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  • UNHCR worries over 80 detained suspected UNITA rebels
    11 december 2001 20:14:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees has expressed concern about the fate of 80 suspected UNITA rebels who have been held for more than a year by the Namibian authorities at a secret detention camp without trial. Full text...

  • Kenyan MP threatens to sue President Moi over Kibera clashes
    11 december 2001 19:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan opposition legislator, David Mwenje, Tuesday accused President Daniel Arap Moi of being behind clashes that rocked the Kibera slum in Nairobi last week, and he threatened to take him and a local publication to court for damages. Full text...

  • US Envoy to the Middle East visits Tunisia
    11 december 2001 19:34:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Monday received the US Deputy Secretary of State on Middle East affairs, William Burns, for talks covering bilateral and international issues, the Tunisian news agency (TAP) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan MPs express fears about constitutional review
    11 december 2001 19:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As the Kenyan Parliament prepares to go on a three-month recess, some 40 MPs across the board have expressed fears that influential individuals could temper with an ongoing constitutional review and alter the results. Full text...

  • Govt Presents Bill On Mozambique's War Veterans
    11 december 2001 18:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government on Tuesday tabled in parliament a long awaited bill on the rights and duties of veterans of the country's independence war. Full text...

  • Benin to set up defence council
    11 december 2001 17:35:00
    Porto Novo- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's parliament has unanimously passed a bill for setting up a high council of defence which would carry out the defence policy of the government. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Presidential Election Due March 2002
    11 december 2001 16:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe will hold its next presidential election in March 2002, President Robert Mugabe announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Maize politics changes course of election campaign
    11 december 2001 16:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Although Zambians are about to go to the polls, it is food shortage that engrosses almost everybody's mind to the exclusion of thoughts about the next government. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's ruling party meets to plan election strategy
    11 december 2001 13:33:00
    HARARE- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's ruling party begins its annual congress Wednesday to plan strategies for President Robert Mugabe's re-election in next year's tricky presidential poll, which has already drawn unwelcome foreign interest. Full text...

  • Ivorian president holds talks with French minister
    11 december 2001 11:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Visiting Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, on Monday had an audience in Paris with the French cooperation and Francophonie minister, Charles Josselin. Full text...

  • Political crisis in Nigerian State worsens
    11 december 2001 11:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Legislators in Nigeria's south-west state of Osun have taken an indefinite recess after supporters of the feuding state governor and his deputy turned the assembly into a battle ground Monday, using guns, cutlasses and other weapons. Full text...

  • Malawian police arrest government critic
    11 december 2001 08:19:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian police officers have arrested a government critic, Nelson Wilfred Shaba in Zomba, 68-km from Blantyre, the country's business capital. Full text...

  • Angola sends election observers to Zambia
    11 december 2001 07:37:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Two Angolan Members of Parliament have left Luanda for Lusaka to observe Zambia's upcoming general and presidential elections on 27 December, the Angolan News Agency reported. Full text...

  • Monrovia alleges dissidents heading for Sierra Leone
    10 december 2001 23:18:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia said dissident forces dislodged by government troops from the north of the country were now heading towards neighbouring Sierra Leone, the press reported in Monrovia Monday. Full text...

  • Book on Rwandan genocide indicts President Kagame
    10 december 2001 23:11:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A book launched Monday in Paris names current President Paul Kagame prime suspect in the 1994 missile attack on a plane that killed the then leader Juvenal Habyarimana and his Burundi counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira, and triggered a strife in which some 800,000 Rwandans died. Full text...

  • Taylor rules himself out of Dakar ECOWAS Summit
    10 december 2001 22:57:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor will not attend the 20-21 ECOWAS Summit in Dakar, Senegal, an official statement has said in Monrovia. Full text...

  • Rwanda says sit will not accept trivialisation of genocide
    10 december 2001 22:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Rwandan government has reacted strongly to a new book in Paris Monday concerning the 1994 Rwandan genocide, saying it would not accept the genocide to be trivialised. Full text...

