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  • Bandits kill three men in western Sudan
    17 february 2003 17:24:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A gang of armed bandits has killed three men and injured three other people in Jebel Marra district of Western Sudan, the press reported in Khartoum Monday. Full text...

  • Lawyer of convicted Mozambican assassin appeals
    17 february 2003 16:29:00
    Maputo- Maputo (PANA) -- Simeao Cuamba, the lawyer for convicted assassin Anibal dos Santos Junior ("Anibalzinho"), is still pressing for a retrial of his client, a week after the Maputo City Court ruled that there were no legal grounds for a retrial. Full text...

  • One killed, three injured in Nigerian violence
    17 february 2003 12:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- One person was killed and three others injured Sunday in politically motivated violence that erupted in Owo, in Nigeria's south-western Ondo State, according to local press reports. Full text...

  • South African murder suspects in court amid tight security
    17 february 2003 12:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Security was extremely tight Monday when the two men accused of murdering nine people in gay brothel in January appeared in a Cape Town court. Full text...

  • Exploitation of forest habitat threatens pygmies in Congo
    17 february 2003 12:33:00
    Pokola- Congo (PANA) -- The massive exploitation of the 15 million-hectare forestland of northern Congo is pushing pygmies towards hitherto unoccupied forestlands. Full text...

  • South African law society acts against quack attorneys
    17 february 2003 11:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- To unmask impostors pretending to be court advocates, the Cape Law Society has issued professional identity documents to all attorneys in good standing. Full text...

  • 14 choristers die in Ghana road crash
    16 february 2003 20:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Fourteen choir members of a Church in Accra died Saturday when the vehicle in which they were travelling was involved in an accident some 160-km north-east of the Ghanaian capital, police said Sunday. Full text...

  • Niamey archbishop resigns, citing poor health
    16 february 2003 17:37:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Archbishop of Niamey, Mgr Guy Romano disclosed this weekend that he had tendered his resignation to Pope Jean Paul II, adding it had been accepted by the pontiff. Full text...

  • Benin press ready to fight child trafficking
    16 february 2003 13:57:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Beninese journalists active in the defence of children's rights have set up a network to intensify their efforts in the fight against the trafficking and ill- treatment of children in the country. Full text...

  • Media body issues rules in Benin's poll coverage
    16 february 2003 12:00:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The body in charge of regulating the media in Benin, the Audiovisual and Communication High Authority (HAAC -- Haute Autorité de l'Audiovisuel et de la Communication) has issued in Cotonou rules governing media coverage of the country's 30 March parliamentary poll. Full text...

  • Intellectual property source of economic growth, says expert
    16 february 2003 11:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Intellectual property is a powerful tool for economic growth which is yet to be used optimally everywhere, particularly in developing countries, argues Kamil Idriss, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Full text...

  • Thousands of Algerian children fall victims to violence
    16 february 2003 10:23:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria's 5,503 children, including 1,857 girls, were subjected to physical and sexual abuse in 2002, while 112 were kidnapped and eighteen were killed, according to statistics issued by the country's criminal intelligence sources. Full text...

  • Women MPs move to reconcile Ugandan Veep and husband
    15 february 2003 19:33:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Female legislators in Uganda said they are trying to reconcile Uganda's vice president, Dr Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe, and her estranged husband, after she filed for divorce two weeks ago for domestic violence. Full text...

  • Nigerian Muslims reject Osama bin Laden's call to arms
    15 february 2003 12:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A senior Nigerian Muslim official has stated that believers in his country will not heed the recent call by Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on Muslims around the world to declare a jihad on the US if it attacks Iraq. Full text...

  • Rotary International to hold peace conference in Nairobi
    15 february 2003 12:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 1,000 business leaders from Africa, Europe and the United States are expected to attend an international conference opening in Nairobi Monday to discuss ways of promoting peace and development in Africa. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau, WFP sign food aid accord
    14 february 2003 23:39:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau and the World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday signed an agreement under which the UN agency will supply food aid worth four million US dollars to under-privileged people in the country. Full text...

