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  • Franco-Kenyan relations gain momentum
    17 january 2002 17:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has the largest number of learners of the French language in Africa and the second largest in the world outside the Hexagon. Full text...

  • Anxiety high in Somalia as American strikes loom
    17 january 2002 16:33:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Anxiety is running high in Somalia over increased threats of US military strikes against the Horn of Africa country for its suspected links with the terrorist Al Qaeda network of Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean leader scoffs at US, UK search for his loot
    17 january 2002 15:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A spokesman for President Robert Mugabe Thursday scoffed at new efforts by the US and Britain to hunt for the Zimbabwean leader's alleged loot stashed abroad, saying this was part of a campaign to tarnish the image of the veteran leader ahead of a key presidential election in March. Full text...

  • Government, rebels, UN hold tripartite Sierra Leonean meeting
    17 january 2002 15:00:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The eighth and apparently final session of tripartite talks grouping the government, the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and the UN Assistance Mission to Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) is afoot in Freetown following the end of the disarmament process in the West African country. Full text...

  • Rights groups calls for international reproof on Congo
    17 january 2002 14:29:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A coalition for Human Rights and Democratic Development in Congo (CDHD) has urged France, the European Union and the US not to support the electoral process in that country, alleging a government scheme to rig the polls. Full text...

  • Togo signs convention on the African Energy Commission
    17 january 2002 14:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Togo Wednesday became the fifth signatory to a Convention establishing the African Energy Commission, after Algeria, Benin, Liberia and Niger. Full text...

  • Britain hails work of UN Force in Sierra Leone
    17 january 2002 13:52:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Foreign minister for Africa Baroness Amos has praised the work of the UN force in Sierra Leone, citing a series of measures taken to enhance the force's general effectiveness. Full text...

  • Comoran leader to run for the presidency
    17 january 2002 11:21:00
    Moroni- Comoros, (PANA) -- Comoran leader Assoumani Azali announced Wednesday night that he would run for the country's presidency. Full text...

  • IGAD ministers to meet in Nairobi next week
    17 january 2002 10:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will next week host a meeting of foreign ministers from the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the country's ministry of foreign affairs said Thursday. Full text...

  • Mkapa forms commission to probe infamous violence
    17 january 2002 08:43:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa Wednesday appointed a commission of inquiry on the infamous stand-off between the police and opposition supporters that resulted in serious violence and loss of life at the end of January 2001 on the island of Zanzibar. Full text...

  • Congressman says US will increase pressure on Mugabe
    17 january 2002 08:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- US Congressman Ed Royce, who is chairman of the House's Africa Committee, Wednesday confirmed reports that his government was attempting to locate millions of dollars deposited around the world by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and members of his cabinet. Full text...

  • Comoran President Steps Down to Contest Election
    16 january 2002 23:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Comoran President Azali Assoumani announced Wednesday that he would step down on 21 January in order to stand for election three months later. Full text...

  • French Parliament debates post Algerian war memorial
    16 january 2002 23:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Members of the French National Assembly have begun examining a bill aimed at declaring 19 March a national day in memory of victims of the Franco-Algerian war. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Govt Withdraws Draft Press Law
    16 january 2002 23:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Wednesday bowed to local and international pressure and withdrew a draft tough media law from parliamentary debate for amendment. Full text...

  • 12 African Leaders for Mini-Summit in Paris
    16 january 2002 22:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac has invited 12 African leaders for a mini- summit to be held 8 February in Paris, informed sources disclosed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • US envoy begins visit in Burundi
    16 january 2002 22:46:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- US assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Walter Kansteiner arrived in Bujumbura Wednesday to begin a two-day working visit in Burundi. Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives Amr Moussa in Tripoli
    16 january 2002 22:27:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Visiting Arab League secretary general Amr Moussa of Egypt on Wednesday had an audience with Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • French presidential aspirant due in Senegal
    16 january 2002 22:24:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Former French Interior Minister Jean-Pierre Chevenement, now in the race for this year's presidential election, is due in Dakar, Senegal, Monday for a two-day visit, sources close to his Citizens' Movement (MDC) party disclosed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ben Ali calls for Maghreb summit this year
    16 january 2002 22:04:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali is calling for a summit this year to revive the Maghreb Arab Union (UMA), paralysed since 1995 due to the dispute between Rabat and Algiers over the Western Sahara. Full text...

