A new regional company called Manobi has been launched to deliver internet and wireless added-value e-services to farmers, fishermen, exporters, and all players involved in the value chain for tropical fresh food products. It claims its expertise covers all aspects of the agribusiness sector as well as internet and mobile hardware and software technology sectors.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Monday expressed "deep concern" at what it described as the increased harassment of Senegalese journalists by government authorities since President Abdoulaye Wade took office in April 2000.

Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade on Wednesday proposed the creation of an African pact against terrorism, Radio France International (RFI) reported.

Refugees who fled to southern Gambia to escape fighting in the Casamance region of Senegal have been trying to visit their villages to see if it is safe to return home, UNHCR said on Tuesday. However, some have returned to The Gambia after finding their houses destroyed. Others, UNHCR reported, said Senegalese troops who had taken up positions in their villages warned them to stay out of the area.

As Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade prepares to meet with President Bush Thursday, Human Rights Watch urged him to comply with a United Nations request to hold the exiled Chadian dictator Hissène Habré so that Habré could be extradited to face torture charges.