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  • More killings reported against Muslims in Cote d'Ivoire
    16 january 2003 20:33:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Two weeks after the daytime abduction of Mamadou Ganame from his home in Bianoua by gendarmes, the Koran teacher's body was found 14 January at the mortuary of the city, a family source revealed here Thursday. Full text...

  • 1,200 Malian Muslims to perform 2003 Hajj
    16 january 2003 19:35:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Two Boeing 707-type jets belonging to the Libyan Afriqiyah Airways will transport some 1,040 Malian Muslim pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, beginning Friday, announced the Territorial Administration Ministry in Bamako Thursday. Full text...

  • AI denounces atrocities in Cote d'Ivoire
    16 january 2003 18:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) has sent an open letter to participants at the ongoing roundtable in Paris on the Ivorian crisis, denouncing atrocities in Cote d'Ivoire since a segment of the army revolted on 19 September last year. Full text...

  • UNHCR discusses return of Rwandan refugees from Zambia
    16 january 2003 18:11:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) began discussions here Thursday with Zambian and Rwandan authorities for the repatriation of some 5,000 Rwandan refugees from Zambia. Full text...

  • Villagers lynch murder suspect in southern Uganda
    16 january 2003 17:46:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Angry residents of Lyantonde town in Uganda's southern district of Masaka lynched a man after he allegedly beheaded a 10-year-old girl and sucked her blood, family sources confirmed Thursday. Full text...

  • Group accuses Liberian govt of rights abuse
    16 january 2003 17:44:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A rights group, Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC), Thursday accused the Liberian government of "disrespect for the rule of law, the sanctity of human life and the dignity" of the human person. Full text...

  • Detained ex-Finance minister appears in Zambia court
    16 january 2003 15:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Finance Minister Katele Kalumba, being held in connection with the plunder of national resources, Thursday appeared before a court for mention in Lusaka, the Zambian capital. Full text...

  • Mauritians demonstrate against war in Iraq
    16 january 2003 12:05:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Supporters of the Republican Movement (MR), a Mauritian political party, demonstrated for an hour in Port Louis Thursday morning to denounce a possible US military intervention in Iraq. Full text...

  • Nigeria, US ratify pact on financial crimes
    16 january 2003 11:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian and US officials ratified a treaty on mutual assistance in criminal matters Wednesday in Abuja, more than 10 years after the bilateral pact was signed. Full text...

  • Nigerian Senate wants Abuja Stadium named after Abiola
    16 january 2003 10:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's upper legislative chamber, the Senate, has unanimously approved the naming of the Abuja stadium after the late business magnate and philanthropist Moshood Abiola. Full text...

  • Cape Town to get multi-million dollar peace centre
    16 january 2003 09:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The boards of the South African Desmond Tutu Peace Centre and the US-based Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation have agreed to launch a 15-million dollar peace centre in Cape Town. Full text...

  • Benin gendarmes arrest child smugglers
    16 january 2003 09:31:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Gendarmes at the central Benin district of Ouinhi last Sunday intercepted three suspected child smugglers heading for Nigeria with more than ten children, Social Welfare ministry officials reported Wednesday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Anti-AGOA demonstrators march in Port Louis
    16 january 2003 08:59:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Hundreds of demonstrators from Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar and South Africa marched in the streets of Port Louis, Wednesday to protest against the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), as a regional forum on the US- Africa trade scheme kicked off in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Asylum seekers come under close European control
    16 january 2003 08:36:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The EURODAC system set up by the European Union to control the movement of asylum seekers in member states went operational Wednesday, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Govt seizes latest edition of Mauritania newspaper
    15 january 2003 22:49:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Authorities in Mauritania have seized the latest issue of the Arabic paper Sahafa, Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said Wednesday, condemning the measure. Full text...

