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  • Madagascar President Declares Martial Law
    28 february 2002 21:32:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- President Didier Ratsiraka has put Madagascar under martial law and transferred all his powers to the army with effect from Friday. Full text...

  • OAU to send mediation team to Madagascar
    28 february 2002 20:58:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Former Cape Verde President Antonio Mascarenhas Monteiro and Senegal's deputy Speaker of Parliament, Abdoulaye Bathily, will soon arrive in Madagascar as the OAU's contact group seeking to resolve the island's current political crisis. Full text...

  • Mugabe reiterates commitment to land reform
    28 february 2002 20:50:00
    Mvurwi- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Thursday reiterated his commitment to carry through a controversial agrarian reform programme which has earned him personal sanctions from the European Union (EU) and the United States. Full text...

  • Congolese envoy promises transparent poll in Congo
    28 february 2002 20:44:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Congolese Ambassador to France Henri Lopes expressed confidence in Paris Thursday that the government in Brazzaville will organise free and fair presidential poll on 10 March. Full text...

  • Home of state TV broadcaster in Zimbabwe attacked
    28 february 2002 20:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Opposition supporters in Zimbabwe Thursday attacked the home of a journalist working for state television, in reprisal for alleged biased reporting of ongoing election campaigns for a presidential poll due next month. Full text...

  • UK wants corruption-free society in Sierra Leone
    28 february 2002 19:53:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- British Secretary of State for international development Clare Short Thursday urged Sierra Leone authorities to establish a corrupt-free society to deserve her government's continued support. Full text...

  • Taylor leaves Rabat after Mano River Union summit
    28 february 2002 18:45:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor left Rabat Thursday after attending the Mano River Union summit with the Heads of State of Guinea and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe court rules in favour of govt over poll
    28 february 2002 18:45:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Supreme Court Thursday ruled in favour of the government that voting in next month's presidential election be based on constituencies, and not on a national common roll. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition sues Tv network over Mugabe plot
    28 february 2002 18:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Thursday filed a libel case against an Australian television network for broadcasting a film on an alleged plot to assassinate President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Ugandan MPs reject anti-corruption bill for third time
    28 february 2002 18:27:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Members of Parliament in Uganda, for the third time, on Thursday rejected an anti-corruption bill, citing provisions that propose sanctions on corrupt leaders including access to their bank accounts and forfeiture of ill- gotten wealth. Full text...

  • Uganda deploys troops at border with Sudan, dispels war fears
    28 february 2002 17:40:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A heavy deployment of troops along Uganda's border with Sudan in the last three weeks has raised fears within Parliament in Kampala about a possible military confrontation between the two countries. Full text...

  • Ethiopia denies interfering in Somali affairs
    28 february 2002 16:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia Thursday described as " complete misconception and misunderstanding" a recent communiqué by Djibouti accusing Addis Ababa of interfering in the internal affairs of Somalia. Full text...

  • Rights group urges release of Congolese Airforce officer
    28 february 2002 16:36:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville's Human Rights group (OCDH), Thursday urged the government to release an Airforce officer arrested five days ago on sedition charges. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Essy discuss Africa's problems
    28 february 2002 16:10:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Kadhafi discusses Africa with Mbeki
    28 february 2002 15:51:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi discussed continental issues Thursday in a telephone conversation with South African President Thabo Mbeki, Libyan News Agency (JANA) reported. Full text...

  • Commonwealth leaders prepare for summit in Australia
    28 february 2002 15:44:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Some 40 leaders are expected to attend the first Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2-5 March in the millennium in Coolum, Australia, the Commonwealth Secretariat said Thursday in a press release in London. Full text...

  • Mauritania splits into North and South
    28 february 2002 15:30:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Bridging North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Mauritania's geographical position predestined it for a cultural melting-pot of diverse peoples, including Arabo-Berbers (Moorish or Beidans), Hal-Pulhar (Peuhl and Toucouleur), Wolof and Soninké. Full text...

  • Moroccan foreign minister expected in Dakar Thursday
    28 february 2002 14:04:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Benaissa is expected in Dakar Thursday to co-chair with his Senegalese counterpart, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, the 12th session of the joint cooperation commission, according to official sources in Rabat. Full text...

