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  • Jewish leaders commend Middle East talks in South Africa
    14 january 2002 10:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) Sunday said it recognised the efforts of the South African government towards advancing the cause of peace in the Middle East. Full text...

  • Nigerian state govt probes Owo clash as death toll rises
    14 january 2002 10:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Ondo state government in south-west Nigeria has launched an investigation into Saturday's deadly clashes between the Yoruba nationalist group Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and guards at the palace of a traditional ruler in the town of Owo. Full text...

  • Hunger threatens Mozambican province of Tete
    14 january 2002 08:42:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambicans in the districts of Angonia and Macanga in the western province of Tete are bracing themselves against famine which is reported to have claimed the life of a person, according to a parliamentary source. Full text...

  • Kenyan police holding brothers who raped aged mother
    14 january 2002 08:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Police in the southern Kenya highlands town of Kisii are holding two brothers who allegedly raped their 70-year-old mother at a remote village in Suneka division a week ago. Full text...

  • Mauritania helps search for missing Senegalese fishermen
    13 january 2002 20:34:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania has opened its airspace and maritime borders to enable salvage teams to search for possible surviving Senegalese fishermen whose boats disappeared during the recent rough weather in the Atlantic Ocean. Full text...

  • Seminar calls for child trafficking prevention units
    13 january 2002 18:22:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The first meeting on child trafficking in West and Central Africa ended Friday in Yamoussoukro with a call for the creation of child trafficking prevention and suppression units in the two sub-regions. Full text...

  • South Africa, Zimbabwe Police Nab More Robbery Suspects
    13 january 2002 14:19:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe police said Sunday a combined operation involving their counterparts from South Africa had netted more suspects in last month's armed robbery at Johannesburg International Airport. Full text...

  • Road accidents decline in Cameroon
    13 january 2002 11:42:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Intense road safety campaigns enabled Cameroon to lower the carnage on its roads last year, the country's director of land transportation, Josue Youmba, has said. Full text...

  • Slain minister buried amid encomiums in Nigeria (re-edited)
    12 january 2002 19:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Twenty-nine days after he was shot dead by yet unknown gunmen in his private residence in Nigeria's south-west city of Ibadan, Justice minister and Attorney-General Bola Ige was buried Friday in his hometown of Esa-Oke, 250 km north of Lagos. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone police question Lebanese in armed robbery probe
    12 january 2002 17:42:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Police detectives in Sierra Leone are investigating four Lebanese nationals in connection with a landmark armed robbery in which a prominent businessman was killed late last month. Full text...

  • Stage set for Nigerian workers' strike on fuel price hike
    12 january 2002 13:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The stage is set for a nation-wide workers' strike in Nigeria next week, after the government announced it would not reverse the higher price of petroleum products which it announced on New Year's Day. Full text...

  • Mali leads in fight against child trafficking, says minister
    11 january 2002 23:27:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Mali's Minister in charge of Women, Children and the Family, Afoussatou Thiero Diarra, said in Yamoussoukro that her country "leads the field in the fight against child trafficking. Full text...

  • Five die in Zimbabwe car crash
    11 january 2002 22:51:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Five people died and several others were injured Friday in Harare when a small passenger car collided head-on with a bus on a major highway leading out of the Zimbabwean capital. Full text...

  • Ghanaian Muslims challenge census figures
    11 january 2002 21:51:00
    ACCRA- Ghana (PANA) -- A group of Ghanaian Muslims have challenged the country's census figures, saying they are wrong as the numbers put their population at 15. Full text...

  • Slain minister buried amid encomiums in Nigeria
    11 january 2002 19:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Twenty-nine days after he was shot dead by yet unknown gunmen in his private residence in Nigeria's south-west city of Ibadan, justice minister and attorney-general Bola Ige was buried Friday in his hometown of Esa-Oke, a village 250 km north of Lagos. Full text...

