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  • Moroccan Islamists decide against cabinet posts
    22 october 2002 12:00:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's Justice and Development Party (PJD), the only Islamist party represented in parliament, has said that it was "not interested in participating in the government" of Prime Minister Driss Jettou. Full text...

  • Delegates hinge success of Somali talks on disarmament
    22 october 2002 11:08:00
    Eldoret- Kenyan (PANA) -- Delegates from a wide array of Somali factions, political groupings, the interim government and others who are meeting in western Kenya to hammer out a peace deal agree on one thing: disarmament -- preferably brokered by the world community -- must take centre stage or there will be no peace. Full text...

  • Moroccan Islamist party rejects cabinet posts
    22 october 2002 00:00:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's Party for Justice and Development (PJD), the only Islamic party represented in Parliament, on Monday rule out its participation in Prime Minister Driss Jettou's forthcoming cabinet. Full text...

  • Burundi marks 9th anniversary of Ndadaye's assassination
    21 october 2002 23:27:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundians on Monday held memorial services to mark the 9th anniversary of the assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye, the country's first democratically elected leader. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Deby hold telephone discussions
    21 october 2002 22:45:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Chadian President Idriss Deby and the Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • President Deby's party condemns clashes in eastern Chad
    21 october 2002 22:13:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Chad's ruling Patriotic Movement for Salvation (MPS) Monday blamed the rebel Movement for Democracy and Justice (MDJT) for renewed clashes with government troops in the north-eastern Tibesti region. Full text...

  • Congolese negotiations to begin in Pretoria Friday
    21 october 2002 21:35:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Belligerents in the Congolese conflict are to begin three days of negotiations in Pretoria Friday, according to Moustapha Niasse, the UN secretary general's special envoy for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • DR Congo wants UN to investigate massacre in Uvira
    21 october 2002 20:38:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congolese authorities have asked the UN Security Council to set up an international inquiry to probe the massacre of more than 100 civilians in Uvira, South Kivu province rebels of the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD/Goma). Full text...

  • Triki holds talks with Ivorian, Togolese envoys
    21 october 2002 19:33:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's African Union Secretary, Ali Triki held talks in Tripoli Monday with Ivorian Ambassador to Libya Dojo Togba, on the latest development following the month-long mutiny in the West African country. Full text...

  • UN senior official in Kinshasa
    21 october 2002 18:38:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UN Deputy Secretary General in charge of peace operations, Annabi Hedi, is in Kinshasa to assess the operations of the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC). Full text...

  • Malawi's opposition party denounces arrest of its leader
    21 october 2002 18:19:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) says the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) is trying to "save face" by detaining MCP's leader Gwanda Chakuamba on charges of originating a letter bearing President Bakili Muluzi's signature. Full text...

  • Malawi lawyers join Muluzi's third-term debate
    21 october 2002 17:53:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Law Society of Malawi Chairman John Katsala, has described as "illegal and unconstitutional" calls by the opposition-sponsored Forum for the Defence of the Constitution, some Churches and NGOs, on President Bakili Muluzi to withdraw the bill on his third-term bid before the parliament. Full text...

  • Opposition group stresses territorial integrity of DR Congo
    21 october 2002 17:51:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Committee for Resistance, Territorial Integrity and Rule of Law (CRID), a Congolese resistance movement based in Paris has reiterated its support for the Mai Mai militia, which it said was fighting to defend the territorial integrity of DR Congo. Full text...

  • ECOWAS moves meeting on Ivorian crisis to Wednesday
    21 october 2002 16:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Heads of State of the Contact Group set up on Cote d'Ivoire by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would now meet in Abidjan on Wednesday, instead of Tuesday as earlier scheduled, ECOWAS sources said. Full text...

  • Daloa residents complain against alleged persecution
    21 october 2002 15:53:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Abductions and summary executions of people, mainly natives of northern Côte d'Ivoire, are continuing in Daloa, about 400 km north of Abidjan, residents told PANA on phone Monday. Full text...

  • 72 unidentified bodies buried in Abidjan mass graves
    21 october 2002 15:10:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 72 unidentified bodies, victims of the uprising that erupted in Cote d'Ivoire on 19 September were buried in two mass graves in Abidjan at the weekend, according to Health Ministry officials. Full text...

