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  • Third candidate cleared for Kenya's presidential race
    19 november 2002 13:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A former Kenyan Finance Minister Simeon Nyachae, was Tuesday cleared as a presidential candidate for the December poll, bringing to three the number of contestants so far approved for the race. Full text...

  • MONUC establishes contacts with Mai-Mai fighters
    19 november 2002 13:10:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- A delegation of the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC) last week met with the commanders of the local Mai-Mai combatants in Bulambika on the Bunyakiri road, over 90 km from Bukavu, the capital of the South Kivu Province, an official source has said. Full text...

  • Senegal to provide commander for ECOWAS force
    19 november 2002 10:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Senegal has agreed to increase its troops contribution to the ECOWAS peacekeeping force for Cote d'Ivoire, as well as to provide the force commander for the sub-regional force, according to Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the Executive Secretary of ECOWAS. Full text...

  • ECOWAS advance military team arrives in Abidjan
    18 november 2002 23:23:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An advance team of 19 military officers arrived here Sunday to prepare for the deployment of peacekeepers from members of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), French military sources told PANA in the Ivorian capital. Full text...

  • Ugandan troops rescue 58 civilians from rebel captivity
    18 november 2002 21:43:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan government troops on Sunday rescued 58 civilians from captivity of the rebel Lords Resistance Army during a hot pursuit on them in Kitgum district in war stricken northern Uganda, army spokesman Lt. Full text...

  • Sudanese peace talks to resume in January
    18 november 2002 20:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Representatives of the Government of Sudan and the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) Monday signed two agreements, committing both sides to resume peace talks in January 2003. Full text...

  • Three Tunisians arrested in connection with Djerba suicide blast
    18 november 2002 20:22:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Three Tunisian nationals were arrested Monday at Belleville in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, as part of the investigations into the suicide bombing of a synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia, last April, police sources said. Full text...

  • Ivorian women in Paris march in support of Gbagbo
    18 november 2002 19:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A few dozen Ivorian women demonstrated in Paris on Sunday in support of President Laurent Gbagbo who has been confronted with a rebellion by a segment of the national army since 19 September. Full text...

  • Uhuru Kenyatta promises to revamp Kenya's economy
    18 november 2002 18:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya's ruling party Kanu kicked off his campaign Monday pledging to revive the national economy if elected in the 27 December general elections. Full text...

  • Two Kenyan presidential candidates cleared to contest
    18 november 2002 17:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Elections Commission of Kenya Monday cleared presidential candidates Uhuru Kenyatta and Mwai Kibaki to contest in the general elections scheduled 27 December. Full text...

  • Obasanjo denies reported endorsement for second term
    18 november 2002 16:40:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has denied reports of his purported endorsement for a second term by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying the party had not taken any decision to that effect. Full text...

  • Wade discusses Ivorian crisis with French Foreign Minister
    18 november 2002 16:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade received French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin at the Senegalese House in Paris Monday, for talks on bilateral issues and efforts by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to end the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt expresses confidence in Eyadema's mediation
    18 november 2002 12:12:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The leader of the Ivorian government delegation at inter-Ivorian talks in Lome, Laurent Dona Fologo, said Sunday that his delegation had faith in the negotiations being conducted by Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema, the ECOWAS mediator. Full text...

  • Nigerian electoral body backtracks on voters' cards
    18 november 2002 11:45:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will no longer emboss photographs of voters on the new voters' cards expected to be ready next year, according to INEC chairman Abel Guobadia. Full text...

  • Draft accord gives Ivorian rebels 4 days to quit areas
    17 november 2002 20:23:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Rebel troops under the Cote d'Ivoire's Patriotic Movement (MPCI) are expected to withdraw from the areas they currently control to jointly determined centres four days after a peace agreement is signed, indicates a draft peace agreement prepared by ECOWAS mediators, obtained by PANA in Lome. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau's new premier assumes office
    17 november 2002 19:28:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau's new Prime Minister, Mario Pires, took oath of office Sunday and started consultations on formation of a new cabinet. Full text...

  • Wade criticises France's handling of war veterans' pensions
    17 november 2002 17:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has criticised France for handling the payment of pensions to former African war veterans who fought in its wars in a "unilateral" and "inefficient" manner. Full text...

