Central African Republic -
  • President denies Ghanaian MPs car loans
    11 october 2001 13:04:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A four-million-dollar car loan package for Ghana's 200 parliamentarians is at the centre of a confrontation between the legislators and the young administration of President John Agyekum Kufuor, who has declared that the MPs cannot have the money. Full text...

  • Cardiovascular diseases kill 5000 Mauritians annually
    09 october 2001 19:27:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- At least 5,000 Mauritians die of cardiovascular diseases each year, a cardiologist Dr Oomar Uteem revealed in Port-Louis on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cardoso wins posthumous tribute
    07 october 2001 17:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The global anti-corruption NGO Transparency International (TI) has awarded Mozambican journalist Carlos Cardoso a posthumous tribute for his investigative reporting, the country's news agency reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Malagasy flutist Rakoto Frah dies
    01 october 2001 21:30:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- the great flutist, Rakoto Frah, died Saturday in Ravoahangy Andrianavalona Hospital in Antananarivo at the age of 76 following heart problems, the regional press agency MATERA said Monday. Full text...

  • US diplomat reiterates the American position on terrorism
    27 september 2001 20:05:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The US charge d'Affaires in Madagascar, Philip Carter, on Thursday stressed the need for all countries to join the fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Donor consultations on CAR in Paris Monday - Premier
    19 september 2001 22:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Central African Republic prime minister Martin Ziguele Wednesday said that CAR authorities would meet with International Monetary Fund officials and donors on Monday in Paris to discuss an interim economic recovery programme for the country for the fourth semester of 2001. Full text...

  • Nigerian company to explore oil in Cote d'Ivoire
    19 september 2001 13:35:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A Nigeria-based oil exploitation and exploration company, Oranto Limited, has paid 700 million FCFA (about one million US dollars) to the Ivorian government for rights to explore for oil on two sedimentary blocks in the Ivorian Atlantic Sea waters. Full text...

  • French development agency reduces activities in CAR
    18 september 2001 14:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French Development Agency, or AFD, has announced it will scale down activities in Central African Republic as it rearranges its operations worldwide. Full text...

  • Albert Rakoto Ratsimamanga passes away
    17 september 2001 23:08:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Professor Albert Rakoto Ratsimamanga, 94, a Malagasy scholar who has written several scientific books, died Sunday, the MATERA Agency reported Monday. Full text...

  • France pledges support to Central African Republic
    17 september 2001 22:55:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France Monday pledged to assist the Central African Republic (CAR) tackle its financial crisis exacerbated by the 28 May failed military coup attempt. Full text...

  • CAR Prime Minister visits France
    17 september 2001 09:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Prime Minister Martin Ziguele of the Central African Republic begins a three-day visit of France Monday. Full text...

  • Annan assesses Durban Conference Against Racism
    11 september 2001 12:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan has regretted the disagreements "on one or two highly emotional issues" particularly that on the Middle East, which "obscured the solid work" of the just-ended Durban World Conference Against Racism. Full text...

  • WCAR ends as final declaration is adopted
    08 september 2001 19:54:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Conference Against Racism drew to a close on Saturday with the final declaration being adopted despite bitter criticisms by opposing negotiators over the wording of the text dealing with the Middle East issue. Full text...

  • CAR nationals in France want Patasse out
    08 september 2001 19:10:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Irked by what they said were continuing ethnic cleansing in their country, nationals of the Central African Republic (CAR) Saturday staged a protest march in Paris demanding the resignation of President Ange Felix Patasse. Full text...

  • Full text of agreed WCAR stance on slavery
    08 september 2001 15:20:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Following is a full text of the document adopted on the issue of slavery after protracted negotiations that lasted until Saturday morning at the Durban World Conference against Racism: "We acknowledge that slavery and the Slave Trade, including the transatlantic slave trade, were appalling tragedies in the history of humanity not only because of their abhorrent barbarism but also in terms of their magnitude, organised nature and especially their negation of the essence of victims etc. Full text...

  • NGO's call on delegates at WCAR to make a difference
    08 september 2001 11:25:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- As delegates Saturday worked to complete final documents on the last day of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, dozens of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have urged them to address a range of issues to improve the situation of the millions of victims of daily discrimination. Full text...

