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  • 232 Sierra Leonean soldiers sent on pre-retirement leave
    19 august 2002 22:54:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Some 232 Sierra Leonean soldiers have been served with letters to proceed on pre-retirement leave from September, according to Adolphus Samuels, Director of Information in the Defence Ministry. Full text...

  • Ex-ruling party may leave Ivorian government
    19 august 2002 22:31:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The former ruling Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire (PDCI) could as early as Tuesday leave the newly-formed government of "national unity" put in place only two weeks ago, sources close to the leadership of the party said Monday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • AMD accuses Mauritania's ruling party of marginalisation
    19 august 2002 22:29:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Alliance for a Democratic Mauritania (AMD), which supports President Maaouiya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya's government, said its members were being marginalised in the State apparatus. Full text...

  • Rawlings returns official Vehicles
    19 august 2002 20:54:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings has returned State vehicles in his possession as demanded by the government following a row over his statement for "positive defiance" of the government. Full text...

  • US will not invade Somalia - Envoy
    19 august 2002 18:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US has dismissed fears that it plans to invade Somalia in pursuit of suspected members of the Al Qaeda network, rumoured to have taken refuge in that country, a senior American official has said. Full text...

  • Minor cabinet reshuffle in Sudan
    19 august 2002 18:09:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar el Bashir Monday announced a minor cabinet reshuffle to accommodate the Rejuvenation and Reform Group, a breakaway faction of the opposition Umma (Nation) Party, led by former Prime Minister Sadig el Mahdi. Full text...

  • US hopeful on Sudan peace process
    19 august 2002 17:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- US Peace Envoy to Sudan, John Danforth, has expressed optimism with the ongoing peace process, saying the prospects for ending the two-decade-old brutal war in the eastern African country have never been brighter. Full text...

  • Nguesso names new government
    19 august 2002 16:35:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville President Denis Sassou Nguesso has named an enlarged cabinet of 34 members, up from 26 in the old government. Full text...

  • Impeachment threat rallies support for Nigerian leader
    19 august 2002 13:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is enjoying a rare groundswell of support, especially from his southwest homebase, in the aftermath of a threat by parliamentarians to impeach him if he fails to resign by 27 August. Full text...

  • Burundians question suspension of peace talks
    18 august 2002 18:11:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The sudden adjournment of the Burundi cease-fire talks in Dar es Salaam, between the Transitional government and the rebel movements, has elicited sharp reactions from the citizens, with many saying it could be a recipe for renewed hostilities. Full text...

  • Tandja ends Libyan visit
    18 august 2002 17:20:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Niger's President Mamadou Tandja left Libya for home Sunday, after a three-day visit, during which he had talks with the Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi in Sirte, 450-km east of Tripoli. Full text...

  • US renews commitment to Sudan peace process
    18 august 2002 17:08:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- US President George W. Full text...

  • Congolese police deport Cameroonian for alleged spying
    18 august 2002 17:00:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Cameroonian national Joseph Melloh Mindako, accused by Congolese authorities of breach of security, has been deported from the country, judicial sources disclosed Saturday. Full text...

  • Bush appeals to Congo leader to reconcile all Congolese
    18 august 2002 14:32:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- US President George Bush has appealed to his Congolese counterpart Denis Sassou Nguesso to "extend the hand of national reconciliation to all Congolese" in a message he sent him on the occasion of the 42nd anniversary of Congo's independence. Full text...

  • Human rights activist locked up in Niger
    18 august 2002 14:18:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Two days after the Niger police arrested him, the chairman of Niger's Human Rights League (LNDDH), El Hadji Bagnou Bonkoukou, has been placed under a committal order by a criminal court and transferred to Niamey prison, judicial sources said. Full text...

  • Sudan renews opposition leader's detention for another year
    18 august 2002 13:33:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar el Bashir has renewed a detention order of his former ally and current political foe, Hassan el Turabi, for another year, a presidential decree issued in Khartoum said Sunday. Full text...

