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  • Helicopter crash kills 20 in Sudan
    29 october 2003 11:14:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A helicopter transporting troops crashed in western Sudan on Tuesday, killing 19 soldiers and a university student, the army said in a statement carried on Wednesday by the Sudan news agency, SUNA. Full text...

  • Religious activists challenge harmful traditions in Malawi
    28 october 2003 19:10:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Despite the sensitisation of the population on the rights of the Malawian youths under the Constitution, Church groups in the country say there is rampant abuse of the rights of the girl-child while some women are being forced into inhuman and archaic marital affairs. Full text...

  • Chissano inaugurates 200-km road in Zambezia
    28 october 2003 18:20:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has inaugurated a 200-km road, linking the districts of Ile and Gurue, in the central province of Zambezia, national news agency, AIM reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • EU condemns Jean Helene's assassination
    28 october 2003 16:21:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) Tuesday "strongly" condemned "the cowardly assassination" in Abidjan of Radio France International (RFI) journalist Jean Helene, a French national who was killed by a policeman outside a police station in the Ivorian commercial centre. Full text...

  • Ugandan Anglican Archbishop wants homosexuals excommunicated
    28 october 2003 15:36:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Head of the Anglican Communion in Uganda Archbishop Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo has advocated the excommunication of gay and lesbian members from the Church of Uganda (COU), the local press reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone police arrest four in drug case
    28 october 2003 14:25:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Police in Freetown have arrested four civil servants in connection with a large quantity cocaine discovered in Sierra Leone's diplomatic pouch intercepted at Gatwick International Airport in London last weekend. Full text...

  • Child malnutrition levels to drop by 30% in 2050
    28 october 2003 11:04:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Numbers of malnourished children could drop dramatically world-wide from the current 31% to 11 percent by 2050, says a report to be released by the Washington D. Full text...

  • Zambian pastor, wife sentenced to death for murder
    27 october 2003 22:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Lusaka High Court has sentenced a Zambian Pentecostal Church pastor and his wife to death by hanging for killing their housemaid. Full text...

  • Mayor killed in Burundi rebel ambush
    27 october 2003 20:00:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Mayor of a small Burundi town, south-east of Bujumbura, and a secondary school head in the same locality were killed Monday morning in an ambush blamed on the rebel National Liberation Front (FNL), local administration officials said. Full text...

  • UN honours Botswana AIDS care coordinator, 4 others
    27 october 2003 19:02:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN family will next Wednesday honour Helen Ditsebe-Mhone, director of Coping Centre for People Living with HIV/AIDS in Botswana alongside four other heroes for their input in global efforts to contain poverty and improve the lives of less privileged persons. Full text...

  • Newspaper directors arrested in Zimbabwe
    27 october 2003 17:26:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Monday arrested four directors of a private newspaper group which the authorities have shut down for operating without a licence. Full text...

  • Mombasa terror attack case adjourned
    27 october 2003 17:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Nairobi High Court Monday adjourned to 21 November the case of six Kenyans charged with murder for their alleged roles in last year's terror attack on an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa. Full text...

  • Man attempts suicide after losing cash to hooker
    27 october 2003 16:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An enraged reveller who jumped from the fourth floor of a building in western Kenya after losing 80,000 shillings (1,000 US dollars) to a prostitute is fighting for his life in a hospital. Full text...

  • Forum formed to defend Helene murder suspect
    27 october 2003 15:55:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A Forum has been formed in Abidjan to defend Sery Dago, the Ivorian policeman accused of shooting death Radio France International (RFI) correspondent Jean Helene, in Abidjan 21 October, "Notre Voie" daily, close to the Ivorian ruling Popular Front (FPI) reported Monday. Full text...

  • Ould Taya urges compatriots to respect the spirit of Ramadan
    27 october 2003 15:15:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya has urged his compatriots to seize the opportunity of the Ramadan, which began Monday to free their hearts from hatred and resentment and to spread the values of solidarity and mutual assistance. Full text...

  • New Central African Archbishop installed in Bangui
    27 october 2003 15:03:00
    Bangui- Central Africa (PANA) -- Bangui's new archbishop Mgr. Full text...

  • Death of illegal Congolese immigrant shocks Africans
    27 october 2003 12:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Africans based here have been shocked by the attitude of an Air France pilot who refused to land his aircraft at an airport on the continent after being informed an illegal passenger was hidden in the landing gear. Full text...

