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  • 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...

  • 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...

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