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  • UNDP warns rampant corruption threatens Africa's millennium goals
    11 november 2002 11:54:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- Rampant corruption, bad governance and armed conflicts keep much of Africa under developed and unable to make any progress towards achieving its millennium goals, UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown lamented Monday in Uganda. Full text...

  • Famous Nigerian actor dies
    11 november 2002 11:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Famous Nigerian actor Claude Eke, a multi-linguist who starred as "Jegede Sokoya" in the rested local television drama series, Masquerade, is dead, the private Comet newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • Notorious fugitive appears in Cape Town court
    11 november 2002 11:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- One of the world's most wanted fugitives, James Kilgore appeared in a Cape Town court on Monday after his arrest last week by South African police ended a 26- year manhunt worldwide. Full text...

  • Swazi attorney general shuns court over treason charges
    11 november 2002 10:51:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's Attorney General, Phesheya Dlamini, on Monday refused to appear in court for his remand on several charges, including sedition which carries the maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment. Full text...

  • Swazi attorney general goes on trial for sedition
    11 november 2002 08:17:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The embattled Attorney General of Swaziland, Phesheya Dlamini, is expected to appear before the Mbabane Principal magistrates' court Monday to answer charges of "sedition and defeating the ends of justice. Full text...

  • French lawyer demands protection of Moroccan client
    10 november 2002 19:29:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French lawyer, William Bourdon, said he has asked the French Home Affairs Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, to provide adequate security for his Moroccan client Hicham Mandari, who is facing fraud charges brought by Moroccan authorities. Full text...

  • 631 Burundi refugees return from Tanzania
    10 november 2002 18:21:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 631 Burundi refugees returned home Saturday from Tanzania where they had fled the October fighting in central and eastern parts of their country, officials said in Bujumbura Sunday. Full text...

  • Opposition leader warns against 'slavery' politics
    10 november 2002 15:54:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Moustapha Bedreddine, Secretary General of Mauritania's opposition Union for the Forces of Progress (UFP) Sunday acknowledged the existence of "slavery problem," in the country, but warned politicians against "political exploitation" of the situation. Full text...

  • Nigerian state governor threatens journalists
    10 november 2002 15:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Governor Joshua Dariye of Nigeria's central Plateau State has threatened to declare as "personae non-grata" journalists in the state who write "negative reports" on the lingering sectarian and ethnic violence in the state, press reports said Sunday. Full text...

  • Six killed in Nigerian road crash
    10 november 2002 13:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least six people died in a road crash involving a passenger luxury bus and a truck along the south- eastern Benin-Asaba expressway Saturday morning, press reports said Sunday. Full text...

  • 60 freed Sudanese prisoners to return from Iraq
    10 november 2002 13:40:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sixty Sudanese convicts covered by a recent amnesty granted by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to all prison inmates will be repatriated to Sudan soon, officials said in Khartoum Sunday. Full text...

  • Four women found killed in Algeria
    10 november 2002 13:33:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Four Algerian women from the same family were found killed in their home Friday night in Mazaghrane in the prefecture of Mostaganem, 400 km west of Algiers. Full text...

  • UNICEF envoy urges Zambia to reconsider GM maize
    10 november 2002 11:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- UNICEF's goodwill ambassador, British actor Roger Moore, Sunday appealed to the Zambian government to reconsider its position on genetically modified (GM) relief maize. Full text...

  • Swazi maidens confront abducted woman's mother with tassels
    10 november 2002 10:33:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Over 50 Swazi maidens Saturday stormed the home of Lindiwe Dlamini, the mother of a young woman set to become King Mswati's 10th wife, and threw tassels in her yard as a sign that her daughter Zena Mahlangu has taken another step towards marrying the king. Full text...

  • Swaziland's Attorney General faces sedition charge
    09 november 2002 18:07:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's Attorney General Phesheya Dlamini is in trouble facing a sedition charge that could send him to jail for 20 years. Full text...

