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  • Catholic bishops hail Danforth's peace efforts in Sudan
    24 may 2002 12:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Catholic Bishops operating in the areas controlled by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in southern Sudan have praised US senator John Danforth for coming up with a reasonable report on the search for peace in the Sudan. Full text...

  • Mbeki to deliver keynote address at Africa Day function
    24 may 2002 09:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki is scheduled to deliver a keynote address on Saturday, at a function in Johannesburg marking Africa Day. Full text...

  • President Wade makes new proposals to end Malagasy crisis
    24 may 2002 09:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ahead of a second mediation meeting dubbed Dakar II, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has proposed an "Inter-Malagasy National Forum" to reconcile the protagonists in Madagascar's post-election crisis, diplomatic sources in the Senegalese capital indicated earlier Thursday. Full text...

  • South African Mayor under fire for funding scandal
    24 may 2002 08:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town's Democratic Alliance mayor Gerald Morkel is facing the biggest political crisis yet in his career after German fugitive Jurgen Harksen on Thursday claimed he had donated money to Morkel's party. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana's advisor says European Parliament misled
    23 may 2002 23:23:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The European Parliament has been "misled" in its stance toward the political crisis in Madagascar, according to a special advisor to President Marc Ravalomanana. Full text...

  • Court declares Gen. Toure as Mali's new President
    23 may 2002 23:14:00
    Bamako- Mali(PANA) -- Mali's Constitutional Court on Thursday confirmed Gen. Full text...

  • Egyptian diplomat wants economic dimension in AU
    23 may 2002 23:01:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) should play a centre-stage economic role to help African countries move rapidly towards social progress, the Egyptian Ambassador to France, Ali Maher Al Sayed said in Paris Thursday. Full text...

  • 92 parties set for legislative elections in Cameroon
    23 may 2002 22:29:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- At least 92 political parties are set to vie in legislative and local govern elections scheduled 23 June in Cameroon, an official source said Thursday in Yaounde. Full text...

  • Angolan President gets message from Gabon
    23 may 2002 22:00:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Gabonese foreign minister Jean Ping on Thursday delivered President Omar Bongo's message to his Angolan counterpart Jose Eduardo dos Santos in Luanda, Angola news agency reported. Full text...

  • Moheli Island gets new government
    23 may 2002 21:01:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Moheli autonomous island's President Mohamed Said Fazul, who was installed Sunday, has appointed a five-member cabinet, official sources said in Moroni, capital of the Comoran Union. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire urged to abide by forum's resolutions
    23 may 2002 20:22:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The US government has called on Ivorian authorities to abide by the resolutions adopted during the National Reconciliation Forum, a source close to the American embassy confirmed Thursday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • COMESA leaders adopt protocol for Free Trade Area fund
    23 may 2002 20:14:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Leaders of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) ended their 7th summit in Addis Ababa Thursday after adopting a protocol establishing a fund that will provide budgetary support to countries which have joined its Free Trade Area. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Minister Drags MP to Court over Death Threats
    23 may 2002 19:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwe government minister Thursday dragged an opposition parliamentarian to court over alleged death threats made over the telephone in a case which is captivating the public. Full text...

  • COMESA calls on OAU to address the Madagascar crisis
    23 may 2002 19:13:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- COMESA leaders Thursday strongly appealed to the Organisation of African Unity and the interna- tional community to urgently address the deteriorating political crisis in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Benin-Nigeria border Treaty for discussion
    23 may 2002 19:07:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Officials from Benin and Nigeria are to meet in Cotonou 27-31 May, to finalise a draft border co-operation Treaty, initiated in 1992, a Benin official said Thursday. Full text...

  • Outgoing envoy hails Belgian-Burkina relations
    23 may 2002 18:19:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Out-going Belgian Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Jacques Henin has hailed the co-operation between the two countries, especially in the fields of education and tourism. Full text...

