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  • South African media focus farms attacks, racism in Rugby
    05 september 2003 13:29:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African newspapers which have recently dedicated their coverage to the controversial arms deal scandal implicating some top government officials, this week shifted their force to allegations of racism in the South African national rugby team. Full text...

  • Rugby racism row back in South African media
    03 september 2003 07:39:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The rugby row over racism claims occupied center stage in most newspapers Wednesday with reports of a new inquiry into sensational claims that the sport was dogged by cover-ups. Full text...

  • Senegalese dailies tie new cabinet to future elections
    29 august 2003 21:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The formation Wednesday of a new 34- member government by Prime Minister Idrissa Seck dominated the Senegalese press during the week under review. Full text...

  • Cameroonian papers play up silver medal win at IAAF tourney
    29 august 2003 17:52:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian dailies have hailed the performance of Francoise Mbango who gave the country its first and maybe only medal at the ongoing 9th World Athletics Championships of Paris. Full text...

  • Burkinabe papers lament grim Ivorian political situation
    29 august 2003 16:18:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Newspapers in Burkina Faso this week concentrated on the deteriorating situation in Cote d'Ivoire, especially the consequences of the alleged coup plot that France said it foiled. Full text...

  • Paper uncovers cheats on Ethiopia's IT bandwagon
    29 august 2003 13:18:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Information Technology has come to Ethiopia lately and people jumping on the IT bandwagon should beware of the gimmicks applied by the so-called instructors of information systems, a local daily warned Friday. Full text...

  • Warrant for Patasse's arrest makes headlines in Bangui
    29 august 2003 11:40:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Newspapers in the Central African Republic this week focused on the announcement by the State prosecutor of an arrest warrant for ousted president Ange Felix Patasse. Full text...

  • Possible resumption of war worries Ivorian press
    25 august 2003 21:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Most Ivorian dailies on Monday expressed concern about the possible resumption of war between the National Armed Forces (FANCI) and the New Forces, the coalition of the three ex-rebel movements. Full text...

  • Senegalese press highlights sanctions within the military
    22 august 2003 23:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The dismissal of Air Force chief of staff Colonel Meissa Tamba, the director of the Merchant Navy and six other military officers guilty of negligence in the capsizing of the ferry Le Joola last September made headlines across the local press this week. Full text...

  • Libyan dailies differ with Arab media over Lockerbie affair
    22 august 2003 22:40:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan dailies took a swipe Thursday at certain Arab media over the way they treated the Lockerbie deal between Libya, Britain and the US. Full text...

  • Benin papers play up brush with Nigeria over cross-border crimes
    22 august 2003 21:12:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin newspapers widely commented this week on the rise of cross-border crimes, which nearly provoked a diplomatic row with neighbouring Nigeria. Full text...

  • Opposition alliance hits media limelight in Cameroon
    22 august 2003 19:03:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The decision by the Democratic Social Front (SDF) and the Cameroonian Democratic Union (UDC), the country's main opposition parties, to form an alliance for next year's presidential polls scooped the media limelight this week. Full text...

  • Dailies criticise sending of Ugandan troops to Iraq
    22 august 2003 16:35:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Two Ugandan dailies have criticised President Yoweri Museveni's unilateral decision to deploy troops in Iraq. Full text...

  • Chadian papers focus on President Deby's health
    22 august 2003 14:35:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Two Chadian weeklies, Le Temps and Notre Temps focused on President Idriss Deby's health, the country's 43rd independence anniversary on 11 August and other national issues. Full text...

  • Six dailies suspension grabs headlines in Algeria
    22 august 2003 13:52:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Last Monday's suspension of six dailies for non-payment of printing cost arrears was the focus of editorials and commentaries in the Algerian media during the week. Full text...

  • Release of European hostages makes headlines in Mali
    21 august 2003 21:31:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian dailies lengthily commented this week on the liberation of the European hostages abducted last February in the Algerian desert and later transferred to Mali. Full text...

