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  • Amnesty International asks CHOGM to aid human rights reforms in
    02 march 2002 14:44:00
    Zimbabwe Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) has called on the Commonwealth leaders meeting in Coolum, Australia, to engage constructively with the Zimbabwean authorities about the future of human rights in that country. Full text...

  • Abubakar Says Media Blowing Up Zimbabwe Poll Violence
    02 march 2002 14:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The head of Commonwealth election observers to Zimbabwe's March 9-10 presidential poll said Saturday the media was exaggerating election violence in the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Supreme Court Judge Resigns
    02 march 2002 13:52:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwe Supreme Court judge announced his resignation from the bench Saturday, the latest in a string of resignations by judicial officers after the government began a controversial reform of the judiciary two years ago. Full text...

  • Britain still optimistic Zimbabwe may be suspended
    02 march 2002 13:44:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair remains optimistic Zimbabwe would be suspended from the Commonwealth if President Robert Mugabe wins the March 9-10 presidential election in the southern African country through intimidation. Full text...

  • Benaissa leads Morocco's delegation to CEN-SAD meeting
    02 march 2002 11:47:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Benaissa will lead the country's delegation to the seventh ordinary session of the Executive Council of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) to be held 3-4 March in Libya. Full text...

  • Commonwealth Shelves Moves to Suspend Zimbabwe
    02 march 2002 10:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A group of Commonwealth foreign ministers, meeting ahead of the heads of state and government summit in Australia, have shelved plans to recommend Zimbabwe's suspension from the 54-nation Club for allegedly violating human rights. Full text...

  • Mauritius offers mediation in India-Pakistan dispute
    01 march 2002 23:54:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has offered to mediate between India and Pakistan who are currently in open conflict over the issue of Jammu and Kashmir states. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone lifts six-year state of emergency
    01 march 2002 23:24:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) --Sierra Leone's President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah announced in Freetown Friday the lifting of a six-year old state of emergency declared at the height of a horrible civil war. Full text...

  • Madagascar's Ravalomanana holds on against all the odds
    01 march 2002 22:22:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Marc Ravalomanana, challenger of incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka made his debut on the Malagasy political scene just two years ago. Full text...

  • Freetown believes Mano River Union will see stability soon
    01 march 2002 22:17:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Sierra Leonean government Friday expressed optimistic about the complete restoration of stability shortly in the Mano River Union, following the just- ended summit by its leaders in Rabat, Morocco. Full text...

  • Conte hails Rabat's role in success of mini summit
    01 march 2002 21:59:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- President Lansana Conte of Guinea Friday praised Morocco for the "very important role played in the success of the Mano River Union summit". Full text...

  • Ghana's opposition calls for Chief Justice's resignation
    01 march 2002 21:51:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Friday demanded the resignation of Chief Justice Edward K. Full text...

  • Traditional chief on Cameroon's team to The Hague
    01 march 2002 21:17:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The supreme chief of the Bakweri tribe from Buea, the ex-capital of German-ruled Cameroon, Samuel Moka Lifafa Enderley, is part of the delegation defending Cameroonian theses in the border dispute with Nigeria, at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Full text...

  • WFP head warns against ignoring war-ravaged West Africa
    01 march 2002 21:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme, Catherine Bertini Friday warned the international community not to forget war-torn West African countries, where peace is making a shy comeback after years of brutality and civil war. Full text...

  • President Sassou Nguesso hails DR Congo dialogue
    01 march 2002 21:09:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso said Friday that he was pleased with the meeting of DR Congo representatives in South Africa in a bid to find a solution to the crisis in their country. Full text...

  • Libya hails Mano River Union summit in Rabat
    01 march 2002 21:09:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya has hailed the recent summit of the Mano River Union comprising Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, whose leaders met Wednesday in Rabat following initiatives by King Mohamed VI of Morocco. Full text...

