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  • Blair says trip to Ghana was successful
    09 february 2002 11:03:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair left Accra Saturday positive about his trip to Ghana, that was part of a four-nation West African tour continuing today in Sierra Leone and Senegal. Full text...

  • Burundi to grant returning opposition figures provisional amnesty
    09 february 2002 10:01:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundi government has tabled in Parliament a bill seeking provisional immunity for opposition figures returning from exile, House Speaker Jean Minani hinted Friday. Full text...

  • Blair leaves Ghana after three-day stay
    09 february 2002 09:36:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair left Ghana Saturday for Sierra Leone on the third leg of four-nation West African tour. Full text...

  • French leader says NEPAD needs good governance to succeed
    08 february 2002 22:45:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac Friday stressed at a Franco-African mini-conference on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), that success in the initiative would depend on the enforcement of good governance across the continent. Full text...

  • Paris NEPAD summit occasions Franco-African bilateral meetings
    08 february 2002 22:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Bilateral discussions were held on Friday in Paris between the French president Jacques Chirac and African Heads of State and government on the sidelines of a mini- summit on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • More aspirants to race for Comoros presidency
    08 february 2002 22:19:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The leader of the Comoros Party for Democracy and Progress (PCDP), Ali Mroudjae, Thursday announced his candidacy for the Comoros presidential election, adding to the long list of hopefuls. Full text...

  • Senegalese leader insists development is vital for Africa
    08 february 2002 19:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- At a meeting in Paris on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal Friday stressed that it was in the interest of the world to ensure the continent's progress. Full text...

  • Liberian president declares state of emergency
    08 february 2002 19:02:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor on Friday declared a "state of emergency" saying current developments in the country have necessitated the action. Full text...

  • Mauritania's opposition leaders fear for their lives
    08 february 2002 18:42:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Leaders of Mauritania's dissolved opposition Action for Change (AC), now live under State surveillance, worried about their freedom and safety, one of them said. Full text...

  • Chirac laments over abject poverty in Africa
    08 february 2002 18:27:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac Friday described the level of poverty in developing countries, especially in Africa as "morally unacceptable," and urged African leaders to take lead in the continent's development. Full text...

  • Obasanjo says global security must be linked to prosperity
    08 february 2002 18:09:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Friday made a strong appeal for poverty alleviation in Africa, stating that global security could not be guaranteed without assurance of prosperity for the whole of humanity, particularly in Africa where poverty was endemic. Full text...

  • Madagascar's former President calls for second ballot
    08 february 2002 17:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Former Madagascar President Albert Zafy said Friday in Paris that a second round of voting would be the only solution to the current political crisis in the Indian Ocean island. Full text...

  • Mixed reactions to Mbeki's State-of-the-Nation address
    08 february 2002 17:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- There has been mixed reactions to President Thabo Mbeki's policy address Friday, with most opposition parties saying he did not adequately handle the issue of AIDS in the country and the crisis in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Former IMF boss to represent G-8 at NEPAD
    08 february 2002 17:31:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac has appointed Michel Camdessus, former director general of the International Monetary Fund, representative of France and the G-8 to the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Steering Committee. Full text...

  • Australia Says May Impose Sanctions On Zimbabwe
    08 february 2002 16:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Australia is considering imposing unilateral sanctions on Zimbabwe over alleged human rights abuses after the collapse of Commonwealth moves to censure the southern African country, a local has reported. Full text...

  • Britain to support Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Centre
    08 february 2002 16:23:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Britain has pledged to support the planned Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • Rights Group challenges US on Afghan detainees
    08 february 2002 15:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Human Rights Watch has noted the US government's acknowledgement that the Geneva Conventions apply to the conflict in Afghanistan, but said President George W. Full text...

  • Mbeki touches on AIDS, Zimbabwe in State-of-Nation Address
    08 february 2002 15:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki Friday promised lower taxes and higher rates of economic growth and development, in his State-of-the-Nation address that also touched on AIDS and the crisis in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Security Council decries continued violence in Burundi
    08 february 2002 15:06:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has restated its support for the Transitional Government in Burundi and told obstinate rebel groups that continued violence in the country was unjustifiable and unacceptable. Full text...

  • Franco-African talks on NEPAD hold Friday in Paris
    07 february 2002 23:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac would on Friday host 13 African leaders in discussions centring on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Total confusion reigns in Kabylia, Algeria
    07 february 2002 22:41:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The situation is still extremely confused in Kabylia following a resumption of clashes in some districts and the controversial return of gendarmes in others. Full text...

  • Blair begins three-day visit to Ghana
    07 february 2002 20:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived in Accra Thursday on a three-day visit to Ghana. Full text...

  • Blair Rallies Support For NEPAD
    07 february 2002 19:26:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in Nigeria at the start of a four-nation West African tour, said Thursday the trip was aimed at rallying support for a new partnership between Africa and the developed world. Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives Qatari foreign minister
    07 february 2002 18:33:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Qatari foreign minister Cheikh Hamad Ben Jansem Ben Jabr Al-Thani on Thursday delivered a message to the Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's Electoral Body extends voter registration
    07 february 2002 18:25:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission has extended the voter registration period in the country by three days. Full text...

  • CAR Army Chief escapes plane crash
    07 february 2002 18:10:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The Central African Republic (CAR) Army Chief of Staff, Ernest Betibangui, narrowly escaped a plane crash Tuesday, military sources said in Bangui. Full text...

