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  • Rwanda reacts strongly to Del Ponte-FDLR meeting
    22 november 2002 15:26:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The Rwandan government has strongly criticised the attitude of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, who met members of the opposition Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) at the Hague on 18 November, official sources said in Kigali Friday. Full text...

  • Malagasy military officer detained in Moroni
    22 november 2002 15:16:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Malagasy military officer, Lieutenant Colonel Hubert Baldine (aka Balbi), has been detained in a Moroni jail, a legal source has said in the Comoran capital. Full text...

  • Obasanjo hails GSM technology
    22 november 2002 14:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo, whose government introduced the Global System of mobile Telecommunications (GSM) to Nigeria last year, has hailed the new technology after using his cellphone to make necessary contacts from Lagos to douse the deadly violence in the country's northern city of Kaduna Thursday. Full text...

  • Police harassment irks Liege-based African prostitutes
    22 november 2002 13:26:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- African prostitutes working in Liege (Belgium) have lodged a complaint against the city's mayor and the Belgian Interior Minister for "police harassment," judicial sources have said in Brussels. Full text...

  • Uneasy calm after bloody riots in Kaduna
    22 november 2002 13:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Uneasy calm Friday enveloped Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna, where scores of people were killed and hundreds were injured following Wednesday's violence by Muslim youths protesting a newspaper article linking the Holy Prophet Mohammed with the Miss World Beauty Pageant, to be hosted in Abuja 7 December. Full text...

  • Young Chissano's cheques tendered as evidence in Cardoso's case
    22 november 2002 12:24:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Judge Augusto Paulino, hearing the case of six men accused of murdering top journalist Carlos Cardoso, Thursday admitted as evidence four cheques signed by Nyimpine Chissano, the oldest son of President Joaquim Chissano. Full text...

  • Government appeals to Nigerian Muslims for restraint
    22 november 2002 09:27:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Amid sectarian tension in the northern city of Kaduna over Wednesday's controversial report by a national daily, Nigeria's federal government has appealed to Muslims in the country to exercise restraint. Full text...

  • Schools to resume in rebel-held areas of Cote d'Ivoire
    22 november 2002 08:38:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Nursery, primary and secondary schools in rebel-held areas of Côte d'Ivoire may resume classes for the current academic year 4 January 2003, according to Education Minister Michel Amana N'Gessan. Full text...

  • More Rwandan refugees return from Tanzania
    22 november 2002 07:50:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Some 591 Rwandan refugees returned Thursday from camps in eastern Tanzania, bringing to 2,000 the number of refugees back home since the beginning of November, officials said in Kigali. Full text...

  • Paper accuses soldiers of killing nine in Congo Brazzaville
    22 november 2002 07:42:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A group of soldiers has killed nine fishermen in Moutampa, in the southern Pool region of Congo Brazzaville, the Catholic weekly, 'La Semaine Africaine' has reported. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone special court judges take oath soon
    21 november 2002 22:48:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Judges of the Special Court for Sierra Leone will take the oath of office on 2 December, the court's spokesman, David Hecte, announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Church in Mauritius wants identity of own schools
    21 november 2002 22:24:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Catholic schools in Mauritius should maintain their identity, leaders of the church have bluntly told the government. Full text...

  • US envoy declares 'humanitarian disaster' in Liberia
    21 november 2002 21:53:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- United States Ambassador to Liberia John Blaney said here Thursday that he had informed his government that a humanitarian disaster exists in Liberia. Full text...

  • Minister says Mauritius is safe tourist destination
    21 november 2002 21:39:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has protested to Great Britain for being counted among tourist destinations with potential "danger of terrorism", official sources here said Thursday. Full text...

  • France rejects Wade's proposal for think-tank on war veterans
    21 november 2002 21:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has reacted frigidly to proposals by Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade to resolve the issue of foreign war veterans who fought in French colonial wars. Full text...

  • RSF asks Nigeria to do more to protect journalists
    21 november 2002 20:21:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A Paris-based media pressure group, Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) Thursday urged Nigerian authorities to take clear steps toward the protection of journalists and guarantee press freedom. Full text...

