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  • Violence breaks out at Zimbabwean opposition rally
    24 february 2002 19:44:00
    Chinhoyi- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Scores of people were injured after violence broke out at an opposition election rally in the northern Zimbabwean town of Chinhoyi Sunday, police said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, Djibouti delegations to meet in March
    24 february 2002 17:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Senior Ethiopian officials are to meet their counterparts from Djibouti on 4 March to work out modalities for implementing numerous bilateral agreements. Full text...

  • Mauritian parliament to elect president
    24 february 2002 16:06:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian legislators are on Monday scheduled to elect the island nation's new president and vice-president following the recent resignation of the former ceremonial leaders, Cassam Uteem and Angidi Chettiar, respectively. Full text...

  • Troika sees peace in Angola through Lusaka accord
    24 february 2002 15:26:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The troika of observers to the Angolan peace process, comprising Portugal, the US and Russia, said peace and national reconciliation in Angola will be achieved only through the implementation of the Lusaka agreement signed 20 November 1994. Full text...

  • Bouteflika ends Libyan visit
    24 february 2002 14:45:00
    Syrte- Libya (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika left the Libyan town of Syrte Sunday following a 24-hour visit during which he discussed several issues of concern with the guide of the Libyan revolution, Col. Full text...

  • Rights group demands release of opposition leader in Togo
    24 february 2002 13:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) has condemned "the judicial harassment" on Togolese opposition leader, Yawovi Agboyibo, and demanded his immediate and unconditional release. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa to attend inter-Congolese peace talks
    24 february 2002 13:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian president Levy Mwanawasa is to attend talks on the future of DR Congo which scheduled to open Monday in the South African resort of Sun City, foreign ministry sources confirmed Sunday in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Savimbi buried in Angola's Moxico province
    24 february 2002 12:00:00
    Luena- Angola (PANA) -- The leader of the UNITA movement in Angola, Jonas Savimbi was buried Saturday afternoon in Luvuei in eastern Angola in the presence of senior officers of the Angolan Armed Forces, the official News Agency of Angola (ANGOP) reported. Full text...

  • Zambians yearn for peace after Savimbi's death
    24 february 2002 11:47:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The passing of rebel leader Jonas Savimbi in neighbouring Angola was the talking point for many persons across Zambia Sunday as they reflected on the prospects of peace in both countries without him. Full text...

  • Bouteflika, Kadhafi discuss issues of concern
    24 february 2002 11:06:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika flew to the Libyan port city of Syrte on Saturday to discuss bilateral co-operation with his Libyan counterpart, Col. Full text...

  • Congolese demand fairness from public media
    24 february 2002 10:38:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Residents of Brazzaville have criticised state-run media in Congo for biases in covering the current electoral campaigns in spite of huge government subsidies given them to cover the electoral process culminating in a presidential poll 10 March. Full text...

  • US Army General ends visit to Kinshasa
    24 february 2002 09:36:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The deputy Chief Commander of the US command in Europe, Gen. Full text...

  • Three-month state of emergency restores calm in Antananarivo
    23 february 2002 19:58:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Things were back to normal Saturday in the Malagasy capital after the government decreed a three-month state of emergency in the wake of opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana's self-proclamation as President. Full text...

  • South African government confirms death of Jonas Savimbi
    23 february 2002 19:38:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government Saturday evening confirmed the death of Angolan UNITA rebel leader Jonas Savimbi in a primetime broadcast on State Radio. Full text...

  • US, Europe denounce Ravalomanana's self-investiture in Madagascar
    23 february 2002 19:25:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The US and the European Union Saturday strongly condemned election candidate Marc Ravalomanana's self proclamation and investiture as President of Madagascar at a ceremony staged Friday in the capital, Antananarivo. Full text...

  • Angolan authorities display body of slain Jonas Savimbi
    23 february 2002 19:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Reports Friday that government forces had killed UNITA leader, Jonas Savimbi, were confirmed saturday when Angolan State television broadcast a footage of the bullet-ridden body of the rebel warlord. Full text...

