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  • European police bureau signs agreement with Interpol
    05 november 2001 21:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Amid rising cross-border crimes, the heads of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) and the European Union's Police Bureau (Europol) on Monday signed a co-operation agreement aimed at ending duplication of law enforcement efforts. Full text...

  • Suspected Rwandan serial killer arrested
    05 november 2001 20:20:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- An 11-year old Rwandan boy has been arrested in south-western Cyangugu district on suspicion of murdering an eight-old colleague, police sources in the area said Monday evening. Full text...

  • Nigerians protest compatriot's death in Monrovia
    05 november 2001 17:56:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Hundreds of Nigerians resident in Liberia Monday staged a demonstration at their country's Embassy in Monrovia, to protest the alleged murder of a compatriot by Liberian State security officials. Full text...

  • Court sentences 50 Libyans for corruption
    05 november 2001 16:22:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan Peoples' Court Sunday sentenced some 50 people, including several top officials of the finance sector and the Central Bank, to long jail terms and heavy fines for corruption. Full text...

  • Africa at centre of UNESCO's future reflections
    05 november 2001 15:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO's assistant director general in charge of its Africa Department, Noureini Tidjani Serpos, said the 21st century held promising prospects for Africa's economic revival in view of the central focus placed on the continent by UN organisations. Full text...

  • Teenager sets up training school for dogs
    05 november 2001 11:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- It took initiative, guts and hard work, but 17-year-old Keke Nketle's dream of opening Khayalitsha's first dog training school has come true. Full text...

  • Harsh realities confront Children's Day in South Africa
    05 november 2001 10:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The vulnerability of South Africa's children was highlighted at the weekend on the occasion of the National Children's Day. Full text...

  • ANC stalwart laid to rest
    05 november 2001 10:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- African National Congress stalwart Matthews Meyiwa was Sunday laid to rest at Mophela cemetery near Hammarsdale. Full text...

  • Kenya to amend Cooperatives Act
    05 november 2001 09:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Authorities in Kenya have announced plans to amend the country's Cooperative Societies Act with a view to strengthening the cooperative movement to ensure quick and efficient services. Full text...

  • ICRC official takes stock of operations in Ethiopia
    05 november 2001 08:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Ethiopia, Alan Ashelman, says the humanitarian organisation has since 1998 spent 12 million US dollars on various programmes in the country. Full text...

  • Nigerian police pre-empts robbers in rare feat
    04 november 2001 18:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian police in the south-west Ogun State has discovered a list of would-be victims of armed robbers before they could be hit, the private Punch newspaper reported Sunday, adding that the alleged planners of the crime have been arrested. Full text...

  • Opposition-leaning Gambian civil servants lose jobs
    04 november 2001 16:41:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia's president-elect, Yahya Jammeh, has started the rampant firing of what he called as "opposition elements in the civil service". Full text...

  • UNESCO amends its constitution
    03 november 2001 19:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The UNESCO general conference has amended its constitution by reducing the director general's mandate from six to four years. Full text...

  • Journalists launch annual Prize for dead colleague
    03 november 2001 19:00:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A group of journalists working for the private media in Mauritania, has instituted an annual prize in the memory of their colleague Habib Ould Mahfoudh, former Director of 'Le Calame,' newspaper who died Thursday in Paris. Full text...

  • Africa's low presence on committee, budget worry delegates
    03 november 2001 18:56:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Africa's low representation on UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, including the declining budgetary allocation to UNESCO, were some of the issues that raised concerns among African delegates attending the general conference which winds up Saturday. Full text...

  • Conference adopts UNESCO's programmes, budget
    03 november 2001 18:01:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The UNESCO General Conference ended Saturday in Paris, with the adoption of the Organisation's programmes and a budget of 544 million US dollars for 2002/2003. Full text...

  • Botswana Guardian and MidWeek Sun change ownership
    03 november 2001 17:29:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Botswana Guardian and The MidWeek Sun have changed ownership. Full text...

  • In Kenya's town of Lamu, a donkey is as good as a limousine
    03 november 2001 17:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The sleek limousine with tinted windows, festooned with flowers and colourful balloons, has become a common sight in Kenya's urban streets during weddings. Full text...

  • Heavy storms destroy houses in Botswana
    03 november 2001 16:18:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Hundreds of people have been left homeless and livestock killed in Botswana after heavy storms destroyed their houses during the week. Full text...

  • Govt investigates Anthrax scare in Nigerian State
    03 november 2001 14:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has launched an investigation into the reported case of anthrax in Yola, capital of the northern Adamawa state, according to police spokesman Haz Iwendi. Full text...

  • NGOs move to save woman on Death Row
    03 november 2001 14:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Amid reports that the woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery has fled her home in Nigeria's northern Sokoto state, the country's NGO community has launched a campaign to save her. Full text...

  • Benin launches road safety campaign
    03 november 2001 14:12:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The National Road Safety Centre (CNSR), in cooperation with the NGO "Espace Secours," has launched a road safety campaign to prevent accidents during the end-of-year festive season. Full text...

  • EAC boss mediates Kenya, Uganda dispute
    03 november 2001 10:09:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC) Amanya Mushega has said ongoing fishing disputes in Lake Victoria should be resolved amicably, according to the spirit of the organisation. Full text...

  • Fire kills five family members in Kenya
    03 november 2001 09:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Police have launched investigations into the circumstances surrounding the tragic deaths of a woman and her four children in a house fire in the Western town of Kisumu this week. Full text...

  • Rwandans from the Diaspora to hold convention
    02 november 2001 23:05:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- About 2,000 Rwandans living outside the country are planning to hold an unprecedented convention towards the end of the year, official sources reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Student killed as gunplay turns tragic
    02 november 2001 22:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Tragedy struck Chepkoilel Secondary School in Uasin Gishu District, about 400 km north-west of Kenya when a Form Two student was killed by a stray bullet, as a prison warden showed students how to operate a gun, the East African Standard daily reported Friday. Full text...

