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  • Moi Assures Kenyans Kibaki and Wamalwa were out of danger
    09 december 2002 15:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Daniel arap Moi on Monday assured Kenyans that opposition chiefs Mwai Kibaki and Wamalwa Kijana were out of danger in London where they were both hospitalised and would soon return home. Full text...

  • Moi promises not to interfere with Uhuru's presidency
    09 december 2002 14:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's outgoing President Daniel arap Moi promised Monday not to meddle in a government led by his preferred successor Uhuru Kenyatta, contrary to claims by his detractors. Full text...

  • MPCI discounts report on mass grave in Bouake
    09 december 2002 14:34:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The rebel Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI) has dismissed a report that its troops buried about 86 persons, including gendarmes and soldiers in a mass grave. Full text...

  • Eyadema in Yamoussoukro for talks with Gbagbo
    09 december 2002 12:59:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema arrived Monday morning in Yamoussoukro, 230 km north of Abidjan for talks with his Ivorian counterpart, Laurent Gbagbo. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebels blame loyalists for mass grave in Monokozoye
    09 december 2002 12:49:00
    Yakouba Carrefour- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A commander of Cote d'Ivoire's Patriotic Movement (MPCI) of Yacouba Carrefour in the region of Vavoua is accusing the Ivorian armed forces (FANCI) of killing civilians that were buried in a mass grave discovered by French troops in Monokozoye. Full text...

  • Algerian President Bouteflika to visit Belgium
    09 december 2002 11:59:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is expected in Brussels Tuesday to begin a two-day state visit to Belgium, foreign ministry sources said here Monday. Full text...

  • Burundi's UPRONA party gets new chairman
    09 december 2002 11:26:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's former sole political party, Unity for National Progress (UPRONA) has elected Alphonse Kadege its new chairman replacing Luc Rukingama. Full text...

  • Ivorian authorities recruit youths to fight rebels
    09 december 2002 09:46:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Deputy minister of defence and civil protection, Bertin Kadet, has embarked on recruiting Ivorians aged 20-26 into the army "to defend Cote d'Ivoire in the face of the crisis afflicting it since 19 September. Full text...

  • Anxiety in Kenya as second opposition leader is in hospital
    09 december 2002 09:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Anxiety has gripped partisans and supporters of the opposition National Rainbow Coalition (Narc) after hearing that vice presidential candidate, Wamalwa Kijana, was hospitalised in London at the weekend. Full text...

  • Swazi Premier under pressure to resign
    09 december 2002 08:10:00
    Manzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- A coalition of Swaziland trade unions, political groups, human rights organizations and church organizations are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini over the government's defiant decision to purchase of a luxury private jet for King Mswati III. Full text...

  • AU's Executive Committee meets in Tripoli
    08 december 2002 20:13:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Executive Committee of the African Union (AU) will meet Monday in Tripoli, according to Amara Essy, Interim chairman of the AU's Commission. Full text...

  • Army kills suspected terrorists in Algeria
    08 december 2002 14:46:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian security forces Sunday shot dead three suspected terrorists, including the leader of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Fighting (GSPC) in Meftha- Larbaa, Blida, 50 km west of Algiers, military sources said. Full text...

  • Paris exhibition raises funds for war-rocked Ivorians
    08 december 2002 13:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An arts exhibition depicting life in Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali is underway at Drancy Paul-Bert College in Paris to raise funds intended for humanitarian assistance to people affected by the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • US under Secretary of State due in Algiers
    08 december 2002 12:45:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- US under secretary of State for the Middle East and Maghreb William Burns is due in Algiers Sunday for a two-day visit, according to Algeria's Foreign ministry. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebel movement accuses govt of mass killings
    07 december 2002 20:38:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The secretary general of the rebel Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire Guillaume Soro on Saturday accused President Laurent Gbagbo's government of causing the death of People buried in a mass grave discovered Thursday in Man. Full text...

