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  • African diplomats lauds Kadhafi's action
    17 april 2002 22:34:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Ambassadors from Algeria, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Burundi and Niger have reiterated their support for the leader of the Libyan revolution, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi, for his determination to end conflicts in Africa. Full text...

  • Expert says Sharon's posture harms Israeli cause
    17 april 2002 22:33:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's reliance on military force to contain Palestinian resistance has done more harm than good to Israel's quest for security, an expert on the Middle East has said. Full text...

  • Algerians to protest in support of Palestine, Kabylia region
    17 april 2002 22:12:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerians are expected to take to the streets Thursday in mass demonstrations against Israel's treatment of Palestinians and their own country's treatment of people of the Kabylia region. Full text...

  • Ratsiraka meets Ravalomanana in Dakar
    17 april 2002 21:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Embattled Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka and his rival self-proclaimed President Marc Rivalomanana, held talks in Dakar Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambian President in Conakry
    17 april 2002 20:09:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, arrived in Conakry Wednesday on a visit to Guinea. Full text...

  • Wade continues mediation on Malagasy crisis
    17 april 2002 20:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade continued his efforts Wednesday to reconcile embattled President Didier Ratsiraka and his rival Marc Ravalomanana, who has proclaimed himself President of Madagascar. Full text...

  • Obasanjo to announce political future Thursday
    17 april 2002 18:14:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- After keeping millions of his compatriots guessing for several months, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo will announce Thursday whether he would seek a second four-year term, a government spokesman said. Full text...

  • Rebel leaders at Congo talks accept 'Mbeki Plan'
    17 april 2002 17:53:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Two rebel leaders have announced a breakthrough at the Inter-Congolese dialogue in Sun City, saying they had accepted the amended "Mbeki Plan" that will see them join the Supreme Council as vice presidents to DRC President Joseph Kabila. Full text...

  • Swazi opposition leaders' case delayed again
    17 april 2002 17:03:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The trial of detained Swaziland's opposition leader, Mario Masuku, who heads the banned People's United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) was on Wednesday postponed to next Monday when his bail application will be heard. Full text...

  • Kenyan minister defends presence of foreign troops
    17 april 2002 16:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's deputy minister Mohammed Affey Wednesday defended the presence of Western allied forces bent on fighting international terrorism. Full text...

  • Africans in France donate blood for Palestinians
    17 april 2002 16:20:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Several Africans living in Paris, including a Benin academic, Assani Fassassi, donated their own blood Wednesday, for Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories. Full text...

  • Liberia deploys troops along border with Sierra Leone
    17 april 2002 15:50:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia Wednesday deployed about a battalion of troops along its western border with Sierra Leone, a Defence Ministry spokesman said in Monrovia. Full text...

  • Mediators meet Ratsiraka and Ravalomanana again
    17 april 2002 14:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Incumbent Malagasy president Didier Ratsiraka and self-proclaimed claimant of the presidency, Marc Ravalomanana Wednesday morning held closed door meetings with two African leaders, the OAU secretary general and a top UN official in Dakar. Full text...

  • Bouteflika condemns injustice against Palestinians
    17 april 2002 14:29:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has denounced "the historic injustice" perpetrated against the Palestinian people, reaffirming Algeria's unflinching support to Palestine. Full text...

  • Armed group hijacks boat on Lake Tanganyika
    17 april 2002 14:17:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- An armed group hijacked a boat with 60 passengers and huge quantities of goods on Lake Tanganyika on Monday as it headed for Uvira port in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi News Agency (ABP) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia says Eritrea misinforms public on border ruling
    17 april 2002 12:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia has called on Eritrea to implement the ruling of the independent boundary commission on their common border and stop misinforming its own people. Full text...

  • Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka supports Arafat
    17 april 2002 08:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka said accusing Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat was "totally unjustified", arguing that he should not be held responsible for suicide attacks in Israel. Full text...