  • Ethiopia reiterates commitment to peace agreement
    23 february 2002 18:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Saturday assured a visiting UN delegation that Ethiopia would continue to implement the peace agreement that ended a two-year border war with Eritrea, notwithstanding obstacles. Full text...

  • Socialists International delegation calls on Angola
    23 february 2002 17:19:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- A high-powered delegation from Socialists International (SI) was due in Luanda Friday for a working visit with Angola's ruling MPLA party, a communiqué from the group said earlier Thursday. Full text...

  • Angola affirms commitment to DR Congo cease-fire
    23 february 2002 17:10:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Foreign minister Joao Miranda affirmed that the Luanda government was behind initiatives at ensuring effective application of the cease-fire agreement in DR Congo. Full text...

  • US slams sanctions on Zimbabwe
    23 february 2002 16:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- After months of threats, the US Friday imposed targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe's leaders, accusing them of planning to rig next month's presidential poll. Full text...

  • OAU dismayed with Ravalomanana's decision in Madagascar
    23 february 2002 14:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy Saturday expressed dismay at presidential candidate Marc Ravalomanana's decision to proclaim himself as president of Madagascar at a ceremony held Friday in Antananarivo, the Malagasy capital. Full text...

  • S. Africa's deputy president to attend inter-Congolese dialogue
    23 february 2002 14:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Amid signs that some rebel groups will stay away from the inter-Congolese dialogue beginning Monday at Sun City, South Africa's deputy President Jacob Zuma confirmed that he will be attending the gathering. Full text...

  • Savimbi's death could lead to peace in Angola, says minister
    23 february 2002 13:52:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi's death could pave the way for peace in Angola, Cape Verdian foreign minister Manuel Inocencio Sousa said Friday. Full text...

  • Britain calls on Sudan to explain army killing of civilians
    23 february 2002 13:40:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The British government has asked for a full explanation from the Sudanese authorities about reports that an army helicopter gunship recently fired on civilians in the country, killing 17 of them, at a food distribution point. Full text...

  • Tanzania sends observers to Zimbabwe poll
    23 february 2002 12:47:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A 23-member mission from Tanzania has left the country for Harare to observe Zimbabwe's 2002 presidential electoral process, which climaxes with the casting of ballots on 9-10 March. Full text...

  • Zimbabweans sneak into Malawi ahead of landmark poll
    23 february 2002 12:10:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Scores of Zimbabweans are sneaking into Malawi every week to seek temporary asylum in the wake of simmering political tension in Zimbabwe ahead of the scheduled March elections. Full text...

  • Angola says it will televise Savimbi's remains
    23 february 2002 10:59:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola's presidential spokesman Aldemiro da Conceicao has said that the Angolan government intended to soon screen rebel leader Jonas Savimbi's remains on national television. Full text...

  • South Africa reacts to reports of Jonas Savimbi's death
    23 february 2002 09:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government said it was watching developments in Angola closely, following reports that rebel leader Jonas Savimbi was shot dead by Angolan troops in the eastern border region of Moxico. Full text...

  • Angolan government confirms Savimbi's death
    22 february 2002 23:26:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan government Friday evening confirmed the death of Jonas Malheiro Savimbi, leader of the rebel National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), promising further details in due course. Full text...

  • Senegal's MFDC rebels shun Casamance intellectuals' meeting
    22 february 2002 23:15:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's rebel Casamance Democratic Forces Movement (MFDC) Friday said they would not attend a meeting of a group of Casamance intellectuals set to discuss a return to peace in the troubled southern region, official sources in the regional capital of Ziguinchor said. Full text...

  • Morocco rejects partitioning Western Sahara
    22 february 2002 22:35:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco has reaffirmed its "flat refusal" of any solution aimed at partitioning Western Sahara, a proposal contained in a recent report by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on the conflict which has pitched the kingdom against the Algeria-backed Polisario Front in the past two decades. Full text...

  • Moroccans mobilise against partition of Western Sahara
    22 february 2002 22:31:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan political class has denounced what it said was "a plot hatched by Algeria" against Moroccan sovereignty, following the release last Wednesday, of a UN report suggesting the possible partitioning of the Western Sahara between Morocco and the Polisario Front. Full text...

