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  • Renowned Ivorian journalist Noufé Nabi dies in Abidjan
    10 august 2003 19:28:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian journalist, Noufé Nabi, editor in chief and presenter of TV news, died Saturday at the Yopougon University Teaching Hospital, in the north of Abidjan, family sources said here Sunday. Full text...

  • Tent collapse on Women's Day audience paralyses woman
    10 august 2003 16:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A 37-year-old woman who was injured when a marquee collapsed at a Women's Day function in Pretoria on Saturday has been permanently paralysed, doctors confirmed Sunday. Full text...

  • South African boy wins world show jumping championship
    10 august 2003 15:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A 14-year-old Cape Town teenager became the new world champion of children's dressage on Sunday by winning the Federation Equestre Internationale Children's World Challenge Championship in Hagen, Germany. Full text...

  • Seven die, 100 injured in road accidents in Zimbabwe
    10 august 2003 15:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Seven people died, and more than 100 others got injured in 51 separate road accidents in Zimbabwe over the weekend, police reported here Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria closes foreign information bureaux
    10 august 2003 14:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government has closed down all 12 information bureaux attached to its embassies in 11 countries, the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Dire need for food aid in eastern Sudan, says official
    10 august 2003 09:45:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- An estimated 250,000 people made homeless by flooding in an eastern Sudanese town hit by heavy rains have not received enough relief provisions to meet their needs, local media reports Sunday quoted a provincial official. Full text...

  • Comoran writer denounces police action
    09 august 2003 20:19:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- A leading Comoran writer Mohamed Toihiri, has condemned the police beating Wednesday of an invigilator of a national examinations at the Mbeni centre. Full text...

  • Mali records low success rate in High School exam
    09 august 2003 15:58:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Candidates that sat for Mali's 2003 baccalaureate (senior High Diploma) examinations scored a success rate of 28. Full text...

  • UNICEF grants $25m to Cote d'Ivoire for projects
    09 august 2003 15:39:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is to grant Cote d'Ivoire 25 million US dollars following a draft agreement signed on Saturday with the Ivorian government. Full text...

  • Moroccan court acquits Frenchman in Casablanca attacks
    09 august 2003 15:25:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Pierric Picard, the Frenchman who was indicted by the Moroccan justice for "non-denunciation of a terrorist plot," was acquitted on Friday night by the Appeals Court of Rabat. Full text...

  • Mauritius to push for descendants of slaves' compensation
    09 august 2003 14:42:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian parliamentarians Friday night passed a motion tabled by MP Jean-Claude Armance, asking the country to sign any international action aimed at compensating descendants of former slaves and Indian labourers, sources at Parliament said here. Full text...

  • US trains police from island states to fight terrorism
    09 august 2003 12:25:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- US security agencies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), have ended training 25 police officers from Mauritius and the Seychelles in Port Louis, police sources at the central barracks here said. Full text...

  • Sudan needs millions to rehabilitate flooded city
    09 august 2003 10:19:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Sudanese government on Friday said that it needed millions of dollars to rebuild the city of Kassala after river floods killed at least nine people, destroyed hundreds of homes and schools, swept away electricity poles and forced the closure of the eastern city's only hospital. Full text...

  • Group to sue Dakar for extraditing Mauritanian coup suspect
    08 august 2003 23:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegal-based African Human Rights League (RADDHO) said on Friday that it would lodge a complaint in October against Dakar for breaching Article 3 of the Convention against Torture. Full text...

  • Mauritian police arrest 2 South Africans for drug trafficking
    08 august 2003 21:56:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian police have arrested two suspects identified as South African nationals with substances believed to be heroine, as they attempted to leave the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International airport, police sources said Friday. Full text...

  • Spanish agents arrest 20 African illegal emigrants
    08 august 2003 20:58:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Spanish security forces have arrested 20 African illegal immigrants in the past two days on the Canary islands, Spanish sources said in Rabat Friday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe police haul biggest marijuana stash
    08 august 2003 18:04:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Friday pounced on 1. Full text...

