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  • Egypt declares support for Sudan peace talks
    29 august 2002 11:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Egypt has recoiled from its earlier opposition to the ongoing Sudan peace talks, saying the country now fully supports the process and would help mobilise resources for its implementation. Full text...

  • Norway protests Zimbabwe's deportation of MPs
    29 august 2002 10:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Norway said Thursday it had protested to the Zimbabwean government over Harare's deportation at the weekend of three MPs and a Red Cross official from the Nordic country. Full text...

  • Kenyan politicians go electronic
    29 august 2002 10:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan politicians have moved a step further to campaign for support through websites on the Internet, the latest of which was launched Wednesday by Raila Odinga, secretary-general of the ruling KANU. Full text...

  • France denies violating anti-Zimbabwe sanctions
    28 august 2002 23:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has denied violating European Union sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by granting a visa to the head of the Zimbabwean Police, Augustine Chihuri, a spokesman of the foreign ministry Francois Rivasseau declared in paris Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe wriggles off WSSD agenda
    28 august 2002 23:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Wednesday it had foiled an attempt by powerful Western countries opposed to its controversial land policies to slot it on the agenda of the ongoing World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in South Africa. Full text...

  • Malian president attends conference on federalism
    28 august 2002 22:01:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's President Gen. Full text...

  • Ugandan soldiers begin withdraw from DR Congo
    28 august 2002 21:29:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Uganda has withdrawn 242 troops from Beni (North-Kivu) and another contingent previously operating in Gbadolite (Equateur Province), the spokesman of the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC), Hamidoun Toure said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe pulls out troops from DR Congo
    28 august 2002 20:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe withdrew 198 troops from DR Congo Wednesday as part of a peace deal to end the four-year civil war in the vast central African country. Full text...

  • Paris increases its development aid by 50 percent
    28 august 2002 16:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin has indicated the French government's intention to increase development aid by 50 percent over the next five years. Full text...

  • Social scientist calls for people-driven African Union
    28 august 2002 16:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African rights activist Pierre Sane has called for a people-driven African Union, saying the continental integration project enunciated in July would not be realised if it is not people-driven. Full text...

  • South African party urges Britain, Zimbabwe to settle differences
    28 august 2002 16:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Bantu Holomisa, chairman of South Africa's United Democratic Movement, Wednesday called on the leaders of Zimbabwe and Britain to use the World Summit for Sustainable Development to put aside their differences and return to the negotiating table to discuss Harare's land issue. Full text...

  • Gabonese envoy allays fears of Chad-CAR conflict
    28 august 2002 15:37:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese Foreign minister Jean Ping has ruled out any possibility of a full-blown conflict between Chad and the Central African Republic "as long as solutions are found to the root causes of tension between the two neighbours. Full text...

  • Kenya's ruling Kanu party faces legal suit
    28 august 2002 14:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Threats of a civil suit challenging the legality of a merger between Kenya's ruling Kanu party and the former opposition National Democratic Party on 18 March have emerged ahead of general elections to be held later this year. Full text...

  • Ghanaian ex-Minister Botchwey, for presidential poll
    28 august 2002 14:09:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's former Finance Minister Kwesi Botchwey has declared his intention to contest the 2004 presidential elections on the ticket of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). Full text...

  • Senegalese govt names committee for talks with separatists
    28 august 2002 13:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese government Tuesday designated a 7-member committee ahead of peace talks in Guinea- Bissau with the rebel Movement of Democratic Forces in Casamance (MFDC), according to a release from the State House. Full text...

  • 6,000 to monitor voters' registration in Nigeria
    28 august 2002 12:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved 6,000 independent observers to monitor the review of voters register scheduled to start nationwide 15 September, the local press reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean refugees expected back from Nigeria
    28 august 2002 08:02:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A group of 64 Sierra Leonean refugees in Nigeria is expected at the Lungi International Airport Wednesday under a voluntary repatriation programme, a UN refugee agency spokesperson, Francesca Fontanini, said in Freetown. Full text...

