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  • Sudan Radio/TV Corporation reduces staff by 50%
    28 december 2002 18:02:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese Radio and TV Public Corporation is laying off 50 percent of its 2,800 staff as part of the re-structuring at the State-run broadcasting stations. Full text...

  • Mozambican police detain ex-Finance Director on fraud charges
    28 december 2002 17:31:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Antonio Leitao, former Director of Planning and Finance in the central Mozambican province of Manica, is in detention on fraud charges, Maputo daily "Noticias" reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Bashir pardons five women serving life jail
    28 december 2002 17:18:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar el Bashir has reprieved five women serving life sentences for drug trafficking, the government's Consultative Council of Human Rights, announced in Khartoum Saturday. Full text...

  • Police yet to interrogate suspect in Nigerian oil firm fire
    28 december 2002 17:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Three days after the surrender of the self-confessed leader of the group that claimed responsibility for the fire that gutted the Lagos Zonal Headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the police say they are yet to interrogate him. Full text...

  • REGIDESO to end water shortage in Kinshasa
    28 december 2002 14:27:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo Water Distribution Company (REGIDESO) plans to overcome a shortfall in drinking water supply to Kinshasa estimated at more than 400,000 cubic metres a day, the company indicated Friday. Full text...

  • Police arrest impeached deputy State Governor for murder
    28 december 2002 14:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Police Friday arrested the former deputy governor of the south-western Osun State in connection with last year's murder of former Justice Minister Bola Ige. Full text...

  • Ethiopia ratifies African charter on rights, welfare of the child
    28 december 2002 11:28:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia Friday become the 28th member state of the African Union (AU) to ratify the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. Full text...

  • US urged to investigate torture allegations or face prosecution
    27 december 2002 21:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The US government "must promptly investigate and address allegations of torture" of suspected Al-Qaeda detainees or risk criminal prosecution, New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Friday. Full text...

  • Bad weather blamed for Comoros plane crash landing (corrected)
    27 december 2002 21:06:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The authorities in Comoros have blamed bad weather for the crash landing of a plane near the town of Miriontsi on the Comoros island of Anjouan, Friday afternoon. Full text...

  • No casualties in Anjouan plane crash
    27 december 2002 19:30:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Officials at Moroni international airport have confirmed the survival of all 15 passengers on board a small plane that crashed Friday afternoon near the town of Miriontsi, on Anjouan Island. Full text...

  • Plane crashes in Anjouan
    27 december 2002 18:57:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- A plane crashed Friday afternoon near the town of Miriontsi on the island of Anjouan, seriously injuring seven people, sources affirmed in Moroni. Full text...

  • Niger spends one billion CFA francs to modernise prisons
    27 december 2002 17:29:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger has disbursed close to one billion CFA francs for the modernisation of its prisons, the Secretary General of the Justice Ministry, Sidibe Soumana Dilarou, has disclosed. Full text...

  • Mauritian police bans anti-AGOA protest march
    27 december 2002 17:05:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian police authorities have issued an advance ban against a protest march slated for 15 January 2003 against the US Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Full text...

  • Irate Churchgoers harm bishop for nomination of successor
    27 december 2002 16:06:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A Church of Uganda Bishop, who is seeking retirement, said his life was in danger after narrowly escaping death on Christmas Day, when some members of his rowdy folks burnt his home and damaged and his car. Full text...

  • AIDS charity concert for Robben Island February 2
    27 december 2002 08:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Three internationally acclaimed musicians have written a song in tribute of former South African President Nelson Mandela, which they plan to play on Robben Island. Full text...

  • Tunisia hails creation of World Solidarity Fund
    26 december 2002 22:54:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia Thursday hailed the UN adoption of a resolution on the creation of a World Solidarity Fund (WSF), a project initiated by President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and aimed at alleviating poverty in the worst affected regions, particularly Africa. Full text...

