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  • Togolese Prime Minister on African tour
    15 may 2001 23:23:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese Prime Minister, Mensah Agbeyome Kodjo left Lome Tuesday, on a visit to Guinea Conakry, Liberia and Sierra Leone, official sources said. Full text...

  • Burundi government condemns kidnap of relief workers
    15 may 2001 22:19:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundi government Tuesday strongly condemned the kidnapping last Friday of six members of an NGO providing health assistance in the southern town of Kibago. Full text...

  • EU Ministers discuss African conflicts
    15 may 2001 22:06:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The two-day EU Council of Foreign Ministers meeting ended in Brussels Tuesday, restating the Union's support for the Lusaka peace accord to end the war in the DR Congo. Full text...

  • Prime Minister faces Parliament on National Security
    15 may 2001 21:42:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese Premier, Jean-Francois Ntoutoume Emane, will appear before the National Assembly (Parliament) Wednesday to answer questions on perceived insecurity in the country, the Gabonese Press Agency (AGP) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Algeria signs protocol on pan-African Parliament
    15 may 2001 21:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Algeria Tuesday signed the OAU protocol relating to the pan-African Parliament, thus becoming the third member to do so after Namibia and Mali. Full text...

  • Opposition says Chiluba not qualified for retirement benefits
    15 may 2001 20:53:00
    LUSAKA MAY 15- ZANA - United Party for National De-velopment (UPND) spokesperson Love Mtesa said Tuesday that Zambian President Frederick Chiluba would not qualify for terminal benefits until he has finally retired from active politics. Full text...

  • Taylor restates vow to arrest opposition politician
    15 may 2001 17:47:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian president Charles Taylor has restated his vow to arrest opposition politician Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in spite of her recent appointment by a United Nations agency, press reports said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo Salutes Birth Of African Union
    15 may 2001 17:17:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo Tuesday saluted the birth of the African Union, describing the organisation as an idea whose time has come. Full text...

  • 2 Billion Kwacha MMD Convention Scam Under Probe
    15 may 2001 16:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Anti-Corruption Commission has begun investigations into the diversion of 2 billion kwacha from the National Assembly to allegedly finance the recent national convention of President Frederick Chiluba's ruling party (K 3,200 = 1US). Full text...

  • Opposition to mineral development bill worries ANC
    15 may 2001 16:46:00
    Johannesburg - South Africa (PANA) -- The ruling African National Congress is concerned about plans by the Chamber of Mines to oppose the Mineral Development Bill, which the party says will help in creating a better life for all. Full text...

  • Church Asks Muluzi To Clear Up Third Term Issue
    15 may 2001 16:28:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's second largest church, the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), has asked President Bakili Muluzi to come out in the open on whether he would or would not stand for an unconstitutional third term of office. Full text...

  • Minority MPs Protest Arrest of Colleague
    15 may 2001 15:56:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Members of the minority group in Ghana's Parliament on Tuesday resolved to abstain from sittings of the House for four days protesting the arrest of their colleague at the weekend. Full text...

  • Mauritanian opposition leader moved to Aioun prison
    15 may 2001 12:42:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The detained president of the Mauritanian opposition Popular Front Mohamed Lemine Ch'Bih Ould Cheikh Malainine has been transferred to Aioun prison 800 km southeast of Nouakchott the capital. Full text...

  • Abuja hosts seminar On African Union
    15 may 2001 09:52:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Minister of co-operation and integration in Africa, Bimbola Ogunkelu, said Monday the idea of African Union did not emanate from any particular country or head of state, as he opened a two-day seminar on the African Union in Abuja. Full text...

  • Ethiopia calls for creation of IGAD parliamentary union
    15 may 2001 09:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian federal parliament's speaker Dawit Yohannes has proposed the establishment of the parliamentary union of member states of the Inter-governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) in the horn of Africa, the government press reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambian immigration turns back Sierra Leoneans
    14 may 2001 23:46:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian officials were Monday into high- quartered after a decision by immigration authorities to turn back 16 Sierra Leoneans seeking entry sparked off a controversy. Full text...

