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  • EU co-operation with DRC to be discussed in Belgium
    12 december 2001 21:22:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- European foreign ministers have decided to submit a decision on whether to resume co-operation with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the European Union (EU) summit slated for Friday in Laeken, Belgium. Full text...

  • Reunion NGO to organise protest against Le Pen's visit
    12 december 2001 20:30:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Reunion's cultural and political associations met Wednesday in Saint Denis to organise a blockade of the city's international airport in order to prevent French right wing leader Jean Marie Le Pen's visit to the island. Full text...

  • France stresses need for proof of Somali al Qaida connections
    12 december 2001 20:06:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- As threats loom of a US military strike on Somalia, the French Foreign ministry has stressed the need for palpable evidence of connections with the al Qaida terrorist group, as was the case with Afghanistan, before any such move. Full text...

  • Benin commemorates 11 September terror attacks
    12 december 2001 18:24:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Authorities in Benin Tuesday joined diplomats at the US Embassy in Cotonou to commemorate the 11 September terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. Full text...

  • French judge probes 200 million FF scandal
    12 december 2001 16:50:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Legal authorities in France are investigating the misappropriation of some 200 million French francs belonging to French soldiers at military bases in Djibouti, Dakar and Libreville, legal sources confirmed Wednesday in Paris. Full text...

  • Presidential candidates in Zambia declare assets
    12 december 2001 15:54:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Less than two weeks before presidential and general elections slated 27 December in Zambia, 11 presidential candidates have declared their assets, with Ben Mwila of the opposition Zambia Republican Party topping as the richest candidate with 34 billion kwacha (about 8. Full text...

  • Senegalese court terminates mandate of councillors
    12 december 2001 15:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's Constitutional Council on Wednesday endorsed a government's decision to terminate the mandate of 70,000 municipal councillors whose tenure of office expired on 26 November. Full text...

  • Ivorian RDR supporters sympathetic with Guei's party
    12 december 2001 14:51:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Supporters of Alassane Ouattara's opposition Rally of Republicans (RDR) are reportedly calling for an alliance with the Union for Democracy and Peace in Cote d'Ivoire (UDPCI) led by Gen. Full text...

  • France Detains Foreign Travellers In Smelly Waiting Rooms
    12 december 2001 11:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Detention facilities for foreign nationals at Roissy airport in Paris have deteriorated so much that seven associations, authorised by the French interior ministry to access the areas, have called for a parliamentary enquiry into the issue. Full text...

  • SADC mission to Zimbabwe ends amid fresh warnings
    12 december 2001 09:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Ministers from seven southern African nations are ending their mission to contain the crisis in Zimbabwe, amid concerns that that their efforts will be scorned by Harare. Full text...

  • Dos Santos receives UN Official
    11 december 2001 23:48:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos Tuesday in Luanda, received UN Special Representative for African Affairs, Ibrahim Gambari, who brought a message from Secretary General Kofi Annan. Full text...

  • US, Algeria close ranks against terrorism
    11 december 2001 23:25:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- US Assistant Secretary of State in charge of North Africa and the Middle-East William Burns said in Algiers Monday that America was ready to cooperate with Algeria in the fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Madagascar's presidential campaign now on homestretch
    11 december 2001 23:24:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Six candidates in the presidential election to be held 16 December in Madagascar have been on the campaign trail, canvassing for votes with only a week to go before polling day, MATERA agency said Tuesday. Full text...

  • 42 seats decided so far in Gabon's parliamentary polls
    11 december 2001 23:17:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Forty-two seats have so far been decided from provisional results of voting at the first round of parliamentary elections held last Sunday in Gabon. Full text...

  • Buyoya optimistic about cease-fire in Burundi
    11 december 2001 22:58:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Burundian President Pierre Buyoya has expressed optimism about the signing of a cease-fire between the Transitional Government in Bujumbura and rebel factions in his country. Full text...

  • Obasanjo insists on use of military to quell violence
    11 december 2001 22:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Despite growing complaints against the use of excessive force by soldiers detailed to quell violence, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo says he will continue to deploy troops to help end growing ethnic and religious crises in the country. Full text...

