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ETHIOPIA: Journalists' association takes government to court
16 February 2004 (IRIN ), Ethiopia’s beleaguered independent journalists' association is taking legal action against the government over its banning of the association. The Ethiopian Free Press Journalists' Association (EFJA) has filed the suit with the federal court, stating that the ban was illegal.
MADAGASCAR: Aid urgent after Elita sows destruction
16 February 2004 (IRIN ), Madagascar has appealed for international assistance after tropical storm Elita killed 29 people and left thousands homeless.
TANZANIA: Political parties trade accusations over threat to mainlanders
16 February 2004 (IRIN ), The ruling party in Zanzibar and the main opposition party have continued to trade accusations over claims that mainlanders have been asked to leave the semi-autonomous archipelago in the lead up to the establishment of a permanent voter’s register.
ZAMBIA: Workers' strike to go ahead without permission
16 February 2004 (IRIN ), Zambian workers have vowed to go ahead with a nationwide strike against higher income taxes and a wage freeze this week, with or without permission from the authorities.
ERITREA: IDPs continuing to suffer war and drought consequences
16 February 2004 (IRIN ), Internally displaced Eritreans continue to suffer the consequences of war and drought, resulting in inadequate fulfilment of basic needs such as food, water, health care, shelter and education, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported.
SUDAN: Humanitarian access still difficult, say sources
16 February 2004 (IRIN ), Humanitarian access to western Sudan's war-torn Darfur region remains limited despite government claims to have opened relief routes, say humanitarian sources.
NAMIBIA: Some Angolan refugees reluctant to return home
16 February 2004 (IRIN ), While many Angolan refugees in Namibia are said to be eager to return to their country of origin, some based outside the border town of Rundu are not entirely convinced that this would be in their best interests.
ZIMBABWE: "No tighter EU sanctions"
16 February 2004 (IRIN ), Sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU) against the Zimbabwean government look set to be renewed this week, but are not expected to be significantly tightened, a European parliamentarian said on Monday.
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE: US funds study for airport expansion and deep-water port
16 February 2004 (IRIN ), The United States has agreed to finance an $800,000 viability study for expanding the international the airport of Sao Tome and Principe and building a deep-water port in the twin-island state which is embarking on a new era of oil exploration, the Sao Tome internet news service Vitrina reported.
NIGER: Former Tuareg minister arrested in connection with murder - radio
16 February 2004 (IRIN ), A former Tuareg rebel leader has been arrested in connection with the murder of an official of Niger's ruling party shortly after being sacked from the government, Radio Anfani, a private radio station in the capital Niamey, reported on Monday.

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