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  • Ivorian press focus Ivorian crisis, killings in Abidjan
    20 december 2002 22:17:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian press this week concentrated editorial comments on efforts by ECOWAS (the Economic Community of West African States) to solve the crisis in the country and night-time killings during curfew hours in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Senegalese media play up ECOWAS meeting on Cote d'Ivoire
    20 december 2002 19:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese media widely commented on and diversely assessed the extraordinary ECOWAS (the Economic Community of West African States) summit held Wednesday in Dakar on the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • Pretoria agreement makes headlines in DR Congo
    19 december 2002 17:58:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The implications of this week's conclusive agreement signed in Pretoria, South Africa by parties in the Congolese conflict was widely featured Wednesday across newspapers in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Zambian papers call for consolidation of Congolese peace
    18 december 2002 11:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian newspapers have hailed Tuesday's DR Congo peace pact as a landmark achievement, and urged President Joseph Kabila and his compatriots to work at ensuring that the country does not slide back into anarchy and war. Full text...

  • University lecturers' strike makes front-page news in Senegal
    16 december 2002 15:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An indefinite strike launched week ago by university lecturers, coupled with a controversy over Senegalese service passports issued to Hong Kong nationals have been the focus of Dakar-based papers. Full text...

  • Varsity unrest, Ivorian crisis, dominate Burkinabe press
    13 december 2002 20:30:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The unrest at the University of Ouagadougou, the rebellion in Cote d'Ivoire and the fourth anniversary of the murder of Burkinabe journalist Norbert Zongo, were some of the issues that dominated Burkinabe papers this week. Full text...

  • University crisis dominates Botswana press
    13 december 2002 19:41:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The unrest at the University of Botswana, which saw students boycott their end of year examinations, and the banning of a Minister and local MP from visiting the institution dominated the local media this week. Full text...

  • Politics dominates Nigerian papers
    13 december 2002 16:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Politics has continued to dominate Nigerian newspapers in the run-up to the 2003 general elections slated for March and April. Full text...

  • Ivorian papers play up mass graves, draft call
    13 december 2002 10:53:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Newspapers in Abidjan this week concentrated their coverage on mass graves recently discovered near the rebel-held towns of Vavoua and Bouake, and the call by Defence Minister Bertin Kadet for youths to join the army to liberate Cote d'Ivoire from rebels. Full text...

  • Papers in Burkina Faso revisit tripartite summit in Bamako
    06 december 2002 22:34:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Newspapers in Burkina Faso this week directed their attention to the 3 December meeting in Bamako attended by presidents Blaise Compaore, Laurent Gbagbo and Amadou Toumani Toure on the Ivoirian crisis. Full text...

  • Bakassi affair dominates Cameroonian press
    06 december 2002 19:54:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The meeting of the Cameroon-Nigeria joint commission on the application of the ruling of the International Court of Justice over the Bakassi peninsula featured prominently among issues discussed in the local press this week. Full text...

  • Newspapers play up oil discovery in Mauritania
    06 december 2002 18:52:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Newspapers in Mauritania this week concentrated on the 28 November announcement by President Maaouya Sid'Ahmed Ould Taya that huge deposits of crude oil and natural gas have been discovered in the country. Full text...

  • Malian press hopeful about Compaore/Gbagbo meeting
    02 december 2002 17:47:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian papers have expressed optimism about a meeting coming up Tuesday in Bamako between Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and his Burkinabe counterpart Blaise Compaore, as the search continues for a solution to the military crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Zambian papers call for action to stop AIDS
    01 december 2002 15:54:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- World AIDS Day should not be the occasion for reflecting on statistics but on concrete action to arrest the pandemic, according to Zambia's Sunday Mail newspaper. Full text...

  • Australia betrayed the world, claims Kenyan paper
    01 december 2002 13:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan newspapers continued to concentrate on the devastating terrorist attacks in Mombasa last Thursday as one newspaper on Sunday castigated the government of Australia for hoarding information on the planned bombings. Full text...

