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  • Kenya to establish Truth Commission in September
    11 may 2003 18:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in September, Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Kiraitu Murungi said in Nairobi Sunday. Full text...

  • South Africa buries 49 road crash victims amid fresh casualties
    11 may 2003 15:35:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Even as South Africa on Sunday buried 49 of the 51 victims who died in a bus crash on May Day, the deaths were reported of the wife and baby son of South Africa's Ambassador to China in the latest road accident. Full text...

  • RADDHO samples Africa's political hotbeds, indicts Eyadema
    11 may 2003 15:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Dakar-based African Forum for the Defence of Human Rights (RADDHO) has listed 19 African countries at risk of political, ethnic or religious violence, and urged the international community to keep close watch on run of events there. Full text...

  • RADDHO decries human rights violations in Africa
    11 may 2003 14:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Dakar-based African Forum for the Defence of Human Rights (RADDHO) has deplored the "serious and massive" violations of human rights and public liberties in Africa, particularly in countries beset by armed conflicts or political tensions. Full text...

  • Court bans Sudanese newspaper over articles on Islam and alcohol
    11 may 2003 14:04:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A court here Saturday ordered Sudan's independent daily, the Khartoum Monitor to cease publication for two months and pay a fine for publishing three articles on the Islamic view of alcohol. Full text...

  • Ugandan rebels abduct 30 seminary students near Gulu
    11 may 2003 12:53:00
    Gulu- Uganda (PANA) -- Rebels of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) attacked an outlying area close to the chief northern town of Gulu Saturday night, killing 7 guards and abducting more than 30 students at Lacor Seminary School. Full text...

  • Ugandan soldiers drown in Lake Albert
    11 may 2003 12:40:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Seven Ugandan soldiers, including a battalion commander drowned in Lake Albert when a boat they were travelling in capsized Saturday in a storm, according to reliable military sources. Full text...

  • WFP to maintains food aid for Mozambique's drought victims
    11 may 2003 10:46:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- At least 650,000 victims of drought in southern and central Mozambique will continue to receive food aid via the World Food Programme (WFP) until June, local news reports affirmed Saturday. Full text...

  • Mozambicans take mine-clearing experience to Iraq
    11 may 2003 10:33:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A group of Mozambican sappers employed by American mine sweeping firm RONCO are in Iraq to clear land mines and unexploded ordnance in the Gulf country starting next week, local press accounts indicated Saturday. Full text...

  • Soglo consoles Cotonou stadium tragedy victims
    10 may 2003 17:21:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Former Beninese president and incumbent mayor of Cotonou, Nicephore Soglo, has consoled families of the 15 persons killed last Saturday in a stampede at a local stadium shortly before a show by Congolese singer Koffi Olomide. Full text...

  • 13th World Women Summit to be held in Marrakech
    10 may 2003 15:22:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- About 500 women are expected to attend the 13th World Women Summit slated from 28-30 June in the southern Moroccan city of Marrakech, King Mohammed VI's advisor, Zoulikha Nasri, has announced. Full text...

  • Rebels accuse Sudanese govt of violating cease-fire
    10 may 2003 12:46:00
    Machakos- Kenya (PANA) -- As the fifth round of the Sudanese peace talks commenced here Saturday, the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) accused the Khartoum government of violating the cease-fire agreed upon by the warring parties last year. Full text...

  • Gambia denies deporting Senegalese refugees
    09 may 2003 23:16:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia's Immigration Department officials Friday denied allegations that they had deported refugees from southern Senegal's civil war troubled Casamance area. Full text...

  • French radio donates studio equipment to Zambia
    09 may 2003 21:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Radio France International (RFI) Friday donated studio equipment worth 20,000 Euros to revamp operations of the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe deports two British newspaper officials
    09 may 2003 21:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Friday deported two officials of Britain's "Guardian" newspaper, hours after they arrived to investigate the case of the newspaper's correspondent who had gone into hiding fearing deportation. Full text...

  • HRW urges UN to protect civilians under threat in DR Congo
    09 may 2003 21:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN Observer Mission in DR Congo (MONUC) must urgently protect civilians threatened by renewed violence in the country's war-torn north-eastern region of Ituri, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. Full text...

