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  • Four die, over 30 injured in Zimbabwe bus accident
    08 september 2002 16:26:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Four people died and over 30 others were injured Sunday when a bus they were travelling in veered off the road and overturned near the eastern farming town of Marondera, about 70 kilometres from the Zimbabwe capital, Harare. Full text...

  • Denmark grants Zambia US$2.5 million for drought relief
    08 september 2002 15:43:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Denmark has granted Zambia 2. Full text...

  • Burundi short of teachers as new school year approaches
    07 september 2002 19:47:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Education authorities in Burundi have conceded that the country's teaching force is 3,000 short of actual needs, even as the 2002-2003 school year approaches. Full text...

  • Illicit brews flood Cameroonian market
    06 september 2002 20:01:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Although potentially lethal, wildly distilled drinks continue to find a ready market among underprivileged Cameroonians who cannot afford conventional brews. Full text...

  • 134,000 US dollars to fight against poverty in Benin
    05 september 2002 23:54:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The US Government has granted 134,000 dollars to 22 micro-projects in Benin within the framework of poverty alleviation, embassy sources in Cotonou announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Five die in Freetown fire
    05 september 2002 20:01:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Five people, including three pupils died Thursday in a fire that engulfed a two-storey building in Calabar Town, east of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, police said. Full text...

  • Mauritius telecom lowers international call rates
    05 september 2002 19:10:00
    Port-Louis- Maurice (PANA) -- Mauritius Information and Communication Technology Authority (ICTA) has announced new telephone rates, reducing international rates by 29-50 percent, depending on the country, official sources indicated Thursday. Full text...

  • West African journalists begin Conference in Dakar
    05 september 2002 17:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Association of West African Journalists (WAJA) opened its 5th Conference in Dakar Thursday under the theme: "Freedom of Speech in West Africa". Full text...

  • Six die in Zimbabwe road crash
    05 september 2002 15:06:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Six people died and several others were seriously injured in northern Zimbabwe when a bus collided head- on with a haulage truck, eyewitnesses said Thursday. Full text...

  • UN humanitarian envoy arrives in Zimbabwe for food talks
    05 september 2002 11:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A special envoy of UN secretary general Kofi Annan arrived Thursday in Zimbabwe for talks with the government on the food crisis in the southern African country, caused by drought. Full text...

  • UNESCO boss begins official visit to Malawi Thursday
    04 september 2002 12:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura Thursday begins a three-day official visit to Malawi, where he would meet government ministers and hold discussions with President Bakili Muluzi. Full text...

  • Niger reforms student grant system
    03 september 2002 22:59:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Niger government has adopted new modalities for the allocation of grants, further compounding the plight of students in the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe air force offers charter flights to DR Congo
    03 september 2002 18:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's air force said Tuesday it would begin charter flights for business travellers to three cities in Democratic Republic of Congo with immediate effect. Full text...

  • Japan grants a million US dollars to Mauritania
    03 september 2002 12:33:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Japan has donated one million US dollars to Mauritania for the acquisition of non-food inputs, official sources said in Nouakchott Monday. Full text...

  • Congo, Catholic University enter agreement
    02 september 2002 21:05:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo and the Central African Catholic University (UCAC) this weekend signed an agreement authorising the institution to establish its seat in Pointe- Noire, official sources indicated Monday. Full text...

  • South African police arrest dangerous criminal
    02 september 2002 14:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African police Monday arrested one of the most wanted criminals in the country. Full text...

  • Angolan Methodist bishops attend meeting in Senegal
    02 september 2002 13:45:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Methodist church bishops Gaspar Joمo Domingos and José Kipungo will attend the second African congregational conference in Senegal from 4-9 September, Angola news agency reported. Full text...

  • Algerian government contemplates pay raise for civil servants
    01 september 2002 17:56:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian government and the General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA) would meet next Tuesday to discuss a pay raise in the Public Service, union sources hinted Sunday in Algiers. Full text...

  • Committee to monitor human rights abuses by UNAMSIL personnel
    31 august 2002 15:32:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Sierra Leone, Oluyemi Adeniji, has launched a personnel conduct committee that will foster human rights awareness among civilians and troops of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Nigerian to sue in US court for police brutality
    30 august 2002 22:04:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Severally brutalised by the police for apparently no reason, a Nigerian resident in the US State of Michigan, Cyril Ogbonna plans to file a court case to seek redress and protection of his rights. Full text...

  • USAID assists rainstorm victims in Mali
    29 august 2002 19:07:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has offered medicines, building material and cereals worth 50,000 dollars to assist victims of a recent rainstorm in northern Mali. Full text...

  • Amnesty International worries about Malagasy detainees
    29 august 2002 12:40:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- An official from Amnesty International (AI) met Wednesday with Malagasy Interior and Administrative Reform minister Jean Seth Rambeloalijaona as part of a fact-finding mission on people detained during the post- election violence in the country. Full text...

  • UN says more Angolan refugees returning home
    28 august 2002 23:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Angola said Wednesday more Angolans who fled the country's long civil war to neighbouring Zambia were returning home after the conflict ended in April. Full text...

  • New body formed to promote immigrant interest in US
    27 august 2002 19:25:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- With immigrants in the US facing difficulties in the wake of last year's terrorist attacks, a new organisation, The Refugee and Immigrant Compassion Network of America, has been formed to protect refugees and immigrants in the country. Full text...

  • Belgium to grant aid to Cameroonian pygmies
    26 august 2002 23:36:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgium has decided to provide financial assistance to Cameroonian Baka pygmies, says an official statement issued Monday in Brussels. Full text...

  • US Foundation Gives Grant to 4 African Universities
    26 august 2002 19:46:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Four African universities are to benefit from a 450,000 dollar-grant given by a US organisation, The MacArthur Foundation, for the establishment of doctoral programmes in economics. Full text...

