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  • S.African opposition leader wants tougher sanctions on Zimbabwe
    25 september 2002 13:30:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Tony Leon, leader of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (AD), says he is travelling to London to meet the Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon on Friday, to press for tougher actions against Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Government Pegs Varsity Admissions In Nigeria
    25 september 2002 13:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government has directed the 37 Federal Universities in the country not to exceed the number of students they admitted last academic session, which means that most of the one million candidates seeking admission this year may have to wait or seek alternative enrolments. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's Special Court officials to inspect mass grave
    25 september 2002 09:46:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- David Crane, Chief Prosecutor of Sierra Leone's Special Court, will on Thursday lead a delegation of court officials to the eastern, diamond-rich District of Kono, to inspect a suspected mass grave, and also to meet with ex- combatants and victims of the country's decade-long civil war. Full text...

  • ANC condemns escape of suspects from police custody
    25 september 2002 09:21:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Last week's escape from custody of Ebrahim Jeneker, one of South Africa's most wanted men, is an indictment on government's efforts to bring peace and stability to the Cape Flats, according to a local branch of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Full text...

  • Angolan returnees face growing crisis
    24 september 2002 21:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A UN agency said Tuesday thousands of Angolans displaced by years of war were facing a growing humanitarian crisis in many provinces. Full text...

  • UN Official decries vendetta against Zimbabwe judge
    24 september 2002 21:20:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Dat'o Param Cumaraswamy has condemned the continued undermining of the rule of law in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Gambian dockers threaten a wage strike
    24 september 2002 20:26:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia's dockers Tuesday issued an ultimatum warning they would resort to a nationwide strike if the government did not raise their wages by 350 percent. Full text...

  • South African youths drum their way out of crime
    24 september 2002 18:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Youths awaiting trial in Cape Town have received a new lease on life thanks to an drumming programme designed to rehabilitate them. Full text...

  • Sassou N'Guesso denies massacres in "Beach Affair"
    24 september 2002 16:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Congolese President Denis Sassou N'Guesso firmly denied Tuesday in Paris the massacres allegedly perpetrated in 1999 at the port area of Brazzaville, the Congolese capital. Full text...

  • Plight of Eritrean refugees in Sudan worries WFP
    24 september 2002 15:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A bleak plight looms for more than 91,000 Eritrean refugees camped in Sudan as the World Food Programme warns of shortage of food aid to assist them. Full text...

  • Nigerian MP loses finger to bandits
    24 september 2002 12:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A member of Nigeria's House of Representatives lost one of his fingers in an armed robbery attack along the northern Damaturu-Potiskum road at the weekend, press reports said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian government releases Abacha's son
    24 september 2002 11:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Mohammed Abacha, son of the late Nigerian Head of State, Sani Abacha, is enjoying his first day of freedom Tuesday after a three-year detention for alleged murder and sundry financial crimes. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone news director laid to rest
    24 september 2002 10:07:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Managing Director of the Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), Abdul Karim Jalloh, was laid to rest Monday in Freetown. Full text...

  • Nigerian oil workers call off strike
    23 september 2002 21:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In obedience to an appeal from Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim and Labour minister Musa Gwadabe, Nigerian oil workers promptly called off a two-day "warning strike" they started Monday, national radio reported in Lagos. Full text...

  • Three Nigerian policemen, opposition party official killed
    23 september 2002 20:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In a spate of weekend tragedies in Nigeria, three policemen were shot dead by suspected armed robbers in the commercial city of Lagos, while an opposition party chieftain was killed by suspected assassins in the northern city of Kano. Full text...

  • Second plane crashes at South African air show
    23 september 2002 12:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A second Harvard aircraft at the 2002 Africa Aerospace and Defence show in Pretoria crashed Sunday afternoon. Full text...

  • President Eyadema meets Togo's private press
    23 september 2002 10:08:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema and journalists from the private media held a weekend meeting at the president's private residence, official sources have said. Full text...

