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  • Benin deplores showdown in Côte d'Ivoire
    22 september 2002 17:14:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin President Mathieu Kerekou has condemned the ongoing confrontation in Côte d'Ivoire following a rebellion by a section of the army. Full text...

  • Ivorian troops burn Ouattara's residence
    22 september 2002 16:42:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- In their continuing search for rebels, Ivorian security forces have put to the torch the residence of former Prime Minister Alassane Dramane Ouattara, according to sources close to his Republicans Union party. Full text...

  • Ghana sends delegation to Côte d'Ivoire
    22 september 2002 15:48:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A four-member Ghanaian delegation led by Foreign Affairs Minister Hackman Owusu-Agyemang left Accra on Sunday for Cote d'Ivoire on a sub-regional mediation initiative to help calm down the upheaval in that country. Full text...

  • Former US President Clinton Arrives in Ghana
    22 september 2002 15:47:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA -- Former US President Bill Clinton arrived in Accra on Sunday to take part in the launch of the Foundation for Building the Capital of the Poor. ) Full text...

  • French troop reinforcements arrive in Abidjan
    22 september 2002 14:09:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- About 100 French soldiers mainly "marines" and paratroopers arrived in Abidjan Saturday night three days after the outbreak of military mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Ivorian mutiny worries Malian President
    22 september 2002 13:29:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure has deplored violence and loss of life in neighbouring Cote d'Ivoire since the outbreak of a military mutiny last Thursday. Full text...

  • RUF accuses Sierra Leone govt of neglecting Sankoh
    22 september 2002 11:07:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Interim Leader of the now disbanded rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) Issa Sesay has accused the Sierra Leone prisons department of not giving adequate medical treatment to detained RUF members, including its leader Cpl. Full text...

  • Nigeria extends voter registration by one day
    21 september 2002 20:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In response to complaints from politicians and thousands of frustrated prospective voters, Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Saturday, announced the extension of the country-wide voter registration by one day to Sunday. Full text...

  • Mauritius condemns attempted coup in Cote d'Ivoire
    21 september 2002 20:03:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian government Saturday strongly condemned the "attempted coup in Cote d'Ivoire against the democratically elected government of President Laurent Gbagbo". Full text...

  • Morocco expresses relief over failed coup in Cote d'Ivoire
    21 september 2002 19:35:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco Saturday expressed "relief" at the failed "attempt to undermine constitutional order in Cote d'Ivoire," lauding the firm reaction of Ivorian authorities to ensure the security of foreign nationals. Full text...

  • Bouake mutineers said mobilising civilians for battle
    21 september 2002 19:19:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Mutineers in Bouake, Cote 'Ivoire's second largest city, some 290-km north of Abidjan, have reportedly started drafting civilian youths, including those detained in police stations, in readiness for battle with government troops. Full text...

  • Niger condemns coup attempt in Cote d'Ivoire
    21 september 2002 19:14:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger has condemned what Abidjan authorities said was a coup attempt in Cote d'Ivoire last Thursday. Full text...

  • Namibia, Ghana endorse protocol to AEC Treaty
    21 september 2002 19:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Namibia on Friday became the 8th African Union (AU) member state to ratify the protocol to the treaty establishing the African Economic Community (AEC) relating to the Pan-African Parliament. Full text...

  • Erstwhile Gambian leader quits politics
    21 september 2002 18:26:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia's former president and chairman of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) Dawda Kairaba Jawara has announced his retirement from active politics. Full text...

  • Dos Santos discusses Angolan peace process with Gambari
    21 september 2002 18:08:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos Friday discussed with the UN Secretary General's Special Representative to Angola, Ibrahim Gambari, the implementation of the 1994 Lusaka Protocol. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso urges citizens to be vigilant over Ivorian crisis
    21 september 2002 17:57:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso has called on its citizens living on the border with Cote d'Ivoire and truck drivers in the area, to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious movements to the appropriate authorities. Full text...

