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  • Ship stranded on Cape Town beach after major gale
    19 august 2003 10:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A large container ship ran aground on a Cape Town beach Tuesday morning after gale force winds and heavy rains lashed the area. Full text...

  • Study identifies medicinal plants in Kisantu
    18 august 2003 20:08:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The botanical gardens of Kisantu in the Bas-Congo Province has 9,000 species of plants, including 3,000 species of medicinal value, according to a study. Full text...

  • America aids Zambia to remove landmines
    18 august 2003 15:08:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The United States has trained 54 Zambia army personnel and provided equipment worth 2 million dollars to remove landmines in Zambia's southern and eastern border regions, US envoy Martin Brennan said here Monday. Full text...

  • New laws to protect South Africa's endangered shellfish
    18 august 2003 14:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Environmental Affairs and Tourism minister Mohammed Valli Moosa on Monday released a draft policy on the allocation of fishing rights for abalone, a threatened marine species. Full text...

  • South Africa to join chase for toothfish poachers
    18 august 2003 09:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African navy supply vessel was Monday preparing to join a high sea chase for a Uruguayan ship suspected of poaching a rare fish in the south Atlantic Ocean. Full text...

  • Francophonie youths to convene in Cameroon 29 August
    14 august 2003 19:45:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Federation of Cameroonian Youth Associations (CAJC) and the Francophonie Inter-governmental Agency (AIF) has organised the first meeting of youths from Francophone countries on sustainable development 29 August in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Mauritius prepares for 2004 island-states conference
    14 august 2003 18:56:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Environment minister, Rajesh Bhagwan launched Thursday at Domaine Les Pailles, near Port Louis, the first consultations for island-states international conference scheduled here 30 August to 3 September to review the action programme adopted in Barbade in 1994 for the sustainable development of those states. Full text...

  • 700 families made homeless by fresh Sudan floods
    14 august 2003 08:32:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Some 700 families have been rendered homeless by floods from heavy rains in southern Sudan's Unity State, even as relief supplies poured into eastern Kassala State following the worst floods there in 70 years. Full text...

  • Guinea records bumper rainy season, says meteorologist
    13 august 2003 22:43:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinea Conakry is recording an "excellent" rainfall this year, averaging a surplus of 46 percent, the National Meteorological Division revealed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Torrential rain ravages small southern Morocco town
    13 august 2003 22:09:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Torrential rain Tuesday inundated several houses in the Moroccan town of Tan-Tan (Sahara), the Meteorology department said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africans ponder source of Johannesburg's white dust
    13 august 2003 14:53:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African University is conducting tests on white dust that descended on Johannesburg last Monday night during a freak storm, to establish if it was blown from the Kalahari desert, hundreds of kilometres away. Full text...

  • Durban to host world conference on crucial environmental issues
    13 august 2003 14:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A world conference to examine crucial environmental issues has been slated for 8-17 September in Durban, South Africa, with some 2,500 delegates on roll. Full text...

  • UN agency warns about more flooding in Sudan
    13 august 2003 08:28:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Office of the UN Resident Humanitarian Co-ordinator for Sudan has warned of more flooding in Kassala, north-eastern Sudan, as water levels in the Gash River started rising again Monday. Full text...

  • Aid bodies seek 8 million dollars for Sudanese flood victims
    12 august 2003 08:46:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- UN bodies and other aid agencies in Sudan have appealed to the international community for 8. Full text...

  • Heat wave kills 5 million chickens in Morocco
    11 august 2003 19:46:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- About five million chickens have been destroyed by the heat wave that swept through Morocco in the past several days, "L'Economiste" newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • Floods wreak havoc in southern Sudan
    11 august 2003 09:29:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Flash floods have devastated the Rubbkona and Bentiu localities of Unity State in Sudan's Western Upper Nile Region, the state-run commission for humanitarian aid announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Heavy rains kill three in Mauritania
    11 august 2003 09:20:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Heavy rains in several towns and villages southeast of Mauritania last Friday and Saturday left three people dead, injured several more and caused extensive damage to property, sources confirmed here Sunday. Full text...

