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  • Schoolboys jailed nine years for gang rape
    06 june 2001 20:35:00
    Rundu- Namibia (PANA) -- Three former pupils of Kandjimi Murangi Secondary School in Namibia's Kavango region have been sentenced to nine years imprisonment for gang rape. Full text...

  • Tension mounts in Daadab refugee camp.
    06 june 2001 20:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Tension is mounting at northern Kenya's Daadab refugee camp where its occupants are threatening to stage a hunger strike to protest the drastic reduction of regular rations by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Full text...

  • Schoolboys jailed nine years for gang rape
    06 june 2001 20:01:00
    Rundu- Namibia (PANA) -- Three former pupils of Kandjimi Murangi Secondary School in Namibia's Kavango region have been sentenced to nine years imprisonment for gang rape. Full text...

  • Nigerian giant phone company opens bid for GSM
    06 june 2001 18:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's telecommunications giant NITEL Wednesday opened the bid documents for its mobile telephone GSM launch and transmission network expansion, with six international telecommunications companies under consideration. Full text...

  • Hundreds bid farewell to Aids hero
    06 june 2001 18:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Hundeds of mourners on Wednesday paid tribute to 12-year-old Aids activist Nkosi Johnson who died Friday after a lengthy battle against the disease. Full text...

  • Ex-combatants assault Liberian Minister
    06 june 2001 17:16:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A group of Liberian ex-combatants from the disbanded Lofa Defence Force (LDF), has flogged a Deputy cabinet Minister for allegedly being in possession of a vehicle belonging to his dead colleague, according to local press reports Wednesday. Full text...

  • RSF against Ghana's decision to deport Liberian journalist
    06 june 2001 15:17:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- French-based Reporters without Borders (RSF), whose Africa bureau is based in Abidjan, has protested against the decision to deport Liberian journalist Darryl Ambrose Nmah of Radio Gold, a private station in Accra. Full text...

  • RSF condemns jailing of Togolese journalist
    06 june 2001 14:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- France-based press freedom watchdog, Reporters without Borders (RSF), has condemned the jailing of Togolese journalist and called for his release. Full text...

  • Texas to return Malawi's 100 million-year-old fossil
    06 june 2001 13:56:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- Plans are underway between Malawian and US cultural authorities to ferry back to Malawi a 12-metre long skeleton of a 100 million-year-old dinosaur from its adopted home in a museum in Texas. Full text...

  • Burundi police arrest paedophile businessmen
    06 june 2001 13:51:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi police have reported bursting a network of wealthy and influential businessmen engaged in paedophilia. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe veterans' future uncertain as leader dies
    06 june 2001 10:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Former fighters of Zimbabwe's war of Independence face an uncertain future after the death last Monday of their charismatic leader Chenjerai Hunzvi, pundits believe. Full text...

  • Commission amnesties killers of human rights activist
    06 june 2001 10:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has granted amnesty to former senior apartheid security police officer Willem Schoon for his role in the 1981 murder of Durban human rights lawyer Griffiths Mxenge. Full text...

  • Crime on the rise in Yaounde
    06 june 2001 10:05:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- At least nine armed raids or suspicious deaths were recorded in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, in the latter half of May, official sources conceded. Full text...

  • Benin gets sixth publishing house
    05 june 2001 23:31:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A new publishing house "Editions des Diasporas" has been created in Benin raising the number of such firms to six. Full text...

  • RSF protests threats to deport Liberian refugee journalist
    05 june 2001 20:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Paris-based media watch organisation, Reporters sans Frontières is protesting against threats by Ghanaian authorities to deport Darryl Ambrose Nmah, a Liberian journalist employed at Radio Gold, a private station in Accra. Full text...

  • Mauritius Police Organise Crime Prevention Week
    05 june 2001 20:16:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Police Force is organising a one-week mass sensitisation programme and crime prevention awareness campaign in the Indian Ocean island-nation. Full text...