  • Nine Sudanese USAID relief workers killed in Darfur
    27 october 2003 11:33:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Nine Sudanese humanitarian workers employed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) were killed during clashes between warring tribes in western Sudan, it was revealed here Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian separated Siamese twins back from US
    27 october 2003 11:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Formerly conjoined Nigerian twin girls, Faith and Favour returned to Lagos Sunday night after surgeons in the US successfully separated them last month. Full text...

  • Kampala homosexuals raising $1 million budget
    27 october 2003 10:54:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Homosexuals in Kampala have submitted a one million US dollar budget to their international counterparts for support to undertake mass mobilisation in Uganda, the state- owned daily The New Vision reported Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya to run pilot African scouts training project
    27 october 2003 09:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's education ministry and the scouts movement will soon introduce a joint scouts training programme in all teachers training colleges, the African regional director of the world scouts bureau, Kinuthia Murugu announced. Full text...

  • Mauritian woman nabbed with 2 kg of heroin
    27 october 2003 09:12:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Police in Reunion arrested a 33-year old Mauritian woman Marie Dorinne Lorette with two kilos of heroin worth about US$680,000 at the weekend, L'Express newspaper reported here Monday. Full text...

  • Publishers denounce assault on premises of Burkinabe paper
    26 october 2003 19:35:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkina Faso Association of private publishers (SEP) has spoken out against an incident on the night of 24 October, in which an unidentified man broke into, and for several hours laid siege on the premises of l'Indépendant newspaper. Full text...

  • Mauritius police seize heroin
    26 october 2003 15:49:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian police have seized half a kilogram of heroin valued at 5 million rupees (170,000 US dollars), after arresting the suspected owner in his home in the north of the country, according to police sources. Full text...

  • Amnesty International decries impunity in Cote d'Ivoire
    26 october 2003 15:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) has condemned the killing of Radio France International (RFI) correspondent in Abidjan, Jean Helene, saying the fatal shooting by an Ivorian policeman bespeaks "an atmosphere of impunity prevailing in Cote d'Ivoire". Full text...

  • Senegalese opposition leader deplores French newsman's death
    26 october 2003 11:17:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Former Senegalese Prime Minister Moustapha Niasse on Saturday in Paris denounced the murder of Radio France International (RFI) correspondent Jean Helene who was shot dead on 21 October by an Ivorian policeman in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Ten men to be hanged in Sudan
    26 october 2003 09:38:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A special tribunal in the eastern city of Port Sudan has sentenced 10 men, including seven soldiers, to death by hanging and 15 others to jail sentences for trafficking in army weapons, press reports said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Hearing resumes into murder of WHO official in Burundi
    25 october 2003 19:58:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Hearings resumed Friday into the assassination of former World Health Organisation (WHO) resident representative in Burundi, Kassi Manlan of Côte d'Ivoire, with the appearance of four police and national security officials at Bujumbura's general court. Full text...

  • Nine burnt to death in Kenya's oil tanker tragedy
    25 october 2003 18:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Nine Kenyan villagers were killed as they scrambled to scoop oil from an overturned tanker carrying 10,000 litres of the inflammable liquid on the outskirts of Nairobi Friday night. Full text...

  • Ivorian accident kills 22 near Abidjan
    25 october 2003 14:42:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Twenty two passengers were killed and 61 injured Friday when a high-speeding bus smashed into a badly parked truck loaded with goods on the outskirts of Abidjan, the Ivorian business capital, the police told PANA here Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenyan wins Lorenzo Natali journalism prize
    25 october 2003 13:52:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Kenyan journalist Ken Opala on Friday received the Lorenzo Natali journalism prize for Africa at the Brussels International press centre in recognition of his articles on the death penalty published by the Nairobi-based Daily Nation. Full text...

  • Chairman of Gabon-based Malians imprisoned
    25 october 2003 12:40:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A court in Libreville has handed a prison sentence to the chairman of the Council of Gabon-based Malians Habib Sylla Ngoye, a well known clearing and forwarding agent after finding him guilt of smuggling and using forged documents. Full text...

