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  • Kenya to host African media awards
    25 june 2003 18:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will in November host the 2003 Pan- African Broadcasting Heritage and Achievement (PABHA) Media Awards, the organising committee disclosed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya, India join top 20 WFP donors
    25 june 2003 18:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya and India have joined the list of the 20 largest donors to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), according to figures published in the agency's annual report. Full text...

  • Nigerian students continue protest against fuel price hike
    25 june 2003 16:45:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Students of tertiary institutions in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos and Southwest city of Ibadan Wednesday took to the streets to protest last week's increase in the price of petroleum products in the country. Full text...

  • UNICEF decries increased targeting of Somali children
    25 june 2003 15:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has deplored the increasing wave of violence targeting children in Somalia, terming it as "abominable acts that require the strongest condemnation by the world. Full text...

  • 'Demons' affect women Swazi factory workers
    25 june 2003 15:32:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland ((PANA) -- A garments manufacturing company in the small Swazi industrial town of Matsapha has suffered losses estimated at 1 million Rands (US$128,205) after "demons" allegedly possessed its female workers Wednesday morning. Full text...

  • Gunmen shoots South African drug dealer dead
    25 june 2003 15:30:00
    Ndzingeni- Swaziland (PANA) -- Unknown gunmen have shot dead a 47-year-old South African suspected drug dealer in the mountains of northern Swaziland, notorious of drug dealing. Full text...

  • Comoros denies links to explosive-laden vessel
    25 june 2003 15:07:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The Comoran government has denied that the explosive-laden boat "Baltic Sky," under probe by the Greek government, was flying the country's flag. Full text...

  • Controversy deepens over Malawi's Al-Qaeda suspects
    25 june 2003 14:25:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi High Court judge, Justice Frank Kapanda has ordered the release of five suspected al-Qaeda operatives who were arrested here last weekend, amid indications they have already been flown out of the country. Full text...

  • Prostitutes petition Ugandan parliament over police harassment
    25 june 2003 12:54:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Prostitutes in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, have petitioned parliament to review the law regarding "idle and disorderly" conduct which, they claim, the police invoke to charge, harass, arrest and extort money from them. Full text...

  • Kenya enlists Scotland Yard's help to fight terrorism
    25 june 2003 12:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Britain has dispatched two Scotland Yard agents to help Kenyan hotels and airports prevent impending terrorist strikes. Full text...

  • 8 bodies exhumed from shallow graves in Eastern Cape
    25 june 2003 09:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Police in Eastern Cape Tuesday exhumed eight bodies from shallow graves in a church compound at the Mandela Park informal settlement, outside Umtata, the local media reported here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Aid agencies suspend operations to South Sudan over clashes
    25 june 2003 08:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Fresh clashes between Sudanese refugees and Kenyan locals in the northern Kenyan town of Lokichokio that has so far left 11 people dead has prompted humanitarian agencies to temporarily suspend operations. Full text...

  • Bouteflika links development to poverty alleviation
    24 june 2003 23:17:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika declared here on Tuesday that the fight against poverty was "the basis for any nation's development strategy. Full text...

  • Moroccan journalist ends hunger strike
    24 june 2003 22:19:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan journalist Ali Lamrabet, sentenced to three years' imprisonment for insulting the king in satirical piece, decided on Tuesday to suspend his six-week hunger strike, his lawyer told PANA in Rabat. Full text...

  • Mauritius police searching for two South Africans
    24 june 2003 20:39:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian police are looking for two individuals said to be South African nationals who have allegedly cashed stolen traveller's cheques worth 185,000 rupees (about 6,600 US dollars), a police source said on Tuesday in Port Louis. Full text...

  • Kinshasa unveils street children resettlement project
    24 june 2003 19:24:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Junior Youth minister Christophe Muzungu has heralded the forthcoming launch of a project to resettle street children in DR Congo, commonly referred to as "shegues". Full text...

  • Mauritania endorses text against trafficking of humans
    24 june 2003 18:51:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritanian National Assembly has passed a bill authorising the Head of State to ratify a text spelling out sanctions against human trafficking. Full text...