  • Northern Province hosts Children's Day celebrations
    02 november 2001 22:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Office on the Rights of the Child, which is driving the National Programme of Action (NPA) on Children's Rights in the Presidency, will be celebrating National Children's Day on Saturday in the Northern Province. Full text...

  • BBC, ZNBC sign broadcasting agreement
    02 november 2001 20:54:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), have signed a five-year FM broadcasting agreement. Full text...

  • Mauritius marks over two centuries of Indians' presence
    02 november 2001 10:38:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius is marking Friday more than two centuries since the arrival of Indian immigrants on the Indian Ocean island nation. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso welcomes UNESCO resolution on women's centre
    01 november 2001 19:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sawadogo Laya Thursday welcomed a resolution by the ongoing general conference of UNESCO to create an inter-African training centre for girls and women in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Mauritania's weekly publisher dies
    01 november 2001 18:14:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The founder and editorial director of Mauritania's weekly magazine 'Le Calame', Habib Ould Mahfoudh died Thursday in a clinic in Paris, reliable sources in Nouakchott disclosed. Full text...

  • Opposition warns of anthrax danger in South Africa
    01 november 2001 17:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party has said Wednesday's anthrax scare at President Thabo Mbeki's offices in Cape Town shows the urgency for all authorities to be prepared to counter any threat of biological attack. Full text...

  • Top Musicians for AIDS Awareness Concert
    01 november 2001 16:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Top Nigerian musicians will perform in Lagos Friday at an AIDS awareness concert being sponsored by Korean electronics company LG. Full text...

  • Minister says Benin loses 50 billion CFA yearly
    01 november 2001 15:09:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin loses 50 billion FCFA (about 67 million US dollars) in revenues yearly due to corruption, the minister of Justice, Legislation and Human rights, Joseph Gnonlonfoun revealed. Full text...

  • Shark kills German tourist in Cape Verde
    01 november 2001 12:53:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A German tourist was killed after a shark attacked him on the islet of Branco, the Cape Verdian news agency, Inforpress, reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania vows to resuscitate universal primary education
    01 november 2001 11:12:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania has embarked on a five- year national programme beginning 2002 aimed at expanding and reversing the country's appalling educational standards, which hit rock bottom over a decade ago. Full text...

  • Mandela receives Newsmaker of the Decade Award
    01 november 2001 09:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela received the Newsmaker of the Decade Award on Wednesday night and used the occasion to plea for world peace. Full text...

  • Swiss government funds WFP airlift in DR Congo
    31 october 2001 23:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme has welcomed a 378,350-dollar contribution from the government of Switzerland to fund an emergency airlift of food aid to thousands of people trapped in war-torn DR Congo. Full text...

  • Plea against Sharia death sentence goes web-wide
    31 october 2001 23:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A petition launched a week ago by a Paris- based community site, www. Full text...

  • Kenya contemplates disaster management authority
    31 october 2001 22:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya government is proposing the establishment of a National Disaster Management Authority aimed at coordinating the operations of various agencies. Full text...

  • Road accidents claim 500 lives each year in Niger
    31 october 2001 20:22:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A Transport ministry report has indicated that each year about 500 people get killed and 4 000 others injured in road accidents in Niger. Full text...

  • Nigerian government moves to save woman on death row
    31 october 2001 18:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Apparently embarrassed by the widespread criticism of the death sentence passed on a pregnant woman by an Islamic court in Nigeria's northern Sokoto State, the federal government has joined in appealing against the ruling. Full text...

  • Film on AIDS in Africa shown at UNESCO conference
    31 october 2001 17:15:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO director general Koichiro Matsuura and the president of the current general conference, Iranian Ahmad Jalali on Wednesday led participants at the session to view the inauguration of a special documentary film on AIDS in Africa. Full text...

  • Ivorian villagers kill six Burkinabe in retaliatory attack
    31 october 2001 13:37:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Six Burkinabe nationals were massacred Sunday by villagers of Becedi, about 100 km north-east of Abidjan, after an Ivorian nurse was murdered by his Burkinabe farmhand, the police said. Full text...

  • Botswana Police Issue Anthrax Alert
    31 october 2001 12:51:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana police have issued an anthrax alert and spelt out measures to be taken in case of an anthrax attack. Full text...

  • Man jailed two years for insulting Zambian president
    31 october 2001 09:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Lusaka magistrate's court has sentenced a 27-year-old man to two years imprisonment and hard labour for insulting President Frederick Chiluba last April, the local press reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • South African pressure groups seek reparations from Switzerland
    31 october 2001 09:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A pressure group seeking the write-off of all apartheid-era debts incurred by South Africa says its appeals are being justified publicly. Full text...

  • Burundi launches new telephone exchange
    30 october 2001 23:45:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's National Telecom Office (ONATEL) has launched a new telephone exchange equipped with a 200,000-line maximum capacity, compared to the 18,000 lines of the former exchange, officials of the state-run company said Tuesday. Full text...

  • 13 guards killed in Rezilane Prefecture
    30 october 2001 23:30:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Thirteen communal guards were killed Tuesday by suspected "terrorists" near Mendes, in Algeria's Rezilane Prefecture, some 350-km west of Algiers, security officials said. Full text...

  • Catholic priest impregnates teenager
    30 october 2001 22:03:00
    Namibe- Angola, (PANA) -- A local parish pries in the Angolan town of Tombwa in Namibe Province is currently at large following a scandal in which he put a teenager in the family, then aborted the pregnancy. Full text...

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