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  • Rwandans urged to rise above ethnic chauvinism
    05 april 2002 20:45:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Participants at a day long symposium held at the French senate in Paris have urged Rwandans to rise above the Hutu-Tutsi divide which was partly the root cause of deep seated hatred between the two ethnic groups. Full text...

  • Head of Egypt's Coptic Church criticises Israel
    05 april 2002 20:35:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The head of Egypt's Coptic Church, Shenouda III, has denounced "the inhumane acts perpetrated by Israel against unarmed Muslims and Christians and its barbaric attacks on Mosques and Churches in Palestinian occupied territories. Full text...

  • Kenyan leaders to declare wealth in graft war
    05 april 2002 20:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan leaders may soon be forced to make public the source of their wealth as a means of fighting corruption. Full text...

  • South African opposition welcomes Angolan peace agreement
    05 april 2002 19:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has congratulated the Angolan government and the UNITA rebel movement on the signing of Thursday's cease-fire agreement in Luanda. Full text...

  • Liberian troops kill six dissidents - Minister
    05 april 2002 19:37:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian troops have killed six dissidents in the northwestern province of Tubmanburg as the government retook the city from the rebels, defence minister Daniel Chea said Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria to reduce foreign missions again
    05 april 2002 18:26:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Faced with dwindling earnings and competing needs, Nigeria is to reduce the number of its foreign missions, according to Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dubem Onyia. Full text...

  • Niger condemns Israeli aggression of Palestine
    05 april 2002 17:41:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger on Thursday strongly denounced the acts of war being perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinian people. Full text...

  • Chretien meets West African leaders on NEPAD
    05 april 2002 17:34:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Visiting Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien Friday met five West African leaders in the Nigeria capital, Abuja as part of his ongoing consultations with African governments on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Malian Party to challenge Gen. Toure's presidential bid
    05 april 2002 15:55:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian People's Rally (RPM) led by former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was on Friday contemplating to challenge the candidature of former President Gen. Full text...

  • Rwanda tribunal probes Tutsi involvement in genocide
    05 april 2002 14:37:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda's chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte has announced that she would hand down the first indictments before the end of the year. Full text...

  • Kabbah off to Abuja for NEPAD meeting
    05 april 2002 14:26:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leonean President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah Friday flew to Abuja for a two-day official meeting with visiting Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien. Full text...

  • Former Burundian vice president forced to walk
    05 april 2002 13:46:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Former Burundian vice president Frederic Bavuginyumvira has joined other pedestrians in Bujumbura after the government car provided to him at the end of his mandate was withdrawn without warning. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean Commission scribe visits Madagascar
    05 april 2002 12:55:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Visiting secretary general Wilfrid Bertile of the Indian Ocean Commission (COI) has called on all political actors in Madagascar to resume dialogue, leading to a solution to the crisis in their country. Full text...

  • Chretien tasks African leaders on NEPAD
    05 april 2002 12:35:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien Friday urged African countries to create a conducive atmosphere for foreign investments, regarded as a key element in spurring economic growth on the continent. Full text...

  • Opposition MP in Zimbabwe Escapes Assassination
    05 april 2002 11:57:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- An opposition parliamentarian in Zimbabwe escaped death by a whisker Thursday night when unidentified assailants attacked his home with teargas and other weapons. Full text...

  • Canada hails Obasanjo over decision on Zimbabwe
    05 april 2002 11:18:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Visiting Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, Friday hailed Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo for being party to the Commonwealth's decision to sanction Zimbabwe over widely-perceived irregularities in the recent presidential elections in the Southern African country. Full text...

  • Britain welcomes peace agreement in Angola
    05 april 2002 11:12:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has welcomed the peace agreement signed between the Government of Angola and UNITA saying it was a historic step forward. Full text...

  • UNDP Representative Arrives in Somalia
    05 april 2002 08:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme has appointed a representative to Somalia. Full text...

