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  • ECOWAS, UNHCR sign Memorandum
    30 november 2001 20:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- West African sub-regional group ECOWAS and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a framework for a multi-sectoral co-operation between them. Full text...

  • Botswana pressmen lash out against proposed press laws
    30 november 2001 19:58:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Journalists in Botswana have reacted angrily at a proposed media bill they charge is intended to police rather than regulate their operations. Full text...

  • BBC plans to broadcast in Zimbabwean languages
    30 november 2001 17:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Friday angrily denounced plans by the British Broadcasting Corporation to begin broadcasts in Zimbabwean languages. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Govt Approves New Information Bill
    30 november 2001 16:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government, under incessant attack by the country's privately-owned press, Friday approved a new draft information bill to regulate the media industry. Full text...

  • Cape Verdian radio and television gets new board chairman
    30 november 2001 10:33:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The Cape Verdian government has appointed Ameerico Nascimento, former Director General of sports, as chairman of the board of directors of the country's Radio- Television Corporation (RTC). Full text...

  • South African flags at half-mast for Joe Modise
    30 november 2001 09:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki has given instructions to provincial capitals to fly flags at half mast until the end of Joe Modise's funeral later on Friday evening. Full text...

  • South Africans react to police dog handlers' sentences
    30 november 2001 08:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The youth wing of South Africa's ruling ANC has described as "very light" the four and five year jail sentences handed down Thursday to four former policemen who unleashed dogs on a group of Mozambican illegal immigrants two years ago. Full text...

  • Mauritius to host African Federation for Family Action
    29 november 2001 22:52:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has been selected to host the headquarters of the African Federation for Family Action, a coordinator of the organisation, Dany Sauvage, hinted Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mozambique's top photographer jailed over five-dollar fine
    29 november 2001 21:35:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- One of Mozambique's top photo- journalists, Kok Nam, spent Wednesday night in jail because of a fine equivalent of less than five US dollars. Full text...

  • Cameroonians demand more from new power managers
    29 november 2001 21:18:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Electricity consumers are currently hard on AES SONEL, a new power outfit that emerged after American company AES SIROCCO bought 56 percent of shares last July and took over Cameroon's National Electricity Corporation (SONEL). Full text...

  • Malawi singer's post-mortem brings more controversy
    29 november 2001 20:06:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A post-mortem conducted by the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre has revealed that the late musician, Evison Matafale, may have died of some causes other than what was reported by the Lilongwe Central Hospital. Full text...

  • 4 South African policemen jailed for assaulting immigrants
    29 november 2001 19:47:00
    Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- Four white South African policemen who set their dogs on three Mozambicans during a bizarre training exercise in 1998, were Thursday sentenced by a Pretoria Court to between six and seven years in jail. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mobilises against organised crime
    29 november 2001 18:05:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Legal experts from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) began a seminar Thursday in Ouagadougou, on the ratification and implementation of the UN Convention and relevant protocols against organised trans-national crimes. Full text...

  • Chadian parliament votes to introduce bilingual education
    29 november 2001 18:00:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Chad's National Assembly has adopted two controversial bills to improve the quality of bilingual education in the country, parliamentary sources in N'Djamena said Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean Editor Wins International Award
    29 november 2001 17:49:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The editor of Zimbabwe's sole privately-owned newspaper, Daily News, Thursday clinched an international award for advancing press freedom. Full text...

  • Kenyan journalists protest heavy libel fines
    29 november 2001 17:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) Thursday accused the country's High Court of trying to muzzle the local press by imposing heavy fines for libel. Full text...

  • Tension mounts as Moslem fanatics destroy Churches in Nigeria
    29 november 2001 16:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Tension was running high Thursday in Nigeria's south-west city of Osogbo, where some 300 suspected Moslem fanatics destroyed eight Churches Wednesday, ahead of next week's crusade by German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. Full text...

  • South African charged with drug trafficking in Mauritius
    29 november 2001 13:28:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A court in Port Louis Thursday charged 33-year-old Joseph Mbokotwana of South Africa of drug possession and trafficking. Full text...

  • High Commission denies Briton died in plane crash
    29 november 2001 13:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The British Deputy High Commission in Lagos has denied reports in the local media that a British flight engineer died in the crash of a cargo plane in Nigeria's south- eastern city of Port Harcourt on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mozambican Christians turn guns into hoes
    28 november 2001 22:46:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Christian Council of Mozambique, under its "Arms into Hoes" (TAE) project, says its has collected at least 300 guns of various types in the central province of Sofala in the last three weeks, reports Wednesday's issue of the daily "Noticias" newspaper. Full text...

  • South African attempts suicide, remains hospitalised
    28 november 2001 22:27:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A South African citizen was seriously injured Tuesday after jumping from a fifth floor of a hotel in the central Mozambican city of Beira, in what the police believe was an attempted suicide, the daily Diario de Mocambique reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mozambique prescribes uniform for civil servants
    28 november 2001 22:13:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government has decided that civil servants would wear uniforms as from January 15, in a measure it said was aimed at improving the image and efficiency of public institutions," the local Noticias newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa's lottery offers charities cash ahead of big draw
    28 november 2001 21:59:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's National Lottery said Wednesday that needy charities would get the biggest share of the funds it had raised in its first year of operation. Full text...

  • 10 die in Cameroonian road crash
    28 november 2001 19:51:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Ten people were killed and several others were injured when two cars collided late Tuesday at Nkolmeyang, about 10-km from Yaounde, Cameroon's administrative capital, witnesses said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Minister Says One Killed In Cargo Plane Crash
    28 november 2001 12:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Aviation Minister, Kema Chikwe, has said only one person was killed in Tuesday's plane crash in the south-eastern city of Port Harcourt. Full text...

