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  • Ex-CAR premier deplores humanitarian situation in Bangui
    04 november 2002 20:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Exiled former Central African Republic (CAR) Prime Minister Jean Paul Ngoupande has expressed concern at the risk of epidemics in Bangui, his country's capital. Full text...

  • Bouteflika confers with Kadhafi in Tripoli
    04 november 2002 20:01:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi held talks in Tripoli Monday with his Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika, which officials said were on bilateral and international issues. Full text...

  • Wade names new Prime Minister
    04 november 2002 19:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade Monday named Idrissa Seck, a cabinet Director and number two of the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) as new Prime Minister to replace Mame Madior Boye, who was sacked with her entire cabinet. Full text...

  • Early presidential poll in Equatorial Guinea on 15 December
    04 november 2002 19:47:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equatorial Guinea will hold an early presidential election on 15 December, according to a government order issued in Malabo by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema He told a political rally Saturday that the early election would enhance the organisation of a "competitive, free, open and fair poll, besides strengthening the country's democratic process. Full text...

  • Gabon to send 180 troops to Central African Republic
    04 november 2002 19:15:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A contingent of about 180 Gabonese soldiers is expected to leave this week for a peacekeeping mission in Bangui, Central African Republic, official sources told PANA Monday in Libreville. Full text...

  • Kabila, Kagame postpone application of Pretoria Accord
    04 november 2002 19:04:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Joseph Kabila of DR Congo have agreed to extend by 90 days the initial deadline to apply the accord they signed 30 July 2002 concerning the disarmament and repatriation of the Interhamwe militiamen. Full text...

  • Ivorian army Colonel found dead outside Daloa
    04 november 2002 18:30:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The bodies of Lazare Kouame, a Colonel and two other officers in the Ivorian national army, posted to Daloa, some 320-km outside Abidjan, were found last Thursday, the Ivorian press reported Monday. Full text...

  • Ivorian army Colonel found dead outside Daloa
    04 november 2002 18:20:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Lazare Kouame, a Colonel and two other officers in the Ivorian national army, posted to Daloa, some 320 km outside Abidjan, were found last Thursday, the Ivorian press reported Monday. Full text...

  • Wade sacks Prime Minister, government
    04 november 2002 17:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade Monday dismissed Prime Minister Mame Madior Boye and her entire government, officials said. Full text...

  • US diplomat pays tribute to Kofi Annan
    04 november 2002 16:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Former US ambassador at the UN, Richard Holbrooke says "Kofi Annan is the best UN Secretary-General in the past forty years," according to reports in the French newspaper, Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD). Full text...

  • Bouteflika off to Tripoli for talks with Kadhafi
    04 november 2002 16:17:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika left Abuja Monday for Tripoli to discuss a decision by the Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Somaliland slams Somali unification talks
    04 november 2002 16:02:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Thousands of Somaliland residents poured into the streets of Burao and the port town of Berbera and demonstrated against the ongoing Somali Peace Conference in Eldoret, Kenya. Full text...

  • Gambia pledges 135 troops for ECOMOG mission in Cote d'Ivoire
    04 november 2002 15:29:00
    Banjul- Gambia, (PANA) -- Gambia plans to contribute 135 soldiers toward the proposed ECOMOG peace-keeping mission in Cote d'Ivoire, security chiefs in Banjul said Monday in a statement. Full text...

  • Three killed as rival party supporters clash in Nigeria
    04 november 2002 12:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Three people have died and scores have been wounded in Effurun in Nigeria's south-eastern state of Delta during bloody clashes between supporters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition Alliance for Democracy (AD), press reports said Monday. Full text...

  • Mbeki appoints two New National Party members to cabinet
    04 november 2002 12:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki Monday appointed two senior New National Party members as deputy ministers, a move seen as rewarding the NNP for the electoral support it has given the ruling coalition in the Western Cape province. Full text...

  • Five Equatoguinean ministers resign to run for president
    04 november 2002 10:11:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Five Equatorial Guinean leaders of the so-called democratic opposition parties have resigned from the government to prepare their candidacies for the country's mid-December presidential election. Full text...

