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  • Zimbabwe students send message opposing Chiluba's third term
    04 may 2001 22:01:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe National Students Union has sent a message of solidarity to their Zambian counterparts who are demonstrating against Zambian president Frederick Chiluba's bid for a third term of office. Full text...

  • Kabila expected in Tanzania for bilateral talks
    04 may 2001 21:39:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is expected in Tanzania Saturday for a three-day official visit at the invitation of President Benjamin Mkapa. Full text...

  • Gauteng (South Africa) Premier woos Malaysia, Singapore
    04 may 2001 21:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa was Friday off to Malaysia and Singapore for an official visit. Full text...

  • Senegal and Guinean forces surround Casamance rebel leader
    04 may 2001 21:06:00
    Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Combined Senegalese and Guinea-Bissau armed forces, backed by the main wing of Senegal's rebel Movement of the Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC), have surrounded MFDC's left-wing leader Salif Sadio's Baracapata headquarters in the south-west of the country near the Guinean border. Full text...

  • UN condemns plunder of DR Congo's wealth
    04 may 2001 20:19:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has condemned the plunder of the natural resources of the Democratic Republic of the Congo by individuals, governments and armed groups involved in the country's conflict. Full text...

  • UN decides to apply limited sanctions against Liberia
    04 may 2001 20:16:00
    New York- United Nations (PANA) -- The UN Security Council decided Friday that its ban on Liberia's diamonds and restrictions on the travel of its officials should come into force on Wednesday (7 May). Full text...

  • Wade hails conduct of parliamentary elections
    04 may 2001 16:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has expressed satisfaction over the calm and transparent atmosphere which characterised last week's parliamentary elections throughout the country. Full text...

  • Test Of Time Is Wade's Next Challenge
    04 may 2001 15:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The huge victory by President Abdoulaye Wade's 'Sopi Coalition' of parties in the recent parliamentary polls comes as an additional challenge to the Senegalese leader, according to an external onlooker. Full text...

  • Mbeki sheds light on plot allegations
    04 may 2001 14:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki, who has come under fire for the way his government has handled an alleged plot to oust him, said on Thursday night that he did not believe that the men accused of planning the plot were involved in any way. Full text...

  • Mozambican Premier denies arms deal with ANC
    04 may 2001 12:06:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi has denied any involvement in supposed arms deals with the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa in the early 1990s. Full text...

  • Expelled MPs petition Zambian speaker
    04 may 2001 11:05:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian National Assembly is expected to hold an urgent session in Lusaka next week at the request of 65 members of parliament including ministers who were recently expelled from the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD). Full text...

  • Ireland threatens aid cut to Tanzania
    04 may 2001 09:57:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Ireland has threatened to halt aid to Tanzania because of rampant misuse and embezzlement of funds intended for development projects in the country. Full text...

  • Over 60 South African soldiers deployed in DRC
    04 may 2001 08:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A total of 69 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) specialist staff have so far been deployed for peacekeeping duties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Full text...

  • Rwanda urged to resolve "disappearances, assassination
    03 may 2001 23:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Rwandan government should step up efforts to resolve recent cases of "disappearances and an assassination," the New York-based Human Rights Watch charged Thursday. Full text...

  • President Tandja Mamadou visits Morocco
    03 may 2001 23:00:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI Thursday received Niger's President Mamadou Tandja on a visit to Morocco, the State television in Rabat reported. Full text...

  • Burundian delegation leaves for Pretoria
    03 may 2001 22:48:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A 22-member delegation comprising representatives from the Burundian army, civil society and religious denominations left Bujumbura Thursday for Pretoria, South Africa where they are to hold discussions with Nelson Mandela, the main mediator in that country's crisis. Full text...

  • Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire pledge to promote good governance
    03 may 2001 21:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire Thursday called on African countries to intensify economic co-operation among themselves in order to surmount threats of marginalisation under globalisation. Full text...