  • Wade urges his compatriots to roll up their sleeves
    14 may 2001 23:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade Monday urged his compatriots to stop corruption and to work hard in order to develop the country. Full text...

  • Senegal's new National Assembly to convene soon
    14 may 2001 23:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The new Senegalese National Assembly from the 29 April elections would be convened "in the coming days," President Abdoulaye Wade announced Monday evening in Dakar. Full text...

  • The Least Developed Countries
    14 may 2001 22:13:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Established in 1971 by the United Nations, the category dubbed Least Developed Countries (LDCs) has almost doubled its number from 25 to 49 countries, including 34 in Africa, nine in Asia, five in the Pacific and one in the Caribbean. Full text...

  • Workers in Senegal's Communication ministry ill at ease
    14 may 2001 22:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Observers in Dakar have noted a suppressed sense of concern among civil servants of Senegal's erstwhile Communication ministry, which was among several departments scraped off in a curtailed cabinet announced at the weekend. Full text...

  • Fire breaks out at military camp amid discontent
    14 may 2001 21:32:00
    GABORONE- Botswana (PANA) -- Reports of unrest in the Botswana Defence Force took an ominous turn over the weekend when a mysterious fire razed down a kitchen at a military camp in the second city of Francistown. Full text...

  • President Gbagbo visits Benin
    14 may 2001 21:23:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo Monday began a 48-hour friendly and working visit to Benin. Full text...

  • Sudan and Egypt agree to boost trade ties
    14 may 2001 21:09:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- President Omar el Bashir of Sudan and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Monday in the Egyptian resort town of Sharam el Shiekh agreed to boost commercial ties and to revive the movement of people and goods between the two neighbours. Full text...

  • Burkinabe women envisage fund for political activities
    14 may 2001 20:49:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- At a workshop in Ouagadougou over the weekend, participants across the board recommended the setting up of a fund to support the political activities of women. Full text...

  • Chamber of Commerce assesses impact of Addis Ababa riots
    14 may 2001 20:18:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce is taking stock of the damage done to business in two days of rioting and looting last month, official sources said. Full text...

  • Civil society group wants audit of Benin government
    14 may 2001 19:42:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Front of National Organisations against Corruption (FONAC), a civil society group advocating good governance in Benin, has called for an audit of government activities in the last five years. Full text...

  • Security Council delegation for the Great Lakes Region
    14 may 2001 19:27:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- A UN Security Council delegation leaves Tuesday for the Great Lakes Region of Africa on a 10-day mission to discuss the implementation of the Lusaka accord to end the three-year conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Full text...

  • Nujoma warned against fourth term
    14 may 2001 17:58:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A Democratic Turnhale Alliance/UDF Coalition MP Dudu Murorua on Monday warned President Sam Nujoma against seeking a fourth presidential term like Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who has allegedly opted to remain in power indefinitely. Full text...

  • Thousands attend funeral of slain security chief
    14 may 2001 17:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Thousands of people including Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on Monday attended the funeral of Kinke Gebremedhin, Ethiopia's chief of intelligence and security, who was shot dead Saturday as he was about to enter the officers' mess in Addis Ababa His alleged assassin has been identified as Maj. Full text...

  • African Union Act Before Senate Tuesday
    14 may 2001 17:24:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon's Senate will Tuesday consider a bill on the pending ratification of the African Union's constitutive act, the Gabonese Press Agency (AGP) reported Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Police For Congo
    14 may 2001 17:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria is to send a team of 20 policemen to the Democratic Republic of Congo to help monitor the ongoing withdrawal of foreign troops from the country, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dubem Onyia said. Full text...

  • Collin Powell expected in Mali soon
    14 may 2001 17:05:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- US Secretary of State Collin Powell is scheduled to visit Mali from 23-24 May as part of his maiden African tour that would also take him to South Africa and Uganda. Full text...

  • SDF congress scheduled for August
    14 may 2001 16:50:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The main Cameroonian opposition Social Democratic Front of John Fru Ndi holds its congress from 11-12 August 2001 in Bamenda, capital of the north-western province. Full text...

