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  • French Minister de Villepin to visit Algiers
    15 december 2002 21:05:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin is due in Algeria Monday on a working visit aimed at enhancing bilateral relations, official sources said here Sunday. Full text...

  • Angolan minister rejects idea of Cabinda's independence
    15 december 2002 20:20:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Angola's defence minister General Kundi Payama on Sunday in Brazzaville dismissed any idea of independence to the oil-rich province of Cabinda. Full text...

  • Ex-president Soglo's supporters ransack polling station
    15 december 2002 19:44:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Opposition Benin Renaissance (RB) supporters of former President Nicéphore Soglo on Sunday ransacked the polling station at Djomèhountin in Cotonou to protest the delay in beginning of voting operations, Radio Benin reported. Full text...

  • Equatoguinean opposition leader withdraws from polls
    15 december 2002 18:55:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- A candidate of Equatorial Guinea's main opposition party, the Democratic and Social Convergence Celestion Bonifacio Bacale on Sunday withdrew from Sunday's presidential election alleging there were "numerous irregularities and fraud" in today's poll. Full text...

  • Opposition accuses CAR President Patassé of treason
    15 december 2002 18:19:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A newly formed opposition coalition based in Paris has accused the Central African Republic's President Ange-Félix Patassé of "high treason" by seeking military support from the Jean-Pierre Bemba's rebel Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC). Full text...

  • DRC's President Joseph Kabila to visit Tripoli Monday
    15 december 2002 16:12:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo is expected to pay a brief visit to Libya Monday, the protocol service revealed here Sunday. Full text...

  • Malagasy voters ignore opposition boycott appeals
    15 december 2002 13:28:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar, PANA - Some 6,143,483 Ma-lagasy voters went to go to polls in the early parliamentary elections on Sunday despite appeals for a boycott from opposition elements. ) Full text...

  • Late arrival of polling materials delay voting in Cotonou
    15 december 2002 12:31:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Voting in local government elections were delayed for more than two hours in Cotonou due to the late arrival of electoral materials, though voters had already queued to cast their ballots at several polling stations. Full text...

  • Over 200,000 vote for president in Equatorial Guinea
    15 december 2002 12:07:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Some 215,447 registered voters from the estimated 1,014,999 population in Equatorial Guinea went to the polls Sunday in their early single-round presidential election. Full text...

  • Lobby group makes AIDS a political agenda in Kenya
    15 december 2002 11:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As the 27 December general elections draw nearer in Kenya, a lobby group fighting for access to cheap medicine for HIV/AIDS patients has made the issue an agenda item for the five presidential candidates vying in the polls. Full text...

  • Over 3 million vote in local elections in Benin
    15 december 2002 10:57:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- About 3,104,883 registered voters in Benin went to the polls early Sunday to elect 1,199 local and municipal councillors from 5,709 candidates, including 482 women. Full text...

  • Candidates begin campaign for local polls in Gabon
    15 december 2002 10:27:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Campaign was in full swing on Sunday for candidates contesting municipal and district councillor positions in the 29 December elections in Gabon. Full text...

  • Upkeep of UNMEE costs UN nearly $231m in new budget year
    15 december 2002 10:13:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The upkeep of peacekeeping troops of the UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) and civilian personnel of the mission would cost the UN 230. Full text...

  • Mugabe expresses readiness to die for Zimbabwe's sovereignty
    15 december 2002 09:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Under growing political siege at home and abroad for alleged abuse of human rights and ruining the economy, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has instead accused his critics of using the charges to undermine Zimbabwe's independence and sovereignty. Full text...

  • NGO calls for international police in Cote d'Ivoire
    14 december 2002 19:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The NGO "Prévention Génocides" (Genocide Prevention), has called for an international police force to be sent to Cote d'Ivoire so as to prevent further escalation of the crisis in that country. Full text...

