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  • 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...

  • Bangui court maintains case against coup suspects
    22 february 2002 12:45:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Bangui's Criminal Court on Thursday rejected a request by defence to drop the case against suspected plotters of the abortive 28 May 2001 coup d'etat against President Ange Felix Patasse. Full text...

  • Mbeki departs for Stockholm Progressive Summit
    22 february 2002 12:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki on Friday departed for Sweden to attend the Stockholm Progressive Summit at the invitation of Prime Minister Gِran Persson. Full text...

  • Body of South African soldier killed in Bujumbura brought home
    22 february 2002 11:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The body of a South African soldier killed Wednesday in a shooting, while on peacekeeping duty in Bujumbura, has been brought home for burial. Full text...

  • Canada responds to food aid plea for Zambia
    22 february 2002 10:04:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Canada is to give Zambia food aid worth 780,000 US dollars in response to recent appeals from the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organisation. Full text...

  • Sun City set to host Inter-Congolese peace talks
    22 february 2002 08:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- After months of uncertainty over funding and the agenda, the Inter-Congolese peace talks will begin Monday at Sun City, near Rusternberg in South Africa's North West province. Full text...

  • Kabbah to attend Mano River Union meeting in Rabat
    22 february 2002 07:54:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah will participate in a mediation meeting among Mano River Union leaders scheduled to convene next Wednesday in Rabat, a government spokesman confirmed Friday in Freetown. Full text...

  • Algerian President meets party leaders
    21 february 2002 23:18:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria met Wednesday with leaders of the nine political parties represented at the National Assembly, as preparations hot up for parliamentary elections due late May. Full text...

  • OAU urges Madagascar election candidate to respect the law
    21 february 2002 23:06:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- As tension heightens in Madagascar's presidential election crisis, OAU Secretary General Amara Essy has enjoined opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana to respect the tenets of democracy and constitutional legality. Full text...

  • Josselin to visit Tanzania, Indian Ocean states
    21 february 2002 22:55:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Charles Josselin, the French minister of state in charge of Cooperation and the Francophonie, Friday starts a three-day tour of Tanzania and the Indian Ocean states, diplomatic sources in Paris said Thursday. Full text...

  • France backs OAU efforts in Madagascar
    21 february 2002 22:09:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- France has said it shares OAU concerns about justice prevailing in Madagascar, French sources in Antananarivo indicated Thursday. Full text...

  • UN delegation due in Ethiopia, Eritrea
    21 february 2002 21:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A 15-man delegation from the UN Security Council led by Norwegian Ambassador Ole Peter Koiby is due in Addis Ababa Thursday evening at the start of a working tour that includes a visit to Asmara, to discuss the peace process between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Full text...

  • Kouyate named facilitator on Togolese dialogue
    21 february 2002 20:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Lansana Kouyate, immediate past Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, has been appointed the International Organisation of Francophonie (OIF) facilitator on the inter-Togolese dialogue, OIF sources said in Paris Thursday. Full text...

  • Sassou Nguesso kicks off campaign for Congolese presidency
    21 february 2002 20:35:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The incumbent Denis Sassou Nguesso was Wednesday off t campaigns ahead of next month's presidential election in Congo, urging the electorate to give him another mandate to continue his "effort for peace and economic recovery. Full text...

  • Kenyan women seek leadership positions in parliament
    21 february 2002 20:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Maendeleo ya Wanawake (MYWO), an organisation lobbying for the rights of women in Kenya, has presented a memorandum to the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC), calling for the mandatory positioning of women in political party leadership positions. Full text...

  • Dozen die in factional fighting in eastern DR Congo
    21 february 2002 19:19:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Fighting between forces of the main Congolese rebel movement, the Rwanda-backed Rally for the Congolese Democracy (RCD), and troops allied to a local rebel commander has claimed a dozen lives, while dozens others were wounded, rebel officials said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Mugabe's alleged assassin to arrive in Zimbabwe
    21 february 2002 18:33:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A former Israeli spy at the centre of an alleged opposition plot to murder President Robert Mugabe is expected to arrive in Zimbabwe Friday to help police with investigations into the allegation. Full text...

  • UN Envoy to DR Congo in Luanda for peace talks
    21 february 2002 18:32:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- UN Representative to DR Congo, Amos Namanga Ngongi, is in Luanda for a meeting of the Political Committee monitoring the implementation of the cease-fire agreement on the Congo conflict, the Angolan Press Agency (ANGOP) reported Thursday. Full text...

  • South African party commends Harare's lifting of press ban
    21 february 2002 18:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's New National Party Thursday praised two South African organisations for successfully negotiating the lifting of Harare's ban on local journalists to cover Zimbabwe's March presidential polls. Full text...

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