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  • Burkinabes protest attacks on compatriots in Cote d'Ivoire
    29 september 2002 18:35:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Thousands of people converged Saturday in front of the Ivorian embassy in Ouagadougou to protest against attacks on Burkinabe nationals in Cote d'Ivoire following a military uprising the authorities in Abidjan blame on "external enemies. Full text...

  • 500 reportedly killed in Ivorian crisis
    29 september 2002 17:48:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Diplomatic sources in Cote d'Ivoire say as many as 500 people have been killed since a mutiny broke out in the country late last week, and particularly following fierce fighting in Bouake, 350 km north of Abidjan. Full text...

  • Islamic party makes big gains in Moroccan parliamentary polls
    29 september 2002 17:30:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's moderate Islamist Party for Justice and Development (PJD) has made remarkable gains in parliamentary elections held 27 September, with early returns placing it in third position, Interior minister Driss Jettou indicated Saturday evening. Full text...

  • African leaders condemn Ivorian uprising
    29 september 2002 17:16:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- African leaders at an emergency Summit in Accra Sunday condemned the action of Ivorian mutinous soldiers and urged a quick restoration of democracy and stability in that country. Full text...

  • Ivorian body mobilises support for government forces
    29 september 2002 17:03:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Workers of the Abidjan Port Authority (PAA) have raised 56 million francs CFA (83,000 US dollars) as contribution to what they said was the "war effort," in support of government forces fighting mutinous soldiers in the north of the country. Full text...

  • West African leaders consult on Ivorian crisis
    29 september 2002 15:56:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- West African leaders are meeting Sunday in Accra, Ghana, in an emergency summit convened by Senegalese President and ECOWAS chairman Abdoulaye Wade, on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Fighting resumes, Ivorian mutineers advance towards Yamoussoukro
    29 september 2002 14:40:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- After a three-day lull, fighting has resumed between Ivorian loyalist forces and mutineers in the town of Tiebissou, 60 km from the Ivorian capital of Yamoussoukro. Full text...

  • Pressure delays offensive against Ivorian mutineers - Minister
    29 september 2002 13:40:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Defence minister, Moise Lida Kouassi, said Saturday that Western states were pressurising Cote d'Ivoire to delay the loyalist forces' offensive against mutineers controlling the cities of Bouake (Centre) and Korhogo (North) since 19 September. Full text...

  • Wade leaves for ECOWAS summit on Cote d'Ivoire
    29 september 2002 11:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade left Dakar Sunday morning for the Ghanaian capital of Accra to participate in the emergency ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Summit devoted to the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Cape Verdean leader Pires concerned about Ivorian crisis
    29 september 2002 11:32:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdean President Pedro Pires has sent a message to his Ivorian counterpart, Laurent Gbagbo, expressing serious concern about the current soldiers' mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire, official sources said in Praia, the Cape Verdean capital. Full text...

  • Senegalese leader to hold Gbagbo-Compaore meeting in Ghana
    29 september 2002 11:17:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A private meeting between Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo and his Burkinabe counterpart, Blaise Compaore, may be held in Accra, Ghana, on the sidelines of the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Summit, according to press reports here quoting Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade. Full text...

  • Leaders arrive in Ghana for emergency summit on Cote d'Ivoire
    29 september 2002 11:11:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- African leaders Sunday started arriving in Accra to attend a daylong emergency summit called to find a solution to an uprising led by hundreds of soldiers in Cote d'Ivoire, which the Ivorian government has described as an attempted coup. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Eyadema urge Ivorian mutineers to lay down arms
    28 september 2002 20:32:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Bissau diplomats oppose ambassador's appointment
    28 september 2002 19:19:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau's Career Diplomats Action Group strongly opposed President Kumba Yala's appointment of Kalidou Balde as ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. Full text...

  • Togolese opposition leader arrested in Lome
    28 september 2002 19:00:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Police in Lome on Saturday arrested the secretary general of Togo's opposition Union of the Forces of Change (UFC) Jean-Pierre Fabre, sources at his party headquarters disclosed. Full text...

  • Low turnout in Zimbabwean local govt polls
    28 september 2002 18:45:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Poll officials in Zimbabwe said the first day of voting in local government elections Saturday was peaceful, but characterised by a low voter turnout. Full text...

