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  • UNAMSIL gets another six-month mandate in Sierra Leone
    02 april 2002 20:16:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) by another six months, according to UNAMSIL acting spokesman, Patrick Koker. Full text...

  • Demonstrators clash with Mauritanian police over Palestine
    02 april 2002 19:56:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- One man was rushed to hospital in critical condition on Monday, after Mauritanian demonstrators protesting against Israeli attacks in Palestine clashed with police in the town of Nouadhibou. Full text...

  • UN envoy, Gambari in Angola
    02 april 2002 19:56:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- UN Secretary General's Assistant for Africa, Ibrahim Gambari, arrived in Luanda Tuesday with a special message to Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos. Full text...

  • UN envoy says peace is near in Angola
    02 april 2002 19:39:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Peace is imminent in Angola with the conclusion of the first stage of negotiations between government forces and the UNITA rebels, UN Secretary General's special envoy to Angola, Mussaje Jeychenje has said in Luena. Full text...

  • Minor cabinet reshuffle in Angola
    02 april 2002 18:44:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has sacked Albino Malungo, the Minister in charge of Social Reintegration replacing him with Joao Eduardo Baptista Kussumua, former Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration. Full text...

  • Italy donates 5,253 tonnes of rice to DR Congo
    02 april 2002 18:04:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Italy has donated 5,235 tonnes of rice worth 2 million Euros to DR Congo in a humanitarian gesture. Full text...

  • Canadian Prime Minister To Visit Nigeria
    02 april 2002 18:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien is due in Abuja on Thursday on a three-day official visit to Nigeria, the Canadian High Commission announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Parties Pick Presidential Candidates
    02 april 2002 17:36:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission has confirmed the nomination of six presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the elections due to be held in May. Full text...

  • Algerians observe a minute of silence for Palestine
    02 april 2002 17:25:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerians observed a minute of silence on Tuesday at 11. Full text...

  • Algerian cabinet confirms constitutional revision
    02 april 2002 16:41:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian cabinet has approved a constitutional revision bill introducing the Amazigh language (Berber) as a national language. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa hosts summit Wednesday on DRC peace progress
    02 april 2002 16:25:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Signatories to the DR Congo peace agreement are expected to meet in Lusaka Wednesday to review the progress achieved in the implementation of the Kampala and Harare Accords, the foreign ministry in Lusaka said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya renews commitment against terrorism
    02 april 2002 16:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will continue to support the US and other countries in the global fight against terrorism, an official has said. Full text...

  • Another Tunisian detainee dies in hospital
    02 april 2002 16:05:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- A Tunisian detainee, Lakhdhar Ben Hassen S'diri, died Sunday at the Sousse university hospital, 150 km south-east of Tunis, a source close to the justice ministry revealed Monday. Full text...

  • Group wants to meet Kenya's constitutional commission
    02 april 2002 15:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An inter-religious group has requested a meeting with the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission, which declared its inability to complete writing a new constitution before this year's general elections. Full text...

  • Chadian President Deby Visits Benin
    02 april 2002 15:45:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Chadian President Idriss Deby arrived here Tuesday for a two-day visit to Benin. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa endorsed to head Zambia's ruling party
    02 april 2002 15:23:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa has been endorsed as acting head of the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) replacing the retired predecessor, Frederick Chiluba. Full text...

  • Gambian president expected in Dakar Tuesday
    02 april 2002 14:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is expected to arrive in Dakar Tuesday on a two-day official visit during which he will be the guest of honour at ceremonies marking Senegal's 42nd anniversary of independence. Full text...

  • Jewish Deputies criticise Mbeki's stance on Middle East crisis
    02 april 2002 13:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (JBD) has criticised President Thabo Mbeki's alleged one-sided statement on the Middle East crisis. Full text...

  • One Killed In Nigerian Political Violence
    02 april 2002 13:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- One person was killed and more than 20 others injured in a clash between two factions of the opposition All Peoples Party (APP) in Nigeria's central Kwara state Monday, the local media reported. Full text...

  • US congressional delegation holds talks with Taylor
    02 april 2002 13:02:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A delegation from the US Congress has been holding talks with Liberian President Charles Taylor, the state-owned newspaper reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Namibian MP issues second Zimbabwe poll report
    02 april 2002 12:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Namibian legislator said Tuesday she intended to submit a dissenting report correcting what she terms as distortions in the Commonwealth report for Zimbabwe's 9-11 March presidential election. Full text...

  • Black presidential aspirant calls for Reunion's freedom
    02 april 2002 12:27:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Christiane Taubira, the first black presidential candidate in French history, has urged Paris to accord more freedom for its Indian Ocean Island department of Reunion. Full text...

  • Fifteen Malian parties form electoral alliance
    02 april 2002 11:11:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Fifteen Malian political parties over the weekend created an alliance dubbed "Espoir 2002" (Hope for 2002) ahead of the forthcoming presidential and parliamentary elections, newspapers reported in Bamako Tuesday. Full text...

  • Two candidates for second round poll in Moheli
    02 april 2002 10:43:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- A second round presidential ballot will be held in Moheli island 7 April after former Comoran vice-president Mohamed Hassanaly and outgoing Moheli governor Mohamed Said Fazul failed to win a majority in Sunday's first round. Full text...

  • Burundi govt forces battle rebels in rural Bujumbura
    18 march 2002 20:35:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi government forces were Monday battling to flush out suspected rebels from rural areas of the nation's capital, Bujumbura, an army spokesman said. Full text...