  • Journalist elected Sierra Leonean MP
    23 may 2002 18:03:00
    Bo- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Mohamed Kakay, Standard Times newspaper journalist, was one of the MPs elected in Sierra Leone's 14 May presidential and parliamentary polls. Full text...

  • African diplomats in Paris emphasise importance of NEPAD
    23 may 2002 16:21:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The South African Ambassador in Paris, Thuthukile Skweyiya has urged Africans to let Africa Day, falling 25 May, to inspire and sensitise them about the emergence of visionary leadership on the continent committed to promoting economic prosperity. Full text...

  • 18 million Algerians register for parliamentary elections
    23 may 2002 15:23:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Some 17. Full text...

  • Mugabe commends African election observers
    23 may 2002 14:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Thursday expressed gratitude to election monitors from Africa for their assessment of the country's 9-11 March presidential poll. Full text...

  • Mandela urges world business to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa
    23 may 2002 13:45:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Former South African president Nelson Mandela Thursday concluded his hectic two-day visit to Malawi with a call to political and business leaders in the world to help sub-Saharan Africa fight what he termed as the region's greatest "war on humanity. Full text...

  • Bissau-Guinean leader fires Interior minister
    23 may 2002 13:26:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Bissau-Guinean President Koumba Yala has fired Interior minister Marcelino Simoes Lopes Cabral, official sources disclosed in Bissau Thursday, without indicating any reasons for the dismissal. Full text...

  • Liberian crisis: opposition parties urge govt to support ECOWAS
    23 may 2002 13:21:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian opposition parties have called on the government to support the ECOWAS peace move aimed at ending the country's on-going crisis. Full text...

  • South Africa grants Swazi activists refugee status
    23 may 2002 12:59:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The South African government has granted two members of Swaziland's main opposition political movement political refugee status. Full text...

  • MONUC official urges Congolese rebel group to ensure security
    23 may 2002 12:07:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UN special envoy Amos Namanga Ngongi has conceded that the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC) was incapable of stopping continued killings in the war-ravaged country. Full text...

  • Congolese signatories at odds over Sun City agreement
    23 may 2002 11:42:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Differences on the implementation of the Sun City agreement have emerged among its signatories, including the Kinshasa government and Jean-Pierre Bemba's Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC), sources in the Congolese capital indicated earlier Wednesday. Full text...

  • Jews in South Africa raise concern with Pretoria govt
    23 may 2002 11:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) has expressed concern over what it said was the disproportionate amount of attention Pretoria was giving the Middle East question. Full text...

  • Nigerian political party changes name
    23 may 2002 10:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- One of Nigeria's three registered political parties has changed its name, logo and slogan in a move officials said would redesign the party to capture power at the centre. Full text...

  • Malagasy Defence minister issues ultimatum
    23 may 2002 10:42:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Malagasy Defence minister and Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Full text...

  • Several adjournments disrupt trial of Ivorian coup suspects
    23 may 2002 10:05:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The rescheduled trial of persons accused of involvement in the failed coup d'état of 7-8 January 2001 in Cote d'Ivoire saw three more adjournments when hearing resumed Wednesday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Dominican President visits Morocco
    23 may 2002 09:48:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The President of Dominican Republic, Hipolito Mejia, is in Rabat for a three-day official visit at the invitation of King Mohamed VI, Moroccan state television reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean President due in Conakry Thursday
    23 may 2002 08:34:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Just days after being sworn in, Sierra Leone's re-elected President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah is due in Conakry Thursday for a working and friendly visit, according to the Guinean state television. Full text...

  • Liberians mixed over govt's stance on cease-fire
    22 may 2002 23:51:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian legislators have shelved a decision to encourage dialogue with Liberian dissidents, occupying several towns in western parts of the country, following a recent stance by government not to adhere to a proposed cease-fire by ECOWAS. Full text...

