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  • Mbeki to visit Brussels in February
    10 january 2003 19:05:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki will visit Brussels 25 February for talks on Euro-Africa relations, the Belgian Foreign Ministry spokesman Didier Seeuws, has announced. Full text...

  • US plans more sanctions against Zimbabwe, says envoy
    10 january 2003 18:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Washington plans to tighten targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe over alleged human rights violations and electoral irregularities, a US diplomat said in Harare Friday. Full text...

  • Conte due back home from Morocco, says official
    10 january 2003 16:43:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean President Lansana Conte was being expected back in Conakry Friday from Morocco, where he had been since 20 December 2002, an official from the Presidency, Mamadouba Diabate, said. Full text...

  • France criticises Abidjan over air raid
    10 january 2003 14:58:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has criticised the recent helicopter raid by a helicopter owned by the National Armed Forces of Cote d'Ivoire (FANCI) against positions held by the rebel Popular Movement of the Grand West (MPIGO) in the Man region. Full text...

  • Mali dissociates itself from Oumar Mariko's statement
    10 january 2003 14:09:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali on Thursday dissociated itself from a call made by Omar Mariko, secretary general of the African Party for Democracy and Integration (SADI) for the resignation of Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo. Full text...

  • Chadian govt signs peace agreement with rebel group
    10 january 2003 13:39:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A Chadian government delegation and the rebel National Resistance Alliance (ANR) on Thursday reached a peace agreement in Libreville to end a seven-year old civil war in the country's south-eastern part. Full text...

  • Afro-Arab parliament ends 10th conference in Addis Ababa
    10 january 2003 12:57:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 10th Afro-Arab Parliamentary conference ended in Addis Ababa on Friday after adopting recommendations on a development for Africa, Afro-Arab co- operation and on Palestine. Full text...

  • Lusaka court grants bail to Zambian theft suspects
    10 january 2003 12:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Lusaka Magistrate Douglas Zulu on Friday granted bail of K30 million each to the secretary to the Treasury David Diangamo and six others facing 59 charges of stealing about K60 billion (about 13. Full text...

  • Nigerian manufacturers oppose importation of ballot boxes
    10 january 2003 12:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has expressed opposition to the plan by the country's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to import the thousands of ballot boxes to be used for this year's general elections. Full text...

  • Ivorian women mobilise before the Paris summit
    10 january 2003 12:05:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire, (PANA) -- The Forum of patriotic Ivorian women (CFPI) and the First Lady, Simone Ehivet Gbagbo, have drafted a document in the form of a viaticum intended for those "who will take part in the Paris summit on the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • Violence mars political party elections in Nigeria
    10 january 2003 11:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Lagos governor Bola Tinubu and some of his commissioners were held hostage and two policemen bathed with acid as violence marred Thursday's primaries of the Lagos chapter of Nigerian opposition party Alliance for Democracy (AD). Full text...

  • 14 persons detained for alleged subversion in Freetown
    10 january 2003 08:20:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Police in Sierra Leone said they have detained 14 persons, including active soldiers, ex- combatants, students and workers, under suspicion of subversion. Full text...

  • President Kumba Yala dismisses minister
    09 january 2003 23:43:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- President Kumba Yala of Guinea Bissau Thursday dismissed Jose de Pina, his minister at the presidency in charge of the council of ministers and who was also the government spokesman. Full text...

  • Guinean army gets communication gear from US govt
    09 january 2003 23:26:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The US government Thursday offered the Guinean army communication gear worth 400,000 dollars destined for Guinean Rangers recently trained by the US Marines. Full text...

  • Sudan demands Uganda to stop supporting SPLA
    09 january 2003 23:14:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- The Sudanese authorities have expressed concern over what they called Uganda's continued support to the rebels of the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M). Full text...

  • Splinter opposition group cries foul in recognition bid
    09 january 2003 22:20:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Three months since it filed for registration at the ministry of Territorial Administration, the Alliance of Progressive Forces (AFP), a splinter group from Cameroon's main opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF) is still awaiting official recognition. Full text...

  • Algerian Islamist under house arrest in France
    09 january 2003 21:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Brahim Chalabi, an alleged member of the Algerian Armed Islamic Group (GIA), has been placed under house arrest upon the instruction of French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, the Human and Citizens Rights League (LDH) has said in Paris. Full text...

