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  • Nigeria's Council poll fixed for 10 August
    24 april 2002 17:27:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Local Council polls will now hold in Nigeria 10 August, ending weeks of controversy over scheduling of the poll. Full text...

  • Zambian President in Zimbabwe
    24 april 2002 14:23:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa arrived in Zimbabwe Wednesday on a four-day State visit during which he is expected to officially open an International Trade Fair. Full text...

  • Five feared dead in Nigerian political violence
    24 april 2002 13:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Five people were feared dead and several others injured Tuesday following an eruption of violence at the Local Council Primaries of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Kontagora local government area of central Niger State, the local press reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan, Uganda renew military co-operation against rebels
    24 april 2002 13:01:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Sudan and Uganda have renewed their military co-operation to hunt down Uganda's Lords Resistance Army (LRA) rebels operating in Southern Sudan, Ugandan Foreign Minister, James Wapakhabulo said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo meets political leaders on Nigeria's Council poll
    24 april 2002 11:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo meets with the country's 36 State Governors, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and leaders of the three parties Wednesday, in continuation of his widespread consultations to resolve the controversy over the next Council polls. Full text...

  • Mauritius against emergence of extreme right wing in Europe
    24 april 2002 11:44:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Foreign Minister Anil Gayan, has expressed concern over the emergence of extreme right wing in Europe, underscored by Sunday's outcome of the first round of presidential election in France. Full text...

  • UN Envoy welcomes Kinshasa/MLC agreement
    24 april 2002 08:44:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Amos Namanga Ngongi, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General to DR Congo, has welcomed the agreement signed last week between the Kinshasa government and the rebel Congolese Liberation Movement (MLC) at the just-ended Inter-Congolese Dialogue in Sun City, South Africa. Full text...

  • Brazzaville outraged by Le Pen's success in France
    24 april 2002 07:46:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- An official of the Congo Brazzaville government has warned that victory for far-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen, in the 5 May second round of presidential balloting in France, portends "a real disaster for Congo and Africa. Full text...

  • EU supports Dakar agreement to end Malagasy crisis
    24 april 2002 07:31:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The EU has welcomed the agreement signed in Dakar, Senegal last week by Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka and his rival Marc Ravalomanana, to end the political crisis in their country. Full text...

  • French poll opens eyes of Ivorians
    23 april 2002 23:10:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The outcome of the first round of the French presidential election on Sunday has left Ivorians wondering about the future of French-African relations. Full text...

  • US govt backs peace efforts in Burundi
    23 april 2002 22:44:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi has obtained one million US dollars from the United States government to support the implementation of the inter-Burundian peace agreement signed in August 2000 in Arusha, Tanzania, an official source revealed in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Will Malians go for laughter or tears?
    23 april 2002 22:22:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- When Malian voters enter polling booths on Sunday to elect a new president, the choice would be between laughter and tears, according to a campaign agent for one of the 24 candidates in the contest. Full text...

  • Swazi minister carries knife inside parliament
    23 april 2002 21:54:00
    Lobamba- Swaziland (PANA) -- To scare legislators who usually make fun of him, Swaziland's natural resources and energy minister Magwagwa Mdluli carried an 'Okapi' knife inside parliament Tuesday. Full text...

  • Museveni congratulates Bemba, Congo's PM designate
    23 april 2002 21:30:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday congratulated the leader of the rebel Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) Jean Pierre Bemba following his election as Prime Minister designate of the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Rights groups question EU election monitors to Congo
    23 april 2002 20:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Federation of Human Rights (IFHR) and the Congolese Observatory of Human Rights (OCDH) on Monday expressed "bitter disappointment" at the European parliamentary observer mission for the Congolese presidential election on 10 March, an official source said. Full text...

  • Malian Islamic associations back Keita in presidential race
    23 april 2002 20:55:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Group of Malian Islamic Associations (CAIM) is instructing its members to vote for former Prime Minister Ibrahima Boubacar Keita in the presidential election to be held 28 April. Full text...

