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  • Nigeria assures foreign envoys of safety
    20 may 2004 10:44:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- In the aftermath of an emergency rule decreed in central Plateau state, the federal government in Nigeria has reassured foreign envoys in the country of their safety as well as the country's stability. Full text...

  • Malabo, Pretoria hold consultations on coup suspects
    20 may 2004 10:21:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Foreign minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma confirmed Wednesday that a delegation from Malabo held consultations here this week with government agencies on the fate of several South Africans held in Equatorial Guinea in connection with an alleged plot to topple the government there. Full text...

  • Kadhafi discusses pending summit with Arab leaders
    19 may 2004 23:32:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • AU denounces assault on MP in Anjouan
    19 may 2004 23:09:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has protested against an assault which authorities in Anjouan meted out to Domoni MP, Abderemane Mahamaoud, that prevented him from attending the installation of the island's parliament last Sunday. Full text...

  • New Forces discuss Gbagbo's acrimonious address
    19 may 2004 22:53:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Military and political officials of the New Forces (ex-rebel group) that controls the northern half of Cote d'Ivoire held a closed door meeting here Wednesday to adopt "appropriate military decisions" after President Laurent Gbagbo made a hard-line nation-wide broadcast Tuesday. Full text...

  • Jean-Marie Guéhenno visits Kinshasa Thursday
    19 may 2004 22:32:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN deputy secretary general for peacekeeping operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, is expected Thursday in Kinshasa for a working visit to DR Congo, according to Hamadoun Touré, spokesman of the UN mission in DR Congo (MONUC). Full text...

  • Gbagbo wants Soro dismissed from cabinet
    19 may 2004 22:22:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo Tuesday night asked Prime Minister Seydou Diarra to dismiss Guillaume Soro, senior minister in charge of communication, plus two of his colleagues in the government of national reconciliation, reliable sources affirmed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ivorian PM resigns over Gbagbo's hard-line speech
    19 may 2004 22:08:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Diplomatic sources here said Prime Minister Seydou Elimane Diarra resigned after Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo announced several hard-line decisions in a national radio and television broadcast late Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gbagbo defends loyal militias over atrocities
    19 may 2004 21:50:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo Tuesday affirmed that the parallel forces indicted in the report of the UN inquiry commission on the killings following the bloody suppression of the 25 March demonstration by the opposition in Abidjan "are not what many think". Full text...

  • Govt says mutiny in N'djamena is over
    19 may 2004 21:26:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Remnants of mutinying soldiers, who hid in the eastern suburb of N'djamena after their abortive attempt last Sunday and Monday, surrendered on Tuesday night, Chadian authorities said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ivorian New Forces' chief alleges infiltration of "enemy forces"
    19 may 2004 21:06:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Colonel Soumaila Bakayoko, Ivorian New Forces army chief of staff has said that "enemy forces" were infiltrating the area controlled by the former rebel movements. Full text...

  • 34 Liberian combatants on trial for multiple crimes
    19 may 2004 21:05:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian police charged 34 militias of the former government with multiple crimes and sent them to court on Wednesday for their involvement in a violent protest Monday which left at least one man dead and several others injured in the Paynesville suburb of Monrovia. Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives message from Mubarak on Arab summit
    19 may 2004 20:46:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Wednesday received a special message from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on the Arab summit planned for the end of this month, Libyan news agency, JANA reported. Full text...

  • Conakry to host Mano River Union summit
    19 may 2004 18:36:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Presidents Ahmed Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone, Gyude Bryant of Liberia, Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d'Ivoire and Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali, are expected to attend a Mano River Union summit slated for Conakry Thursday. Full text...

  • Angolan Minister in Morocco for war Veterans' meeting
    19 may 2004 18:25:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Angolan War Veterans Minister Pedro Jose Van-dunem is in Morocco for a two-day meeting of the Standing Committee on African Affairs (CPAA) of the World Veterans Federation (WVA), which opens Thursday. Full text...

  • Cameroon observes 32nd anniversary Thursday
    19 may 2004 17:19:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian President Paul Biya will Thursday lead in celebrating the 32nd anniversary of the country's unification, with a civil and military parade to be staged at the 20 May Square in the capital Yaounde. Full text...

  • Official accuses Gbagbo of planning to attack New Forces
    19 may 2004 17:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ibrahim Coulibaly leader of Ivorian "New Forces," Wednesday in Paris accused President Gbagbo's government of planning to attack on the former rebel movements' positions. Full text...

