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  • International pressure piles on President Robert Mugabe
    03 february 2002 09:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The political clock is ticking rather dangerously for beleaguered Zimbabwe President Robert Gabriel Mugabe, whose aggressive campaign for re-election has been mired in a domestic land crisis that portends grave repercussions. Full text...

  • Presidential aspirant promises to allow exiles to return
    02 february 2002 20:21:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Former Congolese Speaker of Parliament between 1993-1997 Andre Milongo stated Sunday in Brazzaville that he would authorised all exiles to return home if he is elected in the 10 March presidential elections. Full text...

  • King Mohammed VI to visit to China
    02 february 2002 17:58:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Tuesday begins a three-day official visit to China at the invitation of President Jiang Zemin, official sources said. Full text...

  • Mugabe launches presidential campaign in Zimbabwe
    02 february 2002 17:16:00
    Uzumba- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- As he launched his bid for re-election in the 9-10 March presidential election Friday, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe vowed to defy international pressure to back down on his controversial agrarian reforms. Full text...

  • Butembo-Beni's Bishop warns Ugandan president, Museveni
    02 february 2002 16:13:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Butembo-Beni diocese's Bishop Mgr Sikuli Melchisedech and Roger Nzama Kilando, who co-ordinates civil society organisations in the North-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have decried the continued presence of Ugandan troops in their area. Full text...

  • Pan-African body hails Afro-Asian solidarity with Zimbabwe
    02 february 2002 14:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Pan-African Reparation Movement in Kenya has commended the Afro-Asian members of the Commonwealth for their decision to reject the motion to have Zimbabwe expelled from the Commonwealth. Full text...

  • Bomb Injures Bodyguards At Somali Premier's Residence
    02 february 2002 13:55:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Four bodyguards of Somali Prime Minister Hassan Abshir Farah were seriously injured Friday night when a bomb went off at his private residence. Full text...

  • NGOs call for stronger Afro-Arab relations
    01 february 2002 23:35:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A symposium of African-Arab NGOs has commended the Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Kerekou decrees approval of govt Budget
    01 february 2002 22:07:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- President Mathieu Kerekou has approved by decree the Budget for 2002 in order to avoid a standstill in government functions. Full text...

  • Anjouan authorities disarm militants
    01 february 2002 21:08:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Authorities in Anjouan have collected over 50 percent of weapons from militants in the run-up to formation of a government of national unity in the Comoran archipelago. Full text...

  • France grants Burundi 300,000 euros for good governance
    01 february 2002 19:38:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi and France Friday signed an agreement under which the French government will provide 300,000 euros (258,000 US dollars) to support operations of new state institutions in Burundi. Full text...

  • Libya hosts Chad's tripartite military committee meeting
    01 february 2002 18:27:00
    Sebha- Libya (PANA) -- A tripartite military committee created after a peace agreement was signed on 9 January by the Chadian government and the rebel Movement for Democracy and Justice led by Youssef Togoimi concluded its two-day meeting in Sebha, southern Libya Thursday evening. Full text...

  • French paper alleges plot to overthrow Congolese government
    01 february 2002 14:59:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French satirical weekly 'Le Canard Enchaîné' intimated on Wednesday that an opponent of the regime in Kinshasa recently recruited mercenaries in Paris to overthrow President Joseph Kabila of DR Congo. Full text...

  • Libyan leader to address Africa on boundary issue
    01 february 2002 14:32:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The leader of the Libyan revolution, Col. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe envoy lashes out at Britain over bias reports
    01 february 2002 14:24:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's High Commissioner to South Africa Simon Moyo Thursday condemned Britain for the bad publicity his country was getting. Full text...

  • Premier thanks Kadhafi for Chadian peace agreement
    01 february 2002 12:19:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Chadian Prime Minister Nagou Yamassou expressed appreciation to Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Burundian rebel groups for crunch talks in Tanzania
    01 february 2002 08:41:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania expects to hold direct negotiations with two armed Burundian rebel groups currently opposing the transitional government, formed through a peace deal brokered by retired South African President Nelson Mandela, the official Daily News reported Friday. Full text...

