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  • 2 Niger reporters get 3 years suspended sentence
    19 november 2008 11:44:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A Nigerien court sitting in Niamey Tuesday sentenced two journalists with the private weekly L'Evènement to three years suspended sentence each, in addition to a fine of FCFA 100,000 and damages worth FCFA 500,00 for libel. Full text...

  • Military court jails 6 soldiers for life over arms sale to militants
    19 november 2008 08:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A military court sitting in Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna has sentenced an Army Major and six lower-rank soldiers to life imprisonment for selling 7,000 weapons worth 100 million naira (US$850,000 to militants between January 2000 and December 2006. Full text...

  • Police arrest 20 demonstrators in Mozambican factory
    18 november 2008 19:58:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- No fewer than 20 former seasonal workers of the now defunct Malema Tobacco Company (ETAMA), in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, were Monday arrested by the police while preparing for a 2,000-man d emonstration. Full text...

  • US warns citizens against travel to Somalia, Eritrea
    18 november 2008 19:40:00
    Washington DC- US (PANA) -- The US State Department has warned American citizens against travelling to Somalia and Eritrea. Full text...

  • Nigerian state rewards ex-militants
    18 november 2008 14:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Some 20 youths who dropped their guns and abandoned their militant camps or secret cults have been given 1 million naira (about US$8,500) each by the government of Rivers state in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region. Full text...

  • Comoran intended pilgrims leave for Mecca
    18 november 2008 13:29:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The first batch of 210 Comoran intended Muslim pilgrims left Moroni on Tuesday morning aboard a Yemeni Airways flight for Islam's Holy place of Mecca, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Egypt to establish world's first underwater museum
    18 november 2008 12:38:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egypt has announced plans to develop an underwater museum to show off the country's cultural and historical heritage under the Bay of Alexandria off the North coast. Full text...

  • Malian newspaper pays tribute to Miriam Makeba
    18 november 2008 11:51:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's daily newspaper L'Essor has paid tribute to South African singer Miriam Makeba, who died at the age of 76 in Italy 9 November, after a concert. Full text...

  • UNFPA to hold Pan African film festival on gender-based violence
    18 november 2008 10:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The second edition of the Pan African film Festival on gender-based violence will be launched on 26 November 2008 in Dakar, the United Nations Populations' Fund (UNFPA), organisers of the event, said in a statement. Full text...

  • Kenya scales up security along Somalia border
    18 november 2008 10:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has strengthened security along its border with Somalia, following the escalation of clashes between Islamists and government troops. Full text...

  • Nigeria opposition slams government over media harassment
    18 november 2008 08:03:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's main opposition Action Congress (AC) party has accused the administration of President Umaru Yar'Adua of engaging in 'serial intimidation' of the country's media. Full text...

  • 'Nigerian govt to probe attack against former anti-corruption Czar'
    18 november 2008 07:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua has ordered a probe of the alleged assassination attempt on the former head of the country's anti-corruption agency, Nuhu Ribadu, the local press reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2 Journalists detained for defamation in Niger
    17 november 2008 19:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – Managing editor, Moussa Ak-sar, and reporter Sani Aboubac ar, of “L’Evénement,” an independent weekly newspaper in Niger have been arreste d and detained at Niamey Civil Prison for allegedly defaming Foukori Ibrahim, Man g ing Director of Niger Electricity Company of (NIGELEC), sub-regional rights body , Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), said in a communique’ received by PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • Another magistrate sacked in Gambia
    17 november 2008 19:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Another Gambian magistrate, Johnny A. Full text...

  • Four killed in Congo River robbery
    17 november 2008 18:05:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Four people were killed in a robbery on the Congo Ri ver, two reported missing, while a woman managed to escape, PANA reported Monday . Full text...

  • Libya establishes "African Day Without Papers"
    17 november 2008 17:32:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan General Office of Communications Monday celeb rated the "African Day Without Papers", established to promote the use of digita l technologies in administrative formalities instead of conventional paper. Full text...

  • Uganda court absolves Islamic leader, others of fraud
    17 november 2008 17:11:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A court in Uganda Monday acquitted Muslim leader Mufti Sheik Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje and two others, accused of fraudulently selling pr o perties belonging to the Islamic faith he heads. Full text...

