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  • RFI correspondent arrested in Ziguinchor
    07 october 2003 21:16:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- The correspondent of Radio France international (RFI) in Dakar, Sophie Malibeau, was arrested in Ziguinchor while covering a consensus meeting of the Movement of democratic forces in Casamance (MFDC). Full text...

  • African Youth Alliance holds meeting in Botswana
    07 october 2003 20:07:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Close to 100 members of the African Youth Alliance (AYA) are attending a weeklong meeting here to review progress made in the implementation of its projects, including combating HIV/AIDS among young people over the past year. Full text...

  • UNICEF film depicts effects of war on African children
    07 october 2003 19:46:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNICEF regional director for West and Central Africa, Rima Salah Tuesday permitted journalists to preview a five-minute UNICEF film by children depicting the effects of war on children in Africa. Full text...

  • Botswana to host anti-terror seminar
    07 october 2003 19:01:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Delegates from 13 African nations are scheduled to meet here next week to explore ways of preventing legitimate organisations from raising funds for terrorist activity. Full text...

  • WFP appeals for $3.5 million for logistics in Liberia
    07 october 2003 15:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed for a further $3. Full text...

  • Senegalese police arrest RFI correspondent
    07 october 2003 15:29:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese police Tuesday arrested Radio France International (RFI) correspondent Sophie Malibeau. Full text...

  • Three bodies retrieved from River Nile accident
    07 october 2003 09:16:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Searchers have retrieved bodies of a soldier, a woman and a 10-month old baby boy from the River Nile after Sunday's horrific accident in Uganda's eastern industrial town of Jinja, 80 km east of Kampala, the police said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • THISDAY finally hits South African streets
    07 october 2003 08:16:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- THISDAY, the long awaited South African edition of the Nigerian daily, finally hit the country's streets Tuesday morning. Full text...

  • PANA photographer wins Fujifilm competition first prize
    06 october 2003 22:03:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian photographer, Jean-Pierre Kepseu won the first prize of the 2003 Fujifilm African Press Photo Awards (sports category), authoritative sources said here Monday. Full text...

  • Committee calls for release of Nigerien journalist
    06 october 2003 21:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has written President Mamadou Tandja of Niger to put an end to the continued imprisonment of Ibrahim Souley, the publication director of the private weekly L'Enquêteur. Full text...

  • HRW urges Algeria to free jailed rights activist
    06 october 2003 20:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the Algerian government to release rights defender Slaheddine Sidhoum from prison and guarantee him a fair trial. Full text...

  • Angola asks UNESCO for post-conflict assistance
    06 october 2003 20:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Angola has introduced a draft resolution asking UNESCO to set up a special post-conflict assistance programme in the country, National Education Minister Antonio Da Silva Neto said at the ongoing general conference of the UN agency, in Paris. Full text...

  • Ivorian president assists war displaced students
    06 october 2003 20:28:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo government on Monday started distributing an advance of 45,000 FCFA to war-displaced students from the rebel-held towns of Bouake (central) and Korhogo in the north. Full text...

  • Mauritanian news agency wins best photo prize
    06 october 2003 20:23:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The official Mauritanian news agency (AMI) has won the Mediterranean news agency pool's best photo prize, the Internet site of the regional pool indicated. Full text...

  • Moroccan female teacher goes berserk
    06 october 2003 20:08:00
    Casablanca- Morocco (PANA) -- A Moroccan female teacher, irritated by the noise of her pupils, threw two of them out of the classroom window in a Casablanca primary school, some 100 km south of Rabat, the Moroccan news agency, MAP reported Monday. Full text...

  • African bishops condemn exclusion of AIDS patients
    06 october 2003 19:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Bishops from Africa and Madagascar have restated their commitment to combat exclusion, stigmatisation against people living with HIV/AIDS and pledged to mobilise the necessary resources their treatment. Full text...

  • Report says Sudan is unprepared to resettle returnees
    06 october 2003 18:16:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- As the government and rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) pursue peace negotiations, the Norwegian think-tank, Global IDP Project suggests that Sudan is unprepared for the expected return of 500,000 refugees and 250,000 displaced people after a comprehensive peace deal is signed. Full text...

