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  • Mbeki to hold talks with Mugabe at SADC summit
    01 october 2002 11:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki will hold talks with his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe during the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) summit opening in Luanda, Angola, Tuesday. Full text...

  • Bouteflika sends condolence message to President Wade
    01 october 2002 09:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sent a condolence message to his Senegalese counterpart Abdoulaye Wade following last Thursday's sinking of the ferry "Le Joola" off the Gambian coast. Full text...

  • 16 parties, 8 independent candidates race in Togolese polls
    30 september 2002 23:33:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Sixteen political parties and eight independent candidates have registered to run in early parliamentary elections scheduled for 27 October in Togo, according to a 7-strong committee of judges (C7) organising the polls. Full text...

  • Secessionist threats in Cameroon heighten on eve of 1 October
    30 september 2002 21:18:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Disturbances are feared Tuesday in English-speaking Cameroon following threats by the separatist Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC) to organise public manifestations in the region. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea sends delegation to Spain
    30 september 2002 21:18:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- An Equatorial Guinean delegation, led by minister of State for Labour, Ricardo Obame Nfubea, has travelled to Spain on a mission to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, State radio reported in Malabo Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party takes lead in polls
    30 september 2002 20:29:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party Monday took an early lead in weekend local government elections - winning in 72 wards, against 12 for its nearest rival - where counting had been completed by the day's end. Full text...

  • Kumba Yalla visits Gambia
    30 september 2002 20:28:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- President Kumba Yalla of Guinea Bissau arrived in Banjul Monday on a two-day visit to Gambia, being seen as a sign of further improvement in relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean opposition leaders get bail on treason trial
    30 september 2002 18:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Harare Magistrate's Court Monday granted three Zimbabwean opposition leaders bail and adjourned their treason trial to 11 November. Full text...

  • Rwanda holds reconciliation conference in October
    30 september 2002 18:22:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Over 1,000 Rwandans are expected to attend the country's second national unity and reconciliation conference on 26-28 October in Kigali The organisers said they expected delegates from the country's 106 districts and abroad-based Rwandans. Full text...

  • Ivorian Army Chief of Staff Resurfaces
    30 september 2002 17:34:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Full text...

  • Batswana celebrate 36 years of nation's Independence
    30 september 2002 17:34:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Batswana marked their country's 36th independence anniversary Monday with President Festus Mogae criticising some older and wealthy individuals for luring young girls with money for sex. Full text...

  • Ghanaian VP urges Africans to master their destiny
    30 september 2002 17:12:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's Vice-President Aliu Mahama on Monday called on Africans to explore global realities and bring positive changes to their lives as masters of their own destiny. Full text...

  • ECOWAS military option in Côte d'Ivoire still open
    30 september 2002 14:13:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- With concerns over the growing number of mercenaries and easy access to arms in West Africa, regional leaders plead with rebels in Côte d'Ivoire to end the growing crisis in the country at round-table talks. Full text...

  • Malian parties concerned about Ivorian crisis
    30 september 2002 13:48:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's Alliance for the Republic (ARD) which groups about a dozen political parties on Monday expressed concern about developments in Cote d'Ivoire where a portion of the army has mutinied. Full text...

  • Thabo Mbeki stops over in Luanda from Accra summit
    30 september 2002 13:20:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Foreign Minister Joمo Miranda on Monday welcomed South African President Thabo Mbeki during a stop-over at Luanda Airport while en route home from an emergency ECOWAS summit in Accra, Ghana, on the military crisis in Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Presidential hopefuls in Kenya seek nomination
    30 september 2002 11:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Campaigns for the ruling party's presidential candidate in Kenya intensified at the weekend as contenders engaged in a war of words barely a fortnight before the nomination congress. Full text...

  • Uganda completes withdrawal of troops from DR Congo
    30 september 2002 10:53:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda has completed the withdrawal of troops from the northern region of war-torn DR Congo, authorities of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) confirmed Monday in Kampala. Full text...

