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  • Liberian paper urges ECOWAS not to let up on Ivorian crisis
    08 october 2002 14:52:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A Liberian daily appealed Tuesday to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) not to give up on the search for a peaceful solution to the military confrontation in Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Sudanese Army claims retake garrison town
    08 october 2002 14:13:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese government forces said Tuesday they had retaken the strategic garrison town of Torit, near the border with Uganda, from the rebel Sudan Peoples Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M). Full text...

  • Much ado about political pact in Nigeria
    08 october 2002 14:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An alleged political pact that sought to allocate plum government portfolios to Northern Nigeria has raised fresh controversy in a country increasingly divided along ethnic and religious lines. Full text...

  • President Moi appeals for calm after deaths in Kenya
    08 october 2002 13:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Daniel arap Moi Tuesday appealed to Kenyans to conduct peaceful campaigns, a day after three people were reportedly killed at a rally he addressed at Kakamega town, 400 km west of Nairobi. Full text...

  • Malawi leader fires minister over life presidency bill
    08 october 2002 13:20:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian President Bakili Muluzi Tuesday dismissed deputy transport and public works minister Jan Sonke from office without giving reasons for the move. Full text...

  • Nigerian MPs insist on Obasanjo's removal
    08 october 2002 10:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Adamant in its bid to impeach President Olusegun Obasanjo for alleged misrule, Nigeria's lower house has rolled out 17 fresh charges of constitutional breaches against the Nigerian leader. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso calls on Côte d'Ivoire to cease "activities"
    08 october 2002 10:17:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe government made an urgent appeal to Côte d'Ivoire Monday night, calling on the Ivorian government to put an end to its "unacceptable activities. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebels contain loyalist forces' assault on Bouake
    08 october 2002 10:07:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Rebel soldiers controlling the Ivorian city of Bouaké, 350 km north of Abidjan, have foiled an assault launched on Sunday by loyalist forces. Full text...

  • Ivorian minister proclaims mutineers' defeat in Bouake
    07 october 2002 22:13:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's Defence minister Moise Lida Kouassi declared Monday that the "terrorists" who had occupied the town of Bouake since 19 September had suffered a crushing defeat this evening (Monday). Full text...

  • Burundi's rebel factions sign cease-fire agreement
    07 october 2002 21:38:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Two Hutu rebel factions Monday signed a cease-fire agreement with the transitional government of Burundi in an effort to end the country's creeping civil war. Full text...

  • Xenophobic rallies in Cote d'Ivoire worry Francophonie
    07 october 2002 20:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- International Organisation of the Francophonie's secretary-general Boutros Boutros Ghali on Monday expressed deep concern about anti-foreigner demonstrations being staged in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Paris urges Gbagbo to sign cease-fire with rebel soldiers
    07 october 2002 19:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Foreign Affairs minister Dominique de Villepin has called on Côte d'Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo to sign a cease-fire agreement with mutinous soldiers, as proposed by mediators of the Economic Community of West African States. Full text...

  • New party created in Malawi
    07 october 2002 18:50:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Several Malawian professionals and businessmen have formed a political movement which they say is aimed at institutionalising democracy and human development in the southern African nation. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mediators on Ivorian crisis beat retreat
    07 october 2002 15:18:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A contact group mandated by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to mediate a cease-fire in the Ivorian conflict left Abidjan Sunday evening after fruitless attempts to get government and rebel forces to sign an agreement. Full text...

  • Baidoa warlord loses another key town to Somali rivals
    07 october 2002 14:18:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Reports Monday from the Somali town of Baidoa indicated that the Rahanweyn Resistance Army (RRA) of Col. Full text...

  • ECOWAS contact group did not fail, Ivorian diplomat insists
    07 october 2002 13:28:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Mediation efforts in the Ivorian crisis by a contact group from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) did not fail, Ivorian Ambassador to Guinea Jeannot Zoro Bi Bah insisted Monday. Full text...

  • Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres expected in Mauritania
    07 october 2002 13:18:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres is expected in Nouakchott Monday for a daylong visit to Mauritania, a well-informed source told PANA. Full text...

