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  • Togolese government again puts parliamentary polls on hold
    05 march 2002 23:24:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Togolese government Tuesday announced that parliamentary elections initially billed for next Sunday would be deferred, explaining the latest postponement on the absence of the New Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI). Full text...

  • Central African putsch authors not willing to give up
    05 march 2002 23:13:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The trial of the alleged authors of the 28 May 2001 coup has resumed with the State Prosecutor Joseph Bindoumi's alleging that the perpetrators of the putsch have not given up their project and intended to attack the court itself. Full text...

  • Court hears petitions on Gabonese general elections
    05 march 2002 23:03:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Constitutional Court in Libreville would on Wednesday begin hearing petitions on parliamentary elections held 9 and 23 December 2001 in Gabon, informed sources said. Full text...

  • Somali President in Sirte for CEN-SAD summit
    05 march 2002 22:50:00
    Syrte- Libya (PANA) -- President Adboulkassim Sallat Hassan of Somalia arrived in the Libyan city of Sirte Tuesday to take part in the 4th summit of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN- SAD) opening on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rebels warn of possible factional war in southern Sudan
    05 march 2002 22:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- There was a declaration made in Nairobi, Kenya late last year of a merger between the John Garang-led Sudanese Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) and his counterpart Riek Machar of the Sudanese Peoples Democratic Front (SPDF). Full text...

  • OAU mediation mission due in Madagascar Wednesday
    05 march 2002 22:37:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- A second delegation of OAU mediators, led by former Cape Verde President Antonio Mascarenhas Monteiro, is due in Madagascar on Wednesday, official sources in Antananarivo hinted Tuesday. Full text...

  • S. Africa shocked, saddened by Israeli-Palestinian conflict
    05 march 2002 22:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (Cape Town) -- The South African government said it was deeply shocked and saddened by the scale of the death toll in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the last few days. Full text...

  • Five governors proclaim autonomous provinces in Madagascar
    05 march 2002 21:53:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Governors supporting President Didier Ratsiraka have proclaimed five autonomous provinces and named Ratsiraka's stronghold of Toamasina as "the capital of the autonomous provinces. Full text...

  • Divergent views on NEPAD implementation emerge in Tripoli
    05 march 2002 21:48:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Many conflicting views emerged in Tripoli Monday evening deploring the "lack of transparency in the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • UN reiterates commitment to peace in DR Congo
    05 march 2002 21:40:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UN under secretary general in charge of peacekeeping operations Jean-Marie Gheheno has re- stated reiterated the world body's commitment to the restoration of peace in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Two candidates shy off Congo's presidential election
    05 march 2002 21:26:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The opposition in Congo announced Tuesday in Brazzaville that two candidates, Martin Mberi and Retired General Anselme Makoumbou-Nkouka, had withdrawn from the presidential election coming up 10 March, in protest at what they said were organisational flaws. Full text...

  • Kinshasa urges UN to pressure Rwanda, Uganda to leave Congo
    05 march 2002 21:24:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A DR Congo senior official has asked the UN Security Council to bring pressure to bear on Rwanda and Uganda to pull their troops out of Congo. Full text...

  • Rebel leaders threaten to abandon Inter-Congolese dialogue
    05 march 2002 20:31:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Matters came to a head at Sun City Tuesday as the contentious issue of representation again surfaced, preventing yet again the suspended Inter-Congolese dialogue from taking off. Full text...

  • Kenya ruling party official challenges merger bid in court
    05 march 2002 20:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A proposed merger between the ruling Kanu party and the opposition National Development Party (NDP) appeared in doubt after a Kanu chieftain moved to court challenging the deal. Full text...

  • Malawi's alleged coup plotters acquitted
    05 march 2002 20:22:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- There were emotional scenes at the High Court in Blantyre Tuesday when Justice Edward Twea acquitted four alleged coup plotters of treason charges after exactly one year of a dramatic trial which was doomed from the start due to lack of evidence. Full text...

  • Kuwaiti Foreign Affairs minister visits Libya
    05 march 2002 19:52:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Kuwaiti Foreign Affairs minister Sabat Salem Al-Sabah was Tuesday wrapping up a two-day visit to Tripoli aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between Kuwait and Libya. Full text...

