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  • FPI members threatened in western Cote d'Ivoire
    10 october 2002 19:09:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Supporters of the late Gen. Full text...

  • Cameroonians revel after Bakassi victory
    10 october 2002 19:01:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonians were delighted by the International Court of Justice ruling in their favour Thursday that the disputed Bakassi peninsula is part of their territory and does not belong to Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigerian expert calls for referendum for Bakassi residents
    10 october 2002 18:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In the wake of Thursday's ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague awarding the disputed Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon, a Nigerian international relations expert has called for a referendum to determine to which of the two countries the residents of the swampy region belong. Full text...

  • Bakassi: Eight years of military, legal wrangling
    10 october 2002 18:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Thursday's ruling by the International Court of Justice to award Cameroon the disputed oil-rich Bakassi is a turning point in eight years of military and legal wrangling with Nigeria over the peninsula. Full text...

  • Mugabe pours scorn on Commonwealth
    10 october 2002 17:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has poured scorn on the 54-nation Commonwealth group, which suspended his country early this year for alleged human rights abuses, saying his nation does not derive much benefit from the organisation. Full text...

  • France lays down pre-conditions for Ivorian leader
    10 october 2002 17:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- President Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d'Ivoire will from now onwards have to meet some conditions before he gets support from French officials, a French daily reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Malawi leader tells MPs to concentrate on hunger
    10 october 2002 15:27:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian President Bakili Muluzi has appealed to parliamentarians to focus debate on the food crisis facing the country and not on his bid to stay in office beyond the current two terms when the lawmakers convene parliament next week. Full text...

  • Case against Zambia's ex-spychief endangers state secrets
    10 october 2002 14:22:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The case against Zambia's former spychief Xavier Chungu has assumed a new dimension, with his lawyer saying he is seeking authority to reveal state secrets that could rebound badly against the government. Full text...

  • Malagasy Parliament to be dissolved 16 October
    10 october 2002 14:10:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Malagasy National Assembly would be dissolved on Wednesday 16 October, announced President Marc Ravalomanana Wednesday evening during a visit to the south-eastern region of the country. Full text...

  • Judgement due Thursday on Cameroon/Nigeria border dispute
    10 october 2002 14:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Judgement by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria over the Bakassi peninsula will be delivered Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyans observe Moi Day in low profile
    10 october 2002 13:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyans are countrywide Thursday observing Moi Day, the anniversary of the assumption of power by outgoing President Daniel arap Moi, without the usual pump and pageantry witnessed in the years after 1989, when the day became a national holiday. Full text...

  • Presidents Moi, Obasanjo compare notes on Sudan
    10 october 2002 13:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) Former Nigeria military rule-r, retired Gen. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebels refuse to disarm, threaten taking Abidjan
    10 october 2002 13:01:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Rebel soldiers controlling most of northern Côte d'Ivoire in the ongoing armed insurrection have dismissed a call by President Laurent Gbagbo for them to lay down their arms, and instead threatened to move down and seize the economic hub, Abidjan. Full text...

  • Protesters close polling stations in Kabylie
    10 october 2002 12:41:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Young protesters Thursday demanded the closure of several polling stations in the restive Algerian region of Kabylie and asked polling officials to hand over ballot papers, reliable sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Cameroon calmly awaits verdict on Bakassi
    10 october 2002 12:24:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague, Netherlands, is to issue at 15. Full text...

  • Committee proposes one term for Nigerian President
    10 october 2002 12:19:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The National Assembly Joint Committee on the review of Nigeria's 1999 Constitution has proposed a single term of five years for the country's President, and the rotation of the presidency among the six geopolitical zones. Full text...

  • South Africa, Zimbabwe discuss land reform
    10 october 2002 11:48:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Foreign minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is due in Zimbabwe for discussions on land reform, food crisis and regional security with her Zimbabwean counterpart Dr Stan Mudenge. Full text...