  • Rebel leader agrees to allow UN forces into Equator region
    03 may 2001 20:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- UN ambassador Kamel Morjane has disclosed Thursday that Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) leader, Jean-Pierre Bemba, has finally agreed to disengage his forces from the Equator region of the DR Congo to allow for the deployment of the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC). Full text...

  • Major hitch develops at Inter-Congolese dialogue meeting
    03 may 2001 20:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Rebel leaders from the Democratic Republic of Congo Thursday refused to attend a Lusaka meeting convened to sign the "Declaration of Fundamental Principles" meant to guide the way forward in the country's peace process. Full text...

  • Kufuor says Africa is democratising
    03 may 2001 19:55:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor said Thursday that Africa was being democratised with a fresh breed of leaders elected by the people through the ballot box. Full text...

  • Lawyers wrap up arguments in opposition leadership dispute
    03 may 2001 19:18:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Lawyers of the feuding main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leaders Thursday wrapped up arguments in its landmark parallel conventions case. Full text...

  • APF 9th regional assembly afoot in Niger
    03 may 2001 18:59:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The 9th regional confab of the Francophonie Parliamentary Assembly (APF), Africa Zone, is underway in Niamey with focus on culture and HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Axed Ministers Say Their Explusion Is Illegal
    03 may 2001 18:04:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Nine Zambian cabinet ministers, including Vice President Christon Tembo, on Thursday described their expulsion from the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) as "illegal" in view of a standing court order restraining the party from doing so. Full text...

  • Ghana Honours Ivorian President Gbagbo
    03 may 2001 14:00:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo was late Wednesday decorated with one of Ghana's highest honours, the Companion of the Order of the Star of Ghana (Ordinary Division). Full text...

  • RDR members set free in bid to defuse tension
    03 may 2001 13:33:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian authorities Wednesday set free Jean-Phlilippe Kabore, son of Henriette Dagri Diabate, general secretary of the Rally of Republicans (RDR), and five members of the opposition party. Full text...

  • Wade plans formation of new government on 11 May
    03 may 2001 13:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade announced that he form a new government on 11 May, the Senegalese news agency (APS) reported. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, Sudan sign co-operation agreements
    03 may 2001 12:14:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia and Sudan have signed two additional agreements to enhance closer ties in the areas of trade, economy, transport and communications. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone rebels agree to release UNAMSIL weapons
    03 may 2001 11:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Efforts to advance the Sierra Leone peace process and end the country's 10-year civil war have received a boost with the agreement by the country's rebels to release, by 30 May, all the equipment they seized from UN peacekeepers last year. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe accuses Uganda of backtracking on DRC pullout
    03 may 2001 10:29:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Defence Minister, Moven Mahachi said on Thursday that Uganda's announcement that it would pull-out all its troops from DR Congo may be a ploy to unravel the peace process in the central African country where it supports anti-government rebels. Full text...

  • Parliament probes grievances of university students
    03 may 2001 09:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The federal parliament Thursday began probing a petition outlining the grievances of students of Addis Ababa University in a bid to resolve the current crisis between them an the government. Full text...

  • Yala ends Conakry visit
    02 may 2001 23:41:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau President Koumba Yala Wednesday ended a three-day visit to Guinea (Conakry), highlighted by bilateral talks with his host President Lansana Conte. Full text...

  • Chiluba expels nine cabinet ministers from ruling party
    02 may 2001 23:30:00
    Kabwe- Zambia (PANA) -- President Frederick Chiluba and his ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) Wednesday expelled with immediate effect nine cabinet ministers for opposing him in his bid to run for a third presidential term. Full text...

  • Tandja arrives in Rabat
    02 may 2001 23:06:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Niger President Mamadou Tandja arrived in Rabat Wednesday on a private visit to Morocco, the State television (TVM) reported without further details. Full text...

  • Socialist International to meet in Casablanca
    02 may 2001 23:03:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Economic Commission of Socialist International (SI) will meet 4-5 May in Casablanca (100 km south of Rabat), Morocco's the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) indicated Wednesday. Full text...

