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  • African human rights activists feel insecure
    12 march 2002 22:11:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Human rights activists worldwide face a more difficult time than ever before following the 11 September terrorist attacks on the United States, according to a report issued here. Full text...

  • Ghanaian envoy speaks national unity
    12 march 2002 19:26:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Ghana's High Commissioner to the UK, Isaac Osei is urging Ghanaians to poll their efforts toward building "a buoyant economy and a prosperous country where freedom, justice and peace can thrive". Full text...

  • Seven Ivorian students dismissed for beating lecturer
    12 march 2002 19:19:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Bouake University's council on Monday evening dismissed seven students identified to have beaten a lecturer at the Ivorian University in February, official sources said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Egyptian minister insists rail disaster was avoidable
    12 march 2002 17:09:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- New Transports minister Hamdi Abdessalam Es-shaieb affirmed Tuesday that with discipline and dissuasive sanctions, the most catastrophic train accident yet in Egypt's history could have been avoided. Full text...

  • Malian leader to launch national solidarity fund
    12 march 2002 16:24:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- President Alpha Omar Konare will launch the National Solidarity Fund (NSF) in Bamako Saturday, NSF sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius celebrates Independence and Republic Day
    12 march 2002 16:17:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius celebrated Tuesday its 34th anniversary of independence and 10 years of republican status. Full text...

  • Uganda ratifies treaty against child soldiers
    12 march 2002 16:08:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda has endorsed the UN Treaty prohibiting the recruitment of children into regular armed forces. Full text...

  • Moroccan house discusses controversial media code
    12 march 2002 14:16:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan parliament Tuesday is to vote on a new media code criticised by the National Media Union of Morocco (SNPM) and by human rights organisations as undemocratic. Full text...

  • Cameroonian postal workers open mail
    12 march 2002 13:39:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The postal administration in Cameroon has hinted of "significant changes in the next few months," to tackle the phenomenon of mail opening in sorting offices. Full text...

  • 'Third Pope' confounds Kenyan judge
    12 march 2002 12:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Nairobi criminal court was Monday forced to order a medical examination on a man who had claimed he is the Third Pope of the Roman Catholic Church before sentencing him. Full text...

  • America commemorates 11 September terror attacks
    12 march 2002 12:45:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The US Monday commemorated the sixth month of the 11 September terrorist attacks, with ceremonies in New York, Washington and other cities. Full text...

  • Immigrants riot after death of Nigerian
    12 march 2002 09:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- There was rioting at South Africa's Lindela Repatriation Centre in Krugersdorp Monday, a day after a Nigerian immigrant was allegedly beaten to death by guards. Full text...

  • President Buyoya pleads for private education
    11 march 2002 22:45:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's President Pierre Buyoya at the weekend officially launched the academic year at the privately-owned university of Mwaro with a call on investors to consider private higher education as one of their areas of interest. Full text...

  • Immigrants press French Premier for papers
    11 march 2002 19:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Undocumented immigrants in France have asked Prime Minister Lionel Jospin to fulfil the promises he made during his 1997 presidential campaign, including regularising the status of all illegal immigrants. Full text...

  • Nigerians to register for ID Cards in May
    11 march 2002 18:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Registration of Nigerian citizens for the issuance of national identity cards begins in May, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya government welcomes Children's Act
    11 march 2002 18:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's ministry of Home Affairs, Heritage and Sports Monday welcomed the enactment of the Children's Act, saying it would help entrench children's rights in the society. Full text...

  • Kenyan police recover body of drowned Briton
    11 march 2002 15:24:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The British Foreign Office has confirmed that the body of a British woman, who died while swimming in a Kenyan Lake Friday, has been recovered with one arm missing. Full text...

  • Muluzi directs govt to fund TV Malawi's repairs amidst famine
    11 march 2002 14:02:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi president Bakili Muluzi has ordered the finance ministry to release 10 million kwacha (137,000 US dollars) by Tuesday to allow Malawi's only television station to return to the air. Full text...

