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  • Compromise anticipated as Tshisekedi returns to DR Congo
    25 april 2001 11:17:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Pundits in Kinshasa see the return to DR Congo of Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) chairman Etienne Tshisekedi as suggesting an overture for compromise between the government and the opposition. Full text...

  • Rights Commission bemoans slow progress in Africa
    25 april 2001 10:04:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A senior official of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (CADHP) has, while acknowledging some positive trends in the resolution of conflicts on the continent, admitted the situation remained precarious for the most part. Full text...

  • EU lauds Ethiopia, Eritrea for buffer zone
    25 april 2001 08:53:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has hailed the establishment of a temporary security zone between Ethiopia and Eritrea, describing the development as "a watershed" in the implementation of the peace agreement between the two countries. Full text...

  • Egyptian-Tunisian committee meets Thursday
    24 april 2001 22:57:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The ninth session of the Egyptian-Tunisian joint committee will be held Thursday in Tunis and it will be co-chaired by Egyptian Prime Minister Atif Obeid and his Tunisian counterpart, Mohammed Ghannoushi. Full text...

  • UN relief official visits Liberia
    24 april 2001 22:54:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The UN deputy Emergency Relief Co-ordinator responsible for Humanitarian Affairs is in Liberia to assess humanitarian co-ordination arrangements for refugees and internally displaced persons in the country. Full text...

  • Regional military manoeuvres end
    24 april 2001 22:35:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The 10-nation West African military manoeuvres ended Monday after troops made a final assault against a fictitious enemy at Koumea and a military parade at Kara, 40 km north of Lome. Full text...

  • Niger commemorates end of rebellion
    24 april 2001 20:28:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The President of Niger Tanja Mamadou on Tuesday urged his compatriots to embrace the culture of a sustainable and peace and banish the resort to arms in settling disputes. Full text...

  • ECOWAS established observation zone in Cotonou
    24 april 2001 19:29:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has signed a headquarters agreement with Benin to establish an observation zone in Cotonou whose role would be to signal the potential of conflicts in Benin, Nigeria and Togo. Full text...

  • Annan urges African leaders to fight AIDS
    24 april 2001 19:12:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- UN secretary-general Kofi Annan is urging African leaders to use this week's summit on AIDS to step up their efforts to fight the disease. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe contests international jurists' report on abuse
    24 april 2001 17:52:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government Tuesday refuted charges by an international team of jurists that it promoted and allowed lawlessness to thrive in the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe hires American PR firm to spruce image
    24 april 2001 17:41:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Harare authorities Tuesday confirmed media reports they had hired a US public relations company to spruce up Zimbabwe's battered image abroad. Full text...

  • Kabila tells ministers to put peoples' interests first
    24 april 2001 17:29:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo President Joseph Kabila has instructed his new ministers to work in the best interest of the people and the Congolese nation. Full text...

  • Greek Foreign minister due in Rabat
    24 april 2001 16:39:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Greek Foreign minister Georges Papandreou was expected in Rabat Tuesday for a two-day official visit to Morocco. Full text...

  • EAC leaders launch five-year plan at end of summit
    24 april 2001 16:10:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Leaders of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda Tuesday officially launched a second five-year East African Community (EAC) Development Plan for 2001-2005. Full text...

  • Cape Verde's main opposition to elect new chair
    24 april 2001 15:50:00
    Praia- Cape-Verde (PANA) -- The Movement for Democracy (MPD), Cape Verde's main opposition party, plans to elect a new man when it meets in extraordinary congress next November, Praia sources say. Full text...

  • Angola, Namibia, Zambia to sort out border problems
    24 april 2001 14:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Defence, Foreign and Home Affairs ministers from Angola, Namibia and Zambia have at a tripartite meeting in Lusaka resolved to address armed attacks along their common borders. Full text...

  • Opposition accuses government of failing to deliver
    24 april 2001 14:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The official opposition Democratic Alliance has accused the ANC government of pushing itself into a corner by failing to deliver on its promises. Full text...

