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  • Africans demand compensation for slave trade
    29 june 2001 21:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A symposium on "Slave Trade and Compensation," ended in Senegal's "slave" Island of Goree, Thursday, with a declaration insisting that slave trade and slavery, as well as colonialism and colonisation, be treated as crimes against humanity. Full text...

  • Church bemoans judicial plight of Ivorian juveniles
    29 june 2001 21:27:00
    Abidjan- Côte-d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Catholic International Bureau for Children (BICE) has lashed at the country's Juvenile Delinquency Division, saying the unit has since its inception three years ago failed to deliver. Full text...

  • Money woes forces Tanzania out of integration groupings
    29 june 2001 20:58:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania has announced it is to withdraw from several regional and international groupings due to financial difficulties it is facing. Full text...

  • Government and media talk over relations at two-day meeting
    29 june 2001 16:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Leading South African editors on Friday began meeting government officials, including President Thabo Mbeki and Deputy President Jacob Zuma, at a two- day workshop in the North-West Province aimed at improving relations between them. Full text...

  • Krista Allen arrives in Johannesburg to film Lux commercial
    29 june 2001 15:55:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Krista Allen, better known to South African television viewers as Billie Reed from the popular soapie Days of Our Lives, arrives in South Africa Saturday to film the new Lux soap commercial. Full text...

  • Govt drafts bills to fight corruption
    29 june 2001 14:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is drafting legislations to curb official corruption, an evil it claims has been spread out by developed countries and their transnationals. Full text...

  • Kenya to launch disaster management media campaign
    29 june 2001 13:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan television stations and major print media organs are set to launch a six-month campaign on disaster preparedness and its management beginning July. Full text...

  • Major drug bust at Cape Town airport
    29 june 2001 11:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town police on Thursday night arrested two people and confiscating three kilograms of cocaine. Full text...

  • Army commutes Ex-ECOMOG soldiers' sentences
    29 june 2001 11:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Army has granted reprieve to the 25 wounded former ECOMOG troops who were sentenced to various jail terms last year for mutiny. Full text...

  • Drug trafficking reportedly rampant in Mozambique
    29 june 2001 08:58:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- An estimated one tonne of cocaine allegedly passes through Mozambique per month, according to an article by the independent Maputo newsheet, Metical. Full text...

  • Cameroon's corruption ranking gets mixed reactions
    28 june 2001 23:08:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Reactions in Yaounde were mixed when word came Wednesday that Cameroon ranked 6th in this year's world Corruption Perception Index (CPI) published by the German NGO, Transparency International (TI). Full text...

  • Namibian Minister criticises Western Powers
    28 june 2001 21:43:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian Agriculture Minister Helmut Angula Thursday criticised Western Powers for imposing their will on Third World countries in the implementation of some UN Conventions. Full text...

  • RSF occupies Tunisia's tourism office
    28 june 2001 21:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Activists of the Reporters Without Borders and other human rights groups Thursday occupied Tunisia's tourism office in Paris to protest against the imprisonment of Tunisian journalist Sihem Bensedrine. Full text...

  • Police shot dead escaped prisoner
    28 june 2001 20:55:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Police in Botswana has confirmed that one of the 13 inmates who staged a dramatic escape from a state prison has been shot dead. Full text...

  • Watchdog warns against complacency in fighting corruption
    28 june 2001 20:40:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The chairman of the recently formed Transparency International Botswana (TIBOT), Lebang Mpotokwane, has warned that the ranking of the country as the least corrupt in Africa by Transparency International (TI) should not be cause for complacency in local efforts to combat graft and fraud. Full text...

  • Star model Campbell supports Mandela Children's Fund
    28 june 2001 20:37:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- American star model Naomi Campbell is staging an international charity concert Saturday in Barcelona, Spain in support of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, named after South Africa's former President. Full text...

  • Ombudsman's ruling offers journalists "last laugh"
    28 june 2001 19:46:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's ombudsman, Enock Chibwana, Thursday awarded Daily Times acting chief reporter Mabvuto Banda and the late Malawi News editor, Horace Somanje, 30,000 kwacha (395 US dollars) each for what he described as unlawful detention. Full text...

