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  • Controversy rages over Kagame's cancelled visit
    31 august 2002 16:00:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A number of Congolese politicians have expressed their hostility towards a visit by Rwandan President Paul Kagame to Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Mbeki uses rally to plead for Palestine, Cuba
    31 august 2002 15:12:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki on Saturday took advantage of a rally by civil societies in Johannesburg to urge world governments to press for the freedom of Palestine and an end to US-led embargo over Cuba. Full text...

  • Chinese Premier winds up visit to Cameroon
    31 august 2002 14:27:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji left Yaounde Saturday after concluding a three-day visit aimed at consolidating bilateral co-operation with Cameroon. Full text...

  • Gabon gets new election commission chairman
    31 august 2002 12:47:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon's Constitutional Court on Friday appointed Jean Louis Mensah chairman of the National Electoral Commission (CNE), the country's first television channel announced Friday evening. Full text...

  • Cameroonian by-election campaigns begin
    31 august 2002 11:30:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Campaigns got underway Saturday in Cameroon for parliamentary by-elections to be held on 15 September. Full text...

  • COMESA invites Madagascar within its fold
    30 august 2002 23:39:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Madagascar's new government of President Marc Ravalomanana has been invited to participate in activities of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in spite of its non-recognition by the African Union, it was officially disclosed on Friday. Full text...

  • Burundi's President Pierre Buyoya in Libreville
    30 august 2002 23:12:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Burundi's President Pierre Buyoya arrived in Libreville on Friday afternoon for discussions with President Omar Bongo on how he could assist his government to reach a cease-fire agreement with Hutu rebel groups. Full text...

  • Opposition denounces misuse of Malabo's oil funds
    30 august 2002 22:47:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- A five-party opposition coalition based in Madrid, Spain has denounced the alleged utilisation of Equatorial Guinea's oil revenue to cover-up financial scandals in Gabon. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe pulls out more troops from DR Congo
    30 august 2002 20:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe withdrew 109 of its troops from DR Congo Friday, bringing to more than 300, the number of soldiers pulled out in less than a week, official sources said. Full text...

  • Amara Essy calls on African civil society
    30 august 2002 20:30:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The chairman of the African Union Commission Amara Essy on Friday highlighted the important role of the African civil society in the newly launched continental body. Full text...

  • Chissano denies involvement in US plot to oust Mugabe
    30 august 2002 20:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joachim Chissano Friday refuted claims by a US government official that his country was working with Washington and two other regional countries to topple Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe from power. Full text...

  • Ivorian mission probing Balla Keita's murder back home
    30 august 2002 19:38:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Six Ivorian officials returned to Abidjan Thursday from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso where they had been since Sunday to "gather more information" about the recent killing of former minister Balla Keita. Full text...

  • UK/Ireland branch of Ghana's ruling NPP gets new executive
    30 august 2002 18:47:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The UK/Ireland branch of Ghana's ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), has elected Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, as chairman. Full text...

  • 279 Ethiopian POWs return from Eritrea
    30 august 2002 17:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A group of 279 Ethiopian Prisoners of War (POWs) in Eritrea, has returned home following a recent agreement between Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Jacob Kelenberger, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the ICRC announced in Addis Ababa Thursday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo tries to douse 'political tension' in Ghana
    30 august 2002 17:11:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, facing impeachment threat from the parliament, has met Ghana's former President Jerry Rawlings in an attempt to resolve the dispute between Rawlings and President John Kufuor's government, a source close to Rawlings said in Accra Friday. Full text...

  • S. African govt officials meet Lesotho counterparts on security
    30 august 2002 16:45:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African inter- ministerial security officials Friday met with their Lesotho counterparts to prepare a meeting aimed at finalising arrangements for a ministerial session on security issues planned for September. Full text...

  • 69 Sierra Leonean refugees return from Nigeria
    30 august 2002 16:45:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A group of 69 Sierra Leonean refugees has returned to Freetown from Nigeria under a voluntary repatriation programme, officials of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR said in the Sierra Leonean capital Friday. Full text...