  • Sit-in staged to demand human rights in Morocco
    11 december 2001 22:28:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan Human Rights Association (AMDH) organised Monday night in Rabat a sit-in to back up its "urgent demands" for the respect of human rights in Morocco. Full text...

  • Ratsiraka denies scheming to rig Madagascar's election
    11 december 2001 22:13:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The incumbent Didier Ratsiraka has dismissed opposition claims that he was scheming to rig Madagascar's presidential election coming up 16 December. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone gets anti-terrorism Committee
    11 december 2001 22:02:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone has set up a Committee as part of its campaign against terrorism, Presidential Affairs Minister, Momodu Koroma said in Freetown Tuesday. Full text...

  • Congolese opposition bigwigs denounce election process
    11 december 2001 21:41:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Former Congolese president Pascal Lissouba and two ex-Prime Ministers have rejected the electoral process initiated by the Brazzaville government, charging that it lacked transparency. Full text...

  • French co-operation minister holds talks with Angolan archbishop
    11 december 2001 21:39:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French International Co-operation minister Charles Josselin Tuesday in Paris hailed Angolan churches and civil society in efforts to promote dialogue and national reconciliation in the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania police halt anti-government demonstration
    11 december 2001 21:38:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Regular and anti-riot police Tuesday stormed the headquarters of the opposition Tanzania Labour Party (TLP) to stop a demonstration, which the government called illegal, TLP officials said. Full text...

  • US says worried with pre-poll violence in Zimbabwe
    11 december 2001 21:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Visiting US under-secretary of State for African Affairs, Walter Kansteiner, said Tuesday Washington was worried about reports of pre-election violence in Zimbabwe, and appealed to regional countries to ensure a presidential poll due in March was free and fair. Full text...

  • Cape Verde opposition changes leadership
    11 december 2001 20:22:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Agostinho Lopes, 45, was at the weekend elected chairman of Cape Verde's main opposition Movement for Democracy (MPD), party sources indicated Monday in Praia. Full text...

  • UNHCR worries over 80 detained suspected UNITA rebels
    11 december 2001 20:14:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees has expressed concern about the fate of 80 suspected UNITA rebels who have been held for more than a year by the Namibian authorities at a secret detention camp without trial. Full text...

  • Kenyan MP threatens to sue President Moi over Kibera clashes
    11 december 2001 19:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan opposition legislator, David Mwenje, Tuesday accused President Daniel Arap Moi of being behind clashes that rocked the Kibera slum in Nairobi last week, and he threatened to take him and a local publication to court for damages. Full text...

  • US Envoy to the Middle East visits Tunisia
    11 december 2001 19:34:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Monday received the US Deputy Secretary of State on Middle East affairs, William Burns, for talks covering bilateral and international issues, the Tunisian news agency (TAP) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan MPs express fears about constitutional review
    11 december 2001 19:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As the Kenyan Parliament prepares to go on a three-month recess, some 40 MPs across the board have expressed fears that influential individuals could temper with an ongoing constitutional review and alter the results. Full text...

  • Govt Presents Bill On Mozambique's War Veterans
    11 december 2001 18:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government on Tuesday tabled in parliament a long awaited bill on the rights and duties of veterans of the country's independence war. Full text...

  • Benin to set up defence council
    11 december 2001 17:35:00
    Porto Novo- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's parliament has unanimously passed a bill for setting up a high council of defence which would carry out the defence policy of the government. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Presidential Election Due March 2002
    11 december 2001 16:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe will hold its next presidential election in March 2002, President Robert Mugabe announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Maize politics changes course of election campaign
    11 december 2001 16:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Although Zambians are about to go to the polls, it is food shortage that engrosses almost everybody's mind to the exclusion of thoughts about the next government. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's ruling party meets to plan election strategy
    11 december 2001 13:33:00
    HARARE- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's ruling party begins its annual congress Wednesday to plan strategies for President Robert Mugabe's re-election in next year's tricky presidential poll, which has already drawn unwelcome foreign interest. Full text...

