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  • Thousands of Algerians trained in Afghanistan, official asserts
    28 october 2002 22:00:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Three thousand Algerians trained in camps in Afghanistan, Lt-Colonel Djamel Bouzghaia of the Algerian Army told an international colloquium on terrorism Monday in Algiers. Full text...

  • Libya's threatened withdrawal worries Arab League
    28 october 2002 21:41:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Local newspapers commented at length Sunday on the visit to Tripoli of Arab League secretary general Amr Moussa, in the wake of the country's decision to pull out of the Arab concert. Full text...

  • Botswana leader condemns stigma associated with HIV/AIDS
    28 october 2002 21:31:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- President Festus Mogae Monday opened the Botswana parliament with a call to the country to guard against the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Burkinabe diplomat extols decentralised cooperation
    28 october 2002 21:17:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Some 165 Burkinabe villages have twinning cooperation with French districts, making Burkina Faso a pace- setter in terms of decentralised cooperation in Africa, according to Burkinabe embassy sources in Paris. Full text...

  • Nine ECOWAS members pledge 2,386 troops for Ivorian mission
    28 october 2002 20:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Nine ECOWAS Member States -- Benin, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo -- have pledged to provide 2,386 troops for the sub-regional peace mission to Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Mozambican leader ends visit to Rwanda
    28 october 2002 19:55:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame Monday promised his Mozambican counterpart, Joaquim Chissano, that Rwanda would give full support to Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi's bid to become the next director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Bouake residents, mutineers live in harmony
    28 october 2002 19:44:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- More than a month after mutinous soldiers took over Bouake (350 km north of Abidjan), residents are living in harmony with the rebels, despite a shortage in food supplies to the central Ivorian city. Full text...

  • Mozambique to support Rwanda's bid to join SADC
    28 october 2002 19:37:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has pledged his support to Rwanda in its bid to join the 14-member states of Southern African Development Community (SADC). Full text...

  • Libyans remember deportation day
    28 october 2002 19:05:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyans last Saturday dressed in black all day to commemorate the deportation of Libyans to an island in southern Italy 91 years ago. Full text...

  • Ghana urges Sierra Leone to assist ECOWAS on Ivorian crisis
    28 october 2002 18:54:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian Vice-President Aliu Mahama Monday urged Sierra Leone to use the experiences from its civil war to advise ECOWAS on how to resolve the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • DRC peace talks point to power-sharing government
    28 october 2002 17:13:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Negotiations for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), now under way in South Africa, could result in a power sharing-government "sooner rather than later," South African deputy foreign affairs minister Aziz Pahad said Monday. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt delegation for ECOWAS talks in Lome
    28 october 2002 17:10:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government delegation to the ECOWAS peace talks on the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire would be led by the country's Economic and Social Council President, Laurent Dona Fologo, PANA learnt Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe ruling party wins crucial by-election
    28 october 2002 16:13:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party was Monday declared winner of a parliamentary by-election held over the weekend, which political analysts said was crucial for the contesting parties. Full text...

  • Paris, OIF condemn coup attempt in CAR
    28 october 2002 15:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France and the Paris-based International Francophonie Organisation (OIF), Monday condemned the coup attempt in Bangui and reaffirmed their support for the Central African Republic (CAR) government. Full text...

  • Italian Prime Minister holds talks with Kadhafi
    28 october 2002 15:05:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi and the visiting Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday morning held their first round of talks aimed at enhancing bilateral cooperation. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa to attend Tuesday's Madagascar talks in Pretoria
    28 october 2002 14:32:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa is to attend Tuesday's summit in South Africa on the political crisis in Madagascar, officials said Monday in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Nigerian MP counts gains of sack threat on Obasanjo
    28 october 2002 13:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Although the impeachment threat against Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo seems to have lost steam, its proponents say it has succeeded in changing what they call the president's dictatorial tendencies. Full text...

  • South Africa, Britain to renew defence co-operation pact
    28 october 2002 13:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa and Britain will Tuesday sign an agreement to renew their Defence Co-operation Agreement, the Defence Ministry here announced Monday. Full text...

  • Somali warlords agree to end hostilities
    28 october 2002 12:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali peace and reconciliation talks Monday entered their third week in Eldoret, western Kenya, hours after the country's 22 faction leaders signed a declaration ending hostilities in the fractured horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • South African party hails Brazil's president-elect
    28 october 2002 11:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Communist Party (SACP) on Monday congratulated Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva the president of the Workers Party in Brazil for "his impressive victory in the Brazilian Presidential election" at the weekend. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to send 2,000 peacekeepers to Cote d'Ivoire
    28 october 2002 11:28:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A peacekeeping force of 2,000 troops is to be deployed to Cote d'Ivoire, the executive secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced here at the weekend. Full text...

  • Egyptian president begins visit to Morocco Monday
    28 october 2002 10:22:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak On Monday begins a three-day official visit to Morocco at the invitation of King Mohammed VI. Full text...

  • Kadhafi talks with Gbagbo, discusses Libyan mission
    28 october 2002 09:43:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi on Sunday discussed developments in Cote d'Ivoire with the country's President Laurent Gbagbo, official sources said here. Full text...

  • DR Congo talks to continue for most of the week
    28 october 2002 09:24:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Talks aimed at creating a power-sharing transitional government in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) may run for the rest of the week in Pretoria to allow for the arrival of more delegates, the organisers said. Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives Compaore's envoy
    27 october 2002 19:20:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Sunday in Tripoli, received a message from President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso on the situation Cote d'Ivoire, a Libyan official source said. Full text...

