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  • Britain urges Israel, Palestine to begin the peace process
    10 april 2002 19:40:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned that the Middle East conflict would never be solved if it were seen purely as a security or military question. Full text...

  • Buyoya wants Burundi, Rwanda incorporated in EAC
    10 april 2002 19:39:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Burundi President Pierre Buyoya Wednesday appealed for incorporation of his country and Rwanda into the East Africa Community (EAC), currently comprising Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Full text...

  • OAU demands immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces
    10 april 2002 19:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity Wednesday demanded the immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces from all Palestinian territories and an end to the current military campaign and siege by the Israeli Defence Forces. Full text...

  • EU reaffirms support for MRU peace process
    10 april 2002 19:10:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A top official of the European Union (EU) Wednesday reaffirmed the union's "strong support" for efforts aimed at restoring peace in countries of the Mano River Union (MRU). Full text...

  • Egypt excludes breaking ties with Israel
    10 april 2002 18:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Egypt's Ambassador in Paris, Ali Maher El Sayed on Wednesday excluded any suspension of the relations between his country and Israel arguing that such a move would not serve the Palestinian cause. Full text...

  • Liberian army launches search operations for dissidents
    10 april 2002 17:31:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian troops have "intensified search operations" in areas dissident forces attacked government positions in recent days, the defence ministry said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius debates govt funding for political parties
    10 april 2002 17:02:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- In pursuit of a recommendation by the commission on electoral reforms in Mauritius, Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth has tabled a motion in parliament calling for public funding of political parties. Full text...

  • DR Congo's Defence and Security Commission in full strength
    10 april 2002 16:19:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- The Defence and Security Commission at the inter-Congolese dialogue in Sun City, South Africa has come up with a proposal on ways to surmount disagreements on the formation of a new Armed Forces for the country. Full text...

  • South Africans remember Chris Hani on death anniversary
    10 april 2002 16:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africans Wednesday marked the ninth anniversary of the assassination of Chris Hani, former stalwart of the South African Communist Party, with several events throughout the country. Full text...

  • Rwandan army officials inspect fugitives in Kampala
    10 april 2002 15:34:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Ugandan authorities have allowed Rwandan officials on the Joint Military Verification Commission to visit and interrogate army defectors holed up in Uganda, the semi- official daily New Vision reported in Kampala, quoting government sources. Full text...

  • Congolese Army urges fleeing civilians to return to Brazzaville
    10 april 2002 15:14:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese Army Wednesday called on panic-stricken residents, who fled the southern districts of Brazzaville Tuesday following a military operation, to return to their homes. Full text...

  • Rebel groups disagree on DR Congo presidency
    10 april 2002 13:55:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- The rebel Movement for the Liberation of DR Congo (MLC) backed by Uganda, has proposed a Presidential Council, which should not exclude incumbent President Joseph Kabila, during the planned transition period. Full text...

  • Trouble again rocks Congo's Pool region
    10 april 2002 13:50:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The civilian population in the southern Congolese region of Pool, which was hardest-hit by the 1998-1999 civil war, is again running for cover following clashes between government troops and Ninja militiamen. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/Eritrea Border Commission to announce ruling Saturday
    10 april 2002 13:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Commission says it will announce its decision on the delimitation of the two countries' borders Saturday at a meeting to be attended by representatives of both governments. Full text...

  • Influx of Malawi passports applicants from 'Zimbabwean-Malawians'
    10 april 2002 12:57:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's immigration department has said it has recorded a dramatic increase in applications for Malawian passports from Zimbabweans of Malawi origin during and after that country's March presidential election. Full text...

  • Anti-Ratsiraka group intensifies campaign
    10 april 2002 12:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A group calling itself "Malagasy citizens willing to free themselves from Ratsiraka' s dictatorship" have launched an Internet web-site to raise awareness on what it calls "crimes" committed by embattled Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka. Full text...