  • Kenya contemplates scrapping of death penalty
    15 january 2003 22:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is contemplating abolishing the death penalty, Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Kiraitu Murungi said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Moroccan police arrest 52 sub-Saharan illegal immigrants
    15 january 2003 22:05:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Police in Tangiers arrested fifty sub- Saharan Africans including 17 women, while they were trying to illegally emigrate to Europe, the Maghrebi Arab Agency reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Yaounde hosts Islamic parliament union meetings
    15 january 2003 21:56:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The 8th meeting of the Parliamentary Union of Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Member States' Executive Committee (PUOICM) opened Wednesday in Yaounde in spite of hitches due to the absence or late arrival of delegates from Kuwait or Libya. Full text...

  • Mandatory radiation warnings for cellphones in South Africa
    15 january 2003 20:38:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Cell phone users in South Africa should expect to bear the cost of placing radiation level warnings on their devices after a proposed law to that effect goes through, said Prof. Full text...

  • 30 die in fresh Ugandan communal clashes
    15 january 2003 19:38:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Thirty people died and more than 400 heads of cattle were stolen in renewed cattle raids within the Karamojong "warrior" community in Uganda's north-eastern region, according to local administration officials. Full text...

  • PANAPRESS officially launches service in Portuguese
    15 january 2003 19:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- PANAPRESS, the Pan African News Agency on Wednesday officially launched a news service in Portuguese, bringing to four the number of languages in its cast. Full text...

  • Swazi workers discover millions of Krugerrands
    15 january 2003 17:57:00
    Ezulwini- Swaziland (PANA) -- Six construction workers hit a jackpot here Tuesday when they came across a huge amount of South African golden Kruger rands. Full text...

  • Kenyan rapist lands life imprisonment
    15 january 2003 17:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A father was Tuesday jailed for life after he was found guilty of habitually raping his daughter, in Eldoret, western Kenya. Full text...

  • Zambia deports DR Congo Pastor linked with crime
    15 january 2003 17:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has ordered the immediate deportation of a DR Congo pastor following the alleged discovery of a rifle in his church last week. Full text...

  • Protective amulets found on Zambia's ex-minister's body
    15 january 2003 16:55:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's former Finance Minister Katele Kalumba, arrested Tuesday in connection with the plunder of national resources, was reportedly wearing good-luck charms when police arrested him, police spokesperson Brenda Mutemba said Wednesday. Full text...

  • New academic year off to a smooth start in South Africa
    15 january 2003 15:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Education Minister Kader Asmal on Wednesday expressed satisfaction at the smooth re-opening of South Africa's schools earlier in the day, saying such orderly conduct fared well for effective teaching and learning. Full text...

  • Two Congolese priests face deportation from Gabon
    15 january 2003 15:15:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese police have threatened to deport two DR Congo priests accused of "forgery and use of false documents," the national daily, l'Union Plus, reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia's former Finance minister nabbed
    15 january 2003 14:16:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Zambian Finance Minister Katele Kalumba, who has been on the run from his country's authorities since last October, has been arrested by police in connection with investigations of the plunder of national resources. Full text...

  • 25 inmates freed after armed men attacked Liberian prison
    15 january 2003 13:27:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A number of unidentified armed men have attacked a prison in the Central Liberia town of Gbarnga and forced the wardens to set free 25 inmates, a local newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • South African minister visits schools accused of racism
    15 january 2003 13:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Joyce Mashamba, Education minister in South Africa's Limpopo province Wednesday led a series of high-level inspections of provincial schools accused of racial discrimination in their criteria for admission. Full text...

  • Approach lights stolen from Cape Town International Airport
    15 january 2003 12:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Approach lights have been stolen from Cape Town International Airport, with airport manager Monwabisi Kalawe suspecting they might have been exported by a syndicate for sale to foreign airports. Full text...

  • Kenyan smoker drags cigarette company to court
    15 january 2003 09:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A 60-year old Kenyan farmer who claims he lost his left leg due to complications from tobacco smoking has moved to court seeking compensation from cigarette manufacturers British American Tobacco (BAT). Full text...

  • Civil war halves number of Ivorian pilgrims
    14 january 2003 23:01:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Only 1,200 visas have been granted this year to Ivorian Muslims wishing to perform the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, compared with 2,500 the previous year, informed sources said in Abidjan Tuesday. Full text...

