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  • Mali decries violence against its nationals in Cote d'Ivoire
    22 october 2002 20:00:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Government of Mali has protested the acts of violence being perpetrated against its nationals in Cote d'Ivoire, particularly in the town of Daloa. Full text...

  • Khartoum wants a general cease-fire with rebels
    22 october 2002 18:58:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Sudanese ambassador to France Abdelbasit El-Sanoussi said Tuesday in Paris that his government wants to sign a general cease-fire with the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA). Full text...

  • Zimbabwean officials deny looting in DR Congo
    22 october 2002 18:45:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean officials Tuesday vehemently denied a new UN report associating them with looting of resources in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Vietnamese leader to visit Brazzaville
    22 october 2002 17:37:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- President Tran Duc Luong of Vietnam is due in Brazzaville next Saturday for a two-day visit designed to enhance cooperation between the two countries, according to official sources. Full text...

  • AU contributes financially to Burundi peace talks
    22 october 2002 17:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Interim African Union (AU) Commission chairman Amara Essy has announced a contribution of 200. Full text...

  • Chirac receives Libyan Foreign Minister
    22 october 2002 17:05:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel Rahmane Chaghman has met with French President Jacques Chirac on the sidelines of the ongoing Franco-Libyan Joint Commission session in Paris. Full text...

  • Ugandan military accuses LRA rebels of killing 35 civilians
    22 october 2002 16:39:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda's Joseph Kony-led rebel Lords Resistance Army (LRA) massacred 35 people with spears, clubs and machetes in the north of the country Monday, military officials said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Opposition party accuses Mugabe government of killing MP
    22 october 2002 16:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Tuesday accused the government of killing its MP, Learnmore Jongwe, who was found dead in police cell. Full text...

  • UN report on Angola due Thursday
    22 october 2002 14:46:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The UN secretary general's representative to Angola, Ibrahim Gambari, will on Thursday in Luanda present a joint report on the situation in the country at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the world organisation, the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) indicated Tuesday. Full text...

  • Yemeni Foreign Minister due in Tunis
    22 october 2002 14:34:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Yemen Foreign Minister Abou Bakr Al Qerbi is due in Tunis this week with a message from President Ali Abdallah Salah for his Tunisian counterpart Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, the Tunisian News Agency (TAP) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition names presidential candidate
    22 october 2002 13:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The opposition alliance in Kenya has named former vice president and long-serving Finance Minister Mwai Kibaki as its common candidate for this year's presidential election, thus setting the stage for a duel with the ruling Kanu party. Full text...

  • Amnesty raises alarm over rights abuses in Zimbabwe
    22 october 2002 13:12:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) secretary general Irene Khan has expressed deep concern about what she said was "the deteriorating human rights situation in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • AI demands probe on rights abuses in DR Congo
    22 october 2002 13:02:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) has urged President Joseph Kabila of DR Congo to investigate reported human rights abuses connected with diamond trade in the locality of Mbuji-Mayi. Full text...

  • Angola honours late Russian Rear Admiral
    22 october 2002 12:51:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola has paid glowing tribute to Rear Admiral Victor Petrovich Gutsalov, a Russian military advisor who died in Luanda a week ago. Full text...

  • Moroccan Islamists decide against cabinet posts
    22 october 2002 12:00:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's Justice and Development Party (PJD), the only Islamist party represented in parliament, has said that it was "not interested in participating in the government" of Prime Minister Driss Jettou. Full text...

  • Delegates hinge success of Somali talks on disarmament
    22 october 2002 11:08:00
    Eldoret- Kenyan (PANA) -- Delegates from a wide array of Somali factions, political groupings, the interim government and others who are meeting in western Kenya to hammer out a peace deal agree on one thing: disarmament -- preferably brokered by the world community -- must take centre stage or there will be no peace. Full text...

  • Moroccan Islamist party rejects cabinet posts
    22 october 2002 00:00:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's Party for Justice and Development (PJD), the only Islamic party represented in Parliament, on Monday rule out its participation in Prime Minister Driss Jettou's forthcoming cabinet. Full text...

