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  • Kenyan leader fires Vice-President George Saitoti
    30 august 2002 11:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Daniel arap Moi Friday sacked Vice President George Saitoti as wrangles within the ruling Kanu party intensified, a dispatch from the presidential press service said. Full text...

  • Blair to meet embattled Zimbabwe white farmers in Mozambique
    30 august 2002 11:24:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair, due in Mozambique Saturday for a brief visit en route to South Africa for the Earth Summit, is expected to meet a group of Zimbabwean white farmers being forcibly evicted from their farms by the authorities in Harare, a local newspaper hinted Friday. Full text...

  • Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji visits Cameroon
    30 august 2002 11:17:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji arrived in Yaounde Thursday evening for a three-day official visit to Cameroon. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition leader heads for European human rights award
    30 august 2002 10:22:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has been nominated by several political caucuses in Europe for the Sakharov Prize, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the EU Parliament indicated Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan minister resigns, defects to opposition
    30 august 2002 10:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The ruling establishment in Kenya received a major jolt when one of its key members, deputy Education minister Adams Karauri resigned and joined the opposition Ford. Full text...

  • Parliamentary Speaker visits Obasanjo
    29 august 2002 21:41:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- In a move that could boost efforts at dousing the tension between President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Nigerian legislature, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na'abba late Thursday, paid an unscheduled visit to the Presidential Villa, with Obasanjo saying he is now ready to dialogue with the law makers. Full text...

  • Algiers to host African Union meeting on terrorism
    29 august 2002 21:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A four-day high level African Union (AU) meeting opens in Algiers on 11 September to discuss measures for curbing and fighting terrorism, says a news release issued by the Algerian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • Ruling PDP's parliamentary caucus defers Obasanjo's impeachment
    29 august 2002 21:06:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The caucus of Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the lower legislative chamber, House of Representatives, agreed after a meeting with the party's leadership in Abuja Thursday to compile a list of alleged constitutional breaches by President Olusegun Obasanjo for the consideration of the PDP's Central Working Committee, (CWC). Full text...

  • Kadhafi sends message to Equatorial Guinea
    29 august 2002 20:31:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema on Wednesday received a personal message from the Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Burundi reminds donors to honour pledges
    29 august 2002 19:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Burundi's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Terence Sinunguruza has appealed to donors to honour the pledges they made for his country's social and economic recovery. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe attacks plans to mobilise Commonwealth states at WSSD
    29 august 2002 17:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Thursday sharply criticised plans by Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien to mobilise of Commonwealth leaders to discuss its controversial land reforms on the sidelines of the ongoing World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Ruling party meets again on Obasanjo's impeachment threat
    29 august 2002 17:01:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) was meeting in Abuja Thursday with the leadership of the lower legislative chamber, House of Representatives, on the House's threat to impeach President Olusegun Obasanjo. Full text...

  • Malawi pressure group defies govt order to register as a party
    29 august 2002 15:30:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi government has ordered the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to register as a political party within two weeks but the pressure group said it would not do so until it has accomplished its objectives. Full text...

  • Cape Verdean MPs to attend ECOWAS parliament
    29 august 2002 13:25:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A delegation of Cape Verdean MPs is expected to leave Praia Friday for Abuja (Nigeria) to take part in the 4th ordinary session of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a reliable source said Thursday. Full text...

  • EU to tighten travel ban on Zimbabwe govt officials
    29 august 2002 12:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The European Parliament will debate tightening travel sanctions on Zimbabwe's leaders next week after officials of the southern African country continued to exploit loopholes in the penalties, slapped in protest against its land policies, a top European official said Thursday. Full text...

  • Egypt declares support for Sudan peace talks
    29 august 2002 11:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Egypt has recoiled from its earlier opposition to the ongoing Sudan peace talks, saying the country now fully supports the process and would help mobilise resources for its implementation. Full text...

