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  • Court to rule on sedition case against British couple
    29 december 2008 21:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) - – The Banjul Magistrate's Court will on Tuesday deliver ju dgement in a sedition case involving British couple David Borland Fulton and Fio n a Rachael, judicial sources in Banjul confirmed to PANA Monday. Full text...

  • Boxing Day tragedy in Nigeria claims six lives
    26 december 2008 21:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Six children from the same family died in an early morni ng fire outbreak on Friday in Surulere, a middle class area of Nigeria's commerc i al city of Lagos, according to a report by the privately-owned Silverbird Televi s ion (STV). Full text...

  • Newspaper boss arrested for running stories on President Conte's health
    20 december 2008 15:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The General Administrator of Conakry-based privately-own ed Le Lynx Media Group, Diallo Souleymane, was arrested and grilled by Guinea's P residential guards for publishing stories on the ailing health of General Lansan a Conte, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) said in a statement received her e by PANA Saturday. Full text...

  • Police detain newspaper editor in Guinea Conakry
    19 december 2008 23:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Thiernodjo Dayedio Diallo, managing editor of La Verite newspaper, is being detained by the Police in Guinea Conakry after writing and p u blishing an open letter calling for the dismissal of the country's Prime Ministe r Ahmed Tidiane Souare, the sub-regional media freedom watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), said in a statement on Friday. Full text...

  • IFJ demands "independent investigation" into murder of Gambian journalist
    17 december 2008 23:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has re newed calls for an independent investigation into the killing of a leading Gambi a n journalist, Deyda Hydara, calling for the "perpetrators of this heinous crime t o be brought to justice," the global media freedom watchdog said in a statement r eceived by PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Accident disrupts traffic on Beira-Zimbabwe line
    17 december 2008 22:47:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Rail traffic between the central Mozambican port of Beira and Zimbabwe has been interrupted since Monday by the derailing of 19 of the 21 wagons of a goods train in the area of Amatongas in Manica province, reports Wed nesday's issue of the Maputo daily Noticias. Full text...

  • Chambas urges contestants to be ECOWAS peace ambassadors
    17 december 2008 16:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Full text...

  • IFJ denounces arrest of Burkinabe protesters
    16 december 2008 21:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The global rights body, International Federation of Jour nalists (IFJ), on Tuesday condemned the arrest of four leading members of Burkin a Faso's Coalition Against Impunity which recently held a demonstration marking t h e 10th anniversary of the assassination of investigative journalist, Norbert Zon g o, IFJ said in a communiqué. Full text...

  • MFWA calls for "sustained pressure" on Gambia government
    16 december 2008 20:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – The Accra--based rights body, Media Foundation for West A frica (MFWA) on Tuesday called on the international community maintain "sustaine d pressure" on the Gambian government with a view to ending "impunity" and ensure that the country improves on its "horrific media rights situation", MFWA said in a statement received here by PANA. Full text...

  • Unpunished murder of Hydara leaves Gambian journalists in fear - RSF
    16 december 2008 12:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) --The Paris-based media freedom watchdog, Reporters Without Borders, with French acronym (RSF), on Monday blamed the Gambian authorities fo r “continuing impunity” for failing to bring to justice the killers of Deyda Hyda r a, Managing Editor of Banjul-based Point Newspaper. Full text...

  • Slain Gambian editor to be remembered
    16 december 2008 09:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – Colleagues and friends of -Deyda Hydara, the slain Gambia n journalist, have lined up activities to commemorate the 16 December killing of the former Managing Editor of Banjul-based Point Newspaper, sources informed PAN A Monday. Full text...

  • Egypt police kill Togolese on Israeli border
    13 december 2008 14:45:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) – A Togolese man was shot and -killed by Egyptian police alon g the lengthy desert border with Israel on Friday in yet another show of force t h at human rights groups have condemned. Full text...

  • Mali finalises establishment of road safety agency
    12 december 2008 20:59:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian government has stepped up measures to set up a national road safety agency (ANASER) against the background of bloody accidents i n the West African state, official sources said on Friday. Full text...

  • British couple charged with sedition
    05 december 2008 23:17:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) - – A British couple was on Friday arraigned before Principa l Magistrate Edrissa Mbai of the Banjul Magistrate's Court charged with sedition . Full text...

  • IFJ condemns abduction of Zimbabwean journalist
    05 december 2008 22:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Fri day condemned the abduction of a Zimbabwean female journalist, Jestina Mukoko. Full text...

  • Gambia police arrest British couple for negative publications
    04 december 2008 23:59:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) – A British couple, David Bo-rland Fulton and wife Fiona Ra chel, is being detained at the Gambia police headquarters in Banjul for allegedl y publishing negative articles about the West African state. Full text...