  • Fire guts nearly 4,000 hectares of forests in Algeria
    10 august 2003 20:14:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Some 3,741 hectares of forests were devastated by fires in Algeria between early June and 8 August, according to the civil protection services. Full text...

  • World Bank supports work at Mozambican Dam
    08 august 2003 19:17:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The World Bank has granted Mozambique about four million US dollars to finance works on the Corumana dam, in the country's Moamba district, within the southern province of Maputo. Full text...

  • Kenya acts to tame perennial floods
    06 august 2003 21:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya government in conjunction with her development partners will soon put in place stringent measures to control floods and famine that have brought hardship to thousands of people in the country's flood prone areas, state minister in the country's Vice Presidency, Linah Jebii Kilimo, said here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Official accuses foreigners of poaching Mozambican wildlife
    06 august 2003 17:34:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Malawian and Tanzanian poachers are harming wildlife in the natural reserve of Mozambique's northern province of Niassa, a local administration official has charged. Full text...

  • Two farm workers sent to jail for using gin traps
    06 august 2003 12:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Two Western Cape farm labourers have been sentenced to three years imprisonment following the death of a small buck they caught with a saw-toothed gin trap. Full text...

  • Mauritius declares war on vehicle pollution
    05 august 2003 22:30:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- New regulations on polluting vehicles will come into force in Mauritius on 1 September in an effort to control smoke emissions on the country's roads, an official source told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania's dugongs under serious risk of extinction, report warns
    04 august 2003 21:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Tanzania's population of dugongs is on the verge of collapse as a result of accidental entanglement in gill nets, a new report issued recently by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) reveals. Full text...

  • Slight earth tremor in Morocco
    04 august 2003 20:24:00
    Rabat- Morocco(PANA) -- A minor earthquake was recorded Monday off the Moroccan city of Al Hoceima, some 450-km north-east of Rabat, the National Centre for Scientific and Technical Research said. Full text...

  • Virunga National Park in DR Congo under threat
    04 august 2003 15:48:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- The recurrence of war, demographic pressure, traditional conception of land ownership, weak human resources and insufficient financial means are causing the deforestation of the Vurunga National Park (PNVi), listed among endangered parks, environmental scientist Deo Mbula observed. Full text...

  • Sudan floods kill 20
    03 august 2003 18:42:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Floods have killed another seven people in a Sudanese town south of the nation's capital, following heavy rains that also rendered thousands homeless, a Khartoum newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Algerian Housing Ministry urges legal probe of collapsed building
    03 august 2003 18:25:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian Housing and Urban Planning Ministry has lodged complaints urging the courts in Algiers and Bourmedés, 50-km east of the nation's capital, to investigate the causes of the buildings that collapsed following the country's last May's earthquake. Full text...

  • 21 die from heat-induced dehydration in Algeria
    03 august 2003 16:22:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- At least 21 people have died from dehydration in the past few days as a result of intensive heat in Algeria's far south region of Ain Salah, in the Tamanrasset Prefecture, hospital sources said in Algiers Sunday. Full text...

  • Libya to help flood victims in Sudan
    02 august 2003 19:53:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leaders, Col. Full text...

  • Scorching heat permeates Morocco
    01 august 2003 20:38:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco has been exposed to scorching heat over the past two days, with temperatures reaching over 47 degrees in some regions. Full text...

  • S. African groups urge ban on 'barbaric' trapping of animals
    31 july 2003 09:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Non-governmental organisation, Suidpunt Environmental Alliance (SEA) has urged the South African Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Valli Moosa, to ban "the barbaric gin trap," which annually maims and tortures countless animals or condemns them to an agonising death. Full text...

