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  • Police arrest Malawian opposition leader
    20 october 2002 19:28:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police in Lilongwe on Sunday arrested opposition leader Gwanda Chakuamba, who heads the country main opposition, Malawi Congress Party (MCP). Full text...

  • Algeria plans to join Francophonie
    20 october 2002 18:36:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria is considering to join the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF), the country's foreign minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem said at the French-speaking body's summit in Beirut, Lebanon. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe says no to regime change in Iraq
    20 october 2002 18:21:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Sunday implored the world to resist United States "regime change" policy towards Iraq, but instead focus on disarmament as laid out in United Nations resolutions. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe urges Australia to withdraw from Commonwealth troika
    20 october 2002 17:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Sunday demanded Australia's withdrawal from a three-nation Commonwealth group probing alleged electoral fraud and human rights violations in the country, after it slapped targeted sanctions on Zimbabwean leaders over the accusations. Full text...

  • Four Ugandan army officers for court marshal
    20 october 2002 16:53:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Four Ugandan military officers are to appear before a court martial shortly in the northern army headquarters at Gulu to answer charges of naughtiness and negligence of duty in a war situation. Full text...

  • Kenyan President Moi underlines regional peace
    20 october 2002 13:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Daniel arap Moi has urged Kenyans to reach out to their neighbours and help restore peace in their war-torn countries. Full text...

  • Ivorian opposition party sues for national reconciliation
    19 october 2002 20:03:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The opposition Republican Movement (RDR) of former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara has indicated its readiness "to contribute to dialogue and national reconciliation," in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • In spite of a cease-fire, hurdles remain in Ivorian crisis
    19 october 2002 19:10:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Although President Laurent Gbagbo finally acquiesced last Thursday to a cease-fire, the beleaguered Ivorian leader remains wary of rebels fighting to unseat him. Full text...

  • UN agencies to tackle humanitarian impact of Ivorian crisis
    19 october 2002 17:53:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The emergency meeting of UN agencies in West Africa on the uprising in Cote d'Ivoire ended in Accra Friday, with participants agreeing to help mobilise resources to ameliorate anticipated humanitarian impact of the conflict. Full text...

  • Mozambicans remember Samora Machel
    19 october 2002 17:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi affirmed Saturday that the government was pursuing the vision of the country's first President, Samora Machel, who died in a plane crash exactly 16 years ago. Full text...

  • Top aide of RENAMO leader defects
    19 october 2002 16:54:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A military aide of the former Mozambican rebel movement RENAMO, who was in charge of security at the Inhaminga residence of chairman Afonso Dhlakama has turned himself over to local authorities, press reports indicated Saturday. Full text...

  • Top aide of former rebel RENAMO leader defects
    19 october 2002 16:53:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A military aide of the former Mozambican rebel movement RENAMO, who was in charge of security at the Inhaminga residence of chairman Afonso Dhlakama has turned himself over to local authorities, press reports indicated Saturday. Full text...

  • Uncertainty in Yamoussoukro over cease-fire accord
    19 october 2002 16:41:00
    Yamoussoukro- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Residents of Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire's administrative capital, are divided over the cease-fire agreement signed by the rebels who staged a mutiny 19 September. Full text...

  • Algeria joins Francophonie Organisation
    19 october 2002 16:24:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria is to join the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF), Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem hinted Friday, on the sidelines of the Francophonie summit underway in Beirut, Lebanon. Full text...

  • ECOWAS contact group to hold meeting in Cote d'Ivoire
    19 october 2002 15:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The contact group of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Cote d'Ivoire has tentatively scheduled a summit for Abidjan on Tuesday, ECOWAS sources said Saturday. Full text...

  • Ivorian truce holds in rebel strongholds
    19 october 2002 15:16:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The cease-fire agreed last Thursday by Ivorian rebels fighting the regime of President Laurent Gbagbo, continued to hold Saturday in Bouake and Korhogo, two major cities controlled by the insurgents, sources affirmed. Full text...

  • Cape Verde Prime Minister reshuffles cabinet
    19 october 2002 14:58:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves reorganised the government and reshuffled the cabinet on Friday, firing four ministers and bringing in two. Full text...

  • European Union bows to SADC over Zimbabwe
    19 october 2002 14:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has bowed to pressure from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to change the venue of an upcoming EU-SADC meeting from Europe, where Zimbabwe was going to be barred, to Mozambique. Full text...

