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  • Two ministers dropped in Zimbabwe cabinet reshuffle
    25 august 2002 09:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reshuffled his cabinet, dropping two ministers and reappointing all others, a day after he abruptly dissolved his government. Full text...

  • Angolan govt, UNITA agree implementation of Lusaka Protocol
    24 august 2002 21:47:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan government and former rebel UNITA movement, have signed an accord in Luanda pledging to wind up the Lusaka Peace Protocol within 45 days. Full text...

  • Taylor rejects dictation from Western countries
    24 august 2002 21:02:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor Saturday vowed his government would not submit to the whims and caprices of any Western government on how to run the affairs of the country. Full text...

  • Liberians in Diaspora snub national reconciliation meeting
    24 august 2002 20:14:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Many prominent Liberians in the Diaspora and members of local political groups, stayed away from Saturday's national conference on peace and reconciliation called by the government of President Charles Taylor. Full text...

  • Cameroonian President reshuffles Government
    24 august 2002 18:59:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- President Paul Biya of Cameroon Saturday reshuffled the government, maintaining Peter Mafany Musonge as Prime Minister. Full text...

  • Zambian Minister loses parliamentary seat for vote rigging
    24 august 2002 18:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian Minister of Sports, Youth and Child Development, Levison Mumba, has lost his parliamentary seat after a High Court ruled that his campaign team had bribed voters and rigged last December's elections in his favour, the local press reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Ugandan govt bows to pressure, makes cease-fire offer to rebels
    24 august 2002 16:58:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Ugandan government has bowed to local and international pressure and offered a one-week cease- fire to commence dialogue with the rebel Lords Resistance Army (LRA). Full text...

  • Mali's new parliament opens 16 September
    24 august 2002 15:00:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian president Amadou Toumani Toure has set 16 September for opening the country's new National Assembly which emerged from July's parliamentary elections, an official source said in Bamako. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD executive council ends in Libya
    24 august 2002 14:24:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A two-day meeting of the executive council of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) ended Friday night in Tripoli after reviewing the political, economic and security situation in the region. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD wants unity, territorial integrity in Sudan
    24 august 2002 12:20:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The evolution of the peace process in Sudan was discussed at length during proceedings of the eighth session of the executive council of the Community of Sahelo- Saharan States (CEN-SAD) which ended Friday night in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Mugabe expected to re-appoint cabinet ministers
    24 august 2002 12:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who dissolved his cabinet Friday, is expected to re-appoint most of his ministers but retire his two ageing vice-presidents, political analysts said. Full text...

  • Zambia's ruling MMD party gets sucked into corruption scandal
    24 august 2002 10:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy was Saturday getting sucked to into the centre of the corruption scandal of former president Frederick Chiluba who is alleged to have misused 20 million US dollars in state funds. Full text...

  • Compaore discusses NEPAD, Liberia with Chambas
    23 august 2002 23:24:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore, Friday discussed the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), Liberian crisis and Cote d'Ivoire-Burkina Faso relations with visiting ECOWAS Executive Secretary, Mohamed Ibn Chambas. Full text...

  • Benin's media body concerned about coverage of local polls
    23 august 2002 22:10:00
    Abomey- Benin (PANA) -- Some 50 media broadcasting advisors, executives, technical directors and analysts from Benin's High Audio-visual and Communication Council (HAAC), are discussing media coverage of local and community elections scheduled for December. Full text...

  • Prime Minister briefs Compaore on Niger mutiny
    23 august 2002 22:03:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, Friday in Ouagadougou, received Niger's Prime Minister Hama Amadou, who brought a message from his country's President Mamadou Tandja. Full text...

  • Envoys swarm Equatorial Guinea urging friendly ties
    23 august 2002 21:53:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea received envoys on Thursday bearing messages from Presidents Paul Biya of Cameroon, Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo and Mathieu Kerekou of Benin, sources in Malabo indicated. Full text...

  • Mali's new parliament convened for 16 September
    23 august 2002 21:05:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian president Amadou Toumani Toure issued a decree on Thursday convening for 16 September an extraordinary session of the new National Assembly elected at the parliamentary elections of 14 and 28 July 2002. Full text...

