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  • Mali PM consults parties about new cabinet
    15 october 2002 08:14:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's newly appointed Prime Minister Ahmed Mohamed Ag Hamani is expected to announce a new cabinet Tuesday after consultation with President Amadou Toumani Toure. Full text...

  • Mauritanian opposition creates framework for dialogue
    14 october 2002 23:35:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Several opposition political parties in Mauritania have joined to create, this weekend, a framework for dialogue called Unified Opposition Framework (CUO), sources in Nouakchott said. Full text...

  • 800 Guinean soldiers end training by US Rangers
    14 october 2002 23:02:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Some 800 Guinean soldiers have completed a five-month military course under the supervision of US Rangers in Kindia, 137 km north-west of Conakry, the Guinean Broadcasting Corporation (RTG) said Monday. Full text...

  • Rebels occupying DR Congo's Uvira town reassure Burundi
    14 october 2002 22:48:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- DR Congo rebels who have been controlling Uvira since Sunday, a coastal city in the eastern DRC, Monday reassured the Burundian authorities that they were interested in maintaining good relations with them. Full text...

  • Cameroon opposition sees no hope for change through polls
    14 october 2002 22:26:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The leader of the Social Democratic Front, (SDF), Cameroon's main opposition party), John Fru Ndi, Monday said that after recent parliamentary and local elections, the country can say goodbye to hope for a political change through the ballot box. Full text...

  • Ivorians cross into Mali to take refuge
    14 october 2002 22:02:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Several hundreds of Ivorians, including 183 children, have taken refuge in the Malian town of Kadiana in the prefecture of Kolondieba (about 300 km south of Bamako) since early October, the Mali Press Agency (AMAP) reported Monday. Full text...

  • Fru Ndi urges Cameroonian govt to invest in Bakassi
    14 october 2002 19:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Cameroon's leading opposition figure and Social Democratic Front (SDF) chairman Ni John Fru Ndi has called for public investment in the peninsula of Bakassi, which was ceded to the country from neighbouring Nigeria by a ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) last Thursday. Full text...

  • Congolese opposition urges reconciliatory talks
    14 october 2002 17:31:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A section of the opposition in Congo has called on the government to renew contacts with all former heads of State for the organisation of a fresh round of talks on national reconciliation. Full text...

  • Gbagbo aide says Ivorian crisis thwarts democratisation process
    14 october 2002 17:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- As rebel soldiers continued their assault on the regime in Cote d'Ivoire, an aide of President Laurent Gbagbo intimated Monday in Paris that the revolt was "a setback to efforts at entrenching democracy and constitutional order in Africa. Full text...

  • Comoros, US conclude anti-terrorist agreement
    14 october 2002 15:56:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Comoros and the US have concluded an agreement to join efforts in fighting terrorism, press reports in Moroni said Monday. Full text...

  • Moroccan king off to Russia on official visit
    14 october 2002 14:59:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco has left for an official visit to Russia, during which he will meet with President Vladimir Putin and other senior government officials in Moscow, state television (TVM) indicated Monday morning. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt suffers serious setback as rebels take Daloa
    14 october 2002 13:57:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Rebel capture of the strategic town of Daloa (about 400 km north-west of Abidjan) on Sunday has been described as a serious setback for the Ivorian government, as fighting continues into a fourth week between loyalist forces and mutinous soldiers. Full text...

  • Official says Nigeria would not respect ICJ ruling on Bakassi
    14 october 2002 12:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In a U-turn from an earlier affirmation by President Olusegun Obasanjo, a senior government official has said Nigeria would not respect last week's ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which granted the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon. Full text...

  • Kenya's ruling party names presidential candidate
    14 october 2002 12:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's ruling KANU party Monday endorsed Uhuru Kenyatta as its presidential candidate in the forthcoming election. Full text...

  • Ivorians question defence minister's loyalty
    14 october 2002 11:14:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Two days after Saturday's sacking of Defence and Civil Protection Minister Moise Lida Kouassi, public opinion in Abidjan and Yamoussoukro is still to reconcile President Laurent Gbagbo's decision with the need for a united front against advancing rebels from the north. Full text...

  • East Timor Premier to Visit Angola
    14 october 2002 09:57:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri of East Timor is due in Luanda Tuesday for a six-day visit at the invitation of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the Angolan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced. Full text...