  • Five feared killed in Nigerian political violence
    17 november 2002 16:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least five people were feared killed in several parts of Lagos at the weekend during local government chairmanship primaries of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the private Punch newspaper reported. Full text...

  • Senegal not ready for 'adventure' in Cote d'Ivoire crisis
    17 november 2002 16:15:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Sending ECOWAS peacekeepers to Cote d'Ivoire before agreement is reached between the opposing sides would be "an adventure" in which, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade says, his troops will not risk. Full text...

  • UN envoy optimistic on DR Congo talks in Pretoria
    16 november 2002 20:06:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- Special Representative of UN Secretary General to DR Congo, Amos Namanga Ngongi, has expressed the hope that ongoing talks in Pretoria wSouth Africa, would produce positive results on Congo's transition programme. Full text...

  • Ivorian government restricts wearing of military uniform
    16 november 2002 18:03:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian authorities have restricted the wearing of military uniforms to defence and security forces personnel in the country. Full text...

  • Uganda, DRC rebel leaders sign peace accord
    16 november 2002 16:44:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Kampala government has entered into a peace deal with two DR Congo rebel factions occupying vast territories in the Ituri province, east of the war-torn Central African country. Full text...

  • Kagame reshuffles Rwandan cabinet
    16 november 2002 13:28:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame Friday maintained Bernard Makuza as Prime Minister in a cabinet reshuffle that saw seven new ministers appointed and five others sacked from the government. Full text...

  • Madagascar upbeat about reintegration into African Union
    16 november 2002 12:09:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Malagasy Foreign Minister Marcel Ranjeva has said in Reunion that his government was "optimistic" about the Grand Island's imminent return to the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Mali proposes Soumaila Cisse for UEMOA commissioner
    16 november 2002 12:00:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian government will present Soumaila Cisse, the country's unsuccessful presidential candidate, for the post of Commissioner of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), state-run L'Essor newspaper said, quoting a reliable source. Full text...

  • Beninese-German commission set for Cotonou
    16 november 2002 11:10:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The 13th session of the Beninese-German intergovernmental commission starts Monday in Cotonou, officials have said. Full text...

  • Zambian peacekeepers decorated in Sierra Leone
    16 november 2002 10:39:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Sierra Leone, Behrooz Sadry, has decorated 830 Zambian peacekeepers - 19 of them females - serving with the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL). Full text...

  • Swazi DPP ordered to leave Swaziland
    15 november 2002 23:30:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has been told to leave Swaziland immediately if he fails to withdraw all charges he has preferred against the country's Attorney General, Phesheya Dlamini. Full text...

  • UN weapons inspectors on their way to Iraq
    15 november 2002 22:16:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), Hans Blix, said Friday that an adequate number of experts have been trained to go to Iraq to conduct an inspection of the country's nuclear and mass destruction weapons programme starting on 18 December. Full text...

  • Conte receives 4th World Peace Award
    15 november 2002 21:15:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean President Lansana Conte was Friday in Conakry awarded the 4th World Security and Peace prize by the World Parliament for Peace and Security based in Sicily, Italy. Full text...

  • Swiss Foreign Secretary due in Benin Tuesday
    15 november 2002 20:09:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Swiss Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Franz Von Daniken, is due in Cotonou 19 November, on a four-day official visit to Benin, officials said Friday. Full text...

  • Six buses repatriate Burkinabe from Cote d'Ivoire
    15 november 2002 16:32:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Six buses on Thursday brought the first batch of 600 Burkinabe citizens to Po township, near the border with Ghana after they had voluntarily left Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Museveni, Mkapa warn Burundi parties to reach truce
    15 november 2002 16:01:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his visiting Tanzanian counterpart Benjamin Mkapa agreed Friday to pressure the Burundi warring parties to reach a peace agreement within the extended deadline set by regional leaders. Full text...

  • Lusophone parliamentarians meet Monday in Praia
    15 november 2002 14:03:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The third forum of Portuguese-speaking parliamentarians is scheduled to open Monday in Praia to discuss the welfare of "Lusophone citizens," said Speaker Aristides Lima of the Cape Verdian national assembly. Full text...

