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  • Democratic Alliance condemns Commonwealth over Zimbabwe
    31 january 2002 16:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance says it is extremely disappointed that the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) failed to "grasp the nettle" and recommend the suspension of Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth. Full text...

  • State-owned paper urges Britain to rethink policy on Zimbabwe
    31 january 2002 16:13:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's state-controlled daily Herald newspaper Thursday launched a scathing attack on former colonial power Britain for pursuing a master-slave policy towards the southern African country, urging London to urgently re-think its stance. Full text...

  • Landless peasants, main victims in Zimbabwe land crisis
    31 january 2002 14:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's landless peasants do not feature physically in the national, regional and international debates on land reform in Zimbabwe, but they remain a central part of the issue. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe traditional rulers try to turn back clock on land
    31 january 2002 13:59:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tribal and community chiefs, eager to have their traditional control over land restored once again, are taking a leading role in the land reforms and debate in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • High stakes for veterans in Zimbabwe's land crisis
    31 january 2002 13:52:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- War veterans, unlike the white farmers, government or landless peasants, have no direct stakes in Zimbabwe's land reforms, other than historical and ideological motivation. Full text...

  • Political situation in Madagascar worries OAU scribe
    31 january 2002 13:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU secretary general Amara Essy is closely monitoring the situation in Madagascar following the announcement of the 16 December presidential election results by the country's High Constitutional Court (HCC). Full text...

  • Kasa-Vubu's family expresses gratitude to DR Congo leader
    31 january 2002 13:22:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Marie-Rose Kasa-Vubu, daughter of the former Congolese President Joseph Kasa-Vubu, has expressed deep appreciation to the current Head of State Joseph Kabila, for his recent decision to honour the memory of the country's former leaders. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's white farmers key to land crisis solution
    31 january 2002 13:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- After the government, Zimbabwe's white farmers are the next key players in the country's land crisis, as they have come under Black indictment for owning the land at the centre of the crisis, and refusing to give up at least part of it. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's case for agrarian reforms
    31 january 2002 12:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The decision of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group not to back a British-sponsored proposal to expel Zimbabwe from the organisation has been welcome by the government of President Robert Mugabe, though it is to be feared that this could enhance the entrenchment of the government's main position on the land issue. Full text...

  • Indian Parliamentary delegation winds up visit to South Africa
    31 january 2002 11:45:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A parliamentary delegation from India Wednesday concluded a four-day visit to South Africa as part of a three-nation tour including Nigeria and Senegal. Full text...

  • Luanda okay with Angola-Namibia maritime border treaty
    31 january 2002 11:29:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan government at a cabinet session chaired Wednesday by President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, approved a treaty on the delimitation of the maritime border with Namibia. Full text...

  • Benin media watch urges for greater professionalism
    31 january 2002 10:14:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The chairman of Benin's High Audio-visual and Communication Authority (HAAC), Timothée Adanlin, has urged the media to be professional in their coverage of local elections expect next December. Full text...

  • UK fails in bid to suspend Zimbabwe from Commonwealth
    31 january 2002 09:07:00
    London- UK, (PANA) -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has failed to convince the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) to recommend the suspension of Zimbabwe from the 54-member group. Full text...

  • Annan condoles with Nigeria over ammunition dump tragedy
    31 january 2002 08:20:00
    New York- United States (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has written to President Olusegun Obasanjo expressing shock and grief over the loss of lives following explosions at an ammunition dump in Lagos last Sunday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's RUF denies dealing with al-Qaeda network
    30 january 2002 23:38:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front (RUF) Wednesday said an internal investigation by the group had found no evidence of alleged dealings between its members and Osama bin Laden's terrorist al-Qaeda network. Full text...

  • Moi calls for stronger Kenya-Italy relations
    30 january 2002 23:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Daniel arap Moi received Italian Foreign Affairs Minister Alfredo Mantica at State House in Nairobi Wednesday with a call for stronger relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • SADC renews political backing of Zimbabwe
    30 january 2002 22:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Southern Africa Development Community has renewed diplomatic backing of Zimbabwe in its stand-off with Western powers over political differences. Full text...

