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  • Chinese Premier visits Morocco
    27 august 2002 18:05:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji arrived in Rabat Tuesday on a two-day official visit to Morocco at the invitation of his Moroccan counterpart, Abderrahmane Youssoufi, officials said. Full text...

  • Mandingo students protest, harassment, detention of kinsmen
    27 august 2002 17:45:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Ethnic Mandingo students at the University of Liberia Tuesday condemned the arrest and dismissal of their kinsmen accused by the Monrovia government of collaborating with the dissident group fighting the government. Full text...

  • CEMAC observer mission submits report to Gabonese leader
    27 august 2002 17:42:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- An observer mission from the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) on the crisis between Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) has submitted its report to Gabonese president Omar Bongo, state television reported Monday in Libreville. Full text...

  • Nigerian Senate joins plot to impeach Obasanjo
    27 august 2002 17:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Senate, the upper House of Parliament Tuesday agreed to work with the lower legislative chamber in its plan to impeach President Olusegun Obasanjo, complicating efforts to resolve the lingering face-off between the Executive and the Legislature. Full text...

  • Gabonese authorities revise electoral registers
    27 august 2002 17:08:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The revision of electoral registers for local elections in Gabon has started across the country, a senior official at the Interior ministry indicated Monday in Libreville. Full text...

  • Nigeria's ruling Party MPs postpone decision on impeachment
    27 august 2002 16:58:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus in the lower legislative chamber, House of Representatives, has postponed till Thursday its response to the party's request to withdraw the impeachment threat against President Olusegun Obasanjo. Full text...

  • Sudan peace talks reportedly making good progress
    27 august 2002 16:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The three-week-old second round of talks towards ending Sudan's two-decade civil war, is reportedly making good progress in Kenya even as some prominent southern Sudanese dismiss the negotiations as a sham. Full text...

  • French President appoints adviser on African affairs
    27 august 2002 16:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Former French Ambassador to Morocco Michel de Bonnecorse, 62, has just been appointed adviser for African affairs at the President's Office, sources disclosed Tuesday in Paris. Full text...

  • Rawlings denies corruption charges
    27 august 2002 15:53:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings has dismissed corruption charges levelled against him by a journalist in the country. Full text...

  • Catholic Bishop sees no peace in Liberia without justice
    27 august 2002 15:28:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) – Liberia's Roman Catholi-c Bishop Michael Francis, warned Tuesday that the country would not know peace if those in authority choose to ignore justice. Full text...

  • Kenyans root for elections under new constitution
    27 august 2002 12:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's current political dispensation has put both the ruling KANU party and the opposition in a quandary, and only a government able to accommodate the various local interests would survive after the general elections set for end of December. Full text...

  • State agents harrass Mobutu supporters in DR Congo
    27 august 2002 12:13:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Several civilians and security agents suspected of associating with members of the former Zairian Armed Forces (FAZ) and the Special Presidential Unit (DSP) of the late dictator Mobutu Sese Seko's regime are reportedly being arrested by security forces in Kinshasa, the DR Congo capital. Full text...

  • Injured South African soldier receiving medical treatment
    27 august 2002 10:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- One of the two South African soldiers injured during an attack on a Burundian minister's home he was guarding Sunday has been identified as Titus Magezi Mathebula. Full text...

  • Breakthrough at Burundi cease-fire negotiations in Tanzania
    27 august 2002 08:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, who chairs the Burundi cease-fire negotiations in Dar es Salaam, said the peace process took a step forward when one of three political movements reached an agreement with the transitional government on Monday. Full text...

  • President Obiang receives Senegalese envoy
    26 august 2002 23:50:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema received Monday an envoy of his Senegalese counterpart, Abdoulaye Wade, with a message seeking Malabo's support for the country's bid to win the post of secretary general of the International Organisation of the Francophonie, an official source revealed. Full text...

  • SADC leaders to meet on famine and AIDS
    26 august 2002 23:12:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Leaders of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) will hold a two-day summit from 2 October in Luanda, Angola, to address the issues of famine and AIDS in the region. Full text...

