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  • EU aids reintegration of ex-combatants in Africa
    10 december 2002 12:44:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The European Union has granted 20 million euros to the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) for the disarming, demobilisation and reintegration of ex-combatants of nine central and southern African countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria police arrest governor's aides over murder
    10 december 2002 12:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Seven senior aides of governor Chinwoke Mbadinuju of the south-eastern state of Anambra have been arrested over the 1 September killing of Chairman of the Onitsha branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Barnabas Igwe and his wife. Full text...

  • Mandela and De Klerk receive 'Order of Mapungubwe' award
    10 december 2002 11:30:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa on Tuesday thanked recipients of this year's national orders, saying they had made it possible for their fellow citizens to live and develop in a world free of oppression. Full text...

  • South African police charge over 7,460 with unsafe driving
    10 december 2002 10:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Traffic officials in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province have charged 7,462 motorists for various traffic offences in the province since the start of the festive season on 1 December. Full text...

  • Rights group demands probe of Ivorian massacre
    09 december 2002 21:37:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian Human Rights Movement (MIDH) has appealed to the UN to investigate the mass grave containing more than 100 corpses discovered in Monokozohi west of Abidjan. Full text...

  • Judge changes procedure in Cardoso murder trial
    09 december 2002 21:18:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Judge Augusto Paulino of the Maputo Court Monday announced changes in procedure to safeguard witnesses in the murder case of Mozambican journalist Carlos Cardoso, following threats against key witness Candida Cossa. Full text...

  • US supports Algeria's economic reforms, anti-terror fight
    09 december 2002 17:50:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Visiting US Under-Secretary of State in charge of the Middle East and the Maghreb, William Burns, Monday reiterated Washington's support for Algeria's economic reforms and fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • LRA rebels kill four Ugandan soldiers, abduct 58 civilians
    09 december 2002 16:22:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Four Ugandan government soldiers were killed Sunday in an ambush in the northern region of Gulu by rebels of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), who also abducted 58 civilians, a government army spokesman said Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya issues reward for information on terrorists
    09 december 2002 15:35:00
    Mombasa Kenya (PANA) -- Investigators probing the recent terrorist attacks in Mombasa on Monday issued graphic designs of two of the terrorists they believe carried out the attacks, and offered Kshs 500,000 ($6,400) for information on any of them. Full text...

  • US grant to enhance quality housing in South Africa
    09 december 2002 15:21:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Housing Minister Sankie Mthembi-Mahanyele on Monday welcomed a R200 million grant from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) of the United States to help in the construction of 100,000 low-cost homes. Full text...

  • Gun possession amnesty fails in Zimbabwe
    09 december 2002 14:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe said Monday that a 90-day presidential amnesty for people that possessed illegal guns to surrender them had yielded nothing country-wide. Full text...

  • King Mswati gazes for return of Miss Swaziland
    09 december 2002 13:58:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Miss Swaziland, Nozipho Shabangu, who is reported to have been eyed as another possible fiancée for King Mswati III, is due to return home Tuesday to face media queries about the rumour. Full text...

  • South Africa's highest honours for Mandela, De Klerk, Palme
    09 december 2002 11:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former South African presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk, as well as late Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme are expected to be among the recipients of the national orders President Thabo Mbeki will bestow Tuesday in Pretoria. Full text...

  • Abortion allegation embarrasses Swazi monarch's bride-to-be
    09 december 2002 11:00:00
    Ludzidzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- Life appears to be rather miserable for King Mswati's bride-to-be, Zena Mahlangu, after the local media flashed front-page reports that she once committed abortion. Full text...

  • Police arrest 2 for 'intimidating' witness in Cardoso murder case
    08 december 2002 20:36:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican police have arrested two people suspected of intimidating Candida Cossa, a key witness in the trial of the six men charged with murdering the country's leading journalist, Carlos Cardoso two years ago, State television (TVM) reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Cape Verde's police arrest two women with 22 kilo of cocaine
    08 december 2002 20:01:00
    Praia- Cap Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde's police arrested two women with 22 kilogrammes of cocaine at the islands Sal international airport at the weekend, State radio reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Zimbabweans to solve their problem, says Chissano
    08 december 2002 19:30:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano said a solution to the crisis in Zimbabwe would be found by Zimbabweans themselves. Full text...

