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  • Obasanjo, Tandja co-chair joint commission in Niamey
    25 january 2002 23:40:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Visiting Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and his host, President Tandja Mamadou Friday co-chaired the fourth meeting of the Niger-Nigeria joint commission for co- operation in Niamey. Full text...

  • Peacekeeping force to be sent to CAR
    25 january 2002 22:53:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The OAU central organ on conflict resolution and prevention meets Saturday in Tripoli on the crisis in Central African Republic, the Libyan African Unity secretariat said Friday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe can again become Africa's beacon of hope, notes Briton
    25 january 2002 21:27:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Parliamentary under-secretary of State Ben Bradshaw has said that in the right conditions and with the right international support, Zimbabwe can again become a beacon of hope for Africa, but cautioned that it would take time and effort. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana rejects the Madagascar High Court verdict
    25 january 2002 20:30:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- After the Constitutional High Court (HCC) requested a second round of voting in Madagascar's presidential election, opposition candidate Marc Ravalomanana has called on his supporters to demonstrate on Saturday in protest against the decision. Full text...

  • EU Foreign ministers to examine Zimbabwe, DR Congo cases
    25 january 2002 20:06:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The EU Council of Ministers meets next Monday in Brussels possibly to adopt sanctions against Zimbabwe, Spanish ambassador to the European Union, Javier Conde, hinted Friday in Brussels. Full text...

  • Congo's slates start of election campaigns for 20 February
    25 january 2002 19:49:00
    Brazzaville Congo (PANA) -- Campaigns for Congo's 10 March presidential election would run 20 February through 8 March, the State Radio announced Friday, citing a presidential decree. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone youths disrupt voter registration
    25 january 2002 19:17:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Members of the movement for Kono Youths (MOCKY) are reported to have disrupted voter registration in Sierra Leone's diamond district of Kono. Full text...

  • Conflict Mars First Day of Zambia's New Parliament
    25 january 2002 17:40:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's parliament Friday ended its first day of business in an uproar as members hurled water bottles at each other and some of the Opposition legislators tangled with those on government benches. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Sticks to Land Reforms
    25 january 2002 16:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Friday reiterated his government's commitment to press on with a controversial land reform programme that has stirred an international outcry, led by Britain. Full text...

  • Sierra Leoneans living abroad miss the vote
    25 january 2002 14:41:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone - (PANA) - Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission chair, Walter Nicol, said Friday that Sierra Leoneans living abroad will not vote in the scheduled May presidential and parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • Court declares no winner in Malagasy polls
    25 january 2002 14:20:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Malagasy High Constitutional Court announced Friday in Matasoa, 50 km from Antananarivo that none of the six presidential candidates who contested the December 16 presidential election had obtained an absolute majority. Full text...

  • Agenda agreed to end stalemate in DR Congo
    25 january 2002 12:24:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said agenda has been agreed to unravel the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as a series of proposals to get the peace process re-launched in the war-affected country. Full text...

  • Togolese MPs terminate electoral commission's mandate
    25 january 2002 11:23:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's national assembly, whose members exclusively belong to the presidential coalition, have rejected a government request to renew the mandate of members of the Independent National Election Commission (CENI). Full text...

  • Cape Verde to get 33.5 million euro grant from Luxembourg
    25 january 2002 10:19:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde is to receive a grant of 33. Full text...

  • OAU/AU appoints business group to publish directory
    25 january 2002 08:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity/African Union (OAU/AU) has appointed a South African-Kenyan business group to publish an annual directory, quarterly news and a review magazine. Full text...

  • Overwhelming 'yes' vote on Congo's draft constitution
    24 january 2002 23:54:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's new constitution that institutes a presidential regime and a bicameral Parliament was approved by an overwhelmingly majority (84. Full text...

  • Madagascar opposition wants incumbent's candidature revoked
    24 january 2002 23:40:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Malagasy High Constitutional Court (HCC) is to rule on a petition demanding the revocation of the incumbent Didier Ratsiraka's candidature at the 16 December presidential election, the results of which the court has until 28 January to pronounce. Full text...

  • President Buyoya on working visit to Libya
    24 january 2002 23:09:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi Head of State Pierre Buyoya was due in Tripoli Thursday for a 48-hour working visit, official sources in Bujumbura said. Full text...

  • South Africans, Kenyans to publish OAU/AU periodicals
    24 january 2002 23:00:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A partnership of South African and Kenyan business concerns dubbed Millennium Africa Communications (MAC), has been granted publication of the OAU/African Union annual directory and quarterly news review. Full text...

  • South Africans, Kenyans to publish OAU/AU periodicals
    24 january 2002 22:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A partnership of South African and Kenyan business concerns dubbed Millennium Africa Communications (MAC), has been granted publication of the OAU/African Union annual directory and quarterly news review. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone begins voter registration
    24 january 2002 22:00:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Registration of voters for the 14 May general and presidential elections began Thursday in Sierra Leone's 14 electoral districts. Full text...

  • South African opposition takes issue with Mbeki's jet
    24 january 2002 21:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Thursday charged that a presidential jet ordered by the government symbolises all that is wrong with the Mbeki administration, including wanton spending, poor prioritisation and "a presidency too arrogant to admit to its own mistakes. Full text...

  • Commonwealth checks money-laundering in east, southern Africa
    24 january 2002 20:18:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Commonwealth is to increase support for the fight against money laundering and corruption in East and Southern Africa by ensuring that rare skills are transferred to member countries. Full text...

  • German President hails South Africa's transition to democracy
    24 january 2002 19:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Visiting German President Johannes Rau has described the end of apartheid and emergence of a new society in South Africa as "nothing short of a miracle. Full text...