  • Displaced populations still flock to San Pedro
    14 january 2003 22:55:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- People were still fleeing from the Neka and Grabo areas toward the seaport town of San Pedro in southern Cote d'Ivoire late Tuesday in spite of the cease-fire agreement signed between the Ivorian government and two rebel movements operating in those areas. Full text...

  • Hurricane lamps sell like hot cake in Yaounde
    14 january 2003 22:45:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonians have gone one week into a cycle of electricity rationing that could last at least four months, according to a calendar published by the power company, AES-Sonel. Full text...

  • 12 genocide suspects for release in Rwanda on Friday
    14 january 2003 19:48:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Barely a week after the release of very old or sick prisoners suspected of the 1994 genocide, some 12,000 other Rwandan prisoners will be released on bail beginning next Friday, judiciary sources affirmed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa honours Kaunda for eminent statesmanship
    14 january 2003 19:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- President Levy Mwanawasa Tuesday decorated Zambia's first president, Kenneth Kaunda, with the medal known as 'Order of the Eagle of Zambia, First Division,' for his eminent role as statesman. Full text...

  • HRW faults US human rights leadership
    14 january 2003 19:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Global support for the war on terrorism is diminishing partly because the United States too often neglects human rights in its conduct of the war, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in its World Report 2003, released Tuesday. Full text...

  • Journalists urge Kenyan govt to repeal anti-media laws
    14 january 2003 18:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) Tuesday urged the new government to repeal all repressive media laws in the country, in line with the ruling party's campaign promises. Full text...

  • Cape Town charities benefit from Hong Kong
    14 january 2003 13:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Three Cape Town charities have benefited from a generous offer made by the South African community living in Hong Kong. Full text...

  • Nigeria bans crusades from using public stadia
    14 january 2003 12:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Sports Minister Steven Akiga has banned religious crusades at all national stadia to protect facilities installed at the sports arenas. Full text...

  • Armed robbery declines in Lagos, say police
    14 january 2003 12:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Armed robberies in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos declined from 2001 to 2002, according to statistics released by the Lagos police command Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe bishop prays for judicial impartiality
    14 january 2003 11:56:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- One of Zimbabwe's top clergymen Tuesday made an impassioned prayer for judicial impartiality to ensure justice for all in the politically divided southern African country. Full text...

  • Calls for action after South Africa's road death toll soars
    14 january 2003 11:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's road safety authorities, according to the Committee for Active Road Safety (CARS), need to first get the basics right if a repeat of the past season's fiasco on the roads is to be avoided. Full text...

  • Mandela's pet dragon dies at Pretoria Zoo
    14 january 2003 10:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The second rare Komodo dragon presented to South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela by the Indonesian government has died at Pretoria Zoo, in the country's capital. Full text...

  • Ethiopia's ethnic clashes leave six dead
    14 january 2003 09:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Six people were killed and seven others injured during violent clashes Saturday between two ethnic groups in Ethiopia's Gambella State, the Federal Affairs Ministry said Tuesday. Full text...

  • African police forces need overhauling - Seminarians
    14 january 2003 08:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Participants from Africa, Asia, South America and the US attending a four-day community-policing meeting at the Mount Kenya resort town of Nanyuki Tuesday called for the total overhauling of the continent's police forces to make them more responsive to public needs. Full text...

  • Mayor cries lack of national solidarity over fatal shipwreck
    13 january 2003 23:12:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Robert Sagna, Ziguinchor's socialist mayor has criticised the "lack of national solidarity towards Casamance" following the shipwreck of LE JOOLA that used to sail the Ziguinchor-Dakar route, and the majority of whose victims hailed from Casamance. Full text...

  • Death toll from Uganda-Kenya communal fight rises
    13 january 2003 19:21:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The death toll has risen from 52 to 62, from last week's raid by suspected Kenyan "Pokot warriors" on villages in Karamoja region, north-east of Uganda, a private Ugandan newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • Maputo Court rules on Cardoso murder case 31 January
    13 january 2003 18:31:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A Maputo Court will 31 January deliver judgement on the November 2000 murder of Mozambican journalist, Carlos Cardoso. Full text...

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