  • 8 killed by landmine in Sudan's Nuba Mountains
    06 october 2003 18:15:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Eight people were killed and two others wounded when their vehicle hit a landmine in Sudan's Nuba Mountains region last Friday, an official said Monday. Full text...

  • RSF protests ban on Niger private radio stations
    06 october 2003 17:39:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The international press advocacy group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) protested Monday against the closing earlier 4 October of at least three private radio stations in Niger, including Alternative, Saraounla FM and Bitinkodji FM. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Arinze could succeed John Paul II, says Belgian paper
    06 october 2003 15:35:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Nigerian cardinal Francis Arinze could be elected to succeed ailing 83-year-old Pope John Paul II, Belgian newspaper, "La Derniere Heure" said Monday citing sources close to the Vatican city. Full text...

  • Gabonese police nab cannabis cultivator
    06 october 2003 14:08:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A 42-year old Gabonese, Sylvain Moussirou Mounguengui was arrested by operatives of the anti- drugs central office (OCLAD) for transforming his backyard in Libreville into a cannabis farm, local press accounts said Monday. Full text...

  • Pro-lifers demand end to abortions in South Africa
    06 october 2003 13:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- More than 200 people demonstrated in Cape Town on Sunday against abortion, which was legalised in South Africa six years ago. Full text...

  • Nigerian police pledge not to shoot protesters
    06 october 2003 12:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Still recovering from its battered image after they killed several protesters during the June workers' strike, the Nigeria police have pledged not to shoot protesters during a planned nation-wide strike scheduled to start on Thursday. Full text...

  • Three vehicles plunge into River Nile, 50 feared dead
    06 october 2003 12:11:00
    Jinja- Uganda (PANA) -- A search for survivors from at least three vehicles that on Sunday afternoon plunged into the Nile River in Jinja town, carrying at least 50 people, has failed to find a single person, the Ugandan police said on Monday. Full text...

  • Harassment of Tunisian journalist worries RSF
    06 october 2003 11:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Tunisian journalist Neziha Rejiba, better known under her pen name, "Om Zied," has been subjected to "worrying threats," the last being her summoning on 25 September by the exchange infringement office of the customs investigation division. Full text...

  • Kaunda, 100 overseas volunteers launch housing project
    06 october 2003 10:47:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda Monday led over 100 volunteers, who included the first ladies of Botswana and Zambia, in building 20 low-cost houses here for the poor within five days. Full text...

  • Road Safety Week held in Mali
    06 october 2003 10:25:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian Equipment and Transports Ministry, in collaboration with the national road safety committee, on Monday begins a "National Road Safety Week" with a view to bringing about "a change in the behaviour of road users". Full text...

  • Six sports journalists die in SA road accident
    05 october 2003 20:31:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Six sports journalist were killed in a road accident as they returned from an assignment at the weekend. Full text...

  • Five die in Brazzaville explosion
    05 october 2003 19:58:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- At least five persons were killed from an explosion Sunday in Brazzaville's northern district of Talangai, hospital sources confirmed. Full text...

  • 50 countries support ICC despite US aid cut threat
    05 october 2003 18:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Despite US coercion including financial aid cut, more than 50 countries expressed firm support to the International criminal court (ICC) during the Security Council's recent public debate on "Justice and legitimate State", the NGO coalition for an ICC has revealed. Full text...

  • Nigeria denies issuing orders to deport CNN reporter
    05 october 2003 16:59:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Top Nigerian officials Sunday denied the government issued orders for the deportation of CNN Lagos Bureau Chief Jeff Koinage, a day after he was almost barred from entering the country while returning from an assignment in Liberia. Full text...

  • UN humanitarian envoy arrives in Uganda
    05 october 2003 14:32:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- The UN humanitarian envoy to southern Africa, James Morris, arrived here Sunday as part of a four-day visit to famine troubled East and Central Africa region, where 20 million people survive mainly on food aid. Full text...

  • Mauritanians deported from Spain arrive home
    05 october 2003 12:19:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- More than 30 Mauritanians deported from Spain for illegal entry were flown home Saturday by the Spanish Kingdom, airport sources disclosed Sunday. Full text...

