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  • Discovered bomb material linked to Tunisian
    26 september 2001 11:48:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Investigators in Brussels Tuesday said large quantities of explosive agents discovered last week could belong to a Tunisian earlier arrested on suspicion of plotting attacks on US interests in Europe. Full text...

  • Dog named after Zambian minister
    26 september 2001 10:55:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Foreign Affairs minister Keli Walubita has declined any comment after former Mines minister Syamukayumbu Syamujaye renamed his dog after him. Full text...

  • Fifty stations in Burkina Faso airwaves
    25 september 2001 23:00:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Six FM private radio stations were licensed Tuesday by the communication commission which regulates broadcasting in Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Hoax bomb scares people in Dar es Salaam
    25 september 2001 20:55:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Hundreds of Dar es Salaam residents scampered for their lives Tuesday morning following a bomb scare at a bank in the Tanzanian economic capital Tuesday. Full text...

  • Interpol countries condemn anti-US terrorism
    25 september 2001 20:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Interpol General Assembly meeting in Budapest on Tuesday unanimously condemned "the murderous attacks perpetrated against citizens of over 80 countries" in the US on 11 September. Full text...

  • South Africa pledges to reduce dam discharges
    25 september 2001 18:05:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The South African authorities have pledged to reduce discharges from the Pongolapoort Dam - from 400 to about 85 cubic metres a second - which could affect areas along the banks of the Maputo river in southern Mozambique, reports Tuesday's issue of the daily paper "Noticias". Full text...

  • Armed forces' mission "is one of peace" - Chissano
    25 september 2001 17:57:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano, in his capacity as Commander in Chief of the Mozambican Armed Forces (FADM), said on Monday that although Mozambican troops bear weapons, "their mission is one of peace". Full text...

  • Zambia's flood victims get relief
    25 september 2001 17:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian News Agency (ZANA) reported Tuesday that local authorities had begun distributing relief food to hunger stricken areas in Kafue district. Full text...

  • NGOs say Durban WCAR conference achieved objectives
    25 september 2001 16:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- African and Afro-Caribbean NGOs based in Paris have hailed the recently concluded Durban conference on racism as a landmark, which achieved its objectives as the Trans- Atlantic Slave Trade was recognised as a crime against humanity by heads of state and governments in their final declaration. Full text...

  • Satire on African politics hits Burkinabe newsstands
    25 september 2001 16:37:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The first issue of a monthly satire, "Le Marabout," published in Ouagadougou, went on sale Tuesday in the Burkinabe capital. Full text...

  • Kenya gripped by terrorism threat
    25 september 2001 16:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Everywhere you go, the attention of Kenyans seems to be fixed on one thing - the looming war in the Asia and the likely ramifications it is going to have in this country. Full text...

  • Rights league calls for clemency in DR Congo
    25 september 2001 15:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- African Human Rights League (AHRL) chairman Dave Mbanza, currently on a European tour, has appealed to the DR Congo government to grant clemency to people sentenced in connection with the assassination of President Laurent Kabila and the coup attempt against his son and successor Joseph Kabila. Full text...

  • Thousands of Malian fishermen ask to return home
    25 september 2001 15:21:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Driven from their camps by Ivorian youths and evacuated to Bouake (central Cote d'Ivoire), some 1,500 Malian fishermen from the Bozo ethnic group have expressed the desire to return to Mali, the Malian Foreign ministry said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan govt tightens security in wake of terrorists' hunt
    25 september 2001 15:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has tightened security within and along the country's borders following reports that the search for terrorists linked to the 11 September attack on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC, were now directed toward the East African country. Full text...

  • Thousands join Benin's campaign for children
    25 september 2001 13:52:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- More than 24 000 people have signed in for Benin's "Say Yes for Children" campaign, UNICEF official Michèle Akan Badarou affirmed Monday. Full text...

  • Renowned Ivorian church leader dies
    25 september 2001 13:23:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Renowned Ivorian church leader Papa Nouveau died at the weekend in his village of Toukouzou-Hozalem on the outskirts of Abidjan following a protracted illness, his congregation announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cameroonian immigrant challenges male dominance in Francophonie
    24 september 2001 21:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Calixthe Beyala says she has seen her stars rise. Full text...

  • Court Grants Bail To Faction Leader
    24 september 2001 19:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A federal high court sitting in Lagos Monday granted bail to Ganiyu Adams, leader of the nationalist Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), who has been charged with various offences ranging from operating an unlawful association, possession of firearms, brutality and destruction of property. Full text...

  • Mixed reaction as Zambia's presidential couple part ways
    24 september 2001 17:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A cross section of Lusaka residents Monday expressed mixed feelings over the break up between President Frederick Chiluba and his wife Vera, after 30 years of marriage. Full text...

  • Zambian oil workers strike over pay
    24 september 2001 17:15:00
    Ndola- Zambia (PANA) -- Workers at the Indeni Oil refinery in Ndola, Zambia have gone on strike to press for payment of salary arrears. Full text...

  • Zambian association hails HIPC fall-outs
    24 september 2001 16:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Following the allocation of funds freed up from debt relief under the initiative for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC), the Zambia Consumers Association (ZACA) has welcomed the release of 44 000 million kwacha (11. Full text...

  • Taylor warns Liberian Muslims against fundamentalism
    24 september 2001 16:57:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- President Charles Taylor Monday warned Liberian Muslims against developing links with fundamentalists in other parts of the world. Full text...

  • Twelve die in Brazzaville road accident
    24 september 2001 15:54:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Twelve people died and about 40 were wounded when a vehicle ran off the road and somersaulted several times Sunday near the Brazzaville suburb of Massissia, police said Monday. Full text...

  • African Internet users swell to four million
    24 september 2001 15:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Estimates on the current numbers of people using the Internet daily in Africa have risen to four million, according to a status report just released. Full text...

