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  • Zambian President due in Paris
    04 february 2002 16:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa leaves Tuesday for Paris, France, to attend a summit on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Bushmen's relocation from Botswana reserve continues
    04 february 2002 16:33:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Hot climate and rough terrain were hampering progress in the relocation of Basarwa (bushmen) families from Botswana's Central Kalagadi Game Reserve (CKGR). Full text...

  • Late Miss Sierra Leone remains laid to rest
    04 february 2002 16:11:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The remains of Miss Sierra Leone, Anniemod Cole, who died last Tuesday following burns she sustained in a mysterious fire accident, were buried Sunday at the Wilberforce village cemetery. Full text...

  • Ivorian police end strike
    04 february 2002 15:18:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian police stopped striking at the weekend after agreeing with authorities on improved working conditions. Full text...

  • Ivorian president wins peace and development award
    04 february 2002 13:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo over the weekend won the Grand Prix award of Peace and Development, which awarded by the Paris-based International Council of African Managers (CIMA). Full text...

  • Death Toll In Lagos Violence Rises To 20
    04 february 2002 11:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The death toll from the weekend violence between suspected members of the Yoruba nationalist group Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and a group of non-indigenous residents in a suburb of Lagos has increased from 14 to 20, eyewitnesses said Monday. Full text...

  • Foreign experts in Nigeria to clear bombs
    04 february 2002 09:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Bomb disposal experts from the US and Britain have arrived in Nigeria to assist their local counterparts in detonating live bombs and clearing exploded ones at the Ikeja ammunition dump, which went up in flames last Sunday, causing the deaths of at least 1000 people. Full text...

  • Obasanjo Supports Public Enquiry Into Lagos Explosions
    03 february 2002 20:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said Sunday he would not oppose a public enquiry into the cause of last Sunday's military armoury explosions at the Ikeja Military Cantonment in Lagos. Full text...

  • Algeria woos skilled nationals abroad
    03 february 2002 19:58:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria has set up a group on how to attract home the country's skilled nationals serving in foreign Universities and research centres. Full text...

  • Uneasy calm as Lagos recovers from violence
    03 february 2002 10:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Residents of a suburb of Nigeria's economic capital of Lagos were Sunday recovering from two days of clashes, which left several people dead and at least four houses burnt. Full text...

  • Floods displace thousands in Malawi
    02 february 2002 17:50:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Floods have displaced close to 10,000 people from 1,500 families in Malawi's central lakeshore district of Salima and the northern boarder district of Karonga. Full text...

  • Nigerian police strike spreads
    02 february 2002 14:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The three-day unprecedented strike by the Nigerian police, which the government called a "mutiny," had spread to at least five of the nation's 36 States by Saturday, raising security concerns across the country. Full text...

  • Bushmen threaten to take Botswana govt to court
    02 february 2002 13:04:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana's Bushmen in Kalagadi game reserve have given the government a 30-day notice to rescind its decision to force them out of the reserve, or face court action. Full text...

  • Kenyan workers strike over alleged frustrations
    02 february 2002 11:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Employees of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology's (ICIPE) at Mbita Point Field Research Centre in western Kenya have continued with their go-slow strike started early this week. Full text...

  • Relief aid for explosion victims in Nigeria swells
    02 february 2002 11:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Donations from local and the international community to the Lagos explosions disaster relief fund, aimed at providing succour to victims of Sunday's military armoury explosions, have continued to swell. Full text...

  • Students decry dragging police investigation
    01 february 2002 22:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Remembering their mate who was gunned down by police last year, the students of Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar said Thursday they were losing patience with the dragging investigation into circumstances under which Balla Gaye died. Full text...

  • DRC deports 30 Burundians after offensive
    01 february 2002 22:15:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Congolese Rally for Congolese Democracy (RCD) rebels have forced about 30 Burundians out of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where they had settled for many years, Burundi Press Agency (ABP) reported Friday. Full text...

  • Cameroonians find panacea in 'aloe vera' plant
    01 february 2002 19:19:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- For traditional healers in Cameroon, the 'aloe vera' plant has become a cure-all that they are administering to patients. Full text...

  • Nigerian soldiers maintain security following police strike
    01 february 2002 18:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Armed troops, mainly from the Lagos special Rapid Response Squad, were helping to maintain security in Nigeria's economic capital city of Lagos Friday, following an unprecedented strike by junior police officers demanding better welfare. Full text...

  • Rights group criticises Sudan's justice system
    01 february 2002 18:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Sudan's justice system is handing down "barbaric punishments" including death by stoning and amputations, Human Rights Watch charged Friday. Full text...

  • Nigerian police call off strike
    01 february 2002 15:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Policemen in Nigeria's south-eastern state of Cross River, who went on a historic strike Thursday to press for better welfare, have called off the strike. Full text...

  • NGOs want to control trans-national corporations
    01 february 2002 14:52:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Concerned that businesses have been involved in practices that hurt societies, particularly the poor, a group of NGOs have called for legally binding regulations that set minimum human rights and environmental standards for trans- national corporations. Full text...

  • Death of Miss Sierra Leone shocks compatriots
    01 february 2002 14:17:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The country is still in profound shock days after the death last Monday night of Miss Sierra Leone, Anniemod Cole, from third-degree burns suffered a week earlier. Full text...

  • Danger still looms at Yaounde Regiment headquarters, elsewhere
    01 february 2002 13:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Last Sunday's explosion of an ammunition dump in neighbouring Nigeria has rekindled fears among locals on the precincts of an armoury in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, which blew up in February last year but left no casualties. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Bissau to free rights activists
    01 february 2002 12:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (IFHRL) is urging the government in Guinea-Bissau to immediately release two local human rights activists as well as drop all charges against them. Full text...