  • Slavery: Senegalese activist urges compensation
    28 june 2001 19:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The noted Senegalese human rights activist El Hadj Guisse Wednesday proposed a mobilisation of opinion across Africa with a view to seeking compensation for prejudices incidental to the Slave Trade. Full text...

  • Refugee Ship Yet To Leave Nigeria
    28 june 2001 18:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two days after it sailed into Nigeria's main Apapa port with its Liberian passengers, "MV Alnar Stockholm" is yet to leave the country's shores due to some procedural issues being sorted out with owner Henning Kielberg, port officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • Nine more Ethiopian hunger strikers collapse in Nairobi
    28 june 2001 15:21:00
    NAIROBI- Kenya (PANA) -- Nine out of 40 Addis Ababa University students living as refugees in Nairobi collapsed Thursday on the fourth day of their hunger strike. Full text...

  • Burundi rebels kill 16 people in ambushes
    28 june 2001 14:58:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- At least 16 people have been killed in several ambushes laid by suspected Burundian rebels along the country's roads over the past three days. Full text...

  • Police reinforce presence to quell fighting in Nasarawa
    28 june 2001 12:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- More policemen have been dispatched to Nigeria's central state of Nasarawa as the 17-day communal violence in there escalated, causing about 200 deaths. Full text...

  • 3 die in plane crash in Zimbabwe
    28 june 2001 12:07:00
    Victoria Falls- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Three persons died and three others were seriously injured when their plane crashed in the Zimbabwean resort town of Victoria Falls, state radio reported Thursday, quoting aviation local authorities. Full text...

  • Symposium African development opens in Cotonou
    27 june 2001 23:52:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A symposium on "new co-operation for the revival of African development," opened Wednesday in Cotonou, Benin, jointly organised by the International Millennium Project and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Full text...

  • RSF worried over imprisoned Rwandan journalist
    27 june 2001 23:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris-based Press watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has expressed concern over the deteriorating prison conditions of detained Rwandan journalist Dominique Makeli, and said it plans to send an envoy there to push for his release. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Magistrates sue government over poor pay
    27 june 2001 21:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In a unprecedented move Wednesday, four Zimbabwean magistrates sued the government for alleged unfair labour practice. Full text...

  • South African police seize large quantities of drugs
    27 june 2001 21:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African police last year seized billions of Rands worth of drugs, including about 500 tonnes of marijuana, 19 million mandrax tablets, nearly 500 kg of cocaine, about 200,000 Amphetamine stimulants and more than eleven tonnes of Hashish. Full text...

  • Burundi to step up fight against drug abuse
    27 june 2001 21:43:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Noting that some 2000 kg of cannabis and heroin were seized in Burundi between 1989 and 2000, the authorities in Bujumbura have hinted of plans to check drug trafficking and abuse in the country. Full text...

  • Clamp down in Swaziland angers South African trade unions
    27 june 2001 20:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has expressed outrage at a recent decree by the Swazi regime, which reinforces a 1973 Act that banned political parties and activities. Full text...

  • Mauritius Teachers threaten street protest 14 July
    27 june 2001 19:54:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Three teachers union in Mauritius, the Government Teachers Union, the Government Hindi Teachers Union and the Union of Primary School Teachers, threatened Wednesday to stage a street protest 14 July, to press demand for better service condition. Full text...

  • Rights group mounts pressure on Wade over Habre's case
    27 june 2001 17:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) has stepped up pressure on Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade to comply with a UN request to hold the exiled Chadian dictator, Hissene Habre, so that he could be extradited to face torture charges. Full text...

  • Niger adopts first national anti-drug plan
    27 june 2001 15:48:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Police Tuesday burnt 2,533 kg of narcotic drugs including psychotropic substances to mark international day against drugs. Full text...

  • Deputy Premier arraigned for harbouring a criminal
    27 june 2001 15:20:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Curepipe District Court outside Port Louis Wednesday postponed to 19 July the trial of Deputy Prime Minister and Finance minister Paul Berenger on the charges of "harbouring a criminal". Full text...