  • Mauritania's opposition leaders fear for their lives
    28 february 2002 13:55:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Leaders of Mauritania's dissolved opposition Action for Change (AC), now live under State surveillance, worried about their freedom and safety, one of them said. Full text...

  • DR Congo's "Gaborone Group" leaves for Sun City
    28 february 2002 13:53:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Fifteen members of the unarmed political opposition representing what is referred to as the "Gaborone Group" left Kinshasa Wednesday evening for Sun City, South Africa, to attend the Inter-Congolese Dialogue which started Monday. Full text...

  • DR Congo union delegates in Sun City threaten to strike
    28 february 2002 12:19:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Trade union delegates at the Sun City Inter-Congolese Dialogue threatened to go on a hunger strike Friday if the discussions continued to be deadlocked, the president of the Federation of Congolese Unions, Steve Mbikayi, said. Full text...

  • Togolese political scientist pays tribute to Savimbi
    28 february 2002 12:02:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- "So long as the causes and reasons which led UNITA to resist (the ruling MPLA of Angola) for a quarter of a century are not overcome, Jonas Savimbi's struggle will continue," Togolese political scientist Atsutse Agboli told PANA in an interview. Full text...

  • Tunisian president Ben Ali on constitutional reform
    28 february 2002 11:46:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali said Wednesday that the recently announced reform of his country's constitution was aimed at "preparing for a new stage which would open vast horizons for Tunisia and foster a quantum leap for the political system. Full text...

  • Kabbah pledges to work for peace in Mano River region
    28 february 2002 11:22:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Sierra Leonean President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah Wednesday in Rabat, restated his resolve to work for peace and stability in the Mano River region, in consultation with his counterparts from Liberia and Guinea. Full text...

  • ANC slams Newsweek article on Mbeki
    28 february 2002 11:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has condemned a critical Newsweek article on President Thabo Mbeki, describing it as a "badly written movie script. Full text...

  • Taylor stops over in Dakar from Morocco
    28 february 2002 10:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Liberian leader Charles Taylor was expected in Dakar Thursday on a short visit, a Senegalese Presidency source said. Full text...

  • Ruling party official says Mugabe will accept election defeat
    28 february 2002 09:40:00
    Harare Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A senior official of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party said Thursday President Robert Mugabe will accept and respect the results of the country's 9-10 March presidential election even if he loses. Full text...

  • Dos Santos says US is Angola's key development partner
    28 february 2002 08:53:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- President Jose Eduardo dos Santos says the US is Angola's key partner in development and consolidation of democracy, the Angolan news agency (ANGOP) has reported. Full text...

  • Candidate Milongo says he has cure for Congo's ills
    28 february 2002 08:29:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Andre Milongo, one of the opposition candidates for Congo Brazzaville's 10 March presidential elections, has promised to "cure Congo of bad governance and wars. Full text...

  • RSF worried about press freedom in Madagascar
    28 february 2002 07:59:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- France-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF), has expressed concern over President Didier Ratsiraka's declaration of a state of emergency and its consequences on press freedom in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Inter-Congolese dialogue stutters
    28 february 2002 07:24:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- More consultations were expected Thursday about the Inter-Congolese Dialogue, suspended Tuesday over representation dispute. Full text...

  • Mano River Union leaders call for support to maintain peace
    27 february 2002 23:28:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Leaders of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone have called on the United Nations to support efforts for peace and reconciliation in the three countries. Full text...

  • Pro-Congolese govt alliance warns Sun City negotiators
    27 february 2002 23:26:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo(PANA) -- A pro-Congolese government allied group has cautioned delegates at the inter-Congolese dialogue in Sun City, South Africa to desist from using the forum as an opportunity "to win power-sharing or destabilise the institution of the Presidency of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Congolese, Angolan provincial governors consult on security
    27 february 2002 22:58:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Governors of adjacent provinces of Angola, Congo Republic and DR Congo said Wednesday that persistent insecurity on their common borders was due to lack of regular consultation among officials. Full text...