  • OAU is keen on political situation in Madagascar
    01 february 2002 07:44:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy has expressed concern over the current political situation in Madagascar, saying the OAU is keenly following events there. Full text...

  • UN envoy calls for respect of DRC cease-fire
    31 january 2002 23:37:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- UN secretary general's special representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Amos Namanga Ngongi has urged parties in the DRC conflict to abide by the cease-fire agreement before the Inter-Congolese talks of 25 February in Sun City, South Africa. Full text...

  • President Buyoya leaves for Tanzania
    31 january 2002 23:06:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's President Pierre Buyoya left Bujumbura Thursday for talks with his Tanzanian counterpart, Benjamin Mkapa, in Dar es Salaam. Full text...

  • Five candidates to stand for Zimbabwe presidency
    31 january 2002 21:04:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Five candidates Thursday officially registered at the close of nominations to run in Zimbabwe's crunch presidential election due in March. Full text...

  • Former Sierra Leonean junta leader to face parliament
    31 january 2002 19:26:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Former Sierra Leonean junta leader, Lt. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe NGOs want inclusion in SADC's poll monitoring scheme
    31 january 2002 16:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- NGOs in Zimbabwe Thursday appealed to governments of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to include civil society groups in their national election observer teams to Zimbabwe's presidential poll coming up in March. Full text...

  • Democratic Alliance condemns Commonwealth over Zimbabwe
    31 january 2002 16:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance says it is extremely disappointed that the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) failed to "grasp the nettle" and recommend the suspension of Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth. Full text...

  • State-owned paper urges Britain to rethink policy on Zimbabwe
    31 january 2002 16:13:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's state-controlled daily Herald newspaper Thursday launched a scathing attack on former colonial power Britain for pursuing a master-slave policy towards the southern African country, urging London to urgently re-think its stance. Full text...

  • Landless peasants, main victims in Zimbabwe land crisis
    31 january 2002 14:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's landless peasants do not feature physically in the national, regional and international debates on land reform in Zimbabwe, but they remain a central part of the issue. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe traditional rulers try to turn back clock on land
    31 january 2002 13:59:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tribal and community chiefs, eager to have their traditional control over land restored once again, are taking a leading role in the land reforms and debate in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • High stakes for veterans in Zimbabwe's land crisis
    31 january 2002 13:52:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- War veterans, unlike the white farmers, government or landless peasants, have no direct stakes in Zimbabwe's land reforms, other than historical and ideological motivation. Full text...

  • Political situation in Madagascar worries OAU scribe
    31 january 2002 13:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU secretary general Amara Essy is closely monitoring the situation in Madagascar following the announcement of the 16 December presidential election results by the country's High Constitutional Court (HCC). Full text...

  • Kasa-Vubu's family expresses gratitude to DR Congo leader
    31 january 2002 13:22:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Marie-Rose Kasa-Vubu, daughter of the former Congolese President Joseph Kasa-Vubu, has expressed deep appreciation to the current Head of State Joseph Kabila, for his recent decision to honour the memory of the country's former leaders. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's white farmers key to land crisis solution
    31 january 2002 13:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- After the government, Zimbabwe's white farmers are the next key players in the country's land crisis, as they have come under Black indictment for owning the land at the centre of the crisis, and refusing to give up at least part of it. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's case for agrarian reforms
    31 january 2002 12:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The decision of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group not to back a British-sponsored proposal to expel Zimbabwe from the organisation has been welcome by the government of President Robert Mugabe, though it is to be feared that this could enhance the entrenchment of the government's main position on the land issue. Full text...

  • Indian Parliamentary delegation winds up visit to South Africa
    31 january 2002 11:45:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A parliamentary delegation from India Wednesday concluded a four-day visit to South Africa as part of a three-nation tour including Nigeria and Senegal. Full text...