  • Burkinabe ruling party condemns unrest in Côte d'Ivoire
    30 september 2002 10:15:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP) in Burkina Faso has condemned the military unrest in neighbouring Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Wade urges Gbagbo to accept dialogue with mutineers
    30 september 2002 09:24:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Current ECOWAS chair Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade is urging President Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d'Ivoire to engage in dialogue with disgruntled soldiers who launched a mutiny on 19 September and who now have control of three major towns in the north of the country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS agrees urgent mission to end Ivorian crisis
    29 september 2002 20:52:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders agreed Sunday in Accra to create a "high-level" mediation mission of Heads of six States comprising Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Togo, on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Ivorians hold pro-Gbagbo rally in Paris
    29 september 2002 19:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Scores of sympathisers gathered Sunday afternoon at the Human Rights Square in Paris in support of President Laurent Gbagbo, as fighting continues in Cote d'Ivoire between loyalist and rebel forces. Full text...

  • Burkinabes protest attacks on compatriots in Cote d'Ivoire
    29 september 2002 18:35:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Thousands of people converged Saturday in front of the Ivorian embassy in Ouagadougou to protest against attacks on Burkinabe nationals in Cote d'Ivoire following a military uprising the authorities in Abidjan blame on "external enemies. Full text...

  • 500 reportedly killed in Ivorian crisis
    29 september 2002 17:48:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Diplomatic sources in Cote d'Ivoire say as many as 500 people have been killed since a mutiny broke out in the country late last week, and particularly following fierce fighting in Bouake, 350 km north of Abidjan. Full text...

  • Islamic party makes big gains in Moroccan parliamentary polls
    29 september 2002 17:30:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's moderate Islamist Party for Justice and Development (PJD) has made remarkable gains in parliamentary elections held 27 September, with early returns placing it in third position, Interior minister Driss Jettou indicated Saturday evening. Full text...

  • African leaders condemn Ivorian uprising
    29 september 2002 17:16:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- African leaders at an emergency Summit in Accra Sunday condemned the action of Ivorian mutinous soldiers and urged a quick restoration of democracy and stability in that country. Full text...

  • Ivorian body mobilises support for government forces
    29 september 2002 17:03:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Workers of the Abidjan Port Authority (PAA) have raised 56 million francs CFA (83,000 US dollars) as contribution to what they said was the "war effort," in support of government forces fighting mutinous soldiers in the north of the country. Full text...

  • West African leaders consult on Ivorian crisis
    29 september 2002 15:56:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- West African leaders are meeting Sunday in Accra, Ghana, in an emergency summit convened by Senegalese President and ECOWAS chairman Abdoulaye Wade, on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Fighting resumes, Ivorian mutineers advance towards Yamoussoukro
    29 september 2002 14:40:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- After a three-day lull, fighting has resumed between Ivorian loyalist forces and mutineers in the town of Tiebissou, 60 km from the Ivorian capital of Yamoussoukro. Full text...

  • Pressure delays offensive against Ivorian mutineers - Minister
    29 september 2002 13:40:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Defence minister, Moise Lida Kouassi, said Saturday that Western states were pressurising Cote d'Ivoire to delay the loyalist forces' offensive against mutineers controlling the cities of Bouake (Centre) and Korhogo (North) since 19 September. Full text...

  • Wade leaves for ECOWAS summit on Cote d'Ivoire
    29 september 2002 11:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade left Dakar Sunday morning for the Ghanaian capital of Accra to participate in the emergency ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Summit devoted to the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Cape Verdean leader Pires concerned about Ivorian crisis
    29 september 2002 11:32:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdean President Pedro Pires has sent a message to his Ivorian counterpart, Laurent Gbagbo, expressing serious concern about the current soldiers' mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire, official sources said in Praia, the Cape Verdean capital. Full text...

  • Senegalese leader to hold Gbagbo-Compaore meeting in Ghana
    29 september 2002 11:17:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A private meeting between Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo and his Burkinabe counterpart, Blaise Compaore, may be held in Accra, Ghana, on the sidelines of the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Summit, according to press reports here quoting Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade. Full text...

