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  • Bloodletting forces Greek Cypriots out of DR Congo's Ituri
    30 may 2003 12:58:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- Ethnic bloodshed in Ituri has at last forced Greek Cypriots, one of oldest expatriate European communities out of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Moroccan king declares end to laxity after terror blasts
    30 may 2003 11:27:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco has affirmed that his country will not be deterred from installing a "democratic and modern society" and that laxity would not be tolerated after 16 May terrorist attacks in Casablanca. Full text...

  • ICRC assesses prisons in Equatorial Guinea
    30 may 2003 11:17:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is on a weeklong assessment of prison conditions throughout Equatorial Guinea with a view of helping to improve them under an agreement signed in 2002 between the ICRC and authorities in Malabo. Full text...

  • African consumer groups not reaping from Cotonou Accord
    30 may 2003 08:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Despite their role as major players in civil society, consumer groups are not being involved in the implementation of the Cotonou Agreement nor do they benefit from its ensuing funding facilities, Consumer International Regional Office for Africa (CI-ROAF) laments in a survey. Full text...

  • Imminent food shortage in Sudan worries French group
    29 may 2003 19:11:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The French aid group, Action Contre la Faim (ACF) has warned that food is "growing scarcer" in some parts of southern Sudan, owing to drought and almost two decades of civil war. Full text...

  • Suspected murderers of French woman nabbed in Mauritania
    29 may 2003 16:36:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian police have arrested two suspects for the murder of Adeline Pane, a 24-year-old French lady found dead along the Mauritania-Morocco border in February, sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • World Airways flies first US-Nigeria direct in a decade
    29 may 2003 15:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- World Airways Thursday became the first American airline to make a direct flight from the US to Nigeria in 10 years, following the ban on such flights by the US government in 1993. Full text...

  • Pretoria condemns mob killing of two brothers
    29 may 2003 15:10:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's justice and constitutional development minister Penuell Maduna Thursday condemned the burning to death of two brothers in Braamfisherville near Johannesburg on suspicion they belonged to a criminal gang. Full text...

  • Fundraising for ECOWAS Ivorian mission holds July
    29 may 2003 14:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The international fund-raising conference to solicit money for the ECOWAS Mission in Cote d'Ivoire (ECOMICI) has been re-scheduled for Brussels in July, according to Ghana's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nana Akufo-Addo. Full text...

  • France readies to try illegal immigrants at Roissy airport
    29 may 2003 14:58:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has established a court at Roissy airport to try foreigners arriving in France without visas or passports. Full text...

  • Mohammed VI launches housing schemes in Casablanca
    29 may 2003 14:51:00
    Casablanca- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Wednesday launched low-cost housing schemes in Casablanca's poverty-stricken zones, including the Sidi Moumen slum area, home of most of the kamikaze who blew up themselves and damaged several places in the business capital on 16 May. Full text...

  • Leader of Moroccan bombers dies
    28 may 2003 23:47:00
    Casablanca- Morocco (PANA) -- The leader of the suicide bombers who attacked Casablanca on 16 May died on Wednesday before police could complete their questioning him, the public prosecutor to Casablanca court of appeal (100 km south of Rabat) said. Full text...

  • Arsonists burn down home of Mt Everest climbing hero
    28 may 2003 23:32:00
    Ejubukweni- Swaziland (PANA) -- Mountaineer Sibusiso Vilane, the first black African to climb Mount Everest, will be receive a sad welcome back home when he finds out that one of his traditional homes has been left in ashes. Full text...

  • Khartoum burglars target home of Egyptian diplomat
    28 may 2003 23:27:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Armed men shot and wounded a guard at the residence of an Egyptian diplomat in Khartoum after trying to burgle his home last weekend, embassy sources reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2 reported killed in Cameroonian military plane crash
    28 may 2003 23:09:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Two people were killed Wednesday when a Cameroonian military plane crashed on the Yaounde airport runway, witnesses said. Full text...

  • Fire devastates Ouagadougou central market
    28 may 2003 22:48:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A fire Tuesday morning gutted down more than a quarter of Ouagadougou's Rood Wooko central market, killing two people according to some accounts. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders adopt declaration on regional security
    28 may 2003 22:29:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- West African leaders Wednesday adopted a special declaration in an effort to restore peace and security to the sub-region, wracked by conflicts that have stunted economic growth and hampered social and political development. Full text...

