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  • National radio and TV dismisses 21 employees, demotes 40
    12 august 2001 10:55:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation has sacked 21 of its 550 employees, including two journalists, and demoted some 40 others. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire moves against child trafficking
    11 august 2001 19:12:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government has set up a national committee to fight child trafficking, official sources in Abidjan said. Full text...

  • Youth forum adopts strategy
    11 august 2001 18:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 4th World Youth Forum has wound up in Dakar with the adoption of the "Dakar Strategy" seeking to responsibility divulged down to youths. Full text...

  • Central African refugees dread Patasse's regime
    11 august 2001 15:45:00
    Impfondo- Congo (PANA) -- More than 2,000 nationals from the Central African Republic (CAR) who took refuge in Congo Brazzaville in the heat of last May's failed coup have said they cannot return while President Ange Felix Patasse was still in power. Full text...

  • Benin Army Chief dies in air crash
    11 august 2001 14:53:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin Chief of Army Staff, Colonel Jean N'Pina Kouagou, and four other soldiers died Friday in an helicopter crash in Kokoro, about 325-km north of Cotonou, the Defence Ministry announced Saturday. Full text...

  • Taylor appoints national census Commission
    11 august 2001 14:44:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has constituted a National Census Commission to organise the country's fourth population and housing census, the first in 17 years. Full text...

  • Sudan to repatriate 46 abducted Ugandan women, children
    11 august 2001 11:45:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese authorities said Saturday that another batch of 46 Ugandan women and children abducted by Uganda's Lord Resistance Army, would be repatriated home on a Kenyan Airways flight. Full text...

  • Angolan soldiers jailed for illegal entry into Zambia
    10 august 2001 14:43:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A local magistrate's court in Solwezi, northwestern Zambia, has sentenced 12 Angolan soldiers to nine months imprisonment each for entering the country illegally. Full text...

  • Moshekwa Langa wins 2001 art prize
    10 august 2001 09:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Moshekwa Langa, who produced a poignant painting entitled, 'Home Movies: Where Do I Begin?' is the winner of South Africa's FNB Vita Art Prize 2001. Full text...

  • Tanzania, DRC host largest number of SADC refugees
    10 august 2001 08:34:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania and the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo currently host the largest refugee population within the 14-nation Southern African Development Community, according to new data provided by the UN High Commission for Refugees. Full text...

  • 85 illegal immigrants to appear before Namibian Tribunal
    09 august 2001 23:08:00
    Grootfontein- Namibia (PANA) -- Some 85 suspected illegal immigrants from Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda are expected to join an unspecified number of others to appear before Namibia's Immigration Tribunal at Ohangwena Friday. Full text...

  • US supports Nigeria Police to fight fraud
    09 august 2001 22:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The US has donated equipment worth 150,000 dollars to the Nigeria Police as part of assistance to the African nation to fight fraud. Full text...

  • Compulsory travel papers for Malian children
    09 august 2001 21:12:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian children under 18 years of age, are now to carry mandatory documents for travelling, under a government move to curb cross-border child trafficking, officials said in Bamako Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Court to operate from Lagos
    09 august 2001 21:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Court of Justice has shifted its operational base from the Community's Secretariat in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja to Lagos, where it has been offered temporary office and residential accommodation by the government, ECOWAS sources said. Full text...

  • Nigeria may face shortage of technicians, teachers
    08 august 2001 23:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Lack of interest by candidates to study at polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria may lead to a shortage of technicians and teachers in the country, according to a top official of the body supervising examinations and admissions into the country's higher institutions. Full text...

  • UNESCO acknowledges Senegal's literacy drive
    08 august 2001 19:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's Adult Literacy and Basic Education programme has been awarded the UNESCO Malcolm Adiseshiah literacy prize, a statement from the UN agency said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Youths move to boost capacity against HIV/AIDS
    08 august 2001 19:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Delegates at the 4th World Youth Forum in Dakar Wednesday adopted a draft recommendation on ways to strengthen their capacity in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Prosecution contests ruling on Yopougon massacre
    08 august 2001 19:11:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The prosecution was Wednesday expected to file an appeal to the Supreme Court in Cote d'Ivoire against the acquittal by a military tribunal, of eight security officers charged with the killing of 57 people during last year's post-election upheavals. Full text...

