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  • Chambas Meets ECOWAS Ambassadors
    21 february 2002 15:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, Mohammed Chambas, is to meet regularly with ECOWAS Ambassadors accredited to Nigeria, to involve the envoys in the implementation of ECOWAS programmes. Full text...

  • Libya criticises Czech PM's statement on Palestine
    21 february 2002 15:24:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya has criticised as "racist" the anti-Palestinian statement credited to the Czech Prime Minister, Milos Zeman. Full text...

  • Zambian president to address new parliament Friday
    21 february 2002 15:19:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa is to make his first maiden state of the nation address in Lusaka Friday when the recently elected parliament begins its official business. Full text...

  • Human Rights Watch warns about "risky" Ugandan Bills
    21 february 2002 14:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Human Rights Watch Thursday warned that the recognition of human rights would be at risk from three proposed Bills under consideration by the Ugandan parliament. Full text...

  • Eyadema condoles Egyptians for blazing train tragedy
    21 february 2002 14:45:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's President Gnassingbe Eyadema has sent a condolence message to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak following a train fire accident that claimed 373 lives Wednesday south of Cairo. Full text...

  • School hours reduced in Monrovia due to rebel scare
    21 february 2002 14:41:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The ministry of education in Liberia has reduced class hours for schools operating in Monrovia by one hour due to looming rebel scare. Full text...

  • Moroccan king receives CIA executive
    21 february 2002 14:35:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan King Mohammed VI Wednesday received in Rabat the director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) George Tenet, who is currently touring several Arab countries, state-run television TVM reported. Full text...

  • French minister to witness end of military exercise
    21 february 2002 14:07:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- French minister delegate for co-operation and development Charles Josselin is expected in Tanzania Friday on a brief working visit during which he will hold bilateral talks with senior government officials. Full text...

  • Masire Places Peace Onus On Warring Congolese Parties
    21 february 2002 13:58:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Democratic Republic of Congo dialogue facilitator, Sir Ketumile Masire, says the onus of bringing peace in the strife-torn country lies with the warring parties in the conflict. Full text...

  • Morocco to host Mano River Union meeting
    21 february 2002 13:49:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Morocco is to hold a summit of the Mano River Union (MRU) in Rabat on 27 February in a bid to Lower the prevailing tension between the member states - Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • EU grants Mauritius 225 million euros
    21 february 2002 13:33:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The EU and Mauritius have signed an agreement whereby the European partner will provide it 900 million rupees (225 million euros) under the EU/ACP Cotonou Accord. Full text...

  • Mugabe cancels birthday celebration to campaign
    21 february 2002 13:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Thursday cancelled his traditional birthday celebration to concentrate on campaigning for the 9-10 March presidential election. Full text...

  • EAC moves towards common foreign policy
    21 february 2002 12:07:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda have accelerated the pace of a common foreign policy for their East African Community (EAC), Tanzania's foreign minister Jakaya Kikwete said. Full text...

  • Morocco rejects Algeria's proposal to split Western Sahara
    21 february 2002 11:29:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco has rejected Algeria's recent proposal that Western Sahara be split between Morocco and the Polisario Front which has fought against Rabat's annexation of the former Spanish colony for the past 26 years. Full text...

  • Violence in Zimbabwean campaign concerns South Africans
    21 february 2002 11:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Though welcomed by all sectors of the Zimbabwean society since they arrived in Zimbabwe, South African election observers express concern about various reported incidents of intimidation during ongoing campaigns for the 9-10 March presidential election. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe allows South African media to cover polls
    21 february 2002 10:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Zimbabwe on Wednesday night allowed a number of South African publications to cover the 9-10 presidential elections, just two days after denying them permission. Full text...

  • South African soldier killed in Burundi shootout
    21 february 2002 10:24:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African soldier on peacekeeping duty in Burundi was killed Wednesday in a shooting incident in Bujumbura, the South African National Defence Forces (SANDF) said in a news release. Full text...