  • Burundi politicians against Dar es Salaam agreement
    28 august 2002 07:47:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Many Burundi politicians appear sceptical about the latest cease-fire agreement reached in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, between the Bujumbura government and a faction of the main rebel movement, the Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD). Full text...

  • North Korean deputy Speaker in Luanda
    27 august 2002 23:21:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- North Korea's deputy Speaker of Parliament Yang Hyong Sop has commended Angolans for their ongoing efforts to consolidate peace and economic recovery, reports the Angolan news agency. Full text...

  • Malawi's President threatens to ban NDA pressure group
    27 august 2002 22:30:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian President Bakili Muluzi has threatened to ban the unregistered opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) pressure group headed by former minister Brown Mpinganjira. Full text...

  • Ruling Ivorian party urges UDPCI to probe Balla Keïta's murder
    27 august 2002 21:17:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The ruling Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) has officially asked Gen. Full text...

  • Polisario declares support for Baker's mission
    27 august 2002 19:25:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A Polisario official has said that his front will continue to support and deal with former US secretary of state James Baker in his efforts to solve the conflict in Western Sahara. Full text...

  • Mubarak warns partition of Sudan threatens African continent
    27 august 2002 19:19:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday expressed opposition to the division of Sudan into two states "not because it poses a threat to the Nile water as some think, but because it is a threat to the entire African continent. Full text...

  • Annan pledges more support for Botswana
    27 august 2002 18:43:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan Tuesday pledged to rally the support of his organisation and that of the international community behind Botswana's fight against AIDS, and to improve the lives of the population. Full text...

  • Chinese Premier visits Morocco
    27 august 2002 18:05:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji arrived in Rabat Tuesday on a two-day official visit to Morocco at the invitation of his Moroccan counterpart, Abderrahmane Youssoufi, officials said. Full text...

  • Mandingo students protest, harassment, detention of kinsmen
    27 august 2002 17:45:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Ethnic Mandingo students at the University of Liberia Tuesday condemned the arrest and dismissal of their kinsmen accused by the Monrovia government of collaborating with the dissident group fighting the government. Full text...

  • CEMAC observer mission submits report to Gabonese leader
    27 august 2002 17:42:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- An observer mission from the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) on the crisis between Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) has submitted its report to Gabonese president Omar Bongo, state television reported Monday in Libreville. Full text...

  • Nigerian Senate joins plot to impeach Obasanjo
    27 august 2002 17:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Senate, the upper House of Parliament Tuesday agreed to work with the lower legislative chamber in its plan to impeach President Olusegun Obasanjo, complicating efforts to resolve the lingering face-off between the Executive and the Legislature. Full text...

  • Gabonese authorities revise electoral registers
    27 august 2002 17:08:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The revision of electoral registers for local elections in Gabon has started across the country, a senior official at the Interior ministry indicated Monday in Libreville. Full text...

  • Nigeria's ruling Party MPs postpone decision on impeachment
    27 august 2002 16:58:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus in the lower legislative chamber, House of Representatives, has postponed till Thursday its response to the party's request to withdraw the impeachment threat against President Olusegun Obasanjo. Full text...

  • Sudan peace talks reportedly making good progress
    27 august 2002 16:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The three-week-old second round of talks towards ending Sudan's two-decade civil war, is reportedly making good progress in Kenya even as some prominent southern Sudanese dismiss the negotiations as a sham. Full text...

  • French President appoints adviser on African affairs
    27 august 2002 16:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Former French Ambassador to Morocco Michel de Bonnecorse, 62, has just been appointed adviser for African affairs at the President's Office, sources disclosed Tuesday in Paris. Full text...

  • Rawlings denies corruption charges
    27 august 2002 15:53:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings has dismissed corruption charges levelled against him by a journalist in the country. Full text...

