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  • Mine explosion, motor accident kill nine in Ethiopia
    30 january 2002 10:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Nine persons were killed in a mine explosion and road accident in Ethiopia, the UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe denies entry visas for 'Reporters Sans Frontières'
    29 january 2002 23:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's embassy in Paris Tuesday rejected visa applications from an official of 'Reporters Sans Frontières' (RSF) who wanted to travel to Harare to assess the prevailing press freedom situation. Full text...

  • Nigeria Urges UN to Consult Regional Bodies Before Sanctions
    29 january 2002 23:04:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Nigeria has urged the UN Security Council to adopt the approach of consulting with leaders of sub-regional bodies before imposing sanctions on any country or group. Full text...

  • Ex-Sierra Leonean junta head to stand for the presidency
    29 january 2002 22:40:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Former Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) junta leader, Lt-Col. Full text...

  • Parliament Debates Zimbabwe's Controversial Media Bill
    29 january 2002 21:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's parliament Tuesday started debating an information bill that has sparked deep controversy within and outside the country. Full text...

  • Call to make arms embargo violations punishable
    29 january 2002 20:27:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Deputy Secretary General Louise Frechette has urged UN member states to make the violation of UN arms embargoes a criminal offence under their national laws. Full text...

  • Malagasy opposition leader urges army to disobey
    29 january 2002 19:42:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana, who won the highest number of votes during the 16 December 2001 the presidential poll, has called on the army and police to join the public protest against what he terms as fraudulent results. Full text...

  • Koroma sees cracks in new Sierra Leonean army
    29 january 2002 17:41:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- There are "serious cracks" in the new national army to be formed in Sierra Leone, former military junta key-figure, Lt. Full text...

  • Southern African MPs to monitor election in Zimbabwe
    29 january 2002 15:34:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- The Parliamentary Forum of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) has received the green light from authorities in Harare to monitor the 9-10 March presidential election in Zimbabwe, the chairman of the forum said Tuesday in Lilongwe. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe bars UK from monitoring presidential poll
    29 january 2002 15:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Monday announced a list of countries and regional and international organizations to be invited to observe its March presidential election, but specifically barred former colonial power Britain, charging that the latter has a bias in favour of opposition parties. Full text...

  • Govt goes to court over election of Zambian House Speaker
    29 january 2002 14:06:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has petitioned a High Court on the legal interpretation of Parliament's by-laws relating to the election of the Speaker. Full text...

  • Cape Verde leader to reshuffle cabinet
    29 january 2002 13:04:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde Prime Minister José Maria Neves has indicated his intention to reshuffle his government in February, official sources disclosed in Praia Monday. Full text...

  • Benin, Burkina Faso to step up cooperation
    29 january 2002 12:42:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A second Benin-Burkina Faso joint commission, holding after a long while, wound up Monday evening in Cotonou with a commitment from both parties to enhance bilateral relations. Full text...

  • Post-election strike paralyses Malagasy capital
    29 january 2002 08:19:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- A general strike called by opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana was massively followed by at least half a million people who Monday swarmed the streets of the Malagasy capital, Antananarivo in protest against the official results of last December's presidential election. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe under scrutiny of Commonwealth Action Group
    29 january 2002 07:48:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) on the Harare Declaration will meet in Marlborough House, London on Wednesday to review developments in four countries within its remit, including Zimbabwe, Fiji Islands, Pakistan and Solomon Islands. Full text...

  • Belgian Foreign Minister to Visit DRC
    28 january 2002 23:22:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister Louis Michel is due in Kinshasa this week for talks with Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila. Full text...

  • EU sends ultimatum to President Mugabe
    28 january 2002 23:09:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- European Union member states Monday sent a final warning to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe saying sanctions would be applied against his government if he does not allow international observers to watch the country's forthcoming presidential polls. Full text...

  • Tanzania's opposition CUF remembers slain members
    28 january 2002 22:22:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- There was a massive outpouring of grief Sunday in the Tanzanian Island of Pemba when the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) commemorated the first anniversary since security forces shot more than a score of its members to death. Full text...

  • Over 20 people killed in rural Bujumbura
    28 january 2002 21:37:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- At least 22 people were killed over the weekend during clashes between the Burundi regular army and Hutu rebel forces in several parts Bujumbura rural close to the capital, official sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Strike paralyses Malagasy capital
    28 january 2002 20:41:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Thousands of people Monday participated in a general strike called by the Malagasy opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana, who claims he obtained a first round victory in the 16 December 2001. Full text...

  • UN decorates 154 peacekeepers in Sierra Leone
    28 january 2002 19:55:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A total of 130 military observers and 24 civilian police serving under the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) have been decorated with medals for their excellent performances in the country. Full text...

  • Algerian forces kill nine terrorists, arrest 30 others
    28 january 2002 19:49:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian security forces have killed nine terrorists and arrested 30 others in the north-west of the country, official sources disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • OAU calls for UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic
    28 january 2002 18:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The OAU's Central Organ for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution has called on the UN Security Council to seriously consider the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • President Compaore on working visit to Benin
    28 january 2002 15:08:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso arrived in Cotonou Monday at the head of a high-powered delegation, for a two-day working visit to Benin. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana calls for general strike in Madagascar
    28 january 2002 13:59:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion Island (PANA) -- After rejecting the official results released by the High Constitutional Court (HCC), and in which he came first but fell short of an absolute majority, opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana has on supporters for an unlimited general strike beginning Monday. Full text...