  • EU grants Mauritius 225 million euros
    21 february 2002 10:21:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The EU and Mauritius have signed and agreement whereby the European partner will provide it 900 million rupees (225 million Euros) under the EU/ACP Cotonou Accord. Full text...

  • EU observers to monitor elections in Congo
    21 february 2002 08:46:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union will send 38 observers to monitor the 10 March presidential election in Congo, according to an official communiqué published in Brussels. Full text...

  • Marc Ravalomanana proclaims self Madagascar President
    20 february 2002 23:31:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- In a dramatic twist to Madagascar's election crisis, opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana Wednesday proclaimed himself President of the country before thousands of demonstrators gathered at the May 13 Square in Antananarivo. Full text...

  • Annan appoints new Representative for Somalia
    20 february 2002 23:17:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has appointed Winston Tubman of Liberia as his Representative for Somalia where local communities are said to be rebuilding from a decade of anarchy. Full text...

  • Togolese leader meets opposition leaders in Lome
    20 february 2002 22:09:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's opposition leaders Wednesday in Lome held a meeting with Togolese leader Gnassingbe Eyadema. Full text...

  • Portugal applies UN sanctions to citizens dealing with UNITA
    20 february 2002 21:56:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Portuguese ambassador to Angola, Fernando Neves, said that his country continued to apply UN sanctions against Portuguese citizens who dealt with UNITA rebels. Full text...

  • Mugabe marks birthday under siege
    20 february 2002 21:33:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe marks his 78th birthday Thursday, under siege from opponents at home and abroad ahead of the 9-10 March presidential election. Full text...

  • Annan wants more peacekeepers in DR Congo
    20 february 2002 20:54:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has asked the Security Council to authorise an additional 850 military personnel and 85 civilian police advisers for the UN peacekeeping mission in DR Congo (MONUC), as it prepares for the disarmament and demobilisation phase of its assignment in the country. Full text...

  • ECA launches on-line chat on African development
    20 february 2002 11:23:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN Economic Commission for Africa Wednesday launched an online discussion in the run-up to the Third African Development Forum (ADF III) scheduled to take place here from 3-8 March. Full text...

  • Tanzanian President blasts EU sanctions on Zimbabwe
    20 february 2002 10:02:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has greeted the decision by the European Union (EU) to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe with profound scepticism saying the action equated to the 1884 Balkanisation of Africa, local newspapers reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Heavy fighting, panic grips Somali town
    19 february 2002 21:57:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Heavy fighting erupted Monday in Bardere town, about 350 km south of the Somali capital Mogadishu, between local militia and their counterparts loyal to the Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council (SRRC). Full text...

  • Essy challenged over African election monitoring remarks
    19 february 2002 21:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The widening debate over whether foreign countries should monitor elections in Africa or not, took a new twist Tuesday with a Zambian cleric saying the foreign observers were doing so to stop African leaders from stifling democracy. Full text...

  • Algeria, Libya to establish free trade zone
    19 february 2002 21:49:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria and Libya have at the end of a three-day visit to Algiers of Libyan popular committee secretary general Embarek Abdellah Echamekh, decided to establish a free trade zone between them. Full text...

  • Mauritius lauds OAU mediation in Madagascar crisis
    19 february 2002 21:20:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Mauritius government has commended the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) for its mediation in the post-election crisis in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Angolan forces kill UNITA general, captures others
    19 february 2002 21:09:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola has announced the death in Moxico (Eastern Angola) of a UNITA general and the arrest of four others between 14 and 17 February. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe withdraws more troops from DR Congo
    19 february 2002 21:06:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Zimbabwe has pulled out its troops at Mbuji-Mayi, in DR Congo's eastern province of Kasai, Congolese military sources said Tuesday During the ceremony Monday, General Sibanda Philip Valerio, Chief of Staff of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), said the exercise was pursuant to the provisions of the Lusaka peace agreement on the withdrawal of foreign troops from DR Congo. Full text...

  • DR Congo continues to rehabilitate former Heads of State
    19 february 2002 21:00:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The authorities in Kinshasa have begun rebuilding a mausoleum where former President Joseph Kasa- Vubu is buried in the village of Singini, Bas-Congo province. Full text...

