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  • Govt study finds 24 Nigerian Senators idle
    30 october 2002 15:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A study by a Nigerian government agency has found that 24 of the 109 Senators in the country's upper legislative chamber have not presented a single bill since the inauguration of the National Assembly (Parliament) in June 1999. Full text...

  • Ivorian peace negotiations begin in Lome
    30 october 2002 15:25:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Peace negotiations between an Ivorian government delegation and representatives of rebellious soldiers officially started here Wednesday morning under the mediation of Togo's President Gnassingbe Eyadema. Full text...

  • Tension still high in Algeria's Kabylia
    30 october 2002 14:32:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Residents of Kabyilia east of Algiers have been resisting the installation of new local government assemblies born out of the 10 October local elections. Full text...

  • Mauritian opposition sets up common platform
    30 october 2002 14:13:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Various opposition parties in Mauritius have set up a common platform for removal of Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth and his deputy Paul Berenger from power. Full text...

  • Opposition advises Sassou-Nguesso to heed factional demands
    30 october 2002 14:01:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Andre Milongo, leader of the main Congolese party, Union for Democracy and the Republic (UDR- Mwinda), is urging President Denis Sassou-Nguesso to heed demands by militiamen in order to find a peaceful solution to the fighting that engulfed the Pool region since last March. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe pulling last troops out of DR Congo
    30 october 2002 13:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's last troops deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to help the government fight off a rebel insurgency were due to be pulled out Wednesday, the army said. Full text...

  • Cameroonian President back in Yaounde
    30 october 2002 12:55:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian President Paul Biya has returned to Yaounde and put an end to rumours about his long stay abroad. Full text...

  • French army generals on tour in Madagascar
    30 october 2002 12:51:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- French airforce commander General de Vaissiere and the director of military and defence cooperation and Major General Duburg, south Indian Ocean zone's senior military commander, are in Madagascar as part of a tour to enhance bilateral and regional military cooperation. Full text...

  • US introduces new visa fees in Zambia
    30 october 2002 12:06:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambians applying for non-immigrant visas at the US embassy here will be required to pay a new fee of 100 US dollars instead of 65 dollars with effect from Thursday. Full text...

  • Appeal for protection of Guineans in Cote d'Ivoire
    30 october 2002 11:40:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- A Guinea national based in Burkina Faso has written an open letter urging President Lansana Conte to denounce the molestation against his compatriots living in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Major terrorist attack disrupts train services from Soweto
    30 october 2002 08:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Several explosions on the main railway line between Soweto and Johannesburg early Wednesday left at least one person dead and caused major train disruptions. Full text...

  • King Mohammed VI, Mubarak seek peaceful settlement in Iraq
    30 october 2002 07:54:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said they were seeking a peaceful settlement in the Iraqi crisis as the UN Security Council examines a US draft resolution on Iraq. Full text...

  • Malian president visits Guinea
    29 october 2002 23:46:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- President Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali started Tuesday afternoon a two-day visit to neighbouring Guinea, the first since he came to power following his victory in the presidential election of May. Full text...

  • DR Congo rebels occupy refugee camps
    29 october 2002 23:37:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Rebels operating in the eastern and northern DR Congo have occupied areas reserved for Congolese and Sudanese refugees. Full text...

  • Tunisia ratifies accord delineating its maritime border
    29 october 2002 23:17:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Tunisian parliament ratified Tuesday an accord on the delineation of the maritime borders between Tunisia and Algeria, the Tunisian News Agency (TAP) reported. Full text...

  • Pretoria urges international community to help rebuild Angola
    29 october 2002 23:16:00
    Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- South African foreign minister Dlamini-Nkosazana Zuma appealed to the international community Monday for assistance to Angola's post-war reconstruction effort. Full text...

  • EU observer mission to monitor Malagasy parliamentary poll
    29 october 2002 23:04:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- A European Union (EU) electoral observer mission is expected shortly in Madagascar to monitor the country's parliamentary elections scheduled for 15 December, sources said Tuesday in Brussels. Full text...

  • African Liberal parties reaffirm support for Gbagbo
    29 october 2002 22:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Union of African Parties for Democracy and Development (UPAAD) reaffirmed Tuesday in Dakar of its total support to Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, who has been facing an army mutiny since 19 September. Full text...

  • Togolese opposition leader seeks Wade's intervention
    29 october 2002 22:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Togolese opposition leader Yawovi Agboyibo, Tuesday in Dakar urged the intervention of Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade in the search for a solution to the political crisis in Togo. Full text...

  • Obiang Nguema hints of early presidential election
    29 october 2002 22:00:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has indicated plans to reschedule the next presidential, initially due in the first half of 2003, at a much earlier date, opposition sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Dos Santos receives credentials of five new foreign envoys
    29 october 2002 21:29:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has received the letters of credence of five new envoys from Mali, The Netherlands, China, Cuba and Portugal. Full text...

  • DR Congo delegates agree on transitional government
    29 october 2002 20:58:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki said representatives of DR Congo government and rebel movements tentatively agreed on a transitional government at their meeting in Pretoria Tuesday. Full text...

  • New institutional order expected from Burundi talks
    29 october 2002 20:48:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian politicians seem to agree on the principle of opening the country's institutions to rebel movements on the basis of current discussions with the government being held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Full text...

  • Rights group against death penalty in Rwanda
    29 october 2002 20:00:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The Rwandan Human Rights Committee said the death penalty should not be included in the country's future constitution. Full text...

  • Angola denies any military involvement in Cote d'Ivoire
    29 october 2002 19:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Angolan Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal and Guinea, Dombele M'bala Bernardo has denied any military involvement of his country in the fighting between government and rebel forces in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Sudan Communist Party plans name change
    29 october 2002 19:08:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Communist Party of Sudan (CPS) says it is considering changing its name in line with global developments after the disintegration of the former Communist Bloc and the demise of Marxist ideology. Full text...

