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  • UNHCR, WFP assess state of Sudanese refugees in Chad
    10 september 2003 20:39:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- A joint delegation of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) has ended a mission to assess the situation of Sudanese refugees residing in eastern Chad, UN sources disclosed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Portugal pledges support for African media
    10 september 2003 20:21:00
    Lisbon- Portugal (PANA) -- Portugal on Wednesday pledged "total willingness" to step up its support for the mass media in its former African colonies -- Mozambique, Angola, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde and Sao Tome and Principe. Full text...

  • Chad allots 46.5 billion XAF towards 'Education For All'
    10 september 2003 19:21:00
    Ndjamena- Chad (PANA) -- The Chadian government has allotted an estimated 46. Full text...

  • Thousands welcome 'Big Brother Africa' loser Gaetano
    10 september 2003 19:15:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- Normal business stopped Wednesday in Kampala for several after tens of thousands of residents left their routine chores and lined the major streets to welcome Gaetano Juuko Kaggwa, Uganda's loosing contestant for the $100,000 jackpot in the just-ended reality TV show of Big Brother Africa (BBA) House. Full text...

  • AI decries recruitment of children by Congolese militia
    10 september 2003 17:20:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) has denounced the conscription of children into DR Congo's armed factions, charging that a thousand youths were still within the ranks of local militia. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa honours 'Big Brother Africa' winner
    10 september 2003 16:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Regional reality TV show winner Cherise Makubale was Wednesday honoured at a State House luncheon offered by president Levy Mwanawasa, who hailed her as a role model for the Zambian youth. Full text...

  • Nigeria threatens to close borders with Cameroon
    10 september 2003 15:18:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- After a recent row in which it closed, before reopening its border with Benin, Nigeria has threatened similar action against Cameroon and Chad citing security reasons, official sources said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • 80 percent of Niger's adults are illiterate, says minister
    10 september 2003 15:01:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Eighty percent of Niger's adult population can neither read nor write, according to Literacy and Basic Education Minister, Ari Ibrahim. Full text...

  • Big Brother Africa winner returns to grand welcome
    10 september 2003 13:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Big Brother Africa winner, Cherise Makubale, returned to a heroine's welcome in Lusaka on Wednesday when hundreds of her compatriots turned up at the airport to receive her and wish her well. Full text...

  • Floods in Sudan leave millions homeless
    10 september 2003 13:27:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Floods in Sudan have wiped away entire communities, leaving millions without homes, food or the means to support themselves, Sudanese officials said on Wednesday here. Full text...

  • Renewed conflict forces Congolese to flee to Zambia
    10 september 2003 13:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Red Cross officials in Lusaka on Wednesday reported receiving 249 fresh refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo where sporadic violence, particularly in the eastern part of the vast country, has uprooted many families. Full text...

  • ANC Women's League petitions Mbeki, Obasanjo over Amina Lawal
    10 september 2003 12:54:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The African National Congress (ANC) Women's League in South Africa has petitioned President Thabo Mbeki to intervene and save the life of Nigerian lady, Amina Lawal, who has appealed her death sentence by an Islamic Sharia court. Full text...

  • Obasanjo mourns Nigerian accident victims
    10 september 2003 12:22:00
    Lagos- Nigerian (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed sadness over the road crash that claimed more than 70 lives along the Abuja-Lokoja road in central Nigeria Sunday night. Full text...

  • Tanzanian drug trafficker held in Lusaka
    10 september 2003 10:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Tanzanian drug suspect identified as Mohammed Hassan Awadh, has been detained in Lusaka by Zambian drug agents for being in possession of 1. Full text...

  • Flood alters plan to relocate Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia
    10 september 2003 09:52:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Serious flooding has altered initial plans to relocate thousands of Sudanese refugees from western Ethiopia, where ethnic clashes reportedly led to killings in the camp, a few months ago, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. Full text...

  • Iranian first lady expected in South Africa
    10 september 2003 09:25:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Iranian First Lady Zohreh Sadegi arrives in South Africa Wednesday on a four-day official visit at the invitation of her South African counterpart Zanele Mbeki, officials said. Full text...