  • Ivorian loyalist troops lay siege on Bouaké
    07 october 2002 13:17:00
    Yamoussoukro- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The National Armed Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (FANCI) have begun shelling the rebel-held city of Bouaké, about 350 km north of Abidjan, military sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Nigeria explains troops deployment to Côte d'Ivoire
    07 october 2002 13:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has said the country's troops are in Côte d'Ivoire to protect Nigerian citizens and not to take part in combat duties. Full text...

  • Ghana's envoy home after abortive ECOWAS mission to Abidjan
    07 october 2002 11:56:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's foreign minister Hackman Owusu- Agyemang Sunday said that the Ivorian government's failure to sign a cease-fire agreement with the rebel soldiers occupying half the country was a "major setback" to peaceful efforts at ending the three-week conflict. Full text...

  • Kenya's ruling party presidential aspirants seek nomination
    07 october 2002 11:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The presidential contest of Kenya's ruling Kanu party entered a crucial stage Monday, the start of a two-day presentation ceremony of nomination papers to the party's headquarters. Full text...

  • Ivorian mutineers' envoy visits France
    07 october 2002 11:15:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An envoy from the Ivorian soldiers who started a rebellion on 18 September against the government of President Laurent Gbagbo is in France to explain his movement's objectives to African political organisations and associations based in the country, a source who attended one of the meetings told PANA Sunday. Full text...

  • French co-operation minister tours Benin, Niger
    06 october 2002 20:09:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French co-operation and Francophonie minister Pierre André-Wiltzer will tour Benin and Niger from Sunday to next Thursday, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Voter turnout still doubtful in Algerian local polls
    06 october 2002 19:43:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Uncertainties prevail about how many voters will cast ballots in next Thursday's Algerian local government election as campaigning entered its last week. Full text...

  • Bashir discusses developments in Sudan with Kadhafi
    06 october 2002 18:57:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al- Bashir has briefed the Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Violence resumes in Algeria's Kabylia
    06 october 2002 18:04:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- A general strike called in the entire region of Kabylia and Saturday's demonstrations led to clashes between protestors and security forces. Full text...

  • Another Burundi summit, but no breakthrough in sight
    06 october 2002 16:51:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Another African sub-regional summit, the 17th of its kind devoted to the crisis in Burundi opens Monday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with only the 26 August peace agreement signed in Arusha as the tangible result so far. Full text...

  • Ivorian human rights league encourages negotiations
    06 october 2002 15:26:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's Human Rights League has urged President Laurent Gbagbo's government to start immediate negotiations with mutinous soldiers to end the crisis that has rocked the country since 19 September. Full text...

  • Sudan's Nuba Mountains Cease-fire Agreement Still Intact
    06 october 2002 09:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Nuba Mountains Cease-fire Agreement in the Sudan is holding despite renewed hostilities in some areas further south of the country, the chairman of the Joint Military Commission (JMC) said Sunday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe withdraws troops from DR Congo
    05 october 2002 20:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Saturday it had completed troop withdrawal from DR Congo's diamond city of Mbuji Mayi, where some of the fiercest battles in Congo's civil war took place. Full text...

  • Ivorian belligerents fail to sign cease-fire agreement
    05 october 2002 20:40:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Government and rebel soldiers in Cote d'Ivoire have failed to sign a cease-fire agreement that had been expected Saturday in the administrative capital Yamoussoukro (230 km north of Abidjan). Full text...

  • Ivorian government refuses to sign cease-fire agreement
    05 october 2002 20:07:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Moves by a contact group of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to get rebel soldiers and the Ivorian government sign a cease-fire flopped Saturday, with the government backing out of the initiative. Full text...

  • Washington commends transparency of Moroccan polls
    05 october 2002 18:16:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The US embassy in Rabat has on behalf of President George W. Full text...

  • Sudan lifts ban on relief flights to Equatoria region
    05 october 2002 17:57:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Khartoum government said Saturday it had lifted the controversial ban on relief flights to East and West Equatoria states in war-torn South Sudan following an agreement with the UN. Full text...