  • Mugabe dissolves his cabinet
    23 august 2002 18:22:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Friday dissolved his cabinet and would announce a new government on Monday, an official statement said. Full text...

  • Britain appoints new Ambassador to Libya
    23 august 2002 17:50:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Britain has appointed Anthony Layden its new Ambassador to the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. Full text...

  • 120 illegal Mozambican immigrants get 30 days jail term each
    23 august 2002 17:01:00
    Manzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- For illegal stay in Swaziland, a magistrate court here has sentenced most of 120 Mozambicans to 30 days each in prison without an option of fine. Full text...

  • Ethiopia ponders freedom of Eritrean POWs
    23 august 2002 16:26:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has announced that his government was considering the resumption of the exchange of prisoners of war with Eritrea. Full text...

  • PIT wants its minister out of Ivorian cabinet
    23 august 2002 16:15:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian Labour Party (PIT) Friday called for the withdrawal of one of its two ministers, Kabran Appiah, (Tourism) from the union cabinet recently formed by Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'guessan. Full text...

  • Trial of Togolese opposition politician postponed
    23 august 2002 15:48:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The magistrate court in Lome on Saturday indefinitely suspended the trial of Claude Ameganvi, leader of the opposition Labour Party (PT) and Julien Ayih, publication director for the weekly Nouvel Echo. Full text...

  • UK opposition urges Blair to boycott Mugabe at the WSSD
    23 august 2002 15:29:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British opposition leader Ian Duncan Smith has called on Prime Minister Tony Blair to refuse sitting on the same platform with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during next week's World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Court nullifies results in two Ivorian districts
    23 august 2002 14:07:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian Supreme Court on Thursday nullified the results in two districts and confirmed 21 others out of the 28 petitions lodged after the 7 July general council and district polls, it was reliably learnt Friday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Nigerian Presidency Turns Heat On MPs
    23 august 2002 12:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian presidency, under sack threat from the lower legislative chamber for alleged misrule, has turned the heat on the parliamentarians, even as the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continues its mediation of the executive-legislative face-off. Full text...

  • Border observer mission visits Bangui
    23 august 2002 12:00:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- An observer mission from the Central African Economic and Monetary Union (CEMAC) and the African Union (AU), charged with resolving the dispute between Chad and the Central African Republic, arrived in Bangui Thursday and met with President Ange-Felix Patasse. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe deports five Britons in August
    23 august 2002 10:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In what appears to be the beginning of a tit-for-tat policy in retaliation to London's role in orchestrating personal sanctions by the European Union against Zimbabwean officials, five Britons were this month denied entry into the country, a British diplomat in Harare said Friday. Full text...

  • Chambas says ECOWAS deems peace in Liberia a priority
    23 august 2002 09:09:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohammad Ibn Chambas is touring the sub-region to consult leaders on how lasting peace can be restored to the Mano River Union countries, particularly Liberia, which groups Guinea and Sierra Leone in Union. Full text...

  • President Thabo Mbeki breaks silence on Zimbabwe's land chaos
    23 august 2002 07:48:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki has expressed the urgent need to "address vigorously the present state of affairs in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • AI says acquittal of Swazi politician shows judicial integrity
    23 august 2002 07:35:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Amnesty International has welcomed the acquittal on Thursday of Swazi opposition leader, Mario Masuku, who was tried for sedition. Full text...

