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  • International Contact Group on Liberia set for Dakar
    13 december 2002 13:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A one-day meeting of the International Contact Group on Liberia, earlier slated for 2 December, has been re-scheduled for 19 December in Dakar, ECOWAS officials said Friday. Full text...

  • Support for South African political parties drops
    13 december 2002 13:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- All South African political parties have lost support including the ruling African National Congress, according to results of a survey released here Friday. Full text...

  • UN rapporteur concerned about executions in Cote d'Ivoire
    13 december 2002 12:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Asma Jahangir, has expressed her serious concern about recent reports of extrajudicial executions in Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Civil society criticises attitude of DR Congo's politicians
    13 december 2002 12:31:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A senior executive of civil societies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Naupess Kibiswa has deplored the indifference local politicians were showing towards the deteriorating socio-economic and security situation in the country. Full text...

  • Ivorian parties urge rebel movement to disarm
    13 december 2002 08:35:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Mainstream Ivorian political parties have appealed to the rebel Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI) to disarm. Full text...

  • Ben Ali receives British envoy
    13 december 2002 00:02:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Thursday received British special envoy Lord Michael Levy who delivered a message from British Premier Tony Blair, the Tunisian News Agency (TAP) reported. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebels call for France's neutrality, withdrawal
    12 december 2002 23:59:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The rebel Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI has asked France to observe total neutrality in the Ivorian crisis and withdraw its troops from the country, an official source revealed Thursday. Full text...

  • Abducted priest in Central African Republic confirmed dead
    12 december 2002 23:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Catholic hierarchy in Rome Thursday confirmed that a priest earlier abducted in Central African Republic had been killed. Full text...

  • Kenyans plan big welcome for Kibaki
    12 december 2002 22:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Opposition presidential candidate Mwai Kibaki and his designate vice Wamalwa Kijana will be feted with a prayers and ceremonial ride into the Nairobi city centre when they return home Saturday from London, where they were hospitalised. Full text...

  • Paris offers to host summit on Ivorian crisis
    12 december 2002 22:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has indicated its willingness to host a summit of African heads of state on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire, French Foreign ministry spokesman François Rivasseau declared Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya's December poll won't solve human rights ills, says HRW
    12 december 2002 22:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Political activities leading to Kenya's 27 December elections have highlighted "serious human rights shortcomings" in the country, Human Rights Watch (HRW) charged Thursday. Full text...

  • Malian, Burkinabe and Ivorian military chiefs consult in Bamako
    12 december 2002 20:45:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian, Burkinabe and Ivorian army chiefs of staff began meeting Thursday in Bamako to discuss peace, security and stability in the three countries. Full text...

  • France names new Ambassador to Abidjan
    12 december 2002 20:30:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- France has appointed Gildas Ledic new Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire to replace Renaud Vignal, diplomatic sources said Thursday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Ivorian gendarme seeks asylum in Guinea
    12 december 2002 20:15:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- A gendarme who fled the military uprising in Cote d'Ivoire is seeking asylum in neighbouring Guinea citing persecution, police in Conakry said Thursday. Full text...

  • Spain's ex-ETA member dies in Praia
    12 december 2002 20:14:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Angel Maria Lete Etxaniz, a former member of Spain's Basque Separatist Movement (ETA), who was deported from France to Cape Verde in 1985, has been found dead in his home in Praia, reliable sources said in the Cape Verdean capital. Full text...

  • Australia hints Mauritania of possible terrorist attacks
    12 december 2002 19:45:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Australian authorities have warned the Mauritanian government of possible terrorist strikes aimed at western interests in several African and Arab countries, including Mauritania, press accounts in Nouakchott indicated Thursday. Full text...

  • RDR refuses to sign undertaking proposed by Ivorian President
    12 december 2002 19:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian opposition Republican Movement (RDR) has indicated that it will not sign a political undertaking proposed by President Laurent Gbagbo to the country's major political forces. Full text...