  • Le Pen's political rise not an earthquake, but a process
    23 april 2002 20:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- While Sunday's first round elimination of all left-leaning political parties in France is regarded as a "surprise" in certain quarters, the large number of candidates from this political camp were responsible for scattering their own votes. Full text...

  • US promises to help Angola in troop demobilisation
    23 april 2002 20:28:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The US is willing to help Angola demobilise troops, disarm and reintegrate former UNITA rebels into civil society, the Angolan news agency ANGOP reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia admits Djerba blast was 'criminal'
    23 april 2002 19:29:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian authorities have admitted that the 11 April explosion on the southern island of Djerba, outside the La Ghriba synagogue, was "a premeditated criminal act. Full text...

  • Ratsiraka, Ravalomanana urge supporters to stop violence
    23 april 2002 18:31:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The two protagonists in the Malagasy political crisis, Didier Ratsiraka and Marc Ravalomanana, after signing a reconciliation agreement in Dakar, Senegal, have urged their supports to stop violence. Full text...

  • Chinese Premier begins official visit to Kenya
    23 april 2002 17:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Prime Minister Zhu Rongji of the People's Republic of China arrived in Nairobi Tuesday, at the head of a large delegation on a four-day official visit to Kenya. Full text...

  • Kabila reassures Museveni about power sharing in DR Congo
    23 april 2002 16:33:00
    Kampala Uganda (PANA) -- A delegation from the government in Kinshasa has assured Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni of President Joseph Kabila's commitment to the peace deal brokered in Sun City last week. Full text...

  • British politicians meet to halt extremism
    23 april 2002 15:54:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British political leaders were expected to hold an emergency session in London Tuesday on how to stem right-wing extremism following the surprise success of Jean-Marie Le Pen in the first round of French presidential poll Sunday. Full text...

  • Sudan accuses SPLA rebels of killing civilians
    23 april 2002 14:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Khartoum government has accused the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) of killing 24 people in the South of the country, thereby violating an agreement to protect the civilian population. Full text...

  • Four Nigerian Governors sue Electoral body over eligibility
    23 april 2002 14:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Four Nigerian State governors have sued the country's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for barring them from contesting the 2003 governorship election. Full text...

  • Liberia rejects continued UN sanctions
    23 april 2002 14:20:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian Foreign Minister Monie Captan said there "is no justification" for continued UN sanctions on the country, local press reports said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambian leader due in Zimbabwe Wednesday
    23 april 2002 13:22:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa is due in Zimbabwe Wednesday to be guest of honour at the official opening of the country's international trade fair, officials said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone gets poll ink from India
    23 april 2002 13:03:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission (NEC) has received a consignment of indelible ink from India, for the country's 14 May presidential and legislative polls. Full text...

  • South African, Cuban delegations hold meeting in Pretoria
    23 april 2002 08:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aziz Pahad, and Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fernando Remيrez de Estenoz Barciela, will co-chair the first meeting of the consultative mechanism between the Foreign Ministries of South Africa and Cuba on Tuesday in Pretoria. Full text...

  • Congolese militiamen take French priest hostage
    22 april 2002 23:50:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- French priest Jean Guth, who has Been missing since late March, is believed to be in the hands of Pastor Ntumi's 'Ninjas' militiamen in the Congolese region of Pool, informed sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Algerians concerned over Le Pen's score
    22 april 2002 23:41:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerians have expressed consternation since the qualification of extreme-right National Front (FN) leader to contest the second ballot of the French presidential election on 5 May. Full text...

  • Le Pen's electoral success worries immigrants in France
    22 april 2002 23:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Immigrants based in France, particularly Blacks, Arabs and other minorities have been quite apprehensive since Sunday night's confirmation that extreme-right National Front (FN) leader Jean Marie Le Pen would participate in the second round of the country's presidential election on 5 May. Full text...

  • Le Pen's gain in French presidential race irks Berenger
    22 april 2002 22:19:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Deputy Prime Minister Paul Berenger has described Jean Marie Le Pen's gain in the first round of the French presidential ballot as "a shame for the French. Full text...