  • Egyptian activist lambasts latest US country reports
    05 march 2002 19:20:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The latest US Country Reports on Human Rights abuses around the world have come under challenge from Egyptian human rights activists and head of the Arab Centre for the Independence of the Judiciary, Nassau Amine. Full text...

  • Five million registered to vote in presidential poll
    05 march 2002 18:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's election officials said Tuesday more than 5. Full text...

  • Ruling party yet to endorse Obasanjo for second term
    05 march 2002 18:38:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said Tuesday it had not yet endorsed President Olusegun Obasanjo for a second term, even as an aide assured the President would run again. Full text...

  • Prime Minister to represent Tunisia at CEN-SAD Summit
    05 march 2002 17:58:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia will be represented by Prime Minister Mohamed Ghanouchi at the fourth Summit of the Community of the Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), opening in Sirte, Libya Wednesday, official sources said Tuesday in Tunis. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean soldiers, police vote in presidential poll
    05 march 2002 17:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean soldiers and police officers started voting Tuesday in the presidential election officially fixed for 9-10 March. Full text...

  • President Eyadema leaves for Sirte
    05 march 2002 16:33:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema left Lome for Libya Tuesday to attend the summit of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) which starts Wednesday in Sirte. Full text...

  • Newspaper warns of civil war in Madagascar
    05 march 2002 16:27:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- As the OAU tries to resolve the simmering conflict in Madagascar, a local daily warned Tuesday that the Indian Ocean island could be drifting into a civil war. Full text...

  • Blaise Compaore leaves for CEN-SAD summit in Libya
    05 march 2002 16:21:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore left Ouagadougou late Tuesday morning for Sirte, Libya to attend the 4th CEN-SAD Summit from 6-7 March. Full text...

  • Can ageing Mugabe Floor His Opponents in Zimbabwe Poll?
    05 march 2002 16:21:00
    Mutare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- "I am 77 years old, but I am still going strong. Full text...

  • FAO plans agricultural common market for CEN-SAD
    05 march 2002 16:03:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) plans an agricultural common market for the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), an FAO official has said in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Togolese party for repeal of electoral code amendments
    05 march 2002 15:59:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Togo's opposition Union of Forces for Change (UFC) has appealed to the international community to exert pressure on the government in Lome so that it repeals the recent amendments to the electoral law The France-based UFC chapter said that the international community, which played a key role in the signing of the 29 July 1999 Framework-Agreement, needs to ensure that the Togolese government respects all the accord's provisions. Full text...

  • German residents side with Ravalomanana
    05 march 2002 15:32:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The German community in Madagascar Tuesday called on the German parliament, government and the European Community to recognise self-proclaimed President Marc Ravalomanana as the Malagasy leader. Full text...

  • UNITA deputy leader Dembo, reported dead
    05 march 2002 14:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- General Antonio Dembo, Vice-President of the rebel National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), has died in the eastern part of the country, the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) reported Monday, quoting officials of the Angolan Army. Full text...

  • Boutros-Ghali welcomes Switzerland's UN membership
    05 march 2002 12:56:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- International Organisation of the Francophonie's secretary general Boutros Boutros-Ghali has welcomed Switzerland's decision to join the UN, saying the move would reinforce the OIF's ideals in defence of cultural diversity. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD summit set to convene Wednesday.
    05 march 2002 12:54:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Ministers and Ambassadors, meeting in Tripoli since 28 February ahead of the fourth summit of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States, will Tuesday move to Sirte, Col. Full text...

  • Eritrean president in Sirte for CEN-SAD summit
    05 march 2002 11:51:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Eritrean President Issaias Afeworki, arrived in Sirte, 450 km from Tripoli Monday evening to attend the two-day summit of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) which opens Wednesday. Full text...

  • Security matters dominate CEN SAD executive council meeting
    05 march 2002 11:20:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Political and security concerns dominated the 7th session of the executive council of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN SAD), which opened in Tripoli Monday. Full text...