  • Opposition calls for transitional government in CAR
    14 december 2002 18:13:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A coalition of Central African Republic (CAR) opposition groups Saturday in Paris called for a three-year "consensual transition" government to end the country's protracted political crisis. Full text...

  • Pressure mounts for Uganda to declare state of emergency
    14 december 2002 16:53:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Religious and political leaders in war- ravaged northern Uganda are urging President Yoweri Museveni to declare a state of emergency in the area and seek donor assistance. Full text...

  • UE expresses concern about situation in Ituri, DR Congo
    14 december 2002 16:08:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has expressed concern about human rights abuses in Ituri, DR Congo and urged warring parties in the area to "ease access for relief organisations, respect their neutrality and guarantee their security". Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau president alleges military plot
    14 december 2002 15:18:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- President Kumba Yala of Guinea Bissau intimated last Thursday that he had observed "suspicious movements" in the country, but promised to probe a spate of arrest within the military. Full text...

  • Tripoli denies presence of troops at DR Congo/CAR border
    14 december 2002 14:57:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Tripoli has refuted allegations by DR Congo's Ambassador to the UN Atouki Elika, that Libya had dispatched troops and military equipment to the border between DR Congo and Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Kenya's key presidential hopeful sues for peaceful polls
    14 december 2002 14:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's main opposition presidential candidate Mwai Kibaki, who returned home Saturday to a heroic welcome urged Kenyans to pray for peace and avoid violence as they prepare to vote in the 27 December presidential, parliamentary and council elections. Full text...

  • Opposition chieftain rebuffs Moi's plea for forgiveness
    14 december 2002 13:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The main opposition in Kenya has waved off Daniel arap Moi's emotional plea last Thursday, in which the outgoing President sought pardon from any compatriot he might have hurt while in office even as he forgave those who wronged him. Full text...

  • Nigerian deputy state governor impeached
    14 december 2002 13:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The legislature of Nigeria's south- western Osun state has impeached deputy governor Iyiola Omisore for alleged anti-party activities, the local press reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebels laugh off Abidjan Accord
    14 december 2002 10:56:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI) has dismissed an undertaking signed last Thursday between the government and the country's main political parties, describing it as a "diversionary gimmick". Full text...

  • Rebels warn France against meddling in Ivorian crisis
    14 december 2002 09:59:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI) has protested against the decision by Paris to step up French military presence in the troubled West African country, and for the first time described the 1,200-strong French contingent as an "occupation force". Full text...

  • Ivorian Govt forces block relief supplies to the north
    13 december 2002 23:44:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Humanitarian organisations trying to move relief supplies to the north of Cote d'Ivoire are lamenting what they suspect was a government ploy to prevent emergency aid reaching rebel-held areas in the country. Full text...

  • Burkinabe opposition remembers slain journalist
    13 december 2002 23:19:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A coalition of Burkinabe opposition parties Friday commemorated the fourth anniversary of the murder of journalist Norbert Zongo. Full text...

  • Portuguese-speaking countries seek common court
    13 december 2002 22:56:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cassation Court presidents from Portuguese-speaking countries meeting Thursday in Praia set up a commission to carry out feasibility studies on the creation of a court for the community. Full text...

  • Committee probes conditions in Tunisian prisons
    13 december 2002 22:44:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has announced a commission to investigate conditions in Tunisian prisons, sources affirmed Friday. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD chief executive visits Tunisia
    13 december 2002 22:04:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian Foreign minister Habib Ben Yahya held discussions Friday with Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) secretary general Mohamed Madani Lazhari, currently on a working visit in the country, according to the Tunisian New Agency (TAP). Full text...

  • African filmmakers call Ivorians to reason
    13 december 2002 20:55:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- African film professionals, who took part in the West African 'Free Screen' festival 6-12 December in Bamako, issued a statement Thursday enjoining parties in the Ivorian conflict to "see reason". Full text...

  • Black Consciousness Movement seeks closer ranks
    13 december 2002 20:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A landmark conference to forge unity within the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) will hold at the Beach Front Campus of the Durban Institute of Technology in KwaZulu-Natal this weekend. Full text...