  • Malian candidate says Konare may break silence if necessary
    04 april 2002 23:46:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The ruling Alliance for Democracy in Mali's (ADEMA) presidential candidate, Soumaïla Cisse, said in Bamako Thursday that outgoing President Alpha Omar Konare might publicly support his candidacy "if the circumstances required it. Full text...

  • Govt boycotts military committee at inter-Congolese talks
    04 april 2002 23:37:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- The committee on defence and security at the ongoing inter-Congolese talks in Sun City, South Africa proceeded Wednesday with deliberations notwithstanding the absence of the government delegation. Full text...

  • Canadian Prime Minister visits Nigeria
    04 april 2002 22:34:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien arrived in Abuja Thursday at the start of a three-day official visit to Nigeria. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone envoy to Nigeria gets accredited to ECOWAS
    04 april 2002 22:31:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- In furtherance of its newly-launched programme, the sub-regional group ECOWAS Thursday accredited Sierra Leone's ambassador to Nigeria, Joe Blell, as the country's envoy to the Economic Community of West African States. Full text...

  • Lawyers question trial of civilians by DR Congo military court
    04 april 2002 21:59:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Lawyers for the presumed assassins of former Congolese President Laurent Desire Kabila argued Wednesday that it was inappropriate for the Military Court (COM) in Kinshasa to try civilians and soldiers alike in the matter. Full text...

  • Anti-Israeli sentiments rise a notch higher in Tanzania
    04 april 2002 21:53:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Resentment against Israel rose a notch higher in Tanzania Thursday with the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party adding its voice to those who have already condemned the Jewish state for attacking and placing Palestinians under siege in a renewed crackdown of the territory. Full text...

  • Former Ivorian ruling party holds congress
    04 april 2002 21:37:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire (PDCI-RDA), which ruled the country from 1960 to 1999, meets in ordinary congress Friday-Sunday in Abidjan, with as many as 6,500 delegates expected to attend. Full text...

  • Central African Republic leader expected in N'djamena
    04 april 2002 21:24:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- President Ange Felix Patasse of the Central African Republic will pay a visit to the Chadian capital of N'djamena next week, official sources said in Bangui, the CAR capital. Full text...

  • Two officials banned from residing in Malagasy capital
    04 april 2002 21:06:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The chairman of the special delegation of Antananarivo province, General Ferdinand Razakarimanana, has issued an order banning two personalities close to President Didier Ratsiraka from residing in the Malagasy capital of Antananarivo. Full text...

  • Algerian Parliament convened over Berber language
    04 april 2002 21:02:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has convened for next Monday, a joint session of the two chambers of Parliament in Algeria, with a view to adopting a constitutional amendment recognising the Amazighe (Berber) language as national. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso calls for dialogue in the Middle East
    04 april 2002 20:46:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Urging the warring parties to return to the negotiating table, the Burkina Faso government Thursday denounced an escalation of violence "that has led to a dramatic deadlock" in the Middle East peace process. Full text...

  • Kabbah opens refurbished Sierra Leonean court building
    04 april 2002 19:14:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah Thursday officially inaugurated the refurbished court buildings in Freetown saying the complex symbolised faith in the rule of law and administration of justice in post-war Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Josselin for joint Commission meeting in Niamey
    04 april 2002 17:24:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French co-operation and Francophonie minister Charles Josselin is expected in Niamey next Monday for the opening of the 22nd session of the French-Niger's joint commission, sources in his office said in Paris Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudanese artists in solidarity with Palestinians
    04 april 2002 16:54:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Scores of Sudanese artists marched Thursday to the Palestinian Embassy in Khartoum where they handed Ambassador Ali Aburaja'i a statement expressing their solidarity with the people of Palestine in the face of "excessive use of force" against them by Israel. Full text...

  • Former Angolan rebel Unita troops start encampment
    04 april 2002 16:40:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Unita's northern military commander, Gen. Full text...

  • Swazi senator stuns colleagues on death of Savimbi
    04 april 2002 16:29:00
    Lobamba- Swaziland (PANA) -- An outspoken Swazi senator Thursday stunned his colleagues in parliament when he welcomed the death of UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi, saying it has facilitated the peace process in Angola. Full text...