  • Nigeria dismisses report of human rights group
    17 april 2002 07:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has dismissed the recent Human Rights Watch report criticising his government over alleged extra-judicial killings by the military in the north of the country. Full text...

  • Wade receives Ratsiraka
    17 april 2002 00:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, received late Tuesday, the embattled Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka, and was also due to receive that country's self-proclaimed President Marc Ravalomanana. Full text...

  • Obasanjo advocates African citizenship
    16 april 2002 23:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo urged Tuesday in Dakar that Africa's development initiative, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and other integration efforts under the African Union should dove-tail into a common citizenship to pool resources of Africans at home and in the Diaspora. Full text...

  • Algerian newspapers give low marks to Bouteflika's regime
    16 april 2002 22:18:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian newspapers, whose headlines and feature articles on Monday focused on the third anniversary of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's taking office, gave a negative assessment of his rule. Full text...

  • South African radio stations debate Middle East unrest
    16 april 2002 21:52:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Callers to radio stations in South Africa, which has large Muslim and Jewish populations, have been keen to debate issues on the Middle East unrest, apportioning blame on either Israel or Palestine for the escalating violence. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe marks independence facing shaky future
    16 april 2002 20:28:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe marks 22 years of independence Thursday amidst a simmering political crisis. Full text...

  • Malagasy's Marc Ravalomanana arrives in Senegal
    16 april 2002 19:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Self-proclaimed Malagasy president, Marc Ravalomanana, said Tuesday on arrival that he was in Dakar as "head of state" of the Grand Island which has been thrown in turmoil after last December's presidential elections. Full text...

  • Study finds African MPs to be worst performers
    16 april 2002 18:00:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A study on democracy and governance conducted in 12 African English-speaking countries has found legislators to be the lowest performers among Africa's elected leaders. Full text...

  • Rwanda Not Begging to Join EAC, says Minister
    16 april 2002 16:08:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda has declared that it was not begging to join the East African Community (EAC). Full text...

  • African leaders to focus on Madagascar conflict
    16 april 2002 15:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African leaders gathered here for an international conference on financing development of the continent will work extra time at the end of the meeting to find a solution to the simmering conflict in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Chinese President ends Nigerian visit
    16 april 2002 14:58:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Chinese President Jiang Zemin left Nigeria Tuesday after a three-day historic visit, aimed at boosting trade between the world's most populous nation and Africa's most populous country. Full text...

  • President Obasanjo arrives for NEPAD conference
    16 april 2002 14:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo arrived in Dakar Tuesday afternoon to attend the international conference on the financing of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), which entered its second day in the Senegalese capital Tuesday. Full text...

  • Uganda not bothered by who rules DR Congo
    16 april 2002 13:48:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda declared Tuesday that it is not concerned about who heads the transitional government in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Madagascar's Ravalomanana Arrives in Dakar
    16 april 2002 13:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Madagascar's self-proclaimed president Marc Ravalomanana arrived here Tuesday and went straight to join African leaders at the ongoing international conference on the financing of the New Partnership for Africa's Development. Full text...

  • Hard negotiations over transition govt in DRC in Sun City
    16 april 2002 12:37:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's foreign minister Dr. Full text...

  • New Zealand slaps travel ban on Zimbabwe leaders
    16 april 2002 11:42:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- New Zealand Monday slapped a travel ban on President Robert Mugabe and his cabinet ministers for allegedly rigging last month's presidential election, a local newspaper reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • EU hails Ethiopia-Eritrea border delineation
    16 april 2002 09:07:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has hailed the delineation of the Ethiopia-Eritrean border by a neutral commission at The Hague, saying the final settlement of the boundary was a key element in the peace agreement signed 12 December 2000 by both countries. Full text...

  • Over 4,000 UNITA troops for relocation in Malange
    16 april 2002 08:03:00
    Malange- Angola (PANA) -- Some 4,500 UNITA soldiers will be stationed shortly in Malange (northern Angola) under the ongoing peace agreement, the Angolan Press Agency (ANGOP) reported, quoting local military sources. Full text...

