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  • 254 people killed in car accidents in Mali in 2008
    30 december 2008 14:48:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Car accidents in Mali killed 254 people, including 82 moto rcyclists, during the early months of 2008, Malian Equipment and Transport minis t ry told PANA here. Full text...

  • Nigeria civil society petitions UN over sack of former anti-graft czar
    30 december 2008 12:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Four Nigerian civil society organizations have petitioned the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mr. Full text...

  • MEND condemns arrest of militant leader
    30 december 2008 07:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has condemned the arrest, at the palace of a prominent tradition ruler in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, of militant leader Sobomabo Jackrich by the military Joint Task Force (JTF). Full text...

  • Libya launches blood donation campaign for Gaza
    29 december 2008 23:19:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan committee of juvenile benevolent action on Mo nday launched a national campaign of blood collection in Tripoli for Palestinian s injured during the bombing of the Gaza Strip by Israelis. Full text...

  • 5 Ghanaians, 1 Nigerian arrested 'for stealing Nigerian oil'
    29 december 2008 19:39:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The military Joint Task Force (JTF) which is keeping the peace in Nigeria's restive oil-producing Niger Delta region said Monday it had arrested five Ghanaians and their Nigerian collaborator for stealing Nigerian crude oil, tagged ''illegal bunkering'' in local parlance. Full text...

  • Christmas day jail break in Mozambique
    29 december 2008 17:01:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Between six and 10 prisoners escaped from a cell in a police station in the southern Mozambican city of Matola on the night of 25 De c ember, according to a report in the independent daily, O Pais. Full text...

  • Egypt condemns Israeli "murder" in Gaza
    29 december 2008 11:00:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The Egyptian foreign minister has described as ''murder'' the Israeli raids on Gaza, as widespread condemnation of the bombings spread through the Arab world. Full text...

  • 'Militant leader arrested in Nigeria'
    29 december 2008 09:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Rivers state in Nigeria's Niger Delta oil region has arrested Mr. Full text...

  • Nigeria militants explain abduction of 2 Russians
    29 december 2008 08:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Militants under the aegis of the Niger Delta Militants Force Squad (NDMFS) have said that they kidnapped two Russians in Akwa Ibom in the oil producing Niger Delta region last week, due to non-payment of severance benefits to former workers. Full text...

  • Nigeria plans major military exercise
    29 december 2008 08:10:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's defence headquarters plans to host a major military exercise for the country's armed forces in the first quarter of 2009, according to the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Paul Dike. Full text...

  • 40 die in road accidents in Zimbabwe
    28 december 2008 12:04:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Forty people were killed in road accidents over the Christmas holiday in Zimbabwe, police said Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria deploys troops to battle armed robbers
    28 december 2008 09:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Amid rising cases of deadly armed robberies in Nigeria's South-west Oyo state, the federal government has agreed to the request of the state authorities to deploy troops to assist the police to combat the menace. Full text...

  • Gambia's Serrekunda market gutted by fire again
    28 december 2008 09:29:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Fire gutted a large section of Gambia's popular Serrekunda market in the Kanifing Municipal Council on Saturday, destroying goods worth about 150 million dalasis, eyewitnesses said. Full text...

  • 9 die in road accidents in Nigeria
    28 december 2008 09:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The spate of road accidents recorded across Nigeria during the Christmas and New Year holidays continued on Saturday when 9 persons died in three road crashes in the country's Mid-west Edo state. Full text...

  • Burundi to create human rights commission
    27 december 2008 17:55:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundi government will establish a national ind ependent human rights commission from January, the Minister of Human Rights and G ender, Mrs Immaculée Nabayo, announced on Saturday in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • MEND denies attacking Agip flow station
    27 december 2008 10:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (ME ND) has denied participating in the attack on the Agip operated Tebidaba flow station in Bayelsa state, in Nigeria's oil rich Niger Delta region, on 25 Dec. Full text...

  • Funeral prayers for late President Lansana Conté of Guinea
    26 december 2008 17:53:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Thousands of muslims and other sympathisers packed the Fayçal Mosque here for the funeral of the late Guinean President Lansana Conte. Full text...

