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  • Pretoria urges international community to help rebuild Angola
    29 october 2002 23:16:00
    Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- South African foreign minister Dlamini-Nkosazana Zuma appealed to the international community Monday for assistance to Angola's post-war reconstruction effort. Full text...

  • EU observer mission to monitor Malagasy parliamentary poll
    29 october 2002 23:04:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- A European Union (EU) electoral observer mission is expected shortly in Madagascar to monitor the country's parliamentary elections scheduled for 15 December, sources said Tuesday in Brussels. Full text...

  • African Liberal parties reaffirm support for Gbagbo
    29 october 2002 22:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Union of African Parties for Democracy and Development (UPAAD) reaffirmed Tuesday in Dakar of its total support to Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, who has been facing an army mutiny since 19 September. Full text...

  • Togolese opposition leader seeks Wade's intervention
    29 october 2002 22:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Togolese opposition leader Yawovi Agboyibo, Tuesday in Dakar urged the intervention of Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade in the search for a solution to the political crisis in Togo. Full text...

  • Obiang Nguema hints of early presidential election
    29 october 2002 22:00:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has indicated plans to reschedule the next presidential, initially due in the first half of 2003, at a much earlier date, opposition sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Dos Santos receives credentials of five new foreign envoys
    29 october 2002 21:29:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has received the letters of credence of five new envoys from Mali, The Netherlands, China, Cuba and Portugal. Full text...

  • DR Congo delegates agree on transitional government
    29 october 2002 20:58:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki said representatives of DR Congo government and rebel movements tentatively agreed on a transitional government at their meeting in Pretoria Tuesday. Full text...

  • New institutional order expected from Burundi talks
    29 october 2002 20:48:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian politicians seem to agree on the principle of opening the country's institutions to rebel movements on the basis of current discussions with the government being held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Full text...

  • Rights group against death penalty in Rwanda
    29 october 2002 20:00:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The Rwandan Human Rights Committee said the death penalty should not be included in the country's future constitution. Full text...

  • Angola denies any military involvement in Cote d'Ivoire
    29 october 2002 19:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Angolan Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal and Guinea, Dombele M'bala Bernardo has denied any military involvement of his country in the fighting between government and rebel forces in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Sudan Communist Party plans name change
    29 october 2002 19:08:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Communist Party of Sudan (CPS) says it is considering changing its name in line with global developments after the disintegration of the former Communist Bloc and the demise of Marxist ideology. Full text...

  • CAR nationals worry about ongoing fighting in Bangui
    29 october 2002 18:03:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Central African Republic's ambassador in Yaounde, Timothee Ndilne on Tuesday denounced the coup attempt in his country saying it would considerably harm the country. Full text...

  • Compaore warns Cote d'Ivoire against mistreating Burkinabes
    29 october 2002 17:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore has urged Ivorian authorities to treat Burkinabes in that country with respect, French newspaper Le Monde, reported in its Wednesday edition made available in Paris Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya, Italy sign cooperation pacts
    29 october 2002 17:09:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Italy and Libya have signed several agreements of cooperation in the natural gas and petroleum industry as well as in the fields of health and culture. Full text...

  • Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meets in London
    29 october 2002 16:17:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The 20th meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) on the Harare Declaration will take place 1 November in London, Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo offers to meet Biya over Bakassi
    29 october 2002 15:55:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Tuesday offered to meet his Cameroonian counterpart, Paul Biya, as part of efforts to find a political solution to the Bakassi dispute. Full text...

  • Cameroon condemns Bangui coup attempt
    29 october 2002 15:42:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon has condemned the coup attempt in Central African Republic, rejecting "any political change through unconstitutional means. Full text...

  • Nigeria gives fresh insight into rejection of Bakassi ruling
    29 october 2002 15:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government said it rejected the International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict ceding the disputed Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon because it conflicted with the country's Constitution. Full text...

  • Gbagbo still insists mutineers must disarm before talks
    29 october 2002 15:13:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo directed his country's delegation that left here Monday for Lome, Togo, to insist the rebels must "lay down their arms" before the beginning of negotiations," according to sources in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Ivorian warring parties poised for talks in Lome
    29 october 2002 14:21:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Ivorian government and rebel delegations are expected to begin talks Wednesday in Lome aimed at resolving the fighting in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Crucial talks open on Madagascar in Pretoria
    29 october 2002 14:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- High-level talks among African leaders on the future of Madagascar opened here Tuesday, headed by President Thabo Mbeki, current chair of the African Union. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau army officers seek UN protection
    29 october 2002 13:00:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Two army officers in Guinea Bissau, Commander Lamine Sanha and Major Almamy Allan Camara, along with Warrant Officer Moussa Cassama have appealed for United Nations protection amid claims that they belong to an Islamic fundamentalist group. Full text...

  • Sudanese Foreign Minister urges NDA to join SPLA in talks
    29 october 2002 12:34:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustapha Othman Ismael has encouraged the north-based armed opposition National Democratic Alliance (AND) to involve itself in the ongoing peace talks through John Garang's rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) in Kenya. Full text...

  • Rights groups cancel protest march in Monrovia after govt threat
    29 october 2002 12:15:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A coalition of 19 Liberian human rights groups Tuesday called off a demonstration planned to protest the continued detention without trial of at least two dozen persons for more than four months. Full text...

  • Congo condemns rebel attack against Bangui
    29 october 2002 10:32:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese foreign minister Rodolphe Adada has condemned the ongoing attempt to seize power by force in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Kerekou to ratify anti-terrorism conventions shortly
    29 october 2002 10:26:00
    Porto Novo- Benin (PANA) -- President Mathieu Kerekou of Benin could shortly ratify three anti-terrorism conventions after the National Assembly in Porto Novo unanimously passed a bill on Monday authorising him to do so. Full text...

