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  • Morocco hosts CAFRAD governing board meeting
    15 april 2002 11:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Minister for Public Service and Administration, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi is representing South Africa at the Governing Board meeting of the Centre for African Research in Administration for Development (CAFRAD) which began Monday in Tangier, Morocco. Full text...

  • Thief loses private in gunfight with Zimbabwe police
    14 april 2002 16:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A police marksman in Zimbabwe Sunday ripped off the private parts of a suspected armed robber after he tried to escape from a trap law enforcement officers had set for him and other members of his gang. Full text...

  • Report calls for an end to Sudanese war
    14 april 2002 15:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Sudanese war has exacted a terrible toll and a poorly communicated human cost, exhausting a vast majority of the people who are disappointed by a lack of progress in the current peace processes. Full text...

  • Nigerian editors urge press to hold politicians accountable
    14 april 2002 13:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian editors rounded off a three-day forum in Lagos Saturday with a declaration that the press must hold elected officials in the country accountable, as part of efforts to ensure good governance. Full text...

  • Malawi's youthful trouble-prone plotter speaks
    14 april 2002 13:16:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's alleged leader of a foiled March 2001 coup attempt has said that there was never any question of coup attempt against his country, describing the whole thing as a farce. Full text...

  • Mauritius' population density shows slight increase
    14 april 2002 11:40:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- In its latest report published this week, the Central Statistical Office (CSO) said that the Mauritian population stood at 1,205,665 in December 2001, made up of 597,207 males and 608,458 females or a one percent growth. Full text...

  • Nigeria, US plan fresh military co-operation
    14 april 2002 11:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A US military delegation is in Nigeria to discuss a new military co-operation deal with the hosts following the conclusion of Operation Focus Relief (OFR). Full text...

  • Niger extradites child kidnapper to Togo
    13 april 2002 19:30:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- A national of Central African Republic, Ousseni Yayah, who kidnapped a seven-year-old Togolese child in March, has been arrested in Niger and extradited to Togo. Full text...

  • Over 1,370 refugees return from Tanzania
    12 april 2002 23:26:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- At least 1,376 former Burundian refugees have settled in the eastern Muyinga Province since the repatriation of exiles from neighbouring Tanzania started on 4 April, official sources said. Full text...

  • National groups to monitor children's rights in West Africa
    12 april 2002 23:12:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- About 12 west African countries are setting up groups to monitor violations of children's rights and recommend remedial action, initiators of the project disclosed Friday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Over 1,370 refugees return from Tanzania
    12 april 2002 23:04:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- At least former Burundian refugees have settled in the eastern Muyinga Province since the repatriation of exiles from neighbouring Tanzania started on 4 April, official sources said. Full text...

  • WFP criticises Khartoum over ban on relief aid flights
    12 april 2002 22:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Food Programme on Friday strongly condemned the decision by authorities in Khartoum to deny access to WFP flights to 43 locations in southern Sudan, saying the move prevented some 1. Full text...

  • IPDC urged to involve media experts, private sector
    12 april 2002 21:15:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- It is vital for the IPDC's Intergovernmental Council to associate media professionals and the private sector in its deliberations because they are major stakeholders in the development of communications worldwide, PANAPRESS Director General Babacar Fall said Friday in Paris. Full text...

  • Leading Rabbi returns to South Africa
    12 april 2002 18:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Rabbi David Rosen, a world- renown leader in the field of interfaith relations and a former anti-apartheid activist, arrived in South Africa Friday for a 10-day visit as a guest of the Women's Zionist Organisation of South Africa. Full text...

  • Journalists protest seizure of Togolese dailies
    12 april 2002 17:23:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- African journalists attending a just- ended seminar on investigative journalism in Cotonou have protested against recent seizures of three Togolese dailies in Lome by that country's security forces. Full text...

  • UN urges Cote d'Ivoire to protect child rights
    12 april 2002 17:13:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The UN Commission for Children's Rights has forwarded sixty-five recommendations to the Ivorian government urging the promotion and protection of the rights of children in the country. Full text...