  • Travel women join battle to stop child sex in tourism
    05 june 2001 20:03:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Curbing child sex in tourism will be at the centre of discussions during this year's annual convention of the International Federation of Women in Travel Organisations (IFWTO) to be held in Greece later this month. Full text...

  • New rival upsets giant Kenya teachers union
    05 june 2001 17:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A major row is raging between the government and the giant Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) following the registration of a rival union to represent teachers in secondary schools and other post-primary education institutions. Full text...

  • Student to govern Lagos for one day
    05 june 2001 17:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- For winning a state-wide spelling competition, a 16-year-old secondary student is to be sworn in as governor of Lagos State, one of Nigeria's foremost states, for 24 hours Wednesday. Full text...

  • Drug trafficking feared on the rise in Mozambique
    05 june 2001 16:24:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The South African bureau of the UN body on drug and crime prevention has affirmed that drug trafficking in Mozambique was developing faster than in any other African country. Full text...

  • Officials swindle teachers' millions in insurance scam
    04 june 2001 20:07:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania's primary school teachers in the country have reportedly fallen victims to a fraud involving 531 million shillings (1 USD = 100 shillings) deducted from their salaries as insurance premiums during a five-year period 31 December 2000. Full text...

  • Police raid Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's home
    04 june 2001 19:52:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Police swooped on Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's Soweto home at the weekend in search of documents related to bank fraud. Full text...

  • Over 400 policemen attacked in five years
    04 june 2001 18:48:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- At least 460 police officers have been attacked in the last five years in Mauritius, according to statistics released Monday in Port Louis. Full text...

  • Striking University teachers ordered back to classes
    04 june 2001 18:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has ordered University teachers across the country to end their two-month strike and return to classes next Monday. Full text...

  • Ghanaian woman said seeking Botswana husband
    04 june 2001 16:04:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A 26-year-old woman, identified as a Ghanaian, has sent her credentials to Botswana in search of a husband, the local press reported Monday. Full text...

  • Rights group says torture rife in Mauritius
    04 june 2001 15:16:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The use of torture, inhumane treatment or degrading punishment is widespread in Mauritius, according to a report by the Islamic Human Rights Commission based in the United Kingdom. Full text...

  • Congolese Refugees accuse UN Agencies of neglect
    04 june 2001 14:56:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Some 2,585 DR Congo refugees recently repatriated from Sudan and Angola tabled their suffering before a UN official who visited their Sicotra camp east of Kinshasa Friday. Full text...

  • Maghreb women declare 1 June Mother's Day
    04 june 2001 13:01:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- At an ongoing meeting of the Maghreb Mothers' Association, holding in Casablanca, Morocco, participants have declared 1 June Maghreb Mother's Day. Full text...

  • Famous TV Gladiator Dies
    03 june 2001 16:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A day after she was declared brain dead, Sahara, the famous television gladiator died Saturday when her life support system was shut down. Full text...

  • Govt Investigates Top Officials Over Foreign Accounts
    03 june 2001 16:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As the anti-corruption commission opens trial of indicted persons in Abuja, Nigeria's federal government has ordered the investigation of its officials with "fat foreign accounts" allegedly used to siphon public funds, the News Agency of Nigeria reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Jilted Lover Sues Boyfriend
    03 june 2001 16:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- After their love went sour, a middle-aged lady in Nigeria's northern state of Katsina has sued her former boyfriend for a two million naira compensation (110 naira=1USD). Full text...

  • ICT access for African media crucial for democratisation
    02 june 2001 19:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Washington-based Global Coalition for Africa (GCA) contends that the need to foster the development of an open, free, critical and effective media in Africa has never been more urgent for a continent staking its claim on the 21st Century. Full text...

  • UNHCR reports relocation of Sierra Leonean refugees
    02 june 2001 18:59:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) says it has completed the relocation of more than 54,000 refugees from an insecure area near Guinea's volatile border with Sierra Leone to what it said were better protected camps further inland. Full text...