  • Libya denies harbouring Iraqi weapons' scientists
    26 december 2002 21:07:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Tripoli has denied Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's allegation that there were Iraqi nuclear scientists in Libya. Full text...

  • Road accidents at Christmas kill 42 in Zimbabwe
    26 december 2002 20:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Forty-two people died in road accidents and hundreds more were injured in Zimbabwe over the Christmas holiday, police said Thursday. Full text...

  • Three million Angolans still displaced by war, UN says
    26 december 2002 20:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Almost a year since the guns fell silent in Angola's long civil war, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Thursday that 2. Full text...

  • Zambian prisoners survive on one meal a day, says paper
    26 december 2002 19:13:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Prisoners in Zambia's northern city of Ndola are living on a single meal a day because prison authorities have no money with which to buy them food, the Times of Zambia reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Lusaka records 29 births on Christmas Day
    26 december 2002 16:19:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A total of 29 babies were born in the Zambian capital on Christmas Day, mostly at the maternity wing of the sprawling University Teaching Hospital. Full text...

  • Former Nigerian Information Minister dies
    26 december 2002 15:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A former Nigerian Information Minister, Kola Balogun, has died at the age of 80, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Somali gunmen kill four students in Mogadishu
    26 december 2002 13:06:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Four students died on Christmas Day Wednesday when gunmen opened fire on a school bus in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Bathing ban partially lifted on Cape Town beaches
    26 december 2002 07:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The ban on bathing has been lifted on all Cape Town beaches except Fish Hoek after authorities conducted air surveys on Wednesday to determine whether the beaches are safe from further shark attacks. Full text...

  • The kids 'Santa Claus' forgot to give presents in Cotonou
    25 december 2002 20:30:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Christmas was an ordinary begging day for big number of street children in Cotonou, Benin, who have never heard of "Santa Claus" who is supposed to distribute marvellous presents to young ones on the night of every 24 December. Full text...

  • Prisoners escape from Maputo top security jail
    25 december 2002 16:32:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican police authorities on Wednesday claimed that "only" nine prisoners had escaped from the Maputo top security jail on Monday. Full text...

  • Political campaign in Kenya suffers violence
    25 december 2002 14:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- With two days to go before Kenyans go to the polls, cases of political violence are on the increase. Full text...

  • Nigerian youth group claims responsibility for NNPC fire
    25 december 2002 13:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Nigerian group, the Youth Democratic Movement, on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the fire that gutted the zonal headquarters of the state-owned Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Tuesday in Lagos. Full text...

  • Parents allegedly kill son for theft of Xmas meal money
    25 december 2002 11:46:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- An enraged husband and wife in Uganda allegedly beat their 11-year-old son to death on suspicion of stealing money reserved for the purchase of meat for their family Christmas meal, police authorities confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • South African leaders console compatriots on Christmas Day
    25 december 2002 09:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African political leaders Wednesday sent out goodwill messages on Christmas Day to console desolate compatriots. Full text...

  • 6 killed in Moroccan road crash
    24 december 2002 20:18:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- At least six people were killed and six others were injured in a road accident in Morocco's central mountainous region Monday, informed sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • US officials visit Mauritania on human rights issues
    24 december 2002 19:07:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A delegation of the US Department of State has met with Mauritanian political leaders and officials of some NGOs on the human rights situation in the country, the weekly, L'authentique reported in Nouakchott Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gas explosion kills three soldiers in Khartoum
    24 december 2002 17:16:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- An explosion of a nitrogen gas cylinder Tuesday killed three soldiers and wounded a fourth, at the Khartoum military air base, the Sudanese Army said in a statement. Full text...

  • Taylor frees 300 inmates, including convicted murderers
    24 december 2002 17:00:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor Tuesday ordered the Attorney General to effect a massive release of persons imprisoned around the country, including those convicted of murder. Full text...

