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  • Rwanda raps France over capture of Congolese town
    18 march 2002 17:37:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda has criticised France over allegations by its Ambassador at the United Nations, Jean Levitt, that it violated the Lusaka cease-fire agreement by attacking a Congolese town. Full text...

  • Kenya's ruling KANU, NDP finally merge
    18 march 2002 16:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi and the National Development Party (NDP) leader, Raila Odinga, officiated Monday at a colourful ceremony for the merger of their two parties. Full text...

  • Azali, two others qualify for Comoran presidential poll
    18 march 2002 16:13:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Outgoing Comoran military ruler, Col. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to host Liberian rebels in Abuja
    18 march 2002 15:51:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS has proposed a meeting of its officials and Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebels, as part of efforts to further the country's peace process. Full text...

  • Presidential hopefuls in Mali now number 13
    18 march 2002 15:25:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Union for Democracy and Development (UDD, opposition) has nominated Moussa Balla Coulibaly as its candidate for the 20 April presidential election in Mali. Full text...

  • British peace envoy begins talks in Khartoum
    18 march 2002 13:39:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Britain's peace emissary to Sudan, Allan Goulti began contacts Monday with Sudanese officials on how to end the protracted civil war in Southern Sudan. Full text...

  • Obsanjo, Mbeki in Zimbabwe for Talks with Mugabe
    18 march 2002 13:33:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa arrived in Zimbabwe Monday for talks with President Robert Mugabe over a disputed presidential election held last week. Full text...

  • UNHCR report annoys authorities in Guinea
    18 march 2002 13:13:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinea has expressed disgust about a recent report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Save the Children, UK, on claims of child sex abuse in refugee camps of the west African country. Full text...

  • US general discusses security in Horn of Africa
    18 march 2002 12:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The head of the US military's Central Command and commander of the war in Afghanistan, on Sunday discussed regional security and the war against terrorism with Ethiopian leaders, a senior Ethiopian official said Monday in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Gabonese President due in Mexico Tuesday
    18 march 2002 12:26:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese President Omar Bongo leaves Libreville late Monday for Monterrey, Mexico, official sources here said. Full text...

  • Comesa declares Zimbabwe's election "free and fair"
    18 march 2002 11:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) observer team has declared that the Zimbabwe 2002 presidential election was "free and fair". Full text...

  • Moroccan king attends opening of IPU session
    18 march 2002 11:06:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco attended Sunday's opening of the 107th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Marrakech, 320 Km south of Rabat, the capital. Full text...

  • Mbeki, Obasanjo to discuss Zimbabwean crisis with Mugabe
    18 march 2002 10:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki Monday departed for Harare for talks with his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Full text...

  • Kenya's vice-president declines from party race
    18 march 2002 10:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Vice-President George Saitoti Monday pulled out of an elective race 20 minutes before voting started to the pick the new officials of the New KANU, a party formed after the merger of the ruling party KANU and its long- time ally National Development Party (NDP). Full text...

  • Mbeki departs for Zimbabwe on Commonwealth mission
    18 march 2002 07:49:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki departs for Zimbabwe Monday to engage his controversially re-elected counterpart Robert Mugabe in talks aimed at fostering a coalition government in that country. Full text...

  • SADC leaders fail to get Zimbabwe opposition accept results
    17 march 2002 20:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Leaders from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said Sunday they had failed to persuade the Zimbabwean opposition to accept the result of last weekend's controversial polls won by incumbent President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Distraught Zimbabweans flock into Botswana
    17 march 2002 20:03:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Up to 200 Zimbabweans fleeing economic hardship have reportedly been arrested in Botswana, days after President Robert Mugabe's was declared winner of last week's presidential election. Full text...

  • Gabonese leader congratulates re-elected Nguesso
    17 march 2002 19:54:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- President Omar Bongo of Gabon has congratulated his Congolese neighbour, Denis Sassou Nguesso, following the latter's re-election. Full text...