  • African leaders approve 6 eminent persons for Peer Review
    28 may 2003 21:41:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The seventh meeting of the NEPAD implementation committee ended in Nigeria's capital Abuja Wednesday with the approval of the list of six eminent personalities from the continent to supervise the African Peer Review Mechanism, aimed at ensuring good governance on the continent. Full text...

  • Sudanese security seize arms from local markets
    28 may 2003 21:00:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- An unspecified quantity of light firearms and ammunition were seized and a number of persons arrested at markets outside Khartoum on Wednesday, a Sudanese interior ministry official said here. Full text...

  • WFP seeks 90 million dollars to avert starvation in Ethiopia
    28 may 2003 20:01:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- As drought and a poor harvest loom in Ethiopia, World Food Programme (WFP) executive director James Morris has said 90 million US dollars was urgently needed to save 12. Full text...

  • NEPAD meeting opens in Abuja
    28 may 2003 16:54:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Wednesday in Abuja opened the seventh meeting of the Implementation Committee of NEPAD, the home grown initiative aimed at fast-tracking the development of the African continent. Full text...

  • Protesters fail to disrupt GMO meeting in South Africa
    28 may 2003 15:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A small group of protesters shouting anti-genetically modified organism (GMO) slogans in the parking lot of a Rosebank hotel here Wednesday failed to disrupt the ongoing conference on modern biotechnology and genetic modification. Full text...

  • Kenya to commemorate anti-small arms week
    28 may 2003 13:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya commemorates this year's International Action Week on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) from 1-8 June in a bid to stem their flow into the country. Full text...

  • Benin Launches National Housing Bank
    28 may 2003 13:11:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has launched in Cotonou the National Housing Bank charged primarily with ensuring that citizens have access to improved housing facilities. Full text...

  • Sudanese refugees reject relocation to West Nile
    28 may 2003 10:21:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- About 16,000 Sudanese refugees at the Kiryandongo refugee camp are rejecting relocation to West Nile and threatening to walk back to the Sudan in protest, the local daily Al-Raai Alaam reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambian ex-First Lady injures pedestrian in accident
    28 may 2003 09:36:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Police ordered Vera Chiluba, the estranged wife of former Zambian president Frederick Chiluba, to report on Wednesday for recording of statements after she wounded a pedestrian Tuesday in a road accident. Full text...

  • Nigeria beefs up security after pipeline blow-up
    27 may 2003 11:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian authorities have ordered the deployment of troops deployment to some parts of the oil-rich Niger Delta region following last weekend's explosion of a major gas pipeline by suspected vandals, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rights group presses for creation of African Court
    27 may 2003 10:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Human Rights Assembly (RADDHO) has urged the African Union (AU) to accelerate the creation of the African Human and Peoples Rights Court (AHPRC) as was decided in 1998. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean bishops meet in Seychelles
    26 may 2003 21:47:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Indian Ocean Episcopal Conference (CEDOI) grouping bishops from Reunion, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Seychelles and Comoros begin meeting here Monday. Full text...

  • Railway company to raise fares in Cameroon
    26 may 2003 21:40:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Cameroon railway company (CAMRAIL) has announced an 8 percent increase in fares starting 1 June. Full text...

  • Jeune Afrique launches new review in Paris
    26 may 2003 21:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Jeune Afrique group of Tunisian journalist Béchir Ben Yahmed launched a new publication Monday in Paris entitled La revue de l'intelligent, saying the quarterly would cover all sectors of human activity. Full text...

  • Jealous wife sets marital home on fire in Malabo
    26 may 2003 20:24:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- A young wife suspecting her husband of being unfaithful decided to punish him by setting their home on fire on Saturday in the densely populated district of Ela Nguema in Malabo, eyewitnesses said on Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana hosts workshop on drug control
    26 may 2003 18:45:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A three-day regional workshop on the co-ordination of drug reduction efforts among member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) opened in Accra on Monday with a call on governments in the sub-region to mobilise available resources towards drug control. Full text...