  • Fighting displaces 500,000 Sudanese in Darfur region
    25 october 2003 10:33:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Over 500,000 people have been displaced by the armed conflict in Darfur, western Sudan since March this year, while 70,000 others have fled across the border to eastern Chad, according to United Nations statistics. Full text...

  • Banned Zimbabwe newspaper resumes publishing
    25 october 2003 10:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A banned private newspaper group in Zimbabwe resumed publishing Saturday, a day after a court ordered the government to grant it an operating licence. Full text...

  • Paris regrets expulsion of RFI journalist from Senegal
    24 october 2003 22:27:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France regrets the deportation of Radio France Internationale (RFI) permanent correspondent from Senegal, Sophie Malibeaux, a French foreign ministry spokesman said here Friday. Full text...

  • UNMIL urges Liberians to cooperate
    24 october 2003 21:38:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) on Friday urged citizens to co-operate with the force, saying the world body "cannot resolve challenges facing this country alone". Full text...

  • Report finds poverty still rife in Botswana
    24 october 2003 18:25:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Extreme poverty remains widespread in Botswana notwithstanding the country's economic strides, according to the 2003 National Strategy for Poverty Reduction Report, which noted that the situation was most desperate in rural areas surviving on government handouts. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean private newspaper wins court reprieve
    24 october 2003 17:33:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A banned private newspaper group in Zimbabwe won a court reprieve Friday to resume publishing, six weeks after it was shut down for operating illegally. Full text...

  • Botswana's Attorney General-designate no stranger to judiciary
    24 october 2003 17:25:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Judge Ian Stuart Kirby, who was appointed Botswana's Attorney General designate Tuesday to replace Phandu Skelemani that resigned two months ago to join politics, is no stranger to the top judicial office. Full text...

  • RSF urges Dakar to withdraw order expulsing French journalist
    24 october 2003 16:36:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Media watch group Reporters Sans Frontières -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Friday called on the Senegalese government to reverse an expulsion order on Radio France Internationale (RFI) correspondent Sophie Malibeaux. Full text...

  • SA Theology School hosts consultation on homosexuality
    24 october 2003 16:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- In partnership with South Africa's Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndugane of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, the University of Natal School of Theology this week hosted a Consultation on Homosexuality. Full text...

  • African futures book launched
    24 october 2003 15:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Speaker of the Parliament, Frene Ginwala, has hosted the launching of a UN Development Programme (UNDP) book on African Futures called "Africa 2025. Full text...

  • 28 injured in Cape Town train crash
    24 october 2003 15:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The number of passengers injured when a train derailed in the Cape Town station on Friday morning has risen to 28. Full text...

  • Normal flights resume at Lagos airport after fire
    24 october 2003 15:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Normal flight operations resumed at Nigeria's main Murtala Mohammed International Airport here Friday, a day after fire gutted the basement of the main terminal throwing it into darkness and disrupting flights for several hours. Full text...

  • CPJ denounces expulsion of RFI correspondent in Senegal
    24 october 2003 15:20:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed worry at the decision by the authorities in Senegal to maintain an expulsion order issued last 6 October against Radio France Internationale (RFI) correspondent Sophie Malibeaux. Full text...

  • Bissau infant dies for want of 9 dollars in medical fees
    24 october 2003 14:38:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- A 10-year old girl died at the Simon Mendes hospital here last Wednesday just because her destitute parents could not afford medical charges no more than 5,000 francs CFA (9 US dollars). Full text...

  • Kenya contemplates body to oversee technical training
    24 october 2003 13:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities have indicated plans to set up what was dubbed the Technical, Industrial, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TIVET) to deal with lapses in the country's technical education system. Full text...

  • South African govt awards companies for investment campaigns
    24 october 2003 13:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Social Development minister Zola Skweyiya has awarded three businesses recognition for the success they have achieved through various social investment campaigns. Full text...

  • Zambia toasts Big Brother Africa housemates
    24 october 2003 13:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's idolised 'Big Brother Africa' winner Cherise Makubale and three of her former "housemates" arrived in the southern city of Livingstone Friday at the start of a five-day tour of Zambia organised by the country's tourism board. Full text...

  • S. African opposition calls for inquiry into rail crash
    24 october 2003 12:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance party has demanded for the constitution of a full board of inquiry to investigate Friday's train crash in Cape Town which left scores of people injured. Full text...

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