  • Burundi marks 9th anniversary of Ndadaye's assassination
    21 october 2002 23:27:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundians on Monday held memorial services to mark the 9th anniversary of the assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye, the country's first democratically elected leader. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Deby hold telephone discussions
    21 october 2002 22:45:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Chadian President Idriss Deby and the Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • President Deby's party condemns clashes in eastern Chad
    21 october 2002 22:13:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Chad's ruling Patriotic Movement for Salvation (MPS) Monday blamed the rebel Movement for Democracy and Justice (MDJT) for renewed clashes with government troops in the north-eastern Tibesti region. Full text...

  • Congolese negotiations to begin in Pretoria Friday
    21 october 2002 21:35:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Belligerents in the Congolese conflict are to begin three days of negotiations in Pretoria Friday, according to Moustapha Niasse, the UN secretary general's special envoy for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • DR Congo wants UN to investigate massacre in Uvira
    21 october 2002 20:38:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congolese authorities have asked the UN Security Council to set up an international inquiry to probe the massacre of more than 100 civilians in Uvira, South Kivu province rebels of the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD/Goma). Full text...

  • Triki holds talks with Ivorian, Togolese envoys
    21 october 2002 19:33:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's African Union Secretary, Ali Triki held talks in Tripoli Monday with Ivorian Ambassador to Libya Dojo Togba, on the latest development following the month-long mutiny in the West African country. Full text...

  • UN senior official in Kinshasa
    21 october 2002 18:38:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UN Deputy Secretary General in charge of peace operations, Annabi Hedi, is in Kinshasa to assess the operations of the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC). Full text...

  • Malawi's opposition party denounces arrest of its leader
    21 october 2002 18:19:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) says the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) is trying to "save face" by detaining MCP's leader Gwanda Chakuamba on charges of originating a letter bearing President Bakili Muluzi's signature. Full text...

  • Malawi lawyers join Muluzi's third-term debate
    21 october 2002 17:53:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Law Society of Malawi Chairman John Katsala, has described as "illegal and unconstitutional" calls by the opposition-sponsored Forum for the Defence of the Constitution, some Churches and NGOs, on President Bakili Muluzi to withdraw the bill on his third-term bid before the parliament. Full text...

  • Opposition group stresses territorial integrity of DR Congo
    21 october 2002 17:51:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Committee for Resistance, Territorial Integrity and Rule of Law (CRID), a Congolese resistance movement based in Paris has reiterated its support for the Mai Mai militia, which it said was fighting to defend the territorial integrity of DR Congo. Full text...

  • ECOWAS moves meeting on Ivorian crisis to Wednesday
    21 october 2002 16:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Heads of State of the Contact Group set up on Cote d'Ivoire by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would now meet in Abidjan on Wednesday, instead of Tuesday as earlier scheduled, ECOWAS sources said. Full text...

  • Daloa residents complain against alleged persecution
    21 october 2002 15:53:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Abductions and summary executions of people, mainly natives of northern Côte d'Ivoire, are continuing in Daloa, about 400 km north of Abidjan, residents told PANA on phone Monday. Full text...

  • 72 unidentified bodies buried in Abidjan mass graves
    21 october 2002 15:10:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 72 unidentified bodies, victims of the uprising that erupted in Cote d'Ivoire on 19 September were buried in two mass graves in Abidjan at the weekend, according to Health Ministry officials. Full text...

  • African Parliamentarians meet in Khartoum
    21 october 2002 15:02:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) began its 41st session in Khartoum Monday ahead of the Union's 25th conference slated for 23-24 October in the Sudanese capital. Full text...

  • Obasanjo's political opponent presents manifesto
    21 october 2002 14:55:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Abubakar Rimi, foremost challenger to Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo in the race for the presidential ticket of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Monday presented his manifesto at a rally in the capital, Abuja. Full text...

  • Cameroonian paper accuses Chirac of forcing Diouf on OIF
    21 october 2002 14:00:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- While state-owned Cameroon Tribune Monday reported without comment on Sunday's election of former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf as Secretary General of the International Organisation of Francophonie (OIF), the private daily Mutations has accused France of facilitating Diouf's victory. Full text...

