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  • Siamese twins may be flown abroad for surgery
    22 july 2003 12:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A team of Nigerian medical experts based in the US has recommended that the conjoined twins delivered in the commercial city of Lagos last week be flown abroad for surgery to separate them, the local press reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Bad weather hampers rescue at crash site on Mount Kenya
    22 july 2003 11:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Bad weather and rough terrain are hampering efforts to retrieve the final four bodies at the site where a South African plane crashed in central Kenya killing fourteen people aboard. Full text...

  • US investigators head for Kenyan plane crash site
    22 july 2003 10:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A team of US investigators was heading to Mount Kenya on Tuesday to investigate Sunday's fatal plane crash which killed 14 people. Full text...

  • HRW says 'no justice' for killings in northern Nigeria
    21 july 2003 22:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Not a single member of the Nigerian police or security forces has been charged with dozens of killings during the "Miss World" riots in the country's northern city of Kaduna last November, Human Rights Watch (HRW) charged in its latest report. Full text...

  • RTP-Africa to resume programmes in Guinea Bissau
    21 july 2003 20:10:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The Portuguese public radio and television for Africa (RTP-Africa) will soon resume its programmes in Guinea Bissau. Full text...

  • Fire guts stalls at Maputo market
    21 july 2003 17:00:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A major fire destroyed about 29 stalls Monday at the Xipamanine market, the largest market in the Mozambican capital Maputo, national news agency AIM reported. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt deploys more troops to restive oil region
    21 july 2003 14:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government has begun deploying additional troops to the oil-rich Niger Delta region to protect oil installations from attacks by ethnic groups and armed youths, the local press reported Monday. Full text...

  • Trial of Casablanca suspected terrorists opens
    21 july 2003 13:22:00
    Casablanca- Morocco (PANA) -- The trial of persons implicated in the 16 May terrorist attacks in Casablanca opened Monday in the city, 100 km south of Rabat. Full text...

  • African anti-drug enforcers convene in Lusaka
    21 july 2003 10:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Senior African police officers and representatives of agencies combating the movement and sale of illicit drugs in Africa on Monday began a two-day meeting here to plot a common strategy on curbing drug trafficking. Full text...

  • Nine abandoned Rwandan children leave Congo for home
    21 july 2003 09:36:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Nine unaccompanied Rwandan children aged between five and ten years have left the Congolese capital to rejoin their families in Gisenyi, Rwanda, an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) source revealed here Monday. Full text...

  • Mandela's birthday celebrations wind up
    21 july 2003 08:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa awoke with a hangover Monday after three days of festivities to celebrate the 85th birthday of former President Nelson Mandela. Full text...

  • Pretoria confirms death of South African pilots
    21 july 2003 08:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government has confirmed that a South African place crashed in Kenya killing 14 people including two South African pilots. Full text...

  • Trial of more Casablanca terror attack suspects opens Monday
    20 july 2003 17:57:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The trial of another batch of 52 suspected members of a radical Islamist organisation "Salafia Jihadia" accused of involvement in the 11 May terror attacks in the Moroccan city of Casablanca, opens Monday, according to judicial sources. Full text...

  • Benin Customs seize weapons at Cotonou Port
    20 july 2003 15:47:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin Customs officials have seized some weapons including three automatic guns in an imported second hand vehicle at the Cotonou Port, State television reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Senegal's possible extradition of coup plotter condemned
    20 july 2003 15:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Human rights organisations on Sunday condemned Senegal's possible extradition of Lieutenant Didi Ould M'Hamed to Mauritania where he is wanted for his alleged involvement in the failed 8 June coup to oust President Maaouyi Ould Taya from power. Full text...

  • 14 die in Kenyan plane crash
    20 july 2003 12:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African-registered aircraft which was carrying 12 US tourists and two pilots has crashed into Mount Kenya, killing all on board. Full text...

  • Commercial sex worker charged for punishing client
    20 july 2003 12:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A commercial sex worker in the Zimbabwe capital Harare appeared in court at the weekend for a bizarre "icing" punishment she meted out on a client for refusing to pay for services rendered to him. Full text...