  • Two ex-FAR divisions actively operate in eastern DR Congo
    22 august 2002 23:56:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Two divisions of the ex-Rwandan Armed Forces (FAR) and some Interhamwe militiamen, armed and backed by Kinshasa, are actively operating in the two provinces of Kivu controlled by RCD/Goma, an official source revealed Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Libyan government minister pays tribute to CEN-SAD
    22 august 2002 23:36:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The secretary of the Libyan general popular committee on African Union, Dr Ali Triki has underscored what he said was the "very important" role the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) now plays in Africa and the world at large. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's Mugabe criticises US for interference
    22 august 2002 22:09:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Thursday criticised the US for interfering in his country's internal affairs, after a senior US official said earlier in the week Washington was working out plans to remove him from power. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to justify land policies at WSSD summit
    22 august 2002 21:56:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe will use the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to be held in South Africa later this month, to explain and justify its controversial land policies, a document prepared by the government for the conference says. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges good neighbourliness between Guinea-Bissau, Gambia
    22 august 2002 21:24:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- UN special envoy James Victor Gbeho has urged the authorities in Bissau to foster good neighbourliness with next-door Gambia, particularly in the present social and political context in both countries. Full text...

  • Mali to organise parliamentary by-elections in October
    22 august 2002 21:16:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali will hold parliamentary by-elections on 20 October in the provinces of Sikasso (South) and Tin Essako (extreme North) where the constitutional court had cancelled the 14 and 28 July ballots due to bad organisation, well informed sources reported in Bamako Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Electoral Commission gets more grants
    22 august 2002 21:08:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has received additional seven billion Naira for the review of voters list ahead of future polls in the country, an official said in Abuja Thursday. Full text...

  • 10 suspected armed Islamists killed in Algeria
    22 august 2002 20:54:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian army has recovered 10 bodies of suspected Islamists from a heavily bombed tunnel in the mountains of Djurdjura in the Kabylia region, well-informed sources said in Algiers Thursday. Full text...

  • Ruling PDP fails to resolve Obasanjo-Parliament row
    22 august 2002 20:44:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The meeting between members of Nigeria's lower legislative chamber, House of Representatives and the leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to stop the impeachment notice issued to President Olusegun Obasanjo by the House, ended inconclusively in Abuja Thursday. Full text...

  • DR Congo, Rwanda trade accusations over accord violation
    22 august 2002 19:25:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Less than a month after they signed a peace agreement, Rwanda and the DR Congo are accusing each other of violating the accord. Full text...

  • DR Congo, Rwanda trade accusations over accord violation
    22 august 2002 19:25:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Less than a month after they signed a peace agreement, Rwanda and the DR Congo are accusing each other of violating the accord. Full text...

  • Britain seeks to prevent civil breakdown in Zimbabwe
    22 august 2002 18:05:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The UK is taking political and economic action in conjunction with the international community to prevent civil breakdown in Zimbabwe, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said. Full text...

  • EU grants Angola 2 million euros in humanitarian aid
    22 august 2002 17:55:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has released two million euros to finance new humanitarian operations in Angola, says a statement issued Thursday in Brussels. Full text...

  • Mozambique's Chissano due in Zimbabwe
    22 august 2002 16:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joachim Chissano is due in Zimbabwe next week for talks with President Robert Mugabe and to open an agricultural show, a government spokesman said Thursday. Full text...

  • President Moi says Kenya will hold elections this year
    22 august 2002 16:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan presidential elections will be held before the end of this year the constitutional review commission finalises, the country's outgoing head of state Daniel arap Moi said in Nairobi Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's neighbours deny assisting US to oust Mugabe
    22 august 2002 16:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's neighbours -- Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa -- Thursday denied claims by a senior US government official they were part of Washington's plot to oust President Robert Mugabe from power. Full text...

  • Egypt, Syria discuss Arab-Israeli negotiations
    22 august 2002 16:08:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday discussed with Syrian Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Farouq Al-Sharaa ways to contain the on-going violence in the occupied Palestinian territories, and to put Arab- Israeli peace negotiations back on track, official sources in Cairo said. Full text...

  • Swaziland's opposition leader acquitted of sedition
    22 august 2002 15:52:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's High Court of Thursday acquitted the country's main opposition leader, Mario Masuku, who was charged with sedition for allegedly calling for the downfall of King Mswati III Thursday. Full text...

  • Call for boycott of Equatorial Guinea presidential poll
    22 august 2002 13:42:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Two Spain-based opposition parties -- the National Resistance of Equatorial Guinea (RENAGE) and the Union for Democracy and Social Development (UDDS) have called for a boycott of the 2003 presidential election in their country. Full text...

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