  • Inter-Congolese talks open 25 February
    30 january 2002 20:03:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Inter-Congolese talks facilitator, former Botswana President Ketumile Masire, has announced that the forum will open on 25 February in Sun City, South Africa. Full text...

  • UK fails in bid to suspend Zimbabwe from Commonwealth
    30 january 2002 19:18:00
    London- UK, (PANA) -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has failed to convince the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) to recommend the suspension of Zimbabwe from the 54-member group. Full text...

  • Burundian Speaker grateful for support from Tanzania
    30 january 2002 19:11:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Burundian Speaker of parliament Jean Minani has expressed his country's gratitude for the assistance Tanzania has provided toward restoration of peace in the central African state, the government-owned Daily News reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Chinese Foreign minister due in Cotonou
    30 january 2002 17:35:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Chinese deputy Foreign minister Wang Guangya is due in Cotonou Wednesday for a three-day working visit in Benin. Full text...

  • Comoros opposition refuses to be humiliated
    30 january 2002 16:43:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The opposition in Comoros has indicated it could join the transition government of national unity (GUNT), provided some of its conditions are met, according to spokesman Houmed Msaidié. Full text...

  • The Lancaster House Talks: achievements and failures
    30 january 2002 16:24:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Faced with mounting military pressure from liberation movements and criticism from the international community, the UK convened and presided a constitutional conference on Southern Rhodesia at Lancaster House, London from September to December 1979. Full text...

  • Tanzanian Parliament approves radar deal
    30 january 2002 15:47:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Tanzanian Parliament has approved government plans to purchase a sophisticated radar control system, currently at the centre of a hot debate within and outside the country, press accounts said Wednesday. Full text...

  • First Chimurenga or the roots of Zimbabwe's land crisis
    30 january 2002 15:13:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The land crisis in Zimbabwe dates back to the late 1890s when the first wave of British colonial settlers arrived in the country from South Africa, principally in search of gold and other minerals. Full text...

  • South Africa endorses EU statement on Israel
    30 january 2002 15:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Government Wednesday welcomed the statement made by European Union Foreign ministers in Brussels that Israel needs the Palestinian Authority and its elected President Yasser Arafat as a partner in the search for peace and the fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Comoros opposition expels two government members
    30 january 2002 14:28:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The opposition in Comoros Wednesday confirmed it had expelled from its ranks senior minister of Tourism, Transport and Telecommunications Ahmed Barwane, and the Education minister Said Omar Achraffi. Full text...

  • Congolese churches call for free and fair elections
    30 january 2002 14:03:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Churches in Congo have appealed to the government and the political class to ensure that the coming elections are held in transparency, justice and equity. Full text...

  • SADC petitions Commonwealth against Zimbabwe's suspension
    30 january 2002 10:21:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Envoys of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) based in London have petitioned the Commonwealth -- mainly former British colonies -- against suspending Zimbabwe for alleged human rights violations, The Herald reported Wednesday in Harare. Full text...

  • Mine explosion, motor accident kill nine in Ethiopia
    30 january 2002 10:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Nine persons were killed in a mine explosion and road accident in Ethiopia, the UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe denies entry visas for 'Reporters Sans Frontières'
    29 january 2002 23:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's embassy in Paris Tuesday rejected visa applications from an official of 'Reporters Sans Frontières' (RSF) who wanted to travel to Harare to assess the prevailing press freedom situation. Full text...

  • Nigeria Urges UN to Consult Regional Bodies Before Sanctions
    29 january 2002 23:04:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Nigeria has urged the UN Security Council to adopt the approach of consulting with leaders of sub-regional bodies before imposing sanctions on any country or group. Full text...

  • Ex-Sierra Leonean junta head to stand for the presidency
    29 january 2002 22:40:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Former Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) junta leader, Lt-Col. Full text...

