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  • Malagasy opposition back on the streets of Antananarivo
    18 january 2002 12:02:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Support Committee of opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana (KMMR), presumed to have scored an outright win at the Malagasy presidential election, was Friday set to relaunch demonstrations in the streets of the capital. Full text...

  • Roundtable on DR Congo ends in Brussels
    18 january 2002 11:43:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- A roundtable on the DR Congo initiated by the Belgian government and attended by the unarmed opposition and the Congolese civil society, wound up in Brussels Thursday recommending among other measures, the creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to promote peace. Full text...

  • Franco-Kenyan relations gain momentum (reviewed)
    18 january 2002 10:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- French Cooperation and Francophonie minister-delegate Charles Josselin has acknowledged Kenya as a key cooperation partner in East Africa. Full text...

  • Canadian official visits Tripoli
    18 january 2002 09:44:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Canadian secretary of state for Latin America and Africa, David Kilgour, is in Libya as part of a tour that took him to Tunisia and Algeria. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean passports to go out of circulation in June
    18 january 2002 08:32:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- As from 5 June 2002, all presently used passports from the country will no longer be accepted internationally as legal or official travelling documents of Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • CEMAC summit ends without solution to CAR crisis
    17 january 2002 23:58:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Leaders of member States of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) could not agree on a definitive solution to the crisis raging in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • President Tandja receives Sudan's justice minister
    17 january 2002 23:56:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- President Mamadou Tandja of Niger received Thursday the Sudanese justice minister, Ahmed Cheick Said, who is also chairman of the "Niger-Sudan Friendship Association". Full text...

  • Eyadema commends Kadhafi over peace moves in Chad
    17 january 2002 23:34:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema has commended the leader of the Libyan revolution, Col. Full text...

  • Maghreb Union Foreign Ministers Meet in Algiers
    17 january 2002 23:34:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Foreign ministers of the Arab Maghreb Union member countries Thursday started their 19th meeting in Algiers with revitalisation of the union as their top agenda. Full text...

  • Military officer says Laurent Kabila's murder was planned
    17 january 2002 22:51:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Former Congolese President Laurent- Desire Kabila was shot dead more than a year ago in a pre- meditated act, a military officer revealed in Kinshasa Wednesday during the inauguration of the deceased leader's memorial. Full text...

  • Danforth experiences stalemate in Sudan peace mission
    17 january 2002 21:39:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- After four days of talks with government authorities in Khartoum and the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) of John Garang, top US envoy John Danforth said his mission to broker a cease-fire in all the war zones in South Sudan faced difficulties. Full text...

  • RUF Interim Leader Due in Sierra Leone Capital
    17 january 2002 21:22:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The interim leader of rhe Revolutionary United Front will Saturday witness here the burning of weapons collected from former warring factions to mark the end of a 10-year war in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • OAU envoy commends Colonel Azali for resigning
    17 january 2002 21:12:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- OAU's special envoy in the Comoros, Fransisco Madeira, has commended the country's President Col. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Completes Arms Withdrawal
    17 january 2002 20:59:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Withdrawal of arms from from Sierra Leonean combatants has been officially closed, the executive secretary of the National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Rehabilitation, Francis Kaikai has announced. Full text...

  • Facilitators upbeat about inter-Togolese negotiations
    17 january 2002 20:48:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Visiting international facilitators in inter- Togolese negotiations are upbeat about results of their mission. Full text...

  • Nigerian President Obasanjo Due in Zimbabwe
    17 january 2002 20:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is due in Zimbabwe Sunday as part of his diplomatic efforts to mediate in the stand-off between the southern African country and Britain over President Robert Mugabe's agrarian reforms. Full text...

  • CEMAC seeks international support for peace in Chad
    17 january 2002 19:58:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Leaders of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) have asked the international community to support the Chadian peace agreement signed 7 January. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Army Chief Warns Meddlesome Politicians
    17 january 2002 19:44:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Defence Chief of Staff Brigadier General Tom Carew has warned Sierra Leonean politicians against using the army for their selfish pursuits. Full text...

  • A guide on French power barons out in Paris
    17 january 2002 19:14:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- As French politicians begin to devise strategies for president polls expected in April, a new book entitled Africa in Paris, could become a useful guide for African policy makers eager to know 'Who's is Who' among the French power barons likely to form the next government. Full text...

  • France, Kenya against military strike on Somalia
    17 january 2002 17:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- France and Kenya Thursday said they were opposed to any military strike on Somalia, which the US accuses of providing a safe haven to terrorists linked to Osama Bin Laden's Al Qaeda network. Full text...

  • 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...

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