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  • Delegates agree to measures to combat small arms trafficking
    22 july 2001 10:15:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- After two weeks of hard negotiations, delegates attending a UN conference on small arms added one more day to reach an agreement Saturday on a gamut of measures to combat trafficking in small weapons. Full text...

  • UNICEF welcomes OAU committee on children
    21 july 2001 18:20:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- An official of the United Nations Children's Fund has said the organization welcomes the establishment of the OAU committee on the rights and welfare of children. Full text...

  • "Dead" emigrant returns home to claim wife
    21 july 2001 16:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A Senegalese emigrant who returned home after being reported dead, has thrown his family into an embarrassing situation by claiming his wife, who had remarried his younger brother. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe shocked as man murders family over new wife
    21 july 2001 15:20:00
    MARONDERA- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe was in shock Saturday over reports that a man in the small farming town of Marondera axed his wife and child to death in revenge for the wife's opposition to his plans to marry a second woman. Full text...

  • Somali woman on drugs charges stages dramatic escape
    21 july 2001 14:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan prison officials are agape over the mysterious disappearance of a Somali woman hours after she was charged in a Nairobi court for importing 6. Full text...

  • Jammeh says energy crisis is menace in Gambia
    20 july 2001 23:35:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh Friday said "crises in the energy sector" was one of the major challenges facing his government. Full text...

  • EU grants humanitarian aid to Kenya
    20 july 2001 23:11:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has granted Kenya 3. Full text...

  • Burundians discuss poverty alleviation strategy
    20 july 2001 22:24:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Representatives of various socio-professional groups in Burundi met with cabinet ministers in Bujumbura on Thursday to discuss a strategy for boosting economic growth and poverty alleviation. Full text...

  • Two policemen sentenced over Montepuez deaths
    20 july 2001 21:14:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A court in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado on Friday sentenced two police officers to lengthy prison terms for their part in the deaths by asphyxiation of at least 83 detainees last November, reports the country's news agency, AIM. Full text...

  • Former Ghana sports minister jailed
    20 july 2001 20:55:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's former Youth and Sports Minister, Mallam Ali Yusif Isa, was on Friday sentenced to four years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing 46,000 dollars. Full text...

  • Circumcisers in Meru lay down their knives
    20 july 2001 17:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A three-day workshop organised by anti-female genital mutilation crusaders in Meru South district in Kenya to sensitise the population on the demerits of the practice ended Friday on a sweet note when local female circumcisers signed a declaration to eradicate the evil from the district. Full text...

  • Reparations urged for slavery, segregation
    20 july 2001 16:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- In advance of a major international conference on racism in August in Durban, Human Rights Watch has called for reparations to counter the most severe continuing effects of slavery, segregation and other extreme forms of racism. Full text...

  • RSF protests detention of Kenyan reporters
    20 july 2001 14:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The France-based media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Friday protested to Kenyan authorities against the detention of two journalists charged with 'publishing unverified and alarmist information' in their Weekly Citizen newspaper. Full text...

  • Car hits Namibian police officer
    20 july 2001 12:47:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A member of the Namibian Police (NamPol) Friday morning sustained serious injuries on the head after he was hit by a car along the Hosea Kutako main road in Windhoek. Full text...

  • Lagos Guardian newspaper back on the streets Monday
    20 july 2001 12:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Publishers of Nigeria's leading privately-owned newspaper, The Guardian, announced Friday that the Lagos-based paper returns to the streets Monday, after its workers called off their 10-day strike Thursday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo laments lot of child slaves
    20 july 2001 12:33:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo has intimated that some 150 Nigerian children might well have perished recently, while being transported to slave masters in Gabon. Full text...

  • Nairobi residents brace up against crime
    20 july 2001 12:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Alarmed by increasing insecurity in Nairobi, the business community has formulated an ambitious plan to fight crime in the city and its environs. Full text...