  • Opposition parties set conditions to meet Mwanawasa
    28 january 2002 13:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Opposition political parties in Zambia on Monday said they have given President Levy Mwanawasa conditions under which they will meet him over contentious issues now threatening to undermine peace in the country. Full text...

  • Britain in full force for sanctions on Zimbabwe
    28 january 2002 12:38:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw is expected to press its European Union partners on Monday to impose limited sanctions on Zimbabwe if the government of Robert Mugabe fails to meet demands for election monitors. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe minister backs soldiers over political stance
    28 january 2002 12:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi Monday backed a controversial political stance taken by the heads of the country's security services early this month, ahead of a presidential poll in March. Full text...

  • Referendum results in Congo worry human rights group
    28 january 2002 11:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) have expressed worries over the officially declared positive results of the 20 January referendum to replace the 1992 constitution. Full text...

  • Democratic Alliance criticises Obasanjo over Zimbabwe
    28 january 2002 09:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's support for Nigeria's campaign to re-open negotiations with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe could undermine the Commonwealth's bid to secure a relatively free and fair election that country, opposition leader Tony Leon said. Full text...

  • EU commits $2.8 million to elections in Sierra Leone
    28 january 2002 08:04:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- In its continuous desire to help speed up the democratic process in Sierra Leone, the European Union has promised 2. Full text...

  • Namibian President on working visit in Luanda
    27 january 2002 19:43:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Namibian President Sam Nujoma arrived Sunday in Luanda for a brief working visit. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Govt Awards Chiefs In Bid to Win Votes
    27 january 2002 15:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In a move widely seen as intended to win votes in an upcoming presidential poll, the Zimbabwe government at the weekend awarded traditional leaders increases of more than 50 percent on their allowances. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean Opposition Party Snubs Coalition Overtures
    27 january 2002 15:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has snubbed overtures from other opposition parties to form an alliance to contest a presidential election due in March as one, top opposition officials said at the weekend. Full text...

  • Zambia's National Assembly clerk criticised
    27 january 2002 14:25:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Human rights organisation in Lusaka has condemned the decision by clerk of the Zambian National Assembly, Mwelwa Chibesakunda, to refer a matter of parliamentary procedure to the High Court. Full text...

  • Local reactions to death of Cameroon's former Speaker
    26 january 2002 20:51:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's political class continues to express mixed reactions to the death of former National Assembly Speaker Solomon Tandeng Muna, who died last Tuesday in Douala at the age of 90. Full text...

  • British top military brass in Sierra Leone
    26 january 2002 20:32:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Visiting British military Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Steven Meyer, has given assurances that a team of military experts would remain in the country to advise and train the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF). Full text...

  • Ouattara to resubmit file for Ivorian nationality
    26 january 2002 20:25:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Republican Rally (RDR) leader Alassane Dramane Ouattara would soon submit a fresh application to the judiciary in Cote d'Ivoire for a certificate of nationality, reliable sources hinted Friday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Sudanese first Vice President flown out for medical tests
    26 january 2002 20:10:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan's First Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha was Friday flown for medical examination in Amman, Jordan after a brief stay in hospital in Khartoum, a State House statement said. Full text...

  • Ugandan leader wants more power
    26 january 2002 20:02:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Irked by frictions with Parliament, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is seeking more powers to enable him over rule legislators' decisions. Full text...

  • Report cites massive corruption in Kenya UN refugee agency
    26 january 2002 19:06:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- An investigation by the UN into alleged abuses in the administration of refugee resettlement in the Nairobi, Kenya office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has uncovered massive corruption involving about 70 persons, three of them local UNHCR employees. Full text...

  • Burundi Army in control, says Foreign minister
    26 january 2002 18:57:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Burundi's External Affairs and Cooperation minister Therence Sinunguruza affirmed Saturday in Tripoli that the security situation in his country has improved considerably. Full text...

  • Direct flights to start between Nigeria, Niger
    26 january 2002 18:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Direct flights between Nigeria and neighbouring Niger are to start soon following the signing of a bilateral air services agreement between the two countries Friday. Full text...

  • Al Qods Committee calls for mobilisation against Israel
    26 january 2002 18:43:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Muslim countries have at a meeting in Morroco pledged to "act against Israel's attacks on Palestine," saying they were determined to explore all internationally sanctioned avenues to that end. Full text...

  • Uganda warns neighbours against backing rebels
    26 january 2002 18:08:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda Friday warned neighbouring states to desist from sponsoring any rebel activity against Kampala. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire, US to renew dialogue
    26 january 2002 17:28:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A US official delegation has undertaken to reconsider sanctions imposed on Cote d'Ivoire by Washington after the December 1999 putsch, reliable sources affirmed Friday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • German envoy due in Kinshasa Monday
    26 january 2002 16:07:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The director of African affairs at the German Foreign ministry, Helga Comtese Strachwitz, is due in Kinshasa next Monday for a working visit. Full text...

  • Leaders condole with DR Congo over volcanic havoc
    26 january 2002 15:47:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- Six Heads of State and governments have sent messages of condolences to President Joseph Kabila of DR Congo, following the 17 January Nyrangongo volcanic eruption that resulted in heavy loss of life and destruction of property. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to deploy thousands of local poll monitors
    26 january 2002 15:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's national election agency said Saturday it would deploy 22,000 monitors to supervise a crunch presidential poll in March, which the authorities have barred outsiders from monitoring. Full text...

  • Benin, Burkina Faso revive areas of cooperation
    26 january 2002 13:42:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Experts from Burkina Faso and Benin Saturday began the second meeting of their joint expanded cooperation committee in Cotonou to revive and strengthen bilateral ties after 18 years of dormancy. Full text...

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