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  • Bongo for review of Francophonie head's election system
    24 october 2002 21:42:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese President Omar Bongo on Thursday called for changes in the procedure of electing the secretary general of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF). Full text...

  • Cameroon leaves Bakassi issue in United Nations hands
    24 october 2002 21:16:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's Communication minister Jacques Fame Ndongo has said the ball is in the United Nations court following Nigeria's rejection of the verdict rendered by the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the disputed Bakassi peninsula. Full text...

  • Lack of quorum stalls Nigeria's parliamentary session
    24 october 2002 19:53:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The crisis rocking Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appears to be taking a toll on the legislature with the lower chamber House of Representatives ending its sitting abruptly Thursday due to lack of quorum. Full text...

  • Traditional leaders for referendum on Malawi's presidency
    24 october 2002 18:49:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Traditional leaders in Kasungu district of central Malawi have asked for a referendum to seek public opinion on third-term bill. Full text...

  • Nigeria informs UN of its rejection of Bakassi judgement
    24 october 2002 18:30:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Nigeria has communicated to the UN its decision rejecting the judgement of the International Court of Justice that gave disputed Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon. Full text...

  • Zuma, De Villepin hold talks in Paris
    24 october 2002 18:29:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Zuma and her French counterpart Dominique de Villepin met in Paris Thursday and discussed wide ranging issues covering Zimbabwe, the crises in the Great Lakes and Cote d'Ivoire as well as the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Malawi ruling party MP assaults journalist
    24 october 2002 18:10:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A Malawi member of parliament, Fidson Chisesere, Wednesday afternoon allegedly beat up a journalist in the corridors of the country's National Assembly building in the capital Lilongwe. Full text...

  • Nigeria weighs options after rejecting ICJ ruling on Bakassi
    24 october 2002 17:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Federal Government is pondering its next move after Wednesday's rejection of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling awarding the disputed mineral-rich Bakassi peninsula to neighbouring Cameroon. Full text...

  • Malian youths stage protest against Gbagbo
    24 october 2002 17:33:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian youths organised a protest rally Thursday in the streets of a district in central Bamako, the Malian capital, to protest against Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo's handling of the crisis in his country. Full text...

  • Liberian govt declares detainees 'Prisoners of War'
    24 october 2002 17:05:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's Defence Ministry has declared "Prisoners of War" (POWs), some 24 people arrested for alleged collaboration with the dissident group fighting to topple President Charles Taylor's government, the local press reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Toure concerned about Malians in Cote d'Ivoire
    24 october 2002 16:37:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure has expressed concern over the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire and the "barbaric acts" against Malian nationals in that country. Full text...

  • Ivorian soldiers refuse to reveal number of wounded comrades
    24 october 2002 16:31:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Military doctors of the National Armed Forces of Cote d'Ivoire (FANCI) at Yamoussoukro Hospital where they evacuated their colleagues wounded during the fighting, Thursday refused to reveal the number of casualties suffered by the army. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso warns against systematic attacks on its nationals
    24 october 2002 16:19:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation, Youssouf Ouedraogo, Wednesday night called on the Ivorian authorities to stop the systematic human rights violations perpetrated against its nationals since the outbreak of the army mutiny of 19 September. Full text...

  • Libya set to withdraw from the Arab League
    24 october 2002 15:39:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya has officially asked for withdrawal from the League of Arab States, the Libyan News Agency (JANA) reported Thursday quoting sources at the African Unity Ministry in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Liberian govt declares several detainees as POWs
    24 october 2002 15:27:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia has classified 24 detainees as "prisoners of war" because they allegedly collaborated with a dissident group fighting to topple the government, press reports said Thursday in Monrovia, the capital. Full text...

  • Pretoria condemns bus bombing in Israel
    24 october 2002 14:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad has condemned the bus bombing in Israel this week which killed 14 people including two Palestinian suicide bombers. Full text...