  • EU to finance reintegration of Angola's street children
    09 november 2002 17:15:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The European Union will finance a programme for education and reintegration of street children in Angola, it was learnt here Saturday. Full text...

  • Mauritius stresses education for poverty elimination
    09 november 2002 16:45:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- With support of the European Union, Mauritius has started a vocational training programme aimed at improving living standards of 10 percent of its population, representing the poorest people in the country, Economic Development and Finance Minister Sushil Khushiram said Saturday. Full text...

  • UNHCR faces problem to return Eritrean refugees from Sudan
    09 november 2002 15:05:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Tedesti, 35, left her home village in Eritrea 25 years ago in the heat of heavy fighting between the Ethiopian army and the Eritrean rebels fighting for independence. Full text...

  • Police arrest notorious fugitive in Cape Town
    09 november 2002 12:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African police have arrested one of the world's most wanted fugitives, ending a 26- year international manhunt. Full text...

  • Court rules against suspects in Nigerian minister's murder
    09 november 2002 12:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An Ibadan High Court has ruled that the 13 accused persons standing trial in connection with the assassination of former Nigerian Justice Minister Bola Ige have a case to answer. Full text...

  • Irish tourist deported from Kenya over racist remarks
    09 november 2002 11:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan court has ordered the deportation of Irish tourist Gaynor Walter Mary for making racist remarks in Nairobi, a local daily reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Malagasy President orders release or speedy trial of detainees
    09 november 2002 11:25:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy President Marc Ravalomanana has ordered his justice minister to examine the cases of thousands of detained persons in the country and forward them for speedy trial. Full text...

  • Collapsed buildings kill three in Casablanca
    08 november 2002 21:00:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Three people were killed and 15 others got wounded after two buildings collapsed on them Thursday in Casablanca, official sources reported here Friday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire's crisis renders over 595,000 students idle
    08 november 2002 20:50:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Since school resumed in Cote d'Ivoire late September, some 595,000 students have not attended classes due to the political and military crisis in the country, academic sources reported Friday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Red Cross repatriates 237 Ethiopians from Eritrea
    08 november 2002 18:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A total of 237 Ethiopians were on Friday voluntarily repatriated from Eritrea with the help of the International Committee of the Red cross (ICRC). Full text...

  • French national gets 15 years for importing heroin
    08 november 2002 17:18:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A French national was sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined 150,000 rupees (5,000 dollars) by a Port Louis Court for importing 1. Full text...

  • Nigeria to enforce law on use of seat-belts
    08 november 2002 16:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) will enforce the use of seat-belts by motorists in the country from 1 January 2003, a senior official of the agency said in Lagos Friday. Full text...

  • Activists criticise Ugandan govt over high cost of AIDS drugs
    08 november 2002 16:07:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Activists have expressed outrage over the failure of the government in Uganda to provide cheap anti- retroviral drugs (ARV) to the predominantly poor people living with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • HRW to honour Chadian rights activist, Guengueng
    08 november 2002 15:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Souleymane Guengueng, a torture victim, who leads the campaign to bring former Chadian leader, Hissene Habre, to justice, is among three activists that will receive the 2002 highest honour of Human Rights Watch 13 November. Full text...

  • S. African police arrest woman over Zambian's death
    08 november 2002 15:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African police have arrested a young woman over the death last week of Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa's brother Rex, police said Friday. Full text...

  • Joint exercise rids Mozambique of arms
    08 november 2002 14:39:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A large arms cache comprising missiles and mortar bombs has been destroyed in Mozambique as part of an exercise to rid the country of weapons. Full text...

  • South African police hold passenger for questioning
    08 november 2002 14:21:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A passenger who arrived in South Africa Friday morning from Dubai was led away by police as soon as he stepped off an Emirates Airline flight in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • South African Party tackles Afrikaners over Soweto bombings
    08 november 2002 13:47:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's New National Party (NNP) Friday rejected suggestion by Afrikaner academics that last week's Soweto bombings were justified and the perpetrators should not be prosecuted. Full text...