  • UN asks Senegal to hold indicted Chadian dictator
    24 april 2001 14:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN Committee against Torture has called on Senegal not to allow Chad's exiled former president, Hissène Habré to leave the country. Full text...

  • By-Election Suspects Charged With Murder
    24 april 2001 13:19:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Ten opposition supporters arrested two weeks ago following the death of a ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) supporter during clashes were Tuesday committed to the high court for trial. Full text...

  • African Union: the challenge at the base
    23 april 2001 13:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In the countdown to the effective proclamation of the African Union critics continue to question the feasibility of cohesion by a continent dogged by disintegration. Full text...

  • Somali arrested for wire-tapping phone lines
    23 april 2001 12:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Somali national has been arrested in Nairobi on suspicion of wire-tapping the telephone lines which police sources say belong to two top military officers. Full text...

  • Ethiopia rejects Eritrea, UNMEE protocol
    23 april 2001 12:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia has rejected a recent protocol agreement between Eritrea and the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) providing for the return of Eritrean militia and police to the border area, official sources said. Full text...

  • Kadhafi hails the role of African women
    23 april 2001 12:16:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The leader of the Libyan revolution, Col. Full text...

  • Ethiopia refutes UN charges over its troop movement
    23 april 2001 10:52:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia has refuted the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea's (UNMEE) allegations that Addis Ababa did not communicate its full redeployment plans along its border with Eritrea. Full text...

  • Rebels attack several locations in southern Burundi
    22 april 2001 18:48:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Growing insecurity in several regions of Burundi has spilled over to the relatively calm southern part of the country where massive attacks, blamed on the rebellion, have been reported since Friday, a military source said. Full text...

  • Liberia may not escape UN sanctions
    22 april 2001 18:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As the 7 May deadline for the coming into effect of the UN sanctions on Liberia draws near, current efforts by Monrovia to avert the sanctions may have failed to impress the UN team that visited the country last week. Full text...

  • Niger parliament rejects bill to review constitution
    22 april 2001 17:32:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's national assembly on Saturday rejected a bill intended to amend the constitution so that the pardoned perpetrators of the military coup in which President Bare Mainassara was killed on 9 April 1999 could be prosecuted. Full text...

  • MPD holds first meeting after poll defeat
    22 april 2001 16:51:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The national council of the Movement for Democracy (MPD), the major opposition party in Cape Verde, Saturday held its first meeting in Praia since its defeat in the 14 January general elections. Full text...

  • Senegal, Tunisia vow to strengthen co-operation
    22 april 2001 16:43:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Senegalese Foreign Affairs minister, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, currently on a working visit in Tunisia, Sunday held talks with his Tunisian counterpart Ben Yahia and several officials of the Tunisian government, the Tunisian News Agency (TAP) reported. Full text...

  • Defence officials review situation on Angola-Zambia border
    22 april 2001 16:18:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A tripartite meeting of defence chiefs, government officials and experts from Angola, Namibia and Zambia began Sunday in Lusaka to address the situation along the Zambia/Angola border. Full text...

  • Church cautions President Muluzi against bid for third term
    22 april 2001 15:53:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's second largest church, the Church of Central African Presbyterian, has warned President Bakili Muluzi that he would lose his reputation in case he seeks an unconstitutional third term of presidency. Full text...

  • Ivorian parliament to meet in Yamoussoukro
    22 april 2001 15:07:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's National Assembly will meet Wednesday for the first time in the nation's political capital Yamoussoukro, a reliable source said Saturday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Government panel probes opposition's indemnity claims
    22 april 2001 12:57:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A government-appointed legal panel to investigate claims by the opposition Umma (nation) Party for indemnities approximated to be 4. Full text...