  • Candidate calls for postponement of Comoran referendum
    01 march 2002 20:54:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- A candidate in the forthcoming presidential election in the Comoros, Prince Said Ali Kemal, has proposed the postponement of the envisaged constitutional referendum on Grand Comoro island, informed sources revealed Friday in Moroni. Full text...

  • Rights activists warn against politicisation of UN
    01 march 2002 20:52:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egyptian human rights activists, in a meeting with visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson in Cairo, Friday warned against using the UN for political purposes. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso to compensate victims of political violence
    01 march 2002 19:54:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's treasury will pay a total of 5,431,000,000 FCFA (7,101,110 US dollars) as compensation to the legal heirs of politically-murdered people or the victims of political violence since independence in 1960, it was announced Friday in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Jospin to campaign in Reunion 9 March
    01 march 2002 18:47:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- French Prime Minister and presidential candidate Lionel Jospin, is expected in Reunion on 9 March as part his election campaign, reliable sources said in Saint-Denis. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso gets funds for parliamentary elections
    01 march 2002 18:03:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe government signed Thursday signed a financial agreement with donors to the tune of 447. Full text...

  • US envoy condemns renewed fighting in Liberia
    01 march 2002 17:51:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The US government Friday condemned the "senseless" renewed fighting going on in Liberia between the government and rebel forces, and called on parties in the region to cease supporting any group that sought political change through violence. Full text...

  • British Parliament attacks Straw's policy on Zimbabwe
    01 march 2002 16:26:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The British Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs has criticised Foreign Secretary Jack Straw for relying too much on the Commonwealth and the European Union to act against Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Martial Law announcement was not broadcast in Madagascar
    01 march 2002 16:07:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Many Malagasy inhabitants learnt about President Didier Ratsiraka's decision to institute martial law in the capital Antananarivo through foreign radio stations. Full text...

  • Morocco to host another MRU peace talks
    01 march 2002 15:07:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Morocco is expected to convene another Mano River Union (MRU) peace talks in April, Liberian President Charles Taylor said Friday in Monrovia. Full text...

  • Nigeria Loses Bid To Halt Cameroonian Group Suit
    01 march 2002 14:42:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has lost its bid to stop a Cameroonian group from pursuing a suit, which it filed in Abuja last week, challenging Nigeria's refusal to present before the World Court and the UN General Assembly, its (group's) claim to self-determination. Full text...

  • Britain advises citizens against non-essential travel to Zimbabwe
    01 march 2002 14:15:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- London has reiterated its advise to British citizens against all holiday and non-essential travel to Zimbabwe because of what is it said was the "growing political tension" in the southern African country. Full text...

  • Opposition wants Mbeki to act against Mugabe at CHOGM
    01 march 2002 12:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has urged President Thabo Mbeki to back sanctions against Zimbabwe at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) beginning in Australia Saturday. Full text...

  • Ben Ali commends Portugal on Euro-African partnership
    01 march 2002 11:54:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, has commended Portugal for its efforts at stimulating Euro-African co-operation. Full text...

  • EU backs second presidential vote in Madagascar
    01 march 2002 10:38:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- European Union said Thursday it would assist Madagascar to organise a second presidential ballot rejected by opposition leader, March Ravalomanana, who proclaimed himself President last week. Full text...

  • Mugabe and Zuma hold fruitful talks in Zimbabwe
    01 march 2002 10:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has informed the South African government that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has not been charged with treason. Full text...

  • Malian official says CEN-SAD devoted to African integration
    01 march 2002 10:01:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) is stepping up co-operation and consultations to foster African integration, a top official in the Malian African Integration Ministry said in Bamako Thursday. Full text...

  • Dos Santos says no amnesty for UNITA fighters
    01 march 2002 09:17:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, has ruled out a unilateral cease-fire or an amnesty for rebel UNITA fighters, Angolan news agency (ANGOP) has reported. Full text...