  • Zambians pay homage to national heroes during anniversary
    24 october 2002 13:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda was among a long list of citizens honoured by President Levy Mwanawasa for their outstanding contribution to the well-being of the nation Thursday as the country celebrated its 38th anniversary of independence. Full text...

  • 124 aspirants for Sierra Leone's Council bye-elections
    24 october 2002 13:29:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Some 124 candidates have officially declared their intentions to contest the 63 seats in Sierra Leone's local government by-elections slated for between 2 December and 20 January 2003. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition 'tries' Mugabe for political crimes
    24 october 2002 13:22:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Opposition parties and civil society groups in Zimbabwe Thursday opened a mock trial of President Robert Mugabe on political crimes whose verdict they hope would trigger an uprising. Full text...

  • Eyadema to coordinate ECOWAS mediation in Ivorian crisis
    24 october 2002 11:54:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Togolese president Gnassingbe Eyadema has been chosen to coordinate the work of a contact group set up by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to mediate in the Cote d'Ivoire crisis, sources affirmed Wednesday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Angolan leader flies to Kinshasa for allied summit
    24 october 2002 11:27:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos flew Thursday morning to Kinshasa for a summit of countries that allied with the Kinshasa government during its war with Rwandan- and Ugandan-backed insurgents. Full text...

  • One more Kenyan minister quits government
    24 october 2002 11:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The rebellion against President Daniel arap Moi's government continued Thursday with yet another minister tendering his resignation and defecting to the opposition. Full text...

  • Ruling party in Kenya begins presidential election campaign
    24 october 2002 10:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Uhuru Kenyatta, presidential candidate of the ruling KANU party, formally kicked off campaigns Thursday with a pledge that his government would spur economic growth and take a zero-tolerance stance on corruption. Full text...

  • Paris cautions Ivorian govt against anti-French demonstrations
    24 october 2002 10:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has officially reproved the Ivorian government for violent demonstrations earlier Tuesday in front of a French military base in Abidjan, according to diplomatic sources in Paris. Full text...

  • Burundi rebels resume cease-fire talks in Tanzania
    24 october 2002 10:29:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Representatives of two insurgent Hutu rebel groups are in Dar es Salaam for the resumption of ceasefire negotiations with the transitional government of Burundi aimed at ending the country's crippling civil war. Full text...

  • Allies of Kinshasa government meet Thursday
    24 october 2002 09:44:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A summit of the heads of state of Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia, allies of the government in Kinshasa, is being held Thursday in the Congolese capital to review the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country. Full text...

  • CEMAC army chiefs of staff meet in Libreville
    23 october 2002 21:33:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Army chiefs of staff from five Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) member states and Mali Wednesday started a three-day meeting here to discuss the proposed deployment of a sub-regional force to maintain security along the Chad-Central African Republic border. Full text...

  • Zambian leader calls for upholding of honour, integrity
    23 october 2002 21:04:00
    LUSAKA- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa has urged Zambians to uphold the virtues of honour, integrity and hard work, adding that it is the responsibility of all to make the country a corruption-free society. Full text...

  • Rwanda denies involvement in looting DR Congo's wealth
    23 october 2002 20:45:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda has refuted allegations contained in a UN report published last week according to which Kigali had pillaged natural resources from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • 40,000 sign petition for Ratsiraka's extradition to Madagascar
    23 october 2002 20:26:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Over 40,000 people in Antananarivo have signed a petition for the extradition of former Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka and his self-exiled supporters. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire rebels broadcast from Bouake
    23 october 2002 19:52:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Attesting their grip on Bouake, Ivorian rebel soldiers have used an abandoned state TV relay station to tell the public their reason for signing a cease-fire with the government of President Laurent Gbagbo. Full text...

  • ECOWAS contact group begins meeting in Abidjan
    23 october 2002 19:21:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki on Wednesday joined three heads of state within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) contact group at a summit convened in Abidjan in a bid to find a solution to the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • Malian consulate staff killed in Cote d'Ivoire
    23 october 2002 19:09:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A Mali consulate staff in Daloa, north-east of here, is among latest victims allegedly killed by Ivorian security forces since the recapture of the city from rebel forces 10 days ago. Full text...