  • Campaigns kick off Wednesday for Congolese presidential election
    19 february 2002 20:50:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Campaigns ahead of next month's presidential election in Congo kick 20 February and would continue through 8 March 2002. Full text...

  • Mauritius gets new President, Deputy next week
    19 february 2002 20:49:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian parliament is to elect a new president and his deputy 25 February, following the resignations of President Cassam Uteem and Vice-President Angidi Chettiar. Full text...

  • AI tells Libya to drop death sentences for two men
    19 february 2002 20:41:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) has called on the Libyan government to withdraw the death sentence announced on 16 February against Abdullah Ahmed Izzedin and Salem Abu Hanak, saying the two men were possible prisoners of conscience. Full text...

  • Charles Josselin meets Ivorian minister Danon Djedje
    19 february 2002 20:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Cooperation minister Charles Josselin met Tuesday in Paris with Ivorian minister in charge of Relations with Parliament, Sebastien Danon Djedje for talks covering bilateral issues. Full text...

  • Essy names special envoy to Liberia
    19 february 2002 20:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy has appointed Momodou Lamin Jobe, Gambia's former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, his special envoy to Liberia. Full text...

  • Decisive day in Madagascar election crisis
    19 february 2002 20:07:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Tuesday was expected to be a decisive day in Madagascar's post-election crisis, as the joint committee of representatives of opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana and incumbent president Didier Ratsiraka were due to announce the conclusions of talks mediated by the OAU. Full text...

  • Liberian civic, religious groups want end to fighting
    19 february 2002 20:06:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Civic and religious groups in Liberia have called on the international community, especially the US government to help resolve the crises in the Mano River Union Basin. Full text...

  • Togolese Prime Minister meets the opposition
    19 february 2002 19:52:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese Prime Minister Agbeyome Messan Kodjo held talks Monday with a delegation of the opposition on the resumption of dialogue, deadlocked since Parliament adopted early February certain amendments to the electoral law, ahead parliamentary polls due 10 March. Full text...

  • Nigerian leader insists Zimbabwe polls can be free
    19 february 2002 19:02:00
    Rome- Italy (PANA) -- The absence of European Union (EU) observers at next month's presidential election in Zimbabwe would by no means comprise a free and fair poll, President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria affirmed Tuesday. Full text...

  • South African Newspapers criticise Harare's ban on journalists
    19 february 2002 18:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Three South African newspaper groups have condemned Zimbabwe government's decision to ban some foreign journalists from covering the 9-10 March elections in the country. Full text...

  • Masire's Office denies choosing participants for Congo talks
    19 february 2002 18:08:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Inter-Congolese talks Facilitation Office, said it had not interfered in the choice of delegates to the upcoming meeting, and would limit its role to assisting the sides in accordance with established rules. Full text...

  • ANC, BNP discuss Lesotho elections
    19 february 2002 17:39:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's ruling African National Congress Tuesday held talks with Lesotho's Basotho National Party (BNP) in Johannesburg, on preparations for the May elections in Lesotho. Full text...

  • Chief justice becomes interim president in Mauritius
    19 february 2002 17:06:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Chief justice Arriranga Pillay of Mauritius has become interim president following the Monday resignation of Vice President Angidi Chettiar who held the post for barely 48 hours. Full text...

  • Francophonie ready to send observers to Madagascar
    19 february 2002 16:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Francophonie Organisation (OIF) has expressed willingness to send observers to monitor the second round of the Malagasy presidential election between incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka and opposition leader, Marc Ravalomanana. Full text...

  • SADC approves 12.8 million-dollar budget
    19 february 2002 16:01:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers, has approved a 12. Full text...

  • Political neophyte joins presidential race in Congo
    19 february 2002 15:44:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A political neophyte, professor Anselme Mackoumbou-Nkouka, who is a surgeon and general medical practitioner, has joined the race for the 10 March presidential election in Congo. Full text...

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