  • African Parliamentarians meet in Khartoum
    21 october 2002 15:02:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) began its 41st session in Khartoum Monday ahead of the Union's 25th conference slated for 23-24 October in the Sudanese capital. Full text...

  • Obasanjo's political opponent presents manifesto
    21 october 2002 14:55:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Abubakar Rimi, foremost challenger to Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo in the race for the presidential ticket of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Monday presented his manifesto at a rally in the capital, Abuja. Full text...

  • Cameroonian paper accuses Chirac of forcing Diouf on OIF
    21 october 2002 14:00:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- While state-owned Cameroon Tribune Monday reported without comment on Sunday's election of former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf as Secretary General of the International Organisation of Francophonie (OIF), the private daily Mutations has accused France of facilitating Diouf's victory. Full text...

  • France, Libya strengthen ties, hold joint commission
    21 october 2002 13:45:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Foreign minister Abderrahmane Chalgham is heading the Libyan delegation to a joint commission with France, which opened Monday in Paris. Full text...

  • AU probes Sudan's alleged aggression by Eritrea
    21 october 2002 13:33:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- An African Union (AU) fact-finding mission is in Khartoum to investigate claims by Sudan that its eastern territory is under military assault by Eritrea. Full text...

  • French troops deployed to monitor Ivorian cease-fire
    21 october 2002 13:00:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The French military contingent in Cote d'Ivoire began deploying troops Sunday to the front lines between government and rebel forces in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Chiluba turns down independence celebration invitation
    21 october 2002 12:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's former president Frederick Chiluba has declined an invitation from his successor, President Levy Mwanawasa, to attend the country's independence celebrations Thursday at State House, the official presidential residence. Full text...

  • Libyans re-examine past decisions at Peoples' Congress
    21 october 2002 12:06:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Peoples' Congress, the highest Libyan authority, ends a three-day meeting Monday during which decisions made during the 2002 ordinary meeting were re-examined. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition reschedules alliance launch
    21 october 2002 11:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Anxiety gripped opposition supporters Monday after the postponement of a super alliance intended to wrestle power from the ruling Kanu party of President Daniel arap Moi at Kenya's next general elections. Full text...

  • Burundi ceasefire talks resume in Tanzania
    21 october 2002 11:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma departed for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Monday to resume his mediation role in the Burundi ceasefire negotiations. Full text...

  • Kenyan elders demand own parliament
    21 october 2002 10:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Swathed by political euphoria currently sweeping through Kenya, the country's elders have called for the establishment of a parliament for senior members of society. Full text...

  • Nigeria takes stand on Bakassi ruling this week
    21 october 2002 10:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria will this week take a stand on the 10 October ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Netherlands ceding the disputed Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon, according to presidential spokesman Tunji Oseni. Full text...

  • 12 Somalis killed in renewed fighting in Baidoa
    21 october 2002 10:15:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Twelve Somalis were reported killed and more than 30 injured during heavy clashes between rival militias in Baidoa, capital of the self-proclaimed regional autonomy of south-west Somalia on Sunday. Full text...

  • French troops enforce Ivorian cease-fire accord
    20 october 2002 20:15:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Several hundreds of French troops left Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire's political capital Sunday afternoon to supervise a cease-fire agreement signed by insurgents Thursday in Bouake, 290-km from Abidjan. Full text...

  • Congolese rebel leader urges refugees to return home
    20 october 2002 19:48:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A Congolese rebel leader, Adolphe Onusumba has urged refugees who fled to Burundi following recent fighting to return to their homes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Police arrest Malawian opposition leader
    20 october 2002 19:28:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police in Lilongwe on Sunday arrested opposition leader Gwanda Chakuamba, who heads the country main opposition, Malawi Congress Party (MCP). Full text...

