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  • UNDP identifies two-thirds of world's LCDs in Africa
    12 may 2003 13:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least two-thirds of the world's least developed countries (LCDs) are in Africa, with 300 million of its inhabitants living below the poverty line, a new UNDP report reveals. Full text...

  • Algerian prisoners continue protest
    11 may 2003 19:44:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Inmates of Tazoult prisons, some 400-km south-east of the Algerian capital, Algiers continued their violent protest Sunday, with smoke seen around the jail complex, witnesses said. Full text...

  • African delegates for stronger local handling of habitat
    10 may 2003 11:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Only strong decentralised local structures will implement the African habitat agenda, according to several representatives at the just-ended governing council session of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat). Full text...

  • Sudanese govt, SPLA agree on resumption of aid shipments
    10 may 2003 10:19:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese authorities and the Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) have agreed to allow the resumption of transportation of aid over river and land routes to the civil-war affected southern regions. Full text...

  • Kenyan teachers set to get pay rise
    09 may 2003 15:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan teachers were on Friday on their way to winning a protracted battle with the government over a contentious pay increase awarded them five years ago. Full text...

  • Lions, mobs claim 27 victims in northern Mozambique
    09 may 2003 15:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Some 27 people have died since January in Muidumbe District of Cabo Delgado Province in northern Mozambique following attacks from lions or mobs, an official source told PANA. Full text...

  • Central Africa creates refugee reception committees
    08 may 2003 21:51:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Committees for the reception and reintegration of thousands of refugees have been created in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • AU ministers convene 2nd Human Rights Confab
    08 may 2003 21:22:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) second conference on human rights commenced Thursday in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, with delegates from some thirty African countries attending. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea increases minimum wage
    08 may 2003 20:31:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- The minimum wage in Equatorial Guinea has been increased from 75,000 CFAF in 2002 to 90,000 in 2003, official sources announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • 66,000 Algerian academics emigrate to France
    08 may 2003 19:47:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Some 66,000 Algerian academics left their country for France between 1994 and 1999, the National Economic and Social Council (CNES) said in Algiers. Full text...

  • President Bouteflika pardons 5,000 prisoners
    08 may 2003 13:07:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- In a traditional State House gesture marking the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Mohammed, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria has issued two decrees granting pardon to common law inmates and prisoners serving life sentences. Full text...

  • Burkinabe unionists threaten general strike
    07 may 2003 22:44:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Labour organisations in Burkina Faso have threatened a general nationwide strike 27 May to protest a decree granting interest-free loans to government officials, union sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • More Burundi refugees returning home from Tanzania
    07 may 2003 20:47:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- About 203 Burundi refugees arrived Tuesday night in Ruyigi, a province in eastern Burundi, from neighbouring Tanzania, official sources in the region said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gabonese radio, television workers on strike
    07 may 2003 19:13:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Workers at Gabon's Channel 1 public radio and television station (RTG1) Wednesday entered the second day of an "indefinite strike," demanding payment of allowances and better working conditions. Full text...

  • Uganda criticised over plan to move Sudanese refugees
    07 may 2003 18:49:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A refugee body based in Kampala has criticised Ugandan authorities for insisting to move Sudanese refugees from a camp in the west to another in the rebel-affected northern region, the privately owned daily 'Alraai Aam' reported here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe labour union threatens more strikes
    07 may 2003 16:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) said Wednesday it was contemplating another general strike after the government turned down the union's latest appeal for the reversal of a 300 percent hike in the price of fuel. Full text...

  • Chinese workers protest against unpaid salaries in Mauritius
    07 may 2003 15:10:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A group of Chinese nationals working in the Mauritian textile industry Wednesday staged a demonstration outside their country's embassy in Belle-Rose, against unpaid wages and poor working conditions. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean police chief named honorary Interpol vice-president
    07 may 2003 09:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's police chief Augustine Chihuri has been appointed honorary vice-president of the France-based International Police Organisation (Interpol), the police announced in Harare Wednesday. Full text...

  • African unionists meet to harmonise labour laws
    07 may 2003 08:55:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Labour leaders from 12 of the 16-nation Organisation for the Harmonisation of the Business Law in Africa (OHADA) began a workshop in Douala, Cameroon Tuesday, on the harmonisation of labour laws among member States. Full text...

  • Labour strike cripples economic activity in Reunion
    07 may 2003 08:11:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The two-week strike by members of Reunion's Chamber of Commerce (CICR) is taking a huge toll on economic activities with the Island's Gillot Airport now deserted by cargo planes, aviation sources said. Full text...

  • Parliament demands refund of deductions from Mozambican workers
    06 may 2003 22:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican parliament has urged government to refund all the money deducted from the salaries of more than 21,000 Mozambicans who had worked in the defunct East Germany between 1986 and 1990. Full text...

  • UN secretary general mourns Walter Sisulu, ANC veteran
    06 may 2003 20:19:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN secretary general Kofi Annan said Tuesday he was saddened to learn of the death of Walter Sisulu, one of the heroes of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement, who passed on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia expels 527 Senegalese refugees
    06 may 2003 20:05:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- A group of 527 refugees expelled from Gambia last week arrived Monday night in Ziguinchor, regional capital of the civil war troubled Casamance in southern Senegal. Full text...

  • Gambian female students suspend strike over veil ban
    06 may 2003 19:44:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Female students of Gambia's St Theresa's Secondary School in Banjul have suspended their class boycott, which they had launched after the school authorities' recent decision banning them from wearing the Moslem veil to school. Full text...

  • Mbeki sues for attention to persons with disabilities
    06 may 2003 16:59:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki has urged governments across Africa to attend to the needs of persons with disabilities as part of their obligations towards human rights. Full text...