  • Ratsiraka declares state of emergency in Madagascar
    22 february 2002 22:29:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Madagascar was tense Friday under a state of emergency declared by embattled President Didier Ratsiraka after opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana proclaimed himself president based on the controversial results of the 16 December elections. Full text...

  • EU urges Congolese parties to join Sun City dialogue
    22 february 2002 21:58:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) Friday appealed to all parties in DR Congo to take part in the dialogue opening next Monday in Sun City, South Africa. Full text...

  • Savimbi reported killed by Angolan Army
    22 february 2002 21:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Jonas Savimbi, leader of the rebel Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), has been reported killed by Angolan government forces. Full text...

  • Savimbi, ex-Maoist who later reconciled with western democrats
    22 february 2002 21:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Jonas Savimbi, reported killed by Angolan government forces Friday, was a founding member of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) in 1966. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's opposition leader claims assassination attempt
    22 february 2002 21:28:00
    CHIVI- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean opposition leader, under police investigation for allegedly plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe, Friday charged that law enforcement agents tried to kill him as he prepared to address rallies in the south of the country. Full text...

  • Savimbi reported killed by Angolan Army
    22 february 2002 20:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The leader of the rebel Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), Jonas Savimbi, has reportedly by killed by Angolan government forces. Full text...

  • OAU condemns Ravalomanana's self proclamation as President
    22 february 2002 20:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- OAU secretary general Amara Essy strongly condemned Friday, opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana's self- proclamation as President of Madagascar, urging the latter to resume dialogue under the auspices of the continental body. Full text...

  • Annan urges free poll in Zimbabwe, rejects move in Madagascar
    22 february 2002 20:12:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has urged the Zimbabwe government and the opposition to ensure a "peaceful, legitimate and credible" election in the country. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana proclaims self President of Madagascar
    22 february 2002 19:15:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana Friday proclaimed himself president of Madagascar based on the controversial results of the 16 December elections. Full text...

  • Mugabe's Would-be Assassin Arrives in Zimbabwe
    22 february 2002 17:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A former Israeli secret service agent, who claims he was hired by an opposition leader in Zimbabwe to assassinate President Robert Mugabe, arrived in Harare Friday to give evidence about the plot to police. Full text...

  • Seychelles to chair IOC ministerial meeting
    22 february 2002 17:31:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Seychelles foreign minister Jeremie Bonnelame arrived in Mauritius to chair the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) inter-ministerial Council to be held in Port-Louis Friday and Saturday. Full text...

  • Rwanda's President Kagame receives US Army Official
    22 february 2002 16:37:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame late Thursday received General Carlton W. Full text...

  • Paris and London urge Congolese parties to attend talks
    22 february 2002 16:08:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France and Great Britain have appealed on all Democratic Republic of Congo's opposition parties and rebel movements to give peace a chance by attending the national dialogue scheduled to open Monday in Sun City, South Africa. Full text...

  • South African election observers injured in Zimbabwe
    22 february 2002 15:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Two South African election observers in Zimbabwe were injured Friday along with five opposition supporters during an alleged attack on the regional offices of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Zimbabwe's central city of Kwekwe, the South African Press Association (SAPA) reported. Full text...

  • Annan proposes on Western Sahara conflict
    22 february 2002 15:19:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan has expressed concern over the "bleak prospects" of the peace process in the Western Sahara, and advanced four proposals to the Security Council in search of solution to the 26-year-old conflict. Full text...

  • South Africa parliamentary observer team leaves for Harare
    22 february 2002 14:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African parliamentary observer team departed Friday for Harare, saying it would do everything in its power to ensure that the upcoming Zimbabwe presidential election would be free and fair. Full text...

  • Burundi police link WHO acting rep to predecessor's murder
    22 february 2002 13:51:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- WHO interim representative in Burundi, Lamine Diarra from Mali, has been placed under house arrest here as investigation of circumstances under which his predecessor was murdered continues. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa unveils reforms under 'new deal' concept
    22 february 2002 13:13:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian president, Levy Mwanawasa, Friday said his administration will focus attention on mining and agriculture which he described as "engine-rooms of the economy since in these sectors new jobs can be created. Full text...

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