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  • Burundi cease-fire talks adjourned
    15 august 2002 18:16:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Talks for a cease-fire agreement to end Burundi's nine-year-old civil war were adjourned abruptly in Dar es Salaam Thursday, although the mediator, South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma said significant progress had been made. Full text...

  • Sudan's opposition splinter group to get cabinet posts
    15 august 2002 17:37:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) is to offer some ministerial posts to a breakaway faction from the opposition Umma Party of former Prime Minister Sadig el Mahdi, the ruling party's Politburo announced Thursday, after a meeting with representatives of the faction. Full text...

  • Libya to host CEN-SAD ordinary session
    15 august 2002 17:26:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The executive council of the Community of Sahelian-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) will hold its 8th ordinary session from 22 to 23 August in Tripoli, official sources said in the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Speaker of Nigerian Parliament meets ruling party leaders
    15 august 2002 17:00:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ghali Umar Na'Abba, Speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives, the lower legislative chamber, Thursday attended a crisis management meeting of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), aimed at resolving the bitter row between the presidency and the legislature. Full text...

  • Opposition wants strong ECOWAS intervention in Liberia
    15 august 2002 16:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A loose network of Liberian opposition and civil society groups has called for direct intervention of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to end the country's fresh civil war. Full text...

  • Nigerians divided over impeachment threat on Obasanjo
    15 august 2002 11:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two days into the two-week ultimatum issued by legislators to President Olusegun Obasanjo to resign or face impeachment, Nigerians are divided on the threat, the latest in a series of failed moves to force the President out of the opulent Aso Rock presidential villa. Full text...

  • Ruling party wades into row between Nigerian Parliament, Obasanjo
    15 august 2002 10:45:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Following an ultimatum from Nigeria's lower legislative chamber, the House of Representatives giving President Olusegun Obasanjo two weeks to stand down or face impeachment, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has invited the House leadership to a meeting in Abuja Thursday. Full text...

  • Somali peace talks to resume in Kenya in September
    15 august 2002 10:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A regional committee on a fact-finding tour of war-torn Somalia has submitted its report to Kenyan authorities paving the way for the resumption of the country's tedious peace negotiations in Kenya next month. Full text...

  • South Africa dismisses comparison between Zimbabwe, Middle East
    15 august 2002 09:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Aziz Pahad has shot back at critics in Parliament, who said South Africa was more vocal about the Middle East than about its restful neighbour Zimbabwe, arguing that the two cases were not the same. Full text...

  • Burundi to establish truth commission
    14 august 2002 23:52:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's cabinet has adopted a draft bill for the creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Full text...

  • Togolese opposition figure Ameganvi in court Friday
    14 august 2002 23:11:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- A Togolese opposition figure Claude Ameganvi and journalist Julien Ayi are scheduled to appear in court Friday on charges of circulating false information, judicial sources said in Lome Wednesday. Full text...

  • African Union considers Madagascar's membership
    14 august 2002 22:46:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Upper organs of the African Union (AU) are examining prospects of Madagascar's membership and recognition of President Marc Ravalomanana's government, an official source in Antananarivo revealed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Luanda hosts tripartite foreign ministers meeting
    14 august 2002 22:10:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Foreign ministers from Angola, Democratic Republic of congo and Uganda were meeting Wednesday in Luanda to analyse political, diplomatic relations and matters related to border security. Full text...

  • Balla Keïta's body arrive in Abidjan from Ouagadougou
    14 august 2002 22:06:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The remains of Ivorian opposition politician, Balla Keïta, found murdered on 1st August in Ouagadougou, arrived in Abidjan on Wednesday by air. Full text...

  • DR Congo's constitutional talks resume
    14 august 2002 21:25:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Negotiations resumed in Kinshasa Tuesday between government representatives, unarmed opposition parties and the civil society who signed the Sun City accord last April. Full text...

  • Rawlings interrogated thrice over political utterances
    14 august 2002 21:20:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's former president, Jerry Rawlings met interrogators Wednesday for the third time in two days for alleged treasonable comments he made last Friday. Full text...

