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African Union opens with plea for peace, economic development

AU ministers to chart role of Diaspora in Africa's growth (FCN, 05-28-2003)Birth of the African Union (FCN, 07-14-2002)The Birth of the African Union (Min. Louis Farrakhan, 07-24-2001) Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) -  The sixth ordinary session of the African Union (AU) summit opened in Khartoum on Monday, with African leaders expressing resolve to foster peace and economic development in the...

Strong earthquake hits East Africa

Kampala, Uganda (PANA) -  A strong earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale shook Uganda's capital, Kampala, on Monday (1225 GMT). Hundreds of people evacuated office buildings and shopping malls in mainly medium rising buildings in the city center, and were largely seen assembled in open spaces waiting for further information. Meteorological reports said a magnitude of 6.8 also hit...

Literary giant decries ‘language colonialism’

GINNEWS (GIN) - Nigeria's celebrated novelist Chinua Achebe has called on contemporary African writers to give priority to their mother tongue, in order to lessen the negative consequences of colonialism on African arts and culture. He also called for the revival of Africa's dying oral traditions of storytelling, which he considers unique. The Panafrican News Agency quoted the world famous...

Libyan leader calls for international inquiry in Arafat’s death

TRIPOLI, Libya (PANA) - Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gadhafi  has called on the Arab League to make arrangements with the parties concerned to set up an international commission of enquiry into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, an official source said here Sunday. "After the results of analyses have demonstrated that President Arafat was poisoned, I am calling...

International community backs AU operations in Darfur

Related links: The African Union (Official Site)Sudan delegation returns; Findings reflect new UN report: no genocide in Darfur (FCN, 02-10-2005)In Harlem, a discussion on the Sudan (FCN, 11-23-2004) ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (PANA) - An international pledging conference for the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) ended here May 26, expressing greater solidarity, but leaving issues of financial and material support...

Ghana’s Government issues apology for rights abuse

GINNEWS The Republic of GhanaKwame Nkrumah's contribution to the decolonization process in Africa (Africaspeaks.com) ACCRA, Ghana (GIN) - The final report of the National Reconciliation Commission, appointed to investigate past human rights abuses in the country between 1957 and 1993, has just been released. The commission, set up in 2002, considered the impact of socio-economic disparities and colonial policies on the...

South Africa: Zimbabwe poll results reflect people’s will

President Kenneth Kaunda speaks to Black journalists (FCN, 11-18-2003)FinalCall.com Special Report on Zimbabwe (FCN, 11-05-2002) JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (PANA)–The South African government said recently that the outcome of the recent parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe was a credible reflection of the will of the people of Zimbabwe. In a statement issued after a meeting in Pretoria, the cabinet said it noted the...

Protesting  spreads through Africa over India’s proposed law on drug patents

GINNEWS India/Africa: Threat to Generic Drugs (Africa Focus, 03-07-2005)Drug Patents Draw Scrutiny as Bush Goes to Africa (CorpWatch, 07-09-2003) (GIN) - Protestors in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and other countries are denouncing a move by India, a key producer and exporter of generic anti-retroviral drugs, to pass new legislation that could eventually force inexpensive AIDS drugs off the market. Protestors, in Uganda and...

Sudan delegation returns; Findings reflect new UN report: no genocide in Darfur

FCN Editorial - Clear the cloud of confusion over Sudanese conflict (02-10-2005)EU restores ties with Sudan and offers aid (FCN, 02-09-2005) WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - The ongoing high profile condemnations in this country of the Sudanese government are “counterproductive and inaccurate,” according to a group of Black media, human rights and community leaders who have just returned from that country....

White farmers in South Africa exploit workers, diplomat charges

HARARE, Zimbabwe (PANA)–South African Labor Minister Membathisi Mdladlana said recently that White farmers in his country grossly exploited Zimbabwean immigrant farm workers, most of whom entered the country illegally. Mr. Mdladlana was in Harare for talks with his Zimbabwean counterpart on how to harmonize labor laws between the two countries when he made the statements. An estimated two million...