  • Omar Bongo steps up support for disabled
    08 december 2002 18:45:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- President Omar Bongo of Gabon has directed government officials to meet the needs of the disabled in the country. Full text...

  • Portuguese-speaking Courts of Cassation heads meet in Praia
    08 december 2002 18:26:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The 4th meeting of heads of Courts of Cassation in the Portuguese-speaking countries of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe, begins in Praia, Tuesday, judicial officials said Sunday. Full text...

  • More Rwandan refugees return from DR Congo
    08 december 2002 17:48:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Another batch of 238 Rwandan refugees has returned home from eastern DR Congo, official sources said in Kigali Sunday. Full text...

  • Burkinabe women reach out to compatriots fleeing Cote d'Ivoire
    08 december 2002 15:07:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe associations and women's groups have set up a committee in Ouagadougou to coordinate support for compatriots flocking home from neighbouring Cote d'Ivoire in the wake of the continuing insurgency there. Full text...

  • Zambian cattle rustlers raid Zimbabwean border villagers
    08 december 2002 12:57:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe said Sunday that Zambian cattle rustlers were raiding border villagers in Zimbabwe, stealing livestock worth millions of dollars. Full text...

  • Niamey to host a meeting of broadcast media professionals
    08 december 2002 11:51:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- This year's workshop for broadcast professionals within the Francophonie (SERFOR) has been slated for 13-18 December in Niamey, officials in the Niger capital confirmed Sunday. Full text...

  • Zambian Home Affairs minister dies in road accident
    08 december 2002 09:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Home Affairs Minister Lackson Mapushi died Saturday in a road accident after he lost control of his car on Chibombo Road, some 80 km north of the capital Lusaka. Full text...

  • Call for population explosion raises eyebrows in Uganda
    07 december 2002 20:03:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A recent call by outgoing Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on East African adults to produce more children has not been well received in Uganda. Full text...

  • US citizen arrested in Zimbabwe on sex charges
    07 december 2002 19:13:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A US national has been arrested in Zimbabwe for allegedly luring minor children into illicit sex, and filming and possessing child pornography, police said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Mauritian party deplores rising human right violations
    07 december 2002 18:06:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Mauritian political party, Lalit and one NGO, Le Muvman Liberasyon Fam (Women's liberation Movement) Saturday unveiled plans to launch a campaign against what they termed as human rights violations by the local police. Full text...

  • Nigeria to host African summit on food production
    07 december 2002 16:08:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Current chairmen of African regional economic groupings are among top dignitaries expected to converge in Abuja 11-12 December for the joint meeting of the NEPAD steering committee, African Development Bank (ADB) and the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • Nigeria's ruling party official shot dead
    07 december 2002 13:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A local chairman of Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the southeastern Cross River state, Bassey Mbukpa, has been shot dead by suspected hired assassins, the local press reported Saturday. Full text...

  • More than 30,000 flee Côte d'Ivoire for Liberia, Guinea
    07 december 2002 11:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Continued fighting in Côte d'Ivoire has driven more than 30,000 people into Liberia and Guinea in the last week, the UN refugee agency announced Saturday. Full text...

  • Road accidents claim 266 lives in Algeria
    07 december 2002 11:09:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Road accidents in Algeria have killed 266 persons and left 2,737 others injured during the fasting period of Ramadan, according to figures released by the national gendarmerie. Full text...

  • Women and children reel under drought in Eritrea, Ethiopia
    06 december 2002 23:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy Friday warned that drought-related illnesses in the Horn of Africa are severely affecting the population, and that women and children, "are already in the teeth of this destructive drought. Full text...

  • Malnourished children increasing in Horn of Africa
    06 december 2002 23:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy warned Friday in Addis Ababa that drought-related illnesses were severely affecting the population in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Full text...

  • MINEDAF urges African leaders to prioritise education
    06 december 2002 21:33:00
    Dar es-Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The eighth Conference of Ministers of Education of African Member States (MINEDAF) ended here Friday with an appeal to the international community and African governments to place education among development priorities on the continent. Full text...