  • Coup attempt inquiry commission given 20 days to end work
    21 april 2001 20:14:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi has decided to set up a commission of inquiry into the failed coup d'etat of 18 April, and to present its public report in 20 days, an official communiqué said Saturday in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • ATN lodges complaint against politician's bodyguards
    21 april 2001 18:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Director of African Television News (ATN), a television news agency of the RACECO group, has decided to file a complaint with the authorities against Mbaye Niang and Mawo Fall, bodyguards of Abdoulaye Diack, a former president of the dissolved Senegalese Senate, who attacked its cameraman. Full text...

  • Supreme Court throws out Presidential election petition
    21 april 2001 18:44:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan Supreme Court Saturday dismised the petition filed by Kiiza Besigye, the runner-up in the country's 12 March Presidential elections won by President Yoweri Museveni. Full text...

  • Namibian, Angolan, Zambian foreign ministers meet Monday
    21 april 2001 15:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Foreign Ministers from Zambia, Angola and Namibia meet in Lusaka Monday to resolve their security concerns and to strengthen co-operation between them. Full text...

  • Zambian VP accuses Chiluba of bribing third term supporters
    21 april 2001 15:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian vice president Christon Tembo Saturday accused his boss, President Frederick Chiluba, of bribing supporters to help him in his bid to run for a third term of office. Full text...

  • Cameroonian internationalist says West fears African Union
    21 april 2001 13:22:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- "The African Union works against major world interests, which explains why no Head of State has received congratulations from the West after the Lome summit," Prof. Full text...

  • Chiluba supporters in Zambia batter Briton to death
    21 april 2001 12:35:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A first death victim has been claimed by the escalating violence between people supporting Zambian President Frederick Chiluba for a third five-year term in office and those against his ambition. Full text...

  • Namibian, Angolan Foreign ministers to meet in Lusaka
    21 april 2001 12:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Foreign Ministers from Zambia, Angola and Namibia meet in Lusaka next Monday to resolve security concerns and strengthen cooperation between the three countries. Full text...

  • Dar indicted as transit route of DR Congo plunder
    21 april 2001 11:47:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania capital Dar es Salaam has been implicated by a UN Security Council report as a major transit route of natural resources plundered in war-torn DR Congo. Full text...

  • Indemnity bill irks Gambian public, observers
    20 april 2001 23:38:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A cross section of the diplomatic community in Banjul Friday voiced concern about government riding rough-shod on the Gambian people. Full text...

  • UN peacekeepers at length deploy in Kisangani
    20 april 2001 21:50:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- A contingent of 123 Moroccan soldiers arrived in Kisangani Friday as part of a UN force being deployed in rebel-controlled territories in DR Congo, rebel sources in Kisangani confirmed. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mission holding talks with Liberia on sanctions
    20 april 2001 21:48:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- An eight-man Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mission to verify Liberia's compliance with conditions set by the UN sanctions committee Friday began holding talks with Liberian officials here as part of their visit to the country. Full text...

  • Jammeh, Senegalese Opposition discuss Casamance
    20 april 2001 21:13:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh held talks Friday in Banjul with a representative of Senegal's separatist Movement of Democratic Forces in Casamance (MFDC), on how to advance the peace process on the conflict. Full text...

  • South African troops off to DR Congo
    20 april 2001 20:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota Friday told a group of soldiers leaving for peacekeeping duties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that they would play a major role in establishing peace in the war-torn region. Full text...

  • Banda goes hi-tech posthumously
    20 april 2001 19:53:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi is building a mausoleum, the first of its kind in the country, for Malawi's late dictator, Hastings Kamuzu Banda. Full text...

  • Cameroon can't ratify Union Act before June 2001
    20 april 2001 19:46:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- After missing the March session, a bill proposing Cameroon's ratification of the African Union act is most likely to be tabled before Parliament in June, observers in Yoaunde reckon. Full text...

  • De Lille expresses regret over arms deal allegations
    20 april 2001 17:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) chief whip Patricia de Lille has apologised for the confusion that has resulted from her party's unsubstantiated allegations that five senior African National Congress members were linked to irregularities in the controversial 5. Full text...

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