  • Egyptian activists urge govt to cut ties with Israel
    28 september 2002 18:37:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Hundreds of Egyptian oppositions figures and political activists Saturday gathered in Ettahreer square in Cairo, amid tight security, chanting anti-Israel and anti- American slogans. Full text...

  • UN prosecutor sees mass graves in rural Sierra Leone
    28 september 2002 14:46:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The chief prosecutor at the Special Court in Sierra Leone, David Crane, has described crime sites and mass graves in rural parts of the country as "tragic scenes. Full text...

  • Foday Sankoh's health deteriorates in Freetown jail
    28 september 2002 13:10:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The health of Foday Sankoh, leader of Sierra Leone's defunct rebel Revolutionary United Front, has severely deteriorated in detention in Freetown, where he is awaiting trial on 70 counts of murder and murder- related charges. Full text...

  • Obasanjo Expresses Support For Ivorian Government
    28 september 2002 12:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo has affirmed the need to safeguard democracy in Africa, amid a raging battle between the Ivorian government and mutinous soldiers who control at least two towns in the northern part of the country. Full text...

  • Emerging concerns of civil war in Côte d'Ivoire
    28 september 2002 12:07:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- When West African leaders meet in Ghana's Parliament House on Sunday to discuss bringing peace to Côte d'Ivoire, they may see dangers outside the official explanations for the current unrest in the country which was formerly a haven of peace in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Moroccans expect results of parliamentary elections Saturday
    27 september 2002 23:55:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Elections for 325 members Morocco's bicameral Parliament ended Friday in 91 constituencies of the country, the interior ministry said, without dwelling on voter turnout. Full text...

  • Govt stops meeting by opposition party in Lome
    27 september 2002 23:30:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese Internal Affairs minister, Gen. Full text...

  • ACP Council of Ministers Condemns violence in Côte d'Ivoire
    27 september 2002 23:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A special session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers has strongly condemned the violence and armed attacks that have been directed against the government in Côte d'Ivoire since 19 September. Full text...

  • SADC summit preparations begin in Luanda
    27 september 2002 23:03:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- High-ranking officials from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Friday started preparing the agenda for the subregional group's summit to be held in Luanda from 2-3 October. Full text...

  • Angola becomes non-permanent UN Security Council member
    27 september 2002 22:42:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola was on Friday elected as a non- permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for a two-year mandate. Full text...

  • African rights group offers to mediate in Ivorian crisis
    27 september 2002 22:24:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's Halidou Ouedraogo, who heads the Inter-African Human Rights Union on Friday offered his institution's good offices to bridge the gap between the different protagonists in the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe holds local government elections
    27 september 2002 21:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe holds nationwide local government elections at the weekend amid opposition cries of violence and intimidation of its candidates and supporters by pro-government militia. Full text...

  • Over 600 Rwandan troops leave Congo's Kivu province
    27 september 2002 21:46:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- A total of 667 Rwandan troops on Friday left Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo aboard 12 lorries under the second phase of a withdrawal programme agreed to by the two countries. Full text...

  • Ivorian Prime Minister says foreigners masterminded uprising
    27 september 2002 21:05:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'guessan said "English-speaking and French-speaking non- Ivorians" are the masterminds of the military uprising which broke out in Cote d'Ivoire nine days ago. Full text...

  • Over 1.000 Ivoirian refugees recorded in Mali's Zegoua
    27 september 2002 20:53:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Over 1,000 Ivorian refugees have been recorded in Zegoua, Mali's last township before reaching Cote d'Ivoire, after the mutineers reappeared in Pogo, the country's last village before its border with Mali. Full text...

  • Moroccans vote in parliamentary poll under Mohammed VI
    27 september 2002 20:33:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- At least 14 million registered Moroccan voters cast their ballots Friday to elect 325 Members of Parliament to the kingdom's two-chamber House of Representatives for the next five years. Full text...

  • ECA staff on development for peace mission in MRU
    27 september 2002 20:11:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A three-member delegation of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is visiting the Mano River Union member countries to brief heads of State and senior government officials about the commission's development for peace programme. Full text...