  • Burundi govt calls for the resumption of peace talks
    18 august 2002 10:19:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundian government has appealed for the resumption of peace talks started last Monday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and which were stalemated by the rebels' demands to directly negotiate with the regular army. Full text...

  • Displaced Sierra Leoneans served notice to quit camp
    18 august 2002 09:39:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Sierra Leonean government has served notice to more than 10,000 displaced persons residing at the Clay Factory Camp in east of Freetown to leave the area in three months. Full text...

  • Sudan Court Orders Turabi Released
    17 august 2002 20:24:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Constitutional Court of Sudan Saturday ordered former parliament speaker, Hassan el Turabi, released after he spent 18 months in jail or under house arrest, his family said. Full text...

  • Obasanjo's ethnic group threatens secession over impeachment
    17 august 2002 18:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's ethnic Yoruba people have threatened to secede from the country if their kinsman is impeached as planned by the National Assembly (Parliament). Full text...

  • Ugandan army claims killing 27 rebels in counter-offensive
    17 august 2002 17:26:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Ugandan army Saturday claimed government troops Friday killed 27 rebels of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) following attacks on two separate enemy bases in Kitgum and Pader districts in northern Uganda. Full text...

  • Thugs attack Malawi opposition leader, Mpinganjira
    17 august 2002 14:45:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Unidentified thugs on Friday night ambushed opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leader Brown Mpinganjira at a police check point outside the capital, Lilongwe. Full text...

  • Gabon to give priority to national debt
    17 august 2002 13:27:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese President Omar Bongo called on Friday for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to take into account his country's decision to give priority to the repayment of internal debts. Full text...

  • Nigerian party goes tough with MPs over impeachment plan
    17 august 2002 12:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has threatened to expel its legislators in the lower legislative chamber, House of Representatives, if they fail to drop an impeachment plot against President Olusegun Obasanjo. Full text...

  • Gunmen kill Nigerian ruling PDP state chairman
    17 august 2002 11:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Gunmen suspected to be hired assassins have killed the Chairman of the central Kwara chapter of Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahman Patigi, the local press reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya's ruling party proposes constitutional reforms
    17 august 2002 11:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU) Friday proposed radical constitutional changes including an executive branch of the government that shall comprise a President, his Vice President, a Prime Minister and two Deputy Prime Ministers. Full text...

  • PDCI threatens to quit Ivorian cabinet
    16 august 2002 23:51:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- After Gen. Full text...

  • SADI Party demands comprehensive government audit in Malian
    16 august 2002 20:55:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- SADI party (African solidarity for democracy and independence) of former student leader Oumar Mariko, which won six seats in the last parliamentary elections, demands has urged Malian president Amadou Toumani Touré to "audit the past government in a move to initiate real change. Full text...

  • Suspected fundamentalists kill 26 in Chlef region
    16 august 2002 20:55:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Twenty-six people were killed Thursday night by a group of suspected Islamic fundamentalists in Herchoune commune of Chlef prefecture, 250-km west of Algiers, indicates a report by the Algerian security services. Full text...

  • SADC executive secretary visits Seychelles
    16 august 2002 20:24:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Southern Africa Development Community Executive Secretary Prega Ramsamy is visiting the Seychelles to discuss with government officials how the archipelago could derive maximum benefit from the regional organisation. Full text...

  • France promises to support Congo's reconstruction
    16 august 2002 20:21:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- French co-operation minister Pierre-Andre Wiltzer has promised his country's contribution towards Congo's reconstruction and development following the restoration of peace and stability. Full text...

  • Ruling KANU proposes radical constitutional changes in Kenya
    16 august 2002 19:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's ruling KANU party Friday proposed major changes to the national constitution, including devolution of Presidential powers and creation of the office of Prime Minister. Full text...

  • Opposition calls for free and fair elections in Benin
    16 august 2002 19:18:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin Renaissance (RB) opposition party of former President Nicephore Soglo on Friday demanded the dissolution of the former local administrative organs at least 15 days before the 1 December 2002 local and municipal elections. Full text...