  • Mauritians told to be prudent in spending
    26 december 2008 15:44:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian President, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Thursday urged his compatriots to "stop spending more than the ir purse", in his message to the nation on the occasion of Christmas. Full text...

  • Speed cameras to track traffic offenders in Mauritius
    26 december 2008 15:31:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian Police have received three automati c speed cameras from the Land Transport Ministry to be used in tracking down tra f fic offenders. Full text...

  • Teacher who beat student to death sentenced in Egypt
    26 december 2008 15:27:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- A teacher who beat a student to death because the pupil di d not complete his homework has been sentenced to six years imprisonment in Egyp t . Full text...

  • Mauritian President urges citizens to live within their means
    26 december 2008 09:36:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The President of the Republic of Mauritius, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, has urged his compatriots to stop living above their means, especially as the current global financial crisis is set to bite harder in 2009 "The time has come for every Mauritian to reconsider his way of life. Full text...

  • 10 die in Xmas day accident in Nigeria's oil city
    26 december 2008 09:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ten people died while several others were seriously injured in a multi-vehicle road crash in Nigeria's oil city of Port Harcourt on Christmas day, the local press reported Friday. Full text...

  • MEND denies Abuja attack claims
    26 december 2008 07:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has denied claims by the Nigeria police that it (MEND) plans to attack the nation's glistening capital city of Abuja during the Christmas and New Year holidays, tagging the claim a ''Christmas fraud''. Full text...

  • Pope hopes for stability in Africa
    25 december 2008 21:25:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday expressed his hopes for stab ility in Africa and peace in the Middle East. Full text...

  • Senegalese is new 'Miss ECOWAS'
    25 december 2008 11:49:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Senegalese Fatoumata Diallo is the new Miss ECOWAS, after her victory at the keenly-contested event in Nigeria's oil city of Port Harcourt this week. Full text...

  • Lagos residents get special Christmas, new year gift
    25 december 2008 08:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In an unprecedented move, the government of Lagos state in Nigeria's South-west has announced free rides for residents on Christmas and Boxing days as well as the New Year's eve on its special-lane buses in what it called 'dividends of democracy'. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army gets 74 new generals
    25 december 2008 08:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Army has promoted 74 senior officers to the rank of general as part of a promotion involving over 500 officers, a Nigerian Army statement said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria probes deadly Jos crisis
    25 december 2008 07:32:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has set up an eight-member commission of inquiry to probe the ethnic and religious riots which left hundreds dead in the northern city of Jos last month. Full text...

  • Opposition leader: Release of political prisoners or bring them to court
    24 december 2008 23:56:00
    Banjul - Gambia (PANA) -- Momdou Lamin Sanneh, Minority Leader in Parliament and opposition United Democratic Party MP for Kiang West, on Wednesday urged the gov e rnment to release all political detainees or send them to court. Full text...

  • Libya flies humanitarian aid to DR Congo
    24 december 2008 23:34:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Kadhafi Project for African Youth, Childhood and Wom en is flying a planeload of humanitarian items to the Democratic Republic of Con g o (DRC), sources close to the donor organisation told PANA in Tripoli on Wednesd a y. Full text...

  • Sombre mood in Burundi as Christmas arrives
    24 december 2008 23:07:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) - – There is a sombre mood in the Central African state of Burundi, as the Christmas arrives and the economic hardship bites. Full text...

  • Relatives to mark 1st anniversary of terrorist attacks in Mauritania
    24 december 2008 12:30:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Relatives of the four French tourists killed in a terrorist attack on 24 December 2007 near the Mauritanian city of Aleg, 250 km southeast of Nouakchott, have arrived in the Mauritanian capital for the commemoration of the tourists' deaths. Full text...

  • Ghana customs officials intercept arms, ammunition at border
    24 december 2008 11:50:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Customs officials at Ghana's main eastern border crossing point of Aflao have intercepted a Nigerian-registered vehicle ferrying a concealed quantity of arms and ammunition allegedly being smuggled to Nigeria. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe activist to face subversive military charges
    24 december 2008 10:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A prominent Zimbabwean human rights activist and nine other opposition members were expected to appear in court Wednesday, charged with recruiting people to undergo military training in Botswana to overthrow President Robert Mugabe's government. Full text...