  • CPJ: 23 journalists held in African jails
    04 december 2008 23:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The US-based global media watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), on Thursday released its annual report which indicated that a total of 23 journalists remained jailed for their work in sub-Saharan Africa co m pared with 125 across the world. Full text...

  • Int'l treaty to ban cluster bombs opens for signature
    03 december 2008 23:51:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- About 100 countries on Wednesday in Oslo, Norway, began endorsing an international treaty to ban the use of cluster bombs. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe court relaxes bail conditions for WOZA leaders
    02 december 2008 23:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) - – The Bulawayo Magistrate's Court in Zimbabwe on Tuesday r elaxed bail conditions for Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu, the embattled l eaders of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), before adjourning the trial to 22 Janu a ry, WOZA said in a statement received in Dakar by PANA. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean youth ransacks radio station
    02 december 2008 21:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) - – A group of youth from Tombo, a town situated 40 kilometr es from Freetown, the Sierra Leone capital, has ransacked the premises of a comm u nity radio station, Voice of Peninsula, destroying the broadcasting equipment, m e dia rights body Media Foundation For West Africa (MFWA), said in a statement rec e ived in Dakar by PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • WOZA leaders return to court Tuesday
    01 december 2008 21:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The trial of Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu, the embattled leaders of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), a pressure group in Zimbabw e , will resume on 2 December, WOZA said in a statement on Monday. Full text...

  • Pan-African rights body condemns killing of DRC journalist
    28 november 2008 23:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Accra-based Pan-African rights body, Network of Afri can Freedom of Expression Organisations (NAFEO), on Friday condemned the recent k illing of a journalist, Didace Nalujimbo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (D R C). Full text...

  • Gambian court sentences police volunteer to death
    26 november 2008 23:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A magistrate court in Gambia has sentenced a police volu nteer, Doduo Janneh to death after finding him guilty of murder, judicial source s in Banjul confirmed to PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Youth to have roundtable with ministers on "inclusive education"
    26 november 2008 20:57:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) – A group of young people, who- have fought against seemingly impossible odds for a place in a classroom, would have a roundtable with govern m ent ministers from different regions of the world on Thursday in Geneva to discu s s the complex issue of "inclusive education". Full text...

  • Zimbabwe busts human trafficking ring
    25 november 2008 13:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Immigration officials in Zimbabwe said Tuesday they had busted a human trafficking ring involving Bangladeshi citizens which was operating in the country. Full text...

  • Libya orders 150,000 sheep from Mali for Eid-Ul-Adha
    20 november 2008 22:08:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Libya has placed an order to buy 150,000 sheep from Mali's cattle and meat federation to celebrate next month's Eid-Ul-Adha (Muslim festiv a l of sacrifice). Full text...

  • Libya orders 150,000 sheep from Mali for Eid-Ul-Adha
    20 november 2008 22:06:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Libya has placed an order to buy 150,000 sheep from Mali's cattle and meat federation to celebrate next month's Eid-Ul-Adha (Muslim festiv a l of sacrifice). Full text...

  • Botswana govt loses another case against alcohol regulation
    18 november 2008 16:13:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Botswana government has lost yet another war aga inst alcohol regulation after a High Court here ruled in favour of nightclubs in a case filed by their owners. Full text...

  • Pan-African rights body urged to stop repression in Gambia
    17 november 2008 21:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – Rights groups under the ba-nner of Network of African Fre edom of Expression Organisations (NAFEO) have urged the African Commission on Hu m an and Peoples' Rights to ensure that "freedom of expression violations and arbi t rary use of repressive media laws are stopped in the Gambia". Full text...

  • Thirty-one perish in another bloody Ghana road accident
    13 november 2008 22:49:00
    Kumasi- Ghana (PANA) -- Thirty-one people died on the spot while 29 others sustai ned serious injuries when two buses collided head-on in the Ashanti Region in ce n tral Ghana on Thursday. Full text...

  • Regional conference on higher education winds up in Dakar
    13 november 2008 21:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A four-day Regional Conference on Higher Education in Af rica on Thursday wound up at Hotel Meridien President in Dakar with participants identifying four key areas that they hoped would enhance rapid transformation of African societies in a globalised world. Full text...

  • "Lets move beyond rhetoric into action"
    10 november 2008 22:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- South Africa's Education Minister, Naledi Pandor, on Mon day called on governments in Africa to do more towards realizing the goals of en s uring higher education, saying "let's move beyond rhetoric to action". Full text...

  • "Lets move beyond rhetoric into action"
    10 november 2008 22:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- South Africa's Education Minister, Naledi Pandor, on Mon day called on governments in Africa to do more towards realizing the goals of en s uring higher education, saying "let's move beyond rhetoric to action". Full text...