  • Young Mauritanian's murder hits headlines
    29 november 2002 23:37:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The killing of Mohamed Ould Mohamed Lemine Ould Bouh, a young Mauritanian businessman murdered by a Moroccan, has stolen the limelight across editorials published this week in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Botched beauty pageant, violence dominate in Nigerian papers
    29 november 2002 14:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Last week's withdrawal of Miss World Beauty pageant hosting right from Nigeria after deadly sectarian violence in the northern city of Kaduna and its fallout dominated in Nigerian newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Malian dailies show attention toward Ivorian crisis
    22 november 2002 21:37:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian newspapers, which had until now given minor coverage to Ivorian crisis, this week highlighted the issue as a major event in the West African sub-region. Full text...

  • Togolese papers split on inter-Ivorian talks in Lome
    22 november 2002 20:19:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Depending on their political orientation, Togolese papers this week expressed divergent suggestions on how to move the inter-Ivorian talks forward. Full text...

  • Mayor for Libreville tops 29 December local elections
    22 november 2002 19:51:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese newspapers this week commented on the local elections slated for 29 December with Le Journal dubbing the contest of mayor for Libreville as the "most eagerly awaited. Full text...

  • Burkinabe papers criticise anti-globalisation activists
    22 november 2002 19:18:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe newspapers this week continued to play on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire, though taking interest in a recent income tax cut and the inauguration of Ouagadougou's first public health laboratory. Full text...

  • Bloody riots in Kaduna dominate Nigerian papers
    22 november 2002 16:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Thursday's bloody riots in Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna, which claimed more than 100 lives and left over 500 injured, made headlines in the country's newspapers Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan papers call for peaceful elections in December
    21 november 2002 16:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two Kenyan newspapers Thursday called on citizens of the country to maintain and respect peace as they prepare to elect a new president, parliament and local officials on 27 December. Full text...

  • Ghanaian paper wishes peacekeepers well in Cote d'Ivoire
    19 november 2002 18:51:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's largest selling newspaper has justified the sending of a peacekeeping force to Cote d'Ivoire and wished the country's 247-member contingent a happy stay. Full text...

  • Political crisis still dominates Ivorian newspapers
    16 november 2002 19:16:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The political crisis rocking Côte d'Ivoire since 19 September, has continued to dominate newspaper headlines in the country. Full text...

  • Air Madagascar rescue plan makes headlines
    16 november 2002 16:59:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The plan adopted Thursday to rescue ailing Air Madagascar by a majority of its 139 creditors owed some 34 million US dollars, has continued to make headlines in the country. Full text...

  • Clergyman's death, AIDS summit hit headlines in Cameroon
    16 november 2002 11:44:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The archbishop of Yaounde's death and the African first ladies summit against HIV/AIDS, are the main focus of Cameroonian editorials this week. Full text...

  • AI report on slavery makes headlines in Mauritania
    15 november 2002 23:40:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A report by human rights NGO Amnesty International (AI) on slavery and its consequences in Mauritania is the focus of newspaper comments this week in the African country although no official has made comments on the document. Full text...

  • IMF mission conclusions make front pages in Congo
    15 november 2002 22:41:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese newspapers this week focus their analysis on the poor performance of the economy, following an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission in Brazzaville from 24 October to 4 November. Full text...

  • Tanzanian press shower praise on retiring Kenyan leader
    15 november 2002 16:54:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian media organs this week bade farewell to Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi but at least one daily stressed that it was up to him to ensure a peaceful change of guard when he steps down in a month's time. Full text...

  • Kenyan paper faults govt maize export-import rationale
    14 november 2002 17:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan daily has reacted with consternation to the recent announcement that the country intends to import 630,000 tonnes of maize from neighbouring Uganda to offset a production shortfall. Full text...

  • Zambian Post newspaper pays tribute to Angolans
    12 november 2002 09:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The independent Post newspaper in Zambia Tuesday paid tribute to the courage of the Angolan people who, for nearly half a century, had been engaged in a war of liberation against colonialists and racists. Full text...

  • Newspaper urges Britain to re-consider visa requirement
    11 november 2002 12:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean newspaper, saying it was speaking for the downtrodden, has made an impassioned plea to Britain to lift the visa requirements it imposed on the southern African country last week to stem the flow of false asylum seekers. Full text...