  • Central Africans back former Malian leader's presidential bid
    10 april 2002 11:52:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- A Central African Republic committee supporting the candidacy of Mali's General Amadou Toumani Toure in the 28 April presidential ballot met Tuesday in Bangui to show their support for the former CAR peacemaker. Full text...

  • Zambian paper warns Israel's action may exacerbate violence
    10 april 2002 11:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- State-run Zambia Daily Mail warned Wednesday that the Middle East conflict was being fuelled by Israel's continued offensive in the Palestinian territories. Full text...

  • Taylor confers with Kadhafi
    10 april 2002 11:17:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi had telephone conversations Tuesday with Liberian President Charles Taylor, on African issues, Libyan officials said in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Kenyan MPs call for relocation of Israeli Embassy
    10 april 2002 11:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In response to the escalating Middle East crisis, some Kenyan MPs have called for the relocation of the Israeli Embassy in Nairobi to a less densely populated area, because of security concerns. Full text...

  • Moroccan businessman donates 430,000 dollars to Palestinians
    10 april 2002 10:41:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A Moroccan businessman has donated five million dirhams (more than 430,000 dollars) to help Palestinians, who have been under Israeli military attacks in the escalating Middle East crisis. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's Islamic leader condemns Israel
    10 april 2002 10:23:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The leader of the United Council of Imams in Sierra Leone, Sheikh Ahmed Tejan-Sillah, has condemned Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, his government and supporters, for "killing innocent Palestinians, destroying infrastructure and occupying their land. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana, Ratsiraka for conference on Malagasy crisis
    10 april 2002 10:10:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Embattled Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka and self-proclaimed President Marc Ravalomanana have expressed their willingness to attend an international conference initiated by the Indian Ocean Commission (COI) on the political crisis in their country. Full text...

  • Mandela meets with "Chagossians" over disputed island
    10 april 2002 09:40:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- South African former President Nelson Mandela and current Vice-President Jacob Zuma met Tuesday in Pretoria with a delegation of "Chagossians" and assured them of South Africa's support to be allowed back to their Chagos archipelago homeland after 30 years of exile in Mauritius. Full text...

  • SADC Parliamentary Forum opens in Luanda
    10 april 2002 09:10:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The first session of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum, opened Tuesday in Luanda, to review political, economic and social developments in the region. Full text...

  • Electoral Commission approves RUFP's presidential nominee
    10 april 2002 08:57:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission, Wednesday approved the nomination of Paolo Bangura as presidential candidate of the Revolutionary United Front Party (RUFP), for the country's May election. Full text...

  • Togolese dialogue stumbles over electoral law
    10 april 2002 08:39:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The 87th session of the Joint Follow-up Committee (CPS) of the Lome Framework agreement on the Togolese crisis, was dogged Tuesday in Lome, by sharp disagreements between the government and opposition sides over the modification of the electoral code. Full text...

  • Sankoh fails to appear in Court
    10 april 2002 07:35:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's rebel leader, Foday Sankoh failed to appear in Court Tuesday when his murder case was adjourned until 16 April. Full text...

  • Three suspected terrorists arrested in Antananarivo
    09 april 2002 23:34:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Security agents for Malagasy Prime Minister Jacques Sylla, who was appointed by the self- proclaimed President Marc Ravalomanana Tuesday arrested three suspected "terrorists" in a central Antananarivo hotel. Full text...

  • Palestine hails Africa for supporting its cause
    09 april 2002 23:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Palestinian ambassador to Senegal, Said Abbassi on Tuesday expressed gratitude over the mobilisation and solidarity of the people of Africa for the Palestinian cause. Full text...

  • Anniversary to mark Amin's ouster divides Ugandans
    09 april 2002 23:06:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandans are split over the government's decision to introduce 11 April as public holiday marking the ouster of dictator Idi Amin Dada in 1979. Full text...

  • ICRC decries destruction of ambulances by Israel
    09 april 2002 22:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has denounced the destruction of vehicles belonging to the Palestinian Red Crescent by the Israeli army tanks last Wednesday. Full text...

  • New inclusive army proposed for DR Congo
    09 april 2002 22:43:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- Former Nigerian President, Gen. Full text...

