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  • Obiang says Equato-Guinea has no reliable judiciary
    21 february 2004 20:04:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equato-Guinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has affirmed that since becoming independent in 1968, "there has never been a reliable legal system" in his country. Full text...

  • "Operation Rachel" destroys thousands of weapons in Mozambique
    21 february 2004 17:03:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Over 177,000 weapons of different types and millions of rounds of ammunition have been destroyed in Mozambique in the past nine years as part of joint Mozambican and South African police work code-named "Operation Rachel. Full text...

  • HRW commends new UN Human Rights Commissioner
    21 february 2004 12:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) has described as "a skilled jurist and principled advocate," Louise Arbour, nominated Friday by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Full text...

  • World Bank supports basic education in Congo Brazzaville
    21 february 2004 11:39:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The World Bank has disbursed 17 million US dollars to prop basic education in Congo Brazzaville, government officials said. Full text...

  • Botswana University delegation due in Mauritius
    21 february 2004 10:45:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Botswana University delegation is expected in Mauritius Sunday, on a five-day visit to study the country's tertiary education system. Full text...

  • Rwanda Protestant Church delegation visits Kinshasa
    20 february 2004 22:40:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A group of 11 Rwandan Protestant pastors currently visiting DR Congo held talks Thursday with vice president Jean Pierre Bemba Gombo on the search for peace in the Great Lakes region. Full text...

  • France probes 76-million euro project in Congo
    20 february 2004 22:33:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A court in Paris has opened a judicial inquiry into the execution of a 76-million euro project in Congo involving Franco-Lebanese businessman Antoine Tabet, judicial sources revealed here Friday. Full text...

  • South African firm to build 2 secondary schools in Mozambique
    20 february 2004 19:11:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The South African petrochemical company, SASOL, has granted the Mozambican government 500,000 US dollars to build and equip two secondary schools in the country's southern province of Inhambane. Full text...

  • Rival Burundian rebel factions locked in fighting
    20 february 2004 17:41:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Four combatants have been killed during three days of fighting erupted between two rival factions of Burundi's former main rebel group, Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD), for the control of strategic localities in the southern Bururi province. Full text...

  • Obasanjo cuts expense on programme of official events
    20 february 2004 13:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo has ordered government ministries, agencies and parastatals to stop printing his photograph and those of other top government officials in their programme of events. Full text...

  • Mauritian Muslims protest US continued presence in Iraq
    20 february 2004 13:04:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- About a dozen members of the Islamic movement "Zam Zam" Friday demonstrated before the American Embassy here to protest US continued presence in Iraq. Full text...

  • Nigeria repatriates 74 trafficked children to Benin
    20 february 2004 11:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Immigration Service has arrested and repatriated at least 74 children from Benin who were being taken to Nigeria to be employed as farms workers within the last one month, officials of the service said Friday. Full text...

  • Armed youths kill soldier in Nigeria
    20 february 2004 11:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- For the second time in two weeks, armed youths in Nigeria's restive oil-producing Niger delta region have killed a soldier attached to "Operation Restore Hope," a special security outfit deployed to help maintain order in the violent- prone region, according to press reports Friday. Full text...

  • Student stabs colleague dead in Lagos
    20 february 2004 11:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Police have arrested a student of Euba Boys Secondary school in Nigeria's economic capital city of Lagos after stabbing a colleague to death in the school premises Thursday, following an argument, the local press reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria explains deportation of US journalist
    20 february 2004 10:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government has explained that the resident correspondent of the US-based Forbes magazine, Silva Sansoni, was recently asked to leave the country for violating national immigration laws and abusing the terms of her accreditation, rather than for her professional practice. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone govt promotes girl-child education
    20 february 2004 07:54:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The government in Sierra Leone has donated uniforms, textbooks, exercise books and other assorted learning materials to over 300 girls in remote Kailahun district, where schools were shut when rebels occupied the area for ten years. Full text...

  • UNESCO, Mauritius sign primary education agreement
    19 february 2004 22:37:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Visiting UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura and the Mauritian Education and Scientific Research Minister Steve Obeegadoo, Thursday in Port-Louis, signed an agreement to boost primary education in the country. Full text...