  • Senegal hosts regional conference on higher education
    10 november 2008 21:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A four-day Regional Conference on Higher Education in Af rica opened on Monday at Hotel Meridien President in Dakar with participants cal l ing for more investment in higher education on the continent. Full text...

  • Convicted Gambian journalist files appeal
    09 november 2008 08:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Lamin Fatty, the convicted Gambian journalist working fo r the banned Banjul-based Independent Newspaper, has filed and appeal against hi s conviction. Full text...

  • Court grants Zim women leaders bail
    06 november 2008 00:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Justice Ndou of Bulawayo High Court on Wednesday granted the embattled leaders of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), Jenni Williams and Mag o donga Mahlangu, bail, the pressure group disclosed in a press communiqué receive d by PANA in Dakar on Wednesday. Full text...

  • WOZA concerned about continued detention of leaders
    04 november 2008 23:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A leading Zimbabwean pressure group, Women of Zimbabwe A rise (WOZA), on Tuesday expressed disquiet over the continued detention of its l e aders, Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu, saying "there is increasing concer n for their well-being", the group said in a statement received by PANA. Full text...

  • Police detain newspaper editor in Niger
    04 november 2008 20:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – The Criminal Investigation-s Department (CID) of Niger Po lice Force has arrested and detained the editor of Niamey-based independent week l y newspaper Opinions, Zakari Alzouma, the media watchdog, Media Foundation for W e st Africa (MFWA) said in a communiqué received by PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Former Gambian MP, soldier deny drug trafficking charges
    31 october 2008 22:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The trial of sacked Gambian parliamentarian Dawda Manneh and ex-soldier, Demba Baldeh has resumed at Banjul Magistrate's Court with both men denying drug trafficking charges, sources in Banjul disclosed to PANA on Fri d ay. Full text...

  • UNICEF ambassador expected in Gambia
    29 october 2008 21:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Dutch film star and UNICEF goodwill ambassador, Sipke-Ja n Bousema is expected to arrive in Gambia on Thursday on a working visit, UNICEF Banjul office said in a statement obtained by PANA in Dakar on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Guinean rioters jailed three months in Gambia
    27 october 2008 20:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) - – A magistrate court in Gambia has convicted and sentenced 54 Guineans to three months mandatory jail term each after finding them guilty o f charges relating to "unlawful assembly" during a riot. Full text...

  • Ghana security boss confirms kidnap of Israeli businessman
    25 october 2008 09:36:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's top security man Friday confirmed that an Israeli businessman has been kidnapped in the West African country and that efforts were being made to rescue him. Full text...

  • Customs seize 3.9 million-pound cannabis at Accra airport
    25 october 2008 09:29:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Customs officials have intercepted a huge volume of cannab is at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, about to be shipped to t h e UK. Full text...

  • RSF: 0nly peace protects freedoms
    22 october 2008 23:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – The Paris--based press freedom body Reporters Without Bor ders under the French acronym (RSF) on Wednesday released its World Press Freedo m Index which argues that it is not economic prosperity but peace that guarantees press freedom RSF. Full text...

  • London-based NGO mocks 2008 winner of Mo Ibrahim Prize
    22 october 2008 15:30:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A London-based non-governmental organisation, Surviv al International, has made a mockery of former President of Botswana, Festus Mog a e, winner of the 2008 prestigious Mo Ibrahim Leadership Award. Full text...

  • Media watchdog says Mauritanian police assault newspaper editor
    21 october 2008 20:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Bechir Ould Babana, chief editor of Saharamedia newspap er has been was assaulted by the anti-riot unit of Mauritania police force, the A ccra-based media freedom watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) said o n Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sacked Gambian judge reinstated
    21 october 2008 20:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal, (PANA) – Sacked Gambian High Court- Judge, Haddy Roche, has been reinstated, informed judicial sources confirmed to PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Marriages involving minors rise in Morocco
    20 october 2008 07:29:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- More than 33,560 marriages of female Moroccan minors, representing 86. Full text...

  • Cape Verdean unions reject 2.5% pay rise
    18 october 2008 13:13:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The umbrella National Union of Cape Verdean Workers (UNTC-CS) and the Cape Verdean Confederation of the Free Labour Unions (CCSL) have rejected the government's proposal to increase salaries by 2. Full text...

  • Court remands two WOZA leaders in Zimbabwe
    17 october 2008 20:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Bulawayo Magistrate's Court in Zimbabwe on Friday ru led that two female leaders, Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu, of the press u re group, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), should be remanded in custody till 21 O ctober, the group said in a communiqué received by PANA in Dakar on Friday. Full text...

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