  • Opposition Wins Tightly Contested Mayoral Election
    14 may 2001 16:30:00
    Masvingo- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party on Monday re-confirmed its dominance in urban areas by winning a tightly-contested weekend mayoral election in the southern town of Masvingo. Full text...

  • Anti-judiciary sentiments could mar democracy in Namibia
    14 may 2001 16:16:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A recent stand-off between sections of the Namibian community and the country's independent judiciary signals the possibility of a collision between partisan politics and an important branch of government. Full text...

  • Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement to be Reviewed
    14 may 2001 15:24:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Allies of the Democratic Republic of Congo will soon meet in Kinshasa to review progress on the implementation of the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement, it was disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • Opposition leader Van Schalkwyk begins US tour
    14 may 2001 14:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Opposition Democratic Alliance deputy president Marthinus Van Schalkwyk left for the US on Sunday for a six-day visit to introduce the DA to government officials in Washington D. Full text...

  • Guinean hostages arrive in Conakry
    14 may 2001 13:57:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- A group of 23 Guineans, mainly women and children who were adapted by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels of Sierra Leone, have arrived in the capital, Conakry. Full text...

  • Plan to build mausoleum for Banda sparks controversy
    14 may 2001 12:27:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Government's plan to build a giant mausoleum to honour Malawi's late dictator Hastings Kamuzu Banda has drawn criticisms from human rights activists and victims of his ruthless 30-year regime. Full text...

  • President makes minor cabinet reshuffle
    14 may 2001 10:37:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian President Maaouiya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya made a minor reshuffle in the government Sunday with four ministers swapping portfolios. Full text...

  • Ghanaian President to visit Morocco
    14 may 2001 09:28:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Ghanaian President John Kufuor is expected to visit Morocco on Tuesday and Wednesday at the invitation of King Mohammed VI, according to sources at the Royal in Rabat. Full text...

  • EU foreign ministers to discuss Great Lakes
    13 may 2001 18:05:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The situation in the Great Lakes region would be on the agenda of the EU Council of Foreign ministers meeting Monday and Tuesday in Brussels, official sources in the Belgian capital said. Full text...

  • Journalists Association welcomes UN sanctions on Liberia
    13 may 2001 17:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA), Sunday welcomed the sanctions imposed on Liberia by the UN Security Council. Full text...

  • Belgian defence minister to visit Benin
    13 may 2001 17:09:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgian Defence minister Andre Flahaut will 22-25 May be in Benin to watch a training exercise mounted by the Belgian First Aid and Support Team, B-Fast, Cotonou sources said Sunday. Full text...

  • Ben Ali reaffirms Tunisia's commitment to African cause
    13 may 2001 16:57:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali said his country's commitment to the African cause "remains a top government priority. Full text...

  • New Senegalese government hands off information sector
    13 may 2001 16:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- After a reshuffle that scraped off the Communication portfolio among other departments dropped in the curtailed cabinet, authorities in Dakar say the Information ministry was shed off in line with President Abdoulaye Wade's wish for the State to hands off Senegal's information sector. Full text...

  • Decline in French LDC assistance irks Chirac's party
    13 may 2001 16:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Republican Rally (RPR) of French President Jacques Chirac Sunday expressed concern at the decline in France's Public Development Assistance to least developed countries (LDCs), urging a reversal of the situation. Full text...

  • Opposition leader on next bid for Nigerian presidency
    13 may 2001 16:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Opposition politician Olu Falae, who ran against Olusegun Obasanjo in Nigeria's February 1999 presidential elections, says he can run for that office again only if there is a "truly democratic setting. Full text...

  • Khadafi moves to reconcile Museveni, El Bashir
    13 may 2001 16:22:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The leader of the Libyan revolution, Col. Full text...

  • Moroccan peacekeepers arrive in eastern DR Congo
    13 may 2001 15:55:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- A contingent of 116 Moroccan soldiers arrived in Goma in eastern DR Congo (DRC) this weekend, UN officials in Goma said Sunday. Full text...

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