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  • Belgium to strengthen co-operation with Cape Verde
    11 january 2003 18:16:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Belgium is poised to step up co-operation with Cape Verde through the funding of several development projects, the new Belgian Ambassador to Praia, Cristina Funes Noppen, has said. Full text...

  • Opportunists waltz across the dance floor of Nigerian politics
    11 january 2003 17:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- After losing the presidential nomination of his National Democratic Party (NDP) in Nigeria's capital city Abuja Saturday, fiery pastor Chris Okotie stunned fellow stalwarts when he announced his resignation from the party. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone court denies Guinean pirates bail
    11 january 2003 15:22:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Six Guinean pirates who allegedly attacked sea vessels were denied bail by Principal Magistrate Claudia Taylor in a Freetown Magistrate Court sitting in the Sierra Leonean capital Friday. Full text...

  • Mozambican Prime Minister visits Malabo
    11 january 2003 14:50:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Manuel Mocumbi arrived in Malabo Friday night for a brief visit to Equatorial Guinea, the Equato-Guinean State radio said Saturday. Full text...

  • Ivorian curfew readjusted in various areas
    11 january 2003 14:34:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's curfew hours initially in force from 7pm to 6am (local and GMT) have been re-adjusted from 9pm to 6am in all areas of the country except in the "war zones," official sources said Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigerian parties get reprieve to submit list of candidates
    11 january 2003 13:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Friday signed into law the amended Electoral Act 2002, paving the way for the Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC) to extend by 30 days the deadline for registered political parties to submit their list of candidates for the forthcoming general elections. Full text...

  • Civil servants ordered to sweep Malabo's streets
    11 january 2003 12:45:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equato-Guinean civil servants were ordered Saturday to sweep the streets of Malabo, the Equato- Guinean capital, as part of the country's preparations for the swearing-in ceremony of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema to a new term of office, Radio Guinea reported. Full text...

  • President Lansana Conte returns home to hilarious welcome
    10 january 2003 23:08:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- President Lansana Conte of Guinea waded into an excited crowd of sympathisers upon returning Friday afternoon from Morocco, where he had been hospitalised in the last two weeks. Full text...

  • A new mass grave discovered in Bouake
    10 january 2003 23:00:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A 19-body mass grave was found Friday in the village of Adjekro, 30 km from Bouake, and witnesses blamed the head of the canton of the locality, Kouame Yemi, as being responsible for the massacre. Full text...

  • Belgium fires consul general in Casablanca
    10 january 2003 22:40:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgium's consul general Jacques Huygen, who was recalled from Casablanca last December following a visa scandal has been dismissed from Belgian public service, sources in Brussels revealed Friday. Full text...

  • Wade supports MFDC's unification efforts
    10 january 2003 21:54:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade promised to bring his personal support to the reunification efforts of the splintered Movement of Casamance Democratic Forces (MFDC), which is fighting his government for an independent state in the country's southern region of Casamance. Full text...

  • UN extends special envoy's stay in DR Congo
    10 january 2003 21:30:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- UN mediator in the peace process in DR Congo, Moustapha Niasse, whose mission has been extended for an indeterminate period, should bring the DRC's conflicting parties together to address remaining problems, according to political observers here. Full text...

  • Tunisian authorities lift travel ban on opposition leader
    10 january 2003 21:30:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The authorities in Tunis Friday lifted a travel ban on Tunisian academic and rights activist Sadri Khiari that has been in force for two years. Full text...

  • East Timor ready to join UNESCO
    10 january 2003 20:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- East Timor President Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao has told UNESCO his country would like to join the organisation in a letter addressed to Director General Koichiro Matsuura, according to a UNESCO press release issued Thursday. Full text...

  • UN extends special envoy's stay in DR Congo
    10 january 2003 19:50:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- UN mediator in the peace process in DR Congo, Moustapha Niasse, whose mission has been extended for an indeterminate period, should bring the DRC's conflicting parties together to address remaining problems. Full text...

  • Guinean president leaves Moroccan hospital in haste
    10 january 2003 19:46:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Guinean head of State General Lansana Conte left Morocco Friday morning for home, after undergoing treatment in the course of which his left toe was amputated, according to diplomatic sources in Rabat. Full text...

