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  • Amnesty demands Rwanda to release peace workers
    05 february 2002 19:00:00
    London - UK (PANA) -- Amnesty International is urging Rwanda to immediately and unconditionally release three peace and reconciliation activists whom police are detaining at Butare central prison in southern Rwanda. Full text...

  • Security Council on peace mission to Eritrea, Ethiopia
    05 february 2002 18:44:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A UN Security Council delegation is to visit Eritrea and Ethiopia 20-25 February to assess the peace process between the two countries, the UN has announced. Full text...

  • EU welcomes cease-fire agreement in Sudan
    05 february 2002 18:39:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has commended the Khartoum government and Sudan's Liberation Movement/Nouba for a cease-fire agreement signed on 19 January in Monts Nouba. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD summit for 6-7 March convenes in Sirte
    05 february 2002 17:58:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) plans to convene its 6-7 March summit in Sirte, Libya, the organisation's secretary general, Dr. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe frees correspondent for London-based newspaper
    05 february 2002 17:32:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- A London-based newspaper, The Independent, Tuesday announced the release of Basildon Peta, its correspondent in Zimbabwe from police custody. Full text...

  • Britain, Algeria discuss extradition treaty
    05 february 2002 17:03:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian Justice minister Ahmed Ouyahia has travelled to Britain on an official visit aimed at strengthening mutual judicial cooperation, including extradition of persons wanted for trial in either country. Full text...

  • Antananarivo turns "dead city" Tuesday
    05 february 2002 14:55:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana has called on his supporters to stay at home Tuesday so as "to turn the capital city into a dead city and show that we are ruling the country. Full text...

  • EU observers criticise Zambia Electoral Commission
    05 february 2002 14:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's electoral commission has failed to fulfil its mandate on behalf of the voters, a European Union observer mission says in its report on the country's recent presidential poll. Full text...

  • UN Security Council member to visit Ethiopia, Eritrea
    05 february 2002 10:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- All members of the UN Security Council are expected to visit to Ethiopia and Eritrea from 20-25 February to assess the implementation of the December 2000 Algiers peace accord that ended the border war between the two neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe politicians pick on a range of campaign issues
    04 february 2002 23:51:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- As Zimbabwe's crunch presidential poll early next month closes in, politicians are picking up a range of campaign issues, some traditionally absent on election menus, to lobby for support. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean rights group wants state of emergency lifted
    04 february 2002 23:18:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The National Forum for Human Rights (NFHR) in Sierra Leone has appealed to government to immediately lift the state of emergency imposed in the country almost four years ago "now that the war has ended. Full text...

  • Court swears in Ivorian election body
    04 february 2002 20:48:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A 25-man Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) elected in Cote d'Ivoire last December has been sworn in by the Abidjan High Court, sources affirmed Monday. Full text...

  • Survey shows political apathy among a third of Moroccans
    04 february 2002 19:44:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The results of a survey made public Monday in Rabat showed that some 33 per cent of Moroccans are not interested in politics. Full text...

  • SADC meets in Tanzania as restructuring continues
    04 february 2002 18:57:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Ministerial Council of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) would meet in Zanzibar starting 13 February, as discussions continue on the restructuring of the organisation. Full text...

  • Zambian parliament resumes business Tuesday
    04 february 2002 18:09:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian parliament resumes its maiden session Tuesday after government withdrew a petition for court interpretation of rules for election of Speaker. Full text...

  • Maghreb experts at Euro-Mediterranean security session
    04 february 2002 17:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Experts from Algeria, Egypt, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia are among 40 participants at the first Euro- Mediterranean session on European security and defence policy, which entered its fourth day at the Paris Military School. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean Politicians Spice Campaign With Humour
    04 february 2002 16:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- After months of armchair political rattling, Zimbabwean politicians have finally hit the campaign trail for a presidential election due next month. Full text...

  • British minister explains Blair's interest in Africa
    04 february 2002 14:36:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has justified British Prime Minister Tony Blair's interest in Africa with a warning that the continent will lose out on the benefits of globalisation if it is left to itself. Full text...

  • Kenyans Register for 2002 General Elections
    04 february 2002 13:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A month-long voter registration exercise for Kenya's 2002 general elections began Monday in all parts of the country. Full text...

  • US, UK name Zimbabwe leaders to slap with sanctions
    04 february 2002 13:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Britain and the US have issued a joint list of Zimbabwean leaders they intend to slap with targeted personal sanctions in protest against what London and Washington allege were widespread violations of human rights in the southern African country, a local newspaper reported. Full text...

  • Tsvangirai expresses confidence to get elected president
    04 february 2002 12:58:00
    Mutare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition party --the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)-- has promised to ensure sound economic management and better standard of living for Zimbabweans if elected into power. Full text...

  • Rebel intransigence hampers Burundian peace process
    04 february 2002 12:16:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Three months after the inauguration of the transitional government in Burundi, critics say the persistence of the civil war in the country is a daunting challenge for leaders of the administration which has a life span of 18 months. Full text...

  • Kenyan Muslims Ask US Marines to Declare HIV Status
    04 february 2002 10:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Muslims are demanding that all 3,000 US Marines who arrived on the Kenyan coast this weekend to declare their HIV/AIDS status before disembarkation. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana shifting his hard-line position
    03 february 2002 21:18:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Five days after a popular demonstration involving thousands of people in the Malagasy capital, political analysts say aggrieved presidential candidate Marc Ravalomanana appears to be showing signs of appeasement and openness. Full text...

  • Konare ends Libyan visit
    03 february 2002 20:56:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare left Tripoli Sunday for home at the end of a two-day working visit to Libya. Full text...