  • South Africa denies providing Iraq with nuclear material
    10 october 2002 10:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Pretoria Thursday dismissed as "unfounded and unsubstantiated," media reports that South Africa had been involved in the supply of aluminium tubes to Iraq for the development of weapons of mass destruction. Full text...

  • Swazi military seek return of plane held in South Africa
    10 october 2002 10:06:00
    Manzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swazi Army officials seeking the return of a military aircraft impounded in South Africa have forfeited R3 million (US$286,000) worth of illegal Perlemoen which customs officials seized from the plane four days ago. Full text...

  • Zambian opposition leader backs Zimbabwe in standoff with EU
    10 october 2002 08:27:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian opposition leader Michael Sata has lashed out at the European Union (EU) for suggesting that the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) should isolate Zimbabwe over its controversial land distribution programme. Full text...

  • Kadhafi confers with Patasse in Tripoli
    09 october 2002 23:54:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Obasanjo says no Nigerian will be stoned to death
    09 october 2002 22:34:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said here Wednesday that his country's judicial structure would not let anyone suffer death by stoning as a punishment. Full text...

  • EU appeals for resolution of the Somali crisis
    09 october 2002 22:02:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has stressed the need to find a solution to the long-running Somali crisis, and an end to violence in the East African country. Full text...

  • EU parliamentarians pray for shipwreck victims
    09 october 2002 21:48:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- European parliamentarians began their plenary session here Wednesday with a minute of silence in memory of more than 1,000 people who drowned on 26 September following the sinking of a Senegalese ferryboat, Le Joola. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean president sends message to Libyan leader
    09 october 2002 21:29:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Defence minister Sydney Sekaramayi on Wednesday delivered President Robert Mugabe's message to the Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Ivorian crisis hurts Mali's economy
    09 october 2002 21:18:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Delay in resolving the current conflict in Côte d'Ivoire is raising tension in neighbouring Mali whose nearly 80 per cent of international trade passes through the port of Abidjan, Mali's Foreign Affairs minister, Lassana Traoré, has said his landlocked country was deeply concerned about the crisis because the bulk of its exports and imports go through Cote d'Ivoire and that two million Malians live there. Full text...

  • Moroccan Mohammed VI appoints Driss Jettou Prime Minister
    09 october 2002 20:37:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Wednesday appointed the former minister of the Interior Driss Jettou as new Prime Minister, the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported. Full text...

  • Gbagbo admits Bouake is not totally liberated
    09 october 2002 20:03:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday evening conceded that government troops had not completely retaken Bouake, 350 km North of Abidjan, which was seized by rebellious soldiers about three weeks ago. Full text...

  • Ivorian envoy refutes allegations of xenophobia
    09 october 2002 19:27:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire has refuted charges of promoting hatred against foreigners, saying such claims were part of a campaign to mislead the international community into believing that the government was responsible for the ongoing rebellion in the country. Full text...

  • More condemnation of Kenyan election violence
    09 october 2002 15:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's ruling Kanu party Wednesday appeared divided over the Monday violence that rocked the town of Kakamega, 400 km west of the capital Nairobi during which at least one man was shot dead by the police. Full text...

  • Zambian leader on five-day tour of countryside
    09 october 2002 15:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian president Levy Mwanawasa was on Wednesday in the remote district of Mporokoso drumming up support for his year old administration, while many of his critics accused him of launching an early campaign for re-election in case the petition now before the Supreme Court goes against him. Full text...

  • South African minister holds talks in UAE
    09 october 2002 13:45:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Aziz Pahad met Tuesday in Abu Dhabi with senior government officials of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for talks on bilateral relations. Full text...

  • Nigerian MP threatened over corruption accusation
    09 october 2002 12:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria police Tuesday deployed a bomb disposal squad at the Abuja residence of Sam Obande, the MP who accused House Speaker Ghali Umar Na'Abba of corruption, after a suspicious parcel was sent to him by courier. Full text...

