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  • Algerian Home affairs minister visits Morocco
    15 march 2002 18:03:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Algerian Home and Local Communities minister, Nouredine Zerhouni arrived Friday in Morocco to hold discussions on strengthening bilateral relations, according to wishes people in the Mahgreb sub-region. Full text...

  • Tanzanian observers endorse Zimbabwean polls
    15 march 2002 17:13:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania's observer mission to Zimbabwe has given that country's presidential election a tick of approval saying the polls were "freely and fairly" conducted. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe pressured to form national unity govt - Diplomats
    15 march 2002 16:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Three days after winning a disputed presidential election, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is coming under growing regional pressure to form a government of national unity to ensure political stability in the southern African country, African diplomats in Harare said Friday. Full text...

  • Rwandan, South African presidents discuss NEPAD
    15 march 2002 15:33:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and his South African counterpart Thabo Mbeki exchanged views Friday on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), official sources said in Kigali. Full text...

  • Zambian court to hear petition after parties pay security costs
    15 march 2002 15:19:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian Supreme Court has requested three opposition parties challenging the outcome of the country's 27 December presidential elections to pay security for costs of five million kwacha (1,250 US dollars) each before the court could start hearing the matter. Full text...

  • Health of detained Mauritanian opposition figure reported better
    15 march 2002 15:04:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The health of Mauritania's opposition Popular Front leader Chibih ould Cheikh Melainine, who recently took ill at Aioun-El-Atrous prison 800 km east of Nouakchott where he is serving a 5-year jail term, has improved, according to party sources. Full text...

  • Patasse to visit N'djamena
    15 march 2002 14:11:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Central African Republic President Ange Felix Patasse is to visit Chad to "clear up misunderstandings between the two countries," State House sources said in Bangui Friday. Full text...

  • UN official hails Angolan government's peace plan
    15 march 2002 13:56:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- A senior UN official has expressed satisfaction with the peace plan announced Wednesday by the Angolan government to end hostilities against rebel UNITA movement, whose leader Jonas Savimbi was killed by government forces 22 February. Full text...

  • Liberian Peace Talks Open in Abuja
    15 march 2002 12:48:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Liberian peace talks opened in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Friday, with representatives of President Charles Taylor's government, opposition politicians, civil society leaders and members of the diplomatic corps in Nigeria attending. Full text...

  • South Africa may persuade Zimbabwe to form national unity govt
    15 march 2002 12:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- There is growing speculation that Britain and the US will back a South African plan to persuade Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to form a government of national unity with the official opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Full text...

  • Kenyan Court throws out anti-KANU/NDP merger suit
    15 march 2002 12:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Nairobi Court Friday dismissed a suit filed by three members of Kenya's ruling KANU party, seeking to stop its planned merger with the opposition National Development Party (NDP). Full text...

  • Essy urges UNITA to embrace peace
    15 march 2002 11:31:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy has called on Angola's UNITA rebels to embrace peace and dialogue following the death of their leader, Jonas Savimbi 22 February. Full text...

  • Comoros rejoins OAU
    15 march 2002 10:31:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The OAU has readmitted the Islamic Republic of Comoros after a three-year ban, OAU spokesman Desmond Orjiako said in Addis Ababa Friday. Full text...

  • Ghanaian ruling party wins crucial by-election
    15 march 2002 09:49:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has won an important by-election, giving it absolute majority in Parliament. Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives three West African Envoys
    15 march 2002 08:05:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Thursday received in audience in Tripoli, three envoys from West Africa --Moise Kerekou (Benin), Salif Diallo (Burkina Faso), and Faure Eyadema (Togo), who brought special messages from their respective leaders. Full text...

  • Disputes dog Inter-Congolese Dialogue at Sun City
    15 march 2002 07:53:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- Disputes at the Inter-Congolese Dialogue were set to continue Friday after the Kinshasa government objected to the presence of Rwandans at the talks that have been dogged by bitter disagreements. Full text...

