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  • Zimbabwean parties discuss election campaign conduct
    16 february 2002 20:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Officials of five parties contesting in Zimbabwe's presidential election next month met Saturday to agree a campaign code of conduct to ensure a peaceful poll. Full text...

  • Govt refutes opposition accusations
    16 february 2002 19:55:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese government has denied accusations by some opposition politicians of irregularities in the electoral process scheduled in March and April. Full text...

  • African workers hail OAU mediation in Madagascar
    16 february 2002 19:13:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Federation of African Workers in France (FETAF) as well as AMIRCUMA, an affiliate of FETAF comprising France based workers from the Malagasy community have hailed the recent positive mediation of the OAU in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe warns EU's chief monitor over political statements
    16 february 2002 18:13:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Saturday sternly warned the head of the European Union team to monitor the 9-10 March presidential poll in Zimbabwe to refrain from making political statements or risk ejection from the country. Full text...

  • Mugabe scoffs at assassination plot
    16 february 2002 18:03:00
    Sanyati- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in his first reaction to revelations this week of a plot to kill him ahead of a presidential election next month, Saturday scoffed at the assassination plans, saying this would not stop his government from pressing on with his controversial land reforms. Full text...

  • Kabila Due in Khartoum Monday
    16 february 2002 17:11:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- President Joseph Kabila of DR Congo is due in Khartoum Monday on a two-day official visit to Sudan, the official Sudan News Agency reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force orders relocation of arms depot
    16 february 2002 16:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Jonah Wuyep, has ordered the immediate relocation of the ammunition depot at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) base in Ikeja, Lagos, where there were explosions last month, causing the death of more than 1,000 people. Full text...

  • EU's Paul Nielson to visit Mauritius 19 February
    16 february 2002 15:24:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The European Commissioner for development and humanitarian aid, Paul Nielson, plans a four-day visit to Mauritius beginning 19 February, official sources said Saturday in Port Louis. Full text...

  • OAU Steps Up Pace of Transition to AU
    16 february 2002 14:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity has increased the number of its central organs from four to twelve, Secretary General Amara Essy disclosed Saturday in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean Commission to Meet in Mauritius
    16 february 2002 13:02:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The ministerial council of the five-nation Indian Ocean Commission will hold its 13th session in Port Louis, Mauritius, next weekend. Full text...

  • President Ben Ali to attend CEN-SAD summit in Libya
    16 february 2002 11:55:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- A special envoy of Libyan leader Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi has delivered an invitation letter to Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunis to attend the Community of Saharan-Sahelian States (CEN-SAD) summit scheduled for 6-7 March in Libya. Full text...

  • Angidi Chettiar takes over as Mauritius president
    16 february 2002 11:32:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Angidi Chettiar, who until Friday was Vice-President of Mauritius, has assumed the presidency of the Indian Ocean island nation. Full text...

  • Former President Kolingba's trial postponed after opening
    15 february 2002 23:46:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Bangui's Court of Appeal court on Friday started hearing the cases of people suspected to have plotted the 28 May 2001 military coup in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Ten in Congo's presidential race
    15 february 2002 23:41:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's Supreme Court on Friday published at the Brazzaville law courts the final list of ten presidential candidates contesting the 10 March election. Full text...

  • Rejected Comoros candidates on the defence
    15 february 2002 23:31:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The five Commoran politicians whose candidacy has been rejected by the National Electoral Commission may not participate in the presidential elections since they had only Friday left to defend themselves. Full text...

  • Tripoli commends London for its views on Africa
    15 february 2002 23:24:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya on Friday commended British Premier Tony Blair and International Development Minister Clare Short for their views on Africa, noting that their recent comments "show that some Western countries have started to draw lessons from past experience". Full text...

