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  • Campaigns roll off for Algeria's local council polls
    19 september 2002 23:14:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Campaigns kicked off Thursday across Algeria in view of local elections coming up 10 October, with the National Liberation Front tipped favourites, as it is the only party fielding candidates in all 1,400 constituencies. Full text...

  • Iraq denies having weapons of mass destruction
    19 september 2002 22:03:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Iraq declared Thursday that it had no nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, contrary to US accusations. Full text...

  • Late Ivorian leader Guei's uneasy relations with Gbagbo end
    19 september 2002 21:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The former leader of the military junta which ruled Cote d'Ivoire from December 1999 to October 2000, General Robert Guei, aged 59, who died in the mutiny triggered off early Thursday morning, has always had a bone to pick with the incumbent head of state, Laurent Gbagbo. Full text...

  • Madagascar hosts COMESA workshop
    19 september 2002 21:17:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Erastus Mwencha, Secretary General of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), is in Madagascar at the head of a delegation to organise a national workshop on a free trade area and WTO trade rules, Malagasy official sources said. Full text...

  • Kenyans begin debating draft constitution
    19 september 2002 19:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's draft constitution drew mixed feelings Thursday from Kenyans who have been debating the prospective new supreme law. Full text...

  • CAR President Patasse arrives in Libya
    19 september 2002 19:19:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Central African Republic President Ange Felix Patasse Thursday arrived for a visit in Sirte, 450 km east of the Libyan capital Tripoli. Full text...

  • Ivorian Ministers' houses attacked by mutineers
    19 september 2002 18:41:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Defence Minister Lida Moise Kouassi said Thursday that his house was ransacked, while the residence of his colleague in charge of Domestic Affairs and Decentralisation, (Interior Minister) Emile Boga, was attacked with heavy artillery by mutineers. Full text...

  • Boutros Ghali condemns attempt to destabilise Cote d'Ivoire
    19 september 2002 18:21:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary General of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF), Thursday condemned what he called attempts to destabilise Cote d'Ivoire, saying the use of arms against an elected government can never be justified. Full text...

  • Mutiny worries France-based Ivorians
    19 september 2002 18:19:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ivorians based in France on Thursday expressed serious concern and uncertainty about the prevailing situation back home where heavy guns and light weapons were fired in Abidjan Wednesday night. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa threatens tough action against corruption
    19 september 2002 17:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa warned Thursday, that officials of former President Frederick Chiluba's government, who are now under investigation for alleged corruption, would face severe punishment if found guilty. Full text...

  • Nguesso meets French Foreign Minister
    19 september 2002 17:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Visiting President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo Brazzaville, held bilateral talks in Paris Thursday with French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, official sources said in the French capital. Full text...

  • Kaunda tries to persuade Saddam to allow UN inspectors
    19 september 2002 17:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Retired Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda is currently in Iraq trying to persuade President Saddam Hussein to allow UN weapons inspectors to carry out investigations in his country. Full text...

  • Ivorian Minister confirms General Guei's death
    19 september 2002 16:59:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian former military ruler General Robert Guei, has been killed, the country's Senior Minister in charge of Defence and Civil Protection, Lida Moise Kouassi confirmed in Abidjan Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS monitoring situation in Côte d'Ivoire
    19 september 2002 16:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is monitoring the evolving political situation in Côte d'Ivoire, one of its member States, where a mutiny Wednesday night led to at least 10 deaths. Full text...

  • EU slaps more Zimbabwean officials with sanctions
    19 september 2002 16:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The European Union has slapped more senior Zimbabwean government officials with personal sanctions in protest against alleged human rights violations in the southern African country. Full text...

  • French soldiers not involved in Abidjan shooting
    19 september 2002 16:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French forces stationed in Cote d'Ivoire were not involved in the exchange of fire following Wednesday night's military mutiny in Abidjan, the French defence ministry said Thursday in a news release issued in Paris. Full text...

  • Human right defender imprisoned in Niamey
    19 september 2002 15:57:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niamey's regional court on Thursday sentenced the President of the Niger Human Rights League Bagnou Bankoukou to one year imprisonment and fined him 20,000 FCFA. Full text...