  • Congolese Bishops to Mediate in Pool Region's Crisis
    22 april 2002 22:09:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Bishops in Congo have offered to mediate in the current conflict between Ninjas militiamen and government troops, Bishop Anatole Milandou of Brazzaville disclosed Monday. Full text...

  • Burkinabé citizens distraught over Le Pen's score
    22 april 2002 22:08:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabés, like most Africans residing in Burkina Faso, were distraught on Sunday evening, after the announcement of the participation of French Far-Right party leader Jean-Marie Le Pen in the run-off of the presidential poll slated 5 May. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe criticises Wade over election remarks
    22 april 2002 21:57:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe has criticised Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade for pouring scorn on President Robert Mugabe's re-election in last month's disputed poll. Full text...

  • Le Pen's score in France outrages Moroccan socialists
    22 april 2002 21:38:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Socialists in Morocco have expressed "concern" and "profound shock" following the elimination of Prime Minister Lionel Jospin in the first round of France's presidential ballot which put far-rightist Jean Marie Le Pen in second place for a May 5 run-off. Full text...

  • Former Ivorian junta leader back in Abidjan
    22 april 2002 21:38:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Former Ivorian junta leader Gen. Full text...

  • Former Rwandan president in police custody
    22 april 2002 21:27:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Former Rwandan president Pasteur Bizimungu who was arrested last week is in police custody, police sources in Kigali reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Africans say Le Pen's gain indicts France as racist society
    22 april 2002 20:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The emergence of extreme right candidate in second position after the French presidential first round election Sunday was received with disbelief for some and a sense of "Déja Vu" among African community in Paris. Full text...

  • Paris Archbishop cautions about fascism
    22 april 2002 20:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Stunned by the results of the first round of the French presidential election held Sunday, the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Lustiger has urged the French to "be conscious of the danger" they face in case far-rightist Jean-Marie Le Pen came to power. Full text...

  • Chinese Premier visits Kenya Tuesday
    22 april 2002 19:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji, arrives in Kenya Tuesday on a four-day official visit that will feature talks with senior government officials, including President Daniel arap Moi and Speaker of the National Assembly, Francis ole Kapario. Full text...

  • Cons of globalisation concern Libya, Malaysia
    22 april 2002 19:06:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya and Malaysia have pinpointed the "negative effects of globalisation on developing countries" as a source of deep worries, and urged industrialised nations to narrow the development gap with developing countries. Full text...

  • Amara Essy on a diplomatic mission in Togo
    22 april 2002 18:55:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- OAU secretary general Amara Essy is optimistic that the incumbent Malagasy President Didier Ratsiraka and the island's self-proclaimed leader Marc Ravalomanana would clearly explain to their supporters the content of the agreement they signed in Dakar last week. Full text...

  • Annan Urges Congolese Parties to Strive for Common Agreement
    22 april 2002 18:29:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Against the backdrop of struggling peace talks by Congolese parties meeting in South Africa, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan stressed Monday the need for all the parties to strive for a common agreement on the future of their country. Full text...

  • Wade urges African Foreign Ministers to visit Madagascar
    22 april 2002 17:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has called on Foreign Ministers of African countries involved in mediating the Malagasy post-election crisis, to visit the nation, an official statement said in Dakar Monday. Full text...

  • Britain expresses horror over outcome of French poll
    22 april 2002 17:35:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British politicians have joined their counterparts across Europe in expressing concern over the strong emergence of the far right in the French presidential election. Full text...

  • Lagos Lawyer, Fawehimni wants Obasanjo's job
    22 april 2002 17:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Though incumbent President Olusegun Obasanjo has more than one year to complete his four-year tenure, the number of Nigerians eyeing the opulent Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja has increased. Full text...

  • Congo Brazzaville warlord captured in DR Congo
    22 april 2002 16:39:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Willy Matsanga, a Congo Brazzaville warlord captured by the DR Congo armed forces last week, is expected to be handed over to Brazzaville authorities, a military source said. Full text...

  • Benin Denies Report On Territorial Annexation
    22 april 2002 15:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's western neighbour Benin Republic has denied planning to annex the Tongeji Island which is located on the border between both countries, the News Agency of Nigeria reported. Full text...

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