  • Demonstrators call for Ivorian president's resignation
    03 november 2002 20:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Scores of people staged a demonstration in Paris Sunday afternoon to press for the resignation of Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo who is faced with an insurrection by a portion of his army since 19 September. Full text...

  • Ivorian mutineers to submit seven-point platform
    03 november 2002 20:14:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI) will on Monday submit a seven-point platform of demands to the government delegation in Lome, sources close to the political wing of the insurgents revealed Sunday in the Togolese capital. Full text...

  • Malawi opposition leader free until witness is found
    03 november 2002 19:09:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Opposition National Democratic Alliance pressure group's leader Brown Mpinganjira will remain a free man until a key witness is arrested, Malawi's Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Fahad Assani has disclosed. Full text...

  • South African envoy defends Mbeki's policy on Zimbabwe
    03 november 2002 17:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- South Africa's High Commissioner to Zimbabwe Jeremaih Ndou on Sunday defended his country's softly- softly policy towards Zimbabwe, saying it was guided by the mutual interests of both countries. Full text...

  • Cameroonian, Nigerian leaders to meet in New York over Bakassi
    03 november 2002 14:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has invited Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Paul Biya of Cameroon to New York to seek ways of "assisting both countries in the follow-up to the judgement by the International Court of Justice", giving Cameroon sovereignty over the Bakassi peninsula. Full text...

  • Angola assures Gbagbo support against rebellion
    03 november 2002 12:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d'Ivoire has received a message of encouragement and solidarity from his Angolan counterpart, President José Eduardo dos Santos, according to the official Angolan news agency, ANGOP. Full text...

  • UN summons Uganda to clarify role of economic plunder in DRC
    03 november 2002 12:00:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has summoned Ugandan Third Deputy Prime Minister James Wapakahbulo, who is also Foreign Minister, in New York to explain Kampala's position on the UN report accusing Uganda, among other countries, of plunder in DR Congo. Full text...

  • President Bouteflika off to Abuja for NEPAD meeting
    03 november 2002 11:38:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- President Abdelaziz Bouteflika left Algiers early Sunday for Abuja to attend the fifth session of African leaders on the Committee for the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa's development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Kumba Yala meets Kadhafi
    02 november 2002 20:16:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- President Kumba Yala of Guinea Bissau held talks with Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Saturday, on bilateral issues and developments in West Africa. Full text...

  • Burundi authorities keep close watch on former president
    02 november 2002 19:47:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Former Burundi leader Jean-Baptiste Bagaza has been barred from leaving his residence or receiving visitors, as the authorities keep a tab on his movements. Full text...

  • Malagasy authorities nab three suspected mercenaries
    02 november 2002 19:26:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Three suspected French mercenaries were arrested Friday at Ivato-Antananarivo international airport as they got off an Air Austral flight from Reunion, sources said Saturday in Saint Denis. Full text...

  • International community worried by situation in Comoros
    02 november 2002 18:57:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Representatives of the international community overseeing the reconciliation process in Comoro islands, have expressed "serious concern" over the crisis rocking the institutions of the Comoros Union. Full text...

  • Gbagbo sympathisers demonstrate in Abidjan
    02 november 2002 18:52:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Demonstrators calling themselves "young patriots" thronged the Republic Square in Abidjan's Plateau district Saturday in support of President Laurent Gbagbo's handling of the six-week old military crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • AU inaugurates Committee of Representatives
    02 november 2002 17:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREP), one of the key organs of the African Union (AU) has held its maiden session at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Libyan, Chadian leaders discuss developments in CAR
    02 november 2002 17:31:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Developments in Central African Republic were at the centre of a telephone discussion Friday between Chadian President Idriss Deby and Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Two-day break for Ivorian peace talks in Lome
    02 november 2002 14:11:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Peace talks launched Wednesday between rebels and the Ivorian government have broken off for two days, sources close to the mediators reported Saturday in Lome. Full text...

  • CAR insurrection kills 22 civilians, wounds 98
    02 november 2002 10:43:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Some 22 civilians have been killed and 98 others injured during weeklong clashes in Bangui between forces loyal to Central African President Ange Felix Patasse and men under the command of the country's former army chief of staff, Francois Bozize, according to a partial toll released Friday in the capital. Full text...