  • British secretary for development visits Luanda
    09 april 2002 22:23:00
    Luanda- April (PANA) -- British secretary of state for development, Clare Short Tuesday started a 48-hour working visit to Angola with a view to reinforcing bilateral relations. Full text...

  • Former OAU head pleads for Angola's assistance
    09 april 2002 21:01:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Former OAU secretary general Salim Ahmed Salim has appealed for international mobilisation to assist Angola's reconstruction programmes after the death of rebel UNITA movement's leader Jonas Savimbi. Full text...

  • Mugabe ends visit to Libya
    09 april 2002 21:00:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday ended a four-day working visit to Libya where he discussed with his hosts the strengthening of bilateral trade and the supply of oil to his country. Full text...

  • Colin Powell off to Cairo after talks with Moroccan monarch
    09 april 2002 20:31:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell departed Morocco Tuesday for Cairo after holding talks with King Mohammed VI on the situation in the Middle East. Full text...

  • Mohamed Saïd Fazul elected president of Moheli Island
    09 april 2002 19:41:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Mohamed Said Fazul has been elected president of the Moheli Island with over 55 percent of the votes to the detriment of his rival, Mohamed Hassanali. Full text...

  • Kufuor lauds Angola's peace agreement
    09 april 2002 19:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's President John Agyekum Kufuor has congratulated his Angolan counterpart Jose Eduardo dos Santos for the peace agreement his government signed with the rebel UNITA Movement on 4 April. Full text...

  • Congolese opposition leader for political liberalisation
    09 april 2002 19:32:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- After his recent election victory, Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso needs to bring about total political liberalisation in the country, an opposition leader said in Paris Tuesday. Full text...

  • Candidate wants Comoran presidential poll postponed
    09 april 2002 19:17:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- One of the two candidates in the Comoran Union presidential race, Said Ali Kemal, has said the election due to be held Sunday should be postponed. Full text...

  • Ivorian President in Gabon on private
    09 april 2002 19:15:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, on a private visit in Gabon, Tuesday toured the Franceville International Medical Research Center (CIRFM), specialised in sterility issues in equatorial zones. Full text...

  • Botswana refuses to brand Zimbabwe polls as unfair
    09 april 2002 19:00:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- After a long silence, the Botswana government Tuesday refused to describe the recent presidential election in Zimbabwe as unfair. Full text...

  • International conference on Madagascar underway
    09 april 2002 18:29:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- An international conference is envisaged shortly to bring together outgoing Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka and self-proclaimed President Marc Ravalomanana, informed sources hinted. Full text...

  • Nigeria proposes recipe for peace in Middle East
    09 april 2002 17:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has given its full backing to the Saudi Peace Plan as a way of resolving the seemingly intractable Middle East crisis, even as it criticised the Arab leadership for not consulting African countries on the crisis. Full text...

  • Burundian soldiers take courses on humanitarian law
    09 april 2002 15:53:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 20 Burundian military officials are undergoing a week-long training on international humanitarian law, initiated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Full text...

  • Fighting rages in Congo's Kindamba locality
    09 april 2002 15:20:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A fresh wave of fighting erupted Monday between Congolese government troops and Ninja militiamen led by Father Frederik Bitsangou alias Ntumi in Kindamba, west of the capital Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Obasanjo, others to mark Idi Amin's fall in Uganda
    09 april 2002 15:14:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is among African leaders confirmed to grace Uganda's first formal anniversary celebration of Idi Amin's fall from power. Full text...

  • Germany to reopen embassy in N'djamena
    09 april 2002 14:08:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Germany will in July reopen its embassy in Chad, closed four years ago as a cost-cutting measure, Chadian Foreign Minister Mahamat Saleh Annadif has said. Full text...

  • Guinea seeks compensation for hosting refugees
    09 april 2002 13:49:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- A "solidarity conference," long sought by Guinea to discuss reparations for the havoc wreaked on the country's economy and ecology by Sierra Leonean and Liberian refugees, would now hold in France. Full text...

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