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  • Taylor confers with Kadhafi
    10 april 2002 11:17:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi had telephone conversations Tuesday with Liberian President Charles Taylor, on African issues, Libyan officials said in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Kenyan MPs call for relocation of Israeli Embassy
    10 april 2002 11:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In response to the escalating Middle East crisis, some Kenyan MPs have called for the relocation of the Israeli Embassy in Nairobi to a less densely populated area, because of security concerns. Full text...

  • Moroccan businessman donates 430,000 dollars to Palestinians
    10 april 2002 10:41:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A Moroccan businessman has donated five million dirhams (more than 430,000 dollars) to help Palestinians, who have been under Israeli military attacks in the escalating Middle East crisis. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's Islamic leader condemns Israel
    10 april 2002 10:23:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The leader of the United Council of Imams in Sierra Leone, Sheikh Ahmed Tejan-Sillah, has condemned Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, his government and supporters, for "killing innocent Palestinians, destroying infrastructure and occupying their land. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana, Ratsiraka for conference on Malagasy crisis
    10 april 2002 10:10:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Embattled Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka and self-proclaimed President Marc Ravalomanana have expressed their willingness to attend an international conference initiated by the Indian Ocean Commission (COI) on the political crisis in their country. Full text...

  • Mandela meets with "Chagossians" over disputed island
    10 april 2002 09:40:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- South African former President Nelson Mandela and current Vice-President Jacob Zuma met Tuesday in Pretoria with a delegation of "Chagossians" and assured them of South Africa's support to be allowed back to their Chagos archipelago homeland after 30 years of exile in Mauritius. Full text...

  • SADC Parliamentary Forum opens in Luanda
    10 april 2002 09:10:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The first session of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum, opened Tuesday in Luanda, to review political, economic and social developments in the region. Full text...

  • Electoral Commission approves RUFP's presidential nominee
    10 april 2002 08:57:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission, Wednesday approved the nomination of Paolo Bangura as presidential candidate of the Revolutionary United Front Party (RUFP), for the country's May election. Full text...

  • Togolese dialogue stumbles over electoral law
    10 april 2002 08:39:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The 87th session of the Joint Follow-up Committee (CPS) of the Lome Framework agreement on the Togolese crisis, was dogged Tuesday in Lome, by sharp disagreements between the government and opposition sides over the modification of the electoral code. Full text...

  • Sankoh fails to appear in Court
    10 april 2002 07:35:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's rebel leader, Foday Sankoh failed to appear in Court Tuesday when his murder case was adjourned until 16 April. Full text...

  • Three suspected terrorists arrested in Antananarivo
    09 april 2002 23:34:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Security agents for Malagasy Prime Minister Jacques Sylla, who was appointed by the self- proclaimed President Marc Ravalomanana Tuesday arrested three suspected "terrorists" in a central Antananarivo hotel. Full text...

  • Palestine hails Africa for supporting its cause
    09 april 2002 23:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Palestinian ambassador to Senegal, Said Abbassi on Tuesday expressed gratitude over the mobilisation and solidarity of the people of Africa for the Palestinian cause. Full text...

  • Anniversary to mark Amin's ouster divides Ugandans
    09 april 2002 23:06:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandans are split over the government's decision to introduce 11 April as public holiday marking the ouster of dictator Idi Amin Dada in 1979. Full text...

  • ICRC decries destruction of ambulances by Israel
    09 april 2002 22:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has denounced the destruction of vehicles belonging to the Palestinian Red Crescent by the Israeli army tanks last Wednesday. Full text...

  • New inclusive army proposed for DR Congo
    09 april 2002 22:43:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- Former Nigerian President, Gen. Full text...

  • British secretary for development visits Luanda
    09 april 2002 22:23:00
    Luanda- April (PANA) -- British secretary of state for development, Clare Short Tuesday started a 48-hour working visit to Angola with a view to reinforcing bilateral relations. Full text...