  • African, French ministers to meet in Yaounde
    02 november 2002 10:22:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- African and French foreign ministers will meet in Yaounde Monday to follow up on their 21st Africa-France summit, held in the Cameroonian capital in January 2001, say official sources here. Full text...

  • Committee urges halt to anti-Obasanjo impeachment process
    01 november 2002 19:45:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A reconciliation committee co-chaired by two former Heads of State has urged the Nigerian National Assembly to shelve their planned impeachment of President Olusegun Obasanjo. Full text...

  • French interior minister ends visit to Tunisia
    01 november 2002 19:35:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- French Interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy ended Friday a two-day official visit to Tunisia during which he discussed measures to combat terrorism and the situation of France-based Tunisians. Full text...

  • British envoy says Zimbabwe's charges of interference phoney
    01 november 2002 19:21:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Britain's High Commissioner to Zimbabwe, Brian Donnelly has said charges by the Harare government that London was interfering in the internal affairs of its former colony were phoney. Full text...

  • Burundian police search former president Bagaza's house
    01 november 2002 19:10:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Gendarmes on Friday morning searched the residence of former Burundian President Jean-Baptiste Bagaza allegedly to prevent a plot against the current government. Full text...

  • U.S. extends temporary status for Sierra Leoneans
    01 november 2002 18:43:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leoneans allowed to live and work in the United States when their country was deemed too dangerous for them to return home have been given another year of temporary protected status (TPS). Full text...

  • Mugabe accused of killing Zimbabwe's multiparty system
    01 november 2002 18:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique's largest opposition party, Renamo on Friday accused Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe of trying to "abolish the multi-party system in Zimbabwe". Full text...

  • Ugandan 10 rebels drown in river under army pressure
    01 november 2002 17:26:00
    KAMPALA- Uganda (PANA) -- Ten rebels of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) drowned in a river Thursday under pressure from government forces in the ongoing war in the country's north. Full text...

  • Pro and anti-third term demonstrators clash in Blantyre
    01 november 2002 16:55:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police in Blantyre used teargas Friday to stop clashes between opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment to allow a third term for President Bakili Muluzi and the head of state's supporters. Full text...

  • Libya maintains decision to quit Arab League
    01 november 2002 15:22:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who made a brief visit to Libya Thursday apparently failed to convince the country to reverse its recent decision to withdraw from the Arab League. Full text...

  • 40 To Contest Nigerian Ruling Party Presidential Primaries
    01 november 2002 14:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The race to clinch the presidential ticket of Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the 2003 general elections has become very tight after 40 aspirants picked up the forms to contest in the party primaries, slated to start next month. Full text...

  • Britain supports UN, AU efforts to restore calm in CAR
    01 november 2002 13:46:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Britain has pledged strong support to efforts made by the UN and the African Union to restore calm within the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • US contacts Liberian rebels for peace talks
    01 november 2002 13:13:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The US government has established contacts with the leadership of Liberian dissidents in a bid to help restore peace to Liberia, local press reports said Friday, quoting the US ambassador in Monrovia, John Blaney. Full text...

  • Police launch manhunt for ex-Zambian Foreign Minister
    01 november 2002 10:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Police in Lusaka have launched a manhunt for former Foreign Minister Katele Kalumba of Zambia following his failure to heed a call to appear before a Task Force investigating the plunder of national resources. Full text...

  • Ivorian delegations agree to avoid accusations at Lome talks
    01 november 2002 09:44:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Ivorian government delegation and representatives of the Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI) have agreed to avoid acrimonious accusations and rancour during their ongoing peace talks in Lome, Togo. Full text...

  • Tripoli hosts conference on security, Afro-European cooperation
    31 october 2002 23:54:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Tripoli Academy of Higher Studies hosted a two-day conference Wednesday and Thursday on Afro- European dialogue centred on immigration, economic cooperation and security in the Mediterranean Basin. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebel leaders return to Bouake
    31 october 2002 23:44:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Tuo Fozié and Chérif Ousmane, two leaders of the Ivorian military insurrection returned to their Bouake stronghold Thursday from Lome where talks are underway with the Ivorian government under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

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