  • WFP suspends food aid to violence-torn Zimbabwe district
    19 october 2002 13:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended distribution of relief food aid in Insiza district in Zimbabwe, citing violence linked to a parliamentary by-election to be held next weekend. Full text...

  • Sudanese government denies ceasefire violation
    19 october 2002 12:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Sudanese government denies allegations by the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) of violating a ceasefire agreement they reached Tuesday ahead of the resumption of peace talks in the Kenyan town of Machakos, 30km from Nairobi. Full text...

  • RCD rebel troops recapture Uvira in DR Congo fighting
    19 october 2002 12:04:00
    Bukavu- DR Congo (PANA) -- Troops from the Rwanda-backed Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) recaptured the city of Uvira Saturday morning, following fierce fighting in which over 100 people were killed, according to sources close to the rebellion. Full text...

  • Battle on to succeed Boutros Ghali at Francophonie summit
    19 october 2002 11:24:00
    Beirut- Lebanon (PANA) -- Tough lobbying is under way at the biannual International Francophonie Organisation (OIF) summit in Beirut, where a new secretary general, to succeed Boutros Boutros Ghali of Egypt, will be named before the three-day event ends Sunday. Full text...

  • Somali peace talks on course as more delegates arrive in Kenya
    19 october 2002 10:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Special Envoy for Somalia Elijah Mwangale said the participation of all the key warlords in the ongoing peace and reconciliation talks has brightened the country's chances of returning to normalcy after more than a decade of anarchy. Full text...

  • Leaked memo portrays a power hungry Malawi leader
    18 october 2002 23:01:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi President Bakili Muluzi has allegedly urged his "third term campaign" team to intensify its lobbying of opposition MPs, even if that means bribing them, to vote in favour of amending the constitution to rid of it the current limit of two five-year presidential terms. Full text...

  • Ivorian speaker accuses rebels of supporting Ouattara
    18 october 2002 22:06:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ivorian rebel soldiers who launched a mutiny on 19 September against President Laurent Gbagbo's government are working for opposition leader Alassane Dramane Ouattara, the speaker of Cote d'Ivoire's national assembly, Mamadou Koulibaly, told the French daily, La Croix, Friday. Full text...

  • Ivorian Prime Minister welcomes cease-fire accord
    18 october 2002 19:26:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Ivorian Prime Minister Pascal Afi N'Guessan has welcomed the cease-fire agreement signed Thursday by mutinous soldiers fighting President Laurent Gbagbo's government. Full text...

  • Liberia unlikely to send troops to troubled Cote d'Ivoire
    18 october 2002 19:11:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia may not send troops to neighbouring Cote d'Ivoire as part of an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) peacekeeping mission, President Charles Taylor said Friday. Full text...

  • Govt says Mogae not visiting Zimbabwe
    18 october 2002 18:53:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Office of Botswana President Festus Mogae has denied press reports that he was scheduled to visit Zimbabwe Friday to discuss alleged mistreatment of Zimbabwean immigrants in Botswana. Full text...

  • ECOWAS contact group to meet on Ivorian crisis
    18 october 2002 17:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- After brokering a cease-fire agreement between the Ivorian government and rebel soldiers on Thursday, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has scheduled a summit of its Contact Group on the crisis for 22 October, an ECOWAS source said Friday. Full text...

  • Rebel leader criticises Gbagbo's speech
    18 october 2002 17:09:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Soro Guillaume, Secretary General of the Patriotic Movement of Côte d'Ivoire (MPCI) Friday criticised President Laurent Gbagbo's speech late Thursday, saying the country's mutinous soldiers should be disarmed by ECOWAS. Full text...

  • Ugandan paper apologises for controversial article
    18 october 2002 15:19:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The private Monitor newspaper, which Ugandan authorities shut down last week for publishing a story alleging the crash of an army helicopter during fighting with rebels, was Friday back on newsstands with an apology to the government. Full text...

  • Swazi MPs oppose acquisition of private jet for King
    18 october 2002 14:13:00
    Lobamba- Swaziland (PANA) -- Parliament in Swaziland Friday rejected the idea of acquiring a private jet for King Mswati III, saying the country had more pressing issues to consider for the welfare of its people. Full text...