  • President Wade to visit Gambia
    15 february 2002 22:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade starts a three-day state visit to Gambia on Sunday, it was officially announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Comoros transition govt reshuffles cabinet
    15 february 2002 22:39:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Comoran acting head of State and Prime minister, Hamadi Madi Bolero, Thursday made a cabinet reshuffle in which Mohamed Ali Soilih, who was in charge of the Interior department in the transition government, and finance minister Assoumany Aboudou swapped portfolios. Full text...

  • EU humanitarian affairs head begins African tour
    15 february 2002 21:51:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- European commissioner for development and humanitarian aid Poul Nielson begins an African tour in Mozambique Friday that will also take him to Mauritius and the Seychelles. Full text...

  • Burundi gunmen attack bar, kill four in Bujumbura
    15 february 2002 21:33:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A gang of about 20 gunmen dressed in military uniforms Thursday evening stormed into a bar on the south-west outskirts of Bujumbura and shot four persons dead, authorities confirmed Friday. Full text...

  • EU makes security conditional for ais to Burundi
    15 february 2002 21:27:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has hinged the granting of assistance to Burundi on security guarantees for its representative charged to oversee the implementation EU financed programmes. Full text...

  • Benin's President Mathieu Kerekou travels to Abuja
    15 february 2002 20:18:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's President Mathieu Kerekou will lead his country's delegation to the 7th summit of the Niger Basin Authority in Abuja, Nigeria. Full text...

  • Mauritius President Resigns
    15 february 2002 20:01:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Mauritius President Cassem Uteem stepped down Friday after informing the Speaker of the National Assembly that he could not assent to a bill on curbing terrorism. Full text...

  • Togo's opposition parties plan protest rally Saturday
    15 february 2002 17:45:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Opposition parties in Togo have called on their supporters to turn out en masse for a peaceful rally in Lome Saturday against "unilateral amendment" to the country's electoral law. Full text...

  • Essy confers with Mwanawasa
    15 february 2002 14:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary-General, Amara Essy held talks Friday with the new chairman of the continental organisation, President Levy Mwanawasa of Zambia, on the African Union (AU) and other issues. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition refutes allegations of plot on Mugabe's life
    15 february 2002 12:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has dismissed as a "set up," allegations that it had tried to scheme the assassination of President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Tension scales down between Rwanda and Uganda
    15 february 2002 12:01:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni have hailed the reduction of tension between their countries, which had edged close to an open war, official sources in Kigali reported Friday. Full text...

  • OAU secretary-general in Lusaka for consultations
    15 february 2002 11:26:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- OAU secretary-general Amara Essy arrived in Lusaka Friday for routine consultations with Zambian president and current OAU chairman Levy Mwanawasa. Full text...

  • South Africa election observer holds talks with Mugabe
    15 february 2002 09:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The leader of the South African Observer Mission to the presidential elections in Zimbabwe, Ambassador Simon Motsuenyane, held talks Thursday with President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe journalist flees to South Africa
    15 february 2002 08:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Zimbabwe journalist Basildon Peta, under fire for reporting on his arrest in Harare last week, fled to South Africa Thursday night saying he feared for his life. Full text...

  • Angolan foreign minister confers with US ambassador
    14 february 2002 23:36:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan foreign minister Joao Bernardo de Miranda Thursday met with US ambassador Christopher William Dell to plan President Eduardo dos Santos' forthcoming visit to Washington later this month. Full text...

  • Libyan official to visit Algeria
    14 february 2002 23:32:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Libyan People's Committee Secretary General Embarek Mohamed Echamekh is expected in Algeria 16 February for a three-day official visit, aimed at strengthening bilateral co-operation between the two countries. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping boss expected in Kinshasa
    14 february 2002 23:07:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UN deputy secretary general for peacekeeping operations, Jean-Marie Guehemo, is scheduled to tour the Great Lakes region from 21 February to 4 March, official sources said in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Tripoli secures the release of 44 Arabs from Afghanistan
    14 february 2002 22:45:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The International Foundation of Kadhafi Charity Associations has secured the repatriation of about 44 Arabs, mainly Libyans and Jordanians who were trapped in the war in Afghanistan. Full text...