  • Marc Ravalomanana "banned" from Toamasina
    14 march 2002 23:45:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy's self-proclaimed President Marc Ravalomanana and his Prime Minister Jacques Sylla have been banned from entering Toamasina port town, a stronghold of the incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka in eastern Madagscar. Full text...

  • President Eyadema orders release of Agboyibo from jail
    14 march 2002 22:56:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema has directed the judiciary to set free opposition leader Yawovi Agboyibo who has been in prison since August last year. Full text...

  • DRC govt delegation pulls out of Sun City dialogue
    14 march 2002 22:43:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- President Joseph Kabila's government Thursday pulled out of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue being held in South Africa with the aim of ending the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Priest appeals for international intervention in Madagascar
    14 march 2002 22:11:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Father Pedro, a priest known for his charity to underprivileged children in the Malagasy capital, Antananarivo, has appealed to the international community to condemn the regime of incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka and help the suffering people. Full text...

  • Commonwealth observers split over Zimbabwe poll
    14 march 2002 21:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Commonwealth election observer team in Zimbabwe's 9-11 March presidential poll got split Thursday over alleged bias against the government by some of its members. Full text...

  • Network formed to mediate in Mano River Union
    14 march 2002 20:48:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Journalists and members of the civil society in countries of the Mano River Union have formed a network that would support initiatives for a lasting peace in t he sub-region. Full text...

  • Kadhafi congratulates Mugabe for his re-election
    14 march 2002 20:07:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • US queries registration of Sierra Leonean child voters
    14 march 2002 19:52:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The US government has expressed concern over reports that children below the age of 18 were registered as voters in Sierra Leone's forthcoming presidential and general election. Full text...

  • Commonwealth Says Violence Marred Zimbabwe Poll
    14 march 2002 19:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Commonwealth election observers said Thursday Zimbabwe's March 9-11 presidential election, won by incumbent President Robert Mugabe, was deeply marred by violence. Full text...

  • South Africa declares Zimbabwe poll free and fair
    14 march 2002 19:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Visiting South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma Thursday said his country regarded Zimbabwe's March 9- 11 presidential election as free and far, and urged the international community to accept and respect the people's verdict. Full text...

  • Commonwealth report says Zimbabwe election was flawed
    14 march 2002 18:35:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- A preliminary report of the Commonwealth group assigned to monitor the presidential election in Zimbabwe has accused President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party of taking advantage of its incumbency to exploit state resources for the benefit of its electoral campaign. Full text...

  • Britain renews call for Zimbabwe's suspension from Commonwealth
    14 march 2002 17:08:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Britain has renewed its call for Zimbabwe to be suspended from the Commonwealth arguing, that "Zimbabweans have plainly been denied their fundamental right to choose by whom they are governed. Full text...

  • Lockerbie Affair: Libya calls Scottish Court verdict unjust
    14 march 2002 15:45:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya Thursday described as "unjust," the verdict of a Scottish Court rejecting the appeal by Libyan national, Abdel Basset Al-Megrahi sentenced to life imprisonment over the 1988 Lockerbie affair. Full text...

  • Arrears keep Liberia out of IPU Conference
    14 march 2002 15:03:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's Parliament has suspended the country's participation at this year's Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Conference, because of accumulated arrears, House Speaker Nyundeuh Morkromonah disclosed Thursday. Full text...

  • Moi congratulates Mugabe over victory in Zimbabwe poll
    14 march 2002 13:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi Thursday became the first African Head of State to congratulate President Robert Mugabe for his victory at the presidential election held in Zimbabwe at the weekend. Full text...

  • Govt orders Angolan Army to end offensive against UNITA
    14 march 2002 13:29:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan government has directed the country's Armed Forces to cease all hostilities against the rebel UNITA movement by 23h00GMT Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambians appeal to Mwanawasa to lift ex-president's immunity
    14 march 2002 13:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The National Movement Against Corruption (NAMAC) in Zambia Thursday appealed to President Levy Mwanawasa to allow parliament to lift the immunity of former president Frederick Chiluba so that he could be prosecuted for plundering public resources. Full text...