  • Former OAU head pleads for Angola's assistance
    09 april 2002 21:01:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Former OAU secretary general Salim Ahmed Salim has appealed for international mobilisation to assist Angola's reconstruction programmes after the death of rebel UNITA movement's leader Jonas Savimbi. Full text...

  • Mugabe ends visit to Libya
    09 april 2002 21:00:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday ended a four-day working visit to Libya where he discussed with his hosts the strengthening of bilateral trade and the supply of oil to his country. Full text...

  • Colin Powell off to Cairo after talks with Moroccan monarch
    09 april 2002 20:31:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell departed Morocco Tuesday for Cairo after holding talks with King Mohammed VI on the situation in the Middle East. Full text...

  • Mohamed Saïd Fazul elected president of Moheli Island
    09 april 2002 19:41:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Mohamed Said Fazul has been elected president of the Moheli Island with over 55 percent of the votes to the detriment of his rival, Mohamed Hassanali. Full text...

  • Kufuor lauds Angola's peace agreement
    09 april 2002 19:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's President John Agyekum Kufuor has congratulated his Angolan counterpart Jose Eduardo dos Santos for the peace agreement his government signed with the rebel UNITA Movement on 4 April. Full text...

  • Congolese opposition leader for political liberalisation
    09 april 2002 19:32:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- After his recent election victory, Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso needs to bring about total political liberalisation in the country, an opposition leader said in Paris Tuesday. Full text...

  • Candidate wants Comoran presidential poll postponed
    09 april 2002 19:17:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- One of the two candidates in the Comoran Union presidential race, Said Ali Kemal, has said the election due to be held Sunday should be postponed. Full text...

  • Ivorian President in Gabon on private
    09 april 2002 19:15:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, on a private visit in Gabon, Tuesday toured the Franceville International Medical Research Center (CIRFM), specialised in sterility issues in equatorial zones. Full text...

  • Botswana refuses to brand Zimbabwe polls as unfair
    09 april 2002 19:00:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- After a long silence, the Botswana government Tuesday refused to describe the recent presidential election in Zimbabwe as unfair. Full text...

  • International conference on Madagascar underway
    09 april 2002 18:29:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- An international conference is envisaged shortly to bring together outgoing Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka and self-proclaimed President Marc Ravalomanana, informed sources hinted. Full text...

  • Nigeria proposes recipe for peace in Middle East
    09 april 2002 17:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has given its full backing to the Saudi Peace Plan as a way of resolving the seemingly intractable Middle East crisis, even as it criticised the Arab leadership for not consulting African countries on the crisis. Full text...

  • Burundian soldiers take courses on humanitarian law
    09 april 2002 15:53:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 20 Burundian military officials are undergoing a week-long training on international humanitarian law, initiated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Full text...

  • Fighting rages in Congo's Kindamba locality
    09 april 2002 15:20:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A fresh wave of fighting erupted Monday between Congolese government troops and Ninja militiamen led by Father Frederik Bitsangou alias Ntumi in Kindamba, west of the capital Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Obasanjo, others to mark Idi Amin's fall in Uganda
    09 april 2002 15:14:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is among African leaders confirmed to grace Uganda's first formal anniversary celebration of Idi Amin's fall from power. Full text...

  • Germany to reopen embassy in N'djamena
    09 april 2002 14:08:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Germany will in July reopen its embassy in Chad, closed four years ago as a cost-cutting measure, Chadian Foreign Minister Mahamat Saleh Annadif has said. Full text...

  • Guinea seeks compensation for hosting refugees
    09 april 2002 13:49:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- A "solidarity conference," long sought by Guinea to discuss reparations for the havoc wreaked on the country's economy and ecology by Sierra Leonean and Liberian refugees, would now hold in France. Full text...

  • Moroccan King Mohamed, Arafat hold telephone talks
    09 april 2002 12:09:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan King Mohamed VI had telephone talks Monday evening with Israeli-besieged Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) has reported. Full text...