  • Nigeria's labour union threatens govt over fuel price hike
    24 june 2003 18:34:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's umbrella workers union Tuesday asked the federal government to reverse the recent increase in the price of petroleum products or face a massive and indefinite nation-wide strike starting 30 June. Full text...

  • Over 10 people killed at Kenyan refugee camp
    24 june 2003 16:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Members of Parliament on Tuesday pressed the government to take urgent measures to end a raging conflict that has killed 11 refugees and locals at a refugee camp in the country's north. Full text...

  • Malawi court rules against govt over 'Al-Qaeda' suspects
    24 june 2003 13:08:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The High Court in Malawi Tuesday ruled that the Malawi government cannot circumvent its own laws in handling suspected Al-Qaeda operatives that were arrested here last weekend. Full text...

  • Governor nominates Obasanjo's daughter for commissioner
    24 june 2003 12:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Governor Gbenga Daniel of Nigeria's Southwest state of Ogun has nominated President Olusegun Obasanjo's daughter, Iyabo, to serve as a Commissioner in the state, according to local press reports. Full text...

  • British paedophile gets 10-year jail term
    24 june 2003 12:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A British paedophile was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in a Cape Town court on Tuesday -- almost 20 years after one of his victims reported him to the police. Full text...

  • Four suspects charged with bombing Kenyan beach hotel
    24 june 2003 11:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Four people were charged in a Nairobi court Tuesday on suspicion that they belonged to Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorist network and perpetrated a bomb attack against a Kenyan beach hotel last November. Full text...

  • Pretoria mourns killing of citizen in Zimbabwe
    24 june 2003 09:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday expressed its shock and sadness at the tragic death of a South African national, Connen Thomas, of Boksburg while visiting Bulawayo last the weekend. Full text...

  • Algeria to host international forum on poverty
    23 june 2003 19:16:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algiers will on Tuesday and Wednesday host the 8th international meeting of economic and social councils on poverty eradication through sustainable development. Full text...

  • Egypt to train Mozambican policemen
    23 june 2003 19:12:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Egypt was ready to cooperate with Mozambique in the defence and security area, particularly in police training, according to Interior Minister Almerino Manhenje. Full text...

  • Japan donates rice to Mozambicans
    23 june 2003 18:58:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Japanese government on Monday donated rice valued at 4. Full text...

  • Zambezi Ferry crossing to resume by Tuesday
    23 june 2003 18:40:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The ferry across the Zambezi River, linking the central Mozambican provinces of Sofala and Zambezia, will resume operations by Tuesday, a daily paper, Noticias, reported on Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa signs Olympic truce in Greece
    23 june 2003 15:35:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa has signed the Olympic Truce in Greece as a sign of support for the hosting of the 2004 Olympic Games by the Hellenic Republic. Full text...

  • South African treason suspects plead not guilty
    23 june 2003 15:33:00
    Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- Six out of the 22 South African treason suspects pleaded not guilty when their trial opened in the Pretoria High Court Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerians groan under fuel price hike
    23 june 2003 14:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A school bus driver who has just purchased 1,000 Naira (about 8 dollars) worth of fuel at a filling station in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos Monday refused to the leave the station, accusing the attendant of being a cheat. Full text...

  • Ugandan presidential guards die in car crash
    23 june 2003 14:24:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Two bodyguards in Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's protection brigade died instantly Monday morning when their vehicle rammed into a civilian motorist in Kampala. Full text...

  • Somalia-bound items rot as flight ban enters third day
    23 june 2003 14:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Food and other essential items destined for Somalia began to rot Monday at Nairobi's Wilson airport following a ban on flights to the horn of Africa state suspected to harbour terrorists. Full text...

  • WFP regional director on assessment visit to Rwanda
    23 june 2003 13:26:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The director general of the World Food Programme (WFP) for East and Central Africa, Holdbrook Arthur, is in Rwanda on a three-day assessment mission and will hold discussions with government officials on security and food assistance needs. Full text...

