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  • Burundian soldiers take courses on humanitarian law
    09 april 2002 15:53:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 20 Burundian military officials are undergoing a week-long training on international humanitarian law, initiated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Full text...

  • Fighting rages in Congo's Kindamba locality
    09 april 2002 15:20:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A fresh wave of fighting erupted Monday between Congolese government troops and Ninja militiamen led by Father Frederik Bitsangou alias Ntumi in Kindamba, west of the capital Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Obasanjo, others to mark Idi Amin's fall in Uganda
    09 april 2002 15:14:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is among African leaders confirmed to grace Uganda's first formal anniversary celebration of Idi Amin's fall from power. Full text...

  • Germany to reopen embassy in N'djamena
    09 april 2002 14:08:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Germany will in July reopen its embassy in Chad, closed four years ago as a cost-cutting measure, Chadian Foreign Minister Mahamat Saleh Annadif has said. Full text...

  • Guinea seeks compensation for hosting refugees
    09 april 2002 13:49:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- A "solidarity conference," long sought by Guinea to discuss reparations for the havoc wreaked on the country's economy and ecology by Sierra Leonean and Liberian refugees, would now hold in France. Full text...

  • Moroccan King Mohamed, Arafat hold telephone talks
    09 april 2002 12:09:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan King Mohamed VI had telephone talks Monday evening with Israeli-besieged Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) has reported. Full text...

  • One dead, 14 wounded in Antananarivo clashes
    09 april 2002 11:48:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Law enforcement officers loyal to President Didier Ratsiraka Monday opened fire on pro-opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana's demonstrators in Antananarivo, killing one person and wounding 14 others, according to official sources Tuesday in the Malagasy capital. Full text...

  • Sankoh's lawyer accuses govt of unnecessary delay
    09 april 2002 11:40:00
    Freetown Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Edo Onanya, defence lawyer to Sierra Leone's detained rebel leader Fonday Sankoh Tuesday protested against what he called "series of adjournments" by the prosecution. Full text...

  • African conflicts due to obscurantism, manipulation - Uganda
    09 april 2002 07:59:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Endless internal and external conflicts within countries of the Great Lakes region are a result of ideological obscurantism and colonial manipulation, Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya, Zimbabwe officials focus on cooperation
    08 april 2002 23:00:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's secretary of the committee on African Union, Dr. Full text...

  • Kinshasa rejects calls to scrape existing institutions
    08 april 2002 22:37:00
    Sun city- Africa (PANA) -- Representatives of the Kinshasa government at the ongoing inter-Congolese dialogue in Sun City have rejected calls to scrape all existing administrative institutions as suggested by the rebel Congolese Democratic Rally/ Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) and certain opposition parties. Full text...

  • Belligerent parties in DR Congo urged to unveil agenda
    08 april 2002 22:10:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- Members of the unarmed opposition at the Inter-Congolese dialogue in Sun City said the task of a transitional government in DR Congo should be solely to organise elections. Full text...

  • Ghana says Zimbabwe election results unacceptable
    08 april 2002 22:08:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A three-member Ghanaian team that observed the Zimbabwean presidential poll last month said Monday that the election was not transparent and its results were unacceptable. Full text...

  • Mbeki urges Congolese to compromise their differences
    08 april 2002 21:44:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki on Monday continued to hold discussions in Pretoria and Sun City with DR Congo leaders attending the on-going inter-Congolese dialogue in a bid to broker compromise. Full text...

  • State of press freedom in Palestine worries UNESCO
    08 april 2002 20:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura Monday stressed grave concern over restrictions imposed (by Israeli forces) on journalists in the exercise of their profession in several Palestinian towns. Full text...

  • Presidential hopefuls begin campaign in Mali
    08 april 2002 20:34:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Presidential candidates in Mali Monday entered their second day of campaigning for the 28 April elections. Full text...

  • Majority of Egypt's ruling party candidates unopposed
    08 april 2002 20:02:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Nearly 70 percent of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) candidates were unopposed as voters started to cast ballots early Monday to elect new municipal councillors. Full text...