  • UNHCR pushes for voluntary of Sierra Leonean refugees
    19 february 2004 22:02:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) launched a campaign Thursday urging the voluntary return of some 14,000 Sierra Leonean refugees in Liberia by June latest, when the agency plans to terminate assistance to them. Full text...

  • Francophonie Agency helps six press organs
    19 february 2004 12:16:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Six press organs in Francophone Africa have been selected for assistance by the Francophonie Agency under its "fund of support for the Francophone press of the South," official sources revealed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Woman delivers Siamese twins in Nigeria
    19 february 2004 11:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A 22-year-old woman, Sa'adatu Tanko, from the Mangu local council in Nigeria's central Plateau state, has delivered a set of conjoined twins, the second such case in the country within a year, the local press reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Commission to look at Nigerians' harassment in South Africa
    19 february 2004 11:07:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria-South Africa joint commission is to address the harassment of Nigerians living in South Africa by citizens of that country, according to Nigeria's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sama'ila Sambawa. Full text...

  • Over 10,000 refugees return to Burundi from Tanzania
    19 february 2004 09:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- More than 10,000 Burundian refugees returned home from camps in Tanzania in January and the first half of February this year, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said Thursday. Full text...

  • Bamako hosts 4th IHEM meeting
    18 february 2004 22:26:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The 4th meeting of the Institute of Higher Studies in Management (IHEM) holds here Thursday under the chairmanship of President Amadou Toumani Toure. Full text...

  • Angry CAR students attack French soldiers
    18 february 2004 22:18:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- French soldiers fired into the air Wednesday at Bangui University to disperse students rioting over unpaid bursaries. Full text...

  • Survey exposes child abuse in Cameroon
    18 february 2004 20:41:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The trafficking and exploitation of children is a disturbing reality in Cameroon, according to the results of a survey presented here Tuesday by the sub-regional project on the fight against child trafficking in West and Central Africa (LUTRENA). Full text...

  • CPJ protests assault on Chad radio journalist
    18 february 2004 20:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the assault on Tchanguis Vatankhah, director of the privately owned "Radio Brakos," based in Chad's southern town of Moissala. Full text...

  • Youths kill three Burkinabe west of Abidjan
    18 february 2004 15:17:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A group of Ivorian youths on Tuesday killed three Burkinabe peasants in Duékoué, a government-held area about 500 km west of Abidjan, an informed source said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian army explains reasons for invading town
    18 february 2004 14:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian defence authorities explained that soldiers were dispatched to the Ohoro-Uwheru community in south-east Delta state last month on a mission to recover arms and ammunition. Full text...

  • Five West African criminals nabbed in Malabo
    18 february 2004 13:35:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Gendarmes in Malabo, the Equatorial Guinea capital on Tuesday arrested five members of an armed gang from three West African states, security, sources revealed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rwandan Protestant Bishops visit DR Congo
    17 february 2004 22:55:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Twelve bishops of the Rwandan Protestant Church Council, CPR is in DR Congo as part of efforts to reconcile Christians in both countries and support the peace process in the Great Lakes region, informed sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • French teens to meet Congolese child soldiers
    17 february 2004 22:19:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Under the aegis of the French National Committee of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), 8 French teenagers will visit DR Congo from 15 to 21 April to meet with child soldiers, committee chair Jacques Hintzy announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNICEF to supply books to DR Congo pupils
    17 february 2004 22:11:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is to supply books to 1. Full text...

  • Kenya Bishop, govt minister tussle in prayer-for-cash scandal
    17 february 2004 21:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan Bishop and Cabinet Minister are in a tussle over the controversial payment of monthly allowances to the former for "spiritual services" he rendered the Nairobi City Council. Full text...

  • 2% of Cape Verdean children under-10 not registered
    17 february 2004 20:39:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- About two percent of Cape Verdean children under age 10 have no birth certificates, according to a study by the national Institute for Minors, ICM. Full text...