  • UN to assist Kenya reduce future disasters
    09 may 2003 17:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A project aimed at reducing Kenya's vulnerability to natural disasters, including floods, was announced on Friday by the UN following discussions with senior ministers and officials of the Kenyan government. Full text...

  • Kenyan govt seeks Red Cross to help flood victims
    09 may 2003 16:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has asked the Kenya Red Cross Society to assume the co-ordination of all humanitarian efforts to deliver non-food aid to victims of floods that have left over 40 people dead and displaced tens of thousands. Full text...

  • Nigerian Senate moves on controversial new anti-graft law
    09 may 2003 16:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Senate Friday moved to validate the country's controversial new anti-corruption law, two days after the upper legislative chamber voted to override the President's veto of the amended bill. Full text...

  • French radio donates equipment to ZNBC
    09 may 2003 15:36:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Radio France International (RFI) Friday donated studio equipment worth 20,000 Euro to the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) to help revamp the Corporation's operations. Full text...

  • Wedding bells ring for Kenyan VP on Saturday
    09 may 2003 14:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Vice President Wamalwa Kijana was on Friday in an upbeat mood over his Saturday wedding in Nairobi, the country's capital. Full text...

  • Cheeky thieves steal Zambian president's cattle
    09 may 2003 13:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian president Levy Mwanawasa had his cattle stolen from a family farm on the outskirts of Lusaka on Wednesday and police have launched a major probe into the crime, according to Friday's press reports. Full text...

  • Nigerian ex-military governor dies in car crash
    09 may 2003 10:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Joshua Madaki, former military governor of the old Bauchi and Plateau states in northern Nigeria died in a road crash this week in the south-eastern state of Anambra state, press accounts indicated Friday. Full text...

  • Prisoners choir competition gets underway in Cape Town
    09 may 2003 09:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town was treated to a choir festival with a difference Thursday, as unlike the rest of the audience, a large contingent of policemen and guard dogs tensely watched the singers rather than enjoy their melodies, just to make sure they did not escape. Full text...

  • PM says Bangui has nothing against dissident General
    09 may 2003 08:46:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Visiting CAR Prime Minister Abel Goumba affirmed here Thursday that the new government in Bangui has no axe to grind with General Guillaume Lucien Ndjengbot, a close aide of former president André Kolingba. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso explores use of mother tongue in schools
    09 may 2003 08:16:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe education experts and researchers are currently meeting here to discuss the use of both French and local languages with a view to ensuring effective teaching in schools. Full text...

  • Belgian police trial over death of Nigerian opens Friday
    08 may 2003 23:09:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The trial of five gendarmes charged with the death of Nigerian national Semira Adamou opens in Brussels Friday at a magistrate's court, judicial sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Moroccan King Mohammed VI pardons 47,988 inmates
    08 may 2003 22:04:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco has pardoned 47,988 inmates following the birth of his first son and crown prince of the Alaouite Dynasty, Justice Minister Mohamed Bouzoubaa announced. Full text...

  • Mauritian census counts more women than men
    08 may 2003 20:44:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian population is estimated at 1. Full text...

  • Crown prince born Thursday in Morocco
    08 may 2003 18:10:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A baby boy, Moulay Al Hassan, was born early Thursday morning to Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Salma, wife of King Mohammed VI of Morocco, the royal palace announced here. Full text...

  • Mozambican police arrest Tanzanian for drug trafficking
    08 may 2003 18:06:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A 33-year-old Tanzanian man, Idd Abbas, was arrested by the Mozambican police at the Maputo International Airport Wednesday with 10 grams of cocaine concealed in his stomach, the Mozambican news agency (AIM) reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Justice Minister slams Senate over anti-corruption law
    08 may 2003 17:16:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Attorney General and Justice Minister, Kanu Agabi, Thursday condemned the country's upper legislative chamber, the Senate, for overriding the President's veto of an amended anti-corruption law, describing the action as "null and void". Full text...

  • Kibaki wants UN to strengthen missions
    08 may 2003 15:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- After Kenya weathered the threat for relocation of mission headquarters of the UN Human Settlements (UN-Habitat) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) from Nairobi, President Mwai Kibaki Thursday called for strengthening of those missions. Full text...