  • Zambia's 'Big Brother Africa' winner to be honoured
    10 september 2003 09:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Cherise Makubale, the 24-year-old Zambian lady, who won the 100,000-US-dollar prize money in the controversial "Big Brother Africa" television programme is to be made Tourism Goodwill Ambassador for the country, according a senior government official Peter Mumba. Full text...

  • Ethiopian NGOs to get US Embassy grant awards
    10 september 2003 08:31:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Forty-three Ethiopian NGOs and community organisations are to receive grant awards totalling 360,000 US dollars for special projects, the US Ambassador to Ethiopia Aurelia E. Full text...

  • Anti-personnel mines affect 23 African countries
    09 september 2003 23:45:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Landmines are prevalent in 23 sub-Saharan African countries, indicates the 2003 report of the International Campaign against Mines issued on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO names new envoy to DR Congo
    09 september 2003 21:46:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has named a new resident representative to DR Congo. Full text...

  • Central Africa brainstorms on light weapons
    09 september 2003 20:38:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Eleven countries of the Economic Community of Central African States were Tuesday locked in a brainstorming session here on the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the region. Full text...

  • Half of Malagasy population is illiterate
    09 september 2003 18:44:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy authorities have launched an Education for All (EPA) Programme, to educate six million of its illiterate citizens, representing 50% of the country's total population. Full text...

  • Over 400,00 weapons destroyed in Mozambique
    09 september 2003 18:33:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- More than 400,00 weapons and military devices have been collected and destroyed since 1995 under the Arms into Hoes (TAE) project of the Mozambique Christian Council (CCM), reports Tuesday's issue of the daily paper "Noticias". Full text...

  • Disgruntled CAR students occupy embassy in Yaounde
    09 september 2003 18:07:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- About a hundred CAR scholarship holders studying in Cameroon have once again occupied their embassy in Yaounde to press various claims. Full text...

  • French authorities transfer Ivorian dissident to Fresnes Prison
    09 september 2003 17:44:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Former Ivorian Staff Sergeant Ibrahim Coulibaly alias IB, detained in France on charges of "criminal conspiracy in connection with a terrorist plot" has been moved from the Sante Prison to another in Fresnes, located in the Paris region, a legal source told PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe police nab fake mourners at filling station
    09 september 2003 17:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe police Tuesday arrested three men who tried to trick attendants at a filling station into selling them fuel, which is rationed in the embattled country, pretending they were taking a corpse in a coffin to a funeral. Full text...

  • Kigali welcomes appointment of new prosecutor for ICTR
    09 september 2003 17:06:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan Foreign Minister Charles Muligande has welcomed last week's appointment of Gambia's Hassan Bucar Jallow as new prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Full text...

  • Nigerian state govt resettles 1,500 flood victims
    09 september 2003 16:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The government of the Nigerian northern state of Kaduna, assisted by the Nigerian Red Cross (NRC), has resettled about 1,500 of those who were displaced by the massive flooding in Kaduna this week, NRC spokesperson Umoh Okon said. Full text...

  • HRW urges US to show leadership in global anti-landmine efforts
    09 september 2003 16:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has noted progress in efforts to rid the world of landmines, and urged the US to show leadership. Full text...

  • UNHCR assists Burundian refugees to leave Tanzania
    09 september 2003 16:15:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- In preparation to return home with assistance from the UNHCR, some 272 Burundian refugees in Tanzania were registered Monday in Gahumbo, a frontier locality in north-eastern Burundi, according to the UN refugee agency. Full text...

  • Bamako court sentences child traffickers
    09 september 2003 15:54:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A court in Bamako has handed suspended sentences of three and five years respective to Amadou Traoré and Lassana Koné, convicted of child trafficking, judicial sources said in the Malian capital. Full text...

  • NGOs launch initiative to monitor African governments
    09 september 2003 15:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- African Human Security Initiative, a partnership of seven African NGOs has been launched in South Africa to review the human security performance of countries that have acceded to the Peer Review Mechanism of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Big Brother Africa winner Cherise meets Mandela
    09 september 2003 12:18:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday took time off from his hectic schedule to meet with Big Brother Africa winner Cherise Makubale of Zambia at the Nelson Mandela Foundation offices in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Obasanjo calls for integration of ECOWAS customs services
    09 september 2003 10:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for the integration of customs administrations in the West African sub-region to combat smuggling and other trans-border criminal activities. Full text...