  • 250 Anglican bishops hold synod in South Africa
    23 september 2002 08:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane Monday morning addressed a gathering of 250 Anglican bishops from southern Africa on the need for a professional approach to their ministry and for a focus on challenges confronting the church. Full text...

  • Sierra Leoneans pray for peace in Cote d'Ivoire
    23 september 2002 07:52:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leonean Christians and Muslims Sunday prayed for peace, stability and democracy to return to Cote d'Ivoire during special prayers in Freetown and other cities in the country. Full text...

  • Plane crashes at South Africa aerospace show
    22 september 2002 16:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A Harvard aircraft plunged into the ground at the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2002 show in Pretoria on Sunday. Full text...

  • Mutiny Forces Postponement Of ECOWAS Police Chiefs' Meeting
    22 september 2002 15:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has postponed indefinitely the meeting of Inspectors-General of Police in member states, scheduled to start in Abidjan Monday. Full text...

  • SLENA under investigation for alleged corruption
    21 september 2002 18:27:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA) is currently under investigation by the national Anti-corruption Commission, the Director of Information Adewally Bell, confirmed Saturday in Freetown. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Algeria set up committee on Trans-Saharan Highway
    21 september 2002 13:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria and Algeria have set up a joint technical committee to oversee the implementation of the Trans-Saharan Highway linking the two African nations, according to a communiqué issued Friday after a meeting in Abuja. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe protests South African judge's comments on court case
    21 september 2002 10:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government Saturday angrily protested comments made by a South African judge that it was interfering in the administration of justice, after Zimbabwean police arrested and charged a former High Court judge for allegedly obstructing justice last week. Full text...

  • Survey exposes exploitation of Cameroonian children
    20 september 2002 23:19:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Though forbidden by the law, the incidence of child labour in Cameroon, especially those below 14 has reached a disturbing scale, according to a joint survey carried out by the National Statistics and Accounting Department and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Full text...

  • UN says humanitarian crisis growing in Angola
    20 september 2002 21:37:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- A top UN official said Friday a humanitarian crisis had become acute in Angola's southern Kuando Kubango Province due to inaccessible roads and proliferation of landmines which were preventing international aid agencies from rendering relief services. Full text...

  • Africa's biggest village celebrates centenary
    20 september 2002 21:25:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Botswana village of Serowe, reputedly Africa's biggest village, has planned elaborate celebrations to mark its 100 years of existence Saturday. Full text...

  • Cameroon to book media interfering in citizens' private lives
    20 september 2002 20:04:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's Communications minister Jacques Fame Ndongo has ordered the country's press to stop interfering in the private lives of citizens, an act which could result in disturbing public order and peace. Full text...

  • South African govt cancels R335 million forestry tender
    20 september 2002 16:34:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African authorities have cancelled a multi-million rand forestry tender which was initially won by a black owned company, Zama Resources, after it was established that the firm breached tender rules to secure the lucrative deal ahead of rival bidders Paharpur, an Indian company. Full text...

  • Liberian soldiers beat colleague to death
    20 september 2002 15:30:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Two soldiers of Liberia's anti-terrorist unit have been arrested for allegedly murdering another soldier who was chief driver of President Charles Taylor's son. Full text...

  • South Africa undecided on Miss World pageant
    20 september 2002 12:52:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Sun International, owners of the Miss South Africa pageant, said Friday they had not decided on participation in the Miss World pageant in Abuja, Nigeria, in November. Full text...

  • Nigerian envoy seeks new law against illegal emigration
    20 september 2002 12:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Ambassador to Morocco Ladan Shuni has called for a new law to curb the illegal emigration of Nigerian citizens, amid reports that thousands of Nigerians are stranded in Morocco awaiting emigration to Europe. Full text...

  • Massive manhunt underway for urban terror suspect escapee
    20 september 2002 09:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Security authorities in South Africa continued a massive manhunt Friday after one of South Africa's most wanted men escaped from police custody for the second time in a year. Full text...

