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  • Ten Malian parties sign electoral alliance
    11 april 2002 16:32:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Some 10 Malian parties Wednesday in Bamako signed an electoral platform called the Alliance for Republic and Democracy (ARD) in order to pool their resources in the country's 28 April presidential poll. Full text...

  • Canada in vanguard of debt forgiveness, says Chretien
    11 april 2002 16:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Canada has demonstrated its support for Africa and developing countries in general by taking the lead on debt cancellation, visiting Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien pointed out Thursday in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Chad, Central African Republic mend fences
    11 april 2002 16:04:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Central African Republic President, Ange Felix Patasse ended a working visit to Chad late Wednesday, with a joint press conference where he and his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby, cleared doubts over relations between their two countries. Full text...

  • Two Mauritian parties express support for Palestine
    11 april 2002 16:02:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius' Lalit party has criticised the Israeli "colonialist and imperialist" policy in its occupation of Palestine. Full text...

  • International Criminal Court comes into force in July
    11 april 2002 15:40:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The International Criminal Court to try war crimes, genocide and violations of international humanitarian law is set to come into force following the accomplishment Thursday of the required 60 ratifications of its establishing treaty. Full text...

  • South Africa, Nigeria seal migration agreement
    11 april 2002 12:35:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The bi-national commission of South Africa and Nigeria has sealed an agreement harmonising visa requirements with a view to easing migration between the two countries. Full text...

  • Madagascar chamber annuls appointment of High Court members
    11 april 2002 11:45:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The administrative chamber of the Malagasy Supreme Court Wednesday annulled a decree issued last November by outgoing President Didier Ratsiraka, naming six of the nine members of the High Constitutional Court (HCC). Full text...

  • Tunisian unionists, lawyers call for boycott of US products
    11 april 2002 11:29:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian trade unionists and lawyers, have launched a campaign for the boycott of US goods and products manufactured by enterprises allied to the Israeli government, 'Le Quotidien de Tunis' daily has reported. Full text...

  • Gabonese minister hails Senegal's parliamentary experience
    11 april 2002 11:17:00
    Saly- Senegal (PANA) -- Gabon's Parliamentary Relations minister René Ndemezo Obiang has hailed an across-the-board networking of Senegalese MPs, urging other African countries to draw from the experience. Full text...

  • Bissau press denounces sanctions on rights group
    11 april 2002 10:50:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- An order of the Public Prosecutor banning the publication of any release from Guinea- Bissau's Human Rights League has come under attack from the local press and judicial circles alike. Full text...

  • Canadian Prime Minister in Ethiopia
    11 april 2002 10:44:00
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) -- Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien arrived in Addis Ababa late Wednesday on a visit that would feature talks with his Ethiopian counterpart Meles Zenawi, on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Togo's Eyadema urges cease-fire in Middle East
    11 april 2002 10:25:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema has expressed "deep concern" at the situation in the Middle East, following Israeli military operations in Palestinian territories. Full text...

  • Events in Palestine irk Guinean Parliament
    11 april 2002 08:37:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Parliament in Guinea has in a resolution passed Wednesday, expressed worry at the plight of Palestinians in the face of the current Israeli military operations. Full text...

  • Inter-Congolese dialogue extended by a week
    11 april 2002 07:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Inter-Congolese talks, which were scheduled to end Thursday, have been extended by a week. Full text...

  • FRODEBU, UPRONA differ on Burundian peace process
    10 april 2002 23:48:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's two main political forces, the Front for Democracy in Burundi (FRODEBU) and the former sole party, the Union for national Progress (UPRONA) have different perceptions about the unresolved cease-fire issue in the peace agreement they both signed. Full text...

  • Rebels abduct six women in Senegal's Casamance region
    10 april 2002 23:30:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Armed men, presumed to be members of the Casamance Democratic Forces Movement (MFDC, a rebellion operating in Southern Senegal), have abducted six women from the village of Niaguis, east of Ziguinchor, Casamance's main city, reliable sources revealed. Full text...

  • Guinean Speaker Decries Corruption
    10 april 2002 23:26:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinea's Speaker of the National Assembly, El Hadj Boubacar Biro Diallo, says the only thing he fears is shame if he does not speak his mind about wrongs in his country. Full text...