  • Parliament Debates Zimbabwe's Controversial Media Bill
    29 january 2002 21:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's parliament Tuesday started debating an information bill that has sparked deep controversy within and outside the country. Full text...

  • Call to make arms embargo violations punishable
    29 january 2002 20:27:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Deputy Secretary General Louise Frechette has urged UN member states to make the violation of UN arms embargoes a criminal offence under their national laws. Full text...

  • Malagasy opposition leader urges army to disobey
    29 january 2002 19:42:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana, who won the highest number of votes during the 16 December 2001 the presidential poll, has called on the army and police to join the public protest against what he terms as fraudulent results. Full text...

  • Koroma sees cracks in new Sierra Leonean army
    29 january 2002 17:41:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- There are "serious cracks" in the new national army to be formed in Sierra Leone, former military junta key-figure, Lt. Full text...

  • Southern African MPs to monitor election in Zimbabwe
    29 january 2002 15:34:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- The Parliamentary Forum of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) has received the green light from authorities in Harare to monitor the 9-10 March presidential election in Zimbabwe, the chairman of the forum said Tuesday in Lilongwe. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe bars UK from monitoring presidential poll
    29 january 2002 15:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Monday announced a list of countries and regional and international organizations to be invited to observe its March presidential election, but specifically barred former colonial power Britain, charging that the latter has a bias in favour of opposition parties. Full text...

  • Govt goes to court over election of Zambian House Speaker
    29 january 2002 14:06:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has petitioned a High Court on the legal interpretation of Parliament's by-laws relating to the election of the Speaker. Full text...

  • Cape Verde leader to reshuffle cabinet
    29 january 2002 13:04:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde Prime Minister José Maria Neves has indicated his intention to reshuffle his government in February, official sources disclosed in Praia Monday. Full text...

  • Benin, Burkina Faso to step up cooperation
    29 january 2002 12:42:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A second Benin-Burkina Faso joint commission, holding after a long while, wound up Monday evening in Cotonou with a commitment from both parties to enhance bilateral relations. Full text...

  • Post-election strike paralyses Malagasy capital
    29 january 2002 08:19:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- A general strike called by opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana was massively followed by at least half a million people who Monday swarmed the streets of the Malagasy capital, Antananarivo in protest against the official results of last December's presidential election. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe under scrutiny of Commonwealth Action Group
    29 january 2002 07:48:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) on the Harare Declaration will meet in Marlborough House, London on Wednesday to review developments in four countries within its remit, including Zimbabwe, Fiji Islands, Pakistan and Solomon Islands. Full text...

  • Belgian Foreign Minister to Visit DRC
    28 january 2002 23:22:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister Louis Michel is due in Kinshasa this week for talks with Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila. Full text...

  • EU sends ultimatum to President Mugabe
    28 january 2002 23:09:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- European Union member states Monday sent a final warning to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe saying sanctions would be applied against his government if he does not allow international observers to watch the country's forthcoming presidential polls. Full text...

  • Tanzania's opposition CUF remembers slain members
    28 january 2002 22:22:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- There was a massive outpouring of grief Sunday in the Tanzanian Island of Pemba when the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) commemorated the first anniversary since security forces shot more than a score of its members to death. Full text...

  • Over 20 people killed in rural Bujumbura
    28 january 2002 21:37:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- At least 22 people were killed over the weekend during clashes between the Burundi regular army and Hutu rebel forces in several parts Bujumbura rural close to the capital, official sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Strike paralyses Malagasy capital
    28 january 2002 20:41:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Thousands of people Monday participated in a general strike called by the Malagasy opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana, who claims he obtained a first round victory in the 16 December 2001. Full text...

  • UN decorates 154 peacekeepers in Sierra Leone
    28 january 2002 19:55:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A total of 130 military observers and 24 civilian police serving under the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) have been decorated with medals for their excellent performances in the country. Full text...

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