  • UN sharpens focus on positive developments in Angola
    08 april 2002 20:01:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The UN has expressed immense encouragement over the positive pace of the Angolan peace process, saying it will embark on a major engagement to complement efforts of the Angolan people for lasting peace. Full text...

  • Ghana calls for action on Middle East crisis
    08 april 2002 19:23:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana on Monday expressed concern about the escalating conflict between Israel and Palestine and called for an urgent and concerted effort by the international community to end it before it degenerates into a full-scale war, which could destabilise the region. Full text...

  • Rwandans demonstrate as Kagame libel case opens
    08 april 2002 19:08:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Leon Habyarimana, the son of late Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana was among demonstrators who matched to Kigali's embassy in Paris Monday to demand the truth over the 1994 downing of the plane in which his father as well as the Burundian leader Cyprien Ntrayramira died. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean parties begin reconciliation talks
    08 april 2002 18:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's two main political parties began talks Monday on the disputed outcome of the 9-11 March presidential poll, and the country's economic and political future. Full text...

  • Angola seeks SADC's support to solidify peace
    08 april 2002 18:45:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Justice Minster Paulo Tjipolica of Angola has appealed to the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) for support to solidify peace in the civil war-ravaged country. Full text...

  • RUFP names candidate for Sierra Leone's presidential poll
    08 april 2002 18:06:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front Party (RUFP) has named Paolo Bangura as its candidate for the country's May presidential election. Full text...

  • Sudanese protest against Israel, US
    08 april 2002 17:39:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- More than five hundred thousand Sudanese from all walks of life Monday marched through Khartoum streets condemning Israel's military operations in the Palestinian territories. Full text...

  • Algerian Parliament adopts Tamazight as an official language
    08 april 2002 17:21:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian parliament, at a special session Monday, unanimously adopted a constitutional amendment making Tamazight (Berber) one of the country's national languages. Full text...

  • Congolese army braces for counter offensive on Ninjas
    08 april 2002 17:20:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese government forces have reinforced security in the Pool area (north-west of Brazzaville), in preparation for a general offensive against the "Ninjas" militia led by Pastor Frederick Bitsangou alias Ntumi, a military source said in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe court releases human rights activists
    08 april 2002 17:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A court in Zimbabwe Monday released on bail 30 human rights activists detained at the weekend for staging a banned demonstration to demand a new constitution. Full text...

  • NEPAD apostle comes to town
    08 april 2002 16:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Asked why he was so concerned about Africa despite problems back in his own country, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien told reporters during his recent trip to Nigeria that Canada's problems paled into insignificance when compared with Africa's. Full text...

  • Kadhafi hails pro-Palestinian demonstrations
    08 april 2002 16:28:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The leader of the Libyan Revolution, Col. Full text...

  • Egypt, Jordan discuss plight of Palestinians
    08 april 2002 16:17:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt held discussions Monday in Cairo with Jordanian Prime Minister Ali Abu al-Raghebin on ways to "harmonise and coordinate efforts to halt Israeli violence and aggression on the Palestinian people," official sources said. Full text...

  • SADC's legal sector urged to uphold democracy, rule of law
    08 april 2002 16:01:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, has urged attorney-generals and justice ministers from SADC to adhere strictly to the fundamental values of democracy and the rule of law. Full text...

  • Malawi opposition leader freed on bail
    08 april 2002 14:57:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A Blantyre High Court Monday released on bail, Malawi's opposition Congress Party (MCP), Publicity Secretary, Nicholas Dausi, who was arrested last Wednesday after apologising on State broadcast media, for atrocities committed under late President Hastings Kamuzu Banda's regime. Full text...

  • Other measures would follow land reform, Zimbabwe leader hints
    08 april 2002 14:48:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has hinted that his country's controversial land reform programme was "just a prelude to other measures" envisaged by the government to take control of, and buoy the economy. Full text...