  • Nigeria's drug control agency smashes fake drugs syndicate
    23 june 2003 12:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) has smashed a syndicate, which specialises in clearing fake and sub-standard drugs at the country's main gateway, Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos, the private Guardian newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • Sudanese-Ugandan meeting for UN intervention in conflict
    23 june 2003 12:26:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Religious and cultural leaders from northern Uganda and southern Sudan Monday appealed to the UN Security Council to intervene in the armed conflicts raging in their two separate regions. Full text...

  • Nigeria buries victims of oil fire tragedy
    23 june 2003 11:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian authorities are preparing a mass burial to some of the more than 100 who died in the oil pipeline fire tragedy that occurred in the south-eastern Abia State at the weekend, the local press reported Monday. Full text...

  • Mass burial for victims of Nigerian oil fire tragedy
    23 june 2003 11:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Some of the more than 100 who died in the oil pipeline fire tragedy in Nigeria's southeastern Abia state at the weekend are to be given a mass burial, the local press reported Monday. Full text...

  • Malawi arrests five suspected 'Al-Queda' operatives
    23 june 2003 11:37:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian immigration officials were on Monday preparing to deport five suspected operatives of Osama bin Laden's al-Queda terrorist group who have been arrested in Blantyre, the commercial capital. Full text...

  • Cape Town police arrest over 2,000 in anti-crime swoop
    23 june 2003 11:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A massive anti-crime blitz in the Western Cape over the weekend resulted in the arrest of more than 2,000 people for a variety of crimes. Full text...

  • Explosion at Somali party headquarters kills two
    22 june 2003 17:36:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- At least two people were killed and three others injured following a heavy explosion Saturday evening at the Mogadishu headquarters of the Somali National Alliance (SNA) of warlord Hussein Mohamed Farah Aidid. Full text...

  • International community to support Nigeria's census with $20m
    22 june 2003 15:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The international community is expected to assist Nigeria with 20 million dollars toward the conduct of a population census billed for 2004, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) representative Niangoran Essan said in Lagos at the weekend. Full text...

  • Government to probe Nigeria's latest fire tragedy
    22 june 2003 15:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The government of Nigeria's southeastern Abia state will soon embark on a probe into the pipeline fire that killed more than 100 people at Amiyi-Uhu in Isuikwuato local government area, according to the state's deputy governor, Chima Nwafor. Full text...

  • 197 immigrants still missing off Tunisian coast
    22 june 2003 10:41:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Rescuers off the coast of Tunisia have scaled down their search operations for nearly 200 illegal immigrants who have gone missing after their overloaded boat capsized on its way to Europe. Full text...

  • UNHCR repatriates 60 Congolese refugees from Gabon
    21 june 2003 19:29:00
    Pointe Noire- Congo (PANA) -- The United Nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) on Friday repatriated 60 Congolese refugees from neighbouring Gabon. Full text...

  • 3,000 Congolese refugees in CAR await repatriation
    21 june 2003 17:46:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Three thousand refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) living in the Molangué camp, 120-km from here took advantage of Friday's World Refugee Days to press for their repatriation. Full text...

  • Nigeria marks belated world refugee day
    21 june 2003 17:29:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UNHCR office in Nigeria, in collaboration with the UN Information Centre, Saturday held a delayed commemoration of the World Refugee Day at the Oru refugees camp, located 100 kilometres from Lagos, the country's commercial city. Full text...

  • New Liberian refugees swell Nigerian camp
    21 june 2003 16:59:00
    Oru- Nigeria (PANA) -- Hundreds of Liberians fleeing fresh hostilities in their country have started arriving at the Oru refugee camp in south-western Nigeria. Full text...

  • Road transport union protests fuel price hike in Nigeria
    21 june 2003 14:32:00
    Kano- Nigeria (PANA) -- Angry reactions continued to trail Friday's increase in the price of petroleum products in Nigeria, with the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) ordering its members to stay off the roads beginning Monday to protest the government's action. Full text...

  • Dozens feared dead in oil pipeline fire in Nigeria
    21 june 2003 11:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Dozens of people are feared death and many more injured in an oil pipeline fire that broke out Friday in Isuikwuato in Nigeria's Southeast Abia state, eyewitnesses said. Full text...

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