  • Rwanda to hold general elections mid 2003
    26 august 2002 22:56:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda will hold general elections mid 2003, the National Electoral Commission announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Burundi rebel faction initials cease-fire memorandum
    26 august 2002 22:49:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A rebel faction of the CNDD-FDD Hutu movement Monday reached an unprecedented agreement with President Pierre Buyoya's transitional government to silence the guns that have savaged Burundi for almost a decade. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire passes bill stripping ex-presidents of immunity
    26 august 2002 22:20:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Former presidents of Côte d'Ivoire might be the subject of legal prosecutions if they get accused of committing criminal offences while in office, according to a bill approved by the Council of Ministers in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Mauritanian govt denies recognition to opposition party
    26 august 2002 21:54:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Authorities in Mauritania have denied recognition to Convention for Change (CC), a political party that emerged from the ashes of the banned Action for Change (AC), of Massaoud Ould Boulkheir. Full text...

  • Bangui court sentences 22 coup plotters to death
    26 august 2002 20:26:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Former Central African Republic's President Gen. Full text...

  • DR Congolese Politician Victor Nendaka dies in Brussels
    26 august 2002 20:00:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Congolese politician Victor Nendaka died last Thursday in Brussels at age 79, diplomatic sources said Monday in Brussels. Full text...

  • Ivorian officials probe Balla Keita's murder in Ouagadougou
    26 august 2002 19:38:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A six-member Ivorian team is in Ouagadougou for a follow-up investigation concerning the assassination of former Ivorian minister Balla Keita, official sources disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • Museveni blames donors, media for long rebellion
    26 august 2002 19:20:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Pressure by donors on Uganda to cut military spending are among factors which helped to prolong the rebellion being waged by the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), says the country's President Yoweri Museveni. Full text...

  • Annan Says World Community Supports Angolan Peace Process
    26 august 2002 19:11:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Monday said the world leaders he had met were willing to work with authorities in Angola for consolidation of the country's peace process. Full text...

  • Jewish board condemns hijacking of WSSD by 'extremists'
    26 august 2002 18:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) on Monday condemned what it said was "the hijacking of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) by anti-Israeli extremists. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe deports Norwegian MPs, Red Cross official
    26 august 2002 18:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe has deported a group of Norwegian MPs and a Red Cross official in retaliatory travel restrictions against government officials from European Union (EU) countries. Full text...

  • South African soldiers injured in Burundi
    26 august 2002 18:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Two soldiers of a South African protection force based in Bujumbura were wounded on Sunday during an attack. Full text...

  • Egypt to plead Palestinian cause at WSSD
    26 august 2002 17:11:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egypt would on Tuesday raise the plight of Palestinians when it addresses the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, official sources in Cairo hinted Monday. Full text...

  • Mugabe swears in new 'war' cabinet
    26 august 2002 16:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Monday administered the oath of office on members of his new "war" cabinet, explaining that former Finance Minister Simba Makoni voluntarily resigned, contrary to reports that he had been fired for advocating market-driven economic reforms. Full text...

  • Cameroonian President expands new government
    26 august 2002 16:41:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A government reshuffle in Cameroon announced at the weekend by President Paul Biya saw the number of positions increase from 53 in the previous cabinet to 55 in the new government. Full text...

  • Ghanaian press hints on cabinet reshuffle
    26 august 2002 15:35:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghanaian press has continued to speculate on an eminent cabinet reshuffle, but the Castle, the seat of government, has remained silent on the issue. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe denies 'ethnic cleansing' of whites
    26 august 2002 15:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Monday denied charges by Australia and Britain that it was engaged in ethnic cleansing against the minority whites, whose farms the government was seizing to resettle millions of landless blacks. Full text...

