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  • Somalis call for more representation at peace talks
    18 october 2002 08:14:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Thousands of Somalis held a public demonstration calling for fair representation of delegates at the peace and reconciliation talks, now underway in Kenya's western town of Eldoret. Full text...

  • Tanzanian leader holds talks with Kadhafi in Tripoli
    17 october 2002 23:23:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Thursday held talks in Tripoli with Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa who is in the country on a working visit of some days. Full text...

  • Libyan, Sudanese leaders review developments in Sudan
    17 october 2002 23:09:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Leader of the Libyan revolution, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi, and Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, Thursday reviewed recent developments towards ending Sudan's long war and how to consolidate peace and security initiatives in the country, official Libyan sources said in Tripoli. Full text...

  • President Buyoya leaves for Beirut summit
    17 october 2002 22:50:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi leader Pierre Buyoya left Bujumbura Thursday for Beirut to attend the 9th ordinary Francophonie summit which opens Friday in the Lebanese capital. Full text...

  • French Catholics invite Ivorians to hold peace talks
    17 october 2002 22:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French archbishops have invited Ivorians to hold talks and begged them not to use ethnic and religious differences in the current crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Madagascar wants OIF to send observers to its December polls
    17 october 2002 21:38:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Malagasy Foreign Minister Marcel Ranjeva has urged the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF) to send observers to the country's 15 December parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • 121 prisoners get presidential pardon in E.Guinea
    17 october 2002 20:47:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Some 121 prisoners including Fabian Nsue Nguema, Secretary General of Equatorial Guinean opposition Popular Union, have been granted Presidential pardon, State television reported. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's special court to cost $6m to build
    17 october 2002 20:36:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Registrar of the Special Court in Sierra Leone, Robin Vincent, said that a special court to try those who committed war crimes during the country's civil war which ended in February will cost six million US dollars to build. Full text...

  • French Foreign Minister due in Tripoli Friday
    17 october 2002 20:17:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin is expected in Tripoli Friday on a two-day visit to Libya, official sources said in the Libyan capital Thursday. Full text...

  • Govt rejects suggested 'one term' for Obasanjo
    17 october 2002 20:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The call on President Olusegun Obasanjo to shelve his plan to run for a second term, as a way out of the political crisis rocking the country, has elicited a sharp condemnation from the government and the President's supporters. Full text...

  • Ivorian crisis affects other ECOWAS citizens, say UN agencies
    17 october 2002 19:28:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Officials of UN agencies in the West Africa sub-region said in Accra Thursday that the armed conflict in Cote d'Ivoire has adversely affected several thousands of other ECOWAS nationals and called for concerted efforts to prevent further escalation of the crisis. Full text...

  • Mauritanian delegation off to Francophonie Summit
    17 october 2002 18:19:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A Mauritanian official delegation led by Prime Minister Cheikh El Avia ould Mohamed Khouna, left Nouakchott Wednesday for Beirut to attend the 9th Francophonie Summit slated for 18-20 October in the Lebanese capital. Full text...

  • Libyan, Sao Tome officials hold talks in Tripoli
    17 october 2002 17:55:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Top Libyan and Sao Tome officials held a working session Wednesday in Tripoli, attended by Libyan Prime Minister M'Barek Chamekh and President Fradique de Menezes of Sao Tome and Principe. Full text...

  • Nigerian opposition party expels members in government
    17 october 2002 17:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Opposition All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) has made good its threat to expel its members who had failed to resign voluntarily from the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebels sign cease-fire agreement
    17 october 2002 16:51:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Rebels fighting the government in Cote d'Ivoire signed a cease-fire agreement Thursday stipulating a cessation of hostilities as from midnight Thursday. Full text...

  • Ratsiraka's party to run in parliamentary polls
    17 october 2002 15:50:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Malagasy Revolution Frontline (AREMA) of former president Didier Ratsiraka has indicated it would field candidates in parliamentary elections scheduled for 15 December. Full text...