  • Mauritanian president fires three ministers
    27 october 2002 18:42:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- President Maaouya Ould Taya of Mauritania issued a decree Sunday dismissing three ministers from the government. Full text...

  • Mauritian Prime Minister to step down in 2003
    27 october 2002 18:37:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth said Sunday that he plans to cede office on 30 September 2003 to his deputy, Paul Berenger "in line with popular will as expressed in the general elections of September 2000. Full text...

  • Vietnamese President in Brazzaville
    27 october 2002 17:48:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong is in Congo Brazzaville on a three-day visit, aimed at strengthening co-operation between the two countries. Full text...

  • Bangui govt says insurgency has been contained
    27 october 2002 16:27:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The authorities in the Central African Republic said Saturday that an insurgency by rebels loyal to exiled dissident François Bozize had been contained. Full text...

  • International colloquium sifts through Algerian tragedy
    27 october 2002 14:44:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- An international colloquium on terrorism is in its second day in Algiers, with many participants trying to analyse "the Algerian tragedy" which began 10 years ago after the government annulled elections which the Islamists were poised to win. Full text...

  • Ivorian opposition party delegation visits Equatorial Guinea
    27 october 2002 14:25:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- An Ivorian delegation from the former ruling Democratic Party (PDCI) is visiting Equatorial Guinea at the invitation of the ruling Democratic Party (PDGE), Equatorial Guinea television has reported in Malabo, the country's capital. Full text...

  • Togolese vote in parliamentary poll
    27 october 2002 13:55:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Voting in Togo's parliamentary elections started early Sunday morning, with a low turnout noted at polling stations in Lome, the capital, due to an opposition boycott of the exercise. Full text...

  • Mubarak, Kadhafi discuss Libya's position on Arab League
    27 october 2002 13:07:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Saturday reviewed the Arab, African as well as international issues of common interest during a phone conversation, Libyan official sources said in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Zimbabweans vote in crucial parliamentary by-election
    27 october 2002 12:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Voters cast their ballots in a weekend parliamentary by-election in Inzisa constituency in southern Zimbabwe, which political analysts said was crucial for the country's two biggest parties. Full text...

  • Somali leaders reach consensus at peace conference
    27 october 2002 12:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali leaders attending the ongoing Somalia National Peace and Reconciliation Conference in Eldoret, Kenya, have agreed by consensus to adopt two crucial documents which have hitherto threatened to impair progress of the talks into the second phase. Full text...

  • Tunisia registers eighth political party
    26 october 2002 19:01:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Authorities in Tunisia have registered the Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties (Le Forum Democratique pour le Travail et les Libertés - FDTL) as the eighth political party in the country. Full text...

  • UN denies evacuating its Abidjan-based staff
    26 october 2002 14:54:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The United Nations office in Abidjan has denied allegations that it evacuated staff members working for various agencies in Cote d'Ivoire, where a military mutiny broke out on 19 September. Full text...

  • Guinea appoints former football star as ambassador
    26 october 2002 14:16:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Former Guinean international football star and skipper of Conakry's Hafia Football Club in the 1970s, Thiam Ousmane Tolo, has been appointed ambassador to Japan. Full text...

  • Bangui relatively calm after Friday's shooting
    26 october 2002 13:18:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Relative calm had returned to Bangui Saturday morning a day after Central African Republican soldiers and their Libyan allies repulsed an armed group believed to back former army chief of staff, General Francois Bozize. Full text...

  • New opposition coalition created in Togo
    26 october 2002 09:51:00
    Togo- Lome (PANA) -- Nine Togolese opposition parties and some renovators have formed a coalition called the "Coalition of Democratic Forces. Full text...

  • CEMAC to place 331 peacekeepers along Chad-CAR border
    25 october 2002 23:57:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A total of 331 soldiers from the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) states will serve as security guards to Central African Republic's President Ange Felix Patasse and maintain peace along his country's border with Chad. Full text...

  • ADEMA becomes leading party in Malian parliament
    25 october 2002 22:57:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Former ruling Alliance for Democracy in Mali (ADEMA) has won the parliamentary by-election held in the southern Sikasso constituency by collecting 56. Full text...

  • Libya's exit from Arab League worries Sudan
    25 october 2002 22:39:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar Hassan el Bashir has expressed concern about Libya's withdrawal from the League of Arab States. Full text...

  • Chissano urges international support for Guinea Bissau
    25 october 2002 20:51:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique ended a visit to Guinea Bissau Friday with a call on the international community to help alleviate poverty in the country. Full text...

  • Rwanda Denies Exploitation of Congo's Wealth
    25 october 2002 20:00:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Rwanda has dismissed as politically motivated, a UN report accusing its military and political leaders as well as other nationals of plundering the natural resources of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Kinshasa allies to withdraw forces from DR Congo
    25 october 2002 19:48:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Three key allies of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the war against rebel movements have resolved to end their military presence in the country. Full text...

  • Heavy shooting breaks out in CAR capital
    25 october 2002 19:18:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Heavy shooting erupted Friday afternoon in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, but there was no immediate confirmation of who were behind the gunfire. Full text...

  • Lack of funds may stall Nigeria's 2003 polls
    25 october 2002 19:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned that lack of funds may mar the country's 2003 general polls. Full text...

  • Nigeria launches diplomatic offensive over Bakassi
    25 october 2002 18:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has followed up its rejection of the World Court ruling on Bakassi with a diplomatic offensive to win European Union member countries to its side. Full text...

  • DR Congo officials fail to arrive for talks with rebels
    25 october 2002 17:35:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government officials have not turned up in South Africa for scheduled peace talks with rebel representatives in Pretoria, forcing organisers to delay the meeting in the South African capital. Full text...

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