  • Luanda denies presence of Angolan troops in Cote d'Ivoire
    21 september 2002 17:47:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan government formally denied, Friday evening, media reports that its troops were in Abidjan in the wake of the military uprising in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Mali condemns violence in Cote d'Ivoire
    21 september 2002 17:42:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian government has condemned the "violence in Cote d'Ivoire and any attempt to destabilise President Laurent Gbagbo's government through the use of force". Full text...

  • Complaints rife as voters registration ends in Nigeria
    21 september 2002 17:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Politicians, potential voters and civil society organisations are blaming Nigeria's Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) for a shoddy job Saturday as a 10-day voters registration exercise ended across the country. Full text...

  • Khartoum gives conditions for resumption of peace talks
    21 september 2002 17:27:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan's Chief peace negotiator, Ghazi Atabani, says the Khartoum government is ready to resume the stalled peace talks if the Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement (SPLM/A) shows commitment to end hostilities. Full text...

  • Ivorians attack Burkinabe nationals in Abidjan
    21 september 2002 17:19:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- On the morrow of a nation-wide address in which President Laurent Gbagbo alleged that the current putsch in Cote d'Ivoire had external connections, security forces and students attacked Burkinabe nationals in Abidjan Saturday. Full text...

  • Ivorian leader alleges foreign involvement in current putsch
    21 september 2002 16:35:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- President Laurent Gbagbo, in a nation-wide address Friday played down reports of a mutiny within the Army, alleging instead that Cote d'Ivoire by external forces. Full text...

  • Angolan troops step into Ivorian conflict
    21 september 2002 16:06:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Angolan soldiers are moving in to help Ivorian government troops recapture the city of Bouake, which is still under the control of rebel soldiers who mutinied Wednesday night, the French daily 'Figaro' intimated Saturday. Full text...

  • Libya denounces attempted putsch in Côte d'Ivoire
    21 september 2002 15:32:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya roundly denounced last Thursday's coup attempt in Côte d'Ivoire, in which some 270 people were killed, according to the latest count. Full text...

  • France says Ivorian mutiny is internal affair
    21 september 2002 14:51:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Defence Minister Michele Alliot- Marie Friday said that French troops stationed in the West African country would not intervene in the current turmoil because the mutiny was "a purely internal affair. Full text...

  • Ivorian leader Gbagbo says mutiny was a coup attempt
    21 september 2002 14:25:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, who returned home Friday night from a visit in Italy, said the bloody Thursday mutiny in his country was a coup attempt against his government, and he appealed to his security forces to remain "vigilant at all times. Full text...

  • 270 killed, 300 injured in Ivorian mutiny
    21 september 2002 13:38:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 270 people were reportedly killed and 300 others injured in Thursday's fighting in when 750 demobilised soldiers reportedly mutinied in Abidjan and two other cities, Ivorian military sources said in Abidjan Saturday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe faces expulsion as Commonwealth troika meets
    21 september 2002 12:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- When the Commonwealth troika on Zimbabwe meets in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Monday, a possible expulsion of Zimbabwe from the group for a deteriorating human rights situation will be on the agenda. Full text...

  • Malawi Catholic priests warn Muluzi against third term
    21 september 2002 12:06:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Members of the Association of Diocesan Catholic Clergy of Malawi (ADCCOM) have warned the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) against amending the constitution to allow President Bakili Muluzi to run for a third term. Full text...

  • Ghana expresses concern about Ivorian situation
    21 september 2002 10:40:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana has expressed concern about the attempted coup in neighbouring Cote d'Ivoire, describing it as "a jolt" in moves to maintain stability in West Africa. Full text...

  • 63 percent of Morocco's voters not aware of the list system
    20 september 2002 23:32:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Sixty three percent of Moroccans who will cast their votes on 27 September to elect 325 members of parliament said they did not understand the list system the country has chosen for the election, according to a poll published Friday by the newspaper Al Ahdath Al Maghribia. Full text...

  • Burundi unveils ambitious programme on governance
    20 september 2002 22:42:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundi government has announced an ambitious programme of democratic, administrative and economic governance, the implementation of which would require funding to the tune of 90 million US dollars over the next three years. Full text...