  • Kenyan general elections set for 27 December
    29 october 2002 10:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyans head to the polls 27 December in a historic election that would see the retirement of President Daniel arap Moi after 24 years in power. Full text...

  • Essy welcomes Somali cessation of hostility declaration
    29 october 2002 07:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission's interim chair Amara Essy has welcomed the cessation of hostilities declaration signed Sunday night at the Somali national reconciliation conference in Eldoret, Kenya. Full text...

  • Libya suspends withdrawal from the Arab League
    28 october 2002 23:47:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya has agreed to suspend submitting a yearlong notice needed before withdrawing from the Arab League (AL), Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustapha Othmane Ismael has said in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Bissau urges Gbagbo to negotiate with mutineers
    28 october 2002 23:27:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau will not contribute troops to the West African peacekeeping force envisaged for Cote d'Ivoire, Prime Minister Alamara Ntchia Nhasse said Monday upon returning from a meeting of the six-nation Contact Group of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Algeria to host world colloquium on organised crime
    28 october 2002 23:11:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria will host a two-day world colloquium on the promotion of the International Convention Against Transnational Crime in Algiers starting from 29 October, official sources said Monday in the Algerian capital. Full text...

  • Kinshasa refutes pillage allegations against officials
    28 october 2002 22:36:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Communication minister Kikaya Bin Karubi has dismissed UN allegations that Congolese government officials were implicated in the pillaging of the country's resources. Full text...

  • Thousands of Algerians trained in Afghanistan, official asserts
    28 october 2002 22:00:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Three thousand Algerians trained in camps in Afghanistan, Lt-Colonel Djamel Bouzghaia of the Algerian Army told an international colloquium on terrorism Monday in Algiers. Full text...

  • Libya's threatened withdrawal worries Arab League
    28 october 2002 21:41:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Local newspapers commented at length Sunday on the visit to Tripoli of Arab League secretary general Amr Moussa, in the wake of the country's decision to pull out of the Arab concert. Full text...

  • Botswana leader condemns stigma associated with HIV/AIDS
    28 october 2002 21:31:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- President Festus Mogae Monday opened the Botswana parliament with a call to the country to guard against the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Burkinabe diplomat extols decentralised cooperation
    28 october 2002 21:17:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Some 165 Burkinabe villages have twinning cooperation with French districts, making Burkina Faso a pace- setter in terms of decentralised cooperation in Africa, according to Burkinabe embassy sources in Paris. Full text...

  • Nine ECOWAS members pledge 2,386 troops for Ivorian mission
    28 october 2002 20:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Nine ECOWAS Member States -- Benin, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo -- have pledged to provide 2,386 troops for the sub-regional peace mission to Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Mozambican leader ends visit to Rwanda
    28 october 2002 19:55:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame Monday promised his Mozambican counterpart, Joaquim Chissano, that Rwanda would give full support to Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi's bid to become the next director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Bouake residents, mutineers live in harmony
    28 october 2002 19:44:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- More than a month after mutinous soldiers took over Bouake (350 km north of Abidjan), residents are living in harmony with the rebels, despite a shortage in food supplies to the central Ivorian city. Full text...

  • Mozambique to support Rwanda's bid to join SADC
    28 october 2002 19:37:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has pledged his support to Rwanda in its bid to join the 14-member states of Southern African Development Community (SADC). Full text...

  • Libyans remember deportation day
    28 october 2002 19:05:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyans last Saturday dressed in black all day to commemorate the deportation of Libyans to an island in southern Italy 91 years ago. Full text...

  • Ghana urges Sierra Leone to assist ECOWAS on Ivorian crisis
    28 october 2002 18:54:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian Vice-President Aliu Mahama Monday urged Sierra Leone to use the experiences from its civil war to advise ECOWAS on how to resolve the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • DRC peace talks point to power-sharing government
    28 october 2002 17:13:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Negotiations for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), now under way in South Africa, could result in a power sharing-government "sooner rather than later," South African deputy foreign affairs minister Aziz Pahad said Monday. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt delegation for ECOWAS talks in Lome
    28 october 2002 17:10:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government delegation to the ECOWAS peace talks on the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire would be led by the country's Economic and Social Council President, Laurent Dona Fologo, PANA learnt Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe ruling party wins crucial by-election
    28 october 2002 16:13:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party was Monday declared winner of a parliamentary by-election held over the weekend, which political analysts said was crucial for the contesting parties. Full text...

  • Paris, OIF condemn coup attempt in CAR
    28 october 2002 15:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France and the Paris-based International Francophonie Organisation (OIF), Monday condemned the coup attempt in Bangui and reaffirmed their support for the Central African Republic (CAR) government. Full text...

  • Italian Prime Minister holds talks with Kadhafi
    28 october 2002 15:05:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi and the visiting Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday morning held their first round of talks aimed at enhancing bilateral cooperation. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa to attend Tuesday's Madagascar talks in Pretoria
    28 october 2002 14:32:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa is to attend Tuesday's summit in South Africa on the political crisis in Madagascar, officials said Monday in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Nigerian MP counts gains of sack threat on Obasanjo
    28 october 2002 13:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Although the impeachment threat against Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo seems to have lost steam, its proponents say it has succeeded in changing what they call the president's dictatorial tendencies. Full text...

  • South Africa, Britain to renew defence co-operation pact
    28 october 2002 13:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa and Britain will Tuesday sign an agreement to renew their Defence Co-operation Agreement, the Defence Ministry here announced Monday. Full text...

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