  • Kenya freezes licensing of radio, TV stations
    08 august 2003 17:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya government Friday declared a freeze on the licensing of radio and television stations and announced tough measures to regulate the media industry. Full text...

  • Burundian parliament passes new media act
    08 august 2003 15:00:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundian National Assembly has passed a new media act to replace that of 1997, which was strongly criticised by media practitioners as violative of press freedom. Full text...

  • Chambas re-elected into US University Council
    08 august 2003 13:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Even as he steers the delicate peace process in war-torn Liberia, the executive secretary of ECOWAS, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has been re-elected into the Council of his alma mater, the prestigious Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, for another four-year term. Full text...

  • Victims recount 1998 Nairobi terror bombing ordeal
    08 august 2003 09:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Deep sorrow, walking canes, dark sunglasses and freely flowing tears are the hallmarks of the lives of survivors of the deadly bomb attack that rocked Nairobi on 7 August 1998. Full text...

  • Angola to get new penal code soon
    07 august 2003 22:48:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola will soon enact a new revised penal code compatible with the international judicial system, Justice Minister Paulo Tjipilika has said in Luanda. Full text...

  • Libya provides aid to flood victims in Sudan
    07 august 2003 22:28:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A first cargo plane of the Libyan Arab Airlines arrived Thursday morning in Khartoum conveying an important quantity of humanitarian aid destined to cushion victims of floods that recently hit certain regions of Sudan, the Libyan News Agency (JANA) reported. Full text...

  • South African businessman arrested in New York
    07 august 2003 22:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The head of a major Cape Town fishing company has been arrested in New York on charges of smuggling South African lobster and tooth-fish into the US. Full text...

  • Tanzanians welcome Zambian TV signals
    07 august 2003 19:47:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Tanzanians living on the border town of Tunduma have given thumbs-up to the installation of television service in the Zambian town of Nakonde, as the signals will be received on their side of the border. Full text...

  • Daring burglars rob South African cabinet ministers
    07 august 2003 18:23:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Daring thieves broke into a secure government complex in Pretoria and stole various items from the homes of South African cabinet ministers, police sources disclosed Thursday. Full text...

  • RSF condemns detention of Cameroonian journalist
    07 august 2003 18:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), an international media freedom advocacy group, has condemned the detention of Remy Ngono, host of a satirical programme on the Siantou radio and television station (SRTS), by the Cameroonian government. Full text...

  • Chadian government, UNHCR train relief workers
    07 august 2003 16:18:00
    Ndjamena- Chad (PANA) -- The Chadian government and the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, have launched capacity-building training for aid workers managing refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) in Chad as well as internally displaced Chadians. Full text...

  • HRW says management reforms should undermine Rwanda Tribunal
    07 august 2003 15:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- As the UN Security Council considers changes in the office of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Human Rights Watch (HRW) Thursday urged the Council to safeguard the independence of the Tribunal and its capacity to render justice fully and impartially. Full text...

  • Moroccan ship sinks off Mauritanian coast
    07 august 2003 15:47:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- United Melika, a ship registered in Morocco, has gone down off the coast of Nouadhibou, the economic capital of Mauritania, where it had sailed to carry exports of fish products, sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan seeks aid for flood victims as Nile rises
    07 august 2003 15:37:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan Thursday launched an appeal for international aid to help an estimated 250,000 people made homeless by floods as the Nile and other rivers in the country overflow their banks. Full text...

  • Six Cameroonian orphans denied French visas
    07 august 2003 13:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The aunt of six young Cameroonian orphans, has file a suit with the Council of State, the highest jurisdiction in France, against the refusal by the French consulate in Yaounde to issue visas to the orphans, she announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN moves to raise $69 million in relief aid for Liberia
    07 august 2003 12:52:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- With ECOWAS troops deploying in war-torn Monrovia, the UN has launched a $69-million fund in emergency aid for Liberia, with Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other UN officials urging world governments Wednesday to seize the opportunity to help end the "unnecessary suffering" of nearly one million Liberians. Full text...

