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  • Suspected Algerian terrorists kill nine people
    11 april 2002 22:34:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Suspected Algerian terrorists killed nine people on Wednesday night, including seven in Ain-Defla prefecture, 300 km west of Algiers and two in Skikda, 500 km east of the Algerian capital, informed sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Britain, France worry over obstacles in inter-Congolese talks
    11 april 2002 21:21:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and his French counterpart, Hubert Vedrine, have issued a joint statement on the Sun City Inter-Congolese dialogue expressing concern at the remaining obstacles to an agreement. Full text...

  • Israeli diplomat sees Dakar rally for Palestine negligible
    11 april 2002 21:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Israeli ambassador to Dakar, Shlomo Morgan on Thursday ignored the significance of demonstrations in Senegal in support of the Palestinian people, saying he heard of no similar actions in other African countries. Full text...

  • Israel encourages Senegal's Middle East initiatives
    11 april 2002 20:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Israeli ambassador in Dakar Shlomo Morgan on Thursday endorsed Senegal's efforts to restore links between protagonists in the escalating Middle East crisis. Full text...

  • Niger-France Joint Commission ends 22nd session
    11 april 2002 20:18:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The 22nd session of the Niger-France Joint Commission, has ended in Niamey with the signing of an agreement to strengthen co-operation between the two countries. Full text...

  • Explosion kills five near Tunisian synagogue
    11 april 2002 19:34:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Five people were killed while about a score of others were injured in an explosion Thursday morning near the synagogue on Djerba island, Africa's oldest Jewish place of worship, located in Southern Tunisia. Full text...

  • Too Early for Burundi, Rwanda to Join the EAC
    11 april 2002 19:33:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Applications by Burundi and Rwanda to join the East African Community have been put on the back-burner until a fitting time for expansion of the three-nation grouping. Full text...

  • Religious leaders cry for cease-fire in the Middle East
    11 april 2002 18:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Fifty-seven religious leaders from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths, among them many Africans, have appealed for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Palestine, corroborative sources said. Full text...

  • Chinese President on historic visit to Nigeria
    11 april 2002 17:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Chinese President Jiang Zemin will arrive in Nigeria Sunday on a three-day historic State visit, to deepen the cordial relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Israeli envoy urges OAU to be neutral on Middle East crisis
    11 april 2002 17:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Israeli Ambassador to Senegal, Shlomo Morgan, has called on the OAU to show greater neutrality on the Middle East conflict. Full text...

  • Annan says World Criminal Court, a blow to impunity
    11 april 2002 17:13:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Thursday that "impunity has been dealt a decisive blow" with the realisation of the 60 ratifications needed for the Treaty establishing the International Criminal Court to go into force. Full text...

  • Speaker of Guinean Parliament objects retrial of Conde
    11 april 2002 17:11:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The speaker of Guinea's parliament, El Hadji Boubacar Biro Diallo said he opposed any attempt to retry Alpha Conde, leader of the opposition Rally of Guinea's People (RPG). Full text...

  • Ten Malian parties sign electoral alliance
    11 april 2002 16:32:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Some 10 Malian parties Wednesday in Bamako signed an electoral platform called the Alliance for Republic and Democracy (ARD) in order to pool their resources in the country's 28 April presidential poll. Full text...

  • Canada in vanguard of debt forgiveness, says Chretien
    11 april 2002 16:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Canada has demonstrated its support for Africa and developing countries in general by taking the lead on debt cancellation, visiting Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien pointed out Thursday in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Chad, Central African Republic mend fences
    11 april 2002 16:04:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Central African Republic President, Ange Felix Patasse ended a working visit to Chad late Wednesday, with a joint press conference where he and his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby, cleared doubts over relations between their two countries. Full text...

  • Two Mauritian parties express support for Palestine
    11 april 2002 16:02:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius' Lalit party has criticised the Israeli "colonialist and imperialist" policy in its occupation of Palestine. Full text...

  • International Criminal Court comes into force in July
    11 april 2002 15:40:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The International Criminal Court to try war crimes, genocide and violations of international humanitarian law is set to come into force following the accomplishment Thursday of the required 60 ratifications of its establishing treaty. Full text...

