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COTE D'IVOIRE: Rebel warlord killed outside nightclub
9 February 2004 (IRIN ), Adama Coulibaly, a rebel warlord in Cote d'Ivoire's northern city of Korhogo, was dragged out of a nightclub and shot dead by unidentified assailants in the early hours of Sunday. But there is a dispute over who pulled the trigger.
AFRICA: African parliament to be launched on 18 March
9 February 2004 (IRIN ), The African Parliament, a consultative body comprising deputies from the legislative assemblies of the member countries of the African Union, will meet for the first time on 18 March, Alpha Oumar Konare, the chairman of the African Union said on Monday.
LIBERIA: LURD leader hands over heavy weapons, supports disarmament
9 February 2004 (IRIN ), Amidst cheers and singing by his fighters, Sekou Conneh, the chairman of the LURD rebel movement, handed over a substantial cache of weapons to United Nations peacekeepers Monday, eager to show his support for an impending disarmament campaign.
ETHIOPIA: IRIN interview with anti-FGM activist Berhane Ras-Work
9 February 2004 (IRIN ), Berhane Ras-Work, the president of the Inter-African Committee (IAC), has waged a 20-year war against harmful traditional practices like female genital mutilation (FGM), to which millions of African women are being subjected. Here, in an interview with PlusNews, held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on 6 February, she challenges governments and the African Union (AU) to play a more vigorous role in the fight against FGM and towards helping to eradicate it by 2010.
UGANDA: Anti-AIDS campaigns for internally displaced launched
9 February 2004 (IRIN ), The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has launched public awareness campaigns on HIV/AIDS and hygiene in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs).
MALAWI: Long-awaited HIV/AIDS guidelines to be launched
9 February 2004 (IRIN ), With 14.4 percent of Malawi's 11 million people living with HIV/AIDS, the country has announced that its first-ever national policy on the disease would be launched on Tuesday.
ZIMBABWE: Couples HIV testing urged for Valentine's Day
9 February 2004 (IRIN ), Zimbabwe has urged couples to undergo voluntary counselling and testing for HIV/AIDS (VCT) at its New Start Centres during a 9 to 21 February Valentine's Day promotion.
SOUTH AFRICA: Catholic Bishops announce free AIDS drug roll-out
9 February 2004 (IRIN ), The Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) has pledged to provide free antiretroviral drugs within a week to people living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
GHANA: ECOWAS governments tackle HIV/AIDS in their armed forces
9 February 2004 (IRIN ), Top military commanders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met in Ghana on Monday to draw up a detailed two-year action plan to tackle HIV/AIDS within their armed forces.
LIBERIA: $520m pledged for reconstruction, but humanitarian needs still unmet
8 February 2004 (IRIN ), Donors have pledged US$520 million towards the reconstruction of Liberia over the next two years, more than the United Nations had asked for. But they have vitually ignored a separate appeal for $187 million of immediate humanitarian aid.

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