  • Rwanda to compensate 1994 genocide victims
    14 february 2003 23:08:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Rwanda will this year pay out about one million euros (7 billion Rwanda francs) in compensation to victims of the 1994 genocide, the country's Minister of Justice, Jean de Dieu Mucyo announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Rwanda eases congestion in prisons
    14 february 2003 21:02:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Rwanda has released 20,000 detainees since December last year in a bid to ease the congestion in its prisons, the country's Justice Minister Jean de Dieu Mucyo said here Friday. Full text...

  • Minor Burundi rebel leaders return from exile
    14 february 2003 20:34:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Two Burundian Hutu rebel leaders returned to Bujumbura late Thursday night following a series of cease-fire agreements with President Pierre Buyoya's transitional administration. Full text...

  • Bissau authorities close down private radio
    14 february 2003 18:58:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The private Radio Bombolom in Bissau, has been closed down "until further notice" by the Guinea Bissau authorities "for broadcasting false information," according to the station's Director Agnello Regalla. Full text...

  • WFP, UNHCR call for urgent aid for refugees in Africa
    14 february 2003 18:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Two UN agencies -- World Food Programme (WFP) and the High Commissioner for Refugees (HCR) -- Friday warned that the fate of more than 1. Full text...

  • Police arrest Mugabe's gardener for theft in Harare
    14 february 2003 15:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Friday arrested President Robert Mugabe's gardener for allegedly breaking into and stealing from neighbouring homes of his employer before stockpiling the loot at the president's house. Full text...

  • Love mingles with politics as Nigerians mark Val's Day
    14 february 2003 13:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerians may be preoccupied with politics in the run-up to April's general elections, but love was in the air across the country Friday as many joined the rest of the world to mark Valentine's Day. Full text...

  • Human rights body pleads refugee's case before Kenyan govt
    14 february 2003 10:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Standing Committee on Human Rights has entreated the authorities in Nairobi to grant a Mozambican refugee Kenyan citizenship, press accounts indicated Friday. Full text...

  • Suspects confess involvement in Cape Town brothel massacre
    14 february 2003 08:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town police intimated Friday that two suspects arrested in connection with the massacre of nine men at a gay brothel in the city last month admitted to involvement in the crime. Full text...

  • Forged 10,000 CFAF notes in circulation in Malabo
    13 february 2003 21:57:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equatorial Guinea police warned Thursday that counterfeit banknotes of 10,000 CFAF (about US$17) were in circulation in the capital, Malabo. Full text...

  • Maputo moves families to host AU summit
    13 february 2003 19:51:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Thanks to Mozambique's hosting of the next annual summit of the African Union, 45 families living in a run-down camping site here will soon move into new and comfortable homes. Full text...

  • Rights groups urge Pretoria to compensate victims of 'impunity'
    13 february 2003 19:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The South African government should urgently implement outstanding recommendations made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in a joint release Thursday. Full text...

  • Nguema receives senior UNDP official
    13 february 2003 17:52:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea has met with Zephirin Diabre, Associate Director of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to discuss development projects amounting to US$95 million, the UNDP said in a statement. Full text...

  • EU grants Somalia 5 million euro for humanitarian aid
    13 february 2003 17:46:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union announced it has allocated 5 million euro toward humanitarian aid for Somalia. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean women plan anti-violence march on Valentine's Day
    13 february 2003 17:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- While many lovers around the world plan to make romantic gestures to their partners on Valentine's Day Friday, women in Zimbabwe have set aside the day for protests against violence, particularly in the homes. Full text...

  • Opposition MP accuses Museveni government of torture
    13 february 2003 13:54:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A Ugandan opposition MP Wednesday accused President Yoweri Museveni's government of operating a secret security service that used reptiles such as snakes and crocodiles to torture arrested political opponents. Full text...

  • Mauritian Muslims pray for peace in Iraq
    13 february 2003 13:53:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Leaders of the Mauritius Muslim Council has expressed the wish to see moral guidance, political will and international law take precedence over all other issues in the conflict currently pitting the US and Britain against Iraq. Full text...