  • Video-clubs close shops in anti-piracy move
    08 august 2001 17:03:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Some 300 owners of video- clubs in Mauritius have closed shop Wednesday following the setting up of the Anti-piracy smuggling unit which started its operations Monday. Full text...

  • Africans living off the continent return for pilgrimage
    08 august 2001 16:20:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- About 50 Africans living outside the continent are expected Thursday in Cotonou to participate in the "Memorial Afrika" pilgrimage, intended to commemorate the 150th year of the back-to-the-roots request by 100 Blacks from Guadeloupe, Fr. Full text...

  • Terrorist bombing brings Tanzania, US closer
    08 august 2001 14:21:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The terrorist bomb attack on the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam in 1988 that killed 11 people and injured hundreds of others spurred closer bilateral relations between Washington and Dar es Salaam. Full text...

  • Killer of rampaging snake gets 100,000-naira reward
    08 august 2001 13:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Kano State government in northern Nigeria has rewarded a snake charmer with 100,000 naira (nearly 910 US dollars) for killing a snake believed to have killed 34 people in a community in the state since 27 July, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Emergency plan for new refugees in Cote d'Ivoire
    08 august 2001 11:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The UN refugees agency and its partners have worked out an emergency plan for resettlement of 1,068 refugees in the Guiglo region of Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • UNESCO Symposium on African News Agencies opens in Yaounde
    07 august 2001 23:19:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A symposium opened Tuesday in Yaounde, Cameroon on the future of news agencies in Africa, in the context of the New Information and Communication Technologies (NICTs). Full text...

  • Port Elisabeth to host workshop on juvenile delinquents
    07 august 2001 22:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN Centre for Human Settlements would next November in Port Elisabeth, South Africa organise an international workshop on youths at odds with the law, regional director Alioune Badiane, announced Tuesday in Dakar. Full text...

  • Grave vandals on the prowl in Windhoek
    07 august 2001 22:37:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- An official of Namibia's Municipality of Windhoek confirmed Tuesday that vandalisation of graveyards was continuing in the area despite security measures put in place to stem the crime. Full text...

  • Rwandan courts try 5,864 genocide suspects
    07 august 2001 20:21:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The authorities in Kigali said Tuesday that Rwandan courts have so far tried 5,864 genocide suspects. Full text...

  • Mandela awarded Zulu King Tshaka's medallion
    07 august 2001 20:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela became the first recipient of Zulu King Tshaka's medallion Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria to improve domestic gas use
    07 august 2001 19:08:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo has unveiled plans by his administration to improve domestic utilisation of gas in the country. Full text...

  • Police Investigate Robbery Of American Doctors
    07 august 2001 17:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Police said Tuesday they were still investigating Sunday's armed robbery attack on a team of American medical experts visiting the country. Full text...

  • Prison warders threaten mass suicide over pay
    07 august 2001 13:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Thirty prison warders in the Lagos State Prisons Command have threatened mass suicide if the command continued to delay payment of their salary arrears, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Botswana attorney appointed to UN criminal tribunal
    07 august 2001 11:27:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A Botswana attorney has been appointed to the UN International Criminal Tribunal at The Hague, Netherlands, currently trying people accused of committing war crimes and serious violations of international humanitarian law in the former Yugoslavia. Full text...

  • UNFPA satisfied with Dakar youth forum
    06 august 2001 23:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN Population Fund (UNFPA) director for Africa Fama Hanne Bâ has expressed satisfaction with the run of things at the ongoing world youth forum that rolled off in Dakar Monday. Full text...

  • CPJ worries about safety of abducted Eritrean journalist
    06 august 2001 23:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Monday expressed grave concern about the safety of Eritrean journalist Mattewos Habteab, reportedly abducted by security forces and being forced to perform military work. Full text...