  • Algerian police get modern anti-crime tools
    20 july 2003 10:29:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- To help them fight crime, Algerian police have been equipped with modern tools such as the integrated ballistic identification system (IBIS) and an air unit. Full text...

  • Guests number 1600 at Mandela's birthday party
    19 july 2003 20:37:00
    Johannesburg- (South Africa) -- Some 1,600 guests, including film stars, pop singers, models and former US president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Saturday night attended the biggest and elegant birthday party at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg to celebrate former South African president Nelson Mandela's birthday who turned 85 on Friday. Full text...

  • Defiant Basarwa suffer in Kalahari game reserve
    19 july 2003 19:42:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Some Basarwa who have resisted the efforts by the Botswana government to relocate them outside the Kalahari Game Reserve are reportedly going without clean water or medical care since the government withdrew essential services to the settlement. Full text...

  • Police blame victim for Lagos explosion
    19 july 2003 17:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Police authorities in Nigeria's Lagos state have blamed the Ghanaian victim of last Tuesday's explosion in the state capital, Ikeja, for the blast. Full text...

  • Cameroonian imprisoned for Ghanaian passport racket
    19 july 2003 17:09:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A circuit court in Accra has sentenced a 21-year-old Cameroonian who broke into Ghana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and stole 52 diplomatic passports and 650,000 cedis to 10 years in prison with hard labour. Full text...

  • Beninese gendarmerie nabs 22 bandits in Seme-Kpodji
    19 july 2003 16:03:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The gendarmerie in the Beninese town of Seme-Kpodji, have arrested 22 suspected bandits among the plethora of criminals roaming the vicinity, official sources said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Clinton nudges Africa's debt reduction, fight against AIDS
    19 july 2003 13:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Visiting former US President Bill Clinton Saturday appealed for concerted international action to reduce Africa's debt and bolster effort to fight HIV/AIDS on the continent. Full text...

  • Hundreds attend funeral of murdered South African girl
    19 july 2003 12:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- More than 1000 persons Saturday attended an emotionally charged funeral of an eight-year-old girl who mysteriously went missing and was later found dead in South Africa's Western Cape. Full text...

  • UN official nudges rapid deployment in Liberia
    18 july 2003 22:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Olara Otunnu, UN special representative for children and armed conflicts, Friday hoped the deployment of an international peacekeeping force to Liberia would be "as soon as possible" to avert an unprecedented humanitarian disaster in West Africa. Full text...

  • SADC discusses how to curb organised crime
    18 july 2003 21:32:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Senior officers from the prison services of Zambia and Malawi are meeting in the eastern border town of Chipata to develop a strategy to curb organised crime in the Southern African Development Community region, Zambia's prisons chief Jethro Mumbuwa said Friday. Full text...

  • Mozambique, Japan sign $4.2 million food aid pact
    18 july 2003 20:48:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique and Japan Friday signed an agreement here for the Asian nation to buy 16,000 tonnes of rice, worth 4. Full text...

  • Cape Verdean music star accepts WFP ambassador appointment
    18 july 2003 20:16:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Verdean Cesلria ةvora, one of Africa's greatest voices, has accepted an appointment as WFP ambassador against hunger and in favour of school feeding, the UN agency announced Friday. Full text...

  • Suspected terror group kills four in Algeria
    18 july 2003 19:26:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Four people were killed Thursday night by a suspected terrorist group in Algeria's Skikda District, some 450-km east of the nation's capital, police sources said. Full text...

  • WFP Resumes Operations at Lokichokkio in Kenya
    18 july 2003 18:35:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Thursday announced resumption of food deliveries to southern Sudan from its main air base at Lokichokkio in north-western Kenya, after eight weeks of disruption caused by heavy floods. Full text...

  • HRW denounces continued detention of Egyptian activist
    18 july 2003 18:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Egypt's decision to continue the imprisonment without trial of engineer and antiwar activist Ashraf Ibrahim shows the government's intent to punish and discourage peaceful dissent, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has charged. Full text...