  • Former Ivorian defence minister says he was scapegoat
    17 october 2002 14:14:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- According to a French daily, erstwhile Ivorian Defence Minister Moise Lida Kouassi blames his transfer to another portfolio on the settling of scores within President Laurent Gbagbo's entourage. Full text...

  • Belgian, UN officials discuss Great Lakes region
    17 october 2002 13:42:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel and the UN secretary general's special representative to the Great Lakes region, Ibrahima Fall, met Wednesday in Brussels to discuss an international conference on the Great Lakes region, planned for the first half of 2003. Full text...

  • Locals in rebel-held areas report calm
    17 october 2002 13:14:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Save for Daloa, reportedly retaken last Monday by Ivorian government forces, locals averred Wednesday that all was now calm in other towns under rebel control. Full text...

  • AU welcomes resumption of Sudanese peace talks
    17 october 2002 08:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has welcomed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). Full text...

  • Mali Premier forms new government
    16 october 2002 23:59:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's Prime minister, Mohamed Hamed Ag Amani, Wednesday night formed a new government, comprising 28 ministers and seven ministers of state. Full text...

  • Algeria detains Kabylian leaders
    16 october 2002 23:12:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria Wednesday imposed a committal order on the charismatic leader of the Kabyle protest movement, Belaid Abrika, detaining him and two other delegates pending trial. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebel leader claims mutineers still controlling Daloa
    16 october 2002 22:18:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI), the political wing of the mutineers fighting the Ivorian government since 19 September, Guillaume Soro, Wednesday denied that Daloa had fallen to the loyalist forces on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ministers urge deepening of Nigeria-Algeria co-operation
    16 october 2002 21:34:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian Minister of State for Maghreb and African Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel and his Nigerian counterpart in charge of Co-operation and African Integration, Bimbola Ogunkelu, Wednesday in Algiers called for the broadening of co-operation between their two countries. Full text...

  • White farmers blame Britain for Zimbabwe's land crisis
    16 october 2002 21:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In a surprising about turn, Zimbabwe's embattled white farmers Wednesday said former colonial power Britain is partly to blame for the Southern African country's lingering land crisis. Full text...

  • Bali attack is response to 'American arrogance' - Moroccan daily
    16 october 2002 21:09:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The attack against a night-club and a pub last Saturday in the Indonesian resort island of Bali, which left over 180 people dead and hundreds others injured is a reaction to the arrogance and condescension of the US, a Moroccan Islamic newspaper, Attajdid, said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Dos Santos pledges to assist East Timor
    16 october 2002 20:31:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has said that despite the effects of Angolan civil war, it would assist the people of East Timor to rebuild their country. Full text...

  • UN agency to hold emergency session on Cote d'Ivoire
    16 october 2002 20:12:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The UN Office in Accra announced Wednesday that its Regional Office on Humanitarian Assistance in Abidjan would hold a two-day meeting on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire Thursday and Friday. Full text...

  • Mozambican opposition withdraws threats on dissidents
    16 october 2002 19:52:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, Wednesday retreated from last week's threats that it would seek the expulsion of Renamo dissidents from the country's parliament, the Assembly of the Republic. Full text...

  • US Senate organises debate on Angola
    16 october 2002 19:07:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The US Senate is holding a public debate next week on Angola, to be facilitated by Democrat Senator, Russell Feingold, who chairs the Senate's Sub-Committee for Africa, the Angolan news agency (ANGOP) reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • NAM worried over possibility of war on Iraq
    16 october 2002 19:01:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), a group of mainly developing countries, expressed concern Wednesday over the possibility of the UN authorising military action against Iraq. Full text...

  • Burkinabes remember Thomas Sankara
    16 october 2002 17:33:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- 'Sankarist' parties in Burkina Faso held an ecumenical service on Tuesday, in memory of the late revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara, who was killed in a coup on 15 October 1987. Full text...

  • Opposition wants South African Parliament dissolved
    16 october 2002 17:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Wednesday moved a notice of motion for the dissolution of the national Parliament and also called for general elections immediately. Full text...

