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  • Catholic bishops decry insecurity in CAR
    14 january 2004 16:25:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Catholic Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have denounced the state of insecurity imposed on civilians by rebels and called on the government to restore peace. Full text...

  • Nigeria sets up panel to review its maritime laws
    14 january 2004 15:59:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government has inaugurated a 12-member committee to review the country's maritime laws to conform with international legislation. Full text...

  • 475 Sierra Leonean pilgrims stranded at airport
    14 january 2004 15:43:00
    Lungi- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- More than 475 Sierra Leonean Muslims were Wednesday stranded for the second day running at the Lungi International Airport, north of the capital Freetown, awaiting chartered flights to Mecca for this year's pilgrimage. Full text...

  • British columnist re-emerges from Zambian hideout
    14 january 2004 15:01:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- British-born Zambian columnist Roy Clarke, who was recently ordered by the Lusaka government to be deported for insulting the President, came out of hiding Wednesday. Full text...

  • Famous Norwegian mountaineer falls to death
    14 january 2004 13:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Famous Norwegian mountaineer Arne Naess's lifetime passion ended his earthly sojourn Tuesday when he fell 330 feet to his death in the Franschoek mountains near Cape Town, media reports said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Death toll in Nigerian violence rises to 25
    14 january 2004 12:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The death toll in the communal violence which broke out at Irawo town in Nigeria's southwest Oyo state at the weekend has risen from 10 to 25, as the fighting continued. Full text...

  • Policeman dies in the midst of Anambra political crisis
    14 january 2004 11:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian police officer who led the temporary removal from office of southeast Anambra state governor Chris Ngige last year, thus precipitating the current political crisis in the state has died, press accounts affirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo undercuts MPs to save fuel tax
    14 january 2004 11:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria has written to the National Assembly to withdraw a controversial fuel tax from the 2004 budget bill, in a move suggesting parliamentary approval was not necessary for the tax to take effect. Full text...

  • UNICEF satisfied with its achievements in Chad
    14 january 2004 11:05:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- UNICEF resident representative Akila Aggoune Belembaogo has commended what she described as "positive results" achieved in the implementation of the organisation's programmes in Chad. Full text...

  • Another Nigerian Sharia sentence triggers international outrage
    14 january 2004 10:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) has flayed the Nigerian government for contradicting the African Union Charter, following yet another outrageous Sharia sentence in a high-profile adultery and rape case. Full text...

  • UN agencies seek emergency aid for Sudanese refugees
    14 january 2004 09:11:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A short-term emergency programme was required immediately to assist the latest influx of Sudanese refugees in Chad, UN agencies have reported. Full text...

  • Regional watch body condemns repression of media in Zimbabwe
    14 january 2004 08:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Foreign Correspondents Association (FCA) of Southern Africa has strongly condemned the recent arrest of the editor and two journalists of the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper. Full text...

  • Congolese govt threatens critics over 'beach affair'
    13 january 2004 19:38:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The government in Congo Tuesday threatened to sue any organisation that would spread false information concerning the disappearance of its nationals at the jetty of Brazzaville port after returning from exile in DR Congo in 1999. Full text...

  • Australia supports African blind children's Centre
    13 january 2004 18:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Australian government Tuesday donated 218,730 Kenyan Shillings to the African Braille Centre (ABC) in Nairobi, the Centre said in a statement. Full text...

  • Ghanaian police arrest two Nigerians over bank fraud
    13 january 2004 17:51:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian police have arrested two Nigerians, part of a group that attempted to defraud the Ghanaian Central Bank of some 48. Full text...

  • Stranded airline passengers protest at Nigerian airport
    13 january 2004 16:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Some 1,000 stranded passengers of American airline World Airways Tuesday staged a protest at Nigeria's Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, threatening to burn down the airport should the airline fail to take them back to the US by Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Muslims want labour to delay planned fuel price strike
    13 january 2004 16:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Muslims have appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to delay its anti-fuel price hike national strike expected to start 21 January, so as not to disrupt ongoing airlift of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. Full text...