  • UE welcomes Mano River Union summit in Rabat
    27 february 2002 22:29:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- European Union authorities Wednesday welcomed the successful conclusion of a summit in Rabat attended by the presidents of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia at the initiative of King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Full text...

  • Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone sign a peace agreement
    27 february 2002 22:13:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Presidents Charles Taylor of Liberia, Lansana Conte of Guinea and Ahmad Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone signed Wednesday afternoon in Rabat a reconciliation agreement aimed at restoring peace and confidence in the Mano River basin. Full text...

  • President Bouteflika visits Sahrawi refugee camps
    27 february 2002 22:01:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday visited Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, south-west of Algiers, where he met with leaders of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic marking the 26th anniversary of the republic. Full text...

  • Inter-Congolese dialogue still faces hitches
    27 february 2002 21:55:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- The Inter-Congolese dialogue being held at the Sun City leisure resort, was still bogged down by squabbles over representation late Wednesday. Full text...

  • OAU urges Marc Ravalomanana to resume talks
    27 february 2002 21:34:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The OAU organ for the resolution of conflicts has urged Marc Ravalomanana, who self- proclaimed himself president of Madagascar last Friday, to resume talks aimed at resolving the dispute generated by the 16 December election results. Full text...

  • Namibian monitor criticises EU sanctions on Zimbabwe
    27 february 2002 21:32:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The head of a Namibian election observer team to Zimbabwe Wednesday criticised targeted sanctions imposed by the European Union on President Robert Mugabe for allegedly cracking down on the opposition ahead of a presidential election early next month. Full text...

  • Mugabe accuses opposition of planning to disrupt poll
    27 february 2002 20:43:00
    Rushinga- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Wednesday accused the opposition of trying to plunge the country into chaos through violence ahead of a presidential election due in ten days. Full text...

  • Clare Short in Freetown for 3-day official visit
    27 february 2002 20:27:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- British Secretary of State in the Department of International Development, Clare Short arrived in Freetown Wednesday for a three-day official working visit, information minister Cecil Blake confirmed. Full text...

  • Morocco likely to reconcile Mano River Union members
    27 february 2002 20:11:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Three presidents of countries in Mano River Union, who have been meeting in Rabat since Tuesday, were Wednesday afternoon putting finishing touches on a draft reconciliation accord. Full text...

  • Meles wants Harare to extradite Mengistu
    27 february 2002 19:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Wednesday urged the government that would emerge from Zimbabwe's 9-10 presidential elections to extradite Ethiopia's former military ruler Mengistu Haile Mariam. Full text...

  • Angolan army kills 18 rebels, frees 960 civilians
    27 february 2002 19:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- At least 18 UNITA rebels were killed and 960 civilians freed during a joint mopping up operation by the Angolan army and militia in Bocio (some 105km from Benguela), the official Angolan news agency (ANGOP) reported. Full text...

  • Rumours say ministers flee Zimbabwe ahead of polls
    27 february 2002 18:56:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Three Zimbabwean cabinet ministers have fled to Botswana in anticipation of post election trouble, according to unconfirmed reports Wednesday in Gaborone. Full text...

  • Youth Seek Peace in War torn Sudan
    27 february 2002 18:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A conference facilitated by New Sudan Youth Association, NSYA, opened in Nairobi, Wednesday, with participants urging the international community to support the initiative of peace and unity in their country. Full text...

  • Rival supporters clash in Madagascar presidential election crisis
    27 february 2002 18:05:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- A bloody clash between rival supporters left two dead and several others injured Wednesday, in the most violent incident yet in Madagascar's election stand-off between the incumbent Didier Ratsiraka and self-proclaimed winner Marc Ravalomanana. Full text...

  • Memories of killed opponent haunts Azali's campaign
    27 february 2002 17:51:00
    Moroni- Comoros, (PANA) -- Youths in Comoros' southern city of Foumboni have jeered and booed at presidential hopeful, Col. Full text...

  • Kinshasa inhabitants opposed to flop of Sun City talks
    27 february 2002 17:05:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- As bickering over representation continues to prevent effective take-off for the inter-Congolese talks in Sun City, South Africa, residents back home in Kinshasa have warned delegates "never to set foot in DR Congo should they fail to reach a solution this time around. Full text...

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