  • Rwanda to shut down four prisons
    13 february 2003 13:18:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda will in March shut down several prisons in the country due to their unsanitary and dangerous ecological conditions, a government spokesman said. Full text...

  • Police stumble on Marijuana farm near President Mbeki's house
    13 february 2003 08:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- State House aides looked rattled Wednesday, after police in South Africa disclosed the discovery of a marijuana farm on the grounds of President Thabo Mbeki's Cape Town residence. Full text...

  • Mugabe orders shake-up at Zimbabwe railways company
    12 february 2003 19:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Wednesday ordered a management shake-up at the country's state- run railway company after a series of accidents in recent weeks claimed 51 lives. Full text...

  • Niger's president commutes over 1,000 prison sentences
    12 february 2003 19:20:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- President Mamadou Tandja of Niger has commuted the sentences of 1,147 prisoners as a goodwill gesture to mark the Aid El Kebir Islamic feast. Full text...

  • Gambian leader stresses religious tolerance
    12 february 2003 18:41:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian President Yaya Jammeh has called for religious tolerance and unity among the peoples of the world, urging the rich to "extend a helping hand to the less fortunate ones". Full text...

  • Maputo court rejects request for retrial of convict
    12 february 2003 17:18:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Maputo City Court has rejected a request to hold another trial for the convicted assassin Anibal dos Santos Junior ("Anibalzinho"), who was tried in absentia for his part in the murder of Mozambican investigative journalist Carlos Cardoso. Full text...

  • Mauritian Muslims celebrate Aid El Kabir
    12 february 2003 13:29:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Muslim community in Mauritius, comprising about 17 percent of the population, Wednesday celebrated the Feast of the Ram (Aid El Kabir), commemorating the sacrifice of Abraham. Full text...

  • Police impose curfew in Lusaka to track down criminals
    12 february 2003 12:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian police have declared a partial curfew in Lusaka in a bid to contain banditry that has reached alarming levels, forcing many residents indoors daily at dusk. Full text...

  • Six Georgian hostages escape from Somali bondage
    12 february 2003 10:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Six seafarers from Georgia, who had been held hostage for seven months by militiamen in Somali's port town of Bosaso, have escaped, maritime sources reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Labour inspectors close sections of Pretoria court
    11 february 2003 21:29:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- In an unprecedented move, South African labour inspectors on Tuesday closed down sections of Pretoria Magistrates Court citing non-compliance to fire safety and ventilation regulations. Full text...

  • Rwandan Muslims call for reconciliation, peace
    11 february 2003 20:46:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda's mufti, Cheikh Saleh Habimana, solemnly appealed to his compatriots Tuesday for peace and national reconciliation on the occasion of the Muslim ram feast marking the end of the Mecca pilgrimage. Full text...

  • Four injured in train mishap in Zimbabwe
    11 february 2003 20:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Four people were injured Tuesday when they jumped off two moving trains which almost collided head-on in Zimbabwe, police said. Full text...

  • Mozambican authorities say hunger threats far from over
    11 february 2003 17:38:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Ahead of a meeting with donors later this week on drought-stricken parts of the country, Mozambique's Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) warned Tuesday that the harvest in 2003 might be very poor in the southern and central regions of the country. Full text...

  • 11 killed, 50 injured in highway collision in Morocco
    11 february 2003 17:29:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Eleven persons died and at least 50 others were wounded, six of them seriously, when two transport buses collided Tuesday in Morocco's southern region of Essouira, the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported here. Full text...

  • HRW accuses Egypt of mass arrests of foreigners
    11 february 2003 17:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Hundreds of foreigners, including refugees and asylum seekers, were beaten and jailed during two nights of "racially-motivated arrests in Cairo," New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has charged. Full text...

  • HRW lauds election of ICC Judges
    11 february 2003 16:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The election of the first 18 Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) "represents a major milestone on the road to the Court's opening, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. Full text...

  • Britain trains Nigerian officials on disaster management
    11 february 2003 14:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Touched by the massive loss of lives and property from recent disasters in Nigeria, British government officials are currently training 33 Nigerians on disaster responses. Full text...

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