  • Central Africa's President Patassé in N'djamena
    10 april 2002 23:22:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Central African Republic's President Ange-Felix Patasse left Bangui Wednesday on a daylong visit in N'djamena to "clear up misunderstandings with his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby," official sources said. Full text...

  • Zanzibar debates reforms in electoral laws
    10 april 2002 23:08:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The government of Zanzibar Wednesday unveiled proposals for a radical constitutional change aimed at reforming the island's electoral commission, to end years of perceived impartiality against its members. Full text...

  • Mali Muslims call presidential candidates to order
    10 april 2002 22:44:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali Islamic Associations' Action Group (CAIM) comprising some sixty Muslim associations Wednesday warned the 24 presidential candidates campaigning to stand election 28 April to "take into account" concerns of Muslims in the country, reliable sources said. Full text...

  • President Wade invites actors in Malagasy crisis
    10 april 2002 22:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade has invited the two protagonists in the Malagasy political crisis to Dakar to attend the two-day summit on the financing of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), which opens in Dakar Monday. Full text...

  • Angolan military chiefs meet
    10 april 2002 21:43:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Military chiefs of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) and UNITA movement met Wednesday in Luanda to discuss implementation of the ceasefire they signed on 4 Among other things, the military chiefs had agreed on total demilitarisation of UNITA, the quartering of its troops, disarming and integration of generals and other military staff into the FAA. Full text...

  • Algiers police stop students' rally
    10 april 2002 21:31:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Police on Wednesday stopped a rally organised by students of Algiers University to express solidarity with the Palestinian people. Full text...

  • DRC official tells Rwanda, Uganda to pull out troops
    10 april 2002 21:07:00
    Kampala Uganda (PANA) -- A Kinshasa-based academic has demanded the total withdrawal of Ugandan and Rwandan troops from the Democratic Republic of Congo saying they were committing atrocities against the local population. Full text...

  • UN sanctions mission to Liberia reports 11 April
    10 april 2002 20:45:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A UN committee that visited Liberia recently to verify compliance with Resolution 1343 imposing sanctions on the country is to report to the Security Council 11 April, a European Union official said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kadhafi pleased with Patasse-Deby meeting
    10 april 2002 20:39:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The guide of the Libyan revolution, Col. Full text...

  • Africa's Peace Initiative Stands Low Chance in Mideast Crisis
    10 april 2002 20:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Palestinian ambassador to Senegal Said Abbassi has said that Africa's initiative to resolve the Middle East crisis would have a minimal chance of success. Full text...

  • Top British official discusses assistance for Angola
    10 april 2002 20:21:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The prevailing situation in Angola since the government and UNITA signed a cease-fire on 4 April dominated discussions on Wednesday in Luanda between President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and British Secretary of State for Development, Clare Short. Full text...

  • Britain urges Israel, Palestine to begin the peace process
    10 april 2002 19:40:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned that the Middle East conflict would never be solved if it were seen purely as a security or military question. Full text...

  • Buyoya wants Burundi, Rwanda incorporated in EAC
    10 april 2002 19:39:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Burundi President Pierre Buyoya Wednesday appealed for incorporation of his country and Rwanda into the East Africa Community (EAC), currently comprising Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Full text...

  • OAU demands immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces
    10 april 2002 19:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity Wednesday demanded the immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces from all Palestinian territories and an end to the current military campaign and siege by the Israeli Defence Forces. Full text...

  • EU reaffirms support for MRU peace process
    10 april 2002 19:10:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A top official of the European Union (EU) Wednesday reaffirmed the union's "strong support" for efforts aimed at restoring peace in countries of the Mano River Union (MRU). Full text...

  • Egypt excludes breaking ties with Israel
    10 april 2002 18:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Egypt's Ambassador in Paris, Ali Maher El Sayed on Wednesday excluded any suspension of the relations between his country and Israel arguing that such a move would not serve the Palestinian cause. Full text...