  • Algeria-Libya follow-up committee meets in Tripoli
    07 december 2002 17:21:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria's junior minister for African and Maghreb affairs Abdelkader Messahel is leading his country's delegation at a two-day meeting of the Algeria-Libya follow-up committee, which opened Saturday in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Two Ivorian govt troopers and several rebels killed in Man
    07 december 2002 16:55:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Two Ivorian loyalist troopers and several rebels were killed during last Sunday's offensive launched by the National Armed Forces of Cote d'Ivoire (FANCI) for the re-capture of Man (675 km west of Abidjan), the Ivorian army headquarters revealed here Saturday. Full text...

  • New Nigerian political parties start alliance talks
    07 december 2002 15:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Leaders of some of the 22 recently registered Nigerian political parties have started consultations aimed forming alliances or mergers ahead of the 2003 general elections. Full text...

  • Controversy continues over Ivorian mass grave
    07 december 2002 15:28:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's national Armed Forces (FANCI) and the rebel Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire are blaming each other for the mass grave found Thursday in Vavoua, 350 km west of Abidjan, an area controlled by the political wing of soldiers who mutinied on 19 September. Full text...

  • New Nigerian political parties in alliance talks
    07 december 2002 13:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Leaders of some of the 22 newly-registered political parties in Nigeria have started consultations aimed at striking working alliance and merger ahead of the 2003 general elections. Full text...

  • Algerian president to visit Belgium
    07 december 2002 11:24:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will make a two-day official visit to Belgium next week at the invitation of Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, it was officially announced here Saturday. Full text...

  • Congolese govt invites human rights body to Pool region
    06 december 2002 23:31:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's information minister and government spokesman Alain Akouala on Friday invited the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) to visit the country to have an idea of the real situation prevailing in the troubled Pool region. Full text...

  • French troops discover mass grave in Cote d'Ivoire
    06 december 2002 21:23:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A French army patrol on Thursday evening discovered a mass grave with scores of bodies in Daloa region, about 400 km north-west of Abidjan, a French military officer revealed here Friday. Full text...

  • No parallel mediation of the Ivorian crisis, says Toure
    06 december 2002 21:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure said here Friday he was not undertaking a parallel mediation of the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • EU lauds African peace initiative in Burundi
    06 december 2002 19:53:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has hailed the regional Initiative and the African mediation that enabled opposing forces and the transitional government of Burundi to sign a cease-fire this week. Full text...

  • Botswana acquits 13 Namibians wanted home for treason
    06 december 2002 18:08:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The High Court in Botswana has freed 13 Namibians wanted back home for treason catching Namibian authorities, who had applied for their extradition, flat footed. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's opposition MDC calls for coalition government
    06 december 2002 17:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Friday called for the formation of a coalition transitional government to pull the country out of economic crisis, and for fresh presidential elections. Full text...

  • Profile of Kenya's key presidential contender, Mwai Kibaki
    06 december 2002 17:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- After two futile attempts, official opposition leader Mwai Kibaki is now within realistic distance of Kenya's presidency thanks to a timely decision by various political parties to close ranks and field a common candidate against Uhuru Kenyatta of the ruling Kanu. Full text...

  • Zambian Parliament passes freedom of information act
    06 december 2002 16:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian parliament on Friday unanimously passed a law paving the way for journalists to access information on issues that are of public interest in the transactions of business in government departments and private enterprises. Full text...

  • South African corvette named in Germany
    06 december 2002 16:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The second of South Africa's four new corvettes has been named the SAS Isandlwana after the site of a famous Zulu victory over the British in 1879. Full text...

  • Mali's Toure in Dakar to brief Wade on Ivorian crisis
    06 december 2002 15:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure arrived in Dakar Friday to brief ECOWAS chairman, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, on the outcome of Tuesday's meeting in Bamako between Presidents Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso and Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Kenyan student killed over political argument
    06 december 2002 12:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A 16-year-old student was stabbed to death in Western Kenya over an argument on which of the political parties would win the country's 27 December elections, the local press reported Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Summit on Cote d'Ivoire postponed
    06 december 2002 11:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The extra-ordinary Summit of ECOWAS leaders, slated for Accra, Ghana, Saturday to discuss the worsening situation in Cote d'Ivoire, has been postponed indefinitely, ECOWAS sources told PANA in Lagos Friday. Full text...