  • MONUC deploys more military observers in DR Congo
    01 march 2002 08:09:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN Mission in DR Congo (MONUC) has deployed 70 military observers Uruguay to Kindu, in the Congolese eastern Maniema District, under the third phase of the peacekeeping operation. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD community experts meet in Tripoli ahead of summit
    28 february 2002 23:46:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Experts started a preparatory meeting here Thursday to finalise the agenda of the seventh session of the Executive Council of the Community of Sahelian-Saharan States (CEN-SAD). Full text...

  • Kodjo gives pre-condition for resumption of Togolese talks
    28 february 2002 23:30:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- One of Togo's senior opposition leaders, Edem Kodjo, has stated that the release of Yawovi Agboyibo from prison is a major pre-condition for resumption of dialogue aimed at solving the country's political crisis. Full text...

  • Libyan co-operation vice minister visits Bujumbura
    28 february 2002 23:29:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Libyan Vice Minister of International Co-operation Mokhtar Angars on Thursday had a brief visit to Burundi's capital aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two countries. Full text...

  • Tunisian opposition party denied registration
    28 february 2002 22:22:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian authorities have refused to register the moderate left-wing Democratic Labour and Liberties Forum (FDTL), the organisation' leader Mustapha Ben Jaafar revealed. Full text...

  • Inter-Congolese Dialogue still not fully underway
    28 february 2002 21:54:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- News of the DR Congo government initiated cease-fire in the east of the country raised optimism that the way was clearing for the suspended Inter-Congolese dialogue to get back on track. Full text...

  • EU calls for peace in Angola
    28 february 2002 21:52:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union Thursday called for the end of the long-running conflict in Angola that has led to a serious humanitarian situation in the country. Full text...

  • Two Malagasy ministers resign from cabinet
    28 february 2002 21:40:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy foreign minister Lila Ratsifandrihamanana and her colleague of posts, Ny Hasina Andriamanjato, resigned from the cabinet on Wednesday, official sources said in Antananarivo. Full text...

  • Taylor says Mano River Union summit was satisfactory
    28 february 2002 21:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor Thursday said in Dakar that he was satisfied with conclusions and the recommendations of the just-ended Mano River Union summit in Rabat. Full text...

  • Madagascar President Declares Martial Law
    28 february 2002 21:32:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- President Didier Ratsiraka has put Madagascar under martial law and transferred all his powers to the army with effect from Friday. Full text...

  • OAU to send mediation team to Madagascar
    28 february 2002 20:58:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Former Cape Verde President Antonio Mascarenhas Monteiro and Senegal's deputy Speaker of Parliament, Abdoulaye Bathily, will soon arrive in Madagascar as the OAU's contact group seeking to resolve the island's current political crisis. Full text...

  • Mugabe reiterates commitment to land reform
    28 february 2002 20:50:00
    Mvurwi- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Thursday reiterated his commitment to carry through a controversial agrarian reform programme which has earned him personal sanctions from the European Union (EU) and the United States. Full text...

  • Congolese envoy promises transparent poll in Congo
    28 february 2002 20:44:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Congolese Ambassador to France Henri Lopes expressed confidence in Paris Thursday that the government in Brazzaville will organise free and fair presidential poll on 10 March. Full text...

  • Home of state TV broadcaster in Zimbabwe attacked
    28 february 2002 20:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Opposition supporters in Zimbabwe Thursday attacked the home of a journalist working for state television, in reprisal for alleged biased reporting of ongoing election campaigns for a presidential poll due next month. Full text...

  • UK wants corruption-free society in Sierra Leone
    28 february 2002 19:53:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- British Secretary of State for international development Clare Short Thursday urged Sierra Leone authorities to establish a corrupt-free society to deserve her government's continued support. Full text...

  • Taylor leaves Rabat after Mano River Union summit
    28 february 2002 18:45:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor left Rabat Thursday after attending the Mano River Union summit with the Heads of State of Guinea and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe court rules in favour of govt over poll
    28 february 2002 18:45:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Supreme Court Thursday ruled in favour of the government that voting in next month's presidential election be based on constituencies, and not on a national common roll. Full text...

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