  • Deformed South African teenager for treatment in US
    01 february 2002 09:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African teenager, suffering from a rare physical deformity, has flown to the US where he will undergo medical treatment. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe parliament adopts controversial media law
    31 january 2002 23:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's parliament Thursday night passed a controversial new media law, which local journalists and government critics said was intended to muzzle the press. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean MPs debate controversial media law
    31 january 2002 21:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's parliament was Thursday due to pass into law a controversial media bill which local journalists and civil society groups fear would curtail press freedom in the country. Full text...

  • Government promotes private education in Burundi
    31 january 2002 17:52:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundian government plans to provide material and financial assistance to private schools in a move to promote education in the country Burundi, official sources said Thursday in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Hippos kill two fishermen in Zimbabwe
    31 january 2002 16:16:00
    Binga- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Two fishermen in northern Zimbabwe were killed by a herd of angry hippos, police said Thursday. Full text...

  • Six die in collapsed building in Abuja
    31 january 2002 16:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least six people were killed in Abuja Tuesday when a storey building under construction collapsed, the local media reported. Full text...

  • Newspaper Story Brings Home Tragedy of Lagos Explosions
    31 january 2002 15:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The travails of a father who lost his son in the Lagos arms depot explosions, as reported by a local newspaper Thursday, brought to the fore the pains being experienced by those who lost loved ones in the disaster. Full text...

  • Senegalese soldier dies in army vehicle explosion
    31 january 2002 14:21:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- A Senegalese soldier died in a military camp in Ziguinchor Wednesday evening, following the explosion of a military vehicle loaded with defective munitions, official sources confirmed Thursday. Full text...

  • Charles Pasqua's son flees to Tunisia
    31 january 2002 12:06:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Pierre Pasqua, son of former French Interior minister Charles Pasqua, has taken refuge in Tunisia to escape a summons from the financial brigade of the police in Paris, the weekly Le Canard Enchaîné newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Making sense of avoidable tragedy
    31 january 2002 10:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In 1985 a fire set by rat hunters near an ammunition depot at the Makurdi Air Force base in central Nigeria triggered the explosion of a munitions dump within the barracks but, fortunately, no life was lost. Full text...

  • South African trade unions condole with Nigeria
    31 january 2002 09:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has expressed its condolences to the Nigerian government and the families of victims of last Sunday's ammunition dump explosion. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, US begin talks on military assistance
    30 january 2002 22:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Discussions between a visiting US military delegation and ECOWAS officials entered their second day in Abuja Wednesday on the proposed establishment of a regional communication capability in West Africa. Full text...

  • 6,000 Senegalese refugees living in Guinea Bissau
    30 january 2002 21:40:00
    Bissau- Bissau Guinea (PANA) -- A total of 6,000 Senegalese refugees are currently living in Djolment refugee camp 150 km north west of Bissau, the Guinea Bissau capital compared with 23,000 in 1994. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt closes schools in explosion zone
    30 january 2002 21:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Lagos State government has ordered the immediate closure of all schools within the vicinity of the Ikeja Military Cantonment, where a military armoury exploded Sunday, killing more than 600 people. Full text...

  • Embittered Ivorian policemen fire gunshots in Abidjan
    30 january 2002 20:31:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian policemen went on a shooting spree in Abidjan Tuesday evening until early Wednesday to protest what they termed as the government's failure to apply accompanying measures stipulated under their new status. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe police detain protesting journalists
    30 january 2002 18:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Wednesday briefly detained three journalists among a group who were protesting against a draft media law, which was due to be debated in parliament. Full text...

  • Scores of Tunisian tourists feared missing in Canada
    30 january 2002 17:29:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Canadian immigration officials admitted Tuesday that up to 50 Tunisians who arrived there more than a year ago are missing and would be hard to find if they fled to the US, press accounts in Montreal said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian leader defends self over Lagos explosion, drops US trip
    30 january 2002 15:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Under fire for his perceived lukewarm reaction to the Lagos explosion disaster, President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria Wednesday defended himself, while formally inaugurating a committee to coordinate relief efforts for the victims. Full text...

  • London jury to hear case of murdered Nigerian-born youth
    30 january 2002 13:47:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- A 12-member Jury has been sworn in to try four youths charged with the murder of Nigerian-born Damilola Taylor. Full text...

  • Nigerian MPs say fatal explosions could have been averted
    30 january 2002 13:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As Nigeria continues to count its losses from Sunday night's explosions from the Ammunition Transit Depot (ATD)in Lagos, there are indications that the deadly blast could have been averted if the authorities had heeded the advice of the nation's upper legislative chamber. Full text...

  • South African police on re-arrest of urban terrorists
    30 january 2002 11:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town police has launched a public appeal in tracing the whereabouts of two urban terror suspects who escaped from the Cape Town High Court holding cell four months ago. Full text...

  • Police arrest incestuous father in Morocco
    30 january 2002 10:40:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Police in the Moroccan northern city of Tetouan have arrested a man in his sixties after the 18-year-old daughter denounced him of rape and sequestration, the Arab Maghreb news agency (MAP) reported. Full text...

  • Nigerian student commits suicide over poor performance
    30 january 2002 09:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A 20-year-old high school student in Nigeria's south-west city of Akure committed suicide because of persistent poor performance in his examinations, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mob kills three policemen in Lagos
    30 january 2002 09:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A mob in the Gbagada suburb of Lagos burnt three policemen to death late Tuesday after the officers allegedly killed a commercial bus driver for refusing to give them 20 naira bribe (110 naira = 1 US dollar). Full text...

  • Mauritius marks 167th anniversary of slavery's abolition
    30 january 2002 08:17:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has organised an elaborate programme throughout the island to celebrate the 167th anniversary of the abolition of slavery on 1 February, an official at the arts and culture ministry said Wednesday. Full text...

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