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  • 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...

  • Kadhafi and Mandela in phone talks
    02 may 2001 14:58:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela on Monday evening held a telephone conversation with the Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Rebel leader demands pull out of all troops from Congo
    02 may 2001 14:42:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Congolese rebel leader, Jean Pierre Bemba has given an ultimatum to forces allied to President Joseph Kabila to immediately pull out of DR Congo after Uganda hinted its withdrawal. Full text...

  • Ivorian President Gbagbo in Ghana
    02 may 2001 14:35:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo winds a two-day visit of Ghana on Wednesday at the invitation of his host, John Agyekum Kufuor. Full text...

  • Former Rwandan minister reported missing
    02 may 2001 14:03:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Former Rwandan Minister of Interior, Theobald Gakwaya Rwaka is reported missing and feared dead, human rights organisations and family sources said Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Arafat arrives in South Africa
    02 may 2001 12:53:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat arrived in Pretoria Wednesday for Thursday's meeting with Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) ministers on the Palestinian situation. Full text...

  • Masire to kick-start inter-Congolese dialogue in Lusaka
    02 may 2001 12:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The first round of talks between leaders of government and armed opposition groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who are party to the Lusaka peace accord, is due to start Thursday in the Zambian capital. Full text...

  • Meles Assures UN Mission Of Unceasing Cooperation
    02 may 2001 09:40:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has assured heads of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) that his government would continue to cooperate with the mission's officials in the promotion of the peace process. Full text...

  • Police On Trail Of Anonymous Letters
    02 may 2001 09:13:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Since Friday Malawi's major towns have been inundated with copies of an anonymous letter calling for mass demonstrations from Wednesday in support of pastoral letters recently circulated by two leading churches in the country. Full text...

  • PCD leader denies merger with former ruling party
    01 may 2001 20:01:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The chairman of the Party for Democratic Convergence (PCD-opposition), Eurico Monteiro, has denied rumours about his party's plans to merge with the Movement For Democracy (MPD), a former ruling party which he co-founded in 1990 after multiparty democracy was introduced in the islands. Full text...

  • Lawyer says Hissene Habre remains at peace with himself
    01 may 2001 19:33:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- More than three weeks after Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade gave former Chadian leader Hissene Habre a month to leave the country where he has lived in exile for 11 years, the former Chadian president is "very serene. Full text...

  • Koumba Yala visits Conakry
    01 may 2001 18:43:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau President Koumba Yala's current official visit to Guinea (Conakry) is being seen here as part of efforts to mend relations between the two Guineas. Full text...

  • Kagame briefs Kadhafi on Great Lakes situation
    01 may 2001 18:36:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Rwandan foreign minister Andre Bumaya Monday delivered a message from Rwandan leader Paul Kagame Rwanda to the leader of the Libyan revolution, Col. Full text...

  • University students demonstrate against Chiluba
    01 may 2001 17:45:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Over 100 students at the University of Zambia's Lusaka campus Tuesday held a peaceful demonstration on the campus grounds to denounce President Frederick Chiluba on the outcome of his party's convention which he amended to allow him to run for a third term of office. Full text...

  • Western Cape signs sister State agreement with California
    01 may 2001 16:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Western Cape Premier Gerald Morkel has signed a sister State agreement with John Burton, President of the California Senate, in Sacramento. Full text...

  • Sierra Leoneans queue for asylum in Liberia
    01 may 2001 15:45:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Hundreds of foreigners, mainly Sierra Leoneans, Tuesday braved the blazing sun in queues to register as asylum candidates in Liberia. Full text...

  • Malu debunks insinuations about retirement
    01 may 2001 15:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A day after Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo cleared the air on the sudden retirement of the country's Service Chiefs, the officers themselves have explained that their retirement was not political as being widely speculated. Full text...

  • Angry youths disrupt Constitutional debate
    01 may 2001 15:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The nation-wide debate on Nigeria's 1999 Constitution ordered by President Olusegun Obasanjo got off to a stormy start Monday as angry youths disrupted the proceedings in the South-Eastern Zone of the country. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone peace coordination group, RUF meet
    01 may 2001 14:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The coordinating group for the Sierra Leone peace process meets with the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Abuja later Tuesday in continuation of efforts to find a lasting solution to the country's 10-year civil war. Full text...

  • UNMEE discuss mission with Ethiopian authorities
    01 may 2001 12:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The head of the UN Mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, has met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to discuss the peace process and the progress of UNMEE. Full text...

  • ANC youth leader flayed in smear campaign against Mbeki
    01 may 2001 12:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The wife of one of the assassins of former South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani, has dismissed insinuations by ANC Youth Leader James Nkambule that President Thabo Mbeki was involved in the killing. Full text...

  • South African minister attends UN experts group meeting
    01 may 2001 10:30:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Public Service and Administration minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi is in New York to attend the UN Experts Group meeting scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Pretoria sources said. Full text...

  • Burundian thinkers plot the country's future scenarios
    30 april 2001 23:20:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- After almost eight years war, 30 Burundian personalities from within and the Diaspora have summarised the country's current situation into four possible scenarios. Full text...

