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  • Zimbabwe ministers dodge EU sanctions to attend EU/ACP meeting
    20 november 2002 20:21:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Two Zimbabwean government ministers Wednesday evaded European Union travel ban to go to Brussels for a joint EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States meeting in the Belgian capital. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebel movement calls for new political order
    20 november 2002 19:25:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI) negotiators currently holding peace talks with government representative in Lome on Tuesday demanded for a "new political order" in their troubled country. Full text...

  • Mbeki meets Chissano Thursday
    20 november 2002 18:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki will pay a working visit to Mozambique Thursday for bilateral talks with his Mozambican counterpart Joachim Chissano. Full text...

  • Warriors intensify fortification around Gbagbo's hometown
    20 november 2002 17:47:00
    Gagnoa- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Two months after the insurrection by the rebel Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI) broke out on 19 September, residents of President Laurent Gbagbo's hometown Gagnoa have intensified fortification around the town, located in central-western Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone names new envoy to Liberia
    20 november 2002 17:45:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Patrick Foya has been named Sierra Leone's Ambassador-Designate to Liberia, to replace Kemoh Salia Bao, Foreign Ministry sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO Director General expected in Benin Thursday
    20 november 2002 16:07:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura begins a two-day official visit to Begin Thursday, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and African Integration. Full text...

  • Deputy Commonwealth Secretary General visits Sierra Leone
    20 november 2002 15:56:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Deputy Commonwealth Secretary General Winston Cox is in Sierra Leone on a week-long official visit, State radio reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Unknown persons break into Swazi DPP's office
    20 november 2002 15:46:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's embattled Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Lincoln N'garua, has been locked out of his office by unknown persons who broke into his office Tuesday night and changed the door locks. Full text...

  • Ghanaian opposition MPs boycott parliament
    20 november 2002 15:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- MPs belonging to Ghana's main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) began a three-day boycott of parliament Wednesday, accusing President John Kufuor's government of "intimidation" among other allegations. Full text...

  • Gbagbo announces constitutional referendum
    20 november 2002 15:23:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo Tuesday night said in Abidjan that the country would in 2003 or 2004 hold a referendum on Cote d'Ivoire's controversial constitution. Full text...

  • Obasanjo's aides quit to run for elective posts
    20 november 2002 12:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ten aides of Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, including a minister, have resigned from their jobs to run for elective posts under the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2003 general elections, the local press reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Chad wants Libyan troops to leave CAR
    20 november 2002 10:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Chadian Premier Haroun Kabadi in Paris has called for the departure of Libyan troops from the Central African Republic (CAR) where they have been protecting President Ange-Felix Patasse for several months from his former soldiers out to oust him from power. Full text...

  • South Africa ratifies AU convention against terrorism
    20 november 2002 07:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- South Africa has become the 16th member state of the African Union (AU) to ratify the Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism, the AU said in Addis Ababa Wednesday. Full text...

  • Equatoguinean presidential election campaign kicks off
    19 november 2002 23:06:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equatoguinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema on Tuesday launched the campaign for the 15 December presidential election, in which he widely tipped to be re-elected. Full text...

  • French commander denies giving support to Ivorian rebels
    19 november 2002 22:07:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A military commander leading the French army contingent in Cote d'Ivoire, General Emmanuel Beth on Monday evening refuted claims that his troops were supporting mutinous Ivorian soldiers in their confrontation with President Laurent Gbagbo's regime. Full text...

  • Five stand for presidential election in Equatorial Guinea
    19 november 2002 21:14:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equatorial Guinea's Electoral Committee Tuesday announced names of five candidates in the 15 December presidential race. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebel movement urges mediator to consider its proposals
    19 november 2002 21:04:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI) negotiators have requested the Togo-led ECOWAS mediation committee to seriously consider its new peace proposals. Full text...

  • Ivorian negotiators discuss MPCI's counter-proposals
    19 november 2002 18:58:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Peace negotiations between Ivorian government representatives and those of rebellious soldiers resumed here Tuesday to examine counter peace proposals submitted by the Patriotic Movement of Cote d'Ivoire (MPCI). Full text...

