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  • 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...

  • Burundi Appeal Courts return 17 death sentences
    25 june 2001 20:20:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi Appeal Courts sitting in Ngozi north of the country and Bujumbura the capital, pronounced a total of 17 death sentences in one month between 21 May and 21 June, judicial sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria ready to receive Liberian refugees
    25 june 2001 19:26:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- As the Swedish ship carrying Liberian passengers await clearance to berth at Nigeria's main Apapa port, the Nigerian government said all arrangements have been concluded to allow the vessel on an extended voyage of more than three weeks, to dock. Full text...

  • Catholic schools to teach human rights education
    25 june 2001 16:36:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Schools run by the Roman Catholic Church in Liberia will have human rights education included in the curriculum effective next academic year, it was disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • Internet monopoly hampers communication
    25 june 2001 16:13:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- For nearly two weeks, Liberians have been cut off from the rest of the world as the country's only commercial Internet service provider faces a technical breakdown, PANA learned Monday. Full text...

  • Businessmen lose 8 billion F CFA to swindler
    25 june 2001 15:42:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A naturalised Nigerien of Nigerian origin fraudulently obtained about eight billion F CFA from businessmen in Niger, reports the latest issue of the Niamey-published weekly, "Le Republicain". Full text...

  • Pregnancies rising among teenage Osire refugees
    25 june 2001 14:21:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Teenage pregnancies have become a major problem facing school girls at Namibia's Osire camp, which hosts 20,000 refugees from several African countries. Full text...

  • 25 feared dead in lorry accident
    25 june 2001 12:33:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- At least 25 people are feared dead on impact after a lorry transporting them overturned in Tanzania's western Rukwa region, state radio reported Monday. Full text...

  • Ship carrying Liberians arrives, waits to dock
    25 june 2001 09:45:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- After a dramatic high-seas saga, the Swedish ship carrying Liberians fleeing fighting in the country has finally arrived in Nigeria's territorial waters, but has yet to berth at the main Apapa port. Full text...

  • Niger moves to reform penal code
    24 june 2001 18:17:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Niger government onto a bill to reform the country's penal code, the Niger News Agency (ANP) reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Higher education personnel in Sierra Leone strike
    24 june 2001 17:58:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Intermediate and junior staff at the University of Sierra Leone as well as those in teacher training colleges across the country have gone on strike to press for better conditions of service. Full text...

  • Industrial accidents on the decline in Niger
    24 june 2001 17:40:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Eleven people died in 361 recorded industrial accidents in Niger in 1999, according to figures from the National Social Security Fund (CNSS) quoted by the local press. Full text...

  • Proposed moral education turns controversial in Malawi
    24 june 2001 16:55:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Botswana's ministry of Education has said it would re-introduce the controversial 'Religious and Moral Education' subject in secondary schools despite opposition from both the Catholic Church and Muslims. Full text...

  • Vigil for Liberian refugees continues
    24 june 2001 16:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Five days after the Nigerian government offered to take in some 186 Liberians said to be fleeing the fighting in their home region, ports officials and journalists have been keeping vigil at the Lagos port awaiting the arrival of the Swedish ship carrying the Liberians. Full text...

  • Malawi police nab dangerous four
    24 june 2001 16:17:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police in Blantyre have in a raid arrested a gang of four alleged criminals they described as "ruthless and dangerous. Full text...

  • Ruling on opposition leader's appeal set for 7 July
    24 june 2001 15:32:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Court of Appeal in Tunis would on 7 July rule on an appeal filed by opposition leader Moncef Marzouki, who was last December handed a one-year jail term, judicial sources said. Full text...

  • Police arrest four dangerous criminals
    24 june 2001 10:46:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi police has arrested a gang of four young criminals in Blantyre, describing them as "dangerous, ruthless and notorious. Full text...

  • Rwandans jailed in Belgium appeal to Supreme Court
    22 june 2001 23:33:00
    Brusseles- Belgique (PANA) -- Three of the four Rwandans sent to jail by the Assize court in Brussels for their role in the 1994 genocide have appealed to the Supreme Court. Full text...

  • Mbeki breaks silence over Madikizela-Mandela's show-off
    22 june 2001 21:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki on Friday said Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's behaviour on Youth Day could have never been condoned anywhere in the World. Full text...

  • Families of Liberians on stranded vessel chide government
    22 june 2001 21:42:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Families of some 180 Liberians stranded on board the Swedish vessel MV Alnar along the west African coast Friday denounced the "prolonged silence" of the Liberian government on the safety of its nationals. Full text...

  • Minister alarmed by plight of children
    22 june 2001 19:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Minister of Social Development, Dr Zola Skweyiya and religious organisations Friday expressed alarm over the serious social plight facing children, and agreed to collaborate in assisting them. Full text...

  • Over 100 Namibians maimed by explosives
    22 june 2001 19:04:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Explosives have maimed more than 100 Namibians in violence-torn Kavango and Caprivi regions in the north-east since the government invited the Angolan Armed Forces to attack the rebel UNITA movement from Namibian territory in 1999. Full text...

  • Namibia to celebrate African Civil Service Day
    22 june 2001 17:40:00
    Windhoek- Namibia, (PANA) -- The Namibia Civil Service Commission has lined up a series of activities including an exhibition and an awareness campaign to mark Saturday's Africa Day of Administration and Civil Service. Full text...

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