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  • Swazi prison clinics face drug shortage
    14 april 2003 14:32:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The growing number of inmates in Swaziland's prisons has led to a "serious" shortage of drugs at prison clinics, Correctional Services Commissioner Mnguni Simelane disclosed Monday. Full text...

  • American pupils to meet anti-apartheid icon Sisulu
    14 april 2003 13:39:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Thirty-two students from the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachussetts in the US have arrived in South Africa to meet with one of South Africa's anti- apartheid icons, Walter Sisulu. Full text...

  • Catholics accuse Zimbabwe govt of biased food distribution
    14 april 2003 13:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Catholic Church in Zimbabwe on Monday bitterly criticised the government of President Robert Mugabe for favouring its supporters in the distribution of food aid to drought victims in the country. Full text...

  • Pretoria promulgates act to standardise telecommunications
    14 april 2003 12:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African law enforcement agencies, service providers and the Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) are finalising requirements for the implementation of the Interception and Monitoring Act. Full text...

  • Court postpones bail hearing for Swazi King's advisor
    14 april 2003 12:40:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The High Court of Swaziland Monday postponed a bail application by an advisor of King Mswati III charged with the murder of a Zionist priest. Full text...

  • Train runs over deaf woman in Zimbabwe
    14 april 2003 09:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A deaf and dumb woman was run over and killed at the weekend by a train in the eastern city of Mutare in Zimbabwe, police said. Full text...

  • Police re-arrest alleged mass killer in Cape Town
    14 april 2003 08:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African police have confirmed the re-arrest of Ismael Hendricks, a former police sergeant who escaped from a psychiatric hospital where he was being held for the alleged killing of five petrol attendants in Cape Town. Full text...

  • Media regulator chides Benin police for assaulting journalists
    13 april 2003 18:29:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin media regulator, Broadcasting and Communication High Authority (HAAC), has criticised the country's police for allegedly mistreating some journalists working for a private newspaper, "Le Telegramme," last week. Full text...

  • Mauritian police find body of Taiwanese sailor
    13 april 2003 16:07:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian police Sunday discovered the body of a Taiwanese sailor whose fishing boat had been anchored on the Port Louis seabed for the past few weeks, maritime officials said. Full text...

  • Gabon's Internet festival is a hit
    13 april 2003 14:56:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- An event grouping cybercafés in Libreville has attracted a greater number of surfers this year to the annual three-day celebration of the Internet. Full text...

  • Children's rights campaign kicks off in Burkina Faso
    13 april 2003 14:28:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's Association for the Development of the Child and the Mother (APDM) has launched its first children's rights campaign in Ouagadougou aimed at sensitising city residents on children's health and education. Full text...

  • Mass murderer escapes from South African hospital
    13 april 2003 10:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A former policeman who murdered five petrol attendants last July is on the run after escaping from a psychiatric hospital near Grahamstown in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean talks himself into the Guinness Book
    13 april 2003 10:29:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean on Saturday broke the world record of the longest speech ever given by an individual, winning himself a slot in the famous Guinness Book of Records. Full text...

  • Over 90 Europe-bound African immigrants nabbed in Morocco
    11 april 2003 22:23:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan security officers this week arrested 99 illegal immigrants in the north-eastern Nador region, mainly from sub-Saharan African countries, the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported Friday. Full text...

  • Activists say human rights abuses persist in Cote d'Ivoire
    11 april 2003 20:20:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Human rights violations still persist in strife-stricken Cote d'Ivoire, the Ivorian Human Rights League (LIDHO) charged here Friday in a statement. Full text...

  • Fighting forces over 90,000 refugees out of Liberia
    11 april 2003 19:58:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- About 95,000 Ivorian refugees have recently returned home, says a news release issued to PANA by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan appeals for aid to improve human rights situation
    11 april 2003 19:22:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan requires international help to improve education, health and development so as to improve its human rights record, Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail said here Friday Speaking in anticipation of a fierce attack from the UN Human Rights Commission, whose annual meeting is under way in Geneva, he said the government needs money to achieve the goals advocated by the commission. Full text...