  • South Africa, Nigeria seal migration agreement
    11 april 2002 12:35:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The bi-national commission of South Africa and Nigeria has sealed an agreement harmonising visa requirements with a view to easing migration between the two countries. Full text...

  • Madagascar chamber annuls appointment of High Court members
    11 april 2002 11:45:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The administrative chamber of the Malagasy Supreme Court Wednesday annulled a decree issued last November by outgoing President Didier Ratsiraka, naming six of the nine members of the High Constitutional Court (HCC). Full text...

  • Tunisian unionists, lawyers call for boycott of US products
    11 april 2002 11:29:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian trade unionists and lawyers, have launched a campaign for the boycott of US goods and products manufactured by enterprises allied to the Israeli government, 'Le Quotidien de Tunis' daily has reported. Full text...

  • Gabonese minister hails Senegal's parliamentary experience
    11 april 2002 11:17:00
    Saly- Senegal (PANA) -- Gabon's Parliamentary Relations minister René Ndemezo Obiang has hailed an across-the-board networking of Senegalese MPs, urging other African countries to draw from the experience. Full text...

  • Bissau press denounces sanctions on rights group
    11 april 2002 10:50:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- An order of the Public Prosecutor banning the publication of any release from Guinea- Bissau's Human Rights League has come under attack from the local press and judicial circles alike. Full text...

  • Canadian Prime Minister in Ethiopia
    11 april 2002 10:44:00
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) -- Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien arrived in Addis Ababa late Wednesday on a visit that would feature talks with his Ethiopian counterpart Meles Zenawi, on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Togo's Eyadema urges cease-fire in Middle East
    11 april 2002 10:25:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema has expressed "deep concern" at the situation in the Middle East, following Israeli military operations in Palestinian territories. Full text...

  • Events in Palestine irk Guinean Parliament
    11 april 2002 08:37:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Parliament in Guinea has in a resolution passed Wednesday, expressed worry at the plight of Palestinians in the face of the current Israeli military operations. Full text...

  • Inter-Congolese dialogue extended by a week
    11 april 2002 07:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Inter-Congolese talks, which were scheduled to end Thursday, have been extended by a week. Full text...

  • FRODEBU, UPRONA differ on Burundian peace process
    10 april 2002 23:48:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's two main political forces, the Front for Democracy in Burundi (FRODEBU) and the former sole party, the Union for national Progress (UPRONA) have different perceptions about the unresolved cease-fire issue in the peace agreement they both signed. Full text...

  • Rebels abduct six women in Senegal's Casamance region
    10 april 2002 23:30:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Armed men, presumed to be members of the Casamance Democratic Forces Movement (MFDC, a rebellion operating in Southern Senegal), have abducted six women from the village of Niaguis, east of Ziguinchor, Casamance's main city, reliable sources revealed. Full text...

  • Guinean Speaker Decries Corruption
    10 april 2002 23:26:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinea's Speaker of the National Assembly, El Hadj Boubacar Biro Diallo, says the only thing he fears is shame if he does not speak his mind about wrongs in his country. Full text...

  • Central Africa's President Patassé in N'djamena
    10 april 2002 23:22:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Central African Republic's President Ange-Felix Patasse left Bangui Wednesday on a daylong visit in N'djamena to "clear up misunderstandings with his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby," official sources said. Full text...

  • Zanzibar debates reforms in electoral laws
    10 april 2002 23:08:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The government of Zanzibar Wednesday unveiled proposals for a radical constitutional change aimed at reforming the island's electoral commission, to end years of perceived impartiality against its members. Full text...

  • Mali Muslims call presidential candidates to order
    10 april 2002 22:44:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali Islamic Associations' Action Group (CAIM) comprising some sixty Muslim associations Wednesday warned the 24 presidential candidates campaigning to stand election 28 April to "take into account" concerns of Muslims in the country, reliable sources said. Full text...

  • President Wade invites actors in Malagasy crisis
    10 april 2002 22:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade has invited the two protagonists in the Malagasy political crisis to Dakar to attend the two-day summit on the financing of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), which opens in Dakar Monday. Full text...