  • Robbers reportedly kill 24 in Nigeria
    20 july 2001 11:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Twenty-four persons, including two policemen, were killed Thursday when armed robbers struck at Awkuzu in Oyi local government area of Nigeria's south-eastern Anambra State, the privately owned Comet newspaper reported Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan school heads get drills on administration
    20 july 2001 11:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan education authorities have announced that school heads in the country's primary and secondary schools would now be trained in administrative and other skills prior to be appointed into the posts. Full text...

  • CPJ praises courage of independent press in Zimbabwe
    19 july 2001 22:20:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Thursday praised the courage of journalists who work in the Zimbabwean independent media. Full text...

  • Algeria expelled 3,000 illegal immigrants in 2000
    19 july 2001 21:24:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria expelled more than 3,000 illegal immigrants last year from Tamanrasset in the south to the border posts of Ain-Guezzam and Tin Zaouatine, police said Thursday in Algiers. Full text...

  • Mali opens technical military training centre
    19 july 2001 21:04:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's defence ministry has inaugurated a technical military training centre worth about 875 million FCFA at Markala, 200 km from Bamako, the capital, official sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Prosecutor sees no evidence to charge former minister
    19 july 2001 20:01:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A senior official in the Malawian prosecutor's office on Thursday said it was unlikely the Anti-Corruption Bureau would obtain consent to prosecute former finance minister Cassim Chilumpha for alleged corruption. Full text...

  • Flood victims receive land in Zambezia
    19 july 2001 19:30:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- About 9,000 people in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia, displaced from their original homes by flooding earlier this year, have received plots in places deemed safe for construction, and have already started building their houses. Full text...

  • Union unhappy with envisaged labour-law amendment
    19 july 2001 19:07:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A Namibia Federation of Trade Unions official suspects the government wants to control trade unions' activities through the amendments it is proposing to the Labour Act of 1992. Full text...

  • Kenyan MPs discuss Osama bin Laden
    19 july 2001 17:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government Thursday conceded in Parliament that it had neither the capacity nor resources to track down Osama bin Laden, the man believed to have masterminded the US embassy bombing in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Mauritius gets Islamic research centre
    19 july 2001 17:21:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritius Islamic Association has inaugurated an Islamic history research centre for the Indian Ocean and Mauritius, sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Ex-employee sues Gambian firm for 295,000 US dollars
    19 july 2001 16:53:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A former employee of a Gambian private soap manufacturing firm, Sankung Sillah and Sons Ltd, has sued the company claiming five million dalasis (about 295,000 US dollars) as compensation for caustic soda burns he allegedly sustained in 1997, while on duty. Full text...

  • SACCOL to host major congress in Cape Town
    19 july 2001 16:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Savings and Credit Cooperative League of South Africa (SACCOL) and the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) would host the Savings and Credit Cooperative Associations (SACCA) Africa Congress 2001 from 30 July to 3 August in Cape Town. Full text...

  • Algeria seeks assistance from Microsoft
    19 july 2001 16:16:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria's ministry of Vocational Training has signed an agreement with US computer giant Microsoft for the equipment of vocational training centres. Full text...

  • Experts disagree over refugee question
    19 july 2001 14:47:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian refugees in Tanzania are at the centre of discussions between experts from the two countries, attended by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Full text...

  • Senegalese children: labour force at anybody's beck and call
    19 july 2001 13:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- At the backyard of a restaurant close to a bus station downtown Fatou, 12, struggles under the weight of a bucket of water visibly too heavy for her strength. Full text...

  • Rights Group urges reparations for slavery, segregation
    19 july 2001 13:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ahead of next month's international conference on racism, Human Rights Watch Thursday called for reparations to counter the most severe continuing effects of slavery, segregation and other extreme forms of racism. Full text...

  • Former officials unfit for public office, says report
    19 july 2001 13:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A report by a panel set up by the Nigerian government has declared a former minister and five other ex-officials of the state-owned National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), unfit to hold public office. Full text...