  • EU releases 2 million euros for Comoros' teachers
    17 november 2008 16:40:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) Commission has given 2,025,000 euros to Comoros to enable it pay its teachers' salaries, the Commission said in a press release. Full text...

  • 'Militants hijack vessel' in Nigeria
    17 november 2008 09:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Suspected militants have hijacked a vessel ferrying materials from Singapore to the Escravos Gas-to-Liquid (EGTL) project in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region, thus putting the US$5. Full text...

  • Nigerian military explains renewed attacks on oil facilities in Niger Delta
    17 november 2008 08:15:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The resurgence of attacks on oil facilities in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region is due to the recent arrest of 22 Filipinos and their vessel over the stealing of Nigeria's crude oil, the military task force deployed to the region to protect the facilities said. Full text...

  • Court slams media blackout on tycoon's murder trial
    17 november 2008 07:49:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- An Egyptian court has ordered a media blackout in the ongoing trial of an Egyptian business tycoon, accused of conspiracy in the brutal murder of a Lebanese pop singer in Dubai late last summer, after she ended an affair with the man. Full text...

  • UN relief finally reaches DR Congo refugees
    17 november 2008 07:43:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- In a move to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the war in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the first truckloads of food aid for starving refugees have reached camps in the affected area, the UN said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria opposition criticises assaults on citizens
    16 november 2008 16:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's main opposition Action Congress (AC) party has called on the country's authorities to stem rising cases of assaults of civilians by uniformed personnel, especially the police. Full text...

  • Vasco da Gama monument threatened in Kenya
    16 november 2008 13:49:00
    Malindi- Kenya (PANA) -- A centuries old monument which attracts thousands of both domestic and foreign tourists annually to the Kenya Coastal resort town of Malindi, 150 kilometres North of Mombasa, is in danger of collapsing. Full text...

  • Newspaper publisher, others 'detained' over Yar'Adua's health story
    16 november 2008 10:45:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The publisher and some journalists of the private Leadership newspaper, based in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja, have been detained by the State Security Service (SSS), following the paper's report last week that President Umaru Yar'Adua is seriously ill and has been shunning public engagements. Full text...

  • WOZA wins AI's rights award
    16 november 2008 08:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A leading pressure group, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), has been named winner of '5th Human Rights Award' made by Amnesty International (German Section), WOZA revealed in a statement made available to PANA on Saturday. Full text...

  • Mauritius to set up digital land database
    16 november 2008 08:45:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Minister of Housing and Lands Abu Kasenally will on Tuesday introduce a bill in Parliament, making provision for the implementation of the Land Administration, Valuation and Information Management System (LAVIMS) Project, which involves the setting up a digital land database on the island. Full text...

  • Guebuza says public information must not oppress
    15 november 2008 18:52:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Armando Guebuza said on Saturda y that public administration should be a place where bureaucratic rules and proc e dures are transparent so that they are used, not to oppress, but to make life ea s ier for citizens seeking state services. Full text...

  • Senegalese Finance minister escapes murder attempt
    15 november 2008 18:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – Senegal's Minister of the -Economy and Finance, Abdoulaye Diop, has escaped a murder attempt "by top government officials", the privately - owned newspaper, le Quotidien, reported on Saturday. Full text...

  • Mauritius to promulgate law against discrimination
    15 november 2008 12:42:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian government will next Tuesday table a bill in parliament banning any form of direct or indirect discrimination on the island. Full text...

  • Mauritius scraps boarding pass for citizens
    15 november 2008 11:04:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian government has decided to scrap the boarding pass at the airport and port for Mauritians and now only foreigners will have to carry out this formality, an official source told PANA on Saturday. Full text...

  • Yar'Adua pardons man on death row for 22 years
    15 november 2008 09:09:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Umaru M-usa Yar'Adua has pardoned a ma n who has been on death row for the past 22 years. Full text...

  • NGO calls for ratification of small arms convention
    14 november 2008 22:52:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) – The West Africa Network fo-r Peace Building (WANEP), alar med at the high number of small arms and light weapons in the sub-region, on Fri d ay called on civil society organizations to engage policy makers to ratify the r e levant convention. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean museum workers on strike
    14 november 2008 19:46:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Workers at Sierra Leone's only national museum h ere Friday went on strike to press for the payment of eight months backlog of sa l aries and better conditions of service. Full text...