  • Guinean diplomat confirms death of compatriots in Daloa
    15 november 2002 13:54:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinea's consul general in Bouake Aboubacar Sylla confirmed on national television Thursday night that eight of his compatriots were recently killed in the Ivorian town of Daloa. Full text...

  • Malian govt evacuates 10,000 citizens from Côte d'Ivoire
    15 november 2002 13:43:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian government has intensified the repatriation of 10,000 of its citizens from Côte d'Ivoire, engulfed in an armed rebellion since 19 September. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone, Guinea discuss border dispute
    15 november 2002 08:37:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Authorities in Sierra Leone and Guinea have decided to form a committee that would determine the solution of a border dispute which erupted between the two Mano River Union neighbours four months ago. Full text...

  • Koumba Yala threatens to dissolve Parliament
    14 november 2002 23:55:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau President Koumba Yalla Thursday threatened to dissolve the country's parliament in 10 months to organise early parliamentary elections in order to distinguish "between the real politicians and the ones doing the politicking. Full text...

  • Belgian court drops charges against Ivorian president
    14 november 2002 23:40:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The Brussels Court of Cassation has decided to drop the proceedings against Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo taken on the basis of the universal competence principle, a legal source said Thursday in the Belgian capital. Full text...

  • French Foreign minister visits Tunis
    14 november 2002 23:23:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- French Foreign minister Dominique de Villepin Thursday made a 24-hour official visit to Tunisia where he held talks with his Tunisian counterpart, Habib Ben Yahia, before meeting with President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Full text...

  • Angola, Congo reaffirm good neighbourliness
    14 november 2002 23:07:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The prefect of the Kouilou region in southern Congo and the governor of the Angolan Cabinda province reaffirmed this week their desire to strengthen neighbourliness through permanent contacts, Radio Congo reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Rebels still demanding Gbagbo's resignation
    14 november 2002 20:40:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Rebels of the Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire's (MPCI) Thursday rejected putting its troops, as proposed by mediator and Togolese president Gnassingbe Eyadema, under the aegis of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), rebel sources said in Lome. Full text...

  • DR Congo to inquire mistreatment of nationals in CAR
    14 november 2002 19:36:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The DR Congo Government has sent a delegation to the Central African Republic (CAR) to investigate reported acts of violence Congolese nationals living there were facing, official sources reported in Kinshasa Thursday. Full text...

  • Biya off to Geneva for Bakassi talks with Obasanjo
    14 november 2002 19:00:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian President Paul Biya left Yaounde Thursday for Geneva, Switzerland, for Friday's meeting with his Nigerian counterpart on the Bakassi dispute, the presidency said. Full text...

  • MP accuses Swazi government of trying to bribe lawmakers
    14 november 2002 17:47:00
    Lobamba- Swaziland (PANA) -- Tempers flared in the Swazi House of Assembly Thursday when an MP accused the government of trying to bribe some 26 lawmakers to defend the purchase of a private jet by King Mswati III. Full text...

  • Mauritius supports parliamentary polls in Madagascar
    14 november 2002 17:00:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has offered 1. Full text...

  • Museveni to host Mkapa on Burundi talks Friday
    14 november 2002 16:47:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will host his Tanzanian counterpart Benjamin Mkapa at talks on the Burundi crisis Friday at Entebbe, Ugandan officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • Bakassi: Senate Committee wants Nigeria ready for possible war
    14 november 2002 15:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Committee of Nigeria's upper legislative chamber, the Senate, has urged President Olusegun Obasanjo to ensure the combat-readiness of the country's military in case of war with Cameroon over the disputed Bakassi Peninsula. Full text...

  • Burundi's Defence Minister stresses dialogue for peace
    14 november 2002 15:45:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's new Defence minister, Major General Vincent Niyungeko has called on rebel groups to give priority to dialogue for ending the civil war that has ravaged the country for nearly 10 years. Full text...

  • Govt halved food price to lure voters in Zambia, says witness
    14 november 2002 14:45:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The government of former president Frederick Chiluba subsidised maize mealie meal prices by 50 percent to lure voters during the run-up to last year's presidential elections in Zambia, a prime witness testified Thursday in the opposition lawsuit challenging the election of Levy Mwanawasa as president. Full text...

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