  • Court strikes out suit against Deputy Premier
    19 july 2001 13:08:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Mauritian Court sitting in Curepipe, 20-km south of Port Louis, Thursday threw out a private suit against Deputy Prime Minister Paul Berenger, in connection with a 1996 murder. Full text...

  • Lagos newspaper workers suspend strike
    19 july 2001 12:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Printing workers of Nigeria's privately-owned Guardian newspaper have suspended their 10-day strike, which they called to press for better pay and improved conditions of service. Full text...

  • "Bicycling Minister" escapes death
    19 july 2001 12:18:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Transport Minister Ojo Maduekwe, who is championing the use of the bicycle as an alternative mode of transport in gridlock-hit major cities in the country, narrowly escaped death Wednesday when an over-speeding bus brushed him aside as he rode to work in the capital city of Abuja. Full text...

  • Police arrest suspects in Mosque burning
    19 july 2001 11:56:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian police said they have arrested four people suspected of burning a mosque in the northern region district of Mzimba at the weekend. Full text...

  • More than 100 small arms to be destroyed in Diffa
    19 july 2001 11:50:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- More than 100 small arms will be destroyed Thursday in Diffa, 1,500 km east of Niamey, at a ceremony sponsored by the National Commission for the Collection and Control of Illicit Weapons, the Niger News Agency (ANP) has reported. Full text...

  • Coup plotters face second charge
    19 july 2001 11:27:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's four coup plotters, who include two soldiers, were Wednesday slapped with a second charge of theft of military uniforms when they appeared before a lower court here amid tight security. Full text...

  • Human rights group says San communities marginalised
    19 july 2001 10:03:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian government is doing more harm than good for the country's San communities, the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) director Phil ya Nangoloh charged Wednesday. Full text...

  • Over 20 people perish in road accident
    19 july 2001 07:46:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Twenty-seven people died Wednesday in a road accident when a truck collided with a bus carrying 74 passengers between Kabwe and Kapiri-Mposhi, 160 km north of the capital Lusaka. Full text...

  • Retired politician's son re-appears in court
    18 july 2001 22:09:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The son of retired Namibian parliamentarian Moses Katjiuongua, Bakondja, who is facing multiple charges relating to fraud and escaping from lawful police custody, reappeared in the Windhoek magistrate's court Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN Tribunal to launch radio in Rwanda
    18 july 2001 21:44:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The United Nations Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda plans to launch its own radio station in Kigali to help enlighten the local population about its work, official sources in the Rwandan capital reported Wednesday night. Full text...

  • Schools for handicapped underway in Senegal
    18 july 2001 20:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Pilot schools to educate handicapped children in a move to properly integrate them into society will begin operation next year in the Senegalese cities of Dakar, Saint-Louis, Thies and Ziguinchor, a UNESCO executive said. Full text...

  • Regional university dons in meeting
    18 july 2001 18:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- University dons from eight Eastern and Central African countries began a high level meeting Tuesday with calls for alternative sources of funding if education was to spearhead development efforts. Full text...

  • Finance hampers Namibian Broadcasting
    18 july 2001 17:48:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Radio and television signals of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), are currently not reaching all corners of country because of financial constraints, the Corporation said. Full text...

  • More inquiry needed into ethnic clashes - minister
    18 july 2001 17:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Those implicated in the ethnic clashes that rocked Kenya in the early 1990s will not be prosecuted because the government was still investigating the issue, parliament was told Wednesday. Full text...

  • Moroccan Navy seizes 3.7 tons of cannabis
    18 july 2001 16:59:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan Royal Navy and Customs, have seized more than 3. Full text...

  • Soyinka appears before panel, seeks apology from state
    18 july 2001 16:54:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka appeared before Nigeria's Human Rights Violation Investigation Commission Wednesday, and used the occasion to demand a formal apology from the government for violating his rights during the late dictator Sani Abacha's regime. Full text...

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