  • Libyan leader receives Iraqi deputy Prime Minister
    17 march 2002 18:33:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Angolan Defence minister visits Spain
    17 march 2002 18:11:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Defence minister Gen. Full text...

  • French stance irks Malagasy community in Reunion
    17 march 2002 17:53:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Members of the Malagasy community along with sympathisers, have for weeks now been holding rallies every Saturday in the Reunion capital in support of self- proclaimed president Marc Ravalomanana. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's Mugabe faces daunting task in new term of office
    17 march 2002 15:23:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe begins a new term of office Sunday after winning a disputed presidential poll last week, but political analysts say the tenure is littered with booby traps, both at home and abroad, which will keep him politically boxed. Full text...

  • Youssoufi to attend conference on development funding
    17 march 2002 14:53:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi will represent King Mohammed VI at the UN conference on development funding, which opens Monday in Monterrey, Mexico. Full text...

  • Mugabe sworn-in for new term as Zimbabwe president
    17 march 2002 14:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, sworn-in Sunday for a new term of office after winning last week's controversial election, vowed to continue with his government's controversial land policies. Full text...

  • Mauritius party alerts UN human rights commission
    17 march 2002 13:58:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A Mauritius party, Lalit, has alerted the UN Commissioner for Human Rights on the anti- terrorism bill passed by the country's parliament, classifying it as "a gross breach of human rights in Mauritius". Full text...

  • Commonwealth leaders meet in London on Zimbabwe
    17 march 2002 13:26:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Three Commonwealth leaders --Prime Minister John Howard of Australia and Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa-- are to meet Tuesday in London on the situation in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Egyptian terrorists have fled abroad, says Egyptian minister
    17 march 2002 12:30:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egypt's "leading terrorist figures" wanted by the judicial authorities are suspected to have taken refuge "not only in Yemen, but also in other countries," Egyptian Interior Minister Habib Al-Adli told the daily Al-Ahram newspaper Saturday. Full text...

  • Horse trading ahead of Kenya's historic party merger elections
    17 march 2002 11:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Politicians from the ruling Kenya African National Union (Kanu) party and the opposition National Development Party were locked in flurry of activities ahead of their planned merger Monday. Full text...

  • Togo sends military mission to the Comoros
    16 march 2002 20:26:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- A delegation of six officers of the Togolese Armed Forces (FAT) left Lome has been sent to the Comoros, as military observers' mission under the aegis of OAU. Full text...

  • Ratsiraka says Antananarivo remains Malagasy capital
    16 march 2002 20:20:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- President Didier Ratsiraka has denied suggestions by five provincial governors the transfer of the Malagasy capital to Tamatave. Full text...

  • Candidates show up for DRC's interim government
    16 march 2002 20:05:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- The leader of the New Forces for Union and Solidarity (FONUS), Joseph Olenga Nko on Saturday announced his candidacy for the position of Prime minister in the future Congolese transitional government. Full text...

  • Central African armies meet in Libreville
    16 march 2002 18:52:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Army chiefs of Staff from Central African countries will meet next Monday in Libreville to discuss conflict prevention and peace keeping in the sub-region, an informed source said. Full text...

  • Liberian parties agree on modalities for peace
    16 march 2002 18:30:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Parties to the Liberian peace talks in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Saturday called for an immediate cease-fire between the government and rebels of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), as part of a four-point recipe for peace in the West African country. Full text...

  • Inter-Togolese dialogue resumes next week
    16 march 2002 16:55:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The inter-Togolese dialogue, deadlocked since 10 September 2001 following the imprisonment, on 3 August 2001, of the leader of Action Committee for Revival (CAR), Yahovi Agboyibo, will resume next week, opposition sources said Saturday in Lome. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Denies Liberian Rebels Invited Late To Peace Talks
    16 march 2002 16:14:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS denied Saturday that Liberian rebels stayed away from the country's peace talks in Nigeria because they received the invitation to the meeting very late. Full text...

