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  • 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...

  • Guinea-Bissau demobilises former dissident soldiers
    13 may 2001 15:33:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- The authorities in Bissau this weekend demobilised 90 veteran soldiers who took part in the events of June 1998 overthrow of Joao Bernardo Vieira. Full text...

  • Senegal forms new government after parliamentary poll
    13 may 2001 15:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese Prime Minister Mame Madior Boye Saturday night formed a new cabinet Comprising 22 senior and two junior ministers. Full text...

  • Canada imposes sanctions on Zimbabwe
    13 may 2001 14:48:00
    HARARE- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Canada announced Sunday it was imposing limited economic and military sanctions on Zimbabwe in retaliation for last week's manhandling of its top diplomat in Harare by veterans of the country's independence war over a labour dispute last week. Full text...

  • Senegal unveils smallest cabinet in 25 Years.
    13 may 2001 14:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's first lady prime minister, Madior Boye, has formed a new government with only 24 cabinet ministers - two of them junior ministers - in one of the smallest cabinet line-ups in the last 25 years. Full text...

  • Communist Party rallies around alliance with ANC
    13 may 2001 13:36:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa - (PANA) -- The South African Communist Party (SACP) has called for vigilance against divisive elements after a two-day meeting in which it reaffirmed its alliance with the ruling African National Congress and the labour movement COSATU. Full text...

  • Six NGO staff members kidnapped in Burundi.
    13 may 2001 12:07:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- An armed group Friday kidnapped six members of Memisa Coped, a non-governmental organisation, working in the southern province of Makamba in the town of Kibago, said a senior official Saturday. Full text...

  • Salim urges world to help Kabila restore DR Congo peace
    13 may 2001 11:04:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim has called on the world community to back President Joseph Kabila's efforts to restore peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the official Sunday News reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Namibian President Launches Autobiography
    12 may 2001 19:30:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- President Sam Nujoma Saturday said he was proud that history chose him to carry the mantle of leadership of Namibia's anti-colonial struggle, which the country's brave forefathers and mothers had bequeathed on him. Full text...

  • Moroccan, Portuguese Premiers to Meet in Lisbon
    12 may 2001 19:16:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A high-level meeting between the Moroccan and Portuguese government delegations will be held Tuesday and Wednesday in Lisbon to take stock of bilateral co- operation, official sources in Rabat said. Full text...

  • Five Genocide Suspects Acquitted in Southwest Rwanda
    12 may 2001 17:56:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Five suspected perpetrators of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda have been acquitted by the public in Gashonga and Butarama districts of the southwest Cyangugu province. Full text...

  • Ethiopia's Chief of Security Gunned Down
    12 may 2001 16:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's chief of federal security service, Kinfe Gebremedhin, was gunned down early Saturday by a man identified only as a "major", Radio Ethiopia has announced. Full text...

  • Kadhafi reconciles Sudan, Uganda
    12 may 2001 13:31:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Sudanese President Hassan al Bashir, whose country formerly had strained relations with Uganda, was among five African leaders who Saturday attended the inauguration of Ugandan President Museveni in Kampala for another five-year term. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe passes law outlawing foreign funding for parties
    12 may 2001 11:12:00
    HARARE- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe, accusing former colonial power Britain and other European countries of interfering in its internal affairs, passed a law forbidding foreign funding for local political parties. Full text...

  • US backs peacekeeping in Africa
    11 may 2001 23:23:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- US president George W. Full text...

  • Sierra Leoneans Refused Entry in Gambia
    11 may 2001 23:17:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian immigration authorities Friday deported 16 Sierra Leoneans saying they had no "entry clearance" when they landed at Banjul airport. Full text...

  • Zambians still doubt Chiluba on third term issue
    11 may 2001 21:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The opposition Zambian Republican Party Friday expressed doubts about President Frederick Chiluba's statement that he would not seek a third term of office, suggesting that Chiluba "is capable of going against his word. Full text...

  • OAU officials discuss Comoros crisis in Pretoria
    11 may 2001 20:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Foreign ministers of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) met in Pretoria on Friday to discuss the ongoing secessionist crisis in the Comoros. Full text...

  • Six African presidents for Museveni's inauguration
    11 may 2001 20:17:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- Six African presidents and representatives from several others have been invited to attend the inauguration of Uganda's President-elect Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Saturday. Full text...

  • 6 African leaders to grace Museveni's inauguration
    11 may 2001 16:24:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- At least six African leaders are expected at Saturday's inauguration of Uganda's re-elected President Yoweri Museveni, official sources said in Kampala Friday. Full text...

  • South African delegation due in Mexico and Colombo
    11 may 2001 11:03:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Deputy President Jacob Zuma leaves for Mexico and Colombia Saturday to enhance South Africa's bilateral relations with the two countries. Full text...

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