  • Ivorian authorities release political detainees
    30 april 2001 20:11:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Political observers have hailed as a plausible step towards national reconciliation in Cote d'Ivoire, the release last weekend of two officials of the Republican Rally (RDR). Full text...

  • Ethiopia, Sudan want Somalia peace process all-inclusive
    30 april 2001 19:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia and Sudan Monday advocated an "all-inclusive" approach to national reconciliation in Somalia, which has been without a government since the ousting of the late Mohammed Siad Barre in January 1991. Full text...

  • Liberian government mobilises against UN sanctions
    30 april 2001 19:16:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian government has swung into a media campaign to stave off impending UN sanctions. Full text...

  • Senior FRODEBU leaders meet in Nairobi
    30 april 2001 17:53:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Senior officials from the Hutu dominated Front for Democracy in Burundi (FRODEBU) left Bujumbura on Sunday for a meeting with their exiled colleagues in Nairobi, the private radio station "Bonesha FM" (Enlightener) reported Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia not pressing for extradition of hijackers
    30 april 2001 16:02:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia would not press for extradition of five hijackers who Thursday forced its military transport plane from a domestic flight to land in Khartoum, Sudan. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean politicians battle to woo workers
    30 april 2001 16:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA - As they mark Workers' Day- on Tuesday, one thing will be uppermost in the minds of Zimbabwe's labour unions: how to deal with inducements from rival politicians eager to sign them on as allies ahead of next year's presidential elections. ) Full text...

  • Convention clears Chiluba for another presidential term
    30 april 2001 15:43:00
    Kabwe- Zambia (PANA) -- An extraordinary national convention of Zambia's ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) on Monday amended the party's constitution paving the way for President Fredrick Chiluba to be eligible for re-election to head the party. Full text...

  • President's coalition poised for poll victory
    30 april 2001 14:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade's "Sopi" Coalition (or change in Wolof) comprising about 40 political parties is poised to secure a comfortable parliamentary majority according to preliminary elections results of Sunday's poll. Full text...

  • No polling-booths for Senegalese in France
    30 april 2001 14:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese foreign affairs minister Cheikh Gadio has said French government officials caused "last minute difficulties" by failing to open some polling stations early Sunday to allow Senegalese elect their parliamentarians, the Senegalese News Agency or APS reported. Full text...

  • Bouteflika to speak on riots Monday
    30 april 2001 14:23:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika is to make a national address Monday evening on the security situation in the wake of widespread rioting in the central Kabylie region east of Algiers. Full text...

  • Retirement of Service Chiefs sparks controversy
    30 april 2001 13:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Amid continuing controversy over last week's retirement of Nigerian service chiefs, President Olusegun Obasanjo has explained the reasons for the sudden action, as Defence Minister Theophilus Danjuma prepares to answer a House of Representatives' summon to shed more light on the issue. Full text...

  • Malawian churches to deliberate on third term
    30 april 2001 12:53:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- All Christian churches in Malawi, have agreed to meet Friday in the capital, Lilongwe, to express opposition to moves by the ruling United Democratic Front to amend the Constitution and allow President Bakili Muluzi to run for a third term, a cleric said Monday in Blantyre. Full text...

  • Zanzibar president's mother visits Comoros
    30 april 2001 11:13:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Fatuma Karume, mother of president Amani Karume of Zanzibar, at the weekend visited The Comoros Island "to initiate the fostering of closer ties" between both islands, local press reports said. Full text...

  • Opposition parties said planning a merger
    29 april 2001 18:50:00
    Praia- Cape-Verde (PANA) -- There are indications that Cape Verde's opposition Party for Democratic Convergence (PCD) and the Movement For Democracy (MPD) are planning to merge. Full text...

  • Rwanda plays down fears of an invasion from Uganda
    29 april 2001 18:30:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan Army Chief of Staff, Major General Kayumba Nyamwasa, Sunday dismissed reports of a heavy deployment along the country's border to deter any invasion from Uganda. Full text...

  • Morocco's ruling USFP re-elects leader
    29 april 2001 17:54:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's socialist Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi was at the weekend re-elected head of the Union of Peoples Socialist Forces (USFP) - main party in the ruling coalition. Full text...

  • Senegalese President wants party politics regimented
    29 april 2001 17:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Against the backdrop of a crowded race for the Senegalese Parliament Sunday, President Abdoulaye Wade has expressed the wish for "a [tighter] regulation of party participation at elections," observing that "there are too many political parties" in the country. Full text...

  • The lesson from Senegal's peaceful electioneering
    29 april 2001 14:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese voters went to the polls Sunday to elect their national legislators in a hotly contested poll, in which none of the 25 parties is expected to win an absolute majority in the 120-seat Parliament, according to political observers. Full text...

  • Emergency ministerial council meeting to be held in Lome
    29 april 2001 13:28:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The fourth extraordinary session of the council of ECOWAS finance ministers has opened at the ECOWAS headquarters in Lome to examine the conclusions of the Administration and Finance Commission. Full text...

  • Calm in Dakar as polling stations open in parliamentary poll
    29 april 2001 12:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Three million voters began voting Sunday in Senegal's parliamentary elections which is expected to choose 120 MPs for the National Assembly. Full text...

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