  • Nigeria Asks UK To Relax Visa Rules, Assist In Debt Relief
    07 february 2002 16:51:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Parliament Thursday asked the United Kingdom to relax its strict visa rules in Nigeria and assist the country in getting debt relief from its foreign creditors so that it can sustain democracy. Full text...

  • RUF calls for Sankoh's release
    07 february 2002 16:01:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF), has called on the international community, especially ECOWAS, to help secure the release of its detained leader Corporal Foday Sankoh. Full text...

  • Malawi Angrily Reacts To Denmark's Aid Withdrawal
    07 february 2002 15:48:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi has angrily reacted to Denmark's decision to cut off aid to the southern Africa country saying the action was based on "lame excuses. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana stands firm as mediators arrive
    07 february 2002 15:26:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- A day before Thursday's arrival of international mediators Thursday, Malagasy opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana reiterated his refusal to participate in the 24 February second presidential ballot. Full text...

  • Britain To Help Alleviate Nigeria's Debt Burden
    07 february 2002 14:46:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Visiting British Prime Minister Tony Blair Thursday pledged to assist Nigeria in securing debt relief and repatriating funds looted by past military leaders. Full text...

  • Benin ratifies the Rome Statute establishing ICT
    07 february 2002 14:01:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has ratified the 22 January the Rome Statute establishing the International Crime Tribunal, thus becoming the 49th country to be part of the treaty, the local press reported Wednesday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Abubakar heads Commonwealth observers in Zimbabwe
    07 february 2002 13:21:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Former Nigerian Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar has been appointed to lead the Commonwealth Observer Group for the presidential election in Zimbabwe, scheduled 9-10 March. Full text...

  • Obasanjo Opens Retreat On Political Violence
    07 february 2002 12:55:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo Thursday opened a presidential retreat in Abuja organised by his office to stem the rising tide of political violence, in the run-up to the 2003 general elections in the country. Full text...

  • FIDH demands release of Bissau Guinean opposition leader
    06 february 2002 23:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) has called on President Kumba Yala of Guinea-Bissau to release opposition Socialist Alliance leader Fernando Gomes. Full text...

  • Togolese authorities stay parliamentary elections
    06 february 2002 23:07:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- In spite of a Lome framework agreement to that end, parliamentary elections initially scheduled for 10 March in Togo will no longer hold on that date, sources in Lome affirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Final results of Congo's referendum on draft constitution
    06 february 2002 21:37:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's Supreme Court Wednesday published final results of a referendum held 20 January on a draft constitution for the country. Full text...

  • No fuss in Ghana about Blair's visit
    06 february 2002 20:46:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Hours before British Prime Minister Tony Blair flies in for a three-day visit as part of an African tour, there is hardly any sign Wednesday that the dignitary is due in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • Opposition rejects referendum results in Congo Brazzaville
    06 february 2002 20:14:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Opposition parties in Congo Brazzaville Wednesday called for the cancellation of the results of the 20 January constitutional referendum. Full text...

  • UN election experts arrive in Sierra Leone
    06 february 2002 20:14:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- National Electoral Commission (NEC) officials in Freetown Tuesday confirmed that 10 UN volunteers were already in Sierra Leone to help prepare general and presidential elections scheduled for 14 May 2002. Full text...

  • British Premier due in Sierra Leone Friday
    06 february 2002 20:04:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has confirmed that British Prime Minister Tony Blair will arrive in Freetown on 8 February as guest of the government and people of Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Francophonie sends fact-finding mission to Madagascar
    06 february 2002 18:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Francophonie parliamentary Assembly has sent a fact-finding mission to Madagascar to secure "objective information" on the current political stalemate in that island nation, the assembly announced Wednesday in Paris. Full text...

  • Zambia criticises EU's interference in Zimbabwe poll
    06 february 2002 18:42:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- New Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa Tuesday criticised the European Union (EU) for interfering in Zimbabwe's 9-10 March presidential election, saying this was unhealthy for democracy. Full text...

  • Abubakar to lead Commonwealth observers to Zimbabwe
    06 february 2002 18:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Nigeria's former military head of state Abdulsalami Abubakar will lead a team of Commonwealth election observers to Zimbabwe, state television reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean Secretary General in Comoros
    06 february 2002 18:25:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) Secretary General, Wilfred Bertile of Reunion, has met with Comoros Foreign Minister, Halidy Charif, as part of his week-long visit to the country. Full text...

  • EU, Zimbabwe lock horns over election observers
    06 february 2002 18:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe and the European Union were Wednesday heading for another showdown after Brussels sneaked its election observers without invitation to monitor the 9-10 March presidential election. Full text...

  • President Kabbah appeals for Kadhafi's help
    06 february 2002 18:03:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Sierra Leonean President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has appealed to Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Kenya's Ruling KANU Party Changes Name, Structure
    06 february 2002 17:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In an apparent move to boost its chances at the next general elections, Kenya's ruling KANU party, says it is changing its name and structure, to accommodate coalition partners. Full text...

  • Chambas Assumes Post of ECOWAS Executive Secretary
    06 february 2002 15:23:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Newly-appointed Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, Mohamed Ibn Chambas of Ghana, assumed office at the organisation's Secretariat in Abuja Wednesday with a pledge to consolidate the work of his predecessor for the realisation of the Community's objectives. Full text...

  • Out-going ECOWAS Executive Secretary Takes Stock
    06 february 2002 15:09:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Out-going Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, Lansana Kouyate, Wednesday took a retrospective look at his four-year tenure and proclaimed it a success. Full text...

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