  • Candidates get deadline to file presidential nomination
    03 february 2002 19:50:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Candidates for Congo Brazzaville's March presidential election, have until 8 February to file their nomination papers, Interior Minister Pierre Oba, has announced. Full text...

  • Former Cameroonian Vice-President laid to rest
    03 february 2002 18:01:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian former Vice-President Salomon Tandeng Muna, who died 22 January, was buried Saturday in his home town near Bamenda, some 450-km north-west of Yaounde. Full text...

  • 10 suspected terrorists killed, others arrested in Algeria
    03 february 2002 17:46:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian security forces last week killed 10 terrorist suspects in different parts of the country, official sources said Sunday in Algiers, the nation's capital. Full text...

  • ECOWAS New Executive Secretary Assumes Office Wednesday
    03 february 2002 17:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Newly-elected Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mohammed Ibn Chambas of Ghana, will assume office Wednesday, ECOWAS sources said Sunday. Full text...

  • Libyan leader advocates free movement of Africans in Africa
    03 february 2002 15:55:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan Head of State Col. Full text...

  • International pressure piles on President Robert Mugabe
    03 february 2002 09:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The political clock is ticking rather dangerously for beleaguered Zimbabwe President Robert Gabriel Mugabe, whose aggressive campaign for re-election has been mired in a domestic land crisis that portends grave repercussions. Full text...

  • Presidential aspirant promises to allow exiles to return
    02 february 2002 20:21:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Former Congolese Speaker of Parliament between 1993-1997 Andre Milongo stated Sunday in Brazzaville that he would authorised all exiles to return home if he is elected in the 10 March presidential elections. Full text...

  • King Mohammed VI to visit to China
    02 february 2002 17:58:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Tuesday begins a three-day official visit to China at the invitation of President Jiang Zemin, official sources said. Full text...

  • Mugabe launches presidential campaign in Zimbabwe
    02 february 2002 17:16:00
    Uzumba- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- As he launched his bid for re-election in the 9-10 March presidential election Friday, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe vowed to defy international pressure to back down on his controversial agrarian reforms. Full text...

  • Butembo-Beni's Bishop warns Ugandan president, Museveni
    02 february 2002 16:13:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Butembo-Beni diocese's Bishop Mgr Sikuli Melchisedech and Roger Nzama Kilando, who co-ordinates civil society organisations in the North-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have decried the continued presence of Ugandan troops in their area. Full text...

  • Pan-African body hails Afro-Asian solidarity with Zimbabwe
    02 february 2002 14:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Pan-African Reparation Movement in Kenya has commended the Afro-Asian members of the Commonwealth for their decision to reject the motion to have Zimbabwe expelled from the Commonwealth. Full text...

  • Bomb Injures Bodyguards At Somali Premier's Residence
    02 february 2002 13:55:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Four bodyguards of Somali Prime Minister Hassan Abshir Farah were seriously injured Friday night when a bomb went off at his private residence. Full text...

  • NGOs call for stronger Afro-Arab relations
    01 february 2002 23:35:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A symposium of African-Arab NGOs has commended the Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Kerekou decrees approval of govt Budget
    01 february 2002 22:07:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- President Mathieu Kerekou has approved by decree the Budget for 2002 in order to avoid a standstill in government functions. Full text...

  • Anjouan authorities disarm militants
    01 february 2002 21:08:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Authorities in Anjouan have collected over 50 percent of weapons from militants in the run-up to formation of a government of national unity in the Comoran archipelago. Full text...

  • France grants Burundi 300,000 euros for good governance
    01 february 2002 19:38:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi and France Friday signed an agreement under which the French government will provide 300,000 euros (258,000 US dollars) to support operations of new state institutions in Burundi. Full text...

  • Libya hosts Chad's tripartite military committee meeting
    01 february 2002 18:27:00
    Sebha- Libya (PANA) -- A tripartite military committee created after a peace agreement was signed on 9 January by the Chadian government and the rebel Movement for Democracy and Justice led by Youssef Togoimi concluded its two-day meeting in Sebha, southern Libya Thursday evening. Full text...

  • French paper alleges plot to overthrow Congolese government
    01 february 2002 14:59:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French satirical weekly 'Le Canard Enchaîné' intimated on Wednesday that an opponent of the regime in Kinshasa recently recruited mercenaries in Paris to overthrow President Joseph Kabila of DR Congo. Full text...

  • Libyan leader to address Africa on boundary issue
    01 february 2002 14:32:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The leader of the Libyan revolution, Col. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe envoy lashes out at Britain over bias reports
    01 february 2002 14:24:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's High Commissioner to South Africa Simon Moyo Thursday condemned Britain for the bad publicity his country was getting. Full text...

  • Premier thanks Kadhafi for Chadian peace agreement
    01 february 2002 12:19:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Chadian Prime Minister Nagou Yamassou expressed appreciation to Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Burundian rebel groups for crunch talks in Tanzania
    01 february 2002 08:41:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania expects to hold direct negotiations with two armed Burundian rebel groups currently opposing the transitional government, formed through a peace deal brokered by retired South African President Nelson Mandela, the official Daily News reported Friday. Full text...

  • OAU is keen on political situation in Madagascar
    01 february 2002 07:44:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy has expressed concern over the current political situation in Madagascar, saying the OAU is keenly following events there. Full text...

  • UN envoy calls for respect of DRC cease-fire
    31 january 2002 23:37:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- UN secretary general's special representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Amos Namanga Ngongi has urged parties in the DRC conflict to abide by the cease-fire agreement before the Inter-Congolese talks of 25 February in Sun City, South Africa. Full text...

  • President Buyoya leaves for Tanzania
    31 january 2002 23:06:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's President Pierre Buyoya left Bujumbura Thursday for talks with his Tanzanian counterpart, Benjamin Mkapa, in Dar es Salaam. Full text...

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