  • Kibaki urges end to discrimination against disabled
    13 january 2004 15:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Tuesday called for an end to discrimination against people with disabilities, saying they were an integral part of the society. Full text...

  • S. Africans picket at court over murder of AIDS activist
    13 january 2004 15:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- About 100 South Africans Tuesday entered the second say picketing outside a local magisterial court in Cape Town to protest of last month's rape and murder of an AIDS activist. Full text...

  • Nigerian Defence Academy fires corrupt officials
    13 january 2004 11:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Authorities at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) have fired two senior officials for allegedly demanding gratification from a candidate seeking admission into the institution, local press reports said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt warns new envoys against abusing phones
    13 january 2004 11:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government has warned newly- appointed ambassadors against indiscriminate use of telephones at their bases, saying such abuses had put many of the nation's foreign missions in financial problems in the past. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt moves to avert workers strike
    13 january 2004 10:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The federal government has invited Nigeria's umbrella workers union to a meeting in an effort to stave off a planned nation-wide strike to protest against a policy to fully deregulate the downstream sector of the oil industry. Full text...

  • Corruption costs Burkina Faso 3 billion cfa francs
    13 january 2004 10:12:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso lost nearly 3 billion CFA francs last year in misappropriated public funds, Corruption Control Coordination Authority (HACLC) chairman Honore Tougouri revealed on Monday. Full text...

  • Search for missing Dutch woman intensifies in South Africa
    13 january 2004 08:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Last month's disappearance of 24-year-old Dutch exchange student Marleen Konings in the Western Cape region of South Africa has turned into a near countrywide search. Full text...

  • Cameroon revives beauty contest
    12 january 2004 23:24:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Preliminary selections for the Miss Cameroon 2004 beauty contest is underway after being suspended for one year. Full text...

  • Rebels kill 18 in north-west Burundi
    12 january 2004 22:17:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Suspected rebels killed 18 Persons and wounded or kidnapped others early Monday morning in north-western Burundi, informed sources said in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • DR Congo ministry closes 126 private universities
    12 january 2004 21:27:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Democratic Republic of Congo's higher education ministry has closed 126 private universities throughout the country for lack of viability. Full text...

  • Matadi Bridge renamed after Marshal Mobutu
    12 january 2004 21:23:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- In a decision to uphold "historical truth due to enlighten future generations", the Matadi bridge over the Congo River in Bas-Congo Province has been renamed "Marshal Mobutu Bridge", an official source said here Monday. Full text...

  • Africans face 'ethnic cleansing' in Northern Ireland
    12 january 2004 20:48:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Leaders of 2,600 Africans living in Northern Ireland have called on British authorities who govern the province to take action against a wave of assaults and forced evictions facing the minority population. Full text...

  • PANA photographer gets African Press Photo Award 2003
    12 january 2004 20:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Djibril Sy, photographer at the Pan- African News Agency (PANAPRESS), has received Fuji Foundation's African Press Photo Award 2003, in news photo category. Full text...

  • Liberian Interim Police Training Course launched
    12 january 2004 20:34:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Interim Police Training Course (IPTC), an initiative of the International Police Service of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), was launched Monday in Monrovia with the enrolment of the first class of 24 men and one woman. Full text...

  • Senegalese miss French philanthropist
    12 january 2004 20:26:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Frenchwoman Bernadette Iseler, who died in the 3rd January plane crash in Egypt, was helping to build a secondary school in Senegal's southern village of Velingara, sources said during a memorial service here. Full text...

  • UNESCO boss due in Angola Tuesday
    12 january 2004 19:09:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura is expected in Luanda Tuesday on a two-day working visit during which he would launch Angola's "Education for All by 2015" plan, official sources said. Full text...

  • 1,650 Mauritanians register for 2004 Mecca pilgrimage
    12 january 2004 17:23:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- About 1,650 Mauritanians have registered for the 2004 pilgrimage to Mecca, the most holy city in Islam, official sources have revealed here. Full text...