  • Obasanjo asks for money to empower embattled Nigerian police
    08 november 2002 12:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo has asked the Nigerian National Assembly (parliament) to approve 2. Full text...

  • Botswana pushes with relocation of San despite criticisms
    07 november 2002 21:46:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana president Festus Mogae said Thursday that his government has spent more than 5 million US- dollars in the controversial relocation of the Basarwa (San). Full text...

  • Chissano's son to be questioned over Cardoso's murder
    07 november 2002 20:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano's son, Nyimpine, is to be questioned in connection with the murder of the country's best-known journalist, Carlos Cardoso, on 22 November 2000. Full text...

  • Ivorian crisis affects Ramadan observance in Burkina Faso
    07 november 2002 19:22:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe Muslims entered Thursday the sacred fasting month of Ramadan against the backdrop of an economic gloom marked this year by the socio-political crisis raging in neighbouring Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • South African drug trafficker gets 16 years in jail
    07 november 2002 17:45:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Mauritian court has sentenced South African Wawda Suleman, 30, to 16 years' imprisonment for importing and trafficking in drugs on the island state, judicial sources said Thursday in Port Louis. Full text...

  • Kenyan blames child-soldiers' plight on African leaders
    07 november 2002 17:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Describing the situation of child soldiers in Africa as "depressing," a Kenyan judge Thursday blamed the escalation in the number of child soldiers to lack of political will on the part of African leaders to ratify the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. Full text...

  • S. Africa's bombing victim to be buried in Lesotho
    07 november 2002 15:51:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government said Thursday that a woman killed in a spate of bomb explosions in Soweto last week would be buried in Lesotho, her country of origin. Full text...

  • AI denounces continuing slavery in Mauritania
    07 november 2002 13:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Twenty years after slavery was formally abolished in Mauritania, the practice has not disappeared from the country, Amnesty International (AI) said in a report issued Thursday in London. Full text...

  • Gunmen kill four Nigerian policemen
    07 november 2002 13:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Gunmen shot and killed four policemen in two separate incidents in Nigeria's south-eastern city of Owerri and the nation's commercial hub Lagos, Wednesday, the local press reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Donors promise ECOWAS $5 million in three years
    07 november 2002 12:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Donors have pledged five million US dollars in short-term assistance to ECOWAS to finance some of its programmes in the next three years, the ECOWAS Secretariat said in a statement in Abuja Thursday. Full text...

  • Rain heralds Ramadan in Libya
    07 november 2002 12:47:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The holy month of Ramadan began in Libya Tuesday, with rains in November, a month, which Libyans associate with ploughing. Full text...

  • Report blames Nigerian military armoury blast on neglect
    07 november 2002 11:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Nigerian Senate Committee report has blamed the 27 January explosion at the military cantonment that resulted in the death of more than 1,000 people in Ikeja, Lagos, on the neglect of the armed forces by the federal government. Full text...

  • Batswana students allege harassment in Zimbabwe
    07 november 2002 11:32:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana MP Chapson Butale has parliament that Batswana students in Bulawayo, were routinely assaulted and exploited by their Zimbabwean hosts. Full text...

  • Death toll hits 17 in Zimbabwe's bus crash
    07 november 2002 11:09:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The death toll from Tuesday's bus crash in Zimbabwe's central city of Kwe Kwe rose to 17 Thursday, after one of the critically injured passengers died in hospital. Full text...

  • 16 die in Nigerian road crash
    07 november 2002 11:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Sixteen people were feared dead when a commuter bus collided Wednesday with a lorry along Jebba road in Nigeria's central Kwara State, the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Swazi Transport Minister suspended for corruption
    07 november 2002 10:28:00
    Lobamba- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swazi Public Works and Transport Minister, Titus Mlangeni has been suspended by King Mswati III, over alleged corruption. Full text...

  • Govt abandons rescue mission for trapped Zimbabwean miners
    07 november 2002 09:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government said Thursday it was abandoning rescue efforts for 13 illegal gold miners trapped underground near the central city of Kadoma at the weekend, when their mineshaft collapsed. Full text...

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