  • Agency seizes 1,700-kg of hashish in Tripoli
    17 february 2004 17:15:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan narcotic agency has seized some 1,700-kg of hashish and arrested an unspecified number of a drug gang in Tripoli, an official said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan bishop in "prayer for cash" scandal
    17 february 2004 16:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan cabinet minister and an Anglican Church bishop are locked in a tussle over the controversial payment of monthly allowances for spiritual services rendered to the Nairobi City Council. Full text...

  • Soldiers seize planeload of arms at Kisangani
    17 february 2004 14:04:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Soldiers of the 9th military region of the Congolese Armed Forces (FAC) stationed in Kisangani, capital of the Oriental Province in DR Congo have seized a planeload of arms and ammunition, L'Avenir newspaper reported here. Full text...

  • UNESCO boss arrives Mauritius on official visit
    17 february 2004 13:18:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) director general Koichiro Matsuura arrived here Tuesday at the start of a three- day official visit to the island. Full text...

  • South Africa's KwaZulu turns down modern school
    17 february 2004 13:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's ruling African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal province has expressed its "shock and outrage" that the Department of Education is blocking the building of a world-class school donated by the private sector to a rural community of Emaqadini, north of Durban. Full text...

  • Two SA pilots under probe in Luanda
    17 february 2004 10:40:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Angolan authorities are detaining two South African pilots and a passenger in Luanda to help with investigations into the death of an Indian businessman, South African ambassador to Angola, Gabriel Msimang confirmed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • 10 billion CFA francs needed for Francophony summit
    16 february 2004 21:38:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The 10th Francophony summit to hold in Ouagadougou next November 2004 will cost 10 billion CFA francs, special envoy Ousmane Paye disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • Report questions Burkinabe govt's resolve against corruption
    16 february 2004 21:03:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A human development report released here with focus on corruption in Burkina Faso, has challenged public authorities to deliver on their promise to battle the vice. Full text...

  • Congolese returnees push for reintegration
    16 february 2004 20:22:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Former Congolese refugees now back home from neighbouring Gabon have called for implementation of a social reintegration programme designed for them, officials confirmed here Monday, acknowledging a petition from the returnees. Full text...

  • UNHCR to repatriate Sudanese, Somali refugees from Kenya
    16 february 2004 19:21:00
    Nairobi Kenya (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR plans to repatriate from Kenya, some 150,000 Somali and 70,000 Sudanese refugees, once the peace deals for the two countries are signed later this year, an official of the UN agency said in Nairobi. Full text...

  • UIJA names Wade sponsor of Pan-African media prize
    16 february 2004 18:58:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has been named sponsor of the 15,000-Euro (10-million CFA franc) Pan-African press prize to be awarded for the first time in Dakar in the latter half of 2004, the International Union of African Journalists (UIJA) indicated Monday. Full text...

  • Niger National Assembly worker murdered
    16 february 2004 18:38:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Issifou Larabou, Financial Director and Accountant of Niger's National Assembly was murdered Monday in his office by a Niamey trader, parliamentary sources said. Full text...

  • Ghana short of funds for urban water supply
    16 february 2004 18:36:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Vice President Aliu Mahama conceded at an international conference here on water that Ghana unless it entered into partnership with other stakeholders, it would not be able to afford the 1. Full text...

  • AI on two-week visit to Libya
    16 february 2004 15:10:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A delegation from the global human rights watchdog, Amnesty International (AI), Sunday began a two-week visit to Libya to assess human rights condition in the North African country. Full text...

  • Belgian Princess Mathilde assesses plight of Niger children
    16 february 2004 13:35:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Princess Mathilde of the Belgian Kingdom arrived here Sunday at the start of a five-day visit aimed at assessing the plight of Niger's women and children, official sources revealed Monday. Full text...

  • Drug smuggler from Madagascar releases 26 heroine pellets
    15 february 2004 18:29:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Malagasy national named Romain Malitera, 45, released 26 heroine pellets weighing 346 grammes and worth about 100,000 US dollars in the street after his arrest last week at the airport in Port Louis, police sources said Sunday. Full text...

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