  • Gunmen kill two people during raid on Somali Minister's home
    11 march 2002 11:45:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- At least two people were killed and three others wounded when unidentified gunmen attacked the home of Somali Home Affairs Minister, Dahir Mohamed Dahya in Mogadishu Sunday night. Full text...

  • Nigerian immigrant beaten to death at detention Centre
    11 march 2002 10:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Five staff members of South Africa's privately-run Lindela repatriation Centre for illegal immigrants, at Krugersdorp, have been arrested in connection with the death of a Nigerian immigrant. Full text...

  • Malawi Television boss promises early resumption of broadcast
    11 march 2002 08:51:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi Television's Director-General Benson Tembo, has promised that the station gutted by fire Saturday would resume operation as soon as possible. Full text...

  • Fire razes Malawi's only TV station
    10 march 2002 12:35:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Fire fighters in Malawi's commercial capital, Blantyre, spent the whole night at Television Malawi trying to extinguish the fire that has destroyed the country's only television. Full text...

  • Egyptian MP Refusing to Support His Child from a Third Wife
    10 march 2002 10:42:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The third wife of an Egyptian MP complained to the People's Assembly Speaker, Fathi Sorour, that her husband refused to spend any money on the upkeep of their 18-month-old son, Egyptian Mail reported on Saturday. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS orphans 78,000 children in Botswana
    09 march 2002 19:22:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The 2001 Country Report on Human Rights Practices released early this week points out that some of the estimated 78,000 children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Botswana have resorted to begging and prostitution to survive in urban areas. Full text...

  • WFP to feed 10,600 households in southern Burundi
    09 march 2002 19:06:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 10,600 poor households in Burundi's southern province of Makamba, are to receive food rations from the World Food Programme (WFP), the Burundi Press Agency (ABP) reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Fire knocks Malawi Television off air
    09 march 2002 18:27:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A huge fire Saturday destroyed the main studios of Malawi's sole Television in Blantyre, knocking the station off air. Full text...

  • Mandela, Kuffour honour late Nigerian politician
    09 march 2002 15:53:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela and Ghanaian President John Kuffour Saturday joined in honouring Shehu Musa Yar'Adua, the Nigerian politician who died in jail during the brutal regime of the late military dictator, Gen. Full text...

  • France props efforts towards marine safety in East Africa
    09 march 2002 15:47:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- France has committed funds worth 550,000 US dollars in a partnership agreement with the three- member East African Community (EAC) to help the region strengthen maritime safety on Lake Victoria, the French embassy said in a statement Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's new police boss unfolds agenda
    09 march 2002 14:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- "I accept the appointment with humility, that lots will be achieved in terms of security control and in terms of making policemen and women serving in the federal republic of Nigeria very very happy," said Nigeria's newly- appointed Inspector-General (IG) of Police, Tafa Balogun, on assumption of duty in Abuja Friday. Full text...

  • 14 worshippers die at prayer ground stampede
    09 march 2002 11:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Fourteen Christian worshippers died at a prayer ground stampede Thursday night in Nigeria's south-eastern city of Enugu, press reports said Saturday. Full text...

  • French leaders condole Reunion victims
    08 march 2002 23:48:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Lionel Jospin have offered their condolences to the families of the people who died in the breaking of a natural dam Friday in Saint Denis in Reunion. Full text...

  • Over 1,600 Burundian refugees return home from Tanzania
    08 march 2002 21:11:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 1,625 Burundian refugees returned home in January and February from neighbouring Tanzania via the Kobero border post in Muyinga Province (north-east of Burundi), according to the Burundi News Agency (ABP). Full text...

  • EU commits 335 million euro for Tanzania
    08 march 2002 20:33:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) Friday approved new development grants worth 335 million euro to Tanzania to support the country's poverty reduction programme up to 2007. Full text...