  • Party in exile offers to mediate Ivorian crisis
    16 october 2002 15:59:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- An Ivorian political party in exile in the UK, the Peoples Socialist Party (USP) has indicated its willingness to join in any mediation efforts aimed at re- establishing peace and fraternity in strife-torn Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Benin reschedules local elections
    16 october 2002 14:23:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Benin government has rescheduled the 1 December local elections for 15 December, according to a release issued after an extraordinary cabinet meeting Wednesday. Full text...

  • Extremists kill 13 in western Algiers
    16 october 2002 13:52:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Thirteen people were killed Tuesday night by suspected Islamists in the district of El-Hadjadj, 230 km west of Algiers, security sources reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Angola promises assistance to East Timor
    16 october 2002 13:04:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Despite its war-devastated economy, Angola has pledged assistance to the people of East Timor, the world's youngest nation. Full text...

  • Burkinabe NGO calls for regional intervention in Cote d'Ivoire
    16 october 2002 12:54:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe Movement on Human and Peoples Rights (MBDHP) has urged the African Union and the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights to take urgent measures at checking human rights abuses in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Angola, East Timor set foundation for cooperation
    16 october 2002 12:45:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola and East Timor have signed a framework accord formalising the basis of future bilateral cooperation. Full text...

  • Obasanjo May Get Respite From Impeachment Threat
    16 october 2002 12:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The lingering impeachment threat against Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo may be lifted soon, if fresh moves by political leaders and eminent Nigerians to resolve the face-off between the executive and the legislature succeed. Full text...

  • Cameroon Rules Out Negotiation With Nigeria Over Bakassi
    16 october 2002 10:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Cameroon has ruled out the possibility of negotiating with Nigeria over the disputed Bakassi peninsula, which was awarded to Cameroon last week by the International Court of Justice at the Hague. Full text...

  • Bakassi Ruling Rekindles Nigerian Civil War Memories
    16 october 2002 09:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Last week's ceding of the disputed oil- rich Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon by the International Court of Justice may have reopened memories of Nigeria's 30-month civil war. Full text...

  • Rwanda claims Interahamwe militiamen approaching border
    16 october 2002 08:22:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda authorities claim Uvira town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been overrun by fighters of the former Rwandan Armed Forces (FAR) and Interahamwe. Full text...

  • Five Ivorian rebels die in Daloa fighting
    15 october 2002 23:49:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Five rebel soldiers died in fighting between Ivorian loyalist forces and the rebels who held the town of Daloa Monday night, official sources said Tuesday night. Full text...

  • France calls on Ivorian govt, mutineers to a cease-fire
    15 october 2002 23:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France Tuesday urged the Ivorian government and the rebels seeking to oust President Laurent Gbagbo from power "to give priority to dialogue" by observing an "immediate cease-fire" in the conflict. Full text...

  • Cape Verde hosts forum on democracy
    15 october 2002 23:21:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Several Cape Verdean and foreign intellectuals and politicians Tuesday started in Praia a two-day forum to discuss "democracy and the electoral system. Full text...

  • Tripoli, Pretoria, Abuja discuss Africa's hotbeds
    15 october 2002 21:35:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Ivorian crisis and simmering tension between Sudan and Eritrea were the focus of contacts Libyan authorities had Tuesday with their South African and Nigerian counterparts, official sources indicated in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Ivorian loyalist forces regain control of Daloa
    15 october 2002 21:09:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian loyalist forces regained control of Daloa from rebels Tuesday, sources told PANA in Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire's political capital. Full text...

  • East Timor Prime Minister visits Angola
    15 october 2002 20:29:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- East Timor Prime Minister Mario Alkatiri arrived Tuesday in Luanda for a two-day working visit to Angola, the first such visit from the Southeast Asian country since its independence last 20 May. Full text...

  • Togo denounces Angolan intervention in Cote d'Ivoire
    15 october 2002 19:57:00
    Togo- Lome (PANA) -- Togo Tuesday described as an "intolerable interference," the alleged involvement of Angola in the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

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