  • Gunmen Disrupt Somali Administrative Meeting
    19 september 2002 15:49:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- A Somali cabinet delegation was forced to postpone a meeting, intended to install a new administration in Afgoye district, after unknown people opened fire forcing the delegation to flee from the venue Wednesday. Full text...

  • 10 killed, scores wounded in Côte d'Ivoire mutiny
    19 september 2002 14:33:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- At least ten persons were killed and scores of others wounded during heavy shooting Wednesday night in Abidjan and in other parts of the country where about 750 soldiers have mutinied against dismissal from the national army, military sources said. Full text...

  • Ivorian authorities see mutiny as attempted coup
    19 september 2002 14:09:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Authorities in Abidjan now see current military events in the country as an attempted coup instead of a mere mutiny, official sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Gen. Robert Guei takes refuge in Abidjan Cathedral
    19 september 2002 13:40:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The head of Côte d'Ivoire's defunct military junta, Gen. Full text...

  • 750 soldiers mutiny in Côte d'Ivoire to protest their dismissal
    19 september 2002 13:16:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- About 750 soldiers listed to be discharged from the national army of Côte d'Ivoire (FANCI) have mutinied in Abidjan, official sources confirmed Thursday. Full text...

  • Burundi government delegation attends peace talks in Tanzania
    19 september 2002 12:19:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A 14-member delegation, headed by national advisor on peace Ambroise Niyonsaba, is representing the Burundi government at peace talks that opened Thursday in Dar es Salaam. Full text...

  • Togolese parliamentary polls slated for 27 October
    19 september 2002 12:12:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese parliamentary elections will be held on 27 October, says a presidential decree issued in Lome Wednesday. Full text...

  • Diplomat says shooting occurred near Gbagbo's residence
    19 september 2002 10:39:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The overnight shooting in Abidjan occurred near Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo's residence, in the embassy district of Cocody, one Western diplomat said Thursday. Full text...

  • Heavy shooting in Abidjan subsides
    19 september 2002 10:02:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Nearly four hours of heavy shooting overnight in Abidjan subsided shortly after dawn Thursday, with the streets of Plateau, Abidjan's business district, slowly returning to normalcy in the morning. Full text...

  • Latest coup suspect in South Africa appears in court
    19 september 2002 08:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Limpopo doctor Johan Pretorius appeared in the Lichtenburg Magistrate's Court in South Africa's North West province on Wednesday to face charges of involvement with an alleged right-wing plot to overthrow the government. Full text...

  • Libya criticises UK attitude towards Al Qaida elements
    18 september 2002 23:08:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya Wednesday said that it supported the French authorities' position in criticising the attitude of the British secret services towards members of the "Libyan Al Qaida" network living in Britain. Full text...

  • Niger's parliamentary majority denounces the opposition
    18 september 2002 22:51:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Some 59 members of Niger's parliamentary majority Wednesday issued a statement denouncing a "series of events programmed" by the opposition and aimed at "systematically destabilising the institutions of the Fifth Republic and destroying the government's undeniable achievements. Full text...

  • Withdrawal of Rwandan troops sparks fears in DR Congo
    18 september 2002 22:50:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- Rebel movements and the Kinshasa government alike have indicated they were concerned about the void that would follow the withdrawal of Rwandan troops from the eastern Congolese town of Kindu. Full text...

  • Libya dismisses allegations of ulterior designs in CAR
    18 september 2002 22:15:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan people's committee (Ministry) for African Unity has issued a statement saying there was nothing particular about a recent agreement signed between Tripoli and Bangui, insisting it was a cooperation instrument like any other agreed with other African countries. Full text...

  • Libyan leader, Tunisian Prime Minister hold discussions
    18 september 2002 21:34:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Prime Minister Mohamed Ghanouchi, who is heading the Tunisian delegation to a Joint Commission with Libya, delivered a message Wednesday to Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Paris-based NGOs protest Nguesso's visit to France
    18 september 2002 21:26:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Paris-based International Human Rights Federation (FIDH) and the Human and Citizens' Rights League (LDH), have petitioned French President, Jacques Chirac, over the official visit to France by President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo Brazzaville. Full text...