  • Former Ivorian ruling party maintains chairman
    08 april 2002 13:30:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Former Ivorian Head of State and incumbent chairman of the now opposition Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire (PDCI-RDA) Henri Konan Bedie has been re-elected at the helm of the party by an overwhelming majority (82 percent). Full text...

  • Kadhafi slams West for attacking Mugabe
    08 april 2002 13:26:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi has slammed Western countries for attacking Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, whom he described as "a man who is trying to return Africa's land to Africans. Full text...

  • Houses of pro-Ratsiraka politicians attacked
    08 april 2002 12:22:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Antananarivo homes of two politicians close to Madagascar's embattled President Didier Ratsiraka, were attacked Monday morning by vandals, witnesses said. Full text...

  • DR Congo group call for five minutes of silence for peace
    08 april 2002 12:16:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A group of DR Congo activists working "for peace and unification of the Congo" have invited all Congolese wherever they are to observe five minutes of silence on Monday at 1200 GMT to pray for a return of peace to the potentially rich country. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Benin to sign Trans-border pact
    08 april 2002 12:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria and its western neighbour Benin Republic, are to sign a trans-border co-operation pact to strengthen their socio-economic links, News Agency of Nigeria reported. Full text...

  • Over 3 million Moroccans express support for Palestinians
    07 april 2002 20:23:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Over 3 million Moroccans on Sunday marched through the streets of Rabat to express support for Palestinians currently faced with mounting Israeli military attacks in the escalating Middle East. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe opposition demands new presidential poll
    07 april 2002 19:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The leader of Zimbabwe's biggest opposition party Sunday demanded a re-run of a presidential election held last month, which the party accuses President Robert Mugabe of rigging to extend his 22-year rule. Full text...

  • Kadhafi denounces US "bias" in Middle East crisis
    07 april 2002 19:35:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Elected Ivorian party leader to appoint secretary
    07 april 2002 19:00:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The secretary general of Cote d'Ivoire's Democratic Party will be appointed by the candidate who wins the former ruling party's presidential election held Sunday morning. Full text...

  • Mugabe calls on Africans to support Palestinians
    07 april 2002 18:17:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday said that Africans have a duty to support Palestinians In their bid to recover their land and independence. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe ejected from Commonwealth legislative body
    07 april 2002 17:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe has been ejected from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association as part of the group's sanctions for allegedly running a sham presidential election last month, the country's television reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Mauritanian union denounces Arab leaders' passivity
    07 april 2002 17:45:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Union of Mauritanian Workers (UTM) has accused Arab leaders of being passive in the face of what it termed as "atrocious acts being committed by the US- backed Zionist armed forces" against the Palestinian people. Full text...

  • Malawian opposition leader denied bail
    07 april 2002 17:09:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A senior opposition figure who was arrested after apologising on state radio for atrocities committed under the regime of former Malawian dictator Kamuzu Banda, was denied bail by a judge in Blantyre on Friday. Full text...

  • Kuwaiti minister rules out using oil as a political weapon
    07 april 2002 16:12:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Kuwait's minister of state for foreign affairs Sheikh Mohamed As-sabah Es-salem As-sabah told the Egyptian daily Al Ahram on Sunday that "it would be irrespon- sible" to think that oil could be used as an "influential and effective weapon" to pressure Israel's allies. Full text...

  • Canadian Premier impressed by progress on NEPAD
    07 april 2002 15:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien on Sunday said he was impressed with progress in the programme to get the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) off the ground, saying decisions on the plan would be taken at the summit of the G8 summit in June. Full text...

  • Kenyan Paper Faults Bush's Approach to Middle East Conflict
    07 april 2002 14:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's mass circulation Sunday Nation newspaper has criticised US President George Bush's approach to the Middle East Crisis, saying this would rather increase the spate of violence in the area rather than reduce it. Full text...

  • Reunion stages pro-Ravalomanana demonstrations
    07 april 2002 13:39:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Over 1,000 persons have demonstrated in the streets of Saint Denis, capital of Reunion following a solidarity call for Madagascar against the economic blockade imposed on Antananarivo and the "dictatorship" of incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka. Full text...

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