  • Court auctions property of Sierra Leonean newspaper
    12 january 2004 17:22:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The properties of a Sierra Leonean newspaper "For Di People," including a Mercedes car, computers, air conditioners and furniture, were Monday auctioned by bailiffs on the orders of a Freetown High Court. Full text...

  • Malian diplomats to strike next week
    12 january 2004 17:16:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Workers at Mali's Foreign and International Co-operation Ministry have threatened to go on strike from 20 to 23 January in order to highlight the "deliberate and unacceptable delay of the administration in the adoption of the diplomats' new career path," trade union sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Kenyan minister, Anglican bishop locked in graft row
    12 january 2004 15:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Local Government Minister Karisa Maitha Monday sent inspectors to retrieve from Anglican Bishop Peter Njoka an amount of US$10,000 the prelate had allegedly received from the Nairobi City Council as salary. Full text...

  • US denies entry to two South African Muslims
    12 january 2004 13:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Two Muslim businessmen scheduled to attend an Islamic convention in Atlanta, Georgia were refused entry into the U. Full text...

  • Poor treatment results in Uganda militiamen's flight
    12 january 2004 11:53:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- More than 6,000 members of the Amuka militia group in northern Uganda have quit military training, citing harassment and poor treatment from their army instructors. Full text...

  • Renewed ethnic feud leaves 20 dead in Nigeria
    12 january 2004 11:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Twenty bodies of those killed at the weekend in renewed ethnic fighting in Nigeria's volatile city of Warri, in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, have been recovered from the Benin River, press reports said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Christians prop govt's anti-corruption crusade
    12 january 2004 10:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Christians have staged an anti- corruption rally in the capital city of Abuja in an effort to mobilise support for the government's battle against corruption. Full text...

  • Nigeria's judicial council to probe judge in Anambra crisis
    12 january 2004 09:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Judicial Council (NJC) has issued a query to Justice Stanley Nnaji of the Enugu High Court whose ruling ten days ago ordering the removal of south- eastern Anambra state governor Chris Ngige has rekindled the political crisis in the state, press reports have said. Full text...

  • Benin police arrest two Nigeria-bound child traffickers
    11 january 2004 19:48:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Beninese police have arrested two child traffickers carrying 11 children to Nigeria, official sources in Cotonou said Sunday. Full text...

  • Benin to host sub-regional symposium on rule of law
    11 january 2004 19:17:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A four-day international symposium on "Rule of Law and Separation of Powers" opens here Monday with representatives from several West African states attending, organisers revealed here Sunday. Full text...

  • French naval vessel "TCD Ouragan" docks in Cotonou
    11 january 2004 18:46:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Le Transport Chanlandais de Débarquement (TCD), a French navy combat vessel, currently on a mission in the West African sub-region, has been conducting mock rescue exercises in Beninese waters. Full text...

  • New satirical paper on Gabon's streets
    11 january 2004 17:51:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A new satirical paper called the "Gabon Show" has appeared in the streets of Gabon. Full text...

  • Paper paints gruesome picture of top Mozambican prison
    11 january 2004 17:05:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Far from being a place where criminals are reformed, Maputo's top security prison is a mix of physical and sexual violence that hardens the criminal nature of inmates, reports the Sunday paper "Domingo". Full text...

  • Nigeria holds HIV/AIDS charity event without Ali
    11 january 2004 12:44:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The music and boxing extravaganza organised in Nigeria to help create awareness for HIV/AIDS and human trafficking held Saturday without the much-advertised participation of the undisputed king of women's boxing, Laila Ali. Full text...

  • Demining to begin Sunday in Senegal's Casamance region
    10 january 2004 19:47:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Operations to clear landmines in the southern Senegalese region of Casamance torn by a 21-year-old civil war will begin Sunday, a delegation from the region said after meeting President Abdoulaye Wade Saturday. Full text...

  • Benin to mark anti-corruption day Thursday
    10 january 2004 19:02:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin will on Thursday observe a National Anti-Corruption Day by rallying the nation to fight the plague in the country, official sources said here. Full text...

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