  • African leaders warn Zimbabwe of isolation
    18 march 2002 19:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Two African leaders Monday urged Zimbabwean politicians to reconcile after last week's bitterly fought presidential election, and warned the southern African country could face increased international isolation if it failed to re-establish political stability. Full text...

  • Fifth Mali presidential candidate throws in the towel
    18 march 2002 19:46:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's Democracy and Self-Sufficiency Party (PDA) president, Drissa Traore, is the latest leader to withdraw his candidacy from the country's presidential race set for 28 April to strengthen former military head of state Amadou Toumani Toure's (ATT) chances of winning the first round, reliable sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Ugandan paper reports Kagame's pilot fleeing to Uganda
    18 march 2002 18:43:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- A helicopter pilot attached to Rwandan President Paul Kagame has fled to neighbouring Uganda, a Ugandan newspaper has reported. Full text...

  • Renewed fighting threatens Inter-Congolese dialogue
    18 march 2002 17:54:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- Reports of renewed fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo threaten to scupper the Inter-Congolese dialogue with the Kinshasa government maintaining its boycott of the peace talks scheduled for 45 days. Full text...

  • Rwanda raps France over capture of Congolese town
    18 march 2002 17:37:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda has criticised France over allegations by its Ambassador at the United Nations, Jean Levitt, that it violated the Lusaka cease-fire agreement by attacking a Congolese town. Full text...

  • Kenya's ruling KANU, NDP finally merge
    18 march 2002 16:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi and the National Development Party (NDP) leader, Raila Odinga, officiated Monday at a colourful ceremony for the merger of their two parties. Full text...

  • Azali, two others qualify for Comoran presidential poll
    18 march 2002 16:13:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Outgoing Comoran military ruler, Col. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to host Liberian rebels in Abuja
    18 march 2002 15:51:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS has proposed a meeting of its officials and Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebels, as part of efforts to further the country's peace process. Full text...

  • Presidential hopefuls in Mali now number 13
    18 march 2002 15:25:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Union for Democracy and Development (UDD, opposition) has nominated Moussa Balla Coulibaly as its candidate for the 20 April presidential election in Mali. Full text...

  • British peace envoy begins talks in Khartoum
    18 march 2002 13:39:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Britain's peace emissary to Sudan, Allan Goulti began contacts Monday with Sudanese officials on how to end the protracted civil war in Southern Sudan. Full text...

  • Obsanjo, Mbeki in Zimbabwe for Talks with Mugabe
    18 march 2002 13:33:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa arrived in Zimbabwe Monday for talks with President Robert Mugabe over a disputed presidential election held last week. Full text...

  • UNHCR report annoys authorities in Guinea
    18 march 2002 13:13:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinea has expressed disgust about a recent report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Save the Children, UK, on claims of child sex abuse in refugee camps of the west African country. Full text...

  • US general discusses security in Horn of Africa
    18 march 2002 12:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The head of the US military's Central Command and commander of the war in Afghanistan, on Sunday discussed regional security and the war against terrorism with Ethiopian leaders, a senior Ethiopian official said Monday in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Gabonese President due in Mexico Tuesday
    18 march 2002 12:26:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese President Omar Bongo leaves Libreville late Monday for Monterrey, Mexico, official sources here said. Full text...

  • Comesa declares Zimbabwe's election "free and fair"
    18 march 2002 11:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) observer team has declared that the Zimbabwe 2002 presidential election was "free and fair". Full text...

  • Moroccan king attends opening of IPU session
    18 march 2002 11:06:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco attended Sunday's opening of the 107th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Marrakech, 320 Km south of Rabat, the capital. Full text...

  • Mbeki, Obasanjo to discuss Zimbabwean crisis with Mugabe
    18 march 2002 10:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki Monday departed for Harare for talks with his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Full text...

  • Kenya's vice-president declines from party race
    18 march 2002 10:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Vice-President George Saitoti Monday pulled out of an elective race 20 minutes before voting started to the pick the new officials of the New KANU, a party formed after the merger of the ruling party KANU and its long- time ally National Development Party (NDP). Full text...

  • Mbeki departs for Zimbabwe on Commonwealth mission
    18 march 2002 07:49:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki departs for Zimbabwe Monday to engage his controversially re-elected counterpart Robert Mugabe in talks aimed at fostering a coalition government in that country. Full text...

  • SADC leaders fail to get Zimbabwe opposition accept results
    17 march 2002 20:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Leaders from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said Sunday they had failed to persuade the Zimbabwean opposition to accept the result of last weekend's controversial polls won by incumbent President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Distraught Zimbabweans flock into Botswana
    17 march 2002 20:03:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Up to 200 Zimbabweans fleeing economic hardship have reportedly been arrested in Botswana, days after President Robert Mugabe's was declared winner of last week's presidential election. Full text...

  • Gabonese leader congratulates re-elected Nguesso
    17 march 2002 19:54:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- President Omar Bongo of Gabon has congratulated his Congolese neighbour, Denis Sassou Nguesso, following the latter's re-election. Full text...

  • Libyan leader receives Iraqi deputy Prime Minister
    17 march 2002 18:33:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Angolan Defence minister visits Spain
    17 march 2002 18:11:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Defence minister Gen. Full text...

  • French stance irks Malagasy community in Reunion
    17 march 2002 17:53:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Members of the Malagasy community along with sympathisers, have for weeks now been holding rallies every Saturday in the Reunion capital in support of self- proclaimed president Marc Ravalomanana. Full text...

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