  • Major breakthrough achieved at WCAR over slavery issue
    08 september 2001 11:02:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- In a major breakthrough at the World Conference Against Racism, agreement has been reached on how to address the issue of slavery in the final declaration. Full text...

  • Racism Conference dominates Malian press
    08 september 2001 00:01:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The proceedings at Durban World Conference Against Racism Durban dominated press reports in Mali this week. Full text...

  • When misinformation and manipulation hold sway
    07 september 2001 22:50:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Given the stakes, the record attendance and the controversies surrounding its topics, it was little wonder the World Conference against Racism turned the host city, Durban, into a stage par excellence for misinformation and manipulation. Full text...

  • Portugal falls out with CPLP partners
    07 september 2001 16:39:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) would invest time towards building consensus on how to deal with the various delicate issues related to racism, slavery and colonialism, its Executive Secretary Dulce Pereira has said. Full text...

  • Durban conference enters a crucial day
    07 september 2001 14:57:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Uncertainty still prevailed Friday over whether delegates at the Durban conference against racism would overcome their disagreements over how to deal with "reparations" for slave trade and "Zionism". Full text...

  • Malagasy government bans use of trademarks in election
    07 september 2001 14:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Malagasy government has prohibited candidates from inserting trade marks of their products on campaign posters during the forthcoming presidential election campaign, reports the MATERA Indian Ocean news agency. Full text...

  • Still no breakthrough as WCAR draws to a close
    07 september 2001 10:42:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- With just hours remaining before the close of the World Conference Against Racism, hopes that delegates would resolve their differences on key issues and secure a consensus, have all but fizzled out. Full text...

  • Horrors of apartheid recalled as victims' forum ends
    07 september 2001 09:13:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The brutality of South Africa's apartheid system was vividly portrayed late Thursday by an 84-year-old black labourer who told a World Conferences Against Racism Special Forum that he was thrown off a farm and left to die after providing 40 years of service. Full text...

  • NGOs submit platform to WCAR conference
    06 september 2001 22:02:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The NGO meeting that preceded and later continued alongside the racism conference in Durban Wednesday urged States attending the forum to recommend reparations for past crimes, regardless of their form. Full text...

  • Senegal, Mauritania deny discrimination accusations
    06 september 2001 20:26:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The head of the Senegalese delegation to the UN world conference on racism, Aminata Tall, denied in Durban Wednesday accusations of an NGO forum report whereby "the griot caste is subjected to discrimination in Senegal". Full text...

  • South African Jewish group slams WCAR
    06 september 2001 20:15:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) charged Thursday that the Durban World Conference Against Racism (WCAR), had degenerated into an anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish gathering. Full text...

  • Youth summit presents its conclusions
    06 september 2001 20:11:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The international youth committee meeting in Durban during the world conference against racism Wednesday evening proposed an 11-point action plan on measures to be taken to fight against racism, discrimination and intolerance more effectively. Full text...

  • Racism issues unresolved as WCAR deadline draws near
    06 september 2001 18:50:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- It is still not certain whether a consensus would be reached on a final declaration at the World Conference against Racism, as negotiators scramble to agree on a number of controversies. Full text...

  • Indian Dalit caste members go on hunger strike at WCAR
    06 september 2001 17:11:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Members of the Indian Dalit "untouchable" caste on Thursday announced that they have embarked on a hunger strike at the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) to ensure their concerns are addressed in the final conference declaration. Full text...

  • Anti-racism meeting prepares draft recommendations
    06 september 2001 16:41:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Little progress had been made Thursday at the Durban conference to produce concrete recommendations on how to combat racism, discrimination and xenophobia in the world. Full text...

  • South African media focus on racism conference
    06 september 2001 10:22:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa has drawn rich praise from around the world over the past week for the manner in which it has hosted the World Conference Against Racism. Full text...

  • NGOs stumble over inflammatory wording in declaration
    06 september 2001 08:33:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- A declaration drawn up by non-governmental organisations at the ongoing World Conference Against Racism has been rejected by Western and southeast Asian NGOs, including five prominent human rights groups. Full text...