  • Ivorian envoy to Angola dismisses rebel territorial claims
    09 october 2002 12:15:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- An envoy of President Laurent Gbagbo last Monday dismissed rebel claims to controlling 40 percent of Ivorian territory in their continuing standoff with government forces. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau cleric criticises government
    09 october 2002 12:07:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Don Pedro Zilli, the Brazilian- born Bishop of Bafata, 150 km east of Bissau, has denounced what he said was a serious crisis in Guinea-Bissau and criticised the government's policy. Full text...

  • 10 terrorists killed, 8 others arrested in Algeria
    09 october 2002 11:59:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian security forces have shot dead ten armed men in Remka in the district of Relizane, 350 km west of Algiers, local sources said. Full text...

  • Nigerian politicians plan summit
    09 october 2002 11:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian politicians are to hold a summit later this month in an effort to save the country's nascent democracy, which is threatened by political bickering and ethnic and sectarian violence, the private Guardian reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian fighter jets, troops return from Abidjan
    09 october 2002 11:47:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Three Nigerian Air Force Alpha jets and about 30 support personnel deployed to Abidjan in the wake of last month's mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire have returned to Nigeria, a military source told PANA in Abuja Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritian farmers evicted from Zimbabwe
    09 october 2002 11:28:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Thirteen Mauritian farmers who have lived in Zimbabwe for 40 years were evicted last Monday from their farms without compensation, the Mauritian daily L'Express reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Opposition fumes over alleged South Africa/Iraq nuclear dealings
    09 october 2002 11:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has asked the government to confirm or deny press allegations that it sold nuclear materials to Iraq. Full text...

  • President Gbagbo acquiesces to conditional talks with mutineers
    09 october 2002 10:33:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo said Tuesday evening on national television that he was ready to hold talks with mutinous soldiers fighting his regime for a third week running, but insisted that the rebels first lay down their weapons. Full text...

  • Kenyan Attorneys join call for constitutional reforms
    09 october 2002 09:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan lawyers have for a week now sported yellow ribbons as a mark of solidarity with forces pushing for constitutional change in the East African country. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leonean leaders discuss Ivorian crisis
    09 october 2002 09:06:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- President Ahmed Tidiane Kaba of Sierra Leone arrived in Bissau Tuesday afternoon on a two-day working visit at the invitation of President Kumba Yala. Full text...

  • Rebels speak out against xenophobia in Cote d'Ivoire
    09 october 2002 08:14:00
    Niangoloko- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Rebel soldiers currently locked in fighting with loyalist troops in Cote d'Ivoire have vowed to press on with their revolt until the country is rid of what they said was a policy that breeds division and injustice. Full text...

  • Donors worried by humanitarian situation in Sudan
    08 october 2002 23:47:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Sudan's ad hoc group of donor countries, including the US, European Union, Japan, Canada, Norway and Switzerland has expressed deep concern about the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa state. Full text...

  • Gaborone stages South African Week
    08 october 2002 23:40:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A four-day South African Week opens here Wednesday under the auspices of the South African embassy and businessmen in Botswana. Full text...

  • Distribution of voters cards ends in Togo
    08 october 2002 23:29:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo on Tuesday concluded the distribution of voters' cards ahead of the 27 October parliamentary election amid glaring signs that potential voters were unwilling to collect them. Full text...

  • Uncertainty prevails in Burundi over Dar es Salaam agreement
    08 october 2002 23:03:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A "wait and see" attitude prevailed in Bujumbura Tuesday following the signing in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, of an agreement by the Burundian government and insignificant rebel groups in a bid to end the country's civil war. Full text...

  • Morocco condemns Israel's attack on Gaza
    08 october 2002 22:29:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco has condemned the raid launched Monday by the Israeli army in Khan Younes area in the Gaza Strip saying it was "an unacceptable barbaric aggression". Full text...

  • Malian party quits Alliance for the Republic Coalition
    08 october 2002 22:04:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's Social Democratic Convention (CDS) has left the Alliance for the Republic and Democracy (ARD) coalition created by the former ruling Alliance for Democracy in Mali and its allies during the last parliamentary election. Full text...

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