  • Tunisia calls for final settlement of debt burden
    16 january 2002 21:43:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has urged the upcoming UN Conference on development funding in Mexico to thoroughly analyse the indebtedness of developing countries in order to derive a final solution on the matter. Full text...

  • CEMAC Leaders Discuss Crisis in Central African Republic
    16 january 2002 21:38:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- President Sassou Nguesso of Congo has called on member states of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community, or CEMAC, to remove obstacles hindering their full integration. Full text...

  • Kadhafi invited to witness Freetown's weapons destruction
    16 january 2002 21:34:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Sierra Leonean President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has invited the Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Kerekou, Speaker Houngbedji resolve budgetary crisis
    16 january 2002 21:15:00
    Porto-Novo- Benin (PANA) -- Benin president Mathieu Kerekou and the speaker of parliament, Adrien Houngbedji have met to agree a political solution to the crisis caused by the national assembly's rejection of the country's 2002 budget, a source close to parliament said in Porto-Novo. Full text...

  • East African parliament starts business Monday
    16 january 2002 21:15:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- East Africa's Legislative Assembly convenes its first session this year in Kampala, Uganda next Monday, the clerk of the assembly Murumba Werunga said in a statement Wednesday. Full text...

  • China moves to improve electricity in Freetown
    16 january 2002 20:47:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Peoples' Republic of China has donated 150,000 US dollars to help Sierra Leone's National Power Authority (NPA) improve electricity supply in Freetown, the capital. Full text...

  • Nigerian Offers Free Visas for Supporters of Condemned Woman
    16 january 2002 20:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Nigeria's embassy here has announced it will issue gratis visas to persons travelling to the west African country in support of Safiya Hussaini, a lady sentenced to death by stoning under the Islamic law. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's RUF rebels added on US exclusion list
    16 january 2002 20:39:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's armed rebel group, the Revolutionary Front (RUF) has been placed on the new US government's 'Terrorism Exclusion List'. Full text...

  • Brussels hosts roundtable on DR Congo
    16 january 2002 20:20:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Opening a roundtable on the Democratic Republic of Congo in Brussels Tuesday, Belgian Prime minister Guy Verhofstadt urged the 85 delegates to use it as a preparatory forum for the forthcoming internal dialogue to be held in South Africa. Full text...

  • Yamoussoukro summit heralds total reconciliation
    16 january 2002 20:11:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- President Laurent Gbagbo's announcement this week in Abidjan that he will meet on 22 January in Yamoussoukro with the three other major players in Ivorian politics has prompted observers to believe the National Reconciliation Forum is going into extra-time. Full text...

  • Sudanese Transport Minister Goes Missing
    16 january 2002 20:02:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Speculations are rife in Khartoum about the whereabouts of Transport Minister Lam Akol who has gone missing after his annual vacation. Full text...

  • Farmers form political party in Burkina
    16 january 2002 19:04:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- In an unprecedented move, farmers in Burkina Faso said they have formed a political party dubbed Union of Democrat Farmers/Labour Party (UPD/PT). Full text...

  • Opposition leader's call irks Zimbabwe's political class
    16 january 2002 18:32:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Wednesday came under attack from across the political divide for calling on South Africa to impose sanctions and force President Robert Mugabe to hold a free and fair presidential poll in March. Full text...

  • Opposition leader's call irks Zimbabwe's political class
    16 january 2002 18:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Wednesday came under attack from across the political divide for calling on South Africa to impose sanctions and force President Robert Mugabe to hold a free and fair presidential poll in March. Full text...

  • UN, Sierra Leone sign agreement establishing Special Court
    16 january 2002 17:54:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The UN and the Government of Sierra Leone Wednesday signed a landmark agreement establishing the Special Court for the war-ravaged West African country. Full text...