  • UN mission reports discovery of mass graves in DR Congo
    10 january 2003 19:32:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Three mass graves have been discovered in the eastern Congolese town of Mambassa, which was the scene of the latest fighting between the rebel factions, the UN Observer Mission in DR Congo (MONUC) reported Friday. Full text...

  • Mbeki to visit Brussels in February
    10 january 2003 19:05:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki will visit Brussels 25 February for talks on Euro-Africa relations, the Belgian Foreign Ministry spokesman Didier Seeuws, has announced. Full text...

  • US plans more sanctions against Zimbabwe, says envoy
    10 january 2003 18:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Washington plans to tighten targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe over alleged human rights violations and electoral irregularities, a US diplomat said in Harare Friday. Full text...

  • Conte due back home from Morocco, says official
    10 january 2003 16:43:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean President Lansana Conte was being expected back in Conakry Friday from Morocco, where he had been since 20 December 2002, an official from the Presidency, Mamadouba Diabate, said. Full text...

  • France criticises Abidjan over air raid
    10 january 2003 14:58:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has criticised the recent helicopter raid by a helicopter owned by the National Armed Forces of Cote d'Ivoire (FANCI) against positions held by the rebel Popular Movement of the Grand West (MPIGO) in the Man region. Full text...

  • Mali dissociates itself from Oumar Mariko's statement
    10 january 2003 14:09:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali on Thursday dissociated itself from a call made by Omar Mariko, secretary general of the African Party for Democracy and Integration (SADI) for the resignation of Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo. Full text...

  • Chadian govt signs peace agreement with rebel group
    10 january 2003 13:39:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A Chadian government delegation and the rebel National Resistance Alliance (ANR) on Thursday reached a peace agreement in Libreville to end a seven-year old civil war in the country's south-eastern part. Full text...

  • Afro-Arab parliament ends 10th conference in Addis Ababa
    10 january 2003 12:57:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 10th Afro-Arab Parliamentary conference ended in Addis Ababa on Friday after adopting recommendations on a development for Africa, Afro-Arab co- operation and on Palestine. Full text...

  • Lusaka court grants bail to Zambian theft suspects
    10 january 2003 12:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Lusaka Magistrate Douglas Zulu on Friday granted bail of K30 million each to the secretary to the Treasury David Diangamo and six others facing 59 charges of stealing about K60 billion (about 13. Full text...

  • Nigerian manufacturers oppose importation of ballot boxes
    10 january 2003 12:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has expressed opposition to the plan by the country's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to import the thousands of ballot boxes to be used for this year's general elections. Full text...

  • Ivorian women mobilise before the Paris summit
    10 january 2003 12:05:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire, (PANA) -- The Forum of patriotic Ivorian women (CFPI) and the First Lady, Simone Ehivet Gbagbo, have drafted a document in the form of a viaticum intended for those "who will take part in the Paris summit on the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • Violence mars political party elections in Nigeria
    10 january 2003 11:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Lagos governor Bola Tinubu and some of his commissioners were held hostage and two policemen bathed with acid as violence marred Thursday's primaries of the Lagos chapter of Nigerian opposition party Alliance for Democracy (AD). Full text...

  • 14 persons detained for alleged subversion in Freetown
    10 january 2003 08:20:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Police in Sierra Leone said they have detained 14 persons, including active soldiers, ex- combatants, students and workers, under suspicion of subversion. Full text...

  • President Kumba Yala dismisses minister
    09 january 2003 23:43:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- President Kumba Yala of Guinea Bissau Thursday dismissed Jose de Pina, his minister at the presidency in charge of the council of ministers and who was also the government spokesman. Full text...

  • Guinean army gets communication gear from US govt
    09 january 2003 23:26:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The US government Thursday offered the Guinean army communication gear worth 400,000 dollars destined for Guinean Rangers recently trained by the US Marines. Full text...

  • Sudan demands Uganda to stop supporting SPLA
    09 january 2003 23:14:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- The Sudanese authorities have expressed concern over what they called Uganda's continued support to the rebels of the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M). Full text...

  • Splinter opposition group cries foul in recognition bid
    09 january 2003 22:20:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Three months since it filed for registration at the ministry of Territorial Administration, the Alliance of Progressive Forces (AFP), a splinter group from Cameroon's main opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF) is still awaiting official recognition. Full text...