  • Kenya in move to check cattle rustling, banditry activities
    08 march 2002 18:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Authorities in Kenya Friday announced tough austerity measures to end the perennial cattle rustling and armed banditry activities in the country's North Rift Valley region. Full text...

  • 45th confab of South African Zionist Federation gets underway
    08 march 2002 18:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Yehiel Leket, World Chairman of the Jewish National Fund, arrived in South Africa Friday as guest speaker at the 45th Conference of the South African Zionist Federation. Full text...

  • Burundian police arrest 18 "Banyamulenge" refugees
    08 march 2002 16:25:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian police are holding 18 Congolese citizen's of Rwandan origin known as "Banyamulenge" for engaging in what they term as "political activism," official sources said in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • US donates 10,000 tonnes of relief food to Zambia
    08 march 2002 12:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The United States government has donated 10,000 tonnes of maize flour and maize-soya milk to rescued 1. Full text...

  • US, African NGOs to step up co-operation
    07 march 2002 23:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African and US NGOs decided Thursday in Dakar to strengthen their partnership. Full text...

  • Kenyan NGO goes abroad with campaign on natural resource use
    07 march 2002 20:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan NGO, World Neighbours, has indicated plans to extend its sensitisation campaign on untapped natural resources to neighbouring Uganda and Tanzania. Full text...

  • Kenyan NGO to diversify activities in East African
    07 march 2002 20:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- World Neighbours, a Kenyan based non-governmental organisation, says it will diversify its activities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in order to educate people on the importance of untapped natural resources, a source of wealth still neglected. Full text...

  • Four acquitted in South Africa's murder trial
    07 march 2002 20:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African high court has ruled that Abdus Salaam Ebrahim, the leader of the shadowy vigilante group, People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad), and his three co-accused, were not guilty of murdering top gangster Rashaad Staggie. Full text...

  • Ghana launches major campaign to check child trafficking
    07 march 2002 19:40:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana Thursday launched a major campaign to check child trafficking as the country's name appeared on the chart as a major source of the obnoxious dehumanising trade. Full text...

  • Kenyan president orders police crack down on gangs
    07 march 2002 16:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi Thursday ordered an immediate police crackdown on gangs who have been terrorising his country's people. Full text...

  • African States Urged To Ratify Treaty On Child Soldiers
    07 march 2002 16:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UN Special Representative for War Affected Children, Olara Otunnu, Thursday appealed to African countries to urgently ratify the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflicts, which came into force 12 February 2002. Full text...

  • ILO worried by rising child labour in Kenya
    07 march 2002 15:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The International Labour Organisation (ILO) Thursday expressed concern over increasing cases of child labour in Kenya, saying an estimated three million children are involved in the practice. Full text...

  • UN Acting Against Abuse Of Refugees
    07 march 2002 15:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN Thursday in Addis Ababa spelt out measures it has put in place for the protection of refugees, including strong sanctions against humanitarian workers caught exploiting displaced people. Full text...

  • US Experts Begin Bomb Detonation At Lagos Military Cantonment
    07 march 2002 14:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) experts are set to begin controlled detonations of unexploded ammunition at the Ikeja Military Cantonment in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, the US Consulate-General announced Thursday. Full text...

  • 16 persons injured in road accident in Zimbabwe
    07 march 2002 14:57:00
    Chinhoyi- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Sixteen people were injured, most of them seriously, in the northern Zimbabwean town of Chinhoyi Thursday after their truck overturned and violently threw them out. Full text...

  • Over 3 tonnes of drugs burnt in Ouagadougou
    07 march 2002 13:36:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Over 3 tonnes of cannabis, Indian hemp and amphetamines, seized by the Burkinabe customs, were incinerated in Yimdi, outside Ouagadougou, the government- owned daily Sidwaya reported. Full text...

  • Nigerian police beef up security for diplomats
    07 march 2002 13:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria police have stepped up security for foreign diplomats in Nigeria, ahead of the expiration of the 11 March 2002 deadline issued by aggrieved junior police and army officers to stage a "revolution" in the country. Full text...

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