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  • Paper alleges Abidjan's involvement in killing of Balla Keita
    09 august 2002 23:10:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Le Patriote, a newspaper close to the opposition Republican Rally (RDR), has alleged that the Ivorian government was behind the assassination in Ouagadougou of Union for Democracy and Peace in Cote d'Ivoire (UDPCI) secretary general Balla Keita. Full text...

  • Setting up Observatory for Democracy in Madagascar discussed
    09 august 2002 22:40:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Action Group for Madagascar in Reunion, whose members met with Prime Minister Jacques Sylla in Antananarivo Thursday, has made a proposal to create an Observatory for Democracy in Madagascar and the opening of a House of Madagascar in Reunion. Full text...

  • Rwanda's military courts issued 71 verdicts in 2001-2002
    09 august 2002 22:20:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan military courts pronounced 71 verdicts from July 2001 to July 2002. Full text...

  • New Malagasy government banks on economic liberalism
    09 august 2002 21:30:00
    Saint Denis- La Reunion (PANA) -- A programme presented to donors in Paris last July by the new government in Madagascar suggests a commitment of the authorities in Antananarivo to a liberal economy. Full text...

  • UNHCR to close Rabasso camp in Ethiopia after repatriation
    09 august 2002 20:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Friday said that it would close of one of its oldest refugee camps in Ethiopia following a successful voluntary repatriation of thousands of Somali refugees to north-west Somalia. Full text...

  • Cavaye Yeguie re-elected parliament speaker in Cameroon
    09 august 2002 20:45:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cavaye Yeguie Djibril, a candidate for the ruling People's Democratic Movement of Cameroon (RDPC), was re-elected as speaker of the national assembly for a third consecutive term. Full text...

  • Mauritius supports Abdou Diouf for Francophonie job
    09 august 2002 20:17:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Friday declared its support for former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf's bid for the post of Secretary General of the Francophonie International Organisation (OIF). Full text...

  • Publisher wants Taylor to complete his mandate
    09 august 2002 20:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As a recipe for peace in Liberia, Dee Otibu-Asare, Publisher/Editor-In-Chief of West Africa International Magazine, recommended Friday that President Charles Taylor should be allowed to complete his tenure instead of being forced out of power. Full text...

  • Gabon urges Chad, CAR to show restraint
    09 august 2002 19:39:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- President Omar Bongo of Gabon has urged fellow sub regional peers Ange Felix Patasse of the Central African Republic and Idriss Deby of Chad to show restraint, as tension mounts between the two neighbours following a clash on their borders. Full text...

  • Peace conference on Liberia in Abuja 5 September
    09 august 2002 18:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The West Africa International Magazine, the African Refugees Foundation and the Liberian Embassy in Nigeria, Friday announced plans to stage a one-day international conference in Abuja 5 September, as part of efforts at finding a lasting solution to the Liberian crisis. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire to downsize its embassy in Paris
    09 august 2002 17:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The embassy of Côte d'Ivoire here intends to shed staff under a restructuring programme that will affect about half of its 130 workforce. Full text...

  • Political parties want court martial for mutineers in Niger
    09 august 2002 13:53:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Nineteen political parties forming the Alliance of Democratic Forces (AFD) have called on the government to establish a court martial board to try soldiers who mutinied in Niger. Full text...

  • Wade greets Obasanjo on stopover in Dakar
    09 august 2002 12:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo held talks for one hour when the latter stopped over at Dakar airport Thursday night. Full text...

  • One rebel group missing at Burundi cease-fire talks
    09 august 2002 12:27:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- One rebel group has not sent representatives to Dar es Salaam where the Burundi government and other Hutu armed groups have started a new round of negotiations for a cease-fire. Full text...

  • UNESCO deplores upsurge of violence in the Middle East
    09 august 2002 08:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura has deplored the recent upsurge of violence in the Middle East, causing the deaths of Palestinians and civilians in Israeli. Full text...

