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  • Cameroon's election body trains supervisors
    18 april 2002 21:32:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Some 30 provincial delegates Wednesday ended a two-day drill on the supervision of elections, in the first of five seminars programmed across the country by the National Election Observatory (ONEL). Full text...

  • Uganda wants Congolese to determine their own destiny
    18 april 2002 21:28:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Uganda government said that it was monitoring with concern the Inter-Congolese Dialogue in Sun City, South Africa. Full text...

  • Commission to register Sierra Leonean returnees
    18 april 2002 21:15:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission is to register the country's citizens who returned from Guinea and Liberia, for the 14 May presidential and legislative polls. Full text...

  • Wade, Ratsiraka, Ravalomanana urge support for peace agreement
    18 april 2002 20:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and the two rivals in the Malagasy political crisis, President Didier Ratsiraka and Marc Ravalomanana, Thursday appealed to Malagasy people to embrace the peace agreement signed in Dakar. Full text...

  • Mugabe says land reforms to continue in Zimbabwe
    18 april 2002 20:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Thursday vowed to press ahead with his controversial land policies in spite of growing opposition from powerful Western countries. Full text...

  • Algiers, Praia to step up cooperation
    18 april 2002 19:56:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Officials in Praia have hailed last week's visit to Cape Verde by Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel, saying it gave cooperation between the two countries new impetus. Full text...

  • Donors concerned over security in Somalia
    18 april 2002 19:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A coalition of aid agencies operating in Somalia Thursday said that it was concerned about the deteriorating security in that country's northern Gedo Region and appealed to the parties involved to put to an end to the hostilities. Full text...

  • Ratsiraka, Ravalomanana pledge to respect Dakar accord
    18 april 2002 19:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka and his rival, Marc Ravalomanana, have both pledged to respect the peace agreement they signed Thursday in Dakar, to end the political crisis in their country following the 16 December 2001 presidential elections. Full text...

  • Four Africans among Rotary's Peace Scholars
    18 april 2002 19:11:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Four Africans are among a group of 70 candidates selected to undergo studies in peace and conflict resolution sponsored by Rotary International. Full text...

  • Wade praises Ratsiraka, Ravalomanana over Dakar Accord
    18 april 2002 18:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade Thursday commended Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka and his rival Marc Ravalomanana for their readiness to find a peaceful solution to the political crisis in their country over the 16 December 2001 presidential polls. Full text...

  • Full text of Dakar Agreement on the Malagasy crisis
    18 april 2002 17:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Following is the full official text of the agreement signed in Dakar Thursday between President Didier Ratsiraka of Madagascar and his second-in-command, Marc Ravalomanana. Full text...

  • Malagasy Peace and Reconciliation accord sealed in Dakar
    18 april 2002 17:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Peace and Reconciliation agreement, signed in Dakar Thursday morning, between the Malagasy President, Didier Ratsiraka and the leader of the opposition, Marc Ravalomanana, provides for "a temporary sharing of political power" between the two men. Full text...

  • Tunisian president condoles with families of explosion victims
    18 april 2002 17:19:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has expressed "heartfelt sympathy" to families of victims of an explosion that occurred 11 April near Djerba synagogue in southern Tunisia. Full text...

  • Security Council extends mandate of UN Office in Angola
    18 april 2002 17:07:00
    New York- USA (PANA) -- The mandate of the UN Office in Angola (UNOA) has been extended to 15 July upon request of Secretary General Kofi Annan, the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) reported. Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives Obasanjo's envoy, Babangida
    18 april 2002 16:23:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi had discussions in Tripoli Wednesday with former Nigerian military ruler, General Ibrahim Babangida, a special envoy of President Olusegun Obasanjo. Full text...

  • Peace Committee visits Somali regions
    18 april 2002 15:59:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- The Somali Peace Talk's Technical Committee members flew into Mogadishu Thursday on a fact-finding mission. Full text...