  • French pressure groups push for peace in Cote d'Ivoire
    13 december 2002 20:17:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A coalition of French NGOs Thursday called on the international community and France in particular to mobilise and prevent the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire from degenerating into full-scale war and disintegration. Full text...

  • IOC commemorates 20 years of existence
    13 december 2002 20:05:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) secretary general Wilfrid Bertile has indicated preparations were hotting up for the 20th anniversary of the organisation next week. Full text...

  • Kenya declares December 27 poll day work-free
    13 december 2002 19:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has declared 27 December a public holiday to enable workers to vote in the general elections on that day. Full text...

  • Suspected rebels kill 2, injure 8 in Burundi
    13 december 2002 19:54:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Suspected rebels set up two ambushes on a road north-west of Burundi Thursday, killing a government soldier and wounding eight civilians, according to the Burundi News Agency (ABP). Full text...

  • 2 opposition MPs expelled from Malawi Parliament
    13 december 2002 18:33:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- There was drama in Malawi Parliament Friday as the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) moved a motion to unseat two senior opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) MPs, at the close of a three-day emergency session. Full text...

  • Obasanjo warns against political violence
    13 december 2002 18:03:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- In the run-up to Nigeria's crucial general elections in 2003, President Olusegun Obasanjo Friday warned politicians against acts that could unleash violence on the populous nation. Full text...

  • Congolese official accuses Libya of supporting rebels
    13 december 2002 17:21:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A senior Congolese official has accused Libya of providing "substantial" military support to Jean-Pierre Bemba's rebel Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) which operates in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition plans protests to seize power
    13 december 2002 17:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Friday urged its supporters to ignore government's clampdown and engage in protests to seize power. Full text...

  • Moi posts shopping list for Kenya's next president
    13 december 2002 16:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi, who officially retires on 5 January 2003, exactly nine days after a poll on 27 December that will see the election of his successor, has left a comprehensive shopping list for the next president. Full text...

  • Guinea denies entry to people fleeing war in Cote d'Ivoire
    13 december 2002 14:39:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Guinean border officials are denying entry to West Africans fleeing the current fighting in Cote d'Ivoire travelling across the Liberia-Guinea border, press reports said here Friday. Full text...

  • Five candidates seek Equatorial Guinea's presidency
    13 december 2002 14:34:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Five candidates, including the incumbent Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo will battle it out in Sunday's presidential election in Equatorial Guinea. Full text...

  • International Contact Group on Liberia set for Dakar
    13 december 2002 13:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A one-day meeting of the International Contact Group on Liberia, earlier slated for 2 December, has been re-scheduled for 19 December in Dakar, ECOWAS officials said Friday. Full text...

  • Support for South African political parties drops
    13 december 2002 13:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- All South African political parties have lost support including the ruling African National Congress, according to results of a survey released here Friday. Full text...

  • UN rapporteur concerned about executions in Cote d'Ivoire
    13 december 2002 12:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Asma Jahangir, has expressed her serious concern about recent reports of extrajudicial executions in Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Civil society criticises attitude of DR Congo's politicians
    13 december 2002 12:31:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A senior executive of civil societies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Naupess Kibiswa has deplored the indifference local politicians were showing towards the deteriorating socio-economic and security situation in the country. Full text...

  • Ivorian parties urge rebel movement to disarm
    13 december 2002 08:35:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Mainstream Ivorian political parties have appealed to the rebel Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI) to disarm. Full text...

  • Ben Ali receives British envoy
    13 december 2002 00:02:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Thursday received British special envoy Lord Michael Levy who delivered a message from British Premier Tony Blair, the Tunisian News Agency (TAP) reported. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebels call for France's neutrality, withdrawal
    12 december 2002 23:59:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The rebel Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI has asked France to observe total neutrality in the Ivorian crisis and withdraw its troops from the country, an official source revealed Thursday. Full text...

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