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Several factions in the Socialist Union of People's Forces (USFP), the main party in the Moroccan government coalition, have called for the holding of an extraordinary congress of Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi's party, a source close to the protesters said Wednesday. Full text...

  • King Mohammed VI receives Mauritanian message
    06 june 2001 23:24:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI on Wednesday received a message from the Mauritanian President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya. Full text...

  • Casamance separatist leaders denounce violence
    06 june 2001 23:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Leaders of the Movement for Democratic Forces in Casamance, currently meeting in Gambia to derive a consensus ahead of peace negotiations with the Senegalese government, say they denounce violence. Full text...

  • Cabinet to examine programme of action
    06 june 2001 23:13:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's cabinet Thursday begins a three-day meeting to formulate the government's five-year plan of action. Full text...

  • Salim condemns coup attempt in Bangui
    06 june 2001 22:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim on Wednesday expressed concern over atrocities committed against innocent civilians in the wake of the attempted coup in the Central African Republic and called for an "immediately" end to the violence. Full text...

  • President Wade arrives in Tunis
    06 june 2001 21:39:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade arrived in Tunis late Wednesday for a two-day official visit at the invitation of his Tunisian counterpart Zine Abidine Ben Ali. Full text...

  • Opposition party tables motion against Mugabe
    06 june 2001 19:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An opposition MP Wednesday gave notice in Parliament that his African Christian Democratic Party recognises that the economic and political "cancer" of President Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe undermines the entire region. Full text...

  • SACP urges release of jailed pupil as victim of racism
    06 june 2001 19:16:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- There is need for an extensive campaign to eradicate racism in South Africa's education system, a senior official of the South African Communist Party (SACP) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • African Union: 40 OAU Member States Deposit Instruments
    06 june 2001 18:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Gabon Wednesday became the 40th OAU Member State to deposit its instrument of ratification of the African Union Constitutive Act, with the General Secretariat. Full text...

  • Eleven Ethiopian soldiers defect to Kenya
    06 june 2001 18:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Eleven Ethiopian army officers have defected to Kenya. Full text...

  • Ethiopia releases detained academicians from jail on bail
    06 june 2001 16:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Two prominent detainees, retired professor Mesfin Wolde-Mariam and Berhanu Nega, a lecturer in economics at the Addis Ababa University (AAU), have been released after a month in detention. Full text...

  • Ethiopia releases detained academicians from jail on bail
    06 june 2001 16:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Two prominent detainees, retired professor Mesfin Wolde-Mariam and Berhanu Nega, a lecturer in economics at the Addis Ababa University (AAU), have been released after a month in detention. Full text...

  • PLO seeks Botswana's support against Israel
    06 june 2001 16:44:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Palestinian Authority's ambassador to southern Africa, Ali Halimeh, Tuesday sought Botswana's help in convincing Israel to honour cease-fire agreements and start dialogue in the raging Middle East crisis. Full text...

  • Taylor admits sanctions biting Liberians
    06 june 2001 16:38:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- President Charles Taylor has admitted that UN sanctions imposed on Liberia a month ago are "biting" the people, the local press reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Namibian MP wants African Union popularised
    06 june 2001 14:31:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's ruling SwapoParty MP, Erasmus Hendjala, has called on the country's Foreign Affairs, Information and Broadcasting Ministry to help popularise the Africa Union, whose Constitutive Act went into force 26 May. Full text...

  • Obasanjo still to decide on second term
    06 june 2001 14:19:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- With many of his supporters already campaigning for him, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo says he is yet to decide on going for a second term of office. Full text...

  • Nigerian Senate rejects National Conference
    06 june 2001 14:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Reconfirming its earlier rejection of calls for a national conference, Nigeria's upper legislative chamber, the Senate, has voted against the gathering. Full text...

  • Taiwan grants Senegal 14 million US dollars
    06 june 2001 13:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Republic of China (Taiwan) has granted Senegal 14 million US dollars for the construction of what Dakar authorities dub "African University of the Future. Full text...

  • Commission sues for peace in Burundi
    06 june 2001 13:18:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 20 members of the Commission in charge of monitoring the Burundi peace agreement, have appealed to the country's politicians to cease "political and military hostilities" with a view to reaching a final compromise, official sources said. Full text...

  • Police ban rallies in Zambia ahead of the OAU summit
    06 june 2001 13:06:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Police in Zambia have announced a temporal ban on political rallies during the period running up to the hosting of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit in Lusaka and the viewing of the eclipse of the sun. Full text...

  • Presidents Kufuor, Mbeki hold talks at economic forum
    06 june 2001 13:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President John Kufuor of Ghana, who is attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) Summit in Durban, South Africa Wednesday morning held talks with host President Thabo Mbeki. Full text...

  • President Moi gears up for coming polls
    06 june 2001 12:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) --As general elections draw near, President Daniel arap Moi is observably off to the requisite political engineering to consolidate the ruling KANU party's hold, analysts in Kenya note. Full text...

  • Detained Ethiopian scholars released on bail
    06 june 2001 11:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Two Ethiopian scholars, Prof. Full text...

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