  • Mozambican NGO announces Carlos Cardoso Prize
    24 december 2002 16:14:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A Mozambican environmental NGO, Livaningo, has announced the creation of an annual "Carlos Cardoso Prize" for investigative journalism, named in honour of the country's top investigative journalist who was murdered on 22 November 2000. Full text...

  • London clarifies warning to Britons on South African travel
    24 december 2002 15:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- British officials Tuesday tried to clarify the travel advisory to Britons wishing to travel to South Africa. Full text...

  • Benin celebrates eigth national children's day
    24 december 2002 14:44:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Scores of children Monday celebrated the eighth Benin National Children's Day, in Cotonou, under the theme: "The role of the family in protecting the rights of children. Full text...

  • Swazi herders stumble on eight human skeletons
    24 december 2002 14:38:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Two Swazi boys looking after goats Monday stumbled on eight human skeletons in a mountain south-east of Swaziland near the town of Manzini. Full text...

  • Opposition leaders in court over murder of Zambian journalist
    24 december 2002 14:25:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Three members of Zambia's opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) appeared before a Lusaka Magistrate's Court Tuesday on charges of murdering a local freelance journalist Charles Lwiindi. Full text...

  • Water shortage hinders fire-fighters at NNPC building
    24 december 2002 13:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Fire-fighters complained Tuesday of water shortage and lack of necessary equipment to bring under control, the fire raging at the Lagos Zonal headquarters building of Nigeria's State-owned oil company, NNPC. Full text...

  • Fire guts Lagos offices of Nigerian govt-owned Oil Company
    24 december 2002 12:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A huge fire has gutted the multi-storey building housing the Lagos operations of Nigeria's state-owned oil company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Full text...

  • Mandela receives unexpected Christmas present
    24 december 2002 12:31:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former President Nelson Mandela has received an unexpected Christmas present -- an abandoned child who is severely disabled. Full text...

  • Senegalese official sues for reconciliation in Casamance
    23 december 2002 22:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ziguinchor regional council chairman Oumar Lamine Badji has urged the people of Casamance to reconcile and put behind them two decades of fighting between the separatist Casamance Movement of Democratic Forces (MFDC) and Senegalese government forces. Full text...

  • Ivorian Identity agency gets new Director
    23 december 2002 21:49:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Jerome Sehr has been appointed new head of the National Identification Office of Cote d'Ivoire (ONI), which is in charge of identifying all those residing on the Ivorian territory, official sources said in Abidjan Monday. Full text...

  • ADEA institutes African Journalism Prize in honour Fatoyinbo
    23 december 2002 20:59:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) has instituted an African Journalism Prize in honour of Nigerian journalist Akintola Fatoyinbo, who died of heart attack in Dar es Salaam, Tanzanian 1 December. Full text...

  • Government to prosecute 2 for murder of Ghanaian King
    23 december 2002 20:43:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghana government said Monday it had accepted the findings and recommendations of the Commission that investigated the March bloody clashes in the country's Northern Region and would prosecute two men for the alleged murder of a prominent King during the violence. Full text...

  • More DR Congo refugees arrive in Burundi
    23 december 2002 20:25:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Another batch of some 1,000 DR Congo refugees has arrived in Burundi after fleeing fighting in the eastern part of their country, witnesses said Monday. Full text...

  • South African minister says corrupt officials deserve penalty
    23 december 2002 16:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has welcomed the heavy sentences slammed two Sectoral Education and Training Authority (Seta) officials, saying it is warning to others who may be tempted to abuse state funds. Full text...

  • Ugandan police hold Korean preacher over cannibalism claims
    23 december 2002 14:22:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Investigations have started into allegations that a Korean preacher committed child ritual murders and cannibalism, the Ugandan assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Ahmed Wafuba revealed here Monday. Full text...

  • British travel warning angers South African opposition
    23 december 2002 13:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance has outrage over a warning issued by the British government to its citizens of the possibility of terrorist attacks in South Africa. Full text...

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