  • Chadian President arrives in Tripoli
    05 october 2002 17:41:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- President Idriss Deby of Chad arrived in Tripoli Saturday morning on a working visit, official sources in the Libyan capital confirmed. Full text...

  • French presence in Cote d'Ivoire raises eyebrows
    05 october 2002 16:29:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The deployment of French troops in Cote d'Ivoire initially to protect French and other western nationals as fighting raged between rebel and loyalist forces, is beginning to arouse suspicion particular as the evacuation of more than 2,300 foreigners has since been completed. Full text...

  • Swaziland appoints Zimbabwean judge as new chief justice
    05 october 2002 14:55:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland has hired a veteran Zimbabwean judge, Wilson Sandura, to become the kingdom's chief justice. Full text...

  • ANC, NNP plan to cement their co-operation pact
    05 october 2002 13:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's ruling African National Congress and its alliance partner, the New National Party, on Saturday announced moves to cement their co-operation pact. Full text...

  • Great Lakes leaders to discuss Burundi peace process
    05 october 2002 13:31:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Heads of State from the Great Lakes are due to meet in Dar es Salaam Monday to review Burundi's wavering peace process, Tanzanian Foreign Minister Jakaya Kikwete said Saturday. Full text...

  • Scepticism in Yamoussoukro over signing of cease-fire
    05 october 2002 11:27:00
    Yamoussoukro- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian rebels out to overthrow President Laurent Gbagbo are expected to sign a cease- fire agreement with his government Saturday in Tiebissou, 60 km from Yamoussoukro, the Ivorian capital. Full text...

  • Burundi parliament speaker consults Mandela on peace process
    05 october 2002 10:44:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's speaker of parliament, Jean Minani, is in Pretoria, South Africa, to hold consultations with Nelson Mandela, the mediator of the Burundi crisis. Full text...

  • Walter Kansteiner visits Gabon
    04 october 2002 23:51:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- US deputy secretary of State in charge of African Affairs, Walter Kansteiner, is currently on a five-day official visit to Gabon, accompanied by deputy secretary of State in charge of Environmental Affairs, John Turner. Full text...

  • Cameroon mission at UN gets Website
    04 october 2002 23:37:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon, which moved to the helm of the UN Security Council in October has created a website highlighting its chairmanship of the UN organ. Full text...

  • Mali, US sign five cooperation agreements
    04 october 2002 22:22:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali and US governments have signed five agreements worth 225 billion CFA francs (34 million US dollars) as part of a new cooperation programme for 2003-2012 between the two countries. Full text...

  • Foreign forces withdrawal operation is smooth, MONUC says
    04 october 2002 22:04:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The withdrawal of foreign forces from the Democratic Republic of Congo is running smoothly, the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC) has said in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Cocoa, coffee farmers aid Ivorian Army
    04 october 2002 21:29:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian cocoa and coffee farmers have donated 10,000 million CFA francs (15 million US dollars) to government forces fighting rebel soldiers who mutinied on 19 September, sources affirmed Friday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Kenyan MPs allege attempt on life of presidential hopeful
    04 october 2002 20:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan MPs alleged Friday that Energy minister and presidential hopeful Raila Odinga was targeted for assassination, after gunmen opened fire on his car following a political rally. Full text...

  • Five African countries gain ECOSOC entry
    04 october 2002 20:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Five African countries were Friday among 18 countries elected into the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Full text...

  • US envoy cites rule of law as essential to Liberia's future
    04 october 2002 20:05:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Newly accredited US Ambassador to Liberia, John Blaney, has cited human rights and the rule of law as having a "heavy influence" on bilateral relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Ivorian cease-fire agreement put off for Sunday
    04 october 2002 19:39:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Contrary to earlier indications from the contact group of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the signing of a cease-fire agreement between loyalist forces and mutinous soldiers in Cote d'Ivoire failed to take place Friday. Full text...

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