  • CAR nationals worry about ongoing fighting in Bangui
    29 october 2002 18:03:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Central African Republic's ambassador in Yaounde, Timothee Ndilne on Tuesday denounced the coup attempt in his country saying it would considerably harm the country. Full text...

  • Compaore warns Cote d'Ivoire against mistreating Burkinabes
    29 october 2002 17:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore has urged Ivorian authorities to treat Burkinabes in that country with respect, French newspaper Le Monde, reported in its Wednesday edition made available in Paris Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya, Italy sign cooperation pacts
    29 october 2002 17:09:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Italy and Libya have signed several agreements of cooperation in the natural gas and petroleum industry as well as in the fields of health and culture. Full text...

  • Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meets in London
    29 october 2002 16:17:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The 20th meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) on the Harare Declaration will take place 1 November in London, Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo offers to meet Biya over Bakassi
    29 october 2002 15:55:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Tuesday offered to meet his Cameroonian counterpart, Paul Biya, as part of efforts to find a political solution to the Bakassi dispute. Full text...

  • Cameroon condemns Bangui coup attempt
    29 october 2002 15:42:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon has condemned the coup attempt in Central African Republic, rejecting "any political change through unconstitutional means. Full text...

  • Nigeria gives fresh insight into rejection of Bakassi ruling
    29 october 2002 15:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government said it rejected the International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict ceding the disputed Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon because it conflicted with the country's Constitution. Full text...

  • Gbagbo still insists mutineers must disarm before talks
    29 october 2002 15:13:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo directed his country's delegation that left here Monday for Lome, Togo, to insist the rebels must "lay down their arms" before the beginning of negotiations," according to sources in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Ivorian warring parties poised for talks in Lome
    29 october 2002 14:21:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Ivorian government and rebel delegations are expected to begin talks Wednesday in Lome aimed at resolving the fighting in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Crucial talks open on Madagascar in Pretoria
    29 october 2002 14:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- High-level talks among African leaders on the future of Madagascar opened here Tuesday, headed by President Thabo Mbeki, current chair of the African Union. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau army officers seek UN protection
    29 october 2002 13:00:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Two army officers in Guinea Bissau, Commander Lamine Sanha and Major Almamy Allan Camara, along with Warrant Officer Moussa Cassama have appealed for United Nations protection amid claims that they belong to an Islamic fundamentalist group. Full text...

  • Sudanese Foreign Minister urges NDA to join SPLA in talks
    29 october 2002 12:34:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustapha Othman Ismael has encouraged the north-based armed opposition National Democratic Alliance (AND) to involve itself in the ongoing peace talks through John Garang's rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) in Kenya. Full text...

  • Rights groups cancel protest march in Monrovia after govt threat
    29 october 2002 12:15:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A coalition of 19 Liberian human rights groups Tuesday called off a demonstration planned to protest the continued detention without trial of at least two dozen persons for more than four months. Full text...

  • Congo condemns rebel attack against Bangui
    29 october 2002 10:32:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese foreign minister Rodolphe Adada has condemned the ongoing attempt to seize power by force in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Kerekou to ratify anti-terrorism conventions shortly
    29 october 2002 10:26:00
    Porto Novo- Benin (PANA) -- President Mathieu Kerekou of Benin could shortly ratify three anti-terrorism conventions after the National Assembly in Porto Novo unanimously passed a bill on Monday authorising him to do so. Full text...

  • Kenyan general elections set for 27 December
    29 october 2002 10:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyans head to the polls 27 December in a historic election that would see the retirement of President Daniel arap Moi after 24 years in power. Full text...

  • Essy welcomes Somali cessation of hostility declaration
    29 october 2002 07:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission's interim chair Amara Essy has welcomed the cessation of hostilities declaration signed Sunday night at the Somali national reconciliation conference in Eldoret, Kenya. Full text...

  • Libya suspends withdrawal from the Arab League
    28 october 2002 23:47:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya has agreed to suspend submitting a yearlong notice needed before withdrawing from the Arab League (AL), Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustapha Othmane Ismael has said in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Bissau urges Gbagbo to negotiate with mutineers
    28 october 2002 23:27:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau will not contribute troops to the West African peacekeeping force envisaged for Cote d'Ivoire, Prime Minister Alamara Ntchia Nhasse said Monday upon returning from a meeting of the six-nation Contact Group of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Algeria to host world colloquium on organised crime
    28 october 2002 23:11:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria will host a two-day world colloquium on the promotion of the International Convention Against Transnational Crime in Algiers starting from 29 October, official sources said Monday in the Algerian capital. Full text...

  • Kinshasa refutes pillage allegations against officials
    28 october 2002 22:36:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Communication minister Kikaya Bin Karubi has dismissed UN allegations that Congolese government officials were implicated in the pillaging of the country's resources. Full text...

  • Thousands of Algerians trained in Afghanistan, official asserts
    28 october 2002 22:00:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Three thousand Algerians trained in camps in Afghanistan, Lt-Colonel Djamel Bouzghaia of the Algerian Army told an international colloquium on terrorism Monday in Algiers. Full text...

  • Libya's threatened withdrawal worries Arab League
    28 october 2002 21:41:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Local newspapers commented at length Sunday on the visit to Tripoli of Arab League secretary general Amr Moussa, in the wake of the country's decision to pull out of the Arab concert. Full text...

  • Botswana leader condemns stigma associated with HIV/AIDS
    28 october 2002 21:31:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- President Festus Mogae Monday opened the Botswana parliament with a call to the country to guard against the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

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