  • Ugandan dailies miss pictures of Amin's burial
    21 august 2003 15:52:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The death of former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin Dada boosted sales of local newspapers here this week with the late tyrant's history occupying more space both on the covers and inner pages. Full text...

  • Guinean press dissects Taylor's exit from Liberia
    18 august 2003 13:20:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- For the past week Guinean papers focused attention on the resignation and subsequent fleeing into exile of Charles Taylor in spite of government's silence about that event which greatly interests Guineans. Full text...

  • Politics, Bakassi, Liberia makes headline in Cameroon
    17 august 2003 12:20:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The effervescence across the political landscape in Cameroon several months ahead of presidential polls expected in October next year was widely echoed by the local press this week. Full text...

  • Beninese dailies zoom in on Nigerian border closure
    16 august 2003 17:49:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Beninese dailies this week widely commented on the unilateral decision of the Nigerian government to close its land borders with neighbouring Benin. Full text...

  • Dakar media focus replacement of Senegalese army chief
    15 august 2003 20:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Replacement of Maj. Full text...

  • Malian papers play up Taylor's resignation
    15 august 2003 16:55:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian papers this week focussed commentaries on the resignation of Charles Taylor as president of Liberia and his exit into exile. Full text...

  • Taylor's resignation dominates Nigerian newspapers
    15 august 2003 14:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Monday's arrival in Nigeria of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, a few hours after he stepped down from office and handed power to his deputy, Moses Blah, dominated Nigerian newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Taylor's departure, the lesser evil, say Ghanaian papers
    13 august 2003 10:51:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian newspapers say Monday's departure of former Liberian President Charles Taylor into exile in Nigeria is the lesser evil for his country. Full text...

  • Taylor's resignation dominates Ivorian papers
    12 august 2003 17:33:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian papers on Tuesday widely commented on the resignation of Charles Taylor as president of Liberia on Monday. Full text...

  • French dailies focus Liberian crisis after Taylor
    12 august 2003 17:10:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French dailies on Tuesday widely commented on the latest developments of the political situation in Liberia, marked by the departure of former president Charles Taylor and his replacement by Moses Blah. Full text...

  • Congolese dailies zoom in on FESPAM
    08 august 2003 23:07:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese papers this week widely comment on the just ended Pan-African Music Festival (FESPAM) in Brazzaville and Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Amnesty bill makes front pages in Abidjan
    08 august 2003 21:14:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian papers this week have focused on the passing of the country's amnesty bill by the National Assembly. Full text...

  • Presidential election campaign hits headlines in Rwanda
    08 august 2003 20:51:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda's presidential election campaign has been the focus of newspaper editorials this week. Full text...

  • Olympio's resignation makes headlines in Togo
    08 august 2003 20:00:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The resignation of Harry Olympio as Minister in charge of relations with the parliament in Togo's new government formed on 29 July, dominated Lome press this week. Full text...

  • Algerian dailies focus on Kabylia crisis
    08 august 2003 19:01:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian papers this week focused on the reactions of the Kabylia delegates to the government's offer of dialogue to end the crisis rocking the region since April 2001. Full text...

  • Global resolve vital for elimination of terrorism
    08 august 2003 11:57:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- International peace and security would remain a pipe dream if the global community did not show a concerted resolve to end terrorism, an Ethiopian weekly said Friday. Full text...

  • Ghanaian newspaper warns against military coups
    07 august 2003 16:09:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The state-owned Daily Graphic has called on Ghanaians to be vigilant against military coups, warning that a misadventure by misguided soldiers could endanger the country's fragile democracy. Full text...

  • Nigerian papers hype arrival of country's troops in Liberia
    05 august 2003 12:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian newspapers Tuesday played up the deployment of the country's soldiers to Liberia, at the vanguard of the ECOWAS Mission in Liberia (ECOMILI), with many of them reporting the deployment on their front pages. Full text...

  • Ivorian minister's funeral makes headlines in Abidjan
    04 august 2003 22:43:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The funeral of former Interior Minister Emile Boga Doudou, killed at the onset of the military insurrection on 19 September 2002 that eventually turned into a rebellion in Cote d'Ivoire, has been the subject of Ivorian editorials on Monday. Full text...