  • Kenyan region loses animals due to improper waste disposal
    30 july 2003 14:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's North Eastern region, the country's main beef cattle producing area, has lost a significant number of animals due to their consumption of plastic paper, a senior administrative official in the region says. Full text...

  • RSA, USA to cooperate in areas of climate change
    30 july 2003 14:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A two-day bilateral meeting on climate change between South Africa and the United States ended in Pretoria with an agreement by both parties to strengthen their bilateral cooperation in the area of climate change. Full text...

  • Morocco records minor earthquake
    29 july 2003 19:13:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- An earthquake measuring 4. Full text...

  • East African nations hold disaster management symposium
    29 july 2003 18:41:00
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ministers of Foreign affairs, Defence and Disaster Management from East African countries are meeting here to continue a multi-year project designed to establish the framework for a regional response to natural and man-made disasters, the US embassy here said in a news bulletin Tuesday. Full text...

  • African water producers meet in Algiers
    29 july 2003 14:13:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- A meeting of African water producers is underway in Algiers, the Algerian capital, preparing an agenda for next African Union gathering on water. Full text...

  • Major project to study brown haze over Cape Town
    29 july 2003 08:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The unsightly brown haze hovering over Cape Town predominantly during winter is the focus of the Brown Haze project launched in the city on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya goes tough on industrial pollution
    28 july 2003 14:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has introduced tough new laws to curb industrial pollution in the country, Environment Minister Newton Kulundu said Monday. Full text...

  • Experts reveal mercury intoxication in Ghana
    25 july 2003 20:39:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A group of scientists from France and Ghana has revealed growing mercury intoxication in Ghana's Western Region, which has deposits of several minerals. Full text...

  • Senegal bans new mining exploitation in reserved forests
    25 july 2003 18:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese government has banned new mining exploitation in the country's reserved forests, an official said. Full text...

  • Belgium to fund afforestation programme in Kenya
    24 july 2003 22:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Belgium said it would offer Kenya an undisclosed amount of funds to promote its afforestation programmes in arid and semi-arid lands of the country, Belgian ambassador Frederic Renard said here on Thursday. Full text...

  • Algeria, Tunisia in joint forest fire manoeuvres
    24 july 2003 14:53:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria and Tunisia have been holding joint exercises on extinguishing forest fires along their border in the Tunisian region of Tabarka, the civil defence unit of Tarf prefecture, about 600 km east of Algiers, disclosed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Somali plants become new targets in illegal trade
    23 july 2003 22:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A boom in poached "succulent" plants is among the latest threats facing Africa's rare and endangered wildlife, an experts meeting in the Kenyan capital has learnt. Full text...

  • ADF grants Ethiopia $2.6 million for water management study
    23 july 2003 17:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Development Fund (ADF) has approved a grant of 2. Full text...

  • Ivory traders freshly threaten African elephants
    23 july 2003 11:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has warned that the recent seizure at Bangkok International airport of 65 elephant tusks worth more than $70,000 on a flight from Africa signalled the targeting of more elephants by illegal ivory traders. Full text...

  • 20 die in Cameroon landslide
    22 july 2003 19:31:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- At least 20 people died in a landslide that shoot Wabane in Cameroon's south-western province between Sunday and Monday, according to State broadcasting corporation, CRTV. Full text...

  • Elephants, buffaloes trample crops in northern Congo
    22 july 2003 18:31:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Rampaging elephants and buffaloes have destroyed 130 hectares of cassava and banana farms in Kabo, northern Congo, press reports said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Agriculture officials seize mangoes from Egyptian premier
    22 july 2003 08:54:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Agriculture ministry officials on Monday confiscated a Sudanese government gift of mangoes from Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Ebeid upon his return to Cairo for violating Egypt's fruit import rules, the Egyptian government-run Alahram daily reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia needs to tread the footsteps of Yifru Kogna
    21 july 2003 12:08:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- After his passing, Yifru Kogna is being praised as Ethiopia's environmental "warrior" because of his efforts to fight against soil erosion. Full text...

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