  • Liberian security quiz female opposition politician
    10 december 2001 22:42:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's opposition politician, Cecelia Goffa-Duoe, has been facing probe in the past few days based on intelligence reports, State security sources confirmed in Monrovia Monday. Full text...

  • Pretoria denies new tough stance against Zimbabwe
    10 december 2001 21:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- South African Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana, said Monday Pretoria had not abandoned its quiet diplomacy in dealing with the land crisis in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • S/African group rejects call to arrest Arabs in Afghanistan
    10 december 2001 21:12:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African human rights group has described as "racist," the call credited to the new Afghanistan leader to arrest all Arabs in his country, which is under US-led military bombardments. Full text...

  • Ruling party confirms Chissano won't run again for president
    10 december 2001 20:21:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Central Committee of Mozambique's ruling Frelimo Party has formally accepted President Joaquim Chissano's decision in May not to stand as a Frelimo candidate in the country's 2004 presidential elections. Full text...

  • SADC opposes US planned sanctions against Zimbabwe
    10 december 2001 20:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Monday rejected proposed US sanctions against Zimbabwe for alleged violation of human rights and suppression of opposition parties ahead of the 2002 presidential election. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean MPs risk losing seat as party disowns them
    10 december 2001 19:03:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone, (PANA) -- Three MPs of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sierra Leone are about to lose their seats in Parliament after PDP chairman Osman Kamara issued notice of their dismissal from the party last Friday. Full text...

  • SADC Officials Meeting On Zimbabwe Land Crisis
    10 december 2001 18:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Six southern African envoys Monday began meeting with various stakeholders in Zimbabwe's protracted land crisis as part of an international diplomatic push to resolve the emotive issue which threatens to engulf the entire sub-region. Full text...

  • Opposition Party Wins Crucial Mayoral Poll In Zimbabwe
    10 december 2001 17:54:00
    Chegutu- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- An opposition candidate was Monday declared winner of a weekend mayoral election in a small farming town in northern Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Mixed appreciation of human rights situation in Morocco
    10 december 2001 17:09:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Evolution of human rights in Morocco has been a subject of mixed appreciation by leading human rights organisations in the kingdom this year. Full text...

  • Nigerian envoy urges compatriots to be good ambassadors
    10 december 2001 16:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Nigerian Ambassador to Senegal Sule Buba has called on his compatriots in Senegal to be exemplary in their behaviour to boost the cordial relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Obasanjo's opponent alleges denial of airtime on State Radio
    10 december 2001 15:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Nigerian politician, who has vowed to challenge President Olusegun Obasanjo in the country's 2003 general elections is alleging unfair treatment by the State- controlled radio station, even as government officials deny the claim. Full text...

  • Gabonese electoral body to organise by-elections
    10 december 2001 15:04:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Chairman Gilbert Ngoulakia of the National Election Committee (CNE) in Gabon Sunday expressed the possibility of organising parliamentary by-elections in constituencies where polling was disrupted. Full text...

  • Nigerian, Ghanaian Navies to strengthen co-operation
    10 december 2001 14:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Navy and its Ghanaian counterpart are to explore joint military training and exercise as part of efforts to boost their performance in peace-keeping operations in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Libyan undertakes evacuation of "Afghan Arabs"
    10 december 2001 13:18:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The chairman of the Kadhafi International Foundation of Charity Associations (KIFCA), Seif Ul Islam Kadhafi, is currently in Pakistan on a mission to help evacuate "Afghan Arabs" and their families, an official source said. Full text...

  • Envoy says continuous war in Angola worries UN
    10 december 2001 12:41:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The continuous war in Angola and the serious humanitarian situation it has caused for millions of people remained a deep concern for the United Nations, Secretary General Kofi Annan's representative for African Affairs, said in Luanda. Full text...

  • African experts discuss co-operation
    10 december 2001 12:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- African Experts began meeting Monday at Gallagher Estate near Johannesburg to streamline and promote security, stability and development co-operation on the continent. Full text...

  • Mbeki off to China on official visit
    10 december 2001 11:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki, accompanied by Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and a top government delegation, has flown to China for an official four- day visit in reciprocation of President Jiang Zemin's visit to Pretoria in April 2000. Full text...