  • S. African press on bribery allegations against Zuma
    03 august 2003 09:39:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The week has ended as it started for South African newspapers - front pages dominated by bribery allegations against Deputy President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • Cameroonian dailies analyse Villepin's Central African tour
    01 august 2003 21:41:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- though Cameroon was not included in the recent tour of French Foreign minister Dominique de Villepin in Central Africa, the visit stole the limelight in editorials published in Yaounde this week. Full text...

  • Book on President Wade makes front-page news in Dakar
    01 august 2003 21:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese dailies and weeklies this week amply dwelt on the book written by journalist Abdou Latif Coulibaly, entitled "Wade an opponent in power: a booby-trapped political change?" The book has continued to be the focus of attention, arousing anonymous death threats against the author. Full text...

  • Gabonese dailies analyse constitutional amendments
    01 august 2003 19:30:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Parliamentary approval of constitutional amendments repealing limitation to presidential terms and sanctioning only one round for presidential elections in Gabon, dominated the press this week in Libreville. Full text...

  • Sankoh's death, Ivorian PM's visit to Paris hit headlines
    01 august 2003 18:51:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Newspapers in Cote d'Ivoire this week concentrated on the death of ex-Sierra Leonean rebel leader Foday Sankoh while awaiting war crimes trial, and Prime Minister Seydou Diarra's current visit to France. Full text...

  • Ghanaian newspaper warns Liberian war belligerents
    01 august 2003 18:38:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's biggest selling newspaper, Daily Graphic, Friday said the "avoidable and meaningless agony" that ordinary Liberians are experiencing because of the intransigence of the government and two rebel groups would have to be accounted for one day. Full text...

  • Togo's new govt hits headlines
    01 august 2003 08:52:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The formation of Togo's new cabinet is the main centre of interest in newspaper editorials published this week. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau's refusal to host MFDC hits headlines
    26 july 2003 16:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Guinea-Bissau's refusal to host the forthcoming meeting of Senegal's separatist Movement of the Casamance Democratic Forces (MFDC) and the project to build a Black Civilisation Museum in Dakar are the main issues highlighted by the press this week. Full text...

  • Extradition of Mauritanian coup suspect makes headlines
    26 july 2003 13:46:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian newspapers devoted much space this week to the extradition from Senegal of Lieutenant Didi Ould M'Hameid, one of the presumed leaders of the 9 June failed coup against President Mouaouiya Ould Sid Ahmed Taya Taya. Full text...

  • Ivorian papers focus on Liberian crisis, local politics
    26 july 2003 10:46:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian major newspapers this week devoted their headlines to the escalating civil war in Liberia, although some of them also focused on the nationwide tour by leaders of the Ivorian ex-rebel New Forces. Full text...

  • Transition from war to peace consumes DR Congo media
    25 july 2003 20:42:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Setting up the transitional institutions as part of the process of restoring peace to war- torn Democratic Republic of Congo got the limelight in the country's media during the week. Full text...

  • Political crisis dominates Nigerian newspapers
    25 july 2003 15:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The political crisis ignited by the abduction of a Nigerian State governor from his office by armed policemen continued to dominate the local press this week. Full text...

  • South African newspapers lament plight of Liberians
    25 july 2003 10:09:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Local newspapers in South Africa this week focused on the war in Liberia with the privately-owned Sowetan newspaper expressing regret at some of the gory pictures it printed this week of a man beheaded in Monrovia. Full text...

  • Kigali press focus presidential hopefuls in Rwanda
    25 july 2003 08:22:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Newspapers in Kigali this week dwelt on the publication of the list of candidates approved by the National Electoral Committee (NEC) for the 25 August presidential election in Rwanda. Full text...

  • Tanzanian papers speak out against bank's crisis
    24 july 2003 20:30:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian newspapers this week rallied behind staff of a South African-owned bank who recently went on a nation-wide strike to press for better working terms but called for a swift solution to the stand-off, saying the crisis and its impact were unacceptable. Full text...

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