  • Lawyers present claims for apartheid reparations in New York
    09 august 2002 08:21:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Lawyers representing South African Apartheid victims seeking billions of dollars from German, Swiss and US firms for their support of Apartheid, will present their claims in New York on Friday. Full text...

  • Gabon's Bongo appeals to Patasse, Deby to show wisdom
    08 august 2002 22:57:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese president Omar Bongo Thursday appealed to his counterparts Idriss Deby of Chad and Ange Felix Patasse of the Central African Republic to show wisdom in order to put an end to clashes threatening security between the two countries. Full text...

  • Togo's ex-premier Kodjo satisfied with expulsion from party
    08 august 2002 22:48:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's former premier Agbeyome Kodjo and MP Dahuku Pere have hailed their expulsion from the ruling Rally of Togolese People (RPT) as a big relief, official sources said in Lome Thursday. Full text...

  • French paper takes issue with DR Congo/Rwanda accord
    08 august 2002 22:04:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French newspaper Le Monde Thursday dismissed the peace agreement signed 30 July in Pretoria between DR Congo and Rwanda, describing it as "a fool's bargain. Full text...

  • Congo govt assesses transition to democracy
    08 august 2002 21:03:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The political transition in Congo was basically positive in light of what has been accomplished so far, Congolese government spokesman and communication minister François Ibovi has said. Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives British envoy
    08 august 2002 20:58:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Leadership struggle reported in Burundi's FNL movement
    08 august 2002 20:02:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- There has been a leadership struggle reportedly taking place in Burundi's radical rebel movement, the National Liberation Front (FNL), following an announcement that the group had sacked Agathon Rwasa, its military chief. Full text...

  • Five killed west of Algiers
    08 august 2002 19:26:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Suspected Islamists killed five people last Tuesday in the locality of Ammi Moussa near Relizane, 350 km west of Algiers, sources indicated Thursday. Full text...

  • AI fears violence in Zimbabwe ahead of local elections
    08 august 2002 18:37:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) has stressed that the human rights situation in Zimbabwe would improve only when the link between political debate and the use of violence was broken. Full text...

  • Ghanaian press concerned by low turnout at municipal polls
    08 august 2002 17:58:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian newspapers have expressed concern about the poor voter-turnout at Tuesday's Local Government elections for District Assembly and Unit Committee members in the country. Full text...

  • UNDP labels Zimbabwe pseudo democracy
    08 august 2002 17:24:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In a report on the state of governance in the world, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has labelled Zimbabwe a pseudo democracy. Full text...

  • Ghana names new envoy to Mali
    08 august 2002 17:19:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Ghana has named Kodio Sarpong, its new Ambassador to Mali, diplomatic sources said Thursday in the Malian capital. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD worried by tension along Chad-CAR border
    08 august 2002 17:18:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Officials at the Tripoli-based secretariat of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) have expressed deep concern about the resumption of tension at the border between Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Sierra Leone names Judge to handle corruption cases
    08 august 2002 15:51:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Sierra Leonean government has named a High Court Judge Ade Mousu, to handle cases investigated by the country's Anti-Corruption Commission. Full text...

  • RSF denounces decree against reporting in Niger
    08 august 2002 15:26:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontières, or Reporters without Borders, has called for a repeal of the decree issued by President Mamadou Tandja of Niger Monday to prevent newspapers from reporting about the mutiny in the country's extreme-east. Full text...

  • Gambian Vice President visits Libya
    08 august 2002 14:52:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Gambian Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy, arrived in Tripoli Thursday on a three-day working visit to Libya. Full text...

  • Sudanese belligerents brace for tougher talks
    08 august 2002 14:11:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Belligerents in the 19-year long civil war in southern Sudan are scheduled to begin new negotiations in Nairobi 12 August to thrash out pending issues after last month's historic agreement in the Kenyan town of Machakos. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Electoral Body Shifts Council Polls to Next Year
    08 august 2002 12:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has indicated that the council polls earlier slated for next Saturday may now hold in the first quarter of 2003. Full text...