  • Child abuse grips South African communities
    28 november 2001 12:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Community, church and political organisations Tuesday night held a vigil for abused children in Elsies River near Cape Town. Full text...

  • South African Police Uncover Pirated DVD Films
    28 november 2001 08:56:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- During a routine inspection of cargo at Johannesburg International Airport, police and customs have uncovered a shipment of counterfeit DVD films with a street value of R320,000. Full text...

  • Tributes pour in for South African liberation hero
    28 november 2001 08:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Tributes are pouring in from around the world for liberation hero and former South African Defence Minister Joe Modise who died on Monday. Full text...

  • Africa's former white regimes used anthrax terrorism
    27 november 2001 23:35:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The international media has treated the mailing of letters in the United States laced with spores of the deadly disease anthrax as if it were the first use of this form of biological warfare, reports the Mozambique News Agency (AIM) from Maputo. Full text...

  • Burundi needs 108 million US dollars urgent assistance
    27 november 2001 23:26:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The UN and other development partners are appealing for 108 million US dollars to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of war-displaced Burundians. Full text...

  • South Africa's age limit for first graders put on hold
    27 november 2001 21:59:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African children will in 2002 be allowed to enrol for school from the age of six after the government relented to public pressure and court action. Full text...

  • Workshop on African Strategic Recovery Facility proposals opens
    27 november 2001 21:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Wits University's Centre for African International Relations (CAIR) Tuesday began hosting a two-day workshop to discuss proposals for an African Strategic Recovery Facility (SRF). Full text...

  • South African army set to test new air-deployable vehicle
    27 november 2001 20:35:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African army is set to test a new air-deployable vehicle manufactured by a company renowned in the manufacture of armoured vehicles. Full text...

  • South African police nab cannabis-prescribing Homeopath
    27 november 2001 20:15:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African police Tuesday nabbed a Homeopath for prescribing cannabis and opium to his patients. Full text...

  • Organisers take conference on media law to Zimbabwe
    27 november 2001 19:49:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African-based Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) will beginning 29 November hold a three-day conference in Zimbabwe on media law, with focus on access to information held by the state and multinational and trans-national corporations. Full text...

  • British Premier joins in honouring murdered Nigerian boy
    27 november 2001 19:18:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair and wife were among guests at a ceremony in which a community centre in Peckam, south-east London was renamed 'Damilola Taylor Centre,' in honour of Nigerian-born Damilola Taylor, murdered in November last year. Full text...

  • US-bound travellers to undergo thorough screening if...
    27 november 2001 19:06:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Airlines, which fail to submit passenger details to American authorities in advance, will have the luggage of their passengers thoroughly screened on arrival in the US beginning Thursday. Full text...

  • Malawi's reggae king dies in police custody
    27 november 2001 18:18:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's controversial musician, Evison Matafale, died early Tuesday in mysterious circumstances, police spokesman Oliver Soko confirmed in Blantyre but gave no cause of death. Full text...

  • Former South African Defence Minister Joe Modise dies
    27 november 2001 15:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former South African Defence Minister, Joe Modise died at his home in Pretoria on Monday night after suffering from a long illness, family sources confirmed. Full text...

  • Kinshasa authorities brace up against insecurity
    26 november 2001 22:48:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese government Monday said it was stepping up measures to check rising insecurity in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Congolese press union denounces attack from churches
    26 november 2001 21:27:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese Press Union (UPC) at the weekend denounced what it said were attacks on the pressmen from some clerics. Full text...

  • Kenya Times fined 130,000 US dollars for defamation
    26 november 2001 20:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Times Media Trust, publishers of Kenya Times newspaper, owned by the ruling KANU Party, was Monday fined 10 million shillings (about 130,000) by a Nairobi High Court, for defaming a local law firm. Full text...

  • Man charged for attempting to rape woman in court
    26 november 2001 19:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A man who attempted to rape a woman in full view of people in the public gallery of a Nairobi courtroom was Monday formally charged for indecency. Full text...

  • Lightening kills 5, injures more than 100 in Malawi
    26 november 2001 19:00:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- At least five people were killed and more than a hundred injured when lightening struck a crowded football pitch in Malawi's southern border district of Nsanje. Full text...

  • South African power company to revise language policy
    26 november 2001 17:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's national electricity supplier, Eskom, has agreed to revise the rigid use of English as the means of communication after the Mine Workers Union Solidarity demanded a change. Full text...

  • Ivorian President Condoles Family of Murdered WHO Official
    26 november 2001 15:13:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, has expressed sympathy to the family of Kassi Manlan, former representative of the World Health Organisation in Burundi, who was murdered in Bujumbura last week. Full text...

  • Democratic bodies remember slain Burkinabe journalist
    26 november 2001 14:43:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The action group of mass democratic organisations and political parties in Burkina Faso said they have planned a series of events throughout the country to commemorate the third anniversary of journalist Norbert Zongo's death. Full text...

  • Six persons killed in Casablanca road accident
    26 november 2001 11:52:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Six persons were killed while one other person got wounded in a road accident in Casablanca Sunday when a tourist car collided with a bus, according to the public Moroccan television, TVM. Full text...

  • WHO repatriates body of slain representative in Burundi
    26 november 2001 10:29:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The body of the late WHO representative in Burundi, Dr Kassi Malan (Ivorian) was repatriated Sunday on a regular Kenyan Airways flight. Full text...

  • Zidane shows solidarity with flood victims in Algeria
    26 november 2001 09:56:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- World ace footballer, Frenchman Zineddine Zidane, who has roots in Algeria, will Thursday participate in the telethon in Algiers to support victims of the 10 November floods in the country. Full text...

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