  • Algeria plans to join Francophonie
    20 october 2002 18:36:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria is considering to join the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF), the country's foreign minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem said at the French-speaking body's summit in Beirut, Lebanon. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe says no to regime change in Iraq
    20 october 2002 18:21:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Sunday implored the world to resist United States "regime change" policy towards Iraq, but instead focus on disarmament as laid out in United Nations resolutions. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe urges Australia to withdraw from Commonwealth troika
    20 october 2002 17:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Sunday demanded Australia's withdrawal from a three-nation Commonwealth group probing alleged electoral fraud and human rights violations in the country, after it slapped targeted sanctions on Zimbabwean leaders over the accusations. Full text...

  • Four Ugandan army officers for court marshal
    20 october 2002 16:53:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Four Ugandan military officers are to appear before a court martial shortly in the northern army headquarters at Gulu to answer charges of naughtiness and negligence of duty in a war situation. Full text...

  • Kenyan President Moi underlines regional peace
    20 october 2002 13:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Daniel arap Moi has urged Kenyans to reach out to their neighbours and help restore peace in their war-torn countries. Full text...

  • Ivorian opposition party sues for national reconciliation
    19 october 2002 20:03:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The opposition Republican Movement (RDR) of former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara has indicated its readiness "to contribute to dialogue and national reconciliation," in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • In spite of a cease-fire, hurdles remain in Ivorian crisis
    19 october 2002 19:10:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Although President Laurent Gbagbo finally acquiesced last Thursday to a cease-fire, the beleaguered Ivorian leader remains wary of rebels fighting to unseat him. Full text...

  • UN agencies to tackle humanitarian impact of Ivorian crisis
    19 october 2002 17:53:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The emergency meeting of UN agencies in West Africa on the uprising in Cote d'Ivoire ended in Accra Friday, with participants agreeing to help mobilise resources to ameliorate anticipated humanitarian impact of the conflict. Full text...

  • Mozambicans remember Samora Machel
    19 october 2002 17:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi affirmed Saturday that the government was pursuing the vision of the country's first President, Samora Machel, who died in a plane crash exactly 16 years ago. Full text...

  • Top aide of RENAMO leader defects
    19 october 2002 16:54:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A military aide of the former Mozambican rebel movement RENAMO, who was in charge of security at the Inhaminga residence of chairman Afonso Dhlakama has turned himself over to local authorities, press reports indicated Saturday. Full text...

  • Top aide of former rebel RENAMO leader defects
    19 october 2002 16:53:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A military aide of the former Mozambican rebel movement RENAMO, who was in charge of security at the Inhaminga residence of chairman Afonso Dhlakama has turned himself over to local authorities, press reports indicated Saturday. Full text...

  • Uncertainty in Yamoussoukro over cease-fire accord
    19 october 2002 16:41:00
    Yamoussoukro- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Residents of Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire's administrative capital, are divided over the cease-fire agreement signed by the rebels who staged a mutiny 19 September. Full text...

  • Algeria joins Francophonie Organisation
    19 october 2002 16:24:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria is to join the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF), Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem hinted Friday, on the sidelines of the Francophonie summit underway in Beirut, Lebanon. Full text...

  • ECOWAS contact group to hold meeting in Cote d'Ivoire
    19 october 2002 15:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The contact group of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Cote d'Ivoire has tentatively scheduled a summit for Abidjan on Tuesday, ECOWAS sources said Saturday. Full text...

  • Ivorian truce holds in rebel strongholds
    19 october 2002 15:16:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The cease-fire agreed last Thursday by Ivorian rebels fighting the regime of President Laurent Gbagbo, continued to hold Saturday in Bouake and Korhogo, two major cities controlled by the insurgents, sources affirmed. Full text...

  • Cape Verde Prime Minister reshuffles cabinet
    19 october 2002 14:58:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves reorganised the government and reshuffled the cabinet on Friday, firing four ministers and bringing in two. Full text...

  • European Union bows to SADC over Zimbabwe
    19 october 2002 14:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has bowed to pressure from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to change the venue of an upcoming EU-SADC meeting from Europe, where Zimbabwe was going to be barred, to Mozambique. Full text...

  • WFP suspends food aid to violence-torn Zimbabwe district
    19 october 2002 13:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended distribution of relief food aid in Insiza district in Zimbabwe, citing violence linked to a parliamentary by-election to be held next weekend. Full text...

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