  • New fighting in western Cote d'Ivoire worries UN agencies
    11 april 2003 19:08:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- UN relief agencies have expressed serious concern about the humanitarian situation in Western Cote d'Ivoire where fighting between rebels and government forces resumed early last week. Full text...

  • IOM Plans More Refugee Camps for Kenya
    11 april 2003 18:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has disclosed plans to build more resettlement camps in northern Kenya to cater for the increasing number of refugees flocking into the country. Full text...

  • Zambia's deaf and mute society launches dictionary
    11 april 2003 17:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambia National Association for the Deaf (ZNAD) on Friday launched a dictionary for its handicapped members here with the help of the Finnish embassy. Full text...

  • Mauritians to pray for peace in Iraq
    11 april 2003 17:33:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Christian Church in Mauritius has called on Mauritians to attend interdenominational prayers on Monday at the Saint James Cathedral gardens in Port Louis to pray for peace in Iraq. Full text...

  • Chiluba chided for staying away from court
    11 april 2003 13:32:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba was on Friday rebuked in absentia by magistrate Christopher Shacifwa after he stayed away from a scheduled appearance in his court. Full text...

  • Malawi introduces computer lessons in secondary schools
    11 april 2003 13:22:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The British Council in collaboration with SchoolNet Malawi Trust has launched a special information communication and technology project which will introduce computer lessons in the country's schools. Full text...

  • President Pires to induct new Supreme Court team
    11 april 2003 09:41:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Four of the five judges at the Cape Verde Supreme Court will be inducted Friday by President Pedro Pires, sources here affirmed. Full text...

  • Taiwanese duo accused of assaulting S. African maid granted bail
    10 april 2003 19:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Ignoring public outrage, a magistrate's court Thursday granted bail to two Taiwanese nationals accused of assaulting their South African maid and forcing her to have sexual intercourse with their dog. Full text...

  • MP claims Swazi prison warders engage prisoners in sex
    10 april 2003 17:58:00
    Lobamba- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swazi parliamentarian Marwick Khumalo has burst an alleged scandal that prison warders of both sexes in the country "are sleeping with prisoners with impunity. Full text...

  • Chissano urges judiciary to act on pending cases
    10 april 2003 17:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambican (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano on Thursday urged the judiciary to follow the "exemplary trial" of the six murderers of journalist Carlos Cardoso, with trials in other major cases which are still pending. Full text...

  • Zambia's church leaders set agenda for Mwanawasa
    10 april 2003 16:55:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Christian Church in Zambia, an umbrella group of Christians, on Thursday came out with a good governance blueprint, which they urged President Levy Mwanawasa to follow if he is to take his country out of what they described as a deep social crisis. Full text...

  • Wife of slain Nigerian justice minister dies
    10 april 2003 16:45:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Atinuke Ige, retired justice and wife of the late Nigerian justice minister, Bola Ige, has died, state-owned Radio Nigeria reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Mbeki condemns sexual assault on child worker
    10 april 2003 16:32:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki on Thursday joined masses of South Africans in condemning two Taiwanese nationals who allegedly sexually assaulted their 15-year-old domestic worker, saying such acts violated the values and ethos of a democratic South Africa. Full text...

  • Angolan refugees begin lessons in spotting landmines
    10 april 2003 16:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has begun a vigorous campaign to teach Angolan refugees skills in detecting and identifying anti-personnel mines, including landmines, ahead of their return home. Full text...

  • Kenyan officials charged with corruption
    10 april 2003 13:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two Kenyan officials - Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Julius Meme and the immediate former head of Kenyatta National Hospital, Dr Augustine Muita - on Thursday appeared before an anti-corruption court to answer charges of corruption. Full text...

  • Burundi teacher shot dead in front of pupils
    10 april 2003 12:12:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A Burundian teacher was shot dead on Wednesday morning right in front of her pupils in a primary school in Isale, Rural Bujumbura province, official sources reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Cape floral display planned for Chelsea Flower Show
    10 april 2003 11:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A ton of Cape beach sand will be freighted to London in May to create a sandcastle sculpture of Table Mountain for South Africa's exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show, local officials announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya govt awards journalist 16,000 dollars in damages
    10 april 2003 10:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan journalist who was arrested by police and wrongfully charged with possessing illicit brew, has been awarded 16,000 US dollars for wrongful confinement. Full text...