  • Kenya curtails use of cellphones
    24 september 2001 14:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Motorists in Kenya have been banned from using cellphones while driving, as the country moves to control the use of the communication device. Full text...

  • Collapsing factory wall kills three
    24 september 2001 14:25:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Three people were killed and four others hurt when a wall collapsed Sunday night in Khartoum's industrial area, press reports said Monday. Full text...

  • Saudi relief plane arrives in Khartoum
    24 september 2001 14:18:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A second Saudi plane arrived in Khartoum Monday carrying over 50 tonnes of medicines, food and tents donated by Saudi King Fahd bin Abdel-Aziz, for victims of the recent flooding in Sudan. Full text...

  • Setting up a divorce regulation committee
    24 september 2001 13:45:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Participants at a workshop on repudiation in Niger have undertaken to set up a committee to regulate divorce according to Islam, in view of the scope of the phenomenon in the country. Full text...

  • Cameroon repatriates Benin survivors of boat mishap
    24 september 2001 13:30:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Twenty-three Benin survivors of a boat accident on 29 August in Yoyo Mouanko, Cameroon returned to Cotonou at the weekend. Full text...

  • Nujoma challenges Namibian youth
    23 september 2001 18:29:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian President Sam Nujoma has urged his country's youth to take on the mantle of Pan Africanism to greater heights. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire introduces new reforms
    23 september 2001 17:03:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian authorities have introduced free primary school enrolment for new pupils and made it vocational to wear uniforms since the 2001-2002 school year started on 17 September. Full text...

  • Nigerian Catholic bishops warn against Islamic law
    23 september 2001 16:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Catholic Bishops have asked the federal government to halt the continued spread of the Islamic legal system, Sharia, in the country's northern part. Full text...

  • 61 child trafficking victims return to Lome
    23 september 2001 15:12:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Cameroon has flown back to Togo 61 children who had been smuggled out of their home country by child traffickers. Full text...

  • Three Murder Suspects Escape From Jail
    23 september 2001 14:44:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi police have launched a manhunt for three murder suspects who escaped from Chichiri prison of Blantyre early Sunday. Full text...

  • Eight Niger nationals killed in Jos clashes
    23 september 2001 13:51:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Eight nationals of Niger were killed and four others injured in recent inter-ethnic clashes in Jos, Nigeria, Niger's Foreign Affairs ministry has announced. Full text...

  • Police Arraign Suspects In Jos Violence
    23 september 2001 13:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Police have taken to court 270 suspects who were arrested during the recent ethnic and religious violence in the central city of Jos, the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Benin, US sign agreement against drug trafficking
    22 september 2001 19:06:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin and the US Friday signed an agreement in Cotonou to fight drug trafficking and abuse in the West African country. Full text...

  • Mayors go tough on illegal occupants
    22 september 2001 17:02:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The mayors of the Mozambican cities of Maputo and Matola have in a joint dispatch given illegal occupants of land a month to quite or face forced eviction. Full text...

  • Mozambique to axe some teachers over alleged corruption
    22 september 2001 16:51:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- An undisclosed number of Mozambican teachers may be sacked while some pupils are to be punished for cheating, Education Minister Alcido Nguenha said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe tightens airport security after US attacks
    22 september 2001 14:31:00
    Harara- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe aviation officials said Saturday they had tightened airport security throughout the country following last week's deadly attacks in the US which left hundreds dead and thousands missing. Full text...

  • Rights group accuses Eritrea of crackdown on opponents
    21 september 2001 23:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Eritrean government has intensified a major crackdown on its opponents in recent days, Human Rights Watch charged Friday. Full text...

  • Botswana to help train Tanzanian police
    21 september 2001 21:59:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- An undisclosed number of Tanzanian police personnel would be trained in Botswana's new Otse Training College and the proposed International Law Enforcement Academy, local press reported in Gaborone Friday. Full text...

  • France restates commitment to training African forces
    21 september 2001 20:35:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- France Thursday restated its commitment in pushing forward an initiative it launched to equip African states with military capabilities necessary for conducting peacekeeping operations across the continent. Full text...

  • Police chief deplores chaos at Maya Maya airport
    21 september 2001 16:37:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's director general of police, Colonel Jean François Denguet, was upset to find the country's main international airport disorderly when he made a surprise visit to the complex Thursday. Full text...

  • Human Rights Watch denounces escalating crackdown in Eritrea
    21 september 2001 14:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Human Rights Watch, which is based in New York, on Friday asked President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea to free recently detained political dissidents. Full text...

  • Police find narcotics hidden in cemetery
    21 september 2001 09:40:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police in Malawi's central lakeshore district of Nkhota Kota early Friday arrested 10 drug traffickers who had allegedly hidden 28 bags of Indian Hemp in a cemetery. Full text...

  • SADC land officials meet in Mozambique in October
    20 september 2001 22:32:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A land meeting for senior officials responsible for land and land reform in Southern Africa will be held in October in Mozambique. Full text...

  • Namibian students join in calls for land expropriation
    20 september 2001 21:45:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian student leaders have called on the government to expropriate land belonging to absentee landlords to resettle landless Namibians. Full text...

  • Police retrieve cattle from suspected UNITA bandits
    20 september 2001 21:31:00
    Rundu- Namibia (PANA) -- Members of Namibian Police Special Field Force (SFF) on the night of Wednesday retrieved 33 cows from alleged UNITA bandits at Muroro village in Rundu, the Namibian Press Agency (NAMPA) reported Thursday. Full text...

  • RSF disapproves suspension of independent papers
    20 september 2001 21:30:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The world press watch dog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Thursday protested against the suspension of eight independent newspapers in Eritrea. Full text...

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