  • Uneasy calm in Abidjan after clashes
    20 september 2002 22:00:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- There was uneasy calm Friday in the Ivorian capital, which was under night curfew, with residents still indoors and vehicles belonging to the Abidjan Transport Company (SOTRA) off the road. Full text...

  • Botswana House seeks autonomy from executive branch
    20 september 2002 21:55:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The speaker of the Botswana national assembly, Ray Molomo, has appointed consultants to study and recommend how parliament can operate independently of the office of the president. Full text...

  • UNAMSIL procures refuse dump, stadium for Sierra Leonean district
    20 september 2002 20:52:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Sierra Leonean locality of Lunsa in Port Loko has, under the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) programme of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), acquired a refuse dump and a mini-stadium. Full text...

  • South Africa expresses concern about upsurge in Mid East violence
    20 september 2002 20:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government has expressed concern at the suicide bombing in central Tel Aviv on Thursday and the subsequent Israeli siege on the offices of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Full text...

  • French academic links fight against terrorism to democratisation
    20 september 2002 20:20:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The democratisation efforts in Africa should not be sacrificed on the altar of the anti-terrorist war, Pascal Boniface, director of the International and Strategic Relations Institute (IRIS), said Friday in Paris. Full text...

  • Quartered ex-UNITA fighters quit camp in search of food
    20 september 2002 20:17:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Scores of former rebel UNITA fighters quartered at Capaia in eastern Lunda-Sul province are reportedly quitting the camp in search of food, as relief supplies were not forthcoming. Full text...

  • Ivorian mutineers in Bouake brace up for loyalist assault
    20 september 2002 19:52:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Mutineers still holding out in the central Ivorian city of Bouake, some 290 km north of Abidjan, are poised for what observers see as an imminent showdown with loyalists troops. Full text...

  • African Union "outraged" by Burundi massacre
    20 september 2002 19:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Amara Essy, the Interim President of the African Union Commission, has condemned the September 9 massacre of 183 people, including 112 civilians in Burundi's Gitega Province, as an "odious act". Full text...

  • Mutiny slows down activity in Ivorian economic hub
    20 september 2002 19:30:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian economic hub of Abidjan was quiet well into Friday afternoon in the wake of Thursday's mutiny, which the government insists was a "coup attempt. Full text...

  • Mubarak warns about Palestinian revenge against Israel
    20 september 2002 19:15:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned Friday that Israeli military incursions on the occupied Palestinian territories would engender reprisals, State-owned Television reported in Cairo. Full text...

  • Kadhafi holds talks with Patasse
    20 september 2002 18:41:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Friday received in Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli, visiting Central African Republic, President Ange Felix Patasse. Full text...

  • Pretoria urges return of law and order in Cote d'Ivoire
    20 september 2002 18:21:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African government Friday described the mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire as a setback to the relative stability that the country had achieved recently. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso deplores situation in Cote d'Ivoire
    20 september 2002 18:13:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe Security minister, Djibril Bassolet, Friday described the mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire as "regrettable and deplorable". Full text...

  • France appoints woman Ambassador to Madagascar
    20 september 2002 17:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Catherine Boivineau has been named French new Ambassador to Madagascar, official sources said in Paris Friday. Full text...

  • Chirac holds talks with Nguesso
    20 september 2002 17:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Visiting Congo Brazzaville President Denis Sassou Nguesso, Friday had bilateral talks with his French counterpart Jacques Chirac, Congolese diplomatic sources said in Paris. Full text...

  • Expert calls Ivorian mutiny threat to democracy in Africa
    20 september 2002 17:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An international relations analyst in Nigeria has described the mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire as a "threat and an assault" to democracy in the country and the entire African continent. Full text...

  • Burundi ceasefire talks to resume Saturday
    20 september 2002 17:08:00
    Arusha- Tanzania (PANA) -- Negotiations for a ceasefire between Burundi's transitional government and various Hutu rebel movements will resume Saturday in Dar es Salaam. Full text...

  • Moi sacks Assistant Minister
    20 september 2002 16:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Daniel arap Moi Friday sacked Tourism and Information Assistant Minister, David Sankori, as Kenya's presidential succession question heats up. Full text...

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