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  • 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...

  • S. African VP calls on Burundians to put their country first
    13 august 2002 08:30:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- South Africa's Deputy President Jacob Zuma has called on those involved in the Burundian civil war to put their country first, or peace and stability would not return to their war-torn country. Full text...

  • Burundian vice-president visits Rwanda
    12 august 2002 23:22:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian vice-president Domitien Ndayizeye is in Kigali for discussions with Rwandan officials concerning Bujumbura's ongoing cease-fire negotiations. Full text...

  • Opposition leader pleads for national dialogue in Guinea
    12 august 2002 22:23:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Union of Republican Forces (UFR) party leader Sidya Toure has called for a national dialogue with the view to pulling Guinea out of its current political deadlock. Full text...

  • Diouf tipped to become new Francophonie boss
    12 august 2002 22:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf has "real chances" to be elected the next Secretary General of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF), a source close to the presidency in Dakar said Monday. Full text...

  • Angola to arrest former Rwandan army chief
    12 august 2002 21:56:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola on Monday decided to execute an international arrest warrant against former chief of staff of the Rwandan Armed Forces, Gen. Full text...

  • Congolese senate elects bureau members
    12 august 2002 21:40:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Ambroise Edouard Noumazalaye, secretary general of the ruling Congolese Labour Party (PCT), has been elected to head a seven-member bureau of the Congolese Senate. Full text...

  • UN, South Africa form Secretariat on Rwanda-DR Congo accord
    12 august 2002 21:12:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN and South Africa, third parties to the 30 July peace agreement between Rwanda and DR Congo, have named members of a Secretariat for the implementation of the agreement. Full text...

  • Former ruling Ivorian party denounces violence
    12 august 2002 20:54:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's former ruling Democratic Party (PDCI) has urged the government to elucidate the killing on 2 August of former minister Balla Keita in Ouagadougou and the recent aggression against the State Inspector Francois Kouadio. Full text...

  • Algiers plans international anti-terrorism colloquium
    12 august 2002 20:36:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian government plans holding an international colloquium next October, aimed at examining and analysing the phenomenon of terrorism through the Algerian example, an official source said Monday in Algiers. Full text...

  • Ivorian police arrest businessman for subversion
    12 august 2002 20:32:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Policemen in plain clothes Saturday violently arrested Ivorian businessman Ibrahima Keita and they have since kept him without communication with either his family or his lawyer. Full text...

  • Mauritius forms SADC national committee
    12 august 2002 19:57:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Businesspeople in Mauritius have formed a national committee on the Southern Africa Development Community as a forum for exchange of ideas and information about the region. Full text...

  • Malian president to attend Sassou Nguesso's investiture
    12 august 2002 19:54:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure leaves Bamako Tuesday morning for Brazzaville to attend the inauguration of President Denis Sassou Nguesso, official sources said in Bamako Monday. Full text...

  • Burundi rebel faction calls for armistice
    12 august 2002 19:49:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A Burundian rebel faction on Monday called for a cease-fire at the beginning of fresh talks in Dar es Salaam in a bid to end nearly nine years of civil war in the central African country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean opposition MP dies in car crash
    12 august 2002 19:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- George Ndlovu, a Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) MP for southern Inzisa constituency, died in hospital Monday from injuries he sustained in a road accident at the weekend, State television reported. Full text...

  • Garang says he believes in Sudan's unity
    12 august 2002 19:32:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- John Garang, leader of Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) said his movement was committed to the unity of Sudan based on "justice and equality for all Sudanese," a Khartoum daily reported Monday. Full text...

  • French minister to attend Sassou Nguesso's inauguration
    12 august 2002 19:14:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Co-operation and Francophonie Minister Pierre Andre Wiltzer will represent France at the swearing ceremony of Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt releases officer suspected of coup plotting
    12 august 2002 18:46:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian authorities have freed a police General, Mouhandou Bi Tehouan Alain, who was arrested on 28 June for "breach of national security", police sources revealed at the weekend in Abidjan, the country's economic capital. Full text...

  • Kadhafi congratulates Bashir on Sudan peace deal
    12 august 2002 18:02:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi has welcomed the peace deal recently signed by the Khartoum government and the rebel Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), and the historic meeting between President Omar el Bashir and rebel Leader John Garang in Kampala. Full text...

  • Malian President to visit France in September
    12 august 2002 17:03:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure is due in France 9-12 September, on an official visit, official sources said in Bamako Monday. Full text...