  • Libya gives Ghana Mercedes Benz car gift
    19 november 2002 18:55:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Libyan government on Tuesday presented a Mercedes Benz S500 car as gift to the government of Ghana. Full text...

  • South African military mission visits Mozambique
    19 november 2002 18:47:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A delegation of the South African National Defence Force is visiting Mozambique to identify areas of military cooperation between the two countries. Full text...

  • Uganda yearns for extension of military protocol with Sudan
    19 november 2002 18:19:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Authorities in Kampala have refuted international press reports that the government in Khartoum has refused to extend a protocol that allows 'Operation Iron Fist' -- an offensive of the Ugandan army -- to continue in southern Sudan. Full text...

  • 28 rebels, 4 Ugandan soldiers killed in fresh fighting
    19 november 2002 17:57:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- At least 28 rebels of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) and four Ugandan soldiers were killed Monday in a fierce battle between both sides in Uganda's northern district of Pader, a spokesman of the national army, Lt. Full text...

  • Supreme Court rejects plea to stop Mwanawasa election case
    19 november 2002 17:25:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Supreme Court in Lusaka on Tuesday rejected an application from lawyers representing President Levy Mwanawasa to stop proceedings in a petition challenging his "legitimate" election as president of Zambia on 27 December 2001. Full text...

  • Malawi opposition woos British MPs over Muluzi's third-term bid
    19 november 2002 15:56:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Brown Mpinganjira, leader of Malawi's opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA), said he had lobbied British MPs to block President Bakili Muluzi's bid to extend his term of office. Full text...

  • France names new Ambassador to Mozambique
    19 november 2002 15:24:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has appointed Louise Avon its new Ambassador to Mozambique, officials said Tuesday in Paris. Full text...

  • Britain accuses Mugabe of bad governance
    19 november 2002 14:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Bad governance and not land, is Zimbabwe's main problem, which has led to economic and political instability in the country, the British Foreign Office has charged in a new report. Full text...

  • Third candidate cleared for Kenya's presidential race
    19 november 2002 13:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A former Kenyan Finance Minister Simeon Nyachae, was Tuesday cleared as a presidential candidate for the December poll, bringing to three the number of contestants so far approved for the race. Full text...

  • MONUC establishes contacts with Mai-Mai fighters
    19 november 2002 13:10:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- A delegation of the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC) last week met with the commanders of the local Mai-Mai combatants in Bulambika on the Bunyakiri road, over 90 km from Bukavu, the capital of the South Kivu Province, an official source has said. Full text...

  • Senegal to provide commander for ECOWAS force
    19 november 2002 10:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Senegal has agreed to increase its troops contribution to the ECOWAS peacekeeping force for Cote d'Ivoire, as well as to provide the force commander for the sub-regional force, according to Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the Executive Secretary of ECOWAS. Full text...

  • ECOWAS advance military team arrives in Abidjan
    18 november 2002 23:23:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An advance team of 19 military officers arrived here Sunday to prepare for the deployment of peacekeepers from members of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), French military sources told PANA in the Ivorian capital. Full text...

  • Ugandan troops rescue 58 civilians from rebel captivity
    18 november 2002 21:43:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan government troops on Sunday rescued 58 civilians from captivity of the rebel Lords Resistance Army during a hot pursuit on them in Kitgum district in war stricken northern Uganda, army spokesman Lt. Full text...

  • Sudanese peace talks to resume in January
    18 november 2002 20:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Representatives of the Government of Sudan and the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) Monday signed two agreements, committing both sides to resume peace talks in January 2003. Full text...

  • Three Tunisians arrested in connection with Djerba suicide blast
    18 november 2002 20:22:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Three Tunisian nationals were arrested Monday at Belleville in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, as part of the investigations into the suicide bombing of a synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia, last April, police sources said. Full text...