  • Wade urges youths to take up challenge of African Union
    06 august 2001 22:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The fruition of the African Union (AU) and the New African Initiative (NAI) is a major challenge for the African youth, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade declared Monday at the opening in Dakar of the 4th World Youth Forum. Full text...

  • A commission for the reform of the magistracy
    06 august 2001 21:54:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, announced Monday the setting up of a commission to review the status of judges in the country. Full text...

  • Parliament probes disappearances in Congo
    06 august 2001 21:43:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's National Transition Council (CNT) - provisional Parliament - has set up a commission to inquire into cases of people reported missing during the different civil wars which occurred in the country between 1993 and 1999. Full text...

  • Nigeria Airways, SAA exploring new areas of co-operation
    06 august 2001 18:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Building on the success of their five-month-old joint venture agreement on the lucrative Lagos-New York route, Nigeria Airways Ltd (NAL) and the South African Airways (SAA) are exploring new areas of co-operation, according to an SAA official. Full text...

  • GSM service takes off ahead of schedule
    06 august 2001 18:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- With three days to the official launch date of the digital mobile telecommunications services in Nigeria, ECONET Monday became the first of the three GSM licensees to rollout its network. Full text...

  • Call for international compensation fund for slavery
    06 august 2001 17:40:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian foreign minister Anil Gayan on Monday backed calls for the setting up of an international fund to compensate descendants of ancient slaves. Full text...

  • 27 hospitalised due to food poisoning in Machinga
    06 august 2001 15:21:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police in Malawi have opened investigations after 27 villagers in the southern district of Machinga, 120 km east of Blantyre, were hospitalised after eating butter beans over the weekend. Full text...

  • Miriam Makeba appointed Goodwill Ambassador to Africa
    06 august 2001 07:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Foreign minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the weekend paid tribute to internationally acclaimed jazz singer, Miriam Makeba, following her appointment as South Africa's Goodwill Ambassador to Africa. Full text...

  • Road safety official harps on the state of roads in Namibia
    05 august 2001 18:26:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian Roads Authority chief, Justin Runji, says the country's roads are unsuitable for a speed of more than 120-km per hour. Full text...

  • Murdered Senegalese taxi driver buried
    05 august 2001 18:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A Senegalese taxi driver, Mamadou Yougoudou Gakou, shot dead in the US by two of his passengers suspected to be African-Americans, was buried in Ziguinchor Sunday, the Senegalese News Agency (APS) reported. Full text...

  • Namibians honour late businessman
    05 august 2001 16:34:00
    Oshakati- Namibia (PANA) -- Sympathisers, including senior government officials Saturday paid their last respects to a prominent Namibian businessman Erastus Shakela, who died in a motor accident two weeks ago. Full text...

  • Suspect commits suicide under police custody
    05 august 2001 16:33:00
    Oshakati- Namibia (PANA) -- A suspect arrested in connection with a recent armed robbery in Windhoek, the Namibian capital, has committed suicide at Oshakati, the police said Sunday. Full text...

  • World Beauty Queens for global Youth Forum in Dakar
    05 august 2001 15:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Mpule Kwelagobe of Botswana, the Miss Universe 1999, arrived in Dakar Saturday night for the 4th Youth World Forum being organised by the UN Fund for Population (UNFPA) in the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • Crash kills head teacher, injures pupils
    05 august 2001 14:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The head teacher of a top-flight school in Meru, north-east of Nairobi died in a ghastly accident on the Thika-Nairobi highway, that also left 16 pupils of the school injured, press reports said Sunday. Full text...

  • Kenyan maid confiscates baby over pay
    05 august 2001 14:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan maid resorted to holding a her mistress' baby ransom to press for two months unpaid wages, the Sunday Standard newspaper reported. Full text...

  • Nigerian elected president of World Methodist
    05 august 2001 13:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Sunday Mbang, has been elected President of the World Methodist Conference, the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

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