  • 'Consumer demand down 15% in Nigeria during Yuletide'
    24 december 2008 09:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian consumer demands during the current holiday season is down by about 15 per cent, due to a combination of several economic factors, the local Businessday newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian peacekeeping troops warned against indiscipline
    24 december 2008 09:16:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshal Paul Dike, has warned the country's troops on peacekeeping operations around the world to adhere to all the guidelines as stipulated in their Terms And Condition of Service (TACOS). Full text...

  • Nigeria's top military chief outlaws siren, horsewhips
    24 december 2008 09:14:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Apparently to forestall a repeat of the incident in which navy soldiers brutally assaulted a lady motorist in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos last month, the nation's top military chief has banned the use of sirens by military personnel, except the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and the Service Chiefs. Full text...

  • Literacy programme in Mauritian prisons
    24 december 2008 08:48:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius prison commissioner Lingamanaicka Vijayanarayanan has launched an action plan aimed at teaching inmates to read and write by offering them primary, secondary and computer education. Full text...

  • Anti-poison information centre opened in Mauritius
    24 december 2008 08:46:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- An information centre on the treatment of cases of poisoning was opened at the Victoria Hospital, in Candos, in the centre of Mauritus, PANA learnt Tuesday from medical sources. Full text...

  • Parties, civil society oppose tenure elongation for Niger's President
    24 december 2008 08:45:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Political parties and the civil society rose up in Niamey, 48 hours after the publication of a memorandum on the prolongation of the term of President Mamadou Tanja for one three years duration, to denounce "a coup d'etat against democracy," PANA reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN consoles Guinea on Conte's death
    24 december 2008 08:41:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday consoled the family, people and government of Guinea over the death of President Lansana Conte. Full text...

  • Former Nigerian anti-corruption czar dismissed from police
    23 december 2008 17:04:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's former Chairman of the anti- graft Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, was dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday due to what the police called gross indiscipline, insubordination and Absence from Duty Without leave (AWOL). Full text...

  • American firm wins Egypt nuclear consultancy job
    23 december 2008 13:21:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- American construction giant Bechtel has been chosen by the Egyptian electricity ministry as a consultant to help build the country's first nuclear reactor. Full text...

  • 6 Russians killed in Egypt highway crash
    23 december 2008 13:15:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egyptian medical officials in the country's southern Sinai Peninsula have confirmed that six Russian tourists were killed in a bus crash on Monday evening. Full text...

  • Guinea's President dies, military 'takes over'
    23 december 2008 10:19:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinea's President Lansana Conte has died at the age of 74 and the country's military has announced it is taking over the governance of the West African nation, according to parliament speaker Aboubacar Sompare. Full text...

  • MEND leader seeks permission to travel abroad for treatment
    23 december 2008 09:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As his kidney-related problem worsens, Nigerian militant leader Henry Okah has asked President Umaru Yar'Adua for permission to travel to South Africa for urgent medical treatment. Full text...

  • Retreat recommends measures to transform Nigerian military
    23 december 2008 08:52:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A defence retreat held in Nigeria's northern town of Jaji last week has recommended far-reaching measures for the transformation and modernization of the Nigerian military, including ways to ensure better funding. Full text...

  • Nigeria's ex-Aviation Minister arrested again over graft
    23 december 2008 08:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's anti-graft Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arrested the immediate past Aviation Minister, Mr. Full text...

  • 200 kg cocaine seized in 2008 in Mali
    22 december 2008 19:57:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- More than 200 kg of cocaine were seized in 2008 in Mali, w ith the biggest chunk seized on the Guinea-Mali road, which is the preferred rou t e of traffickers, most of whom are Nigerians, PANA reports, quoting the national daily newspaper, L'Essor of Monday. Full text...

  • Mozambique prosecutor investigates theft from local govt budgets
    22 december 2008 17:24:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's Public Prosecutor's Office is investiga ting possible theft of funds from the Local Initiative Investment Budget (OIIL), allo cated to each of the country's 128 districts. Full text...

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