  • Four Killed In Sudanese Airforce Plane Crash
    11 january 2002 18:33:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A Sudanese airforce plane has crashed in the southern Bahr el Jebel state killing all four crew members on board, the army announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Govt Dismisses Transport Manager
    11 january 2002 14:44:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Employees of Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation Friday thanked the government for sacking the firm's general manager whom they had accused of corruption and nepotism. Full text...

  • Nigerian union welcomes meeting on fuel prices
    11 january 2002 13:43:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said that its seven-day ultimatum to the federal government to reverse the recent fuel price hike remains, despite positive signals from the government. Full text...

  • Kenyans still debating strange wild beast adoption case
    11 january 2002 12:48:00
    NAIROBI- Kenya (PANA) -- Almost a week after a strange phenomenon in which a lioness adopted a prey, Kenyans are still baffled by what they tend to describe as the eighth wonder of the world. Full text...

  • Nigerian GSM Craze Puts Air Travellers at Risk
    10 january 2002 17:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- "Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, please switch off your mobile telephones. Full text...

  • Nigerians urged to sustain Ige's democratic ideals
    10 january 2002 17:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Several speakers at a special ceremony held in Lagos Thursday in honour of slain Nigerian Justice Minister Bola Ige urged the citizens to sustain his democratic ideals as a lasting tribute to him. Full text...

  • 100 feared dead in Nigerian communal clash
    10 january 2002 16:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In the latest in a series of incessant violent clashes plaguing Nigeria, at least 100 people are estimated to have died in a communal violence which started in the central Nasarawa state Monday. Full text...

  • Burundian refugees return home from Tanzania
    10 january 2002 15:19:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 160 Burundian refugees returned home this week complaining about poor conditions in which they lived for several years in Tanzania. Full text...

  • Paris prefect orders mayor to enrol African children
    10 january 2002 14:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Paris prefect Jean Pierre Duport has ordered the mayor of District 15 in the French capital, Rene Galy-Dejean, to enrol about 30 African children in the district's schools. Full text...

  • Mali plans setting up High Islamic Council Tuesday
    10 january 2002 13:58:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian High Islamic Council plans to hold its founding congress in Bamako next Monday under the patronage of President Alpha Omar Konare, the organisers said. Full text...

  • Congo gets 750,000 euros to reintegrate ex-combatants
    10 january 2002 11:02:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The European Commission said it has granted Congo 750,000 euros (over 660,000 US dollars) for the reintegration of ex-combatants and the collection of weapons in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritius records rise in life expectancy
    10 january 2002 09:48:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has recorded a rise in life expectancy from 65. Full text...

  • Rampant influx of drugs in Kenya blamed on laxity
    09 january 2002 22:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan officials are attributing the influx of narcotics into the country to laxity by officials manning the country's major entry points. Full text...

  • Awareness campaign on child labour during CAN 2002
    09 january 2002 22:45:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian Labour and Vocational training ministry has launched an extensive awareness campaign in Bamako on child labour, using the slogan: "Red Card for Child Labour. Full text...

  • Ivorian leader threatens to kick foreigners out of cocoa farming
    09 january 2002 22:04:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) – Ivorian presi-dent Laurent Gbagbo has threatened to close down cocoa plantations belonging to foreigners who used child labour on their farms. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean police seize arms, ammunitions
    09 january 2002 21:20:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) – Sierra Leone Polic-e Superintend Ibrahim Kamara has disclosed that more than a thousand firearms and a large quantity of assorted ammunition have been forcefully retrieved from homes in three regions of the country. Full text...

  • Ivorian woman convicted of murder, maintains innocence
    09 january 2002 20:43:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Marie Therese Kouao, presently serving a life sentence in connection with the death in London of an eight-year- old Ivorian girl more than a year ago, Wednesday repeated her claim of innocence. Full text...

  • Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent leaves mark in Africa
    09 january 2002 20:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The fashion world is still reeling in shock following Monday's announcement of Yves Saint Laurent's retirement from active business as a super designer. Full text...