  • US embassy under tight security in Mauritania
    18 september 2002 21:13:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian security guards, with the aid of roadblocks, were posted Wednesday outside the US embassy in Nouakchott, the country's capital. Full text...

  • Kenya could have a ceremonial president
    18 september 2002 19:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya could have a ceremonial president, a prime minister and two deputies, if a constitutional draft launched Wednesday at the country's eastern resort city of Mombasa is enacted by parliament, after being endorsed by a national constitutional conference currently in formation. Full text...

  • Detained Malawi opposition leader decries prison conditions
    18 september 2002 19:05:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Danga Mughogho, detained chairman of newly-formed Malawi opposition Forum for Unity and Development (MAFUNDE), Wednesday described prison conditions in the country as "atrocious". Full text...

  • South Africa pursues mediation of Burundi peace talks
    18 september 2002 18:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Vice-President Jacob Zuma left Wednesday for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for the resumption of negotiations aimed at achieving a cease-fire agreement between the transitional government in Burundi and armed opposition movements. Full text...

  • Poor health keeps Sankoh away from Murder trial
    18 september 2002 18:22:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Foday Sankoh, Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebel leader, failed Wednesday to appear before a Freetown High Court for his murder trial because of ill-health, the prosecution said. Full text...

  • France appoints new Ambassador to Egypt
    18 september 2002 17:55:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Claude Cousseran has been named new French Ambassador to Egypt, according to official sources in Paris. Full text...

  • Electoral body releases more registration materials
    18 september 2002 17:30:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released additional four million registration forms, following widespread reports of shortage of materials at voter registration centres nationwide. Full text...

  • Opposition threatens to sue Malawi anti-corruption agency
    18 september 2002 17:18:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A Malawi opposition group has threatened to take the government's Anti-Corruption Bureau to Court if it fails to take action against opposition MPs who were allegedly bribed to support a failed bid in Parliament to abolish presidential term limits in the country. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition names Kibaki for presidency
    18 september 2002 16:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's key opposition alliance Wednesday picked former vice-president and veteran politician Mwai Kibaki as its sole candidate for the presidential election due to be held later this year. Full text...

  • Territorial claims hamper Sudan peace talks
    18 september 2002 16:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The government of Sudan has ruled out discussion on the rebels demand for the incorporation of the Nuba Mountains, the southern Blue Nile, and Abyei with southern Sudan. Full text...

  • Govt withdraws soldiers from streets in Monrovia
    18 september 2002 14:00:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian government Wednesday began removing soldiers from the streets of Monrovia, five days after lifting a state of emergency it imposed last February when dissidents encroached on the Liberian capital. Full text...

  • Taylor, conference delegates in disharmony over resolutions
    18 september 2002 13:25:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A Liberian conference on peace and reconciliation has ended on a sour note, pitching delegates at loggerheads with President Charles Taylor. Full text...

  • Zambian paper warns Muluzi over attempt for a third term
    18 september 2002 11:44:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The State-run Zambia Daily Mail Wednesday expressed surprise that Malawian President Bakili Muluzi has insisted on a third term of office contrary to constitutional limitation on the tenure of president in the country. Full text...

  • Angolans remember Agostinho Neto
    18 september 2002 10:26:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos on Tuesday deposited a wreath of flowers at the Luanda Independence Square monument to commemorate the birthday of the late Agostinho Neto, the country's first president. Full text...

  • Pretoria, Non-Aligned Movement welcome breakthrough on Iraq
    18 september 2002 09:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has welcomed Iraq's decision to comply with UN resolutions and allow the unconditional return of weapons inspectors, but called for respect of that country's territorial integrity and political independence. Full text...

  • Mandela slams coup suspects in South Africa
    18 september 2002 08:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former President Nelson Mandela has strongly condemned a group of right-wingers who allegedly planned to overthrow the government. Full text...

  • UN official satisfied with peacemaking mission in DR Congo
    17 september 2002 23:59:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UN special envoy in DR Congo Amos Namanga Ngongi has expressed satisfaction with his mission in Isiro, eastern DR Congo where he was on tour at the weekend along with UN Mission in Congo (MONUC) Commander Gen. Full text...

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