  • French Court summons Congolese Army General
    19 september 2002 21:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A Tribunal sitting in Meaux near the French capital Paris, has summoned a Congolese Army General, Norbert Dabira, over the controversial "Brazzaville Beach Affair," judicial sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Trial of former CAR minister to end soon
    19 september 2002 20:45:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Two defence witnesses appeared in court Thursday during the 28 May coup attempt trial of former defence minister Jean-Jacques Demafouth, who is being accused of breaching national security during the incident. Full text...

  • African Prisons Associations meets in Burkina Faso
    19 september 2002 20:13:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The second joint conference of the African Prisons Association (APA) and Penal International is underway in Ouagadougou, assessing improvement in conditions within African prisons since the group last met in Kampala, Uganda in 1996. Full text...

  • DR Congo rebel group detains UN Radio journalist
    19 september 2002 20:11:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The rebel Movement for the Liberation of (DR) Congo (MLC) led by Jean Pierre Bemba, has detained Franklin Moliba Sese, a Correspondent of UN 'Okapi' radio in Gbadolite, UN Secretary General's special envoy Amos Namanga Ngongi, said in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Nigerian Speaker seeks court's help in corruption charges
    19 september 2002 14:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Speaker of the lower chamber of Nigeria's National Assembly Ghali Umar Na'Abba has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to stop the country's anti-graft commission from probing him. Full text...

  • Second voter registration to be held in Nigeria
    19 september 2002 13:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced plans to organise another voters registration ahead of the 2003 general elections to ensure that no voters are disenfranchised. Full text...

  • Saudi Arabia releases detained Nigerian MP
    19 september 2002 13:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A member of Nigeria's lower legislative chamber (House of Representatives) has been released after seven months of detention in Saudi Arabia on allegations of bribery and attempted importation of fake dollars. Full text...

  • Pathologist believes South Africa's former First Lady was raped
    19 september 2002 11:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A forensic pathologist told the Cape High Court that the injuries suffered by former South African First Lady Marike de Klerk were consistent with rape. Full text...

  • Suspected smugglers arrested at Johannesburg airport
    19 september 2002 11:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African police officers arrested two foreigners early this week and recovered cocaine and marijuana worth 525,000 rand (US$50,000) at Johannesburg International Airport. Full text...

  • LRA rebels beat six to death in Uganda
    18 september 2002 23:42:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Six people were found beaten to death by rebels of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) in Laboro village, 8 km east of Uganda's northern region town of Gulu, government officials reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libyan daily urges global strike against nuclear powers
    18 september 2002 23:25:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan independent daily, Al-Chams has suggested a world-side strike to press for the destruction of nuclear weapons as well as a ban on their manufacture and stockpiling. Full text...

  • Rwandan mobile phone company boasts 100,000 subscribers
    18 september 2002 21:18:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- MTN, the lone mobile phone company operating in Rwanda announced Wednesday that it now has 100,000 subscribers throughout the country after four years on the ground. Full text...

  • A Filipino with 550g of heroine arrested in Mauritius
    18 september 2002 20:49:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Filipino woman was arrested at Port-Louis International Airport Tuesday evening in possession of 550 grams of heroine she had swallowed to avoid detection, the police reported Wednesday in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Somali government denies selling relief food
    18 september 2002 20:37:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- The Somali Transitional Government (TNG) has denied selling off some 2,000 tonnes of relief food from Libya. Full text...

  • French media rights group storms Eritrean embassy in Paris
    18 september 2002 20:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Twenty members of the media rights group, Reporters Without Frontiers (RSF), stormed the Eritrean embassy Wednesday afternoon to protest against "violations of press freedom" in the Horn of Africa state. Full text...

  • Obasanjo laments economic scam damage
    18 september 2002 20:09:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed concern that the "advance fee" fraud, otherwise called "419," committed by a few unscrupulous Nigerians "is doing incalculable damage" to the country and negating the government's quest for foreign investment. Full text...

  • Nabbed Ivorian bank robber flown in under tight security
    18 september 2002 19:53:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The main suspect in last month's spectacular break-in at the Abidjan branch of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) was on Tuesday flown in from Ouagadougou, where Burkinabe police caught up with him as he was about to board a plane for Europe last week. Full text...

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