  • Cameroonian students spend vacation on Internet
    18 july 2003 16:31:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Internet surfing has become one of the favourite activities of several pupils since the beginning of school holidays in Yaounde. Full text...

  • Panic as explosion rocks Kenyan settlement
    18 july 2003 16:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A powerful explosion Friday caused panic among residents of a remote settlement in Kenya's north-western District of Tran-Nzonia. Full text...

  • South Africa Airways names new airbus after Mandela
    18 july 2003 14:23:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) Friday presented former President Nelson Mandela with a surprise birthday present by naming its new Airbus after him. Full text...

  • Nelson Mandela strives to improve education in Africa
    18 july 2003 13:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Although former President Nelson Mandela turned 85 on Friday, he is showing no signs of slowing down. Full text...

  • Protesters place corpse before French embassy in Yaounde
    17 july 2003 23:17:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's gendarmerie Thursday dispersed a crowd protesting outside the French embassy here where they had taken the body of a taxi driver killed Sunday in an accident involving a French soldier. Full text...

  • African lawyers drill in human rights advocacy
    17 july 2003 20:32:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- About 40 lawyers from 14 West and Central African countries Thursday commenced training here to reinforce their capacities in human rights advocacy for effective entrenchment of the rule of law on the continent. Full text...

  • South African teenagers get less sleep, says survey
    17 july 2003 18:48:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A study conducted in South Africa and released Thursday by the University of the Witwatersrand here indicates that children, especially teenagers, often obtain less sleep than they actually require. Full text...

  • Niger peacekeeper in MICECI dies in Yamoussoukro
    17 july 2003 17:35:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Sgt. Full text...

  • South Africa registers 3 million for Child Support Grant
    17 july 2003 17:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Minister of Social Development, Zola Skweyiya, on Thursday announced that over 3 million children have been registered for the Child Support Grant. Full text...

  • Kenyan magistrates to get pay rise
    17 july 2003 17:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Plans are at an advanced stage to award Kenyan magistrates pay increments in efforts to improve delivery of justice, Justice and Constitutional Affairs assistant minister Robinson Githae told parliament on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyans laud new probe on dead clergymen
    17 july 2003 16:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Besieged by several mysterious deaths of priests, the church in Kenya has won part of the battle following the government's announcement that a fresh probe into the August 2000 death of 72-year old outspoken Catholic Priest, Father John Anthony Kaiser, would commence in August. Full text...

  • Pirates rob Kenyan fishermen
    17 july 2003 14:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- At least 30 Kenyan fishermen operating along the beaches of the giant Lake Victoria lost their boat and fishing gear Tuesday night when armed pirates suspected to be from a neighbouring country attacked them. Full text...

  • Lines open at midnight for the world to call Mandela
    17 july 2003 14:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Millions of people from around the world are expected join the quest for a new record of the most birthday wishes ever received by an individual in one day, when they call to wish former President Nelson Mandela a "Happy Birthday" on his 85th birthday on Friday. Full text...

  • US govt speaks out on Al Qaeda suspects in Malawi
    17 july 2003 14:06:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Outgoing US Ambassador Roger Meece on Thursday commended Malawi President Bakili Muluzi's administration for "taking steps to fight terrorism". Full text...

  • South African murder suspect escapes lynching
    17 july 2003 12:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An angry crowd on Thursday threatened to lynch in court, a man suspected of murdering an eight-year-old girl in Cape Town. Full text...

  • Victim of Lagos explosion identified as Ghanaian
    17 july 2003 12:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria police have identified the sole victim of Tuesday's explosion in the commercial city of Lagos as a Ghanaian artist, known simply as Mr. Full text...

  • Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Ghana
    16 july 2003 22:58:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA -- Dr. ) Full text...

  • WFP resumes supplying South Sudan via Lokichoggio airport
    16 july 2003 20:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- After eight weeks of air operations out of Eldoret, Western Kenya, WFP on Wednesday announced the resumption of food deliveries to Southern Sudan from its main airbase in Lokichoggio near the Sudanese border. Full text...

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