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  • Symposium on election monitoring holds in Yaounde
    03 april 2002 21:25:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A symposium on election observation, organised by the local chapter of the Paris-based rights group New Human Rights (NDH), opens on Thursday in Yaounde. Full text...

  • Accidental gunshot alarms Burundi Parliament
    03 april 2002 21:03:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- An accidental gunshot that spread panic in Parliament in Bujumbura, Wednesday, was blamed on an agent belonging to the 700-strong South African contingent providing security to Burundi dignitaries returning from exile. Full text...

  • Malawi opposition leader arrested over flimsy charges
    03 april 2002 20:27:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- In a continuing harassment campaign against the opposition, the Malawi government ordered the arrest of Nicholas Dausi, a publicity secretary for the main Malawi Congress Party (MCP), and charged him with conspiracy to defeat the course of justice. Full text...

  • Ghana handling refugee problem after ethnic violence
    03 april 2002 19:47:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghanaian government Wednesday said it was working hard to address the refugee situation in Tamale, capital of Northern Region, after last week's ethnic violence at Yendi. Full text...

  • Swazi MPs in war of words with cabinet ministers over budget
    03 april 2002 19:42:00
    Lobamba- Swaziland (PANA) -- Things are not going well in the lower house of the Swaziland parliament as legislators and cabinet ministers continue fighting each other over the conduct of each party. Full text...

  • Rights activist visits Cameroon
    03 april 2002 19:07:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The president of France-based rights group New Human Rights (NDH), Pierre Bercis, was due in Yaounde Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN urges quick withdrawal of foreign troops from DR Congo
    03 april 2002 18:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN Wednesday called on African leaders attending the DR Congo Summit in Lusaka to facilitate the withdrawal of foreign troops from that country. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa urges DR Congo parties to support peace process
    03 april 2002 17:25:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African leaders began a Summit on DR Congo in Lusaka Wednesday, with Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa calling on all the parties to the conflict to support the peace process in practical terms. Full text...

  • US Congressional delegation visits Mali
    03 april 2002 16:54:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A five-member US Congressional delegation is in Mali to hold discussions with government officials, representatives of political parties and the civil society ahead of presidential elections in the country this month. Full text...

  • Taylor sympathises with Britain, Ireland on Queen mother's death
    03 april 2002 16:19:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has sent a message of condolence to Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal family and the governments and peoples of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, on the death of the Queen mother, Elizabeth I. Full text...

  • Mauritius concerned over violence against Palestinians
    03 april 2002 16:07:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Foreign Minister Anil Gayan has expressed his country's serious concern over the "unprecedented" violence by Israel against the Palestinians. Full text...

  • Angolan Foreign Minister at DR Congo summit in Lusaka
    03 april 2002 15:56:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Foreign Minister Joao Bernardo de Miranda is representing President Jose Eduardo dos Santos at the summit of signatories to the Lusaka Cease-fire Accord for the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • US Congressional delegation visits Ethiopia
    03 april 2002 15:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A delegation from the US House of Representatives, led by Jim Kolbe of Arizona, Chairman of the House Foreign Operations Sub-Committee, is in Ethiopia to evaluate US government-funded projects on food security and HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Cape Verde army chief of staff in Luanda
    03 april 2002 15:45:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Cape Verde army chief of staff, Antero Matos, is in Luanda to attend the signing of a cease-fire between Government and UNITA military commanders on Thursday. Full text...

  • President Mbeki tries to salvage DR Congo Talks
    03 april 2002 15:45:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki mustered all his moral weight to convince heads of delegations attending the Inter-Congolese dialogue in Sun City to find a solution to the Congolese crisis within the remaining 11 days before the dialogue ends. Full text...

  • American officials visit Somalia
    03 april 2002 14:51:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- A six-member delegation from the US State Department led by Zachary Teich, arrived in Mogadishu Wednesday for talks with the Somali Transitional Government and opposition leaders on the country's reconciliation process and the global war against terror. Full text...

  • UNITA's hired guns to be repatriated
    03 april 2002 13:55:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Foreigners in UNITA military ranks, mostly Rwandan Hutus and Tutsis, will be assembled at quartering camps and later repatriated to their countries, the Angolan News Agency, ANGOP, reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mbeki's Office responds to criticism over Middle East stance
    03 april 2002 13:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki's office has hit back at claims that the South African government has been one-sided in its criticism of the ongoing crisis in the Middle East. Full text...

  • Gunmen wound 4 persons, abduct 3 others in Casamance
    03 april 2002 13:29:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- A group of armed men believed to be members of the rebel Movement of Democratic Forces in Casamance (MFDC) have wounded four persons and abducted three others in Senegal's southern Casamance region, military sources said. Full text...

  • Canadian Prime Minister to Visit Algiers
    03 april 2002 12:37:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien is due in Algiers on Thursday for a working visit at the invitation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Full text...