  • Liberian Parliament to approve state of emergency
    14 february 2002 22:43:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Justifying a state of emergency before parliament Thursday, President Charles Taylor said Liberia was at war, citizens were displaced and suffering, and, if immediate help did not come from the international community, the situation could worsen. Full text...

  • Malagasy citizens hail OAU mediation
    14 february 2002 21:42:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- OAU secretary general Amara Essy left Madagascar Thursday after four days of tough mediation aimed at solving an electoral dispute between opposition presidential candidate Marc Ravalomanana and the incumbent Didier Ratsiraka. Full text...

  • MDC Admits Meeting Company Claiming Plot to Kill Mugabe
    14 february 2002 20:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Thursday admitted holding meetings with a Canadian firm that has revealed a plot to assassinate President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Commission urges parties to implement DR Congo cease-fire
    14 february 2002 20:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Democratic Republic of Congo's Justice and Peace Commission's secretary general Dominique Kahanga said in Paris Thursday that durable peace will only become a reality when all actors implement past agreements. Full text...

  • RUF delegation evades UN ban to travel to Nigeria
    14 february 2002 19:19:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A delegation of Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front dodged the police last week to go to Nigeria, Attorney General and Justice Minister Solomon Berewa disclosed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nguesso names Election Campaign Director
    14 february 2002 18:51:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- President Denis Sassou Nguesso has appointed Isidore Mvouba, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, as his campaign Director for Congo Brazzaville's March presidential poll, the Interior Ministry announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Opposition Party Denies Plotting to Kill Mugabe
    14 february 2002 18:40:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Thursday formally denied allegations by a Canadian-based US military and security consultancy that it had sought its assistance to kill President Robert Mugabe to take over power. Full text...

  • Liberian refugees storm Sierra Leone
    14 february 2002 18:01:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- More than 5,000 Liberian refugees and Sierra Leonean returnees are now seeking refuge at Gendema, Buedu Baiwala and Kailahun in eastern Sierra Leone, the police said in Freetown. Full text...

  • Ivorian Minister discusses bilaterals with French officials
    14 february 2002 17:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ivorian Minister for Parliamentary relations, Sebastien Danon Djedje, held talks Wednesday on bilateral co-operation with his French counterpart Jean Jacques Queranne and Senate President Christian Poncelet. Full text...

  • Security Council asks Liberia to respect human rights
    14 february 2002 17:16:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- With Liberia under a state of emergency, the UN Security Council has called on its government to respect human rights and avoid using the emergency to curtail civil liberties. Full text...

  • Sudan regrets bombing of village
    14 february 2002 15:30:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Sudanese government has regretted as "an unintentional error," Sunday's bombing of a village in southern Sudan by the country's Airforce plane. Full text...

  • Annan Criticises Amendments to Togo's Electoral Law
    14 february 2002 15:09:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has criticised the recent amendment of Togo's electoral law by the government, saying it does not help in creating favourable conditions for holding elections. Full text...

  • Chambas vacates Ghanaian Parliament
    14 february 2002 14:40:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Newly-elected Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas Thursday bade farewell to the Ghanaian parliament opening the way for a bye-election to fill his seat. Full text...

  • Amnesty blames diamond trade for armed conflicts in Africa
    14 february 2002 13:32:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Amnesty International has stressed the need and urgency for transparent and effective controls on the international diamond trade to break the link between diamonds, arms and human rights abuses in Africa. Full text...

  • Mali sets presidential poll for 28 April
    14 february 2002 13:13:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's presidential election has been scheduled for 28 April, the authorities in Bamako announced Wednesday evening. Full text...

  • Tunisian leader announces referendum on constitution
    14 february 2002 12:52:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali has announced the imminent organisation of a referendum on the constitutional reform he initiated on 7 November 2001. Full text...

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