  • Agony as Kenya govt suspends cruise ship jobs scheme
    12 april 2002 16:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has been forced to suspend the issuing of passports to recruits wishing to work on cruise ships at a time when thousands of Kenyans are desperately looking for jobs. Full text...

  • Ivorian robber-musician weeps in court after sentence
    12 april 2002 16:03:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian musician Desire Claver Guinon, nicknamed Dezy Champion, openly wept after an Abidjan court sentenced him to 10 years in prison for armed robbery, legal sources said in the Ivorian economic capital. Full text...

  • Nigerian boy arrested with heroin in New York
    12 april 2002 15:13:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A 12-year-old Nigerian boy who arrived in the US Wednesday on a flight from London after swallowing 87 condoms filled with heroin is now under custody and receiving treatment at a hospital in New York City. Full text...

  • Seven reported killed in fresh Somali fighting
    12 april 2002 14:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- At least seven people were reported killed and several others injured in fresh clashes Friday at the Somali town of Lugh in the Gedo region, some 400-km south-west of Mogadishu, informed sources said. Full text...

  • Theft of IT equipment remains top priority in South Africa
    12 april 2002 13:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Property theft remains South Africa's number one information security risk. Full text...

  • Moroccan Senate passes controversial press code
    12 april 2002 13:19:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan Senate Thursday adopted a controversial press code after amending the version passed by the House of Representatives. Full text...

  • Mauritian police step up anti-drug operations
    12 april 2002 12:43:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian police have stepped up anti-drug operations arresting some 200 suspects for drug-related offences in the past couple of weeks. Full text...

  • London police seek Mandela's help in murder probe
    12 april 2002 11:17:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been approached to appeal to the African community world-wide for cooperation with investigations into the case of a young boy whose torso was found floating in a river in London last September. Full text...

  • South African fans get celebrated explorer's recipe for success
    12 april 2002 09:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The man rated the world's greatest living explorer by the Guinness Book of Records thrilled a Cape Town audience Thursday with tales of his adventures. Full text...

  • South African court acquits 'Doctor Death'
    12 april 2002 09:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Dr Wouter Basson, the notorious apartheid-era chemical and biological warfare expert has been acquitted of a number of charges, including murder, following a marathon trial in the Pretoria High Court. Full text...

  • Several factors blamed for South Africa's stadium disaster
    12 april 2002 07:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Commission of Inquiry into a stampede at Ellis Park Stadium in April last year, which left 43 football fans dead and 158 injured, has concluded that the disaster was the result of a combination of factors, but no individuals were singled out. Full text...

  • Tripoli hosts Mediterranean-Europe conference
    11 april 2002 23:42:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The third international Mediterranean- Europe conference opens in Tripoli Friday to highlight the need for dialogue between Africa, the Mediterranean region and Europe within the wider framework of globalisation. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches an Oscar for the elderly
    11 april 2002 22:30:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Elderly People's Council, operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Security and National Solidarity, on Thursday launched an 'Oscar de la sagesse' award for persons aged 70 and above who have made exceptional contribution in public life. Full text...

  • Southern Districts of Brazzaville Reported Calm
    11 april 2002 22:16:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The southern districts of Brazzaville were calm Thursday though the army was still searching for the so-called ninja militiamen said to be hiding in the area. Full text...

  • World Bank Reserves One Billion Dollars for Education in Africa
    11 april 2002 21:06:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- One billion dollars that the World Bank set aside for education projects in Africa has not been disbursed due to the weak creditworthiness of intended beneficiaries, an official of the Bank disclosed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Cameroon Police Break Ring of Counterfeiters
    11 april 2002 20:00:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's security forces have broken a ring of forgers in Douala and seized the equipment they used to print counterfeit documents. Full text...

  • Chadian rights activist wins international award
    11 april 2002 18:14:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Jacqueline Moudeina, lawyer to "victims" of alleged human rights abuses by former Chadian leader, Hissene Habre has won the 2002 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. Full text...