  • Protracted wars render 600,000 children orphans in Burundi
    21 november 2002 18:09:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The hardest hit by Burundi's nine- year-old civil war are children, as 600,000 of them have become orphans, 180,000 others live in refugee camps, while about 194,000 are displaced, and some 5,000 scavenge on streets these days. Full text...

  • Bakery explosion kills 12, injures 22
    21 november 2002 17:50:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Twelve people were killed and 22 others were injured after a bakery exploded Wednesday night in the prefecture of Tlemcen (550 km west of Algiers), according to the Civil Protection Services. Full text...

  • African rock python may have swallowed child near Durban
    21 november 2002 17:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- There are growing concerns that an African rock python near Durban may have swallowed a young child, according to local authorities in the area. Full text...

  • New US ambassador assures relief assistance to Ethiopia
    21 november 2002 16:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The US would continue humanitarian assistance to avert the looming famine in Ethiopia, state radio reported here Thursday, quoting the new US Ambassador to Ethiopia, Aurelia Brazeal. Full text...

  • Fire guts Warehouse at Lagos Airport
    21 november 2002 16:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The warehouse of Skypower Company, a subsidiary of national carrier Nigeria Airways, was razed by fire, which started Wednesday afternoon following an explosion, witnesses said Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan documents 1,000 abductions
    21 november 2002 16:29:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A state-run organisation charged with eliminating the abduction of women and children in Sudan's civil war zones said it has recently identified and documented 1,000 abductions in several locations in the South and West of the country. Full text...

  • Many feared dead in Nigeria's latest sectarian violence
    21 november 2002 15:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The protest by Muslims in Nigeria's northern Kaduna city over an offensive newspaper article, degenerated into a bloody sectarian violence Thursday, leading to several deaths and injuries, witnesses said. Full text...

  • South African storm cuts power supplies to rural villages
    21 november 2002 14:30:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Technicians are working around the clock to restore power supplies to six villages in and around King William's Town in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province. Full text...

  • Ivorian government extends Abidjan curfew
    21 november 2002 12:52:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian authorities have extended the curfew imposed on the commercial city of Abidjan by one week to 27 November. Full text...

  • HRW accuses Kenya, Uganda of neglecting refugees
    21 november 2002 12:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Tens of thousands of refugees in the capitals of Kenya and Uganda are living in "dire and dangerous conditions, and national governments are taking insufficient steps to address their plight," Human Rights Watch (HRW) charged in a new report released Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa denies plan to ban dual citizenship
    21 november 2002 11:21:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government Thursday dismissed as unfounded local media reports suggesting that it intends to ban dual citizenship in the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian paper apologises to Muslims over offensive story
    21 november 2002 10:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Thisday, one of Nigeria's leading newspapers, Thursday apologised to Muslims in the country for an offensive article carried by the paper at the weekend, which resulted in its offices in the northern city of Kaduna being razed by protesting Muslims Wednesday. Full text...

  • Remains of Yaounde Archbishop returned to Cameroon
    21 november 2002 08:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The remains of Yaounde Archbishop Andre Wouking, who died 10 November in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France at the age of 72, were repatriated to Cameroon Wednesday. Full text...

  • NGO demands closure of US military base at Diego Garcia
    21 november 2002 08:04:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The NGO Southern Africa Human Rights Network (SAHRINGON), said it has petitioned the governments of Mauritius, Britain and the US, demanding the closure of America's military base at Diego Garcia, and the return to Mauritius of evicted Chagossians. Full text...

  • Nigeria-Cameroon Joint Commission on Bakassi meets 1 December
    20 november 2002 22:03:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria-Cameroon Joint Commission announced after last week's UN-brokered meeting in Geneva on the Bakassi dispute, is to hold its inaugural meeting in Yaounde 1 December, a Nigerian official said in Abuja Wednesday. Full text...

  • Moroccan police seize cannabis on Spanish army truck
    20 november 2002 21:38:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Members of the Spanish army stationed at Ceuta and Melilla are allegedly involved in drug trafficking between Morocco and Europe, according to a Moroccan newspaper. Full text...

  • African consumers demand South Africa label GM foods
    20 november 2002 21:04:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African Consumers attending a conference on Biotechnology and Food Security in Lusaka have agreed to lobby in and outside Africa with interested groups to ensure that South Africa complies with the labelling of all foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Full text...