  • Sacked Kenyan VP says he lost his job to presidential bid
    30 august 2002 16:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's sacked Vice-President George Saitoti says he has no regrets for losing his job. Full text...

  • What Nigeria's Constitution says on impeachment of President
    30 august 2002 15:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo may have described the impeachment threat against him by the lower legislative chamber, House of Representatives, as a joke, but recent developments in the polity have lent credence to the seriousness of the lawmakers. Full text...

  • Ugandan Army releases priests from detention
    30 august 2002 15:19:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- After a daylong military detention, the Uganda army Friday said that it had Thursday night released three Catholic priests arrested for collaborating with the Lords Resistance Army rebels who have been fighting Kampala for years. Full text...

  • Burundi Parliament opens Congress in Bujumbura
    30 august 2002 14:07:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The two chambers of Burundi Parliament - Senate and National Assembly - began a joint sitting Thursday in Bujumbura for the first time since the establishment of the Transitional institutions 1 November 2001. Full text...

  • President Chissano arrives in Zimbabwe
    30 august 2002 12:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joachim Chissano arrived in Zimbabwe Friday for talks with President Robert Mugabe, and to officially open an agricultural show here. Full text...

  • Madagascar among world's most corrupt nations, says TI
    30 august 2002 11:53:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Berlin-based Transparency (TI) International, an NGO fighting against corruption has ranked Madagascar 98th out of 102 countries rated on its corruption index, up from 91 last year, according to TI's 2002 report published on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyan leader fires Vice-President George Saitoti
    30 august 2002 11:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Daniel arap Moi Friday sacked Vice President George Saitoti as wrangles within the ruling Kanu party intensified, a dispatch from the presidential press service said. Full text...

  • Blair to meet embattled Zimbabwe white farmers in Mozambique
    30 august 2002 11:24:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair, due in Mozambique Saturday for a brief visit en route to South Africa for the Earth Summit, is expected to meet a group of Zimbabwean white farmers being forcibly evicted from their farms by the authorities in Harare, a local newspaper hinted Friday. Full text...

  • Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji visits Cameroon
    30 august 2002 11:17:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji arrived in Yaounde Thursday evening for a three-day official visit to Cameroon. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition leader heads for European human rights award
    30 august 2002 10:22:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has been nominated by several political caucuses in Europe for the Sakharov Prize, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the EU Parliament indicated Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan minister resigns, defects to opposition
    30 august 2002 10:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The ruling establishment in Kenya received a major jolt when one of its key members, deputy Education minister Adams Karauri resigned and joined the opposition Ford. Full text...

  • Parliamentary Speaker visits Obasanjo
    29 august 2002 21:41:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- In a move that could boost efforts at dousing the tension between President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Nigerian legislature, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na'abba late Thursday, paid an unscheduled visit to the Presidential Villa, with Obasanjo saying he is now ready to dialogue with the law makers. Full text...

  • Algiers to host African Union meeting on terrorism
    29 august 2002 21:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A four-day high level African Union (AU) meeting opens in Algiers on 11 September to discuss measures for curbing and fighting terrorism, says a news release issued by the Algerian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • Ruling PDP's parliamentary caucus defers Obasanjo's impeachment
    29 august 2002 21:06:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The caucus of Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the lower legislative chamber, House of Representatives, agreed after a meeting with the party's leadership in Abuja Thursday to compile a list of alleged constitutional breaches by President Olusegun Obasanjo for the consideration of the PDP's Central Working Committee, (CWC). Full text...