  • Britain underlines importance of global values
    18 april 2002 15:50:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Systematic erosion of the rule of law over several years has led to an assault on human rights, abuse of the electoral system and an acceleration of economic ruin in Zimbabwe, according to British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. Full text...

  • EU observers to monitor Sierra Leone's poll
    18 april 2002 15:37:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The EU is sending an observer mission to monitor Sierra Leone's 14 May presidential and parliamentary polls. Full text...

  • President Jammeh in Guinea for father-in-law's funeral
    18 april 2002 15:13:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Gambian President Yaya Jammeh is in Conakry to attend the funeral of his father-in-law who died in Rabat, Morocco, last week, official sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana, Ratsiraka sign reconciliation agreement
    18 april 2002 14:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The two men at the centre of the political crisis in Madagascar, incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka and his rival Marc Ravalomanana Thursday signed a reconciliation agreement in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • Ratsiraka, Ravalomanana expected to continue talks
    18 april 2002 13:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Rival claimants of the Malagasy presidency, Didier Ratsiraka and Marc Ravalomanana adjourned their discussions before midnight Wednesday in Dakar where a fresh effort was underway to resolve the political crisis in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Conflicts drain 13 billion dollars from Comesa yearly
    18 april 2002 12:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Ongoing conflicts have been blamed for causing losses estimated at 13 billion US dollars to countries in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa). Full text...

  • Mai-Mai fighters surround eastern Congolese town
    18 april 2002 11:32:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Mai-Mai traditional fighters have surrounded and are threatening to capture Shabunda town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu Province, the spokesman of the UN Mission to Congo (MONUC) Hamadoun Toure said in Kinshasa Wednesday. Full text...

  • US hails Ethiopia, Eritrea for accepting border ruling
    18 april 2002 11:00:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The US has praised Ethiopia and Eritrea for accepting the ruling of The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration that defined their border following a two- year war, the US Embassy in Addis Ababa said Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambian police arrest opposition leader over car theft
    18 april 2002 10:32:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Opposition Patriotic Front president, Michael Sata, who is charged with the theft of two government vehicles, Thursday denied the charges before Lusaka resident magistrate, Frank Tembo. Full text...

  • Malagasy negotiations to resume Thursday
    18 april 2002 10:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Negotiations between rival claimants of the Malagasy presidency, Didier Ratsiraka and Marc Ravalomanana were expected to resume Thursday in Dakar, Senegal after being adjourned Wednesday night. Full text...

  • Pretoria summons Israeli envoy over Palestinian crisis
    18 april 2002 09:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government stepped up pressure against Israel and summoned Israeli Ambassador Tova Herzl in protest against the arrest of top Palestinian official, Marwan Bargouthi. Full text...

  • DRC Govt, Jean-Pierre Bemba's faction sign peace accord
    18 april 2002 09:31:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- The government of DR Congo and the Uganda-backed Movement for the Liberation of Congo Wednesday signed a peace accord for the reunification of territories under the control of both sides, a reliable source revealed in Sun City. Full text...

  • Ugandan army recovers abandoned LRA weapons in southern Sudan
    17 april 2002 23:37:00
    Bombo Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda People Defence Forces (UPDF) troops operating in southern Sudan are reported to have recovered an assortments of weaponry hidden by rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in one of the camps they abandoned following the current offensive. Full text...

  • Ivorian movement supports Palestinian cause
    17 april 2002 23:00:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Harris Memel Fote Movement, named after the eldest serving Ivorian MP, has expressed outrage in Abidjan over crimes perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinians in the occupied territories. Full text...

  • African diplomats lauds Kadhafi's action
    17 april 2002 22:34:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Ambassadors from Algeria, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Burundi and Niger have reiterated their support for the leader of the Libyan revolution, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi, for his determination to end conflicts in Africa. Full text...

  • Expert says Sharon's posture harms Israeli cause
    17 april 2002 22:33:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's reliance on military force to contain Palestinian resistance has done more harm than good to Israel's quest for security, an expert on the Middle East has said. Full text...