  • Britain welcomes ratification of ICC Statute
    11 april 2002 16:42:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has welcomed the decision by 12 more countries to deposit their instruments of ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Mauritius soon to have private television
    11 april 2002 15:53:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth said Wednesday night that the first-ever private television station in the country would start its operations in Mauritius as soon as frequencies are available. Full text...

  • Kenya to improve welfare of its senior citizens
    11 april 2002 15:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Thursday affirmed its commitment towards improving the welfare of its senior citizens by implementing programmes aimed at providing security and better living for the aged. Full text...

  • Rwanda accused of intimidating Arusha tribunal
    11 april 2002 14:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A team of five defence lawyers at the Arusha-based UN International Criminal Tribunal or Rwanda (ICTR) have accused the Rwandan government of controlling and intimidating witnesses. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Sweden to check prostitution
    11 april 2002 14:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian and Swedish officials have met in Abuja on how to check prostitution by some Nigerian girls, the Justice Ministry said. Full text...

  • Ivorian judges appointed for retrial of Yopougaon mass deaths
    11 april 2002 13:56:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Justice and Public Freedom Minister Oulai Siene has appointed three new judges to be entrusted with the re-opening of the Yopougon mass grave case, a pro-government newspaper said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria Power Company Explains Airport Outage
    11 april 2002 13:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) has cleared itself of any blame in Sunday night's prolonged power failure at the nation's main gateway, Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, which left hundreds of airline passengers stranded. Full text...

  • NGO seeks protection plan for DR Congo pygmies
    11 april 2002 13:24:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The international centre for pygmy children (CIEP), a Congolese NGO advocating the rights of pygmy children, has called for a national plan to that end in the DR Congo. Full text...

  • Two South African helicopters collide in Cape Town
    11 april 2002 11:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Two helicopters collided at Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred Waterfront Thursday morning, after a training exercise went wrong. Full text...

  • Commuters set three train stations in South Africa alight
    11 april 2002 08:08:00
    Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- Protesting commuters set alight three train stations around Pretoria in the early hours of Thursday, after Metrorail cancelled trains. Full text...

  • Rights group urges world action against Tanzania
    11 april 2002 07:57:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Human Rights Watch has called on the donor community and the Commonwealth to exert pressure on Tanzania, including suspending the sale of military equipment to force respect of human rights in Zanzibar. Full text...

  • Arrested Rwandan priest transferred to Arusha
    10 april 2002 23:14:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Priest Hormidas Nsengimana, who was Rector of Christ-Roi College in Nyanza, Nyabisindu Commune in Rwanda's Butare Prefecture, was Wednesday transferred from Yaounde to the UN detention facility in Arusha, Tanzania. Full text...

  • AI demands stop to human right abuses in Nigerian State
    10 april 2002 21:54:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) has strongly urged the Governor of Anambra State in Nigeria, to take immediate action to end impunity for the abuse of human rights committed by the State Vigilante Service. Full text...

  • Coalition upbeat about International Criminal Court
    10 april 2002 21:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A French coalition advocating the creation of an International Criminal Court Wednesday said the speedy deposit of instruments for ratification at the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva would pave the way for the establishment of the Court. Full text...

  • Angry Commuters Torch Railway Coaches Near Pretoria
    10 april 2002 19:54:00
    Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- Police cordoned off Boseman railway station near Pretoria late Wednesday after commuters angered by train delays torched several carriages. Full text...

  • 17 killed, 32 wounded Tuesday in road accidents in Morocco
    10 april 2002 18:32:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- At least 17 persons died and 32 others got wounded in two road accidents on Tuesday in Morocco, reliable sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Former Rwandan Priest Faces Genocide Charges
    10 april 2002 18:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A former priest who was Rector of Christ Roi College in Nyanza, Nyabisindu Commune of Butare Prefecture in Rwanda was Wednesday transferred from Yaounde, Cameroon, to the UN detention facility in Arusha, Tanzania. Full text...

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