  • Anxiety grips Nairobi as political rivalry heats up
    14 october 2002 08:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Anxiety pervaded Nairobi as two rival factions within the ruling KANU party held parallel meetings. Full text...

  • Kenyan ministers resign, following recent trend
    14 october 2002 08:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Crisis continued in the Kenyan government after two more ministers resigned from their positions Monday. Full text...

  • Australia imposes sanctions on Zimbabwe
    14 october 2002 08:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Australia has imposed targeted sanctions against Zimbabwe, accusing its leaders of failure to abide by principles of "good governance and rule of law. Full text...

  • EU Commissioner Chris Patten on a working visit to Cairo
    13 october 2002 20:15:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- European Commissioner in charge of Foreign relations Chris Patten was due in Cairo Sunday for talks with senior Egyptian government officials, including President Hosni Moubarak, Prime Minister Atef Obeid and Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher. Full text...

  • Ugandan govt refutes allegations of media crackdown
    13 october 2002 20:09:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The authorities in Kampala has dismissed claims that a search on the offices of a local newspaper, The Monitor, constituted a violation of press freedom in Uganda. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebels say cocoa-rich Daloa under control
    13 october 2002 19:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- As Senegalese Foreign Minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio continued efforts to broker a cease-fire between rebels and the government in Cote d'Ivoire, reports said Sunday that the cocoa-producing town of Daloa, west of the country had fallen to the rebels. Full text...

  • Pro and anti-Gbagbo Ivorians demonstrate in Paris
    13 october 2002 19:21:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Hundreds of Ivorians converged Sunday in two different venues in Paris, with one group in support of, and the other against President Laurent Gbagbo, as fighting continued in the country between government forces and mutinous soldiers. Full text...

  • More people flee rebel held Bouake
    13 october 2002 19:08:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The exodus from Bouake, which has been under rebel control since the 19 September mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire, continued this weekend, with most people heading towards the political and administrative capital, Yamoussoukro on Sunday. Full text...

  • DR Congo rebels flee to Burundi
    13 october 2002 18:26:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Three truckloads of rebel fighters of the Congolese Democratic Movement (RCD), routed by pro-Kinshasa Mai Mai militiamen were Sunday morning stationed at Burundi's border post of Gatumba seeking asylum. Full text...

  • Libyans denounce "American and Zionist hegemony"
    13 october 2002 17:58:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Thousands of Libyans marched Sunday in the streets of Tripoli to denounce "American and Zionist hegemony" and what they said was the humiliation of Arabs by the US and Israel. Full text...

  • South Africa backs Zimbabwe on controversial land reform
    13 october 2002 17:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- South African Foreign minister Nkosazana Zuma backed Zimbabwe's controversial agrarian reforms Saturday, asserting that "re-distributing land to the majority blacks cannot be wrong. Full text...

  • Sudanese belligerents back to peace talks amid US threats
    13 october 2002 16:04:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Sudanese government is returning to the shaky peace talks in Machakos, Kenya amid US threats of sanctions if Khartoum fails to sign a peace deal with rebels of the southern Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). Full text...

  • Crisis as four Kenyan ministers quit posts
    13 october 2002 14:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Crisis in the Kenyan government and ruling Kanu party deepened Sunday when four ministers quit their posts to protest the way President Daniel arap Moi has been handling his succession. Full text...

  • Senegal's envoy resumes talks with Ivorian mutineers Sunday
    13 october 2002 13:43:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Senegalese foreign minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio resumes talks Sunday in Bouake, 350 km north of Abidjan, with Ivorian mutineers to follow up on their first meeting Saturday, which failed to yield any significant results. Full text...

  • Malian president Toure re-appoints Malian premier
    13 october 2002 13:20:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian Prime Minister Ahmed Mohamed Ag Hamani, who resigned Saturday, was re-appointed on the same day by President Amadou Toumani Toure. Full text...

  • Ivorian youths in Yamoussoukro urged to remain calm
    13 october 2002 12:22:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Youth leaders from two Ivorian ethnic groups, the Baoule and the Dioula, in the Cote d'Ivoire capital of Yamoussoukro called on other young people to remain calm following Friday night's tension in the city. Full text...

  • Carnival, anxiety before Kenyan ruling party's big day (Analysis)
    13 october 2002 10:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's ruling Kanu party hosts a crucial meeting Monday amidst fear and celebrations in some quarters. Full text...