  • RSF wants murder of Rwandan journalist probed
    16 march 2002 15:45:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has alerted authorities in Rwanda over the brutal killing of Rwandan journalist Jean-Marie Hategekimana in Kigali, warning: "This killing must on no account go unpunished". Full text...

  • OAU council of ministers sets tone for July summit
    16 march 2002 13:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 75th ordinary session of the OAU council of ministers ended in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Friday after adopting recommendations on a development formula for Africa, Afro-Arab co-operation and on Palestine. Full text...

  • Fighting forces 14,000 people to flee to Bujumbura
    15 march 2002 22:59:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- At least 14,000 people have been forced to flee to Gihosha in the north-western outskirts of Bujumbura, following Thursday fighting between the regular Burundi army and rebel forces in the mountains overlooking the capital. Full text...

  • OAU ministers underline Africa's economic integration
    15 march 2002 22:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The OAU council of ministers ended its regular session here Friday calling upon regional economic communities to pursue their programmes on integration more vigorously. Full text...

  • Togolese opposition CAR applauds its leader's release
    15 march 2002 21:46:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's opposition Action Committee for Renewal (CAR) Friday welcomed the government's decision to release its leader, Yawovi Agboyibo, the previous day. Full text...

  • Kufuor greets Eyadema
    15 march 2002 21:36:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema has received a special message from his Ghanaian counterpart, John Kufuor, believed to concern bilateral relations. Full text...

  • Togolese politician willing to re-join joint committee
    15 march 2002 21:07:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- A day after his release from imprisonment, Togolese opposition leader Yawovi Agboyibo exprressed his willingness to re-join the Joint follow-up committee "to help defuse the charged political situation" in the country. Full text...

  • Two killed as new Malagasy premier assumes office
    15 march 2002 20:51:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Two persons were killed and about 40 others wounded Friday in a skirmish that followed the installation of Jacques Sylla, Madagascar's Prime Minister, appointed by self-proclaimed President Marc Ravalomanana. Full text...

  • Two killed as new Malagasy premier assumes office
    15 march 2002 20:51:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Two persons were killed and about 40 others wounded Friday in a skirmish that followed the installation of Jacques Sylla, Madagascar's Prime Minister, appointed by self-proclaimed President Marc Ravalomanana. Full text...

  • EU encourages reconciliation in Côte d'Ivoire
    15 march 2002 20:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- European Development and Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, Poul Nielson, Friday encouraged the Ivorian government to intensify the momentum of its national reconciliation and democratisation policy which, he described as precondition for lasting stability in the country and West Africa as a whole. Full text...

  • EU welcomes Mano River Union in Rabat
    15 march 2002 20:11:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union Friday hailed the progress of political dialogue during the Mano River Union summit held 27 February in Rabat at the behest of King Mohamed VI. Full text...

  • South African troops leave for Burundi peace mission
    15 march 2002 19:15:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A contingent of South African troops left Friday for peacekeeping duty in Burundi amid discontent over funding of the UN mandated mission. Full text...

  • Cape Verde hails truce in Angola
    15 march 2002 19:05:00
    Praia- Cap Verde (PANA) -- Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves of Cape Verde has hailed the truce effected since midnight Thursday by Angolan authorities in a move to end the civil war that has ravaged the country since it gained independence from Portugal in 1975. Full text...

  • Algerian Home affairs minister visits Morocco
    15 march 2002 18:03:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Algerian Home and Local Communities minister, Nouredine Zerhouni arrived Friday in Morocco to hold discussions on strengthening bilateral relations, according to wishes people in the Mahgreb sub-region. Full text...

  • Tanzanian observers endorse Zimbabwean polls
    15 march 2002 17:13:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania's observer mission to Zimbabwe has given that country's presidential election a tick of approval saying the polls were "freely and fairly" conducted. Full text...

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