  • Maputo judge defends right to call murder trial witnesses
    06 december 2002 20:54:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Judge Augusto Paulino on Friday rejected criticism for those who believe the Maputo City court is calling "too many witnesses" in the Carlos Cardoso murder trial, Mozambique news agency reported. Full text...

  • Congolese army general's disappearance worries rights groups
    06 december 2002 19:59:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Congo's Human Rights Observatory (OCDH) and the International Human Rights Federation (FIDH) Friday expressed concerns in Paris over the fate of General Bouissa Matoko. Full text...

  • African ministers create body to monitor recommendations
    06 december 2002 19:34:00
    Dar es-Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- African education ministers have created an Education For All (EFA) regional monitoring mechanism whose role will be to assess the implementation of regulations adopted during their just-ended 8th conference in Dar es Salaam. Full text...

  • Botswana scientist wins Tutu leadership award
    06 december 2002 18:13:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A Botswana animal scientist has won the prestigious Desmond Tutu Footprints of Legends Leadership Award for his zeal in diversifying the use of renewable livestock feed and his active community work. Full text...

  • African Academy of Languages soon to be operational
    06 december 2002 17:23:00
    Dar Es-Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The African Academy of Languages (ACALAN) is expected to go operational after the next meeting of Education and Culture Ministers that is to validate the conclusions of an experts session held earlier last February in Addis Ababa, inside sources affirmed on Thursday. Full text...

  • South African fishermen learn new skills
    06 december 2002 16:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Ninety fisherman from Saldanha Bay north of Cape Town are taking a wide range of new skills to the water, thanks to a project aimed at improving the quality of life of 1,750 small boat owners and operators, and reducing the number of deaths at sea. Full text...

  • International fugitive waives right to appeal against extradition
    06 december 2002 15:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) member James Kilgore formally consented Friday to his extradition to face criminal charges in the US. Full text...

  • Mauritians celebrate Aïd el-fitr Friday
    06 december 2002 15:41:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Muslims, who constitute about 17 percent of the country's population, were Friday celebrating Aïdel-fitr, marking the end of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Anecdotes from the conference of African Education ministers
    06 december 2002 15:38:00
    Dar es-Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- At the 8th conference of Education Ministers of African UNESCO Member States (MINEDAF) that wound up here Friday, astute observers could hardly miss offbeat happenings that gave the event a comic touch. Full text...

  • AU official says OAU did little on education
    06 december 2002 13:56:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Apart from the establishment of the Education Decade 1997-2006, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which transformed into the African Union (AU) did very little to develop education, Marcel Diouf, head of AU's Education and Culture Department, has charged. Full text...

  • Khartoum University staff demand VC's sack for "inefficiency"
    06 december 2002 13:20:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Staff members of Sudan's University of Khartoum have called for the re-opening of the university closed 14 November and the removal of the Vice-Chancellor and his senior aides for alleged inefficiency. Full text...

  • HRW welcomes Chad's lifting of Habre's immunity
    06 december 2002 11:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Chadian government's waiver of former President Hissene Habre's immunity will help pave the way for his prosecution on "atrocity" charges in Belgium, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. Full text...

  • Mohammed VI reprieves 796 Moroccan prisoners
    06 december 2002 11:27:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco has pardoned some 796 prisoners, on the occasion of the Aid El Fitr, end-of-Ramadan feast, being celebrated in the Kingdom Friday, the Justice Ministry announced. Full text...

  • Seven family members perish in Kenyan road crash
    06 december 2002 11:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Seven members of a funeral party died Friday morning when the vehicle in which they were travelling from Nairobi to Western Kenya rammed into another vehicle, police said. Full text...

  • Benin Muslims celebrate Aïd el Fitr
    06 december 2002 10:47:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Benin Muslim community Thursday celebrated with prayers, the Aïd el Fitr feast, to mark the end of Ramadan fast. Full text...

  • HRW accuses Kenyan police of crackdown on refugees
    06 december 2002 10:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Kenyan police appear to be using the 28 November terror attacks on Israeli tourists in Mombassa to justify a crackdown on refugees living in Nairobi, New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) charged Friday. Full text...

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