  • Formation of new govt in Senegal occupies local press
    08 november 2002 21:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The formation of a new government after President Abdoulaye Wade on Monday appointed his former cabinet director, Idrissa Seck as Prime Minister, attracted widespread attention of Senegalese newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Papers demand for publication of report on Zanzibar killings
    08 november 2002 19:16:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian newspapers this week revisited last year's shooting of at least 20 opposition protestors by the police in Zanzibar several months after the issue had dropped out of the headlines. Full text...

  • Politics dominates Nigerian newspapers
    08 november 2002 17:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The reconciliation of Nigeria's executive and legislative arms of government, and developments on the country's next general elections dominated the national media this week. Full text...

  • Soweto bomb blasts occupies South African media
    08 november 2002 13:18:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Speculation on who is behind last week's bomb blasts in Soweto that killed a Lesotho woman and injured her husband has occupied South Africa's media this week. Full text...

  • Lome talks on Ivorian crisis make headlines in Abidjan
    08 november 2002 11:33:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Negotiations in Lome, Togo, between the Ivorian government and rebels continued to dominate Abidjan newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Newspaper soothes Kenya after loss at CITES summit
    07 november 2002 18:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The East African Standard on Thursday soothed Kenya following its lost battle against the lifting of the ban on ivory trade in the world by a committee of African elephant range states attending the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) summit in Santiago, Chile. Full text...

  • Ghana's public asks whether a rumour is a story
    01 november 2002 17:40:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Over the past several weeks, the Ghanaian public has been asking the country's journalists a pertinent question - "Should rumours be published in the media?" The question stems from the hullabaloo caused by a publication in a pro-government private newspaper, the Accra Daily Mail, that a senior journalist had received 125,000 dollars in suspicious circumstances. Full text...

  • Tanzanian papers want tougher sanctions on traffic offenders
    31 october 2002 19:15:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A paralysing strike by commuter buses last Monday in Dar es Salaam saw the Tanzanian press pushing this week for tougher regulations against traffic offenders in the country. Full text...

  • Cops' sacking over politics irks Kenyan press
    31 october 2002 19:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The sacking of three junior police officers attached to Nairobi's Jogoo police station Wednesday has been condemned by the local press as reckless, insensitive and arrant nonsense. Full text...

  • Ivorian newspapers widely comment on Lome peace talks
    31 october 2002 12:15:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Newspapers in Cote d'Ivoire on Wednesday gave diverse interpretations about the peace negotiations that opened the same day between rebellious soldiers and the Ivorian government in Lome, Togo. Full text...

  • Zambia Daily Mail urges AU to recognise Ravalomanana
    29 october 2002 12:45:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- As the talks aimed at resolving the political crisis in Madagascar began Tuesday in Pretoria, South Africa, the state-run Zambia Daily Mail urged the African Union to recognise Marc Ravalomanana as the legitimate president of Madagascar. Full text...

  • Nigeria's flip-flop on Bakassi makes headlines in Cameroon
    25 october 2002 22:26:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Mixed newspaper reactions in Yaounde greeted Nigeria's rejection of the ruling by International Court of Justice (ICJ) which stated the disputed Bakassi peninsula belongs to Cameroon. Full text...

  • Beninese dailies comment on Diouf's election as OIF boss
    25 october 2002 20:59:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf's election to head the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) stole the limelight among newspapers in Benin this week. Full text...

  • Nigeria's rejection of Bakassi verdict dominates papers
    24 october 2002 17:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's rejection of the 10 October International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling awarding the disputed Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon received a major play in local press Thursday, with most of the newspapers reporting the story on their front pages. Full text...

  • Kenyan papers herald opposition unity
    24 october 2002 10:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Three Kenyan dailies this week hailed the move by opposition parties to field a single candidate at the presidential election coming up in December. Full text...

  • Congolese papers dwell on Diouf's election to head OIF
    22 october 2002 21:31:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Tuesday newspapers in Brazzaville dwelt at length on last Sunday's election of former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf as secretary general of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) and the last minute withdrawal of Congo's Henri Lopès. Full text...

  • Ivorian crisis still captures Burkinabe press headlines
    19 october 2002 18:16:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Ivorian crisis continues to dominate newspaper headlines in Burkina Faso, with "Le Pays" in a banner Friday, saying it had reached a "point of no return". Full text...

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