  • CEMAC plans mission to troubled Chad-CAR border
    16 august 2002 18:47:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Leaders of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), have decided at an extra-ordinary Summit in Brazzaville, to send an observer mission to the border between Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR), official sources said in the Gabonese capital Friday. Full text...

  • Ghanaian State paper welcomes Annan home
    16 august 2002 17:54:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- State-owned Ghanaian Times Friday welcomed UN Secretary General Kofi Annan home on holidays, and urged him to help improve the country's external image. Full text...

  • Ruling Party fails to continue meeting on threat to sack Obasanjo
    16 august 2002 17:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A meeting of officials of Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and members of the lower legislative chamber, House of Representatives, over the impeachment threat on President Olusegun Obasanjo, could not continue as scheduled Friday in Abuja, informed sources said. Full text...

  • Former govt officials absolved from Ghana's ethnic fighting
    16 august 2002 17:10:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Former Interior Minister Malik Al-hassan Yakubu and former Security Chief, General Joshua Hamidu, accused of complicity in the recent bloody clashes and assassination of the Ya-Na Yakubu Andani, a Paramount Chief in Ghana's Dagbon District, have been discharged by the Commission inquiring into the ethnic crisis. Full text...

  • Opposition protests withdrawal of Rawlings' official vehicles
    16 august 2002 16:30:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Friday expressed concern over a directive to former President Jerry Rawlings to return official vehicles in his possession. Full text...

  • Niger Human Rights League chief arrested over comments on mutiny
    16 august 2002 15:42:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The President of Niger's human rights league, El Hadj Bagnou Bonkoukou was arrested in Niamey Thursday for what the authorities said were "discourteous" declarations he made about a mutiny that shook the army two weeks ago. Full text...

  • Corruption charges divert heat on Nigerian MPs
    16 august 2002 15:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In another twist to Nigeria's ever-changing political landscape, principal officials of the country's bi-cameral National Assembly (Parliament), have been accused of corruption, thereby shifting the heat from the executive to the legislature. Full text...

  • UN recognises Ravalomanana, invites him to Earth Summit
    16 august 2002 15:13:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, has officially recognised Marc Ravalomanana as the President of Madagascar and invited him to attend the August-September Earth Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, Malagasy officials said Friday. Full text...

  • Zambia's former spy chief jailed for stealing six vehicles
    16 august 2002 13:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former director-general of the Zambia Security Intelligence Services, Xavier Chungu, has been arrested and detained on charges of stealing six motor vehicles while he was the country's spy master. Full text...

  • Ivorian President enjoins envoys to defend country's image
    16 august 2002 12:24:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Head of State Laurent Gbagbo has urged the country's Ambassadors working abroad to defend the image of Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Niger's Mamadou Tandja confers with Colonel Kadhafi
    16 august 2002 10:24:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Gen. Guei's party pulls out of Ivorian govt of national union
    16 august 2002 09:36:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Union for Democracy and Peace in Cote d'Ivoire (UDPCI) of ex-military junta leader Gen. Full text...

  • Zambian leader goes on vacation after seven months in office
    16 august 2002 08:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian president Levy Mwanawasa was Friday on the second day of a weeklong vacation to South Luangwa wildlife game sanctuary in the eastern part of his country. Full text...

  • South African liberation hero succumbs to long illness
    16 august 2002 08:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The ANC in the Western Cape has announced the death of one of its stalwarts, Wilfred Rhodes, saying he passed on last Wednesday from cancer, exactly a week to his 66th birthday. Full text...

  • Judgement reserved for next week in Swazi treason trial
    15 august 2002 21:21:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Swaziland High Court Thursday said it would rule on the case of jailed Swazi main opposition leader, Mario Masuku, next week Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's ruling party adjourns crisis management meeting
    15 august 2002 20:26:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The crisis management meeting between the Speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na'Abba and the leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), ended in Abuja Thursday without an agreement. Full text...

  • Botswana denies ceding territory to Namibia
    15 august 2002 19:58:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana has denied ceding any territory to neighbouring Namibia. Full text...

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