  • Benin to celebrate 8th edition of Voodoo festival
    09 january 2002 19:42:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin will hold the eighth national voodoo festival in the country Thursday, sources from organising committee of the event said. Full text...

  • Sudanese authorities probe prison mutiny
    09 january 2002 19:39:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan's police chief, Gen. Full text...

  • Three die as farmers and pastoralists clash in Tanzania
    09 january 2002 18:44:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Conflicts between farmers and livestock keepers erupted Tuesday in Tanzania when three people were killed and three others seriously injured at Kiru valley in Babati District, Arusha. Full text...

  • Mozambique Independence War Veteran Dies
    09 january 2002 16:38:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A prominent figure in Mozambique's war for independence, Col Dinis Moiane, has died two days before he celebrated his 65th birthday. Full text...

  • Priest rejects offering from liquor dealer as satanic
    09 january 2002 15:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Catholic priest Daniel Ngure, of a church in Kenya's Central province, has rejected 70,000 shillings (about 890 US dollars) in donation from a businessman who deals in liquor, saying the money has come from Satan and was "stained with alcohol. Full text...

  • Low-flying Aircraft Pushes Pedestrian Into River
    09 january 2002 14:28:00
    Beitbridge- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In a bizarre incident, a low-flying aircraft accidentally struck and pushed a woman into a flooded river in southern Zimbabwe, police said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Liberian rights group to sue govt over detentions
    09 january 2002 14:12:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A Monrovia-based human rights group Wednesday vowed to sue the Liberian government if the Justice Ministry fails to release 125 persons detained for protracted periods without trial. Full text...

  • 50 killed in Nigerian road accident
    09 january 2002 13:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Fifty people, most of them members of a wedding party, were killed in a road accident in Nigeria's northern Kano state Monday night, the local media reported. Full text...

  • Namibian kids forced to share cells with Unita
    09 january 2002 13:50:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Young loyalists from Namibia's ruling Swapo party who were arrested in December 2001 for illegally camping on a municipal site claim they were kept in the same cells as Angolan Unita rebels at Dordabis. Full text...

  • Police issue report on Nigerian minister's death
    09 january 2002 13:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A preliminary police report has established a link between the murder of Nigerian Justice Minister Bola Ige and the intractable political crisis in Osun State, his home area, in the south-west, the private daily Punch newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rwandan govt urged to investigate politician's slaying
    09 january 2002 10:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A New York-based watchdog against human rights violation has urged Rwandan authorities to investigate the 26 December 2001 murder of Gratien Munyarubuga, a founder of the opposition Democratic Party for Renewal-Ubuyanja. Full text...

  • Sudanese refugees face hard times adjusting in US
    09 january 2002 07:55:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Peter Mabil Atem, dark, slender and tall, has been a refugee since the age of seven when the ongoing civil war in southern Sudan separated him from the rest of his family. Full text...

  • Mozambican rioters sentenced up to eight years in jail
    08 january 2002 22:47:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A court in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado has sentenced 14 members and supporters of the former rebel movement Renamo to between three months and eight years imprisonment for their part in the riots two years ago in Montepuez. Full text...

  • Obasanjo urges halt to orgy of violence in Nigeria
    08 january 2002 19:41:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Tuesday called for an immediate halt to the orgy of violence ravaging the country, as the government held an inter- denominational service in honour of the slain Justice Minister Bola Ige. Full text...

  • Namibia records lower flow of refugees
    08 january 2002 18:06:00
    Rundu- Namibia (PANA) -- Only 142 refugees from Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo had entered into Namibia over the past six months, the country's news agency, Nampa reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Foremost Nigerian Industrialist Dies
    08 january 2002 17:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- One of Nigeria's foremost industrialists and environmentalists, S. Full text...

  • First Siamese twins in Malawi bewilder doctors
    08 january 2002 16:25:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's first known case of Siamese twins, born joined from the sternum, has baffled the medical fraternity in the country. Full text...

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