  • Indefinite suspension for pro-Obasanjo Nigerian senator
    23 october 2002 18:39:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's upper legislative chamber, the Senate on Tuesday suspended one of its members, Arthur Nzeribe, indefinitely for alleged actions inimical to the integrity of the Senate. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean president in DR Congo for peace summit
    23 october 2002 18:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe left Wednesday for DR Congo for summit talks with three other regional leaders on the peace process in the central African country. Full text...

  • Nigerian President Obasanjo collects party nomination form
    23 october 2002 18:17:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Wednesday took a major step toward his plan to run for a second four-year term in 2003 by collecting his party's nomination form. Full text...

  • Ivorian army claims rebels attempted to violate cease-fire
    23 october 2002 17:46:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Armed Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (FANCI) have denounced what they called rebels attempt to violate the current cease-fire in the Daloa region, a cocoa-producing area of western Cote d'Ivoire now controlled by government troops. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe government denies killing opposition MP
    23 october 2002 17:40:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Wednesday denied responsibility for the death in custody of an opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) legislator, who was found dead in a prison cell Tuesday morning. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso warns of intervening in Ivorian crisis
    23 october 2002 17:25:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Youssouf Ouedraogo, the Burkina Faso Minister of State in charge of Foreign Affairs and Regional Co-operation, warned that his country would intervene in Cote d'Ivoire if violence directed against its nationals continued unabated. Full text...

  • Sudanese leader calls for African unity and dialogue
    23 october 2002 16:33:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar el Bashir Wednesday called for unity and dialogue among African states, urging them to foster a bigger role for the African citizen in Africa's transition to democracy. Full text...

  • Eritrean opposition group ends conference in Addis Ababa
    23 october 2002 13:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The fifth regular conference of the Alliance of Eritrean National Forces (AENF), an opposition group, ended late Tuesday in Addis Ababa, with the election of new leaders, Ethiopian state radio reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ivorian Minister condemns demonstration at French military base
    23 october 2002 12:11:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Defence and Civil Protection Minister Bertin Kadet has condemned Tuesday's march by thousands of Ivorians on the French military base in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Battle line drawn on Kenya's political succession
    23 october 2002 09:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- With the nomination of former Vice-President Mwai Kibaki as the opposition's flag-bearer against the ruling KANU party's Uhuru Kenyatta, the battle for political succession in Kenya's next general election has entered into high gear. Full text...

  • Algeria, South Africa sign co-operation agreements
    22 october 2002 23:35:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Exploring the possibility to manufacture drugs for treating HIV/AIDS is one of the areas of cooperation agreed at the third meeting of the Algerian-South African Joint Commission that ended here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Togo to close land borders from 26 to 28 October
    22 october 2002 23:14:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- As Togo prepares for next Sunday's parliamentary election, the government has announced that the country's land borders will be closed from Saturday at 18. Full text...

  • France, Libya in rapprochement moves
    22 october 2002 23:01:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- France and Libya concluded their two-day joint cooperation meeting in Paris Tuesday jointly chaired by Tripoli's foreign minister Abderrahmane Chalgham and his French counterpart Dominique De Villepin. Full text...

  • UN peacekeeping head meets DR Congo's president
    22 october 2002 22:18:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- United Nations under-secretary for peacekeeping operations Annadi Hedi on Monday held talks in Kinshasa with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Swedish Development Minister to Visit Angola
    22 october 2002 22:11:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Swedish International Development Minister Hilde Frafjord Johnson is due here on 29 October for a three-day official visit. Full text...

  • Kadhafi confers with Patasse in Tripoli
    22 october 2002 21:49:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Angola denies involvement in Ivorian crisis
    22 october 2002 21:28:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Angolan Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire Dombele M'Bala Bernardo has refuted reports of his country's involvement in the crisis raging in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

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