  • Ivorian president holds talks with French minister
    11 december 2001 11:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Visiting Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, on Monday had an audience in Paris with the French cooperation and Francophonie minister, Charles Josselin. Full text...

  • Political crisis in Nigerian State worsens
    11 december 2001 11:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Legislators in Nigeria's south-west state of Osun have taken an indefinite recess after supporters of the feuding state governor and his deputy turned the assembly into a battle ground Monday, using guns, cutlasses and other weapons. Full text...

  • Malawian police arrest government critic
    11 december 2001 08:19:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian police officers have arrested a government critic, Nelson Wilfred Shaba in Zomba, 68-km from Blantyre, the country's business capital. Full text...

  • Angola sends election observers to Zambia
    11 december 2001 07:37:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Two Angolan Members of Parliament have left Luanda for Lusaka to observe Zambia's upcoming general and presidential elections on 27 December, the Angolan News Agency reported. Full text...

  • Monrovia alleges dissidents heading for Sierra Leone
    10 december 2001 23:18:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia said dissident forces dislodged by government troops from the north of the country were now heading towards neighbouring Sierra Leone, the press reported in Monrovia Monday. Full text...

  • Book on Rwandan genocide indicts President Kagame
    10 december 2001 23:11:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A book launched Monday in Paris names current President Paul Kagame prime suspect in the 1994 missile attack on a plane that killed the then leader Juvenal Habyarimana and his Burundi counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira, and triggered a strife in which some 800,000 Rwandans died. Full text...

  • Taylor rules himself out of Dakar ECOWAS Summit
    10 december 2001 22:57:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor will not attend the 20-21 ECOWAS Summit in Dakar, Senegal, an official statement has said in Monrovia. Full text...

  • Rwanda says sit will not accept trivialisation of genocide
    10 december 2001 22:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Rwandan government has reacted strongly to a new book in Paris Monday concerning the 1994 Rwandan genocide, saying it would not accept the genocide to be trivialised. Full text...

  • Liberian security quiz female opposition politician
    10 december 2001 22:42:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's opposition politician, Cecelia Goffa-Duoe, has been facing probe in the past few days based on intelligence reports, State security sources confirmed in Monrovia Monday. Full text...

  • Pretoria denies new tough stance against Zimbabwe
    10 december 2001 21:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- South African Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana, said Monday Pretoria had not abandoned its quiet diplomacy in dealing with the land crisis in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • S/African group rejects call to arrest Arabs in Afghanistan
    10 december 2001 21:12:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African human rights group has described as "racist," the call credited to the new Afghanistan leader to arrest all Arabs in his country, which is under US-led military bombardments. Full text...

  • Ruling party confirms Chissano won't run again for president
    10 december 2001 20:21:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Central Committee of Mozambique's ruling Frelimo Party has formally accepted President Joaquim Chissano's decision in May not to stand as a Frelimo candidate in the country's 2004 presidential elections. Full text...

  • SADC opposes US planned sanctions against Zimbabwe
    10 december 2001 20:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Monday rejected proposed US sanctions against Zimbabwe for alleged violation of human rights and suppression of opposition parties ahead of the 2002 presidential election. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean MPs risk losing seat as party disowns them
    10 december 2001 19:03:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone, (PANA) -- Three MPs of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sierra Leone are about to lose their seats in Parliament after PDP chairman Osman Kamara issued notice of their dismissal from the party last Friday. Full text...

  • SADC Officials Meeting On Zimbabwe Land Crisis
    10 december 2001 18:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Six southern African envoys Monday began meeting with various stakeholders in Zimbabwe's protracted land crisis as part of an international diplomatic push to resolve the emotive issue which threatens to engulf the entire sub-region. Full text...

  • Opposition Party Wins Crucial Mayoral Poll In Zimbabwe
    10 december 2001 17:54:00
    Chegutu- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- An opposition candidate was Monday declared winner of a weekend mayoral election in a small farming town in northern Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Mixed appreciation of human rights situation in Morocco
    10 december 2001 17:09:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Evolution of human rights in Morocco has been a subject of mixed appreciation by leading human rights organisations in the kingdom this year. Full text...

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