  • Rebels control most Ivorian western cities
    06 december 2002 09:59:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- There are indications that Cote d'Ivoire's Grand West Patriotic Movement (MPIGO) and the Movement for Justice and Peace (MJP) rebels now control most cities in the country's western region, including Danane, Touleupleu, Biankouma, Touba and part of Man. Full text...

  • Gabon regulates media access for council poll candidates
    06 december 2002 07:34:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon's National Communication Council (CNC) has issued a declaration regulating access to the public media by candidates for the country's 29 December local elections. Full text...

  • EU hails Cameroon/Nigeria dialogue
    05 december 2002 20:43:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) on Thursday hailed what it said was the "positive results" of a meeting held earlier 15 November in Geneva by Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Paul Biya of Cameroon on their border dispute, in the presence of UN secretary general Kofi Annan. Full text...

  • Angola gets new Prime Minister
    05 december 2002 20:30:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- President Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola Thursday appointed Fernando da Piedade dos Santos as Prime Minister, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Koffi Panou denies taking refuge in Paris
    05 december 2002 20:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Former Togolese Foreign and Cooperation minister Koffi Panou has refuted allegations that he took refuge in Paris after last Tuesday's cabinet reshuffle. Full text...

  • American lobby urges greater US interest in NEPAD
    05 december 2002 18:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An American advocacy network has urged the US government to respond progressively to the solicitations of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Rights group urges Ivorian rebels to negotiate
    05 december 2002 17:43:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian Human Rights League (LIDHO) has decried the escalation of fighting in western Cote d'Ivoire and appealed to the "new insurgents" to embark on negotiations so as not to exacerbate the sufferings of the populations. Full text...

  • Kenyan opposition launches manifesto
    05 december 2002 17:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ahead of general elections coming up 27 December, Kenya's main opposition National Rainbow Coalition (Narc) Thursday launched its manifesto promising the creation of 500,000 jobs a year, free primary education and a revamping of the agricultural sector. Full text...

  • Kumba Yala visits Gabon, Nigeria
    05 december 2002 14:26:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- President Kumba Yala of Guinea Bissau left Bissau Thursday on a visit to Gabon and Nigeria, officials said. Full text...

  • US closes section of its Embassy in Nairobi
    05 december 2002 10:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US Thursday closed a section of its Embassy in Nairobi, over suspected security reasons, less than 24 hours after the British High Commission was shut down over similar concerns. Full text...

  • Zuma on three-nation African tour
    05 december 2002 10:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma travelled Thursday on a three-nation continental visit to Rwanda, DR Congo and Libya, officials said. Full text...

  • Malawi gets new political party
    05 december 2002 09:40:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- As Malawi edges towards the 2004 general elections, a new political party - the Pamodzi Freedom Party (PFP) - has become the 23rd to be registered in the country. Full text...

  • Gabonese troops leave for peacekeeping mission in Bangui
    04 december 2002 23:32:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A total of 104 Gabonese soldiers left Libreville Wednesday for Bangui to join the Economic and Monetary Community of Central States (CEMAC) peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Rwandan president expected in Brussels Sunday
    04 december 2002 22:48:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame is scheduled to begin a two-day visit to Belgium during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt and other senior government officials. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebel movements hint they may merge
    04 december 2002 21:03:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's Patriotic Movement (MPCI) and the two other rebel groups fighting in the country's west could merge soon, judging by the declarations of their respective leaders. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Summit on Cote d'Ivoire shaky
    04 december 2002 20:50:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Saturday's one-day Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) scheduled for the Ghanaian capital, Accra, may not hold, reliable government sources told PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • Swazi govt entices judges with hefty pay to stop strike
    04 december 2002 19:57:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Swaziland government Wednesday announced hefty increases in salary and allowances all judges of the High Court and the Appeals Court in an apparent move to influence them to end their indefinite strike. Full text...

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