  • Armed robbers kill Mozambican shopkeeper
    04 october 2003 20:13:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Two armed robbers shot dead an elderly shopkeeper in the Maputo suburb of Xipamanine Friday, the national news agency, AIM reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Ugandan father arrested for selling son
    04 october 2003 17:44:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A 40-year-old Ugandan father has been arrested by the police for selling one of his sons for one million shillings (about 500 US dollars) in the Mukono district, local administration officials said Saturday. Full text...

  • World Vision supports displaced Ugandans
    04 october 2003 17:01:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- World Vision, one the humanitarian agencies operating in Uganda, has provided relief materials worth 650 million shillings (about 325,814 US dollars) to more than 240,000 people displaced by rebel incursions in the country's north-eastern Teso region. Full text...

  • RADDHO demands enquiry into suspicious death in Mauritania
    04 october 2003 15:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Dakar-based African League for the Defence of Human Rights (RADDHO) has urged Mauritanian authorities to open "an independent and unbiased inquiry" into the death of a young suspected thief who died in police custody nearly two weeks ago. Full text...

  • Sudan's new publication to promote peace, justice
    04 october 2003 11:29:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Sudan Mirror, the first national newspaper aiming to develop a culture of peace and justice in war-torn Sudan, is to be launched on Monday. Full text...

  • HRW urges Kampala to probe reported executions by govt forces
    03 october 2003 22:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) Friday urged the Ugandan government to immediately investigate the reported recent execution of four detainees by State security agents. Full text...

  • Construction of Sierra Leone's Special Court house begins
    03 october 2003 20:59:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Robin Vincent, Registrar of the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone, Friday turned the sod for the construction of the new court house in New England Ville, Freetown. Full text...

  • Police arrest 86 in Bujumbura raid
    03 october 2003 19:45:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian police arrested some 86 suspects Thursday in a security raid at the densely populated Buyenzi district of the nation's capital Bujumbura, police sources said. Full text...

  • UNHCR needs funds to avert refugee crisis on Chad-Sudan border
    03 october 2003 17:16:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR has launched an urgent appeal for 16. Full text...

  • Lagos commuters suffer under new transport policy
    03 october 2003 16:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Thousands of commuters in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos were stranded for the third day running Friday, due to the State government's policy banning the popular mini-buses "danfo," from the highbrow Ikoyi and Victoria Island areas of the city. Full text...

  • Trust Feed community remembers apartheid-era massacre
    03 october 2003 14:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma on Friday attended a sod-turning ceremony for the Monument to be built at the scene of the apartheid-era massacre of 11 people in 1988 in Trust Feed, between Pietermaritzburg and Greytown. Full text...

  • Disgruntled guards attack replacement workers in Cape Town
    03 october 2003 14:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Eight suspects from disgruntled former employees of a Cape Town security company who are accused of attacking security guards that replaced them have been arrested after 35 replacement workers were admitted to hospital with serious injuries. Full text...

  • Burundian prisons held 27% less inmates in June
    03 october 2003 13:21:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Occupancy rates in Burundi's 11 prisons fell from 237. Full text...

  • Gabonese state security forces overwhelm Libreville
    03 october 2003 12:09:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Libreville residents awoke Friday to the overwhelming presence of hundreds of policemen, gendarmes and soldiers on the main streets of the Gabonese capital, conducting checks to nearly grind the city to a halt. Full text...

  • Fourth bus accident raises death toll to 42 in Zimbabwe
    03 october 2003 10:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A fourth motor accident in four days in Zimbabwe has claimed three lives in the southeast of the country, police said here Friday. Full text...

  • Widespread jubilation as South African wins Nobel award
    03 october 2003 07:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- There was widespread jubilation in South African academic and literary circles Friday following news that former Cape Town author John Maxwell Coetzee had won the prestigious 2003 Nobel prize for literature. Full text...

  • Nigerian labour demands govt reversal of fuel prices
    02 october 2003 23:55:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's umbrella workers union on Thursday issued a last-ditch warning to the federal government to revert to old fuel prices of face the wrath of the country's workers, in the latest reaction to Tuesday's clandestine hike in the price of petroleum products in the country. Full text...

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