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  • France sends minister to Mauritania to mend fences
    07 september 2002 09:57:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian President Maaouiya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya Friday received in Nouakchott French Defence Minister Michelle Alliot-Marie who arrived in the Mauritanian capital for a short working visit. Full text...

  • Party fears for political prisoners in Equatorial Guinea
    06 september 2002 22:55:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- An Equato-Guinean opposition party based in Madrid, Spain, has expressed deep concern about the plight of political prisoners in Equatorial Guinea and called on the international community to urgently send a mission to inquire on the situation. Full text...

  • Two political prisoners die in Equatorial Guinea
    06 september 2002 22:43:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Two political prisoners in Equatorial Guinea died last weekend, one of them in the central prison of Malabo and the other in Bata Hospital, informed sources reported last Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malian President to visit France Monday
    06 september 2002 21:23:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure is expected to begin a four-day official visit to France Monday at the invitation of his French counterpart Jacques Chirac, Malian officials said in Bamako Friday. Full text...

  • Anjouan seeks enhanced cooperation with Reunion
    06 september 2002 21:08:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A three-man delegation from the autonomous island of Anjouan (Comoros) is currently in Reunion to push for an enhancement of cooperation between the two islands. Full text...

  • Nguema due in Paris Saturday
    06 september 2002 20:41:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Equatorial Guinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema is expected in Paris Saturday on a visit to France, French Foreign Ministry sources said Friday. Full text...

  • France welcomes release of Tunisian opposition leader
    06 september 2002 20:24:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The release of Tunisian opposition leader Hama Hammami is a gesture that should be commended, according to Francois Rivasseau, a spokesman of the French Foreign Ministry. Full text...

  • EU concerned over suspension of Sudanese peace talks
    06 september 2002 19:42:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has expressed "deep concern" over the suspension of the Sudanese peace talks in Machakos, Kenya. Full text...

  • Impeachment Axe Dangles On Another Nigerian Official
    06 september 2002 13:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The political crisis in Nigeria's south- eastern Enugu state has climaxed with an impeachment notice served on governor Chimaroke Nnamami by a faction of the state House of Assembly. Full text...

  • Britain denies plans for military intervention in Zimbabwe
    06 september 2002 13:45:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Britain Friday denied media reports it was planning military intervention in Zimbabwe to oust the government of President Robert Mugabe, under the cover of rescuing 20,000 British passport holders in the country. Full text...

  • S. African farmer takes Mugabe to court over land grab
    06 september 2002 13:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- South African farmer Richard Barry, one of about 3,000 white farmers ordered off their land in Zimbabwe to pave way for the resettlement of landless peasants, is suing President Robert Mugabe for crimes against humanity. Full text...

  • Mauritius, UAE end visa formality
    06 september 2002 13:16:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates have abolished the requirement of visas for their nationals travelling to either country. Full text...

  • Malagasy President hints parliamentary elections
    06 september 2002 12:39:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy president Marc Ravalomanana announced Friday that preparations were underway for the holding of parliamentary elections in the country. Full text...

  • Obasanjo prepares self-defence against impeachment charges
    06 september 2002 10:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian presidency officials are working hard to prepare a defence for President Olusegun Obasanjo, who has been slammed with 17 charges of constitutional breaches by parliamentarians bent on removing him from office. Full text...

  • Libya lashes back at Israeli Premier over nuclear charges
    05 september 2002 23:44:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's Assistant Secretary of the General Committee on (Ministry of) External Relations, Hassoun Al-Chawish has roundly dismissed a claim by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon earlier Wednesday, that Libya would likely be the first Arab country to acquire a nuclear bomb. Full text...

  • Prince Philippe of Belgium visits Mozambique
    05 september 2002 23:15:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- On his way back from the just ended Earth Summit in Johannesburg, Prince Philippe of Belgium, accompanied by Foreign Minister Louis Michel, stopped in Maputo on Thursday for a 2-day working visit to Mozambique, official sources indicated in Brussels. Full text...

  • Mauritanian leader hails Johannesburg Summit
    05 september 2002 21:46:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian President Maouiya Ould Taya Wednesday hailed what he said were the opportunities thrown up by the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) as regards poverty reduction and environmental protection. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe withdraws more troops from DR Congo
    05 september 2002 21:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Some 2,000 Zimbabwean soldiers have pulled out of DR Congo's northern regional base of Mbndaka, and were heading home, Zimbabwean State radio and television reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Taylor orders Military Court to convene
    05 september 2002 20:59:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has ordered Defence Minister Daniel Chea to convoke the military Tribunal that would try those accused of collaborating with the dissident Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD). Full text...

  • Clerics call politicians in Guinea-Bissau to reason
    05 september 2002 20:35:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Two Bissau-Guinean bishops have enjoined politicians to show moderation and wisdom so as to avoid steering the country into destruction. Full text...

  • Human rights victims outside Ghana to petition Commission
    05 september 2002 20:28:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) said Thursday it was setting up a website to publicise its activities so that victims and people living abroad, with complaints of human rights abuses could file their petitions. Full text...

  • No more political prisoners in Libya, says Kadhafi Foundation
    05 september 2002 19:52:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya no longer has any political prisoners, according to the International Kadhafi Foundation of Charity Associations (FKIAC), which celebrated the release of 62 political prisoners in Tripoli Wednesday evening. Full text...

  • Powell arrives in Libreville
    05 september 2002 18:07:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell arrived in Libreville Thursday from Luanda, on a two-day visit to Gabon. Full text...

  • Botswana not supporting Zimbabwe's land reform strategies
    05 september 2002 16:15:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana Democratic Party, the ruling party here, has denied reports that it supports the methods used in Zimbabwe land reforms. Full text...