  • Foday Sankoh to enter race for Sierra Leonean presidency
    16 january 2002 16:31:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) - A spokesman for the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF), Eldred Collins, Wednesday confirmed that detained RUF leader Foday Saybana Sankoh was the group's candidate for the presidential election coming up in May. Full text...

  • Over 20,000 displaced persons struggle to enter Bujumbura
    16 january 2002 16:21:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 20,000 people fleeing insecurity in neighbouring towns have for a week now been stuck at the entrance to the Burundi capital, Bujumbura. Full text...

  • French Cooperation minister due in Kenya
    16 january 2002 16:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- French minister-delegate in charge of Cooperation and the Francophonie Charles Josselin, is due in Nairobi Thursday at the start of a two-day visit aimed at consolidating relations with Kenya. Full text...

  • Embassies in Ethiopia get eviction order for unpaid rents
    16 january 2002 15:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A court in Ethiopia has ordered six embassies in Addis Ababa defaulting on rents, to settle their dues and vacate their premises. Full text...

  • US Ambassador calls for more democracy in Cameroon
    16 january 2002 14:42:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Human rights, democracy, good governance, international terrorism and other issues were the focus of comments in Yaounde by Ambassador Georges McDade Staples, as he took charge of the US dimplomatic mission in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Election observers call for donor pressure on Madagascar
    16 january 2002 14:29:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Observers at Madagascar's controversial presidential polls have urged donors to pressurise the government into comparing its results with those advanced by other parties involved in the election. Full text...

  • President Nwanawasa promises to reach out to all Zambians
    16 january 2002 14:01:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Acknowledging the paucity of support from some regions of the country as evidence by the results of the 27 December polls that brought him to power, President Mwanawasa Wednesday reaffirmed his commitment to take development to all parts of Zambia. Full text...

  • Ivorian opposition leader stresses primacy of economic wellbeing
    16 january 2002 13:27:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Former Ivorian Prime Minister and leader of the opposition Rally of Republicans (RDR) Alassane Ouattara has stressed on the need for the economy to take precedence over politics in the choices made by the local news media. Full text...

  • OAU Secretary-General holds discussions with G8
    16 january 2002 13:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy Tuesday held discussions with representatives from the G8 as part of efforts to drum up donor community support for the transition to the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Amnesty International flays Zimbabwe over human rights
    16 january 2002 13:00:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The rights group Amnesty International has warned against quiet diplomacy becoming silent acquiescence to continuing gross human rights violations in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Zambia's losing candidate petitions court over results
    16 january 2002 12:43:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Businessman Anderson Mazoka, the opposition leader who lost the 27 December presidential election, has petitioned the court to rule against the poll result, citing vote rigging as his main bone of contention. Full text...

  • SADC leaders accuse west of plotting Mugabe's downfall
    16 january 2002 11:04:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Southern African leaders have accused some western nations of scheming to bring down the Zimbabwe government of President Robert Mugabe following a spate of controversial reforms that have sparked off conflicting opinions across the world. Full text...

  • Mozambique has a new political party
    16 january 2002 10:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's newest political party came into being Tuesday, and Antonio Palange, who was once a deputy in the Mozambican parliament, is the founder of the Congress of United Democrats (CDU). Full text...

  • Mozambican leader opposes sanctions against Zimbabwe
    16 january 2002 09:38:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano said Tuesday that leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) would continue contacts with the European Union, Britain and the US in a bid to avert possible sanctions against Zimbabwe as this could affect the economies of other countries in the region. Full text...

  • Russian technical mission to visit Mozambique
    16 january 2002 08:41:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A Russian multi-disciplinary technical mission is expected to visit Mozambique during the first quarter of 2002 in order to assess and propose strategies on military equipment and means of transport for the Mozambican armed forces (FADM), according to Defence Minister Tobias Dai. Full text...

  • Malawi leader promises to assist with DR Congo mediation
    16 january 2002 08:24:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian President Bakili Muluzi has pledged to support former Botswana president Quett Masire in his efforts to mediate in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

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