  • Govt condemns attacks on French, Burkinabe missions in Abidjan
    27 september 2002 19:59:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The government in Cote d'Ivoire on Friday condemned the attacks done on the French embassy and Burkinabe consulate in Abidjan by young demonstrators who were protesting against the coup attempt of 19 September. Full text...

  • 15 ECOWAS leaders to attend summit on Cote d'Ivoire
    27 september 2002 19:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Fifteen Heads of State and governments of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are expected to attend an emergency summit in Accra Sunday on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire, Ghanaian authorities confirmed here Friday. Full text...

  • French troops leave Bouake after evacuation operation
    27 september 2002 19:32:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- French troops, which have been evacuating their nationals and foreigners from Bouake, in central Cote d'Ivoire, since Thursday, are preparing to leave the city, which has been under the control of mutineers since 19 September. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso concerned about its nationals' security
    27 september 2002 17:47:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's Defence minister, Kouame Lougue, Friday said that his country was concerned about the plight of its citizens in neighbouring Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Liberian government hands suspected dissidents to families
    27 september 2002 17:41:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian government on Friday handed over 10 persons it claimed were "surrendered combatants" to their families in Monrovia. Full text...

  • Paris turns down Ivorian request for military intervention
    27 september 2002 17:29:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France will not evoke the 1962 bilateral Defence pact with Cote d'Ivoire to militarily intervene in the current Ivorian crisis as requested by the African country's government, a French official said in Paris Friday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire condemns attacks on French, Burkinabe missions
    27 september 2002 16:52:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government Friday strongly condemned the attacks on the French Embassy and the Burkina Faso Consulate in Abidjan, by Ivorian demonstrators protesting against the 19 September military uprising in their country. Full text...

  • Ivorian mutineers sighted near Malian border
    27 september 2002 15:53:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Ivorian mutineers have been seen driving their vehicles at Pogo, the last village on the Cote d'Ivoire- Mali border, according to Malian security based at Zegoua, the last Malian town bordering Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Second group of foreigners from Côte d'Ivoire arrives in Accra
    27 september 2002 14:10:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The second batch of foreigners rescued from the Ivorian uprising arrived in Accra on Friday. Full text...

  • Bujumbura calls international community to the rescue
    27 september 2002 13:49:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The authorities in Bujumbura have urged the international community to step in and enforce peace in Burundi following difficulties encountered in cease-fire negotiations between the transitional government and armed rebel movements. Full text...

  • Obasanjo-Legislature row deepens
    27 september 2002 13:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Assembly's rejection Thursday of President Olusegun Obasanjo's request to address the joint session of the Parliament on the nation's 42nd independence day, 1 October, marks a deepening of the tension between the federal Legislature and the Executive. Full text...

  • ECOWAS shifts Ivorian crisis meeting from Abidjan to Accra
    27 september 2002 12:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An emergency summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) called to discuss the military uprising in Côte d'Ivoire has been shifted from Abidjan to Accra, the ECOWAS Secretariat said in Abuja Friday. Full text...

  • French troops evacuate 1,200 foreigners from Bouaké
    27 september 2002 09:49:00
    Bouaké- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- French troops Thursday evacuated some 1,200 foreigners, including the Senegalese, Sierra Leonean and Gambian Under-23 football teams which had been trapped in Bouaké since the outbreak of fighting between Ivorian government and rebel forces a week ago. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders meet Sunday to discuss Ivorian crisis
    27 september 2002 08:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will take place 29 September in Abidjan to discuss the military uprising in Côte d'Ivoire, according to a communiqué issued Thursday by the sub-regional bloc. Full text...

  • Gambari encourages Angolan peace talks
    26 september 2002 23:04:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to Angola, Ibrahim Gambari, Thursday urged the Luanda government and former rebel UNITA movement to discuss the Lusaka Protocol with "responsibility and coherence," with a view to achieving lasting peace in the country. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt declares Bouake, Korhogo as war zones
    26 september 2002 22:19:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian authorities on Thursday declared the central region of Bouake and Korhogo in the north, which have been held by mutineers for the past week, as "war zones". Full text...

  • Kampala seeks explanation from Sudan for bombing Ugandan troops
    26 september 2002 21:39:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan military authorities Thursday confirmed that Sudan bombed Ugandan soldiers on Tuesday, but said they were seeking clarification for the attack which wounded three soldiers and destroyed weapons. Full text...

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