  • Suspect admits paying for Mozambican journalist's murder
    20 november 2002 20:25:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A key suspect in the murder of Mozambique's top investigative journalist, Carlos Cardoso on Wednesday admitted paying for the assassination, but claimed that Nyimpine Chissano, the oldest son of President Joaquim Chissano, provided the funds. Full text...

  • UNICEF launches emergency action plan in Cote d'Ivoire
    20 november 2002 20:15:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- UNICEF has instituted an emergency action plan in Cote d'Ivoire aimed at providing basic social services in the health, child protection, education, water and sanitation sectors. Full text...

  • Five die in latest Zimbabwe car crash
    20 november 2002 19:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe said Wednesday five people were killed instantly when the car in which they were travelling collided with another vehicle near the eastern town of Rusape. Full text...

  • Gang rape of British tourist harms South African tourism
    20 november 2002 19:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town Tourism Director Sheryl Ozinsky Wednesday called for "tougher" crime prevention strategy, noting that Tuesday's gang raping of a British tourist in Mpumalanga ahead of the Christmas season had caused "enormous" damage to South Africa's image. Full text...

  • Study links corruption to political interference in Mauritius
    20 november 2002 18:20:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- As long as there is political interference in various institutions in Mauritius, corruption will remain rampant in the country, according to an anti- corruption survey published here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Angola opens juvenile courts in five provinces next March
    20 november 2002 15:58:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Authorities in Angola plan to open juvenile courts next March in Luanda, Benguela, Uije, Huambo and Huila provinces, where preparations for the courts are complete, Justice Minister Paulo Tjipilica said. Full text...

  • UNHCR says 40,000 people displaced from Abidjan slums
    20 november 2002 14:16:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 40,000 people have been displaced following the demolition of Abidjan slums since the eruption of the 19 September military uprising in the country, according to the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Full text...

  • 26 prisoners hurt in Algerian jail fire
    20 november 2002 13:50:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Twenty-six inmates have been hospitalised with injuries from Wednesday's prison fire at Algeria's eastern city of Tebessa, 700 km east of Algiers, witnesses said. Full text...

  • UNICEF appeals to Nigerian MPs to reconsider children's bill
    20 november 2002 12:06:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- UNICEF has renewed its appeal to Nigerian federal lawmakers to reconsider the Children's Bill they threw out recently. Full text...

  • African leaders converge to expand childhood education
    20 november 2002 11:57:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- African leaders, educationists and donors converged on Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Tuesday to expand and improve early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children on the continent. Full text...

  • South African police uncover massive arms cache
    20 november 2002 11:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Northern Cape police have discovered a massive arms cache in another dramatic breakthrough in their efforts to thwart a group of right-wing Afrikaners who are attempting to overthrow the country's black- led government. Full text...

  • UNESCO sets up chair in Nigeria's Open University
    20 november 2002 10:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UNESCO chair in Open and Distance Learning, established at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), was inaugurated in Abuja Tuesday night as part of efforts to improve the country's capacity to deliver open and distance learning programmes to students across the country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia to launch Africa's first Braille newspaper
    20 november 2002 09:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethionews, a local Amahric language weekly paper, will in December launch Ethiopia's first ever Braille newspaper. Full text...

  • Malawi's politicisation of food hurts the young (Feature)
    20 november 2002 08:44:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- While the West blasts President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe for depriving the country's opposition of relief food during the current famine that has hit southern Africa, Malawi leader Bakili Muluzi has not such problems when he carries out the same tactics against his poor citizens on the verge of death from starvation. Full text...

  • Dam outburst in central Kenya renders 4,000 homeless
    19 november 2002 21:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two days after a dam burst its banks in Kenya's central province, residents are still counting their losses amid tears and distress with hundreds of families displaced. Full text...

  • Seven killed in Algiers road crash
    19 november 2002 21:27:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Seven people died instantly and eleven others were injured Tuesday when a truck and a minibus collided at Dely-Ibrahim area in the Algerian capital. Full text...

  • Two Nigerians arrested for credit card fraud in Brussels
    19 november 2002 20:42:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- A Nigerian national was arrested in Brussels for fraudulently using a credit card, police sources in said Tuesday in the Belgian capital. Full text...

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