  • Excitement runs high as Somali Bantus make to leave for US
    08 may 2003 12:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The first group of 74 Somali Bantus would on 11 and 12 May be flown from Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp to the capital Nairobi where they will spend 10 days before leaving for the US, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Parliament passes watered-down anti-corruption law
    08 may 2003 11:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In one last act of defiance before the end of its current tenure, Nigeria's upper legislative chamber, the Senate Wednesday over-rode the President's veto and passed into law the watered-down version of the country's anti- corruption act. Full text...

  • Advocates note rising challenge of protecting human dignity
    08 may 2003 10:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Human dignity, to which everyone has a right, must be protected, leaders of two international humanitarian movements said Thursday in a joint message. Full text...

  • Divers penetrate hull of Oceanos shipwreck
    08 may 2003 10:31:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A team of specialist deep-sea scuba divers on Wednesday entered the hull of the sunken Oceanos in the treacherous waters of South Africa's Eastern Cape coastline. Full text...

  • Road crash kills 19 in Nigeria
    08 may 2003 10:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least 19 people were feared killed Wednesday when a passenger bus collided head-on with a lorry at Naze, near the busy Owerri-Aba road in southeast Nigeria, press accounts indicated Thursday. Full text...

  • Ugandan children crave respite from rebel strikes (feature)
    08 may 2003 10:18:00
    Gulu- Uganda (PANA) -- Unlike other 12-year olds, Simon Oyera has to forego the warmth of the family home and sleep 4 km away at a protection centre, for fear of being abducted in the night by rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda. Full text...

  • UNICEF urges advocacy of children's rights in Ethiopia
    08 may 2003 09:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UNICEF has urged teachers in Ethiopia to enlighten pupils about their basic rights as children. Full text...

  • Central African police chiefs meet in Malabo
    08 may 2003 08:54:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- The 5th Conference of Central African police chiefs (CCAPC) focusing on organised crime in the sub region, winds up here Thursday. Full text...

  • WFP to provide Sudan with 148,000 tons of food
    08 may 2003 07:36:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has announced plans to deliver 148,000 tons of relief food to some 3 million people affected by war and drought in Sudan. Full text...

  • Dakar Confab Discusses African Media Role in Health Care
    07 may 2003 23:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A meeting to plan researches on the quality and frequency of the African media coverage of public health issues on the continent opened Wednesday in Dakar, the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • Gambian officers arrest over 3000 illegal immigrants
    07 may 2003 22:26:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian immigration officers on Wednesday arrested at least 3,000 illegal immigrants, mainly from African countries. Full text...

  • Minister says Papa Wemba's detention saddens Congo
    07 may 2003 22:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Congo-Brazzaville's Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Jean-Claude Gakosso said Wednesday his country was "saddened" by the detention in France of renowned African musician Papa Wemba, a national of DR Congo. Full text...

  • African Named Muslim Council Head in France
    07 may 2003 19:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Beninese Assani Fassassi, professor of political sociology at the University of Paris XII, has been appointed representative of the newly created French Council of the Muslim Cult (CFCM), official sources said Wednesday in Paris. Full text...

  • South African govt plans state funeral for late Sisulu
    07 may 2003 15:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government has announced that it will accord a special official funeral for former ANC stalwart Walter Sisulu, who died Monday in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • IOM's transfer programme targets Cape Verde
    07 may 2003 14:39:00
    Praia- Cape Verde, (PANA) -- Cape Verde will be the first African country to benefit from the Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA) programme, an initiative launched by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to encourage the return of competence and bolster institutional capacity on the continent, sources here hinted Tuesday. Full text...

  • Foreign nationals sentenced for using forged passports
    07 may 2003 14:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan court on Wednesday in Nairobi fined a Senegalese national and four Ghanaians after being found guilty of using forged travel documents and failing to register with the authorities. Full text...

  • Bangui hosts seminar on social integration of pygmies
    07 may 2003 14:17:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- A sub regional workshop is underway here to develop a project for the social integration of pygmies in Central Africa. Full text...

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