  • Leaders arrive in Ghana for emergency summit on Cote d'Ivoire
    29 september 2002 11:11:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- African leaders Sunday started arriving in Accra to attend a daylong emergency summit called to find a solution to an uprising led by hundreds of soldiers in Cote d'Ivoire, which the Ivorian government has described as an attempted coup. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Eyadema urge Ivorian mutineers to lay down arms
    28 september 2002 20:32:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Bissau diplomats oppose ambassador's appointment
    28 september 2002 19:19:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau's Career Diplomats Action Group strongly opposed President Kumba Yala's appointment of Kalidou Balde as ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. Full text...

  • Togolese opposition leader arrested in Lome
    28 september 2002 19:00:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Police in Lome on Saturday arrested the secretary general of Togo's opposition Union of the Forces of Change (UFC) Jean-Pierre Fabre, sources at his party headquarters disclosed. Full text...

  • Low turnout in Zimbabwean local govt polls
    28 september 2002 18:45:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Poll officials in Zimbabwe said the first day of voting in local government elections Saturday was peaceful, but characterised by a low voter turnout. Full text...

  • Egyptian activists urge govt to cut ties with Israel
    28 september 2002 18:37:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Hundreds of Egyptian oppositions figures and political activists Saturday gathered in Ettahreer square in Cairo, amid tight security, chanting anti-Israel and anti- American slogans. Full text...

  • UN prosecutor sees mass graves in rural Sierra Leone
    28 september 2002 14:46:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The chief prosecutor at the Special Court in Sierra Leone, David Crane, has described crime sites and mass graves in rural parts of the country as "tragic scenes. Full text...

  • Foday Sankoh's health deteriorates in Freetown jail
    28 september 2002 13:10:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The health of Foday Sankoh, leader of Sierra Leone's defunct rebel Revolutionary United Front, has severely deteriorated in detention in Freetown, where he is awaiting trial on 70 counts of murder and murder- related charges. Full text...

  • Obasanjo Expresses Support For Ivorian Government
    28 september 2002 12:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo has affirmed the need to safeguard democracy in Africa, amid a raging battle between the Ivorian government and mutinous soldiers who control at least two towns in the northern part of the country. Full text...

  • Emerging concerns of civil war in Côte d'Ivoire
    28 september 2002 12:07:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- When West African leaders meet in Ghana's Parliament House on Sunday to discuss bringing peace to Côte d'Ivoire, they may see dangers outside the official explanations for the current unrest in the country which was formerly a haven of peace in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Moroccans expect results of parliamentary elections Saturday
    27 september 2002 23:55:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Elections for 325 members Morocco's bicameral Parliament ended Friday in 91 constituencies of the country, the interior ministry said, without dwelling on voter turnout. Full text...

  • Govt stops meeting by opposition party in Lome
    27 september 2002 23:30:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese Internal Affairs minister, Gen. Full text...

  • ACP Council of Ministers Condemns violence in Côte d'Ivoire
    27 september 2002 23:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A special session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers has strongly condemned the violence and armed attacks that have been directed against the government in Côte d'Ivoire since 19 September. Full text...

  • SADC summit preparations begin in Luanda
    27 september 2002 23:03:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- High-ranking officials from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Friday started preparing the agenda for the subregional group's summit to be held in Luanda from 2-3 October. Full text...

  • Angola becomes non-permanent UN Security Council member
    27 september 2002 22:42:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola was on Friday elected as a non- permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for a two-year mandate. Full text...

  • African rights group offers to mediate in Ivorian crisis
    27 september 2002 22:24:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's Halidou Ouedraogo, who heads the Inter-African Human Rights Union on Friday offered his institution's good offices to bridge the gap between the different protagonists in the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe holds local government elections
    27 september 2002 21:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe holds nationwide local government elections at the weekend amid opposition cries of violence and intimidation of its candidates and supporters by pro-government militia. Full text...

  • Over 600 Rwandan troops leave Congo's Kivu province
    27 september 2002 21:46:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- A total of 667 Rwandan troops on Friday left Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo aboard 12 lorries under the second phase of a withdrawal programme agreed to by the two countries. Full text...

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