  • UN decries use of religion to kill innocent people
    14 november 2008 19:01:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly has decrie d the use of religion to justify the killing of innocent people and other terror i st acts. Full text...

  • Mauritian jailed 40 years for killing wife
    14 november 2008 17:59:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Rabin Bappoo, aged 40, was Friday hande d a 40-year prison sentence by a Port-Louis Court after being found guilty of ki l ling his wife, Sandhya, judicial sources told PANA. Full text...

  • HRW urges Kenya, donors to intervene in Somalia refugee crisis
    14 november 2008 15:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- International human rights organisation, the Human Right s Watch (HRW) has charged the Kenyan government, foreign donors and UN agencies t o urgently respond seriously to the worsening Somali refugee crisis in Kenya. Full text...

  • Egypt court says aid must be allowed into Gaza
    14 november 2008 13:13:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Despite an Israeli economic blockade in place to limit traffic to and from the Gaza Strip, an Egyptian court has ruled that Cairo must allow humanitarian aid and supplies to enter Gaza via the Rafah Border Crossing. Full text...

  • Gambian minister says research neglected in Africa
    14 november 2008 11:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gambia’s Education minister, Crispin Grey Johnson, Thurs day called for more “meaningful research” to strengthen Africa’s knowledge base, saying research “for most part is neglected” in Africa. Full text...

  • Gabonese govt meets teachers' demands
    14 november 2008 11:00:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Classes were suspended in Gabonese schools on Friday (14Nov) to allow secondary school teachers to get their back pay, the government said. Full text...

  • Nigeria wants media to promote religious tolerance
    14 november 2008 08:50:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Nigeria has called on the media to promote peace and under standing among all religious faiths to prevent the defamation of religious and c u ltural values. Full text...

  • World leaders call for bridging gap between faiths
    13 november 2008 23:51:00
    New York- Un (PANA) -- World leaders and their representatives on Thursday in New York stressed the need to bridge the widening gap between faiths and cultures. Full text...

  • Police arrest 38 "protesters" in Zambian town
    13 november 2008 19:06:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Police in Kitwe, northern Copperbelt province of Zambia, have arrested 38 protesters who took part in Thursday's riots protesting the ar r est of Catholic priest, Rev. Full text...

  • Mozambican lawyer escapes abduction
    13 november 2008 17:49:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Inacio Mussanhane, the Mozambican lawyer who blew th e whistle on a racket in trafficking teenage girls from Mozambique for sex slave r y in South Africa, has narrowly escaped a kidnap attempt, reported the Thursday i ssue of the Maputo daily Noticias. Full text...

  • Cameroon's First Lady named UNESCO goodwill ambassador
    13 november 2008 17:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has na med Chantal Biya, the First Lady of Cameroon, as UNESCO's Goodwill Ambassador fo r education and social inclusion. Full text...

  • Egypt to assist Kenya’s agric, health, human resource sectors
    13 november 2008 16:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Egypt has pledged to assist Kenya in its agriculture, hu man resource development and health sectors through the Egyptian Fund for Techni c al Cooperation. Full text...

  • Egyptian doctors banned from Saudi Arabia
    13 november 2008 14:04:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) – The Egyptian government has -banned doctors from the country from working in Saudi Arabia, after an Egyptian doctor was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 1,500 lashes for allegedly making a Saudi princess addicted to pain medication. Full text...

  • BADEA's workshop ends in Khartoum
    13 november 2008 11:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A five-day workshop organised by the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) for focal points and desk officers from Francophone African countries rounded off at the bank's headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday. Full text...

  • Flags at half mast for Makeba in SA
    13 november 2008 10:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- In honouring the contribution that South Africa's Goodwill Ambassador Miriam Makeba has made to the struggle against apartheid through her music and her unwavering commitment to humanitarian issues, President Kgalema Motlanthe has declared a period of mourning starting Thursday (13Nov) until the day of her funeral. Full text...

  • UN, UNAMID welcome Darfur ceasefire
    13 november 2008 07:27:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, and the hybrid African Union/UN mission in Darfur have welcomed Wednesday's declaration of immediate ceasefire in Sudan's western Darfur region by President Omar Al-Bashir. Full text...

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