  • Liberian army launches search operations for dissidents
    10 april 2002 17:31:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian troops have "intensified search operations" in areas dissident forces attacked government positions in recent days, the defence ministry said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius debates govt funding for political parties
    10 april 2002 17:02:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- In pursuit of a recommendation by the commission on electoral reforms in Mauritius, Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth has tabled a motion in parliament calling for public funding of political parties. Full text...

  • DR Congo's Defence and Security Commission in full strength
    10 april 2002 16:19:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- The Defence and Security Commission at the inter-Congolese dialogue in Sun City, South Africa has come up with a proposal on ways to surmount disagreements on the formation of a new Armed Forces for the country. Full text...

  • South Africans remember Chris Hani on death anniversary
    10 april 2002 16:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africans Wednesday marked the ninth anniversary of the assassination of Chris Hani, former stalwart of the South African Communist Party, with several events throughout the country. Full text...

  • Rwandan army officials inspect fugitives in Kampala
    10 april 2002 15:34:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Ugandan authorities have allowed Rwandan officials on the Joint Military Verification Commission to visit and interrogate army defectors holed up in Uganda, the semi- official daily New Vision reported in Kampala, quoting government sources. Full text...

  • Congolese Army urges fleeing civilians to return to Brazzaville
    10 april 2002 15:14:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese Army Wednesday called on panic-stricken residents, who fled the southern districts of Brazzaville Tuesday following a military operation, to return to their homes. Full text...

  • Rebel groups disagree on DR Congo presidency
    10 april 2002 13:55:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- The rebel Movement for the Liberation of DR Congo (MLC) backed by Uganda, has proposed a Presidential Council, which should not exclude incumbent President Joseph Kabila, during the planned transition period. Full text...

  • Trouble again rocks Congo's Pool region
    10 april 2002 13:50:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The civilian population in the southern Congolese region of Pool, which was hardest-hit by the 1998-1999 civil war, is again running for cover following clashes between government troops and Ninja militiamen. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/Eritrea Border Commission to announce ruling Saturday
    10 april 2002 13:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Commission says it will announce its decision on the delimitation of the two countries' borders Saturday at a meeting to be attended by representatives of both governments. Full text...

  • Influx of Malawi passports applicants from 'Zimbabwean-Malawians'
    10 april 2002 12:57:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's immigration department has said it has recorded a dramatic increase in applications for Malawian passports from Zimbabweans of Malawi origin during and after that country's March presidential election. Full text...

  • Anti-Ratsiraka group intensifies campaign
    10 april 2002 12:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A group calling itself "Malagasy citizens willing to free themselves from Ratsiraka' s dictatorship" have launched an Internet web-site to raise awareness on what it calls "crimes" committed by embattled Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka. Full text...

  • Central Africans back former Malian leader's presidential bid
    10 april 2002 11:52:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- A Central African Republic committee supporting the candidacy of Mali's General Amadou Toumani Toure in the 28 April presidential ballot met Tuesday in Bangui to show their support for the former CAR peacemaker. Full text...

  • Zambian paper warns Israel's action may exacerbate violence
    10 april 2002 11:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- State-run Zambia Daily Mail warned Wednesday that the Middle East conflict was being fuelled by Israel's continued offensive in the Palestinian territories. Full text...

  • Taylor confers with Kadhafi
    10 april 2002 11:17:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi had telephone conversations Tuesday with Liberian President Charles Taylor, on African issues, Libyan officials said in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Kenyan MPs call for relocation of Israeli Embassy
    10 april 2002 11:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In response to the escalating Middle East crisis, some Kenyan MPs have called for the relocation of the Israeli Embassy in Nairobi to a less densely populated area, because of security concerns. Full text...

  • Moroccan businessman donates 430,000 dollars to Palestinians
    10 april 2002 10:41:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A Moroccan businessman has donated five million dirhams (more than 430,000 dollars) to help Palestinians, who have been under Israeli military attacks in the escalating Middle East crisis. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's Islamic leader condemns Israel
    10 april 2002 10:23:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The leader of the United Council of Imams in Sierra Leone, Sheikh Ahmed Tejan-Sillah, has condemned Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, his government and supporters, for "killing innocent Palestinians, destroying infrastructure and occupying their land. Full text...

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