  • Somali government orders guns off the streets
    24 january 2002 18:27:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Somalia's Transitional National Government (TNG) has ordered all residents to stop carrying guns in Mogadishu, the capital city. Full text...

  • Burundi Hutu rebels ask for postponement of meeting
    24 january 2002 16:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Burundi's Hutu rebel groups have requested the assistant mediator, South Africa's Deputy President Jacob Zuma, for more time to prepare for a meeting with their country's transitional government. Full text...

  • OAU, Ukraine to strengthen cooperation
    24 january 2002 11:00:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ukraine has expressed its desire to strengthen relations with the Organization of African Unity, with a view to contributing to Africa's development efforts. Full text...

  • Zimbabweans In Despair As Election Violence Flares
    24 january 2002 10:38:00
    Bikita- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Samson Mafuta is a deeply depressed man. Full text...

  • French generals justify their role in Algerian war
    24 january 2002 09:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Forty years since guns of the Algerian war of independence were silenced, colonial ruler France is under great pressure to explain what its soldiers may have swept under the carpet. Full text...

  • Presumed Algerian islamist risks expulsion from France
    23 january 2002 23:51:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Aix-en-Provence (southern France) Appeal Court will on 11 March rule on a case involving Zakaria Toukal, an Algerian engineer accused of "evading a measure to escort him back to the border. Full text...

  • Abdel Basset Al-Mégrahi's appeal trial opens
    23 january 2002 23:31:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The appeal trial of Libyan national, Abdel Basset Al-Mégrahi (49) opened Wednesday before the Scottish Appeal Court at Camp Zeist (Central Holland). Full text...

  • Sudanese Army says it is observing agreed truce
    23 january 2002 23:05:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Sudanese army said Wednesday it had started observing a partial truce in its war with the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA). Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean army deploys in former rebel strongholds
    23 january 2002 22:56:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Defence ministry officials Wednesday said the third and fifth brigades of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) are set to move into parts of the diamond-rich Kono district as well as Kailahun along the Liberian border. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean MPs pass election bill
    23 january 2002 22:38:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Parliament in Sierra Leone has passed into law the National Electoral Act 2001 that was piloted by the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) MP and minister of Rural Development, J. Full text...

  • Volcano experts warn residents of Goma
    23 january 2002 22:33:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A team of French volcano experts Wednesday warned residents of Goma and its surrounding areas that "it is too early to talk about the end of the volcanic eruption in DR Congo". Full text...

  • Uganda calls for concerted action at solving Sudanese conflict
    23 january 2002 21:58:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has urged the international community to help Sudan solve its long- running civil war. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone peace commission chairman bows out
    23 january 2002 21:34:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Affirming that his mission had been accomplished, the chairman of Sierra Leone's Commission for the Consolidation of Peace, ex-junta leader Johnny Paul Koroma, Tuesday informed President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah that he was relinquishing the position. Full text...

  • France continues peacekeeping initiative for Africa
    23 january 2002 21:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Defence officials in Paris announced the launch of the third Phase of their training initiative for African soldiers aimed at reinforcing peacekeeping on the continent. Full text...

  • Clergy join call for Zimbabwe's Mugabe to step down
    23 january 2002 21:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Southern African bishops Wednesday called on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to step down, saying the move would benefit the African continent. Full text...

  • France donates 300,000 euros to Goma victims
    23 january 2002 20:50:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has earmarked 300,000 Euros for victims of the Nyiragongo volcanic eruption in DR Congo's eastern town of Goma. Full text...

  • Mauritius to chair next Security Council session
    23 january 2002 20:46:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Mauritius will chair the special session of the UN Security Council on Africa 29-30 January, according to foreign minister Anil Gayan, who will chair the meeting. Full text...

  • President renames Sierra Leonean army
    23 january 2002 20:43:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has renamed the Sierra Leone Army (SLA) the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF). Full text...

  • Tunisian opposition leader ends hunger strike
    23 january 2002 20:31:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian opposition leader Mohamed Moaada, who was detained in June for "breach of parole", said he was ending the hunger strike he began 14 January. Full text...

  • Public Prosecutor at odds with Guinea-Bissau Parliament
    23 january 2002 20:16:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Tension between Guinea Bissau's Public Prosecutor and Parliament heightened Tuesday over a request that the immunity of MPs Fernando Vaz and Francisco Fernandez of the Bafata Resistance Movement (RGB/MB) and Victor Mandinga of the Democratic Alliance (AD) be lifted. Full text...

  • 5 killed, 20 wounded in fresh Somali clan clashes
    23 january 2002 20:12:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- At least five persons were killed and 20 others wounded Tuesday evening in heavy fighting between two clans in Koryoley district in lower Shabele region of southern Somalia. Full text...

  • Al-Qods Committee Meets Friday in Morocco
    23 january 2002 14:42:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A committee of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) meets Friday in Marrakech to discuss the prevailing situation in Palestinian occupied territories, officials in the Moroccan capital have said. Full text...

  • Ivorian leaders extend talks
    23 january 2002 14:09:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Talks between Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, former President Henri Konan Bedie and former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara and former junta leader Gen. Full text...

  • French politician wants strong links with Africa
    23 january 2002 13:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- French presidential aspirant Jean-Pierre Chevenement has called for strengthened relations between his country and Africa. Full text...

  • Somalia's parliament votes to expand cabinet
    23 january 2002 12:43:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Somalia's transitional parliament has voted to amend some articles in the transitional National Charter to pave the way for the entry of opposition leaders into the transitional national government of unity. Full text...

  • Nigerian Senate Amends Electoral Act
    23 january 2002 11:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Senate Tuesday amended the controversial Electoral Act by expunging the contentious section 80 (1), which bars new political parties from the 2003 general elections. Full text...

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