  • Expert seeks redress of human rights abuses in Somalia
    05 september 2002 16:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A UN expert has reported serious human rights abuses throughout Somalia, and called for the establishment of national and regional Independent Human Rights Commissions to address the situation. Full text...

  • Aides deny rift between Obasanjo, Deputy
    05 september 2002 16:05:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government Thursday denied media reports on political division between President Olusegun Obasanjo and his deputy Atiku Abubakar, especially over the 2003 presidential election. Full text...

  • Taylor replaces his Planning Minister
    05 september 2002 15:47:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has replaced his Planning and Economic Affairs Minister Amelia Ward, and made her Vice-Chair of the Economic Financial Management Committee. Full text...

  • Powell calls on Angolan President Dos Santos
    05 september 2002 14:26:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell arrived here Thursday for a six-hour stopover during which he called on President José Eduardo dos Santos. Full text...

  • Powell arrives in Luanda for brief official visit
    05 september 2002 14:11:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The official visit of US Secretary of State Colin Powell to Angola is expected to strengthen bilateral relations between both nations, foreign minister Joao Miranda told journalists in Luanda Thursday. Full text...

  • French Navy vessel due in Luanda
    05 september 2002 13:56:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- A frigate of the French Navy, 'Commandant Birot', is expected Thursday to call at Luanda port for a five- day stay, the French embassy here has announced. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Ruling Party Schedules Primaries
    05 september 2002 13:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) plans to hold its primaries before the end of the year to select its candidates for the 2003 general elections, according to local press reports. Full text...

  • Opposition leader Hamma Hammami freed on parole in Tunis
    05 september 2002 13:15:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian opposition leader Hamma Hammami, 50, was released Wednesday on parole for health reasons, his wife Radhia Nasraoui said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament Opposes Togo's Move to Replace Member
    05 september 2002 12:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Parliament has opposed moves by Togo to replace its representative in the body, Pere Dahuku, apparently because of domestic political problems, the News Agency of Nigeria reported. Full text...

  • Gabon plans local govt polls for December
    05 september 2002 07:40:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese President Omar Bongo said on return from the Earth Summit in Johannesburg that local government elections would be held next December, but gave no date. Full text...

  • Togo appeals for resumption of international cooperation
    04 september 2002 23:53:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese Foreign minister Koffi Panou has, at a meeting with the diplomatic corps in Lome, appealed to the international community to resume cooperation with the West African country. Full text...

  • Independent MPs join Mali's presidential bloc
    04 september 2002 23:40:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Eight independent MPs elected during the last parliamentary elections in Mali have joined the ranks of the Convergence for Alternation and Change (ACC), a political bloc close to President Amadou Toumani Toure. Full text...

  • Tunisian president reshuffles cabinet, reduces portfolios
    04 september 2002 23:18:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Wednesday reshuffled his cabinet, reducing the number of portifolios from 29 to 25. Full text...

  • Court annuls five council election results in Cameroon
    04 september 2002 23:17:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Supreme Court in Cameroon, which is examining of 145 petitions against local council elections held last 30 June, has ordered fresh elections in five localities, official sources said in Yaounde. Full text...

  • Kadhafi pleads for international dialogue on terrorism
    04 september 2002 22:59:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi has suggested that the Islamic world should initiate dialogue with the West on terrorism, a phenomenon systematically attributed nowadays to Arabs and Muslims. Full text...

  • War amputees drop threat to boycott Sierra Leone's TRC
    04 september 2002 21:17:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Representatives of Sierra Leone's war amputees have agreed to reconsider their decision to boycott the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Full text...

  • Zambian ruling party's position unchanged in Parliament
    04 september 2002 20:03:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The position of the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) in Zambia's 150-seat parliament was unchanged Wednesday, despite its victory in the latest by-election at the Mwandi constituency, south-west of the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe leader warns defiant white farmers time was running out
    04 september 2002 19:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home Wednesday warning embattled white farmers defying his controversial land policies that "time is not on your side. Full text...

  • Burkinabe cabinet resumes session
    04 september 2002 19:33:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore Wednesday presided over the first cabinet meeting, after he and many of the Ministers resumed from one-month annual vacation. Full text...

  • Obasanjo promises to answer alleged constitutional breaches
    04 september 2002 18:16:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo has promised Nigerians a detailed response to the list of 17 alleged constitutional breaches levelled against him by the lower legislative chamber, House of representatives. Full text...

  • Mauritanian party against relations with Israel
    04 september 2002 17:31:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's opposition Union of the Forces of Progress (UFP) on Wednesday described diplomatic relations between the government in Nouakchott and Israel as "abnormal". Full text...

  • Liberia welcomes US donation for displaced people
    04 september 2002 17:03:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A Liberian government spokesman on Wednesday welcomed the US administration's donation of 6. Full text...

  • France decries fresh hostilities in Sudan
    04 september 2002 16:50:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France Wednesday deplored the resumption of clashes in southern Sudan and called on the two warring parties to show restraint, a spokesman of the French Foreign Ministry said in Paris. Full text...

  • Britain urges resumption of Mideast peace talks
    04 september 2002 16:37:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien has called on Israel and the Palestinian Authority to rebuild trust and return to the negotiating table. Full text...

  • AI welcomes Libya's decision to free political prisoners
    04 september 2002 16:34:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) has welcomed the decision by the Libyan authorities to release political prisoners, including those the London-based organisation called "prisoners of conscience and possible prisoners of conscience". Full text...

  • Rwanda gets 70 million-dollar poll grant from US
    04 september 2002 16:22:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated 70 million dollars for political education, purchase of electoral materials and training of poll agents in Rwanda. Full text...

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