  • France condemns destruction of bridges in Madagascar
    04 april 2002 16:13:00
    Saint Denis- the Reunion (PANA) -- France has condemned the destruction of bridges linking Malagasy provinces to Antananarivo by supporters of incumbent president Didier Ratsiraka, and called for the removal of roadblocks throughout Madagascar. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD expresses support for Palestinians
    04 april 2002 16:11:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) has denounced the war of extermination being waged by the Israeli army of occupation in Palestine and the ongoing siege against the Palestinian authority leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah on the West Bank. Full text...

  • Western military observers move to Southern Sudan
    04 april 2002 15:41:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A team of 15 Western military obsevers left Khartoum Thursday for Kadugli, to monitor the peace process in Sudan's Nuba Mountains region, Deputy Foreign Minister Mutrif Siddik said. Full text...

  • Gambari says war no longer an option in Angola
    04 april 2002 14:49:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- UN Under Secretary General for African Affairs, Ibrahim Gambari, said Thursday in Luanda that war was no longer an option for Angolans. Full text...

  • Portugal hails Angolan peace accord
    04 april 2002 14:35:00
    Luxembourg- Luxembourg (PANA) -- Portuguese Foreign Minister Jaime Gama has called Thursday's cease-fire accord in Luanda between the Angolan government and UNITA Movement as "a decisive step forward to consolidate peace," Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) reported. Full text...

  • Tempers flare over nationality for minorities in DR Congo
    04 april 2002 14:24:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- Tempers flared among delegates from all sides attending the DR Congo peace talks in Sun City in South Africa when they discussed citizenship for the Banyamulenges and national reconciliation. Full text...

  • Angola President, UNITA Coordinator Meet
    04 april 2002 14:19:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos Thursday granted audience to the coordinator of UNITA managing commission, Paulo Lukamba Gato. Full text...

  • Malagasy crisis takes toll
    04 april 2002 14:18:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Fuel shortage and the road blocks erected in Antananarivo by pro-Didier Ratsiraka's supporters, have complicated the political crisis in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Senegal celebrates 42nd independence anniversary
    04 april 2002 13:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's 42nd independence anniversary celebration was marked by military and civilian parades Thursday, witnessed by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • Mauritians want peace-keeping force in the Middle East
    04 april 2002 13:32:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A group of Mauritians, including former President Cassam Uteem, has urged Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, to press for an international peace-keeping force to be sent to the Middle East to separate warring Israelis and Palestinians. Full text...

  • Angolan government, UNITA sign peace agreement
    04 april 2002 13:09:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) and the UNITA movement Thursday in Luanda, signed a cease-fire agreement, witnessed by many foreign dignitaries including UN Secretary General's envoy for African Affairs, Ibrahim Gambari. Full text...

  • Dos Santos sues for peace, reconciliation in Angola
    04 april 2002 11:59:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has renewed his commitment to peace and urged the citizens "to forgive and forget". Full text...

  • International Community to witness signing of Angolan peace deal
    04 april 2002 11:24:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Representatives of the UN, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), as well as Gabon and Nigeria, were expected to witness the signing in Luanda Thursday, of the historic peace agreement between the Angolan government and the rebel UNITA movement. Full text...

  • Britain appoints new Ambassador to Sudan
    04 april 2002 11:19:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Britain has appointed 49-yeaar old William Charters Patey as its new Ambassador to Sudan in succession to Richard Makepeace who has been transferred to another diplomatic service. Full text...

  • Police ban planned demonstration in Zimbabwe
    04 april 2002 11:06:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Thursday banned nation-wide demonstrations planned for the weekend by a civil rights group in support of a constitutional change, although the organisers have vowed to press ahead with the protests. Full text...

  • Pretoria represented at Angolan cease-fire ceremony
    04 april 2002 10:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African National Defence Force (SADF) Chief Gen. Full text...

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