  • Opposition UDPCI unhappy with new Ivorian cabinet
    14 august 2002 20:50:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The opposition Union for Democracy and Peace in Cote d'Ivoire (UDPCI) on Wednesday officially complained about its low representation in the new cabinet formed On 5 August. Full text...

  • Mauritanian party calls for national meeting
    14 august 2002 20:18:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's opposition Union of Forces of Progress (UFP) has proposed the convening of a national meeting on democracy to put an end to the prevailing tense political situation. Full text...

  • Congolese President pledges to root out corruption
    14 august 2002 19:24:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Newly installed Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso has pledged to "energetically combat" corruption that undermines his country's administration. Full text...

  • ECOWAS plans Liberian peace meeting in Dakar
    14 august 2002 19:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Current ECOWAS Chairman, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade is engaged in high-level consultations to convene a peace talk on Liberia in Dakar, ECOWAS Executive secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas said Wednesday. Full text...

  • US congratulates Angola on arrest of Rwandan indictee
    14 august 2002 19:18:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The United States has congratulated the government of Angola for the arrest of an indictee of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda who is accused of leading the 1994 genocide in that country. Full text...

  • Colin Power for Luanda in September
    14 august 2002 19:05:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell is expected to pay a lightning visit to Luanda in September while on his way to attend the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, Angop reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Chirac pushes to consolidate co-operation with Libya
    14 august 2002 17:08:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac said he was pleased with current high level bilateral relations with Libya, and emphasised his willingness to consolidate them. Full text...

  • Obasanjo says he will not resign
    14 august 2002 16:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has rejected the two-week ultimatum issued to him by the House of Representatives (the lower chamber of Parliament), Tuesday, to either resign or be impeached. Full text...

  • "Our King is being abused by the govt," says Swazi defendant
    14 august 2002 16:44:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Mario Masuku, leader of the banned People's United democratic Movement (PUDEMO) in Swaziland, Wednesday told the High Court in Mbabane that he never meant to fight for the downfall or removal of King Mswati III, but his aim has been to deal away with the government that is "abusing" him. Full text...

  • Kenya's ruling party moves to quell dissent
    14 august 2002 15:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Daniel arap Moi Wednesday moved to quell rebellion in the ruling KANU party following a decision by Vice-president George Saitoti to run in the next presidential election, in spite of Moi's preference for fellow stalwart Uhuru Kenyatta. Full text...

  • South Africa delivers message of peace to Madagascar
    14 august 2002 15:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has gone to Madagascar with a delegation of African Union officials to deliver a "message of peace. Full text...

  • Paris hails Burundi peace talks
    14 august 2002 13:55:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France Wednesday welcomed the the fresh Burundi peace talks in Tanzania, expressing the hope that the negotiations could help restore peace to the troubled country. Full text...

  • France calls for fair land reform in Zimbabwe
    14 august 2002 13:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has called on Zimbabwe to implement a "fair, sensible and peaceful" land reform, saying that it acknowledged, "like other European Union countries, the need to reduce poverty in that country" through such an operation. Full text...

  • Vice-President Saitoti wants to succeed Moi
    14 august 2002 13:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Vice-President George Saitoti returned home from an official trip to the US via Britain on Wednesday, and immediately declared his intention to seek his party's nomination to run for the presidency in the forthcoming general election. Full text...

  • Ruling party meets over impeachment threat on Obasanjo
    14 august 2002 13:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The National Working Committee (NWC) of Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was meeting in Abuja Wednesday over the ultimatum by the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Parliament, to President Olusegun Obasanjo to resign in two weeks or be impeached because of the nation's worsening economic situation. Full text...

  • Annan arrives in Accra on home leave
    14 august 2002 12:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan arrived in Accra Tuesday night with his wife Nane, for a 10-day holiday in his home country, Ghana. Full text...

  • Ethiopian President receives Gambian Envoy
    14 august 2002 11:16:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian President Gimra Giorgis has called for closer co-operation between his country and the Gambia, for the strengthening of the African Union (AU), State radio reported in Addis Ababa Wednesday. Full text...