  • US supports return of African refugees
    09 january 2003 21:37:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The US has approved 11 million dollars to help refugees in four African countries to return home, the US embassy said in a statement in Freetown. Full text...

  • Security Council demands more co-operation from Iraq
    09 january 2003 21:23:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The five permanent members of the UN Security Council Thursday called for urgent co-operation from Baghdad after the heads of UN inspectors said their teams had so far found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Full text...

  • Kumba Yala restates resolve against corruption
    09 january 2003 21:12:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- President Kumba Yala of Guinea- Bissau has reaffirmed his resolve to stamp out corruption in the country, while also indicating that early general elections due 20 April will hold as planned. Full text...

  • Islamists in Morocco call for march in solidarity with Iraq
    09 january 2003 20:52:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan Islamist organisation Attawhid Wal Islah (Unity and Reform) has called for a march next Sunday in Rabat as a mark of solidarity with Iraq following war threats from the United States. Full text...

  • ECOWAS admits failure in mediation efforts
    09 january 2003 20:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal sounded upbeat Wednesday about the upcoming meeting of Ivorian political forces billed for 15 January in Paris, while conceding that regional attempts at brokering peace in the strife-torn West African country had come to nought. Full text...

  • South African official urges closer cooperation with Zimbabwe
    09 january 2003 19:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Labour minister Membathisi Mdladlana stressed Wednesday that the country shares a common destiny with neighbouring Zimbabwe, adding that only through bilateral and multilateral cooperation would regional challenges be met. Full text...

  • South African opposition for Indian MPs conference
    09 january 2003 16:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (AD) has sent two of its MPs, Sandy Kalyan and Nelson Raju, to a conference of Indian MPs being held in New Delhi. Full text...

  • MONUC investigates alleged cannibalism in DR Congo
    09 january 2003 16:42:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN Mission in DR Congo (MONUC) has dispatched a team to the country's north-eastern area of Ituri, to investigate allegations of cannibalism reported by some NGOs, a MONUC official said. Full text...

  • Newly elected Kenyan legislators sworn in
    09 january 2003 15:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan parliamentarians who were elected on 27 December 2002 began business Thursday in Nairobi when they were sworn in. Full text...

  • Kenya's new ruling party hurries to fulfil campaign promises
    09 january 2003 15:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- To sustain the euphoric goodwill it enjoys from the public, Kenya's new ruling party Narc is pursuing radical reforms in governance, barely ten days after taking over leadership from the Kanu party of retired president Daniel arap Moi. Full text...

  • Row erupts in Zimbabwe over moonlighting MPs
    09 january 2003 15:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A row erupted Thursday among parliamentarians of Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) after a newspaper reported one of the legislators was allegedly doing menial work in London. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau President drops Public Service minister
    09 january 2003 13:35:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau President Kumba Yala has dismissed the minister of Public Service, Filomena Mascarenhas Tipote. Full text...

  • Obasanjo's aide sees blunder in opposition's choice of Buhari
    09 january 2003 12:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An aide of Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has described as a "political blunder" the election on Wednesday of former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari as the candidate of the main opposition All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) for the 19 April presidential election. Full text...

  • Nigerian human rights activist enters presidential race
    09 january 2003 10:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Popular Nigerian human rights activist and lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi, has been picked by the National Conscience Party (NCP) as its candidate for the 19 April 2003 presidential election. Full text...

  • Terrorists blast eight soldiers in Kabylia
    09 january 2003 10:32:00
    Algeria- Algiers (PANA) -- With the use of remote-controlled bombs, terrorists blew up eight Algerian soldiers on mopping up operations in Algeria's Sid-Ali Bounab forest near Tizi-Ouzou, the daily, Le Matin reported here Thursday. Full text...

  • New authorities in Madagascar probe Ratsiraka's regime
    09 january 2003 10:10:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Current investigations of the regime of former Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka by the justice ministry in Antananarivo could implicate Didier, who is exiled in France, in criminal acts committed under during his rule. Full text...

  • Thousands fleeing Ivorian fighting take refuge in San-Pedro
    08 january 2003 23:23:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 3,000 people fleeing fighting in Grabo, Neka and other localities in southwestern Cote d'Ivoire as rebels of the Ivorian Popular Movement of the Grand West (MPIGO) advanced on the area, arrived in San-Pedro last week, sources indicated Wednesday. Full text...