  • UN representative upbeat about peace prospects in DR Congo
    18 october 2002 13:51:00
    Bukavu- DR Congo (PANA) -- UN special envoy Moustapha Niasse has said he remains optimistic about peace prospects in DR Congo, in spite of a resurgence of fighting in Uvira. Full text...

  • Impeachment bid against Nigerian president takes new turn
    18 october 2002 12:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In what could be described as the hunter becoming the hunted, leaders of Nigeria's bicameral legislature who have championed the bid to impeach President Olusegun Obasanjo are now being targeted for removal by their colleagues. Full text...

  • Argentina closes embassy in Zimbabwe
    18 october 2002 10:42:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Argentina has announced the closure of its embassy in Zimbabwe, citing economic difficulties. Full text...

  • Gbagbo announces another reconciliation forum in Cote d'Ivoire
    18 october 2002 10:31:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo has announced the holding of another forum for national reconciliation. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe accuses British ambassador of meddling in its affairs
    18 october 2002 10:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government has accused Britain's High Commissioner to Harare of meddling in the country's internal affairs in order to topple President Robert Mugabe. Full text...

  • Somalis call for more representation at peace talks
    18 october 2002 08:14:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Thousands of Somalis held a public demonstration calling for fair representation of delegates at the peace and reconciliation talks, now underway in Kenya's western town of Eldoret. Full text...

  • Tanzanian leader holds talks with Kadhafi in Tripoli
    17 october 2002 23:23:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Thursday held talks in Tripoli with Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa who is in the country on a working visit of some days. Full text...

  • Libyan, Sudanese leaders review developments in Sudan
    17 october 2002 23:09:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Leader of the Libyan revolution, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi, and Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, Thursday reviewed recent developments towards ending Sudan's long war and how to consolidate peace and security initiatives in the country, official Libyan sources said in Tripoli. Full text...

  • President Buyoya leaves for Beirut summit
    17 october 2002 22:50:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi leader Pierre Buyoya left Bujumbura Thursday for Beirut to attend the 9th ordinary Francophonie summit which opens Friday in the Lebanese capital. Full text...

  • French Catholics invite Ivorians to hold peace talks
    17 october 2002 22:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French archbishops have invited Ivorians to hold talks and begged them not to use ethnic and religious differences in the current crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Madagascar wants OIF to send observers to its December polls
    17 october 2002 21:38:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Malagasy Foreign Minister Marcel Ranjeva has urged the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF) to send observers to the country's 15 December parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • 121 prisoners get presidential pardon in E.Guinea
    17 october 2002 20:47:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Some 121 prisoners including Fabian Nsue Nguema, Secretary General of Equatorial Guinean opposition Popular Union, have been granted Presidential pardon, State television reported. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's special court to cost $6m to build
    17 october 2002 20:36:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Registrar of the Special Court in Sierra Leone, Robin Vincent, said that a special court to try those who committed war crimes during the country's civil war which ended in February will cost six million US dollars to build. Full text...

  • French Foreign Minister due in Tripoli Friday
    17 october 2002 20:17:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin is expected in Tripoli Friday on a two-day visit to Libya, official sources said in the Libyan capital Thursday. Full text...

  • Govt rejects suggested 'one term' for Obasanjo
    17 october 2002 20:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The call on President Olusegun Obasanjo to shelve his plan to run for a second term, as a way out of the political crisis rocking the country, has elicited a sharp condemnation from the government and the President's supporters. Full text...

  • Ivorian crisis affects other ECOWAS citizens, say UN agencies
    17 october 2002 19:28:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Officials of UN agencies in the West Africa sub-region said in Accra Thursday that the armed conflict in Cote d'Ivoire has adversely affected several thousands of other ECOWAS nationals and called for concerted efforts to prevent further escalation of the crisis. Full text...

  • Mauritanian delegation off to Francophonie Summit
    17 october 2002 18:19:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A Mauritanian official delegation led by Prime Minister Cheikh El Avia ould Mohamed Khouna, left Nouakchott Wednesday for Beirut to attend the 9th Francophonie Summit slated for 18-20 October in the Lebanese capital. Full text...

  • Libyan, Sao Tome officials hold talks in Tripoli
    17 october 2002 17:55:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Top Libyan and Sao Tome officials held a working session Wednesday in Tripoli, attended by Libyan Prime Minister M'Barek Chamekh and President Fradique de Menezes of Sao Tome and Principe. Full text...

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