  • Former Liberian combatant detained in Sierra Leone
    14 august 2002 11:00:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A former Liberian fighter identified as "General" David Bropleh has been arrested "for security reasons" in Freetown, according to Sierra Leonean police. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's RUFP Secretary General Quits
    13 august 2002 19:37:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front Party (RUFP) secretary general Almami Paolo Bangura has resigned. Full text...

  • Rawlings questioned over his statement
    13 august 2002 19:07:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings was Tuesday invited by the Director of Bureau of National Investigations to clarify a statement he made Friday in Kumasi. Full text...

  • Five African leaders to attend Nguesso's inauguration
    13 august 2002 18:52:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Presidents Idriss Deby of Chad, Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali and Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique arrived in Brazzaville Tuesday afternoon to attend the inauguration of Congo's President-elect Denis Sassou Nguesso on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Voting ends in second round of Ghana's municipal polls
    13 august 2002 18:16:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian voters in 31 Districts ended balloting on Tuesday to fill District Assemblies and Unit Committees in a municipal poll characterised by a low turnout. Full text...

  • Museveni promises relief workers protection against LRA rebels
    13 august 2002 18:14:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- President Yoweri Museveni has assured all humanitarian organisations operating in the rebel infested northern Uganda of maximum security by the army and police against any further attacks from rebels of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA). Full text...

  • Mugabe pays tribute to Zimbabwean Army over DR Congo mission
    13 august 2002 17:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Tuesday paid glowing tribute to his country's defence forces for "defending" DR Congo against a rebel insurgency, and pledged to increase the pay of soldiers pay and to re-equip the army with modern weapons. Full text...

  • Zambia deports 24 West African illegal immigrants
    13 august 2002 16:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has deported 24 illegal immigrants mainly from West Africa, Immigration Department spokesperson Ibvuta Lungu confirmed Tuesday in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Organisers expand Zambian initiative to honour late Hammarskjoeld
    13 august 2002 16:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The initiators of a memorial in honour of late UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjoeld have expanded activities being held at his crash site in Zambia by introducing a two-week messengers-of-peace training programme. Full text...

  • Nigeria restates commitment to peace in Liberia
    13 august 2002 15:02:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Tuesday reiterated its commitment to efforts aimed at ending the fighting in Liberia between President Charles Taylor's government and the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), dissidents. Full text...

  • Britain concerned about situation in Zimbabwe
    13 august 2002 13:44:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Britain has described as "desperate," the situation in Zimbabwe in the wake of President Robert Mugabe's determination to evict commercial white farmers from their property. Full text...

  • South Africa's opposition angered by Mugabe's Heroes Day speech
    13 august 2002 12:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's opposition parties have slammed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe who Monday ordered white farmers defying eviction orders to leave their farms. Full text...

  • Angola issues arrest warrant against Rwandan general
    13 august 2002 11:08:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan government has issued an international arrest warrant against General Augustin Bizimungu, a former chief of staff of the Rwandan Armed Forces, an official source said in Luanda. Full text...

  • Gabonese leader Bongo to attend Congo leader's swearing-in
    13 august 2002 10:57:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese President Omar Bongo will attend Congolese leader Denis Sassou Nguesso's swearing-in ceremony in Brazzaville on Wednesday, official sources in Libreville said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Malian leader attends Sassou Nguesso's inauguration in Congo
    13 august 2002 10:45:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian president Amadou Toumani Toure left Bamako for Brazzaville Tuesday morning to attend Congolese leader Sassou Nguesso's inauguration on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Burundi rebels call for truce during peace talks
    13 august 2002 10:34:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A rebel faction fighting in the nearly nine-year civil war in Burundi has called for a cease-fire as multi-track peace talks on the central African country opened in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian capital. Full text...

  • UN official calls for more peacekeepers to serve DR Congo
    13 august 2002 09:37:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The UN Special Representative in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Amos Namanga Ngongi, said there was an urgent need to increase the level of deployment of UN peacekeeping forces in the country to fully take control of the peace process. Full text...

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