  • Swazi opposition leader continues testimony in treason trial
    12 august 2002 16:33:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The leader of Swaziland's main opposition political party, Mario Masuku on Monday told the High Court in Mbabane that he is being persecuted for fighting against a corrupt and non-democratic government. Full text...

  • Opposition leader wants AU, ECOWAS to resolve Liberian crisis
    12 august 2002 16:20:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's opposition politician Rudolph Sherman, Monday called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) to "speedily" resolve the Liberian crisis to avoid a "sub-regional spill-over" effect. Full text...

  • Sudanese peace talks resume in Machakos, Kenya
    12 august 2002 16:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The two sides to the long war in Sudan are meeting for the second time in as many months in Kenya's north-eastern town of Machakos, for another round of negotiations to end the war, which has claimed more than two million lives. Full text...

  • Remaining Ugandan troops pulling out of DR Congo
    12 august 2002 16:10:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan troops still left in DR Congo have started pulling out on President Yoweri Museveni's order, military sources said in Kampala Monday. Full text...

  • Mugabe rules out compromise on land
    12 august 2002 15:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Monday ruled out any compromise on his controversial land policies, and vowed to press ahead with farm seizures from white farmers for redistribution to landless peasants. Full text...

  • Malagasy Ambassador presents letters of credence in Dakar
    12 august 2002 15:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade will Monday afternoon receive the letters of credence of Madagascar's Ambassador to Senegal, according to informed source in the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • Bongo proposes revision of Gabon's electoral law
    12 august 2002 15:04:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese cabinet was expected Monday to discuss a bill proposed by President Omar Bongo to review the country's electoral law. Full text...

  • Kenya's succession war rages on as Moi sacks two ministers
    12 august 2002 11:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two cabinet ministers were Monday the first casualties of Kenya's raging presidential succession race after they were relieved of their duties by President Daniel arap Moi. Full text...

  • Libyan leader holds talks with Gambian vice-president
    12 august 2002 10:13:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The leader of the Libyan revolution, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi, Sunday night received Gambian vice president Issatou Njie Saidy and her delegation, official sources said in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Burundi peace talks set to resume in Tanzania
    12 august 2002 09:26:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, who is mediating in the Burundi peace efforts, has arrived in Dar es Salaam ahead of talks aimed at resolving the long war. Full text...

  • UNAMSIL peacekeepers deny firing at crowd in Freetown
    11 august 2002 17:46:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone, (PANA) -- The UN Mission in Sierra Leone has denied allegations that its peacekeepers killed four civilians while trying to restore order in Freetown on 18 July. Full text...

  • Ghana's local govt polls in second phase Tuesday
    11 august 2002 15:36:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian voters in 31 districts go to the polls on Tuesday for local government elections to fill district assemblies and Unit Committees. Full text...

  • Vacationing Nigerian MPs to Reconvene Tuesday
    11 august 2002 15:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Vacationing Nigerian parliamentarians have been asked to reconvene in Abuja Tuesday to deliberate on "urgent matters of national importance". Full text...

  • US travel warning upsets Nigeria
    11 august 2002 14:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian political leaders have reacted angrily to last week's warning issued by the US State Department discouraging Americans from travelling to the African country. Full text...

  • 30 Burundians demand probe into former PM's assassination
    11 august 2002 14:39:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A group of 30 Burundians has petitioned the Belgian government to set up a parliamentary committee of inquiry into the assassination of their country's first Prime Minister, Prince Louis Rwagasore. Full text...

  • Landmark Burundian peace talks open Monday
    11 august 2002 13:02:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- South Africa's Deputy President Jacob Zuma is expected to arrive in Dar es Salaam Sunday to chair the peace talks between the Burundian government and ethnic Hutu rebels aimed due to open Monday, Radio Tanzania reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Landmark Burundian peace talks open Monday
    11 august 2002 12:26:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- South Africa's Deputy President Jacob Zuma is expected to arrive in Dar es Salaam Sunday to chair the peace talks between the Burundian government and ethnic Hutu rebels aimed due to open Monday, Radio Tanzania reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Tanzanian opposition leader released on bail
    11 august 2002 11:45:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- An outspoken Tanzanian opposition politician and leader of the Democratic Party (DP), who was arrested last week and detained for sedition has been released on bail, local newspapers reported Saturday. Full text...

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