  • Catholic Bishop sees no peace in Liberia without justice
    27 august 2002 15:28:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) – Liberia's Roman Catholi-c Bishop Michael Francis, warned Tuesday that the country would not know peace if those in authority choose to ignore justice. Full text...

  • Kenyans root for elections under new constitution
    27 august 2002 12:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's current political dispensation has put both the ruling KANU party and the opposition in a quandary, and only a government able to accommodate the various local interests would survive after the general elections set for end of December. Full text...

  • State agents harrass Mobutu supporters in DR Congo
    27 august 2002 12:13:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Several civilians and security agents suspected of associating with members of the former Zairian Armed Forces (FAZ) and the Special Presidential Unit (DSP) of the late dictator Mobutu Sese Seko's regime are reportedly being arrested by security forces in Kinshasa, the DR Congo capital. Full text...

  • Injured South African soldier receiving medical treatment
    27 august 2002 10:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- One of the two South African soldiers injured during an attack on a Burundian minister's home he was guarding Sunday has been identified as Titus Magezi Mathebula. Full text...

  • Breakthrough at Burundi cease-fire negotiations in Tanzania
    27 august 2002 08:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, who chairs the Burundi cease-fire negotiations in Dar es Salaam, said the peace process took a step forward when one of three political movements reached an agreement with the transitional government on Monday. Full text...

  • President Obiang receives Senegalese envoy
    26 august 2002 23:50:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema received Monday an envoy of his Senegalese counterpart, Abdoulaye Wade, with a message seeking Malabo's support for the country's bid to win the post of secretary general of the International Organisation of the Francophonie, an official source revealed. Full text...

  • SADC leaders to meet on famine and AIDS
    26 august 2002 23:12:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Leaders of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) will hold a two-day summit from 2 October in Luanda, Angola, to address the issues of famine and AIDS in the region. Full text...

  • Rwanda to hold general elections mid 2003
    26 august 2002 22:56:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda will hold general elections mid 2003, the National Electoral Commission announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Burundi rebel faction initials cease-fire memorandum
    26 august 2002 22:49:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A rebel faction of the CNDD-FDD Hutu movement Monday reached an unprecedented agreement with President Pierre Buyoya's transitional government to silence the guns that have savaged Burundi for almost a decade. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire passes bill stripping ex-presidents of immunity
    26 august 2002 22:20:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Former presidents of Côte d'Ivoire might be the subject of legal prosecutions if they get accused of committing criminal offences while in office, according to a bill approved by the Council of Ministers in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Mauritanian govt denies recognition to opposition party
    26 august 2002 21:54:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Authorities in Mauritania have denied recognition to Convention for Change (CC), a political party that emerged from the ashes of the banned Action for Change (AC), of Massaoud Ould Boulkheir. Full text...

  • Bangui court sentences 22 coup plotters to death
    26 august 2002 20:26:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Former Central African Republic's President Gen. Full text...

  • DR Congolese Politician Victor Nendaka dies in Brussels
    26 august 2002 20:00:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Congolese politician Victor Nendaka died last Thursday in Brussels at age 79, diplomatic sources said Monday in Brussels. Full text...

  • Ivorian officials probe Balla Keita's murder in Ouagadougou
    26 august 2002 19:38:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A six-member Ivorian team is in Ouagadougou for a follow-up investigation concerning the assassination of former Ivorian minister Balla Keita, official sources disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • Museveni blames donors, media for long rebellion
    26 august 2002 19:20:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Pressure by donors on Uganda to cut military spending are among factors which helped to prolong the rebellion being waged by the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), says the country's President Yoweri Museveni. Full text...

  • Annan Says World Community Supports Angolan Peace Process
    26 august 2002 19:11:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Monday said the world leaders he had met were willing to work with authorities in Angola for consolidation of the country's peace process. Full text...

  • Jewish board condemns hijacking of WSSD by 'extremists'
    26 august 2002 18:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) on Monday condemned what it said was "the hijacking of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) by anti-Israeli extremists. Full text...

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