  • Bozize supporters deny allegations of looting
    08 january 2003 22:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Supporters of dissident Central African Republic (CAR) military chief François Bozize have refuted allegations that fighters within their ranks looted homes during fighting with government forces. Full text...

  • Wade to receive MFDC delegation
    08 january 2003 22:12:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- A delegation of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC) rebels is expected to call on Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade at his presidential palace in Dakar on Wednesday, reliable sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Presidential bloc wins majority of seats in Benin councils
    08 january 2003 22:01:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The coalition of political parties led by President Mathieu Kerekou's Union of Tomorrow's Benin (UBF) has won over 47 percent of the 1,199 seats contested in local elections held last 15 December. Full text...

  • North Korean envoy, South African official hold discussions
    08 january 2003 21:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Aziz Pahad held talks with newly accredited North Korean Ambassador Pak Kun Gwang in Pretoria on Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS still committed to peace in Cote d'Ivoire
    08 january 2003 21:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohammed Ibn Chambas said Wednesday that although the organisation may be experiencing difficulties in deploying peace keepers to Cote d'Ivoire, it would not abandon peace efforts in the war-torn country. Full text...

  • Burundi leader to resign unconditionally, he says
    08 january 2003 21:22:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's leader Pierre Buyoya has expressed his willingness to resign from his post on 1 May, the expiry date of the first 18-month transitional period provided for in the Arusha accord, "if this is the consensus of all Burundi people. Full text...

  • Suspected Islamists kill 5 in the west of Algiers
    08 january 2003 21:08:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Five people were killed and another was seriously injured by suspected armed Islamists Tuesday night in the commune of Oued-Sly, prefecture of Chlef, 230 km west of Algiers, according to a statement from the security services Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ugandan paper plays down strife within Kenya's ruling coalition
    08 january 2003 20:45:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Monitor newspaper in Uganda observed Wednesday that the wrangling within Kenya's ruling coalition over cabinet positions was, after all, better than the recourse to arms experienced elsewhere on the continent when it came to sharing the spoils of political victory. Full text...

  • Kenyan polls inspire opposition parties in Botswana
    08 january 2003 20:21:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Inspired by the landmark opposition victory in last month's general elections in Kenya, the opposition in Botswana has hinted of plans to forge a loose coalition with a view to unseating the ruling BDP in elections coming up next year. Full text...

  • Opposition to Mugabe seen to be crumbling in Zimbabwe
    08 january 2003 18:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Local and international opposition to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe appears to be crumbling as fast as it built up since 2000, analysts say. Full text...

  • General Abubakar still hopeful on Nigeria
    08 january 2003 17:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- General Abdulsalami Abubakar, who presided over the political transition that ushered in democracy in Nigeria in May 1999, says the country still has a bright future in spite of current difficulties. Full text...

  • Guinean president pardons journalist
    08 january 2003 17:19:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean President Lansana Conte on Tuesday evening pardoned Boubacar Yacine Diallo, the editor of the bi-monthly, L'Enquêteur who was sentenced to one year imprisonment the same day after being found guilty of libel. Full text...

  • Nigeria to host roundtable on African conflict resolution
    08 january 2003 16:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Strategic and Peace Research Group (ASTRAG) is to hold a roundtable on conflict prevention and resolution in Africa from 27 February to 2 March in Minna, northern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Iraq urges US, UK to end to aerial aggression
    08 january 2003 16:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Iraqi National assembly President Saddam Uammadi on Wednesday in Addis Ababa called for an end to the aerial aggression by the United States and United Kingdom against his country. Full text...

  • Retired Nigerian leader urges Africans to invest in peace
    08 january 2003 16:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Former Nigerian head of state General Abdulsalami Abubakar Wednesday in Dakar urged Africans to invest in peace and security so as to enhance overall development of the continent. Full text...

  • Sahrawi President insists on holding of referendum
    08 january 2003 15:44:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- "The holding of a fair referendum is the appropriate solution which guarantees the right to self- determination to the Sahrawi people," the president of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Mohammed Abdelaziz, reiterated Wednesday. Full text...

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