  • Algerians to protest in support of Palestine, Kabylia region
    17 april 2002 22:12:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerians are expected to take to the streets Thursday in mass demonstrations against Israel's treatment of Palestinians and their own country's treatment of people of the Kabylia region. Full text...

  • Ratsiraka meets Ravalomanana in Dakar
    17 april 2002 21:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Embattled Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka and his rival self-proclaimed President Marc Rivalomanana, held talks in Dakar Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambian President in Conakry
    17 april 2002 20:09:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, arrived in Conakry Wednesday on a visit to Guinea. Full text...

  • Wade continues mediation on Malagasy crisis
    17 april 2002 20:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade continued his efforts Wednesday to reconcile embattled President Didier Ratsiraka and his rival Marc Ravalomanana, who has proclaimed himself President of Madagascar. Full text...

  • Obasanjo to announce political future Thursday
    17 april 2002 18:14:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- After keeping millions of his compatriots guessing for several months, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo will announce Thursday whether he would seek a second four-year term, a government spokesman said. Full text...

  • Rebel leaders at Congo talks accept 'Mbeki Plan'
    17 april 2002 17:53:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Two rebel leaders have announced a breakthrough at the Inter-Congolese dialogue in Sun City, saying they had accepted the amended "Mbeki Plan" that will see them join the Supreme Council as vice presidents to DRC President Joseph Kabila. Full text...

  • Swazi opposition leaders' case delayed again
    17 april 2002 17:03:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The trial of detained Swaziland's opposition leader, Mario Masuku, who heads the banned People's United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) was on Wednesday postponed to next Monday when his bail application will be heard. Full text...

  • Kenyan minister defends presence of foreign troops
    17 april 2002 16:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's deputy minister Mohammed Affey Wednesday defended the presence of Western allied forces bent on fighting international terrorism. Full text...

  • Africans in France donate blood for Palestinians
    17 april 2002 16:20:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Several Africans living in Paris, including a Benin academic, Assani Fassassi, donated their own blood Wednesday, for Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories. Full text...

  • Liberia deploys troops along border with Sierra Leone
    17 april 2002 15:50:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia Wednesday deployed about a battalion of troops along its western border with Sierra Leone, a Defence Ministry spokesman said in Monrovia. Full text...

  • Mediators meet Ratsiraka and Ravalomanana again
    17 april 2002 14:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Incumbent Malagasy president Didier Ratsiraka and self-proclaimed claimant of the presidency, Marc Ravalomanana Wednesday morning held closed door meetings with two African leaders, the OAU secretary general and a top UN official in Dakar. Full text...

  • Bouteflika condemns injustice against Palestinians
    17 april 2002 14:29:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has denounced "the historic injustice" perpetrated against the Palestinian people, reaffirming Algeria's unflinching support to Palestine. Full text...

  • Armed group hijacks boat on Lake Tanganyika
    17 april 2002 14:17:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- An armed group hijacked a boat with 60 passengers and huge quantities of goods on Lake Tanganyika on Monday as it headed for Uvira port in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi News Agency (ABP) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia says Eritrea misinforms public on border ruling
    17 april 2002 12:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia has called on Eritrea to implement the ruling of the independent boundary commission on their common border and stop misinforming its own people. Full text...

  • Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka supports Arafat
    17 april 2002 08:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka said accusing Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat was "totally unjustified", arguing that he should not be held responsible for suicide attacks in Israel. Full text...

  • Nigeria dismisses report of human rights group
    17 april 2002 07:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has dismissed the recent Human Rights Watch report criticising his government over alleged extra-judicial killings by the military in the north of the country. Full text...

  • Wade receives Ratsiraka
    17 april 2002 00:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, received late Tuesday, the embattled Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka, and was also due to receive that country's self-proclaimed President Marc Ravalomanana. Full text...

  • Obasanjo advocates African citizenship
    16 april 2002 23:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo urged Tuesday in Dakar that Africa's development initiative, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and other integration efforts under the African Union should dove-tail into a common citizenship to pool resources of Africans at home and in the Diaspora. Full text...

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