  • Mauritian police seize 500 grams of heroin
    27 june 2001 15:00:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Police in Mauritian have announced the seizure of 500 grams of heroin estimated to value 1. Full text...

  • Child trafficking victims sent back to Mali
    27 june 2001 08:53:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A dozen Malian children who were being taken to work in Ivorian coffee and cocoa plantations were intercepted last week at Nielle in Cote d'Ivoire and handed over to Malian authorities. Full text...

  • African Development Commission meets in Cotonou
    26 june 2001 22:51:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The 5th session of the Independent Commission on "Africa and the Stakes of the Third Millennium" opens in Cotonou, Wednesday, a release by the Commission announced in the Benin capital. Full text...

  • Union against jailing of journalists
    26 june 2001 22:31:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Herve Bourges, President of the International Union of Journalists in French-speaking countries, Tuesday urged leaders of Francophone African countries to uphold press freedom and stop jailing journalists. Full text...

  • Senegalese NGOs press for slave trade damages
    26 june 2001 22:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese historian Abdoulaye Bathily at a seminar Tuesday on Compensation for Black Slave Trade, affirmed that conflicts dogging Africa today are not unconnected to the havoc slavery wreaked on the continent. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean journalists drill in peace building
    26 june 2001 22:00:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Some 22 middle-level reporters were Tuesday off to a two-week workshop in Freetown, Sierra Leone on post-conflict peace building. Full text...

  • Burundi gets league against torture
    26 june 2001 21:47:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- An NGO militating against torture officially launched activities Tuesday in Bujumbura with the aim of exposing and fighting the vice across Burundi. Full text...

  • New wireless directory launched
    26 june 2001 21:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A wireless directory listing electronic addresses of organisations and individuals has been introduced in Nairobi, filling a void that has become increasingly apparent. Full text...

  • South African cricketers say "No" to drugs
    26 june 2001 20:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- In line with this year's "Sports against Drugs" theme, South Africans Tuesday marked International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with members of the country's cricket team signing a pledge against drugs. Full text...

  • Unemployment soars in Burundi
    26 june 2001 19:54:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Unemployment in Burundi has reportedly reached a head with hundreds of applicants crowding and jostling each other at the slightest hint of a vacancy anywhere in the public or private sector. Full text...

  • Ship Captain, Liberian Refugees Narrate Ordeal
    26 june 2001 18:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The captain of the Swedish vessel on the marathon voyage from Liberia to Nigeria said in Lagos Tuesday he was able to sustain his Liberian passengers for 26 days with his personal funds and assistance from the Togolese government. Full text...

  • Ship carrying Liberians berths in Lagos
    26 june 2001 12:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ship carrying Liberians fleeing renewed fighting in their country docked in Nigeria's main Apapa port Tuesday morning, ending a 26-day saga that attracted world-wide attention. Full text...

  • Ship carrying Liberians berths in Lagos
    26 june 2001 12:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ship carrying Liberians fleeing renewed fighting in their country docked in Nigeria's main Apapa port Tuesday morning, ending a 26-day saga that attracted world-wide attention. Full text...

  • Kenya grapples with problems of child labour
    26 june 2001 09:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The number of Kenyan children, particularly girls, engaged in domestic work like scrubbing floors, cooking, washing or minding is babies increasing amid rising poverty in the East African nation. Full text...

  • Annan calls for protection of youths against drugs
    26 june 2001 08:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has appealed on governments to formulate sound strategies to prevent drug consumption among youths. Full text...

  • Two die in train accident
    25 june 2001 21:36:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Two people were killed and several others injured Sunday in a train accident at Mengue Bibey-Mbargue district, east of Cameroon. Full text...

  • RSF demands action against shooting at journalist's home
    25 june 2001 21:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- France-based press freedom watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), wants the Ivorian authorities to bring to book those behind the 20 June deadly shooting at the residence of journalist Laurent Tape Koulou, the Editorial Manager of private newspaper "Le National. Full text...

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