  • One dead, 14 wounded in Antananarivo clashes
    09 april 2002 11:48:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Law enforcement officers loyal to President Didier Ratsiraka Monday opened fire on pro-opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana's demonstrators in Antananarivo, killing one person and wounding 14 others, according to official sources Tuesday in the Malagasy capital. Full text...

  • Sankoh's lawyer accuses govt of unnecessary delay
    09 april 2002 11:40:00
    Freetown Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Edo Onanya, defence lawyer to Sierra Leone's detained rebel leader Fonday Sankoh Tuesday protested against what he called "series of adjournments" by the prosecution. Full text...

  • African conflicts due to obscurantism, manipulation - Uganda
    09 april 2002 07:59:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Endless internal and external conflicts within countries of the Great Lakes region are a result of ideological obscurantism and colonial manipulation, Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya, Zimbabwe officials focus on cooperation
    08 april 2002 23:00:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's secretary of the committee on African Union, Dr. Full text...

  • Kinshasa rejects calls to scrape existing institutions
    08 april 2002 22:37:00
    Sun city- Africa (PANA) -- Representatives of the Kinshasa government at the ongoing inter-Congolese dialogue in Sun City have rejected calls to scrape all existing administrative institutions as suggested by the rebel Congolese Democratic Rally/ Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) and certain opposition parties. Full text...

  • Belligerent parties in DR Congo urged to unveil agenda
    08 april 2002 22:10:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- Members of the unarmed opposition at the Inter-Congolese dialogue in Sun City said the task of a transitional government in DR Congo should be solely to organise elections. Full text...

  • Ghana says Zimbabwe election results unacceptable
    08 april 2002 22:08:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A three-member Ghanaian team that observed the Zimbabwean presidential poll last month said Monday that the election was not transparent and its results were unacceptable. Full text...

  • Mbeki urges Congolese to compromise their differences
    08 april 2002 21:44:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki on Monday continued to hold discussions in Pretoria and Sun City with DR Congo leaders attending the on-going inter-Congolese dialogue in a bid to broker compromise. Full text...

  • State of press freedom in Palestine worries UNESCO
    08 april 2002 20:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura Monday stressed grave concern over restrictions imposed (by Israeli forces) on journalists in the exercise of their profession in several Palestinian towns. Full text...

  • Presidential hopefuls begin campaign in Mali
    08 april 2002 20:34:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Presidential candidates in Mali Monday entered their second day of campaigning for the 28 April elections. Full text...

  • Majority of Egypt's ruling party candidates unopposed
    08 april 2002 20:02:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Nearly 70 percent of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) candidates were unopposed as voters started to cast ballots early Monday to elect new municipal councillors. Full text...

  • UN sharpens focus on positive developments in Angola
    08 april 2002 20:01:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The UN has expressed immense encouragement over the positive pace of the Angolan peace process, saying it will embark on a major engagement to complement efforts of the Angolan people for lasting peace. Full text...

  • Ghana calls for action on Middle East crisis
    08 april 2002 19:23:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana on Monday expressed concern about the escalating conflict between Israel and Palestine and called for an urgent and concerted effort by the international community to end it before it degenerates into a full-scale war, which could destabilise the region. Full text...

  • Rwandans demonstrate as Kagame libel case opens
    08 april 2002 19:08:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Leon Habyarimana, the son of late Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana was among demonstrators who matched to Kigali's embassy in Paris Monday to demand the truth over the 1994 downing of the plane in which his father as well as the Burundian leader Cyprien Ntrayramira died. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean parties begin reconciliation talks
    08 april 2002 18:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's two main political parties began talks Monday on the disputed outcome of the 9-11 March presidential poll, and the country's economic and political future. Full text...

  • Angola seeks SADC's support to solidify peace
    08 april 2002 18:45:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Justice Minster Paulo Tjipolica of Angola has appealed to the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) for support to solidify peace in the civil war-ravaged country. Full text...

  • RUFP names candidate for Sierra Leone's presidential poll
    08 april 2002 18:06:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front Party (RUFP) has named Paolo Bangura as its candidate for the country's May presidential election. Full text...

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