  • Essy says OAU transformation into African Union on course
    22 may 2002 23:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU secretary general Amara Essy on Wednesday said plans to transform the OAU into the African Union are on course and the AU will be launched as scheduled at the forthcoming OAU summit in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • President Kabbah names 22-member cabinet
    22 may 2002 22:45:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone has nominated a 22-member cabinet including four ministers of state and 13 deputy ministers. Full text...

  • Warrants issued against two pro-Ratsiraka generals
    22 may 2002 21:51:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Marc Ravalomanana's defence ministry in Antananarivo on Wednesday issued arrest warrants against a group of soldiers, including two army generals accused of destroying bridges using dynamite. Full text...

  • Congolese civil society plans sit-in at MONUC offices
    22 may 2002 20:58:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Civil society organisations are planning to stage protest demonstrations in Kinshasa to press for the demilitarisation of Kisangani town and the departure of Rwandan troops from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Konare urges African leaders to respect democracy
    22 may 2002 20:10:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare on Wednesday called on African leaders to be more committed to the establishment of democracy in their countries. Full text...

  • Former Speaker to Run for Nigerian Presidency
    22 may 2002 19:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A former Speaker of Nigeria's federal House of Representatives, Edwin Ume-Ezeoke, Wednesday announced he will run for the country's presidency against incumbent Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Egyptian leader to repeal emergency law
    22 may 2002 18:29:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- An Egyptian human rights group Wednesday called on President Hosni Mubarak to repeal an Emergency Law in force since October 1981 following the assassination of President Anwar Sadat by Islamic extremists. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition agrees on common election candidates
    22 may 2002 18:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As a first step towards identifying a single presidential candidate, Kenya's key opposition parties Wednesday agreed to field a single candidate for each seat in Parliament. Full text...

  • Innocent Senegalese suffer in crackdown on separatists
    22 may 2002 17:08:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Several innocent victims have been reported among people arrested in a government crackdown on separatists in the southern Senegalese region of Casamance, notably in Kafountine close to the border with Gambia. Full text...

  • Malawi leader urged to ask Mugabe to talk with opposition
    22 may 2002 16:43:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The European Union has urged Malawi President Bakili Muluzi to request Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF to resume peace talks with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Full text...

  • Mandela arrives in Malawi for talks with Muluzi
    22 may 2002 16:31:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Amid pomp and ceremony, South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela arrived in Malawi Wednesday ahead of a two-day visit during which he will hold talks with host President Bakili Muluzi at the lakeshore resort of Mangochi in the south of the country. Full text...

  • UN Security Council debates conflict management in Africa
    22 may 2002 16:01:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council meeting in New York held an open meeting Wednesday to review UN efforts in dealing with conflicts in Africa. Full text...

  • ECOWAS re-states cease-fire call despite Liberia's objection
    22 may 2002 15:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Wednesday re-stated its call for a cease-fire between the Liberian government and rebels of the self-styled Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), despite the reported rejection of the call by the Monrovia government of President Charles Taylor. Full text...

  • Police probing death of man who threatened Kenyan VP
    22 may 2002 15:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan police were Wednesday probing the death of a man who last week caused a security scare by jumping on top of Vice President George Saitoti's official limousine. Full text...

  • Dominican Republic president due in Morocco Wednesday
    22 may 2002 12:52:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Dominican Republic president Hipolito Mejia is due in Morocco Wednesday for a three-day official visit at the invitation of King Mohammed VI. Full text...

  • South African minister condemns suicide bombing in Israel
    22 may 2002 12:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aziz Pahad, has condemned the latest suicide bomb attacks in the market at Netanya and near Afula in northern Israel, saying he strongly regretted the loss of innocent Israeli lives. Full text...

  • Senegalese Casamance separatists re-occupy base
    22 may 2002 12:04:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Local residents say elements of the Senegalese rebel Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC) are returning to the Kafountine area, close to the country's border with Gambia, from where they were evicted by the Senegalese regular army a week ago. Full text...

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