  • Kamanda joins list for DR Congo's transition presidency
    03 april 2002 12:31:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- The chairman of the coalition between Democratic Alternative and the Common Front of Nationalists (FCN), Gerard Kamanda Wa Kamanda his candidacy for president of DR Congo during the transitional period, a reliable source said in Sun City. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt begins talks with opposition
    03 april 2002 12:23:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe government officials and those from the main opposition party were on Wednesday due to begin talks on last month's disputed presidential election under the dual mediation of South Africa and Nigeria. Full text...

  • Kagame leaves for Lusaka summit on Congo
    03 april 2002 12:01:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame left Kigali Wednesday morning for Lusaka, Zambia to attend a summit of heads of state of countries involved in the Democratic Republic of Congo's war, official sources reported. Full text...

  • Kenya urges Somali warring factions to unite
    03 april 2002 11:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya, (PANA) -- Kenya Wednesday called for dialogue and integration among all political actors in war-torn Somalia to help the country achieve lasting peace. Full text...

  • Togolese parliament holds first ordinary session
    03 april 2002 10:48:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's National Assembly Speaker Fambara Nachaba has spoken of the need to restore the country's tarnished international image. Full text...

  • Essy discusses African issues with Tunisian minister
    03 april 2002 10:13:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Visiting OAU secretary general Amara Essy has held talks with Tunisian foreign minister Habib Ben Yahia, reliable sources said Tuesday in Tunis. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's nomination date extended by one day
    03 april 2002 09:52:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone National Electoral Commission's chairman Walter Nicol has given political parties an extra day to submit nomination papers for their respective presidential candidates. Full text...

  • Swazi MPs boycott national budget debate over pay
    03 april 2002 09:18:00
    Lobamba- Swaziland (PANA) -- Disgruntled Swazi legislators boycotted the national budget debate late Tuesday following the government's failure to pay out a 31 percent salary increase. Full text...

  • Leaders arrive in Lusaka for DR Congo summit
    03 april 2002 08:26:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African leaders have started arriving in Lusaka for Wednesday's summit expected to press for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other issues. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean's bishops back people of Malagasy
    02 april 2002 23:55:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Indian Ocean Conference of Churches (CEOI), grouping Catholic Churches of Reunion, the Seychelles and Mauritius, has expressed its solidarity with Malagasy Christians, official sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • 21 Algerian soldiers, a guard killed in Sidi-Bel Abbès
    02 april 2002 23:49:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Twenty one soldiers and a guard were killed early Tuesday in Ouled Larbi, in the prefecture of Sidi-Bel Abbès, 450 km west of Algiers, the Algerian capital. Full text...

  • Malagasy prelate urges Didier Ratsiraka to resign
    02 april 2002 23:34:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Travelling Tuesday through Reunion to Paris, Father Pedro made a vibrant plea to the Reunion and French authorities to recognise the Malagasy government of self- proclaimed President Marc Ravalomanana. Full text...

  • Niger welcomes 54 more Peace Corps volunteers
    02 april 2002 23:17:00
    Niamey Niger- (PANA) -- Fifty-four Peace Corps volunteers took the oath of service this week at the US embassy in Niamey, bringing their number in the country to 100. Full text...

  • Togolese govt, opposition still at odds over electoral law
    02 april 2002 23:07:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The opposition and ruling establishment in Togo failed to reach agreement Tuesday at a meeting of the Joint Monitoring Committee (CPS) concerning a the revision of the electoral law. Full text...

  • EU acknowledges presidential polls in Congo
    02 april 2002 22:17:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has acknowledged the presidential election held last 10 March in Congo, saying it gave the local population "a chance to express its desire for peace and rejection of violence. Full text...

  • Gunmen kill 3, injure others in southern Congo train attack
    02 april 2002 22:11:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Unidentified gunmen attacked a passenger train Tuesday, killing three people and injuring several others at Mindouli, a town 200 km south of Brazzaville, a police source in the Congolese capital of Brazzaville said. Full text...

  • Ghana Speaker convenes Parliament to discuss state of emergency
    02 april 2002 21:20:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Speaker of Ghana's Parliament, Peter Ala Adjetey, Tuesday recalled parliamentarians from their Easter recess to sit on Thursday, 4 April. Full text...

  • Rwandan genocide suspects boycott trial
    02 april 2002 21:03:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Four senior Rwandan military officers, including Col. Full text...

  • Togolese police evict CENI members from their office
    02 april 2002 20:41:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese security have evicted members of the country's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) from their offices, sources close to the institution said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Angolan parliament passes amnesty Bill
    02 april 2002 20:36:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola's National Assembly (Parliament) Tuesday in Luanda, unanimously passed an Amnesty Bill on war crimes, to pave the way for UNITA rebels to sign a cease-fire accord with government Thursday. Full text...

  • 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...

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