  • Three dead, 16 missing in Morocco shipwreck
    10 april 2003 09:09:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Three fishermen have died and 16 others are missing following the sinking of a boat Wednesday morning off Massa, 23 nautical miles southwest of Agadir (600 km south of Rabat), according to the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) news agency. Full text...

  • Taiwanese pair in court for forcing maid into having sex with dog
    10 april 2003 08:48:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Angry South Africans came out in numbers Thursday to demonstrate against the granting of bail to two Taiwanese nationals accused of forcing a teenage domestic servant into having sex with their dog. Full text...

  • WFP suspends food aid to Swaziland
    10 april 2003 08:34:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Overwhelmed by the humanitarian needs in war-rocked Iraq, the World Food Programme (WFP) has announced the stoppage of food aid to Swaziland, official sources affirmed here Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa re-enters ICAO after 40 years of isolation
    10 april 2003 08:18:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa has been re- admitted to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), after more than 40 years of isolation. Full text...

  • Algeria searches for missing 29 tourists in Hoggar desert
    09 april 2003 22:21:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria has assigned 1,200 soldiers to search for 29 foreign tourists, including 15 Germans, eight Austrians, four Swiss, a Dutch and Swede who have gone missing for the past week in the Hoggar desert, 2,000 km south of here. Full text...

  • French female corpse found in Mauritanian desert
    09 april 2003 21:40:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The corpse of a young French woman, Adeline Pane, has been found in the desert near the borders of Mauritania and Morocco, sources disclosed in Nouakchott Wednesday. Full text...

  • RSF delegation meets President Gbagbo in Abidjan
    09 april 2003 20:12:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An official of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international group defending press freedom, has called on President Laurent Gbagbo to assure the security of journalists working in embattled Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Chad frees 10 Central African POWs
    09 april 2003 18:19:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Ten soldiers of the Central African Republic (CAR) armed forces detained in Chad have been released, the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) announced in Bangui Wednesday. Full text...

  • Pretoria to consult on reconciliation commission
    09 april 2003 16:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Minister for Justice and Constitutional Development, Penuell Maduna has called for a consultative meeting Friday in Pretoria with various stakeholders in the country to discuss how to implement recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Full text...

  • Kibaki praises UN Habitat over housing programme
    09 april 2003 15:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki on Wednesday hailed the UN Habitat, saying it had done a lot to build decent homes to ordinary Kenyans in the country. Full text...

  • Reunion launches high-tech training sessions
    09 april 2003 13:07:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Consular Training Chamber in Reunion has launched two new training sessions on information and communication technologies (ICTs), as part of efforts to turn the island into an ICT centre of excellence. Full text...

  • Donors to assist Sudan's abducted women, children
    09 april 2003 09:09:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- International partners and donors have agreed to help finance the field operations of the Sudanese Committee for the Eradication of Abduction of Women and Children (CEAWC), the national news agency (SUNA) reported in Khartoum Wednesday. Full text...

  • Forensic expert links suspect to Mrs De Klerk's murder
    09 april 2003 08:56:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A forensic analyst has told the Cape High Court that sweat found on a glove was that of Luyanda Mbonisa, who is facing trial for the murder of South Africa's former first lady Marike De Klerk. Full text...

  • Swazi government censors State media
    09 april 2003 08:31:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- State-owned Swaziland Broadcasting and Information Services (SBIS) and Swazi Television have been banned from reporting on controversial national issues over fears of hurting kingdom's unity, Public Service and Information Minister Abednigo Ntshangase has said. Full text...

  • Japan props learning centre in Mauritius
    08 april 2003 23:41:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Japan's financing of an educational centre in Barkly City, Central Mauritius, has satisfied a "burning desire" for education among the youths, an official said Tuesday at the launch of the centre. Full text...

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