  • Niger's central labour union launches five-day strike
    06 may 2003 13:28:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Democratic Confederation of Niger Workers (CDTN), one of the country's leading central labour bodies, began a five-day strike Monday, for wage-related demands. Full text...

  • Floods hamper re-opening of Kenyan schools
    06 may 2003 12:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The re-opening of Kenyan schools this week has been hampered by heavy rains and flooding that have hit the country in the last two weeks, displacing more than one million people. Full text...

  • Teachers end month-long strike in Sao Tome
    05 may 2003 23:05:00
    Sao Tome- Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) -- Classes will resume 12 May at the national high school of Sao Tome and Principe as teachers call off a month-long strike over pay rise, which they finally got. Full text...

  • 16 African nations to harmonise labour code
    05 may 2003 21:56:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Sixteen member countries of the Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA) will begin a three-day workshop Tuesday in Yaounde to harmonise their labour codes, official sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana Polytechnic teachers on strike
    05 may 2003 20:37:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Members of the Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG), began an indefinite strike on Monday to back their demand for better conditions of service. Full text...

  • Saudi prince donates $1 million to Burkina child foundation
    05 may 2003 20:31:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Saudi prince Al Walid Ben Talal Abdelaziz Al Saud on Monday donated $1 million (about 650 million FCFA) to a foundation for underprivileged children in Burkina Faso to upgrade its programmes. Full text...

  • Cameroonian teachers demand release of jailed colleague
    05 may 2003 20:27:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Public school teachers in Cameroon have planned to strike on 16 May to demand the release of their colleague, jailed in Yaounde central prison for the death of a student, the Federation of trade unions of the education sector (FECASE) said. Full text...

  • British NGO hails Hutu man for role in 1994 genocide
    05 may 2003 19:11:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- A British humanitarian NGO has commended Damas Mutezintare Gisimba, a Hutu man who showed "exceptional courage" by saving the lives of 400 persons from the minority Tutsi ethnic group during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Full text...

  • Floods render a million Kenyans homeless
    05 may 2003 15:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than a million Kenyans have been rendered homeless by flash floods in western parts of the country following heavy rains pounding the region since the end of April, Vice President Kijana Wamalwa announced Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania holding precarious line against rising unemployment
    05 may 2003 12:50:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Thousands of Tanzanian youth face an uncertain future with unemployment now standing at 5. Full text...

  • Sudanese women urge intellectuals to form rights group
    05 may 2003 08:23:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A group of South Sudanese women have urged southern lawyers and intellectuals to set up a human rights mechanism in the country to monitor, record and defend the violations of rights by the state or individuals. Full text...

  • Gabonese govt grants private media 500 million FCFA
    04 may 2003 16:17:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon's communication minister Medhi Teale on Saturday distributed a 500 million FCFA grant (about $841,750) from the government to the private media in the country. Full text...

  • Thousands flee eastern DR Congo into Uganda
    03 may 2003 14:15:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan authorities have confirmed receiving more than 30,000 people, mostly women and children, at three western border districts of the country who have been fleeing tribal clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern province of Ituri in the past week. Full text...

  • Kenyan trade unions demand repealing of oppressive laws
    03 may 2003 13:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Trade unions in Kenya are pressing for radical changes in the country's labour laws and the abolition of temporary employment in an effort to help create the 500,000 jobs annually as promised by the ruling National Rainbow Coalition. Full text...

  • Sudanese refugees in Uganda riot to protest relocation
    03 may 2003 11:50:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese refugees housed in a makeshift camp in northern Uganda rioted on Thursday to protest a government move to relocate them to the north-west of the country, press reports said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Flooding causes havoc in Kenyan refugees camps
    03 may 2003 11:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Three main refugee camps in Kenya have been hit by serious food and medical shortages following heavy flooding in most parts of the East African country, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported. Full text...

  • Morocco to raise minimum wage by 10 percent
    02 may 2003 22:39:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan government has signed an agreement with trade unions and employers for a 10 percent increase in the national monthly minimum wage from July, labour officials said in Rabat Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan workers happy with election to ILO presidency
    02 may 2003 21:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan workers have hailed the country's election to the presidency of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), saying it was a great honour. Full text...

  • Gabon repatriates 51 Nigeriens
    02 may 2003 16:08:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A total of 51 illegal immigrants from Niger reportedly left Libreville voluntarily Wednesday aboard a ship bound for Cotonou, Benin, on the way to their country of origin, the national television reported. Full text...

  • Gambian students strike over banning of veils in school
    02 may 2003 14:42:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Muslim female students at the St. Full text...

  • Kibaki espouses better ties with charities in Kenya
    02 may 2003 14:13:00
    Nakuru- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki Friday called for more interaction and co-ordination between the government and charities in the country to increase service to the people and curb duplication of efforts. Full text...

  • Amnesty accuses Zimbabwe of using laws to silence dissent
    02 may 2003 11:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) has accused the Zimbabwean government of using provisions of national legislation to silence dissent, perpetrate human rights violations and place the basic rights of its citizens under siege. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe union tells workers to brace for more strikes
    01 may 2003 14:40:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's biggest labour union on on Thursday urged workers to brace for more strikes to force the government to end economic hardship and ease political tension in the country. Full text...

  • Kibaki assures Kenyan teachers of salary rise
    01 may 2003 14:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government was ready to negotiate with teachers on their salary awards given in 1998, President Mwai Kibaki said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo increases wages for only federal workers
    01 may 2003 14:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Newly re-elected Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Thursday only federal workers would benefit from the proposed wage increase for public-sector workers in the country. Full text...

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