  • 12 killed, 8 injured in a road crash in Sudan
    07 august 2003 11:15:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- At Least 12 people died and eight others were injured Wednesday when a minibus crashed into a parked truck on a highway in central Sudan, al-Sahafa newspaper reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanker drivers' strike causes fuel queues in Lagos
    07 august 2003 11:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Long fuel queues returned to Nigeria's economic capital city of Lagos Thursday, after petroleum tanker drivers called an indefinite strike to protest against the seizure of 100 of their trucks by the Lagos state government. Full text...

  • ACDP demands paedophile register in South Africa
    07 august 2003 07:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) says a planned paedophile register to protect children in South Africa from sexual abuse is long overdue. Full text...

  • Kenya on spotlight once more over terrorism
    06 august 2003 20:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As Kenyans mark the fifth anniversary of the bomb attack on the US embassy in Nairobi in which more than 200 people lost their lives, international focus returns to the East African nation once again in its fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • 195 Ivorians return from Guinea
    06 august 2003 19:51:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 195 Ivorians who had taken refuge in neighbouring Guinea Conakry, during Cote d'Ivoire's eight-month crisis, returned to their country Wednesday by boat. Full text...

  • Mauritanian party commends law banning slavery
    06 august 2003 19:30:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritanian Party for the Defence of the Environment (PMDE) said on Wednesday that it was pleased that parliament had finally passed a law outlawing slavery in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritius goes tough on criminals
    06 august 2003 17:17:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth, said he has asked police in the country to strengthen their hunt for criminals following an increase in crime including rape and killing of women. Full text...

  • WAJA, IFJ condemn threats against Senegalese journalist
    06 august 2003 14:41:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Wednesday expressed "strong concern" about the death threats by anonymous callers against Senegalese journalist Abdou Latif Coulibaly, who wrote a book on the management of power by President Abdoulaye Wade. Full text...

  • Thousands face starvation in Sudan, says WFP
    06 august 2003 14:34:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Thousands face starvation across Sudan as malnutrition rates climb to levels close to the disaster year of 1998, when famine swept key regions of the country, a United Nations agency said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • US seeks role in restive Niger Delta, says governor
    06 august 2003 13:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Governor Diepreye Alamieyesegha of Nigeria's southeast Bayelsa state has said the federal government was under pressure to allow US Marines to the oil-rich Niger Delta to help protect American oil companies' installation from incessant attacks and violence in the area, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ugandan doctors, teachers slam MPs over hefty pension plan
    06 august 2003 13:51:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Complaining of being underpaid, medical doctors and teachers in Uganda are threatening to state a nation- wide strike against intentions by legislators to award themselves a 15-year pension scheme upon losing seats in parliament or retirement from politics. Full text...

  • Italy offers $13.8 million for social projects in Angola
    06 august 2003 13:30:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Italy has donated 13. Full text...

  • UNICEF stresses breastfeeding for child survival
    06 august 2003 12:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Marking this year's World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF on Wednesday called for continued commitment to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. Full text...

  • WFP ship anchors near Monrovia to handle humanitarian crisis
    06 august 2003 10:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme announced that a specially-chartered supply ship sailed Tuesday from Abidjan for Liberia, where it will play a crucial role in efforts to avert a humanitarian tragedy in the capital, Monrovia. Full text...

  • Three Moroccan journalists sentenced for incitement
    05 august 2003 23:50:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Three Moroccan journalists, charged following the 16 May terrorist attacks in Casablanca, on Tuesday in Rabat were sentenced up to three years in prison for "inciting violence". Full text...

  • Pan-African human rights contest in Yaounde
    05 august 2003 22:17:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Some 200 students from 60 African universities are competing in the 12th edition of the Pan-African human rights contest which started Monday in Yaounde. Full text...

  • Germany supports Mozambican police
    05 august 2003 21:01:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The German government has donated light weapons and equipment to boost the capacity of the Mozambican police in crime fighting, State radio reported Tuesday. Full text...

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