  • Libya, China for a globalisation benefiting people
    15 april 2002 23:27:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya and China said that globalisation should work for peoples' benefit and the achievement of economic and human resources development. Full text...

  • UN official demands probe of Israeli killings of Palestinians
    15 april 2002 21:22:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-judicial and Arbitrary Executions, Asma Jahangir has called for urgent investigation into allegations of summary executions of Palestinians by Israeli forces in the Jenin refugee camp. Full text...

  • Nigeria, China agree new areas of co-operation
    15 april 2002 20:14:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria and China have agreed to extend their co-operation to cover telecommunications and transportation, water resources management, taxation and health services, officials accompanying visiting President Jiang Zemin said in Abuja Monday. Full text...

  • Egyptian envoy suggests plan to end Middle East violence
    15 april 2002 20:02:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- An agreement that will address the fundamental concerns of both Palestinians and Israelis, could douse the escalating violence in the Middle East, Egypt's Ambassador to the UN, Ahmed Adoul Gheit has said. Full text...

  • Sudan welcomes ruling on Ethiopia-Eritrea border
    15 april 2002 17:43:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese leader Omar el Bashir has welcomed Saturday's decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), delineating the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, and urged the two nations to strengthen co-operation and peaceful co-existence. Full text...

  • Mauritania's 'Conscience and Resistance' leader arrested
    15 april 2002 16:04:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian security services believe that they have dealt a big blow against the France-based opposition movement "Conscience and Resistance" following last Friday's arrest of its leader, Mohamed Baba Ould Said in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Buyoya receives COMESA delegation
    15 april 2002 15:43:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian President Pierre Buyoya, received in Bujumbura at the weekend, Anil Kumarsingh Gayan, Secretary General of the Common Market for East and Southern African States (COMESA) Council of Ministers, who is on a three-day visit to his country. Full text...

  • Deployment of Mano River troops ends Monday
    15 april 2002 14:06:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Mano River Union (MRU) member states Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone --are expected to complete the deployment of joint patrols along their common borders Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia consoles Jews after fatal explosion near synagogue
    15 april 2002 13:34:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- "Tunisia is and will continue to be a land of peace and tolerance," the minister of Tourism, Crafts and Leisure, Mondher Zenaidi, told the Jewish community in Djerba. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition party presses demand for poll re-run
    15 april 2002 08:47:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition party still presses demands for a re-run of last month's presidential election which it claims President Robert Mugabe rigged to extend his 22-year rule. Full text...

  • UN urges Eritrea, Ethiopia to accept border decision
    15 april 2002 08:08:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN has expressed satisfaction that the border issues between Eritrea and Ethiopia has been settled by the decision of a neutral boundary commission and appealed to the both countries to cooperate for an expeditious implementation of the commission's decision. Full text...

  • Mbeki withdraws from NEPAD summit in Senegal
    15 april 2002 07:52:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki has pulled out of the NEPAD summit in Senegal at the eleventh hour saying he has pressing local engagements. Full text...

  • UN General Assembly President happy with UNAMSIL's work
    14 april 2002 20:41:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Visiting President of the UN General Assembly Han Seung-Soo of South Korea, Sunday expressed satisfaction with the operation of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), and praised African leaders for "their . Full text...

  • Three Mauritanian opposition leaders accused of subversion
    14 april 2002 19:57:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Three opposition leaders arrested last week by officials of the Mauritanian National Security Department (DSE), have been accused of subversion, police sources said in Nouakchott Sunday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's Truth and Reconciliation Commission lacks funds
    14 april 2002 18:36:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Donors have not contributed to the funding of Sierra Leone's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the Commission's interim Executive Secretary, Yasmin Jusu-Sherif has said. Full text...

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