  • Norway protests Zimbabwe's deportation of MPs
    29 august 2002 10:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Norway said Thursday it had protested to the Zimbabwean government over Harare's deportation at the weekend of three MPs and a Red Cross official from the Nordic country. Full text...

  • Kenyan politicians go electronic
    29 august 2002 10:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan politicians have moved a step further to campaign for support through websites on the Internet, the latest of which was launched Wednesday by Raila Odinga, secretary-general of the ruling KANU. Full text...

  • France denies violating anti-Zimbabwe sanctions
    28 august 2002 23:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has denied violating European Union sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by granting a visa to the head of the Zimbabwean Police, Augustine Chihuri, a spokesman of the foreign ministry Francois Rivasseau declared in paris Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe wriggles off WSSD agenda
    28 august 2002 23:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Wednesday it had foiled an attempt by powerful Western countries opposed to its controversial land policies to slot it on the agenda of the ongoing World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in South Africa. Full text...

  • Malian president attends conference on federalism
    28 august 2002 22:01:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's President Gen. Full text...

  • Ugandan soldiers begin withdraw from DR Congo
    28 august 2002 21:29:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Uganda has withdrawn 242 troops from Beni (North-Kivu) and another contingent previously operating in Gbadolite (Equateur Province), the spokesman of the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC), Hamidoun Toure said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe pulls out troops from DR Congo
    28 august 2002 20:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe withdrew 198 troops from DR Congo Wednesday as part of a peace deal to end the four-year civil war in the vast central African country. Full text...

  • Paris increases its development aid by 50 percent
    28 august 2002 16:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin has indicated the French government's intention to increase development aid by 50 percent over the next five years. Full text...

  • Social scientist calls for people-driven African Union
    28 august 2002 16:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African rights activist Pierre Sane has called for a people-driven African Union, saying the continental integration project enunciated in July would not be realised if it is not people-driven. Full text...

  • South African party urges Britain, Zimbabwe to settle differences
    28 august 2002 16:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Bantu Holomisa, chairman of South Africa's United Democratic Movement, Wednesday called on the leaders of Zimbabwe and Britain to use the World Summit for Sustainable Development to put aside their differences and return to the negotiating table to discuss Harare's land issue. Full text...

  • Gabonese envoy allays fears of Chad-CAR conflict
    28 august 2002 15:37:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese Foreign minister Jean Ping has ruled out any possibility of a full-blown conflict between Chad and the Central African Republic "as long as solutions are found to the root causes of tension between the two neighbours. Full text...

  • Kenya's ruling Kanu party faces legal suit
    28 august 2002 14:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Threats of a civil suit challenging the legality of a merger between Kenya's ruling Kanu party and the former opposition National Democratic Party on 18 March have emerged ahead of general elections to be held later this year. Full text...

  • Ghanaian ex-Minister Botchwey, for presidential poll
    28 august 2002 14:09:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's former Finance Minister Kwesi Botchwey has declared his intention to contest the 2004 presidential elections on the ticket of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). Full text...

  • Senegalese govt names committee for talks with separatists
    28 august 2002 13:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese government Tuesday designated a 7-member committee ahead of peace talks in Guinea- Bissau with the rebel Movement of Democratic Forces in Casamance (MFDC), according to a release from the State House. Full text...

  • 6,000 to monitor voters' registration in Nigeria
    28 august 2002 12:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved 6,000 independent observers to monitor the review of voters register scheduled to start nationwide 15 September, the local press reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean refugees expected back from Nigeria
    28 august 2002 08:02:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A group of 64 Sierra Leonean refugees in Nigeria is expected at the Lungi International Airport Wednesday under a voluntary repatriation programme, a UN refugee agency spokesperson, Francesca Fontanini, said in Freetown. Full text...

  • Burundi politicians against Dar es Salaam agreement
    28 august 2002 07:47:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Many Burundi politicians appear sceptical about the latest cease-fire agreement reached in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, between the Bujumbura government and a faction of the main rebel movement, the Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD). Full text...