  • Burundi President due in Paris Monday
    09 december 2001 18:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- President Pierre Buyoya is due in Paris on Monday in continuation of a European tour to drum up financial support for the peace and reconciliation process in war-torn Burundi. Full text...

  • Gabonese general elections run into a hitch
    09 december 2001 18:40:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The first round of Gabon's general election was off to a bumpy start Sunday, characterised by delay in the arrival of voting materials and initial low voter turnout at polling stations. Full text...

  • Togolese election board gets more funds
    09 december 2001 17:56:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Togolese government has allocated the Independent National Election Commission (CENI) 578 million francs CFA (771 000 US dollars) to help finance the revision of voter registers as well as sensitisation campaigns. Full text...

  • Bongo warns troublemakers as Gabonese cast their ballots
    09 december 2001 17:13:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese President Omar Bongo has threatened to arrest and bring to justice anyone who attempts to disrupt Sunday's general elections in the country, the national news agency AGP) reported. Full text...

  • Tanzanians mark nation's 40th independence anniversary
    09 december 2001 17:04:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- President Benjamin Mkapa led thousands of mainland Tanzanians to observe their country's 40th anniversary of independence from Britain, at a colourfuul ceremony in Dar es Salaam Sunday. Full text...

  • Foreign observers for Gabon's Sunday elections
    09 december 2001 16:25:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon's general elections Sunday were being monitored by international observers, including 12 from the Francophony International Organisation (OIF), and six from the OAU. Full text...

  • Malian minister campaigns for ruling party's leadership
    09 december 2001 14:58:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The first vice president of the ruling Alliance for Democracy in Mali (ADEMA) and Minister of Armed Forces and Veterans, Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, launched his campaign for the party leadership Saturday night in Bamako. Full text...

  • Nigerian experts arrive in Zimbabwe to probe land crisis
    09 december 2001 14:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A five-member team from Nigeria's Institute of Peace and Conflict arrived in Zimbabwe at the weekend to probe the country's land crisis in which President Olusegun Obasanjo has been mediating. Full text...

  • Voters cast ballots in Zimbabwe's crucial municipal poll
    09 december 2001 13:53:00
    Chegutu- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Residents of the small farming town of Chegutu in northern Zimbabwe were voting at the weekend to choose a new mayor in the last electoral warm up for the country's two biggest parties before next year's crunch presidential poll scheduled for April. Full text...

  • SADC land probe team arrives in Zimbabwe
    09 december 2001 13:45:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Southern African Development Community (SADC) foreign ministers began arriving in Zimbabwe at the weekend for talks starting Monday with the government and other stakeholders in the country's protracted land crisis. Full text...

  • Robinson to mark human rights day in Ethiopia Monday
    09 december 2001 12:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, is scheduled to mark this year's Human Rights Day in Addis Ababa Monday. Full text...

  • Egyptian president to visit Morocco early 2002
    09 december 2001 12:11:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan King Mohammed VI has invited Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to visit him in early 2002, Television Morocco (TVM) reported Saturday. Full text...

  • UN Secretary-General's Representative Visits Angola
    08 december 2001 17:21:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for African Issues, Ibrahim Gambari, is due in Luanda Saturday for a working visit to Angola. Full text...

  • Tanzanian President Says Nation On Better Footing At 40
    08 december 2001 17:06:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- President Benjamin Mkapa has said that apart from a few hitches, Tanzania's general performance in the economic and political spheres since independence from Britain is commendable. Full text...

  • UN-Brokered Talks On DR Congo Continue In Abuja
    08 december 2001 15:31:00
    Abuja- Republic Nigeria (PANA) -- UN-brokered peace talks on the Democratic of Congo continued Saturday in Abuja with representatives of all groups in the country's political crisis attending. Full text...

  • Ivorian rights body raises procedural complaint at forum
    08 december 2001 11:29:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's Human Rights League has complained about procedural hitches that could prevent the success of the ongoing national reconciliation forum in Abidjan. Full text...

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