  • Tanzania undergoes 4th housing and population census
    25 august 2002 16:13:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Tanzanian government Sunday launched a countrywide national population and housing census meant to provide vital information for accurate development planning strategies. Full text...

  • Saudi Arabia grants Niger $6 million
    25 august 2002 09:57:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Saudi Arabia has granted Niger six million dollars for implementation of the third phase of its well drilling and rural development programme. Full text...

  • Trade Union rejects hike in telecomm tariffs
    23 august 2002 21:49:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's National Telecommunications Trade Union (SYANTEL) has called on subscribers in the country to remain vigilant against those it accused of serving the interests of multinationals to the detriment of national interests. Full text...

  • Former Kenyan cigarette smoker seeks compensation
    23 august 2002 13:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan man who believes he lost his leg because of his heavy smoking for nearly half a century has asked his lawyers to seek compensation from the local affiliate of the British American Tobacco (BAT) company. Full text...

  • Cape Verde sets up food security agency, names board
    19 august 2002 23:56:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The government of Cape Verde has appointed a Board of Directors for the National Food Security Agency (ANSA), with economist Miguel Costa as chairman. Full text...

  • Tanzanian leader suggests rescue mission against globalisation
    19 august 2002 21:14:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa Monday voiced hope that Africa could still find a way through the challenges of globalisation if only the continent worked out a rescue mission. Full text...

  • African NGO to sue Turkish shipowner over Tanzanian stowaways
    19 august 2002 17:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A non-governmental organisation based in Dakar, l'Afrique Aide L'Afrique, plans to take legal action against the owner of a Turkish ship that tossed five Tanzanian stowaways into the sea off the Senegalese capital on 31 July. Full text...

  • Head of state-run TV in Swaziland claims receiving death threats
    19 august 2002 08:40:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The chief executive officer for state-run TV in Swaziland, Celane Ndzimandze on Monday accused some former employees of the station of threatening his life in phone calls Ndzimandze said those who are giving him death threats were fired three years ago for staging a strike. Full text...

  • Strike cripples main hospital in Comoros
    18 august 2002 18:20:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The main health centre of Comoros, El- Maarouf Hospital, remained closed Friday and Saturday in spite of a decision earlier Thursday by strike leaders to call off their action, which has paralysed the hospital since the beginning of July. Full text...

  • Burundian trade unions oppose bill outlawing strikes
    17 august 2002 20:04:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 24 Burundian labour organisations have petitioned Parliament against passing a bill prohibiting civil servants the right to strike. Full text...

  • SADC appeals for more food aid to avert total famine
    17 august 2002 17:41:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi president Bakili Muluzi, who currently chairs the 14-member Southern African Development Community (SADC), has said if the world will ignore the humanitarian crisis the region is currently facing, then catastrophe is imminent. Full text...

  • Asanteman honours UN Secretary-General in Ghana
    17 august 2002 17:06:00
    Kumasi- Ghana (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has been conferred the title Busumuru by Asanteman in Kumasi, Ghana to signify his might as the head of the world body. Full text...

  • Minister urges SADC to intensify anti-poverty measures
    17 august 2002 16:08:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Chief Minister of Zanzibar Saturday accused members states of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) of having failed to transform "abundant natural resources" in their territories into tangible wealth for the region. Full text...

  • Mauritian primary teachers plan unlimited strike
    16 august 2002 23:02:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Primary school teachers in Mauritius are expected to embark on an unlimited strike on 16 September to force their ministry to publish a report on their working conditions. Full text...

  • Strike paralyses Niger's banking sector
    16 august 2002 19:34:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A two-day strike called by the Niger Workers Confederation (CNT) paralysed the country's banking sector on Thursday and Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan photo journalists rewarded for courage
    16 august 2002 15:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two Kenyan photo journalists who captured the fierce gun battle between the Pokot cattle raiders and a combined Kenyan and Ugandan armed forces recently, were rewarded in Nairobi Friday for their courage. Full text...

  • Mali's civil servants get salary increment
    16 august 2002 12:19:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's civil servants will receive a 30 percent salary increase starting from 1 October, officials said in Bamako. Full text...

  • International mail delivery to Liberia resumes
    15 august 2002 21:33:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- International mail delivery to Liberia has resumed after more than one-month lull, an official of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications said Thursday. Full text...

  • Sassou-Nguesso pleads for youth employment in Congo
    14 august 2002 19:53:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Newly-installed Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso appealed Wednesday for a general mobilisation to create jobs for young people and ensure their integration into the production sector. Full text...

  • UN Okays more judges for Rwanda Genocide Tribunal
    14 august 2002 19:01:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has authorised the election of new non-permanent judges for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in an effort to enable the tribunal handle more cases. Full text...

  • Support staff strike shuts down Malawi courts
    14 august 2002 15:37:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Business in Malawi's courts came to standstill Wednesday following a strike by judicial support staff in the country. Full text...

  • Fire razes Congolese refugee camp in Burundi
    13 august 2002 22:34:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- About 1,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo are without shelter after an accidental fire at the weekend razed their thatched huts at Rugombo camp in Cibitoke province of northwest Burundi. Full text...

  • Ageing administration worries Congolese authorities
    12 august 2002 14:14:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese public service could disappear within 5-10 years if nothing is done to replace its ageing personnel, Public Service minister Jeanne Dambendzet warned at the weekend. Full text...

  • Kenyan woman, son strip naked in bizarre quarrel
    12 august 2002 10:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan woman Sunday stripped naked in front of her children to protest her son's decision to marry a widow whose husband died three weeks ago from what is believed to be an HIV/AIDS-related condition. Full text...

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