  • Mano River women network in search for peace
    02 june 2001 18:51:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A nine-strong delegation from a peace network being set up by women across the Mano River (MARWOPNET), leave the Sierra Leonean capital of Freetown for Monrovia, Liberia on Sunday as the movement makes its debut. Full text...

  • UNICEF flies in emergency relief for war victims
    02 june 2001 15:14:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A total of six metric tons of emergency relief supplies have been airlifted into Liberia for victims of the war in the north of the country, UNICEF resident representative, Scholastica Kimaryo, has said. Full text...

  • Authorities reject rumours of leaked exam papers
    02 june 2001 13:30:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Director of the Baccalaureate Board in Cameroon, Zacharie Mbatsogo, Friday denied rumours circulating in the country that final examination papers for this year have been leaked, prompting the authorities to postpone their sitting by students. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to establish women only university
    02 june 2001 13:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government has approved an application by women lobby groups to establish a female only university, officials said Sunday. Full text...

  • Gambia University signs memorandum with other institutions
    02 june 2001 12:23:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Desirous to create a congenial environment for co-operation, the University of Gambia has signed a memorandum of understanding with all the tertiary institutions in the country. Full text...

  • Gambia University sings memorandum
    02 june 2001 12:13:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Desirous to create a congenial environment for co-operation, the University of Gambia has signed a memorandum of understanding with all the tertiary institutions in the country. Full text...

  • RSF worries about Liberian journalists' working conditions
    02 june 2001 11:52:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Reporters without Borders (RSF) organisation said it was very worried by the worsening working conditions of journalists in Liberia. Full text...

  • Metical still going strong after 1000th issue
    02 june 2001 09:29:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Though a few observers gave it much of a chance when its first issue came out on 16 June 1997, Mozambique's independent newsheet, Metical, Friday marked its 1000th edition by paying tribute to Carlos Cardoso, its late founder and editor. Full text...

  • Maputo robbers pull a fast one on a payroll
    01 june 2001 23:45:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A group of five thieves, armed with two pistols, stole on Thursday more than 100 million meticais (about 5,000 US dollars) intended for the wages of the 67 workers of the Maputo detergent company MODET, reported the daily "Noticias" Friday. Full text...

  • UNESCO helps local press to pay for newsprint
    01 june 2001 23:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- UNESCO has signed an agreement with eight newspapers and with a Mozambican paper supplier, under which the publications will be able to purchase their newsprint r as a group, thus reducing their costs. Full text...

  • Gambian youths shun journalism
    01 june 2001 23:23:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Young Gambians say they are not keen on becoming journalists, describing the profession as risky and hazardous. Full text...

  • GCA urges respect for constitutions
    01 june 2001 23:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The need to uphold respect for constitutions in Africa has been identified as the fundamental pillar on which the hard-won gains of democracy could be safeguarded on the continent. Full text...

  • Journalists take issue with corruption forum
    01 june 2001 22:52:00
    The Hague- The Netherlands (PANA) -- As the curtains are drawn on the second Global Forum on Fighting Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity at the Hague in the Netherlands, journalists have taken issue with the lack of transparency surrounding much of the conference. Full text...

  • Women's group demands release of abducted girls
    01 june 2001 22:36:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Sierra Leone branch of the Mano River Union's Women Peace Network Friday demanded the release of all girls and children abducted or forced into the region's conflict by the warring sides. Full text...

  • Freetown and Banjul renew 85-year-old relationship
    01 june 2001 22:18:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Mayor Henry Ferguson of Freetown and his Banjul counterpart in Gambia, Samba Faal, have signed in Banjul an agreement calling for the revitalisation of friendship between the two cities. Full text...

  • PANAPRESS, ANGOP sign Portuguese Service agreement
    01 june 2001 21:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Dakar-based Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS) and the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) signed an agreement Friday for the production of Portuguese news casts. Full text...

  • South Africa commemorates international children's day
    01 june 2001 19:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A National Programme of Action for Children in South Africa was launched in parliament on Friday to coincide with International Children's Day on Friday. Full text...

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