  • Kadhafi sends message to Equatorial Guinea
    29 august 2002 20:31:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema on Wednesday received a personal message from the Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Burundi reminds donors to honour pledges
    29 august 2002 19:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Burundi's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Terence Sinunguruza has appealed to donors to honour the pledges they made for his country's social and economic recovery. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe attacks plans to mobilise Commonwealth states at WSSD
    29 august 2002 17:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Thursday sharply criticised plans by Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien to mobilise of Commonwealth leaders to discuss its controversial land reforms on the sidelines of the ongoing World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Ruling party meets again on Obasanjo's impeachment threat
    29 august 2002 17:01:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) was meeting in Abuja Thursday with the leadership of the lower legislative chamber, House of Representatives, on the House's threat to impeach President Olusegun Obasanjo. Full text...

  • Malawi pressure group defies govt order to register as a party
    29 august 2002 15:30:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi government has ordered the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to register as a political party within two weeks but the pressure group said it would not do so until it has accomplished its objectives. Full text...

  • Cape Verdean MPs to attend ECOWAS parliament
    29 august 2002 13:25:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A delegation of Cape Verdean MPs is expected to leave Praia Friday for Abuja (Nigeria) to take part in the 4th ordinary session of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a reliable source said Thursday. Full text...

  • EU to tighten travel ban on Zimbabwe govt officials
    29 august 2002 12:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The European Parliament will debate tightening travel sanctions on Zimbabwe's leaders next week after officials of the southern African country continued to exploit loopholes in the penalties, slapped in protest against its land policies, a top European official said Thursday. Full text...

  • Egypt declares support for Sudan peace talks
    29 august 2002 11:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Egypt has recoiled from its earlier opposition to the ongoing Sudan peace talks, saying the country now fully supports the process and would help mobilise resources for its implementation. Full text...

  • Norway protests Zimbabwe's deportation of MPs
    29 august 2002 10:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Norway said Thursday it had protested to the Zimbabwean government over Harare's deportation at the weekend of three MPs and a Red Cross official from the Nordic country. Full text...

  • Kenyan politicians go electronic
    29 august 2002 10:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan politicians have moved a step further to campaign for support through websites on the Internet, the latest of which was launched Wednesday by Raila Odinga, secretary-general of the ruling KANU. Full text...

  • France denies violating anti-Zimbabwe sanctions
    28 august 2002 23:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has denied violating European Union sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by granting a visa to the head of the Zimbabwean Police, Augustine Chihuri, a spokesman of the foreign ministry Francois Rivasseau declared in paris Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe wriggles off WSSD agenda
    28 august 2002 23:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Wednesday it had foiled an attempt by powerful Western countries opposed to its controversial land policies to slot it on the agenda of the ongoing World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in South Africa. Full text...

  • Malian president attends conference on federalism
    28 august 2002 22:01:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's President Gen. Full text...

  • Ugandan soldiers begin withdraw from DR Congo
    28 august 2002 21:29:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Uganda has withdrawn 242 troops from Beni (North-Kivu) and another contingent previously operating in Gbadolite (Equateur Province), the spokesman of the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC), Hamidoun Toure said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe pulls out troops from DR Congo
    28 august 2002 20:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe withdrew 198 troops from DR Congo Wednesday as part of a peace deal to end the four-year civil war in the vast central African country. Full text...

  • Paris increases its development aid by 50 percent
    28 august 2002 16:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin has indicated the French government's intention to increase development aid by 50 percent over the next five years. Full text...

  • Social scientist calls for people-driven African Union
    28 august 2002 16:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African rights activist Pierre Sane has called for a people-driven African Union, saying the continental integration project enunciated in July would not be realised if it is not people-driven. Full text...

  • South African party urges Britain, Zimbabwe to settle differences
    28 august 2002 16:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Bantu Holomisa, chairman of South Africa's United Democratic Movement, Wednesday called on the leaders of Zimbabwe and Britain to use the World Summit for Sustainable Development to put aside their differences and return to the negotiating table to discuss Harare's land issue. Full text...

  • Gabonese envoy allays fears of Chad-CAR conflict
    28 august 2002 15:37:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese Foreign minister Jean Ping has ruled out any possibility of a full-blown conflict between Chad and the Central African Republic "as long as solutions are found to the root causes of tension between the two neighbours. Full text...

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