  • Police, military keep watch over Yamoussoukro
    12 october 2002 20:04:00
    Yamoussoukro- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The police and the military Saturday kept watch over Côte d'Ivoire's political capital, Yamoussoukro, following skirmishes between local communities of Dioulas and Baoules the previous night. Full text...

  • Ghana ready for returnees, refugees from Côte d'Ivoire
    12 october 2002 19:43:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- As insecurity in Côte d'Ivoire continues to generate a wave of refugees from the rebel-held city of Bouake, Ghana has said it is ready to accommodate Ivorians escaping fighting in their country. Full text...

  • Authorities link RDR party to mutiny in Côte d'Ivoire
    12 october 2002 17:24:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- With the arrest of the opposition Rally for Republicans (RDR) spokesman Aly Coulibaly, political observers here believe authorities in Côte d'Ivoire are linking the party to the ongoing mutiny. Full text...

  • Catholic lobby attacks Mwanawasa for intimidation
    12 october 2002 15:40:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa on Saturday came under a scathing attack from the Catholic Centre for Justice, Development and Peace for allegedly intimidating legislators who voice their people's concerns. Full text...

  • Somali premier to attend reconciliation talks
    12 october 2002 15:17:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Transitional National Government of Somalia's Prime Minister Hassan Abshir Farah has said that his cabinet would attend the 15 October reconciliation talks in Kenya as an elected authority. Full text...

  • Antonio Man becomes Bissau's interior minister
    12 october 2002 14:07:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau's President Kumba Yala has appointed Antonio Sedja Man as the country's interim minister of the interior, official sources said. Full text...

  • Algeria's National Liberation Front sweeps local polls
    12 october 2002 13:55:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria's former single party National Liberation Front (FLN) overwhelmingly won the local elections held last Thursday, the country's interior minister Mohamed Yazid Zerhouni told a news conference here Friday. Full text...

  • Ugandan army claims killing nine northern rebels
    12 october 2002 12:27:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan army troops killed nine rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and captured 14 others in a Friday morning battle near northern provincial town of Gulu. Full text...

  • Senegalese minister to meet Ivorian mutineers Saturday
    12 october 2002 12:00:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Senegalese foreign minister minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio is expected to meet leaders of the Ivorian mutiny in Bouake to deliver "a message of peace" from President Abdoulaye Wade. Full text...

  • Nigerians outraged by ICJ verdict on Bakassi
    12 october 2002 11:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two days after the International Court of Justice at The Hague awarded the disputed Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon, Nigerians continue to express outrage at the verdict, though calm prevails in the swampy oil-rich territory. Full text...

  • President reshuffles cabinet in Madagascar
    12 october 2002 10:41:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Malagasy President Marc Ravalomanana has made a minor cabinet reshuffle under which he suppressed the post of vice-prime minister in charge of the budget and finance, held by Narisoa Rajaonarivony. Full text...

  • Niger to provide 250 soldiers to ECOMOG in Cote d'Ivoire
    12 october 2002 10:10:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger is prepared to provide 250 soldiers as part of the envisaged West African peacekeeping force (ECOMOG) in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Sudan accuses Eritrea of aggression
    11 october 2002 23:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Sudan has lodged a complaint with the UN Security Council against Eritrea for "aggression", the Sudanese embassy in France announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Africa demands good global trade governance
    11 october 2002 23:39:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- African nations perceived to be lagging behind in the process of democratisation are coming under fire in what appears to be the continent's resolve to redress problems of governance. Full text...

  • Spanish junior Foreign minister visits Malabo
    11 october 2002 23:20:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Spanish junior Foreign minister Ramon Gil-Casares has held an audience with Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema here Friday on the eve of the country's 34th independence anniversary. Full text...

  • Kenyan minister resigns over cheap imports
    11 october 2002 22:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's assistant minister for Home Affairs, Heritage and Sports, Wycliffe Osundwa resigned Friday complaining that some wealthy individuals were allowed to flood the market with cheap imports to the detriment of local farmers. Full text...

  • Burkinabe Premier reassures compatriots in Cote d'Ivoire
    11 october 2002 21:07:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe Prime Minister Ernest Paramanga Yonli said here Friday that "some mechanisms have been put in place to protect the rights of our compatriots living in Cote d'Ivoire". Full text...

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