  • Ivorian women in Paris march in support of Gbagbo
    18 november 2002 19:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A few dozen Ivorian women demonstrated in Paris on Sunday in support of President Laurent Gbagbo who has been confronted with a rebellion by a segment of the national army since 19 September. Full text...

  • Uhuru Kenyatta promises to revamp Kenya's economy
    18 november 2002 18:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya's ruling party Kanu kicked off his campaign Monday pledging to revive the national economy if elected in the 27 December general elections. Full text...

  • Two Kenyan presidential candidates cleared to contest
    18 november 2002 17:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Elections Commission of Kenya Monday cleared presidential candidates Uhuru Kenyatta and Mwai Kibaki to contest in the general elections scheduled 27 December. Full text...

  • Obasanjo denies reported endorsement for second term
    18 november 2002 16:40:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has denied reports of his purported endorsement for a second term by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying the party had not taken any decision to that effect. Full text...

  • Wade discusses Ivorian crisis with French Foreign Minister
    18 november 2002 16:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade received French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin at the Senegalese House in Paris Monday, for talks on bilateral issues and efforts by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to end the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt expresses confidence in Eyadema's mediation
    18 november 2002 12:12:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The leader of the Ivorian government delegation at inter-Ivorian talks in Lome, Laurent Dona Fologo, said Sunday that his delegation had faith in the negotiations being conducted by Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema, the ECOWAS mediator. Full text...

  • Nigerian electoral body backtracks on voters' cards
    18 november 2002 11:45:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will no longer emboss photographs of voters on the new voters' cards expected to be ready next year, according to INEC chairman Abel Guobadia. Full text...

  • Draft accord gives Ivorian rebels 4 days to quit areas
    17 november 2002 20:23:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Rebel troops under the Cote d'Ivoire's Patriotic Movement (MPCI) are expected to withdraw from the areas they currently control to jointly determined centres four days after a peace agreement is signed, indicates a draft peace agreement prepared by ECOWAS mediators, obtained by PANA in Lome. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau's new premier assumes office
    17 november 2002 19:28:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau's new Prime Minister, Mario Pires, took oath of office Sunday and started consultations on formation of a new cabinet. Full text...

  • Wade criticises France's handling of war veterans' pensions
    17 november 2002 17:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has criticised France for handling the payment of pensions to former African war veterans who fought in its wars in a "unilateral" and "inefficient" manner. Full text...

  • Five feared killed in Nigerian political violence
    17 november 2002 16:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least five people were feared killed in several parts of Lagos at the weekend during local government chairmanship primaries of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the private Punch newspaper reported. Full text...

  • Senegal not ready for 'adventure' in Cote d'Ivoire crisis
    17 november 2002 16:15:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Sending ECOWAS peacekeepers to Cote d'Ivoire before agreement is reached between the opposing sides would be "an adventure" in which, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade says, his troops will not risk. Full text...

  • UN envoy optimistic on DR Congo talks in Pretoria
    16 november 2002 20:06:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- Special Representative of UN Secretary General to DR Congo, Amos Namanga Ngongi, has expressed the hope that ongoing talks in Pretoria wSouth Africa, would produce positive results on Congo's transition programme. Full text...

  • Ivorian government restricts wearing of military uniform
    16 november 2002 18:03:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian authorities have restricted the wearing of military uniforms to defence and security forces personnel in the country. Full text...

  • Uganda, DRC rebel leaders sign peace accord
    16 november 2002 16:44:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Kampala government has entered into a peace deal with two DR Congo rebel factions occupying vast territories in the Ituri province, east of the war-torn Central African country. Full text...

  • Kagame reshuffles Rwandan cabinet
    16 november 2002 13:28:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame Friday maintained Bernard Makuza as Prime Minister in a cabinet reshuffle that saw seven new ministers appointed and five others sacked from the government. Full text...

  • Madagascar upbeat about reintegration into African Union
    16 november 2002 12:09:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Malagasy Foreign Minister Marcel Ranjeva has said in Reunion that his government was "optimistic" about the Grand Island's imminent return to the African Union (AU). Full text...

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