  • German Minister due in Morocco
    02 may 2001 22:26:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A Senior Minister in the German Foreign Ministry,Christoph Zopel, will pay a working visit to Morocco beginning Thursday, the German Embassy said in Rabat Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegalese NGO wants article 38 in Constitution repealed
    02 may 2001 21:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of the African Rally for Human Rights (RADDHO), Alioune Tine, has called for the repeal of Article 38 of the Senegalese Constitution, which makes it possible for the President of the Republic to concurrently head a political party. Full text...

  • Namibia drums up support for its OAU candidate
    02 may 2001 21:56:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's Foreign Affairs, Information and Broadcasting Ministry Wednesday called for support for the country's candidate for the post of the OAU next Secretary General, saying it was the turn of Southern African to lead the continental body. Full text...

  • Belgium contemplates peace plan for central Africa
    02 may 2001 21:37:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgium plans to launch an action for peace and development across Central Africa when it takes chairmanship of the European Union on 1 July, Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt hinted Wednesday. Full text...

  • Opposition parties mark rival 'May Day'
    02 may 2001 21:31:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- About 5,000 people swamped the Kidongo Chekundu grounds in Dar es Salaam Wednesday to mark what opposition politicians dubbed the "Masses' May Day rally. Full text...

  • Tandja flown to Morocco for treatment
    02 may 2001 21:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Niger President Mamadou Tandja was flown Wednesday to Morocco for treatment for and undisclosed ailment, informed sources said. Full text...

  • Brother of Mali's former first lady gets presidential pardon
    02 may 2001 21:01:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- President Alpha Oumar Konare of Mali Wednesday granted pardon to former national Customs director Doua Abraham Sissoko, brother of former First Lady Mariam Traoré. Full text...

  • CAR in discreet search for peace in DR Congo
    02 may 2001 20:44:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Central African Republic (CAR) has been into discreet diplomacy to foster peace in DR Congo, Ambassador Bernard Cissalé said in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Minister says Guinea Bissau is safe
    02 may 2001 20:34:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Information Minister Joaquim Balde said Wednesday that Guinea Bissau is peaceful and safe, debunking a recent security warning by US State Department to Americans not to travel to the country. Full text...

  • Mozambican Parliament okay's ratification of Union act
    02 may 2001 20:05:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Parliament Wednesday passed a bill to ratify the Constitutive Act of the African Union. Full text...

  • Tanzania expresses concern over Buyoya's allegations
    02 may 2001 19:47:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The government said Wednesday it had learnt with great concern of Burundi President Pierre Buyoya's allegations that Tanzania is responsible for the deteriorating security situation in his war-torn Great Lakes state. Full text...

  • Delayed meeting on Sierra Leone ends
    02 may 2001 19:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The delayed meeting between officials of the multinational Co-ordination Mechanism on the Sierra Leone peace process and the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF), ended in Abuja Wednesday evening. Full text...

  • Wade's coalition wins 90 parliamentary seats
    02 may 2001 18:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 40-party "Sopi Coalition" (or change in Wolof) that backed Senegalese President Abdoulaye has obtained 90 out of 120 parliamentary seats at stake during last Sunday's parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • Nighttime police swoop nets 41 suspected thugs
    02 may 2001 17:26:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- At least 41 suspected criminals were rounded up in Lilongwe in a night operation that ended Wednesday morning in unprecedented raids on their hide-outs. Full text...

  • Libya promises Burkina Faso food aid
    02 may 2001 16:21:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Libya has pledged to shortly provide 5,000 tonnes of rice and maize in food aid to people seriously affected by a cereal shortage in Burkina Faso, an official source said Wednesday in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Karume scoffs at opposition parties
    02 may 2001 15:58:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Zanzibar President Amani Abedi Karume has told the opposition that there was no short cut to State House other than winning elections, the official Daily News reported Wednesday. Full text...

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