  • France, Libya strengthen ties, hold joint commission
    21 october 2002 13:45:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Foreign minister Abderrahmane Chalgham is heading the Libyan delegation to a joint commission with France, which opened Monday in Paris. Full text...

  • AU probes Sudan's alleged aggression by Eritrea
    21 october 2002 13:33:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- An African Union (AU) fact-finding mission is in Khartoum to investigate claims by Sudan that its eastern territory is under military assault by Eritrea. Full text...

  • French troops deployed to monitor Ivorian cease-fire
    21 october 2002 13:00:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The French military contingent in Cote d'Ivoire began deploying troops Sunday to the front lines between government and rebel forces in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Chiluba turns down independence celebration invitation
    21 october 2002 12:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's former president Frederick Chiluba has declined an invitation from his successor, President Levy Mwanawasa, to attend the country's independence celebrations Thursday at State House, the official presidential residence. Full text...

  • Libyans re-examine past decisions at Peoples' Congress
    21 october 2002 12:06:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Peoples' Congress, the highest Libyan authority, ends a three-day meeting Monday during which decisions made during the 2002 ordinary meeting were re-examined. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition reschedules alliance launch
    21 october 2002 11:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Anxiety gripped opposition supporters Monday after the postponement of a super alliance intended to wrestle power from the ruling Kanu party of President Daniel arap Moi at Kenya's next general elections. Full text...

  • Burundi ceasefire talks resume in Tanzania
    21 october 2002 11:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma departed for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Monday to resume his mediation role in the Burundi ceasefire negotiations. Full text...

  • Kenyan elders demand own parliament
    21 october 2002 10:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Swathed by political euphoria currently sweeping through Kenya, the country's elders have called for the establishment of a parliament for senior members of society. Full text...

  • Nigeria takes stand on Bakassi ruling this week
    21 october 2002 10:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria will this week take a stand on the 10 October ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Netherlands ceding the disputed Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon, according to presidential spokesman Tunji Oseni. Full text...

  • 12 Somalis killed in renewed fighting in Baidoa
    21 october 2002 10:15:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Twelve Somalis were reported killed and more than 30 injured during heavy clashes between rival militias in Baidoa, capital of the self-proclaimed regional autonomy of south-west Somalia on Sunday. Full text...

  • French troops enforce Ivorian cease-fire accord
    20 october 2002 20:15:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Several hundreds of French troops left Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire's political capital Sunday afternoon to supervise a cease-fire agreement signed by insurgents Thursday in Bouake, 290-km from Abidjan. Full text...

  • Congolese rebel leader urges refugees to return home
    20 october 2002 19:48:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A Congolese rebel leader, Adolphe Onusumba has urged refugees who fled to Burundi following recent fighting to return to their homes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Police arrest Malawian opposition leader
    20 october 2002 19:28:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police in Lilongwe on Sunday arrested opposition leader Gwanda Chakuamba, who heads the country main opposition, Malawi Congress Party (MCP). Full text...

  • Algeria plans to join Francophonie
    20 october 2002 18:36:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria is considering to join the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF), the country's foreign minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem said at the French-speaking body's summit in Beirut, Lebanon. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe says no to regime change in Iraq
    20 october 2002 18:21:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Sunday implored the world to resist United States "regime change" policy towards Iraq, but instead focus on disarmament as laid out in United Nations resolutions. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe urges Australia to withdraw from Commonwealth troika
    20 october 2002 17:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Sunday demanded Australia's withdrawal from a three-nation Commonwealth group probing alleged electoral fraud and human rights violations in the country, after it slapped targeted sanctions on Zimbabwean leaders over the accusations. Full text...

  • Four Ugandan army officers for court marshal
    20 october 2002 16:53:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Four Ugandan military officers are to appear before a court martial shortly in the northern army headquarters at Gulu to answer charges of naughtiness and negligence of duty in a war situation. Full text...

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