  • MONUC warns of threats of renewed violence in DR Congo
    08 august 2002 11:21:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Rebels of the Congolese Rally for Democracy-Liberation Movement (RCD/ML) of Mbusa Nyamwisi were threatening to attack DR Congo's Eastern province town of Isiro, UN sources said. Full text...

  • South African Minister says AU will address political challenges
    08 august 2002 09:09:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Foreign Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has expressed confidence that the African Union (AU) will deal effectively with political challenges of peace, stability and security issues on the continent. Full text...

  • Race to succeed Moi heats up in Kenya
    08 august 2002 08:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Long tipped as likely successor to Kenya's President Daniel arap Moi, the minister of Lands and Settlement, Katana Ngala has pulled out of the race and thrown his weight behind a fellow vice chairman of the ruling KANU party. Full text...

  • Libyan leader receives message from CAR president Patasse
    07 august 2002 23:54:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Wednesday received a message from Central African president Ange- Felix Patasse, informing him on the latest developments on the African scene, official sources said in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Togolese opposition to form electoral alliance
    07 august 2002 23:40:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Four opposition parties in Togo have decided to form an electoral alliance, sources close to the parties said in Lome Wednesday. Full text...

  • Belgium's Prince Philippe to visit Mozambique
    07 august 2002 23:04:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Prince Philippe, heir to the Belgian throne and Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel will make a working visit to Mozambique from 4 to 6 September, official sources in Brussels said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Central African Republic, Chad in row over border clash
    07 august 2002 22:30:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The authorities in Bangui Wednesday expressed surprise at a Chadian government statement earlier Tuesday intimating a clash between Chadian troops and "mercenaries" from the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Algerian forces kill 6 suspected terrorists
    07 august 2002 20:34:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian security forces have killed six suspected terrorists and arrested 16 others following a search operation carried out in the locality of Lakhdaria in Boumerdes, 50 km east of Algiers, sources indicated Wednesday. Full text...

  • More opposition members join ruling PDGE in Malabo
    07 august 2002 20:28:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Some 50 members of two opposition parties have joined the ruling Equatorial Guinea's Democratic Party (PDGE) in Nsok-Nsoma, northeast of the country, official sources said in Malado Wednesday. Full text...

  • US names new Ambassador to Botswana
    07 august 2002 20:18:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The US has named a career diplomat, Joseph Haggin as its new Ambassador to Botswana. Full text...

  • EU calls for reform of election system in Cameroon
    07 august 2002 19:39:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has expressed the hope that President Paul Biya's government would undertake to reform the Cameroonian electoral system before the 2004 presidential election. Full text...

  • AI attacks new media bill in the Gambia
    07 august 2002 19:00:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) has attacked the National Media Commission Bill recently passed by Parliament in Gambia, saying it contained several provisions that were incompatible with international conventions binding on the West African country. Full text...

  • Kenya to Destroy Confiscated Firearms
    07 august 2002 17:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan Government will at the weekend destroy about 20,000 confiscated illegal small firearms, Foreign Affairs Minister Marsden Madoka announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone police discover arms in Freetown
    07 august 2002 17:56:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leonean police Wednesday announced the discovery of some quantities of arms and ammunition at the former Brookfield's Hotel, west of Freetown, which was housing more than 400 ex-Civil Defence Militia (Kamajors). Full text...

  • Kenyans mark US bombing anniversary
    07 august 2002 17:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A low-key ceremony was held in Nairobi Wednesday to mark the fourth anniversary of the August 1998 terrorist bomb near the US embassy in the Kenyan capital amid loud complaints by survivors against what they see as growing apathy by the American and local administrators. Full text...

  • Outgoing Guinea Parliamentary Speaker criticises Conte
    07 august 2002 17:05:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Boubacar Biro Diallo, the outgoing Speaker of Guinea's National Assembly, has criticised President Lansana Conte in a letter published by the privately-owned weekly Le Lynx. Full text...

  • Former Tunisian Prime Minister Returns from Exile
    07 august 2002 15:17:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Former Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Mzali has returned from what he describes as a "forced exile" of 15 years in Europe. Full text...

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