  • Kagame visits South Africa
    14 march 2002 12:40:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan president Paul Kagame has left Kigali on a two-day working visit to South Africa, a government statement said Thursday. Full text...

  • Ex-combatants join Liberian forces against dissidents
    14 march 2002 12:31:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Hundreds of ex-combatants, reportedly recruited to boost Liberian government's fighting force against dissidents, were seen leaving Monrovia in pick-ups early Thursday, and headed for the troubled northern parts of the country. Full text...

  • Italian leader promises to work closely with Africa
    14 march 2002 12:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Visiting Italian President Carlo Ciampi said that the success of South Africa's peaceful transition from apartheid to a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural democracy is a beacon of civilisation that illuminates the 20th century. Full text...

  • French author blames Chirac for negative policies towards Africa
    14 march 2002 11:34:00
    Paris- France - French author François-Xavier Vers-chave, head of the Survie (Survival) Association which is fighting for more transparent Franco-African relations more beneficial to Africans, has painted a portrait of French President Jacques Chirac as someone who continues to carry out negative policies towards Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa's ANC congratulates Mugabe on poll victory
    14 march 2002 09:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has sent its "warm congratulations to Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party and President Robert Mugabe on their convincing election victory. Full text...

  • Members owe OAU 55 million dollars
    14 march 2002 09:47:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy has urged member States to pay up their 54. Full text...

  • Mbeki consults world leaders on Zimbabwe
    14 march 2002 08:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki Thursday dispatched his Deputy, Jacob Zuma, to Harare as he continued consultations with world leaders on the political situation in Zimbabwe after the just-concluded presidential poll. Full text...

  • US Promises More Sanctions Against Zimbabwe
    14 march 2002 07:38:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Describing Zimbabwe's just-concluded presidential election as "neither free nor fair," US Secretary of State, Colin Powell said Wednesday that President Robert Mugabe's claim of victory in the election does not confer him with "democratic legitimacy. Full text...

  • AI warns about likely human rights abuses in Zimbabwe
    13 march 2002 23:58:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- UK-based human rights group, Amnesty International has urged Zimbabwean police to respect human rights when fulfilling their duties within this period of uncertainty in the country. Full text...

  • Moroccan legislators pass new press code
    13 march 2002 23:29:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's chamber of deputies has passed a new but controversial press code which is to submitted to the Senate for a second reading. Full text...

  • RSF asks DRC rebels to release detained journalists
    13 march 2002 22:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The press freedom watchdog, Reporters Sans Frontières, has appealed to rebel leaders in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to set free two journalists being detained by their movements. Full text...

  • Profile of Congo's newly elected president
    13 march 2002 22:33:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Denis Sassou Nguesso, who overwhelmingly won last Sunday's presidential election in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) was born in 1943 at Edou near Oyo, in Congo's northern Basin. Full text...

  • ZANU-PF supporters celebrate Mugabe's victory
    13 march 2002 21:59:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Thousands of supporters of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Wednesday took to the streets across the country to celebrate his victory in a fiercely contested presidential election held at the weekend. Full text...

  • Observers declare Zimbabwe poll free, fair
    13 march 2002 21:49:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Most regional election observers Wednesday declared a presidential poll held in Zimbabwe at the weekend, won by incumbent President Robert Mugabe, as free and fair. Full text...

  • Dissolved Mauritanian party members may form another
    13 march 2002 21:12:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- After the Supreme Court in Nouakchott upheld the dissolution of the opposition Action for Change (AC) party, its Secretary General, Massaoud Ould Boulkheir, Wednesday announced an alternative to form a new party. Full text...

  • Mugabe's re-election disrupts Congolese talks
    13 march 2002 20:39:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- The re-election of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Wednesday disrupted the Inter-Congolese dialogue as members of the defence and security commission argued over the impact of the poll on the war in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Gabonese govt surges against poverty
    13 march 2002 20:16:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Prime Minister Jean-François Ntoutoume Emane of Gabon has reiterated the strong determination of his government to fight for poverty alleviation in the country. Full text...

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