  • 70 die in road accident in Nigeria
    09 september 2003 09:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- More than 70 people died on Monday in an accident involving a commercial bus, a car and a truck along the busy Lokoja-Abuja road, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported. Full text...

  • Zambia's BBA winner offered marriage proposals
    09 september 2003 08:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Cherise Makubale, winner of the Big Brother Africa (BBA) reality TV show, has attracted the attention of suitors from across the world who are now reported to have sent her marriage proposals. Full text...

  • UN reports of plight of Sudanese refugees in Chad
    09 september 2003 07:56:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has said that 65,000 Sudanese refugees who fled to Chad recently are living in miserable conditions in the north and north-east of the country. Full text...

  • Cape Verde launches its literacy decade
    08 september 2003 23:39:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde took advantage of Monday's world literacy day to officially launch its literacy decade (2003-2012), proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly last February. Full text...

  • MSF reports 'desperate situation' in northeastern Liberia
    08 september 2003 23:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The medical charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Monday described as "desperate" the situation prevailing in camps hosting tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northeastern Liberia. Full text...

  • Adult literacy rate improved in Egypt
    08 september 2003 23:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Adult literacy improved in several densely populated countries like Brazil, China, Egypt and Pakistan over the past decade, according to figures released Monday by UNESCO's statistics institute on the occasion of the International Literacy Day. Full text...

  • Over five million resume school in DR Congo
    08 september 2003 22:33:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Some 5,792,537 students resumed classes in public kindergarten, primary and secondary schools throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to sources close to the ministry of primary, secondary and professional training. Full text...

  • Illiteracy, a major problem in Burundi
    08 september 2003 21:44:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundians Monday joined the rest of the world to mark the International Literacy Day but the country is a long way from the target of halving the number of people who can not read and write by the year 2015. Full text...

  • Mauritius reinforces fight against drug dealers
    08 september 2003 21:23:00
    Port Louis- Maurice (PANA) -- As the scourge of drug trafficking transcends national boundaries, Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth Monday emphasised the determination of Mauritius not to tolerate drug dealers. Full text...

  • Six illegal emigrants found dead in Morocco
    08 september 2003 21:07:00
    Agadir- Morocco (PANA) -- Six dead bodies of people from sub-Saharan Africa were discovered Saturday evening in a village of Morocco's Tiznit region, 700-km south of Rabat, the royal gendarmerie reported Monday. Full text...

  • 2 killed in Maputo armed robbery
    08 september 2003 18:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Two armed robbers were killed in Saturday's shoot-out with the police in central Maputo, according to Abilio Quive, spokesman for the Maputo city police command. Full text...

  • Uganda accused for violating rights of Sudanese refugees
    08 september 2003 17:25:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A Refugee Law Project (RLP) here has condemned the Ugandan government for engaging in forcible relocation of 16,000 Sudanese refugees from the secure central region to the rebel-threatened West Nile region, saying the action violates international law. Full text...

  • Angolan delegation for ministerial meeting in Lisbon
    08 september 2003 16:56:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Social Communications Junior Minister, Manuel Augusto is leading the country's delegation to Lisbon, for a ministerial meeting of African Portuguese-Speaking Countries (PALOP) and Portugal this week. Full text...

  • Angola deports 44 DR Congo immigrants
    08 september 2003 13:36:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan immigration services last Saturday deported 44 DR Congo nationals who attempt to settle illegally in Angola. Full text...

  • Lake Malawi claims three fishermen's lives
    08 september 2003 13:02:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- Three fishermen reportedly drowned over the weekend on Lake Malawi when fishing boats they were using capsized after the weather suddenly changed for the worse, police said on Monday. Full text...

  • Helicopter shuttle planned for Lagos
    08 september 2003 12:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Nigerian company, Caverton, has announced plans to commence a novel helicopter shuttle service between Victoria Island and the mainland areas of the country's economic capital of Lagos, according to local media reports on Monday. Full text...

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