  • Nigerian house ratifies emergency rule in Plateau State
    19 may 2004 16:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's bicameral federal legislature Wednesday ratified President Olusegun Obasanjo's imposition of emergency rule on the central state of Plateau, torn apart by prolonged ethnic and religious crisis. Full text...

  • Contenders for Malawi presidency
    19 may 2004 16:17:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Some 5. Full text...

  • OIF chief due in Morocco Thursday
    19 may 2004 14:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Francophonie Organisation (OIF) Secretary General Abdou Diouf is due in Morocco Thursday on a working visit, sources close to the Paris-based organisation said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Emergency rule order sparks fierce debate in Nigeria
    19 may 2004 14:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerians are sharply divided over President Olusegun Obasanjo imposition of emergency rule on the crisis-torn central State of Plateau Tuesday, with some vehemently opposed to the decision while others are hailing it. Full text...

  • Cairo lobbies Yaounde's support to host African Parliament
    19 may 2004 14:28:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has sent a message to President Paul Biya seeking Yaounde's support for the North African nation to host the future African Parliament, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Uganda army rescues Anglican Bishop, 11 others from rebels
    19 may 2004 14:01:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Government troops rescued Anglican Bishop Benjamin Ojwanga and 11 others from three hours of captivity by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) early Wednesday morning in the restive northern Uganda district of Kitgum. Full text...

  • Angolan minister visits Morocco
    19 may 2004 13:16:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Angolan War Veterans minister Jose Luis Dalmida arrived in Morocco Tuesday evening to attend the 12th session of the Standing Committee on African Affairs (CPAA) of the World Veterans Federation (WVA) holding here 20 and 21 May. Full text...

  • Bashir to visit war-torn Darfur region
    19 may 2004 13:00:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Authorities here Wednesday disclosed President Omar Hassan el-Bashir would pay a two-day visit to the war-ravished western Darfur region to assess security and humanitarian conditions. Full text...

  • G7 calls for resumption of dialogue with Ivorian PM
    19 may 2004 13:00:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The group of seven opposition movements (G7) in Cote d'Ivoire said on Tuesday that they were ready to resume political dialogue with Prime Minister Seydou Diarra in order to achieve lasting peace, according to an official source. Full text...

  • Chadian govt meets as mutinying soldiers stiffen stance
    19 may 2004 12:44:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- The Chadian government convened Tuesday in an extraordinary meeting, as some among soldiers who mutinied here last Sunday and Monday pressed on with the revolt. Full text...

  • Mauritius threatens legal action against London over Chagos
    19 may 2004 11:34:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Prime Minister Paul Berenger disclosed here Monday night that he had asked for a meeting with his British counterpart Tony Blair to discuss the sovereignty of Mauritius over the Chagos Archipelago, located some 1. Full text...

  • Nigerian state's new boss pledges justice
    19 may 2004 11:34:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The man picked to administer the crisis- torn central Nigerian state of Plateau during the six-month emergency rule imposed on it by President Olusegun Obasanjo has assumed office with a pledge to be fair but firm. Full text...

  • Nigerian Parliament debates emergency rule in Plateau State
    19 may 2004 10:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Parliament in Nigeria would Wednesday debate on the validity of an emergency rule President Olusegun Obasanjo decreed Tuesday on Plateau State. Full text...

  • Nigerian Christians suspicious of emergency rule
    19 may 2004 10:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Shocked by President Olusegun Obasanjo's imposition Tuesday of emergency rule in the largely-Christian state of Plateau, the umbrella Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has demanded similar measures in Muslim-dominated states and other areas with similar ethno-religious problems. Full text...

  • "Young Patriots" stage sit-ins at French schools in Abidjan
    19 may 2004 10:18:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The pro-Gbagbo Youth Alliance for Patriotic Revival commonly known as Young Patriots announced Tuesday it would stage sit-ins in front of all French schools in Abidjan starting the same day. Full text...

  • Close aides to Haidallah create new party
    19 may 2004 09:17:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Politicians close to unsuccessful presidential candidate (November 2003 election) Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidallah deposited an application file Tuesday at the Home Affairs Ministry for a new political party, the "ASSAWAB" (right path in Arabic). Full text...