  • Algerian Islamist under house arrest in France
    09 january 2003 21:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Brahim Chalabi, an alleged member of the Algerian Armed Islamic Group (GIA), has been placed under house arrest upon the instruction of French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, the Human and Citizens Rights League (LDH) has said in Paris. Full text...

  • US supports return of African refugees
    09 january 2003 21:37:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The US has approved 11 million dollars to help refugees in four African countries to return home, the US embassy said in a statement in Freetown. Full text...

  • Security Council demands more co-operation from Iraq
    09 january 2003 21:23:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The five permanent members of the UN Security Council Thursday called for urgent co-operation from Baghdad after the heads of UN inspectors said their teams had so far found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Full text...

  • Kumba Yala restates resolve against corruption
    09 january 2003 21:12:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- President Kumba Yala of Guinea- Bissau has reaffirmed his resolve to stamp out corruption in the country, while also indicating that early general elections due 20 April will hold as planned. Full text...

  • Islamists in Morocco call for march in solidarity with Iraq
    09 january 2003 20:52:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan Islamist organisation Attawhid Wal Islah (Unity and Reform) has called for a march next Sunday in Rabat as a mark of solidarity with Iraq following war threats from the United States. Full text...

  • ECOWAS admits failure in mediation efforts
    09 january 2003 20:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal sounded upbeat Wednesday about the upcoming meeting of Ivorian political forces billed for 15 January in Paris, while conceding that regional attempts at brokering peace in the strife-torn West African country had come to nought. Full text...

  • South African official urges closer cooperation with Zimbabwe
    09 january 2003 19:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Labour minister Membathisi Mdladlana stressed Wednesday that the country shares a common destiny with neighbouring Zimbabwe, adding that only through bilateral and multilateral cooperation would regional challenges be met. Full text...

  • South African opposition for Indian MPs conference
    09 january 2003 16:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (AD) has sent two of its MPs, Sandy Kalyan and Nelson Raju, to a conference of Indian MPs being held in New Delhi. Full text...

  • MONUC investigates alleged cannibalism in DR Congo
    09 january 2003 16:42:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN Mission in DR Congo (MONUC) has dispatched a team to the country's north-eastern area of Ituri, to investigate allegations of cannibalism reported by some NGOs, a MONUC official said. Full text...

  • Newly elected Kenyan legislators sworn in
    09 january 2003 15:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan parliamentarians who were elected on 27 December 2002 began business Thursday in Nairobi when they were sworn in. Full text...

  • Kenya's new ruling party hurries to fulfil campaign promises
    09 january 2003 15:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- To sustain the euphoric goodwill it enjoys from the public, Kenya's new ruling party Narc is pursuing radical reforms in governance, barely ten days after taking over leadership from the Kanu party of retired president Daniel arap Moi. Full text...

  • Row erupts in Zimbabwe over moonlighting MPs
    09 january 2003 15:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A row erupted Thursday among parliamentarians of Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) after a newspaper reported one of the legislators was allegedly doing menial work in London. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau President drops Public Service minister
    09 january 2003 13:35:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau President Kumba Yala has dismissed the minister of Public Service, Filomena Mascarenhas Tipote. Full text...

  • Obasanjo's aide sees blunder in opposition's choice of Buhari
    09 january 2003 12:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An aide of Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has described as a "political blunder" the election on Wednesday of former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari as the candidate of the main opposition All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) for the 19 April presidential election. Full text...

  • Nigerian human rights activist enters presidential race
    09 january 2003 10:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Popular Nigerian human rights activist and lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi, has been picked by the National Conscience Party (NCP) as its candidate for the 19 April 2003 presidential election. Full text...

  • Terrorists blast eight soldiers in Kabylia
    09 january 2003 10:32:00
    Algeria- Algiers (PANA) -- With the use of remote-controlled bombs, terrorists blew up eight Algerian soldiers on mopping up operations in Algeria's Sid-Ali Bounab forest near Tizi-Ouzou, the daily, Le Matin reported here Thursday. Full text...

  • New authorities in Madagascar probe Ratsiraka's regime
    09 january 2003 10:10:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Current investigations of the regime of former Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka by the justice ministry in Antananarivo could implicate Didier, who is exiled in France, in criminal acts committed under during his rule. Full text...

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