  • Angolan military chiefs meet
    10 april 2002 21:43:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Military chiefs of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) and UNITA movement met Wednesday in Luanda to discuss implementation of the ceasefire they signed on 4 Among other things, the military chiefs had agreed on total demilitarisation of UNITA, the quartering of its troops, disarming and integration of generals and other military staff into the FAA. Full text...

  • Algiers police stop students' rally
    10 april 2002 21:31:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Police on Wednesday stopped a rally organised by students of Algiers University to express solidarity with the Palestinian people. Full text...

  • DRC official tells Rwanda, Uganda to pull out troops
    10 april 2002 21:07:00
    Kampala Uganda (PANA) -- A Kinshasa-based academic has demanded the total withdrawal of Ugandan and Rwandan troops from the Democratic Republic of Congo saying they were committing atrocities against the local population. Full text...

  • UN sanctions mission to Liberia reports 11 April
    10 april 2002 20:45:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A UN committee that visited Liberia recently to verify compliance with Resolution 1343 imposing sanctions on the country is to report to the Security Council 11 April, a European Union official said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kadhafi pleased with Patasse-Deby meeting
    10 april 2002 20:39:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The guide of the Libyan revolution, Col. Full text...

  • Africa's Peace Initiative Stands Low Chance in Mideast Crisis
    10 april 2002 20:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Palestinian ambassador to Senegal Said Abbassi has said that Africa's initiative to resolve the Middle East crisis would have a minimal chance of success. Full text...

  • Top British official discusses assistance for Angola
    10 april 2002 20:21:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The prevailing situation in Angola since the government and UNITA signed a cease-fire on 4 April dominated discussions on Wednesday in Luanda between President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and British Secretary of State for Development, Clare Short. Full text...

  • Britain urges Israel, Palestine to begin the peace process
    10 april 2002 19:40:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned that the Middle East conflict would never be solved if it were seen purely as a security or military question. Full text...

  • Buyoya wants Burundi, Rwanda incorporated in EAC
    10 april 2002 19:39:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Burundi President Pierre Buyoya Wednesday appealed for incorporation of his country and Rwanda into the East Africa Community (EAC), currently comprising Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Full text...

  • OAU demands immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces
    10 april 2002 19:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity Wednesday demanded the immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces from all Palestinian territories and an end to the current military campaign and siege by the Israeli Defence Forces. Full text...

  • EU reaffirms support for MRU peace process
    10 april 2002 19:10:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A top official of the European Union (EU) Wednesday reaffirmed the union's "strong support" for efforts aimed at restoring peace in countries of the Mano River Union (MRU). Full text...

  • Egypt excludes breaking ties with Israel
    10 april 2002 18:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Egypt's Ambassador in Paris, Ali Maher El Sayed on Wednesday excluded any suspension of the relations between his country and Israel arguing that such a move would not serve the Palestinian cause. Full text...

  • Liberian army launches search operations for dissidents
    10 april 2002 17:31:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian troops have "intensified search operations" in areas dissident forces attacked government positions in recent days, the defence ministry said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius debates govt funding for political parties
    10 april 2002 17:02:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- In pursuit of a recommendation by the commission on electoral reforms in Mauritius, Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth has tabled a motion in parliament calling for public funding of political parties. Full text...

  • DR Congo's Defence and Security Commission in full strength
    10 april 2002 16:19:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- The Defence and Security Commission at the inter-Congolese dialogue in Sun City, South Africa has come up with a proposal on ways to surmount disagreements on the formation of a new Armed Forces for the country. Full text...

  • South Africans remember Chris Hani on death anniversary
    10 april 2002 16:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africans Wednesday marked the ninth anniversary of the assassination of Chris Hani, former stalwart of the South African Communist Party, with several events throughout the country. Full text...

  • Rwandan army officials inspect fugitives in Kampala
    10 april 2002 15:34:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Ugandan authorities have allowed Rwandan officials on the Joint Military Verification Commission to visit and interrogate army defectors holed up in Uganda, the semi- official daily New Vision reported in Kampala, quoting government sources. Full text...

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