  • Envoy affirms Nigeria's commitment to democracy in Africa
    19 may 2004 07:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Nigeria has underlined the importance it attaches to the elimination of poverty and diseases as well as the promotion of democracy and good governance in order to achieve sustainable development in Africa. Full text...

  • Gbagbo's national broadcast stirs young supporters
    18 may 2004 23:30:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An address on national radio and television Tuesday afternoon by Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo shook the residential district of Cocody, where several movements of young patriots, pupils and students converged on Golf hotel to "evict New Forces ministers". Full text...

  • Gbagbo threatens opposition ministers with replacement
    18 may 2004 23:07:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo Tuesday asked Prime Minister Seydou Diarra of the government of national reconciliation to replace several ministers from the opposition having qualms with the government. Full text...

  • Annan praises Kadhafi for peace efforts in Africa
    18 may 2004 22:54:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- UN Secretary-general Kofi Annan has commended Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Liberian rebel group cancels threat to disarmament
    18 may 2004 22:33:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Under sustained pressure from civil society groups, political leaders of LURD, Liberia's larger rebel group, Tuesday cancelled threats to suspend links with the power- sharing transitional government because interim leader Gyude Bryant refused their ultimatum to remove Finance Minister Lusinee Kamara. Full text...

  • Azali briefs Abdou Diouf on Comoros peace process
    18 may 2004 21:11:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Comorian President Assoumani Azali, on a private visit to France, Tuesday briefed Abdou Diouf, secretary- general of the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF), on the progress made to end in the Comorian crisis, reliable sources said. Full text...

  • Mutineers entrench in N'djamena suburb
    18 may 2004 21:02:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Elements of President Idriss Deby's close guard and the Chadian National and Nomad Guard (GNNT), who mutinied between Sunday and Monday, are still holed in the eastern suburb of N'djamena despite negotiations started with them by the government, an official source warned here Tuesday "A small residual group of mutineers left the town and has taken refuge in east of N'djamena," said Moukhtar Wawa Dahab, Chadian communication minister and government spokesperson. Full text...

  • Gbagbo stops salary of "rebel" Ministers
    18 may 2004 20:26:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo Tuesday announced the suspension of the May salary of opposition ministers who have been boycotting cabinet meetings for almost two months. Full text...

  • Opposition MP vents anger in Zimbabwean parliament
    18 may 2004 20:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A white opposition legislator in Zimbabwe, incensed by the government's continuing controversial land reforms, Tuesday assaulted two cabinet ministers in parliament. Full text...

  • Chissano receives Azali's envoy
    18 may 2004 19:35:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano Tuesday received visiting Comoran Foreign Minister Souef Mohamed, who brought a message from President Azali Assoumani. Full text...

  • Former Niger leader Ousmane to vie for presidency in December
    18 may 2004 19:21:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The board of Niger's Democratic and Social Convention, CDS said Tuesday that Mahamane Ousmane, the party's chair would be its candidate for the December presidential elections. Full text...

  • Malawi presidential poll results to be announced 22 May
    18 may 2004 17:41:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi Electoral Commission said Tuesday results of the 20 May parliamentary and presidential elections, would be announced two days after the polls. Full text...

  • 54 LRA rebels reported killed by Ugandan army
    18 may 2004 15:53:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A Ugandan army spokesman said Tuesday that government forces have killed at least 54 Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel troops in a fresh military operation with helicopter gun ships inside southern Sudan. Full text...

  • Law on assets gets first nod in Ivorian assembly
    18 may 2004 15:49:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The 21-member General and Institutional Affairs Commission of the Ivorian National Assembly has unanimously adopted the proposed law on declaration of assets by an Ivorian president, sending it to the plenary for further action, parliamentary sources said here. Full text...

  • Gbagbo to address nation at 1500 GMT
    18 may 2004 14:55:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo is expected to address the nation Tuesday at 1500 GMT, soon after returning from Bamako where he attended the leaders' summit of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) in the Malian capital. Full text...

  • Nigerian State calm after emergency rule order
    18 may 2004 14:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's central Plateau State was calm Tuesday after President Olusegun Obasanjo imposed an emergency rule and suspended the State governor, his deputy and the State legislature for six months following intractable ethno-religious crisis in parts of the State, residents said. Full text...

  • PDCI contemplates allying with New Forces
    18 may 2004 13:04:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI-RDA) secretary general Alphonse Djédjé Mady had hinted of plans to discuss a possible election alliance with the former rebel coalition now going by the name New Forces. Full text...

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