  • North Korean deputy Speaker in Luanda
    27 august 2002 23:21:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- North Korea's deputy Speaker of Parliament Yang Hyong Sop has commended Angolans for their ongoing efforts to consolidate peace and economic recovery, reports the Angolan news agency. Full text...

  • Malawi's President threatens to ban NDA pressure group
    27 august 2002 22:30:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian President Bakili Muluzi has threatened to ban the unregistered opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) pressure group headed by former minister Brown Mpinganjira. Full text...

  • Ruling Ivorian party urges UDPCI to probe Balla Keïta's murder
    27 august 2002 21:17:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The ruling Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) has officially asked Gen. Full text...

  • Polisario declares support for Baker's mission
    27 august 2002 19:25:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A Polisario official has said that his front will continue to support and deal with former US secretary of state James Baker in his efforts to solve the conflict in Western Sahara. Full text...

  • Mubarak warns partition of Sudan threatens African continent
    27 august 2002 19:19:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday expressed opposition to the division of Sudan into two states "not because it poses a threat to the Nile water as some think, but because it is a threat to the entire African continent. Full text...

  • Annan pledges more support for Botswana
    27 august 2002 18:43:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan Tuesday pledged to rally the support of his organisation and that of the international community behind Botswana's fight against AIDS, and to improve the lives of the population. Full text...

  • Chinese Premier visits Morocco
    27 august 2002 18:05:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji arrived in Rabat Tuesday on a two-day official visit to Morocco at the invitation of his Moroccan counterpart, Abderrahmane Youssoufi, officials said. Full text...

  • Mandingo students protest, harassment, detention of kinsmen
    27 august 2002 17:45:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Ethnic Mandingo students at the University of Liberia Tuesday condemned the arrest and dismissal of their kinsmen accused by the Monrovia government of collaborating with the dissident group fighting the government. Full text...

  • CEMAC observer mission submits report to Gabonese leader
    27 august 2002 17:42:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- An observer mission from the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) on the crisis between Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) has submitted its report to Gabonese president Omar Bongo, state television reported Monday in Libreville. Full text...

  • Nigerian Senate joins plot to impeach Obasanjo
    27 august 2002 17:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Senate, the upper House of Parliament Tuesday agreed to work with the lower legislative chamber in its plan to impeach President Olusegun Obasanjo, complicating efforts to resolve the lingering face-off between the Executive and the Legislature. Full text...

  • Gabonese authorities revise electoral registers
    27 august 2002 17:08:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The revision of electoral registers for local elections in Gabon has started across the country, a senior official at the Interior ministry indicated Monday in Libreville. Full text...

  • Nigeria's ruling Party MPs postpone decision on impeachment
    27 august 2002 16:58:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus in the lower legislative chamber, House of Representatives, has postponed till Thursday its response to the party's request to withdraw the impeachment threat against President Olusegun Obasanjo. Full text...

  • Sudan peace talks reportedly making good progress
    27 august 2002 16:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The three-week-old second round of talks towards ending Sudan's two-decade civil war, is reportedly making good progress in Kenya even as some prominent southern Sudanese dismiss the negotiations as a sham. Full text...

  • French President appoints adviser on African affairs
    27 august 2002 16:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Former French Ambassador to Morocco Michel de Bonnecorse, 62, has just been appointed adviser for African affairs at the President's Office, sources disclosed Tuesday in Paris. Full text...

  • Rawlings denies corruption charges
    27 august 2002 15:53:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings has dismissed corruption charges levelled against him by a journalist in the country. Full text...

  • Catholic Bishop sees no peace in Liberia without justice
    27 august 2002 15:28:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) – Liberia's Roman Catholi-c Bishop Michael Francis, warned Tuesday that the country would not know peace if those in authority choose to ignore justice. Full text...

  • Kenyans root for elections under new constitution
    27 august 2002 12:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's current political dispensation has put both the ruling KANU party and the opposition in a quandary, and only a government able to accommodate the various local interests would survive after the general elections set for end of December. Full text...

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