  • Mbeki expected to tackle Zimbabwe issue following WSSD
    26 august 2002 14:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki is expected to hold meetings with Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to discuss the crisis in Zimbabwe at the end of the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • Trouble feared as Mauritanian party is denied authorisation
    26 august 2002 13:31:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Police were out in force Monday in Nouakchott to pre-empt trouble, after the authorities rejected an application for authorisation submitted by Convention for Change (CC) opposition party. Full text...

  • Kenyan clerics asked to avoid partisan politics
    26 august 2002 13:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As the political thermometer continues to rise in the run-up to Kenya's general elections later this year, Roman Catholic Priests in the country have been told to steer clear of partisan politics. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD pleased with the end of mutiny in Niger
    26 august 2002 12:23:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The executive council of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) has said in Tripoli it was pleased that the mutiny, which broke out in the extreme east of Niger in early August, has ended. Full text...

  • Mugabe under attack in Zimbabwe for firing reformist minister
    26 august 2002 12:04:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe came under attack Monday from economists and the opposition for firing reformist Finance Minister Simba Makoni in a surprise weekend cabinet reshuffle. Full text...

  • Obasanjo takes message to Nigerians
    26 august 2002 11:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, buffeted by recalcitrant lawmakers who have vowed to sack him from office, has launched a multi-media blitz aimed at sustaining the support of the populace in the lingering face-off between the executive and the legislature. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD stresses importance of various infrastructures
    26 august 2002 08:45:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Executive Council of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) has stressed the key importance of upgrading the region's road, airport and maritime infrastructure during its just-ended meeting in Tripoli, Libya. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau premier accuses Yala of abusing power
    26 august 2002 07:49:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea-Bissau prime minister Alamara Ntchia Nhasse Sunday accused President Kumba Yala's of abusing power, and he called on his ruling Social Renovation Party (PRS) to give priority to dialogue in solving the country's problems. Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives Uganda, DR Congo envoys
    26 august 2002 07:35:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi, Sunday in Tripoli received separately Ugandan Foreign Minister James Wapakhabulo and the special adviser to DR Congo president, Kazadi Nyembze Dieudonne, who delivered messages from their respective leaders to their host. Full text...

  • 10 more opposition politicians arrested in Khartoum
    25 august 2002 21:13:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Ten more members of Sudan's opposition Popular National Congress Party (PNCP) of ousted parliament speaker Hassan el Turabi were arrested in Thursday's attack on the home of Ibrahim Ahmed Omar, secretary of the ruling National Congress Party, security authorities said Sunday. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD agrees to set up conflict prevention mechanism
    25 august 2002 20:42:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The general secretariat of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) have briefed the Executive Council in Tripoli on the competition of a study on the ramifications of forming a conflict prevention, management and resolution mechanism. Full text...

  • SADC decides to boycott donor meetings without Zimbabwe
    25 august 2002 19:56:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has agreed to boycott consultative meetings with the European Union and the US if the Western groups insist on excluding Zimbabwean officials from the talks, Zimbabwe's Foreign Minister Stan Mudenge said Sunday in Harare. Full text...

  • Chinese Prime Minister visits Algeria
    25 august 2002 19:13:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji arrived Sunday in Algiers for a three-day official visit during which both nations are expected to assess bilateral economic and commercial co-operation. Full text...

  • Annan tell Ivorians to focus on social, economic problems
    25 august 2002 18:57:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan expressed satisfaction with "the political opening-up" in Cote d'Ivoire, as he wound up a short visit to Abidjan Saturday. Full text...

  • London sees Zimbabwean crisis as no bilateral dispute with UK
    25 august 2002 18:28:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has dismissed as nonsense, claims by the ruling ZANU-PF party that the socio-economic and political situation in Zimbabwe is a bilateral dispute with Britain. Full text...

  • New cabinet of Cameroon
    25 august 2002 14:32:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Following is the list of the new Cameroonian government after Saturday's cabinet reshuffle. Full text...

  • Mugabe maintains hard-line stance against critics
    25 august 2002 14:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe signalled his intention to maintain a hard-line stance against critics by purging a key reformer from cabinet in a surprise weekend reshuffle, political analysts said Sunday. Full text...

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