  • Sudan rebel Commander Gadit defects to government side
    12 december 2002 18:32:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Rebel Commander Peter Gadit Thursday defected from the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) to the government side, saying he would work with the national army and local pro-government militias to protect the country's oil fields. Full text...

  • Moi bids Kenyans an emotional farewell
    12 december 2002 17:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi officiated at his last National Day celebrations Thursday with an emotional speech urging politicians not to plunge the country into chaos, and assured he would not govern from the sidelines after retirement. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau's Yala to stop over in Cape Verde
    12 december 2002 16:31:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau President Kumba Yala was expected Thursday to stop over in Cape Verde on his way to France, for an official visit, officials said in Praia. Full text...

  • President Moi slams Western media over coverage of Africa
    12 december 2002 15:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi Thursday accused the Western media for perceptually depicting Africa as being in a permanent state of chaos. Full text...

  • MPCI accuses ECOWAS, France of propping Gbagbo
    12 december 2002 15:37:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Guillaume Soro, Secretary General of Cote d'Ivoire's rebel Patriotic Movement (MPCI) announced Thursday that his organisation was leaving the peace talks in Lome, Togo, for "consultations," and accused ECOWAS and France of trying to save President Laurent Gbagbo's government. Full text...

  • Outgoing Kenyan President gears for peacemaking role
    12 december 2002 15:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's President Daniel arap Moi intends to become a full-time peacemaker in Africa when he retires from active politics early January 2003. Full text...

  • Italy assists Malians repatriated from Cote d'Ivoire
    12 december 2002 14:02:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Italy has donated 35 tonnes of various humanitarian materials to assist Malians repatriated from Cote d'Ivoire, who are facing enormous problems since the 19 September military insurrection in the neighbouring country, local newspapers reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Zuma concerned at new clashes in Burundi
    12 december 2002 13:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The reported breach of the recent cease-fire in Burundi is cause for concern, South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma has said. Full text...

  • Mugabe sees British opposition to land reform as a blessing
    12 december 2002 13:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said Thursday Britain's refusal to honour agreements to finance his country's land reforms was a blessing in disguise as it allowed his government to expropriate more farms from white farmers than would have been possible under accords reached with the former colonial power. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebel movement urges France to be neutral
    12 december 2002 13:25:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's Patriotic Movement (MPCI), the political wing of mutinous Ivorian soldiers on Thursday called on France to remain neutral in the prevailing crisis that has shaken the country since 19 September. Full text...

  • US President to visit Nigeria in January
    12 december 2002 10:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- US President George W. Full text...

  • Campaigning in Benin's local polls heightens
    11 december 2002 20:07:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Three days to council elections coming up 15 December in Benin, campaigning has reached fever pitch with 524 candidates vying for 45 seats in Cotonou alone, which is bubbling with caravans and rallies. Full text...

  • IBA probes impunity in Swazi justice system
    11 december 2002 19:13:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The International Bar Association (IBA) is to send a team of senior jurists to assess what is believed to be growing anarchy within the justice system in Swaziland, following police and government defiance of court decisions. Full text...

  • MONUC gets reinforcement in January 2003
    11 december 2002 18:51:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- The UN Mission in DR Congo (MONUC) expects reinforcement by the end of January 2003, the UN Secretary General's representative Amos Namanga Ngongi said in Kinshasa Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malawi to close three Embassies to reduce costs
    11 december 2002 17:37:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi government criticised by donors and civil society organisations for alleged wastefulness, has announced some cost-cutting measures, including the closure of the country's embassies in France, Namibia and Kenya. Full text...

  • Equatoguinean ruling party foresees victory before polls
    11 december 2002 17:02:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Come 15 December registered voters in Equatorial Guinea will stream to polling stations to elect the country's president for the next seven years. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council concludes session in Tripoli
    11 december 2002 16:39:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Executive Council concluded its two-day session in Tripoli late Tuesday night after lengthy discussions on proposed amendments to the Constitutive Act of the continental body. Full text...