  • Fate of abducted Zimbabwean union leader worries Cosatu
    05 march 2002 10:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Tuesday expressed extreme concern about the fate of the president of the Zimbabwe Civil Service Employees Association and his wife, who were abducted 16 February. Full text...

  • African experts question authenticity of NEPAD
    05 march 2002 10:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) is at the centre of growing controversy and suspicion among delegates attending the Third African Development Forum (ADF III) of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • UN Concerned About Renewed Fighting in DR Congo
    05 march 2002 09:47:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has expressed concern over the resumption of fighting in eastern DR Congo and demanded that all the parties cease hostilities immediately. Full text...

  • Influx of Zimbabwean refugees worries Democratic Alliance
    05 march 2002 09:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The "crisis" on South Africa's northern border could become acute if this weekend's presidential election in Zimbabwe is rigged, or the result is rejected by either contending party, South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance warned Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition criticises Commonwealth
    05 march 2002 08:47:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party Tuesday took a swipe at the Commonwealth for deferring action on the country for alleged human rights abuses until after a weekend presidential election in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's Foday Sankoh, 49 others charged with murder
    04 march 2002 23:48:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Rebel Revolutionary United Front leader Foday Saybana Sankoh and 49 other officials of the group were Monday charged with murder after they appeared before a Freetown magistrate court presided over by Magistrate Deen Tarawalie. Full text...

  • Congolese presidential candidates campaign against corruption
    04 march 2002 23:21:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Fraud and corruption in public services is a concern among all major candidates in the 10 March Congo Brazzaville presidential elections. Full text...

  • Angolan youths drill in conflict resolution
    04 march 2002 23:20:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- A seminar on conflicts resolution kicked off Monday in Sumbe in Angola's coastal Kwanza-Sul Province, at the behest of the Centre for Common Ground (CCG), an American NGO. Full text...

  • Kabylia delegates defy gendarmerie roadblocks
    04 march 2002 22:56:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Delegates from village committees in Algeria's restive Kabylia region Sunday organised sit-ins in front of gendarmerie roadblocks to protest against what they said were provocations from gendarmes in the village of Irdjene, Tizi- Ouzou. Full text...

  • Amnesty International urges Egypt to review laws
    04 march 2002 22:48:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The rights group, Amnesty International, Monday called on the authorities in Egypt to review or abolish legislation prescribing prison sentences for "offences" AI said were but the exercise of the rights of freedom of belief. Full text...

  • France hails Morocco for mediating in Mano River Union crisis
    04 march 2002 22:29:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France Monday hailed the efforts undertaken by Morocco's King Mohammed IV to mediate in the crisis facing the states of the Mano River Union. Full text...

  • Mugabe says Britain shamed at Commonwealth
    04 march 2002 22:18:00
    Gokwe- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In his first official reaction to Britain's failure to have Zimbabwe suspended from the Commonwealth over alleged human rights abuses, President Robert Mugabe said Monday most nations have woken up to what he called London's "dirty tricks". Full text...

  • Election violence breaks out in Congolese capital
    04 march 2002 22:01:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A local official Monday expressed fears about the situation degenerating, after violence broke out in the southern suburbs of the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, as campaigns heightened ahead of the 10 March presidential election. Full text...

  • Malagasy Army wants to meet Ravalomanana
    04 march 2002 21:17:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Gen. Full text...

  • Sahel-Saharan bloc moves to consolidate achievements
    04 march 2002 19:31:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), the youngest integration bloc on the African continent, holds its 4th annual summit in Sirte, Libya later this week, with focus on ways to consolidating its achievements four years on. Full text...

  • Nigerian leader to facilitate Liberian peace talks, says ECOWAS
    04 march 2002 19:24:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- An ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) initiative to bring warring Liberians together to settle their differences will get underway in March in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohammed Chambas has said. Full text...

  • Kinshasa irked by presence of Rwandans, Ugandans at Sun City
    04 march 2002 18:27:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo government has condemned the presence of Rwandan and Ugandan delegations at the Inter-Congolese Dialogue in Sun City, South Africa, blaming them for the forum's deadlock. Full text...

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