  • South Africa deplores Africa's human security situation
    26 may 2003 16:34:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Deputy President Jacob Zuma has said Africa has a long way to go before it can achieve human security throughout the continent. Full text...

  • South Africa launches child protection week
    26 may 2003 16:16:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa Monday launched its Child Protection Week with the government re-dedicating itself to mobilising the society to fight practices that militate against the development and growth of the child. Full text...

  • Gas pipeline blow-up worries Nigerian power company
    26 may 2003 15:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's power utility officials said Monday the blow-up of a pipeline conveying gas to a major thermal station in Lagos and similar facilities across the country would seriously affect power supply. Full text...

  • South African becomes first black to climb Mount Everest
    26 may 2003 15:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African game ranger, Sibusiso Vilane, has become the first black South African to climb Mount Everest after he reached the summit of the mountain early Monday. Full text...

  • Russian jailed for illegal entry into Kenya
    26 may 2003 13:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Russian national, Rosliakova Oxana was Monday remanded into custody by a Nairobi court for allegedly being in Kenya illegally. Full text...

  • Private Cameroonian Radio Barred from broadcasting
    26 may 2003 13:05:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Radio Freedom FM, a private radio belonging to a Cameroonian press group 'Le Messager', was barred from initiating its median broadcast Saturday due to a government ban, local press reports said Monday. Full text...

  • African Catholics convene in Paris
    26 may 2003 12:54:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- About a thousand African Catholics living in Paris met Sunday at the Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre Basilica in Paris, within the framework of the 2002 Migrants Pastoral service. Full text...

  • UNESCO to assess Ivorian schools in rebel-held regions
    26 may 2003 12:37:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) mission is due in Cote d'Ivoire June to assess the academic environment in rebel-controlled areas, an official of the agency disclosed Monday. Full text...

  • Drought takes Bob Geldof back to Ethiopia
    26 may 2003 10:30:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The severe drought under which Ethiopia has reeled for two consecutive years is bringing musician and activist Bob Geldof back to the Horn of Africa country for the first time since his landmark visit 20 years ago. Full text...

  • Sao Tome student among injured in Algeria earthquake
    25 may 2003 18:51:00
    Sao Tome- Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) -- Jose Luiz Leite de Carvalho, a Sao Tome student, broke two legs after jumping from a second floor building during the earthquake that rocked the Algerian capital on Wednesday. Full text...

  • DR Congo seizes prohibited consumer goods at Boma port
    25 may 2003 18:37:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- A load of 1,425 kg of unsafe garlic and rice from Soyo in Angola has been seized by the International Quarantine Service at the port of Boma in the western Bas-Congo province, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Tunisia sends more rescue teams to Algeria
    24 may 2003 20:10:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia has sent several rescue teams to Algeria to participate in the rescue operations underway in areas struck by the severe earthquake in Algiers and its eastern outskirts last Wednesday night. Full text...

  • Kibaki consoles ailing Kenyan journalist
    24 may 2003 12:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As the Kenyan media and arts fraternity plan an exhibition for Wahome Mutahi, one of the country's leading journalists currently admitted in hospital, President Mwai Kibaki Saturday sent a message of "sympathy and best wishes of quick recovery" to the ailing journalist. Full text...

  • Floods in Kenya Threaten WFP Aid to Southern Sudan
    24 may 2003 11:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Saturday started airlifting food aid to southern Sudan from the Eldoret airport in western Kenya, after floods in the East African country rendered the road networks impassable. Full text...

  • IPACC advocates rights of pygmies in DR Congo
    23 may 2003 22:31:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The co-ordination committee of native African people (IPACC) has denounced the "precarious" conditions of pygmies in DR Congo, and called on the government to include them among the most vulnerable social groups. Full text...

  • Major Africa Day celebrations planned for Johannesburg
    23 may 2003 16:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Africa Day celebrations at Johannesburg Stadium on Sunday will be preceded by a major street parade to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the birth of the former Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now transformed into the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Ugandan army arrests four Sudanese rebels for killings
    23 may 2003 16:32:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Ugandan troops have arrested four Sudanese rebels for killing two Ugandan civilians at Aweno-Olwi in Lokung sub-county in northern Kitgum District, Al-Raai Alaam newspaper reported on Friday. Full text...

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