  • Palestinian gives a personal account of the Middle East tragedy
    06 september 2001 08:11:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Some 45 villages with a population of 70,000 in the Negev Desert face the danger of being wiped out any time because they are not recognised by Israel, a resident of the area has told the ongoing World Conference Against Racism in Durban. Full text...

  • Arabs dismiss US pullout as smoke screen
    05 september 2001 23:57:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The Arab caucus to the UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South African has dismissed the US withdrawal from the forum as a ploy to divert attention from other fears. Full text...

  • Islamic countries seem more conciliatory
    05 september 2001 23:46:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Delegates from member States of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), met in closed-door session Tuesday and agreed "not to give the enemies of the Palestinian State any pretext to scuttle the Durban World Conference Against Racism," reliable sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Africans stick to their guns over demands for reparations
    05 september 2001 19:37:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Unlike the Arabs, who are prepared to wait for another occasion to press their case, Africans at the World Conference against Racism are far from relenting on their demand for apologies over western abuses. Full text...

  • Archbishop Tutu says WCAR can learn from South Africa
    05 september 2001 17:10:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Wednesday told journalists covering the World Conference Against Racism that the entire world could draw lessons from South Africa's experience in dealing with the legacy of apartheid. Full text...

  • Durban conference ready to make concessions
    05 september 2001 12:37:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Conference against Racism, under way in Durban since Friday, made substantial progress at the end of its fifth day. Full text...

  • Whither the World Conference Against Racism
    05 september 2001 12:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, is at pains convincing the world that the World Conference Against Racism "will achieve its mandate", despite the withdrawal of the US and Israeli delegations from the Durban parley. Full text...

  • WCAR delegates deadlock over slavery issue
    05 september 2001 11:41:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Delegates attending the World Conference Against Racism have failed to reach agreement over the issue of slavery and reparations. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe feels cheated by London and Washington
    05 september 2001 09:56:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- It was on the basis of commitments and promises made by the British and American governments that Zimbabwe agreed to national reconciliation, Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa told the ongoing World Conference against Racism. Full text...

  • US sends out mixed signals after snubbing WCAR
    05 september 2001 08:39:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The United States which has come under enormous criticism for its decision to withdraw from the World Conference Against Racism has attempted to soften the blow by claiming it had not withdrawn completely. Full text...

  • Victims describe acts of racism in England, Australia and the US
    05 september 2001 08:15:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Victims of gross human rights abuses in England, Australia and the United States have added their voices to a special forum being held as part of the World Conference Against Racism in Durban. Full text...

  • Comoros calls for liberation of Mayotte
    04 september 2001 23:50:00
    Durban- South-Africa (PANA) -- At the World Conference against Racism underway in Durban, South Africa, the government of Comoros has appealed to the international community to help liberate the island of Mayotte from colonial administration. Full text...

  • Trans-Atlantic solidarity in favour of reparations
    04 september 2001 23:48:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The world conference against racism and discrimination Tuesday staged a trans-Atlantic solidarity rally in favour of reparations for the prejudices endured for centuries by black communities and those of African origin. Full text...

  • WCAR debate moves on without the US and Israel
    04 september 2001 23:28:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The general debate at the World Conference against Racism continued Tuesday without the US and Israeli delegations, which withdraw the previous evening, and speakers addressed such modern forms of intolerance as xenophobia against migrant workers, the role of education and the racism of sanctions. Full text...

  • Play focuses on racism and reconciliation
    04 september 2001 23:17:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Personal stories of Apartheid brutality, injustice and the complex issues of truth and reconciliation are being staged on the sidelines of the World Conference against Racism holding in Durban. Full text...

  • Victims of racism describe horrific ordeals
    04 september 2001 23:05:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- A 15-year-old South African school girl fought back tears on Monday as she described the humiliation she endured when she was wrongfully accused of shoplifting and painted white last year. Full text...

  • Jewish NGOs withdraw from WCAR in solidarity with Israel
    04 september 2001 17:33:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- A number of Jewish non- governmental organisations have announced their withdrawal from the World Conference Against Racism on Tuesday, hours after the official Israeli delegation withdrew in solidarity with the US. Full text...

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