  • Luanda okay with Angola-Namibia maritime border treaty
    31 january 2002 11:29:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan government at a cabinet session chaired Wednesday by President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, approved a treaty on the delimitation of the maritime border with Namibia. Full text...

  • Benin media watch urges for greater professionalism
    31 january 2002 10:14:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The chairman of Benin's High Audio-visual and Communication Authority (HAAC), Timothée Adanlin, has urged the media to be professional in their coverage of local elections expect next December. Full text...

  • UK fails in bid to suspend Zimbabwe from Commonwealth
    31 january 2002 09:07:00
    London- UK, (PANA) -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has failed to convince the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) to recommend the suspension of Zimbabwe from the 54-member group. Full text...

  • Annan condoles with Nigeria over ammunition dump tragedy
    31 january 2002 08:20:00
    New York- United States (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has written to President Olusegun Obasanjo expressing shock and grief over the loss of lives following explosions at an ammunition dump in Lagos last Sunday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's RUF denies dealing with al-Qaeda network
    30 january 2002 23:38:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front (RUF) Wednesday said an internal investigation by the group had found no evidence of alleged dealings between its members and Osama bin Laden's terrorist al-Qaeda network. Full text...

  • Moi calls for stronger Kenya-Italy relations
    30 january 2002 23:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Daniel arap Moi received Italian Foreign Affairs Minister Alfredo Mantica at State House in Nairobi Wednesday with a call for stronger relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • SADC renews political backing of Zimbabwe
    30 january 2002 22:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Southern Africa Development Community has renewed diplomatic backing of Zimbabwe in its stand-off with Western powers over political differences. Full text...

  • Inter-Congolese talks open 25 February
    30 january 2002 20:03:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Inter-Congolese talks facilitator, former Botswana President Ketumile Masire, has announced that the forum will open on 25 February in Sun City, South Africa. Full text...

  • UK fails in bid to suspend Zimbabwe from Commonwealth
    30 january 2002 19:18:00
    London- UK, (PANA) -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has failed to convince the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) to recommend the suspension of Zimbabwe from the 54-member group. Full text...

  • Burundian Speaker grateful for support from Tanzania
    30 january 2002 19:11:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Burundian Speaker of parliament Jean Minani has expressed his country's gratitude for the assistance Tanzania has provided toward restoration of peace in the central African state, the government-owned Daily News reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Chinese Foreign minister due in Cotonou
    30 january 2002 17:35:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Chinese deputy Foreign minister Wang Guangya is due in Cotonou Wednesday for a three-day working visit in Benin. Full text...

  • Comoros opposition refuses to be humiliated
    30 january 2002 16:43:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The opposition in Comoros has indicated it could join the transition government of national unity (GUNT), provided some of its conditions are met, according to spokesman Houmed Msaidié. Full text...

  • The Lancaster House Talks: achievements and failures
    30 january 2002 16:24:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Faced with mounting military pressure from liberation movements and criticism from the international community, the UK convened and presided a constitutional conference on Southern Rhodesia at Lancaster House, London from September to December 1979. Full text...

  • Tanzanian Parliament approves radar deal
    30 january 2002 15:47:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Tanzanian Parliament has approved government plans to purchase a sophisticated radar control system, currently at the centre of a hot debate within and outside the country, press accounts said Wednesday. Full text...

  • First Chimurenga or the roots of Zimbabwe's land crisis
    30 january 2002 15:13:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The land crisis in Zimbabwe dates back to the late 1890s when the first wave of British colonial settlers arrived in the country from South Africa, principally in search of gold and other minerals. Full text...

  • South Africa endorses EU statement on Israel
    30 january 2002 15:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Government Wednesday welcomed the statement made by European Union Foreign ministers in Brussels that Israel needs the Palestinian Authority and its elected President Yasser Arafat as a partner in the search for peace and the fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Comoros opposition expels two government members
    30 january 2002 14:28:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The opposition in Comoros Wednesday confirmed it had expelled from its ranks senior minister of Tourism, Transport and Telecommunications Ahmed Barwane, and the Education minister Said Omar Achraffi. Full text...

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