  • Kerekou says cease-fire is crucial in Cote d'Ivoire
    11 december 2002 15:59:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Visiting Benin President Mathieu Kerekou has warned that ECOWAS troops would only deploy in Cote d'Ivoire if there is total cessation of hostilities. Full text...

  • Nigeria loses fourth Senator
    11 december 2002 14:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- One of the most prominent Senators in Nigeria's upper legislative chamber, Idris Abubakar, has died at the age of 46, the local press reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Opposition urges Ivorians to reject draft call
    11 december 2002 14:08:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The youth wing of Alassane Ouattara's opposition Rally of Republicans (RDR) Wednesday urged Ivorians to use all republican means to oppose the general mobilisation call made last weekend by defence minister Bertin Kadet. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso president sympathizes with returning citizens
    11 december 2002 13:40:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- President Blaise Compaore has appealed to his people to show solidarity with fellow Burkinabes returning home from strife-torn Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • London, Brussels urge compatriots to leave Cote d'Ivoire
    11 december 2002 13:30:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- British and Belgian embassies in Abidjan have asked their nationals to leave Cote d'Ivoire where thousands of young people aged 20-26 years started enrolling into the national army Tuesday to combat rebellious soldiers now controlling half of the country. Full text...

  • Kenyan political parties sign electoral code of conduct
    11 december 2002 13:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ten main Kenyan political parties Wednesday signed an electoral code of conduct, the second in a month, amid rising incidences of violence, foul language and claims of vote buying ahead of the 27 December general elections. Full text...

  • South Africa declines to extradite Chilean terror suspect
    11 december 2002 12:24:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African government authorities have turned down Chile's request to extradite Jaime Yovanovic Prieto who is wanted for acts of terrorism in the southern American country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, US reiterate commitment to fight terrorism
    11 december 2002 10:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia and the US have reiterated commitment in the fight against terrorism, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and US Security of Defence Donald Rumsfeld said here following consultations on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Washington appoints five security advisors on Africa
    11 december 2002 08:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The US government has appointed prominent Ethiopian scholar and entrepreneur, Kinfe Aberha, as its security advisor on the Great Lakes region and East Africa, a US embassy source said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • OIF declares Seychelles parliamentary polls free, fair
    10 december 2002 23:30:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- An observer mission of the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF) that monitored the 4-6 December parliamentary polls in Seychelles affirmed Tuesday that the elections were "free and fair". Full text...

  • Inter-Congolese talks resume amidst uncertainties
    10 december 2002 23:04:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The inter-Congolese negotiations that were adjourned last 22 November, resumed Monday in Pretoria, South Africa against the backdrop of widening differences among the parties involved. Full text...

  • Eyadema hints of imminent agreement on Ivorian crisis
    10 december 2002 22:20:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo dropped hint Monday in Yamoussoukro that a global agreement on the Ivorian crisis was likely to be signed in Lome, Togo "within a few days. Full text...

  • Essy urges strong African Union
    10 december 2002 20:40:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Amara Essy, the Interim President of the African Union Commission, Tuesday called on African countries to forge a strong and united Union, that would take on the challenges arising from changes in the world. Full text...

  • 200 Americans arrested for anti-war protests at UN
    10 december 2002 19:55:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- More than 200 Americans protesting Washington's planned war against Iraq over alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction, were Tuesday arrested by the police at the UN Headquarters. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Gambia to set up Joint Commission
    10 december 2002 19:11:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria and Gambia have agreed to establish a joint commission as a way of fostering stronger cooperation between the two West African states. Full text...

  • EU gives condition for normalisation of relations with Sudan
    10 december 2002 19:04:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The European Union would restore full relations with Sudan once Khartoum signs a peace deal with the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) rebels, a joint communiqué said in the Sudanese capital Tuesday. Full text...

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